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Measuring poverty

Written By: - Date published: 9:38 am, October 22nd, 2014 - 40 comments
Categories: benefits, child welfare, poverty - Tags: , , , ,

The Nats know all about the importance of monitoring and goals when it comes to effecting change. For example, when it comes to beneficiary bashing:

Mr English said the valuation [of benefit costs] was an important “performance tool” and would change the behaviour of the Government by forcing it to confront the long-term issue rather than accepting it was an unavoidable cost. … “When you take a long-term model, there’s no place to hide.”

No place to hide indeed. Which is why (giggle!) the Nats have to date refused to measure poverty (e.g. from 2012):

Yesterday Prime Minister John Key also ruled out new legislation which would set out an official measure of child poverty and require the Government to set a target to reduce it. That legislation was considered a critical “first step” by the Children’s Commissioner Expert Advisory Panel.

This may – finally – be about to change. Under questioning this morning on Morning Report, Key committed (audio) to spending more to alleviate poverty, and also (crucially) to measuring it.

We must hold the government to this important commitment.

40 comments on “Measuring poverty ”

  1. Barfly 1

    “also talked about having an agreed measure of some kind – good to hear”

    I m sure Crosby Textor can agree on a system of measurement that proves there isn’t a problem.,…regardless of the reality

  2. Scottie 2

    What is the best and fairest way to measure child poverty in New Zealand?

    • b waghorn 2.1

      Income vs cost of living in the area you live . minimum wage wold be not to bad in Taumarunui but I can’t imagine trying to survive on it in the big smoke.

      • Michael 2.1.1

        The number of children living in a household where the annual income of its adult members is less than 60 percent of the average annual income of two adults.

        • Wayne 2.1.1.1

          Is this a good measure of actual poverty? It is simply a statistical analysis.

          Surely it would be better to measure poverty against some form of deprivation index, covering access to housing, adequate food, clothing, health costs, power costs, transport, etc

          • Tracey 2.1.1.1.1

            Like we do when we label schools decile 1, 2 etc…

            Or is that different?

          • McFlock 2.1.1.1.2

            Horses for courses.

            Fractions of median income provide a consistent measure over time, whereas dep baskets provide more characterisation of the problem (especially if you break down the responses) but vary over time as tech and culture changes.

            The other thing that happens with the deprivation basket is dickheads say shit like “I don’t need two pairs of shoes”, i.e. focus on one measure to try to discredit the entire process. E.g. should financially-limited social integration be part of the basket? In that case we have things birthday parties and gaming consoles in the dep survey – not existential necessities, but something for the kids to talk about outside of school. But on the flipside, the same dickheads talk about some imaginary mate of theirs who lives very comfortably on <50% median, so therefore poverty doesn't exist.

            Personally, I think the two measures work in tandem, rather than one being more approriate for everything than the other.

          • greywarshark 2.1.1.1.3

            @ Wayne
            That would seem a realistic basis for the measure. But movement improvement under one heading wouldn’t be able to be quoted as improvement in child poverty indicators. We don’t want a lot of fudging and argument about meaning instead of energy going to where it produces real results.

          • Lanthanide 2.1.1.1.4

            In 2000 it probably wasn’t a big deal if a 14 year old didn’t have a cellphone.

            In 2014 it would be very unusual for a 14 year old not to have a cellphone. One of the reasons they might not have a cellphone is due to poverty. Should possession (or not) of a cellphone be used as a measure of poverty?

            • greywarshark 2.1.1.1.4.1

              @ Lanthanide
              The kids are being ordered to have IT equipment for school use. Would not having a laptop or tablet or ? be a measure of poverty? That might be more suitable as a measure. If everyone is expected to do some exercise on line, and you cannot, then you are excluded from the course that education is taking and missing out not only on the education you need, but the experience of operating this technology that everyone accepts as normal and necessary.

  3. Kiwiri - Raided of the Last Shark 3

    Target vs measure?

    A target, sans measure, would serve better as a public relations, feel-good, spinnable exercise.

    • greywarshark 3.1

      We don’t want to end up with some pseudo measure that can be manipulated to screen the problem. I think there is a term ‘plausible deniability’ for edging around an unattractive statistic.

  4. Tracey 4

    Turei has taken up Hone’s bill to feed brekkie and lunch to decile 1 and 2 schools. Key has said they won’t be doing that. Cleverly Turei has called on him to include it in the reinstatement and vote for the first passage to enable it to go to Select Committee to enable the presentation, collection and analysis of evidence…

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/te-manu-korihi/257117/turei-likely-to-pick-up-feed-the-kids-bill

  5. hoom 5

    Aspirational no doubt.

  6. I think that food parcels are the best indicator of poverty.
    Doesn’t need academics and research funding.
    Mana needs to back up its Bill with some practical solution.
    Soup kitchens with donated food and parent volunteers.
    This would feed the kids and empower the community.
    Politics would become grassroots/flaxroots.
    It would prove two things,
    That poverty is widespread (as if we didnt know).
    That when the poor get organised, capitalist cronies watch out!

  7. Stickler 7

    National is the party which routinely shuts down or starves of funds any government body which shows it up in a bad light – remember the Public Health Commission? Demolished by Jenny Shipley for telling the truth.

    It’s still tinkering with the health figures, and of course the crime stats. This week we had evidence that they had suppressed an SFO report on the social cost of economic crime that would have seriously embarassed National’s cronies.

    No Right Turn reports on the SFO’s findings:
    “Tax fraud costs us ~$2 billion a year. White collar fraud across the private sector costs us ~$3.2 – $5.1 billion. These activities are carried out overwhelmingly by National’s donors and cronies, and are vastly larger than the ~$80 million of estimated welfare fraud. Keeping us in the dark reduces the risk of being held accountable for this failure, reduces the pressure for them to act against their friends, and allows them to focus on kicking the poor.”

  8. dave 8

    The public voted for child poverty
    The latest from this shitty government is money isn’t the answer unless its for themselves

    • aerobubble 8.1

      Yes. Voters, when confronted by a fog of nonsense, where liable to think about how Key gave them a tax cut to cover their mortgage by raising the burden on lower income earners. Of course, Labour like Key, Key this, Key lists, Key points.
      When listening to Labour we do not hear the implicit imbedded loathing for Key in pronouncements of positive policies. Labour likes Key too much, he did give them and the media brat pact all a huge tax cut.

  9. Ad 9

    Was this one of the shortest – and least substantive – Speeches from the Throne that we’ve seen?

    My instinct seeing it was that this was a government enabling the government to gently shrink from visibility and from New Zealand life.

    Since the field is theirs without a functioning Opposition, they don’t have to do anything. Just keep contracting everything out.

    The nest result is an accelerated shrinking of much of the entire public realm.

    • srylands 9.1

      “The nest result is an accelerated shrinking of much of the entire public realm.”

      That is a good thing.

      • greywarshark 9.1.1

        Hello srylands Still there – you will rise out of your grave and make right wing comments and denunciations unless they cremate you. And even then, like the terminator… forming, running into itself….

  10. Tom Gould 10

    So things were better under Muldoon then?

    • Lanthanide 10.1

      In terms of the differences between the ‘haves’ and the ‘have nots’, yes. Obviously.

    • Depends what you mean by “better under Muldoon.” In 1982, there were a lot fewer sole parents, hence a lot fewer kids being raised long-term on benefits, and the public sector hadn’t been dismantled yet. Those things make for a huge difference in poverty ca Muldoon’s time vs now, but there wasn’t anything particular about Muldoon that caused that difference.

      • KJT 10.2.1

        Whether you liked the old bugger or not, and I didn’t at the time, at least he had a vision for New Zealand.
        Which did include building things up for the future, not selling them off in a fire sale.

        I think he would be horrified by what National have become.

  11. coaster 11

    If labour want to get back in, they have to have a point of difference to national.
    while centre right national is being led by a pm who wants to look like he and his party are park left, part right and a whole lot middle labour doesnt stand a chance.

    nationals true values dont concern themselves with poverty as the right beleive in trickle down economics and that everyone is responsible for their own future nd situation.

    we should stop bagging national for being right wing, the sooner they become centre right publicaly the sooner labour will gain ground.

    its very difficult to measure poverty, what is impoverished to some is not to others.
    for us, having to can sky, ditch the internet and having to think every time we buy something about wether theres enough money to buy it would be a shock to the system. Yet to others and how I grew up this type of thing is the norm.

    I did say that when I have kids we wont have mince or sausages on a regular basis, and yet that is what we do due to the price of meat.

    poverty is relAtive and very hard to measure.

    • aerobubble 11.1

      Collins, was a contender for a future leader of National, and so had a huge incentive to undermine Key. While Key was aboard Collins was ‘in charge’ allegedly. Slater, Mr double down, got fast tracked assistance. Now whether Collins was fitted up by Key, or Collins was undermining, doesn’t matter. The problem is every time a Labour spokesperson ups in front of a camera they talk about Labour this or Labour that, and mostly the nonsense stuff about their day in Caucus. Instead of pointing out Key trouble, or how Key into poverty, or how badly Keyed they are into the workings of National current nonsense. Citing a Key list of aspirations is what a National MP does, not a Labour one. Its been a joke listening to the Labour party, they all like Key too much.

    • greywarshark 11.2

      @ coaster
      I disagree. Poverty can have a measure that is objective and doesn’t look at mince or sausages. It would be visit to the doctor, affodable prescriptions, hospital visits in last year, dentist check and treatment, regular meals, basic things that needed to be in meals, how many of own shoes, or are they shared. How often to the pictures, how many books in house, favourite book, can they swim, what outdoor experiences. Pocket money. Warm in winter, what is eaten at home for snacks between meals.

  12. coaster 12

    I know what your saying, but that measure would have to be different depending on where you live etc. For example where I live it is difficult to access decent health care, gps are hard to see due to shortage, price of food is expensive, but most kids have easy access to outdoors and swimming. The dhb has been dodging giving kids dental care, due to a shortage of staff again.

    pocket money and books are a personal choice, with how cheap they are, often free and many parents dont agree with pocket money.

    it would be very hard to get a measure that would fit both say greymouth and aucland.

    • greywarshark 12.1

      @ coaster
      Well I think we have to try and think of one, a measure, or Nats will slide away under the door and leave it undone. What do they do overseas? And not just in the good old USA or other English-speaking countries. I do like to hear how other places out of the Angled hegemony. do things.

      There is school attendance and social worker reports and activity reports on behaviour and condition. Things would show up there. Are they on welfare or is there main parent in forced work? The advantages of that will be small, and the disadvantages may be big in less money into the family plus less time for support and communication, and absence when required for children’s needs.

      Money into the household will be an indicator. Middle class children can be fairly screwed up but the results for the children are a bit different and they would be left off most of the indicators.

      Just a few thoughts. Nothing is ever perfect but we need something suitable and practical that will give good stats that are real indicators.

  13. coaster 13

    One obvios one would be the amount of money you have left over at the end of each week. Kids in housholds where the parents earn 150k combined, but where there is no spare money after mortgage, and all the other other basic needs have come out are still in poverty.

    I think one of the big problems is that alot of kiwis dont beleive there is a problem or have never seen kids in this situation. Having facts and figures wont change that head in the sand mentality.

    it not national that we have to convince there is a problem, they dont care, its normal kiwis that need to be shown.

    • greywarshark 13.1

      @ coaster 11.15 pm
      True even when a working couple household get $150,000, the cost of housing can be
      crushing with no money left over. And it may not be possible to get cheaper housing, except by being far away from the kid’s schools and their workplaces.

      But presumably they will have a decent house to live in, so conditions of housing liveability and security of tenure, would be a factor in poverty measurement. Kids who have to shift from one school to another, get stressed, new house, new location, new school, new set of social interaction, new teacher etc. There is a social stress measurement which can be used to check stress, and new housing, shifting etc. has high points.

      Perhaps this chart of stresses could help define child poverty?
      edited

  14. Red delusion 14

    Just got back from Asia, I saw real poverty with no state welfare, the relative poverty and substantial state welfare we have here would be paradise to these people, similarly they would be disgusted at the whinging that goes on here by the chardoney left

    • wekarawshark 14.1

      Family and community function differently in other countries as well as the state. Not a useful comparison.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 14.2

      “These people” – and there it is – come and see the racism at the heart of the wingnut.

    • greywarshark 14.3

      Red delusion
      You delude yourself. When a person gets below a certain living level of society, there isn’t far to fall to get into a really bad state. It’s just more prevalent and historically long-lasting in some overseas countries than here.

      And in other countries better-off people have accepted it longer, consider it fate, feel superior and distanced, and have little concern for the badly off. You are well on the way to the same position here in this country. where we are mirroring the overseas situation.

  15. Tracey 15

    “… And at this critical juncture in our history, our Government is looking, instead, to offload state housing. It is the absolute, ultimate irony: a public welfare system that bridges the gap left by market failure, that, when starved, denigrated and under-resourced, as it is now, can only, apparently, be saved by the market.

    That’s despite the fact the market has proven itself absolutely useless at housing the poor, the mentally ill, and the elderly – and increasingly, anyone else who hasn’t got $50,000 or more in the bank as a deposit.

    Which is more and more of us.

    ….”

    . http://m.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=11346757

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Good riddance
    The border closure and resulting lack of foreign slave-workers is driving the fishing industry out of business: One fishing company is effectively out of business while others are bracing for large financial hits as the deepwater New Zealand industry, unable to get skilled foreign workers into the country, have ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #38
    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... The tipping points at the heart of the climate crisis Many parts of the Earth’s climate system have been destabilised by ...
    4 days ago
  • Anyone for Collins?
    In the absence of national public opinion polls, we have had to make do in recent weeks with other guides to voter intentions. Those guides, such as the Auckland Central poll, the incidence of google enquiries and the responses to Vote Compass questions, have suggested, not unexpectedly, that Labour is ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    4 days ago
  • Crusher’s fiscal malfunction
    Crusher Collins - National Party leaderWe all know that the National Party is desperate to gain some traction during this election campaign and have been throwing pretty much everything at the Labour Party in order to try and undermine Jacinda Ardern and what the Coalition Government has achieved. But unfortunately ...
    4 days ago
  • Much of the commentariat’s reporting of the most recent GDP figure was misleading and unhelpful. The prize for the stupidest remark about the GDP figure for second quarter 2020 (2020Q2) released on Thursday (17 Sept) goes to Judith Collins, whose response to Grant Robertson’s comments indicated she did not ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    5 days ago
  • Love and Hate as Complementary Revolutionary Acts
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh goloing@gmail.com (19/09/2020) Che Guevara said that a true revolutionary is motivated by love i.e. love of the oppressed, the poor, the children dying from preventable illnesses. This phrase of his is true but has been used by reformists and their more hippy wing have taken advantage ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    5 days ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #38
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week: Sun, Sep 13, 2020 through Sat, Sep 19, 2020 Editor's Choice Get to Net-Zero by Mid-Century? Even Some Global Oil and Gas Giants Think it Can Be Done A report by a ...
    5 days ago
  • Tax cuts for all!!! (except you, you, and you)
    With the National Party this week announcing a new policy of tax cuts to spice up the election campagin. MyThinks went along to the launch and afterwards we spoke to the party’s finance spokesperson Paul “Golden Touch” Goldsmith. MT: Thanks for speaking to us Mr Goldsmith. PG: No. Thank you. ...
    My ThinksBy boonman
    6 days ago
  • Great Waves Washing Over New Zealand
    Always to islanders danger Is what comes over the seas ‘Landfall in Unknown Seas’ (Allen Curnow)Six economic issues external to New Zealand, which will greatly impact upon us. 1.         The Diminishing Global Dominance of the US. Since 1941 America has dominated the world economically and politically. Probably it could ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    7 days ago
  • New Zealand has role to play in resolving crisis on ‘geopolitical fault line’, Helen Clark says
    By Geoffrey Miller New Zealand should continue to champion human rights in Belarus amidst an ongoing crackdown on protests by the country’s regime, former Prime Minister Helen Clark says. Protests in the country often referred to as ‘Europe’s last dictatorship’ erupted after the country’s disputed presidential elections on August 9 ...
    Democracy ProjectBy Geoffrey Miller
    7 days ago
  • Euthanasia referendum: How to cut through the emotions
    Jacqui Maguire, registered clinical psychologist This podcast episode highlights how difficult it is to have effective conversations about euthanasia due to how polarised people’s views are. I’m a clinical psychologist, with a passion for science communication. In early 2020 I founded the podcast Mind Brew, with an aim to make psychological ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Why we need cameras on boats
    In case anyone needed further convincing, there's another example today of why we need cameras on fishing boats: reported seabird bycatch doubled during a camera trial: Commercial fishers operating off Auckland's coast around vulnerable seabirds are twice as likely to report accidentally capturing them when cameras are on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Graham Adams: The religious right’s campaign to spike the euthanasia referendum
    In the leadup to the euthanasia referendum, an array of conservative Christian political organisations is running an expensive campaign to sow doubt about the safety of assisted dying. Graham Adams argues that these religious forces know that Christian arguments aren’t convincing the public, but that it is in the public ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    1 week ago
  • Opportunistic looting
    The National Party has spent the last six months acting horrified at the cost of supporting people through the pandemic and banging on about how the debt must be repaid. So what was their economic policy released today? Massive tax-cuts for the rich, of course! National has walked back ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Uncomfortable Choices.
    Dangerous Times: This will be the choice confronting those coming of age in the 2020s. Embrace Neoliberalism’s belief in racial and sexual equality; adopt its secular and scientific world view; and cultivate the technocratic, multicultural, global outlook required of those who keep the machinery of hyper-capitalism humming. Or, throw your ...
    1 week ago
  • Tony Burton: Covid and benefit payments
    It would be a great time to reform the benefit system, according to former Deputy Chief Economic Advisor at the Treasury, Tony Burton. He argues the complexity of benefit system means that it’s failing to achieve its difficult three core objectives, which form an “iron triangle”.   New Zealand’s benefit ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    1 week ago
  • Talking tax: How to win support for taxing wealth
    Tax Justice UK, September 2020 Serious tax reform is on the political agenda for the first time in decades due to the coronavirus crisis. As this debate hots up it is important to understand what people think about public spending, wealth and tax. Tax Justice UK, along with Survation and ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    1 week ago
  • Getting Tough.
    Not Mucking Around: With upwards of 800 dead from the virus’s resurgence in the Australian state of Victoria, leniency is not on Premier Daniel Andrews’ agenda. The Victorian Police are cracking down hard on the protesters the Australian press has labelled "Covidiots".IMAGES OF POLICE, some in riot gear, others on ...
    1 week ago
  • Media Link: Nuclear strategy, then and now.
    Although I had the fortune of being a graduate student of some of the foremost US nuclear strategists of the day (1970s) and later rubbed shoulders with Air Force and Naval officers who were entrusted with parts of the US nuclear arsenal, I seldom get to write or speak about ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • The Chinese List.
    News that Zhenhua Data, an arm of China Zhenhua Electronics Group, a subsidiary of the military-connected China Electronic Information Industry Group (CETC), maintains a list of 800 New Zealanders on a “Overseas Key Information Database” that contains personal information on more than 2.4 million foreign individuals, has caused some consternation ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Things that grow fast, and things that surprise us
    Marie Becdelievre January 2020. The number of news article mentioning coronavirus exploded and anxious voices whispered about a global pandemic. Whisper? To me, it was only a whisper. I tend to learn about the world through non-fiction books, conferences, and academic research rather than news and social media, so ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #37, 2020
    2,082,476,000,000,000 Viability of greenhouse gas removal via the artificial addition of volcanic ash to the ocean  (not open access, unfortunately) walks us through the numbers on a particular means of CO2 removal, addition of volcanic tephra to the ocean. The mechanism is straight chemistry and the cost is fully an order of ...
    1 week ago
  • Barbados to become a republic
    Barbados is planning to remove the queen as head of state and become a republic in time for the 55th anniversary of its independence in 2021: Barbados has announced its intention to remove the Queen as its head of state and become a republic by November 2021. [...] Reading ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Party Like It’s 1989: Bait and Switch is a Bad Look, Mr Hipkins
    At the 2017 election, the New Zealand Labour Party promised a Fees Free Policy for tertiary students. Basically, it would make the first year of university education free in 2018, with a second year in 2021, and a third in 2024. It also promised to restore Post-Graduate access to the ...
    1 week ago
  • Will the tropics eventually become uninhabitable?
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz What is the impact of temperature increases in the tropics? ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • A first-hand look: What it’s like to live in a 2020 California wildfire evacuation zone
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Daisy Simmons It felt like 100 degrees in my in-laws’ Grass Valley, California, kitchen, but at least the lights were on and for the moment we were safely “distanced” from the Jones Fire. We’d just finished dessert, after pizza and a movie ...
    1 week ago
  • COVID-19 is not the only infectious disease New Zealand wants to eliminate, and genome sequencing is...
    Nigel French, Massey University Genome sequencing — the mapping of the genetic sequences of an organism — has helped track the spread of COVID-19 cases in Auckland, but it also plays an important role in the control of other infectious diseases in New Zealand. One example is Mycoplasma bovis, a ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • A flaw in our electoral transparency regime
    A key part of our electoral funding regime is a requirement for some transparency around donations, on the basis that if we can find out who has bought our politicians (typically after we have voted for them) then everything is alright. There are a lot of problems with that regime ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Don’t Steal This Book
    On “In Defense of Looting” Matt Taibibi takes an entertaining look at this generation of woke activists and how they compare with Abbie Hoffman the iconic anti-Vietnam war counter-culture figure of the 1960s On Thursday, August 27th, the same day Donald Trump formally accepted the Republican nomination, National Public Radio ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Carbon prices must rise
    When Parliament introduced the Emissions Trading Scheme, it was worried that carbon prices might get too high. So it introduced a "fixed price option", allowing polluters to pay the government $25 in the place of surrendering credits. The result was predictable: after we were thrown out of international carbon markets ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Disclosure
    The government will finally be requiring large New Zealand companies to disclose their climate change risks: New Zealand finance companies will be made to report on climate change risk, Climate Change Minister James Shaw has announced. The policy will force around 200 large financial organisations in New Zealand to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Tackling the hard issues – trust and relationships
    By Claire Grant, Genomics Aotearoa Communications Manager Community consultation is becoming an increasingly important aspect of research programmes in New Zealand, and with that comes the art of relationship building. Engagement between scientists and user-groups is certainly nothing new. But as stakeholder involvement becomes more of a requirement for science, ...
    SciBlogsBy Genomics Aotearoa
    1 week ago

  • Parliament to install solar and cut carbon
    Parliament is leading by example by taking action to cut its carbon footprint by installing solar and improving energy efficiency, the Minister for Climate Change, James Shaw said today. The Minister confirmed that Parliamentary Services will receive support through the Clean-Powered Public Service Fund to install solar PV and LED ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • Tuvalu Language Week theme promotes community resilience in the face of COVID-19
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio says the 2020 Tuvalu Language Week theme of “Fakatili Te Kiloga Fou” which means “Navigating the changing environment” is a call on all Pacific peoples to be strong and resilient in the face of COVID-19. “This theme is a reminder to us ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • International sport back up and running in New Zealand
    The Government is welcoming today’s announcement that the West Indies and Pakistan cricket teams will tour New Zealand this summer.  “A lot of hard work has been undertaken by sports officials including New Zealand Cricket, Netball New Zealand and government officials to ensure that international sport can return safely to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • 1BT funds for Northland forest taonga
    Northland’s indigenous tree canopy is set to grow for the benefit of mana whenua and the wider community thanks to nearly $2 million in One Billion Trees funding, Forestry Minister Shane Jones announced today. Te Komanga Marae Trust has received more than $1.54 million to restore and enhance the native ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • Better health care for West Coasters as Te Nikau Hospital officially opened
    The Government has delivered a new hospital for Greymouth and is starting work on a much needed new health centre in Westport, ensuring local communities will benefit from better access to high quality integrated health services. Today, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Associate Health Minister Peeni Henare officially open Te ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 hours ago
  • Government backing local with PGF loan
    A West Coast distillery will benefit from a Provincial Growth Fund investment that will enable it to expand its operations and create jobs in the town of Reefton, Rural Communities Minister Damien O’Connor and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones have announced. The Reefton Distilling Co will receive a $928,000 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • Primary sector exports and jobs up again
    Primary sector exports and jobs are up again, demonstrating the sector’s underlying strength amid the COVID-19 global pandemic and US-China trade war, and supporting New Zealand’s economic recovery. Stats NZ today reported New Zealand’s merchandise exports in August were up 8.6% on a year ago, driven by an increase in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Clean energy future for more schools
    Schools across Aotearoa New Zealand will be supported by the Government to upgrade to run on clean energy, the Minister for Climate Change James Shaw announced today. The Minister has allocated $50 million from the Clean Powered Public Service Fund to replace, or convert, coal boilers in schools with clean ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Building business strength with digital tools
    New training and tools for digital commerce will give small businesses, especially in the tourism sector, the support they need to adapt and innovate in a COVID world. Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis and Small Business Minister Stuart Nash have announced details of how $20 million digital capability funding set aside ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • New pest lures to protect nature
    The Department of Conservation (DOC) is investing $1.4 million to develop new predator lures that would be game-changers for trapping and surveillance towards a predator-free Aotearoa, the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage, announced in Christchurch today. The proposal is to develop long-life lures attractive to a range of predators—rats, mustelids ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Support for innovative Pacific education responses to COVID-19 needs
    Supporting new and creative Pacific education practices as part of our COVID-19 response and recovery is the focus of a new $28.5 million Pacific Education Innovation Fund announced today by Associate Minister of Education Jenny Salesa.  “There is already an incredible amount of innovative and creative work going on in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Eligibility expanded for COVID-19 leave support
    The expanded scheme will cover: People who have COVID-19 like symptoms and meet the Ministry of Health’s criteria, and need to self-isolate while awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test. People who are directed to self-isolate by a Medical Officer of Health or their delegate or on advice of their ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Seasonal work visa available to more people
    The Government is putting in place a range of immigration policy changes to help fill labour shortages in key industries while ensuring New Zealanders, who have lost jobs due to COVID-19, have the chance to find new employment. “Two key sectors we are moving to help are horticulture and wine ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • More border exceptions for critical roles
    The Government has established class exceptions for border entry for a limited number of veterinarians, deep sea fishing crew, as well as agricultural and horticultural machinery operators. “Tight border restrictions remain the backbone of the Government’s border strategy to protect New Zealand against COVID-19 and ensure New Zealand citizens and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Crown will not appeal Dodds v Southern Response decision
    The Crown will not appeal the Court of Appeal decision in the Dodds v Southern Response case, Grant Robertson announced today. “Southern Response will be paying the damages awarded by the Court to Mr and Mrs Dodds shortly. The Crown was already meeting their legal costs for this appeal. “The ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Crucial PGF investments for Northland
    The Provincial Growth Fund is investing nearly $30 million in a diverse range of projects that will create immediate and long-term jobs and lift economic and social outcomes for Northland and its people. Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones made the announcement today in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • $27million investment in global vaccine facility
    The Coalition Government has committed to invest $27 million in COVID-19 vaccine development through the global COVAX Facility, Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today. “The COVAX Facility is a key part of our COVID-19 Vaccine Strategy to obtain safe and effective vaccines. It allows us to invest in a high-quality, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government backing Māori landowners
    The Government will provide up to $1.69 million through the One Billion Trees programme to Māori landowners to make their whenua more productive through the planting of forests, both native and exotic, and improve economic and environmental outcomes, Forestry Minister Shane Jones has announced. “Around 1.5 million ha of land ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New tools to make nature more accessible
    People planning to head outdoors now have a resource that lets them know how accessible an area is for people with varying levels of mobility, Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage announced today. The Halberg Foundation, Sensibel, and the Department of Conservation (DOC) have launched Accessibel, a new tool which helps ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • PGF makes Māori history more accessible
    One of the most significant battle sites of the 1860s Land Wars will receive $2.96 million from the Provincial Growth Fund to improve the site and help tell the New Zealand story to visitors, Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones have announced. Nanaia Mahuta ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Making it official: The journey of te reo Māori | Kia whakapūmautia: Ngā piki me ngā heke o te r...
    The journey towards recognising Māori as an official language and taonga has been captured as a web series and launched today during Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, announced Associate Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Carmel Sepuloni. “Te reo Māori is a living language, and understanding its significance, and pathways to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Better-than-forecast GDP reflects decision to protect New Zealand
    Today’s better-than-forecast GDP figures show the expected impact of the decision to act quickly to protect New Zealanders from the global COVID-19 pandemic. GDP fell 12.2% in the June quarter from March, reflecting decisions to close New Zealand’s borders and enter Alert Level 4. “This result was better than the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Boost for COVID-19 related Pacific education needs
    The Government is investing $39.7 Million over four years to support the educational needs of Pacific learners and families in the regions hardest hit by COVID-19, with Auckland getting an immediate boost, Associate Minister of Education Jenny Salesa says.   “Like all New Zealanders Pacific families want learners to do well ...
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    1 week ago
  • More resources for kiwi conservation
    New Zealand’s goal of 100,000 kiwi by 2030 is being helped by an extra $19.7 million in funding to accelerate iwi and community efforts to protect kiwi, Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage announced. “$19.7 million of Jobs for Nature funding is being invested in kiwi conservation activities including increased predator ...
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    1 week ago
  • Improving access to affordable electricity
    Ensuring New Zealanders can get the best deal on their electricity takes a step in the right direction today with the South Island launch of the EnergyMate pilot run by the Electricity Retailers’ Association, says Minister of Energy and Resources, Dr Megan Woods. EnergyMate is an industry-led programme providing coaching ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government achieves 50 percent women on state boards
    Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter announced today that the Government has reached its target of 50 percent on women on state sector board and committees – setting a new record level of women on state sector boards. “This Government is committed to having more women in leadership roles - ...
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    1 week ago
  • Record transport investment to help economic recovery and save lives
    Transport Minister Phil Twyford released today the final Government Policy Statement on land transport (GPS) 2021 which outlines the planned $48 billion investment in services and infrastructure over the next decade. “The final GPS supports our Government’s five-point plan for economic recovery by confirming our record investments in transport infrastructure ...
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    1 week ago
  • Advancing clean energy technology
    Three ambitious and cutting-edge research programmes that will lift New Zealand’s advanced energy technology research capability over seven years, have been supported by Government today, says Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods. The projects will each receive a share of $40.7 million investment from the Strategic Science Investment Fund. ...
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    1 week ago
  • Major milestone reached in Pike River Re-entry
    The critical area for forensic examination known as Pit Bottom in Stone has been reached in what is a major milestone for the Pike River re-entry project, Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry Andrew Little announced. “The infrastructure located in Pit Bottom in Stone is of very significant interest in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Economic recovery guides Govt response to retirement income policy review
    The Government is working on how New Zealand’s retirement income policies and settings can best support Kiwis in light of the COVID-19 economic recovery, with the help of the Retirement Commissioner’s latest review, Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi said. “The Retirement Commissioner’s three-yearly review into New Zealand’s retirement ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Iwi community hub opens in Murupara
    A new digital hub and development centre in Murupara will be instrumental in growing the region’s productivity, said Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau at the official opening of two community initiatives today. “I’m pleased to be here celebrating a significant milestone for two projects set to make a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • PREFU shows economy doing better than forecast
    PREFU shows economy doing better than forecast Unemployment to peak at 7.8%, down from 9.8% forecast in the Budget Year-to-June accounts show tax revenue, debt and OBEGAL better than forecast Global forecast downgraded as COVID-19 second waves and uncertainty grows Balanced plan to support critical public services, manage debt and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Spruce-up for Ōtaki community facilities
    The Kāpiti Coast town of Ōtaki will receive $1.4 million in Government funding for two projects providing scores of jobs for locals while improving community facilities, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The Māoriland Charitable Trust will receive a $900,000 Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) grant to upgrade the ...
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    1 week ago
  • PGF funding for Jobs for Nature programme
    The Provincial Growth Fund will provide $11.88 million to fund fencing and waterway projects nationwide that will improve the environment and create jobs in their communities, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. “These projects will create more than 100 jobs nationwide with work starting within the next couple ...
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    1 week ago
  • Procurement to promote jobs, Māori and Pasifika businesses and sustainability
    As part of the COVID-19 recovery, the Government has strengthened its procurement rules to ensure its annual $42 billion spend creates more jobs, uses more sustainable construction practices and results in better outcomes for Māori and Pasifika, Government Ministers announced today.   Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford says the $42 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Timaru’s Theatre Royal to be upgraded and new heritage facility built
    The Government is supporting a major upgrade of Timaru’s iconic Theatre Royal and the construction of a new connected Heritage Facility museum and exhibition space with $11.6 million from the Government’s Infrastructure Fund, Jacinda Ardern announced today. “We heard the call from the community and the council. The Theatre Royal ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • District Court judge appointed
    Chrissy Montague (formerly Armstrong), barrister of Auckland has been appointed as a District Court Judge with Family Court jurisdiction to be based in Wellington, Attorney-General David Parker announced today. Ms Montague commenced practice in Auckland in 1987 and went into general practice dealing with Wills, Estates, Trusts, Conveyancing, Relationship Property ...
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    1 week ago
  • Approval given to Commercial Film and Video Production Proposal
      A Proposal to provide for the development and operation of commercial film and video production facilities in areas of Christchurch has been given the go ahead. Hon Poto Williams, Associate Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration, has approved the Proposal, which was prepared and submitted by Regenerate Christchurch. Minister Williams ...
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    1 week ago
  • Supporting a thriving wānanga sector to benefit Māori learners
    As part of the Government’s focus on building closer partnerships with Māori and enhancing the quality of, and access to, Māori medium education, a payment of $8 million will be made to Te Wānanga o Raukawa in partial recognition of its Waitangi Tribunal claim (WAI 2698), Associate Education Minister Kelvin ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Jobs for Nature boosts efforts to restore Kaimai-Mamaku
    The Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage has announced a $19 million investment over four years in an important forest restoration project involving a partnership between the Department of Conservation, iwi/hapū, the Bay of Plenty and Waikato Regional Councils, community conservation groups and organisations such as Forest and Bird across the ...
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    1 week ago