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Local Government election results

Written By: - Date published: 12:01 pm, October 8th, 2016 - 119 comments
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A running post for people to comment on local government election results as they come in.

Expect results to come in from 1 pm.

 

Edit: live results on Stuff as they arrive.

119 comments on “Local Government election results ”

  1. mickysavage 1

    Lianne Dalziel cruises back into the Christchurch mayoralty.

  2. James Thrace 2

    Phil Goff takes Auckland.

  3. Takere 3

    Chloe S for Deputy? Penny needs a rest or at least think of who could be a replacement Deputy? A plan for a successor?

    Don’t do a Helen!

    • dukeofurl 3.1

      Dont be ridiculous!! Since she didnt stand for council Swarbrick wont be anything

      • Sacha 3.1.1

        Advisor on engagement to Mayor’s office would be a better fit.

        • dukeofurl 3.1.1.1

          Does Auckland really need another middle class white woman who is branding herself.
          The mayoralty was just another step like her earlier clothing label ( I kid you not) and marketing consultancy.

          • dukeofurl 3.1.1.1.1

            “She started a clothing label. She became a patron of the arts, working with artists, hiring galleries, pinning down sponsors and selling work to the likes of Sir James Wallace. She worked at 2degrees …..She graduated, and started a marketing consultancy.
            http://thespinoff.co.nz/politics/07-09-2016/let-me-be-your-ruler-the-impatient-ambition-of-chloe-swarbrick/

            Its all the stuff to excite the top 10%, no connection to the big diversity that is Auckland now. Is really being a new generation Vic Crone all that relevant ?

            • Colonial Viper 3.1.1.1.1.1

              plus she owns a cafe, is a fashion designer, and a journalist too, plus got her BA and LLB. Now she has been an Auckland Mayoral Candidate too.

              And all by 22 years old eh.

              Some people actually fell for this obvious crap.

              • Sacha

                She impressed me for her understanding of the role. And has achieved more already than many longstanding political hacks.

                Also managed to leverage 3rd place with social media skills rather than money. Those are skills any organisation with a 15% public approval rating should be securing.

                • Colonial Viper

                  Of course, in a suitable recent grad position.

                  • Sacha

                    I guess Ms Swarbrick might be willing to add the Mayor’s office to her company’s client list. If Goff is serious about rehabilitiating Council’s reputation with citizens he really can’t ignore such relevant results. Clearly respects her too. Let’s see.

                • Thinkerr

                  Little or Turei (or both) should engage her to teach them how to use social media in an election campaign. If her campaign budget was $9k and she got third from nowhere, she must know something useful.

            • Kiwiri 3.1.1.1.1.2

              What does it take to be ‘patron’ of the arts?

    • righty right 3.2

      Cathy Casey deputy mayor highest polling councilor

      • save nz 3.2.1

        Chloe’s policies are pretty scary, like Goff ‘Rogernomics’ generation but for the millennials. Be scared if this women gets in power, if you did not enjoy Rogernomics. It is actually worse if the person is nice and gentle and everyone loves them, noone analyses their policies too carefully, as too busy saying how they remind them of their daughter and how nice it is that youth are connecting.

        No surprises if she gets a job with Goff or a consultancy role for social media marketing ‘to connect with the youth’ for the council. Together they can ‘transform’ Auckland council into ‘more business friendly’, ‘more developer friendly’, ‘more economically driven’ with the National government’s help and get the youth on board with that vision! Help a developer, cram more people in and voila somehow (not sure how) transport is improved and more houses are created (unfortunately at price points many people can’t afford and someone has to pay for the infrastructure and what happens with climate change and disruptive weather events).

        As soon as there is another global crisis, guess what, it will be chaos, with unbuilt developments everywhere (Soho hole), PPP’s screwed up, contractors left without being paid, developers bankrupt (or having the council aka ratepayers bankroll them). While people like to think that the first home buyers then rock up and buy them cheap, history tends to show the opposite happens, the banks will not lend and everything stops including all the jobs. Then we have the 166,000 students of working visas, the 69,000 migrants per year and the returning Kiwis all together with the unemployed Kiwis. One big happy family. sarc.

        Most people just want the council to create a nice community and keep the libraries going, the transport improving, the rubbish collected and the city safe and the rates under control. I don’t buy into the council having a huge role in the housing crisis, I think that the blame leads straight to the government. Councils need to stay out of it because like the Kaipara council we don’t need them to start bankrupting themselves with developments that will end in disaster. http://www.interest.co.nz/bonds/60974/heavily-indebted-and-disgraced-kaipara-district-council-raises-fears-over-bailing-out

        We have already wasted enough on the failed Supercity.

        The majority of voters who did not bother voting, did not have a candidate to vote for.

  4. dukeofurl 4

    Results from other Auckland wards

    Whau- Ross Clow (labour)
    Waitemata Mike Lee ( City Vision)
    Waiatakere Penny Hulse & Linda Cooper
    Rodney – Sayers
    Orakei- Desley Simpson (CR)
    North Shore Chris Darby & Chris Hills
    Maungakiekie Denise Krum
    Manurewa-Papakura Daniel Newman & John Walker
    Manukau FILIPAINA, Alf & COLLINS, Fa’anana Efeso (both Labour)
    Howick Sharon Stewart & Dick Quax
    Franklin Bill Cashmore (unopposed)
    Eden Roskill Cathy Casey ( CV) Christine Fletcher(CR)
    Albany John Watson & Wayne Walker

    Auckland Future seems to have flopped, with only one win (existing councillor) Linda Cooper. But of course they ran under CR name and maybe a few independents -Bill Ralston

    • Ad 4.1

      Easy left majority there.
      Much much easier to manage than Brown had.

      Richard Hills beating Gillan is excellent. There will be a recount I’m sure.

      Cooper winning by just 700 from Presland says it’s Preslands next time.

      Who is Sayers?

      • dukeofurl 4.1.1

        Rodneys Chris Sayers has beaten Penny Webster.

        He seems to have a slick campaign (http://gregsayers.co.nz/) concentrating on roads and nonsense on how hard done by is Rodney.

        he lives on the waterfront at Snells beach
        “Greg has owned and developed a trans-Tasman financial management software company (Real Software Support Ltd), an organisational cultural change company (Connexions Consulting Ltd) and has been a business specialist for PricewaterHouse Coopers.”
        Doesnt really say what hes ‘doing’ now, but Im guessing hes now a housing developer.

      • millsy 4.1.2

        Who is left and who is right. Mike Lee and Cathy Casey are the only names that jump out as left. Everyone else is more vague.

        • dukeofurl 4.1.2.1

          No success for the new National party brand, Future Auckland.

          And that nasty little bunch of rich ***** on Waiheke with that Jordan Williams vehicle ‘ Ratepayers Alliance ( offshoot of Taxpayers Anti-union) didnt really have much impact either.

      • J Bloggs 4.1.3

        There were a lot of last minute votes on the North Shore (the ballot box in my local library was close to overflowing), which have yet to be counted, and only 71 votes between Gillon and Hills. That race may not be over yet.

    • capn insano 4.2

      Oh fuck me, did Quax and Stewart get in again?! Arsebiscuits.

  5. Takere 5

    With Auckland won by Goff, Wellington by Lester & Dalziel in Ch-Ch …. gotta be good for Labour?

    • alwyn 5.1

      I don’t really give a damn whether it is good or bad for Labour.
      I care about Wellington and it will be bloody terrible for us, the residents of Wellington.

      • left for dead 5.1.1

        Suck it in alwyn, but maybe time it between wind gusts, or their will be even less oxygen too feed that grey matter of yours.

    • Ad 5.2

      Overall yes.
      Good left-green majorities in Dunedin, Christchurch, Auckland, Wellington. A good good day.

  6. Macro 6

    Celebrating a good win here in the local community board. But downcast that divisive ex Nat MP Sandra Goudie

    Ms Goudie’s departure will be welcomed by opposition parties, who questioned her competence. “It is surely time for her to be removed from the chairmanship of the law and order select committee, which has at times been a dysfunctional mess,” said the TransTasman political newsletter last month. “She isn’t hacking it. Difficult to deal with as well.”

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/4541853/MP-Sandra-Goudie-quitting-Parliament
    has pipped much preferred candidate Peter French for Mayor. Grrrr

    • millsy 6.1

      I wouldnt want to be a mangrove…

      • Macro 6.1.1

        Incredible isn’t it!
        The have no understanding of the challenges facing Whangamata in particular, and the East Coastal towns, from Sea level rise and they want to rip out the one sure protection, so they can moor a few more boats.
        On the western side – facing less problems from storm surge, the people get it, and the mangroves are left to get on with their thing, and also act as nursery plants for other trees and wetland plants to establish.
        Our new Mayor will back “development” because “she listens”.

        • DoublePlusGood 6.1.1.1

          In Whangamata, removal of the mangroves means more silt gets through to the harbour bar and the beaches. That should develop the dunes long term.

  7. Ovid 7

    Dave Cull has been returned as mayor in Dunedin. I preferred Aaron Hawkins, but I ranked Cull second so I’m ok with it. The rest of council will be interesting as a few incumbents stood down this election.

    • Pasupial 7.1

      I did the same Hawkins/ Cull ordering myself. At least it wasn’t Vandervis or the Whiley Coyote as Mayor!

      Unfortunately Pat Wall didn’t make over the line for the Green Party on the ORC, he only got 299 votes less than Kempton. All old faces there, except Noone who has moved over from the DCC.

      https://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/otago-regional-council-results

      In better news; Michael Laws lost his try at the Dunstan branch of the ORC, though by less than a hundred votes!

      [snap Weka on that last paragraph]

  8. Ovid 8

    And for Dunedin City Council according to this voting guide by local activist Mark Baxter, it’s around 9:5 in favour of the centre-left to left bloc, so a reasonable result.

    • Pasupial 8.1

      DCC results are in. Good for the Greens that Marie Laufiso made it in (Brockville is a very politically disengaged part of town – unless they all vote out of zone, and I don’t thing Otago Pasifika have ever had an elected representative before). Down side is that Conrad Steadman also made it in; “Former policeman, currently a real-estate agent, if that wasn’t bad enough he was recently spotted schmoozing with John Key when Key was last in Dunedin, politics are completely right wing” (from Ovid’s link above, but just to save me typing much the same in my own words).

      https://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/dcc/six-new-faces-dcc

      • Colonial Viper 8.1.1

        “`I just think Dunners is on the cusp of something great, and I just want to do my bit.”

        SERIOUSLY???

        • Pasupial 8.1.1.1

          I didn’t see that in Ovid’s link – do you have some context on who said that where & when CV? It does sounds pretty gormless and vague, but isn’t in the candidate booklet blurb for either Laufiso or Stedman (though it’d be right at home amongst the other banalities).

          • weka 8.1.1.1.1

            It was in the ODT link. One could speculate on CV’s motivation for posting the quote out of context, or just post the whole thing 😉

            Damian Newell said he was `”absolutely ecstatic”.

            “I’m over the moon mate.”

            “`I just think Dunners is on the cusp of something great, and I just want to do my bit.”

            His first order of business was the Dunedin Hospital upgrade.

            “`We need that upgrade now, and we need to make as much noise about as we can.

            “Obviously it’s a central government issue, but as a council we need to make some noise.”

            • Pasupial 8.1.1.1.1.1

              Thanks Weka, it took me a surprisingly long time to realise what ODT link you meant – the online version has a bad habit of changing text until the physical copy is printed (or I have a bad habit of not screen capturing; take your pick). When I posted the link there was only two paragraphs listing the returning and new councillors.

              Newell’s a bit of a strange one, with links to Labour (at one stage being considered for a labour endorsement for DCC). But also involved in real estate (which puts him well down my list), and his public comes mainly from his being a radio personality with his More FM dayjob. Have to see how he does in his new role.

              Also, re the DCC; “green bloc”; that’s a surprisingly robust strawman that the Dunedin Right wingers love to bash about. Despite endless rumours (mainly from Vandervis & Whiley) there has been no actual evidence of councillors meeting outside hours to concoct nefarious agendas. But that idea is evidently more palatable to their egos than their own proposals are just not good enough to get a majority vote.

      • weka 8.1.2

        That’s great about Laufiso, and having two Green ticket councillors. Dunedin always strikes me as being an interesting mix of conservative and progressive.

        Mr O’Malley said he would be talking to the likes of the South Dunedin Action Group to get on top of issues in the suburb, and find out about the new hotel.

        On whether he could work with Mayor Dave Cull, who was accused by some candidates during the election of having formed a “green bloc” on the council, Mr

        O’Malley said: “Oh yeah, I don’t have any issues.”

        What was that about?

  9. weka 9

    Looks like Michael Laws didn’t make it onto the Otago Regional Council, so that’s cause for celebration.

  10. weka 10

    Russel Norman ‏@RusselNorman 1h1 hour ago

    Central Govt now lost their pro water pollution majority on Hawkes Bay council and only keeping it in Canterbury by blocking full democracy.

    • weka 10.1

      Looks like HB council has swung in favour of no Ruataniwha dam


      The culture at Hawke’s Bay Regional Council could change, now anti-dam campaigner Paul Bailey sits at the council table.

      He and Mr Kirton are the only new additions to the council – with all other incumbents seeking re-election successful – however their presence could shift the councils support on the controversial Ruataniwha dam.

      Napier ward hopefuls Martin Williams and Moira Irving – who had stated their support for the dam – have not been elected.</i<

      http://www.nzherald.co.nz/hawkes-bay-today/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503462&objectid=11725142

      • mauī 10.1.1

        That’s encouraging. I checked out the HB vote expecting it to be a big turnout, but it seemed to be the usual numbers.

      • Kevin 10.1.2

        Hugely excited by this!

        Still a lot of work to be done but first step has been taken. No more rubber stamping with the chaimans casting vote.

  11. Wellington City Council results here. A very healthy line-up of Labour, Greens and other lefty candidates.

    http://wellington.govt.nz/your-council/elections/elections-2016/results

  12. ianmac 12

    Colin King was the National MP for Kaikoura but stood for Mayor of Blenheim.
    John Leggett won the Blenheim Mayoralty with double the number the votes that Colin received.
    Am pleased with the result.

    • Anne 12.1

      Wasn’t Leggett the target of a DP hit by Simon Lusk and Cameron Slater? If so, glad to see those two losers (Jordan William’s mates) have lost out yet again!

      • ianmac 12.1.1

        We think so Anne. It seemed to my conspiracy mind that in exchange for exiting Kings MP seat, that Lusk and co would get him the Mayorship as a reward, but Mice and men…..

  13. joe90 13

    He’s a lovely fellow and all that but to be honest Hamish McDouall’s greatest contribution as our new mayor could well be his holding the cabinet club candidate to a distant second.

    PRELIMINARY ELECTION RESULTS
    MAYOR
    Hamish McDouall will be Whanganui’s new Mayor. The preliminary results for the Mayoral contest are:
    MCDOUALL, Hamish (6724)
    TAYLOR, Alan (3841)

    [..]

    WHANGANUI DISTRICT COUNCILLORS
    (12 vacancies)
    The preliminary results indicate that the following 12 candidates are elected as councillors:
    REID, Hadleigh (9265)
    CLEVELAND, Murray (8746)
    BENNETT, David (8607)
    ANDERSON, Charlie (8421)
    CRAIG, Helen (8316)
    JOBLIN, Kate (8273)
    VINSEN, Rob (7954)
    TAYLOR, Alan (7949)
    CHANDULAL-MACKAY, Josh (7417)
    DUNCAN, Jenny (6861)
    BAKER-HOGAN, Philippa (6745)
    YOUNG, Graeme (6256)

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/wanganui-chronicle/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503426&objectid=11725228

  14. lprent 14

    What happened in christchurch?

    • Peter Swift 14.1

      As predicted by the predictable rabid, vocal minority extreme left dingbats, the eminently electable Minto gave normal, sensible leftie LD a right bloody nose, giving the missing millions waiting for an ultra messiah a glimmer of hope in this labour party neo liberal nightmare world of NZ 2016.

      Or, in the real world, Lianne Dalziel romped to a landslide re-election victory as she beat nearest rival John Minto by a resounding 60,000 votes.

      As templates go, it was a bit of a fizzer

    • pat 14.2

      in CHCH surprisingly it appears Rochelle Phipps missed making the CDHB…oh and LD was returned as Mayor.
      In Ashburton the democracy opponent was replaced,

    • Craig H 14.3

      The People’s Choice (centre-left, a lot of Labour members involved…) won 7 of 16 wards, so with the Mayor and a couple of other independent councillors, there’s a clear majority there.

  15. Cinny 15

    Right winger Rachel Reese easily re-elected as Mayor of NELSON, poor buggers, there wasn’t much choice sadly.
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/nelson-mail/news/85109104/Rachel-Reese-re-elected-as-Nelson-mayor

    Maybe she will do something about Lewis Stanton this term, LMFAO yeah right.
    http://www.newshub.co.nz/tvshows/paulhenry/protest-to-get-lewis-stanton-off-nelson-streets-2016100711

    Centre left winger Richard Kempthorne easily wins his 4th term as Mayor of the TASMAN DISTRICT COUNCIL. Mum will be thrilled. Voting is tight for the third seat in Motueka.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/nelson-mail/news/85094195/richard-kempthorne-wins-fourth-term-as-tasman-mayor

  16. EE 16

    Congratulations Mike Lee

    • Muttonbird 16.1

      Did he win against that appalling rightwing ex-media-type, Ralston?

      This is a good thing because new reality TV addicts and bus route transport junkies like Grieve and Reynolds both backed the loser in Ralston.

    • seeker 16.2

      Ditto EE.

  17. millsy 17

    Any good news for the left here?

    All I see in the provinces is a bunch of Rotarians being swapped for another bunch of Rotarians.

    Congratulations to Goff, Dalzeil and Lester though.

  18. righty on 18

    those idiots hat voted in a lefty council in Auckland john key will have no choice but to appoint a commissioner to run Auckland and they next years election should be canceled the country cant afford the left taking power john must move no and take executive control we can risk an election loss

    • dv 18.1

      So you are saying the right can’t afford democracy!!!

      • righty on 18.1.1

        the country cant afford democracy the lefty are a threat to the economy and house prices there economic vandals national must rule there is no choice the left are economic terrorists

        [letting this out of moderation (reluctantly). How about using some punctuation, and please try and make some political argument, otherwise the vitriol gets boring and you are starting to look like a troll – weka]

      • Sacha 18.1.2

        Tis an extravagance, guv.

      • DoublePlusGood 18.1.3

        A few left-wing people get in and it’s clearly the apocalypse so we obviously have to have a coup.

  19. Muttonbird 19

    What now for the Farrar/Leggett/Espiner crowd? Soundly beaten by the people of Wellington who can see through dirty politics any and every day of the week.

  20. Eric Roy made Southland Regional Council, btw.
    As did I 🙂

  21. Jono 21

    Centre-left Sheryl Mai back in Whangarei as Mayor with an increased majority and in the face of a well-financed right wing populist vanity party Go-Whangarei ticket. Green Anna Murphy in as Councillor for the coastal and Hikurangi ward beating right wing councillor for the coast SuzY Bretherton and coming only four votes behind long term rural councillor of the same ward, Greg Martin. Only two Go-Whangarei councillors got in so that’s great f or the mid-North

  22. Mike Tana who just finished his term as President of the PSA won the mayoralty in Porirua. I’m sure he’ll be a welcome lefty relief … 👿

  23. Bigdog 23

    Cheered me up no end that Mike Lee won.The thought of that latte swilling twat Ralston was to much to contemplate 😂

  24. Grey Area 24

    Amid concern about local body election voting levels I am left wondering whether the fostering of apathy in national politics is also increasing disinterest at the local level.

    And as for calls for the introduction of on-line voting to make it easier, I must admit finding a NZ Post mailbox near where I live was a mission,

    • dukeofurl 24.1

      Did you go online ? NZ Post has its website which will tell you.

      • Grey Area 24.1.1

        It was more a comment about NZ Post becoming a parcel delivery company. Since I last posted a letter (which isn’t that long ago) NZ Post has obviously been busy removing mailboxes. There used to be one at the end of our street, then another about 1.5km away and so on. Obviously mail volumes have dropped, I understand that, but a sign of the times. **sigh**

    • mauī 24.2

      I think we’ll get really high turnout, say 80%, in a few years. This should happen as the western economies hit crisis points, with what Nicole Foss calls the diminishing trust horizon. Under economic stress people will be trading locally to survive and local governance is going to be crucial.

  25. james 25

    Glad to see that Penny Blight 1/2’ed her vote this election and was a dismal failure (again).

    Seems the more people who know who she is the less that vote for her.

    Shes a walking embarrassment.

    • Wensleydale 25.1

      You’re an unpleasant, bitter little person, aren’t you James? You’ll give yourself an ulcer at this rate.

      • James 25.1.1

        Not at all. Not bitter – I think she’s bat shit crazy and I’m glad that she’s been seen as such.

        Far from an ulcer- I’m pretty relaxed.

  26. Sacha 26

    Ak mayoral votes laid out like seats in parliament:
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CurdT9fWgAARqqY.jpg:large

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  • Entries open for the 2021 Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards
    It’s time to recognise the outstanding work early learning services, kōhanga reo, schools and kura do to support children and young people to succeed, Minister of Education Chris Hipkins says. The 2021 Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards are now open through until April 16. “The past year has reminded us ...
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    4 days ago
  • Jobs for Nature benefits three projects
    Three new Jobs for Nature projects will help nature thrive in the Bay of Plenty and keep local people in work says Conservation Minister Kiri Allan. “Up to 30 people will be employed in the projects, which are aimed at boosting local conservation efforts, enhancing some of the region’s most ...
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    4 days ago
  • Improvements to the Holidays Act on the way
    The Government has accepted all of the Holidays Act Taskforce’s recommended changes, which will provide certainty to employers and help employees receive their leave entitlements, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Wood announced today. Michael Wood said the Government established the Holidays Act Taskforce to help address challenges with the ...
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  • NZ’s credit rating lifted as economy recovers
    The Government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and faster than expected economic recovery has been acknowledged in today’s credit rating upgrade. Credit ratings agency Standard & Poor’s (S&P) today raised New Zealand’s local currency credit rating to AAA with a stable outlook. This follows Fitch reaffirming its AA+ rating last ...
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  • Speech to National Remembrance Service on the 10th anniversary of the Christchurch earthquake
    Tena koutou e nga Maata Waka Ngai Tuahuriri, Ngai Tahu whanui, Tena koutou. Nau mai whakatau mai ki tenei ra maumahara i te Ru Whenua Apiti hono tatai hono, Te hunga mate ki te hunga mate Apiti hono tatai hono, Te hunga ora ki te hunga ora Tena koutou, Tena ...
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  • Government reaffirms urgent commitment to ban harmful conversion practices
    The Minister of Justice has reaffirmed the Government’s urgent commitment, as stated in its 2020 Election Manifesto, to ban conversion practices in New Zealand by this time next year. “The Government has work underway to develop policy which will bring legislation to Parliament by the middle of this year and ...
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  • New creative service aims to benefit 1,000 peoples’ careers
    Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage and Social Development Hon Carmel Sepuloni today launched a new Creative Careers Service, which is expected to support up to 1,000 creatives, across three regions over the next two years. The new service builds on the most successful aspects of the former Pathways to ...
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  • Honey exporters busy meeting surging demand
    Overseas consumers eager for natural products in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic have helped boost honey export revenue by 20 percent to $425 million in the year to June 30, 2020, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor says.   “The results from the latest Ministry for Primary Industries’ 2020 Apiculture Monitoring ...
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    1 week ago
  • Government delivers more wellbeing support for young people
    Thanks to more than $10-million in new services from the Government, more rangatahi will be able to access mental health and addiction support in their community. Minister of Health Andrew Little made the announcement today while visiting Odyssey House Christchurch and acknowledged that significant events like the devastating earthquakes ten ...
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  • Government eases visa restrictions for visitors in New Zealand
    Two month automatic visitor visa extension for most visitor visa holders Temporary waiver of time spent in New Zealand rule for visitor stays Visitor visa holders will be able to stay in New Zealand a little longer as the Government eases restrictions for those still here, the Minister of Immigration ...
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  • Push for sustainable tourism gathers pace
    The Tourism and Conservation Ministers say today’s report by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment (PCE) adds to calls to overhaul the tourism model that existed prior to COVID19. “The PCE tourism report joins a chorus of analysis which has established that previous settings, which prioritised volume over value, are ...
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    1 week ago
  • Government extends dietary supplements regulations
    The Government is providing certainty for the dietary supplements industry as we work to overhaul the rules governing the products, Minister for Food Safety Dr Ayesha Verrall said. Dietary supplements are health and wellness products taken orally to supplement a traditional diet. Some examples include vitamin and mineral supplements, echinacea, ...
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  • New Zealand to join the Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime
    The Government is joining the Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime (the Budapest Convention), Justice Minister Kris Faafoi and Minister for the Digital Economy and Communications Dr David Clark announced today. The decision progresses a recommendation by the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Christchurch terror attack to accede to ...
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  • Appointment round in 2021 for Queen's Counsel
    Attorney-General David Parker announced today that an appointment round for Queen’s Counsel will take place in 2021.  Appointments of Queen’s Counsel are made by the Governor-General on the recommendation of the Attorney-General and with the concurrence of the Chief Justice. The Governor-General retains the discretion to appoint Queen’s Counsel in ...
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  • Government support for businesses kicks in
    The new Resurgence Support Payment passed by Parliament this week will be available to eligible businesses now that Auckland will be in Alert Level 2 until Monday. “Our careful management of the Government accounts means we have money aside for situations like this. We stand ready to share the burden ...
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    1 week ago
  • Final preparations to ensure Phase 1 of the vaccination rollout is ready to go
    A dry run of the end-to-end process shows New Zealand’s COVID-19 vaccination programme is ready to roll from Saturday, when the first border workers will receive the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says. “The trial run took place in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch yesterday afternoon, ahead of the ...
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  • Free Period products to be available in all schools and kura
    From June this year, all primary, intermediate, secondary school and kura students will have access to free period products, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Associate Education Minister Jan Tinetti announced today. The announcement follows a successful Access to Period Products pilot programme, which has been running since Term 3 last ...
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  • Government accounts remain in good shape
    The latest update shows the Government’s books are again in better shape than forecast, meaning New Zealand is still in a strong position to respond to any COVID-19 resurgence. The Crown Accounts for the six months to the end of December were better than forecast in the Half-year Economic and ...
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  • New DOC strategy champions responsible enjoyment of the outdoors
    The Department of Conservation’s (DOC) new Heritage and Visitor Strategy is fully focused on protecting and enhancing the value of New Zealand’s natural, cultural and historic heritage, while also promoting a sustainable environmental experience, Conservation Minister Kiri Allan says. “It has been a quarter of a century since DOC first developed ...
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  • New Zealand to conclude its deployment to Afghanistan in 2021
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta and Defence Minister Peeni Henare have announced that New Zealand will conclude its deployment of the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) to Afghanistan by May 2021. “After 20 years of a NZDF presence in Afghanistan, it is now time to conclude ...
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  • Supporting Māori to Succeed in Trade – International Inter-Tribal Trade and Investment Organi...
    Thank you for the opportunity to speak with you today. This is a special time in our country. A little over a week ago, it was the anniversary of the signature by Māori and the British Crown of Te Tiriti O Waitangi (the Treaty of Waitangi), a founding document in ...
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    1 week ago
  • Prime Minister’s statement on the arrest of former dual citizen in Turkey
    The Government is in contact with relevant authorities in Turkey following the arrest of a former Australian and New Zealand dual citizen there, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. “Contingency planning for the potential return of any New Zealander who may have been in the conflict zone has been underway for ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Household incomes rise but more work needed
    Figures released today by Stats NZ show there was strong growth in median household incomes in 2020, before surveying was halted due to COVID-19. Stats NZ found the median annual household income rose 6.9 percent to $75,024 in the year to June 2020 compared with a year earlier. The survey ...
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  • Business support under COVID resurgence confirmed
    Legislation will be introduced under urgency today to set up a new Resurgence Support Payment for businesses affected by any resurgence of COVID-19. “Since the scheme was announced in December we have decided to make a change to the payment – reducing the time over which a revenue drop is ...
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