web analytics

Little on immigration

Written By: - Date published: 2:09 pm, May 8th, 2017 - 34 comments
Categories: Andrew Little, housing, im/migration, infrastructure, jobs, labour - Tags:

Immigration is a sensitive issue. In proposing a slowdown on the current record levels of immigration the Labour party has to tread very carefully indeed. I think Andrew Little has it pretty much right in his piece in The Herald today:

Andrew Little: Time to take a breather on immigration

New Zealand is a country built on immigration. We are all the better for the skills and rich culture immigrants bring. … Having a public debate about how we manage immigration is not an attack on the idea of immigration nor on any person who has settled here from overseas.

Everything Labour says on immigration should start with those sentences.

Immigration is an issue we have to get right. If we ignore it, unscrupulous people will fuel resentment against immigrants to create a politics of division and nationalism, as we are seeing overseas. No one should want that for New Zealand.

There will always be those (hello Winston) prepared to feed resentment and anger. NZ is not immune to the possibility of some day electing a Trump-like demagogue. The best defence is to frame the discussion positively and have it in the open.

The fact is, our infrastructure and our public services can’t keep up with the record number of people coming into the country. We need to take a breather until we can catch up.

Bill English and National haven’t made the investments to keep up with immigration: roads are clogged; schools are filled to bursting; houses are unaffordable. Instead of investing, he has cut our public services and transport spending. You can see the results everywhere, especially in Auckland. Aucklanders are telling me their quality of life is falling.

I would be 100% opposed to permanent low limits on immigration. But I think that a reduction while infrastructure gets sorted makes sense. Those currently arguing for high levels of immigration have completely failed to do the planning and building required to support it – they want the sugar hit of “growth” but they don’t want to pay for it.

Recent immigrants tell me the Kiwi dream they were promised has been replaced by a reality of unaffordable housing and gridlock.

Immigration is growing because, instead of supplying the valuable skills New Zealand needs to prosper, the system is increasingly being used to bring in low-skill, low-wage workers. In the last year, thousands of work visas were approved for jobs like waiters, luggage porters, and domestic housekeepers.

When 139,000 Kiwis are unemployed, we should be focusing on getting them into these jobs. It’s not okay just to leave them on the dole and leave taxpayers to pick up the bill.

The Government’s own officials warned about hiring workers from overseas, when we have unemployment at current levels that denies work opportunities to local workers. It’s not a good outcome for those migrant workers, either. Many of them are paid just above, or even below, the minimum wage.

Immigration should be win-win. National has made it lose-lose.

So what will Labour do?

I’ll be releasing Labour’s policy soon. My guiding principle is that the system has to be fair, both for people who are already here and for new migrants.

Right now, we have to reduce the numbers coming here. New Zealand cannot cope with a net 72,000 immigrants a year. We need to reduce that by tens of thousands. At the same time, we need to reverse National’s cuts and invest in housing, transport, and our strained hospitals and schools. A properly run immigration system would make it easy to bring in people with skills we need to help New Zealand prosper, but we must stop the abuse of the system by dodgy employers who want to import workers on the cheap.

Where there are real skill shortages, we need to invest more in training New Zealanders to do those jobs, rather than leaving them idle on the dole and permanently relying on immigration to plug the gaps.

We need to stop the rort that sees people overseas being sold meaningless qualifications here on the promise that it’s a pathway to residency.

We must also maintain New Zealand’s proud history of caring for those in need, by doubling the refugee quota to 1500. Slowing down economic immigration does not mean closing our hearts to victims of war and disaster.

Let’s invest in the services and infrastructure we need to support a growing population. Let’s make immigration a win-win again.

The details of the policy are going to be carefully scrutinised, so Labour better get it right.

34 comments on “Little on immigration ”

  1. roy cartland 1

    Immigration without the infrastructural support doesn’t do any favours for immigrants. It’s bad for everyone. (Oh except those who won’t raise wages enough to be acceptable to the “lazy kiwis”.)

  2. Draco T Bastard 2

    The fact is, our infrastructure and our public services can’t keep up with the record number of people coming into the country.

    In other words, to keep up with the present inflow of immigrants we’d need to raise taxes – probably quite considerably – as large numbers of immigrants cost a huge amount.

    I would be 100% opposed to permanent low limits on immigration.

    That’s because you’re not thinking in terms of economics and how many people the country can actually, sustainably, support. This isn’t about money either but about the actual physical resources available to us.

    Let’s invest in the services and infrastructure we need to support a growing population.

    How about we look at how many people NZ can support first rather than continuing the ongoing destruction of our environment by having an ever increasing number of people?

    • weka 2.1

      And that opens a wider conversation about population growth and growth economies. I too think that we need to be looking at this from an ecological pov not just an economic and social one.

      So we have our own internal population growth (birth rate relative to death rate), plus that from taking in refugees (a no brainer), plus the increase from tourism (3.5 million extra people over a year), plus inbound immigration. And that’s offset by outbound emigration and Kiwis going overseas temporarily. What’s the capacity of the land base and watersheds to provide for that, not just this decade but in perpetuity?

      NZ’s ecological footprint is currently at 2.1 planets. i.e. if everyone lived like Kiwis we’d need 2.1 planets. Obviously we can power down to an extent, and convert to sustainable tech, but we live on a finite planet and a finite set of islands, so why are we not factoring in the physics of that? Or are we expecting other places to provide for us?

      • Poission 2.1.1

        so why are we not factoring in the physics of that?

        In Calculus the simplest equation is the logistic equation,from this we can derive the Malthus equation (for the carrying capacity of an object) leaving aside the mathematical problems ,clearly unfettered growth needs significant constraint.

        Malthus statement.

        A man who is born into a world already possessed, if he cannot get subsistence from his parents on whom he has a just demand, and if the society do not want his labour, has no claim of right to the smallest portion of food, and, in fact, has no business to be where he is. At nature’s mighty
        feast there is no vacant cover for him. She tells him to be gone, and will quickly execute her own orders, if he does not work upon the compassion of some of her guests. If these guests get up and make room for him, other intruders immediately appear demanding the same favour. The report
        of a provision for all that come, fills the hall with numerous claimants. The order and harmony of the feast is disturbed, the plenty that before reigned is changed into scarcity; and the happiness of the guests is destroyed by the spectacle of misery and dependence in every part of the hall, and
        by the clamorous importunity of those, who are justly enraged at not finding the provision which they had been taught to expect. The guests learn too late their error, in counter-acting those strict orders to all intruders, issued by the great mistress of the feast, who, wishing that all guests should
        have plenty, and knowing she could not provide for unlimited numbers, humanely refused to admit fresh comers when her table was already full.

      • Bill 2.1.2

        If that 2.1 is an average, and if Pareto’s rule holds (it generally does), then half of us are well within a one planet ecological footprint.

        • weka 2.1.2.1

          I don’t think it’s an average at the personal level. You and I both use roads, that road came with a set cost irrespective of how much we each use that road. Much of NZ’s footprint is spread over the nation as a whole and the infrastructure we believe we need as well as the standard of living.

          Domestic food miles is one of the biggest parts of NZ’s footprint (and remember this is ecological footprinting, not just carbon footprinting). If we buy food from the supermarket we are engaged in a high cost footprint. Sure, the person buying lots of out of season food is going to be higher than the person buying cheap food, but the cost of transporting from the NI to Dunedin is still there regardless. In other words, this isn’t just an individual thing. Both people need to be buying locally grown food.

          And that still doesn’t actually address the issues of sustainability. If Dunedin people were to switch to buying predominantly local food, what population can *that landbase and watersheds support? 100,000? 1,000,000? Who knows, because afaik no-one is doing that work. We do know that just because of climate that the NI supported a larger population pre FF than the SI. We can probably improve on that because we have different tech now, but those are the real world issues that need to be looked at.

          I dropped the ecological footprinting thing in because it’s an easy way to point to use being in overshoot. But it’s a pretty blunt instrument when we get down to the nitty gritty.

          • Bill 2.1.2.1.1

            No argument from me against the need for radical deep change in how we live as a society.

            However, if Pareto’s Rule can be applied across all resource use to give a broad, though simplified idea of what’s what, then…

            100% of the population = 2.1 planets across all resource use and something like 10% of that population is chewing through about 50% of those resources (one entire planet).

            What that suggests is a need for 10% of us to crash out of our face stuffing ways in a very major fashion.

            If the likes of Oxfam’s study on carbon can be applied to general resource use (and I can’t see any immediate reason it can’t be or shouldn’t be), then there may be a case for some us increasing our resource use in the short term to get out of what might be termed ‘resource poverty’ and all that goes with it (ill health etc).

            And that requires the face stuffing 10% and at least the upper edges of the middle 40% of the population to cut the crap they currently indulge themselves in that bit faster.

            Happily, no-one has figured a way that can be done within the context of Capitalism which just reinforces the need for deep, radical change. 🙂

            • weka 2.1.2.1.1.1

              I don’t see how that has anything to do with what I just explained though. How would you apply Pareto’s Rule to roading? Or food distribution?

              • weka

                and, even if what you say were true, we still need to know the carrying capacity of the NZ land base in order to figure out what’s the upper limit on population.

                I’d also point out that much of our resource supply and manufacturing is outsourced. If we had to make our own shoes here again for instance, what would be the footprint of that?

                • Bill

                  Yup. A whole pile of balances need to be understood/maintained.

                  The Oxfam and other studies focused on end user use.

        • Draco T Bastard 2.1.2.2

          http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-33133712

          We’re up there with the US and Australia in our resource use per person.

  3. RedLogix 3

    The big one that I’ve mentioned before is going to be the 660,000 odd Kiwis finding themselves increasingly unwelcome in Australia. Most never obtain Permanent Residency or Citizenship and many will ultimately return to NZ once retirement looms.

    I’d guess that they could amount to somewhere between 10 -20,000 extra people arriving per year over the next 20 years.

    • Bill 3.1

      Hmm. That would take us out to 2040. I’m thinking many, many more than just the 660 000 kiwis currently living there are going to be looking to flee that continent before those 20 years are up RL. (AGW)

      • RedLogix 3.1.1

        True enough Bill. But my point is that these people are already New Zealanders, and no foreseeable immigration policy can stop them returning.

        For several decades we blithered along happy for Aus to be the safety valve for our employment and housing markets … and now they’re slowly but surely screwing it shut.

    • Yep its a bit of a waste those people over there making money for themselves and doing other things and then coming back to this country because the country they lived and loved in doesn’t like or want them. Not a dig red but it must feel stink. They could have stayed home and helped US out.

  4. This is what Labour should have sounded like from the beginning. Maybe this is what Iain Lees-Galloway would have been saying if he had consulted comms people though, who knows.

    It’s certainly reasonable to look at how many international students we want to convert into permanent residents, too, especially as we pump out a lot of unnecessary degrees atm in fields that are over-saturated.

    • Karen 4.1

      It is better from Labour but they need to get a policy out that provides some detail of how and over what period they intend to cut immigration numbers. I can’t see how they can cut immigration by 10s of thousands without major impacts on health providers and the building industry.

      Personally, I’d like to see a policy that ensured all workers received a living wage and better working conditions with very heavy penalties for any employer that exploited migrant labour.

      I’d also like to see a joint immigration policy from Labour and the Greens.

  5. esoteric pineapples 5

    Why have significant immigration at all? New Zealand is one of the last countries in the world where people aren’t driving each other mad by being surrounded by each other.

  6. saveNZ 6

    Sounds good to me. I’d like to stop immigration for a while but maybe have some sort of system of exchange of nationalities visa’s but in areas like arts, music and community service, nothing to do with money, politics and power.

    It’s all good and well talking about cultural exchanges but often people who are skilled at culture are not part of the exchange.

    Lets try to jettison neoliberalism by going back to what’s important – not money and assets, cheap labour and power – but exchanges of real ideas and getting to know other culture’s for it’s intrinsic value.

    If you want to have peace and prosperity and globalism, it’s a much better way to get it, than weapons.

  7. Ad 7

    I can understand why Little is required to explain himself in better detail, but he should read Simon Wilson’s article:

    https://thespinoff.co.nz/auckland/04-05-2017/hey-bill-english-its-time-to-champion-auckland/

    Immigration is a part of the problem called Auckland, and when we’re honest, Auckland causes most of New Zealand’s problems. Immigration is one problem.

    What we were promised in 2010 from this government was that there would finally be a joined up view of Auckland that was united across central and local government, and in which transport, immigration, health, police, justice, water and indeed coherent government assuring coherent society would be formed – a new beginning.

    It must happen.

    What I want from a future progressive government is one that is coherent. Seems such a small goal, until that test base is Auckland. Auckland causes the problems, and those problems are now so big that they pull the country down and require central and local and private and NGO and media and citizens to be impelled to think that pulling Auckland’s society away from teetering collapse requires work like we have never seen in a while.

    Little needs to broaden away from one topic, and show functioning coherence.

    • simonm 7.1

      “…and when we’re honest, Auckland causes most of New Zealand’s problems.”

      Wow! That’s really sharp analysis from you buddy. *rolls eyes*

      Auckland also provides 50% of NZ’s tax revenue, which pays for schools and hospitals in other parts of the country. Oddly enough Auckland never gets any credit for that from bozos like you….

  8. Jeremy 8

    Venezuela, Nauru, Syria. We need to be bringing in more immigrants, not less.

  9. Wainwright 9

    Might’ve been a bit smarter to “tread carefully” BEFORE announcing they’re going to cut “tens of thousands” of migrant visas and open the door to the usual racist Winstonning. Keith Ng puts it better than me;
    https://thespinoff.co.nz/politics/27-04-2017/an-ugly-great-can-of-winston-the-inescapable-result-of-labours-immigration-push/

  10. keepcalmcarryon 10

    Little spoke well.
    The only bit I’d quibble with is the negative connotation put to “Nationalism.”
    Unless we want foreign corporates to continue increasingly taking power in this country then we need to re-remember what self determination and governance means.
    A small point but an important one for me.

  11. James 11

    “The details of the policy are going to be carefully scrutinised, so Labour better get it right.”

    So true – but I’m guessing it will be light on detail, or the numbers won’t add up, or it will be based of assumptions that they didn’t make clear.

    Time will tell.

    • Enough is Enough 11.1

      There is essentially two policy positions

      Firstly set standards fir who you will we will let in. Anyone whose meets those standrads is let in. This is what wecurrently have

      Secondly. Number 1 with a cap.

      Do we want a cap?

      • saveNZ 11.1.1

        The standards are set for a low wage, economy with a side order of land Asset ponzi scheme.

        Do we want that society? It’s the immigration standards themselves that have to change.

    • fender 11.2

      Takes bugger-all time to tell that you will pick holes in it from any angle you can.

      Hosking might tell you what to say.

  12. Incognito 12

    It is great to see that AL and Labour have not forgotten about the real plight of international refugees; they tend to get lost in the noisy immigration ‘debate’ but they ought to be at the front of the queue and on our minds first and foremost. So far, the ‘debate’ has centred on self-interest rather.

  13. Tanz 13

    Kiwi Kiwis are being sold out, pure and simple. Betrayed and crushed under, and our country is fast becoming another land. Our past is being swept away in one fell swoop. No on asked the people, and now we will soon resemble overcrowded Bangkok and alike. Such utter, blatant betrayal, yet lets virtue signal and be all pc. Winston will bag the election over this issue, and then he will sell out, most likely, for the baubles of office. There is no one to vote for anymore, nothing but nodding heads in charge. The electorate is treated with barely concealed contempt, especially the old school electorate. The butt of many jokes, no doubt.

    • ropata 13.1

      There’s never going to be a perfect candidate but whatever you do VOTE TO CHANGE THE GOVERNMENT because if we just give up & don’t bother voting we will be stuck like this forever. That’s what the wankers are banking on

  14. Tanz 14

    They all think the same though, the same PC, Marxist group think, like all the Western leaders, who are selling out there own. National and Labour are one and the same, so who does that leave. Winston will choose the govt, and then we have the same again, one way or the other. Puppets for the ghastly and insidious UN. A non vote is a protest of sorts – there is no one worth voting for, no one with courage, conviction and a sense of what the electorate as a whole wants, instead, they all have their own Marxist agendas to pursue, though NZ First is the best of them, slightly to the right.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Joint Statement: New Zealand and Australian Trade Ministers
    Hon Damien O'Connor MP, New Zealand Minister for Trade and Export Growth, and Hon Dan Tehan MP, Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, met virtually on Monday 20 September to advance trans-Tasman cooperation under the Australia-New Zealand Closer Economic Relations Trade Agreement (CER). CER is one of the most ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • Prime Minister’s Post Cabinet Press Conference/COVID-19 Update opening statement
    ***Please check against delivery***   E te tī, e te tā, nau mai rā [To all, I bid you welcome]   As you will have seen earlier, today there are 22 new community cases to report; three of which are in Whakatiwai in the Hauraki area, and the remainder in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • Major milestones for Māori COVID-19 vaccine rollout as new campaign launches
    Whānau Ora and Associate Health (Māori Health) Minister Peeni Henare acknowledges two major milestones in the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccination programme for Māori. “I am very pleased to announce more than 50 percent of eligible Māori have received their first dose and 25 per cent are now fully vaccinated,” ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government funding to fight infectious diseases
    $36 million for research into Covid-19 and other infectious diseases The investment will improve our readiness for future pandemics Research will focus on prevention, control, and management of infectious diseases The Government’s investing in a new Infectious Diseases Research Platform to boost Aotearoa New Zealand’s Covid-19 response and preparedness for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Quarantine-free travel with Australia to remain suspended for a further 8 weeks
    Suspension to be reviewed again mid to late November Decision brought forward to enable access from Australia to first tranche of around 3000 rooms in MIQ Air New Zealand working at pace to put on more flights from Australia from October    The suspension of quarantine-free travel (QFT) with Australia has ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Extra support for Ethnic Communities to share vaccination information
    Extra support is being made available to Ethnic Communities to help them share COVID-19 vaccination information within their communities, Minister for Diversity, Inclusion and Ethnic Communities Priyanca Radhakrishnan said. “We know we need to get every eligible person in New Zealand vaccinated. A fund being launched today will allow for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • School holidays remain unchanged for Auckland region
    School holidays in Auckland will continue to be held at the same time as the rest of the country, starting from Saturday, 2 October, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “I’ve carefully considered advice on the implications of shifting the dates and concluded that on balance, maintaining the status quo ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government continues crackdown on gangs and organised crime
    Operation Tauwhiro extended until March 2022 Since it was launched in February, Operation Tauwhiro has resulted in:   987 firearms seized $4.99 million in cash seized 865 people charged with a firearms-related offence Gangs and organised crime groups will continue to be relentlessly targeted with the extension of Police’s successful ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Speech to Body Positive 'HIV Treatments Update Seminar 2021'
    E ngā mana E ngā reo E ngā iwi Tēnā koutou katoa Ka huri ki ngā mana whenua o te rohe nei. Tēnā koutou. He mihi hoki ki a tatou kua tau mai nei I raro I te kaupapa o te rā. Nō reira tēnā koutou katoa Acknowledgements It’s a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Power bill changes bring fairness to charges
    A key recommendation of an independent panel to make electricity charges fairer across all households will be put in place, the Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods has announced. “Phasing out the regulations on ‘low-use’ electricity plans will create a fairer playing field for all New Zealanders and encourage a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • NZ economy’s strong momentum will support rebound from Delta outbreak; COVID fund replenished
    The economy showed strong momentum in the period leading up to the recent Delta COVID-19 outbreak, which bodes well for a solid economic rebound, Grant Robertson said. GDP rose 2.8 percent in the June quarter, following on from a 1.4 percent increase in the previous March quarter. This was a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Projects create benefits into the future
    Making a well-known lake swimmable and helping to halt the decline of the endangered hoiho/yellow-eyed penguins are among a suite of new projects being supported by the Government’s Jobs for Nature programme across the southern South Island, Conservation Minister Kiri Allan says. “It’s no secret that many of our most ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Opening statement for Whāriki Indigenous Small Business Roundtable
      Kei ngā tōpito e wha o te āo e rere ana te mihi maioha ki a koutou nō tawhiti, nō tata mai e tāpiri ana ki tēnei taumata kōrero mo te ao hokohoko arā mā ngā pākihi mo ngā iwi taketake Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa – Pai Mārire.  ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New members appointed to Kāpuia
    The Government is adding four additional members to Kāpuia, the Ministerial Advisory Group on the Government’s Response to the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the terrorist attack on Christchurch mosques. “I’m looking forward to having Pamela MacNeill, Huia Bramley, Melani Anae and Katherine Dedo  join Kāpuia and contribute to this group’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Timeline confirmed for Emissions Reductions Plan
    Cabinet has agreed to begin consulting on the Emissions Reduction Plan in early October and require that the final plan be released by the end of May next year in line with the 2022 Budget, the Minister of Climate Change, James Shaw confirmed today. “Cabinet’s decision allows organisations and communities ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Pay parity pathway for early learning teachers confirmed
    Pay parity conditions and higher funding rates for education and care services will come into force on 1 January, 2022, Minister of Education Chris Hipkins confirmed today. The Government signalled this work in Budget 2021. “From 1 January, 2022, centres opting into the scheme will receive government funding and be ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Nurses Organisation Conference 2021
    Kia Ora tatau katoa.   Ka tuku mihi ki nga nēhi, He pou Hauora o Aotearoa, E ora ai tatou.   Whakatau mai  I runga i te kaupapa o te ra Te NZNO conference.   Tena koutou tena koutou Tena tatou katoa   Good morning, and thank you inviting me ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government investment in farmer-led catchment groups sweeps past 150 mark
    171 catchment groups have now been invested in by the Government 31 catchment groups in the Lower North Island are receiving new support More than 5,000 farmers are focussed on restoring freshwater within a generation through involvement in catchment groups  Government investment in on-the-ground efforts by farmers to improve land ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Fight to protect kauri on track
    The Government is pitching in to help vital work to protect nationally significant kauri forests in Auckland, Minister of Conservation Kiri Allan says. “Ensuring the survival of these iconic trees for future generations means doing everything we can to prevent the potential spread of kauri dieback disease,” Kiri Allan said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Joint statement of Mr Bernard Monk; Hon Andrew Little, Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry,...
    [Note: The Parties have agreed on terms to fully and finally settle the proceeding and will jointly issue the below statement.] At the heart of this litigation are the lives of the 29 men tragically lost at the Pike River mine on 19 November 2010 and to whom we pay ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • More financial support for businesses
    Today’s decision to keep Auckland in a higher COVID Alert Level triggers a third round of the Wage Subsidy Scheme which will open for applications at 9am this Friday. “The revenue test period for this payment will be the 14th to the 27th of September. A reminder that this is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Aotearoa New Zealand provides further humanitarian support for Afghanistan
    Aotearoa New Zealand is providing a further $3 million in humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan, Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta announced today.  “There is significant humanitarian need in Afghanistan, with the crisis disproportionately affecting women and girls,” said Nanaia Mahuta. The UN has estimated that 80% of the quarter of a million ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Innovative te reo prediction tool announced in Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori
    A new Māori language prediction tool will play a key role in tracking our te reo Māori revitalisation efforts, Minister for Māori Development Willie Jackson announced today. He Ara Poutama mō te reo Māori (He Ara Poutama) can forecast the number of conversational and fluent speakers of te reo Māori ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Further Government support for people to access food and essential items
    The Government is responding to need for support in Auckland and has committed a further $10 million to help people access ongoing food and other essential items, Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni announced today. This latest tranche is targeted at the Auckland region, helping providers and organisations to distribute ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Half a million Pfizer vaccines from Denmark
    The Government has secured an extra half a million doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines from Denmark that will start arriving in New Zealand within days, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. “This is the second and larger agreement the Government has entered into to purchase additional vaccines to meet the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Inland Revenue providing essential COVID support for businesses
    Inland Revenue is seeing increased demand for Resurgence Support Payments and other assistance schemes that it administers, but is processing applications quickly, Revenue Minister David Parker said today. David Parker said the Resurgence Support Payment, the Small Business Cashflow (loan) Scheme and the Wage Subsidy are available at the same ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand marks 20th anniversary of 9/11 attacks
    New Zealand is expressing unity with all victims, families and loved ones affected by the September 11 2001 terrorist attacks, and all terrorist attacks around the world since, including in New Zealand. “Saturday marks twenty years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the United States, which killed nearly 3,000 people ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Speech to SPREP Environment Ministers
    Talofa Honourable Ulu of Tokelau Faipule Kelihiano Kalolo Tēnā koutou katoa and warm Pacific greetings from Aotearoa to your excellencies, ladies and gentlemen. The new science released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on 8 August paints an alarming picture of the projected impacts of climate change on the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Additional Resurgence Support Payments to support business
    Businesses affected by higher Alert Levels will be able to apply for further Resurgence Support Payments (RSP). “The Government’s RSP was initially intended as a one-off payment to help businesses with their fixed costs, such as rent. Ministers have agreed to provide additional payments to recognise the effects of an ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • More Dawn Raids scholarships announced
    Details of the ‘Manaaki New Zealand Short Term Training Scholarships’, a goodwill gesture that follows the Government’s apology for the Dawn Raids of the 1970s, were released today by Pacific Peoples Minister Aupito William Sio. “These scholarships that are targeted to the Pacific will support the kaupapa of the Dawn Raids’ ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • One-way quarantine-free travel for RSE workers starting in October
      One-way quarantine-free travel for Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) workers from Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu starts in October New requirement for RSE workers to have received their first vaccination pre-departure, undertake Day 0 and Day 5 tests, and complete a self-isolation period of seven days, pending a negative Day 5 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Govt boosts Pacific suicide prevention support
    Applications have opened for the Pacific Suicide Prevention Community Fund as the Government acts to boost support amid the COVID delta outbreak. “We know strong and connected families and communities are the most important protective factor against suicide and this $900,000 fund will help to support this work,” Health Minister ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Govt parks the expiry of licenses, WoFs and regos
    As a result of the Delta outbreak, driver licences, Warrants of Fitness (WoFs), Certificates of Fitness (CoFs), vehicle licences (‘regos’) and licence endorsements that expired on or after 21 July 2021 will be valid until 30 November 2021, Transport Minister Michael Wood has announced today. “While this extension won’t officially ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • COVID-19 community fund to provide support for vulnerable women and girls
    Minister for Women Jan Tinetti today announced a $2 million community fund that will provide support for women and girls adversely affected by COVID-19. “We know that women, particularly those who are already vulnerable, are disproportionally affected by the kind of economic disruption caused by COVID-19,” Jan Tinetti said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Next phase of support for Fiji’s COVID-19 response announced
    A further NZ$12 million of support for Fiji’s COVID-19 response has been announced by Foreign Minister Hon Nanaia Mahuta today. The package builds on previous tranches of assistance Aotearoa New Zealand has provided to Fiji, totalling over NZ$50 million. “Fiji remains in a very challenging position in their response to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Robotic asparagus harvester aimed at addressing industry challenges
    The Government is backing a $5 million project to develop a commercial-scale autonomous robotic asparagus harvester, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor announced today. The Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures fund (SFF Futures) is contributing $2.6 million to the project. Project partner Robotics Plus Limited (RPL) will build on a prototype asparagus ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Additional Pfizer vaccines to arrive tomorrow
    More than a quarter of a million additional doses of the Pfizer vaccine are on their way from Spain to New Zealand, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. The additional doses will arrive in Auckland on Friday morning to help meet the current surge in demand for vaccination. “It’s been ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Young people to have their voices heard in Youth Parliament 2022
    The dates and details for Youth Parliament 2022 have been announced today by Minister for Youth Priyanca Radhakrishnan, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. Youth Parliament is an opportunity for 141 young people from across Aotearoa New Zealand to experience the political process and learn how government works. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Boosting support for tertiary students affected by COVID-19
    Students facing a hard time as a result of COVID-19 restrictions will continue to be supported,” Education Minister Chris Hipkins confirmed today. The Government is putting a further $20 million into the Hardship Fund for Learners, which will help around 15,000 students to stay connected to their studies and learning. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • COVID-19: Immediate relief available for Māori and iwi organisations
    The Government has reprioritised up to $5 million to provide immediate relief to vulnerable whānau Māori and communities during the current COVID-19 outbreak Minister for Māori Development Willie Jackson announced today. The COVID-19 2021 Whānau Recovery Fund will support community-driven, local responses to gaps in access and provision of critical ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago