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The equal pay initiative

Written By: - Date published: 7:04 am, October 22nd, 2015 - 17 comments
Categories: class war, feminism, national, wages, workers' rights - Tags: , , , ,

Here’s a headline to gladden a Leftie’s heart:

Government hailed for equal pay initiative

The Government is winning praise for a move unions hope will lead to equal pay for all working women.

The country’s biggest union, E tu, says it’s “a huge step forward for underpaid workers”, while the Public Service Association describes it as “welcome news”.

Good news, credit where it’s due and so on. But it’s not like the Nats have suddenly been afflicted with a social conscience or anything. As Rachel Smalley puts it:

About time equal pay was addressed

A working group to address the pay-gap between men and women — the government’s hand has been forced on this, but nonetheless, this is progress.

And this came about because of a Court of Appeal decision on pay rates in the aged care sector — a sector that’s predominantly staffed by women — and it found that women could make a claim for pay equity under the Equal Pay act.

Hence the sudden creation of this working group — it means the responsibility for deciding this no longer lies with the courts — because, as you can imagine, this ruling has set a precedent. …

So, kicking and screaming then. In fact, if you want to know what the Nats really think about pay equity, here’s some history:

National destroys hopes for women’s pay equity
CTU media release
13 May 2009

National destroys hopes for women’s pay equity – again

The decision today by the National Party Government to abolish the Department of Labour’s Pay and Employment Equity Unit shows an absolute disregard for the thousands of women workers in this country whose work is undervalued simply because they are women, said CTU President Helen Kelly. This decision destroys hopes that the unfairness in women’s pay will be rectified soon.

“This is the second time that the National Party has rejected pay equity,” said Kelly. “They dumped pay equity legislation as soon as they took office in 1990, and now they have done it again. Both the Minister of Labour and the Minister of Women’s Affairs claim that National has been committed to gender equality since 1972. Their words of support for equal pay for women are utterly hollow.”

The Nats have never been a friend of women.

17 comments on “The equal pay initiative”

  1. RedBaronCV 1

    Somehow I doubt that there will be anything like equal pay out of this. The employment court was going to be setting the rules so they may just have been fair & effective. Instead we get “this” which will no doubt be turned into legislation effectively rendering wins in the courts under the old acts useless.

    and “this” is most likley to be as horrible as “zero” hours legislation, as useless as the obesity campaign, I see the unions have only given it until March next year and I imagine the whole propaganda machine would have been turned on them had they refused and gone with the court. the MSM would have been right into it It’s Nact controlling the agenda for their own benefit.

    NAct will go “here’s what we are going to talk about” to control the agenda and “this what you are going to do”.
    And would some journo do their job and ask the question -” Prime Minister just how does having pay equality conflict with a well functioning labour market. If it’s okay to pay males more and that is well functioning why is it not well functioning if the pay goes to females”

  2. Rosemary McDonald 2

    I’m holding off the celebrations.
    When family carers took their claim for equal pay (with private sector workers doing the same job) to the HRRT, (and won), High Court(and won), the Appeal Court(and , bugger me, won again) the Government set up a Technical Advisory Group for the…

    “Purpose
    The Group’s purpose is to draw on the experience and expertise of members to identify and examine potential ways to resolve the Atkinson & Others v Ministry of Health (payment for family carers) litigation, through informed discussion on a without prejudice basis.”

    Sounds good so far…but further down the Terms Of Reference….


    From the Crown perspective, goals and constraints for the group to consider in discussion of potential ways forward and policy options include:
    • findings of Courts and alignment of ways forward with New Zealand Bill of Rights Act (NZBORA)
    • government’s objective of maintaining fiscal neutrality
    • promotion of inclusion and participation in society and independence of people with disabilities in terms of the objectives of the New Zealand Disability Strategy (New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act 2000)
    • the objectives of the Carers’ Strategy and Five-year Action Plan
    • monitoring and accountability for public funding.”

    and so on. https://www.health.govt.nz/…/tor-technical-advisory-group-family-carers…

    Every single member of the TAG had some degree of financial relationship with the Misery Of Health.

    What we ended up with was this….http://www.parliament.nz/en-nz/pb/legislation/bills/digests/50PLLaw20491/new-zealand-public-health-and-disability-amendment-bill

    legislation described as “breaking the constitution”

    http://pundit.co.nz/content/i-think-national-just-broke-our-constitution

    The govt HAD to come up with something….so they came up with a policy that has been described as “flawed”. http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1309/S00304/governments-new-family-carer-payment-flawed-and-unfair.htm

    The legislation was accompanied by a Regulatory Impact Statement that was heavily redacted….http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10884835 …..approximately one third of the text was blanked out.

    The government claimed that they had to enact this legislation because of “fiscal constraints”.

    This document is well worth a read.
    http://www.treasury.govt.nz/government/longterm/externalpanel/pdfs/ltfep-s4-02.pdf

    I wish this project well….sincerely…its hard work, and the shit pay reflects not only on the worker but also on the client….the people being cared for.

    With the family Carers case, what it came down to was ‘is this person entitled, ENTITLED, to funding for the care they have been assessed as needing.’

    The new legislation says….

    “and to affirm the principle that, in the context of the funding of support services, families generally have primary responsibility for the well-being of their family members.”
    http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/2013/0022/latest/whole.html#whole

    There were few words from unions during this time, though there was mention that if family were paid…contracted carers would lose their jobs.

    That was, and still is, bullshit.

    There is a chronic shortage of caregivers, and an even greater shortage of carers with sufficient skills to safely care for those with very high and complex needs.

    • Tracey 2.1

      And then there is the retrospective legislation option…

      Wouldn’t be surprised if there is something already drafted…

      Rosemary, I think many wealthy people think that moving into a swanky place like a Ryman’s will make them immune from the lack of carers and lack of quality carers. It won’t. They will come face to face with the irony of their own position, namely that a company does whatever it needs to, to make money and that includes retirement complexes.

  3. Tracey 3

    EXACTLY

    The framing of this by the media has been appalling and inaccurate. They have simply picked up the Government’s press releases and copy and pasted.

    It is the Unions that deserve the praise because they could have just forced the Government to use the court Appeal process and headed them to the Supreme Court.

    The Government has won a delay (something it seems to treasure). One suspects the verdict on the likelihood of success at the Supreme Court was pretty grim reading for this Government.

    • Rosie 3.1

      Speaking of delays. If the findings of the working group are not to our governments tastes (and as made clear on Anthony’s post they do find the idea of pay equity unpalatable) and they employ more delaying tactics what’s to stop a future government, ie, a labour/Green/NZ First government in 2017 picking up where National fail and implementing recommendations from the working group that support pay equity and passing legislation to end pay discrimination?

      The National government may still block any recommendations from the working group that support pay equity but surely a new and progressive government would take it on?
      More delays for women but it has already been a long road and it has to be done right, to do justice to the struggle.

    • Rosemary McDonald 3.2

      “The Government has won a delay (something it seems to treasure). One suspects the verdict on the likelihood of success at the Supreme Court was pretty grim reading for this Government.”

      Exactly what happened with the Family Carers case.

      Some of us begged the government not to take it to the Supreme Court.

      “Talk to us”, we said, “we are reasonable people with reasonable expectations.”

      The case had been going through the process for a decade by then. Some of the family carers were in their seventies. Some died while we waited.

      The ‘discussions’ had all been had during the original HRRT hearing, as exemplified by the Decision. http://www.nzlii.org/nz/cases/NZHRRT/2010/1.html

      Yet, we participated in the “consultation”. What a waste of time.

      The meetings were carefully structured. We watched what the facilitators were writing down on their wee bits of paper….choice, carefully edited snippets that supported the Misery of Health’s narrative.

      In the meantime…the bureaucrats were beavering behind the scenes coming up with the legislation and policy that tossed disability and carer rights well into the margins.

      And effectively removed the entitlement for funded care from those who have family who could support them.

      What happened to us was part of a long term plan.

      • tracey 3.2.1

        I agree with you. This government ha snot shown itself to give a shit about our most vulnerable people or their carers. Why would they suddenly have changed?

  4. Rosie 4

    Yes, this has been some rare good news this week.

    Huge big ups to Kristine Bartlett for standing up and taking the case that eventually led to the decision to set up a working group. You did this Kristine. If there are good outcomes from this working group we should name any future pay equity act the Bartlett law.

    Big ups to her Union, the former SFWU and the lawyer who represented her, Peter Cranney.

    Another great example of the relevance of Unions and how they work for ALL workers, not just their members.

    Kia Kaha women!

  5. Jason Simmons 5

    Women have equal pay to men. It is illegal to pay women less than men. Just because the outcomes of women working means that on average they earn less than men, or that the outcome means that women end up in low paid work. This does not mean that there is pay inequality or sexism within the workforce. This is outcome based thinking, that wants to pursue a manipulation of the labour force to come to a false solution. If men and women in the same situation have the same opportunities (which they do, don’t deny that), then there is no reason for this. You cannot compare an overall statistic to experience of an individual. The left needs to stop doing this because it will ultimately become an easy target for neoliberal attacks, because it is very obviously false to claim that pay discrimination exists as a systemic problem.

    • Draco T Bastard 5.1

      Women in same position as men with the same productivity get paid less than men. This is fact. Everything you spouted was bullshit.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 5.2

      What DtB said: tell the High Court, I’m sure they’ll find your testimony absolutely sorry I fell asleep.

    • Craig H 5.3

      The issue at hand here is not that women are paid less than men for the same job (that’s another issue), it’s that occupations where the workforces are predominantly women are paid less than equivalent occupations with similar educational requirements where the workforces are predominantly men.

    • KJT 5.4

      In my occupation women have the same pay, and probably better opportunities than the men. BUT. It was a male occupation, with few women.

      It is comparable to Nursing, in education and training requirements, and responsibility. Nursing pays about half as much!

      Instances where women, and some men, have lower lifetime incomes because they have taken time off to care for children, families or old people, explains some of the gap. But not all…………

    • Rosemary McDonald 5.5

      A view from the Right….

      http://www.utppublishing.com/Counting-for-Nothing-What-Men-Value-and-What-Women-are-Worth.html?page=1

      Jason Simmons…there may come a time where you depend on the services of a carer. Hopefully it won’t affect your individual experience if your carer, having had to work for 60 hours that week because he can’t support his family on the minimum wage, perforates your bowel or drops you on the floor because he’s so goddamn exhausted.

      Yes…you’re right, he could have chosen a higher paying job.

      But guess what? You NEED him…without him you’d be in the shit.

      Literally.

      Think about this for a bit….

  6. Jason Simmons 6

    Rosemary McDonald:
    You’re not understanding anything I have said. Also, you do realize the architects of the current broken welfare system have all been women (Ruth Richardson, Jenny Shipley, Paula Bennett, Hekia Parata).
    I believe that carers should received sustainable pay rises. This is all good and true.
    But sorry, women aren’t on a short end of a stick in NZ, or any other developed country. It is ridiculous to say so, and is counterproductive to the social democratic cause. It assumes the worst of society, of governments and of people. If you actually want to change the way we live, then you need to have an understanding about the complexities of life for all New Zealanders. It assumes that women are somehow more oppressed than men in the 21st century. It assumes that women are more likely to be discriminated against. Maybe that is true, but trying to manipulate the outcomes of society so that men and women fit neatly into a statistic is stupid. Women may earn 11.8% less than men ON AVERAGE, but it does not mean that they are getting paid for the same work. This is stupid. Different jobs means you are hired by different people.
    Who pays for carers, nurses etc… the government, who loses money paying for this, even if it is seen as a necessity. Who pays for software architects, mechanical engineers, etc… private business, who are willing to pay these people more because they earn more money for their business.

    • KJT 6.1

      Who benefits from a healthy workforce?

      Businesses!

      But they don’t seem to like paying for it.

      Just as they like other taxpayers, and “flexible” employees on less than a living wage, subsidising their businesses.

      • Jason Simmons 6.1.1

        I consider myself a socially liberal social democrat, so don’t assume my political positions as being ‘right-wing’. Anyone who disagrees must be ‘right’wing’. This is the problem with the Left, and I the Left can not see that, then it is doomed.
        Once again, this isn’t a gender discrimination problem. It’s an employee exploitation problem. But they’ve failed under this government to get any changes made to make peoples live easier. So now they are pushing this bullshit discrimination to get any headway, and guess what? You should fail and will fail. Because barking up the wrong tree never solves a problem.

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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Transparency and the pandemic
    Parliament will be leading by example and adjourning tomorrow after a special sitting to consider an epidemic notice and state of emergency. Day-to-day oversight of the government will be delegated to a select committee. But that's not the only overight mechanism. The OIA will still be law, and (so far) ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • ‘Overjoyed’: a leading health expert on New Zealand’s coronavirus shutdown, and the challengin...
    Michael Baker, University of Otago Overjoyed. That’s not a word epidemiologists normally use, but that’s how I felt after hearing Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s announcement about New Zealand’s COVID-19 shutdown of everything except essential services for at least four weeks from midnight on Wednesday. More than anything, I just ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • One way to solve the housing crisis
    How much homelessness is caused by house hoarding? We're about to find out. The pandemic has destroyed tourism, which means that house hoarders who put their hoarded properties up as short-term tourist rentals are now offering them on the ordinary rental market:Property investors are pulling properties from Airbnb to offer ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The pros and cons of planting trees to address global warming
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Bruce Lieberman It seems like such a simple, straightforward, empowering idea: plant trees – a lot of trees – all over the world, and watch the planet’s temperature fall. Who doesn’t love a tree or two, even far more – the right ...
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  • Not a grand coalition, but a government of national salvation
    According to Newshub, Simon Bridges is open to joining a “grand coalition” with Labour as we hunker down to go into a month long lockdown. The idea is sound. Before now, the role of the opposition was to scrutinise and oppose. In the context of what almost amounts to a ...
    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    1 week ago
  • Raise the Bar: hospitality workers & wage subsidy entitlements
    Kia ora my name is Chloe Ann-King* and I am the founder of Raise the Bar, a campaign and non-profit that gives free legal aid, advocacy and tautoko to hospitality workers in Aotearoa. Right now all over our country hospo workers are being fired at will, having shifts cut or ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    1 week ago
  • Lifting our game against COVID-19
    We need to be lifting our game against COVID-19. You and I need to help those working to prevent the spread of COVID-19 while they’re trying to lift the testing and treatment efforts. We don’t want to be playing this game running backwards. Best to play it solidly forward, from ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    1 week ago
  • The maths and ethics of minimising COVID-19 deaths in NZ
    Prof Tony Blakely, Prof Michael Baker, and Prof Nick Wilson The NZ Government must do more to clearly articulate its COVID-19 strategy: eradication or ‘flattening the curve’ mitigation. But to do so means understanding the maths and ethics of both these strategies. In this blog, we adapt our work for ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • All aboard the Covid Train
    A few days ago I was starting to write something about the pandemic, which now seems unconscionable. It took the form of a letter to an agony aunt:“Dear Deidre, I have an ugly confession. I am quite excited by Covid-19.”This is how the piece went:“I’m not a psychopath, honest. Although the ...
    PunditBy Phil Vine
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #12
    Story of the Week... Toon of the Week... Climate Feedback Article Review... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Reviews... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week... Story of the Week... In Just 10 Years, Warming Has Increased the Odds of Disasters The likelihood of extreme events ...
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  • We are all socialists now
    Last week, the government announced a $12 billion initial package to support people during the pandemic. Today, the Reserve Bank is buying government bonds - effectively printing money - to keep up the money supply during the crisis. Normally such moves would have the right apoplectic. Instead, the National Party ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A plea to experts: safeguard your role in public life
    I am a pundit, somebody who opines and comments on the news. There are no real qualifications to punditry though having a rudimentary way with words and good general knowledge helps. That is one reason there is a constant oversupply of would-be pundits and why it is quite hard to ...
    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    1 week ago
  • Enlightenment when?
    I recently encountered the following prescription from a Faculty of Education at a leading New Zealand University. At first I wondered if it was another product of the postmodern generator (http://www.elsewhere.org/journal/pomo/), designed to create gibberish in the postmodern form, but I’m told it is real: The “schooled” society: Towards the ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Corballis
    1 week ago
  • What the Crisis Can teach Us
    The coronavirus pandemic has of course had a major impact on individual lives and on societies as a whole. But, long after the crisis has passed (assuming it does), we will begin to realise that its real and lasting significance lies in the lessons it has taught us, if only ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • Hammering home measures to stop COVID-19
    COVID-19 has plunged Aotearoa New Zealand (indeed, the world) into territory that, while maybe not totally unprecedented, certainly hasn’t been seen during the lifetimes of most of us here today. Our borders are closed to non-citizens, we’re being told not to gather in groups of more than 500 outside/100 inside, ...
    PunditBy Andrew Geddis
    1 week ago
  • What does ‘level two’ mean – and why does it matter?
    For the last few weeks, I’ve been urging you to prepare yourself, your family, business, and community for Covid-19. Now it’s time for real action.  Yesterday the director-general of health Dr Ashley Bloomfield announced another 13 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand, bringing our total to date to 52. ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #12
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Mar 15, 2020 through Sat, Mar 21, 2020 Editor's Pick Now Isn’t the Time to Forget About Our Climate Change Efforts   Tasha Tilberg, Lindsey Wixson, and Liu Wen photographed ...
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  • Is the Guardian becoming  a real newspaper again?
    by Jan Rivers The article has been corrected to show that it was Ewen MacAskill, former Guardian journalist and not Luke Harding who travelled to meet Edward Snowden with journalist Glenn Greenwald and filmmaker Laura Poitras.  Some of the Guardian’s well-known journalists who did not sign the protest letter are ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Life asserts itself regardless
    by Cultural Worker Late March 2020 amidst the virus. With gigs crashing and burning all around it was without much hope that I called a long standing rest home booking: “ Hi, I’m supposed to be entertaining at your place this afternoon – is it still on?” “”If you don’t ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Politics, the possible, and the pandemic
    Whenever people demand real change from their politicians, we're told that "politics is the art of the possible". The implication is that change isn't possible, so we'd better just get used to the sucky status quo. But now that there's a pandemic, a lot of things we were previously told ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The Only Way Through This Crisis Is Together.
    Together: In leading New Zealand through the Covid-19 Pandemic, the Prime Minister could do a lot worse than allow herself to be guided by the spirit of collective sacrifice and co-operation that animated the New Zealanders of 80 years ago. Most Kiwis alive today have had no opportunity to prove their ...
    2 weeks ago
  • GFC vs Covid-19
    It is said that generals fight the last war. In the case of the early stages of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) they had learned from the Great Depression of the 1930s and they fought intelligently and successfully. Later their advice would be ignored in favour of the Austerians who ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    2 weeks ago
  • Nobody Left Behind.
    Solidarity Forever: All over the world, the arrival of the Covid-19 virus has exposed the fragility of the walls we erect around ourselves and our loved ones. It has shattered our illusions of autonomy and revealed to us how utterly dependent we all are on other human-beings. Finally, we see ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Rebuilding a truly “Democratic” counter, or a “moderate Republican” bolt-hol...
    Looking across the various arguments for/against the leading candidates to take the Democratic Nomination, you might honestly be very hard pressed to tell. There are a number of things that have now started happening since Amy Klobuchar and “Mayor Pete” Buttigieg both threw the towel in and immediately (and ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago
  • Abortion law reform a win for women
    by Daphna Whitmore Abortion is no longer in the Crimes Act in New Zealand. The law reform passed yesterday and now abortion is a medical matter between a woman and her doctor. Many women’s groups and progressive people have campaigned for reform for decades. The women’s liberation movement and some ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • How to spot bogus science stories and read the news like a scientist
    Doug Specht, University of Westminster and Julio Gimenez, University of Westminster When fake news, misreporting and alternative facts are everywhere, reading the news can be a challenge. Not only is there plenty of misinformation about the coronavirus pandemic, climate change and other scientific topics floating around social media, you also ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Why New Zealand needs to continue decisive action to contain coronavirus
    Michael Baker, University of Otago and Nick Wilson, University of Otago With some of the toughest border restrictions and a newly-announced NZ$500 million boost to health services, New Zealand is among a small number of countries with a strategy to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. New Zealand is also fortunate in ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 weeks ago
  • Parliament and the pandemic II
    As expected, the government has introduced a sessional order to allow Parliament to operate during the pandemic. You can read it on the Order Paper here, but the short version is that questions and motions can be filed electronicly, select committees can work remotely, and the the Business Committee can ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • When a virus goes viral: pros and cons to the coronavirus spread on social media
    Axel Bruns, Queensland University of Technology; Daniel Angus, Queensland University of Technology; Timothy Graham, Queensland University of Technology, and Tobias R. Keller, Queensland University of Technology News and views about coronavirus has spread via social media in a way that no health emergency has done before. Platforms like Twitter, Facebook, ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago

  • Government seeks infrastructure projects
    The Government has tasked a group of industry leaders to seek out infrastructure projects that are ready to start as soon as the construction industry returns to normal to reduce the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford and Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones say. The Infrastructure ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    11 hours ago
  • Essential media COVID-19 guidelines refined
    The Government is refining its COVID-19 essential business guidance to include the distribution of news publications for communities which are hard to reach. The Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media, Kris Faafoi, said the move was in recognition of the importance for New Zealanders who might be harder to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    14 hours ago
  • New Zealand defence personnel conclude mission at Taji
    Following the successful conclusion of the Building Partner Capacity (BPC) mission at Taji, New Zealand defence personnel are returning to New Zealand from Iraq, in accordance with the Cabinet decision made in June 2019, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today. “New Zealand is very ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • State of National Emergency extended
    The State of National Emergency to help stop the spread of COVID-19 has been extended for a further seven days, Minister of Civil Defence Peeni Henare said. The initial declaration on March 25 lasted seven days and can be extended as many times as necessary. “Since we went into isolation ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • Strong Govt books support ‘go hard, go early’ response
    New Zealand’s ability to go hard and go early in the fight against COVID-19 has been underpinned by strong Government finances and the growing economy heading into this global pandemic, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Treasury today released the Crown financial statements for the eight months to the end ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • Christchurch Hospital Hagley ICU to open to support COVID-19 response
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says 36 new intensive care beds at Christchurch Hospital’s new Hagley building are being fast tracked so they are available for treatment of COVID-19 patients.   The Ministry of Health is working with contractor CPB and Canterbury DHB to enable access to the hospital’s ICU, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government supports Air NZ freight flights
    The Government has fast-tracked up to $1 million to help Air New Zealand move urgent freight to and from New Zealand, with the first flight to Shanghai leaving tonight, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. Phil Twyford says it’s crucial that trade in vital goods such as medical supplies and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Tariff concessions on COVID-19 related products
    New Zealand will temporarily remove tariffs on all medical and hygiene imports needed for the COVID-19 response. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker and Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi said today that the New Zealand Customs Service will apply tariff concessions to all diagnostic reagents and testing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Clarification of modification to wage subsidy scheme
    Minister of Finance Grant Robertson has clarified that the changes to the wage subsidy scheme announced yesterday mean that employers should be passing on the full subsidy to workers, except in the case where the person’s normal income is less than the level of the subsidy. “We still want employers ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Face masks flowing to DHBs
    Medical face masks from the national reserve supply are now being distributed to District Health Boards, while at the same time local production is being ramped up. Yesterday more than 640,000 masks were sent to DHBS – that is an immediate two week supply, with more to follow in coming ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • COVID-19: Further steps to protect New Zealanders’ jobs
    The Government has made modifications to the wage subsidy scheme to ensure people don’t lose their jobs during the national lockdown. These changes will soften the impact of COVID-19 on workers, families and businesses, and position them to exit the lockdown and look to recovery, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Tax relief for Mycoplasma Bovis farmers
    Farmers whose herds were culled in response to the outbreak of Mycoplasma bovis will be able to minimise the tax treatment of their income in some circumstances. Revenue Minister Stuart Nash says Cabinet has agreed to change the law. It means farmers may be eligible to spread their income over ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • $27 million for NGOs and community groups to continue providing essential services
    A $27 million dollar package, effective immediately, is being provided to social sector services and community groups to ensure they can continue to provide essential support to communities as we stay at home as a nation to stop the spread of COVID-19, Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni announced. “At ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Statement on guilty plea of March 15 terrorist
    “The guilty plea today will provide some relief to the many people whose lives were shattered by what happened on March 15,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. “These guilty pleas and conviction bring accountability for what happened and also save the families who lost loved ones, those who were injured, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • COVID-19 updates
    The Prime Minister is holding daily press conferences to update New Zealanders on the Government's response to COVID-19. Links to videos and transcripts of these updates below. These transcripts also include All of Government press conferences led by Director Ministry of Health's Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield. 25 March: Live update from the Prime ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Police numbers break through 10,000 mark
    Frontline Police numbers have broken through the 10,000 mark for the first time in history as officers step forward to keep the community safe during the COVID19 lockdown. “Two Police graduations in Auckland and Wellington in the past week have been conducted in unprecedented circumstances,” Police Minister Stuart Nash said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Urgent tax measures for economic recovery
    Urgent legislation has been passed to support the package of economic and social measures needed to recover from the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. “The COVID-19 Response (Taxation and Social Assistance Urgent Measures) Bill will cushion New Zealanders from the worst economic impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak,” said Revenue Minister ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Further support for farmers and growers as drought persists
    From tomorrow, Government support for farmers and growers affected by drought will be expanded and extended across the country, with access to Rural Assistance Payments (RAPS) available throughout the North Island, parts of the South Island and the Chatham Islands, Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni announced. “These challenging conditions have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • COVID-19: Temporary changes to Education Act
    Parliament has passed amendments to legislation that give the Secretary of Education stronger powers to act in the fight to limit the spread of COVID-19, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “They are part of a suite of changes passed under the COVID-19 Response (Urgent Management Measures) Legislation Bill,” Chris ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Canada, Australia, Chile, Brunei and Myanmar join NZ and Singapore in committing to keeping supply a...
    Canada, Australia, Chile, Brunei and Myanmar have joined forces with New Zealand and Singapore by committing to keep supply chains open and remove any existing trade restrictive measures on essential goods, especially medical supplies, in the face of the Covid-19 crisis.  Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker today welcomed ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • COVID-19: Rent increase freeze and more protection for tenants
    Immediate freeze on rent increases Tenancies will not be terminated during the lock-down period, unless the parties agree, or in limited circumstances Tenants who had previously given notice can stay in their if they need to stay in the tenancy during the lock-down period Tenants will still be able to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Working together to protect businesses and workers
    As New Zealand unites to lock-down in the fight against COVID-19, the Finance Minister is urging all businesses and workers to stay connected over the next four weeks. “We understand the extreme pressure many businesses are under right now. I know most business owners think of their workers as family ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • State of National Emergency declared to fight COVID-19
    A State of National Emergency has been declared across the country as the Government pulls out all the stops to curtail the spread of COVID-19. “Today we put in place our country’s second ever State of National Emergency as we fight a global pandemic, save New Zealanders’ lives and prevent ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Prime Minister’s statement on State of National Emergency and Epidemic Notice
    Mr Speaker I wish to make a Ministerial Statement under Standing Order 347 in relation to the recent declaration of a State of National Emergency. Having considered the advice of the Director Civil Defence Emergency Management, the Minister of Civil Defence declared a State of National Emergency for the whole of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Deadline for domestic travel extended
    People needing to travel on domestic flights, trains and Cook Strait ferries to get home before the country moves into level 4 lock-down tomorrow night will be able to continue using the passenger services until midnight on Friday, Transport Minister Phil Twyford said today. Domestic passenger services, particularly ferries, have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Mortgage holiday and business finance support schemes to cushion COVID impacts
    The Government, retail banks and the Reserve Bank are today announcing a major financial support package for home owners and businesses affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19. The package will include a six month principal and interest payment holiday for mortgage holders and SME customers whose incomes have been ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government working to keep air freight moving
    Minister of Transport Phil Twyford has today announced details of the Government’s support package to keep key air freight moving and ensure New Zealanders retain access to essential goods during the four-week level 4 lockdown. “The Government is working with airlines and air freight operators to ensure New Zealand’s key ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand moves to COVID-19 Alert Level 3, then Level 4 in 48 hours
    New Zealand moved up to COVID-19 Alert Level 3 – Restrict New Zealand to move up to COVID-19 Alert Level 4 – Eliminate, in 48 hours Two-staged approach to give people and businesses time to prepare  Level 3, from tomorrow Non-essential businesses must close All events and gatherings must be ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Prime Minister: COVID-19 Alert Level increased
    Good afternoon  The Cabinet met this morning to discuss our next actions in the fight against COVID-19.  Like the rest of the world, we are facing the potential for devastating impacts from this virus. But, through decisive action, and through working together, do we have a small window to get ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Govt takes significant economic decisions as NZ readies for Alert Level 4 in COVID-19 fight
    The Government is announcing significant further support for the economy, workers and businesses as the country unites to prepare for Alert Level 4 in the fight against COVID-19. Cabinet today agreed to remove the cap on the Government’s wage subsidy scheme, which will inject a further $4 billion into the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Govt backs RBNZ move to support economy with lower interest rates
    The Government is backing the Reserve Bank’s latest action to support the economy by reducing longer-term interest rates, meaning lower costs for businesses and mortgage holders, and a lower currency to help our exporters. The Minister of Finance has signed a memorandum of understanding and a letter of indemnity with ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government statement on commercial cooperation during COVID-19
    The Government has asked the Commerce Commission to take account of the exceptional circumstances created by COVID-19 when monitoring business behaviour in coming weeks.   “The purpose of my request to the Commerce Commission is to make sure businesses can work together in ways that will allow them to provide ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand temporarily closes diplomatic posts in Barbados and Myanmar due to COVID-19
    The New Zealand Government has temporarily closed its High Commission in Bridgetown, Barbados and its Embassy in Yangon, Myanmar due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “Due to the increasing scarcity of air links in and out of Bridgetown and Yangon, and the pressure COVID-19 is placing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Supporting Māori communities and businesses through
    Associate Health and Whānau Ora Minister Peeni Henare has today announced the Government’s plan to support Māori communities and businesses in the face of COVID-19. “Our Government’s $12.1 billion economic package will help many Māori whānau, workers and businesses, whether it’s through wage subsidies, income support and worker redeployment, or ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Guidelines for hospitality establishments released
    The Government and the hospitality industry have worked together to produce guidelines to assist with managing and reducing transmission of COVID-19, Health Minister David Clark announced today.  The guidelines developed between the Government, Hospitality New Zealand and SkyCity Entertainment Group, set out how the new restrictions on physical distancing and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Nation steps up to COVID-19 Alert Level 2
    Four stage Alert System for COVID-19 announced New Zealand moved up to COVID-19 Alert Level 2 – Reduce Contact New Zealanders over 70 and those with certain medical conditions told to stay at home as much as they can to reduce risk of contact with the virus Workplaces to implement ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • PM Address – Covid-19 Update
    Kia ora koutou katoa I’m speaking directly to all New Zealanders today to give you as much certainty and clarity as we can as we fight Covid-19. Over the past few weeks, the world has changed. And it has changed very quickly. In February it would have seemed unimaginable to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • NZ and Singapore commit to keeping supply and trade links open, including on essential goods and med...
    New Zealand and Singapore have jointly committed to keep supply chains open and to remove any existing trade restrictive measures on essential goods, especially medical supplies, in the face of the Covid-19 crisis. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker welcomed the commitment. “This is an important collective response, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Joint Ministerial Statement by Singapore and New Zealand -Covid-19 situation
    JOINT MINISTERIAL STATEMENT BY SINGAPORE AND NEW ZEALAND AFFIRMING COMMITMENT TO ENSURING SUPPLY CHAIN CONNECTIVITY AMIDST THE COVID-19 SITUATION  The COVID-19 pandemic is a serious global crisis.  As part of our collective response to combat COVID-19, Singapore and New Zealand are committed to maintaining open and connected supply chains. We ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Transit between Australia and New Zealand
    Travel restrictions, closing our border to almost all travelers came into force from 23:59 on Thursday 19 March 2020 (NZDT).  All airlines were informed of these restrictions before they came into force. Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says “The transit of passengers between Australia and New Zealand has been agreed upon and ...
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    2 weeks ago