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Open mike 02/03/2010

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  1. Jenny 1

    With the huge rise in food prices and with 15% GST looming, GST off food was the front page story of last week’s Whangarei Leader, the local community newspaper, distribution 30,000+.

    This extended article by journalist Denise Piper begins:

    “Whangarei residents want a new approach to GST on food.

    Prime Minister John Key says the government is carefully considering increasing GST from 12.5 percent to 15 percent this year, to discourage spending and encourage saving.
    The tax rise is to be off-set by cuts in income tax.

    But Kiwi households are already being hammered in the pocket with food prices up 12 percent in the past two years.”

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/northland/local-news/whangarei-leader/3329447/Take-GST-off-food

    Piper finishes her article by questioning people in the street on their views on this topic:

    “Toni Love agrees GST should be taken off food.

    “It’s a basic human necessity,” she says.

    “Organic food should be cheaper it’s way too expensive.”

    Dion Gray says healthy food should be subsidised.

    “I think if they tax junk food and not the other stuff it would be good.”

    But Anita Pilkington is not so sure about taking GST off food because the tax has to come from somewhere.

    “I’m not sure if it’s not on food they will put higher taxes on other areas.”

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/northland/local-news/whangarei-leader/3329447/Take-GST-off-food

    Though Piper’s report does not directly challenge the apologists who defend taxing this “basic human necessity”.

    I thought I might add a view poignant facts.

    The vast majority of countries that have GST, exempt food.

    As most of the accountancy software in this country comes from overseas, there is already a built in system to remove GST from food in these accountancy packages. This gives a lie to the closet Rogernomes claim, that it is far to complicated to implement.

    Even in New Zealand, though they are relatively minor, there are already exemptions, for instance the sale of second hand clothes is exempt, and has been for years. There have been zero complaints of being of it being far too complex to manage, from clothes dealers. If these small businesses can handle this sort of exemption, this gives further lie to the apologists claims.

    • blinded by the right 1.1

      It’s not removing GST from items in accounting software that is the issue (as you say, it is very easy to mark things as exempt). It is determining exactly what constitutes “food”. Which would be a nightmare.

      The exemption you mention is not solely for second-hand clothes, under the GST Act most second-hand goods are exempt from GST. It is not implementation that is going to be difficult (past the one-off setup changes to costs to systems). It is the determination, and the on-going process of determining what new products qualify as food.

      • prism 1.1.1

        It also would be good if repairs were exempt. Usually repairs are to items that would be classed as second hand. When you are on a low budget and to keep useful items going they have to be fixed from time to time it becomes more expensive because the government wants to charge you tax for having that work done. Repairs and maintenance can be charged against turnover in a business – private citizens need similar consideration.

        • blinded by the right 1.1.1.1

          In a business, items that get repaired (and are claimable) are used in the generation of revenue (widely speaking). It makes no sense at all to make my TV repair have no GST simply because the lawnmowing contractor down the road is able to claim for repairs to his mowers.

      • Jenny 1.1.2

        It’s as easy or as complicated as you choose to make it.

        OK Blinded, I’ll play your game.

        To cater to obstructionist objections, instead of an’ “on-going process of determining what new products qualify as food.” which you seem to think will be the outcome of removing GST off food;

        How about, a one off determination. If it goes in your mouth, it’s food.

        Even with this simple definition, I imagine the obstructionists will still try to pettifog and argue; “But what about toothbrushes, and dental floss, and false teeth, and spoons, and toothpicks, and dental floss, and mouthwash, and dental floss, and dental fillings, and chewing gum, and dental floss, and tongue depressors and thermometers, and blue striped peppermint flavoured dental floss, etc. etc. etc.” ad infinitum.

        Ignore the pettifoggers.

        We all know what food is.

        • blinded by the right 1.1.2.1

          If you think that your definition of food is “if it goes in your mouth” then you really are away with the fairies.

          You even mention chewing gum as one of your possible examples of things that go in the mouth but aren’t food. Using your extremely loose definition, why is chewing gum not food?

  2. I would like to point out that yet another of John Key’s secretive friends has been caught out at who would have guessed: Lying and tax dodging.

  3. Ron 3

    If a Labour or Green politician had stood up at their conference and said “New Zealand voters are stupid and greedy” the media would have been all over it. Brash and Hide, however, seem to be getting away with it.

    • blinded by the right 3.1

      Probably because everyone realises Brash is a little bit nuts, and Rodders is on borrowed time. But it could be a media driven vast right wing conspiracy.

      • felix 3.1.1

        I don’t think Ron suggested a conspiracy of any sort, but you knew that.

        I think the reason the comments aren’t widely reported is perfectly obvious.

        • blinded by the right 3.1.1.1

          Yes, Brash is nuts, and Rodders is a fringe nut on borrowed time.

          • Pascal's bookie 3.1.1.1.1

            Rodders is a minister of the crown, with a cosy electorate deal from the Nats.

            His party is closely associated with some very nutty nuts it’s true, but the are not on the fringe of power, they are right in the thick of it.

          • felix 3.1.1.1.2

            Both true, Brash and Hide have always been nuts and it hasn’t prevented their rantings from being widely reported.

            The real reason is that most in the media find nothing controversial about their recent statements. And to do so would involve taking a level of responsibility for keeping the public informed for which those in the media are totally unequipped.

            • Ron 3.1.1.1.2.1

              Agred that Rodds is nits, Brash is nits. Rodders is a member of our government. Nuts or no – TV and radio and the papers ould have reported Goff or any of the left if they’d said what Rodders said. The scary thing is without any decent reporting we’ll have Rodders back in Govt for the next round.

  4. Tigger 4

    Leaky homes and now inadequate insulation. I swear, the National Party do not get building at all.
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10629411

  5. walter 5

    Why is John Key crowing about New Zealand soldiers being involved in a gunfight in Afganistan? I know the previous government quietly had the SAS there on three previous deployments, but there was little or no hoop-la about it. In fact, I believe they tried to keep it quiet.

    Now if our boys are there to help, that’s all well and good, but it’s looking to me as though they are being used as a publicity stunt why else would John be telling the world about it?

    I know Uncle Sam is finding it hard to maintain any credibility is his foreign wars does our presence provide a little of that for him? If so, I’m glad the lives of our 70 SAS soldiers are contributing positively to the American War publicity machine. I might go as far as to say that I’m delighted that the name of our most respected and decorated soldier is being attached to this endeavour.

    I’m sure those nasty insurgents won’t take offence, after all we are liberating them from tyranny. For my part, I’d say there’s nothing more liberating than seeing armed foreign troops marching round your cities.

    Now some may say this wholly altruistic and highly publicised action may make New Zealand a target for some kind of terrorist backlash well let them try! John and I are perfectly happy to put us at risk when it comes to our principles. In fact, Anne Tolley has gone as far as to suggest that giant targets be painted on the roof of each low decile school in New Zealand to show that we are not deterred by threats.

  6. Lanthanide 6

    The slippery slope of National’s employment law has begun:

    “The Government has floated a proposal to increase the 90-day probation period for employees in small firms as part of a planned revamp of personal grievance rules.”

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/small-business/3393770/Employee-probation-period-could-rise

    • felix 6.1

      Wow, who could have predicted that the 90 day probation period was just the thin end of the wedge?

      Oh that’s right, everyone.

  7. Lanthanide 7

    Interesting article on a global financial transaction tax of 0.05% (5 cents in $100):

    “Before we dismiss the idea, consider this: just two minutes of a global FTT could pay for basic healthcare for 100,000 people. Two months of the FTT would provide the funds necessary to get every child on Earth into school.”

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/blogs/opinion/3392990/We-could-replace-tax-on-essentials-with-one-on-destructive-speculation

  8. BLiP 8

    Genetic Engineering – out of the test tubes and into the food chain. Thanks Labour.

  9. randal 9

    this government is all crap.
    they know that there must be a certain level of taxation for the country to function effectively.
    they are just feeling their way into how they can skim the cream for themselves while they hide behind all this other bushwa about choice and self determination and the fake promises of late consumerist capatilism.
    it aint rocket science.

  10. Armchair Critic 10

    The initial stocktake of public infrastructure assets that could be flogged off is complete, and without much fuss because it doesn’t involve big holes in National Parks. The number of “issues” that can be converted into rhetoric to support the sale of the infrastructure is a real credit to the authors.
    http://www.infrastructure.govt.nz/plan/mar2010
    And before anyone comes up with either the “NACT haven’t said they want to sell” or the “the document doesn’t say they should be sold” line – yeah, yeah yeah, heard it all before. I’m not keen to wait and see the real agenda.

    • Jenny 10.1

      It seems that in the Super City reorganisation, private business managers are set to get control of Auckland’s roads, buses, trains, ports and water without any democratic oversight;

      It looks like Rodney Hide thinks a Super City, needs a Super Thief.

      Yeah right.

      • prism 10.1.1

        But businessmen and women are so good at running things, and giving quality, efficiency and effective outcomes. So goes the dogma.
        Like the leaky homes, the commercial television concentrating on trivia, crime and sensation with dull unquestioning minds, the dud finance companies, the Ansett debacle, the emptying plughole of the strong wool industry etc. The competing electricity companies, the domination of individual rights over public good when it comes to vital infrastructure planning so the systems are overstretched.
        The allocating of future water supplies so we may have insufficient to supply public need and meet contracts and limit salinity at the mouths of our rivers which could have environmental effects on marine life.
        Then compare the willingness to hand out water to those who organise so it flows their way where they waste it by throwing it up in the air, to the requirement for fully paid up ACC now to provide for decades ahead. That’s all I can think off the top of my head.

      • Armchair Critic 10.1.2

        The super city is a done deal, its assets ready to be sold after the 2010 local govt and 2011 national election results deliver a weak endorsement to the National party and its backers.
        This report shows how the NIU have looked at the rest of the country to see what other infrastructure there is to put up for sale. The press releases saying “it would be better managed and more efficient in private hands” are already being considered.

  11. Tigger 11

    So Whale Oil, care to champion this case as one requiring a lack of name suppression?
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/3394308/Businessman-fights-to-keep-name-secret

  12. Mr Magoo 12

    What our government is negotiating behind your back. ACTA has been revealed again. This time showing that NZ is directly participating in this shame and our country, with it stagnant innovation record, is about to get screwed by the US.

    http://www.michaelgeist.ca/content/view/4829/125/

    Another freedom is about to bite the dust.

  13. robinhood tax 13

    a must watch for all

    would love to see the government’s buddies say why this is a no go to our faces

  14. prism 14

    We apparently have been putting up some thoughtful, reasonable policy on internet management and control. The person below commenting on the michaelgeist site thought so. I think they may be seeing NZ a little rosily enhanced but we have been judged as overall doing good.

    A said: Thank you New Zealand
    Thank you New Zealand for opposing the ludicrous and harmful laws proposed by the U.S. government. Replying to Stewart above: I’m all in favor of free trade, but you’re absolutely right that U.S. copyright laws have become dangerously unbalanced, harmful to the causes that copyright is supposed to promote according to the U.S. Constitution, and generally harmful to the public. An extension of those laws internationally would be a grave disservice to the future of humanity.

    I was born an American, in a family that has been American for almost 400 years, but I’m seriously considering moving to a civilized country, and New Zealand is near the top of that list. A century of government schooling has managed to reduce America from having the best-educated citizenry in the world to having one of the least-educated citizenry in the world, and it’s beginning to show.

    (However I believe that we copied Tomorrow’s Schools from the USA education system so we will all be likely dumbed down to the level of what 5 or 10 school board trustees consider appropriate soon.)
    captcha – doe (John Doe?)

    • Mr Magoo 14.1

      Except we are not opposing it. We are just trying to take the hard edges off the recession…I mean treaty.

      Making judgments relative to the US as he is doing is a VERY weak measure.

      Mark my words. This will be very bad for our country.

      PS: The tangent about education he is complaining about? Yeah, that was the no child left behind policies of Bush which we are more or less about to implement right here. At least that is what has made it so bad right now. Lack of funding for the public system is what made it mediocre in the past.
      The funding issue and teaching to the test has already come up which is what crippled the US system also. Also we are cutting back on public spending and will do so again in May…so…

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    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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, ...
    5 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
    6 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
    6 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
    6 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 ...
    6 days 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 ...
    6 days 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
    7 days 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
    7 days 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
    7 days 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
    7 days 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
    7 days 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
    1 week ago
  • What about renters?
    The government today announced the latest part of its pandemic relief package: a six-month mortgage holiday for people whose incomes have been affected by the pandemic. Which is great, because these people are going to need help, and that's what the government should be doing. At the same time, it ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week 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
    2 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
    9 hours 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
    20 hours 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
    22 hours 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
    23 hours 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
    23 hours 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
    23 hours ago
  • Susan Thomas the new Chief High Court Judge
    Justice Susan Thomas has been appointed Chief High Court Judge, Attorney-General David Parker announced today.  She replaces Justice Geoffrey Venning who has resigned from the position.   David Parker paid tribute to Justice Venning, who he said had stewarded the High Court very capably over the last five years.   “On behalf ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day 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
    2 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
    2 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
    2 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
    3 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
    3 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
    3 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
    3 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
    3 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
    3 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
    3 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
    4 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
    4 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
    6 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
    6 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
    7 days 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
    7 days 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
    1 week 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
    1 week ago
  • Government working to keep air freight moving
    Minister of Transport Phil Twyford has today announced details of the Government’s support package to keep key air freight moving and ensure New Zealanders retain access to essential goods during the four-week level 4 lockdown. “The Government is working with airlines and air freight operators to ensure New Zealand’s key ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago