web analytics

Key caught out again on 90 day law

Written By: - Date published: 7:12 am, July 21st, 2010 - 28 comments
Categories: john key, national, workers' rights - Tags:

Good to see John Key’s lies over the 90 day fire at will law are starting to catch up with him.

Following yesterday’s exchange in the House, the Herald has picked up on Key’s smug assurances that even though his law will explicitly remove our right to even be given a reason why we’re getting the sack, somehow the good faith provisions in the ERA would still require the employer the give one.

The 90-day trial is covered by good faith provisions,” Mr Key told the House.

“It is reasonable to accept that that includes giving a basic reason. However, there is no reason for a formal written reason.”

Unfortunately for Key, while he might be able to spin that bullshit to his starstruck pizza delivery guy, the employment experts aren’t fooled.

Employment law specialist Jane Latimer said the Prime Minister’s claim was arguable. “The question is: is not telling someone why they’ve been dismissed at the time of their dismissal being uncommunicative or unresponsive?

“And it could go both ways, depending if you have a narrow view of being ‘communicative and responsive’, or having a broader view.”

She noted if a worker was dismissed and did not ask for a reason why, an employer would have no legal obligation to tell them.

John Key has lied to us about the contents of his politically compromised Department of Labour report.

He has lied to us about the reason he’s making changes to sick leave provisions.

He’s even resorted to smearing workers in the meat industry to undermine their already miserable sick leave entitlements.

And now he’s lying to cover the fact he wants to make it so that even more people can be fired for no reason and never even be told the reason why.

Rather than banging on about Sanjay the pizza guy*, perhaps Key should have a chat with Alison the art valuer and the many other Kiwis who are already being sacked for no reason under his unfair, anti-worker employment laws.

[*who he doesn’t seem to realise is an independent contractor, not an employee.]

28 comments on “Key caught out again on 90 day law”

  1. Geo 1

    maybe Key is talking of the meat industry because one of his backers is buying into this market.
    Quote from the Stuff web site: http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/3937395/Talleys-bids-for-Affco
    “South Island-based food producer Talley’s Group is making a full takeover offer of NZX-listed meat processor Affco at 37c a share.”
    Its called “lets help our mates out”

    • A Post with Me in it. 1.1

      I believe the word you are looking for is ‘corruption’.

    • Tiger Mountain 1.2

      I wondered why the PM was atypically delving into detail, and the lifestyles of meatworkers at that. Talleys is a pre-emenint anti union company and is involved in Wyatt Creech’s Open Country Cheese, as is to a lesser extent Johnnie.

      Lewis & Edwards v Talleys Fisheries Ltd—High Court, Wellington, June 2007
      Gender discrimination claim—upheld: “Gender discrimination in the allotment of jobs was practised at South Island fish processing plant Talleys Fisheries Ltd,’ according to a High Court decision.The company’s CEO told the Herald on Sunday the decision was “pathetic’ and “a joke’, and radio, “women are fine for pole dancing but not suitable for fish filleting’.

      These industrial neanderthals are where the dodgier SMEs get their world view and rhetoric from.
      All the “but what about the good bosses’ whingers here the last few days should realise you are going to come across some very unpleasant company in your search for the elusive ‘good boss’.

  2. BRain 2

    I was thinking how I would respond if faced by an offer of a trial period. I think I’d tell the employer that I need someone more communicative and capable of commitment. Personally, I need my employer to be equal or better than me. Quite happy to support and engage with people through the hard times, if they are actually pushing forward and growing. But carrying the responsiblity for sullen negative employers isn’t constructive for anyone. This 90 day law gives employers an incentive to run away from responsibility – it legislates cowardice. Running away is human enough, but not something you threaten at the beginning of every single relationship. This law is a tax rebate for negative behaviour: instead of giving the companies a tax rate reduction, they’ve said you can now get rid of people without following good, costly, procedure – it’s free! It reveals how little politicians know about the dynamics of real life relationships. I’ll be damned if I let politicians, who when faced with the truth, lie, blame and sack their collegues, then run how my relationships will go. Supporters of what is incorrectly termed “The Right” in NZ were all over Helen’s crowd for meddling in the private social affairs of people. This 90 day bill is a massive leap into that territory – but now it’s suddenly ok, because National are doing it. Employers and work enviroments will suffer from over-application of this law and it will not encourage growth. It encourages fear: reinforcing it on the employers side, increasing it on the employees side. Fear and distrust wasn’t a part of Key’s vision for NZ.

  3. loota 3

    Fear and distrust wasn’t a part of Key’s vision for NZ.

    Agreed with everything you said except this.

  4. Much has been made of the person who takes every Monday or Friday off. Before giving them the sack wouldn’t the law of natural justice and common decency suggest that their employer have a discussion with them about it? Maybe for example they are getting beaten up by their partner every weekend, or be in some other situation that is affecting their ability to get to work. Before anyone says that that is not the employees problem – this sort of stuff is everyones problem.

    Seems to me, like so many of the things that this government is doing they are focusing on pathetic, punative, do little things rather than working towards a society that makes it more possible for people to live well and contribute.

    • jenn 4.1

      I so totally agree, particularly with that last paragraph.

      There are bound to be staff who are ripping off the system, taking too many days off, etc. But the majority of people taking sick leave are people who are genuinely ill, and/or have other major issues going on. For an employer to be respected (which leads to employees being committed/engaged, which leads to greater productivity), they should recognise this, and talk to their employees before taking petty action and demanding medical certificates for one-day absences.

    • Carol 4.2

      Yes, it reminds me of a time when I was supervising a student who was on a work experience placement. The workplace kept complaining to me that he was taking too much time off, with excuses like he had to take his dog to the vet. He also didn’t give me much of an adequate explanation, but his record at work was very good.

      Eventually he told me he was going to withdraw from the course. He said his partner had had AIDs and had just died. He was beyond being able to cope with work or a course. The excuses about taking the dog to the vet related to needing to care for his partner, take him to the doctor etc. He felt saying that may have counted against him in the workplace.

  5. tsmithfield 5

    “And it could go both ways, depending if you have a narrow view of being ‘communicative and responsive’, or having a broader view.’

    She noted if a worker was dismissed and did not ask for a reason why, an employer would have no legal obligation to tell them.”

    So, the law depends on interpretation and circumstances. Whats new? If someone doesn’t bother to ask for a reason then they probably won’t get one. If they do ask they are entitled to one. If they didn’t ask they probably didn’t care anyway.

    Anyway, it won’t be difficult for the legislation to be written so it makes it clear that the good faith provisions require that an employer must give a reason for a dismissal regardless.

    So, I don’t see any great conflict, especially since the law hasn’t even been passed yet.

    • Pascal's bookie 5.1

      Yeah, Key was describing the future version of the law in the present tense.

      This is because he is aspirational and time doesn’t apply to him.

      Stupid lefties

      • tsmithfield 5.1.1

        “Stupid lefties”

        You said it. Not me. 🙂

        We have one opinion from a single lawyer. That opinion is in most respects consistent with what the PM said. In fact the lawyer said:

        “Employment law specialist Jane Latimer said the Prime Minister’s claim was arguable.”

        As I understand it “arguable” means that if the matter was argued in court, depending on the circumstances, there is a reasonable prospect of success.

        Key may have obtained legal opinions that support his position even more strongly on this.

        The opinion of one lawyer a contradiction does not make, especially when that opinion is quite supportive of the PM’s position anyway.

        • The Voice of Reason 5.1.1.1

          “Employment law specialist Jane Latimer said the Prime Minister’s claim was arguable.

          As I understand it “arguable’ means that if the matter was argued in court, depending on the circumstances, there is a reasonable prospect of success.”

          It’s arguable in the sense that Key’s position could lose, TS. Latimer is saying that the alternative position to Key’s is ‘arguable’ and therefore has the prospect of success. Not Keys. Geddit?

          Sheesh, why am I even bothering to explain this?

        • Pascal's bookie 5.1.1.2

          As I understand it “arguable’ means that if the matter was argued in court, depending on the circumstances, there is a reasonable prospect of success.

          I don’t know about lawyers, but when philosophising types say that “arguably x” or “one could argue y” they are distancing themselves from that position. They are saying that it certainly looks that the case is such and such, but that if you squint and wheedle and bang on the table and get the lighting just right, you might convince an idiot that the opposite is the case.

  6. Bill 6

    Ever worked in a place where one of your co-workers was a complete arse-hole?
    Ever worked in a place where just about everyone was aghast at how it was that the boss didn’t fire said arsehole?
    Ever worked in a workplace where the arsehole hanging on to their job made your job and everyone else’s much more onerous?
    Ever worked in a workplace where the arsehole hanging on to their job wreaked havoc on good workplace dynamics?

    I’m guessing most of us have.

    Now, here’s the thing. Would it not make far more sense for workers to have the right to fire rather than bosses?

    For a start, we understand exactly what is going on the workplace and bosses don’t. We understand how devastating the loss of employment would be and bosses don’t always get that one. And an arsehole worker causing the scenarios listed at the top of the comment can pull the wool over a bosses eyes, but can’t with regard co-workers.

    I’d suggest that the whole environment surrounding firings would be much more reasonable and therefore much less liable to give rise to personal grievances, thereby saving employers the pain of having to pay out money for their own short comings.

    I’m not talking the union having the power fire btw. I’m talking about co-workers who may or may not be in a union. Even in conjunction with the boss if that is appropriate in a given workplace.

    Oh, I know. Power in the hands of workers not being mediated by some external authority. Shit. First we’d be ensuring the smooth running of the factory floor with no need for bosses on that front and then we’d start getting all sorts of ideas…

    • mcflock 6.1

      nah – the arsehole would preemptively fire those seen as a threat to arsehole’s job.

  7. artist not on the dole 7

    hey here’s a thought

    we employ the government right?
    so next election we have a 90 day oppotunity to sack them all ! ! !

    weehaaaa

    yes i was just stirring, and i am aware they are legally more protected than they should be, and it is basically an unwinnable option, but if some legal eagle can figure it out, it could be fun to try

  8. bbfloyd 8

    good faith? is key(Ronald Mcjonno)really Neville chaimberlain in disguise?

  9. AH 9

    “Now, here’s the thing. Would it not make far more sense for workers to have the right to fire rather than bosses? ”

    Excellent idea. We could call it The Firing Squad and sell it to TVNZ as a serialised reality show.

    “You’re fired!”

    BANG!

  10. What is more interesting for me, is the fact that Key stated that “employees will have a choice about whether the 90 day trial is included in their contract”.

    So Mr. Key, does that mean that if an employee insists that no 90 day trial period be included in the contract, that the original employment offer not be destroyed, because the employee is only “querying”, rather than “altering” the original offer? – The courts are bound to follow the then Parliament’s intentions – and since Key’s comments will have been recorded in Hansard, is it not Parliament’s intention therefore that: “employees will have a choice about whether the 90 day trial is included in their contract”.

    And because the substance of the offer remains the same, the employer can only not agree to continue the amended offer if there is some other technicality – under common contractual law?

    • Carol 10.1

      Mallard and Labour is asking Kate Wilkinson very carefully worded questions about her intentions with the 90 Day Trial law. So they are going for this and trying to get it clearly on record. ie can employee get an explanation of why they’ve been dismissed.

      She said a fair employer would tell the employee why, but there is no requirement to put it in writing.

      A series of questions being asked on the technicalities of the law.

    • The Voice of Reason 10.2

      I’m not quite sure what you’re asking here, PP, but if you are assuming that the offer of a job is the same thing as an employment agreement, you’d be wrong.

      Prior to the signing, by both parties, the agreement has no force and there is no employment relationship. It is at that stage, prior to signing, that the decision about whether the 90 day clause goes in and Key is right, the worker does have a choice, but not the one he is lying about. It’s the choice between 90 days or no job.

      Merely offering the job does not establish the relationship and the ERA holds a signed agreement as primary proof of the relationship and requires there to be one for all employees. This difference is also the reason employers can insist on drug testing, police checks etc. as well, because, prior to signing, no employment relationship exists.

      I can see some intersting issues for WINZ in this. If a beneficiary is offered a job, but can’t come to agreement on terms, does that mean their benefit should be stopped for refusing to take the job?

  11. roger nome 11

    “She noted if a worker was dismissed and did not ask for a reason why, an employer would have no legal obligation to tell them.”

    They’ve got no answer for this over at kiwiblog, because they know that it’s impossible to defend short of “trust all employers to be fair” – which of course is never going to be swallowed by anyone who has a decent bredth of life experience.

    This is the point that the left should be focusing on.

  12. roger nome 12

    Policy Parrot: You’d need the boss to go back on a signed employment agreement, with no 90-day fire at will clause in it. Of course they’d have to pretty stupid to try that on in mediation.

  13. f_t 13

    “She noted if a worker was dismissed and did not ask for a reason why, an employer would have no legal obligation to tell them.’

    And if the employee did ask for a reason why, an employer would have no legal obligation (accountability) to give them an honest answer. How is a non accountable reason different to no reason?

    • Carol 13.1

      As I understood it, the employee can ask the employer to give them a reason why their employment was terminated before the end of the 90 day trial, and the employer should give it. However, the employers are not required to put it in writing. Thus, unless the employee audio-records the employers reason, they will have no evidence on which to base any complaint of discrimination, harassment etc.

      • felix 13.1.1

        Indeed, recording workplace conversations will of necessity become commonplace. The seeds of mistrust, suspicion, paranoia and fear will surely be spread through every aspect of working life.

        Ambitious for NZ. Time for a change. Thanks National Ltd™, I’m lovin it.

  14. Maggie 14

    I am so sick of the smug, self satisfied smirk he wears on his silly face. It never seems to stop.

  15. Maggie 15

    The government’s position is totally insulting to all employers, suggesting they don’t have the brains to understand procedure. It is not difficult if you take it step by step and there are plenty of places you can go to for advice.

Links to post

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Government to fund lion’s share of Ohakea water scheme
    The Government will fund the bulk of the cost of a rural water supply for the Ohakea community affected by PFAS contamination, Environment Minister David Parker announced today at a meeting of local residents. This new water scheme will provide a reliable and clean source of drinking water to the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • Prime Minister statement on White Island eruption
    I have had the opportunity to be briefed on the details of the volcanic eruption of Whakaari/White Island, off the coast of Whakatane in the Bay of Plenty.  The eruption happened at 2.11pm today.  It continues to be an evolving situation.  We know that there were a number of tourists ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • Govt funds $100k for weather-hit communities
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Minister of Civil Defence Peeni Henare have today confirmed initial Government support of $100,000 for communities affected by the severe weather that swept across the South Island and lower North Island over the weekend. The contribution will be made to Mayoral relief funds across the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 hours ago
  • Death of NZ High Commissioner to Cook Islands
    New Zealand's High Commissioner to the Cook Islands, Tessa Temata, died in Palmerston North over the weekend, Foreign Minister Winston Peters said today. Ms Temata, 52, had recently returned to New Zealand for medical treatment. "On behalf of the Government and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, we extend ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    12 hours ago
  • Wellington rail upgrade full steam ahead
    Transport Minister Phil Twyford today announced construction is underway on Wellington commuter rail upgrades which will mean more frequent services and fewer breakdowns. The upgrades include converting the Trentham to Upper Hutt single track section to a double track, with a new signalling system, upgraded stations and level crossings, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    14 hours ago
  • Defence Climate Change Implementation Plan released
    Minister of Defence Ron Mark and Minister for Climate Change James Shaw have announced the release of a Defence Climate Change Implementation Work Plan, titled Responding to the Climate Crisis: An Implementation Plan.  The plan sets out a series of recommendations based on the 2018 New Zealand Defence Assessment, The ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    14 hours ago
  • Govt releases funding to support South Canterbury
    A medium-scale adverse event has been declared for the South Canterbury district, which will see up to $50,000 in funding made available to support farming communities which have been significantly affected by recent heavy rain and flooding in the area, says Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. “Two weeks of solid rain ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Speech at launch of Rethinking Plastics Report
    Thank you Professor Juliet Gerrard and your team for the comprehensive and extremely helpful report and recommendations. Thank you too to all the stakeholders and interested parties who have contributed ideas and thinking to it. “Making best practice, standard practice” is a great framework for change and the action plan ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Govt pledges next steps on plastic waste
    The Government will phase out more single-use plastics following the success of its single-use plastic bag ban earlier this year and the release today of a pivotal report for dealing with waste. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has welcomed the Rethinking Plastics in Aotearoa New Zealandreport, released by her Chief Science Advisor ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • International student enrolments grow in universities and the regions
    International education continues to thrive as the Government focuses on quality over quantity, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said. The tuition revenue from international education increased to $1.16 billion last year with the average tuition fee per student increasing by $960. The total number of international students enrolled in New Zealand ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • DHB leadership renewed and strengthened
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says new appointments to DHBs represent a significant changing of the guard, with 13 new chairs including four Māori chairs. Today 76 appointments have been announced to complement elected board members, as well as eight elected members appointed as either chair or deputy chair.  Four ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Tabuteau to advance New Zealand’s trade and political interests with European partners
    Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Fletcher Tabuteau, is travelling to Germany, Poland, Austria, and Spain next week to bolster New Zealand’s political and trade relationships in Europe. While in Spain, Mr Tabuteau will represent New Zealand at the 14th Asia-Europe (ASEM) Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Madrid. “New Zealand strongly supports ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Statement from the Prime Minister on Kris Faafoi
    “I’ve spoken to Minister Faafoi, who has apologised for his poor handling of this issue,” Jacinda Ardern said. “I have confidence in Kris as a hardworking and effective Minister, but this should have been dealt with in a much clearer manner, and I’ve made my views on that very clear ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Tonga-New Zealand Joint Ministerial Forum
    Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters met with Tongan Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pohiva Tu'i'onetoa in Wellington today. The pair signed a Statement of Partnership setting out joint priorities for cooperation out to 2023.  “We welcomed Prime Minister Tu'i'onetoa on his first visit to New Zealand as Prime Minister. Tonga ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Shooting in Kurow
    The Minister of Police Stuart Nash says his sympathies are with the family of a man who died after being shot by Police in Kurow. “Initial reports are that Police were called by a family member to help the man who was threatening to harm himself,” Mr Nash says. “However ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government delivers funding boost for ethnic communities
    Ethnic communities will be able to plan and deliver more community initiatives thanks to an increase in Government funding, Minister for Ethnic Communities Hon Jenny Salesa said today. “Ensuring Aotearoa New Zealand is a place we can all be proud to call home has been a key priority of our ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Govt supports Southland farmers in sustainability
    Healthier waterways, better productivity and farmer wellbeing are front and centre in a new project involving more than 1000 Southland farmers and growers. Minister of Agriculture Damien O’Connor today announced that the Thriving Southland Change and Innovation Project is the first region-wide extension programme supported by the $229 million Sustainable ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Flood of support for Top of the South catchment
    Work to look after nature and restore freshwater quality in Te Hoiere/Pelorus River catchment is getting a significant boost, thanks to new Government funding support Minister for Conservation Eugenie Sage announced in Canvastown today. “Every New Zealander should be able to swim in their local river without getting sick, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Eight Queen’s Counsel appointed under new criterion
    Eight Queen’s Counsel have been appointed under a process that includes the new criterion of a commitment to improving access to justice, Attorney-General David Parker announced today. “The new criterion was included this year. It emphasises that excellence and leadership in the profession can be seen through a wider, community ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Major expansion for Wellington’s Onslow College
    Onslow College in Wellington will get 20 new classrooms for more than 400 students, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. The much-needed investment will relieve growth pressure the school has been experiencing for some time. Seven existing classrooms which have deteriorated over time will also be replaced, bringing the total ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Talented young Kiwis awarded PM’s Scholarships to Asia and Latin America
    More than 250 young New Zealanders will add international experience to their education, thanks to the latest Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Asia (PMSA) and Latin America (PMSLA), Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. This round of scholarships supports 252 recent graduates or current students to undertake study, research or internships ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government to improve competitiveness and transparency in the retail fuel market
    Consumers will benefit from a more competitive, transparent retail fuel market as a result of changes the Government will be making in response to the findings of the Commerce Commission’s study of the fuel sector. “We accept the Commission’s findings and, as the Prime Minister has said, we’re ready to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • More cancer medicines for more people
    Five new cancer medicines have now been funded this year, meaning thousands of people have more treatment options PHARMAC has today announced that it has approved two new medicines for funding – fulvestrant for breast cancer and olaparib for ovarian cancer. This follows earlier decisions on advanced lung cancer treatment alectinib, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government acts to sort out electoral ‘coin toss’ problem
    The Minister of Local Government, Hon Nanaia Mahuta says the Government will consider making changes to local electoral legislation before the 2022 elections to fix the problems that have arisen where elections are settled by a coin toss.  The Minister says the recount process in the Murupara- Galatea ward at ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • NZ to Join IMO Convention to Reduce Ship Emissions
    New Zealand will sign up to new international maritime regulations to reduce ship emissions and lift air quality around ports and harbours, Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter announced today. Subject to completion of the Parliamentary treaty examination process, New Zealand will sign up to Annex VI of MARPOL, an ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Bill to empower urban development projects
    New legislation to transform our urban areas and create sustainable, inclusive and thriving communities will tomorrow be introduced to Parliament, Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford said. “The Urban Development Bill gives Kāinga Ora-Homes and Communities the tools it needs to partner with councils, communities, mana whenua and private developers to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Early Learning Action Plan to kickstart long term change
    Today’s launch of He taonga te Tamaiti: Every child a taonga: The Early Learning Action Plan 2019-2029 provides the foundation for long-lasting changes to early learning, Education Minister Chris Hipkins says.   “Early learning will be one of the Government’s top education priorities going into 2020,” Chris Hipkins said.   ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Climate change lens on major Government decisions
    Major decisions made by the Government will now be considered under a climate change lens, Minister for Climate Change James Shaw announced today. “Cabinet routinely considers the effects of its decisions on human rights, the Treaty of Waitangi, rural communities, the disability community, and gender – now climate change will ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New Tertiary Education Commission Board announced
    Education Minister Chris Hipkins today announced the appointment of Māori education specialist Dr Wayne Ngata and Business NZ head Kirk Hope to the Board of the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC). Dr Alastair MacCormick has been reappointed for another term. “Wayne Ngata, Kirk Hope and Alastair MacCormick bring a great deal ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Next phase of Pike River recovery underway in time for Christmas
    The next phase of the Pike River Re-entry project is underway, Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry Andrew Little says. “Fresh air will be pumped into the Pike River Mine drift this week, following acceptance of the plan for re-entry beyond the 170m barrier by New Zealand’s independent health and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Insurance contracts to become easier to understand and fairer for consumers
    New Zealand consumers will have greater certainty about their insurance cover when they need to make claims as a result of proposed government changes. “Insurance is vitally important in supporting consumers and businesses to be financially resilient when unexpected events happen,” Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Kris Faafoi said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • A new opportunity for Ngāpuhi collective and regional negotiations
    The Crown is providing an opportunity for the hapu of Ngāpuhi to rebuild its framework from the ground up for collective negotiations to deal with its historical Treaty claims, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Andrew Little and Minister for Māori Development Nanaia Mahuta announced today. The Crown is also ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Referendums Framework Bill passes third reading
    A Bill enabling referendums to be held with the 2020 General Election has passed its third reading. Justice Minister Andrew Little says the Act is important for upholding the integrity of New Zealand’s electoral process. “The Government has committed to holding a referendum on legalising recreational cannabis at the next ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Referendums website and initial cannabis Bill launched
    The first release of public information on the two referendums to be held at next year’s General Election was made today with an informative new Government website going live. Additionally, the draft Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill has been released, showing the strict controls on cannabis that will apply if ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government to ban foreign donations
    The Government is taking action to protect New Zealand from foreign interference in our elections by banning foreign donations to political parties and candidates, Justice Minister Andrew Little announced today. Legislation will be introduced to Parliament this afternoon and passed under urgency. “There’s no need for anyone other than New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Governments and tech converge to strengthen joint response to online terror events
    Governments and tech companies are holding a two-day workshop, hosted by YouTube/Google in Wellington, to test the Christchurch Call Shared Crisis Response Protocol. The workshop aims to refine and strengthen the response in the event of a terrorist attack with online implications. Companies, governments, civil society experts and NGOs will ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Cancer Control Agency to drive improved care
    The new independent Cancer Control Agency has formally opened today, delivering on the Government’s plan to improve cancer care in New Zealand.         Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Minister of Health David Clark marked the occasion by announcing the membership of the Advisory Council that will be supporting ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Supporting small business to prosper
    Small businesses who deal with government departments are set to be paid faster and have improved cash flow as a result, under a new strategy released today. The Government is backing recommendations from the Small Business Council (SBC) and has agreed to implement three initiatives immediately to support business and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Bill has biggest education changes in decades
    The Education and Training Bill 2019, introduced in Parliament today, proposes the biggest education changes in decades and is an important step towards improving success for all our learners, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said. “The Bill’s rewrite of education legislation is long overdue. Indeed one Education Act, parts of which ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Bali Democracy Forum to focus on democracy and inclusivity
    Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio will travel to Bali to represent New Zealand at the 12th Bali Democracy Forum that will be held on the 5-6 December. “The Forum is a valuable opportunity for Asia-Pacific countries to share experiences and best practice in building home-grown democracy and fostering ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago