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Mount Albert Labour goes active

Written By: - Date published: 3:34 pm, April 26th, 2009 - 68 comments
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labour-candidates-for-mt-albertOn the way to the Question & Answer session for the Mount Albert Labour selection candidates, it was clear that the campaign has kicked off.  The hall is slowly filling up, and it looks like the seats are all full. You’ll see a photo (from the iphone) of candidates on the front table just as the meeting started.

It is likely that local issues are going to be a very strong part of this campaign. Issues like the NACT super-city botch-up, the stalled train station upgrades after NACT stopped the financing, the changes to the state highway 20 where NACT is ‘reviewing’ the existing design to something that is noisier and far more intrusive to the local community, the doubling of the size of St Lukes mall using the NACT minimal protection RMA, etc. It will be interesting to see what the candidates for selection have to say.

Mt Albert Labour HoardingThe first hoardings are up from Labour (left), and I’m sure that I saw some from other parties at Point Chev. Apparently the door-knocking, pamphlets and phone canvassing is all underway for this seven week campaign. Don’t wait for the selection of a candidate, if you want to volunteer, then the Labour by-election is all ready to use your support effectively.

It will be exhausting.

So far the Q&A has been very interesting. The choices will be hard, but I’m sure that I will get a great candidate from it.

I managed to get a copy of the initial hoardings. Looks like a very local campaign, but that is my ‘home’ electorate. The waffle that John Key likes to push won’t work too well here. However I’m sure that he will turn up doing publicity stunts in support of whichever candidate National selects.

68 comments on “Mount Albert Labour goes active”

  1. Good billboards. Simple message and effective I reckon.

    However, just a point about the St Lukes expansion. The Plan Change for it is currently in the notification period so it will all be conducted under the existing RMA rules. But who am I to let the facts get in the way of a good story 😉

  2. mike 2

    You should be spraying some of your misguided venom towards the greens as it will be their decsion to put up a strong candidate that will ultimately turn Mt Albert blue.

    • lprent 2.1

      mike: I didn’t mention the greens? Why did you? Trying to divert away from the post?

      This was a post on a Labour meeting I was attending.

  3. Sarah 3

    And was David Shearer able to answer a single question on local issues? Brian Edwards calls him a carpetbagger in his post today!

    • And what is Melissa Lee? or Russell Norman. (if not carpet baggers).

    • lprent 3.2

      Sarah – you are wrong. David Shearer has had a house in Kingsland for a while.

      Perhaps you should check your facts before making a public fool of yourself.

    • FALEFONO 3.3

      I was at the meeting yesterday and I have to say I was disappointed by Shearer. He came across as lacklustre, dithering, completely out of touch with any of the issues, and like he was treating the selection as just a formaility.

      Fryer and Varianathan were both quite good.

      But the clear winner of all three rounds was Bates. She was stunning, like Clark Mk 2 but with good looks and a GSOH.

      That will put Goff in a very awkward position if he still wants to support Shearer after the Q+A embarrasment. If he does it will be clear to at least the 100 members there that talent was not the deciding factor.

  4. The Shearer phenomenon is particulaly interesting and has invited accusations of carpetbagging. Which is rather different, Sarah, from calling him a carpetbagger. I didn’t. See http://brianedwardsmedia.co.nz/2009/04/mt-albert-musings/ I was responding to Matt McCarten’s piece in today’s SST.

    • I find it interesting that Matt always talks as if he knows what is going on inside the Labour Party (I wonder who he gets his information from?). He often turns out to be very very far from the truth.

    • Tane 4.2

      McCarten’s a funny one. I don’t know whether it’s the concering amount of time he spends in the company of the lunatic right or if it’s his just his usual sectarianism, but he certainly gives the impression these days that he’s unwittingly running lines for the right.

      Why else do you think David Farrar quotes him at length on his blog nearly every week and Hooton boosts him in his columns and radio appearances at every opportunity?

  5. outofbed 5

    Mike spot the difference
    you should be spraying some of your misguided venom towards the greens as it will be their decision to put up a strong candidate that will ultimately turn Mt Albert blue.
    you should be spraying some of your misguided venom towards the Labour party as it will be their decision to put up a strong candidate that will ultimately turn Mt Albert blue.

    • Outofbed

      I do not understand.

      It is a Labour held seat and the Greens are putting up probably their best candidate. This increases the chance of National winning it. If National does then the centre left will not win the next election. The sort of idiocy that we have seen towards environmental action over the past 6 months will continue and probably be enhanced.

      I have been scratching my head trying to think why and the only justification I can think of is that the Greens want to supplant Labour as the majority left wing party. New Zealand’s history has had other examples of such titanic battles, interestingly National was or became the government during the time of each of these.

      The Green’s miscalculation IMHO is that they can now be painted as National’s poodles, willing to side to a reactionary government that does not believe in climate change so that its members can have the occasional cup of tea with Ministers.

      • QoT 5.1.1

        micky,

        I don’t necessarily agree with outofbed’s position, but the fact remains that just because Mt Albert is currently a Labour-held seat it doesn’t give Labour dibs on standing the only left-wing/left-of-centre candidate.

        Sure, we can say “the Greens standing Norman splits the vote giving National a greater chance.”

        But it is equally true that Labour is just as capable as the Greens of *not* standing in the seat. Yes, it’s ridiculously unlikely. But it takes two to split a vote.

        Besides which, this is like the posts about people voting for the Workers’ Party or RAM at the last general election, and some writers here basically blaming those voters for Labour’s loss. These voters aren’t stupid. If they want to elect a Labour candidate they’ll vote for the Labour candidate. If they don’t want to, they won’t. Strangely, not everyone on the left considers a Labour-led government their default goal.

        • mickysavage 5.1.1.1

          QoT

          I think it is different because this is a FPP election and the Greens are standing their leader. They could fight the good fight and go for John Carapiet who I understand is respected or they can go with Russell Norman and it then like they want to maximise their vote.

          They have chosen to do this, it is beyond what could reasonably be expected. It could damage Labour’s chances.

          RAM and the workers are small enough they will not do any damage. The Greens can campaign as hard as they want at a MMP election, no problems. But this is FPP. This reminds me of 1975 when an enthusiastic dedicated group formed Values and let Muldoon into power.

          For those on the left like it or not Labour has to be the default goal. After 6 months of environmental policy destruction, fire at will and tax cuts for the rich only, dare I say it, there is no alternative.

          • QoT 5.1.1.1.1

            And … exactly what reason is there for the Greens not to stand Norman?

            Because seriously, this argument seems to come down to “Labour has dibs on Mt Albert!”

            No one’s forcing Labour to stand a candidate either. This is FPP. They could, just like the Greens, just like ANY party, stand a strong viable candidate to maximise their vote. Or they can not.

            End of the day, Mt Albert voters get to choose who they want as their member of Parliament. And just like RAM voters and Workers’ Party voters, they’re not morons who need their field of candidates narrowed to a single left/right choice in order to know what they’re doing.

          • Anita 5.1.1.1.2

            QoT,

            Local electorates are local electorates. By carpet bagging the Greens are treating the electoral process and the voters of Mt Albert with the contempt that is traditional from Labour and National.

            IMO the Greens should run a hard campaign for Mt Albert with a Mt Albert candidate.

          • QoT 5.1.1.1.3

            Sure, Anita. Because National and Labour are both going to totally run their Most Genuine 100% Mt Albertonian candidates, and not the ones with better campaigning skills or higher profiles or anything.

            While we’re speaking on a “pointing out the fucking obvious in a condescending tone” basis, just because you call something carpet bagging and state that it’s a bad thing does not actually make it either.

          • Anita 5.1.1.1.4

            QoT,

            As I think I said, i wouldn’t expect any better from Labour or National. Yeah they both carpet bag, yeah it bugs me, but as I have pretty low opinions of both it doesn’t strike me as worth commenting on. I like to imagine that the Greens hold themselves a little higher and behave a little better; not in this case 🙁

            I’d be interested to hear an argument that Norman is not carpetbagging.

            As for why I think it’s bad MMP is designed to be a blend of proportional and local representation. The point of the local electorate is solely to provide local representation about local issues without affecting the overall proprtionality of the house. So if, for example, I lived in Motueka I could expect the Greens to represent my political views, but Chris Auchenvole to make sure my local issues were handled. Carpet bagging leads to poor prioritisation of local issues (which the Greens are supposed to believe are very important) and can lead to deliberate distortion of proportionality (which the Greens…).

  6. Just a quick piece of feedback.

    Please put “Vote Labour” on the election hoarding. It’s just not very clear which party we should be supporting just by looking at them.

    Cheers,
    Francois

  7. Sweetd 7

    Mickysavage

    I foresee the greens fate worse than you predict. They will become the new NZ First. That is, easily moving from left to right depending on what way the wind is blowing, but in doing so they will explain to the public, this is to further green cause; in effect it will be to be distrusted by both labour and national.

    The greens want to not been seen as mini labour, and putting in a strong candidate are showing that. But, I think they may be cutting off their nose to spite their face, in that the long term waves of this action will echo for a very long time and they will forever be on the outer no matter what party is in.

    Or, maybe its just too much cab sav…

  8. outofbed 8

    In some ways we see Labour and National as both side of the same coin
    put really simply
    Both want to grow the economy at the expense of the environment
    The way they cut up and share the pie is the difference.

    How can we get exposure for our brand of politics if we do not take this
    kind of opportunity
    We are an independent party after all

    As I tongue in cheek said before if the Labour Party wanted to achieve Socail justice, one way would be to want a Green electorate MP in Mount Albert as that would strenghten the Greens who are more a natural ally to Lab then Nats

    I disagree that National winning MA would make any difference to the centre left winning the next election.

    What is more likely to let the Tories win Is Labour not be an effective opposition with a poor choice of leader as is the case now

  9. gfraser 9

    Anyone else think that the MSM are doing a top job for National for the upcoming by election?
    I have heard on Morning Report “that National are underdogs and have nothing to lose”
    Ralstons column in the Herald today could have came straight from the Nats HQ and finally this evening TV3 trumpeting the fact the Goff is 3rd in the preferred PM stakes.
    I hope that the voters of Mt. Albert are not as easily swayed as the rest of the country was by this B.S.

    • I agree GF, it feels like a fight on many fronts at the one time …

    • Daveski 9.2

      I have heard on Morning Report “that National are underdogs and have nothing to lose’

      So the MSM now gets it for accurate reporting?? Which part of that is unreasonable or indeed erroneous?

  10. Doug 10

    gfraser
    Why blame the MSM when Labour are doing such a good job of making fools of themselves, fancy starting a campaign without a Candidate. If Labour thought Judith was to old, Shearer is even older the party seems to be going backwards.

    • lprent 10.1

      Why not. The candidate is not likely to win the campaign, although they could lose it.

      The campaign in Mt Albert will be won largely on the ground with door-knocking, phone-canvassing, hoardings, message, etc. Most of that doesn’t depend on having a candidate – they are there largely for the debates and baby-kissing.

      I think that the Nats just have sour grapes because they don’t know how to get working early enough. Incidentally in Mt Albert terms, this is a really short campaign. We usually start about a year out from the election.

  11. Julie 11

    Do you know when the selection is likely to be finalised for any of the candidates lprent?

    I would have thought if we are going to get all bogged down in carpetbagging that Norman wins that hands down – he’s Australian 😉

    • lprent 11.1

      From memory Labour and the Nats are end of next week. I don’t get all that fussed about candidates. If they’re any good then they’ll trust people to do what needs to be done.

  12. Julie,

    I heard from the grapevine that it will be finalized by Sunday at the latest.

  13. outofbed 13

    “would have thought if we are going to get all bogged down in carpetbagging that Norman wins that hands down – he’s Australian”

    throws hands in air and gives up

    • BLiP 13.1

      Yeah, me too, OOB. I’ve given up on the political process as being the best medium for promoting environmental iniatives while the current bunnies flop around and get subsumed into a Blue-Green tinge. Direct action is where its at. Just a couple of high exposure stunts highlighting environmental hazards in the Mt Albert area will have more impact than six weeks of Norman puddling around and preening before the cameras.

      • The Baron 13.1.1

        “Just a couple of high exposure stunts highlighting environmental hazards in the Mt Albert area will have more impact than six weeks of Norman puddling around and preening before the cameras.”

        God, I didn’t realise that Mt Albert was such an ecological wasteland. My oh my, BLiP – you standing outside the Kingslander pointing at cigarette butts is bound to swing the vote your way.

        Head for the hills Ma – environMENTAL catastrophy is a-comin!

  14. Tim Ellis 14

    I think it’s good that Labour have got their hoardings up, but it looks like Labour were more interested in getting sites established and a monopoly on public hoardings rather than getting the proper message across. A good strategic move in that respect.

    As for the message itself, I think it is pretty lame. It looks very much like it could have been on behalf of the NZ First party. It doesn’t have any clear association with Labour. If the party was really proud of itself, then it would have a big Labour association.

    It’s amusing to note two things relating to the authorisation statement: firstly, it refers to Mike Smith, who’s based in Wellington. I think this is ironic, given that Labour is promoting itself as having a local candidate to “put Labour first”. Secondly Labour has done away with the home address requirement for authorisation statements that Labour defended so vigorously under the EFA. They’ve put up Mike Smith’s work address rather than his home address.

  15. I don’t know much about them but I’m inclined to agree with David Farrar that it’s a 2 horse race between

    Shearer, darling of the Herald
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10568104

    and Bates, who’s getting this kind of ultra vitriolic attack from the arch right
    https://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=19786816&postID=5347170598605038758

    hmm, i wonder which candidate the right are actually worried about?

  16. Pat 16

    The great irony is that Labour’s strongest candidate was Twyford. No-one, left or right, doubted that he would win the seat.

    Look’s like Shearer has 3 votes out of 7 already, so it all comes down to the local party admin who have the ability to nobble him if they can all back someone else like Meg Bates.

  17. the sprout 17

    I’m not so sure Shearer has unanimous Head Office backing. I agree he looks great on paper, but looking at her website I think Bates would clearly be the better candidate to canibalize the Green vote – which I think is why the right are so septic about her. Well, that and the fact she reminds them of their greatest nemesis!

    • Tim Ellis 17.1

      That is an interesting analysis sprout. Bates certainly would seem to be the ideal candidate for Labour if the Greens weren’t running a candidate, to unify the left-wing vote, but that prospect seems to have gone out the door with Russel Norman standing.

  18. Pat 18

    Once again, I think Labour are in danger of falling into carefully laid traps by reading too much into what is posted on Right-wing blogs. i.e. the right are septic about Meg Bates, therefore she must be the best candidate.

    I think the Nats would be overjoyed to see Meg Bates get the nod ahead of Twyford and Shearer.

  19. cassidy 19

    Yeh go Meg Bates – or should I say Megabates! Brains, confidence, knowledge, youth and a woman what more could Labour want for its rejuvenation. A second Helen Clark in the makings. The Labour Party needs both Meg and David – excellent candidates BUT why stand David in a electorate that he knows little about and has no current feelings for…Don’t push Meg aside Phil, give David another electorate to stand in so you get both!! Mt Albert is Meg’s town as she showed with much aplomb in the Qand A session.

  20. Stephen 20

    I think Mt Albert-ers would be a little cautious about installing a professional student as their MP…

    edit: whoops, tutor too.

  21. the sprout 21

    you mean like Helen Clark was when they first elected her?

  22. Stephen 22

    the sprout,

    I should’ve said I was aware of that! Things change – I think Melissa Lee’s record compares very favourably when measured against Bates’, but then in the end it’ll all be about policies…right right right. I think Bates’ youth will probably count against her a bit too…

  23. dave 23

    Lprent
    The campaign in Mt Albert will be won largely on the ground with door-knocking, phone-canvassing, hoardings, message, etc. Most of that doesn’t depend on having a candidate – they are there largely for the debates and baby-kissing.

    AMAZING!. candidates are there just for baby kissing and debates. This is a by-election Lynn. People will vote for and and elect a candidate to ” put Mt Albert first”. Not put Labour first, National first

    No candidates, no by-election.By-elections depend on having candidates. Got it? Labour has no confirmed candidate. That Labour billboard is bit like saying “go to the back of the line” when you don’t know which line you are talking about. You just know you have to go to the back of the line.

    • lprent 23.1

      After the candidates are selected it will be 6 week campaign in an electorate of 45,000 registered voters. Do the maths. A single candidate will not be able to contact more than a small percentage of the electorate. However the parties will. It will largely be a party campaign

  24. Meg 25

    Hi Stephen, just by way of clarification, I am the Head Tutor in the Politics Department.

    This means I am involved in the hiring of a staff of up to 18 that I then train, manage and advocate for. This involves all of the things people like to attribute to the “real world”- budgets, contracts, HR skills, and involves my teaching experience within the discipline of politics.

    I have also been lecturing in New Zealand politics. Please feel free to check out my site to prevent further confusion.

    Cheers

    • The Baron 25.1

      Tally ho, sounds like you’re uniquely suited to parliament then. Surely the theory can’t be that different to reality, right?

    • had enough 25.2

      HI Meg have you got some real life skills with which you can actually relate to the real people of MT Albert with?

      • QoT 25.2.1

        Because the people of Mt Albert totally have a history of rejecting candidates bagged by the nutters of the right for their tertiary education experience.

        Captcha: National voguish. Worrying.

  25. Sarah 26

    You’re a rude little fellow, aren’t you, Iprent? If you read it properly, you’ll see there are no “facts” in my comment, other than a reference to a post. And John Key has a house in Hawaii – does that make him an expert on Hawaiian affairs?

    • lprent 26.1

      I was correcting you saying that he was a carpet bagger. Brian Edwards didn’t as he explained above, and he was was who you attributed the ‘fact’ to. Therefore the ‘fact’ can only be attributed to you.

      Perhaps you should check your facts before making a fool of yourself in public.

      • Tim Ellis 26.1.1

        I find the whole carpet-bagging accusation a bit tiresome, to be frank. Auckland has a very high proportion of transient people who come in and out of electorates anyway. People don’t normally live in the same houses all their lives. Many MPs on both sides of the House didn’t live in their electorates before representing them: Annette King, Trevor Mallard, and probably a few National MPs as well. John Key, David Cunliffe, and Phil Goff don’t even live in their electorates now.

        lp, have you got verification on whether David Shearer has recently lived in the electorate?

  26. gobsmacked 27

    If we’re talking head office versus locals, why is National’s two-time local candidate getting shoved out by a sitting MP?

    There are already a few rumblings of discontent in the sizeable Mt Albert Indian community at this prospect. Something missed by Pakeha MSM commentators (who think Asians are basically all the same, but do serve nice food).

  27. Sarah 28

    Might be a good idea to work out the difference between a fact and an opinion. I didn’t say Shearer was a carpetbagger – others did. And that’s opinion.

  28. Stephen 29

    Thanks Meg. I had read your website bio, but it didn’t really say what you just said about what being a head tutor involves, which is more than I thought. What I do like about ‘real world’ (read private sector) experience is that it involves more than a little exposure to issues that the tax base who provide our salaries faces (I work at a uni too). Just a small personal bias of mine – you’re obviously no idiot, so we’ll see what happens!

  29. Stephen 30

    I think the weird Wall Street stuff should be a different sector in its self.

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  • New Zealand and Singapore reaffirm ties
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong have marked the first anniversary of the New Zealand-Singapore Enhanced Partnership with a virtual Leaders’ Meeting today. The Enhanced Partnership, signed on 17 May 2019, provides the framework for cooperation across the four main areas of trade, defence and ...
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    On 17 May 2019, New Zealand and Singapore established an Enhanced Partnership to elevate our relations. The Enhanced Partnership – based on the four pillars of trade and economics, security and defence, science, technology and innovation, and people-to-people links – has seen the long-standing relationship between our countries strengthen over the ...
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  • Government investment supports the acquisition of new Interislander ferries
    State-Owned Enterprises Minister Winston Peters has welcomed KiwiRail’s announcement that it is seeking a preferred shipyard to build two new rail-enabled ferries for the Cook Strait crossing. “This Government is committed to restoring rail to its rightful place in New Zealand. Bigger, better ships, with new technology are yet another ...
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  • Better protection for seabirds
    Better protection for seabirds is being put in place with a new National Plan of Action to reduce fishing-related captures, Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash and Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage announced today.   The National Plan of Action for Seabirds 2020 outlines our commitment to reduce fishing-related captures and associated seabird ...
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  • Milestone in cash flow support to SMEs
    Almost $1 billion in interest-free loans for small businesses More than 55,000 businesses have applied; 95% approved Average loan approx. $17,300 90% of applications from firms with ten or fewer staff A wide cross-section of businesses have applied, the most common are the construction industry, accommodation providers, professional firms, and ...
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  • Government protects kids as smoking in cars ban becomes law
    Thousands of children will have healthier lungs after the Government’s ban on smoking in cars with kids becomes law, says Associate Minister of Health Jenny Salesa. This comes after the third reading of Smoke-free Environments (Prohibiting Smoking in Motor Vehicles Carrying Children) Amendment Bill earlier today. “This law makes it ...
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  • Parliament returns to a safe normal
    The special Epidemic Response Committee (ERC) has successfully concluded its role, Leader of the House Chris Hipkins said today. The committee was set up on 25 March by the agreement of Parliament to scrutinise the Government and its actions while keeping people safe during levels 4 and 3 of lockdown. ...
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  • Foreign Minister makes four diplomatic appointments
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today announced four diplomatic appointments: New Zealand’s Ambassador to Belgium, High Commissioners to Nauru and Niue, and Ambassador for Counter-Terrorism. “As the world seeks to manage and then recover from COVID-19, our diplomatic and trade networks are more important than ever,” Mr Peters said. “The ...
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  • New Bill to counter violent extremism online
    New Zealanders will be better protected from online harm through a Bill introduced to Parliament today, says Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin. “The internet brings many benefits to society but can also be used as a weapon to spread harmful and illegal content and that is what this legislation targets,” ...
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  • Mycoplasma bovis eradication reaches two year milestone in good shape
    New Zealand’s world-first plan to eradicate the cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis is on track the latest technical data shows, says Agriculture and Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor. “Two years ago the Government, DairyNZ and Beef + Lamb New Zealand and industry partners made a bold decision to go hard and commit ...
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  • New payment to support Kiwis through COVID
    Further support for New Zealanders affected by 1-in-100 year global economic shock 12-week payment will support people searching for new work or retraining Work programme on employment insurance to support workers and businesses The Government today announced a new temporary payment to support New Zealanders who lose their jobs due ...
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  • PGF reset helps regional economies
    The Provincial Growth Fund will play a vital role in New Zealand’s post-COVID-19 recovery by creating jobs in shorter timeframes through at least $600 million being refocused on projects with more immediate economic benefits, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The funding is comprised of repurposed Provincial Growth ...
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    3 days ago
  • Government exempts some home improvements from costly consents
    Government exempts some home improvements from costly consents Homeowners, builders and DIYers will soon have an easier time making basic home improvements as the Government scraps the need for consents for low-risk building work such as sleep-outs, sheds and carports – allowing the construction sector to fire back up quicker ...
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  • Concern at introduction of national security legislation for Hong Kong
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says the New Zealand Government has reacted with concern at the introduction of legislation in China’s National People’s Congress relating to national security in Hong Kong.  “We have a strong interest in seeing confidence maintained in the ‘one country, two systems’ principle under which Hong ...
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  • Samoa Language Week theme is perfect for the post-COVID-19 journey
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio, says the theme for the 2020 Samoa Language Week is a perfect fit for helping our Pacific communities cope with the unfolding COVID-19 crisis, and to prepare now for the journey ahead as New Zealand focuses on recovery plans and rebuilding New ...
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    5 days ago
  • Adult kakī/black stilt numbers soar
    A nearly 40-year programme to protect one of New Zealand’s most critically endangered birds is paying off, with a record number of adult kakī/black stilt recently recorded living in the wild, the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage announced today. “Thanks to the team effort involved in the Department of Conservation’s ...
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  • Waikato-Tainui settlement story launched on 25th anniversary of Treaty signing
    The story of the Waikato-Tainui Treaty process and its enduring impact on the community is being told with a five-part web story launched today on the 25th anniversary of settlement, announced Associate Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Carmel Sepuloni. “I am grateful to Waikato-Tainui for allowing us to help capture ...
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  • Taita College to benefit from $32 million school redevelopment
    Taita College in the Hutt Valley will be redeveloped to upgrade its ageing classrooms and leaky roofs, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. “The work is long overdue and will make a lasting difference to the school for generations to come,” Chris Hipkins said. “Too many of our schools are ...
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    6 days ago
  • Redeployment for workers in hard-hit regions
    The Government is allocating $36.72 million to projects in regions hard hit economically by COVID-19 to keep people working, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Projects in Hawke’s Bay, Northland, Rotorua and Queenstown will be funded from the Government’s $100 million worker ...
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  • $35m to build financial resilience for New Zealanders
    A $35m boost to financial capability service providers funded by MSD will help New Zealanders manage their money better both day to day and through periods of financial difficulty, announced Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni. “It’s always been our position to increase support to key groups experiencing or at risk ...
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  • New District Court Judge appointed
    Dunedin barrister Melinda Broek has been appointed as a District Court Judge with Family Court jurisdiction to be based in Rotorua, Attorney-General David Parker announced today. Ms Broek has iwi affiliations to Ngai Tai. She commenced her employment in 1996 with Scholefield Cockroft Lloyd in Invercargill specialising in family and ...
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  • $206 million investment in upgrades at Ohakea Air Force Base
    The Coalition Government has approved a business case for $206 million in upgrades to critical infrastructure at Royal New Zealand Air Force Base Ohakea, with the first phase starting later this year, Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today. The investment will be made in three phases over five years, and ...
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    6 days ago
  • Review of CAA organisational culture released
    Transport Minister Phil Twyford today released the Ministry of Transport’s review of the organisational culture at the Civil Aviation Authority. Phil Twyford says all employees are entitled to a safe work environment. “I commissioned this independent review due to the concerns I had about the culture within the CAA, and ...
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    6 days ago
  • New Board appointed at Stats NZ
    Ensuring that Stats NZ’s direction and strategy best supports government policy decisions will be a key focus for a new Governance Advisory Board announced today by the Minister for Statistics, James Shaw. The new Governance Advisory Board will provide strategic advice to Stats NZ to ensure it is meeting New ...
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  • New Principal Environment Judge
    Environment Judge David Kirkpatrick of Auckland has been appointed as the Principal Environment Judge, Attorney-General David Parker announced today.  Judge Kirkpatrick was appointed an Environment Judge in February 2014. From December 2013 to July 2016 he was Chair of the Auckland Unitary Plan Independent Hearings Panel. Prior to appointment he ...
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    1 week ago
  • Digital connectivity boost for urban marae
    A programme to connect marae around the country to the internet has received $1.4 million to expand to include urban marae in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Minister Kris Faafoi and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. The funding for the Marae Connectivity Programme ...
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  • Govt increases assistance to drought-stricken Hawke’s Bay farmers
    The Government will provide $500,000 to the Hawke’s Bay Mayoral Drought Relief Fund to help farmers facing one of the worst droughts in living memory, says Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. “Yesterday afternoon I received a letter from Hawke's Bay's five local Government leaders asking me to contribute to the Fund. ...
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  • Investment in New Zealand’s history
    Budget 2020 provides a major investment in New Zealand’s documentary heritage sector, with a commitment to leasing a new Archives Wellington facility and an increase in funding for Archives and National Library work. “Last year I released plans for a new Archives Wellington building – a purpose-built facility physically connected ...
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  • Driving prompt payments to small businesses
    Government Ministers are asking significant private enterprises to adopt prompt payment practices in line with the state sector, as a way to improve cashflow for small businesses. The Ministers of Finance, Small Business, Commerce and Consumer Affairs have written to more than 40 significant enterprises and banking industry representatives to ...
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  • Rotorua tourist icon to be safeguarded
    Maori Arts and Crafts will continue to underpin the heart of the tourism sector says Minister for Maori Development Nanaia Mahuta.  “That’s why we are making a core investment of $7.6 million to Te Puia New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute, over two years, as part of the Government’s ...
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  • $14.7m for jobs training and education
    The Government is funding more pathways to jobs through training and education programmes in regional New Zealand to support the provinces’ recovery from the economic impacts of COVID-19, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Employment Minister Willie Jackson have announced. “New Zealand’s economic recovery will be largely driven by ...
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    1 week ago
  • Is it time to further recognise those who serve in our military?
     Minister for Veterans Ron Mark has announced the launch of a national conversation that aims to find out whether New Zealanders think there should be a formal agreement between service people, the Government, and the people of New Zealand. “This year marks the 75th anniversary of the end of World ...
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  • Paving the way for a fully qualified early learning workforce
    The Government’s drive to improve the quality of early childhood education (ECE) is taking another step forward with the reintroduction of a higher funding rate for services that employ fully qualified and registered teachers, Education Minister Chris Hipkins has announced. “Research shows that high-quality ECE can improve young people’s learning ...
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    1 week ago
  • Sport Recovery Package announced
    The Sport and Recreation sector will receive a multi-million dollar boost as part of the COVID-19 response funded at Budget 2020.  Grant Robertson says the Sport and Recreation Sector contributes about $5 billion a year to New Zealand’s GDP and employs more than 53,000 people. “Sport plays a significant role ...
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  • Major boost in support for caregivers and children
    A major increase in funding and availability of support will improve the incomes and reduce the pressure on 14,000 caregivers looking after more than 22,000 children. Children’s Minister Tracey Martin says that caregivers – all those looking after someone else’s children both in and outside the state care system – ...
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    1 week ago
  • Great Walks recovery on track for summer
    Vital conservation and visitor infrastructure destroyed by a severe flood event in Fiordland earlier this year is being rebuilt through a $13.7 million Budget 2020 investment, announced Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage.   “This investment will mean iconic Great Walks such as the Routeburn track and the full length of ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Māori – Government partnership gives whānau a new housing deal
    The Government is investing  $40 million in a partnership with Māori to get more whānau into warm, dry and secure accommodation, Associate Minister for Housing (Māori Housing) Hon Nanaia Mahuta says.. “We are partnering with Māori and iwi to respond to the growing housing crisis in the wake of COVID-19. ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Keeping New Zealanders Safe In The Water
    Keeping New Zealanders safe in the water Our lifeguards and coastguards who keep New Zealanders safe in the water have been given a funding boost thanks to the 2020 Budget, Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector Poto Williams has announced. The water safety sector will receive $63 million over ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Legal framework for COVID-19 Alert Level referred to select committee
    The COVID-19 Public Health Response Act 2020, which set a sound legal framework ahead of the move to Alert level 2, has been referred to a parliamentary select committee for review.  Attorney-General David Parker said the review of the operation of the COVID-19 specific law would be reported back to ...
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