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Questions over Key’s handling of Tranzrail

Written By: - Date published: 10:53 pm, September 24th, 2008 - 22 comments
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Where-ever you sit on the spectrum of opinion on Key’s handling on the Tranzrail affair, it appears that the commentators are questioning his ability to handle the pressure (and by extension his ability to handle the PM-ship). From Paul Henry’s vigorous questioning this morning to discussions by commentators later in the day, the common theme appears to be Key’s inability to handle the pressure. For example, what would-be PM would like to read this comment by Gordon Campbell?

“Since Key has now had to be dragged kicking and screaming into the full light of disclosure on these matters, this still has to put a question mark over his fitness for leadership. When for instance, did the National caucus that Key now proposes to lead by example, first find out that their associate transport spokesperson held a large bloc of shares in Tranz Rail ? Did he tell them and if so, when or did he just let them read about it in the newspaper ?

On Radio Live there was an interesting discussion between host Jemma Dempsey and guests John Armstrong and Brian Edwards, which I caught at lunchtime today:

Dempsey: Well, making mistakes is human enough, but it’s not a good look for the leader of the opposition, and for the man hoping to become the next Prime Minister, after all some will say if he can’t manage his share portfolio, how can he manage the country.”

They went on to say:

Armstrong: … As you’ve said, John Key has continued to stumble through media interviews. He had a very torrid session on Breakfast, TVNZ’s breakfast programme this morning with Paul Henry.

Dempsey: How did he cope with that?

Armstrong: Oh, not very well and similar to his appearance on One News on Monday night where he seemed to prevaricate.

And they continue…

Edwards: … I absolutely agree with John, he’s not handling this, ah, this very well. Ah, I think, you know, one of the problems is our advice to our clients, including the Prime Minister and the members of the Cabinet, is always very simple, we say be straight-forward, tell the truth, admit your mistakes. What you cannot get away with is lying and certainly can’t get away with lying on television because it shows all over you, you know, it shows in your face.”

Armstrong observes:

Armstrong: …I think the images are so bad that they, they will remember. I mean, one of the things about election campaigns, it’s not just about image, trust and credibility, it’s also about ability to handle pressure, and this really is I think the hidden side…

This will not be the image that National strategists were aiming for when they started the week. But as we know, you can’t plan for the unexpected demands of the PM-ship- you have to be able to handle them alongside everything else….

22 comments on “Questions over Key’s handling of Tranzrail”

  1. jbc 1

    Yes, He has not handled this well at all. When I saw the news on Monday I thought “What a fool…”, before really giving it much thought.

    I’m not sure that there is any way he could have handled this to the satisfaction of all the commentators. Quite a few seem to have suspended their powers of reasoning and joined in the hunt. It’s delicious when it happens to someone like Peters because he just begs for it with his arrogance. On the other hand Key lacks that political instinct that 30-odd years in politics has given Peters and Clark.

    I don’t believe this makes him less trustworthy though. The PM has made some denials over the past years that had most sane people rolling their eyes to a much greater degree than this.

    captcha: “in Judging” spooky

  2. r0b 2

    The PM has made some denials over the past years that had most sane people rolling their eyes to a much greater degree than this.

    It’s not so much the denials that are the issue – Key has admitted his mistake (albeit trying to minimise it as “technical”).

    It is the nature of the “mistake” that is the issue, and the lying about it afterwards.

  3. jbc 3

    rOb,
    It is the nature of the “mistake’ that is the issue, and the lying about it afterwards.
    I beg to differ. I thing Dancer has hit the nail by saying that Key’s handling has been lacking, but the nature of the mistake seems a much weaker point. That’s just my point of view though.

    The guy is seriously wealthy. I don’t believe for a second that he entered politics in NZ to gain an advantage in trading on NZSX. If he wanted to trade shares for personal gain then he would be far better off out of the public eye. I know that for many people being in government is their highest paying job. That’s not the case here.

    He obviously became aware at some point (about 5 years ago) that there was a conflict of interest with his shareholding and his involvement in Parliament. He instructed his broker to quit the shares.

    I don’t find this much of a stretch either. I have a bunch of shares – mostly bought with an agreement to a broker. These are held for investment only. I honestly couldn’t tell how many of each I have without checking my statement. They never enter my mind in my day-to-day business. It is quite possible that I could end up in a perceived conflict of interest situation without my conscious knowledge (eg by working for a competitor of a company in which I have a significant personal interest). It just never enters my mind.

    Key’s error is that he has come across like a schoolboy caught with a forbidden calculator in his maths exam (who later learns of his mistake): he squirms when questioned.

    He does not have the ability to look people in the eye and tell his story in a matter-of fact manner with unwavering gravitas. He’s a greenhorn.

  4. imcheezy 4

    Clearly young johnkey needs to learn to spit and polish up his bullshit. He’ll get though, I’m sure.

  5. John 5

    John Key is looking very stressed and worried these days. He has that same distraught look that George Bush had following the 9/11 attacks. The problem for us all is that Key’s stress is self-inflicted and pales in comparison. My God, imagine Key when he is put under real pressure on an issue of major importance. It is not a pretty thought is it?

  6. monkey boy 6

    yes, it’s just like post 9-11, when about 1500 died in a terrorist attack. Surely John Key will lose the election now? Because he is just like Bush.

  7. Dom 7

    jbc, I think you nailed it. He looks inexperienced (which in fact, he is) and weak (which in fact, he is). None of this is a good look moving forward. And the Nat boffins must be bogging over the prospect of Key vs Clark or Key vs anyone really. He’s looking less and less like a PM every day…

    Key is a creation of spin – he’s a wealthy guy who isn’t that politically savvy or capable so he’s been sold to us as this man of the people type. But when the facade slips you just see the tosser that he really is. He’s another hollow man…

  8. Matthew Pilott 8

    jbc, I think it’s a bit worse than you’ve put it. You see, when questioned, it was obvious that he knew the correct answer all along. During the first clip on TV1, he tried to run with the lie – later on he said “No one asked me”. Well, as it turns out, someone did ask him, and he consciously chose to run with a lie before telling the truth when it was clear he’d been rumbled.

    There’s none of this ‘looking like his hand was in the cookie jar’. It was firmly in there and he got busted for it. That’s what it ‘looked like’, because that’s what happened.

    So we now know his first instinct is to lie, but fess up and act all contrite when he knows he’s been caught. That’s nothing to do with political inexperience.

  9. the sprout 9

    yep, the interview says it all really.
    far from ready for the job.

    still Key’s senior colleagues will be pleased to have a leader they can manipulate so easily.

  10. Quoth the Raven 10

    Chris Trotter seems to think Labour has got more dirt on Key. “And, to make things even worse for the Opposition, my sources tell me that more damaging revelations are pending.” Does anyone know if he’s right? I think it was Paul Henry who asked if he had anything else to tell us and Key looked pretty hesitant in answering, to me.

  11. jbc 11

    Matthew,
    I don’t disagree with your take on how he handled it, but I still think it is largely inexperience. Yes he knew more than he let on – and was caught out because he believed that nobody else knew (or cared). In this case he let someone else pick up the script before the story ended and was caught without having practiced his lines. He’s going to need to stage manage these things a lot more carefully in future.

    [Excuse the theatre metaphor – it often seems apt for happenings in NZ politics]

    Dancer noted:
    But as we know, you can’t plan for the unexpected demands of the PM-ship- you have to be able to handle them alongside everything else

    I’d add that Key does not seem to have acclimatised to the adversarial environment of politics. If Key and Clark were criminal lawyers then I’d pick Clark as my defense any day.

  12. Aj 12

    Key’s problem: about 10 seconds, from which he claimed his share numbers varied between 25-50,000 and when he agreed they were 50-100,000
    It is absolutely clear he knew the true number of shares, when he was trying to claim the smaller holdings.

  13. Draco T Bastard 13

    jbc:

    Yes he knew more than he let on – and was caught out because he believed that nobody else knew.

    And he was able to recall the exact figure on the spot without having to consult either a data device or his broker.

    My take on JK is that he knows his financial position 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and down to the cent. There may be some times when his broker buys or sells some shares that he doesn’t know precisely but that would be for no more than a few hours. He would have known what his holding of the Tranzrail shares meant in regards to his position as an MP and spokesman for transport. This is what comes through in his interviews about it now.

  14. randal 14

    he probably bought them on the margin so effectively he got his profit for nothing.

  15. Tim Ellis 15

    Aj, I will be voting National this election, and when I first saw that clip I frankly I felt a sickening thud. It was the stupidest thing I have seen said from a politician I like. By the next day he’d obviously thought about it, realised how stupid it was, reflected on what he should have done, and fronted up and apologised. The media seem to have accepted a trail of events that is very different to the one that the Labour Party initially promoted.

    Politicians make mistakes. If Helen Clark had known what kind of uproar would have come from signing a painting, in retrospect she probably wouldn’t have done it. Did I think it was a big deal? No. If she thought she would get flak for being part of a motorcade travelling at 170kph, do you think she wouldn’t have instructed her driver to drive more slowly? Probably. Those were low-level mistakes that hindsight allows her to see with more clarity about what she should have done.

    John Key’s mistake was of a slightly higher level, but not much higher. He fronted up with the mistake and apologised. That’s the kind of accountability you want in a politician. It’s fair to say that isn’t Helen Clark’s style when she makes mistakes. She may well leave that to her memoirs. I suspect her memoirs will also reveal, in due course, a degree of contrition for knowingly protecting Winston for so long, for not doing more to uphold the standards of accountability towards him that she imposed earlier in her prime ministership towards him, and for hanging her biggest donor out to dry like that.

    Winston will never write a memoir apologising for anything.

  16. Matthew Pilott 16

    Winston will never write a memoir apologising for anything.

    Never has a truer word been ah, typed.

  17. Go The Right 17

    [deleted]

    [lprent: Rob – link it. I found that in a couple of seconds.

    Just as a comment – people here are untrusting of unattributed cut and pastes, especially when they come from a source such as this one. It is like using a Whale post as a guide to reality. ]

  18. Felix 18

    “He fronted up with the mistake and apologised”

    However he is yet to apologise for blatantly, deliberately and knowingly lying to us (via Ms Mold) just this week.

    Captcha: coroner $75,000

  19. rave 19

    But Key has told us what happened in the meeting with Rail America yet has he Tim? How would you rank this sin of ommission on your scale of morality?

  20. Go The Right 20

    Iprent the reality is the questions have been asked of the Prime Minister why hide them

    [lprent: Who is hiding? IMO I think you are by doing a copy and paste without linking to the source.

    Link it so people can judge the source as well as the question. Wishart has a well known profile, largely of questionable journalistic practices, and a habit of framing assertions as questions (which is what that looked like). Readers can judge for themselves if you include the source which is what happens when you link.]

  21. Go The Right 21

    Iprent that maybe so in some circumstances however I see he has just been proved correct on the Cops and the Acc saga in Dunedin. More often than not he gets it right.

    http://briefingroom.typepad.com/the_briefing_room/2008/09/questions-for-t.html

  22. bill brown 22

    What Rob! – Key’s been implicated with some cops and the ACC in Dunedin? Is that where he got his Tranzrail inside information from?

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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    7 days 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
    7 days 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 ...
    7 days 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 ...
    7 days 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
  • Avoidable hospitalisations: Helping our health system get through COVID-19
    Associate Prof George Thomson, Louise Delany, Prof Nick Wilson While it is possible that New Zealand can use intense public health controls to eradicate COVID-19 from the country – we must also plan for other scenarios where thousands of New Zealanders are sick – including many urgently hospitalised.1 Better resilience ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • Raise the Bar: 10 questions to ask your employer proposing redundancy
    Kia ora my name is Chloe Ann-King* and I am the founder of Raise the Bar, a campaign and non-profit that gives free legal aid, advocacy and tautoko to hospitality workers in Aotearoa. Right now all over our country hospo workers are being fired at will, having shifts cut or being ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    1 week ago
  • An equitable way to support business
    The Herald reports that the government is planning to lend billions of dollars to large businesses to keep them operating during the pandemic. As with mortgage relief, this is necessary: we need companies to stay in business, to reduce the economic damage and help things get restarted again when this ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Hard News: Together Alone
    We're about to do something unprecedented as a nation. We hope that by taking this extraordinary action before a single life in New Zealand has been lost to the deadly novel virus we will save tens of thousands of lives. Our  lives. We'll do it together, in households, in isolation ...
    1 week ago
  • Why timing is everything: ‘A time to refrain from embracing’ starts today
    “There is a time for everything,    and a season for every activity under the heavens.”So writes the author of Ecclesiastes, a book in the Old Testament that’s counted as a ‘wisdom’ book and written as if by an unnamed king of Jerusalem. But who would have thought there would be a time ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    1 week ago
  • Dealing with the Covid-19 Tsunami.
    I was surprised when the prime minister described the Economic Response to Covid-19 package as the ‘largest peacetime government spend in New Zealand's history’. Reflecting – checking through history – I realised that the term ‘spend’ was crucial and the package had no income tax cuts. Even so, it has ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    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
    15 hours 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
    19 hours 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
    1 day 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
    2 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
    2 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
    2 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
    2 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
    2 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
    2 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
    3 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
    3 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
    3 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
    3 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
    3 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
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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
    5 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
    7 days 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
    7 days 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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