web analytics

Open mike 20/05/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, May 20th, 2015 - 29 comments
Categories: open mike - Tags:

openmikeOpen 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 …

29 comments on “Open mike 20/05/2015 ”

  1. North 1

    My God ! ‘Jihad Jizzing John’ Banks interviewed by Espiner on RNZ just now……ever digging himself a deeper hole like a mole on steriods. The fevered shrillness of it. Hilarious !

  2. aj 2

    Firing in every direction and using very emotive langauge to divert from the exact point Guyon pinned him on.

  3. Charles 3

    A few weeks ago I said that over the past 30 years the only technology I’d keep to make my life better would be the dishwasher. Turns out there is something else, just discovered it, even though it uses 30 year-old technology. It’s a motorised hand-held squeegy that sucks water off windows.
    If, like me, you aren’t living in a temperature-controlled mansion, you’ll get condensation on your windows over the winter. Mark Ellis and the HRV people can’t help, delightful as they are. So if you have $30 to spare, get down to The Warehouse and pick up a Kensington brand window vacuum cleaner. They’re currently 50% off. Or you can buy a Karcher from mitre10 for around $150. Yeah right.
    If you’ve ever spent 30 mins a day wiping windows dry with towels, you’ll understand.
    * This is not a paid ad, I am not afilliated with a brand or a company.

    In more serious news,
    The Daily Blog asks:

    “Sooooo(ooooooooo), what if there was evidence that John Key had been pulling the hair of other women, too, not just A.B.?”

    My reply is that even if John Key resigned today, even if there was a snap election set for January 2016, Labour and the Greens and Maori Party and whoever else would still need to dot the i’s and cross the t’s, and have policy that could be made to work, and control their mouths bodies and use their brains, and avoid running anyone over with the campaign bus. Politics 101 would still be in effect.
    Since NZ is firmly in the grasp of populism, and politicians legislate and make policy for whatever the population will condone in act, word or thought, whatever entertaining sideshow emerges next (regardless of the important issues it may attract) it is our (the people’s) responsibility to keep our hair on and stay focussed on the long game.
    There’s no gain, no bonus, to having Labour in power for one term on the back of reality Tv shock-style elections – effectively a caretaker government for National – and then a rapid return to National. National might even quite like that: voters get the taste of John Key out of their mouths, the National Party have (feel) no remorse to expunge, and business resumes “as usual”.
    Poverty doesn’t end with John Key leaving office. Industrial relations don’t improve with John Key resigning. Environmental issues don’t go away the afternoon John Key gets on plane to Hawaii.

    • Tracey 3.1

      Consider this Charle (apart from energy efficiency issues in your home):

      When contenders for male co-leader of the Green Party couldn’t recall the exact rate of inflation, the media, the talk-back and anyone who could type vilified them and suggested they could not be taken seriously…

      Mr English (Minister of Finance) can’t say what if any effect the new financial line in the sand over iinvestment property will have…

      Given so many don’t think the Greens have any economic literacy, shouldn’t there be double the outrage when a man claiming such literacy and holds the highest financial position in the nation, can’t say what if any effect the new rule will have on housing?

      But there isn’t. Until we crack that riddle poverty is here to stay.

  4. North 4

    Indeed Charles ! Major resource has gone into painting His Gaucheness an Everyman god. He’s a mere proxy. His departure enriched and beknighted will signal the commencement of the next step towards cold, bloodless men/
    women further subjugating the Everyman, ironically assisted in that goal by guess whom, the Everyman.

  5. thatguynz 5

    So Dr Mapp, you often prevaricate and posture around the TPPA on the basis that nobody has seen it yet and its just a standard free trade arrangement (despite people consistently telling you otherwise).

    Perhaps you may have a view on why a US government insider who seemingly is slightly more informed about trade deals than you, would post an article like this?

    http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/05/tpp-elizabeth-warren-labor-118068.html#.VVt5Xkbih1B

  6. ianmac 6

    John Banks. Andrew Geddis traverses the Banks issue pretty fully at Pundit.
    …”But lets also not forget why all this happened. John Banks filed a false return of election donations for the 2010 Auckland mayoral election….”
    http://www.pundit.co.nz/content/if-you-want-people-to-believe-you-are-honest-then-its-best-not-to-file-false-donation-return

    • Tracey 6.1

      EXACTLY

      Yesterday a number of new posters were proclaiming some kind of virtue in Banks because of the decision. They are correct he has been aquitted… BUT he still signed off a legal declaration without reading it… which is either stupid or duplicitous. Neither make shim worthy of any further public office. He also has a history of NOT reading stuff… Hujlich (as Executive Director)

      “The three Huljich brothers met John Banks in the 1970s when they frequented his cafe.[1] In 2007, Peter Huljich, son of Chris, with the support of Banks and former National Party leader and Reserve Bank Governor Don Brash set up a “boutique funds management company” in downtown Auckland, partly to manage the Huljich family’s extensive investment portfolio…”

      “John Banks is to become executive chairman of Huljich Wealth Management and says he is looking forward to the new role.
      Wednesday, October 13th 2010, 11:52AM 1 Comment

      “I’ve been a founding shareholder and a director of the company since its inception in 2007. On 1 November, I’m able to return to a more substantial role and am very pleased to be taking on this additional responsibility.”

      He says Huljich Wealth Management now manages one of the largest KiwiSaver schemes in the country, with more than 90,000 members.

      He says Huljich is also expanding its operations into managed funds and insurance with both areas of business offering exciting possibilities.

      Brash has been the chairman of the company since the beginning, and executive chairman for the last seven months.

      He took leave of absence from the board of the ANZ National Bank in order to be executive chairman of Huljich.

      Banks says because the ANZ National Bank now has a wholly-owned funds management business of its own, Dr Brash feels that in returning to the board of the Bank he should step down from the board of Huljich.

      “We thank him, and wish him every success,” says Banks.

      Huljich will appoint another director to take Dr Brash’s place in due course.”

      http://www.goodreturns.co.nz/article/976497439/john-banks-becomes-chairman-of-huljich.html

      http://tvnz.co.nz/business-news/heat-john-banks-over-kiwisaver-scheme-3395381

      What is it with ACT people and the need to expunge the truth?

      Mr McCready alleges that Mr Banks was referred to as an executive director of the company until 2008, when concerns began to emerge about its operations.

      Since then, the word “executive” has been removed from his title.

      “Mr McCready alleges that Mr Banks was referred to as an executive director of the company until 2008, when concerns began to emerge about its operations.

      Since then, the word “executive” has been removed from his title.”

      Read more: http://www.3news.co.nz/business/act-leaders-in-private-fund-probe-2013022408#ixzz3adndxBgR

      Read more: http://www.3news.co.nz/business/act-leaders-in-private-fund-probe-2013022408#ixzz3adndxBgR

  7. Maui 7

    A comparison of the change the flag public meetings vs nz climate change public meetings

  8. Puckish Rogue 8

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/68698372/decision-on-campbell-live-today-say-supporters

    – Well hopefully Campbell Live is finally put out of its misery, its had a good run at 10 years but its past its prime

  9. Two conflicting acts by Bill English on flag issue- here is a statement from Parliament Today March 12th this year.

    Mr English said he personally was biased in favour of the current flag because he knew what it was, …

    Yet here is his name on a petition organised by http://www.nzflag.com, a decidedly pro-change organisation who advocate for referenda only as a means to change the flag.

    So if English is as he said himself “baised in favour of the current flag” why is his name to be found on a petition organised by a strongly pro flag change site that provides no argument at all for retaining the present flag?

    Either English supports the present flag or he’s a charlatan and a hypocrite.

    • thatguynz 9.1

      How can this be, I find myself agreeing with Redbaiter!

      +1

    • felix 9.2

      Bill English a charlatan and a hypocrite. Now here’s felix with the weather.

    • Tracey 9.3

      you seem surprised?

      he also says he has no idea if the new tax threshold for investment properties will make any difference.

      remember the hoo-ha when potential Green Party leadership contenders couldn’t adequately recall the current inflation rate?? The Minister of Finance what effect, if any, a new financial measure will have…

      those who can explain how that tallies feel free to explain.

  10. felix 10

    Here is 9 and a half minutes of your life that you’ll never get back. The good news is it’s also 9 and a half minutes the Melissa Lee wasn’t operating a vehicle, talking to a child, or making any decisions: http://www.inthehouse.co.nz/video/37007

    Drinkers, try doing a shot every time she says “actually”.

    Personal highlights:

    “You know, I wasn’t here in NZ back in 1925 when radio nz actually began.”

    “You know, when podcasting first started, I didn’t even know what it was.”

    Oh there’s also some stuff about how radio nz should be finding ways to get funding from businesses.

    • Colonial Rawshark 10.1

      Oh there’s also some stuff about how radio nz should be finding ways to get funding from businesses.

      Yep. It’s called taxation.

    • Tracey 10.2

      when you read north and south on carrick graham and you consider the types of people national has been selecting you know it isnt coincidence

    • the pigman 10.3

      Dangerous and stupid. My wife used to work with her in a professional capacity and, despite her vaulting ambition, she was widely regarded by her subordinates as pretty unhinged. Also, frighteningly esspuhraaayshunll for her son… poor kid.

      And poor public broadcasting.

  11. Tracey 11


    Russell Brown
    ‏@publicaddress

    I’ve read Peter Newport’s North & South story on Carrick Graham. It’s very good: measured, nuanced, pointed, timely.”

    I also read it this morning and take my hat off to Newport. It reminds us that balanced journalism exists out there. It’s fascinating to read Grahams real or feigned contempt for the bias to the left of TV and newspapers… I say feigned because you just don’t know when he is playing a part of being himself.

    There is a kind of emotional disconnectedness about how he views what he does that is worrying (to me anyway).

    Of equal interest is the hard work and time put into trying to get elements of our Government apparatus to respond to queries about Katherine Rich’s appropriateness to be on a certain Health Board given her behaviour in another capacity.

    I don’t agree with Newport in his seeming agreement with Graham that we have to harden up and grow thick skins to deal with people like him and Slater, rather than suggesting Grahams compass is cracked… it appears (on the face f it) to buyinto Graham’s entire MO which is to get his framing accepted.

    BUT I don’t believe Mr Graham comes out of the article in any better light than before.

    He works with one Cameron Brewer (Auckland Councillor and Nat/ACT MP in waiting). Mr Brewer is paid $101,900 pa by ratepayers to work for them as a Councillor. BUT he works as a consultant with Graham as well… he only works part-time…

    Last time a prominent would- be ACT politician claimed to work only part-time he ended up in trouble…

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11420097

    Former MP for National (Clem Simich) son makes up the triumvirate…

    It makes me wonder what kind of children the current crop of Nat MP’s are spawning.

  12. Philip Ferguson 12

    One of the interesting things about the same-sex marriage referendum in Ireland on Friday is the long list of who has come out for a ‘yes’ to same-sex marriage vote on Friday. The police federation, rugby icon Brian O’Driscoll, the devoutly Catholic two-term president Mary McAleese, as well as the usual list of actors (Colin Farrell etc) and writers (Roddy Doyle etc) who you would expect are calling for a ‘yes’ vote.

    Brendan O’Carroll who, as ‘Mrs Brown’, is probably Ireland’s most popular comedian has released a short video from ‘Mrs Brown’s Boys’ supporting gay marriage; the video has gone viral with several million views.

    See updated article: https://rdln.wordpress.com/2015/04/07/irish-society-and-politics-and-the-referendum-on-gay-marriage/

    And for Dunedin folk, see: https://rdln.wordpress.com/2015/05/19/talk-will-south-of-ireland-be-first-country-to-vote-for-same-sex-marriage/

  13. Puckish Rogue 13

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11451738

    – Good, this sort of travesty of justice should never happen again

    • Armchair Critic 13.1

      Exactly. And it’ll never happen again if filth like John Banks declare their election donations honestly in the future, rather than engaging in monstrous deceptions.

      Personal responsibility and all that, right? Sure, he resigned from parliament, and if he keeps that up by sticking to running mediocre cafes, bad restaurants and dodgy investments schemes, rather than running for public office then he might faded into obscurity, as he almost deserves to.

  14. Halfcrown 14

    Now this is a bit of fun, So to all the good people who come here being left or right take it for what it is.

    On TV1 news, there was a news item that said they have arrested the gang that did the
    Hatton Garden breakin. It was stated that they have arreseted two pensioners.

    My mind started to work overtime and perhaps someone may have the answers to my questions which are.

    1. Cam Morons pension is so dismal that they had to do this to survive, or,

    2. How were they descovered? Did one of them leave a Zimmer frame behind.

  15. The Chairman 15

    National’s alternative to Labour’s Kiwibuild?

    The Government could be poised to announce joint ventures with big overseas developers to build large swathes of housing.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/home-property/68710603/could-the-government-fund-more-housing-using-foreign-money

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • March 15 Collective Impact Board appointed
    The voices of those affected by the March 15 mosque attacks will be heard more effectively with the establishment of a new collective impact board, Associate Minister for Social Development and Employment Priyanca Radhakrishnan announced today. Seven members of the Christchurch Muslim community have been appointed to the newly established Board, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • More young Kiwis supported with mental health and addiction services
    Nearly quarter of a million more young New Zealanders will have access to mental health and addiction support in their communities as the Government’s youth mental health programme gathers pace. New contracts to expand youth-specific services across the Northland, Waitematā and Auckland District Health Board areas have been confirmed, providing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • New hospital facilities mean fewer trips to Auckland for Northlanders
    Northlanders will no longer automatically have to go to Auckland for lifesaving heart procedures like angiograms, angioplasty and the insertion of pacemakers, thanks to new operating theatres and a cardiac catheter laboratory opened at Whangārei Hospital by Health Minister Andrew Little today. The two projects – along with a new ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    24 hours ago
  • Fair Pay Agreements to improve pay and conditions for essential workers
    The Government is delivering on its pre-election commitment to implement Fair Pay Agreements which will improve wages and conditions, as well as help support our economic recovery, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Wood announced today. Fair Pay Agreements will set minimum standards for all employees and employers in an ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Establishment of the new Māori Health Authority takes first big step
    Sir Mason Durie will lead a Steering Group to provide advice to the Transition Unit on governance arrangements and initial appointments to an interim board to oversee the establishment of the Māori Health Authority. This Group will ensure that Māori shape a vital element of our future health system, Minister ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Cycle trails move up a gear in Central
    Work on new and upgraded cycle trails in Queenstown, Arrowtown and Central Otago is moving up a gear as two significant projects pass further milestones today. Tourism Minister Stuart Nash has announced new funding for the Queenstown Trails Project, and will also formally open the Lake Dunstan Trail at Bannockburn ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Picton ferry terminal upgrade consent fast-tracked
    The planned upgrade of the Waitohi Picton Ferry terminal has been approved under the fast-track consenting process.  Environment Minister David Parker today welcomed the decision by the expert consenting panel to approve the Waitohi Picton Ferry Precinct Redevelopment Project.    The project will provide a significant upgrade to the ferry facilities ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Quarantine Free Travel with New South Wales paused
    COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins has announced his intention to pause Quarantine Free Travel from New South Wales to New Zealand while the source of infection of the two cases announced in Sydney in the last two days is investigated.  Whole genome sequencing has linked the case yesterday to a recent ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Covid-19 immigration powers to be extended
    The passing of a bill to extend temporary COVID-19 immigration powers means continued flexibility to support migrants, manage the border, and help industries facing labour shortages, Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi said. “Over the past year, we’ve made rapid decisions to extend visas, vary visa conditions and waive some application requirements ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • “Supporting a Trade-Led Economic Recovery”
    Trade Policy Road Show SpeechManukau, Auckland   Kia ora koutou – nau mai, haere mai ki Manukau, ki Tāmaki.   Good morning everyone, and thank you for this opportunity to discuss with you current global challenges, opportunities and the Government’s strategy in support of a trade-led recovery from the economic ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Building consent numbers at an all-time high
    A record 41,028 new homes have been consented in the year ended March 2021 March 2021 consent numbers the highest since the 1940s Record number of new homes consented in Auckland The number of new homes consented is at an all-time high, showing a strong and increasing pipeline of demand ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Whānau-centred support for parents and tamariki
    Up to 60 whānau in Counties Manukau will be supported through the first three years of their parenthood by a new whānau-centred model of care, said Associate Health Minister, Hon Aupito William Sio. “Providing this support to young parents is something we have to get right. It’s a priority both ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • NZ backs moves to improve global access to COVID vaccines
    New Zealand welcomes and strongly supports the announcement made by the United States Trade Representative to work for a waiver of IP protections on COVID-19 vaccines at the WTO, Trade Minister Damien O’Connor said. “New Zealand supports equitable access to COVID vaccines for all. No one is safe from the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Tourism communities: support, recovery and re-set plan
    TIHEI MAURI ORA Tuia te whakapono Tuia te tumanako Tuia te aroha Tuia te hunga ora Ki te hunga ora Tihei Mauri ora Ka nui te mihi ki a koutou Tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa. Thank you, Hilary and thank you, Chris, and everyone at TIA for this ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Support, recovery and re-set plan for tourism communities
    Five South Island tourist communities targeted for specialist support Pressure on Māori tourism operators and Conservation facilities recognised Domestic and international-facing tourism agencies put on more secure footing Long-term plan to re-set tourism with a focus on sustainability, industry standards and regional economic diversification A plan to ensure the immediate ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Speech on NZ Rail Plan
    Check against delivery E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā karanga maha o te wa, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou katoa. Ki ngā mana whenua o Taranaki Whānui anō nei aku mihi ki a koutou. Nōku te hōnore kia haere mai ki te whakanuia tēnei huihuinga whakahirahira. Nō ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government hits massive milestone in Violence Prevention & Elimination
    Minister for Family and Sexual Violence Marama Davidson announced a major milestone at a hui in South Auckland today, with the launch of the national engagement process on the prevention and elimination of family and sexual violence. “There is no room for violence in our lives – there is no ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Fee waiver extended for conservation tourism businesses
    Tourism businesses operating on public conservation land will have another six months of fees waived to help them adjust to the downturn in international visitors in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Acting Minister of Conservation Dr Ayesha Verrall has announced. "We acknowledge it has been a difficult year for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • ‘Lua Wave’ to future-proof Pasifika Festivals in Aotearoa
    Pasifika festival organisers will receive additional support to adapt to the COVID-19 environment thanks to the Government’s newly launched ‘Lua Wave’ component of the Pasifika Festivals Initiative, Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Carmel Sepuloni announced today. “This initiative has not only been to support festival organisers to recover from ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Crown accounts show confidence in Govt economic plan
    The Government’s financial accounts continue to reflect the resilience of the economy and confidence in the Government’s economic recovery plan. The Crown accounts for the nine months to the end of March 2021 show both OBEGAL and the operating balance remain better than forecast in the Half Year Economic and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Energy Trusts of NZ Autumn Conference
    It’s a pleasure to be here today. Thank you Karen [Sherry] for the introduction and thanks to the Energy Trusts Executive for inviting me to speak at tonight’s event. It is an exciting time to come to speak to trustees of distribution companies. For many decades the electricity industry was ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New partnership to grow Māori success in STEM
    A new partnership with the Pūhoro STEM Academy will support thousands more rangatahi Māori to participate and succeed in the fields of science, technology, and innovation, Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. Since 2016, Pūhoro has worked with Māori students to build their capability and create pathways to employment ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Rail builds platform for economic recovery
    Transport Minister Michael Wood and State-Owned Enterprises Minister Dr David Clark today released the Government’s long term vision for a sustainable rail network that supports our economic recovery. New Zealand Rail Plan lays out how the Government is building a resilient, reliable and safe network, as well as the indicative ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • NZ and UK agree to lift the pace of free trade talks
    New Zealand and the United Kingdom have agreed to rapidly lift the tempo of talks, as the two countries enter a new phase in free trade negotiations, Trade and Export Growth Minister Damien O’Connor announced today. “UK Secretary of State for International Trade, Liz Truss, and I spoke today about ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Counter-Terrorism Legislation Bill passes first reading
    The Counter-Terrorism Legislation Bill has passed its first reading and will now be considered by Parliament’s Justice select committee. “The Bill updates and improves New Zealand’s counter-terrorism legislation and ensures that the right legislative tools are available to intervene early and prevent harm,” Minister of Justice Kris Faafoi said. “The ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Statement on The Speaker and Annual Review Debate
    “The serious issue of alleged sexual assault and harassment at Parliament was poorly managed and inappropriately politicised last night. The tone of the debate did not reflect well on Parliament as a whole,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. “Any investigation of claims of sexual assault should be in a manner ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Govt motoring towards zero-carbon buses and protecting drivers’ conditions
    Transport Minister Michael Wood is seeking feedback on options for the next phase of the Public Transport Operating Model (PTOM) review to better protect bus drivers’ pay conditions, and also achieving the Government’s target of fully decarbonising the public transport bus fleet by 2035. Michael Wood said investing in our ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Drop in unemployment shows Govt economic plan is working
    The Government’s economic recovery plan continues to be reflected in the labour market, with more people in work and unemployment falling. Stats NZ figures show employment rose by 15,000 in the March quarter, with 14,000 more women in work. The unemployment rate fell from 4.9 percent to 4.7 percent. This ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government sets pay and workforce expectations for the Public Sector
    The Government’s Workforce Policy Statement issued today sets out its expectations for pay and employment relations in the Public Sector, the Minister of Finance and Minister for the Public Service say. “New Zealand has had an exceptionally successful health and economic response to COVID-19. This has been supported by the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Author Ben Brown is New Zealand’s first Te Awhi Rito Reading Ambassador
    Lyttleton writer Ben Brown (Ngāti Mahuta, Ngāti Koroki, Ngāti Paoa) will be New Zealand’s first Te Awhi Rito Reading Ambassador, promoting the value of reading for children and young people, Internal Affairs Minister Jan Tinetti announced today. A poet and award-winning author, Ben Brown writes books, non-fiction and short stories ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Celebrating New Zealand’s firefighters this International Firefighters’ day
    With two fire stations already complete, and building underway on 16 fire stations around the country, today we celebrate International Firefighters’ Day for the important role firefighters have in keeping communities across the country safe, says Minister of Internal Affairs, Jan Tinetti. The work is progressing due to Government funding ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Ron Brierley knighthood to go
    Ron Brierley has written to the Clerk of the Executive Council to tender his resignation as a Knight Bachelor. The Queen has been informed. The forfeiture follows the Prime Minister initiating the process to remove his Knighthood. The Clerk of the Executive Council wrote to him on 6 April 2021 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Employment boost for rural communities
    The Government is continuing to create opportunities for at-risk rangatahi overcome barriers to employment, education or training with the next tranche of He Poutama Rangatahi programmes, Minister for Social Development and Employment Carmel Sepuloni announced today. “We’re focused on supporting rangatahi to get what they need to progress in the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Pre-Budget speech to Wellington Chamber of Commerce
    Thank you for the invitation to speak today, it is great to be here.  I mean that both sincerely and literally. For this equivalent speech last year I took part virtually, beaming in from the Beehive Theatrette with only a socially distanced press gallery bearing silent witness. You are a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Budget 2021 reprioritises nearly $1 billion
    The Government’s strong pandemic response and the better than expected economic recovery means not all the money allocated in the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund has been spent, Grant Robertson said in his annual pre-Budget speech to the Wellington Chamber of Commerce this morning. “As part of Budget preparation I ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Speech on Digital Identity Trust Framework
    I'd like to start by thanking Graeme, David and Ben from NZTech and Digital Identity New Zealand for inviting me to speak to you. I’m so sorry I can’t be there in person, but I want to acknowledge those of you who are, including some of this country’s top tech ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • NZ Cook Islands travel bubble significant step in COVID-19 recovery
    New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Cook Islands Prime Minister Mark Brown have today announced that, pending final confirmation by New Zealand’s Director-General of Health and the Cook Islands Secretary of Health, two-way quarantine-free travel will commence between the two countries on 17 May (NZT). “Two way quarantine-free travel ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Minister for State Owned Enterprises saddened by passing of KiwiRail Chair
    Minister for State Owned Enterprises, David Clark is deeply saddened to hear about the passing of KiwiRail Chairman, Brian Corban. “I know Brian was seen as a transformative leader within KiwiRail, well respected for his wisdom, honesty and sense of humour,” said David Clark. Mr Corban served as Chair of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Speech to the China Business Summit by the Minister for Trade and Export Growth
      Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen.  Tena koutou katoa.  Good morning. It is my pleasure to join you today for this China Business Summit – my first as Minister for Trade and Export Growth as well as Minister of Agriculture – and to have the opportunity to speak to you ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Productivity Commission inquiry into immigration settings
    The Productivity Commission will hold an inquiry into immigration settings to ensure New Zealand’s long term prosperity and wellbeing, Grant Robertson and Kris Faafoi say. This inquiry, the first under the new Productivity Commission chair, Dr Ganesh Nana, will focus on immigration policy as a means of improving productivity in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago