web analytics

Out of sight out of mind

Written By: - Date published: 7:28 am, July 31st, 2011 - 49 comments
Categories: child welfare, class war, poverty - Tags: , ,

“Government to clear beggars before international sporting event”. We’ve seen variations of this kind of headline many times over the years. China before the Olympic games. India before the Commonwealth games. South Africa before the Soccer World Cup. What terrible problems such countries must have! What a shameful way to treat those at the very bottom of society’s pecking order – sweeping them aside and trying to pretend that they don’t exist! Tut tut tut.

That sort of thing would never happen here, right? Wrong:

Beggar-ban considered in Palmerston North

Palmerston North is moving to rid the city of beggars before the Rugby World Cup. Its police are supporting calls from angry business owners to rid the city centre of beggars including a potential bylaw that could empower police to prosecute any beggars who do not leave the CBD.

We already have “third world” rates of diseases such as rheumatic fever and pneumonia. We already have the ‘Hidden shame’ of child poverty, and Kiwis dining on cockroaches and cat food.  We already have longstanding problems of poor housing, overcrowding and poor nutrition getting worse in the wake of the recession and the GST increase.  And now we’re planning to clear beggars from the streets, thus taking another step closer to those “third world” countries that we so like to look down on.

Still, out of sight out of mind eh.  How about those All Blacks?

49 comments on “Out of sight out of mind ”

  1. Palmerston North is not the only place this has been tried.  John Banks’ Auckland City Council also gave it a go.

    That Council enacted Bylaw No 20 – Public Places 2008 which included in the definition of “street trading” the “soliciting or collection of any subscription or donation”.  In John Banks’ Auckland beggars needed to apply for a licence before they were permitted to beg.  Someone found begging without a permit could be required to leave the area.  Failure to do so would constitute an offence punishable a fine of up to $20,000.

    That particular piece of madness was the brainchild of Paul Goldsmith, National’s current sacrificial lamb candidate for the Epsom electorate.  He seemed to be particularly upset that the homeless were making Auckland look messy, and he proposed changes to the New Zealand Bill of Rights so that police officers could pick people up and move them on.

    That Council budgeted $220,000 for security guards to deal with the homeless, that sum could have been used to provide many homeless with shelter.  It is not as if there had been an explosion in the numbers of homeless living on the streets.  As noted at the time by current Councillor Cathy Casey

    For as long as there has been a city here there have been rough sleepers. The problem is not huge. The latest count found 91 people sleeping rough within 3km of the Sky Tower – down from the 120 the year before.

    Ironically in a past life Banks had slept rough.  Shame his level of compassion for the homeless was about as high as Goldsmith’s.

    • freedom 1.1

      Prendeghastly and Blumblehead tried in numerous times in Wellington throughout the nineties and the 00’s. each variation of ‘Kick out the Bums’ they presented, no matter how it was disguised, always got quietly removed before too much of a stink was caused. The last serious attempt i recall would have been with the remodelling of Garrett St Park in 2006/7, this time it actually got to the papers and the propoganda machine kicked in. There were daily actions from all sorts of people that made the council reconsider. Suits with begging bowls on Lambton Quay is a powerful image after all.

  2. tc 2

    Paul goldsmith is such a nutter I’ve heard lifelong torys express their satisfaction when he failed to secure a supershity spot.

  3. Colonial Viper 3

    Don’t you know, begging on the street is a lifestyle choice, which is why under National we forecast a gradual but significant increase in their numbers.

  4. Lanthanide 4

    Frankly I’m surprised these people don’t just go commit a crime with the intention of getting into prison. I think it would probably generally beat living on the streets.

    Prisons are probably full of such types already.

    • freedom 4.1

      so apart from not acknowledging any of the inherent social responsibilty that we all share, and rather than look for a solution or even respect the fact that some people are in a terrible situation that is not always of their own making by the way, you not only generalise in an obscene way with the ubiquitous ‘these people’, you rampage on to suggest they compound their problems further by getting a criminal record and exposing themselves to a regularly violent environment.

      All this in only eighteen words, wow !

      • Lanthanide 4.1.1

        Way to completely take my comment the wrong way.

        • weka 4.1.1.1

          What did you mean Lanthanide? ‘these people’ and ‘such types’ are phrases usually used to distance oneself from people one either doesn’t understand or doesn’t like, so it is hard not to read your comment in a negative light.
           
           

          • Lanthanide 4.1.1.1.1

            It wasn’t a joke.

            Probably I should have said “these people haven’t committed crimes with the simple intention”.

            My point is that if society can’t be bothered to look after these people, such that they are forced to live on the street, then they should take advantage of the fucked up situation our society has put them in by doing the only thing that could get them reasonable care, ultimately harming society more (from the crime) and costing more (from the high security lodgings).

            That is to say, we treat our prisoners better than we treat our homeless. That’s pretty poor.

        • freedom 4.1.1.2

          Dear Lanthy

          i came back to your words a few times during the day and still see nothing in there that suggests it was sarcasm or satire or anything else but what it appears to be…. messed up.

          But i believe people should say what they mean and mean what they say, so if it was meant to be sardonic then i will take it as such and humbly give you the benefit of the doubt.

          Good thing you said so because i was beginning to imagine a harping pinched nose matron with a heart resembling the shrivelled prunes she had for breakfast. ( no offense to matronly pinch nosed prune lovers) I guess i need a few hints next time, maybe a smiley or a fake voice or a big fat ‘this is a bloody joke allright’ something apart from the tone you heard in your own head which is a little hard to translate at this end of a stream of data .

          hope you have a fantastic week 🙂

      • aotearoean 4.1.2

        I think Lanth is taking the piss.

        Interestingly the Palmerston North CC report indicates that the report writer spoke to the beggars he could find and concluded that all but one had mental health problems.

        The report is at http://www.pncc.govt.nz/content/154423/Agenda%20Comm%20Wellbeing%201-8-2011%20less%20mb.pdf

    • bbfloyd 4.2

      give it time… if national get back in, those on the streets will be grateful for the foresight the govt showed building all those new ones for them..

    • MrSmith 4.3

      Go easy Lanthanide, 
       
      These people are free on the street, maybe freer than you and me, they don’t have to work or be on time. I envy there freedom, they are an example to all of us that not everyone sees thing’s and the world the way we do.

    • Vicky32 4.4

      Prisons are probably full of such types already.

      Or so a right-wing git of a bus driver told me a few months ago, characterising his brother-in-law as one of them… “He always commits a burglary at the start of winter, so as to spend winter in prison”. Ironic if true, because from what I have heard, the cells at Mt Eden are (intentionally?) kept at around 10 degrees year round.)

  5. joe90 5

    So how long before we have our own Kelly Thomas?.

  6. Daniel 6

    I wish I was going to be in NZ for the RWC, so I could go down to Palmerston North, and lie around on the street in filthy rags. I wouldn’t beg, maybe I’d give out change to passersby

    • MrSmith 6.1

      Great idea Daniel, and a fun way of protesting, hope some people pick the idea up and do something with it.

  7. graeme 7

    People have been living on the streets for ever.
    all of a sudden now you care?

    fucking bullshit you care. do i ever see you at the city mission?
    it is an opportunity to have a crack at the govt rather than genuine care for the homeless.
    wanker.

    • r0b 7.1

      G’day graeme.  You don’t know me, and you have no idea what I do in the world.  So why so rude?

    • Colonial Viper 7.2

      Yes its an opportunity to have a crack at an uncaring National Government who rules and budgets for the top 5% of NZ society and lets everyone else struggle.

      What’s the problem there?

  8. Oligarkey 8

    Viper. Isn’t an Oligarchy with just a few people holding the bulk of money and power an ideal society? Surely the possession of vast amounts of material resource is the ultimate sign of rationality, humanity and benevolence? K – got a meeting with Roger Kerr, Don Brash and that nice man Mr Key now. Must dash!

  9. alex 9

    Shame on Palmerston North, besides, what are people from countries where homelessness is so much worse going to think if they see a few beggars here? Probably won’t think twice about it. This is really an unnecessary move by the council, and very cruel as well.

  10. Treetop 10

    People have the right to beg. Passbyers have the right to donate or not to donate. Street entrepreneurs are not dirty like the vomit, urine and litter in every CBD in the country. Street entrepreneurs are doing something about not having enough to live on, I expect that this is what is embrassing to local and central government. I find the state of mess in every CBD to be a priority not a street entrepreneur.

    • felix 10.1

      Sorry, the right to participate autonomously in the free market can’t be extended to everyone or chaos ensues and the whole system collapses.

      Silly goose.

      • Colonial Viper 10.1.1

        Free choice! Let the markets decide what is profitable and what is not! Cut government regulation and red tape!

        🙂

      • Treetop 10.1.2

        Oh silly me! I really do need to learn the difference between a bundle of heavy store pamphlets in my letter box and a person with a sign on the street asking for my money. It is really debatable what you get for your money at the supermarket these days. At least a street entrpereneur only asks for coins.

        Have you ever tried going to the supermarket with just coins?

        I had to ask someone once on the street for 10 cents because my contents insurance was going to be cut. I walked out of the insurance office, (asked a group of people) and then went back in with the 10 cents.

        • Vicky32 10.1.2.1

          Oh silly me! I really do need to learn the difference between a bundle of heavy store pamphlets in my letter box

          ????? Sorry, but ‘heavy store pamphlets’ means what? If you mean junk mail, then I get you. But store and shop* are not synonyms – that people think they are, is proof of being rather square-eyed and watching too much American TV.
          I am not being sarky, I really did wonder what you meant at first!
          * a store is a warehouse, a shop sells retail… Especially, an online seller is a shop not a store!
          ** Ban junk mail! Anyone who cares about the environment and waste of resources ought to agree with that.

          • Treetop 10.1.2.1.1

            I agree not worded well. My point is that there are many ways that people ask for money. If those who distribute the phamplets are not after money they would not bombard the letterbox with litter.

            • Vicky32 10.1.2.1.1.1

              If those who distribute the phamplets are not after money they would not bombard the letterbox with litter.

              Very true. Sufficient people must respond to it all and spend, because I get a tonne of it every week, but I am blowed if I know who these people are… AFAIK, my neighbours do the same as I do, and bung it all unread, in the recycling bin…

              • Treetop

                I even get pissed off with how the pamphlets are put in the letter box. Stuffed in through the letter slot and then the postie puts the letters in the old milk box part. Why the pamphelts/newspapers are not put in the cylinder above the post slot gets me. And when it is windy the council have to pick up the pamphlets littered around the street.

                • Vicky32

                  And when it is windy the council have to pick up the pamphlets littered around the street.

                  Exactly. There is a permanent puddle in our street (I call the Council every week, and every week they ignore it) and the pamphlets, and sometimes the real post, ends up in it.
                  I have learned to check the junk mail before binning it, as sometimes the postie puts the letters in amongst the junk (if she can get them to fit!) One month, I didn’t get a phone bill, and I am horribly afraid that’s what happened to it, that it got shoved inside a Michael Hill catalogue and binned…

                  • Treetop

                    I rang up NZ Post and they told me that the postie has to safely deliver the mail. When there is no room they have to repost. I realise that sometimes adolescents deliver pamphlets, but the letter slot is for letters. I have had utility/bank bills not delivered or dropped on the ground.

                    A full letter slot must get tedious for the postie.

                • A ‘No circulars please’ sign seems to do it for me.

                  But, then there’s the recent fashion that The Press (I’m a subscriber) bundles two or three ‘promotional inserts’ into the rolled up paper each day – they’re like rats finding little ‘holes’ to get into the house! The Press is becoming a Trojan Newspaper for junk mail.

                  The war continues. 

                  • Draco T Bastard

                    Personally, I think the council should be suing the people who send out those pamphlets. They’ve got better things to do with the peoples rates than to pay to clean up after the scum posting out unwanted and unnecessary rubbish.

                  • Treetop

                    A sign helps but unless one is screwed on it doesn’t last.

                    A person still gets junk even with a sign.

    • davidc 10.2

      When your “street entrepreneur” who is drunk at noon and was sitting on my car bonnet, blocks the way to my car door and asks me for cash then swears at me more when I refuse, I really cannot wait for him and his mates to be given the arse from town. Yip I live in lil ole Palmy.

      • Treetop 10.2.1

        There are more drunk people not begging who are a problem in the CBD and what do the council do about them?

        • davidc 10.2.1.1

          I would hope that all people that are drunk and abusive would be removed and dealt with accordingly.

          Your point is what? Only drunks that beg should be allowed to abuse people?

          • Treetop 10.2.1.1.1

            I am a bit skeptical that the drunk on your car bonnet was a genuine street entrpreneur. Lots of drunk people ask for money in the CBD and they can be abusive. I trace back the vomit, urine and alcohol litter to the drunks in the CBD, (high percentage in every CBD) and a huge cost in police, health and educational resources.

            Going about your business and being abused by a sober or drunk person is not acceptable and this is a police matter regardless of being asked for money.

            Jono Naylor has to tread carefully when it comes to blaming those in poverty for the vomit, urine, alcohol litter, (smashed jaggered bottles) shouting, violence in the residential streets on the way to the CBD and in the CBD.

            I know Palmy well.

      • felix 10.2.2

        Good idea davidc.

        Let’s instruct the police to ensure there are no drunks on the streets during the Rubber Wool Cup.

        You definitely have my support on that.

        • Draco T Bastard 10.2.2.1

          Seconded

        • Ianupnorth 10.2.2.2

          Here in Rotovegas the local homeless charity have challenged the local mayor and the local Tory Boy Todd (my dad rips off charities) McClay to spend some time on the street.
          See, we have this problem; we have recidivist crime, the offenders end up having short breaks in Rangipo and when they get out, guess what, they have nowhere to live. They can’t move elsewhere, else they lose benefits or breach parole. They can’t rent a house because they don’t have a bond. They can’t get work because they have no address, so they are pretty much stuck on the street.
          So, if you do a Palmy where are you going to place them – in a hostel on the Chathams for the RWC?
          What idiots think up these things?

      • mik e 10.2.3

        If we had user pays taxes on alcohol we could afford to detox these alcoholics in proper treatment centers. Under this Govt they are doing absolutely nothing about this $5.5 billion Drag on our society. their in the booze barons back pockets!

    • Vicky32 10.3

      I have recently seen a heap of people begging in the Auckland CBD, they were there at 07.50 when I went into work at the language school, then started packing up and moving on at about 09.30! The two who hung around the language school (which is half a block from Mickey Ds) were young – a guy selling portraits to raise money to get home to the UK, and a young woman whose sign said she needed a home for her child. I’d have given them money, had I had any to spare – which is one of life’s ironies.

Links to post

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • New Zealand boosts support to Fiji for COVID-19 impact
    Aotearoa New Zealand is providing additional support to Fiji to mitigate the effects of the current COVID-19 outbreak on vulnerable households, Foreign Minister Hon Nanaia Mahuta announced today. “Recognising the increasingly challenging situation in Fiji, Aotearoa will provide an additional package of assistance to support the Government of Fiji and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • Round 2 of successful energy education fund now open
    $1.65 million available in Support for Energy Education in Communities funding round two Insights from SEEC to inform future energy hardship programmes Community organisations that can deliver energy education to households in need are being invited to apply for the second funding round of the Support for Energy Education in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • New Ngarimu scholarships to target vocational training
    Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis today announced three new scholarships for students in vocational education and training (VET) are to be added to the suite of prestigious Ngarimu scholarships. “VET learners have less access to study support than university students and this is a way to tautoko their learning dreams ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • Recognising the volunteers who support our health system
    Nominations have opened today for the 2021 Minister of Health Volunteer Awards, as part of National Volunteer Week. “We know that New Zealanders donate at least 159 million hours of volunteer labour every year,” Minister of Health Andrew Little said in launching this year’s awards in Wellington. “These people play ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    8 hours ago
  • Drug Free Sport supported to deal with new doping challenges
    Drug Free Sport New Zealand will receive a funding boost to respond to some of the emerging doping challenges across international sport. The additional $4.3 million over three years comes from the Sport Recovery Fund announced last year. It will help DFSNZ improve athletes’ understanding of the risks of doping, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    8 hours ago
  • Government support for South Auckland community hit by tornado
    The Government is contributing $100,000 to a Mayoral Relief Fund to support Auckland communities impacted by the Papatoetoe tornado, Acting Minister for Emergency Management Kris Faafoi says. “My heart goes out to the family and friends who have lost a loved one, and to those who have been injured. I ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Celebrating World Refugee Day
    World Refugee Day today is an opportunity to celebrate the proud record New Zealanders have supporting and protecting refugees and acknowledge the contribution these new New Zealanders make to our country, the Minister of Immigration Kris Faafoi said. “World Refugee Day is also a chance to think about the journey ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Face to face meeting delivers significant progress on NZ-UK FTA
    New Zealand and the UK have committed to accelerating their free trade agreement negotiations with the aim of reaching an agreement in principle this August, Trade Minister Damien O’Connor announced. “We’ve held constructive and productive discussions towards the conclusion of a high-quality and comprehensive FTA that will support sustainable and inclusive trade, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government taking action to protect albatross
    New population figures for the critically endangered Antipodean albatross showing a 5 percent decline per year highlights the importance of reducing all threats to these very special birds, Acting Minister of Conservation Dr Ayesha Verrall says. The latest population modelling, carried out by Dragonfly Data Science, shows the Antipodean albatross ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Adoption laws under review
    New Zealand’s 66-year-old adoption laws are being reviewed, with public engagement beginning today.  Justice Minister Kris Faafoi said the Government is seeking views on options for change to our adoption laws and system. “The Adoption Act has remained largely the same since 1955. We need our adoption laws to reflect ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Wider roll-out of cameras on boats to support sustainability and protect marine life
    Up to 300 inshore commercial fishing vessels will be fitted with on-board cameras by 2024 as part of the Government’s commitment to protect the natural marine environment for future generations.  Minister for Oceans and Fisheries David Parker today announced the funding is now in place for the wider roll out ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Plan for vaccine rollout for general population announced
    New Zealanders over 60 will be offered a vaccination from July 28 and those over 55 from August 11, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. The rollout of the vaccine to the general population will be done in age groups as is the approach commonly used overseas, with those over ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New Zealand introduces Belarus travel bans
    New Zealand has imposed travel bans on selected individuals associated with the Lukashenko regime, following ongoing concerns about election fraud and human rights abuses after the 2020 Belarus elections, Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta has announced. The ban covers more than fifty individuals, including the President and key members of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • NZ economy grows driven by households, construction and business investment
    The Government’s efforts to secure the recovery have been reflected in the robust rebound of GDP figures released today which show the economy remains resilient despite the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Grant Robertson said. GDP increased 1.6 percent in the first three months of 2021. The Treasury had ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Milestone 250th tower continues to improve rural connectivity
    The Government has welcomed the completion of the 250th 4G mobile tower, as part of its push for better rural connectivity. Waikato’s Wiltsdown, which is roughly 80 kilometres south of Hamilton, is home to the new tower, deployed by the Rural Connectivity Group to enable improved service to 70 homes ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Quarantine Free Travel pause with Victoria to lift on Tuesday
    Following a further public health assessment of the COVID-19 outbreak in greater Melbourne, New Zealand’s Quarantine Free Travel pause with Victoria has been extended to 11.59pm on Tuesday 22 June, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says. It has been determined that the risk to public health in New Zealand continues ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Prime Minister mourns passing of Dr Sir Ian Hassall
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is mourning the passing of Dr Sir Ian Hassall, New Zealand’s first Children’s Commissioner and lifelong champion for children and children’s health. As a paediatrician Sir Ian contributed to a major world-first cot death study that has been directly credited with reducing cot deaths in New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • APEC structural reform meeting a success
    APEC ministers have agreed working together will be crucial to ensure economies recover from the impact of COVID-19. Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs David Clark, chaired the virtual APEC Structural Reform Ministerial Meeting today which revolved around the overarching theme of promoting balanced, inclusive, sustainable, innovative and secure growth ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Digital hub to boost investment in forestry
    A new website has been launched at Fieldays to support the forestry sector find the information it needs to plant, grow and manage trees, and to encourage investment across the wider industry. Forestry Minister Stuart Nash says the new Canopy website is tailored for farmers, iwi and other forestry interests, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government continues support for rangatahi to get into employment, education and training
    Over 230 rangatahi are set to benefit from further funding through four new He Poutama Rangatahi programmes, Minister for Social Development and Employment Carmel Sepuloni announced today. “We’re continuing to secure our economic recovery from COVID by investing in opportunities for rangatahi to get into meaningful employment, education or training ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • NCEA subjects up for consultation
    The education sector, students, their parents, whānau and communities are invited to share their thoughts on a list of proposed NCEA subjects released today, Education Minister Chris Hipkins says. This is a significant part of the Government’s NCEA Change Programme that commenced in 2020 and will be largely implemented by ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Major investment in plantain forage programme aims to improve freshwater quality
    The Government is backing a major programme investigating plantain’s potential to help farmers protect waterways and improve freshwater quality, Acting Agriculture Minister Meka Whaitiri announced at Fieldays today. The Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures (SFFF) fund is contributing $8.98 million to the $22.23 million seven-year programme, which aims to deliver ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • America’s Cup decision
    The Minister responsible for the America’s Cup has confirmed the joint Crown-Auckland Council offer to host the next regatta has been declined by the Board of Team New Zealand. “The exclusive period of negotiation between the Crown, Auckland Council, and Team New Zealand ends tomorrow, 17 June,” said Stuart Nash. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Food and fibres sector making significant strides towards New Zealand’s economic recovery
    The Government is backing the food and fibres sector to lead New Zealand's economic recovery from COVID-19 with targeted investments as part of its Fit for a Better World roadmap, Forestry Minister Stuart Nash said. “To drive New Zealand’s recovery, we launched the Fit for a Better World – Accelerating ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Speech to He Whenua Taurikura – New Zealand’s annual hui on countering terrorism and violent...
    Check against delivery Can I begin by acknowledging the 51 shuhada, their families and the Muslim community. It is because of the atrocious violent act that was done to them which has led ultimately to this, the start of a dialogue and a conversation about how we as a nation ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Cost of Government Southern Response proactive package released
    The Government has announced the proactive package for some Southern Response policyholders could cost $313 million if all those eligible apply. In December, the Minister Responsible for the Earthquake Commission, David Clark announced a proactive package for SRES claimants who settled their claims before October 2014. It trailed the judgment ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • First period products delivered to schools
    The first period products funded as part of the Government’s nationwide rollout are being delivered to schools and kura this week, as part of wider efforts to combat child poverty, help increase school attendance, and make a positive impact on children’s wellbeing. “We know that nearly 95,000 9-to-18 year olds ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New support to reduce emissions from public building and construction projects
    Government agencies are getting new support to reduce carbon emissions generated by construction of new buildings, with the release of practical guidance to shape decisions on public projects. The Ministers for Building and Construction and for Economic Development say a new Procurement Guide will help government agencies, private sector suppliers, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • He Whenua Taurikura: New Zealand’s first Hui on Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism
    The Prime Minister has opened New Zealand’s first hui on Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism, which is being held in Christchurch over the next two days. The hui delivers on one of the recommendations from the report of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the terrorist attack on Christchurch masjidain ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Speech to inaugural Countering Terrorism Hui
    E aku nui, e aku rahi, Te whaka-kanohi mai o rātou mā, Ru-ruku-tia i runga i te ngākau whakapono, Ru-ruku-tia i runga i te ngākau aroha, Waitaha, Ngāti Mamoe, Ngai Tahu, nāu rā te reo pohiri. Tena tātou katoa. Ki te kotahi te kakaho ka whati, ki te kapuia, e ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Campaign shines a light on elder abuse
    A new campaign is shining a spotlight on elder abuse, and urging people to protect older New Zealanders. Launched on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, the Office for Seniors’ campaign encourages friends, whānau and neighbours to look for the signs of abuse, which is often hidden in plain sight. “Research suggests ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Farewelling sports administrator and philanthropist Sir Eion Edgar
    Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson today expressed his sorrow at the passing of Sir Eion Edgar – a leading sports administrator and celebrated philanthropist who has made a significant impact both within and beyond the sport sector. “Sir Eion’s energy, drive and generosity has been truly immense. He leaves ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government to apologise for Dawn Raids
    The Government will make a formal apology for the wrongs committed during the Dawn Raids of the 1970’s. Between 1974 and 1976, a series of rigorous immigration enforcement policies were carried out that resulted in targeted raids on the homes of Pacific families. The raids to find, convict and deport overstayers ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Humanitarian support for Bangladesh and Myanmar
    Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta today announced that New Zealand is providing NZ $8.25 million in humanitarian assistance to support refugees and their host populations in Bangladesh and to support humanitarian need of internally displaced and conflict affected people in Myanmar.  “Nearly four years after 900,000 Rohingya crossed the border ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Poroporoaki: Dame Georgina Kamiria Kirby
    E Te Kōkō Tangiwai, Te Tuhi Mareikura, Te Kākākura Pokai kua riro i a matou. He toka tū moana ākinga ā tai, ākinga ā hau, ākinga ā ngaru tūātea.  Haere atu rā ki te mūrau a te tini, ki te wenerau a te mano.  E tae koe ki ngā rire ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Feedback sought on future of housing and urban development
    New Zealanders are encouraged to have their say on a long-term vision for housing and urban development to guide future work, the Housing Minister Megan Woods has announced. Consultation starts today on a Government Policy Statement on Housing and Urban Development (GPS-HUD), which will support the long-term direction of Aotearoa ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Clean car package to drive down emissions
    New rebates for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles start July 1 with up to $8,625 for new vehicles and $3,450 for used. Electric vehicle chargers now available every 75km along most state highways to give Kiwis confidence. Low Emission Transport Fund will have nearly four times the funding by 2023 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Progress towards simpler process for changing sex on birth certificates
    The Government is taking the next step to support transgender, non-binary and intersex New Zealanders, by progressing the Births, Deaths, Marriages and Relationships Registration Bill, Minister of Internal Affairs, Jan Tinetti announced today. “This Government understands that self-identification is a significant issue for transgender, non-binary and intersex New Zealanders, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Crown speeds up engagement with takutai moana applicants
    The Crown is taking a new approach to takutai moana applications to give all applicants an opportunity to engage with the Crown and better support the Māori-Crown relationship, Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Andrew Little says. Following discussions with applicant groups, the Crown has reviewed the existing takutai moana application ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment (AODT) Court opens
    The Minister of Justice, Kris Faafoi, and the Minister for Courts, Aupito William Sio, have welcomed the opening of a new Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment (AODT) Court in Hamilton. The AODT Court (Te Whare Whakapiki Wairua) addresses situations where substance abuse and offending are intertwined. “New Zealanders have told ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago