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Meanwhile, the Housing Crisis

Written By: - Date published: 9:38 am, December 7th, 2016 - 18 comments
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While National’s caucus focuses on itself, as backbenchers enjoy their one shot at relevance, the country’s big problems continue.

Auckland’s housing supply continues to lag behind demand.  National’s answer – Special Housing Areas – aren’t going to deliver the 39,000 houses promised – or even 39,000 consents.  13 areas have been dumped as no progress has been made.  The original photo-opportunity launch site still has no homes under construction.  The number of houses Auckland is short by has risen from 30,000 to 40,000.

Auckland needs 13,000 homes built each year for three decades, but in the past year only 9960 have been consented, and new council data shows fewer than 7000 actually built. [emphasis mine]

So we’re still only building at half the rate needed.  Whether the Housing Accord has been any help is unclear – consents were already climbing before the Housing Accord, and have only continued to climb at a steady rate.

Today brings the news that an independent initiative has been snuffed out by the government.  Leonie Freeman’s proposed cross-sector group to focus on the housing crisis wasn’t taken up by Auckland Council as Goff feels that they’ve pulled the lever they have with the Unitary Plan – all the remaining levers: provision of social housing, the creation of affordable housing, how much funding is available – are under the government’s control.

The government didn’t even bother to respond to her.  When she called and forced an answer, they pretty much told her it was under control.

That’s how out-of-touch and arrogant this government is – as Auckland’s housing problem continues to get worse by 1000s of houses per year, there is nothing for them to worry about.

18 comments on “Meanwhile, the Housing Crisis”

  1. Draco T Bastard 1

    That’s how out-of-touch and arrogant this government is – as Auckland’s housing problem continues to get worse by 1000s of houses per year, there is nothing for them to worry about.

    Well, I suppose if housing is falling behind by thousands per year then rents can go up by thousands per year and thus National’s base can still get massive unearned capital gains and other people to pay for their mortgages.

    This would be just dandy as far as National is concerned. After all, they’re of the opinion that poor people are just there to pay for rich people.

  2. mac1 2

    Not just Auckland.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/property/86862680/overcrowded-rental-market-in-marlborough-about-to-feel-quake-pressure

    But don’t blame the quake.

    From March 2016, we have this.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/home-property/77498017/Blenheim-rental-shortage-frustrates-tenants

    Provincial towns also are feeling the pressure especially as increasing amounts of workers come into the area for seasonal work.

    • Cinny 2.1

      “Provincial towns also are feeling the pressure especially as increasing amounts of workers come into the area for seasonal work.”

      Very true around these parts, should be good crops this year too, which means more workers, more accommodation etc. Many visiting workers get weekly rates at local campgrounds, but this kind of accommodation is becoming more rare as the tourists pour in.

  3. save nz 3

    Is there anyone out there that still thinks the Natz and MSM discourses that land zoning is the main issue to solve the housing crisis?? Or was it all a scam to make a short term gain while pushing the real problems under the radar and increasing the current problems of congestion and poor quality resource consents that don’t make it into housing or become leaky homes?

    We have had SHA and unitary plan – both massive dumps for land holding developers but still zero housing.

    Another reason for Mike Woods huge victory and Natz poor showing in council elections could be the homeowners socking it to the government for the unitary plan they pushed through hot on the heels of the failed supercity.

    P.S. I think Auckland council has some diabolical approval rating from the ratepayers of 16% under the CEO structure of the supercity. Auckland rate payers don’t like their council and they are falling out of love with National too.

  4. save nz 4

    Also housing is not just about affordability and home owners vs non homeowners, it is also about making sure that after a disaster people are taken care of in a timely, fair and acceptable way.

    That water is of acceptable quality (aka Havelock North) and that the resources are not being plundered and exploited by a few (Canterbury plains water and water bottling for export being sold).

    That if more homes are planned there are the government funds for the infrastructure not just putting the costs of the new homes onto the current ratepayers with government or council loans.

    That adequate public transport is in place not just passing the buck to existing commuters who have often been forced to commute by the lack of affordable homes closer and poor public transport options.

    That there are adequate protections in place for retirees who are currently being exploited by retirement homes with no solid title to their homes and profiteering rife at a time when they are vunerable.

    That there are better protections in place for apartments owners who are often younger and have large sums for Body corporates and unexpected extra demands for costs when things go wrong.

    The answer to why the State houses are being sold off in a housing crisis and vulnerable people forced into private rentals and becoming homeless or further indebted?

    Why nobody is really been held to account over the leaky building crisis which has taken out many homes, indebted owners, driven them to health problems, taken away building resources to rebuild the same apartments again and taken out building stock while this is being done?

    Why there is not more accountability over the Pike River which allowed 29 miners to die in horrific circumstances with an unsafe mine that apparently had all the council consents even though was known to be un safe and not up to normal safety standards?

  5. Keith 5

    Their contradictory unofficial immigration policy (cheap labour) designed to give growth or the sugar high illusion of and reinforce the impression of their economic wizardry is a huge factor here.

    A lot of this problem is of Nationals own making

  6. Siobhan 6

    Gareths new idea…

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/87296009/gareth-morgans-party-proposes-home-ownership-tax-to-tackle-property-speculation

    Interesting, but if he really “believed people would be able to “separate their own self-interest from the matter of what’s fair and reasonable”….he might be in for a surprise.

    • saveNZ 6.1

      I’d prefer to see fairer taxes with the ‘paper money’ people taxed because that is how the .1% is making their millions by the most part on paper through shares and companies. Remember how Dick Smith suddenly gained 400 million dollars before going bankrupt the next year? Now we have Pumpkin patch etc. Not to mention all the money laundering and tax dodging. A robin hood tax and transaction tax would get people who are moving money about and also discourage the practise.

      Homeowners already pay a capital tax on property called rates. The MSM and politicians seem obsessed with property but don’t seem to be able to look at where the real money is with globalism, and how it is being transferred around with liquidations, inflated company valuations and so forth and the damage that is doing with the loss of confidence in companies, the loss of jobs when companies go bankrupt and don’t have to pay taxes to IRD or their employees or suppliers and still get to set up a similar company the next day.

      Not to mention the billions of profits by the banks. In spite of being caught under paying taxes banks not only don’t have to pay any penalty, often they don’t even have to pay the full taxes they owe!

      • greywarshark 6.1.1

        Siobhan
        Wise point. The separation of ‘fair and reasonable’ filtering from the clarion call of Profit Here, More Profit Here, for not much input, is deafening mostly.

        And Keith says in a few lines the facts, with a sweet spot in the middle that describes National’s position.

        Their contradictory unofficial immigration policy (cheap labour) designed to give growth or the sugar high illusion of and reinforce the impression of their economic wizardry is a huge factor here.

        A lot of this problem is of Nationals own makingdescribes National’s position.

      • ropata 6.1.2

        (as commented on Open Mike)
        Being a “cash-poor homeowner” is a piss poor reason to expect tax exemptions. There are a lot of hard working people getting heavily taxed and will never own a home. What happened to a fair go?

        Gareth is onto something, this is not just a crisis in housing affordability, it’s also a crisis of homelessness, and a massive house of cards ready to collapse, and possibly crash the whole NZ economy with it.

        A responsible government would use all the tools at its disposal to clamp down on problematic behaviour (speculation, rentier slumlord exploitation, dodgy foreign cash, land banking) that is screwing up the market, not necessarily punish heavily mortgaged home “owners”.

        Next we need to deal with the supply problems that our relaxed “she’ll be right” government has failed to bother fixing

        • saveNZ 6.1.2.1

          Be aware that the statistics of home ownership in NZ are roughly 34% renting, 34% homeowners with mortgage and 32% homeowners without a mortgage. So any taxation that effects property will impact approx 66% of the population and any election. There are as many indebted homeowners as there are renters in NZ. Those without mortgages tend to be older and start losing their incomes apart from super.

          I feel one of the worst things that the Natz have done on housing is actually stolen social mobility. Low wages, insecure jobs and high cost of living means that even if house prices drop, the ability for a person to get a deposit for a mortgage is difficult – they don’t even have a secure job to get finance most of the time, let alone have savings that can pay for a deposit!

          Even if you have got a home it is not the plain sailing that many seem to believe. With rising costs of rates, interest rates now on the rise, increased costs of maintenance, insurance and the risks of leaky building, natural disasters, losing ones job and being unable to pay a mortgage or rates are all modern realities. Yes prices have gone up, but it is not relevant if you are buying into the same inflated market or your house is destroyed by a disaster both natural or man made and you are waiting for the government and insurance to pay out and rebuild for years.

          As for landlords, we have a rental shortage of them. At the same time the government sold off state houses so that truly vulnerable people would have to compete to rent where there is a shortage of houses to rent and a shortage of people prepared to be landlords.

          We have one of the highest migration figures in the world so it really makes zero sense from a social or economic point of view what the National government has done to ram up housing shortages, with record migration and poor disaster management while reducing wages and conditions and the ability of people to be able to afford the basics.

          • ropata 6.1.2.1.1

            Man you “homeowners” are paranoid. Gareth is talking about clamping down on speculators not ordinary home owners.

            That said this cult of going into unsustainable debt (fuelled by irresponsible lenders) is a big part of the problem in the unbalanced NZ housing market. Some people (and banks) will have to bite the bullet and sell up if they are over extended. Interest rates are not going to stay at their artificial lows forever.

            • saveNZ 6.1.2.1.1.1

              Ropata – there is already a speculator tax in place and capital gains as well – the government just don’t act on it. Even during one of those awful home renovation TV programmes it showed that one house in west Auckland went up $70,000 in a couple of months and it should have been taxed for capital gains and some houses were turning over 2 or 3 times a year and not even lived in. But how many people were prosecuted?

              I just think the housing is one of those smoke and mirrors = keep the public & MSM focused on some side issues like zoning (when it is very complex and multiple problems to solve) – so they don’t start clamping down on the more lucrative tax routs for example in share trading, 0% offshore NZ tax havens, trusts and so forth.

              At the same time, like last election, the opposition goes crazy and starts knocking out their voters thinking they have enormous support for their housing taxation schemes. And that served the Natz who created the housing crisis in the first place and it was on of the many things that lost labour support in the election.

              For example does Gareth have any policy on the rout of Kiwisaver fund managers?

              Data from sorted.org.nz shows that, since inception, the average KiwiSaver fund has returned 5.2%, with the average fee being 1.1%. That means, for a decade now, over 20% of everything made by the average KiwiSaver has been taken away in fees.

          • Draco T Bastard 6.1.2.1.2

            All of that is a great explanation as to why private ownership of housing is really bloody stupid.

  7. aerobubble 7

    Ask why borders are being closed, criminals ejected from oz prisons to nz… …its about the economy stupid. Automatization, coupled with aging, lower birth rates, means a different economy from the deregulate, cheap oil, grow and migration boom. It cost e world more to have migration, better to build where they are.

    People are a cost, criminals are a cost, education is a cost, its a huge burden to a country to export its educate young, and get only the criminals back. As for Keys trick, of appriciating 400billion dolars worth of hiusing assets, as a good and not considering the structural bads that occur.

    My point is Key was never much for nation building.

  8. Rosemary McDonald 9

    Meanwhile…..this ‘charity’, http://www.accessibleproperties.co.nz/about/ has bought up over a thousand state houses in Tauranga…I urge folk’s to read their blurb.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/87341873/sale-of-state-houses-regrettable–salvation-army

    Meanwhile, the government is looking towards ‘investors’ from Australia…to whit, in all possibility, through….PowerHousing….http://www.powerhousingaustralia.com.au/

    who are the Australian partner of multinational corporatised charity http://internationalhousingpartnership.com/

    Now, flicking back a moment to accessibleproperties….

    “We are a Registered Community Housing Provider and were the first organisation to be Accredited under the Community Housing Aotearoa Global Mark scheme. We are a registered charity and operate on a tax exempt basis. Accessible Properties is owned by IHC New Zealand Incorporated, and operates independently with its own Board.

    Accessible Properties has been the most successful applicant to the Social Housing Fund with grants received in 2011/12 and 2012/13. These funds have been applied to build affordable and accessible rental housing – resulting in 171 housing units in areas of greatest need (Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington, Hamilton and Tauranga).

    Accessible Properties has professional management teams based in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch, who also manage a number of commercial properties.”

    Guaranteed income from tax payer funded benefits, allowances and grants AND tax free status…..

    Property investors wet dream.

    (Oh, and next time you are being seduced into donating to IHC, that lovely Kiwi Charity advocating for those poor intellectually disabled people…just bear in mind that they have moved light years from their founding principals.)

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    RedlineBy Admin
    7 days ago
  • Time for a living wage for supermarket workers
    Since the lockdown began, we've all suddenly been reminded who the actually essential workers in our society are: not the people at the top who pay themselves the big bucks and rort the perks, but the people at the bottom they screw over and squeeze: cleaners, warehouse staff, truck drivers ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Hard News: MUSIC: Lockdown Grooves
    Kia ora! As I've watched nearly all my remaining work vanish over the past couple of days, it has occured to me that one good way to keep me away from arguing with fools on Twitter all the time (in the knowledge that all we're really doing is processing our ...
    7 days ago
  • A place of greater safety?
    Aotearoa New Zealand has committed to trying to extirpate the virus that causes COVID-19 from its shores. To do that, as a society we’ve moved to “Level 4”. That means adapting to unprecedented restrictions on our personal freedoms, particularly to our rights to move freely and associate with friends and ...
    PunditBy Andrew Geddis
    7 days ago
  • The police and public trust
    When the Prime Minister declared a state of emergency last week, she handed the police powers to enforce it. And almost immediately, we started hearing about heavy-handed, arbitrary "enforcement" by police who (at best) cared more about order than law, or (more likely) had no idea what the rules were ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 4
    . . Lock Down: Day 4 – A photo essay with observations . March 29: Usual wake up routine as RNZ snaps on my radio-clock. Jim Mora’s voice slowly enters my conciousness; there’s talk of a second wave of covid19 taking hold in South Korea; the week in Parliament – ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    7 days ago
  • COVID-19 vs New Zealand
    Yesterday, New Zealand recorded its first Covid-19 related death on the West Coast. Unfortunately this is unlikely to be the only fatality, with the virus now being found in every region of the country.However despite the significant danger, people are still unfortunately breaching lockdown rules.There’s really only one main very ...
    7 days ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #13
    Story of the Week... Toon of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Review... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week... Story of the Week... ‘Misinformation kills’: The link between coronavirus conspiracies and climate denial   Grist / Rob Kim / Stringer / CSA Images  Scientific ...
    1 week ago
  • Rāhui day 4
    The kids did surprisingly well today – meltdown count was about 3, and mostly fairly short ones. (And a fourth while I was writing.) Game-wise I had a go at Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark. It’s a fairly standard RPG with turn-based combat and what they call a “mature storyline” (it ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    1 week ago
  • Letter to a friend
    by Don Franks Hi David, Nice hearing from you, I’m glad to hear you’re getting by okay in these grim times. You asked how’s it going for us back here in New Zealand. You would have heard that the whole country is locked down and with breaks for exercise and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 3
    . . Lock Down: Day 3 – A photo essay with observations . March 28: First day of the first weekend in Lock Down. It feels like it’s been weeks since only Level 3 was declared last Tuesday, only four days ago. Woke up this morning to RNZ; coffee; toast, ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #13
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Mar 22, 2020 through Sat, Mar 28, 2020 Articles Linked to on Facebook Sun, Mar 22, 2020 In Just 10 Years, Warming Has Increased the Odds of Disasters by Chelsea Harvey, ...
    1 week ago
  • Rāhui day 3
    I’m here in lockdown with my flatmate and her two girls (6 and 2) and it. is. a time. They’re usually really active so to start with the only boardgame in the house is the copy of Guess Who that the 6 year old got for her birthday. Flatmate commented ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    1 week ago
  • A test of civil society.
    The CV-19 (COVID) pandemic has seen the imposition of a government ordered national quarantine and the promulgation of a series of measures designed to spread the burden of pain and soften the economic blow on the most strategically important and most vulnerable sectors of society. The national narrative is framed ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 2
    . . Lock Down: Day 2 – A photo essay with observations . March 27 – Day 2 of our Strange New World. The Park and Ride near my suburb, usually filled with hundreds of vehicles, had just… four; . . Another drive into Wellington City on a highway nearly ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • How Do You Feel? What Do You Think?
    Fortune's Children: Under extraordinary pressure, the leader of the Government and the leader of the Opposition will each show us what they are made of. Have they been blessed with intelligence, grace, wit, poise, toughness, empathy and humour – and in what measure? More importantly, to what extent have they ...
    1 week ago
  • Landlords are NOT an essential service
    If you’ve ever had the misfortune of having to rent a property on the open market in New Zealand, which is one of the most expensive in the entire world, you’ll likely be keenly aware of just how arrogant and entitled landlords and their real estate agents can be.Unfortunately for ...
    1 week ago
  • A “new Society” post-COVID19 will definitely emerge. The question is: on what path?
    Society-wise, aside from the specific morbidity shall we say of the medically-oriented aspects of this COVID-19 crisis, what is unfolding before the world is in more than one way an instructive study of humanity and reactions to a high intensity, high stress environment in real time. Friends, we are at ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • Raise the Bar: Everything you need to know about the wage subsidy
    Right now low waged and insecure workers are feeling the economic brunt of the looming #Covid19 Recession. In response legal advocate Toby Cooper* and hospitality and worker’s rights advocate Chloe Ann-King, are putting together a series of legal blogs about your employment rights: In this legal blog we outline some ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    1 week ago
  • The massacre of prisoners in Modelo jail, Bogota, March 21
    by Equipo Jurídico Pueblos and Gearóid Ó Loingsigh (25/03/2020) An escape plan in question On the night of March 21st and the early morning of the 22nd, the forces of the Colombian state stormed into the Modelo prison in Bogotá, murdering 23 prisoners and injuring 83, in response to the ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • We are not America
    When the government banned semi-automatic weapons in response to a terrorist atrocity, gun-nuts were outraged. Mired in toxic American gun culture, they thought owning weapons whose sole purpose was killing people was some sort of "constitutional right", a necessity for "defending themselves" against the government. Now, the Court of Appeal ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • When will we know the lockdown is working?
    Just before midnight on Wednesday March 25, Aotearoa New Zealand entered a countrywide alert level four lockdown. For at least the next four weeks, everyone who isn’t an essential worker is confined to their bubble. We are doing this to stop the explosive growth in people contracting and dying from ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    1 week ago
  • Lock Down: Day 1
    . . Lock Down: Day 1 – A photo essay with observations . Day one of the Level 4 nationwide lock-down (or, DefCon 4 as I sometimes cheekily call it) started at 11.59PM on 25 March. For a moment, most of the nation held it’s collective breath. In that brief ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • A Compelling Recollection.
    Broad, Sunlit Uplands: How those words fired my young imagination! Or, perhaps, it is more accurate to say: how those words fused, in my young mind, with the image printed on every packet of Fielder’s Cornflour. Always fascinated by history, especially modern history, I cannot hear Churchill’s wonderfully evocative words, even ...
    1 week ago
  • The Warehouse – where everyone gets a virus
    . . 24 March 2020 9.46AM Number of covid19 cases in Aotearoa New Zealand: 102 . As of 11.59 on Thursday, most of New Zealand will go into “lock down”. People will be expected not to travel to work; not to socialise; and to stay home. I will not be ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • Aggressive action to address climate change could save the world $145 trillion
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections A respected research group, Project Drawdown, finds that deploying solutions consistent with meeting the Paris climate targets would cost tens of trillions of dollars globally. But crucially, those outlays would also yield long-term savings many times larger than the up-front costs. The new 2020 Drawdown ...
    1 week ago
  • After the Pandemic
    It will pass. What happens next? Not immediately, but longer term. There are many opinions, fewer certainties. Will it “change everything!” as many confidently, and contradictorily predict? In this post I look at how foresight can help bound some of the uncertainties so you can more objectively consider the future. ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    2 weeks ago

  • Further measures to support businesses
    The Government will be introducing legislation to make changes to the Companies Act to help companies facing insolvency due to COVID-19 to remain viable and keep New Zealanders in jobs. The temporary changes include: Giving directors of companies facing significant liquidity problems because of COVID-19 a ‘safe harbour’ from insolvency ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Govt’s COVID plan, economic strength recognised
    The Government’s plan to cushion the blow of COVID-19 by supporting incomes, jobs and businesses, and position the economy to recover has been backed by another international report. International credit rating agency Moody’s today reaffirmed its highest Aaa credit rating on New Zealand, saying the economy is expected to remain ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Funding certainty for sports through COVID-19
    National sports organisations have been given certainty of funding to ensure they can remain viable through the COVID-19 pandemic, Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson announced today. “The global spread of COVID-19 has had a significant impact on sport and recreation in New Zealand, including the cancellation or postponement of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Butchers now allowed to process pork
    Changes have been made to allow butchers to process pork, only for supply to supermarkets or other processors or retailers that are open, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has announced. “We carefully weighed the risk of allowing butchers to open their shops for retail customers, but the risk of spreading COVID-19 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Essential workers leave scheme established
    Essential workers who take leave from work to comply with public health guidance are being supported with a leave scheme to ensure they will continue to receive income, say the Minister of Workplace Relations and Safety Iain Lees-Galloway and Minister for Social Development, Carmel Sepuloni. A number of essential businesses ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Govt WhatsApp helps share COVID-19 information
    A Government WhatsApp channel has been launched to help make information more easily accessible and shareable in the fight against COVID-19. Govt.NZ, which is free to use on any mobile device, will carry information and news for the public, businesses, healthcare providers, not for profits and local government. It can ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Managed departure plan for stranded foreign nationals enables safe, orderly exit
    The Government has announced a plan to enable the safe, orderly exit of tens of thousands of stranded foreign nationals from New Zealand during the current COVID-19 Alert Level 4 restrictions, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Winston Peters has said. “When we moved into lockdown a week ago, the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government delivers COVID-19 support to GPs and Pharmacies
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says the Government is delivering on its commitment to support general practice doctors and nurses, and pharmacies on the front-line of our fight against COVID-19. "For us to overcome COVID-19, we need community health services such as general practice and community pharmacy to step up ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Susan Thomas the new Chief High Court Judge
    Justice Susan Thomas has been appointed Chief High Court Judge, Attorney-General David Parker announced today.  She replaces Justice Geoffrey Venning who has resigned from the position.   David Parker paid tribute to Justice Venning, who he said had stewarded the High Court very capably over the last five years.   “On behalf ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Business Finance Guarantee – applications open
    Businesses can start applying to their banks for loans under the Business Finance Guarantee Scheme set up to support the New Zealand economy during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re moving quickly to protect New Zealand businesses, jobs and the economy during this unprecedented global economic shock,” Finance Minister Grant Robertson said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Work starts on ways to fast-track consents to boost recovery from Covid-19 downturn
    Work is underway looking at measures to speed up consents for development and infrastructure projects during the recovery from COVID 19, to provide jobs and stimulate our economy.  Environment Minister David Parker said the COVID-19 pandemic is a serious global crisis that will have a wide ranging and lasting impact ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Advance payments to support contractors
    Advance payments will be made to transport construction industry contractors to retain the workforce and ensure it is ready to quickly gear up to build projects which will be vital to New Zealand’s COVID-19 economic recovery, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. He said keeping the workforce required to build ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government seeks infrastructure projects
    The Government has tasked a group of industry leaders to seek out infrastructure projects that are ready to start as soon as the construction industry returns to normal to reduce the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford and Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones say. The Infrastructure ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Health system scaled up to prepare for COVID-19
    Work to scale up the health system in preparation for COVID-19 was today outlined by Health Minister David Clark, as he reported back to the new Epidemic Response Committee. “We are well placed to contain the spread of COVID-19. We have taken early and decisive action at our borders, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Essential media COVID-19 guidelines refined
    The Government is refining its COVID-19 essential business guidance to include the distribution of news publications for communities which are hard to reach. The Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media, Kris Faafoi, said the move was in recognition of the importance for New Zealanders who might be harder to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Supermarkets able to open on Easter Sunday
    The Government is ensuring supermarkets can open on Easter Sunday so we can buy groceries, but stay closed on Good Friday allowing workers to take a break. This provides a balanced approach and ensures we avoid large queues that two days closure may cause. “Supermarkets will be able to open ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New Zealand defence personnel conclude mission at Taji
    Following the successful conclusion of the Building Partner Capacity (BPC) mission at Taji, New Zealand defence personnel are returning to New Zealand from Iraq, in accordance with the Cabinet decision made in June 2019, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today. “New Zealand is very ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • State of National Emergency extended
    The State of National Emergency to help stop the spread of COVID-19 has been extended for a further seven days, Minister of Civil Defence Peeni Henare said. The initial declaration on March 25 lasted seven days and can be extended as many times as necessary. “Since we went into isolation ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Strong Govt books support ‘go hard, go early’ response
    New Zealand’s ability to go hard and go early in the fight against COVID-19 has been underpinned by strong Government finances and the growing economy heading into this global pandemic, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Treasury today released the Crown financial statements for the eight months to the end ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Christchurch Hospital Hagley ICU to open to support COVID-19 response
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says 36 new intensive care beds at Christchurch Hospital’s new Hagley building are being fast tracked so they are available for treatment of COVID-19 patients.   The Ministry of Health is working with contractor CPB and Canterbury DHB to enable access to the hospital’s ICU, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Government supports Air NZ freight flights
    The Government has fast-tracked up to $1 million to help Air New Zealand move urgent freight to and from New Zealand, with the first flight to Shanghai leaving tonight, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. Phil Twyford says it’s crucial that trade in vital goods such as medical supplies and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Tariff concessions on COVID-19 related products
    New Zealand will temporarily remove tariffs on all medical and hygiene imports needed for the COVID-19 response. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker and Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi said today that the New Zealand Customs Service will apply tariff concessions to all diagnostic reagents and testing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Clarification of modification to wage subsidy scheme
    Minister of Finance Grant Robertson has clarified that the changes to the wage subsidy scheme announced yesterday mean that employers should be passing on the full subsidy to workers, except in the case where the person’s normal income is less than the level of the subsidy. “We still want employers ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Face masks flowing to DHBs
    Medical face masks from the national reserve supply are now being distributed to District Health Boards, while at the same time local production is being ramped up. Yesterday more than 640,000 masks were sent to DHBS – that is an immediate two week supply, with more to follow in coming ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • COVID-19: Further steps to protect New Zealanders’ jobs
    The Government has made modifications to the wage subsidy scheme to ensure people don’t lose their jobs during the national lockdown. These changes will soften the impact of COVID-19 on workers, families and businesses, and position them to exit the lockdown and look to recovery, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Tax relief for Mycoplasma Bovis farmers
    Farmers whose herds were culled in response to the outbreak of Mycoplasma bovis will be able to minimise the tax treatment of their income in some circumstances. Revenue Minister Stuart Nash says Cabinet has agreed to change the law. It means farmers may be eligible to spread their income over ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • $27 million for NGOs and community groups to continue providing essential services
    A $27 million dollar package, effective immediately, is being provided to social sector services and community groups to ensure they can continue to provide essential support to communities as we stay at home as a nation to stop the spread of COVID-19, Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni announced. “At ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Statement on guilty plea of March 15 terrorist
    “The guilty plea today will provide some relief to the many people whose lives were shattered by what happened on March 15,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. “These guilty pleas and conviction bring accountability for what happened and also save the families who lost loved ones, those who were injured, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • COVID-19 updates
    The Prime Minister is holding daily press conferences to update New Zealanders on the Government's response to COVID-19. Links to videos and transcripts of these updates below. These transcripts also include All of Government press conferences led by Director Ministry of Health's Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield. 25 March: Live update from the Prime ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Police numbers break through 10,000 mark
    Frontline Police numbers have broken through the 10,000 mark for the first time in history as officers step forward to keep the community safe during the COVID19 lockdown. “Two Police graduations in Auckland and Wellington in the past week have been conducted in unprecedented circumstances,” Police Minister Stuart Nash said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Urgent tax measures for economic recovery
    Urgent legislation has been passed to support the package of economic and social measures needed to recover from the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. “The COVID-19 Response (Taxation and Social Assistance Urgent Measures) Bill will cushion New Zealanders from the worst economic impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak,” said Revenue Minister ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Further support for farmers and growers as drought persists
    From tomorrow, Government support for farmers and growers affected by drought will be expanded and extended across the country, with access to Rural Assistance Payments (RAPS) available throughout the North Island, parts of the South Island and the Chatham Islands, Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni announced. “These challenging conditions have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • COVID-19: Temporary changes to Education Act
    Parliament has passed amendments to legislation that give the Secretary of Education stronger powers to act in the fight to limit the spread of COVID-19, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “They are part of a suite of changes passed under the COVID-19 Response (Urgent Management Measures) Legislation Bill,” Chris ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Canada, Australia, Chile, Brunei and Myanmar join NZ and Singapore in committing to keeping supply a...
    Canada, Australia, Chile, Brunei and Myanmar have joined forces with New Zealand and Singapore by committing to keep supply chains open and remove any existing trade restrictive measures on essential goods, especially medical supplies, in the face of the Covid-19 crisis.  Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker today welcomed ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • COVID-19: Rent increase freeze and more protection for tenants
    Immediate freeze on rent increases Tenancies will not be terminated during the lock-down period, unless the parties agree, or in limited circumstances Tenants who had previously given notice can stay in their if they need to stay in the tenancy during the lock-down period Tenants will still be able to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Working together to protect businesses and workers
    As New Zealand unites to lock-down in the fight against COVID-19, the Finance Minister is urging all businesses and workers to stay connected over the next four weeks. “We understand the extreme pressure many businesses are under right now. I know most business owners think of their workers as family ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • State of National Emergency declared to fight COVID-19
    A State of National Emergency has been declared across the country as the Government pulls out all the stops to curtail the spread of COVID-19. “Today we put in place our country’s second ever State of National Emergency as we fight a global pandemic, save New Zealanders’ lives and prevent ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Prime Minister’s statement on State of National Emergency and Epidemic Notice
    Mr Speaker I wish to make a Ministerial Statement under Standing Order 347 in relation to the recent declaration of a State of National Emergency. Having considered the advice of the Director Civil Defence Emergency Management, the Minister of Civil Defence declared a State of National Emergency for the whole of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Deadline for domestic travel extended
    People needing to travel on domestic flights, trains and Cook Strait ferries to get home before the country moves into level 4 lock-down tomorrow night will be able to continue using the passenger services until midnight on Friday, Transport Minister Phil Twyford said today. Domestic passenger services, particularly ferries, have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Mortgage holiday and business finance support schemes to cushion COVID impacts
    The Government, retail banks and the Reserve Bank are today announcing a major financial support package for home owners and businesses affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19. The package will include a six month principal and interest payment holiday for mortgage holders and SME customers whose incomes have been ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago