web analytics

Resignationwatch: questions for Key

Written By: - Date published: 9:54 am, May 5th, 2012 - 42 comments
Categories: corruption, john banks, john key - Tags:

Does he believe Banks’ account of the Dotcom donation?

What corroborating evidence has he or his staff sought to confirm Banks statement, particularly as more irregularities and contradictions have emerged?

Ethical and legal behaviour are both requirements of ministers in the Cabinet Manual – Key is happy to apply a legal standard to Banks’ behaviour before he became a minister but says the ethical standard only applies after he became minister (conceding unethical behaviour prior), why the disconnect?

Why was he happy for ethical standards to be applied to the behaviour of Pansy Wong before she was a minister but not to John Banks?

Was it unethical for Banks to lie to the media and fake memory lose while a minister?

Check out David Fisher’s excellent account of the John Banks scandal.

42 comments on “Resignationwatch: questions for Key ”

  1. toad 1

    Lianne Dalziel was forced to resign as a Minister for lying to the media. What makes Banks different, other than the fact that there is a different Prime Minister with supposedly “higher standards” for Ministers.

  2. ianmac 2

    Key’s bottom line is that Banks has done no wrong in law. He will hang onto that but should it blow up later, Mr Key can say he did not know. He was kept in (self inflicted) ignorance by those around him especially Banks who has not been questioned (what!) by the PM.
    More questions than answers. Will John Campbell ask more? Tune in next week to the continuing sordid saga of misdirection, mis-speaks, and memory loss. Brought to you by……………

  3. Nick K 3

    After seeing the cheque John Campbell produced on TV, it is crystal clear Kim Dotcom never made a donation. How could John Banks declare a donation from Kim Dotcom if he never made one?

    [how many Nick K’s can dance on the head of a pin? The donation came from Dotcom’s company and should have been declared as such since Banks clearly knew he had received such money. Is your new fallback: he thanked Dotcom for donating but didn’t know he had received money from Dotcom’s company? Eddie]

    • Kaplan 3.1

      After seeing the gift tags on the presents under the tree are all signed by Santa, it is crystal clear Santa really, truly, does exist.

    • ianmac 3.2

      How could John Banks ever have flown in a helicopter because everyone knows, helicopters, like bumble-bees, can’t fly. So they are lying that he did fly, and therefore there were no cheques and John Banks is a figment of everyone’s imagination. Like God. Phew. That fixed ’em.

    • freedom 3.3

      so your point is he could not declare a dobation fron Kim Dotcom per se, most people get that, but he must declare the donation from the company name plainly written on the cheque and which no doubt also appears on the election fund’s bank statement.

      • Nick K 3.3.1

        Most people get that? Bullshit! Everyone is saying he got a donation from Kim Dotcom that he said was anonymous.

        • felix

          So? It’s still not anonymous, whichever legal entity Dotcom chose to use.

  4. Nick K 4

    A retort like that simply confirms to me you know you’re fucked on this one.

    • Kaplan 4.1

      You must be confusing me with John Banks.

    • bbfloyd 4.2

      no baby puppy…. it is you who is fucked…..making patently stupid statements is not, i repeat, not, the way to convince anyone you have the judgement to make calls on when to put the sign out at a school crossing, let alone judgements that require remotely subtle thought processes…

      what gave you the idea that you were capable of making judgements on something as complicated as identifying a check? has your mother been reminding you how “special” you are again?

  5. Nick K 5

    A “check”? Who’s the stupid one now.

  6. What I want to know is if Kim Dotcom gave a donation to the National Party to help just a teensy weensy bit with his application for residence and is he now going to declare this.

  7. Wyndham 7

    And now Dotcom is considering suing the crown ! That should be interesting!

  8. marsman 8

    Key’s and Collins’ nasty hounding of Benson-Pope was to do with things that allegedly happened way before Benson-Pope was a Minister. Could we have a rerun on TV of some of Key’s vicious taunting of Benson-Pope in the House?

    • ianmac 8.1

      Well spotted marsman.

      • I also agree ianmac.The way those two ratbags attacked Benson-Pope was a disgrace ,but its typical Tory action. I bet Key wishes he could put a tennis ball in Keys mouth .

        • Dan

          Benson Pope was an outstanding teacher. He was given the job of looking after some of the “difficult” students as well as supervising outdoor education for city-slicker kids. It is very easy to judge people by today’s standards when the so called mistakes were made in a different time.
          I would love to see Collins in a classroom; the bullshit would last 2 or 3 days and then it would be all down-hill.
          Part of David’s demise was he got off-side with inside Labour politics.

          • Tom

            Thanks Marsman. Your reminder that Key has been around for some time makes his political performance inexcusable.

  9. VeniVidiVici 9

    With similar cases in the legal pipeline in the US, it is starting to look like an opening salvo by DRM holders against FOSS, with NZ chosen as the first target because it is seen as a pushover in geopolitical and legal terms, especially with a Merrill alumni as PM.

    Key looked ratty, uncomfortable, and defensive during the Campbell interview, but he turned up.

    Is Warners a party to the case ? Jackson’s commercial success is in large part due to FOSS for LOTR1-3.

    Stay tuned ..

    • ianmac 9.1

      Veni, “but he turned up”. That was the point that Diane made. He should turn up, and he should always turn up, as a PM in a Democracy. We say he turned up as though it was a gracious gift from up on high, instead of an expected responsibility of a PM. How many times have Key and other Minsters fronted during the Election? How many serious interviews has Key been in? One.
      By the way, notice how Key is not using his “hill-country aw shucks” persona?

  10. Tom 10

    ianmac, how would you describe his interview persona ?

    Inner-city street-kid made good ?

  11. Rodel 11

    We have immigrants from all over the world gaining residency in our country (and good on them) so their kids can be properly educated in our excellent state run schools.

    What bothers me..really bothers me… is Key letting simpleton Banks and his also ran woman (can’t remember her name) who knows nothing about education (neither of them) in charge of an experiment to introduce charter schools ..the very thin end of a wedge where our education system, respected all over the world could change into producing Little actoids like him.

  12. Kiwi Pete 12

    Anyone else read Steve Braunias ‘The Secret Diary of… John Banks’ in today’s newspaper? Classic opening line paraphrasing Marcel Proust, Remembrance of things Past, ‘Memory is hidden somewhere beyond the reach of intellect’

  13. Penny Bright 13

    FYI folks!

    Am looking for more ACT acronyms..

    A ccept
    C orrupt
    T emptations

    Have started campaigning in Epsom for the upcoming by-election – yesterday (Friday evening) in the WILDS of Remuera with brand new banners:

    “A ssociated with
    C rooks and
    T hieves

    with morph of dodgy John Banks morphing into (older /non-botoxed? )Mr Burns (Simpsons)

    plus rather lovely cariactures of Banks and Dotcom – MEAGASTUFFUPLOAD.COM

    The other banner :
    “AOTEAROA IS NOT FOR SALE – unlike the ACT MP 4 EPSOM – DODGY John Banks”.

    Hundreds and hundreds of people saw these banners (the displaying of which probably a bit uncommon in the Remuera/Epsom electorate heartland?) – so arguably – there will probably be a bit of a ‘ripple’.

    A number of people agreed with the sentiments expressed, and took copies of the ACTION PLAN against ‘white collar’ crime, corruption and ‘corporate welfare’ upon which I campaigned as an Independent ‘anti-corruption’ candidate in Epsom in 2011.

    (Had copies still available – how convenient! 🙂

    (Copies of ACTION PLAN downloadable on http://www.pennybright4epsom.org.nz)

    Beware dodgy and shonky Johns!
    A number of concerned members of the voting public do NOT like lies especially GIGANTIC WHOPPERS of the dodgy Banksie variety ……..

    Have secured the website http://www.dodgyjohnhasgone.com and am getting material organised for it.

    Will include copies of the formal letters of complaint to the Police lodged by myself and 2007 former Mayoral candidate Lisa Prager over the alleged $15,000 Sky City donation and alleged $50,000 donated by Kim Dotcom that were not disclosed.

    Also a copy of my formal complaint to the SFO against both John Banks and Kim Dotcom for alleged bribery and corruption (s105) of the Crimes Act 1961.

    Given that the SFO are purportedly the ‘lead agency’ to which allegations of bribery and corruption are to be reported, it will be fascinating to see what they do with this complaint.

    Not been impressed to date with the track record of the SFO (or the Police) when it comes to DOING THEIR JOBS and applying ‘one law for all’ to those alleged ‘white collar’ criminals who are running the country?

    Neither Police nor SFO did anything in 2008 when I made a formal complaint about John Key over TranzRail, or in 2011/2012 when I formally requested that they charge Banks and Brash as former fellow Directors of Huljich Wealth Management (NZ) Ltd, for signing Huljich Kiwisaver Scheme registered prospectuses which contained untrue statements?

    Seems that some arguably crooked ‘white collar’ politicians are effectively a ‘protected species’ In NZ ‘perceived’ to be the ‘least corrupt country in the world’?



    Gee – I wonder why THAT was?

    APPARENTLY CENSORED COMMENT (which probably means it’s ‘politically correct’? 😉

    Did John Key’s political protection of John Banks extend to helping to ensure that NO regulatory body to date has applied ‘one law for all’ to former fellow directors of Huljich Wealth Management (NZ) Ltd, John Banks and Don Brash, for signing Huljich Kiwisaver Scheme registered prospectuses dated 22 August 2008 and 18 September 2009, which contained untrue statements?


    Were there phone calls/ communications from the highest level to the former Securities Commission; the FMA, the SFO or the NZ Police to help ensure the effective (arguably corrupt) political protection of former National Party colleagues and future National Party necessary coalition allies – ACT’s (National “B” Team’s) current and former Leaders, John Banks and Don Brash?


    In my considered opinion – this STINKS.

    Penny Bright
    ‘Anti-corruption campaigner’

    Independent candidate in future Epsom


    • Hami Shearlie 13.1

      So many questions about Banks and Brash, and we just can’t get them answered Penny! A slogan for the campaign in Epsom could read – “Vote ACT, sponsored by Megastuffup” – and in tiny print at the end “load.com” which could also refer to the huge “anonymous donations” that they love so much!

    • seeker 13.2

      ACT- Association of Cabbages and Thieves.

      • rosy 13.2.1

        Perfect. I think you should copyright that seeker.

        • seeker

          lol Cheers rosy. Would love William Joyce to do a ‘poster’.
          By the way shortening ‘Association’ to Ass gives a better collective noun for the party I was thinking?!

  14. ianmac 14

    The NBR item by Mr Hooton was a very interesting take thanks Penny. Matthew’s explanation as to why Mr Key is so blatantly accepting of outrageous Bank line sounds right. And Key’s ignorance of Dotcom is part of it
    However if Matthew’s explanation is true then Mr Key must have been at least misleading John Campbell, and us. In due course Mr Key will have to explain the justification to us. To protect the Government from falling would not be a justification in my eyes.

    • ianmac 15.1

      Herald reports a poll that has 10% support for Banks in Epson down from 44% at Election.

  15. Tom 16


    Great PR Hoots !

    I think ‘now’ should read ‘for-now’ in the URL ..

  16. Maui 17

    McCarten .. “Drop Banks and spare us costly dead weight”


    to keep us amused until Key drops the guillotine. Did I get that right ?

  17. Penny Bright 18


    A ccept
    C orrupt
    T ransACTions

    A ll
    C redibility
    T erminated (Heard that on talkback last night 😉

    Have secured the website http://www.dodgyjohnhasgone.com

    It is being worked on now…..

    Penny Bright
    ‘Anti-corruption campaigner’
    Independent candidate for Epsom 2011 (and 2012 🙂


    • seeker 18.1

      re: dodgyjohnhasgone Great work Penny, many thanks. Will be marvellous when we see the headline “dodgyjohnshavegone” – and not for another cup of tea this time!

      • Penny Bright 18.1.1

        All go tomorrow!

        Will be doing a Press Release, announcing that I’m standing in the Epsom by-election as a PROVEN ‘Anti-corruption’ campaigner – with an ACTION PLAN against ‘white collar’ crime, corruption and ‘corporate welfare’ (ONE A4 PAGE) that should help focus public attention on what needs to happen to help STOP this dodgy/shonky behaviour!

        Check out the website!

        It’s HOT!

        (Even if I say so myself 😉


        Has copies of the complaints to Police and SFO (+ their replies) plus LOTS of other stuff that I think you’ll enjoy 🙂

        Have just finished painting new banner (blue writing on ACT yellow fabric)


        ‘DODGY John Banks
        protected by
        SHONKY John Key?


        If anyone wants to help – I need the loan of a legal, reliable hatchback car for 3 months?

        Want these banners up where the public can see them and would prefer to be self-reliant re: transporting the gear around….

        Hopefully someone out there who supports what I’m doing can help out here?


        Penny Bright
        ‘Anti-corruption’ campaigner

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Government to review housing settings
    New Zealand’s stronger-than-expected economic performance has flowed through to housing demand, so the Government will review housing settings to improve access to the market, the Finance Minister Grant Robertson announced today. “Our focus is on improving access to the housing market for first home buyers and ensuring house price growth ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • Crown accounts reflect Govt’s careful economic management
    The better-than-expected Crown accounts released today show the Government’s careful management of the COVID-19 health crisis was the right approach to support the economy. As expected, the Crown accounts for the year to June 2020 show the operating balance before gains and losses, or OBEGAL, was in deficit. However that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • Community launch marks next step in addressing racism in education
    The launch of Te Hurihanganui in Porirua today is another important milestone in the work needed to address racism in the education system and improve outcomes for Māori learners and their whānau, Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis says. Budget 2019 included $42 million over three years to put Te Hurihanganui ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • Government to consider recommendations on DNA use in criminal investigations
    The Minister of Justice has received the Law Commission’s recommending changes to the law governing the way DNA is used in criminal investigations. The report, called The Use of DNA in Criminal Investigations – Te Whahamahi I te Ira Tangata I ngā Mātai Taihara, recommends new legislation to address how ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    8 hours ago
  • Speech to Wakatū Nelson regional hui on trade
    First, I want to express my thanks to Te Taumata for this hui and for all the fantastic work you are doing for Māori in the trade space. In the short time that you’ve been operating you’ve already contributed an enormous amount to the conversation, and developed impressive networks.  I ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • Speech to Primary Industries Summit
    Thank you for the opportunity to speak to you today about the significant contribution the food and fibres sector makes to New Zealand and how this Government is supporting that effort. I’d like to start by acknowledging our co-Chairs, Terry Copeland and Mavis Mullins, my colleague, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    11 hours ago
  • Fast track referrals will speed up recovery and boost jobs and home building
    The Government is taking action to increase jobs, speed up the economic recovery and build houses by putting three more projects through its fast track approval process. “It’s great to see that the fast-track consenting process is working. Today we have referred a mix of potential projects that, if approved, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Papakāinga provides critically needed homes in Hastings
    A papakāinga opened today by the Minister for Māori Development the Hon Willie Jackson will provide whānau with much needed affordable rental homes in Hastings. The four home papakāinga in Waiōhiki is the first project to be completed under the ‘Hastings Place Based’ initiative. This initiative is a Government, Hastings ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand ready to host APEC virtually
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern took over the leadership of APEC earlier today, when she joined leaders from the 21 APEC economies virtually for the forum’s final 2020 meeting. “We look forward to hosting a fully virtual APEC 2021 next year. While this isn’t an in-person meeting, it will be one ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Revival of Māori Horticulturists
    The rapid revival of Māori horticulture was unmistakeable at this year’s Ahuwhenua Trophy Awards, with 2020 marking the first time this iconic Māori farming event was dedicated to horticulture enterprises. Congratulating finalists at the Awards, Māori Development Minister Willie Jackson said growing large-scale māra kai is part of Māori DNA. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Emergency benefit to help temporary visa holders
    From 1 December, people on temporary work, student or visitor visas who can’t return home and or support themselves may get an Emergency Benefit from the Ministry of Social Development, Social Development and Employment Minister Carmel Sepuloni announced today. Previously, temporary visa holders in hardship because of COVID-19 have had ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • School sustainability projects to help boost regional economies
    Forty one schools from the Far North to Southland will receive funding for projects that will reduce schools’ emissions and save them money, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. This is the second round of the Sustainability Contestable Fund, and work will begin immediately. The first round announced in April ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Farmer-led projects to improve water health in Canterbury and Otago
    More than $6 million will be spent on helping farmers improve the health of rivers, wetlands, and habitat biodiversity in Canterbury and Otago, as well as improving long-term land management practices, says Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. Four farmer-led catchment group Jobs for Nature projects have between allocated between $176,000 and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Tupu Aotearoa continues expansion to Pacific communities in Nelson, Marlborough, Tasman & Northl...
    Pacific communities in Nelson, Marlborough, Tasman and Northland will benefit from the expansion of the Tupu Aotearoa programme announced today by the Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio. The programme provides sustainable employment and education pathways and will be delivered in partnership with three providers in Northland and two ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New primary school and classrooms for 1,200 students in South Island
    Education Minister Chris Hipkins unveiled major school building projects across the South Island during a visit to Waimea College in Nelson today. It’s part of the Government’s latest investment of $164 million to build new classrooms and upgrade schools around the country. “Investments like this gives the construction industry certainty ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Minister of Māori Development pays tribute to Rudy Taylor
      Today the Minister of Māori Development, alongside other Government Ministers and MP’s said their final farewells to Nga Puhi Leader Rudy Taylor.  “Rudy dedicated his life to the betterment of Māori, and his strong approach was always from the ground up, grassroots, sincere and unfaltering”  “Over the past few ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Prime Minister to attend APEC Leaders’ Summit
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will attend the annual APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting and associated events virtually today and tomorrow. “In a world where we cannot travel due to COVID-19, continuing close collaboration with our regional partners is key to accelerating New Zealand’s economic recovery,” Jacinda Ardern said. “There is wide ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Speech to Infrastructure NZ Symposium
    Tena Koutou, Tena Koutou and thank you for inviting me to speak to you today. This is a critical time for New Zealand as we respond to the damage wreaked by the global COVID-19 pandemic. It is vital that investment in our economic recovery is well thought through, and makes ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Pike River 10 Year Anniversary Commemorative Service
    Tēnei te mihi ki a tātau katoa e huihui nei i tēnei rā Ki a koutou ngā whānau o te hunga kua riro i kōnei – he mihi aroha ki a koutou Ki te hapori whānui – tēnā koutou Ki ngā tāngata whenua – tēnā koutou Ki ngā mate, e ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Huge investment in new and upgraded classrooms to boost construction jobs
    Around 7,500 students are set to benefit from the Government’s latest investment of $164 million to build new classrooms and upgrade schools around the country. “The election delivered a clear mandate to accelerate our economic recovery and build back better. That’s why we are prioritising construction projects in schools so more ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Keeping Pike River Mine promises 10 years on
    Ten years after the Pike River Mine tragedy in which 29 men lost their lives while at work, a commemorative service at Parliament has honoured them and their legacy of ensuring all New Zealand workplaces are safe. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern attended the event, along with representatives of the Pike ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Additional testing to strengthen border and increase safety of workers
    New testing measures are being put in place to increase the safety of border workers and further strengthen New Zealand’s barriers against COVID-19, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “These strengthened rules – to apply to all international airports and ports – build on the mandatory testing orders we’ve ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • More public housing delivered in Auckland
    The Government’s investment in public housing is delivering more warm, dry homes with today’s official opening of 82 new apartments in New Lynn by the Housing Minister Megan Woods. The Thom Street development replaces 16 houses built in the 1940s, with brand new fit-for-purpose public housing that is in high ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Agreement advanced to purchase up to 5 million COVID-19 vaccines
    The Government has confirmed an in-principle agreement to purchase up to 5 million COVID-19 vaccines – enough for 5 million people – from Janssen Pharmaceutica, subject to the vaccine successfully completing clinical trials and passing regulatory approvals in New Zealand, says Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods. “This agreement ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Jobs for Nature funding will leave a conservation legacy for Waikanae awa
    Ninety-two jobs will be created to help environmental restoration in the Waikanae River catchment through $8.5 million of Jobs for Nature funding, Conservation Minister Kiritapu Allan announced today. “The new funding will give a four-year boost to the restoration of the Waikanae awa, and is specifically focussed on restoration through ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New Dunedin Hospital project progresses to next stage
    As the new Dunedin Hospital project progresses, the Government is changing the oversight group to provide more technical input, ensure continued local representation, and to make sure lessons learnt from Dunedin benefit other health infrastructure projects around the country. Concept design approval and the release of a tender for early ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Jump in apprentice and trainee numbers
    The number of New Zealanders taking up apprenticeships has increased nearly 50 percent, and the number of female apprentices has more than doubled. This comes as a Government campaign to raise the profile of vocational education and training (VET) begins. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • ReBuilding Nations Symposium 2020 (Infrastructure NZ Conference opening session)
    Tena koutou katoa and thank you for the opportunity to be with you today. Can I acknowledge Ngarimu Blair, Ngati Whatua, and Mayor Phil Goff for the welcome. Before I start with my substantive comments, I do want to acknowledge the hard work it has taken by everyone to ensure ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New Zealand's biosecurity champions honoured
    Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor has paid tribute to the winners of the 2020 New Zealand Biosecurity Awards. “These are the people and organisations who go above and beyond to protect Aotearoa from pests and disease to ensure our unique way of life is sustained for future generations,” Damien O’Connor says. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Tourism Industry Aotearoa Conference
    speech to Tourism Industry Aotearoa annual summit Te Papa,  Wellington Introduction Nau mai, haere mai Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, Ka nui te mihi, ki a koutou. Thank you Tourism Industry Aotearoa for hosting today’s Summit. In particular, my acknowledgements to TIA Chair Gráinne Troute and Chief Executive Chris Roberts. You ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Supermarkets announced as Government’s second market study
    The Government has today launched a market study to ensure New Zealanders are paying a fair price for groceries.   “Supermarkets are an integral part of our communities and economy, so it’s important to ensure that Kiwis are getting a fair deal at the checkout,” Minister of Commerce and Consumer ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Masks to be worn on Auckland public transport and all domestic flights
    Masks will need to be worn on all public transport in Auckland and in and out of Auckland and on domestic flights throughout the country from this Thursday, Minister for COVID-19 Response Chris Hipkins said today. “I will be issuing an Order under the COVID-19 Response Act requiring the wearing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand signs Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership
    Increase to New Zealand’s GDP by around $2 billion each year Increase opportunities for NZ exporters to access regional markets Cuts red tape and offers one set of trade rules across the Asia Pacific region New government procurement, competition policy and electronic commerce offers NZ exporters increased business opportunities Prime ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Minister acknowledges students as exams begin
    Education Minister Chris Hipkins has recognised the extraordinary challenges students have faced this year, ahead of NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship exams which begin on Monday. “I want to congratulate students for their hard work during a year of unprecedented disruption, and I wish students all the best as ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Prime Minister meets with key ASEAN and East Asia Summit partners
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today attended the ASEAN-New Zealand Commemorative Summit and discussed with Leaders a range of shared challenges facing the Indo-Pacific region, including: The ongoing management of the COVID-19 pandemic; The importance of working collectively to accelerate economic recovery; and Exploring further opportunities for partners to work more ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Veterans Affairs Summit held in Korea
    A Ministerial Summit on Veterans’ Affairs was held in the Republic of Korea this week. Ministers with veteran responsibilities were invited from all 22 countries that had been part of the United Nations Forces during the Korean War (1950 – 1953). The Summit marked the 70th anniversary of the outbreak ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Clear direction set for the education system, skills prioritised
    The Government has released a set of priorities for early learning through to tertiary education and lifelong learning to build a stronger, fairer education system that delivers for all New Zealanders. “The election delivered a clear mandate from New Zealanders to accelerate our plan to reduce inequalities and make more ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • A Progressive Agenda
    Speech to the Climate Change + Business Conference, November 12, 2020 Tena koutou katoa Thank you for inviting me to speak here today. It is great to see us all come together for a common cause: to redefine our future in the face of unprecedented times.  Covid-19 and climate change are ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Wellington Pasifika Business Awards
    Thank you for having me join with you as we celebrate the success of Pacific businesses tonight, and recognise the resilient and innovative entrepreneurs who lead them. Equally important to me is, that we are also able tonight to offer up our gratitude to those leaders who have organised and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Commemorative address at Act of Remembrance for Armistice Day
    Tuatahi māku  Ka mihi tu ki a koe Pita E pīkauria ana i te mana o Ngā tūpuna o te whenua nei. Thank you Bernadette for your warm introduction. I would also like to reflect on your acknowledgments and welcome Peter Jackson, Taranaki Whānui; Members of the National War Memorial ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago