Simon Bridges is distancing himself from Simon Bridges

Written By: - Date published: 8:01 am, March 13th, 2019 - 44 comments
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What a day yesterday was.  

The announcement that the Serious Fraud Office is investigating National’s donation scandal dropped like a bomb in Parliament.  After all it is not every day that the SFO announces that it is investigating a major political party.  In fact this has never happened before.

I have been following this story for a while and earlier on said this about the background and the possible legal issues:

… [I]t was not as if their leader had been implicated in doing anything illegal.

Parties partition up donations all the time and split $100k donations into seven $14k donations and one $2 donation for the Feng Shui, not so that the identity of the donor has to be disclosed.  After all it is not as if they were embarrassed that their giving an award to this person would not look good, or that the fact that an associate of this person wanting to be a National Party MP might be frowned on.

And the confident expressions that all was fine by independent commentators who used to be National Party General Secretaries was notable. After all they should know.

And the Electoral Law does not have provisions relating to donations funded by contributions. National’s Party Secretary was not obliged to give the donation back. He did not have reasonable grounds to believe that the donor has failed to comply with his obligation to advise that the donation had come from contributions.  He was under no obligation to disclose the fact the donation came from contributions.  And it is not an offence to file a false return.

And what about Simon Bridges in his own return mistakenly calling Aaron Bhatnagar “Cathedral Club”?  This was an innocent mistake that happens all the time.

Of course the Police seeking advice from the Electoral Commission will result in no action being taken.

Simon Bridges talking to Cameron Slater showed how desperate National was at the time.  And in a remarkable coincidence that may prove there is a divine entity the Human Rights Commission yesterday awarded record damages to Matt Blomfield to be paid by Cameron Slater.  More on this from lprent later.

So how did Bridges respond yesterday?  By saying it was a matter for the National Party and not him to worry about.  That somehow he was distanced from what had happened and essentially it was not his fault. Cue the start of a campaign to throw a hapless National Party official under the wheels of the bus.  From Jane Patterson at Radio New Zealand:

Mr Bridges’ first reaction was to try to distance himself completely, saying it was not a matter for him personally but one for party officials to deal with; the implication was those officials were ultimately responsible for filing electoral returns so any responsibility lay with them.

The SFO only says in the statement it had received the referral “in relation to the disclosure of political donations under the Electoral Act” which points squarely to National, and the people involved with it.

But there was nothing from the police or the SFO that explicitly excluded Mr Bridges.

Both authorities issued statements saying the investigation had been referred to the SFO but with few other details.

The SFO is known for investigating complex cases of financial crime, usually with big sums of money involved – it describes itself as “the lead law enforcement agency for investigating and prosecuting serious or complex financial crime, including bribery and corruption”.

But it also has the capacity to take into account “any relevant public interest considerations”. The police also noted the SFO holds “the appropriate mandate to look further into matters raised by the investigation to date” – make of that what you will.

For a super duper former prosecutor who could tell that Mallard was the leaker through his magic prosecutorial skills Bridges’s grasp of law is concerning.  There is a concept of being a party to an offence if you aid, abet, incite, counsel, or procure another person to commit an offence.

And holy diversion but Simon is now calling for the banning of donations from overseas sources.  From Jason Walls at the Herald:

National Party leader Simon Bridges has joined the Greens and a chorus of other MPs in saying he would support a ban on foreign donations to political parties.

This morning, he threw his weight behind any government proposals which would curb foreign influences in New Zealand and made specific mention of overseas donations.

“The reality of the situation, as I understand it legally, is for the most part overseas donations and the like are unlawful but there are a few small areas, such as under $1500 and so on, [which] is worth getting submissions on and clearing up.”

Current electoral law prohibits overseas donations of more than $1500 to political parties.

But these can be avoided by donating through New Zealand-registered corporate entities – such as companies, incorporated societies and trusts – which are allowed to donate regardless of whether they are owned or controlled by New Zealanders.

As an example the Inner Mongolia Rider Horse Industry (NZ) Limited gave National a donation of $150,000 and for electoral purposes this was not from an overseas person.  I hope that National will let us have more details of the source of these funds so that we can debate this proposal fully.

Getting back to the main story it must have felt like Groundhog day to Simon. And no matter what is happening when the leader of a major party distances himself from his own party you know things are getting pretty strange.

44 comments on “Simon Bridges is distancing himself from Simon Bridges”

  1. Ad 1

    😉

    OMG MIckey

    You are having such well earned fun there.

  2. vto 2

    The John Key and Nat person mantra is…

    “You’re only a criminal if you get caught”

    .. if you don’t get caught then you’re entitled to it and should be held up as a hero

    .. the Nat person mantra is nothing to admire or live life by

  3. vto 3

    “Inner Mongolia Horse Rider (NZ) Limited”… there are ways for the courts to look through such scheming and consider whether such scheming goes against the legislative intention…

    … after all, it is exactly this which the IRD was successful in with Eric Watson’s scheming of the AIL provisions just yesterday… the judge based the decision on the legislative intention… https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/111212143/watson-structured-affairs-to-dodge-tax-high-court-finds

    … what is the legislative intention with regard to overseas political donations ?? … is very clear it is … and the Inner Mongolia Horse is almost certainly such a scheming …. why isn’t it being investigated??

    This goes to the heart of the quality (or lack of) of our democratic system.

    Are the Nats gaming it? And thereby us?

    what a weak and crappy system we appear to have if plunder is so easy

    • Gabby 3.1

      I’d have thought the legislative intention was to create a foreign donor sized loophole through which foreign donors could sling money.

    • gsays 3.2

      As its all a bit complicated for these folk, tertiary educated some of ’em,
      ban all donations.

      Mic drop.

  4. Sacha 4

    Do you get the impression that JLR has handed the Police more evidence than we have seen? They would not refer it to the SFO based on what has been made public.

  5. patricia bremner 5

    This is an interesting situation. But as usual a few other items to distract the public.
    A millionaire tax dodger, and a procedural bungle by Shane. Watch Shane get pilloried to distract from Bridges and National.

  6. ianmac 6

    Kids do what Simon does.
    “Not my fault. The dog ate it.”
    ” It wasn’t me. They did it.”
    “It wasn’t me. I was somewhere else.”
    “It wasn’t me. Anyway it is so unimportant. And look at that over there.”

    • mac1 6.1

      Exactly, ianmac. Then they continue to maintain this position in spite of the evidence. The last refuge of a liar is to continue the lie. If they admit the lie, then face the condemnation of others, By continuing the lie, they hope to keep credibility at the risk of being known as a serial liar. They also hope to keep their believers onside. Or that people will move on, and forget.

      One of the serious and destructive elements to the ‘lie at all costs’ approach is that the general voter loses confidence in politicians in total, and in the democratic system.

      Remember the meme of earlier elections, “Why vote? It only encourages them.”

      Who benefitted from less participation in our democracy? A book I’ve just finished applies to right-wing attempts to lower democratic participation by various means.”Democracy in Chains” subtitled “The deep history of the radical right’s stealth plan for America” by Nancy MacLean published 2017.

      Disempower the majority. Use money to buy influence and publish propaganda. Money like this in question with political donations. Money the true provenance of which is disguised and hidden.

    • I feel love 6.2

      The opposite of a leader really isn’t he? Run and hide, who would want to follow him?

    • Incognito 6.3

      “The Bridge was open”. An all-time favourite among school kids.

  7. ianmac 7

    The National Party Secretary is regarded as straight up conscientious guy. It is unlikely that he would action faulty returns. Therefore, if so, someone else must be involved in dodgy laundry. I wonder if the lowly obedient Treasurer in Botany will turn out to be the very very naughty person who must carry the can for the innocent National Party and its innocent Leader?

    • Sacha 7.1

      Their party pres will be making sure not to be held to account.

    • Gareth 7.2

      He’s signed off on returns that fail basic maths 2 years in a row.

      Have a look at section G of the National Party annual return and divide the total amount of donations with the total number of donations in one of the categories like “More than $5,000 and less than $15,000”.

      You’ll find the average is less than the minimum for the band.

  8. WeTheBleeple 8

    Attack Ads is what he wanted it for remember – ‘You know, attack ads, that sort of thing’… All sausage, and loads of sizzle now aye.

    Bridges is dead to rights guilty that phone call totally exposes corruption, racism, political favors, bribery potential, and total and utter disregard for his team. The paper trail will be a walk in the park for SFO.

    Connecting the dots via his own statement of what the money was for, Bridges compromised the country in order to produce the

    ‘All sizzle no sausage’.

    We must admit it was a Tour de Force of advertising.

    When the general public join the dots between the phone call and that particular ad – he’s gonna look exactly as he is – completely ridiculous, and inexcusable.

    After this Bridges won’t be allowed in charge of a raffle.

    • ianmac 8.1

      If in the unlikely event that Bridges was found guilty of some money thing, how would that affect his possible return to practise Law?

      • I’m mulling a post on exactly that, ianmac.

        What I’ve learned so far is that if the SFO makes an adverse finding against him directly (ie says he knew or should have known the splitting of the donations wasn’t kosher) then, at worst, he may be charged charged with significant crimes. As an MP, that might mean he’s no longer eligible to sit in Parliament, and as a lawyer, his standing at the bar could be revoked, meaning he could only act as an ‘advocate’ or do non court related stuff like house conveyancing for the next few years.

        Not the sort of situation a former Police prosecutor should ever find himself in, I would have thought. I’ll keep digging and no doubt legal minded folk like Graeme Edgeler and Bryce Edwards will be doing the same.

        • patricia bremner 8.1.1.1

          Very interesting te reo putake, makes some of his cries for others to be sacked look like diversionary tactics. After all, he can hardly claim ignorance of the law, as he would know that wouldn’t wash. Looking forward to that post. Cheers.

        • Anne 8.1.1.2

          Since you are researching this matter te reo putake:

          this practice of slicing up donations so they came under the maximum allowable limit was going on inside the ACT Party in the 1990s. What I don’t know is whether they were local or offshore donations – or maybe both. It doesn’t really matter because it is a rort no matter who the donors are.

          Chances are National was also doing it in the 1990s.

          It was what prompted the attempt by the Clark government to change the law around electoral donations and which caused National and ACT to go into an almighty spin. You may remember it.

          • KJT 8.1.1.2.1

            Yes. I remember the “Democracy under attack” headlines from the right wing. Terrified they could no longer buy the Government they wanted.

        • xanthe 8.1.1.3

          At the heart of this issue is the fact that while party secretary is ultimatly responsible for this, their mandate in the party is not upheld and they end up signing off decisions they did not make. Inevitably where decision and responsibility are separated corruption follows. The real story is that this situation exists in political parties both left and right in new zealand. Many political parties in New Zealand need urgent constitutionial reform in this area.

      • rod 8.1.2

        He can play the drums pretty good by all accounts. Anyone looking for a drummer ?

        • mac1 8.1.2.1

          I heard him play one tune with a school jazz band, as a one off. He stayed in time but a bit ‘rocky’ for a jazz standard. A lot of drum and not much cymbals, but tight enough. The only dribbling (old drummer’s joke) he did was during his talk.

        • WeTheBleeple 8.1.2.2

          Every band in the world is looking for a drummer that is not their drummer. Or so I’ve been led to believe.

          “I want 1 big mac, 2 large fries, and 3 strawberry shakes”

          “What”

          “I want 1 big mac, 2 large fries, and 3 strawberry shakes”

          “I beg your pardon sir”

          “I want 1 big mac, 2 large fries, and 3 strawberry shake”

          “Ah, I see, you are a drummer aren’t you sir”

          “Yes, but how do you know that?”

          “This is a tyre shop.”

  9. SPC 9

    There is foreign funding and then there are residents who are part of ethnic communities that include groups that organise party donations.

    Voters are citizens or permanent residents. But only citizens can sit in parliament.

    There are also those here on various visas, right of residence (student and work) but no right to enrol and vote. They will occasionally come into the orbit of ethnic group branches of parties.

    Why not no donations from anyone not eligible to vote by being registered on the electoral roll?

    • Sacha 9.1

      Because the intent is to be *seen* to be doing something rather than actually reducing their sources of income.

    • patricia bremner 9.2

      It is the foreign donations and the possible “cut and spread” to hide the donor.

  10. ken 10

    The losers on the bus go,
    “Not my fault!”
    “Not my fault!”
    “Not my fault!”
    The losers on the bus go,
    “Not my fault!”
    All day long.

  11. Chris T 11

    I think the celebrations are slightly premature.

    We have know idea why the police gave it to the SFO.

    Just off the top of my head, it could be dodgy looking stuff from.

    Bridges
    Ross
    The donor/s
    Some other 3rd party handling it.
    The President of National

  12. Michael 12

    Schadenfreude: malicious amusement derived from other people’s misfortunes.

  13. Incognito 13

    The announcement that the Serious Fraud Office is investigating National’s donation scandal dropped like a bomb in Parliament. After all it is not every day that the SFO announces that it is investigating a major political party.

    Not according to Andrew Geddis, the SFO hasn’t yet decided that they are or will investigate the matter.

    https://www.pundit.co.nz/content/simon-bridges-national-and-the-serious-fraud-office-what-does-it-all-mean [very good read, as usual]

  14. Nick 14

    NZ needs to distance itself from Simon bridges, perhaps gift him as a trade delegation gift to China, where they accept him graciously and put him in a cupboard along with Ugg boots and the pounamu pendant gifts from previous years.

  15. KJT 15

    Then. There is the issue of politicians gaining lucrative positions, after politics, with companies they have mollycoddled while in power. But, NZ is not corrupt!
    Ex politicians often get jobs beyound there competence level, because.
    High pay and pensions for politicians was supposed to make them less likely to be influenced, by this sort of conflict of interest.

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  • “Manifest” by Andrew Bird – A Song For The Times.
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  • Passing the buck
    Last month, NZDF's shoddy coverup of what it knew about civilian casualties in Operation Burnham began to fall apart, with the revelation that a report on the matter, which NZDF claimed not to have, had been sitting in an NZDF safe for the past nine years. Yesterday, the man responsible ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • India a major player in Earth observation satellites
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    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    1 week ago
  • The rot at the top (2).
    Thanks to a report from the Acting Inspector General of Intelligence and Security following a complaint by Nicky Hager, we have come to find out that the SIS illegally spied on Mr. Hager on behalf of the NZDF after publication of Hager’s 2011 book, Other People’s Wars. The NZDF justified ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Common misconceptions about “Global Warming”
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    1 week ago
  • A climate of tyranny
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Collins crushes climate
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  • More disappointment
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    1 week ago
  • What do these mother-child studies really say about fluoridation?
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  • Losing Labour’s Mills-Tone.
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  • Speaker: Disability and the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse
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  • Spain is not a democracy
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  • UK Conservatives hate democracy
    With an unfair voting system, uneven electorates and an un-elected upper house, the UK's "democracy" is barely worthy of the name. But now the government wants to make it worse:The government has been accused of suppressing voters’ rights with the potential disenfranchisement of tens of thousands of people after plans ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • What is wrong with our building industry?
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Local bodies
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A future of government
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    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    2 weeks ago
  • Speaker: Catalonia, interrupted
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    2 weeks ago
  • Sage Decisions Unwisely Over-Ruled.
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  • Government may ban voting in effort to get more people to do it
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    2 weeks ago
  • Woman: Deleted.
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    2 weeks ago
  • The Hollowest of Men Ride Again… SURPRISE!
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  • Barbaric
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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  • Is this study legit? 5 questions to ask when reading news stories of medical research
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  • Fighting Monsters.
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    2 weeks ago
  • The next wave of kaupapa Māori politics: its constitutional, it must be.
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  • Night lights of NZ from orbit
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    2 weeks ago
  • Reporters deliver uplifting news to fleeing Japanese residents: they won’t miss any rugby
    New Zealand’s media is doing its part in Japan, reassuring those in the path of the storm that they won’t miss any rugby while away from their flooded homes. New Zealand sports reporters stationed in Japan for the Rugby World Cup have had the rare and heartwarming opportunity to inform ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Government in contentious discussions about whether to put surplus on red or black
    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones is the only Cabinet member in favour of putting it all on green. As Finance Minister Grant Robertson finds himself with an enormous $7.5 billion surplus, the Government has begun intense, at times contentious conversations about whether to put the money on red or black at ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Jordanian teachers’ successful strike has lessons for here
    by Susanne Kemp At the start of September close to 100,000 school teachers went on strike in Jordan.  They demanded a 50% pay rise.  A pay rise actually agreed to by the regime back in 2014. In early October, however, in the face of government repression and threats, the teachers’ ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Why some people still think climate change isn’t real
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    2 weeks ago
  • The SIS unlawfully spied on Nicky Hager
    Back in 2011, journalist Nicky Hager published Other People's Wars, an expose on NZDF's activities over the previous decade of the "war on terror". NZDF didn't like this, and especially didn't like the fact that it was base don leaks from their own. So, they had the SIS investigate him ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • October 2019 – Newsletter
    https://mailchi.mp/7d9133add053/closing-the-gap-october-2019-newsletter ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • And they wonder why we think they’re environmental vandals…
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Paying the price in California
    Last year, California burned. This year, to stop it happening again (or rather, to stop themselves from being found liable if it happens again), Pacific Gas and Electric is cutting power to half the state for a week:Schools are closed. Traffic lights down. Tunnels dark. Businesses unopened. Hospitals running on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

  • Government invests in Te Reo, environmental data research
    The Government is investing in ambitious research that will digitise Te Reo, grow the low-carbon protein efficient aquaculture industry, help interpret environmental trends, and large data sets says Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods. The four projects range from teaching Siri to speak Te Reo to crunching large environmental ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • Government announces next steps as part of a comprehensive plan to fix skills gap
    A new education-to-employment brokerage service to strengthen connections between local employers and schools. Funding for more trades focused ‘speed-dating’ events to connect schools with employers. Promotional campaign to raise profile of vocational education. The Government is taking action to increase the number of young people taking up vocational education and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • Corrections Amendment Bill passes third reading
    A Bill to improve prison security and ensure the fair, safe, and humane treatment of people in prison while upholding public safety has passed its third reading. Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis says the Corrections Amendment Bill makes a number of changes to ensure the Corrections Act 2004 is fit for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • Ngāi Tahu CEO appointed to NZ-China Council
    Minister for Māori Development, Nanaia Mahuta, has selected Arihia Bennett MNZM, Chief Executive Officer of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, as the Te Puni Kōkiri appointed representative on the New Zealand-China Council. The New Zealand-China Council (the Council) was established in 2012 as a New Zealand led and funded organisation ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • Southern Response claims move to EQC
    Responsibility for processing the small number of Southern Response claims still to be settled will be transferred to EQC by the end of the year. “As claim numbers reduce, it no longer makes sense for the Crown to have two organisations processing the remaining Canterbury claims,” Grant Robertson says. “Since ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Bowel screening starts in Whanganui
    Health Minister David Clark is encouraging Whanganui residents to take up the opportunity for free bowel screening, which can detect cancer early when it’s easier to treat.   Over the next two years 12,000 Whanganui locals, aged 60 to 74 will be invited to participate in the National Bowel Screening ...
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    1 day ago
  • Pacific Peoples Minister to attend Our Ocean Conference in Norway
    Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio, heads to Oslo today to represent New Zealand at the sixth Our Ocean Conference, which is being hosted by the Norwegian Government from the 23-24 October. “The Our Ocean Conference mobilises real action on issues like marine plastic pollution and the impacts of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government announces 27 percent increase in Trades Academy places
    Two secondary-school initiatives are being expanded as part of the Government’s plan to see more young New Zealanders take up a trade to help close the skills gap.   This includes the largest single increase in Trades Academy places in recent years. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Education Minister Chris ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, Pacific Futures Conference: Connection...
    Session 4: Pacific Connectivity – Youth, Media and New Opportunities   Kia ora tatou katoa and Warm Pacific greetings to one and all. Representatives of Tainui, the local people of the land, or manawhenua – the indigenous peoples of this area – have welcomed you this morning in accordance with ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Methane reducing cattle feed one step closer
    The Government today announced its support for a project that could substantially reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions from cattle. The announcement was made as part of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor’s visit to Nelson’s Cawthron Aquaculture Park. The Cawthron Institute will receive $100,000 from the Government’s ...
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    5 days ago
  • Bill to refresh superannuation system passes first reading
    Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni has welcomed the first reading of the New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension Legislation Amendment Bill. “Every New Zealander has a stake in New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension,” says Carmel Sepuloni. “They are our most common form of social assistance – nearly 800,000 New ...
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    5 days ago
  • Government announces next steps in fight against measles
    Babies in Auckland aged six months and over can receive a free vaccination and children will all have access to vaccines, Associate Minister of Health Julie Anne Genter announced today at Papatoetoe High School.   The move comes as part of Government efforts to step up the fight against measles. ...
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    5 days ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, Pacific Futures: Connections, Identity...
    ***Check against delivery*** Good morning. It is a pleasure to be here, and to have the honour of opening this important conference on behalf of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs. Let us take the opportunity to acknowledge all the people who have helped make today possible, including our special ...
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    5 days ago
  • Police trial new response to high risk events
    Police Minister Stuart Nash says the safety of frontline officers and members of the public will be the focus of a new trial of specialist Police response teams in three of our largest urban centres. Police have this morning released details of an initiative to be trialled in Counties Manukau, ...
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    5 days ago
  • New awards celebrate fisheries sustainability
    The Minister of Fisheries is calling for entries for a new public award to celebrate innovation in our seafood sector. “I have established the Seafood Sustainability Awards to recognise and celebrate those throughout industry, tangata whenua and communities who demonstrate outstanding dedication and innovation towards the sustainability of New Zealand’s ...
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    5 days ago
  • More progress for women and we can do more
    Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter welcomes leaders in the private sector taking action on closing their gender pay gaps to ensure a fairer workplace for all New Zealanders. Ms Genter today launched a new report, Addressing the gender pay gap and driving women’s representation in senior leadership, from the Champions for ...
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    5 days ago
  • Proposals to curb environmental damage help our coasts and the oceans
    Government Ministers today welcomed the release of a marine environment report highlighting the four key issues affecting our oceans, estuaries and coastlines.  The release underlines the importance of government proposals to combat climate pollution, ensure clean freshwater, protect biodiversity, make land use more sustainable, and reduce waste and plastic.    Environment ...
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    6 days ago
  • New mental health facility for Waikato
    The Government has approved funding for a new acute mental health facility for Waikato which will provide better care and support to people with mental health and addiction issues. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Health Minister Dr David Clark announced the $100 million project to replace the aging Henry Rongomau ...
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    6 days ago
  • 500 new te reo Māori champions in our classrooms
    The Government is making progress on its goal to integrate te reo Māori into education by 2025, with over 500 teachers and support staff already graduating from Te Ahu o te Reo Māori,  Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. Kelvin Davis made the announcement at an awards ceremony in Waikanae today, for ...
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    6 days ago
  • Minister James Shaw welcomes 2018 Census first release
    Statistics Minister James Shaw has welcomed the first release of 2018 Census data. The first release of data today, 23 September, includes key data on population, regional growth, the number of homes and the size of different ethnic groups in New Zealand. Data from the 2018 Census will support the ...
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    6 days ago
  • Driving transparency, ethics and accountability in government use of algorithms
    Minister for Statistics James Shaw today announced a public consultation on a proposed algorithm charter for government agencies. The charter has been developed by the Government Chief Data Steward in response to growing calls for more transparency in government use of data. Computer algorithms – procedures or formulas for solving ...
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    6 days ago
  • New Zealand and the Netherlands working together on climate change
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor, Climate Change Minister James Shaw and visiting Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte co-hosted a business roundtable in Auckland this morning focused on working together to address climate change.  “The Netherlands is an important partner for New Zealand. We share a strong agricultural history. Sustainable agribusiness and ...
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    6 days ago
  • Protecting fairness for workers and businesses
    The Government is taking action to build an inclusive economy where more of us receive our fair share at work and businesses can compete on great products and services, not undercutting wages and conditions, Immigration and Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. Two consultations launched today seek feedback ...
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    6 days ago
  • Indigenous Freshwater Fish Bill Passes
    The future for New Zealand’s threatened indigenous freshwater fish looks brighter with the passing of the Conservation (Indigenous Freshwater Fish) Amendment Bill in Parliament today said Minister of Conservation, Eugenie Sage. “Until now, our freshwater fish legislation has been 20 years out of date. We have lacked effective tools to ...
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    7 days ago
  • Kiwis to take part in world’s biggest earthquake drill
    At 1.30pm tomorrow, hundreds of thousands of Kiwis will join about 65 million people around the globe in ShakeOut, the world’s biggest earthquake drill. The annual drill is to remind people of the right action to take during an earthquake which is to Drop, Cover, Hold, and to practise their ...
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  • Rising wages and low inflation supporting Kiwis
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    1 week ago
  • NZ economy strong amid global headwinds
    New Zealand’s economic strength and resilience has been recognised in a major update on the state of the global economy. The IMF’s latest World Economic Outlook released overnight shows a reduced global growth forecast over the next two years as issues like the US-China trade war and Brexit take hold. ...
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  • Keeping New Zealanders safer with better counter-terrorism laws
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  • Improved succession and dispute resolution core of Ture Whenua changes
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  • Speech to CTU Biennial Conference
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  • Minister ensures continued Whenuapai flight operations
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  • NZ joins Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action
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  • Feedback Sought – Section 71 – Lyttelton Parking
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  • Feedback Sought – Section 71 – Hagley Oval
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  • CTU speech – DPM
    Ladies and gentlemen, NZCTU President Richard Wagstaff, members of respective unions – thank you for the invitation to speak to you today. This might be preaching to the choir, but the importance of trade unions in New Zealand’s historical arch is difficult to understate. And it is my belief that ...
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  • Police Association Annual Conference
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  • New Zealand announces a further P-3 deployment in support of UN sanctions
    Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters and Minister of Defence Ron Mark have announced the New Zealand Government’s decision to again deploy a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 (P-3) maritime patrol aircraft to support the implementation of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions imposing sanctions against North Korea. New ...
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  • New Zealand deeply concerned at developments in north-east Syria
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says New Zealand continues to have serious concerns for peace and stability in north-east Syria. “Recent reports that hundreds of ISIS-affiliated families have fled from a camp are deeply concerning from a humanitarian and security perspective”, Mr Peters says. “While we acknowledge Turkey’s domestic security ...
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  • Government on high alert for stink bugs
    Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor is warning travelling Kiwis to be vigilant as the high-season for the crop-eating brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is under way. “We’re on high alert to stop BMSB arriving in NZ. The high season runs until April 30 and we’ve strengthened our measures to stop stink ...
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  • Better protections for students in halls of residence
    The Government is moving swiftly to change the law to improve the welfare and pastoral care of students living in university halls of residence and other tertiary hostels. Cabinet has agreed to several changes, including creating a new mandatory Code of Practice that sets out the duty of pastoral care ...
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