web analytics

The fateful tea party – a footnote

Written By: - Date published: 7:12 am, May 7th, 2012 - 61 comments
Categories: election 2011, john banks, john key - Tags: , ,

So much of what shapes the current political landscape traces its roots back to the fateful tea party, the meeting between Key and Banks intended to gift the electorate to ACT. It did that – and more. Cameraman Bradley Ambrose accidentally recorded a “private” conversation between the two Johns, and in doing so became part of our political history.

In the aftermath Key attacked Ambrose and the media, and used the police to raid media outlets. The end of the media love affair with Key, and their somewhat more realistic interpretation and reporting of his behaviour, dates from that time.

While speculation raged about the contents of the tape, Winston Peters seemed remarkably well informed. He began dropping hints and snippets, among them the gist of Key’s callous disregard for the elderly. The surge in attention for Peters, and perhaps the anger of older voters, saw NZF surge to over 6% and claim 8 seats in parliament, thus denying the Nats any chance of an outright majority.

And having Banks (with the pretend ACT party) back in Parliament hasn’t worked out well for the Nats either. Key is personally covering himself in muck to try and protect Banks – who holds the one patsy vote that stands between the Nats and a hung Parliament. The longer it drags on the more damaged Key looks, and the more the hypocrisy of all their posturing on ethical standards is exposed.

All this from a cup of tea. It’s almost enough to make me believe in Karma.

Anyway, almost lost in the grand political consequences is the impact of these events on one man, Bradley Ambrose himself. Key laid a complaint against Ambrose with the police. In late April (conveniently timed while Key was overseas), after four months of hell for Ambrose, the police announced that they were dropping charges. However in an act of political vindictiveness the government went after him for almost $14,000 in court costs. In this respect at least there was some welcome news yesterday:

Teapot costs bid dropped

The Attorney-General has ditched plans to demand nearly $14,000 in court costs from freelance photographer Bradley Ambrose over the long-running “teapot tape” saga. … on Wednesday, Crown Law Office spokeswoman Jan Fulstow confirmed the order had been withdrawn by the Attorney-General.

But it isn’t over for Ambrose yet:

Ambrose said his lawyers were still deciding whether to take defamation action against Key for saying Ambrose broke the law. He is also still waiting for police to return $1000 worth of recording gear, despite repeated requests. … Ambrose said he lost “tens of thousands” of dollars as work dried up during the scandal.

I’ll leave him with the final word:

“I became completely disillusioned with the people running the country. And that’s coming from someone who’s been a National voter for 18 years.”

61 comments on “The fateful tea party – a footnote ”

  1. While speculation raged about the contents of the tape, Winston Peters seemed remarkably well informed. He began dropping hints and snippets…

    How he became so well informed has not been examined by the media. Why not?

    There’s a remarkable impression that the media played a political game plan using Peters, and vice versa.

    Did this affect the outcome of the election? Did it help NZ First take Labour votes? If so should the media be playing political God? Not much chance of them asking themselves those questions.

    • Pascal's bookie 1.1

      If so should the media be playing political God?

      What on earth does this mean?

      Did the media make people vote for Peters?

      Was the information made available to the public accurate?

      If yes, can that be a problem>

      What are you suggesting?

      • Vaughan 1.1.1

        The media has pretty shocking ethics around political reporting. One aspect of this is that the current government is somewhat a media creation – the media ran a campaign of encouraging voters to stay home by publishing so many polls that showed national way ahead. Problem with that is, polls are done off landlines, not cellphones, and a growing number of mostly youth have been disappearing off the landline grid for a number of years. The media knew this, but it’s less dramatic to report properly on polling than to play up a landslide which was never going to happen.

      • Pete George 1.1.2

        The media play a free hand in the political process, devoid of democratic process. What they choose to publicise and what they choose to ignore plays a big part in what the public see of an election campaign.

        The cafe meeting was as much a creation of the media as it was a ploy of Act (particularly) and National. It then overshadowed up to a week of the campaign, which used up coverage that legitimate campaigning didn’t get.

        It was suggested this adversaly affected Labour in particular – it’s debatable whether more coverage would have won them more votes.

        But it swung a significant portion of the floating and protest vote to New Zealand First. As Anthony suggests in his post Peters seemed to be in collusion with someone who new the contents of the recording – and the most likely ones were those who are kniown to have a copy of the recording, TV3 and the Herald.

        TV3 went as far as promoting a speech given by Peters in Invercargill where he talked about the recording.

        I think this suggests the possibility of very dubious use of media power to influence an election. It could adversely affect any party, and I don’t think it’s good for democracy.

        • Pete 1.1.2.1

          The media relationship with the political establishment is a symbiotic one. The media’s core business isn’t delivering news to an audience, it’s delivering an audience to advertisers. Winston Peters, regardless of your views on the man, makes for good television. He is a skilled populist politician and even I – a staunch Labour supporter – can appreciate his ability to put a bit of stick about and inject some life into the political theatre of this country. So I can understand why he’d be given some airtime.

          I do think your comment demonstrates a lack of faith in the New Zealand electorate too. Voters are going to vote for who they want to. It’s not TV3 and the Herald who are marking those boxes on election day.

          • Pete George 1.1.2.1.1

            But it’s TV3 and the Herald et al that sell the population on burgers and beauty products, what makes you think they don’t sell the politics their advertises want?

            • Colonial Viper 1.1.2.1.1.1

              Corporate advertisers in the US can deliberately affect news editorial standards and positions; I don’t think that contagion has really made it to NZ yet.

            • Pascal's bookie 1.1.2.1.1.2

              Are you saying (unspecified) advertisers wanted Peters to get back in?

              What exactly is the allegation here?

              • Not an allegation, just suggesting a possibility.

                What if a survery showed that people eat 20% more burgers under a XXX government?

                We simply don’t know what happens. Perhaps there is always a good separation in media between commercial and journalistic interests, but it’s all done out of sight, no accountability and transparency that media demand of politicians and parties.

                Isn’t that a double standard?

                • Colonial Viper

                  What if a survery showed that people eat 20% more burgers under a XXX government?

                  so funny

                • McFlock

                  Not an allegation, just suggesting a possibility.

                  Oh, okay – just wasting everyone’s fucking time with no point you’re prepared to commit to, once again. 
                  Might I suggest the possibility that you regularly fellate aardvarks? Perfectly possible, if you can get an import permit. I’m not making the allegation, you understand, just suggesting the possibility.   

                • North

                  You’re a great one for having a dollar each way Pete George. While blasting Sir Botox Banks for the nasty, creepy, false idol he is you nevertheless pretty much engage apologism for the man.

                  Latest effort, your suggestion that his and Key’s own goal with the cuppa tea fiasco (which begot them Winston actually) should really be sheeted home to the media. More apologism.

                  Where the hell are you coming from Pete George ? Please have the honesty and the courage not to parade a mock distaste for Sir Botox and a PM whose contempt for us all is increasingly evident in dead eyes and a poker face.

                  • No bob each way on this, I’ve always been critical of the whole sideshow. I haven’t said that the blame for the fiasco should “be sheeted home to the media”, but they have been a significant part of it.

                    Banks seemed to be desperate for the attention of the symbolism of a cafe meeting.

                    Key seemed to me to be a reluctant participant – but of course it was his decision to take part, and I am sure it’s one he regrets making.

                    And the media were enthusiastic promoters of and reporters of the whole nonsense.

                    I think it was a bad look for all involved, and democracy and the election campaign was poorly served by it all.

                    Political patheticism.

        • Pascal's bookie 1.1.2.2

          Pish posh.

          Key and Banks decided to have their cuppa. The media didn’t force them to. It was part of the Epsom election race, which was of huge legitimate interest. The polling showed Banks wasn’t a shoe in, and the media were quite rightly intrested in whether or not Key would give a more explicit signal. The cup of tea routine has been used many times before, including by Dunne IIRC.

          So Key decided to send the signal. If he had decided the other way, that too would have been a story deserving of coverage.

          As it turned out, the tape was made, and the Key and Banks conversation was recorded, No one forced Key to talk about NZ First, no one forced Key to lay a complaint with the police, and no one forced him to attack the media. He chose to do these things, all of which were of legitimate interest.

          • Pete George 1.1.2.2.1

            I question whether there was anything of real interest in that whole sorry saga. I agree that Key and Banks were major players – but so were the media. They pushed and pestered for the meeting a week before it took place.

            It was trash trivia.

            • vto 1.1.2.2.1.1

              “trash trivia”. How on earth is the Prime Minister of New Zealand conspiring with a blow-in from Act to rort the NZ election 2011 “trash trivia”???????

              • Endorsing a third-party candidate really isn’t a rort, it’s a natural result of a system where electorates can provide extra seats, and precisely one of the biggest reasons we should get rid of electorates as soon as practical.

            • Pascal's bookie 1.1.2.2.1.2

              They didn’t push and pester for a meeting. They wanted to know if Key was going to give a signal or not.

              It’s pretty hard to see how that is not a legitimate question. Key could have said ‘yay’ or ‘nay’ at any time. But he decided not to. Then he talked about political things, and was recorded, and filed a police complaint, and attacked the media.

              It was certainly of interest to the people whose votes it’s assumed were changed by the whole affair.

              So who are you to say that they should have been denied the information that they felt was decisive?

    • Lanthanide 1.2

      “How he became so well informed has not been examined by the media. Why not?”

      Um, because they all know exactly how he became informed? You know who had the copies of the tape/transcript, right? You know it was the media, right? Specifically TV3.

      When asked how he knew, he said something like “well we all know where TV3’s offices are”.

    • jack 1.3

      I doubt it. Peters has connections, he’s been in Parliament for a long time and he is smart. I think the last people Peters trust is the newsmedia.

  2. Maui 2

    “I became completely disillusioned with the people running the country. And that’s coming from someone who’s been a National voter for 18 years.”

    Join the crowd ..

    • Jim Nald 2.1

      and join most of my once-was-old-Tory family members … my still staunch-National voting brother has been wavering recently

  3. ghostwhowalksnz 3

    How he became well informed ?
    The contents of the tapes became common knowledge- a newspaper had the original remember.
    Peters was in a position to be able to use it.

  4. deuto 4

    I just missed Ambrose being interviewed on Morning Report – just before 8am. Must listen when it comes up on the website. Do hope he sues for defamation. Perhaps someone with money will come to his aid on legal costs. Dotcom? That would be a hoot.

  5. Graeme 5

    I am ashamed to admit, I voted for that sneaky little bastard Key in 2008……He promised a brave new world in NZ politics.
    That’s the last fucking time i take any politician seriously, and expect them to hold their word.
    My Grandfather literraly begged me not to, and may he rest in peace, everything he said would happen, has happened. The attacks on workers rights, the law for sale, the lie’s, the deceit, and general sneaky behaviour of a right leaning Govt.

    • Cin77 5.1

      I feel your pain, my poor mother almost howled when I suggested voting National in 08!

      I’m a good girl and did exactly what she told me, thanks Mum for the advice 🙂

      • Lanthanide 5.1.1

        People unthinkingly listening to their families is why so many people vote for National in the first place.

        • TheContrarian 5.1.1.1

          “People unthinkingly listening to their families is why so many people vote for National in the first place.”

          Complete bullshit

          • Lanthanide 5.1.1.1.1

            No.

            It can be equally said of Labour, or any other large mainstream party. Where’s the bullshit?

            • TheContrarian 5.1.1.1.1.1

              “It can be equally said of Labour, or any other large mainstream party”

              That I can agree with. It came across as if the only reason people could be voting National, in particular. was because of their families. I apologise for the misunderstanding.

              • I think we can all agree that people should be voting based on policy, or maybe secondarily the history of candidates in serving their constituents or in being effective advocates for your principles.

  6. Tiger Mountain 6

    Stuff Ambrose personally is my reaction, he has done the country a service by default only. That does not excuse the heavy handed treatment he got. If he has learnt something from all this-brilliant, he appears a bit of a slow learner though as a long time tory voter.

    “it burns us” but some of you keep doing it.

    • tc 6.1

      Agree, the number of folk who just refuse to see beyond granny and the Nat shills that passes itself off as the MSM is saddening.

      Just the other day I was listening to someone sooo impressed with shonkey in one of his tailored corporate events as he had them laughing and said a lot of impressive stuff…..another new kiwi with no shipley or muldoon experience.

      It’s all to easy for the NACT without an MSM with a spine or interest in future generations quality of life.

  7. PunditX 7

    Huge sympathy with Ambrose, my only reservation is after being force fed a shit sandwich by Key he still describes himself as a National voter…

    • deuto 7.1

      I doubt that he is a National supporter any longer. Although he did not say so directly, in the interview on Morning Report today (link at 4.1 above) he said something to the effect that the tea tape event had changed his political views.

  8. Jenny 8

    the fateful tea party, the meeting between Key and Banks intended to gift the electorate to ACT.

    ANTHONY R0BINS

    The tea party gifted Epsom to Banks.

    A simple little concept.

    But how did it work?

    How do you gift a whole electorate from one political party to another?

    When you think about it, it’s amazing really, and hardly the sort of thing that is often witnessed in a democratic election, of any sort.

    Right up until the tea party the National Candidate Paul Goldsmith according to polls was leading Banks by a large margin.

    This was despite Goldsmith doing his utmost to dissuade Epsom from voting for him. Even pulling down his own bill boards, rudely snubbing a delegation of Epsom voters who tried to meet with him to discuss some of the issues in the electorate concerning them. Being objectionable and rude in person and being invisible in public.

    Still Goldsmith was leading.

    But one pot of tea and it all changed.

    The question must be;

    Will the conservative voters of Epsom be happy to be the subject of so much cynical horse trading again?

    Can their votes be that easily taken for granted?

    I now see that John Key has all but given his papal blessing to the Conservative Party. Colin Craig in return has promised to keep National in power.

    Well, well. Will the voters of Epsom be content to be led by the nose again?

    I wonder.

    • Colonial Viper 8.1

      But one pot of tea and it all changed.

      In reality, I believe that the people of Epsom when polled answered in such a way to hold ACT to account for their misbehaviour and make them work harder for their votes.

      But they were always going to vote ACT on polling day because that is what was going to help National the most.

      • Jenny 8.1.1

        Not really. If David Parker had not stood…. It is very likely that the 3000 votes he received would most likely have gone to Goldsmith, defeating Banks.

  9. Anne 9

    Will the voters of Epsom be content to be led by the nose again?

    Of course they will. It’s not about policies, principles and fair pay-packets for all NZers. These people live in Remuera/Epsom. They regard themselves as the Upper Crust of NZ society. The Upper Crust stick together and will always do what their Lord and Master (in this case, John Key) tells them to do. I have known a few of them and they are impervious to independent political thought.

    • Goldilocks 9.1

      Not all Epsom voters Anne – I live in Epsom, and I’m neither upper-crust, nor a NACT voter.

      It IS frustrating to think that my electoral vote will probably be wasted on a Labour or Green candidate, though

    • Jenny 9.2

      I don’t care how rich you are. There is something in the human psych that resents being taken for granted.

      Will the voters of Epsom will troop into the voting booth and vote for the newly anointed Colin Craig?

      What would this mean for national politics?

      What if, after being ‘gifted’ this seat in a byelection, Craig was able to hold this seat through a national election?

      If Craig’s party vote holds up, the Conservatives could have four MPs in the next parliament virtually guaranteeing them the king maker role.

      What would this mean?

      Firstly it probably would mean the return of another National led government, but with a few added twists.

      For one thing, Colin Craig is an admitted Climate Change Denier.

      • Jenny 9.2.1

        What we must do, is give the people of Epsom a real choice.

        • Pete George 9.2.1.1

          If there’s a by election in Epsom it would be quite different to a general election, as there is only one seat at stake, for Act to hold or another party to gain, so the dynamics would be quite different.

          And the Herald poll wasn’t much use, especially if Banks (presumably) doesn’t stand.

  10. Jenny 10

    With Colin Craig standing in Epsom, Epsom could be ground zero for the first ever election campaign run over the issue of climate change.

    Is it real?

    Is it a fraud?

    Is it dangerous?

    Will rich people be just as affected as everyone else?

    To give this byelection some real zest – What is needed is an independent businessman, or independently wealthy individual, a conservative who has had the time and the interest and the intelligence to investigate this problem and who is able to decimate the denier argument in an election campaign.

    A Kiwi version of Al Gore crossed with Winston Churchill.

    Would Colin Craig be able to hold his own?

    Will Craig back down?

    Will he try to run away from the issue?

    Could Colin Craig be skewered over his support for denialism?

    I want a front row seat for this one.

    • Anne 10.1

      Saw him on TV tonight. Not very bright. He would be the nearest thing we have to a Tea Party Candidate. If Labour and the Greens put their heads together and each came up with the right candidate, they would be able to have his guts for garters.

      • Jenny 10.1.1

        A realistic candidate in Epsom needs to be a tory. Someone convinced of the danger of climate change.

        One of them, not one of us.

        An environmental Churchill if you will.

  11. Te Reo Putake 11

    Technical question. Can a resident (non-citizen) stand for Parliament? If so, I’d have thought there’s a high chance of a flashy, rich and egotistical criminal standing in Epsom next election. No, not Banksie. Kim Dotcom. He’s got the dosh to take this all the way and he’s certainly got the motivation.

    • 1.2 Candidate eligibility
      To be a candidate you must:

      be enrolled as a voter,
      be a New Zealand citizen, and
      not be disqualified from enrolling.

      http://www.elections.org.nz/rules/electorate-candidates/electorate-candidate/ceo-nomination-of-candidates.html

    • Jenny 11.2

      Dotcom has no policies, and not many convictions, (NPI), as far as I can tell anyway.

      Also, he doesn’t follow New Zealand politics.

      For instance, Kim didn’t even know that his old wheeler dealer friend Banksie had done a deal to become the MP of Epsom, that is until he found himself in Mt Eden. (the prison).

      But he does bear a grudge, and it might might make him happy to derail the auction block that is the Epsom electorate.

      He may may want to bankroll a principled candidate who is willing to take on Craig.

  12. Bankzee 12

    ahem, ahem, ahh, blow me, phizz, spit that bit of tea leaf out, God damn it, never thought of this.

    Oh, you are writing about me again? I was only there very briefly, had a cuppa of Darjeeling, a few words, moved on right away. Nothing to stick neither here, nor there. I was out shopping in Newmarket by the way. Never remember much of this photo. Cuppa? Well, what is a cuppa of sorts, we all have one in the morning. Ambrose? Yes I heard about nectar and ambrosia somewhere. Written in the bible, I think. I know the bible too. So what is wrong with that? I am a good guy, never tell un truths and always do good to (most) people.

    Huljich Wealth Mangement? Never heard of them! John Key? Well, who is he? Charter Schools, well where does that come from again?

    I am sorry, must go now, you are harassing me. I am innocent, never was there, it was all trivial anyway, and Winston is to blame for it all! Rodney Hide is also a bit of a let down now, given his last comments in the Herald a day ago. Wonder if I have any friends. But that is David against Goliath, the life story I will write about, before I go. Good night all, you dear old misled souls, be blessed though. JB

  13. Jenny 13


    Climate Change:

    It is the issue, that from now on, every political movement and party will have to be measured and judged on.

    Climate Change:

    If left to run it’s course, experts tell us the death toll will be measured in the tens of millions, crop failure, famine, drought, flood, wild fires, extreme weather events. Add to this the destruction of countless and irreplaceable natural habitats, animals and plants . The bio-sphere severely impoverished, made unrecognisable to any previous generation.

    Climate Change:

    It is the question of our age.

    Climate Change:

    Colin Craig denies it is a problem.

    We should thank this admitted climate change denier for being prepared to step onto the national stage to argue his case.

    Climate Change:

    All we need now is a realistic candidate acceptable to this electorate who can argue the opposite position. Someone who can point out that climate change threatens everyone and their children and grandchildren, all people, every age, every class, every race, from the top of society to the bottom.

    Who are the likely candidates?

    Any volunteers?

    • Colonial Viper 13.1

      I’d volunteer, but I believe that energy and resource depletion is going to nail modern civilisation as we now it first. Sometime in the next 10 years, in fact. Something as simple as $4/L or $5/L petrol will do it.

      BTW the more economic collapse we get in Europe, China and Japan, the less our GHG problems will be.

    • jaymam 13.2

      Why don’t you volunteer to be a candidate, Jenny?
      I don’t think Epsom has ever had a woman candidate. 🙂

  14. Graeme 14

    If the voters of the left in Epsom understood MMP better, they would have all voted for Goldsmith, and ACT would have been finished. I voted Goldsmith for that very reason, and it turns out the difference was that chunk of 4 odd thousand votes…..That’s how we get rid of ACT.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Keynote address to Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand conference
    Speech to the CAANZ conference - November 19, 2020 Thank you, Greg, (Greg Haddon, MC) for the welcome. I’d like to acknowledge John Cuthbertson from CAANZ, the Commissioner of Inland Revenue Naomi Ferguson, former fellow MP and former Minister of Revenue, Peter Dunne, other guest speakers and CAANZ members. I ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours ago
  • Expert independent advisory group appointed to strengthen the future of Māori broadcasting
    A panel of seven experts are adding their support to help shape the future of Māori broadcasting, Minister for Māori Development Willie Jackson has announced today. “Today I will meet with some of the most experienced Māori broadcasters, commentators and practitioners in the field. They have practical insights on the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government to review housing settings
    New Zealand’s stronger-than-expected economic performance has flowed through to housing demand, so the Government will review housing settings to improve access to the market, the Finance Minister Grant Robertson announced today. “Our focus is on improving access to the housing market for first home buyers and ensuring house price growth ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Crown accounts reflect Govt’s careful economic management
    The better-than-expected Crown accounts released today show the Government’s careful management of the COVID-19 health crisis was the right approach to support the economy. As expected, the Crown accounts for the year to June 2020 show the operating balance before gains and losses, or OBEGAL, was in deficit. However that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Community launch marks next step in addressing racism in education
    The launch of Te Hurihanganui in Porirua today is another important milestone in the work needed to address racism in the education system and improve outcomes for Māori learners and their whānau, Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis says. Budget 2019 included $42 million over three years to put Te Hurihanganui ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government to consider recommendations on DNA use in criminal investigations
    The Minister of Justice has received the Law Commission’s recommending changes to the law governing the way DNA is used in criminal investigations. The report, called The Use of DNA in Criminal Investigations – Te Whahamahi I te Ira Tangata I ngā Mātai Taihara, recommends new legislation to address how ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Speech to Wakatū Nelson regional hui on trade
    First, I want to express my thanks to Te Taumata for this hui and for all the fantastic work you are doing for Māori in the trade space. In the short time that you’ve been operating you’ve already contributed an enormous amount to the conversation, and developed impressive networks.  I ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Speech to Primary Industries Summit
    Thank you for the opportunity to speak to you today about the significant contribution the food and fibres sector makes to New Zealand and how this Government is supporting that effort. I’d like to start by acknowledging our co-Chairs, Terry Copeland and Mavis Mullins, my colleague, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Fast track referrals will speed up recovery and boost jobs and home building
    The Government is taking action to increase jobs, speed up the economic recovery and build houses by putting three more projects through its fast track approval process. “It’s great to see that the fast-track consenting process is working. Today we have referred a mix of potential projects that, if approved, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Papakāinga provides critically needed homes in Hastings
    A papakāinga opened today by the Minister for Māori Development the Hon Willie Jackson will provide whānau with much needed affordable rental homes in Hastings. The four home papakāinga in Waiōhiki is the first project to be completed under the ‘Hastings Place Based’ initiative. This initiative is a Government, Hastings ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New Zealand ready to host APEC virtually
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern took over the leadership of APEC earlier today, when she joined leaders from the 21 APEC economies virtually for the forum’s final 2020 meeting. “We look forward to hosting a fully virtual APEC 2021 next year. While this isn’t an in-person meeting, it will be one ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Revival of Māori Horticulturists
    The rapid revival of Māori horticulture was unmistakeable at this year’s Ahuwhenua Trophy Awards, with 2020 marking the first time this iconic Māori farming event was dedicated to horticulture enterprises. Congratulating finalists at the Awards, Māori Development Minister Willie Jackson said growing large-scale māra kai is part of Māori DNA. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Emergency benefit to help temporary visa holders
    From 1 December, people on temporary work, student or visitor visas who can’t return home and or support themselves may get an Emergency Benefit from the Ministry of Social Development, Social Development and Employment Minister Carmel Sepuloni announced today. Previously, temporary visa holders in hardship because of COVID-19 have had ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • School sustainability projects to help boost regional economies
    Forty one schools from the Far North to Southland will receive funding for projects that will reduce schools’ emissions and save them money, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. This is the second round of the Sustainability Contestable Fund, and work will begin immediately. The first round announced in April ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Farmer-led projects to improve water health in Canterbury and Otago
    More than $6 million will be spent on helping farmers improve the health of rivers, wetlands, and habitat biodiversity in Canterbury and Otago, as well as improving long-term land management practices, says Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. Four farmer-led catchment group Jobs for Nature projects have between allocated between $176,000 and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Tupu Aotearoa continues expansion to Pacific communities in Nelson, Marlborough, Tasman & Northl...
    Pacific communities in Nelson, Marlborough, Tasman and Northland will benefit from the expansion of the Tupu Aotearoa programme announced today by the Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio. The programme provides sustainable employment and education pathways and will be delivered in partnership with three providers in Northland and two ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New primary school and classrooms for 1,200 students in South Island
    Education Minister Chris Hipkins unveiled major school building projects across the South Island during a visit to Waimea College in Nelson today. It’s part of the Government’s latest investment of $164 million to build new classrooms and upgrade schools around the country. “Investments like this gives the construction industry certainty ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Minister of Māori Development pays tribute to Rudy Taylor
      Today the Minister of Māori Development, alongside other Government Ministers and MP’s said their final farewells to Nga Puhi Leader Rudy Taylor.  “Rudy dedicated his life to the betterment of Māori, and his strong approach was always from the ground up, grassroots, sincere and unfaltering”  “Over the past few ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Prime Minister to attend APEC Leaders’ Summit
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will attend the annual APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting and associated events virtually today and tomorrow. “In a world where we cannot travel due to COVID-19, continuing close collaboration with our regional partners is key to accelerating New Zealand’s economic recovery,” Jacinda Ardern said. “There is wide ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Speech to Infrastructure NZ Symposium
    Tena Koutou, Tena Koutou and thank you for inviting me to speak to you today. This is a critical time for New Zealand as we respond to the damage wreaked by the global COVID-19 pandemic. It is vital that investment in our economic recovery is well thought through, and makes ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Pike River 10 Year Anniversary Commemorative Service
    Tēnei te mihi ki a tātau katoa e huihui nei i tēnei rā Ki a koutou ngā whānau o te hunga kua riro i kōnei – he mihi aroha ki a koutou Ki te hapori whānui – tēnā koutou Ki ngā tāngata whenua – tēnā koutou Ki ngā mate, e ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Huge investment in new and upgraded classrooms to boost construction jobs
    Around 7,500 students are set to benefit from the Government’s latest investment of $164 million to build new classrooms and upgrade schools around the country. “The election delivered a clear mandate to accelerate our economic recovery and build back better. That’s why we are prioritising construction projects in schools so more ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Keeping Pike River Mine promises 10 years on
    Ten years after the Pike River Mine tragedy in which 29 men lost their lives while at work, a commemorative service at Parliament has honoured them and their legacy of ensuring all New Zealand workplaces are safe. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern attended the event, along with representatives of the Pike ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Additional testing to strengthen border and increase safety of workers
    New testing measures are being put in place to increase the safety of border workers and further strengthen New Zealand’s barriers against COVID-19, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “These strengthened rules – to apply to all international airports and ports – build on the mandatory testing orders we’ve ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • More public housing delivered in Auckland
    The Government’s investment in public housing is delivering more warm, dry homes with today’s official opening of 82 new apartments in New Lynn by the Housing Minister Megan Woods. The Thom Street development replaces 16 houses built in the 1940s, with brand new fit-for-purpose public housing that is in high ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Agreement advanced to purchase up to 5 million COVID-19 vaccines
    The Government has confirmed an in-principle agreement to purchase up to 5 million COVID-19 vaccines – enough for 5 million people – from Janssen Pharmaceutica, subject to the vaccine successfully completing clinical trials and passing regulatory approvals in New Zealand, says Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods. “This agreement ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Jobs for Nature funding will leave a conservation legacy for Waikanae awa
    Ninety-two jobs will be created to help environmental restoration in the Waikanae River catchment through $8.5 million of Jobs for Nature funding, Conservation Minister Kiritapu Allan announced today. “The new funding will give a four-year boost to the restoration of the Waikanae awa, and is specifically focussed on restoration through ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Dunedin Hospital project progresses to next stage
    As the new Dunedin Hospital project progresses, the Government is changing the oversight group to provide more technical input, ensure continued local representation, and to make sure lessons learnt from Dunedin benefit other health infrastructure projects around the country. Concept design approval and the release of a tender for early ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Jump in apprentice and trainee numbers
    The number of New Zealanders taking up apprenticeships has increased nearly 50 percent, and the number of female apprentices has more than doubled. This comes as a Government campaign to raise the profile of vocational education and training (VET) begins. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • ReBuilding Nations Symposium 2020 (Infrastructure NZ Conference opening session)
    Tena koutou katoa and thank you for the opportunity to be with you today. Can I acknowledge Ngarimu Blair, Ngati Whatua, and Mayor Phil Goff for the welcome. Before I start with my substantive comments, I do want to acknowledge the hard work it has taken by everyone to ensure ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand's biosecurity champions honoured
    Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor has paid tribute to the winners of the 2020 New Zealand Biosecurity Awards. “These are the people and organisations who go above and beyond to protect Aotearoa from pests and disease to ensure our unique way of life is sustained for future generations,” Damien O’Connor says. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Tourism Industry Aotearoa Conference
    speech to Tourism Industry Aotearoa annual summit Te Papa,  Wellington Introduction Nau mai, haere mai Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, Ka nui te mihi, ki a koutou. Thank you Tourism Industry Aotearoa for hosting today’s Summit. In particular, my acknowledgements to TIA Chair Gráinne Troute and Chief Executive Chris Roberts. You ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Supermarkets announced as Government’s second market study
    The Government has today launched a market study to ensure New Zealanders are paying a fair price for groceries.   “Supermarkets are an integral part of our communities and economy, so it’s important to ensure that Kiwis are getting a fair deal at the checkout,” Minister of Commerce and Consumer ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Masks to be worn on Auckland public transport and all domestic flights
    Masks will need to be worn on all public transport in Auckland and in and out of Auckland and on domestic flights throughout the country from this Thursday, Minister for COVID-19 Response Chris Hipkins said today. “I will be issuing an Order under the COVID-19 Response Act requiring the wearing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand signs Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership
    Increase to New Zealand’s GDP by around $2 billion each year Increase opportunities for NZ exporters to access regional markets Cuts red tape and offers one set of trade rules across the Asia Pacific region New government procurement, competition policy and electronic commerce offers NZ exporters increased business opportunities Prime ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Minister acknowledges students as exams begin
    Education Minister Chris Hipkins has recognised the extraordinary challenges students have faced this year, ahead of NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship exams which begin on Monday. “I want to congratulate students for their hard work during a year of unprecedented disruption, and I wish students all the best as ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Prime Minister meets with key ASEAN and East Asia Summit partners
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today attended the ASEAN-New Zealand Commemorative Summit and discussed with Leaders a range of shared challenges facing the Indo-Pacific region, including: The ongoing management of the COVID-19 pandemic; The importance of working collectively to accelerate economic recovery; and Exploring further opportunities for partners to work more ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Veterans Affairs Summit held in Korea
    A Ministerial Summit on Veterans’ Affairs was held in the Republic of Korea this week. Ministers with veteran responsibilities were invited from all 22 countries that had been part of the United Nations Forces during the Korean War (1950 – 1953). The Summit marked the 70th anniversary of the outbreak ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Clear direction set for the education system, skills prioritised
    The Government has released a set of priorities for early learning through to tertiary education and lifelong learning to build a stronger, fairer education system that delivers for all New Zealanders. “The election delivered a clear mandate from New Zealanders to accelerate our plan to reduce inequalities and make more ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • A Progressive Agenda
    Speech to the Climate Change + Business Conference, November 12, 2020 Tena koutou katoa Thank you for inviting me to speak here today. It is great to see us all come together for a common cause: to redefine our future in the face of unprecedented times.  Covid-19 and climate change are ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago