Kia kaha

Written By: - Date published: 1:55 pm, December 9th, 2008 - 34 comments
Categories: maori party, national, workers' rights - Tags: , ,

The Greens have joined in opposing National’s “Fire at Will” Bill which they say puts “jobs and democracy at stake”. They’re calling on the Maori Party to stand strong in its previous opposition to the bill. Only two years ago Hone Harawira said when voting against it:

[O]ur journey with this bill has not been an easy one, but in the end our commitment to upholding fundamental human rights was a driving force in our decision. We simply could not support removing the right to mediation and dropping the right to appeal bad decisions. The Māori Party supports the right for everyone in Aotearoa to take a chance, but the risks we would be taking in letting this particular rocket fly are simply too great to be acceptable, and for all these reasons the Māori Party will be happily voting against this bill. 

Hone was the only one of the four previous Maori Party MPs to vote against the bill at every stage – though his colleagues did finally vote against it when it mattered most. Here’s hoping they find the courage to do so again.

34 comments on “Kia kaha ”

  1. Fire at will Bill?????

    I wouldn’t want facts to get in the way of a good argument?

  2. Tane 2

    Brett – under the bill workers could be fired at will, and there’s nothing they could do about it. Sounds like ‘fire at will’ to me.

  3. Billy 3

    “Democracy at stake”.

    FFS. How does this Bill impact on democracy?

  4. IrishBill 4

    Because it sets a precedent for pushing though legislation that will materially affect a lot of New Zealanders and it does so without any consultation with them or their representatives.

  5. Billy 5

    I think that that precendent was well-established already, IB.

    IrishBill: By what?

  6. Ya got to be more positive Tane, why would an employer just want to fire someone for the sake of it???

    This is a 90 day safety net for employers. If an employee is not working out, then the employer should have the right to fire them, without lawyers or unions getting involved.

    What do you really think is going to happen? As soon as this passes, employers will start firing?

    Surly you must of have worked with some dumb asses who weren’t pulling their weight??

  7. “I wouldn’t want facts to get in the way of a good argument?”

    Brett, what would those facts be?

  8. Lew 8

    BD: If they wouldn’t want to do it, why do they want legislation to enable it?

    One other matter to consider is that the māori party’s votes are only symbolically relevant in this case – NACT has the numbers. I see no reason why they’d change their vote to support the measure.

    As for democracy – Kate Wilkinson’s point is a good one; Mapp’s bill already went through select committee, so due diligence has been conducted upon it, and the way is clear for it to be passed if the house sees fit to do so. I think it’s bad policy and will be deleterious, but it’s not as if they’re springing the bill on NZ unawares. And that’s if it’s actually Mapp’s bill – a question about which there seems to be some dispute.

    L

  9. Tane 9

    why would an employer just want to fire someone for the sake of it???

    They don’t for the sake of it. But people get fired and mistreated for more than poor performance, and you know that. You’re also assuming employers are entirely rational in their actions – they’re not. Are you denying that people are sacked unfairly under the current law?

    Surly you must of have worked with some dumb asses who weren’t pulling their weight??

    Yes, and the way to deal with that is through proper management – not by removing my rights to cover up for your management failures.

  10. Tane 10

    Lew. The bill has been revised since it went to select committee. It now only covers workers in businesses with fewer than 20 staff, but we don’t know whether that covers teachers (different MPs give different answers) or whether it covers employees in a Subway franchise with fewer than 20 staff.

    We’ve been told there are ‘good faith’ and ‘human rights’ protections, but we don’t know what those mean. All we have is 90 words in their pre-election policy document.

    So, a lot to discuss at select committee.

  11. ieuan 11

    ‘Yes, and the way to deal with that is through proper management – not by removing my rights to cover up for your management failures.’

    Your rights? My guess is you have been doing your job for more than 90 days so how are your rights being removed?

    I’m also kind of sick of your ‘management failures’ line, this bill will only affect those people who don’t meet the work expectations of the position they have been given, it only takes away the rights of those who underperform.

  12. Lew 12

    Tane: Ok, that changes things a bit. However, not greatly enough to constitute an attack on democracy, in my view. Let’s not resort to the lurid hyperbole favoured by the former opposition, eh?

    L

  13. I think employers need a safety net, if someone is costing them money, they should have the right to let them go in the first 90 days, there will be very few occasions that a employer would fire someone who has just started if their work was up to scratch.

    Im sure 90-95% of employers would try to look at different training methods if an employee wasn’t doing their job right.

    This bill is to help them with the complete jack asses who are costing them money and have no hope of getting better.

  14. Lew 14

    ieuan: this bill will only affect those people who don’t meet the work expectations of the position they have been given, it only takes away the rights of those who underperform.

    No, this will take away the rights of everyone who, in their employer’s sole discretion, should for any reason or none at all be deemed unworthy of a job. Performance doesn’t come into it.

    L

  15. Tane 15

    Lew, I don’t personally think it’s an “attack on democracy”, but I certainly think it’s undemocratic to ram through such a major change without discussion.

  16. ieuan 16

    ‘No, this will take away the rights of everyone who, in their employer’s sole discretion, should for any reason or none at all be deemed unworthy of a job. Performance doesn’t come into it.’

    Since it is at the employers sole discretion whether to give them a job in the first place why should that change so dramatically once the job is given?

    And how is someone ‘unworthy of a job’? Not suitable for the position they have been given, maybe, but hardly ‘unworthy of a job’?

    Performance doesn’t come into it – OK so what does? Have you tried to employ people lately? Once you find the right person you want to hang on to them not sack them for no reason.

    Now it is an ‘attack on democracy’, it also ‘takes away all worker rights’ and ‘affects hundreds of thousands of people’, any more over the top, ridiculous statements that the people at ‘The Standard’ want to roll out?

    Honestly since National won the election you guys have gone feral.

  17. The standard is turning into “The Free republic” the right wing American political board.

    They are all screaming , doom and gloom that thier guy didnt get in, and every move that Obama makes is a disaster

    You guys are doing the same thing about Key.

    [lprent: Perhaps you should look at what is expected in the role of an opposition. The issues that posters pick are based on their opinions, but as the About says, it is from a selected sample from the general labour movement. Are there any parts of the labour movement that view the coming of national with pleasure? ]

  18. Janet 18

    My bet is that the Maori Party are so enjoying the baubles of office that they will support it. They will follow the Govt line that Kate Wilkinson was expressing on National radio earlier today that it has been softened since the days of the Mapp Bill. So the Maori party will say it is now acceptable. This will be the beginning of the Maori party’s fragmenting into factions as this bill is against everything Hone Harawira, particularly, stands for. And Maori workers are among the most vulnerable to these provisions.

  19. Lew 19

    ieuan: Since it is at the employers sole discretion whether to give them a job in the first place why should that change so dramatically once the job is given?

    It’s a matter of risk, and who bears that risk – essentially this is a transfer of risk from employers to employees. Turn it around – why should employers not feel the need to conduct due diligence on prospective employees, and why should employees suffer for employers’ failure to properly vet their hires?

    Performance doesn’t come into it – OK so what does? Have you tried to employ people lately? Once you find the right person you want to hang on to them not sack them for no reason.

    As it happens, a large part of my job for the past year has been building a crew of people – which I did, hiring about a dozen people. This is a pretty specialised field and several hires didn’t work out. All left of their own accord on fairly good terms because they were properly managed and given clear expectations. But do you really think I should have the right to fire a few more because they’re Crusaders supporters, or because they wear white shirts with blue cuffs, or because they have an annoying cellphone ring? All perfectly legitimate dismissals under the proposed measure. That ain’t right.

    L

  20. Janet: And Maori workers are among the most vulnerable to these provisions.

    Please explain this statement, and do you have data to back it up?

  21. Leftie 21

    So if the Maori Party don’t support this again, the law will not pass?

  22. QoT 22

    Since it is at the employers sole discretion whether to give them a job in the first place why should that change so dramatically once the job is given?

    Because no one’s ever been fired for not putting out to the boss, or raising a fuss over discriminatory practices, or joining a union, or getting pregnant. Oh wait, I mean “not meeting the expectations of the job”. God forbid we hold employers accountable to establish what those expectations are and exactly how they are to be met.

  23. Tane 23

    So if the Maori Party don’t support this again, the law will not pass?

    It’ll still pass, but by a smaller margin. And it’ll show where the Maori Party really stands on workers’ rights.

  24. Leftie 24

    Brett Dale,

    Do you have the data to back up claims that there is actually a genuine problem with the current law? All I’ve seen and heard so far are the apocryphal rantings of supposedly dissaffected small businessmen and their NACT pals? Where is the data?

  25. jbc 25

    Lew: Turn it around – why should employers not feel the need to conduct due diligence on prospective employees, and why should employees suffer for employers’ failure to properly vet their hires?

    What about prospective employees who are first-time job seekers? How about those without glowing references? Do you suggest that employers should steer clear of these people? What becomes of them?

    You are fortunate that you have not hired someone who turns out to be a sour one – and who won’t let go easily. Not everyone is rational.

    Does the current law allow you to sack someone for just being irritable and sour? One who gradually destroys your carefully built team as they all come to realise that they can not work with miss grumpy and so tender their resignations? One who would take a dismissal as a challenge?

  26. ieuan 26

    From the Herald website:

    EPMU national secretary Andrew Little said the “fire at will legislation” was an attack on all Kiwi workers.

    “National’s fire at will policy is being sold as a ‘probation’ period. It’s not. The current employment law already allows for a probation period including a fair process to protect employees from abuse, all National is proposing is to take away the fair process.”

    How does the existing law allow for a probation period? You can have a limited term contract based on a job or project that has a limited or fixed term but this is not a probation period. Other than that there is no probation period and if you are unhappy with someone you have recently employed you have to go through the whole assessment, retraining, reassessment thing before you finally get to the point where you can make them redundant (assuming that the training etc has failed) and you are not going to end up in the employment court.

    Please if I am wrong point out to me how you can have a probation period under the current law.

  27. Ari 27

    I think employers need a safety net, if someone is costing them money, they should have the right to let them go in the first 90 days, there will be very few occasions that a employer would fire someone who has just started if their work was up to scratch.

    They already have such a safety net- it just doesn’t extend to protecting them from being sued if someone can establish that they were unfairly fired. (which is quite hard to do, as in practice you need evidence or reliable testimony to rule out a whole bunch of reasons you could be fairly fired)

    The improvements listed make the bill somewhat better than before, (for instance, they plan to let you hold an employer accountable for sexual harassment and other discrimination) but the problem is essentially still that you can be fired, and even if you can prove there was no performance-based reason, you still have no right to hold your employer accountable under this legislation. That’s simply not fair.

  28. Lew 28

    jbc: What about prospective employees who are first-time job seekers? How about those without glowing references? Do you suggest that employers should steer clear of these people? What becomes of them?

    Two issues: First, it remains a management issue. A competent interviewer can achieve a fairly high hit-rate even without recourse to work history or references. Second, it’s perfectly possible under current law to hire staff on short-term contracts with the possibility of renewal pending acceptable performance and conduct.

    L

  29. Leftie:

    Yes there is a problem, the amount of people I have worked with in the past, who werent pulling their weight, but couldn’t be sacked is amazing, its not fair for the workers who are.

  30. DeeDub 30

    Oh, ok Brett, your experience of the world is the ‘correct’ one after all…. sorry we doubted you.

    The current law is an ass because Brett says so everyone….

  31. gomango 31

    Brett

    Janet’s comment And Maori workers are among the most vulnerable to these provisions. is a perfect example of the old school, old labour (and I guess current Labour) and yes old national paternalistic view of maori. You know, you can’t really expect Maori to stand on their own feet – we actually know what is best for them. It’s a terrible attitude, and seeing the actions/plans of the Maori party and the attitude of new mp’s like lotu-liga, paula bennett etc shows how outdated that thinking is.

    The reality of this bill will I think be net positive. The biggest argument for it is the chance it gives otherwise marginal employee prospects a chance to illustrate to an employee they are capable and worth hiring. A job is not actually a right – it is a two way contract. Yes the new bill may be taken advantage of by crap employers – they are the same crap employers who currently exist, currently do crap things they generally get away with, which are bad for their business in the long run. The new law may allow them to act a little crappier than usual but they are a very small minority and the overall benefits to the economy, to employers and to workers should well outweigh the drawbacks.

    Listened to Kerre Woodham in the car this evening on the way home from work – almost drove off the road in my surprise at the whole hearted support she gave the bill.

  32. Tane 32

    gomango – people refer to Maori workers tending to be more vulnerable not because they’re Maori but because of their socio-economic situation.

    Oh, and Kerre Woodham’s a lightweight.

  33. Pascal's bookie 33

    Hone Harawira, 29 August 2006:

    Last week, the Maori Party caucus decided we would not support the 90-Day Employment Probation Bill introduced by National MP, Wayne Mapp, and that we would vote against it when it comes back to the House. …

    …The most vulnerable would suffer: young people with few skills; the tens of thousands of unemployed who want a job; the many thousands in low-skill jobs with no bargaining strength; and the hundreds of thousands in work who want to change jobs. And of course Maori, who make up a large sector of the unemployed, and the low-skilled workforce would be particularly vulnerable to this legislation.
    …This Bill is a recipe for the slave days and we’re all better off without it.

    (emphasis mine).

    http://maoriparty.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=492&Itemid=73

    That is what Janet was talking about I’d guess. But Brett and gomango obviously know better than Hone Harawira, who is just as obviously, an old school paternalist who thinks he knows what’s better for Maori than, well, gomango, Brett and the National Party….

  34. jbc 34

    Lew: Two issues: First, it remains a management issue. A competent interviewer can achieve a fairly high hit-rate even without recourse to work history or references.

    Let’s not forget we’re talking about small business here. They won’t necessarily be expert hirers.

    For those of you who would suggest that a small business person who is not a hiring expert or employment law expert should not be in business: lose the superior attitude.

    Just for fun: I’d say an “employer license” would be a good idea (with an exam on employment law) – as long as it was introduced along with an “employee license” (same exam).

    Second, it’s perfectly possible under current law to hire staff on short-term contracts with the possibility of renewal pending acceptable performance and conduct.

    Ditto, small biz. No HR department. No in-house employment lawyer.

    I thought that employing people as fixed-term contractors where a permanent position exists was not legal (or at least deemed to be permanent employment in the view of employment law) – but then IANAL. 🙂

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  • Fossil fuels are shredding our democracy
    This is a re-post of an article from the Climate Brink by Andrew Dessler published on June 3, 2024. I have an oped in the New York Times (gift link) about this. For a long time, a common refrain about the energy transition was that renewable energy needed to become ...
    5 days ago
  • Life at 20 kilometres an hour
    We are still in France, getting from A to B.Possibly for only another week, though; Switzerland and Germany are looming now. On we pedal, towards Budapest, at about 20 km per hour.What are are mostly doing is inhaling a country, loving its ways and its food. Rolling, talking, quietly thinking. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • Hipkins is still useless
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Exercising with the IDF.
    This morning I did something I seldom do, I looked at the Twitter newsfeed. Normally I take the approach of something that I’m not sure is an American urban legend, or genuinely something kids do over there. The infamous bag of dog poo on the front porch, set it on ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Helm Hammerhand Anime: First Pictures and an Old English ‘Hera’
    We have some news on the upcoming War of the Rohirrim anime. It will apparently be two and a half hours in length, with Peter Jackson as Executive Producer, and Helm’s daughter Hera will be the main character. Also, pictures: The bloke in the middle picture is Freca’s ...
    6 days ago
  • Farmers get free pass on climate AND get subsidies
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Six ideas to secure Te Huia’s Future
    This is a guest post by our friend Darren Davis. It originally appeared on his excellent blog, Adventures in Transitland, which features “musings about public transport and other cool stuff in Aotearoa/ New Zealand and around the globe.” With Te Huia now having funding secure through to 2026, now is ...
    Greater AucklandBy Darren Davis
    6 days ago
  • The methane waka sinks
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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • At a glance – Does positive feedback necessarily mean runaway warming?
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    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: Farmers get what they wanted – for now
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Presumed Innocent?
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on our doomed love affair with oil and gas
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    WerewolfBy lyndon
    7 days ago
  • Building better housing insights
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    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    1 week ago
  • Putin would be proud of them
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Resources for debunking common solar and wind myths
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    1 week ago
  • Juggernaut
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Numbers Game.
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    1 week ago
  • Media Link: AVFA on post-colonial blowback.
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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Policy by panic
    Back in March, Ombudsman Peter Boshier resigned when he hit the statutory retirement age of 72, leaving the country in the awkward (and legally questionable) position of having him continue as a temporay appointee. It apparently took the entire political system by surprise - as evinced by Labour's dick move ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • PSA: NZ's Richest Company, Zuru, Sucks
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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Monday, June 10
    TL;DR: The six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty in the past day to 8:36 pm on Monday, June 10 were:20,000 protested against the Fast-track approval bill on Saturday in Auckland, but PM Christopher Luxon says ‘sorry, but not sorry’ about the need for ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • In Defence of Kāinga Ora
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    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    1 week ago
  • Baby You're A Rich Man
    “How does it feel to beOne of the beautiful peopleNow that you know who you areWhat do you want to beAnd have you traveled very far?Far as the eye can see”Yesterday the ACT party faithful were regaled with craven boasts, sneers, and demands for even more at their annual rally.That ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Stopping a future Labour government from shutting down gas exploration
    A defiant Resources Minister Shane Jones has responded to Saturday’s environmental protests by ending Labour’s offshore oil exploration ban and calling for long-term contracts with any successful explorers. The purpose would be to prevent a future Labour Government from reversing any licence the explorers might hold. Jones sees a precedent ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #23
    A listing of 32 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, June 2, 2024 thru Sat, June 8, 2024. Story of the week Our Story of the Week is Yale Climate Connection's Resources for debunking common solar and wind myths, by ...
    1 week ago
  • Fission by the river
    This is where we ate our lunch last Wednesday. Never mind your châteaux and castles and whatnot, we like to enjoy a baguette in the shadow of a nuclear power plant; a station that puts out more than twice as much as Manapouri using nothing more than tiny atoms to bring ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Fact Brief – Is the ocean acidifying?
    Skeptical Science is partnering with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. This fact brief was written by John Mason in collaboration with members from the Gigafact team. You can submit claims you think need checking via the tipline. Is the ocean acidifying? Acidification of oceans ...
    1 week ago
  • 20,000+ on Queen St.
    The largest protest I ever went on was in the mid 90s. There were 10,000 people there that day, and I’ve never forgotten it. An enormous mass of people, chanting together. Stretching block after block, bringing traffic to a halt.But I can’t say that’s the biggest protest I’ve ever been ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Josh Drummond's Columns
    Hi there,I wanted to put all of Josh Drummond’s Webworm pieces all in one place. I love that he writes for Webworm — and all of these are a good read!David.Why Are So Many “Christians” Hellbent on Being Horrible?Why do so many objectively hideous people declare themselves “Christian”?Meeting the Master ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • Bernard’s Saturday soliloquy and weekend Pick ‘n’ Mix for June 8/9
    Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: On reflection, the six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty this week were:The Government-driven freeze in building new classrooms, local roads and water networks in order to save cash for tax cuts is frustrating communities facing massive population ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The no-vision thing
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • When Journalists are Disingenuous
    Hi,One of the things I like the most about Webworm is to be able to break down the media and journalism a little, and go behind the scenes.This is one of those times.Yesterday an email arrived in my inbox from journalist Jonathan Milne, who is managing editor at Newsroom.I don’t ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • Me, elsewhere: Just say you’ll do the thing
    Wrote something over at 1/200 on a familiar theme of mine: The way we frame the economy as a separate, sacred force which must be sacrificed to, the way we talk about criminals as invaders who must be repelled, the constant othering of people on the benefit, people not in ...
    Boots TheoryBy Stephanie Rodgers
    2 weeks ago
  • A Voyage Among the Vandals: Accepted
    A nice bit of news today: my 4600-word historical fantasy-horror piece, A Voyage Among the Vandals, has been accepted by Phobica Books (https://www.phobicabooks.co.uk/books) for their upcoming Pirate Horror anthology, Shivering Timbers. This one is set in the Mediterranean, during the mid-fifth century AD. Notable for having one of history’s designated ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Ministerial conflicts of interest
    Since the National government came to power, it has been surrounded by allegations of conflicts of interest. Firstly, there's the fast-track law, which concentrates power in the hands of three Ministers, some of whom have received donations from companies whose projects they will be deciding on. Secondly, there's the close ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The 2024 Budget Forecasts Are Gloomy Prognosis About The Next Three Years.
    There was no less razzamatazz about the 2024 Budget than about earlier ones. Once again the underlying economic analysis got lost. It deserves more attention.Just to remind you, the Budget Economic and Fiscal Update (BEFU), is the Treasury’s independent assessment and so can be analysed by other competent economists (although ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    2 weeks ago
  • A government that can't see twenty feet ahead
    There are two failings that consistently characterise a National government. One is a lack of imagination, the other is their willingness to look after their mates, no matter what harm it might do to everyone else.This is how we come to have thousands of enormous trucks carving up our roads. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 weeks ago

  • Making it easier to build granny flats
    The Government has today announced that it is making it easier for people to build granny flats, Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters and RMA Reform Minister Chris Bishop say. “Making it easier to build granny flats will make it more affordable for families to live the way that suits them ...
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    17 hours ago
  • High Court Judge appointed
    Attorney-General Judith Collins today announced the appointment of Auckland King’s Counsel Gregory Peter Blanchard as a High Court Judge. Justice Blanchard attended the University of Auckland from 1991 to 1995, graduating with an LLB (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts (English). He was a solicitor with the firm that is now Dentons ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Health workforce numbers rise
    Health Minister Dr Shane Reti says new data released today shows encouraging growth in the health workforce, with a continued increase in the numbers of doctors, nurses and midwives joining Health New Zealand. “Frontline healthcare workers are the beating heart of the healthcare system. Increasing and retaining our health workforce ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government to overhaul firearms laws
    Associate Justice Minister Nicole McKee has today announced a comprehensive programme to reform New Zealand's outdated and complicated firearms laws. “The Arms Act has been in place for over 40 years. It has been amended several times – in a piecemeal, and sometimes rushed way. This has resulted in outdated ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government delivers landmark specialist schools investment
    The coalition Government is delivering record levels of targeted investment in specialist schools so children with additional needs can thrive. As part of Budget 24, $89 million has been ringfenced to redevelop specialist facilities and increase satellite classrooms for students with high needs. This includes: $63 million in depreciation funding ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Major health and safety consultation begins
    A substantial consultation on work health and safety will begin today with a roadshow across the regions over the coming months, says Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Brooke van Velden.  This the first step to deliver on the commitment to reforming health and safety law and regulations, set out in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Growing the potential of New Zealand’s forestry sector in partnership
    Forestry Minister Todd McClay, today announced the start of the Government’s plan to restore certainty and confidence in the forestry and wood processing sector. “This government will drive investment to unlock the industry’s economic potential for growth,” Mr McClay says. “Forestry’s success is critical to rebuilding New Zealand’s economy, boosting ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government cancels forestry ETS annual service charges for 2023-24
    Annual service charges in the forestry Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) will be cancelled for 2023/24, Forestry Minister Todd McClay says. “The sector has told me the costs imposed on forestry owners by the previous government were excessive and unreasonable and I agree,” Mr McClay says. “They have said that there ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Speech to the LGNZ Infrastructure Symposium
    Introduction Thank you for having me here today and welcome to Wellington, the home of the Hurricanes, the next Super Rugby champions. Infrastructure – the challenge This government has inherited a series of big challenges in infrastructure. I don’t need to tell an audience as smart as this one that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government boosts Agriculture and food trade with China
    Trade and Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard welcomed outcomes to boost agricultural and food trade between New Zealand and China. A number of documents were signed today at Government House that will improve the business environment between New Zealand and China, and help reduce barriers, including on infant formula ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • NZ and China launch Services Trade Negotiations
    Trade Minister Todd McClay, and China’s Commerce Minister Wang Wentao, today announced the official launch of Negotiations on Services Trade between the two countries.  “The Government is focused on opening doors for services exporters to grow the New Zealand’s economy,” Mr McClay says.  As part of the 2022 New Zealand-China Free Trade Agreement Upgrade ...
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    5 days ago
  • Prime Minister Luxon meets with Premier Li
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    5 days ago
  • Government and business tackling gender pay gap
    The coalition Government is taking action to reduce the gender pay gap in New Zealand through the development of a voluntary calculation tool. “Gender pay gaps have impacted women for decades, which is why we need to continue to drive change in New Zealand,” Acting Minister for Women Louise Upston ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Funding Boost for Rural Support Trusts
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Latest data shows size of public service decreasing
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    5 days ago
  • Speech to the Law Association
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • 25 years on, NZ reaffirms enduring friendship with Timor Leste
    New Zealand is committed to working closely with Timor-Leste to support its prosperity and resilience, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “This year is the 25th anniversary of New Zealand sending peacekeepers to Timor-Leste, who contributed to the country’s stabilisation and ultimately its independence,” Mr Peters says.    “A quarter ...
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    5 days ago
  • Inquiry requested into rural banking
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    5 days ago
  • Ministry for Regulation targets red tape to keep farmers and growers competitive
    Regulation Minister David Seymour, Environment Minister Penny Simmonds, and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard have today announced a regulatory sector review on the approval process for new agricultural and horticultural products.    “Red tape stops farmers and growers from getting access to products that have been approved by other OECD countries. ...
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    5 days ago
  • Government to reverse blanket speed limit reductions
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    5 days ago
  • Chair appointments for NZSO, CNZ and NZ On Air
    Minister Paul Goldsmith is making major leadership changes within both his Arts and Media portfolios. “I am delighted to announce Carmel Walsh will be officially stepping into the role of Chair of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, having been acting Chair since April,” Arts Minister Paul Goldsmith says.  “Carmel is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government focus on long-term food, fibre growth
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    5 days ago
  • Govt consulting on cutting red tape for exporters
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    6 days ago
  • New Zealand and Philippines elevating relationship
    New Zealand and Philippines are continuing to elevate our relationship, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “The leaders of New Zealand and Philippines agreed in April 2024 to lift our relationship to a Comprehensive Partnership by 2026,” Mr Peters says. “Our visit to Manila this week has been an excellent ...
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    7 days ago
  • Paid Parental Leave increase to help families
    Workplace Relations and Safety Minister, Brooke van Velden says paid parental leave increase from 1 July will put more money in the pockets of Kiwi parents and give them extra support as they take precious time off to bond with their newborns. The increase takes effect from 1 July 2024 ...
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    7 days ago
  • Defence increases UN Command commitment
    The number of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel deployed to the Republic of Korea is increasing, Defence Minister Judith Collins and Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today.  NZDF will deploy up to 41 additional personnel to the Republic of Korea, increasing the size of its contribution to the United ...
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    7 days ago
  • New Zealand to attend 'Summit on Peace in Ukraine' in Switzerland
    New Zealand will be represented at the Summit on Peace in Ukraine by Minister Mark Mitchell in Switzerland later this week.    “New Zealand strongly supports Ukraine’s efforts to build a comprehensive, just, and lasting peace,” Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “Minister Mitchell is a senior Cabinet Minister and ...
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    7 days ago
  • Big step forward for M.bovis programme
    Farmers’ hard work is paying off in the fight against Mycoplasma bovis (M. bovis) with the move to a national pest management plan marking strong progress in the eradication effort, says Biosecurity Minister Andrew Hoggard.  “The plan, approved by the Coalition Government, was proposed by the programme partners DairyNZ, Beef ...
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    7 days ago
  • Build To Rent opening welcomed by Housing Minister
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and Housing Minister Chris Bishop formally opened a new Build to Rent development in Mt Wellington this morning. “The Prime Minister and I were honoured to cut the ribbon of Resido, New Zealand’s largest Build to Rent development to date.  “Build to Rent housing, like the ...
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    7 days ago
  • Agriculture to come out of the ETS
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    7 days ago
  • Luxon Tokyo-bound for political and business visit
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon will travel to Japan from 16-20 June, his first visit as Prime Minister.   “Japan is incredibly important to New Zealand's prosperity. It is the world’s fourth largest economy, and our fourth largest export destination.  “As you know, growing the economy is my number one priority. A strong economy means ...
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    1 week ago
  • Bayly travels to Singapore for scam prevention meetings
    Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Andrew Bayly, travels to Singapore today to attend scam and fraud prevention meetings. “Scams are a growing international problem, and we are not immune in New Zealand. Organised criminal networks operate across borders, and we need to work with our Asia-Pacific partners to tackle ...
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    1 week ago
  • More help for homeowners impacted by severe weather
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    1 week ago
  • Government to reverse oil and gas exploration ban
    Removing the ban on petroleum exploration beyond onshore Taranaki is part of a suite of proposed amendments to the Crown Minerals Act to deal with the energy security challenges posed by rapidly declining natural gas reserves, Resources Minister Shane Jones says. “Natural gas is critical to keeping our lights on ...
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    1 week ago
  • New Zealand and Malaysia to intensify connections
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    1 week ago
  • Ending contracted emergency housing motels in Rotorua
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    1 week ago
  • First Home Grant closure exemptions
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    2 weeks ago
  • Faster consenting for flood protection projects in Hawke's Bay
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    2 weeks ago
  • Judge Craig Coxhead and Nathan Milner newest Māori Land Court appointments
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    2 weeks ago
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