web analytics

Softening the public up for privatisation

Written By: - Date published: 1:05 pm, May 25th, 2010 - 39 comments
Categories: assets, privatisation - Tags:

One thing National does very well is spend a lot of time softening the public up for unpopular moves so that the public attention has moved on by the time anything actually happens. Look at GST. The ‘rabbit from a hat’ trick of borrowing for larger income tax cuts served to divert attention from the well-signaled GST hike.

They’re running the same strategy on privatisation. All of a sudden the government is concerned that Kiwibank, which it has never liked, does not have enough money to grow. And the Nats’ solution is sell some of it off.

It’s patently ridiculous to suggest that a partial sale is the best way to raise any more capital Kiwibank needs. All that will mean is profits going overseas. If Kiwibank needs more money it should be allowed to retain its profits rather than paying a dividend to the government.

If it really needs a bit more cash the cheapest place to raise that is from the government. It’s less than what has just been borrowed for tax cuts and all the profits stay in public hands. But I think they will struggle to pull another GST when it comes to privatisation. This is a situation more akin to mining.

It can be attacked on a number of rock solid grounds, the first of which is that it doesn’t make any economic sense. Like mining, there are national self-image and economic sovereignty angles too. As we are proud of our conversation lands, New Zealanders are justifiably proud of our Kiwibank and the way it has restored competition to the banking system by taking on the Aussies.

We know, too, that any sale will see more Kiwi profits go overseas, just as mining on schedule 4 land would.

National knows that going into the campaign on a platform of asset sales is an election loser. But selling off the State to its mates (to pay for tax cuts for its mates) is also a core part of National’s business. There’s no point being government if it’s not distributing public wealth to private interests. So, National is starting its propaganda early.

No worries though. It’s a fight, like mining, that the Left can look forward to winning if we stand firm.

39 comments on “Softening the public up for privatisation ”

  1. just saying 1

    If the government is so keen to help Kiwibank, why doesn’t it bank with it, instead of aussie owned Westpac Trust? Banking fees currently going across the ditch could be a sizable investment in kiwibank over time. What’s that phrase? revenue neutral or something.

    • Lanthanide 1.1

      Yeah, I’ve made this argument in the past, too. Of course the government will have long-term contracts set up with Westpac, so such a move isn’t as easy as wishing for it, unfortunately.

      • Bright Red 1.1.1

        what’s the point of having a government if you can’t make your own rules now and then?

        But I understand it’s a scale thing with Westpac and they don’t actually make much money off us (of course, they get lots of cash to loan to others)

        • Lanthanide

          What’s the point of entering into contracts with the government if they can just decide to vacate them whenever it suits?

          If you’re seriously advocating that is an ok position to take for general business deals, then the costs of all government contracts will increase as companies try to hedge their risks. Of course in certain extreme cases vacating of contracts is the reasonable thing to do (and this also happens with contracts between private parties), but in general it isn’t.

    • toad 1.2

      I think the argument is/was that Kiwibank doesn’t/didn’t have the capacity.

  2. All asset sales will be to the public. What’s your problem?

    • Bright Red 2.1

      yeah. tell me, infused. Who owns most of Contact now? Where do the profits go? It was sold to ‘mum and dad investors’. Now it’s 51% owned by Aussie.

  3. ianmac 3

    Beyond the logic of economics which can be argued at both extremes, the greatest weapon is the emotional attachment to our bank. Keep your hands off my kids bank you perverts!

    • aj 3.1

      If it looks like going ahead the left can make some great remakes of those kiwibank adverts 🙂

  4. prism 4

    Should a Facebook page be started supporting Kiwibank remaining publicly owned and totally NZ controlled?

  5. Santi 5

    Kiwibank should be sold, no ifs and buts. It’s propped by NZ Post, so its actual costs are not real.
    Flog it to whoever wants to buy it.

    • Anita 5.1

      Santi writes,

      [Kiwibank]’s propped by NZ Post, so its actual costs are not real


      • infused 5.1.1

        What do you mean evidence? It resides inside NZPost. They pay minimal amounts for their presence. If they had actual branches, they would be making a loss.

        • Pascal's bookie

          And if it four legs and a tail it might be a donkey.

        • Anita

          Infused writes,

          [Kiwibank] pay minimal amounts for their presence.

          Evidence? Care to show that they pay less than the true cost of their co-location?

          If they had actual branches, they would be making a loss.

          As would the BNZ if it provided free public swimming pools in every branch. Your point is?

          The fact that their business model is based on co-location with NZ Post doesn’t mean that they’re subsidised by NZ Post; they may well be paying the full true cost. It may simply be evidence of a smart business decision which benefits both NZ Post and Kiwibank by reducing the branch costs of both.

          • Tigger

            And making combined banks/post offices more attractive in smaller communities.

            Who said a bank had to follow the age old model of stand-alone branche? Truth is that the bigger banks will struggle to hold branches open in the future and will be forced to take in other tenants or do other business to make money. Kiwibank is actually displaying a more sustainable branch model that we will see other banks ape.

            • Rex Widerstrom

              Precisely as Postbank used to do until… it was sold to the Australians. By Labour, IIRC.

              After they’d announced they intended to sell all of NZ Post (which made an after tax profit that year of $72 million that year (1988)) but backed off after an outcry.

              When Postbank was sold, NZ Post profits dropped to $31 million, suggesting the bank was making about $41 million a year).

              There’s some quote that should go here about idiots who don’t understand history repeating the mistakes of previous idiots…

  6. just saying 6

    Here’s an idea. Why doesn’t the government break the law and say nyaa nyaa nyaa to Westpac Trust, just like Westpac trust did to the government when it defrauded NZ out of legitimate tax revenue. And come to think of it, these tax rorters were given a discount on what they owed as a reward too…….there seems to be a theme here?

    Like all bullies (relentless attacks on beneficiaries anyone?) the government cravenly knuckles under to the bigger boys, and doesn’t even pull the account. It’s just pathetic that our nation is using a banker that admitted trying to defraud us, and did a deal with crown law to not repay the full sum owed with the threat of drawn out litigation that would cost NZ more than the sum of their debt.

    If I’ve got my facts wrong I’m happy to apologise, but this is what I remember happened. I haven’t got time to go link-hunting right now.

    • Draco T Bastard 6.1

      It’s just pathetic that our nation is using a banker that admitted trying to defraud us, and did a deal with crown law to not repay the full sum owed with the threat of drawn out litigation that would cost NZ more than the sum of their debt.

      Under that circumstance, the business should just be closed down with no compensation to the shareholders. Do that and you’ll probably find that other businesses are a little more willing not to defraud the country.

      • Rex Widerstrom 6.1.1

        Hold on… what?

        Shareholders have about as much control over the actions of Directors and senior staff as ordinary party members do over MPs and Ministers. Indeed in large companies they’re more akin to someone who voted for the party and is then “informed” by glossy brochures and kept quiet with the odd cheque (tax cut).

        Does that mean I can take you out and birch you for the actions of whichever lot you voted for in the past? 😀

        [Whoever it was, I can guarantee they’ll have done something I don’t like ;-)]

  7. Lew 7

    Like mining, it’s a fight the left can win. Whether it will win is a different matter. Taking a “no worries” attitude strikes me as the best way to lose it, because simply being in the right isn’t enough.


    • ak 7.1

      Dead right Lew. Kiwibank is enormously popular, and Labour et al need to jump on this with force at every opportunity.
      But keep it simple.
      Like a total of all the profits in the last decade that the “big four aussies” have taken out of our pockets.
      And a total of the donation we made to them last week via the lowering of company tax.
      The public understands billions going from their own pockets to tax-dodgers, they just need constant reminding.
      A decent face-tube fillim-clip parody of a current bank ad would go down a treat – that annoying yank with the specs has been asking for it for a long time…..

      • Lanthanide 7.1.1

        While I’m not very good at this sort of thing, the script almost writes itself:

        Boss: Goldstein, what’s this I hear about Kiwibank being put up for sale?
        Goldstein: Well boss, if National win the next election, they’ve signalled that they’re going to sell Kiwibank off
        Boss: Does this mean I can buy up another New Zealand bank, and suck even more profits out of the country?
        Goldstein: It sure does boss.

      • felix 7.1.2


        Yep, keep it simple.

        The message from the nats is “ordinary kiwi mums & dads should be able to buy a piece of kiwibank”

        The correct response is “We already own it, stupid”.

    • toad 7.2

      Indeed, Lew, the only reason we look like we are winning on mining is because of the huge effort NGOs, the Greens and (somewhat belatedly) Labour have put in.

      We need an anti-privatisation campaign with the same level of energy.

  8. jimmy 8

    Did anyone see the self-serving BS masquerading as business advice on the tv3 business segment a couple of weeks ago? Apparently the NZX released a ‘report’ saying they needed more listings and so we should sell our state assets to give everybody more investment opportunities.

    How the hell could this be considered business advice? Sounds like propoganda more like it.

    • Craig Glen Eden 8.1

      Oh come on guys its not like John Key has a mate who runs the stock exchange who would then benefit from large chunks of public assets being listed as companies on that same exchange is it???????????

  9. If National thinks the market needs more investment opportunities perhaps it should be asking the likes of Sanitarium, Talleys and some of its other contributors to list on the NZX.

    Even the bastion of National Party supporters – 80% of dairy farmers oppose listing their concern (Fonterra) on the NZX.

    New Zealand does excessively rely on debt financing rather than equity, but this is because our economy is largely populated by SME’s – and many owners/are adverse to outside control. This is arguably part of the NZ psyche – so why should state assets be any different?

  10. Lanthanide 10

    There’s an insightful and unusually bias-free poll on Stuff at the moment:

    “What do you think about possible asset sales by the Government?”
    27.4% I support asset Sales
    72.6% I don’t support asset sales

    Given the people who generally peruse Stuff during the work day, this is pretty good evidence that National are going to have trouble getting their “mandate” to sell assets at the next election…

    On the flip side, it also shows that a concerted and careful softening up approach is going to be needed for National’s PR – they may not blunder in and make the same mistakes they made for the mining issue.

  11. tc 11

    Mark Weldon’s NZX is playing this game as he’s remunerated on the NZX’s value so it’s 100% self serving of him to push that agenda and also why I reckon he’s swallowed up media outlets in the rural space who oppose Fonterra listing……..IMHO he’s to be watched very carefully.

    I know OZ based folk who state our NZX is an international joke and Weldon’s made no impact at all on corporate governance. Feltex anybody ? or PPCS’s nigh on illegal takeover of Richmond Meats which Diplock/Rebstock etc did F all about or Skycity’s dodgy profit forecasts….the list is sadly a long one.

    Once listed they can be traded so how long would they stay locally owned eh ? Power generator or 2 Mr Gecko…..thanks very much.

  12. Jum 12

    The Herald is running a poll on whether the public wants the government to part sell Kiwibank to the public – their spin – the ‘mums and dads’ – who already own it. Funny that.

    John Key was asked at a pre 2008 election in Waiuku if he would promise not to sell Kiwibank. He was taped saying that he promised it in 2005 and he was promising it now (pre 2008 election). If that government had got in in 2005, all our assets would have been sold by now.

    John Key is a Liar. He lied to every member in that audience; most of them are NAct supporters. What does that say about their current loyalty to him, a Liar, now. Anything they promise now must be a lie, the figures they made up on ACC debt, the ‘little’ bits of mining, the’ poor won’t lose out from the budget’ – all Lies, told by a moneytrader with a poker face, assisted by a spin doctor who controls our transport and communications, as well as the prime minister.

    People who don’t want the Liar Key’s government in power in 2011 vote on Herald poll now. The rest of them who want to sell a bank which is owned by New Zealanders for New Zealanders obviously support Liars who don’t stick to their promises made to a person in Waiuku who taped him promising “we”/his government would not sell Kiwibank.

    Foreignors are nonplussed that New Zealand would sell off any banks that are the easiest moneymaking facilities in the world.

    Key has made a Voldemort promise. His public head promised someone in Waiuku “we”/his government would not sell Kiwibank. His Voldemort head covered by layers of spin and duplicity promised the moneygreedy asset/landgrabbers New Zealanders’ treasures, Kiwibank being just one.

    What a bunch of pondscum.

    Let’s show them just how precious our own/owned Kiwibank, our free libraries, our subsidised services are to us before it’s too late. National supporters have shown themselves to be more interested in money than morals; more interested in having cheap desperate labour resources than a fair and equitable workforce.

    It’s up to the Harry Potters who care about New Zealand to rid New Zealand of this NAct political virus that is sucking our freedoms and our treasured possessions dry.

  13. Irascible 13

    Here’s an interesting privatisation thread from The Guardian (UK). Education – the next big privatisation possibility under the new Tory led government:
    With Tolley boosting grants to the private school system in NZ, with funding going to doubtful providers like Westmount and talk of selling off state assets along with PPPs in education could Key be thinking of putting NZ education system on the block?

  14. kiwi gran 14

    Here’s one way to send a message to the government about Kiwibank:

    All of those of us who are depositors and don’t want to sell, could on one pre-appointed day withdraw our funds (or at least those funds that are available without loss of interest on term deposits) for 24 hours – or a weekend.

    We could do it both in person at the branches, and by internet banking.

    We don’t have to wait until they actually move on it; it’s just a way of sending a message to make the point about ownership by the people.

    We could call it “Plucked” (as in kiwi denuded of its feathers, which is what the government is proposing) Dictionary definition of “plucked”: To remove or detach by grasping and pulling abruptly with the fingers. Sound familiar? And of course, inevitably brings to mind the rhyming word for where we’ll all be if they get away with it.

    A day like the Friday before Labour weekend, or say, 23 December would cause maximum chaos and inconvenience, though it needs to be a date far enough away to recruit as many people as poss but not so far that it runs out of steam, so maybe quite soon?

    If anyone likes this idea, please pick it up and run with it. Especially if you have website and graphic/publicity skills which I don’t, and I don’t do facebook so can’t post it there. If anyone else is old enough to remember the cerebos ad of the boy chasing a chicken trying to put salt on its tail, an adaptation of that with John Key in short pants chasing a kiwi would be pretty cool.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Bill to transform drinking water safety passes
    The Government today passed legislation that will transform drinking water safety and improve environmental outcomes for our wastewater and stormwater networks. “The Water Services Act gives Taumata Arowai the legal authority to carry out its duties as New Zealand’s dedicated water regulator. This represents a major transformational advance for the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • Trade and Export Growth Minister Damien O’Connor to travel to Europe and US to support economic re...
    Trade and Export Growth Minister Damien O’Connor will travel to Europe and the United States on Thursday this week to advance New Zealand’s trade and economic interests with key partners, including representing New Zealand at the G20 Trade Ministers’ Meeting in Italy. It follows recent engagement between Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • Asia New Zealand Foundation Chair and Board members announced
    Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta today announced the appointment of Dame Fran Wilde, DNZM, QSO, as the new Chair to the Board of the Asia New Zealand Foundation – Te Whītau Tūhono. “Dame Fran Wilde has been a trustee since 2019 and I am confident that her experience and deep ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    8 hours ago
  • Latest KiwiSaver Annual Report shows promising benefits for members
    The latest KiwiSaver Annual Report from the Financial Markets Authority (FMA), highlights how Government’s recent policy tweaks have positively benefitted New Zealanders, Commerce and Consumer Affairs Dr David Clark said today. “Fourteen people so far have withdrawn their funds early thanks to a rule modification made in March this year. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • Reasons for permitted travel across Alert Level boundary expanded
    From 11:59pm tonight additional reasons for permitted travel will be introduced for movement across the Auckland boundary, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says. “As this outbreak has shown Delta is highly transmissible, and in order to be confident of controlling its spread, restrictions at the Alert Level boundary have been ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • Tenancy measures introduced to further support COVID-19 impacted businesses and tenants
    The Government has introduced changes to help ease the impacts of COVID-19 restrictions on both commercial and residential tenancies. As part of the COVID-19 Response Legislation Bill introduced to Parliament, measures are being taken to help businesses resolve disputes over commercial rent, as well as provide greater certainty for landlords ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • Details of interest deductibility rules released
    The Government has released the draft legislation outlining the details of the policy limiting the deductibility of interest costs on residential property investments. Finance Minister Grant Robertson said the interest limitation proposals, announced in March, aim to stem investor demand for existing residential properties. They do not affect the main ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    11 hours ago
  • GPS sets long-term direction for housing, urban development
    The Government has today laid out its long-term vision for housing and urban development in Aotearoa New Zealand, ensuring we have the infrastructure and homes needed to nurture thriving communities in the decades to come. The Housing Minister Megan Woods says the Government Policy Statement on Housing and Urban Development (GPS-HUD) ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    12 hours ago
  • Government welcomes collaboration between Vector and X
    A move by Vector to form a strategic collaboration with X, (formerly Google X) to work together on the virtualisation of the Auckland electricity grid highlights the type of innovation that can help decarbonise and decentralise the electricity system, says Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods. “The visualisation of New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    14 hours ago
  • PM farewells Governor General Dame Patsy Reddy
    The Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy completes her five year term as Governor-General of New Zealand today. “Today marks the end of an eventful term of office for Dame Patsy and I want to acknowledge and thank her for her tireless service to New Zealand over the last five years,” ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • Government delivers on improving health and equity outcomes for women
    ACC cover for maternal childbirth injuries Government working to improve and strengthen maternity services The Government is laying the foundations for a better future by improving equity and health outcomes for women through amending ACC legislation and an updated Maternity Action Plan. “Amongst a suite of changes, we’re proposing to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • Speech at launch of the Dementia Economic Impact Report
    E nga mana E nga reo E nga iwi Tēna kotou katoa Ka huri ki nga mana whenua o te rohe nei. Tēna koutou. He mihi hoki ki a tatou kua tau mai nei I raro I te kaupapa o te rā. No reira tēna koutou katoa Acknowledgements Thank you ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Backing world-class innovation in New Zealand
    $12 million Government investment to support cutting-edge R&D in New Zealand by international businesses Dawn Aerospace and Merlin Labs join Innovative Partnership’s Airspace Integration Trials programme MOU signed with Air New Zealand to conduct a nationwide feasibility study into sustainable aviation fuels The Government is propelling cutting-edge innovation through a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • One-way quarantine free travel dates confirmed for RSE scheme
    From 4 October RSE workers from Vanuatu can begin arriving into New Zealand From 12 October RSE workers Samoa and Tonga from can begin arriving into New Zealand As part of a programme of work to reopen our borders and reconnect with the world, the Government has announced quarantine free ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • More community grants to support youth mental wellbeing
    The Government continues to make more mental health and wellbeing supports available to young people to ensure services are there when and where they need them, Health Minister Andrew Little says. “More than twenty community-led projects have now received a funding boost through The Youth Mental Wellbeing Fund to keep ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Self-isolation pilot to start with 150 people
    The goal of safely re-opening our borders and developing new ways for people to travel will start with a self-isolation pilot, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins confirmed today. “As part of the Reconnecting New Zealanders plan announced in August, the self-isolation pilot will look at self-isolation for vaccinated travellers who ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Poroporoaki: Waka Joseph Nathan
    E Waka e, kei hea ra koe, kua ngaro nei i te iwi e, E kawe nei i ngā rongo, i ngā mahara mōu, i ngā wawata i hua mai i a koe. E Waka e, haere ra, kei te tuahu koe o te ati a toa, Kei poho tonu ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Canterbury school students get hands-on with food and fibre careers
    Secondary school students in Canterbury will have the breadth of food and fibre careers showcased to them thanks to a new initiative launched today, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor said. Secondary School Employer Partnerships (SSEP) Canterbury is a collaboration between the Ministry for Primary Industries and SmartNZ, a charitable trust that connects ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Tuvalu language revival and COVID-19
    Te Vaiaso o te Gana Tuvalu 2021 - Tuvalu Language Week moves online due to the uncertainty around COVID-19 said the Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio.  “However it is a timely reminder of the power of embracing both traditional and new ways of doing things. It has been ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Strengthened reporting will improve abortion and sterilisation services
    Associate Minister of Health Dr Ayesha Verrall has announced new data and reporting regulations which will help improve abortion and sterilisation services in New Zealand, by painting a clearer picture of the need in our communities. “The Government is committed to ensuring everyone who needs to access abortion services can, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • United Nations General Assembly: 76th General Debate Statement
    E ngā Mana, e ngā Reo, Rau Rangatira mā o tēnei Whare Nui o te Ao Prestigious people, Speakers of note, Chiefs one and all of this General Assembly Ngā mihi mahana ki o koutou katoa, mai i toku Whenua o Aotearoa Warm greetings to you all from my home ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • APEC 2021 Women and the Economy Forum prioritises women’s economic empowerment
    Minister for Women Jan Tinetti today chaired the virtual APEC 2021 Women and the Economy Forum, which is working to address outstanding issues for women and girls across the region as it recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. The forum brought together Ministers and representatives from 21 economies to discuss gender ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government invests in restoring iconic South Canterbury river valleys
    The Government is investing up to $18.4 million over four years to create jobs and help restore braided river valleys, alpine and pastoral lands in the South Island as part of its Jobs for Nature programme Land Information Minister, Damien O’Connor announced. Toitū Te Whenua Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Upper Hauraki to move to Alert Level 2
    Upper Hauraki will move to Alert Level 2 from 11:59pm tomorrow, 25 September, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins confirmed today. After positive cases were detected in the Upper Hauraki area on Sunday, extra Alert Level restrictions were put in place to immediately prevent any wider transmission of the virus.  “We’ve ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Report into Aotearoa New Zealand’s export controls system released
    Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta today welcomed the findings of an independent review into Aotearoa New Zealand’s export controls system, which regulates the export of goods to foreign militaries, police forces or paramilitaries. Produced by David Smol, a former Chief Executive of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New District Court Judge appointed
    Attorney-General David Parker has announced the appointment of Brett Crowley of Wellington as a District Court Judge.  He is currently the Wellington Public Defender and started his career as a staff solicitor working in a range of litigation including criminal defence work. He went to the bar in 1999 specialising ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Mental health stocktake shows strong progress
    The first report of the Government’s Implementation Unit has found strong progress has been made since the Mental Health and Addictions Package was announced in 2019. “The report notes most initiatives funded in the Budget 2019 package are on track to deliver what is expected by 2023/24,” Grant Robertson said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Working together to grow the West Coast
    A project that has been crucial in allowing businesses to continue during the tourism downturn is among a number of initiatives to receive a boost from the Government’s Jobs For Nature programme, Conservation Minister Kiri Allan says. Sustaining South Westland is an extension of an initiative set up last year ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Next steps to improve safety in wake of Whakaari White Island tragedy
    The Government is moving to improve safety in light of the Whakaari White Island tragedy and has released proposals to reinforce safety standards in registered adventure activities. The package of proposals includes: Strengthening requirements for how operators, landowners and the regulator manage natural hazard risks Improving how risks are monitored, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New Zealand donates more COVID-19 vaccines to COVAX and the Pacific
    Foreign Affairs Minister Hon Nanaia Mahuta and Associate Health Minister Aupito William Sio announced today that New Zealand is donating additional Pfizer vaccines to the Pacific and AstraZeneca vaccines to the COVAX Facility, to support equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines. “New Zealand is donating 708,000 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Speech to the Property Council of New Zealand
    Kia ora koutou katoa   Is it a pleasure to be able to speak with you today, and to be able to answer some questions you may have. I would like to acknowledge the organisers of this event, the Property Council. The theme of this year’s conference is City Shapers. Together ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Additional MIQ for Christchurch
    An additional hotel will be added to our network of managed isolation and quarantine facilities, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “I have approved and Cabinet is in the final stages of signing off The Quality Hotel Elms in Christchurch as a new managed isolation facility,” Chris Hipkins said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • NZ COVID-19 response earns another major digital investment
    Minister for the Digital Economy and Communications Dr David Clark welcomes Amazon’s Web Services’ (AWS) decision to establish a Cloud Region on New Zealand shores, further boosting New Zealand’s growing digital sector, and providing a vote of confidence in the direction of New Zealand’s economic recovery. “Amazon is the second ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New Zealand invests in cutting edge cancer R&D
    Scaling up the manufacture of CAR T-cell cancer therapy for clinical trials Advancing New Zealand’s biomedical manufacturing capability Supporting future international scientific collaborations Transforming cancer care with targeted, affordable solutions Research, Science and Innovation Minister Hon Dr Megan Woods has announced that the fight against COVID-19 will not stop the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Expert group appointed to lead New Zealand’s future health system
    An outstanding group of people with extensive and wide-ranging governance and health experience have been appointed to lead the Māori Health Authority and Health New Zealand, Health Minister Andrew Little says. “This Government is building a truly national health system to provide consistent, high-quality health services right across the country. This ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Funding to help clean up contaminated sites
    The Government is supporting the clean-up of contaminated sites in Northland, Dunedin and Southland to reduce risk to people’s health and protect the environment. Environment Minister David Parker said the funding announced today, through the Contaminated Sites Remediation Fund, will help us turn previously hazardous sites into safe, usable public ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Predator Free apprenticeships open up new job opportunities
    The expansion of a predator free apprenticeship programme is an opportunity for more people to kick-start a conservation career, Conservation Minister Kiri Allan says. “The Predator Free Apprenticeship Programme is focused on increasing the number of skilled predator control operators in New Zealand through a two-year training programme. “The Trust ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Further NCEA support confirmed for Auckland students
    The number of Learning Recognition Credits for senior secondary school students will be increased for Auckland students, Education Minister Chris Hipkins confirmed today. This recognises the extended time these students will spend in Alert Levels 3 and 4. “It means students in Auckland will have a fair opportunity to attain ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Long-term pathway next step to better mental wellbeing for New Zealanders
    The Government is taking a new approach to support people who experience mental distress, Health Minister Andrew Little says. “Kia Manawanui Aotearoa – Long-term pathway to mental wellbeing (Kia Manawanui) is the first 10-year plan of its kind that targets the cause of mental distress and also sets out how ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Keeping our Police safe to keep our communities safe
    The Government is committed to keeping our frontline police officers safe, so they in turn can keep New Zealanders safe – with one of the largest investments in frontline safety announced by Police Minister Poto Williams at the Police College today.   The $45 million investment includes $15.496 million in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago