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Right desperate to sully Clark legacy

Written By: - Date published: 10:41 am, February 8th, 2009 - 38 comments
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clark-and-flagWhen John Key was elected he was wise enough to be magnanimous in victory, acknowledging Helen Clark’s considerable skill and integrity throughout her term as one of our longest serving Prime Ministers.

Since that time however, Key’s underlings have begun another death by a thousands cuts campaign – this time on the public’s memory and perception of Clark’s time in office. They know Clark is just too popular and too highly respected by too many people to just come out with an overt slime campaign, so instead they manufacture mealy-mouthed oblique back-handers that do their best to sound balanced and reasonable without sounding like it’s just outright sour grapes.

Like Farrar’s “I have generally regarded Clark as an able political administrator – as have most of the public…. But I do have some concerns. To me the pre 2005 Helen Clark is different to the post 2005 Clark. I’m not sure what happened, but somewhere along the way Helen seemed to lose her previously reliable judgement.” Or Roughan’s “Clark good but not great”, a tragic Herald attempt to devalue Clark winning the Herald’s “Greatest Living New Zealander” poll. Or National’s backtracking about how Labour had managed the economy competently, but somehow accruing surpluses during times of prosperity in preparation for leaner times ahead was “irresponsible”. There are many more examples, but for a quick reference just skim through the lines being attempted by our resident trolls.

With 1000 Cuts campaigns it’s not about one king PR hit – each cut in itself seems fairly innocuous – it’s about sowing seeds of doubt then repeating the memes often enough that audiences start to assume they are true. They erode their targets slowly but inexorably.

So why can’t the right just leave Clark’s legacy be? Well, because they can’t afford to.

They know that in 30-odd months or so, the New Zealand public will be looking back wistfully at the Clark administration as a better time, with a PM that could always be trusted to be on top of her game, and trusted to lead with prudence and certainty – whether you liked her or not. In 2011 National can’t afford to be running against a party that gave New Zealand its greatest PM in living memory, especially when we’ll all have suffered a lot more economic hardship by then. For all his talents, Key’s dithering and inexperience against a backdrop of increasing social and economic turmoil won’t compare well to a nostalgic memory of Clark and Labour.

So for the right those memories really need to be poisoned before they take root. Expect a lot more revisionist histories from the right in the coming months and years.

38 comments on “Right desperate to sully Clark legacy”

  1. sweeetdisorder 1


    Are you really saying the 2011 election is going to be about the ghost of Helen Clark’s term as PM vrs National? So, you don’t really think the current Labour lot is much chop then if all they will do is hark back to the days of HC? Goff will utter nothing for the next 30 months but why everything was better under HC.

    Great game plan guys. See you in 2017 when you get tired of being in opposition and decide to go to the people on actual ideas.

  2. Felix 2

    Are you really saying the 2011 election is going to be about the ghost of Helen Clark’s term as PM vrs National?

    Are you really saying it won’t be an element?

  3. I think Helen will be among people like her at the UN, and wont be factor, if the world comes out of this crisis, the sitting Government will get back.

  4. felixthehousecat 4

    Felix, your rapier wit wins the argument, again.

  5. pdr 5

    First time I’ve commented here – but I think you’re over reading the situation wildly.

    I don’t think “the right” is desperate to do anything positive or negative to Clark’s legacy and that their view is pretty much along the line of Keys comments on her …. something along the lines of being a well respected PM and a patriotic NZer .. and from their interactions since the election they appear to actually get along pretty positively.

    I really think your chasing shadows on this.

  6. Nick C 6

    Or maybe the individual commentators are just stating their own opinion and arent a part of some vast right wing conspiricy to destory Clarks reputation?

  7. Daveski 7

    You make a reasonable point about the right (or at least some) trying to downplay Clark’s legacy. However, like a number of others here, you are just as guilty of sanctifying Clark.

    In many respects, she was a polarising figure not dissimilar to Muldoon. She was after all the best political operator since Muldoon.

    The NZH survey was not scientific – the election results more so.

    Sure Clark leaves a strong legacy in parts. In other parts (conveniently and consistently overlooked here), much less so. She let her own personality politics get in the way of building relationship with Maori. Even left wing commentators are commenting on the difference here.

    It’s hard to argue that Clark lost some of her mojo after 2005 – altho many here (as with your post) would see such a view as heretical. Her handling of Winston Peters alone shows that but wait for the revisionists to blame everyone but Clark.

    I’m NOT trying to damn Clark – I think she impressed all with her strength, leadership and intellect. She will fit in well at the UN. But the campaign to sanctify Clark and avoid any blemishes is nearly as bad as the KB campaign to denigrate her achievements.

  8. Felix 8

    Felix, your rapier wit wins the argument, again

    ??? It was a straightforward question. I see you trollin.

  9. IrishBill 9

    Sprout, while I agree the right desires to underplay Clark’s achievements I don’t think it’s by any means a concerted effort. Rather I think that a series of rightwing commentators have found themselves redundant in the face of a change of government and have shifted to their pre-election defaults.

    Their problem is that just as the left will have to cool its heels and wait for the honeymoon to finish with JK and co before they can start getting real traction on issues, any attempt to run down the opposition now is going to look stupid and mean. Quite a few right-wingers understand this (even DPF seems to have some basic sense of it) but when there’s column inches/posts to fill and they lack the imagination to take their argument elsewhere then they will continue to make these attacks.

    In dpf’s case the situation is compounded by the need to throw some meat to his dogs every so often for fear they permanently stray.

  10. felixthehousecat 10

    Don’t answer a Q with a Q Felix. Its bad manners eh bro.

    IrishBill: and you’re banned for a week.

  11. Mr Magoo 11

    Helen Clark was a brilliant politician. You can argue about whether you liked her or not, but it will never change that fact.

    Unfortunately the political game is not a nice one. Part of that is the fault of money and corruption, but a great part is simply the failure of our society – mainly in terms of apathy and greed. You cannot play nice and make it, it is just a fact. Idealists are punished with obscurity to the sound of a mocking media. (Look to the treatment of the greens for great examples of this in action – although I am not excluding them entirely from this net)

    In effect you do not rise to power without being compromised in some way along the way. Helen Clark was no different and it should not be held against her. I think her comment on the Lange/Roger situation in the past gives the best example I can think of:
    Helen Clark talking to Virginia Myers 1985:
    But I have a strong sense of self-preservation. I didn't come this far to be burnt out in a hail of gunfire.

    Now you can get on your wooden, armchair horse about how immoral this statement is and blah blah blah. But the reality is that had she not taken this line, most of us probably would not even remember her name. Most certainly she would never had made PM.

    If you want to achieve in politics you have to compromise. Your position (e.g. anything to do with Winston Peters), yourself (e.g. Lange/Anderton incident above) and even your party at times.

    This is because the alternative to getting most of what you want done is to get almost none of it done from a back bench or outside of parliment. While many people llike to delude themselves into pretending they live in a black and white world we do not. Relative morality IS the reality. Whether you acknowledge it or not you are certain to be using it everyday.

    The legacy of the last labour government is embodied by Helen Clark. When people go to the polls next, most will be comparing National’s term to the last political term. In fact this time it will be the only political term to draw comparisons from because it was SO LONG….
    To say that this will not be a factor is naive to the extreme. To say that the vast PR machine employed at great expense by National and Co. does not know this and is not doing something about it is just insulting to them.
    It may not be priority one of their plan, certainly not with managing all the fallout that this term will produce, but it will be in there.

    DISCLAIMER: I never voted for her or her party. Nor am I intending to in 2011 short of some sort of labour revolution which is about 99.9% unlikely.

  12. mike 12

    Turn the page lefties – hc was good for what she believed in, people got over her now shes gone. move on

  13. Clint 13

    Page is stuck, can only read 1999 – – 2008. Revisionist.

  14. rjs131 14

    “DISCLAIMER: I never voted for her or her party. Nor am I intending to in 2011 short of some sort of labour revolution which is about 99.9% unlikely.”

    Translation I vote Green

  15. higherstandard 15

    Who cares how Magoo votes – he’s dead on the money with his comment.

  16. Oxy 16

    You would think after your own “thousand cuts” smear campaign on John Key completely failed to fire you would realise the futility of such an effort. But no. Here you extol the virtues of ‘anything you can find’ co-ordinated smear campaign and in projecting it onto National reveal yourselves as the worst kind of conspiracy theorists: those who are trying to conspire amongst themselves and can’t help but believe those they smeared are doing the same.

    I think its about time to end “The Standard”. It has become a complete embaressment, without a single post of merit in several months.

    IrishBill: Why on earth do you think we care what you consider to be of merit? You can’t even spell “embarrassment”. Take a week ban for trolling/insulting the blog owners.

  17. marco 17

    Hmmm Oxy I was going to write something different until you jogged my memory. The very reason I didnt vote Labour was because I disagreed with their campaign of fear against John Key, they really alienated themselves from the public and showed how desperate they were to cling onto power.
    Complaining that the right are now doing the same thing is a bit like the pot calling the kettle black.
    Sprout you should perhaps lower the hipocrisy a little.

  18. Jimbo 18

    My own view is that it’s too early to talk about “Clark’s legacy”. Her legacy wasn’t “completed” when the last election was decided (good thing too – most of the electorate voted against her). We’ll only know what her legacy is when we see whether her policies work and/or survive the test of time.

  19. Adders 19

    “The very reason I didnt vote Labour was because I disagreed with their campaign of fear against John Key, they really alienated themselves from the public and showed how desperate they were to cling onto power.”

    Like National trying to make out Clark’s husband was gay? How desperate was that?

    How forgetful.

  20. Mr Magoo 20

    “DISCLAIMER: I never voted for her or her party. Nor am I intending to in 2011 short of some sort of labour revolution which is about 99.9% unlikely.’

    Translation I vote Green

    What’s funny is that you think this is a point worth making even if it were true.
    There is more than one left alternative and I am also Maori. I could also split votes.

    Of course as higherstandard has pointed out, my specific voting record does not validate or invalidate the points I made. The point of the disclaimer was merely to point out that I had not agreed with Helen or Labour to the point where I would vote for them at all and thus this was not motivated by blind devotion.
    On reflection it was probably redundant.

  21. Andy Freemand 21

    This is all very well and good. You have identified the techniques they’re going to use – so what will the left do to counter this?

    Nothing? Will we sit back and say, “Oh shit, we saw it coming and didn’t do anything.”

    Don’t just let the Tories set the agenda – you should use this forum to activate the left to change.

  22. Concerned of Tawa 22

    Oxy’s points about the double standards re Clark and Labours smear campaign against Key last year are completely valid and he receives a weeks ban.

    Any dissenting opinion on this blog is simply labelled trolling and promptly banned.


    [lprent: Read the Policy and figure it out. We ban for reasons – and they aren’t for having dissenting opinions. It pretty much comes down to acting like a dickhead with opinions that they cannot backup, attacking other commentators without having a point of argument, or attacking the people working on this site. Sometimes we will ban because someone is just a frigging nuisance to the moderators – they generate too much work. Generally anything that attempts to make this site deteriorate.
    If people want to do those kinds of things, then there are sites with comments sections dedicated to disruption.]

  23. Felix 23

    If you actually read Oxy’s comment and IB’s reply it’s very clear why he was banned and it’s nothing to do with dissenting opinion.

    Open your eyes, this blog is chock full of dissenting opinion.

  24. Chris G 24

    “Like National trying to make out Clark’s husband was gay?”

    Yeah or the NZ sucks campaign.. then upon taking office Key makes a youtube video in a salmon shirt harping on about how fantastic NZ is!

    We are a bit prone to amnesia arent we? The vid was unfortunately taken down.. pity I didnt download it.

  25. QoT 25

    CoT … at least five commenters have expressed disagreement on this very post and, stunningly, not been banned for their efforts. Of course, they could all be sockpuppets as yet undetected, but I doubt it.

  26. Tim Ellis 26

    I personally believe that Helen Clark has been the most masterful politician of her generation by a long degree. She dominated the Labour Party for the best part of two decades, and government for three terms. Among her own caucus and for a long time during her time in Parliament, she was peerless.

    But she also had some pretty major flaws, as all good leaders do. I pretty much agree with Magoo’s points in their entirety. Sure, some on the right want to demonise her and ignore her strong qualities, but that motivation is no less deserving than the attempts by some on the Left to deify her and ignore her weak points.

    I think she will make a strong contribution to the UN. I pity Phil Goff however. She has left him with a Party with no realistic leaders for the next ten years, and was such a driving force for the caucus in her own right that once she’s gone, he will never be PM.

  27. CH 27


    You have to remember that this place is run by card carrying commmies, labor party members and union officials. All of whom are very bitter that they no longer have an avenue to the levers of power.

    They have a very blinkered view of the world and in their own ways, at least as much as right wing religious fundies only their ‘religion’ is socialism, PC handwringing, anti-religious prejudice and central state control.

    IrishBill: and you have to remember that you comment as our guest on a server and site we pay for. Behave accordingly.

  28. Paul Robeson 28

    ahh Murray and CH… if we compare your ilk (Garrett, Hide and any number of the Nats depending on how well the gags are fastened..) to Helen it is only going to prove her legacy as one of the few genuine public servants New Zealand has had in the highest office.

    having just attended a church where the Kennedy assasination was attributed to a curse placed on him as a result of the sin of his father’s bootlegging during prohibition (a church with a congregation of around 800,000 you understand) I’ll take my chances with those who chose not to use this kind of logic to set government policies.

  29. vto 29

    I agree with Farrar, Clark is not one of NZ’s great PMs. She was certainly competent, but lost it at the end. Labour’s actual campaign of negativity and attack exemplified that lost nature.

    Sheesh Mr Irishbill, lots of banning. Seems like the authors and some posters can attack and abuse with reckless abandon, but cannot handle their own medicine in return.

    Kinda matches the actual thread..

  30. lprent 30

    vto: Look at it another way – great compared to whom? If you exclude sports-people (and I do) there really aren’t that many living great people around NZ, let alone great politicians dead or alive. It is a small country.

    Sure Helen isn’t a saint (and I’m sure that I know more about her flaws than most people). But the last really effective politician we had was Robert Muldoon. His heart was probably in the right place. But he was monumentally dangerous to our futures. That was more than 30 years ago.

    I never had much time for Lange because he wasn’t very competent. Holyoake was vaguely competent – but really didn’t do anything except avoid making decisions that had to be made. You have to look back to the 30’s and 40’s prior to that. Helen followed that policy of changing society incrementally and setting the pattern for the next 50 years. Even the Nat’s explicitly acknowledge that in their major policy – after all they are Labour-lite for a reason.

    Helen has been effective, worked toward a better future and got a good way towards it, and generally hasn’t screwed up in the long-term things that I value. The contrast to John Key with his meaningless phrases that he doesn’t seem to understand himself couldn’t be more striking.

    As for the banning. We’re getting the periodic influx of morons who don’t read the policy and think that they can just trash the place. We tend to run a pre-emptive strategy to educate them on their first troll-level comment.

    Clint Heine of course is a different matter. We tend to tolerate people with congenital deficiencies – in his case an inability to coherently form an argument.

  31. Kerry 31

    I think there are already a good number of people praying that Helen was still our PM.

    I mean, all you have to do is see an intervew with old John boy or see him disgracing himself by dancing under the influence on 1 news lastnight……disgraceful!

    The right wingers can bitch and moan all they like about helen…..but NZ will never have as good a leader as her so eat kaka right wing bum wipes!!!

  32. Kerry 32

    PS I would rather be a communist then a mental defective right wing extremist!

    Jealous Jealous Jealous cause the nats have a crap cabinat lineup and an embarrasing leader who as each week gos on shows himself to be more and more out of his depth!!!

    Helen was right…and we’ve thrown it all away on someone who wants to be everyones mate……..

  33. vto 33

    You’re right lprent re the incremental changes and changing the tack a little. Clearly there was a plan and it seems to have been implemented in a competent and complete-ish manner. Which is all good – thats what the voters returned.

    But as for her greatness, compared to our few ‘great’ PMs, I think she falls short. Mostly in visionary and charismatic leadership and in not really forging the country ahead – especially when she had such a wonderful and lucky economic climate. Her own plan, as you say one of ‘increment’, in fact precludes greatness such is its boringness.

    But hey that’s just my 2c. I think a few people think she is great because it is all quite recent and compared to the malaise any other parties were in pre-1999 and up to 2006/7 she stands out. That will fade once time starts to stretch out and comparisons become clearer.

  34. IrishBill 34

    vto, I’m tiring of trolls (left and right). Just ask the ‘sod, he’s on a five week ban.

  35. Tigger 35

    Kerry – you nailed it. Key wants to be our friend. Well you know what John, when you vote against Civil Unions and then turn up at the Big Gay Out dancing like someone’s drunk uncle then you deserve the name ‘two faced tosser’. You can’t spit on me and then try to shake my hand. Won’t work. Don’t like you. Don’t trust you.

  36. randal 36

    nice one sprout
    the fundamental basis to the national party has nothing to do with production or gdp or anything else except psychological domination of anyone or thing
    it would be physical domination but that is against the law
    natoinal will never have anyone of Helen Clarks stature because they only think about themselves and not the good of society as a whole
    fleas really

  37. What changed in 2005 was the right realized they weren’t going to win with any semblance of honesty. They really stepped up the character assassination, adhom attacks and lying, in part using dpf and the whales blogs.

    Any one else having a bit of a laugh recently with the kiwi bloggers trying to claim the left are nazi sympathizers? almost as if someone hit a nerve with them.

  38. nznative 38

    i hate to rain on your parade but clarke was not that flash from where I stand .

    But then again I see Nz politics like this :

    Labor = bad and rotten
    Natianal = plain evil

    Helen did some good …………… like keep us out of the Iraq invasion .

    But at the end of the day she was just another NZ politician

    …….. and when I go to the toilet I refer to it as ” going for a right honorable”

    Just because the natianals are WORSE than labor means you should get off your high horse .

    Clarke was no great new zealander

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    10 hours ago
  • Next steps in COVID response
    Kia ora tatou Today I am setting out our plan in the event we have a new case of community transmission of COVID-19 in New Zealand. I will take a bit of time to do that, and then I’ll be happy to take questions at the end. Since we moved ...
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    14 hours ago
  • Government steps up action on waste – funds recycling infrastructure and expands levy scheme
    ·$124 million Government investment in recycling infrastructure ·Plans confirmed to increase and expand the waste levy to divert material from landfill, and recycle revenue into resource recovery and waste minimisation ·Innovative construction and demolition facility opened in Auckland with $3.1 million in support from Government’s Waste Minimisation Fund (WMF). As ...
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    15 hours ago
  • Wellbeing infrastructure for Kaipara
    A package of wellbeing infrastructure investments in Kaipara which focuses on improving the lives of the elderly and upgrading the iconic Kauri Museum has been announced by Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones today. “These shovel-ready projects will have significant benefits for their respective communities and I’m pleased this funding ...
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    2 days ago
  • More support rolls out for SMEs
    More support is rolling out for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) from the COVID Response and Recovery Fund, to help them adapt and innovate to deal with the impact of the virus. The Ministers for Economic Development and Small Business have announced a further $40 million for the Regional Business ...
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    2 days ago
  • District Court Judge appointed
    Stephen Clark, Māori Land Court Judge of Hamilton has been appointed as a District Court Judge with jury jurisdiction to be based in Hamilton, Attorney-General David Parker announced today. Judge Clark graduated with an LLB from Auckland University in 1988 and was admitted to the Bar in the same year. ...
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    2 days ago
  • Hawke’s Bay Airport agreement protects jobs, safeguards terminal development
    The Crown will provide a loan to Hawke’s Bay Airport to ensure it can trade through COVID-19 economic impacts, support the region’s recovery and protect up to 200 jobs. The Crown has a 50 percent shareholding in Hawke’s Bay Airport Limited (HBAL), with Napier City Council holding 26 percent and ...
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    3 days ago
  • Funding boost for four cultural events
    Four celebrated Māori and Pasifika events will receive up to $100,000 each in funding from the new Creative and Cultural Events Incubator fund, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford announced today. The four events that were successful in the inaugural funding round are: Kia Mau Festival, Wellington Māoriland Film Festival, Otaki ...
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    3 days ago
  • Inaugural launch of Kiribati Language Week
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio is pleased to announce the inaugural launch of Kiribati Language Week as part of the 2020 Pacific language Weeks programme. “I am so pleased that this year we are able to provide resourcing support to the Kiribati community in Aotearoa which will ...
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    5 days ago
  • New support package for wildlife institutions
    Wildlife institutions affected by a loss of visitor revenue during the COVID-19 lockdown are set to receive government support with nearly $15 million of funding available announced Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage.  “Eco-sanctuaries, zoos, aquariums, wildlife parks, and wildlife rescue, hospital and rehabilitation facilities provide crucial support for the recovery ...
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    5 days ago
  • 300,000 students to benefit from free mental health services
    The Government is expanding and accelerating frontline mental health and wellbeing services at tertiary education institutes (TEI) to help students manage ongoing stresses related to COVID-19. “The lockdown has been hugely disruptive for students. Many of them have had to relocate and move to online learning, isolating them from their ...
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    5 days ago
  • Gang crime, meth harm targeted in Waikato
    The Minister of Police says a major operation against the Mongrel Mob in Waikato will make a big dent in drug harm and violent offending linked to organised crime networks. “Senior leadership of the Waikato Mongrel Mob has been taken out as a result of Operation Kingsville, which resulted in ...
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    5 days ago
  • Supporting victims and families to attend mosque attack sentencing
    The Government is extending the border exception criteria to enable some offshore victims and support people of the Christchurch mosque attacks to attend the sentencing of the accused beginning on 24 August2020, says Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway. “We want to support our valued Muslim brothers and sisters who were directly ...
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    5 days ago
  • Boost for community freshwater restoration projects
    A project to support volunteer efforts to look after streams and rivers is getting a boost thanks to support from DOC’s Community Conservation Fund announced Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage today.  “The government is backing efforts to look after waterways with $199,400 for the Mountains to Sea Conservation Trust from ...
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    5 days ago
  • More support for women and girls
    Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter today announced that funding for the COVID-19 Community Fund for women and girls will be doubled, as the first successful funding applications for the initial $1million were revealed. “Women and girls across the country have suffered because of the effects of COVID-19, and I ...
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    6 days ago
  • Crown accounts stronger than forecast with higher consumer spending
    The Government’s books were better than forecast with a higher GST take as the economy got moving again after lockdown, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Crown Accounts for the 11 months to the end of May indicate the year end results for tax revenue will be stronger than forecast. ...
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    6 days ago
  • Govt releases plan to revitalise wool sector
    A plan to revitalise New Zealand’s strong wool sector and set it on a new, more sustainable and profitable path was unveiled today by Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. The newly-released report - Vision and Action for New Zealand’s Wool Sector - was developed by the Wool Industry Project Action Group ...
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    6 days ago
  • Funding for Predator Free Whangārei
    Community efforts to create a Predator Free Whangārei will receive a $6 million boost, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage announced today. The new funding, through Government company Predator Free 2050 Ltd, will create around 12 jobs while enabling the complete removal of possums over ...
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    6 days ago
  • New Zealand to review relationship settings with Hong Kong
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has announced that the New Zealand Government is reviewing the settings of its relationship with Hong Kong. “China’s decision to pass a new national security law for Hong Kong has fundamentally changed the environment for international engagement there,” Mr Peters said. “New Zealand remains deeply ...
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    6 days ago
  • Funding for Whangārei’s infrastructure projects revealed
    Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced details of a multimillion-dollar investment in Whangārei for infrastructure projects that will help it recover from the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 200 jobs are expected to be created through the $26 million investment from the Government’s rejuvenation package ...
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    6 days ago
  • Managed isolation and quarantine update
    Following a second incident in which a person escaped from a managed isolation facility, security is being enhanced, including more police presence onsite, Minister Megan Woods said. “The actions of some individuals who choose to break the very clear rules to stay within the facilities means that more resourcing is ...
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    6 days ago
  • Funding for Kaipara district community waste programmes
    Waste reduction and recycling programmes in Kaipara are set to get a boost with Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage today announcing a $361,447 grant from the Ministry for the Environment’s Waste Minimisation Fund (WMF) Sustainable Kaipara. “The new funding will allow Sustainable Kaipara to partner with local schools, kura, community ...
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    6 days ago
  • Government will support the people and economy of Southland
    The Government will support the Southland economy in the wake of multinational mining company Rio Tinto’s decision to follow through with its long signalled closure of the Tiwai Point aluminium smelter. “This day has unfortunately been on the cards for some time now, but nevertheless the final decision is a ...
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    7 days ago
  • New transformational tools for the Predator Free 2050 effort
    New tools being developed to help boost Aotearoa’s Predator Free 2050 effort were unveiled today by Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage and Under Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau. A new rat poison, a camera with predator recognition software to detect and report predators, a new predator lure and a ...
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    7 days ago
  • New Armoured vehicles for New Zealand Army
    The Coalition Government has approved the purchase of a fleet of Bushmaster vehicles to replace the New Zealand Army’s armoured Pinzgauers, Defence Minister Ron Mark has announced today. The new fleet of 43 Australian-designed and built Bushmaster NZ5.5 will provide better protection for personnel and improved carrying capacity. “The age ...
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    1 week ago
  • Community-led solutions to prevent family violence
    The Government’s three prevention frameworks to reduce family violence in Aotearoa were launched this week by Associate Minister for Social Development Poto Williams.   The frameworks were developed in partnership with communities around New Zealand, and build on the work the Government has already begun with its new family violence prevention ...
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    1 week ago
  • Govt confirms investment in better radiology and surgical services for Hawke’s Bay
    The Government is pleased to confirm funding for improvements to radiology and surgical services at Hawke's Bay DHB, Health Minister Chris Hipkins says.     "The Minister of Finance the Hon Grant Robertson and former Health Minister Dr David Clark approved funding for Hawke's Bay DHB’s redevelopment of their radiology facilities ...
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    1 week ago
  • Specialist alcohol and drug addiction services strengthened across New Zealand
    •    New funding for four beds at Napier’s Springhill Residential Addiction Centre •    A new managed withdrawal home and community service, and peer support before and after residential care at Tairāwhiti DHB  •    A co-ordinated network of withdrawal management services throughout the South Island •    Peer support in Rotorua and ...
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    1 week ago
  • Coastal Shipping Webinar
    Introduction, seafarers and POAL Good morning everyone, I am delighted to be online with you all today. Before I begin, I have to acknowledge that COVID-19 has disrupted the maritime sector on an unprecedented scale. The work of seafarers and the maritime industry is keeping many economies around the world ...
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    1 week ago
  • Support for resilient rail connection to the West Coast
    A $13 million investment from Government will create jobs and improve the resilience of the rail connection between Christchurch and the West Coast, Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones and Regional Economic Development Under-Secretary Fletcher Tabuteau say. The funding comes from the tagged contingency set aside in Budget 2020 for infrastructure projects ...
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    1 week ago
  • Major investment in safe drinking water
    The Government is investing $761 million to assist local government upgrade under-pressure water services across the country, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta announced today.  The announcement was made at the site of the water bore that was found to be the source of the fatal ...
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    1 week ago
  • Supporting stranded seasonal workers to keep working with more flexible options
    Recognised Seasonal Employers and migrant seasonal workers stranded in New Zealand will be able to continue working and supporting themselves with more flexible hours and roles, says Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway. The time-limited visa changes are: Stranded RSE workers will be able to work part-time (a minimum of 15 hours ...
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    1 week ago
  • Relief for temporary migrants, employers and New Zealanders who need work
    The Government is making immediate short-term changes to visa settings to support temporary migrants already onshore in New Zealand and their employers, while also ensuring New Zealanders needing work are prioritised, Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. We are: Extending temporary work visas due to expire by the end of 2020 ...
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    1 week ago
  • Freshwater commissioners and fast-track consenting convenor appointed
    Professor Peter Skelton CNZM has been appointed as Chief Freshwater Commissioner and Alternate Environment Court Judge Craig James Thompson as Deputy Chief Freshwater Commissioner for the newly established Freshwater Planning Process (FPP). Environment Minister David Parker today also announced the appointment of Chief Environment Court Judge Laurie Newhook as the ...
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    1 week ago
  • Appointment of Judge of the High Court
    Auckland Queen’s Counsel Neil Campbell has been appointed a Judge of the High Court, Attorney‑General David Parker announced today. Justice Campbell graduated with a BCom and LLB (Hons) from the University of Auckland in 1992. He spent two years with Bell Gully Buddle Weir in Auckland before travelling to the United ...
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    1 week ago
  • Feedback sought – Commercial Film and Video Production Facilities
    The Associate Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration, Poto Williams, is seeking feedback on a proposal to better enable the development and operation of commercial film and video facilities in Christchurch. The Proposal, developed by Regenerate Christchurch in response to a request from Christchurch City Council, asks that powers under section ...
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    1 week ago
  • Govt launches bold primary sector plan to boost economic recovery
    The Government has launched a bold plan to boost primary sector export earnings by $44 billion over the next decade, while protecting the environment and growing jobs. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today released Fit for a Better World – Accelerating our Economic Potential, a 10-year roadmap to unlock greater value ...
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    1 week ago
  • Wellbeing of whanau at heart of new hub
    A new approach to prevent family harm that encourages greater collaboration across government and community groups is being celebrated at the opening of a new facility in Auckland. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today opened the Multi-Disciplinary Family Harm Prevention Hub Te Taanga Manawa in Lambie Road in Manukau. The facility ...
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    1 week ago