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Memo from Crosby Textor – Simon Bridges limo expenses

Written By: - Date published: 7:53 am, August 15th, 2018 - 90 comments
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We have been contacted by concerned elements from within the National Party to provide urgent advice on the handling of a media crisis. Our bill has already been paid and we are happy to provide comment free of further charge.

We note that over the past couple of days a media story has arisen about the use of Crown limousines and the incurring of significant expenses for the provision of hotel rooms to allow the current leader of the National Party to visit ordinary people throughout New Zealand and persuade them he is just like them.

We note also there has been some controversy over the level of the expenses and the fact the information was released by an unknown source to the media a few days before it would have in the normal course of events been released.

If we were to have been asked initially for our advice we would have said to do nothing. The amounts involved were relatively small. Examples could have been provided through third parties to show that the socialists have also spent considerable amounts on travel and accommodation. And a trusted media person could have recycled the history of Shane Jones watching porn at the expense of the Crown.

But this rather obvious course of action has not been followed and we understand that a third day of media attention has now started.

With the greatest of respect the handling of this issue by the Leader’s Office has been appalling.

Not only did Bridges say something, but he has made a number of clearly contradictory statements.

He initially tried, in a rather hamfisted manner, to blame Labour for the spend. Only the most diehard supporter would argue such tosh.

He then suggested that no one from his caucus would have leaked the information immediately after he said that he had not turned his mind to the issue. These statements are clearly contradictory.

Late yesterday he said, and we cannot understand how this made its way through his office, that a High Court Judge should be tasked with conducting an inquiry into who leaked the information.

We are dumfounded that such a suggestion should have been made.

There are two significant problems:

  1. The cost will be prohibitive, at best equalling the spend that occurred providing transport and accommodation, at worst exceeding it by a considerable amount.
  2. The result will very likely be damaging for National and an indication that its caucus is divided and factionalised. The only possible leaker outside of Caucus and the Public Service is Speaker Trevor Mallard and our assessment is that he, because of his current role, is no longer engaged in this sort of behaviour.

A great deal of money has been spent on creating the illusion that the National caucus is united and this incident puts it all at risk.

We note that Speaker Mallard has indicated that he will consider seeking a forensic analysis of the document. We urge caution. It is clear from his comment that he believes it will exonerate his office and him from blame for the leak and such a result would focus the attention of the media on National’s internal divisions.

National cheerleaders have attempted in social media to divert attention at the same time that Bridges has fanned the flames of the controversy.  Their efforts, which in any event were inept, are made worse by his continued involvement in the issue.

This is a cluster intercourse of the worst sort.  We recommend that Simon Bridges be told that he should not under any circumstances say anything further about the issue.

We are happy to continue to provide advice on the previous contractual basis but taking into account our new scale of fees.

90 comments on “Memo from Crosby Textor – Simon Bridges limo expenses”

  1. I’m picking it was probably leaked by Simon himself, via a third party, to lower the impact of the announcement and take up some air. In light of Judith’s somewhat arch comments on the matter, she probably knows or suspects.

    • Barfly 1.1

      I have had that suspicion to – Bridges is playing the victim hard to suck on the teat of media attention

      • Cinny 1.1.1

        Interesting when something is leaked about national there is a witch hunt for the leaker, just like the Hager saga.

        Focus on the leak not the issues, that’s how national rolls.

        • dukeofurl 1.1.1.1

          Agree. They have the media hounds chasing that fox while the rabbit is unnoticed with a massive expenses carrot.

          So easily pirouetted with an opening statement of: ‘Aw shucks’ I havent put my mind to that at all’

          nekk minute : ‘ Find them & Lock them up’

        • mosa 1.1.1.2

          Totally agree Cinny and that’s exactly how the MSM have been selling it.
          No in depth coverage of the fact that he spent taxpayers money like it is his own personal piggy bank.
          That fact would have caused instigation and outrage throughout the this country once upon a time.
          A list of expenses of what and where the money was squandered would be of interest and who else benefited.

        • georgecom 1.1.1.3

          remember how Don Brash had been exposed for doing secret deals with the EBs after months of denials. When emails were produced showing the level of collusion and cover up designed to rig the election with subterfuge, all Brash focused on was how someone had stolen his emails. Pretend the issues are not issues at all, and in Brashes case, just play the victim.

    • Muttonbird 1.2

      Yes. And in his mind this troughing spend is evidence of his virtue. Everyone should know how hard he works in a special announcement. Simon didn’t want it to be lost in the general release.

  2. Incognito 2

    Memo from TC to JC: D & C.

  3. Tricledrown 3

    Nearly $2000 a day on expenses for politicking.
    That should come out of the National parties coffers not the taxpayers.
    Where is the jerking twerk when it comes to politicians wasting money.
    Taxpayer’s Union come on.

    • Draco T Bastard 3.1

      Where is the jerking twerk when it comes to politicians wasting money.
      Taxpayer’s Union come on.

      Generally speaking, they’re only concerned about the spending of those on the ‘Left’. They understand the spending of the exalted individuals on the ring-wing.

      • Adrian Thornton 3.1.1

        @Draco T Bastard,
        Exactly right, people just can’t (and the MSM doesn’t help) get it through their heads that the right wing are fucking terrible at managing money…I mean you don’t have to get historical on it, just look at the stinking big mess they have just left the country in…it beggars belief.

  4. dukeofurl 4

    if he gets to use a Crown limo like Ministers do, then he also gets a self drive car like Ministers do.

    hear that Simon . SELF DRIVE

  5. Sucker Simon

    I am disgusted at the abuse being lobbed on the unfortunate Simon Bridges. He is after all a Capitalist, and has a right to do anything he wants provided it furthers his own and the interests of all his wealthy colleagues.

    He made that long trek from somewhere to somewhere to demonstrate his hatred for the Pigs (-Capitalist slang for persons not wealthy- ) and sat his precious ass on a mere BMW for hours on end.

    There should be no rubbish thrown at Simon, because he is making sure that the Pigs will pay for every cent he spent on his pilgrimage. The Pigs are the poor who pay the income Tax in New Zealand.

    No wonder Simon screams like a child in Parliament. He is but a child. Bundled into a tinpot BMW and slum Accommodation. Have some pity on him please.

    He is a Capitalist. A dumb breed. Please ask the Greens what he really is.

    • Michelle 5.1

      following on from Observer Tokoroa Simon, is but a dumb breed that went to see the ordinary people of NZ many of whom have the same characteristics, they are old and white ( the selfish generation) & what does this say about his party and our country.

      • dukeofurl 5.1.1

        National is a fund raising operation with a political action group on the side.

        Bridges was making sure all the medium donors and those making regular monthly payments got to shake his hand and he could ‘nod his head’ to all their crazy ideas.

        • Michelle 5.1.1.1

          So it cost us tax payers 114k for him to shake the hands of his followers bloody hypocrites simon and his party are and so are the so called ordinary followers of this lot. I noticed we don’t hear them moaning about this hand shaking being a waste of money but they are bloody quick to put the boot into others when it comes to spending up large.

    • Draco T Bastard 5.2

      Pigs (-Capitalist slang for persons not wealthy- )

      The correct terminology is Punters out in punterland.

      As for Michael Bassett’s column, I wanted to write a book that helps ordinary people understand why they feel put off by politics and what needs to be different for that to change. What makes the book unique is that readers can see – in the participants’ own words – the cynical strategy discussions behind events like the Orewa speeches, the even more cynical techniques used to try to win the votes of the ‘punters out in punterland’, the unseen role of the big donors and, generally, how the leading National Party politicians and staff acted when they were confident that no one would ever hold them to account. The information speaks for itself.

  6. Puckish Rogue 6

    After careful consideration I’ve decided theres nothing to see here and we should all move on 🙂

    • dukeofurl 6.1

      Until Thursday when we can see all the Mps spending.
      Whats the bet there’s an outlier amoung the Nats- along the lines of the previous List Mp for Wellington Central who had very high airfare expenses !! LOL

      For my moneys worth it was a nat who released early , and it was just pique over missing out on a portfolio

      • marty mars 6.1.1

        Could be a smokescreen for other toughing – better check judith’s with a fine tooth comb – she has form.

    • Thanks for the memories PR. LOL

    • Cinny 6.3

      Lmfao Pucky.

  7. Enough is Enough 7

    The leak has done a wonderful job of diverting attention from the issue itself.

    Rather than talking about Simon’s wasteful spending, we have an old fashioned who dunnit circus with both parties pointing at the other in some unseemly school yard argument.

    National are saying the leak must have come from Labour because they have the motivation to discredit Simon Bridges.

    Labour are saying the leak must have come from a National insider as there is an apparent factional war going on.

    Both theories have credibility, meanwhile Simon spent a shit load of our money on nothing.

    • Puckish Rogue 7.2

      “Both theories have credibility, meanwhile Simon spent a shit load of our money on nothing”

      Well no, he’s getting around and actively talking to the people of NZ so its not a waste of money if you think thats important

      • Draco T Bastard 7.2.1

        Generally speaking, I think it’s a waste of time and money. No single person can talk to all the people and as such I’d much prefer spending the money developing the technology so that all the people can have a say. It’d be much better than having the country run on the reckons of a minority.

        • marty mars 7.2.1.1

          I think he was on a pre-employment recon – putting the feelers out – just in case like – getting the face time in.

        • Puckish Rogue 7.2.1.2

          Personally speaking one of the things that I think makes NZ one of the best countries to live in is the accessibility of our politicians

          That they turn up to public meetings and you can question them, that we’re not like other countries where theres no access to politicians or they have stage managed events like town hall meetings, with hand picked questions

          • Anne 7.2.1.2.1

            We did have one of those once. His name was Muldoon. He insisted all questions be vetted by him in advance – including media interview questions – otherwise they wouldn’t be answered.

      • Sabine 7.2.2

        he could have ‘spoken’ to the New Zealanders via Facebook at a fraction of the cost but hey, why not a taxpayer funded holiday of NZ, sure beats paying your own way. Socialism, Simon Bridges loves it.

        Oh boy, I hope the dame of your heart will get the Leadership soon, bridges is boring and too expensive for the services he renders. Lets see if the next one is less costly and more productive.

        • Puckish Rogue 7.2.2.1

          “he could have ‘spoken’ to the New Zealanders via Facebook at a fraction of the cost”

          Really, you going to hold every MP to that kind of standard? So basically no one actually gets a chance to question, or meet, any MP unless they have a decent internet connection

          • Sabine 7.2.2.1.1

            actually i don’t have to hold any other to that standard as other people have yet to get a fully funded holiday pretending to speak to New Zealanders.

            When others do as Simon did, than i will say exactly the same. Use facebook.

            Or go on telly.

            your boy cost the country a 100.000$ for fuck all in return. Not even a laugh. Not even one smart comment. Nothing, nada. zilch.

            please petition your dame to get on with the job so that that geezer can stay at home and do what he does best. Nothing.

            • Incognito 7.2.2.1.1.1

              It is tough competing with Don, David ‘DWTS’ Seymour, JC, and S & M for attention and relevance when you’re the Leader of the Opposition. You have to take drastic action to cut through the noise 😉

        • cleangreen 7.2.2.2

          100% Sabine

          Simple Simon Bridges could have gone by a special rail carridge everywhere as most US presidents have done since President Abe Lincoln did!

          Opps I forgot then National party was the Government they actively run down and closed most rail services.

          So the truck loving Bridges should have gone by truck everywhere maybe, as he was so keen to build all those “road’s of national signifigance” using a massive $13 billion didnt’ he?

          And he wanted 10 new bridges everywhere up north that never got built, so going on a road trip was going to be his choice but was he always on the roads then?

      • miravox 7.2.3

        It would be pretty cool if there was a list of who he spoke to in one easily recognised, official and accessible place,

        Like, for example, here?

        https://www.national.org.nz/events

        or here?

        https://www.national.org.nz/blog

    • Draco T Bastard 7.3

      +111

    • NZJester 7.4

      National are saying the leak must have come from Labour because they have the motivation to discredit Simon Bridges.

      Labour are saying the leak must have come from a National insider as there is an apparent factional war going on.

      Both theories have credibility, meanwhile Simon spent a shit load of our money on nothing.

      Both theories do not have credibility as only one person in Labour has access to that information before the official release and I doubt he would risk the Speakers job to make political points. On the National side, however, a lot more have access to that info.

      He also spent it on National campaigning so it should really come out of their campaign fund for the next election and be recorded as such.

  8. Agora 8

    Is Judith making any moves yet?

    • dukeofurl 8.1

      How can she ?

      She wasnt even a runner up- that was Amy Adams. Collins only has a small support in the caucus.
      Her real strength is having big donors in her back pocket ( you can see this where Key could keep her out in the cold , but Bridges cant).
      There is no hard right vote out there that is waiting for Collins to pick up. Its not worth it to push ACT below 1% again.

      • greywarshark 8.1.1

        dukeofurl
        Your logic may not match National’s pragmatism.

        • dukeofurl 8.1.1.1

          believe me , they know the numbers as though they have them on their pillows each night.
          Enough of them have marketing nous to know that its a must to ‘counter program’ a young leader with another young leader. And match most policies that get headlines. After all its only down the final 4% or so.

          They are completely poll driven on ‘public facing issues’. Big business issues are kept hidden

          • Patricia Bremner 8.1.1.1.1

            Agreed dukeofurl, (National) “are oompletly poll driven on “public facing issues” Big Business issues are kept hidden.”

            Especially Big Business Issues which could cost the “Public” purse.

            The Trusts issue making NZ a tax haven, building contract shortfalls, micoplasma bovis, banking and finance behaviour, shoddy buildings and materials, wages and work conditions……. on and on.

            They are sulking because they have to behave more ethically. It makes them ill.

            • dukeofurl 8.1.1.1.1.1

              The rewrite of the Mining and Oil exploration Act in 2011+ was a case in point.

              Key put a new minister but a sharp young lawyer onto that – Bridges. They have the big donors/lobbyists all lined up , sometimes with the legislation pre written for them to go through the motions.

              • dukeofurl

                Regarding Judith Collins, shes now almost 60. If this was US she could be reaching her prime but we dont go for septuagenarians in public office anymore – last was Walter Nash. ( 75 when he became PM)

                Shes staying with national for the usual reasons Mps past their peak do . I cant say any more

  9. Robert Guyton 9

    Bridges: spending like a drunken sailor.

  10. Chris T 10

    Of all the leaks that happen in govt, this would have to be the most over hyped in history.

    I don’t get it. It was going to be released in a few days anyway

    I can’t work out whether it’s Bridges going nutty OTT about it, Mallard having a laugh, or a slow news week for the media

    • Robert Guyton 10.1

      It’s the only way Bridges can raise his low profile.

      • Chris T 10.1.1

        Ahh

        That’s a possibility

        Unlikely I think though

      • Muttonbird 10.1.2

        Yeah, self-leak, claim victim status, appear important enough to be a target, and get your name in front of people.

        Classic Crosby-Textor.

    • Draco T Bastard 10.2

      Agreed so the big question is: What has happened that some people in National, including the leader, want to keep hidden?

      • Stuart Munro 10.2.1

        Internal poll collapse.

        • dukeofurl 10.2.1.1

          What ? Their internal numbers are much the same as the public polls.
          What a rubbish comment

          • Stuart Munro 10.2.1.1.1

            Orly – you have their internal polling then?

            It would go some way to explaining their desperation, and, thus far at least, they’ve failed to make a hit on Jacinda – nothing to do with the baby either.

            Polls tend to move around a bit, and in a party desperate for good news a normal downtick can bring the knives out or precipitate all kinds of shenanigans.

            It’s a plausible explanation for “What has happened that some people in National, including the leader, want to keep hidden?”, a question you have not ventured to answer.

            • dukeofurl 10.2.1.1.1.1

              Dont be an idiot. There was a public poll just the other week. Bridges numbers are weak , nationals as a party are strong.
              They arent going to ‘collapse’ as you suggest over a week. Secondly only the top leadership would see the numbers , they are not ‘shared out all Mps like scones’
              Youre ‘plausible explanation’ is risible in face of very recent public polls. Moving around a bit isnt the same as ‘collapse’

              However who in national released the numbers would allways be doing it for personal gain- my guess ( note my use of the word) is that someone missed out in the last nats shuffle.
              Who would you think has a towering ego but way down this list
              https://www.national.org.nz/team. Look how far Nick Smith has fallen!!

              • Stuart Munro

                They don’t have to plumb the low thirties – all they need to do is soften below 40 to show a trend they really don’t want to see. And, we are told, Labour polling has them there already.

                • dukeofurl

                  Raw numbers probably something like that.
                  Most other public polls ‘correct’ for dont know , which would boost that a bit. But that approach lifts all boats.

      • Incognito 10.2.2

        Steven found another hole??

    • AsleepWhileWalking 10.3

      Yeah.

      I reckon it was probably just a mistake with whomever was responsible being utterly mortified (assuming they themselves know).

      Seems more likely then some kind of weird political sabotage attempt.

  11. Pat 11

    Hit job on the “all too obvious” source…..the material is not damaging,(was due out shortly anyway )….but the leaking is. Someone playing JC at her own game.

    • Anne 11.1

      Someone playing JC at her own game.

      That could explain her ott outraged reaction to the leak.

      She’s in pastel pink again today with a soft frilly under-blouse. Don’t tell PR. It’ll send him over the edge. 😉

      • Sabine 11.1.1

        you sure he did not advice her on hte pink frills. You know, be attractive to the female voters. Pink should get them. right?

  12. Paul Campbell 12

    Q: What did National promise Northland?
    A: 10 bridges
    Q: what did they really get
    A: one in a limo

    • Tick and tick tock Paul Campbell. New Leader soon methinks.

    • Michelle 12.2

      what did national promise nz better more efficient and effective public services now we are seeing the impact of their polices. And when it comes to simon running around the country shaking hands with his parties supporters wasting thousands of our tax dollars just so he can shake the hands of the commoners the ordinary people that put him there, the ones that think they all know bests.

  13. KJT 13

    I am enjoying the spectacle.

    Last weeks “supporters of free speech”, conducting a Witch hunt to find out who “used their right of free speech” to out, National’s sense of entitlement.

    • cleangreen 13.1

      Yes KIT it is entertaining watching these national mice going around and around in circles chasing their tails. I am gigling.

    • Puckish Rogue 13.2

      I’m not a free speech absolutist and if any rules have been broken, as the speaker is suggesting there might, then yeah an investigation should happen because if nothing else it’ll hopefully put to bed the rumours that’re currently flying about the place

    • Anne 14.1

      From the link:

      Right-wing PR man Matthew Hooton told RadioLIVE Drive there is a “despicable smear campaign underway” against the National Party leader.

      “Aid and abetted by an extreme left-wing, anti-National Party journalist called Tova O’Brien, who is a disgrace to the profession and a disgrace to Newshub, and is running a personal campaign to get rid of Simon Bridges.

      He’s lost the plot!

  14. peterlepaysan 18

    The cost of Bridges “meet and greet” is irrelevant. The issue is how did the info get out?

    To suggest that an independent inquiry body be set up is ludicrous.

    The paper/email trail should not be that difficult to establish

    • Anne 18.1

      It’s going to be a one person inquiry by the looks of it – a QC.

    • Cinny 18.2

      The cost IS relevant to those who pay the bill…. ie taxpayers of which there are plenty.

      The ‘leak’ is a separate concern and only really relevant to those directly involved.

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    RedlineBy Admin
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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  • Let this never be forgot
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    2 weeks ago
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

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    1 day ago
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  • National interest test added to protect New Zealanders’ interests
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    2 days ago
  • Electoral law breach allegations
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  • Wayne Brown hits back at critics: Ports of Auckland has to move
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    3 days ago
  • Week That Was: Supporting our schools
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    3 days ago
  • Kiwis to have their say on End of Life Choice
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    1 week ago
  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
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  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
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  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
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  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
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  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
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  • Week That Was: 2,000 teachers in two years
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    3 weeks ago
  • Winning an election one conversation at a time
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    3 weeks ago

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  • Making progress for our kids
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  • Families Package helps over 1 million New Zealanders in first year
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  • National interest test added to overseas investment rules
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  • Speech to the New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Annual Conference
    ***Please check against delivery*** Good morning everyone. It is a pleasure to be with you this morning to open this year’s New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Conference and AGM. Firstly, thank you Dr Alan Jackson, NZTR Chair for your introduction. And let us acknowledge also: The NZTR Board; Dean McKenzie, Chair ...
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  • Fairer rules for tenants and landlords
    The Government has delivered on its promise to the over one million New Zealanders who now rent to make it fairer and more secure, Associate Minister of Housing (Public Housing) Kris Faafoi has announced today. Both renters and landlords will benefit from the suite of practical changes to the Residential ...
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    4 days ago
  • Two decades of marine protection celebrated at Te Tapuwae o Rongokako in Tairawhiti
    A marine conservation milestone - the 20th anniversary of the establishment of Te Tapuwae o Rongokako Marine Reserve - is being celebrated today at a community event in Tairāwhiti/East Coast attended by the Minister of Conservation, Eugenie Sage. “The creation of this marine reserve in November 1999 was a game ...
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  • Food industry asked to step up fight against obesity
         The Government is asking the food industry to step up work to tackle obesity including reducing sugar, fat and salt in their products, better information for consumers, and tighter restrictions on advertising to children. Health Minister David Clark and Food Safety Minister Damien O’Connor have responded to a ...
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  • Modern emergency care for Queenstown area
    ew, modern emergency department and outpatient facilities at Queenstown’s Lakes District Hospital mean better emergency care for the growing tourist mecca’s visitors and locals, says Health Minister David Clark. Today Dr Clark officially opened the hospital’s redeveloped Emergency Department and Outpatient facilities. The new facilities include: •    An extended Emergency Department ...
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  • Contraception important for New Zealanders
    Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter says today’s release of sexual and reproductive health data reinforces the significance of the Government’s commitment to providing free or very low-cost contraception. The Ministry of Health today published statistics from the Ministry of Health’s 2014/15 Health Survey. “It is important people can make ...
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  • NZ medical staff and measles vaccines going to Samoa
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced that at the request of the Samoan Government, New Zealand will be providing further support to Samoa as it faces a worsening measles outbreak. “In response to a request from the people of Samoa, New Zealand is providing 3000 measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) ...
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  • Disability Action Plan 2019 – 2023
    “The new Disability Action Plan 2019–2023 moves us towards the inclusive and accessible New Zealand that this government has committed to,” Minister for Disability Issues Carmel Sepuloni announced today.  “The Action Plan was designed by disabled people, their family and supporters, the disability sector and government agencies. It will ensure ...
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    7 days ago
  • Joint Statement – Third Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting
    Third Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting 14 November 2019 Joint Statement 1. Defence Ministers Ron Mark and Dr Ng Eng Hen today conducted their third annual Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting in Singapore. 2. Building on the Enhanced Partnership signed between both countries in May this year, this annual meeting ...
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    7 days ago
  • Sexual Violence Legislation Bill has its first reading
    A Bill to improve the court system’s response to sexual violence has passed its first reading in Parliament today. Justice Minister Andrew Little says the Sexual Violence Legislation Bill will reduce the trauma sexual violence complainants experience in court, while maintaining defendants’ fundamental rights and making sure the trial process ...
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  • Streamlined business invoicing a step closer
    Streamlined payment practices are a step closer for Kiwi businesses with the formal launch of New Zealand’s e-Invoicing framework. Small Business Minister Stuart Nash says the government has now established the structure to enable automated and direct data exchange between the accounting systems of buyers and sellers. “The move to ...
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  • More frontline biosecurity officers protecting NZ
    Another 51 quarantine officers and four new biosecurity detector dog teams will help protect New Zealand from invasive pests and diseases this summer, says Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor. “The Government is delivering on its commitment to strengthen New Zealand’s biosecurity system and support our valuable primary sector “New Zealand’s flora, fauna ...
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  • NZ space economy worth $1.69 billion
    A new report has found New Zealand’s space sector contributed $1.69 billion to the economy in the last financial year and employs 12,000 people, Minister for Economic Development Phil Twyford announced today. The report by Deloitte was commissioned by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and shows New Zealand ...
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  • New Chair for Royal Commission into Abuse
    Judge Coral Shaw has been appointed as the new Chair of the Royal Commission into Historical Abuse in State Care and in the Care of Faith-based Institutions, Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin announced today. "Judge Shaw, who is currently one of the inquiry commissioners, is extremely well qualified for the ...
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  • Better mental health facilities for Palmerston North
    The Government has confirmed its third major mental health facility upgrade since the Budget, this time at Palmerston North Hospital. The Prime Minister and Health Minister today visited MidCentral DHB to announce that $30 million has been allocated to upgrade its acute mental health facility. It follows earlier announcements in ...
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  • Bowel Screening hits halfway point
    The roll out of the National Bowel Screening Programme has reached the halfway mark, with 10 out of 20 District Health Boards now part of the programme. MidCentral DHB, which covers Palmerston North, Manawatu and surrounding districts, this week became the latest to DHB to offer free bowel screening to ...
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  • More vaccines for meningococcal disease
    The Government welcomes PHARMAC’s decision to fund a vaccine to protect young people from meningococcal disease from 1 December this year. “Meningococcal disease is a serious threat which people at higher risk should be protected from,” says Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter. “The combined pharmaceutical budget was increased by ...
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  • Fisheries innovation projects supported
    Groups involved with innovative fisheries research projects are encouraged to apply for government support in the latest funding round from the Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures programme. Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash says the SFF Futures funding is designed to be flexible enough to support small or large projects across a ...
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  • Government fixes culturally arranged marriage visa issue
    The Government has fixed an issue affecting how Immigration New Zealand has processed visa applications for culturally arranged marriages, which will now see a consistent process applied which ensures people with legitimate arranged marriages can visit New Zealand while also preventing any rorting of the system. Earlier this year Immigration ...
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  • Extension for Royal Commission into Mosque attacks
    The Royal Commission into the Attacks on Christchurch Mosques will report back on 30 April 2020 to give it more time to hear submissions and consider information, Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin announced today. The Royal Commission was originally scheduled to report back to Government by 10 December 2019. “There has ...
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  • Terrorism and Trade on agenda as Foreign Minister visits the United States
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters will travel to Washington DC today to attend a ministerial meeting focused on defeating ISIS, and to continue pursuing New Zealand’s trade opportunities. Mr Peters will participate in a meeting of Foreign and Defence Ministers from key countries contributing to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS. ...
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  • Hoiho get extra support alongside 168 community conservation groups backing nature
    The recently crowned Bird of the Year, the hoiho/yellow eyed penguin, is getting a much needed helping hand alongside more than 168 other community conservation projects announced Minister for Conservation Eugenie Sage today. 168 community conservation projects throughout New Zealand are benefiting from $8 million in government grants, including $500,000 ...
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  • New safety measures for modified pistols
    Controls on assault rifles and semi-automatic firearms are to be broadened to include some types of pistols, under changes to a bill currently making its way through Parliament. Police Minister Stuart Nash has tabled a Supplementary Order Paper to the Arms Legislation Bill, which is currently before a Select Committee ...
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