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Marryatt must go

Written By: - Date published: 6:41 am, January 31st, 2012 - 84 comments
Categories: local government, wages - Tags: , ,

Most Kiwis have had no payrise, if they’re lucky enough to have kept their jobs, in the past few years. Yet Christchurch City Council CEO Tony Marryatt has kept on getting pay rises on his obscene salary, even as his job performance has declined. Now the arrogant bastard is saying he’ll keep $34,000 he doesn’t deserve unless the elected council ‘behaves’.

In fairness to Marryatt, he has said he won’t accept his $68,000 a year pay increase. But he is saying he’ll keep the $34,000 of the backdated increase from last July unless the councillors “work together collegially”.

From where I’m standing, it isn’t the councillors that have mucked up the earthquake rebuild. It’s the council – and two people are responsible for that: Marryatt and Mayor Bob Parker.

Unsurprisingly, Bob ‘Common Man’ Parker says that Marryatt deserves a $68,000 payrise despite his falling performance saying:

“It’s still a very good response, in the top 20 per cent overall.”

So, this 0.1 percenter is only in the top 20% of performance reviews? And he’s being paid half a million a year? And getting a 14% payrise?

What the hell is going on? How can anyone justify this? How can Marryatt sleep at night ripping off a bankrupt and dying city to the tune of $1,500?

On a very comfortable bed, I suppose.

There is no justification for this madness. Sack him.

84 comments on “Marryatt must go ”

  1. tsmithfield 1

    As much as you may dislike him, Marryatt is an employee with all the same rights as any other employee. So, are you proposing to deny him those rights without going through the normal process of review, verbal warning, written warning etc? The consequence of doing so could be much greater than the $70k pay rise that has been the subject of much discussion lately.

    • Colonial Viper 1.1

      tsmithfield defending the rights of employees to due process. Delicious.

      • The Voice of Reason 1.1.1

        All power to the Smithfield Soviet!

      • Monty 1.1.2

        No just funny and ironical that leftists are now bleating that someone they don’t like (because he is paid a whole lot of money) should be sacked because well because he earns a whole lot of money and is therefore a “rich prick” who must therefore be despised.

        Why should rich pricks not be able to have the same job protection as low paid workers? You lot really are a nasty bunch.

    • RedLogix 1.2

      Feck… I am so bookmarking that comment ts.

      • tsmithfield 1.2.1

        Just pointing out the stupidity of the article.

        The article calls for Marryatt to be sacked. However, there is no way that Marryatt can be sacked under employment law without incurring considerable costs, probably running into the millions. Also, pointing out the hypocrisy of contributors to “the Standard” who are calling for such an outcome, when in other circumstances they would be bleating about the rights of workers being trodden over.

        So far as I am concerned, I think the Marryatt pay increase was an absolute scandal and totally unjustified. But once it has been given, its a lot harder to take it away, unfortunately.

        • Fortran 1.2.1.1

          Why is Marriott so different to so many others in Local Government, and not only at CEO level.

          When his salary goes up so do the many many senior teirs below.

          I would like to see a list of all Local Government CEO’s and the next four teirs (ie say Chief Librarian) in these Councils. We know that Auckland has more expensive chiefs than staff.
          Also the total staff numbers. These are often along with salaries quietly hidden.
          Names of individuals are not important.

    • Zetetic 1.3

      Sack him on the basis of his falling performance and insubordination to his employer (the council). Give him a three month payout. Recoup it from lower pay for his replacement.

    • fender 1.4

      Bet he missed out on the 90 day trial though, how unfair for him to be discriminated against.

  2. vto 2

    Agree 100%.

    It has got to the stage where EVERYONE you speak to about this just thinks he is absolutely wrong in every way for this position in these times.

    NOBODY wants him. They just see his arrogance, big-headed ego, jandal-wearing manner, spoilt brat mentality.

    Perhaps someone from Hamilton can outline the same problems and kerfuffle he caused there.

    He is the town clerk. Nothing more nothing less.

  3. higherstandard 3

    Here you go.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/news/769274/Citys-CEO-went-too-far

    The chap appears to be a grade A turd.

    • muzza 3.1

      “Mr Marryatt, who left Hamilton City Council last year and is now chief executive of Christchurch City Council, hit back at the comments, saying he was giving the mayor his “professional wisdom” after the election.”

      Professional Wisdom – What an inditement of the man!

  4. DavidC 4

    Yeah sack him and cost the rate payers a few mil$ when he sues your dumbarse.

    • Colonial Viper 4.1

      Doesn’t matter if he sues the city council for a couple of million. Consider it an investment the city council will still be saving a huge amount of money over a 10 year time frame.

      • DavidC 4.1.1

        Ha ! What a joke.
        Lets see James edit this strand to include a desire to see him paid out $2 mil in voluntary severance and see a few hundred comments call for James to be hung as a class traitor aka Fran O’Sullivan.

        • The Voice of Reason 4.1.1.1

          A likely agreed severance payout is going to less than a years salary, because this is NZ, David. If it went through the full ERA process as a personal grievance, then it would be approximately the same amount, less what ever contribution the ERA felt Marryatt made to his own demise.
           
          So, this egocentric Waikato resident could be flicked on for somewhere between $300-500k, which would be a wise investment in Christchurch’s future.

          • DavidC 4.1.1.1.1

            But it wouldnt be “agreed” and there would be considerable damage to his reputation and further work prospects in NZ so the cost would be vastly more than $500k.

            • The Voice of Reason 4.1.1.1.1.1

              Most personal grievances are settled prior to formal hearings and are usually a lot less than a year’s salary, unless there are aggravating factors, such as sexual harrassment or violence. But even if it went the full distance, the figure is still going to be relatively low, because of what is known as ‘contribution’. The council would argue that he was, in part, the author of his own misfortunes, citing the poor performance and media outbursts and the ERA or Employment court, if it agreed, would cut the settlement down on that basis.
               
              Council CEO is an international job market position and they do get sacked regularly, so he’d be struggling to prove real harm. Having run both Hamilton and Chch councils, his next step is probably going to be a bigger city, overseas anyway, say Brisbane or Adelaide.

  5. Bored 5

    Why take this bastard in isolation? The electorate has to demand an end to this nonsense that began when Bassett and the Rogernomes dismantled the whole public service structure, central and local.

    The reality is that Marryatt represesents a whole edifice of non performing overpaid functionaries working for you and me. Unlike CEOs in the private sector we have no ability to say, “fuck off we are not buying your goods or services”. They have no risk. Time for them al to be gone.

    • Colonial Viper 5.1

      Unlike CEOs in the private sector we have no ability to say, “fuck off we are not buying your goods or services”.

      Sorry must disagree with you slightly here, its almost impossible to avoid the private sector ticket clippers who seem to own large chunks of our country’s core infrastructure these days.

    • mikesh 5.2

      Even when they do perform most of their salary is “unearned”. The bulk of it is what economists refer to as economic rent. They are essentially rentiers.

      • Draco T Bastard 5.2.1

        That’s true of all administration – it’s an expense on the workers. Unfortunately, our indoctrination into our socio-economic system has persuaded us that the workers are an expense on the administration.

        Our whole society is arse about face and we’re about to learn, again, that it doesn’t work.

  6. CnrJoe 6

    for my entertainment please someone defend this well compensated uber executive. I love to watch car wrecks, train wrecks but not so much city wrecks – he’s a vampire on the exposed veins of this flayed community.
    Bob Parker the t.v mayor defends this leeching parasite?

    Off with his head.

    • Colonial Viper 6.1

      The fact of the matter is that if you don’t provide top level remuneration, you will not be able to retain top level talent like Marryatt. Now in my opinion one in NZ could do a better job than Marryatt in what is an extraordinary circumstance and the fact is that he has the experience and networks to do the job that Christchurch needs. It doesn’t do the people of Christchurch any good to ignore these facts while trying to pointlessly politicise what was a fair and transparent employment process between a major employer, the city council, and a long serving employee.

      You “workers rights” types should really know better than push yet another politics of envy barrow.

      It’s pathetically clear to me now that many corners of NZ suffer from an envious, small minded mentality and the comments here reflect the typical left wing “tall poppy” syndrome. Dragging a civic leader like Marryatt down reflects badly on the commentators on the Std.

      (So CnrJoe how did i do lol???)

      • Colonial Viper 6.1.1

        “Now in my opinion NO ONE in NZ could do a better job than Marryatt ”

        whoops I guess I let that slip through lol

        • Bored 6.1.1.1

          Nice effort CV, job for you awaiting at National Party HQ…while you are at it can you get me a job as a CEO?

  7. Dave Armstrong has a good description of the situation here (ht Bored).

    The following deserves to be posted:

    “With Christmas credit card bills to pay and back-to-school expenses mounting, it’s a difficult time of year. My advice is to go to your employers and demand a $44,000 pay rise. If they laugh, settle for a mere 18 per cent increase. Tell your boss you’ve consulted international experts and they reckon you need this pay rise to keep you in the country.
    If you work in a trivial occupation – doctor, nurse, policeman – you’ll be out of luck. However, if you work in an essential industry – chief executive of a council organisation – you could be fortunate.” 

  8. james111 8

    I agree many of the Salaries are now obscene for CEOS of Government Departments ,and Local Authorities. They are all funded by the tax payer and should not receive that sort of income.

    They are basically non productive. Most of these big Salary hikes came into force under the years of Helen, and Michael Cullen when they claimed they should get paid the same as private sector CEOS.Its very hard now to stop the monster that Labour created

    • Gawd James do you ever get embarassed at this continuous showing of how little knowledge you have?

      • thatguynz 8.1.1

        Not half as embarrassed as his parents I suspect. That was a pretty poor attempt at blame deflection – even for James!

        • The Voice of Reason 8.1.1.1

          I hope they cut his pocket money and use it to pay the rates. That’d learn him!

    • Galeandra 8.2

      ‘Most of these big Salary hikes came into force under the years of Helen, and Michael Cullen when they claimed they should get paid the same as private sector CEOS’

      Able to provide link or citation for that assertion?

  9. One Anonymous Bloke 9

    Marryatt has lost the plot, and why wouldn’t he? I don’t know how I’d cope in his position, watching the city I live in be destroyed and its people living on a knife-edge for months, still not knowing whether “it” is even all over.

    He got the job in 2007, and it was to manage a very different situation than the one he is now in. Perhaps someone else has a better skill-set for the job. It’s difficult to see how he can carry on after the “collegial” remark, but in his shoes I think I might have been less diplomatic…

    So yeah, perhaps he should go, but I think incidents like this come with the territory.

    • Hami Shearlie 9.1

      His family lives in Hamilton – so does he – he just flies down to Christchurch and then flies out again!!

      • Colonial Viper 9.1.1

        SERIOUSLY? Is this commonly known in Christchurch???

      • One Anonymous Bloke 9.1.2

        Well then I have less sympathy for him, but the point about the circumstances he signed up for still applies.

        • Puddleglum 9.1.2.1

          Complaints about Marryatt, his influence and his role in the decision making of the CCC pre-date the earthquakes (think Dave Henderson, Ellerslie Flower Show, etc.).

          The earthquakes have simply brought into sharp relief his, and Mayor Parker’s, inadequate and arrogant modus operandum. 

          • prism 9.1.2.1.1

            Puddleglum
            +1

          • One Anonymous Bloke 9.1.2.1.2

            Sympathy diminishing further…

            • Zorr 9.1.2.1.2.1

              Bob Parker being reelected as mayor was a contributing factor to my leaving Christchurch… his style of local governance (as aptly demonstrated here though Marryatt) is divisive and undemocratic.

              I would love to be able to say good riddance to both…

  10. happynz 10

    I reckon Maryatt’s in the shit and he’s now gone past damage control and he’s lining up his ducks for a sweet removal package. His golden parachute has been packed and is ready to be deployed.

    • Colonial Viper 10.1

      He’s going to screw Parker on the way out then; if his parachute is too golden Cantabrians will see it as the Mayor giving a last hurrah to his good mate.

      • happynz 10.1.1

        He’s going to screw Parker on the way out then

        I don’t think that Marryatt really gives a toss. Parading his arrogance around he has demonstrated where his loyalties lie — himself.

  11. vto 11

    One thing I would like to know is why TV Bob gets upset when people get upset with him…

    I mean, shit, we elect our Councillors to reflect our views directly to Council. If that results in disagreement then so be it. If those views are uncomfortable and difficult then so be it.

    Bob Parker needs to grow up.

    • Colonial Viper 11.1

      the born to rule don’t like to be questioned by the peasantry.

      • vto 11.1.1

        but he’s a peasant himself

        • Draco T Bastard 11.1.1.1

          That’s what he keeps saying but it’s not what he believes and in this situation it’s what he believes that counts. He believes that he’s a ruler and thus that everyone else should do as he tells them.

  12. Kevin Welsh 12

    Clearly there are productivity issues with this clown. I say lock him out and tell him that unless he takes a 20% pay cut, his job will be contracted out.

    • Colonial Viper 12.1

      20% pay cut? My man, you’ll never make it as a born to rule CEO, that’s way too unambitious a target.

  13. stever 13

    Given that Mr. Marryatt has, apparently, been showing declining performance standards, an obvious question is: who suggested and agreed to a bonus under those circumstances?

    Followed by:
    What were their reasons for doing so?
    Was there some quid pro quo?

    I would guess that local journalists are still digging, and I’d hope they’d come up with answers to these questions.

  14. King Kong 14

    The thread is 28 comments long and there hasn’t been a call for him to be killed yet.

    Someone is really dropping the ball.

    As it happens I think that this guy should go. Not because I am envious of his salary (which seems to be the driver for a lot of the calls for his head) but because there seems to be a serious loss of confidence in him.

    • felix 14.1

      Funny KK.

      One over the top comment here and you all get on your high horses for a month.

      Yet I never see you complaining over at kiwibog or Slater’s where such comments are so commonplace as to go unremarked upon.

    • CnrJoe 14.2

      off with his head? heh, i guess it doesn’t kill the host and you know that

  15. randal 15

    one ananonymous bloke, he does not live in Christchurch. He commutes every week from hamilton.
    btw, who pays for that?

  16. queenstfarmer 16

    Marryatt is just a symptom, not a cause. Sacking him won’t fix the corrupt cycle of out-of-control “executive” pay – another person would be appointed (and their first job would probably be to deal with the massive lawsuit filed by Marryatt). Likewise the $68K rise isn’t the main issue – the half-$million+ “base salary” is the real deal. Executive pay is out of control all over the place.

    In my (other) little corner of the world, I read over the weekend that the Council has just appointed a new CEO on a base salaray of $250K, for a 3-year term. Which is ludicrous for such a small council, and the guy had never even visited the main towns before. Are they saying they couldn’t get a suitable person to do it for say $200K? $150K? Nonsense.

    • Bored 16.1

      As a real live private sector CEO when I get too much work to adequately handle in an 8 hour day I hire assistance.

      It used to be considered obvious that one person could only do so much, and that could only be worth a certain value. Spreading the load was the normal procedure, not the capturing of the roles by fewer individuals demanding more and more.

      If CCC were clever they would restructure Marryatt out.I would recommend a $200K replacement with 4 $100K assistants suitably empowered. Then we might see some performance.

  17. randal 17

    qsf of course it is nonsense.
    but we live in a world of nonsense now.
    if the chch city council hired lady gaga for ceo the whole place would be in ecstasy for five minutes.

    • queenstfarmer 17.1

      if the chch city council hired lady gaga for ceo the whole place would be in ecstasy for five minutes

      LOL! Hey, here’s an idea… how about they run a “CEO Idol” (perhaps more akin to The Apprentice) where they get 10 candidates who want to be the CEO. Each week they perform various tasks, the public gets to vote, and the winner gets a 1 year term as CEO at say $200K.

      The council would save $400K+ on salary, and the TV rights would cover production costs. And it would allow direct democracy into the CEO appointment. What’s to lose?

  18. randal 18

    king kong if you want to kill somebody then take your thumb and index finger and block off your nostrils till you turn blue and kark it.
    or maybe just get your puppetmaster to take your battery out.
    hasta la vista baby.

  19. Peter Monteith 19

    Isn’t the real issue about the sizof his pay? He gets more than the PM without the pay increase!

    • The Voice of Reason 19.1

      Well, bad as he is, Marryatt’s still better value for money than the current PM. Plus, he appears to actually be interested in his job and he’s only flying back and forth to Hamilton, rather than Hawaii, so it’s no comparison really.
       
      ps Peter, didn’t you once drop me from a cricket team for taking an hour to compile an immaculate 8 runs, all of them singles from the last ball of the over, thereby depriving the other batsman of the opportunity to score, and also running one of them out because he insisted on going for the second despite the well known fact that jogging 22 yards is more than enough for the human body to cope with?
       

  20. prism 20

    Some legal types use the term about a party in difficulties ‘that he is the author of his own misfortune’. Put Christchurch people in the place of ‘his’. They voted Bob Parker back, a Mayor who had already shown that he made questionable financial decisions ie when dealing with a property speculator. So it is not unexpected that unsatisfactory decisions and practices will continue over the present electoral period which will disadvantage Christchurch’s recovery and future.

  21. randal 21

    I find it very hard to beleive that marryatt is the only person in the whole wide world who can be ceo of Chch.

  22. randal 22

    and if the job was open to competition isntead of being third partied then somebody just as qualified could be found who would do it for less pay and with less trouble.

  23. DH 23

    I don’t think it’s such a good idea calling for Marryatt’s head. The sentiment I can agree with but not the practicality of it. He’s subject to the same employment laws as every employee; you can’t fire him without the usual due process of warnings etc and even those have to be in compliance with the conditions of his contract. It’s possible he’s in breach of contract in some way but I doubt it, would have to be a very well crafted contract for that.

    The standard form for getting rid of a CEO or anyone else on a fixed contract is to buy out their contract. There really isn’t any other way to do it without risking a huge personal grievance suit. That usually entails paying out the remainder of the contract and in the case of Marryatt the size of the golden handshake would make ChCh people very upset. I think Cantabs would be pretty pissed to see the guy handed a million bucks just to sod off.

    I think it’s great to see so many people protesting his pay hike, wish us JAFAs would be bit more active in that respect.

  24. JonL 24

    Different country, but, we got rid of our shire CEO, who was a total nob with delusions of grandeur, power and a cynical disregard for the ratepayers…….. rumours of a couple of ex-Vietnam vets up in the hills not taking their meds and going troppo while rabbit shooting, finally did the trick! (plus paying the prick out $220K +, – who the hell did his contract!)
    Now, we just have to replace half the shire members, and………..

  25. Ah, the joys of living in a “free market”, where CEOs are paid truckloads of cash because we have to “compete” to get talented managers…

    Whatever happened to the Town Clerk?

    Oh yeah – they were replaced. CEOs were deemed more… “efficient”.

  26. randal 27

    yep thats the business round table model frank.
    ask hooton.
    he knows.

  27. geoff 28

    Direct Democracy Councils! Governance For The People BY The People! Major spends/decisions made by residents! How do we do it???!! Seriously??!!

    • Draco T Bastard 28.1

      Online voting. It’s the only method that’s fast enough to get out more than one referendum per year.

      • geoff 28.1.1

        Here’s how I would do it:

        Start a website called something like “your town, your say” and just start running polls like the polls on stuff or nzherald, except not lame ones. Perhaps have some kind of system that allowed
        users to decide the poll questions?
        If it became popular enough it would be difficult to ignore.
        I dont know how to do this or if it would be technically feasible, who does? LPRENT??

        • Draco T Bastard 28.1.1.1

          You don’t want it to be a poll but an actual vote. Yeah, once you get to 60%+ of registered voters voting then there would be no way that it could be ignored and I don’t think it would be that hard to get that many people involved.

          • geoff 28.1.1.1.1

            How would you verify that the voters are registered?

            • Blue 28.1.1.1.1.1

              How do you account for the large section of the population that don’t have or use computers? I’m thinking of the large elderly demographic that still would have no idea how to vote online? Isn’t there the risk of disenfranchising them from the process?

      • Colonial Viper 28.1.2

        Online voting. It’s the only method that’s fast enough to get out more than one referendum per year.

        No online voting.

        The alternative I suggest is to change our Parliamentary terms to 4 yr terms.

        Then mid term (ie 2 years in) have a referendum election which might pool 2 or 3 referendums together to be voted on.

  28. Eduardo Kawak 29

    Screw sacking him. [Deleted. A repeat of any kind of direct personal threat like that will earn a permanent ban..RL]

  29. Eduardo Kawak 30

    The council should do a performance review of the performance review.

    [Hehe… that’s very droll, and smart. RL]

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  • Drone project to aid protection of Māui dolphin
    The Government is backing a new project to use drone technology to transform our understanding and protection of the Māui dolphin, Aotearoa’s most endangered dolphin.    “The project is just one part of the Government’s plan to save the Māui dolphin. We are committed to protecting this treasure,” Oceans and Fisheries ...
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  • New water regulator board announced as major Government reform moves forward
    Major water reform has taken a step closer with the appointment of the inaugural board of the Taumata Arowai water services regulator, Hon Nanaia Mahuta says. Former Director General of Health and respected public health specialist Dame Karen Poutasi will chair the inaugural board of Crown agency Taumata Arowai. “Dame ...
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  • North Auckland gets public transport upgrade
    The newly completed Hibiscus Coast Bus Station will help people make better transport choices to help ease congestion and benefit the environment, Transport Minister Michael Wood and Auckland Mayor Phil Goff said today. Michael Wood and Phil Goff officially opened the Hibiscus Coast Bus Station which sits just off the ...
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  • Supporting work to protect Northland reserve
    New funding announced by Conservation Minister Kiri Allan today will provide work and help protect the unique values of Northland’s Te Ārai Nature Reserve for future generations. Te Ārai is culturally important to Te Aupōuri as the last resting place of the spirits before they depart to Te Rerenga Wairua. ...
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  • Critical step to new housing deal for Pacific communities
      Today the Government has taken a key step to support Pacific people to becoming Community Housing providers, says the Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio. “This will be great news for Pacific communities with the decision to provide Pacific Financial Capability Grant funding and a tender process to ...
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  • Consultation opens on proposed Bay of Islands marine mammal sanctuary
    Conservation Minister Kiri Allan is encouraging New Zealanders to have their say on a proposed marine mammal sanctuary to address the rapid decline of bottlenose dolphins in Te Pēwhairangi, the Bay of Islands. The proposal, developed jointly with Ngā Hapū o te Pēwhairangi, would protect all marine mammals of the ...
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  • Three District Court Judges appointed
    Attorney-General David Parker today announced the appointment of three new District Court Judges.    Two of the appointees will take up their roles on 1 April, replacing sitting Judges who have reached retirement age.     Kirsten Lummis, lawyer of Auckland has been appointed as a District Court Judge with jury jurisdiction to ...
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  • Government announces list of life-shortening conditions guaranteeing early KiwiSaver access
    Government announces list of life-shortening conditions guaranteeing early KiwiSaver access The Government changed the KiwiSaver rules in 2019 so people with life-shortening congenital conditions can withdraw their savings early The four conditions guaranteed early access are – down syndrome, cerebral palsy, Huntington’s disease and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder An alternative ...
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  • Reserve Bank to take account of housing in decision making
    The Reserve Bank is now required to consider the impact on housing when making monetary and financial policy decisions, Grant Robertson announced today. Changes have been made to the Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee’s remit requiring it to take into account government policy relating to more sustainable house prices, while working ...
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  • Investment to reduce cochlear implant waitlist
    The Labour Government will invest $6 million for 70 additional adult cochlear implants this year to significantly reduce the historical waitlist, Health Minister Andrew Little says. “Cochlear implants are life changing for kiwis who suffer from severe hearing loss. As well as improving an individual’s hearing, they open doors to ...
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  • Māori wards Bill passes third reading
    The Local Electoral (Māori Wards and Māori Constituencies) Amendment Bill passed its third reading today and will become law, Minister of Local Government Hon Nanaia Mahuta says. “This is a significant step forward for Māori representation in local government. We know how important it is to have diversity around ...
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  • Government delivers 1,000 more transitional housing places
    The Government has added 1,000 more transitional housing places as promised under the Aotearoa New Zealand Homelessness Action Plan (HAP), launched one year ago. Minister of Housing Megan Woods says the milestone supports the Government’s priority to ensure every New Zealander has warm, dry, secure housing. “Transitional housing provides people ...
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  • Second batch of Pfizer/BioNTech doses arrives safely – as the first vaccinations take place in the...
    A second batch of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines arrived safely yesterday at Auckland International Airport, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says. “This shipment contained about 76,000 doses, and follows our first shipment of 60,000 doses that arrived last week. We expect further shipments of vaccine over the coming weeks,” Chris Hipkins said. ...
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  • $18 million for creative spaces to make arts more accessible
    The Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Carmel Sepuloni has today announced $18 million to support creative spaces. Creative spaces are places in the community where people with mental health needs, disabled people, and those looking for social connection, are welcomed and supported to practice and participate in the arts ...
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  • Moriori Claims Settlement Bill passes first reading
    Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Andrew Little today welcomed Moriori to Parliament to witness the first reading of the Moriori Claims Settlement Bill. “This bill is the culmination of years of dedication and hard work from all the parties involved. “I am delighted to reach this significant milestone today,” Andrew ...
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  • Government action reduces child poverty
    22,400 fewer children experiencing material hardship 45,400 fewer children in low income households on after-housing costs measure After-housing costs target achieved a year ahead of schedule Government action has seen child poverty reduce against all nine official measures compared to the baseline year, Prime Minister and Minister for Child Poverty ...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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