web analytics

National misleads on child poverty

Written By: - Date published: 7:24 am, March 1st, 2014 - 30 comments
Categories: class war - Tags:

Banksie child poverty.jpg-large

It has taken me a couple of days to absorb the implications of this story.  On Thursday this week Stuff reported that “Treasury and Statistics New Zealand today admitted a major error in its calculations of household disposable income, which overestimated incomes among poorer households.  This meant the number of children living in poverty was underestimated by 20,000, while the level of income inequality was also underestimated.  English confirmed today that he had been told of the mistake before Christmas.”  It seems that the OECD had to point out the mistake to the Government.

Apparently a treasury spreadsheet double counted accommodation supplements paid and gave a false impression of the level of poverty in New Zealand.  This situation started in 2009 which coincidentally was the first year of this National Government.  Of course nothing should be read into this.

The number of children officially in poverty increased from 260,000 to 280,000 and this is said to be only a modest increase.  There are also more adults living in poverty than previously thought including 32,500 senior citizens but there is apparently nothing to worry about.

Get that?  20,000 more children and 32,500 more elderly living in poverty in Aotearoa is nothing to worry about?

English is reported as saying that everything is ok because no one has missed out on support or benefits and the errors would not have changed policy advice.  Poverty being worse than previously thought is obviously not going to persuade National to do anything about it.  English could have added that the mistake will not stop the Government’s building of Roads of National Significance or its approach to climate change, such is the relevance of the mistake to the granting of benefits.

But English knew about this problem in December 2013.  Why did it take him so long to admit it?

No doubt Labour’s research unit will be peering over National’s comments on poverty made since December 2013.  Formerly proud to be a westie Paula Bennett has made a few and given what we now know there is something not quite right about them.

For instance on February 12, 2014 she was asked these questions:

Metiria Turei: Does the Minister see, then, any connection between the Salvation Army’s D ranking of her failure over child poverty with her express refusal to engage with the Children’s Commissioner’s child poverty monitor project?

Rt Hon John Key: You mean D as in Dotcom?

Hon PAULA BENNETT: I have heard it said that it might be D for Dotcom, but what I would say is that the Ministry of Social Development household income report comes out. It does an accurate analysis of a number of measures. We report it transparently and publicly. It is certainly what we, on this side of the House, take notice of. As I say, it is very transparent. The member can get a copy of it any time. It is that advice that I take.

The latest MSD household income report was coincidentally released at the same time that English made his concession about the mistake.  And the two events seem to be related because at that time MSD released this document detailing the effect that the mistake had made and the corrections it had made to previous reports.

But you have to wonder at the transparency of Bennett’s statement and given that the mistakes were known although MSD may have given an accurate analysis of a number of measures it was not accurate as to all of the measures it reported on.  Specifically the reports on poverty.

And National call David Cunliffe tricky …

This next question may get Bennett into trouble.

Metiria Turei: Thank you, Mr Speaker. How, then, does the Minister explain that for all her rhetoric, chest-thumping, and political bluster, the reality remains that one in every five children in this country remains living in poverty after 5 long years of her Government?

Hon PAULA BENNETT: What we have seen by every measure is that it has flat-lined. …

This cannot be correct.  Unemployment is up and the 2009 tax changes made things worse for the poor.  And she must have known about the problems with the statistics by this time.  It is inconceivable that she did not.

What I would like to see is a TV3 headline proclaiming that National has been dishonest on child poverty.  The evidence looks pretty good, botched statistics known at the highest levels and a two month hiatus before acknowledging this.  And a Minister refusing to accept that child poverty has worsened under National’s reign.

30 comments on “National misleads on child poverty ”

  1. just saying 1

    Misled the House

    • karol 1.1

      And takes it so seriously that Bennett and Key make that silly Dotcom (non-) joke about it.

    • RedLogix 1.2

      No – the point being that if Key’s response was adlibed it tells us something about how close to the top of his mind that that particular German is.

  2. dave 2

    Bennett has to resign she is not fit to be a minister child poverty is no joke and lieing and doing a sgt schiltz “I see nothing “is not good enough shes got to go along with her government .

  3. David H 3

    And the rabid Nat supporters and party members will just shrug their shoulders and say “so what”

    But hopefully this is their ‘Oh Shit’ moment.

  4. floyd 4

    They’re such a cute couple. They must have practised that asinine reference to dotcom while having a ‘catch up’ as pb girlishly once put it.

  5. Sabine Ford 5

    the parents don’t earn a living, so the children are poor.
    That National has been milking the numbers is not shocking nor surprising.
    Anyone who spends a bit of time with actual working bees will know that money is in short supply, and that once all bills are paid, the question is to what to do with the last 5 pennys? Food or shoes?

    What is shocking, is the insistence of peeps to be shocked and surprised.

  6. Great post MS

    ‘mislead’ is such a nice term for what these politicians have done with this. Child poverty and the plight of those who find themselves at the bottom of our society are a disgrace and the measure of how deep that cuts into the head are the efforts used by the gnats to ignore, dismiss, pretend and mislead around the subject. The more they shout that there is no issue, no problem, nothing to see here – the more we know that this is a real, huge and debilitating life that many are living and for a lot of us we know anyway, we see it and experience it every day in the communities we live in. But just like there are no toilets on planet key there are no communities either.

  7. Craig Glen Eden 7

    Its just shocking what these crooks are getting away with aided by the media, people like Patrick Gower this is seriously disgusting. I use to think they ( the media ) were biased but now its so bad I honestly wonder just how big the back handers are. Thanks for your post Mickey.

    • Paul 7.1

      Folk like Gower would sell their soul just to advance themselves.
      They exist because 30 years of neoliberal ideology has seeped into their mind.
      “There is no society, just me.”
      I only have contempt for people like him.

      • Hami Shearlie 7.1.1

        Gower, with a face only suitable for radio, and with his every waking thought only of himself and his own personal advancement! Sounds like the entire National Party and the ABC brigade too!!

  8. captain hook 8

    Tell me another one. National misleads on EVERYTHING.
    They cant lie straight in bed.

  9. kenny 9

    So why should anyone, anytime, believe a word or forecast coming from Treasury? Have they EVER (since 2009) got anything right?

    Same goes for economists in general – why do we listen to them?

    The polls? Mostly biased and inaccurate even taking into account the margin’s of error. We should adopt the european rules on polls – no polls allowed for the 3 weeks preceding election date.

    • flip 9.1

      “We should adopt the european rules on polls – no polls allowed for the 3 weeks preceding election date.”

      +number of polls taken this year

  10. newsense 10

    my favourite- NZ’s answer to waiting for Godot:

    Hon PAULA BENNETT: I believe that we are making progress in a number of areas, and that would depend on which measure one used.

    Jacinda Ardern: What measure is the Government using for child poverty?

    Hon PAULA BENNETT: What this Government is doing is working along on a number of complex issues that we think will fundamentally make a difference. The Labour Party may be caught up in measures; we are caught up in results.

    Jacinda Ardern: Mr Speaker, if I could just ask for your assistance. In one question the Minister said “It depends which measure”. I asked which measure then, and then she said there is a whole range—

    Mr SPEAKER: Again the problem I have got is, because of the noise from your own colleagues, I could not even hear the answer. The only way forward is for the member to ask the question again, but on this occasion I want to have the chance to hear the answer. If I do not hear it satisfactorily, that will be the end of the matter—if the interjections from this side of the House do not allow me to hear the answer.

    Hon PAULA BENNETT: Speaking to that point of order, Mr Speaker—

    Mr SPEAKER: It is not a point of order.

    Hon PAULA BENNETT: Well, the member did have a point of order.

    Mr SPEAKER: You can raise a point of order.

    Hon PAULA BENNETT: I raise a point of order, Mr Speaker. For the second time that member’s party has not allowed me to actually answer so that members could hear it, so you have had to ask me to repeat it. If they wish to hear the answer, then that is exactly what they should do.

    Mr SPEAKER: I have made that point perfectly—

    Hon PAULA BENNETT: So should that happen—

    Mr SPEAKER: Order! I have made that point perfectly clear to them.

    Jacinda Ardern: What measure is her Government using for child poverty?

    Hon PAULA BENNETT: There is not a Government measure for poverty.

    Jacinda Ardern: I raise a point of order, Mr Speaker. I just ask for your assistance. If the Minister has said earlier in an answer “It depends what measure you’re using.”, and then says “We don’t have one”—

    Mr SPEAKER: No. You are now—[Interruption] Order! Order! We are now at a stage when you are litigating the quality of the answer through a point of order. The Minister answered your question quite adequately and, I would have thought, to the satisfaction of the member.

    http://www.parliament.nz/en-nz/pb/business/qoa/50HansQ_20130411_00000010/10-child-poverty%E2%80%94measurement-and-government-initiatives

    • Craig Glen Eden 10.1

      Thanks for that newsense, yeah sadly the example you have given is played out on a regular basis in Parliament, this lot are not only protected by the political reporters but also a speaker who is totally incompetent. Its pretty shocking when not only the Government Mps dont give a shit about the Nations children, but their indifference is not even bought to light by the media. Im looking forward to seeing Paddy Gower at a public meeting I will have a few questions for him.

    • xtasy 10.2

      Yep, and how does dear “Paula” and her subordinates then “measure” any “results” one must ask? If you have no measured statistics or anything reliable, about poverty or anything else, how can “results” be measured then, and even considered as being (supposedly expected, positive) results?

      Paula Bennett opened a can of worms with her answers to Jacinda Ardern’s questions, but as the MSM do not bother reporting much on what goes on in Question Time, and as the wider public hardly ever follow Question Time, she gets away with everything, possibly even “murder”, I suppose.

      And because the MSM let the government get away with “murder” or at least lies, the voters will not get the information they deserve and need, to make competent, fair and reasonable decisions about which party or candidate they vote for.

  11. newsense 11

    VLADIMIR:

    Well? Shall we go?

    ESTRAGON:

    Yes, let’s go.

    They do not move.

  12. emergency mike 12

    Don’t worry Paddy Gower gets real upset if there’s a hint that that politicians have been misleading, or as it seems here, lying.

    And we are not talking about a particular group of people who will miss out on $60 a week because they already get paid parental leave. This is 20,000 kids and 32,500 elderly in poverty that NAct has swept under the carpet purely to aid their own political scorecard.

    Paddy’s gonna be on a rabid campaign of righteous justice over this one – calling out, shaming, accusing. It’s all on.

    Any minute now…

  13. Philj 13

    Xox.
    English and Makhlouf, in response to the statistical ‘errors’, both responded by saying that accurate statistics would not have affected government or Treasury advice to government. Beggars belief. These folks must go. Asap.

  14. xtasy 14

    This is just one incident, where this happens, and New Zealand is anything but an “uncorrupted” country, as we are made to believe. There are local agencies and organisations that feed information that they want international organisations and bodies to spread, and they have a clear bias, as it seems.

    One needs to look more closely at what is behind the claims that NZ is one of the least corrupt countries, which it is NOT!

    Digest this perhaps:

    “Transparency International New Zealand (TINZ) has released the first wave of its emergent findings in its independent review of New Zealand’s National Integrity Systems with a public forum at Victoria University, Wellington according to Voxy .

    The article was picked up by Kiwis First where it is pointed out that “The New Zealand government has less of a problem getting TINZ’s ear than the public” this article is worth a read and the web site is worth repeated visits

    Our research has revealed the reason behind this could be their connections with government which are listed in their latest news letter .

    It is interesting that the very parties who are Paying Susan Snively’s wages are the very parties whose integrity she is reporting on . Also amongst the members are the very organsiations which we seek accountability from .

    Our question is can you be part of a watchdog organization if you are the dog being watched ? IS this not a conflict of interest ? even bribery in another form ? If I am paying for a study , if I am funding it does that not sway the study to be favourable to me so that I can fund the next study? so TINZ in my opinion is using corrupt practices to show that New Zealand is NOT corrupt.”

    You find the report on this here:

    http://www.transparency.net.nz/2013/05/

    And as we come to mention also (in context of the information discussed under this post) Paula Bennett, does anybody seriously believe they (MSD and WINZ) are genuinely wanting to “support”, “help” and “assist” sick and disabled on benefits into work, when it rather looks like more and more pressure being put on those persons affected, to do all the “bloody well get off the benefit”, no matter what.

    They do not even care about the poorest of the poor, the sick and disabled going to City Missions, like also to the “medical centre” at Auckland City Mission, which has adopted one Dr David Bratt’s ideology, which he adopted full heartedly from one Professor Mansel Aylward, paid by a convicted, corrupt health and disability insurer called UNUM, to prepare “research” that appears “serious”, to deliver a justification to send sick and disabled off to work:

    http://www.aucklandcitymission.org.nz/uploads/file/Calder%20Centre/Sickness%20Benefit%20explanation.pdf

    http://blacktrianglecampaign.org/2012/09/09/professor-mansel-aylward-my-what-a-very-tangled/

    http://blacktrianglecampaign.org/2012/05/31/a-tale-of-two-models-disabled-people-vs-unum-atos-government-and-disability-charities-by-debbie-jolly-dpac/

    http://blacktrianglecampaign.org/2013/06/10/final-report-from-the-british-welfare-state-to-another-american-state-by-mo-stewart/

    http://nzsocialjusticeblog2013.wordpress.com/2013/09/02/medical-and-work-capability-assessments-based-on-the-controversial-bio-psycho-social-model/

    Bratt likens the “benefit” to a DRUG, that people get ADDICTED to!

    http://www.gpcme.co.nz/pdf/GP%20CME/Friday/C1%201515%20Bratt-Hawker.pdf

    But Paula Bennett and this government tell us it is all about “evidence based research”, what they are doing to sick and disabled on benefits. Shame on these “bastards”, excuse my language.

    It is LIE after LIE they tell us, and sadly stupid or biased MSM reporters and “media personalities” suck it up as “real” and “proved”, coming from “authorities” like ministers and government departments, and then repeat it like trained, dumb parrots.

  15. Stuart Munro 15

    This is an unequivocal lie. Misleading parliament is not a joke, and is not to be tolerated.

    The entire opposition should boycott and picket the house until the lying ministers resign.

  16. Stuart Munro 16

    Oh, and Treasury should receive an official reprimand and lose all bonuses for this year.

  17. Whatever next 17

    Show us the facts National

  18. xtasy 18

    The MAIN problem with all this, and much else, is the fact, that most New Zealanders are either “complacent” or “battlers”, the latter putting up with too much shit. That is why in New Zealand we will NEVER have anything close to a “revolution”. That is what Key and Nats know, they rely on the brain washing MSM, and it is all in “safe hands’ from their views.

    New Zealanders in too large numbers (and totally divided) are their own worst enemies, when it comes to bring about change and move the country ahead, I fear.

    • well I never 18.1

      +100 xtasy

    • well I never 18.2

      ……..and if a quarter of those that didn’t vote in the last election had got to the polling station, I suspect we would still have our assets, and a decent education system etc. or maybe they too would have fallen for the Mr. ” I am just an ordinary, down to earth bloke” Key (yeah right) line too.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Feedback sought on future of housing and urban development
    New Zealanders are encouraged to have their say on a long-term vision for housing and urban development to guide future work, the Housing Minister Megan Woods has announced. Consultation starts today on a Government Policy Statement on Housing and Urban Development (GPS-HUD), which will support the long-term direction of Aotearoa ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 hours ago
  • Clean car package to drive down emissions
    New rebates for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles start July 1 with up to $8,625 for new vehicles and $3,450 for used. Electric vehicle chargers now available every 75km along most state highways to give Kiwis confidence. Low Emission Transport Fund will have nearly four times the funding by 2023 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Progress towards simpler process for changing sex on birth certificates
    The Government is taking the next step to support transgender, non-binary and intersex New Zealanders, by progressing the Births, Deaths, Marriages and Relationships Registration Bill, Minister of Internal Affairs, Jan Tinetti announced today. “This Government understands that self-identification is a significant issue for transgender, non-binary and intersex New Zealanders, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Crown speeds up engagement with takutai moana applicants
    The Crown is taking a new approach to takutai moana applications to give all applicants an opportunity to engage with the Crown and better support the Māori-Crown relationship, Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Andrew Little says. Following discussions with applicant groups, the Crown has reviewed the existing takutai moana application ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment (AODT) Court opens
    The Minister of Justice, Kris Faafoi, and the Minister for Courts, Aupito William Sio, have welcomed the opening of a new Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment (AODT) Court in Hamilton. The AODT Court (Te Whare Whakapiki Wairua) addresses situations where substance abuse and offending are intertwined. “New Zealanders have told ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • EU and UK FTAs top of list for first ministerial trip since COVID-19
    Trade and Export Growth Minister Damien O’Connor today announced details of his planned visit to the United Kingdom and European Union next week, where he will hold trade and agriculture discussions to further New Zealand’s economic recovery from COVID-19. The visit will add political weight to ongoing negotiations with both the EU ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Arihia Bennett to chair Royal Commission Ministerial Advisory Group
    Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu chief executive Arihia Bennett MNZM has been appointed chair of the newly appointed Ministerial Advisory Group on the Government’s Response to the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the terrorist attack on Christchurch mosques. “Twenty-eight people from diverse backgrounds across Aotearoa have been selected for the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Medical Association General Practitioners' Conference, Rotorua
    Ki ngā pou maha o te whare hauora o Aotearoa, kei te mihiTo the pillars of our health system I acknowledge/thank you Ki te ope hapai hauora o roto o tēnei rūma, kei te mihi To our health force here in the room today, I acknowledge/thank you He taura tangata, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Karangahape Road upgrades are streets ahead
    The upgrades to Karangahape Road makes the iconic street more pedestrian and cycle-friendly, attractive and environmentally sustainable, Transport Minister Michael Wood and Auckland Mayor Phil Goff said at the formal celebration of the completion of the Karangahape Road Enhancements project. The project included widening footpaths supporting a better outdoor dining ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Speech to APEC business event
    E ngā tumu herenga waka, ākina ā ngaru, ākina ā tai ka whakatere ngā waka ki te whakapapa pounamu, otirā, ki Tamaki o ngā waka Tena koutou katoa… To the great leaders assembled, who guided your waka through turbulent times, challenging waters and you continue to navigate your respective waka ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Pause on Quarantine Free Travel with Victoria extended
    Following an assessment of the COVID-19 outbreak in greater Melbourne, New Zealand’s Quarantine Free Travel pause with Victoria will continue for a further seven days, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says. There are now 93 cases associated with the outbreak in greater Melbourne, spread over four clusters. Contact tracing efforts ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Supplier Diversity Aotearoa Summit: Navigate 2021
    *** Check with delivery *** A mihi to all who have contributed to making today a success – starting with you! As you have explored and navigated government procurement today you will hopefully have reflected on the journey of our people so far – and how you can make a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Pukemiro School to close
    Pukemiro Primary School near Huntly will close following years of declining roll numbers, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. “I’ve consulted with the School Commissioner, and this decision acknowledges the fact that the few remaining students from last term are now settled at other nearby schools. “I want to thank ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Govt acts to protect NZers from harmful content
    New Zealanders will be better protected from harmful or illegal content as a result of work to design a modern, flexible and coherent regulatory framework, Minister of Internal Affairs Jan Tinetti announced today. New Zealand currently has a content regulatory system that is comprised of six different arrangements covering some ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Consultation on exemption of new builds from proposed tax rules
    The Government has today confirmed new builds will be exempt from planned changes to the tax treatment of residential investment property.  Public consultation is now open on details of the proposals, which stop interest deductions being claimed for residential investment properties other than new builds.   “The Government’s goal is to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Speech for Predator Free 2050 Conference
    Introduction E ngā mana E ngā reo E ngā iwi Tēnā koutou katoa   Ka huri ki ngā mana whenua o te rohe nei. Tēnā koutou He mihi hoki ki a tatou kua tau mai nei i raro i te kaupapa o te rā Ko Ayesha Verrall toku ingoa No ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New stock exchange to help grow small businesses
    A new share trading market, designed as a gateway to the NZX for small-to-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), has been granted a licence by the Government. Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister, David Clark said Catalist Markets Ltd will provide a simpler and more affordable ‘stepping stone’ for SMEs to raise capital. “This ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Visa extensions provide certainty to employers and 10,000 visa holders
    Changes to onshore visas will provide employers and visa holders with more certainty, Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi has announced. Around 10,000 Working Holiday visas and Supplementary Seasonal Employment (SSE) work visas due to expire between 21 June 2021 and 31 December 2021 will be extended for another six months to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Border class exceptions approved for more farm workers and vets
    The Government has approved border class exceptions for an additional 200 dairy workers and 50 veterinarians to enter New Zealand, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor announced today.  “It is clear from conversations with the dairy and veterinarian sectors that they are facing workforce pressures. These border exceptions will go a long ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • More freezers and South Island hub to support vaccine roll-out
    A South Island hub and 17 new ultra-low temperature freezers will help further prepare New Zealand for the ramp up of the vaccination programme in the second half of this year, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says. The new freezers arrived in New Zealand on 27 May. They’re currently being ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Speech at the release of Climate Change Commission's final advice
    Good morning – and thank you Prime Minister. Over the last three and half years we have been putting in place the foundations for a low-carbon Aotearoa that will be a catalyst for job creation, innovation, and prosperity for decades to come. In that future, many of our everyday tasks ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Achievable blueprint for addressing climate change released
    Report says Government making good progress on emissions reduction, but more action required Meeting climate targets achievable and affordable with existing technology Economic cost of delaying action higher than taking action now Benefits from climate action include health improvements and lower energy bills All Ministers to help meet climate targets ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Speech to release of Climate Commission final report
    A few years ago in a speech in Auckland, I compared climate change to the nuclear free movement of roughly four decades ago. And I did so for a few reasons. Firstly, because the movement of the 1980s represented a life or death situation for the Pacific, and so does ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Appointment of Judge of the High Court
    Auckland Barrister Michael Robinson has been appointed a Judge of the High Court, Attorney‑General David Parker announced today. Justice Robinson graduated with a BA and an LLB (Hons) from the University of Auckland in 1996, and commenced practice as a solicitor with Brookfields in Auckland.  In 1998 he travelled to London ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government takes action to improve protections for subcontractors
    The Construction Contracts (Retention Money) Amendment Bill – which provides greater financial protection for subcontractors, has passed its first reading today. The Bill amends the retention provisions in the Construction Contracts Act 2002 (CCA) to provide increased confidence and transparency for subcontractors that retention money they are owed is safe. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • 1 million more Pfizer doses to arrive in July
    Pfizer has scheduled delivery of an estimated 1 million doses of vaccine to New Zealand during July, COVID1-9 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “These consignments will double the total number of Pfizer doses we have received this year to more than 1,900,000 – enough to fully vaccinate almost 1 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Long-term home of the Independent Children’s Monitor identified
    The Independent Children’s Monitor (Te Mana Whakamaru Tamariki Motuhake), which is currently located within the Ministry of Social Development (MSD), will become its own departmental agency within Government. “Following the recommendations of several reviews, Cabinet agreed in 2019 to build a significantly expanded independent monitor for children in care,” Carmel ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Racing Integrity Board members announced
    The new Racing Integrity Board will be up and running from July 1 to ensure high standards of animal welfare, integrity and professionalism in the racing industry. Racing Minister Grant Robertson today announced the appointments to the new Board: Sir Bruce Robertson KNZM – Chair Kristy McDonald ONZM QC Penelope ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Govt crackdown on organised crime continues
    A major operation against multiple organised crime groups with international links will make a significant dent in drug harm and violent offending linked to organised crime networks, Police Minister Poto Williams says. “I want to take an opportunity to congratulate the Police for their role in Operation Trojan Shield. This ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Farm planning framework supports farmers into the future
    A new framework, agreed between Government and industry, will make it easier for farmers and growers to integrate future greenhouse gas emissions and freshwater regulatory requirements into their farm planning, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor said. “The Good Farm Planning Principles Guide out today, provides guidance for how farmers can organise ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Enhanced Task Force Green Approved for Canterbury
    The Government has activated Enhanced Taskforce Green (ETFG) in response to the Canterbury floods. The Minister of Social Development and Employment, Hon Carmel Sepuloni says $500,000 will be made available to help with the clean-up. The flooding in Canterbury has been a significant and adverse event damaging farmland, homes, roads ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Connecting rangatahi to the soil
    A Jobs for Nature project to raise 480,000 native plants in nurseries across South Auckland will provide work for communities disproportionately affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19, Acting Conservation Minister Ayesha Verrall says. The Mana in Kaimahi project is being run by Te Whāngai Trust Board and will establish ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Roll out of high-resolution elevation mapping begins
    The first tranche of mapping data from the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF)-LiDAR project is now available to the public from Toitū Te Whenua Land Information New Zealand. LiDAR data, which creates 3D baseline elevation information, will deliver multiple uses over the coming decades to councils and regional industries. “This mapping ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Champions of Pacific education rewarded in Queen’s Birthday Honours
    Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio said the Queen’s Birthday 2021 Honours list show that across Aotearoa New Zealand there were many champions of Pacific education. “Education is so vital to the success of Pacific people that it’s truly fitting that a number of educators have been honoured this ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • PM congratulates Queen’s Birthday Honours recipients
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has added her congratulations to the New Zealanders recognised for their contributions to their communities and the country in the Queen’s Birthday 2021 Honours List. “This group represents decades of services across many areas, and those honoured highlight how many New Zealanders are going above and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Change of status for Rangiriri kura
    A change of status for Te Kura o Rangiriri sees it become a designated character school within the Māori-medium network, Associate Minister of Education Kelvin Davis announced today. “This kura has been providing Māori immersion learning since 2003 in the historic town of Rangiriri, so I’m delighted that it is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • APEC trade ministers’ unite on COVID-19 vaccine steps and rejuvenating the WTO
    APEC trade ministers today committed to speeding up the cross-border flow of vaccines and related goods to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. This followed the completion of the APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade Meeting chaired by Minister for Trade and Export Growth Damien O’Connor early this morning. “As we face the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Further consultation for Melville schools
    Formal consultation is set to begin on specific options for the future of schooling in South West Hamilton, Education Minister Chris Hipkins says. “Recent engagement has shown that the schools and community want a change to Year 7-13 schooling for the area.  “I am now asking the Boards of Melville ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Primary schoolkids dig trees for Arbor Day
    A new Arbor Day initiative announced by Forestry Minister Stuart Nash will see thousands of primary school children get the chance to plant native trees in their communities. The initiative is open to more than 2,400 primary schools. It is a partnership between Te Uru Rākau/NZ Forest Service and the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • NZ Upgrade Programme kept on track
    The Government is increasing its investment in the New Zealand Upgrade Programme (NZUP) to support New Zealand’s economic recovery. Over two thirds of the projects will proceed as announced despite increased costs due to COVID, with modifications being made to others. “NZUP is already supporting over 1,000 jobs with 13 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago