John Key: the mumbo-jumbo man

Written By: - Date published: 1:12 pm, June 26th, 2014 - 52 comments
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I think that this poster from the Greens about the debate on the maui dolphin says it all about the shallowness of National and its leader. The guy is simpleminded fool and generally a dickhead.

John key on maui dolphin

Rather than understanding an issue and dealing it, he prefers to act like a mumbo-jumbo clown.

52 comments on “John Key: the mumbo-jumbo man ”

  1. McGrath 1

    As a general question, how many Maui dolphins have died as a result of oil & gas exploration?

    • Wonderpup 1.1

      Its not how many have, its how many might. And that figure is too high.

      For the minister of tourism to want whale watching tours to be done with the background of oil drilling platforms, and the risk they pose, is astonishing.

      • infused 1.1.1

        Better stop driving cars. Someone might die.

        • weka 1.1.1.1

          Better stop commenting. You look like a tosser.

          There are something like 60 Maui Dolphins left. On the planet.

          Unless of course you don’t care about species extinction, in which case why not just say so?

        • Pasupial 1.1.1.2

          infused

          There are more than 55 people left in the world. One single death of a Maui’s dolphin for whatever reason is a nearly 2% drop in total population; that’s the equivalent of 130 million people dying!

          You may be as terrible at driving as you are at thinking, but I doubt even you could manage that.

    • Martin 1.2

      Key is still an ignorant
      regardless of your question.

    • emergency mike 1.3

      Yeah that’s right McGrath, what would dem scientists know eh? Clearly not as much as you.

      You’ve got to hand it to Key though. Norman offers him science supporting the claim that oil exploration is a threat to Maui’s Dolphin. Key responds by demanding science supporting the claim that oil exploration is a threat to Maui’s Dolphin.

      Still, it was good enough for repeaters like McGrath.

  2. Enough is Enough 2

    Yet again it is the Greens leading the debate on an issue.

  3. Will@Welly 3

    I watched this interchange, and quite frankly I was embarrassed. John Key, as usual, was not interested in debating the facts.
    Had this been a boxing contest, it was obvious Russel Norman had John Key on ‘the ropes’ several times, and it was only the lame-duck rulings of the Speaker, David Carter, that saved John Key’s bacon. As much as I detested him as a politician, oh for Lockwood Smith to have been there as Speaker – Key would have run out of the Chamber.
    Key cannot debate on anything other than money – that is all he knows, and how to trade it. And how to sack people just because he can – what a little quisling.

  4. Blue 4

    If you look up ‘shallow’ in the dictionary, you will find a pic of John Key. I wonder how John Roughan managed to write a whole book about the guy, although I’m sure his fawning and gushing occupied a rather large part of that.

  5. McGrath 5

    Actually a number is important. If there has been no deaths since exploration began in the 60’s, then what is the issue?

    • vto 5.1

      Yep nah there have never been any maui dolphin deaths caused by human activity – there have only ever been 55 maui dolphins since day dot…

    • Te Reo Putake 5.2

      If it’s that important to you, go and do some research. Any death from human intervention is one too many. Looking forward to reading your findings.

    • weka 5.3

      McGrath, the species is in decline. “Nationally Critical”, which is the highest classification we have. This means they are more at risk now than they were in the 60s, so they need more protection of their habitat. With endangered species it’s not just about deaths, it’s about distruption to mating, breeding, feeding etc. I don’t know what affects the Maui’s dolphin, but if the science shows there is an issue, and the govt is being told by independent scientists, then it’s a significant problem is our PM calls that mumbo jumbo.

      The GP press release says that the issues are harmful seismic surveying and the risks of exploratory drilling.

      https://www.greens.org.nz/press-releases/national-minister-misleads-parliament-over-mauis

      • weka 5.3.1

        “According to Dr Norman, expert scientists say seismic surveys, which are part of petroleum exploration, can harm dolphins’ hearing and may push them into unprotected areas where they are more exposed to fishing nets.”

        http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/oil-drilling-threaten-maui-s-dolphin-say-greens-6005594

      • Tracey 5.3.2

        weka

        Many on tge right dont understand how ecosystems work. They are so disconnected from reality they have convinced themselves that they are not part of nature and therefore unaffected by changes in it. Take the bee issue as an example.

        • weka 5.3.2.1

          Very true Tracey, it’s like nature is a machine, so if you get the tech right you can just replace one bit with something else.

          The other thing, that they should understand, is risk assessment. Obviously if a species is in slow decline, then the risk is less, so there is a relationship between vulnerability and impact. But once you get to 55 single animals, then any distruption is going to be problematic. Which makes me think that actually they just don’t give a shit.

          • Tracey 5.3.2.1.1

            wll, john key probably saw one in hawaii, so he doesnt need that experience again…

          • vto 5.3.2.1.2

            weka your point just above about disruption to ecosystems is spot on.

            this is what happens in Africa. It is not the deaths of animals that is causing their decline it the expansion across their habitat by humans that is the greatest cause of declining numbers.

            As per maui here.

            And the right wing fools don’t even bother to think about these things – it is entirely about yelling stupid one-liners.

            • weka 5.3.2.1.2.1

              Much of the species decline in NZ is affected by ecosystem disruption. I suppose to be fair though, most of us were raised in an education system that doesn’t teach systems thinking, and it’s hard for some people to grasp what that is about when the mechanistic world view is so engrained and reinforced.

              Africa… modern humans I guess. There’s some interesting theory that native peoples formed important parts of those ecosystems and the ecosystems have suffered by removing those traditional lifestyles. But yeah, population pressure from humans is a huge issue.

    • Draco T Bastard 5.4

      Thing is, we don’t know how many deaths were caused because we weren’t counting. And there were probably some as the activity does, as has been scientifically proven, affect the dolphins and other marine mammals.

  6. john 6

    I’m surprised you even want to bring this issue up after Cunliffes total cock up by being against it in one tv interview, then embarrassingly having to do a 180 degree turn and completely reverse his position within hours.

    Then you have another prospective Labour MP protesting against Labours own position.

    Or the fact that 18 of 23 rigs in the region that have been allowed in the region went in under a Labour Government.

    It seems nobody has a clue on what’s going on.

    Reminders of the Greens “Hey Clint – what’s our policy on this”

    [lprent: And how is Labour is involved in this post at all? I didn’t write about them. You didn’t explain or link to anything about how Labour was linked to this issue. There is a policy about that kind of trolling for a reason. Four week ban for diversion trolling on my post. The only reason that it wasn’t 3 months was because there was an issue you could have raised, but you needed to raise it rather than troll with it. ]

    • Tracey 6.1

      john

      Bear with me for a moment.

      You know how the ACT party, the conservative party are not the same party as National?. Well, stick with me a while longer, the Green Party is not the labour party, and this is a site for discussing the Left.

      Did you stay with me?

  7. mikesh 7

    It’s about time someone put the question: Is he too thick to understand what is said, or is he just being evasive.

  8. fisiani 8

    key wants to continue oil exploration coal mining forestry and fishing . in other words he wants a successful NZ and is pilloried by jealous critics who cannot understand the centrist way he is working for New Zealand.

    • vto 8.1

      key wants to exploit every resource in the land in the same way that the early primary producers took all the kauri and all the whales, and like the current primary producers are taking all the rivers and mining in all the wild areas

      he has no idea of long term human community and history because he is an extremist

      • Camryn 8.1.1

        I know this is a bit of a nit pick, but I wouldn’t use the term “primary producers” for those who just take like whalers, kauri loggers and miners. They’re “extractors” – they don’t create anything, just extract it from where it is. Farmers are “primary producers” and, although they have an environmental impact too, they’re at least creating a resource rather than just extracting from an existing one.

        And this rivers thing is getting a bit overblown. It’s great that we’re focusing on cleaner rivers, but it’s not so great to blame current farmers for nitrates that didn’t bind 20 years ago. Current practices will lead to much, much cleaner rivers in future. Put another way… there’s a long lag as the environment recovers from past bad practice. Much of the correction in practice has already been done but we don’t see the benefit yet.

        • lprent 8.1.1.1

          I always thought it was about 6 decades, but apparently it is more like 8 decades
          http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3831475/

          Because of the nature of farming, they don’t fertilize once every 20-30 years. They do it every few years so the leachable nitrates will keep building up in the soil.

          The problem is that killing rivers is pretty damn easy, all you have to do is feed the wrong plants and animals. Keeping them alive is a lot harder because it depends on everyone not treating the river as another ditch and forgetting about the buggers downstream.

          It is a tragedy of the commons issue.

          But with cows the real trick is to simply not allow them near rivers and therefore preventing their defection would get rid of much of the problem. I’d suggest that a simple immediate and automatic confiscation of any cow in a stream bed with no excuses would fix the problem pretty quickly.

          • Camryn 8.1.1.1.1

            I think they’re better at only applying as much nitrate as will bind these days etc… better for the waterways and better economic sense (if it leeches away, it’s not making grass grow). Agree you’ve just got to keep the cows out of the water. There has been a lot of waterways fencing… a huge advance from many farmers not even having effluent ponds back in the day. Growing up, we drank creek water from the back of our farm and I’m sure I drank a lot of our neighbour’s cow shit!

          • Draco T Bastard 8.1.1.1.2

            It is a tragedy of the commons issue.

            No, it’s a tragedy of the lack of regulation.

            Every time the commons has been used by communities there’s been rules and regulations governing how that commons would be used. Capitalism and the fencing off of the commons into privately held land has seen those rules and regulations removed in favour of the landowners doing whatever the hell they like. The result being our polluted waterways.

    • Tracey 8.2

      Because every country that has oil rigs, and coal mines have fiull employment and no public debt.

    • framu 8.3

      he wants to do forestry in a dolphin sanctuary?

      thats just retarded

      i dotn expect you to get the point there fisty

    • Roy 8.4

      A New Zealand that allows critically endangered species to become extinct is not a successful New Zealand.

  9. philj 9

    xox
    There is a suggestion ( sorry no references) that significant Maui dolphins had died from infections of the umbilical cord. Questions have to be asked about compromised immune systems from a degraded, polluted environment? Is there any scientific support for this hypothesis?

  10. meconism 10

    I will say it then: The phrase ‘mumbo jumbo’ is racist. Completely and unalterably racist.

  11. In Vino 11

    Just to make my attitude clearer: I find John Key’s attitude to environmental matters as contemptible as that of most ego-centric right-wingers.

  12. Weepu's beard 12

    When I was a teenager in 1984 my father (a very conservative, establishment man, bless him) said he didn’t like the way David Lange said “gunna” instead of “going to”.

    Well, if that was reason enough to nail your colours to a mast back then, then I don’t know what conservative, establishment men make of our current Pry Mincer today.

    • lprent 12.1

      Yep. When I was doing a lot of canvassing that really is the level that a proportion of the electorate make up their mind on.

  13. Jrobin 13

    Well they have been trained to focus on the personal and the emotional. Corporates put a lot of money into this manipulation, they must be pleased how well it’s all going. I’ll just tune in to the entertainment pages now to see how my celebrity buddies are and what clothes and pets they are displaying. Ooh look she’s had a boob job and eye lash tint and feels sooo jealous of her sister with the new boyfriend……how can reality compete its so harsh and full of sadness.

  14. xtasy 14

    John Key, we respect YOUR MOTHER and her history, and your family’s difficulties, with all respect. What is your position on the disowned people in Palestine, the tortured prisoners there and many middle eastern countries, and what about the poor in many countries?

    What about the many poor in Latin America, Africa and South Asia, also?

    Do you bother to care, or has your personal “poverty story” been just a “personal” biographical experience and NADA else? We would like to know where you stand, dear Mr Key, beyond the rest of New Zealand, if you would care, please.

    We challenge you and sing NOW:

    “Hasta Siempre Commandante, Commandante Che Guevara!”

    You are free to answer and justify, if you can bother!

  15. Jrobin 15

    Sorry xtasy JK doesn’t read or write, without a ghost writer that is.

    • Kiwiri 15.1

      And when that ghost tells him, he will say he can’t recall.

      Or that he doesn’t think that’s right, but he remembers there were some vague things.

  16. dimebag russell 16

    ring ring.
    JK: That’ll be my broker…

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    1 week ago
  • It's not New Zealand they've never heard of, it's him
    Sometimes you’ll just be so dog-tired, you can only keep yourself awake with a short stab of self-inflicted pain.A quick bite of the lip, for instance.Maybe a slight bite on the tongue or a dig of the nails.But what if you’re needing something a bit more painful?The solution is as ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Some “scrutiny” II
    Last month I blogged about the Ministry of Justice's Open Government Partnership commitment to strengthen scrutiny of Official Information Act exemption clauses in legislation", and how their existing efforts did not give much reason for confidence. As part of that, I mentioned that I had asked the Ministry for its ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Gordon Campbell on why the Biden “peace plan” for Gaza is doomed
    After months and months of blocking every attempt by the UN and everyone else to achieve a Gaza ceasefire, US President Joe Biden is now marketing his own three-stage “peace plan” to end the conflict. Like every other contribution by the US since October 7, the Biden initiative is hobbled ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    1 week ago
  • Raised crossings: hearing the voice of vulnerable pedestrians
    This is a guest post by Vivian Naylor, who is the Barrier Free Advisor and Educator at CCS Disability Action, Northern Region, the largest disability support and advocacy organisation in Aotearoa New Zealand. She also advises on AT’s Public Transport and Capital Projects Accessibility Groups. Vivian has been advocating and ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    1 week ago
  • Leaving on a Jet Plane
    So kiss me and smile for meTell me that you'll wait for meHold me like you'll never let me go'Cause I'm leavin' on a jet planeDon't know when I'll be back againOh babe, I hate to go“The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Bernard's mid-winter pick 'n' mix for Tuesday, June 18
    The election promises of ‘better economic management’ are now ringing hollow, as NZ appears to be falling into a deeper recession, while other economies are turning the corner. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The economy and the housing market are slumping back into a deep recession this winter, contrasting ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Scrutiny week off to rocky start
    Parliament’s new “Scrutiny” process, which is supposed to allow Select Committees to interrogate Ministers and officials in much more depth, has got off to a rocky start. Yesterday was the first day of “Scrutiny Week” which is supposed to see the Government grilled on how it spends taxpayers’ money and ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • The choice could not be more stark’: How Trump and Biden compare on climate change
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Barbara Grady Illustration by Samantha Harrington. Photo credits: Justin Lane-Pool/Getty Images, Win McNamee/Getty Images, European Space Agency. In an empty wind-swept field in Richmond, California, next to the county landfill, a company called RavenSr has plotted out land and won ...
    1 week ago
  • Differentiating between democracy and republic
    Although NZ readers may not be that interested in the subject and in lieu of US Fathers Day missives (not celebrated in NZ), I thought I would lay out some brief thoughts on a political subject being debated in the … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Bernard's mid-winter pick 'n' mix for Monday, June 17
    TL;DR: Chris Bishop talks up the use of value capture, congestion charging, PPPs, water meters, tolling and rebating GST on building materials to councils to ramp up infrastructure investment in the absence of the Government simply borrowing more to provide the capital.Meanwhile, Christopher Luxon wants to double the number of ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • You do have the power to change things
    When I was invited to come aboard and help with Greater Auckland a few months ago (thanks to Patrick!), it was suggested it might be a good idea to write some sort of autobiographical post by way of an introduction. This post isn’t quite that – although I’m sure I’lll ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    1 week ago
  • Turning Away – Who Cares If We Don't?
    On the turning awayFrom the pale and downtroddenAnd the words they say which we won't understandDon't accept that, what's happeningIs just a case of other's sufferingOr you'll find that you're joining inThe turning awayToday’s guest kōrero is from Author Catherine Lea. So without further ado, over to Catherine…I’m so honoured ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Dissecting Tickled
    Hi,Tickled was one of the craziest things that ever happened to me (and I feel like a lot of crazy things have happened to me).So ahead of the Webworm popup and Tickled screening in New Zealand on July 13, I thought I’d write about how we made that film and ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand Webworm Popup + Tickled!
    Hi,I’m doing a Webworm merch popup followed by a Tickled screening in Auckland, New Zealand on July 13th — and I’d love you to come. I got the urge to do this while writing this Webworm piece breaking down how we made Tickled, and talking to all the people who ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • What China wants from NZ business
    One simple statistic said it all: China Premier Li Qiang asked Fonterra CEO Miles Hurrell what percentage of the company’s overall sales were made in China. “Thirty per cent,” said Hurrell. In other words, New Zealand’s largest company is more or less dependent on the Chinese market. But Hurrell is ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • Review: The Worm Ouroboros, by E.R. Eddison (1922)
    One occasionally runs into the question of what J.R.R. Tolkien would have thought of George R.R. Martin. For years, I had a go-to online answer: we could use a stand-in. Tolkien’s thoughts on E.R. Eddison – that he appreciated the invented world, but thought the invented names were silly, and ...
    1 week ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #24
    A listing of 35 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, June 9, 2024 thru Sat, June 15, 2024. Story of the week A glance at this week's inventory of what experts tell us is extreme weather mayhem juiced by ...
    1 week ago
  • Sunday Morning Chat
    After a busy week it’s a good day to relax. Clear blues skies here in Tamaki Makaurau, very peaceful but for my dogs sleeping heavily. In the absence of a full newsletter I thought I’d send out a brief update and share a couple of posts that popped up in ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • The Book of Henry
    Now in the land of Angus beef and the mighty ABsWhere the steaks were juicy and the rivers did run foulIt would often be said,This meal is terrible,andNo, for real this is legit the worst thing I've ever eatenBut this was an thing said only to others at the table,not ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Fact Brief – Is ocean acidification from human activities enough to impact marine ecosystems?
    Skeptical Science is partnering with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. This fact brief was written by Sue Bin Park in collaboration with members from the Skeptical Science team. You can submit claims you think need checking via the tipline. Is ocean acidification from human ...
    1 week ago
  • Happiness is a Warm Gun
    She's not a girl who misses muchDo do do do do do, oh yeahShe's well-acquainted with the touch of the velvet handLike a lizard on a window paneI wouldn’t associate ACT with warmth, other than a certain fabled, notoriously hot, destination where surely they’re heading and many would like them ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Still doing a good 20
    Hello! Here comes the Saturday edition of More Than A Feilding, catching you up on the past somewhat interrupted week. Still on the move!Share Read more ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 weeks ago
  • Coalition of the Unwilling?
    What does Budget 2024 tell us about the current government? Muddle on?Coalition governments are not new. About 50 percent of the time since the first MMP election, there has been a minority government, usually with allied parties holding ministerial portfolios outside cabinets. For 10 percent of the time there was ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    2 weeks ago
  • Of red flags and warning signs in comments on social media
    Somewhat surprisingly for what is regarded as a network of professionals, climate science misinformation is getting shared on LinkedIn, joining other channels where this is happening. Several of our recent posts published on LinkedIn have attracted the ire of various commenters who apparently are in denial about human-caused climate change. Based ...
    2 weeks ago
  • All good, still
    1. On what subject is Paul Henry even remotely worth giving the time of day?a. The state of our nationb. The state of the ACT partyc. How to freak out potential buyers of your gin palace by baking the remains of your deceased parent into its fittings2. Now that New ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 weeks ago
  • The looting is the point
    Last time National was in power, they looted the state, privatising public assets and signing hugely wasteful public-private partnership (PPP) contracts which saw foreign consortiums provide substandard infrastructure while gouging us for profits. You only have to look at the ongoing fiasco of Transmission Gully to see how it was ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The Illusion of Power: How Local Government Bureaucrats Overawe Democratically-Elected Councillors..
    The Democratic Façade Of Local Government: Our district and city councillors are democratically elected to govern their communities on one very strict condition – that they never, ever, under any circumstances, attempt to do so.A DISINTEGRATION OF LOYALTIES on the Wellington City Council has left Mayor Tory Whanau without a ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Lowlights & Bright Spots
    I can feel the lowlights coming over meI can feel the lowlights, from the state I’m inI can see the light now even thought it’s dimA little glow on the horizonAnother week of lowlights from our government, with the odd bright spot and a glow on the horizon. The light ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 weeks ago
  • Weekly Roundup 14-June-2024
    Another week, another roundup of things that caught our eye on our favourite topics of transport, housing and how to make cities a little bit greater. This Week in Greater Auckland On Monday, Connor wrote about Kāinga Ora’s role as an urban development agency Tuesday’s guest post by ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    2 weeks ago
  • The Hoon around the week to June 14
    Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers features co-hosts and talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent about the National-ACT-NZ First Government’s moves this week to take farming out of the ETS and encourage more mining and oil and ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 weeks ago

  • Minister celebrates students’ space success
    Space Minister Judith Collins is applauding students from Canterbury University’s Aerospace Club on their success at the world’s largest inter-collegiate rocket engineering competition, the Spaceport America Cup. “More than 120 teams from 20 countries participated in Spaceport America Cup, with the team from Canterbury University winning in their ‘30,000 Foot’ ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • Address – Commemoration of the 74th Anniversary of the Commencement of the Korean War
    Tena koutou.Ki nga kaumatua,Ki nga whanau,Ka maumahara tonu tatou ki a ratou. Greetings.To the elders,To the families,We will remember them. Firstly, a special welcome to all the veterans here this morning and their families.  I want to acknowledge the veterans who are marking this day but cannot be with us ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 hours ago
  • New WorkSafe board appointments to address a history of poor financial management
    Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Brooke van Velden says three appointments to the WorkSafe board have been made to strengthen the organisation, ensuring it has the skills and expertise it needs to carry out its functions.  “WorkSafe has faced a number of recent challenges, including accumulating an almost $18 million ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    8 hours ago
  • Next phase of the Royal Commission into COVID-19
    Minister of Internal Affairs Brooke van Velden says this coalition Government is delivering on our commitment to expand the terms of reference for the independent Royal Commission into COVID-19 Lessons Learned. “There will be a second phase to the Royal Commission which features new commissioners and an expanded terms of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • Government introduces Three Strikes Bill
    The Government has introduced a Bill today to restore the Three Strikes sentencing law, Associate Justice Minister Nicole McKee says. “New Zealanders are rightly concerned about violent crime. We are delivering on our commitment to introduce a revised Three Strikes law as one of our key law and order priorities.  ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • New support for agricultural emissions reduction
    The Government and the Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) are together committing an additional $8 million towards AgriZeroNZ to boost New Zealand’s efforts to reduce agricultural emissions. Agriculture Minister Todd McClay says the strength of the New Zealand economy relies on effective and affordable emission reduction solutions for New Zealand’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    12 hours ago
  • Government actions strengthening Māori success
    Tākina Puanga. Ko Puanga kei runga. Ko Puanga e Rangi. Tākina mai te ara o Puanga nui o te rangi. Tākina ngā pou o te tau. Ki te whai ao ki te ao marama. Puanga or Rigel celebrations reflect a renewed energy across our communities – to acknowledge those who ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • Transformative investment in cancer treatments and more new medicines
    The coalition Government is delivering up to 26 cancer treatments as part of an overall package of up to 54 more new medicines, Health Minister Dr Shane Reti and Associate Health Minister David Seymour announced today. “Pharmac estimates that around 175,000 people will benefit from the additional treatments in just ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • More support for drought-affected communities
    The coalition Government is providing more financial support to drought-stricken farmers and growers in many parts of the country to help with essential living costs. “Rural Assistance Payments have been made available in 38 districts affected by dry conditions to help eligible farmers and growers whose income has taken a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Job seekers to report on progress after six months from today
    A new requirement for people on Jobseeker Support benefits to meet with MSD after six months to assess how their job search is going gets underway today. About 20,000 Jobseeker beneficiaries with full-time work obligations are expected to attend MSD’s new ‘Work check-in’ seminars over the next 12 months, Social ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New cops means more Police on the beat
    The decision to deploy more Police on the beat in Auckland CBD has been welcomed by Police Minister Mark Mitchell and Associate Police Minister Casey Costello. Starting from 1 July, an additional 21 police officers will be redeployed in Auckland City, bringing the total number of beat police in the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government takes action to address youth crime
    The Government is introducing a new declaration for young offenders to ensure they face tougher consequences and are better supported to turn their lives around, Children’s Minister Karen Chhour announced today. The establishment of a Young Serious Offender declaration delivers on a coalition Government commitment and supports the Government’s target ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Reserve Bank chair reappointed
    Professor Neil Quigley has been reappointed as Chair of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand Board for a further term of two years, until 30 June 2026.  “Professor Quigley has played a key role in establishing the new Board after the commencement of the new RBNZ Act on 1 July ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • School attendance increases
    School attendance data released today shows an increase in the number of students regularly attending school to 61.7 per cent in term one. This compares to 59.5 per cent in term one last year and 53.6 per cent in term four. “It is encouraging to see more children getting to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Record investment in public transport services
    The Government has announced a record 41 per cent increase in indicative funding for public transport services and operations, and confirmed the rollout of the National Ticketing Solution (NTS) that will enable contactless debit and credit card payments starting this year in Auckland, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.“This Government is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • GDP data shows need to strengthen and grow the economy
    GDP figures for the March quarter reinforce the importance of restoring fiscal discipline to public spending and driving more economic growth, Finance Minister Nicola Willis says.  Data released today by Stats NZ shows GDP has risen 0.2 per cent for the quarter to March.   “While today’s data is technically in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Women continue to make up over 50 per cent on public sector boards
    Women’s representation on public sector boards and committees has reached 50 per cent or above for the fourth consecutive year, with women holding 53.9 per cent of public sector board roles, Acting Minister for Women Louise Upston says. “This is a fantastic achievement, but the work is not done. To ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government supporting Māori business success
    The Coalition Government is supporting Māori to boost development and the Māori economy through investment in projects that benefit the regions, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones and Māori Development Minister Tama Potaka say. “As the Regional Development Minister, I am focused on supporting Māori to succeed. The Provincial Growth Fund ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Better solutions for earthquake-prone buildings
    Building and Construction Minister Chris Penk has announced that the review into better managing the risks of earthquake-prone buildings has commenced. “The terms of reference published today demonstrate the Government’s commitment to ensuring we get the balance right between public safety and costs to building owners,” Mr Penk says.  “The Government ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Prime Minister wraps up visit to Japan
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has just finished a successful three-day visit to Japan, where he strengthened political relationships and boosted business links. Mr Luxon’s visit culminated in a bilateral meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio followed by a state dinner. “It was important for me to meet Prime Minister Kishida in person ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Major business deals signed on PM’s Japan trip
    Significant business deals have been closed during the visit of Prime Minister Christopher Luxon to Japan this week, including in the areas of space, renewable energy and investment.  “Commercial deals like this demonstrate that we don’t just export high-quality agricultural products to Japan, but also our world-class technology, expertise, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Strategic Security speech, Tokyo
    Minasan, konnichiwa, kia ora and good afternoon everyone. Thank you for the invitation to speak to you today and thank you to our friends at the Institute for International Socio-Economic Studies and NEC for making this event possible today.  It gives me great pleasure to be here today, speaking with ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • National Infrastructure Pipeline worth over $120 billion
    The National Infrastructure Pipeline, which provides a national view of current or planned infrastructure projects, from roads, to water infrastructure, to schools, and more, has climbed above $120 billion, Infrastructure Minister Chris Bishop says. “Our Government is investing a record amount in modern infrastructure that Kiwis can rely on as ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Making it easier to build infrastructure
    The Government is modernising the Public Works Act to make it easier to build infrastructure, Minister for Land Information Chris Penk announced today. An independent panel will undertake an eight-week review of the Act and advise on common sense changes to enable large scale public works to be built faster and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • NZ enhances North Korea sanctions monitoring
    New Zealand will enhance its defence contributions to monitoring violations of sanctions against North Korea, Prime Minister Christopher Luxon announced today.  The enhancement will see the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) increase its contributions to North Korea sanctions monitoring, operating out of Japan. “This increase reflects the importance New Zealand ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Speech to Safeguard National Health and Safety Conference
    Good afternoon everyone. It’s great to be with you all today before we wrap up Day One of the annual Safeguard National Health and Safety Conference. Thank you to the organisers and sponsors of this conference, for the chance to talk to you about the upcoming health and safety consultation. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Ōtaki to north of Levin alliance agreements signed
    Transport Minister Simeon Brown has welcomed an important milestone for the Ōtaki to north of Levin Road of National Significance (RoNS), following the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) signing interim alliance agreements with two design and construction teams who will develop and ultimately build the new expressway.“The Government’s priority for transport ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Improvements to stopping Digital Child Exploitation
    The Department of Internal Affairs [Department] is making a significant upgrade to their Digital Child Exploitation Filtering System, which blocks access to websites known to host child sexual abuse material, says Minister of Internal Affairs Brooke van Velden.  “The Department will incorporate the up-to-date lists of websites hosting child sexual ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New vaccine research aims to combat prevalent bovine disease
    A vaccine to prevent an infectious disease that costs New Zealand cattle farmers more than $190 million each year could radically improve the health of our cows and boost on-farm productivity, Associate Agriculture Minister Andrew Hoggard says. The Ministry for Primary Industries is backing a project that aims to develop ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Making it easier to build granny flats
    The Government has today announced that it is making it easier for people to build granny flats, Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters and RMA Reform Minister Chris Bishop say. “Making it easier to build granny flats will make it more affordable for families to live the way that suits them ...
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    1 week ago
  • High Court Judge appointed
    Attorney-General Judith Collins today announced the appointment of Auckland King’s Counsel Gregory Peter Blanchard as a High Court Judge. Justice Blanchard attended the University of Auckland from 1991 to 1995, graduating with an LLB (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts (English). He was a solicitor with the firm that is now Dentons ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Health workforce numbers rise
    Health Minister Dr Shane Reti says new data released today shows encouraging growth in the health workforce, with a continued increase in the numbers of doctors, nurses and midwives joining Health New Zealand. “Frontline healthcare workers are the beating heart of the healthcare system. Increasing and retaining our health workforce ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Government to overhaul firearms laws
    Associate Justice Minister Nicole McKee has today announced a comprehensive programme to reform New Zealand's outdated and complicated firearms laws. “The Arms Act has been in place for over 40 years. It has been amended several times – in a piecemeal, and sometimes rushed way. This has resulted in outdated ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Government delivers landmark specialist schools investment
    The coalition Government is delivering record levels of targeted investment in specialist schools so children with additional needs can thrive. As part of Budget 24, $89 million has been ringfenced to redevelop specialist facilities and increase satellite classrooms for students with high needs. This includes: $63 million in depreciation funding ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Major health and safety consultation begins
    A substantial consultation on work health and safety will begin today with a roadshow across the regions over the coming months, says Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Brooke van Velden.  This the first step to deliver on the commitment to reforming health and safety law and regulations, set out in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Growing the potential of New Zealand’s forestry sector in partnership
    Forestry Minister Todd McClay, today announced the start of the Government’s plan to restore certainty and confidence in the forestry and wood processing sector. “This government will drive investment to unlock the industry’s economic potential for growth,” Mr McClay says. “Forestry’s success is critical to rebuilding New Zealand’s economy, boosting ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Government cancels forestry ETS annual service charges for 2023-24
    Annual service charges in the forestry Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) will be cancelled for 2023/24, Forestry Minister Todd McClay says. “The sector has told me the costs imposed on forestry owners by the previous government were excessive and unreasonable and I agree,” Mr McClay says. “They have said that there ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Speech to the LGNZ Infrastructure Symposium
    Introduction Thank you for having me here today and welcome to Wellington, the home of the Hurricanes, the next Super Rugby champions. Infrastructure – the challenge This government has inherited a series of big challenges in infrastructure. I don’t need to tell an audience as smart as this one that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Government boosts Agriculture and food trade with China
    Trade and Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard welcomed outcomes to boost agricultural and food trade between New Zealand and China. A number of documents were signed today at Government House that will improve the business environment between New Zealand and China, and help reduce barriers, including on infant formula ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • NZ and China launch Services Trade Negotiations
    Trade Minister Todd McClay, and China’s Commerce Minister Wang Wentao, today announced the official launch of Negotiations on Services Trade between the two countries.  “The Government is focused on opening doors for services exporters to grow the New Zealand’s economy,” Mr McClay says.  As part of the 2022 New Zealand-China Free Trade Agreement Upgrade ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago

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