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Primary importance

Written By: - Date published: 7:41 am, December 5th, 2011 - 43 comments
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Labour’s leadership primary was a great idea. Labour has an open, honest, and respectful debate about itself.  Candidates tested in public. Can stumble without damaging the party like a failed leader does. Labour frames the political news with enthralling debates. If there was no primary, Parker would be leader now and NZ would be reaching for the remote.

43 comments on “Primary importance”

  1. I agree Zet that it is a fascinating contest and it is getting the sort of analysis I have never seen before in a leadership contest.

    Use of Social Media is obviously now more important than ever in framing the debate and in distributing information about the candidates.

    And if a candidate cannot perform in the primary then you have to wonder if they should be leader.

    It is also interesting the way that news concerning the formation of the new Government and the troubles within the Maori Party have been sidelined. 

  2. Blue 2

    True, but Parker should never have even been considered for leader in the first place.

    • Tigger 2.1

      But that’s the whole point of a primary, to let the top candidates rise to the top. Parker has every right to be considered. And we should consider everyone who puts their hand up.

    • jaymam 2.2

      Parker was superb in his attacks on Brash and Banks. See this previously unpublished photo here, showing how pissed off Banks was when Parker took advantage of the odious picture of Brash:
      http://i43.tinypic.com/149plvo.jpg

      I have not seen such telling attacks from the other contenders for Labour leader. However as someone has pointed out, the Leader should be a nice friendly person and have some attack dogs. Cunliffe and Parker would do that job well. Unless Mallard can join in too.

  3. King Kong 3

    There is a drawback to airing your dirty laundry in public.

    Some of the vindictive camp Cunliffe/camp Shearer sniping by many from the Labour party and on here has provided some terrific ammo for the right to use against whoever gets picked.

    • bbfloyd 3.1

      well done kk… you’ve just confirmed for us what a shallow, irresponsible lot of children tories are….

      way to expose yourself there champ….

      • King Kong 3.1.1

        So let me get this straight if a large group of members from the National party went on record as saying Key was too inexperienced for the job and couldn’t string a sentence together, then the left would completely ignore this.

        Unfortunately bbfloyd, there are an enormous ammount of posts on the Standard that prove you wrong.

        • ghostwhowalksnz 3.1.1.1

          Key got around that problem by scattering cheques for $10,000 in his wake.

          Even now he says he ‘gives away’ most of his parliamentary salary, its safe to assume the deserving causes are National Party and its MPs

    • mik e 3.2

      Looking at your alter ego in the US primaries a herman munster cain

  4. Anthony 4

    I’m just worried about all the “rethinking Labour’s values” garbage going on in this contest, seems like a convenient way to shift blame to the message and not the parliamentary and public performance of the messengers.

  5. Craig Glen Eden 5

    Thats true Anthony Labour, message/ core policy is not so much a problem its been about the way and how its being delivered thats our problem. Also demographics have changed particularly with regards to employment Labour have been way top slow to identify the shift from the employed workforce to self employed/ contractor workforce IMO.

    • ghostwhowalksnz 5.1

      Its the same message.
      The so called contractors are still screwed by employers and the labour hire companies.

      The tradesman self employed may just need reminding who made it easier to get paid from the property speculators and big beasts of the building industry. But this area is a niche voter and Labour doesnt have stacks of money and time for them during the election campaign.
      During the year one of two of labours MPs could carry the banner for these groups.

      The real problem is that too many MPs want to be policy wonks rather than meet and greets and waving the flag WITH the troops

  6. prism 6

    I have just tried to get some information on the business background pre politics for the three Davids, although D Parker has stepped aside. My impressions from a brief study are –

    David Cunliffe has studied and lectured at Harvard, has been a diplomat and involved in international trade. I connect Harvard with free marketers, pushing less government especially services, reducing social welfare etc that has become orthodox. New Labour in Britain went through the Middle Way approach that has been called right wing in drag. I hope that David C. is not of the same ilk. We lost our Labour Party to those who brought in new ideas but with a right wing excess.
    http://nz.linkedin.com/in/davidcunliffemp

    David Cunliffe’s Summary
    Minister of the Crown (5 years)
    Member of Parliament (10 years)
    Management consultant with The Boston Consulting Group (4 years)
    Diplomat with the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (8 years)
    Tutor in International Trade, Harvard University, John F Kennedy School of Government.
    Specialties
    Economic policy; progressive politics, social policy, foreign policy

    David Shearer has controlled theatres of chaos in his humanitarian work and to do that must have learned the art of the possible, problem solving, and how to find the best of multiple unsatisfactory options. He hasn’t been an MP for long but has been involved in the political scene in NZ for many years. That means he brings a fresh but informed approach with integrity it seems. http://www.labour.org.nz/davidshearer

    My belief in social justice led me naturally to the Labour Party. I had the opportunity to work in Parliament for Phil Goff as his Advisor on Foreign Affairs. I was on the Labour list in 1999. In the 2002 general election I ran for the Labour Party in Whangärei, where I substantially increased the Party vote. I was elected MP for Mt Albert at the by-election on 13 June 2009.
    I was named “New Zealander of the Year” by the New Zealand Herald in 1993 for my work in Somalia, and awarded an M.B.E. (Member of the British Empire) in the British 1993 New Year Honours List. In 1994, Save the Children awarded me their international “Award for Gallantry” for my service in areas of conflict.

    (Plenty of areas on conflict in NZ and as in other western countries like UK and USA we have pockets of third world conditions that appear untouchable by the usual political and moneyed elite.)

  7. Labour’s leadership election – modelled on the Catholic church’s procedures?
    http://readingthemaps.blogspot.com/2011/12/cunliffe-or-shearer-for-pope.html
    Democracy means the majority votes…

    • ghostwhowalksnz 7.1

      Democracy means many things……
      But in this case the people who have been elected MPs by the people get to choose their leader.

      Its called representative democracy.

      Just how an appointed oligarchy like the College of Cardinals compares takes a fertile imagination.

  8. Kate Sutton 8

    Hi ya – if there are any Auckland based members of the NZLP on here that have not received the email about the leadership forums that means either a) you are not a member b) we have the wrong email address for you (most likely) c) you have un- subscribed at some point. Keep your details up to date by emailing office@labour.org.nz or you can email me for Auckland based stuff kate@katesutton.co.nz
    Have a good day folks, Kate

  9. higherstandard 9

    Until Labour clears out all the deadwood it’s really all a bit of a sideshow.

    • ghostwhowalksnz 9.1

      Really ?

      We all remember of course Nationals deadwood….still there 12 years after Shipley went. Who can forget Bill English stayed on as National leader for 12 months after leading them to 20% in the election ( not polls , real votes) . Which was a clearing out of sorts otherwise they wouldn’t have room for the likes of Tau Henare and now we have some one who vitually defines deadwood: John Banks

      Looks like we have found someone who has forgotten

      • felix 9.1.1

        He’s also conveniently forgotten Brownlee, Ryall, both of the Dr Smiths, McCully, Carter, Mapp, Williamson and Ardern – all deadwood relics of the 80s and 90s.

        The 1999 intake consisting of deadwood of the calibre of Tolley and Hutchison is looking a bit shabby too.

        • King Kong 9.1.1.1

          Its always a bit tougher turfing out succesful electorate MP’s. Lucky for Labour that is something they don’t need to worry about.

          • felix 9.1.1.1.1

            Dream on monkey boy. List if you will the sparkling successes (for NZ) achieved by Shane Ardern, Gerry Brownlee, and Paul Hutchinson in their combined 40-odd years of public service.

            • King Kong 9.1.1.1.1.1

              I didn’t say they were talented, just succesful electorate MP’s with large majorities and thus a mandate from the people they represent. Not too many in that boat from the Labour party.

              • felix

                Anyone elected to parliament has a constituency you nong.

                Thanks for highlighting that many of the Nat caucus have been there since the FPP era though.

    • aerobubble 9.2

      Don’t you mean until Labour can explain why voters did not vote for a package of tax cuts.
      GST off food, tax free threshold, even a CGT is a tax cut for most people who do not earn much capital gain (so rebalances the tax system away from Labours Core vote).

      Its not dead wood that’s the problem, its disconnect with the core labour voter. Some of whom own their own small businesses (contractors) and thought they’d be hit with more paper work.

  10. randal 10

    clearing out the deadwood will come when labour sweeps away kweewee and his party of fleas that have been installed as camouflage for the great asset robbery.
    They are the only deadwoood in this parliament.
    just hanging around with no other objective except getting a cut.

  11. Colonial Viper 11

    I’m not backing Shearer. Just been talking to a friend of mine who is tied into South Island conservation circles. Shearer was asked for his reponse re National’s plan to mine in schedule 4 conservation land.

    Shearer replied that it was surprising to him that negative feeling from the public over National’s proposals had been so strong, and was that negative reaction really warranted.

    I’m now of the opinion that Shearer is an ingrained pragmatist, which has some good points and was no doubt reinforced in his international aid work. But it also means that in some areas he is out of touch with the values of the wider NZ electorate.

    It also means that he has developed relatively few strong views of his own regarding the direction of NZ.

    Combined with his very limited policy experience, Shearer looks too much like a blank slate waiting for more experienced quarters to help fill in.

    • Lanthanide 11.1

      “Combined with his very limited policy experience, Shearer looks too much like a blank slate waiting for more experienced quarters to help fill in.”

      Just like John Key, then.

      • aerobubble 11.1.1

        Shearer does come of as unsure.

        But hey that’s the Labour of Goff.

        Goffs failure was to have an arsenal of counter messages to Key’s dithering style.

        Goff’s only real bullseye was “Yes or No, John” in the debate.

        Key seems to not have to answer for his statements since his role was to show the money.

        Does a currency trader ever tell the turth, I mean would they have the truth to hand, the currency is decided by markets not by thoughtful considerations on singlar minds.

        Key is a bullshitter, so is Shearer? Somehow I doubt it.

  12. Craig Glen Eden 12

    While I have always been a Cunliffe supporter it is becoming clearer and clearer that Labour needs the Cunliffe/Mahuta leadership to beat Key and National in 2014. If Shearer thinks schedule four land is up for mining he can kiss his arse good bye. Seriously if the Labour Party goes anywhere near schedule for land and mining I would have to Party vote Green.

  13. js 13

    Grant Robertson has just announced he’s standing as deputy to Shearer. Makes that ticket much more left and hard to go past now.

    • Carol 13.1

      Not keen on the old boy, male dominance of the Shearer ticket have said it several times previously. This move does nothing to assure me t’is otherwise.

    • neoleftie 13.2

      All i see is a schism happening between the old guard, the ABB faction and cunliff’s brigade to the deteriment of labour and the long term aspiration of us old timers.
      When the elctrorate crave and pleed for unity and guidance in its hour of need we get this…
      Well i for one have waited and waited for labour to reconnect to the electrorate, to provide the organisation structure that locks in core voters but all i see is more darkness.
      perhaps cunliff is the man of the hour – who know what is happening in the murky shadows of the wellywood beltway.

      All i know in my electrorate the party vote went from 20k in 2005 to 11k in 2011 so thats 9k swing voters or switch potential labour core voters who didnt get locked in…
      I look at the organisation and while full of courage and dedicated activist not one had anywhere near the skill level that is required to understand what is required.
      More over the old guard and old timers and let the new generation bring their skill set to bear or the tory enemy will.

  14. js 14

    Good for gay rights to have a gay deputy leader. I also imagine that with Grant on the ticket, Jacinda will be prominent too.

    • pollywog 14.1

      Maybe we should have a child as deputy leader so it’s good for kids rights ?

      They’re the ones whose rights need protecting and advocating for more than gays.

      but it’s even better that now we potentially have 2 parties with white male heads and deputies cos it’s great for white male rights eh ?

      • felix 14.1.1

        Straight white high-income males have been really hard done by for several decades, p.

        Can’t even rape your wife anymore. Your OWN wife! It’s pc gawn mad.

        • neoleftie 14.1.1.1

          how about two deputies to lock in more support, factions and talent
          hmahuta and robertosn would be powerful deputies.
          shearer as head ( but no more BBQ unsupervised – he might burn himself )
          cunliff to control treasary
          parker on policy
          mallard and little in the mix with arden and jones on the front benches too.

          powerful, articulate and a brave new direction, message and image for labour.

          MY dream team and a solution as well.

          • felix 14.1.1.1.1

            Yep there’s a lot of talent there but it’s all for nowt if they can’t work together.

          • Carol 14.1.1.1.2

            Yes, there are some very good MPs there. Robertson has been excellent in many ways. Maybe he should put himself forward for leader with Ardern as deputy?

            Though, I don’t understand the “anyone but Cunliffe” attitude.

            • Deadly_NZ 14.1.1.1.2.1

              Nor I. In all that I watched in Parliament Cunliffe was by far and away the best speaker there, always clued up, and quick on his feet. he had the measure of Key and English. This is why I figure the Nacts and their trolls are also pushing Shearers name forward, in the hope that Cunliffe gets forgotten by the press, aka Labour 2011. (tea tape world cup)

          • Craig Glen Eden 14.1.1.1.3

            Shearer is your problem now he has proven him self to be unelectable in one weekend, if its true about his stance on mining he is screwed. As for Mallard maybe you should change your name to NEO RIGHTY, pft Mallard time for him to go should have gone years ago.

            • the sprout 14.1.1.1.3.1

              i must say Shearer has demonstrated a Melissa Lee-like aptitude for doing his own campaign substantial damage in record time.

              imagine if he was leader going up against Key in the 2014 election. you think it couldn’t get any worse than 28%? it could get much worse.

              you’d have to be mad to think he was even ready for the deputy role.

              • neoleftie

                yes yes all correct but without a neutral blank leader the party will implode into polarised factions – more power plays and backstabbing…unite the factions under one umbrella and move onto wining the war.

            • mik e 14.1.1.1.3.2

              You need afew old experienced trench fighters in your team he is way younger and fitter than Banks and Dunnie

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