National tries to have it both ways

Written By: - Date published: 8:31 am, November 19th, 2016 - 51 comments
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National has for a while been talking about tax cuts and clearly was positioning itself to announce cuts during the election campaign next year. The justification is a $1.8 billion operating surplus and such details as book losses for ACC of $5.1 billion and for the Cullen Super Fund of $2 billion, an increase in the Government ETS liability of $1.5 billion and net Crown debt increasing by $1.3 billion are not going to get in the way.

But after the Kaikoura earthquakes this week you would think that some restraint should be shown. But no, National is refusing to rule out tax cuts. Sometimes even the pretence will provide political benefit so in these post truth political days I guess I am not surprised.

From the Herald:

Finance Minister Bill English is moving to lower expectations of a windfall in the Government’s books ahead of new forecasts, saying spending pressures even before this week’s earthquake have been building up.

“There will be significant extra spending generated by the earthquake but it comes on top of other spending pressures that have been building up for a while,” he told the Weekend Herald.

Among those big ticket items included issues related to pay equity claims, the need to fund a significant growth in the prison population which would put pressure on operating and capital spending, as well as the pressures brought about by population growth.

Asked whether there was less chance of there being a tax-cut package in next year’s budget, he said it was too soon.

“It is yet to be seen when you take into account some of these spending pressures.

“Even though the economy is stronger we have yet to see whether the surplus is going to be stronger in the short term.”

“But an accumulation of issues means it is unlikely to be big windfalls.

A responsible Government would say plainly that tax cuts are not an option. The country’s needs require the Government to step up and play its part.  Short term political considerations should be shelved as these needs are addressed.

And there is an urgent need to replenish the EQC fund. Back in 2010 before the first Christchurch earthquake the fund sat at $5.93 billion. The latest report shows that things are now not so rosy. EQC’s assets are $2.1 billion but its liabilities are $2.5 billion and this was before this week’s events. There is a Crown guarantee for the fund. Looks like the Government will have to write a large cheque pretty soon.

Road reconstruction is going to hit the National Land Transfer Fund hard.  Some of those roads of national significance need to be rethought.  Quickly.  And Auckland’s urgent need for infrastructure funding is an ongoing need that is developing into a crisis.  If National wants to stake economic development on rampant immigration it will need to help with growth costs.

Why would the Government still be talking about a tax cut?  To reinforce an existing prejudice that somehow it is better with the country’s finances than the opposition and that it is more likely to give one.

Clearly in the Government’s mind the illusion is all important.  It is a shame about the reality.

51 comments on “National tries to have it both ways”

  1. Ad 1

    English could blow it all on new housing and do us all some good.

  2. Keith 2

    Actually the cut backs/frozen budgets in health, education, police, justice, housing and RNZ to name what I know to cover the last tax cuts plus the dividend demands from SOE’s that essentially broke Solid Energy and Housing NZ and the ongoing borrowing to cover the shortfalls are all reasons not to cut tax any further, rather increase them.

    • Bearded Git 2.1

      DOC’s budget has been cut too. There was no justification for tax cuts before the quake.

      Agree with Ad above-any surplus should be spent on state housing-this government has reduced the number of state houses (thus claiming a false deficit) at a time they should have been increased.

      Watch out for the clever and devious accounting over the effective privatisation of half of Kiwibank too, swelling the government’s coffers in the short term, but (as with the power co’s) wrecking public income in the long term. Not enough people on the Left have picked up on this.

  3. Brendon Harre 3

    Yes it is a nonsense. National should be crucified for its tax cutting agenda when clearly we need better government services in so many areas to protect New Zealand.

  4. greywarshark 4

    I think that image of English calls for some captions.
    ‘It is that big’ comes to mind. Talking about the planned tax cut of course.

  5. NZJester 5

    I wonder if they will do the same tax cut trick they did a while back to cover it. Remember the time they gave us all a so called tax-cut on PAYE putting more money in our pockets that was a big joke on most hard working New Zealanders. Because while they put more money in peoples pockets after PAYE in real terms the taxes went up as they increased the GST shrinking the amount of goods that money could buy you.
    All the while claiming that GST was not a tax even though the T stands for Tax and they had not put taxes up with their tame MSM not calling them out on the fact that it was a massive tax swap from the rich to the poor.

    • james 5.1

      Well – here is a chance for Andrew Little to come out and be all “leaderish”.

      He should stand up and say “we dont know what the books are going to look like in a years time – but by gum it – We guarantee ZERO tax cuts regardless of the situation”

      Do you think he would do that?

      Personally I would love to see him take such a principled stand very publicly.

      • alwyn 5.1.1

        Perhaps he could take an equally principled stand and tell Phil Goff there will be a ZERO contribution from the Crown to Phil’s little dream of a billion dollar white elephant stadium in Auckland.
        http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11734084

        Andrew could also take a principled stand and tell Goff that there will be ZERO Crown contribution to his multi-billion boondoggle of light rail from the CDB to the airport
        http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11704659

        He could also announce that Auckland is going to have to finance some of its infra-structure requirements itself and selling off the Port Company would be a good way to do it.

        Come on Andie. Display a little bit of principled leadership.

        • millsy 5.1.1.1

          Don’t know why you have such a big issues with councils owning ports and things. They have done so for hundreds of years.

          • alwyn 5.1.1.1.1

            “councils owning ports ……done so for hundreds of years”.
            They haven’t actually, at least not in New Zealand.
            Any ownership of such things by the local councils only started at the end of the 1980s, and 100% ownership by the ARC only happened in about 2005.
            Before that the various harbour boards were independent organisations.

            • KJT 5.1.1.1.1.1

              Independent, elected! organisations.
              Port companies, and the extremely costly, to the whole country, fake competition they are now involved in, was a device to soften them up for sale to Nationals mates.
              One of the reasons National is starving Auckland, and Christchurch, of funds are to force more privatisation.
              Despite conclusive evidence that privatising essential infrastructure has been a costly failure.

        • Sacha 5.1.1.2

          Pffft. Is the Act party after a new leader again?

          • alwyn 5.1.1.2.1

            I’m certainly not the person to ask. I have nothing whatsoever to do with any political party. Never have belonged to one and never will.

      • framu 5.1.2

        talk about a BS distraction james.

        Instead of your invented and silly script, maybe address the actions of the current govt?

        Where the original tax cuts from key and co tax neutral?

  6. Siobhan 6

    ….and despite people going blind waiting for an appointment, and people housebound waiting for knee ops. and blah de blah everything else we should be able to expect sorted in a comparatively well off and steady economy/country…..

  7. mosa 7

    If they are so hell bent on giving tax breaks then cut the GST rate if they want to as they say “giving hard working kiwis some money back.

    In the wake of another serious disaster it would be seen as a sensible move to signal no tax cut rate for the next 2 years at the least.

    But National does not do sensible and would rather gamble the country’s finances for political expediency.

    Playing to kiwis greed is always a winner for the National party.

  8. Kevin 8

    Wouldn’t be surprised if the governments contribution to the CRL is ‘deferred’.

    • dukeofurl 8.1

      The Holiday Highway which is in the rural area of Auckland is the project least likely to proceed.

      • Sacha 8.1.1

        Holiday highway project is already underway. And there is no way large Auckland businesses and property developers will let the Nats back off on funding the CRL. They want it.

      • Keith 8.1.2

        There’s no way Nationals donors will let them off the holiday highway. Big money up for grabs there.

    • Leftie 8.2

      But you can bet contributions (in the billions) to IMF and the WB won’t be.

  9. Incognito 9

    National is bound to push ahead with the tax cuts regardless. Don’t forget that National still believes (!) that the tax cuts (and increase in GST) in 2010 were good for New Zealand.

    National’s political rhetoric is no different from any other’s: say what people want to hear at the right time and ‘soften’ when appropriate. This is how (many) people get elected.

    National will say & do anything to stay in power.

  10. Rae 10

    Isn’t this article about tax cuts? Why do you have a photo of English discussing the size of his old fellah?
    But seriously, there was plenty of stuff any extra could be spent on BEFORE the earthquake. Stunning they keep pushing this barrow.

  11. Chrys Berryman 11

    The National “government” should legislate for a “Kaikoura Tax” on all income earners to pay for the billions of dollars needed to fix the place……and remove it when this is achieved……… like they should have done after the Christchurch quakes…..but this will never happen under National as they can’t stomach a collective response to anything,especially if it requires raising taxes……and all this does is reinforce that there is a direct correlation between the belief that we should shrink the size of Government with the ever shrinking brains of its disciples.

  12. Leftie 12

    Change the government.

  13. Leftie 13

    Change the government

  14. Draco T Bastard 14

    Clearly in the Government’s mind the illusion is all important. It is a shame about the reality.

    This government ignores reality so as to cater to the greed of the rich. That makes it the worst possible economic manager and the result of it’s manipulation will be the collapse of society.

    • johnm 14.1

      DTB

      I’ve given up. We’ve been warning about these crooks so long, but they still get in! Thank the million dimwits who can’t get off their arses to vote! I’ve already wasted too much vitality saying this, so go rot on NZers! Vote National.

  15. adam 15

    At this time, when we should be talking about a short term tax to help with the recovery, this lot go the other way.

    It’s official, this national government have lost the plot completely.

  16. Ian 16

    Yesterday having lunch at the Takahanga marae with a stamp on my hand waiting to be evacuated I had a long talk to a nga Tahu leader. Those guys have done a wonderfull job and the only black mark he had,regarding the emergency response without any prompting was the absolute waste of space of Andrew Little. His visit was so memorable that if he turns up again he will need SAS protection.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 16.1

      I was talking to several people today who think that John Key is incompetent and corrupt. They’re disgusted with his ponytail fetish and his lies, and his utter contempt for the Pike River families.

      He already needs protection everywhere he goes.

    • Muttonbird 16.2

      Andrew Little will have protection next time he turns up – the DPS assigned to the Prime Minister.

    • gnomic 16.3

      Is this an anecdote? Or are you by any chance a dork? Perhaps arrange to be evacuated to Trumperica. Your talents might be appreciated there. Why are you even sharing this garbage here?

    • Cinny 16.4

      Fascinating how when people feel threatened they will run others down, rather than talking up their own political preferences.

      But even more intriguing is the fact that Ian says nadda about the outgoing PM.

      And the most comical of all.. most are aware of Ians agenda, so Ian ends up looking like a dick with his attempts of story telling.

  17. Ian 17

    And Nga Tahu don’t pay income tax.

  18. Ian 18

    The person I was talking to employs a number of people ,has just seen his place,his river and his mountain severely beaten and never the same again. His business,that he grew from nothing is destroyed. Get your priorities in order comrade.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 18.1

      Don’t piss in my pocket and tell me it’s raining, hypocrite. Your priorities are such that you had to rush and tell your little tale here as fast as ever you could, like a little Stalinist Tory boy with someone to inform on.

    • KJT 18.2

      Wait until Key closes the rail line and rebuilds the highway inland.
      Your mate will have a quick change of heart then.
      Mind you there has always been a bunch of Māori moneyocrats who support National. Who have learnt from Pakeha how to get rich while stiffing their own people.

      • Ian 18.2.1

        just saying that little made a dick of himself. He opened his mouth.

        • gnomic 18.2.1.1

          Try to grow a brain. Let’s hear your critique of Brownlee and Joyce and the regime overall to date on this latest major national crisis Oh, you think the sun shines from their nether regions? What a surprise.

        • One Anonymous Bloke 18.2.1.2

          Tittle-tattle Toryboy wishes all politicians were Dear Leader.

          • Pete George 18.2.1.2.1

            Little labour lickspittle spitting into the wind.

            [take the day off for flamming – weka]

            • One Anonymous Bloke 18.2.1.2.1.1

              Petty George, living up to his name as usual. He even manages to squeeze in one of his zombie lies (they keep on moaning and shuffling) in the midst of his ad hominem pique.

              Telling porkies about my political affiliations is just another one of Petty’s feeble attempts to get dirty. He wishes he was Cameron Slater 😆

    • halfcrown 18.3

      I wondered when a comment like that surface. So I take it then comrade that it is Labour’s “Fault,”

      Pun intended.

    • framu 18.4

      he also pays no tax according to you

      get your stories straight man

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    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Government in contentious discussions about whether to put surplus on red or black
    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones is the only Cabinet member in favour of putting it all on green. As Finance Minister Grant Robertson finds himself with an enormous $7.5 billion surplus, the Government has begun intense, at times contentious conversations about whether to put the money on red or black at ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Jordanian teachers’ successful strike has lessons for here
    by Susanne Kemp At the start of September close to 100,000 school teachers went on strike in Jordan.  They demanded a 50% pay rise.  A pay rise actually agreed to by the regime back in 2014. In early October, however, in the face of government repression and threats, the teachers’ ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Why some people still think climate change isn’t real
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    1 week ago
  • The SIS unlawfully spied on Nicky Hager
    Back in 2011, journalist Nicky Hager published Other People's Wars, an expose on NZDF's activities over the previous decade of the "war on terror". NZDF didn't like this, and especially didn't like the fact that it was base don leaks from their own. So, they had the SIS investigate him ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • October 2019 – Newsletter
    https://mailchi.mp/7d9133add053/closing-the-gap-october-2019-newsletter ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    1 week ago
  • And they wonder why we think they’re environmental vandals…
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Paying the price in California
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Let’s Hear It For Up-Close-And-Personal, Hard-Copy Democracy!
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    1 week ago
  • 10/10: World Day Against the Death Penalty
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Talking Freer Lives: a Marxist gender-critical perspective from Australia
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    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Government spin accepted by union leadership
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Forbidden Thoughts
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Much love to my loyal Ukrainian readership
    For some reasons, my post about the mystery message from inside the Downing Street bunker seemed to catch people's attention.  Quite a lot of hits from NZ (unsurprisingly) and the USA (a bit more puzzlingly, but hi there, USAians!!) and 76 views from the Ukraine.I've celebrated my Ukrainian readers in ...
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  • Another day of bonkers GNUmours (again, sorry)
    First, almost a score of Labour MPs seem to have sent a letter to the EU basically begging them to accept a deal - any deal - just so Britain can get the Heck on with Brexiting instead of being trapped in limbo:
    To avoid no deal, deliver on the ...
    1 week ago
  • Labour vs working class immigrants – again!
    by Phil Duncan In 2016 the National-led government suspended the Parent Visa Category, through which migrants were able to bring their parents into New Zealand.  Since then over 5,700 people have been in immigration limbo, stuck on the visa wait list. Labour is now bringing back the scheme.  Well, sort ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Speak Up for Women press statement: on Massey University and Feminism 2020
    The following was released yesterday (Tues, October 8) by the women’s liberation organisation Speak Up for Women. On 23 September Speak Up For Women announced that we would be holding an event at the Massey University Theaterette in Wellington. The event is called Feminism 2020. The intention of the event ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Farmers support dirty rivers
    The government is currently consulting on plans to improve freshwater quality. So naturally, farmers oppose it:South Taranaki farmers are preparing to fight proposed national freshwater changes that some fear will bankrupt them. The Government's proposed National Environment Standard on Freshwater Management, released in September, rated the Waingongoro River as one ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • No-one cares about local government
    Yesterday was the last day for (reliably) posting your vote away in local body elections. Turnouts are mostly much lower than the equivalent time last year (Palmerston North is down 2.3%), and so naturally people are pushing their online-voting snake oil again. Because the online census worked so well, lets ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The political ghosts of eugenics may matter more than the genetic
    This essay, on the political legacy of the eugenics movement, by Kenan Malik was originally published in the Observer on 6 October 2019, under the headline ‘The spirit of eugenics is still with us, as immigrants know to their cost’. Birth control. Intelligence tests. Town planning. Immigration controls. It’s striking how ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • “Surplus” again
    Another year, and the government has announced another enormous government "surplus". And just like last year, its nothing of the sort. When we have people homeless and sick and hungry, when we have schools and hospitals still falling down, when we have underpaid public servants and infrastucture unmaintained or unbuilt, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Inside the Downing Street bunker
    James Forsyth at The Spectator (I know, I know) has tapped one of his contacts inside Number Ten for an insight into the Johnson administration's thinking and strategy.It is fascinating, unsettling and quite, quite mad.  Some key points:Negotiations have stalled and the Johnson administration are keen to blame the EU: ...
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  • Taking Control Of The Nation’s Story.
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  • Are GNUs extinct?
    Another round of tactical talks about forming a Government of National Unity have come to nothing with the Liberal Democrats still refusing countenance putting Jeremy Corbyn into Downing Street:Opposition talks on Monday made little headway over when to try and vote down Boris Johnson's government and who might succeed him as ...
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  • Labour chickens out again
    When the government was elected, it promised to lead the way on electric vehicles, and specifically to make the government vehicle fleet emissions-free where-practicable by 2025.They lied:There are 15,473 vehicles in the government fleet and only 78 are electric. When the coalition Government came into power in late 2017, the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Transgender extremism, violence at work against feminist meeting at British Labour Party conference
    by Nick Rogers The debate around the meaning of sex and gender made an appearance at this year’s British Labour Party conference in Brighton. Women’s Place UK – an organisation that questions the demand that biological males who self-identify as woman should have access to women’s spaces, to all-women shortlists, ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Rebelling in Wellington
    Yesterday I went down to Wellington to participate in the Extinction Rebellion protest. Its part of the latest global wave of XR actions, with actions happening all over the world. Some of those protests are massively disruptive: in Canada, XR is blocking major bridges, stopping people from getting to work. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • ‘The Workshop’ – Report: Talking about Poverty and Welfare Reform: A Guide to Strategies that ...
    The Workshop is a charitable trust for public good. The Workshop undertake research to find ways of communicating that will build support for the solutions that work to solve complex social and environmental problems. See their Report on Talking about Poverty and Welfare Reform below. ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    2 weeks ago
  • Exclusive language
    What is language? We generally assume that it a facility unique to humans, allowing us to share what’s in and on our minds. We can tell of our plans, our past exploits, our knowledge. It also allows us to lie. And yet there are vast numbers of people we can’t ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Corballis
    2 weeks ago
  • April 2018 – Submission to the NZ Govt Tax Working Group
    You can read our submission HERE ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    2 weeks ago

  • Methane reducing cattle feed one step closer
    The Government today announced its support for a project that could substantially reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions from cattle. The announcement was made as part of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor’s visit to Nelson’s Cawthron Aquaculture Park. The Cawthron Institute will receive $100,000 from the Government’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • Bill to refresh superannuation system passes first reading
    Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni has welcomed the first reading of the New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension Legislation Amendment Bill. “Every New Zealander has a stake in New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension,” says Carmel Sepuloni. “They are our most common form of social assistance – nearly 800,000 New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 hours ago
  • Government announces next steps in fight against measles
    Babies in Auckland aged six months and over can receive a free vaccination and children will all have access to vaccines, Associate Minister of Health Julie Anne Genter announced today at Papatoetoe High School.   The move comes as part of Government efforts to step up the fight against measles. ...
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    8 hours ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, Pacific Futures: Connections, Identity...
    ***Check against delivery*** Good morning. It is a pleasure to be here, and to have the honour of opening this important conference on behalf of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs. Let us take the opportunity to acknowledge all the people who have helped make today possible, including our special ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • Police trial new response to high risk events
    Police Minister Stuart Nash says the safety of frontline officers and members of the public will be the focus of a new trial of specialist Police response teams in three of our largest urban centres. Police have this morning released details of an initiative to be trialled in Counties Manukau, ...
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    9 hours ago
  • New awards celebrate fisheries sustainability
    The Minister of Fisheries is calling for entries for a new public award to celebrate innovation in our seafood sector. “I have established the Seafood Sustainability Awards to recognise and celebrate those throughout industry, tangata whenua and communities who demonstrate outstanding dedication and innovation towards the sustainability of New Zealand’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    11 hours ago
  • More progress for women and we can do more
    Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter welcomes leaders in the private sector taking action on closing their gender pay gaps to ensure a fairer workplace for all New Zealanders. Ms Genter today launched a new report, Addressing the gender pay gap and driving women’s representation in senior leadership, from the Champions for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • Proposals to curb environmental damage help our coasts and the oceans
    Government Ministers today welcomed the release of a marine environment report highlighting the four key issues affecting our oceans, estuaries and coastlines.  The release underlines the importance of government proposals to combat climate pollution, ensure clean freshwater, protect biodiversity, make land use more sustainable, and reduce waste and plastic.    Environment ...
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    1 day ago
  • New mental health facility for Waikato
    The Government has approved funding for a new acute mental health facility for Waikato which will provide better care and support to people with mental health and addiction issues. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Health Minister Dr David Clark announced the $100 million project to replace the aging Henry Rongomau ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • 500 new te reo Māori champions in our classrooms
    The Government is making progress on its goal to integrate te reo Māori into education by 2025, with over 500 teachers and support staff already graduating from Te Ahu o te Reo Māori,  Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. Kelvin Davis made the announcement at an awards ceremony in Waikanae today, for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Minister James Shaw welcomes 2018 Census first release
    Statistics Minister James Shaw has welcomed the first release of 2018 Census data. The first release of data today, 23 September, includes key data on population, regional growth, the number of homes and the size of different ethnic groups in New Zealand. Data from the 2018 Census will support the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Driving transparency, ethics and accountability in government use of algorithms
    Minister for Statistics James Shaw today announced a public consultation on a proposed algorithm charter for government agencies. The charter has been developed by the Government Chief Data Steward in response to growing calls for more transparency in government use of data. Computer algorithms – procedures or formulas for solving ...
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    1 day ago
  • New Zealand and the Netherlands working together on climate change
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor, Climate Change Minister James Shaw and visiting Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte co-hosted a business roundtable in Auckland this morning focused on working together to address climate change.  “The Netherlands is an important partner for New Zealand. We share a strong agricultural history. Sustainable agribusiness and ...
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    1 day ago
  • Protecting fairness for workers and businesses
    The Government is taking action to build an inclusive economy where more of us receive our fair share at work and businesses can compete on great products and services, not undercutting wages and conditions, Immigration and Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. Two consultations launched today seek feedback ...
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    1 day ago
  • Indigenous Freshwater Fish Bill Passes
    The future for New Zealand’s threatened indigenous freshwater fish looks brighter with the passing of the Conservation (Indigenous Freshwater Fish) Amendment Bill in Parliament today said Minister of Conservation, Eugenie Sage. “Until now, our freshwater fish legislation has been 20 years out of date. We have lacked effective tools to ...
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    2 days ago
  • Kiwis to take part in world’s biggest earthquake drill
    At 1.30pm tomorrow, hundreds of thousands of Kiwis will join about 65 million people around the globe in ShakeOut, the world’s biggest earthquake drill. The annual drill is to remind people of the right action to take during an earthquake which is to Drop, Cover, Hold, and to practise their ...
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  • Rising wages and low inflation supporting Kiwis
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    2 days ago
  • NZ economy strong amid global headwinds
    New Zealand’s economic strength and resilience has been recognised in a major update on the state of the global economy. The IMF’s latest World Economic Outlook released overnight shows a reduced global growth forecast over the next two years as issues like the US-China trade war and Brexit take hold. ...
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  • Keeping New Zealanders safer with better counter-terrorism laws
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  • Improved succession and dispute resolution core of Ture Whenua changes
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  • Speech to CTU Biennial Conference
    Let me first thank all the new unionists and members in the room. There is nothing more important to improving people’s working lives than people making the decision to care, to get on board and help, to take up the reins and get involved. Congratulations to you. You bring the ...
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  • NZ joins Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action
    Finance Minister Grant Robertson has announced New Zealand will join the Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action while attending APEC meetings in Chile. The objective of the 39 member Coalition is to share information and promote action to tackle climate change. It was formed in April this year, in ...
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  • Feedback Sought – Section 71 – Lyttelton Parking
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    3 days ago
  • Feedback Sought – Section 71 – Hagley Oval
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  • CTU speech – DPM
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  • Police Association Annual Conference
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  • New Zealand announces a further P-3 deployment in support of UN sanctions
    Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters and Minister of Defence Ron Mark have announced the New Zealand Government’s decision to again deploy a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 (P-3) maritime patrol aircraft to support the implementation of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions imposing sanctions against North Korea. New ...
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  • New Zealand deeply concerned at developments in north-east Syria
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says New Zealand continues to have serious concerns for peace and stability in north-east Syria. “Recent reports that hundreds of ISIS-affiliated families have fled from a camp are deeply concerning from a humanitarian and security perspective”, Mr Peters says. “While we acknowledge Turkey’s domestic security ...
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  • Government on high alert for stink bugs
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  • Better protections for students in halls of residence
    The Government is moving swiftly to change the law to improve the welfare and pastoral care of students living in university halls of residence and other tertiary hostels. Cabinet has agreed to several changes, including creating a new mandatory Code of Practice that sets out the duty of pastoral care ...
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    4 days ago
  • New trapping guide for community and expert trappers alike
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  • Widening Access to Contraceptives Welcomed
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  • Major upgrade for Taranaki Base Hospital
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    5 days ago
  • Extra support for rural families
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    6 days ago
  • Howard Leaque Beekeeper programme graduation
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    1 week ago
  • Finance Minister to attend APEC meetings
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  • Pacific languages are a source of strength, they ground us and build confidence
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  • Major boost to support disabled people in sport and recreation
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  • More prefab homes to be built as red tape cut
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    1 week ago