web analytics

National’s bad day in the house

Written By: - Date published: 7:28 am, May 2nd, 2019 - 70 comments
Categories: national, nz first, Parliament, Politics, Simon Bridges, winston peters, you couldn't make this shit up - Tags:

Yesterday was possibly the first time ever when the Government side moved to allow the opposition leader more time to speak in Parliament than he originally had.

The context was the general debate, which is an hour of open debate where MPs get to talk about whatever they want.

For the leader of the opposition it is a chance to criticise the Government and lay out what the opposition will do if they get into Government.  What their vision is, and what they would do differently to the incumbents.

So Simon took the opportunity.  But it was pretty awful.  All that I can remember of it is him shouting “slushies” and laughing wildly.

Peters, cad that he is, asked for Bridges to be given a further five minutes. After some discussion about should someone else seek leave for him or should he seek leave Bridges sought the leave and it was granted.

Every Labour, Green and NZ First MP agreed to allow him more time to speak.  I have never seen anything like it.

Bridges spent his time abusing others.  I would question his ability to have effective control of a local board or community board, let alone the country.

Here is the video.

And here is the transcript

And here is the victor.

70 comments on “National’s bad day in the house”

  1. Chris T 1

    Think you have the wrong end of the stick there

    It related to a question a few seconds before (last one, with Shaw on the census), where Mallard ruled Shaw was answering to long and the Nat's asked Mallard to allow him to continue.

    He did, to much laughter from Labour.

    It wasn't some awesome political statement from Mr Sleepy. It was a joke.

    Edit: Link to question

    Nat’s made a bit of hash of it

    • mickysavage 1.1

      Not sure I am getting your point.  Peters did seek further time for Bridges, he replied by seeking leave and everyone agreed.

      • Chris T 1.1.1

        Sorry

        Was just putting the context behind it

        The Nat’s had just done the same thing

    • That comment from Shaw was pure gold:  "The issue here seems to be that the National Party are trying to weaponise their own incompetence."

      The way he repeatedly takes the piss out of Brownlee is good too – makes Brownlee look a complete idiot without getting angry or getting anywhere close to personal abuse.  He really is very sharp.

      • roy cartland 1.2.1

        "weaponise their own incompetence"

        Indeed, pure gold.

      • Jimmy 1.2.2

        I don't think Shaw came across well at all. He could only disagree with all the "experts" who have said the census is a mess, but did not give any reason as to why.

        • Psycho Milt 1.2.2.1

          He did explain why, and even elaborated on the explanation in response to a further question from Yiang  – a question that prompted Mallard to suggest most members would regret Yiang asking that, presumably because he knew a complicated explanation would follow. 

          He was also careful to distinguish the problems as relating to the census "inputs," thus leaving himself plenty of room later on to refer to the previous government's responsibility for approving that problematic process.  It was very nicely done.

      • Chris T 1.2.3

        He is surprising quick witted for an ex-banking dude who comes across like a boring economics teacher.

        He is actually quicker than Winston, mind you that might be Winston's age now and him trying to keep awake

  2. Peter 2

    You can saySimon took the opportunity and it was pretty awful.  We can remember him shouting “slushies” and laughing wildly.

    But I know if his episode were put on TV every night for a week just before Prancing with the Stars or Aussie Spatula, his ratings would shoot up to at least 17%. 

  3. Wayne 3

    Micky,

    The whole thing is being reported in the media as a success for Simon Bridges. Coming back strong from a difficult week.

    Now if you want to believe the opposite, well I guess thats your privilege.

    • Cinny 3.1

      His behaviour would only appeal to true blues.

    • Drowsy M. Kram 3.2

      As a lefty Green voter, I support Bridges and acknowledge his reported 'success'.

      May his shadow grow as long as Key's…

      • ankerawshark 3.2.1

        Yes Wayne, very glad of Simon's "successes" at the moment.  #lets keep Simon.

         

        He is so very helpful to the left.

    • marty mars 3.3

      Yeah lol it's another home run lol

    • One Two 3.4

      Nz politics along with the NZ media are in a symbiotic relationship which is beyond farcical…

      Use of the word success in any context regarding either of those to establishment entities, is to be party to the farce…

       

    • Gabby 3.5

      You know I couldn't tell whether Sniggering Guyno approved or was taking the piss when he backgrounded the fairly long excerpts this morning wayney. It didn't sound very impressive.

    • Stuart Munro. 3.6

      Yeah well – the media are probably the only group in the country with less credibility than your former colleagues. You should be grateful for their sacrifice – but the public should not be.

    • Jilly Bee 3.7

      Wayne – to coin a phrase from that tennis brat/prat John McEnroe, 'You Cannot Be Serious'.  Honestly, after watching the clip on Newshub last evening I didn't know whether to laugh, scream or cry.  I finally managed to mutter to Mr Jilly Bee 'Wow, Just Wow'.  Hang in there Soimun, you're comedy gold (if you don't blow a gasket first).cheeky

      • solkta 3.7.1

        Blowing a gasket, yes that is all i could think watching his performance, that he was getting close. Very funny it was.

    • bwaghorn 3.8

      They where laughing at him on the am show . Even the nat stooge Richardson was joining in on running him down.

  4. Cinny 4

    " Bridges spent his time abusing others.  I would question his ability to have effective control of a local board or community board, let alone the country. "

    Well said, totally agree with you Micky.

    simon was like some kind of rabid name calling bully yesterday, such behaviour would not win over any new voters, cringe worthy stuff.

  5. Dennis Frank 5

    Politicians increase their influence when they learn how to make people laugh.  Simon did entertain for a change, right?  So seems to me he deserves credit for the change of tack.

    The new style makes him seem more like a typical kiwi male.  Sure to boost his ratings with that demographic if he keeps it up.  Actually, that performance made him look like a serious contender for leadership of NZFirst – wouldn't surprise me if it got Shane Jones worried.  Too bad pollsters don't measure the redneck vote.

    • Rapunzel 5.1

      A "new" style" that appeals to your version of typical kiwi males"? You think? What about the rest of NZ?

      Is that it? Is that good enough that it wasn't his worst attempt? 

      It's an insult to NZ that because the National Party can't get their house in order and can't offer up other than a person who refuses to front upon inquiries he ordered, plus a long list of behind the scenes derision of others, as leader that's also "good enough".

      He should never have been allowed to nudge out English. The thing keeping him there is his dogged personal ego and the lack of an obvious replacement.

      • Dennis Frank 5.1.1

        Hard to disagree with any of that.  Clowns can be politically effective.  Rulers centuries ago used their fool to entertain the court, and many a courtier got marginalised by the cutting wit that ensued.  Not saying that Simon is operating at that rarified level of expertise, just that he's having a go.

        Flat-lining at 5%, the switch in tactics could get him a boost if kiwi jokers start seeing him as a goer, rather than floundering as usual.  Like a batsman slashing at every ball, mostly missing, with hits going in all directions.  Guys like that kind of simple fun.  If his performance improves, could easily lift his poll rating a crucial few per cent – enough to survive awhile.

        • woodart 5.1.1.1

          who remembers bill english in the boxing ring, looking for votes. the same year I was at baypark speedway and english got pummeled in a stock car looking for votes. thumbs up for the courage in both attempts, but yeah nah, not a good look for an aspiring leader ……

      • Panda 5.1.2

        I fear it is all that the National Party have left. Abuse and histrionics. Someone may like to point it out to them that just because it is not directed at their own party still does not make it ok.

  6. cleangreen 6

    Bridges was told to emulate the "Donald Trump style of attack" and he did very actively and the media called it as "Simon Bridges being an attack dog".

    The best ever result was when he looked like a real attack dog" I thought he was on 'P' or meths actually.

    The worst National performance came from the new Hastings MP 'Lawrence Yule' who was attacking Labour in the same vicious manner saying labour has done nothing right, but was roundly put back in his box when the long leaving excellence of Ruth Dyson who ripped into yule saying "it is incredible hearing Lawrence Yule criticising the labour coalition Government when this MP as mayor of Hastings allowed many people to become poisoned by contaminated water"

    Master stoke by Ruth Dyson" thank you very much Ruth for telling the truth about this errant MP.Lawrence Yule.

     

     

    • woodart 6.1

      yule covered himself in the opposite of clean water while mayor, and still got his arse into parliament. he also ran hastings broke and desperatley tried to con the rest of the bay into forming a super council to pick up hastings tab. amazing that after all that he is one of our elected (?) representatives…the bar is fairly low, it seems. still ,he minds his manners in restarants and doesnt tape his workers…..

      • cleangreen 6.1.1

        Woodart

        Thanks for telling the truth to power about this man Lawrence Yule as he is clearly just an agent for the global cabal.

        Lawrence Yule has no idea of making our lives better as he will sell us to the highest bidder now that he is a National party Politician.

    • Hotstepper 6.2

      Genuine question: why do you think Bridges has been told to "emulate the Donald Trump style of attack"? 

      Is that information you have, or is it just speculation?

  7. mac1 7

    I listened to Bridges yesterday while bottling a home brew. While he did not drive me to actually sample my 8.8% barley wine, I thought that he did not handle the extra five minutes well, as the additional time would have taken him away from his notes and into the kind of material where he has to rely on his general political knowledge and savvy.

    I recall some pretty pointless abuse in that period. I think Peter's move was a clever one. it showed plainly that the government does not respect Bridge's ability to score as a debater.

    I have heard Bridges speak in a public meeting. He was not impressive, and again did resort a little to some demeaning personal abuse. He did not connect.

    After that speech, he joined a College jazz student band to play drums in a jazz standard. To my one time jazz bass player's ear, Bridges played on time but not in the style required – more poppy, and heavy on the offbeat. A bit like his speech-making, really…….

    I have now watched Bridge's speech which confirmed my aural recollection. Seeing it though shows how much time he spends talking to his side and  how much finger pointing he does actually indulge in when he addresses the government directly. Other mannerisms are revealing. He has a habit of invading his benchmate's space with his awkwardly placed right arm, masking Paula Bennett. There was also a nervous swipe at his collar, an indicator of discomfort and pressure.

    • peterlepaysan 7.1

      Astute observation.  Watching Bridges has been puzzling.

      His media reported statements appear to be about him, rather than his party.

      The most laughable (pre slushie) was his claim that  "his" opposition to the proposed cgt embarassed and made Labour drop it.  Of course NZ First had absolutely no influence in a coalition govt.

      Who are his PR spinners?  Does he have any?

      He is safe.  Who wants his job?

  8. Sanctuary 8

    Behaviour in the house is invisible for Joe and Jane Public. The reporting of Bridge's attacks have to be seen with the context of an ambient right wing MSM who run a dumbed down, personality focussed, horse race narrative where currently Jacinda's star is deemed fully ascendant and there fore requiring some pulling down (Key, on the other hand, got an armchair ride from most MSM political journalists)

    The cynical, rating driven asshats who run our MSM are contemptuous of the average persons ability to absorb nuanced information and petrified that asking anyone to think about anything will cause their ratings to drop.

  9. AB 9

    Getting a bit bored with the mocking of Bridges.

    Sure – his relative hopelessness shows that a party whose raison d'etre is protecting the economic interests of the rich end of town, depends on a carefully manufactured packaging that deflects from their real purpose. Key was that packaging taken to near-perfection. But we've known this forever. Much better for Labour to be thinking about those areas where Collins' rabid 'commonsense' will cause trouble – and eliminating mistakes .

    • greywarshark 9.1

      Yes commenting so much on Bridges apparent ineptness, is time off from watching and attempting to guide NZ into better policies and government.   I put up relevant things discussed on Radionz – no discussion on NZ impacting matters.  Lots of gleeful and often childish remarks about Bridges, and this is repetitive.   All of it was said before probably a year ago.

      There is the thing that people picked on enough can earn a wave of sympathetic sentiment.   By throwing metaphorical eggs at him the commenters here are giving him oxygen and possibly encouraging a protective feeling towards him.  Think on that.

       

  10. michelle 10

    smart move giving him more time to make a fool of himself  

  11. Kat 11

    As Michele Boag said on radio earlier this week "Simon Bridges just has to learn to be a leader". Well that's all well and good, is she prepared to front up with some formal instructions because Mr bridges is getting very very very painful to watch . 

    • Peter 11.1

      I wrote on here yesterday: "He's 42 years old, he's been in politics for more than 20 years and he's got to learn to be a leader?"

      Someone who is 42 years, who's been in the places Bridges has been in, and done the things he's done, who has to 'learn to be a leader,' is never going to be a leader of any worth.

      One thing mitigating against him even learning is the environment he is in. Someone leaking after their caucus this week shows that given the best will and intentions in the world, someone(s) there has decided he is not a leader, is not wanted as a leader or is not capable of being a leader.

       

    • greywarshark 11.2

      Lessons from Michelle B would leave him all of a dither.  She would probably punctuate each point with a whip.

    • Shadrach 11.3

      1. In my experience, leadership cannot be 'learned'.  Leadership is an inate part of us, or not – we either have or we don't.  
      2. If I was in the position of advising Simon Bridges, the last person on the planet I would be listening to would be Michele Boag.

      • rod 11.3.1

        @ 2 Why ?

        • Shadrach 11.3.1.1

          Because she is toxic.  Because she was so closely associated with Bill English's first term as leader of the Nats.  And because I don't have much time for people who have little experience outside of politics and 'PR'.

          • cleangreen 11.3.1.1.1

            Shadrack; Michelle Boag was also closely associated to "Mr fix it" Steven Joyce too.

            • Shadrach 11.3.1.1.1.1

              I wasn't critiquing Bill English, I was commenting on his disastrous election campaign.  Joyce was an is a very good operator.  Why he would want anything to do with Boag is beyond me.

              • peterlepaysan

                C'mon, Shadrach,  Michelle knows everything, and knows all the answers.

                Be fair.  (smirk).

  12. My experience over the last 66 years is when someone is cornered and down to their lowest mentally, they ATTACK with gusto and make the most utter mess of their self-worth. 

    I saw that in Simon yesterday.

  13. Darien Fenton 13

    Pointy, shouty couldnt get past this.

  14. roy cartland 14

    Anyone remember the "get some guts" speech? This was worse.

  15. Fireblade 15

    The more the public get to know Simon, the less popular he becomes.

    Simon's try-hard ramblings were an attempt to demonstrate that he's got bigger balls than Judith.

  16. mac1 16

    One thing that Bridges did was to laugh at Winston Peters quoting National's own polling which put Peters at 1% in the preferred PM stakes.

    Not speaking from notes, he pointed the finger and jeered.

    Of course, silly man, he's firstly referring to the deputy PM in a government led by a very popular woman. It is good that the actual PM should be well preferred above the deputy PM.

    Secondly, Bridge's  own 5% support from an electorate that still polls at 40% for the party he leads is not that much higher than Peters, and proportionately lower.

    • Enough is Enough 16.1

      Winston is a moron. He looks at the popularity of the government (AKA Jacinda) and firmly believes he and his basket case of a political party is part of that popularity.

      Nothing could be further from the truth. The numbers he quotes shows how terribly he is. We can only hope that the current numbers hold up until the . Then he will be gone forever.

      • McFlock 16.1.1

        Many of his political opponents have thought that, and are now just footnotes in parliamentary history.

         

      • woodart 16.1.2

        winston may be many things , but not a moron .very sharp survivor .

        • mac1 16.1.2.1

          He has done more than survive. He has been a cabinet minister, a king-maker, a party leader and is now deputy PM.  Tahat's more than survival. He is part of the government's popularity. Not a major part, but part. Some of us are grateful that he carried over into the post election coalition discussions what he had been saying before the election excoriating that corporation-favouring and corrupt former government. 

      • cleangreen 16.1.3

        Enough is Enough.

        No Winston is definitely not a moron. Labour has still got the 'right wing fringe embedded in them with several high flying in their cabinet so Jacinda needs to clean their house out this year.

  17. gsays 17

    That explains Mrs  Collins highlighting Bridges performance in the house when she was interviewed on RNZ this morning.

    • Wensleydale 17.1

      That's Collins for you. Caress with one hand, punch with the other. She's as cunning as a really cunning thing.

  18. Exkiwiforces 18

    Hey that lady in pink next to what’s his name, is that Don Kings Grand daughter? 

  19. observer 19

    It doesn't much matter what political partisans think (on either side). Or what commentators spout. It's the voting millions that count.

    I watched the 6 pm news with relatives who are basically non-political, and certainly not "lefties". They just shook their heads and said "What on earth is wrong with him?".

    I bet the vast majority of viewers felt the same.

  20. Jenny - How to get there? 20

    It's striking how similar these two maniacal images are.


     

     

    https://int.search.myway.com/search/AJimage.jhtml?&n=784865ef&p2=%5EBXZ%5Exdm012%5ETTAB02%5Enz&pg=AJimage&pn=1&ptb=588D7DF5-9CD5-495D-8989-307886F67516&qs=&searchfor=heath+ledger+as+the+joker+images&si=google_engremarketing&ss=sub&st=tab&tpr=hpsb&trs=wtt&imgs=1p&filter=on&imgDetail=true

    Yes one is holding up a coffee cup and the other is holding up a playing card.

    But the biggest difference is that one them is only acting.

    • Jimmy 20.1

      Very good! This has made my morning.
      One is an evil scheming person who cannot be trusted, and the other is the Joker!

  21. NZJester 21

    When the opposition agrees to let your leader speak longer you should never accept. Ever the fool he put his foot in his mouth and asked for more time to show just how incompetent he is while in his own mind he was doing great.

  22. Rae 22

    Ever wondered what "enough rope" looks like.

    As for Collins, if NZ accepts her as a possible PM then it says as much about us as it does her, and none of it is good. She is tainted and self serving, I won't go over her history, I'm no-one here needs reminding of it, but not everyone is aware of a response she made when questioned about Oravida's involvement with the destruction of wetlands and the whole swamp kauri, snub your nose at the rules, exporting. Her reply was that she didn't care, they were swamps, and she didn't like swamps. She appeared on TV1s Breakfast a week or so ago claiming the Nats were maybe more green than the Greens.

    Vile woman.

  23. michelle 23

     she is vile and toxic alright and she obviously doesnt care about our natural environments cause her and her greedy husband are pillaging our swamp kauri and they are selling our water of to the chinese when are dumb Nzders gonna wake up to people like her 

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Week That Was: 2020
    We are back for 2020! From changes to Family Funded Care, to a record high number of Kiwis in construction in the trades - we're already back making progress on those long-term challenges. Read all about it and more ...
    2 days ago
  • Winston Peters: “Ihumātao deal still a long way off”
    Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters told Mike Hosking that a settlement deal regarding Ihumātao in Auckland is still a long way off. The Maori King's flag was lowered at the site near Auckland Airport yesterday, sparking suggestions an announcement of a deal could be made by Waitangi Day. Pania Newton, ...
    4 days ago
  • Winston Peters accuses Gerry Brownlee of ‘politicising’ Holocaust memorial
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters is accusing Gerry Brownlee of "politicising" a Holocaust memorial event after the National MP questioned the lack of Kiwi representation there. The Yad Vashem World Holocaust Remembrance Centre in Jerusalem, Israel, is holding the World Holocaust Forum on January 23 to mark 75 years since ...
    4 days ago
  • Provincial Growth Fund to help Waipukurau Pā sites attract thousands of tourists
    The Ngā Ara Tipuna - Waipukurau Pā Site Interpretation project is receiving $2.798 million from the Provincial Growth Fund. It is is expected to boost the town's employment and tourism, creating sixteen new jobs once completed and attract up to 15,000 visitors a year. Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development ...
    4 days ago
  • “Common sense will prevail, not extremism” Winston Peters backs Shane Jones’ pro-meat stance
    New Zealand First leader Winston Peters is backing his MPs who have spoken out against a new climate change teaching resource that advises students to eat less meat to save the planet. The new teaching resource, announced by Education Minister Chris Hipkins and Climate Change Minister James Shaw, tells students ...
    5 days ago
  • Violent assault on paramedic highlights need for law change
    Darroch Ball MP, Spokesperson for Justice Today’s horrific violent assault of an on-duty female paramedic which rendered her unconscious is truly unsettling. “Our thoughts are with the paramedic, her loved ones and the St John’s team at Warkworth Station,” says New Zealand First Justice Spokesperson Darroch Ball. “Harsher penalties for perpetrators ...
    6 days ago
  • Acting PM Winston Peters confirms NZDF troops in Iraq not hit by Iranian attacks
    Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters called for calm and diplomacy following Iranian missile strikes on bases housing United States troops in Iraq, but confirmed New Zealand's base in the country was not hit. The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) was earlier today investigating claims New Zealand's base in Iraq had ...
    7 days ago
  • Kaikōura $10.88 million boost in tourism & business
    Fletcher Tabuteau MP, Parliamentary Undersecretary for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10.88 million to boost business and tourism opportunities in Kaikōura, Parliamentary Undersecretary for Regional Economic Development, Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. As part of the Kaikōura Marina Development Programme, the following two projects will receive ...
    1 week ago
  • Delivering a stable water supply to Wairarapa
    Hon. Ron Mark, New Zealand First List MP based in Wairarapa The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $7.11 million to create a sustainable water supply for the Wairarapa. The PGF will provide a $7 million investment to Wairarapa Water Limited to progress the Wairarapa Water Storage Scheme towards procurement, consenting, ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Housing consents hit highest level since 1974
    Housing consents have hit a 45-year high, as Statistics NZ data shows a total of 37,010 residential consents were issued in the year to November --- the first time they have breached the 37,000 mark since the mid-1970s. Statistics NZ said the trend had been rising since late 2011, when ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Darroch Ball MP: “Violence against first responders is a problem on the rise”
    New Zealand First MP Darroch Ball says that a paramedic being kicked unconscious last night in an attempted burglary in Warkworth, north of Auckland, is a symptom of a larger problem. "Incidents like this are becoming more and more frequent...and it’s getting worse," Mr Ball said. The MP is pushing for ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Minister Ron Mark asks NZDF to conduct fire risk assessment from defence point of view
    Defence Minister Ron Mark said there was nothing to prevent similar large-scale bushfires seen in Australia from also happening in New Zealand, and has asked the New Zealand Defence Force to conduct a nfire risk assessment from a defence point of view. The defence assessment would help prevent a disaster ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Defence Minister Mark expresses “absolute confidence” in NZDF forces stationed in Iraq
    While feeling worried about increased Middle East tensions, Defence Minister Ron Mark said he had "absolute confidence" in New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) leadership. His statements come as the fate of Kiwi troops stationed in Iraq comes under intense scrutiny. Forty-five Defence Force personnel were thought to be in the ...
    3 weeks ago
  • ‘No Body, No Parole’ Bill is pointless dog-whistling
    Darroch Ball MP, Spokesperson for Law and Order National MP Tim Macindoe Member’s Bill, Concealment of Location of Victim Remains Bill does not do what he claims. The Bill specifies a requirement for the Parole Board to only “consider” denying parole if an offender refuses to disclose the location of the body. ...
    3 weeks ago
  • New Zealand Defence Force sends support to Australia
    Hon. Ron Mark, Minister of Defence Minister of Defence Ron Mark today announced New Zealand is sending three Royal New Zealand Air Force NH90 helicopters and crew, and two NZ Army Combat Engineer Sections as well as a command element to support the Australian Defence Force efforts in tackling the Australian ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Defence Minister Ron Mark: “NZDF focused on protecting troops in Iraq from retaliation”
    As tensions in the Middle East continue to grow after the assassination of top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani, the New Zealand Defence Force is focusing on the protection of Kiwi troops deployed in Iraq. Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says that "recent attacks on coalition bases and embassies constitute unacceptable ...
    3 weeks ago

  • Health staff to meet flights from China as precautionary measure
    Public health staff will begin meeting flights from China from tomorrow, to actively look for signs of the novel coronavirus and provide advice, information and reassurance to passengers. Health Minister Dr David Clark says the additional measures are being taken following the arrival of the disease in Australia, via flights ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • National Yearling Sales 2020
    National Yearling Sales at Karaka   26 January 2020    [CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY] Good morning. It is a pleasure to be here on opening day of the 2020 National Yearling Sales Series. Let us all acknowledge Sir Peter Vela and the Vela family for their outstanding contribution to the New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    11 hours ago
  • Government and construction industry to build big, lift productivity with Transformation Plan
    Delivering the workforce and productivity gains required to build the houses, schools, roads, rail and hospitals New Zealand needs will become easier with the Government-industry Construction Sector Transformation Plan launched today, Minister for Building and Construction Jenny Salesa says. “The action plan launched today delivers on the Government’s Construction Sector ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • Log trains to begin on Wairoa-Napier line
    Log trains are about to start running between Wairoa and Napier following Provincial Growth Fund investment to reopen the rail line, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says. The Government invested $6.2 million to reopen the mothballed rail line which was closed after significant storm damage in 2012. “With PGF ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Minister of Defence concludes successful visit with his US counterpart
    Minister of Defence Ron Mark met with United States Secretary of Defense Mark Esper today. “This was an excellent opportunity to meet with one of our closest security partners,” Ron Mark said. “The main focus of the meeting was to discuss challenges that New Zealand and the United States share ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand acknowledges ICJ decision on Myanmar
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters today acknowledged the ruling of the International Court of Justice in relation to the Rohingya people in Myanmar. The ruling ordered the Government of Myanmar to take all measures within its power to prevent the commission of acts of genocide in relation to members of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • NZ’s trade aims advanced at Davos meetings
    A proposal to cut “trade and production-distorting subsidies” in the agricultural sector by 2030 has set out important measures to ensure a fair agricultural trading system.  Speaking after attending meetings of trade ministers in Davos, Switzerland, Minister for Trade and Export Growth David Parker welcomed the joint proposal from the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Great news for New Zealanders with cystic fibrosis
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says he is delighted that PHARMAC has struck a provisional deal to fund Kalydeco – a medicine which is set to improve the quality of life for about 30 New Zealand children and adults with cystic fibrosis. “While rare, cystic fibrosis is an awful inherited ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand least corrupt country in the world
    New Zealand has regained its position as the least corrupt country in the world for the second time under this Coalition Government, says Justice Minister Andrew Little. “New Zealanders can be proud that our reputation as one of the least corrupt countries in the world has been restored,” says Andrew ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Boost for Rēkohu/Wharekauri/Chatham Islands Community Conservation
    Community conservation in Rēkohu/Wharekauri/the Chatham Islands is receiving a boost, with grants to support local projects announced today by Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage. “Rēkohu/Wharekauri/ the Chatham Islands are home to 20 per cent of New Zealand’s threatened bird species and 11 per cent of New Zealand’s threatened plant species. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Rātana Pā goes high-tech with UFB
    Iwi, hapu and visitors to Rātana Pā near Whanganui now have access to ultra-fast broadband following its connection, completed in time for annual Rātana celebrations, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says. The connection and associated hardware were funded from the Provincial Growth Fund’s $21 million Marae Digital Connectivity programme, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Govt’s strong financial management acknowledged
    The Government’s strong financial management and plan to future proof the economy with new infrastructure investment has gained further recognition from an international ratings agency. Credit rating agency Fitch has upgraded one of its main metrics assessing the Government’s books, lifting its foreign currency AA rating outlook to ‘positive’ from ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Boost in Whānau Ora funding to keep changing lives
    Whānau throughout New Zealand are set to benefit from an extra three million dollars that will go directly to Whānau Ora Commissioning Agencies, the Minister for Whānau Ora Peeni Henare announced today.  Including previous funding boosts, the Agencies will now receive $87 million this year between them.  In Budget 2019 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • More people getting into work
    The December quarter benefit numbers released today show the Government’s plan to get people off the benefit and into work is starting to pay off,” Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni said.   “Nearly 19,000 people cancelled their benefit and went into work in the last few months of the year – ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Wairoa gets up to $6.1m to rebuild heart of CBD
    The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing up to $6.1 million to revitalise business and tourism opportunities in Wairoa, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. The PGF is funding: Up to $4.8 million for the Wairoa Integrated Business and Tourism Facility Up to $960,000 for the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Major Events support for creative and cultural events
    Creative and cultural events that highlight New Zealand’s diverse culture and build national pride are set to get a funding boost through the Major Events Fund, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford said today. The new Creative and Cultural Events Incubator, which is funded through the Major Events Fund, will open ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Classroom internet in hundreds of schools to get a boost
    The Government has begun a massive IT upgrade to provide more seamless internet access to 200 schools around the country. Te Mana Tūhono – Technology in Schools work programme will launch with a pilot of 10 smaller state schools early this year. IT equipment that gives students access to the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Construction workforce, apprenticeships hit record highs
    Working with industry and committing to rebuild New Zealand’s infrastructure has produced a record high number of Kiwis working in the construction industry and learning trades, says Minister for Building and Construction Jenny Salesa. New figures available today from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and the Tertiary Education ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • NZ concludes digital economy trade talks with Singapore and Chile
    A new trade agreement concluded today helps New Zealand exporters and consumers take advantage of opportunities from digital trade.    Minister for Trade and Export Growth David Parker together with Chile’s Vice Minister of Trade Rodrigo Yañez and Singapore’s Minister of Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing, have announced conclusion of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Provincial Growth Fund to fund Waipukurau cultural development and tourism
    The Ngā Ara Tipuna -  Waipukurau Pā Site Interpretation project will receive $2.798 million from the Provincial Growth Fund to create an authentic cultural tourism experience, Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced today “The project will inform visitors about the history of six pā sites in Waipukurau with a combination ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • 21 new judges boost diversity, improve access to justice
    Twenty-one new District Court judges have been appointed in a move that will improve access to justice and boost diversity on the bench. The new judges include replacements for retirements and 10 new positions. Attorney-General David Parker today announced the 14 judges who can immediately be named, with the remainder ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Puhinui to Auckland Airport in 10 minutes
    Aucklanders are another step closer to getting rapid transit to the airport, with the start of construction to upgrade State Highway 20B to the airport, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. SH20B will be upgraded with additional lanes in each direction, dedicated to bus and high-occupancy vehicles between Pukaki Creek ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Advancing New Zealand’s trade agenda focus of Europe meetings
    World Trade Organisation reform, agricultural trade and a free trade agreement with the United Kingdom will be the focus of Minister for Trade and Export Growth David Parker’s visit to Europe this week. David Parker leaves on Tuesday for a series of meetings in the UK and Switzerland that aim ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Minister of Defence to visit counterparts in US and Canada
    The Minister of Defence, Ron Mark, departed today for the United States and Canada where he will meet with his counterparts.  While in Canada Minister Mark will meet with his counterpart, Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan.  “New Zealand and Canada are close friends, and share an instinctive like-mindedness on ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Government to deliver family carers $2000 pay rise, expand scheme to spouses this year
    The Coalition Government is delivering this year the changes to Funded Family Care the disability sector has long-asked for, says Associate Minister of Health Jenny Salesa. “Today we are announcing the details of our big changes to Funded Family Care, including an annual average pay boost of $2,246.40 for funded ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Ko te reo kua mū: Piri Sciascia
    Minister for Māori Development Nanaia Mahuta joins te ao Māori in their sorrow as they learn of the loss of one of the great orators and spokespersons of a generation – Piri Sciascia.  “The son of Pōrangahau was a staunch advocate for Māori development and served his people for over ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Minister opens new ecosanctuary at Cape Farewell
    A new ecosanctuary with a predator proof fence on Golden Bay’s Cape Farewell, which will restore a safe home for sea birds, rare native plants, giant snails, and geckos, was officially opened today by the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage. “There has been a fantastic community effort supported by the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Pacific partners work together to provide additional support to Australia
    The NZDF continues to support the Australian Defence Force (ADF) as it battles fires in Victoria and New South Wales, including by transporting Republic of Fiji Military engineers from Nadi to Australia, announced Defence Minister Ron Mark. On Saturday morning a NZDF Boeing 757 will depart New Zealand to uplift ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Kaikōura $10.88 million boost in tourism & business
    The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10.88 million to boost business and tourism opportunities in Kaikōura, Parliamentary Undersecretary for Regional Economic Development, Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. As part of the Kaikōura Marina Development Programme, the following two projects will receive PGF funding: A $9.88 million investment to begin the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Govt accounts in surplus, debt remains low
    The Government’s books are in good shape with the accounts in surplus and expenses close to forecast, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Treasury today released the Crown accounts for the five months to November. The operating balance before gains and losses (OBEGAL) was above forecast by $0.7 billion resulting ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Auckland focus for first Police graduation of 2020
    The number of Police on the Auckland frontline is increasing with the graduation today of a special locally-trained wing of new constables. Police Minister Stuart Nash says the graduation of eighteen officers from Recruit Wing 333-5 means that more than 1900 new Police have been deployed since the Coalition Government ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Wairarapa gets $7.11m PGF water boost
    The Provincial Growth Fund is putting $7.11 million into creating a sustainable water supply for Wairarapa, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. The following two projects will receive Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) funding: A $7 million investment in Wairarapa Water Limited for the pre-construction development of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Progress with new Police station in Mahia
    Community safety and crime prevention in the East Coast community of Mahia has moved forward with the opening of a new Police station to serve the growing coastal settlement. Police Minister Stuart Nash has officially opened the new station, which was relocated almost 20 kilometres along the coast from the nearby ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Plans to protect the future of whitebaiting announced
    With several native whitebait species in decline the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage has today released proposals to standardise and improve management of whitebait across New Zealand. “The need for action for a healthy whitebait fishery has never been greater,” Eugenie Sage said.  “Four of the six whitebait species are ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • New resource for schools to increase awareness and understanding of climate change
    A new Ministry of Education resource available for schools in 2020 will increase awareness and understanding of climate change, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “The resource, Climate Change – prepare today, live well tomorrow, will help students understand the effects of climate change at a local, national and global ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Getting more out of our most productive firms
    Finance Minister Grant Robertson has approved the terms of reference for an Inquiry into the economic contribution of New Zealand's frontier firms. Frontier firms are the most productive firms in the domestic economy within their own industry. “These firms are important as they diffuse new technologies and business practices into ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • NZDF sends more support to Australia
    The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) is sending an Environmental Health Team, a Primary Health Care Team and a Chaplain to Australia, boosting New Zealand support for the Australian Defence Force (ADF) as it battles bush fires in Victoria and New South Wales, Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today. The ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand joins partners in calling for full investigation into air crash in Iran
    Acting Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Rt Hon Winston Peters says that developments suggesting a surface-to-air missile is responsible for the downing of the Ukrainian International Airlines flight in Iran is disastrous news. “New Zealand offers its deepest sympathies to the families of the 176 victims. It is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Staying connected to Australian agriculture
    Agriculture Minister, Damien O’Connor, says the Ministry for Primary Industries is continuing to stay connected to federal authorities in Australia as devastating fires affect the country.  “The Ministry is using an existing trans-Tasman forum for discussions on the agricultural impact of the fires and the future recovery phase,” says Damien ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Investment in schools – a commitment to communities
    Thousands of school-age children, their teachers and wider communities are benefiting from the Government’s multi-million dollar investment upgrading and renewing schools, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “We want New Zealand to be the best place to be a child and that means learning in warm, comfortable and modern classrooms,” ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago