web analytics

Say NO to the $140m SkyCity bailout

Written By: - Date published: 12:32 pm, February 11th, 2015 - 85 comments
Categories: john key, national - Tags: , , , ,

SkyCity bailout petition

The Labour Party is organising a petition against the $140 million bailout SkyCity is demanding – and John Key is insisting we have to pay to prevent getting an “eyesore” of a convention centre.

You can sign the petition here.

 

85 comments on “Say NO to the $140m SkyCity bailout”

  1. Heartbleeding Liberal 1

    It’s disturbing that taxpayers will prop up an industry that is dependent on exploitation for its profits.

  2. mickysavage 2

    Wow the Taxpayer’s union also has a petition going if people are also inclined to sign theirs …

    As said on twitter:

    “That weird moment when Labour, the Greens and the Taxpayers Union are all on the same side #skycity”

    • One Anonymous Bloke 2.1

      Great! The 0.2% are on side!

    • Enough is Enough 2.2

      Add DPF, Hooton and the whole ensemble of other Right Wing Nut Jobs to that side of the argument.

      • Tracey 2.2.1

        has david seymour been given any lines yet?

        • Murray Rawshark 2.2.1.1

          David Seymour says “Hi. Hi. Hi. It’s better that money stolen from honest wealth creators be turned over to the private sector, who will manage it wisely, than left in the hands of faceless government bureaucrats trying to impose socialism on us. Hi.”

          • Tracey 2.2.1.1.1

            Chuckling but…

            It seems he is saying he doesnt agree with the original deal but shuks now ACT has given confidence and supply he just HAS to vote for the budget even if it includes money to Sky Cityt

    • Tracey 2.3

      bill english says walk away rather than put taxpayer money in. key says put money in if no other option. key says he and bill are in agreement.

      turei caught key on the hop.

      read more here

      http://i.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/66046983/Govt-at-odds-over-SkyCity-convention-centre

      • One Anonymous Bloke 2.3.1

        Key was unprepared, when facing questions from Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei on the documents.

        You beat me to it Tracey 🙂

        “Unprepared”, eh. When was the last time Fearfacts were so critical?

  3. The Taxpayers’ Union has started a similar petition, and has accused John Key of “spinning faster than a roulette wheel”. See http://www.taxpayers.org.nz/skycity

    • Awesome, so people can freely choose which organisation they want to give their email address to. Though given the recent TU press release which published John Minto’s phone number at the bottom in some bizarre little intimidation stunt might sway people in one particular direction.

      • Skinny 3.1.1

        I am no big fan of petitions, well more the effectiveness, or lack of. I prefer the blunt
        instrument approach of a campaign.

        Start with a boycott from entering SkyCity, chosen days to mass protest outside their lifeblood sucking empire. Hit them in their pockets and watch their share price tumble.

    • Skinny 3.2

      One has to be suspicious when yourself, Hide and now the Taxpayer Association all come out barking like mad dogs against honest John.

      So what’s the handle of the new ACT Party and when is the party launch?

      • rawshark-yeshe 3.2.1

        lolz … how about F.A.C.T. .. Fearlessly Accounting Corporate Treason 😀

        • Skinny 3.2.1.1

          That little twerp killed my sisters cat speeding down their quiet street in Epsom. His name is now mud too the whole neighborhood who loved that cat. The little boy racer will get a cuff around his ears if I ever catch up with him.

        • tracey 3.2.1.2

          chuckle

          OR

          Taxpayers union

      • Tracey 3.2.2

        LOL at rebranding… Is Seymour still on hols? No one tell him Parliament has convened?

  4. mickysavage 4

    Question time today …

    “1. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his promise to New Zealanders that “the construction of the new convention centre will not cost taxpayers or ratepayers a cent”; if not, why not?

    5. Dr DAVID CLARK to the Minister for Economic Development: How much extra money, if any, is the Government prepared to give SkyCity as part of the convention centre deal?”

  5. Enough is Enough 5

    There is no way this will happen.

    Even DPF is slamming this proposed bailout.

    There is universal opposition like I have never seen before. Not even the mining of sensitive land had this much opposition.

    • ScottGN 5.1

      Which is presumably why the Herald is now running spin from SkyCity that suggest they may be amenable to contributing more money.
      http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11399811

    • Tracey 5.2

      The right care about their money being wasted, they dont give a shit about the lives SkyCity’s business model destroys. Casinos are a form of legalised theft with machines set to only pay out once a day and/or at certain points…they CANNOT lose

      • Naturesong 5.2.1

        Mild misunderstanding of how pokie machines in function.

        They’re programmed to return, on average X dollars out, for every $100.00 dollars played.
        Pokie machines being set (programmed) to returning between $87.50 through to $92.50 for every $100.00 bet is pretty standard.

        So, a punter puts $100.00 into the machine.
        After placing bets for that $100, on average $87.50 will be returned to said punter.
        That $87.50 is then bet, and will return on average $76.56
        The $76.56 is again bet and will return … etc

        Casinos make money by following two basic principles;
        1. Get punters coming back – fleecing everyone of their last dollar is counter productive.
        Much better to have a punter return to the casino a dozen times a year and lose $300.00 each time, than have them lose $5000.00 once and never ever come back
        2. Maximise betting turnover.
        Rate of bets turned over per hour is key to ensuring the house advantage really starts to cut.
        Machines and skilled croupiers are the limit of number of bets per hour by the house.
        To encourage punters to bet faster, peer pressure, creating a sense of urgency and excitement (stress) works for table games. Pokie machines use flashing lights and sounds to create that urgency.

        So, pokie machine can lose quite big on a single day, or hour, but over a month or year, the average return will level out to $87.50 (or whatever the advantage is set to) returned for every $100.00 bet.

        To add some context, english roulette returns $97.30 (rounded up) for every $100.00 bet,
        For dice, the pass line: $98.59 returned
        And for baccarat (and punto banco) the player hand returns $98.76, and the bank $98.94

        • Tracey 5.2.1.1

          Thanks naturesong

          Are those payout percentages correct for the casino’s in NZ?

          • Tracey 5.2.1.1.1

            Footnote: I am mathematically challenged

          • Naturesong 5.2.1.1.2

            The table games are correct – they’re pretty standard across Aussie, NZ, UK, europe.

            With pokies it really depends on the establishment.
            I wouldn’t be surprised to see pubs in NZ running a 12.5% house adv.
            The casinos are smarter than that.
            But, that’s just me guessing. There is legislation and regulation that should be accessable.

            I’ve been out of the industry for a few years now, and havent worked at sky city for more than 15 years. Last time I was upto date with NZ casino regulations was when Labour passed teh Gambling Act 2003, largely in response to Collins swapping casino licence favours for a convention centre when she was head of the CCA.

            edit: information about how nasty the machines can be set probably in the DIA site somewhere.

  6. Atiawa 6

    Every household should be asked to participate in a postal survey asking basic questions on;
    1 Our defence forces involvement in Iraq.
    2 The SkyCity convention centre.
    3 Jobs & wages.
    4 The environment.
    5.If a general election was held tomorrow, who would you support?
    6 Housing and it’s cost
    7 ?

    People can fill out the survey on-line or return their completed survey form (pre-paid) via NZ Post.
    I would be prepared to donate $200 as a contribution to costs and offer time for the delivery of the survey forms.
    We need to be more pro-active around these important issues and concentrate our time & resources on informing our communities rather than being reliant upon msm.
    Besides people like to be asked their opinion on issues.

    • Rosie 6.1

      Hi Atiawa,

      If you were a member of Action Station http://www.actionstation.org.nz/ you would have received such a survey! They sent out a survey to members last weekend asking them to rate the issues they felt were most important. Some of your questions were in there, housing, jobs & wages, environment but others such as TPPA, climate change, Te Tiriti and a few others.

      The purpose was to gauge the issues people felt most strongly about, and direct their campaign energy into those areas.

      Action station, incidentally has a Sky City petition going as well. (for what it’s worth. I’m also of the opinion that petitions are not amazingly effective but sign them anyway, as I did with the Labour Party one above, when it turned up in my in box this morning, and I’ll sign the Actions Station one too. Not the TU one though. I don’t want those fruit loops getting their hands on my deets).

  7. fisiani 7

    Any link to John Key insisting we have to pay? When he answers at 2.01pm will you retract?

    verb (used without object)
    1.
    to be emphatic, firm, or resolute on some matter of desire, demand, intention, etc.:
    He insists on checking every shipment.
    2.
    to lay emphasis in assertion:
    to insist on the justice of a claim.
    3.
    to dwell with earnestness or emphasis (usually followed by on or upon):
    to insist on a point in a discussion.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 7.1

      Sky’s mouthpiece passed on their threats, if that’s what you mean.

      • fisiani 7.1.1

        FFS I even posted a definition of insist. Another scurrilous defamation of Honest John,

        • framu 7.1.1.1

          why dont you start a court case then – go on, off you trot

        • McFlock 7.1.1.2

          moving from “less attractive” to “eyesore” certainly seems to fit the bill of “dwelling” and “emphasis”.

          Which makes the use of the word “insists” pretty reasonable. So your claim of a “scurrilous defamation of Honest John” is a scurrilous defamation of the copywriter, an outright lie about the “Whatever it takes/got the mobile number from the phone book” John’s character, and an example of the intellectual famine afflicting Nact supporters/voters/caucusmembers/ministers.

          • fisiani 7.1.1.2.1

            Listen to Question Time. Not a hint of insistence.

            • crashcart 7.1.1.2.1.1

              The fact that the only thing you can find to defend JJK on is the definition of insisst shows how far you are having to reach to shill for him on this topic. Welcome to the 3% Fissy.

            • McFlock 7.1.1.2.1.2

              In the lobby he used the words “less attractive” and “eyesore”.
              Doesn’t matter where he dwelled on and emphasised the point, the claim was that he’d he dwelled on and emphasised the point.

        • thatguynz 7.1.1.3

          Honest John? Is the sky even blue up there on Planet Key Fizzy Anus?

        • fisiani 7.1.1.4

          60 minutes since Honest John answered in Parliament and no insistence. Do the decent thing and change the intro. You know it’s another lie.

          • Sabine 7.1.1.4.1

            honest
            ˈɒnɪst/Submit
            adjective
            1.
            free of deceit; truthful and sincere.
            “I haven’t been totally honest with you”
            synonyms: truthful, sincere, candid, frank, direct, open, forthright, straight, straightforward, genuine, blunt, plain-spoken, plain-speaking, matter-of-fact, outspoken, as straight as a die, straight from the shoulder;
            More
            antonyms: insincere, biased
            morally correct or virtuous.
            “I did the only right and honest thing”
            synonyms: morally correct, upright, honourable, moral, ethical, principled, righteous, right-minded, respectable; More
            fairly earned, especially through hard work.
            “he’s struggling to make an honest living”
            (of an action) done with good intentions even if unsuccessful or misguided.
            “he’d made an honest mistake”
            synonyms: genuine, real, authentic, actual, true; More
            simple, unpretentious, and unsophisticated.
            “good honest food with no gimmicks”
            adverbinformal
            adverb: honest
            1.
            used to persuade someone of the truth of something.
            “you’ll like it when you get there, honest”

            John Key is a lot of things, but honest he is not.

          • McFlock 7.1.1.4.2

            Where does it say in the intro that Key insisted in the House?

            Methinks you doth squeal and squirm too much.

            • fisiani 7.1.1.4.2.1

              So quote any instance of him insisting. You cannot . No one can. Typical over egging and exaggeration. No wonder the Left are ignored.

              • tracey

                IF the taxpayer has to pay a cent toward it, do you think Key will pull out? To answer you must assume that the only option is to pay from taxpayer or not have it, so which way do you think Key will go in that scenario?

              • McFlock

                Using your own definition of “insist”, try googling it before you let your lust do the talking.
                Reality. It has a well-known liberal bias.

                Over-egging and exagerration? All this effort over the precise definition of a single word. You must be shitting yourself.

                And there’s still the full story about Sabin to come out – I wonder who key will try to throw under the bus? Tolley? Maybe she’ll make a tilt for the leadership if he tries. Before Collins can be rehabilitated and while Joyce is up to his neck in sky city.

                • One Anonymous Bloke

                  Tolley is strong, and has the numbers. Whoa, I’m channeling Fisiani.

                  • tracey

                    John Key is strong. He is the most popular prime minister in the history of the world and that equates to honesty. He has 110% support in caucus and it would be suicide to think you could challenge him. All credit to them for wanting to be leader but the best popular prime minister will easily win the day…

                    THAT is channelling Fisi

          • English Breakfast 7.1.1.4.3

            Technically you’re right fisi…Key has not insisted on anything at this point. And I have no idea where the $140m comes from either. But what sticks in my craw is that the Govt should have just come out from day 1 and said NO MORE MONEY!

    • Tracey 7.2

      “Joyce said the concept drawings were not an “eyesore” but had not proved possible for $402m. Fleshing those out to full drawings had pushed up the cost.

      Government cash was his “least preferred option” but he could not rule that out as a result of current talks with SkyCity.”

      Can you now point to Key contradicting Joyce?

    • freedom 7.3

      Remember Honest John insisting there would be no increase in G.S.T ?

    • vto 7.4

      fisiani, why did Key agree to a $402m “eyesore” in 2013?

  8. mickysavage 8

    Reposted from previously. I am interested in links between Sky and Key. There is this, Mark Unsworth of lobbyists Saunders Unsworth is or at least was SkyCity’s lobbyist and is a close friend of Key’s chief of staff Wayne Eagleson. In fact according to Farrar they have been best of mates for many years. It would be interesting to see how many times Unsworth has met recently with Eagleson or Key or Joyce …

    http://www.3news.co.nz/politics/skycity-pokies-deal-causing-key-more-angst-2012041820#axzz3RNRcwo62

    http://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2010/06/sin_city.html

    • McFlock 8.1

      Hosking apparently gets $50k a year from Sky city, according to the herald.

      Hosking did a big rant in favour of key just before the KDC moment of truth on seven sharp, 15/9/2014. i linked to it on open mike that day, now the bloody link’s broken.

      Key gives sky more pokies and is in the pipeline for money.

      I’m sure it’s pure coincidence that a sky city functionary endorses key just before a major media event and five days from the election.

    • English Breakfast 8.2

      That’s incredibly tiresome…more of the left’s misguided obsession with Key. The guy’s incredibly popular, get over it and support policies that will win back the centre.

  9. Ever since my eye fell on the Skytower, SkyCity has been an eyesore.
    Privatising the view of the harbour with a prick to sell bets is an eye poke.

    • Molly 9.1

      My response to the building, so economically but concisely described. Thanks Dave.

      • Every since Sauron’s SkyCity’s tower of perdition elevated itself above the people of Auckland, a great malevolent “I” (international capital) has been upon NZ. Welcome to Mordor, people.

        Saruman: [inside Orthanc] Sauron has regained much of his former strength. He cannot yet take physical form, but his spirit has lost none of its potency. Concealed within his fortress, the lord of Mordor sees all. His gaze pierces cloud, shadow, earth, and flesh. You know of what I speak, Gandalf. A great eye, lidless, wreathed in flame.

        Gandalf: The Eye of Sauron.

        Saruman: He has gathered all evil to him. Very soon he will have summoned an army great enough to launch an assault upon Middle Earth.

        [Gandalf touches the Palantir, sees the Eye of Sauron]
        […]
        [Gandalf tries to leave, but is stopped]

        Saruman: You did not seriously think that a hobbit could contend with the will of Sauron! There are none who can. Against the power of Mordor there can be no victory. We must join with him, Gandalf. We must join with Sauron. It would be wise, my friend.

        Gandalf: Tell me, friend, when did Saruman the wise abandon reason for madness?

        Saruman: I gave you the chance of aiding me willingly, but you have elected the way of pain!

  10. JanMeyer 10

    The correct neoliberal stance on this is crystal clear (hence Taxpayer Union, Hooten, Farrar et al) – say no to $140m! Labour’s position is a little cloudier, but has the advantage of being populist

  11. Tom Gould 11

    Even a reduced profit of $50m each year until 2048 is worth about $1.6 billion, plenty enough to pay for the cost over-runs and expansion plans. Funny how big-business NZ big-mouth Phil has caught laryngitis when corporate welfare is on the table? Different story when it’s a bunch of cleaners wanting a living wage, eh? That would destroy the economy.

  12. freedom 12

    Gotta love the PM’s new line that by questioning the costs associated to a project, a person is now said to be in support of that project. Cue slow clap 😕

  13. tracey 13

    Key says he is backing the SkyCity deal because it is the only one that will not cost taxpayers a cent.

    “I’ve spoken to lots of different parties about potential deals for them to put together a convention centre,” Key said.

    “It’s blindingly obvious it won’t pay for itself. In the case of SkyCity it is obvious that they would want different parts and different ways of making money.”

    Tibble says Ngati Whatua’s offer is still on the table, but admits it can not compete with the $350 million offer from SkyCity.”

    http://tvnz.co.nz/politics-news/calls-govt-rethink-skycity-deal-4839815

    If you apply logic, then now it is going to cost taxpayers a cent, Key won’t back it (see his 2012 statement in bold)

    • Draco T Bastard 13.1

      Applying logic and facts to what National is doing will only get you the RWNJ whingers in here telling you that you’re wrong, i.e, see fisi up thread.

  14. Papa Tuanuku 14

    can they take it to the net step? a boycott is needed so that folks can put a stake in the sand

  15. tracey 15

    The Herald and Clare trevitt holding the government to account and letting the public know about th eimportant issues of the day

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11400333

    • ScottGN 15.1

      Trevett’s already earned her crust for the day Tracey. She was entrusted to wheel out the government’s pre-emptive spin around Sabin this morning in an effort to try and shut down the Opposition’s attacks in QT.

  16. Lie #21 added to BLiP’s list of convention centre porkies
    https://offkey.hackpad.com/Sky-City-Deal-6R58VItucDv

    “New Zealand is getting a new convention centre at no cost at all with the risks taken by the operators.” FALSE

    (drop me a message if you want to edit the list(s) … robertpnz AT hotmail DOT com )

  17. McGrath 17

    Key cannot see the wood for the trees on this one, and you have to wonder how and why. Both Left and Right are against cash for Sky City. Any handover of taxpayers cash will see him lose the next election.

    • b waghorn 17.1

      Not many things give me a pain in my guts but the thought of tax payers money of which a large share comes from people who couldn’t afford shares in sky city ,will go to ,as some greasy looking Aussie headman said on the news, “make sure it works for the share holders” .
      Makes a man want to ……..

  18. RedBaronCV 18

    This is so spectactularly greedy on the part of Sky City that you have to watch in amazement – and wonder why they are so sure that the deal won’t be dropped.

    Something the shareholders need to ask –

  19. Observer (Tokoroa) 19

    @ John Key

    I have a question for you. But it can wait.

    It is appallingly sad that the smartest and cutest and happiest man ever to live in god’s own country, has been duped legally by two or three minor Gambling Executives.

    They made friends with him. Helped him possibly to slur. Promised him fame and political benefits. And simultaneously took him down for about $100 million. Poor bastard.

    Billy English tripping along, with small steps, just behind the great man promising his own forever adoration until death.

    And behind this duo, A well fed Caucus pleading with their own blood and the lives of their children that they will support the Poor Bastard in everything, all the time.

    Further behind, but just as adoring, the electors of Auckland. The super deluded of the New Zealand population.

    I give you the above tortured adoring, non critical, daisy chain to contemplate. I also invite you to say how wonderful John Key is to get our National Debt up from $10 Billion 6 years ago to an impressive $100 Billion today.

    Auckland has more problems than any nation could possibly cope with. It is a mess.

    But please tell me John which piece or part of Auckland CBD is not an eyesore?

  20. Observer (Tokoroa) 20

    Apparently:

    the poor bastard is being bitten for $140 Million.

    Jingo – I hope they leave a bit of money for the Convention Center’s single most important accessory. Auckland prostitutes. These are claimed to be the best in the world.

    Without Auckland’s daughters, the Convention Center will be a huge disaster. Think of the Money the National Party will lose!

  21. tc 21

    Its not a bailout, there is no crises that requires addressing with taxpayer funds. Its corporare handouts to a hugely profitable existing monopoly to expand their already ugly footprint. Bailout is not the correct term.

  22. Its not a “bail out” …it’s payback time for all the funding National needed to get back into power in order to make all this happen for those rich pricks who choose to run pokies and prostitutes to make their millions. This is corruption of democracy..pure and simple.

  23. freedom 23

    A snappy little segment from Campbell Live last night where they did a bit of fund raising for Sky City. Contains some excellent ‘from the street’ responses.

  24. vto 24

    So why did Steven Joyce and John Key agree to a $402m “eyesore” in the first place?

    What a couple of absolute muppets. No excuse.

  25. vto 25

    I cant believe people (the MSM) are buying the line that you cannot get “world class” architecture for $402m. Ffs what a load of shit.

    You can get world class architecture for $400million, $40million, $4million, even $400,000….

    Blatant bullshite

  26. Sabine 26

    Sky City running Radio ads, touting how much money it spends on community …Staff….:)

    anyone happy to run a counter ad touting how much the gambling addiction costs the community?

    or how much the government spend on propping up poverty wages for its Staff via accom benefits, hardship benefits, medical grants etc. etc.

    gosh,

    aotearoa = banana republic

  27. Observer (Tokoroa) 27

    @ Sabine

    I have no idea why John Key and Bill English have wanted to take us down the dirty path of untrammeled Gambling and Prostitution.

    Their dirty politics just gets dirtier and dirtier and involves the whole nation in it.

    The Sky City doesn’t pay Tax on its slimy adverts. So the Community gets very little, given the $millions they take from weak people’s pockets.

    • Sabine 27.1

      i know.

      but prostitutes, gambling, alcohol all do well in hard times.

      and we are smack dab in the middle of hard times.

  28. Adrian Hall 28

    Completely opposed to tax payer money or rates going to a company that just reported $11m per month profit for the last 6 months.
    Would rather have a referendum on this than the stupid idea of changing the flag.

    Will the tax payer then be a 25% shareholder of the convention centre once built?

    • aerobubble 28.1

      Oh no its much worse than that. Look at the benefits…

      i. extension of licence, no need to tender and risk losing out, or paying for the
      extended licience, where did you think the 400+ million in value come from,
      taxpayers of course will not be getting any revenue from the monopoly holder,
      removing the uncertainty increased the value of sky shares,

      ii. reversing the trend of fewer pokies, sky city get effectively take pokies off local pubs and house them centrally, and govt will build a subway station to funnel gamblers from an even larger catchment,

      iii. skycity get to pickup prime land from govt own tv company, wait theres more, sky city want to build the convention center on their main block and use the site to build a hotel, thus leaving the convention center to house, well more usual casino activities, like may movies or stage shows, or gaming tables for high rollers when conventions are not on, which they no doubt will whine for more money from govt
      for running at a loss,

      Govt gets to build the extension of sky city, that was always going to be a multi functional center, and gift cheap land, renew liciences at lower rate, get more pokies, a subway station… ..and taxpayers get what, a national convention center, no, by the time sky city had its architects mold and shape it, it’ll will be more casino hotel than convention center

  29. Observer (Tokoroa) 30

    Hi Aerobubble

    Your detailed comment is important. John key and Bill English have made an utter hash of this. It is a difficult thing to think of a more smelly dirty muck up.

    They were taken for a ride by a couple of gambling executives. Crikey!

    No wonder these two clowns have lifted our National debt of $10 Billion Dollars, 6 yrs ago – to a current $100 Billion today. Great stuff !

    I suppose key will shove the GST up again – to drain the pockets of ordinary people to pay for the massive waste. It is likely that John Key’s wealthy friends won’t be asked to pay a cent. Nor Bill English’ friends.

Links to post

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Week That Was: 2020
    We are back for 2020! From changes to Family Funded Care, to a record high number of Kiwis in construction in the trades - we're already back making progress on those long-term challenges. Read all about it and more ...
    1 day ago
  • Winston Peters: “Ihumātao deal still a long way off”
    Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters told Mike Hosking that a settlement deal regarding Ihumātao in Auckland is still a long way off. The Maori King's flag was lowered at the site near Auckland Airport yesterday, sparking suggestions an announcement of a deal could be made by Waitangi Day. Pania Newton, ...
    2 days ago
  • Winston Peters accuses Gerry Brownlee of ‘politicising’ Holocaust memorial
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters is accusing Gerry Brownlee of "politicising" a Holocaust memorial event after the National MP questioned the lack of Kiwi representation there. The Yad Vashem World Holocaust Remembrance Centre in Jerusalem, Israel, is holding the World Holocaust Forum on January 23 to mark 75 years since ...
    2 days ago
  • Provincial Growth Fund to help Waipukurau Pā sites attract thousands of tourists
    The Ngā Ara Tipuna - Waipukurau Pā Site Interpretation project is receiving $2.798 million from the Provincial Growth Fund. It is is expected to boost the town's employment and tourism, creating sixteen new jobs once completed and attract up to 15,000 visitors a year. Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development ...
    3 days ago
  • “Common sense will prevail, not extremism” Winston Peters backs Shane Jones’ pro-meat stance
    New Zealand First leader Winston Peters is backing his MPs who have spoken out against a new climate change teaching resource that advises students to eat less meat to save the planet. The new teaching resource, announced by Education Minister Chris Hipkins and Climate Change Minister James Shaw, tells students ...
    4 days ago
  • Violent assault on paramedic highlights need for law change
    Darroch Ball MP, Spokesperson for Justice Today’s horrific violent assault of an on-duty female paramedic which rendered her unconscious is truly unsettling. “Our thoughts are with the paramedic, her loved ones and the St John’s team at Warkworth Station,” says New Zealand First Justice Spokesperson Darroch Ball. “Harsher penalties for perpetrators ...
    5 days ago
  • Acting PM Winston Peters confirms NZDF troops in Iraq not hit by Iranian attacks
    Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters called for calm and diplomacy following Iranian missile strikes on bases housing United States troops in Iraq, but confirmed New Zealand's base in the country was not hit. The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) was earlier today investigating claims New Zealand's base in Iraq had ...
    5 days ago
  • Kaikōura $10.88 million boost in tourism & business
    Fletcher Tabuteau MP, Parliamentary Undersecretary for Regional Economic Development 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 ...
    1 week ago
  • Delivering a stable water supply to Wairarapa
    Hon. Ron Mark, New Zealand First List MP based in Wairarapa The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $7.11 million to create a sustainable water supply for the Wairarapa. The PGF will provide a $7 million investment to Wairarapa Water Limited to progress the Wairarapa Water Storage Scheme towards procurement, consenting, ...
    1 week ago
  • Housing consents hit highest level since 1974
    Housing consents have hit a 45-year high, as Statistics NZ data shows a total of 37,010 residential consents were issued in the year to November --- the first time they have breached the 37,000 mark since the mid-1970s. Statistics NZ said the trend had been rising since late 2011, when ...
    1 week ago
  • Darroch Ball MP: “Violence against first responders is a problem on the rise”
    New Zealand First MP Darroch Ball says that a paramedic being kicked unconscious last night in an attempted burglary in Warkworth, north of Auckland, is a symptom of a larger problem. "Incidents like this are becoming more and more frequent...and it’s getting worse," Mr Ball said. The MP is pushing for ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Minister Ron Mark asks NZDF to conduct fire risk assessment from defence point of view
    Defence Minister Ron Mark said there was nothing to prevent similar large-scale bushfires seen in Australia from also happening in New Zealand, and has asked the New Zealand Defence Force to conduct a nfire risk assessment from a defence point of view. The defence assessment would help prevent a disaster ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Defence Minister Mark expresses “absolute confidence” in NZDF forces stationed in Iraq
    While feeling worried about increased Middle East tensions, Defence Minister Ron Mark said he had "absolute confidence" in New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) leadership. His statements come as the fate of Kiwi troops stationed in Iraq comes under intense scrutiny. Forty-five Defence Force personnel were thought to be in the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • ‘No Body, No Parole’ Bill is pointless dog-whistling
    Darroch Ball MP, Spokesperson for Law and Order National MP Tim Macindoe Member’s Bill, Concealment of Location of Victim Remains Bill does not do what he claims. The Bill specifies a requirement for the Parole Board to only “consider” denying parole if an offender refuses to disclose the location of the body. ...
    3 weeks ago
  • New Zealand Defence Force sends support to Australia
    Hon. Ron Mark, Minister of Defence 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 ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Defence Minister Ron Mark: “NZDF focused on protecting troops in Iraq from retaliation”
    As tensions in the Middle East continue to grow after the assassination of top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani, the New Zealand Defence Force is focusing on the protection of Kiwi troops deployed in Iraq. Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says that "recent attacks on coalition bases and embassies constitute unacceptable ...
    3 weeks ago

  • Log trains to begin on Wairoa-Napier line
    Log trains are about to start running between Wairoa and Napier following Provincial Growth Fund investment to reopen the rail line, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says. The Government invested $6.2 million to reopen the mothballed rail line which was closed after significant storm damage in 2012. “With PGF ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    8 hours ago
  • Minister of Defence concludes successful visit with his US counterpart
    Minister of Defence Ron Mark met with United States Secretary of Defense Mark Esper today. “This was an excellent opportunity to meet with one of our closest security partners,” Ron Mark said. “The main focus of the meeting was to discuss challenges that New Zealand and the United States share ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • New Zealand acknowledges ICJ decision on Myanmar
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters today acknowledged the ruling of the International Court of Justice in relation to the Rohingya people in Myanmar. The ruling ordered the Government of Myanmar to take all measures within its power to prevent the commission of acts of genocide in relation to members of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • NZ’s trade aims advanced at Davos meetings
    A proposal to cut “trade and production-distorting subsidies” in the agricultural sector by 2030 has set out important measures to ensure a fair agricultural trading system.  Speaking after attending meetings of trade ministers in Davos, Switzerland, Minister for Trade and Export Growth David Parker welcomed the joint proposal from the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • 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. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • 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, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • 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 – ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    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,” ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago