web analytics

Joe Biden’s Four Surprising Vectors for Success

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, August 14th, 2020 - 15 comments
Categories: Donald Trump, jacinda ardern, Left, uncategorized, us politics - Tags:

He’s old, boring, uninspiring, and offends no-one: surely he’ll fail miserably as President?

Joe Biden elected as President has a stronger chance than any Democrat President since LBJ of getting very strong domestic reforms done.

Biden is positioned to be one of the most successful left-leaning United States Presidents. Now, we know what he wants is the closest the Democrats have had to a full-throated New Deal in multiple decades:

Absent youth and rhetorical skill, what’s he got to achieve it?

The instinct of any ideologue left or right is that to win your boldest policy wins you need a firebrand. A Bernie Sanders, a Donald Trump, a Hubert Humphrey – or any other great radical wrecks.

If you can’t get a firebrand, settle at least for a very minimum: an outstanding orator and campaigner, like the first Presidential run of Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, or Robert F Kennedy.

But the only successful policy coherent outstanding orators for leftist causes are the two Roosevelt Presidents, rare as one per century.

In the place America is in right now, radical has just left everyone but a core 30% Trump base burnt out. We have the most divided American politics since Nixon. Trump’s Republican supporters are doing exactly the same way Sanders’ supporters would if Sanders were President: presume populist protest wins, brook no compromise, see no fault, throw everything at otherwise outrageous proposals, and expect their inherent righteousness to prevail. The lesson for the hard left or right is: a rock solid extreme base and a bulrush approach just fail.

There is a good chance now that America will elect Joe Biden for President.

Prime Minister Ardern is the other kind of comparison. The outstanding communicator of her generation, she will achieve a few very useful useful things. But mostly through fate she will be known as a crisis manager, and again through fate (like the Tiwai closure) as the person who accelerated green goals like 100% pure electricity generation. She doesn’t bring independent vectors of change like power networks, leadership experience, or institutional influence – just fate and charm: not yet enough to alter the direction of the country.

Biden, in contrast to Ardern, can accelerate change in the United States in 4 specific vectors:

1. By Handing Over…

Biden is clear that he is a bridge to the next generation of Democratic leadership. It’s a fundamental that he is the succession plan that America and the Democrats need. Sanders and Biden have unity on that.

Indeed too Kamala Harris gets him: he’s the good old ordinary Joe that she knows how to get the best out of:

Now, it’s up to the generation younger than Kamala Harris to figure who that will be – but that’s precisely as Biden intends.

So many outstanding political movements fail with lack of succession plan. This one is built in.

That is a stance both adroit in its uplifting challenge, and generous to the myriad of Democrat factions.

2. By Working The House …

There is no guarantee that a President Biden will be able to enact sweeping reform, even with a slim or tied Senate. Maybe they get to 50-50 and he and the VP marshals the House hard, harder even than ol’ hardass LB Johnson did under Kennedy. Here’s LBJ showing how as President he used that Speaker experience with real effect:

Biden knows how to apprentice Harris in the harder arts of the House. The value of long Committee and Vice Presidential experience is he successfully operates the levers of power and where the obstructions are. Because Obama and Trump really struggled here, their results weren’t consistent.

Biden is a clear illustration of the moral of Aesop’s The Tortise and the Hare: the old can win against the cocky with better tactics and experienced cadence to running the track:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MeZe2qPLPh0

Biden is also going to have to get a few of those terrifyingly hard-bitten and loyal Republican Senators over the line if he is going to get some of his big campaign pledges (which I’ve covered before). Joe Biden has a habit of being able to peel of some of the most unlikely Republicans and work with them to get things done. There is no stronger endorsement for this than old southern stalwart Lindsay Graham, who we see genuinely choking back the tears stating that: “The bottom line is, if you can’t admire Joe Biden as a person, there’s … you got a problem.”

3. By Translating Otherwise Unwinnable States into Political Capital

Better than Sanders or Obama, Joe Biden has the broad reach appeal that is putting unlikely seats in play like Georgia, Texas, Carolina, Arizona, Ohio, Colorado – many of which have not been within play for the Democrats since before Bill Clinton (who was very lucky Ross Perot split a lot of votes). Neither Obama nor Clinton really brought updraft like this.

What that tells you is Joe’s likable personality has some really long coat-tails. That’s exactly the opposite effect of putting a firebrand up for Presidency – just ask the Republicans now.

The lift on down-ticket races is tilting not only Senate contests, but also upcoming State Senate races as well. Strangely enough, Biden is the secret successful revival to the Democratic Party: he’s acceptable and attractive to more Americans.

A majority of Americans want a President to be more than their own personal political asshole. They now want to like their President.

That represents big banked political capital, even before he’s got the job.

4. By Rising on Precedent

He will be able to build on President Obama’s groundbreaking healthcare reform because he was present at its creation and helped it get through the Senate a decade ago. Here he is helping shepherd it through by tapping out the hospital industry:

He will be able to build on President Obama’s substantial foreign diplomacy efforts because he knows that field from the Foreign Relations Committee far better than Obama ever did. Here he sets it out.

Defence insiders are already really clear that defence spending is going to be much more heavily contested by Biden’s ambitious healthcare, climate change, post-Covid economic stimulus, and infrastructure spending.

Of course, none of this will help Biden raise the hairs on your arm.

But a skill to getting things done for the very long term is to take the people with you.

This old, white, Catholic, suburban guy might just surprise us.

15 comments on “Joe Biden’s Four Surprising Vectors for Success ”

  1. RedLogix 1

    All persuasively optimistic Ad, but it's my sense that a Biden Presidency will be consumed largely by domestic issues. My thesis is that the USA by virtue of it's unique geography has been a stable and prosperous society, but has achieved this with a fragmented, mediocre system of governance at all levels. COVID has cruelly exposed it's weakness.

    Both the Dem and GOP parties are in a process of redefining themselves, and big factions of voter land are still moving about the board looking for a new political home. Expect a decade of instability as they respond to this crisis.

    As for the rest of the world, the USA will remain a substantial actor, but not in the mode we have been accustomed to. A distracted US increasingly just doesn't care all that much about very large parts of the world anymore. NZ may well be on the very outer limit of what they are prepared to commit resources to. At this point it's hard to understand what a Biden Presidency stands for in foreign terms, but again I suspect the overall trajectory toward isolationism will continue. The forces driving this are much larger than one President.

    • Tricledrown 1.1

      The election in November will change how the US behaves .The GOP have controlled Congress for so long and Driven policy .

      If both the House of representatives and Senate go Demcratic there will be big changes.

  2. Andre 2

    5: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" is generally a solid obstacle against making progress. But the orange asteroid that destroyed a party of dinosaurs has demonstrably broken so many norms and structures that society values that there is clearly need to fix things, which clearly opens the door for the rebuild to be better.

    But the sheer scale and breadth of the wanton and malicious destruction that has been done means that progress will likely be achieved in just a few areas of the many where it needs to happen. There will also be a lot of slap-dash half-assed fast actions to just hold the status quo or just restore the pre-2016 status quo.

    • RedLogix 2.1

      But the sheer scale and breadth of the wanton and malicious destruction that has been done means that progress will likely be achieved in just a few areas of the many where it needs to happen.

      Trump and COVID have merely accelerated the process of exposing the flaws; they were always there. We are seeing turmoil in their policing/justice, health and education sectors all at the same time. As these systems fail ordinary people, the gap between rich and poor only grows, fueling further protests and riots. It’s potentially a dangerous spiral to be heading down.

      Perhaps the best thing that we might expect from a Biden term is for the provocation to stop long enough for the American people to catch their breath and start to think constructively about how they need to evolve better, more unified systems of governance and accountability.

    • Phil 2.2

      the orange asteroid that destroyed a party of dinosaurs has demonstrably broken so many norms and structures that society values that there is clearly need to fix things,

      Trump has managed to blunder past all manner of political norms with absolutely no consequences from a feckless cadre of boot-licking republican officials, and still holds significant levels of support with the American public.

      To me that shows, clear as day, that the notion of maintaining political norms and structures is entirely of disinterest to Americans.

      • Andre 2.2.1

        feckless cadre of boot-licking republican officials … is a remarkably polite description of all those fighting each other for the opportunity to climb far enough up PalPutin's ass they could shake hands with Hannity. Nevertheless, that's apparently only representative of around 40% of Americans.

        That such a convincing facsimile of a potted plant as Biden is registering around 50% in the polls, apparently purely on the strength of being not-Drumpf, suggests to me that ideas of norms and good governance actually do still hold some sway among the American public.

  3. "So many outstanding political movements fail with lack of succession plan. This one is built in."

    Like the Clinton-Gore one? A very narrow failure, it's true, but still a failure.

  4. Peter 4

    There might be four surprising vectors but from a distance there is something else which is stark.

    I probably watch too much of American politics, but this week Biden looked like a normal human being (albeit a politician) with some coherent idea in his mind of what he wanted to say and was capable of saying it. The difference to Trump is astounding.

    No immediate fleshing out by resorting to 'strongly' mode. "We've done really strongly, things are looking really strong and they're going to get stronger."

    No manic first cab off the rank plunging into comparatives and superlatives. Trump's mind is a railway line. The sidings the train goes onto are undefined and have infinite sidings off them but it's as if there are no rails, the train runs free.

    The thousands of hours of Trump speech-making surely will be a rich source for ridiculing him, but it also will be a bank of material for those mixed up in the world of study of public speaking. In terms of comparisons? Biden's ordinariness made him look exceptional.

    • Peter 4.1

      Just found someone who agrees and says almost exactly the same thing. 'Trump in Trouble: Biden & Harris Sound Normal at 1st Event"

      "Hey, this is kind of normal and we like it." The first minute of here says it, and what follows demonstrates it.

  5. Tiger Mountain 5

    This post on Mr Biden seems little more than an apologia for all the gutless centrists that could not bring themselves to support the real thing–the Sanders Campaign–nor indeed, the fine peoples movements involved. No that was way too far for people quite fine with the American corporate duopoly that is US party politics, legal voter suppression and skewed Electoral College included.

  6. Adrian Thornton 6

    "Biden is positioned to be one of the most successful left-leaning United States Presidents."…. holy shit! fantasy that could only be believed by a walking talking fantasist.

    The Democratic party has made it plainly clear that they do not want progressives of any colour or stripe anywhere their party…and anyone who thinks that that party would do even the most mild of left wing reforms without serious pressure from that exact group is as I just said living in some sort of fantasy world that has no connection to facts or reality.

  7. DS 7

    I actually like Joe Biden as a person. He's also been around for so long (entering the Senate in 1973!) that he comfortably predates Clintonian neoliberalism.

    Problem is, his specialty has always been foreign affairs – and on domestic policy, he's going to be blocked on everything by the Republican Senate. The real danger is that the Republicans have a field day in 2022, because Democrats are incapable of turning out.

    • Ad 7.1

      On current trends the Democrats will get at least a 50-50% split in the Senate.

      That's where the VP as Speaker becomes so necessary.

      It's waaaay too early to count a Trump victory out. But Harris will assist black and female turnout.

  8. Jackel 8

    Trump/Pence or Biden/Harris? A soulless choice for a soulless nation. Makes me grateful I'm a New Zealander.

  9. sumsuch 9

    The sudden joy of LBJ. That Joe will take up that only banner. As per his plagiarisation of Kennedy's speeches. This fallow shallowist has summat at his heart? It's not out of the reckoning. Ideas.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Over half of border workforce receive first vaccinations
    More than half of New Zealand’s estimated 12,000 border workforce have now received their first vaccinations, as a third batch of vaccines arrive in the country, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says. As of midnight Tuesday, a total of 9,431 people had received their first doses. More than 70 percent ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • Next stage of COVID-19 support for business and workers
    The Government has confirmed details of COVID-19 support for business and workers following the increased alert levels due to a resurgence of the virus over the weekend. Following two new community cases of COVID-19, Auckland moved to Alert Level 3 and the rest of New Zealand moved to Alert Level ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • Govt committed to hosting Rugby World Cup
    The Government remains committed to hosting the Women’s Rugby World Cup in New Zealand in 2022 should a decision be made by World Rugby this weekend to postpone this year’s tournament. World Rugby is recommending the event be postponed until next year due to COVID-19, with a final decision to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    12 hours ago
  • Support Available for Communities affected by COVID-19
    Community and social service support providers have again swung into action to help people and families affected by the current COVID-19 alert levels. “The Government recognises that in many instances social service, community, iwi and Whānau Ora organisations are best placed to provide vital support to the communities impacted by ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Govt announces review into PHARMAC
    The Government is following through on an election promise to conduct an independent review into PHARMAC, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Health Minister Andrew Little announced today. The Review will focus on two areas: How well PHARMAC performs against its current objectives and whether and how its performance against these ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Impressive response to DOC scholarship programme
    Some of the country’s most forward-thinking early-career conservationists are among recipients of a new scholarship aimed at supporting a new generation of biodiversity champions, Conservation Minister Kiri Allan says. The Department of Conservation (DOC) has awarded one-year postgraduate research scholarships of $15,000 to ten Masters students in the natural ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Speech to ANZLF Virtual Indigenous Business Trade and Connections Event
    I acknowledge our whānau overseas, joining us from Te Whenua Moemoeā, and I wish to pay respects to their elders past, present, and emerging. Thank you for the opportunity to speak with you all today. I am very pleased to be part of the conversation on Indigenous business, and part ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Main benefits to increase in line with wages
    Social Development and Employment Minister Carmel Sepuloni announced today that main benefits will increase by 3.1 percent on 1 April, in line with the rise in the average wage. The Government announced changes to the annual adjustment of main benefits in Budget 2019, indexing main benefit increases to the average ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Deed of Settlement signed with Ngāti Maru (Taranaki)
    A Deed of Settlement has been signed between Ngāti Maru and the Crown settling the iwi’s historical Treaty of Waitangi claims, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Andrew Little announced today. The Ngāti Maru rohe is centred on the inland Waitara River valley, east to the Whanganui River and its ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Support in place for people connected to Auckland COVID-19 cases
    With a suite of Government income support packages available, Minister for Social Development and Employment Carmel Sepuloni is encouraging people, and businesses, connected to the recent Auckland COVID-19 cases to check the Work and Income website if they’ve been impacted by the need to self-isolate. “If you are required to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Statement on passing of former PNG PM Sir Michael Somare
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has expressed her condolences at the passing of long-serving former Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare. “Our thoughts are with Lady Veronica Somare and family, Prime Minister James Marape and the people of Papua New Guinea during this time of great ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Speech to the National Māori Housing Conference 2021
    E te tī, e te tā  Tēnei te mihi maioha ki a koutou  Ki te whenua e takoto nei  Ki te rangi e tū iho nei  Ki a tātou e tau nei  Tēnā tātou.  It’s great to be with you today, along with some of the ministerial housing team; Hon Peeni Henare, the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Drone project to aid protection of Māui dolphin
    The Government is backing a new project to use drone technology to transform our understanding and protection of the Māui dolphin, Aotearoa’s most endangered dolphin.    “The project is just one part of the Government’s plan to save the Māui dolphin. We are committed to protecting this treasure,” Oceans and Fisheries ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New water regulator board announced as major Government reform moves forward
    Major water reform has taken a step closer with the appointment of the inaugural board of the Taumata Arowai water services regulator, Hon Nanaia Mahuta says. Former Director General of Health and respected public health specialist Dame Karen Poutasi will chair the inaugural board of Crown agency Taumata Arowai. “Dame ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • North Auckland gets public transport upgrade
    The newly completed Hibiscus Coast Bus Station will help people make better transport choices to help ease congestion and benefit the environment, Transport Minister Michael Wood and Auckland Mayor Phil Goff said today. Michael Wood and Phil Goff officially opened the Hibiscus Coast Bus Station which sits just off the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Supporting work to protect Northland reserve
    New funding announced by Conservation Minister Kiri Allan today will provide work and help protect the unique values of Northland’s Te Ārai Nature Reserve for future generations. Te Ārai is culturally important to Te Aupōuri as the last resting place of the spirits before they depart to Te Rerenga Wairua. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Critical step to new housing deal for Pacific communities
      Today the Government has taken a key step to support Pacific people to becoming Community Housing providers, says the Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio. “This will be great news for Pacific communities with the decision to provide Pacific Financial Capability Grant funding and a tender process to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Consultation opens on proposed Bay of Islands marine mammal sanctuary
    Conservation Minister Kiri Allan is encouraging New Zealanders to have their say on a proposed marine mammal sanctuary to address the rapid decline of bottlenose dolphins in Te Pēwhairangi, the Bay of Islands. The proposal, developed jointly with Ngā Hapū o te Pēwhairangi, would protect all marine mammals of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Three District Court Judges appointed
    Attorney-General David Parker today announced the appointment of three new District Court Judges.    Two of the appointees will take up their roles on 1 April, replacing sitting Judges who have reached retirement age.     Kirsten Lummis, lawyer of Auckland has been appointed as a District Court Judge with jury jurisdiction to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government announces list of life-shortening conditions guaranteeing early KiwiSaver access
    Government announces list of life-shortening conditions guaranteeing early KiwiSaver access The Government changed the KiwiSaver rules in 2019 so people with life-shortening congenital conditions can withdraw their savings early The four conditions guaranteed early access are – down syndrome, cerebral palsy, Huntington’s disease and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder An alternative ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Reserve Bank to take account of housing in decision making
    The Reserve Bank is now required to consider the impact on housing when making monetary and financial policy decisions, Grant Robertson announced today. Changes have been made to the Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee’s remit requiring it to take into account government policy relating to more sustainable house prices, while working ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Investment to reduce cochlear implant waitlist
    The Labour Government will invest $6 million for 70 additional adult cochlear implants this year to significantly reduce the historical waitlist, Health Minister Andrew Little says. “Cochlear implants are life changing for kiwis who suffer from severe hearing loss. As well as improving an individual’s hearing, they open doors to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Māori wards Bill passes third reading
    The Local Electoral (Māori Wards and Māori Constituencies) Amendment Bill passed its third reading today and will become law, Minister of Local Government Hon Nanaia Mahuta says. “This is a significant step forward for Māori representation in local government. We know how important it is to have diversity around ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Government delivers 1,000 more transitional housing places
    The Government has added 1,000 more transitional housing places as promised under the Aotearoa New Zealand Homelessness Action Plan (HAP), launched one year ago. Minister of Housing Megan Woods says the milestone supports the Government’s priority to ensure every New Zealander has warm, dry, secure housing. “Transitional housing provides people ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Second batch of Pfizer/BioNTech doses arrives safely – as the first vaccinations take place in the...
    A second batch of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines arrived safely yesterday at Auckland International Airport, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says. “This shipment contained about 76,000 doses, and follows our first shipment of 60,000 doses that arrived last week. We expect further shipments of vaccine over the coming weeks,” Chris Hipkins said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • $18 million for creative spaces to make arts more accessible
    The Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Carmel Sepuloni has today announced $18 million to support creative spaces. Creative spaces are places in the community where people with mental health needs, disabled people, and those looking for social connection, are welcomed and supported to practice and participate in the arts ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Moriori Claims Settlement Bill passes first reading
    Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Andrew Little today welcomed Moriori to Parliament to witness the first reading of the Moriori Claims Settlement Bill. “This bill is the culmination of years of dedication and hard work from all the parties involved. “I am delighted to reach this significant milestone today,” Andrew ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government action reduces child poverty
    22,400 fewer children experiencing material hardship 45,400 fewer children in low income households on after-housing costs measure After-housing costs target achieved a year ahead of schedule Government action has seen child poverty reduce against all nine official measures compared to the baseline year, Prime Minister and Minister for Child Poverty ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Entries open for the 2021 Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards
    It’s time to recognise the outstanding work early learning services, kōhanga reo, schools and kura do to support children and young people to succeed, Minister of Education Chris Hipkins says. The 2021 Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards are now open through until April 16. “The past year has reminded us ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Jobs for Nature benefits three projects
    Three new Jobs for Nature projects will help nature thrive in the Bay of Plenty and keep local people in work says Conservation Minister Kiri Allan. “Up to 30 people will be employed in the projects, which are aimed at boosting local conservation efforts, enhancing some of the region’s most ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Improvements to the Holidays Act on the way
    The Government has accepted all of the Holidays Act Taskforce’s recommended changes, which will provide certainty to employers and help employees receive their leave entitlements, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Wood announced today. Michael Wood said the Government established the Holidays Act Taskforce to help address challenges with the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • NZ’s credit rating lifted as economy recovers
    The Government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and faster than expected economic recovery has been acknowledged in today’s credit rating upgrade. Credit ratings agency Standard & Poor’s (S&P) today raised New Zealand’s local currency credit rating to AAA with a stable outlook. This follows Fitch reaffirming its AA+ rating last ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Speech to National Remembrance Service on the 10th anniversary of the Christchurch earthquake
    Tena koutou e nga Maata Waka Ngai Tuahuriri, Ngai Tahu whanui, Tena koutou. Nau mai whakatau mai ki tenei ra maumahara i te Ru Whenua Apiti hono tatai hono, Te hunga mate ki te hunga mate Apiti hono tatai hono, Te hunga ora ki te hunga ora Tena koutou, Tena ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government reaffirms urgent commitment to ban harmful conversion practices
    The Minister of Justice has reaffirmed the Government’s urgent commitment, as stated in its 2020 Election Manifesto, to ban conversion practices in New Zealand by this time next year. “The Government has work underway to develop policy which will bring legislation to Parliament by the middle of this year and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New creative service aims to benefit 1,000 peoples’ careers
    Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage and Social Development Hon Carmel Sepuloni today launched a new Creative Careers Service, which is expected to support up to 1,000 creatives, across three regions over the next two years. The new service builds on the most successful aspects of the former Pathways to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Honey exporters busy meeting surging demand
    Overseas consumers eager for natural products in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic have helped boost honey export revenue by 20 percent to $425 million in the year to June 30, 2020, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor says.   “The results from the latest Ministry for Primary Industries’ 2020 Apiculture Monitoring ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Government delivers more wellbeing support for young people
    Thanks to more than $10-million in new services from the Government, more rangatahi will be able to access mental health and addiction support in their community. Minister of Health Andrew Little made the announcement today while visiting Odyssey House Christchurch and acknowledged that significant events like the devastating earthquakes ten ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Government eases visa restrictions for visitors in New Zealand
    Two month automatic visitor visa extension for most visitor visa holders Temporary waiver of time spent in New Zealand rule for visitor stays Visitor visa holders will be able to stay in New Zealand a little longer as the Government eases restrictions for those still here, the Minister of Immigration ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Push for sustainable tourism gathers pace
    The Tourism and Conservation Ministers say today’s report by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment (PCE) adds to calls to overhaul the tourism model that existed prior to COVID19. “The PCE tourism report joins a chorus of analysis which has established that previous settings, which prioritised volume over value, are ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Government extends dietary supplements regulations
    The Government is providing certainty for the dietary supplements industry as we work to overhaul the rules governing the products, Minister for Food Safety Dr Ayesha Verrall said. Dietary supplements are health and wellness products taken orally to supplement a traditional diet. Some examples include vitamin and mineral supplements, echinacea, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago