web analytics

Open mike 14/06/2012

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, June 14th, 2012 - 71 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 link to Policy in the banner).

Step right up to the mike…

71 comments on “Open mike 14/06/2012 ”

  1. Jenny 1

    All roads lead to Rotorua in August.

    Stop the thieves! Stop the polluters! Stop climate change! Stop the poisoners of the land the sea and the air!

    Stop the conference of the wealthy environmental vandals being held in Rotorua.


    Convince the attendees at this conference of our deep determination to stop their mines, their coal and oil fracking, their deep sea oil drilling. Convince them, that despite the assurances, that they have received from industry and government leaders;

    That – “IT IS NOT A DONE DEAL”

    Become part of a large powerful and effective protest that gives this rich corporate scum, some pause for thought.
    Join with others to peacefully swamp their conference with your numbers. Force the issue of climate change and pollution on to their money grubbing agenda. Make the self centred rich and powerful delegates attending this conference, in their bubble of luxury and privilege, confront the real world consequences of their actions. Make sure that whatever they do, the one thing they can’t do, is, ignore you, and all your brothers and sisters.

    The holding of this conference in the heart of the North Island, almost perfectly triangulated between those opposed to fracking in the West, to those opposed to deep sea mining in the East, to those opposed to mining in the North. And midway between two of the biggest population centres in the country, is very auspicious, potentially allowing us to rally the very biggest numbers possible

    [lprent: removed the first version of this as it looked like a near dup. ]

  2. Logie97 2

    If Collins is seeking a culture change at ACC, is she not “dissing” Nick Smith. We know that he is history, but if he feels that his reputation is being further smeared, one can assume that the knives will be out and any skeletons in cupboards may be revealed … watch this space.

    • Carol 2.1

      Nick Smith, today with a weak attempt to continue to undermine Pullar, meanwhile Hague raises an important question and Little tells it like it is:


      “We need to reverse this culture of disentitlement that’s taken hold since 2009 and with those key players – [former ACC minister] Nick Smith, John Judge and Ralph Stewart – gone we’ve got the environment to do that.”

      Mr Hague said there were serious questions Mrs Collins needed to answer about her role in the Bronwyn Pullar affair.

      But Labour’s ACC spokesman, Andrew Little, said Mrs Collins should be the next to go as Mr Stewart’s resignation confirmed the depth of the crisis.

      “It is an absolute disgrace, and it is entirely the responsibility of that Government”, he told the House, and accused Mrs Collins and Dr Smith as her predecessor of driving ACC “into the ground”.

      Mr Little said ACC now needed a minister who was focused on the needs of ACC claimants rather than on the Government’s “tawdry, nasty, filthy little strategy of trying to fleece people and get people to lose their entitlements”.
      Dr Smith told Newstalk ZB opposition and media views on Ms Pullar had been contradictory – while two months ago people were saying she was a villain, she was now being portrayed as a hero.

      “And either of those things are true. Bronwyn is a sad case of a very capable person who’s had an accident and actually well illustrates the dilemma for many New Zealanders involved in ACC as to what is the appropriate time of rehabilitation,” he said.

      So Nick Smith is actually implying there should be a cut off point for ACC support, regardless of whether there is a continuing need for rehabilitation? Smith then is actually continuing to support the nasty policy of disentitlement?

      And the public attitude to Pullar has changed as more information has been made public. What’s contradictory about that?

      • Campbell Larsen 2.1.1

        What astounded me was the headline – or more accurately headlie:

        “Labour: Stop filthy fleecing ACC claimants”

        and the actual quote:

        Mr Little said ACC now needed a minister who was focused on the needs of ACC claimants rather than on the Government’s “tawdry, nasty, filthy little strategy of trying to fleece people and get people to lose their entitlements”.

        It seems there is a new definition of headline – it should now mean exactly the opposite of what is being said in the article….

        • Carol

          Hmmm. Well, at best it could be seen as ambiguous. ie using headline logic it could mean Labour; stop filthy fleecing of ACC claimants

          But its not a good headline because of how it can mislead.

        • Fortran

          Little has a nasty way of letting his mouth move before thinking. I would expect better.

        • Treetop

          Stop filthy fleecing ACC clinicians is the headline I want to see. These gravy train clinicians are paid very well. I would like to see a detailed list on what they charge.

    • gareth 2.2

      I was listening to ZB on the way to work this morning. Hosking interviewed both an expert and Collins with regards to ACC. He had a real open up to competition agenda in regards to his questioning. Both were adamant that ACC is a world best workers compensation system and both cited research that said as much. (I was surprised to a degree that Judith Collins seems to accept that there is nothing to again from competition) Yet still Hosking was banging on about competition being the way forward in summing up. The guys either got a commercial interest or he’s an idiot.

      I remember last time it opened up my workplace went with a private outfit, a colleague working in and around flower beds was stung in the eye by a bee with obvious negative effects. The work place insurer tried to say it wasn’t work related so it was ACC’s responsibility while ACC quite rightly said that it was a workplace injury and not their problem. The poor guy was in limbo with medical care and in the end the employer put chasing the insurance in the too hard basket and just paid out of their own pocket.
      Be dammed if we should go back to that….

      • vto 2.2.1

        Hey gareth, if people really to find out what it is like dealing with insurers come down to Christchurch – you have an entire city full of people with direct and applicable experience. In this situation, why would people want to even go near private insurers when they are more expensive and absolute c#@*s to deal with.

        And yep Hosking always fills his interviews with his own personal small-brain ideologies.

        • Treetop

          Just after 9 am this morning on RNZ a chap from EQC was on. Insurance and EQC problems were discussed.

      • Vicky32 2.2.2

        , a colleague working in and around flower beds was stung in the eye by a bee with obvious negative effects

        Euuww, poor guy! What a terrible farce he went through…

    • ianmac 2.3

      Nick Smith gave a speech during the snap debate over ACC yesterday. He looked to be a broken sad man. I suppose its a Reap what ye sow. Will the policy change under Collins or will it be the same with new clothing?
      Collins did front for Campbell Live last night and her smile became very very strained. Had she not been on TV I think her Devil Eyes would have shrivelled Campbell.

  3. Chris Nelderini takes on the oil Polyannas and wins convincingly.

    The future of oil prices

    “In reality, despite the technological achievements that have enabled production from these difficult resources, the world is losing the race against the depletion of mature conventional oil fields. And the pace of that depletion is accelerating: it’s now an estimated 5 to 6 percent per year for OPEC, and 8 to 9 percent for non-OPEC. Unconventional oil cannot compensate for a drag of that magnitude for very long.

    Further, even if the U.S. were to follow the path to so-called energy independence, it would likely cut the lifespan of our remaining oil in half, leaving us to struggle for decades afterward with greatly diminished domestic production at the very time when global oil exports are declining fastest and becoming intolerably expensive.

    We also know that the shift to unconventional oil has moved up the floor of oil prices to around $85 a barrel, which I estimated to be the marginal average cost of profitable production worldwide. A report from Bernstein Research, covered in May by the ever-capable Kate Mackenzie for the Financial Times, suggested that the real floor was even higher at around $92 a barrel in 2011, on its way to $100 a barrel this year. This fits with the stated objective of OPEC members to defend a $100 price target.

    But there is also a ceiling around $125 a barrel for the global Brent benchmark (roughly equivalent to $105 for the U.S. benchmark, West Texas Intermediate). This is why world oil prices have been bouncing around the “narrow ledge” between that floor and ceiling since the beginning of 2011, as shown in the following chart.”


  4. Jim Nald 4

    Coming to you next from this useless lot in government:
    more of NZ’s sovereignty to be for sale

    Leaked draft of trade deal exposes risks – professor

    • Salsy 4.1

      Leaked documents show New Zealand has agreed to let foreign investors sue the Government in overseas courts. The draft text of the TransPacific Partnership shows Australia has refused to sign up to that part of the deal.

      Holy shit, we should be rioting..

      • Carol 4.1.1

        Good on Kelsey for keeping on this case. Would this deal have an impact on any attempt to reverse NAct’s up-coming asset sales legislation?

        It contained a section on investor-state disputes allowing investors to claim damages against Governments in special tribunals if their investments are impaired by Government action.

      • ad 4.1.2

        I think a point of it is to ensure that a signatory can’t do an Argentina – just renationalise an asset and not compensate at all.

        There’s probably a few United Nations human rights and weapons conventions I would want the US to sign up to first before agreeing to that.

      • vto 4.1.3

        I agree we should be rioting. Couple things..

        Firstly, this government does not have the authority to enter into such an arrangement with these sorts of provisions as it affects the value of our vote. It goes to the heart of our democracy and more than a skinny arse one-seat majority is required for such changes under our constitutional arrangements. Key is acting ultra vires on this.

        Secondly, if investors want to get compensation in the event that the NZ govt changes the rules and that negatively affects the value of their investment, then the NZ govt must, in the exact same manner, get the ability to claim monetary value from the investors when the NZ govt changes the rules and that positively affects the value of their investment.

        How can either of these points be wrong?

        • vto

          And actually, thirdly, does that mean that domestic investors also get the right to sue the government in the event that the rules are changed and that affects the value of their investment? Or does it only apply to foreign investors?

          For fucks sake;;;;

          1. Destroy the value of our vote.

          2. Allow investors to sue the government but not the government to sue investors.

          3. These benefits only apply to foreigners.

          The hapless kiwi – bottom of the heap eating scraps and doing all the cleaning up. Fuck them.

          What fucking planet are these muppets on?

          • James N

            The Canadian experience is salutory.


            The prevention by big drug companies of the Canadian manufacture of generic drugs (what price Pharmac?); the enforcement of toxic chemical use once the teeth had been removed from Canadian law; and in a related comment the trashing of the Ecuadorian environment by Chevron after overturning the rulings of the Ecuadorian courts.

            • prism

              Wasn’t there a problem with the trade agreement Canada-USA to do with Canada trying to conserve oil or coal to ensure future supply and a US company wanted to access and took them to Court?

    • Draco T Bastard 4.2

      “We actually want to attract foreign investment into New Zealand to exploit some of the natural resources New Zealand has because we want this country to grow faster. We want better jobs and we want to ensure our grandchildren can make a future for ourselves.”

      Which a) contradicts his stated stance on not agreeing to deals that inhibit the NZ government and b) isn’t needed anyway. If the government really wanted to develop NZs economy then they would be developing those resources themselves and not turning NZers into serfs for foreign owners through FDI.

    • muzza 4.3

      “We actually want to attract foreign investment into New Zealand to exploit some of the natural resources New Zealand has because we want this country to grow faster. We want better jobs and we want to ensure our grandchildren can make a future for ourselves”

      — Tim, use of the words “exploit”, and “grow faster”, are a give away….PS – How will the TPPA provide “better jobs” Tim…

      Transparent stuff indeed!

  5. Olwyn 5

    Jane Kelsey has seen a draft of the TPP agreement, in which NZ has signed up to investors being able to sue the government if they consider that their investments are impaired by government action. Australia has objected to this one. According to Kelsey “the draft text should ”worry the heck out of Labour” if it was serious about introducing taxes on capital gains or speculative financial flows.”


    This came up on Morning Report as well, which I cannot link because I am not sure how, with Russel Norman challenging it, and Tim Groser replying. Groser attempted to reassure by saying that it would not interfere with health measures, for example, which reminded me of the old chicken ads in which they assured the viewer that “our chickens are not given hormones” with no mention of antibiotics. A big concern, one would think, along with those listed by Kelsey, would be unionisation and workers’ rights, which could well be seen to “impair” some corporates’ investment.

  6. Robespierre 6

    Dear Standard,

    The amount of money spent by Key – after effectively cutting a full-time teacher from every NZ school – so he could have tea with the Queen, scones with the Camerons, and sacher torte with Angela would be enough to fund a Euro Masterchef Trifle for every school kid in Tamaki Makarau on Waitangi Day .

    Sorry, Chef ..

    • mike e 6.1

      R with all that food he could become a Contestant on New Zealands Biggest Looser

  7. Jim Nald 8

    Good to hear our Aussie mates have taste and standard re Paul Henry

    ‘In the Toilet’

    Just one quick word of suggestion to the Aussies:


    • shorts 8.1

      nooooo he’ll end uu back here on some primetime spot

      please do well in aussie paul and never return to these shores

    • Dr Terry 8.2

      Can Henry no longer think up anything despicable enough to say? Or is he running scared?

  8. dd 10

    What’s happened to john banks?

    I had an idea. It wouldn’t be that hard to find a really good journalist and pay them through a donation system to go looking for the bigger/more important stories?

  9. gareth 11

    A question around super,

    If we progressively raise the age to make it more affordable long term won’t we further disadvantage people who work in demanding labour type roles? I haven’t researched this but surely people carrying out manual labour roles have a shorter work life/ overall life expectancy? As they become unable to work in such roles will they just end up on the unemployment or sickness benefits and once they do make the age for super they will draw it for less time than say someone who is in a more privileged position with top notch healthcare and liable to have a much longer working life and expectancy.

    As an alternative would we be better off if we said you can’t receive super and work full time? In my relatively short working life I have had @30 direct workmates of those 6 have received super while working.And/or we start means testing it, I can’t see why we pay super to people with large amounts of cash in the bank who earn enough interest to take care of themselves in relative comfort. We could have some kind of sliding system much like the way Working for Families works. In that the greater your income stream the lower the super payment.
    We could set the bar pretty high and still save a packet. I realise their will be people who try to scam the system but surely such holes could be closed through good legislation.
    While I’m at we could also trim the top 10% off working for families without serious effect and put that money towards it.

    Doable? Better? Fairer?

    • bad12 11.1

      Would we not be better to just set taxation rates so as to make Universal Superannuation affordable at any given time,

      This is a rich country at present the spend on the pension is 8% while comparable country’s spend is at 11% and if after every collapse of confidence and loss of capital as the system self destructs under the weight of its own bullshit we were to move the age of entitlement out by a further 2 years then my estimation is that by 2050 the age of entitlement will have become 80 and rising,

      I tend to agree with your view about those who continue to work while collecting a ‘retirement’ income and have less of a problem with changing this aspect of the entitlement rather than simply addressing the structural faults in the monetarist system we at present slave under by making the entitlement even more un-attainable…

    • Vicky32 11.2

      As an alternative would we be better off if we said you can’t receive super and work full time? In my relatively short working life I have had @30 direct workmates of those 6 have received super while working.And/or we start means testing it, I can’t see why we pay super to people with large amounts of cash in the bank who earn enough interest to take care of themselves in relative comfort. We could have some kind of sliding system much like the way Working for Families works. In that the greater your income stream the lower the super payment.

      That (unless I am remembering wrongly) was as it used to be! I don’t remember exactly when, but why it changed is beyond me to understand.

  10. deuto 13

    Having heard/seen nothing in the media (or here) re Cunliffe’s speech on Monday at Kensington Swann, I found it in full on the Tumeke website this morning – and have now found a link to it through Google on the Labour Party website:


    From a quick read, another excellent speech from Cunliffe focusing on the lessons to be learnt from the Great Depression and their application to the current situation, put in simple terms and taking into account the audience it was being delivered to.

    • vto 13.1

      That’s a good speech and I particularly like the way Cunliffe called Key and cronies corrupt and in cahoots with business.

    • insider 13.2

      And cunliffes answer to our woes is… Plant trees, and lots of them.

      I too thought it odd it has received no AirPlay on red alert or here. Sharers iron grip asserting its control?

    • Socialist Paddy 13.3

      Wow, a politician actually analyzing things and saying it the way it is.  And no sugar coating.

      Brave speech.

      Cunliffe wants to regulate financial markets, he wants us to keep and build our assets, he wants to provide work for everyone, and he wants the state to be smart and to invest in education and research. 

      He is even talking about a Tobin tax.

      He definately does not want to leave our future to the market and he makes a pretty compelling case against doing so.

      No wonder the right wing hate him so much.

      • Draco T Bastard 13.3.1

        He made all the right noises but the underlying message is just more of the same. More capitalism, more production, more exports – which is not a path to wealth or sustainability.

  11. bad12 14

    Thanks National, Maori party, and,Hone for building a whole new industry,(albeit an illegal one),with the rack raising and revenue gathering of the tobacco taxes,

    A small piece in the Herald yesterday, (sorry I’m hopeless at linking back to them), and another last week highlight the recent conviction of both a Motueka man and a Northland man for producing a couple of million bucks of tobacco products, the Motueka man being the grower and the Northland man being the ‘manufacturer’,

    Thats just the first convictions after the stupid ‘we are saving your life’ tobacco tax rises and will be the tip of the ice berg of the new burgeoning tobacco black-market brought to you by National/Maori/Mana, which the Treasury in its budget advice to the Minister while laughing up its sleeve describing such revenue gathering from tobacco as an excellent means of taxation as all the participants in the product being taxed are ‘addicted’ and so the tax take is guaranteed,

    The cost to the Health budget of 350 million dollars a year has now been far out-stripped by the actual tax collected off of the addicted which has now become an obscene 1.7 billion dollars a year which appears to not only be funding Turia’s personal little slush fund, “Whanauora’ but also appears to be funding to the tune of over a billion bucks a year other parts of the general Government spend,

    Amusingly Tariana and Hone ‘walking the walk, and, ‘saving the lives of their people’ by continually calling for the ‘addicted’ to suffer further tax rises are doing far more damage to those individuals in the lower economic decile (who’s votes keep those two’s bums in the leather seats of the Parliament), to the health of ‘their people’ as they sacrifice dietary requirements for the addiction being out-rageously over-taxed…

    • Vicky32 14.1

      Amusingly Tariana and Hone ‘walking the walk, and, ‘saving the lives of their people’ by continually calling for the ‘addicted’ to suffer further tax rises are doing far more damage to those individuals in the lower economic decile (who’s votes keep those two’s bums in the leather seats of the Parliament), to the health of ‘their people’ as they sacrifice dietary requirements for the addiction being out-rageously over-taxed…

      Seconded! 🙂

  12. Draco T Bastard 15

    Natural Standards (video)

    • prism 15.1

      I seem to have a strange desire to go out and buy a Toyota after looking at the video.

  13. Carol 16

    Whoopsie…. that politician got amnesia! Not a good look, Judith!

    • yeshe 16.1

      Are you referring to the lie reported on TV3 News ?? She did tell some whoppas to Andrew Little in the House this afternoon it would seem …..

      • Carol 16.1.1

        Yes, TV3 tonight.

        First the amnesia, then the dodgy replies when her memory miraculously returned in the House today.


        But she could recall today.

        “I guess she’s been under a little bit of pressure and her memory has been a little faulty under those circumstances,” Green MP Kevin Hague says.

        A police statement has raised fresh doubts about Collins’ claims, showing yes ACC did go to the police straight away on the Tuesday, but the extortion complaint against Ms Boag and Ms Pullar wasn’t lodged until three days later meaning there was time for her to discuss it with the ACC bosses, as alleged by the Opposition. The statement said:

        • mike e

          Collins crushed by her own lies.
          can’t get anything right even when trying to crush 1 car she got that wrong.
          Off to the back benchs.

  14. gobsmacked 17

    Latest opinion poll from Roy Morgan:


    Basically no change, Nats up but partners down, Greens and Labour same, all margin of error stuff.

    The commentary from Gary Morgan is hilariously bad … totally missing the last 2 weeks of news!

  15. How many Christchurch families living in broken houses (waiting for EQC and the insurers to extract heads from arses) can we fit into one famous Parnell residence?
    I suggest a respite exchange programme where the Chch families are evacuated to the Key house. The Key family move into a home of one of the evacuated families – for a month. After the month that family returns and the Keys move into another house of a family recently sent to Auckland for R & R.
    Apparently there’s a property in Dipton that is not being used that people can stay in.
    And what about all those state houses we own. I mean the ones Ministers of the Crown live in. They also could be used to house Ch-ch families for R & R.
    The ministers, being in public service for the good of all New Zealanders, would only be too happy to surrender their accommodation.
    However, the Ministers would be not be given a housing allowance to find new accommodation as austerity measures are in place because we “do not want to become like Greece” and because of the “mess we inherited from nine years of Labour”.
    But not to worry, Ministers will be encouraged to use the tax breaks they received as high income earners to pay for their new accommodation.
    They could also, when required to be in Wellington, could “double-bunk” in shipping containers or, better still, move into the English household (after all we pay for it).

  16. captain hook 19

    the trouble with national is that they all watch the godfather, and the sopranos, annd boardwalk empire and kweewee is so far gone that he thinks he is al pacino, bruce willis and whats his name all wrapped up in one.
    steve joyce just looks like woody woodpecker on ibogaine.

  17. Logie97 20

    Ideal class size – pass it on

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • 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 hours 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
    6 hours 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
    19 hours 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
    21 hours 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
    24 hours 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
    1 day 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
    2 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
    2 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
    2 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
    2 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
    3 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
    3 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
    4 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
    4 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
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    7 days 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week ago
  • Government investment in farmer-led catchment groups sweeps past 150 mark
    171 catchment groups have now been invested in by the Government 31 catchment groups in the Lower North Island are receiving new support More than 5,000 farmers are focussed on restoring freshwater within a generation through involvement in catchment groups  Government investment in on-the-ground efforts by farmers to improve land ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Fight to protect kauri on track
    The Government is pitching in to help vital work to protect nationally significant kauri forests in Auckland, Minister of Conservation Kiri Allan says. “Ensuring the survival of these iconic trees for future generations means doing everything we can to prevent the potential spread of kauri dieback disease,” Kiri Allan said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Joint statement of Mr Bernard Monk; Hon Andrew Little, Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry,...
    [Note: The Parties have agreed on terms to fully and finally settle the proceeding and will jointly issue the below statement.] At the heart of this litigation are the lives of the 29 men tragically lost at the Pike River mine on 19 November 2010 and to whom we pay ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • More financial support for businesses
    Today’s decision to keep Auckland in a higher COVID Alert Level triggers a third round of the Wage Subsidy Scheme which will open for applications at 9am this Friday. “The revenue test period for this payment will be the 14th to the 27th of September. A reminder that this is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Aotearoa New Zealand provides further humanitarian support for Afghanistan
    Aotearoa New Zealand is providing a further $3 million in humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan, Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta announced today.  “There is significant humanitarian need in Afghanistan, with the crisis disproportionately affecting women and girls,” said Nanaia Mahuta. The UN has estimated that 80% of the quarter of a million ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Innovative te reo prediction tool announced in Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori
    A new Māori language prediction tool will play a key role in tracking our te reo Māori revitalisation efforts, Minister for Māori Development Willie Jackson announced today. He Ara Poutama mō te reo Māori (He Ara Poutama) can forecast the number of conversational and fluent speakers of te reo Māori ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Further Government support for people to access food and essential items
    The Government is responding to need for support in Auckland and has committed a further $10 million to help people access ongoing food and other essential items, Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni announced today. This latest tranche is targeted at the Auckland region, helping providers and organisations to distribute ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Half a million Pfizer vaccines from Denmark
    The Government has secured an extra half a million doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines from Denmark that will start arriving in New Zealand within days, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. “This is the second and larger agreement the Government has entered into to purchase additional vaccines to meet the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Inland Revenue providing essential COVID support for businesses
    Inland Revenue is seeing increased demand for Resurgence Support Payments and other assistance schemes that it administers, but is processing applications quickly, Revenue Minister David Parker said today. David Parker said the Resurgence Support Payment, the Small Business Cashflow (loan) Scheme and the Wage Subsidy are available at the same ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand marks 20th anniversary of 9/11 attacks
    New Zealand is expressing unity with all victims, families and loved ones affected by the September 11 2001 terrorist attacks, and all terrorist attacks around the world since, including in New Zealand. “Saturday marks twenty years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the United States, which killed nearly 3,000 people ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Speech to SPREP Environment Ministers
    Talofa Honourable Ulu of Tokelau Faipule Kelihiano Kalolo Tēnā koutou katoa and warm Pacific greetings from Aotearoa to your excellencies, ladies and gentlemen. The new science released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on 8 August paints an alarming picture of the projected impacts of climate change on the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Additional Resurgence Support Payments to support business
    Businesses affected by higher Alert Levels will be able to apply for further Resurgence Support Payments (RSP). “The Government’s RSP was initially intended as a one-off payment to help businesses with their fixed costs, such as rent. Ministers have agreed to provide additional payments to recognise the effects of an ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • More Dawn Raids scholarships announced
    Details of the ‘Manaaki New Zealand Short Term Training Scholarships’, a goodwill gesture that follows the Government’s apology for the Dawn Raids of the 1970s, were released today by Pacific Peoples Minister Aupito William Sio. “These scholarships that are targeted to the Pacific will support the kaupapa of the Dawn Raids’ ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago