web analytics

PM loses a mate

Written By: - Date published: 4:53 pm, August 15th, 2008 - 55 comments
Categories: helen clark, labour - Tags:

The death at just 59 of alpine legend Gottlieb Braun-Elwert will be greatly mourned around the Tekapo community, and much further afield too. Braun-Elwert was one of those Europeans who came here and found our great outdoors intoxicating. He arrived in his 20s on a hitch-hiking tour, fell in love with the country’s natural splendour, and so made New Zealand his home. Some years ago Helen Clark was a client of his very successful alpine adventure company, and the two developed a close friendship. Clark’s love of the great Kiwi outdoors saw her head south annually, to ski and climb in Braun-Elwert’s alpine ‘backyard’. The locals certainly appreciated her frequent visits and support of a local venture. A family friend told TVNZ News today that Elwert-Braun and Clark shared a love of the outdoors, and had similar interests and principles. The efforts of the PM and her companions in trying to save the mountain guide’s life yesterday are being strongly appreciated. Tekapo Police have paid tribute to the extremely good job the stricken party did, and a Search and Rescue spokesman said the experience had shown the PM to be a ‘remarkable woman’. Despite what her jaundiced critics say, Clark has long demonstrated a commitment to this country and what it has to offer. Her regular visits to the Tekapo backcountry, and other wilderness areas, underline that.

55 comments on “PM loses a mate”

  1. vto 1

    Despite her politics in my eyes, I agree she is certainly a “remarkable woman”. Sad times for all involved.

    (Tillerman, last sentence undid all your previous sentences. )

  2. higherstandard 2

    You use the sad occasion of a good man’s death to score a cheap political point – hang your head in shame.

  3. Quoth the Raven 3

    HS – you should look at the kiwiblog right or whaleoil.

  4. Rocket Boy 4

    Why do you have to politicise this?

    Isn’t it bad enough that the rabid dogs over at DPF’s blog have worked themselves into a frenzy over the ‘wrong person’ dying now you use this to criticise John Key holidaying in Hawaii!

    Sad, very sad, and on the 1 year anniversary of setting up a blog that (mostly) provides an intelligent forum for left wing views and debate.

    Do yourself a favour and delete that last sentence.

  5. r0b 5

    The Kiwiblog thread on this topic brought out all the worst in some of the right wing commenters (which DPF, to his credit, tried to stomp on hard).

    I very much hope that the same thing doesn’t happen here, but the last sentence of the post is almost an invitation to politicise a very non political event (for almost the first time ever I agree with vto!). So please folks, resist the temptation to head down that path.

    Our thoughts should be with Braun-Elwert’s family at this time, and with the members of the group who went through what must have been a horrifying experience for them all.

  6. Tim Ellis 6

    That is a shameful last sentence. You really do yourself no favours by that, or even making it about Helen Clark. I know Helen Clark reasonably well, and she would never try and make herself the center of attention over this. She’s far too graceful for that. Sadly, you aren’t.

    This is not the time to be either talking up Helen Clark, or making shameful political points. As somebody else said, go and hang your head in shame over that. Absolute disgrace.

  7. Matthew Pilott 7

    I just fired a few shots at the tools on Stuff for criticising Helen in this case – the same goes for attacking Key.

    Not cool at all.

    (incidentally, around comment 20 on stuff is a comment from one “John Key”, telling people off for making cheap shots at Helen. Wonder if it’s THE John Key. Full credit if it is – we are all human, whether we realise it or not.)

  8. Premature death is always sad, but particularly in somebody who is an icon within alpine groups in NZ and has led an exciting and adventurous life.
    Now then, while you manage to keep batting a 100 at drawing john key into every post on this blog can you at least acknowledge that your PM is a big hypocrite following her sanctimonious comments about Key and English taking a couple of days break with their families in light of her doing the same?

  9. Tim Ellis 9

    I agree r0b. I never met Mr Braun-Elwert, but clearly he was a remarkable character. This story should be about that, not what remarkable deeds others did around him. Certainly not about politics. I saw some of the shameful comments on Kiwiblog and the ones at Whaleoil and was frankly shocked. Tillerman’s post here is of that standard.

  10. Matthew Pilott 10

    BB – just a quick question – were they gone during parliamentary recess?

  11. Matthew, have a listen to Clark’s sanctimonious comments about being too busy for holidays and then snide comments about short weeks and lots of leave. Punctuated nicely with that creepy laugh at the end.
    And does the country only need a functioning govt when the playpen is sitting?

  12. r0b 12

    BB, great, there goes the neighbourhood. Hey BB, “sanctimonious comments”, what a beat up.

    Clark never directly mentioned Key’s family holiday, but he claims she was attacking his decision to spend time with his wife and kids. Clark says it was never personal.

    “I’m totally supportive of people having their family time,’ says Clark. […]

    This is an interesting attack by Key. In many ways, he has turned it personal – it was Key who mentioned his wife and kids, not Helen Clark.

    This kind of debate is exactly what should not have happened on this thread. Goodbye.

  13. the debate was launched in the original post.

  14. CMR 14

    Where and when people choose to holiday is their business exclusively subject only to domestic considerations. Nobody ever laid on his/her death-bed wishing they’d taken less vacations!

    I note that on a recent visit to South Canterbury where the tragedy occurred, Ms Clark couldn’t depart rapidly enough, ie at 160kms per hour with a police escort.

    The Southern Alps region has sadly lost a true champion. One can only hope his family are left to mourn quietly, I believe Ms Clark has a role to play to ensure this!

  15. I’m disgusted. Yet again, a writer for this site decides that a personal tragedy is simply an opportunity to attack John Key.

  16. “One cannot help but contrast that with her main political rival’s preference for holidaying at his $1 million beach house in Hawaii.”

    Sick comment from lefty scum~~!!

    Bad luck – shit happens – diddums – get over it.
    Mountains are dangerous play grounds.

  17. Tane 17

    Last sentence deleted.

    I don’t think it’s appropriate to politicise the death of a human being.

    George: Two things,

    1) Please address the author in question, not the site.

    2) When you’re always angry it lessens the effect in a time like this when you actually have genuine reason.

    Tillerman: What the fuck are you on?

  18. Ari 18

    Yeah, I’d say this was in bad taste, too- better taste than some other posts on the matter, but still bad taste. Unless they wanted a political message to accompany their life or death, we should leave politics out of this sort of thing.

  19. CMR 19

    I do not agree with much of what comes out of Clark’s fetid mouth, nor with the bulk of the posts on this blog, but Dad you are pathetic! (I use pathetic in its antique traditional context!) Today is a sad one for a person whose passing is only in the media due to his acquaintanceship with Clark, leave off!

    If all “Dads” were as you appear to be, we’d all yearn for orphanhood!

  20. Anita 20

    Tane,

    You restore my faith (again).

  21. Sarah 21

    The man who wrote this should be disgusted with himself. This issue, of all issues, should not be associated with some cheap political attack. A man is dead for christ sake. It shows the agenda of this blog pretty clearly.

    Attack JK at whatever the cost.

    Where is your morality?

  22. Zutroy 22

    Mmmm. A holiday home in Hawaii bad. But a home in London is ok?

    Nevertheless, good job on deleting the last line.

  23. Tim Ellis 23

    Good for you to show some common sense Tane. In looking at it, only half of the post is about Mr Braun-Elwert. The second half is entirely a Helen Clark post. Such as:

    “Clark’s love of the great Kiwi outdoors saw her head south annually, to ski and climb in Braun-Elwert’s alpine “backyard’. The locals certainly appreciated her frequent visits and support of a local venture. A family friend told TVNZ News today that Elwert-Braun and Clark shared a love of the outdoors, and had similar interests and principles. The efforts of the PM and her companions in trying to save the mountain guide’s life yesterday are being strongly appreciated. Tekapo Police have paid tribute to the extremely good job the stricken party did, and a Search and Rescue spokesman said the experience had shown the PM to be a “remarkable woman’. Despite what her jaundiced critics say, Clark has long demonstrated a commitment to this country and what it has to offer. Her regular visits to the Tekapo backcountry, and other wilderness areas, underline that.”

    I don’t think that adds anything other than trying to make the issue about Helen Clark. It isn’t, and it’s quite distasteful. One of her close friends passed away in her company, and along with the rest of her group, she tried valiantly to save him. I would like to think that everyone in that position would do likewise. It shows to some of the more rabid commenters that she is human. But that act isn’t the point, in this, is it?

    Our sympathies should go to Mr Braun-Elwert’s family and friends. We shouldn’t be trying to adulate a politician, or attack others.

  24. “but Dad you are pathetic!”

    Your opinion matey.Say what you like internet coward.

  25. Tane 26

    Yeah I think we’ll have to reassess the way we do this. You’ll notice the posts that get up people’s noses for all the wrong reasons tend to be from posters who aren’t regulars. I’m fine with people posting on an irregular basis, but not if it’s shit like this that just tars all the hard work of the regulars.

    [Besides, it’s not even sensible behaviour. Bad taste aside, all you’re doing by posting that kind of thing is pissing people off, including your own allies.]

  26. Edosan 27

    Since this is a political blog I can understand why Helen is at the centre of the post, after all this will invariably become a political issue (sadly), everything is political, especially when the PM is involved.
    Still, I completely agree with Tim’s sentiments. Maybe the issue itself should have been left off this blog? In many ways it was kinda inviting trouble no?

  27. Matthew – short answer – yes. The comments about Key and English were made during the Parliamentary recess coinciding with the July school holidays. Realistically, it was the last opportunity for ANY MP with schoolage children from ANY party to have time as a family before the election.

    Meantime, I’ve done my own post on this, refraining from any political comment

    http://keepingstock.blogspot.com/2008/08/condolences.html

    And Tane – I had to go as far as Dad’s post to see what the objectionable phrase that Tillerman used. I know it’s your blog and all that, but I disagree with your decision to delete the comment which has generated so much response. Your intentions may be honourable, but it comes across as an attempt to sanitise The Standard.

  28. Anita 29

    Tane,

    Yeah – it’s a difficult place for you all to be in. From the outside it’s very easy to think of you as a tight unit, to think that you have the same views, that there is an editorial collective mind.

    As I think I said the last time someone posted something that offended me you also claim, at least to some reading :), to speak on behalf of the Labour movement. So I not only react to posts not only to attribute them to all of you, but as if you claim to be speaking on my behalf.

    By and large that’s working for you, but moments like this mean you’re going to get hammered by your friends as well as your enemies, and that we’re going to want to see you holding each other to account (just as you hold commenters to account).

    I don’t know how you all can manage it, but I reckon some QA/QC wouldn’t go amiss. Plus an awareness that you might feel like a loose collective to insiders, but you look like a tight team to outsiders.

  29. Anita 30

    Reading Inventory2’s comment, I wonder if it would be better to add a moderator’s note about the deletion to the original post, as you would have if it’d been me making a dick of myself in the comments.

    As it stands it looks a little like rewriting history.

  30. Tane 31

    IV2: the line is still there in the comments. I’ve had a long fucker of a day and the last thing I need is to log onto The Standard and have to fight fires. It’s the second time something like this has happened, and I just know some right-wing dickwad’s going to link back to it every time one of us talks about improving standards or criticises scum like your mate Whale. Frankly, I’m running out of patience.

    Anita: Yeah. I think the site’s rules have to evolve as the site itself does. Just as having no moderation worked when we first started, it eventually became unworkable and made this place unpleasant for some. As a result we had to start clamping down. Maybe the same goes for posts, maybe not. I’ll have to consult with my fellow posters and get back to you on that one.

  31. Tane – I sympathise with you. I guess the benefit for me being a one man blogging band is that I have editorial control over myself, and if it all turns to custard, I have only myself to blame!

  32. Rex Widerstrom 33

    Tane: I’ve always respected your opinions on things and the way you present them, but your calling of Tillerman on this pass-the-bucket hagiography masquerading as a eulogy to a fine man lifts you even further in my eyes. By the way, come back to Kiwiblog occasionally, it’s always good to have a mix of sensible lefties and righties to engage with 🙂

    Tillerman: Words fail me. I don’t know Helen Clark as well as Tim Ellis but I’ve met her often enough to agree with Tim that her reaction upon reading your pathetic attempt to crawl up her bum in the midst of a tragic time will be to hang her head in embarrassment. Still, thanks for descending – albeit in a different way – to the depths displayed by some on the right. Some of the stuff on The Standard was beginning to tilt my perceptions… now I can return to a healthy contempt for the blinkered acolytes on both sides of the equation.

  33. johndoe 34

    Hey, it’s a fair call to say that Helen’s critics accuse her of not really understanding the lives of ordinary New Zealanders but why are they “jaundiced” for doing so? Why can’t you just keep the bitterness to yourselves, just this once. Would be a much better look. And she did well, very well. No need to talk about her critics at all, “jaundiced” or not. It was a good show. Let it speak for itself.

  34. Fair comment johndoe. Unless any of us have been in the situation that the PM found herself yesterday, we have no way of predicting how we would react.

  35. lprent 36

    Damn. Both Helen and Peter will be upset. They’ve been taking trips with the guy for quite a while.

    Doing CPR on your friends is not something that I’d like to do, especially for 2 odd hours.

    I’d agree with Tane (and for that matter DPF) about politicking this.

    However it is the nature of how we have structured the ability for posters to put in posts on their own behalf.

  36. dave 37

    Tane: The last thing I need is to log onto The Standard and have to fight fires.
    Tane, its simple. Get rid of the people who are lighting the matches. Like “Tillerman”. Ban him for a month. Like you do with comment makers who say things a lot less offensive.

  37. Will be interesting to see what the PM has to say (was unable to catch the 6pm news).

  38. dave 39

    People wonder why this blog gets picked on when sone of the right wing blogs spout filth

    The answer is simple. Because in the right wing blogs the filth is in the comments. In this blog the filth is in the posts. Simple as that.

  39. NX 40

    This is probably the nicest post I’ve ever read on The Standard; it seems genuine and heartfelt.

    This of course is in contrast to the hundreds of negative John Key attack posts.

    Instead of attacking all the time, why doesn’t this blog take a positive tact and praise Labour ministers?

  40. lprent 41

    Anita:

    From the outside it?s very easy to think of you as a tight unit, to think that you have the same views, that there is an editorial collective mind.

    It is why we keep emphasizing that we do operate largely independently. I hammer anyone in notes on their comments that do suggest that we run an cohesive editorial policy. That is for exactly the reasons that showed up today.

    The Standard is a place for people on the left and especially around the labour movement to be able to post. It is also a place for the non-rabid politically aware people to engage.

    Everything is subject to moderation. There hasn’t been a lot done on the posts, simply because there hasn’t been a need to. There has been moderation on comments, simply because there was a problem with the comments section descending into a schoolyard lowest common denominator level.

    Even then, there isn’t a agreed moderation / banning policy apart from the outlines we have in policy. Each moderator does what they feel is required. Generally it works pretty well. Certainly doesn’t seem to reduce the rate of increase in the number of quality comments

  41. T-Rex 42

    Ease up a little people, it wasn’t a very well thought through comment but it’s not like Tillerman ate a baby or anything. Personally i think it does speak well of Clarks affection for the character of the country that she spends a fair bit of her leisure time out exploring it; but she’s probably been on holiday to Hawaii too in her life, and Key’s got a bach up wherever the hell it is so he’s clearly got some interest in chilling here in his spare time too.

    Tillerman – I think your last comment, which has been deleted, was basically a bit weak and terribly timed, but it’s hardly the end of the world. The rest of your post was good. Build a bridge people.

    I’d like to make a point here though. Using this event to illustrate Clarks affection for the country and behaviour in a high stress scenario is NOT ‘politicisation of a mans death’. Every time something like this happens people fall overthemselves to out-righteous oneanother. There’s this stupid perception that anything involving death should be above analysis, and it’s basically crap. Sure, analysis should be done with due regard for the sensitivities of involved parties.

    Handy quick reference scenarios:

    1) Some guy (lets call him J Key…. no wait, that’s too obvious… we’ll go with John K) is to have disposed of a whole bunch of poisons into a river, resulting in the deaths of a schoolbus full of children or something. And yes, I’m sure Key’s never done any such thing, but come on – me pass up an easy simpsons reference? nah. But anyway, what’s wrong with saying “Key’s terrible judgement and disregard for the consequences of his actions killed 30 children – this calls into question his fitness to govern our country”.
    Answer to rhetorical question – nothing is wrong with that, in fact NOT saying that would be reprehensible. But if you tried saying it you’d have commentators (probably from both camps) lining up to proclaim how inappropriate they think such comments are at a time when we should be demonstrating some solidarity and that the manipulation of a childs death for political gain is disgusting.

    2) An NZ soldier is killed in east timor while peacekeeping on a UN sanctioned mission. Some tosser from the opposition (whichever side might be in power) starts asking retarded questions about just exactly what we were doing in east timor anyway and how the governing parties militaristic ambitions have resulted in the death of a man. Lots of closeups are used of the mans wife and children.
    THAT is manipulation of a mans death for political gain (although in any intelligent society political gain would not result – rather an invitation to take a long walk off a short pier).

    3) A politician displays sounds judgement and poise in a high stress situation in which someone, tragically and through no fault of said politician, dies. Saying “So-and-so displayed sound judgement and poise in an extremely high stress situation” is not heartless politicisation of a death, but perfectly reasonable politicisation of an event.

    Clark sounds as though she conducted herself admirably in a terrible situation, both in terms of the general environment and the element of personal tragedy. I think it speaks very well of her, and I’ve no problem with it being used to illustrate her strength of character in a political environment.

    Obviously it DOES become objectionable when you add a postscript of “unlike that f*cker Key, who probably would have stopped CPR 5 minutes in to go and count his money” (which, while not what Tillerman did is in a similar vein) but I think after 40 comments of condemnation we can perhaps move beyond that and back onto what the rest of the post is about.

    In summary:

    Gottlieb – rest in peace, you sound like you were a bloody top guy and the world will be a worse place without you in it; I’ll climb a mountain for you this weekend.

    Helen – Really sorry you’ve lost a friend. You sound like you did everything you possibly could, and despite the fact that you’re probably totally gutted I think you can look the world in the face. You behaved like I’d like the person running my country to behave. I’m happy to call you prime minister.

  42. T-Rex 43

    p.s. Same goes for the rest of whoever was in the group – Clark sure as hell didn’t do CPR for two hours by herself! And finally, just to avoid accusations of deplorable partisanship, I’ll add that I imagine if Key was there he’d probably have done the same thing.

    .

    .

    .

    I mean he wouldn’t have been there, because he’s not cool enough to be a mountaineer, but that doesn’t mean he wouldn’t have tried to save a life. Just that he’s not cool. Unlike Clark. Who is cooler than him.

    Protip – Summit photos involving iceaxes make you cooler. Write it down now, thank me later.

  43. Daveski 44

    Good on you Tane

    Attempts by idiots on the left and right to politicise the death of a friend of a politician does no one any favours.

  44. T-Rex – getting a bit confused there buddy. Maybe the analogy with Key would be if he was on the beach with friends and one of them drowned. But as I said earlier, until any of us is in that situation, it’s pure speculation as to how we’d react. God willing, we won’t find out.

  45. Every day above ground is a good day.

  46. Lew 47

    Coming to this excellent discussion late as I do, I’m now only curious as to the contents of the sentence removed 🙂

    L

  47. Lew – here ’tis

    “One cannot help but contrast that with her main political rival’s preference for holidaying at his $1 million beach house in Hawaii.’

  48. Anita 49

    I’ve been thinking about Gottlieb Braun-Elwert and Helen Clark over the last couple of days and each has encouraged me to make a separate commitment.

    Gottlieb Braun-Elwert – I will find a way to spend more time doing what I love and what matters. When I die I would like it to be doing something wonderful.

    Helen Clark – I will learn CPR (and other basic first aid). If a friend were to have a heart attack in my presence I would like to have the skill to help, I want to know I would be able to do everything possible to help them live.

    I know this sounds sappy, but I was thinking today about all the political point scoring going on and wondered what I could do to make his death make the world better rather than worse.

  49. r0b 50

    Good on you Anita. (Now that you mention it, my First Aid is years out of date – note to self…)

  50. lprent 51

    Yep. I have kind of let my CPR skills lapse since I was a army medic ~25 years ago.

  51. r0b 52

    You have had a varied background Lynn! CPR theory has changed a bit too, with new guidelines released in 2005 or thereabouts. More emphasis on compressions and less on breathing I think.

  52. Sad, to see any friend of anyone’s die. My sympathies to the man’s family and the Prime Minister.

    Try not to over blow the news value and importance of it though.

  53. Billy 54

    I see Barak Obama has just had a holiday in Hawaii. I expect Tillerman will be running up a post condemning him accordingly.

    [Obama was born in Hawaii and it’s a US state and he’s a candidate in the election, it wasn’t a holiday. Plus, we’re not really focussed in that kind of detail on the US elections. Nonetheless, if a US candidate was going around making vague promises to lift wages without providing any policy and then buggering off on a luxury holiday, yup I expect that would be condemned. SP]

  54. lukas 55

    And Trav

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Green Party unveils Clean Energy Plan
    The Green Party is today unveiling part one of its plan for a fossil-fuel free Aotearoa, including an immediate ban on new industrial coal boilers. ...
    3 hours ago
  • New Zealand First calls for tahr cull halt
    Mark Patterson MP, Spokesperson for Primary Industry New Zealand First is supporting calls by hunters and the New Zealand Tahr Foundation (NZTF) to halt a large scale cull of Himalayan Tahr by the Department of Conservation in National Parks. The calls are supported by a 40,000 strong petition and the ...
    5 days ago
  • Response to Spin-off allegations
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Leader of New Zealand First New Zealand First leader Winston Peters today scoffed at suggestions that a team of six political operatives have been dispatched to New Zealand to assist his campaign. ‘As President Ronald Reagan once said, ‘there they go again.’ ‘The clickbait journos can’t ...
    5 days ago
  • Jenny Marcroft MP to represent New Zealand First in Auckland Central
    New Zealand First is pleased to announce Jenny Marcroft as the party’s election 2020 candidate for the Auckland Central electorate. Jenny spent years working in Auckland Central, having spent a vast proportion of her broadcasting career there. She says she, "knows the place and knows the people." Ms Marcroft says ...
    6 days ago
  • Creating jobs and cleaning up our rivers
    New Zealanders deserve healthy rivers and lakes that are safe to swim in - but they have been getting worse for decades. That's why, with our latest announcement, we're investing in projects that will help clean up our rivers and lakes and restore them to health, within a generation. ...
    1 week ago
  • Jacinda Ardern: 2020 Labour Congress Speech
    Jacinda Ardern's speech to the 2020 Labour Party Congress. ...
    1 week ago
  • Kelvin Davis: 2020 Labour Congress Speech
    Kelvin Davis' speech to the 2020 Labour Party Congress. ...
    1 week ago
  • Week That Was: Another week of major progress
    This week we moved into the second half of 2020 - and our Government delivered another week of big changes and major progress for New Zealanders. Read below for a wrap of the key things moments from the week - from extending paid parental leave, to making major investments in ...
    1 week ago
  • Green Party opposes RMA fast-track bill that cut corners on environmental safeguards and public cons...
    The Green Party has opposed the COVID-19 Recovery Fast-track Consenting Bill which shortcuts normal consenting processes under the Resource Management Act (RMA), reduces public participation and narrows environmental considerations. ...
    1 week ago
  • Site of new freight hub revealed
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister of Regional Economic Development A regional freight hub for the lower North Island will be built just northeast of Palmerston North, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The Government is investing $40 million through the Provincial Growth Fund to designate and buy land and design ...
    1 week ago
  • Greens call for Guaranteed Minimum Income to alleviate skyrocketing debt with MSD
    Green Party Co-leader Marama Davidson is calling for the introduction of a Guaranteed Minimum Income to lift hundreds of thousands of people out of poverty and prevent more families entering into further debt with the Ministry of Social Development.  ...
    1 week ago
  • Winston Peters: Facts matter when taxpayer money is on the line
    There has been renewed focus on New Zealand First acting as a handbrake on the Government after our decision to not support Auckland light rail. We are a handbrake for bad ideas, that is true, but our track record since 2017 has seen New Zealand First constructively also serve as an ...
    1 week ago
  • Bill raising minimum residency requirement for NZ Super passes first reading
    Mark Patterson MP, New Zealand First List MP New Zealand First’s Fair Residency for Superannuation Bill passed its First Reading in Parliament today. The Bill makes a significant change to NZ Super by raising the minimum residency requirement from 10 to 20 years, after age 20. “Currently, a migrant of ...
    1 week ago
  • Harsher penalties for assaults on first responders one step closer
    Darroch Ball MP, Spokesperson for Law and Order A New Zealand First member’s bill in the name of Darroch Ball introducing a six-month minimum prison sentence for assaults on first responders has passed its second reading in Parliament. The new offence of "injuring a first responder or corrections officer with ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Criminal Cases Review Commission delivers Coalition promise
    Fletcher Tabuteau MP, Deputy Leader of New Zealand First New Zealand First welcomes the launch of the new Criminal Cases Review Commission, gifted with the name from Waikato-Tainui - Te Kāhui Tātari Ture, announced in Hamilton today by Justice Minister Andrew Little. “New Zealand First has long believed in and ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Greens welcome huge new investment in sustainable projects
    The Green Party is celebrating over $800m in new funding for green projects, which will get people into jobs while solving New Zealand’s long-term challenges. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand First demands answers from Meridian Energy
    Mark Patterson MP, Spokesperson for Primary Industries New Zealand First is appalled that Meridian seems to have been unnecessarily spilling water from its dams to drive up its profits."While New Zealanders have been coming together in some of our darkest hours, we don’t expect power gentailers to waste water and ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Getting New Zealand moving again: June 2020
    We wrapped up the first half of 2020 with a busy month, taking additional steps to support New Zealanders as we continue with our economic recovery. We rolled out targeted packages to support key industries like tourism and construction, helped create jobs in the environmental and agriculture sectors, and set ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Māori union leader appointed to Infrastructure Commission board
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Infrastructure Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones has welcomed the appointment of Maurice Davis and his deep infrastructure and construction experience to the board of the Infrastructure Commission. Mr Davis (Ngāti Maniapoto), is the seventh and final appointment to the board led by former Reserve Bank Governor ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Click-bait journalism at its worst
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Leader of New Zealand First New Zealand’s click bait journalism is taking a turn for the worse, with yet another example of sensationalist, wilful-misrepresentation of the facts. “New Zealand First has worked constructively with its Coalition partner on hundreds of pieces of legislation and policy, and ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Green Party proposes transformational Poverty Action Plan
    The Green Party is today unveiling its Poverty Action Plan, which includes a Guaranteed Minimum Income to ensure people have enough to live with dignity.     ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF accelerates Rotorua projects
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister Fletcher Tabuteau MP, Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development The Rotorua Museum redevelopment and Whakarewarewa and Tokorangi Forest projects will be accelerated thanks to a $2.09 million Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) boost, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Week That Was: Getting people into jobs
    This week, we rolled out the next steps of our recovery plan, with new infrastructure investment, extra support for tourism operators, and a new programme to get Kiwis into agriculture careers. The global economic consequences of COVID-19 will continue to be a challenge, but we have a detailed plan to ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Coalition commitment establishing Mental Health Commission delivered
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First welcomes the passage of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill through its final reading in Parliament today fulfilling a coalition agreement commitment. “This is an important step in saving the lives of New Zealanders and delivers a key coalition commitment ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Whakatāne gets a $2.5m ‘turbo boost’
    Whakatāne has been given a $2.5 million boost to speed up previously funded projects and create more than 450 jobs in the next decade. Of those, the equivalent of 160 full-time jobs could be delivered in the next six weeks. Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters is in town to make ...
    2 weeks ago
  • $2.5m PGF funding to speed up economic recovery in Whakatāne
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister Fletcher Tabuteau MP, Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $2.5 million to accelerate three infrastructure projects in Whakatāne, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. “This package is about ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Shane Jones calls out those holding drought-stricken Auckland ‘to ransom’ over water
    Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones is throwing his weight behind a bid by the Auckland Council to fast-track the more than doubling of the city's water allowance from the Waikato River. And he's coming out strongly against anyone who plans on getting in the way of this campaign. "It is my ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Another Green win as climate change considerations inserted into the RMA
    The Green Party is thrilled to see changes to the Resource Management Act (RMA) that mean consents for large projects can be declined if they will have significant climate change implications that are inconsistent with the Zero Carbon Act and Aotearoa New Zealand’s Paris Agreement obligations.  ...
    2 weeks ago
  • New Navy vessel Aotearoa to arrive in New Zealand
    Hon Ron Mark, Minister of Defence The Royal New Zealand Navy’s new ship, Aotearoa, set sail for New Zealand on 10 June from the Republic of Korea, and is due to arrive in Auckland tomorrow, announced Minister of Defence Ron Mark. “Aotearoa is the Royal New Zealand Navy’s new fleet ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Racing Industry Bill passes third reading
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Racing Racing Minister Winston Peters has today welcomed the Racing Industry Bill passing its third reading, creating the legislative framework for revitalising the racing industry while limiting the need for future government intervention. “For too long our domestic racing industry has ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Green Party seek amendment to ensure all prisoners can vote
    The Green Party has today put forward an amendment to the Electoral (Registration of Sentenced Prisoners) Amendment Bill to ensure all people in prisons can vote in general elections. ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Green Party welcomes new approach to delivering light rail
    The Green Party welcomes the decision to not proceed with Public Public Investment (PPI) delivery of Auckland’s light rail project and to instead run the process through the public service. ...
    3 weeks ago
  • New Zealand First welcomes PGF investment in Wairarapa Water
    Hon Ron Mark, New Zealand First List MP based in the Wairarapa New Zealand First List MP Hon Ron Mark welcomes the announcement of Provincial Growth Funding investment of $1.4 million to help secure the Wairarapa’s water supply. The funding boost will allow the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC), and ...
    3 weeks ago
  • New Zealand First MP Mark Patterson selected as candidate for Taieri
    New Zealand First list MP Mark Patterson has been selected to represent the party in the newly formed Taieri electorate at the upcoming election. Mr Patterson, his wife Jude and two daughters farm sheep and beef at Lawrence and Waitahuna. He previously stood in the Clutha-Southland electorate however boundary changes ...
    3 weeks ago

  • Inaugural launch of Kiribati Language Week
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio is pleased to announce the inaugural launch of Kiribati Language Week as part of the 2020 Pacific language Weeks programme. “I am so pleased that this year we are able to provide resourcing support to the Kiribati community in Aotearoa which will ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • New support package for wildlife institutions
    Wildlife institutions affected by a loss of visitor revenue during the COVID-19 lockdown are set to receive government support with nearly $15 million of funding available announced Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage.  “Eco-sanctuaries, zoos, aquariums, wildlife parks, and wildlife rescue, hospital and rehabilitation facilities provide crucial support for the recovery ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • 300,000 students to benefit from free mental health services
    The Government is expanding and accelerating frontline mental health and wellbeing services at tertiary education institutes (TEI) to help students manage ongoing stresses related to COVID-19. “The lockdown has been hugely disruptive for students. Many of them have had to relocate and move to online learning, isolating them from their ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Gang crime, meth harm targeted in Waikato
    The Minister of Police says a major operation against the Mongrel Mob in Waikato will make a big dent in drug harm and violent offending linked to organised crime networks. “Senior leadership of the Waikato Mongrel Mob has been taken out as a result of Operation Kingsville, which resulted in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Supporting victims and families to attend mosque attack sentencing
    The Government is extending the border exception criteria to enable some offshore victims and support people of the Christchurch mosque attacks to attend the sentencing of the accused beginning on 24 August2020, says Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway. “We want to support our valued Muslim brothers and sisters who were directly ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Boost for community freshwater restoration projects
    A project to support volunteer efforts to look after streams and rivers is getting a boost thanks to support from DOC’s Community Conservation Fund announced Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage today.  “The government is backing efforts to look after waterways with $199,400 for the Mountains to Sea Conservation Trust from ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • More support for women and girls
    Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter today announced that funding for the COVID-19 Community Fund for women and girls will be doubled, as the first successful funding applications for the initial $1million were revealed. “Women and girls across the country have suffered because of the effects of COVID-19, and I ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Crown accounts stronger than forecast with higher consumer spending
    The Government’s books were better than forecast with a higher GST take as the economy got moving again after lockdown, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Crown Accounts for the 11 months to the end of May indicate the year end results for tax revenue will be stronger than forecast. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Govt releases plan to revitalise wool sector
    A plan to revitalise New Zealand’s strong wool sector and set it on a new, more sustainable and profitable path was unveiled today by Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. The newly-released report - Vision and Action for New Zealand’s Wool Sector - was developed by the Wool Industry Project Action Group ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Funding for Predator Free Whangārei
    Community efforts to create a Predator Free Whangārei will receive a $6 million boost, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage announced today. The new funding, through Government company Predator Free 2050 Ltd, will create around 12 jobs while enabling the complete removal of possums over ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand to review relationship settings with Hong Kong
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has announced that the New Zealand Government is reviewing the settings of its relationship with Hong Kong. “China’s decision to pass a new national security law for Hong Kong has fundamentally changed the environment for international engagement there,” Mr Peters said. “New Zealand remains deeply ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Funding for Whangārei’s infrastructure projects revealed
    Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced details of a multimillion-dollar investment in Whangārei for infrastructure projects that will help it recover from the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 200 jobs are expected to be created through the $26 million investment from the Government’s rejuvenation package ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Managed isolation and quarantine update
    Following a second incident in which a person escaped from a managed isolation facility, security is being enhanced, including more police presence onsite, Minister Megan Woods said. “The actions of some individuals who choose to break the very clear rules to stay within the facilities means that more resourcing is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Funding for Kaipara district community waste programmes
    Waste reduction and recycling programmes in Kaipara are set to get a boost with Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage today announcing a $361,447 grant from the Ministry for the Environment’s Waste Minimisation Fund (WMF) Sustainable Kaipara. “The new funding will allow Sustainable Kaipara to partner with local schools, kura, community ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government will support the people and economy of Southland
    The Government will support the Southland economy in the wake of multinational mining company Rio Tinto’s decision to follow through with its long signalled closure of the Tiwai Point aluminium smelter. “This day has unfortunately been on the cards for some time now, but nevertheless the final decision is a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New transformational tools for the Predator Free 2050 effort
    New tools being developed to help boost Aotearoa’s Predator Free 2050 effort were unveiled today by Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage and Under Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau. A new rat poison, a camera with predator recognition software to detect and report predators, a new predator lure and a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Armoured vehicles for New Zealand Army
    The Coalition Government has approved the purchase of a fleet of Bushmaster vehicles to replace the New Zealand Army’s armoured Pinzgauers, Defence Minister Ron Mark has announced today. The new fleet of 43 Australian-designed and built Bushmaster NZ5.5 will provide better protection for personnel and improved carrying capacity. “The age ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Community-led solutions to prevent family violence
    The Government’s three prevention frameworks to reduce family violence in Aotearoa were launched this week by Associate Minister for Social Development Poto Williams.   The frameworks were developed in partnership with communities around New Zealand, and build on the work the Government has already begun with its new family violence prevention ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Govt confirms investment in better radiology and surgical services for Hawke’s Bay
    The Government is pleased to confirm funding for improvements to radiology and surgical services at Hawke's Bay DHB, Health Minister Chris Hipkins says.     "The Minister of Finance the Hon Grant Robertson and former Health Minister Dr David Clark approved funding for Hawke's Bay DHB’s redevelopment of their radiology facilities ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Specialist alcohol and drug addiction services strengthened across New Zealand
    •    New funding for four beds at Napier’s Springhill Residential Addiction Centre •    A new managed withdrawal home and community service, and peer support before and after residential care at Tairāwhiti DHB  •    A co-ordinated network of withdrawal management services throughout the South Island •    Peer support in Rotorua and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Coastal Shipping Webinar
    Introduction, seafarers and POAL Good morning everyone, I am delighted to be online with you all today. Before I begin, I have to acknowledge that COVID-19 has disrupted the maritime sector on an unprecedented scale. The work of seafarers and the maritime industry is keeping many economies around the world ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Support for resilient rail connection to the West Coast
    A $13 million investment from Government will create jobs and improve the resilience of the rail connection between Christchurch and the West Coast, Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones and Regional Economic Development Under-Secretary Fletcher Tabuteau say. The funding comes from the tagged contingency set aside in Budget 2020 for infrastructure projects ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Major investment in safe drinking water
    The Government is investing $761 million to assist local government upgrade under-pressure water services across the country, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta announced today.  The announcement was made at the site of the water bore that was found to be the source of the fatal ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Supporting stranded seasonal workers to keep working with more flexible options
    Recognised Seasonal Employers and migrant seasonal workers stranded in New Zealand will be able to continue working and supporting themselves with more flexible hours and roles, says Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway. The time-limited visa changes are: Stranded RSE workers will be able to work part-time (a minimum of 15 hours ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Relief for temporary migrants, employers and New Zealanders who need work
    The Government is making immediate short-term changes to visa settings to support temporary migrants already onshore in New Zealand and their employers, while also ensuring New Zealanders needing work are prioritised, Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. We are: Extending temporary work visas due to expire by the end of 2020 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Freshwater commissioners and fast-track consenting convenor appointed
    Professor Peter Skelton CNZM has been appointed as Chief Freshwater Commissioner and Alternate Environment Court Judge Craig James Thompson as Deputy Chief Freshwater Commissioner for the newly established Freshwater Planning Process (FPP). Environment Minister David Parker today also announced the appointment of Chief Environment Court Judge Laurie Newhook as the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Appointment of Judge of the High Court
    Auckland Queen’s Counsel Neil Campbell has been appointed a Judge of the High Court, Attorney‑General David Parker announced today. Justice Campbell graduated with a BCom and LLB (Hons) from the University of Auckland in 1992. He spent two years with Bell Gully Buddle Weir in Auckland before travelling to the United ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • $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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago