Kelvin Davis – if not now then when?

Written By: - Date published: 7:52 am, November 7th, 2022 - 32 comments
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I often refer to, and draw inspiration from, our tupuna, and when I reflect on the last few years the words of a famous Ngapuhi chief Te Ruki Kawiti come to mind.

In 1846 during the battle of Ruapekapeka in the northern wars while under constant attack and bombardment he urged and inspired his whānau, his supporters, his allies, his people, with one particular line “He kino whakairo ahau e hurihia ki te toki mata iti”.

This literally translated means, “I would be a poor carving indeed if I flinched at the tap of a chisel,” or to put those words into today’s context, “We cannot yield to the challenges that confront us.”

Te Ruki Kawiti was fighting for his whānau, his hapū, his future.

He was fighting for his children’s children.

And there are plenty of challenges that threaten a better future for our whānau, our supporters, our allies, our Realm countries, our Pacific neighbours, our people.

Those challenges threaten a better future for our children’s children.

As the latest Air NZ safety message tells us, “we don’t inherit this world, we only borrow it from our mokopuna.”

To me the purpose of being in politics is to make a difference, not just in the here and now, but for the future.

But the opposition parties in parliament right now threaten that future.

For those parties the sole purpose of being in power…is to be in power.

We had nine years of the previous government that muddled along, not doing much of this, not doing much of that.

They existed to be in government…not to govern.

And in doing so left us to address the challenges they ignored and left in their wake.

Challenges such as a failing health system with a decade of underfunding of our primary and mental health services and infrastructure.

A housing crisis that we are turning around, as well as chronic infrastructure weaknesses and low productivity.

That is not how this government operates.

Making tough decisions… is tough.

Change is hard. It’s confronting.

A challenge that isn’t challenging is simply … the status quo.

And the status quo doesn’t work.

And for the big issues this government is tackling, the status quo will hurt our future most. Our children’s children.

Much like Te Ruki Kawiti we know that it is us that needs to stand up and not flinch at the tap of a chisel.

Let’s take climate change. This generation’s nuclear moment.

Recently in the Far North, and in other parts of the country, we experienced a once in a hundred year weather event.

The fact that it came just two years after the last, once in a hundred year weather event, is easily overlooked, as if it was an isolated event. But it wasn’t an isolated event.

The extreme weather patterns we see now where we swing from floods to droughts every six months is just that. A well-established pattern. Calling something a once in a hundred year weather event has become meaningless. Because these events are now happening every year.

We’ve been badly affected up north. The Mangamuka Gorge which is the main route to the Far North has closed yet again.

There are about 19 slips in a 13 km stretch of road.

The road had just been reopened after it took 12 months to fix the last lot of slips.

Now it’s closed again.

For how long we don’t yet know.

The opposition say it is a result of under investment in the roading network.

It’s not. Patching up slips is not going to patch up the climate.

It’s the result of more and more extreme weather events caused by climate change.

This road closure now means the fastest route north takes over a half an hour longer, driving up costs to households and businesses.

Northerners are frustrated. And it is costing us all.

With just this one example, which is multiplied across the whole country, not to mention around the world, we can see and feel:

  • the financial costs of climate change
  • the costs to productivity
  • the infrastructure costs
  • the health costs
  • the mental health costs

This is where we feel the impact of climate change in real time.

This is not an experiment.

This is not a drill.

This is not a rehearsal.

This is real.

This is where climate change stops being a theory and has become our reality.

But it is not surprising National ignored it, left climate change issues in their wake and now criticise the decisions we make to address their failure.

This government has started to tackle climate change in tangible ways.

We must use the criticism we have received as motivation.

–   Where the opposition feared to tread we must go.

–   Where the opposition hid, we must be seen.

–   Where the opposition wavered we must be resolute.

–   Where they retreated we must progress.

Fear can be contagious, so we can’t let the opposition’s fear stop us from acting on the tough issues.

We must draw on the same inner strength and courage that Te Ruki Kawiti did when he was under constant attack and bombardment, and his whānau, his supporters, his allies and his children’s children were under threat.

So where did National hide, waver and retreat?

Here’s just a few areas: housing, health, infrastructure, jobs, apprenticeships, child poverty and of course climate change.

But this government is being resolute and making progress.

Let’s take housing. This week Peeni Henare announced yet further investment to partner with Te Pouahi o Te Tai Tokerau to build another 100 houses up north, to add to the 10,037 public houses built by this government on top of the record 41,700 private homes built in the year to June 2022.

Let’s look at Employment and Training. More than 215,000 people have taken up free apprenticeships and targeted trades training.

What about infrastructure? National left schools and hospitals to be run down. We stepped up to fix the challenges they retreated from with $3.6 billion in schools and $1.5 billion in capital investment in health.

How about child poverty?

We’ve invested in wages and lifted 66,000 children out of poverty.

That’s the sort of decision making and investment National hid from.

This government takes a stand where it counts and I’m proud of that.

This government will always face criticism for our decisions.

Our courage will be criticised.

But courageous we must be.

We must not be worn down by those who try to chip away at us with their insults…their misinformation – their pettiness, and their lack of courage.

So let’s go back to climate change. The climate is changing as a direct result of carbon emissions.

Our main sources of emissions are agriculture and transport.

We have worked with the farming sector to enable them to reduce their own emissions…but we’re accused by the opposition of attacking farmers’ incomes.

There is no consideration of the fact that climate change itself has attacked those farmers’ incomes.

The government budgets $530,000 a year to help farmers affected by extreme weather events. However, the average annual spend over the last 5 years has been just shy of $5 million.

Recent adverse events saw $4.5 million allocated for the Canterbury floods, Buller and the top of the south island received $200,000, another $200,000 went to various mayoral relief funds. Between 2019 and 2021, $6 million went to farmers affected by drought.

The costs to farmers are already here. Hiding in plain sight.

But National don’t want to solve the problem, they just want to complain about the symptoms of the problem.

This government wants farmers to have long term prosperous futures.

But that requires courageous long term focused decision making.

Fixing symptoms won’t fix the long term problem.

What costs a farmer more? Annual floods and droughts that devastate their farms and livelihood or having to come up with a plan to reduce their farm emissions?

The opposition know we are right … but will deny it, and attack us.

We are being attacked for doing the right thing.

Those attacks I liken to the tap of a chisel Te Ruki Kawiti referred to.

To the opposition being in power isn’t about addressing the big issues … it’s about pandering to the electorate and putting the tough stuff on the shelf for our children’s children to deal with.

We simply cannot afford to do that.

Michael Wood is being attacked for increasing the numbers of electric vehicles coming into the country, as if that’s a bad thing.

In just five year per cent of imports.

Yet the opposition complain that New Zealanders will be driving around in Teslas. They ignore the 570 per cent increase in EV imports since 2017 and the 800 per cent rise in hybrids.

The emissions of new imported cars reduced by 15 per cent in just six months. A reduction that had taken eight long years under National.

They fundamentally don’t see that we need to act.

This government is being criticised for:

–   playing our part in reducing carbon emissions,

–   for doing our part to slow climate change,

–   for wanting this country and this planet to be liveable for our children’s children.

We have to accept that being criticised for doing what’s right is the price we pay – for doing what’s right.

The opposition tell us we only make up less than 1 per cent of global emissions.

Well I can confirm, here and now, that we make up 100 per cent of our emissions and we must do something about it, so we are.

But what is the opposition’s response to this?

Pothole of the week. Taking a photo of a pothole out by your mailbox is their answer.

Now, in my student days I used to work on the roads in a tar sealing gang.

People think politicians have power, but I never experienced as much power as when I held a stop/ go sign.

I know a little bit about potholes. In fact I used to fix potholes.

Never mind that the leading causes of road deterioration and potholes are (1) weather events and (2) increased traffic.

The more severe the weather, the more traffic, the more potholes.

The first cause of potholes is ignored by the opposition.

The second cause of potholes is encouraged by the opposition.

If the opposition are serious about fixing potholes, they need to help fix climate change. The opposition is a group of people suffering from small mind-itis, where the symptom is the problem.

No! We say that the problem is the problem. So fix the problem.

Do we really think our children’s’ children will say, “hey the world may have burnt up, but thank god that pothole out front is gone?”

Do we really think our children’s children will say, “coastal erosion may have meant our house fell into the sea, but at least the road to the beach is smooth.”

Do we really think our children’s children will say, “our farm may have washed away, but at least the tar seal is intact?”

So I have two questions for the NZ Labour Party.

To all of us gathered here. To our delegates. To those of us who care about the world we have borrowed from our mokopuna – two very serious questions.

And those questions are;

  • If not now, then when?
  • If not us, then who?

If not now…do we just kick the big issues down the road for our children’s children to mitigate, adapt to, or die from?

When is the right time to expect that NZ does what is right?

Is it now, or is it when every farm is flooded or in a drought?

Is it now, or is it when every gorge is closed by slips?

Is it now, or is it when every coastal home has slid it into the sea?

Is it now or is it when every low lying pacific nation is underwater?

Is it now or is it when every pothole has been filled?

If not us then who?

The opposition who believe the answer to half the problems can be solved by tax cuts?

The opposition that believes the answer to the other half of problems is to build a road.

Or the opposition whose sole purpose of being in power…is to be in power.

Let one thing be known.

Under Jacinda Ardern, Grant Robertson and our MPs the Labour Party will do what is right.

Right for our whānau.

Right for our Realm Countries.

Right for all New Zealanders but most of all, right for our children’s children.

What is the point of being in government if we only fix the easy stuff and leave our children’s children to inherit the mess?

Hiding, wavering, retreating from the tough issues would be easy. But it is not the way of this Labour Party.

We will receive more taps from the chisels of the opposition and our critics, but we cannot, we must not, waver in our belief that what we are doing is right.

What a poor carving our country we would be if we were to flinch at the tap of those chisels.

We will return this world to our children’s children, better than we received it.

32 comments on “Kelvin Davis – if not now then when? ”

  1. Peter 1

    We should look back at history. What gets people going though is today, reality today.

    People of the Far North today have the inconvenience of the wrecked road in the Mangamuka Gorge.

    The Labour Party and Willow Jean Prime will wear that.

    The history of ensuring a fail-safe highway? Well, the local MPs from WW2 until 2020, with the Social Credit exception for 3 years in the '60s, were National Party MPs.

    History? More than 70 years, but any tapping of chisels carving reality is drowned by the noise of partisanship and ignorance.

    • Ad 1.1

      You can't build a fail safe highway.

      Waikato Expressway is being resealed after a year of operation with no storms.

  2. Johnr 2

    Oh, Wow.

    Let's share this far and wide.

  3. Ad 3

    It's slightly irrational but I really like him.

  4. roy cartland 4

    I can't tell if I'm being played… there's no body of text showing up in my version of the post, either on desktop or on smartphone?

    [Apologies I put it up so it will show in mobile version but not full version. Now fixed – MS]

  5. observer 5

    His pothole line is nicely put.

    There are things to complain about, sure. So let's complain a lot more, then we can usher in a government that wants to do less about climate change, invest less in health, have higher unemployment, push wages down, restore landlords' privileges, and so on.

    Then we won't be talking about potholes any more. But we'll be wishing we were.

    • Drowsy M. Kram 5.1

      Davis is a grown-up.

      When is the right time to expect that NZ does what is right?

      Is it now or is it when every pothole has been filled?

      Then we won't be talking about potholes any more.

      Or lightbulbs and showerheads for that matter – have the Gnats grown up? Can they?

      But we'll be wishing we were.


  6. bwaghorn 6

    “”As the latest Air NZ safety message tells us, “we don’t inherit this world, we only borrow it from our mokopuna.”

    Our children's farm won't have washed ""into the ocean " they'll be under pines that air nz and other greenwashing bullshit artists have bought so their customers can feel good.

  7. Steve Bradley 7

    Kia kaha, Kelvin.

    The quiet voice of reason who get's the profound messages across.

    That's why he's there; and so respected by all who meet him.

  8. Tony Veitch 8
    • If not now, then when?
    • If not us, then who?

    Exactly! Abso-bloody-lutely exactly.

    The Negatives would be an absolute disaster when the climate shit hits the fan – as it will next year or the year after! Their Pike River disaster response should have showed us that.

    If we are to have any chance, however slim, of surviving the climate catastrophe, we need a government that is prepared to do things! Not just to govern.

  9. aj 9

    Hard to see why Kelvin Davis was on National’s list of easy targets a couple of years back.

    • Sacha 9.1

      I thought this post might be challenging him to resign when I only saw the title. Such a disappointment. He was a great principal.

    • Patricia Bremner 9.2

      aj when have they got picking of anything right?devil

  10. Obtrectator 10

    Great speech, but …. how to convince all those gammons with their "apres nous le deluge" attitude?

  11. adam 11

    Come on Kelvin, the last Tory government did one thing, they turn our coins into steel coins.

    Thus having a bit of a laugh at the devalued people who lived here, by making their means of exchange, utterly worthless.

  12. Dot 12

    Kelvin Davis is an intelligent grown up.

    Great speech Kelvin,
    future generations need you governing.

  13. pat 13

    Not bad for a hastily rewritten speech

  14. pat 14

    That was not the speech that Labour didnt want presented publicly

    • Shanreagh 14.1

      Unpacking the double negatives is a bit of a challenge.

      This was the speech that was presented. Enough said. Keynote speeches go through reiteration after reiteration in that arena.

      If not now, then when?
      If not us, then who?

      Sounds like a call to arms, if this had to be toned down the original must have been really really stirring.

      • pat 14.1.1

        "Sounds like a call to arms, if this had to be toned down the original must have been really really stirring"

        …or completely different

  15. Maurice 15

    Carefully positioning himself in case others cannot deliver?

  16. Mike the Lefty 16

    A couple of decades most talk about climate change revolved around vague phrases about WHEN in the future it will happen and what we must do to prepare for it.

    Now it is obvious to all but the most wilfully blinded that climate change is here NOW. We have run out of time to prepare for it – we must deal with it NOW.

    The massive amounts of carbon that we as a human race have artificially added to the atmosphere are RIGHT NOW acidifying the sea to the extent that marine life as we know it will be on the verge of extinction – not in 100 years or so but in our lifetimes.

    And that is in addition to the extreme wild and unpredictable storms, droughts, floods, warm and cold periods that the media call "weather events" that happen almost on a daily basis.

    That is what National doesn't get.

    They make noises about planning and preparation but when they have to make a decision it is always "we need more time….."

    Well boys – you don't have any f….n time, you had time 30 years ago and you wasted it by doing nothing.

    As for ACT – it isn't even worth talking about their plans for climate change because they barely even recognise its existence.

    So of course Kelvin Davis is right.

    Labour has acted, but has been opposed on every level by the political right who just want to keep the good times rolling. New Zealanders, by nature, are rather politically conservative and get very suspicious when anyone tries to make quick changes, regardless of how necessary they are. Therefore you can't push through changes that fundamentally alter the Kiwi lifestyle because they will automatically be opposed.

    But there is the argument that even a little bit of change is better than none at all. Unfortunately it is only a very tiny bit better.

    Big changes are needed in our society and political will to properly combat climate change but I doubt the public will want them to happen.

  17. Jenny are we there yet 17

    “Greenhouse gas emissions keep growing, global temperatures keep rising, and our planet is fast approaching tipping points that will make climate chaos irreversible,” United Nations secretary general Antonio Guterres

    Kelvin Davis poses the question:

    If not now then when?

    The obvious and most logical answer to this question is;

    If not now then never.

    As the window to act closes. These are the only two options. Now or Never.

    But will the Labour governement even act on one of the issues that Kelvin Davis brought up in his speech?

    The answer is Noooo. never. Of course we won't.

    I am talking about the deterioration of our roads due to the combined effects of climate change and increased traffic raised by Kelvin Davis in his speech.

    "……the leading causes of road deterioration and potholes are (1) weather events and (2) increased traffic." Kelvin Davis

    The climate doesn't care about fine speeches.

    To get traffic off our roads and lower our transport emissions, the Labour government could make public transport more available and cheaper and convenient to use.

    To: Minister of Transport, Michael Wood

    Keep half-price fares for everyone, for good!


    Contact Campaign Creator

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    Aotearoa Collective for Public Transport Equity

    We call on the Minister of Transport, Michael Wood, to make public transport permanently half price for everyone, and free for all under-25s, tertiary students, Community Services Card holders, and Total Mobility Card holders and their support people.

    We want to see this funded by central government.

    We also acknowledge the need for this government to increase the reach, frequency and quality of public transport in underserved areas….

    …. in January 2023, the government will END half-price public transport, returning fares to full price for everyone except people with a Community Services Card. Higher fares will force some people to break public transport habits and return to traveling by private car, causing congestion and harmful carbon emissions…..

    ……the policy of halving public transport fares for everyone has been extremely cheap. In fact, the cost of half-price public transport for three months is between $25 and 40 million, compared with nearly $600 million spent on the fuel excise cut!

  18. Jenny are we there yet 18


    "Everyone talks about the weather, nobody does anything about it". Mark Twain

    If Kelvin Davis really wanted to do anything about the state of the roads in his electorate of Te Tai Tokerau, he would demanding that all the freight on the huge trucks that are chewing up the tarmac go by rail.

    If Kelvin Davis really wanted to do anything about private transport emissions, he would be campaigning for the return of passenger rail to Northland.

    April 12, 2022

    Press Release – Save Our Trains

    The Save Our Trains Campaign says the return of key passenger services is a major win for the travelling public, and the first stop on the journey to rebuild passenger rail throughout New Zealand….

    ……“The next step is to develop our public transport services. That requires the Government to take a leadership role in planning for an integrated public transport network across New Zealand, taking into account accessibility, climate action, and regional development.”

    The Save Our Trains campaign was started in late January by concerned members of the public after KiwiRail’s announcement in December 2021 it was removing same day scheduled passenger services throughout New Zealand.

    …..The petition to Save Our National Passenger Rail Network reads: We call on the Government and KiwiRail to commit to maintaining existing intercity passenger rail services. Furthermore, we ask for a comprehensive national strategy for future passenger rail services built around concern for climate action and economic development.,journey%20to%20rebuild%20passenger%20rail%20throughout%20New%20Zealand.

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    2 days ago
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  • Come on Darleen.
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  • How the Northwest was lost and may be won
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    3 days ago
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    3 days ago
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    3 days ago
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  • Media Link: AVFA on the Trump assassination attempt.
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  • The Kākā's Chorus for Monday July 15
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    4 days ago
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  • City Centre Rebuild: How Soon Is Now?
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    4 days ago
  • Peril, dismay, resolution
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  • Bullet the Blue Sky
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Was The Assassination Attempt Fake?
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    4 days ago
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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    4 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #28
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    5 days ago
  • Unsurprising, but Trump shooting creates opportunity for a surprising response
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  • Escalation in the States as Trump is shot and his allies capitalize on the moment
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    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    5 days ago
  • Bernie Sanders: Joe Biden for President
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    5 days ago
  • Questions from God
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    5 days ago
  • Auckland & Transport Minister Simeon Brown's insanity
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    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
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  • Learning From Brexit
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    PunditBy Brian Easton
    7 days ago
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • Hot Damn! It's The Soggy Bottom Boys!
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  • When an independent expert / advisory group is anything but ..
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  • Peer Support Specialists rolled out in hospitals
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  • Consultation opens for the Emissions Reduction Plan
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    1 day ago
  • Benefit stats highlight need for welfare reset
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    1 day ago
  • School attendance continues to increase
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    1 day ago
  • $22.7m of West Coast resilience projects underway
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    1 day ago
  • Migrant school leavers to get part-time work rights
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    2 days ago
  • Inflation data shows progress in economic recovery
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    2 days ago
  • Experts to advise Minister on Oranga Tamariki
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    3 days ago
  • Expectations set for improved medicines access
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    3 days ago
  • Regional Development Minister to host summits
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    3 days ago
  • Government delivers new school for Rolleston
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    3 days ago
  • New speed camera signs to improve safety
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    3 days ago
  • NZ, Korea strengthen relationship
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    4 days ago
  • Investing for future growth in tourism and hospitality
    The Government is moving forward with recommendations from the Tourism Data Leadership Group, beginning with establishing a Tourism Data Partnership Fund says Tourism and Hospitality Minister Matt Doocey. “The Tourism Data Partnership Fund is funded through the International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL) and will provide up to $400,000 ...
    4 days ago
  • 4000 more job seekers to get case managers
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    4 days ago
  • Trade Minister to attend G7 meeting in Italy
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    5 days ago
  • Ministers reveal consequences for unruly Kāinga Ora tenants
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    5 days ago
  • Prime Minister wraps up US visit in California
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has finished a successful four-day visit to the United States with meetings in California on his final day focusing on innovation and investment.  “It has been fantastic to be in San Francisco today seeing first-hand the deepening links between New Zealand and California. “New Zealand company, EV Maritime, ...
    6 days ago
  • Prime Minister leads Indo-Pacific Four at NATO
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon today chaired a meeting of the Indo-Pacific Four (IP4) countries – Australia, Japan, the Republic of Korea and New Zealand. The IP4 met in the context of NATO’s Summit in Washington DC hosted by President Biden. “Prosperity is only possible with security,” Mr Luxon says. “We need ...
    7 days ago
  • District Court judges appointed
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    7 days ago
  • Urgent review into Wairoa flood response begins
    Environment Minister, Penny Simmonds today announced the terms of reference for a rapid review into the Wairoa flood response. “The Wairoa community has raised significant concerns about the management of the Wairoa River bar and the impact this had on flooding of properties in the district,” says Ms Simmonds. “The Government ...
    7 days ago
  • NZDF’s Red Sea deployment extended
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    1 week ago
  • Government provides support to tackle tax debt and compliance
    New compliance funding in Budget 2024 will ensure Inland Revenue is better equipped to catch individuals who are evading their tax obligations, Revenue Minister Simon Watts says. “New Zealand’s tax debt had risen to almost $7.4 billion by the end of May, an increase of more than 50 per cent since 2022. ...
    1 week ago
  • Taking action to reduce road cones
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    1 week ago
  • Celebrating 100 years of progress
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    1 week ago
  • Foreign Minister to travel to Korea and Japan
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    1 week ago
  • Government creates MAG for retail crime victims
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    1 week ago
  • Huge opportunity for educators and students as charter school applications open
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    1 week ago
  • Decreasing gas reserves data highlights need to reverse oil and gas exploration ban
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    1 week ago
  • Providers of military assistance to Russia targeted in new sanctions
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    1 week ago
  • OECD report shows New Zealand is a red tape state
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    1 week ago
  • Government unveils five-point climate strategy
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