web analytics

Open Mike 05/05/2017

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, May 5th, 2017 - 37 comments
Categories: open mike - Tags:

Open mike is your post.

For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy).

Step up to the mike …

37 comments on “Open Mike 05/05/2017 ”

  1. Graeme 1

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11848425

    The Herald is continuing it’s campaign on tourism funding, with todays online editorial. It’s pleasing to see this being made an issue and they are starting to get it, particularly around how the move to independent, self drive visitors deprive DOC of concession funds.

    The bit they are not getting is that the industry’s current issues are really around numbers and value, not really funding. We could have the same returns and profit from less, but higher value visitors. The highlights in the video are pretty much all high value events, nothing about cut price Chinese tours on the Sky City – Waitomo – Rotorua circuit or the Korean debacle in late 90’s.

    One thing that surprised me in their figures was the very high precentage of domestic travellers. Traditionally this has been around 50% depending on NZD value. Low NZD we holiday at home (and are better value to overseas visitors), high the opposite big time. This seems odd with a slightly high dollar from a tourist perspective (below 0.65 USD is the nice bit, first number 5 yeehaaa) and constrained discretionary spending in NZ. Also not what we are seeing over our counter, we would put it the other way around, 1/3 domestic at present. Maybe granny stuffed the figure up or there’s something odd being included in the domestic figures, but it undermines the case for government funding a bit.

    I won’t be able to reply until tonight, got to go out and work to keep the cashflow positive.

    • Rosemary McDonald 1.1

      “…particularly around how the move to independent, self drive visitors deprive DOC of concession funds.”

      Yes. It is most definitely the opinion of many overseas independent travelers that DOC camps are free. I have personally had many ‘conversations’ with members of this group who will wave their smart phone and insist the ‘app’ is right and the sign in the camp is wrong.

      Also, they are in communication with each other and exchange tips on the best camps to visit to avoid paying the fees, the camps with no ranger close to hand to collect fees and even the times that DOC staff usually visit particular camps. (Avoiding camp fees seems to be another one of those ‘fun’ activities to participate in…almost like a competition.)

      Some of the larger rental motorhome companies issue DOC Passes to their customers (at a similar price to what we members of the NZMCA pay) but I am not sure if this is compulsory. It should be, IMHO.

      Nightly camping fees have been raised in many basic campgrounds (DOC and Council owned) which has just about put this holiday option out of reach of Kiwi families.

      And onto domestic tourism….the NZMCA has just about doubled it’s membership in the past 10 years. We joined in 2007 and our number is 32000….we are seeing new vehicles with membership numbers in the 70000. In fact, with attrition, (older members falling off their perches etc) those of us lower than about 40000 are in the minority. I’d be lying if I said that the culture of the club had remained the same. There is much emphasis placed on how much members are spending in various regions to convince councils to be more welcoming, rather than us being seen as fellow Kiwis exploring other parts of the country.

      Lobbyists have asked the Government to impose a levy of $20 per head on tourists to help fund infrastructure, especially in regions of low population and rates base.

      Predictably this was rejected by Bennett and co.

      http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/politics/92187391/Southern-mayors-write-to-PM-calling-for-tourism-levy-to-help-with-campers

      • Graeme 1.1.1

        I don’t think Bennett will be able to pull off the Minister for Wicked with quite the finesse that Key showed. It’ll be interesting to see how it plays out as the tourist numbers, and dollars slow down as the cycle goes off. Can see a few hissy fits coming up.

        Fortunately the vermin have sort of bypassed Queenstown this year, the council has been fairly staunch at moving them on, and the place is a bit expensive for them. There’s a designated site by the Shotover River but it mainly gets the more mature vanners. It’s right by the main road and shit ponds, which have just been done up and don’t always work right, so people only stay one night there. But there’s several MCA sites that are well used.

        Also seen MCA stickers on backpacker vans, really beat up old Hiaces, are these legit, or is someone taking the piss?

        • Rosemary McDonald 1.1.1.1

          “Also seen MCA stickers on backpacker vans, really beat up old Hiaces, are these legit, or is someone taking the piss?”

          Hah! We can be a snobby bunch, us indigenous motorhomers. My man and I gad about in a 20 odd year old converted Bus, so we tend to have a little more in common with the budget vanners than the well financed Boomer Brigade in their slab sided, characterless mobile tupperware containers. ( I did admit to snobbery. 🙂 )

          Yes. Due to the negative attention from council staff, MCA members and the general public…some of the budget overseas travelers are making the effort to upgrade their wheely home to Certified Self Contained standard. One of the easiest ways of achieving this is to fork over the $$$ and join the NZMCA. The club has member CSC officers who not only check and certify vehicles but will offer (usually free) advice on achieving self containment standard. Making a vehicle CSC is easier and cheaper than you’d think….just requires a tad of ingenuity and a genuine desire to do the right thing environmentally and socially.

          We had a young UK couple rock up to our place a while back (we have a member only parkover) in such a beat up old Nissan…proudly flying the red wings and a CSC warrant card on the windscreen. (NB The blue CSC stickers mean NOTHING…always check for the warrant card.) Anyway, to my shame I kinda gave these kids a bit of the third degree…spent a lovely evening with them talking over the politics of everything (including free and not free camping!) and exchanging journey tales.

          They tried to avoid the crowds of young (mostly German) school leavers who congregate in their hoards in all the popular spots. And they agreed there should be a surcharge/levy to help fund vital infrastructure.

          They also commented on how folk make assumptions about their characters based on what kind of camper they have….

          • Graeme 1.1.1.1.1

            Thanks for that Rosemary, i couldn’t figure out what was going on with them. The ones I’ve seen have been a bit more on to it than the typical German schoolie, like no rubbish in the gutter and don’t turn up down my driveway trying to tell me it’s a legal road ’cause it’s on google maps, despite the gate and private road sign. Some of them need a lesson about living in a civil society and I wonder what has happened to Europe.

            Bonus question. What happens when the young UK couple sell their van at hte end of their trip? Does the MCA membership and certification transfer to the new owners, or do they have to re-certify?

            • Rosemary McDonald 1.1.1.1.1.1

              “Bonus question. What happens when the young UK couple sell their van at hte end of their trip? Does the MCA membership and certification transfer to the new owners, or do they have to re-certify?”

              The CSC warrant is valid for three years…then a recheck needs to be done.

              If they sell the van they must remove the “wings” and their current membership card from the van…this is one of those hard and fast rules of the club and we are led to believe that failure to do this results in wrath of god type punishment. Breach of club rules allowing non financial members access to ‘our’ parkover properties and other membership perks.

              In reality, many vans both grand and humble ,are sold with ‘wings’ (and membership no.) attached and folk have been known to cash in on the remainder of the membership. So far, the gods have smote no one…so I guess its not such a big deal after all…

              The club is encouraging these young travelers to become CSC and join up…much to the discombobulation of our more conventional member!
              We have MCA owned or leased properties all over the country and we pay about $3 per night to parkover. If a few of the young ones are parking with us…its one or two less pissing off the natives.

  2. Ad 2

    With National signalling tax threshold increases and Working for Families changes, they are truly stealing a major plank the Opposition would have had open to them.

    • The Chairman 2.1

      That’s another problem with Labour not formulating policy. It allows National the opportunity to fill that void. Leaving Labour looking rather vacant when asked what will they do differently.

      It’s extremely difficult to challenge the Government and muster voter support when one can’t offer an alternative.

  3. james 3

    Hooton is saying that Labour are on 28% in the latest UMR poll (down 2%).

    https://twitter.com/MatthewHootonNZ/status/860037948573601792

    Cannot imaging many in Labour being happy with that.

    • Johan 3.1

      Who gives a hoot about this ACT minnow.

      • James 3.1.1

        I was looking at the figure – not worrying about the messenger.

        • McFlock 3.1.1.1

          Thanks for your concern.

          Meanwhile, the nat trend decline seems to be pretty consistent. And, of course, last time around Labour had a pretty steep slump from January 2014 – that seems to be missing this time. Maybe it’s just late. Maybe it’s a solid foundation for the campaign…

          • james 3.1.1.1.1

            Im not concerned.

            Agree – Nat trend is not as good as I would like by any show. But if National should be concerned about that – then Labour should be absolutely shitting their pants at 28%

            Ironically at this time before the last election the poll results were

            45.5 Nats 30.5 Labour 13.5 Greens

            National went up.
            Labour dropped – a lot.
            Greens dropped.

            If things played out in a similar fashion – Labour could end up being worse this election than last.

            • McFlock 3.1.1.1.1.1

              last time, the Labour swoon started in January. It would be well evident by now if you could reasonably expect a repeat performance. But it’s pretty constant, despite a bullshit defamation trial in that period.

              Oh, Labour could go down to 11%. Or double-dipton might lead the nats to a stunning defeat (he’s got form). The trends don’t suggest either yet, except that nat support is slowly sliding ever since the dilletante fucked off – and the pressure isn’t even on, yet.

              Nobody should be shitting themselves at this stage. The campaign has barely begun. But nor should tsetse-tory flies be “messaging” about individual margin of error poll results and expecting anything other than scorn.

        • Johan 3.1.1.2

          James, you need to learn how to join the dots.

          • james 3.1.1.2.1

            Or you need to stop linking dots that are unrelated.

            Given the assumption that it is true – my comment “imaging (not) many in Labour being happy with that.” is perfectly reasonable.

            Or have Labour supporters expectations sunk so low that they think this is a good result?

            • McFlock 3.1.1.2.1.1

              James, you well know that Labour only needs to be in the mid to high thirties in September to have a realistic shot at government.

              one datapoint at 28% doesn’t really matter a damn. 20% would be disconcerting, although likely an outlier/polling fuckup. 26-28% for the fifth poll in a row would be very concerning. 28% by itself is a dust particle.

              • james

                Its not “one data point” of course.

                And you are right – mid to high thirties would give Labor a good shot.

                So using Loads and loads of datapoints (from the link you provided) – lets see how many data points put labour in this range …34 – 36 being mid 30’s 37-39 being high 30’s shall we?

                Labour reached the mid 30’s exactly zero times in every publicly released poll. But hey, thats only datapoints going back to the 2014 election.

                So lets go back further …there were a few mid (even high) 30;s results back in 2013.

                So far from being an outliner or a dust particle, it is the long established polling norm for Labour. There is not a single data point (that I can see anyway) that points to Labour being in the mid to high thirties.

                • McFlock

                  Sigh.

                  1: yes, a single datapoint is the subject of the tweet you magnanimously brought to our attention.
                  2: Indeed, Labour did not win last election. But nor has it started plummenting this time around the way it did last time, and nor has national been gaining support.
                  3: when you look at the trends, 28% is the outlier on the polling “norm” for Labour. 32%, or only a couple of points off government, is the other side of that field. I mean, I respect your desire to sow alarm and despondency, but you guys are the ones who really need all the votes you can get. And you’re losing them.

                  • james

                    “3: when you look at the trends, 28% is the outlier on the polling “norm” for Labour. 32%, or only a couple of points off government, is the other side of that field. I mean, I respect your desire to sow alarm and despondency, but you guys are the ones who really need all the votes you can get. And you’re losing them.”

                    Really – because if we look at the trend of all polls for 2017 – Labour adv 28.97 , so 28 is hardly an outliner on polling.

                    As for 32% being the other side of that field – you have to go way back to September of last year to pull that outliner.

        • North 3.1.1.3

          Yeah……’not-boverred-James’ but certainly gladhanding yourself…….as always.

  4. AsleepWhileWalking 4

    Clearly universal income will not work.

    What NZ should do is encourage adaptation into AI. The idea of jobs for everyone is outdated….we need to look at income for everyone, generated not by UBI but each individual and their associated tech.

    • AB 4.1

      “Each individual and their associated tech”
      What does that mean?
      If someone has no ‘tech’ what happens to them.
      Oh and I’d add that many of the IT people Ive worked with are some of the most uneducated and one-dimensional I’ve met.

  5. saveNZ 5

    More bad news. On top of the PSA virus, the Kauri virus and now this….

    There used to be proper protections at the border in NZ to safe guard NZ from these risks. Now like everything else – lost in the pursuit of a short term dollar.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11850757

    • McFlock 5.1

      Hopefully the fungus is contained to that nursery. Fingers crossed

    • james 5.2

      Thats not good news. Hope that they get this localized and sorted as quick as possible.

    • mauī 5.3

      No point in worrying about it, it was always going to happen as its been blown over from aussie.

      What’s interesting though is the panic from the people making money from things like manuka. Not much talk of what these species mean to kiwis outside of an economic point of view however.

      • james 5.3.1

        “Not much talk of what these species mean to kiwis outside of an economic point of view however”

        You are of course right to a point – but I do believe that the Bio protection departments truly do try and protect all our species – not just the ones generating a $. But if they have to prioritize (and this is where your point is accurate again), Im guessing they will pick the species with the greater economic impact.

  6. adam 6

    So people are going to argue over polls, and ignore North Korea and the saber rattling by trump and co.

    Like polls actually matter tomorrow, or maybe it will take to the next day.

    In the mean time, North Korea knows not to bow to the USA in anyway – remember Gaddafi he ended up being kill by a mob, and his country now in a long protracted civil war with head coppers of the same ilk as in Syria. What a Joy.

    So missile tests over the last week , and is it just me or the U.S. 7th Fleet Conducting Joint Exercises With Japan, South Korea seem perpetual at this point? So we have North Korea run by an unstable collective being put through the wringer – yeah that sort of politics has been a winning formula in the past.

  7. Morrissey 7

    What’s Greek for Judas?

    The Greek “leftist” government votes against a resolution that condemns Israeli violations in the Occupied Palestinian territory….

    http://normanfinkelstein.com/2017/05/04/whats-greek-for-judas/

  8. Morrissey 8

    Trump is a pile of filth, but his predecessor
    wasn’t exactly a moral paragon either

    http://normanfinkelstein.com/2017/05/03/stupefying-narcissist-you-heard-it-here-first/

  9. rhinocrates 9

    Some pragmatic tips on how the left can make progress in the polls.

    https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/05/why-cant-the-left-win/522102/

    Plus video:

    Precis:

    The Limits of Opprobrium and Stigma – sanctimonious finger-wagging wins no friends. Referring to Lincoln, the writer suggests proving that you sincerely have the concerns of your audience at heart. Empathise with those who have turned to your opponents.

    Forget What Is “Normal” or what “should be”, leading to:

    Stop Rejecting the Ordinary Work of Politics – get off your high horse, do the tedious but real work

    Call Out Hate, Not Faux Pas – nitpicking and language policing neither reduces hate (the opposite in fact) nor gains allies from across the divide

    Make Organizing About Effectiveness and Winning – the best organizing is that which achieves ends in the real world, not that which most defers to or elevates the traumatized

    Participate in Local Politics – self-explanatory

    The Perils of Privilege – The privilege framing, with its focus on unearned advantage rather than unjust disadvantage, doesn’t fit with situations where even the “privileged” person is still quite screwed. Arguably, the Democrats lost the white working class over this and critiques of privilege can seem particularly offensive coming from people who are themselves privileged. Joe Biden has recently pointed out that they can gain by attacking the abuse of power.

    Quote from the video:

    “One reason it’s so hard to reach across the ideological divide is that people tend to present their arguments in a way that appeals to the ethics of their own side, rather than that of their opponents,”

  10. North 10

    Strangely…….and thankfully it’s previously unseen from you Morrissey, you really do scrape the bottom of the barrel in 8 above. Being a pile of filth with a long history of it, and failing to present as a paragon of virtue sometime in life are mutually exclusive. If not God protect us all. Go grab a pussy if you can take time out from inane, ‘tut tut tut’ gossiping. Bit stunned actually. Not at all like the Morrissey I’ve seen.

    • Morrissey 10.1

      Sorry to upset you, North. Like you, I realize that Obama’s personal life is far, far superior to the present incumbent’s. However, I think we need to avoid falling into the trap of retrospective hagiography of the Hopey-Changey regime.

  11. JC 11

    Donkey Deep! “To quote Winston” (and Carol Rose), the mother of one of the Pike River 29 and took notes of all the meetings in the months following the disaster, says families were never shown footage of men in the drift.”

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/checkpoint/audio/201842837/pike-river-families-never-shown-video-of-men-in-drift-mother-says

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • New support to reduce emissions from public building and construction projects
    Government agencies are getting new support to reduce carbon emissions generated by construction of new buildings, with the release of practical guidance to shape decisions on public projects. The Ministers for Building and Construction and for Economic Development say a new Procurement Guide will help government agencies, private sector suppliers, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • He Whenua Taurikura: New Zealand’s first Hui on Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism
    The Prime Minister has opened New Zealand’s first hui on Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism, which is being held in Christchurch over the next two days. The hui delivers on one of the recommendations from the report of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the terrorist attack on Christchurch masjidain ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • Speech to inaugural Countering Terrorism Hui
    E aku nui, e aku rahi, Te whaka-kanohi mai o rātou mā, Ru-ruku-tia i runga i te ngākau whakapono, Ru-ruku-tia i runga i te ngākau aroha, Waitaha, Ngāti Mamoe, Ngai Tahu, nāu rā te reo pohiri. Tena tātou katoa. Ki te kotahi te kakaho ka whati, ki te kapuia, e ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • Campaign shines a light on elder abuse
    A new campaign is shining a spotlight on elder abuse, and urging people to protect older New Zealanders. Launched on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, the Office for Seniors’ campaign encourages friends, whānau and neighbours to look for the signs of abuse, which is often hidden in plain sight. “Research suggests ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    8 hours ago
  • Farewelling sports administrator and philanthropist Sir Eion Edgar
    Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson today expressed his sorrow at the passing of Sir Eion Edgar – a leading sports administrator and celebrated philanthropist who has made a significant impact both within and beyond the sport sector. “Sir Eion’s energy, drive and generosity has been truly immense. He leaves ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    24 hours ago
  • Government to apologise for Dawn Raids
    The Government will make a formal apology for the wrongs committed during the Dawn Raids of the 1970’s. Between 1974 and 1976, a series of rigorous immigration enforcement policies were carried out that resulted in targeted raids on the homes of Pacific families. The raids to find, convict and deport overstayers ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Humanitarian support for Bangladesh and Myanmar
    Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta today announced that New Zealand is providing NZ $8.25 million in humanitarian assistance to support refugees and their host populations in Bangladesh and to support humanitarian need of internally displaced and conflict affected people in Myanmar.  “Nearly four years after 900,000 Rohingya crossed the border ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Poroporoaki: Dame Georgina Kamiria Kirby
    E Te Kōkō Tangiwai, Te Tuhi Mareikura, Te Kākākura Pokai kua riro i a matou. He toka tū moana ākinga ā tai, ākinga ā hau, ākinga ā ngaru tūātea.  Haere atu rā ki te mūrau a te tini, ki te wenerau a te mano.  E tae koe ki ngā rire ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Feedback sought on future of housing and urban development
    New Zealanders are encouraged to have their say on a long-term vision for housing and urban development to guide future work, the Housing Minister Megan Woods has announced. Consultation starts today on a Government Policy Statement on Housing and Urban Development (GPS-HUD), which will support the long-term direction of Aotearoa ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Clean car package to drive down emissions
    New rebates for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles start July 1 with up to $8,625 for new vehicles and $3,450 for used. Electric vehicle chargers now available every 75km along most state highways to give Kiwis confidence. Low Emission Transport Fund will have nearly four times the funding by 2023 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Progress towards simpler process for changing sex on birth certificates
    The Government is taking the next step to support transgender, non-binary and intersex New Zealanders, by progressing the Births, Deaths, Marriages and Relationships Registration Bill, Minister of Internal Affairs, Jan Tinetti announced today. “This Government understands that self-identification is a significant issue for transgender, non-binary and intersex New Zealanders, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Crown speeds up engagement with takutai moana applicants
    The Crown is taking a new approach to takutai moana applications to give all applicants an opportunity to engage with the Crown and better support the Māori-Crown relationship, Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Andrew Little says. Following discussions with applicant groups, the Crown has reviewed the existing takutai moana application ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment (AODT) Court opens
    The Minister of Justice, Kris Faafoi, and the Minister for Courts, Aupito William Sio, have welcomed the opening of a new Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment (AODT) Court in Hamilton. The AODT Court (Te Whare Whakapiki Wairua) addresses situations where substance abuse and offending are intertwined. “New Zealanders have told ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • EU and UK FTAs top of list for first ministerial trip since COVID-19
    Trade and Export Growth Minister Damien O’Connor today announced details of his planned visit to the United Kingdom and European Union next week, where he will hold trade and agriculture discussions to further New Zealand’s economic recovery from COVID-19. The visit will add political weight to ongoing negotiations with both the EU ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Arihia Bennett to chair Royal Commission Ministerial Advisory Group
    Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu chief executive Arihia Bennett MNZM has been appointed chair of the newly appointed Ministerial Advisory Group on the Government’s Response to the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the terrorist attack on Christchurch mosques. “Twenty-eight people from diverse backgrounds across Aotearoa have been selected for the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Medical Association General Practitioners' Conference, Rotorua
    Ki ngā pou maha o te whare hauora o Aotearoa, kei te mihiTo the pillars of our health system I acknowledge/thank you Ki te ope hapai hauora o roto o tēnei rūma, kei te mihi To our health force here in the room today, I acknowledge/thank you He taura tangata, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Karangahape Road upgrades are streets ahead
    The upgrades to Karangahape Road makes the iconic street more pedestrian and cycle-friendly, attractive and environmentally sustainable, Transport Minister Michael Wood and Auckland Mayor Phil Goff said at the formal celebration of the completion of the Karangahape Road Enhancements project. The project included widening footpaths supporting a better outdoor dining ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Speech to APEC business event
    E ngā tumu herenga waka, ākina ā ngaru, ākina ā tai ka whakatere ngā waka ki te whakapapa pounamu, otirā, ki Tamaki o ngā waka Tena koutou katoa… To the great leaders assembled, who guided your waka through turbulent times, challenging waters and you continue to navigate your respective waka ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Pause on Quarantine Free Travel with Victoria extended
    Following an assessment of the COVID-19 outbreak in greater Melbourne, New Zealand’s Quarantine Free Travel pause with Victoria will continue for a further seven days, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says. There are now 93 cases associated with the outbreak in greater Melbourne, spread over four clusters. Contact tracing efforts ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Supplier Diversity Aotearoa Summit: Navigate 2021
    *** Check with delivery *** A mihi to all who have contributed to making today a success – starting with you! As you have explored and navigated government procurement today you will hopefully have reflected on the journey of our people so far – and how you can make a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Pukemiro School to close
    Pukemiro Primary School near Huntly will close following years of declining roll numbers, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. “I’ve consulted with the School Commissioner, and this decision acknowledges the fact that the few remaining students from last term are now settled at other nearby schools. “I want to thank ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Govt acts to protect NZers from harmful content
    New Zealanders will be better protected from harmful or illegal content as a result of work to design a modern, flexible and coherent regulatory framework, Minister of Internal Affairs Jan Tinetti announced today. New Zealand currently has a content regulatory system that is comprised of six different arrangements covering some ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Consultation on exemption of new builds from proposed tax rules
    The Government has today confirmed new builds will be exempt from planned changes to the tax treatment of residential investment property.  Public consultation is now open on details of the proposals, which stop interest deductions being claimed for residential investment properties other than new builds.   “The Government’s goal is to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Speech for Predator Free 2050 Conference
    Introduction 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 Ko Ayesha Verrall toku ingoa No ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New stock exchange to help grow small businesses
    A new share trading market, designed as a gateway to the NZX for small-to-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), has been granted a licence by the Government. Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister, David Clark said Catalist Markets Ltd will provide a simpler and more affordable ‘stepping stone’ for SMEs to raise capital. “This ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Visa extensions provide certainty to employers and 10,000 visa holders
    Changes to onshore visas will provide employers and visa holders with more certainty, Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi has announced. Around 10,000 Working Holiday visas and Supplementary Seasonal Employment (SSE) work visas due to expire between 21 June 2021 and 31 December 2021 will be extended for another six months to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Border class exceptions approved for more farm workers and vets
    The Government has approved border class exceptions for an additional 200 dairy workers and 50 veterinarians to enter New Zealand, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor announced today.  “It is clear from conversations with the dairy and veterinarian sectors that they are facing workforce pressures. These border exceptions will go a long ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • More freezers and South Island hub to support vaccine roll-out
    A South Island hub and 17 new ultra-low temperature freezers will help further prepare New Zealand for the ramp up of the vaccination programme in the second half of this year, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says. The new freezers arrived in New Zealand on 27 May. They’re currently being ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Speech at the release of Climate Change Commission's final advice
    Good morning – and thank you Prime Minister. Over the last three and half years we have been putting in place the foundations for a low-carbon Aotearoa that will be a catalyst for job creation, innovation, and prosperity for decades to come. In that future, many of our everyday tasks ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Achievable blueprint for addressing climate change released
    Report says Government making good progress on emissions reduction, but more action required Meeting climate targets achievable and affordable with existing technology Economic cost of delaying action higher than taking action now Benefits from climate action include health improvements and lower energy bills All Ministers to help meet climate targets ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Speech to release of Climate Commission final report
    A few years ago in a speech in Auckland, I compared climate change to the nuclear free movement of roughly four decades ago. And I did so for a few reasons. Firstly, because the movement of the 1980s represented a life or death situation for the Pacific, and so does ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Appointment of Judge of the High Court
    Auckland Barrister Michael Robinson has been appointed a Judge of the High Court, Attorney‑General David Parker announced today. Justice Robinson graduated with a BA and an LLB (Hons) from the University of Auckland in 1996, and commenced practice as a solicitor with Brookfields in Auckland.  In 1998 he travelled to London ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government takes action to improve protections for subcontractors
    The Construction Contracts (Retention Money) Amendment Bill – which provides greater financial protection for subcontractors, has passed its first reading today. The Bill amends the retention provisions in the Construction Contracts Act 2002 (CCA) to provide increased confidence and transparency for subcontractors that retention money they are owed is safe. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • 1 million more Pfizer doses to arrive in July
    Pfizer has scheduled delivery of an estimated 1 million doses of vaccine to New Zealand during July, COVID1-9 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “These consignments will double the total number of Pfizer doses we have received this year to more than 1,900,000 – enough to fully vaccinate almost 1 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Long-term home of the Independent Children’s Monitor identified
    The Independent Children’s Monitor (Te Mana Whakamaru Tamariki Motuhake), which is currently located within the Ministry of Social Development (MSD), will become its own departmental agency within Government. “Following the recommendations of several reviews, Cabinet agreed in 2019 to build a significantly expanded independent monitor for children in care,” Carmel ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Racing Integrity Board members announced
    The new Racing Integrity Board will be up and running from July 1 to ensure high standards of animal welfare, integrity and professionalism in the racing industry. Racing Minister Grant Robertson today announced the appointments to the new Board: Sir Bruce Robertson KNZM – Chair Kristy McDonald ONZM QC Penelope ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Govt crackdown on organised crime continues
    A major operation against multiple organised crime groups with international links will make a significant dent in drug harm and violent offending linked to organised crime networks, Police Minister Poto Williams says. “I want to take an opportunity to congratulate the Police for their role in Operation Trojan Shield. This ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Farm planning framework supports farmers into the future
    A new framework, agreed between Government and industry, will make it easier for farmers and growers to integrate future greenhouse gas emissions and freshwater regulatory requirements into their farm planning, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor said. “The Good Farm Planning Principles Guide out today, provides guidance for how farmers can organise ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Enhanced Task Force Green Approved for Canterbury
    The Government has activated Enhanced Taskforce Green (ETFG) in response to the Canterbury floods. The Minister of Social Development and Employment, Hon Carmel Sepuloni says $500,000 will be made available to help with the clean-up. The flooding in Canterbury has been a significant and adverse event damaging farmland, homes, roads ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Connecting rangatahi to the soil
    A Jobs for Nature project to raise 480,000 native plants in nurseries across South Auckland will provide work for communities disproportionately affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19, Acting Conservation Minister Ayesha Verrall says. The Mana in Kaimahi project is being run by Te Whāngai Trust Board and will establish ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago