web analytics

Schadenfreude

Written By: - Date published: 9:37 am, June 8th, 2012 - 38 comments
Categories: education, schools, spin - Tags: , ,

I am a bad person. I know this because I got a bit of a kick out of right wing loon Matthew Hooton’s latest column:

Govt fiscal strategy to unravel after humiliating education u-turn

The government’s humiliating but inevitable rout over its dopey plan to increase class sizes risks unravelling its already precarious fiscal strategy.

This one backdown adds $50 million to education costs in 2014-15, which makes a further mockery of the $197 million surplus it forecasts for that year.

More importantly, the government has shown that it is weak. It will yield in the face of political pressure ruthlessly applied, even when it’s most important promise – its pre-election surplus – is at stake.

Yes yes, all those “ruthless” parents and teachers eh. The horror.

Those who have waited for three and a half years for the government to move on policy matters that would spur economic growth have learned the hard way that quiet diplomacy doesn’t work. The government responds only to shows of force.

We’ve all been waiting for three and a half years for the government to move on policy matters that would spur economic growth, but we’re “blessed” with a government that clearly has no ideas.

Last month’s Budget consisted of hundreds of small cuts because the government is pathetically unwilling to address large-scale issues such as superannuation, out-of-control healthcare costs and Labour’s 2005 election bribes, including Working for Families, remaining KiwiSaver subsidies and interest-free student loans.

National’s refusal to touch those areas means that Bill English’s fourth Budget is more accurately described as Helen Clark and Sir Michael Cullen’s 13th, which perhaps explains why the government knighted him last weekend.

Thanks but no, Cullen would have done much better than that. No taxing paperboys for a start.

Instead of reversing Ms Clark and Sir Michael’s outrageous fiscal profligacy, National has preferred to invest its political capital in cuts with trivial impacts on the bottom line.

It was by no means profligate spending. Labour returned a surplus every year in office, and left the country with 0 net government debt. If you want “outrageous fiscal profligacy” try National’s unaffordable tax cuts for the rich.

And so on and so on, anyway, you get the picture, the hysterical right are pretty pissed that the Nats have backed down. But Hooton and his fellow travellers fail to understand two things. First, their extreme agenda is completely unacceptable to the vast majority of the NZ public (hello ACT on 0%). And second, the Nats have a razor thin majority in Parliament – any time Peter Dunne blinks it’s all over. So rant all you like Matthew – the Nats can’t afford to listen to you.

38 comments on “Schadenfreude ”

  1. Carol 1

    any time Peter Dunne blinks it’s all over.

    Yep. That is how I see it.

    And not this from Hooton:
    More importantly, the government has shown that it is weak. It will yield in the face of political pressure ruthlessly applied, even when it’s most important promise – its pre-election surplus – is at stake.

    The government is not yielding on the constant widespread opposition to asset sales, but is ruthlessly pressing ahead.

    So when is the hairdo going to blink on that one?

  2. Blue 2

    Yeah, I love how WFF and interest free student loans are ‘bribes’ and should be cut immediately for the good of the country, but massive unsustainable tax cuts are not bribes at all, and must be preserved for the good of the country (‘s top income earners).

    • higherstandard 2.1

      WFF, interest free student loans and the tax cuts are all vote gaining ‘bribes’ in their own way and all should be curtailed in the current economic climate.

      • Shane Gallagher 2.1.1

        Your answer to a reduction in economic activity is to further reduce economic activity by taking money away from the people most likely to spend it and increase economic activity? Righto.

        Perhaps this is why right-wing govts around the world are driving the world economy into the ground…

        • higherstandard 2.1.1.1

          Your comment is non-sensical.

          There is no data to suggest that any of WFF, student loans or tax cuts have had any significant effect on economic activity. What they have all had an effect on is the consolidated accounts for NZ.

          As for your comment about right wing governments driving the world economy into the ground, it all depends what you call right wing our government would be considered quite left of centre by many other countries……. regardless I can’t see any government left,right or centre doing fabulously in the current economic climate, the economies that are managing to tread water are of course the worlds sweatshop or have a multimillion hectare open cast mine within their borders or other similar resources to exploit.

        • handle 2.1.1.2

          The wealthy are the least likely to spend tax cuts.

    • WFF is in effect a tax cut for working families.  I guess that Hooton & Co are upset because the cut went to the deserving working class and not the already over resourced rich …

    • Maggy May 2.3

      Bomber Bradbury has an article which says (from official papers) John Key agreed with Corporate America to change our tax laws to make it attractive for them to invest in NZ, I guess they are just waiting for our assets to go up for sale, then they will buy them, increase charges for all NZ’s to cover setting up and changes then take all profits back to America so they can increase our deficit even more. And they say John Key is working in NZ interests, I don’t think so he is working in the interests of the money markets. and the bankers of the world.

    • Georgecom 2.4

      I roll my eyes and laugh at the desperate attempts of political framing everytime I hear someone refer to WFF and Interest Free Student Loans as ‘election bribes’ or ‘fiscally unsustainable election bribes’.

      What seemingly short memories such people have.

      When these policies were being promised a certain balding, bespectacled leader of a major political party (who also had some trouble telling the truth) was promising massive fiscally unsustainable tax cut election bribes.

      Fortunately the NZ public, with some useful help from that leader himself and his struggles with honesty, saw fit not to make him prime minister.

      Imagine the fiscal hole NZ would be in now had such massive tax cut election bribes been implemented 2005-2008. They’d have made Englishes ‘tax switch’ seem almost fincally responsible by comparison.

  3. Tom Gould 3

    Key said as much himself, that the policy was great, just that people didn’t get it. So Key and Hooten are on the same page on this one, really. They both still believe that bigger classes and fewer teachers is good for our kids’ education. Pity the Key glee-club in the MSM have failed totally to pick this up. Key firmly believes the parents are completely wrong. It’s a gonner because the polling looks bad, not because the policy is crap.

    • Carol 3.1

      It’s a gonner because the hairdo was speaking out against it…. would lack the required support in parliament…. simple.

      • “It’s a gonner because the hairdo was speaking out against it…. would lack the required support in parliament…. simple.”

        Except that it was part of the budget … so had Dunne voted against it, this would have been a loss on supply and hence triggered a fall of government (assuming the Maori Party also voted against it, of course). No matter what Dunne’s reservations on the policy, I doubt he would bring the whole governing arrangement with National crashing down over it.

        I think the backtrack was purely poll-driven – it was such an unpopular move in order to save such a small amount of money (relatively speaking) that Key, et al decided it wasn’t worth the fight.

        • Carol 3.1.1.1

          OK, Andrew. You’re point sounds fair enough.

        • Hayden 3.1.1.2

          No matter what Dunne’s reservations on the policy, I doubt he would bring the whole governing arrangement with National crashing down over it.

          Maybe, but he’d probably hold Ohariu/Belmont for the rest of his life.

        • Tiger Mountain 3.1.1.3

          Poll driven at one level for sure, but the united summit of virtually all education organisations, even the lowly NZSTA for goodness sake, was the other side of it. They were not meeting for lattes and a muffin. Tory voters galore did not like this policy either and when that lot planned to get into a spot of action with teachers union members the Nats were done for.

  4. And second, the Nats have a razor thin majority in Parliament – any time Peter Dunne blinks it’s all over.

    Not exactly. Dunne has freedom to vote on non C&S issues only, and they won’t threaten the government, just limit their influence.

    • Lanthanide 4.1

      Here’s his real chance to make a difference, Pete, and shows he does more than just lip service:

      Open mike 08/06/2012

      • Pete George 4.1.1

        Maybe, but it depends on what he thinks of the select committee process and reports. All we have to go on are media reports, it’s hard to tell how much is genuine concern and how much is politicking.

        • Kotahi Tane Huna 4.1.1.1

          Is that leper your girlfriend, Petey?

        • McFlock 4.1.1.2

          Maybe that’s what a referendum is good for?
           

        • Lanthanide 4.1.1.3

          “All we have to go on are media reports, it’s hard to tell how much is genuine concern and how much is politicking.”

          1. Media reports that say the bill was supposed to be returned to the house in 6 weeks, instead it’s going to be returned next week.
          2. Media reports that say the committee was adjourned after just 1 hour of discussions.

          I don’t know how you can claim that these actions are in any way, shape, or form, democratic or justified, especially for such a bill that is very contentious.

    • Dunne has freedom to vote on non C&S issues only, and they won’t threaten the government, just limit their influence

      Um he has full power to terminate the agreement and vote against the budget.  If he is prepared to do something good for the country …

      • felix 4.2.1

        Don’t be silly micky, there’s nothing in the world that would ever cause Peter Dunne to vote against having his fat useless arse in a cabinet seat.

      • Pete George 4.2.2

        Of course he has that power. And if he exercised his power as you suggest what do you think that would do for our democracy?

        If Labour manage to get a Labour/Green/Mana/NZF coalition together in 2014 do you think any of those parties should bring the government down if they don’t agree with something in a budget?

        Or perhaps you only want to see small party power abused to get your own power?

        • felix 4.2.2.1

          “And if he exercised his power as you suggest what do you think that would do for our democracy?”

          Err, allow it to function?

          The trouble you’re having is that you’re equating ‘the current governing arrangement’ with ‘the concept of democracy’.

          If Peter Dunne had any principles he’d vote for what he believes in. If that involves being written out of the resulting governing arrangement, so be it.

          The functioning of our system does not actually require Dunne’s presence in cabinet. Believe it or not.

          • Pete George 4.2.2.1.1

            The functioning of our system does not actually require coalition partners to bring down governments at the request of opposition parties wanting their turn at power fastracked.

        • Pascal's bookie 4.2.2.2

          And if he exercised his power as you suggest what do you think that would do for our democracy?

          nothing at all. We’d have an election.

          What do you think it would do?

  5. mac1 5

    Interesting to read the language which apologists for the government use. Matthew Hooton uses ‘ruthless” and Pete George uses ‘cacophony’ to describe the strong, credible and effective opposition effecting this backdown.

    • lprent 5.1

      All about painting themselves as victims of dangerous revolutionaries… (like teachers, principals, parents, and intermediate school kids 😈 )

      That is a very very old tactic (and extremely tired). I still surprised that anyone falls for it. But I guess that they’re targeting the unthinking like themselves.

  6. Bruce Ellis 6

    The policy was a goner when even the editorial writers in the provincial newspapers (e.g. Taranaki Daily News) wrote against it.

  7. Draco T Bastard 7

    …because the government is pathetically unwilling to address large-scale issues such as…and National’s 2008 election bribes, including tax cuts for the rich, their Roads of National Significance for the roading lobby and huge subsidies to private schools.

    Their, FIFY Matthew.

  8. bad12 8

    The Member for Dipton aint having a great year is He?, it was Bill and the bean counters up the road at the Treasury who came up with the cuts to the education budget,

    Bill and the Bean Counters along with a certain Captain Panic Pants who came up with the totally absurd idea of selling the ‘idea’ to the masses as ‘better’ for their kids’ with much the same ‘thinking’ behind it all as trying to convince the elderly that ‘euthanaisa’ is good for them,

    Slippery canned the whole thing after getting the low down on the latest National Party internal polling from the bookends Brownlee and Joyce, it aint pretty, the Tories internal polling that is, and the order of the day is to now get the assets flogged off so that sleight of hand can be used to achieve the much vaunted ‘book balancing’ by next election,

    A pretty simple monetary trick, sell off the first tranche of your assets, spend a pile of the proceeds into the economy building roads of no significance and rake back enough taxation from the spend up to achieve ‘fiscal surplus’ in the Government books,

    Hekia Parata aint had a original thought thus far in her life and there is 99.99% doubt whether She had even noticed the cuts in Her portfolio at the time of the budget, (that’s why the Education Ministry couldn’t tell Her which schools would be effected in what way, it was news to them as well),

    If points were being awarded on the basis of the ability to be a repetitive parrot despite being blindsided by Treasury and the Member for Dipton’s sleight of hand cost cutting it would have to go to Hekia, not the sharpest knife in the draw but able to memorize a simple National Party line of spin and repeat it ad nauseum,

    She along with the Member for Dipton and the Dullards up at the Treasury scored just that a ‘D’ for being Dumb,Dithering,Duplicitous Dickheads…

  9. fabregas4 9

    Dunne sat there doing nothing and saying nothing in the period that Key could do no wrong. I think he senses that he might need new friends come 2014 – and suddenly is vocal in opposition to some of the government policies. Does he see nationals polling?

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Initial Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission report shows progress
    Health Minister Andrew Little welcomes the Initial Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission’s assessment that transformation of New Zealand’s approach to mental health and addiction is underway. “This is an important step in the Government’s work to provide better and equitable mental health and wellbeing outcomes for all people in New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    14 hours ago
  • Over $300m returned to COVID-hit travellers
    The Government’s Consumer Travel Reimbursement Scheme has helped return over $352 million of refunds and credits to New Zealanders who had overseas travel cancelled due to COVID-19, Consumer Affairs Minister David Clark says. “Working with the travel sector, we are helping New Zealanders retrieve the money owed to them by ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Hundreds more schools join free lunches programme
    An additional 88,000 students in 322 schools and kura across the country have started the school year with a regular lunch on the menu, thanks to the Government’s Ka Ora, Ka Ako Healthy School Lunches programme. They join 42,000 students already receiving weekday lunches under the scheme, which launched last ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Govt’s balanced economic approach reflected in Crown accounts
    New Zealand’s economic recovery has again been reflected in the Government’s books, which are in better shape than expected. The Crown accounts for the seven months to the end of January 2021 were better than forecast in the Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update (HYEFU). The operating balance before gains ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Over half of border workforce receive first vaccinations
    More than half of New Zealand’s estimated 12,000 border workforce have now received their first vaccinations, as a third batch of vaccines arrive in the country, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says. As of midnight Tuesday, a total of 9,431 people had received their first doses. More than 70 percent ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Boost in funding to deliver jobs while restoring Central Otago’s lakes and waterways
    The Government is significantly increasing its investment in restoring Central Otago’s waterways while at the same time delivering jobs to the region hard-hit by the economic impact of Covid-19, says Land Information Minister, Damien O’Connor.   Mr O’Connor says two new community projects under the Jobs for Nature funding programme will ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Next stage of COVID-19 support for business and workers
    The Government has confirmed details of COVID-19 support for business and workers following the increased alert levels due to a resurgence of the virus over the weekend. Following two new community cases of COVID-19, Auckland moved to Alert Level 3 and the rest of New Zealand moved to Alert Level ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Govt committed to hosting Rugby World Cup
    The Government remains committed to hosting the Women’s Rugby World Cup in New Zealand in 2022 should a decision be made by World Rugby this weekend to postpone this year’s tournament. World Rugby is recommending the event be postponed until next year due to COVID-19, with a final decision to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Support Available for Communities affected by COVID-19
    Community and social service support providers have again swung into action to help people and families affected by the current COVID-19 alert levels. “The Government recognises that in many instances social service, community, iwi and Whānau Ora organisations are best placed to provide vital support to the communities impacted by ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Govt announces review into PHARMAC
    The Government is following through on an election promise to conduct an independent review into PHARMAC, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Health Minister Andrew Little announced today. The Review will focus on two areas: How well PHARMAC performs against its current objectives and whether and how its performance against these ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Impressive response to DOC scholarship programme
    Some of the country’s most forward-thinking early-career conservationists are among recipients of a new scholarship aimed at supporting a new generation of biodiversity champions, Conservation Minister Kiri Allan says. The Department of Conservation (DOC) has awarded one-year postgraduate research scholarships of $15,000 to ten Masters students in the natural ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Speech to ANZLF Virtual Indigenous Business Trade and Connections Event
    I acknowledge our whānau overseas, joining us from Te Whenua Moemoeā, and I wish to pay respects to their elders past, present, and emerging. Thank you for the opportunity to speak with you all today. I am very pleased to be part of the conversation on Indigenous business, and part ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Main benefits to increase in line with wages
    Social Development and Employment Minister Carmel Sepuloni announced today that main benefits will increase by 3.1 percent on 1 April, in line with the rise in the average wage. The Government announced changes to the annual adjustment of main benefits in Budget 2019, indexing main benefit increases to the average ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Deed of Settlement signed with Ngāti Maru (Taranaki)
    A Deed of Settlement has been signed between Ngāti Maru and the Crown settling the iwi’s historical Treaty of Waitangi claims, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Andrew Little announced today. The Ngāti Maru rohe is centred on the inland Waitara River valley, east to the Whanganui River and its ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Support in place for people connected to Auckland COVID-19 cases
    With a suite of Government income support packages available, Minister for Social Development and Employment Carmel Sepuloni is encouraging people, and businesses, connected to the recent Auckland COVID-19 cases to check the Work and Income website if they’ve been impacted by the need to self-isolate. “If you are required to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Statement on passing of former PNG PM Sir Michael Somare
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has expressed her condolences at the passing of long-serving former Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare. “Our thoughts are with Lady Veronica Somare and family, Prime Minister James Marape and the people of Papua New Guinea during this time of great ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Speech to the National Māori Housing Conference 2021
    E te tī, e te tā  Tēnei te mihi maioha ki a koutou  Ki te whenua e takoto nei  Ki te rangi e tū iho nei  Ki a tātou e tau nei  Tēnā tātou.  It’s great to be with you today, along with some of the ministerial housing team; Hon Peeni Henare, the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Drone project to aid protection of Māui dolphin
    The Government is backing a new project to use drone technology to transform our understanding and protection of the Māui dolphin, Aotearoa’s most endangered dolphin.    “The project is just one part of the Government’s plan to save the Māui dolphin. We are committed to protecting this treasure,” Oceans and Fisheries ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New water regulator board announced as major Government reform moves forward
    Major water reform has taken a step closer with the appointment of the inaugural board of the Taumata Arowai water services regulator, Hon Nanaia Mahuta says. Former Director General of Health and respected public health specialist Dame Karen Poutasi will chair the inaugural board of Crown agency Taumata Arowai. “Dame ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • North Auckland gets public transport upgrade
    The newly completed Hibiscus Coast Bus Station will help people make better transport choices to help ease congestion and benefit the environment, Transport Minister Michael Wood and Auckland Mayor Phil Goff said today. Michael Wood and Phil Goff officially opened the Hibiscus Coast Bus Station which sits just off the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Supporting work to protect Northland reserve
    New funding announced by Conservation Minister Kiri Allan today will provide work and help protect the unique values of Northland’s Te Ārai Nature Reserve for future generations. Te Ārai is culturally important to Te Aupōuri as the last resting place of the spirits before they depart to Te Rerenga Wairua. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Critical step to new housing deal for Pacific communities
      Today the Government has taken a key step to support Pacific people to becoming Community Housing providers, says the Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio. “This will be great news for Pacific communities with the decision to provide Pacific Financial Capability Grant funding and a tender process to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Consultation opens on proposed Bay of Islands marine mammal sanctuary
    Conservation Minister Kiri Allan is encouraging New Zealanders to have their say on a proposed marine mammal sanctuary to address the rapid decline of bottlenose dolphins in Te Pēwhairangi, the Bay of Islands. The proposal, developed jointly with Ngā Hapū o te Pēwhairangi, would protect all marine mammals of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Three District Court Judges appointed
    Attorney-General David Parker today announced the appointment of three new District Court Judges.    Two of the appointees will take up their roles on 1 April, replacing sitting Judges who have reached retirement age.     Kirsten Lummis, lawyer of Auckland has been appointed as a District Court Judge with jury jurisdiction to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government announces list of life-shortening conditions guaranteeing early KiwiSaver access
    Government announces list of life-shortening conditions guaranteeing early KiwiSaver access The Government changed the KiwiSaver rules in 2019 so people with life-shortening congenital conditions can withdraw their savings early The four conditions guaranteed early access are – down syndrome, cerebral palsy, Huntington’s disease and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder An alternative ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Reserve Bank to take account of housing in decision making
    The Reserve Bank is now required to consider the impact on housing when making monetary and financial policy decisions, Grant Robertson announced today. Changes have been made to the Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee’s remit requiring it to take into account government policy relating to more sustainable house prices, while working ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Investment to reduce cochlear implant waitlist
    The Labour Government will invest $6 million for 70 additional adult cochlear implants this year to significantly reduce the historical waitlist, Health Minister Andrew Little says. “Cochlear implants are life changing for kiwis who suffer from severe hearing loss. As well as improving an individual’s hearing, they open doors to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Māori wards Bill passes third reading
    The Local Electoral (Māori Wards and Māori Constituencies) Amendment Bill passed its third reading today and will become law, Minister of Local Government Hon Nanaia Mahuta says. “This is a significant step forward for Māori representation in local government. We know how important it is to have diversity around ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government delivers 1,000 more transitional housing places
    The Government has added 1,000 more transitional housing places as promised under the Aotearoa New Zealand Homelessness Action Plan (HAP), launched one year ago. Minister of Housing Megan Woods says the milestone supports the Government’s priority to ensure every New Zealander has warm, dry, secure housing. “Transitional housing provides people ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Second batch of Pfizer/BioNTech doses arrives safely – as the first vaccinations take place in the...
    A second batch of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines arrived safely yesterday at Auckland International Airport, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says. “This shipment contained about 76,000 doses, and follows our first shipment of 60,000 doses that arrived last week. We expect further shipments of vaccine over the coming weeks,” Chris Hipkins said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • $18 million for creative spaces to make arts more accessible
    The Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Carmel Sepuloni has today announced $18 million to support creative spaces. Creative spaces are places in the community where people with mental health needs, disabled people, and those looking for social connection, are welcomed and supported to practice and participate in the arts ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Moriori Claims Settlement Bill passes first reading
    Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Andrew Little today welcomed Moriori to Parliament to witness the first reading of the Moriori Claims Settlement Bill. “This bill is the culmination of years of dedication and hard work from all the parties involved. “I am delighted to reach this significant milestone today,” Andrew ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government action reduces child poverty
    22,400 fewer children experiencing material hardship 45,400 fewer children in low income households on after-housing costs measure After-housing costs target achieved a year ahead of schedule Government action has seen child poverty reduce against all nine official measures compared to the baseline year, Prime Minister and Minister for Child Poverty ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Entries open for the 2021 Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards
    It’s time to recognise the outstanding work early learning services, kōhanga reo, schools and kura do to support children and young people to succeed, Minister of Education Chris Hipkins says. The 2021 Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards are now open through until April 16. “The past year has reminded us ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Jobs for Nature benefits three projects
    Three new Jobs for Nature projects will help nature thrive in the Bay of Plenty and keep local people in work says Conservation Minister Kiri Allan. “Up to 30 people will be employed in the projects, which are aimed at boosting local conservation efforts, enhancing some of the region’s most ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Improvements to the Holidays Act on the way
    The Government has accepted all of the Holidays Act Taskforce’s recommended changes, which will provide certainty to employers and help employees receive their leave entitlements, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Wood announced today. Michael Wood said the Government established the Holidays Act Taskforce to help address challenges with the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • NZ’s credit rating lifted as economy recovers
    The Government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and faster than expected economic recovery has been acknowledged in today’s credit rating upgrade. Credit ratings agency Standard & Poor’s (S&P) today raised New Zealand’s local currency credit rating to AAA with a stable outlook. This follows Fitch reaffirming its AA+ rating last ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Speech to National Remembrance Service on the 10th anniversary of the Christchurch earthquake
    Tena koutou e nga Maata Waka Ngai Tuahuriri, Ngai Tahu whanui, Tena koutou. Nau mai whakatau mai ki tenei ra maumahara i te Ru Whenua Apiti hono tatai hono, Te hunga mate ki te hunga mate Apiti hono tatai hono, Te hunga ora ki te hunga ora Tena koutou, Tena ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Government reaffirms urgent commitment to ban harmful conversion practices
    The Minister of Justice has reaffirmed the Government’s urgent commitment, as stated in its 2020 Election Manifesto, to ban conversion practices in New Zealand by this time next year. “The Government has work underway to develop policy which will bring legislation to Parliament by the middle of this year and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • New creative service aims to benefit 1,000 peoples’ careers
    Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage and Social Development Hon Carmel Sepuloni today launched a new Creative Careers Service, which is expected to support up to 1,000 creatives, across three regions over the next two years. The new service builds on the most successful aspects of the former Pathways to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago