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Reshuffle

Written By: - Date published: 12:39 pm, October 31st, 2007 - 28 comments
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Three new cabinet ministers (Maharey’s retiring, Burton’s returned to the backbench, and Benson-Pope’s old place was still open):

Steve Chadwick becomes Minister of Conservation, Women’s Affairs, and Associate Health

Maryan Street becomes Minister of Housing, Minister for ACC, along with Associate Minister for Economic Development and Associate Tertiary Education

Shane Jones becomes Minister for Building and Construction, Associate Minister of Treaty Negotiations, Associate Immigration and Associate Minister of Trade

Darren Hughes becomes a Minister outside Cabinet with responsibilities as Minister of Statistics, Associate Minister of Social Development and Employment, and Deputy Leader of the House

Portolios were reallocated, from the press release, the most significant were:

  • Michael Cullen takes on the Treaty Negotiations portfolio in addition to finance
  • Phil Goff adds the Corrections portfolio to his responsibilities
  • Annette King takes on the Justice portfolio, and retains Transport and Police
  • Pete Hodgson becomes Minister for Economic Development, Tertiary Education, and Research Science and Technology
  • Chris Carter becomes Minister of Education and retains Ethnic Affairs
  • David Cunliffe becomes Minister of Health, and continues his responsibilities in Communications and Information Technology
  • Trevor Mallard becomes Minister of Broadcasting, the Environment, and Labour, and retains SOEs and Associate Finance
  • Ruth Dyson becomes Minister of Social Development and Employment, Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector and retains Senior Citizens and Disability Issues responsibilities
  • Lianne Dalziel takes on Food Safety and Associate Justice in addition to Commerce
  • David Parker adds States Services to his responsibilities
  • Nanaia Mahuta takes on the full Local Government portfolio and Associate Tourism in addition to her other responsibilities
  • Clayton Cosgrove takes on the full Immigration portfolio, Sport and Recreation, Small Business, and responsibility for the Rugby World Cup. He retains Associate Justice and Finance responsibilities.

28 comments on “Reshuffle ”

  1. Robinsod 1

    I notice the Herald describes Mallard’s shift from sport to labour a “demotion”. I guess that the rugby world cup and a bit of yachting is more important than the work rights of four million Kiwis. I suspect that APN may be moving to the thousand monkeys with a thousand typewriters model of journalism (it’ll keep their wage bill down I suppose…)

  2. Not a strong reshuffle for Labour.

    It’s good to see Pete Hodgson finally dumped from health! Why did it take so long? He’s been one of the worst Ministers of Health ever (up there with former Health ministers Simon Upton and Helen Clark).

    Unfortunately for Labour, the new ministers of Steve Chadwick and Maryan Street are unlikely to do much for the party. They charisma-free and talent-free zones!

    And putting Trevor Mallard in charge of the Labour portfolio is idiocy! I hope the union movement doesn’t have any real faith in squeezing any crumbs out of this conservative Government.

    Looks like a government in decline.

    Bryce
    http://www.liberation.org.nz

  3. insider 3

    Mallard’s demotion was losing his place on the front bench wasn;t it? I’m surprised how limited his demotion was.

  4. the sprout 4

    “I notice the Herald describes Mallard’s shift from sport to labour a ‘demotion’.”

    that is both hilarious and very telling of the Herald’s biases and talent deficits.

  5. rjs131 5

    How come Judith Tizard wasnt promoted?

  6. r0b 6

    Bryce – Health is a difficult portfolio, but I think that Hodgson did some good work there. As to Chadwick and Street, you seem rather too quick (and glib) to judge.

    You’re an angry man Bryce. I get it – I wish Labour was lefter and bolder too. But, will you be any less angry under a National government?

  7. Santa Claws 7

    Yawn. It must be really irritating for the cheerleaders to find the media focus on Mallards demotion….

    Stuff: Mallard demoted, Burton out
    Herald: Mallard loses key portfolios in Cabinet reshuffle

    I hope Tiny won’t mind this link, since you boyz seem keen on youtube goodies.

  8. Robinsod 8

    Santa – it’s “Mallard’s” (the apostrophe is possessive).

  9. Santa Claws 9

    Robespierre – Of course it’s. I’m sure Trev wont mind.

    Heres another couple

    SMH: Demotion for NZ punch-up minister
    TheAge: Royal in gay sex video scandal revealed

    (oops no, thats the wrong one!)

  10. Luke 10

    I wonder if Hodgson was mover from Heath to less demanding profiles so he would have more time to concentrate on Labour party strategy. He is well known as being one of Labour’s top strategy people, and was marginal seats organiser in the 80’s. I certainly don’t think he has been dumped, and he hasn’t done anything really wrong in the portfolio.
    Maybe also it’s because his public image is not great and although his new portfolios are important, they do not involve the same public scrutiny.

  11. Robinsod 11

    Yo Santa – I was just concerned for your education, there’s no need to come over all catty. Oh yeah – Fuck off (I think I forgot last time)

  12. Santa Claws 12

    Luke – lets hope Hodgson continues on strategy – he was so effective over Key’s (see R) residences after all.

    Here are a few more headlines that Helen hopes she will never see:

    Mallard to be charged after Henare punch up
    Mallard keen to settle punch-up out of court
    Punch-up at Bellamy’s
    Survivor speaks out about punch-up
    Sweet cherry peppers punch up pork chops
    Mallard punches Carter after kiss in the house

  13. Sam Dixon 13

    The media were already locked into a ‘Mallard demoted’ narrative by the time the reshuffle happened.. as long as he lost Sports that would be the headline

  14. First Time Caller 14

    Interesting re: the Electoral Finance Bill. I had assumed Annette King would be taking over this as new justice minister. But if you listen closely to the PM’s announcement (audio and video is up on scoop’s site) this isn’t the case. The Herald asked who would be taking over responsibility for the bill; Helen Clark: “I think you might find Mr Cosgrove picks up that particular area.”

  15. Robinsod 15

    I hadn’t picked that one up FTC, but it doesn’t surprise me – he’s a very good operator in a stoush.

  16. burt 16

    Irish Bill

    It’s a hospital pass. The bill is a lemon and only the most partisan defenders of the indefensible will admit that.

    Labour are digging their own grave with the EFB. Pity that you plonkers over here on “lowering the standard” can’t look at it and say….”How would we react to it if National introduced it?”. Is it too much to to ask for you guys to be objective?

  17. burt 17

    Ooops, typo…

    The bill is a lemon and if only the most partisan defenders of the indefensible will admit that.

  18. steve23 18

    It is good that an ill tempered thug like Mallard is removed from the Sport Ministry. His presence there did nothing to enhance our nation’s image.
    That male has given maori Bashing a new meaning.

  19. r0b 19

    Burt – “How would we react to it if National introduced it?”

    Now I don’t often agree with Burt. In fact, I don’t recall it ever happening before. But this is actually a useful test for anyone’s policy. How would we feel if the other side introduced it?

    Of course, apart from the Labour policy it has adopted, National is going to do its level best to make it to the next election without telling us what its policies are, so that’s going to make it tricky to apply this test…

  20. burt 20

    rOb

    “Tory Charity” early 2007, fresh policy mid 2007 and now Labour are looking into extending the laws surrounding tory charity. Funny eh, we didn’t need tory charity earlier this year because we have such a great welfare state and now we are looking to make it easier for people to donate via automatic deductions etc. I don’t think a ‘who stole who’s policies” battle is a good thing to start if you are defending a party that has been in power for 8 years.

    So apart from everything is rosy under the Labour led govt, just what are Labour planning for budget 2008, after all budget 2008 is planned for before the election. The ball is well and truly in Labour’s court, are they playing it or are they holding it and pointing at National for not playing it for them?

    The “reverse the parties” and reconsider your reactions test is a great spirit level and also a very good way to differentiate racism from social conditioning. EG: A quota was suggested by Europeans to make sure the All Blacks were 70% European to represent the population of NZ. Just sounds ridiculous but the reverse has been suggested several times.

  21. r0b 21

    Burt, I can’t make much sense of your last post. I guess one of us is too tired to think straight. Just in case it’s me – I’m off to sleep!

  22. gobsmacked 22

    Morning all! Hey, do you need help working out what to think about yesterday’s events? Don’t fret, an “analyst” is here to help, courtesy of Newstalk ZB.

    “A political analyst believes Trevor Mallard has been promoted rather than demoted in Prime Minister Helen Clark’s reshuffle.

    Mr Mallard lost his front bench spot and sports portfolio, but David Farrar says it can hardly be called a demotion when he has scooped up some more important ones. Mr Mallard is now Environment Minister, Labour Minister and Broadcasting Minister. He also retains State Owned Enterprises. Mr Farrar says it is very much the wet bus-ticket syndrome.”

    Thanks for the “analysis”, David! And well done for including Compulsory Cliche #1 (wet bus ticket), but what about Compulsory Cliche #2 (deckchairs, Titanic)?

    In other news: Clark on top of her game and set for 4th term, says expert analyst Professor Peter Davis.

  23. Tane 23

    gobsmacked, what time was that on ZB?

  24. It seems I touched a nerve at The Standard with my evaluation of the latest reshuffle… It hardly makes me a “angry man” because I point out that Maryan Street and Steve Chadwick haven’t been very impressive in politics. Yes – maybe I’ll be proven wrong, and they’ll be very popular and talented in their roles, but surely you can’t help evaluating their poor performance until now.

    No one was surprised to see Hodgson sacked from Health, precisely because he’s been so crap. Labour was elected to turn the health crisis around – but they’ve merely continued and entrenched it.

    Rob – if you are genuinely wanting to see a bold leftwing political programme, I’d advise you not to wait for it from the NZ Labour Party. You’ll turn into a frustrated old man before that ever happens!

    Bryce
    http://www.liberation.org.nz

  25. Robinsod 27

    Bryce – you’re an arse. I’ve been following your comments on this blog for a while and (surprisingly for me) keeping my mouth shut but someone from the libertarian left has to say this mate – you’re living in a dream world if you think bagging Labour with Tory lines (‘cos that’s what you’re recycling) is going to make things better.

    In fact I don’t think you want things to be better, I think you want the opportunity to smugly snipe from the sidelines. Now considering you’re in a privileged position you can afford to stay intellectually pure regardless of party political outcomes and good on you for that. But if you were a minimum wage worker, a beneficiary or pensioner or any other vulnerable New Zealander I suspect you’d be a bit less inclined to treat politics so sanctimoniously. But their problems ain’t yours are they Bryce?

  26. r0b 28

    Bryce, I have to agree with Robinsod’s sentiments (if not his tone). I gave up waiting for change years ago, now I work for it. You could too.

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      The National Party, which is currently at something of a low ebb but which remains the primary vehicle for conservative and moderate liberal voters; orThe libertarian ACT Party, which is undergoing a temporary boom as National struggles; orThe centre-left Labour ...
    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    1 week ago
  • Graeme Edgeler: How to vote, and how to think about voting
    Your choice of who to vote for could make a real difference. Electoral law expert Graeme Edgeler suggests you make an informed choice, and he goes through a variety of different ways to think about your voting options.   The New Zealand general election is being held next Saturday, the ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    1 week ago
  • That School Debate: Tolkien, Shakespeare, and Anti-Stratfordianism
    Today, I am responding to one Philip Lowe, who back in August 2019 produced an interesting but flawed piece, looking at the way in which Tolkien viewed Shakespeare: Tolkien and Shakespeare: Counterparts ...
    1 week ago
  • Marching to the ballot boxes
    Today's advance voting statistics are out, showing that 450,000 people voted over the weekend, bringing the total advance vote to 1.15 million - just 90,000 shy of the 2017 total. So its likely that by the end of today, more people will have advance voted than did in the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Hard News: The long road to “Yes”
    One day in 1985, I came down from the loft where I was working as deputy editor of Rip It Up magazine, looking for lunch, and walked into a scene. There, on the corner of Queen and Darby Streets, a man was in the process of getting two kids to ...
    1 week ago
  • A funny thing for Labour to die in a ditch over
    Over the weekend, National unveiled its latest desperate effort to try and gain some attention: campaigning hard against a wealth tax. Its a Green Party policy, so its a funny thing for national to campaign against (alternatively, I guess it shows who their true opponents are). But even funnier is ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The comforting myth of the referendum ‘soft option’
    Assuming we don’t count Bird of the Year, last week was my first time voting in a New Zealand election. I’ve been here a while, but for reasons too dull to recount, I didn’t have permanent residence in time for any of the others. Anyway, it’s hardly up there with 1893, ...
    PunditBy Colin Gavaghan
    1 week ago
  • Election: Equality Network’s Policy Matrix
    How will you vote this Election? We suggest comparing the Party policies on addressing inequality: The Equality Network identifies Ten Key Policy Areas that will make a difference: ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    1 week ago
  • Equality Network: Party Policy Star Chart
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    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    1 week ago
  • A Tale of Two Elections
    AS 2020 draws to a close, two very different countries, in different hemispheres and time zones, are holding elections that are of great importance, not only for their own futures but for the future of the world as well. The USA and New Zealand differ greatly in physical and economic ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #41
    Story of the Week... El Niño/La Niña Update... Toon of the Week... Climate Feedback Article Review... Coming Soon on SkS... Poster of the Week... SkS Week in Review... Story of the Week... How Joe Biden could reorient foreign policy around climate change A new report lays out ...
    1 week ago
  • Potential attack lines in the campaign's final week
    In the final week of the election campaign, parties large and small will want to make clear to voters why they are more deserving of your vote than the other guys. It doesn’t mean going negative… oh alright, it does a little bit. But it doesn’t mean playing dirty. It ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #41
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week: Sun, Oct 4, 2020 through Sat, Oct 10, 2020 Editor's Choice What Have We Learned in Thirty Years of Covering Climate Change? A climate scientist who has studied the Exxon Valdez ...
    1 week ago
  • Economic Resilience or Policy Brilliance?
    The economy has been through a traumatic experience. Prospects look sobering. Preliminary official estimates suggest that market production (GDP) fell 12.2 percent in the June Quarter 2020 – a huge, and probably unprecedented, contraction. In mid-April the Treasury had expected a fall of 23.5 percent (published in the 2020 ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 week ago
  • The SMC Video Competition: The Tītipounamu Project
    Recently, the Science Media Centre ran the third round of its 2020 SAVVY Video Competition for science researchers. With entries ranging from kea tracking to Beethoven’s piano pieces, we judges were incredibly impressed by the creativity and quality of submissions. This week, we’re featuring the work of runner-up, PhD candidate ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Interview with Nicky Lee
    Fellow New Zealand writer, Nicky Lee, has been doing some Q&A with other local speculative fiction authors: https://www.nikkythewriter.com/blog Each fortnight is a different author, answering ten questions about their Writing Process. I think it’s an excellent way of helping build the profile of the New Zealand speculative fiction ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Capital Vol. 3 lectures: converting surplus-value into the rate of profit
    This is the third in the lecture series by Andy Higginbottom on superexploitation.Here he looks at the problem of converting surplus-value into the rate of profit.(Part one of the lecture series is here, and part two is here) ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Another call for OIA reform
    A collection of top-level environmental and human rights NGOs is calling for reform of the Official Information Act: The Child Poverty Action Group, Greenpeace, Forest and Bird, JustSpeak, New Zealand Council for Civil Liberties and Amnesty International are calling for a comprehensive, independent review of the Official Information Act ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The advice on moving the election date
    When the Prime Minister moved the election date back in August, I immediately lodged OIA requests with the Electoral Commission and Ministry of Justice for any advice they'd given. Both refused, on the basis that the information would be proactively released. That's finally happened, a mere three weeks after the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Media Link: Pre-election craziness in the US.
    This week in our “A View from Afar” podcast Selwyn Manning and I reflect on Trump’s increasingly erratic behaviour in wake of contracting Covid-19 and the domestic and foreign implications it has in the run-up to the November 3 national elections. You can find it here. ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 weeks ago

  • NZ announces a third P-3 deployment in support of UN sanctions
    The Government has deployed a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 Orion (P-3) maritime patrol aircraft to support the implementation of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions imposing sanctions against North Korea, announced Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters and Minister of Defence Ron Mark. “New Zealand has long supported ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • Pacific trade and development agreement a reality
    Pacific regional trade and development agreement PACER Plus will enter into force in 60 days now that the required eight countries have ratified it. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker welcomed the announcement that the Cook Islands is the eighth nation to ratify this landmark agreement. “The agreement represents ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Securing a pipeline of teachers
    The Government is changing its approach to teacher recruitment as COVID-19 travel restrictions continue, by boosting a range of initiatives to get more Kiwis into teaching. “When we came into Government, we were faced with a teacher supply crisis,” Education Minister Chris Hipkins said. “Over the past three years, we ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Border exceptions for a small number of international students with visas
    The Government has established a new category that will allow 250 international PhD and postgraduate students to enter New Zealand and continue their studies, in the latest set of border exceptions. “The health, safety and wellbeing of people in New Zealand remains the Government’s top priority. Tight border restrictions remain ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • First COVID-19 vaccine purchase agreement signed
    The Government has signed an agreement to purchase 1.5 million COVID-19 vaccines – enough for 750,000 people – from Pfizer and BioNTech, subject to the vaccine successfully completing all clinical trials and passing regulatory approvals in New Zealand, say Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods and Health Minister Chris Hipkins. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • International statement – End-to-end encryption and public safety
    We, the undersigned, support strong encryption, which plays a crucial role in protecting personal data, privacy, intellectual property, trade secrets and cyber security.  It also serves a vital purpose in repressive states to protect journalists, human rights defenders and other vulnerable people, as stated in the 2017 resolution of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Ministry of Defence Biodefence Assessment released
    The Ministry of Defence has today released a Defence Assessment examining Defence’s role across the spectrum of biological hazards and threats facing New Zealand. Biodefence: Preparing for a New Era of Biological Hazards and Threats looks at how the NZDF supports other agencies’ biodefence activities, and considers the context of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Approaches to Economic Challenges: Confronting Planetary Emergencies: OECD 9 October 2020
    New Approaches to Economic Challenges: Confronting Planetary Emergencies: OECD 9 October 2020 Hon David Parker’s response following Thomas Piketty and Esther Duflo. Good morning, good afternoon, and good evening, wherever in the world you might be. I first acknowledge the excellent thought provoking speeches of Thomas Piketty and Esther ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Kaipara Moana restoration takes next step
    A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed today at Waihāua Marae between the Crown, local iwi and councils to protect, restore and enhance the mauri of Kaipara Moana in Northland. Environment Minister David Parker signed the document on behalf of the Crown along with representatives from Ngā Maunga Whakahī, Ngāti ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand and Uruguay unite on reducing livestock production emissions
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor and Uruguayan Minister of Livestock, Agriculture and Fisheries Carlos María Uriarte have welcomed the launch of a three-year project that will underpin sustainable livestock production in Uruguay, Argentina, and Costa Rica.  The project called ‘Innovation for pasture management’ is led by Uruguay’s National Institute of Agricultural ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • 3100 jobs created through marae upgrades
    Hundreds of marae throughout the country will be upgraded through investments from the Provincial Growth Fund’s refocused post COVID-19 funding to create jobs and put money into the pockets of local tradespeople and businesses, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta have announced. “A total ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Health volunteers recognised in annual awards
    Health Minister Chris Hipkins has announced 9 teams and 14 individuals are the recipients of this year’s Minister of Health Volunteer Awards.  “The health volunteer awards celebrate and recognise the thousands of dedicated health sector volunteers who give many hours of their time to help other New Zealanders,” Mr Hipkins ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Community COVID-19 Fund supports Pacific recovery
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio says a total of 264 groups and individuals have successfully applied for the Pacific Aotearoa Community COVID-19 Recovery Fund, that will support Pacific communities drive their own COVID-19 recovery strategies, initiatives, and actions. “I am keen to see this Fund support Pacific ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Community benefits from Māori apprenticeships
    Up to 50 Māori apprentices in Wellington will receive paid training to build houses for their local communities, thanks to a $2.75 million investment from the Māori Trades and Training Fund, announced Employment Minister Willie Jackson today. “This funding will enable Ngāti Toa Rangatira Incorporated to provide its Ngā Kaimahi ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Training fund supports Māori jobseekers
    Rapidly growing sectors will benefit from a $990,000 Māori Trades and Training Fund investment which will see Wellington jobseekers supported into work, announced Employment Minister Willie Jackson today. “This funding will enable Sapphire Consultants Ltd. to help up to 45 Māori jobseekers into paid training initiatives over two years through ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Ruakura Inland Port development vital infrastructure for Waikato
    The Government is investing $40 million to develop an inland port at Ruakura which will become a freight super-hub and a future business, research and residential development for the Waikato, Urban Development and Transport Minister Phil Twyford, and Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta announced today. The funding has been has ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Appointments made to Defence Expert Review Group
    Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today the establishment of an Expert Review Group to review a number of aspects of the New Zealand Defence Force’s (NZDF) structure, information management and record-keeping processes.  The Expert Review Group’s work arises out of the first recommendation from the Report of the Government’s Inquiry ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • No active community cases of COVID-19
    There are no active community cases of COVID-19 remaining in the country after the last people from the recent outbreak have recovered from the virus, Health Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “This is a big milestone. New Zealanders have once again through their collective actions squashed the virus. The systems ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Clean energy upgrade for more public buildings
    More public buildings will be supported by the Government to upgrade to run on clean energy, the Minister for Climate Change James Shaw announced today. Minister Shaw announced that Lincoln and Auckland universities will receive support through the Clean-Powered Public Service Fund to replace fossil fuel boilers. Southern, Taranaki, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Schools back donations scheme for the second year
    More schools have opted in to the donations scheme for 2021, compared to 2020 when the scheme was introduced. “The families of more than 447,000 students will be better off next year, with 94% of eligible schools and kura opting into the scheme,” Education Minister Chris Hipkins said. “This is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Ruapehu cycle trails gets PGF boost
    The spectacular Mountains to Sea cycle trail in Ruapehu District will receive $4.6 million in funding from the Provincial Growth Fund for two additional trails, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “This is an exciting development for the local community, and one that will provide significant economic opportunities ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Update to air border order strengthens crew requirements
    Additional measures coming into effect on Monday will boost our defence against COVID-19 entering New Zealand through the air border, Health Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “As part of our precautionary approach and strategy of constant review, we’re tightening the requirements around international aircrew,” Chris Hipkins said. The COVID-19 Public ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • A true picture of Māori business activity
    A better picture of the contribution Māori businesses make to the economy will be possible with changes to the way information is collected about companies and trading enterprises. Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta and Small Business Minister Stuart Nash have announced a new option for Māori enterprises who are part ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • PGF funding for Taranaki projects
    The South Taranaki museum, a New Plymouth distillery and a Pasifika building firm will benefit from a Government investment totalling more than $1 million, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says. The $1.05m in grants and loans from the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will help the recipients expand and create ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Fijian Language Week 2020 inspires courage and strength during COVID-19 pandemic
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio says the theme for the 2020 Fijian Language Week reflects the strong belief by Fijians that their language and culture inspires courage and strength that is strongly needed in times of emergencies, or through a significant challenge like the global COVID-19 pandemic ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Trades training builds on iwi aspirations
    An investment of $2.025 million from the Māori Trades and Training Fund will support Māori to learn new skills while making a positive difference for their communities, announced Employment Minister Willie Jackson today. “K3 Development Limited Partnership will receive $2,025,000 for its Takitimu Tuanui apprenticeship programme, which will support the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Conservation Minister plants two millionth tree in Raglan restoration
    A long-term conservation project led by the Whaingaroa Harbour Care group in the western Waikato reaches a significant milestone this week, with the planting of the two millionth tree by the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage. “Planting the two millionth tree crowns 25 years of commitment and partnership involving Whaingaroa ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Seniors – our parents and grandparents
    International Older Persons Day is a chance to think about the individual older New Zealanders we know and to confront ageism, Seniors Minister Tracey Martin said today. “What happened around COVID-19 is a reminder that our over-65s are a very large and diverse group of people and we need to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Residential building sector growing stronger
    Figures released by Statistics New Zealand today show healthy growth in residential building consents in an environment of Government support for the sector during COVID-19, says Housing Minister Dr Megan Woods. Statistics New Zealand reported today that a record 10,063 townhouses, flats, and units were consented in the August 2020 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • PGF helps Bay of Plenty youth find jobs
    Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) support for a pathways to work hub in Tauranga will help address high youth unemployment in the Bay of Plenty by connecting young people with training and meaningful employment opportunities, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau has announced. “Priority One Western Bay of Plenty ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Government confirms new acute mental health facility for Lakes DHB
    A new acute inpatient mental health facility at Rotorua Hospital will provide more patient-centred and culturally appropriate care to better support recovery, Health Minister Chris Hipkins says. “Improving mental health and addiction services remains one of the biggest long-term challenges facing New Zealand,” says Chris Hipkins. “Lakes DHB’s existing Whare ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Community Languages Fund to increase support for Pacific community language projects
    Round two of the Community Languages Fund (CLF) will provide even more support for Pacific grassroots community and family language projects with the introduction of a second funding tier of $10,000, in addition to the $2,500 tier, says Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio.  During the first round of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Government puts teacher wellbeing at the centre
    The Government is committing nearly $9 million to ensure educators in early learning services and schools get the wellbeing support they need. Education Minister Chris Hipkins made the announcement, which includes providing frontline counselling and advice services for educators, during his address at the Post Primary Teachers Association (PPTA) annual ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago