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Not a game

Written By: - Date published: 3:56 pm, October 17th, 2008 - 46 comments
Categories: crime, election 2008, national, police, slippery, spin - Tags:

National has a press release out blaming Labour for a supposed increase in assaults on police. Now, there are more people and more police than ever before, so all things being equal there will be more assaults, but it would be a concern if the rate of assaults had increased. In fact, the rate on assaults per police officer has remained steady for the past decade. While every assault is bad, at least things are not getting worse.

(sources: Police annual reports)

If National really cared about solving problems in our society they would not try mislead us with these pathetic tricks.

46 comments on “Not a game”

  1. Tane 1

    They really are shameless, huh? But I guess when you know the media don’t have the resources to fact check you it makes sense. Just make shit up and you get stories like:

    “The National Party says assaults on police are out of control and it’s blaming the government’s soft stance on crime…”

  2. milo 2

    What evidence do you have the assaults should increase with the number of police? If anything, I would expect the opposite, that a stronger law and order presence would reduce all crime, and make assaulting police a riskier and less desirable proposition.

    If you really cared about solving problems in our society, you wouldn’t try to mislead us with these pathetic statistical tricks.

  3. randal 3

    more hootonpiffle milo. if YOU really cared about the problems in our society then you would not be supporting the national party

  4. Respect for the police has dropped in the past few years, and the media has to take some responsibility for supporting the criminals and not the Police.

    I mean take at tonight’s news, they had those Tuhoe criminals on, one of them was quite the word smith saying “mongrel cops” he should rent himself out for weddings.

    What got me though is the media didn’t call the other Tuhoe member up on her statement that “This is racist”

    Werent most the people arrested, Caucasian?

    I hope the media actually know they did break firearm laws?

  5. randal 5

    bd…the meedia in New Zealand have become infantilised and ineffectual. all they want is a scoop and to KNOW someone who is famous. apart from that they dont give a stuff.

  6. “media has to take some responsibility for supporting the criminals”

    No, that is entirely wrong, crime is going down, yet the media is reporting more and more of it.

    Then again I guess I’d blame the media for over reporting crime which results in bad policy…

  7. randal 7

    well when you have the perennial yappers garth mcrostie and ross mcvicar going flat out non-stop all year with the meedia hanging on every word then it is easy to think that crime is out of control when the reality is we have statistically the same number of psycopaths as anyone else. come to think of it where are mcivicar and mcrostie now the election campaign is on. why dont they have the courage of their convictions to speak up and have their assertions challenged?

  8. lprent 8

    Ah Brett,

    I hope the media actually know they did break firearm laws?

    From my understanding these cases are just through to the pre-deposition stage and likely to run out of time for those. This means that the actual court case is likely to be before the end of of next year if we are lucky.

    So I’d say that your statement is a little premature, pre-emptive and shows an attitude for a presumption of guilt. Also most of the charges from my recollection are that they handled weapons (not even fired them) without a license. On that basis I suspect that the entire rural community (including myself) have been ‘guilty’ or firearms charges at some time.

    How about not trespassing on the courts prerogatives on this site. This isn’t the Dominion-Post or whatever the wellington rag is.

  9. How come they are playing the race card? even though the majority of people arrested were white? and why isnt the media calling them on this.

    Believe me the media is going to be very manipulative in this case, just like they did with that wanna be cop killer Steven Wallace.

  10. appleboy 10

    you right whinger trolls…you are trying …very bloody trying. John Key would tell you he liked hummus if he thought that would get a vote..and you guys would agree with him…you’re a source of humour though….

  11. You don’t think respect for the police has gone down in the past few years? You don’t think the media is bias against them?

  12. lprent 12

    Brett: I haven’t seen the news. But I think that referred to the manner in which the police descended on a small Tuhoe community and treated everyone in it as a potential terrorist, detaining people without charge.

    Since almost all of the people weren’t arrested and were rather pissed off. And the Tuhoe have a fraught relationship at the best of times over their treatment in the early 1900’s, I’d say that the police (probably the TAU) created their own PR disasters without help from others.

    Oh I see, you’re selectively picking out the wellington and auckland raids where those excesses by the police were not as extensive.

    But of course the person speaking was Tuhoe wasn’t he.

  13. The police made the arrests they felt they needed to make, and the media jumped all over it, trying to make it as a race issue. There are several firearm issues that need to be sorted out by the courts.

    Just wait and see, the court case will be our media’s wprst hour, they will play on people’s emotions they will try and make this a race case or worst a human rights case, when in reality these jackasses MAY have broken serious firearm laws, It;s nothing to do with race.

  14. milo 14

    I support the police. But I do think they stuffed up mightily and the Tuhoe raids were very much a race issue. The only intepretation I can make is that they went up there yes to deal to the problem, but secondarily to put the Tuhoe in their place.

    Sue them, I say.

  15. Felix 15

    Brett,

    “wanna be cop killer Steven Wallace”

    I think you’re in one of your excitable moods tonight but I’ll bite anyway. You do know it was Steven who was killed by the cops, don’t you?

  16. Yes I do know Steven got shot and killed by a Police Officer, I know the media played on emotion and started to scream “He was shot for breaking windows”

    He was actually shot swinging a baseball bat at a Police officer’s head.

    Paul Holmes seemed to forget this point every night for six months.

  17. randal 17

    well look what happened to holmes and his worm…give it a rest. it is totally self centred to keep going on about something you can do nothing about.

  18. Self centred??????

    How?????

  19. The Realist 19

    Felix,

    sorry he wasn’t killed by the cops. He was shot by one police officer. Big difference.

  20. randal 20

    you are makingyour feelings more important than the event itself and as you can do nothing about that then you are compounding the self centredness…got it now?

  21. Rich 21

    I thought for a moment that you were discussing assaults *by* police?

    [clarified. SP]

  22. “just like they did with that wanna be cop killer Steven Wallace.”

    With a comment like that, you are in no position to try and identify bias sorry

    “You don’t think respect for the police has gone down in the past few years? You don’t think the media is bias against them?”

    They sure have made some monumental fuck ups in the last few years, that could have something to do with it.

  23. How am i doing that?

  24. lprent 24

    milo:

    I support the police. But I do think they stuffed up mightily and the Tuhoe raids were very much a race issue.

    I support them as well. In general, they’re better than anywhere that I’ve seen elsewhere, and I can’t think of an alternative. However I think they could do with having a closer look at their internal structures. They seem to be somewhat archaic.

    The Tuhoe raids and the way that they’ve been targeting activists over the last few years has (IMO) shown quite a failure in their intelligence gathering. Do I think that they could do with a bit of external commentary. Unfortunately I don’t think that the msm are up to it. They concentrate on headlines and that isn’t useful.

    Anyway, it is good to see from SP’s numbers that they aren’t at a higher risk than previously.

  25. milo 25

    Hah! Nice shot lprent. SP’s numbers indeed. Gee, I followed his source link, and couldn’t find anything in the 2008 annual report. Which page of that was it on?

  26. Paul 26

    OK here’s a different tact.

    This has been a line of opposition parties since Adam was given a badge and Eve as his partner (sorry couldn’t resist), crime is up, crime is up.

    Simon Power is even on record as wondering why labour hasn’t “sorted out crime” and Key on record as concerned that Labour hasn’t “fixed crime”.

    So in 3 years time when there are people in Jail for the rest of their natural life, I very much look forward to the crime free society these two bastards are promising us. After all to “fix” or “sort” out crime is to imply that crime can be cut completely.

    In three years if this lot get in, are we to assume that there isn’t going to be any crime? Oh nirvana – but what about the white collar criminals?

    So it’s a couple of strikes and your out if your a violent criminal, yet if you are a stealing thieving bastard who ruins more than one families savings, business or retirement, do you end up in prison for life.

    National are playing to the fears that have been whipped up by that psychopathic radio station ZB. You can’t “fix” or “sort out” crime – it’s a ploy – gimmick. The sad thing is it’s not called an election bribe, yet it does a hell of a lot more damage to society than giving a universal student allowance.

    failing that National better patent what they are going to do and sell it to every law enforcement agency in the world and make this country rich again, because not one other country has ‘fixed’ or ‘sorted out’ crime.

  27. milo 27

    Actually Paul, I think crime has decline a bit in all western societies because we are locking people up for longer. Just a theory though. Don’t have the detailed analysis.

  28. Paul 28

    This from Eric Crampton of the University of Canterbury on my blog

    “On imprisonment without parole, check the work of Joanna Shepherd in the Journal of Legal Studies, 2002. Long story short, California’s 3-strikes legislation did a lot to deter crime. It even deterred first offences. The biggest problem identified by others (Iyengar) has been that there’s some evidence of a severity shift on the third strike: if you’re going to be put away for life for any offence on the third strike, you might as well make it a good one.”

    Nice so while in NZ we’ve been getting crime down (yes the stats show this) and violent crime up, looks like ultra violent crime is going to rise even further.

    I’ve heard this before when I was in Canada on a CBC debate, but didn’t catch any references. Basically the police were saying they were seeing a rise in fatal instance, when a burglary when wrong it really went wrong.

    Here’s the reference

    # Shepherd, Joanna. 2002. “Fear of the First Strike: The Full Deterrent Effect of California’s Two- and Three-Strikes Legislation’. Journal of Legal Studies XXXI (January), 159-201

    Could be something in it, but at the end of the day we haven’t taken away the reasons people are committing crime just added a helluva padlock at the end. Will the extra prison admin staff be counted as extra civil servants?

    But this is still different from “fixing” or “sorting” crime out like the accused Labour of failing to do. Funny the last National govt didn’t sort out crime either – can’t have been a priority for them, too many doll bludgers to pick a fight with.

    Here’s the quote from Simon Power on 30th Jan

    Labour has had “nine years to stamp out crime'”. that’s right folks, not just control crime but stamp out crime.

    Funny too the biggest increase in the rate of crime according to the statistics was during the 70s and 80s and has plateau since then.

    I posted about this back on Jan 31

    http://concernedoflinwood.wordpress.com/2008/01/31/national-party-spin-bollox-1-08-c-mr-power/

  29. Alexandra 29

    Brett Dale
    Typically in a case involving the police killing someone, the evidence is conflicting. The police said Wallace was waving the bat. Other witness said he was holding the bat at his side or across the front of his chest. The officer who shot Wallace, armed with a glock pistol, made a unilateral decision to confront wallace. Witness evidence suggests the cop mistook Wallace for someone else and antagonised him by calling him a cunt. A police dog handler was on the way and the police officers involved could have cordoned off the scene and simply backed off and waited for dog handler to arrive. The officers failed to follow police procedures and Wallace was killed…all for breaking windows. Wallaces death was particularly disturbing because it was unnessasary. Any criticisms of the police handling of the situation either in the media or by his family is, I believe totally fair.

  30. randal 30

    cut to the chase…why is there so much crime? is it a necessary and sufficient condition of industrial capitalism, i.e. it is anomic or is it just natural for a certain percentage of a population to do what they want without considering the consequences. how is that we can send a man to the moon but we cannot ascertain the root causes of the pathology in our midst? Is it or is it not possible to find the answer to this question and do we really want to know?

  31. milo 31

    Alexandra, my understanding is that one of the windows he “broke” was a police window, with a police officer sitting on the other side of it. He broke it with a golf club.

    When somebody swings a golf club at your head, and smashes a window just inches away, calling it just “breaking windows” seems like a pretty gross distortion of the facts.

  32. Rakaia George 32

    Thats numbers of assaults. Got any data on numbers of serious assaults, or assaults with weapons as opposed to some drunk bloke taking a swing and falling over?

    If things haven’t got more dangerous for cops in the last decade, why has your precious Clark-led government bothered to shell out for anti-stab vests? Is it just cos Cullen felt like spending some more money? Hmm?

  33. randal 33

    The incidence of crime is a direct extension of the politics of ‘choice’ and the post modernism foisted upon schools by national in the nineties. Ideas have consequences you know and when the effects are time delayed then they are that much more insidious.

  34. Felix 34

    The Realist:

    “sorry he wasn’t killed by the cops. He was shot by one police officer. Big difference.”

    1. Does this apply to everything that every police officer ever does?

    2. If not, why not?

    3. Do you have any idea what the word “officer” means?

  35. Anyone who saw the evidence that the witnesses gave knew they were very much unreliable and bias.

    The drunk couple that Paul Holmes interviewed a few days after the shooting showed the attitude of some small town NewZealanders, apparently according to them, “The Police were going nuts shooting everybody in site”

    The fact is, Wallace swung a bat at a Officer’s head so the officer shot him in self defense.

    Probably the most irresponsible statement to come out of the whole mess was Willie Jackson’s statement “That white policemen have a problem of killing Maori in this country”

    Well very few Maori have been killed by white policemen in the over 100 year history of our police force, and in most cases the shooting has been justified.

    This police officer that saved his own life and the life of his fellow officers, and perhaps members of the public is a hero.

  36. How many Maoris have been killed by Caucasian policemen in the over 100 years of the NewZealand police force? and how many of them Maoris were armed with a weapon at the time?

    He was not dead for breaking glass, he was dead for swinging a bat at an officers head.

  37. Those on the right wouldn’t wouldn’t call a Policeman a pig.

  38. randal 39

    those on the right are pigs.

  39. randal 41

    here pig pig pig. here pig pig pig pig. here pig pig pig.

  40. randal 42

    I dont like pigs but I like bacon!

  41. I would like to fry yours!!!

  42. randal 44

    have you considered therapy d4j?

  43. randal 45

    anyway I am getting tired of trading insults with fleas so go back to the post by “cha” , read, come back and say something relevant please

    capcha: prefer monday…me too…tonight seems to be the maddies ni!ght out

  44. Strings 46

    Strange really. That graph would produce an upward trendline if I’m not mistaken!

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 4
    . . Lock Down: Day 4 – A photo essay with observations . March 29: Usual wake up routine as RNZ snaps on my radio-clock. Jim Mora’s voice slowly enters my conciousness; there’s talk of a second wave of covid19 taking hold in South Korea; the week in Parliament – ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    5 days ago
  • COVID-19 vs New Zealand
    Yesterday, New Zealand recorded its first Covid-19 related death on the West Coast. Unfortunately this is unlikely to be the only fatality, with the virus now being found in every region of the country.However despite the significant danger, people are still unfortunately breaching lockdown rules.There’s really only one main very ...
    5 days ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #13
    Story of the Week... Toon of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Review... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week... Story of the Week... ‘Misinformation kills’: The link between coronavirus conspiracies and climate denial   Grist / Rob Kim / Stringer / CSA Images  Scientific ...
    5 days ago
  • Rāhui day 4
    The kids did surprisingly well today – meltdown count was about 3, and mostly fairly short ones. (And a fourth while I was writing.) Game-wise I had a go at Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark. It’s a fairly standard RPG with turn-based combat and what they call a “mature storyline” (it ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    6 days ago
  • Letter to a friend
    by Don Franks Hi David, Nice hearing from you, I’m glad to hear you’re getting by okay in these grim times. You asked how’s it going for us back here in New Zealand. You would have heard that the whole country is locked down and with breaks for exercise and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 3
    . . Lock Down: Day 3 – A photo essay with observations . March 28: First day of the first weekend in Lock Down. It feels like it’s been weeks since only Level 3 was declared last Tuesday, only four days ago. Woke up this morning to RNZ; coffee; toast, ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    6 days ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #13
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Mar 22, 2020 through Sat, Mar 28, 2020 Articles Linked to on Facebook Sun, Mar 22, 2020 In Just 10 Years, Warming Has Increased the Odds of Disasters by Chelsea Harvey, ...
    6 days ago
  • Rāhui day 3
    I’m here in lockdown with my flatmate and her two girls (6 and 2) and it. is. a time. They’re usually really active so to start with the only boardgame in the house is the copy of Guess Who that the 6 year old got for her birthday. Flatmate commented ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    7 days ago
  • A test of civil society.
    The CV-19 (COVID) pandemic has seen the imposition of a government ordered national quarantine and the promulgation of a series of measures designed to spread the burden of pain and soften the economic blow on the most strategically important and most vulnerable sectors of society. The national narrative is framed ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    7 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 2
    . . Lock Down: Day 2 – A photo essay with observations . March 27 – Day 2 of our Strange New World. The Park and Ride near my suburb, usually filled with hundreds of vehicles, had just… four; . . Another drive into Wellington City on a highway nearly ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    7 days ago
  • How Do You Feel? What Do You Think?
    Fortune's Children: Under extraordinary pressure, the leader of the Government and the leader of the Opposition will each show us what they are made of. Have they been blessed with intelligence, grace, wit, poise, toughness, empathy and humour – and in what measure? More importantly, to what extent have they ...
    1 week ago
  • Landlords are NOT an essential service
    If you’ve ever had the misfortune of having to rent a property on the open market in New Zealand, which is one of the most expensive in the entire world, you’ll likely be keenly aware of just how arrogant and entitled landlords and their real estate agents can be.Unfortunately for ...
    1 week ago
  • A “new Society” post-COVID19 will definitely emerge. The question is: on what path?
    Society-wise, aside from the specific morbidity shall we say of the medically-oriented aspects of this COVID-19 crisis, what is unfolding before the world is in more than one way an instructive study of humanity and reactions to a high intensity, high stress environment in real time. Friends, we are at ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • Raise the Bar: Everything you need to know about the wage subsidy
    Right now low waged and insecure workers are feeling the economic brunt of the looming #Covid19 Recession. In response legal advocate Toby Cooper* and hospitality and worker’s rights advocate Chloe Ann-King, are putting together a series of legal blogs about your employment rights: In this legal blog we outline some ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    1 week ago
  • The massacre of prisoners in Modelo jail, Bogota, March 21
    by Equipo Jurídico Pueblos and Gearóid Ó Loingsigh (25/03/2020) An escape plan in question On the night of March 21st and the early morning of the 22nd, the forces of the Colombian state stormed into the Modelo prison in Bogotá, murdering 23 prisoners and injuring 83, in response to the ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • We are not America
    When the government banned semi-automatic weapons in response to a terrorist atrocity, gun-nuts were outraged. Mired in toxic American gun culture, they thought owning weapons whose sole purpose was killing people was some sort of "constitutional right", a necessity for "defending themselves" against the government. Now, the Court of Appeal ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • When will we know the lockdown is working?
    Just before midnight on Wednesday March 25, Aotearoa New Zealand entered a countrywide alert level four lockdown. For at least the next four weeks, everyone who isn’t an essential worker is confined to their bubble. We are doing this to stop the explosive growth in people contracting and dying from ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    1 week ago
  • Lock Down: Day 1
    . . Lock Down: Day 1 – A photo essay with observations . Day one of the Level 4 nationwide lock-down (or, DefCon 4 as I sometimes cheekily call it) started at 11.59PM on 25 March. For a moment, most of the nation held it’s collective breath. In that brief ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • A Compelling Recollection.
    Broad, Sunlit Uplands: How those words fired my young imagination! Or, perhaps, it is more accurate to say: how those words fused, in my young mind, with the image printed on every packet of Fielder’s Cornflour. Always fascinated by history, especially modern history, I cannot hear Churchill’s wonderfully evocative words, even ...
    1 week ago
  • The Warehouse – where everyone gets a virus
    . . 24 March 2020 9.46AM Number of covid19 cases in Aotearoa New Zealand: 102 . As of 11.59 on Thursday, most of New Zealand will go into “lock down”. People will be expected not to travel to work; not to socialise; and to stay home. I will not be ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • Aggressive action to address climate change could save the world $145 trillion
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections A respected research group, Project Drawdown, finds that deploying solutions consistent with meeting the Paris climate targets would cost tens of trillions of dollars globally. But crucially, those outlays would also yield long-term savings many times larger than the up-front costs. The new 2020 Drawdown ...
    1 week ago
  • After the Pandemic
    It will pass. What happens next? Not immediately, but longer term. There are many opinions, fewer certainties. Will it “change everything!” as many confidently, and contradictorily predict? In this post I look at how foresight can help bound some of the uncertainties so you can more objectively consider the future. ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    1 week ago
  • Coronavirus – Cuba shows the way
    We’ve been meaning t write something on Cuba and the coronavirus but have just discovered a very good article on the subject in the US left publication Jacobin.  The article looks at how Cuba, a poor country but one where capitalism has been done away with, is leading the way ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Using privacy law to prevent the death penalty
    In 2018, El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Kotey - two British citizens who had purportedly been stripped of their citizenship by the British government - were captured while fighting for Isis in Syria. The British government then conspired to hand them over to the US, and agreed to provide evidence ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • It’s Time For Disaster Socialism.
    Transformers: The disaster of the Great Depression was transformed into a new and fairer society by the democratic socialism of the First Labour Government. The disaster of the Covid-19 Pandemic offers a similar transformative possibility to the Labour-NZ First-Green Government. Seize the time, Jacinda! You will never have a better ...
    1 week ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #12, 2020
    Tamper with The System? Well, we already are. But there's a difference between accidentally trickling sand into a precision gearbox versus formulating a plan to alter it on the fly with improvements in mind. One action is more or less innocently unscrupulous, the other amenable to earning an easy ...
    1 week ago
  • Avoidable hospitalisations: Helping our health system get through COVID-19
    Associate Prof George Thomson, Louise Delany, Prof Nick Wilson While it is possible that New Zealand can use intense public health controls to eradicate COVID-19 from the country – we must also plan for other scenarios where thousands of New Zealanders are sick – including many urgently hospitalised.1 Better resilience ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • Raise the Bar: 10 questions to ask your employer proposing redundancy
    Kia ora my name is Chloe Ann-King* and I am the founder of Raise the Bar, a campaign and non-profit that gives free legal aid, advocacy and tautoko to hospitality workers in Aotearoa. Right now all over our country hospo workers are being fired at will, having shifts cut or being ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    1 week ago
  • An equitable way to support business
    The Herald reports that the government is planning to lend billions of dollars to large businesses to keep them operating during the pandemic. As with mortgage relief, this is necessary: we need companies to stay in business, to reduce the economic damage and help things get restarted again when this ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Hard News: Together Alone
    We're about to do something unprecedented as a nation. We hope that by taking this extraordinary action before a single life in New Zealand has been lost to the deadly novel virus we will save tens of thousands of lives. Our  lives. We'll do it together, in households, in isolation ...
    1 week ago
  • Why timing is everything: ‘A time to refrain from embracing’ starts today
    “There is a time for everything,    and a season for every activity under the heavens.”So writes the author of Ecclesiastes, a book in the Old Testament that’s counted as a ‘wisdom’ book and written as if by an unnamed king of Jerusalem. But who would have thought there would be a time ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    1 week ago
  • Dealing with the Covid-19 Tsunami.
    I was surprised when the prime minister described the Economic Response to Covid-19 package as the ‘largest peacetime government spend in New Zealand's history’. Reflecting – checking through history – I realised that the term ‘spend’ was crucial and the package had no income tax cuts. Even so, it has ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    2 weeks 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
    20 hours 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
    24 hours 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 day 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
    2 days 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
    2 days 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
    2 days 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
    2 days 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
    2 days 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
    2 days 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
    3 days 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
    3 days 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
    3 days 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
    4 days 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
    4 days 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
    4 days 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
    4 days 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
    4 days 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
    4 days ago
  • Strong Govt books support ‘go hard, go early’ response
    New Zealand’s ability to go hard and go early in the fight against COVID-19 has been underpinned by strong Government finances and the growing economy heading into this global pandemic, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Treasury today released the Crown financial statements for the eight months to the end ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Christchurch Hospital Hagley ICU to open to support COVID-19 response
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says 36 new intensive care beds at Christchurch Hospital’s new Hagley building are being fast tracked so they are available for treatment of COVID-19 patients.   The Ministry of Health is working with contractor CPB and Canterbury DHB to enable access to the hospital’s ICU, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government supports Air NZ freight flights
    The Government has fast-tracked up to $1 million to help Air New Zealand move urgent freight to and from New Zealand, with the first flight to Shanghai leaving tonight, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. Phil Twyford says it’s crucial that trade in vital goods such as medical supplies and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Tariff concessions on COVID-19 related products
    New Zealand will temporarily remove tariffs on all medical and hygiene imports needed for the COVID-19 response. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker and Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi said today that the New Zealand Customs Service will apply tariff concessions to all diagnostic reagents and testing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Clarification of modification to wage subsidy scheme
    Minister of Finance Grant Robertson has clarified that the changes to the wage subsidy scheme announced yesterday mean that employers should be passing on the full subsidy to workers, except in the case where the person’s normal income is less than the level of the subsidy. “We still want employers ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Face masks flowing to DHBs
    Medical face masks from the national reserve supply are now being distributed to District Health Boards, while at the same time local production is being ramped up. Yesterday more than 640,000 masks were sent to DHBS – that is an immediate two week supply, with more to follow in coming ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • COVID-19: Further steps to protect New Zealanders’ jobs
    The Government has made modifications to the wage subsidy scheme to ensure people don’t lose their jobs during the national lockdown. These changes will soften the impact of COVID-19 on workers, families and businesses, and position them to exit the lockdown and look to recovery, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Tax relief for Mycoplasma Bovis farmers
    Farmers whose herds were culled in response to the outbreak of Mycoplasma bovis will be able to minimise the tax treatment of their income in some circumstances. Revenue Minister Stuart Nash says Cabinet has agreed to change the law. It means farmers may be eligible to spread their income over ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • $27 million for NGOs and community groups to continue providing essential services
    A $27 million dollar package, effective immediately, is being provided to social sector services and community groups to ensure they can continue to provide essential support to communities as we stay at home as a nation to stop the spread of COVID-19, Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni announced. “At ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Statement on guilty plea of March 15 terrorist
    “The guilty plea today will provide some relief to the many people whose lives were shattered by what happened on March 15,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. “These guilty pleas and conviction bring accountability for what happened and also save the families who lost loved ones, those who were injured, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • COVID-19 updates
    The Prime Minister is holding daily press conferences to update New Zealanders on the Government's response to COVID-19. Links to videos and transcripts of these updates below. These transcripts also include All of Government press conferences led by Director Ministry of Health's Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield. 25 March: Live update from the Prime ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Police numbers break through 10,000 mark
    Frontline Police numbers have broken through the 10,000 mark for the first time in history as officers step forward to keep the community safe during the COVID19 lockdown. “Two Police graduations in Auckland and Wellington in the past week have been conducted in unprecedented circumstances,” Police Minister Stuart Nash said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Urgent tax measures for economic recovery
    Urgent legislation has been passed to support the package of economic and social measures needed to recover from the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. “The COVID-19 Response (Taxation and Social Assistance Urgent Measures) Bill will cushion New Zealanders from the worst economic impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak,” said Revenue Minister ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Further support for farmers and growers as drought persists
    From tomorrow, Government support for farmers and growers affected by drought will be expanded and extended across the country, with access to Rural Assistance Payments (RAPS) available throughout the North Island, parts of the South Island and the Chatham Islands, Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni announced. “These challenging conditions have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • COVID-19: Temporary changes to Education Act
    Parliament has passed amendments to legislation that give the Secretary of Education stronger powers to act in the fight to limit the spread of COVID-19, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “They are part of a suite of changes passed under the COVID-19 Response (Urgent Management Measures) Legislation Bill,” Chris ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Canada, Australia, Chile, Brunei and Myanmar join NZ and Singapore in committing to keeping supply a...
    Canada, Australia, Chile, Brunei and Myanmar have joined forces with New Zealand and Singapore by committing to keep supply chains open and remove any existing trade restrictive measures on essential goods, especially medical supplies, in the face of the Covid-19 crisis.  Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker today welcomed ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • COVID-19: Rent increase freeze and more protection for tenants
    Immediate freeze on rent increases Tenancies will not be terminated during the lock-down period, unless the parties agree, or in limited circumstances Tenants who had previously given notice can stay in their if they need to stay in the tenancy during the lock-down period Tenants will still be able to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Working together to protect businesses and workers
    As New Zealand unites to lock-down in the fight against COVID-19, the Finance Minister is urging all businesses and workers to stay connected over the next four weeks. “We understand the extreme pressure many businesses are under right now. I know most business owners think of their workers as family ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • State of National Emergency declared to fight COVID-19
    A State of National Emergency has been declared across the country as the Government pulls out all the stops to curtail the spread of COVID-19. “Today we put in place our country’s second ever State of National Emergency as we fight a global pandemic, save New Zealanders’ lives and prevent ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Prime Minister’s statement on State of National Emergency and Epidemic Notice
    Mr Speaker I wish to make a Ministerial Statement under Standing Order 347 in relation to the recent declaration of a State of National Emergency. Having considered the advice of the Director Civil Defence Emergency Management, the Minister of Civil Defence declared a State of National Emergency for the whole of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Deadline for domestic travel extended
    People needing to travel on domestic flights, trains and Cook Strait ferries to get home before the country moves into level 4 lock-down tomorrow night will be able to continue using the passenger services until midnight on Friday, Transport Minister Phil Twyford said today. Domestic passenger services, particularly ferries, have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Mortgage holiday and business finance support schemes to cushion COVID impacts
    The Government, retail banks and the Reserve Bank are today announcing a major financial support package for home owners and businesses affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19. The package will include a six month principal and interest payment holiday for mortgage holders and SME customers whose incomes have been ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago