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Slater backs down

Written By: - Date published: 11:08 am, September 10th, 2014 - 66 comments
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Cameron Slater High Court list

In breaking news Cameron Slater’s application for an injunction against various media outlets preventing publication of further Dirty Politics stories has been withdrawn.  The terms of the settlement as outlined in the NBR are as follows:

In consideration for Mr Slater dropping the injunction, the media companies agreed to not to use information that was not in the public interest, including but not limited to Mr Slater’s wife, children, medical information, the death of his mother and other inherently personal information regarding Mr Slater and his friends.

The lawyer for the media, Julian Miles QC, had told the court on Friday his media companies defendants would not go near such information anyway.

No doubt Slater will claim success.  If it is to be considered to be a victory is is only of the most pyrrhic kind.

I posted earlier that I thought his prospects against the media were not so good and I thought that as long as the media confirmed that personal emails should remain private then they would be able to refer to the emails that were in the public interest.  Clearly the media are interested in only running stories where there is a public interest.

Slater has made application for a return of the hacked information.  I am not sure of the details and I don’t know why he would do this unless he thinks that if he has access to the raw data this may give him a clue as to who Whaledump is.  If so it is funny that Slater should not be respecting a Journalist’s right to keep such information secret when he is claiming in another case that he has such a right.  Presuming this is correct he is asserting a right in the Blomfield case that he is denying exists in the Whaledump case.

The way should now be open for publication of stories relating to the Jason Ede emails.  National has still not presented any plausible reason why John Key’s office should have used state supplied resources to engage in politics of the dirtiest kind.  If we want to ensure the health of our democracy this is a story that needs to be explored to the deepest darkest corners of the form of Dirty Politics that National is engaged in.

66 comments on “Slater backs down”

  1. karol 1

    Ah, so it is just the “personal” emails that media will not publish, but they may still publish previously unpublished emails, as long as they are in the public interest.

    I was thinking Slater wanted access to the emails because he didn’t know which ones Rawshark had hacked. he wants to know what info the media have on him, so that he can be forewarned and prepare his defense.

  2. veutoviper 2

    Thanks for this, MS. I caught a bit only of the RNZ National 11am news on the subject which suggested that there may be one hiccup, however. This is what RNZ news is reporting on their website.

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/254212/media,-cameron-slater-agree-on-personal-emails

    The possible hiccup appears to be that Slater wants to see what the media have in terms of as yet unpublished emails. It is not clear from the report whether the hearing is over or continuing to settle this issue. Is this likely to delay any publication by the media of the public interest emails – eg Ede/Slater?

    • veutoviper 2.1

      Further to the above, Herald is now reporting that the hearing was adjourned and will continue next week (apparently next Monday according to the discussion now taking place on Nine to Noon).

      http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11322033

      Going on the lack of any publication by the media since last Friday’s interim court decision, it would seem likely that the media may continue their silence until after next week’s hearing.

      Next Monday is the same day as KDC’s Town Hall ‘revelations’ ….

      • yeshe 2.1.1

        Methinks it is likely a major ploy to get this all delayed until after the election … smelling bad to me …

  3. Tracey 3

    Fascinating. Does anyone have evidence that such emails have been published to date, about his family, medical issues etc?

    • joe90 3.1

      .

      I was a little taken aback by the first dump which had a fair amount of personal stuff that wasn’t redacted and too his/her/their credit whaledump deleted that version and apologised for the mistake.

      • Tracey 3.1.1

        Thanks Joe. I was more thinking about Hager (who no one has sued for demation yet), and media outlets.

      • Hayden 3.1.2

        On the other hand, that was the only stuff that makes him look even a little bit sympathetic. Until you juxtapose Aaron Bhatnagar’s offer of the loan of a beach house for his family with the way he talks about Bhatnagar to other people.

        NB: not an argument in favour of publishing personal details!

    • ghostwhowalksnz 3.2

      Not so much published, but there was a release by ZBs Rachel Smalley of a conversation between Slater and a friend. Slater was being a extreme misogynist.

  4. disturbed 4

    IMPORTANT HERE, I heard at 5.30pm last night on Prime news that last May many thousands of sites were hacked under a yahoo hack.

    NZ Police files, and others in NZ including the Government, Jason Ede TO PM and others such as Slater’s account were taken then. DID PM GO TO NSA AROND THIS TIME?

    The report suggested the wide ranging details of Slater and NZ Police and other agencies plus Ede and PMs files are already out in the global sphere so Slater has missed the boat entirely and he and the PM know they are in trouble deep.

    Don’t believe their con job have put on NZ public so go hard on this new global leak now uncovered thanks to Prime news last night.

    So if TS or you have not heard of this please find that news item as no other MSM has covered this story that should also be all over the MSM as of now.

    BM said Slater wasn’t important. bullshit.

    Yes he is the principal witness in this Watergate affair?

    He interfaced with our Government agencies such as SIS and others .

    How will we know who else if he is not investigated thoroughly?

    Talk about a cover up Nixon tried this I was there in US at the time working, so they had to censure the people who initiated that plot to destroy the opposition Party as Slater did in this case.

    Until we get full access through Slater, Ede PM and others we wont get to the truth, so is that what you want?

    This is what we now face and you don’t want this right?
    But Dotcom is unsure how the public will react, especially following the fallout – or lack of fallout – from Dirty Politics.

    “When I read Nicky Hager’s book, I thought, ‘It’s over for John Key’. I didn’t think the New Zealand public would put up with something like that, and I’m really surprised how little impact the book had.

    We have been marched over by the worst propaganda since pre-war Germany using virtually the same tactics here.

    Stripping out the investigative journalism stables so they could use only brainwashing by the tabloid MSM was always part f their Nazi like agenda.

    Now it is coming true, so why should we be surprised?

    NZ is now on display to the world as a shinning example of another hollowed out country by a process used by a hollowed out Government and media combined to take away our fragile Freedoms and Democracy.

    The Government & MSM are surely our enemies conspiring against all this and our miserable future we see ahead.

    • Clemgeopin 4.1

      “no other MSM has covered this story that should also be all over the MSM as of now.”

      TV1 had that hacking news as their first item on 6 pm news.

      http://tvnz.co.nz/one-news/s2014-eptuesday-video-6076547

    • Chooky 4.2

      +100…this is good …”The report suggested the wide ranging details of Slater and NZ Police and other agencies plus Ede and PMs files are already out in the global sphere…”

      …the msm can not afford to ignore this! …if it wants to retain any credibility whatsoever…as a seeker of Truth in the public good

    • karol 4.3

      Thanks, disturbed, I found the One News story on it and did a post on it.

    • Mike 4.4

      When I read the opinion comments in the Herald I feel confident that the NZ public get it, and Key will be gone come the election. I think Key knows it too.

      The comments and sentiments here:

      http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=11321937

      along with all the other comments on articles that I’ve read in the Herald in the past week or so, are damning. In fact the comments on one article ( can’t remember which) were so unanimous and passionate in condemnation of National, they were shut down.

      Seems to me the sentiment against National is only growing stronger since Key’s tax cut fiasco. The Roy Morgan poll, along with all the early voters, only enforce that perception . I believe New Zealand voters are now very aware of how important this election is, I am.

      I’ve never being a passionate follower of politics in my 42 years living in NZ. Until I realised, without a shadow of doubt in my mind, that Key is deliberately trying to destroy New Zealand. .

  5. Enough is Enough 5

    This the corporate media.

    They want National to win.

    The may publish some of the juicy emails. But I guarantee that they won’t do it until after the election.

  6. Sable 6

    No. The way is now clear for the collaborators in the MSM to bury the whole thing by playing it down, finding and exaggerating inconsequential shortcomings in other political figures or parties or by distracting the public with the usual pointless journalistic spam…

  7. fambo 7

    “not in the public interest”

    Could mean anything you wanted it to mean eg we won’t publish this damning email to do with the government because it might destabilise the country.

  8. Tracey 8

    why has nbr broken the news while stuff and herald online still make no mention of it?

    • @ tracey..

      ..do you remember sneering at me for noting there is more to come..?

      ..yesterday..wasn’t it..?

      ..do you ever concede that you are wrong..about anything..?

      ..or is it just another day..

      ..and just yet another orifice-plucked opinion..?

      • Tracey 8.1.1

        Sigh. Phil. I apologised to Alwyn yesterday for being wrong. To Puddlegum today for being wrong. Can you post the link to the post you made that I sneered at and while you are at it a link to your admission you were wrong about the banks barrister applying for discharge without conviction and winning?

        Does anyone have a mirror for Phil!?!?

        • phillip ure 8.1.1.1

          so..two admitted ‘wrongs’ in two days..and an accusation of one more..

          ..does that frequency of being ‘wrong’ give you any pause for thought..?..at all..?

          ..and i mentioned it because i have noted a pattern where you throw up a total orifice-pluck..

          ..yr wild-contention is dismantled..

          ..and then you just disappear/don’t reply..

          ..and then pop up again the next day..with a fresh one..

          ..it’s past time you were called on it..

          ..and you are now saying you don’t remember contending yesterday that there were no more dirty politics revelations..

          ..arguing at me for saying there were..?

          ..you don’t remember that..?

          ..are you kidding me..?..or yrslf..?

          • Tracey 8.1.1.1.1

            Well it makes a lie of your suggestion I am never wrong, and never accept I am wrong.

            As for your offence taken yesterday, I was suggesting that you are not the most reliable person when it comes to predictions of the future.are you denying that you told everyone here that banks was going to apply for and get discharged without conviction cos you heard his barrister tell someone that, and it didnt eventuate?

            Mirror mirror on the wall… phil cant look at you at all.

            Written before you editted your post above this

            This ought to be in open mike, dontchathink?

            • phillip ure 8.1.1.1.1.1

              as i pointed out to you last time you raised this bullshit..(and then disappeared..)

              ..this case is not over yet..

              ..and if his appeal against conviction is knocked back..

              ..then the discharge without conviction option will again be up..

              ..but you trained as a lawyer..didn’t you..?

              ..why do i have to tell you this..?

              ..and if trained as a lawyer..how do you not already know it..?

              ..and if you know it..why did you spout that bullshit..?

              ..either way..you lose…

              ..and i understand you no longer practise law..?

              ..that at least is a blessing..

              • Tracey

                You are being disingenuous.

                You know exactly what you meant at the time you made your prediction. That after being found guilty he would apply for and get a discharge without conviction. He didnt.

                Now, I am not going round in circles with you, that is why i stop engaging with you, and to suit your world view (with the earth revolving round you) you call it running away. Have at it Phil.

                Enough of Mickeys thread has gone to this.

                • i didn’t say he wd ‘get it’..i said that he wd apply for it..

                  ..and as i pointed out to you previously..this option for banks was widely aired in the media..at the time..

                  ..i was hardly saying anything radical..

                  ..and i hafta say..that you got thru law-school..

                  ..i find kinda disturbing..

                  ..and in the other argument you have had today..yr giving that bullshit rightwing spin/allegation oxygen..i actually laughed out loud when karol asked you what was yr ‘point’..?

                  ..’cos you usually don’t have one..eh..?..(question is rhetorical..)

                  ..so she was engaging in a task worthy of sisyphus..

                  ..and on that note..

                  ..news calls..!…the end..

                  (apologies to m.s for oxygen-consumption..)

  9. Blue 9

    In consideration for Mr Slater dropping the injunction, the media companies agreed to not to use information that was not in the public interest, including but not limited to Mr Slater’s wife, children, medical information, the death of his mother and other inherently personal information regarding Mr Slater and his friends.

    No one gives a shit about this information anyway. That must have been the fastest settlement in history.

    I wish Rawshark had just done the final dumps himself rather than allowing the MSM to sit on the information.

    • Ant 9.1

      Yeah same here. It showed a lot of confidence in the media who have been a hideous failure to date…

    • karol 9.2

      Rawshark said that all the political emails he had had been released. When he left, he said he’d achieved what he’d set out to do. Hager said he used all the “best stuff” in his book, and that there may be some “bits and pieces” to come. I really don’t think there’s any killer blow left to release. if it had been there, Hager would have used it, and Rawshark before he departed.

      I’d rather people focused on getting more corroborating evidence of what has already been published.

      However, the continuing court case does make it look like Slater has something to hide.

      • yeshe 9.2.1

        Karol… Hager only had 8Gbs from a total of ten years worth ( sources Dirty Politics and Slater’s injunction papers). So Nicky certainly published everything he had.

        The rest ? There is SO much more available, if MSM don’t screw us completely.

        • karol 9.2.1.1

          I’m not sure there was anything else hacked. Hager said at Waikato, that the Hacker had only got a small proportion of Slater’s emails when he did the hack.

          Show me the actual quotations from those sources.

          I really think the emails of most significance have already been reported on. What we need is some corroborating evidence from elsewhere.

          People keep saying that there are Ede-Slater emails to come, but that just seems like hearsay to me.

          And I think there are more important aspects of Dirty Politics to focus on.

  10. Penny Bright 10

    FYI – seen this?

    You can find the latest alleged ‘WhaleDump’ here:

    http://fmacskasy.wordpress.com/2014/09/10/latest-from-whaledump2-jordan-williams-and-cameron-slater/

    If true – this is NOT a good look for Stephen Franks, who is the Principal of Wellington law firm FRANKS & OGILVIE (Commercial and Public Law Ltd).

    http://www.franksogilvie.co.nz/

    According to LinkedIn – Jordan Williams, Executive Director of New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union is a consultant for Franks & Ogilvie.

    http://nz.linkedin.com/pub/jordan-williams/20/b29/34

    NOT a good look, in my opinion, on a number of fronts.

    In 2008 Stephen Franks was the National Party candidate for Wellington Central.

    http://www.stephenfranks.co.nz/wellington-central-candidate-for-the-national-party/

    Yep – it certainly looks like this corrupt National Government, with its nests of dirty, despicable vipers – needs to be cleaned out ASAP so we can get back our DECENT New Zealand?

    Penny Bright

  11. AwakeWhileSleeping 11

    In other words he recognises the damage that publication of personal information can do. If only he would treat others the way he would like to be treated.

    This mutherfucker needs Jesus.

  12. slipery 12

    I saw prime newz, it mentioned the mass adobe site/software hack that happend last year, (I watched 1news too so may be incorrect, but was on newz last nite.) I did know already yahoo & extra email servers have also been compromised by hackers too last year. Still anyones guess as to how but no surprises about the why.

  13. yeshe 13

    Surely this has to be more very dodgy smoke and mirrors ? That major international hack against Adobe happened months and months ago .. why now is it suddenly lead story on the news ?

    • ghostwhowalksnz 13.1

      To justify the GCSB ‘protecting us from evil’ ahead of the Dotcom revelations

      • yeshe 13.1.1

        something mysterious in this covering up for sure, using an old hacking less than 24 hrs before Slater backs down in court .. but keeps his hearings going.

        The spin from this govt is making me dizzy and surely it must centrifuge back to its own bumhole sooner than later ?

    • this all brings to mind what peters said the other day..

      ..as one of his reasons for not saying who he will go with..

      ..he noted..(darkly..)..that that was anyway impossible to say here and now..

      ..’because there is so much more to come out in the next two weeks’..

      ..buckle-up folks..!

      ..it’s gonna get bumpy..

      ..and it sure as hell won’t be boring..

      ..and you would have to count farrar amongst those dreading the upcoming revelations..

      ..having worked hand-in-glove with slater on so many smear-campaigns..

      ..the slater/farrar comms are second on my list of want-to-see..

      ..just below slater/ede…and thus to key..

      • yeshe 13.2.1

        but did you see winston has said today the inquiries set up by key meet all his requirements ? i posted just now in open mike…

        let’s hope the coming bumps are big enough to shake them all from their perches .. including King DicKey bird !

        • phillip ure 13.2.1.1

          @ yeshe..

          ..yeah..that whole royal commission call is a smokescreen..

          ..’cos recent legislative-changes have made a second-grade commission..as powerful as a royal commission..

          ..it has essentially the same powers..

          .and peters knows this..

  14. slipery 14

    Definately a lame steam media distraction. Lol reply was post mature but that’s due to moderation lag. 🙂

  15. slipery 15

    The msm is fizing at the bung hole

  16. disturbed 16

    TV one news here confirms Adobe breach has now admitted our watchdogs are corrupted by hackers into Edes and Slater’s accounts are now world wide Ha Ha.

    http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/top-level-kiwis-hit-global-adobe-hack-6076397

  17. Sans Cle 17

    I saw this on Stuff last night. IMHO I thought it was all a bit sensationalist…..even a lure to try to get hackers involved? But no idea how hacking etc operates or who is involved….so I may be naive. But found the naming of Ede in the article a bit strange.
    And also “Slater told One News this was not the case”, comment looked like a set up….
    MSM quoting Slater? Fushy to me. No real backup detail on story, where it sprang from.
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/10478641/Spies-hit-in-AdobeGushy

  18. yeshe 18

    maybe they are laying ground work attempting to demonstrate ( for later use and interpretation) that Slater had no access to anyone at all ? It was all available anyway to everyone who knew?

    Or it’s to counter what they think is coming from KDC on Monday .. for sure, they are laying some fresh pegs in the ground requiring them to use something as dated as this Adobe hacking in this way, at this exact moment.

    • karol 18.1

      i don’t think the journalists or media companies involved are acting in a planned way with the Nats.

      I think the Nats are aiming to delay any further news coverage of the Dirty Politics material for as long as possible – they probably hope til after the election.

      The journos are acting according to the procedures and logic of the corporate media – to proceed with caution, making sure they work through all the legal issues.

      Not sure who this benefits. It keeps the story on the front pages of the media.

      • Hanswurst 18.1.1

        One thing that suggests to me that there is nothing too serious to come is that they are also competing with each other. Presumably, each journalist would want to be the first to publish anything sensational, and would keep their cards close to their chest. Thus, none of them would know what the others have and they would all be desperate to get their story out before the rest. Therefore, any further revelations are likely to be along the lines of some typically questionable but substantially unrevealing correspondence between Slater and Ede (or somebody else), rather than a king hit.

  19. Big Norm 19

    So he can write any vicious, rotten crap he damn well likes about New Zealanders, including the young man killed in that car crash? Yet he thinks his mum and family should be sacrosanct, when he doesn’t give a toss about the feelings of the mother of the crash victim — who had lost all four of her sons to tragedies!

    Whatever happened to ‘live by the sword, die by the sword’?
    Slater, you wimp, you can give it but you aint got the guts to take it!

  20. Puckish Rogue 20

    Well done both sides, common sense prevails in that the personal stuff is hidden but the important stuff can be published

    Hopefully that pleases everyone

  21. D'Esterre 21

    @ Big Norm: indeed. I’d also noticed this. Slater has been happy to publish personal details about others, yet he expects protection over such matters for himself? Hypocrite…

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    3 weeks ago

  • Milestone in cash flow support to SMEs
    Almost $1 billion in interest-free loans for small businesses More than 55,000 businesses have applied; 95% approved Average loan approx. $17,300 90% of applications from firms with ten or fewer staff A wide cross-section of businesses have applied, the most common are the construction industry, accommodation providers, professional firms, and ...
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    4 hours ago
  • Government protects kids as smoking in cars ban becomes law
    Thousands of children will have healthier lungs after the Government’s ban on smoking in cars with kids becomes law, says Associate Minister of Health Jenny Salesa. This comes after the third reading of Smoke-free Environments (Prohibiting Smoking in Motor Vehicles Carrying Children) Amendment Bill earlier today. “This law makes it ...
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    13 hours ago
  • Parliament returns to a safe normal
    The special Epidemic Response Committee (ERC) has successfully concluded its role, Leader of the House Chris Hipkins said today. The committee was set up on 25 March by the agreement of Parliament to scrutinise the Government and its actions while keeping people safe during levels 4 and 3 of lockdown. ...
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    14 hours ago
  • Foreign Minister makes four diplomatic appointments
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today announced four diplomatic appointments: New Zealand’s Ambassador to Belgium, High Commissioners to Nauru and Niue, and Ambassador for Counter-Terrorism. “As the world seeks to manage and then recover from COVID-19, our diplomatic and trade networks are more important than ever,” Mr Peters said. “The ...
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    20 hours ago
  • New Bill to counter violent extremism online
    New Zealanders will be better protected from online harm through a Bill introduced to Parliament today, says Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin. “The internet brings many benefits to society but can also be used as a weapon to spread harmful and illegal content and that is what this legislation targets,” ...
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    21 hours ago
  • Mycoplasma bovis eradication reaches two year milestone in good shape
    New Zealand’s world-first plan to eradicate the cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis is on track the latest technical data shows, says Agriculture and Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor. “Two years ago the Government, DairyNZ and Beef + Lamb New Zealand and industry partners made a bold decision to go hard and commit ...
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  • New payment to support Kiwis through COVID
    Further support for New Zealanders affected by 1-in-100 year global economic shock 12-week payment will support people searching for new work or retraining Work programme on employment insurance to support workers and businesses The Government today announced a new temporary payment to support New Zealanders who lose their jobs due ...
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    2 days ago
  • PGF reset helps regional economies
    The Provincial Growth Fund will play a vital role in New Zealand’s post-COVID-19 recovery by creating jobs in shorter timeframes through at least $600 million being refocused on projects with more immediate economic benefits, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The funding is comprised of repurposed Provincial Growth ...
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    3 days ago
  • Government exempts some home improvements from costly consents
    Government exempts some home improvements from costly consents Homeowners, builders and DIYers will soon have an easier time making basic home improvements as the Government scraps the need for consents for low-risk building work such as sleep-outs, sheds and carports – allowing the construction sector to fire back up quicker ...
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    3 days ago
  • Concern at introduction of national security legislation for Hong Kong
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says the New Zealand Government has reacted with concern at the introduction of legislation in China’s National People’s Congress relating to national security in Hong Kong.  “We have a strong interest in seeing confidence maintained in the ‘one country, two systems’ principle under which Hong ...
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    4 days ago
  • Samoa Language Week theme is perfect for the post-COVID-19 journey
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio, says the theme for the 2020 Samoa Language Week is a perfect fit for helping our Pacific communities cope with the unfolding COVID-19 crisis, and to prepare now for the journey ahead as New Zealand focuses on recovery plans and rebuilding New ...
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    4 days ago
  • Adult kakī/black stilt numbers soar
    A nearly 40-year programme to protect one of New Zealand’s most critically endangered birds is paying off, with a record number of adult kakī/black stilt recently recorded living in the wild, the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage announced today. “Thanks to the team effort involved in the Department of Conservation’s ...
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    4 days ago
  • Waikato-Tainui settlement story launched on 25th anniversary of Treaty signing
    The story of the Waikato-Tainui Treaty process and its enduring impact on the community is being told with a five-part web story launched today on the 25th anniversary of settlement, announced Associate Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Carmel Sepuloni. “I am grateful to Waikato-Tainui for allowing us to help capture ...
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    5 days ago
  • Taita College to benefit from $32 million school redevelopment
    Taita College in the Hutt Valley will be redeveloped to upgrade its ageing classrooms and leaky roofs, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. “The work is long overdue and will make a lasting difference to the school for generations to come,” Chris Hipkins said. “Too many of our schools are ...
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    5 days ago
  • Redeployment for workers in hard-hit regions
    The Government is allocating $36.72 million to projects in regions hard hit economically by COVID-19 to keep people working, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Projects in Hawke’s Bay, Northland, Rotorua and Queenstown will be funded from the Government’s $100 million worker ...
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    5 days ago
  • $35m to build financial resilience for New Zealanders
    A $35m boost to financial capability service providers funded by MSD will help New Zealanders manage their money better both day to day and through periods of financial difficulty, announced Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni. “It’s always been our position to increase support to key groups experiencing or at risk ...
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    6 days ago
  • New District Court Judge appointed
    Dunedin barrister Melinda Broek has been appointed as a District Court Judge with Family Court jurisdiction to be based in Rotorua, Attorney-General David Parker announced today. Ms Broek has iwi affiliations to Ngai Tai. She commenced her employment in 1996 with Scholefield Cockroft Lloyd in Invercargill specialising in family and ...
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    6 days ago
  • $206 million investment in upgrades at Ohakea Air Force Base
    The Coalition Government has approved a business case for $206 million in upgrades to critical infrastructure at Royal New Zealand Air Force Base Ohakea, with the first phase starting later this year, Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today. The investment will be made in three phases over five years, and ...
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    6 days ago
  • Review of CAA organisational culture released
    Transport Minister Phil Twyford today released the Ministry of Transport’s review of the organisational culture at the Civil Aviation Authority. Phil Twyford says all employees are entitled to a safe work environment. “I commissioned this independent review due to the concerns I had about the culture within the CAA, and ...
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    6 days ago
  • New Board appointed at Stats NZ
    Ensuring that Stats NZ’s direction and strategy best supports government policy decisions will be a key focus for a new Governance Advisory Board announced today by the Minister for Statistics, James Shaw. The new Governance Advisory Board will provide strategic advice to Stats NZ to ensure it is meeting New ...
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    6 days ago
  • New Principal Environment Judge
    Environment Judge David Kirkpatrick of Auckland has been appointed as the Principal Environment Judge, Attorney-General David Parker announced today.  Judge Kirkpatrick was appointed an Environment Judge in February 2014. From December 2013 to July 2016 he was Chair of the Auckland Unitary Plan Independent Hearings Panel. Prior to appointment he ...
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    7 days ago
  • Digital connectivity boost for urban marae
    A programme to connect marae around the country to the internet has received $1.4 million to expand to include urban marae in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Minister Kris Faafoi and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. The funding for the Marae Connectivity Programme ...
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    1 week ago
  • Govt increases assistance to drought-stricken Hawke’s Bay farmers
    The Government will provide $500,000 to the Hawke’s Bay Mayoral Drought Relief Fund to help farmers facing one of the worst droughts in living memory, says Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. “Yesterday afternoon I received a letter from Hawke's Bay's five local Government leaders asking me to contribute to the Fund. ...
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    1 week ago
  • Investment in New Zealand’s history
    Budget 2020 provides a major investment in New Zealand’s documentary heritage sector, with a commitment to leasing a new Archives Wellington facility and an increase in funding for Archives and National Library work. “Last year I released plans for a new Archives Wellington building – a purpose-built facility physically connected ...
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    1 week ago
  • Driving prompt payments to small businesses
    Government Ministers are asking significant private enterprises to adopt prompt payment practices in line with the state sector, as a way to improve cashflow for small businesses. The Ministers of Finance, Small Business, Commerce and Consumer Affairs have written to more than 40 significant enterprises and banking industry representatives to ...
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    1 week ago
  • Rotorua tourist icon to be safeguarded
    Maori Arts and Crafts will continue to underpin the heart of the tourism sector says Minister for Maori Development Nanaia Mahuta.  “That’s why we are making a core investment of $7.6 million to Te Puia New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute, over two years, as part of the Government’s ...
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    1 week ago
  • $14.7m for jobs training and education
    The Government is funding more pathways to jobs through training and education programmes in regional New Zealand to support the provinces’ recovery from the economic impacts of COVID-19, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Employment Minister Willie Jackson have announced. “New Zealand’s economic recovery will be largely driven by ...
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    1 week ago
  • Is it time to further recognise those who serve in our military?
     Minister for Veterans Ron Mark has announced the launch of a national conversation that aims to find out whether New Zealanders think there should be a formal agreement between service people, the Government, and the people of New Zealand. “This year marks the 75th anniversary of the end of World ...
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    1 week ago
  • Paving the way for a fully qualified early learning workforce
    The Government’s drive to improve the quality of early childhood education (ECE) is taking another step forward with the reintroduction of a higher funding rate for services that employ fully qualified and registered teachers, Education Minister Chris Hipkins has announced. “Research shows that high-quality ECE can improve young people’s learning ...
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    1 week ago
  • Sport Recovery Package announced
    The Sport and Recreation sector will receive a multi-million dollar boost as part of the COVID-19 response funded at Budget 2020.  Grant Robertson says the Sport and Recreation Sector contributes about $5 billion a year to New Zealand’s GDP and employs more than 53,000 people. “Sport plays a significant role ...
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    1 week ago
  • Major boost in support for caregivers and children
    A major increase in funding and availability of support will improve the incomes and reduce the pressure on 14,000 caregivers looking after more than 22,000 children. Children’s Minister Tracey Martin says that caregivers – all those looking after someone else’s children both in and outside the state care system – ...
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    1 week ago
  • Great Walks recovery on track for summer
    Vital conservation and visitor infrastructure destroyed by a severe flood event in Fiordland earlier this year is being rebuilt through a $13.7 million Budget 2020 investment, announced Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage.   “This investment will mean iconic Great Walks such as the Routeburn track and the full length of ...
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    1 week ago
  • Māori – Government partnership gives whānau a new housing deal
    The Government is investing  $40 million in a partnership with Māori to get more whānau into warm, dry and secure accommodation, Associate Minister for Housing (Māori Housing) Hon Nanaia Mahuta says.. “We are partnering with Māori and iwi to respond to the growing housing crisis in the wake of COVID-19. ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Keeping New Zealanders Safe In The Water
    Keeping New Zealanders safe in the water Our lifeguards and coastguards who keep New Zealanders safe in the water have been given a funding boost thanks to the 2020 Budget, Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector Poto Williams has announced. The water safety sector will receive $63 million over ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Legal framework for COVID-19 Alert Level referred to select committee
    The COVID-19 Public Health Response Act 2020, which set a sound legal framework ahead of the move to Alert level 2, has been referred to a parliamentary select committee for review.  Attorney-General David Parker said the review of the operation of the COVID-19 specific law would be reported back to ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand condemns shocking attacks on hospital and funeral in Afghanistan
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says New Zealand condemns the targeting of civilians in two terrorist attacks in Afghanistan earlier this week. “The terrorist attacks on a hospital in Kabul and a funeral in Nangarhar province are deeply shocking. The attacks were deliberate and heinous acts of extreme violence targeting ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Government to close tobacco tax loophole
    The Government will close a loophole that allowed some people to import cigarettes and loose leaf tobacco for manufacturing cigarettes and ‘roll your owns’ for sale on the black market without excise tax being paid, says Minister of Customs Jenny Salesa. The legislation, which doesn’t affect duty free allowances for ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • $62 million package to support families through the Family Court
    The Coalition Government has made a significant $62 million investment from the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund to start the reform of the Family Court and enable it to respond effectively to the increased backlog caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Today Justice Minister Andrew Little introduced the Family Court (Supporting ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Tailored help supports new type of job seeker – report
    The Government’s expanded services to support people into jobs will help an emerging cohort of New Zealanders impacted by COVID-19. The impacted group are relatively younger, have a proportionately low benefit history and have comparatively higher incomes than most who seek support, as captured in a report published today from ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • A modern approach to night classes
    New funding to boost Government-funded Adult and Community Education (ACE) will give more than 11,000 New Zealanders more opportunities to learn, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said. “This includes a modern approach to rebuilding night classes, which were slashed in the middle of our last economic crisis in 2010,” Chris Hipkins ...
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    2 weeks ago