Osborne dodging questions over review

Written By: - Date published: 3:28 pm, March 24th, 2015 - 51 comments
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Interesting piece in the NBR today (paywalled):

Osborne silent over Te Ahu centre review

National’s Mark Osborne is refusing to comment on his role as general manager of the controversial $15 million Te Ahu centre, which is now the subject of a governance and funding review by the Far North District Council.

NBR ONLINE has been attempting to contact Mr Osborne since March 10 to discuss the centre but he has not replied to phone messages. Mr Osborne has passed on all enquiries to National’s spin doctor Clark Hennessy, who won’t allow the National candidate be interviewed before the by-election.

According to the article the center had $14.8 million of funding from ratepayers, made an $185,168 loss in 2013 (financial year) and a $522,681 loss in 2014. No wonder there are questions. Aren’t the voters of Northland entitled to some answers before they vote?

https://twitter.com/hcirePT/status/580158511725703168

51 comments on “Osborne dodging questions over review ”

  1. mickysavage 1

    National arn’t very good at their due diligence are they …

    • rawshark-yeshe 1.1

      maybe he is simply the least crooked one available ??? 😀

      • Draco T Bastard 1.1.1

        As far as I can make out, National chooses the most crooked for their leaders/mps.

        • Ffloyd 1.1.1.1

          Deb. Absolutely agree. key picks people with *history* who will swear allegiance to him. For that, they will be a prominent person with no prominence. at all. These people are hunted out. I feel very sorry for Mr Osbourne’s wife and family for what they are about to, endure.

    • mary_a 1.2

      @ mickysavage (1) – Natsy just simply isn’t very good, full stop!

      This one is hardly surprising though is it, given the fact dishonesty, corruption, grubby deals etc seems to run through Key and his dodgy mob of miscreants at a great rate of knots!

      Osborne obviously is no better. Following the leader!

      At this rate, Winston should be able to walk in. Go Winston and give Key & Co a seismic jolt they are very unlikely to forget 🙂

    • Murray Rawshark 1.3

      Osborne is just par for the course. NAct value tribal loyalty and will accept that in the absence of all other qualities. The people around FJK are like the coterie of sycophants around Stalin.

  2. Clemgeopin 2

    National seems to be infected with either dishonest, corrupt or incompetent, people.

    Osborne did not even want to front up face to face with Winston on TV1 interview!

    He MOST certainly needs to respond to this serious allegation/mismanagement. How can anyone in Northland give him a free vote if he is not responding or coming completely clean? Time for him to clarify this scandal.

  3. Penny Bright 3

    ‘Nothing to hide – nothing to fear’?

    Oh dear – the train wreck National Northland buy-election campaign becomes more disastrous by the day.

    bugger …..

    NOT!

    In my view – EVERY strategic vote will count.

    Come on Northland!

    Help Winston Peters take Northland off National – and watch ‘Brand Key’ go down the gurgler!

    Show the world that the ‘left’ can do strategic voting under MMP, without ‘doing deals’ between the Party Leaders.

    Show the world that ‘doing a Northland’ is NOT the same as ‘doing an Epsom’!

    WOOHOO!

    GO Winston Peters!

    Penny Bright

  4. Paul Campbell 4

    Surely atr this point “Better than Sabin” is a plus?

    • tc 4.1

      my such high standards you have and a reflection of a successful outcome in terms of expectations under Team Shonkey…standards so high a toddler could crawl over them.

    • Draco T Bastard 4.2

      There’s no indication that he’s better than Sabin.

      • Vagabundo 4.2.1

        As far as we can tell, at least he hasn’t, well you know…

        I don’t know how to complete that sentence without getting myself and possibly others into trouble.

  5. Melanie Scott 5

    Interesting revelation. However, worryingly, the GNats are pulling out all the stops to get their people voting early, presumably before any more unfortunate developments. And according to the media, early voting is up by about 100% in northland.

    • ghostwhowalksnz 5.1

      At the general election, early voting results which were posted just after 8pm, were almost exactly the same as the results at the end of the night.

      In Northland , which is very rural mostly, a lot of people only go into town centres once week, or they have other plans on Saturday. Thus they vote early, as it makes sense.

      The results last time showed it was a just a very large sample of all the voters and thus reflected the final result

      • Pasupial 5.1.1

        gwwnz

        I recall the early vote result being quite different to the final result (particularly the result after specials). For one thing; Harawira would have retained Te Tai Tokerau if the final result had been; “exactly the same as”, the early voting.

        But the point is that; the early voting numbers in this byelection are twice what they were in the 2014 general election. Which itself had much higher rates of advance voting than previous elections. This is not just business as usual.

        • ghostwhowalksnz 5.1.1.1

          The was only a very small lead for Hone very early on, when all the small far north booths came in.

          TTT is not the same as North Electorate which followed results of early voting party votes in getting national ahead

          • ghostwhowalksnz 5.1.1.1.1

            This was earliest one I could find

            Hamish Rutherford@oneforthedrKelvin Davis with slight lead over Hone Harawira in Te Tai Tokerau with 12.5 per cent of votes counted.

            This was around 7:30

  6. ghostwhowalksnz 6

    Looking at the figures for the Trust, its not really a cash flow problem.

    Depreciation is their biggest expense. In 2013 they got a $300,000 council payment which they dont get this year. Not sure why.

    Plus the Board of Trustees looks like a good mix of local worthies so I cant see anything wrong there.

    Osbourne isnt included , his job seemed to be only oversight of the building stage for the council ( his employer).

    Theres is not really a problem in the running of the centre, which Osbourne isnt connected to anyway.

    The building phase maybe the place to look for Osbournes role and effects of his oversight

  7. Skinny 7

    After this latest fail if the buffon Osborne makes it into parliament he will be ostracised for causing National a real headache during the by election. This guy is going nowhere in politics and will join their Whangarei MP Shane Reti seated in the naughty boys chairs in the corner of the back bench. Oh great just what Northland needs.

    • tc 7.1

      Going nowhere in NACT land means an MP’s salary, all the perks and given he’s in northland all he has to do is keep the skeletons to himself and a few terms later he’s set for life.

      FFS look at ayatolley, Hekia and hologram boy……the bars not very high is it

  8. vto 8

    What?

    A candidate wont do an interview?

    That is the most preposterous thing I have ever heard.

    I think you’re making it up …

  9. greywarshark 9

    No wonder the far north never gets anything. With such a large Maori population they still can’t get off their chuffs and get behind better Maori local body representation with Maori wards. People who want to live in a backwater soon get covered with weed. It’s an example of a moribund backward looking population prejudiced against any enlightened change. And other local bodies have been the same. It’s not suprising that they are long-term voters for National, it’s their specialty to resist wider democracy as it probably means Maori will limit stuff they like to do especially where property is concerned.

    The council resolved last year to poll electors on whether dedicated seats for Maori should be provided at the council table. Voting documents were sent to 38,946 electors on the General and Maori Parliamentary electoral rolls in February, just over 35 per cent of them being returned. A strong majority, 68 per cent (9315 votes) were opposed, with 31.5 per cent (4309) in favour.
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/northland-age/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503402&objectid=11422095

    And about Te Ahu. It’s a splendid imposing entry point for Kaitaia and they have put a lot of thought into it. Making it pay might be hard but it’s not a limited purpose structure like the Forsyth Barr lossmaking stadium in Dunedin. It is their Information Centre, they have some beautifully carved pou in the large lobby big enough for powhiri and special meeting and greeting. A good little museum is there with temperature controlled storage. A cinema also. There comes a time in the growth of a place that they have to spend some money to advance themselves and create a platform for business ventures. But it requires an active, keen, innovative person to run it and create usage and get rents etc. Kaitaia needs to get more business, more tourists with money that stays in the area, and provides jobs – they are go-ahead people there. Unfortunately there are two big boxes due to start up just out of town, hardware and The Warehouse I think. That will take money out of the district, and perhaps out of the country.

    Another point comes to me. This is the time to press National to legalise marijuana for general use, with supply controlled and quality tested to limit its TLC or whatever the acronym for potency is. It’s something that is dear to Maori hearts in the north and perhaps they could swing a firm promise for legislation that will break the chains that marijuana hating governments have bound around us, so that no fruitful discussion can be had about it. Seize the day! It would be worth a promise to vote for the Nats to get that past, and they couldn’t reneg on that or there would be hell to pay.

    The Kaitaia Northland Age Editor passes judgment on the buy-election and regards it dimly. He doesn’t have much hope for anything and plenty of criticism. Some people up there in the North seem to have given up hope.
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/northland-age/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503402&objectid=11422125

    • veutoviper 9.1

      Thanks for that detailed comment, greywarshark.

      Re the Northland Age, the editorial today which I read seemed to indicate that whoever wrote it was probably a white (male?) National supporter. who is somewhat disillusioned with National’s record in Northland but could not bring him/herself to say so directly.

    • Murray Rawshark 9.2

      Weird that you’d swap a smoke for the RMA and the TPPA. We know we get those if Osborne gets in.

      • greywarshark 9.2.1

        @ murray
        I know it’s weird. It just reflects the way I see politics often going. David Lange doing sterling work on world nuclear issues and getting the country’s profile up internationally and the citizens keenly behind him. While in the background the Subversives were undermining the country in the same way we have always been told that the Communists would do and which would ruin the country and our way of life. It was weird to see happening, especially when it was the Rightists that actually achieved that.

        It’s just thinking you can’t have everything. I think controlled marijuana use and growing legislation would have far more good outcomes than bad. Perhaps if Labour talked about bringing marijuana use legislation in when they got in, after wide consultation of course, to ensure that the best policies were developed, perhaps that would be a good political move that would bring out voters who now think ‘what difference does our voting make’.

        If Labour promised to change the RMA to something better than before, ie less doctrinaire but still protective of things of importance that would definitely ncrease their standing. There have been legitimate gripes with the RMA which should be aired, examined and lead to alteration. And it would be good in future to have an annual report on gripes so that we can examine their validity, as it is an important block to bad and destructive development and we need to ensure that gripes don’t get inflated to the extent they blacken the whole policy. We might even bring zoning in so that people could have some certainty of what they could do where.

    • Sanctuary 9.3

      That editorial reeks of bitterness and of passive-aggressive defeatism from a small minded, small town, small ‘r’ reactionary with no imagination. As such, it is probably an accurate summation of the state of mind of NZ’s provincial Boers (or bores, like that editor) outside the main centres.

      • greywarshark 9.3.1

        @ Sanctuary
        To a great extent you would be true, but often I think it will be accumulated cynicism about broken promises and failed enterprises, and not enough support for the smaller regions struggling to manage and invest in new initiatives of any kind.

        And of course there are a considerable number of the totally bigoted whose basic thinking is built on denying respect for many people who would actually be the yeast bringing about change. They need though, to be given the opportunity to think of and discuss projects and the go-ahead for feasible ones, plus small grants, advice and support. But the negative vinegar blanket drops on any positives that arise and so it goes on.

    • Molly 9.4

      I submitted a comment on that article that doesn’t seem to have been picked up. 😀

      Essentially, I said that council passed the buck by doing “public consultation” on that issue. Most councils will know that those who respond to that kind of one question consultation will go with their first impulse, and also that a majority of them will come from one demographic – a demographic unlikely to support Māori representation.

  10. Rossy 10

    Interesting…Clark Hennessy has only been out of Victoria Uni for a couple of years…seems to be way too inexperienced to be handling this.
    His old mans dairy in Opotiki has been a huge beneficiary of the towns unemployed.
    Proceeds used to educate the son at Sacred Heart and convert him into a right wing twit. Now he’s working for Paula Bennett.

    The irony.

    • Paul 10.1

      Handling this.
      What?

      • Rossy 10.1.1

        True…Ill restate then.

        The reason Clark Hennessy is handling this so badly is because he is only 2 years out of Victoria University.

        http://www.usnzcouncil.org/intern-bios-2/

        • Atiawa 10.1.1.1

          A junior staffer, no less. Highly thought of by the trickle down practitioners..

          • Maui 10.1.1.1.1

            Ah so the real story is that Osborne is still being held hostage in Mangawhai by someone half his age, not Joyce. Forced to read from an autocue from someone just out of school. He’s on his leash with his bowl of water nearby, forceably trying to get the uncontrollable yaps trained out of him. This is awesome!

            • greywarshark 10.1.1.1.1.1

              @ Maui
              Osborne yapped well this morning. Said all the right things so well that it seems there must be an autocue, or concentrated programming beforehand. He would be okay as a sports manager and media spokesperson.

              Of course politics requires deeper cogitation and understanding than sport, but the UNACTs might like to operate the way that many computer networks are now doing, with a major processor with big capacity and large numbers of simple work stations with limited capacity feeding off it.

  11. Michael 11

    It’s up to the good people of Northland whether they want Osborne to represent them in Parliament. I think most of them probably do: after all, they re-elected Sabin when it seemed to be common knowledge up there what he’d (allegedly) been up to. I’m sure those good people will get the representative they deserve this Saturday and can reflect on their choice while waiting for the Nats to deliver on all those promises.

  12. dave 12

    they got Graham caples best dff the prominent new Zealander and they pick another crook well he will be right at home in the national party

  13. tc 13

    On cue up pops grannys Trevitt with a ‘nothing to see here ‘ piece quoting that bastion of honesty Joyce. I see heather gets the junkets now that Trevitt used to go on.

  14. saveNZ 14

    With that poor record, he’ll be taking over from Bill English!

  15. SMILIN 15

    Who would vote for more stagnation of the north
    Vote Winston for a fighting chance of bringing the trough hoggers to account
    The corporates have one model for rural economies and thats all we get no promotion of what is specific to the particular traits of our areas without running smack bang into central govt corporate sponsored policy nothing to do with democracy or accountability to the voters just
    Key THE DIGITAL PM and his money machine
    Press a button in the US govt and watch him go to work

  16. Molly 16

    I have an interest in sustainable shared community facilities and had a quick look at the Te Ahu centre’s website.

    Contrast the $14 million dollar build up there, the lack of transparency in room rates and the completely user unfriendly (and fairly empty) events schedule, with –

    Moutere Hills community centre in Nelson, initially a $2.5 million build, profitable enough after the first 2 years to fund a full-time centre manager, and was rebuilt by community after an electrical fire. As for their schedule – pretty full on and diverse and easy to find and understand room rates and facilities list.

    The difference in approach is business oriented to community designed. The cost is higher, the long-term sustainability is harder to achieve.

    Wouldn’t it have been better to provide four smaller community centres to different areas – save $4 million for other initiatives and watch the development of those communities provide local solutions?

    And it doesn’t take long to spot what is different in the photo galleries from Moutere Hills and the photo gallery on the Te Ahu website:
    He tangata, he tangata, he tangata….

    • Tracey 16.1

      And if the trust is doing well and serving its community, why wouldn’t Osborne want to trumpet that?

      If elected, will he refuse to answer questions and defer always to Key and Joyce to speak on his behalf?

      • greywarshark 16.1.1

        @Tracey
        If elected, will he refuse to answer questions and defer always to Key and Joyce to speak on his behalf?
        Yes!

        • Tracey 16.1.1.1

          That is probably the first criteria on the National selection candidate process?

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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    4 days ago
  • King Mike & Mike King.
    I built a time machine to see you againTo hear your phone callYour voice down the hallThe way we were back thenWe were dancing in the rainOur feet on the pavementYou said I was your second headI knew exactly what you meantIn the country of the blind, or so they ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Bryce Edwards: MPs own 2.2 houses on average
    Why aren’t politicians taking more action on the housing affordability crisis? The answer might lie in the latest “Register of Pecuniary Interests.” This register contains details of the various financial interests of parliamentarians. It shows that politicians own real estate in significant numbers. The register published on Tuesday contains a ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    4 days ago
  • How much climate reality can the global financial system take without collapsing?
    Microsoft’s transparency about its failure to meet its own net-zero goals is creditable, but the response to that failure is worrying. It is offering up a set of false solutions, heavily buttressed by baseless optimism. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Here’s the top six news items of note in ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 24-May-2024
    Another Friday, another Rāmere Roundup! Here are a few things that caught our eye this week. This Week in Greater Auckland On Monday, our new writer Connor Sharp roared into print with a future-focused take on the proposed Auckland Future Fund, and what it could invest in. On ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    4 days ago
  • Earning The Huia Feather.
    Still Waiting: Māori land remains in the hands of Non-Māori. The broken promises of the Treaty remain broken. The mana of the tangata whenua languishes under racist neglect. The right to wear the huia feather remains as elusive as ever. Perhaps these three transformations are beyond the power of a ...
    4 days ago
  • Bernard’s Dawn Chorus and pick ‘n’ mix for Friday, May 24
    Posters opposing the proposed Fast-Track Approvals legislation were pasted around Wellington last week. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: One of the architects of the RMA and a former National Cabinet Minister, Simon Upton, has criticised the Government’s Fast-Track Approvals bill as potentially disastrous for the environment, arguing just 1% ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to May 24
    There was less sharing of the joy this week than at the Chinese New Year celebrations in February. China’s ambassador to NZ (2nd from right above) has told Luxon that relations between China and New Zealand are now at a ‘critical juncture’ Photo: Getty / Xinhua News AgencyTL;DR: The podcast ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Beijing troubleshooter’s surprise visit
    The importance of New Zealand’s relationship with China was surely demonstrated yesterday with the surprise arrival in the capital of top Chinese foreign policy official Liu Jianchao. The trip was apparently organized a week ago but kept secret. Liu is the Minister of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) International Liaison ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    4 days ago
  • UK election a foregone conclusion?  That’s why it’s interesting
    With a crushing 20-plus point lead in the opinion polls, all the signs are that Labour leader Keir Starmer will be the PM after the general election on 4 July, called by Conservative incumbent Rishi Sunak yesterday. The stars are aligned for Starmer.  Rival progressives are in abeyance: the Liberal-Democrat ...
    Point of OrderBy xtrdnry
    4 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #21 2021
    Open access notables How much storage do we need in a fully electrified future? A critical review of the assumptions on which this question depends, Marsden et al., Energy Research & Social Science: Our analysis advances the argument that current approaches reproduce interpretations of normality that are, ironically, rooted in ...
    4 days ago
  • Days in the life
    We returned last week from England to London. Two different worlds. A quarter of an hour before dropping off our car, we came to a complete stop on the M25. Just moments before, there had been six lanes of hurtling cars and lorries. Now, everything was at a standstill as ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • Forget about its name and focus on its objective – this RMA reform bill aims to cut red tape (and ...
    Buzz from the Beehive A triumvirate of ministers – holding the Agriculture, Environment and RMA Reform portfolios – has announced the introduction of legislation “to slash the tangle of red and green tape throttling development in key sectors”, such as farming, mining and other primary industries. The exact name of ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    4 days ago
  • More National corruption
    In their coalition agreement with NZ First, the National Party agreed to provide $24 million in funding to the charity "I Am Hope / Gumboot Friday". Why were they so eager to do so? Because their chair was a National donor, their CEO was the son of a National MP ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Submit!
    The Social Services and Community Committee has called for submissions on the Oranga Tamariki (Repeal of Section 7AA) Amendment Bill. Submissions are due by Wednesday, 3 July 2024, and can be made at the link above. And if you're wondering what to say: section 7AA was enacted because Oranga Tamariki ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Reading the MPS numbers thinking about the fiscal situation
    Michael Reddell writes –  The Reserve Bank doesn’t do independent fiscal forecasts so there is no news in the fiscal numbers in today’s Monetary Policy Statement themselves. The last official Treasury forecasts don’t take account of whatever the government is planning in next week’s Budget, and as the Bank notes ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
  • Charter Schools are a worthwhile addition to our school system – but ACT is mis-selling why they a...
    Rob MacCulloch writes – We know the old saying, “Never trust a politician”, and the Charter School debate is a good example of it. Charter Schools receive public funding, yet “are exempt from most statutory requirements of traditional public schools, including mandates around .. human capital management .. curriculum ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
  • Paranoia On The Left.
    How Do We Silence Them? The ruling obsession of the contemporary Left is that political action undertaken by individuals or groups further to the right than the liberal wings of mainstream conservative parties should not only be condemned, but suppressed.WEB OF CHAOS, a “deep dive into the world of disinformation”, ...
    5 days ago
  • Budget challenges
    Muriel Newman writes –  As the new Government puts the finishing touches to this month’s Budget, they will undoubtedly have had their hands full dealing with the economic mess that Labour created. Not only was Labour a grossly incompetent manager of the economy, but they also set out ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
  • Rishi calls an Election.
    Today the British PM, Rishi Sunak, called a general election for the 4th of July. He spoke of the challenging times and of strong leadership and achievements. It was as if he was talking about someone else, a real leader, rather than he himself or the woeful list of Tory ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Photo of the Day: GNR
    This post marks the return of an old format: Photo of the Day. Recently I was in an apartment in one of those new buildings on Great North Road Grey Lynn at rush hour, perfect day, the view was stunning, so naturally I whipped out my phone: GNR 5pm Turns ...
    Greater AucklandBy Patrick Reynolds
    5 days ago
  • Choosing landlords and the homeless over first home buyers
    The Government may struggle with the political optics of scrapping assistance for first home buyers while also cutting the tax burden on landlords, increasing concerns over the growing generational divide. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The Government confirmed it will dump first home buyer grants in the Budget next ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Orr’s warning; three years of austerity
    Yesterday, the Reserve Bank confirmed there will be no free card for the economy to get out of jail during the current term of the Government. Regardless of what the Budget next week says, we are in for three years of austerity. Over those three years, we will have to ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • An admirable U-turn
    It doesn’t inspire confidence when politicians change their minds.  But you must give credit when a bad idea is dropped. Last year, we reported on the determination of British PM Rishi Sunak to lead the world in regulating the dangers of Artificial Intelligence. Perhaps he changed his mind after meeting ...
    Point of OrderBy xtrdnry
    5 days ago
  • Climate Adam: Can we really suck up Carbon Dioxide?
    This video includes conclusions of the creator climate scientist Dr. Adam Levy. It is presented to our readers as an informed perspective. Please see video description for references (if any). Is carbon dioxide removal - aka "negative emissions" - going to save us from climate change? Or is it just a ...
    5 days ago
  • Public funding for private operators in mental health and housing – and a Bill to erase a bit of t...
    Headed for the legislative wastepaper basket…    Buzz from the Beehive It looks like this government is just as ready as its predecessor to dip into the public funds it is managing to dispense millions of dollars to finance – and favour – the parties it fancies. Or ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    5 days ago
  • Why has Einstein Medalist Roy Kerr never been Knighted?
    Rob MacCulloch writes – National and Labour and ACT have at various times waxed on about their “vision” of NZ as a high value-added world tech center What subject is tech based upon? Mathematics. A Chicago mathematician just told me that whereas last decade ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    6 days ago
  • Contestable advice
    Eric Crampton writes –  Danyl McLauchlan over at The Listener on the recent shift toward more contestability in public policy advice in education: Education Minister Erica Stanford, one of National’s highest-ranked MPs, is trying to circumvent the establishment, taking advice from a smaller pool of experts – ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    6 days ago
  • How did it get so bad?
    Ele Ludemann writes – That Kāinga Ora is a mess is no surprise, but the size of the mess is. There have been many reports of unruly tenants given licence to terrorise neighbours, properties bought and left vacant, and the state agency paying above market rates in competition ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    6 days ago
  • How serious is an MP’s failure to declare $178k in donations?
    Bryce Edwards writes –  It’s being explained as an “inadvertent error”. However, National MP David MacLeod’s excuse for failing to disclose $178,000 in donations for his election campaign last year is not necessarily enough to prevent some serious consequences. A Police investigation is now likely, and the result ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    6 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the privatising of state housing provision, by stealth
    The scathing “independent” review of Kāinga Ora barely hit the table before the coalition government had acted on it. The entire Kāinga Ora board will be replaced, and a new chair (Simon Moutter) has been announced. Hmm. No aspersions on Bill English, but the public would have had more confidence ...
    6 days ago
  • Our House.
    I'll light the fireYou place the flowers in the vaseThat you bought todayA warm dry home, you’d think that would be bread and butter to politicians. Home ownership and making sure people aren’t left living on the street, that’s as Kiwi as Feijoa and Apple Crumble. Isn’t it?The coalition are ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Getting to No
    Politics is about compromise, right?  And framing it so the voters see your compromise as the better one.  John Key was a skilful exponent of this approach (as was Keith Holyoake in an earlier age), and Chris Luxon isn’t too bad either. But in politics, the process whereby an old ...
    Point of OrderBy xtrdnry
    6 days ago
  • At a glance – How does the Medieval Warm Period compare to current global temperatures?
    On February 14, 2023 we announced our Rebuttal Update Project. This included an ask for feedback about the added "At a glance" section in the updated basic rebuttal versions. This weekly blog post series highlights this new section of one of the updated basic rebuttal versions and serves as a ...
    6 days ago
  • Bryce Edwards: How serious is an MP’s failure to declare $178k in donations?
    It’s being explained as an “inadvertent error”. However, National MP David MacLeod’s excuse for failing to disclose $178,000 in donations for his election campaign last year is not necessarily enough to prevent some serious consequences. A Police investigation is now likely, and the result of his non-disclosure could even see ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    6 days ago
  • Get your story straight, buddy
    The relentless drone coming out of the Prime Minister and his deputy for a million days now has been that the last government was just hosing  money all over the show and now at last the grownups are in charge and shutting that drunken sailor stuff down. There is a word ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • A govt plane is headed for New Caledonia – here’s hoping the Kiwis stranded there get better ser...
    Buzz from the Beehive Foreign Minister Winston Peters has confirmed a New Zealand Government plane will head to riot-torn New Caledonia in the next hour in the first in a series of proposed flights to begin bringing New Zealanders home. Today’s flight will carry around 50 passengers with the most ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    7 days ago
  • Who is David MacLeod?
    Precious declaration saysYours is yours and mine you leave alone nowPrecious declaration saysI believe all hope is dead no longerTick tick tick Boom!Unexploded ordnance. A veritable minefield. A National caucus with a large number of unknowns, candidates who perhaps received little in the way of vetting as the party jumped ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 days ago
  • The Four Knights
    Rex Ahdar writes –  The Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, likes to trace his political lineage back to the pioneers of parliamentary Maoridom.   I will refer to these as the ‘big four’ or better still, the Four Knights. Just as ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    7 days ago
  • Could Willie Jackson be the populist leader that Labour need?
    Bryce Edwards writes –  Willie Jackson will participate in the prestigious Oxford Union debate on Thursday, following in David Lange’s footsteps. Coincidentally, Jackson has also followed Lange’s footsteps by living in his old home in South Auckland. And like Lange, Jackson might be the sort of loud-mouth scrapper ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    7 days ago

  • Minister to Singapore for defence, technology talks
    Defence and Science, Innovation and Technology Minister Judith Collins departs for Singapore tomorrow for defence and technology summits and meetings. First up is the Asia Tech X Singapore Summit, followed by the Five Power Defence Arrangements Defence Ministers Meeting and wrapping up with the Shangri-La Dialogue for Defence Ministers from ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    14 hours ago
  • Major investment in teacher supply through Budget 24
    Over the next four years, Budget 24 will support the training and recruitment of 1,500 teachers into the workforce, Education Minister Erica Stanford announced today. “To raise achievement and develop a world leading education system we’re investing nearly $53 million over four years to attract, train and retain our valued ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Joint statement on the New Zealand – Cook Islands Joint Ministerial Forum – 2024
    1.  New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Rt Hon Winston Peters; Minister of Health and Minister for Pacific Peoples Hon Dr Shane Reti; and Minister for Climate Change Hon Simon Watts hosted Cook Islands Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration Hon Tingika Elikana and Minister of Health Hon Vainetutai Rose Toki-Brown on 24 May ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Middle East, Africa deployments extended
    The Government has approved two-year extensions for four New Zealand Defence Force deployments to the Middle East and Africa, Defence Minister Judith Collins and Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today. “These deployments are long-standing New Zealand commitments, which reflect our ongoing interest in promoting peace and stability, and making active ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change Commission Chair to retire
    The Climate Change Commission Chair, Dr Rod Carr, has confirmed his plans to retire at the end of his term later this year, Climate Change Minister Simon Watts says. “Prior to the election, Dr Carr advised me he would be retiring when his term concluded. Dr Rod Carr has led ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Inaugural Board of Integrity Sport & Recreation Commission announced
    Nine highly respected experts have been appointed to the inaugural board of the new Integrity Sport and Recreation Commission, Sport & Recreation Minister Chris Bishop says. “The Integrity Sport and Recreation Commission is a new independent Crown entity which was established under the Integrity Sport and Recreation Act last year, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • A balanced Foreign Affairs budget
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters confirmed today that Vote Foreign Affairs in Budget 2024 will balance two crucial priorities of the Coalition Government.    While Budget 2024 reflects the constrained fiscal environment, the Government also recognises the critical role MFAT plays in keeping New Zealanders safe and prosperous.    “Consistent with ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New social housing places to support families into homes
    New social housing funding in Budget 2024 will ensure the Government can continue supporting more families into warm, dry homes from July 2025, Housing Ministers Chris Bishop and Tama Potaka say. “Earlier this week I was proud to announce that Budget 2024 allocates $140 million to fund 1,500 new social ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New Zealand’s minerals future
    Introduction Today, we are sharing a red-letter occasion. A Blackball event on hallowed ground. Today  we underscore the importance of our mineral estate. A reminder that our natural resource sector has much to offer.  Such a contribution will not come to pass without investment.  However, more than money is needed. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government sets out vision for minerals future
    Increasing national and regional prosperity, providing the minerals needed for new technology and the clean energy transition, and doubling the value of minerals exports are the bold aims of the Government’s vision for the minerals sector. Resources Minister Shane Jones today launched a draft strategy for the minerals sector in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government progresses Māori wards legislation
    The coalition Government’s legislation to restore the rights of communities to determine whether to introduce Māori wards has passed its first reading in Parliament, Local Government Minister Simeon Brown says. “Divisive changes introduced by the previous government denied local communities the ability to determine whether to establish Māori wards.” The ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • First RMA amendment Bill introduced to Parliament
    The coalition Government has today introduced legislation to slash the tangle of red and green tape throttling some of New Zealand’s key sectors, including farming, mining and other primary industries. RMA Reform Minister Chris Bishop says the Government is committed to  unlocking development and investment while ensuring the environment is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government welcomes EPA decision
    The decision by Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) to approve the continued use of hydrogen cyanamide, known as Hi-Cane, has been welcomed by Environment Minister Penny Simmonds and Agriculture Minister Todd McClay.  “The EPA decision introduces appropriate environmental safeguards which will allow kiwifruit and other growers to use Hi-Cane responsibly,” Ms ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Speech to Employers and Manufacturers Association: Relief for today, hope for tomorrow
    Kia ora, Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou kātoa Tāmaki Herenga Waka, Tāmaki Herenga tangata Ngā mihi ki ngā mana whenua o tēnei rohe Ngāti Whātua ō Ōrākei me nga iwi kātoa kua tae mai. Mauriora. Greetings everyone. Thank you to the EMA for hosting this event. Let me acknowledge ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government invests in 1,500 more social homes
    The coalition Government is investing in social housing for New Zealanders who are most in need of a warm dry home, Housing Minister Chris Bishop says. Budget 2024 will allocate $140 million in new funding for 1,500 new social housing places to be provided by Community Housing Providers (CHPs), not ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • $24 million boost for Gumboot Friday
    Thousands more young New Zealanders will have better access to mental health services as the Government delivers on its commitment to fund the Gumboot Friday initiative, says Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Mental Health Minister Matt Doocey.  “Budget 2024 will provide $24 million over four years to contract the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill passes first reading
    The Coalition Government’s Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill, which will improve tenancy laws and help increase the supply of rental properties, has passed its first reading in Parliament says Housing Minister Chris Bishop. “The Bill proposes much-needed changes to the Residential Tenancies Act 1986 that will remove barriers to increasing private ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Montecassino Commemorative Address, Cassino War Cemetery
    Standing here in Cassino War Cemetery, among the graves looking up at the beautiful Abbey of Montecassino, it is hard to imagine the utter devastation left behind by the battles which ended here in May 1944. Hundreds of thousands of shells and bombs of every description left nothing but piled ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • First Reading – Repeal of Section 7AA of the Oranga Tamariki Act 1989
    I present a legislative statement on the Oranga Tamariki (Repeal of Section 7AA) Amendment Bill Mr. Speaker, I move that the Oranga Tamariki (Repeal of Section 7AA) Amendment Bill be now read a first time. I nominate the Social Services and Community Committee to consider the Bill. Thank you, Mr. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • First reading of 7AA’s repeal: progress for children
    The Bill to repeal Section 7AA of the Oranga Tamariki Act has had its first reading in Parliament today. The Bill reaffirms the Coalition Government’s commitment to the care and safety of children in care, says Minister for Children Karen Chhour.  “When I became the Minister for Children, I made ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • China Business Summit 2024
    Kia ora koutou, good morning, and zao shang hao. Thank you Fran for the opportunity to speak at the 2024 China Business Summit – it’s great to be here today. I’d also like to acknowledge: Simon Bridges - CEO of the Auckland Chamber of Commerce. His Excellency Ambassador - Wang ...
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    6 days ago
  • Assisted departures from New Caledonia
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has confirmed a New Zealand Government plane will head to New Caledonia in the next hour in the first in a series of proposed flights to begin bringing New Zealanders home.  “New Zealanders in New Caledonia have faced a challenging few days - and bringing them ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Assisted depatures from New Caledonia
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has confirmed a New Zealand Government plane will head to New Caledonia in the next hour in the first in a series of proposed flights to begin bringing New Zealanders home.    “New Zealanders in New Caledonia have faced a challenging few days - and bringing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Government to rollout roadside drug testing
    The Coalition Government will introduce legislation this year that will enable roadside drug testing as part of our commitment to improve road safety and restore law and order, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  “Alcohol and drugs are the number one contributing factor in fatal road crashes in New Zealand. In ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Minister responds to review of Kāinga Ora
    The Government has announced a series of immediate actions in response to the independent review of Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities, Housing Minister Chris Bishop says. “Kāinga Ora is a large and important Crown entity, with assets of $45 billion and over $2.5 billion of expenditure each year. It ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Pseudoephedrine back on shelves
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    1 week ago
  • New Zealand-China Business Summit
    Tēnā koutou katoa. Da jia hao.  Good morning everyone.   Prime Minister Luxon, your excellency, a great friend of New Zealand and my friend Ambassador Wang, Mayor of what he tells me is the best city in New Zealand, Wayne Brown, the highly respected Fran O’Sullivan, Champion of the Auckland business ...
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    1 week ago
  • New measures to protect powerlines from trees
    Energy Minister Simeon Brown has announced that the Government will make it easier for lines firms to take action to remove vegetation from obstructing local powerlines. The change will ensure greater security of electricity supply in local communities, particularly during severe weather events.  “Trees or parts of trees falling on ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Wairarapa Moana ki Pouakani win top Māori dairy farming award
    Wairarapa Moana ki Pouakani were the top winners at this year’s Ahuwhenua Trophy awards recognising the best in Māori dairy farming. Māori Development Minister Tama Potaka announced the winners and congratulated runners-up, Whakatōhea Māori Trust Board, at an awards celebration also attended by Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and Finance Minister ...
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    1 week ago
  • DJ Fred Again – Assurance report received
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    1 week ago
  • District Court Judges appointed
    Attorney-General Judith Collins has announced the appointment of three new District Court Judges, to replace Judges who have recently retired. Peter James Davey of Auckland has been appointed a District Court Judge with a jury jurisdiction to be based at Whangarei. Mr Davey initially started work as a law clerk/solicitor with ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Unions should put learning ahead of ideology
    Associate Education Minister David Seymour is calling on the Post Primary Teachers’ Association (PPTA) to put ideology to the side and focus on students’ learning, in reaction to the union holding paid teacher meetings across New Zealand about charter schools.     “The PPTA is disrupting schools up and down the ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Craig Stobo appointed as chair of FMA
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  • Budget 2024 invests in lifeguards and coastguard
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    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand and Tuvalu reaffirm close relationship
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    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand calls for calm, constructive dialogue in New Caledonia
    New Zealand is gravely concerned about the situation in New Caledonia, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.  “The escalating situation and violent protests in Nouméa are of serious concern across the Pacific Islands region,” Mr Peters says.  “The immediate priority must be for all sides to take steps to de-escalate the ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand welcomes Samoa Head of State
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon met today with Samoa’s O le Ao o le Malo, Afioga Tuimalealiifano Vaaletoa Sualauvi II, who is making a State Visit to New Zealand. “His Highness and I reflected on our two countries’ extensive community links, with Samoan–New Zealanders contributing to all areas of our national ...
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  • Island Direct eligible for SuperGold Card funding
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    2 weeks ago
  • Further sanctions against Russia
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters today announced further sanctions on 28 individuals and 14 entities providing military and strategic support for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.  “Russia is directly supported by its military-industrial complex in its illegal aggression against Ukraine, attacking its sovereignty and territorial integrity. New Zealand condemns all entities and ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • One year on from Loafers Lodge
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