web analytics

More political interference in State Broadcasting

Written By: - Date published: 1:49 pm, June 23rd, 2015 - 43 comments
Categories: Abuse of power, Andrew Little, broadcasting, Media, national, Politics, the praiseworthy and the pitiful - Tags: , , , ,

From the Government that brought you Mike Hosking on prime time TV and an array of right wing guests on Radio New Zealand and from the movement that got rid of John Campbell and brought back Paul Henry comes more deeply concerning evidence of interference in journalistic and editorial independence.

Recently Labour’s Clare Curran released emails suggesting that the Minister in charge, Te Ururo Flavell through his office tried to influence editorial decisions made by Maori Television.  Specifically his office tried to persuade Maori TV to not include a New Zealand First representative on a panel discussion about Whanau Ora on the basis that they would not add to the discussion.  Then at the last minute the idea was shelved.  This happened a couple of hours after Flavell met with Government appointed head of Maori TV Paora Maxwell and although Flavell denies that the subject was even discussed you wonder what happened to make this result occur.

Curran believes that section 10 of  the Māori Television Service (Te Aratuku Whakaata Irirangi Māori) Act 2003 has potentially been breached.  The section states that the Minister of Maori Affairs “or any person acting by or on behalf of or at the direction of [the] Minister … or a director acting without the authority of the board, must not direct the Service, or any subsidiary of the Service, or any director, officer, or employee of the Service in respect of … the gathering or presentation of news or the preparation or presentation of current affairs programmes.

The Minister has said that no such breach has occurred.  It seems that the particular form of nudging and winking did not comprise a direction, at least as far as he is concerned.

Andrew Little smells a rat.  From Stuff:

I think Te Ururoa Flavell should not only explain to the Government, he should explain to the public at large about what happened in that meeting, and to the best extent he can, why that debate on Whanau Ora was cancelled.

In the absence of explanations about what happened in the meeting, and in the absence of an explanation about why the debate on Whanau Ora was cancelled, we are entitled to draw inferences – I have, and I smell a rat.

Until he explains what happened in that meeting with the head of Maori TV and we get an explanation about why the programme was cancelled, it’s hard to be conclusive that he’s broken the law.

But if those explanations, if he gives them, are not satisfactory, then it is reasonable to at least suspect that he has broken the law, and it is for that reason I think he should have the responsibility for Maori TV taken off him.”

Little is certainly correct that responsibility for Maori TV should be passed onto the Minister for Broadcasting.  Giving the Minister of Maori Affairs power is providing too much temptation to Flavell to interfere.

And it is no wonder that Mihingarangi Forbes left if this is the level of managerial interference that is going on.

When the Government changes there needs to be an urgent investigation into broadcasting with a view of establishing a state owned broadcaster with editorial independence.  A revamped Radio New Zealand with stronger independence and a video channel along with  be a start.  Because otherwise we can kiss goodbye to any concept of independent main stream media reporting of local issues.

43 comments on “More political interference in State Broadcasting ”

  1. rob 1

    it’s clear he is only following what the Nat party hacks are doing.
    sad pack of rats the lot of them.
    i feel this country has taken a bad turn under this govt. the media is being stacked for the right.
    how they can get away with is beyond me!

    • Draco T Bastard 1.1

      They can get away with it because it’s not illegal per se. Sure, it’s immoral but it’s not illegal.

    • Clemgeopin 1.2

      Flavell has brought a huge disgrace on to himself, on to the government, on to the Maori party, on to Maori TV, on to Mihi, and on to Maori themselves and therefore should resign or be sacked immediately. Shame on him. If he has any mana left in him, must resign. A weak link! If he doesn’t resign, then deserves to be fired.

    • Clean_power 1.3

      Where is the proof, rob? The article says ‘Little smels a rat” and so on. He can smell whatever he wants, but where are the facts to accuse Flavell?
      I suspect Mr Little has misfired on this one.

      • One Anonymous Bloke 1.3.1

        I don’t think the issue will be covered in any depth if you have NZ First on it, for example…I’m just not convinced that you’ll enlighten your viewers by having a panel of politicians talking about Whanau Ora.

        I suspect Clean Power is a sycophant who will fail in the attempt to excuse the criminal behaviour of his team.

        • Clean_power 1.3.1.1

          No, it is not by calling me names that you will succeed, OAB. My original question: what proof does Andrew Little have? It is easy to accuse and smear someone, but where are the facts to substantiate the accusation? Opposition for opposition sake is doing him no favour. Labour must lift the quality of its game.

          You said: ‘criminal behavour of his team’. What are you talking about?

          • One Anonymous Bloke 1.3.1.1.1

            Ministerial interference being something that’s actually against the law, I’m couching the criticism in the sort of terms centre-right sycophants use to describe a Labour Prime Minister sitting in the back of a car.

            If you can’t figure out how the emails I quoted answer your questions, I won’t be at all surprised.

  2. shorts 2

    I’m not sure I would be comfortable with Maori TV being put under the minister of broadcasting – especially under the current govt

  3. One Anonymous Bloke 3

    How can we Tory-proof any future broadcaster – we’ve seen their gutter ethics.

    The only way that occurs to me is to set up massive endowment capital so they can work without ongoing government funding, and provide for no ministerial interference.

    However, the centre right will always find a way to smash the things people build. It’s what they do.

    • Colonial Rawshark 3.1

      part of it is bringing back independent regional broadcasting under democratic regional control

      newspapers and webnews too

      Labour has to be willing to let go of control as will the wellington bureacracy

      • dukeofurl 3.1.1

        What does regional mean in terms of maori broadcasting.
        Surely that would 10 times as bad, with say 10 regions all trying to have a say.

        • adam 3.1.1.1

          dukeofurl what are you saying? I can read what you said, but it really is open to multiple interpretations. So please, clarify what your saying.

        • Charles 3.1.1.2

          Currently Maori TV broadcast “elders views” from as many different regions as there are, some of them actively hostile to the next. It’s interesting to watch, how one pro-government tribe still hates the other opposition tribe because of betrayals and local hi-jinx that happened locally so many years ago. It’s honest, I’ll give it that. Pakeha TV tries to homogenise everything into horseshit cultural myth. What doesn’t fit is ignored.

      • One Anonymous Bloke 3.1.2

        “democratic control”

        aka, the National Party will destroy it at the first opportunity.

        This Arts In Public Places trustee knows the score:

        Decisions are always going to be made that people do not agree with.”

        He said the trust, which serves as a buffer between artists and the council, would not consider consulting the public before embarking on future projects.

        “It’s just not a realistic expectation.”

        Trustees had been selected on the basis of their business smarts and their involvement in the arts world, he said.

        “We were not chosen to be on the trust randomly.”

        Same with ‘state’ broadcasting – only complete independence from Parliamentary or other elected body interference can assure that democratic values are upheld. Paradox 101.

      • Ron 3.1.3

        +100. Doesn’t anyone ever wonder why Auckland the largest urban area in New Zealand does not have a community TV station. TVNZ spent heaps of taxpayers funds to buy out Auckland stations as soon as they came on air. Remember Horizon TV, MAXTV to name a couple. But them out and close them down.
        Unfortunately since the demise of VHF/UHF TV anyone wanting to start a TV station is forced to purchase digital slots from Kordia who price small channels out of the market. Remember Triangle who could not get a channel at a decent price and were forced to rely on SkyTV . This immediately removed Triangle from many of the people that wanted to watch it.
        Labour needs to come up with a Broadcasting Policy that can remove all the defects in the current system and build a system that cannot be easily ripped apart by future governments. Maybe something along the lines of The Guardian Trust

      • millsy 3.1.4

        TV3 was originally planned to be regionally based when it was planned back in the mid-late 1980’s. Unfortunately, the crash of 1987 and Prebble’s broadcasting laws intervened.

    • maui 3.2

      We need someone with too much money that has strong morals and ethics who could setup an independent private broadcaster that couldn’t be tampered with by the state or it’s funder. Actually the Government would just tamper with it anyway by passing requirements into law on what you have to broadcast, but worth a shot.

      • Charles 3.2.1

        “…someone with too much money that has strong morals and ethics…”

        This is actually one of the only good things about having a middle class and inheritance laws. History shows us that social progressives who grew up safe, and who also by chance were particularly bright, escaped the pitfalls of trauma-induced bias, and made use of a better postion to set up a neutral format/system.

  4. tc 4

    Maxwell was appointed by the nat stacked MTV board because he will do the bidding of his political masters.

    Flavell shows his ineptitude in making a pigs ear doing what Joyce and others have managed to do alot more subtely through the management/boards of RNZ/TVNZ/Mediawonks.

    Be careful though as the nats would relish MTV going under Adams having shoved Fossy the bear aside from broadcasting as there’s work to be done.

    • Ron 4.1

      Not so sure it was doing the political will more likely doing the tribal will.

      Maxwell was appointed by the nat stacked MTV board because he will do the bidding of his political masters.

  5. Draco T Bastard 5

    What we’re seeing here is the reason why every single meeting a minister has needs to be recorded in both an audio/visual format and an unexpurgated transcript.

    We need to know that our elected representatives are acting with honour and the perception is that they aren’t.

  6. ianmac 6

    A word with Mihi about the canned program would be good?

    • tc 6.1

      Have a look at the one that went to air last week and in particular Parata’s weasling about under Mihi’s focused and persistent questioning about the trust.

      Derek Fox came across as an A grade trougher covering up what prima facie looks like a few in the loop benefitting from taxpayer funds/related parties/dodgy service contracts.

      It has a stench about it that seems to go pretty high up to a minister with links to the largesse of Whanau ora perhaps.

      • Skinny 6.1.1

        Your reading this rort spot on tc. There was a lot of sceptical views within broadcasting circles at the appointment of Maxwell. His meeting with Flavell was a wink wink nudge nudge say no more job done excise.

        Neither the Tory-Maori party or the Nats want adverse bad publicity surrounding the TM’s flag ship Whanau ora racket. Keep the acid on by poking around Tova O’Brien and put Maxwell to the sword, he damn well needs to front media and public scrutiny!

    • Anne 6.2

      +1 ianmac

  7. rod 7

    Flavell is only doing what he is told to do, by his tory masters. Nothing to see here.

    • Anne 7.1

      Flavell is only doing what he is told to do, by his tory masters.

      Agreed. But all the more reason to investigate and find out what’s really going on because something is…

    • Foreign waka 7.2

      He will be jumping out the window on the 3rd floor if told to I suppose…

    • miravox 7.3

      I’m pretty sure Flavell is quite capable of being a tory all by himself and in discussion agree with what other tories want to happen.

  8. In Vino 8

    “Until he explains what happened in that meeting with the head of Maori TV and we get an explanation about why the programme was cancelled, it’s hard to be conclusive that he’s broken the law.”

    Klutzy English – almost calling for the opposite of what I assume he wants. Inserting ‘not’ before “broken the law” would fix it to my mind. Or: ‘… it’s hard to be certain about whether he’s broken the law.’

    But as is, it sounds like “he” would be better off not explaining, because at present one cannot conclude that “he” has broken the law.

    I shudder at the way Key mangles our language. I hope that this is just a minor slip by Little. He has been pretty good so far. We need clarity rather than confusing bumbles.

    • Anne 8.1

      It sounds to me he was using the expression it’s hard to be conclusive that he’s broken the law.” in a negative sense. That is, we can’t assume he’s broken the law until all the facts are on the table. Not a very good way of putting it maybe, but no-one can get everything right all the time.

      • In Vino 8.1.1

        Fair enough, and I also slip up at times.

        I forgive spelling errors, odd wrong word, ‘I’ or ‘myself’ when the correct word is ‘me’, etc, but it bugs me when people slip into saying the opposite of what they mean.
        To my mind that really is dumbing us down, and encouraging Orwellian Newspeak…

        Worst is ‘We cannot underestimate’ instead of either ‘We must not underestimate’ or ‘We cannot overestimate’.

        Mind you, David Lange was pretty sharp on language, and look at what his lot did for us…

        • Anne 8.1.1.1

          There’s a bunch of ‘political speak’ pollies of all persuasions use all the time. The one that riles me the most is:

          “we are looking at a range of options”.

          What is that supposed to mean? What sort of options? Put a bomb under anything or anyone you don’t like? Yeah… I can think of a few people I’d like to put a bomb under. No surprises for guessing who is no.1 on the list.

          Hold on… there’s someone at the door. “Oh hello Mr Policeman, what can I do for you”. What? You’re arresting me? What for?

          😈 If you don’t laugh at yourself sometimes…

  9. Clemgeopin 9

    Do you want to see how this government’s porkies, lies, spin, crap and BS look like?

    Watch this!
    http://www.inthehouse.co.nz/

  10. Adele 10

    Kia ora

    Having met Te Ururoa a number of times, i can comfortably say, that he is not the sort of bloke to pander to aristocracy or entitlement. The Maaori Party constituency is made up of the poor, downtrodden and the discriminated against.

    The issue was originally exposed by kohanga themselves – who are also a huge constituency of Te Pati Maaori.

    • Clemgeopin 10.1

      kia ora.
      Are you saying Flavell did not influence and had nothing whatsoever to do with the sudden canning of that investigative programme which was supposed to include Mr Winston Peters as a participant?

      • Adele 10.1.1

        Kia ora Clemgeopin

        I am saying that. It would not be in his best interests or the interests of the Māori Party to influence programming decisions at Māori TV especially in relation to Kohanga Reo or Whanau Ora.

    • Marvellous Bearded Git 10.2

      @adele
      But here Flavell suffers from a convenient brain fade.

      http://www.3news.co.nz/nznews/te-ururoa-flavell-changes-maori-tv-story-2015062318#axzz3dv5ZpQpL

      Flavell’s sycophantic support for Key even extends to copying his brain fades, otherwise known as lying.

      • Adele 10.2.1

        Kia ora Marvellous Bearded Git

        All I can say is that Te Ururoa has more integrity than Winston Peter’s who knows he can grab easy headlines and airspace by bashing on Asians and Maori.

        Andrew Little should stop sniffing on rats and Clare Curran and Winston should give up on trying to build a maunga from a rat dropping.

        And Te Ururoa is not a sycophant.

  11. Smilin 11

    Yeah right hit me with your rhythm stick dadida
    FLAVELL give me strength who made up this pack of lies you must be really on thin ice now How much more fascism are we going to endure from this govt

  12. Karen 12

    The real problem at Maori Television is CEO Paora Maxwell. He was put in that position largely thanks to board member and ex National Party cabinet minister Georgina Te Heuheu, against the advice of many people who had worked with Maxwell previously and the majority of staff at MTS. As a result, MTS have lost their best staff and there has been obvious political interference.

    Had Jim Mather or Julian Wilcox still been at MTS then Flavell and his secretary would have been told very politely that interference in the content of current affairs programmes is unacceptable.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Government funding to fight infectious diseases
    $36 million for research into Covid-19 and other infectious diseases The investment will improve our readiness for future pandemics Research will focus on prevention, control, and management of infectious diseases The Government’s investing in a new Infectious Diseases Research Platform to boost Aotearoa New Zealand’s Covid-19 response and preparedness for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    12 hours ago
  • Quarantine-free travel with Australia to remain suspended for a further 8 weeks
    Suspension to be reviewed again mid to late November Decision brought forward to enable access from Australia to first tranche of around 3000 rooms in MIQ Air New Zealand working at pace to put on more flights from Australia from October    The suspension of quarantine-free travel (QFT) with Australia has ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Extra support for Ethnic Communities to share vaccination information
    Extra support is being made available to Ethnic Communities to help them share COVID-19 vaccination information within their communities, Minister for Diversity, Inclusion and Ethnic Communities Priyanca Radhakrishnan said. “We know we need to get every eligible person in New Zealand vaccinated. A fund being launched today will allow for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • School holidays remain unchanged for Auckland region
    School holidays in Auckland will continue to be held at the same time as the rest of the country, starting from Saturday, 2 October, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “I’ve carefully considered advice on the implications of shifting the dates and concluded that on balance, maintaining the status quo ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government continues crackdown on gangs and organised crime
    Operation Tauwhiro extended until March 2022 Since it was launched in February, Operation Tauwhiro has resulted in:   987 firearms seized $4.99 million in cash seized 865 people charged with a firearms-related offence Gangs and organised crime groups will continue to be relentlessly targeted with the extension of Police’s successful ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Speech to Body Positive 'HIV Treatments Update Seminar 2021'
    E ngā mana E ngā reo E ngā iwi Tēnā koutou katoa Ka huri ki ngā mana whenua o te rohe nei. Tēnā koutou. He mihi hoki ki a tatou kua tau mai nei I raro I te kaupapa o te rā. Nō reira tēnā koutou katoa Acknowledgements It’s a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • NZ economy’s strong momentum will support rebound from Delta outbreak; COVID fund replenished
    The economy showed strong momentum in the period leading up to the recent Delta COVID-19 outbreak, which bodes well for a solid economic rebound, Grant Robertson said. GDP rose 2.8 percent in the June quarter, following on from a 1.4 percent increase in the previous March quarter. This was a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Projects create benefits into the future
    Making a well-known lake swimmable and helping to halt the decline of the endangered hoiho/yellow-eyed penguins are among a suite of new projects being supported by the Government’s Jobs for Nature programme across the southern South Island, Conservation Minister Kiri Allan says. “It’s no secret that many of our most ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Opening statement for Whāriki Indigenous Small Business Roundtable
      Kei ngā tōpito e wha o te āo e rere ana te mihi maioha ki a koutou nō tawhiti, nō tata mai e tāpiri ana ki tēnei taumata kōrero mo te ao hokohoko arā mā ngā pākihi mo ngā iwi taketake Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa – Pai Mārire.  ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New members appointed to Kāpuia
    The Government is adding four additional members to Kāpuia, the Ministerial Advisory Group on the Government’s Response to the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the terrorist attack on Christchurch mosques. “I’m looking forward to having Pamela MacNeill, Huia Bramley, Melani Anae and Katherine Dedo  join Kāpuia and contribute to this group’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Timeline confirmed for Emissions Reductions Plan
    Cabinet has agreed to begin consulting on the Emissions Reduction Plan in early October and require that the final plan be released by the end of May next year in line with the 2022 Budget, the Minister of Climate Change, James Shaw confirmed today. “Cabinet’s decision allows organisations and communities ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Pay parity pathway for early learning teachers confirmed
    Pay parity conditions and higher funding rates for education and care services will come into force on 1 January, 2022, Minister of Education Chris Hipkins confirmed today. The Government signalled this work in Budget 2021. “From 1 January, 2022, centres opting into the scheme will receive government funding and be ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Nurses Organisation Conference 2021
    Kia Ora tatau katoa.   Ka tuku mihi ki nga nēhi, He pou Hauora o Aotearoa, E ora ai tatou.   Whakatau mai  I runga i te kaupapa o te ra Te NZNO conference.   Tena koutou tena koutou Tena tatou katoa   Good morning, and thank you inviting me ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government investment in farmer-led catchment groups sweeps past 150 mark
    171 catchment groups have now been invested in by the Government 31 catchment groups in the Lower North Island are receiving new support More than 5,000 farmers are focussed on restoring freshwater within a generation through involvement in catchment groups  Government investment in on-the-ground efforts by farmers to improve land ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Fight to protect kauri on track
    The Government is pitching in to help vital work to protect nationally significant kauri forests in Auckland, Minister of Conservation Kiri Allan says. “Ensuring the survival of these iconic trees for future generations means doing everything we can to prevent the potential spread of kauri dieback disease,” Kiri Allan said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Joint statement of Mr Bernard Monk; Hon Andrew Little, Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry,...
    [Note: The Parties have agreed on terms to fully and finally settle the proceeding and will jointly issue the below statement.] At the heart of this litigation are the lives of the 29 men tragically lost at the Pike River mine on 19 November 2010 and to whom we pay ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • More financial support for businesses
    Today’s decision to keep Auckland in a higher COVID Alert Level triggers a third round of the Wage Subsidy Scheme which will open for applications at 9am this Friday. “The revenue test period for this payment will be the 14th to the 27th of September. A reminder that this is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Aotearoa New Zealand provides further humanitarian support for Afghanistan
    Aotearoa New Zealand is providing a further $3 million in humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan, Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta announced today.  “There is significant humanitarian need in Afghanistan, with the crisis disproportionately affecting women and girls,” said Nanaia Mahuta. The UN has estimated that 80% of the quarter of a million ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Innovative te reo prediction tool announced in Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori
    A new Māori language prediction tool will play a key role in tracking our te reo Māori revitalisation efforts, Minister for Māori Development Willie Jackson announced today. He Ara Poutama mō te reo Māori (He Ara Poutama) can forecast the number of conversational and fluent speakers of te reo Māori ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Further Government support for people to access food and essential items
    The Government is responding to need for support in Auckland and has committed a further $10 million to help people access ongoing food and other essential items, Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni announced today. This latest tranche is targeted at the Auckland region, helping providers and organisations to distribute ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Half a million Pfizer vaccines from Denmark
    The Government has secured an extra half a million doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines from Denmark that will start arriving in New Zealand within days, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. “This is the second and larger agreement the Government has entered into to purchase additional vaccines to meet the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Inland Revenue providing essential COVID support for businesses
    Inland Revenue is seeing increased demand for Resurgence Support Payments and other assistance schemes that it administers, but is processing applications quickly, Revenue Minister David Parker said today. David Parker said the Resurgence Support Payment, the Small Business Cashflow (loan) Scheme and the Wage Subsidy are available at the same ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand marks 20th anniversary of 9/11 attacks
    New Zealand is expressing unity with all victims, families and loved ones affected by the September 11 2001 terrorist attacks, and all terrorist attacks around the world since, including in New Zealand. “Saturday marks twenty years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the United States, which killed nearly 3,000 people ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Speech to SPREP Environment Ministers
    Talofa Honourable Ulu of Tokelau Faipule Kelihiano Kalolo Tēnā koutou katoa and warm Pacific greetings from Aotearoa to your excellencies, ladies and gentlemen. The new science released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on 8 August paints an alarming picture of the projected impacts of climate change on the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Additional Resurgence Support Payments to support business
    Businesses affected by higher Alert Levels will be able to apply for further Resurgence Support Payments (RSP). “The Government’s RSP was initially intended as a one-off payment to help businesses with their fixed costs, such as rent. Ministers have agreed to provide additional payments to recognise the effects of an ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • More Dawn Raids scholarships announced
    Details of the ‘Manaaki New Zealand Short Term Training Scholarships’, a goodwill gesture that follows the Government’s apology for the Dawn Raids of the 1970s, were released today by Pacific Peoples Minister Aupito William Sio. “These scholarships that are targeted to the Pacific will support the kaupapa of the Dawn Raids’ ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • One-way quarantine-free travel for RSE workers starting in October
      One-way quarantine-free travel for Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) workers from Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu starts in October New requirement for RSE workers to have received their first vaccination pre-departure, undertake Day 0 and Day 5 tests, and complete a self-isolation period of seven days, pending a negative Day 5 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Govt boosts Pacific suicide prevention support
    Applications have opened for the Pacific Suicide Prevention Community Fund as the Government acts to boost support amid the COVID delta outbreak. “We know strong and connected families and communities are the most important protective factor against suicide and this $900,000 fund will help to support this work,” Health Minister ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Govt parks the expiry of licenses, WoFs and regos
    As a result of the Delta outbreak, driver licences, Warrants of Fitness (WoFs), Certificates of Fitness (CoFs), vehicle licences (‘regos’) and licence endorsements that expired on or after 21 July 2021 will be valid until 30 November 2021, Transport Minister Michael Wood has announced today. “While this extension won’t officially ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • COVID-19 community fund to provide support for vulnerable women and girls
    Minister for Women Jan Tinetti today announced a $2 million community fund that will provide support for women and girls adversely affected by COVID-19. “We know that women, particularly those who are already vulnerable, are disproportionally affected by the kind of economic disruption caused by COVID-19,” Jan Tinetti said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Next phase of support for Fiji’s COVID-19 response announced
    A further NZ$12 million of support for Fiji’s COVID-19 response has been announced by Foreign Minister Hon Nanaia Mahuta today. The package builds on previous tranches of assistance Aotearoa New Zealand has provided to Fiji, totalling over NZ$50 million. “Fiji remains in a very challenging position in their response to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Robotic asparagus harvester aimed at addressing industry challenges
    The Government is backing a $5 million project to develop a commercial-scale autonomous robotic asparagus harvester, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor announced today. The Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures fund (SFF Futures) is contributing $2.6 million to the project. Project partner Robotics Plus Limited (RPL) will build on a prototype asparagus ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Additional Pfizer vaccines to arrive tomorrow
    More than a quarter of a million additional doses of the Pfizer vaccine are on their way from Spain to New Zealand, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. The additional doses will arrive in Auckland on Friday morning to help meet the current surge in demand for vaccination. “It’s been ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Young people to have their voices heard in Youth Parliament 2022
    The dates and details for Youth Parliament 2022 have been announced today by Minister for Youth Priyanca Radhakrishnan, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. Youth Parliament is an opportunity for 141 young people from across Aotearoa New Zealand to experience the political process and learn how government works. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Boosting support for tertiary students affected by COVID-19
    Students facing a hard time as a result of COVID-19 restrictions will continue to be supported,” Education Minister Chris Hipkins confirmed today. The Government is putting a further $20 million into the Hardship Fund for Learners, which will help around 15,000 students to stay connected to their studies and learning. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • COVID-19: Immediate relief available for Māori and iwi organisations
    The Government has reprioritised up to $5 million to provide immediate relief to vulnerable whānau Māori and communities during the current COVID-19 outbreak Minister for Māori Development Willie Jackson announced today. The COVID-19 2021 Whānau Recovery Fund will support community-driven, local responses to gaps in access and provision of critical ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • New beef genetics programme to deliver cows with smaller environmental hoof-print
    The Government is backing a genetics programme to lower the beef sector’s greenhouse gas emissions by delivering cows with a smaller environmental hoof-print, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor announced today. Informing New Zealand Beef is a seven-year partnership with Beef + Lamb New Zealand that is expected to result in more ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Appointments to the New Zealand Qualifications Authority
    Education Minister Chris Hipkins today announced new appointments to the board of the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). Former Associate Minister of Education, Hon Tracey Martin, has been appointed as the new Chair for NZQA, replacing the outgoing Acting and Deputy Chair Professor Neil Quigley after an 11-year tenure on ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Govt supports residential house building by allowing manufacture of building supplies
    The Government has agreed to allow some building product manufacturing to take place in Auckland during Covid lockdown to support continued residential construction activity across New Zealand. “There are supply chain issues that arise from Alert Level 4 as building products that are manufactured domestically are mostly manufactured in Auckland. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Government invests in scientific research to boost economy, address climate change and enhance wellb...
    Research, Science and Innovation Minister Hon Dr Megan Woods has today announced the recipients of this year’s Endeavour Fund to help tackle the big issues that New Zealanders care about, like boosting economic performance, climate change, transport infrastructure and wellbeing. In total, 69 new scientific research projects were awarded over ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago