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Minister for Oversea Holidays

Written By: - Date published: 1:49 pm, December 23rd, 2012 - 53 comments
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Getting away this summer? Or having a ‘staycation’ and selling your leave to make ends meet? Are you “jealous” that Key’s off to Maui for 3 weeks, again? Or are you just a bit pissed off to learn that our Minister of Tourism has so far spent over 100 days overseas on holiday since becoming PM, while the average Kiwi’s had just 27 days abroad and tourism here is in crisis?

Yup. Go back and add up the trips to Hawaii and Europe and Maine (when Key just happened to be overseas as the GCSB/Dotcom illegality started to emerge). You get 102 days overseas on holiday (plus 200 for ‘work’, not that there’s a lot to show for it) in the last four years. Not counting this holiday just started.

Stats NZ says the average Kiwi has had 27 days overseas on holiday in the same period.

OK, so dude’s rich and he can’t wait to get out of New Zealand. Of course, no-one should point out that Key takes a lot of expensive holidays and refuses to back our own tourism industry. That would just be ‘jealousy’.

Or is it?

Ask the 7,000 tourism workers who have lost their jobs under Key. What do they think of a Minister of Tourism who chooses to holiday abroad while our country’s tourism revenue is down 20% under his watch?

Are they just jealous of Mr Maui? Or would they like a Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism who put his money where his mouth is and supports his own country? Are they asking too much?

53 comments on “Minister for Oversea Holidays ”

  1. irascible 1

    I alwaysthought that KeY was a resident of Hawaii and took extended holidays in New Zealandto play at being a “responsible’ contributing citizen and Prime Minister”.

    • David Viperious H 1.1

      Yeah makes you wonder when he is going to dump his NZ citizenship, and get an American one, so he can try at becoming president of the world.
      And if he loses the next election you could almost lay money that he would be on the first plane out of town, back to Hawaii. Where he can plot his revenge on NZ for kicking him out. So if he loses I would expect a lot of attacks on our currency, using the knowledge he has collected in his time as PM. It’s the ultimate in Insider Trading.

    • Dr Terry 1.2

      He comes here occasionally to pay his son’s exclusive school fees (no charter school, thanks!), to keep up his end with the golfing fraternity, to enjoy company with his very rich mates, to ensure the destruction of our education system, to hurt children and youth as far as is conceivably possible, to pass smart-arsed quips following any intelligent remark from opposition, to meditate every night on his beloved Hawaiian mansion and beaches (that is where tourists should go!), and, oh dear, need I go on? Happy Christmas commoners!

  2. Populuxe1 2

    Maybe he just simply really likes Hawaii. I understand it’s a beautiful place.
    Aren’t there enough genuine things to criticise the National government for without lame, spiteful bullshit like this? How many overseas holidays did Helen Clark take, for god’s sake? Nobody, politicians included, needs your permission about when and where to go on holiday!

    • Colonial Weka 2.1

      I’m interested to know too how the 102 days compare to other NZ PMs.

      • Akldnut 2.1.1

        I too am interested, I can remember seeing many articles in the western leader of Clark walking the trails of the Waitakeres. Haven’t seen a picture or article of Key on a cycleway yet, and if there was one I doubt there would be many!

      • Fortran 2.1.2

        And Teachers ?

    • RedLogix 2.2

      Nobody, politicians included, needs your permission about when and where to go on holiday!

      John Key is not just any private person. He is both the Prime Minister and the Minister for Tourism.
      While he certainly does not need our permission about when and how he takes his holidays; his choices nonetheless can be reflected on.

      We don’t need your permission for that … do we?

      • Populuxe1 2.2.1

        Actually John Key is a private person when not acting as PM, and all his holiday choice reflects is that he likes Hawai’i. What your comments reflect is the kind of petty bellyaching that turned voters off Labour and put this schmuck in power in the first place.

        • quartz 2.2.1.1

          He likes Hawaii? I like New Zealand. I would have thought that liking a nation more than anywhere else was a fucking prerequisite for leading it. Maybe he should resign and run for governor of Hawaii instead.

          • Populuxe1 2.2.1.1.1

            That is the stupidest fucking thing I’ve heard in a long time. I love many European countries without it remotely affecting my patriotism, and by the same token Hitler, an Austrian, was passionate in his love with Germany. Fuck, by your logic we should make Kyle Chapman PM.

            IrishBill: Did you just godwin your own argument?

        • karol 2.2.1.2

          petty bellyaching that turned voters off Labour and put this schmuck in power in the first place.

          You mean like that bellyaching that used to go on about Helengrad and lightbulbs?

          Not only is Key minister of NZ tourism, but he also seems more fixated on sucking up the powerful US corporates and politicians. He rolled over for Warners changing the law for them. And he has been involved in the whole shift from 100% pure branding to 100% Middle-earth – turning over the promotion to US companies, targeting US tourists. Instead it’d be more sensible to target tourists in the Asia-Pacific area.

          Hawaii? key sure seems fixated on the US rather than looking out for all Kiwis.

          • Populuxe1 2.2.1.2.1

            I don’t particularly like the smug prick, but you hopefully could do better than that. And as the bellyaching about Helengrad and lightbulbs was largely coming from disaffected members of the Labour party, I fail to see how that does anything to disprove the culture of moaning and backstabbing that has come to dominate Labour (Hello! Shearer vs Cunliffe)

            • IrishBill 2.2.1.2.1.1

              And as the bellyaching about Helengrad and lightbulbs was largely coming from disaffected members of the Labour party

              I’m calling bullshit on this. Put up or shut up.

        • Crimson Nile 2.2.1.3

          I thought you were against censorship. But now you want to censor “bellyaching”? I’m sure Key can stand the criticism. Because he deserves it.

          • Populuxe1 2.2.1.3.1

            Freedom of speech doesn’t usually apply to baseless hate speech

            • Crimson Nile 2.2.1.3.1.1

              Attacking Prime Minister Key is now considered “baseless hate speech”? You whining sycophant.

              • Populuxe1

                Given that I really really don’t like the National party, you clearly don’t know what sycophant means

    • Dr Terry 2.3

      Since when has he asked our permission? Sure, I liked visiting Hawaii too, several times. But if my country had faced an unexpected disaster, I hardly think I would have been missed! On second thoughts, would Key be missed anyway? And by the way, yes I do agree, there are more than enough “genuine things” to criticise the National government for. You bet! I think you have got it! (And never mind Helen Clark – who is counting? Even so, two wrongs do not make a right).

  3. Zetetic 3

    Doesn’t need my permission. Not exempt from my criticism either.

    A education minister who only sent their kids to private schools or a health minister who refused to use the public system would face same.

    Don’t you think the minister of tourism should support our tourism industry? Especially when it has been decimated (decimated twice over, technically) under his watch?

    Or is it wrong and rude to hold a minister to account? Of course it is, quite right. Nothing to see here.

    • Populuxe1 3.1

      In a system such as ours where there exist private and public options and one has the resources to be able to choose, that choice is their right. One might easily argue that Key has done a lot for the tourism industry, albeit questionably, through his media appearances in the US and his approach to the Hobbit movies. I think this is entirely focusing on the wrong thing – everybody in this country should have their private lives respected where it doesn’t conflict with the public interest, and Key’s holidays are nothing to do with the public interest.

      • Colonial Weka 3.1.1

        They are if he takes too many of them. But I think the point is more that his govt has been abysmal for NZ, and he shouldn’t be living the high life while that happens. It is an indication he doesn’t give a shit.

        Privacy? try running that line past any beneficiary who needs to speak out and is now afraid to because of Key’s support of Bennett.

        • Populuxe1 3.1.1.1

          No one is arguing that Paula Benefit, rabid manatee in leopard print, is an evil bitch. I fail to see why that is an excuse to descend to her level when instead we should be pushing to get rid of her and make ironclad the privacy rights of beneficiaries.

          • Colonial Weka 3.1.1.1.1

            Your arguing that Key has a right to his privacy when he misuses his power against the privacy rights of vulnerable people. Given that he is the PM, that doesn’t wash.

            Another way of saying this is that yes, in the normal course of things I think MPs and the PM have the right to some privacy, but Key’s actions have demolished that particular social contract.

            • Populuxe1 3.1.1.1.1.1

              You may have a point there, but I still find it ugly and petty regardless of who does it, and I say exactly the same things to the other side as well, so don’t feel too special.

      • Dr Terry 3.1.2

        Oh, Key’s holidays might very well have to do with the public interest!! May I suggest you refrain from joining the all too regular selfish screaming for “rights”. In the end, public servants have no “rights”, only duties. How can you mention the Hobbit movies (and all the photo op’s) without blushing for shame? Never mind, Merry Christmas anyway!

  4. Raymond a Francis 4

    Fair enough, all true but just for balance would you care to do a similar post on Helen Clark’s holidays
    Just a reminder, she was both out of the country and un-contactible when there was a major disaster (tsunami, earthquake) and thanks to her management style nothing could be done to she came out of the mountains

    • bad12 4.1

      Helen Clark is no longer the Prime Minister, Slippery the little Shyster now fills that role, i am sure that there was adequate comment over the bloggesphere about where the previous Prime Minister chose to take Her holidays at the time she was the Prime Minister,

      If you are looking for a barrage of continual criticism of the past the Blubber-Boy blog is the place to find it…

    • Zetetic 4.2

      you’re welcome to do the research on Clark and send in a guest post. Also, include the change in tourism revenue during the period for which she was tourism minister.

    • QoTViper 4.3

      tsunami, earthquake

      Yes, those things are so comparable to a political issue relating to the abuse of police authority and possible misconduct by the agency the PM is in charge of. Gosh you’re clever.

    • Dr Terry 4.4

      And Key will descend from his Planet? Speaking in this way about Clark is a purely diversionary tactic. Happy Christmas, regardless!

  5. bad12 5

    Slippery can’t afford to take His holidays in New Zealand, should He be viewed by the public for anything more than the carefully choreographed smile’n’wave walk through a factory or shopping-mall, or, the latter incarnation where He is viewed through the lens of a TV camera behaving as a complete and utter ‘tool’ in a radio broadcast the public would see the other side of such a false smile’n’wave persona,

    Scratch the surface of our Slippery Prime Minister tho and the revelation of the ‘fun bloke’ is not forthcoming, His behavior at such a point can only be described as ‘a hissy fit’ produced from the mind of a simpering condescending b**ch,

    In terms of ‘the message’ He as the Prime Minister sends to the average Kiwi struggling to keep it together in tough times His scarpering off to His bolt-hole in Hawaii is a kick in the teeth, my Christmas wish of course is for Him to stay there…

  6. It would be appalling to suggest that Mr Key is promoting an export-crippling high dollar to make his holidays in Hawaii cheaper, wouldn’t it? Only a cynical Leftie fed up with broken promises could think that, surely. Where is the Christmas Spirit, I ask?

    • felixviper 6.1

      Yes, that would be appalling. I also hope no-one is going to stoop so low as to suggest that Key has never stopped speculating in the currency markets and has taken certain positions which yield him a better return the longer our dollar stays high.

    • Dr Terry 6.2

      RW – I am finding it hard to detect your “Christmas Spirit” just now. Tell me, who is being cynical here?? Hope you enjoy your Christmas anyway – try to forget your denigrated “lefties” (who just might happen to be your fellow human beings).

  7. Toosense 7

    I have no objection to the prime servant going to holiday in Hawaii.
    But I do object to the bastard coming back…

  8. Shorts 8

    The average kiwi has 27 days abroad over this period? Seems a high number

    I guess like many I dream of being average…. Now to pay rent, defer bills and get into the festive spirit

    Happy holidays glorious leader

  9. infused 9

    Oh he mad.

  10. vto 10

    Key is hopeless as a Tourism Minister. And while he is surely entitled to a certain level of privacy, that has been pretty well completely stripped away by his and his Ministers appalling abuse of power with respect to individuals privacy. They can go jump.

    Taking holidays out of NZ is most definitely not a good look and we are perfectly entitled to comment on his non-PM activities. Key himself plays up his non-PM activities and uses them for political advantage all the time so people who think those things are out of range need to ask Key why he brings all of that within range.

  11. unpcnzcougar 11

    We are fortunate enough to holiday in Maui once a year and a second holiday somewhere else. When Americans find out where you are from the first comment is inevitably about LOTR.

    We both work incredibly hard and the reason we go overseas (especially USA) is to get inspired by the positivity that abounds outside of NZ and having new experiences and meeting new people gives us the juice to come back here to the slog of 60-80 hours a week.

    John Key is on holiday with his family. I doubt he spends too much time with them when he’s on the job. All MP’s are entitled to holiday with their families wherever they choose, and I am sure with his family and other MP’s it’s about having some privacy over the Christmas period.

    There are surely much better things to attack him over. This seems to me to be envy over someone who has money to holiday overseas.

    • felixviper 11.1

      I don’t care where he has a holiday in and of itself.

      But that’s not the complaint. The complaint is that Key is fucking our country up. He’s sacked thousands of public sector workers and stood idly by while tens of thousands more have been laid off in the private sector.

      He’s attacked labour laws and workers’ rights so even if you can find another job you can be fired at any time for no reason whatsoever, thereby destroying job security and the ability to plan ahead for many many thousands more.

      He has raised taxes via GST, levies, duties and fees which disproportionately burden the poor.

      He’s pushed wages down in real terms, which is probably the only promise he has kept in the last five years.

      And while all this is going on at the hands of John Key, what is he doing? Spending 100 days in the lap of luxury in Hawaii while more and more of out citizens sffer more and more hardship every day.

      That’s what’s offensive about it

    • Crimson Nile 11.2

      Let me ask, why don’t you give up half your arduous workload so that some other people can have some employment?
      You say that there is more positivity in the USA compared to NZ. But I suspect you do not hang out with the nearly 50M Americans relying on food stamps to survive, in the richest country in the world. Do you?

      • infused 11.2.1

        It’s hardly the richest.

        • felixviper 11.2.1.1

          Relative to our population we’re very rich in terms of resources and productive ability.

          Unfortunately we allow much of that wealth to be extracted in profits to overseas owners of capital, and allow the wealth that does remain here to be concentrated into a very small – and shrinking – number of pockets.

      • unpcnzcougar 11.2.2

        We have created a business Crimson. It now employs 20 kiwis. Everything we own is at stake. We work arduous hours to create new product so we can be successful and employ more people. Every dollar earned goes back into R&D – there are no tax breaks, just lots of balls!

        I have met many poor people in my travels and I am always struck by those in the most dire straights having the most optimism. I know a little about being poor having grown up in a state house in Lange’s electorate. However, applying “stinkin thinkin” never got me anywhere.

        Bless you.

        • Crimson Nile 11.2.2.1

          You should be arguing for cheaper small business loans, R&D assistance, reduced taxes on new enterprises and easier access to venture capital. Instead of defending a PM who doesn’t care about the 99%.

    • Dr Terry 11.3

      Well, he did manage to visit America to watch his son play minor baseball, at a critical time for his country. Somehow, I think he finds as much time as anybody else for his family (which is too little for most of us).

  12. SHG (not Colonial Viper) 12

    Hmm, on whose watch was production of “The Hobbit” retained? On whose watch did Warner Bros agree to include on the DVD of “The Hobbit” a tourism feature about New Zealand?

    But I’m sure those things won’t be responsible for any tourist revenue.

    • Dr Terry 12.1

      How about filling in all the missing details concerning The Hobbit”? Maybe there is a bit of tourist revenue – but what compares with changing this country’s law to suit American Warner Bro’s?
      Hmmm, happy Christmas to you too.

  13. gnomic 13

    This ‘overseas holiday’ of which you speak – what is it? Indeed what is a holiday even aside from a few stat hols which many workers don’t get to enjoy, on the actual day at any rate? Perhaps some official stats on the number of days the everidge Kiwi has spent abroad in recent times to back this up? Excluding the medical professionals, lawyers, accountants, company directors, politicians, media personalities, and so forth? Just how widespread are those winter spells in Fiji, Vanuatu, or Norfolk Island? Or Hooton holidays in Canada getting the kids taught skiing skimmed off fatuous emissions trading schemes made to be scammed.

  14. burt 14

    Remember the good old days when asking if Helen Clark was going skiing in Europe this Xmas break got you banned ! Oh how things change in the game of musical chairs that passes for politics in NZ.

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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Dawn Chorus: Classic middle class welfare to win 'Ford Ranger Man'
    In other countries, the target-rich cohorts of swinging voters are given labels such as Mondeo Man’, ‘White Van Man,’ ‘Soccer Moms’ and ‘Little Aussie Battlers.’ Here, the easiest shorthand is ‘Ford Ranger Man’as seen here parked outside a Herne Bay restaurant, inbetween two SUVs. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Government confirms a light rail rethink possible
    Transport Minister and now also Minister for Auckland, Michael Wood has confirmed that the light rail project is part of the government’s policy refocus. Wood said the light rail project was under review as part of a ministerial refocus on key Government projects. “We are undertaking a stocktake about how ...
    4 days ago
  • Why Nicola Willis is door-knocking in Johnsonville
    Sometime before the new Prime Minister Chris Hipkins announced that this year would be about “bread and butter issues”, National’s finance spokesperson Nicola Willis decided to move from Wellington Central and stand for Ohariu, which spreads across north Wellington from the central city to Johnsonville and Tawa. It’s an ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    4 days ago
  • “With great power comes great responsibility”: we’ve all heard that, but stepping up to it is ...
    They say a week is a long time in politics. For Mayor Wayne Brown, turns out 24 hours was long enough for many of us to see, quite obviously, “something isn’t right here…”. That in fact, a lot was going wrong. Very wrong indeed. Mainly because it turns ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    4 days ago
  • The escalator rises again
    One of the most effective, and successful, graphics developed by Skeptical Science is the escalator.  The escalator shows how global surface temperature anomalies vary with time, and illustrates how "contrarians" tend to cherry-pick short time intervals so as to argue that there has been no recent warming, while "realists" recognise ...
    4 days ago
  • Dusk Chorus: ‘Bread and butter’ chosen over cutting emissions
    Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTLDR: Here’s a quick roundup of the news today for paying subscribers on a slightly frantic, very wet, and then very warm day. In Aotearoa’s political economy today Read more ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Dusk Chorus: ‘Bread and butter’ chosen over cutting emissions
    Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTLDR: Here’s a quick roundup of the news today for paying subscribers on a slightly frantic, very wet, and then very warm day. In Aotearoa’s political economy today Read more ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • We never get to feel one thing at a time, us grownups
    Tomorrow we have a funeral, and thank you all of you for your very kind words and thoughts — flowers, even.Our friend Michèle messaged: we never get to feel one thing at a time, us grownups, and oh boy is that ever the truth. Tomorrow we have the funeral, and ...
    More than a fieldingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • Garrick Tremain’s view…
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    4 days ago
  • Isn't this the rainy day we're supposed to be saving up for?
    Lynn and I have just returned from a news conference where Hipkins, fresh from visiting a relief centre in Mangere, was repeatedly challenged to justify the extension of subsidies to create more climate emissions when the effects of climate change had just proved so disastrous. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Isn't this the rainy day we're supposed to be saving up for?
    Lynn and I have just returned from a news conference where Hipkins, fresh from visiting a relief centre in Mangere, was repeatedly challenged to justify the extension of subsidies to create more climate emissions when the effects of climate change had just proved so disastrous. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Much excitement as Hipkins gets down to business – but can he defeat inflation with his devotion t...
    A  new Prime Minister, a revitalised Cabinet, and possibly  revised priorities – but is the political and, importantly, economic landscape  much different? Certainly  some within the news  media  were excited by the changes which Chris Hipkins announced yesterday or – before the announcement – by the prospect of changes in ...
    Point of OrderBy tutere44
    4 days ago
  • E-bike incentives work
    Currently the government's strategy for reducing transport emissions hinges on boosting vehicle fuel-efficiency, via the clean car standard and clean car discount, and some improvements to public transport. The former has been hugely successful, and has clearly set us on the right path, but its also not enough, and will ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Hipkins’ need to strengthen focus on “bread and butter” issues suggests the Ardern team was lo...
    Buzz from the Beehive Before he announced his Cabinet yesterday, Prime Minister Chris Hipkins announced he would be flying to Australia next week to meet that country’s Prime Minister. And before Kieran McAnulty had time to say “Three Waters” after his promotion to the Local Government portfolio, he was dishing ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    4 days ago
  • 24,000 employed under Labour
    The quarterly labour market statistics were released this morning, showing that unemployment has risen slightly to 3.4%. There are now 99,000 people unemployed - 24,000 fewer than when Labour took office. So, I guess the Reserve Bank's plan to throw people out of work to stop wage rises "inflation", and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • February Stars.
    Another night of heavy rain, flooding, damage to homes, and people worried about where the hell all this water is going to go as we enter day twenty two of rain this year.Honestly if the government can’t sell Three Waters on the back of what has happened with storm water ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Bryce Edwards’ Political Roundup:  Hipkins’ bread and butter reshuffle
    * Dr Bryce Edwards writes – Prime Minister Chris Hipkins continues to be the new broom in Government, re-setting his Government away from its problem areas in his Cabinet reshuffle yesterday, and trying to convince voters that Labour is focused on “bread and butter” issues. The ministers responsible for unpopular ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    4 days ago
  • Bryce Edwards: Hipkins’ bread and butter reshuffle
    Prime Minister Chris Hipkins continues to be the new broom in Government, re-setting his Government away from its problem areas in his Cabinet reshuffle yesterday, and trying to convince voters that Labour is focused on “bread and butter” issues. The ministers responsible for unpopular reforms in water and DHB centralisation ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    5 days ago
  • The Neverending Curse of MLMs
    Hi,It’s weird to me that in 2023 we still have people falling for multi-level marketing schemes (MLMs for short). There are Netflix documentaries about them, countless articles, and last year we did an Armchaired and Dangerous episode on them.Then you check a ticketing website like EventBrite and see this shit ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    5 days ago
  • Dusk Chorus: Mahuta and Little demoted
    Nanaia Mahuta fell the furthest in the Cabinet reshuffle. Photo: Lynn Grieveson/Getty ImagesTLDR: PM Chris Hipkins unveiled a Cabinet this afternoon he hopes will show wavering voters that a refreshed Labour Government is focused on ‘bread and butter cost of living’ issues, rather than the unpopular, unwieldy and massively centralising ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Dusk Chorus: Mahuta and Little demoted
    Nanaia Mahuta fell the furthest in the Cabinet reshuffle. Photo: Lynn Grieveson/Getty ImagesTLDR: PM Chris Hipkins unveiled a Cabinet this afternoon he hopes will show wavering voters that a refreshed Labour Government is focused on ‘bread and butter cost of living’ issues, rather than the unpopular, unwieldy and massively centralising ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • We just need the Wayne to stop
    Shortly, the absolute state of Wayne Brown. But before that, something I wrote four years ago for the council’s own media machine. It was a day-in-the-life profile of their many and varied and quite possibly unnoticed vital services. We went all over Auckland in 48 hours for the story, the ...
    More than a fieldingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • 2023 More Reading: January (+ Old Phuul Update)
    Completed reads for January Lilith, by George MacDonald The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (poem), by Samuel Taylor Coleridge Christabel (poem), by Samuel Taylor Coleridge The Saga of Ragnar Lodbrok, by Anonymous The Lay of Kraka (poem), by Anonymous 1066 and All That, by W.C. Sellar and R.J. ...
    5 days ago
  • Is Britain doomed (again)?
    Pity the poor Brits.  They just can’t catch a break. After years of reporting of lying Boris Johnson, a change to a less colourful PM in Rishi Sunak has resulted in a smooth media pivot to an end-of-empire narrative.  The New York Times, no less, amplifies suggestions that Blighty ...
    Point of OrderBy xtrdnry
    5 days ago
  • After The Deluge.
    On that day all the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened. And rain fell on the earth.Genesis 6:11-12THE TORRENTIAL DOWNPOURS that dumped a record-breaking amount of rain on Auckland this anniversary weekend will reoccur with ever-increasing frequency. The planet’s atmosphere is ...
    5 days ago
  • Minister of Education (who might be replaced later today) left it to his ministry to apologise for i...
    Buzz from the Beehive There has been plenty to keep the relevant Ministers busy in flood-stricken Auckland over the past day or two. But New Zealand, last time we looked, extends north of Auckland into Northland and south of the Bombay Hills all the way to the bottom of the ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    5 days ago
  • The other ‘big one’: How a megaflood could swamp California’s Central Valley
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Jeff Masters When early settlers came to the confluence of the Sacramento and American Rivers before the California Gold Rush, Indigenous people warned them that the Sacramento Valley could become an inland sea when great winter rains came. The storytellers described water filling the ...
    5 days ago
  • Tuesday's pick o' the links: Wayne Brown's WTF moment
    Wayne Brown managed a smile when meeting with Remuera residents, but he was grumpy about having to deal with “media drongos”. Photo: Lynn Grieveson/Getty ImagesTLDR: In my pick of the news links found in my rounds since 4am for paying subscribers below the paywall:Wayne Brown moans about the media and ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Tuesday's pick o' the links: Wayne Brown's WTF moment
    Wayne Brown managed a smile when meeting with Remuera residents, but he was grumpy about having to deal with “media drongos”. Photo: Lynn Grieveson/Getty ImagesTLDR: In my pick of the news links found in my rounds since 4am for paying subscribers below the paywall:Wayne Brown moans about the media and ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Bryce Edwards’ Political Roundup: The gamechanger PM and polls
    Dr Bryce Edwards writes –  Last night’s opinion polls answered the big question of whether a switch of prime minister would really be a gamechanger for election year. The 1News and Newshub polls released at 6pm gave the same response: the shift from Jacinda Ardern to Chris Hipkins ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    6 days ago
  • Dawn Chorus: Why 2023 will be a year of indecision & delay
    Hipkins’ aim this year will be to present a ‘low target’ for those seeking to attack Labour’s policies and spending. Photo: Lynn Grieveson/Getty ImagesTLDR: Anyone dealing with Government departments and councils who wants some sort of big or long-term decision out of officials or politicians this year should brace for ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Dawn Chorus: Why 2023 will be a year of indecision & delay
    Hipkins’ aim this year will be to present a ‘low target’ for those seeking to attack Labour’s policies and spending. Photo: Lynn Grieveson/Getty ImagesTLDR: Anyone dealing with Government departments and councils who wants some sort of big or long-term decision out of officials or politicians this year should brace for ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Bryce Edwards: The Gamechanger PM and polls
    Last night’s opinion polls answered the big question of whether a switch of prime minister would really be a gamechanger for election year. The 1News and Newshub polls released at 6pm gave the same response: the shift from Jacinda Ardern to Chris Hipkins has changed everything, and Labour is back ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    6 days ago
  • After the deluge – initial thoughts on the Auckland floods
    Over the last few years, it’s seemed like city after city around the world has become subject to extreme flooding events that have been made worse by impacts from climate change. We’ve highlighted many of them in our Weekly Roundup series. Sadly, over the last few days it’s been Auckland’s ...
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  • Ever Get the Feeling You've Been Cheated?
    And so the first month of the year draws to a close. It rained in Auckland on 21 out of the 31 days in January. Feels like summer never really happened this year. It’s actually hard to believe there were 10 days that it didn’t rain. Was it any better where ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Ani O’Brien: Luxon can’t afford to continue ‘small target’ politics
    A ‘small target’ strategy is not going to cut it anymore if National want to win the upcoming election. The game has changed and the game plan needs to change as well. Jacinda Ardern’s abrupt departure from the 9th floor has the potential to derail what looked to be an ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    6 days ago
  • Shaking up science
    When Grant Robertson talks about how the economy might change post-covid, one of the things he talks about is what he calls an unsung but interesting white paper on science. “It’s really important,” he says. The Minister in charge of the White Paper —  Te Ara Paerangi, Future Pathways ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • Dusk Chorus: Auckland schools closed til Feb 7
    The clean up has begun but more rain is on the way. Photo: Lynn Grieveson/Getty ImagesTLDR: Auckland’s floods over the last three days are turning into a macroeconomic event, with losses from Aotearoa’s biggest-ever climate event estimated at around $500 million and Auckland’s schools all closed for a week until ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Dusk Chorus: Auckland schools closed til Feb 7
    The clean up has begun but more rain is on the way. Photo: Lynn Grieveson/Getty ImagesTLDR: Auckland’s floods over the last three days are turning into a macroeconomic event, with losses from Aotearoa’s biggest-ever climate event estimated at around $500 million and Auckland’s schools all closed for a week until ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • How we get a new Prime Minister – it’s a simple matter of vice-regal appointment without a swear...
    The news media were at one ceremony by the looks of things. The Governor-General, the  Prime Minister and his deputy were at another. The news  media were at a swearing-in ceremony. The country’s leaders were at an appointment ceremony. The New Zealand Gazette record of what transpired says: Appointment of ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    6 days ago

  • Advancing our relationship in India
    Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta departs for India tomorrow as she continues to reconnect Aotearoa New Zealand to the world.  The visit will begin in New Delhi where the Foreign Minister will meet with the Vice President Hon Jagdeep Dhankar and her Indian Government counterparts, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • Government Northland housing investment to spark transformational change
    Over $10 million infrastructure funding to unlock housing in Whangārei The purchase of a 3.279 hectare site in Kerikeri to enable 56 new homes Northland becomes eligible for $100 million scheme for affordable rentals Multiple Northland communities will benefit from multiple Government housing investments, delivering thousands of new homes for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Battle of Ohaeawai remembered
    A memorial event at a key battle site in the New Zealand land wars is an important event to mark the progress in relations between Māori and the Crown as we head towards Waitangi Day, Minister for Te Arawhiti Kelvin Davis said. The Battle of Ohaeawai in June 1845 saw ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • More Police deployed to the frontline
    More Police officers are being deployed to the frontline with the graduation of 54 new constables from the Royal New Zealand Police College today. The graduation ceremony for Recruit Wing 362 at Te Rauparaha Arena in Porirua was the first official event for Stuart Nash since his reappointment as Police ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Further support for upper North Island regions hit by significant weather
    The Government is unlocking an additional $700,000 in support for regions that have been badly hit by the recent flooding and storm damage in the upper North Island. “We’re supporting the response and recovery of Auckland, Waikato, Coromandel, Northland, and Bay of Plenty regions, through activating Enhanced Taskforce Green to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • The Princess Royal to visit New Zealand
    Prime Minister Chris Hipkins has welcomed the announcement that Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, Princess Anne, will visit New Zealand this month. “Princess Anne is travelling to Aotearoa at the request of the NZ Army’s Royal New Zealand Corps of Signals, of which she is Colonel in Chief, to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government and horticulture sector target $12b in exports by 2035
    A new Government and industry strategy launched today has its sights on growing the value of New Zealand’s horticultural production to $12 billion by 2035, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor said. “Our food and fibre exports are vital to New Zealand’s economic security. We’re focussed on long-term strategies that build on ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Cost of living support extended for families and businesses
    25 cents per litre petrol excise duty cut extended to 30 June 2023 – reducing an average 60 litre tank of petrol by $17.25 Road User Charge discount will be re-introduced and continue through until 30 June Half price public transport fares extended to the end of June 2023 saving ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • More Kiwis in work as rising wages match inflation
    The strong economy has attracted more people into the workforce, with a record number of New Zealanders in paid work and wages rising to help with cost of living pressures. “The Government’s economic plan is delivering on more better-paid jobs, growing wages and creating more opportunities for more New Zealanders,” ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government boosts fund for Auckland flooding
    The Government is providing a further $1 million to the Mayoral Relief Fund to help communities in Auckland following flooding, Minister for Emergency Management Kieran McAnulty announced today. “Cabinet today agreed that, given the severity of the event, a further $1 million contribution be made. Cabinet wishes to be proactive ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New Cabinet focused on bread and butter issues
    The new Cabinet will be focused on core bread and butter issues like the cost of living, education, health, housing and keeping communities and businesses safe, Prime Minister Chris Hipkins has announced. “We need a greater focus on what’s in front of New Zealanders right now. The new Cabinet line ...
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    5 days ago
  • Prime Minister to meet with PM Albanese
    Prime Minister Chris Hipkins will travel to Canberra next week for an in person meeting with Australian Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese. “The trans-Tasman relationship is New Zealand’s closest and most important, and it was crucial to me that my first overseas trip as Prime Minister was to Australia,” Chris Hipkins ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government makes first payment to Auckland Flooding fund
    The Government is providing establishment funding of $100,000 to the Mayoral Relief Fund to help communities in Auckland following flooding, Minister for Emergency Management Kieran McAnulty announced. “We moved quickly to make available this funding to support Aucklanders while the full extent of the damage is being assessed,” Kieran McAnulty ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government steps up to assist Auckland during flooding
    As the Mayor of Auckland has announced a state of emergency, the Government, through NEMA, is able to step up support for those affected by flooding in Auckland. “I’d urge people to follow the advice of authorities and check Auckland Emergency Management for the latest information. As always, the Government ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Poroporoaki: Titewhai Te Huia Hinewhare Harawira
    Ka papā te whatitiri, Hikohiko ana te uira, wāhi rua mai ana rā runga mai o Huruiki maunga Kua hinga te māreikura o te Nota, a Titewhai Harawira Nā reira, e te kahurangi, takoto, e moe Ka mōwai koa a Whakapara, kua uhia te Tai Tokerau e te kapua pōuri ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Enhanced Task Force Green Approved following Cyclone Hale
    Carmel Sepuloni, Minister for Social Development and Employment, has activated Enhanced Taskforce Green (ETFG) in response to flooding and damaged caused by Cyclone Hale in the Tairāwhiti region. Up to $500,000 will be made available to employ job seekers to support the clean-up. We are still investigating whether other parts ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • General Election to be held on 14 October 2023
    The 2023 General Election will be held on Saturday 14 October 2023, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. “Announcing the election date early in the year provides New Zealanders with certainty and has become the practice of this Government and the previous one, and I believe is best practice,” Jacinda ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announces resignation
    Jacinda Ardern has announced she will step down as Prime Minister and Leader of the Labour Party. Her resignation will take effect on the appointment of a new Prime Minister. A caucus vote to elect a new Party Leader will occur in 3 days’ time on Sunday the 22nd of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago