web analytics

Labour’s infrastructure spend announcement

Written By: - Date published: 12:06 pm, December 1st, 2019 - 35 comments
Categories: Economy, grant robertson, infrastructure, labour, public transport, transport, treasury - Tags:

Is the commitment to the budget responsibility rules weakening?

Because at the Labour Party Conference Grant Robertson has indicated that the Government will shortly announce a big capital spend on infrastructure.

From his speech:

[W]e believe now is the right time to build on Labour’s legacy, and build on the record of this Coalition Government.

Right now, we can borrow at an interest rate of 1.3% for ten years. Just think about that for a minute. When we came in to office, this was up at 3%.

We have the lowest borrowing costs in New Zealand’s history, so it is time to invest.

In terms of where we are in the economic cycle, in terms of the good shape that the Government’s books are in; now is the time to take the next step forward in our legacy of building New Zealand.

I can announce today that the Government will significantly increase spending on infrastructure. 

Cabinet has agreed in recent weeks to a package of infrastructure projects that we will be bringing forward into our short and medium-term programme. 

I would like to acknowledge the input from our Coalition and Confidence and Supply partners as we bring this together.

We are currently finalising the specific projects that the package will fund but I can tell you this – it will be significant. It will have a direct impact on growth and it will create jobs, especially I hope for our young people. 

We are also listening to calls from the construction industry for greater certainty about the pipeline of transport projects from 18 months’ time. We will give that certainty.

I accept that I was being optimistic about the budget responsibility rules.  Lower interest rates mean that more can be borrowed with the same effect on the finances. 

No doubt the projects will be sprinkled around the country.  The Auckland Isthmus light rail is a likely announcement along with strengthening of the electricity delivery system.  And rail from Auckland to Whangarei in preparation for a possible move of Auckland port activities may also on the preferred list.

In getting ready for the future the only road projects that should be built are those that help public transport.  The North Western busway may be a starter.

This is good brave stuff from the Government.  National will struggle to find a way to respond.  Although there is already an early indication of what they will do.

35 comments on “Labour’s infrastructure spend announcement ”

  1. Jenny How to get there 1

    I can announce today that the Government will significantly increase spending on infrastructure.

    Cabinet has agreed in recent weeks to a package of infrastructure projects that we will be bringing forward into our short and medium-term programme.

    Grant Robertson

    Very welcome news.

    The world is crying out for Green infrastructure, which really can only be the sort of infrastructure spending being considered.

    Let me be the first on this platform to congratulate the Government and the Cabinet for this momentous decision.

    • John Clover 1.1

      It would be a great long term goal but in the current climate and lack of workers it is pure election foolery/bribery for the short or medium as suggested by Robbo. 🙂

      I see the govt position as similar to my own and I am glad I currently spend only what I have and no longer borrow … despite only 1,3% interest,

      • greywarshark 1.1.1

        The government budget to provide for the country's needs and yours are so far apart as comparable economies that I can't believe you are coming to a political blog and prating on in this vein. It's pettifogging and truth-shrouding National speak.

  2. Clive Macann 2

    Well,

    Simon, I think the Shane Jones spend up is a huge "investment" to NZ small business and small communities. Note I said Investment as opposed to your "wasting billions" comment.

  3. pat 3

    After committing to the debt ceiling in 2017 this was always going to happen in time for the next election .

    What will be informative will be the nature of the projects announced….will the action reinforce the rhetoric re transformation?…or will we continue to tie ourselves into the existing paradigm by producing more of the same

  4. Climaction 4

    What if some of it is spent on four laning state highways? Like between auckland and whangarei?

    asking for a friend

    • Ad 4.1

      I think they'll open Puhoi-Warkworth and measure the demand first.

      There's plans in the drawer for the Brynderwyns.

      I'd see Whangarei-Marsden Point rail link as higher on the agenda of this kind of government.

      • Climaction 4.1.1

        The great sage lprent, who knows all about infrastructure amongst other things, continuously states that cars are like goldfish, they grow to fill the roads built for them.

        so and given sh1 north of Puhoi is one of the most congested extra urban parts of the state highway network on a daily basis, the demand is existing and expected grow. Particularly if north port is developed futher

        • Ad 4.1.1.1

          NZTA will wait to see the evidence when it opens.

          • Climaction 4.1.1.1.1

            No they won’t. That’s after the next election. It’s going to happen, why not just commit and be done with it rather than waiting and seeing and being late to the party again?

            new Zealand’s infrastructure is 30years out of date and you think labour thinks it can just wait?

            • Exkiwiforces 4.1.1.1.1.1

              Bring back the MoW as design and quality control Government Dept for all Government infrastructure projects as in some cases back in the if they didn’t the manpower or equipment at the time they subcontracted the project out and it was built to MoW specifications as the MoW had oversight of the project unlike the knuckle heads at NZTA etc where any project over budget or built so cheaply it’s falling apart within 5yrs after opening.

              • greywarshark

                Gordon Campbell refers to PPP comments that Robertson talked out some years ago. What if the government is trying to have its surplus and nibble away at it too? He has written a thoughtful article that if correct would aim hard facts into our pretty balloon and reduce it to a piece of coloured trash.

                https://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL1912/S00004/gordon-campbell-on-ppps-and-labours-infrastruture-plans.htm

                Could this be the summary: The cowardly, timorous, unbusinesslike Labour government, and also the National jesters-in-waiting, are just putty in the hands of the steely eyed financial lot on the RW phalanx backed by the Treasury.

                Or am I wrong, so wrong that I should eat my hat and go vegan for six months? I won't of course whatever, because comment in this political era is just a lot of flamboyant flourishes, but it would do to entertain the spectators.

            • Ad 4.1.1.1.1.2

              Election dates are important to politicians. The NZTA machine generally rolls on.

              Puhoi-Warkworth is what is known as an 'availability ppp'. With the comparisons coming up between the Puhoi-Warkworth and Transmission Gully, there's going to be a debate between NZTA and MoT that will take a while to settle about whether more ppp's in highways are a good idea.

              The next stage from Warkworth to Wellsford will also get drawn into a broader discussion about repairing and further upgrading the North Auckland Rail Line at the same time. Then there's Auckland-Northland rail electrification. Then there's shifting the port. No part of the puzzle is separate, and absolutely none of it is inevitable.

              Jobs this big require politicians to unequivocally say what they want and commit even if the benefits are weak or too distant to register in Treasury modeling. In my experience about 75% of a major job is getting everyone to agree that it should be done and getting the funding together. 25% is doing it.

              • Climaction

                Yet strangely, opposing it as a holiday highway was labour in opposition.

                yet now, there might be a case for it and all the little acolytes have gone through a quick two hour media training session and are paving the way for it to happen, politically.

    • cleangreen 4.2

      Well done Grant Robinson;

      We need rail in all regions modernised to make it more user friendly ready for moving trucks off the roads and onto flat bed wagons like overseas do all the time as they drive the truck and trailer onto the rail wagon and ship it by clean energy with no tyres or heavy use of diesel.

      Then with rail using 'steel wheels on a steel track' with the advantage of a low friction coupled with low less than 20% diesel to move each tonne each km makes perfect sense for or goal to make transport carbon neutral.

      A win win plan Grant has actually figured it out ahead here..

      • greywarshark 4.2.1

        Better get the name right cleangreen whether he does the right thing by your region or not. His name is Grant Robertson (call him Bert for short – (think of Bert and Ernie from Sesame Street who were a decent pair of blokes. We could do with the same on real street.)

      • Bruce 4.2.2

        I think cars too on flat bed rolling stock, drive on, enjoy relaxed travel to as close as the rail goes to your destination, drive off and go do what you came to do.

        Then there's always the Friday nite rail car to Opua wharf and water taxis about the Bay for a reasonably priced family weekend get away.

  5. Ad 5

    The big decade-scale projects like shifting Auckland's port to Whangarei are not the problem (although if he felt like it he could sell Devonport Naval Base and shift it at the same time, and the Devonport property prices would assist NZNavy's bill for shifting).

    Those big projects have their own momentum and take many years – often decades – to land as contracts that get done. It means the big contractors can plan their workforces and international partners well in advance.

    It's the medium-scale ones (in transport, water, and electricity) that the country and its regions need to simply keep going that are the real problem.

    A little test for the new Infrastructure Commission: will the government respect them enough to listen to a rigorously-tested set of demands or will the pork-barrel politics of election year party politics jump on them? The NLTP and Kiwirail Asset Management Plan are in for a test.

    • Exkiwiforces 5.1

      I believe that RNZN Dockyard at Devonport will have to move at sometime in the near medium to long term as the proposed new ships for the RNZN in the 2019 NZDF Capability Plan will be to big for the existing graving dock (dry dock) at Devonport as they will be too wide, too long or a mixture of both.

      There has been talk to move most of Devonport to up Nth and a few vessels down to Dunedin namely the new proposed Southern Ocean Patrol Vessel along with a couple of minor vessel.

      I’ve seen a few articles from the ODT prior to the reopening of Hillside workshops that Ronnie was put a case to together involving the reopening of Hillside and the re-establishment of RNZN base Dunedin area as area for heavy to medium size engineering centre of excellence for training up tradies and conduct R/D as will. The same could apply for Northland as well in the same context as both regions have been hit hard over the 30 or 40yrs of this Neo- Con/ Neo-Lib BS.

      • Ad 5.1.1

        Devonport is part of the NZDF strategic property review they've got going at the moment.

        Port Chalmers for southern fisheries patrols and Marsden for the rest makes a lot of sense to me.

      • Exkiwiforces 5.1.2

        I think the moving RNZN to Northland is almost a shoe in, as the only place is sounds along with RMA and a whole host of other issues. From a historical perspective the sounds while earmarked to be an Allied Naval Base during the WW2 if the Battle of the Coral Sea went in favour of the Japanese as would’ve all the other ports from Auckland and the from Brisbane northwards at the mercy of the Japanese Combined Fleet.

        Its been interesting to see the Navy making Greater use of the Dunedin Region as a supply, resupply and for periods of self maintenance while the OPV’s and just recently of the Landing Support Ship L421 for their runs down Sth since this Government has been in office.

        I wouldn’t be surprised to a NZDF Joint Base being established in the Greater Dunedin Region in the near future for operations in the Southern parts of the South Island and further afield into the Southern Ocean Region in the coming decades. The Greater Dunedin Regional Airport is capable of P8 and Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) UAV operations once the appropriate infrastructure is or if built in the medium to long term. I do recall in the 90’s that the Government of deployed an ANZAC Frigate (I think the old Type 12’s did a little better, but lack the range as they use FFO instead of Diesel fuel)down Sth, it copped a hiding from Mother Nature while on station and was out of commission for 3-6mths at the time for repairs.

        (note this post in reply Ad’s@half 2 as the iPad is playing up again)

  6. Peter 6

    Bridges is quite right to ask what they've been doing for the last two years.

    I think they've been giving him the opportunity to look a leader, an inspirational politician or a simple fool. I congratulate him for how he grasped the challenge in both hands and how he achieved so well with one of those.

    • Anne 6.1

      laugh I think the PM should bestow on him a bravery medal for having so successfully achieved one of those.

      The Gov. Gen. can pin it on the breast pocket of his best suit at the next medal ceremony.

    • cleangreen 6.2

      Peter was National in power for the years 2008 – 2017?

      Was Simon Bridges there in the Government then also????

      Could they have then moved the naval-NZDF Joint Base there then perhaps?

  7. UncookedSelachimorpha 7

    " I can announce today that the Government will significantly increase spending on infrastructure. "

    Unfortunately because of Labour's neoliberal blindness, most of this will be funnelled via private firms, with the wealthy owners clipping the ticket the whole way and workers on minimum wage wherever possible. Labour does not believe in direct implementation by the state (which would benefit the owners of state capital – i.e. all of us, instead of the owners of private capital – i.e. the 1%).

    I work in one of the industries benefitting from the PGF – the bulk of the benefit will go to the already very rich owners (in my industry, anyway).

    • Ad 7.1

      The Ministry of Works is never coming back. Nostalgia just ain't what it used to be.

      Even in large scale infrastructure, people are going to make money. Shock horror I know. On most jobs constructors don't make more than 6%, and quite often they lose money.

      Even in light rail – the largest infrastructure project on the horizon – one arm of the state is proposing to make money for New Zealanders.

      • UncookedSelachimorpha 7.1.1

        Nothing to do with nostalgia, just to do with what gives the most benefit to society.

        It is not just how infrastructure is created (with private companies clipping the ticket and driving down wages etc) – it is also a question of who owns it (and benefits from that ownership) after it is built. Labour is still fairly keen on public private partnerships – which is equivalent to state welfare for private capital owners.

  8. Ad 8

    I am really happy that the first chunk of infrastructure spend is on making schools better places to be. We need results delivered in 12 months, not more roads that take two or three years to get anywhere.

    • ScottGN 8.1

      I agree totally Ad. Piling money into schools and/or hospitals is a smart move from Ardern and Robertson. Parents heading to the polling booths next year will be reminded of the work Labour governments do every time they do the school run. Plus it’s hard for the Opposition to mount a counter argument against this sort of investment and National is really vulnerable to accusations of neglect in these areas.

      • Incognito 8.1.1

        It’s a cunning strategic move.

        Ms Ardern says this is also about jobs – especially in the trades.

        She's urging schools to engage local builders, plumbers, carpenters, roofers, and landscapers.

        https://home.nzcity.co.nz/news/article.aspx?id=302126

        With the money becoming available immediately, it could well be the talk over BBQs during Summer. Schools have only a few more weeks to go until the School Holidays. Brilliant!

        I think they blindsided National big time. Marvellous!

        • Sacha 8.1.1.1

          It’s a cunning strategic move.

          Yes! Sigh of relief here.

        • cleangreen 8.1.1.2

          It was a gem that Grant produced there that will ensure the next three years for the coalition gladly.

          I am elated at the sight of regional rail finally being lifted back into service again with a serious commitment he has shown to spend on infrastructure again to lower road truck gridlock that was killing us all.

          • Herodotus 8.1.1.2.1

            So for those schools who have been waiting many years for the MOE to get moving to repair their leaking buildings, will they have to wait still, as this gift has a 2 year sunset clause ?

            Whist as time moves on these buildings continue to deteriorate, and the cost to remedy increases.

            Still this achieved IMO its prime objective … Make a headline. Like Kiwibuild not a great deal of thought regarding implementation. "Construction in Auckland relies on migrant workers to fill a labour shortage. Migrants are sold a dream but the reality can be under the table jobs that don't guarantee pay or safety, Harrison Christian writes."

            https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/117551892/death-of-a-migrant-under-the-table-workers-building-aucklands-multimillion-dollar-homes

  9. sumsuch 9

    These pricks will at least do the right thing after the next election or never expect another vote. Strange people.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Chair appointed for Auckland Light Rail Establishment Unit
    Transport Minister Michael Wood today announced that former Chief Executive of Manukau City Council Leigh Auton has been appointed as Independent Chair of the Auckland Light Rail Establishment Unit to engage with Aucklanders and take the project forward. Leigh Auton has been appointed as chair for an 11 month term ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • Royal Commission into Historical Abuse scope adjusted to avoid timeline delay
    “The Government continues to honour our commitment to survivors which we made when the Royal Commission was established in 2018, and has refined the Terms of Reference to make sure the Commission delivers its final report in 2023,” says Minister of Internal Affairs, Jan Tinetti. In December 2020, the Royal ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    8 hours ago
  • Making the border stronger
      New ‘very high risk’ country designation Returnees to be cohorted into MIQs   The Government is taking significant additional steps to make our borders even safer, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. “New Zealand is in a strong position and Kiwis enjoy freedoms most other countries do not ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • More Aucklanders get a place to call home as Government delivers on housing
    250 new warm, dry homes officially opened in Auckland today including: •           90 public housing homes •           34 KiwiBuild homes •           43 market homes and •           83 transitional housing homes The Government’s commitment to ensuring more New Zealanders have warm, dry, healthy homes is paying off in Auckland, where the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • Independent review to explore future for local government
    Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta says an independent review of local government will explore how councils can maintain and improve the wellbeing of New Zealanders in the communities they serve long into the future. Announcing the review today Nanaia Mahuta says it will focus on how our system of local ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • New Zealand’s first official space mission announces ‘mission control’
    New Zealand’s first government funded space mission has taken a ‘giant leap’ with Auckland University’s Te Pūnaha Ātea-Auckland Space Institute announced as the permanent host of the New Zealand based mission control centre for a global methane tracking satellite. “MethaneSAT is a really exciting opportunity to showcase New Zealand’s science ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    11 hours ago
  • Leaders’ Summit on Climate to raise ambition on climate action
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern joined President Biden at the virtual Leaders’ Summit on Climate hosted by the United States overnight. The summit, held for Earth Day, brought world leaders together to galvanise efforts to reduce emissions this decade and keep the shared goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • Strengthening Trans-Tasman Ties: Australia-New Zealand Foreign Minister Consultations
    New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon Nanaia Mahuta and Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Women, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, met in Wellington today for biannual Australia-New Zealand Foreign Minister Consultations. Marise Payne’s visit is the first official visit to New Zealand by Australia since both ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Deposit taking measures protect financial stability and New Zealanders
    Cabinet has finalised a package of new measures to protect New Zealanders’ interests in the banking and financial system, including guaranteeing deposits of up to $100,000 per eligible institution. These measures, the final part of a comprehensive review of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand Act, have been the subject ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Apprenticeship numbers jump in 2020
    The number of apprentices continues to grow, with people from across the community signing up for careers in the trades, Education Minister Chris Hipkins says. Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) for enrolments in tertiary and vocational study as at December 2020 shows that the number of apprentices increased by 17.6 per ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • New Zealand to open new Trade Commission in Fiji
    New Zealand will open a new Trade Commission in Fiji later this year, Trade and Export Growth Minister Damien O’Connor has announced.  “Fiji is New Zealand’s largest trading partner in the Pacific region”, Damien O’Connor said. “Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, annual two-way trade between New Zealand and Fiji was ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Building a New Zealand Health Service that works for all New Zealanders
    HON ANDREW LITTLE SPEECH Morena tātau katoa. Tēnā tātau kua karahuihui mai nei i tēnei ata, Ki te whakarewa te rautaki hauora matua o Aotearoa, Kia hua ko te oranga pai o te motu. Tena tatau katoa.   INTRODUCTION Welcome. Today, I am laying out for you a plan to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Major reforms will make healthcare accessible for all NZers
    All DHBs will be replaced by one national organisation, Health New Zealand A new Māori Health Authority will have the power to commission health services, monitor the state of Māori health and develop policy New Public Health Agency will be created Strengthened Ministry of Health will monitor performance and advise ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Minister Henare contribution to speech on Building a New Zealand Health Service that works for all N...
    We talk a lot about being a transformational Government. Some imagine this statement means big infrastructure builds, massive policy commitments all leading up to a single grand reveal. But this is what I see as transformation. Something quite simply and yet so very complex. Māori feeling comfortable and able to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Health reform announcement
    On Wednesday morning, Minister of Health Andrew Little and Associate Minister of Health (Māori) Peeni Henare are announcing major health reforms.  You can watch the announcement live here from 8am Wednesday. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Alpine Fault research supports Government’s work planning and preparing for earthquakes
    New research into the probability of an Alpine Fault rupture reinforces the importance of taking action to plan and prepare for earthquakes, Acting Minister for Emergency Management Kris Faafoi says. Research published by Dr Jamie Howarth of Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington today, shows there is a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand to provide further support to UN North Korea sanctions
    Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta and Defence Minister Peeni Henare today announced that New Zealand is deploying a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 Orion maritime patrol aircraft in support of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) sanctions on North Korea. The Resolutions, adopted unanimously by the UNSC between 2006 and 2017, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Transmission Gully review shows flawed planning process should have been addressed before project st...
    The Transmission Gully Interim Review has found serious flaws at the planning stage of the project, undermining the successful completion of the four-lane motor north of Wellington Infrastructure Minister Grant Robertson and Transport Minister Michael Wood said. Grant Robertson said the review found the public-private partnership (PPP) established under the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Australian Foreign Minister to visit Aotearoa New Zealand
    Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta announced today that Australian Foreign Minister Hon Marise Payne will visit Aotearoa New Zealand for the first face-to-face Foreign Ministers’ Consulations since the COVID-19 pandemic began. “Australia is New Zealand’s closest and most important international partner. I’m very pleased to be able to welcome Hon Marise ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Border exceptions will see more families reunited
    Hundreds more families who were separated by the border closure will be reunited under new border exceptions announced today, Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi said. “The Government closed the border to everyone but New Zealand citizens and residents, in order to keep COVID-19 out, keep our economy open and keep New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • “He Taniwha He Tipua, He Tipua He Taniwha – The Dragon and the Taniwha”
    Hon Nanaia Mahuta, Foreign Minister 8.30am, 19 April 2021 [CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY] Speech to the NZCC Korihi Pō, Korihi Ao E rongo e turia no Matahau Nō Tū te winiwini, Nō Tū te wanawana Tū Hikitia rā, Tū Hapainga mai Ki te Whai Ao, Ki te Ao Mārama Tihei Mauri ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Backing sustainable wool carpets to create a compelling yarn for New Zealand’s strong wool sector
    The Government is supporting a new project with all-wool New Zealand carpet company, Bremworth, which has its sights on developing more sustainable all-wool carpets and rugs, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor announced.  The Ministry for Primary Industries is contributing $1.9 million towards Bremworth’s $4.9 million sustainability project through its Sustainable Food ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New Zealand provides support to Timor-Leste for flooding and COVID-19 surge
    New Zealand is providing further support to Timor-Leste following severe flooding and the recent surge in COVID-19 cases, Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta announced today. “Our thoughts are with the people of Timor-Leste who have been impacted by the severe flooding and landslides at a time when the country is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • WHANAU OF MĀORI BATTALION SOLDIERS REUNITED WITH MEDALS
    A ceremony has been held today in Gisborne where the unclaimed medals of 28 (Māori) Battalion C Company soldiers were presented to their families.   After the Second World War, returning service personnel needed to apply for their medals and then they would be posted out to them.  While most medals ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Reducing barriers to breastfeeding
    The Government is committed to increasing the number of mothers who breastfeed for longer to give babies born in New Zealand the best start in life. The Ministry of Health recommends that babies are exclusively breastfed for the first six month but only about 20 percent of children at this ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • SolarWinds compromise attributed to Russian state actor
    New Zealand has today added its voice to the international condemnation of the malicious compromise and exploitation of the SolarWinds Orion platform. The Minister Responsible for the Government Communications Security Bureau, Andrew Little, says that New Zealand's international partners have analysed the compromise of the SolarWinds Orion platform and attributed ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Queenstown roading project given fast track approval
    An expert consenting panel has approved the Queenstown Arterials Project, which will significantly improve transport links and reduce congestion for locals and visitors in the tourism hotspot.   Environment Minister David Parker welcomed the approval for the project that will construct, operate and maintain a new urban road around Queenstown’s town ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Screen industry secures landmark project
    Economic and Regional Development Minister Stuart Nash says a landmark deal has been agreed with Amazon for The Lord of the Rings TV series, currently being filmed in New Zealand. Mr Nash says the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) secures multi-year economic and tourism benefits to New Zealand, outside the screen ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Report into review of health response to lead contamination released
    The Government welcomes the findings from a rapid review into the health system response to lead contamination in Waikouaiti’s drinking water supply. Sample results from the town’s drinking-water supply showed intermittent spikes in lead levels above the maximum acceptable value. The source of the contamination is still under investigation by ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • NZ Upgrade Programme revs up economic recovery
    Transport Minister Michael Wood today marked the start of construction on the New Zealand Upgrade Programme’s Papakura to Drury South project on Auckland’s Southern Motorway, which will create hundreds of jobs and support Auckland’s economic recovery. The SH1 Papakura to Drury South project will give more transport choices by providing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Speech releasing the Digital Council's report 'Towards Trustworthy and Trusted Automated D...
    CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY  E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā karanga maha o te wa, tēnā koutou, tēna koutou, tēna tātou katoa. Ki ngā mana whenua, ko Ngāi Tahu, ko Waitaha, ko Kāti Māmoe  anō nei aku mihi ki a koutou. Nōku te hōnore kia haere mai ki te ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Green light for 10 minute e-bus to Auckland Airport
    Transport Minister Michael Wood today marked the completion of upgrades to State Highway 20B which will give Aucklanders quick electric bus trips to and from the airport. The State Highway 20B Early Improvements project has added new lanes in each direction between Pukaki Creek Bridge and SH20 for buses and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Review into greyhound racing announced
    The Government is putting in place a review of the work being done on animal welfare and safety in the greyhound racing industry, Grant Robertson announced today. “While Greyhound Racing NZ has reported some progress in implementing the recommendations of the Hansen Report, recent incidents show the industry still has ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Road safety boosted by increased penalty for mobile use while driving
    The infringement fee for using a mobile phone while driving will increase from $80 to $150 from 30 April 2021 to encourage safer driving, Transport Minister Michael Wood announced today. Michael Wood said too many people are still picking up the phone while driving. “Police issued over 40,000 infringement notices ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Pacific mental wellbeing supported across Auckland and Wellington
    Pacific people in New Zealand will be better supported with new mental health and addiction services rolling out across the Auckland and Wellington regions, says Aupito William Sio.  “One size does not fit all when it comes to supporting the mental wellbeing of our Pacific peoples. We need a by ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Fresh approach proposed to Smokefree 2025
    New measures are being proposed to accelerate progress towards becoming a smokefree nation by 2025, Associate Minister of Health Dr Ayesha Verrall announced. “Smoking or exposure to second-hand smoke kills around 12 people a day in New Zealand. Recent data tells us New Zealand’s smoking rates continue to decrease, but ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Govt expands Mana Ake to provide more school-based mental wellbeing support
    More children will be able to access mental wellbeing support with the Government expansion of Mana Ake services to five new District Health Board areas, Health Minister Andrew Little says. The Health Minister made the announcement while visiting Homai School in Counties Manukau alongside Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Associate ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Record Number of People Move Into Work
    The Government’s COVID-19 response has meant a record number of people moved off a Benefit and into employment in the March Quarter, with 32,880 moving into work in the first three months of 2021. “More people moved into work last quarter than any time since the Ministry of Social Development ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Significant global progress made under Christchurch Call
    A stocktake undertaken by France and New Zealand shows significant global progress under the Christchurch Call towards its goal to eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content online.  The findings of the report released today reinforce the importance of a multi-stakeholder approach, with countries, companies and civil society working together to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New chair of interim TAB NZ Board appointed
    Racing Minister Grant Robertson has announced he is appointing Elizabeth Dawson (Liz) as the Chair of the interim TAB NZ Board. Liz Dawson is an existing Board Director of the interim TAB NZ Board and Chair of the TAB NZ Board Selection Panel and will continue in her role as ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago