web analytics

Pork barrelling from the Nats

Written By: - Date published: 9:26 am, November 5th, 2008 - 26 comments
Categories: corruption, election 2008, national - Tags:

One of the virtues of New Zealand government has long been that we avoid US-style pork barrel politics. The Government sets the direction of policy and priorities but doesn’t interfere with specific projects. The principle is that the experts, not the elected officials, should decide the details of specific projects. For instance, the Government might decide it wants more investment in roads or roads in a particular region, but it is the independent New Zealand Transport Agency that decides on which project to construct, in which order, and with which details in order to meet the Government’s objectives. No ‘bridge to nowhere’ for us.

Not only is is just a plain good idea to have the experts making the decisions, it also removes an avenue for political corruption.

So, it is very worrying to see National making pork-barrel promises. The Nats are going around promising specific road projects will be built, meaning they may have to override the NZTA. They are even editing the details of these projects – adding a tunnel to one. I think we can all agree that its better to have engineers, not politicians, deciding if a tunnel is needed on a road project.

The promise to fund Plunketline means overriding the transparent and independent contracting process by which Plunket and other organisations compete for funding. I always thought the Tories were against the Government choosing winners but, more seriously, when the politicians decide which charities get the limited pool of money it is an invitation to cronyism and corruption.

This disturbing willingness to over-ride independent bodies and experts for petty political gain doesn’t end at roads. National is promising to fund 52 weeks treatment of the breast cancer drug Herceptin, which is currently funded for nine weeks. In doing so, they would have to change the legislation that makes PHARMAC independent and ignore the medical experts. PHARMAC said that is they were given the $40 million it would take to fund Herceptin they would use it fund other drugs, which would be able to deliver greater health benefits to more people at the same cost. Given limited resources, PHARMAC wants to get the best bang for the public buck. National would override that decision because Herceptin is a good populist issue (as you would expect, breast cancer has a lobby group that sufferers of other conditions can’t match).

National sees votes and, so, is willing to sacrifice quality and independent decision-making in the use of public money. That would lead to bad decisions being made and more wasteful government spending. It is something people on all sides should oppose.

26 comments on “Pork barrelling from the Nats”

  1. Janet 1

    Promising to fund Plunket line is another. There is a transparent and contestable contracting process for such things precisely so there can’t be political interference. I’m waiting for the Auditor General to have something to say about this. May be waiting a long time though.

  2. oh yeah. added it, thanks janet.

  3. Vinsin 3

    It’s a real shame that these knee jerk populist issues get such traction with people. Pharmac and Plunket, who can disagree with funding these for longer without being labeled either anti-family, or anti-women’s health.

  4. toad 4

    I hate to have to remind readers at The Standard of this Steve, but what about Labour’s commitment to fund the Penlink Roading Project from Auckland’s Regional Fuel Tax.

    Seems just as pork-barrel to me as some of the Nats’ roading proposals, and another reason to Party Vote Green.

  5. higherstandard 5

    Steve

    The medical experts – The Oncology subcommittee at PHARMAC recommended the full 52 weeks course.

  6. Crank 6

    How about the Green’s $1 billion home insulation pork barrel in return for supporting the ETS.

    [I’m not sure you understand the definition of pork barrelling. What independent expert decisions are overridden by the insulation fund? Why isn’t home insulation justified as a policy? SP]

  7. vidiot 7

    Steve – you missed these promises:

    • Introduce a “voluntary bonding” scheme which offers student loan debt write-offs to graduate teachers who agree to work in hard-to-staff communities or subjects.

    • Updating and publishing the economic and fiscal forecasts to gauge the true state of the government’s books and determine the on-going effects of the international economic crisis.

    • Amend the Education Act 1989 to increase the current fines for parents of truant children from $150 and $400 for first time and repeat offenders respectively, and allow the Ministry of Education to take prosecutions.

    • Open the books on the true state of hospital waiting lists and the crisis in services.

    • Establish a “voluntary bonding scheme” offering student loan debt write-off to graduate doctors, nurses, and midwives agreeing to work in hard-to-staff communities or specialties.

    Talk about a hidden agenda.

  8. Steve Pierson said “National sees votes and, so, is willing to sacrifice quality and independent decision-making in the use of public money. ”

    Whereas Labour sees votes and breaks the law to get them in the ballot box

    http://keepingstock.blogspot.com/2008/11/2005-revisted-labours-tactics-revealed.html

  9. dave 9

    The promise to fund Plunketline means overriding the transparent and independent contracting process
    Its not transparent. Or independant.

  10. Good post.

    Toad’s criticism of the Penlink project is appropriate. It is a PPP for a culdesac and does not make any sense apart from in the minds of some Rodney Councillors.

    Key is really going to distort things if he insists on certain projects going through. For a start if I was a tenderer and I knew that the project was going to go through no matter what then I would set my tender really high. Some of the projects are that big that there will be something for all of the major contractors.

    The really disappointing thing is that the current system has tried to take away political influence. Projects are measured against discrete criteria including value for money, community benefits and contribution to sustainability. To say that you will build one means that a potentially far superior project will fail.

    Also the current system is very poor in recognising the benefits of walking and cycling projects. Health benefits and the degradation of increased car usage to communities are not taken into account.

    Hercepton funding is a similar issue. The benefits from a thousand glue ear operations to quality of life may exceed the benefits of one course of hercepton which may not work. Sorry it sounds very ghoulish but these are the trade offs and decisions that have to be made. For a politician to specify support for one drug smacks of emotional populism and is completely counter to a logical rationing of scarce resources.

  11. Matthew Pilott 11

    vidiot – those aren’t examples of pork barrelling. What is your point? Irrelevancy for levity? It ain’t working. Maybe look up what a subject is about if you have no idea, as is clearly the case here.

  12. Daveski 12

    In any case, it would be a lot easier to simply develop policies that you control directly and aim at your voters such as writing off interest on student loans.

    Seeing you are firmly against “political corruption”, I look forward to you next post on political appointments to boards and other quangos. Mind you, I see your point – you want to keep Mike Batman as busy as possible so he does as little damage as possible to Labour’s chances.

  13. Toad. I’m not fimiliar with penlink, I’ll have to ask my contacts in NZTA about it. but i’m as anti new roading as you are.

    HS. sorry, I remember experts saying 9 weeks was basically as good but I’ll take your word and amend the post. The point stands that the PHARMAC would prefer to use limited resources on more effective drugs.

  14. higherstandard 14

    No problem – the whole saga with Herceptin would take too long to go through – another time perhaps.

    Edit – Mickey, the glue ear thing is the kind of example that PHARMAC likes to make it is however completely fallacious.

  15. Matthew Pilott 15

    Higherstandard – I recall anothe comment from you struck me as very interesting – you wer ecriticising pharmac’s buying criteria as excessively cost-based (so crudely summarise).

    I suspect that there is some truth in that, but we can probably all agree the best thing to do would be to change pharmac purchasing criteria through an open (and professional) process, instead of a politician saying “pharmac will buy this drug because I say so”.

  16. Daveski 16

    Got to say I agree with MP.

    I’m happier with major infrastructure projects been decided based on politics and a plan for the country but not pharmac decisions.

  17. Ianmac 17

    Remember that Key will instruct Kiwisaver to invest 40% in NZ projects. This overturns the independence that the trustees have previously had to choose the best investments for best returns. 23% at the moment in NZ

  18. Kerry 18

    i suppose we shouldnt be too hard on the Nats….its not their fault they simply have no idea on how to run a country, or for that matter how to run anything.

    Nats = home of the bewildered!!!

  19. insider 19

    If you want pork barrel look no further than the railways. Labour’s ace negotiators have lost us $50 a year each in its reduced asset value less than six months after its purchase, and there are further reductions to come says Cullen. Brilliant leadership!

    Lynn

    There is not a lot of evidence that the 1bill home insulation scheme will do much for for energy or health. An Otago health study showed insulation increased room temperatures by only 0.6 deg. There was a lot of self reported perceived improvement in health but not actual medical evidence to back it up, and the temp increase is apparently marginal in health terms so any health ‘improvement’ could have been a placebo effect.

    A cost benefit study showed a reduction in power consumption of only 350kwh a year for a cost of $1800 to upgrade insulation. That is a cost saving of 350 x 21cents or $75 a year. There are also plenty of examples of where increased insulation has not reduced heating energy consumption at all. Insulation also has a limited life and combine that with the need to replace it due to other renovations that may occur over its lifetime, it is marginal whether this ‘investment’ will actually produce a benefit.

    [lprent: yes?? Can’t remember writing anything about this]

  20. Matthew Pilott 20

    Insider – which study were you talking about? This one mentions “insulated houses were shown to use about a fifth less energy than uninsulated houses.”

    and

    “People felt in better health and had half the number of respiratory symptoms. Children in insulated houses had half the number of days off school and, overall, there were fewer admissions to hospital for respiratory conditions.”

    From what I’ve read I thought it was a fairly clear-cut example of a good investment.

  21. Evidence-Based Practice 21

    Re the herceptin thing. It is complicated. It is an example of drug company lobbying internationally with powerful allies in local oncology and so-called consumer groups – so they are not independent experts but are instead highly conflicted..

    The drug companies have only offered two options for countries to buy it -either 9 weeks or 12 months – no other options – with heavy company lobbying for 12 months. So best practice evidence can only look at these options, and because many countries (esp those where there is considerable govt interference in decisions) have taken the 12 month option that is what most current research reports cover. There is an international study going on in to the 9 week option that NZ has signed up to and will reneg on (giving us a bad name) if the Nats over rule Pharmac on this.

    It is also extremely expensive and will use up a large proportion of the cancer drug budget so something else (or several other drugs) will have to go. But the evidence so far is that it is successful (ie keeps women alive a bit longer – not a cure) in only a small proportion of women who have HER2 breast cancer, which is only a small proportion of the total. But it has serious side effects re heart conditions. I wouldn’t be surprised if the is a big legal backlash once the side effects for the longer course are fully realised in long term research.

    I see in the New Scientist that in the US many women take it even though they are not HER2 positive, just because of the effects of lobbying. It is seen as a desirable drug.

    So we need to look at who is promoting it here and ask why, and what is in it for them.

  22. higherstandard 22

    EBP

    Your monicker is a joke

    Don’t suggest local oncologists are stooges for Roche this is demonstrably untrue.

    The vast amount of clinical trial data available and the balance of evidence for Herceptin is in relation to 12 months therapy – that is what oncologists have based their recommendation for the 12 month course on.

    If Herceptin is funded for the 12 months course under the nats the money will not come out of the existing funding for cancer medications but will be additional funding made available to PHARMAC/DHBs.

    Treatment is given with the intent of it being curative in early barest cancer which is where the 9 week vs year long course is under debate – it is not curative in advanced/metastatic breast cancer this is irrelevant as it has been funded in this indication for some years.

    Cardiac side effects are rare and certainly far more rare than the risk of relapsing after adjuvant therapy. Relapsing after adjuvant therapy for early breast cancer usually comes with a very poor prognosis.

  23. insider,

    Do tell us more about private asset values and public asset values?

  24. Evidence-Based Practice 24

    H/S I did say that most of the reports are about the 12 month option because that is what most countries have been forced to opt for – so that is what they have data for.
    And where is the additional funding for PHARMAC coming from to pay for this, and it will be several million dollars a year? I haven’t heard that Nats promise this or say where it will come from.

  25. Swampy 25

    Your claim that agencies are independent of the government is purile nonsense. All the agencies like Transit have a board in part made up of Labour Party people who are obviously there to represent the Labour Party viewpoint on those boards, which means they are not independent. If Labour respected the independence of these agencies people would be appointed with no known affiliations.

  26. vidiot 26

    So back on to them Pork Barrels, how is it that Labour never asked Treasury to do (or did) any costings for their Universal Student Allowance promise ?

    http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/newsdetail1.asp?storyID=147449

    Oh god, was Winston right ? http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz-election-2008/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501799&objectid=10537418

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Govt supports King Country farmers to lift freshwater quality
    Healthier waterways are front and centre in a new project involving more than 300 King Country sheep, beef and dairy farmers. The Government is investing $844,000 in King Country River Care, a group that helps farmers to lift freshwater quality and farming practice, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor announced today. “Yesterday ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Support for arts and music sector recovery
    A jobseekers programme for the creative sector and four new funds have been set up by the Government to help our arts and music industry recover from the blow of COVID-19. Thousands of jobs will be supported through today’s $175 million package in a crucial economic boost to support the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Legislative changes to support the wellbeing of veterans and their families
    Minister for Veterans Ron Mark has welcomed the First Reading of a Bill that will make legislative changes to further improve the veterans’ support system.  The Veterans’ Support Amendment Bill No 2, which will amend the Veterans’ Support Act 2014, passed First Reading today. The bill addresses a number of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Christ Church Cathedral – Order in Council
    Views sought on Order in Council to help fast track the reinstatement of the Christ Church Cathedral  The Associate Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration, Hon Poto Williams, will be seeking public written comment, following Cabinet approving the drafting of an Order in Council aimed at fast-tracking the reinstatement of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New Zealanders’ human rights better protected in new Bill
    The law setting out New Zealanders’ basic civil and human rights is today one step towards being strengthened following the first reading of a Bill that requires Parliament to take action if a court says a statute undermines those rights. At present, a senior court can issue a ‘declaration of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Deep concern at Hong Kong national security legislation
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today reiterated the deep concern of the New Zealand Government following confirmation by China’s National People’s Congress of national security legislation relating to Hong Kong. “New Zealand shares the international community’s significant and long-standing stake in Hong Kong’s prosperity and stability,” Mr Peters said. “New Zealand ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government invests in New Zealand’s cultural recovery
    Thousands of artists and creatives at hundreds of cultural and heritage organisations have been given much-needed support to recover from the impact of COVID-19, Prime Minister and Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Jacinda Ardern announced today. “The cultural sector was amongst the worst hit by the global pandemic,” Jacinda ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Better protection for New Zealand assets during COVID-19 crisis
    Key New Zealand assets will be better protected from being sold to overseas owners in a way contrary to the national interest, with the passage of the Overseas Investment (Urgent Measures) Bill. The Bill, which passed its third reading in Parliament today, also cuts unnecessary red tape to help attract ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Cleaning up our rivers and lakes
    Setting higher health standards at swimming spots Requiring urban waterways to be cleaned up and new protections for urban streams Putting controls on higher-risk farm practices such as winter grazing and feed lots Setting stricter controls on nitrogen pollution and new bottom lines on other measures of waterway health Ensuring ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Record year for diversity on Govt boards
    The Government is on the verge of reaching its target of state sector boards and committees made up of at least 50 percent women, says Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter and Minister for Ethnic Communities Jenny Salesa. For the first time, the Government stocktake measures the number of Māori, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New appointments to the Commerce Commission
    The Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister and Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Minister, Kris Faafoi, has today announced the appointment of Tristan Gilbertson as the new Telecommunications Commissioner and member of the Commerce Commission. “Mr Gilbertson has considerable experience in the telecommunications industry and a strong reputation amongst his peers,” ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Historic pay equity settlement imminent for teacher aides
    The Ministry of Education and NZEI Te Riu Roa have agreed to settle the pay equity claim for teacher aides, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. This will see more than 22,000 teacher aides, mostly women, being valued and paid fairly for the work they do. “Teacher aides are frontline ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Govt delivers security for construction subcontractors
    Subcontractors will have greater certainty, more cashflow support and job security with new changes to retention payments under the Construction Contracts Act says Minister for Building and Construction, Jenny Salesa. A recent review of the retentions money regime showed that most of the building and construction sector is complying with ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand and Singapore reaffirm ties
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong have marked the first anniversary of the New Zealand-Singapore Enhanced Partnership with a virtual Leaders’ Meeting today. The Enhanced Partnership, signed on 17 May 2019, provides the framework for cooperation across the four main areas of trade, defence and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • JOINT STATEMENT BY THE PRIME MINISTERS OF NEW ZEALAND AND THE REPUBLIC OF SINGAPORE ON THE FIRST AN...
    On 17 May 2019, New Zealand and Singapore established an Enhanced Partnership to elevate our relations. The Enhanced Partnership – based on the four pillars of trade and economics, security and defence, science, technology and innovation, and people-to-people links – has seen the long-standing relationship between our countries strengthen over the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government investment supports the acquisition of new Interislander ferries
    State-Owned Enterprises Minister Winston Peters has welcomed KiwiRail’s announcement that it is seeking a preferred shipyard to build two new rail-enabled ferries for the Cook Strait crossing. “This Government is committed to restoring rail to its rightful place in New Zealand. Bigger, better ships, with new technology are yet another ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Better protection for seabirds
    Better protection for seabirds is being put in place with a new National Plan of Action to reduce fishing-related captures, Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash and Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage announced today.   The National Plan of Action for Seabirds 2020 outlines our commitment to reduce fishing-related captures and associated seabird ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Milestone in cash flow support to SMEs
    Almost $1 billion in interest-free loans for small businesses More than 55,000 businesses have applied; 95% approved Average loan approx. $17,300 90% of applications from firms with ten or fewer staff A wide cross-section of businesses have applied, the most common are the construction industry, accommodation providers, professional firms, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government protects kids as smoking in cars ban becomes law
    Thousands of children will have healthier lungs after the Government’s ban on smoking in cars with kids becomes law, says Associate Minister of Health Jenny Salesa. This comes after the third reading of Smoke-free Environments (Prohibiting Smoking in Motor Vehicles Carrying Children) Amendment Bill earlier today. “This law makes it ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Parliament returns to a safe normal
    The special Epidemic Response Committee (ERC) has successfully concluded its role, Leader of the House Chris Hipkins said today. The committee was set up on 25 March by the agreement of Parliament to scrutinise the Government and its actions while keeping people safe during levels 4 and 3 of lockdown. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Foreign Minister makes four diplomatic appointments
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today announced four diplomatic appointments: New Zealand’s Ambassador to Belgium, High Commissioners to Nauru and Niue, and Ambassador for Counter-Terrorism. “As the world seeks to manage and then recover from COVID-19, our diplomatic and trade networks are more important than ever,” Mr Peters said. “The ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New Bill to counter violent extremism online
    New Zealanders will be better protected from online harm through a Bill introduced to Parliament today, says Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin. “The internet brings many benefits to society but can also be used as a weapon to spread harmful and illegal content and that is what this legislation targets,” ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Mycoplasma bovis eradication reaches two year milestone in good shape
    New Zealand’s world-first plan to eradicate the cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis is on track the latest technical data shows, says Agriculture and Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor. “Two years ago the Government, DairyNZ and Beef + Lamb New Zealand and industry partners made a bold decision to go hard and commit ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New payment to support Kiwis through COVID
    Further support for New Zealanders affected by 1-in-100 year global economic shock 12-week payment will support people searching for new work or retraining Work programme on employment insurance to support workers and businesses The Government today announced a new temporary payment to support New Zealanders who lose their jobs due ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • PGF reset helps regional economies
    The Provincial Growth Fund will play a vital role in New Zealand’s post-COVID-19 recovery by creating jobs in shorter timeframes through at least $600 million being refocused on projects with more immediate economic benefits, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The funding is comprised of repurposed Provincial Growth ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Government exempts some home improvements from costly consents
    Government exempts some home improvements from costly consents Homeowners, builders and DIYers will soon have an easier time making basic home improvements as the Government scraps the need for consents for low-risk building work such as sleep-outs, sheds and carports – allowing the construction sector to fire back up quicker ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Concern at introduction of national security legislation for Hong Kong
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says the New Zealand Government has reacted with concern at the introduction of legislation in China’s National People’s Congress relating to national security in Hong Kong.  “We have a strong interest in seeing confidence maintained in the ‘one country, two systems’ principle under which Hong ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Samoa Language Week theme is perfect for the post-COVID-19 journey
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio, says the theme for the 2020 Samoa Language Week is a perfect fit for helping our Pacific communities cope with the unfolding COVID-19 crisis, and to prepare now for the journey ahead as New Zealand focuses on recovery plans and rebuilding New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Adult kakī/black stilt numbers soar
    A nearly 40-year programme to protect one of New Zealand’s most critically endangered birds is paying off, with a record number of adult kakī/black stilt recently recorded living in the wild, the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage announced today. “Thanks to the team effort involved in the Department of Conservation’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Waikato-Tainui settlement story launched on 25th anniversary of Treaty signing
    The story of the Waikato-Tainui Treaty process and its enduring impact on the community is being told with a five-part web story launched today on the 25th anniversary of settlement, announced Associate Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Carmel Sepuloni. “I am grateful to Waikato-Tainui for allowing us to help capture ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Taita College to benefit from $32 million school redevelopment
    Taita College in the Hutt Valley will be redeveloped to upgrade its ageing classrooms and leaky roofs, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. “The work is long overdue and will make a lasting difference to the school for generations to come,” Chris Hipkins said. “Too many of our schools are ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Redeployment for workers in hard-hit regions
    The Government is allocating $36.72 million to projects in regions hard hit economically by COVID-19 to keep people working, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Projects in Hawke’s Bay, Northland, Rotorua and Queenstown will be funded from the Government’s $100 million worker ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • $35m to build financial resilience for New Zealanders
    A $35m boost to financial capability service providers funded by MSD will help New Zealanders manage their money better both day to day and through periods of financial difficulty, announced Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni. “It’s always been our position to increase support to key groups experiencing or at risk ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New District Court Judge appointed
    Dunedin barrister Melinda Broek has been appointed as a District Court Judge with Family Court jurisdiction to be based in Rotorua, Attorney-General David Parker announced today. Ms Broek has iwi affiliations to Ngai Tai. She commenced her employment in 1996 with Scholefield Cockroft Lloyd in Invercargill specialising in family and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • $206 million investment in upgrades at Ohakea Air Force Base
    The Coalition Government has approved a business case for $206 million in upgrades to critical infrastructure at Royal New Zealand Air Force Base Ohakea, with the first phase starting later this year, Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today. The investment will be made in three phases over five years, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Review of CAA organisational culture released
    Transport Minister Phil Twyford today released the Ministry of Transport’s review of the organisational culture at the Civil Aviation Authority. Phil Twyford says all employees are entitled to a safe work environment. “I commissioned this independent review due to the concerns I had about the culture within the CAA, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Board appointed at Stats NZ
    Ensuring that Stats NZ’s direction and strategy best supports government policy decisions will be a key focus for a new Governance Advisory Board announced today by the Minister for Statistics, James Shaw. The new Governance Advisory Board will provide strategic advice to Stats NZ to ensure it is meeting New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Principal Environment Judge
    Environment Judge David Kirkpatrick of Auckland has been appointed as the Principal Environment Judge, Attorney-General David Parker announced today.  Judge Kirkpatrick was appointed an Environment Judge in February 2014. From December 2013 to July 2016 he was Chair of the Auckland Unitary Plan Independent Hearings Panel. Prior to appointment he ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Digital connectivity boost for urban marae
    A programme to connect marae around the country to the internet has received $1.4 million to expand to include urban marae in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Minister Kris Faafoi and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. The funding for the Marae Connectivity Programme ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Govt increases assistance to drought-stricken Hawke’s Bay farmers
    The Government will provide $500,000 to the Hawke’s Bay Mayoral Drought Relief Fund to help farmers facing one of the worst droughts in living memory, says Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. “Yesterday afternoon I received a letter from Hawke's Bay's five local Government leaders asking me to contribute to the Fund. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago