web analytics

Mixed polls

Written By: - Date published: 9:44 am, November 9th, 2011 - 72 comments
Categories: polls - Tags: ,

As usual the polls are sending us mixed messages.

The Fairfax Research International poll looks disastrous for Labour on 25.9%, while National is in a strong position on 52.5%.

I’m going to do something I believe that I’ve never done before (check my record!) and call that poll a rogue. Research International is a new poll, with no history in previous elections to judge them by. Like the Horizon polls (which currently puts National on 35.7% and Labour up 4.1% to 30.4%) the results of this poll are so far out of line with others that I don’t believe them.

In contrast a Herald poll today puts National on 43%, Labour on 31% and the Greens on 14%.  That’s more like it!  This “Mood of the Nation” poll canvassed  522 voters on the streets throughout the country. It is probably less “scientific” than the mainstream polls in terms of weighted demographics, but on the other hand it doesn’t have their systematic bias towards landline owners.  I also hear rumours (of the unofficial variety) that Labour’s internal polling is showing a move towards Labour, not away.

So make of that if you will!  But in the mean time don’t get too excited about the unconfirmed Research International poll.  Laugh at me if I turn out to be wrong, but I’m calling it rogue.

72 comments on “Mixed polls”

  1. ak 1

    Cripes! Watch this poll get buried at the speed of light….stomach-churning news for the Nacthorrhoids.

  2. gingercrush 2

    Didn’t Labour’s own internal polling show Labour ahead prior to the 2008 election? I’m not sure their polling counts for much.

    I don’t see much change in the polls and that can only be a good thing for National. 2011 will be a low turnout. Its a given. Can it be as low as 2002? Quite possibly if not probable. A low turnout will hurt Labour and the Greens more than it will hurt National. I’m still convinced National will be at or around 50%. I’m calling 50.5%. I do think the polls are overestimating the Greens and thus I’m predicting 8-9% for them. Labour will fall under 30%. Also the enrolment of 18-24 year olds is terrible.

    The electoral commission needs to come up with a new way of enrolling people because the system at the moment is broken meaning too many people of any age are not enrolled to vote.

    • Didn’t Labour’s own internal polling show Labour ahead prior to the 2008 election?
       
      Nah gc.  Do you have any proof?

        • mickysavage 2.1.1.1

          It said the Labour-Green vote was ahead of National-ACT not Labour ahead of National.

        • lprent 2.1.1.2

          Gimme me a sec and I will plug in the table.

          Official results from http://elections.org.nz

          Total Votes Counted:
          2,356,536*
          Party

          Party
          Votes

          %
          Votes

          Electorate
          Seats

          List
          Seats

          Total
          Seats

          National Party
          1,053,398
          44.93
          41
          17
          58
          Labour Party
          796,880
          33.99
          21
          22
          43
          Green Party
          157,613
          6.72
          0
          9
          9

          ACT New Zealand

          85,496
          3.65
          1
          4
          5
          Māori Party
          55,980
          2.39
          5
          0
          5
          Jim Anderton’s Progressive
          21,241
          0.91
          1
          0
          1
          United Future
          20,497
          0.87
          1
          0
          1

          New Zealand First Party

          95,356
          4.07
          0
          0
          0
          The Bill and Ben Party
          13,016
          0.56
          0
          0
          0
          Kiwi Party
          12,755
          0.54
          0
          0
          0
          Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party
          9,515
          0.41
          0
          0
          0

          b>New Zealand Pacific Party

          8,640
          0.37
          0
          0
          0
          Family Party
          8,176
          0.35
          0
          0
          0
          Alliance
          1,909
          0.08
          0
          0
          0
          Democrats for Social Credit
          1,208
          0.05
          0
          0
          0
          Libertarianz
          1,176
          0.05
          0
          0
          0
          Workers Party
          932
          0.04
          0
          0
          0
          RAM – Residents Action Movement
          465
          0.02
          0
          0
          0

          The Republic of New Zealand Party

          313
          0.01
          0
          0
          0
           
          70
          52
          122

          Now Roy Morgan was – according to your link…

          On the eve of the 2008 Election the New Zealand Roy Morgan Poll shows National Party support at 42% (down 1%), a 7.5% lead over the Labour Party at 34.5% (up 2.5%).

          Support for the Greens 10% (down 1.5%) is near its record high of 11.5%, while support for NZ First is 4.5% (unchanged), ACT NZ 4% (up 0.5%), the Maori Party 2.5% (unchanged), United Future 1% (up 0.5%) and Others and Independents 1.5% (down 0.5%).

          Error is usually a 2-3% depending on what confidence level you want and sample size. Call it 3%…

          National actual 45.0% cf 42%
          Labour actual 34.5% cf 34%
          Green actual 6.7% cf 10%
          NZF actual 4.0% cf 4.5%
          Act actual 3.6% cf 4.0%
          Maori actual 2.4% cf 2.5%

          Everything else is well below the margin of error. The short answer is that the Roy Morgan poll is usually pretty accurate within reasonable margins of error. That is why I tend to rely on it far more than the other ones.

          I’m pretty convinced that the other crappy polls are more interested in headlines than accuracy. The morgan poll isn’t done for news organisations and publishes all its figures.

    • Colonial Viper 2.2

      I’m still convinced National will be at or around 50%. I’m calling 50.5%. I do think the polls are overestimating the Greens and thus I’m predicting 8-9% for them. Labour will fall under 30%.

      I don’t believe that National has any chance of getting 50% or over, unless turn out is very very poor e.g. under 78%.

  3. In Vino Veritas 3

    Unfortunately Anthony, you have no choice but to label it rogue.

  4. insider 4

    Eddie heard those rumours too about a swing to Labour. They were really well placed ones too. They are not happening. It would be fascinating to be inside a party going through this kind of thing. The pressure must be immense as must the backstabbing. Anyone been through such a thing? We don’t have much of a tradition of score settling memoirs in NZ so no doubt everyone will be very polite as the blood is cleaned from the carpets.

    On the bright side at least you didn’t call it a rouge poll. 🙂

    • The Voice of Reason 4.1

      Nope, had to wait for interesting at 10.40 for rogue to go rouge.
       
      As for what is happening inside Labour, I’m disappointed you haven’t lived up to your name and been able to provide us with the facts. I’d even settle for the gossip, if you thought you had some. But instead, you mindlessly propose that there must be backstabbing going on, when nothing could be further from the truth. Labour isn’t ACT, or indeed National, who themselves have a long history of slipping in the stiletto when things aren’t going their way. eg. the question from my youth; ‘who stabbed Jack in the back?’.

  5. Gosman 5

    A ‘Mood of the nation’ poll conducted on the street is somehow more reflective than a properly conducted poll is it?

    You keep telling yourself that. I’m sure it will make you feel better.

    • Lanthanide 5.1

      How do you know it was properly conducted?

      This company has no track record.

      • Matthew Hooton 5.1.1

        I’m not sure it has no track record. I think it is this company: http://www.tnsglobal.com/global/alm/new-zealand/research-international-nz.aspx
        If so, TNS used to poll for TV3 through the 2000s and had quite a good track record I think.

        • fmacskasy 5.1.1.1

          Have to go with the others, Mathew, I’ve never heard of TNS Research International New Zealand either. (And I’m pretty much a political ‘junkie’ like everyone else here… )

          • Matthew Hooton 5.1.1.1.1

            You can’t be much of a political junkie if you haven’t heard of TNS Research International. They were widely regarded as having the most accurate polls in both 2005 and 2008. See, for example, this discussion: http://liberation.typepad.com/liberation/2010/02/key-to-victory-opinion-polls-and-prediction-markets.html

            • fmacskasy 5.1.1.1.1.1

              I’m trying to wean myself…

              As for TNS; a Google search using the parameters “TNS Research International New Zealand” yielded no local results for NZ (except a couple for the company itself) in the first two pages. It wasn’t until the third page that the first result (Curiablog) came up.

              • zeitung

                TNS has been in NZ for a long time (my ex-flamate worked for them, and I lived just across from their head office in Greenlane, Auckland). But its been bought/sold/merged a couple of times during its history and had its named changed quite a lot. Used to be called NFO, used to be called CM, then it merged with Conversa. I’m not sure its current size but during the late 90’s and early 2000’s it was probably a little smaller than Nielsens, but larger than Colmar.

    • Anne 5.2

      Research agency political polls conducted on the phone to landline owners only is reflective of the mood of the general population, including the 1/2 million or so voters who don’t have landlines?

      You keep telling yourself that. I’m sure it will make you feel better.

      • interesting 5.2.1

        So Anne…

        When (in 1999 and 2002 and even 2005) the “evil polls that dont represent all NZer’s” were saying that Labour was going to win or ahead in the polls….were they not representative of all NZer’s then? Were they evil then?

        Or is it just that when Labour and the left are losing that suddenly the pollsters are wrong and dont represent everyone?

        I find the argument that polls are incorrect and unrepresentative of all NZer’s just a lame excuse that gets said by BOTH parties when they are behind in the polls.

        Face the facts….Labour are currently doing poorly in the polls and the Nats are doing well.

        It is all part of the electoral cycle.

        Trying to claim that certain pollsters that have a proven record (or match other polls that have proven records) as being wrong and unrepresentative is a stupid road to go down.

        I think a TV3 poll comes out tonight….lets see what it says….and please dont start claiming it is wrong because it doesn’t represent all people IF the result doesnt go your way anne.

        • Lanthanide 5.2.1.1

          interesting, have a look at the penetration of cell phones between 1999 and 2005 and compare it to now.

          Also have a look at the penetration of land-lines. Don’t forget to throw in naked broadband where you no longer need a landline phone in order to get internet access…

          • Gosman 5.2.1.1.1

            The trouble is that the landline versus mobile phone issue flows both ways. I know of a number of wealthier people who don’t bother with landlines as Mobile technology, (especially with Smart phones), gives them all the functionality they want.

            Also the point about landlines seems to be based on the idea that people are abandoning landlines in favour of mobiles because of cost/convenience however how does this stack up with home internet connections which I presume still require landlines and is growing as far as I am aware?

            • Lanthanide 5.2.1.1.1.1

              I already addressed home internet connections when I said this:

              “Don’t forget to throw in naked broadband where you no longer need a landline phone in order to get internet access…”

            • McFlock 5.2.1.1.1.2

              as Lanth said, but also don’t forget that not every home has broadband. The cost minimisation bonus of cellphones is that they can be prepay refreshed once a year and you can ditch contract services like landline, broadband and SkyTV.
                
              I will be really interested to see whether the economy has significantly skewed landline data.

        • Anne 5.2.1.2

          @ interesting: Go back to Anthony Robin’s (a scientist I believe) first sentence… “the polls are sending mixed messages”. That seems to be what is happening. Throwing past polls into the mix might look impressive, but they mean very little because they were in a different time in different circumstances. Even so, most of these polls have the same basic problem… they are landline polls so it goes without saying they will have a bias towards the older and more conservative voter.

          And if you’re going to accuse Labour and the left of claiming “polls are wrong because they’re losing” then have a good look at yourself… refusing to recognise that landline conducted polls do tend to be skewed towards National and the right!

          • Pete George 5.2.1.2.1

            The polls are definitely sending mixed messages, but because they are fluctuating messages rather than trend messages they don’t tell a great story for Labour.

            It’s still a long way from election day – especially with the current degree of variability 5-10% moves for the two main parties are not out of the question.

            But Labour need to stop acting like they are getting desperate.

            • McFlock 5.2.1.2.1.1

              Um – I don’t get that impression from Labour? What are the “desperate” moves to which you refer: actually releasing policy, or pointing out the government’s broken promises?

            • Draco T Bastard 5.2.1.2.1.2

              But Labour need to stop acting like they are getting desperate.

              They’re not, National is and, I suspect, UF.

        • DS 5.2.1.3

          Actually, TV1’s last poll before the 2005 election had National ahead by 7%. No-one ever commented on it afterwards for some reason…

  6. interesting 6

    I am sorry Anthony…but to claim a poll as rouge just because it doesnt suit you when they have had other polls out for months now from this same company (some of which have been trumpeted by the left as “showing Labour closing the gap”) and then claim an unscientific poll as correct because the result makes you feel better is smacking of desperation!

    • r0b 6.1

      You’re right, Research International has been around for longer than I thought (I don’t pay too much attention to individual polling companies).  The post could stand as worded, because as far as I know they are still new in NZ political polling with no record in previous elections, but I’ll make a minor adjustment to clarify.

      As for the Mood of the Nation poll, I’m not convinced at this point that it is any more or less scientific than the mainstream polls.  As noted in the post it doesn’t do weighted demographic matching.  But it also doesn’t have a built in bias to landline owners.

      How significant is the landline bias?  In past elections it hasn’t proved very significant.  Weighted averages (polls of polls) have been highly predictive.  But on the other hand the non-landline demographic is growing every year, so the bias is growing every year.  One election or other it’s going to be significant.  No one will know until after the event (and then pollsters will need to change their methods).

      So – is the Mood of the Nation more or less accurate than the mainstream polls?  No way to know until after the election.  If that is “smacking of desperation” to you then so be it. 

      • Gosman 6.1.1

        R0b where is the evidence that lower demographics have abandoned landlines at a greater rate than any other demographic?

        The only stats around this I have seen were some figures that Martyn Bradbury used sourced from here that LPrent put forward based on his experience in setting up an automated phone polling application for Labour. As far as I’m concerned that is hardly persuassive that it makes a blind bit of difference.

        The other thing is the argument about landlines doesn’t seem to stack up if you tie it in with the use of landlines for internet access and the increase in internet usage even amongst those in the lower demographic groups.

        • r0b 6.1.1.1

          R0b where is the evidence that lower demographics have abandoned landlines at a greater rate than any other demographic?

          I’m sure I could find you such evidence Gosman, but it doesn’t seem like a good use of my time.  It’s pretty much a given though, that those who are young and mobile, and those with the least money, are least likely to pay a high monthly cost for an unnecessary landline, wouldn’t you think?

          • Gosman 6.1.1.1.1

            It’s pretty much a given by whom R0b?

            The only people bemoaning the polling methodologies that I see are left wingers who don’t like the latest poll results and claim that they don’t reflect reality.

            The right would be have just as many reasons to be concerned about these flawed methodologies as it means they aren’t getting a true reflection of the will of the population and can generate complacency.Unless of course your argument is that the entire right wing is filled with imbeciles.

            • KJT 6.1.1.1.1.1

              “Unless of course your argument is that the entire right wing is filled with imbeciles”.

              You said it.

              • “Unless of course your argument is that the entire right wing is filled with imbeciles”.

                Ummmmm
                That sounds accurate to me.

                • Gosman

                  You do realise the consequence of that view if the Left get beaten later this month don’t you?

                  It means that the left were bettered by a bunch of imbeciles. How embarrassing is that?

        • Puddleglum 6.1.1.2

          I think young people are less likely to have landlines and they have cellphones which they now use primarily for texting. If I’m right, the effect will cut both ways.

          I seem to remember from previous Fairfax polls that the demographic breakdown showed that younger people tend to vote Labour/Greens more than older demographics (the page illustrating the breakdowns seems to have vanished).

          But, younger people are also far more likely not to vote/not to be enrolled. 

      • interesting 6.1.2

        Thanks for your considered response Anthony. Appreciate it.

    • ianmac 6.2

      Put rouge on your cheek. Examine a rogue poll. (Or am I too late?)

  7. The two polls have the greens at 12 and 14%????

    That is crazy there is no way Labour will be on 31% and the greens on 14% unless we have our version of the “October Surprise”

  8. Akldnut 8

    Political scientist Raymond Miller said apathy and a low voter turnout were a possibility.

    “If there is a close contest voters are more inclined to turn up. I think there is always a danger of apathy where there is a one-sided contest.

    This is a veiw I’ve held for the past three years.

    • ianmac 8.1

      Indeed. Why else would the Right and MSM make such a meal of pushing the lop-sided polls?

    • In Vino Veritas 8.2

      There won’t be much apathy in South Auckland when Labour or the Unions provide buses and a free big mac to their faithful…….

      • Akldnut 8.2.1

        Moron that has nothing to do with apathy – that is extra incentative.
        just like um….North of $50.00 worked for National last election.
        Except if Labour or the unions did what you suggest then they would actually get the incentive on offer.

  9. ianmac 9

    The Herald has quoted The Standard and Anthony’s comment as part of their Election Update. Amazing! http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10764749 @ 10:10am

    • fender 9.1

      Awesome! I’d love every voter in the country to spend time reading the debate and soak up the information available on The Standard.

  10. I would be interested in seeing any research into whether a poll result changes or cements peoples choice for who they’re going to vote for?

  11. Faversham 11

    Time for a song?

    This is “the year 2525”

    25 being Labour’s % of the vote and 25 being the average IQ of its few remaining supporters.

    • Roflcopter 11.1

      2525 might be when Labour get back in at this rate.

    • Puddleglum 11.2

      That was a dystopian song, Faversham so, given the prospects of National being re-elected, quite appropriate.

      Also, I thought that one of the criticisms of Labour was that it was too intellectual and supported by too many academics and abstract, ivory tower, waffly types.

      Whatever you might say about such people, their IQ’s are not usually sub-normal. 

      • McFlock 11.2.1

        We’re those fiendishly stupid highly educated angst-ridden single-minded zealot liberal elites who look patronisingly at the workers we pretend to be, dontcha know.

  12. It’s worth having a read of the wikipedia entry on voter turnout. 

    One point made is that turnout is higher where parties are based on clear class, ethnic or religious lines. Where so-called ‘big tent’ parties are the norm, turnout is lower.

    I guess this is because of people’s sense, in the former case, of being potentially represented by parties that have a specific and clear alignment. 

  13. tsmithfield 13

    Here is another poll.

    It looks like even many Labour and Greens supporters love National’s welfare policy soooo much that they are thinking about voting National this time around. Considering that Labour’s welfare policy is the polar opposite, it is quite predictable what effect Labour’s policies will be having on its popularity. i.e rats deserting the sinking ship.

  14. Dan hansen 14

    Those damn ‘rogue’ polls must becoming a real pain in the &&^&^ to the left….

  15. Doug 16

    The Polls must be close to being correct; according to Three News Phil will be able to hold his meetings in a Phone booth, the phone is off the hook.

  16. Georgy 17

    For an indication of lower demographics abandoning landlines at a greater rate than any other demographic check with schools. there was a time not too long ago when 98% of families had a phone. Today many families in lower demographics do not have phones which cause quite a problem for schools, and along with that, the families in this category often do not keep their cellphones topped up.

  17. prism 18

    I notice the ‘smart’ pundit Tracey Watkins with front page The Press coverage talking National up in a knowing way! One wonders, one does, whether the intellectual activity would be any stronger if she was a racing commentator.

    Will the little Labour mount prove to be a good runner making a strong finish and winning by a nose? Or will the favourite, a rangy beast usually fast out from the gates but with shows of temperament, be able to hold his pace to the end?

  18. queenstfarmer 19

    But in the mean time don’t get too excited about the unconfirmed Research International poll. Laugh at me if I turn out to be wrong, but I’m calling it rogue.

    I don’t know exactly what you mean by an “unconfirmed” poll, but tonight’s Colmar Brunton poll puts Labour below 30% as well, which would appear to “confirm” the Research International poll:

    ONE News political editor Guyon Espiner said that while both the major parties were shedding some support to the minor parties, it is far worse for Labour.

    “Labour is dropping into the danger zone where it is hard to see how they can rescue this one,” he said.

Links to post

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Agriculture Minister declares adverse event for Waikato primary sector
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has today classified the drought conditions in Waikato and South Auckland as an adverse event for the primary sector, unlocking $80,000 in Government support for farmers and growers. “This is recognition that the extreme and prolonged nature of this dry spell is taking its toll on ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    49 mins ago
  • Govt books in good position to respond to coronavirus
    The Crown accounts are in a strong position to weather any economic uncertainty as a result of coronavirus, with the books in surplus and expenses close to forecast, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Treasury today released the Crown accounts for the seven months to January. The operating balance before ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • Digital experts to provide advice on technological change
    Supporting New Zealand to make most of digital and data driven technologies will be the focus of a new Digital Council that begins its work today. Minister for Government Digital Services, Kris Faafoi, and Minister of Statistics, James Shaw, have confirmed the group of experts chosen to advise the Government ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • NZ Upgrade on South Island roads
    Safety and climate change resilience are behind South Island regional roading projects that are being brought forward as part of the New Zealand Upgrade Programme, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced.  As part of the NZ Upgrade, $300 million was allocated for regional investment opportunities.  “I’m pleased to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • Milford gets connected with NZ Upgrade
    Digital and air connectivity in Fiordland are getting a big boost, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced.  As part of the $12 billion New Zealand Upgrade Programme announced in January, $300 million was allocated for regional investment opportunities, to be administered by the Provincial Development Unit.  “I’m pleased ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • NZ Upgrade for West Coast ports and roads
    West Coast ports and roads will benefit from an investment of $18.6 million to improve safety and resilience and enable future economic growth, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today.   The $12 billion NZ Upgrade Programme announced last month allocated $300 million for regional investment opportunities, to be administered ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 hours ago
  • NZ Upgrade on North Island regional roads
    Regional roading projects that will improve safety and resilience are being brought forward as part of the New Zealand Upgrade Programme, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. As part of the NZ Upgrade, $300 million was allocated for regional investment opportunities. “I spend a lot of time in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 hours ago
  • Ōpōtiki Harbour finally gets green light
    The Eastern Bay of Plenty will finally get the harbour development it has wanted for decades, thanks to a $79.4 million central Government investment, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. This game-changing project will revitalise the township of Ōpōtiki and the wider Eastern Bay of Plenty, creating hundreds ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 hours ago
  • Land, air and sea: regions to benefit from NZ Upgrade
    Regional New Zealand will be a hive of activity in the coming months as the New Zealand Upgrade Programme delivers on its promise to modernise our infrastructure, prepare for climate change and help grow our economy. As part of the $12 billion NZ Upgrade Programme announced by the Government last ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 hours ago
  • Milestones marked with 2,000+ new cops
    A milestone has been reached with the graduation of more than 2,000 new Police officers since the Coalition Government took office in October 2017. Police Minister Stuart Nash says the graduation today of Wing 335 marks a surge of 2,023 new officers, and coincides with some significant breakthroughs against organised ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    24 hours ago
  • New diploma helps counter cyber security threats
    Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Minister, Kris Faafoi, and the Minister of Education, Chris Hipkins, have welcomed a new cyber security qualification as a step towards countering cyber threats and keeping New Zealanders safe. Attending the launch of the new Level 6 Diploma of Cyber Security at Auckland’s Unitec Institute ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Celebrating 20 years of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park
    Government Ministers today celebrated 20 years of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park/ Ko te Pataka kai o Tikapa Moana/ Te Moananui a Toi, and recognise there is much to celebrate and so much more to do to give nature a helping hand.   Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage said “New Zealanders care deeply about nature.I want to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • NZ economy in strong position to respond to coronavirus
    Prepared remarks on coronavirus by Finance Minister Grant Robertson to the Auckland Chamber of Commerce and Massey University. Good morning ladies and gentlemen, The topic of this speech is the Budget 2020 priorities. But, given the considerable interest that I imagine is in the room about COVID-19 coronavirus, I do ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Speech at opening of Nadi Women’s Crisis Centre
    E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā iwi, e ngā rau rangatira ma. Tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa. Ni sa bula vinaka. Namaste Thank you Shamima, Hon. Minister Vuniwaqa, community leaders and Women’s Crisis Centre staff for your warm welcome. It’s an honour and privilege to officially ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Govt acts on fuel market competition
    The Government has released a comprehensive response to ensuring New Zealanders get a fairer deal at the petrol pump. This follows the Commerce Commission fuel market study which found motorists were paying more than they should for petrol and includes: Fuel Market Bill drafting, to pass mid-year Industry consultation in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Speech at Lautoka Mosque
    E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā iwi, e ngā rau rangatira ma Tēnā koutou katoa Ni sa bula vinaka As-salaam alaikum It is a privilege to be here today. Thank you for welcoming us to your house of prayer. Thank you for your warmth. Thank you for greeting ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Taupō Airport upgrade takes off
    Taupō Airport is to be upgraded and expanded through a $5.9 million Government funding boost, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. “Taupō Airport is the gateway to the Central North Island. It is essential for both keeping local people and businesses connected, but also to bring more people ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Place-based assessment confirmed for Rotorua
    The Minister of Housing Megan Woods has confirmed the Government is working with Rotorua Lakes District Council and Te Arawa for the second place-based assessment to better understand the housing and urban issues affecting the city. “Every New Zealander has a right to a warm, safe and secure place to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • More houses opened for New Zealanders
    19 new community homes (in addition to 14 opened in December) delivered in Takanini, Auckland 500 people housed by CORT Housing Trust by end of March 2,290 new public housing homes delivered in Auckland (November 2017 – December 2019). Another nineteen new public housing homes are being delivered in Auckland, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • New Zealand and India to strengthen ties
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters and Minister for Trade and Export Growth David Parker met today with Indian External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar to discuss ways to strengthen ties between New Zealand and India.   “India is a priority relationship for New Zealand. We share common democratic traditions, growing two-way trade, extensive people-to-people links, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • The Indo-Pacific: from principles to partnerships
    Speech to the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA) Delhi, India Wednesday 26 February 2020 [CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY] The Indo-Pacific: from principles to partnerships Distinguished guests, good afternoon and thank you for your invitation.  It is good to be here at a time where New Zealand needs less of an introduction than ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Speech to University of the South Pacific students
    Tihei mauri ora Te Whare e tu nei Te Papa e takoto Tēnā korua  No reira tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa Ni sa bula Vinaka It is a real pleasure to be here today, and to have the honour of addressing you all. If you’ll indulge me I’m ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Proposed new measures to improve Aotearoa’s air quality
      Improved air quality to support better health and environmental wellbeing is the focus of proposed amendments to air quality regulations, says the Associate Minister for the Environment, Hon Nanaia Mahuta.  “Although our air quality is good in most places, during winter certain places have spikes in air pollution, mainly from ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Water investment in Raukokore
    The remote eastern Bay of Plenty community of Raukokere will receive a Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) investment of $10.6 million for a water storage facility, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says. “This is great news for the rural community. The landowner, Te Whānau a Maruhaeremuri Hapū Trust, will use ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Lake Ōkaro lakebed transferred to Te Arawa as final piece of Settlement Act
    The Lake Ōkaro lakebed has transferred to Te Arawa Lakes Trust, Minister for Māori Crown Relations: Te Arawhiti Kelvin Davis announced today. Kelvin Davis joined Te Arawa at Te Papaiōuru Marae in Rotorua to celebrate the reinstatement of Te Arawa Lakes Trust as a key decision maker over the bed ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Better protection against late payments
    New legislation is being proposed which aims to reduce the stress and financial hardship caused by late payments to small businesses. The Minister for Small Business Stuart Nash is considering stricter rules around payment practices between businesses. “Late payments from large organisations to smaller suppliers can be crippling for these ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Police partnership programme with Fiji launched
    A new partnership programme between the New Zealand Police and Fiji Police will focus on combatting transnational organised crime and enhancing investigative skills, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on the first day of her visit to Fiji. The programme will see: ·       New Zealand Institute of Environmental Science and Research ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Joint statement from Prime Minister Ardern and Prime Minister Bainimarama
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama met today in Suva, and renewed their commitment to continue to strengthen Fiji-New Zealand relations on a foundation of shared values and equal partnership. The Prime Ministers acknowledged the kinship between Fijians and New Zealanders, one that has endured over ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • $19.9 million from PGF for Kawerau
    A $19.9 million investment from the Provincial Growth Fund will help develop essential infrastructure for an industrial hub in the Bay of Plenty town of Kawerau, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says. “The funding will go to three projects to further develop the Putauaki Trust Industrial Hub, an industrial ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • PGF funds Mahia roading package
    The Provincial Growth Fund is investing $8.3 million on a roading package for Mahia that will lead to greater and wider economic benefits for the region and beyond, Under Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced at an event in Mahia today. The $8.3 million announced consists of: $7 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • 18,400 children lifted out of poverty
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has welcomed new reporting showing the Coalition Government is on track to meet its child poverty targets, with 18,400 children lifted out of poverty as a result of the Families Package.   Stats NZ has released the first set of comprehensive child poverty statistics since the Government ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • 20,000 more Kiwi kids on bikes
    Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter today announced that Bikes in Schools facilities have been rolled out to 20,000 more kiwi kids under this Government. She made the announcement at the opening of a new bike track at Henderson North School in Auckland. “Bikes in Schools facilities give kids ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Benefit settings rise in line with wages as of 1 April
    Benefit settings rise in line with wages as of 1 April   Main benefits will increase by over 3 percent, instead of 1.66 percent, on 1 April with the Government’s decision to annually adjust benefit rates to increases in the average wage. The Minister for Social Development, Carmel Sepuloni, said ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Foreign and Trade Ministers to lead business delegation to India
    Strengthening New Zealand’s political and business ties with India will be the focus of Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters’ and Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker’s visit to India this week. The Ministers are co-leading a high level business delegation to India to support increased people and economic engagement ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Minister champions more Pacific in STEM – Toloa Awards
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio continues to champion for greater Pacific participation in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) careers with the announcement of the Toloa Awards, with 8 recipients of the Toloa Community Fund and 13 Toloa Tertiary Scholarships. “The Toloa Programme encourages more Pacific peoples ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Submission period for whitebait consultation extended
    Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage has extended the date for people to have their say on proposed changes to improve management of whitebait across New Zealand.   Submissions were due to close on 2 March 2020 but will now remain open until 9am on Monday 16 March 2020.   “I have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New international protection for frequent fliers
    The endangered toroa/Antipodean albatross has new international protection for its 100,000km annual migration, thanks to collaborative efforts led by New Zealand, Australia and Chile.   Today, 130 countries agreed to strictly protect Antipodean albatross at the Conference of Parties on the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government to regulate vaping
      No sales to under-18-year-olds No advertising and sponsorship of vaping products and e-cigarettes No vaping or smokeless tobacco in smokefree areas Regulates vaping product safety comprehensively, - including devices, flavours and ingredients Ensure vaping products are available for those who want to quit smoking   Vaping regulation that balances ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Justice Minister represents New Zealand at Berlin nuclear disarmament summit
    Justice Minister Andrew Little will travel to Berlin tomorrow to represent New Zealand at a high-level summit on nuclear disarmament. This year, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) celebrates 50 years since it entered into force. “New Zealand’s proud record and leadership on nuclear disarmament is unwavering, so it’s important we are present ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Prime Minister to visit Fiji and Australia
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will visit two of New Zealand’s most important Pacific partners, Fiji and Australia, next week. The visit to Fiji will be the first by a New Zealand Prime Minister in four years and comes during the 50th anniversary of Fijian independence and diplomatic relations between our ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago