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Roy Morgan poll (please no not Winston)

Written By: - Date published: 6:47 am, May 27th, 2017 - 61 comments
Categories: election 2017, polls - Tags: ,

The chronically erratic Roy Morgan poll is out again:

National Party remains ‘dead-locked’ with Labour/Greens alliance in May pre-Budget

New Zealand’s governing National Party is unchanged with 43% support in May virtually level with the opposition Labour/Greens on 42.5% (unchanged) before this week’s New Zealand Budget delivered a second straight annual surplus.

The tight result means the strong support for New Zealand First on 10% (down 0.5%) once gain has Winston Peter’s party in a strong position to decide which parties will form New Zealand’s next Government after September’s election.

The overall support for the governing National-led coalition was down slightly to 45% with National support unchanged at 43%, support for the Maori Party increasing 0.5% to 1.5% while Act NZ was down 1% to 0.5% and support for United Future was unchanged at 0%.

Support for a potential Labour/Greens alliance was unchanged at 42.5% with support for Labour down 1% to 28.5%, while support for the Greens rose 1% to 14%. Support for New Zealand First was down 0.5% to 10%. …

61 comments on “Roy Morgan poll (please no not Winston)”

  1. James 1

    I thought labour wanted to get to 40% – they are going the wrong way.

    Anger Andy could lead them to a worse result than last election.

    • Jenny Kirk 1.1

      Well – its well known the Morgan Poll is erratic.
      And this was taken before the fudged budget came out. Nor do we know what the number of “don’t knows” are.
      Too many unknowns – and now both the Greens and NZ First have voted with the government to support the Budget. Will that change anything ?

      • The decrypter 1.1.1

        Will that change anything? Yes it will, It has made me depressed. Woe is me!

      • dukeofurl 1.1.2

        “Well – its well known the Morgan Poll is erratic.”

        Only because it polls the most often, the results are what the public are saying to them, along with the margin of error

        Dont think of polls are some sort of oracle, they should be swinging around within the margin of error

        Its a misconception to consider Morgan polls more volatile than others and thus less accurate

      • Roy Morgan actually is pretty stable. This whole meme about RM being erratic simply started after they had one rogue poll.

        It does bounce around, but no more than any other poll, you just notice it more because it’s the only one polling regularly.

    • Name-calling, James? Is that all you have? If name-calling’s okay by you, we can sort one out for you and use it here, every time you comment. Right now I can think of some unpleasant ones that’ll stick, if we use them often enough. and I’m betting there are plenty of people here who find your snide use of “Angry Andy” to be petty enough for such a response. Perhaps instead, you could lift your game. Your name-calling nastiness does you no favours.

      • James 1.2.1

        Is hat all I have ? no I have consistently low poll numbers from labour to laugh at.

        Are you trying to start a little online bully club calling me names? Cute. – ffs you are probably the most pathetic person in here (with an unhealthy Obsession stalking me it seems).

        • Robert Guyton 1.2.1.1

          You come here to laugh at Labour’s poll numbers, James?
          And you wonder why people here express their lack of respect for you?
          Join the dots, James.
          Please.

        • Daveosaurus 1.2.1.2

          Anger Andy
          Are you trying to start a little online bully club calling me names?

          You seems to have misread the name of this website: it’s “The Standard”. You’d fit in better at “The Double Standard”. I don’t know where to find it, but presume that your local chapter of the National Party could point you in the right direction.

    • You said –
      Anger Andy could lead them to a worse result than last election.

      James, you are a pathetic no body.

  2. Wayne 2

    Winston is going to do better than 10% and the Greens somewhat less than 14%, probably between 10 and 12%.

    Labour, perhaps will stick around the 28%. Budget week has done them no favours at all, not with both the Greens and NZF voting for the budget (or at least the tax and WWF package).

    I see there is now speculation that if National is the govt, then the Greens will want some form of arrangement with National. Obviously not in coalition, but something that gives tangible rewards on policy.

    I wonder if Greens MP’s can be Parliamentary Secretaries in charge of a specific policy area, even if they are not in government? It seems to me probably yes, since such a role is not really part of the Executive.

    [Wayne, now seems a good time to sort this out. Can you please explain how the Green Executive could choose to support the formation of a National Govt, with reference to GP internal party rules? thanks – weka]

    • The decrypter 2.1

      Woe is me!

    • Ad 2.2

      Who really gives a damn about ‘internal rules’ when there are Ministerial slots up for grabs? Answer: not a single MP.

      The Greens voting with the current government on the 2017 budget shows that, when faced with the fundamental test of whether you are in Opposition or in Government – Confidence and Supply – the Greens fold like origami.

      • weka 2.2.1

        So you are saying that internal rules mean nothing and that a few of the MPs and/or the exec can do what they like? I doubt that is true legally, but even if it was, it would destroy the party.

        Never ceases to amaze me how little people understand how the GP works and how much the membership has a say in what happens. Or even what the MPs believe in.

        I’ll just keep putting the challenge out there. For people that believe that the GP can support the formation of a National govt this year, explain how it can happen in real terms (not just stuff you are making up in your head). I’m really curious to know how people see that working, because as far as I can see people are baselessly speculating from their own political agenda.

        Here’s the reference post for the GP internal rules,

        Green Politics

        • heman 2.2.1.1

          I am sorry to keep going on about the point england development enabling bill aka the sale of a public reserve/playing fields. but read the bill itself and you tell me how a so called green party can abstain from this.

          Click to access Point%20England%20Development%20Enabling%20Bill.pdf

          Would appreciate your view weka. Green members have resigned over it!

          • weka 2.2.1.1.1

            Sorry, but it’s a complicated situation (at the other end of the country from me 😉 ) and I don’t feel I have the time to do it justice. I haven’t even been following the comments that closely on this topic. If you put together some links to TS commentary you have made I’ll have a look at see if they might work as a Guest Post that you could have published here.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 2.3

      Nice to see your relentless dishonesty has finally attracted the attention of a moderator.

      I predict you will demonstrate zero personal responsibility for it.

    • Wayne 2.4

      Weka,

      I appreciate this is a bit late for my reply.

      My proposition was really on the basis that National was already forming the government, either on the current basis or with NZ First. So the Greens would not actually be required. So that will not be an issue for the Green Executive.

      However, for different reasons both the Greens and National want to make progress on environmental issues, the Greens obviously more so than National. But National will want to show the Greens that they can make progress, perhaps on fresh water and aspects of transport.

      If the Greens thought National was serious enough about this, they might want to do something with National. It would be more than the home insulation MOU of 2008, hence the suggestion of Parliamentary Secretaries. It might also mean the Greens are less critical generally about National.

      In part it is about the Greens working out whether they can be a third force, as is the already the case with NZF, able to go either way or whether they are irredeemably tied to Labour.

      • Home insulation, Wayne? Gone by lunchtime, wasn’t it?
        “If the Greens thought trusted National was serious enough about this…”
        Well, Wayne, they’re not so naive as to do that, are they.

        • Wayne 2.4.1.1

          Robert,

          I am talking of a situation where National is the government. The Greens can either get something worthwhile (your cynicism notwithstanding) or they can sit on the sidelines yet again for another three years and get nothing.

          From what I can see James Shaw and others in the Greens, perhaps in fact all of them, might think getting something of significant environmental value would be worth it. This would be something extra that National would probably not do itself.

          • Robert Guyton 2.4.1.1.1

            Yes, Wayne, you’re speculating. I’d prefer to talk about a situation where National wasn’t the government. The Greens have already tried an MOU with National and it didn’t fly for long, so different are the two party’s priorities. I don’t see why the lesson learned from that MOU would be lost on the Greens; it certainly isn’t on their supporters.

  3. Ad 3

    There was plenty of room for Grant Robertson to set out a detailed alternative financial outlook for New Zealand and in so doing give bored NZFirst and swinging National voters a reason to change.

    Nothing. Not a detailed alternative on-paper direction or anything close.

    He gave instead a set of anodyne pronouns.

    And he gave no unity from the Greens and Labour, despite all the promises that finally this time they could both show they had their shit together.

    It still looks to me that Grant would prefer to wait out Little’s post-2017 political death, enable Ardern to ascend, and perpetuate her as the glove puppet of mediocrity.

    Meanwhile a National-led government in its fourth term has the capacity to play all kinds, case by case, from the cross-benches.

    • Et Tu Brute 3.1

      Really what alternative could he give? Broadly speaking the budget was Labour Lite and chock full of election bribes.

      • DoublePlusGood 3.1.1

        Something like the Corbyn Labour manifesto would have been great.

      • Ad 3.1.2

        Publish and release actual costed specifics that shows he can do more than simply agree that they won’t spend too much.

        That is to say, do his fucking job.

        • The Chairman 3.1.2.1

          It’s hard to hold the Government to account when one doesn’t have an alternative on hand to offer.

          Which is why I’ve been telling Labour to get their shit together when it comes to having policy.

          • Craig H 3.1.2.1.1

            There are still nearly 4 months to go – costed policy is best left till closer to the end to avoid National stealing it.

            • The Chairman 3.1.2.1.1.1

              Ha, so I keep hearing.

              Costed policy is required now and National can adopt Labour policy at any given time, thus the excuse doesn’t wash. Hence, Labour are languishing in the polls.

  4. saveNZ 4

    Corbyn’s starting to storm home in the UK inspite of everything against him, so a lesson for those who write Labour off.

    If NZ Labour can communicate a better vision tailor made to the many, and specific to NZ’s concerns around foreign policy, economy, society and environment, then they will win.

    They also need to articulate the alternative, what 3 more years of the Natz will do to the country.

  5. Bearded Git 5

    My rolling average of the last 4 Roy Morgan’s shows:

    Lab/Gr 42.0
    Lab/Gr/NZF 51.0
    Nats 44.4
    Nats/ACT/MP 46.9
    Nats/ACT/MP/NZF 55.9
    NZF 9.0

    If Winnie goes as part of the 4-headed monster it’s 55.9 versus 42.0

    If Winnie goes with the Lab/Gr bloc it’s 51.0 versus 46.9

    Both would give safe majorities, especially as Hone will probably win TTT. The poll is not so erratic in that it has shown basically the same thing in the last 3 polls; that National is polling 43% under English rather than more like 48% under Key.

  6. weka 6

    How about we focus on what Labour and the Greens need for an outright win (or with support from Mana/Mp)?

    • Bearded Git 6.1

      @weka Unfortunately the Maori Party seem wedded to National. Their support of the Nats RMA reforms shows how far they have shifted to the Right.

      • weka 6.1.1

        Marama Fox has pretty much said she will work with a L/G govt. So not wedded so much as a relationship of convenience that has run its course. Prepare for the divorce. The bigger obstacle is the lefties that hate the Mp and would rather lose the election than work with them.

        • saveNZ 6.1.1.1

          Fox will work with anyone who gives her the most power. Who would trust them after the RMA and everything else they have done against most Maori?

          • weka 6.1.1.1.1

            Who would trust the Greens after they voted for National’s budget bill? By all means try and go with Labour alone. But not enough people trust Labour, so let’s just cancel the election and give National another term 😉

            The alternative is L/NZF with the Greens sidelined, or a L/GP/NF coalition, which while possible strikes me as being the trickiest govt we could have in terms of making it work and puts Labour at risk for the next election. By all means make the case for why those two options would be better than a L/G coalition govt with C and S from the Mp and Mana.

            • Bearded Git 6.1.1.1.1.1

              @ weka Oh come on Weka, you are buying in to the Right’s attempts to split the Labour green bloc. The Greens made it plain they hated much of the budget but supported the tax changes and accommodation supplements for the lower paid. (I’m not sure they picked up on the deletion of the Independent Earner Tax Credit that lost many low paid people $520 a year, which to his credit Andrew Little did.)

              Having said that, I personally (as a Green voter) think they should have voted against the budget-it was dumb to pick out a small part and support it on that basis.

              And when oh when are Labour and the Greens actually going to learn to communicate with each other?

              • weka

                Not sure what you’re on about there BG. My comment was to serve a purpose, i.e. if we start getting that picky about trusting political parties in that way, there is no-one left to vote for. I’ve written quite a bit in the past few days about why the Greens voted for the Bill, go look it up.

          • Bearded Git 6.1.1.1.2

            @ save nz agreed…..I wouldn’t trust Fox as far as I can spit.

        • amirite 6.1.1.2

          Have you seen Te Ururoa Flawell’s passionate support for Nats on Budget day in Parliament? Methinks they are more than just wedded to the Nats, glued to them by true love, more like. They’re totally convinced Nats have done more for Maori than any other Party.

          • weka 6.1.1.2.1

            They might choose National over Labour/Greens. But what if they are kingmaker? Would you prefer that they chose National over L/G and give National and 4th term? That’s what the question is here.

            I think that the biggest threat to a left wing govt is Peters. He will either choose National, or force Labour to exclude the Greens, or if they don’t get enough numbers, go into a 3 way coalition L/G/NZF, which would prevent a true left move. None of those are good options, the last two are just less bad options than National.

            Better for L/G to go for enough votes to govern alone, and if they can’t quite manage that, I’d prefer C and S from 2 or 3 Mp/Mana MPs than having Peters in govt with a whole bunch of known centrist MPs.

            • amirite 6.1.1.2.1.1

              No, of course not. However, what makes you believe they would choose Labour if it comes to them being a kingmaker? For all we know they are just as an unknown as NZFirst.
              The best option is Lab/Greens able to govern alone. They have to sort their shit together and present a clear alternative, not this centrist neolib-lite wishy-washy coalition which doesn’t now what they stand for.
              In a situation like this, a political Party like Alliance is sadly missed.

              • weka

                I think the Mp will choose whichever side gives them the best deal for their people.

                AFAIK they consult with their people and take direction from them on this. I don’t know if that is membership only, or if it’s the communities they work in. Since 2008 there has been no option to choose Labour, only to choose National or to choose to be outside of govt. Their people told them better in the tent than out.

                I think Fox would be quite happy to work with L/G. Flavell less so. But if it’s a choice between being with L/G or outside of govt completely I fully expect them to choose L/G. Even if they don’t, what does the left lose in that situation?

                If they are kingmaker, then let’s hope that the antagonism that Labour has directed their way doesn’t get in the way of negotiations, so that the Mp get a good deal for their people and thus allow NZ a left wing govt.

                Yes, Labour and the Greens should have abandoned neoliberalism, but unless they have a cunning plan, I suspect that it’s too late in the electoral cycle to do a radical change, which means we are left with looking at a potential close election and who coalition partners might be.

                • Karen

                  The Māori Party only consult with their members.

                  Of course they say they are open to working with Labour – if they didn’t they wouldn’t have a chance of winning a seat. Surveys of Māori Party voters have always said their preference is that they worked with Labour than National, so if they were in a position to support a Labour led government they would presumably want to do that or risk being kicked out at the next election. I have never seen a survey of their members.

                  As for the antagonism it goes both ways. I have seen some nasty stuff, even from Fox. It happens when you are fighting over the same electorate seats.

                  I still expect Flavell will win and they will get enough party votes for Fox and maybe one other, but I’m aware of growing discontent amongst Māori in Flavell’s seat because of his pushing through his Ture Whenua bill. I don’t think Hone will win.

            • Bearded Git 6.1.1.2.1.2

              @weka “Better for L/G to go for enough votes to govern alone….”

              Do you really think that L/G are not already trying to get enough votes to govern alone? Of course they are-your comment adds nothing to the debate.

              Of course it would be better in L/G got enough votes to govern alone. Most people on this blog (myself included) would be delighted if they had enough votes to govern alone. The fact is the polls (per my posting above) show that Winston is the Left’s only hope at this point in time. Ojala this changes.

              I agree Winston will sideline the Greens.

              • weka

                “Do you really think that L/G are not already trying to get enough votes to govern alone? ”

                My reading is that yes, this is exactly what they are doing. My comment was for the commentariat 😉 Stop thinking Peters *will be kingmaker, and look at how to support L/G to get enough votes to not need him.

    • The decrypter 6.2

      Lab/Gr need Jackson to now earn his keep and demolish mp/mana.

      • weka 6.2.1

        I’m sure that is Labour’s desire, but it might cost them the election or give them a result that means they have to compromise hugely in order to govern and then be at risk for the next election.

  7. James 7

    So who here things labour can get to 40%?

    And takers at 35%

    30%

    Under 30?

    Could they go as low as 25?

    Interested to see who thinks labour has what kind of support across the voting public.

    I’m thinking they will be about 26%.

    • weka 7.1

      Why does it matter what Labour polls at? It’s the combined L/G vote that’s the important thing this year. You appear to be stuck in old FPP thinking. Or you are trolling.

      • James 7.1.1

        Neither.

        1 – labour stated that they wanted 40% at this election.

        I was wondering if anybody here actually thought they could – or how close they would be (or not).

        2 – the labour / green MOU runs out at the election – as mentioned above there is talk (rumour / gossip) of an arrangement of some type with national.

        3 – it’s a thread on poll results – so thought it generally on subject.

        • weka 7.1.1.1

          1. you don’t vote on the left, so the only reason I can see for you caring is to undermine Labour and thus the potential of a left wing govt.

          2. The Greens won’t go with National (can’t in fact). Are you suggesting that Labour might?

          3. See point 1.

          But really, it’s MMP. Who cares what split happens between L/G so long as they get enough to govern?

        • The decrypter 7.1.1.2

          That’s better james, much better.

  8. Tamati Tautuhi 8

    National and the Big Double Dipper will only get between 35-40% may even go under 35% they have been bull sh*tting NZ for too long now.

  9. Michael 9

    I think polling data is becoming increasingly unreliable and Roy Morgan seems to lead the pack. Averaging successive polls (which are only snapshots anyway) seems to be the most useful way of obtaining any sensible evidence from them. AFAICS, from doing that, Labour’s overall support has lifted in recent months, but only slightly, and not nearly enough for it to have a shitshow of forming the next government. Of course, the data might be rubbish, or my interpretive skills might be rubbish, but I think my conclusion is probably accurate. The only public statement that Jim Bolger will ever be remembered for is: “Bugger the pollsters”.

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  • Samoa Language Week theme is perfect for the post-COVID-19 journey
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio, says the theme for the 2020 Samoa Language Week is a perfect fit for helping our Pacific communities cope with the unfolding COVID-19 crisis, and to prepare now for the journey ahead as New Zealand focuses on recovery plans and rebuilding New ...
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    3 days ago
  • Adult kakī/black stilt numbers soar
    A nearly 40-year programme to protect one of New Zealand’s most critically endangered birds is paying off, with a record number of adult kakī/black stilt recently recorded living in the wild, the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage announced today. “Thanks to the team effort involved in the Department of Conservation’s ...
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    3 days ago
  • Waikato-Tainui settlement story launched on 25th anniversary of Treaty signing
    The story of the Waikato-Tainui Treaty process and its enduring impact on the community is being told with a five-part web story launched today on the 25th anniversary of settlement, announced Associate Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Carmel Sepuloni. “I am grateful to Waikato-Tainui for allowing us to help capture ...
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    4 days ago
  • Taita College to benefit from $32 million school redevelopment
    Taita College in the Hutt Valley will be redeveloped to upgrade its ageing classrooms and leaky roofs, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. “The work is long overdue and will make a lasting difference to the school for generations to come,” Chris Hipkins said. “Too many of our schools are ...
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    4 days ago
  • Redeployment for workers in hard-hit regions
    The Government is allocating $36.72 million to projects in regions hard hit economically by COVID-19 to keep people working, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Projects in Hawke’s Bay, Northland, Rotorua and Queenstown will be funded from the Government’s $100 million worker ...
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    4 days ago
  • $35m to build financial resilience for New Zealanders
    A $35m boost to financial capability service providers funded by MSD will help New Zealanders manage their money better both day to day and through periods of financial difficulty, announced Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni. “It’s always been our position to increase support to key groups experiencing or at risk ...
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    4 days ago
  • New District Court Judge appointed
    Dunedin barrister Melinda Broek has been appointed as a District Court Judge with Family Court jurisdiction to be based in Rotorua, Attorney-General David Parker announced today. Ms Broek has iwi affiliations to Ngai Tai. She commenced her employment in 1996 with Scholefield Cockroft Lloyd in Invercargill specialising in family and ...
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    4 days ago
  • $206 million investment in upgrades at Ohakea Air Force Base
    The Coalition Government has approved a business case for $206 million in upgrades to critical infrastructure at Royal New Zealand Air Force Base Ohakea, with the first phase starting later this year, Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today. The investment will be made in three phases over five years, and ...
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    4 days ago
  • Review of CAA organisational culture released
    Transport Minister Phil Twyford today released the Ministry of Transport’s review of the organisational culture at the Civil Aviation Authority. Phil Twyford says all employees are entitled to a safe work environment. “I commissioned this independent review due to the concerns I had about the culture within the CAA, and ...
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    4 days ago
  • New Board appointed at Stats NZ
    Ensuring that Stats NZ’s direction and strategy best supports government policy decisions will be a key focus for a new Governance Advisory Board announced today by the Minister for Statistics, James Shaw. The new Governance Advisory Board will provide strategic advice to Stats NZ to ensure it is meeting New ...
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    5 days ago
  • New Principal Environment Judge
    Environment Judge David Kirkpatrick of Auckland has been appointed as the Principal Environment Judge, Attorney-General David Parker announced today.  Judge Kirkpatrick was appointed an Environment Judge in February 2014. From December 2013 to July 2016 he was Chair of the Auckland Unitary Plan Independent Hearings Panel. Prior to appointment he ...
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    5 days ago
  • Digital connectivity boost for urban marae
    A programme to connect marae around the country to the internet has received $1.4 million to expand to include urban marae in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Minister Kris Faafoi and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. The funding for the Marae Connectivity Programme ...
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    6 days ago
  • Govt increases assistance to drought-stricken Hawke’s Bay farmers
    The Government will provide $500,000 to the Hawke’s Bay Mayoral Drought Relief Fund to help farmers facing one of the worst droughts in living memory, says Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. “Yesterday afternoon I received a letter from Hawke's Bay's five local Government leaders asking me to contribute to the Fund. ...
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    6 days ago
  • Investment in New Zealand’s history
    Budget 2020 provides a major investment in New Zealand’s documentary heritage sector, with a commitment to leasing a new Archives Wellington facility and an increase in funding for Archives and National Library work. “Last year I released plans for a new Archives Wellington building – a purpose-built facility physically connected ...
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    6 days ago
  • Driving prompt payments to small businesses
    Government Ministers are asking significant private enterprises to adopt prompt payment practices in line with the state sector, as a way to improve cashflow for small businesses. The Ministers of Finance, Small Business, Commerce and Consumer Affairs have written to more than 40 significant enterprises and banking industry representatives to ...
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    7 days ago
  • Rotorua tourist icon to be safeguarded
    Maori Arts and Crafts will continue to underpin the heart of the tourism sector says Minister for Maori Development Nanaia Mahuta.  “That’s why we are making a core investment of $7.6 million to Te Puia New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute, over two years, as part of the Government’s ...
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    7 days ago
  • $14.7m for jobs training and education
    The Government is funding more pathways to jobs through training and education programmes in regional New Zealand to support the provinces’ recovery from the economic impacts of COVID-19, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Employment Minister Willie Jackson have announced. “New Zealand’s economic recovery will be largely driven by ...
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    1 week ago
  • Is it time to further recognise those who serve in our military?
     Minister for Veterans Ron Mark has announced the launch of a national conversation that aims to find out whether New Zealanders think there should be a formal agreement between service people, the Government, and the people of New Zealand. “This year marks the 75th anniversary of the end of World ...
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    1 week ago
  • Paving the way for a fully qualified early learning workforce
    The Government’s drive to improve the quality of early childhood education (ECE) is taking another step forward with the reintroduction of a higher funding rate for services that employ fully qualified and registered teachers, Education Minister Chris Hipkins has announced. “Research shows that high-quality ECE can improve young people’s learning ...
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    1 week ago
  • Sport Recovery Package announced
    The Sport and Recreation sector will receive a multi-million dollar boost as part of the COVID-19 response funded at Budget 2020.  Grant Robertson says the Sport and Recreation Sector contributes about $5 billion a year to New Zealand’s GDP and employs more than 53,000 people. “Sport plays a significant role ...
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    1 week ago
  • Major boost in support for caregivers and children
    A major increase in funding and availability of support will improve the incomes and reduce the pressure on 14,000 caregivers looking after more than 22,000 children. Children’s Minister Tracey Martin says that caregivers – all those looking after someone else’s children both in and outside the state care system – ...
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    1 week ago
  • Great Walks recovery on track for summer
    Vital conservation and visitor infrastructure destroyed by a severe flood event in Fiordland earlier this year is being rebuilt through a $13.7 million Budget 2020 investment, announced Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage.   “This investment will mean iconic Great Walks such as the Routeburn track and the full length of ...
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    1 week ago
  • Māori – Government partnership gives whānau a new housing deal
    The Government is investing  $40 million in a partnership with Māori to get more whānau into warm, dry and secure accommodation, Associate Minister for Housing (Māori Housing) Hon Nanaia Mahuta says.. “We are partnering with Māori and iwi to respond to the growing housing crisis in the wake of COVID-19. ...
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    1 week ago
  • Keeping New Zealanders Safe In The Water
    Keeping New Zealanders safe in the water Our lifeguards and coastguards who keep New Zealanders safe in the water have been given a funding boost thanks to the 2020 Budget, Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector Poto Williams has announced. The water safety sector will receive $63 million over ...
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    1 week ago
  • Legal framework for COVID-19 Alert Level referred to select committee
    The COVID-19 Public Health Response Act 2020, which set a sound legal framework ahead of the move to Alert level 2, has been referred to a parliamentary select committee for review.  Attorney-General David Parker said the review of the operation of the COVID-19 specific law would be reported back to ...
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    1 week ago
  • New Zealand condemns shocking attacks on hospital and funeral in Afghanistan
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says New Zealand condemns the targeting of civilians in two terrorist attacks in Afghanistan earlier this week. “The terrorist attacks on a hospital in Kabul and a funeral in Nangarhar province are deeply shocking. The attacks were deliberate and heinous acts of extreme violence targeting ...
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    1 week ago
  • Government to close tobacco tax loophole
    The Government will close a loophole that allowed some people to import cigarettes and loose leaf tobacco for manufacturing cigarettes and ‘roll your owns’ for sale on the black market without excise tax being paid, says Minister of Customs Jenny Salesa. The legislation, which doesn’t affect duty free allowances for ...
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    1 week ago
  • $62 million package to support families through the Family Court
    The Coalition Government has made a significant $62 million investment from the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund to start the reform of the Family Court and enable it to respond effectively to the increased backlog caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Today Justice Minister Andrew Little introduced the Family Court (Supporting ...
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    1 week ago
  • Tailored help supports new type of job seeker – report
    The Government’s expanded services to support people into jobs will help an emerging cohort of New Zealanders impacted by COVID-19. The impacted group are relatively younger, have a proportionately low benefit history and have comparatively higher incomes than most who seek support, as captured in a report published today from ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • A modern approach to night classes
    New funding to boost Government-funded Adult and Community Education (ACE) will give more than 11,000 New Zealanders more opportunities to learn, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said. “This includes a modern approach to rebuilding night classes, which were slashed in the middle of our last economic crisis in 2010,” Chris Hipkins ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Christchurch Call makes significant progress
    Significant progress has been delivered in the year since the Christchurch Call to Action brought governments and tech companies together in Paris with a single goal to eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content online, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardent says. On its first anniversary, Ardern and French President Emmanuel Macron as ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Christchurch Call: One year Anniversary
    Joint statement: the Right Honourable Jacinda Ardern Prime Minister of New Zealand and His Excellency Emmanuel Macron President of the French Republic. One year since we launched, in Paris, the Christchurch Call to Action, New Zealand and France stand proud of the progress we have made toward our goal to eliminate terrorist ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Budget 2020: Jobs and opportunities for the primary sector
    $19.3 million to help attract and train recently unemployed New Zealanders and grow the primary sector workforce by 10,000 people. $128 million for wilding pine and wallaby control, providing hundreds of jobs. $45.3m over four years to help horticulture seize opportunities for future growth. $14.9 million to reduce food waste ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • New registration system for forestry advisers and log traders
    A new log registration scheme and practice standards will bring us one step closer to achieving ‘value over volume’ in our forestry sector, Forestry Minister Shane Jones says. New legislation introduced as part of Budget 2020 will require forestry advisers, log traders and exporters to register and work to nationally ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Finance Minister’s Budget 2020 s Budget Speech
    Mr Speaker, I move that the Appropriation (2020/21 Estimates) Bill be now read a second time. From its very beginning this Coalition Government has committed to putting the wellbeing of current and future generations of New Zealanders at the heart of everything we do. There is no time in New ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Finance Minister’s Budget 2020 Budget Speech
    Mr Speaker, I move that the Appropriation (2020/21 Estimates) Bill be now read a second time. From its very beginning this Coalition Government has committed to putting the wellbeing of current and future generations of New Zealanders at the heart of everything we do. There is no time in New ...
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    2 weeks ago