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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.

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  • Fast-track consenting law boosts jobs and economic recovery
    The law to boost the economic recovery from the impact of COVID-19 by speeding up resource consenting on selected projects has passed its second and third readings in the House today. “Accelerating nationwide projects and activities by government, iwi and the private sector will help deliver faster economic recovery and ...
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    2 days ago
  • Whanganui Port gets PGF boost
    Five port-related projects in Whanganui will receive a $26.75 million Provincial Growth Fund investment to support local economic recovery and create new opportunities for growth, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “This is a significant investment that will support the redevelopment of the Whanganui Port, a project governed ...
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    2 days ago
  • More support for Sarjeant Gallery
    Whanganui’s Sarjeant Gallery will receive an investment of up to $12 million administered by the Provincial Growth Fund to support its redevelopment, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. The project is included in a $3 billion infrastructure pipeline announced by Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Shane Jones yesterday. ...
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  • Funding for training and upskilling
    The Provincial Growth Fund is investing nearly $2.5 million into three Te Ara Mahi programmes to support Manawatū-Whanganui jobseekers and employees to quickly train and upskill, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “Up to 154 local people will be supported into employment within the first year by these ...
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  • Statement from the Minister of Health Dr David Clark
      This morning I have formally tendered my resignation as Minister of Health, which was accepted by the Prime Minister. Serving as Minister of Health has been an absolute privilege – particularly through these extraordinary last few months. It’s no secret that Health is a challenging portfolio. I have given ...
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  • Scholarship placements for agricultural emissions scientists doubles
    Scholarships for 57 early-career agricultural emissions scientists from 20 developing countries is another example of New Zealand’s international leadership in primary sector sustainability, says Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. Mr O’Connor, announcing the scholarships today, says hundreds of applications were received for this fourth round of the CLIFF-GRADS programme (Climate, Food ...
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  • Funding for Foxton regeneration
    A project to help rejuvenate the Horowhenua town of Foxton will receive a Provincial Growth Fund investment of $3.86 million, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “This funding for the Foxton Regeneration project will be used to make the well-known holiday town even more attractive for visitors and ...
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  • Plan to improve protection of moa bones
    Moa bones and other sub-fossil remains of extinct species are set to have improved protection with proposals to prevent the trade in extinct species announced the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage today. “We have lost too many of our native species, but these lost species, such as moa, remain an ...
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  • Free lunches served up to thousands of school children in the South Island
    The Government’s free and healthy school lunches programme moves south for the first time creating jobs for around 30 people in Otago and Southland. “Eighteen schools with 3000 students are joining the programme – 11 have already begun serving lunches, and seven are preparing to start during Term 3. This is ...
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    3 days ago
  • Screen Sector recovery package protects jobs, boosts investment
    Thousands of Kiwi jobs and investment in New Zealand productions will be protected through a screen sector support package announced today by Associate Minister for Arts Culture and Heritage Carmel Sepuloni, Minister for Economic Development Phil Twyford and Minister for Broadcasting Kris Faafoi. The package also includes investment in broadcasting ...
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    3 days ago
  • New fund to help save local events and jobs
    The Government has established a new $10 million fund for the domestic events sector to help save jobs and protect incomes as it recovers from the impacts of COVID-19, Minister of Economic Development Phil Twyford announced today. This funding from Budget 2020 follows talks with the event sector designed to ...
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    3 days ago
  • Bill to improve fuel market competition
    The Government has taken another step in its commitment to making sure New Zealanders get a fairer deal at the petrol pump with the introduction of legislation to improve competition in the retail fuel market, says Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods. “The fuel market study that this Government ordered ...
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    3 days ago
  • New Zealand joins global facility for pre-purchase of COVID-19 Vaccine
    New Zealand has joined a global initiative that aims to enable all countries to access a safe and effective Covid-19 vaccine, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters announced today. The COVAX Facility was recently launched by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. The Alliance includes the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the World Bank ...
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  • Right to legal representation in Family Court restored today
    From today new legislation takes effect to both restore the right to legal representation at the start of a Care of Children (CoCA) dispute in the Family Court, and allow parties to those proceedings to access legal aid where eligible. During a visit to the Family Court in Auckland today, ...
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  • Transitioning to a fully-qualified home-based ECE workforce
    Home-based early childhood education (ECE) subsidised by the government will transition to a fully qualified workforce by 2025 to ensure better and more consistent quality, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. “Quality early learning helps provide children with a strong foundation for their future,” Chris Hipkins said. From 1 January ...
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    3 days ago
  • Criminal Cases Review Commission gets to work
    The new Criminal Cases Review Commission | Te Kāhui Tātari Ture (CCRC) has started work and can now independently investigate claimed miscarriages of justice. “Even though we have appeal rights and safeguards against unsafe convictions, from time to time our justice system does get things wrong. The design of the ...
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    3 days ago
  • Speech by the Minister of Defence to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs
    E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā karangatanga maha, tēnā koutou Ki a koutou Te Āti Awa, Taranaki Whānui, Ngāti Toa Rangatira, ngā mana whenua o te rohe nei, tēnā koutou Ko Te Whare Wānanga o Aotearoa ki ngā take o te Ao (NZIIA), Ko te Rōpū Tohu Tono ...
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  • Six months with baby and $20 more a week for new parents
    The Government’s increase to paid parental leave kicks in today with another 4 weeks taking New Zealand up to a full 6 months (26 weeks, up from 22 weeks) leave for new parents, and the maximum weekly payment will increase by $20pw, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. ...
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    3 days ago
  • Infrastructure investment to create jobs, kick-start COVID rebuild
    A new package of infrastructure investments will help kick-start the post-COVID rebuild by creating more than 20,000 jobs and unlocking more than $5 billion of projects up and down New Zealand. Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones today outlined how the $3 billion infrastructure fund in the ...
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    3 days ago
  • Statement on passage of national security law for Hong Kong
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today expressed the New Zealand Government’s deep disappointment at the passage by China’s National People’s Congress Standing Committee of a national security law for Hong Kong. “New Zealand has consistently emphasised its serious concern about the imposition of this legislation on Hong Kong without inclusive ...
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  • July 1 marks progress for workers, families
    More jobs and more family time with newborns are the centrepiece of a suite of Government initiatives coming into effect today. July 1 is a milestone day for the Government as a host of key policies take effect, demonstrating the critical areas where progress has been made. “The Coalition Government ...
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    4 days ago
  • Auckland water consent referred to Board of Inquiry
    Environment Minister David Parker has today “called in” Auckland’s application to the Waikato Regional Council to take an extra 200 million litres of water a day from the lower reaches of the Waikato River for Auckland drinking water and other municipal uses.  The call-in means the application has been referred ...
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  • New Zealand to host virtual APEC in 2021
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker announced today that New Zealand’s hosting of APEC in 2021 will go ahead using virtual digital platforms. Mr Peters said the global disruption caused by COVID-19, including resultant border restrictions, had been the major factor in the ...
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    4 days ago
  • Matakana Link Road construction kicks off and drives jobs
    The start of construction on a new link road between Matakana Road and State Highway 1 will create jobs and support the significant population growth expected in the Warkworth area, Transport Minister Phil Twyford and Mayor Phil Goff announced today. Transport Minister Phil Twyford said construction of the Matakana Link ...
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    4 days ago
  • PPE supplies secured as COVID-19 response focuses on border
    The Government is prioritising its latest investment in PPE for frontline health workers, including staff at managed isolation and quarantine facilities, Health Minister David Clark says. “With no community transmission of COVID-19 our response now has a firm focus on keeping our border safe and secure. “We must ensure that ...
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    5 days ago
  • PGF funding for Parihaka settlement
    The Parihaka Papakāinga Trust in Taranaki will receive up to $14 million for a new visitor centre and other improvements at the historic settlement that will boost the local economy and provide much-needed jobs, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Andrew Little have ...
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    6 days ago
  • Protections for workers in triangular employment
    Protections for workers who are employees of one employer but working under the direction of another business or organisation have come into force, closing a gap in legislation that  made the personal grievance process inaccessible for some workers, says Workplace Relations Minister Iain Lees-Galloway. “This Government is working hard to ...
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    6 days ago
  • Government strengthens managed isolation system
    A range of improvements are already underway to address issues identified in the rapid review of the Managed Isolation and Quarantine system released today, Housing Minister Megan Woods said. The review was commissioned just over a week ago to identify and understand current and emerging risks to ensure the end-to-end ...
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    6 days ago
  • Whakatāne to go predator free with Government backing Ngāti Awa led efforts
    The important brown kiwi habitat around Whakatāne will receive added protection through an Iwi-led predator free project announced by Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage and Under Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau. “The Government is investing nearly $5 million into Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa’s environmental projects with $2.5 ...
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    1 week ago
  • Growing Goodwood: Expanding wood waste recycling plant in Bay of Plenty, Waikato
    An extra 4,000 tonnes of offcuts and scraps of untreated wood per year will soon be able to be recycled into useful products such as horticultural and garden mulch, playground safety surfacing and animal bedding as a result of a $660,000 investment from the Waste Minimisation Fund, Associate Environment Minister ...
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  • Scott Watson’s convictions to be referred to Court of Appeal
    The Governor-General has referred Scott Watson’s convictions for murder back to the Court of Appeal, Justice Minister Andrew Little announced today. Mr Watson was convicted in 1999 of the murders of Ben Smart and Olivia Hope. His appeal to the Court of Appeal in 2000 was unsuccessful, as was his ...
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  • Protecting Kiwis with stronger financial supervision
    A new five-year funding agreement for the Reserve Bank will mean it can boost its work to protect New Zealanders’ finances, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. “New Zealand has a strong and stable financial system. Financial stability is an area that we are not prepared to cut corners for, particularly ...
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  • Forgotten funds and missing money
    A law change has been introduced to make it easier for forgotten funds in institutional accounts to be returned more easily to their rightful owners. Revenue Minister Stuart Nash has introduced an amendment to the Unclaimed Money Act 1971. It will update the rules controlling forgotten sums of money held ...
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  • Government delivers on mental health commitment
    The Government is delivering on election commitments and a key recommendation of He Ara Oranga: Report of the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction with the establishment of a permanent independent Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission, Health Minister Dr David Clark says. Legislation enabling the establishment of the fully ...
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    1 week ago
  • New Zealand privacy law modernised
    A Bill to replace New Zealand’s Privacy Act passed its third reading in Parliament today, Justice Minister Andrew Little has announced. “The protections in the Privacy Bill are vitally important. The key purpose of the reforms is to promote and protect people’s privacy and give them confidence that their personal ...
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  • Tourism operators provided extra support
    Extra support is being provided to tourism businesses operating on public conservation land announced Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis and Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage today.  The Government is providing $25m worth of support to tourism operators impacted by COVID-19, with a decision to waive most Department of Conservation tourism related concession ...
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