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Sara Goff and Drugs

Written By: - Date published: 12:04 pm, June 28th, 2010 - 54 comments
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Phil Goff’s daughter, Sara Goff has been outed, apparently she arrived at a party in Australia with 4 Ecstasy tablets hidden in her bra. This is undoubtedly going to be used by the wing-nut mob as an excuse to destroy Goff’s reputation. I mean, if he can’t bring up his daughter right, then he can’t govern a country properly can he, right? Wrong.

There is an aversion to all recreational drugs in Western society, with the exception of the old favourite alcohol. Perhaps this lies in the Puritan past, or maybe it’s just an excuse for people with a bone to pick to sideline people for their otherwise irrelevant choices. The fact is, without the ingrained societal values against chemicals like Ecstasy, very little harm is caused by it. Should Goff and his daughter have to face flak for Sara Goff wanting to have a good night out?

Recently British scientist David Nutt was sacked by the government (New Labour, not the current LibDem/Tory monster) for proclaiming that Ecstasy with the exception of added binders and fillers which sometimes can be toxic, or the presentation of methamphetamine as E, is safer than horse riding, and definitely safer than alcohol.

All research, aside from scare mongering rubbish put out by government departments, shows that Nutt was right, Ecstasy is a relatively safe drug. All we hear in the media is horror stories, people that have died from overhydration or combining it with alcohol. This is just another example of the MSM showing a huge bias.

I’ll leave you with this show from Bill Hicks, talking about lies, scare tactics, superstitions and the MSM.

J Andels

54 comments on “Sara Goff and Drugs”

  1. Bill 1

    What is Goff’s stance on recreational drugs?

    If he is pro-legalisation or pro-decriminalisation, then there is no story whatsoever.

    Otherwise you get that whole ‘by association’ thing and a perception of hypocrisy etc which is what makes for the mini scandal or whatever you term this kind of soap as news shit.

    Will be interesting to see if he uses the “even my ‘butter wouldn’t melt in her mouth’ daughter!” line as an excuse to assume a swaggering, tough guy front line warrior stand for the supposed good guys as the War on Drugs takes another gloriously drunken stagger down the road to oblivion.

    • swimmer 1.1

      Where’s the potential hypocrisy? He’s not the one tripping on drugs. His daughter is a grown woman who is responsible for her own choices.

  2. infused 2

    Yeah. I have no problem with this. This is a beat up. 4 pills she was consuming herself. Maybe if she was selling it, it would be a different story. E is a wonderful drug 😉

  3. deemac 4

    she is 25, not 14 FFS. No longer anyone’s responsibility but her own.
    And 4 Es? wow – hold the front page…

  4. ieuan 5

    How does that graph work? It has solvents as ‘safer’ than just about anything except anabolic steroids.

    Honestly which of the things on the graph would you be happy for your son or daughter to be taking on a regular basis??

    • Pascal's bookie 5.1

      “It has solvents as ‘safer’ than just about anything except anabolic steroids”

      I think you are looking at the ‘dependency’?

      I wouldn’t be happy with my son using any of those drugs. Call me a reactionary old fossil if you like but I happen to think 3-and-a-half is just way too young.

      • ieuan 5.1.1

        Surely it is a combination of physical harm and dependancy, the further to the top right the worse the ‘substance’. Otherwise why have two axis?

        • Pascal's bookie 5.1.1.1

          “Otherwise why have two axis?”

          Because they are different things I guess.

          dependency /= harm

          But if something is high on both, then it’s obviously worse.

      • Draco T Bastard 5.1.2

        Gah, reading the graph wrong.

        • Pascal's bookie 5.1.2.1

          I suspect that a smaller number of people that use solvents once go on to become habitual users than is the case with cannabis.

    • Lanthanide 5.2

      No, physical harm is left to right. Solvents are therefore more harmful than:
      Khat, GHB, Cannabis, Alkyl Nitrites, Ecstasy and LSD, and approximately as harmful as Tobacco. They are less harmful than Alcohol, anabolic steroids, etc.

  5. Croc 6

    Goff’s response was ridiculous though, stating that he knew “for a fact” that his daughter had never taken illegal drugs before and that he was not being “naive”.

    You don’t go from being drug free for 25 years to attempting to smuggle four Class A pills into a party/festival, even if they are wrongly classified.

    That all being said, who cares, taking drugs doesn’t make you a bad person. And this is muck raking of the worst kind.

    I personally know some of the children of current MP’s who have been up to all kinds of mischief, both legal and illegal but their actions are irrelevant to the politics of their parents. Keep the families out of it, period.

  6. Croc 7

    Article on the 2007 paper on drug harm ranking in the UK http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/6474053.stm

    Also the BBC Horizon documentary is a very good watch which explains the paper.http://www.bbc.co.uk/sn/tvradio/programmes/horizon/broadband/tx/drugs/

  7. This is a story I made an early decision not to blog on, so you can’t lump ALL the right into one basket. Pollies’ children have enough to deal with without the likes of those of us in the blogosphere (on both sides) looking in on them.

  8. vto 9

    Reading about the tragic drug trafficking situation in Mexico where thousands have been killed and the police and military have lost control makes for sobering reading. The Mexican Pres. sheeted home the responsibility to the addiction of the USA to drugs – which is quite right.

    It occurred to me that Mexico should give up fighting the drugs trade, which benefits the USA users and costs Mexicans their lives, by decriminlasing drugs in Mexico. That way it would lump the problem back to its rightful owner – the USA.

    • The Voice of Reason 9.1

      Crikey, change ‘drugs’ for ‘oil’ and Mexico for BP and it’s the same scenario. An overwhelming and hugely profitable demand from the north leading to misery in the south.

      • SHG 9.1.1

        Yes, it’s exactly the same. That’s why BP should give up fighting the oil trade.

        What, what?

        [lprent: The return. BTW: I noticed your history rewrite of the reason you got banned last week at the DimPost. ]

  9. husker 10

    bill hicks is a prophet, sage, seer and comic. he should be taught in schools (apart from some of the clam lapping stuff)

  10. MikeE 11

    While I agree with the post, Goff (and the Labour Party) has voted
    – against the med pot bill
    – for banning BZP etc

    Considering he has voted to send people to jail due for recreational drug use, it makes him look like a hypocrite, especially with all the excuses he has made for her (suggesting in a statement she did not intend to consume them – so was she dealing?). Providing the pills are actually E, they are pretty safe, the real dangers are due to prohibition – which as far as I know, Goff is a supporter of.

    Personally, I don’t think he daughter has done anything wrong, people should be free to consume whatever substance they like providing they don’t harm others. And I’m one of them crazy “right wingers”.. (though Jacqui Dean did call me a left winger on the radio when we got her to try and ban Water).

    Agreed that this is muck raking and typical of Marshall’s journalism, I do find it kind of ironic that he is reporting on people’s drug use considering his history in the clubbing scene…

    • ianmac 11.1

      Yes – leave the MP’s kids/families out of this.
      And it would be a dangerous move for any politician to make capital from this as people who throw stones are bound to reap what they sow, and throw the babies out and down the plughole.

      • swimmer 11.1.1

        Yes Ianmac the adult children of pollies make their own choices and it has nothing to do with Goff’s ability to do this job.

    • Pascal's bookie 11.2

      How is he a hypocrite exactly? Did did he say the law shouldn’t apply to her or what?

      • MikeE 11.2.1

        “Goff lodged an appeal, understood to be on the grounds that a conviction would limit her ability to travel internationally. New South Wales District Court judge Ronald Solomon reviewed the case and found “she had committed the offence but dismissed it without recording a conviction,” said the court official.”

        Considering he voted (along with the rest of Labour) to send people to Jail for possession of BZP, and voted against the Med Pot bill, I’d consider it hypocritical – unless I misread the article, and it was the daughter who lodged the appeal.

        That said, I don’t think that drug use should be the publics business, and it is pure gutter journalism. Though the only reason this because a story was Goff (seniors) hamfisted response when questioned by journalists.

        Just another sad example of the failure of the war on Drugs. The poor girl did nothing wrong, she harmed no one etc.

        • Bright Red 11.2.1.1

          I would assume the Goff in the quote is Sara Goff. Phil wouldn’t have standing to lodge an appeal.

          captcha: young

          • Pascal's bookie 11.2.1.1.1

            Yeah, I’d say that’s a pretty obvious misreading of the article. And what makes you (MikeE) think they would not have run it if Phil Goff had reacted in a way you approve of?

            • MikeE 11.2.1.1.1.1

              I’m sure they would have run it, hence calling it gutter journalism.

              • Pascal's bookie

                “Though the only reason this because a story was Goff (seniors) hamfisted response when questioned by journalists”

                I obviously don’t understand that then. No worries.

  11. f_t 12

    Drugs helped Paul Homes get his career back on track. Here’s hoping.

  12. Zero tolerance…she knew the risks and the possible media blowback if she got caught just for being Phil’s daughter.

    So no sympathy from me. I wouldn’t make allowances if it were weed, heroin, cocaine or whatever nor if she were my daughter so i’m not gonna make it for ecstasy and Phil’s daughter.

    Shame on her for bringing the family name into disrepute.

    • Ari 13.1

      I don’t care whose daughter she is, Sara Goff doesn’t have a drugs policy, she is a private citizen, and I see no reason why the public has a right to judge squat about her. Frankly, what she did isn’t the slightest bit immoral and I don’t see what rational reason it has to be illegal.

      The only disrepute here is people who can’t back out of the private life of someone who has nothing at all to do with politics. Any ‘disrepute’ to her or her family ought to be a private matter, as there isn’t any policy angle to be had here.

  13. vto 14

    Is our generation living with the most ‘victorian’ of rules around mind-alterating substances ever?

    Does anyone know if / when the rules were tougher than they are today?

    (which is actually the case with so many things today – we are far more victorian than we think imo)

    • lprent 14.1

      The Victorians had very very few limits on various drugs. You should have a look at original editions of Mrs Beatsons cookbook some time….

      • MikeE 14.1.1

        Yeah, Victorians loved their drugs. Often you could purchase whatever you liked at the local corner store.

        • Lanthanide 14.1.1.1

          Coca Cola was originally made with cocaine, after all.

          There are still old-timey children’s second-hand chemistry sets floating around from the 20’s and 30’s that have “cocain hydrochloride” in them, although I suspect a lot of them got used up in the 60s to 80s.

  14. Tiger Mountain 15

    The Victorians did a nice line in hypocrisy, but at least you could still get some interesting substances at the local “chemist’, opiates in several forms being rather popular.

    This unwarranted attention on a politicians daughter is the daftest drug beat up since Nandor’s “drunk in charge of a country’ jibe when he was a young MP, though I guess in a way he was correct.

  15. Nick C 16

    Can anyone imagine the same sort of defense by any author on this blog had Key’s daughter been caught with drugs?

    [lprent: Put up evidence, apologize, or face an indeterminate ban.
    There have been several suggestions along this line. I’ve decided to view it as an attack on the site. ]

    • Craig Glen Eden 16.1

      I think most of the authors are pretty united that Pollies families are off limits and so they should be they shouldn’t feature in woman’s mag’s either in my view it just make s others think they have a right to talk about them.

      I suppose it might be different if the polly supplied the drug but cant think why else the family of a polly should be dragged through the media.

    • Bright Red 16.2

      I would imagine the response would be the same. note Farrar’s post on this topic.

      and this post isn’t really about Sara Goff, that’s just the launching pad for the discussion of prohibition,

    • Good attempted diversion Nick C.

      The suggestion is that left and right both go for a feeding frenzy whenever children of the other side’s politicians are in trouble.

      Can I express this response as succinctly and directly as possible.

      Utter piffle.

      Fuck you and your sort for thinking that the left is as obnoxious and calculating as the right so that we would think of using a young person’s difficulties for political gain.

    • Alexandra 16.4

      “Can anyone imagine the same sort of defense by any author on this blog had Key’s daughter been caught with drugs? ”

      Yes, I can imagine the same sort of defense by most here for anyones daughter caught with drugs.

      • lprent 16.4.1

        I would expect that we’d get that type of defense for any family member where it was not related to the politics. As far as I’m concerned we can leave that type of rubbish bin surfing sleaze to the likes of Whale or Wishart, or the more genteel (but just as viscous) dog-whistling of some of the other right wing sites.

        I’d be quite unhappy if we didn’t defend the right to privacy of politicians families. The few occasions when information like that has leaked out of the comments sections here (for instance Double Diptons address and kids schools) we’ve stomped on it hard.

        Actually I think I should start stomping on Nick C and other such arseholes for suggesting that we are like the sleazes of the right – without any evidence.

  16. roger nome 17

    VTO – Laudanum (basically opium and alcahol) was freely available in Victorian times, and was used to treat colds and flues in infants.

    We do hypocrisy better than the Victorians. i.e. many more people die every year due legalised substances and behaviour (obesity, alcahol and tabbaco) than die due to use of illegal drugs, yet most kiwis are against the de-criminalisation of pot, which most people have tried and is fairly harmless when used by adults in moderation.

    IMO – all mildly harmful substances should legally be allowed to be used by adults (people 18 and over), and perhaps class A drugs should only be legally available for use by people 25 and over (i.e. the brain isn’t fully developed until around this time).

    But then that would be applying rationaility to our approach to drug use…. Something that’s frowned upon in NZ i believe 🙂

    • Bright Red 17.1

      And the Victorians’ ancestors might not have been into opium but they were pissed all the time. The Victorians got safe drinking water by boiling it and flavouring the result with tea leaves. Before that was introduced from Asia, the only way to make water in a major city safe to drink was to ferment something in it with the alcohol killing the bugs, so everyone was drinking beer all the time.

  17. politically_incorrect 18

    Sara broke the law and she has to face the consequences of that, but she should only be treated like any other person who took ecstasy to a party. It’s not fair that she should be dragged through the media and have to feel guilty for potentially damaging her father’s campaign. Families should be left out of politics, especially politician’s children. A lot of people have been saying that she did something illegal and they would make their kids face the consequences, it isn’t acceptable etc. Fine face the consequences of the law, but it’s easy to say that when their own kids wouldn’t be a top story on the news or something, and they wouldn’t be seen as Phil Goff’s druggie daughter wherever they went.

  18. felix 19

    Didn’t know Es were illegal. Can’t imagine why they would be either.

    edit: Just figured it out – it’s ‘cos of the music.

  19. sean14 20

    This is undoubtedly going to be used by the wing-nut mob as an excuse to destroy Goff’s reputation.

    Speaking as a member of the wing-nut mob as you so kindly call us Guest, I couldn’t give a flying fuck about what Sara Goff wants to do on her own time.

    For once I agree with Helen Clark. Nothing to see here, time to move on.

  20. RedFred 21

    IF E replaced alcohol consumption for one Friday night in NZ the police would not know what to do with themselves…violent alcohol related crime would disappear.

    The drug issue in NZ is due to prohibition, in the UK where access to better quality drugs is possible P doesn’t get a look in. You would be surprised what fuels a friday night in somewhere like London for all manner of people

    Simon Power, Judith Collins, Anne Tolley, Bill English et al could certainly do with double dropping and letting loose; although that is a group hug I’d rather steer clear of.

  21. joe bloggs 22

    There’s plenty of skirting around a more significant issue underlying this story – the way that Phil Goff handled the reporters questions was transparently inadequate.

    When presented with prima facie evidence that his daughter is a drug user he denied all:

    I can tell you some­thing, that my daugh­ter has never taken drugs, never taken drugs….I’m not being naive as a father, I know she has not taken drugs apart from the legal drug of alco­hol.

    FFS Phil, your daughter admitted they were for her own use. You may not be naive as a father, but even you have to admit that statement of yours was an epic fail. Who on earth is giving you advice on PR? They should be sacked immediately.

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  • Speech to Labour Party Congress 2020
    Tena koutou katoa  Nga tangata whenua o tenei rohe o Pōneke, tena koutou Nau mai, haere mai ki te hui a tau mo te roopu reipa Ko tatou!  Ko to tatou mana!  Ko to tatou kaupapa kei te kokiri whakamua  Tena koutou, tena koutou, tena tatou katoa   Welcome. I ...
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  • PGF top-up for QE Health in Rotorua
    The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $1.5 million to ensure QE Health in Rotorua can proceed with its world class health service and save 75 existing jobs, Under Secretary for Regional Economic Development, Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. The PGF funding announced today is in addition to the $8 million ...
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  • Building a more sustainable construction sector
    A new programme, which sets a firm course for the Building and Construction sector to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, has been announced by the Minister for Building and Construction Jenny Salesa. “A significant amount of New Zealand’s carbon emissions come from the building and construction sector.  If we’re serious ...
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  • PGF funds tourism boost in Northland
    The Provincial Growth Fund is investing more than $7.5 million in Northland ventures to combat the economic impact of the COVID-19 virus, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones have announced. The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) investment is going to the Northern Adventure Experience and ...
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  • Four new projects announced as part of the biggest ever national school rebuild programme
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Education Minister Chris Hipkins today announced significant funding for Auckland’s Northcote College as part of the first wave of a new nationwide school redevelopment programme to upgrade schools over the next 10 years. The $48.5 million project brings the total investment in Northcote College to ...
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  • COVID-19: Support to improve student attendance and wellbeing
    The Government has opened an urgent response fund to support schools and early learning services to get children and young people back on track after the Covid-19 lockdown. “While we are seeing improvements in attendance under Alert Level 1 Ministry of Education data shows that attendance rates in our schools ...
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  • Fast-track consenting law boosts jobs and economic recovery
    The law to boost the economic recovery from the impact of COVID-19 by speeding up resource consenting on selected projects has passed its second and third readings in the House today. “Accelerating nationwide projects and activities by government, iwi and the private sector will help deliver faster economic recovery and ...
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  • Whanganui Port gets PGF boost
    Five port-related projects in Whanganui will receive a $26.75 million Provincial Growth Fund investment to support local economic recovery and create new opportunities for growth, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “This is a significant investment that will support the redevelopment of the Whanganui Port, a project governed ...
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  • More support for Sarjeant Gallery
    Whanganui’s Sarjeant Gallery will receive an investment of up to $12 million administered by the Provincial Growth Fund to support its redevelopment, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. The project is included in a $3 billion infrastructure pipeline announced by Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Shane Jones yesterday. ...
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  • Funding for training and upskilling
    The Provincial Growth Fund is investing nearly $2.5 million into three Te Ara Mahi programmes to support Manawatū-Whanganui jobseekers and employees to quickly train and upskill, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “Up to 154 local people will be supported into employment within the first year by these ...
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  • Statement from the Minister of Health Dr David Clark
      This morning I have formally tendered my resignation as Minister of Health, which was accepted by the Prime Minister. Serving as Minister of Health has been an absolute privilege – particularly through these extraordinary last few months. It’s no secret that Health is a challenging portfolio. I have given ...
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  • Scholarship placements for agricultural emissions scientists doubles
    Scholarships for 57 early-career agricultural emissions scientists from 20 developing countries is another example of New Zealand’s international leadership in primary sector sustainability, says Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. Mr O’Connor, announcing the scholarships today, says hundreds of applications were received for this fourth round of the CLIFF-GRADS programme (Climate, Food ...
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  • Funding for Foxton regeneration
    A project to help rejuvenate the Horowhenua town of Foxton will receive a Provincial Growth Fund investment of $3.86 million, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “This funding for the Foxton Regeneration project will be used to make the well-known holiday town even more attractive for visitors and ...
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  • Plan to improve protection of moa bones
    Moa bones and other sub-fossil remains of extinct species are set to have improved protection with proposals to prevent the trade in extinct species announced the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage today. “We have lost too many of our native species, but these lost species, such as moa, remain an ...
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    4 days ago
  • Free lunches served up to thousands of school children in the South Island
    The Government’s free and healthy school lunches programme moves south for the first time creating jobs for around 30 people in Otago and Southland. “Eighteen schools with 3000 students are joining the programme – 11 have already begun serving lunches, and seven are preparing to start during Term 3. This is ...
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  • Screen Sector recovery package protects jobs, boosts investment
    Thousands of Kiwi jobs and investment in New Zealand productions will be protected through a screen sector support package announced today by Associate Minister for Arts Culture and Heritage Carmel Sepuloni, Minister for Economic Development Phil Twyford and Minister for Broadcasting Kris Faafoi. The package also includes investment in broadcasting ...
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    5 days ago
  • New fund to help save local events and jobs
    The Government has established a new $10 million fund for the domestic events sector to help save jobs and protect incomes as it recovers from the impacts of COVID-19, Minister of Economic Development Phil Twyford announced today. This funding from Budget 2020 follows talks with the event sector designed to ...
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    5 days ago
  • Bill to improve fuel market competition
    The Government has taken another step in its commitment to making sure New Zealanders get a fairer deal at the petrol pump with the introduction of legislation to improve competition in the retail fuel market, says Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods. “The fuel market study that this Government ordered ...
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    5 days ago
  • New Zealand joins global facility for pre-purchase of COVID-19 Vaccine
    New Zealand has joined a global initiative that aims to enable all countries to access a safe and effective Covid-19 vaccine, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters announced today. The COVAX Facility was recently launched by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. The Alliance includes the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the World Bank ...
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  • Right to legal representation in Family Court restored today
    From today new legislation takes effect to both restore the right to legal representation at the start of a Care of Children (CoCA) dispute in the Family Court, and allow parties to those proceedings to access legal aid where eligible. During a visit to the Family Court in Auckland today, ...
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  • Transitioning to a fully-qualified home-based ECE workforce
    Home-based early childhood education (ECE) subsidised by the government will transition to a fully qualified workforce by 2025 to ensure better and more consistent quality, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. “Quality early learning helps provide children with a strong foundation for their future,” Chris Hipkins said. From 1 January ...
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    5 days ago
  • Criminal Cases Review Commission gets to work
    The new Criminal Cases Review Commission | Te Kāhui Tātari Ture (CCRC) has started work and can now independently investigate claimed miscarriages of justice. “Even though we have appeal rights and safeguards against unsafe convictions, from time to time our justice system does get things wrong. The design of the ...
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  • Speech by the Minister of Defence to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs
    E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā karangatanga maha, tēnā koutou Ki a koutou Te Āti Awa, Taranaki Whānui, Ngāti Toa Rangatira, ngā mana whenua o te rohe nei, tēnā koutou Ko Te Whare Wānanga o Aotearoa ki ngā take o te Ao (NZIIA), Ko te Rōpū Tohu Tono ...
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  • Six months with baby and $20 more a week for new parents
    The Government’s increase to paid parental leave kicks in today with another 4 weeks taking New Zealand up to a full 6 months (26 weeks, up from 22 weeks) leave for new parents, and the maximum weekly payment will increase by $20pw, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. ...
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    5 days ago
  • Infrastructure investment to create jobs, kick-start COVID rebuild
    A new package of infrastructure investments will help kick-start the post-COVID rebuild by creating more than 20,000 jobs and unlocking more than $5 billion of projects up and down New Zealand. Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones today outlined how the $3 billion infrastructure fund in the ...
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    5 days ago
  • Statement on passage of national security law for Hong Kong
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today expressed the New Zealand Government’s deep disappointment at the passage by China’s National People’s Congress Standing Committee of a national security law for Hong Kong. “New Zealand has consistently emphasised its serious concern about the imposition of this legislation on Hong Kong without inclusive ...
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  • July 1 marks progress for workers, families
    More jobs and more family time with newborns are the centrepiece of a suite of Government initiatives coming into effect today. July 1 is a milestone day for the Government as a host of key policies take effect, demonstrating the critical areas where progress has been made. “The Coalition Government ...
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  • Auckland water consent referred to Board of Inquiry
    Environment Minister David Parker has today “called in” Auckland’s application to the Waikato Regional Council to take an extra 200 million litres of water a day from the lower reaches of the Waikato River for Auckland drinking water and other municipal uses.  The call-in means the application has been referred ...
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    6 days ago
  • New Zealand to host virtual APEC in 2021
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker announced today that New Zealand’s hosting of APEC in 2021 will go ahead using virtual digital platforms. Mr Peters said the global disruption caused by COVID-19, including resultant border restrictions, had been the major factor in the ...
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  • Matakana Link Road construction kicks off and drives jobs
    The start of construction on a new link road between Matakana Road and State Highway 1 will create jobs and support the significant population growth expected in the Warkworth area, Transport Minister Phil Twyford and Mayor Phil Goff announced today. Transport Minister Phil Twyford said construction of the Matakana Link ...
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    6 days ago
  • PPE supplies secured as COVID-19 response focuses on border
    The Government is prioritising its latest investment in PPE for frontline health workers, including staff at managed isolation and quarantine facilities, Health Minister David Clark says. “With no community transmission of COVID-19 our response now has a firm focus on keeping our border safe and secure. “We must ensure that ...
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    7 days ago
  • PGF funding for Parihaka settlement
    The Parihaka Papakāinga Trust in Taranaki will receive up to $14 million for a new visitor centre and other improvements at the historic settlement that will boost the local economy and provide much-needed jobs, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Andrew Little have ...
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    1 week ago
  • Protections for workers in triangular employment
    Protections for workers who are employees of one employer but working under the direction of another business or organisation have come into force, closing a gap in legislation that  made the personal grievance process inaccessible for some workers, says Workplace Relations Minister Iain Lees-Galloway. “This Government is working hard to ...
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    1 week ago
  • Government strengthens managed isolation system
    A range of improvements are already underway to address issues identified in the rapid review of the Managed Isolation and Quarantine system released today, Housing Minister Megan Woods said. The review was commissioned just over a week ago to identify and understand current and emerging risks to ensure the end-to-end ...
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    1 week ago
  • Whakatāne to go predator free with Government backing Ngāti Awa led efforts
    The important brown kiwi habitat around Whakatāne will receive added protection through an Iwi-led predator free project announced by Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage and Under Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau. “The Government is investing nearly $5 million into Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa’s environmental projects with $2.5 ...
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    1 week ago
  • Growing Goodwood: Expanding wood waste recycling plant in Bay of Plenty, Waikato
    An extra 4,000 tonnes of offcuts and scraps of untreated wood per year will soon be able to be recycled into useful products such as horticultural and garden mulch, playground safety surfacing and animal bedding as a result of a $660,000 investment from the Waste Minimisation Fund, Associate Environment Minister ...
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  • Scott Watson’s convictions to be referred to Court of Appeal
    The Governor-General has referred Scott Watson’s convictions for murder back to the Court of Appeal, Justice Minister Andrew Little announced today. Mr Watson was convicted in 1999 of the murders of Ben Smart and Olivia Hope. His appeal to the Court of Appeal in 2000 was unsuccessful, as was his ...
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  • Protecting Kiwis with stronger financial supervision
    A new five-year funding agreement for the Reserve Bank will mean it can boost its work to protect New Zealanders’ finances, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. “New Zealand has a strong and stable financial system. Financial stability is an area that we are not prepared to cut corners for, particularly ...
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