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Peters ought to stop playing the race card

Written By: - Date published: 1:59 pm, February 11th, 2008 - 35 comments
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Winston Peters vexes me. He has a long list of worthy achievements, including free doctor visits for under sixes and crippling the last National government when it tried to sell Wellington Airport. He has also fought for ordinary kiwis against corporate might and those who would flog our assets to foreign owners.

Unfortunately, mixed with economic nationalism is anti-immigrant prejudice. On Breakfast this morning he argued the mid-air stabbing of two pilots by a mentally unstable woman was the fault of our refugee policy because she happened to be Somali, and we should re-examine whether we want Somalis refugees here.

Two responses:

1) There are many people who are mentally unstable and believe that society or the government is out to get them (many voice themselves here). This woman happened to be a traumatised Somali refugee; it could as easily have been a Paheka man who lost his job or a Maori woman whose business went bust.

2) As a prosperous country we have accepted a moral and legal duty to provide a home to 750 UNHCR refugees a year. We cannot pick and choose of the refugees we take for their ethnicity or mental state or skills. Some refugees will be traumatised and unstable. It is our human duty to help them.

Peters shames himself by using these events to appeal to xenophobia.

(over at blogblog they report that Paul Henry, who lost the then safe National seat of Wairarapa to Georgina Beyer in 1999, was just as bad later in the show when he interviewed the PM.)

35 comments on “Peters ought to stop playing the race card”

  1. Santi 1

    Are you talking about the Minister of Foreign Affairs of YOUR government and distinguished statesman of long parliamentary career?

    The poodle Peters appears to have reached a deal with the Labour Party, by which they support each other at critical times (for example, the passing of the EFB).

    The phrase “baubles of office” comes to mind.

    [lprent: Read the About page. I gather that a number of the posters here are actually green supporters, who are not in government. Some of my opinions on economics would make Act look like wimp’s – my background is in science and management. Whacking a label on people and expecting them to act like automata is a sign of a weak mind.]

  2. BeShakey 2

    “…it could as easily have been a Paheka man who lost his job or a Maori woman whose business went bust.”

    I disagree with this bit. The trauma experienced by this woman far exceeds losing a job or having a business go bust (not to ignore the effects of those, but living in a war zone, seperated from family, then raped is a world away). The issue is, whether we as NZers only want to help refugees who need our help a little, while refusing to help those who need it a lot.

  3. Steve Pierson 3

    Santi. The Standard is not aligned to any party. So, no, I have no problem criticising Peters or anyone when I disagree with them whether they are part of the government or not. You would have noticed for instance last week that even the writers of the Standard had differing opinions around how wages should be increased.

    Oh and NZF does have “a deal with the Labour Party, by which they support each other at critical times” it’s called the Confidence and Supply Agreement.

  4. Historian 4

    Santi

    There is nothing to stop National, at any time, announcing that they would not accept such an arrangement with Winston Peters. But just as Don Brash tried to do a deal with NZ First and the Maori Party after the 2005 election, John Key knows full well that he would accept Winston as Foreign Minister in an instant, if that was the price of power. In fact, he has said so.

    At least Peters is not in charge of the nation’s economy. Only National were willing to give him that. Clark refused.

  5. Steve Pierson 5

    BeShakey. Yes, her experiences were worse than those hypotheticals, but the point is that people could become mentally unstable or feel the world is against them for many reasons.

  6. Matthew Pilott 6

    but the point is that people could become mentally unstable or feel the world is against them for many reasons.

    We’ll have to deport emos soon 😉

  7. And pretty much the entire kiwiblog right…

    [lprent: and they’re not monolithic either ‘sod. Well maybe RedBaiter]

  8. Billy 8

    That’s right ‘sod. Anyone who doesn’t think like you is mentally unstable. No other possible explanation.

  9. Um Billy, I’m not the loon throwing bricks through office windows or complaining that I’m living in a communist state.

  10. Seamonkey Madness 10

    “It is our human duty to help them.”

    Indeed it is, I agree.
    But what happens when your offers of help and support get thanked in this way.

    “Can the Minister explain why we have a fistful of letters of complaint that have never been acted on by his department, and will his investigation of Asha Ali Abdille deal with her treatment of staff at the Red Cross in Wellington and Christchurch, which involved threatening to pour petrol on one person and spitting in another receptionist’s face, and the bizarre circumstances at the Hastings police station in which she threw a bucket of faeces over a constable.”

    So what do you do when you get it all thrown back in your face this way? Turn the other cheek? What if that has got feaces on it already?

    Cross-quoting from KBB: what would you do if the neighbours kids you had taken in started spitting at you, abusing you, throwing feaces at you? Then to top it off, you’re taking them to school in the car with your kids and all of a sudden stab you and threaten to kill you if you don’t take them to McDonalds.

    I would kick the little shits out! (or hand them to CYFS, where they would possibly get abused and turn out to be a great member of society when they grow up.)

    Captcha = about ANNETTE!!

  11. Billy 11

    Yeah, you’re right. No-one on the left is a lunatic.

    http://capitalismbad.blogspot.com/2006/07/beautiful-boy.html

    Can we have a whip around to deport Maia?

  12. Billy 12

    Lyn said:

    “Some of my opinions on economics would make Act look like wimp’s”

    I will forgive the misplaced apostrophe, and am willing to revise my opinion of you. Tell me more.

  13. East Wellington Superhero 13

    I saw the Paul Henry’s interview. Wasn’t that bad. Gee. You can’t expect people to be nice to her just because she’s the PM. Furthermore, even IF he was biased, it hardly compares to the partiality of some RNZ reporting.

    I largely agree with you on the mental health side of it. You can’t just get rid of them because of poor health.

    Henry had a good point though. Do we expect people coming to out society to adopt our values? Equality before the law, religous freedom, freedom of association and respect for property right. Or, do we allow it to come to the point where, for example, Sharia Law is established in ghettoised parts of our cities – as it IS happening in other parts of the world.

    Actually, here’s the question I want you to answer – If, after a change in demographics, a majority of NZers wanted Sharia Law, would you be opposed to that? Would you fight to defend Western values?

    This is a genuine problem that NZ has to face. It is not serious yet but it will be one day. What is the Labour’s repsonse to the problematic result of so-called multiculturalism? Nothing. It can’t respond because Labour gets mileage by playing this different type of race card – painting National, or anyone else, that mentions this issue as a racist or xenophobe.

  14. Historian 14

    Yes, I’m sure one lone, demented woman in our midst is a precursor to Sharia Law.

    Try to get out more.

  15. East Wellington Superhero 15

    Actually clever clogs, I’m refering to the content of Paul Henry’s questioning of Helen Clark – which is what this post was talking about.

    Furthermore, you’ve just proved the point I made above: Instead of answering the question and dealing with the issue, you just tried to portray me as a racist, or a loser.

    Nice one.

  16. Matthew Pilott 16

    If, after a change in demographics, a majority of NZers wanted Sharia Law, would you be opposed to that? Would you fight to defend Western values?

    EWS, I would fight (mentally, not phycically!), and probably be very activist because I don’t feel Sharia law is relevant in modern society – but if that’s what a majority of New Zealanders voted for then I would have to realise I was in the minority.

    Your line of questioning is very reminicent of Israeli policy, however. They refuse to give rights to the Palestinian people because that would change the “Jewish” (I prefer Militant Fascist, but that’s another kettle of fish) nature of the state.

    This is, in of itself, a combination of racial profiling, social engineering and xenophobia (please ignore the negative connotations of the latter – I mean it simply as a dislike of “different” values) – is that a path you wish our country to embark upon?

    To answer your question, albeit very idealistically, I would hope that we can adopt the better parts of other cultures – their customes, music, cuisine, traditions and so on, that add value to our society, whilst I would hope migrants are given the opportunity to do the same and adapt to their new home.

    To do that, refugees and migrants need support, compassion and openness – not an inquisition and a ostracisation (I’m not sure the last word is a word and can’t be bothered onelook-ing).

  17. Historian 17

    What issue? One you’ve invented? What’s to answer?

    Provide evidence that there is a problem that “New Zealand has to face”. Otherwise it’s just “if my auntie had bollocks …” I’m not here to help with figments of your imagination, there are enough real issues out there to deal with.

  18. Phil 18

    If I were the one making the final decision on this – she’d be on the next boat back to Somalia (no more Aircraft for you lady…)

    We have an obligation to provide refuge to those of other nations that need it, and the appropriate health services to help them through what are clearly traumatic events.
    But, IF those services are provided, the refugee has an obligation to remain within the confines of the laws that exist here. Break those laws and we send you packing.

  19. Ben R 19

    Last year security guards were appointed to the Newtown Flats & the residents actually supported Black Power who protected them:

    “Ms Taylor-Kerr said most residents supported Black Power.

    “We protect this place from outsiders, like the Mongrel Mob or the Somali gangs.” http://uk.blog.360.yahoo.com/blog-KY.mr1I2aaOutqRvr.nwHmk-?cq=1&p=609

    Unfortunately, overseas experience suggests that Somali gang problems aren’t uncommon.

    “the easy answer for some is to adopt a readily available, aggressive street persona, largely based on “gangsta rap” culture.

    “I think many of these young people try to find a group they can ally with,” says Dr McDowell. “Gangsta culture provides that identity because it’s about male power, is about making people scared and it seems that some Somali boys gravitate towards it because it allows them to be in control.”

    http://www.australian-news.com.au/Ethnic_crime_African.htm

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/5029390.stm

  20. Murray 20

    To quote Theodore Dalyrymple, “immigrants have enriched our culture, will enrich our culture, but they should do so by addition, not division or subtraction”. Personally I think we should send the nutty bitch back to where she came from. You know, a bit like Turia wants to do with all us whities.

  21. Jeez Muz, “Dalyrymple”? You must be some kinda intullectual or something. (I’m gonna go with “something”).

  22. Personally I think we should send the nutty bitch back to where she came from.

    Good luck trying to get elected on a platform of withdrawing from the UN Convention on Refugees.

  23. Seamonkey Madness 23

    PM,

    I think Murray would, given that just because of this one crazy Somali, we might have to go through metal detectors on flights between Picton and Paraparaumu.

    A pity it is the one of many ruining it for the rest of us.
    I concur with Phil: send her on a slow boat back to Somalia.

  24. Phil 24

    There’s a big difference between sending her home, and not letting her into the country in the first place… I credit you as being smarter than that, Milt

  25. I took Murray’s “we should send the nutty bitch back to where she came from” to be fairly unequivocal about which of the two he meant, Phil.

    In any case, how exactly would not letting her into the country in the first place work? Picture it:

    “We have reason to believe you have been subjected to potentially mentally destabilising trauma in the country you’re fleeing from, so we’re going to have to deny you refugee status.”

    It certainly would solve our refugee problem, but remaining a signatory to the convention under those circumstances would be a bit tricky.

  26. Seamonkey Madness: it’s not because of a deranged Somali that we’re now facing security bullshit in domestic airports. It’s because of dumbass journo scum, and dumber-ass opportunist politicians – please sheet the blame home where it best belongs.

  27. PM – you’ve got to understand bro, SMM and his ilk only understand personal responsibility in terms of those it can be imposed on.

  28. Seamonkey Madness 28

    Robinsod,
    You have soooo got the wrong end of the stick on this one. If I had been on that flight, I would have made it my personal responsiblity to lay the smackdown on the fattest Somalian I have ever laid eyes on.

    PM,
    You’re not getting the argument either. I’m not saying ‘no refugees’. I’m saying if, within a certain time period, a refugee has failed to integrate sufficiently into the society which the UN has dumped them in (i.e. abused Red Cross workers, police, MotP), then they are free to bloody take refuge somewhere else. In this case: she wanted to go to Australia, let her go!

    “it’s not because of a deranged Somali that we’re now facing security bullshit in domestic airports. It’s because of dumbass journo scum, and dumber-ass opportunist politicians…”

    Shit, you could have fooled me!
    I swear it was a fat, insane Somalian woman being escorted off the plane, not Peter Dunne, Colin Espiner, Winston Peters or Audrey Young.
    😉

  29. The fat insane Somali “caused” only a dangerous altercation on an aeroplane, for which she’s been arrested. This one-off incident has no bearing on security at our domestic airports, until journo scum decide to beat it up, and opportunist politicians feel pressured into acting. These are the stupid fucks who will “cause” unpleasant bullshit security measures to be put in place in our airports, not the one who’s been arrested.

  30. Seamonkey Madness 30

    Fair enough PM.
    But we take shit-for-brains hype media and opportunistic scum pollies as par for the course in NZ (or anywhere really). But not a crazy, knife-wielding, blubberguts refugee who decides to do something stupid.

    We can’t deport the media and MPs (however much we would want to) but we can deport troublesome UN-appointed refugees. (Okay, well we can’t, but in a “perfect world”, I daresay we would like to.)

    I think we agree on these points though: Asha Ali Abdille is fat, crazy, a danger to herself & others and came from Somalia.

  31. Matthew Pilott 31

    OK SMM, you’re all about Personal Responsibility and Choice.

    Let me ask you:

    Did Abdille choose to be born in Somalia?

    Did she choose to be involved in a large scale civil unrest and war?

    Did she choose to be a refugee?

    Did she choose to be suceptable to mental illness as a result of her experiences?

    If the answer to any or all of the above is a “no”, can I ask you Personally Choose to piss off, or refrain from making obnoxious and facile comments.

    Cheers.

  32. Phil 32

    Matthew;

    New Zealand does have an obligation to help out nations less fortunate than ourselves – on that I think we all (almost all) agree.

    However, it is clearly the view of some of us, myself included, that those refugess lucky enough to arrive on our doorstep, have an equally significant obligation to remain within the confines of the law. If they choose to step utside those laws (ie; been found guilty of criminal activity) I fully condone an immediate deportation.

    While SMM may have put that point across in a crude manner, the conceptual underpinnings of the view are neither obnoxious or facile.

  33. Matthew Pilott 33

    Phil, I agree there to some extent.

    I suspect where we differ is in where the failure lies – in accepting refugees, we must realise that they are, by definition, people with troubled backgrounds and are likely to have more difficulty adapting. More so when contrasted with voluntary immigrants from stable nations.

    To instantly call for deportation is to accept our failure to assist with integration and/or assimilation, and is also often an effective sentance of rape, torture, deprivation or death, given the state of the various nations from which we accept refugees.

    Our energies could be better spent on assessing how we treat refugees, rather than forming lynch mobs.

  34. Phil, look up the Convention we signed, and check out Article 33. We don’t get to deport refugees back to be tortured, raped and murdered just because they commit crimes here. Having accepted them as refugees, we are now responsible for them. Much as you might personally wish to send them back, that’s not a legal option.

    Unless National would like to campaign on withdrawing from the Convention? Would certainly pull votes out from under Winston, but overall, really not a good look.

  35. Seamonkey Madness 35

    PM,

    When does a person stop being a refugee?
    Is it when they apply for residency?

    Forgive me for being ignorant (as I am sure you’ve assumed I am by now), but is Asha Ali Abdille a NZ resident?
    If so, can’t she just save up and move to Australia like any other person? I mean, she could afford a flight to Chch, its not that much more expensive to fly across the ditch. (yes, and all the other associated costs of moving…)

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    18 hours ago
  • Feedback sought – Commercial Film and Video Production Facilities
    The Associate Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration, Poto Williams, is seeking feedback on a proposal to better enable the development and operation of commercial film and video facilities in Christchurch. The Proposal, developed by Regenerate Christchurch in response to a request from Christchurch City Council, asks that powers under section ...
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    22 hours ago
  • Govt launches bold primary sector plan to boost economic recovery
    The Government has launched a bold plan to boost primary sector export earnings by $44 billion over the next decade, while protecting the environment and growing jobs. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today released Fit for a Better World – Accelerating our Economic Potential, a 10-year roadmap to unlock greater value ...
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    23 hours ago
  • Wellbeing of whanau at heart of new hub
    A new approach to prevent family harm that encourages greater collaboration across government and community groups is being celebrated at the opening of a new facility in Auckland. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today opened the Multi-Disciplinary Family Harm Prevention Hub Te Taanga Manawa in Lambie Road in Manukau. The facility ...
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  • New Report on Auckland Port Relocation
    The Government has released a major new report on the options for relocating the Port of Auckland’s freight operations while deferring any decision on the issue. “That decision needs to be informed by policy analysis that is still to be completed. As a result it will be up to a ...
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  • Dual place names for Te Pātaka-o-Rākaihautū / Banks Peninsula features
    The history of Rāpaki is being restored through the inclusion of te reo in thirteen official place names on Te Pātaka-o-Rākaihautū / Banks Peninsula and around Lyttelton Harbour/Whakaraupō, the Minister for Land Information, Eugenie Sage, announced today.   “I am pleased to approve the proposals from Te Hapū o Ngāti ...
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  • Government and Air New Zealand agree to manage incoming bookings
    Bookings for seats on Air New Zealand flights into New Zealand will be managed in the short term to ensure the Government is able to safely place New Zealanders arriving home into a managed isolation or quarantine facility, says Housing Minister Megan Woods.  “Last week Air Commodore Darryn Webb and I ...
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  • $80 million for sport recovery at all levels
    Grant Robertson has today announced the first major release of funding from the $265 million Sport Recovery Package announced at Budget 2020.  “Today we’re setting out how $80 million will be invested, with $54 million of that over the 2020/2021 financial year for organisations from community level through to elite ...
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  • Keeping ACC levies steady until 2022
    The Government is maintaining current levy rates for the next 2 years, as part of a set of changes to help ease the financial pressures of COVID-19 providing certainty for businesses and New Zealanders, ACC Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. “New Zealanders and businesses are facing unprecedented financial pressures as a ...
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    2 days ago
  • Extended loan scheme keeps business afloat
    Small businesses are getting greater certainty about access to finance with an extension to the interest-free cashflow loan scheme to the end of the year. The Small Business Cashflow Loan Scheme has already been extended once, to 24 July. Revenue and Small Business Minister Stuart Nash says it will be ...
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    3 days ago
  • New investment creates over 2000 jobs to clean up waterways
    A package of 23 projects across the country will clean up waterways and deliver over 2000 jobs Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Environment Minister David Parker announced today. The $162 million dollar package will see 22 water clean-up projects put forward by local councils receiving $62 million and the Kaipara ...
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    3 days ago
  • Speech to Labour Party Congress 2020
    Tena koutou katoa  Nga tangata whenua o tenei rohe o Pōneke, tena koutou Nau mai, haere mai ki te hui a tau mo te roopu reipa Ko tatou!  Ko to tatou mana!  Ko to tatou kaupapa kei te kokiri whakamua  Tena koutou, tena koutou, tena tatou katoa   Welcome. I ...
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  • PGF top-up for QE Health in Rotorua
    The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $1.5 million to ensure QE Health in Rotorua can proceed with its world class health service and save 75 existing jobs, Under Secretary for Regional Economic Development, Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. The PGF funding announced today is in addition to the $8 million ...
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    5 days ago
  • Building a more sustainable construction sector
    A new programme, which sets a firm course for the Building and Construction sector to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, has been announced by the Minister for Building and Construction Jenny Salesa. “A significant amount of New Zealand’s carbon emissions come from the building and construction sector.  If we’re serious ...
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    5 days ago
  • PGF funds tourism boost in Northland
    The Provincial Growth Fund is investing more than $7.5 million in Northland ventures to combat the economic impact of the COVID-19 virus, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones have announced. The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) investment is going to the Northern Adventure Experience and ...
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    5 days ago
  • Four new projects announced as part of the biggest ever national school rebuild programme
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Education Minister Chris Hipkins today announced significant funding for Auckland’s Northcote College as part of the first wave of a new nationwide school redevelopment programme to upgrade schools over the next 10 years. The $48.5 million project brings the total investment in Northcote College to ...
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    5 days ago
  • COVID-19: Support to improve student attendance and wellbeing
    The Government has opened an urgent response fund to support schools and early learning services to get children and young people back on track after the Covid-19 lockdown. “While we are seeing improvements in attendance under Alert Level 1 Ministry of Education data shows that attendance rates in our schools ...
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    5 days ago
  • Fast-track consenting law boosts jobs and economic recovery
    The law to boost the economic recovery from the impact of COVID-19 by speeding up resource consenting on selected projects has passed its second and third readings in the House today. “Accelerating nationwide projects and activities by government, iwi and the private sector will help deliver faster economic recovery and ...
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    6 days ago
  • Whanganui Port gets PGF boost
    Five port-related projects in Whanganui will receive a $26.75 million Provincial Growth Fund investment to support local economic recovery and create new opportunities for growth, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “This is a significant investment that will support the redevelopment of the Whanganui Port, a project governed ...
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    6 days ago
  • More support for Sarjeant Gallery
    Whanganui’s Sarjeant Gallery will receive an investment of up to $12 million administered by the Provincial Growth Fund to support its redevelopment, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. The project is included in a $3 billion infrastructure pipeline announced by Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Shane Jones yesterday. ...
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  • Funding for training and upskilling
    The Provincial Growth Fund is investing nearly $2.5 million into three Te Ara Mahi programmes to support Manawatū-Whanganui jobseekers and employees to quickly train and upskill, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “Up to 154 local people will be supported into employment within the first year by these ...
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    6 days ago
  • Statement from the Minister of Health Dr David Clark
      This morning I have formally tendered my resignation as Minister of Health, which was accepted by the Prime Minister. Serving as Minister of Health has been an absolute privilege – particularly through these extraordinary last few months. It’s no secret that Health is a challenging portfolio. I have given ...
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    6 days ago
  • Scholarship placements for agricultural emissions scientists doubles
    Scholarships for 57 early-career agricultural emissions scientists from 20 developing countries is another example of New Zealand’s international leadership in primary sector sustainability, says Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. Mr O’Connor, announcing the scholarships today, says hundreds of applications were received for this fourth round of the CLIFF-GRADS programme (Climate, Food ...
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    6 days ago
  • Funding for Foxton regeneration
    A project to help rejuvenate the Horowhenua town of Foxton will receive a Provincial Growth Fund investment of $3.86 million, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “This funding for the Foxton Regeneration project will be used to make the well-known holiday town even more attractive for visitors and ...
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    6 days ago
  • Plan to improve protection of moa bones
    Moa bones and other sub-fossil remains of extinct species are set to have improved protection with proposals to prevent the trade in extinct species announced the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage today. “We have lost too many of our native species, but these lost species, such as moa, remain an ...
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    6 days ago
  • Free lunches served up to thousands of school children in the South Island
    The Government’s free and healthy school lunches programme moves south for the first time creating jobs for around 30 people in Otago and Southland. “Eighteen schools with 3000 students are joining the programme – 11 have already begun serving lunches, and seven are preparing to start during Term 3. This is ...
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    6 days ago
  • Screen Sector recovery package protects jobs, boosts investment
    Thousands of Kiwi jobs and investment in New Zealand productions will be protected through a screen sector support package announced today by Associate Minister for Arts Culture and Heritage Carmel Sepuloni, Minister for Economic Development Phil Twyford and Minister for Broadcasting Kris Faafoi. The package also includes investment in broadcasting ...
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    7 days ago
  • New fund to help save local events and jobs
    The Government has established a new $10 million fund for the domestic events sector to help save jobs and protect incomes as it recovers from the impacts of COVID-19, Minister of Economic Development Phil Twyford announced today. This funding from Budget 2020 follows talks with the event sector designed to ...
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    7 days ago
  • Bill to improve fuel market competition
    The Government has taken another step in its commitment to making sure New Zealanders get a fairer deal at the petrol pump with the introduction of legislation to improve competition in the retail fuel market, says Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods. “The fuel market study that this Government ordered ...
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    7 days ago
  • New Zealand joins global facility for pre-purchase of COVID-19 Vaccine
    New Zealand has joined a global initiative that aims to enable all countries to access a safe and effective Covid-19 vaccine, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters announced today. The COVAX Facility was recently launched by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. The Alliance includes the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the World Bank ...
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    7 days ago
  • Right to legal representation in Family Court restored today
    From today new legislation takes effect to both restore the right to legal representation at the start of a Care of Children (CoCA) dispute in the Family Court, and allow parties to those proceedings to access legal aid where eligible. During a visit to the Family Court in Auckland today, ...
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    7 days ago
  • Transitioning to a fully-qualified home-based ECE workforce
    Home-based early childhood education (ECE) subsidised by the government will transition to a fully qualified workforce by 2025 to ensure better and more consistent quality, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. “Quality early learning helps provide children with a strong foundation for their future,” Chris Hipkins said. From 1 January ...
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    1 week ago
  • Criminal Cases Review Commission gets to work
    The new Criminal Cases Review Commission | Te Kāhui Tātari Ture (CCRC) has started work and can now independently investigate claimed miscarriages of justice. “Even though we have appeal rights and safeguards against unsafe convictions, from time to time our justice system does get things wrong. The design of the ...
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    1 week ago
  • Speech by the Minister of Defence to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs
    E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā karangatanga maha, tēnā koutou Ki a koutou Te Āti Awa, Taranaki Whānui, Ngāti Toa Rangatira, ngā mana whenua o te rohe nei, tēnā koutou Ko Te Whare Wānanga o Aotearoa ki ngā take o te Ao (NZIIA), Ko te Rōpū Tohu Tono ...
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  • Six months with baby and $20 more a week for new parents
    The Government’s increase to paid parental leave kicks in today with another 4 weeks taking New Zealand up to a full 6 months (26 weeks, up from 22 weeks) leave for new parents, and the maximum weekly payment will increase by $20pw, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. ...
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    1 week ago
  • Infrastructure investment to create jobs, kick-start COVID rebuild
    A new package of infrastructure investments will help kick-start the post-COVID rebuild by creating more than 20,000 jobs and unlocking more than $5 billion of projects up and down New Zealand. Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones today outlined how the $3 billion infrastructure fund in the ...
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    1 week ago
  • Statement on passage of national security law for Hong Kong
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today expressed the New Zealand Government’s deep disappointment at the passage by China’s National People’s Congress Standing Committee of a national security law for Hong Kong. “New Zealand has consistently emphasised its serious concern about the imposition of this legislation on Hong Kong without inclusive ...
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    1 week ago
  • July 1 marks progress for workers, families
    More jobs and more family time with newborns are the centrepiece of a suite of Government initiatives coming into effect today. July 1 is a milestone day for the Government as a host of key policies take effect, demonstrating the critical areas where progress has been made. “The Coalition Government ...
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    1 week ago