Peters policy priorities

Written By: - Date published: 8:36 am, October 11th, 2017 - 23 comments
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Fran O’Sullivan has a good piece this morning on the policy priorities that appear to be emerging from the coalition talks:

Fran O’Sullivan: Winston Peters wish list has sensitive topics

Peters has put overseas investment, the NZ currency and affordable housing near the top of the issues he wants the new regime to tackle.

And given the sensitivity of the three policy areas he singled out for attention yesterday both he and the other main governing party will want to avoid any suggestion of a return to Fortress NZ and a managed economy.

In particular, foreign investment has provided a lifeline for the NZ economy, companies and householders in recent years. It is foreign investors who (in the main) fund the Government’s bond programme, own a good deal of our sharemarket – and by inference our listed companies; and own our major banks. The level of New Zealand household and farm debt will have to be factored in.

Should we have relied on that “lifeline”? Look around at our low productivity, low wage economy. Look at our polluted rivers and carbon emissions. Our crazy housing market and our homeless. Our failing health and troubled education systems. Our record suicide rate. Perhaps we would have done better on another path.

It is fatuous to believe that any foreign investor is not going to act in its private interest.

Exactly. Their private interest is to extract profit from this country, not to build it (e.g. aussie banks). But I digress.

On top of that NZ First wants to impose strict controls over foreign ownership; create and maintain a comprehensive register of foreign ownership of land; prevent vertical integration and foreign control of key export industries; restrict ownership of residential land and farmland to New Zealand citizens, and permanent residents who are exercising their right to residence and majority New Zealand-owned companies.

As well it wants to prohibit the further sale of “strategic state assets” to overseas buyers and require foreign companies operating in NZ to pay their fair share of taxation.

The other key issue is housing affordability. Expect a smorgasbord of policies to deal with this difficult problem.

These policy priorities are clearly anathema to National. Depending on the details Labour may be more accommodating, but it’s a risky path given signs that “the economy” is already flatlining.

Meanwhile poor Winston is coming to terms with the fact that whatever he does he’s about to blow away part of his support base (that’s the problem with refusing to commit during the campaign):

NZ First leader Winston Peters says he is feeling the pressure of the coalition negotiations, and any decision he makes will cause “disappointment and anguish”.

Interesting times.

23 comments on “Peters policy priorities”

  1. Brokenback 1

    “The economy is already flatlining” ???

    For those of us who don’t inhabit the bubble of BS , it’s been obvious that [ deja vous mid 90’s] the economy was heading back down sh** creek , past the paddle shop , ever since the Gnats oozed back onto the treasury benches.

    As a survivor of the “neo-lib” revolution I’ve got no illusions that dismantling and trashing the foundations of our neo-lib legislation will be painful for some and cause unexpected impacts , but most ,if not all will survive.

    To continue to ignore the bleeding obvious , that the lower reaches of sh** creek are detrimental , perhaps even catastrophic, for all and sundry, is not an option.

    Lets do this.

    • As a survivor of the “neo-lib” revolution I’ve got no illusions that dismantling and trashing the foundations of our neo-lib legislation will be painful for some and cause unexpected impacts , but most ,if not all will survive.

      And that that trashing of the neo-liberal foundations is necessary else our society won’t survive.

  2. Patricia Bremner 2

    Winston has a clear vision of us as serfs or tenants in our own country, while the Landed Gentry mix with the “Moneyed Investor Class”.

    He has been right about many of our issues, and the close examination of Policy and the “Direction we want for our country” is pleasing to me personally.

    Too much of our Law has been passed under urgency as a knee jerk reaction in the last 9 years, causing a loss of privacy and a heavy handed outcome, where people have fewer and fewer rights.

    • Indeed ,… particularly under the rat jOhN keY . How people ever let themselves get sucked in to voting for that smarmy corrupt little rodent is beyond me.

      siR jOhN keY my arse.

  3. SMILIN 3

    Living in an electorate that just swung back to national
    The first statement by the incumbent to the king maker implied that he should do the moral thing in his decision to form a govt which is total arrogance considering labour have tai tokerau plus a new list mp in whangarei
    This national stance on the morality of their fpp based thinking is immoral and a corrupt load of corporate shyte
    Why or how they think NZF should just roll over and give national the right to govern should be shot down in flames for the lack of development of northland by their successive tenures bar Winston’s brief sojourn which definitely brought the focus to the province it needed on the national stage
    NZF could easily go into a three way coalition to ensure the morality of national and its obligations to northland are kept moving forward because national will just try to run it as they previously done with next to no progress born to rule cocky land owning presumption that this is what politics in nz is while they kept selling the tourism rights to off shore interests and creating immigrant favour at the expense of the indigenous peoples
    The arrogance of national to immediately go to a fpp position indicates they have no agenda for real change and I hope Winston can see this

    • Foreign waka 3.1

      I am not very optimistic that labour will govern. WP is playing with all of us – I truly belief that he already stitched up the deal with Nat. I looked at the picture of Mr English in the Herald today and, to be honest, I thought given the facial expression that its done.

  4. cleangreen 4

    Winston should be in a finance portfolio as he was around when the way NZ was financially run was changed by rogernomics from “Thnk big” policics of Rob Muldoon who roundly warned all the Australian banks to claw back the obscene 23% interest rate levels; – or he would mandate those controls again upon them, – and Rob Muldoon was at that time head (chairman) of the ‘IMF/World bank’
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/obituary-sir-robert-muldoon-1538341.html
    Robert David Muldoon, … Chairman Board of Governors IMF and World Bank 1979-80, GCMG 1984

    • Brigid 4.1

      Yep Muldoon was between a rock and a hard place being head of the IMF. Having that position, he couldn’t tell the banks to take a hike and legislate for the control of the monetary supply by the Reserve Bank.
      Or perhaps he wasn’t the finance guru he thought he was.

      • SpaceMonkey 4.1.1

        From my perspective with a little hindsight (I was just a wee lad at the time), it seems to me now it was more of a case of bringing a proverbial knife to a gunfight, in that the economic policies Muldoon was trying to apply were no longer applicable as the monetary environment had changed. He just hadn’t caught up.

    • red-blooded 4.2

      Let’s remember Muldoon had NZ in lockdown in a futile wage-price freeze (well, he succeeded in freezing wages, anyway) and the huge levels of international debt. The man was NOT a financial genius!

  5. In particular, foreign investment has provided a lifeline for the NZ economy, companies and householders in recent years.

    No it hasn’t. If anything, it’s done the exact opposite as funds are drained out of the NZ economy in profits.

    It is foreign investors who (in the main) fund the Government’s bond programme, own a good deal of our sharemarket – and by inference our listed companies; and own our major banks.

    And thus making us all poorer and turning us into serfs for foreign owners.

    Depending on the details Labour may be more accommodating, but it’s a risky path given signs that “the economy” is already flatlining.

    The economy is going to crash and burn. This is what always happens when the entire economy is propped up by a private debt bubble:

    Speaking to RT, Keen said another financial crisis could be just around the corner unless a fundamentally different approach to debt is adopted. He says we are too focused on government debt, when what actually caused the crisis was “run-away private debt.”

    National’s built it up and Labour/NZ1st/Greens are going to have to deal with it – or National are going to have to wear it (they can’t deal with it as it’s way outside their delusional ideology).

  6. It was the unbridled , unfettered way certain individuals went about ‘ foreign investment ‘, – in an age of deregulated open slather exuberance to cash in and get rich quick and carve the place up which had massive social consequences.

    And we are still paying for that 33 years after.

    There is nothing wrong with foreign investment but with all deals , there needs to be terms and regulatory practice to ensure we don’t go down the path of the ‘ Wild West’.

    Which we have done. And look where its landed us, – huge social and infrastructure problems , lack of funding for the same ,- with a small ‘ elite’ becoming phenomenally wealthy while we live in a land of low wages and homelessness.

    Right wing economist after economist more often than not were paid to do reports for big business to carry on the charade year in , year out , … deliberately downplaying the growing avalanche of evidence of just how dire things were getting for tens of thousands of citizens while those politicians who stood to gain either ignored or denied there was a problem.

    But it always was doomed to have a shelf life and now its crunch time.

    It was inevitable.

    And there was one party that always opposed this whole neo liberal framework consistently through the years , – NZ First. Yes , so did the Greens , but not quite to the same extent in ‘outspokenness’ as Peters party. Although the Greens certainly included it in their social policy’s .Now we have a good chance of a Labour led govt with the Greens and NZ First. And its inevitable there will be changes.

    Back in the 1980’s the neo liberal ideologues were fond of telling us that we will ‘experience some pain at first but in the end reap the benefits’.

    Another favorite was creating ‘ a level playing field’.

    We now see both were a bald faced lie and for hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders there has been no benefits and it certainly is NOT a ‘level playing field’. A classic example of neo liberal largesse is the recent obscene salary increase of one of Fonterra’s leading CEO’s, – while family’s sleep in cars and garages working for subsistence wages , – and many farmers struggle to keep their mortgages afloat , – we see this sort of free market justification.

    And so it is with far too many of these ‘foreign interests ‘ extracting wealth and profits from this country without contributing much of any value back , and to add injury to insult , – by and large not paying their tax bill.

    Double dipping , as it were.

    And that’s got to stop.

    And if , as suspected , – Winston Peters is negotiating to put an end to this 33 year long neo liberal rort and bring some sanity back into the situation through regulation and policy’s designed to benefit and advantage New Zealanders , – then he very well would deserve the title of New Zealands elder statesman.

    And would have earned as well the title of , … not just ‘ The Guardian of the North ‘ , – but of the country as well.

    • Brigid 6.1

      “There is nothing wrong with foreign investment but with all deals , there needs to be terms and regulatory practice to ensure we don’t go down the path of the ‘ Wild West’.”

      There is plenty wrong with foreign investment, the main being that profits benefit the foreign investor, not this country.
      Economic foreign investment is not necessary, our Reserve Bank is perfectly able to invest in our country for our benefit.

      Foreign investment could only be of benefit to a country where the investor is investing the likes of intellectual property or scientific research. Not money, but the actual goods.

      • WILD KATIPO 6.1.1

        Exactly , foreign investment should have a lot of spin off benefits for this country . There has been some rather lame attempts to appease the public through flowery language dressed up to look like checks and balances but in practical terms?

        Generally its just a smokescreen to extract more wealth and profits and pay little tax.

        What you are talking about is right , – intellectual property or scientific research. There are times when certain things need foreign assistance but not in the same vein as the open slather rape and pillage we have been seeing for decades.

        • Skinny 6.1.1.1

          Your talking common sense I can not believe the sheep haven’t had enough, actually on second thoughts let them wake up on Friday or whenever at the L/G/NZF slaughter house 🙂

    • cleangreen 6.2

      100% Wild Katipo,

      I recall at that time 1986-7 Douglas was bullshiting us all that we would suffer but the “trickle down effect” would kick in and we would all become wealthier when it did!!!!!!!

      Rogernomics = how long do we wait?

      For after 30yrs we still are to see the “trickle down efffect”?

      Obviously just another bloody lie!!.

  7. Sparky 7

    If you look at what happened to Ireland and the current rates of impoverishment in that country its clear that foreign investment is a broken crutch lent to fools. Any nation that does not move to protect itself and act in its own interests first leaves itself open to the vagaries of globalism and its capricious nature.

    • savenz 7.1

      Yep, the NZ government has to stop looking at always doing the easy thing aka allowing free for all foreign and private ‘investment’ which boosts the economy in the short term. Long term however the wheels start coming off, clearly if the entire economy is run just off quick trader type ‘profits’, that is income lost from Kiwi’s actually living here.

      Exports of ‘profits’ now overtake our exports of milk and forestry as being exported out of NZ. Just the assets of power sales show that if the National government had kept it, the dividends would have been more than the sale price and NZ would still own and control the asset!!!

      It is the Kiwis living here who have to clean up the pollution, have to provide welfare for those who don’t have jobs or jobs so poorly paid they need tax payer top ups, for people arriving in this country who need top ups and require social aid, health, schooling and social welfare, top ups to accomodation that has been sold off like state houses (which used to turn a profit) and inwards migration is 100,000’s per year of people who all need to be provided for with housing, transport, health and more. All of this with less working capital due to the gross mismanagement of the National party in their spend up and gross borrowing to cling to power while the MSM don’t bother with any real reporting.

      As for Fran O’Sullivan, she’s just a gullible fool for hire, not a journalist, as seen by her involvement in dirty politics.

    • SpaceMonkey 7.2

      “Any nation that does not move to protect itself and act in its own interests first leaves itself open to the vagaries of globalism and its capricious nature.”

      Which is why I maintain that the concept of economic treason needs to be legislated and then every one of the f**kers who enabled the NZ economy to be this exposed should be rounded up and tried accordingly. For too long our representatives have been been subservient to foreign interests ahead their duties and obligations to NZ.

      In other words: NZ is no longer a nation; it is a heavily indebted incorporated company.

      • WILD KATIPO 7.2.1

        … ” the concept of economic treason needs to be legislated and then every one of the f**kers who enabled the NZ economy to be this exposed should be rounded up and tried accordingly. For too long our representatives have been been subservient to foreign interests ahead their duties and obligations to NZ ” ….

        Indeed. If it was good enough for jOhn kEy to write in retrospective legislation surrounding the GSCB / SIS regards the Kim Dotcom affair and the skulduggery attached with the Warner Bro’s that also affects other New Zealanders , – then its bloody well good enough to legislate based on the concept of ‘ economic treason’.

        Cant see it happening however , not in this country , – but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t. Starting with a few prize bastards right here :

        New Right Fight – Who are the New Right?
        http://www.newrightfight.co.nz/pageA.html

      • Liberal Realist 7.2.2

        100% in agreement re: economic treason and the perpetrators being tried.

        We could start with Roger Douglas and his Mont Pelerin pals.

  8. Richard Christie 8

    Foreign Investment = the entrance fee Multinationals pay to secure the right to extract wealth from a country too myopic to care

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    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • Barbaric
    The Ugandan government wants to murder gay people:Uganda has announced plans to impose the death penalty on homosexuals. The bill, colloquially known as “Kill the Gays” in Uganda, was nullified five years ago on a technicality, but the government said on Thursday it plans to resurrect it within weeks. The ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Fighting Monsters.
    Freedom Of Speech? The Säuberung (cleansing by fire) was the work of the German Student Union which, on 10 May 1933, under the watchful eye of the Nazi Reichminister for Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, consigned 25,000 books to the flames in a ritual exorcism of “un-German thought”. According to the logic of the ...
    1 week ago
  • The next wave of kaupapa Māori politics: its constitutional, it must be.
      “There can be no such thing as kaupapa Māori political parties or politics in Aotearoa” (Willie Jackson, Labour Party (2017). Māori TV, General/List Election Special) I begin with that claim because at the time, I was confounded at first that it fell out of Willie Jackson’s mouth, and then ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    1 week ago
  • Night lights of NZ from orbit
    New Zealand has prided itself for decades with regard to its lack of pollution, and all will be aware that the ‘100% Pure New Zealand‘ meme is under threat through land, water and air pollution of various causes. There is another type of contamination that the country also faces: light ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    1 week ago
  • Reporters deliver uplifting news to fleeing Japanese residents: they won’t miss any rugby
    New Zealand’s media is doing its part in Japan, reassuring those in the path of the storm that they won’t miss any rugby while away from their flooded homes. New Zealand sports reporters stationed in Japan for the Rugby World Cup have had the rare and heartwarming opportunity to inform ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Government in contentious discussions about whether to put surplus on red or black
    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones is the only Cabinet member in favour of putting it all on green. As Finance Minister Grant Robertson finds himself with an enormous $7.5 billion surplus, the Government has begun intense, at times contentious conversations about whether to put the money on red or black at ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Jordanian teachers’ successful strike has lessons for here
    by Susanne Kemp At the start of September close to 100,000 school teachers went on strike in Jordan.  They demanded a 50% pay rise.  A pay rise actually agreed to by the regime back in 2014. In early October, however, in the face of government repression and threats, the teachers’ ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Why some people still think climate change isn’t real
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz Why do people still think climate change isn’t real? David ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • The SIS unlawfully spied on Nicky Hager
    Back in 2011, journalist Nicky Hager published Other People's Wars, an expose on NZDF's activities over the previous decade of the "war on terror". NZDF didn't like this, and especially didn't like the fact that it was base don leaks from their own. So, they had the SIS investigate him ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • October 2019 – Newsletter
    https://mailchi.mp/7d9133add053/closing-the-gap-october-2019-newsletter ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    1 week ago
  • And they wonder why we think they’re environmental vandals…
    The Zero Carbon Bill is due back from select committee in two weeks, and will likely pass its final stages in November. So naturally, farmers are planning a hate-march against it. But they're not just demanding lower methane targets so they can keep on destroying the planet; they're also demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Paying the price in California
    Last year, California burned. This year, to stop it happening again (or rather, to stop themselves from being found liable if it happens again), Pacific Gas and Electric is cutting power to half the state for a week:Schools are closed. Traffic lights down. Tunnels dark. Businesses unopened. Hospitals running on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Let’s Hear It For Up-Close-And-Personal, Hard-Copy Democracy!
    The Best Way: Missing from the on-line voting debate is any reference to the voting system that produces turn-out figures ranging from 77 to 93 percent of registered voters. The voting system used to collect and count the votes cast in our parliamentary elections. The system that involves citizens making ...
    1 week ago
  • 10/10: World Day Against the Death Penalty
    Today, October 10, is the world day against the death penalty. Out of 195 UN member states, 84 still permit capital punishment. Today is the day we work to change that. This year's theme is children. Having a parent sentenced to death or executed causes long-term trauma and stigmatization which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Talking Freer Lives: a Marxist gender-critical perspective from Australia
    Among the great new bunch of political friends we have been making recently is the excellent Australian-based Marxist gender-critical site, Freer Lives.  So we asked the comrade who set up that blog to write something for Redline on the blog, himself, his analysis of the rise of gender politics and ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Government spin accepted by union leadership
    by Don Franks  The Auckland City Mission is struggling with a 40 percent increase in demand for food parcels this year. A total of 23,020 were needed by June. Last month Missioner Chris Farrelly told the Herald the “cupboards are bare” and without an emergency food drive, he can’t see ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Forbidden Thoughts
    by The Council of Disobedient Women   Massey Wellington Student Association had a sit-in today. Imagine a sit-in. On a campus. Against a women’s rights meeting. Did the ’60s really happen or did we fucking dream it? They gathered in the student square, an echo chamber. Sitting on soft pillows ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Much love to my loyal Ukrainian readership
    For some reasons, my post about the mystery message from inside the Downing Street bunker seemed to catch people's attention.  Quite a lot of hits from NZ (unsurprisingly) and the USA (a bit more puzzlingly, but hi there, USAians!!) and 76 views from the Ukraine.I've celebrated my Ukrainian readers in ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Another day of bonkers GNUmours (again, sorry)
    First, almost a score of Labour MPs seem to have sent a letter to the EU basically begging them to accept a deal - any deal - just so Britain can get the Heck on with Brexiting instead of being trapped in limbo:
    To avoid no deal, deliver on the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour vs working class immigrants – again!
    by Phil Duncan In 2016 the National-led government suspended the Parent Visa Category, through which migrants were able to bring their parents into New Zealand.  Since then over 5,700 people have been in immigration limbo, stuck on the visa wait list. Labour is now bringing back the scheme.  Well, sort ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Speak Up for Women press statement: on Massey University and Feminism 2020
    The following was released yesterday (Tues, October 8) by the women’s liberation organisation Speak Up for Women. On 23 September Speak Up For Women announced that we would be holding an event at the Massey University Theaterette in Wellington. The event is called Feminism 2020. The intention of the event ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Farmers support dirty rivers
    The government is currently consulting on plans to improve freshwater quality. So naturally, farmers oppose it:South Taranaki farmers are preparing to fight proposed national freshwater changes that some fear will bankrupt them. The Government's proposed National Environment Standard on Freshwater Management, released in September, rated the Waingongoro River as one ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • No-one cares about local government
    Yesterday was the last day for (reliably) posting your vote away in local body elections. Turnouts are mostly much lower than the equivalent time last year (Palmerston North is down 2.3%), and so naturally people are pushing their online-voting snake oil again. Because the online census worked so well, lets ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The political ghosts of eugenics may matter more than the genetic
    This essay, on the political legacy of the eugenics movement, by Kenan Malik was originally published in the Observer on 6 October 2019, under the headline ‘The spirit of eugenics is still with us, as immigrants know to their cost’. Birth control. Intelligence tests. Town planning. Immigration controls. It’s striking how ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • “Surplus” again
    Another year, and the government has announced another enormous government "surplus". And just like last year, its nothing of the sort. When we have people homeless and sick and hungry, when we have schools and hospitals still falling down, when we have underpaid public servants and infrastucture unmaintained or unbuilt, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Inside the Downing Street bunker
    James Forsyth at The Spectator (I know, I know) has tapped one of his contacts inside Number Ten for an insight into the Johnson administration's thinking and strategy.It is fascinating, unsettling and quite, quite mad.  Some key points:Negotiations have stalled and the Johnson administration are keen to blame the EU: ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Taking Control Of The Nation’s Story.
    Fatal Contact: With the arrival of captain James Cook in October 1769, the islands of what would become New Zealand ceased to be the preserve of Polynesian navigators and settlers and became a part of both the world’s map and the world’s history.THE MAORI NATIONALIST assault upon the historical meaning ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Are GNUs extinct?
    Another round of tactical talks about forming a Government of National Unity have come to nothing with the Liberal Democrats still refusing countenance putting Jeremy Corbyn into Downing Street:Opposition talks on Monday made little headway over when to try and vote down Boris Johnson's government and who might succeed him as ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour chickens out again
    When the government was elected, it promised to lead the way on electric vehicles, and specifically to make the government vehicle fleet emissions-free where-practicable by 2025.They lied:There are 15,473 vehicles in the government fleet and only 78 are electric. When the coalition Government came into power in late 2017, the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Transgender extremism, violence at work against feminist meeting at British Labour Party conference
    by Nick Rogers The debate around the meaning of sex and gender made an appearance at this year’s British Labour Party conference in Brighton. Women’s Place UK – an organisation that questions the demand that biological males who self-identify as woman should have access to women’s spaces, to all-women shortlists, ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Rebelling in Wellington
    Yesterday I went down to Wellington to participate in the Extinction Rebellion protest. Its part of the latest global wave of XR actions, with actions happening all over the world. Some of those protests are massively disruptive: in Canada, XR is blocking major bridges, stopping people from getting to work. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

  • Methane reducing cattle feed one step closer
    The Government today announced its support for a project that could substantially reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions from cattle. The announcement was made as part of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor’s visit to Nelson’s Cawthron Aquaculture Park. The Cawthron Institute will receive $100,000 from the Government’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Bill to refresh superannuation system passes first reading
    Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni has welcomed the first reading of the New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension Legislation Amendment Bill. “Every New Zealander has a stake in New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension,” says Carmel Sepuloni. “They are our most common form of social assistance – nearly 800,000 New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government announces next steps in fight against measles
    Babies in Auckland aged six months and over can receive a free vaccination and children will all have access to vaccines, Associate Minister of Health Julie Anne Genter announced today at Papatoetoe High School.   The move comes as part of Government efforts to step up the fight against measles. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, Pacific Futures: Connections, Identity...
    ***Check against delivery*** Good morning. It is a pleasure to be here, and to have the honour of opening this important conference on behalf of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs. Let us take the opportunity to acknowledge all the people who have helped make today possible, including our special ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Police trial new response to high risk events
    Police Minister Stuart Nash says the safety of frontline officers and members of the public will be the focus of a new trial of specialist Police response teams in three of our largest urban centres. Police have this morning released details of an initiative to be trialled in Counties Manukau, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New awards celebrate fisheries sustainability
    The Minister of Fisheries is calling for entries for a new public award to celebrate innovation in our seafood sector. “I have established the Seafood Sustainability Awards to recognise and celebrate those throughout industry, tangata whenua and communities who demonstrate outstanding dedication and innovation towards the sustainability of New Zealand’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • More progress for women and we can do more
    Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter welcomes leaders in the private sector taking action on closing their gender pay gaps to ensure a fairer workplace for all New Zealanders. Ms Genter today launched a new report, Addressing the gender pay gap and driving women’s representation in senior leadership, from the Champions for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Proposals to curb environmental damage help our coasts and the oceans
    Government Ministers today welcomed the release of a marine environment report highlighting the four key issues affecting our oceans, estuaries and coastlines.  The release underlines the importance of government proposals to combat climate pollution, ensure clean freshwater, protect biodiversity, make land use more sustainable, and reduce waste and plastic.    Environment ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New mental health facility for Waikato
    The Government has approved funding for a new acute mental health facility for Waikato which will provide better care and support to people with mental health and addiction issues. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Health Minister Dr David Clark announced the $100 million project to replace the aging Henry Rongomau ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • 500 new te reo Māori champions in our classrooms
    The Government is making progress on its goal to integrate te reo Māori into education by 2025, with over 500 teachers and support staff already graduating from Te Ahu o te Reo Māori,  Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. Kelvin Davis made the announcement at an awards ceremony in Waikanae today, for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Minister James Shaw welcomes 2018 Census first release
    Statistics Minister James Shaw has welcomed the first release of 2018 Census data. The first release of data today, 23 September, includes key data on population, regional growth, the number of homes and the size of different ethnic groups in New Zealand. Data from the 2018 Census will support the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Driving transparency, ethics and accountability in government use of algorithms
    Minister for Statistics James Shaw today announced a public consultation on a proposed algorithm charter for government agencies. The charter has been developed by the Government Chief Data Steward in response to growing calls for more transparency in government use of data. Computer algorithms – procedures or formulas for solving ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand and the Netherlands working together on climate change
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor, Climate Change Minister James Shaw and visiting Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte co-hosted a business roundtable in Auckland this morning focused on working together to address climate change.  “The Netherlands is an important partner for New Zealand. We share a strong agricultural history. Sustainable agribusiness and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Protecting fairness for workers and businesses
    The Government is taking action to build an inclusive economy where more of us receive our fair share at work and businesses can compete on great products and services, not undercutting wages and conditions, Immigration and Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. Two consultations launched today seek feedback ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Indigenous Freshwater Fish Bill Passes
    The future for New Zealand’s threatened indigenous freshwater fish looks brighter with the passing of the Conservation (Indigenous Freshwater Fish) Amendment Bill in Parliament today said Minister of Conservation, Eugenie Sage. “Until now, our freshwater fish legislation has been 20 years out of date. We have lacked effective tools to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Kiwis to take part in world’s biggest earthquake drill
    At 1.30pm tomorrow, hundreds of thousands of Kiwis will join about 65 million people around the globe in ShakeOut, the world’s biggest earthquake drill. The annual drill is to remind people of the right action to take during an earthquake which is to Drop, Cover, Hold, and to practise their ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Rising wages and low inflation supporting Kiwis
    Kiwis are benefiting from higher wage growth and low inflation under the Coalition Government. Stats NZ data out today shows the rise in the cost of living remains low, as annual Consumers Price Index (CPI) inflation fell to 1.5% in September from 1.7% in June. “The low inflation comes as ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • NZ economy strong amid global headwinds
    New Zealand’s economic strength and resilience has been recognised in a major update on the state of the global economy. The IMF’s latest World Economic Outlook released overnight shows a reduced global growth forecast over the next two years as issues like the US-China trade war and Brexit take hold. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Keeping New Zealanders safer with better counter-terrorism laws
    Justice Minister Andrew Little has today introduced a new Bill to prevent terrorism and support the de-radicalisation of New Zealanders returning from overseas. The Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill gives the New Zealand Police the ability to apply to the High Court to impose control orders on New Zealanders who ...
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    4 days ago
  • Improved succession and dispute resolution core of Ture Whenua changes
    A Bill that proposes targeted changes to simplify the processes for Māori land owners when engaging with the Māori Land Court has had its First Reading today. “The approach taken by the Government is to ensure that the protection of Māori land remains a priority as we seek to improve ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Speech to CTU Biennial Conference
    Let me first thank all the new unionists and members in the room. There is nothing more important to improving people’s working lives than people making the decision to care, to get on board and help, to take up the reins and get involved. Congratulations to you. You bring the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Minister ensures continued Whenuapai flight operations
    Minister of Defence Ron Mark has signed a certificate exempting the activity of engine testing at Whenuapai Airbase from the Resource Management Act 1991. The Act gives the Minister of Defence the power to exempt activities for the purposes of national security.  The certificate will mean the recent Environment Court ...
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    4 days ago
  • NZ joins Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action
    Finance Minister Grant Robertson has announced New Zealand will join the Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action while attending APEC meetings in Chile. The objective of the 39 member Coalition is to share information and promote action to tackle climate change. It was formed in April this year, in ...
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    4 days ago
  • Feedback Sought – Section 71 – Lyttelton Parking
    Feedback sought– Lyttelton commercial zone parking  The Associate Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration, Poto Williams, is seeking feedback on a proposal to remove on-site car parking requirements for new developments in the Lyttelton commercial zone.  The proposal, by Christchurch City Council, asks that powers under section 71 of the Greater ...
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    5 days ago
  • Feedback Sought – Section 71 – Hagley Oval
    Hon Minister Poto Williams Associate Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration   MEDIA STATEMENT       Tuesday 15 October 2019 Feedback sought – Hagley Oval The Associate Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration, Poto Williams, is seeking feedback on a proposal about Hagley Oval. The proposal was developed by Regenerate Christchurch ...
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    5 days ago
  • CTU speech – DPM
    Ladies and gentlemen, NZCTU President Richard Wagstaff, members of respective unions – thank you for the invitation to speak to you today. This might be preaching to the choir, but the importance of trade unions in New Zealand’s historical arch is difficult to understate. And it is my belief that ...
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    5 days ago
  • Police Association Annual Conference
    "Let’s start by acknowledging that it has been a huge year. " Police Association Annual Conference James Cook Grand Chancellor Hotel Wellington Nau mai, haere mai. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, ka nui te mihi, ki a koutou katoa. President of the Police Association, Chris Cahill; Members of the Association and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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  • New Zealand announces a further P-3 deployment in support of UN sanctions
    Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters and Minister of Defence Ron Mark have announced the New Zealand Government’s decision to again deploy a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 (P-3) maritime patrol aircraft to support the implementation of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions imposing sanctions against North Korea. New ...
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    5 days ago
  • New Zealand deeply concerned at developments in north-east Syria
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says New Zealand continues to have serious concerns for peace and stability in north-east Syria. “Recent reports that hundreds of ISIS-affiliated families have fled from a camp are deeply concerning from a humanitarian and security perspective”, Mr Peters says. “While we acknowledge Turkey’s domestic security ...
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    5 days ago
  • Government on high alert for stink bugs
    Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor is warning travelling Kiwis to be vigilant as the high-season for the crop-eating brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is under way. “We’re on high alert to stop BMSB arriving in NZ. The high season runs until April 30 and we’ve strengthened our measures to stop stink ...
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    5 days ago
  • Better protections for students in halls of residence
    The Government is moving swiftly to change the law to improve the welfare and pastoral care of students living in university halls of residence and other tertiary hostels. Cabinet has agreed to several changes, including creating a new mandatory Code of Practice that sets out the duty of pastoral care ...
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    6 days ago
  • New trapping guide for community and expert trappers alike
    The Minister for Conservation Eugenie Sage has launched a new comprehensive trapping guide for community trappers to help them protect our native birds, plants and other wildlife, at Zealandia in Wellington today. ‘A practical guide to trapping’, has been developed by the Department of Conservation (DOC), and was launched during ...
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    6 days ago
  • Widening Access to Contraceptives Welcomed
    Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter welcomes PHARMAC’s move to improve access to long-acting reversible contraception (LARCs). PHARMAC has today announced it will fund the full cost of Mirena and Jaydess for anyone seeking long term contraception, lifting previous restrictions on access to Mirena. “I welcome women having greater choices ...
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    6 days ago
  • Major upgrade for Taranaki Base Hospital
    The Government has approved the next stage of a major redevelopment of Taranaki Base Hospital, which will deliver new and improved facilities for patients. Health Minister Dr David Clark has announced details of a $300 million dollar project to build a new East Wing at the New Plymouth hospital. It ...
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    1 week ago
  • Extra support for rural families
    Extra funding will allow Rural Support Trusts to help farming families, says Minister for Rural Communities and Agriculture Damien O’Connor. “I know that rural families are worried about some of the challenges facing them, including the ongoing uncertainty created by the Mycoplasma bovis outbreak. “Those concerns sit alongside ongoing worries ...
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    1 week ago
  • Howard Leaque Beekeeper programme graduation
    Thank you for the opportunity to be here to present certificates to the 16 graduates who have completed a beekeeping course delivered by the Howard League.  Let us start by acknowledging Auckland Prison’s Deputy Prison Director Tom Sherlock, and Acting Assistant Regional Commissioner of Corrections Northern Region Scott Walker - ...
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    1 week ago
  • Finance Minister to attend APEC meetings
    Finance Minister Grant Robertson leaves this weekend to attend the APEC Finance Ministers meeting in Santiago, Chile. Discussions between APEC Finance Ministers at the meeting will include the effects of the current global economic uncertainty, risks for APEC economies and sustainable development of the region. While at APEC Grant Robertson ...
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    1 week ago
  • Pacific languages are a source of strength, they ground us and build confidence
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio says for Pacific people, language can be a source of strength. It can help ground us and give us confidence. When we speak them, our languages provide us with an immediate and intimate access to our identity and our story - and ...
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    1 week ago
  • Major boost to support disabled people in sport and recreation
    The Coalition Government has announced an action plan to improve the wellbeing of disabled New Zealanders by addressing inequalities in play, active recreation and sport. The initiative includes training to develop a workforce that understands the needs of children and young people with a range of impairments, advocacy for fit ...
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    1 week ago
  • More prefab homes to be built as red tape cut
    The construction sector is being freed up to allow more homes to be built more quickly as the Government cuts through some of the red tape of the Building Act.  “Every New Zealander deserves a warm, dry, safe home and old inefficiencies in the Building Act make building slow and ...
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    1 week ago