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Key’s deposit with company specialising in foreign trusts

Written By: - Date published: 4:40 pm, April 12th, 2016 - 66 comments
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As per Stuff and The Herald (nice work Claire Trevett):

Prime Minister John Key declares deposit in company specialising in foreign trusts

Prime Minister John Key has declared a short-term deposit in a trustee company which specialises in foreign trusts and provides legal services for Mr Key.

The short term deposit in the Antipodes Trust Group was included in his entry for debtors in the Register of Pecuniary Interests which has just been released. There are no overseas trusts listed in his entry.

On its website home page, Antipodes Trust Group says New Zealand offers a “tax neutral environment for New Zealand based foreign trusts which are a well-established vehicle for carefully managing the inter-generational transfer of wealth”.

It points to the tax-free benefits, as well as the lack of inheritance taxes and laws that protect client confidentiality and “limited” reporting requirements which mean the identities of settler and beneficiaries do not need to be disclosed.

66 comments on “Key’s deposit with company specialising in foreign trusts”

  1. NZJester 1

    So money goes in untaxed and comes out untaxed?
    Tax avoidance by investing in a shell company that does nothing and makes nothing?

    • Gabby 1.1

      So why bother?

      • adam 1.1.1

        Gabby

        Because you should be morally upright, and good to each other. And a basic recognition, that living in a society brings not only privilege, but responsibility.

        Avoiding responsibility is what we have come to expect from the amoral, are you one of them?

        • Smilin 1.1.1.1

          How old or naive are you aaaadam?

          • adam 1.1.1.1.1

            Older than you obviously, and one who takes morality seriously.

            You seem to be another of the merchants of hate, having reading your other comments for context.

            Would you like the location of a local book store so you can buy a bible and understand what morality looks like. Or you could go on-line, Or if you are a atheist, I always thought Bertrand Russell did well talking about morality as well.

            Moral bankrupt comments and cheap put downs are fine on youTube.

            Here you just another one of the drawl little unscrupulous, venal, gutter snakes who are just to common for words.

            When you get civility, lets chat, till then, lets not.

            • Nessalt 1.1.1.1.1.1

              So your a christian who thinks you’re a better person because you are a christian? the worst kind of christian IMO, generally hiding some horrible secret. would name a few examples including a kiwi politician, but i think you get it

              • adam

                It’s true Nessalt, I have horrible secrets.

                I called Pope Benedict XVI a Nazi. And I was unaware, his cousin has been a victim of the T4 programme.

                I disagree with the Pope on Homosexuality, and the role of women in the Church.

                I believe that morality should play a role in politics, and that the separation of the church and state has been very good for humankind.

                Were I draw the line with you Nessalt. Is your smug self indulgence. As a servant of the father of lies, do you hate the poor, or are you just in love with greed?

                Innuendo is the stuff of a five year old behind the bike shed, if you have something to say, please do. I’d like to here the revelations, or are you just another unscrupulous cur?

  2. Neil 2

    Nothing will come of this 50% of NZ will continue to bury their heads in the sand & MSM will bury the story quick smart. There will be no tough questions asked of Key.

    • Gangnam Style 2.1

      Possibly not, regarding tough questions, but perceptions (like BM & PR like to go on about) could be different, the fact the MSM are headlining with ‘Key/firm specialising in foreign trusts’ is bloody marvelous!

    • Sabine 2.2

      50% of a sample of 1000 people is not 50% of the country.

      surely there is another river you could cry us?

  3. s y d 3

    Interesting that this little snippet ….”The entry in the MPs’ register also shows Mr Key has disposed of an apartment in London which he has owned since entering Parliament.” is in the article, and JK is making a “short term deposit”….probably just transferring cash into the BVI or similar, all pretty legal, 100% confident.

    • Gristle 3.1

      PM’s Bubble
      John Key predicts London housing bubble will soon collapse and sells all his property interests there. “I’ve been to Davos. I know which way the big boys are sending their money.”

      Rumours of being Princess Di love interest still not denied.

      (Do you think that was a bit too sensationalist. I’m trying for a job at TV3.)

    • Henry Filth 4.1

      Thanks Weka. What a useful little thing to have at ones beck and call.

      Wealth and assets are so much more revealing than tax records.

      Although the number of entries which end up in trusts is a little frustrating on the surface

    • Muttonbird 5.1

      Indeed. Public perception is 9/10ths of the law, or something like that.

      Still, most of the voting public in New Zealand are into dodgy trusts and property speculation themselves. They see Key as a hero for his Merryl Lynch money trader background and this news will not prick their shabby conscience one bit.

  4. How did Key know about this transaction if all his assets are in a blind trust?

    • ranfurz 6.1

      Have you read previous iterations of the Pecuniary Register? His London apartment wasn’t in the trust. You’re on fire mate.

      • How do you know it was the London apartment? The register doesn’t specify and Key reckons it was to do with his family trust, which may or may not be housing related.

      • mickysavage 6.1.2

        His house was listed as well and he acknowledges that it is owned by his family trust.

        • AmaKiwi 6.1.2.1

          Does that mean this money can be used to maintain and improve his house, because the family home is part of the trust?

  5. Nice to see Farrar shitting himself over at Kiwiblog. It’s all Labour’s fault, apparently.

  6. Barfly 8

    The same way he knows the name of the winery his ” blind trust owns”

  7. TepidSupport 9

    Seriously guys. It looks like a NZ based transaction with his lawyer who works for the firm…
    If the funds were invested through them to a foreign trust (ie outside NZ) and in a dodgy jurisdiction then tough questions need to be asked and he should front.
    If was based in NZ (or UK where property was sold) and all taxes paid and reporting completed then there’s simply nothing to answer!

    • The question is why was it put through a trust that specialises in tax minimisation and what did Key know about the transaction? Bear in mind that Key oversaw the legislation that turned NZ into a tax haven. If he’s benefited from our tax dodging status, then that’s a question that could end in a resignation. You see the problem now?

      • ranfurz 9.1.1

        This is idiotic. Have you been involved in property transactions before? Lawyers hold their client’s money in the trust account of the firm before paying it out. It happens hundreds of times every day.

        “Key oversaw the legislation that turned NZ into a tax haven.”

        You mean legislation that made foreign-owned PIE funds non-taxable. What on earth do PIE funds have to do with this story?

        • dv 9.1.1.1

          So where is the money now?

        • te reo putake 9.1.1.2

          Hur hur. Desperate stuff, ranfurz. Key has used a trust that specialises in tax minimisation. Spin it all you like, it’s not a good look for poor ol’ shonKey.

          Still, he does wear a lot of hats. I guess we shouldn’t be surprised he’s got a Panama tucked away in the back of the wardrobe.

          • TepidSupport 9.1.1.2.1

            TRP lol @ hats jibe

          • Anne 9.1.1.2.2

            10/10 😀

          • Smilin 9.1.1.2.3

            There has to be a good reason why he would want to pay all the legal fees just for nothin ie a shit load to hide that would cost a lot in regular tax or the source of the equity not kosha ?just a thought

        • BM 9.1.1.3

          The KDS is just off the charts.

          • Gangnam Style 9.1.1.3.1

            Is saying ‘KDS’ like Godwinning? KoDwinningS but actually KoDloSing. This is fun to watch, thanks for the entertainment BM!

          • tinfoilhat 9.1.1.3.2

            I thoroughly dislike the man but I’m forced to agree with you.

          • adam 9.1.1.3.3

            BM, to call people mental ill because they disagree with you is a new low for you.

            I thought of all the right wing snipers who comment here, you at least would have admitted Key and this national government have messed up in creating a tax haven. And then had the moral forfeited to confront that issue as it should be.

            I have to say, I’m disappointed.

          • reason 9.1.1.3.4

            BMs just suffering from bent key syndrome ………. Its been a tough time for him with the master key failing a lot lately and looking more and more dodgy and bent.

            Reddelusion once gave me a good laugh and said I was suffering from “deranged key syndrome” ……….the poor fool couldn’t even get a simple three word parrot squawk right and instead posted up that a class of mental illness had been newly created and its diagnosis was to display the symptoms of John key ……….

            I suspect he might have a drinking problem ………

            Bms more in control of himself than that though … and even uses the kds acronym which although lazier looks less stupid.

            BM does tell lies though ….. like the people who did not vote in the election are happy with the status quo ……… or the greens are thinking of going into government with the dirty nats……

            Regarding his greens lie ( he has many though ) …..I’d like to force BM to drink a glass of dishonest Johns 100% pure, national standards Tm*, river water ( and force him into white disco pants at the same time),.. but this real life performance art of forcing someone to drink a glass of dirty johns fecal and nitrates infused water could fall foul of terrorist legislation involving biological weapons …. so BM’s lucky and its off the table for now.

            I would have called BMs and my performance art “dirty arsehole squirting shit” a representative and confrontational piece where a troll bares his soul 😉

            Regarding the topic of this post….. I think Keys has had many years with the best advice and contacts ( legal but bent ) to get his tax affairs and assets presented exactly how he wants……….

            I suspect the reason he’s not doing a Cameron and instead hiding his tax records is because the “charity” that he brags about giving too is the same one he was benefiting when playing golf with rich sponsors….. The National party

            He let it slip then ………….. and it could explain a little bit of how he lies so well and without pause ……….. in his mind it WAS a charity ( fundraising )

          • lprent 9.1.1.3.5

            You mean the KBL (Key Butt Licking) is?

            Just look at Farrar. That isn’t tan.

            • burt 9.1.1.3.5.1

              I think Clark could do with some colour, she looks more and more ghostly as she ages.

        • the pigman 9.1.1.4

          Holding of money in lawyers trust account pending settlement of property =/= keeping property you’re beneficially entitled to in trust in order to exploit tax loopholes. Keep trying.

      • TepidSupport 9.1.2

        It’s not clear if he used a ‘trust’ that specialises in tax minimalisation but certainly he used a firm that specialises in that for *overseas* entities in NZ.
        Perhaps we should also look at general accounting practices that specialises in tax avoidance with their clients, again totally legal (although many would argue not fair/ moral)

  8. Keith 10

    What else is there that he has not declared. I mean you really cannot trust him can you?

    • Stuart Munro 10.1

      That’s the $6 billion dollar question.

    • burt 10.2

      No, after earning circa $170,000/year for ages by taking money from low paid workers you’d expect him to have more than he has declared. He must be hiding something.

      We are talking about Angry – right ?

  9. Once Was Tim 11

    Just a thought….. and a hint.
    Peddy Gear (always anxious for a scoop) did a spot on 3 News (otherwise known as New Shub). He even fronted on NewShub looking remarkably like Alfred E Newman again.

    Y’all should watch.

    What he didn’t ask (whether or not it hadn’t dawned on him, or whether he was clobbered – kinsprissy there-ists …. knock yourselves out), was where was this tiny wee ‘deposit’ BEFORE ……. and WHY and WHEN was it transferred from it previous resting place to the one Key’s longstanding Law Yerr deemed it necessary to place it ‘ear’.
    It really is a bugger sometimes having to wait for the inevitable.
    One thing is for sure: the harder they rise, the harder they fall. The saddest thing is usually the longer they delay the inevitable, the more pissed off the masses become, and the more violent the process.
    Oh well … the Batchelor’s on soon and I need to have a sleep so I can wake up for Paul Henry and his enablers

  10. Once Was Tim 12

    Just a thought….. and a hint.
    Peddy Gear (always anxious for a scoop) did a spot on 3 News (otherwise known as New Shub). He even fronted on NewShub looking remarkably like Alfred E Newman again.

    Y’all should watch.

    What he didn’t ask (whether or not it hadn’t dawned on him, or whether he was clobbered – kinsprissy there-ists …. knock yourselves out), was where was this tiny wee ‘deposit’ was BEFORE ……. and WHY and WHEN was it transferred from it previous resting place to the one Key’s longstanding Law Yerr deemed it necessary to place it ‘ear’.
    It really is a bugger sometimes having to wait for the inevitable.
    One thing is for sure: the harder they rise, the harder they fall. The saddest thing is usually the longer they delay the inevitable, the more pissed off the masses become, and the more violent the process.
    Oh well … the Batchelor’s on soon and I need to have a sleep so I can wake up for Paul Henry and his enablers

  11. gsays 13

    i don’t believe what dear leader says.

    father ted was all i could think of when i heard this on the radio.

    • Rosie 13.1

      Lols G. Ditto. Father “it was just resting in my account” Ted also immediately came to my mind when news got out.

  12. Paul 14

    Crooked Key

  13. Nick 15

    Hi I’m John key and I am 100%pure……liar

    • AmaKiwi 15.1

      The world of Wall St. high finance is the world of tax evasion. I think Key is up to his eyeballs in trouble and fighting desperately to keep from drowning.

      The Panama Papers story is in its infancy. Once the Panama trust holders are identified their local tax authorities will be going through their financial records with a fine tooth comb. Then come the indictments of the rich and famous. And we haven’t even seen the names of the NZ Panama trust holders yet. This news story has years to play out.

      It’s going to be a great decade for forensic accountants and tax lawyers.

      • John Monro 15.1.1

        Only if all the material is released. I think most of his will never come out. The Guardian, one of the papers involved has already admitted “much of the material will remain undisclosed”. The Guardian too was the paper that destroyed Snowden’s files on the instruction of MI6.

        • AmaKiwi 15.1.1.1

          @ John Monro

          Your point is well taken regarding individuals (IRD confidentiality) but not for publicly traded companies who must publish their annual reports, including their income and taxes paid.

          I foresee a monumental struggle between tax-dodging corporations and all the countries they are ripping off.

          Since this includes every country they operate in, this could a socialist triumph none of us ever imagined.

  14. vto 16

    That cartoon showing the filthy rich in their ocean-liner calling down to the refugees “excuse me, where can we find a safe haven?” is so very good ……..

    John Key eh….

    Who do you think he helps?

    The filthy rich in the ocean-liner?

    Or the poor refugees looking for a home?

    eh John Key?

    wat a wanka

  15. Smilin 17

    “Wait a minute there’s something wrong this key wont unlock this door”
    Red house -of embarrassment could be Keys new song

  16. Smilin 18

    “Wait a minute there’s something wrong this key wont unlock this door”
    Red house -of embarrassment could be Keys new song

  17. Paul 19

    ‘John Key’s embarrassing disclosure: PM reveals link to trust specialist

    The latest register of MPs’ interests, published yesterday, showed Mr Key had a short-term deposit with Auckland-based trustee company Antipodes Trust Group.
    The company described itself as a specialist provider of services for foreign trusts based in New Zealand.
    On its website home page, the company says New Zealand offers a “tax neutral environment for New Zealand-based foreign trusts which are a well-established vehicle for carefully managing the inter-generational transfer of wealth”.
    It points to tax-free benefits, laws that protect client confidentiality and “limited” reporting requirements which mean the identities of settler and beneficiaries do not need to be disclosed – the exact issues which the Government’s review is looking at.
    Antipodes Trust Group’s executive director, Ken Whitney, is Mr Key’s lawyer.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11621361

    • Paul 19.1

      Why choose New Zealand as a trust jurisdiction

      New Zealand has statutory privacy laws and a professional privilege regime under which client information is kept strictly confidential. Reporting requirements are limited and the identity of the settlor and beneficiaries need not be disclosed. For AML compliance purposes full details of the settlor, beneficiaries, trust assets and accounts must be maintained by the trustee.

      http://www.antipodestrust.co.nz/#why-choose-new-zealand

  18. Steve 20

    Frankie Boyle on horrific form

    http://gu.com/p/4t9n2

    Makes the point that right-wing “ideology” is “I think we should take everybody else’s stuff”

    🙂

  19. dv 21

    A spokeswoman for the Prime Minister said his short-term deposit was used to pay for any costs incurred from his trusts.

  20. dv 22

    A spokeswoman for the Prime Minister said his short-term deposit was used to pay for any costs incurred from his trusts.

    Even that is sort of weird- it was to pay his lawyer fees.

    Why declare that payment, why not other payments?

    Weird

  21. Wyndham 23

    Purportedly Key came into politics after having amassed a fortune by gambling with other peoples money. Said to be in excess of $50 million.

    Where is it invested ?

    • burt 23.1

      It might be in the same place that David Shearer has his millions invested. Oh, hang on, that’s right Shearer was entitled to his privacy wasn’t he. Sorry I forgot the standard double standard.

  22. The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell 24

    There would be no tax advantage to Mr Key, an NZ tax resident, in having money invested with this crowd. He’d have to pay NZ income tax on it anyway.

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  • Joint effort under way to repatriate stranded Vanuatu nationals
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon Ron Mark, Minister of Defence A massive joint effort between New Zealand Government agencies, employers, and the Vanuatu Government is underway to repatriate over 1000 Vanuatu nationals stranded in New Zealand, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Defence Minister Ron ...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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    3 days ago
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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    4 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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    4 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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  • 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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  • 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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    5 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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  • 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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  • 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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    6 days 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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    6 days 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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    7 days 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Protecting Kiwis with stronger financial supervision
    A new five-year funding agreement for the Reserve Bank will mean it can boost its work to protect New Zealanders’ finances, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. “New Zealand has a strong and stable financial system. Financial stability is an area that we are not prepared to cut corners for, particularly ...
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  • Forgotten funds and missing money
    A law change has been introduced to make it easier for forgotten funds in institutional accounts to be returned more easily to their rightful owners. Revenue Minister Stuart Nash has introduced an amendment to the Unclaimed Money Act 1971. It will update the rules controlling forgotten sums of money held ...
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  • Government delivers on mental health commitment
    The Government is delivering on election commitments and a key recommendation of He Ara Oranga: Report of the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction with the establishment of a permanent independent Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission, Health Minister Dr David Clark says. Legislation enabling the establishment of the fully ...
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    1 week ago
  • New Zealand privacy law modernised
    A Bill to replace New Zealand’s Privacy Act passed its third reading in Parliament today, Justice Minister Andrew Little has announced. “The protections in the Privacy Bill are vitally important. The key purpose of the reforms is to promote and protect people’s privacy and give them confidence that their personal ...
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  • Tourism operators provided extra support
    Extra support is being provided to tourism businesses operating on public conservation land announced Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis and Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage today.  The Government is providing $25m worth of support to tourism operators impacted by COVID-19, with a decision to waive most Department of Conservation tourism related concession ...
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