web analytics

John Key’s legacy of lies

Written By: - Date published: 8:46 am, March 22nd, 2017 - 25 comments
Categories: brand key, john key - Tags: ,

And so it ends – the parliamentary career of the most dishonest Prime Minister New Zealand has ever had. That is John Key’s legacy.

John Key’s lying started long before he entered politics; it just never stopped. The responsibility of being elected to represent New Zealanders, attempting to dignify the privilege of leadership, or even portraying the characteristics required to be accurately described as “honourable” were beyond John Key. Rather, for him, politics and the nurturing of a healthy society was just the same as running a business: keep the shareholders happy, put the boot into the workers, and fleece the punters. Its hardly surprising that since John Key’s premiership New Zealand citizens are now openly referred to as “customers” by National Ltd™ MPs, especially by Key’s replacement, Blinglish.

How John Key was able to serve as Prime Minister for as long as he did defies logic. It seems to come down to the simple fact that most voters, regardless of any evidence to the contrary, actually trusted him to do a good job. That trust was fabricated by a sophisticated, perpetual, orchestrated litany of lies. A sad aspect of that conclusion is the role played by the MSM as an enabler. It wasn’t until the last few months of John Key’s premiership that any serious examination in the MSM was made of how New Zealand, and indeed the world, has now entered a post-truth epoch. Even then, local “journalists” were parroting overseas reports despite having a major vanguard for it right before their very eyes.

Its not like the MSM didn’t have plenty of early warning. A prominent feature of John Key’s lying is that when he’s in trouble, the lies appear in clusters. What might have started as a silly brain-fart gets challenged so, in typical sociopathic CEO behaviour (cf: Donald Trump), John Key doubles down.

Here’s an example going back to 2011 which probably started with a brain-fart but ended with what is perhaps John Key’s most despicable lie . . .

. . . see that last one? Guess what John Key claimed he was so upset about – the death of a New Zealand soldier serving in Afghanistan. This from a Prime Minister who subsequently failed to attend the funeral of another New Zealand soldier so he could have a “family holiday”. (In fact, the real reason John Key shot through on his contrived holiday was to avoid a significant piece of fall-out from his malfeasance around the GCSB matters.)

Given Nicky Hager’s latest revelations concerning John Key’s complicity in a war crime, that last lie of that particular cluster, if at all possible, becomes even more repugnant. Its also abundantly apparent now that more John Key lies will be exposed as time goes on. Such is his legacy.

 

 

25 comments on “John Key’s legacy of lies”

  1. Keith 1

    I realise the BMW issue is just a small example of many but you could add to that intrigue of blatant lying denials regarding the BMW’s a golden example of how Nationals donors enhance and in that case enhanced their chances of feathering their own nests by entering into a shadowy business relationship with the party. And I suggest, to this day that is how you win contracts with this integrity-less National government!

    Back then long time BMW dealer Bob McMillan was found to have donated $50K to National in 2010, that obviously is one we know of. And fuck me if BMW didn’t win the sweepstakes after that. Yes the donation connection was denied but really, are we all dumb fuck village idiots? Maybe we are!

    https://fmacskasy.wordpress.com/tag/national/

    And Frank backs it up with references from various sources.

    • dukeofurl 1.1

      That ‘donation’ from the BMW dealer was far more interesting. he was what the Americans call a ‘bundler’, someone who gets well wishers together and solicits donations which are then grouped together under the bundlers name.
      The restaurateur Tony Astle in Parnell did the same thing. Likely others are doing the same, especially if its a smallish company with a large donation
      eg
      New Zealand National Party $32,000
      14 February 2017 M.F. Management Ltd
      Level 4, 4 Graham Street
      Auckland
      New Zealand National Party $40,000
      18 November 2016 Transaction Services Limited
      Level 20, 188 Quay Street
      Auckland
      New Zealand National Party $41,945
      7 November 2016
      Stoneyridge Vineyard
      80 Onetangi Road
      Waiheke Island

      or if you go back a way
      New Zealand National Party $50,000
      5 September 2014
      ALPHA Laboratories (NZ) Limited
      48 Crooks Road
      This would be an Exclusive Brethren bundler

      Conversely , when the Hamilton based Days gave $500K and $750k to Colin Craigs party before the last election. Colin Craig had to be destroyed as they were considered to be donors for Act/National.

      • Keith 1.1.1

        Nice list.

        Obviously none of these “organisations” are wanting to better democracy now are they? Rather their donations of which I am sure there are many repeats, are intended to buy favours. The National Party is for sale and their donors know it. And if those favours are not returned then their connections will hear about how National failed to deliver. That is bad for business all round.

        Thing is business can buy those favours from the NZ Government and have clout, us individuals do not. This collegiate approach to daily life is all good and well when it’s business but when its labour organising itself into a similar collective that is very bad. Its all about flexibility and individualism then.

        Could the homeless have a whip around and pay off the National Party to do something about social housing or tenancy laws or rent prices, or the good people of Kaikohe whack a large deposit in the local Nat bank account to curry favour with the relevant minster so they can have some/any police for their area? In both cases the answer would be no, because quite simply, donations aside there is no quid pro quo money making ventures for the National Party and its MP’s and close associate’s.

        No wonder National were so vehemently opposed to any form of transparency for party donations during the last years of the last Labour government.

  2. mickysavage 2

    Welcome back BLiP!

    I thought of you when I heard Key give this interview last night.

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/327144/key-bows-out-with-no-regrets

    He was at his evasive best and included a couple of real doozies about how he might give some of his ongoing annuity to charity and he also never used the cars and I thought WTF?

    • tc 2.1

      Diffusion and deflection mickey.

      The opposition needs to stick to the big ticket items like housing, health, education, water, power prices etc.

      Let what remains of jornalism in the msm pursue this to recover whats left of its shredded reputation as its not the only skeleton in shonkys cabinet.

  3. Cynical jester 3

    As a political comic i sometimes miss him because he was my favorite punching bag and so many good jokes are now useless.

    However, I have thought for a long time that there were many similarities between key and trump especially with the lying they both get angry agitated and make up nonsense about their oponents.

    Lets not forget journalists who didn’t paint lovely pictures of key were called “silly, conspiracy theorists, trying to get ratings, or leftys” some he wouldn’t do interviews with and some he’d even use his connections to get rid of there’s a lot of similarities.

    • tc 3.1

      Brownlee, smith, bridges, guy and woodhouse alone provide ample material.

      Shonky hogged the stage but the lesser lights, and I mean dim, supply plenty of comedy gold.

      You just have to look harder as the hollowmen are well aware how idiotic they come across so they keep them off the stage if possible.

    • BLiP 3.2

      Yeah, I noticed the similarity between John Key and Donald Trump during the US election. Its almost as if the Crosby/Textor types used John Key as a test run to both measure how much dishonesty a society and its MSM can tolerate and how important it is that the candidate be framed as a business success and political outsider. After the John Key Experiment we now know the answer: lots and lots. Another lesson that seems to have been learned is the need to undermine the MSM, although it has been doing a good job of that all on its own. The calculated flooding of social media with fake news seems to be the MSM’s coup de grâce.

      • Cynical jester 3.2.1

        Agreed, undermining the media is essential to these pathological liars and have a few cronies in there who will always take your side and almist exclusively deal with them.

        National aren’t above the racist sexist politics either, Don Brash and Early Key had “ditch the bitch” and crazed torys screaming at helen homophobia during the debates.

        I’ve been rereading the hollow men fascinating to read now.

  4. Adrian Thornton 4

    Good article here, I completely agree that MSM media has been negligent in it’s reportage on Key.
    Although it cuts both ways, National radio has actually been having Brent Budowsky from The Hill (outed by Wiki as being in the bag for Clinton) on to talk about Trump and the media.
    http://magafeed.com/wikileaks-15-john-podesta-on-brent-budowsky-to-you-only-brent-budowsky-leftie-with-no-following/
    It must also be remembered that our dysfunctional MSM is only on par with nearly all so liberal MSM like The Guardian, The Observer The New York Times, The Washington Post etc who have shown over the previous 12 months that they would rather have an extreme Right wing neo liberal project in power than give any sort of progressive agenda even a little air to breath it’s ideas.

    I guess after so completely exposing themselves as being staunch defenders for the neo liberal status quo ;re Sanders and Corbyn, they now have as much to lose as the humiliated, redundant and now toothless establishment Democrats.

    Yes the sooner citizens on the progressive Left fully realize that these ‘Liberal’ news sources are the Trojan horse that divides us, the sooner we can organize together to break the strangle hold of this Neo Liberal train wreck.

    The editors of The Guardian and these other Liberal MSM sources are a more dangerous enemy and do more damage to The Left than any Right wing politician.

    • Once was Tim now no longer 4.1

      “Good article here, I completely agree that MSM media has been negligent in it’s reportage on Key.”
      Of course it has. I get the feeling though that a few of the neo-liberal bag-ladies and gents in what was once a 4th Estate are beginning to realise they’ve been sprung, and are now worrying about their future and credibility.
      (Not that she’s a bag lady), but I suspect even Kathryn Ryan is beginning to question the coolaid, and is beginning to think about alternatives to TINA.
      RNZ been under constant threat, and not just because of under-funding.
      And many of our actual journalists find themselves constantly battling against the tide, whether they’re part of the +hr=E bullshit empire, or part of what Ralston constantly used to refer to as ‘State TV’ (right up until the time it began to feed him). Funnily enough, Ralston is now parading himself on the RNZ The Wireless website as a voice of experience.
      You mention Brownlee, smith, bridges, guy and woodhouse – in the political sphere. Not exactly the Brains of Britain – despite Smith’s opinion of himself. (Actually Smith’s mouthing the other day: “I did them the courtesy of [hosting] them in my office” shows just what he thinks of himself, forgetting that he is actually an elected representative).
      There are a similar number in the msm (as opposed to the 4th Estate). Some of them have their little protoges as well. Garners Gowers O’Briens – and lets not even start on bizz ‘journalists’

      • Once was Tim now no longer 4.1.1

        Actually, I just read Ralston on ‘The Wireless’ reminiscing.
        “I asked [Canwest CEO Izzy Asper] what he was going to do for news and current affairs. He said “you just fill the bits of black between the ads”. He didn’t have a great commitment to quality programming.”
        Very true Bill, and you’ve been doing it ever since. (filling the bits of black)

        • Adrian Thornton 4.1.1.1

          Yes MSM seem to be doing an amazing job of making itself more redundant with each passing day.

          • Once was Tim now no longer 4.1.1.1.1

            Indeed. Ralston could become the new (improved) pok face of the ‘Goodnight Kiwi’ – half way up a KauKau microwave dish hopping into bed in fuzzy wuzzy warmth, when even all those infomercials become totally irrelevant and the government’s ‘dividend’ diminishes further.
            He’d even could have a Fran Wilde and one or two others on board in the dish – just to prove he’s really a fun sorta guy.
            Christ! at a pinch – even Brian and Jude might swing by for a visit

  5. Tracey 5

    Is this book the facilitator of Key stepping down? I mean Key would know what Hager was doing after all his work was taken in the police raid, wouldnt he? But why would this break down the 50% love affair with him?

    • adam 5.1

      Name a suburb in Auckland you can walk without seeing homeless and beggars. Look at the empty food banks, listen to what real people are saying.

      I was on the train the other night, and having a conversation with my partner about the lie of inflation, then people jumped into the conversation with examples. Food size packages being the one that was most common. I was shocked that people would just join in. Happy, but shocked, normally you can hear a pin drop on our trains.

      Also debt is gone beyond crazy for most people. The overwhelming majority of poor are working poor. The majority of the people I’m directing to food banks are working two jobs (both of which pay piss poor wages).

      The wheels are coming off, trump may have been a good thing for NZ. Because key looks like trump. Key acted like trump. Key kept a failed economic model rolling on, and it has stopped working for the majority, and is working for fewer and fewer members of this society.

      Oh and middle class white kids have woken up to the fact they ant going to be middle class for much longer.

      • Keith 5.1.1

        If we are to accept the latest poll 47% of National voters + ACT + Dunne + The Maori Party do not care less. That voting block have not budged despite the inreasingly obvious damage caused by those parties attitude to running this country.

        The left have that sobering thought to contend with.

        • adam 5.1.1.1

          Not at all. We vote out governments, we don’t elect them. People realize this, national are done.

          Using polls as propaganda Keith won’t wash with me, espically when you add the whole concern troll tag. You’d think we ant seen it before. Try something new, because it is as tired, as it is lame.

          • Keith 5.1.1.1.1

            Read all my comments, I have no time for this government.

            The poll might be correct, that’s what I’m saying. Then what?

            3 elections the polls have been accurate. But saying I’m happy about it, I’m not. So if this poll is correct what do we do?

            I despair at the short sighted voters in NZ as much as I despair at those who won’t vote. What will it take to change their minds?

            • adam 5.1.1.1.1.1

              A social democrat party might just do it.

              But we don’t have any of those so I’m not sure.

        • Adrian Thornton 5.1.1.2

          Yeh well as I said at the Clive Labour meeting with Little etc, until Labour can have the courage to uncouple itself from the centre ( and it’s neo liberal past) and thus allow itself the freedom to form policies that directly appeal to workers, renters the disenfranchised etc they are going to go pretty much nowhere, sharing the same fate of most centrist ‘left’ parties in the western left..humiliating oblivion.

          I mean if Little had the courage to be the leader NZ is waiting for, the person who actually comes out and says what everybody instinctively knows, NZ is living in a unsustainable fantasy, AKL housing being the flashing beacon of this truth, and that he was the leader with a party that had the long term vision to see the country pass through this looming disaster, then he could free himself from the centre, and would probably still retain 25-30% of the votes from that demographic… then double down hard on the the missing million, students renters minimum wage workers etc pick up 15-20% there…suddenly a Labour Party with an actual mandate from the people…..ah the stuff of dreams.

          But no the strategists of the Labour are as inept as the polls plainly show.

          But then again Labour is bound by it’s neo liberal economic underpinnings, so I guess I am being a bit harsh on the strategists, they can only work with what they have got, which don’t seem to be that much.

          Too bad because, after meeting Little and having a robust discussion, I came away thinking he is a pretty authentic guy..but in the politics of progressive change it is only action that count…words are cheap.

  6. bwaghorn 6

    Did you ad , ”my leaving has nothing to do with a coming scandal ”

  7. adam 7

    I think the lie that will be remembered about key the most. The lie about inflation. That is what people will remember. That the government lied about inflation.

    People are not stupid, they know small packages (weights) for goods at the same price, is inflation. They know fruit and vegetables are way more expensive than 9 years ago. They get that house prices are inflation, they also understand that wages have been stagnant whilst this has been going on.

    They might not be able to get their heads around how the policy of austerity works to fleece them, so the rich can parasitically feed their greed. But I think most people are slowly getting that the economic system is deeply flawed.

  8. Glenn 8

    John Key fades away as legacy begins to harden.

    Opinion – John Key remained a popular prime minister by never committing to anything, but leaves behind a backlog of neglect and deferred decisions, writes Finlay Macdonald.

    “Unfortunately, his instinct for slow (or no) change – which we should also concede frustrated the far right as much as the left, though for different reasons – has bequeathed a backlog of neglect and deferred decisions. From housing to water quality, there’s a sense that not even Key could have smiled his way successfully through the next political cycle.”

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/on-the-inside/327190/john-key-fades-away,-as-legacy-begins-to-harden

    RNZ has a couple of articles today about flawed neo-liberalism and inequality.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Week That Was: Another week of major progress
    This week we moved into the second half of 2020 - and our Government delivered another week of big changes and major progress for New Zealanders. Read below for a wrap of the key things moments from the week - from extending paid parental leave, to making major investments in ...
    12 hours ago
  • Green Party opposes RMA fast-track bill that cut corners on environmental safeguards and public cons...
    The Green Party has opposed the COVID-19 Recovery Fast-track Consenting Bill which shortcuts normal consenting processes under the Resource Management Act (RMA), reduces public participation and narrows environmental considerations. ...
    1 day ago
  • Site of new freight hub revealed
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister of Regional Economic Development A regional freight hub for the lower North Island will be built just northeast of Palmerston North, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The Government is investing $40 million through the Provincial Growth Fund to designate and buy land and design ...
    2 days ago
  • Greens call for Guaranteed Minimum Income to alleviate skyrocketing debt with MSD
    Green Party Co-leader Marama Davidson is calling for the introduction of a Guaranteed Minimum Income to lift hundreds of thousands of people out of poverty and prevent more families entering into further debt with the Ministry of Social Development.  ...
    2 days ago
  • Winston Peters: Facts matter when taxpayer money is on the line
    There has been renewed focus on New Zealand First acting as a handbrake on the Government after our decision to not support Auckland light rail. We are a handbrake for bad ideas, that is true, but our track record since 2017 has seen New Zealand First constructively also serve as an ...
    2 days ago
  • Bill raising minimum residency requirement for NZ Super passes first reading
    Mark Patterson MP, New Zealand First List MP New Zealand First’s Fair Residency for Superannuation Bill passed its First Reading in Parliament today. The Bill makes a significant change to NZ Super by raising the minimum residency requirement from 10 to 20 years, after age 20. “Currently, a migrant of ...
    2 days ago
  • Harsher penalties for assaults on first responders one step closer
    Darroch Ball MP, Spokesperson for Law and Order A New Zealand First member’s bill in the name of Darroch Ball introducing a six-month minimum prison sentence for assaults on first responders has passed its second reading in Parliament. The new offence of "injuring a first responder or corrections officer with ...
    2 days ago
  • Criminal Cases Review Commission delivers Coalition promise
    Fletcher Tabuteau MP, Deputy Leader of New Zealand First New Zealand First welcomes the launch of the new Criminal Cases Review Commission, gifted with the name from Waikato-Tainui - Te Kāhui Tātari Ture, announced in Hamilton today by Justice Minister Andrew Little. “New Zealand First has long believed in and ...
    3 days ago
  • Greens welcome huge new investment in sustainable projects
    The Green Party is celebrating over $800m in new funding for green projects, which will get people into jobs while solving New Zealand’s long-term challenges. ...
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand First demands answers from Meridian Energy
    Mark Patterson MP, Spokesperson for Primary Industries New Zealand First is appalled that Meridian seems to have been unnecessarily spilling water from its dams to drive up its profits."While New Zealanders have been coming together in some of our darkest hours, we don’t expect power gentailers to waste water and ...
    3 days ago
  • Getting New Zealand moving again: June 2020
    We wrapped up the first half of 2020 with a busy month, taking additional steps to support New Zealanders as we continue with our economic recovery. We rolled out targeted packages to support key industries like tourism and construction, helped create jobs in the environmental and agriculture sectors, and set ...
    4 days ago
  • Māori union leader appointed to Infrastructure Commission board
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Infrastructure Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones has welcomed the appointment of Maurice Davis and his deep infrastructure and construction experience to the board of the Infrastructure Commission. Mr Davis (Ngāti Maniapoto), is the seventh and final appointment to the board led by former Reserve Bank Governor ...
    4 days ago
  • Click-bait journalism at its worst
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Leader of New Zealand First New Zealand’s click bait journalism is taking a turn for the worse, with yet another example of sensationalist, wilful-misrepresentation of the facts. “New Zealand First has worked constructively with its Coalition partner on hundreds of pieces of legislation and policy, and ...
    4 days ago
  • Green Party proposes transformational Poverty Action Plan
    The Green Party is today unveiling its Poverty Action Plan, which includes a Guaranteed Minimum Income to ensure people have enough to live with dignity.     ...
    6 days ago
  • PGF accelerates Rotorua projects
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister Fletcher Tabuteau MP, Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development The Rotorua Museum redevelopment and Whakarewarewa and Tokorangi Forest projects will be accelerated thanks to a $2.09 million Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) boost, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher ...
    7 days ago
  • Week That Was: Getting people into jobs
    This week, we rolled out the next steps of our recovery plan, with new infrastructure investment, extra support for tourism operators, and a new programme to get Kiwis into agriculture careers. The global economic consequences of COVID-19 will continue to be a challenge, but we have a detailed plan to ...
    1 week ago
  • Coalition commitment establishing Mental Health Commission delivered
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First welcomes the passage of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill through its final reading in Parliament today fulfilling a coalition agreement commitment. “This is an important step in saving the lives of New Zealanders and delivers a key coalition commitment ...
    1 week ago
  • Whakatāne gets a $2.5m ‘turbo boost’
    Whakatāne has been given a $2.5 million boost to speed up previously funded projects and create more than 450 jobs in the next decade. Of those, the equivalent of 160 full-time jobs could be delivered in the next six weeks. Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters is in town to make ...
    1 week ago
  • $2.5m PGF funding to speed up economic recovery in Whakatāne
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister Fletcher Tabuteau MP, Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $2.5 million to accelerate three infrastructure projects in Whakatāne, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. “This package is about ...
    1 week ago
  • Shane Jones calls out those holding drought-stricken Auckland ‘to ransom’ over water
    Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones is throwing his weight behind a bid by the Auckland Council to fast-track the more than doubling of the city's water allowance from the Waikato River. And he's coming out strongly against anyone who plans on getting in the way of this campaign. "It is my ...
    1 week ago
  • Another Green win as climate change considerations inserted into the RMA
    The Green Party is thrilled to see changes to the Resource Management Act (RMA) that mean consents for large projects can be declined if they will have significant climate change implications that are inconsistent with the Zero Carbon Act and Aotearoa New Zealand’s Paris Agreement obligations.  ...
    1 week ago
  • New Navy vessel Aotearoa to arrive in New Zealand
    Hon Ron Mark, Minister of Defence The Royal New Zealand Navy’s new ship, Aotearoa, set sail for New Zealand on 10 June from the Republic of Korea, and is due to arrive in Auckland tomorrow, announced Minister of Defence Ron Mark. “Aotearoa is the Royal New Zealand Navy’s new fleet ...
    1 week ago
  • Racing Industry Bill passes third reading
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Racing Racing Minister Winston Peters has today welcomed the Racing Industry Bill passing its third reading, creating the legislative framework for revitalising the racing industry while limiting the need for future government intervention. “For too long our domestic racing industry has ...
    1 week ago
  • Green Party seek amendment to ensure all prisoners can vote
    The Green Party has today put forward an amendment to the Electoral (Registration of Sentenced Prisoners) Amendment Bill to ensure all people in prisons can vote in general elections. ...
    1 week ago
  • Green Party welcomes new approach to delivering light rail
    The Green Party welcomes the decision to not proceed with Public Public Investment (PPI) delivery of Auckland’s light rail project and to instead run the process through the public service. ...
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand First welcomes PGF investment in Wairarapa Water
    Hon Ron Mark, New Zealand First List MP based in the Wairarapa New Zealand First List MP Hon Ron Mark welcomes the announcement of Provincial Growth Funding investment of $1.4 million to help secure the Wairarapa’s water supply. The funding boost will allow the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC), and ...
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand First MP Mark Patterson selected as candidate for Taieri
    New Zealand First list MP Mark Patterson has been selected to represent the party in the newly formed Taieri electorate at the upcoming election. Mr Patterson, his wife Jude and two daughters farm sheep and beef at Lawrence and Waitahuna. He previously stood in the Clutha-Southland electorate however boundary changes ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Ground-breaking on NZ Post depot
    Hon Shane Jones, Associate Minister for State Owned Enterprises A new ‘super depot’ to be built for NZ Post in Wellington will create around 350 jobs during construction, Associate Minister for State Owned Enterprises Shane Jones says. Shane Jones today attended a ground-breaking and blessing ceremony for the parcel-processing depot ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Week That Was: Putting our economic plan into action
    Our strong economic management prior to COVID-19 - with surpluses, low debt and near-record-low unemployment - put us in a good position to weather the impact of the virus and start to rebuild our economy much earlier than many other countries. Now we're putting our plan to recover and rebuild ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Fleeing drivers hit new record-high yet again
    Darroch Ball MP, New Zealand First Spokesperson for Law and Order Recently released Police fleeing driver statistics have shown yet another increase in incidents with another record-high in the latest quarter. “This new quarterly record-high is the latest in a string of record-high numbers since 2014.  The data shows incidents ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Fletcher Tabuteau selected as candidate for Rotorua
    New Zealand First MP Fletcher Tabuteau is pleased to be confirmed today as the party’s candidate for the Rotorua electorate. Speaking at the Rotorua AGM for New Zealand First, Mr Tabuteau said this is an election that is incredibly important for the people of Rotorua. “The founding principles of New ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Greens call for Government office to address Rainbow issues following Human Rights Commission report
    The Human Rights Commission’s PRISM report on the issues impacting people based on their sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and sex characteristics (SOGIESC) provides an excellent programme of work for future governments to follow, say the Greens. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Winston Peters continues push for trans-Tasman travel as military take control of operations
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters said the trans-Tasman bubble had not been jeopardised after a border botch-up resulted in New Zealand having two active cases of COVID-19. On Friday, Mr Peters told RNZ's Morning Report he had heard from Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison that borders for trans-Tasman travel would open by ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Winston Peters on the Government’s Covid-19 border blunder
    Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters said today he was pleased the army was now running the quarantine and isolation process - up until now it has been the Ministry of Health. Peters told Newstalk ZB's Mike Hosking that the army knew how to introduce and follow protocols and instil discipline. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand First’s Ron Mark confirms bid for the Wairarapa seat
    Hon Ron Mark, New Zealand First List MP based in the Wairarapa New Zealand First MP and Minister for Defence and Veteran’s Affairs Ron Mark has confirmed his bid for the Wairarapa seat.“The Coalition Government has done a lot of good work throughout the Wairarapa, but many constituents have told ...
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand First welcomes second tranche of candidates
    New Zealand First is pleased to release the names of its next tranche of candidates for the 2020 election. We’re proud to announce these hardworking New Zealanders that have put their hand up to fight for a commonsense and resilient future.Jamie Arbuckle – Kaikoura Mark Arneil – Christchurch Central Jackie ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Joint effort under way to repatriate stranded Vanuatu nationals
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon Ron Mark, Minister of Defence A massive joint effort between New Zealand Government agencies, employers, and the Vanuatu Government is underway to repatriate over 1000 Vanuatu nationals stranded in New Zealand, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Defence Minister Ron ...
    2 weeks ago
  • $40m for regional apprenticeships
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister of Regional Economic Development Reprioritised funding of $40 million from the Provincial Growth Fund will support up to 1000 regional apprenticeships, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones said today. The Regional Apprenticeship Initiative is part of the wider Apprenticeship Boost announced by Education Minister Chris Hipkins ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Greens welcome new ACC zero carbon plans, call for ruling out any future fossil fuel investment
    The Green Party welcomes the ACC’s announcement to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050 but emphasises the need to go further, and faster to truly meet the climate change challenge. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Farmers pleased with NZ First amendments to firearms bill
    Farmers are rejoicing after Labour agreed to an amendment pushed by New Zealand First in the firearms bill that will allow the use of restricted guns for pest control.  Concessions on gun control mean farmers will be able to apply for a licence to use restricted firearms for pest control. ...
    2 weeks ago

  • Building a more sustainable construction sector
    A new programme, which sets a firm course for the Building and Construction sector to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, has been announced by the Minister for Building and Construction Jenny Salesa. “A significant amount of New Zealand’s carbon emissions come from the building and construction sector.  If we’re serious ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • PGF funds tourism boost in Northland
    The Provincial Growth Fund is investing more than $7.5 million in Northland ventures to combat the economic impact of the COVID-19 virus, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones have announced. The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) investment is going to the Northern Adventure Experience and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • Four new projects announced as part of the biggest ever national school rebuild programme
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Education Minister Chris Hipkins today announced significant funding for Auckland’s Northcote College as part of the first wave of a new nationwide school redevelopment programme to upgrade schools over the next 10 years. The $48.5 million project brings the total investment in Northcote College to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • COVID-19: Support to improve student attendance and wellbeing
    The Government has opened an urgent response fund to support schools and early learning services to get children and young people back on track after the Covid-19 lockdown. “While we are seeing improvements in attendance under Alert Level 1 Ministry of Education data shows that attendance rates in our schools ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • Fast-track consenting law boosts jobs and economic recovery
    The law to boost the economic recovery from the impact of COVID-19 by speeding up resource consenting on selected projects has passed its second and third readings in the House today. “Accelerating nationwide projects and activities by government, iwi and the private sector will help deliver faster economic recovery and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Whanganui Port gets PGF boost
    Five port-related projects in Whanganui will receive a $26.75 million Provincial Growth Fund investment to support local economic recovery and create new opportunities for growth, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “This is a significant investment that will support the redevelopment of the Whanganui Port, a project governed ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • More support for Sarjeant Gallery
    Whanganui’s Sarjeant Gallery will receive an investment of up to $12 million administered by the Provincial Growth Fund to support its redevelopment, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. The project is included in a $3 billion infrastructure pipeline announced by Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Shane Jones yesterday. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Funding for training and upskilling
    The Provincial Growth Fund is investing nearly $2.5 million into three Te Ara Mahi programmes to support Manawatū-Whanganui jobseekers and employees to quickly train and upskill, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “Up to 154 local people will be supported into employment within the first year by these ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Statement from the Minister of Health Dr David Clark
      This morning I have formally tendered my resignation as Minister of Health, which was accepted by the Prime Minister. Serving as Minister of Health has been an absolute privilege – particularly through these extraordinary last few months. It’s no secret that Health is a challenging portfolio. I have given ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Scholarship placements for agricultural emissions scientists doubles
    Scholarships for 57 early-career agricultural emissions scientists from 20 developing countries is another example of New Zealand’s international leadership in primary sector sustainability, says Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. Mr O’Connor, announcing the scholarships today, says hundreds of applications were received for this fourth round of the CLIFF-GRADS programme (Climate, Food ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Funding for Foxton regeneration
    A project to help rejuvenate the Horowhenua town of Foxton will receive a Provincial Growth Fund investment of $3.86 million, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “This funding for the Foxton Regeneration project will be used to make the well-known holiday town even more attractive for visitors and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Plan to improve protection of moa bones
    Moa bones and other sub-fossil remains of extinct species are set to have improved protection with proposals to prevent the trade in extinct species announced the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage today. “We have lost too many of our native species, but these lost species, such as moa, remain an ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Free lunches served up to thousands of school children in the South Island
    The Government’s free and healthy school lunches programme moves south for the first time creating jobs for around 30 people in Otago and Southland. “Eighteen schools with 3000 students are joining the programme – 11 have already begun serving lunches, and seven are preparing to start during Term 3. This is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Screen Sector recovery package protects jobs, boosts investment
    Thousands of Kiwi jobs and investment in New Zealand productions will be protected through a screen sector support package announced today by Associate Minister for Arts Culture and Heritage Carmel Sepuloni, Minister for Economic Development Phil Twyford and Minister for Broadcasting Kris Faafoi. The package also includes investment in broadcasting ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New fund to help save local events and jobs
    The Government has established a new $10 million fund for the domestic events sector to help save jobs and protect incomes as it recovers from the impacts of COVID-19, Minister of Economic Development Phil Twyford announced today. This funding from Budget 2020 follows talks with the event sector designed to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Bill to improve fuel market competition
    The Government has taken another step in its commitment to making sure New Zealanders get a fairer deal at the petrol pump with the introduction of legislation to improve competition in the retail fuel market, says Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods. “The fuel market study that this Government ordered ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand joins global facility for pre-purchase of COVID-19 Vaccine
    New Zealand has joined a global initiative that aims to enable all countries to access a safe and effective Covid-19 vaccine, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters announced today. The COVAX Facility was recently launched by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. The Alliance includes the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the World Bank ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Right to legal representation in Family Court restored today
    From today new legislation takes effect to both restore the right to legal representation at the start of a Care of Children (CoCA) dispute in the Family Court, and allow parties to those proceedings to access legal aid where eligible. During a visit to the Family Court in Auckland today, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Transitioning to a fully-qualified home-based ECE workforce
    Home-based early childhood education (ECE) subsidised by the government will transition to a fully qualified workforce by 2025 to ensure better and more consistent quality, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. “Quality early learning helps provide children with a strong foundation for their future,” Chris Hipkins said. From 1 January ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Criminal Cases Review Commission gets to work
    The new Criminal Cases Review Commission | Te Kāhui Tātari Ture (CCRC) has started work and can now independently investigate claimed miscarriages of justice. “Even though we have appeal rights and safeguards against unsafe convictions, from time to time our justice system does get things wrong. The design of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Speech by the Minister of Defence to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs
    E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā karangatanga maha, tēnā koutou Ki a koutou Te Āti Awa, Taranaki Whānui, Ngāti Toa Rangatira, ngā mana whenua o te rohe nei, tēnā koutou Ko Te Whare Wānanga o Aotearoa ki ngā take o te Ao (NZIIA), Ko te Rōpū Tohu Tono ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Six months with baby and $20 more a week for new parents
    The Government’s increase to paid parental leave kicks in today with another 4 weeks taking New Zealand up to a full 6 months (26 weeks, up from 22 weeks) leave for new parents, and the maximum weekly payment will increase by $20pw, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Infrastructure investment to create jobs, kick-start COVID rebuild
    A new package of infrastructure investments will help kick-start the post-COVID rebuild by creating more than 20,000 jobs and unlocking more than $5 billion of projects up and down New Zealand. Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones today outlined how the $3 billion infrastructure fund in the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Statement on passage of national security law for Hong Kong
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today expressed the New Zealand Government’s deep disappointment at the passage by China’s National People’s Congress Standing Committee of a national security law for Hong Kong. “New Zealand has consistently emphasised its serious concern about the imposition of this legislation on Hong Kong without inclusive ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • July 1 marks progress for workers, families
    More jobs and more family time with newborns are the centrepiece of a suite of Government initiatives coming into effect today. July 1 is a milestone day for the Government as a host of key policies take effect, demonstrating the critical areas where progress has been made. “The Coalition Government ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Auckland water consent referred to Board of Inquiry
    Environment Minister David Parker has today “called in” Auckland’s application to the Waikato Regional Council to take an extra 200 million litres of water a day from the lower reaches of the Waikato River for Auckland drinking water and other municipal uses.  The call-in means the application has been referred ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New Zealand to host virtual APEC in 2021
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker announced today that New Zealand’s hosting of APEC in 2021 will go ahead using virtual digital platforms. Mr Peters said the global disruption caused by COVID-19, including resultant border restrictions, had been the major factor in the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Matakana Link Road construction kicks off and drives jobs
    The start of construction on a new link road between Matakana Road and State Highway 1 will create jobs and support the significant population growth expected in the Warkworth area, Transport Minister Phil Twyford and Mayor Phil Goff announced today. Transport Minister Phil Twyford said construction of the Matakana Link ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • PPE supplies secured as COVID-19 response focuses on border
    The Government is prioritising its latest investment in PPE for frontline health workers, including staff at managed isolation and quarantine facilities, Health Minister David Clark says. “With no community transmission of COVID-19 our response now has a firm focus on keeping our border safe and secure. “We must ensure that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • PGF funding for Parihaka settlement
    The Parihaka Papakāinga Trust in Taranaki will receive up to $14 million for a new visitor centre and other improvements at the historic settlement that will boost the local economy and provide much-needed jobs, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Andrew Little have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Protections for workers in triangular employment
    Protections for workers who are employees of one employer but working under the direction of another business or organisation have come into force, closing a gap in legislation that  made the personal grievance process inaccessible for some workers, says Workplace Relations Minister Iain Lees-Galloway. “This Government is working hard to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government strengthens managed isolation system
    A range of improvements are already underway to address issues identified in the rapid review of the Managed Isolation and Quarantine system released today, Housing Minister Megan Woods said. The review was commissioned just over a week ago to identify and understand current and emerging risks to ensure the end-to-end ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Whakatāne to go predator free with Government backing Ngāti Awa led efforts
    The important brown kiwi habitat around Whakatāne will receive added protection through an Iwi-led predator free project announced by Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage and Under Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau. “The Government is investing nearly $5 million into Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa’s environmental projects with $2.5 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Growing Goodwood: Expanding wood waste recycling plant in Bay of Plenty, Waikato
    An extra 4,000 tonnes of offcuts and scraps of untreated wood per year will soon be able to be recycled into useful products such as horticultural and garden mulch, playground safety surfacing and animal bedding as a result of a $660,000 investment from the Waste Minimisation Fund, Associate Environment Minister ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Scott Watson’s convictions to be referred to Court of Appeal
    The Governor-General has referred Scott Watson’s convictions for murder back to the Court of Appeal, Justice Minister Andrew Little announced today. Mr Watson was convicted in 1999 of the murders of Ben Smart and Olivia Hope. His appeal to the Court of Appeal in 2000 was unsuccessful, as was his ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Protecting Kiwis with stronger financial supervision
    A new five-year funding agreement for the Reserve Bank will mean it can boost its work to protect New Zealanders’ finances, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. “New Zealand has a strong and stable financial system. Financial stability is an area that we are not prepared to cut corners for, particularly ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Forgotten funds and missing money
    A law change has been introduced to make it easier for forgotten funds in institutional accounts to be returned more easily to their rightful owners. Revenue Minister Stuart Nash has introduced an amendment to the Unclaimed Money Act 1971. It will update the rules controlling forgotten sums of money held ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government delivers on mental health commitment
    The Government is delivering on election commitments and a key recommendation of He Ara Oranga: Report of the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction with the establishment of a permanent independent Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission, Health Minister Dr David Clark says. Legislation enabling the establishment of the fully ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand privacy law modernised
    A Bill to replace New Zealand’s Privacy Act passed its third reading in Parliament today, Justice Minister Andrew Little has announced. “The protections in the Privacy Bill are vitally important. The key purpose of the reforms is to promote and protect people’s privacy and give them confidence that their personal ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Tourism operators provided extra support
    Extra support is being provided to tourism businesses operating on public conservation land announced Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis and Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage today.  The Government is providing $25m worth of support to tourism operators impacted by COVID-19, with a decision to waive most Department of Conservation tourism related concession ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago