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Rules of the game

Written By: - Date published: 9:59 pm, December 3rd, 2007 - 54 comments
Categories: articles, dpf, election funding - Tags: , ,

Just had a read of Colin Espiner’s latest opinion piece. He certainly doesn’t pull any punches. Here’s what he has to say about the EFB:

But despite attempts by Labour to patch up the worst of the bill’s flaws, it remains a shoddy piece of legislation that should be consigned to the dustbin.

And, in the interests of balance, here’s what he had to say about the Nats:

There can be no doubt that National is every bit as motivated by self-interest as Labour over the bill. While the Opposition in public keeps its comments focused on the impact on legitimate public debate, it is deeply concerned its ability to campaign will be constrained by this legislation.

So far so ordinary but then…

There is also no doubt that the debate has been effectively hijacked by Right-wing supporters of National such as David Farrar and John Boscawen, who have even appeared in the media as “independent” commentators, despite one being National’s Wellington Central campaign manager and the other an Act Party fundraiser.

Excuse me? Did I read that right? “hijacked by Right-wing supporters of National such as David Farrar and John Boscawen”?? But this was a grassroots uprising wasn’t it? It’s not about partisan politics or big money at all. Surely?

Nah.

I’d thought the tide was turning for these astroturfers after nearly every media story covering last Saturday’s march mentioned how much money they’d pumped into it but to have it called by a senior political commentator is pleasing indeed. The anti-EFB campaign has hurt Labour. There’s little doubt about that but for DPF it’s been a Kamikaze run in terms of his credibility and his usefulness. Oh, he’s trying to inoculate it with the old “Aw shucks they just asked me what I thought and I told them” angle but given DPF’s work at National’s HQ and his years working for them in Parliament nobody but the blindest KB disciple would believe that. And it looks like the media has rumbled him.

It all reminds me of something an old hand in this game once told me, “backroom boys should stay in the backroom”. There’s a lot of slight of hand in politics. Always has been, always will be. Nearly every political story you read or view has been orchestrated by someone in the background – it’s all about tactical leaking, running lines and generally shaping the discourse and one of the things about being a backroom “boy” is you never get the credit for it publicly. But if you let your vanity get the better of you and step out into the media spotlight you’re marked. People know you as the face of a single issue or political position and bring that idea of you to everything you’re involved with. And that means you’re a one-trick pony and your value as an operator is shot. Who knows whether that’s fair or not, but DPF is learning about it now.

54 comments on “Rules of the game”

  1. Lampie 1

    wonder if the Herald will pick it up, might get a bit more credability (spelling??) in my books.

  2. Susan Deare 2

    Nice to see Espiner call it how it really is. Bloody sick of Farrar getting off as an ‘independent commentator’.

    Lampie – I don’t think the media will pick up on it. They’ve all used Farrar in some ‘independent commentator’ capacity over the past month. They’re not likely to admit their mistakes. Nonetheless, let’s hope IrishBill’s right, that at the very least Farrar’s reputation in this arena is as fucked as it deserves to be.

  3. Gruela 3

    The opposition to the EFB seem to have fatally diluted their protests by not concentrating on the few flawed aspects of the bill, but by appearing to rail against the very idea that they shouldn’t be allowed to spend as much money as they like during an election cycle. They were never going to win that argument, and having such an extremely right-wing cadre lined up against it probably didn’t help their cause either.

    Lampie

    As to spelling, try right-clicking over the word. Modern technology is here to help you.

  4. Lampie 4

    this has word chect?

    damn

    I don’t think the media will pick up on it.

    Typical

  5. outofbed 5

    Firefox checks spelling as you go

  6. Lampie 6

    Firefox checks spelling as you go

    Ah ha, I use cheap arse explorer, see Gruela, I have modern crap….about as useful as a National party DVD in a video store

  7. insider 7

    Jeez, you guys just lose all sense of proportion when it comes to DPF.

    Why should farrar’s reputation be at all affected by this? He has never denied who he is, where his alliegences lie, who he has worked for – you guys only know he has been working at Nat HQ because he openly posted it on his blog, you know the one you guys spend a lot of time reading as do apparantly thousands of others – including a lot of media judging by the regular references to it in news and gossip columns.

    YOu laughably say: “And it looks like the media has rumbled him.” Unbelieveable. Is this the same media that on plenty of other occasions have referred to him as “prominent national party blogger”? Since when is disclosure seen as a negative for someone’s reputation. Oh that’s right, since it became a conflict of interest to have an involvement with National – go ask Madelaine Setchell…

    Last I heard DPF did not make editorial decisions for major media, nor is he a news captioner/writer. Your vitriol would be better aimed at those who made the editorial decisions to give him a platform without mentioning these things – perhaps they forgot?

    Get a grip guys. Got anything to say on the deepening do-do that Parker’s finding himself in for meddling in the independence of the PS? You guys should be aligned with the PSA on this surely?

  8. Lampie 9

    cheers outofbed

  9. Gruela 10

    Interestingly, my original porn name was Fire Fox, but I had to change it. You know, for copyright reasons.

  10. Lee C 11

    Neat jump from the criticism of the EFb to the real issue taht is affecting New Zealand – another ‘Hollow Man’ paranoia trip.

    And, according to wikipedia only two days ago, DPF has links to neo-nazis!
    Is it possible that a concerted effort to neutralise DPF is now underway?
    I mean, surely it is about time that this cancerous and corrosive element in New Zealand politics was eliminated?

    Then we can all get the EFB into law with as little fuss as possible?

  11. IrishBill 12

    Insider – there is a big difference between having something tucked away on your blog and being branded in the mainstream media. If you really were an insider you’d understand that.

  12. insider 15

    I’d add that you have a fundamental misunderstanding of astroturfing, a key element of which is plausible deniability of any link back to a vested interest – you really should read Wiki (interesting some of the earliest examples of the practice came from unions…).

    Given Farrar’s open alliegence and Boscowen’s never denied alliegence and his public listing on the donations to ACT list, this really doesn’t meet the test any more than Destiny’s Enough is Enough work.

    But I suppose it is a neat new word for you to play with, just like “dog whistling”. But if you are going to use it, please at least make sure you use it appropriately.

  13. a_nerd 17

    Lee C

    I think you are onto it. The vindictive hate speech about the EB was so incorrectly linked to Nazi style behaviour when it was coming from Labour. All along it was DPF was had links to the Neo-Nazis… Well once a great supporter of the standard and a great proponent of left wing thinking had finished spreading propaganda he did.

    Shameful that he hasn’t been banned here and shameful that so many of the standards regulars have had vented their splines about DPF banning him on kiwiwblogblog

    Shame on the standard for not taking a stand against this sort of deliberate vandalism and concerted hate campaign.

  14. Tane 18

    Hi Insider,

    My personal position on DPF being quoted as an independent commentator is here:

    ‘Political commentator David Farrar’

    David Farrar is a political operative, and he’s National Party to the bone. He’s certainly not an independent commentator.

    That it’s come to this is no indictment on Farrar personally. He’s spent years building up Kiwiblog as the National Party’s online messaging hub, and judging by its popularity and influence he’s done a bloody good job of it too. You can hardly blame the guy for taking advantage of an opportunity to do the same thing in the mainstream media under the guise of independent commentary. The real fault lies with media outlets that should know better.

    I think IrishBill’s point was that
    a) the EFB campaign was a piece of astroturfing
    b) Farrar is not an independent commentator and it’s good the media are finally calling him on it, and
    c) By choosing to cross into the public arena he’s doing himself long-term harm as a backroom operator.

    I’m no big player myself, but from what I’ve seen of the game IrishBill’s analysis is right on the mark.

  15. Wayne 19

    That’s a lot of shame you’ve got there Nerd, but if you want therapy then you’re better off at http://dad4justice.blogspot.com/. This place is for grown ups.

    (Speaking of the EFB- captcah is ‘contribute $2,000’. Rock.

  16. burt 20

    Tane

    I guess what you are saying is that DPF wouldn’t get any senior job in the public service under the current Govt. I won’t argue with that.

  17. outofbed 21

    http://www.wastewatch.co.nz/
    more laughter

    captcha man leftwing ( someones having a larf)

  18. insider 23

    Thanks Tane, I completely agree with your old post.

    IB has taken a very different angle, missed the target completely and in a quite vinidictive and deliberate way. (but then he is the same supposed “expert” who said Claire Curren would not be running for the nomination in Dunedin South)

    You know DPF is open about who he is. He has been a minor but growing public figure on the political scene for a couple of years now. He’s hardly sudden;y “crossed over into the public arena”. Any harm he could have done was surely done long ago. ANd that is why his EFB campaign is not astroturfing

    Given that background, you can’t in all honesty blame him for how the media label him. It’s not as if they can say they didn’t know. It’s a bad choice of words to say they are “calling HIM on it”. Calling him on what? SOmething he’s never hidden? It’s more like they are doing their job properly. .

    I also don’t actually think David is much of a backroom operator in terms of framing strategy etc – no inside knowledge here, just a personal impression on the basis that he talks way too much and very publicly about what he thinks and does (not suggesting he is a loose talker – he just seems fairly straight with his views). Sure he works for Nat party, but then so do a few others in a range of roles, not all of which are machinating the succession of big business policies.

  19. Lee C 24

    DPF’s crime is that he is open about who he works for, and open about his political views and attitudes.

    Evidently this kind of ‘thought-crime’ must be cut out root and branch if democracy is to flourish..

    If only he would take a leaf out of others’ books and maintain a dignified secrecy about where his pay packets are sourced, then he would have the freedom to villify and besmirch whoever he likes with impunity.

    And, according to Sam Dixon, he’s a nazi-loving right-wing scumbag.

    I don’t know how he can lie straight in bed at night.

  20. The Double Standard 25

    Out of bed – I think you meant

    http://youpaidforit.co.nz/?q=image/tid/6

  21. The Double Standard 26

    IB – do you think that this place has such a high level of credibility, given you obsession with DPF and John Key?

    I would think that most would respect DPF for his openness about his connections, as posted on his site. We still don’t know anything about the standardistas. For all we know you could be working in the beehive.
    Farrar doesn’t label himself as an “independent commentator”, that is done by the media outlet.

    Nice effort to pull something out of the hat on your usual obsession on a column that is mostly about Labour’s failure to deliver effective law, or perform effective lawmaking. Given the lack of posting on the topic here, I looks like you are saying that the EFB should be dropped.

  22. IrishBill 27

    Insider – I was not being vindictive. I was simply pointing out that David has become the face of a PR exercise. And the anti-EFB campaign is astroturfing, it’s just a really bad attempt at it here’s David’s offsider Cameron Slater claiming it’s “apolitical”:

    I notice David has also got on board with Slater’s “You paid for it” campaign and is claiming that’s apolitical. I also noticed that at the Wellington rally he claimed he didn’t work for the National party when he was challenged by the lead counter-protester.

    As far as I’m concerned David has every right to involve himself in these campaigns but by becoming the public face of the anti-EFB campaign he has firmly identified himself as a National party operative whereas previously he was perceived only as a political insider with National party leanings – his disclaimer was part of that cover.

    I’m glad you brought Curran up. I admit I was very surprised when she confirmed she was standing for selection. That was because I had assumed she wouldn’t stand because she is also a “backroom boy”. It’s instructive to see what has happened to her since she decided to become a public figure.

  23. Santi 28

    “I’m no big player myself” C’mon Tane don’t give us that bogus humility.

    Those in the know can tell you’re famous (or was it infamous?) around the blogs for your impeccable behaviour, well reasoned and unbiased postings, and very good manners. You’re a good example for others in the loony left.

  24. Robinsod 29

    Sorry to post off-topic but this just in on DVDgate: “Produced for National by Production Shed TV, the cost has not been disclosed but The Press understands the party spent $110,000 on it.”

    I guess all those righties who banged on about “at least $50k” being wrong and slandered the standard’s research should apologise now?

  25. Lee C 30

    “I guess all those righties who banged on about “at least $50k” being wrong and slandered the standard’s research should apologise now?”

    Robinsod I think you will find that $110,000 is more than $50,000, so it is true to say the DVD did cost ‘at least’ $50,000.

    Who paid for it? Oh of course it will be illegal to spend your own money to make a political point soon, won;t it?

    Is that why Labour used tax-cash to sneakily update their website, mere weeks before the EFB came in so they could not be charged later with teh electioneering spend?

    I wonder how much taxpayers cash went into that venture, at least?

  26. Robinsod 31

    Lee – the point is National doesn’t like the EFB because it will stop them spending teh oodles of cash they’ve got from “anonymous” corporate backers. The DVD was an attempt to spend a big chunk of cash ($110k apparently) outside of spending limits for a PR tool that they could then use during the election campaign . It’s about National being the party of PR cash rather than the party of policies, ideas and all those other annoying things they need to govern properly.

    And you never answered my question about the march – you got a second chance to take a meaningful stand against the EFB on Saturday. Did you march this time? Or are you all talk?

  27. Lee C 32

    Robinsod I’m plainly all talk. The floor is yours. Enjoy it.

  28. Lee C 33

    PS while we are on the subject of PR Tools,

    Is that why Labour used tax-cash to sneakily update their website, mere weeks before the EFB came in so they could not be charged later with teh electioneering spend?

    How much taxpayers cash went into that venture, at least, do you estimate?

  29. Tane 34

    ‘sod, interesting you say that. Tracy Watkins says in the Dom Post this morning “the campaign is believed to have cost up to $200,000”

  30. MikeE 35

    If the anti EFB is astroturfing that must be news to:

    – NZ First Supporting Greypower
    – Green Party Supporting Anarchists
    – God knows who supporting Democrats for Social Credit
    – Former Members of Princess Street Labour
    – Human Rights Commission
    – NORML

    And other bastions of the vast right wing conspiracy

  31. Lee C 36

    Back on thread – I thought it was interesting that DPF has been villified by the BNP they issued a picture of him with ‘Juden’ written on his forrehead.

    Then He gets linked to the same Neo-Nazi organisation by Sam Dixon?

    Does this indicate that the Hard left and the Hard right are merely mirror images of each other, with someone like DPF in the middle?

    Surely it speaks volumes that they are both willing to use identical tactics to destroy a political opponent?

  32. Tane 37

    Lee, if it was Sam I suspect it was a drunken prank rather than anything malicious.

    Have you read the Hollow Men yet?

  33. Lee C 38

    The other interesting thing is that the left are very keen to discuss how National spends its money in support of its own world-view, but very loathe to discuss how much money the unions dedicate to extolling theirs. For example, let’s say (hypothetically) someone in the union movement was on a salary, to promote his or her union.

    Then let’s suggest they spend a lot of their time (most days, perhaps) slandering the opposition party in government.
    In the interests of transparency,
    i) How much of their labour time would count as electioneering?
    ii) How is that accounted for against election costs?
    iii) Are they able to claim they are private citizens? expressing a political view
    iv) does the fact they are doing this in work time mean they are doing it with the blessing of their employers
    v) should they rather be spending their time and justifying their salaries by dealing with issues which affect the members who pay their subscription fees?
    vi) Is ‘The Union’ merely a corrupted big-business interest, which exploits its members as cynically as Big business exploits the consumer?

    Just hypothetically, of course?

  34. Billy 39

    Tane, Sam said yesterday he wasn’t denying it.

    Key DVD canned over Clocks fiasco

    So I think that’s answered. If you can pass off anti-semitism as a “drunken prank” good on you. I am kind of against it.

  35. Lee C 40

    But back on thread – we would never know whether this was or was not the case, would we, because all theime those individuals are going on about ‘transparency’ anmd ‘Hollow Men’ in politics from their rather lofty high-ground, they are in fact hiding behind their own anonymity all the time!

    Go figure….

  36. Lee C 41

    Tane you have my address – send me a copy.

  37. Lee C 42

    But I will suggest that if that is all you guys are going to fight the next election on, it will sadly back-fire on you.

  38. Lee C 43

    Lee, if it was Sam I suspect it was a drunken prank rather than anything malicious.

    And yet here you are the very next day on a character assassination of DPF – are you ‘drunk’ too, tane, or was this just the logical next step in the demonisation of your enemies agenda?

  39. PhilBest 44

    The trouble with this, is something that Lee has touched on already, and that is that “independent commentators” on the Left are plentiful and tend to be provided for financially by either Taxpayer or Union money. There is no equivalent on the Right, of a similar number of paying positions for people like me, where we will be able to spend time for which our income will not be reduced, on blogging and political activism. Restrict the few like David Farrar and John Boscawen who do what they do at considerable financial sacrifice, and there would be nothing left. (Or EVERYTHING “Left”).

    I’ve only put some TIME into this sort of thing recently because of the EFB and the sheer danger of the way I can see NZ heading. But I can’t sustain it. I disappear from the blogosphere for considerable chunks of time at times.

  40. r0b 45

    Fascinating piece of in depth musical analysis above Phil!

    Anyway, don’t feel too sorry for the poor, underrepresented voice of the right. Seems to be they are adequately, nay bounteously represented by right wing think tanks such as:

    The Business Roundtable
    The Maxim Institute
    The New Zealand Institute
    The New Zealand Centre for Political Research
    and so on…

    Not to mention owning most of the “msm”, and perhaps, who knows, even influencing its editorial policy.

  41. Tane 46

    Lee, I don’t agree this piece was a character assassination, nor did I write it. Are you drunk? 🙂

  42. MOz 47

    Since we’re entertaining the pedants, There’s a lot of slight of hand in politics would have more tradition behind it with sleight in there instead. But I do like the metaphor of National’s slight hand not quite grasping the change in politics…

    And as for DPF’s crime, I thought that was repeatedly failing to learn from experience. He’s widely known as a National party hack, yet persistently tries to pretend that he’s not. In an environment where even letters to the editor get “Nic Tae, Middleton (Green Party member)” appellations, the claim that a staunch National Party supporter, member and employee has suddenly become independent reeks of … hoping the rest of us are gullible morons?

  43. PhilBest 48

    rOb: The Business Roundtable
    The Maxim Institute
    The New Zealand Institute
    The New Zealand Centre for Political Research:

    How many people are provided with paid time for blogging and activism by the above, and how does this compare with all those bureaucrats, ministerial aides, academics, and quangoes, all paid for by the taxpayer, plus Trade Union officials, that I refer to above, all beavering away at the leftwing agenda.

    The MSM “right wing”??????????????????????????????????????????????

    BALLS.

    The acid test: what does the MSM say when the Nats float the idea of privatising ANY government activity or asset?

    BALLS again.

  44. the sprout 49

    it sounds like you’re not big on books Phil, so try starting with this

  45. you know what i like instead of an argument sprouty? lots of question marks

    i am going to try that from now on. sometimes you do slay me with your nimble wit sprouty but now i am armed. take that?????????????????????????????

    and that???????????? haHA game, set, match

  46. PhilBest 51

    sprout: I’d like to recommend to you the following, which are a few of the books I have read: Hayek: “The Road To Serfdom”
    Friedman: “Free to Choose” Orwell: “Animal Farm” and “1984”
    Courtois: “The Black Book of Communism” Schumpeter: “Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy” Goldberg: “Bias” Horowitz: “Left Illusions”
    Huxley: “Brave New World”

    In a lighter vein, ALL of P.J. O’Rourke’s books.

    When you’ve read those, come back to me and I’ll recommend you some more. If I could persuade you to try just ONE, make it “Left Illusions” (a political journey” by David Horowitz.

    Regarding the video, Noam Chomsky particularly live on another planet in a paralell universe. His opposite numbers in US political commentary, David Horowitz, Peter Collier, Allan Dershowitz, and others, frequently use a standard term, “Planet Chomsky”. It is a huge mistaken direction to take in one’s life, to go headlong into Chomsky’s propaganda without first getting a firm grounding in the historical record of the REAL world. The works I refer to above are of course “classics” of the “right” wing (not in the Ayn Randish sense, mark), but I was passionately interested in all history from a young age and read extensively. I tell you, I have tried to start a couple of Chomsky books and if they weren’t library books, by the time I got to about the fifth page I would have torn them to pieces, but sufficed by throwing them at the opposite wall of the room and screaming for a bit.

    By the way, no response from anyone on my acid test over whether our media is right wing or left wing? Presumably YOU think they’re “right wing” because they refer to people like Joe Stalin, Mao tse Tung, and Pol Pot (on the rare occasion they DO mention those people – most of the time they’re slagging the USA past and present) in terms other than sainthood? Just curious.

  47. merl 52

    PhilBest, do you *really* believe in “the liberal media” (which is central to Horowitz’s worldview)?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Media_bias_in_the_United_States

    Because that seems like a right-wing meme to me.

  48. merl 53

    More on David Horowitz:

    “Baghdad is liberated. In the days to come let us not forget that if it were not for one man, and one man alone—George Bush—the people of Iraq would not be celebrating in the streets and pulling down Saddam’s statues today… We have entered the era of a new civil war between the forces of freedom and the powers of Islamo-fascist and communist darkness, and once again the left is clearly determined to take its stand on the other side. The good news is that America is back. Our military has performed superlatively. Our leadership has stood tall. We ourselves can celebrate over this and look confidently towards what lies ahead.”
    —FrontPageMagazine.com | April 9, 2003

  49. the sprout 54

    you’d really have to have shit for brains to think the msm was liberal

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  • Great news for New Zealanders with cystic fibrosis
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says he is delighted that PHARMAC has struck a provisional deal to fund Kalydeco – a medicine which is set to improve the quality of life for about 30 New Zealand children and adults with cystic fibrosis. “While rare, cystic fibrosis is an awful inherited ...
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  • New Zealand least corrupt country in the world
    New Zealand has regained its position as the least corrupt country in the world for the second time under this Coalition Government, says Justice Minister Andrew Little. “New Zealanders can be proud that our reputation as one of the least corrupt countries in the world has been restored,” says Andrew ...
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  • Boost for Rēkohu/Wharekauri/Chatham Islands Community Conservation
    Community conservation in Rēkohu/Wharekauri/the Chatham Islands is receiving a boost, with grants to support local projects announced today by Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage. “Rēkohu/Wharekauri/ the Chatham Islands are home to 20 per cent of New Zealand’s threatened bird species and 11 per cent of New Zealand’s threatened plant species. ...
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  • Rātana Pā goes high-tech with UFB
    Iwi, hapu and visitors to Rātana Pā near Whanganui now have access to ultra-fast broadband following its connection, completed in time for annual Rātana celebrations, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says. The connection and associated hardware were funded from the Provincial Growth Fund’s $21 million Marae Digital Connectivity programme, ...
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  • Govt’s strong financial management acknowledged
    The Government’s strong financial management and plan to future proof the economy with new infrastructure investment has gained further recognition from an international ratings agency. Credit rating agency Fitch has upgraded one of its main metrics assessing the Government’s books, lifting its foreign currency AA rating outlook to ‘positive’ from ...
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  • Boost in Whānau Ora funding to keep changing lives
    Whānau throughout New Zealand are set to benefit from an extra three million dollars that will go directly to Whānau Ora Commissioning Agencies, the Minister for Whānau Ora Peeni Henare announced today.  Including previous funding boosts, the Agencies will now receive $87 million this year between them.  In Budget 2019 ...
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  • More people getting into work
    The December quarter benefit numbers released today show the Government’s plan to get people off the benefit and into work is starting to pay off,” Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni said.   “Nearly 19,000 people cancelled their benefit and went into work in the last few months of the year – ...
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  • Wairoa gets up to $6.1m to rebuild heart of CBD
    The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing up to $6.1 million to revitalise business and tourism opportunities in Wairoa, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. The PGF is funding: Up to $4.8 million for the Wairoa Integrated Business and Tourism Facility Up to $960,000 for the ...
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    3 days ago
  • Major Events support for creative and cultural events
    Creative and cultural events that highlight New Zealand’s diverse culture and build national pride are set to get a funding boost through the Major Events Fund, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford said today. The new Creative and Cultural Events Incubator, which is funded through the Major Events Fund, will open ...
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  • Classroom internet in hundreds of schools to get a boost
    The Government has begun a massive IT upgrade to provide more seamless internet access to 200 schools around the country. Te Mana Tūhono – Technology in Schools work programme will launch with a pilot of 10 smaller state schools early this year. IT equipment that gives students access to the ...
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    3 days ago
  • Construction workforce, apprenticeships hit record highs
    Working with industry and committing to rebuild New Zealand’s infrastructure has produced a record high number of Kiwis working in the construction industry and learning trades, says Minister for Building and Construction Jenny Salesa. New figures available today from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and the Tertiary Education ...
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    3 days ago
  • NZ concludes digital economy trade talks with Singapore and Chile
    A new trade agreement concluded today helps New Zealand exporters and consumers take advantage of opportunities from digital trade.    Minister for Trade and Export Growth David Parker together with Chile’s Vice Minister of Trade Rodrigo Yañez and Singapore’s Minister of Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing, have announced conclusion of ...
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    3 days ago
  • Provincial Growth Fund to fund Waipukurau cultural development and tourism
    The Ngā Ara Tipuna -  Waipukurau Pā Site Interpretation project will receive $2.798 million from the Provincial Growth Fund to create an authentic cultural tourism experience, Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced today “The project will inform visitors about the history of six pā sites in Waipukurau with a combination ...
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    4 days ago
  • 21 new judges boost diversity, improve access to justice
    Twenty-one new District Court judges have been appointed in a move that will improve access to justice and boost diversity on the bench. The new judges include replacements for retirements and 10 new positions. Attorney-General David Parker today announced the 14 judges who can immediately be named, with the remainder ...
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    4 days ago
  • Puhinui to Auckland Airport in 10 minutes
    Aucklanders are another step closer to getting rapid transit to the airport, with the start of construction to upgrade State Highway 20B to the airport, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. SH20B will be upgraded with additional lanes in each direction, dedicated to bus and high-occupancy vehicles between Pukaki Creek ...
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    4 days ago
  • Advancing New Zealand’s trade agenda focus of Europe meetings
    World Trade Organisation reform, agricultural trade and a free trade agreement with the United Kingdom will be the focus of Minister for Trade and Export Growth David Parker’s visit to Europe this week. David Parker leaves on Tuesday for a series of meetings in the UK and Switzerland that aim ...
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    5 days ago
  • Minister of Defence to visit counterparts in US and Canada
    The Minister of Defence, Ron Mark, departed today for the United States and Canada where he will meet with his counterparts.  While in Canada Minister Mark will meet with his counterpart, Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan.  “New Zealand and Canada are close friends, and share an instinctive like-mindedness on ...
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  • Government to deliver family carers $2000 pay rise, expand scheme to spouses this year
    The Coalition Government is delivering this year the changes to Funded Family Care the disability sector has long-asked for, says Associate Minister of Health Jenny Salesa. “Today we are announcing the details of our big changes to Funded Family Care, including an annual average pay boost of $2,246.40 for funded ...
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    6 days ago
  • Ko te reo kua mū: Piri Sciascia
    Minister for Māori Development Nanaia Mahuta joins te ao Māori in their sorrow as they learn of the loss of one of the great orators and spokespersons of a generation – Piri Sciascia.  “The son of Pōrangahau was a staunch advocate for Māori development and served his people for over ...
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    7 days ago
  • Minister opens new ecosanctuary at Cape Farewell
    A new ecosanctuary with a predator proof fence on Golden Bay’s Cape Farewell, which will restore a safe home for sea birds, rare native plants, giant snails, and geckos, was officially opened today by the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage. “There has been a fantastic community effort supported by the ...
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    7 days ago
  • Pacific partners work together to provide additional support to Australia
    The NZDF continues to support the Australian Defence Force (ADF) as it battles fires in Victoria and New South Wales, including by transporting Republic of Fiji Military engineers from Nadi to Australia, announced Defence Minister Ron Mark. On Saturday morning a NZDF Boeing 757 will depart New Zealand to uplift ...
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    1 week ago
  • Kaikōura $10.88 million boost in tourism & business
    The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10.88 million to boost business and tourism opportunities in Kaikōura, Parliamentary Undersecretary for Regional Economic Development, Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. As part of the Kaikōura Marina Development Programme, the following two projects will receive PGF funding: A $9.88 million investment to begin the ...
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    1 week ago
  • Govt accounts in surplus, debt remains low
    The Government’s books are in good shape with the accounts in surplus and expenses close to forecast, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Treasury today released the Crown accounts for the five months to November. The operating balance before gains and losses (OBEGAL) was above forecast by $0.7 billion resulting ...
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    1 week ago
  • Auckland focus for first Police graduation of 2020
    The number of Police on the Auckland frontline is increasing with the graduation today of a special locally-trained wing of new constables. Police Minister Stuart Nash says the graduation of eighteen officers from Recruit Wing 333-5 means that more than 1900 new Police have been deployed since the Coalition Government ...
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  • Wairarapa gets $7.11m PGF water boost
    The Provincial Growth Fund is putting $7.11 million into creating a sustainable water supply for Wairarapa, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. The following two projects will receive Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) funding: A $7 million investment in Wairarapa Water Limited for the pre-construction development of ...
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    1 week ago
  • Progress with new Police station in Mahia
    Community safety and crime prevention in the East Coast community of Mahia has moved forward with the opening of a new Police station to serve the growing coastal settlement. Police Minister Stuart Nash has officially opened the new station, which was relocated almost 20 kilometres along the coast from the nearby ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Plans to protect the future of whitebaiting announced
    With several native whitebait species in decline the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage has today released proposals to standardise and improve management of whitebait across New Zealand. “The need for action for a healthy whitebait fishery has never been greater,” Eugenie Sage said.  “Four of the six whitebait species are ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • New resource for schools to increase awareness and understanding of climate change
    A new Ministry of Education resource available for schools in 2020 will increase awareness and understanding of climate change, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “The resource, Climate Change – prepare today, live well tomorrow, will help students understand the effects of climate change at a local, national and global ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Getting more out of our most productive firms
    Finance Minister Grant Robertson has approved the terms of reference for an Inquiry into the economic contribution of New Zealand's frontier firms. Frontier firms are the most productive firms in the domestic economy within their own industry. “These firms are important as they diffuse new technologies and business practices into ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • NZDF sends more support to Australia
    The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) is sending an Environmental Health Team, a Primary Health Care Team and a Chaplain to Australia, boosting New Zealand support for the Australian Defence Force (ADF) as it battles bush fires in Victoria and New South Wales, Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today. The ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand joins partners in calling for full investigation into air crash in Iran
    Acting Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Rt Hon Winston Peters says that developments suggesting a surface-to-air missile is responsible for the downing of the Ukrainian International Airlines flight in Iran is disastrous news. “New Zealand offers its deepest sympathies to the families of the 176 victims. It is ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Staying connected to Australian agriculture
    Agriculture Minister, Damien O’Connor, says the Ministry for Primary Industries is continuing to stay connected to federal authorities in Australia as devastating fires affect the country.  “The Ministry is using an existing trans-Tasman forum for discussions on the agricultural impact of the fires and the future recovery phase,” says Damien ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Investment in schools – a commitment to communities
    Thousands of school-age children, their teachers and wider communities are benefiting from the Government’s multi-million dollar investment upgrading and renewing schools, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “We want New Zealand to be the best place to be a child and that means learning in warm, comfortable and modern classrooms,” ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand Defence Force sends support to Australia
    Minister of Defence Ron Mark today announced New Zealand is sending three Royal New Zealand Air Force NH90 helicopters and crew, and two NZ Army Combat Engineer Sections as well as a command element to support the Australian Defence Force efforts in tackling the Australian fires.  The New Zealand Defence Force ...
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    3 weeks ago