web analytics

More thoughts on the Gerry Brownlee Enabling Act

Written By: - Date published: 1:22 pm, September 16th, 2010 - 32 comments
Categories: democracy under attack, law and "order", Parliament - Tags: , ,

The Right seems to have developed this concept that unrestricted power to authority is a good thing and we ought to just trust those we give powers to not to abuse them. I say developed because limiting State power was once a core value of the Right. Maybe it was only ever a certain kind of power they wee worried about – power over the rich. The Gerry Brownlee Enabling Act* isn’t the only example, look at the constant clamour for more powers for the Police and other State agencies.

We shouldn’t have to go through why unchecked power is a bad thing but judging by the righties in yesterday’s comments I guess we do. In democracies, we don’t give unlimited powers and trust that they won’t be abused. We set strict limits on the exercise of power to guarantee our freedoms and the rule of law on which our society and economy depends.

Will Gerry Brownlee run amok? Probably not. But, dear reader, I trust that you are the kind of person who would never go on a shooting spree. Even so do you think we should make it legal for you to do it? Should we put a gun in your hand and say ‘you can shoot people if you like but we trust you won’t’? Or is it f*cken stupid to give people dangerous powers they don’t need and cross our fingers that they won’t use them?

I haven’t seen a single argument that Brownlee needs the power to unilaterally alter or override the Building Act and the RMA, let alone the Crimes Act, the Cooks Islands Constitution Act, the Continental Shelf Act, the Companies Act, the Contracts Act, the Conservation Act, not to mention the hundreds of other laws Brownlee now has complete power over. Even David Farrar has found it impossible to directly support the huge powers that Brownlee has been given.

Farrar and other apologists have said ‘public opinion will keep Brownlee in line’. Yeah, because he’s always been so responsive to public opinion. It took the biggest march in generations just to force John Key to act to get Brownlee to back down over Schedule 4. Anyway, the abuses that we see will probably be small favours to National’s mates – not headline grabbing stuff that could get the public’s back up.

The deeper question is: in what circumstances do we give up the rule of law and Parliamentary sovereignty? Eddie wrote the other day that in World War 2 the democracies effectively became authoritarian states but that was total war and even then Winston Churchill didn’t have the right to alter any law as he chose with the flick of a pen. We didn’t become a dictatorship to deal with the Hawkes Bay Earthquake, which had flattened two cities, why would we need to do so to cope with relatively minor damage in Christchurch, which is still functioning on every level?

More than that, the idea that due process and the rule of law are hindrances that can to be thrown aside on the slightest of pretexts is very disturbing. Rule of law, the foundation of democracy, is what makes this country strong. It’s not something to toss out the window because it’s ‘in the way’.

I’ve got a technical issue too. The law says that when it refers to “Minister” as in “s12(3) The Minister must publish the terms of reference and any amended terms of reference in the Gazette.” means” the Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery”. But there is no such minister. Gerry Brownlee doesn’t hold a ministerial warrant of that name, no-one does. There’s no such portfolio. Key made it clear when he named Brownlee as Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery that this was not an official portfolio, just an informal designation, like a nickname. So, if there isn’t an official Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery, who is the Act referring to?

Can’t even draft their Enabling Act correctly it seems.

I want a straight answer from the Right about why they support Brownlee being given the power the override or extend nearly every law in the land at the whim. And ‘the whole Parliament voted for it’ isn’t an answer. Not if you believe in freedom.

*(I changed my mind on the comparison to the 1933 Enabling Act. At least the SDP voted against the Enabling Act. Labour and the Greens were so scared of being called unpatriotic they failed to stand up when their country needed them)

PS. At least the Herald’s principles have overridden its National-love on this occasion – the editorial is damning.

32 comments on “More thoughts on the Gerry Brownlee Enabling Act ”

  1. ianmac 1

    My friends and family are heavily into the building industry in Canterbury. For years they have been frustrated by finicky laws about construction and constant nit-picking by nosey Council Inspectors. Now they are toasting the new opportunities to make a mint. They know well the short cuts that they can take, and boy this is a chance of a lifetime! They had Gerry round to dinner last night and he will do what he can to help.
    Cheers from Mikey Rat and Henderson Bros Construction Company.

    • kevyn 1.1

      I presume ianmac’s entire comment is just as real as the Henderson Bros Construction Company and isn’t intended to slight the two builders registered with similar companies in other parts of the country.

  2. Red Rosa 2

    A thoughtful and considered editorial in the Herald, in total contrast to the scramble by MPs to support this legislation. Surely in retrospect some at least must be reading it and regretting their support. They should speak up.

    In fact of course, vital services are mostly restored in ChCh, and emergency shelters etc are winding down, as the next article on the Herald site points out. Far from fixed of course, but having come this far without GB as Czar, you have to wonder why the rush now?

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10673029

    The earthquake was very capably handled in ChCh – the real panic has been in Wellington. And those who have pointed out the contrast to Darwin’s Cyclone Tracey, and the legislative response there, have a real point. No comparison.

    • Draco T Bastard 2.1

      The rush now was to get absolute power into NACTs hands before they’re voted out at the next election.

  3. tc 3

    looking forward to some montgomery burns styled leadership from nat’s jabba the hut…..he knows no other style.

  4. smhead 4

    Marty why do you say it’s the Right who have this love for authoritarian power when the Greens, Labour and Jim Anderton all voted for it?

    Are labour and the greens too right wing for you now?

  5. Gosman 5

    So where are your examples of people of the Right being over the moon with this?

  6. Red Rosa 6

    The ChCh Press has an all-purpose editorial for occasions like this, last seen for the ECan takeover. Connoisseurs of National Party prose will savour today’s version of ‘the government is right, again’

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/opinion/editorials/4133263/New-law-necessary

    • Puddleglum 6.1

      Just read it.

      This Holden guy is so ineptly partisan he makes me long for Paul Thompson’s return! (which I never thought I’d say)

  7. just saying 7

    Won’t this precedent come in handy in a couple of years, when the chickens from the ‘perfect storm’ of crises facing the world, are well and truly coming home to roost, and large numbers of people are poor and angry with little left to lose. Many of them refugees from the current middle class, no doubt.

    My guess is that Brownlee will make his best effort to keep his nose clean for this ‘dry run’ to get the public comfortable with these kinds of measures, so that when they are hauled out to quell dissent, chucking out democracy will be well and truly old hat.

    And the same measures will be used by which ever flavour of neoliberalism is in power.

    • Lanthanide 7.1

      Yes, that is what I truly worry about. Not so much that the powers are going to be abused at the moment, but because it sets a precedent with a very low bar for the same powers to be voted back in the future in the face of other calamities (peak oil anyone?) where they really will make (ab)use of their authority.

      • JayMal 7.1.1

        Absolutely right. Doubt King Gerry will stuff up this time, but would anyone on the planet feel safe if an Emperor Winston got the same power to deal with another crisis… anyone want to bet the liberty of their children or grandchildren that this wont be abused in the future?

        We need this law repealed ASAP and replaced with something much more sensible and considered. Plus we need a check in place to stop this crap happening again.

        BTW… is it just me or did anyone else notice the timing of the Garrett leak to cover this all up?

  8. prism 8

    A useful thing that Christchurch Czar Gerry could do for citizens there is to get extra reliable, experienced people checking properties for damage so enabling people to make applications for appropriate help.

    Also once assessment was made, he should have insurance companies on side to issue cover notes which though short-term would enable building owners to act as needed to further or finalise their needs or obligations and business requirements. This would be issued on the basis that the building, and charge for insurance, would be further assessed in the next three months.

    The government would help and facilitate this by offering some form of guarantee or loan to the insurance companies to enable them at this time when their finances are really stretched. Moral hazard could be prevented by only dealing with established companies with high rankings, which would bear the major part of any loss, so that they would still be prudent and careful.

  9. A Nonny Moose 9

    I’m a lefty. I agree that the government should be restricted in powers like this.

    But I’m getting tired of some of the rhetoric here.

    I suggest you talk to someone on the ground in Christchurch, who is working to aid the recovery.

    Like I did today. Who is a lefty. Who has been working with Gerry Brownlee. And is impressed by the work he is doing, and says he is not the “czar” you are making him out to be.

    I’m not someone who can talk eloquently about politics or rhetoric. But for the sake of Christchurch, how about getting down on the ground – where we are, having to live through this damn thing – and find out what’s really going on before spouting political ideology, yeah?

    If Brownlee fails the country, then hell yeah I’ll be pissed. But right now, he’s getting the job done, unlike Ivory Tower commentators.

    • prism 9.1

      You’re a lefty nonny moose, you say. Don’t you hold democracy as your ideal? When Labour conducted a right-wing revolution in 1984 that was a sort of earthquake to the right, didn’t you get scared? Or were you too young to know what was going on then and understand the ongoing effects till now? Just because something is done that might lead to some good, it doesn’t mean that thing was done correctly and rightly.

    • kevyn 9.2

      As someone who was involved in preparing Canterbury’s infrastructure for the enevitable Alpine Fault earthquake I really can’t see any justification for this extraordinary piece of legislation.
      What has clearly been lacking over the last 30 years (at least) is that politicians don’t “run” the country, they govern the country. Totally different concepts. It is particularly dangerous when the politicians “running” the country allow themselves to be “guided” by focus groups instead of the old practice of weighing up the advice being given by their officials and private sector technical experts and acting at least partly in the interests of future generations.
      Thanks to the preparedness of various private and public organisations that took the warnings from paleosiesmologists seriously there wasn’t the total disruption to essential services and supply lines that happened in Hawke’s Bay, Edgecumbe, Murchison etc and with good use of modern management systems most of the city and services were back to normal within either hours or days. The 10% or 20% of people and services and businesses that are not yet back to normal and wont be for many months just need approriate co-ordination amongst private and public angencies, something that ECan is perfectly capable of providing within existing legislation as long as the government loosens appropriate purse strings. A good example was the lifting of the normal Main Highways Board subsidy limits for local road funding in Buller and Hawkes Bay.

  10. JayMal 10

    No doubting what you say Nonny Moose, and I actually agree that a good job is being done. However that doesnt mean the law is good, or justified. The problem is twofold:

    1. It is open to abuse, not today, maybe not tomorrow, but how about in a years time when an annoying problem comes up. The complete lack of accountability either through checks and balances or in terms of public awareness of decisions being made is terrible.

    2. It sets a dangerous precedent. History proves time and again that the first use of power is usually for an extreme event, but the threshold for its re-use is lower each time. We’re not just protesting for today, but trying to protect tomorrow. If we accept it now, it will be used again in the future, there is no reasonable way to deny it. Would you be happy if unlimited power to amend or make any law was granted to Winston Peters for .. well … for anything?? How about Don Brash or my good mate Hone?

    The law simply goes too far. Arguably a change to law was needed to help Christchurch, but this is a simple power grab under the guise of helping Christchurch. On no level can it be justified, there were simply too many other options to achieve the same end on the table.

    At best it is lazy, knee jerk, law making. At worst it is a conspiracy theory (I favour the former, others here the latter).

    Bottom line is that as terrible as Canterbury’s problems are can the government justify removing nearly every democratic protection put in place over the last 300 years in order to fix it? Can it justify removing the rights that two generations fought and died for in the two 20th century wars? Can it justify removing protections when we condemn other nations that do the same for other kinds of national ‘disaster’ or crisis (eg, Fiji, Zimbabwe)?

    I say again, there were and are still other options open to the government to achieve what is needed without enacting powers that far exceed those that were deemed necessary to protect the human species.

  11. Brownlee just exempted canterbury local authorities from using the special consultative procedure for asset transfers or changes in the mode of service delivery. Or, in English, Brownlee just gave Bob Parker the power to sell Christchurch’s buses without any need for consultation. Thanks a bundle, Labour and green MPs.

    • JayMal 12.1

      Thanks for the heads up IS. If I was Satyanand I would have resigned rather than sign that into law. That would have given this horrible situation the attention it deserves.

    • Bill 12.2

      I know you’re using the example of the buses merely as an illustrative example.

      But any such sale couldn’t go through because the Order you link to says that “Subclauses (1) and (2) apply only to the extent that a decision, act, or omission to act is, directly or indirectly, necessary or desirable to further 1 or more of the purposes of the Canterbury Earthquake Response and Recovery Act 2010 as set out in section 3 of that Act.”

      And I cannot see how selling the buses could be twisted to fit with the purposes of section 3.

      But I do wonder why the order is deemed to have come into effect on the 4th Sept?

      • JayMal 12.2.1

        Point taken, however the complete lack of any accountability in decision making means only a vague tenuous link would be needed. You could argue selling buses could be justified under 3(a)(b) or (e) as raising money to help with the rebuilding. Not a very good link I admit but without power to review the decision it would still be a legal decision.

        Actually the one that sends tremors up my spine is 3(e):
        “The purpose of this Act is to provide protection from liability for certain acts or omissions.”
        If read on its own gives a blank cheque book. Not even the long title of the Act suggests this clause should be limited to helping Canterbury, simply it is there to provide protection for undefined acts or ommissions.

        Not that it matters as it cant be judicially reviewed anyway so GB doesn’t have to justify his decision.

  12. Jeremy Harris 13

    I\’ve created a facebook page about this issue, all welcome:

    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=140135796031103&v=app_2373072738

  13. JayMal 14

    I wonder what measures could now be taken to protect Christchurch’s tourism trade? Perhaps we can learn something from Fiji now this is within Gerry’s powers…

    Fiji residents are now banned from getting reports of bad weather. “Drought reports and updates will only be issued by the National Disaster Management Office, reports the Fiji Times Online, following a directive to the Fiji Meteorology Service to stop issuing media statements on the current dry spell. Ministry of Works and Public Utilities head Colonel Timoci Natuva said the directive was intended to prevent any negative comments that would impact on the country’s economy, particularly the tourism industry.

  14. Dunno what to make of this but thought it was funny as.

    Here’s an email i sent our dear leader….

    Hey John

    Howzit going ? All good i hope.

    Just a quick note, as i read you were raised in the
    Christchurch suburb of Bryndwr, so i was wondering what the
    address was and how the house, if it still exists, fared in
    the recent earthquake.

    cheers

    to which i got this reply from his private secretary…

    On behalf of the Prime Minister, Rt Hon John Key, I acknowledge your email following the recent earthquake disaster in Canterbury.

    As the issue you have raised falls within the portfolio responsibilities of the Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery, I have forwarded your email on to the office of Hon Gerry Brownlee for his consideration.

    Regards

    🙂

Links to post

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Progress in establishment of Aged Care Commissioner
    Recruitment for an Aged Care Commissioner will start next month, to ensure greater oversight of New Zealand’s aged care sector. “This sector is responsible for supporting a large and often vulnerable population. While most people are able to access quality care, there have been cases where that care has fallen ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 hours ago
  • New record number of homes consented
    In the year ended June 2021, the actual number of new dwellings consented was 44,299, up 18 percent from the June 2020 year. In June 2021, the seasonally adjusted number of new dwellings consented rose 3.8 percent. In June 2021, 4,310 new dwellings were consented, an increase of 3.8 per ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours ago
  • Communities backed to tackle wilding pines
    Twelve community projects across New Zealand will receive a share of $2 million to carry out wilding pine control, Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor announced as part of Biosecurity Week. “Wilding pines are a serious problem that threaten many of the unique landscapes that New Zealanders value. Community groups and trusts ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • Health Minister Andrew Little responding to the New Zealand Nurses Organisation's rejection of ...
    I was advised last night that the result of the ballot of Tōpūtanga Tapuhi Kaitiaki o Aotearoa New Zealand Nurses Organisation members have rejected the latest proposal to settle their collective agreement. Let me be clear: the proposal was one they put to the Government. The Nurses Organisation rejected their ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    24 hours ago
  • Conversion Practices Prohibition Legislation introduced to Parliament
    Legislation has been introduced to Parliament to protect against practices intended to change or suppress someone’s sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Introducing the Conversion Practices Prohibition Legislation Bill, Minister of Justice, Kris Faafoi, said the measures proposed were aimed at ending conversion practices which don’t work, are widely ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • New school site for booming West Auckland
    The Government will build on a new school site in West Auckland to cope with rapid population growth in the area, Education Minister Chris Hipkins says. The Ministry is working with existing local schools to determine how the 1.5-hectare site at 279 Hobsonville Point Road will be used to support ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Trans-Tasman travel window to close at midnight tomorrow
    A further 500 MIQ rooms released for managed returnees from NSW Further Government actions announced today are balanced to provide more certainty for Kiwis wanting to return from Australia, while continuing to protect New Zealand from COVID-19, acting Minister for COVID-19 Response Ayesha Verrall says. The actions were foreshadowed last ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Govt investing millions in Hawke's Bay and Tairāwhiti schools
    Napier Boys’ and Girls’ High Schools are among those set to benefit from a $16.5 million investment in the Hawke's Bay and Tairāwhiti region, Economic and Regional Development Minister Stuart Nash announced today. The Government has set aside money in Budget 2021 to accelerate five projects in Napier, Hastings, Havelock North ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Game changing Jobs for Nature investment for Northland
    Conservation Minister Kiri Allan has announced Jobs for Nature funding for a portfolio of projects that will create ‘game changing’ gains for nature and communities across Northland/Te Tai Tokerau as part of the Government’s acceleration of the economic recovery from COVID. “This portfolio of 12 projects will see over $20 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Third COVID-19 vaccine receives provisional approval
    New Zealand’s regulatory authority Medsafe has granted provisional approval of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for individuals 18 years of age and older, Acting Minister for COVID-19 Response Dr Ayesha Verrall announced today. New Zealand secured 7.6 million doses (enough for 3.8 million people) of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine through an ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Bowel-cancer screening programme is saving lives
    More than 1000 New Zealanders have had bowel cancer – New Zealand’s second-most-common cause of death from cancer - detected under the Government’s National Bowel Screening Programme, Health Minister Andrew Little said today. More than 1200 New Zealanders died from bowel cancer in 2017. The screening programme aims to save ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Govt welcomes draft report on the retail grocery sector
    The Commerce Commission’s draft report into the retail grocery sector is being welcomed by Government as a major milestone. “I asked the Commerce Commission to look at whether this sector is as competitive as it could be and today it has released its draft report for consultation,” Commerce and Consumer ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Christchurch’s Youth Hub ‘set to go’ thanks to further Government funding
    Construction of New Zealand’s first, purpose-built centre for youth well-being is ready to get underway thanks to an extra $2.5 million of COVID-19 response funding, Housing Minister and Associate Minister of Finance, Megan Woods announced today.  “The Christchurch Youth Hub is about bringing together all the things young people need ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Next step to protect Milford Sound Piopiotahi
    Expert group lays out plan to better protect iconic UNESCO World Heritage site Milford Sound Piopiotahi and its surrounds Funding confirmed for dedicated unit and Establishment Board to assess the recommendations and provide oversight of the process from here Milford Opportunities Project a test case for transformational change in tourism ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Funding for projects to reduce waste from construction and demolition
    The Government has announced funding for projects in Auckland and the lower North Island to help reduce construction and demolition waste. “Construction is the main source of waste sent to landfill, and much of this could be reduced, reused and recovered,” Environment Minister David Parker said. “The Government is funding ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Speech at the launch of the National Hepatitis C Action Plan
    Tēnā koutou katoa. Thank you Anglesea Pharmacy and Te Manawa Taki for hosting this event. As a doctor, I saw first hand the impact of hepatitis C. I met Moana in 2019; she came to the infectious diseases outpatient clinic at Wellington Hospital having tested positive for hepatitis C. Like ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Plan to eliminate hepatitis C as a major health threat by 2030
    A plan to eliminate hepatitis C in New Zealand, reducing liver cancer and the need for liver transplants, has been released today by Associate Minister of Health Dr Ayesha Verrall. “Around 45,000 New Zealanders have hepatitis C, but only around half know they have it,” said Ayesha Verrall. “Symptoms often ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • School upgrades and new classrooms for West Coast, Tasman and Canterbury
    A funding injection from Budget 2021 to complete four shovel ready projects and new classrooms at six schools and kura will provide a real boost to local communities, Minister Dr Megan Woods announced today. “This Government has committed to providing quality fit for purpose learning environments and 100,000 new student ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Warmer Kiwi Homes smashes annual target
    The Government's highly successful insulation and heating programme, Warmer Kiwi Homes, is celebrating a key milestone with the completion of more than 38,000 insulation and efficient heater installs in the year to the end of June, smashing its target of 25,000 installs for the year. “The Warmer Kiwi Homes scheme ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Exemption granted for Wallabies to enter NZ
    Bledisloe Cup rugby will be played in New Zealand after the Australian rugby team received an economic exemption to enter New Zealand. Travel between Australia and New Zealand was suspended on Friday for at least eight weeks following the worsening of the COVID outbreak across the Tasman. New Zealanders have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs makes three diplomatic appointments
    Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta today announced three New Zealand Head of Mission appointments. They are: Mike Walsh as Ambassador to Iran Michael Upton as Ambassador to Ethiopia and the African Union Kevin Burnett as Ambassador to Indonesia Iran “Aotearoa New Zealand has a long-standing and constructive relationship with Iran, despite a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Enhanced Task Force Green Approved for West Coast and Marlborough
    The Government has activated Enhanced Task Force Green (ETFG) in response to the West Coast and Marlborough floods, Social Development and Employment Minister Carmel Sepuloni announced today. “To assist with the clean-up, up to $500,000 will be made available to support the recovery in Buller and Marlborough which has experienced ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Govt support for upgrade of Eden Park players facilities
    Minister for Sport and Recreation Hon Grant Robertson has announced funding to upgrade the players facilities at Eden Park ahead of upcoming Women’s World Cup events. Eden Park is a confirmed venue for the Rugby World Cup 2021, the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022, and a proposed venue for matches of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • More jobs and quicker public transport motoring towards West Auckland
    Work to improve public transport for West Aucklanders and support the region’s economic recovery by creating hundreds of jobs has officially kicked off, Transport Minister Michael Wood announced today. Michael Wood and Auckland Mayor Phil Goff this morning marked the start of construction on the Northwestern Bus Improvements project. It ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government backs critical health research
    Research into some of New Zealanders’ biggest health concerns including cancer, diabetes, and heart disease is getting crucial support in the latest round of health research funding, Health Minister Andrew Little announced today. The funding, awarded through the Health Research Council of New Zealand, covers 31 General Project grants ($36.64 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New Bay of Islands hospital facilities to bring services closer to home
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Health Minister Andrew Little have joined a ceremony to bless the site and workers for Phase Two of the redevelopment of the Bay of Islands Hospital in Kawakawa today. The new building will house outpatients and primary care facilities, as well as expanded renal care ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Raukokore re-imagined with ‘smart’ relocatable rent to own housing
    Iwi, Crown Partnership Relocatable, fully insulated housing, connected to a new solar plant Provides a pathway to home ownership New housing in the remote eastern Bay of Plenty community of Raukokore shows how iwi and Crown agencies can work together effectively to provide warm, dry, energy efficient homes in a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Cabinet accepts Turkish authorities’ request for the managed return of three NZ citizens
    Cabinet has agreed to the managed return of a New Zealand citizen and her two young children from Turkey, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. The three have been in immigration detention in Turkey since crossing the border from Syria earlier this year. Turkey has requested that New Zealand repatriate ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Govt delivers more classrooms so children can focus on learning
    Extra Government investment in classrooms and school building projects will enable students and teachers to focus on education rather than overcrowding as school rolls grow across the country, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis say. The pair visited Ruakākā School in Whangārei today to announce $100 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New station a platform for AirportLink to take off
    Every Aucklander with access to the rail network will now have a quick and convenient trip to the airport, Transport Minister Michael Wood and Auckland Mayor Phil Goff said during the official opening of the new Puhinui Interchange today. The new interchange links the rail platform with a new bus ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • 10 days sick leave for employees delivered
    Legislation doubling employees’ minimum sick leave entitlement to 10 days comes into effect today, bringing benefits to both businesses and employees, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Wood announced today. “Our Government is delivering on a key manifesto commitment to help Kiwis and workplaces stay healthy,” Michael Wood said. “COVID-19 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Prime Minister congratulates Fiame Naomi Mata’afa on Election Win
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern tonight congratulated Prime Minister-elect Fiame Naomi Mata’afa on her victory in the Samoa’s general election. “New Zealand has a special relationship with Samoa, anchored in the Treaty of Friendship. We look forward to working with Samoa’s new government in the spirit of partnership that characterises this ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Quarantine Free Travel with Australia suspended
    Quarantine Free Travel from all Australian states and territories to New Zealand is being suspended as the Covid situation there worsens, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. From 11.59pm today Australians will no longer be able to enter New Zealand quarantine-free. This will be ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Growing conservation efforts in Gisborne
    A big injection of Jobs for Nature funding will create much-needed jobs and financial security for families in TeTairāwhiti, and has exciting prospects for conservation in the region, Conservation Minister Kiri Allan says. “The projects target local communities most affected by the economic consequences of COVID 19 and are designed ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Flood recovery given further assistance
    The Government is contributing a further $1 million to help the flood battered Buller community, Acting Emergency Management Minister Kris Faafoi announced today. “Buller is a small community which has found itself suddenly facing significant and ongoing welfare costs. While many emergency welfare costs are reimbursed by Government, this money ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Funding for five projects to reduce food waste
    The Government is funding five projects to help address the growing problem of food waste, Environment Minister David Parker announced today. “New Zealand households throw away nearly 300,000 tonnes of food every year, half of which could still be eaten. By supporting these initiatives, we’re taking steps to reduce this ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Temporary Accommodation Service activated for West Coast flooding event
    The Temporary Accommodation Service (TAS) has been activated today - meaning residents on the West Coast of the South Island and in the Marlborough region hit by flooding over the weekend can now access help finding temporary accommodation, announced Associate Minister of Housing (Public Housing) Poto Williams in Westport today. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Pause to Quarantine Free Travel from South Australia to New Zealand
    Quarantine Free Travel from South Australia to New Zealand will be paused from 11.59am (NZT) tonight, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins has announced. However, people currently in the state who ordinarily live in New Zealand will be able to return on “managed return” flights starting with the next available flight, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand condemns malicious cyber activity by Chinese state-sponsored actors
    New Zealand has established links between Chinese state-sponsored actors known as Advanced Persistent Threat 40 (APT40) and malicious cyber activity in New Zealand. “The GCSB has worked through a robust technical attribution process in relation to this activity. New Zealand is today joining other countries in strongly condemning this malicious ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Remarks to Diplomatic Corps
    It is a pleasure to be with you all this evening. Some of you may have been surprised when you received an invitation from the Minister of Disarmament and Arms Control, and I would forgive you if you were. New Zealand is unique in having established a Ministerial portfolio ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago