web analytics

Questions for DS and DC

Written By: - Date published: 12:55 pm, December 4th, 2011 - 82 comments
Categories: david cunliffe, labour - Tags: , ,

The two main contenders for the leadership of the Labour Party are attending meetings with members in various parts of the country. On current schedule they’ll be in my neck of the woods late in the week.

So – if you could be in the audience – what questions would you ask David Cunliffe, and why? What questions would you ask David Shearer, and why?

82 comments on “Questions for DS and DC”

  1. My first question would be what role do you have for your opponent if you win and what will you do to reconcile the Caucus?

  2. Blue 2

    My question for both would be the same:

    “What are the top three things you want the next Labour government to achieve?”

    I want to know more about what each of them stand for, what their vision is, what their priorities are. And I don’t want some vague waffle from Shearer, I want some concrete answers.

  3. Hilary 3

    What is your attitude to the Green Party, and those who vote for them?
    (Personally, I think the future for the left is a some sort of collaboration between Labour and Greens, and possibly also Mana, so I would like to see conciliatory approaches from the top).

  4. wyndham 4

    Hilary – – – – right on the nail.

  5. Uturn 5

    What is your motivation to seek the Labour Party Leadership? Are you happy with Labour’s intentions as they stand or do you support a move in a new direction?

  6. If Winston Peters is the answer. What is the question ?

    • RedLogix 6.1

      Winston represents a real constituency. More socially conservative than Labour, but with not dissimilar economic policy. That and a distinctive nationalistic streak, peculiarly absent most NZ politics.

  7. Nick K 7

    What do the both of you possibly think you can offer the “working class” when one is Harvard educated and the other has worked for the World’s largest NGO earning tax free US dollars?

    • Colonial Viper 7.1

      I’d like to ask a particular New York investment banker and currency speculator the same question.

      • Pete 7.1.1

        One suspects you are referring to John Key? That would be funny if he did put his name forward for the job of labour representative!

    • Jackal 7.2

      You would be saying “he’s just a working class hick” if they didn’t have qualifications Nick K. Since when was a qualification a hindrance in politics?

  8. Ms X 8

    In view of the article in the Herald about Labour needing to be further right than it is, do you see Labour as Left or Centre Left? and why?

  9. just saying 9

    Without any meaningless waffle:

    Describe the top five (concrete) policies, that are not currently Labour policy, that you want to fight for, and explain why.

    Explain your views on neoliberalism, and the future of capitalism.

    What are your views on “identity politics”? (god I hate that term but anyhow…).

    What are the five biggest issues facing New Zealand, and how do you believe we should deal with them?

    Do you see yourself as to the right or to the left of the current caucus? elaborate?

  10. Jackal 10

    What do you plan to do about the low voter turnout? This is important because many of those who did not vote have the most to lose under brand key.

  11. daveo 11

    If you’re made leader your staffing will be crucial. Have you decided who your chief of staff would be and can you tell us who it is and why you have chosen them?

  12. Afewknowthetruth 12

    Question:

    In view of the fact that global extraction of oil peaked over 2005 to 2008, and is on the way down, and that no combination of so-called alternatives can possibly support current economic arrangements, and in view of the fact that excessive carbon dioxide emissions due to the burning of fossil fuels pose the greatest threat continued habitability of the Earth by humans, do you intend to start talking honestly about the crucical issues of our times or do you intend to continue ignoring them until it is far too late to do anything?

  13. When it comes to solving the economic problems facing New Zealand, to what extent can government measures be the solution?

    (That should flush out some latent or not so latent ideology. Variants include ‘social problems’, ‘environmental problems’ …)

    What need, if any, do you believe there is for more and better forms of participatory democracy at local and national levels and in the workplace?” 

    If you could change one thing, overnight, about New Zealand (and I don’t mean ‘attitudes’, ‘values’, etc.) what would that be?” 

  14. Anthony 14

    What do you see as the required steps for New Zealand to raise its levels of productivity.

    • Afewknowthetruth 14.1

      Anthony.

      Are you a factory owner?

      Lower pay rates, longer hours for the same pay, faster production lines, working people harder, replacing people with machines?

      • Anthony 14.1.1

        No but I’ve worked in one, where because of the low pay rates it was cheaper to have us carry and stack boxes than buy or hire a fork lift.

        I want to see how they answer these questions and the slants that become apparent from their answers.

  15. mikesh 15

    What are your views on re-establishing public broadcasting TV in NZ?

  16. neoleftie 16

    From an old marxist how do you intend to reconnect the disjointed labour party to the majority of voters who would identify themselves as social democrates ( even if they arent aware they could be defined as social democrates ) in a continuous growth pattern.

  17. Anthony 17

    What are your views on the current gap between work and welfare?

  18. AnnaLiviaPlurabella 18

    What the hell can you do for Trevor Mallard?

  19. Salsy 19

    What are your views on the TPPA ?

  20. red blooded 20

    How do you think Labour can attract more young activists and voters? (and please don’t just refer us to the upcoming structural review…)

  21. ianmac 21

    What immediate steps should be taken to deal with the thousands of kids who are living in poverty?

    • Pete 21.1

      That may be impossible to fix, but the aim should be to reduce the number of children born into poverty.

    • seeker 21.2

      Same Ianmac @ 5.45pm. To me, after seeing the documentary on the state of so many of our poor children this is the big question. Especially now that we have National for the next 3 years and they are certainly not going to do anything for the poor little mites and the tragedy wiill only become worse.
      Unbearable.

  22. chris73 22

    To D Cunliffe: You’ve stated you’ll buy back any assetts sold under National, will you extend that to all assetts sold under Labour as well?

    To D Shearer: Would you buy back all assetts sold under National and buy back any assetts sold under National?

    Also what can be done to sort out the top order of the NZ cricket team?

    • felix 22.1

      “You’ve stated you’ll buy back any assetts sold under National,…”

      Got a link or a quote for that?

      • Colonial Viper 22.1.1

        Cunliffe said on The Nation that re-nationalisation would be considered.

        • Carol 22.1.1.1

          QA today:

          http://tvnz.co.nz/q-and-a-news/david-shearer-cunliffe-interview-4588692

          DAVID CUNLIFFE
          Yeah, SOE partial privatisation, no. I dont stand for a paler shade of blue, and I wanna look down the barrel and say this – if the government is going to sell off precious state assets, then we would not rule out renationalising some of them. People need to be aware of that regulatory risk.

          • felix 22.1.1.1.1

            That’s what I thought I heard. A fair way from what chris alleged.

            • chris73 22.1.1.1.1.1

              OK so change it to considering then

              • McFlock

                no reason not to consider renationalising any asset, whether it was sold by labour or national.
                 
                Which is a bit different from committing to repurchase every asset sold in the last 30 years.

        • mikesh 22.1.1.2

          He also said it on Q&A.

          • felix 22.1.1.2.1

            Cunliffe said he could consider buying back some sold assets.

            Which is very different to what chris said, which was he will buy back any assets sold by National.

            Got to watch these fantasies and lies, they have a habit of coming back 3 years later as established memes. Best to stop them before they get started.

  23. Pete 23

    Will you ban cricket?

    • Trowlie 23.1

      If not a total ban, at least ban fiddling at full deliveries outside the off stump while the ball is new.

      • chris73 23.1.1

        I could support this

      • mac1 23.1.2

        Fiddling at full deliveries outside off stump in test matches is a bit like partial asset sales- there’s not a high rate of return, you risk losing your assets to a foreign owner, there’s not much risk to the new bidder/owner and generally you get a low price for your asset. There’s also not much the selectors can do until the next rematch.

        Who said cricket’s got nothing to do with life?

  24. randal 24

    my question is when are you going to spank hooton and kweewee!

  25. Jackal 25

    What is your plan to combat National’s propaganda machine and media bias?

  26. Carol 26

    What role are women going to play in your caucus? Is it going to be as male dominated as National’s government, with most of the dominant positions going to men?

    • Craig Glen Eden 26.1

      +1 I would also ask how is your caucus leadership going to reflect a modern Bicultural NZ.

  27. Campbell Larsen 27

    What chance do you think there is of the MSM supporting the ‘leadership play’ all the way through to endorsement of the chosen candidate and favourable press post appointment?
    What hope is there for the rejected candidate in terms of future leadership possibilities? Is it: not now but later, or will it be: they weren’t right then, they can’t be the right person for the job….

    Why was there not sufficient dialoge within the party, and indeed between you two to enable the appropriate successor to be chosen? After all this was not unexpected, and neither of you are fools; can a public popularity constest umpired by the notoriously biased MSM really deliver a better result?

    A succession strategy is a necessary part of any organization. Ideally multiple candidates are nurtured and then the best individual is put forward for the circumstances at the time. This is not a race but an evaluation of each persons strengths.

    While popularity with the public is one of those strengths I sincerely hope it has not become the most important and I certainly hope that those that are unsuccessful are forever cast as the runner up. Such an outcome rewards the media for two dimensional portrayals of personalities and issues
    and deprives us of future talent merely to assuage the medias never ending hunger for titillation.

    • Campbell Larsen 27.1

      Oops meant ‘i hope that those that are unsuccessful are NOT forever cast as the runner up’

  28. newsense 28

    Why did you enter parliament?

    What is the philosophy of a social democratic party?

    What is the role you see for centre-left parties as the financial crisis deepens?

    Will you sign the TPP?

  29. belladonna 29

    Are you going to, shock horror, support beneficiares instead of bashing those most vulnerable people in society as has been the pattern for both Labour and National.

  30. newsense 30

    What policy planks of the last election will you say are non-negotiable for you?

    How will you be highlighting the abuse of democracy through use of urgency and will you be voting to give any minister power such as McCully had and Brownlee has?

  31. Jackal 31

    How do you plan to service the government’s $50 billion debt hole National has got us into?

    • burt 31.1

      Jackal

      That should be easy for Labour given the number will be a lot lower than Labour must have secretly been planning to manage if they won the election.

      • Jackal 31.1.1

        What? Labour provided the most in-depth fiscal policy of any opposition party ever… which showed them paying off the debt faster in the long term while also retaining our assets.

        This post isn’t about you making shit up burt.

        • burt 31.1.1.1

          This post isn’t about you making shit up burt.

          Correct, it seems to be about Labour making shit up and you believing it !

          • Jackal 31.1.1.1.1

            Labour didn’t come up with that figure, it’s from the OECD’s Statistical Annex (PDF). New Zealand’s General government gross financial liabilities as a percentage of GDP is set to grow from 28.9% in 2008 to 50% in 2013.

            Here’s Brian Gaynor crunching the numbers: Smooth ride over for Key as deficits demand action

            As a result gross Government debt has blown out from $43.5 billion to a forecast $79.8 billion in June 2012 under the Key Administration, whereas it increased from $36.6 billion to $43.5 billion in nine years under Prime Minister Helen Clark.

            Selling assets isn’t going to work.

  32. What is the role of the State in society and in the economy?

     

    • burt 32.1

      Good question. Lets hope the self serving answer isn’t given… remember it… Whatever govt decide it to be.

    • Puddleglum 32.2

      A very good – and very basic – question. (Though I’d ask ‘What should be the role of the state in society and in the economy?’ – but I think that’s what you were aiming at.)

      Anyone who has thought much about modern politics and government should have a clear opinion in relation to that question.

      Covering both the social and economic spheres in the question is also very useful.

    • Campbell Larsen 32.3

      +1

  33. newsense 33

    How will you tackle the dominance of Sky TV and SkyCity in areas of our culture?

  34. Do you support unqualified free trade or do you believe NZ industry should be protected and promoted?

  35. Do you agree with the ongoing flattening of NZ’s tax system and if not, will you reintroduce a more progressive taxation regime?

  36. Will you privatize the NZ military and its peace-keeping operations?

  37. r0b 37

    Some great suggestions here – thanks folks!

  38. If_you_see_Kay 38

    How do you intend to supplement the collection of time-servers on the Labour list with people who have actually succeeded beforehand in some social and/or business endeavour, as you both have?

  39. If_you_see_Kay 39

    You have both talked about the regeneration of the Labour party, but do either of you have any actual specific plans to involve anyone other than the usual suspects in that regeneration?

  40. AAMC 40

    How to you propose to create a new unified Left?
    Would you consider a shared leadership like the Greens and a consensual rather than hierarchical structure within the party?
    Are you prepared to publicly denounce Neo-Liberalism and front a robust debate around new economic thinking? How do you intend to do so?
    How can you distance yourself from the propaganda around Communism, The Cold War and Unionism, fear of which has been played brilliantly – if sadistically – by the right, and form a new narrative around these values to reignite the desire to vote?
    Are you prepared to take us forward? Or souls all on the left jump ship to the Greens?

  41. AAMC 41

    Do you intend to react to defeat by a rachet to the Right in an attempt to claim National’s territory, or do you intend to reinvigorate those who have lost faith in democracy and move us into the future?

  42. CentreOfLeft 42

    The preliminary results of the election show that Labour handsomely won the party vote in all seven Maori Electorates.
    Bearing that in mind, what will you be doing to specifically target the needs of Maori?

    Also, how’s your te reo going?
    (I’m not asking for an exhaustive whaikorero at the drop of a hat, I just want to be able to hear a pakeha politician pronounce Maori names without cringing, is that so much to ask?)

  43. her 43

    What would you do to make NZ a better place for everyone?

  44. js 44

    What is your commitment to reduce socio-economic disparaties and improve parliamentary representation for the 20% of New Zealanders who identify as disabled?

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Govt connecting kiwis to affordable, healthy food
    Funding for innovative projects to connect Kiwis with affordable, safe and wholesome food, reduce food waste, and help our food producers recover from COVID-19 has been announced today by Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. “COVID-19 has seen an increasing number of families facing unprecedented financial pressure. Foodbanks and community food service ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 hour ago
  • Getting infrastructure for housing underway
    Eight shovel-ready projects within Kāinga Ora large-scale developments, and the Unitec residential development in Auckland have been given the go-ahead, Minister for Housing Dr Megan Woods announced today. Megan Woods says these significant infrastructure upgrades will ensure that the provision of homes in Auckland can continue apace. “The funding announced ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 hours ago
  • Napier walk and cycleway to improve safety
    The Government is funding a new separated walking and cycleway path along Napier’s Chambers and Ellison streets to provide safer access for local students and residents across Marine Parade and State Highway 51, Transport Minister Phil Twyford and Police Minister Stuart Nash announced today. Funding of $2.7 million has been ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • PGF creates more than 10k jobs, success stories across NZ
    More than 13,000 people have been employed so far thanks to the Coalition Government’s Provincial Growth Fund, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has today announced. The number of jobs created by Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) investments has outstripped the 10,000 jobs target that the Government and Provincial Development Unit ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    8 hours ago
  • Inaugural seafood awards honour sustainability
    Scientists and innovative fishing operators from Stewart Island and Fiordland to Nelson, Marlborough and Wellington have been honoured in the first ever Seafood Sustainability Awards. Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash has congratulated the winners of the inaugural Seafood Sustainability Awards held at Parliament. “The awards night honours six winners, from a wide ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • Climate resilience packages for regions
    The Government is providing an investment totalling more than $100 million for regions to protect against and mitigate the effects of climate change, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones have announced. Six regions will receive funding from the $3 billion allocated to infrastructure projects from the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours ago
  • Southern Waikato shovel ready projects get the green light
    Three major local projects at Te Kuiti and Otorohanga have been given the money to get moving after the impact of Covid 19, says the Minister of Māori Development Hon Nanaia Mahuta.  The projects range from a Sports Centre for Te Kuiti, a redevelopment of the Otorohanga  Kiwi House and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • New Zealand extends Middle East and Africa peace support deployments
    The Coalition Government has extended three New Zealand Defence Force deployments to the Middle East and Africa by two years, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today.  “These deployments promote peace in the Middle East and Africa by protecting civilians and countering the spread of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Govt progress on climate change essential, risk assessment shows
    The release of the National Climate Change Risk Assessment shows that the progress this Government has made to solve the climate crisis is essential to creating cleaner and safer communities across New Zealand. “Because of this report, we can see clearer than ever that the action our Government is taking ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • $10m sport recovery fund open for applications
    The second round of the Community Resilience Fund is now open for applications for sport and recreation organisations experiencing financial hardship between 1 July and 30 September 2020. “The fund opens today for five weeks – closing on September 6. The amount awarded will be decided on a case-by-case basis ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Rakitū Island declared latest predator free island
    Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage today declared Rakitū Island, off the coast of Aotea/Great Barrier Island, predator free. “I’m delighted to announce that with rats now gone, Rakitū is officially predator free. This is a major milestone because Rakitū is the last DOC administered island in the Hauraki Gulf Marine ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Funding to restore significant Māori sites in the Far North
    The Provincial Growth Fund is investing $8.75 million to restore significant historic sites at Ōhaeawai in the Far North, upgrade marae and fund fencing and riparian planting. Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones made the announcements following a service at the historic St Michael’s Anglican Church at Ōhaeawai today.  Just ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Big boost for Chatham Islands’ economy
    The Chatham Islands will receive close to $40 million for projects that will improve its infrastructure, add to its attraction as a visitor destination, and create jobs through a planned aquaculture venture, Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones has announced. “The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on the islands, first ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • More initiatives to reduce energy hardship
    The Government is delivering more initiatives to reduce energy hardship and to give small electricity consumers a voice, Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods said today. “In addition to the initiatives we have already delivered to support New Zealand families, we are responding to the Electricity Price Review with further ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Turning the tide for hoiho/yellow-eyed penguin
    Government, iwi, NGOs and rehabilitation groups are working together to turn around the fortunes of the nationally endangered hoiho/yellow-eyed penguin following a series of terrible breeding seasons.  The Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage helped launch the Five Year Action Plan at the annual Yellow-Eyed Penguin symposium in Dunedin today. “I ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Taskforce ready to tackle tourism challenges
    The membership of the Tourism Futures Taskforce has now been confirmed, Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis announced at an event at Whakarewarewa in Rotorua today. “The main purpose of the independent Tourism Futures Taskforce is to lead the thinking on the future of tourism in New Zealand,” Kelvin Davis said. Joining ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Investing in the tourism sector’s recovery
    More than $300 million in funding has been approved to protect strategic tourism businesses, drive domestic tourism through regional events and lift digital capability in the tourism industry, Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. A $400 million Tourism Recovery Package was announced at Budget 2020, and with today’s announcements is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Permits to be required for exporting hard-to-recycle plastic waste
    From 2021 permits will be required for New Zealanders wanting to export hard-to-recycle plastic waste. The Associate Minister for the Environment, Eugenie Sage, today announced the requirements as part of New Zealand’s commitments to the Basel Convention, an international agreement of more than 180 countries which was amended in May ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Growth in new building consents shows demand is still high
    The building and construction sector is still showing strong growth, with the number of new dwellings consented up more than 8 per cent compared to last year, reflecting a welcome confidence in the Government’s COVID-19 response package, Minister for Building and Construction Jenny Salesa says. “While it is still too ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • $23 million for Bay of Plenty flood protection
    Government investment of $23 million for Bay of Plenty flood protection will allow local communities to address long-standing flood risks and provide jobs, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced in Rotorua today. These projects are being funded by the Infrastructure Reference Group’s (IRG) shovel ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Rotorua benefits from over $62 million boost
    Investment for projects that will create hundreds of jobs in Rotorua were announced today by Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau. These projects will provide opportunities for economic development in a region that has been hard hit by COVID-19,” Winston Peters said. Fletcher ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Increased counselling support for all students
    For the first time, primary schools will have access to funding for counsellors for their students, Associate Education Minister Tracey Martin announced today. “A major investment of $75.8 million will provide greater access to guidance counsellors to help primary and secondary school students deal with mental health and wellbeing issues,” ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Report of the Government Inquiry into Operation Burnham released
    Defence Minister Ron Mark today welcomed the release of the Report of the Government Inquiry into Operation Burnham and related matters, and the Government response.  “I thank the Inquiry for their thorough and detailed report, on a highly complex issue. I accept the recommendations of the report, and fully support ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • 1BT funds create jobs and lasting benefits
    Forestry Minister Shane Jones has announced $6 million of One Billion Trees funding for seven regional initiatives to create jobs and provide long-lasting environmental and economic benefits. The projects range from improving one of the poorest-quality water catchments in Otago to restoring 52km of waterways around Hokianga Harbour. Six of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Kawerau projects to receive $5.5 million from Provincial Growth Fund
    Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters today announced $5.5 million in funding from the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) for two Kawerau projects and says this is a significant boost for the people of Kawerau. “These projects will bring much-needed investment and will create up to 60 jobs for locals,” Mr Peters ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • $5 million for Kaingaroa Village Redevelopment
    Kaingaroa Village in the Bay of Plenty is to get $5 million to help fund a comprehensive upgrade of its infrastructure, facilities and housing, Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. Mr Tabuteau travelled to the remote village to make the announcement, telling Kaingaroa residents how the funding ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • $18 Million Funding Boost for Bay of Plenty Business Park
    The Rangiuru Business Park project near Te Puke is getting $18 million from the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. “This is all about unlocking the potential of this region. When it’s finished, the Rangiuru Business Park will be the Bay of Plenty’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Town revitalisation and aquaculture investments create jobs in Ōpōtiki
    Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters has today announced that a $26 million investment in Ōpōtiki will see important public amenities upgraded and further progress made on new aquaculture opportunities. “The people of Ōpōtiki have been waiting decades for real investment in key infrastructure, and support for the incredible aquaculture opportunities ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Minister congratulates the Cook Islands community for its 9th year of Language Weeks
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio wishes to congratulate the Cook Islands community throughout Aotearoa for the 9th year of Te ‘Epetoma o Te Reo Māori Kūki ‘Āirani, the Cook Islands Language Week.  “This is a proud milestone that reflects on the huge effort made by the Cook ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Construction underway on longest section of Glen Innes to Tāmaki Drive Shared Path
    Aucklanders in the Eastern Suburbs will soon have more ways to get around, with Transport Minister Phil Twyford and Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter kicking off construction on Section 2 of Te Ara Ki Uta Ki Tai, the Glen Innes to Tāmaki Drive Shared Path today. The Glen Innes ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • 350,000 More Measles Vaccines for Massive Immunisation Campaign
    The Government is stepping up the fight against measles and protecting hundreds of thousands more young adults by investing up to $40 million for a year-long measles-catch-up campaign and $23 million to fully fund and develop the National Immunisation Solution, Associate Minister of Health Julie Anne Genter announced at Mangere ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Operation Burnham report released
    Attorney-General David Parker has today released the findings of the Government inquiry held into Operation Burnham and related events. The operation took place on 21-22 August 2010 in Tirgiran Valley, Afghanistan, and was carried out by NZSAS troops and other nations’ forces operating as part of the International Security Assistance ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Locally-led solutions at centre of new community resilience fund
    From tomorrow, community groups around New Zealand can apply to a $36 million fund established to encourage locally-led solutions as communities rebuild and recover from COVID-19, announced Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni and Minister for Community and Voluntary Sector Poto Williams. “The Community Capability and Resilience Fund (CCRF) builds ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Securing healthy futures for all Māori
    The Government has committed to improving Māori health and wellbeing over the next five years. The Associate Minister of Health (Māori Health) today released Whakamaua: Māori Health Action Plan 2020-2025 which sets the pathway towards achieving healthy futures for all Māori. “As kaitiaki of the system, the Ministry of Health ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Porirua Development delivers more new public housing
    The first of nearly 70 new state homes have been opened in Cannons Creek, Porirua by the Associate Minister of Housing, Kris Faafoi, as part of an increase in public housing being delivered through the Porirua Development.  “Completion of the first 10 of 53 new two and five bedroom homes ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New standards for existing marine farms provide consistency
    New environmental standards will make the re-consenting of existing marine farms more consistent across the country.  The new regulations for the National Environmental Standards for Marine Aquaculture (NES-MA) will come into effect on 1 December, Environment Minister David Parker and Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash said.   “The NES-MA removes complexities and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government signs Accord reinvigorating commitment to Far North iwi
    Today marks a milestone as the Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni and Minister for Māori Development Nanaia Mahuta co-sign an Addendum – with the Iwi Chairs of Te Rarawa, Ngāi Takoto and Te Aupōuri – to the Te Hiku o Te Ika Iwi-Crown Social Development and Wellbeing Accord (the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Veterans Support Amendment Bill No 2 passes third reading
    The Veterans’ Support Amendment Bill (No 2) passed its third reading today and will become law, announced Minister for Veterans Ron Mark.  This amends the Veterans’ Support Act 2014 in response to recommendations from the 2018 review of the operation of the Act by Professor Ron Paterson.  “Veterans have been ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Racing Safety Development Fund open for applications
    Minister for Racing Winston Peters says race courses can improve safety with this year’s first round of funding from the Racing Safety Development Fund. The Racing Safety Development Fund makes available $990,000 for distribution over two funding rounds for the 2020/21 financial year. “The racing industry is integral to the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Boost to agri-education with reopening of Taratahi
    The Government’s commitment to increase primary sector jobs and opportunities has been further boosted today with the re-opening of the Taratahi Agriculture Centre, says Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. The Wairarapa-based training centre is reopening its doors after two years to deliver industry taster and familiarisation courses, to help workers displaced ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago