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The challenges for the Mt Albert candidates

Written By: - Date published: 3:30 pm, May 6th, 2009 - 44 comments
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Bit of a group effort this one.

John Boscawen MP – Boscawen is mad as a hatter and pretty damn ignorant. So he should appeal to the hard-right voters. In Parliament, he has argued against the Waterview tunnel and for a surface motorway. That’s not going to fly with the people of Mt Albert, especially the rightwingers who don’t want to see the values of their homes and rental properties hurt. Not a serious contender but he will campaign seriously. No Epsom-style deal with National here – Boscawen is too pigheaded for a start.

Melissa Lee MP – she’s going to have to come up with a good answer to the question ‘why won’t National give Aucklanders their referendum on the supercity?’ because she’s going to be asked it at every public meeting. Clue – ‘it’s too complicated’ won’t cut it. On top of that, she’s going to have to defend a Black Budget and rising unemployment. Joyce isn’t going to drop her in it by announcing National will cancel the Waterview tunnel in favour of a surface motorway but she will be expected to have an answer on where National stands. Clue – ‘um’ won’t cut it. Lee is prideful and prone to outbursts when challenged, that’s a ticking time bomb that might go off in her face.

Russel Norman MP – Russel’s main position is that there shouldn’t be a tunnel or a surface motorway. The danger for Russel is that this will make him be seen as an arrogant outsider preaching to the people of Mt Albert who are very strongly in favour of the tunnel. Right now the people of Mt Albert are having to contend with their roads being jammed every morning with commuters going from the outer suburbs to the CBD ‘rat racing’ through their suburb. An Aussie from Wellington telling them they shouldn’t get Waterview and there should be some undefined mass public transport instead won’t be popular. If he manages to poll well he will cement his place as male co-leader. If he can’t the Greens will know they need to look elsewhere. The other challenge for Russel is to not be seen as cozying up to National and only criticising Shearer, it will hurt the Greens at the national level if they are seen to be selling out like the Maori Party.

David Shearer – yeah, he’s got the international pedigree but does he actually give a damn about local issues that matter to the voters in Mt Albert, and can he drop the language of the international player to communicate accessibly with ordinary Kiwis? He is the front-runner – it has always been a Labour seat, the gap between National and Labour nationally is narrowing, his party is on the locals’ side when it comes to Waterview and the supercity but he still needs to give those people a reason to bother going to vote for him. The people of Mt Albert are used to having, in Helen Clark, a representative who was a major figure at the national and international levels while simultaneously an attentive local MP. Shearer has to show he’s got the potential to give them at least a good deal of what they got from Clark.

44 comments on “The challenges for the Mt Albert candidates”

  1. Rich 1

    “An Aussie from Wellington” – so you think racist “attack lines” will fly well with the population of Mt Albert?

    • r0b 1.1

      Racist? Ummm – racist? Really? Racist? Odd world you live in Rich.

      The original post is good stuff however, some useful points highlighted.

    • the sprout 1.2

      umm Rich, aren’t you being very racist to assume ‘Aussie’ is necessarily pejorative?
      chump.

  2. Barry Sanders 2

    I’m glad to read such an impartial analysis of the Mt Albert by-election.

  3. dad4justice 3

    “Boscawen is mad as a hatter and pretty damn ignorant”

    I know who is stark raving mad , just look at the state of country after a corrupt Labour fucked it!

  4. Hey this would make a good “one of these things is not like the other”.

    Funny election, the only ability for Mount Albert to get a local MP is to vote Shearer. Fine by me actually.

    • jerry 4.1

      Ah no…. if Russell gets the nod Dave Clendon comes in on the list – Dave is a local man see here.

      • lprent 4.1.1

        And he didn’t stand as a candidate – why? Wasn’t Russell selected unopposed?

        • the sprout 4.1.1.1

          Dave Clendon is a great guy, I’ve met him several times and I’ve been consistently impressed. He’s genuine, calm, considered, courteous, and pretty smart.
          Norman on the other hand just comes across as snearing, arrogant and altogether out of touch with any constituency, including the average green voter.

          • mickysavage 4.1.1.1.1

            I agree with your description of Dave Clendon. Parliament needs more people like him. He is intelligent, dedicated and principled.

            Perhaps that is why he did not stand? He realises that this current Government does not deserve any support from the Greens, such is the appalling record on environmental issues that it has already developed.

            And by standing it may be that National’s chances for the seat will be increased …

    • mike 4.2

      “Funny election, the only ability for Mount Albert to get a local MP is to vote Shearer. Fine by me actually.”

      Shearer is more right wing than Key so fine by me too…

      • mickysavage 4.2.1

        You guys must have riding instructions. The powers that be decide Shearer is a threat so the call goes out, “keep saying he is right wing based on a couple of words in a 12 year old paper he wrote so that hopefully we will cast doubt in the mainstream and amongst left wingers.”

        The trouble is, it is really dishonest. You throw words at him to hurt him without even caring if the words should actually be used.

        Shearer is a humanitarian. His commitment to the poorest people in the world is astounding. I know a few people who have made huge commitments to the poor but his commitment is way above theirs.

        So instead of throwing two words at him, “right wing”, maybe you should use more words to actually analyse him.

        I understand now, if you did this you may actually lose the advantage.

        Political advantage is so much more important than truth, especially to right wingers.

        • gobsmacked 4.2.1.1

          Agree with Micky Savage.

        • the sprout 4.2.1.2

          agreed ms. i have some problems with Shearer as a candidate but his humanitarian credentials are impeccable and his statements about the use of mercenaries in very exceptional and limited circumstances were fair i thought.
          let them keep slinging the mud, it’ll only boomerang. none of his competitors from the other parties come even remotely close in terms of service track record. i hope they do try to make it an issue – hoist, petard, etc.

  5. gobsmacked 5

    Rich

    The words “be seen as” are relevant here.

    Analysis of possible voter behaviour means analysis of their reasons, including bad ones.

    Some people (not many, but some) won’t vote for an Asian-New Zealander. Some people (probably more) won’t vote for the millionaire. Etc.

    There’s a reason Maori want the Maori seats.

  6. hvillvoter 6

    Funny election, the only ability for Mount Albert to get a local MP is to vote Shearer. Fine by me actually.

    We must have different definitions of what local means – on what basis are you saying that Shearer is the only local?. When did Shearer last live in the electorate? He owns a house in the electorate but is he living there, as we are told he has to quit his UN job so presumably he is living in a hotel having just jetted in? If his loyalty is so great to Mt Albert why did he stand previously in Whangaeri?

    Whats wrong with the questioning of the tunnel option? Do you think the price tag represents a good use of billions of dollars? Or dont you think the voters will question the price tag so long as it goes underground?

  7. Nick 7

    I know John Boscawen quite well. Your reference to him being as “mad as a hatter” is wrong and obnoxious.

    • Rex Widerstrom 7.1

      Yes, besides which David Garrett was duly elected to the position of Caucus Mad Hatter and Ignoramus, thus entitling him to a well-deserved “phlegm replenishment allowance”. Typical lefties, no respect for democracy 😛

      Seriously, John Boscawen – whether you agree with him or not – is a man of principle and far from an ignoramus. I’m sure he doesn’t need me to defend him but you do your analysis a disservice by resorting to innacurate, ad hominem simplicity simply because he represents a party you don’t like (with good reason, of late, I’d agree) and presumably because he contributed to rubbing Labour and the Green’s faces in the ill-conceived mess that was the EFA.

      • mickysavage 7.1.1

        Rex

        “Yes, besides which David Garrett was duly elected to the position of Caucus Mad Hatter and Ignoramus …”

        It must have been a close result …

    • lprent 7.2

      Ummm I suspect that is a matter of opinion. I’ve heard some pretty freaky stories about his mood changes in inappropriate settings – usually after being challenged about his opinion being incorrect. But that is all hearsay…

      • the sprout 7.2.1

        I’ve seen him behave in exactly the unstable manner you describe lprent. The guy is really quite frightening.

      • Rex Widerstrom 7.2.2

        Oh, so he has a short fuse and dislikes (some) critics? Then move over, Boscawen, there’s a long queue of people waiting to join your tea party, me included 😀

        There’s a fine line between principle and pigheadedness and it’s often crossed. I for one have a season ticket.

        I can think of the immediate past PM as another example of this. Given the choice I’d take it over wimpish poll-chasing any time, and as a result perversely admire many people whose actual policies I have very little truck with. At least they’re predictable and you know where you stand.

        Besides, misusing words like “mad” and “ignorant” leave us having to find new terms to describe The Garrotte (as I see toad has coined below, and I shall be sure to steal from henceforth).

        • the sprout 7.2.2.1

          Rex I respect you as an intelligent contributor even if I don’t always agree with your pov. But I’ve seen Boscawen go off in a way that just leaves his audience flabberghasted, and in a way that can only be described as highly dysfunctional insofar as his outbursts completely undermine any credibility or support he may have just built up prior to such an episode. What I’m talking about is WAY beyond a ‘short fuse’ or ‘dislike of criticism’ – that I can understand.

          • Rex Widerstrom 7.2.2.1.1

            Hmmm… okay. Haven’t witnessed it myself (though our exchanges have been confined to email, I was critical of the execution of the anti-EFA media ads) but I’ll take your word for it Sprout since you’re not someone who tends to indulge in hyperbole or ad hominems.

            Mind you, lock me in a Caucus room with The Garrotte once a week and force me to listen to a diatribe on the virtues of anal rape as a crime deterrent and I suspect I’d begin to lose my marbles too.

          • the sprout 7.2.2.1.2

            yep fair enough Rex, it may be that i caught him after a session with Garrotte and that would destablize the even the most composed character. let’s give him one more strike 😉

    • Steve 7.3

      Well Nick, you know what they say about Birds of a Feather!

  8. dad4justice 8

    Nick the demented filth over here are nothing but “wrong and obnoxious.”

  9. toad 9

    Nick said: I know John Boscawen quite well. Your reference to him being as “mad as a hatter’ is wrong and obnoxious.

    You are correct Nick. The ACT MP suffering the most obvious signs of mercury poisoning (which is where the “mad as a hatter’ expression came from) has to be The Garrotte.

    Boscawen is sane and sensible in comparison to Garrett (but maybe not in comparison to anyone else who is allowed out into the community).

  10. Kgero 10

    “That’s not going to fly with the people of Mt Albert, especially the rightwingers who don’t want to see the values of their homes and rental properties hurt.’

    So left wingers dont care about the value of their property to the same extent as right wingers?

    • the sprout 10.1

      no, but i think right-wingers would be more likely to base their vote on it.

  11. toad 11

    the sprout said: But I’ve seen Boscawen go off in a way that just leaves his audience flabberghasted..

    And his effort to tag on to Russel Norman’s questions in Parliament to the Minister of Transport yesterday was absolutely pathetic.

    I guess that as ACT’s Mt Albert candidate, he thought he had to ask something (the last supplementary). But how tragic!

  12. Trevor Mallard 12

    I think that Dpf whaleoil and others have done David Shearer a great favour by giving him great profile so early in the campaign. His name recognition has gone through the roof.

    • mike 12.1

      Trev you of all people should know that all publicity is not good publicity…

      But I think Shearer is a real find. Hell the way Labours turning blue under Goff I’m seriously considering for voting for them in 2011

  13. Well Boscawen can now run on the platform of being tough on gangs after voting for the gang patch bill. Of course he has told ACT voters they can go suck a lemon if they want personal freedoms. I have covered the gang patch vote at Loco Burro Politics.

  14. Hi Mike

    You bypassed my previous comment so I will post it again.

    You guys must have riding instructions. The powers that be decide Shearer is a threat so the call goes out, ?keep saying he is right wing based on a couple of words in a 12 year old paper he wrote so that hopefully we will cast doubt in the mainstream and amongst left wingers.?

    The trouble is, it is really dishonest. You throw words at him to hurt him without even caring if the words should actually be used.

    Shearer is a humanitarian. His commitment to the poorest people in the world is astounding. I know a few people who have made huge commitments to the poor but his commitment is way above theirs.

    So instead of throwing two words at him, ?right wing?, maybe you should use more words to actually analyse him.

    I understand now, if you did this you may actually lose the advantage.

    Political advantage is so much more important than truth, especially to right wingers.

    Care to debate?

    • Zaphod Beeblebrox 14.1

      By dragging up the fact that Shearer was trying to stop people being slaughtered in Africa (and later in Iraq) the blogs are making the guy look even better,
      BTW Melissa Lee saying ‘she knows NZ better’ is just dumb.

  15. Mike. you are whistling into the wind, try thinking for yourself instead of parroting DPFs line on Kiwiblog. Shearer is a brilliant candidate for Labour with an amazing past, helping the world’s poorest and afflicted. He obviously cares a great deal for the less fortunate and will be a great voice to encourage all New Zealanders to take responsibility and care for each other. One of the great goals of the left-wing, the protection, security and the provision of opportunity for all New Zealanders.

  16. Kev 16

    One has to agree with the comments concerning Melissa Lee. Her unscripted performance on Morning Report on Monday must have left voters in Mt Albert in no doubt as to what a light weight she is. Maybe she’s the original National-lite! She thought the main issue would be the economy but couldn’t face up to the Super City nor the SH20 connection questioning from Sean Plunket. Personally I’m looking forward to witnessing one of those explosions you’ve mentioned she can be prone to. At least David Shearer will recognise the strength of the device when it goes off!

    • calltoaccount 16.1

      Does anybody have a link to Lee’s Morning Report interview? Here’s hoping…

      • r0b 16.1.1

        The post above mentions “Monday” – Morning Report for Monday is here, I can’t see anything on Lee.

        Morning Report on Tuesday is here, with a couple of pieces on Lee. The first piece (07:22) has an interview, not sure if it’s the one you’re looking for.

        • calltoaccount 16.1.1.1

          Thanks for that, it’s the Tuesday page, the second one on Lee. Sean held fire, even when stonewalled with 1) crime, 2 ) economy, and finally (in response to Sean’s supercity question), 3) “people will have an opportunity to have their say”.

          Let’s hope the fuse is lit and it isn’t a long one …

  17. gingercrush 17

    Too much is made of someone being local or not. That whole argument is itself stupid. Very few MPs ever represent electorates where they live and in Auckland that is even more unlikely. Being local doesn’t in itself mean you will become a good electorate MP, likewise representing an electorate where you don’t live doesn’t mean you won’t do a good job at it.

    Shearer has a house in the electorate. Lee used to live there while Boscawen has connections to the electorate and Norman has said he will shift to that electorate. While I don’t agree with the Greens or Labours policies, I think both could be excellent electorate MPs. But Lee and even Boscawen could represent the Mt. Albert electorate equally well. Rather than argue over that shit. How about talking about the local issues instead. That is surely more important.

  18. deemac 18

    other immigrants have said to me they think it is bizarre that Lee (and Norman for that matter) can stand when already an MP. It’s like “I want to be your MP but if you don’t elect me, what do I care – I’m already an MP!”.
    If she’s so confident she should resign her list place. No? Didn’t think so.
    BTW, wasn’t D4J banned for life? I presume that meant HIS life. He adds nothing but sad puke. Why I we still enduring it?

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  • Taita College to benefit from $32 million school redevelopment
    Taita College in the Hutt Valley will be redeveloped to upgrade its ageing classrooms and leaky roofs, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. “The work is long overdue and will make a lasting difference to the school for generations to come,” Chris Hipkins said. “Too many of our schools are ...
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  • Redeployment for workers in hard-hit regions
    The Government is allocating $36.72 million to projects in regions hard hit economically by COVID-19 to keep people working, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Projects in Hawke’s Bay, Northland, Rotorua and Queenstown will be funded from the Government’s $100 million worker ...
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  • $35m to build financial resilience for New Zealanders
    A $35m boost to financial capability service providers funded by MSD will help New Zealanders manage their money better both day to day and through periods of financial difficulty, announced Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni. “It’s always been our position to increase support to key groups experiencing or at risk ...
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    6 days ago
  • New District Court Judge appointed
    Dunedin barrister Melinda Broek has been appointed as a District Court Judge with Family Court jurisdiction to be based in Rotorua, Attorney-General David Parker announced today. Ms Broek has iwi affiliations to Ngai Tai. She commenced her employment in 1996 with Scholefield Cockroft Lloyd in Invercargill specialising in family and ...
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  • $206 million investment in upgrades at Ohakea Air Force Base
    The Coalition Government has approved a business case for $206 million in upgrades to critical infrastructure at Royal New Zealand Air Force Base Ohakea, with the first phase starting later this year, Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today. The investment will be made in three phases over five years, and ...
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  • Review of CAA organisational culture released
    Transport Minister Phil Twyford today released the Ministry of Transport’s review of the organisational culture at the Civil Aviation Authority. Phil Twyford says all employees are entitled to a safe work environment. “I commissioned this independent review due to the concerns I had about the culture within the CAA, and ...
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    6 days ago
  • New Board appointed at Stats NZ
    Ensuring that Stats NZ’s direction and strategy best supports government policy decisions will be a key focus for a new Governance Advisory Board announced today by the Minister for Statistics, James Shaw. The new Governance Advisory Board will provide strategic advice to Stats NZ to ensure it is meeting New ...
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  • New Principal Environment Judge
    Environment Judge David Kirkpatrick of Auckland has been appointed as the Principal Environment Judge, Attorney-General David Parker announced today.  Judge Kirkpatrick was appointed an Environment Judge in February 2014. From December 2013 to July 2016 he was Chair of the Auckland Unitary Plan Independent Hearings Panel. Prior to appointment he ...
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    1 week ago
  • Digital connectivity boost for urban marae
    A programme to connect marae around the country to the internet has received $1.4 million to expand to include urban marae in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Minister Kris Faafoi and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. The funding for the Marae Connectivity Programme ...
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  • Govt increases assistance to drought-stricken Hawke’s Bay farmers
    The Government will provide $500,000 to the Hawke’s Bay Mayoral Drought Relief Fund to help farmers facing one of the worst droughts in living memory, says Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. “Yesterday afternoon I received a letter from Hawke's Bay's five local Government leaders asking me to contribute to the Fund. ...
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  • Investment in New Zealand’s history
    Budget 2020 provides a major investment in New Zealand’s documentary heritage sector, with a commitment to leasing a new Archives Wellington facility and an increase in funding for Archives and National Library work. “Last year I released plans for a new Archives Wellington building – a purpose-built facility physically connected ...
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  • Driving prompt payments to small businesses
    Government Ministers are asking significant private enterprises to adopt prompt payment practices in line with the state sector, as a way to improve cashflow for small businesses. The Ministers of Finance, Small Business, Commerce and Consumer Affairs have written to more than 40 significant enterprises and banking industry representatives to ...
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  • Rotorua tourist icon to be safeguarded
    Maori Arts and Crafts will continue to underpin the heart of the tourism sector says Minister for Maori Development Nanaia Mahuta.  “That’s why we are making a core investment of $7.6 million to Te Puia New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute, over two years, as part of the Government’s ...
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  • $14.7m for jobs training and education
    The Government is funding more pathways to jobs through training and education programmes in regional New Zealand to support the provinces’ recovery from the economic impacts of COVID-19, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Employment Minister Willie Jackson have announced. “New Zealand’s economic recovery will be largely driven by ...
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  • Is it time to further recognise those who serve in our military?
     Minister for Veterans Ron Mark has announced the launch of a national conversation that aims to find out whether New Zealanders think there should be a formal agreement between service people, the Government, and the people of New Zealand. “This year marks the 75th anniversary of the end of World ...
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  • Paving the way for a fully qualified early learning workforce
    The Government’s drive to improve the quality of early childhood education (ECE) is taking another step forward with the reintroduction of a higher funding rate for services that employ fully qualified and registered teachers, Education Minister Chris Hipkins has announced. “Research shows that high-quality ECE can improve young people’s learning ...
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  • Sport Recovery Package announced
    The Sport and Recreation sector will receive a multi-million dollar boost as part of the COVID-19 response funded at Budget 2020.  Grant Robertson says the Sport and Recreation Sector contributes about $5 billion a year to New Zealand’s GDP and employs more than 53,000 people. “Sport plays a significant role ...
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  • Major boost in support for caregivers and children
    A major increase in funding and availability of support will improve the incomes and reduce the pressure on 14,000 caregivers looking after more than 22,000 children. Children’s Minister Tracey Martin says that caregivers – all those looking after someone else’s children both in and outside the state care system – ...
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  • Great Walks recovery on track for summer
    Vital conservation and visitor infrastructure destroyed by a severe flood event in Fiordland earlier this year is being rebuilt through a $13.7 million Budget 2020 investment, announced Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage.   “This investment will mean iconic Great Walks such as the Routeburn track and the full length of ...
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  • Māori – Government partnership gives whānau a new housing deal
    The Government is investing  $40 million in a partnership with Māori to get more whānau into warm, dry and secure accommodation, Associate Minister for Housing (Māori Housing) Hon Nanaia Mahuta says.. “We are partnering with Māori and iwi to respond to the growing housing crisis in the wake of COVID-19. ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Keeping New Zealanders Safe In The Water
    Keeping New Zealanders safe in the water Our lifeguards and coastguards who keep New Zealanders safe in the water have been given a funding boost thanks to the 2020 Budget, Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector Poto Williams has announced. The water safety sector will receive $63 million over ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Legal framework for COVID-19 Alert Level referred to select committee
    The COVID-19 Public Health Response Act 2020, which set a sound legal framework ahead of the move to Alert level 2, has been referred to a parliamentary select committee for review.  Attorney-General David Parker said the review of the operation of the COVID-19 specific law would be reported back to ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand condemns shocking attacks on hospital and funeral in Afghanistan
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says New Zealand condemns the targeting of civilians in two terrorist attacks in Afghanistan earlier this week. “The terrorist attacks on a hospital in Kabul and a funeral in Nangarhar province are deeply shocking. The attacks were deliberate and heinous acts of extreme violence targeting ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Government to close tobacco tax loophole
    The Government will close a loophole that allowed some people to import cigarettes and loose leaf tobacco for manufacturing cigarettes and ‘roll your owns’ for sale on the black market without excise tax being paid, says Minister of Customs Jenny Salesa. The legislation, which doesn’t affect duty free allowances for ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • $62 million package to support families through the Family Court
    The Coalition Government has made a significant $62 million investment from the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund to start the reform of the Family Court and enable it to respond effectively to the increased backlog caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Today Justice Minister Andrew Little introduced the Family Court (Supporting ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Tailored help supports new type of job seeker – report
    The Government’s expanded services to support people into jobs will help an emerging cohort of New Zealanders impacted by COVID-19. The impacted group are relatively younger, have a proportionately low benefit history and have comparatively higher incomes than most who seek support, as captured in a report published today from ...
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