web analytics

Jamie Whyte officially loses it

Written By: - Date published: 9:52 am, August 11th, 2014 - 54 comments
Categories: act - Tags:

I am on holiday and I was going to keep posting to a minimum but this particular pearler from ACT’s Jamie Whyte is too good to ignore. He has just posted a statement on the ACT website which says this:

Winston Peters joked in a speech this weekend that “two Wongs don’t make a white”.

“When accused of racism, he said his accusers lacked a sense of humour. But his version of the joke isn’t funny and makes no sense “ said Dr Whyte.

The joke is based on the Chinese tendency to mispronounce Rs and Ws. This tendency turns the familiar saying “two wrongs don’t make a right” into “two Wongs don’t make a white.”

This joke was originally made by the Australian politician, Arthur Calwell – a keen defender of the White Australia immigration policy.

“Mr Peters is an experienced Australasian politician. He must be aware of Calwell and his xenophobic policies. Repeating an even less amusing version of his joke is shameful.”

“The race relations commissioner, Dame Susan Devoy, has not condemned Winston Peters for his statement.”

“This is no surprise. Devoy recently described my call for racial equality as ‘grotesque’. Racial inequality is much more to her taste,” said Dr Whyte.

“Devoy and Peters should get together in a Herne Bay bar for a few giggles at the expense of the Chinese, and reminisce about the days when people enjoyed jokes about Wongs and Whites by bigots like Calwell.”

“And Devoy should resign as soon as she sobers up.”

Wow.  How insulting.  How does Key handle such a personal attack on someone who National put into the job as race relations commissioner?

Whyte needs to understand that the maxim “all publicity is good publicity” has its limits.

54 comments on “Jamie Whyte officially loses it”

  1. One Anonymous Bloke 1

    Hell hath no fury like a disrespected Libertarian clown.

  2. has jaime ‘just do nothing about climatechange!’ whyte got no hair ‘cos he pulled it out in frustration..

    ..having spent his whole life spouting stuff/judgements..

    ..and having all listeners saying to themselves:

    ..’w.t.f. is he banging on about..!..the man makes no sense..!..no sense at all..!’

  3. Gosman 3

    What I find funny here is that not so long ago many on the left were complaining loudly about the unsuitability of Devoy to be Race relations commissioner.

    • framu 3.1

      whats also funny is that youve deliberately forgotten that at the time the issue with her suitability was due to devoys relevance (or work history) compared to other vastly more qualified candidates and the utterly dodgy selection process

      So devoy has said one public comment that sounds like shes doing her job – but theres been others that show otherwise. And if thats the sum total of her tenure to date then… well… (im happy to see that theres more good work – but i cant think of any)

      aint context and detail beyond glib throw away one line trooling a bitch?

    • tricledrown 3.2

      Goose you rarely tell the truth ,the fact is she has grown into the job after appearing to be of touch at first she has obviously done a lot of homework given the criticism she deservedly received initially
      I say good on her.
      Goosy you haven,t done any home work and are still making an ass of yourself trying to be the lead propagandist fermenting and storing but most of lies have been outed and it has backfired and you are just firing blank’s

      • Gosman 3.2.1

        Please advise where I have lied here.

        • mickysavage 3.2.1.1

          No one on the left ever accused Devoy of being a drunk.

          • Gosman 3.2.1.1.1

            I never stated they did.

          • McFlock 3.2.1.1.2

            personally I love that goos these days has to qualify his holier-than-though bullshit with “Please advise where I have lied here.”

            So we’re restricted to the sole comment in this thread, prior to his “please advise”.

            No doubt he will argue that intentionally juxtaposing concerns people had with Devoy’s qualifications for the job alongside Whyte’s bullshit – without mentioning the fact that the two criticisms were along completely different lines – is in no way misleading (intentionally or otherwise). And he gets to derail a thread about laughable unclecousin with a semantic debate about whether “implicitly misleading statement” is practically or functionally different to “lie”(hence this will be my last comment here on the matter).

            To quote Master Yoda: “slippery little fucktard, he is”.

        • tricledrown 3.2.1.2

          Former eastern block economic growth Ireland’s economic collapse etc etc
          Every other comment other than agreeing with me about the % of farm land foreign owned.
          You are an out and out liar!
          Putup some facts instead of fallacy out or shutup and go off to whaloil!

    • weka 3.3

      “What I find funny here is that not so long ago many on the left were complaining loudly about the unsuitability of Devoy to be Race relations commissioner.”

      Did it have anything to do with how much she drinks or her drinking on the job? No, then what’s your point exactly?

    • David H 3.4

      But No one ever accused her of even Drinking before. Whyte has not jumped the Shark, he pole vaulted that sucker!

  4. Stuart Munro 4

    Whyte needs to learn to take being thrashed philosophically.

    He needed to build credibility before going after Devoy – he really has no idea at all.

    All his votes are belong to Colin.

  5. Local Kiwi 5

    Hi Mickey,

    Yes I guess the choice of using slippery Whyte is finally backfiring.

    Their campaign is a shambles, while Internet/Mana now basks in real press coverage, so this is good for the election democracy, and we need the young voter to see the real sides of these stories ahead of voting time.

    We truly feel the young are our real hope for a positive change say us retired folk not doing very well under the current Government as we don’t count as an object of the economy to them any more.

    On another string I added the issue of our stupid Government behaviour and bad use of the public purse to promote themselves in this election cycle.

    I will attach again here as it is worth consideration right now as our first real debate begins at Helensville Baptist church stacked with a bunch of old rich cronies that were the only ones who benefited from NatZ policies as us average oldies did not.

    Ahead of the next political debate we need to get the news presenters chastised and shamed for inserting their own political views as the election rolls along.

    TV1 has the most examples of this, as they read the news they insert small chipping remarks that change the whole content of the news.

    Most obvious was last evening when they were covering Winston’s joke about “in China there’s a saying “two wongs don’t make a white”

    The story was followed by a remark from the presenter as pushing the issue as a serious political blunder!!!!!!!

    This was absolutely ridiculous wrongful use of P.R. for their own political gain, and these are so damaging to “fair Impartial TV1 coverage of the election that just a week ago we were promised by TV1 would happen after the messy debate over using NatZ top supporter Mike Hosking as Host on the Leaders debate.

    My guess is that TV 1 will use every opportunity to help the failing NatZ as they have been told to do by the Joyce/Goebbels propaganda machine.

    • David H 5.1

      Do what I do complain to TVNZ and if nothing is done, then a complaint to the Press Council or the Broadcasting standards.

  6. Skinny 6

    Looking forward to getting along to the Epsom candidates debate tomorrow night.

    Trying to arrange a bit of pre debate entertainment for the benefit of the Epsom voters. It’s will be a hard ACT beating the original version of Dueling Banjos linked below;

    Here’s to you Jamie Whyte!

  7. Clemgeopin 7

    Actually, I found this bit quite funny!

    “This is no surprise. Devoy recently described my call for racial equality as ‘grotesque’. Racial inequality is much more to her taste,” said Dr Whyte.

    “Devoy and Peters should get together in a Herne Bay bar for a few giggles at the expense of the Chinese, and reminisce about the days when people enjoyed jokes about Wongs and Whites by bigots like Calwell.”

    “And Devoy should resign as soon as she sobers up.”

    That IS funny! Mad Dog RWNJ artful dodger, Richard Prebble probably penned those lines!

    • One Anonymous Bloke 7.1

      Shorter Jamie “Mr. Unclecousin” Whyte: “I know you are, what am I???!!!”

  8. tricledrown 8

    Coat tails Key forms incestuous relationship in epsom.
    As Boag pointed out Labour and the greens have a 15% following in epsom they could tactically vote and put Goldsmith in.
    Cup of tea or 3 way hand shake!

  9. gobsmacked 9

    Whyte and Peters are both playing the same game. Desperate for headlines, and “outrage” (real or invented) is the easiest way to get them.

    They are best ignored, but for the record, I think it’s clear that both are guilty of appealing to racism (which is even worse than simply being racist and stupid, because it’s not ignorance, it’s calculated).

    A plague on both houses.

  10. joe90 10

    heh

    Yeah. And those representing Whyte as a former Philosophy Lecturer seem to be misreading the complexities of early career academia. From what I can see, he had a three-year Junior Research Fellowship after finishing his PhD, followed by a short-term (stipendiary?) position teaching at undergrad level. Junior Research Fellowships are prestigious postdoc appointments alright, although they’re a lot easier to get if you’re already inside the Cambridge system. But they’re fixed-term: after three years, you’re on your own. The “Lectureship” looks to have been another fixed-term position, essentially a Teaching Associateship. So he seems never to have managed to secure a bona fide permanent job lecturing in Philosophy.

    http://publicaddress.net/system/cafe/hard-news-the-crybaby-philosopher/?p=318564#post318564

    • alwyn 10.1

      I suppose that one should congratulate him for actually finishing his PhD.
      The Labour Party had three leaders in a row who started a PhD and then dropped out.
      At least one of them implied in her CV that she had a Doctorate of course by using phrases like “Her PhD research was on …”

    • Treetop 10.2

      Is being the leader of ACT an experiment by Whyte?

      • Chooky 10.2.1

        Is Whyte as leader an experiment by ACT ?

        …to try and give themselves some intellectual /philosophical creds…. after their great white leader Margaret Thatcher went ga ga and kicked the bucket ?

        …in which case it is a failed logical and empirical experiment….it should be written up in those philosophy journals

        …and as an academic philosopher Whyte does not cut the mustard either …he is a joke

      • Tracey 10.2.2

        No its not, its a joke. On us!

    • Populuxe1 10.3

      Actually I think you’ll find fixed term fellowships are bona fide lecturing positions. Permanent lecturing gigs in philosophy are difficult to get because usually someone has to die first. Not defending the man, just calling out bollocks.

      • Murray Olsen 10.3.1

        If you’re good enough in academia, you get offered a permanent position. I suspect Whyte Power hung around Cambridge just long enough to get some credibility with the credulous, then set out as a low calibre hired gun for the Institute of Economic Affairs. To work for them, you don’t need to even make sense, as long as you elevate the right to profit above all else.

        • Populuxe1 10.3.1.1

          Well no. You may be offered a position, though increasingly universities are farming the work out to lowly low-paid adjuncts. The university offering the position might not be suitable. And “good enough” doesn’t mean much – you could be brilliant and there will still be a dozen people smarter or better connected than you. It just doesn’t work that way, especially in the humanities.

          • Pascals bookie 10.3.1.1.1

            Jesus. At the end of the day, ACT tout his brilliance with reference to an award he won from a right wing thinktank for his newspaper columns.

            I can;t be arsed checking pubmed, but if he was publishing in good journals and setting the world on fire, I’d guess they’d be touting that instead. Given they aren’t, I’d say Occam’s razor suggests publish or perish came into play.

            And further to that, what he has said in the current gig is fucking laughable, the sort of thing 100 level students might be handed and expected to demolish.

            • Populuxe1 10.3.1.1.1.1

              Which would pretty much be the vast majority of humanities academics world wide.

  11. Tracey 11

    If ACT had concerns about ms Devoys sobriety they ought to have told the coalition partner, National, back when she was appointed, or they first heard her appointment was imminent.

    Peters and whyte are transparent. Those who suggested whyte cant be racist cos of who he is married to, can peters be racist despite being brown.

    Its an idiot fest

  12. anker 12

    It always causes me to smile wryly when the libertarian party complain about things they see as needed regulating! Jamie wants freedom for uncle’s and cousins, and rich people to be able to sell their land to who they want, but let’s have some regulation please over Winston’s joke.

    You can’t have it both ways Jamie!

    ps very poor taste, cheap and racially unkind to say the least Winston.

    • Richard McGrath 12.1

      I’m not sure he called for regulation re Winston’s “joke”, he just pointed out that it was nonsensical.

  13. Whyte seems to have run into a bit of a Hegelian problem, he could try the illustrated version of “Philosophy for Beginners” ISBN 0-86316-157-X and spend the next few decades reading it at a remote location.

    • Tracey 13.1

      interesting that no university politico has been quoted as saying blatant race attacks is like a 1920’s munich beer hall.

  14. crocodill 14

    The scarey thing is that Whyte’s episodes over the last few days prove him to be a very capable politician.

    If it is understood that there is very little anyone can do to change the way things are under our current social/economic reality, without eventually making things worse within three or four terms (for rich or poor); and if you understand that to be a pollie you have to be naturally stupid, or able to disengage your intellect for long periods (because your conscience/reason would otherwise stall almost all actions in a stalemate of values); and since the alternative would put yourself out of a career in politics by undermining our current style of politics, most likely without having the ability to immediately create a new one; then there is no doubt that both Winston and Whyte are potentially effective “doers”… for about ten years, max. Just like the rest, they’d retire and go play elsewhere.

    People wonder how “idiots” become powerful pollies. It’s just a reflection of the game. There are idiots who don’t know they are idiots and are motivated by their own views; there are idiots who do know they’re idiots and are out to get what they can for themselves, there are idiots who think by playing the game they can change the game, motivated by a utilitarian outlook. They’re all idiots and the game remains the same, see-sawing back and forth. It can’t be changed from the inside.

    It’s quite likely that Whyte would do what he says he would given the power, and in times when people are scratching around, unsure of how things got so confused, a certain number will gravitate to what looks like a strong leader – a potential “doer” of stuff – who says things in simple terms (wrong or not), thinking that will result in change and that any change is better than nothing (because they’re unable to stop comparing present with “the future”).

    Lies, boozing, racism, stupidity writ large: all indicators of effective politician knocking up against the fence line of our political paddock.

  15. Populuxe1 15

    Well Gosh! I’ve never seen someone do that before… Oh hello Mr Minto!

    http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2014/08/11/is-winstons-liver-up-to-the-challenge/

    • tinfoilhat 15.1

      Indeed…….. the stench of hypocrisy amongst the political blogs in NZ at the moment is overpowering.

  16. Macro 16

    Jamie’s brain has two sides.
    The Left side, and the Right side.
    On the Left side – there is nothing Left;
    On the Right side – there is nothing Right.

  17. Daveosaurus 17

    What a shame that Whyte was too busy getting upset that he’s not the only racist on the block, to have noticed that Susan Devoy has indeed condemned Peters. Unless he thinks that the word ‘shameful’ isn’t a condemnation…

  18. disturbed 18

    Micky & Daveosaurus
    “Susan Devoy has indeed condemned Peters”

    All this PC is making a mess of the election as a distraction that smacks of Key’s and Joyce as Minister of Propaganda hands all over this.

    This is similar to the method Goebbels used as a way to drive opposition away with fears of incrimination for saying anything remotely racial.

    Shit, I from NZ lived in US for ten years and was always called a honkey.

    I did not get upset.

    But the media is loving this feeding of PC incrimination right now that the Nat’s have set up this to deflect the real issues so beware the Nat’s propaganda machine about to clobber every word spoken freely as was Germany in 1933. Do the history on 1933 NAZI era as it looks like the Nat’s have and are now using it successfully.

  19. Rodel 19

    Been trying to think up a joke for Winston using ‘wonk’ and ‘Whyte’ but can’t-damn!

    wonk |wäNGk|
    noun informal, derogatory
    • a person who takes an excessive interest in minor details of political policy:

    ORIGIN 1920s: of unknown origin.

  20. Clemgeopin 20

    “Whyte said : Devoy and Peters should get together in a Herne Bay bar for a few giggles at the expense of the Chinese, and reminisce about the days when people enjoyed jokes about Wongs”

    The next day, Winston bumped into Whyte and Devoy sulking in the corner of a bar, grinned and asked, “Why the wong face?”

  21. SPC 21

    two whites cannot make a wong and two wongs cannot make a white, except inside a banana.

    if we hear from two whytes we will not see more of ACT, one whyte wonk is enough.

    one egg whyte wonk, 2 Jack Daniels, shake with lemon squash and ice – sour whisky for Winston.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Vaping legislation passes
    Landmark legislation passed today puts New Zealand on track to saving thousands of lives and having a smokefree generation sooner rather than later, Associate Health Minister, Jenny Salesa says. The Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products (Vaping) Amendment Bill regulates vaping products and heated tobacco devices. “There has long been concern ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    8 hours ago
  • Government repeals discriminatory law
    A discriminatory law that has been a symbol of frustration for many people needing and providing care and support, has been scrapped by the Government. “Part 4A of the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Amendment Bill (No 2) was introduced under urgency in 2013 by a National Government,” Associate ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • More competitive fuel market on the way
    Kiwi motorists are set to reap the benefits of a more competitive fuel market following the passing of the Fuel Industry Bill tonight, Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods says.  “This Act is where the rubber meets the road in terms of our response to the recommendations made in the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    11 hours ago
  • Government delivers on rental reforms promise
    The Government has delivered on its promise to New Zealanders to modernise tenancy laws with the passing of the Residential Tenancies Amendment (RTA) Bill 2020 today, says Associate Minister of Housing (Public Housing), Kris Faafoi. “The Residential Tenancies Act 1986 was out-dated and the reforms in the RTA modernise our ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    12 hours ago
  • New rules in place to restore healthy rivers
    New rules to protect and restore New Zealand’s freshwater passed into law today. Environment Minister David Parker and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor welcomed the gazetting of the new national direction on freshwater management. “These regulations deliver on the Government’s commitment to stop further degradation, show material improvements within five years and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • Foreign Minister announces new Consul-General in Los Angeles
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has announced the appointment of Jeremy Clarke-Watson as New Zealand’s new Consul-General in Los Angeles. “New Zealand and the United States share a close and dynamic partnership, based on a long history of shared values and democratic traditions,” Mr Peters said. “Mr Clarke-Watson is a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • Rental reforms provide greater support for victims of family violence
    Victims of family violence can end a tenancy with two days’ notice Landlords can terminate tenancies with 14 days’ notice if tenants assault them Timeframe brought forward for limiting rent increases to once every 12 months Extension of time Tenancy Tribunal can hear cases via phone/video conference Reform of New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • Apprenticeships support kicks off today
    Two employment schemes – one new and one expanded – going live today will help tens of thousands of people continue training on the job and support thousands more into work, the Government has announced. Apprenticeship Boost, a subsidy of up to $12,000 per annum for first year apprentices and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • Infrastructure to transform Omokoroa
    The Government is funding a significant infrastructure package at Omokoroa which will create 150 new jobs and help transform the Western Bay of Plenty peninsula, Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford announced today. Phil Twyford says the Government is investing $14 million towards the $28 million roading and water package. This ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • Bill passes for managed isolation charges
    The Bill allowing the Government to recover some costs for managed isolation and quarantine passed its third reading today, with charges coming into force as soon as regulations are finalised. Putting regulations into force is the next step. “The COVID-19 Public Health Response Amendment Bill and its supporting regulations will ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • Unemployment drop shows Govt plan to protect jobs and support businesses is working
    Today’s unemployment data shows the Government’s plan to protect jobs and cushion the blow for businesses and households against the economic impact of COVID-19 was the right decision, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. Stats NZ said today that New Zealand’s unemployment rate in the June quarter – which includes the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • New role to champion reading for children
    A new role of New Zealand Reading Ambassador for children and young people is being established, Prime Minister and Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Jacinda Ardern and Minister for Internal Affairs and for Children, Tracey Martin announced today. The Reading Ambassador, announced at a Celebration of Reading event at ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • Funding boost for Community Law Centres
    Community Law Centres will receive a funding boost to meet the increased need for free legal services due to COVID-19, Justice Minister Andrew Little said. The $3.5m funding is for the next three financial years and is additional to the almost $8 million for Community Law Centres announced in Budget ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • New Zealand joins initiative to boost women’s role in global trade
    New Zealand has joined Canada and Chile in a new trade initiative aimed at increasing women’s participation in global trade. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker, together with Canada’s Minister for Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade Mary Ng, Chile’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Andrés Allamand, and Chile’s Vice ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • Government provides $2.2m to heritage buildings for quake strengthening
    Building owners around New Zealand have benefited from the latest round of Heritage EQUIP funding with grants totalling $2,230,166. “The Heritage EQUIP grants for seismic strengthening assist private building owners to get the professional advice they need to go ahead with their projects or support them to carry out the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • Better hospital care for Northland babies and their whānau
    •    New paediatric facilities, including a Special Baby Care Unit •    Up to 50 extra inpatient beds  •    New lab facilities  Northland babies and their whānau will soon have access to improved hospital care when they need it with Health Minister Chris Hipkins today confirming new paediatric facilities and more ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours ago
  • Green light for Wellington and Wairarapa in $220m nationwide cycleways package
    People walking and cycling between Featherston and Greytown, or along Wellington’s Eastern Bays will soon have a safe shared path, as part of a $220 million shovel-ready cycleways package announced by Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter. “During lockdown we saw many more families and kids out on their bikes, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • New Zealand expresses condolences on passing of Vanuatu High Commissioner
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today extended New Zealand’s condolences following the death of Vanuatu’s High Commissioner to New Zealand, Johnson Naviti, who passed away yesterday afternoon in Wellington. “Our thoughts are with the High Commissioner’s family and colleagues during this difficult time. This is a terrible loss both to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government announces allocation of three waters funds for councils
    The Government has today set out the regional allocations of the $761 million Three Waters stimulus and reform funding for councils announced by Prime Minister Hon Jacinda Ardern this month.  "I want to thank Councils around the country for engaging with the Central Local Government Steering Group who have been ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Funding boost for students with highest learning support needs
    Students with high and complex learning needs, as well as their teachers and parents, will benefit from a substantial increase to Ongoing Resourcing Scheme (ORS) funding, Associate Education Minister Martin announced today. “Nearly $160 million will go towards helping these students by lifting their base support over the next four ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Govt connecting kiwis to affordable, healthy food
    Funding for innovative projects to connect Kiwis with affordable, safe and wholesome food, reduce food waste, and help our food producers recover from COVID-19 has been announced today by Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. “COVID-19 has seen an increasing number of families facing unprecedented financial pressure. Foodbanks and community food service ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Getting infrastructure for housing underway
    Eight shovel-ready projects within Kāinga Ora large-scale developments, and the Unitec residential development in Auckland have been given the go-ahead, Minister for Housing Dr Megan Woods announced today. Megan Woods says these significant infrastructure upgrades will ensure that the provision of homes in Auckland can continue apace. “The funding announced ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Napier walk and cycleway to improve safety
    The Government is funding a new separated walking and cycleway path along Napier’s Chambers and Ellison streets to provide safer access for local students and residents across Marine Parade and State Highway 51, Transport Minister Phil Twyford and Police Minister Stuart Nash announced today. Funding of $2.7 million has been ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • PGF creates more than 10k jobs, success stories across NZ
    More than 13,000 people have been employed so far thanks to the Coalition Government’s Provincial Growth Fund, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has today announced. The number of jobs created by Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) investments has outstripped the 10,000 jobs target that the Government and Provincial Development Unit ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Inaugural seafood awards honour sustainability
    Scientists and innovative fishing operators from Stewart Island and Fiordland to Nelson, Marlborough and Wellington have been honoured in the first ever Seafood Sustainability Awards. Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash has congratulated the winners of the inaugural Seafood Sustainability Awards held at Parliament. “The awards night honours six winners, from a wide ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Climate resilience packages for regions
    The Government is providing an investment totalling more than $100 million for regions to protect against and mitigate the effects of climate change, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones have announced. Six regions will receive funding from the $3 billion allocated to infrastructure projects from the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Southern Waikato shovel ready projects get the green light
    Three major local projects at Te Kuiti and Otorohanga have been given the money to get moving after the impact of Covid 19, says the Minister of Māori Development Hon Nanaia Mahuta.  The projects range from a Sports Centre for Te Kuiti, a redevelopment of the Otorohanga  Kiwi House and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand extends Middle East and Africa peace support deployments
    The Coalition Government has extended three New Zealand Defence Force deployments to the Middle East and Africa by two years, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today.  “These deployments promote peace in the Middle East and Africa by protecting civilians and countering the spread of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Govt progress on climate change essential, risk assessment shows
    The release of the National Climate Change Risk Assessment shows that the progress this Government has made to solve the climate crisis is essential to creating cleaner and safer communities across New Zealand. “Because of this report, we can see clearer than ever that the action our Government is taking ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • $10m sport recovery fund open for applications
    The second round of the Community Resilience Fund is now open for applications for sport and recreation organisations experiencing financial hardship between 1 July and 30 September 2020. “The fund opens today for five weeks – closing on September 6. The amount awarded will be decided on a case-by-case basis ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Rakitū Island declared latest predator free island
    Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage today declared Rakitū Island, off the coast of Aotea/Great Barrier Island, predator free. “I’m delighted to announce that with rats now gone, Rakitū is officially predator free. This is a major milestone because Rakitū is the last DOC administered island in the Hauraki Gulf Marine ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Funding to restore significant Māori sites in the Far North
    The Provincial Growth Fund is investing $8.75 million to restore significant historic sites at Ōhaeawai in the Far North, upgrade marae and fund fencing and riparian planting. Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones made the announcements following a service at the historic St Michael’s Anglican Church at Ōhaeawai today.  Just ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Big boost for Chatham Islands’ economy
    The Chatham Islands will receive close to $40 million for projects that will improve its infrastructure, add to its attraction as a visitor destination, and create jobs through a planned aquaculture venture, Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones has announced. “The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on the islands, first ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • More initiatives to reduce energy hardship
    The Government is delivering more initiatives to reduce energy hardship and to give small electricity consumers a voice, Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods said today. “In addition to the initiatives we have already delivered to support New Zealand families, we are responding to the Electricity Price Review with further ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Turning the tide for hoiho/yellow-eyed penguin
    Government, iwi, NGOs and rehabilitation groups are working together to turn around the fortunes of the nationally endangered hoiho/yellow-eyed penguin following a series of terrible breeding seasons.  The Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage helped launch the Five Year Action Plan at the annual Yellow-Eyed Penguin symposium in Dunedin today. “I ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Taskforce ready to tackle tourism challenges
    The membership of the Tourism Futures Taskforce has now been confirmed, Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis announced at an event at Whakarewarewa in Rotorua today. “The main purpose of the independent Tourism Futures Taskforce is to lead the thinking on the future of tourism in New Zealand,” Kelvin Davis said. Joining ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Investing in the tourism sector’s recovery
    More than $300 million in funding has been approved to protect strategic tourism businesses, drive domestic tourism through regional events and lift digital capability in the tourism industry, Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. A $400 million Tourism Recovery Package was announced at Budget 2020, and with today’s announcements is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Permits to be required for exporting hard-to-recycle plastic waste
    From 2021 permits will be required for New Zealanders wanting to export hard-to-recycle plastic waste. The Associate Minister for the Environment, Eugenie Sage, today announced the requirements as part of New Zealand’s commitments to the Basel Convention, an international agreement of more than 180 countries which was amended in May ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Growth in new building consents shows demand is still high
    The building and construction sector is still showing strong growth, with the number of new dwellings consented up more than 8 per cent compared to last year, reflecting a welcome confidence in the Government’s COVID-19 response package, Minister for Building and Construction Jenny Salesa says. “While it is still too ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • $23 million for Bay of Plenty flood protection
    Government investment of $23 million for Bay of Plenty flood protection will allow local communities to address long-standing flood risks and provide jobs, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced in Rotorua today. These projects are being funded by the Infrastructure Reference Group’s (IRG) shovel ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago