web analytics

Nats talk to locals in [insert region here]

Written By: - Date published: 6:32 am, August 25th, 2011 - 42 comments
Categories: same old national, spin - Tags:

John Hartevelt ran a piece yesterday about National’s paint by numbers press releases. The problem here is not with National MPs and candidates using the same words to describe their policies or government spin. It’s when they claim, in identical words, to have had information from the public when that isn’t true, it’s just a cookie-cutter line and a lie.

Hartevelt writes:

The similarities started in March when Leonie Hapete was chosen to stand in Palmerston North and Jonathan Fletcher was picked for National in Rimutaka.

In separate statements, both said they got ”the sense” from their community that people welcomed the Government’s ”comprehensive plan to grow the economy, to start living within our means, deliver enduring jobs, and build the critical infrastructure to future proof New Zealand and our region.”

The electorate chairs in both cases said the ”calibre of candidates” they were picked from ”underscores the enthusiasm in the party as we move into the election year contest.”

Several other electorate chairs expressed exactly the same thing when other candidates were announced.

Barry won selection in the North Shore after losing out to Jami-Lee Ross to stand in the Botany by-election.

When she won selection in May, she also noted a ”sense the community understands National’s plan to grow the economy, to start living within our means as a country, deliver enduring jobs, and build the critical infrastructure to future proof New Zealand and our region.”

Among the other candidates who said they too had ”the sense” their communities were behind exactly the same things were Scott Simpson in the Coromandel and Paul Foster-Bell in Wellington Central.

The best part is this:

National Party president Peter Goodfellow said he was surprised to hear criticism of statements that were months old.

”It’s probably a consistent message that a lot of our candidates are getting from the people that they meet.  …  All of our candidates have been pretty active in the community so they have a good sense of what the community is saying to them,” Goodfellow said.

You’ve been rumbled, Goodfellow. At least be man enough to admit it.

Now, Hartevelt is wrong in one respect. This has been going on since at least 2009 when Jackie Blue mucked up by publishing a copy of the generic press release without replacing the placeholders:

…..The launch of National Standards follows months of consultation and feedback from teachers, parents and sector groups. It’s been great to receive positive feedback about National Standards and our other education initiatives from parents in [insert region here].

You see, the problem is that Blue claims to have “receive[d] positive feedback” but so does every other National MP who printed the press release. Have they all really received that feedback or are they just lying in an attempt to influence the media and the public’s perception of the popularity of National Standards?

It’s the same with the “the sense” line that Hartevelt picks up on.

In fact, every press release on the first page of Blue’s website (I didn’t go back further) is a cut and paste job which other Nats have printed too, often with them claiming to have had particular feedback or concerns expressed by their constituents. Like when she and at least four other Nats claim to have been told that locals in [insert region here] “are disturbed by the growing prevalence of loan sharks in our community

Like I say, there’s nothing wrong with getting a good form of words and repeating it ad neasum. Actually, it’s something the troglodyte Nats are very good at doing and the Left could be better at; it’s how you get your message to stick. But cut and paste press releases with the faux local [insert region here] references and the made up constituent feedback are a disgrace.

No wonder National’s backbench is seen as a talentless Greek choir and the likes of Cameron Slater are wondering where the next generation of leaders will come from.

42 comments on “Nats talk to locals in [insert region here] ”

  1. Jim Nald 1

    Re: where the next generation of National leaders will come from

    Now that Nats have used up almost all of the cast from The Muppets,
    they can choose from the rejects who auditioned for Sesame Street.

  2. Deadly_NZ 2

    “and the likes of Cameron Slater are wondering where the next generation of leaders will come from.”
    Oh dear even the ‘bloggers’ of the right persuation are finally waking up to the fact that their ‘beloved’ leader is nothing but hot air and clichés.

  3. tc 3

    Yes let’s wade, ankle deep, across the NACT talent pool. Grannies even run an ‘editorial’ on the puppet masters hands being up basher and wilkos backs. Takes awhile for the obvious to get noticed.

  4. Joe Bloggs 4

    Right on the mark. These cut-and-paste news releases are not what we pay the pollies to produce – it’s intellectually lazy and inept.

    Regretably it’s behaviour that’s exhibited on both sides of the house, by those who should know better as well as the dregs.

    I’m reminded of a remark that Cunliffe made to Brash during their debate about asset sales last Sunday. Cunliffe commented that when you’re in a hole you don’t sell the ladder – a cut-and-paste line from Trevor Mallards 15th July email with lines on the poroposed CGT to be repeated over social media channels.

    We deserve better from our representatives.

    • Eddie 4.1

      nice try, joe. I’m not against slogans and consistent lines – in fact, I explicitly say as much.

      I’m against lying. And these cut and paste press releases are lying.

      • Joe Bloggs 4.1.1

        not quite sure that I follow your logic Eddie.

        So cookie-cutter lines and cut-and-paste are OK because Labour indulges in this as well as National? Well let’s assume that all parties are a little lazy in this behaviour and put that to one side.

        But the lies? Are you saying that National MPs have never been given positive feedback? Are you saying that no constituents have ever said to their MPs that they are concerned about loan sharks? Do you have any evidence to support this?

        • Tigger

          JB, you are wilfully confusing ‘slogans’ with ‘general communications’. Give it up. You clearly have no sense, unlike the Nats who are all sensing as one. Which is akin to some sci-fi concept where everyone is linked via a giant brain and thinks alike. The might be Key’s vision for NZ but it’s fortunately not reality.

        • Blighty

          “are you saying that National MPs have never been given positive feedback?”
          that’s clearly not what eddie is saying.

          Do you think all these National MPs got identical feedback on all these issues?

          • aerobubble

            National are irresponsible. They need ever increasingly stupid policy to keep feeding
            the center ground in NZ society else middle NZ will drift away from their clutches.

            No, seriously. Government create laws and legistlation nine-tenths of which is property
            protection. You’d think someone would have realized that cutting taxes means the
            great upwashed might get agrieved and take back their consent. Look at the
            middle east, or Britian, or any riots anywhere. Crowds rebel when they are cut out.
            And National anti-conservative radical agenda just keeps the pressure up on the
            disenfrancized, poor, weak, and disempowered.

            National are irresponsible. Their take no prisons ethos only got head way because
            of cheapening high density fuels (the similarly hitler seized on the manufacturing
            revoltuion from cheap oil). The gulf gult is over. National are a waste of my time
            and they shpuld be outed for their old Europe views, their failed promises, yes,
            all those Thatcherite polemics now are all to apt when applied to the rightwing.

            What a bunch of sad twits the right have found to guard their integrity. Paul Henry
            what a joke.

          • Lanthanide

            “Do you think all these National MPs got identical feedback on all these issues?”

            The punters out there in punter-land are all identical, interchangeable productive “economic units” with uniform ideas and that can be swapped in and out at will.

  5. toad 5

    Today’s NZ Herald editorial is pretty scathing of the Nats front benches too, suggesting little talent there other than Key, Joyce, Power, Ryall and Collins. 

    • All parties have a lack of depth.

      • Tiger Mountain 5.1.1

        Another malodorous burp from tory Pete. Mana has ample depth and Labour and Green supporters can justifiably make that claim too. One size fits all Nat press releases may fool some but really just make them look boneheaded to anyone that follows politics regularly.

        The Nats lack of depth however is demonstratable and is mostly due to the limited horizon they operate under. They don’t support international or environmental issues, they favour road over rail, plunder over conservation.The main export Nact are interested in is money in the form of repatriated profits to overseas owned corporates.

        The righties come here not just to troll but also because their own side is missing in action when it comes to lively blog sites. The scabrous Whale and Farrar? Negative energy and nasty, the joke will surely be over soon enough for them if anyone can be bothered going through their wheelie bins, or skips in Whale’s case.

        Bomber Bradbury reckons the right FB page likers are smaller than the left (apart from Shonkey’s personal page) because anonymity is harder to achieve on FB. Public identification is one thing the dark sadistic ACT and Nat lot don’t like.

      • Colonial Viper 5.1.2

        All parties have a lack of depth.

        Some candidates too.

      • mickysavage 5.1.3

        All parties have a lack of depth.
        Including United Future Pete?

        • Pete George

          One MP is not a lot of depth, however the party platform is sound, we’ll just have to see in November.

          • The Voice of Reason

            You don’t have a party platform, just party platitudes. In fact, UF is so wussy you won’t even vote for them yourself, nor will you even vote for yourself as a candidate, which possibly makes you the least convincing wannabe politician in NZ’s history, Pete. So kudos for your honesty, if nothing else.

            • Pete George

              And your dishonesty and blatant lies continue. Are you a member of any party?

              • Lanthanide

                It’s really only a lie if you say something that you know to be false.

                VoR doesn’t know how you will vote because, as usual, you’re evasive and won’t answer the question.

                I think VoR’s take on your evasive answer is correct. If you want to change his mind, all you have to do is answer the question. If you don’t want to answer the question, then you’ll just have to put up with him coming to his own conclusions based on what you have actually said.

                • I thought you were better than that Lanthanide. You know as well as I do what VoR is trying to do, albeit not very successfully, it seems to be a standard tactic here.

              • The Voice of Reason

                I’m always happy to answer your questions, Pete. I’m a member of the Labour party and will be giving them two ticks in the election. How about you tell us whether you are a member of United Future and whether you intend to party vote for them and vote for yourself as their candidate in the electorate. On yesterday’s evidence, the answers are maybe, no and not telling, which is hardly a ringing endorsement for UF, now is it?
                Some things aren’t meant to be secret, squirrel. Out with it or I’m dobbing you in to the ODT.

                [lprent: Is this some kind of outing? Ummm nope. ]

                • I’m a paid up member of UnitedFuture.

                  On the other obvious questions I’d prefer to keep stringing you along so you keep looking like you are.

                  Out with it or I’m dobbing you in to the ODT.

                  Do you think they’ll quote you under your pseudonym?

                  • The Voice of Reason

                    Nope, I’d just point them in the direction of these conversations and no doubt they’ll do the rest of the journalistic work without further prompting. Do they still have the oddities column? I’m sure a candidate who won’t even vote for himself or his own party would be sufficiently humorous to get a mention there, given that you’re really not newsworthy enough to make the front pages.

    • TightyRighty 5.2

      compared against the shadow benches though, the governments front bench possess infinity % more talent.

      • Colonial Viper 5.2.1

        Only if you are looking for circus talent.

      • Blighty 5.2.2

        yeah, I recall all those Herald editorials about how thin Labour’s frontbench talent is….

        Actually, just the other week Vernon Small or John Armstrong was saying Labour’s kitchen Cabinet is equal to or better than National’s. Can’t find the quote now as can’t remember the topic of the article.

  6. Eddie 6

    rjs131. Moving your comment to open mike as I can’t see how it’s related to this post.

  7. ianmac 7

    About 3 years ago we received a questionaire from our local Nat MP Colin King. It was thinly disguising a sort of push polling and I objected in the local paper. Colin King responded by saying it wasn’t his work but published by Nat Head office using his name. I expect that the same questionaire was published by (insert local MP name) all round the country.

  8. Oligarkey 8

    I wonder if National has a “how to be a National MP” manual as well. Something like the McDonald’s franchisee manual on how to run one of their chain stores. Seriously, when our representatives become this kind of soulless puppet it should be starting to set the alarm bells off. Then to top it off they’re all asked to become serial liars as well.

    National represents the pinnacle of shallow PR-driven politics associated with late capitalism, and the human resource management style that has emerged with the death of worker organisations in NZ (i.e. one size fits all – treating workers simply as units of production). They’re an insult to conscientious New Zealanders and humanity in general. A banal farce of an organisation with no humanity. Absolute creeps.

  9. Ianupnorth 9

    I was watching the breakfast news Simon Bridges -v- Jacinta Ardern slot; Jancinta spoke eloquently about how public services were being affected by cutbacks, citing evidence to support her argument, whilst Simon Bridges kept yapping over her about how there are more teachers, doctors and police officers and how there are more elective surgeries being done, clearl straight out the “how to impress the voter” manual.
    What a load of twaddle – ask any health professional and they will tell you prevention is far better than cure; ask any teacher and they will tell you their professional support and development has been hammered, their time is spent form filling for National Standards; and where are all those cops?
    Bridges just kept spinning populist bull, whilst Jacinta had fact, not fiction.

  10. Draco T Bastard 10

    Have they all really received that feedback or are they just lying in an attempt to influence the media and the public’s perception of the popularity of National Standards?

    It’s National and as the leaders of National are a bunch of psychopaths (All the rest of them are Authoritarian Followers) who are only after power to benefit themselves and their rich mates at everyone else’s expense then the only conclusion available is that they’re lying.

  11. Roger 11

    Like when she and at least four other Nats claim to have been told that locals in [insert region here] “are disturbed by the growing prevalence of loan sharks in our community”

    I saw this from Sam Lotu-liga and was surprised to not see written after it that:

    “National don’t give a toss about the locals concerns which is why we voted against Carol Beaumont’s private members bill to effectively regulate loan sharks last year.”

  12. grumpy 12

    Can I suggest that they borrow something like this from Labor?


    • Blighty 12.1

      there’s a difference between internal talking points documents, which any party produces so that MPs who are not across an issue know the party line, and a public claim to have had feedback from the public which isn’t real.

    • Mac1 12.2

      Your spelling of Labor says it all, grumpy.

      WTF has an Australian document got to do with this debate?

      What I know is that the New Zealand National Party issued statements on behalf of an MP which that MP did not know about. Refer to Ianmac’s comment at 9.13 above.

  13. Gus 13

    Awesome Eddie. You are really nailing the issues that matter to normal folk. FFS. Why cant you see this shit is killing it for labour. Dammit woman get out and speak to the people that will decide this election. Food prices and petrol are killing us. Get all over that and drop this shit. It makes you look sad and out of touch.

  14. Jan 14

    “This is a cautionary reminder that much of the consumer and political world is created by for-hire mouthpieces in expensive neckties”. A quote from an Amazon review of the timeless, brilliant and apposite Toxis Sludge is Good for You.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Progress in establishment of Aged Care Commissioner
    Recruitment for an Aged Care Commissioner will start next month, to ensure greater oversight of New Zealand’s aged care sector. “This sector is responsible for supporting a large and often vulnerable population. While most people are able to access quality care, there have been cases where that care has fallen ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    11 hours ago
  • New record number of homes consented
    In the year ended June 2021, the actual number of new dwellings consented was 44,299, up 18 percent from the June 2020 year. In June 2021, the seasonally adjusted number of new dwellings consented rose 3.8 percent. In June 2021, 4,310 new dwellings were consented, an increase of 3.8 per ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Communities backed to tackle wilding pines
    Twelve community projects across New Zealand will receive a share of $2 million to carry out wilding pine control, Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor announced as part of Biosecurity Week. “Wilding pines are a serious problem that threaten many of the unique landscapes that New Zealanders value. Community groups and trusts ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Health Minister Andrew Little responding to the New Zealand Nurses Organisation's rejection of ...
    I was advised last night that the result of the ballot of Tōpūtanga Tapuhi Kaitiaki o Aotearoa New Zealand Nurses Organisation members have rejected the latest proposal to settle their collective agreement. Let me be clear: the proposal was one they put to the Government. The Nurses Organisation rejected their ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Conversion Practices Prohibition Legislation introduced to Parliament
    Legislation has been introduced to Parliament to protect against practices intended to change or suppress someone’s sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Introducing the Conversion Practices Prohibition Legislation Bill, Minister of Justice, Kris Faafoi, said the measures proposed were aimed at ending conversion practices which don’t work, are widely ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • New school site for booming West Auckland
    The Government will build on a new school site in West Auckland to cope with rapid population growth in the area, Education Minister Chris Hipkins says. The Ministry is working with existing local schools to determine how the 1.5-hectare site at 279 Hobsonville Point Road will be used to support ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Trans-Tasman travel window to close at midnight tomorrow
    A further 500 MIQ rooms released for managed returnees from NSW Further Government actions announced today are balanced to provide more certainty for Kiwis wanting to return from Australia, while continuing to protect New Zealand from COVID-19, acting Minister for COVID-19 Response Ayesha Verrall says. The actions were foreshadowed last ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Govt investing millions in Hawke's Bay and Tairāwhiti schools
    Napier Boys’ and Girls’ High Schools are among those set to benefit from a $16.5 million investment in the Hawke's Bay and Tairāwhiti region, Economic and Regional Development Minister Stuart Nash announced today. The Government has set aside money in Budget 2021 to accelerate five projects in Napier, Hastings, Havelock North ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Game changing Jobs for Nature investment for Northland
    Conservation Minister Kiri Allan has announced Jobs for Nature funding for a portfolio of projects that will create ‘game changing’ gains for nature and communities across Northland/Te Tai Tokerau as part of the Government’s acceleration of the economic recovery from COVID. “This portfolio of 12 projects will see over $20 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Third COVID-19 vaccine receives provisional approval
    New Zealand’s regulatory authority Medsafe has granted provisional approval of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for individuals 18 years of age and older, Acting Minister for COVID-19 Response Dr Ayesha Verrall announced today. New Zealand secured 7.6 million doses (enough for 3.8 million people) of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine through an ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Bowel-cancer screening programme is saving lives
    More than 1000 New Zealanders have had bowel cancer – New Zealand’s second-most-common cause of death from cancer - detected under the Government’s National Bowel Screening Programme, Health Minister Andrew Little said today. More than 1200 New Zealanders died from bowel cancer in 2017. The screening programme aims to save ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Govt welcomes draft report on the retail grocery sector
    The Commerce Commission’s draft report into the retail grocery sector is being welcomed by Government as a major milestone. “I asked the Commerce Commission to look at whether this sector is as competitive as it could be and today it has released its draft report for consultation,” Commerce and Consumer ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Christchurch’s Youth Hub ‘set to go’ thanks to further Government funding
    Construction of New Zealand’s first, purpose-built centre for youth well-being is ready to get underway thanks to an extra $2.5 million of COVID-19 response funding, Housing Minister and Associate Minister of Finance, Megan Woods announced today.  “The Christchurch Youth Hub is about bringing together all the things young people need ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Next step to protect Milford Sound Piopiotahi
    Expert group lays out plan to better protect iconic UNESCO World Heritage site Milford Sound Piopiotahi and its surrounds Funding confirmed for dedicated unit and Establishment Board to assess the recommendations and provide oversight of the process from here Milford Opportunities Project a test case for transformational change in tourism ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Funding for projects to reduce waste from construction and demolition
    The Government has announced funding for projects in Auckland and the lower North Island to help reduce construction and demolition waste. “Construction is the main source of waste sent to landfill, and much of this could be reduced, reused and recovered,” Environment Minister David Parker said. “The Government is funding ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Speech at the launch of the National Hepatitis C Action Plan
    Tēnā koutou katoa. Thank you Anglesea Pharmacy and Te Manawa Taki for hosting this event. As a doctor, I saw first hand the impact of hepatitis C. I met Moana in 2019; she came to the infectious diseases outpatient clinic at Wellington Hospital having tested positive for hepatitis C. Like ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Plan to eliminate hepatitis C as a major health threat by 2030
    A plan to eliminate hepatitis C in New Zealand, reducing liver cancer and the need for liver transplants, has been released today by Associate Minister of Health Dr Ayesha Verrall. “Around 45,000 New Zealanders have hepatitis C, but only around half know they have it,” said Ayesha Verrall. “Symptoms often ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • School upgrades and new classrooms for West Coast, Tasman and Canterbury
    A funding injection from Budget 2021 to complete four shovel ready projects and new classrooms at six schools and kura will provide a real boost to local communities, Minister Dr Megan Woods announced today. “This Government has committed to providing quality fit for purpose learning environments and 100,000 new student ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Warmer Kiwi Homes smashes annual target
    The Government's highly successful insulation and heating programme, Warmer Kiwi Homes, is celebrating a key milestone with the completion of more than 38,000 insulation and efficient heater installs in the year to the end of June, smashing its target of 25,000 installs for the year. “The Warmer Kiwi Homes scheme ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Exemption granted for Wallabies to enter NZ
    Bledisloe Cup rugby will be played in New Zealand after the Australian rugby team received an economic exemption to enter New Zealand. Travel between Australia and New Zealand was suspended on Friday for at least eight weeks following the worsening of the COVID outbreak across the Tasman. New Zealanders have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs makes three diplomatic appointments
    Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta today announced three New Zealand Head of Mission appointments. They are: Mike Walsh as Ambassador to Iran Michael Upton as Ambassador to Ethiopia and the African Union Kevin Burnett as Ambassador to Indonesia Iran “Aotearoa New Zealand has a long-standing and constructive relationship with Iran, despite a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Enhanced Task Force Green Approved for West Coast and Marlborough
    The Government has activated Enhanced Task Force Green (ETFG) in response to the West Coast and Marlborough floods, Social Development and Employment Minister Carmel Sepuloni announced today. “To assist with the clean-up, up to $500,000 will be made available to support the recovery in Buller and Marlborough which has experienced ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Govt support for upgrade of Eden Park players facilities
    Minister for Sport and Recreation Hon Grant Robertson has announced funding to upgrade the players facilities at Eden Park ahead of upcoming Women’s World Cup events. Eden Park is a confirmed venue for the Rugby World Cup 2021, the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022, and a proposed venue for matches of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • More jobs and quicker public transport motoring towards West Auckland
    Work to improve public transport for West Aucklanders and support the region’s economic recovery by creating hundreds of jobs has officially kicked off, Transport Minister Michael Wood announced today. Michael Wood and Auckland Mayor Phil Goff this morning marked the start of construction on the Northwestern Bus Improvements project. It ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government backs critical health research
    Research into some of New Zealanders’ biggest health concerns including cancer, diabetes, and heart disease is getting crucial support in the latest round of health research funding, Health Minister Andrew Little announced today. The funding, awarded through the Health Research Council of New Zealand, covers 31 General Project grants ($36.64 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New Bay of Islands hospital facilities to bring services closer to home
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Health Minister Andrew Little have joined a ceremony to bless the site and workers for Phase Two of the redevelopment of the Bay of Islands Hospital in Kawakawa today. The new building will house outpatients and primary care facilities, as well as expanded renal care ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Raukokore re-imagined with ‘smart’ relocatable rent to own housing
    Iwi, Crown Partnership Relocatable, fully insulated housing, connected to a new solar plant Provides a pathway to home ownership New housing in the remote eastern Bay of Plenty community of Raukokore shows how iwi and Crown agencies can work together effectively to provide warm, dry, energy efficient homes in a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Cabinet accepts Turkish authorities’ request for the managed return of three NZ citizens
    Cabinet has agreed to the managed return of a New Zealand citizen and her two young children from Turkey, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. The three have been in immigration detention in Turkey since crossing the border from Syria earlier this year. Turkey has requested that New Zealand repatriate ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Govt delivers more classrooms so children can focus on learning
    Extra Government investment in classrooms and school building projects will enable students and teachers to focus on education rather than overcrowding as school rolls grow across the country, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis say. The pair visited Ruakākā School in Whangārei today to announce $100 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New station a platform for AirportLink to take off
    Every Aucklander with access to the rail network will now have a quick and convenient trip to the airport, Transport Minister Michael Wood and Auckland Mayor Phil Goff said during the official opening of the new Puhinui Interchange today. The new interchange links the rail platform with a new bus ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • 10 days sick leave for employees delivered
    Legislation doubling employees’ minimum sick leave entitlement to 10 days comes into effect today, bringing benefits to both businesses and employees, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Wood announced today. “Our Government is delivering on a key manifesto commitment to help Kiwis and workplaces stay healthy,” Michael Wood said. “COVID-19 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Prime Minister congratulates Fiame Naomi Mata’afa on Election Win
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern tonight congratulated Prime Minister-elect Fiame Naomi Mata’afa on her victory in the Samoa’s general election. “New Zealand has a special relationship with Samoa, anchored in the Treaty of Friendship. We look forward to working with Samoa’s new government in the spirit of partnership that characterises this ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Quarantine Free Travel with Australia suspended
    Quarantine Free Travel from all Australian states and territories to New Zealand is being suspended as the Covid situation there worsens, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. From 11.59pm today Australians will no longer be able to enter New Zealand quarantine-free. This will be ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Growing conservation efforts in Gisborne
    A big injection of Jobs for Nature funding will create much-needed jobs and financial security for families in TeTairāwhiti, and has exciting prospects for conservation in the region, Conservation Minister Kiri Allan says. “The projects target local communities most affected by the economic consequences of COVID 19 and are designed ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Flood recovery given further assistance
    The Government is contributing a further $1 million to help the flood battered Buller community, Acting Emergency Management Minister Kris Faafoi announced today. “Buller is a small community which has found itself suddenly facing significant and ongoing welfare costs. While many emergency welfare costs are reimbursed by Government, this money ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Funding for five projects to reduce food waste
    The Government is funding five projects to help address the growing problem of food waste, Environment Minister David Parker announced today. “New Zealand households throw away nearly 300,000 tonnes of food every year, half of which could still be eaten. By supporting these initiatives, we’re taking steps to reduce this ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Temporary Accommodation Service activated for West Coast flooding event
    The Temporary Accommodation Service (TAS) has been activated today - meaning residents on the West Coast of the South Island and in the Marlborough region hit by flooding over the weekend can now access help finding temporary accommodation, announced Associate Minister of Housing (Public Housing) Poto Williams in Westport today. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Pause to Quarantine Free Travel from South Australia to New Zealand
    Quarantine Free Travel from South Australia to New Zealand will be paused from 11.59am (NZT) tonight, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins has announced. However, people currently in the state who ordinarily live in New Zealand will be able to return on “managed return” flights starting with the next available flight, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand condemns malicious cyber activity by Chinese state-sponsored actors
    New Zealand has established links between Chinese state-sponsored actors known as Advanced Persistent Threat 40 (APT40) and malicious cyber activity in New Zealand. “The GCSB has worked through a robust technical attribution process in relation to this activity. New Zealand is today joining other countries in strongly condemning this malicious ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Remarks to Diplomatic Corps
    It is a pleasure to be with you all this evening. Some of you may have been surprised when you received an invitation from the Minister of Disarmament and Arms Control, and I would forgive you if you were. New Zealand is unique in having established a Ministerial portfolio ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago