Richard Worth has resigned as MP

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Breaking news from Stuff / DomPost

LATEST Richard Worth has resigned as an MP with immediate effect.

Dr Worth, who entered Parliament in 1999, said he had gone for the good of the National Party.

“Since I resigned as a Cabinet Minister earlier this month, I have been considering my personal options, and also the welfare of the National Party – a party which I love and have served to the best of my ability for the past nine years.

“As a result, I have today also resigned as a list Member of Parliament with immediate effect.

74 comments on “Richard Worth has resigned as MP ”

  1. SjS 1

    wahooo

    One down … how many to go?

    • vidiot 1.1

      121 or is that 122 ? That’s the problem with MMP, they just keep on rolling down the list.

  2. vidiot 2

    Break out the bubbly.

  3. gobsmacked 3

    Interesting timing.

    Now he will be seen by the public as resigining because of Text-gate (sorry). Even though one suspects the police investigation has rather more to do with it.

  4. Oh thank goodness for that.

    Right…. next story please 🙂

    • Merlin 4.1

      agreed.. almost..

      Key still hasn’t said why he fired Worth in the first place.

      Anyway, if there’s a prosecution I’m afraid we’re going to see much more of Worth. Key could even be called as a witness. Apparently, he was at the party were Key took the woman and national party staffers were invovled in taking her to the party then the hotel.

  5. thomas forow 5

    Looks like a by-election humiliation of National tomorrow
    “It was all worth’s fault”

  6. gobsmacked 6

    Worth’s statement: “It is impossible to defend oneself in the public and political arena against hearsay, character assassination and scuttlebutt.”

    Really? “No, I didn’t” is usually a pretty good start.

  7. andy 7

    Its all Phil Goffs fault !!1111!!11

    /snark

    Dr Worth said in the statement he was finding it impossible to defend himself in the public and political arena because of the character assassination.

    When you go to ground and don’t return calls, it makes it impossible to defend anything.

  8. gobsmacked 8

    A few weeks later, on page 13:

    “Sir Richard Worth has been appointed Ambassador to the Bahamas. John Key denied there had been any trade-off …”

    • mike 8.1

      ah-ah GS, that was the previous PM who let them come back after time on the naughty mat. JK has got principles

  9. Anita 9

    Now we’re only one Nat away from the bigotry and prejudice of Stephen Franks. I’m not feeling much further ahead.

    • Maynard J 9.1

      That was my first thought too. I heard he was not interested any more. I hope that is the case.

  10. Helen 10

    Immigration fraud seems to be a regular sideline for Labour Party MPs and members but surely, pimping them has to be a new low, even by Labour standards.

  11. lprent 11

    Have to say that this is classic PR. Release an announcement after 4pm on friday on the eve of a by-election

    • I was wondering what they’d try and dump today. I didn’t think it would be a political corpse.

      Captcha: smooth egotism

      • George D 11.1.1

        It’s not likely to help Lee though, is it?

        • Anita 11.1.1.1

          Oh good lord, it never even occurred to me that they might be trying to help Lee she seems to have been well and truly set adrift.

          (For reasons, I hope, of tiredness I wrote “set alight” 🙂 )

        • mike 11.1.1.2

          No trev the muss has done that by accusing (and abusing) her of parking in a disabled park at the last candidates meeting only to later find that it was a disabled staffer of Lees’s. Nice one trev – stick to picking on smaller men you muppet

          [lprent: note the auto-moderation on things Mt Albert in the top post]

    • Daveski 11.2

      And if you read it backwards it says John Key is Satan 🙂

      In fairness, I think you’ll also find that the timing reflect the end of his period of leave but I agree your version of events is much more interesting if not accurate.

      • Anita 11.2.1

        I think the leave was intended to end on Monday night (he resigned on a Monday night) meaning he’d be back off leave for the caucus meeting on Tuesday morning that everyone’s been asking Key and Worth about.

      • Daveski 11.2.2

        No mention of any conspiracies here although Audrey Young does note that “[t]he timing is right”.

  12. Kevin Welsh 12

    Earth to tsmithfield, this is the mothership, ready for pickup…

    • IrishBill 12.1

      He’s been banned for a fortnight for excruciating dullness (note: it’s our blog and I can ban for any reason I want).

      • andy 12.1.1

        Bugger, I needed a Friday evening laugh. Can you un ban him or get Tim or Ginger set me straight on how hard done by Worth is and how Goff should resign for………… something!!!11!!!

        Shorter John Key: Nothing to see here, move on.

        Bwahahahaha!!

      • Daveski 12.1.2

        That means I’m out for 4 then 🙂

    • doc whose asking 12.2

      Goodness me, KW, that mention of ‘mother’ sprung Hakeswill to mind..

      Hakeswill.? Crazy (murderous) scoundrel sergeant capable of any position anywhere anytime in the business of numero uno. Appears in the TV drama version of Bernard Cornwell’s Wellington campaigns in Portugal and Spain early 19th century.

      Aside from the bracketed out (above) a not-too dissimilar parallel to you own..

  13. Pascal's bookie 13

    Plenty of five dollar lawyer phraseology in there but no denials of what he’s been accused of in all this hearsay and rumour he’s moaning about. Should be fairly simple to say that he wasn’t acting sleazy, or that it was mutual, or than all this wasn’t going on in the context of job offers.

    The closest he gets is this:

    Like most of us, if we are honest, I may at times during my life have said and done things which, when analysed in the cold light of day, may seem to have been unwise

    Not exactly the affidavit he promised Key is it.

    In another thread I suggested a scenario:

    I wonder if Key asked Worth for the affidavit when this blew up last week and Worth wouldn’t sign it?

    Getting the affidavit would cover Key about his ‘investigation’ of the claims. If a request for the affidavit was refused, the investigation amounted to key being suckered by Worth.

    Refusing to give a promised affidavit denying the allegations would most definitely be a sacking offense, and would explain both the lack of any public denials from Worth, and Key’s reticence about the proximate reason for Worth’s sacking.

    Just a theory, but it’s only got the one bit of conjecture in it, and it accounts for everyone’s behaviour.

    Still seems consistent with all the facts as we know them to me, and there is only one conjectured conversation in there. Key’s question and Worth’s response, key would have been wise to ask that question, and Worth seems very reluctant to make the denials. So I don’t think it’s outrageous conjecture.

    Key should have gotten that affidavit back in early May, or sacked him then. The right has dragged everyone through the mud to prevent Key from having to have the meeting with the complainant that he should have had when the complaint was made.

    • Pascal's bookie 13.1

      Today’s dom:

      The Dominion Post understands that Mr Key’s hand was forced by the discovery during investigations by his office into the Korean woman’s complaints that Dr Worth had misled him over other matters.

      Dr Worth is understood to have admitted, when challenged, that he had misled Mr Key.

      http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/2499885/Worth-forced-PMs-hand

      Looks more and more like Worth wouldn’t provide that affidavit, which would have made key look like a right nonce. Hence all the quietness from Worth re denials, and Key re why he sacked him.

  14. thomas fortow 14

    Earth to tsmithfield, this is the mothership, ready for pickup

    Now that is funny

  15. thomas forrow 15

    Can’t spell my name
    I give up

    • felix 15.1

      That’s alright mate, tsmithfield has been trying for two weeks to spell “LOOKOVERTHERE” and he still hasn’t got it right once.

  16. logie97 16

    Possible conversation in a Remuera Wine Bar this evening between members of an electorate committee
    “That’s step 2 accomplished. Richard’s finally out of the way. No blood spilt.
    Now we can stand our preferred candidate and take the seat back next time…”

    • Anita 16.1

      IMO National winning Epsom in 2011 is probably the only thing that would guarantee Key is a one term PM.

      Melissa Lee for Epsom?

      [lprent: Oh evil thought. Mind you it’d give a lot of room for a Labour candidate. ]

      • Lew 16.1.1

        Anita,

        Melissa Lee for Epsom?

        This is exactly what I thought when I heard some talking heads a week or so on about how Worth would have to resign and they’d have trouble finding another candidate as unelectable as him.

        L

  17. Craig Glen Eden 17

    Well done us wicked/evil/ vile lefties. Lees turn tomorrow.

    Just think what we could do if we really had a honey pot. The world would be or oyster. OOps I forgot Comrade Helen is leading that charge aye. Wait till Whale Oil realizes Key is working for us and its all part of our greater plan.
    aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaghh.

    Sorry I got a bit carried away there for a bit but hey, I have been forced to read so much wingnut crap in the last days I just could not help it.

    [lprent: banned word for 24 hours]

    • Haha

      Good point about Key. I wonder which side he is on? Is he really that incompetent or is he a communist sleeper ready to bring down the once proud right wing National party?

      Maybe his early years in a state house has (gasp) corrupted him?

  18. burt 18

    Did you all see how it was done – he brought disrepute onto his party and parliament and he was gone – no inquires that exonerated him, no natural justice because the police haven’t laid charges and no garden leave over 18 months while his vote was still being used.

    Congrats to National.

  19. andy 19

    But in reality, John Key himself sealed Worth’s fate, not Labour.

    Key is the one who said Worth was not fit to serve as one of his ministers. Until now he has not said why.

    When Key said yesterday he had washed his hands of Worth, that meant one thing: he did not want him in his caucus.

    It is unlikely that Key would have been that dismissive of a constituency Member of Parliament, whatever his sins.

    ……..

    But among the claims and counter-claims about the conversation between Key and Goff on the May 6 allegation, the one thing that rings true was Key saying (according to Goff’s notes) that Worth did not get the job of Speaker because there had been rumours about him.

    I have heard that myself from National sources though, I hasten to add, not from Key.

    Audrey Has an interesting blog..

    As Trump used to say ‘ Your Fired’

  20. RedLogix 20

    Thank Christ… it may be safe to blog again without the feeling of just plunging into a badly maintained oxidation pond.

  21. gobsmacked 21

    Here’s a teaser for y’all (and yes, it is on topic):

    Who spoke at his party’s conference, arguing for the traditional Green idea of looking beyond GDP for a society’s goals? He proposed a remit for “the creation of a genuine progress indicator to measure the true wealth of our society”.

    “GDP is useful but flawed as a measure of society’s wellbeing … counting the unsustainable depletion of our wealth as a positive is simply bad accounting.”

    Instead, he wanted security, equity, free time, voluntary work, educational attainment and the environment counted in as indicators of wellbeing.

    But his ideas were dismissed by his party members as “socialism by stealth”.

    Who do you think holds these leftie greenie views?

  22. Jasper 22

    I guess this means that Pontius John was single handedly responsible for the resurrection of Cam Calder then.

  23. ghostwhowalks 23

    Judge Kent, a federal district court judge from Texas, pleaded guilty in February to obstruction of justice for lying to officials who were investigating sexual harassment charges against him. As part of a plea deal, he admitted that he had had nonconsensual sexual contact with two female court employees. He was sentenced to up to 33 months in prison and is scheduled to enter jail next week.

    Worth has got off very very lightly

    • burt 23.1

      ghostwhowalks

      “nonconsensual “ is not a word people use accidentally. Do you not understand it’s relevance in the sentencing of a criminal charge vs the current state where police are still investigating ‘something’?

      If you think he has ‘got off’ then you seem to be implying that it’s all done and dusted. If it’s done and dusted and he has not been prosecuted for crimes sufficient to serve jail time then why not? We are not doing this ‘not in the public interest’ thing again are we?

  24. John Dalley 24

    If John Key thinks the Worth saga is going to go away, i would suggest that he has “another think coming” John Key’s big mouth has left more questions unanswered than has been answered.
    When you can only see the tips of the shoes from all the Brown Nosing by Audrey Young and John Armstrong in this mornings Herald it beggars belief that these two are termed “credible Journalists” a two year old could write better articles.

  25. Pat 25

    Spot The Bullshit Competition – From Phil Goff’s appearance on Breakfast on 4 June:

    This morning Labour leader Phil Goff told TV1’s Breakfast that he had approached John Key four to six weeks ago concerning what appeared to be a sex for favours approach Dr Worth had made to a Labour party member, half his age and married.

    Mr Goff says the allegations were verifiable, and had emails and call logs of inappropriate communications, which included sordid holiday invitations and requests involving see-through clothing.

    http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/worth-scandal-brings-goff-back-relevance-103291

    • Pascal's bookie 25.1

      Yawn.

      So why’d Worth get sacked and then resign from Parliament without ever once publicly denying anything Goff said?

      Keep up mate.

      • Ianmac 25.1.1

        Why hasn’t the forthright Key explained the exit of Worth?
        In Parliament will John get away with saying Worth is no longer an MP so lets move on?
        Will the Opposition still have the right to question the PM’s actions?
        By the way. Is it possible that a Key Staff member leaked the Goff call to the Press?
        Tune in next Tuesday for the next……

      • Anita 25.1.2

        No matter which way I hold it Worth’s resignation always reads as an admission of non-criminal wrong-doing. He staunchly defends against allegations of criminality, but he admins to acting in a way “may seem to have been unwise” and doesn’t defend against any claims that his actions were unethical or wrong.

        • Pat 25.1.2.1

          In other words, as the wail put it, he is a serial rooter who has been caught with his pants down. Nothing illegal, but conduct unbecoming of a Minister (although such behaviour is not unique to Worth!)

      • burt 25.1.3

        PB

        see: http://www.thestandard.org.nz/richard-worth-has-resigned-as-mp/#comment-140253

        If there is a criminal case then hopefully it will be in the public interest to prosecute. If it is not however, will all here on the standard be saying it’s OK and he should have his job back now?

        • Pascal's bookie 25.1.3.1

          Burt, he got sacked and then quit parliament, apparently to avoid all sorts of disrepute falling on the National party. No one knows what any of it was about because neither Key nor himself are prepared to talk about it. What are you on about?

          • burt 25.1.3.1.1

            Pascal’s bookie

            What am I on about, here is a sample.
            Hat-tip to All About Hawkes Bay.

            June 28, 2000 – Dover Samuels

            Sacked from the Maori Affairs portfolio by Prime Minister Helen Clark, who said he could not be effective while “allegations, controversy and public debate swirl around him’. Mr Samuels, who faced allegations of sexual misconduct, had refused to resign. A police investigation ended without charges being laid and in August 2002 Mr Samuels was made a minister outside Cabinet.

            October 31, 2000 – Ruth Dyson.

            Resigned from Cabinet after failing a breath test while driving home from the Beehive in October 2000. She was fined $600, lost her licence for six months, and returned to Cabinet in June 2001.

            February 23, 2001 – Marian Hobbs and Phillida Bunkle (Alliance)

            Resigned from ministerial positions following investigations into claiming out-of-town allowances while enrolled on the Wellington Central electoral roll. Ms Hobbs came back into Cabinet at the end of the investigation. Ms Bunkle, an Alliance minister outside Cabinet, never regained her job.

            July 23, 2003 – Harry Duynhoven.

            Had his ministerial powers temporarily suspended after inadvertently breaking electoral law by renewing his Dutch citizenship. Parliament passed legislation to ensure that Mr Duynhoven did not have to quit as an MP. He retains his ministerial roles.

            February 20, 2004 – Lianne Dalziel.

            Forced to resign from Cabinet when she misled NZPA over whether she knew who leaked documents about a controversial immigration case to the media. Later returned to Cabinet and still serves as a minister.

            May 16, 2005 – David Benson-Pope.

            Stood down as associate education minister after TV3 News reported five former students of Dunedin’s Bayfield High School had come forward to back allegations that as a teacher he tied boys’ hands together and jammed tennis balls into their mouths, and once smacked a pupil with the back of his hand, making his nose bleed. Police said there was conflicting evidence and decided it was not in the public interest to lay charges. Mr Benson-Pope returned to his job despite fierce criticism from the Opposition over the allegations and how his story had changed as he defended them.

            October 19, 2005 – Taito Phillip Field

            Before the 2005 election Mr Field faced allegations he took bribes and used illegal workers to work on his homes in exchange for visa assistance. His appointments lapsed on October 19, following the election, and he was never reinstated to Cabinet. Police took up the case and he was thrown out of Labour after he threatened to stand as an independent. Now facing corruption charges.

            March 20, 2006 – David Parker

            Resigns as Attorney-General as the Companies Office launches an investigation into whether he filed proper returns in relation to a company. A day later he resigns his transport and energy portfolios. However the Companies Office clears him of doing anything wrong and he is later reinstated as energy, climate change and land information minister.

            August 29, 2008 – Winston Peters

            Stands down as Foreign Affairs, Racing and Associate Senior Citizens Minister after the Serious Fraud Office launches an investigation into undeclared donations to NZ First. Prime Minister Helen Clark becomes acting minister in those portfolios. No charges laid.

  26. Pat 26

    To allow him to answer the questions fully, can Key read out the texts in parliament?

    • burt 26.1

      Pat

      Great idea.

      • Pascal's bookie 26.1.1

        Only if you find demands for evidence more convincing than denials. I think, absent a denial, such demands are highly suspicious.

        It’s quite simple, the allegations have been made in a statement to the house. Worth apparently told Key that if such allegations were made he would deny them in an affidavit. Instead of doing that, he quit parliament moaning about the allegations but not denying them. Shifting the goalposts now and asking for the evidence to made public is just pathetic and pointless.

        But knock yourself out.

      • Anita 26.1.2

        What would that achieve? Worth has resigned from Parliament, whether because of these allegations or others he has accepted his position is untenable.

      • burt 26.1.3

        As long as allegations of harassment are in the court of public opinion the evidence should be in the court of public opinion. Goff could have arranged a very discrete way to have this dealt with, he did not. He released ‘teaser’ details of the txt’s and also described two of the woman involved.

        What is acceptable about the way Goff handled this? If there was harassment then Goff should be absolutely ashamed of himself. He should acknowledge his blatant political point scoring on the back somebodies misery as conduct unbecoming an MP and resign forthwith.

        (Disclosure: I have a vested interest on iPredict for Goff to be replaced as party leader this year)

  27. Pat 27

    Has Goff responded to the Choudary complainant’s request for a personal meeting yet?

    • Anita 27.1

      I’m not sure why Goff would need to reply to someone’s request for a meeting with Key, but anyhow.

      I think the sequence of events went like this:

      1) Key said he would not meet Choudary
      2) Key said he would not meet Choudary unless she gave him prior access to the txts
      3) Some of txts were released to the media (giving prior access to Key)
      4) Key still wouldn’t meet with Choudary
      5) Choudary accepted that Key wouldn’t meet her and wrote him a letter
      6) All National’s loyal henchbloggers did their level best to smear Choudary
      7) With some limited success
      8) Key announced that he had received the letter and now “washed his hands” of Worth
      9) Worth resigned, releasing his resignation into the deadest part of the news cycle.

      What did I miss?

      • Anita 27.1.1

        Edit has vanished, so I can’t turn 8) into 8 )

        Ah well 🙂

      • Pascal's bookie 27.1.2

        Pat, I think, is talking about a complainant in the immigration fraud case who wanted to meet with Goff to explain her character. Why this is relevant is anyone’s guess, I think it’s covered in 6).

  28. Ianmac 28

    Before Ms Choudry’s “case” was the other stuff and that other stuff may be apart from the Korean woman, so what is/was it? Why not answer that regardless of the strength of the Choudry one?

    Catchpa: deep pitts

    • burt 28.1

      It’s like digging through Winston’s donation declarations, or digging into dirty old Dover’s past isn’t it. You just wonder how much you will find if you were ever given the chance to hold the prick(s) accountable. I guess we move on, no charges will be laid.

      • r0b 28.1.1

        I’m not so interested in digging into personal pasts Burt, but the activities of parties should be much more transparent.

        Things like ACT’s dodgy electoral returns, ACT’s coalition slush fund, National’s secret trusts, just for example.

        I think one of the best ways to clean up the system is public funding of political parties – ban all private donations and influence buying…

  29. Pascal's bookie 29

    ACT’s coalition slush fund

    Yeah. That’s weird isn’t it? How much is that costing and who’s paying?

    Seeing the coalition agreement is between two political parties, and the funding is for the ACT party to do research into whatever it likes as part of the return for guaranteed votes for C&S, one would think it would be the National party doing the paying? Which is slightly dodgy in a votes for cash kind of way. If it’s the Crown that’s doing the paying, what budget is coming out of, and isn’t that just the crown funding the ACT party for things ACT should be funding itself?

    Who would I direct an OIA request at to find out the answers to some of these mysteries? Any ideas? the press doesn’t even seem aware of it, let alone interested.

    • r0b 29.1

      How much is that costing and who’s paying?

      On the first I have no idea. On the second, why ye and me and the rest of the dumb ‘ol taxpayers are paying PB.

      Who would I direct an OIA request at to find out the answers to some of these mysteries? Any ideas?

      I would suggest dropping I/S an email, he seems to be an expert at this kind of thing, and he first raised the issue.

  30. Artie S 30

    The frivolity is over at last. Richard Worth takes himself seriously, but he failed to take his role in Parliament seriously enough.

    It is disappointing that John Key thought enough of Worth to make him a minister, but then not be able to motivate him to higher things.

    Worth actually had an opportunity to press on. There is still not much confirmed evidence to suggest anything approaching a caucus sacking. Philanderers are nothing new in Parliament. How well we remember the preamble to the demise of Donald Brash, but at the time he was a prospective prime minister.

    Anyway Key has successfully blown a weak and junior minister out of the water. It will be interesting to see how he copes when a more senior minister gets into strife!

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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on how moderates empower the political right
    Struth, what a week. Having made sure the rural sector won’t have to pay any time soon for its pollution, PM Christopher Luxon yesterday chose Fieldays 2024 to launch a parliamentary inquiry into rural banking services, to see how the banks have been treating farmers faced with high interest rates. ...
    2 days ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Thursday, June 13
    In April, 17,656 people left Aotearoa-NZ to live overseas, averaging 588 a day, with just over half of those likely to have gone to Australia. Photo: Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Thursday, June 13 ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Our guide to having your say on the draft RLTP 2024
    Auckland’s draft Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP) 2024 is open for feedback – and you only have until Monday 17 June to submit. Do it! Join the thousands of Aucklanders who are speaking up for wise strategic investment that will dig us out of traffic and give us easy and ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    3 days ago
  • The China puzzle
    Chinese Premier Li Qiang arrives in Wellington today for a three-day visit to the country. The visit will take place amid uncertainty about the future of the New Zealand-China relationship. Li hosted a formal welcome and then lunch for then-Prime Minister Chris Hipkins in Beijing a year ago. The pair ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    3 days ago
  • Fossil fuels are shredding our democracy
    This is a re-post of an article from the Climate Brink by Andrew Dessler published on June 3, 2024. I have an oped in the New York Times (gift link) about this. For a long time, a common refrain about the energy transition was that renewable energy needed to become ...
    3 days ago
  • Life at 20 kilometres an hour
    We are still in France, getting from A to B.Possibly for only another week, though; Switzerland and Germany are looming now. On we pedal, towards Budapest, at about 20 km per hour.What are are mostly doing is inhaling a country, loving its ways and its food. Rolling, talking, quietly thinking. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    3 days ago
  • Hipkins is still useless
    The big problem with the last Labour government was that they were chickenshits who did nothing with the absolute majority we had given them. They governed as if they were scared of their own shadows, afraid of making decisions lest it upset someone - usually someone who would never have ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Exercising with the IDF.
    This morning I did something I seldom do, I looked at the Twitter newsfeed. Normally I take the approach of something that I’m not sure is an American urban legend, or genuinely something kids do over there. The infamous bag of dog poo on the front porch, set it on ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Helm Hammerhand Anime: First Pictures and an Old English ‘Hera’
    We have some news on the upcoming War of the Rohirrim anime. It will apparently be two and a half hours in length, with Peter Jackson as Executive Producer, and Helm’s daughter Hera will be the main character. Also, pictures: The bloke in the middle picture is Freca’s ...
    3 days ago
  • Farmers get free pass on climate AND get subsidies
    The cows will keep burping and farting and climate change will keep accelerating - but farmers can stop worrying about being included in the ETS. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Wednesday, June 12 were:The ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Six ideas to secure Te Huia’s Future
    This is a guest post by our friend Darren Davis. It originally appeared on his excellent blog, Adventures in Transitland, which features “musings about public transport and other cool stuff in Aotearoa/ New Zealand and around the globe.” With Te Huia now having funding secure through to 2026, now is ...
    Greater AucklandBy Darren Davis
    4 days ago
  • The methane waka sinks
    In some ways, there may be less than meets the eye to the Government announcement yesterday that the He Waka Eke Noa proposal for farmers to pay for greenhouse gas emissions has been scrapped. The spectre of farmers still having to pay at some point in the future remains. That, ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    4 days ago
  • At a glance – Does positive feedback necessarily mean runaway warming?
    On February 14, 2023 we announced our Rebuttal Update Project. This included an ask for feedback about the added "At a glance" section in the updated basic rebuttal versions. This weekly blog post series highlights this new section of one of the updated basic rebuttal versions and serves as a ...
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: Farmers get what they wanted – for now
    Since entering office, National has unravelled practically every climate policy, leaving us with no effective way of reducing emissions or meeting our emissions budgets beyond magical thinking around the ETS. And today they've announced another step: removing agriculture entirely. At present, following the complete failure of he waka eka noa, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Presumed Innocent?
    The blue billionaireDistraction no interactionOr movement outside these glazed over eyesThe new great divideFew fight the tide to be glorifiedBut will he be satisfied?Can we accept this without zoom?The elephant in the roomNot much happens in politics on a Monday. Bugger all in fact. Although yesterday Christopher Luxon found he ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on our doomed love affair with oil and gas
    What if New Zealand threw a fossil fuel party, and nobody came? On the weekend, Resources Minister Shane Jones sent out the invitations and strung up the balloons, but will anyone really want to invest big time in resuming oil and gas exploration in our corner of the planet? Yes, ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    5 days ago
  • Building better housing insights
    This is a guest post by Meredith Dale, senior urban designer and strategist at The Urban Advisory. There’s a saying that goes something like: ‘what you measure is what you value’. An RNZ article last week claimed that Auckland was ‘hurting’ because of a more affordable supply of homes, particularly townhouses ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    5 days ago
  • Putin would be proud of them
    A Prime Minister directs his public service to inquire into the actions of the opposition political party which is his harshest critic. Something from Orban's Hungary, or Putin's Russia? No, its happening right here in Aotearoa: Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has announced the Public Service Commission will launch an ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Resources for debunking common solar and wind myths
    This is a repost from a Yale Climate Connections article by SueEllen Campbell published on June 3, 2024. The articles listed can help you tell fact from fiction when it comes to solar and wind energy. Some statements you hear about solar and wind energy are just plain false. ...
    5 days ago
  • Juggernaut
    Politics were going on all around us yesterday, and we barely noticed, rolling along canal paths, eating baguettes. It wasn’t until my mate got to the headlines last night that we learned there had been a dismayingly strong far right result in the EU elections and Macron had called a ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • Numbers Game.
    Respect Existence, Or Expect Resistance? There may well have been 50,000 pairs of feet “Marching For Nature” down Auckland’s Queen Street on Saturday afternoon, but the figure that impresses the Coalition Government is the 1,450,000 pairs of Auckland feet that were somewhere else.IN THE ERA OF DRONES and Artificial Intelligence, ...
    5 days ago
  • Media Link: AVFA on post-colonial blowback.
    Selwyn Manning and I discuss varieties of post colonial blowback and the implications its has for the rise of the Global South. Counties discussed include Palestine/Israel, France/New Caledonia, England/India, apartheid/post-apartheid South Africa and post-colonial New Zealand. It is a bit … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    5 days ago
  • Policy by panic
    Back in March, Ombudsman Peter Boshier resigned when he hit the statutory retirement age of 72, leaving the country in the awkward (and legally questionable) position of having him continue as a temporay appointee. It apparently took the entire political system by surprise - as evinced by Labour's dick move ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • PSA: NZ's Richest Company, Zuru, Sucks
    Hi,Today the New Zealand press is breathlessly reporting that the owners of toy company Zuru are officially New Zealand’s wealthiest people: Mat and Nick Mowbray worth an estimated $20 billion between them.While the New Zealand press loses its shit celebrating this Kiwi success story, this is a Webworm reminder that ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    6 days ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Monday, June 10
    TL;DR: The six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty in the past day to 8:36 pm on Monday, June 10 were:20,000 protested against the Fast-track approval bill on Saturday in Auckland, but PM Christopher Luxon says ‘sorry, but not sorry’ about the need for ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • In Defence of Kāinga Ora
    Given the headlines around the recent findings of the ‘independent’ review of Kāinga Ora by Bill English, you might assume this post will be about social housing, Kāinga Ora’s most prominent role. While that is indeed something that requires defending, I want to talk about the other core purpose of ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    6 days ago
  • Baby You're A Rich Man
    “How does it feel to beOne of the beautiful peopleNow that you know who you areWhat do you want to beAnd have you traveled very far?Far as the eye can see”Yesterday the ACT party faithful were regaled with craven boasts, sneers, and demands for even more at their annual rally.That ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Stopping a future Labour government from shutting down gas exploration
    A defiant Resources Minister Shane Jones has responded to Saturday’s environmental protests by ending Labour’s offshore oil exploration ban and calling for long-term contracts with any successful explorers. The purpose would be to prevent a future Labour Government from reversing any licence the explorers might hold. Jones sees a precedent ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #23
    A listing of 32 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, June 2, 2024 thru Sat, June 8, 2024. Story of the week Our Story of the Week is Yale Climate Connection's Resources for debunking common solar and wind myths, by ...
    6 days ago
  • Fission by the river
    This is where we ate our lunch last Wednesday. Never mind your châteaux and castles and whatnot, we like to enjoy a baguette in the shadow of a nuclear power plant; a station that puts out more than twice as much as Manapouri using nothing more than tiny atoms to bring ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    7 days ago
  • Fact Brief – Is the ocean acidifying?
    Skeptical Science is partnering with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. This fact brief was written by John Mason in collaboration with members from the Gigafact team. You can submit claims you think need checking via the tipline. Is the ocean acidifying? Acidification of oceans ...
    1 week ago
  • 20,000+ on Queen St.
    The largest protest I ever went on was in the mid 90s. There were 10,000 people there that day, and I’ve never forgotten it. An enormous mass of people, chanting together. Stretching block after block, bringing traffic to a halt.But I can’t say that’s the biggest protest I’ve ever been ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Josh Drummond's Columns
    Hi there,I wanted to put all of Josh Drummond’s Webworm pieces all in one place. I love that he writes for Webworm — and all of these are a good read!David.Why Are So Many “Christians” Hellbent on Being Horrible?Why do so many objectively hideous people declare themselves “Christian”?Meeting the Master ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • Bernard’s Saturday soliloquy and weekend Pick ‘n’ Mix for June 8/9
    Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: On reflection, the six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty this week were:The Government-driven freeze in building new classrooms, local roads and water networks in order to save cash for tax cuts is frustrating communities facing massive population ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The no-vision thing
    Hello! Here comes the Saturday edition of More Than A Feilding, catching you up on the past somewhat interrupted week. Still on the move!Share Read more ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • When Journalists are Disingenuous
    Hi,One of the things I like the most about Webworm is to be able to break down the media and journalism a little, and go behind the scenes.This is one of those times.Yesterday an email arrived in my inbox from journalist Jonathan Milne, who is managing editor at Newsroom.I don’t ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • Me, elsewhere: Just say you’ll do the thing
    Wrote something over at 1/200 on a familiar theme of mine: The way we frame the economy as a separate, sacred force which must be sacrificed to, the way we talk about criminals as invaders who must be repelled, the constant othering of people on the benefit, people not in ...
    Boots TheoryBy Stephanie Rodgers
    1 week ago
  • A Voyage Among the Vandals: Accepted
    A nice bit of news today: my 4600-word historical fantasy-horror piece, A Voyage Among the Vandals, has been accepted by Phobica Books (https://www.phobicabooks.co.uk/books) for their upcoming Pirate Horror anthology, Shivering Timbers. This one is set in the Mediterranean, during the mid-fifth century AD. Notable for having one of history’s designated ...
    1 week ago
  • Ministerial conflicts of interest
    Since the National government came to power, it has been surrounded by allegations of conflicts of interest. Firstly, there's the fast-track law, which concentrates power in the hands of three Ministers, some of whom have received donations from companies whose projects they will be deciding on. Secondly, there's the close ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The 2024 Budget Forecasts Are Gloomy Prognosis About The Next Three Years.
    There was no less razzamatazz about the 2024 Budget than about earlier ones. Once again the underlying economic analysis got lost. It deserves more attention.Just to remind you, the Budget Economic and Fiscal Update (BEFU), is the Treasury’s independent assessment and so can be analysed by other competent economists (although ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 week ago
  • A government that can't see twenty feet ahead
    There are two failings that consistently characterise a National government. One is a lack of imagination, the other is their willingness to look after their mates, no matter what harm it might do to everyone else.This is how we come to have thousands of enormous trucks carving up our roads. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • A post I hope is incorrect
    In May, we learned that National MP David MacLeod had "forgotten" to declare $178,000 in electoral donations. Filing a donation return which is false in any material particular is a crime, and the Electoral Commission has now referred MacLeod to police, since they're the only people who are allowed to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Māori Cannot Re-Write New Zealand’s Constitution By Stealth.
    The Kotahitanga Parliament 1897: A Māori Parliament – at least in the guise of a large and representative body dedicated to describing the shape of New Zealand’s future from a Māori perspective – would be a very good idea.THE DEMAND for a “Māori Parliament” needs to be carefully unpicked. Some Pakeha, ...
    1 week ago
  • Cowpats and Colonials.
    Dumbtown, is how my friend Gerard refers to people like ZB listeners - he’s not wrong.Normally on a Friday I start by looking at Mike Hosking’s moronic reckons of the week which he vomits down the throats of his audience like helpless baby birds in a nest, grateful for the ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Gordon Campbell on cutting the sick leave of vulnerable workers
    Should sick leave be part and parcel of the working conditions from Day One on the job, just like every other health and safety provision? Or should access to sick leave be something that only gradually accumulates, depending on how long a worker has been on the payroll? If enacted ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    1 week ago
  • Nobody Move: Ageing Boomers, Laurie & Les, Talk Politics.
    So long as we live in a democracy, economic policy can never be anything other than social-democratic.“HEH!”, snorted Laurie, as he waved his debit card over the EFTPOS machine. “Same price as last week. I guess budgets aren’t what they used to be.”“I wouldn’t know,” replied the young barman, wearily, ...
    1 week ago
  • In Search Of Unity.
    Kotahitanga: New Zealand’s future belongs to those who do not fear a nation carved out of unity and solidarity, and are willing to trust the carvers. Some New Zealanders will be required to step up, and others, perhaps for the first time in their lives, will be expected to step ...
    1 week ago
  • Weekly Roundup 7-June-2024
    Welcome to another Friday roundup! Here are some recent links and stories that caught our eye, perfectly timed for your watercooler discussions and weekend reading. As always feel free to share more in the comments. Our header image this week is by Patrick Reynolds, and shows Te Komititanga from above. ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    1 week ago
  • The Hoon around the week to June 7
    As Workplace Relations and Safety Minister, ACT’s Brooke van Velden is fronting proposed changes to sick pay regulations and The Holiday Act. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers features talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent talking about the ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Did we boil the oceans by cutting pollution?
    Lowering aerosol emissions from shipping has altered clouds, with potentially drastic effects. Photo: Getty ImagesTL;DR: Here’s the top six news items of note in climate news for Aotearoa-NZ this week, and a discussion above between Bernard Hickey and The Kākā’s climate correspondent Cathrine Dyer:New evidence is increasingly pointing at efforts ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #23 2024
    Open access notables Abrupt reduction in shipping emission as an inadvertent geoengineering termination shock produces substantial radiative warming, Yuan et al., Communications Earth & Environment: Human activities affect the Earth’s climate through modifying the composition of the atmosphere, which then creates radiative forcing that drives climate change. The warming effect ...
    1 week ago
  • Fragments
    The best observation I’ve read this week about the deep, profound harm Trump is doingTrump has hurled threats and smears at witnesses, jurors and the judge (including his family)... [he] has tried to intimidate witnesses and delegitimize the New York courts as corrupt. In continuing to incite his mob (that ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • March for Nature
    Do do do do do do do doDo do do do do doDi di di di di di di di di di diNature enter me…In 2018 the Labour lead government banned new oil and gas exploration in Aotearoa. A change welcomed by those who care deeply for our environment and ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Bernard’s Dawn Chorus and pick ‘n’ mix for Thursday, June 6
    The Transport Minister is trying to push through urgent legislation that would allow him to change emissions standards for car imports without approval from Parliament, after only consulting car importers. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: Just as two major reports showed fossil fuel burning was warming the planet to dangerous levels and ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • A Better Broadway: Act 2
    This is a guest post by reader Grant A, the second of a pair about how to fix Broadway. If you missed the beginning of the show, here’s the link to Act 1 from yesterday. Yesterday, I discussed changing traffic circulation around Broadway in Newmarket. This included implementing a car-free ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    1 week ago
  • National breaks another health promise
    National has broken another manifesto health promise, apparently to save only $550,000. It will now train an additional 25 med students next year rather than the 50 it promised. This comes on top of the delays caused by National’s coalition partners in pushing ahead with the Waikato Medical School and ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • Climate Adam: Coping as the world’s best known climate scientist
    This video includes conclusions of the creator climate scientist Dr. Adam Levy. It is presented to our readers as an informed perspective. Please see video description for references (if any). Katharine Hayhoe is quite possibly the world's most famous climate scientist. She's produced wide ranging research, and communicated climate change with ...
    1 week ago

  • High Court Judge appointed
    Attorney-General Judith Collins today announced the appointment of Auckland King’s Counsel Gregory Peter Blanchard as a High Court Judge. Justice Blanchard attended the University of Auckland from 1991 to 1995, graduating with an LLB (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts (English). He was a solicitor with the firm that is now Dentons ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Health workforce numbers rise
    Health Minister Dr Shane Reti says new data released today shows encouraging growth in the health workforce, with a continued increase in the numbers of doctors, nurses and midwives joining Health New Zealand. “Frontline healthcare workers are the beating heart of the healthcare system. Increasing and retaining our health workforce ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government to overhaul firearms laws
    Associate Justice Minister Nicole McKee has today announced a comprehensive programme to reform New Zealand's outdated and complicated firearms laws. “The Arms Act has been in place for over 40 years. It has been amended several times – in a piecemeal, and sometimes rushed way. This has resulted in outdated ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government delivers landmark specialist schools investment
    The coalition Government is delivering record levels of targeted investment in specialist schools so children with additional needs can thrive. As part of Budget 24, $89 million has been ringfenced to redevelop specialist facilities and increase satellite classrooms for students with high needs. This includes: $63 million in depreciation funding ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Major health and safety consultation begins
    A substantial consultation on work health and safety will begin today with a roadshow across the regions over the coming months, says Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Brooke van Velden.  This the first step to deliver on the commitment to reforming health and safety law and regulations, set out in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Growing the potential of New Zealand’s forestry sector in partnership
    Forestry Minister Todd McClay, today announced the start of the Government’s plan to restore certainty and confidence in the forestry and wood processing sector. “This government will drive investment to unlock the industry’s economic potential for growth,” Mr McClay says. “Forestry’s success is critical to rebuilding New Zealand’s economy, boosting ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government cancels forestry ETS annual service charges for 2023-24
    Annual service charges in the forestry Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) will be cancelled for 2023/24, Forestry Minister Todd McClay says. “The sector has told me the costs imposed on forestry owners by the previous government were excessive and unreasonable and I agree,” Mr McClay says. “They have said that there ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Speech to the LGNZ Infrastructure Symposium
    Introduction Thank you for having me here today and welcome to Wellington, the home of the Hurricanes, the next Super Rugby champions. Infrastructure – the challenge This government has inherited a series of big challenges in infrastructure. I don’t need to tell an audience as smart as this one that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government boosts Agriculture and food trade with China
    Trade and Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard welcomed outcomes to boost agricultural and food trade between New Zealand and China. A number of documents were signed today at Government House that will improve the business environment between New Zealand and China, and help reduce barriers, including on infant formula ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • NZ and China launch Services Trade Negotiations
    Trade Minister Todd McClay, and China’s Commerce Minister Wang Wentao, today announced the official launch of Negotiations on Services Trade between the two countries.  “The Government is focused on opening doors for services exporters to grow the New Zealand’s economy,” Mr McClay says.  As part of the 2022 New Zealand-China Free Trade Agreement Upgrade ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Prime Minister Luxon meets with Premier Li
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon met with Chinese Premier Li Qiang at Government House in Wellington today.  “I was pleased to welcome Premier Li to Wellington for his first official visit, which marks 10 years since New Zealand and China established a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership,” Mr Luxon says. “The Premier and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government and business tackling gender pay gap
    The coalition Government is taking action to reduce the gender pay gap in New Zealand through the development of a voluntary calculation tool. “Gender pay gaps have impacted women for decades, which is why we need to continue to drive change in New Zealand,” Acting Minister for Women Louise Upston ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Funding Boost for Rural Support Trusts
    The coalition Government is boosting funding for Rural Support Trusts to provide more help to farmers and growers under pressure, Rural Communities Minister Mark Patterson announced today. “A strong and thriving agricultural sector is crucial to the New Zealand economy and one of the ways to support it is to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Latest data shows size of public service decreasing
    Spending on contractors and consultants continues to fall and the size of the Public Service workforce has started to decrease after years of growth, according to the latest data released today by the Public Service Commission. Workforce data for the quarter from 31 December 23 to 31 March 24 shows ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Speech to the Law Association
    Thank you to the Law Association for inviting me to speak this morning. As a former president under its previous name — the Auckland District Law Society — I take particular satisfaction in seeing this organisation, and its members, in such good heart. As Attorney-General, I am grateful for these ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • 25 years on, NZ reaffirms enduring friendship with Timor Leste
    New Zealand is committed to working closely with Timor-Leste to support its prosperity and resilience, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “This year is the 25th anniversary of New Zealand sending peacekeepers to Timor-Leste, who contributed to the country’s stabilisation and ultimately its independence,” Mr Peters says.    “A quarter ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Inquiry requested into rural banking
    Promoting robust competition in the banking sector is vital to rebuilding the economy, Finance Minister Nicola Willis says.  “New Zealanders deserve a banking sector that is as competitive as possible. Banking services play an important role in our communities and in the economy. Kiwis rely on access to lending when ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Ministry for Regulation targets red tape to keep farmers and growers competitive
    Regulation Minister David Seymour, Environment Minister Penny Simmonds, and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard have today announced a regulatory sector review on the approval process for new agricultural and horticultural products.    “Red tape stops farmers and growers from getting access to products that have been approved by other OECD countries. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government to reverse blanket speed limit reductions
    The Coalition Government will reverse Labour’s blanket speed limit reductions by 1 July 2025 through a new Land Transport Rule released for public consultation today, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  The draft speed limit rule will deliver on the National-ACT coalition commitment to reverse the previous government’s blanket speed limit ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Chair appointments for NZSO, CNZ and NZ On Air
    Minister Paul Goldsmith is making major leadership changes within both his Arts and Media portfolios. “I am delighted to announce Carmel Walsh will be officially stepping into the role of Chair of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, having been acting Chair since April,” Arts Minister Paul Goldsmith says.  “Carmel is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government focus on long-term food, fibre growth
    Food and fibre export revenue is tipped to reach $54.6 billion this year and hit a record $66.6b in 2028 as the Government focuses on getting better access to markets and cutting red tape, Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones say. “This achievement is testament ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Govt consulting on cutting red tape for exporters
    A new export exemption proposal for food businesses demonstrates the coalition Government’s commitment to reducing regulatory barriers for industry and increasing the value of New Zealand exports, which gets safe New Zealand food to more markets, says Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard.  “The coalition Government has listened to the concerns ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand and Philippines elevating relationship
    New Zealand and Philippines are continuing to elevate our relationship, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “The leaders of New Zealand and Philippines agreed in April 2024 to lift our relationship to a Comprehensive Partnership by 2026,” Mr Peters says. “Our visit to Manila this week has been an excellent ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Paid Parental Leave increase to help families
    Workplace Relations and Safety Minister, Brooke van Velden says paid parental leave increase from 1 July will put more money in the pockets of Kiwi parents and give them extra support as they take precious time off to bond with their newborns. The increase takes effect from 1 July 2024 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Defence increases UN Command commitment
    The number of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel deployed to the Republic of Korea is increasing, Defence Minister Judith Collins and Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today.  NZDF will deploy up to 41 additional personnel to the Republic of Korea, increasing the size of its contribution to the United ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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