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Nat MPs one week window of relevance

Written By: - Date published: 11:08 am, December 6th, 2016 - 48 comments
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Life must be tough as a Nat MP. Key has been so dominant for so long that they have become invisible. The only ones we ever hear about are the ones who screw up.

But now, for a one glorious week, Nat MPs are somewhat relevant. They get to vote on the new leader. (Sorry Nat members – you remain completely irrelevant – no vote for you – though National is happy to keep taking your money – ka-ching!)

For one week the factions are all out in the open, the infighting has begun – Discontent stirs among National Party caucus after John key’s shocking resignation

Key’s dream-team for the succession is known to be English as Prime Minister, Paula Bennett as Deputy Prime Minister and Steven Joyce as Finance Minister.

That is the likely outcome because Key’s influence remains huge.

But sources spoken to by the Herald suggest a pocket of discontent with some not wanting the baton passed without a contest next Monday, even with the knowledge English will be the likely successor.

There is speculation that Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and Justice Minister Amy Adams are considering a run, possibly on a new generation ticket.

Judith Collins, too, is not ruling out a bid and Paula Bennett has made no decisions.

Enjoy your week N-MPs! After it is passed you will be required to shut up and toe the line again. And you will meekly do it too – in public at least.

48 comments on “Nat MPs one week window of relevance”

  1. Ovid 1

    The leadership race may be a three-way between English, Collins and Coleman. Interestingly, the National Party constitution is silent on whether the leader needs more than half of caucus’s support or just a simple plurality.

  2. Guerilla Surgeon 2

    It’s Significant that Key said he wished he could have done more for poor children in New Zealand, but that his greatest regret was the flag debacle. I suspect that’s the measure of the man really.

    • Cinny 2.1

      Indeed and Meti feels the same…

      Oral Questions – 6 December 2016

      2. METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Ka tū ia i runga i te mana o tana kōrero “I honestly wish I could have changed the flag”, i te wā i pātaitia ai, he aha tana tino pōuri nui?

      Translation: Does he stand by his statement that “I honestly wish I could have changed the flag”, when asked for his greatest regret?

  3. adam 3

    Is it this type of HAPPY?!?!??

  4. Rosemary McDonald 4

    Jonathon Coleman to replace Key?

    Great choice, and he’s clearly up to the task of continuing the Great Work….

    http://www.noted.co.nz/currently/profiles/minister-of-health-jonathan-coleman-interview/

    An anticipatory article from the Listener?

    “Jonathan Coleman has a voice like a late-night drag on a dying cigar: a rich blend of authority and entitlement, carelessness and confidence. Crackling through the croaky delivery are sparks of mischief and a faux protestation of innocence. Who me? But make no mistake. This is a highly ambitious minister, adept at the dark arts of politics and smart enough to almost always get away with it.

    Coleman is a hyper-achiever. He was head boy at Auckland Grammar, went to medical school, earned a post-graduate diploma of obstetrics and an MBA, set up a GP’s practice overseas and was a management consultant at PWC – all before ­becoming the first doctor in 70 years to take the health portfolio. Health is a matter of life and death in the John Key school of Government. The Prime Minister has long believed voters only really care about four things: health, education, law and order and the economy. Coleman is central to the fabric of the Government. And things are starting to fray.

    The wider problem is that we’ve got this fragmented system and we haven’t had a good system for developing talent in terms of executive management. So when we need a new chief ­executive or a new CFO, they just advertise in the Otago Daily Times or the Dominion Post or whatever.

    “There is not the training programme taking in smart young grads and developing them. Because these are great jobs. If you are running a major DHB you might be on $500,000-600,000.”

    Despite these reservations, he has no appetite to change the way DHBs are constituted. A proposal from the Director-General of Health’s office, leaked last year, suggested reducing the number of board members and having two-thirds of them appointed by the minister. Most DHBs have 11 members, with seven chosen through local government elections. Coleman told the Listener it will stay that way.”

    Hmmmm…https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/minister-announces-dhb-board-appointments

    Yes, yes, yes…this is The Man all right…;-)

    • The Chairman 4.1

      I always thought Coleman sounds just like Key.

      If they want a fresher look, Coleman and Adams would be the way to go.

      • Rex Morris 4.1.1

        Or Adams and Coleman

      • swordfish 4.1.2

        “I always thought Coleman sounds just like Key.”

        Yep, like a deliberate impersonation of all of Key’s mannerisms and studied, carefully-contrived mumbling.

        Not unlike (The Simpsons) Mayor Quimby’s parody of JFK and Ted Kennedy, complete with Upper-Middle Massachusetts / Cape Cod timbre.

        • the pigman 4.1.2.1

          I heard him on Checkpoint tonight and my first thought was that he’d deployed his surgical skills to perform a complete voice transplant of Keys to himself. I couldn’t get over how contrived it sounded, til it started faltering in the interview proper.

    • AB 4.2

      Coleman is a total snake and would turn people off in droves

      • The Chairman 4.2.1

        No more than Bennett or Collins.

        Nevertheless, he’s not my cup of tea, but there is no denying the two would provide a fresher look.

      • He’s at least as strong an option as English or Bennett, although I hadn’t initially considered him as Nats are typically pretty serious about seniority in choosing a leader, and Coleman doesn’t have it. There’s an outside chance he could win, but personally I wouldn’t bet on him, even though he seems like probably the best option of all the declared candidates.

        • The Chairman 4.2.2.1

          Coleman as leader is my prediction.

          The reasoning is they won’t want to look as if they’re going backwards. National will want to be seen as a party that’s innovative and moving forward.

          Moreover, English has been tested and failed, hence they won’t want to repeat/risk that mistake.

          Bennett or Collins are both well known but are also widely disliked, hence too high risk. To his advantage in that respect, Coleman is less known outside the beltway.

          The Party will be gutted Key left them far more vulnerable at such a crucial time within the election cycle.

      • mosa 4.2.3

        The creepy doctor Mr Moneybags.

      • KJT 4.2.4

        So will any of the bunch of arrogant incompetents in National.
        The problem with Key is that, he was very competent in lulling people to sleep, while the foundations of the country were being worn away.

    • Tamati Tautuhi 4.3

      The guy still doesn’t understand that sugar and fizzy drinks cause problems in the human body/metabolism?

      He might have these fancy pieces of paper however it appears he is lacking in common sense?

      That’s my diagnosis anyway.

    • Psych nurse 4.4

      He’d be great, Annette King only has to open her mouth and he’s lost his cool.

  5. michelle 5

    There is nothing fresh in the gnats party accept for fresh air and if they get re-elected God help us we might have to pay for that to

    • The Chairman 5.1

      If National get re-elected it will be because Labour didn’t up their game.

      But don’t worry, after the Mt Roskill win, Labour think they are on the right track to win. Chuckles.

      • Tamati Tautuhi 5.1.1

        Labour have to prove to the NZ Public they are a credible opposition party and not just a light weight version of National dressed in Red?

      • Muttonbird 5.1.2

        Laila Harre has asked you to support Andrew Little and a Labour/Green government.

        Why won’t you do it?

        • The Chairman 5.1.2.1

          Funny that, Labour wouldn’t support Laila.

          Moreover, Little was more accommodating towards (who Little himself called a right-winger) Leggett (after Leggett quit Labour and opposed their endorsement in the local body elections) than he is to working with Hone.

          http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11725623

          Additionally, Little recently scoffed at the notion of Labour going further left.

          Here’s a thought, if Labour want the full support of the left, they are going to have to work harder to represent them.

          While I want National out, I don’t want National lite in. And I’m far from the only one in the left that feels this way.

          Which is a big problem Labour have yet to convince us they are able to overcome.

          • Cinny 5.1.2.1.1

            Loved what Laila wrote on TDB, she’s one amazing and very wise woman, the kind of wisdom that comes with removing ones ego from the situation. I’ve massive respect for her, even more so after reading her piece yesterday.

            • The Chairman 5.1.2.1.1.1

              I particularly liked this bit: “Labour’s attention should be unequivocally on core Labour issues” 

              However, with Little scoffing at the notion of taking the Party further left, he gives us little hope.

              Therefore, with Labour currently stuck in centrist mode, a full endorsement from the Greens is bringing the Greens further to the centre instead of bringing Labour back to the left.

  6. infused 6

    Coleman will get bugger all votes.

    No one likes Collins. For Nats to vote her in would be a left win next year.

    Bill English is the only choice at the moment. If National do manage to keep it together, they will lose the following election imo.

    The feel is everyone apart from English wants a change in policy. That’s bad news for everyone. It will pull down business confidence.

    So in a nutshell, anyone other than Bill English at this stage will spell disaster for National.

  7. L0L ! …. its almost sickening to watch,… all the little gutless haters and wreckers fighting amonsgt themselves for rank in the pack after the alpha dog got run over … even that goes to show they are nothing but the left overs compared to their former boss … who they were too gutless then to challenge…

    reminds me off this for some reason…

  8. mosa 8

    I wish it was Collins.

    At least next year would be one hell of a ride and liven things up.

    English may say he has changed and is ready to lead unlike his disaster of 2002 but he still has all the charisma of a kidney stone.

    With Joyce in Finance at least the working poor will stay exactly as they have been all along …poor.

  9. National is sunk .

    None of these perennial losers have either the personality nor the competence nor the luxury of a PR machine that was only successful because of the relatively unknown status of a Merril Lynch money trader that was flown in to fulfill a particular corporate agenda.

    Look at them all !!!

    Some git who led National to one of its greatest ever defeats and suffers shellshock because of it – along with having the charisma of an unwashed sock – remember the last time he tried to convince the NZ public that selling off SOE’s was a good thing? – and then what about his nickname – the Double Dipper from Dipton ? – think that’s ever going to be forgotten , – and how he earned it?

    Then weve got an abrasive cow who gets offside with all her colleagues , gets others to use dirty political techniques along with enjoying the company of dirty political bloggers and has a penchant for doing a bit of business on the side while overseas on official govt business. And about the only good thing she ever had going for herself is that shes probably about the only one amongst any of these wimps who might ever have stood up to the flown – in ex – Merril Lynch guy.

    Next up we have a man who as campaign manager failed twice in two by election campaigns, – despite being labelled Mr Fixit !… so just what did he fix? … his own ability to ever be taken seriously by the public ever again and having the additional problem of foreign leaders forever trying to suppress bursting out hysterically with laughter every time they look at him whilst thinking back to John Olivers take on Mr Fixit and DILDO’S… ?!!?

    And we cannot ever forget the other obnoxious cow of the line up. This particular one has a penchant for calling people ‘ sweetie’ ,… though not as a term of endearment but rather as a condescending put down whenever shes caught out – yet despite that , – probably one of the silliest moments of humour she has ever provided us with , … is the time she paid one lot $5000.00 to get out of Auckland and then another $2000.00 to come back again and then do it all again !!! – and all this behind the Double Dippers back when the D.D was busy writing up the national budget !

    SERIOUSLY !!!

    IS THIS RABBLE WHAT NEW ZEALAND HAS IN STORE FOR ITSELF ?!!?

    ITS TIME WE ALL CALLED TIME ON THIS CIRCUS !!!!

    PLEASE !!!

    • Nick 9.1

      Totally WK….What a crap bunch…thank goodness NZ has been watching these people over the last few years causing shit wherever they step, and now without Shonkey hiding the shit behind his Barbie smile …the natz Emporer’s new clothes will be revealed….invisible…empty

      • Sam C 9.1.1

        “what a crap bunch”. As opposed to Mallard, King, Cosgrove, Parker, Mahuta, Lees-Galloway, Curren, Dyson, Williams, Wall.

        Yeah, that lot are real rock stars.

    • Bea Brown 9.2

      I know some of you think calling people childish names is the height of hilarity but calling any woman a cow says much more about you than about her.

      • WILD KATIPO 9.2.1

        Fact is she is a cow ‘ Sweetie’.

        Thank your lucky stars I wasn’t tempted to put what I really thought about the both of them .

        How about you ask a few family’s living in cars on minimal wages their opinions of these two cows, eh mate?

        Kid glove treatment for the cows in National but fuck the Polynesian cleaners who clean their shitty parliamentary toilets , eh?

        Cow my bloody arse!!

        Harden the fuck up and go play your politically correct bullshit games somewhere else.

        People who try and take the moral high ground by pointing out such petty and irrelevant points to try and divert from the serious destruction that has been brought on by 8 years of this Key lead National govt to literally tens of thousands of fellow New Zealanders demonstrate their purely politically tribal motives for doing so.

  10. “Life must be tough as a Nat MP”

    Problem is, life isn’t tough enough as a Labour MP – probably why they can’t land a hit on that massive blue barn door which has sat there begging to be slugged these last few years. They need a decent cull and replacement with some more interesting/inspiring people if they think to capitalise on this. I’d like to see it, but current caucus lineup is not match fit for the fight. Even the most helpless piñata can survive the battering of a weakling.

  11. pdm 11

    Some pointers for the National vote:

    1. It will all be done in one week.
    2. The National Caucus will elect their leader. They will not have someone they did not want foisted on them by an outside influence.
    3. Any dissent will remain in house.

    • Delia 11.1

      Yet already Judith is talking to the media about why she is ‘heads and shoulders’ above her colleagues and didn’t she always tell us what a loyal team they were and any minor issues were settled quietly in-house. The party of conceit, who spend hours of taxpayers money patting each other on the back in parliament.

  12. Nessalt 12

    “But now, for a one glorious week, Nat MPs are somewhat relevant. They get to vote on the new leader. (Sorry Nat members – you remain completely irrelevant – no vote for you – though National is happy to keep taking your money – ka-ching!)”

    hahaha, righto. National members vote national and there are thousands of them. ignore them at your peril. Unlike say Labour, where members are paid lip service and asked to vote, but the unions ignore them and put whoever they want forward.

  13. Mike the Lefty 13

    the National list MPs will actually have something vital to do for once. Makes a change from sitting on the backbenches asking patsy questions to their ministers and making ultra rehearsed cheer leading speeches.

  14. So, if you do get any takers, here’s a proposed question:

    Q: Do you have a different vision of climate change policy than John Key? Our current policy settings seem to be encouraging an increase of emissions, not a decrease. How would you change that?

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  • COVID-19: Support to improve student attendance and wellbeing
    The Government has opened an urgent response fund to support schools and early learning services to get children and young people back on track after the Covid-19 lockdown. “While we are seeing improvements in attendance under Alert Level 1 Ministry of Education data shows that attendance rates in our schools ...
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    3 days ago
  • 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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    3 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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    4 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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    4 days ago
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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    5 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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    5 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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    5 days ago
  • 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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    5 days ago
  • 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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    5 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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  • 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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  • 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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    5 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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    5 days ago
  • 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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  • 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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    6 days ago
  • 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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    6 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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    6 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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    7 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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    1 week 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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    1 week 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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    1 week 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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