web analytics

ARC threatens to terminate NZ Bus contract

Written By: - Date published: 12:53 pm, October 12th, 2009 - 35 comments
Categories: public transport, workers' rights - Tags: , , ,

ARC chairman Mike Lee has delivered a blunt ultimatum to NZ Bus as its lockout of drivers reaches day five.

“We have had enough. Auckland will not be held to ransom. If you can’t deliver the services that the people of Auckland rely on, then we will have to find someone else who can…

“NZ Bus operates public transport services under contract to the Auckland Regional Transport Authority (ARTA). NZ Bus is currently in breach of those contracts – it is not delivering the services. Like any commercial contract, NZ Bus contracts can be terminated for non-performance.

‘If this dispute is not settled, I will be calling on ARTA to start the process of terminating the existing contracts and finding someone else who will deliver the services that Auckland expects and pays for.

“Terminating NZ Bus contracts would be a drastic step. However, it is clear that the company is not responding to other normal commercial pressure, nor in my view does it take seriously its service obligations to the public.

Great stuff. NZ Bus has treated its workers and the wider public with absolute contempt. Astonishingly, it’s even refused a generous offer by the drivers to work for free so that school buses are able to operate despite the lockout.

It’s becoming increasingly clear that NZ Bus doesn’t give a stuff what the public thinks. All they care about is the bottom line and squeezing as much out of their overworked and underpaid drivers as they can – not to mention leeching off the public purse. Good on Mike Lee for dealing with them in the only language they understand.

35 comments on “ARC threatens to terminate NZ Bus contract ”

  1. Lanthanide 1

    NZ Bus’s general manager of operations, Zane Fulljames, said the union offer was a “media stunt” and “designed to be inflammatory”. – talking about the offer to drive school buses for free.

    The funny thing is, he’s completely correct, the problem is by denying the bus drivers to work for free, they’ve turned it into a much bigger fiasco than it needed to be. Now the public is generally behind the bus drivers and NZ Bus is seen as the bad guys who are preventing people’s kids getting to school for no important reason.

  2. Hairy Monster 2

    I can’t help but see this move by Mike Lee as little more than grandstanding, if he was serious he would have actually set a deadline.

    • Mr Lee has given NZ ‘Pus’ 5 days according to Radio NZ National at 2pm. That serious enought for you hirsute one?

      Negotiations can often involve ‘wriggle’ room and methods for face saving if required to assist one of the parties to settle up.

  3. toad 3

    More like NZ Pus from the sound of it.

  4. Zaphod Beeblebrox 4

    This could be the Super City’s first task. They would easily have the resources to take over the rail, train, ferry network and deliver a properly integrated system. After all harmonisation of functions is the main reason why it is being created.

    I’d also be in favour aligning all land use and transport planning (after all you can’t divorce one from the other), so that they could subsume Transit’s role of the motorway system and have access to the billions being thrown at motorways.

    Then we could have a vote on how to spend the money.

    I know aligning all the land use decisions in the hands of one democratically elected local government is an outrageous idea for Nzers but it has been done before.

    • Michael Over Here 4.1

      This! If we’re going to have a Supercity can we at least have a functioning, healthy public transport system like Portland, Oregon, US or San Francisco? Please please please?

  5. toad 5

    I work in Mt Eden. Tomorrow I have to get to Takapuna for work. Here’s how it looks like I can do it:

    Depart my office 8.40am for Mt Eden train station to catch train to Britomart – arrive Britomart 9.03am.

    Depart on Ferry Building 9.09am on ferry to Devonport – arrive Devonport 9.32am.

    Depart Devonport 10.14am on Ritchies Bus – arrive Takapuna 10.42am.

    Thanks a lot, NZ Pus!

    [Despite my commitment to public transport, I think I’ll catch a cab.]

  6. rolla_fxgt 6

    Its fair enough Mike Lee threatening NZ Bus with contract cancellation for non performance ( i wish more local bodies would do it to be honest), but how would this help the workers any?
    Presumably they all would be out of a job (as their contracts would have a clause in them stating that cancellation of the contract would cause loss of jobs), and then they’d have to sign up for the dole or find another job, not exactly going to make any of the workers feel good is it?

    If the contract is cancelled for non performance, there’s the risk that NZ Bus could take ARTA to court to argue the cancellation is a breach of contract. Surely the contract would have a clause stating non performance due to industrial action can’t be considered non performance.

    Also the contract will have to be re-tendered which will take a few weeks, so no buses for that period either. If the tender process is to be fair then, Mike Lee will have to sit out the decision making process, and allow NZ Bus to re-tender for it, and there’s always the chance they could win it again, at a higher price even, which they then could use to pay the workers their demands, but would also raise the ticket prices for the buses.

    I don’t have a view one way or the other on who is right or wrong on the NZ bus action, but it seems a case of where there will be no winners out of it. Well except lawyers.

    • IrishBill 6.1

      There’s a shortage of drivers. Any new contractor would need to employ these workers. I can’t imagine any new employer being worse than NZ Bus.

    • Surely the contract would have a clause stating non performance due to industrial action can’t be considered non performance.

      The non-performance is not due to “industrial action”. This isn’t a strike, it’s a lockout.

      • snoozer 6.2.1

        A lock out is industrial action, Graeme.

        What did you think it was?

        • Graeme Edgeler 6.2.1.1

          That was obviously not my point. This is not some circumstance being forced on the company.

          • toad 6.2.1.1.1

            Indeed, Graeme. NZ Pus have themselves, independently of any outside influence, taken the action that results in the services not operating. All the drivers have done is give notice that they will not undertake any work that they are not required to undertake by their empoyment agreement.

            I would agree that NZ Pus is on very shakey ground in terms of their contract with ARTA.

  7. George D 7

    Good on Mike Lee. Jesson would be proud.

  8. deWithiel 8

    The depressing thing is that while trying to bash down the NZ Pus bus drivers, another branch of Infratil is having a tantrum because the ARTA doesn’t want to use its Snapper ticketing system (and given its behaviour with the bus drivers one can see why). Nonetheless, I have an awful suspicion that Steven Joyce has fixed the outcome of the NZTA review of the Auckland integrated ticketing proposal to favour Infratil just as he’s currently reviewing the Public Transport Management Act so that Infratil can just go ahead and do what it likes to ensure that its shareholders get their 20% return on their capital.

  9. Brickley Paiste 9

    @ Graeme:

    “The non-performance is not due to “industrial action’. This isn’t a strike, it’s a lockout.”

    A lockout is industrial action, just like a strike. Check out section Part 8 of the Employment Relations Act 2000.

    Non-performance of a commercial contract is a serious problem when it comes to strikes and lockouts. The Court of Appeal’s recent EPMU v Air Nelson decision attests to that. Aucklanders need salmon.

    The lockout is legal. The work to rule threat might have been a strike as well.

    What’s on the table? What are the issues in negotiation? Who knows. The media can only report: No bus = delays, no bus = delays. Rince, lather, repeat. Please leave message after beep.

    I think the timing of the next negotiation is a big issue but I don’t know.

    • Of course a lockout is a form of industrial action. As you are no doubt aware, that was not my point.

      A clause in a contract which allows someone to avoid responsibility for no-performance is likely to be directed at circumstances as least nominally beyond the control of the parties. Thus, if a strike caused delays, NZ Bus might be able to argue “no, it’s not our fault, it’s the union”; similarly, if the “work to rule” notice caused delays, or late or missed buses, NZ Bus could again blame the union.

      A lockout is very different – it’s not some circumstance beyond the control of the company.

      The cost to workers of a lockout is that they don’t get paid, but the company suffers too. If the ARTA has entered into a contract that gives a bus company to power to choose not to follow their obligations to provide bus services then Auckland ratepayers should be asking a bunch of questions.

  10. Cameron 10

    @Toad- You don’t need to catch the ferry to Devonport. Catch the Northern Express (A Richies bus) from Britomart and get off at Akoranga Station. You can walk up to Takapuna from there.

  11. Red Rosa 11

    Last time I looked, Calamity Kate Wilkinson had some responsibility for NZ labour relations.

    Fresh from the Folic Fiasco, she may be able to explain the finer points of all this for us.

    Should make an interesting Q + A.

  12. Draco T Bastard 12

    Brian Rudman on NZ Bus and the lockout.

  13. jcuknz 13

    It should not be possible for either the union or bus company to denign service to the public of Auckland. It is an essential public service. Therefore it should be automatic that any dispute goes to binding arbitration where the best arguments win the decision.

    I would suggest that the lock-out should not be a defense for the bus company becuase they innitiated it. I hope for the public’s sake that Mike Lee can do something to knock heads together, get the buses running damm quick, and remove the chance of this stupid carry-on being repeated.

    • Swampy 13.1

      Essential public services don’t allow strikes.

      • Daveo 13.1.1

        God you’re a misinformed idiot Swampy.

        Workers in essential services have the right to strike, but they have to give 14 days’ notice. The only exceptions I’m aware of are the police, and obviously the military.

      • BLiP 13.1.2

        It wasn’t a strike – it was a work to rule. What company wouldn’t want it staff to work according to its own rule?

  14. If only process is to be fair, Mike Lee will have to sit out the decision making process, and allow NZ Bus to re-tender for it, and there’s always the chance they could win it the second time, at a higher price even, which they then could use to pay the workers their demands, but would also raise the ticket prices for the buses.

    • Herodotus 14.1

      Not necessary. The increase in the subsidy could be hidden away within the ARC rates. Only a neg increase in rates would be required to cover this!!
      Or that their profits could be reduced to cover the increase in wages resulting in a reduction in taxes, but this could be partially compensated by the potential to reduce other benefits such as WFF.

  15. Brickley Paiste 15

    @ Graeme:

    Sorry, that seemed to be the entirety of your point.

    The situation you’re talking about is akin to frustration or a force majeure — excusing performance due to an unforeseen supervening event. That’s fine if it’s spelled out in the contract or by operation of law.

    That’s all fine and I agree with you.

    However, the only problem is that a lockout, like a strike, is a legitimate (and legal) action for a company to take.

    From what I’ve read, the legality of the lockout has not been challenged. Presumably, it relates to bargaining and satisfies the requirements of lockouts in an essential service.

    So, I would like to see the termination clause in the contract between ARTA and NZ Bus.

    Were it an illegal lockout then there would be no question: terminate at will, Mr Lee.

    However, it isn’t clear what the clause says.

    I don’t like the way NZ Bus is behaving but so far no one is saying what they’re doing is illegal.

  16. Swampy 16

    Lee is obviously opening his mayoral campaign with such blatantly political comments targeted at a parochial left wing audience.

Links to post

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Govt keeps AM on the air in Northland
    Minister of Broadcasting and Media Willie Jackson and Minister for Emergency Management Kieran McAnulty today announced a $1.48 million package to fund the repair and replacement of three transmission masts in Northland to ensure AM radio can stay on air in the region. “This funding will secure the reinstatement of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • Multi million dollar package to tackle retail crime and reoffending
    A multi million dollar package to tackle retail crime and reoffending is the most significant crime prevention financial package in recent memory  New fog cannon subsidy scheme set up. Government to provide $4000 for all small shops and dairies in New Zealand who want a fog cannon installed, with shops ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • Funding boost to support NZ’s game development industry
    New Zealand’s game developers will receive an immediate funding boost to help support the growth of local studios beyond the current Dunedin centre. “New Zealand’s game development sector has been rapidly growing. The latest data from the New Zealand Game Developers Association shows the total revenue for the industry is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    13 hours ago
  • A new strategy for Pacific housing
    New and existing housing initiatives are being brought together to improve home ownership for Pacific people said Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio. Fale mo Aiga: Pacific Housing Strategy and Action Plan 2030, launched today, is the Government’s targeted response to the housing challenges faced by Pacific Aotearoa. Minister ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    14 hours ago
  • Government takes action on pay parity for healthcare workers
    Thousands of frontline community health workers – including nurses in aged-care facilities - are in for a pay rise as the Labour Government takes action on pay parity in the health sector. “I’m pleased to announce that Cabinet has agreed to on-going funding of $200 million a year so that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • World’s first algae-based local anaesthetic another step closer to reality
    A partnership between the Government and the Cawthron Institute has delivered a breakthrough in the production of a potent microalgal ingredient for the world’s first algae-based pain medication, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor announced.  “Scientists at Cawthron Institute in Nelson have developed a reliable and commercially scalable method for producing neosaxitoxin, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Ngāti Mutunga o Wharekauri and the Crown sign Agreement in Principle| Ka waitohu a Ngāti Mutunga o...
    Ngāti Mutunga o Wharekauri and the Crown have signed an Agreement in Principle marking a significant milestone towards the settlement of their historical Treaty of Waitangi claims. Ngāti Mutunga are based on Wharekauri/Chatham Islands and are the second of two iwi/imi to reach agreement with the Crown. “Today’s signing follows ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Further ACC reforms introduced to Parliament
    New reporting requirements on access to ACC Earlier access to minimum rate of compensation Refinement to ACC purpose to focus on supporting all eligible injured people to access ACC The Accident Compensation (Access Reporting and Other Matters) Amendment Bill which aims to improve access to ACC for all injured people, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government supports Chatham Islands' resilience
    The Government is supporting the Chatham Islands’ resilience to extreme weather events and natural hazards through a grant to secure safe drinking water, Minister for Emergency Management Kieran McAnulty said. “Many households in the Chatham Islands lack easy access to drinking water and have been forced to get water to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New Chief Coroner appointed
    Coroner Anna Tutton has been appointed as the new Chief Coroner, Attorney-General David Parker announced today. Anna Tutton was appointed as a Coroner in January 2015, based in Christchurch, and as Deputy Chief Coroner in 2020.  After the previous Chief Coroner, Judge Deborah Marshall, retired Ms Tutton took on the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • DIRA Amendment Bill passes third reading
    The Government has passed an Amendment Bill today to support Fonterra’s move to a new capital structure and the continued success of New Zealand’s dairy industry. The Dairy Industry Restructuring (Fonterra Capital Restructuring) Amendment Bill will allow the Fonterra co-operative to make changes to its capital structure, as well as ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Minister Whaitiri to attend Food Ministers’ Meeting with Australian counterparts
    Minister for Food Safety Meka Whaitiri will attend the Fourth Australia and New Zealand Food Ministers’ Meeting in Melbourne on Friday. It will be the first time the meeting has been held in person since the Covid-19 pandemic disrupted international travel. “The Food Ministers’ Meeting sets the policy direction for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New Kiwibank parent appoints directors
    David McLean and Sir Brian Roche have been appointed as the first two directors of the newly incorporated Kiwi Group Capital Limited (KCG), the parent company of Kiwibank. In August, the Government acquired 100 percent of Kiwi Group Holdings, which also operates New Zealand Home Loans, from NZ Post, ACC ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Defence Ministers meet in Cambodia
    Minister of Defence Peeni Henare attended the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Defence Ministers’ Meeting-Plus (ADMM-Plus) in Siem Reap, Cambodia. “The first face to face meeting of the ADMM-Plus members is an opportunity for me to highlight New Zealand’s position on key regional security matters,” Peeni Henare said.  “In ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Pay equity extended to thousands more social workers
    The Government will extend pay equity to all community and iwi organisations who employ social workers and receive funding from the Crown, Minister for Women Jan Tinetti announced today. We expect this will improve the lives of approximately 4,600 social workers. “This extension means thousands more social workers will be ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Taskforce set up to protect construction industry from product shortages & delays
    New ‘Critical Materials Taskforce’ will trouble shoot building materials shortages Focus on maximising productivity & cushioning businesses from supply chain risks Successful ‘Plasterboard Taskforce’ reshaped to include broader sector knowledge and expertise Will provide guidance, data and information to support builders, designers and business owners A new Critical Materials Taskforce ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Bigger ED, more theatres and more beds in new Whangārei Hospital
    A new emergency department with three times more space will be part of the first stage of a two-stage project to build a new hospital for Whangārei and Northland. The Government has today confirmed funding for stage one of the new hospital – an acute services building and a child-health ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Finnish PM to visit New Zealand
    Finland’s Prime Minister Sanna Marin, accompanied by Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade Ville Skinnari and a business delegation will visit New Zealand next week, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. The two leaders will meet in Auckland. “New Zealand and Finland are natural partners. We share similar approaches ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New recreational rules to support hāpuku and bass fisheries
    The daily limits on recreationally caught hāpuku (also known as groper) and bass will be lowered to a total of two per person in some areas, with a new accumulation limit of three per person on multi-day trips. Oceans and Fisheries Minister, David Parker said the rule changes would take ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Jobs for Nature enabling Mātāuranga Māori
    Mātāuranga Māori is at the heart of the latest tranche of Jobs for Nature projects set to promote biodiversity and reduce impacts of climate change on Māori land, Minister of Conservation Poto Williams says. Project work will include the creation of an ecological corridor in Tairāwhiti, protecting 60 hectares of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Supporting resilient shipping infrastructure in Vanuatu
    The Government has announced further support to Vanuatu to assist in constructing climate-resilient wharves as part of the Vanuatu Inter-Island Shipping Support Project (VISSP). “Aotearoa New Zealand is committed to supporting the economic recovery of our Pacific region in a way that continues to provide growth and supports climate resilience,” ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government welcomes High Court ruling on climate case
    The High Court has today confirmed the legality of the advice provided by the Climate Change Commission (the Commision) to inform New Zealand’s nationally determined contribution (NDC) and the first three emissions budgets.  Minister of Climate Change James Shaw says New Zealanders can have confidence in the Commission and of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government introduces changes to mining Act with stronger environmental focus
    ·         Crown Minerals Act will no longer actively “promote” prospecting, exploration, and mining of Crown-owned minerals ·         Will create more certainty around engagement between industry, iwi and hapū. The Government is proposing changes to modernise the Crown Minerals Act 1991 (CMA) to support more environmentally conscious management of resources, says ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Speech to Building Nations 2050 conference
    Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa. Good morning and thank you, Jack, for the introduction. I’d like to take a moment to acknowledge Infrastructure New Zealand Chair, Margaret Devlin and all the sponsors and organisers of this event for bringing us together in ‘Building Nations 2050’. I would also like to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Better natural hazard information for home buyers
    Associate Minister of Local Government Kieran McAnulty has today introduced legislation to empower councils to share better information about natural hazards with the public. The Local Government Official Information Amendment (LGOIMA) Bill will make it easier for Councils to share clear and concise information in Land Information Memorandum (LIM) reports. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New Zealand welcomes visiting WTO Director General
    The World Trade Organization (WTO) Director General Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala visits New Zealand this week. Minister for Trade and Export Growth Damien O’Connor said the WTO was essential to New Zealand as a small export-dependent trading nation.  “New Zealand’s economic security depends on our ability to trade. Our goods exports ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Faster, cheaper, better resource management law given first reading
    New laws that will deliver a faster, cheaper, and better resource management system had their first reading in the House today. The Spatial Planning (SP) and the Natural and Built Environment (NBE) Bills, which were introduced last week, will replace the 30-year-old Resource Management Act (RMA). Environment Minister David Parker ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Minister Sio to meet new Vanuatu PM
    Associate Foreign Affairs Minister Aupito William Sio travels to Vanuatu today, to meet with the new Government led by Prime Minister Alatoi Ishmael Kalsakau and to represent Aotearoa New Zealand at the Pacific Community (SPC) Ministerial Conference being hosted in Port Vila. Minister Sio will have a number of bilateral meetings with ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Driving ahead with the Clean Car Standard
    Following discussions with vehicle importers, the Government has confirmed the Clean Car Standard will be phased in from 1 December 2022, significantly reducing the CO2 emissions of light vehicles in New Zealand, announced Transport Minister Michael Wood. “Emissions from our light vehicle fleet are the single largest source of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Speech to Constitutional Kōrero conference
    Our Evolving Sense of Nationhood – Me Anga Whakamua Indigenous Futures and New Zealand’s Constitution Tuia ki runga, Tuia ki raro, Tuia te here tangata, Mai i te wheiao ki te ao mārama Ka rongo te pō ka rongo te āo! Tīhei Mauri Ora! Kei ngā miro o te ao ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Rental sector changes to regulate residential property managers, clear up meth confusion and ease pr...
    A suite of measures to improve the lives of renters and landlords has been announced by Housing Minister Dr Megan Woods as the Government makes more progress on reform of the rental sector. “Nearly 600,000 households rent in New Zealand and these measures will result in regulated oversight of residential ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Further sanctions on the political and economic elites of Russia and Belarus
    Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta today announced further sanctions on members of the inner circles of governments in Russia and Belarus, as part of the ongoing response to the war in Ukraine. “Aotearoa New Zealand first moved against the powerful and wealthy in Russia with sanctions on political and economic ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Another step towards improved supermarket competition
    The Bill to trigger an unprecedented shake-up of the grocery sector and deliver New Zealanders a fairer deal at the checkout and help tackle cost of living pressures is ready for its first reading at Parliament. “The duopoly has now been given plenty of warning. If they fail to adequately ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Black Ferns to be celebrated at Parliament
    A public event and celebration will be held on Parliament’s lawn on December 13 to celebrate our Rugby World Cup winning Black Ferns. “The Black Ferns’ triumph at Eden Park is one of New Zealand’s greatest sporting moments,” Grant Robertson said. “They are extraordinary athletes, exceptional people and proud New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Autism Guideline released by Ministry
    The release of the latest edition of the Aotearoa New Zealand Autism Guideline – He Waka Huia Takiwātanga Rau has been welcomed by Minister for Disability Issues Poto Williams today. The Guideline provides an opportunity to better understand and communicate best practices for supporting autistic people and their families and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Speech to Aotearoa Refugee Hui
    Nga mihi nui ki a koutou, Welcome to the Parliament, your Parliament. It is great to see the community here in such numbers, and I am happy to be here with my parliamentary colleagues to listen and take part in the discussions today. I particularly want to acknowledge Ibrahim Omer ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Global climate talks underline need for domestic action
    Minister of Climate Change James Shaw marked the end of COP27 negotiations in Egypt by saying it was now crunch time for counties to step up and take urgent action at home. “Even though we have these international negotiations every year, our focus must always be on what we do ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Defence Minister visits Ukraine and Poland
    Defence Minister Peeni Henare has visited Ukraine and Poland, holding talks with his Ministerial counterparts. During the talks Minister Henare reaffirmed New Zealand’s unwavering support for the Ukrainian defence against Russia’s illegal and unprovoked invasion.   The visit  was a further demonstration of New Zealand’s ongoing support to the people ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Stuart Nash to attend OECD meetings
    Small Business Minister Stuart Nash will travel to Paris today to attend small business meetings with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Stuart Nash will chair the OECD’s Digital for SMEs (D4SME) Steering Group meeting and the 4th Roundtable of the OECD D4SME Global Initiative. “The OECD’s Digital ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Human Rights Act enhanced to protect religious communities
    The Government will amend the law to make sure religious communities feel safe and welcome in New Zealand. After extensive consultation, with more than 19,000 submissions on six proposals, the Government will make one change to address incitement towards religious communities while asking for further work to be done alongside ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago