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Tax haven questions for National

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, May 2nd, 2016 - 36 comments
Categories: Abuse of power, accountability, class war, International, john key, national, peter dunne, tax - Tags: , , , , , ,

The tax haven concerns keep coming. An anonymous editorial in the Dom Post:

Taxing questions to answer

Prime Minister John Key’s lawyer, Ken Whitney, runs a company inviting foreigners to put their money in a New Zealand trust. The idea is that it won’t be taxed here, or probably anywhere.

When Inland Revenue outlined concerns with the rise of such trusts, and suggested a review in December 2014, Whitney wrote to their minister. “I have spoken to the Prime Minister about this and he advised that the Government has no plans to change the status of the foreign trust regime.” His request for a meeting was swiftly granted. By May last year, the review had been ditched. No changes were made to the foreign trust rules.

This episode is worrying. Whitney explicitly invoked the prime minister’s support to try to head off a review that might have killed his business. But his industry sorely needed a review – and more.

In exchange for being a borderline tax haven, what does New Zealand get? IRD’s guess is $24m a year in fees charged by Whitney’s firm and others – and $3m in tax on that.

That is a bad deal: New Zealand trashes its reputation, and contributes to an international pandemic of tax avoidance by the mega-wealthy, and in return receives a pittance in lawyers’ fees.

Whitney’s email adds to the murk. It leaves the distinct impression that Key was swayed by a close associate with plenty to lose into dumping an important review.
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As ever with Key, controversy descends and so does a kind of fog. It was an informal gathering. Opponents are making “desperate claims” and can be waved off, he says. But he must be clearer. Did he assure Whitney that the foreign trust regime would not be touched, and if so, why? Is he troubled by his lawyer’s use of his name to stifle a review? And why is he still not acting with urgency to stamp out any suggestion New Zealand has become a hiding hole for wealthy tax evaders?

Why not indeed? Matt Nippert:

World famous, but secret in NZ

While that email has sparked political debate over the relationship between Key, Whitney and Inland Revenue’s policy-formation, other material in the OIA release provides a bounty of information on the scale, motivations and self-impressions of an industry that has largely operated under the radar.

New Zealand was said to be competing for this business with similar zero-tax structures in Singapore, Israel, Hong Kong, Malta, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom and United States. But the industry expressed concerns that even a proposal to tinker with tax rules for the sector could gut the industry as clients lose faith and take flight. “This would likely undermine the trust and confidence built up over many years, whereby high wealth families have come to trust New Zealand as a safe country,” the note said of making a proposal public.

No one comes out of this looking good. Andrew Geddis:

According to RNZ news:

The day after Mr Whitney’s email to Mr McClay, the minister’s office contacted Inland Revenue to say the minister had “expressed some concern that one of the options that will be presented in the report to him before the end of the year would be a removal of the foreign trust regime”.

Inland Revenue senior official Carmel Peters responded saying they would “bear this in mind in how we write the report”.

This strikes me as pretty poor on the part of both the Minister’s office and IRD officials. Sure, Ministers in the end get to set Government policy and make decisions about what advice to accept or reject. But this looks like the Minister was telling his officials “I don’t even want to hear about why NZ might want to end this policy, irrespective of the reasons to support it”. And having been told this, the officials simply accepted that the territory was verboten.

Whatever happened to a neutral public service that is tasked with providing “free and frank advice” to Ministers? Maybe Dr Chris Eichbaum has something of a point when he suggested recently that “public servants might just provide ministers with the advice they wanted to hear, rather than what they needed to hear.”

We the people are concerned:

More than half of New Zealanders are worried about the country being a tax haven after the Panama Papers leak, according to a new poll.

As covered yesterday, even Peter Dunne is (belatedly) “extremely concerned”:

Peter Dunne – tax haven label ‘extremely damaging’

Former Revenue Minister Peter Dunne told TV One’s Q+A programme, ‘if the label ‘tax haven’ is being bandied about now as it is, sticks, then that’s extremely damaging. You think of the way we perceive other countries that we’ve historically labelled as tax havens. We don’t view them credibly, and I think that’s the big risk to New Zealand.

Mr Dunne told the programme, ‘ we’ve got to get to the bottom of is the extent of the activity, what the profile of people using these trusts is, what the implications are for our reputation, and how we work in concert with other countries to make sure, as I say, a robust international system can be developed to combat them.’ …

There’s only one way to get rid of the tax haven label. Stop being a tax haven. Key will be hoping to wait it all out as usual. I hope that our media is up to keeping the spotlight on these issues.

36 comments on “Tax haven questions for National”

  1. b waghorn 1

    “”In exchange for being a borderline tax haven, what does New Zealand get? IRD’s guess is $24m a year in fees charged by Whitney’s firm and others – and $3m in tax on that
    That is a bad deal: New Zealand trashes its reputation, and contributes to an international pandemic of tax avoidance by the mega-wealthy, and in return receives a pittance in lawyers’ fees.”
    This makes it sound like if there was more cash in it it would be worth doing.!!

    • gsays 1.1

      how sweet, bw.
      you really think these types would pay $3m tax on $24m income?
      it must be early.

      • NZJester 1.1.1

        Yep, I’m sure they funnel their income into trusts out of New Zealand to make their money as tax free as possible also. Why be involved in helping others dodge tax and not take advantage of it yourself.
        A lot of money will be coming through New Zealand and no country gets to see virtually any of it in tax.
        I bet the National Party however is a recipient of a lot of that un-taxed cash in the form of anonymous donations. They seam to have the biggest pool of anonymous donations being given to them that seams to be bigger than all the other parties anonymous donations combined. We are supposed to have rules to stop large anonymous donations to parties, but National have made sure to get around those rules with loopholes like Cabinet Club etc.

      • b waghorn 1.1.2

        Yes that thought had crossed my mind too , but I was feeling generous this morning.

  2. Northsider 2

    Winebox, Trinity and other artificial constructs have come to light. The IRD has had occasional success in shutting them down.

    The law firms that concocted these tax dodging tools are beavering away daily on helping their clients.

    I’m surprised that anyone is surprised.

    • Skinny 2.1

      “Winebox, Trinity and other artificial constructs.”

      Which also leads to the corrupt influence that lobbyists are having in our democracy. National Party receive large political donations masked through rotten trusts.

      There was a time the fourth estate would be all over the connection between big business and the Government and political donations. Dedicated teams of investigative journalists to hone in on how this is occuring.

      No way is this acceptable in all facets.

  3. ScottGN 3

    There’s been a few editorials in the Dom-Post lately which have not reflected very kindly on Mr Key. Not sure what’s going on there?

    • Sabine 3.1

      It’s the economy stupid. And the economy in NZ has not added a single well paying job, has not build a single affordable house and has not brought on the brighter future for anyone else than maybe Mr. Key the younger.
      When well to do people realize that their own children need to move outta town cause they can’t afford it, when they only see the Grandchildren once a year cause their own kids migrated elsewhere in search of a well paying job and affordable accomodation, one could assume that its Game over.

      I’ll go back to that famous “my first home – my first uperdoer – my first flipper – still not able to buy my first home – TV show. Buy a rotten house for 650k, add 120k of renovations and sell a glorified four bedder (on room under the staircase) for 800.000 and that is considered affordable – btw. that is West Auckland, not innercity, and all that live on TV. Can’t make that shit up ey?

      Eventually the turd that the National Party left in the middle of everyones living room is just to big and to stinky to ignore.

      John Key, leaving turd blossoms everywhere.

      • Ralf Crown 3.1.1

        You are right. It has not added many jobs, and that’s where the problem lies. To tinker with tax rules will make clients lose faith and take flight. They are already doing that, and the effects are clear in the trade deficit and diminishing social welfare, and the poverty. Instead the tax and secrecy rules must be strengthened – significantly. People don’t do business with Big Brother drooling over their money. The Panama leak was obviously a USA-NSA hack to raid people belongings. The trust and secrecy regime must go further, to allow the New Zealand taxes for citizens and residents to be lowered, welfare increased, and kiwis respected. The competition, as mentioned, sometimes has 25 years prison for breaching secrecy. In New Zealand money sharks drive up home prices to make a tax free profit. Ban the practice, tax that with 80% tax. Homes are to live in, not speculate and profit on by the few, paid by the many. Home prices must come down 70% so people can afford them. Artificially high real estate prices also drive up rentals, and prices of all goods, and costs for welfare. New Zealand is a clown’s paradise.

        • Stuart Munro 3.1.1.1

          The ‘clients’ can go fuck themselves – they’re not citizens and they’re not paying tax. We never needed them before and we don’t need them now. These dubious assets should be seized – job for Winston.

          • Ralf Crown 3.1.1.1.1

            Exactly what they are doing, but not in New Zealand. Their money ends up service someone not in New Zealand. Want to keep your beer and benefit, think again.

      • Liberal Realist 3.1.2

        Eventually the turd that the National Party left in the middle of everyones living room is just to big and to stinky to ignore.

        John Key, leaving turd blossoms everywhere.

        Brilliant, you gave me a good laugh out loud! +100

        On a serious note, the harsh reality is National are leaving an indelible stain on NZ society.

    • ianmac 3.2

      I think that Key recently had a crack at the Dom saying it is no wonder no bothers to read that newspaper. Must be miffed?

    • Rosie 3.3

      Yes, quite surprising to open the weekend Dom Post, see the tax haven editorial, Duncan Garners housing article on the opposite page (which one commenter pointed out yesterday was a bit hypocritical seeing as Garner once criticised Labour for suggesting a CGT, and now asks why haven’t we got one) and even Tracy Watkins being vaguely and politely critical in her column about housing, right below Garner’s article.

      3 articles critical of Key and the Government over 2 pages of the Dom Post. Unheard of!

  4. ianmac 4

    The honourable Key this morning on Morning Report, told Guyon that Whitney misrepresented Keys words. There you are. Not quite Labour’s fault just Ken Whitney’s. Expendable?
    http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/morningreport/audio/201799076/key-rejects-allegations-his-lawyer-influenced-trust-decision

    • Northsider 4.1

      Yeah right. $500 an hour lawyers “mishear” and “mis-speak”.
      Key is a liar.

    • wyndham 4.2

      Well, at least Helen Clark isn’t to blame for this one ! But Whitney appears to have been encouraged to swallow a rat for his client.

      • Psycho Milt 4.2.1

        He left a paper trail pointing to his patron, which is very bad form. He can count himself lucky – if his patron was Putin he’d be dead or in jail for such an egregious failure.

    • Draco T Bastard 4.3

      It’s typical of the party for People Who Take Personal Responsibility when caught out doing something dodgy they immediately Blame Someone Else.

    • rod 4.4

      I wonder if Key will sack his lawyer for misrepresenting his words? I expect he will be relaxed about it.

  5. One Anonymous Bloke 5

    I’d rather people said “tax haven” than “money laundering”.

    “Come on down to Shonky’s Cash Washing Services. Hello Mr. Terrorist, I recommend our Godfather package.”

    • Me too, but people are entitled to say both. A service in which foreigners can put money into NZ trusts without having either their own country’s officials or NZ’s know who they are is effectively a money-laundering service.

      • One Anonymous Bloke 5.1.1

        Agreed. I think it’s interesting that people are focussing more on the tax angle than the criminal.

    • NZJester 5.2

      It is worse than just Terrorists. The sort of people that have have been talked about in the Panama Papers hiding money transactions in these trusts are also Pedophile child sex traffickers, those helping dictators to rob their countries blind and strip them off assets and black market dealers supplying arms, ammunition, deadly chemical etc. to those embargoed states using them to commit war crimes as well as to terrorists.

      Remember when Key hammered on about Labour supporting pedophiles and rapists in Australian detention centers that turned out to not be true? Well It turns out his government are the real party supporting pedophiles and rapists and worse!

      • One Anonymous Bloke 5.2.1

        Mr. Key’s office released the following statement:

        “We believe the correct value of child slaves, per tonne, should be left to the market”.

  6. AmaKiwi 6

    The first requirement of democracy is transparency.

    Our legal system must be changed to guarantee politicians cannot conceal their work related communications. No delaying tactics. No redacting. No fees. No b.s.

    “Here’s a list of documents I want. I’ll be back to collect them this afternoon.”

  7. North 7

    Fake Man Key didn’t used to regularly come over as the spoilt son of a fabulously wealthy father. He certainly does now though. Very second generation. Increasingly callow displays of entitlement, arrogance, and wilful ignorance.

    The underlings, as in Whitney, always to blame. It is surely unprecedented in our entire history that the high office of prime minister should sheet home to an incumbent absolutely no responsibility for anything.

  8. ianmac 8

    Matthew said this morning that it is typical Key. He says what his audience (lawyer) wants to hear at that moment. But as it is not based on rigorous research and without conviction, the supporting voters are getting a bit tired/frustrated with his style.
    Then of course Key retracts/mis-speaks/circles/denies etc etc.

  9. S-hell 9

    Great to see the rats running for cover, while blaming someone else, oh, again. With the links to ‘dirty’ money garnered from ‘illegal’ activities, now knowlingly hitched to NZ’s reputation, surely it is time to freeze the trusts while there is an enquiry into where it is from, and then released back to whomever it has been fleeced from. Some form of restorative justice may redeem us as a country that ‘cares’ about the human rights of others. Will Dunne support the opposition parties to do such a thing, or could the Ministry of Foreign Affairs CEO just do it I wonder?

  10. Smilin 10

    SMOKE AND MIRRORS more like where there’s smoke there’s fire
    Just like all the other Key histories ,a whole lot of arrows pointing here here and here but too numerous to get anything on – no time, that’s what we are paying for, diversion ,but not the type you get in court
    And so it goes, next the Ugly truth about the Kermadecs,what stories will come from him when he’s confronted ?

  11. peterlepaysan 11

    I am fascinated to learn that J Key has total recall of a conversation he had two years ago. An amazing memory or else he has had very very few conversations in the last two years. I think I feel a “Yeah right” moment coming on.

  12. Where’s BM to defend his masters corruption? BM is rarely silent and usually manages to be in on every thread damaging to key with some alternate universe perspective .

    • Whateva next? 12.1

      He must have annual leave, after all he’s been trolling without a break for……..? Months?

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Plan to improve protection of moa bones
    Moa bones and other sub-fossil remains of extinct species are set to have improved protection with proposals to prevent the trade in extinct species announced the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage today. “We have lost too many of our native species, but these lost species, such as moa, remain an ...
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  • Free lunches served up to thousands of school children in the South Island
    The Government’s free and healthy school lunches programme moves south for the first time creating jobs for around 30 people in Otago and Southland. “Eighteen schools with 3000 students are joining the programme – 11 have already begun serving lunches, and seven are preparing to start during Term 3. This is ...
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  • Screen Sector recovery package protects jobs, boosts investment
    Thousands of Kiwi jobs and investment in New Zealand productions will be protected through a screen sector support package announced today by Associate Minister for Arts Culture and Heritage Carmel Sepuloni, Minister for Economic Development Phil Twyford and Minister for Broadcasting Kris Faafoi. The package also includes investment in broadcasting ...
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  • New fund to help save local events and jobs
    The Government has established a new $10 million fund for the domestic events sector to help save jobs and protect incomes as it recovers from the impacts of COVID-19, Minister of Economic Development Phil Twyford announced today. This funding from Budget 2020 follows talks with the event sector designed to ...
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  • Bill to improve fuel market competition
    The Government has taken another step in its commitment to making sure New Zealanders get a fairer deal at the petrol pump with the introduction of legislation to improve competition in the retail fuel market, says Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods. “The fuel market study that this Government ordered ...
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    3 days ago
  • New Zealand joins global facility for pre-purchase of COVID-19 Vaccine
    New Zealand has joined a global initiative that aims to enable all countries to access a safe and effective Covid-19 vaccine, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters announced today. The COVAX Facility was recently launched by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. The Alliance includes the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the World Bank ...
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  • Right to legal representation in Family Court restored today
    From today new legislation takes effect to both restore the right to legal representation at the start of a Care of Children (CoCA) dispute in the Family Court, and allow parties to those proceedings to access legal aid where eligible. During a visit to the Family Court in Auckland today, ...
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  • Transitioning to a fully-qualified home-based ECE workforce
    Home-based early childhood education (ECE) subsidised by the government will transition to a fully qualified workforce by 2025 to ensure better and more consistent quality, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. “Quality early learning helps provide children with a strong foundation for their future,” Chris Hipkins said. From 1 January ...
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    3 days ago
  • Criminal Cases Review Commission gets to work
    The new Criminal Cases Review Commission | Te Kāhui Tātari Ture (CCRC) has started work and can now independently investigate claimed miscarriages of justice. “Even though we have appeal rights and safeguards against unsafe convictions, from time to time our justice system does get things wrong. The design of the ...
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  • Speech by the Minister of Defence to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs
    E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā karangatanga maha, tēnā koutou Ki a koutou Te Āti Awa, Taranaki Whānui, Ngāti Toa Rangatira, ngā mana whenua o te rohe nei, tēnā koutou Ko Te Whare Wānanga o Aotearoa ki ngā take o te Ao (NZIIA), Ko te Rōpū Tohu Tono ...
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  • Six months with baby and $20 more a week for new parents
    The Government’s increase to paid parental leave kicks in today with another 4 weeks taking New Zealand up to a full 6 months (26 weeks, up from 22 weeks) leave for new parents, and the maximum weekly payment will increase by $20pw, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. ...
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    3 days ago
  • Infrastructure investment to create jobs, kick-start COVID rebuild
    A new package of infrastructure investments will help kick-start the post-COVID rebuild by creating more than 20,000 jobs and unlocking more than $5 billion of projects up and down New Zealand. Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones today outlined how the $3 billion infrastructure fund in the ...
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    3 days ago
  • Statement on passage of national security law for Hong Kong
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today expressed the New Zealand Government’s deep disappointment at the passage by China’s National People’s Congress Standing Committee of a national security law for Hong Kong. “New Zealand has consistently emphasised its serious concern about the imposition of this legislation on Hong Kong without inclusive ...
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  • July 1 marks progress for workers, families
    More jobs and more family time with newborns are the centrepiece of a suite of Government initiatives coming into effect today. July 1 is a milestone day for the Government as a host of key policies take effect, demonstrating the critical areas where progress has been made. “The Coalition Government ...
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  • Auckland water consent referred to Board of Inquiry
    Environment Minister David Parker has today “called in” Auckland’s application to the Waikato Regional Council to take an extra 200 million litres of water a day from the lower reaches of the Waikato River for Auckland drinking water and other municipal uses.  The call-in means the application has been referred ...
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  • New Zealand to host virtual APEC in 2021
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker announced today that New Zealand’s hosting of APEC in 2021 will go ahead using virtual digital platforms. Mr Peters said the global disruption caused by COVID-19, including resultant border restrictions, had been the major factor in the ...
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  • Matakana Link Road construction kicks off and drives jobs
    The start of construction on a new link road between Matakana Road and State Highway 1 will create jobs and support the significant population growth expected in the Warkworth area, Transport Minister Phil Twyford and Mayor Phil Goff announced today. Transport Minister Phil Twyford said construction of the Matakana Link ...
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    4 days ago
  • PPE supplies secured as COVID-19 response focuses on border
    The Government is prioritising its latest investment in PPE for frontline health workers, including staff at managed isolation and quarantine facilities, Health Minister David Clark says. “With no community transmission of COVID-19 our response now has a firm focus on keeping our border safe and secure. “We must ensure that ...
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    5 days ago
  • PGF funding for Parihaka settlement
    The Parihaka Papakāinga Trust in Taranaki will receive up to $14 million for a new visitor centre and other improvements at the historic settlement that will boost the local economy and provide much-needed jobs, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Andrew Little have ...
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    6 days ago
  • Protections for workers in triangular employment
    Protections for workers who are employees of one employer but working under the direction of another business or organisation have come into force, closing a gap in legislation that  made the personal grievance process inaccessible for some workers, says Workplace Relations Minister Iain Lees-Galloway. “This Government is working hard to ...
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    6 days ago
  • Government strengthens managed isolation system
    A range of improvements are already underway to address issues identified in the rapid review of the Managed Isolation and Quarantine system released today, Housing Minister Megan Woods said. The review was commissioned just over a week ago to identify and understand current and emerging risks to ensure the end-to-end ...
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    6 days ago
  • Whakatāne to go predator free with Government backing Ngāti Awa led efforts
    The important brown kiwi habitat around Whakatāne will receive added protection through an Iwi-led predator free project announced by Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage and Under Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau. “The Government is investing nearly $5 million into Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa’s environmental projects with $2.5 ...
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    1 week ago
  • Growing Goodwood: Expanding wood waste recycling plant in Bay of Plenty, Waikato
    An extra 4,000 tonnes of offcuts and scraps of untreated wood per year will soon be able to be recycled into useful products such as horticultural and garden mulch, playground safety surfacing and animal bedding as a result of a $660,000 investment from the Waste Minimisation Fund, Associate Environment Minister ...
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  • Scott Watson’s convictions to be referred to Court of Appeal
    The Governor-General has referred Scott Watson’s convictions for murder back to the Court of Appeal, Justice Minister Andrew Little announced today. Mr Watson was convicted in 1999 of the murders of Ben Smart and Olivia Hope. His appeal to the Court of Appeal in 2000 was unsuccessful, as was his ...
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  • Protecting Kiwis with stronger financial supervision
    A new five-year funding agreement for the Reserve Bank will mean it can boost its work to protect New Zealanders’ finances, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. “New Zealand has a strong and stable financial system. Financial stability is an area that we are not prepared to cut corners for, particularly ...
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  • Forgotten funds and missing money
    A law change has been introduced to make it easier for forgotten funds in institutional accounts to be returned more easily to their rightful owners. Revenue Minister Stuart Nash has introduced an amendment to the Unclaimed Money Act 1971. It will update the rules controlling forgotten sums of money held ...
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  • Government delivers on mental health commitment
    The Government is delivering on election commitments and a key recommendation of He Ara Oranga: Report of the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction with the establishment of a permanent independent Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission, Health Minister Dr David Clark says. Legislation enabling the establishment of the fully ...
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    1 week ago
  • New Zealand privacy law modernised
    A Bill to replace New Zealand’s Privacy Act passed its third reading in Parliament today, Justice Minister Andrew Little has announced. “The protections in the Privacy Bill are vitally important. The key purpose of the reforms is to promote and protect people’s privacy and give them confidence that their personal ...
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    1 week ago
  • Tourism operators provided extra support
    Extra support is being provided to tourism businesses operating on public conservation land announced Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis and Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage today.  The Government is providing $25m worth of support to tourism operators impacted by COVID-19, with a decision to waive most Department of Conservation tourism related concession ...
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