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Is Michelle Boag advising Derek Handley?

Written By: - Date published: 11:58 am, September 28th, 2018 - 79 comments
Categories: jacinda ardern, labour, Media, national, Simon Bridges, spin - Tags: ,

This is the interesting question being posed by Richard Harman at Politik (paid access).

The basis of his claim is that on Monday night Boag texted him seeking Politik’s email address. He then received an email from Auckland PR consultant, Julie Landry, who is the PR representative for Derek Handley as well as a file of Handley’s email and text exchanges with Clare Curran and Ardern.  Derek Handley has refused to deny that Boag is helping him.

This adds an interesting complication to the matter although I am still full of a sense of Meh.

As I am by the revelations in this morning’s Herald. Lucy Bennett reported as follows:

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern took a close interest in the government’s chief technology officer recruitment, receiving updates on the process from then Digital Services Minister Clare Curran, documents show.

The Government has today released a large tranche of documents related to the botched recruitment of entrepreneur Derek Handley for the role of government chief technology officer.

Handley will receive $107,000 in compensation after being offered the CTO role, only for the position to be scrapped before he started.

The files also show that Handley met with a senior Labour Party official, and had contact with the Prime Minister’s office, last year.

The Whatsapp exchange shows the Prime Minister took an active interest in the appointment and was across the detail.

The document dump also shows that as far back as November last year, Handley was in touch with Ardern and offering his services.

What revelations, someone with IT industry experience offered to help the Government, Ardern was across the detail and receiving updates on what one of her Ministers was doing and Nigel Haworth met with the person offering to help the Government.  And Ardern knew Handley.  It is New Zealand.  Everyone knows everyone.

Meanwhile Simon Bridges thinks that heaven is shining its favour on National and took joy at the number of supposed scandals facing the Government.  I take it that if the economy crashed he would wet his pants.  I bet he is deeply disappointed that business confidence has recently rebounded.

And what is it with National using biblical references and shoring up its country boy shooter support this week?

79 comments on “Is Michelle Boag advising Derek Handley?”

  1. Michelle Boag would have salivated at any opportunity to embarrass Jacinda.
    So she made herself “useful?”…

    Given Handley’s behaviour in this, I think we dodged a bullet.

    • Louis 1.1

      We did.

    • AB 1.2

      Seems so. Handley appears to have posthumously (as it were) failed the sort of good character test you would want your future employees to pass.
      To date I have seen nothing that indicates he isn’t one of a plentiful supply of techno-narcissists with hugely inflated sense of his own expertise. (Or ‘skulls’ as we call them in NZ)

      • Chuck 1.2.1

        “Handley sat on the sidelines and says he was waiting for the Government to clear things up.”

        “Asked how the situation had affected him personally, a visibly upset Handley said: “It’s unsettling and it’s been hard and I wouldn’t wish it on anybody.”

        https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=12130986

        Hiring a PR consultant and releasing communications seems reasonable in the circumstances.

        From comments here, the “left” have turned on Handley…it seems he did not go away quietly as a nice boy should.

        Clare Curran is like a tornado leaving utter devastation in her former portfolios.

        • shadrach 1.2.1.1

          Hi Chuck

          I am not from ‘the left’. If I was Handley the last person on God’s earth I would be hiring would be Michele Boag. It is my view the government have handled this entire matter appallingly, but Handley has done himself far more reputational damage in recent days than anything the government had or has done.

          • Chuck 1.2.1.1.1

            Boag is a very polarising figure and not my first choice as a consultant! (mind you not based on her ability, rather her toxic profile in some quarters).

            As is evident with this post, MS and others are using the Boag factor to beat Handley around the head…for no other reason than they detest Boag. Which is I guess what you are saying shadrach…

            • shadrach 1.2.1.1.1.1

              Using the Boag factor to beat Handley around the head would be ok, if that’s where it stopped, simply because anyone who goes near Boag deserves anything they get IMHO. But if your point is that the Boag factor is being used to deflect from the governments inept handling of the entire matter, then I agree with you.

    • Anne 1.3

      I think we dodged a bullet.

      Sure looks like it. Thanks Megan. 🙂

      • tc 1.3.1

        Clearly dodged a bullet as this is a common occurrence at this level for such a public facing role.

        A decent IT pro sucks it up and carries on to the next opportunity especially with what many would consider undeserved cash in hand.

        NZ is a small village and he’s effectively shit in the square after seemingly taking advice from the last village wrecking crews mates….not the wisest of moves IMO.

  2. Draco T Bastard 2

    Handley will receive $107,000 in compensation after being offered the CTO role, only for the position to be scrapped before he started.

    One wonders how that is even remotely justifiable.

    And what is it with National using biblical references

    Conservatives around the world are Christian and go to church regularly and so this would be catering to that bias despite the fact that it appears to be nothing more than camouflage the same way that Mafia dons give to charity.

    • Louis 2.1

      Yes wondered that myself, it was verbal there was no signed contract.

      • Dukeofurl 2.1.1

        A contract doesnt need to be signed for it to be valid. They offered a job and he accepted. However a verbal contract wouldnt have all the bells and whistles of a full employment contract.

        • Draco T Bastard 2.1.1.1

          Ten or twenty thousand maybe without a signed contract but more than 95% of the population get for a year? And he didn’t even do anything and the position hadn’t even started.

          • Dukeofurl 2.1.1.1.1

            A signed contract doesnt make any difference to the amount he would get when they went back on an agreement.
            What would having started the job make it different? Just because it a lot of money for most people doesnt matter either, it has to be proportionate for the salary they were offering.

    • srylands 2.2

      It was a 400k job. 3 months salary for unilateral termination without cause is pretty standard. Derek certainly deserves this compensation. I wish him good luck.

    • shadrach 2.3

      Hi Draco

      In light of your final paragraph, I had to laugh when looking up Mickey’s link (https://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/on-air/the-country/audio/simon-bridges-heaven-is-shining-its-favour-on-the-national-party/) and at the bottom of the article saw this:

      https://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/on-air/the-country/audio/winston-peters-i-would-pick-religion-over-science/.

      BTW I consider myself a conservative, and I am a Christian and go to Church regularly, and for the record I also find Bridges dog whistling irritating. There are far better ways of criticizing the government than he seems to be able to muster.

    • JohnSelway 2.4

      “Conservatives around the world are Christian”

      Very broad generalisation there. One glaring example is the philosophy of Ayn Rand – conservatives love her economic “rugged individualism” and she was an avowed atheist.
      Then you have people like P.J. O’Rouke and Roger Stone who are conservative anti-heroes and neither are Christian.

      Also very country specific – conservatives in the Middle East are Muslim for example.

      • Draco T Bastard 2.4.1

        What, you don’t think all those Evangelicals that vote Republican are Christians?

        Well, neither do I which is why I called it camouflage.

    • SHG 2.5

      And what is it with National using biblical references

      We speak English. The most important work in that language is the King James Bible. You’d be amazed at how many everyday phrases and sayings are lifted from it.

      That said, I think to be accurate to the KJV Bridges should have said “grace”, not “favour”.

      • shadrach 2.5.1

        “You’d be amazed at how many everyday phrases and sayings are lifted from it. ”

        Yes indeed. There is nothing new under the sun, eh.

      • Sacha 2.5.2

        “Bridges should have said ‘grace’, not ‘favour’.”

        He is probably more familiar with the latter.

      • Draco T Bastard 2.5.3

        The most important work in that language is the King James Bible.

        Personally, I think The Hobbit is more important. Got more morality in it for sure.

        That said, I think to be accurate to the KJV Bridges should have said “grace”, not “favour”.

        National, like all corrupt organisations, work on favours.

  3. Tiger Mountain 3

    $100,000 or so, to swerve this tool obtaining a position of influence looks well worth it

    the government really needs to get a handle on their political management–“they”, as in the Nat dirty tricks dept.–are totally, definitely, out to get you

  4. Delia 4

    Sounds like the usual dirty politics.

  5. SaveNZ 5

    The whole thing is strange and weird and keeps getting stranger and weirder.

    Firstly Handley was the driver in cc his CV and conversations about jobs to Jacinda Ardern, with his CV not the other way around.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/107341529/jilted-cto-candidate-derek-handley-disappointed-by-lack-of-explanation-from-government

    To my mind this is pretty inappropriate from Handley and falls into the strange category. Maybe fine in US or Hong Kong, but nepotism is supposedly still frowned on here.

    It then raises the point, is it a good idea to have the government role with a person who has difficulty understanding complexity of appropriateness? Are they going to be firing off txts and tweets inappropriate networking opportunities while officially representing the government?

    Then he had citizenship issues, that the government solved for him.

    Then, Handley is far from being “superbly qualified for a job” has no real qualifications for the job. He has never been a CTO before, nor does he have any technical qualifications in IT or certifications in that area. His degrees are in Bachelor of building science, architecture, design and environmental science, with post grad is commerce, finance, management and entrepreneurship.

    If the job was for some sort of entrepreneurship then he would be a fit, but it is confusing and pretty much an insult and sends the wrong message to NZ business to hire a government CTO and make him fit the role, suggesting that anyone who can start a successful company and be on multiple boards and networking opportunities and can then somehow morph by magic into a government CTO. Probably explains why government IT is so appalling when the tech guy is the money guy, actually.

    The NZ public sector management folly is perfectly described in this:

    https://www.pundit.co.nz/content/is-there-public-service-in-our-public-service

    When it comes to real tech, Handley being on boards like Sky TV for 5 years clearly did not pay off for them because Sky TV are about to be obsolete by better technology.

    Or sustainability advisory board of Air NZ, again more of a ‘touchy feely’ mock role, than actually making the airline more sustainable.

    In typical NZ style, those neoliberals at public service management and our own big corporations have zero idea what’s going on, and just get excited about anybody who makes money from tech, flits in an out of exciting sounding opportunities overseas, or says they work with Richard Branson on their CV.

    This describes the sad state of management in NZ as well as the sad state of government IT when business in NZ can’t even understand the basics, and they feel they can just have some tech gloss instead of tech substance and a name alone or a few ideas is going to work out.

    The Warehouse recently had to part ways with one of it’s recent executive hires, also low on technical qualifications fit but high on self hype, who reportedly went about arrogantly insulting people and now reportedly 4 lawsuits ensues..

    It was right they did not proceed with the CTO role with Handley as it was never going to be a good fit. They needed to employ him into a different networking/entrepreneurship type role, not a technical role.

    It has not worked out well for anybody and shows glaring problems with government recruitment and public service appointments, their lack of understanding of technology, and their neoliberal approach as pointed out by the Brian Eastern link problems stemming from the 1980’s .

    • SaveNZ 5.1

      It’s like Susan Devoy is a great sports person but eye roll when she starts heading the human rights commission. Putting people into roles just because they have had some success previously in other areas, is a very neoliberal folly, partly because they systems don’t value people with tangible and deep expertise in areas but think anyone who made a buck, can be on the board or executive team or senior role and you make the role ‘fit them’.

      Putting in a person like Susan Devoy also shows the government of the time (Natz) had little interest in human rights and did not value human rights people in NZ at the time who were looked over, just like the appearance of Handley in the role sends the same message that deep skills in tech are less important in technology than who you know.

      So many NZ companies have all their management and governance devoted to accountants, lawyers, political appointments and networkers and nobodies with big name CV’s, than value having diverse deep skills and collaboration with other with deep varied practical skills across companies and government.

  6. ianmac 6

    A few hundred years ago Michelle Boag would have been burnt at the stake as a Wicked Witch.

  7. Kat 7

    It comes down to trust. Who would you trust, Jacinda Ardern or any one connected with the National opposition.

    • JohnSelway 7.1

      “Who would you trust, Jacinda Ardern or any one connected with the National opposition.”

      Remember Handley is very well connected with Ardern

      • Muttonbird 7.1.1

        I don’t think that is true. She knows him, but “very well connected”? I don’t think so.

        • JohnSelway 7.1.1.1

          Well – his connection with National seems to be only with Boag so pretty tenuous to say he is “connected” with National when he also has Arderns personal email and phone number.

          This whole thing is just guilt by association.

          (BTW – just for the record…I think Boag is an awful awful person.)

      • Kat 7.1.2

        “very well connected” really; first cousin, second cousin, kissing cousins, old school friend, pen pals, ex boyfriend, old flat mate, past colleague, business acquaintance…………… or just connected in a friendly way that Jacinda Ardern is with literally hundreds of people.

    • Ngungukai 7.2

      Likewise who would you trust Michelle Boag or Jacinda Adern ?

  8. Michelle 8

    connected via cellphone more like it

  9. SPC 9

    100,000 to charity and saving $300,000 for the rest of the year on a job that is for what exactly?

    Not exactly a bad outcome, apart from the poor process to get there.

    It appears to be like the chief science officer, but outside the PM’s department and reporting to a Minister – thus extra office costs. And the person would hire consultants, organise gatherings of those in this area to get expert feedback – just be a conduit anyhow. The Minister can do that themselves. Her ministry can hire an administrator for much less to do the facilitating groundwork involved.

    • SaveNZ 9.1

      @ SPC, exactly, like many in the public service they hired or this case sort of hired then changed their mind, a person who is an intermediary.

      No deep skills in tech, no real understanding of NZ having been out for so long and really just a cushy job to be able to fly around on the tax payers dollar attending conferences and self promoting, and having something on the CV, while getting private consultants to offer the deeper IT expertise.

      Jacinda has become known as being a more thrifty operator of the public purse, maybe this is another one of her decisions to simplify?

      Saying that you have to feel for the Handley, he went through a lot to get this role, and then it’s turned into a disaster. I don’t think he was working for the Natz, but now seems to be used by them. Of course you would be upset to be treated the way he was by a complicated, time consuming and flawed recruitment process that ultimately failed to deliver or even notice that the job title and skills match were slim or that an applicant txting and/or meeting government ministers and the PM was not a good look.

      NZ though is too small to continue to have so many go betweens and management layers. They are better to have someone who actually could give the government deep technical advice in the role, than make a mockery of the role.

      • tc 9.1.1

        +100 yeah I reckon he’s being played. This shit happens all the time and taking the PR route is a double edged sword he will probably be cut more than anyone else.

        Employment lawyers sure that happens often and it’s all sorted with disclosure deals but PR consultants……throw petrol here please.

  10. Graeme 10

    Reading through the timeline in this piece https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/107341529/jilted-cto-candidate-derek-handley-disappointed-by-lack-of-explanation-from-government h/t shadrak

    On 7/9/18 “DIA advise DH that Conflict of Interest Management plan agreed on 22nd August will need to be updated”

    Then on 10/9/18 “DIA advise DH Minister Chris Hipkins (CH) would like to speak CH calls DH at 3pm to discuss role and ask DH’s views on “‘headwinds” the role is facing – DH reiterates full commitment to role and need to follow through ASAP given long silence CH advises decision will be made within 48 hours on how to proceed”

    Something not quite right about Mr Handley appears to have come to light very late in the recruitment process. The timeline, which appears to be based on the information he provided, shows that he pursued this position vigorously. For what ends, and what where the “headwinds”? Did these refer to Mr Handley personally?

  11. mosa 11

    Can Handley do the country a favour and put Boag back in her coffin and return to Manhattan where he will be appreciated.
    Oh and take Horrible Hosking with him because he is miserable with life here living under a Labour coalition government.
    Jacinda on a bad day is much better than John Key on a good day… any day in Aotearoa.

  12. Incognito 12

    What on Earth does Handley need ‘PR advice’ for!? Does he need help with writing & formatting his CV? Does he need advice on what to wear to job interviews? Is the Boag Collective a careers advisor? Is Derek after Simon’s job??

    • Anne 12.1

      What on Earth does Handley need ‘PR advice’ for!?

      Oh, I expect it’s the in-thing among the beautiful people to have their own PR guy or gal.

      • Incognito 12.1.1

        Oh, just like a personal trainer, interior designer/decorator or a colour consultant then? And please don’t get me started on grooming services (e.g. waxing, massaging, botoxing, suctioning, acupuncturing, etc.) or mindfulness gurus and lifestyle coaches. Then again, we live in the epoch of the Self so it’s all good.

        • Anne 12.1.1.1

          And don’t forget the personal psychotherapist, group therapy sessions, self awareness classes and ‘learning to be a leader not a follower’.

          I know someone who has been through all of the above and after spending many thousands of dollars… she’s exactly the same as she was before she started.

          • Incognito 12.1.1.1.1

            So true, sadly. Many of us look for ways to grow & develop but often go about it in ways that don’t really challenge us or take us out of comfort zones. Rather, our ‘experiences’ confirm our (biased) views of the world and of ourselves. It’s a little bit like going on a tour bus somewhere new, getting off the bus, taking photos, getting back on the bus, going home and then somehow feeling ‘changed’ and ‘enriched’ by the whole ‘experience’, metaphorically speaking. [NB this an important qualifier, which is why I emphasised it]

        • Patricia Bremner 12.1.1.2

          Thanks Incognito. I had this sense of it, but you nailed it!!

  13. newsense 13

    Hang on, basically the entire tech sector said he was a prat right?

    Herald deep in PR dollars, running meaningless dirty politics bs.

    Guy wasnt suitable for job complains. End of story.

    • Ross 13.1

      Guy wasnt suitable for job complains. End of story.

      But Curran thought he was eminently suitable and the PM apparently agreed. What does that say about their judgment if we can see what they can’t?

      • Graeme 13.1.1

        Going by the timeline in this https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/107341529/jilted-cto-candidate-derek-handley-disappointed-by-lack-of-explanation-from-government a conflict of interest came to light very late in the process, as in after the appointment had been made. This looks to have been the reason the appointment was terminated.

        The minister and PM, up to this point would have had to respect the appointment process. It also appears that Handley pursued the position, rather than being “headhunted” by the minister or PM.

        But really, the job description for this position should have required cat herding as a key capability. https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=12132193

        • Ross 13.1.1.1

          I doubt that conflicts of interest were a problem. Curran’s secret squirrel behaviour simply gave the Government a convenient excuse to can the position. But the SSC says the process was robust so the appointment could’ve proceeded. Why didn’t it? The Government likely had concerns about Handley’s fit for the role and or whether the role was actually necessary.

          As Handley says, the way he’s been treated could discourage others from applying for senior roles in the public sector. That’s the most disappointinging thing from this fiasco.

          • Graeme 13.1.1.1.1

            From the timeline in the first link,

            On 7/9/18 “DIA advise DH that Conflict of Interest Management plan agreed on 22nd August will need to be updated”

            Then on 10/9/18 “DIA advise DH Minister Chris Hipkins (CH) would like to speak CH calls DH at 3pm to discuss role and ask DH’s views on “‘headwinds” the role is facing – DH reiterates full commitment to role and need to follow through ASAP given long silence CH advises decision will be made within 48 hours on how to proceed”

            Something came up.

            Reality is that it was going to be very difficult to find someone suitable for the position who wasn’t conflicted in reality and perception, and who could have the confidence of industry and government.

          • Anne 13.1.1.1.2

            Curran’s secret squirrel behaviour simply gave the Government a convenient excuse to can the position.

            Agree it is as simple as that.

            Megan Woods identified the problem… she canned the whole shemozzle so they could go back to the start and and reappraise exactly what they wanted. When this was ascertained, they could start looking for suitable persons for the position which might or might not include this Handley fellow.

            Mind you, I think he’s probably done his chips in by releasing the emails.

            • veutoviper 13.1.1.1.2.1

              Well summarised.

              The draft job description was totally nebulous – and, in addition. apparently crossed over and/or conflicted with several other IT high level positions already existing within government.

              So good on Megan Woods for her decisiveness and urgency in dealing with the situation. She is one Minister who is impressing me (along with Tracey Martin), but I am concerned at the heavy load some of the better ones are currently carrying.

  14. Ngungukai 14

    Jacinda has definitely dodged a bullet with her name written on it ?

    • shadrach 14.1

      …fired by one of her own ministers!

    • Wayne 14.2

      If Derek has got the actual job, he would have been a great enthusiast for the role and the government. Apart from the politics around Curran (which became all consuming) the issue seems to have come down to what the role entailed. Was it as a “futurist”, which if you ever have heard Derek speak, he is very good at, or more of a technical role.
      The former aspect of Derek no doubt impressed the PM, but it seeems various people in the sector wanted a more technical person.
      Anyway whatever you think, it is pretty obvious that Derek is seriously pissed off at his treatment.
      Whatever you think, he is a New Zealander and wanted to come back, with his family (who are also New Zealanders – born and bred). This whole business has made that really hard, which I imagine is why he has reacted the way he has. After all politicians and governments come and go, but your identity with your country goes much longer.
      I think people should be a little less critical, don’t just look at this issue solely through politics, and understand that peoples lives (the way they live them) are involved.

      • SPC 14.2.1

        I’m sure he will be a useful addition to the National caucus (sarc) after choosing a leader whose values were formed a few generations before his birth.

        But as you say being competent as a “futurist” (for mine his education is that which prepares him for work in the modern economy) is not synonomous with being at the cutting edge in technology. He is an all rounder for whom the job would have kept him up to date with technology developments – by being a conduit to assist in providing such information to those in government (looking at the wider economic future).

        If the government wants someone to actually look over their technology, adminster improvement and plan for future upgrade they needed to look elsewhere.

  15. alwyn 15

    I feel rather sorry for the guy. He is the 2018 equivalent of Owen Glenn.

    Remember how he gave $500,000 to the Labour Party and he was considered to be Mr Wonderful.
    Then he had the cheek to confirm that he had given Winston a great deal of money, $100,000 plus if I remember correctly and Winston denied ever asking for it. As usual Winston was lying. Glenn had done it because the Head of the New Zealand Labour Party had asked him to. And he could and did prove it.
    Now we had an embarrassing situation for the Labour Party and their crooked little partner Winston and Glenn had to go. He was denigrated by every man and his dog on the left of politics.
    Then when he donated a huge amount to the Business School at AU Helen Clark, who turned up to bask in the limelight, refused to even greet him and Mallard was delegated to intercept Glenn if he got within about 10 metres of her.
    Poor guy. He learned the hard way that you should never expect friendship or loyalty from a politician. Any politician. The have never ever heard of you if it doesn’t suit them.
    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10529658

    Now Handley is getting the same lesson. Who? says the PM. Never heard of him. Never spoke to him. Smear him as he is turning into an embarrassment for me.
    And all the little camp followers on sites like this join in the sh*t throwing.
    Why? Because he told the truth and demonstrated that politicians, from every side, will lie if they think it is advantageous. Loyalty is demanded upwards but it is never reciprocated down.
    I have no opinion on his ability. I don’t know him. What I do know is that Curran and Ardern are lying about what went on and until Handley vanishes from public view they are going to continue to lie about the matter.
    Handley is road kill.

    • Muttonbird 15.1

      Dry your eyes.

      Handley is used to looking after number one. He will be fine.

    • shadrach 15.2

      Hi Alwyn

      Yes, I agree that the government are rinsing Handley, and that the PM’s assertions about her relationship to Handley seem disingenuous. However Handley has made his own bed.

      1. He tried to use his past connections with the PM for his own benefit. It is a matter of record he wanted to return to NZ permanently, and he seems to have been trying to use the PM’s influence to secure a cushy little earner back home.
      2. When the appointment process went south, he chose to go public. That is his right, of course, but at the time he went public, I’m not aware of anything that was damaging to him.
      3. As the public became more aware of the debacle of the governments handling of the process, Handley went to a public relations guru with known National party links, and someone who has, lets just say, ‘history’. That smells of something more than just protecting his good name.

      The government have screwed this up monumentally, and it isn’t only Curran. But Handley is, in my view, close to his own worst enemy. My sympathy for him is limited.

  16. SaveNZ 16

    It’s even weirder, more info comes to light. Clare Curren rejected 60 applicants, had a secret meeting with Handley and then rejected another 79 international applicants to somehow end up with a guy who isn’t technical at all, and questionable what level of advice he would be giving, based on being on the board of Sky TV, which is losing both customers and revenue apparently due to having missed shift to internet streaming.. Are the government tech morons or are they just morons? Def good idea to get rid of Clare Curren she clearly she didn’t learn from radio NZ, but Megan Woods isn’t going to ease the situation. Note to tech industry (and media) avoid government ministers approaching you for private meetings… likely to later cost you your job and public humiliation.

    • December 19, 2017: The Government first advertises the $500,000-a-year chief technology officer role.

    • February 12, 2018: Then-Digital Services Minister Clare Curran shocks the tech industry when she announces that none of the 60 applicants was successful.

    • February 22: Curran meets with entrepreneur and Sky TV director Derek Handley. The pair discuss the CTO role. The meeting is not disclosed.

    • May 13: The CTO role is readvertised internationally, following consultation with Curran’s digital advisory panel, formed in April. A key change is that it is now a 12-month contract, with a possible extension.

    • June 3: Handley submits an application. Around 80 people apply in all.

    • August 8: Handley informed he is the successful applicant.

  17. millsy 17

    I think we should take it for granted that Michelle Boag is floating around in the background every time these types of things flare up.

  18. R.P Mcmurphy 18

    mr gadget man got got. hehehe.
    if that is his best shot then he dont know nothing.
    clare is guilty of not checking this guy out properly.

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    20 hours ago
  • Australia’s secret prisoner
    A prisoner stripped of their name, imprisoned for a secret crime after a secret trial, with all details legally suppressed for secret reasons. A story by Kafka or Dumas? China? No, its just the latest stage of Australian tyranny:An Australian citizen was prosecuted, convicted, and jailed in the ACT last ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    22 hours ago
  • Bridges should put his money where his mouth is
    Stuff has more details on what New Zealand First's slush-fund has been funding, with much of the spending directly benefiting the party. Which makes it look a lot like hidden donations, rather than the completely-innocent-giant-pile-of-cash Winston is trying to portray it as. The Electoral Commission is now investigating, but Simon ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    22 hours ago
  • The APEC police state enabling bill
    I've joked before about how hosting international summits effectively turns part of your country into a police state for the duration. Well, New Zealand is hosting APEC in 2021, with events throughout the year in Christchurch, Wellington, and Auckland. And the government has put up a bill to give itself ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    23 hours ago
  • Why coastal floods are becoming more frequent as seas rise
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 day ago
  • The cost of a range clearance.
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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 day ago
  • Still denying responsibility
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • A corrupt practice
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Democracy “A Bit Bonkers” – Thoughts Inspired By Lizzie Marvelly’s Latest Co...
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    2 days ago
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    RedlineBy Admin
    2 days ago
  • On the road to Net Zero, the next step is to update our UN pledge
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    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    3 days ago
  • Corruption as usual
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Fairer rentals
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Another NZDF coverup
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • A loss for the Greens
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • New era for Ngāti Kuri and Auckland Museum
    Words and images by Jacqui Gibson Gone are Auckland Museum’s days of doing science using a museum-centric academic approach, after Māori land rights holders Ngāti Kuri gave the museum an ultimatum.
    Tom Trnski holding a fossilised whale tooth from the Far North.Aussie-born Head of Natural Sciences at Auckland Museum ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    3 days ago
  • Circling vultures: Why MediaWorks TV is really in trouble
    MediaWorks announced in October 2019 that it intended to sell off its struggling television business and cancel or cut back on several popular local programmes, including New Zealand Today, Married at First Sight New Zealand and 7 Days. Its radio and outdoor advertising arms are currently performing well, but MediaWorks’ ...
    Briefing PapersBy Peter Thompson
    3 days ago
  • Scary Opinium Poll
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    4 days ago
  • A coward’s ploy.
    Some readers may remember that I mentioned last year that I was applying for NZ citizenship. I filled out the paperwork and had my original citizenship interview in February. Everything went well until they discovered that, because I had spent five months in the US in 2017, I had not ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    4 days ago
  • Left censorship and exclusion against gender-critical women: a Marxist critique
    by Deirdre O’Neill It is becoming quite acceptable for certain sections of the left to declare that people like me – women who are ‘gender critical’ – should not be allowed in leftist or anarchist spaces. Leaving aside the arrogance and implicit authoritarianism of this claim, its lack of critical ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    4 days ago
  • “Uncertainty” can be better solved with a better grasp of life’s inherent complexities…
    There is an article in The Conversation, written by Jeremy P. Shapiro (Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychological Sciences, Case Western Reserve University), about what he sees as the psychologically-based underpinnings of three main matters that seem to vex people all around the planet. The article is titled “The Thinking ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    5 days ago
  • Citizens vs the Rogue Deep State
    . .   Blogger Martyn Bradbury has won his case against unreasonable search and surveillance against the NZ Police; and subsequent Police attempts to produce evidence in secrecy, in a closed Court. His case highlights a disturbing growing trend in Aotearoa New Zealand for State power to be used against ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    5 days ago
  • Massey University’s free speech policy double-plus-good
    The Committee of Disobedient Women has intercepted an email from Dr Emma Eejut, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Massey University to the university’s Vice-Chancellor, Jan Thomas. Dear Jan, Thank you for your courageous move.  I think 10 pages of blether** should tie any of the students game enough to try holding ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    6 days ago
  • Unacceptable
    That's the only response to the findings of the Ombudsman's investigation into LGOIMA practices at the Christchurch City Council:My investigation identified serious concerns about the Council’s leadership and culture, and its commitment to openness and transparency. In particular, Council staff raised concerns with me about various methods employed by some ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • There is what corruption looks like
    NZ First seems to be nakedly trying to enrich itself from public office:A powerful New Zealand First figure helped establish a forestry company that then pushed for money from two key funding streams controlled by a New Zealand First Minister. An RNZ investigation has found Brian Henry, lawyer for Winston ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Escape from Manus Island
    Behrouz Boochani is an award winning author and journalist. He is also a refugee, who for the past six years has been detained in Australia's offshore gulag on Manus Island, and in Papua New Guinea. But last night, with the cooperation of the WORD Christchurch festival and Amnesty International, he ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • When World’s Collide.
    Different Strokes: If a multicultural immigration policy imposes no obligation on immigrant communities to acknowledge and ultimately embrace their host nation’s most cherished traditions and values, then how is that nation to prevent itself from being reduced to a collection of inward-looking and self-replicating ethnic and cultural enclaves?THE COALITION GOVERNMENT’S ...
    6 days ago
  • Could There Be Method In Massey University’s Madness?
    Protective Zone: Reading the rules and guidelines released by Massey University, it is impossible to avoid the conclusion that its governing body considers the whole concept of free speech a disruptive threat to the orderly imparting of orthodox academic knowledge.IN TRUE ORWELLIAN fashion, Massey University has announced its commitment to ...
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: We need more trees, not less
    Farmers held a hate-march on Parliament today, complete with MAGA hats, gun-nut signs, and gendered insults. While supposedly about a grab-bag of issues - including, weirdly, mental health - it was clear that the protest was about one thing, and one thing only: climate change. And specifically, forestry "destroying" rural ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • The IGIS annual report: Dead letters and secret law
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security released their annual report today, and I've been busy reading through it. In amongst the usual review of what they've been doing all year, there's a few interesting bits. For example, a discussion on "agency retention and disposal of information", which points out that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • A referendum on bigotry
    The End of Life Choice Bill passed its third reading last night, 69 - 51. Thanks to a compromise with NZ First - which looks to have been necessary on the final numbers - the commencement of the bill will be subject to a referendum. Given the ugliness of the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Political parties and GMOs: we all need to move on
    Recently more than 150 post-graduate students and young scientists presented an open letter to the Green Party via The Spinoff, encouraging them to reconsider their position on genetic modification. Their target is tackling climate change issues.[1] Can any party continue to be dismissive about genetic modification (GM) contributing to ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    1 week ago
  • Class, Identity Politics and Transgender Ideology
    by Deirdre O’Neill Under Thatcher and then Blair and continuing up until our contemporary moment, the working class has seen its culture slowly and progressively destroyed. The change from an industrial society to a service society produced a marked shift in focus from the working class as the backbone of ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Irony
    Since 2013, the Australian government has detained refugees without trial in Pacific gulags, where they are abused, tortured, and driven to suicide. The policy is not just an abuse of human rights and possible crime against humanity; it has also had a corrosive effect on the states Australia uses as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • An age of protest.
    It seems fair to say that we currently live in a problematic political moment in world history. Democracies are in decline and dictatorships are on the rise. Primordial, sectarian and post-modern divisions have re-emerged, are on the rise or have been accentuated by political evolutions of the moment such as ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Another captured agency
    Last month, Greenpeace head Russel Norman surrendered his speaking slot at an EPA conference to student climate activist Sorcha Carr, who told the EPA exactly what she thought of them. It was a bold move, which confronted both regulators and polluters (or, as the EPA calls them, "stakeholders") with the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • NZ First’s dodgy loans
    The core principle supposedly underlying New Zealand's electoral finance regime is transparency: parties can accept large donations from rich people wanting to buy policy, but only if they tell the public they've been bought. Most parties abide by this, so we know that TOP was wholly-owned by Gareth Morgan, and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Member’s Day: The choice on End of Life Choice
    Today is a Member's Day, probably the second-to-last one of the year, and its a big one, with the Third Reading of David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill. last Member's Day it was reported back from committee, after MPs voted narrowly to make it subject to a (rules TBA) ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • How growth in population and consumption drives planetary change
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz The growth of the human population over the last 70 ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • The disappearing Women …
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In her excellent oral submission to the Abortion reform select committee on 31st October on behalf of Otago University’s Department of Public Health, historian and public health researcher Hera Cook stated: “We would ask that the committee not use the term ‘pregnant persons’ and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • “A Passage to India”: enduring art in changing times
    by Don Franks In 1957, E M Forster wrote, of his greatest work: “The India described in ‘A Passage to India’ no longer exists either politically or socially. Change had begun even at the time the book was published ( 1924) and during the following quarter of a century it ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Contemptuous
    The Referendums Framework Bill was due back from select committee today. But there's no report on it. Instead, the bill has been bounced back to the House under Standing order 29593) because the Committee didn't bother to produce one. They probably tried. But given the membership of the committee (which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Zero Carbon: It’s not just a good idea, it’s the law
    Two years into New Zealand’s Labour-led government, the long-delayed Zero Carbon Bill became law on 7 November. Passed essentially unanimously, the lengthy public debates and political manoeuvring faded away until the final passage was even anticlimactic: Flipping through the @nzstuff @DomPost I was starting to wonder if I’d dreamt ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: What happens next?
    Now the Zero Carbon Bill is law, what's next? Obviously, the ETS changes currently before select committee are going to be the next battleground. But we're also going to get a good idea of where we're going, and if the progress the Zero Carbon Act promises is good enough, during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate change will fuel bush fires
    Grant Pearce The effects of the current Australian bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland (and also again in California) are devastating and far-reaching. To date, the fires have resulted in several lives being lost and many homes and properties destroyed. Here in New Zealand, the impacts have been only ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Participation rates
    A passing comment in a post the other day about the labour force participation rates of older people prompted me to pull down the fuller data and see what we could see about various participation rates over the decades since the HLFS began in 1986.   As it happens, the ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Reddell
    1 week ago
  • Not So Much “OK Boomer” As “OK Ruling Class”.
    Distract And Divert: The rise of what we have come to call “Identity Politics” represents the ideological manifestation of the ruling class’s objective need to destroy class politics, and of the middle-class’s subjective need to justify their participation in the process.THE RELIEF of the ruling class can only be imagined. ...
    1 week ago
  • Asking for it …
    "I saw a newspaper picture,From the political campaignA woman was kissing a child,Who was obviously in pain.She spills with compassion,As that young child'sFace in her hands she gripsCan you imagine all that greed and avariceComing down on that child's lips?" ...
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand’s Poor Pandemic Preparedness According to the Global Health Security Index
    Dr Matt Boyd, Prof Michael Baker, Prof Nick Wilson The Global Health Security Index which considers pandemic threats has just been published. Unfortunately, NZ scores approximately half marks (54/100), coming in 35th in the world rankings – far behind Australia. This poor result suggests that the NZ Government needs to ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Thank Winston
    The Zero Carbon Act is inadequate, with a weak methane target designed to give farmers a free ride. But it turns out it could have been worse: Climate Change Minister James Shaw was so desperate to get National on board, he wanted to gut that target, and leave it in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Illicit markets and Bali Booze
    The Herald reprints an Australian story on a couple of tragic deaths in Bali from drinking cocktails that had methanol in them.  The story argues that methanol is likely the result of home distillation. But what the young tourists were experiencing was far from a hangover. They’d consumed a toxic cocktail ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    1 week ago
  • This is not what armed police are for
    Last month, the police announced a trial of specialist roaming armed units, which would drive round (poor, brown) areas in armoured SUVs, armed to the teeth. When they announced the trial, they told us it was about having armed police "ready to attend major incidents at any time if needed". ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Spain’s failed electoral gamble
    Spain went to the polls today in the second elections this year, after the Socialists (who had come to power in a confidence vote, then gone to the polls in April) rejected the offer of a coalition with the left-wing PoDemos, and instead decided to gamble n a better outcome ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The astroturf party
    National has finally rolled out its "BlueGreen" astroturf party, fronted by an array of former nats and people who were dumped by the Greens for not being Green enough. Its initial pitch is described by Stuff as "very business-friendly", and its priorities are what you'd expect: conservation, predator-free funding, a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • How to cheat at university
    A couple of days ago I attended (and spoke at) the University of Waikato’s “LearnFest” event. There were lots of talks and sessions on very diverse aspects of teaching, mostly at tertiary level. One was by Myra Williamson from Te Piringa Faculty of Law here at Waikato, on Contract Cheating ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    1 week ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
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    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    1 week ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
    If FFNZ really put their faith in “Top Medical Journals” they would now be amending their billboards to recognise new research results. Image from FFNZ but updated to agree with the latest research. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
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    2 weeks ago
  • War of the worms
    I'm going to make a Reckless Prediction™ that the Tories have 'topped out' in the 'poll of polls' / Britain Elects multipoll tracker at about 38%, and in the next week we will start to see Labour creep up on them.In fact, we might just be seeing the start of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
    by The Council of Disobedient Women Lizzie Marvelly: “I may have missed this… has @afterellen gone all terf-y? Or am I reading something incorrectly? “ https://twitter.com/LizzieMarvelly/status/1191840059105742849 After Ellen is a lesbian website that is unashamedly pro-lesbian, as you’d expect. So why is Ms Marvelly so bothered about lesbians having their ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Out of the past – Tories to revive racist laws from the 16th century
    Did you know there once was a time when it was illegal to be a gypsy (aka Romani) in Britain?That was between 1530, when the Egyptians Act was passed, and 1856, when it was repealed.Amongst other things, the act forbade the entry of 'Egyptians' into England, ordered those already there ...
    2 weeks ago
  • 1000 of these now
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    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    2 weeks ago
  • Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
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    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
    Yesterday, when National voted for the Zero Carbon Bill, I predicted they'd gut it the moment they regained power, just as they had done to the ETS. And indeed, they have explicitly promised to do exactly that within their first hundred days in office. What would their amendments do? Abandon ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Let this never be forgot
    In the spirit of Remember, remember the fifth of November, let's keep this in mind FOREVER.
    Oh dear. Extraordinary interview on PM with Andrew Bridgen and @EvanHD just now. Bridgen was defending Jacob Rees Mogg’s Grenfell comments. Evan asked him if JRM had meant to say he would have left ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Too Late To Change Capitalism’s Flightpath?
    Collision Course? In conditions of ideological white-out, the international bankers’ “Woop-Woop! Pull Up!” warning may have come too late to save global capitalism.WHAT DOES IT MEAN when international bankers are more willing to embrace radical solutions than our politicians and their electors? At both the International Monetary Fund and the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Whooping cough vaccine works well despite its imperfections
    Pertussis (whooping cough) is a conundrum. It is a disease that was described hundreds of years ago and the bacteria that causes it (Bordetella pertussis) isolated in 1906. We have had vaccines for about 80 years but this disease is defiant in the face of human immunity. I wanted to ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Passed
    The Zero Carbon Bill has just passed its third reading, uanimously. In the end, National supported it - but we all know they'll turn around and gut it the moment they regain power. Meanwhile, I guess ACT's David Seymour didn't even bother to show up. I am on record as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Retailing of vaping products – New NZ Research
    Dr Lindsay Robertson, Dr Jerram Bateman, Professor Janet Hoek Members of the public health community hold divergent views on how access to vaping products or electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) products should be arranged. Some believe ENDS should be as widely available as smoked tobacco and argue for liberal ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 weeks ago
  • Justice for Bomber
    When the Police were trying to cover up for the National Party over Dirty Politics, they went all-in with their abuses of power. They illegally search Nicky Hager's house, violating his journalistic privilege and invading his privacy. They unlawfully acquired Hager's bank records. They did the same to left-wing blogger ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

  • Cowboy clampers will be stymied
    Clayton Mitchell, Spokesperson for Consumer Affairs The ‘wheel clamping’ Bill that will cap clamper fees to $100 passed its third reading in Parliament today. New Zealand First welcomes The Land Transport (Wheel Clamping) Amendment Bill to combat predatory wheel clamping behaviour in what is currently a largely unregulated business. Cowboy clampers are: gouging ...
    1 day ago
  • Mental Health Commission back on track
    Jenny Marcroft, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First welcomes the passage of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill through its first reading in Parliament. “Today’s progress takes serious action on the mental health and addiction crisis the country is facing,” says New Zealand First Health Spokesperson Jenny Marcroft. “The re-establishment ...
    1 day ago
  • New Zealand’s key assets are not for sale: national interest test delivered
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries Today the Government announced the delivery of the promise to protect New Zealand interests by applying a new National Interest Test to the sales of our most sensitive and high risk assets to overseas buyers. This further strengthening of the Overseas Investment Act will ...
    2 days ago
  • National interest test added to protect New Zealanders’ interests
    The Coalition Government is delivering on its promise to protect New Zealanders’ interests by applying a new national interest test to the sales of our most sensitive and high-risk assets to overseas buyers. Under current Overseas Investment Act (OIA) rules, assets such as ports and airports, telecommunications infrastructure, electricity and ...
    2 days ago
  • Electoral law breach allegations
    Rt Winston Peters, Leader of New Zealand First Allegations raised this morning by Stuff Limited / Fairfax concern a party matter but I am confident that New Zealand First has operated within electoral laws, now and for the last 27 years. Declarable donations were declared to the Electoral Commission. Our ...
    2 days ago
  • Wayne Brown hits back at critics: Ports of Auckland has to move
    The chairman of the Upper North Island Supply Chain Strategy (UNISCS) working group, Wayne Brown, has hit back at critics of his group’s recommendations to relocate the Ports of Auckland cargo operations to Whangarei’s deepwater port of Northport. The working group's recommendation to close Auckland waterfront to all but cruise ...
    3 days ago
  • Week That Was: Supporting our schools
    We're setting our young people up for success, investing in education around the country.  ...
    3 days ago
  • Kiwis to have their say on End of Life Choice
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First backs the public to decide on the End of Life Choice Bill via a referendum at the 2020 General Election. The Bill, with New Zealand First’s referendum provision incorporated, passed its final reading in Parliament this evening. New Zealand First Spokesperson for ...
    1 week ago
  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
    Darroch Ball, Spokesperson for Justice New Zealand First is proud that a key Coalition Agreement commitment which will provide for a more transparent and effective criminal justice system has been realised. Legislation to establish the Criminal Cases Review Commission, an independent body focused on identifying and responding to possible miscarriages of ...
    1 week ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
    "Today we have made a choice that will leave a legacy... I hope that means that future generations will see that we, in New Zealand, were on the right side of history." - Jacinda Ardern, Third Reading of the Zero Carbon Bill ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
    Darroch Ball, New Zealand First List MP A Member’s bill has been proposed that would provide income tax exemptions for all New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel while on operational deployment overseas. The Income Tax (Exemption for Salary or Wages of NZDF Members on Active Deployment) Amendment Bill proposed by New Zealand First ...
    2 weeks ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First is proud to have brought common sense to the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, which passed its final reading in Parliament today. Party Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says months of hard work went into negotiating a balanced ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Week That Was: 2,000 teachers in two years
    We began the week by commemorating the New Zealand Wars and celebrating a major increase in the number of teachers. Then, we were busy supporting offenders into work and getting our rail back on track after years of underinvestment. And that's just the start! ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Winning an election one conversation at a time
    In October I was sworn in as the Mayor of Lower Hutt. It’s the privilege of my life to serve Hutt people as their Mayor. There is something really special to be able to serve the community where I was raised, and where I live.   ...
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