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Latest Newshub Reid Research poll – yet another rogue poll

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Tova O’Brien said that it would be a bombshell result and it was.

The results of tonight’s Newshub Reid Research poll results are:

Labour – 61% up 4.4

National – 25% down 5.5

Greens – 5.7% – up 0.2

NZ First – 2% – down 0.7

Act – 3.3% up 1.5%

Others – who cares.

This is unheard of at this stage of an election campaign.

Kiwis obviously prefer Aroha and compassion to belligerence.

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  1. Incognito 1

    A nice birthday present 😀

  2. Anker 2

    Yah! Jacinda and labour deserve this

  3. weka 3

    Strange framing from TB, that Collins is the best leader for National to win. Surely no-one believes that National has any chance (short of some extraordinary event)? Collins becoming leader was about powermongering. National could have played the longer game, put in someone who could have rebuilt the party, but no, they went with this shit show led by Collins.

    • Gabby 3.1

      Maybe Collins' Chance is like Hobson's Choice.

    • Incognito 3.2

      Judith’s poll bounce bounced like a dead cat.

    • Draco T Bastard 3.3

      National don't keep leaders who lose so maybe putting her in charge was a way to get rid of her once and for all.

      • Hanswurst 3.3.1

        That seems a bit too much like turkeys voting for Christmas. More likely, they thought that, if she arrested their decline and took a fighting chunk out of the government's vote, she was worth the discomfort of having her as leader, and if she didn't, they could tell her to shove off.

    • georgecom 3.4

      Luxon is not in Parliament yet so Collins is the seat warmer, like a fluffer in the adult movie industry, or a stand in for the pre-record light and sound settings in the movie business that involves actual acting skills

    • Stuart Munro 3.5

      I'm not really sure they have the depth – when Brownlee can be number two, how much talent can be left on the bench? Collins is the best they've got – probably was when Key was parachuted in too.

      Not that they have a ghost of a prayer – the invisible hand is acting to correct a glut of RW nutjobbery – it isn't worth what it used to be.

    • Grafton Gully 3.6

      The thing about Collins is she is a time tested true blue what you see is what you get National diehard. Smart, legal and business experience, not a smartarse "look at me" money flicker. I like her and think she represents National's values really well. Hope she keeps the faith. NZ needs a credible opposition.

  4. Gabby 4

    Clearly Judith Codger needs to get nastier and Winnie needs to get whinier. It's got to start paying off eventually.

  5. Andre 5

    Do the bookies have odds on whether JuDarth is still Nat leader on election day?

  6. Roy cartland 6

    And the next story was about how they are adopting some pretty green power policy. Could this be…?

  7. observer 7

    The roll call of "political and media commentators" who predicted exactly the opposite is too long to list. It's almost as if they just make stuff up, eh?

    Polling period: 16-24 July. So it included both Falloon and ILG stories. How did that little ploy work out for you, Judith?

    (Double down … predict AM Show tomorrow: "Did Labour MP smoke weed at student party in 1990's?" – anonymous source shock claim!)

  8. Chris T 8

    It isn't exactly rocket science that Labour would win the election after the Covid thing.

    Well to me any way.

  9. Peter 9

    Regardless of the numbers the poll is brilliant simply because it has David Farrar wetting his pants and, by and large, saying the results are impossible.

  10. Westykev 10

    While the Labour Party hierarchy will be pleased with this poll they will also be worried that that their supporters see the election result is assured and don’t get out and vote.

    • observer 10.1

      Fair comment, if this poll was a week before the election.

      But it's 8 weeks, so no, not really. I doubt Labour will be at 60% in many polls. 50% on election day would be champagne time.

      • Westykev 10.1.1

        I hear you however, even if the polls come closer to 50% complacency comes to the fore. Not only with the supporters but MPs as well and that can cost seats,

        • I Feel Love 10.1.1.1

          "MPs as well" that is a fear, yep.

          • observer 10.1.1.1.1

            Yes. Need to maintain discipline (that's you, Greg O'Connor).

            Premature triumphalism is pretty harmless on blog comments but dangerous from MPs.

        • McFlock 10.1.1.2

          Yes, but if Labour looks well ahead and the greens are looking on the edge still, I for one will be going Green, rather than staying home.

    • Rapunzel 10.2

      How different is that to National Party voters seeing the result as a foregone conclusion & not bothering either – there are less of the older core traditional voters now & some of them may well simply agree with the govt covid response but may choose not to vote at all

      • Westykev 10.2.1

        They will still vote Blue. They will definitely believe this is a rogue poll, and the next and the next poll too. I was once involved in the Party and those over sixty are hard core supporters. Judith was the overwhelming favourite of the Party members who were surprised and disappointed with Bridges accession to the leadership.

        • Rapunzel 10.2.1.1

          Being "once involved" is something you should compare with what applies now, it's quite different in the overall view most people have now

      • George 10.2.2

        The covid situation is completely new and there is no rulebook for anybody. First point was to protect the community. Labour did that. National wanted to protect the economy…like Australia. The turnout and vote from the public could well be decided by what is happening in Victoria rather than the politics here. There may have been some issues at the border around covid but it's still under control and we aren't looking at 10 daily deaths and 400+ new cases. National are very focused on other things …that they no longer realize what is important to the public. And yup it’s too late to backtrack on this and pretend they said something else.

        • Rapunzel 10.2.2.1

          I agree the people I know have an overall view that looks outside NZ & they have an eye on the future they don't need any or much persuasion the NZ govt has & is giving them the best option & they're onboard the battle through the currently uncertain future

  11. Pat 11

    "National Party leadership contender Judith Collins has set herself a performance threshold of 35 per cent in the polls if she wins the leadership."

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11994559

    Au revoir

    • Andre 11.1

      Aww, c'mon. She hasn't even had the job for two weeks yet and she's got them more than two thirds of the way there! If that isn't stunningly successful leadership, what is?

  12. Byd0nz 12

    Westykev. I know it has been a problem in the past, but I think the Covid thing will compel them to vote. Also I think that young first time voters will come out strong for Jacinda, that from what I have heard from my young ones' and their friends.

    • Westykev 12.1

      Absolute right, Jacinda has the younger adult support but this still needs to translate to votes on the day.

    • George 12.2

      Yes agreed. And remember also that Judith laughing at the 16 year climate change protestors a while back. These are her constituents! She rubbishes them at her peril. They are voting in this election now. And there will be 13 and 14 year olds voting in the next. Waky wakey

  13. Chris T 13

    Would imagine (And I in no way know) Collins would have taken the job on the proviso she doesn't get turfed after the election loss.

    Either that or given an extremely high profile good portfolio and standing down

    • Rapunzel 13.1

      A good portfolio in Opposition for another 3 years? I see

      • Chris T 13.1.1

        It would have been the only way anyone would have taken on the job this close to the election tbf.

        Ardern probably did the same thing when given it so close in 2017.

        Just worked out better for her

        • Rapunzel 13.1.1.1

          Maybe , I just think that Collins couldn't resist it when they had few other options & doing it for that reason is why she doesn't resonate

          • Chris T 13.1.1.1.1

            I think Collins is many things. A lot not that great, but one isn't stupid.

            • Rapunzel 13.1.1.1.1.1

              You may think that, I don't for the simple reason she seems to have applied a nano-second to the Lee-Galloway "reveal" & I believe it's a failure that is costing her & National. You, & she, I think underestimate what voters want right now & that's a way of life that makes sense when they look outside NZ

              • Chris T

                Thank you for pretending to be able to read my thoughts and match them in your head to a politician I couldn't give a rats about.

                Much appreciated

            • Draco T Bastard 13.1.1.1.1.2

              She's in that National Party – that pretty much ensures that she is, as a matter of fact, stupid. Comes with all the other National Party characteristics – the arrogance, selfishness, self-righteousness, self-aggrandizing, greed and corruption.

    • Hanswurst 13.2

      Either that or given an extremely high profile good portfolio and standing down

      She's in no position to negotiate that, though. She doesn't know for certain who will be left after the election, what will have transpired or who will become leader. Whoever has the numbers then has a free hand to do what they like with her ranking and portfolios.

      • McFlock 13.2.1

        I suspect she did some basic questioning:

        at ~30%, is the nat vote likely to go up or down?

        if it goes up and she's not leader, between Luxon and the inevitable pool of new mps after the 2020 election, she's basically hit her parliamentary career height. She doesn't have dirt on too many mps just entering parliament.

        if it goes down and she's not leader, it'll just be rinse and repeat for a derelict party, and the new leader will get more votes in 2023 so look comparatively successful.

        If she becomes leader and it goes up, she might have enough weight to fend off a leadership challenge from Luxon long enough to knife him.

        If she becomes leader and it goes down, she gets "leader of the opposition" on her CV in the way Blinglish is a former PM. Good for those internationasl business trips. And who knows, she might recover enough in 2023 to form a govt in 2026 (but I doubt it).

  14. Treetop 14

    You give out good you get good back. You give out bad you get bad back.

    What goes around comes around.

  15. yet another rogue poll

    Agreed. No way national can be polling that high 😆

  16. Incognito 16

    National Party Caucus meeting: “Next!!”.

  17. Sacha 17

    • observer 17.1

      Those numbers illustrate National's problem well.

      In 2017 there was a big pool of potential Labour votes to be gained from NZF and the Greens. There was enough evidence that National could lose the election – it was a question of how the non-Nat votes were distributed.

      In 2020 the well is almost dry, for National. NZF and ACT could get zero and it wouldn't help much.

  18. New Zealanders look around the world and thank Jacinda and the team.

    This is a vote for positive affirmation kindness steady improvements and science.

    We all know the pandemic is raging out of control elsewhere, but here we can continue to think and plan for our future while coping with returnees and visitors.

    Many many Happy Returns Jacinda and Labour/Greens.

  19. RedBaronCV 19

    Doesn't seem to be a lot of "don't knows" .My impression is that people have pretty much made up their minds already- apart from some minor tactical switching Lab/greens and ACT/Nat- and the campaign isn't going to change much of anything.

    With one reservation – another Falloon sized scandal around Nat might convince a few more of their supporters to stay home. Collins may yet beat the Billy English target

    • weka 19.1

      going to be so interesting to see what National do next. Does Collins only have the one gear?

      • Sacha 19.1.1

        The desperate operators around her probably have many buckets of filth to fling.

      • The Al1en 19.1.2

        Maybe, just maybe, they'll have to change tack. The danger for them is they go even dirtier and nastier, and as attacking the most popular pm ever clearly isn't working out too well for them, they could try and push some policy or get in step with the majority of people in NZ.

        • Anne 19.1.2.1

          There’s a new dirty story doing the rounds about Clarke Gayford. Remember about two years ago a dirty tale was spread about him in an attempt to embarrass Jacinda? It looks like it has happened again.

          • Sacha 19.1.2.1.1

            A classy operator like Gerry probably has a dirt file on her toddler already.

          • ScottGN 19.1.2.1.2

            Yeah Anne. I went out for a drink tonight and a couple of people passed on this story about Clarke. I was to able to tell them that I had seen the PM and Clarke quite happily together at a Labour Party debate in Mt Albert the week before.

          • Incognito 19.1.2.1.3

            That’s just one of the many thing Moderators keep an eye on. There have been attempts …

          • anker 19.1.2.1.4

            Saw a comment on the National Party FB feed, which comes through to me. Thought is was scum and not credible

          • I Feel Love 19.1.2.1.5

            Let them spread it, it's so ludicrous, it will only damage those spreading it.

          • Chris T 19.1.2.1.6

            Putting aside the latest Ardern thing, as I think her partner isn't that dim.

            Parliament is a big place and there have always been people shagging each other, like any work place.

            In the end that is all it is. A work place

            And it doesn't matter which side.

            There is no oath they sign up to saying this Nat MP must not shag Deb's from that Labour office dept, or the other way round

            • Anne 19.1.2.1.6.1

              Yes, I made the same point here last week. Its been going on since time immemorial. I think the heightened atmosphere of the Beehive enclave and the power cliques that exist around parliament make it worse than your average workplace. And yes, it has gone on in all political parties.

              Hopefully there will be a culture change with the Speaker's new code of conduct which he has made clear he is going to enforce.

              Not a moment too soon.

              • Grafton Gully

                The more frantic feel ups leers and quick fucks on site (if poss) the better in my book – it's a high energy, go for it place – sure beats a solo wank with or without the the Speakers new code of conduct.

      • Treetop 19.1.3

        The gear was in reverse and Collins thought she was in first gear.

  20. Ken 20

    Looks like when confronted with a choice between nasty and nice, people choose nice.

    • observer 20.1

      They may do, but above all they choose competent.

      Collins vastly over-rates her own competence. Ardern's critics under-rate hers.

      • ScottGN 20.1.1

        Absolutely right observer. The number of Collins boosters in the media who thought she only had to show up for Question Time and would go on to monster Ardern was ridiculous.

  21. mauī 21

    The wonderful, wonderful Reid Research.. what an amazing polling company.

  22. PaddyOT 22

    So is that a low from Bridge's low in May?

    Years have passed and I keep thinking
    What a fool I've been
    I look back into the past and ( wrote a book)
    Think of way back then
    I know that I lost everything I thought I that could win
    I guess I should have listened to my friends ( ummmm)

    All the burning bridges that have fallen after me
    All the lonely feelings and the burning memories
    Everyone I left behind each time I closed the door
    Burning bridges lost (lasts) forevermore

  23. Andre 23

    On behalf of absent regulars, I'd like to put the contrarian view out for consideration:

    This appallingly dismal poll result proves the general public has seen through the Labour Party to the hollow husks of bought neo-liberal corporate shills they truly are. Turn Labour left!

    • weka 23.1

      haha.

      I think this demonstrates that NZ is comfortable with neoliberalism. Not sure how lefties will reconcile that with a continuing housing crisis, no relief for welfare, and climate action fails, but we will see I guess 🙂

      • weka 23.1.1

        More seriously, I am curious about the missing 5%, who voted Green in 2014 but Labour in 2017. What's up with that?

        I wish we had polls like this,

        • Andre 23.1.1.1

          Isn't that kind of info usually derived from exit polls? I've never been exit polled here nor do I remember hearing about any here. Maybe I've just been paying attention to other stuff election day.

          • Sacha 23.1.1.1.1

            We get the one post-election analysis each time, as far as I know: http://www.nzes.org/

            • Andre 23.1.1.1.1.1

              Thanks.

              Looks like they ask all the questions needed, but don't work out the split weka's looking for. You'd need the individual questionnaires for that.

              3000-odd results also strikes me as a smallish sample size for meaningful results for the smaller parties.

          • observer 23.1.1.1.2

            Exit polls are illegal in NZ. Part of our ban on political activity on the day.

        • Andre 23.1.1.2

          As to half the Greens vote from 2014 apparently shifting to Labour, I'm sure you can find convincing arguments for whatever hypothesis you favour and against whichever ideas you disfavour, such as:

          The Greens are popular when Labour looks like a mess, when Labour gets its shit together those voters go back.

          With the loss of Graham and Clendon, it looks like the Greens' focus on environment has been lost in favour of social issues, so those voters really focused on environmental issues don't feel Greens really speak for them any more (or alternatively actively disagree with the social justice positions).

          I'm sure there's more but I'm out of energy for trying to think them up and articulate them.

          • Sacha 23.1.1.2.1

            When Labour's vote looked in desperate straits, left support swung that way. This time the reverse ought to apply.

    • mickysavage 23.2

      Heh Andre. It is complex …

    • mauī 23.3

      Just a hangover from the socialist dictatorship that started a couple of months ago…

  24. observer 24

    The party vote numbers always get the headlines, but often there's more revealing data in the other, less noticed numbers.

    83% approve of Ardern's performance. That number has been consistently high for months. It hasn't really changed, all through the game of Blue Musical Chairs. (Note: approval. Not preferred PM, a different measure).

    It's not really about Bridges/Muller/Collins/Whoever. If a PM is very popular, they get re-elected. Labour never beat Key.

    • ScottGN 24.1

      Yep. We’ve pretty much made our minds up who we want to lead the country through the aftermath of Covid. Whether I would wish that on the shoulders of that amazing young woman is another thing.

  25. AB 25

    Let's hope that this denotes a permanent shift in public consciousness. Also, in a hyper-individualized culture, it looks like leadership, or the perception of leaders, is the single biggest determinant of electoral outcomes. Scary, and to my mind, odd. But it means that labour needs to put some serious effort into talent management and succession planning for Ardern.

  26. Peter 26

    Damn the poll coming out on a Sunday night. Now Mike Hosking will have to do a rewrite of Monday's Moan. I wonder what angle he'll take.

    The words 'momentum' and 'traction' might get a mention which will be ironic since Collins' recent big announcement about big roading projects with no idea of costs was literally and metaphorically movement, momentum and traction. I'll be amazed if he doesn't get 'hypocrisy' in there somewhere.

  27. barry 27

    With ACT polling 3.3% National can't afford not to gift them Epsom as that would make a 3-4 seat difference to the overall margin.

    Does that mean that Goldsmith misses out?

    Does it mean that the gun lobby gets their MP? Who is 4th on the ACT list (Chris Baillie)? Is he as crazy as some of the other coat-tailers have been in the past?

  28. Scud 28

    Tell crusher she is dreaming if she can still win from here, and tell her she would have more chance at winning next Saturday’s Lotto draw either the dogs or the trots at Addington than this yrs election.

  29. Treetop 29

    I’d go light on the alcohol tonight were I a Collin’s supporter as I just might regret it in the morning.

  30. observer 30

    I think we should all agree that this is, in fact, a rogue poll. smiley

    So in the spirit of fairness, I've knocked a generous 10% off Labour's support, and transferred it directly to National, up 10%. (All other parties unchanged).

    New result: Labour 65, Greens 7. National 44, ACT 4.

    I hope Gerry is happy now.

  31. Tricledrown 31

    Crusher was going to Crush cars she managed a paltry 2 Cars a good insight to her all bark and no bite. Barking mad with voters she's barking up the wrong tree .

    • nzlemming 31.1

      People keep saying this but it's wrong. Despite overseeing the passage of the legislation, Collins crushed zero cars. Only two cars were crushed, true, but that was under Tolley.

      • Sacha 31.1.1

        Amazing how few remember that the reputation is totally confected – including the press gallery. Low standards.

  32. millsy 32

    Don't get too carried away.

    The time for celebration will be at about 9-10pm on September 19.

    Not a moment before.

  33. Muttonbird 33

    Dear Media, please savage Judith Collins tomorrow about how she has led the National Party to their lowest polling in 20 years.

    • Treetop 33.1

      If a 3.1 % increase for Collins as the preferred PM is all she can manage, she may as well not have bothered.

  34. Tricledrown 34

    a 10% swing against the National Party Since Crushless Took over now she can't do any better than Muller or Bridges.

    Desperation has done huge damage to National the Strong team dwindles a long with their popularity.

    JLR has another round of Dirt to dump on the Dirty Politics Party.

    Goldsmith is way ou t of his depth as Finance Minister suggesting we take a chainsaw to public spending.$80 billion over 10 years .

    Look across the Tasman to the Liberal Party Australias version of the Nactional Party are spending more per Capita in $NZ value.

    So the Liberal Party know what they are doing but Goldsmith is happy to under finance the economy in the deepest recession since 1929.

    That's why NZ had a much longer recession /depression because the Conservatives were more interested in balancing the budget than keeping the economy afloat.

  35. froggleblocks 35

    Interesting thing about this result is that it gives Labour 77 MPs. Their list only has 81 people on it. If their vote were to be a little higher than this, such that it entitled them to 82 or more MPs, they'd actually create an *underhang* and shrink Parliament.

    • Treetop 35.1

      Brownlee has it sussed a rogue poll but he did not put it like you have put it.

    • froggleblocks 35.2

      The other funny potential result is that National currently have 38 electorate MPs and this result would give them 32 MPs. Of course there'd be a general swing towards Labour and they'd lose electorates, but it puts them in the position of potentially getting 0 list MPs (which is important for Goldsmith in Epsom) *and* creating an overhang.

      So totally nutso potential results:

      1. Labour creates an underhang of a couple of seats

      2. National creates an overhang of a couple of seats

      3. Act gets knocked out increasing the 'wasted vote' which is redistributed back to the other parties, giving the Greens 1 or 2 more MPs than might be expected.

      • Treetop 35.2.1

        Are you for real or are you joking?

        If for real so interesting what you have raised.

      • DS 35.2.2

        61%-25% means the Nats get down to a dozen electorates (assuming that there's some vote splitting to save Nat electorate MPs – otherwise we're looking at a situation where Labour basically sweeps the country*).

        Of that dozen, most of them would be in Auckland, with only two (Southland and Selwyn) south of Taranaki-King Country.

        *Note that Clutha-Southland went for the Nat candidate by 39% in 2017. That's about 32% more Nat than the country. If Labour's winning the country by 36%, Clutha-Southland falls on a straight swing. And since other seats would be easily maxxed out, in terms of Labour vote… the swing in Southland might actually be greater than a straight swing.

  36. Incognito 36

    With Labour apparently safely ahead some people may decide to vote for the Greens to ensure they stay safely above 5%. To hedge their bets on Swarbrick winning Auckland Central seems a risky strategy.

    • millsy 36.1

      Taking the seat of National matters more than who wins it.

      Labour lost a lot of electorates in the 2005 and 2008 votes and I think the Greens need to stand aside in more than a few to help get them back.

      I dont think we will see much left wing policy from Labour this time, but if National get in, we are going to have an austerity program that is unprecedented, to the point that it will sweep away what is left of the Savage/Kirk welfare state.

      We need to get out and vote Labour. Just as the USA-ians need to vote Biden.

  37. swordfish 37

    .
    Newshub Reid Research:
    Polls conducted at same point before 2011 / 2020 Elections (end of 1st term of New Govt seeking re-election):

    [Fieldwork 2 months out from Election]:

    2011 / 2020

    Lab … 26.6 .. / … 60.9

    Green 9.8 … / … 5.7

    NZF … 1.9 … / … 2.0

    Nat … 57.4 .. / .. 25.1

    ACT … 1.6 … / … 3.3

    • Craig H 37.1

      Not surprisingly, some parallels with 2011 after the earthquakes.

      • swordfish 37.1.1

        Yeah, although poll movement after the 2 earthquakes was relatively minor … nowhere near the major re-alignment that happened during the COVID-19 Lockdown.

    • swordfish 37.2

      .
      Preferred PM

      2011 / 2020:

      PM (Key: Nat) 54.5% / (Ardern: Lab) 62.0%

      Oppo Ldr (Goff: Lab) 6.2% / (Collins: Nat) 14.6

      .

      Leader Performance

      2011 / 2020

      PM

      (2011 Key: Nat) .. Well 76.2% … Poorly 11.5% … Net + 64.7

      (2020 Ardern: Lab) .. Well 85.3% … Poorly 8.2% … Net + 77.1

      Oppo Ldr

      (2011 Goff: Lab) .. Well 26.8% … Poorly 49.1% … Net – 22.3

      (2020 Collins: Nat) .. Well 39.5% … Poorly 30.8% … Net + 8.7

  38. Peter 38

    Am I first to dub this poll the 'Michelle Boag Memorial Poll'? smiley

  39. mosa 39

    " PM (Key: Nat) 54.5% / (Ardern: Lab) 62.0%

    Finally a PM that can claim the mantle of the most " popular Prime minister ever !!!!!

    Glad that corpse can be finally buried.

  40. ScottGN 40

    Luke Malpass (who for a recent arrival from Australia seems to have established strong connections to National rather quickly) is reporting in Stuff this morning that Brownlee has told him that their internals have them 10 points higher and Labour 10 lower than last nights RR poll. That still puts Labour on or over 50% even if it’s true. I guess if that’s right we’ll soon see National’s numbers leaked to bolster their position?

    • mango 40.1

      This result does seem a little bit out to me but probably by 5% between the major parties rather than 10%

    • Sacha 40.2

      Malpass worked for the NZ Institute ‘thinktank’ after their equivalent in Aus. Totally right-wing.

  41. Hooch 41

    Rogue poll? More like rouge poll

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  • Formal apology and payment to George Nepata
    Cabinet has approved a formal apology and ex gratia payment to former soldier George Nepata, announced Defence Minister Ron Mark. This payment is to recognise the New Zealand Defence Force’s failure to provide Mr Nepata with a safe system of work in April 1989 when, as a result of an ...
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  • Report into Iain Lees-Galloway’s expenditure
    A report undertaken by Ministerial Services into Iain Lees-Galloway’s ministerial expenditure has found no evidence of any inappropriate transactions or spending. Ministerial Services undertook a line by line review of all his expenditure, including staff and spouse expenses for the period 1 January 2019 to 30 June 2020.  “I commissioned ...
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  • Managed isolation charges to start 11 August
    Managed isolation charges for returnees will come into force from 12.01am Tuesday 11th August, after they passed their last cabinet milestone today, Housing Minister Megan Woods said. “The new charging system balances the rights of New Zealanders to return home and helps reduce pressure on the managed isolation and quarantine ...
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  • Update on New Zealand and the Cook Islands travel bubble
    The Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern and the Prime Minister of the Cook Islands Henry Puna have welcomed the completion of phase one in the establishment of a travel bubble between New Zealand and the Cook Island. Negotiations on the text of an ‘Arrangement to Facilitate Quarantine-Free Travel ...
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  • One-stop ‘jobs and training’ shop goes live
    The Government has launched a new online, phone and onsite service to help New Zealanders connect to a range of employment support and products for workers and businesses affected by COVID-19, announced Minister of Education Chris Hipkins and Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni. Connected.govt.nz is a one-stop-shop for jobseekers, ...
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  • MSD security guards to be paid Living Wage
    Security guards contracted to the Ministry of Social Development will be paid at least the Living Wage from next month supporting the Government’s commitment towards fair pay and employment conditions, announced Minister for  Social Development Carmel Sepuloni.   “MSD was  among the first government agencies to pay its employees the living ...
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  • New strategy to ensure nature thrives
    The Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage today launched Te Mana o te Taiao, the Aotearoa New Zealand Biodiversity Strategy - a way forward that envisions Aotearoa New Zealand as a place where ecosystems are healthy and resilient, and people embrace the natural world. “Many of New Zealand’s plants and wildlife species ...
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  • Provider Languages Fund will support Pacific Wellbeing approach
    “Pacific languages, cultures and identity are essential to the health, wellbeing and lifetime success of our Pacific peoples and their communities in Aotearoa. The strength and resilience of Pacific Aotearoa is not only vital to their own prosperity but integral to the prosperity of all New Zealanders, and is particularly ...
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  • COVID-19: More funding for schools and boost to construction sector
    ·       $38 million to help schools cover unexpected costs related to COVID-19 ·       $69 million upgrade for online learning ·       $107 million contingency funding to support school construction suppliers facing additional costs due to the lockdown. The Government is releasing $214 million from the COVID-19 response and recovery fund to ...
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  • Stay safe on the tracks – Rail Safety Week
    Despite the Government installing safety upgrades around the country, people should still take care around rail crossings, said Transport Minister Phil Twyford launching Rail Safety Week. Phil Twyford said installing safety infrastructure is crucial, but we are encouraging people to be more careful around trains too. “We’re making good progress ...
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  • Government backs Manawatū social housing project
    The Government is providing a cash injection to help Palmerston North City Council complete a programme to provide 78 social housing units for vulnerable tenants. The $4.7 million to build 28 units in the Papaioea Place redevelopment comes from the $3 billion set aside for infrastructure in the Government’s COVID-19 ...
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  • Major funding boost for Predator Free Banks Peninsula
    A pest free Banks Peninsula/Te Pātaka o Rākaihautū is one step closer with a $5.11 million boost to accelerate this project and create jobs, announced Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage in Canterbury today. “This is a game changer for this ambitious project to restore the native wildlife and plants on Ōtautahi/Christchurch’s doorstep ...
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  • Major investment for indoor sports in Hawke’s Bay
    A Government grant of $6.4 million will expand the Pettigrew Arena in Taradale with new indoor courts of national standard. “The project is likely to take 18 months with approximately 300 people employed through the process,” Grant Robertson said. “The expansion will increase the indoor court space up to 11 ...
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  • New infrastructure for Far North tourist town
    The Far North tourist destination of Mangonui is to receive Government funding to improve waterfront infrastructure, open up access to the harbour and improve water quality, Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones has announced. A total of $6.5 million from the $3 billion set aside in the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund ...
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  • Government remains committed to Women’s Cricket World Cup
    The Government has re-affirmed its commitment to supporting the hosting of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup, which the ICC has delayed from 2021 to 2022. “This is obviously a disappointing decision for cricket players and fans around the world and for the White Ferns and their supporters here at ...
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  • Green light for Te Awa River Ride in $220m nationwide cycleways investment
    Cyclists and walkers will now have a safer way to get around Taupō, Tūrangi, and between Hamilton and Cambridge, with funding for shared paths and Te Awa River Ride, Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter announced today. “The Te Awa River Ride is the latest part of massive growth ...
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  • Six major ‘shovel-ready’ cycleways funded in Christchurch
    Six major cycle routes will be completed in Christchurch thanks to funding from the Government’s investment in shovel-ready infrastructure as part of the COVID-19 recovery Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter announced today. $125 million will be invested to kick-start construction and fund the completion of the following cycleway ...
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  • New Police facilities for Whanganui
    Plans are underway for a brand new state-of-the-art hub for Whanganui’s justice and social agencies, following confirmation the ageing Whanganui Central Police Station is to be replaced. Police Minister Stuart Nash has announced $25 million in new infrastructure spending to improve facilities for the wider community, and for staff who ...
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  • Relativity adjustment for Waikato-Tainui and Ngāi Tahu
    An adjustment payment has been made to Waikato-Tainui and Ngāi Tahu under the relativity mechanisms in their 1995 and 1997 Treaty of Waitangi settlements, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Andrew Little announced today. The latest payments to Waikato-Tainui and Ngāi Tahu are $2,700,000 and $2,600,000 respectively to ensure the ...
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  • Auckland rail upgrades pick up steam
    Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Transport Minister Phil Twyford today kicked off the start of the Auckland NZ Upgrade Programme rail projects which will support over 400 jobs and help unlock our biggest city. Both ministers marked the start of enabling works on the third main rail line project ...
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  • PGF support for Wairoa creates jobs
    The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) investment of $3.78 million in Wairoa will create much needed economic stimulus and jobs, Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. PGF projects announced today include: $200,000 loan to Nuhaka Kiwifruit Holdings Ltd (operated by Pine Valley Orchard Ltd) to increase the productivity ...
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  • Public and Māori housing to trial renewable energy technology
    Tenants in public and Māori housing may be benefiting from their own affordable renewable energy in future – a fund to trial renewable energy technology for public and Māori housing has today been announced by Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods and Associate Minister for Housing (Māori Housing) Nanaia Mahuta. ...
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  • $2.7m for Hokianga infrastructure
    Hokianga will receive $2.7 million to redevelop four of its wharves and upgrade its water supply, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. Far North District Council will receive $1.8 million from the Provincial Growth Fund for the work on the wharves. “The work will include the construction of ...
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  • New fund to support housing and construction sector
    A $350 million Residential Development Response Fund is being established to support the residential construction sector and to minimise the economic impact from COVID-19, the Housing Minister Dr Megan Woods has announced. “The Residential Development Response Fund will help to progress stalled or at-risk developments that support our broader housing ...
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  • Government investment to boost Auckland’s community recycling network
    As part of a broader plan to divert waste from landfill, the Government today announced $10.67 million for new infrastructure as part of the Resource Recovery Network across the Auckland region. “This key investment in Auckland’s community recycling network is part of the Government’s Infrastructure Reference Group ‘shovel ready’ projects ...
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  • Te Papa transformation starts at Cameron Road
    The Government is investing $45 million in the first stage of an ambitious urban development project for Tauranga that will employ up to 250 people and help the region grow, Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford announced today. Phil Twyford says the funding has been allocated out of the $3 billion ...
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  • Low-emissions options for heavy transport a step closer
    Getting low-emission trucks on the road is a step closer with investment in infrastructure to support hydrogen vehicles, the Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods has announced. The Infrastructure Reference Group has provisionally approved $20 million for New Plymouth company Hiringa Energy to establish a nationwide network of hydrogen-fuelling stations. ...
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  • New training centre to upskill workers
    A new trades training centre to upskill the local workforce will be built in the South Waikato town of Tokoroa through funding from the Government’s COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund, Education Minister Chris Hipkins and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones have announced. The Government will contribute $10.84 million from ...
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  • Subsequent children legislation to change
    The Government has agreed to repeal part of the Oranga Tamariki Act subsequent children provisions, Minister for Children Tracey Martin announced today. “There are times when children need to go into care for their safety – the safety and care of children must always be paramount,” Minister Martin said. “But ...
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  • Funding to expand mental health support for Pacific peoples
    A $1.5 million boost to grow primary mental health and addiction services for Pacific peoples in Auckland, Hamilton and Canterbury will lead to better outcomes for Pacific communities, Associate Health Minister Jenny Salesa says.  Pasifika Futures has received funding to expand services through The Fono, Aotearoa New Zealand’s largest by ...
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  • Funding boost for sustainable food and fibre production
    Twenty-two projects to boost the sustainability and climate resilience of New Zealand’s food and fibres sector have been announced today by Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. The $18m funding will deliver practical knowledge to help farmers and growers use their land more sustainably, meet environmental targets, remain prosperous, and better understand ...
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  • Mature Workers Toolkit launched on business.govt.nz
    Employment Minister Willie Jackson welcomes an initiative that assists employers to get mature workers into New Zealand small businesses. The disadvantages that older people face in the workplace was highlighted in the whole of Government Employment Strategy.  In order to address this, a Mature Workers Toolkit has been developed and ...
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  • Trans-Tasman cooperation in a COVID-19 world
    New Zealand and Australia reaffirmed today the need for the closest possible collaboration as they tackle a global environment shaped by COVID-19, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters said. “In these challenging times, our close collaboration with Australia is more vital than ever,” said Mr Peters. Mr Peters and his Australian ...
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  • Pike recovery efforts now in unexplored territory
    The recovery and forensic examination of the loader driven by survivor Russell Smith means the underground team are now moving into an area of the Pike River Mine that has not been seen since the explosion, Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry Andrew Little said. “The fifth and last robot ...
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