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John Key received gold-nugget donation from mining industry

Written By: - Date published: 3:18 pm, March 30th, 2010 - 69 comments
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According to a West Coast Times article sourced by norightturn, John Key received a $1000 donation in the form of a gold nugget from a mining company. Key has claimed that he “didn’t know” whether he’d received donations from the mining industry. Now it’s pretty clear just how close the connections are between the mining industry and John Key’s National Party are.

A fundraising dinner was held for John Key in 2007 on the West Coast. According to the West Coast Times:

The fundraiser attracted 167 people who had paid $50 each to attend and further funds were being raised with the raffling of a $1000 gold nugget donated by Birchfields Ross Mining. Mr Key answered numerous questions from dinner guests, covering a range of topics

Saying he “didn’t know” about the donation simply isn’t good enough.

It’s time John Key disclosed the full extent of his connections with the mining industry. Kiwis deserve to know for what purpose their natural heritage is being destroyed.

Update: Hat-tip Marty G for the new thumbnail.

69 comments on “John Key received gold-nugget donation from mining industry ”

  1. bobo 1

    Lets hope any potential mining donations before the election are pursued by the msm with the same persistence as Winston Peters was….

  2. Bright Red 2

    A gold nugget, a literal gold nugget… I mean how much more of a mining donation can you get?

    And Key was there – that makes a complete lie of his claim not to have known about donations

  3. Peter Johns 3

    bottom scraping of the barrel again. How much do the unions donate in use of cars to erect election hordings?
    LAbor/Greens are the alternative, we know we are fucked then.

    [lprent: I’ve never seen a union car used for that, perhaps because any big hoarding can’t fit in a car. It is a lot easier to rent a van or truck, and they are pretty damn cheap. You really are a extremely stupid dork aren’t you… Even a moments thought would have given you that answer.

    Still I suppose you’re paid to spin these daft lines by people even more stupid than you are. Sounds as rational as any other explanation for these rather ignorant comments you’ve been trying recently. I can see why someone started throwing you into spam. ]

  4. Ianmac 4

    Does it mean that John Key received a donation of a $1000 gold nugget or that the Nat Party did? The former could be quite serious couldn’t it? Remember Taito Phillip Fields?

    • Bright Red 4.1

      The article says it was a fundraiser for the party but Key was there

    • Lanthanide 4.2

      I had to read it a couple of times, but it seems the nugget was donated to the party, and then raffled off, so the party gets to keep the money generated from raffle ticket sales. Not a direct donation of cash, but still a donation.

      • Smokie 4.2.1

        I wonder if the party could’ve kept the gold nugget. You know, that nugget may have just jumped in value.

      • Bright Red 4.2.2

        it’s quite a normal way for corporates to donate to a party, put up goods for a raffle. That the party doesn’t end up with the goods is irrelevant because it gets all the value out of the raffle and wouldn’t have but for the donated good.

        John Key should have admitted he had received a donation from a mining company when he was asked.

        • Smokie 4.2.2.1

          Indeed.

        • Lanthanide 4.2.2.2

          Of course, I’m not disagreeing that it was a donation, or saying that this is an unusual way to do things.

          Hard to say how much they got out of it though, because raffle sales could’ve easily been well under $1k, or well over. There’s no way to know how much money the National party actually got out of it, without them telling us.

  5. So your trying to say he can be bought out with a gold nugget????

    The guy has 50 million bucks for cripes sake.

    Thats almost as bad as the Peter haters, saying he soldf out for a 17 dollar piece of fish.

    • Smokie 5.1

      Old Brett. Losing the point again. Clearly the mining industry have a cosy relationship with National if they’re giving Key a gold nugget (an undisclosed nugget, may I add).

    • gobsmacked 5.2

      Brett, the National party received the donation, as a fund-raiser.

      Did John Key turn it down?

    • Bright Red 5.3

      no-one’s saying he was ‘bought’. his party received donations in return as a result of the promises to mining companies, which it had kept secret from the public, to open up schedule 4.

  6. gobsmacked 6

    John Key will need to answer questions about this in Parliament.

    He’s available any day except Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

    • Bright Red 6.1

      It’s now 3 straight question times he has missed – only been at 2 of the past 7

  7. getontrack 7

    [lprent: currently banned under any name]

  8. Robb 8

    Already laying his evil plans back in 2007, gold nugget with a value of $1k towards his guest to become leader of this fair nation.

  9. He got given the nuggest in 2007??

  10. I dreamed a dream 10

    I think these kinds of stuff will have no impact on Key’s popularity — the public are too blinded by their infatuation with Key. This is just too easy for smooth operator Key to use his teflon to deflect. Unless …. you can get something really dramatic, something really scandalous. This gold nugget donation issue will have no effect even though in principle we are right.

    • Tigger 10.1

      A nuggest here, a nugget there. When the final straw breaks the camel’s back it has been preceded by a lot of other seemingly insignificant straws…

  11. tsmithfield 11

    To say that National are in the pocket of the mining industry is plain stupid for the following reasons.

    1. $1000 is a relatively small donation. Undoubtably there are lots of organisations and individuals from a wide range of fields making donations in this sort of range to the party in power.
    2. The government (which ever party) makes policy that affects a wide variety of areas.
    3. Therefore, it is highly likely on the basis of chance alone that there will be lots of policy changes that could benefit various groups that also happened to donate money in the range described.
    4. Therefore pointing out a small donation from the mining industry and pointing out how that group might benefit from government policy is absolutely no evidence that they were influencing policy.

    Show me a donation for $1000000 and I might change my mind.

  12. Anne 12

    ts
    The nugget (worth $1000) was raffled. You can bet your bottom dollar the raffle tickets were very expensive and collected far more than $1k. Why would you bother to raffle it otherwise. What’s more, Nat. history has shown that where there is smoke there is always fire. In other words, the golden nugget would have been just the tip of the iceberg!

    Is it for real that you right wingers can’t work these things out for yourselves?

  13. tsmithfield 13

    Anne, I have given a valid deductive argument. I think the conclusion logically follows from the premises. If you disagree with my argument, you need to show where I am wrong in the premises.

    What I have shown is that the donation to National is nothing exceptional and doesn’t validly imply anything untoward. There are probably heaps of groups who donated to National who are benefiting in one way or another. There are probably lots of others who donated who are being disadavantaged too.

    You need to show there was motive and intent attached to the donation. I think that if there was going to be motive and intent, then the donation would have been considerably more than a $1000 nugget, and it would have been a lot more covert as well.

    • logie97 13.1

      tsmithfield – Michelle Boag and others campaigned long and hard claiming corruption in government – there was a chorus period when Brash / Boag and a couple of others suddenly started using it immediately after an Agenda programme and from memory it was when the cameras caught Brash out over his conversion to the Pentecostal movement.

      Now are you suggesting that the Exclusive Brethren were getting involved in politics in 2005 for the love of it. They were expecting a healthy kickback from their pony if it had been elected… something to do with threats to tax-free-charities status perhaps.

      • tsmithfield 13.1.1

        logie, you haven’t actually tried to address my argument. Which of my premises do you disagree with?

        If all you can point to is a $1000 gold nugget from the mining industry, you’ve got nothing. All you have is sheer speculation.

        Something like an e-mail from the mining industry say something like “we could be encouraged to donate a considerable sum to National for favourable mining legislation” I might be more impressed.

    • Lew 13.2

      TS, the point isn’t that there was wrongdoing, it’s that this is a political matter. It’s not that there was a donation — it was that there was a donation received by Key despite the fact that he claimed no recollection of such. This echoes Brownlee’s claim that he was not lobbied by mining interests, later revealed to be false. Like with Key’s failure to recall the nugget (what lovely symbolism that is!), Brownlee’s failure is a lapse of awareness at best, and downright devious bullshit at worst. Which (or what else) will be for the electorate to decide.

      L

      • tsmithfield 13.2.1

        Key may well have had no idea where the gold nugget had come from. Was the gold nugget the only item being auctioned at the time? It is likely there was a lot of stuff being auctioned at an event like this. I don’t expect the party leader would bother to know where every small donation had come from.

        • Lew 13.2.1.1

          That’s a predictable partisan response, as are many others on this thread. The question which matters is: what would a non-partisan think?

          L

          • tsmithfield 13.2.1.1.1

            You haven’t even bothered to deal with my logical argument in my first post on this topic. Which premise do you disagree with? If you don’t disagree with the premises, then the conclusion follows. If the conclusion is valid, then there is as much reason to suspect this donation as “corrupt” as there is from any group that donated a trivial amount of money and benefited from government policy in some way.

            Everything else I have read here is sheer speculation without a shred of evidence to support it.

            • lprent 13.2.1.1.1.1

              Seems about as ridiculous as some of the wingnut rally calls against Helen. I remember that these were pointed at as being evidence of ‘corruption’.

              Good – lets run with it….. If this is the level that the right wants to play with. At least this one involves some actual value from a company that appears to be getting a benefit from their ‘donation’….

              • Neil

                the mining company mines placer gold deposits on the West Coast – where Labour doesn’t have a problem with mining. It doesn’t mine epithermal gold deposits in the Coromandel.

                But if you want to rise to the level of “Helengrad,” go for it.

            • Lew 13.2.1.1.1.2

              I’m not talking about the merits, TS — I agree with you that there’s probably no wrongdoing. The point is the perception of consistent lazy forgetfulness.

              If you want to argue facts, fair enough — more strength to your typing fingers. But the feel is what matters here — the sneaking suspicion that the Nats are on the take, or that they’re so casual about these sorts of things that they might as well be. It’ll take more than facts to dispel it if that sense gets embedded in the public mindset.

              L

  14. JD 14

    So if you’re making inferences that Key, a man worth $50 million can be brought by the mining industry for $1,000 then I guess Owen Glenn got ripped off for his 500k ‘donation’ to Labour and all he got was an order of merit. I though Helen would have come through with a portfolio like transport at least.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10484810

    See that’s the problem with Labour attacking National on issue like this. If you must do it then make sure your hands otherwise you look like dicks. Just like Goff’s attack on trusts where a significant number of Labour MP’s were beneficiaries of … trusts.

    “So your trying to say he can be bought out with a gold nugget????

    The guy has 50 million bucks for cripes sake.

    Thats almost as bad as the Peter haters, saying he soldf out for a 17 dollar piece of fish.”

    I’ve had the scampi at Kermadac. It’s good but not good enough to sell political favours for.

    • Marty G 14.1

      JD. try to understand. the problem is not with National receiving a donation from a mining company per se. The problem is that it was receiving at least this one donation from mining companies at the same time as it was having secret talks about opening up protected land to mining companies after the election and it didn’t campaign on that policy.

  15. Gosman 15

    Ummm…. wasn’t the Labour movement in NZ created out of the mining industry?

    Didn’t the Miners form a key component of the support base of Labour during it’s formative years?

    Why is receiving support from this industry so bad again?

    • Lew 15.1

      It’s not. It’s covering up — or conveniently forgetting about it — which is at issue.

      L

    • lprent 15.2

      Jez, you’re talking about a period about when my grand-parents were born.

      Should we also carry on the other customs of those days?
      Treating women as chattels under the law?
      Destroying the remaining forests because they were there?
      Shifting back to a horse based economy?
      Shifting material on and off ships using human muscle.
      Going to war because ‘Great Britain’ did?
      etc…

      Don’t be a total dork troll all of your life…. If you want to spin a line, then at least make sure it is realistic…

      • Gosman 15.2.1

        I’m deadly serious, Labour used to represent the economically active working classes. Now you guy’s seem to want to stop economic activity for the sake of a few thousand hectares of land.

        The Mining industry is just another primary economc activity like farming or fishing. Just as some people could claim those other industries are environmentally destructive so too can you claim mining is.

        The point being you can’t really live without any of them including mining, (if you wish to try then be my guest next time you try and use a Cell phone without rare earth minerals).

        The alternative is a society a lot poorer off and if you think Tourism is an viable ‘clean’ alternative just ask yourself how do the vast majority of NZ overseas tourists get here and what is one of the most polluting industries in terms of carbon emissions on the planet?

        • Lew 15.2.1.1

          Who’s anti-mining?

          It’s anti-mining-on-schedule-4-land we’re talking about here. That’s the equivalent of being anti-driftnetting-in-marine-reserves, or anti-farming-tuatara-for-meat.

          Labour remains proud of its mining background — listen to the Question Time last week when Gerry tabled photos of Goff, Mallard and O’Connor in mining gear, and Annette King raised a point of order to object that it was unfair her photo wasn’t tabled as well.

          L

          • Gosman 15.2.1.1.1

            Conservation land is not sacrosanct. The last Labour Government recognised that fact as it sanctioned mining on the conservation estate. I see no problem removing some land from Schedule 4 and adding some other to it. There used to be a time that there was NO land in the Conservation estate. Your whole argument is based on the logical fallacy that the more land we have under conservation orders like Schedule 4 the better we are. If that was true then we might as well make the entire country one big conservation estate except the largest cities.

            • Armchair Critic 15.2.1.1.1.1

              “Conservation land is not sacrosanct.”

              s4 conservation land is. Which is why it was created.

              “The last Labour Government recognised that fact as it sanctioned mining on the conservation estate.”
              Not on s4 land.
              “I see no problem removing some land from Schedule 4 and adding some other to it.”
              I see a problem – land was originally added to s4 because it was unique and too valuable to be mined. Unless there has been some change that means it is no longer unique and too valuable to mine (and you haven’t suggested there has been such a change), there is no good reason to remove it from s4. ‘There might be minerals under it’ is not a good reason. I see another problem – the land that labelled as to be added to s4 was identified before National went public with their ‘let’s fuck the conservation estate’ plan. They aren’t planning to add any land to s4 that wasn’t already in line to be added anyway.
              “There used to be a time that there was NO land in the Conservation estate.”
              Or looking at it another way, there used to be a time when most of the country was in the same state as land we now consider to be s4 quality.
              “Your whole argument is based on the logical fallacy that the more land we have under conservation orders like Schedule 4 the better we are. If that was true then we might as well make the entire country one big conservation estate except the largest cities.”
              What a load of rubbish. Most of the country has been extensively modified and could not even be considered for inclusion in s4.

            • Lew 15.2.1.1.1.2

              Conservation land is not sacrosanct. Schedule 4 land is. If you want to change it, fine — but doing so with a stated policy goal of expanding the mineral take, having been lobbied by the mining industry to do so just reeks of a stitch-up. It’s poor faith, and deserves to be punished as such. It would have been a different matter to propose a review of Sch. 4 independently from a commitment to mine — but that’s not what happened.

              No need to go ad absurdum. I’m not talking about the amount of land under Sch. 4 — I’m talking about the specific land. I’m open to the argument of reclassifying parts of it, or trading off some parts for other parts — but not now. The whole discussion is tainted.

              L

              • lprent

                Exactly. The whole thing has a strong whiff of some kind of back-room stitch up done before the election between the Nats and mining interests.

                I’m getting more and more interested in who has been giving money to whom in politics on the right..

            • lprent 15.2.1.1.1.3

              On schedule four land? Do you even know what the difference is?

    • They certainly were and they have a proud record of fighting for miners rights.Many of the Labour Parties heroes were miners. Of course they were they were truly working class people. However Blip the greatest wish of all miners and the Labour Party was that their sons did not go down the mines .Bloody hell there is enough literature about it .ie”,How Green was My Valley.” . I can’t see Key and his mates sending their sons down the mine ,can you? The debate is not about miners it about the invirironment and the destruction of the land we are surpposed to protect .

  16. Sanctuary 16

    The point about this story is yet again John Key has been caught out being sloppy. And as usual, he is being sloppy with the truth and telling the public a lie that is easily verifiable as a lie. It isn’t that it is a serious lie, but it is part of a now clear pattern that shows he is a lazy politician who can’t be bothered getting his facts straight – so instead of being on top of his game he simply tells casual lies to deflect questions.

    Our PM now has a clear track record of being caught out being lazy and less than honest with matters of fact and public record.

  17. I dreamed a dream 17

    I suppose at the end of the day, what impact it will have depends largely on whether the MSM runs this and what public perception develops, if any 🙂

    • Gosman 17.1

      So is it the MSM fault if the general public don’t buy into the position that the Mining industry has unduly influenced the National party policy in this area based on the ‘fact’ that a Nugget of gold worth $1000 was donated to the National Party before the last election?

      Yeah I can see how someone like you would think that.

  18. tsmithfield 18

    Anyway, this is boring stuff. Not a shred of evidence to support an allegation of corruption.

    Here is a case with a lot more evidence to point to political corruption. Now why DID Shane Jones over-rule Internal Affairs and grant this guy residency against the advice of officials?

    http://www.voxy.co.nz/national/millionaire-businessman-faces-immigration-charges/5/17652

    This is the sort of stuff I would like to see if I was going to make a case of corruption against JK and the mining companies.

    • Marty G 18.1

      Ah the ‘this is boring’ fall back.

      Not a shred of evidence?

      Mining sources told Patrick Gower and other journos that talks on a mining policy including opening up Schedule 4 land took place before the election and National was “highly receptive”. National did not campaign on such a policy.

      Key denied any knowledge of donations from mining companies.

      We now know that not to be true.

  19. Bill 19

    That it? Trying to get traction from a $1000 gold nugget for auction donation!

    For fuck’s sake, if that’s the extent of your gripe…and you think that it’s somehow of some massive import…then you ought to wheel yourself into the sanatorium for political has beens. Immediately and with no brakes. Smack the wall.

    • Marty G 19.1

      mate, we’re not fucken james bonds here. we can only uncover public information and stuff that is OIA-able if we find the right questions to ask.

      We don’t know the true extent of donations from the mining industry to nationalbut now we know there was definitely something.

      • Bill 19.1.1

        So Marty.

        Mining? Fuck the ‘raffle prizes’.

        Try this although it’s the wrong ‘prize’. I have no doubt you know of better, more relevant shit. So, highlight it. Push it. Hammer it. Make it impossible for government to touch it.

        But a ‘who’ or ‘what’ made a donation to a raffle? Pu-leeze….

      • Gosman 19.1.2

        “mate, we’re not fucken james bonds here.”

        No, you are definately not. Not even close.

  20. tsmithfield 20

    No evidence there Marty. Are there transcripts or the like to support any of this? Would most people consider it reasonable that a busy party leader would not recollect where every minor donation came from?

    As I pointed out above, there was a helluva lot more to support allegations of corruption against Labour in the case of Yong Ming Yan. Officials had advised Shane Jones that this guy was very dodgy, with multiple identities, criminal links, and that he was on the run from Chinese Authorities.
    Despite all this, Shane Jones over-ruled his officials and let this guy in.

    Now he has been charged with immigration fraud even though the key facts in this respect had been made known to Shane Jones at the time. There is also undisputed evidence this guy was donating funds to Labour. For all we know, what this may just have been the tip of the iceberg.

    So, Marty, perhaps you might like to answer my question: Why did Shane Jones approve this guy’s application for citizenship?

    If you can compile a case like this against Key then I might be interested. Otherwise it is based on speculation, whispers, and rumours.

    • Marty G 20.1

      “Are there transcripts or the like to support any of this?”

      We’re surely entitled to rely on the word of participants of meetings as reported by journos.

      “Would most people consider it reasonable that a busy party leader would not recollect where every minor donation came from?”

      if it was something as unusual as a gold nugget and his links to mining companies were at question – yes.

      • tsmithfield 20.1.1

        Marty “We’re surely entitled to rely on the word of participants of meetings as reported by journos.”

        So you believe everything you see on the news? Cause I certainly don’t. Quotes are regularly taken out of context and meanings distorted. You should know that. Denying knowledge of donations is not the same as claiming the didn’t get any. You should realise that too.

        Claiming you’re not James Bond is not an excuse. In one of his better moments Wishart made a compelling case against Labour. He was able to put up official documents, undisputed testimony etc. I haven’t seen anything like this here.

        BTW, still haven’t answered my question, Marty.

        Why did Shane Jones approve that guy’s application for citizenship?

      • logie97 20.1.2

        tsmithfield.
        The argument here is the principle. And the “smoke” is that John Key has a habit of being unable to recall…
        – remember the question of just how many shares in Tranzrail. Changed his answer.
        – remember the visit of Ashcroft –
        Changed his answer.
        When John thinks there might be fishhooks in a question he has a habit of giving “I can’t really remember” type answers, and then when he has had time to consider he fudges it.
        Millionaire or not, if someone fronted up with a nugget, you would remember it, because it is out of the ordinary.
        It is not the size of donation but the answers he gives and public perception that will catch up with him in the end.

  21. Neil 21

    It doesn’t appear that Birchfields have got any benefit from their bribery as yet. They might want to talk to the Pikes River people who’ve done slightly better.

  22. gingercrush 22

    What a stupid post. The more important question to ask relates to the New Zealand Labour Party and how a $25, 000 donation by Toll NZ Consolidated Fund saw Toll Holdings receive 690 million dollars in payback. And we’re talking about a fucking nugget of gold? What a joke.

  23. Stacktwo 23

    Actually, the righties are right (ahem). They have proved, to my satisfaction at least, that it is only a little nugget. You don’t have to donate $1,000,000 to buy John Key. He’s a cheap whore – all you need to do is show him the colour . . .

    • B 23.1

      John Key and his little nugget…

    • tsmithfield 23.2

      “You don’t have to donate $1,000,000 to buy John Key. He’s a cheap whore all you need to do is show him the colour .”

      Yes. Those Labour politicians are much more principled. You can’t bribe them with only $1000. You have to pay much more than that before they will give NZ citizenship to known Chinese criminals, or pay way over the market for a defunct train system.

      • Mikey_t500 23.2.1

        Is, or was Shane Jones P.M.? Urgh, no. Is John Key P.M.? Urgh, yes. I find it interesting that you appear to be deflecting the focus from John Key by talking about Shane Jones, and also that you like to say that the comments people are making are nothing more than speculation – actually, that applies equally to your defence that JK didn’t know about the nugget.

  24. This must be the most sleazy government in recent years .Key dealing wih insider trading.
    (rail shares and mining shares. English rorting the Tax Payer ,and still would be if he had not ben cought out!,Brownlee Throwing elderly man down the stairs,(Fond Guilty) It goes on and on .Surely its time for the Herald to headline all this sleaze by the National Party members.
    The Herald could not print fast enough over Benson-Pope and Philip Field ,Both set up in my opinion ,just wait and see .

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    3 days ago
  • Rotuman Language week affirms language as the key to Pacific wellbeing
    The first Pacific Language Week this year  makes it clear that  language is the key to the wellbeing for all Pacific people said Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio. “This round of language  weeks begin with Rotuman. As I have always  said language is one of the pillars of ...
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    4 days ago
  • Budget delivers improved cervical and breast cancer screening
    Budget 2021 funds a more effective cervical screening test to help reduce cervical cancer rates A new breast screening system that can proactively identify and enrol eligible women to reach 271,000 more people who aren’t currently in the programme. Budget 2021 delivers a better cervical screening test and a major ...
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  • NZ-France to co-chair Christchurch Call Leaders’ Summit
    New Zealand and France will jointly convene the Christchurch Call Community for a leaders’ summit, to take stock of progress and develop a new shared priority work plan. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and President Emmanuel Macron will co-chair the leaders’ meeting on the 2nd anniversary of the Call, on 14 ...
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  • New South Wales travel pause to be lifted tomorrow
    COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says the current travel pause with New South Wales will lift tomorrow – subject to no further significant developments in NSW. “New Zealand health officials met today to conduct a further assessment of the public health risk from the recently identified COVID-19 community cases in Sydney. It has been determined that the risk to public ...
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  • March 15 Collective Impact Board appointed
    The voices of those affected by the March 15 mosque attacks will be heard more effectively with the establishment of a new collective impact board, Associate Minister for Social Development and Employment Priyanca Radhakrishnan announced today. Seven members of the Christchurch Muslim community have been appointed to the newly established Board, ...
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    5 days ago
  • More young Kiwis supported with mental health and addiction services
    Nearly quarter of a million more young New Zealanders will have access to mental health and addiction support in their communities as the Government’s youth mental health programme gathers pace. New contracts to expand youth-specific services across the Northland, Waitematā and Auckland District Health Board areas have been confirmed, providing ...
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    6 days ago
  • New hospital facilities mean fewer trips to Auckland for Northlanders
    Northlanders will no longer automatically have to go to Auckland for lifesaving heart procedures like angiograms, angioplasty and the insertion of pacemakers, thanks to new operating theatres and a cardiac catheter laboratory opened at Whangārei Hospital by Health Minister Andrew Little today. The two projects – along with a new ...
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    6 days ago
  • Fair Pay Agreements to improve pay and conditions for essential workers
    The Government is delivering on its pre-election commitment to implement Fair Pay Agreements which will improve wages and conditions, as well as help support our economic recovery, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Wood announced today. Fair Pay Agreements will set minimum standards for all employees and employers in an ...
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    6 days ago
  • Establishment of the new Māori Health Authority takes first big step
    Sir Mason Durie will lead a Steering Group to provide advice to the Transition Unit on governance arrangements and initial appointments to an interim board to oversee the establishment of the Māori Health Authority. This Group will ensure that Māori shape a vital element of our future health system, Minister ...
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    6 days ago
  • Cycle trails move up a gear in Central
    Work on new and upgraded cycle trails in Queenstown, Arrowtown and Central Otago is moving up a gear as two significant projects pass further milestones today. Tourism Minister Stuart Nash has announced new funding for the Queenstown Trails Project, and will also formally open the Lake Dunstan Trail at Bannockburn ...
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    6 days ago
  • Government gives households extra help to reduce their power bills
    Nine community energy education initiatives to help struggling New Zealanders with their power bills are being given government funding through the new Support for Energy Education in Communities (SEEC) Programme.   “Last year we committed nearly $8 million over four years to establish the SEEC Programme. This funding will help ...
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    6 days ago
  • Picton ferry terminal upgrade consent fast-tracked
    The planned upgrade of the Waitohi Picton Ferry terminal has been approved under the fast-track consenting process.  Environment Minister David Parker today welcomed the decision by the expert consenting panel to approve the Waitohi Picton Ferry Precinct Redevelopment Project.    The project will provide a significant upgrade to the ferry facilities ...
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    6 days ago
  • Quarantine Free Travel with New South Wales paused
    COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins has announced his intention to pause Quarantine Free Travel from New South Wales to New Zealand while the source of infection of the two cases announced in Sydney in the last two days is investigated.  Whole genome sequencing has linked the case yesterday to a recent ...
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    6 days ago
  • Covid-19 immigration powers to be extended
    The passing of a bill to extend temporary COVID-19 immigration powers means continued flexibility to support migrants, manage the border, and help industries facing labour shortages, Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi said. “Over the past year, we’ve made rapid decisions to extend visas, vary visa conditions and waive some application requirements ...
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    7 days ago
  • “Supporting a Trade-Led Economic Recovery”
    Trade Policy Road Show SpeechManukau, Auckland   Kia ora koutou – nau mai, haere mai ki Manukau, ki Tāmaki.   Good morning everyone, and thank you for this opportunity to discuss with you current global challenges, opportunities and the Government’s strategy in support of a trade-led recovery from the economic ...
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    7 days ago
  • Building consent numbers at an all-time high
    A record 41,028 new homes have been consented in the year ended March 2021 March 2021 consent numbers the highest since the 1940s Record number of new homes consented in Auckland The number of new homes consented is at an all-time high, showing a strong and increasing pipeline of demand ...
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    7 days ago
  • Whānau-centred support for parents and tamariki
    Up to 60 whānau in Counties Manukau will be supported through the first three years of their parenthood by a new whānau-centred model of care, said Associate Health Minister, Hon Aupito William Sio. “Providing this support to young parents is something we have to get right. It’s a priority both ...
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    7 days ago
  • NZ backs moves to improve global access to COVID vaccines
    New Zealand welcomes and strongly supports the announcement made by the United States Trade Representative to work for a waiver of IP protections on COVID-19 vaccines at the WTO, Trade Minister Damien O’Connor said. “New Zealand supports equitable access to COVID vaccines for all. No one is safe from the ...
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    7 days ago
  • Tourism communities: support, recovery and re-set plan
    TIHEI MAURI ORA Tuia te whakapono Tuia te tumanako Tuia te aroha Tuia te hunga ora Ki te hunga ora Tihei Mauri ora Ka nui te mihi ki a koutou Tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa. Thank you, Hilary and thank you, Chris, and everyone at TIA for this ...
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    7 days ago
  • Support, recovery and re-set plan for tourism communities
    Five South Island tourist communities targeted for specialist support Pressure on Māori tourism operators and Conservation facilities recognised Domestic and international-facing tourism agencies put on more secure footing Long-term plan to re-set tourism with a focus on sustainability, industry standards and regional economic diversification A plan to ensure the immediate ...
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    7 days ago
  • Speech on NZ Rail Plan
    Check against delivery E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā karanga maha o te wa, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou katoa. Ki ngā mana whenua o Taranaki Whānui anō nei aku mihi ki a koutou. Nōku te hōnore kia haere mai ki te whakanuia tēnei huihuinga whakahirahira. Nō ...
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    7 days ago
  • Government hits massive milestone in Violence Prevention & Elimination
    Minister for Family and Sexual Violence Marama Davidson announced a major milestone at a hui in South Auckland today, with the launch of the national engagement process on the prevention and elimination of family and sexual violence. “There is no room for violence in our lives – there is no ...
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    7 days ago
  • Fee waiver extended for conservation tourism businesses
    Tourism businesses operating on public conservation land will have another six months of fees waived to help them adjust to the downturn in international visitors in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Acting Minister of Conservation Dr Ayesha Verrall has announced. "We acknowledge it has been a difficult year for ...
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    7 days ago
  • ‘Lua Wave’ to future-proof Pasifika Festivals in Aotearoa
    Pasifika festival organisers will receive additional support to adapt to the COVID-19 environment thanks to the Government’s newly launched ‘Lua Wave’ component of the Pasifika Festivals Initiative, Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Carmel Sepuloni announced today. “This initiative has not only been to support festival organisers to recover from ...
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    7 days ago
  • Crown accounts show confidence in Govt economic plan
    The Government’s financial accounts continue to reflect the resilience of the economy and confidence in the Government’s economic recovery plan. The Crown accounts for the nine months to the end of March 2021 show both OBEGAL and the operating balance remain better than forecast in the Half Year Economic and ...
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    7 days ago
  • Energy Trusts of NZ Autumn Conference
    It’s a pleasure to be here today. Thank you Karen [Sherry] for the introduction and thanks to the Energy Trusts Executive for inviting me to speak at tonight’s event. It is an exciting time to come to speak to trustees of distribution companies. For many decades the electricity industry was ...
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    7 days ago
  • New partnership to grow Māori success in STEM
    A new partnership with the Pūhoro STEM Academy will support thousands more rangatahi Māori to participate and succeed in the fields of science, technology, and innovation, Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. Since 2016, Pūhoro has worked with Māori students to build their capability and create pathways to employment ...
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    7 days ago
  • Rail builds platform for economic recovery
    Transport Minister Michael Wood and State-Owned Enterprises Minister Dr David Clark today released the Government’s long term vision for a sustainable rail network that supports our economic recovery. New Zealand Rail Plan lays out how the Government is building a resilient, reliable and safe network, as well as the indicative ...
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    7 days ago
  • NZ and UK agree to lift the pace of free trade talks
    New Zealand and the United Kingdom have agreed to rapidly lift the tempo of talks, as the two countries enter a new phase in free trade negotiations, Trade and Export Growth Minister Damien O’Connor announced today. “UK Secretary of State for International Trade, Liz Truss, and I spoke today about ...
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