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Stop the auction

Written By: - Date published: 10:50 pm, January 23rd, 2009 - 31 comments
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The tragic shooting death of Halatau Kianamanu Naitoko on the motorway today was not National’s fault. In fact it was nothing to do with National or Labour or any single policy from either of them. Ever. It wasn’t a sign of a government “soft on crime”, nor would it have been stopped by tougher sentencing.

See how easy that was?

The next step is to take a deep breath and take Law And Order off the list of political footballs so that some sensible analysis and approaches can take place to limit the number of victims and criminals whose lives are ruined by criminal acts.

The media won’t like it because crime is cheap and thrilling copy and analysis ain’t but as I/S has been pointing out for some time now the Law and Order auction must stop. The question is whether Labour will have the integrity to stop it.

31 comments on “Stop the auction”

  1. Rex Widerstrom 1

    There’s not much I can add to your post, IB, except to sincerely thank you for writing it, and commend its logic to anyone tempted to think Mr McVicar might have the answers.

    And if I/S would turn his comments back on, I’d sincerely thank him, too.

  2. Its the fault of the guy who pulled the trigger and had no regard for anyone else’s life.

    Oh its not society’s fault either.

  3. gingercrush 3

    But why can’t you be tough on crime? Ensure that murderers, violent offenders and rapists are locked away and unlikely to ever be let free while acknowledging those who we can potentially help and who could gain employment in the future. Why can’t we lock away repeat offenders and yet help others. Yes we need analysis etc and look at a new way of doing things. But that doesn’t mean we need to be light with violent and repeat offenders. We need a debate on drugs, particularly marijuana. But what about more dangerous illegal drugs such as PI. Then there’s the whole issue concerning white collar crime.

    So yes we need analysis and discussion but we also have to make sure that the worse offenders in this country are severely punished.

  4. Pascal's bookie 4


    “…are severely punished.”

    What are you thinking of, tough guy?

    Punishment, to be effective at modifying behaviour needs to have certain features. It needs to be:

    1) Consistent; every time the behaviour occurs the punishment must follow. (If you don’t have this, you end up punishing ‘getting caught’ rather than the behaviour),

    2) Immediate, (so that the punishment doesn’t become associated with something else, like ‘the system’)

    and 3) the punishment needs to be both bad enough it deters the behaviour by outweighing the behaviour’s benefit, and of short enough duration that it doesn’t become separated from the behaviour. ( ie If you drag it out too long, the punishment ceases to be associated the behaviour)

    Do you think long tedious prison sentences, delivered by a cumbersome legal system fit those criteria? Or were you thinking about other forms of punishment than prison? Something a little more immediate and visceral perhaps.

    Or were you using punishment, not in a behavioural science sense, but in the older idea that the infliction of punishment is justice in and of itself, without regard to what effects it might have with regard to behaviour? Are we talking about social policy here, or vengeance? Or some mashup of the two?

  5. gingercrush 5

    Just bad usage of language.

  6. Johnty Rhodes 6

    oh fuck the gushing fault about this disaster.
    it is the resuolt of 9 yrs Labour rule where cops are hauled over the coals when a shooting occurs, remember Wallace in Waitara???????????

    Let the cops deal with the real true scum when appropriate. Quite frankly., a F16 with a ATG missile is required for the Skyline scum. It will minimise colleteral damage. These days, the cops in a high speed chase have to think about the perputrators rights before they act.

    RIP, the innocent one, but kill the real scum before the public get involved.

  7. BLiP 7

    Some egg said:

    ” . . . oh fuck the gushing fault about this disaster.
    it is the resuolt of 9 yrs Labour rule where cops are hauled over the coals when a shooting occurs, remember Wallace in Waitara???????????”

    Ah yes – that was the poor chap killed by a policeman for breaking windows.

    Tell you what, if there was any justice in the world, New Zealand would hand over the Fonterra executives involved in the baby-food scandal to the Chinese authorities. They’ve got the right idea, eh Johnty?

  8. jbc 8

    Interesting topic IB. You’re correct, of course, that this shooting doesn’t have any direct “smoking gun” link to a government “soft on crime”.

    You have to wonder though, what drives the mind of the original perpetrator in this case?

    Being outside NZ for many years now in a relatively low-crime country; one of the things that stands out for me is the number of “random” people going about their business (or tourists) that become victims of violent crime and murder in NZ. Unknown to the criminal until moments before their death or assault. The Aim case in Taupo and that Korean tourist who was killed on the West Coast just because he was Asian come to mind. There have been many more. This I find most disturbing.

    I know a couple of cases in my acquaintance who have recently cancelled honeymoons in NZ and Australia and opted for Indonesia and Thailand instead because “they’re safer for tourists”. Go figure. MFAT would tell you otherwise.

    But maybe they are right.

    Getting back to IB’s post; if sentencing is not going to stop this type of crime then what will?

    If you rewind the perp’s life and find out where he went wrong then what would you do? Who has the guts to do this extensively for each crime and make plans to “nip it in the bud”?

    This isn’t about financial poverty. Poor people don’t become violent criminals to feed their families. Nobody holds up a supermarket at gunpoint and demands bread, butter and baked beans. Drug, alcohol, sex, fast cars perhaps, but not food for the kids.

    I doubt any government would have the will to fix this – and if they did everyone would be up in arms about the intrusion into their lives. TV ads depicting violence as unacceptable certainly won’t do the job.

  9. Ag 9

    No one has blamed Grand Theft Auto yet.

    People are slipping.

  10. higherstandard 10

    Really good post IB – I’d hope that most of the country would agree with you.

    It’s tragic for the young mans family and friends that his life can be ended in such a sensless way while he’s just doing his job.

    Not sure if we can conclusively say that it wouldn’t have been stopped by tougher sentencing – that remains to be seen when more details become available – but the general sentiment regarding Law and Order being a political football is spot on.

  11. keith 11

    The psyche of the ‘tough on crime’ crowd is disturbing. The shared perspective appears to be that:

    a) a person’s morality is an immutable quantity established
    at conception.

    b) people are either ‘good’ or ‘bad’,

    therefore law and order is reduced to identifying the bad eggs
    and locking them up for good.


  12. higherstandard 12


    That may be the perspective of some of the “tough on crime” crowd as you call them many more I suspect simply get somewhat depressed by the number of repeat offenders and want the toughness and weight of the law to fall on this group.

    In my opinion what is and will always be the critical issue is how best to turn the first offender away from committing the first and then next and the next etc crime……… and there’s no easy answer.

  13. John BT 13

    Recently there was a little boy who squeezed a dogs testicles and was bitten by the dog. The mother wanted the dog destroyed, even though the boy had a history of such behaviour. I think the mother should have been put down. I will bet $10 to a pinch of possum poo that the kid will end up doing serious jail time in 15 or 20 years time.
    The cause of such behaviour can surely be traced to the lack of a good male role model at home, the lack of suitable discipline and proper outlets for male aggression (even for a 3 year old ).
    So, if you want to blame, it is hard to go past the feminazis now running our government because they are responsible for the idiot policies now prevalent in society.
    Like it or not there are people out there who are just bad. Very bad. All the bleeding hearts will do nothing to stop them raping and killing. It is these scum who should be kept out of society forever.
    I think that if there was a solution to crime and a good way to deal with the scum of society it would have been found by now. In effect we do what we can.

  14. marco 14

    Hang on am I missing something, Isnt the first obligation of a government to protect its citizens?
    No matter what went on in an offenders past the public must be kept safe from violent repeat offenders.
    Yes there needs to be better prevention and rehabilition and addressing poverty would be a huge step in reducing the occurances of these offences but for those already proven to shun rehabilitation then they should be locked up and never see the light of day again.

  15. Rex Widerstrom 15

    keith suggests:

    The shared perspective appears to be that:

    a) a person’s morality is an immutable quantity established at conception.

    Not quite (they’ve seen “The Pursuit of Happyness” and so believe the odd poor dark-coloured person can rise above their poverty) though they certainly feel that there’s some sort of genetic predisposition to crime.

    But what they do believe unshakeably is that if a person makes one mistake in their lives – whether that be accepting the first hit off a syringe or doing their first robbery – they are set irreversibly on that path forever more.

    Thus the best thing would be to keep them permanently incarcerated from the first time they enter the “justice” system.

    But since those damned bleeding heart liberals insist on ridiculous notions like parole we’re forced to let some of them have a second chance.

    Then whether or not they reoffend has no relationship to whether we’re able to change their external environment and their response to stressors and everything to do with whether we’ve made incarceration sufficiently unpleasant so that their unwillingness to return always gets the upper hand over their burning desire to offend again.

    Because, of course, people never change, let alone can be changed, if only we took an intelligent interest in how.

    BLiP recalls:

    Ah yes – that was the poor chap killed by a policeman for breaking windows.

    Much like the thug gunned down in Lower Hutt prior to that when he presented a clear and present danger to police when he emerged at the other end of his hallway holding a weight bar.

    But hey, National and Labour both compete to promise us more adrenalin-fuelled 19 year old high school dropouts armed with guns and uniforms, so crime will solve itself eventually.

  16. Simon 16

    More of the same from the Labour agitators – soft on crime. Why? What aren’t they telling us?

    To the Labour agitators with their 150 year-old view of class struggle, murdering a tourist is a legitimate act of resistance against the colonial oppressor committed by a member of the oppressed masses yearning to break free.

    They know that this view is unpalatable to the general public, so they couch their propaganda in terms of “re-thinking crime and punishment” and similar efforts to minimise the punishment meted out to the offender, who they secretly regard as a hero of the revolution, a soldier manning the barricades, however unwittingly.

    Before voting Labour or voting Green, keep in mind that these people believe that violent crime is a necessary social upheaval to achieve their political objective of socialist revolution.

  17. gobsmacked 17

    The Police Minister is an idiot.

    From the Herald: “Ms Collins said she had confidence investigations would establish how the incident unfolded and prevent a similar tragedy from occurring in the future.

    The first is fair enough. Let’s hope so.

    The second is just an opposition politician on autopilot. Judith, it’s not your job to make false promises any more, about things you can’t control. Get to grips with reality, please.

    Disbanding the Armed Offenders Squad might “prevent a similar tragedy from occurring in the future.” Or removing guns from the police altogether. Unfortunately, there might then be other tragedies instead. So that’s not going to happen.

    There aren’t easy answers for Ministers, only for talkback callers. Which do you want to be, Judith?

  18. gobsmacked 18

    In fairness, I’ll revise that: it’s another case (all too common nowadays) of a journalist with reading comprehension problems.

    Here’s what Collins actually said in her press release.

    “I have confidence that these investigations will establish how the incident unfolded and provide lessons that might prevent a similar tragedy from occurring in the future,’ Ms Collins says.

    “Might” is pretty important. Are there any sub-editors left at the Herald now?

  19. toad 19

    gobsmacked, here is my take on this very sad incident.

    This relates to Police operational policy, so I’m not sure it is Collins’ prerogative as Minsiter to get too involved anyway. And I’m pleased that her press release did actually say “might” because shr has no power to prevent such incidents occuring in future.

    But I really do hope that, as I have suggested in my post on g.blog, that the Police review their operational policy regarding pursuits. This started as a relatively minor offence of a bag snatch, and ended with am innocent man losing his life by being shot by a police officer.

  20. Bill 20

    Tell me this is a misprint ffs! Or that I’m reading it wrong or…..something.

    From the police media release


    “‘We said yesterday that, no matter who fired the fatal shot, the events of January 23 in and around Auckland were tragic for all concerned,’ Mr Shortland said.

    ‘They are no less tragic today for the Naitoko family and are more tragic for the officers involved who, it must be remembered, were where they were doing their duties because a man with a loaded gun chose to rampage throughout the region without regard to anyone’s safety.”

    More tragic for the officers, because………(vomit anyone?)

  21. Rex Widerstrom 21

    Tsk, that whole Mai Lai massacre thing was an absolute tragedy for the noble soldiers, too, who after all were only in Vietnam doing their duties because Viet Cong with loaded guns chose to rampage throughout the region without regards to anyone’s safety.

    It’s called “collateral damage” I believe. Nothing to see here, move along.

  22. Johnty Rhodes 22

    BLIP – seems the Chinese police can shoot the crimnal correctly, not the innocent. So in effect the police have executed a person, an innocent while the peice of shit who caused all of this is getting operations in hospital.

    As I said, should have blown the bastard up long before it reached the NW Motorway.

  23. I just hope some politicians don’t use this tragic event as a political football, or that they turn this into an anti police thing.

  24. Bill 24

    Why would a politician use any event to criticise the police? They tend to break their backs bending over backwards to excuse and accommodate them.

    Any ‘anti-police thing’ as you term it, is being nurtured by statements straight from the horse’s mouth in this instance.

  25. Trevor Mallard 25

    Didn’t Collins and Key cross the line into becoming responsible for operational matters when they instructed the Commissioner that police that would otherwise be spread around the country based on a needs based formula be redirected to Manukau?

  26. Bill:

    Your kidding me right?

    Labour/Greens/Maori party are always jumping on the anti police band wagon.

  27. higherstandard 27


    “Tell me this is a misprint ffs! Or that I?m reading it wrong or?..something.”

    You’re misinterpreting the comments I believe…..

    The release is suggesting that the events are more tragic in relation to the officers involved yesterday than they were today as it looks likely that one of them will be finding out that they accidentally shot.

    The intent of the release is not to suggest that it’s more tragic for the officers than the family of the deceased – which I think you may have taken as the message from the release ?


    T Mallard

    If you are the parliamentarian I trust you can moderate the behaviour you display in the house in representing both your party and the public. You have bought parliament and your profession into disrepute over the last few years please resign or improve your performance.

  28. IrishBill 28

    Trevor, there’s no doubt you can argue National has engaged a cynical and selective application of responsibility and have left themselves open to exactly the tactical criticisms they engaged in while in opposition (with the added bonus for Labour that hypocrisy has been added to the mix). However that kind of shallow political point-scoring is corrosive to democracy and ultimately corrosive to Left values as in the long-term it engenders a climate of reactionary politics. Far better to identify areas in which such point-scoring is counter productive and make it clear they will be treated without partisan sensationalism. Obviously Law and Order is one of these areas.

    There are plenty of National Party policies and actions that are fundamentally at odds with the interests and values of the majority of New Zealanders. Most of these are economic. The opposition would do itself a favour by differentiating itself by focusing on those rather than the right’s side shows.

  29. Matthew Pilott 29

    More tragic for the officers, because (vomit anyone?)

    I’m not sure why it would be ‘more’ tragic, but it is tragic nonetheless. AOS members are senior and career officers, who it must be said are fairly dedicated to their job. I would consider that dedication a dedication to keeping us (the GP) safe.

    It’s very tragic that someone in such a situation ended up killing an innocent bystander when trying to prevent an armed and violent person from killing someone. Bill – what is wrong with that?

    JohnBT – as a bleeding heart liberal, I agree with your first point. Violence towards animals is a common indicator of socio/psychopathic behaviour, and the boy’s mother is clearly an idiot. Wouldn’t have her put down though, but I’m sure that’s just rhetoric on your part. As for the rest of your comment, you seem to be yearning for a time when Men were Men, and sheep were nervous; while the good old days of your youth in the ’20s might have had a rosy glow about them, reailty wasn’t quite the same, and it’s a simplistic view that is beyond reason. And blaming the ‘feminazis’? Jeez, what a limp-dick cop-out. Grow some bloody spine!

  30. Agree wholeheartedly with your comments in the initial post Irish Bill – the person to blame for the death of Halatau Naitoko is one Stephen Hohepa McDonald, 50, unemployed of New Lynn. Had McDonald not set off on a P-fuelled rampage on Friday afternoon, Halatau Naitoko would, in every likelihood, be alive, well and anonymous today. Spare a thought too for the AOS officer(s) involved, who must be deeply traumatised by what is the worst outcome for a police officer.

  31. Rich 31

    It’s the job of government to ensure that the police have appropriate procedures and training to do an effective and safe job. There’s certainly a question raised by recent events that that may not be the case with firearms procedures.

    This *is* political. Those on the right, like the foam-flecked commenters above, believe that basically, the cops can shoot who they like, especially if they have brown skin. One could expect that Labour would take a more sensible view and would seek to ensure that procedures were in place. Sadly, throughout their nine years in office they pretty much allowed the police to do their own thing and saw accountability as “too hard” for them to deal with.

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  • Government will support the people and economy of Southland
    The Government will support the Southland economy in the wake of multinational mining company Rio Tinto’s decision to follow through with its long signalled closure of the Tiwai Point aluminium smelter. “This day has unfortunately been on the cards for some time now, but nevertheless the final decision is a ...
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    16 hours ago
  • New transformational tools for the Predator Free 2050 effort
    New tools being developed to help boost Aotearoa’s Predator Free 2050 effort were unveiled today by Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage and Under Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau. A new rat poison, a camera with predator recognition software to detect and report predators, a new predator lure and a ...
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    17 hours ago
  • New Armoured vehicles for New Zealand Army
    The Coalition Government has approved the purchase of a fleet of Bushmaster vehicles to replace the New Zealand Army’s armoured Pinzgauers, Defence Minister Ron Mark has announced today. The new fleet of 43 Australian-designed and built Bushmaster NZ5.5 will provide better protection for personnel and improved carrying capacity. “The age ...
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    1 day ago
  • Community-led solutions to prevent family violence
    The Government’s three prevention frameworks to reduce family violence in Aotearoa were launched this week by Associate Minister for Social Development Poto Williams.   The frameworks were developed in partnership with communities around New Zealand, and build on the work the Government has already begun with its new family violence prevention ...
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  • Govt confirms investment in better radiology and surgical services for Hawke’s Bay
    The Government is pleased to confirm funding for improvements to radiology and surgical services at Hawke's Bay DHB, Health Minister Chris Hipkins says.     "The Minister of Finance the Hon Grant Robertson and former Health Minister Dr David Clark approved funding for Hawke's Bay DHB’s redevelopment of their radiology facilities ...
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  • Specialist alcohol and drug addiction services strengthened across New Zealand
    •    New funding for four beds at Napier’s Springhill Residential Addiction Centre •    A new managed withdrawal home and community service, and peer support before and after residential care at Tairāwhiti DHB  •    A co-ordinated network of withdrawal management services throughout the South Island •    Peer support in Rotorua and ...
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  • Coastal Shipping Webinar
    Introduction, seafarers and POAL Good morning everyone, I am delighted to be online with you all today. Before I begin, I have to acknowledge that COVID-19 has disrupted the maritime sector on an unprecedented scale. The work of seafarers and the maritime industry is keeping many economies around the world ...
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    2 days ago
  • Support for resilient rail connection to the West Coast
    A $13 million investment from Government will create jobs and improve the resilience of the rail connection between Christchurch and the West Coast, Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones and Regional Economic Development Under-Secretary Fletcher Tabuteau say. The funding comes from the tagged contingency set aside in Budget 2020 for infrastructure projects ...
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    2 days ago
  • Major investment in safe drinking water
    The Government is investing $761 million to assist local government upgrade under-pressure water services across the country, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta announced today.  The announcement was made at the site of the water bore that was found to be the source of the fatal ...
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    2 days ago
  • Supporting stranded seasonal workers to keep working with more flexible options
    Recognised Seasonal Employers and migrant seasonal workers stranded in New Zealand will be able to continue working and supporting themselves with more flexible hours and roles, says Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway. The time-limited visa changes are: Stranded RSE workers will be able to work part-time (a minimum of 15 hours ...
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    2 days ago
  • Relief for temporary migrants, employers and New Zealanders who need work
    The Government is making immediate short-term changes to visa settings to support temporary migrants already onshore in New Zealand and their employers, while also ensuring New Zealanders needing work are prioritised, Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. We are: Extending temporary work visas due to expire by the end of 2020 ...
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    2 days ago
  • Freshwater commissioners and fast-track consenting convenor appointed
    Professor Peter Skelton CNZM has been appointed as Chief Freshwater Commissioner and Alternate Environment Court Judge Craig James Thompson as Deputy Chief Freshwater Commissioner for the newly established Freshwater Planning Process (FPP). Environment Minister David Parker today also announced the appointment of Chief Environment Court Judge Laurie Newhook as the ...
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    2 days ago
  • Appointment of Judge of the High Court
    Auckland Queen’s Counsel Neil Campbell has been appointed a Judge of the High Court, Attorney‑General David Parker announced today. Justice Campbell graduated with a BCom and LLB (Hons) from the University of Auckland in 1992. He spent two years with Bell Gully Buddle Weir in Auckland before travelling to the United ...
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    2 days ago
  • Feedback sought – Commercial Film and Video Production Facilities
    The Associate Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration, Poto Williams, is seeking feedback on a proposal to better enable the development and operation of commercial film and video facilities in Christchurch. The Proposal, developed by Regenerate Christchurch in response to a request from Christchurch City Council, asks that powers under section ...
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    3 days ago
  • Govt launches bold primary sector plan to boost economic recovery
    The Government has launched a bold plan to boost primary sector export earnings by $44 billion over the next decade, while protecting the environment and growing jobs. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today released Fit for a Better World – Accelerating our Economic Potential, a 10-year roadmap to unlock greater value ...
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    3 days ago
  • Wellbeing of whanau at heart of new hub
    A new approach to prevent family harm that encourages greater collaboration across government and community groups is being celebrated at the opening of a new facility in Auckland. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today opened the Multi-Disciplinary Family Harm Prevention Hub Te Taanga Manawa in Lambie Road in Manukau. The facility ...
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    3 days ago
  • New Report on Auckland Port Relocation
    The Government has released a major new report on the options for relocating the Port of Auckland’s freight operations while deferring any decision on the issue. “That decision needs to be informed by policy analysis that is still to be completed. As a result it will be up to a ...
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    3 days ago
  • Dual place names for Te Pātaka-o-Rākaihautū / Banks Peninsula features
    The history of Rāpaki is being restored through the inclusion of te reo in thirteen official place names on Te Pātaka-o-Rākaihautū / Banks Peninsula and around Lyttelton Harbour/Whakaraupō, the Minister for Land Information, Eugenie Sage, announced today.   “I am pleased to approve the proposals from Te Hapū o Ngāti ...
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    3 days ago
  • Government and Air New Zealand agree to manage incoming bookings
    Bookings for seats on Air New Zealand flights into New Zealand will be managed in the short term to ensure the Government is able to safely place New Zealanders arriving home into a managed isolation or quarantine facility, says Housing Minister Megan Woods.  “Last week Air Commodore Darryn Webb and I ...
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    3 days ago
  • $80 million for sport recovery at all levels
    Grant Robertson has today announced the first major release of funding from the $265 million Sport Recovery Package announced at Budget 2020.  “Today we’re setting out how $80 million will be invested, with $54 million of that over the 2020/2021 financial year for organisations from community level through to elite ...
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    3 days ago
  • Keeping ACC levies steady until 2022
    The Government is maintaining current levy rates for the next 2 years, as part of a set of changes to help ease the financial pressures of COVID-19 providing certainty for businesses and New Zealanders, ACC Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. “New Zealanders and businesses are facing unprecedented financial pressures as a ...
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    3 days ago
  • Extended loan scheme keeps business afloat
    Small businesses are getting greater certainty about access to finance with an extension to the interest-free cashflow loan scheme to the end of the year. The Small Business Cashflow Loan Scheme has already been extended once, to 24 July. Revenue and Small Business Minister Stuart Nash says it will be ...
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    4 days ago
  • New investment creates over 2000 jobs to clean up waterways
    A package of 23 projects across the country will clean up waterways and deliver over 2000 jobs Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Environment Minister David Parker announced today. The $162 million dollar package will see 22 water clean-up projects put forward by local councils receiving $62 million and the Kaipara ...
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    4 days ago
  • Speech to Labour Party Congress 2020
    Tena koutou katoa  Nga tangata whenua o tenei rohe o Pōneke, tena koutou Nau mai, haere mai ki te hui a tau mo te roopu reipa Ko tatou!  Ko to tatou mana!  Ko to tatou kaupapa kei te kokiri whakamua  Tena koutou, tena koutou, tena tatou katoa   Welcome. I ...
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  • PGF top-up for QE Health in Rotorua
    The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $1.5 million to ensure QE Health in Rotorua can proceed with its world class health service and save 75 existing jobs, Under Secretary for Regional Economic Development, Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. The PGF funding announced today is in addition to the $8 million ...
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    7 days ago
  • Building a more sustainable construction sector
    A new programme, which sets a firm course for the Building and Construction sector to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, has been announced by the Minister for Building and Construction Jenny Salesa. “A significant amount of New Zealand’s carbon emissions come from the building and construction sector.  If we’re serious ...
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    7 days ago
  • PGF funds tourism boost in Northland
    The Provincial Growth Fund is investing more than $7.5 million in Northland ventures to combat the economic impact of the COVID-19 virus, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones have announced. The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) investment is going to the Northern Adventure Experience and ...
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    7 days ago
  • Four new projects announced as part of the biggest ever national school rebuild programme
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Education Minister Chris Hipkins today announced significant funding for Auckland’s Northcote College as part of the first wave of a new nationwide school redevelopment programme to upgrade schools over the next 10 years. The $48.5 million project brings the total investment in Northcote College to ...
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    7 days ago
  • COVID-19: Support to improve student attendance and wellbeing
    The Government has opened an urgent response fund to support schools and early learning services to get children and young people back on track after the Covid-19 lockdown. “While we are seeing improvements in attendance under Alert Level 1 Ministry of Education data shows that attendance rates in our schools ...
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    7 days ago
  • Fast-track consenting law boosts jobs and economic recovery
    The law to boost the economic recovery from the impact of COVID-19 by speeding up resource consenting on selected projects has passed its second and third readings in the House today. “Accelerating nationwide projects and activities by government, iwi and the private sector will help deliver faster economic recovery and ...
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    1 week ago
  • Whanganui Port gets PGF boost
    Five port-related projects in Whanganui will receive a $26.75 million Provincial Growth Fund investment to support local economic recovery and create new opportunities for growth, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “This is a significant investment that will support the redevelopment of the Whanganui Port, a project governed ...
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    1 week ago
  • More support for Sarjeant Gallery
    Whanganui’s Sarjeant Gallery will receive an investment of up to $12 million administered by the Provincial Growth Fund to support its redevelopment, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. The project is included in a $3 billion infrastructure pipeline announced by Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Shane Jones yesterday. ...
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    1 week ago
  • Funding for training and upskilling
    The Provincial Growth Fund is investing nearly $2.5 million into three Te Ara Mahi programmes to support Manawatū-Whanganui jobseekers and employees to quickly train and upskill, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “Up to 154 local people will be supported into employment within the first year by these ...
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    1 week ago
  • Statement from the Minister of Health Dr David Clark
      This morning I have formally tendered my resignation as Minister of Health, which was accepted by the Prime Minister. Serving as Minister of Health has been an absolute privilege – particularly through these extraordinary last few months. It’s no secret that Health is a challenging portfolio. I have given ...
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    1 week ago
  • Scholarship placements for agricultural emissions scientists doubles
    Scholarships for 57 early-career agricultural emissions scientists from 20 developing countries is another example of New Zealand’s international leadership in primary sector sustainability, says Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. Mr O’Connor, announcing the scholarships today, says hundreds of applications were received for this fourth round of the CLIFF-GRADS programme (Climate, Food ...
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    1 week ago
  • Funding for Foxton regeneration
    A project to help rejuvenate the Horowhenua town of Foxton will receive a Provincial Growth Fund investment of $3.86 million, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “This funding for the Foxton Regeneration project will be used to make the well-known holiday town even more attractive for visitors and ...
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    1 week ago