web analytics

Is Tova O’Brien really a closet leftie?

Written By: - Date published: 9:01 am, August 16th, 2018 - 76 comments
Categories: Donald Trump, International, journalism, making shit up, Media, national, same old national, Simon Bridges, spin, the praiseworthy and the pitiful, us politics, you couldn't make this shit up - Tags: ,

If she is I can’t say I have ever noticed her at a meeting of the People’s Republic of Aotearoa Tamaki Makaurau branch (this will get the right googling furiously).  But Matthew Hooton, the person that (Red) Radio New Zealand trusts to comment on how the right wing see things is on the face of it convinced that she is. At least according to Radio Live:

Right-wing PR man Matthew Hooton told RadioLIVE Drive there is a “despicable smear campaign underway” against the National Party leader.

“Aid and abetted by an extreme left-wing, anti-National Party journalist called Tova O’Brien, who is a disgrace to the profession and a disgrace to Newshub, and is running a personal campaign to get rid of Simon Bridges.”

The degree of hyperbole is exceptional, Fox News like in its quality.  The sort of thing Donald Trump says on a bad day.  And totally lacking in analysis or that rather important quality called evidence.

And attacking the messenger is pretty bad form. I mean which self respecting journalist, leaked documents to show that Simon Bridges had spent a small fortune of taxpayer’s money on touring the company seeking votes and support, would not report it?

To check on the allegations I had a quick quiz through the Standard’s earlier posts. Tova is not someone who has attracted much attention either way in the past  although there is this post when she described Bridges’ comments about baby Neve loutish, transphobic rubbish. But so did everyone else.

And on another blog it has been reported that she is anti Jacinda.

So what evidence is there that she is an extreme left-wing, anti-National Party journalist?  Nil, nada, zip.

Maybe this is a big Mediaworks clickbait exercise.  Getting us all to furiously click on various Mediaworks’ sites as the story unfolds.

I think the story about Bridges’s expenses has some way to go still.  I am pretty sure that Trevor Mallard has very cleverly gazumped National and either a National caucus member will be discovered to be the leaker or enough of them will refuse to sign a waiver to make identification of the culprit impossible but show Bridges to be weak.  Clearly Mallard is convinced that the form of the information (digital) is such that it had to come from within National’s caucus and not from Parliamentary Services.

Getting National to require all of its MPs to sign a waiver is a stroke of brilliance on his part.

I still do not get National’s rationale for asking for the inquiry.  Maybe Bridges and co are willing to run the risk of a National MP being outed, then they can summarily disembowel him or her and enhance their standing.  It worked for Phil Goff and for David Shearer at least for a while.  Tough guy routines tend to go down quite well with the voting public.  But time will tell.

The next time I am at the Tamaki Makaurau branch of the People’s Republic of Aotearoa party meeting I will say hello to Tova.  Somehow I don’t think this is going to happen.

76 comments on “Is Tova O’Brien really a closet leftie?”

  1. Gosman 1

    Lol! Given the claims made against people like Guyon Espiner and Duncan Garner by people in the comments section here I find this defence of Tova O’Brien hillarious.

  2. Gosman 2

    By way of example of the sort of views expressed by some here about Guyon Espiner I refer to the following link

    Espiner becomes RNZ Morning Report host and Pagani criticises the Standard

    ” His appointment from the Mediaworks stable is unhelpful. Radio New Zealand has always been part of the public service independent media model and an influx of people from private media, especially those being shown preference by the current government, has the potential to undermine the principle of independence.”

    • mickysavage 2.1

      Something I wrote a few years ago. My comment “private media, especially those being shown preference by the current government” was a reference to Mediaworks and the interest free loans that Joyce arranged for it.

      Is Joyce too big to fail?

      And are you saying that “potential to undermine the principle of independence” is the same as “extreme left-wing, anti-National Party journalist “?

      • Gosman 2.1.1

        I’m strongly suggesting that allegations of bias by members of the media go both ways and to criticise someone on the right for making unfounded allegations when similar comments may have been made by yourself in the past smacks of double standards.

        I disagree strongly with Matthew Hooton on this point. He should pull his head in. As far as I can tell Tova O’Brien is doing her job. However at least Hooton was criticising her for perceived bias in something she did. Guyon Espiner was being criticised for perceived bias before he even started a job.

    • paul andersen 2.2

      you are trying to hijack this thread. thought it was about newly minted lefty, abrien, now you are waffling on about something else. are you impaired, or just unable to focus?

      • Gosman 2.2.1

        Actually this thread is about someone in the media making unfounded allegations of bias against a journalist from one of the major media outlets. It is entirely appropriate to point out how that is something that happens all the time across the political divide.

        • McFlock 2.2.1.1

          I love how you act like “unfounded” is an unimportant word.

          🙄

        • dukeofurl 2.2.1.2

          Just that Rotton didnt provide facts …at least O’Brien had Bridges love of the limo for her story… real facts

  3. Dennis Frank 3

    I heard that Hooton described her as corrupt. Think it was Garner yesterday morning. If so, H has lost the plot. Labour don’t have spare money to pay her to spin things their way. She’s been getting her video editor to do some snappy assemblage of repetitive robotic behaviour by Nat parliamentarians to make her reports infotaining – must’ve irritated him sufficiently to assume a mercenary motivation.

    • Cinny 3.1

      Dear TVNZ please air The Hollow Men documentary to add some context to the washed up hootens tantrums. Please and Thank you 🙂

      • tc 3.1.1

        +100….Maori TV maybe but not TVNZ as that’s a celebrity/reality/cooking outlet now.

        Wonder if his backers run to sorting any legal issues around defamation etc when he goes all out unhinged.

      • Gosman 3.1.2

        What context will that add?

        • Cinny 3.1.2.1

          Investigative journalism context to help inform the NZ public.

          Knowledge is power.

          Yes please Maori TV 🙂

          • Gosman 3.1.2.1.1

            Inform the NZ public about what exactly? That Matthew Hooton has links with National – Shock Horror! I am pretty sure most people know that.

            • Cinny 3.1.2.1.1.1

              To remind and/or inform the NZ public on the extents of dirty politics.

              don brash and matthew hotton. Leaked documents etc etc. Topical stuff atm.

              Inform the next generation’s.

  4. marty mars 4

    Hootons personal issues are affecting his work. He needs to get help before he is forced to.

    • mac1 4.1

      If that’s the case I hope he does- for himself, and for the rest of us who are inflicted/infected by the same rhetoric. I Instance the fake news attack recently on alleged ‘baby-dandling’ and now this OTT attack on Tova O’Brien.

    • dukeofurl 4.2

      Rotton is always like this, hes had a long running personal vendetta against Steven Joyce- who let it slide but once he was out of national and Rotton took one last swipe, Joyce said he was going to sue and got an abject, on both knees, head held in shame apology

      • marty mars 4.2.1

        I don’t think it is good to enable his toxic unhinged rants – young people might think that is acceptable. hooton is a hollow man, shallow, venal, envious and with a short ego always trying to be an alpha but sadly never getting there.

        • Gosman 4.2.1.1

          Let’s censor him as well then 😉

          • dukeofurl 4.2.1.1.1

            What happened to Martyn Bradbury then
            he was ‘censored off’ one of RNZ shows for much the same ‘outspoken’ views that Rotton gets away with week after week…one small difference to Bradburys views.

            https://www.newshub.co.nz/general/blogger-bomber-banned-from-rnz-for-criticism-of-key-2011101012

            As usual Gosman you have short attention span…. dont remember Auckland University ‘de platforming’ Hone Harawira either do you after a ‘Thugs veto’ by upset Young nats

          • marty mars 4.2.1.1.2

            Yes you rwnjs always try to shut down debate and censure things – let’s burn the books says your mob. Not me – he can say what he likes and if I don’t like it i’ll say what I like. Freedom is not just another word for nothing left to lose mate.

  5. Sabine 5

    does anyone really care?

    • adam 5.1

      Average folks, probably not.

      The problem is that hooten is a turd that the rest of the media is more than a little besotted with.

      • Sabine 5.1.1

        yep, and how many average people would now how that guy is?

        I mean, the only reason i know about these guys is because people here complain about them.

        but then i don’t watch tv, don’t listen to the radio and do not read NZ newspapers.

        makes for easy living really.

        i shall dedicate this to the chattering class of NZ.

  6. Chris T 6

    Having not seen much yet from Tova O’Brien I can only go by her comments when she was reporting on UK politics on AM when she spent a few years being based there.

    Seemed fairly impartial to me, albeit maybe leaning to the left a little

    Whether this has changed in the same environment here where she would have more emotional investment I’m not sure.

    Time will tell I suppose.

    As an aside, how anyone can call Garner right escapes me.

    He was hassling the Nats when they were in govt, just as much as he does with Labour now. The funniest is he and pretty much all the media go easier on Ardern since she announced the pregnancy than they did on Key, which I wouldn’t have even believed possible.

    • bwaghorn 6.1

      The problem with garners show is he has an openly Nat toss bag sitting next to him with no openly lefty for balance so it scews his show to the right. Hardly journalism a?

  7. Anne 7

    … which self respecting journalist, leaked documents to show that Simon Bridges had spent a small fortune of taxpayer’s money on touring the company seeking votes and support,…

    I think you mean ‘country’ not ‘company’ ms. 😉

    • mac1 7.1

      I think that’s what he meant, Anne, but ‘company’ worked quite well for meaning, as well. I saw the travelling one-man band road show locally. He played the drums for a number with a jazz band from Christ’s College, then spoke and responded to questions/statements from the floor.

      So, National was ‘touring the company’. He ran the show, was the star performer, and showed his affinity with the people by talking to us with his jacket off. The people paying were our taxpayers, but that’s OK. Did we get a performance worthy of a free but hidden costs ticket? I didn’t think so as little of real substance was revealed. He was ‘listening’ even though he did most of the talking. I wrote about the substance of the meeting in another comment here at the time.

      It reminded me of the touring bus from a minor party which toured some elections ago. The sign on the side said something like “Listening to New Zealanders”. The pungent comment on the photo pointed out the special listening devices attached to the bus. They were, of course, tannoy speakers!

  8. infused 8

    I think Tova has got a bit carried away in the last few weeks. Likely not left/right, but she was all attack until shes got caught out. Having to report on herself last night must have been interesting.

    It’s an mediaworks/private media thing. They tend to pick a side and go all out (in my opinion, left or right).

    • Anne 8.1

      It’s an mediaworks/private media thing. They tend to pick a side and go all out (in my opinion, left or right).

      Yes. Good point.

    • dukeofurl 8.2

      Thats true . Theres that imperative now for media who aim for millennial demographic to frame everything as absolutes. They cant even suggest shades of grey. Commentators see themselves as a brand and treat their musings with brand impact words
      see ‘The Spinoff headlines for today

      ‘Justice for Baby Justus: the fight to overturn a baby name ban goes on’

      ‘Consultation is overrated: why we should stop letting idiots guide us

      ‘It’s official: big law firm culture is f*cked. Here’s how to survive it

      The UK media , say Guardian and Independent is even more hilarious as people who are unknown in the real world clamour for even harder impact words to make their minor stories seem important

    • Ed 8.3

      Yes this story is really about getting this failing network airtime.
      The story becomes about her.
      And her channel’s advertising.

  9. Reality 9

    Regarding Tova O’B – it is pleasing to see she is being forthright in her comments re Simon Bridges after years of the media giving John Key an easy time and at the same time being highly critical of the left/centre left.

  10. AB 10

    Maybe the political spectrum has got so distorted inside Hooten’s head that he actually believes what he’s saying.
    I find this unlikely, because Hooten is characterised by the aggressive use of language and rhetoric to drive perception and opinion in the direction he wants. I see him as the right’s Mark Antony (in Shakespeare’s play the smooth, verbally fluent, self-interested shit-stirrer). Astonishingly, he is given platforms all over the place to do that.
    The more likely scenario is that he is intentionally misdirecting blame for an internal Collins-faction hit-job onto a convenient journalist.

    • Gosman 10.1

      Except he is not a Collins fan at all.

      • dukeofurl 10.1.1

        hes banging the drum for Bridges though. Thats because he can see exactly the same situation for Bridges as happened for :
        Goff
        Shearer
        Cunliffe
        Little

        Week after week small things drip drip drip wear away at Bridges credibility and with that goes nationals numbers ( when they find another party option)

        Compared to some in the media Tova O’brien seems to be seemingly even handed. ( Compared to say Stacey Kirk) I suppose she has to as newshub chief political reporter.
        Rottons outburst seems to be more to catch the attention of newshubs distant US/aussie private equity fund bosses who may feel ‘thats theres a problem to be fixed’

        • Chris T 10.1.1.1

          Except Nationals numbers seem to be going up/level

          For all the calls of the axe is coming, from the left, doubt it will happen unless that changes

          • dukeofurl 10.1.1.1.1

            Brand glow – weetbix has the same effect.

            National still has the same support in opinion makers , in newspapers , radio magazines etc and it rubs off in the consumers of that style of news.

  11. Professor Longhair 11

    This little tick Hooton is a jackanapes. Nothing more, nothing less.

  12. Chris T 12

    It’s pretty funny the whole Hooton thing

    He was telling Labour the only way they could win the election was to make Ardern leader as early as March last year in the NBR and everyone slagged him off.

    Lol

    • AB 12.1

      You are too kind.
      He promoted Ardern replacing Little a leader because:
      1.) He reckoned they wouldn’t do it and talking about it served to undermine Little further
      and
      2.) He reckoned that if they actually did do it, it would make them look shambolic and backfire spectacularly

      He was wrong on both counts and seems to be pretty annoyed about it. But the real point is that absolutely everything he says is calculated to harm the left and cannot be treated as an honest statement of opinion.

    • AB 12.2

      You are too kind.
      Most likely Hooton advocated replacing Little with Ardern because:
      1.) He thought they wouldn’t do it and talking about it served to undermine Little further
      and
      2.) He thought that if they did do it, they would look shambolic and it would all backfire

      He was wrong on both counts – which seems to have annoyed him.
      However the real point is that everything he says is designed to harm the left and cannot be taken as an honest expression of opinion.

  13. Ross 13

    I’m not sure why the form of the information is relevant. The leaker could’ve taken a screen shot with their phone or simply scribbled the details on a piece of paper which then fell off the back of a truck. 🙂

    I’ll be amazed if the leaker is identified.

  14. Chris Trotter once wrote an article that described Hooten as a dangerous and eloquent speaker for the right,…hehe… I never saw him that way,… I just saw him as sleazy and all you had to do was observe the tosspots who he was speaking for to know it was just so much contrived claptrap.

    He needs to be minimized in the public’s eye as to just how ‘important’ he is… dated 1980’s and 1990’s style rhetoric and dogma?

    He’s almost 20 years out of step.

    Passed the use- by.

  15. Marcus Morris 15

    I had never heard of Tova O’Brien before this article came up so I read two recent stories by her concerning Simon Bridges. The first was questioning his wisdom in choosing be “out of the office” while the Prime Minister took her parental leave and the second was the reference to the expense account. What on earth is Hooton on about. He loses whatever credibility he had by the day.

    • Chris T 15.1

      That is probably because she has only been in the job about 2-3 months

      She used to be the Newshub Europe correspondent and took Paddy “Chairman of the Official NZ Jacinda Fan club” Gower’s job

      • dukeofurl 15.1.1

        And the Parliamentary gallery wasnt a 10 year John key appreciation club ?

      • veutoviper 15.1.2

        She was a political reporter for several years or more – I think in the Parliamentary Press Gallery – before she went to Europe and was frequently on TV News during that time. IIRC she was often on with Garner and/or Gower.

  16. Sanctuary 16

    You are SO lucky. I am a member of the People’s Republic of Aotearoa Tamaki Southdown branch, or the PRATS 🙁

    Or Jacinda’s secret group, the People’s Republic of Aotearoa Manakau Socialists (PRAMS)

  17. Observer Tokoroa 17

    The Cat House

    I listened into the Leader of the Opposition 2 days ago. I should not have expected any parliamentary courtesy from Capitalists. Greed is their only game.

    But Simon who was darting around like a cat on heat, kept referring to a member of the Labour party as “Sheehe”. “Does sheee still stand for” . “Why does Sheehee ,,,,”

    We all know he is incoherent and has a difficulty with everyday words. I don’t knock Simon for that.

    It would be best if the screaming Simon emptied his bowels before opening his mouth – and addressed men and women with Courtesy.

    In most Parliaments members are referred to as the “Honorable Member for Tauranga” or some such.

    The Speakers of most Parliaments ensure Courtesy, but the Beehive Speaker prefers trash to time honoured etiqutte. Shame.

    • Gosman 17.1

      “We all know he is incoherent and has a difficulty with everyday words. I don’t knock Simon for that.”

      Ummm… you just did.

  18. Observer Tokoroa 18

    Do you have any females in your daily life? Do you call them SHE – repeatedly ?

    I thought you had some worthwhile traits – and customs.

    I was wrong.

  19. Ken 19

    Is it stating the obvious to say that Hooten is losing credibility?

    • You’d lose it too if all you had to work with was the unpopular screamer Bridges and the equally as distrusted dodgy Collins…

      Imagine trying to make a silk purse out of those two sows ears,,… Geez, Wayne !

  20. R.P Mcmurphy 20

    mathew hooton is a paid liar. my rule of thumb is that anything he asserts then the opposite is most likely to be true. hooton has no discernible principles and is unconscionable and unscrupulous when it comes to furthering the interests of his paymasters

  21. Brian Tregaskin 21

    What would happen if the leak came from a Labour MP. What would fallout be in this scenario?

  22. Ian 22

    Newshub journalism peaked with paddy gower.When will paddy be emerging from his safe house ?Currently the laughing stock of international investigative reporting. Tova looks like she is following the same path. A pity really,cos she did quite well early on .

  23. corodale 23

    Part of the strategy is to strengthen the mythology of the left-right divide.
    The illusion of an “extreme-left” is required so the neo-liberal agenda can marginalise progressive governance. Labour are bound to business-as-usual, by the fear of looking like a “socialist threat”.

    Due to the hedging strategies of the neo-liberal power base, the best chance for genuine socialist reform is cooperation between the self proclaimed left, and the new popularist movements. They know this, and thus they focus on the politics of divide and conquer.

  24. Michael Smythe 24

    National’s rationale for asking for the inquiry?
    My guess is it’s a high-stakes plot to get a new conservative party up and running in parliament before the Electoral Integrity Act becomes law. Here is the scenario:

    The enquiry will find that a National Party MP leaked the exorbitant nationwide getting-to-know-me tour expenses to a journalist.

    The (carefully selected) National MP will then be subject to a swift ritual dismissal from the National Caucus.

    The now independent MP will argue that s/he was standing up for the poor beleaguered taxpayer in exposing profligate spending – and use that as a platform for launching a new conservative, small government, low tax party.

    The new party leader, now enjoying a higher parliamentary salary and expenses, will then embark upon a nationwide getting-to-know-me tour at great expense to the poor beleaguered taxpayer.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Jenny Marcroft MP to represent New Zealand First in Auckland Central
    New Zealand First is pleased to announce Jenny Marcroft as the party’s election 2020 candidate for the Auckland Central electorate. Jenny spent years working in Auckland Central, having spent a vast proportion of her broadcasting career there. She says she, "knows the place and knows the people." Ms Marcroft says ...
    11 hours ago
  • Creating jobs and cleaning up our rivers
    New Zealanders deserve healthy rivers and lakes that are safe to swim in - but they have been getting worse for decades. That's why, with our latest announcement, we're investing in projects that will help clean up our rivers and lakes and restore them to health, within a generation. ...
    1 day ago
  • Jacinda Ardern: 2020 Labour Congress Speech
    Jacinda Ardern's speech to the 2020 Labour Party Congress. ...
    1 day ago
  • Kelvin Davis: 2020 Labour Congress Speech
    Kelvin Davis' speech to the 2020 Labour Party Congress. ...
    1 day ago
  • Week That Was: Another week of major progress
    This week we moved into the second half of 2020 - and our Government delivered another week of big changes and major progress for New Zealanders. Read below for a wrap of the key things moments from the week - from extending paid parental leave, to making major investments in ...
    3 days ago
  • Green Party opposes RMA fast-track bill that cut corners on environmental safeguards and public cons...
    The Green Party has opposed the COVID-19 Recovery Fast-track Consenting Bill which shortcuts normal consenting processes under the Resource Management Act (RMA), reduces public participation and narrows environmental considerations. ...
    4 days ago
  • Site of new freight hub revealed
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister of Regional Economic Development A regional freight hub for the lower North Island will be built just northeast of Palmerston North, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The Government is investing $40 million through the Provincial Growth Fund to designate and buy land and design ...
    5 days ago
  • Greens call for Guaranteed Minimum Income to alleviate skyrocketing debt with MSD
    Green Party Co-leader Marama Davidson is calling for the introduction of a Guaranteed Minimum Income to lift hundreds of thousands of people out of poverty and prevent more families entering into further debt with the Ministry of Social Development.  ...
    5 days ago
  • Winston Peters: Facts matter when taxpayer money is on the line
    There has been renewed focus on New Zealand First acting as a handbrake on the Government after our decision to not support Auckland light rail. We are a handbrake for bad ideas, that is true, but our track record since 2017 has seen New Zealand First constructively also serve as an ...
    5 days ago
  • Bill raising minimum residency requirement for NZ Super passes first reading
    Mark Patterson MP, New Zealand First List MP New Zealand First’s Fair Residency for Superannuation Bill passed its First Reading in Parliament today. The Bill makes a significant change to NZ Super by raising the minimum residency requirement from 10 to 20 years, after age 20. “Currently, a migrant of ...
    5 days ago
  • Harsher penalties for assaults on first responders one step closer
    Darroch Ball MP, Spokesperson for Law and Order A New Zealand First member’s bill in the name of Darroch Ball introducing a six-month minimum prison sentence for assaults on first responders has passed its second reading in Parliament. The new offence of "injuring a first responder or corrections officer with ...
    5 days ago
  • Criminal Cases Review Commission delivers Coalition promise
    Fletcher Tabuteau MP, Deputy Leader of New Zealand First New Zealand First welcomes the launch of the new Criminal Cases Review Commission, gifted with the name from Waikato-Tainui - Te Kāhui Tātari Ture, announced in Hamilton today by Justice Minister Andrew Little. “New Zealand First has long believed in and ...
    5 days ago
  • Greens welcome huge new investment in sustainable projects
    The Green Party is celebrating over $800m in new funding for green projects, which will get people into jobs while solving New Zealand’s long-term challenges. ...
    6 days ago
  • New Zealand First demands answers from Meridian Energy
    Mark Patterson MP, Spokesperson for Primary Industries New Zealand First is appalled that Meridian seems to have been unnecessarily spilling water from its dams to drive up its profits."While New Zealanders have been coming together in some of our darkest hours, we don’t expect power gentailers to waste water and ...
    6 days ago
  • Getting New Zealand moving again: June 2020
    We wrapped up the first half of 2020 with a busy month, taking additional steps to support New Zealanders as we continue with our economic recovery. We rolled out targeted packages to support key industries like tourism and construction, helped create jobs in the environmental and agriculture sectors, and set ...
    6 days ago
  • Māori union leader appointed to Infrastructure Commission board
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Infrastructure Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones has welcomed the appointment of Maurice Davis and his deep infrastructure and construction experience to the board of the Infrastructure Commission. Mr Davis (Ngāti Maniapoto), is the seventh and final appointment to the board led by former Reserve Bank Governor ...
    7 days ago
  • Click-bait journalism at its worst
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Leader of New Zealand First New Zealand’s click bait journalism is taking a turn for the worse, with yet another example of sensationalist, wilful-misrepresentation of the facts. “New Zealand First has worked constructively with its Coalition partner on hundreds of pieces of legislation and policy, and ...
    7 days ago
  • Green Party proposes transformational Poverty Action Plan
    The Green Party is today unveiling its Poverty Action Plan, which includes a Guaranteed Minimum Income to ensure people have enough to live with dignity.     ...
    1 week ago
  • PGF accelerates Rotorua projects
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister Fletcher Tabuteau MP, Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development The Rotorua Museum redevelopment and Whakarewarewa and Tokorangi Forest projects will be accelerated thanks to a $2.09 million Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) boost, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher ...
    1 week ago
  • Week That Was: Getting people into jobs
    This week, we rolled out the next steps of our recovery plan, with new infrastructure investment, extra support for tourism operators, and a new programme to get Kiwis into agriculture careers. The global economic consequences of COVID-19 will continue to be a challenge, but we have a detailed plan to ...
    1 week ago
  • Coalition commitment establishing Mental Health Commission delivered
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First welcomes the passage of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill through its final reading in Parliament today fulfilling a coalition agreement commitment. “This is an important step in saving the lives of New Zealanders and delivers a key coalition commitment ...
    1 week ago
  • Whakatāne gets a $2.5m ‘turbo boost’
    Whakatāne has been given a $2.5 million boost to speed up previously funded projects and create more than 450 jobs in the next decade. Of those, the equivalent of 160 full-time jobs could be delivered in the next six weeks. Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters is in town to make ...
    1 week ago
  • $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 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • 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 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • 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.  ...
    2 weeks ago
  • 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 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • 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 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • 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. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • 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. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • 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 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • 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 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • 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 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • 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 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • 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 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Fletcher Tabuteau selected as candidate for Rotorua
    New Zealand First MP Fletcher Tabuteau is pleased to be confirmed today as the party’s candidate for the Rotorua electorate. Speaking at the Rotorua AGM for New Zealand First, Mr Tabuteau said this is an election that is incredibly important for the people of Rotorua. “The founding principles of New ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Greens call for Government office to address Rainbow issues following Human Rights Commission report
    The Human Rights Commission’s PRISM report on the issues impacting people based on their sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and sex characteristics (SOGIESC) provides an excellent programme of work for future governments to follow, say the Greens. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Winston Peters continues push for trans-Tasman travel as military take control of operations
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters said the trans-Tasman bubble had not been jeopardised after a border botch-up resulted in New Zealand having two active cases of COVID-19. On Friday, Mr Peters told RNZ's Morning Report he had heard from Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison that borders for trans-Tasman travel would open by ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Winston Peters on the Government’s Covid-19 border blunder
    Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters said today he was pleased the army was now running the quarantine and isolation process - up until now it has been the Ministry of Health. Peters told Newstalk ZB's Mike Hosking that the army knew how to introduce and follow protocols and instil discipline. ...
    3 weeks ago
  • New Zealand First’s Ron Mark confirms bid for the Wairarapa seat
    Hon Ron Mark, New Zealand First List MP based in the Wairarapa New Zealand First MP and Minister for Defence and Veteran’s Affairs Ron Mark has confirmed his bid for the Wairarapa seat.“The Coalition Government has done a lot of good work throughout the Wairarapa, but many constituents have told ...
    3 weeks ago
  • New Zealand First welcomes second tranche of candidates
    New Zealand First is pleased to release the names of its next tranche of candidates for the 2020 election. We’re proud to announce these hardworking New Zealanders that have put their hand up to fight for a commonsense and resilient future.Jamie Arbuckle – Kaikoura Mark Arneil – Christchurch Central Jackie ...
    3 weeks ago

  • 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • Extended loan scheme keeps business afloat
    Small businesses are getting greater certainty about access to finance with an extension to the interest-free cashflow loan scheme to the end of the year. The Small Business Cashflow Loan Scheme has already been extended once, to 24 July. Revenue and Small Business Minister Stuart Nash says it will be ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Speech to Labour Party Congress 2020
    Tena koutou katoa  Nga tangata whenua o tenei rohe o Pōneke, tena koutou Nau mai, haere mai ki te hui a tau mo te roopu reipa Ko tatou!  Ko to tatou mana!  Ko to tatou kaupapa kei te kokiri whakamua  Tena koutou, tena koutou, tena tatou katoa   Welcome. I ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Building a more sustainable construction sector
    A new programme, which sets a firm course for the Building and Construction sector to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, has been announced by the Minister for Building and Construction Jenny Salesa. “A significant amount of New Zealand’s carbon emissions come from the building and construction sector.  If we’re serious ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • COVID-19: Support to improve student attendance and wellbeing
    The Government has opened an urgent response fund to support schools and early learning services to get children and young people back on track after the Covid-19 lockdown. “While we are seeing improvements in attendance under Alert Level 1 Ministry of Education data shows that attendance rates in our schools ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Fast-track consenting law boosts jobs and economic recovery
    The law to boost the economic recovery from the impact of COVID-19 by speeding up resource consenting on selected projects has passed its second and third readings in the House today. “Accelerating nationwide projects and activities by government, iwi and the private sector will help deliver faster economic recovery and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Whanganui Port gets PGF boost
    Five port-related projects in Whanganui will receive a $26.75 million Provincial Growth Fund investment to support local economic recovery and create new opportunities for growth, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “This is a significant investment that will support the redevelopment of the Whanganui Port, a project governed ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • More support for Sarjeant Gallery
    Whanganui’s Sarjeant Gallery will receive an investment of up to $12 million administered by the Provincial Growth Fund to support its redevelopment, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. The project is included in a $3 billion infrastructure pipeline announced by Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Shane Jones yesterday. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Funding for training and upskilling
    The Provincial Growth Fund is investing nearly $2.5 million into three Te Ara Mahi programmes to support Manawatū-Whanganui jobseekers and employees to quickly train and upskill, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “Up to 154 local people will be supported into employment within the first year by these ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Statement from the Minister of Health Dr David Clark
      This morning I have formally tendered my resignation as Minister of Health, which was accepted by the Prime Minister. Serving as Minister of Health has been an absolute privilege – particularly through these extraordinary last few months. It’s no secret that Health is a challenging portfolio. I have given ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Scholarship placements for agricultural emissions scientists doubles
    Scholarships for 57 early-career agricultural emissions scientists from 20 developing countries is another example of New Zealand’s international leadership in primary sector sustainability, says Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. Mr O’Connor, announcing the scholarships today, says hundreds of applications were received for this fourth round of the CLIFF-GRADS programme (Climate, Food ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Funding for Foxton regeneration
    A project to help rejuvenate the Horowhenua town of Foxton will receive a Provincial Growth Fund investment of $3.86 million, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “This funding for the Foxton Regeneration project will be used to make the well-known holiday town even more attractive for visitors and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Plan to improve protection of moa bones
    Moa bones and other sub-fossil remains of extinct species are set to have improved protection with proposals to prevent the trade in extinct species announced the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage today. “We have lost too many of our native species, but these lost species, such as moa, remain an ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Free lunches served up to thousands of school children in the South Island
    The Government’s free and healthy school lunches programme moves south for the first time creating jobs for around 30 people in Otago and Southland. “Eighteen schools with 3000 students are joining the programme – 11 have already begun serving lunches, and seven are preparing to start during Term 3. This is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Screen Sector recovery package protects jobs, boosts investment
    Thousands of Kiwi jobs and investment in New Zealand productions will be protected through a screen sector support package announced today by Associate Minister for Arts Culture and Heritage Carmel Sepuloni, Minister for Economic Development Phil Twyford and Minister for Broadcasting Kris Faafoi. The package also includes investment in broadcasting ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New fund to help save local events and jobs
    The Government has established a new $10 million fund for the domestic events sector to help save jobs and protect incomes as it recovers from the impacts of COVID-19, Minister of Economic Development Phil Twyford announced today. This funding from Budget 2020 follows talks with the event sector designed to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Bill to improve fuel market competition
    The Government has taken another step in its commitment to making sure New Zealanders get a fairer deal at the petrol pump with the introduction of legislation to improve competition in the retail fuel market, says Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods. “The fuel market study that this Government ordered ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New Zealand joins global facility for pre-purchase of COVID-19 Vaccine
    New Zealand has joined a global initiative that aims to enable all countries to access a safe and effective Covid-19 vaccine, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters announced today. The COVAX Facility was recently launched by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. The Alliance includes the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the World Bank ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Right to legal representation in Family Court restored today
    From today new legislation takes effect to both restore the right to legal representation at the start of a Care of Children (CoCA) dispute in the Family Court, and allow parties to those proceedings to access legal aid where eligible. During a visit to the Family Court in Auckland today, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Transitioning to a fully-qualified home-based ECE workforce
    Home-based early childhood education (ECE) subsidised by the government will transition to a fully qualified workforce by 2025 to ensure better and more consistent quality, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. “Quality early learning helps provide children with a strong foundation for their future,” Chris Hipkins said. From 1 January ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Criminal Cases Review Commission gets to work
    The new Criminal Cases Review Commission | Te Kāhui Tātari Ture (CCRC) has started work and can now independently investigate claimed miscarriages of justice. “Even though we have appeal rights and safeguards against unsafe convictions, from time to time our justice system does get things wrong. The design of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Speech by the Minister of Defence to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs
    E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā karangatanga maha, tēnā koutou Ki a koutou Te Āti Awa, Taranaki Whānui, Ngāti Toa Rangatira, ngā mana whenua o te rohe nei, tēnā koutou Ko Te Whare Wānanga o Aotearoa ki ngā take o te Ao (NZIIA), Ko te Rōpū Tohu Tono ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Six months with baby and $20 more a week for new parents
    The Government’s increase to paid parental leave kicks in today with another 4 weeks taking New Zealand up to a full 6 months (26 weeks, up from 22 weeks) leave for new parents, and the maximum weekly payment will increase by $20pw, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Infrastructure investment to create jobs, kick-start COVID rebuild
    A new package of infrastructure investments will help kick-start the post-COVID rebuild by creating more than 20,000 jobs and unlocking more than $5 billion of projects up and down New Zealand. Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones today outlined how the $3 billion infrastructure fund in the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Statement on passage of national security law for Hong Kong
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today expressed the New Zealand Government’s deep disappointment at the passage by China’s National People’s Congress Standing Committee of a national security law for Hong Kong. “New Zealand has consistently emphasised its serious concern about the imposition of this legislation on Hong Kong without inclusive ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • July 1 marks progress for workers, families
    More jobs and more family time with newborns are the centrepiece of a suite of Government initiatives coming into effect today. July 1 is a milestone day for the Government as a host of key policies take effect, demonstrating the critical areas where progress has been made. “The Coalition Government ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Auckland water consent referred to Board of Inquiry
    Environment Minister David Parker has today “called in” Auckland’s application to the Waikato Regional Council to take an extra 200 million litres of water a day from the lower reaches of the Waikato River for Auckland drinking water and other municipal uses.  The call-in means the application has been referred ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New Zealand to host virtual APEC in 2021
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker announced today that New Zealand’s hosting of APEC in 2021 will go ahead using virtual digital platforms. Mr Peters said the global disruption caused by COVID-19, including resultant border restrictions, had been the major factor in the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Matakana Link Road construction kicks off and drives jobs
    The start of construction on a new link road between Matakana Road and State Highway 1 will create jobs and support the significant population growth expected in the Warkworth area, Transport Minister Phil Twyford and Mayor Phil Goff announced today. Transport Minister Phil Twyford said construction of the Matakana Link ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • PPE supplies secured as COVID-19 response focuses on border
    The Government is prioritising its latest investment in PPE for frontline health workers, including staff at managed isolation and quarantine facilities, Health Minister David Clark says. “With no community transmission of COVID-19 our response now has a firm focus on keeping our border safe and secure. “We must ensure that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • PGF funding for Parihaka settlement
    The Parihaka Papakāinga Trust in Taranaki will receive up to $14 million for a new visitor centre and other improvements at the historic settlement that will boost the local economy and provide much-needed jobs, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Andrew Little have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Protections for workers in triangular employment
    Protections for workers who are employees of one employer but working under the direction of another business or organisation have come into force, closing a gap in legislation that  made the personal grievance process inaccessible for some workers, says Workplace Relations Minister Iain Lees-Galloway. “This Government is working hard to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government strengthens managed isolation system
    A range of improvements are already underway to address issues identified in the rapid review of the Managed Isolation and Quarantine system released today, Housing Minister Megan Woods said. The review was commissioned just over a week ago to identify and understand current and emerging risks to ensure the end-to-end ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Whakatāne to go predator free with Government backing Ngāti Awa led efforts
    The important brown kiwi habitat around Whakatāne will receive added protection through an Iwi-led predator free project announced by Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage and Under Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau. “The Government is investing nearly $5 million into Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa’s environmental projects with $2.5 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Growing Goodwood: Expanding wood waste recycling plant in Bay of Plenty, Waikato
    An extra 4,000 tonnes of offcuts and scraps of untreated wood per year will soon be able to be recycled into useful products such as horticultural and garden mulch, playground safety surfacing and animal bedding as a result of a $660,000 investment from the Waste Minimisation Fund, Associate Environment Minister ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Scott Watson’s convictions to be referred to Court of Appeal
    The Governor-General has referred Scott Watson’s convictions for murder back to the Court of Appeal, Justice Minister Andrew Little announced today. Mr Watson was convicted in 1999 of the murders of Ben Smart and Olivia Hope. His appeal to the Court of Appeal in 2000 was unsuccessful, as was his ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago