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Labour Leadership Campaign – days six and seven

Written By: - Date published: 8:42 am, September 5th, 2013 - 32 comments
Categories: david cunliffe, grant robertson, labour, Shane Jones - Tags:

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The candidates are half way through their whirlwind tour of the country.  They have a meeting in Hamilton tonight and then tomorrow they will have what I am sure will be a welcome day off before they move to Wellington and the South.

Last night they met in Tauranga, an area that is not friendly to the Labour Party.  The seat of Tauranga itself is deep blue and Tony Ryall’s surrounding seat of Bay of Plenty is deepest, deepest blue.  Radio New Zealand reported that there were 150 in attendance which for the area is a good result.

Fatigue is obviously kicking in.  The candidates are putting in long hours and dealing with a number of matters on the fly.  When you think about the truncated nature of the campaign their efforts are commendable.

Two of the candidates have even been able to produce campaign videos.

Grant Robertson’s is below.

And here is David Cunliffe’s video.

I am not aware of Shane Jones having a campaign video although TV3 has helpfully provided him with some footage in the 3rd degree show last night.

A virtual meeting has been scheduled.  Details are here.  Questions can be emailed in now by party members and affiliate delegates.  The meeting itself will occur over four days from 10th to 13th September.  It will take place on the Red Alert blog, where discussion will occur over the answers provided by candidates to the featured questions. Candidates will be invited to participate in this discussion.  The video follows:

And tonight’s meeting is at Te Rapa Racecourse Centennial Lounge in Hamilton. It kicks of at 7 pm.

As previously stated people entitled to attend include members, former members as long as they sign up again and new members who sign up at the door.

Media can attend but for the preliminaries and the speeches only.

If you are going you should get to the meeting early as there will be a vetting process and this could take some time. People should bring their membership cards or ortherwise photo ID so that they can be identified. Photos and social media can be taken and used during the open part of the meeting.

And a reminder that current members and those who have been financial members of the Party sometime between January 1 2011 and August 22 2013 but have not yet paid their membership for 2013 can renew their membership and vote, so long as they do so before 12.00am on Friday 6 September.  New members will not be able to vote.

Finally for your vote to count you will have to list all candidates in preference. The second preferences of the third ranked candidate will then be distributed amongst the other candidates.  There is an online voting option that works well and I recommend this.

And just in case anyone is not aware of this I am a supporter of David Cunliffe and a member of his LEC.

32 comments on “Labour Leadership Campaign – days six and seven”

  1. Linz 1

    Report in the Tauranga rag: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/bay-of-plenty-times/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503343&objectid=11119875
    Also this: Who’s your pick to take over as Labour’s leader?
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=11119467
    Currently Cunliffe: 20% the other two 40%, but less than 50 votes so far.
    Thanks to everyone for keeping us in touch with what’s happening. Living out in the sticks in the Otago electorate, I really appreciate it.

    • karol 1.1

      Curiously, the (apparently) same poll opposite Claire Trevett’s rumour-mongering article, has Cunliffe in the lead, with Robertson 3rd, after 300-350 votes – while at the same time, the same poll beside the editorial, has still not changed from 50 votes.

      • karen 1.1.1

        There’s a weird thing going on where you have to vote on the editorial page, where Cunliffe is shown as being well behind, and this vote does not change while on Claire’s page it does. The Herald are very anti-Cunliffe and it is showing up elsewhere with a caucus support indicator putting a number of “not saying” as part of Robertson’s support. Twyford is being put as definitely supporting Robertson when he said he wouldn’t say, and I suspect actually supports Cunliffe.

    • Clement Pinto 1.2

      The votes have changed at NZ Herald now as follows: Cunliffe is leading.

      700–750 votes

      David Cunliffe 46%
      Grant Robertson 21%
      Shane Jones 33%

      • Clement Pinto 1.2.1

        RESULT NOW:

        1250–1300 votes

        David Cunliffe 48%
        Grant Robertson 21%
        Shane Jones 31%

        I wonder if Cunliffe will crack the 50% mark by tomorrow on that site!

        • Clement Pinto 1.2.1.1

          Update now:

          1500–1550 votes:

          David Cunliffe 49%
          Grant Robertson 21%
          Shane Jones 30%

          Cunliffe hasn’t reached 50% yet! May have to wait for the 15th Sept!

  2. karol 2

    Hmmm. Two contrasting campaign videos:

    I’m not sure about the whole thing of Robertson being driven around in a car, with a back/side view of him talking – reminds me of Key’s 2008 election video. And Robertson’s values were mostly framed as his values. It’s meant to position him as looking out on the whole of NZ – but from the comfort of his car passenger seat? And he ends with a Norman Kirk quote. And the vid just seems to roll on, and becomes a bit boring.

    Cunliffe’s video has him filling the frame, in clear focus, talking directly to camera – makes him look authoritative. While doing that, his whole pitch is framed as being part of Labour’s collective, harking back to the Savage Labour government. Simple vid, shortish, sharp and dynamic.

  3. David H 3

    Hmmmm, whats that saying again? Oh yes. A picture, is worth a thousand words.

    • fender 3.1

      +1
      Poor Jones has fallen asleep, it’s pretty sapping burning the candle at both ends. Have some sympathy for him, he’s probably got a couple of hours of movie reviews ahead of him after the meeting.

  4. bad12 4

    ”We need to be a Strong,True, Red, Labour Party, not some pale blue imitation of National”, unquote David Cunliffe,

    Nice quote and good Journalism from Sonya Bateson of the Bay of Plenty Times, reporting the event and not telling us how She thinks we should think…

  5. Linz 5

    Re Grant Robertson’s video: I tuned out after a minute. I suppose the hand-held camera thing was meant to give a sense of being there, but it just made me feel seasick. Also it showed that Grant waddles. Not good.
    David Cuncliffe’s was much better, but he came dangerously close to going over the top. Nevertheless, great practice for the real battle in 2014.

    • Greywarbler 5.1

      Grant’s face looks like that of another fat-cat businessman. Thick neck. full cheeks, dairy fed.
      Bullish – but talking up a volatile market is not what NZ needs even if it yet doesn’t know what it wants.

      Shane Jones, affable and jokey and well-known. Like Ronald Reagan. Not what NZ needs, or Labour actually – actually anathema.

      David Cunliffe stands out like a high sunflower over any other tall poppy. His hard working achieving background in so many areas of the world and social and economic activity is what Key should have to be in his position. But hasn’t. End of story.

    • amirite 5.2

      +1
      near the end of his video, Cunliffe starts sounding like John Campbell!!! 🙂

  6. Meanwhile it looks like Trougher Mallard has been getting his money’s worth: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=11119469

  7. Ron 7

    I am not terribly impressed with any of the videos but guess that it has been done on the cheap which is fair enough.
    What I would like to see is some definite policies of what each person would like to see implemented under their leadership.
    Of course real policies should be coming up through the policy groups and we don’t want to tip our hand to early but the sort of thing I would love to see a candidate say would be like this
    A Labour Government would :
    1. Instruct Kiwi Rail to purchase future requirement of rolling stock from within NZ. This might mean resurrecting Hillside or whatever but we need to set a firm mark in the sand of what we stand for. If we need new train sets they should be built in NZ with help from overseas suppliers if necessary.
    2. A Royal Commission should be setup to look at Gambling in NZ Especially to look at the prevalence of casinos, pokie machines in fact the whole compass of Gambling looking at how it affects NZ people the possible gains we make out of Gambling the harm it may do to society and even look at the possibility that if we have to have Gambling should it be controlled by the Crown as in TAB. It is well and truly time that we look at the whole business and of course Sky City and other casinos should be included in the review.
    3. The same Commission type review of the Liquor industry looking at harm that it does to our society and also benefits if any. We have experts like Doug Sellman et al putting forward good suggestions for limiting the harm and then having National watering down the proposals at the behest of the Liquor industry. It is time society had the chance to see just what harm unfettered access to alcohol is doing to our people.
    4. Remove the SOE and CROC CRI’s etc from statute and go back to Government Departments. I see no point in removing what is obviously a Government owned service from direct state control. At least when NZ Post, NZ Rail etc were Departments we had a minister who had to take responsibility for that department. If they stuffed up the minister would carry the can. That is why the earn more than an ordinary MP.
    I could probably go on for ever with suggestions but I think it is time to say enough is enough and lets get some semblance of control back of departments and stop telling what should be crown bodies that they have to make a profit. There job is to provide a service to the people of NZ within the budgets set by parliament.

    • bad12 7.1

      Your point (1), i think is pretty much policy where all Government contracts will be reviewed with a view that New Zealand based firms who employ New Zealander’s with pay rates of the ‘living wage’ or above being at the head of the queue in securing such lucrative work,

      The managers of Government Ministry’s should all be tasked with going through their spending line by line and repatriating any work currently being undertaken by overseas contractors for the Government,

      There are multi-Billions of dollars of Government contracts that are currently in the hands of overseas suppliers and repatriating all these contracts will give a huge boost to employment in this country,

      Kiwibank should be readied to take over the Governments banking at the point the contract with Westpac expires which would give ‘our’ bank a huge boost,

      At the least there should be a national conference of New Zealand’s IT providers, while one provider may not be of a size so as to be able to take up major Government contracts a consortium of some/many of them i am sure would have the collective skills to do such…

      • Ron 7.1.1

        Yes Yes. We also own a very good IT company Kordia which I am sure that it will be getting ready for sale under the present regime. It should have been handling the fibre rollout not Telecom.
        It should not be sold.

        • bad12 7.1.1.1

          Aha, to take that one step further the next Labour lead Government should look at when letting ‘it’s contracts building the capacity necessary in New Zealand to carry out any and all the Government’s ‘work’…

  8. karol 8

    When does voting finish? And when is the new leader likely to be announced?

  9. the pigman 9

    So, about that Shane Jones 3rd degree video… anyone else think the last couple of minutes is really quite devious?

    I keep wondering if I’m just being precious, but really, I mean, making the phone call in front of the camera crew so that Garner and Espiner (G) can have their little speculative segue?

  10. Saarbo 11

    I just attended the Hamilton Meeting, very enjoyable. Basically what I saw is 3 people selling the Labour Party and its policies…certainly cementing in the Policy Platform, which is why this is such a great process. Full credit to all involved.

    David Cunliffe is clearly the only one of the three that could become a 3 term + Prime Minister. He presented in his authentic, enthusiastic and clever way, he provided original ideas and thoughts. He just displays leadership in my opinion. Shane Jones reckons he would attract the 800k+ people who didnt vote in 2011, and I think he possibly could do that, but I’d say we may lose a few votes as well, great speaker. Robertson needs more experience in my view, he comes across as a nice guy but we all know that 2014 is going to be decided on the Economy, his lack of experience outside of parliament will mean that he is useless in conveying how Labour will compete against National in this area, while Cunliffe’s BCG experience will mean National will struggle against him, they always have hence their fear. I also have a problem with Robertson suddenly enthusiastically rejecting “neo liberal philosophy”, when he so quickly made clear post Power NZ announcement, this was the only time Labour would interfere with the free markets, this does not equate for me.

    Anyway a great process, apparently membership is up 15% since Shearer announced his resignation. My bet is that if Cunliffe is made leader and some of the ABC deadwood resign, Labour membership will increase 200%.

  11. Salmon 12

    I am really enjoying this leadership contest. It’s reminded me why I joined Labour is the first place. After a number of years of feeling a little disappointed in the whole thing, I have new passion for getting us elected in 2014. I finally feel like we can make a real difference if we do.

    So much so, I’ve finally decided to post on this blog!

    For my 2cents, Grant and David have both been doing a good job. We can win with both and I’d be proud to be a member with both as our leader. My preference is for Grant. I just think he has the most authentic voice. I really feel like he means what he says and I think that will come across to NZers too. David is articulate and I like what he says, but I can’t shake the feeling he is being disingenuous. Maybe it’s left over from what we thought about him during the Clark years. If he wins, he’ll have the chance to prove me wrong. He’s my second preference.

  12. odysseus 13

    When / where is the Wellington meeting?

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • A new Ministry of Works
    While the economy is on pause under lockdown, the government is beginning to plan how to cope with the post-lockdown, post-tourism, post-export education world we will eventually find ourselves in. They're planning a lot of infrastructure spending as economic stimulus, and have asked for proposals which can start the moment ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Capture: Well spaced out
    It's my distraction,  setting up tiny scenes to photograph.  I've got stuck on the Babushka dolls for now.  Something about their bubble shape.  Something about their never changing, smiling features, suggesting persistent equanimity.  Can we get through everything that is being thrown at us and keep at least a tiny ...
    7 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 6
    . . March 31: Day six of living in lock-down… This time I managed to sleep a little longer and the alarm woke me at the pre-set time: 6.55am. Then remembered I was working a later shift and could’ve slept in. Oh well, there are things to do at home. ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    7 days ago
  • March ’20 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image credit: Diamond Harbour School Blogs I notice a few regulars no longer allow public access to the site counters. This may happen accidentally when the blog format is altered. If your blog is unexpectedly missing or ...
    7 days ago
  • Hard News: Poll Pot and the partisans
    Yesterday's Horizon poll showing support for a "Yes" vote in this year's cannabis referendum sliding into the majority for the first time in a year looked like good news for reformers – and it probably is. But the result warrants some scrutiny.The poll is the fifth in a series commissioned ...
    7 days ago
  • Why those bubbles are so important
    For almost a week now, every one of us who isn’t an essential worker has been confined to their bubble. We are allowed to go shopping for groceries, to visit the doctor, and to get a bit of exercise if we stay local. The reason we are doing this is ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    7 days ago
  • A Government System That Works
    The Covid-19 saga will no doubt produce many twists and turns for us before it is finally brought to an end. But one thing it has shown us – and what comfort it should bring us – is that our country’s government is in good hands. I am not thinking ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    7 days ago
  • Smashing down the barriers: Where are we at with COVID vaccines?
    In the absence of a vaccine or a cure for a deadly disease, staying home in your bubble is what you do, the concept is not new.  To the best of my knowledge last time we did this in NZ was for polio, in the years before a vaccine came ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    1 week ago
  • National Network on Cuba (USA): “Cuban medical solidarity is a pillar of its society and is founde...
    The following statement was released on March 28 by the National Network on Cuba, a coalition of 40 groups, based in the United States. In recent weeks, Cuba has deployed hundreds of medical providers to over a dozen countries in Europe, Asia, as well as to their neighbors in Latin ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Alarming decrease in calves increases fears for endangered Hector’s dolphin
    This has been a terrible summer for Hector’s dolphins. The first indication was very low numbers of dolphin sightings during late spring and early summer. The Otago University Marine Mammal Research Team has carried out routine dolphin surveys at Banks Peninsula for more than 30 years. In all that time, ...
    SciBlogsBy Otago Marine Science
    1 week ago
  • Time for Grant Robertson to reveal package #2?
    On March 17, Finance Minister Grant Robertson was quick out of the blocks with an economic rescue package to help businesses through the inevitable recession resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. Robertson had pulled together a scheme in short order that so far seems to have saved many jobs. In his ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    1 week ago
  • Saving lives
    The purpose of the lockdown is to save lives, by reducing the spread of covid-19. We won't know if its really working for another week, but given the devastation that will result if it doesn't - 14,000 dead is the optimistic scenario - its definitely worth trying. But pausing the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 5
    . . March 30: Day five of living in lock-down… Woke up still in darkness. Alarm hadn’t gone off. Turn to radio clock; it’s a few minutes after 6am… I lie there in the dark, waiting to drift off to sleep… but it ain’t happening. Clock ticks over to 6.55 ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Les Gray: the man who told the truth
    The story of Les Gray, the public sector psychologist who told the truth about his use of cannabis and set off a storm, has a special place in the lore of cannabis reform in New Zealand.When Paul Shannon interviewed Gray for the 'Dope and Hope' issue of Planet magazine in ...
    1 week ago
  • Why now? Historical specificity and the perfect storm that has created trans identity politics
    by Phil Duncan For Marxists, a key concern about social trends is their context – not just their causes, but why they happen when they do.  Events and phenomena have causes, but they also are time or period-specific. While much of the left have capitulated recently to postmodernism, most notably ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Time for a living wage for supermarket workers
    Since the lockdown began, we've all suddenly been reminded who the actually essential workers in our society are: not the people at the top who pay themselves the big bucks and rort the perks, but the people at the bottom they screw over and squeeze: cleaners, warehouse staff, truck drivers ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Hard News: MUSIC: Lockdown Grooves
    Kia ora! As I've watched nearly all my remaining work vanish over the past couple of days, it has occured to me that one good way to keep me away from arguing with fools on Twitter all the time (in the knowledge that all we're really doing is processing our ...
    1 week ago
  • A place of greater safety?
    Aotearoa New Zealand has committed to trying to extirpate the virus that causes COVID-19 from its shores. To do that, as a society we’ve moved to “Level 4”. That means adapting to unprecedented restrictions on our personal freedoms, particularly to our rights to move freely and associate with friends and ...
    PunditBy Andrew Geddis
    1 week ago
  • The police and public trust
    When the Prime Minister declared a state of emergency last week, she handed the police powers to enforce it. And almost immediately, we started hearing about heavy-handed, arbitrary "enforcement" by police who (at best) cared more about order than law, or (more likely) had no idea what the rules were ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 4
    . . Lock Down: Day 4 – A photo essay with observations . March 29: Usual wake up routine as RNZ snaps on my radio-clock. Jim Mora’s voice slowly enters my conciousness; there’s talk of a second wave of covid19 taking hold in South Korea; the week in Parliament – ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • COVID-19 vs New Zealand
    Yesterday, New Zealand recorded its first Covid-19 related death on the West Coast. Unfortunately this is unlikely to be the only fatality, with the virus now being found in every region of the country.However despite the significant danger, people are still unfortunately breaching lockdown rules.There’s really only one main very ...
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #13
    Story of the Week... Toon of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Review... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week... Story of the Week... ‘Misinformation kills’: The link between coronavirus conspiracies and climate denial   Grist / Rob Kim / Stringer / CSA Images  Scientific ...
    1 week ago
  • Rāhui day 4
    The kids did surprisingly well today – meltdown count was about 3, and mostly fairly short ones. (And a fourth while I was writing.) Game-wise I had a go at Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark. It’s a fairly standard RPG with turn-based combat and what they call a “mature storyline” (it ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    1 week ago
  • Letter to a friend
    by Don Franks Hi David, Nice hearing from you, I’m glad to hear you’re getting by okay in these grim times. You asked how’s it going for us back here in New Zealand. You would have heard that the whole country is locked down and with breaks for exercise and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 3
    . . Lock Down: Day 3 – A photo essay with observations . March 28: First day of the first weekend in Lock Down. It feels like it’s been weeks since only Level 3 was declared last Tuesday, only four days ago. Woke up this morning to RNZ; coffee; toast, ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #13
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Mar 22, 2020 through Sat, Mar 28, 2020 Articles Linked to on Facebook Sun, Mar 22, 2020 In Just 10 Years, Warming Has Increased the Odds of Disasters by Chelsea Harvey, ...
    1 week ago

  • Work to repurpose PGF funds begins
    The Provincial Development Unit is working through applications and projects to see where Provincial Growth Fund money can be repurposed for initiatives deemed more critical to fighting the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says. “We need to be throwing everything we have at ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    14 hours ago
  • A million workers supported by Govt wage subsidy
    The Government’s wage subsidy to protect jobs and keep workers and businesses connected during the lockdown has now supported over a million New Zealanders, with $6.6 billion already paid out. “We’re supporting businesses to pay wages, and stay connected with their workers so that we are all in a better ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • Government helps Pacific communities fight COVID
    The Government is stepping up efforts to help protect New Zealand’s Pacific communities in the fight against COVID-19. Cabinet has agreed that $17 million will be allocated to support a COVID-19 Pacific Response Package, which will: Support Pacific health and disability services facing increased demand; Ramp up public health messaging ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • Statement from the Prime Minister on Dr David Clark
    “Yesterday evening the Health Minister advised me of his trip to a beach during the lockdown and offered his resignation,” Jacinda Ardern said.  “Under normal conditions I would sack the Minister of Health. What he did was wrong, and there are no excuses.  “But right now, my priority is our ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours ago
  • Statement from David Clark
    Last night as part of my preparation for the Epidemic Response Committee, I provided the Prime Minister with a complete picture of my activity outside my home during Alert Level 4.  That included the fact that on the first weekend of the Alert Level 4 lockdown I drove my family ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours ago
  • COVID-19 mental health support begins
    A range of support is being rolled out across New Zealand to help people look after their mental health during COVID-19 Health Minister David Clark said this morning. “COVID-19 has brought a lot of uncertainty into our lives and many of us will be feeling some level of distress or ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • New Zealanders in Peru to be assisted by Government charter flight
    The New Zealand Government has made arrangements to charter a flight for New Zealanders stranded in Peru to depart the country, following agreement with the Chilean government to allow the necessary transit through Chile, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters announced today. “Like many travellers around the world at the moment, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • COVID-19 Hospital Preparation Well Advanced
    Hospital preparations for COVID-19 are well advanced says Health Minister David Clark. “Hospitals across New Zealand are repurposing buildings and training staff to get ready for COVID-19 patients. This gives me confidence that we are well prepared for any potential increase in COVID-19 patients needing hospital level care,” said David ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Further measures to support businesses
    The Government will be introducing legislation to make changes to the Companies Act to help companies facing insolvency due to COVID-19 to remain viable and keep New Zealanders in jobs. The temporary changes include: Giving directors of companies facing significant liquidity problems because of COVID-19 a ‘safe harbour’ from insolvency ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Govt’s COVID plan, economic strength recognised
    The Government’s plan to cushion the blow of COVID-19 by supporting incomes, jobs and businesses, and position the economy to recover has been backed by another international report. International credit rating agency Moody’s today reaffirmed its highest Aaa credit rating on New Zealand, saying the economy is expected to remain ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Funding certainty for sports through COVID-19
    National sports organisations have been given certainty of funding to ensure they can remain viable through the COVID-19 pandemic, Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson announced today. “The global spread of COVID-19 has had a significant impact on sport and recreation in New Zealand, including the cancellation or postponement of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Butchers now allowed to process pork
    Changes have been made to allow butchers to process pork, only for supply to supermarkets or other processors or retailers that are open, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has announced. “We carefully weighed the risk of allowing butchers to open their shops for retail customers, but the risk of spreading COVID-19 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Essential workers leave scheme established
    Essential workers who take leave from work to comply with public health guidance are being supported with a leave scheme to ensure they will continue to receive income, say the Minister of Workplace Relations and Safety Iain Lees-Galloway and Minister for Social Development, Carmel Sepuloni. A number of essential businesses ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Govt WhatsApp helps share COVID-19 information
    A Government WhatsApp channel has been launched to help make information more easily accessible and shareable in the fight against COVID-19. Govt.NZ, which is free to use on any mobile device, will carry information and news for the public, businesses, healthcare providers, not for profits and local government. It can ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Managed departure plan for stranded foreign nationals enables safe, orderly exit
    The Government has announced a plan to enable the safe, orderly exit of tens of thousands of stranded foreign nationals from New Zealand during the current COVID-19 Alert Level 4 restrictions, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Winston Peters has said. “When we moved into lockdown a week ago, the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government delivers COVID-19 support to GPs and Pharmacies
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says the Government is delivering on its commitment to support general practice doctors and nurses, and pharmacies on the front-line of our fight against COVID-19. "For us to overcome COVID-19, we need community health services such as general practice and community pharmacy to step up ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Susan Thomas the new Chief High Court Judge
    Justice Susan Thomas has been appointed Chief High Court Judge, Attorney-General David Parker announced today.  She replaces Justice Geoffrey Venning who has resigned from the position.   David Parker paid tribute to Justice Venning, who he said had stewarded the High Court very capably over the last five years.   “On behalf ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Business Finance Guarantee – applications open
    Businesses can start applying to their banks for loans under the Business Finance Guarantee Scheme set up to support the New Zealand economy during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re moving quickly to protect New Zealand businesses, jobs and the economy during this unprecedented global economic shock,” Finance Minister Grant Robertson said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Work starts on ways to fast-track consents to boost recovery from Covid-19 downturn
    Work is underway looking at measures to speed up consents for development and infrastructure projects during the recovery from COVID 19, to provide jobs and stimulate our economy.  Environment Minister David Parker said the COVID-19 pandemic is a serious global crisis that will have a wide ranging and lasting impact ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Advance payments to support contractors
    Advance payments will be made to transport construction industry contractors to retain the workforce and ensure it is ready to quickly gear up to build projects which will be vital to New Zealand’s COVID-19 economic recovery, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. He said keeping the workforce required to build ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government seeks infrastructure projects
    The Government has tasked a group of industry leaders to seek out infrastructure projects that are ready to start as soon as the construction industry returns to normal to reduce the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford and Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones say. The Infrastructure ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Health system scaled up to prepare for COVID-19
    Work to scale up the health system in preparation for COVID-19 was today outlined by Health Minister David Clark, as he reported back to the new Epidemic Response Committee. “We are well placed to contain the spread of COVID-19. We have taken early and decisive action at our borders, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Essential media COVID-19 guidelines refined
    The Government is refining its COVID-19 essential business guidance to include the distribution of news publications for communities which are hard to reach. The Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media, Kris Faafoi, said the move was in recognition of the importance for New Zealanders who might be harder to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Supermarkets able to open on Easter Sunday
    The Government is ensuring supermarkets can open on Easter Sunday so we can buy groceries, but stay closed on Good Friday allowing workers to take a break. This provides a balanced approach and ensures we avoid large queues that two days closure may cause. “Supermarkets will be able to open ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand defence personnel conclude mission at Taji
    Following the successful conclusion of the Building Partner Capacity (BPC) mission at Taji, New Zealand defence personnel are returning to New Zealand from Iraq, in accordance with the Cabinet decision made in June 2019, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today. “New Zealand is very ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • State of National Emergency extended
    The State of National Emergency to help stop the spread of COVID-19 has been extended for a further seven days, Minister of Civil Defence Peeni Henare said. The initial declaration on March 25 lasted seven days and can be extended as many times as necessary. “Since we went into isolation ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Strong Govt books support ‘go hard, go early’ response
    New Zealand’s ability to go hard and go early in the fight against COVID-19 has been underpinned by strong Government finances and the growing economy heading into this global pandemic, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Treasury today released the Crown financial statements for the eight months to the end ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Christchurch Hospital Hagley ICU to open to support COVID-19 response
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says 36 new intensive care beds at Christchurch Hospital’s new Hagley building are being fast tracked so they are available for treatment of COVID-19 patients.   The Ministry of Health is working with contractor CPB and Canterbury DHB to enable access to the hospital’s ICU, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government supports Air NZ freight flights
    The Government has fast-tracked up to $1 million to help Air New Zealand move urgent freight to and from New Zealand, with the first flight to Shanghai leaving tonight, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. Phil Twyford says it’s crucial that trade in vital goods such as medical supplies and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Tariff concessions on COVID-19 related products
    New Zealand will temporarily remove tariffs on all medical and hygiene imports needed for the COVID-19 response. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker and Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi said today that the New Zealand Customs Service will apply tariff concessions to all diagnostic reagents and testing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Clarification of modification to wage subsidy scheme
    Minister of Finance Grant Robertson has clarified that the changes to the wage subsidy scheme announced yesterday mean that employers should be passing on the full subsidy to workers, except in the case where the person’s normal income is less than the level of the subsidy. “We still want employers ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Face masks flowing to DHBs
    Medical face masks from the national reserve supply are now being distributed to District Health Boards, while at the same time local production is being ramped up. Yesterday more than 640,000 masks were sent to DHBS – that is an immediate two week supply, with more to follow in coming ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • COVID-19: Further steps to protect New Zealanders’ jobs
    The Government has made modifications to the wage subsidy scheme to ensure people don’t lose their jobs during the national lockdown. These changes will soften the impact of COVID-19 on workers, families and businesses, and position them to exit the lockdown and look to recovery, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Tax relief for Mycoplasma Bovis farmers
    Farmers whose herds were culled in response to the outbreak of Mycoplasma bovis will be able to minimise the tax treatment of their income in some circumstances. Revenue Minister Stuart Nash says Cabinet has agreed to change the law. It means farmers may be eligible to spread their income over ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • $27 million for NGOs and community groups to continue providing essential services
    A $27 million dollar package, effective immediately, is being provided to social sector services and community groups to ensure they can continue to provide essential support to communities as we stay at home as a nation to stop the spread of COVID-19, Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni announced. “At ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Statement on guilty plea of March 15 terrorist
    “The guilty plea today will provide some relief to the many people whose lives were shattered by what happened on March 15,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. “These guilty pleas and conviction bring accountability for what happened and also save the families who lost loved ones, those who were injured, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • COVID-19 updates
    The Prime Minister is holding daily press conferences to update New Zealanders on the Government's response to COVID-19. Links to videos and transcripts of these updates below. These transcripts also include All of Government press conferences led by Director Ministry of Health's Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield. 25 March: Live update from the Prime ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Police numbers break through 10,000 mark
    Frontline Police numbers have broken through the 10,000 mark for the first time in history as officers step forward to keep the community safe during the COVID19 lockdown. “Two Police graduations in Auckland and Wellington in the past week have been conducted in unprecedented circumstances,” Police Minister Stuart Nash said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Urgent tax measures for economic recovery
    Urgent legislation has been passed to support the package of economic and social measures needed to recover from the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. “The COVID-19 Response (Taxation and Social Assistance Urgent Measures) Bill will cushion New Zealanders from the worst economic impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak,” said Revenue Minister ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Further support for farmers and growers as drought persists
    From tomorrow, Government support for farmers and growers affected by drought will be expanded and extended across the country, with access to Rural Assistance Payments (RAPS) available throughout the North Island, parts of the South Island and the Chatham Islands, Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni announced. “These challenging conditions have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago