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Nats desperate to silence grassroots activists

Written By: - Date published: 1:53 pm, September 28th, 2008 - 32 comments
Categories: activism, election 2008, national, same old national - Tags:

An email from a reader:

“A friend and I were putting up some Vote with Both Eyes Open posters on Lambton Quay the other night. We had just put some up around the intersection by Parliament and crossed the road when a senior National advisor came up to us with one of our recently pasted banners scrunched up in his hand. He handed it to me and said ‘one of yours, I think’. Way to stand up for free speech, National.”

If you walk down around Wellington, you will see quite a number of posters from Both Eyes Open and other groups but you’ll also notice, particularly on Lambton Quay, many corners of posters that remain where the body of the poster has been torn down. I’m told that what happens is as soon as National finds out a poster-run is happening near Parliament, they dispatch a group of Tory-boys, eager to prove their worth, to rip them down. Since people usually poster in the late evening, the Tories must be working late into the night in a desperate bid to make sure ordinary Kiwis don’t see the message when they head to work in the morning.

I just can’t understand the mentality of putting all that effort into tearing down posters. Why don’t they just put up some of their own? That would be the competition of ideas eh? That would be the exercise of free speech so vital to democracy. Maybe they just don’t have anything worth saying.

Of course, the Right has tried to silence us for generations, often employing far more brutal methods than this. But Kiwis won’t be silenced. As the popularity of the Campaign Hub shows, Kiwis are determined to have their voices heard.

32 comments on “Nats desperate to silence grassroots activists”

  1. Draco T Bastard 1

    hat would be the competition of ideas eh?

    They’re capitalists and capitalism has never been about competition. I’d go so far as to say that they’re afraid of it.

  2. Anita 2

    Last year when we were putting up posters about Clint Rickards it was the Council taking them down, not to mention making sure there were as few poster spots as possible *sigh*

    One of the things I find really frustrating about living in Wellington is just how much effort the Council puts into limiting public spaces and public expression, in a capital city no less.

    Grass roots activism is so important, a handful of people can put together posters about an issue like Rickards and with $10 photocopying, a packet of paste, and an hour they can get out there and make a difference. Not to mention all the awesome people who filled in our postcards and sent them in; 1 minute and the government knew they would actually have to do something.

    Any idea what it will take to rebuild grass roots movements in NZ?

  3. Go The Right 3

    The message is wrong for these posters . It should read both eyes shut and brain not engaged if you vote Labour!!

  4. Michael 4

    Posters can only go up on the designated spots – the council will rip them down in other places. If they know who put the posters up they send them an invoice for the cost. (They “Post a bill”! Ha, ha)

    Paranoia and conspiracy is Winston’s area usually – are Labour becoming more like him?

  5. bill brown 5

    Looks like there’s a concerted effort on the Shore for all Labour boards to be knocked down.

    There are some pretty scared rightards out there.

  6. The most hypocritical post in the history of the internet. You guys get a giggle out of ripping down or the vandalism of posters that you don’t agree with it, but when it happens to you, you scream “Free Speech”

    Well here is a message for all members of the standard, to the Greens to the Unions to the anti Police Protesters, to anyone really, Free Speech Applies to everybody, and if you dont like your posters to be vandalize dont it to others.

  7. Tamaki resident 7

    Not just on the Shore Bill – in the Eastern suburbs it’s the same pattern – Labour billboards knocked down, National’s and Act’s left standing.

  8. Anita 8

    Michael,

    Posters can only go up on the designated spots

    That is part of my complaint about WCC, there are way too few designated spots. If WCC was committed to being a vibrant inclusive participatory democratic city it would have far more spots for people to put up posters.

  9. randal 9

    Hey Anita they just another venal grubby lot of local body upstarts looking for the main chance. all that vibrancy bullshit is just some crap some pr agency sold them….batteries not included!

  10. Anita 10

    randal,

    Yeah I know 🙁

  11. marco 11

    Ironically on Shore Road in Auckland its Nationals Placards that are getting a pounding. Labour and Acts are still standing but each day Richard Worths placards are torn down and de-faced. The man couldnt possibly be more boring, so perhaps it his way of getting a point of difference across to the voters in the area.

  12. Michael it may be true that the council will take down posters but that’s not what’s happening. I’m told posters are disappearing the night they are put up and it’s only anti-National posters that disappear.. There are those ‘to animals we’re all Nazis’ posters that have been left undisturbed on lamp posts for weeks.

  13. Tim Ellis 13

    Tamaki resident said:

    Not just on the Shore Bill – in the Eastern suburbs it’s the same pattern – Labour billboards knocked down, National’s and Act’s left standing.

    I can report from Auckland Central that all parties’ billboards seem to get attacked. Nikki Kaye’s hoardings are knocked down pretty much the same time as the MP’s. Kaye’s hoardings seem to have her face cut out as well as knocked over. There doesn’t seem to be any political pattern to the hoardings destruction, they’re all knocked over evenly.

    I have noticed that when Kaye’s hoardings are knocked over they are erected again the next day, while Judith Tizard’s hoardings are often down for up to a week at a time. If you’re driving past and see a Tizard sign has been knocked over but a Kaye hoarding standing, it is probably because the Kaye sign has been knocked over but somebody’s come and put it up again. This probably means that Kaye has a much more active and organised team working on repairing hoardings.

  14. weka 14

    The message is wrong for these posters . It should read both eyes shut and brain not engaged if you vote Labour!!

    Yeah, so vote Green instead 😀

    Anita, I’m interested too in what it will take to rebuild grassroots movements in NZ. They’re still there, but not as visible or connected as in the past perhaps?

    I find the Both Eyes campaign inspiring.

  15. Monty 15

    I am pround to say that I phone the council and reported the vandalism to the WCC – I am sick of the city i am pround of being defaced by taggers and people puting up illegal posters. I am pleased that WCC is onto the case – but if I continue to see illegally pasted posted (helpfully with a authorisation)_ I will raise the issue witht he Council again.
    For all your efforts it is not working – I see the Nats onthe TV3 poll are still polling sp strongly that they will be able to have absolute majority come 9 November 2008

    So stick up your posters illegally and I will take much joy in ringing the council about the vandalism and as a conserned citizen I will be demanding that an invoice be sent to the offender. (followed by debt collection)

  16. Monty 16

    In respect of legal billboards, the left are out there damaging them as much as any. On my Mum’s fence is the Billboard for the local National MP (or he will be in 6 weeks) over the weekend, this was cut up and vandalised – no doubt by some leftie scum.

    If posters or Billboards are put up legally and in authorised places then they need to be left alone – And the message needs to be sent from high on both sides that this is the case. But from What i see the left are as bad as nay (if not worse) at damaging billboards of the opposition. But then I would expect that from the left.

  17. jaymam 17

    marco, wrong. All party billboards are being knocked down, but Labour and ACT are the quickest to get them up again.
    The billboards are being knocked down by gangs of two to eight teenagers. I have seen videos of all of them. The police do not think it’s important to catch them, even though they do other vandalism as well. The police can shortly expect a visit from some MPs.

  18. randal 18

    monty I am so proud that you are so proud of having the tightest underpants in new zeaalnd poltics. be careful though because they can cut of the flow of blood to the head!

  19. Disengaged 19

    Judging by the number of destroyed/defaced for sale signs, open home signs and the like I see around at other times in the year I am guessing that the election hording period is a boon to vandals/bored people rather than a detirmined plot to undermine democracy.

    Around my area at least the destruction seems pretty bi-partisan in nature. The National billboard was graffitied within half an hour of it going up and both it and the Labour one where knocked over and broken that night. I did notice though that the National one was back up a day before the Labour one was replaced.

  20. jaymam 20

    Here you go marco, some vandalised billboards I’ve photographed in my walks around Epsom.
    The Greens have also been targetted by the rampaging teens. Jim’s billboards are too new. Nobody else has billboards up in Epsom.
    The vandals have lately taken a delight in breaking the plywood and supporting posts in half.

    http://i37.tinypic.com/ifqvia.jpg

  21. randal 21

    in this post modern world deconstruction is the in thing…chortle chortle chortle.

  22. Tara 22

    Someone ripped down Annette King’s billboard in Kilbirnie two days ago ..

  23. Tara 23

    One more point: with the looming economic crisis, the stakes have gotten higher for entrenched interests. Problems associated with sub-prime mortgages in the US have ultimately led to well publicised collapses of financial institutions which – associated with increasing resource scarcity – is leading to global economic slump. Sub-prime was merely the first wave. Next come adjustable-rate, Alt-A and prime mortgages, resets not finishing until 2011 .. with further downstream financial mayhem. Think of a slump lasting a decade or two.

    It should be no surprise people are worried, or that Key and Turnbull – with similar backgrounds – now lead the conservative parties in Australasia.

    In Sydney some security firms have taken to wearing black shirts. Think Italian Fascisti ..

  24. Felix 24

    “in this post modern world deconstruction is the in thing chortle chortle chortle.”

    Shouldn’t we be seeing plain plywood billboards with all the screws exposed?

  25. sean 25

    Some long haired dude was handing these (the Bill English ones) out at the Wellington train station a couple of weeks back – I don’t mind positive stuff like what the Greens are doing, but these are just sleazy, gutter based leaflets. It honestly makes Labour look pathetic.

    Why don’t these people try and run a positive campaign? Are there so few positives or is it that these guys are just so damn scared that National might get in?

    Anyway, once I realised what it was I screwed it up into a ball and threw it at the loser and it hit him in the back.

  26. Jeeves 26

    Jeeves works late sometimes and always pulls down anti-National posters that are not on the designated poster spots. Frankly I hope that the council bills Mr Carter (who authorised the posters) for the cost of cleaning them up. I don’t want my rates subsidising the “friends of Labour” campaign.

    Steve is probably right that only the anti-National ones disappear. So what? I have no problem with animal rights activists. I like animals. I also like to eat animals, but I prefer to eat the ones that have been treated well. However I do not like socialists, so I pull their posters down. It’s not a conspiracy – if you put your posters somewhere they’re not allowed to be – you’re fair game. The only issue is that more people seem to dislike socialists than animal rights activists.

  27. Matthew Pilott 27

    Anyway, once I realised what it was I screwed it up into a ball and threw it at the loser and it hit him in the back.

    Man, that would have showed him! You rebel. Jeez. Did you get it on tape? That would crack a million views on youtube in hours. “Guy gets small ball of paper to the back”. Awesome.

    ‘Why don’t they run a positive campaign?’ Why don’t you ask them?

    Are you running any form of positive campaign, Sean? If not, you aren’t in a position to complain about someone else’s campaign.

  28. sean 28

    MP, I’m not trying to get elected – why do I need to run a campaign?

    I’m voting for a party that believes in personal responsibility and working hard to get ahead. I love how they run a positive campaign whereas Labour and NZ First have based theirs on petty schoolyard politics by trying to discredit the opposition. No-one ever told them about throwing stones in glasshouses…..

    Additionally its pretty obvious that if the welfare net keeps increasing at the current rate our country is headed for oblivion – so the current Labour party wouldn’t get my vote as I don’t want to have to leave NZ just yet.

    So why can’t Labour run a positive campaign then? I don’t have a clue – maybe you could tell me? If they have been so great for NZ, surely they shouldn’t need to resort to being bullies?

  29. Matthew Pilott 29

    Vote With Both Eyes Open is not trying to get elected either, but they are getting active. I’m merely saying it’s easy enough to sit on the sidelines and moan about someone else’s work, but if you’re not going to do the same thenyour complaints count for little.

    I’ll assume you’re not voting for National then, Kiwi party maybe? National’s campaign isn’t positive in the slightest.

    What is positive about having a cry everytime your opposition challenges you, and crying ‘foul’ while blatantly lying about ‘dirty tactics’ (a cheap dirty tactic in of itself, which is working as evidenced by people such as yourself), when they are nothing of the sort?

    National’s billboards – what’s positive about them? People are failing NCEA, leaving the country and dying, apparently.

    What is positive about releasing policy on a Sunday night, without and form of publicity, so that it is largely ignored?

    Labour, just quietly, aren’t being ‘bullies’. That’s a pathetic assertion, Sean. Clark told Key that he needs to harden up, and that he can expect a bit of scrutiny when going for a powerful Public position. Maybe you need to do the same. Labour also haven’t started their campaign as such, unlike National, which has a series of negative attack billboards expensively located around the country.

    You need to question what the media and National tell you sean, it’s clear you’re not doing that at present. Take some personal responsibility for what you believe, Sean, or you might look like you’ll believe whatever you’re told without question.

    Especially when you feel like fictitiously stating something is ‘pretty obvious’…

  30. sean 30

    Thanks Dad =)

    The difference for me is Labour are focusing on attacking National with personal attacks, whereas National are attacking policies. Something about hating the game not the player rings true…..

    Releasing policy on a Sunday afternoon gives it enough time to make the Monday morning papers.

  31. Matthew Pilott 31

    I thought Labour had no policy! Well that’s the official line from the Right – maybe you aren’t a blind follower after all…

    Labour have certainly attacked National policy, where it is to be found. Uusually focussing on the lack of detail, lack of costings, or the fact that many are a page of weak bullet-points. Scoop has press releases, and newspaper stories generally carry a quote or two.

    Releasing policy on a Sunday afternoon gives it enough time to make the Monday morning papers.

    Of course, Sean, but if National was running a positive and ambitious campaign, they wouldn’t be trying to hide their policy releases from the public as much as possible.

  32. Buying a hammer and some nails and some wood tommorrow to keep the greens and labour signs around my area up to scratch. If any one wants to foward me the locations of them around canterbury univerisity and riccarton that woudl be great!

    In regards to the ones in wellington, you could baby sit ones right beside parliament till the glues dried, leaning up beside what ever it is youve stuck it on. with someone else near by with a camera. An assult charge for a national party camapigner woudln’t look great.

    Or you coudl sink to the level of one of the national campaigners down here (real vandalisation) and start painting the foot path with anti labour slogans in house paint.

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    Imperator FishBy Scott Yorke
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: The benefits of electrification
    In order to meet our 2050 carbon target and do our bit to avoid making the Earth uninhabitable, New Zealand needs to decarbonise our economy, replacing fossil fuels with electricity in the energy, industrial and transport sectors. The good news is that it will mean cheaper power for all of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 8 (sanitised version)
    For those folk who find my other Lock-Down Diary versions too “negative” or otherwise unpalatable… Here’s a photo of a pretty flower, .   . Better? Tomorrow’s Sanitised Version: a cute animal video. . . . =fs= ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    7 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 8
    . . April 2: Day eight of living in lock-down… Today, my work day starts late. Our rosters and clients have been dramatically changed, lessening (theoretically) the number of people in our work “bubble”.  If just one of us catches covid19 the impact could be considerable as Grey Base Hospital ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    7 days ago
  • A note on apartments and bubbles
    As Aotearoa enters week two of lockdown, it’s clear we’re all still working out what our “bubbles” look like and how to stay in them to stop the spread of Covid-19. New to the government’s Covid-19 website is some good guidance for people living in apartment blocks. Recent decades have ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    1 week ago
  • Getting in futures shape 
    “There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen.” Lenin Don’t we all know that feeling now.

    Prospect Magazine alerted me to this particularly apt quote. It is a much more evocative quote than Hemingway’s “gradually then suddenly” which is also doing ...

    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    1 week ago
  • Maybe axing Clark would be unfair. But what about any of this is fair?
    Yesterday was the day the consequences of the lockdown suddenly got very real for many. Firms have been closing and laying people off since the outset of the quarantine but this has mostly been happening out of the public eye. The mass closure of a number of iconic New Zealand ...
    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    1 week ago
  • Might a ‘Coasean’ social contract mitigate overall societal harm from COVID-19?
    Brian Williamson1, Prof Nick Wilson2 (1Economic consultant, UK; 2University of Otago Wellington) In this blog, we outline how a win-win social contract could be forged to address the major dimensions of response to the COVID-19 pandemic when using a mitigation strategy: the particular need to protect older people from high ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • Returning To “Normalcy”.
    Resuming Normal Service: The Republican Party's nominee for in 1920, Warren Harding, promised the American people: “not heroics, but healing; not nostrums, but normalcy; not revolution, but restoration”. If she wishes to remain our prime minister, then Jacinda Ardern will offer New Zealanders the same.HOW EDUCATED AMERICA snickered when the ...
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand’s Government Must Save New Zealand’s Media.
    No Free Society Without A Free And Functioning News Media: If we are to surrender our civil rights to the broader cause of defeating Covid-19, then foreign corporations must, likewise, surrender their right to inflict immense economic and cultural harm on New Zealanders simply because it improves their bottom line.I’M ...
    1 week ago
  • Corona fevers and the madness of models
    by Daphna Whitmore A third of the world is under lockdown and a clear assessment of this measure to curb the spread of COVID-19 is urgently needed.  With any high-stakes decisions it has to be asked what are we dealing with here? Are the measures warranted? Will they achieve their ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Lockdown day 8
    I haven’t done a huge amount in the last few days. I’m reading The Poppy War and I’ve sort of poked at a couple of games – I started SOMA but I’m a wimp and I quit while in the first room after the brain scan. I might try it ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    1 week ago
  • Backstage and Theatre
    The swan politicians may be gliding on the water, occasionally snapping at one another. Meanwhile, as the Covid19 crisis illustrates, the officials are desperately paddling below providing the real locomotion. One of the most fatuous recent grandstanding comments (of about a week ago), adding to the public’s anxieties, was ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 week ago
  • Legal Beagle: Waiver, the singular Crown and the conduct of Crown legal business
    Much has been written about the importance of discretion in an emergency situation, and the concerns raised by the potential for it to be exercised arbitrarily. Given the quality of the discussion, there seemed little point in adding to it at any length. In particular, I point to the evidence ...
    1 week ago
  • Highlights from Bauer Media’s science-related reporting
    Today has felt surreal. I was all set to touch base online with my science communication students when a colleague shared the news that Bauer Media would be shutting down its publications immediately. The first link I saw implied it was Woman’s Weekly affected, and even that shocked me. But ...
    SciBlogsBy Sarah-Jane O'Connor
    1 week ago
  • Outsiders.
    Bogeymen, Real And Imagined: Is the number of psychopathic and sociopathic individuals in any given society truly as vanishingly small as we like to tell ourselves? Isn’t it more likely that the mass-shooters and serial-killers filling the headlines represent only the tip of a much, much larger iceberg of frightfulness? ...
    1 week ago
  • We have a right to know the rules we are expected to obey
    Outgoing Police Commissioner Mike Bush appeared before the Epidemic Response Committee today, who asked him for the rules police are using to enforce the lockdown. He refused:Police Commissioner Mike Bush has admitted the advice given to Kiwis about what they're able to do during the lockdown hasn't been clear enough. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 7 (sanitised version)
    For those folk who find my other Lock-Down Diary versions too “negative” or otherwise unpalatable… Here’s a photo of my cat, . . Better? Tomorrow’s Sanitised Version: a pretty flower. . . . =fs= ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 7
    . . April 1: Day seven of living in lock-down… This morning I had a brief chat with one of my neighbours, “D” (social distance between us, a good three or four metres). I learned he had resigned from his previous job and had been hired by another company – ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • RIP The Listener, New Zealand’s pioneering voice
    Funnily enough, my thought as I start this post is whether it will be well written enough. Or should that be well enough written? Because so much of what I know about good writing came from my two stints at The Listener, which this morning was shut down due to ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    1 week ago
  • OK, Britney: stop sniping at National for doing its job
    With normal democratic procedures in abeyance, there were two ways to go. First, it was open for the government to dissolve itself and invite the National Party to join a ministry of national salvation. That would have lessened the democratic deficit of the times by having a team of rivals without ...
    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    1 week ago
  • Helpful tips for parents during lockdown
    Dr Kirsty Ross Children and young people can respond differently in times of distress. This also varies by age and developmental stage, with younger children having more magical and imaginative thinking, and older children having more awareness and knowledge of the issues our communities are facing (which brings up ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #13, 2020
    1 week ago
  • Hungary is now a dictatorship
    Hungary has been a virtual dictatorship for a decade now, as Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has gradually eroded its democracy. But now, its official, with the passage of an indefinite emergency law allowing rule by decree:Hungary’s parliament has passed a new set of coronavirus measures that includes jail terms for ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A new Ministry of Works
    While the economy is on pause under lockdown, the government is beginning to plan how to cope with the post-lockdown, post-tourism, post-export education world we will eventually find ourselves in. They're planning a lot of infrastructure spending as economic stimulus, and have asked for proposals which can start the moment ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Capture: Well spaced out
    It's my distraction,  setting up tiny scenes to photograph.  I've got stuck on the Babushka dolls for now.  Something about their bubble shape.  Something about their never changing, smiling features, suggesting persistent equanimity.  Can we get through everything that is being thrown at us and keep at least a tiny ...
    1 week ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 6
    . . March 31: Day six of living in lock-down… This time I managed to sleep a little longer and the alarm woke me at the pre-set time: 6.55am. Then remembered I was working a later shift and could’ve slept in. Oh well, there are things to do at home. ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • March ’20 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image credit: Diamond Harbour School Blogs I notice a few regulars no longer allow public access to the site counters. This may happen accidentally when the blog format is altered. If your blog is unexpectedly missing or ...
    1 week ago
  • Hard News: Poll Pot and the partisans
    Yesterday's Horizon poll showing support for a "Yes" vote in this year's cannabis referendum sliding into the majority for the first time in a year looked like good news for reformers – and it probably is. But the result warrants some scrutiny.The poll is the fifth in a series commissioned ...
    1 week ago
  • Why those bubbles are so important
    For almost a week now, every one of us who isn’t an essential worker has been confined to their bubble. We are allowed to go shopping for groceries, to visit the doctor, and to get a bit of exercise if we stay local. The reason we are doing this is ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    1 week ago
  • A Government System That Works
    The Covid-19 saga will no doubt produce many twists and turns for us before it is finally brought to an end. But one thing it has shown us – and what comfort it should bring us – is that our country’s government is in good hands. I am not thinking ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • Smashing down the barriers: Where are we at with COVID vaccines?
    In the absence of a vaccine or a cure for a deadly disease, staying home in your bubble is what you do, the concept is not new.  To the best of my knowledge last time we did this in NZ was for polio, in the years before a vaccine came ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    1 week ago

  • Decisions made on urgent turf maintenance
    The Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson has announced that urgent maintenance of turf and care for plants in non-plantation nurseries will soon be able to go ahead under Level 4 restrictions. “The Government has agreed that urgent upkeep and maintenance of biological assets will be able to go ahead ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • Acknowledging an extraordinary te reo champion
    E tangi ana a Taranaki iwi, e tangi ana te ao Māori, otirā e tangi ana te motu. Mōu katoa ngā roimata e riringi whānui ana, mōu katoa ngā mihi.   E te kaikōkiri i te reo Māori, e Te Huirangi, takoto mai. Takoto mai me te mōhio ko ngā ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • Prime Minister’s remarks halfway through Alert Level 4 lockdown
    Today is day 15 of Alert Level 4 lockdown. And at the halfway mark I have no hesitation in saying, that what New Zealanders have done over the last two weeks is huge. In the face of the greatest threat to human health we have seen in over a century, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • Licenses, WoFs and regos extended under lockdown
    All driver licences, WoFs, CoFs, and some vehicle certifications, that expired on or after 1 January 2020 will be valid for up to six months from 10 April 2020, Transport Minister Phil Twyford has announced. “People shouldn’t have to worry about getting fined for having an expired document if driving ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours ago
  • Inquiry report into EQC released
    The Government has today released the report from the Public Inquiry into the Earthquake Commission chaired by Dame Silvia Cartwright.  Minister Responsible for the Earthquake Commission Grant Robertson says the Government wants to learn from people’s experiences following the Canterbury earthquakes and other recent natural disasters. “Dame Silvia’s report documents ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • More time for health workers and elderly to get flu vaccine
    The Government has extended by two weeks till April 27 the amount of time priority groups, such as health workers and those aged over 65, have to get their flu vaccine before it is made available to the wider public. This year’s vaccination campaign is a key component of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Communities step up to help New Zealanders stay connected and fed during lockdown
    Communities stepping up to help New Zealanders stay at home to break the transmission of COVID-19 and save lives have received Government support, said Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni. “Delivering groceries for the elderly who can’t shop online, providing data packs for low income families to keep them connected, and being ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • 120 COVID-19 testing centres now operating
    Across New Zealand 120 sites are taking samples to be tested for COVID-19.   68 community based assessment centres (CBACs) have been established to take samples from people with COVID-19 symptoms. Alongside this, 52 other centres including designated general practices, swabbing centres, and mobile clinics are now testing people for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Covid19: Government moving quickly to roll out learning from home
    The Ministry of Education is working with partners to develop a package of options so that students can learn at home when Term 2 begins on 15 April, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. Supports are also being prepared for households with children under five, to help parents and whānau ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Making learning from home accessible to Māori learners and whānau
    Māori Television to begin educational te reo programmes Ki te Ao Mārama – a new online learning space Thousands of hard copy learning packs ready for distribution Helpdesk and advice service for kōhanga, kura and wharekura Television, the internet and hard copy learning packs are some of the ways whānau ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand to provide assistance to Vanuatu following Tropical Cyclone Harold
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has announced an initial package of support to help the people and the Government of Vanuatu respond to the impact of Tropical Cyclone Harold. “Our Pacific neighbours have been hit by a Category 5 Cyclone at the same time as dealing with the economic impacts ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Planning for the future of tourism
    Tourism New Zealand to lead work reimagining the way tourism operates in post-COVID-19 world. Ministers to review International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy investment plan. The Government, industry and business are working together to develop a plan for how tourism will operate in a post-COVID-19 world, Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • NZ horticulture sector feeding Kiwis and the world during COVID-19
    More New Zealanders are taking up the chance to work in horticulture as the sector keeps New Zealanders fed and in jobs during the COVID-19 Alert Level 4 lockdown. “Our horticulture sector has long been one of New Zealand’s export star performers, contributing around $6 billion a year to our ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Work to repurpose PGF funds begins
    The Provincial Development Unit is working through applications and projects to see where Provincial Growth Fund money can be repurposed for initiatives deemed more critical to fighting the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says. “We need to be throwing everything we have at ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • A million workers supported by Govt wage subsidy
    The Government’s wage subsidy to protect jobs and keep workers and businesses connected during the lockdown has now supported over a million New Zealanders, with $6.6 billion already paid out. “We’re supporting businesses to pay wages, and stay connected with their workers so that we are all in a better ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government helps Pacific communities fight COVID
    The Government is stepping up efforts to help protect New Zealand’s Pacific communities in the fight against COVID-19. Cabinet has agreed that $17 million will be allocated to support a COVID-19 Pacific Response Package, which will: Support Pacific health and disability services facing increased demand; Ramp up public health messaging ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Statement from the Prime Minister on Dr David Clark
    “Yesterday evening the Health Minister advised me of his trip to a beach during the lockdown and offered his resignation,” Jacinda Ardern said.  “Under normal conditions I would sack the Minister of Health. What he did was wrong, and there are no excuses.  “But right now, my priority is our ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Statement from David Clark
    Last night as part of my preparation for the Epidemic Response Committee, I provided the Prime Minister with a complete picture of my activity outside my home during Alert Level 4.  That included the fact that on the first weekend of the Alert Level 4 lockdown I drove my family ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • COVID-19 mental health support begins
    A range of support is being rolled out across New Zealand to help people look after their mental health during COVID-19 Health Minister David Clark said this morning. “COVID-19 has brought a lot of uncertainty into our lives and many of us will be feeling some level of distress or ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Zealanders in Peru to be assisted by Government charter flight
    The New Zealand Government has made arrangements to charter a flight for New Zealanders stranded in Peru to depart the country, following agreement with the Chilean government to allow the necessary transit through Chile, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters announced today. “Like many travellers around the world at the moment, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • COVID-19 Hospital Preparation Well Advanced
    Hospital preparations for COVID-19 are well advanced says Health Minister David Clark. “Hospitals across New Zealand are repurposing buildings and training staff to get ready for COVID-19 patients. This gives me confidence that we are well prepared for any potential increase in COVID-19 patients needing hospital level care,” said David ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Further measures to support businesses
    The Government will be introducing legislation to make changes to the Companies Act to help companies facing insolvency due to COVID-19 to remain viable and keep New Zealanders in jobs. The temporary changes include: Giving directors of companies facing significant liquidity problems because of COVID-19 a ‘safe harbour’ from insolvency ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Govt’s COVID plan, economic strength recognised
    The Government’s plan to cushion the blow of COVID-19 by supporting incomes, jobs and businesses, and position the economy to recover has been backed by another international report. International credit rating agency Moody’s today reaffirmed its highest Aaa credit rating on New Zealand, saying the economy is expected to remain ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Government supports air services to offshore islands
    The Government has stepped in to support vital air links to our offshore islands, the Chatham Islands, Great Barrier Island and Motiti Island, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. “As part of our $600 million support package to minimise the impacts of COVID-19 on the aviation sector, the Government has ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Funding certainty for sports through COVID-19
    National sports organisations have been given certainty of funding to ensure they can remain viable through the COVID-19 pandemic, Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson announced today. “The global spread of COVID-19 has had a significant impact on sport and recreation in New Zealand, including the cancellation or postponement of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Butchers now allowed to process pork
    Changes have been made to allow butchers to process pork, only for supply to supermarkets or other processors or retailers that are open, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has announced. “We carefully weighed the risk of allowing butchers to open their shops for retail customers, but the risk of spreading COVID-19 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Essential workers leave scheme established
    Essential workers who take leave from work to comply with public health guidance are being supported with a leave scheme to ensure they will continue to receive income, say the Minister of Workplace Relations and Safety Iain Lees-Galloway and Minister for Social Development, Carmel Sepuloni. A number of essential businesses ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Govt WhatsApp helps share COVID-19 information
    A Government WhatsApp channel has been launched to help make information more easily accessible and shareable in the fight against COVID-19. Govt.NZ, which is free to use on any mobile device, will carry information and news for the public, businesses, healthcare providers, not for profits and local government. It can ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Managed departure plan for stranded foreign nationals enables safe, orderly exit
    The Government has announced a plan to enable the safe, orderly exit of tens of thousands of stranded foreign nationals from New Zealand during the current COVID-19 Alert Level 4 restrictions, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Winston Peters has said. “When we moved into lockdown a week ago, the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government delivers COVID-19 support to GPs and Pharmacies
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says the Government is delivering on its commitment to support general practice doctors and nurses, and pharmacies on the front-line of our fight against COVID-19. "For us to overcome COVID-19, we need community health services such as general practice and community pharmacy to step up ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Susan Thomas the new Chief High Court Judge
    Justice Susan Thomas has been appointed Chief High Court Judge, Attorney-General David Parker announced today.  She replaces Justice Geoffrey Venning who has resigned from the position.   David Parker paid tribute to Justice Venning, who he said had stewarded the High Court very capably over the last five years.   “On behalf ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Business Finance Guarantee – applications open
    Businesses can start applying to their banks for loans under the Business Finance Guarantee Scheme set up to support the New Zealand economy during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re moving quickly to protect New Zealand businesses, jobs and the economy during this unprecedented global economic shock,” Finance Minister Grant Robertson said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Work starts on ways to fast-track consents to boost recovery from Covid-19 downturn
    Work is underway looking at measures to speed up consents for development and infrastructure projects during the recovery from COVID 19, to provide jobs and stimulate our economy.  Environment Minister David Parker said the COVID-19 pandemic is a serious global crisis that will have a wide ranging and lasting impact ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Advance payments to support contractors
    Advance payments will be made to transport construction industry contractors to retain the workforce and ensure it is ready to quickly gear up to build projects which will be vital to New Zealand’s COVID-19 economic recovery, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. He said keeping the workforce required to build ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government seeks infrastructure projects
    The Government has tasked a group of industry leaders to seek out infrastructure projects that are ready to start as soon as the construction industry returns to normal to reduce the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford and Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones say. The Infrastructure ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Health system scaled up to prepare for COVID-19
    Work to scale up the health system in preparation for COVID-19 was today outlined by Health Minister David Clark, as he reported back to the new Epidemic Response Committee. “We are well placed to contain the spread of COVID-19. We have taken early and decisive action at our borders, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Essential media COVID-19 guidelines refined
    The Government is refining its COVID-19 essential business guidance to include the distribution of news publications for communities which are hard to reach. The Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media, Kris Faafoi, said the move was in recognition of the importance for New Zealanders who might be harder to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Supermarkets able to open on Easter Sunday
    The Government is ensuring supermarkets can open on Easter Sunday so we can buy groceries, but stay closed on Good Friday allowing workers to take a break. This provides a balanced approach and ensures we avoid large queues that two days closure may cause. “Supermarkets will be able to open ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand defence personnel conclude mission at Taji
    Following the successful conclusion of the Building Partner Capacity (BPC) mission at Taji, New Zealand defence personnel are returning to New Zealand from Iraq, in accordance with the Cabinet decision made in June 2019, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today. “New Zealand is very ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • State of National Emergency extended
    The State of National Emergency to help stop the spread of COVID-19 has been extended for a further seven days, Minister of Civil Defence Peeni Henare said. The initial declaration on March 25 lasted seven days and can be extended as many times as necessary. “Since we went into isolation ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago