web analytics

Ombudsman: Government secrecy “highly dangerous”

Written By: - Date published: 7:17 am, September 28th, 2012 - 31 comments
Categories: accountability, democracy under attack, national - Tags: , ,

Chief Ombudsman Dame Beverley Wakem has done us all a favour with her comments government privacy:

Top-level alarm over secrecy trend

Attempts to keep information confidential highly dangerous, Chief Ombudsman says.

The Ombudsman’s Office has warned of “highly dangerous” moves by the Government to keep information secret by drafting laws to avoid the Official Information Act.

Chief Ombudsman Dame Beverley Wakem says she is concerned at the increasing number of officials in government agencies who fail to understand the constitutional importance of the legislation.

She pointed to several “reprehensible” attempts in the past year by officials to disallow Official Information Act requests for drafts of legislation, in particular on partial state asset sales, charter schools and changes to mining permits.

“I think it’s the beginning of something that’s highly dangerous,” she told the Herald.

“If this goes on, we will be appearing much more regularly at select committees when these things appear in the form of a bill, and making our views heard loud and clear.” …

The timing really couldn’t be worse for the Nats. Key’s abundant failure to competently manage even a core government agency, the GCSB, is an international scandal. OIA requests were the only way we found out many of the details of the John Banks scandal.

These are the kinds of issue that the government at all levels would much rather keep from mere members of the public. We can’t let them get away with reducing our access to the truth. Thanks to the Ombudsman for this timely reminder.

31 comments on “Ombudsman: Government secrecy “highly dangerous” ”

  1. While having to work in a way that’s complaint with the OIA act can be a bit of a hassle from time to time, it’s well worth the results. If National actually believed in their philosophies, they wouldn’t be afraid of the OIA.

  2. BLiP 2

    .

    The actual report makes better reading the picture clearer than the New Zealand Fox News Herald rewrite of the Ombudsman’s press release.

    Disgusting behaviour on the part of both the government agencies involved and National Ltd™ for its deliberate underfunding of so important a function of state. Why am I not surprised? Oh, yeah, that’s right: of all the iniatives to stem from John Key’s “Jobs Summit” the only one which his government has taken to heart is the cry from business and others for less emphasis on regulation and monitoring.

  3. ianmac 3

    A few weeks ago wasn’t it the Ombudsman’s call for increased funding because the funding cuts have meant that the case load was getting further and further delayed?

  4. Raymond A Francis 4

    Serious question
    Can anybody remember some good work done by our spooks?
    All I know are a bunch of stuff ups going back to WWII, I don’t think this should be politicalised as quite a few of those were while Labour were running things
    I don’t feel that matters as I think we can guess which side of the political line these people occupy
    Have they done anything worthwhile that would encourage us to keep them on

    • I helped them take out the Iranians, only thing I can remember that is worthy

      I had too help, the Muslim community didn’t trust “Spies” full stop back then.

    • insider 4.2

      The good stuff is so good that you’ll never get to know about it….

      Seriously though, you are always going to hear about the cock ups more because they are almost by definition going to be more public, while the good public stuff may often be fronted by the Police due to their power to arrest and prosecute. there were occassional expulsions of Soviet dipolomats in the cold war. Maybe the fact we are not subject to terrorism is a sign of success?

  5. captain hook 5

    of course this government is shrouded in secrecy.
    thye are afraid that their peculation and pelf will be exposed and they are ashamed of the way they have stolen public assets off the people.

  6. There is a hole in the Law about disclosure.

    The problem is those “Undercover” peoples’ lives are at risk, and the release of information could endanger those lives critically.

    They may be incompetent but they don’t deserve a bullet for it.

    It highlights a serious floor in the way the Entire Operation is run.

    The Captains are stupid , ignorant and not qualified to have those lives under their command.

    They should be Generals, and that means an IQ over the 80 that they posses.

  7. Jokerman 7

    the nationalities are reversed; Kim is making out like “Hogan” while Key’s bumbling like “Klink”
    (with shady Major Hochstedder in the office background)

  8. alwyn 8

    Wasn’t it the Ombudsman who told schools that they could not ignore OIA requests for their National Standards figures?
    At the time I seem to remember that many of the contributors to blogs like The Standard supported the schools and said the material should not be released.
    Oh well, I guess it is always the same. What embarasses my friends must be hidden. What embarasses my opponents must be released.

    • BLiP 8.1

      .

      DOX PLOX

      • alwyn 8.1.1

        If your remark is really meant to be a respose to mine can you please explain it?
        What the hell is DOX PLOX?

        • McFlock 8.1.1.1

          This commenter believes that the bisyllabic expression in question is a humble request that you provide some reference or pointer to documentary evidence that will serve to identify and clarify the particular instance of bureaucratic procedural direction to which you allude.

  9. Draco T Bastard 9

    Everything that the government does, except for some very rare exceptions, needs to be open to public scrutiny. Hiding what the government is doing is, IMO, just another step towards the dictatorship that this government is instituting.

  10. Anne 10

    Very good post on Red Alert by Phil Goff.

    http://blog.labour.org.nz/

    “Fifty years on, role of Ombudsman under threat”.

    • mike 10.1

      Yes good post, he points the finger at Murray McCully as serial OIA request stonewaller, straining the Office of Ombudsman’s conspicuously under-funded budget. There needs to be some consequences for failing to meet OIA deadlines.

      “Dame Beverley is a formidable woman, determinedly independent and with an impressive track record.

      Most recently, she warned of “highly dangerous” moves by the Government to keep information secret by drafting laws to avoid the Official Information Act (OIA).

      She highlighted “reprehensible” attempts to remove from the Act state assets where there are partial share sales, charter schools and change to mining permits.”

      As DTB said government secrecy should be reserved for the serious national security spy stuff, and a precious few other exceptional circumstances. That NACT wants to items relating to exempt partial share sales, charter schools and change to mining permits tells you all you need to know about their ‘commitment to transparency’.

      This is public business, it’s our right to know what the government is doing and how. Nothing to hide? Bullshit.

      When has anyone heard of the Office of Ombudsman making news by calling the actions of the government “reprehensible”? Wake up kiwiland.

  11. Anne 11

    When has anyone heard of the Office of Ombudsman making news by calling the actions of the government “reprehensible”?

    The first time in 50 years? This NACT govt. is starting to make the Muldoon govt. of 1975/84 look a whole lot better than we appreciated at the time – and that’s really saying something!

  12. xtasy 12

    Having had dealings with Beverly Wakem, I feel a bit confused. The way the Office of Ombudsmen works already leaves something to desire. So if even she gets crossed with changes to the Official Information Act (has anybody taken note of what goes on???), how bloody serious and worrying must this be?

    Sadly the process at Select Committee and so is not well reported, as the mainstream media focuses on crime, rape, school issues, Dotcom and sensationalistic or even trivial stuff. We get NO reporting on details that are important to ALL of us. There is NO investigative journalism, most moder journos are more pre-occupied with career choices, getting the best job for the largest market player (all “privately run”), better pay, and that necessitates greasing up, grooming, polished fingernails, make-up on the face, photo ops and short, cheap comments to get attention.

    This is disgusting, and sadly it is DOMINANT, so even the public media follow this trend.

    NZ is poor for good journalism, it is a rather back stop kind of media environment, where the “circus” is more important than real, factual reporting.

    I am afraid that Beverley Wakem’s call goes under. Indeed I have not heard it mentioned anywhere, but here.

    The NZ dictatorship is working, I am afraid. The elite controlling funds set the agenda, and except of a few odd examples, it works and most are kept dumb, ignorant, brain-washed, exposed to corrupt practices, and thus they are all following the agenda of divide and rule, “me first”, shit on your workmate and neighbour, as that gets me ahead.

    Sorry to see and hear all this. I have NO faith in the system in NZ.

    • blue leopard 12.1

      Thats weird, your comment wasn’t there when I posted mine. Had it have been I probably woulda just “+1ed” yours!

      Media is screwed in NZ
      Think I’ll make a formal complaint over this one.
      Furious

      • xtasy 12.1.1

        Was being “monitored”, get the message? I appreciate though that sometimes the Standard collective do want to do a few checks, to avoid things like slander, insult, wrong information and whatever else. So at least here we can still write and share what we think. Try that with the NZ Herald or other outfits!

  13. blue leopard 13

    O.k WHAT is going on with our media?

    I watched TV One news tonight to see in what way they would cover this topic considering it seemed such an important thing for us all to know and there wasn’t a jot on it. Not a mention.

    Murder first up. Schools second, 3rd Dotcom …the list goes on. No disrespect intended for the other stories covered, yet if we have a questionable government that is trying to hide things from its citizens that it shouldn’t and the Ombudsman feels the need to speak out about it. Isn’t this the most important story of the day?

    Murders, Organization of Schools, Criminal cases, Roads that need repairing, Baby Milk Powder shortages…aren’t we more likely to experience increasing problems over these matters and others if our very Government isn’t paying due respect for the systems and regulations we have in order to function smoothly and protect us?

    If the media don’t report this sad fact then where will the pressure come in order to ensure this Government is called to account?

    • xtasy 13.1

      The mainstream media won’t!

      Mediaworks is in the pocket of Joyce.

      Print media are owned by corporates, and journos are told to tow the line: Commercial interest and publicity gaining top stories that involve lots of “emotion” and stir ups come first.

      Listen to the paymaster, dear journo, or else.

      TVNZ has a National Party member sit on the board.

      Campbell live is only allowed sob stories about poor school kids, the odd individual victim of social injustice, but NOTHING of substance.

      I am informed of people writing to his team about real critical stuff re welfare and MSD’s and WINZ’s appalling treatment of clients, they had NO interest, unless the person would “front up” and risk their breadline cut off by WINZ!

      So they are ALL hollow shit, not worth the respect the majority idiot public give them. Sadly Kiwi kids grow up with all this crap, so they think , this is “normal” (never learning about real reporting, more independent media, as in some countries overseas)..

      My resume is again: NZ is a DICTATORSHIP with highly sophisticated means of manipulation, misinformation, distraction and so forth, that uphold it as it is and supposed to be.

      Key knows all this, and he takes full advantage of it. Shearer is another one, trying to play the media for his purpose, but he is poor doing so. The Office of Ombudsmen is to me a farce, really, like H+D Commissioner and other offices, just to be a “bumb” to stop people taking matters to the courts.

    • Draco T Bastard 13.2

      The MSM give no indication that they will ever hold this government to account.

      • blue leopard 13.2.1

        The MSM don’t have to hold the government to account.

        They simply have to report what is going on, what experts are saying etc. NoT HaRd. People are the ones who apply pressure on the government in response to any dodgy stories-like this one-they hear.

        Leave us in the dark; that is all they do.

        • karol 13.2.1.1

          The evening news is infotainment. They prefer stories that are dramatic, tragedies, weepies, emotional and fairly simple to present….. ones that fit into the format for the most popular forms of drama and entertainment.

          Anything that includes an odd 3 syllable word, some background explanation, and some thought about its implications for democracy, just doesn’t cut it with the infotainment, factional dramedy department that runs the evening news.

  14. mike 14

    I think Winston should have a cup of tea with Beverly Wakem at a cafe, invite the media, leave a black bag on the table, then be all faux surprised to find a microphone in it. (But happily releasing the conversation to the media.)

    Delicious publicity stunt for Winston, just his style I reckon, and draws attention to the issue. No charge for that one Winnie!

    But yeah NZ MSM is a self-impressed joke. Competing he said, she said, three second sound bites on complex issues wraped up shallow blinkered bias. PG13 news dished out to correspondingly dumbed down adults 7 days a week.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • United Nations General Assembly: 76th General Debate Statement
    E ngā Mana, e ngā Reo, Rau Rangatira mā o tēnei Whare Nui o te Ao Prestigious people, Speakers of note, Chiefs one and all of this General Assembly Ngā mihi mahana ki o koutou katoa, mai i toku Whenua o Aotearoa Warm greetings to you all from my home ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • APEC 2021 Women and the Economy Forum prioritises women’s economic empowerment
    Minister for Women Jan Tinetti today chaired the virtual APEC 2021 Women and the Economy Forum, which is working to address outstanding issues for women and girls across the region as it recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. The forum brought together Ministers and representatives from 21 economies to discuss gender ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours ago
  • Upper Hauraki to move to Alert Level 2
    Upper Hauraki will move to Alert Level 2 from 11:59pm tomorrow, 25 September, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins confirmed today. After positive cases were detected in the Upper Hauraki area on Sunday, extra Alert Level restrictions were put in place to immediately prevent any wider transmission of the virus.  “We’ve ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Report into Aotearoa New Zealand’s export controls system released
    Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta today welcomed the findings of an independent review into Aotearoa New Zealand’s export controls system, which regulates the export of goods to foreign militaries, police forces or paramilitaries. Produced by David Smol, a former Chief Executive of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New District Court Judge appointed
    Attorney-General David Parker has announced the appointment of Brett Crowley of Wellington as a District Court Judge.  He is currently the Wellington Public Defender and started his career as a staff solicitor working in a range of litigation including criminal defence work. He went to the bar in 1999 specialising ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Mental health stocktake shows strong progress
    The first report of the Government’s Implementation Unit has found strong progress has been made since the Mental Health and Addictions Package was announced in 2019. “The report notes most initiatives funded in the Budget 2019 package are on track to deliver what is expected by 2023/24,” Grant Robertson said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Working together to grow the West Coast
    A project that has been crucial in allowing businesses to continue during the tourism downturn is among a number of initiatives to receive a boost from the Government’s Jobs For Nature programme, Conservation Minister Kiri Allan says. Sustaining South Westland is an extension of an initiative set up last year ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Next steps to improve safety in wake of Whakaari White Island tragedy
    The Government is moving to improve safety in light of the Whakaari White Island tragedy and has released proposals to reinforce safety standards in registered adventure activities. The package of proposals includes: Strengthening requirements for how operators, landowners and the regulator manage natural hazard risks Improving how risks are monitored, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand donates more COVID-19 vaccines to COVAX and the Pacific
    Foreign Affairs Minister Hon Nanaia Mahuta and Associate Health Minister Aupito William Sio announced today that New Zealand is donating additional Pfizer vaccines to the Pacific and AstraZeneca vaccines to the COVAX Facility, to support equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines. “New Zealand is donating 708,000 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Speech to the Property Council of New Zealand
    Kia ora koutou katoa   Is it a pleasure to be able to speak with you today, and to be able to answer some questions you may have. I would like to acknowledge the organisers of this event, the Property Council. The theme of this year’s conference is City Shapers. Together ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Additional MIQ for Christchurch
    An additional hotel will be added to our network of managed isolation and quarantine facilities, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “I have approved and Cabinet is in the final stages of signing off The Quality Hotel Elms in Christchurch as a new managed isolation facility,” Chris Hipkins said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • NZ COVID-19 response earns another major digital investment
    Minister for the Digital Economy and Communications Dr David Clark welcomes Amazon’s Web Services’ (AWS) decision to establish a Cloud Region on New Zealand shores, further boosting New Zealand’s growing digital sector, and providing a vote of confidence in the direction of New Zealand’s economic recovery. “Amazon is the second ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand invests in cutting edge cancer R&D
    Scaling up the manufacture of CAR T-cell cancer therapy for clinical trials Advancing New Zealand’s biomedical manufacturing capability Supporting future international scientific collaborations Transforming cancer care with targeted, affordable solutions Research, Science and Innovation Minister Hon Dr Megan Woods has announced that the fight against COVID-19 will not stop the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Expert group appointed to lead New Zealand’s future health system
    An outstanding group of people with extensive and wide-ranging governance and health experience have been appointed to lead the Māori Health Authority and Health New Zealand, Health Minister Andrew Little says. “This Government is building a truly national health system to provide consistent, high-quality health services right across the country. This ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Funding to help clean up contaminated sites
    The Government is supporting the clean-up of contaminated sites in Northland, Dunedin and Southland to reduce risk to people’s health and protect the environment. Environment Minister David Parker said the funding announced today, through the Contaminated Sites Remediation Fund, will help us turn previously hazardous sites into safe, usable public ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Predator Free apprenticeships open up new job opportunities
    The expansion of a predator free apprenticeship programme is an opportunity for more people to kick-start a conservation career, Conservation Minister Kiri Allan says. “The Predator Free Apprenticeship Programme is focused on increasing the number of skilled predator control operators in New Zealand through a two-year training programme. “The Trust ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Further NCEA support confirmed for Auckland students
    The number of Learning Recognition Credits for senior secondary school students will be increased for Auckland students, Education Minister Chris Hipkins confirmed today. This recognises the extended time these students will spend in Alert Levels 3 and 4. “It means students in Auckland will have a fair opportunity to attain ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Long-term pathway next step to better mental wellbeing for New Zealanders
    The Government is taking a new approach to support people who experience mental distress, Health Minister Andrew Little says. “Kia Manawanui Aotearoa – Long-term pathway to mental wellbeing (Kia Manawanui) is the first 10-year plan of its kind that targets the cause of mental distress and also sets out how ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Keeping our Police safe to keep our communities safe
    The Government is committed to keeping our frontline police officers safe, so they in turn can keep New Zealanders safe – with one of the largest investments in frontline safety announced by Police Minister Poto Williams at the Police College today.   The $45 million investment includes $15.496 million in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Clean Vehicles Bill passes first checkpoint
    The Land Transport (Clean Vehicles) Amendment Bill will help New Zealand drive down transport emissions by cleaning up the light vehicle fleet, Transport Minister Michael Wood says. The Bill passed its first reading today and will establish the legislative framework for key parts of the Government’s Clean Car Package, including ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Funding boost supports ongoing Māori COVID-19 response
    The Government is responding to the need by whānau Māori and Māori Health providers to support their ongoing work responding to COVID-19 and to continue increasing rates of Māori vaccination, Associate Minister for Health (Māori Health), Peeni Henare and Minister for Māori Development Willie Jackson announced today.   This increased ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Significant increase to COVID-19 penalties
    Penalties for breaches of COVID-19 orders are set to significantly increase from early November 2021 to better reflect the seriousness of any behaviour that threatens New Zealand’s response to the virus, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “Throughout this Delta outbreak we’ve seen the overwhelming majority of people doing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Counter-Terrorism Legislation Bill returns to Parliament
    The Counter-Terrorism Legislation Bill has returned to Parliament for its second reading in an important step towards giving enforcement agencies greater power to protect New Zealanders from terrorist activity. “The Bill addresses longstanding gaps in our counter terrorism legislation that seek to protect New Zealanders and make us safer,” Justice ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Joint Statement: New Zealand and Australian Trade Ministers
    Hon Damien O'Connor MP, New Zealand Minister for Trade and Export Growth, and Hon Dan Tehan MP, Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, met virtually on Monday 20 September to advance trans-Tasman cooperation under the Australia-New Zealand Closer Economic Relations Trade Agreement (CER). CER is one of the most ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Prime Minister’s Post Cabinet Press Conference/COVID-19 Update opening statement
    ***Please check against delivery***   E te tī, e te tā, nau mai rā [To all, I bid you welcome]   As you will have seen earlier, today there are 22 new community cases to report; three of which are in Whakatiwai in the Hauraki area, and the remainder in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Major milestones for Māori COVID-19 vaccine rollout as new campaign launches
    Whānau Ora and Associate Health (Māori Health) Minister Peeni Henare acknowledges two major milestones in the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccination programme for Māori. “I am very pleased to announce more than 50 percent of eligible Māori have received their first dose and 25 per cent are now fully vaccinated,” ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Government funding to fight infectious diseases
    $36 million for research into Covid-19 and other infectious diseases The investment will improve our readiness for future pandemics Research will focus on prevention, control, and management of infectious diseases The Government’s investing in a new Infectious Diseases Research Platform to boost Aotearoa New Zealand’s Covid-19 response and preparedness for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Quarantine-free travel with Australia to remain suspended for a further 8 weeks
    Suspension to be reviewed again mid to late November Decision brought forward to enable access from Australia to first tranche of around 3000 rooms in MIQ Air New Zealand working at pace to put on more flights from Australia from October    The suspension of quarantine-free travel (QFT) with Australia has ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Extra support for Ethnic Communities to share vaccination information
    Extra support is being made available to Ethnic Communities to help them share COVID-19 vaccination information within their communities, Minister for Diversity, Inclusion and Ethnic Communities Priyanca Radhakrishnan said. “We know we need to get every eligible person in New Zealand vaccinated. A fund being launched today will allow for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • School holidays remain unchanged for Auckland region
    School holidays in Auckland will continue to be held at the same time as the rest of the country, starting from Saturday, 2 October, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “I’ve carefully considered advice on the implications of shifting the dates and concluded that on balance, maintaining the status quo ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government continues crackdown on gangs and organised crime
    Operation Tauwhiro extended until March 2022 Since it was launched in February, Operation Tauwhiro has resulted in:   987 firearms seized $4.99 million in cash seized 865 people charged with a firearms-related offence Gangs and organised crime groups will continue to be relentlessly targeted with the extension of Police’s successful ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Speech to Body Positive 'HIV Treatments Update Seminar 2021'
    E ngā mana E ngā reo E ngā iwi Tēnā koutou katoa Ka huri ki ngā mana whenua o te rohe nei. Tēnā koutou. He mihi hoki ki a tatou kua tau mai nei I raro I te kaupapa o te rā. Nō reira tēnā koutou katoa Acknowledgements It’s a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Power bill changes bring fairness to charges
    A key recommendation of an independent panel to make electricity charges fairer across all households will be put in place, the Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods has announced. “Phasing out the regulations on ‘low-use’ electricity plans will create a fairer playing field for all New Zealanders and encourage a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • NZ economy’s strong momentum will support rebound from Delta outbreak; COVID fund replenished
    The economy showed strong momentum in the period leading up to the recent Delta COVID-19 outbreak, which bodes well for a solid economic rebound, Grant Robertson said. GDP rose 2.8 percent in the June quarter, following on from a 1.4 percent increase in the previous March quarter. This was a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Projects create benefits into the future
    Making a well-known lake swimmable and helping to halt the decline of the endangered hoiho/yellow-eyed penguins are among a suite of new projects being supported by the Government’s Jobs for Nature programme across the southern South Island, Conservation Minister Kiri Allan says. “It’s no secret that many of our most ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Opening statement for Whāriki Indigenous Small Business Roundtable
      Kei ngā tōpito e wha o te āo e rere ana te mihi maioha ki a koutou nō tawhiti, nō tata mai e tāpiri ana ki tēnei taumata kōrero mo te ao hokohoko arā mā ngā pākihi mo ngā iwi taketake Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa – Pai Mārire.  ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New members appointed to Kāpuia
    The Government is adding four additional members to Kāpuia, the Ministerial Advisory Group on the Government’s Response to the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the terrorist attack on Christchurch mosques. “I’m looking forward to having Pamela MacNeill, Huia Bramley, Melani Anae and Katherine Dedo  join Kāpuia and contribute to this group’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Timeline confirmed for Emissions Reductions Plan
    Cabinet has agreed to begin consulting on the Emissions Reduction Plan in early October and require that the final plan be released by the end of May next year in line with the 2022 Budget, the Minister of Climate Change, James Shaw confirmed today. “Cabinet’s decision allows organisations and communities ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Pay parity pathway for early learning teachers confirmed
    Pay parity conditions and higher funding rates for education and care services will come into force on 1 January, 2022, Minister of Education Chris Hipkins confirmed today. The Government signalled this work in Budget 2021. “From 1 January, 2022, centres opting into the scheme will receive government funding and be ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Nurses Organisation Conference 2021
    Kia Ora tatau katoa.   Ka tuku mihi ki nga nēhi, He pou Hauora o Aotearoa, E ora ai tatou.   Whakatau mai  I runga i te kaupapa o te ra Te NZNO conference.   Tena koutou tena koutou Tena tatou katoa   Good morning, and thank you inviting me ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago