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Key disappoints

Written By: - Date published: 4:42 pm, February 12th, 2008 - 42 comments
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I’ve just listened to Key’s reply to the PM’s speech. I’m underwhelmed.

Instead of using it to promote any sort of policy platform it was a rehash of tired old phrases from the National Party linebook.

You’d think that having had the PM’s copy for over four hours that they’d be able to produce something a little more polished. Yet what we were treated to reminded me of the kind of thing you get when you put a bunch of people in a room and ask them to write something. Everyone puts in their little bit and you end up with crap.

It was a whole series of disjointed, unfunny jokes and metaphors with some management speak thrown in for good measure – something like: “We’ll be flexible in the implementation of our integrated health clinics” and something about a gramophone. Key was big on promises and (as usual) short on detail.

In terms of replies, Peters stole the show. He laid into Key, taunted the media, took a swipe at immigrants and mocked Burka Bob.

Key sat there chewing on his pen looking decidedly uncomfortable with only Bill English and Nathan Guy for company.

Perhaps it’s time for a new speechalist John?

42 comments on “Key disappoints”

  1. Simeon 1

    Wasn’t Peter’s supposed to respond to the PM’s speech?? Not get “laid into Key, taunted the media, took a swipe at immigrants and mocked Burka Bob.”

  2. East Wellington Superhero 2

    “Key was big on promises and (as usual) short on detail.”

    Since the P.M. is obviously so transparent in her dealings I presume then she’ll be revealing Labour’s tax cut policy details any day now.

  3. Simeon 3

    “Labour will be campaigning as it always has, on substance”

    Yeah, so where is their detail on tax cuts??

    the link is [lprent: don’t web-whore unless it is in context]

  4. lprent 4


    It is called a budget – thats where tax cuts are usually laid out by a government.

    Governments deal in reality. Oppositions deal in wishful thinking.

    I’m not impressed by such blatant trolling either

  5. Colin Espiner made some good points though about Key’s reply to Clark. He points out that Clark’s speech was pretty hard to rebut – ‘because while there was no “big idea’ or startlingly new programmes, it was an extremely difficult speech to rip to shreds’.

    Espiner also correctly identifies that Labour and National are so extremely similar these days (ie so extremely centrist and bland) that these hardly much for the two leaders to disagree about! For example:

    ‘In fact much of what Clark said could have come from Key’s mouth. He would hardly disagree with moves to make housing more affordable. Using more state funding for the private sector NGOs was actually National’s idea in the first place. Tax cuts? National’s idea was well. Further education and training for youth? Key agrees. Crack down on youth crime? Ditto.’

    I guess Clark is trying to be the “me-too” leader like Rudd in Australia was.


    [lprent: excuse me intruding for a sec Bryce.
    Simeon – please note how that Bryce does it. This is acceptable – a contribution with a link.
    Your ones were just bloody ad’s. A canned tickler line + link. I kill commercials regularly.]

  6. AncientGeek 6

    BE: Looking at your blog, it is pretty clear you know this, but…

    It is the reality of politics in NZ, and probably stable democracy as well. The centre is where the bulk of the votes are, so a lot of the political battle between major parties happens there. All you can hope for under MMP from the major parties is a trend away from the centre. Thats why labour is generally described as centre-left, and the nats as centre-right.

    This was not the case with FPP, or even STV. Unlike MMP you did not have to carry the bulk of the country (ie the centre) with you. Depending on the degree of gerrymander in the electorate boundaries, the election could be carried by influencing tiny to small numbers of voters in swing electorates.

    On the whole I think it is a good trend, especially as we run with a number (unlike germany) of smaller parties who can come up with the ‘big’ ideas and float them. If they get a reasonable level of acceptance, the large parties will either pinch, adapt, or go into coalition with the ideas. The latter is so they can blame the policy on the smaller party (devil)

  7. Monty 7

    asking the authors to ever approve of anything our next Prime Minister does is like expecting Cullen to give tax cuts – in theory possible – but most unlikely.

    Clark’s speech was boring – only a rehash of old ideas and old policy announced before – she has demonstrated she is stuck in a time warp and has run out of ideas and she has no vision.

    John Key gave a good speech and showed Clark up for exactly what she is – no votes won for Labour.

  8. lprent, let’s just be thankful that Simeon’s blog isn’t being hosted at the expense of the taxpayer. (ahem)

    [lprent: What relevance does your statement have to do with telling an(other) young idiot not to drop advertisements here?
    Try reading the About page.]

  9. Hey Andy, I hear your new blog is being funded by the national front/ Is this true?

  10. Ha! just checked out your little blog, andy – I see you have to register to post comments. Y’know that sounds familiar… why was it you took your old one down, again?

  11. Simeon 11

    “I see you have to register to post comments.”

    Well at this blog, the contributors just go around crazily altering people’s comments.

    [lprent: read the Policy page]

  12. Hi Iprent – what’s up with you scrapping my last comment? – what was wrong with it?

    Robinsod, what do you mean you have to register. Mate, I’m new to WordPress…

    And, I agree Iprent, dropping links all over the place does get a bit annoying.

    I didn’t kill any comment. You may have found that annoying feature of captcha. Sometimes, if you don’t get the text correct (or something), the comment looks like it has been added via javascript, but doesn’t get saved. It is a pain having it there, but it is the only way to keep out the automatic commercial advertising trolls apart from having a registration policy.

    We don’t mind linking, but I’m afraid that the comments that drop in a single canned phrase + link, purely to kick up their ratings, are just ads as far as I’m concerned. Thats what I was warning Simeon on.

    The comments area in here is for making comments, preferably intelligent (the ‘sod checks the border regularly), but at least of some relevance. There is a awful lot of commentary (including between the editors) that disagrees with posts or other commentors. That is debate. Trolling is just graffiti. To ensure that the debate doesn’t get drowned out by people shouting, we do a bit of work reminding people that this is an area for debate, albeit sometimes pretty robust debate.


  13. Well Andy, when you post here you just fill in the fields and post. With you blog you have to register details to the blog to comment. It seems a bit ironic that a so called “free speech” crusader like yourself makes it harder to have one’s say than the good folk at the standard who you are criticising.

  14. Robinsod, have changed the settings – let me know if it’s ok now.

    Your comment (above) makes no sense however. I simply made reference to the Standard/Labour scandal – and this has nothing whatsoever to do with the Standard’s comments policy. Quite apart from the fact that I have already told you – I’m new to WordPress.

    [lprent: we regard that as “asked and answered”, both here and on KB. It now comes under personal attacks, specifically at me since I run the site operations.]

  15. Oh the “scandle”. Kinda like the scandal about you being backed by the national front?

    [lprent: boundary ‘sod. Unless you have something to back it up?]

  16. yeah, but the only difference is, that one is in your head my man.

  17. Um, that’s not what I heard. Is it also true you’re an ACT part activist? Is Act funding you at all?

  18. Simeon 18

    Iprent can you please make your comments like everyone else does. Not by altering everyone else’s comments.

    [lprent: No – sysop’s detirmine operations, not guests.]

  19. Simeon – your linkwhoring is pretty much spam. You’re lucky you don’t just get your comments deleted. I prefer Dad – at least he’s funny sometimes…

  20. the ‘sod checks the border regularly

    Um, do you mean I post dumb comments? ‘Cos if you do I kinda take offense bro, I like to think I’m more an a abuse problem than a dumb one…

    [lprent: you do go fishing with comments that you don’t substantiate on occassions.]

  21. gobsmacked 21

    Not many undecided voters read blogs, and fewer still read or hear the speeches in a Parliamentary debate.

    But a great many watch the 6 pm news bulletins on TV, and Winston Peters was the winner there. He got the infamous Key-Iti photo broadcast on both channels, along with cutaway shots of Key looking uncomfortable.

  22. AncientGeek 22

    I believe it is fairly easy to drag Chris Trotter out on stage anytime. He likes to sing. Provide a song and preferably a beer, then stand back unless you want to see a good view of some tonsils….

    Perhaps if the National or Act provided better music….

    Thought I’d get into the swing of things in this post.

  23. AncientGeek 23

    Wrong tab…

  24. djp 24

    anyone get the feeling that lprent moderations are kinda obnoxious?

    [lprent: I don’t moderate – not a sysop job. I do look at obnoxious behaviour. In this case someone who was dropping short comments in with a link to increase his blog rating – it was advertising which I do not tolerate on this site.
    Otherwise I will answer comments made to me or the site – which is what most of them have been.
    Now I look at it I did moderate one. Robinsod – must have caught my eye.
    If you don’t want added comments, don’t attract my attention in those ways.]

  25. Craig Ranapia 25

    In terms of replies, Peters stole the show. He laid into Key, taunted the media, took a swipe at immigrants and mocked Burka Bob.

    Gee, nice to know that alleged progressives are happy to squee their pants at immigrant-baiting bullshit, as long as it’s surrounded by enough abuse of your political enemies.

    I look forward to the day when Winston Raymond Peters is in the dustbin of history where he belongs, and the politicians and media folks who swallowed his bigotry are viewed with the contempt they deserve.

  26. The Prophet 26

    I went to a Gulag in Russia once.

    I sure they had sysop’s there.

    Ah no, my bad… psych-ops.


    How bout that John Key huh?

    Kicked arse and took names. I thought he did a great job. From the look on Helens face through most of his speech, she thought he did a good job too.

    Prime Minister in waiting, I say.

  27. AncientGeek 27

    Craig: I couldn’t give a rats arse about Winston, and fully endorse your last paragraph.

    However in the first paragraph, you are making a general comment on a 400 word post post based on a 20 line description on the behavior of an MP. The poster didn’t state an opinion on if he/she approved of his behavior, they merely described it (well apart from the common name for Bob around here).

    In the first paragraph you ranted. on slim or no evidence, in a way that would make Winston proud. Why should I listen to you any more than I do to Winston?

  28. AncientGeek 28

    TP: Infinite waiting perhaps?

    That was an interesting poll today. I don’t take much of an interest in them for reasons I’ve explained in comments elsewhere. But that was quite a shift in velocity.

    Seems like john has some quite soft support (as well as policies). No wonder he is scratching around trying to figure out who he can get into a coalition with. Probably explains the sudden reappearance of the more rabid element on this site today. Getting worried maybe?

  29. Thanks for explaining that Iprent (Feb 12th, 2008 at 8:49 pm) I will repost here…

    Helen’s speech really was pretty boring and non-motivating. Key did an excellent job of tearing her speech to pieces. I do agree with Peters though, when he said that John made a big number of promises – I reckon he would have been better off going with just a few key policies and promises. I waited and listened – when was Key going to make statements on the two biggest issues of 2007 – the Repeal of Section 59 and the Electoral Finance Bill? To my dissapointment, Key kept silent on these hugely important issues.

    However, despite that, John came out on top with the opening speeches today. Helen driveled about what a bad state NZ is in, and her dredged up policies that she is going to implement to fix them. John ripped into Helen. Peters ripped into National and spoke well on immigration. Fitzsimmons ripped into National. Sharples rambled on about Tangata Whenua, and why they are special. Dunne waved his arms around a lot and, as usual, had nothing of any value to say. Rodney got pretty fired up about the Electoral Finance bill, referencing my website http://www.dontvotelabour.org.nz – and then spoke on the Anti-Smacking law, and the upcoming referendum on that issue.

    I rate their speeches
    #1 John Key
    #2 Rodney Hide
    #3 Winston Peters
    #4 Helen Clark
    #5 Jeanette Fitzsimmons
    #6 Peter Dunne
    #7 Pita Sharples

  30. Robinsod, you are so wound up attacking the messenger.

    Which school do you go to?

  31. Kimble 31

    “I’ve just listened to Key’s reply to the PM’s speech. I’m underwhelmed.”

    Do you really think that ANYONE believes that your would be anything other than negative about Keys speech?

    Nobody who comes to the Standard expects fair and balanced political analysis. Everyone knows it is a National bash site and nothing more.

    You would think that Labour and the Greens etc, as the ruling coalition, would garner more interest from a balanced political site because they are, you know, the ruling coalition.

    But damn near every single post is about John Key or National or Kiwiblog or DPF himself. Your category system doesnt do this fact justice. I bet the beat up about NZ subsidising mine safety in China would be filed under ‘workers rights’ when all it was was another bash the nash story.

    I just checked. Yup it is under there.

    You are underwhelmed by a Key speech? File that one under Shit We Could Have Guessed For Ourselves.

  32. Oliver 32

    Apart from the concerning reference to PPPs I noted over at my blog ( http://nzquest.blogspot.com/2008/02/residents-action-movement-waterview.html ), Helen Clark kicked John Key’s arse.

    But of course, as usual, Winston Peters was the finest orator in Parliament!

  33. Hey Andy, I’m only repeating what I heard – kinda the same threshold of proof you seem to use…

  34. This could have been written a decade ago:

    I’ve just listened to Helen Clark’s reply to the PM’s speech. I’m underwhelmed.

    It took Helen at least one term as PM to gain anything like the formidible profile she now has. It is possible to be a good leader without having to be full of lick and spittle from day one. Key will get the underdog sympathy in situations like this and be in laughing.

  35. Tane 35

    Craig brother, I don’t think you’ll find much support for Winston’s racism around these parts. Try this post from just two days ago:

    Peters ought to stop playing the race card

  36. Ex Labour Voter 36

    I was expecting the Standard to positively embrace Key’s speech. I was expecting you all to be absolutely wowed by it.

    I am underwhelmed by the Standard’s response to it.

  37. Craig Ranapia 37

    However in the first paragraph, you are making a general comment on a 400 word post post based on a 20 line description on the behavior of an MP. The poster didn’t state an opinion on if he/she approved of his behavior, they merely described it (well apart from the common name for Bob around here).

    Oh, so I’m being utterly unreasonable in assuming the word after “Winston stole the show” indicated some approval? If that wasn’t all your base’s intention, then perhaps he should have left Winnie’s immigrant bashing out of the roll call?

    Or perhaps I can just dismiss your rather disingenuous spin — something Winnie’s rather good at too — and take the Freudian slip at face value. Wouldn’t be the first time people who should know better have squinted past the more rabid side of Winston’s rhetoric when he’s an otherwise useful attack dog.

  38. insider 38

    The funniest bit yesterday was when Cunliffe accused the opposition of being “preppy” and I think the other phrase was pompous or arrogant or similar.

    I’m sure it was completely unintentional and lacking in irony

  39. Tane 39

    Craig, stop being precious. You’re grasping at straws.
    We’ve made our thoughts on Winston’s racism clear: http://www.thestandard.org.nz/?p=1067

  40. Craig Ranapia – dude, you really are becoming more like the rest of the kiwiblog right every day. Are you still claiming MP’s deserve to get sprayed with piss?


    Christ, you’ll be calling people “Liarbour lickspittles” next…

  41. The Double Standard 41

    Anyone know what the ratings are for parliament TV on Sky. Must be pretty low. The apparent fact is that it is not actually performance in parliament that matters, but the reporting of performance in parliament.

    From todays Herald

    In his reply to the Prime Minister’s statement to Parliament, Mr Key compared Labour to a gramophone – “confined to history, a relic left gathering dust at the back of the cupboard wondering why the music has stopped”.

    He described Helen Clark’s speech as “vacuous” and “boring” and joked about Shane Jones mounting a leadership bid in a third of the time it has taken for Labour to offer tax cuts.

    He claimed the Resource Management Act would mean: “I have more chance of being Britney Spears’ therapist in 2015 than of driving through the Waterview tunnel … “

    Then they go on to Winston laying into National, just like a good poodle.

    How many people voted for NZ first at the last election? Reading this story, how many really care what Winnie says in the house?

  42. Tane 42

    I take it you missed the TV news last night TDS.


    See the ‘related video’ on the side bar – the second one is gold.

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  • New investment creates over 2000 jobs to clean up waterways
    A package of 23 projects across the country will clean up waterways and deliver over 2000 jobs Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Environment Minister David Parker announced today. The $162 million dollar package will see 22 water clean-up projects put forward by local councils receiving $62 million and the Kaipara ...
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  • Speech to Labour Party Congress 2020
    Tena koutou katoa  Nga tangata whenua o tenei rohe o Pōneke, tena koutou Nau mai, haere mai ki te hui a tau mo te roopu reipa Ko tatou!  Ko to tatou mana!  Ko to tatou kaupapa kei te kokiri whakamua  Tena koutou, tena koutou, tena tatou katoa   Welcome. I ...
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  • PGF top-up for QE Health in Rotorua
    The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $1.5 million to ensure QE Health in Rotorua can proceed with its world class health service and save 75 existing jobs, Under Secretary for Regional Economic Development, Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. The PGF funding announced today is in addition to the $8 million ...
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  • Building a more sustainable construction sector
    A new programme, which sets a firm course for the Building and Construction sector to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, has been announced by the Minister for Building and Construction Jenny Salesa. “A significant amount of New Zealand’s carbon emissions come from the building and construction sector.  If we’re serious ...
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  • PGF funds tourism boost in Northland
    The Provincial Growth Fund is investing more than $7.5 million in Northland ventures to combat the economic impact of the COVID-19 virus, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones have announced. The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) investment is going to the Northern Adventure Experience and ...
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  • Four new projects announced as part of the biggest ever national school rebuild programme
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Education Minister Chris Hipkins today announced significant funding for Auckland’s Northcote College as part of the first wave of a new nationwide school redevelopment programme to upgrade schools over the next 10 years. The $48.5 million project brings the total investment in Northcote College to ...
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    4 days ago
  • COVID-19: Support to improve student attendance and wellbeing
    The Government has opened an urgent response fund to support schools and early learning services to get children and young people back on track after the Covid-19 lockdown. “While we are seeing improvements in attendance under Alert Level 1 Ministry of Education data shows that attendance rates in our schools ...
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    4 days ago
  • Fast-track consenting law boosts jobs and economic recovery
    The law to boost the economic recovery from the impact of COVID-19 by speeding up resource consenting on selected projects has passed its second and third readings in the House today. “Accelerating nationwide projects and activities by government, iwi and the private sector will help deliver faster economic recovery and ...
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  • Whanganui Port gets PGF boost
    Five port-related projects in Whanganui will receive a $26.75 million Provincial Growth Fund investment to support local economic recovery and create new opportunities for growth, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “This is a significant investment that will support the redevelopment of the Whanganui Port, a project governed ...
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    5 days ago
  • More support for Sarjeant Gallery
    Whanganui’s Sarjeant Gallery will receive an investment of up to $12 million administered by the Provincial Growth Fund to support its redevelopment, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. The project is included in a $3 billion infrastructure pipeline announced by Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Shane Jones yesterday. ...
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  • Funding for training and upskilling
    The Provincial Growth Fund is investing nearly $2.5 million into three Te Ara Mahi programmes to support Manawatū-Whanganui jobseekers and employees to quickly train and upskill, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “Up to 154 local people will be supported into employment within the first year by these ...
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    5 days ago
  • Statement from the Minister of Health Dr David Clark
      This morning I have formally tendered my resignation as Minister of Health, which was accepted by the Prime Minister. Serving as Minister of Health has been an absolute privilege – particularly through these extraordinary last few months. It’s no secret that Health is a challenging portfolio. I have given ...
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    5 days ago
  • Scholarship placements for agricultural emissions scientists doubles
    Scholarships for 57 early-career agricultural emissions scientists from 20 developing countries is another example of New Zealand’s international leadership in primary sector sustainability, says Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. Mr O’Connor, announcing the scholarships today, says hundreds of applications were received for this fourth round of the CLIFF-GRADS programme (Climate, Food ...
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    5 days ago
  • Funding for Foxton regeneration
    A project to help rejuvenate the Horowhenua town of Foxton will receive a Provincial Growth Fund investment of $3.86 million, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “This funding for the Foxton Regeneration project will be used to make the well-known holiday town even more attractive for visitors and ...
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    5 days ago
  • Plan to improve protection of moa bones
    Moa bones and other sub-fossil remains of extinct species are set to have improved protection with proposals to prevent the trade in extinct species announced the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage today. “We have lost too many of our native species, but these lost species, such as moa, remain an ...
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    5 days ago
  • Free lunches served up to thousands of school children in the South Island
    The Government’s free and healthy school lunches programme moves south for the first time creating jobs for around 30 people in Otago and Southland. “Eighteen schools with 3000 students are joining the programme – 11 have already begun serving lunches, and seven are preparing to start during Term 3. This is ...
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    5 days ago
  • Screen Sector recovery package protects jobs, boosts investment
    Thousands of Kiwi jobs and investment in New Zealand productions will be protected through a screen sector support package announced today by Associate Minister for Arts Culture and Heritage Carmel Sepuloni, Minister for Economic Development Phil Twyford and Minister for Broadcasting Kris Faafoi. The package also includes investment in broadcasting ...
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    5 days ago
  • New fund to help save local events and jobs
    The Government has established a new $10 million fund for the domestic events sector to help save jobs and protect incomes as it recovers from the impacts of COVID-19, Minister of Economic Development Phil Twyford announced today. This funding from Budget 2020 follows talks with the event sector designed to ...
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    6 days ago
  • Bill to improve fuel market competition
    The Government has taken another step in its commitment to making sure New Zealanders get a fairer deal at the petrol pump with the introduction of legislation to improve competition in the retail fuel market, says Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods. “The fuel market study that this Government ordered ...
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    6 days ago
  • New Zealand joins global facility for pre-purchase of COVID-19 Vaccine
    New Zealand has joined a global initiative that aims to enable all countries to access a safe and effective Covid-19 vaccine, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters announced today. The COVAX Facility was recently launched by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. The Alliance includes the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the World Bank ...
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    6 days ago
  • Right to legal representation in Family Court restored today
    From today new legislation takes effect to both restore the right to legal representation at the start of a Care of Children (CoCA) dispute in the Family Court, and allow parties to those proceedings to access legal aid where eligible. During a visit to the Family Court in Auckland today, ...
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    6 days ago
  • Transitioning to a fully-qualified home-based ECE workforce
    Home-based early childhood education (ECE) subsidised by the government will transition to a fully qualified workforce by 2025 to ensure better and more consistent quality, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. “Quality early learning helps provide children with a strong foundation for their future,” Chris Hipkins said. From 1 January ...
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    6 days ago
  • Criminal Cases Review Commission gets to work
    The new Criminal Cases Review Commission | Te Kāhui Tātari Ture (CCRC) has started work and can now independently investigate claimed miscarriages of justice. “Even though we have appeal rights and safeguards against unsafe convictions, from time to time our justice system does get things wrong. The design of the ...
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  • Speech by the Minister of Defence to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs
    E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā karangatanga maha, tēnā koutou Ki a koutou Te Āti Awa, Taranaki Whānui, Ngāti Toa Rangatira, ngā mana whenua o te rohe nei, tēnā koutou Ko Te Whare Wānanga o Aotearoa ki ngā take o te Ao (NZIIA), Ko te Rōpū Tohu Tono ...
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  • Six months with baby and $20 more a week for new parents
    The Government’s increase to paid parental leave kicks in today with another 4 weeks taking New Zealand up to a full 6 months (26 weeks, up from 22 weeks) leave for new parents, and the maximum weekly payment will increase by $20pw, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. ...
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    6 days ago
  • Infrastructure investment to create jobs, kick-start COVID rebuild
    A new package of infrastructure investments will help kick-start the post-COVID rebuild by creating more than 20,000 jobs and unlocking more than $5 billion of projects up and down New Zealand. Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones today outlined how the $3 billion infrastructure fund in the ...
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    6 days ago
  • Statement on passage of national security law for Hong Kong
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today expressed the New Zealand Government’s deep disappointment at the passage by China’s National People’s Congress Standing Committee of a national security law for Hong Kong. “New Zealand has consistently emphasised its serious concern about the imposition of this legislation on Hong Kong without inclusive ...
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    6 days ago
  • July 1 marks progress for workers, families
    More jobs and more family time with newborns are the centrepiece of a suite of Government initiatives coming into effect today. July 1 is a milestone day for the Government as a host of key policies take effect, demonstrating the critical areas where progress has been made. “The Coalition Government ...
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    6 days ago
  • Auckland water consent referred to Board of Inquiry
    Environment Minister David Parker has today “called in” Auckland’s application to the Waikato Regional Council to take an extra 200 million litres of water a day from the lower reaches of the Waikato River for Auckland drinking water and other municipal uses.  The call-in means the application has been referred ...
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    7 days ago
  • New Zealand to host virtual APEC in 2021
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker announced today that New Zealand’s hosting of APEC in 2021 will go ahead using virtual digital platforms. Mr Peters said the global disruption caused by COVID-19, including resultant border restrictions, had been the major factor in the ...
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    7 days ago
  • Matakana Link Road construction kicks off and drives jobs
    The start of construction on a new link road between Matakana Road and State Highway 1 will create jobs and support the significant population growth expected in the Warkworth area, Transport Minister Phil Twyford and Mayor Phil Goff announced today. Transport Minister Phil Twyford said construction of the Matakana Link ...
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    7 days ago
  • PPE supplies secured as COVID-19 response focuses on border
    The Government is prioritising its latest investment in PPE for frontline health workers, including staff at managed isolation and quarantine facilities, Health Minister David Clark says. “With no community transmission of COVID-19 our response now has a firm focus on keeping our border safe and secure. “We must ensure that ...
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    1 week ago
  • PGF funding for Parihaka settlement
    The Parihaka Papakāinga Trust in Taranaki will receive up to $14 million for a new visitor centre and other improvements at the historic settlement that will boost the local economy and provide much-needed jobs, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Andrew Little have ...
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    1 week ago
  • Protections for workers in triangular employment
    Protections for workers who are employees of one employer but working under the direction of another business or organisation have come into force, closing a gap in legislation that  made the personal grievance process inaccessible for some workers, says Workplace Relations Minister Iain Lees-Galloway. “This Government is working hard to ...
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    1 week ago
  • Government strengthens managed isolation system
    A range of improvements are already underway to address issues identified in the rapid review of the Managed Isolation and Quarantine system released today, Housing Minister Megan Woods said. The review was commissioned just over a week ago to identify and understand current and emerging risks to ensure the end-to-end ...
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    1 week ago
  • Whakatāne to go predator free with Government backing Ngāti Awa led efforts
    The important brown kiwi habitat around Whakatāne will receive added protection through an Iwi-led predator free project announced by Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage and Under Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau. “The Government is investing nearly $5 million into Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa’s environmental projects with $2.5 ...
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    1 week ago
  • Growing Goodwood: Expanding wood waste recycling plant in Bay of Plenty, Waikato
    An extra 4,000 tonnes of offcuts and scraps of untreated wood per year will soon be able to be recycled into useful products such as horticultural and garden mulch, playground safety surfacing and animal bedding as a result of a $660,000 investment from the Waste Minimisation Fund, Associate Environment Minister ...
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    1 week ago
  • Scott Watson’s convictions to be referred to Court of Appeal
    The Governor-General has referred Scott Watson’s convictions for murder back to the Court of Appeal, Justice Minister Andrew Little announced today. Mr Watson was convicted in 1999 of the murders of Ben Smart and Olivia Hope. His appeal to the Court of Appeal in 2000 was unsuccessful, as was his ...
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    2 weeks ago