web analytics

Journalism matters

Written By: - Date published: 6:20 am, July 12th, 2017 - 22 comments
Categories: journalism, Media - Tags: ,

https://twitter.com/MxJackMonroe/status/880377209843789824

That’s the challenge for journalists. But what about the rest of us? We like to criticise the MSM for the loss of investigative journalism and neutral reporting in NZ, and rightly so. But I also think it’s important we don’t lose sight of where mainstream journalists are doing a good, sometimes exceptional, job.

The multi-story Newsroom investigation into the Todd Barclay debacle is one fine example. As well as being impressed by them taking a complex matter and spreading out the various strands for NZ to see, I was also heartened to see good old fashioned investigative journalism on display.

For those that missed it a few weeks ago, here’s RNZ’s Wallace Chapman (Sunday Morninginterviewing Melanie Reid, the main journalist in the breaking news around Todd Barclay. Reid’s a long time investigative journalist for 30 years, and it shows in the quality of her work. The interview is worth a listen to hear how the Barclay story came about, but also to hear what Reid values as a journalist.

I don’t watch a lot of TV news and I don’t subscribe to a newspaper, so my exposure to journalists is haphazard. I’d like to compile a list of NZ journalists who are currently doing journalism in ways that serve the people. These are the people who it will be useful to listen to and to link to during the election. Not because they’re all favoured by the left. I’d probably put Fran O’Sullivan on the list, she’s right wing but she also seems to want to tell the truth.

So the list isn’t just about who we like but who we respect and why. I’ll start with adding John Campbell, because he understands the value of journalism vs schlock, and for the social intelligence which runs through all his interviews. He knows how to listen.

Please share your own preferred journos in the comments below, including what it is about them that means they are worthy (links are good).

22 comments on “Journalism matters ”

  1. Ad 1

    For years the left has been expecting that the right will play fair in journalism.
    They won’t, and the left have no right to expect it.

    Journalists are not some hallowed truth-tellers.
    They are people in a job trying to sell a story.

    Having said that, as well as Fran O’Sullivan herself, most of the reporters in the NZHerald section are excellent. Especially the older ones.

    John Campbell usually makes me feel that I’m taking a bath in the tears of puppies.
    I’m sure it has a place.

    We need a whole lot more journalism that’s interesting to read and likely to attract younger readers who are turning off the news in droves.
    Here’s a good example from NZHerald business this morning:

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11889123

    More usefully than the truth, we need people in the news who can write.

    • Carolyn_nth 1.1

      John Campbell and his Checkpoint, are keeping on the case of issues of poverty and homelessness. This story by Zac Fleming last night, about an Auckland homeless man who died on a bench in an Auckland cemetery.

    • Johan 1.2

      To Ad,
      “We need a whole lot more journalism that’s interesting to read and likely to attract younger readers who are turning off the news in droves”.

      There are lots of interesting informative stories available say on RNZ, overseas news channels such as CNN, BBC, Aljazeera etc if you care to look around.

      Younger readers, I feel are not interested in politics as voting turnout suggests and those who are keen are put-off by media Bullshit, lies and twisters of factual information. As an example, try listening to Hosking, Leighton Smith, McIvor or Larry Williams for five minutes and notice the manipulation and bias of how information is presented showing a clear right-wing agenda, in reality 1ZB resembles a media branch of Fox News.

  2. Carolyn_nth 2

    Of course, Gordon Campbell on Werewolf
    David Fisher and Matt Nippert on NZ Herald

    Kirsty Johnston on NZ Herald. Her latest published last night – an investigation into NZ's alt-right (and a sorry little bunch they are). Not sure they are growing, as her headline says, or just ambling along, about to die – as the investigation shows.

    And for the geeks: the latest edition of the academic journal, The Political Economy of Communication (includes an article by NZ’s Wayne Hope, who often does good stuff on the state of NZ’s news media) – and open access.

  3. Ed 3

    Jon Stephenson is excellent for New Zealand’s foreign wars.
    Rachel Stewart’s opinion pieces are a breath of fresh air.

  4. Ethica 4

    Simon Collins of the Herald has done great work on social welfare issues and is now on the education round. There seems to be some good mentoring of younger journalists at the Herald.

  5. Wayne 5

    Standardnistas have missed out including Duncan Garner, Paddy Gower and Guyon Espiner. Admittedly Duncan is more of a show host these days, but Paddy and Guyon are both active journalists.

    On the investigative front, Richard Harman with his Politik website. And on business news Brian Fallow.

    • Ed 5.1

      Gower and Garner are ‘look at me’ blowhards.

      • garibaldi 5.1.1

        Good try Wayne. Why didn’t you include the erudite leftie Mike Hosking?

    • lprent 5.2

      I rate Richard Harman as I read him first every morning at about 0600 when I wake up.

      Personally I find Paddy to be way too shallow and more interested in the headline than doing anything useful. He used to be better before he got a camera. Essentially that kind of journalism plus the damn ads is why I don’t watch free to air TV. Too irritating.

      Basically anything in the business section of the Herald. Especially Fran O’Sullivan and Brian Fallow. But David Fisher and a few others keep popping up

      Guyon Espiner – meh! Occasional flashes. I have been interested in Kathryn Ryan’s continued probes into particular areas despite her tendency to editorialise over whoever she is interviewing.

      Colin James with his ODT columns.

      But I’m a hard audience. I have a memory and a long history in business, politics, tech and science. I don’t have the attention span and memory of a nutrition deprived chicken which seems to be the audience much of the ‘news’ media are interested in. In other words Mike Hoskings I just find ridiculous since he stopped working and started wanking his ego.

    • Stuart Munro 5.3

      Never seen anything recognizable as journalism from those wannabe celebs – now I don’t bother with them.

      The Campbells, Monbiot, and my journalist friends who shall go unnamed. Frank Macskasy does it right with factual support for pretty much everything he asserts.

      Significant that none of our tv news is remotely credible as journalism.

    • SpaceMonkey 5.4

      Not Patrick Gower. He’s a lightweight, thug equivalent, of the journalism world. I’ve got more journalistic integrity than Gower and I’m not even a journalist!

  6. Philj 6

    Rod Oram has been consistent in the high quality of his journalism. He has just been let go by The Sunday paper for journalistic ‘differences’! Lol

  7. Cinny 7

    On the wireless I feel that Ali Mau is fair, wide awake and tells it like it is.

  8. gsays 8

    I suggest one of the biggest threats to journalism is the likes of Facebook etc.
    In that the amount of time spent on these sites diminishes opportunity to read and absorb more challenging pieces.

    In the not so distant past, with a limited range of journalism/opinion available, we were influenced more by what we were reading.
    Nowadays we seek that which confirms our biases (echo chamber), and what journalism we can access, generally has other purposes i.e. to sell advertising.

    My echo chamber has John Campbell and rnz, Rachel Stewart, Matt Nippert.
    To be fair most of the time when I read print journalists, it is from a link posted here on TS.
    I have a self imposed boycott on tv commercial radio and newspapers, because of the advertising.

    • greywarshark 8.1

      gsays
      Keeping away from commercial media is wise also because there are so many influences behind what they print, no matter what freedom is supposed to be given to editors. Anyway they are being replaced or expected to manage multiple outlets. What time do they have to think over any matter before declaiming on it?

      I think that advertising phrase that has been known for yonks, applies. I remember one advertisement for quality beds with the manufacturer saying sincerely, “We stand behind all our beds”. So with the newspaper proprietors and their particular friends!

  9. greywarshark 9

    I heard Steven Joyce talking on Radionz this morning rubbishing Labour’s ideas.
    It seems to me that there is something seductive in voices, and a deep voice sounds strong and trustworthy. Robert Jones made fun of Bill Rowling’s voice – he was apparently a good politician. Did his voice hold him back? Strange but perhaps true.

    Labour makes pitch to families, National defends its plan
    From Morning Report, 7:37 am today
    Listen duration 8′ :16″
    http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/morningreport/audio/201850755/labour-makes-pitch-to-families-national-defends-its-plan
    The Labour Party is pledging to scrap National’s promised tax cuts and put more money in the pockets of families if it’s elected. The National government’s families package gives a 2 billion dollar a year boost for Working for Families and the accommodation supplement, as well as a rise in tax thresholds. We talk to Stephen Joyce about National’s plan – and how it stacks up against Labour’s.

    On politics and a journalist giving informed feedback on Bill Rowling and on politicians’ ways and means.
    This from an article by Anthony Hubbard in Sunday Star Times 3/3/2012
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/politics/6519887/Winston-Peters-still-bringing-the-house-down

    Winston Peters still bringing the house down
    … interviewing former PM Bill Rowling in the 1990s to find that he was still bitter about the lethal ridicule he had suffered at the hands of tycoon Bob Jones 20 years earlier. It wasn’t National’s Robert Muldoon who had defeated him, he said, although Muldoon had beaten him in the 1975 election. No, it was Bob Jones and his jibes about “Wallace Rowling, the white mouse”.

    And further interesting comment on humour and perceptions of citizens about politicians.
    Ronald Reagan used humour as a weapon while carrying out his right-wing revolution in the United States. He played “Dutch”, the likeable guy, not too bright, but friendly.

    Democrats mocked his stupidity, but he wasn’t as stupid as he looked. He could turn aside criticism with his dopey charm. Taxed about some presidential screw-up or other, he grinned and said, “Gee, I guess we goofed.”

    President George W Bush was constantly mocked for his strangled English – “it’s hard to put food on your family”, etc etc – but he too turned it back on the critics. He played the ordinary guy, and used Al Gore’s know-all intelligence against him.
    Republicans liked Bush as someone they could enjoy a barbecue with, not like that smarty-pants Gore.

    Sound familiar, worked in the USA : worked in NZ!

  10. Keepcalmcarryon 10

    Click bait journalism on the main media websites and tv stations is bad not just for intelligent political discourse but peoples grasp of what is important. A couple of instances spring to mind:
    Earthquake reporting of every small quake or aftershock as a massive deal – I can tell you 7.8 is a massive deal , but overhyping unimportant shocks just scares people and worries relatives.
    Another case in point is overhyping weather events – there is a cost to moving and feeding stock, media reports of weather events are usually overhyped and extremely misleading. Granted there is snow around this time.
    Having the charter at tvnz reinstated and expanded would be a start on returning to more level headed journalism that didn’t rely on clicks.

  11. greywarshark 11

    Journalism is encouraged by the Bruce Jesson Foundation which also rewards with awards each year to chosen journalists. If you want to encourage the continuance of truthful and investigative journalism in the public good, then please donate to the Bruce Jesson Foundation.
    http://www.brucejesson.com/we-support-independent-critical-thinking/
    http://www.brucejesson.com/awards/brucejessonjournalistaward/

    Also join Scoop supporters and receive their weekly update of news that keeps you In the Loop. You could also donate something or a regular debit to The Standard, that efficient mouthpiece for gourmet facts and lean figures.

    It doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, and they and your fellow citizens who care about this are pathetically grateful. (I find I am using pathetic as an adjective a lot these days. It says a lot that one set of letters.)

  12. Karen 12

    There are still a few good journalists doing their best in a difficult environment.Even at the Herald there are still some left: Matt Nippert, Kirsty Johnson, Simon Collins, David Fisher and Brian Gaynor are always worth reading.

    Television has very few good journalists – generally coverage is too superficial in news to be bothered with. Current affairs are a bit better – Lisa Owen is capable of some excellent work but sometimes descends into the gotcha techniques favoured by Gower. Mihingarangi Forbes is generally very impressive. Her work on National Radio is excellent and the Hui is the best TV current affairs show IMO.

    Very sad to see the end of Mana Magazine – editor Leonie Hayden had made it into a must read. Aaron Smale was one of their best writers – he also appears on other forums. E-tangata is a weekly treat for some excellent writing on Māori and Pasifika issues. Scott Hamilton is good on pacific history (Reading the Maps).

    I always read Gordon Campbell – still has some of the best political analysis. Russell Brown (Public Address) is particularly good for drug reform and disability issues. Giovanni Tiso and Morgan Godfrey are excellent – there are links to longer pieces by them on their twitter accounts.

    The Spinoff and Newsroom are worth checking out regularly – the quality varies but there are some very good examples of well researched journalism on both from time to time. After a while you know who to look out for – a bit like on the Standard!

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • The ‘Tulī Takes Flight’ scholarships announced
    The Associate Minister of Education, Aupito William Sio, has today announced the establishment of the ‘Tulī Takes Flight’ scholarships as part of the goodwill gesture of reconciliation to accompany the Government’s apology to Pacific families and communities impacted by the Dawn Raids. “Education is the key to unlocking success, opportunity, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 hours ago
  • 8,000 additional public housing places delivered in major Government milestone 
    New Zealanders now have an extra 8,000 warm, dry public housing places to call home, under a Government public housing programme that is full steam ahead, says Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern. “Of the 74,337 households now being supported in public housing places, more than six thousand (6,503) are living in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 hours ago
  • New classrooms and building improvements for central and lower North Island schools
    Six schools across Wellington, Manawatū-Whanganui and Taranaki are getting a funding boost so projects can enter construction and deliver much needed works sooner, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. While visiting Cannons Creek School in Porirua, Chris Hipkins also announced 10 schools in the central and lower North Island that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 hours ago
  • Restoring the richness of the Rangitata river
    A major Jobs for Nature project to protect and enhance some of the South Island’s most unique habitats and restore the health of the Rangitata River highlights the important role farmers have in caring for the land, Conservation Minister Kiri Allan says. “Canterbury’s braided rivers are an iconic part of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 hours ago
  • Foreign Minister to take part in ASEAN-related meetings
    Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta will today begin a suite of meetings with her ASEAN and East Asia Summit counterparts, starting with the 11th East Asia Summit (EAS) Foreign Ministers’ Meeting tonight. That will be followed by the ASEAN-New Zealand Ministerial Meeting on Thursday 5 August and the 28th ASEAN Regional ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • Arts and heritage venues get helping hand
    A new round of funding to support capital projects will help keep our arts and heritage sector alive and vibrant, Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Kiri Allan announced today.  “Communities work hard to raise funds for arts, culture and heritage related capital projects as they add significant value ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • Foreign Ministers welcome opening of New Zealand High Commission in Colombo
    New Zealand and Sri Lanka’s Foreign Ministers, Nanaia Mahuta and Dinesh Gunawardena, have welcomed the opening of the New Zealand High Commission in Colombo next week. The Foreign Ministers, who met virtually yesterday, spoke about the opening of the High Commission as a major milestone in the bilateral relationship. Both ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • New Zealand to increase NZDF commitment to the United Nations Command, Republic of Korea
      The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) will deploy three additional personnel to the Republic of Korea, increasing the size of its contribution to the United Nations Command and its Military Armistice Commission from nine to 12 personnel. “Increasing the size of our deployment to the Republic of Korea ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Wages up, unemployment down
    The Government’s efforts to secure the recovery has seen more Kiwis in jobs and higher wages, with unemployment falling to pre-COVID levels and more people in work. Stats NZ figures show unemployment rate fell to 4 percent in the June quarter from 4.6 percent in the March quarter, the lowest ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Poroporoaki: Dr Kihi Ngatai OSM
    Mauao tiketike tūmokemoke mai ana ra koe, papakitia ana e ngā tai kawenga roimata o te motu. E Ngāti Ranginui, mo tō manuhuia kua tīkapea i te rangi. E Ngai Te Rangi, mo tō manutaki kua riro i te hau o Aitū kikini, E Ngāti Pukenga mo tō manutaiko, kua ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government support screen industry with funding for sound stages in West Auckland
    Auckland Film Studios in West Auckland has received funding for a major expansion through the Government’s Infrastructure Reference Group’s (IRG) COVID-19 Response Fund. The Government is investing $30 million of a total $35 million project to construct two 2,000sqm sound stages and development of further workshops and offices, to expand ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Protecting unique land for generation next
    The Government is boosting legal protection for critically important natural habitats on private land, Minister of Conservation Kiri Allan says. “An $8 million investment over four years will see Queen Elizabeth II National Trust Ngā Kairauhī Papa (QEII) work with government agencies, councils and others to provide legal protection of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand’s support for Fiji’s COVID-19 response continues with vaccine delivery, operational ...
    Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta has announced further support for Fiji, including funding support for nursing staff and 100,000 doses of vaccines due to arrive in country today. “Our thoughts remain with Fiji during this incredibly challenging period,” Nanaia Mahuta said. “New Zealand has funded 100,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Poroporoaki: Dr Hōhepa (Joe) Mason
    Ko koe tēnā e te hurumanu e Hōhepa, te tōwenetanga a te iti, te māpihi herenga mahara o te tini, ka tauawhi tonuhia koe e to iwi ki te uma pupuri ai. Me pēhea he kupu kia koutou kua puta i nga ākinga a nga tau kua hori, kua waia ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Finance Minister and RBNZ Governor agree to update MOU on macro-prudential policy
    Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Reserve Bank Governor Adrian Orr have updated the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on macro-prudential policy to further protect the financial system and support the Government’s housing objectives. “This change will ensure that the Reserve Bank has the flexibility to respond to emerging financial stability risks ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government commits further assistance for drought and flood-affected rural communities
    Farmers and growers affected by this year’s drought or floods in Marlborough, Tasman, West Coat, Canterbury, Otago and the Chatham Islands will have access to Rural Assistance Payments (RAPs) from today, Social Development and Employment Minister Carmel Sepuloni has announced. “The Government is committed to easing the financial pressures on ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Cook Islands youth lead Language Week
    The Cook Islands Language Week theme for 2021 highlights the vital role language plays in maintaining young people’s links to their Pacific home, said Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio.  “The Epetoma o te reo Māori Kūki ‘Āirani – Cook Islands Language Week – theme is ‘Ātuitui’ia au ki ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government offers formal apology for Dawn Raids
    A formal and unreserved apology for the Dawn Raids The Government will offer education scholarships as part of the apology Manaaki New Zealand Short Term Scholarship Training courses Support Pacific artists and historians to develop a comprehensive written and oral account of the Dawn Raids Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Speech to Dawn Raids Apology
    Tēnā koutou katoa, Kia orana kotou katoatoa, Fakaalofa lahi atu ki mutolu oti, Tālofa nī, Mālō nī koutou, Ni sa bula vinaka, Fakatalofa atu, Noa'ia 'e mauri, Kam na mauri, Malo e lelei, Sioto'ofa, Mālō lava le lagi e mamā ma le soifua maua, Oue tulou, tulou atu, tulouna lava ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Bridging the gap – last piece of Northcote Safe Cycle Route now complete
    The opening of two bridges over Auckland’s Northern Motorway is the last link of a cycling and walking route which provides a safe, active alternative for students and commuters, Transport Minister Michael Wood said today. Michael Wood cut the ribbon for the completion of the Northcote Safe Cycle Route, at ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Progress in establishment of Aged Care Commissioner
    Recruitment for an Aged Care Commissioner will start next month, to ensure greater oversight of New Zealand’s aged care sector. “This sector is responsible for supporting a large and often vulnerable population. While most people are able to access quality care, there have been cases where that care has fallen ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New record number of homes consented
    In the year ended June 2021, the actual number of new dwellings consented was 44,299, up 18 percent from the June 2020 year. In June 2021, the seasonally adjusted number of new dwellings consented rose 3.8 percent. In June 2021, 4,310 new dwellings were consented, an increase of 3.8 per ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Communities backed to tackle wilding pines
    Twelve community projects across New Zealand will receive a share of $2 million to carry out wilding pine control, Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor announced as part of Biosecurity Week. “Wilding pines are a serious problem that threaten many of the unique landscapes that New Zealanders value. Community groups and trusts ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Health Minister Andrew Little responding to the New Zealand Nurses Organisation's rejection of ...
    I was advised last night that the result of the ballot of Tōpūtanga Tapuhi Kaitiaki o Aotearoa New Zealand Nurses Organisation members have rejected the latest proposal to settle their collective agreement. Let me be clear: the proposal was one they put to the Government. The Nurses Organisation rejected their ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Conversion Practices Prohibition Legislation introduced to Parliament
    Legislation has been introduced to Parliament to protect against practices intended to change or suppress someone’s sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Introducing the Conversion Practices Prohibition Legislation Bill, Minister of Justice, Kris Faafoi, said the measures proposed were aimed at ending conversion practices which don’t work, are widely ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New kaupapa Māori mental health and addiction services to support people in central North Island
    New mental health and addiction services rolling out across the central North Island will improve outcomes and equity for Māori, Associate Minister of Health (Māori Health) Peeni Henare says. Today the Minister met with providers of the new kaupapa Māori primary mental health and addiction service, Poutama Ora, which will ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New kaupapa Māori mental health and addiction services to support people in central North Island
    New mental health and addiction services rolling out across the central North Island will improve outcomes and equity for Māori, Associate Minister of Health (Māori Health) Peeni Henare says. Today the Minister met with providers of the new kaupapa Māori primary mental health and addiction service, Poutama Ora, which will ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New school site for booming West Auckland
    The Government will build on a new school site in West Auckland to cope with rapid population growth in the area, Education Minister Chris Hipkins says. The Ministry is working with existing local schools to determine how the 1.5-hectare site at 279 Hobsonville Point Road will be used to support ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Trans-Tasman travel window to close at midnight tomorrow
    A further 500 MIQ rooms released for managed returnees from NSW Further Government actions announced today are balanced to provide more certainty for Kiwis wanting to return from Australia, while continuing to protect New Zealand from COVID-19, acting Minister for COVID-19 Response Ayesha Verrall says. The actions were foreshadowed last ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Govt investing millions in Hawke's Bay and Tairāwhiti schools
    Napier Boys’ and Girls’ High Schools are among those set to benefit from a $16.5 million investment in the Hawke's Bay and Tairāwhiti region, Economic and Regional Development Minister Stuart Nash announced today. The Government has set aside money in Budget 2021 to accelerate five projects in Napier, Hastings, Havelock North ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Game changing Jobs for Nature investment for Northland
    Conservation Minister Kiri Allan has announced Jobs for Nature funding for a portfolio of projects that will create ‘game changing’ gains for nature and communities across Northland/Te Tai Tokerau as part of the Government’s acceleration of the economic recovery from COVID. “This portfolio of 12 projects will see over $20 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Third COVID-19 vaccine receives provisional approval
    New Zealand’s regulatory authority Medsafe has granted provisional approval of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for individuals 18 years of age and older, Acting Minister for COVID-19 Response Dr Ayesha Verrall announced today. New Zealand secured 7.6 million doses (enough for 3.8 million people) of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine through an ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Bowel-cancer screening programme is saving lives
    More than 1000 New Zealanders have had bowel cancer – New Zealand’s second-most-common cause of death from cancer - detected under the Government’s National Bowel Screening Programme, Health Minister Andrew Little said today. More than 1200 New Zealanders died from bowel cancer in 2017. The screening programme aims to save ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Govt welcomes draft report on the retail grocery sector
    The Commerce Commission’s draft report into the retail grocery sector is being welcomed by Government as a major milestone. “I asked the Commerce Commission to look at whether this sector is as competitive as it could be and today it has released its draft report for consultation,” Commerce and Consumer ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Christchurch’s Youth Hub ‘set to go’ thanks to further Government funding
    Construction of New Zealand’s first, purpose-built centre for youth well-being is ready to get underway thanks to an extra $2.5 million of COVID-19 response funding, Housing Minister and Associate Minister of Finance, Megan Woods announced today.  “The Christchurch Youth Hub is about bringing together all the things young people need ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Next step to protect Milford Sound Piopiotahi
    Expert group lays out plan to better protect iconic UNESCO World Heritage site Milford Sound Piopiotahi and its surrounds Funding confirmed for dedicated unit and Establishment Board to assess the recommendations and provide oversight of the process from here Milford Opportunities Project a test case for transformational change in tourism ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Funding for projects to reduce waste from construction and demolition
    The Government has announced funding for projects in Auckland and the lower North Island to help reduce construction and demolition waste. “Construction is the main source of waste sent to landfill, and much of this could be reduced, reused and recovered,” Environment Minister David Parker said. “The Government is funding ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Speech at the launch of the National Hepatitis C Action Plan
    Tēnā koutou katoa. Thank you Anglesea Pharmacy and Te Manawa Taki for hosting this event. As a doctor, I saw first hand the impact of hepatitis C. I met Moana in 2019; she came to the infectious diseases outpatient clinic at Wellington Hospital having tested positive for hepatitis C. Like ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Plan to eliminate hepatitis C as a major health threat by 2030
    A plan to eliminate hepatitis C in New Zealand, reducing liver cancer and the need for liver transplants, has been released today by Associate Minister of Health Dr Ayesha Verrall. “Around 45,000 New Zealanders have hepatitis C, but only around half know they have it,” said Ayesha Verrall. “Symptoms often ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • School upgrades and new classrooms for West Coast, Tasman and Canterbury
    A funding injection from Budget 2021 to complete four shovel ready projects and new classrooms at six schools and kura will provide a real boost to local communities, Minister Dr Megan Woods announced today. “This Government has committed to providing quality fit for purpose learning environments and 100,000 new student ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago