web analytics

Joyce to roll Key!

Written By: - Date published: 3:38 pm, August 19th, 2011 - 81 comments
Categories: humour, leadership, rumour - Tags:

I see there is another round of Labour leadership rumour mongering going on. Goff has patiently (yet again) rubbished the “claim”, and pointed out that it is just stories spread by the Nats to try and distract from the mess that they are in.  Goff nails it:

“When is the news media going to stop listening to Whale Oil and Matthew Hooton who are in the back pockets of the National Party spreading rumours that have no truth at all,” Goff said.

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett had flip-flopped over the payment cards for beneficiaries and Prime Minister John Key had messed up over unemployment statistics.

“They’re embarrassed, they’re looking for red herrings.”

It’s such an obvious Nat distraction, wouldn’t it be grand if our journos could recognise it for what it is?

Hey!  Psssst!  Here’s a hot one!  I hear via the tipsy line that Joyce has been doing the numbers and is ready to roll Key!  It should all go down at a BBQ some time this weekend.  And best of all, this tip is every bit as credible as the usual Nat versions of same!

Sheeesh.

81 comments on “Joyce to roll Key!”

  1. Deb 1

    Thing is why does Goff give any cred to Whaleoil. All he succeeds in dong is sending everyone over to boost his website stats.

    Anyway – good luck to Joyce, but I believe at this stage he has only a slightly higher chance of being PM than Goff.

  2. Policy Parrot 2

    This story at least has more cred than the one they are running over at Fairfax and Granny.

  3. tsmithfield 3

    “And best of all, this tip is every bit as credible as the usual Nat versions of same!”

    Given that Key has popularity somewhere north of 50%, and that Goff has popularity challenging the margin of error territory, I think the “Goff resign” meme carries a bit more thrust.

    • Colonial Viper 3.1

      Key would be a more popular NZ Idol host than Goff, admittedly.

      • The Baron 3.1.1

        Face facts, CV – we aren’t talking about idol, and the preferred PM poll is even worse – 50%+ to Key, <10% Goff. No party has ever won off those PPM ratings – but yet every time I point this out to you, you blah on about some miracle that will occur to reverse Labour's sure to be dire performance.
        Well the miracle you need is for Goff to be taken outside and shot. On these stats, it's safe to assume the public literally hate the sight of him. Pity everyone on the Labour front bench would rather lose to enhance their own prospects – what noble heroes all.

        • Colonial Viper 3.1.1.1

          Nervous little critter aren’t you?

          Sure I agree with you, John Key Talk Show Star for PM!!!

          Goff has the gravitas and intellectual ability that Key can’t be bothered mustering 99% of the time.

          And now that Key has filled up his PM scrapbook (Royal Wedding photos + photos with Obama) he’s gone anyway.

    • mik e 3.2

      Its more likely that given Joyces muck ups recently, that the silent assassins patients with him might be running out .And key will roll Joyce Haw Haw Haw!

  4. queenstfarmer 4

    When is the news media going to stop listening to Whale Oil

    Perhaps when Labour’s campaign manager stops giving him publicity.

  5. I reluctantly read Whale’s stuff on rss to see who he is insulting and he keeps making shit up.  He is wrong that often that he should be embarassed.  He breathlessly repeats every half assed idea that some moron mentions to him.
     
    His is not a pursuit of truth.  It is a mud wrestle in slime with a very definate political goal in mind. 

    • TightyRighty 5.1

      Taking it personally micky?

      It’s so amusing that you piously pronounce on the pursuit of truth. Can your comment pleased be moved to the weekend social.

      • mickysavage 5.1.1

        I thought my comment was really restrained TightyWighty.
         
        Can you name me one, just one comment that Slater has made based on “rumours from within the Labour Party” that is actually true?
         
        Just one, any one will do.
         
         

        • TightyRighty 5.1.1.1

          It’s not that cameron is right or wrong, your lack of comprehension is now no surprise to me anyway. It is you bleating about the pursuit of truth when you so obviously gave up on it and sat on the couch to play with yourself.

          • mickysavage 5.1.1.1.1

            TightyWighty 

            You are making less and less sense.

            What is the problem?

            And how about you name one rumour Slater has reported that is correct.  Go on, see how you go. 

            • Ianupnorth 5.1.1.1.1.1

              Slater’s a wanker, end of story – go away trolly righty/.

            • mickysavage 5.1.1.1.1.2

              Hey TW Where is that example?  You know the one that shows Cameron’s posts are based in reality?

              • TightyRighty

                I never even claimed WOBH to be right, so why do i have to provide an example?

                The fact that you are getting so demanding and shrill on the subject after being asked if you are taking the rumours personally makes me worry for your mental health micky. not that i really thought you were in full possession of your faculties to start with.

                Ianupnorth, you are a mentally substandard human being. same with you pink postman. you do the rest of humanity a disservice by displaying absolutely no comprehension skills at all. This from three people who all purport to author blogs? no wonder the left is so intellectually bankrupt. great to see the poor people of london housing estates blow wide open the myth of “progressive” policies helping people in poverty.

          • the pink postman 5.1.1.1.2

            Answer the question you plonker or shut up.

      • Georgy 5.1.2

        . “His is not a pursuit of truth. It is a mud wrestle in slime with a very definate political goal
        in mind. ”

        Absolutely the BEST description of whaleblubberoil I have read. Well done MS.

  6. tsmithfield 6

    Goff seems to have been having a few memory lapses lately. So who knows. He might have “forgotten” about offering to resign.

    • Goff seems to have been having a few memory lapses lately.
       
      You guys must get orders from above to keep respouting lines ad nauseum in the hope that MSM will pick up on them.
       
      I will tell you this doozy of an example of memory lapses however.  It involves this apparently intelligent guy who cannot remember anything when he was 20.  He went through almost the most controversial and dangerous time of his country’s history and does not remember what he thought about it!  No bull!  Good old Smile and Wave has no idea what his thoughts were at the time!
       
      If you want to offer anyone sympathy then Key is a worthy recipient.
       

      • The Baron 6.1.1

        Oh you can tell how much this story hurts because how shrill Greg is getting. We know Greg – no one loves team red as much as you (literally).

      • KJT 6.1.2

        He my have been telling the truth. Rumour has it, that Key does not read!

  7. jackal 7

    Hey psst! National supporters are a bunch of morons. They love bullshit!

  8. Rich 8

    What I don’t understand is why the right are trying to undermine Goff as leader. Surely they’d be wanting him to carry on as long as possible?

    • queenstfarmer 8.1

      Not only that, but I think most on the Right would rather have Phil as PM than virtually any other Labour MP. Phil is to the Right of most Labour MPs (he was even a flat-taxer and state asset seller, when it suited). He is a “known quantity”, having been there since Muldoon’s time, and is a generally good bloke.

      • grumpy 8.1.1

        Actually, Rich has nailed it. National desperately want Goff as leader of Labour, that’s why, whenever there is about to be a coup, whaleoil and Kiwiblog publicise it and the Labour plotters back off – can’t have the Whale being right – can we??

        Perhaps the one feeding Whale this information is Goff!

        • mickysavage 8.1.1.1

          Gawd why does Cameron, TightyWhitey and grumpy believe they know what is happening in the Labour Party.  It is not as if they know what is happening in reality …

          • Chris 8.1.1.1.1

            I didn’t realise reality and political parties had anything to do with each other?

          • TightyRighty 8.1.1.1.2

            I didn’t claim to know what is happening though micky? I think you should put the bottle down mate. Politics, while important, should not come at the expense of your health. Especially as you will never be a politician, or anything important really.

        • Puddleglum 8.1.1.2

          C’mon guys, think a bit.

          Goff gets good coverage (for once) in the Herald and TV3(?) to the point that Matthew Hooton believed the public liked the way Goff was being presented.

          Then, inexplicably, Whale Oil and Hooton felt the need to spread self-described ‘gossip’ about Labour’s leadership.

          Yes, National probably want Goff as leader, but they also want him as the walking wounded. And, should it get that far, they probably fancy their chances at portraying any dumping of Goff as ‘Labour in a panic’.

          Being a pair of ingenues can be endearing, guys, but please try to resist your obvious tendencies to naivete. 

      • Deb 8.1.2

        Yes QSF, on that right of centre theme, Mr Goff has the distinction of being in the thick of the original Neo-libs in NZ – he was a mover and shaker as Minister of Employment in the now famous 4th Labour government. In disputes between Roger Douglas and other Labour MPs, Goff generally positioned himself on the side of Douglas, supporting deregulation and free trade. While many commentators blamed Douglas’s controversial reforms for Labour’s loss, Goff said that the main problem had been in communication, not policy.

        Remembering some of Phil’s 4th Labour Government and when we consider him as a possible PM it is worthy noting some of their achievements:

        Floating the New Zealand dollar.
        Introducing GST (Goods and Services Tax).
        New banks were allowed
        Reducing income and company tax.
        Removing controls on foreign exchange.
        Abolishing or reducing import tariffs.
        Corporatising many State owned enterprises such as the Post Office, Telecom and Air New Zealand to be more like private businesses – some later privatised.
        Enabling the Reserve Bank to autonomously pursue an inflation target.
        Liberalised immigration to New Zealand

        • insider 8.1.2.1

          Don’t Goff and Helen Clark (who was part of much of it too) now claim they had their fingers crossed at the time?

          • Colonial Viper 8.1.2.1.1

            Fortunately Goff has figured it out after the disaster of the 80’s and 90’s. English and Key are still batting for the soon to be extinct bankster neoliberal crowd however.

    • Ten Miles Over 8.2

      You have a point. I’m guessing Slater is over-invested in ipredict stock for Goff to go before the election, there’s no other logical reason for him to push this agenda so hard

      • Carol 8.2.1

        They know Labour is going to keep Goff as leader through the election, so they just hammer the leadership challenge line to undermine the Labour Party… but, that also does suggest they see Labour as a threat.

  9. insider 9

    I think the lack of anonymity helps give them a bit of cred. They are identifiable people doing their own thing and stand by it (putting aside claims of NPRU feeds). You guys will struggle because of that, unless it is someone like Mike Smith, who is a known figure (although didn’t the ‘H fee’ story get launched through here?). The exception is I/S but he is ‘known’ and has carved out a niche using the OIA. None of his ‘rants’ get turned into stories.

    • Carol 9.1

      WO & DF wouldn’t have such well known names if the MSM hadn’t given them a lot of air in the past. They fail to give any such opportunities for leftie bloggers.

      • insider 9.1.1

        Farrar has the single most popular political blog in NZ, by a long long way. The media followed his already high hit rate. I’m not sure why Slater has a profile. but then I’m not sure why self made media man Martyn Bradbury has one either.

        And you’ve obviously never heard of Chris Trotter. And prior to that the now back in the ring and increasingly inflating John Pagani.

        Self imposed blinkered vision means only you suffer when you miss the coming right hook.

        • Carol 9.1.1.1

          Chris Trotter and Pagani don’t get picked up by mainstream news the way Farrah and Slater do.

          • Chris 9.1.1.1.1

            To be fair John Pagani has a column on stuff that is generally terribly written. On any given day any of the posts from this site/kiwiblog make points that are far clearer and hit a much better chord with the mainstream public.

            Particularly since recently Pagani seems to do nothing but attack people instead of promoting anything.

            • Carol 9.1.1.1.1.1

              Reminds me of Fox News strategy. Claim they are balanced because they have views expressed by Liberals as Well as right wingers. But the Liberals they select always are weaker at making their points than the righties, and are their to make liberals look bad.

              • Chris

                Yeah that’s pretty much what I assumed the reason stuff published John Pagani was. Although they did use to publish Minto all the time as well so maybe they’re more about making the left wing seem angry with a huge chip on their shoulders.

        • jackal 9.1.1.2

          That’s a rather big claim insider. Once again you’re making unfounded statement’s without checking the facts. In July 2011 The Standard apparently had 313987 page views while kiwibog had 311878. Hits aren’t always an indicator of support btw, as both sides read each others blogs.

          It would also seem that media exposure increases readership. I’m sure my readership would increase if I wasted money on some stupid billboards or got convicted of breaching privacy laws.

          I love it how you RWNJ’s always posture and threaten… Reading such drivel is amusing, especially as there’s very little chance articles based on untruths will hit the mark. The vast majority have no substance with many of the right wing blogger’s just making crap up.

          I think the main difference between the sides at the moment is the right wing blogger’s all have their hands on each others cocks. Then there’s the more extreme RWNJ’s who would turn the stomach of any sane person, no matter what their political leanings.

          Once again insider, your analysis is completely wrong!

    • lprent 9.2

      Gee insider, don’t you actually read the site? Mike Smith, Anthony Robins, Ben Clark, Jenny Michie and a few others all write under their own names. I write under lprent (and if you can’t figure out that means Lynn Prentice then you have a comprehension problem) and rocky is Rochelle Rees (she got that because she hacked my login to give me a unwanted birthday post). There are of course many other authors who write for the site under pseudonyms. But I have never noticed any reduction in our readership based on the name of the author. It appears that is only idiots who are more concerned with point-scoring rather than understanding who seem to think that has any relevance.

      But the site probably has authors writing more posts under their real names than most around NZ. But right wing blowhards likenyourself are known for being quite unobservant when it contradicts their unthinking ‘facts’.

      Your later comment about page views is also out of date. Hits are irrelevant (we get millions per month) mostly because of the images, CSS, JavaScript and the spiders/spambots. They’re only relevant for sysops.

      Page views measured by client side js like stat counter, google analytics, wordpress stars, site meter, neilson, etc tend to exclude spiders and bots plus the meshed actual pages. They all agree with each other within a few thousand, just slightly less than the server side absolute page views. They are the most useful for cross site comparisons. Have a look at page views at Open Parachute – we regularly get higher then kiwiblog.

      Visits are a bit more problematic because it is settings related and varies quite a lot between the stats systems – in the order of 20-30% just between the systems that measure our site.

      Basically you’re talking shit.

  10. infused 10

    Yeah good try.

  11. Craig Glen Eden 11

    The Nats have had a bad week and when that happens they fall back on the Goffs going to be rolled line. All the shit is filling the National nest so they have to distract.
    One question John the Con were’s the brighter future you promised?

    Massive failure ! Oh and how you doing with the under class?

    • Carol 11.1

      Yes, National want to make the elections about (presidential-like) leader personalities, rather than being about the party as a team or party policies.

      • The Baron 11.1.1

        Slow clap Carol – your political analysis is that of a 5th former.
        Presidentialisation is natural as soon as you introduce a party vote under MMP. It’s been happening then since 1996.
        Please be quiet while the adults are talking.

        • Colonial Viper 11.1.1.1

          Presidentialisation is natural as soon as you introduce a party vote under MMP

          False.

          Our media and our pollies are still playing a pseudo FPP game. MMP brings in more minor parties and de-emphasises the two main ones.

        • Deadly_NZ 11.1.1.2

          Go away Little Boy!

        • Anne 11.1.1.3

          Please be quiet while the adults are talking

          Talking to yourself TB? Now be a good lad and keep quiet. You might learn something.

        • Puddleglum 11.1.1.4

          Were you around for the Marshall/Muldoon, Kirk, Muldoon, Lange election campaigns? The focus on leaders is a function of the modern, media-saturated world.

          It ‘simplifies’ political decision making in the populace and implicitly reassures people that they don’t need to know much more than who the leader is to work out which party to vote for. Such simplification effectively neuters the governance role of ordinary people.

          In that sense, we have an increasingly anorexic and reductive version of representative democracy (which, itself, is a significant compromise on the notion of government ‘by the people’).

      • Deadly_NZ 11.1.2

        Of course thats what Key wants, something thats all to do with money and personalities, and less to do with substance. But he really can’t help it, he really is NZ’s version of George dubya Bush. Someone who is led around and allowed to speak, and do little things, but the big stuff is done in the back rooms by the real money men.

  12. The Nats would NOT roll Key – he is the reason they are popular, not any of their policies, or dare I say it actions – because there haven’t been any that have achieved anything!
     

    • HC 12.1

      You are right – if the Nats roll Key, then their supposed support in surveys would drop from over 50 % to around 35 to 40 % from one day to another! This suggestion re Joyce cannot be serious.

      • Colonial Viper 12.1.1

        Joyce is not going to ROLL Key.

        Key is going to GIVE Joyce the reins roughly 12-15 months into next term.

        • HC 12.1.1.1

          Now that sounds a bit more realistic as a possible development! I suppose Key is getting tired of being PM, sick of being attacked and exposed, and he may have his eyes on a nice CEO posy for one of the soon to be sold and part privatised energy companies.

          • Colonial Viper 12.1.1.1.1

            CEO is actually far too much hard work for him and he’d find himself accountable to the major shareholders; Key is going to the top tier of the Bilderberg group while holding down a few chairmanships on the side.

            • HC 12.1.1.1.1.1

              And like Tony Blair and Bill Clinton he will tour the world holding speeches, like for instance about 100% green NZ and neo liberal economics that got him rich and famous!

              • logie97

                Joky Hen touring the world giving speeches. Nope. No-one will be able to understand what he says. That’s probably part of his popularity. They see the lips move, the smile and then think all is well…

                • HC

                  No wonder then that he is still so popular with many “average” Kiwis! He mumbles, stumbles and is indiscipherable so often, so that few really understand a word he says. Hence the illiterate, poorly informed and educated love him, because he is the perfect excuse for them to make themselves feel better. Bear in mind that most skilled and intelligent left NZ long ago by now. That is what we are left with. Sad state of affairs, really!

            • mik e 12.1.1.1.1.2

              Yeah the bilderberg group most likely have a branch in Hawaii

  13. Gareth 13

    I really don’t understand why labour members give slater the time of day, to my mind the way Trevor and some other Labour mp’s acknowledge him by commenting on his site, guest posting or bloody macho who’s got the biggest dick challenges. All this does is give ammo to the line that he’s getting inside knowledge from labour mp’s hence his ‘stories’ get more air.

    If Labour members just ignored him completely and didn’t get sucked into his games it would be much easier to say he doesn’t know what he’s talking about as he has no communication with the labour party. Instead he can make up any rumour he damn well pleases hang it on a leak from within and have some credibilty with the masses in that senior labour members have regular contact with him.

    • Colonial Viper 13.1

      The MSM quote whaleoil frequently enough, maybe you should take your beef with them.

      “Labour Members” can do what they damn well please, neither the Labour Party nor the Labour Caucus control “Laboiur Members”.

    • Rob 13.2

      Who is this person called blubber???

  14. Steve 14

    This post is a good diversion to get the heat off poor Phil.
    Most of you took the hook, line, sinker and most of the poster’s arm.
    Quite funny for the standard

    [lprent: Also quite funny is that you can’t type in your own e-mail address. Wastes my time when it shows up in auto-mod releasing this kind of stupid comment. Can’t you type? ]

    • Craig Glen Eden 14.1

      What heat it was John the Con who was running out of the kitchen this week, poor sap.

      If it isnt a smile and wave trip he’s stuffed. Just imagine if he ever has to face a decent Journo calling him on his lies and his record. He can run and he can hide but for how long?

  15. As stated on previous threads, he’s only happy when being pictured in Women’s Day

  16. millsy 16

    Lets face it, Goff, along with King, Mallard, Dyson, etc should all go, and let the next generation in.

    • HC 16.1

      With all respect, what “next generation” is there in Labour, that is capable? I have more trust in the Greens to provide opportunities and qualities for follow up members of parliament.

      • Craig Glen Eden 16.1.1

        Thankfully HC your and a few of your Green mates are probably the only ones who believes that. When are you Greens going to learn you wont broaden your appeal by attacking Labour.

        HC theirs an election the Greens and Labour desperately need to win the only way we have any chance is not to attack each others people and policy.

        • HC 16.1.1.1

          Oh – I touched a sensitive nerve.

          Of course you are right that it is better, yes essential that Labour AND the Greens win more votes. But is it not great to have some more choices than under the system we had before? At least some who may not feel to comfy lit Labour have alternative options left of centre.

  17. Georgy 17

    I thought Bill English was positioning himself to retake the leadership.

  18. MrSmith 18

    The Nact’s had another bad week, so they roll out the old leadership challenge story.
     
    Problem for them is Goff gets lots more publicity and looks stronger and stronger in the eyes of the public and media, every time he comes out the other side.

  19. WOOF 19

    I know Goff is the underdog, but I still believe that he can lead his pack to victory. The National Party bloggers may be trying to throw the media off the scent by getting them to believe that Goff would wander off with his tail between his legs, but no, he’s come out growling! So they can cry wolf all they like, but they are barking up the wrong tree. Just wait until November when a new PM could be unleashed! 🙂

  20. fatty 20

    sometimes I log onto whale blubber’s site for a laugh, but instead it only makes me angry.
    he’s a pathetic sack of shit at the best of times

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Budget 2020: Five things to know
    Budget 2020 is about rebuilding together, supporting jobs, getting business moving and the books back into the black. It’s an integral part of our COVID-19 economic response, and our plan to grow our economy and get New Zealand moving again. Here’s a quick look at the five top things you ...
    14 hours ago
  • Coalition Government approves essential upgrades on Ōhakea Air Base
    The Coalition Government has approved $206 million in essential upgrades at Ōhakea Air Base.  Defence Minister Ron Mark said the money would be spent on improving old infrastructure. He said safety issues would be addressed, as well as upgrades to taxiways, accommodation and fresh, storm and waste water systems. "This ...
    4 days ago
  • Attributable to the Rt Hon Winston Peters
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Leader of New Zealand First “I am not persisting with this case just for myself, but for all people who have had their privacy breached. Privacy of information is a cornerstone of our country’s democracy. Without it our society truly faces a bleak future. We now ...
    6 days ago
  • Forestry Minister Shane Jones moves to protect sawmills
    Forestry Minister Shane Jones has introduced a Bill to Parliament that he says will "force more transparency, integrity and respect" for the domestic wood-processing sector through the registration of log traders and practice standards. The Forests (Regulation of Log Traders and Forestry Advisers) Amendment Bill had its first reading in ...
    1 week ago
  • Green MP joins international call to cancel developing countries’ debt
    Green MP Golriz Ghahraman is joining over 300 lawmakers from around the world in calling on the big banks and the IMF to forgive the debt of developing countries, in the wake of the COVID crisis. ...
    1 week ago
  • Forestry Minister Shane Jones swipes back at billion trees critics
    Forestry Minister Shane Jones says concerns that carbon foresters are planting pine trees that will never be harvested are the result of "misinformation". "The billion tree strategy is an excellent idea, unfortunately from time to time it's tainted by misinformation spread by the National Party or their grandees, hiding in scattered ...
    1 week ago
  • Budget boost for refugee families a win for compassion
    The Green Party welcomes funding in the budget to reunite more refugees with their families, ensuring they have the best chance at a new life in Aotearoa New Zealand. ...
    1 week ago
  • How Budget 2020 is supporting jobs
    This year’s Budget is about rebuilding New Zealand together in the face of COVID-19. Jobs are central to how we’re going to do that.There’s a lot of targeted investment for employment in this year’s Budget, with announcements on creating new jobs, training people for the jobs we have, and supporting ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Winston Peters says China didn’t want NZ to go into lockdown
    Speaking to Stuff's Coronavirus NZ podcast, Foreign Minister Winston Peters revealed China tried to dissuade New Zealand from going into lockdown. “Without speaking out of turn, they wanted a discussion as to why we were doing it, because they thought it was an overreaction,” Mr Peters told Stuff’s Coronavirus NZ podcast. He also ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Changes made to Overseas Investment Act to protect New Zealand assets
    The Coalition Government is making changes to the Overseas Investment Act to ensure New Zealand assets don't fall into the hands of foreign ownership in the economic aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. Associate Minister of Finance David Parker announced the Act will be amended to bring forward a national interest ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Winston Peters: Trans-Tasman bubble to help tourism industry make swift recovery
    A quick start to a trans-Tasman bubble could see the tourism industry make a swift recovery, according to Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters. "I believe tourism will turn around dramatically faster than people think," Mr Peters told reporters after Thursday's Budget. "Why? Because I think the Tasman bubble is [going ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Rt. Hon Winston Peters: Budget Speech
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Leader of New Zealand First   Please check against delivery https://vimeo.com/418303651 Budget 2020: Jobs, Business and Balance   Introduction Acknowledgements to all Cabinet colleagues, and party ministers Tracey Martin, Shane Jones and Ron Mark, Under-Secretary Fletcher Tabuteau and to caucus colleagues. Thank you for your support, your ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Jacinda Ardern’s 2020 Budget Speech
    Read Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's Budget 2020 Speech. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Budget 2020: Next steps to end family and sexual violence
    The 2020 Budget includes significant support to stabilise New Zealand’s family violence services, whose work has been shown to be so essential throughout the COVID-19 lockdown. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Investment in housing gives more people access to the home they deserve
    The Green Party says huge new investment in public and transitional housing will get thousands more families into the warm, safe homes they deserve.  ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Budget 2020: Huge investment in green nature based jobs jump starts sustainable COVID recovery
    The Green Party says the $1.1 billion environmental investment in this year’s budget to create thousands of green jobs will help jump start a sustainable recovery from the COVID crisis. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Grant Robertson’s 2020 Budget Speech
    Read Minister of Finance Grant Robertson's Budget 2020 Speech. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Winston Peters tells struggling migrant workers ‘you should probably go home’
    Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters said today the Coalition Government told foreigners at the start of the Covid-19 crisis that if their circumstances had changed dramatically, they should go home. "And 50,000 did," Mr Peters said. Official advice to Cabinet revealed there is potentially 380,000 foreigners and migrant workers in ...
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand First welcomes today’s Alert Level 2 announcement
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Leader of New Zealand First New Zealand First welcomes the decision today to go to Alert Level 2 from midnight Wednesday, says Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters. Alert Level 2 will mean a return to work for the vast majority of New Zealand’s businesses. A return ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Nurses to be protected after amendment to First Responders Bill
    Nurses now look set to get more protection from violence at work, under a proposed new law. This after NZ First MP Darroch Ball's "Protection for First Responders Bill", which introduces a six-month minimum sentence for assaults on first responders, will now also cover emergency department healthcare workers. The ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Nurses to get more protection, added to ‘First Responders’ legislation
    Darroch Ball MP, New Zealand First Law and Order Spokesperson An amendment to the ‘Protection of First Responders Bill’ is being tabled which will see emergency department healthcare workers included in the legislation. “During this COVID-19 crisis we have seen reports of violence and specifically increased incidents of spitting towards ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Shane Jones: Northland port could be economic haven
    Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones is breathing new life into the proposal to move Auckland's port to Whangārei to help in the economic recovery post Covid-19 pandemic. If New Zealand First was returned in the September general election, Minister Jones said a priority would be development of an "economic haven" at Northport, ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF grant for Ventnor memorial
    The plan to build a memorial to the SS Ventnor, and those who were lost when it sank off the Hokianga coast in 1902, has been granted $100,000 from the Provincial Growth Fund. Originally planned for a site near Rāwene cemetery, the memorial will now be built at the new Manea ...
    2 weeks ago
  • 75th anniversary of V.E Day
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader Leader of New Zealand First, Rt Hon Winston Peters said: “Today is the 75th anniversary of VE Day – marking the end of World War II in Europe." Millions died in the six years of war, and families were torn apart. 75 years ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Week That Was: Getting the job done
    From the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, our Government has committed to providing calm, clear, and consistent communication, including regular press conference updates from the Prime Minister. While New Zealand is at Alert Level 3, we're making sure that New Zealanders are kept informed and up-to-date with all the latest ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Winston Peters responds to Simon Bridges’ ‘my sweetheart’ comment
    New Zealand First leader Winston Peters spoke to The Country's Jamie Mackay. A day earlier, National Party leader Simon Bridges was on the radio show and referred to the Deputy Prime Minister as, "my sweetheart Winston". Mr Peters swiftly dismissed the question of whether Bridges had changed his mind about ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Time to pay essential heroes a decent wage, says Green Party
    The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed just how much we rely on our essential workers. The Green Party are proposing a package that ensures they are paid a dignified wage so they do not live in poverty. ...
    3 weeks ago

  • New payment to support Kiwis through COVID
    Further support for New Zealanders affected by 1-in-100 year global economic shock 12-week payment will support people searching for new work or retraining Work programme on employment insurance to support workers and businesses The Government today announced a new temporary payment to support New Zealanders who lose their jobs due ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • PGF reset helps regional economies
    The Provincial Growth Fund will play a vital role in New Zealand’s post-COVID-19 recovery by creating jobs in shorter timeframes through at least $600 million being refocused on projects with more immediate economic benefits, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The funding is comprised of repurposed Provincial Growth ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government exempts some home improvements from costly consents
    Government exempts some home improvements from costly consents Homeowners, builders and DIYers will soon have an easier time making basic home improvements as the Government scraps the need for consents for low-risk building work such as sleep-outs, sheds and carports – allowing the construction sector to fire back up quicker ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Concern at introduction of national security legislation for Hong Kong
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says the New Zealand Government has reacted with concern at the introduction of legislation in China’s National People’s Congress relating to national security in Hong Kong.  “We have a strong interest in seeing confidence maintained in the ‘one country, two systems’ principle under which Hong ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Samoa Language Week theme is perfect for the post-COVID-19 journey
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio, says the theme for the 2020 Samoa Language Week is a perfect fit for helping our Pacific communities cope with the unfolding COVID-19 crisis, and to prepare now for the journey ahead as New Zealand focuses on recovery plans and rebuilding New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Adult kakī/black stilt numbers soar
    A nearly 40-year programme to protect one of New Zealand’s most critically endangered birds is paying off, with a record number of adult kakī/black stilt recently recorded living in the wild, the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage announced today. “Thanks to the team effort involved in the Department of Conservation’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Waikato-Tainui settlement story launched on 25th anniversary of Treaty signing
    The story of the Waikato-Tainui Treaty process and its enduring impact on the community is being told with a five-part web story launched today on the 25th anniversary of settlement, announced Associate Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Carmel Sepuloni. “I am grateful to Waikato-Tainui for allowing us to help capture ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Taita College to benefit from $32 million school redevelopment
    Taita College in the Hutt Valley will be redeveloped to upgrade its ageing classrooms and leaky roofs, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. “The work is long overdue and will make a lasting difference to the school for generations to come,” Chris Hipkins said. “Too many of our schools are ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Redeployment for workers in hard-hit regions
    The Government is allocating $36.72 million to projects in regions hard hit economically by COVID-19 to keep people working, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Projects in Hawke’s Bay, Northland, Rotorua and Queenstown will be funded from the Government’s $100 million worker ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • $35m to build financial resilience for New Zealanders
    A $35m boost to financial capability service providers funded by MSD will help New Zealanders manage their money better both day to day and through periods of financial difficulty, announced Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni. “It’s always been our position to increase support to key groups experiencing or at risk ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New District Court Judge appointed
    Dunedin barrister Melinda Broek has been appointed as a District Court Judge with Family Court jurisdiction to be based in Rotorua, Attorney-General David Parker announced today. Ms Broek has iwi affiliations to Ngai Tai. She commenced her employment in 1996 with Scholefield Cockroft Lloyd in Invercargill specialising in family and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • $206 million investment in upgrades at Ohakea Air Force Base
    The Coalition Government has approved a business case for $206 million in upgrades to critical infrastructure at Royal New Zealand Air Force Base Ohakea, with the first phase starting later this year, Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today. The investment will be made in three phases over five years, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Review of CAA organisational culture released
    Transport Minister Phil Twyford today released the Ministry of Transport’s review of the organisational culture at the Civil Aviation Authority. Phil Twyford says all employees are entitled to a safe work environment. “I commissioned this independent review due to the concerns I had about the culture within the CAA, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New Board appointed at Stats NZ
    Ensuring that Stats NZ’s direction and strategy best supports government policy decisions will be a key focus for a new Governance Advisory Board announced today by the Minister for Statistics, James Shaw. The new Governance Advisory Board will provide strategic advice to Stats NZ to ensure it is meeting New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New Principal Environment Judge
    Environment Judge David Kirkpatrick of Auckland has been appointed as the Principal Environment Judge, Attorney-General David Parker announced today.  Judge Kirkpatrick was appointed an Environment Judge in February 2014. From December 2013 to July 2016 he was Chair of the Auckland Unitary Plan Independent Hearings Panel. Prior to appointment he ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Digital connectivity boost for urban marae
    A programme to connect marae around the country to the internet has received $1.4 million to expand to include urban marae in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Minister Kris Faafoi and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. The funding for the Marae Connectivity Programme ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Govt increases assistance to drought-stricken Hawke’s Bay farmers
    The Government will provide $500,000 to the Hawke’s Bay Mayoral Drought Relief Fund to help farmers facing one of the worst droughts in living memory, says Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. “Yesterday afternoon I received a letter from Hawke's Bay's five local Government leaders asking me to contribute to the Fund. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Investment in New Zealand’s history
    Budget 2020 provides a major investment in New Zealand’s documentary heritage sector, with a commitment to leasing a new Archives Wellington facility and an increase in funding for Archives and National Library work. “Last year I released plans for a new Archives Wellington building – a purpose-built facility physically connected ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Driving prompt payments to small businesses
    Government Ministers are asking significant private enterprises to adopt prompt payment practices in line with the state sector, as a way to improve cashflow for small businesses. The Ministers of Finance, Small Business, Commerce and Consumer Affairs have written to more than 40 significant enterprises and banking industry representatives to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Rotorua tourist icon to be safeguarded
    Maori Arts and Crafts will continue to underpin the heart of the tourism sector says Minister for Maori Development Nanaia Mahuta.  “That’s why we are making a core investment of $7.6 million to Te Puia New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute, over two years, as part of the Government’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • $14.7m for jobs training and education
    The Government is funding more pathways to jobs through training and education programmes in regional New Zealand to support the provinces’ recovery from the economic impacts of COVID-19, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Employment Minister Willie Jackson have announced. “New Zealand’s economic recovery will be largely driven by ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Is it time to further recognise those who serve in our military?
     Minister for Veterans Ron Mark has announced the launch of a national conversation that aims to find out whether New Zealanders think there should be a formal agreement between service people, the Government, and the people of New Zealand. “This year marks the 75th anniversary of the end of World ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Paving the way for a fully qualified early learning workforce
    The Government’s drive to improve the quality of early childhood education (ECE) is taking another step forward with the reintroduction of a higher funding rate for services that employ fully qualified and registered teachers, Education Minister Chris Hipkins has announced. “Research shows that high-quality ECE can improve young people’s learning ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Sport Recovery Package announced
    The Sport and Recreation sector will receive a multi-million dollar boost as part of the COVID-19 response funded at Budget 2020.  Grant Robertson says the Sport and Recreation Sector contributes about $5 billion a year to New Zealand’s GDP and employs more than 53,000 people. “Sport plays a significant role ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Major boost in support for caregivers and children
    A major increase in funding and availability of support will improve the incomes and reduce the pressure on 14,000 caregivers looking after more than 22,000 children. Children’s Minister Tracey Martin says that caregivers – all those looking after someone else’s children both in and outside the state care system – ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Great Walks recovery on track for summer
    Vital conservation and visitor infrastructure destroyed by a severe flood event in Fiordland earlier this year is being rebuilt through a $13.7 million Budget 2020 investment, announced Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage.   “This investment will mean iconic Great Walks such as the Routeburn track and the full length of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Māori – Government partnership gives whānau a new housing deal
    The Government is investing  $40 million in a partnership with Māori to get more whānau into warm, dry and secure accommodation, Associate Minister for Housing (Māori Housing) Hon Nanaia Mahuta says.. “We are partnering with Māori and iwi to respond to the growing housing crisis in the wake of COVID-19. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Keeping New Zealanders Safe In The Water
    Keeping New Zealanders safe in the water Our lifeguards and coastguards who keep New Zealanders safe in the water have been given a funding boost thanks to the 2020 Budget, Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector Poto Williams has announced. The water safety sector will receive $63 million over ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Legal framework for COVID-19 Alert Level referred to select committee
    The COVID-19 Public Health Response Act 2020, which set a sound legal framework ahead of the move to Alert level 2, has been referred to a parliamentary select committee for review.  Attorney-General David Parker said the review of the operation of the COVID-19 specific law would be reported back to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand condemns shocking attacks on hospital and funeral in Afghanistan
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says New Zealand condemns the targeting of civilians in two terrorist attacks in Afghanistan earlier this week. “The terrorist attacks on a hospital in Kabul and a funeral in Nangarhar province are deeply shocking. The attacks were deliberate and heinous acts of extreme violence targeting ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Government to close tobacco tax loophole
    The Government will close a loophole that allowed some people to import cigarettes and loose leaf tobacco for manufacturing cigarettes and ‘roll your owns’ for sale on the black market without excise tax being paid, says Minister of Customs Jenny Salesa. The legislation, which doesn’t affect duty free allowances for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • $62 million package to support families through the Family Court
    The Coalition Government has made a significant $62 million investment from the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund to start the reform of the Family Court and enable it to respond effectively to the increased backlog caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Today Justice Minister Andrew Little introduced the Family Court (Supporting ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Tailored help supports new type of job seeker – report
    The Government’s expanded services to support people into jobs will help an emerging cohort of New Zealanders impacted by COVID-19. The impacted group are relatively younger, have a proportionately low benefit history and have comparatively higher incomes than most who seek support, as captured in a report published today from ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • A modern approach to night classes
    New funding to boost Government-funded Adult and Community Education (ACE) will give more than 11,000 New Zealanders more opportunities to learn, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said. “This includes a modern approach to rebuilding night classes, which were slashed in the middle of our last economic crisis in 2010,” Chris Hipkins ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Christchurch Call makes significant progress
    Significant progress has been delivered in the year since the Christchurch Call to Action brought governments and tech companies together in Paris with a single goal to eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content online, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardent says. On its first anniversary, Ardern and French President Emmanuel Macron as ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Christchurch Call: One year Anniversary
    Joint statement: the Right Honourable Jacinda Ardern Prime Minister of New Zealand and His Excellency Emmanuel Macron President of the French Republic. One year since we launched, in Paris, the Christchurch Call to Action, New Zealand and France stand proud of the progress we have made toward our goal to eliminate terrorist ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Budget 2020: Jobs and opportunities for the primary sector
    $19.3 million to help attract and train recently unemployed New Zealanders and grow the primary sector workforce by 10,000 people. $128 million for wilding pine and wallaby control, providing hundreds of jobs. $45.3m over four years to help horticulture seize opportunities for future growth. $14.9 million to reduce food waste ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • New registration system for forestry advisers and log traders
    A new log registration scheme and practice standards will bring us one step closer to achieving ‘value over volume’ in our forestry sector, Forestry Minister Shane Jones says. New legislation introduced as part of Budget 2020 will require forestry advisers, log traders and exporters to register and work to nationally ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Finance Minister’s Budget 2020 s Budget Speech
    Mr Speaker, I move that the Appropriation (2020/21 Estimates) Bill be now read a second time. From its very beginning this Coalition Government has committed to putting the wellbeing of current and future generations of New Zealanders at the heart of everything we do. There is no time in New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Finance Minister’s Budget 2020 Budget Speech
    Mr Speaker, I move that the Appropriation (2020/21 Estimates) Bill be now read a second time. From its very beginning this Coalition Government has committed to putting the wellbeing of current and future generations of New Zealanders at the heart of everything we do. There is no time in New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago