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Prince William media coverage ridiculous

Written By: - Date published: 9:43 am, January 19th, 2010 - 47 comments
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The media coverage of Prince William’s visit really has gone a step too far. Aside from dominating TV, radio, and the newspapers, every time I check out stuff.co.nz I’m presented with an excited “LATEST: Prince William gets into car“.

I know it’s easy journalism. But for goodness sake, as evidenced by the ten people who showed up to greet William when he arrived, most people in New Zealand really don’t give a damn.

But nice to see the disaster in Haiti has dropped of Stuff’s main page. Problem solved there is it?

47 comments on “Prince William media coverage ridiculous”

  1. big bruv 1

    What about the thousands who turned up to see him at the opening of the supreme court?

    And please, show a bit more respect for our future King.

    • toad 1.1

      At least some of them were protestors, bruv.

    • He’s not our future king. He’s the future king of England. Basically, there’s a reason most people don’t give a damn about the Windsors – they have absolutely no impact upon their lives and they stand for an outmoded form of dictatorship.

      • Hugh 1.2.1

        He’s the King of New Zealand as well. The law’s pretty specific that the two titles are separate, albeit held by the same person.

        You can argue he’s not truly of New Zealand, but in a legal, titular sense, it’s pretty cut and dried.

        • Draco T Bastard 1.2.1.1

          The law is filled with legal realities (legal persons (corporations), legal heads of state (a foreigner), doesn’t make them any less fictional though. The reality is that he is not and never will be “our” king.

          • Hugh 1.2.1.1.1

            This would be true if the notion of what ‘New Zealand-ness’ was and who can and could not be said to be a “New Zealander’ was entirely uncontroversial, but I don’t think we’re there yet.

    • Sorry but Oh Yuk.

  2. Peter Johns 2

    I think it was refreshing to see a popular young man who will one day be our King here, (assuming he does not go the way of his mother). The visit has been a success for all concerned, Prince William, Royalty, John Key and people have received him well, even the Al Blacks were impressed!!!!

    This is just another post of pure jealousy. At least he was treated with respect unlike when the Queen visited while HC was PM. All that visit will be remembered for was for rudeness she showed.

    Sure, Haiti is a still happening event but there is no real ,new news, coming from there at present so deservingly so Price William is on the front page.

    Long live Prince William.

    • Rich 2.1

      assuming he does not go the way of his mother

      What, wiped out in a car crash by a pissed driver, while coked off his face and snogging his dodgy millionaire boyfriend?

      Be kinda well, viaduct at least…

      • gitmo 2.1.1

        Wow a new low.

          • gitmo 2.1.1.1.1

            I doubt you would know reality if it took a dump on your doorstep.

            • travellerev 2.1.1.1.1.1

              During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. George Orwell

              “Capitalism is the astounding belief that the most wickedest of men will do the most wickedest of things for the greatest good of everyone.” John Maynard Keynes

              Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them. George Orwell

              Denial is not a river in Egypt. Anonymus

              Dickhead

  3. vidiot 3

    FFS come one.. turn up to meet the future king with Sizzlers, at least get some real sausages in to that lanky future king. Loved the other image of him hard at work on the BBQ whilst our glorious leader was chugging back on a brewski.

    http://media.nzherald.co.nz/webcontent/image/jpg/GYI0059319397_300x270.jpg

  4. Sanctuary 4

    Ah, big bruv, according the Radio NZ’s reporter on the ground the “crowd” to see him at the Supreme Court was 1-200 at best, and I am unsure if she was counting the Republican demonstrators.

    Prince William the Balding is showing every sign of being as a big an out of touch buffoon as the rest of his inbred clan.

    Republic! Now!

    • Bright Red 4.1

      “and I am unsure if she was counting the Republican demonstrators.”

      and the ministry of justice protesters. there were 30 of them at the front and 70 round the corner according to their press release.

    • Bill 4.2

      The BBC reports said 100 public were there. Interestingly the ABC reports never said anything about the crowd at the Supreme Court but they did mention the republic protest and,in the same article, reminded people that only 12 turned up at the airport. The Sydney Morning Herald however said an enthusiastic crowd of over 2000 greeted him at the Supreme Court.
      Looks like your report is coloured by whether you are a republican or monarchist….truth being the first victim!

  5. Graham 5

    Guess it depends who you believe, NZ Herald reports “a crowd of 3000 to 4000” at the Supreme Court. I wasn’t there, so I don’t know who’s right.

    “Prince William the Balding … an out of touch buffoon … his inbred clan”. You know, every so often I read comments here about play the ball, not the man (or similar), then I read comments like this and I chuckle. Yes, he’s balding. So what?

    But to the real point – the article claims that “most people in New Zealand really don’t give a damn”. Well, clearly SOME people don’t, and that’s fine. But a lot of people DO in fact give a damn – including the republicans, who took the time to turn up and make their point.

    You may not be in favour of the monarchy, you may feel that we should become a republic, and that’s your right. But please, don’t claim to speak for “most people in New Zealand” when you don’t.

    • Michael Foxglove 5.1

      I’m not a republican. I’m a constitutional monarchist. Doesn’t mean I’m happy to put up with nonsense media coverage of events no one cares about.

      • Graham 5.1.1

        I understand that, but at the risk of playing Devil’s Advocate, some people obviously do care about it.

        I personally couldn’t care less about who Beyonce is bonking, if anyone, but that doesn’t stop loads of magazines reporting it and loads of people buying those magazines, so obviously some people do. And the fact that I’d rather immerse my head in a bucket of diarrhea than read some of them, doesn’t change the fact that other people are fascinated.

    • Actually it is perfectly acceptable to give a member of a royal family a nickname. The list of nicknames throughout the medieval feudal history is huge and some of them are very unflattering indeed. Hell, you didn’t count as a monarch until you had one.

      Let’s face it the English royal family and those of other Nations for that matter are but a remnant of that dark and cruel time in which a small little elite around indeed a family of inbred buffoons out of touch with reality had absolute power over everybody else so let’s keep up with the tradition.

      William the Balding, Harry the Soldierboy, Charles the Green, Camilla the Horse. LOL.

      And what about Anne the prude and Sarah the saucy.

      Give me a break. Any feudal slave had at least the nickname game to give him solace in his little hut waiting to be raided or killed for some perceive royal slight. Let’s enjoy it I say.

  6. Peter 6

    Now, when will John ‘man of action’ Key make Republic noises ??

    I’d be happy to lend him my copy of the mini series “To Play The King”

  7. infused 7

    Foxglove… sounds like a porno… or something used in a porno… I might have to suggest this 😀

  8. Edosan 8

    I was at the Supremem Court yesterday, I would say around 3,000 people were there at the height. Difficult to tell though because they were stretched out around the front of the building.

  9. Scott 9

    The opneing of the Supreme Court builidng would have drawn a sizeable crowd, even without the presence of William. So hard to say how many people went to see him.

  10. prism 10

    Prince William seems a nice sort of young man literally!
    He could be a very suitable figurehead for New Zealand if we retain the monarchy. If you consider what is likely to happen if we go for a Republic – people like John Banks, Michael Laws etc going for, and possibly getting, the role of President, the heart sinks.

    The form that a republic takes seems odd – you expect something that is both people and country responsive, but other republics don’t seem to deliver that. The USA seems to have a system where the President replaces the crowned king or queen and there are groups of ‘nobles’ who stay for decades as controllers of their various portfolios.

    Australia’s politicians are so numerous with state and federal systems and aggressively self-interested – having a relatively distant leader who stands aside from the mosh pit of daily politics is an advantage.

    I feel that being for a republic instead of a monarchy is regarded as being modern. I know Bruce Jesson, whose opinions I have great respect for, thought being a republic would make NZ better. He though could see possibilities that the barriers of our continuing interest in neoliberalism and open border internationalism prevent us attaining.

  11. Tigger 11

    The aprons were bogus – Key didn’t man the barbie, the event was catered. Photo-ops like this are so jaded as to look buffoonish.

  12. ghostwhowalksnz 12

    The Aussie media have reported that up to 50 foreign ( ie UK) media followed the Prince into the new Supreme Court but only 2 local media were allowed inside. The rest of the locals were kept outside.
    Seems like we are just a backdrop for the really important people.

  13. Rob 13

    I doubt if the opening of a supreme court would have attracted a crowd at all without the Prince… Maybe a couple of politicians, judicary etc….

    plus the protesters….

  14. C’mon you guys!

    Like the standard – flag unfurled above – the Brit Prince’s visit is flag-flying.

    Media intensity..so what! Adds up to freebie enzed promotion.. A news diet of Haiti-Haiti-Haiti would be horrid. And do nothing for those sad souls.

  15. I have no interest in the monarchy, or the prince. But lots and lots and lots of people are obsessed by the monarchy. If you looked at the most popular stories on the stuff site during the visit, most of them were about William. It’s not unreasonable for the media to cover events that huge numbers of people are obsessed with, even if you and I have no interest.

  16. tc 16

    Whatever the monkeys can find to fill up the space and avoid having to, heaven forbid, actually research/write a piece of journalism……..prince willy/M jackson/Tiger/zoo animals…….as long as it’s a celebrity/person of notoriety…..sweet as, lunch everybody !

  17. SJ Hawkins 17

    Each to their own Michael. Some people watch Shortland St too. Go figure.
    Amusing that you think so much of the media coverage that you decided it needed coverage on this blog though, don’t you think?
    By the way, I walked past the court and saw maybe 200 people there. It’s possible there were more at some stage, but I doubt the 3000-4000 claim.
    I guess the fact that the media are lazy hacks is a view held irrespective of political persuasion. I wouldn’t be at all surprised to find a very similar post on a right-wing blog somewhere.

    • Rich 17.1

      They had 12 people for His arrival in Auckland.

      The ABC reporter wound up making “we want you(r) willy” signs and handing them round the women present.

      Also, it occurs to me that a lot of those 12, like the Governor General, were being paid to be present. Really.

  18. Daveski 18

    At the risk of surprising some of my sparring partners, I have no time for the monarchy as such nor see any relevance to our future. While not underestimating the legal and constitutional difficulties of becoming a republic, I hope it is a matter of when not if.

    In terms of the coverage, I don’t see this as pro monarchy as such but just another element of the cult of personality – after all, he is the son of the Queen of Personality Cults. We tend to have a fawning attitude at the best of time to “celebs” even those manufactured by the media themselves.

  19. abc 19

    For those pro-republican people. At what point does one essentially cut off their history? NZ is what it is because of England, hence the term NZ European. Just because the monarchy doesn’t dictate our lives doesn’t mean we should cut it loose. What benefit would NZ get?

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    RedlineBy Daphna
    7 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 3
    . . Lock Down: Day 3 – A photo essay with observations . March 28: First day of the first weekend in Lock Down. It feels like it’s been weeks since only Level 3 was declared last Tuesday, only four days ago. Woke up this morning to RNZ; coffee; toast, ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #13
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Mar 22, 2020 through Sat, Mar 28, 2020 Articles Linked to on Facebook Sun, Mar 22, 2020 In Just 10 Years, Warming Has Increased the Odds of Disasters by Chelsea Harvey, ...
    1 week ago
  • Rāhui day 3
    I’m here in lockdown with my flatmate and her two girls (6 and 2) and it. is. a time. They’re usually really active so to start with the only boardgame in the house is the copy of Guess Who that the 6 year old got for her birthday. Flatmate commented ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    1 week ago
  • A test of civil society.
    The CV-19 (COVID) pandemic has seen the imposition of a government ordered national quarantine and the promulgation of a series of measures designed to spread the burden of pain and soften the economic blow on the most strategically important and most vulnerable sectors of society. The national narrative is framed ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 2
    . . Lock Down: Day 2 – A photo essay with observations . March 27 – Day 2 of our Strange New World. The Park and Ride near my suburb, usually filled with hundreds of vehicles, had just… four; . . Another drive into Wellington City on a highway nearly ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • How Do You Feel? What Do You Think?
    Fortune's Children: Under extraordinary pressure, the leader of the Government and the leader of the Opposition will each show us what they are made of. Have they been blessed with intelligence, grace, wit, poise, toughness, empathy and humour – and in what measure? More importantly, to what extent have they ...
    1 week ago
  • Landlords are NOT an essential service
    If you’ve ever had the misfortune of having to rent a property on the open market in New Zealand, which is one of the most expensive in the entire world, you’ll likely be keenly aware of just how arrogant and entitled landlords and their real estate agents can be.Unfortunately for ...
    1 week ago
  • A “new Society” post-COVID19 will definitely emerge. The question is: on what path?
    Society-wise, aside from the specific morbidity shall we say of the medically-oriented aspects of this COVID-19 crisis, what is unfolding before the world is in more than one way an instructive study of humanity and reactions to a high intensity, high stress environment in real time. Friends, we are at ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • Raise the Bar: Everything you need to know about the wage subsidy
    Right now low waged and insecure workers are feeling the economic brunt of the looming #Covid19 Recession. In response legal advocate Toby Cooper* and hospitality and worker’s rights advocate Chloe Ann-King, are putting together a series of legal blogs about your employment rights: In this legal blog we outline some ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    1 week ago
  • The massacre of prisoners in Modelo jail, Bogota, March 21
    by Equipo Jurídico Pueblos and Gearóid Ó Loingsigh (25/03/2020) An escape plan in question On the night of March 21st and the early morning of the 22nd, the forces of the Colombian state stormed into the Modelo prison in Bogotá, murdering 23 prisoners and injuring 83, in response to the ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • We are not America
    When the government banned semi-automatic weapons in response to a terrorist atrocity, gun-nuts were outraged. Mired in toxic American gun culture, they thought owning weapons whose sole purpose was killing people was some sort of "constitutional right", a necessity for "defending themselves" against the government. Now, the Court of Appeal ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • When will we know the lockdown is working?
    Just before midnight on Wednesday March 25, Aotearoa New Zealand entered a countrywide alert level four lockdown. For at least the next four weeks, everyone who isn’t an essential worker is confined to their bubble. We are doing this to stop the explosive growth in people contracting and dying from ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    1 week ago
  • Lock Down: Day 1
    . . Lock Down: Day 1 – A photo essay with observations . Day one of the Level 4 nationwide lock-down (or, DefCon 4 as I sometimes cheekily call it) started at 11.59PM on 25 March. For a moment, most of the nation held it’s collective breath. In that brief ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • A Compelling Recollection.
    Broad, Sunlit Uplands: How those words fired my young imagination! Or, perhaps, it is more accurate to say: how those words fused, in my young mind, with the image printed on every packet of Fielder’s Cornflour. Always fascinated by history, especially modern history, I cannot hear Churchill’s wonderfully evocative words, even ...
    1 week ago
  • The Warehouse – where everyone gets a virus
    . . 24 March 2020 9.46AM Number of covid19 cases in Aotearoa New Zealand: 102 . As of 11.59 on Thursday, most of New Zealand will go into “lock down”. People will be expected not to travel to work; not to socialise; and to stay home. I will not be ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • Aggressive action to address climate change could save the world $145 trillion
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections A respected research group, Project Drawdown, finds that deploying solutions consistent with meeting the Paris climate targets would cost tens of trillions of dollars globally. But crucially, those outlays would also yield long-term savings many times larger than the up-front costs. The new 2020 Drawdown ...
    1 week ago
  • After the Pandemic
    It will pass. What happens next? Not immediately, but longer term. There are many opinions, fewer certainties. Will it “change everything!” as many confidently, and contradictorily predict? In this post I look at how foresight can help bound some of the uncertainties so you can more objectively consider the future. ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    1 week ago
  • Coronavirus – Cuba shows the way
    We’ve been meaning t write something on Cuba and the coronavirus but have just discovered a very good article on the subject in the US left publication Jacobin.  The article looks at how Cuba, a poor country but one where capitalism has been done away with, is leading the way ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Using privacy law to prevent the death penalty
    In 2018, El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Kotey - two British citizens who had purportedly been stripped of their citizenship by the British government - were captured while fighting for Isis in Syria. The British government then conspired to hand them over to the US, and agreed to provide evidence ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • It’s Time For Disaster Socialism.
    Transformers: The disaster of the Great Depression was transformed into a new and fairer society by the democratic socialism of the First Labour Government. The disaster of the Covid-19 Pandemic offers a similar transformative possibility to the Labour-NZ First-Green Government. Seize the time, Jacinda! You will never have a better ...
    1 week ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #12, 2020
    Tamper with The System? Well, we already are. But there's a difference between accidentally trickling sand into a precision gearbox versus formulating a plan to alter it on the fly with improvements in mind. One action is more or less innocently unscrupulous, the other amenable to earning an easy ...
    1 week ago

  • Further measures to support businesses
    The Government will be introducing legislation to make changes to the Companies Act to help companies facing insolvency due to COVID-19 to remain viable and keep New Zealanders in jobs. The temporary changes include: Giving directors of companies facing significant liquidity problems because of COVID-19 a ‘safe harbour’ from insolvency ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Govt’s COVID plan, economic strength recognised
    The Government’s plan to cushion the blow of COVID-19 by supporting incomes, jobs and businesses, and position the economy to recover has been backed by another international report. International credit rating agency Moody’s today reaffirmed its highest Aaa credit rating on New Zealand, saying the economy is expected to remain ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Funding certainty for sports through COVID-19
    National sports organisations have been given certainty of funding to ensure they can remain viable through the COVID-19 pandemic, Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson announced today. “The global spread of COVID-19 has had a significant impact on sport and recreation in New Zealand, including the cancellation or postponement of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Butchers now allowed to process pork
    Changes have been made to allow butchers to process pork, only for supply to supermarkets or other processors or retailers that are open, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has announced. “We carefully weighed the risk of allowing butchers to open their shops for retail customers, but the risk of spreading COVID-19 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Essential workers leave scheme established
    Essential workers who take leave from work to comply with public health guidance are being supported with a leave scheme to ensure they will continue to receive income, say the Minister of Workplace Relations and Safety Iain Lees-Galloway and Minister for Social Development, Carmel Sepuloni. A number of essential businesses ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Govt WhatsApp helps share COVID-19 information
    A Government WhatsApp channel has been launched to help make information more easily accessible and shareable in the fight against COVID-19. Govt.NZ, which is free to use on any mobile device, will carry information and news for the public, businesses, healthcare providers, not for profits and local government. It can ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Managed departure plan for stranded foreign nationals enables safe, orderly exit
    The Government has announced a plan to enable the safe, orderly exit of tens of thousands of stranded foreign nationals from New Zealand during the current COVID-19 Alert Level 4 restrictions, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Winston Peters has said. “When we moved into lockdown a week ago, the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government delivers COVID-19 support to GPs and Pharmacies
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says the Government is delivering on its commitment to support general practice doctors and nurses, and pharmacies on the front-line of our fight against COVID-19. "For us to overcome COVID-19, we need community health services such as general practice and community pharmacy to step up ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Susan Thomas the new Chief High Court Judge
    Justice Susan Thomas has been appointed Chief High Court Judge, Attorney-General David Parker announced today.  She replaces Justice Geoffrey Venning who has resigned from the position.   David Parker paid tribute to Justice Venning, who he said had stewarded the High Court very capably over the last five years.   “On behalf ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Business Finance Guarantee – applications open
    Businesses can start applying to their banks for loans under the Business Finance Guarantee Scheme set up to support the New Zealand economy during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re moving quickly to protect New Zealand businesses, jobs and the economy during this unprecedented global economic shock,” Finance Minister Grant Robertson said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Work starts on ways to fast-track consents to boost recovery from Covid-19 downturn
    Work is underway looking at measures to speed up consents for development and infrastructure projects during the recovery from COVID 19, to provide jobs and stimulate our economy.  Environment Minister David Parker said the COVID-19 pandemic is a serious global crisis that will have a wide ranging and lasting impact ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Advance payments to support contractors
    Advance payments will be made to transport construction industry contractors to retain the workforce and ensure it is ready to quickly gear up to build projects which will be vital to New Zealand’s COVID-19 economic recovery, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. He said keeping the workforce required to build ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government seeks infrastructure projects
    The Government has tasked a group of industry leaders to seek out infrastructure projects that are ready to start as soon as the construction industry returns to normal to reduce the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford and Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones say. The Infrastructure ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Health system scaled up to prepare for COVID-19
    Work to scale up the health system in preparation for COVID-19 was today outlined by Health Minister David Clark, as he reported back to the new Epidemic Response Committee. “We are well placed to contain the spread of COVID-19. We have taken early and decisive action at our borders, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Essential media COVID-19 guidelines refined
    The Government is refining its COVID-19 essential business guidance to include the distribution of news publications for communities which are hard to reach. The Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media, Kris Faafoi, said the move was in recognition of the importance for New Zealanders who might be harder to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Supermarkets able to open on Easter Sunday
    The Government is ensuring supermarkets can open on Easter Sunday so we can buy groceries, but stay closed on Good Friday allowing workers to take a break. This provides a balanced approach and ensures we avoid large queues that two days closure may cause. “Supermarkets will be able to open ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New Zealand defence personnel conclude mission at Taji
    Following the successful conclusion of the Building Partner Capacity (BPC) mission at Taji, New Zealand defence personnel are returning to New Zealand from Iraq, in accordance with the Cabinet decision made in June 2019, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today. “New Zealand is very ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • State of National Emergency extended
    The State of National Emergency to help stop the spread of COVID-19 has been extended for a further seven days, Minister of Civil Defence Peeni Henare said. The initial declaration on March 25 lasted seven days and can be extended as many times as necessary. “Since we went into isolation ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Strong Govt books support ‘go hard, go early’ response
    New Zealand’s ability to go hard and go early in the fight against COVID-19 has been underpinned by strong Government finances and the growing economy heading into this global pandemic, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Treasury today released the Crown financial statements for the eight months to the end ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Christchurch Hospital Hagley ICU to open to support COVID-19 response
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says 36 new intensive care beds at Christchurch Hospital’s new Hagley building are being fast tracked so they are available for treatment of COVID-19 patients.   The Ministry of Health is working with contractor CPB and Canterbury DHB to enable access to the hospital’s ICU, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government supports Air NZ freight flights
    The Government has fast-tracked up to $1 million to help Air New Zealand move urgent freight to and from New Zealand, with the first flight to Shanghai leaving tonight, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. Phil Twyford says it’s crucial that trade in vital goods such as medical supplies and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Tariff concessions on COVID-19 related products
    New Zealand will temporarily remove tariffs on all medical and hygiene imports needed for the COVID-19 response. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker and Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi said today that the New Zealand Customs Service will apply tariff concessions to all diagnostic reagents and testing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Clarification of modification to wage subsidy scheme
    Minister of Finance Grant Robertson has clarified that the changes to the wage subsidy scheme announced yesterday mean that employers should be passing on the full subsidy to workers, except in the case where the person’s normal income is less than the level of the subsidy. “We still want employers ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Face masks flowing to DHBs
    Medical face masks from the national reserve supply are now being distributed to District Health Boards, while at the same time local production is being ramped up. Yesterday more than 640,000 masks were sent to DHBS – that is an immediate two week supply, with more to follow in coming ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • COVID-19: Further steps to protect New Zealanders’ jobs
    The Government has made modifications to the wage subsidy scheme to ensure people don’t lose their jobs during the national lockdown. These changes will soften the impact of COVID-19 on workers, families and businesses, and position them to exit the lockdown and look to recovery, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Tax relief for Mycoplasma Bovis farmers
    Farmers whose herds were culled in response to the outbreak of Mycoplasma bovis will be able to minimise the tax treatment of their income in some circumstances. Revenue Minister Stuart Nash says Cabinet has agreed to change the law. It means farmers may be eligible to spread their income over ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • $27 million for NGOs and community groups to continue providing essential services
    A $27 million dollar package, effective immediately, is being provided to social sector services and community groups to ensure they can continue to provide essential support to communities as we stay at home as a nation to stop the spread of COVID-19, Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni announced. “At ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Statement on guilty plea of March 15 terrorist
    “The guilty plea today will provide some relief to the many people whose lives were shattered by what happened on March 15,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. “These guilty pleas and conviction bring accountability for what happened and also save the families who lost loved ones, those who were injured, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • COVID-19 updates
    The Prime Minister is holding daily press conferences to update New Zealanders on the Government's response to COVID-19. Links to videos and transcripts of these updates below. These transcripts also include All of Government press conferences led by Director Ministry of Health's Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield. 25 March: Live update from the Prime ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Police numbers break through 10,000 mark
    Frontline Police numbers have broken through the 10,000 mark for the first time in history as officers step forward to keep the community safe during the COVID19 lockdown. “Two Police graduations in Auckland and Wellington in the past week have been conducted in unprecedented circumstances,” Police Minister Stuart Nash said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Urgent tax measures for economic recovery
    Urgent legislation has been passed to support the package of economic and social measures needed to recover from the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. “The COVID-19 Response (Taxation and Social Assistance Urgent Measures) Bill will cushion New Zealanders from the worst economic impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak,” said Revenue Minister ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Further support for farmers and growers as drought persists
    From tomorrow, Government support for farmers and growers affected by drought will be expanded and extended across the country, with access to Rural Assistance Payments (RAPS) available throughout the North Island, parts of the South Island and the Chatham Islands, Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni announced. “These challenging conditions have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • COVID-19: Temporary changes to Education Act
    Parliament has passed amendments to legislation that give the Secretary of Education stronger powers to act in the fight to limit the spread of COVID-19, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “They are part of a suite of changes passed under the COVID-19 Response (Urgent Management Measures) Legislation Bill,” Chris ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Canada, Australia, Chile, Brunei and Myanmar join NZ and Singapore in committing to keeping supply a...
    Canada, Australia, Chile, Brunei and Myanmar have joined forces with New Zealand and Singapore by committing to keep supply chains open and remove any existing trade restrictive measures on essential goods, especially medical supplies, in the face of the Covid-19 crisis.  Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker today welcomed ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • COVID-19: Rent increase freeze and more protection for tenants
    Immediate freeze on rent increases Tenancies will not be terminated during the lock-down period, unless the parties agree, or in limited circumstances Tenants who had previously given notice can stay in their if they need to stay in the tenancy during the lock-down period Tenants will still be able to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Working together to protect businesses and workers
    As New Zealand unites to lock-down in the fight against COVID-19, the Finance Minister is urging all businesses and workers to stay connected over the next four weeks. “We understand the extreme pressure many businesses are under right now. I know most business owners think of their workers as family ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • State of National Emergency declared to fight COVID-19
    A State of National Emergency has been declared across the country as the Government pulls out all the stops to curtail the spread of COVID-19. “Today we put in place our country’s second ever State of National Emergency as we fight a global pandemic, save New Zealanders’ lives and prevent ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Prime Minister’s statement on State of National Emergency and Epidemic Notice
    Mr Speaker I wish to make a Ministerial Statement under Standing Order 347 in relation to the recent declaration of a State of National Emergency. Having considered the advice of the Director Civil Defence Emergency Management, the Minister of Civil Defence declared a State of National Emergency for the whole of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Deadline for domestic travel extended
    People needing to travel on domestic flights, trains and Cook Strait ferries to get home before the country moves into level 4 lock-down tomorrow night will be able to continue using the passenger services until midnight on Friday, Transport Minister Phil Twyford said today. Domestic passenger services, particularly ferries, have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Mortgage holiday and business finance support schemes to cushion COVID impacts
    The Government, retail banks and the Reserve Bank are today announcing a major financial support package for home owners and businesses affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19. The package will include a six month principal and interest payment holiday for mortgage holders and SME customers whose incomes have been ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago