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The Government-Auckland relationship

Written By: - Date published: 1:22 pm, October 25th, 2019 - 26 comments
Categories: auckland supercity, Economy, jacinda ardern, labour, local government, supercity - Tags:

The Sky City National Convention Centre fire brings the Government Auckland relationship to a very sharp edge. It was tense before. It’s worse now.

They are both co-investors in City Rail Link. It’s the biggest single project risk either of them have taken. It will continue to cause neighbourhood stress for years.

They are both co-investors in the Amerca’s Cup 36 preparatory work. This one’s going well.

Downtown Auckland works including the ferry terminal rebuild need to be done by 2021. It’s crushing Quay Street.

Albert Street building construction is under full noise – half of the sites on the street are in demolition or construction, even excluding CRL.

Sky City’s National Convention Centre is itself the result of a massive Government commercial and legislative deal. They haven’t delivered on that deal.

A fresh Auckland CBD needs to be fully completed for 2021. No excuses. It’s Auckland’s most important year since electrification prior to WW1.

Then there’s the Government-Auckland relationship about light rail .Can the ATAP relationship be salvaged after this?

The moment is similar but greater than that before Rugby World Cup 2008. Central and local government must to stand together in front of the media and opinion leaders and demonstrate why we should all still have confidence in them.

There’s more tax-and-ratepayer money riding on this than anything outside the Christchurch earthquake. Except with this one we know the date it’s coming.

The focus on 2021 is very high in central and local departments. All components need to work, and be delivered on time. They are now scrambling. The whole thing is brittle: capable of breaking and failing.

The loss of the Convention Centre shouldn’t dent public confidence in itself. Other partnerships like Tamaki Transformation is now showing strong results. Perspective is in order.

But the Government-Auckland relationship is being really tested.

The Prime Minister is great in a crisis. But can she muscle Ministers and Departments to get them all back on track?

That’s the confidence question.

26 comments on “The Government-Auckland relationship”

  1. Let's not compromise safety and structural integrity for this artificial 2021 deadline. Shit can go sideways real fast.

    NZ companies could easily go the way of Mainzeal. We may need to nationalise Fletchers before it goes bust.

    We have too many foreign companies and foreign workers building stuff on OUR waterfront to be owned by overseas interests. Govt and Council needs to stop selling out Kiwis for that juicy GDP boost

    https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/400919/widespread-defective-or-missing-concrete-or-reinforcing-steel-revealed

    We are heading for an industry wide meltdown worse than the Leaky Homes saga

    • Dukeofurl 1.1

      When I was a student and  buildings from the 20s and 30s were being knocked down in Queen St , it became obvious that  some of the reinforcing steel was missing, these were the picture palaces. Owners of many new buildings  have switched from RC to steel, because you can see whats in it. The last 20 years have been a boom in  concrete buildings  using  offsite pre cast  structural sections for tower  buildings  as speed was the key- a floor a week-, Im thinking many of these  were  cut corners.

      • roblogic 1.1.1

        There was a lot of shonky stuff built in Auckland after Rogernomics gave wankers like Brierley and Equiticorp and Chase and Bob Jones open slather to erect glass palaces and demolish our heritage 

    • Ngungukai 1.2

      Fletcher is 80-90% overseas owned, no need to Nationalize them. Fletchers have had a dream run here in NZ for nearly 100 years.

       

  2. Dukeofurl 2

    The Ferry Building isnt being rebuilt. Its a highest category heritage building and was modernised  20 yrs or so ago. What is changing is some of the  ferry wharves, but that doesnt affect Quay St. The works on Quay St are connected to the  sea wall underneath which keeps out the ocean.

    Albert St has been dug up for the first stage of the CRL as , was the Old QE2 Sq. That because the CRL tunnel was a cut and cover from Britomart to about Wyndam St, from then on there is enough  depth of cover over  the bored tunnel. AS well they had to protect the main Auckland CBD   west -east sewer tunnel at the Victoria St junction with a large excavation

    Most of the lower Albert St trench will be backfilled by the end of 2019.

    From 2020 the excavations will move to the site of the Aotea Station, from Victoria St to Wellesley St

     

    • Ad 2.1

      You would have to be really ignorant of Auckland to think you caught the ferry from the ferry building. Which is why I called it by the term "ferry terminal rebuild".

      The works on Quay Street have the sea wall as their beginning. They then continue to streetscape the entire road, cycleway, and footpath. It's one integrated job with the ferry terminals. You can even look up instructive videos on youtube about it, with dates and everything. 

      And now let me educate you a little further on City Rail Link. 

      Albert Street from Wyndham Street to Swanson Street has had its trench filled, but will remain in streetscape construction until June 2020. 

      Albert Street from Swanson to Customs Street is having its trench filled progressively until about March next year. They are still taking out construction road concrete slabs at the moment. But the streetscape rebuild will continue in that section until about October. 

      Albert Street from Customs to Quay Street will begin once Commercial bay is completed. Their current target for completion is Easter next year. That means streetscape works will start after that, and continue into 2021. 

      Timetable for streetscape works of the old QEII Square (now largely sold off by Council) is also into 2021.

      Albert Street from Wyndham to Wellesley Street have had utility works and canopy removals since late last year. The utility works and further building canopy removals will continue right into main excavation . Anyone who believe they are on timetable is a fool. 

      But please, do tell me more about infrastructure jobs in Auckland. 

  3. alwyn 3

    What is so special about the year 2021 for Auckland?

    • Incognito 3.1

      APEC

      • alwyn 3.1.1

        Ah, now I see what you mean. I hadn't really thought that APEC was that big a deal and I had never considered that much needed to be done for it to be held in Auckland.

        After all it has been held in Brunei where the population of Bandar Seri Begawan is only about 100,000 in a country of about 400,000 and in PNG where Port Moresby is only about 400,000.

        Was it really that big a deal when we held it in 1999? I don't even remember where all the meetings were held.

        • Ad 3.1.1.1

          Were you living in Auckland 20 years ago? Unless you were living under a fucking rock, it was a thing.

          • Dukeofurl 3.1.1.1.1

            Only about 3 days for the bigwigs,  Clinton and Chinese President had a meeting at Government House, Clinton went shopping in Parnell, city centre streets closed off. A lot a businesses closed for a  special long weekend.

            For the public  there was  really no events as it was ' made for  TV'. Im sure for political junkies  and government officials  it  took all of their waking thoughts  for months!

            Everyone else .  Its a non event in their lives.

            • Ad 3.1.1.1.1.1

              As I explained, it's not just about APEC.

              To your comment that "It's a non event in their lives"; that's true of most things in politics. This post isn't about most people. Its about a relationship between local and central government. 

          • alwyn 3.1.1.1.2

            Was I living in Auckland? No, and I never have. It is rather like Adelaide or Perth. It has enough people to have the problems of a city, such as sprawl, but not enough people to actually be able to support many city like things.

            I twice turned down work in Auckland because I didn't want to have to live there. 

            I lived in Melbourne for about 6 years. I was lucky enough to see Open Tennis Championships won by Becker, Courier and Sampras. I saw one Melbourne Cup, the final of the World One-day Cricket Cup and an AFL Grand Final. I also saw a Formula 1 race. About the only thing that would compare in New Zealand would have been the Rugby World Cup final in 2011.

            There are also great art galleries in Mebourne, such as the venues of the NGV. There is nothing to compare with those in New Zealand are there?

            That doesn't mean the Melbourne is great of course. It is still, on a world scale, a fairly small city. For a great city you have to look at a place on the scale of Paris. I have spent close to two years of my life there and it never palls. To see Paris, or New York or London, and then to hear people laud Auckland as being a "world class" city is simply a joke.

            https://ourauckland.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/articles/media/mayors-office/2017/mayor-outlines-priorities-to-deliver-world-class-auckland/

            However I suppose that is why having Clinton there for a couple of days would have seemed wonderful. You are, of course, welcome to have the Donald visit you if, God forbid, he gets in again. Screammmmm!

            • Ad 3.1.1.1.2.1

              Not having lived in Auckland would explain statements ilk this:

              "I don't even remember where all the meetings were held."

              For the rest of your ramblings, your insecurity complex about New Zealand is just wretched. 

              • alwyn

                There, there. I'm sure you are right and people who don't live in Auckland and who don't worship the creed of the Jafa are all dreadfully inferior creatures.

                Or not.

                On the other hand I have, out of curiosity, looked up when the leaders meeting was in 1999 and where I was at the time. It was, apparently on 13 September 1999. It is hardly surprising I didn't remember as after checking my old diaries I found I was in the middle of a 10 week stint working in New York. That place really is a city, as you may be lucky enough to discover if you ever get the chance to visit.

                It really is worth going there. Delusions about the majesty of the metropolis of Auckland are soon put in their place. The Big Apple still isn't as good as Paris though.

                • Ad

                  I'm not focused on Melbourne, New York or Paris as you are. 

                  I'm focused on improving the place in which a third of us live.

                  Come up in 2021 and have a look.

                  You may even be surprised.

        • lprent 3.1.1.2

          APEC 1999 was pretty chaotic – mostly if you were in the central city or on the route to the airport. Which was fine for me as I seldom go into the central city or the airport if I have a choice. Up around Ponsonby / K Rd where I lived and still do. APEC was mostly just something in the news.

          But I’d admit that there was quite a lot of complaining by the fools less fortunate amongst us who seem to like the congestion and cramped transport conditions of the herded animal.

          Personally I found the power outage the previous year to be way more of an issue.

    • Ad 3.2

      APEC

      Americas Cup 36

      World Softball Champs

      Kapa Haka Nationals

      Women's Cricket World Cup

      There's about $20b of works going in to prepare. 

      • Dukeofurl 3.2.1

        $20 bill ? What sort of arithmetic comes up with that figure . CRL the most expensive part was approved long before all those items  were  even thought of , and its on the high side of $5 bill and wont even be half way when APEC is  over. Normal council capital spending is  a bit more than $1 bill per year and a lot of that is Watercare and local roads.  Is the Central Interceptor  'preparing' too?

        Those events at a rough guess may be  $250 mill of capital spending 'as preparation' ( maybe another $150 mill for operations), a factor of 10 less than  your estimate

        • Ad 3.2.1.1

          The preparation is for a new future operational platform for Auckland, not just one year. All infrastructure investment is multigenerational. Also, the amount of change we are seeing in Auckland now is just going to increase.

          • Dukeofurl 3.2.1.1.1

            Future Operational Platform…means what …you dont even know so use a bureaucratic  buzzword taken from IT to hide that.

            [When you cannot put up a decent reply, it is never a good idea to start attacking a commenter who also happens to be the author of the OP. If you doubt somebody’s facts, knowledge, or experience all you need to do is ask, politely, if possible. If you disagree with somebody’s opinion, you are free to say so and why. Please don’t make up shit to suit yourself – Incognito]

            • Dukeofurl 3.2.1.1.1.1

              What does $20 bill number pulled out of the hat even mean.

              I looked up the value of all building consents for a year ( to end of Oct 2018) bothe commercial and residential.

              For  the whole of NZ its $21 bill,  Auckland  only value is hard to estimate but lets say its lions share $9 bill for 1 year.

              Over 10 years we could be looking at $100 bill of construction.

            • Incognito 3.2.1.1.1.2

              See my Moderation note @ 5:04 PM.

            • Dukeofurl 3.2.1.1.1.3

              Sorry . I didnt mean for it to be a personal thing , it was the phrase itself that concerned me. My follow on comment   expands on my opinion here

  4. Ed1 4

    I'm still not clear why it is thought that the Government / Auckland relationship is more tense than it was previously. Now there seem to be positive discussions relating to priorities; while central and local government may well have different priorities, there seem to be genuine discussions as distinct from central government just deciding and imposing. There will always be budget constraints, but Auckland are not being pressured to sell assets unless they want to, and government has assisted with a petrol tax asked for by Auckland. Yes there is a lot happening, and that does not mean that the relationship has been diminished.  Am I missing something?

    • Ad 4.1

      It's a fair question. 

      It's always tense because it should be; competing needs across the country make it feel like special pleading from Auckland.

      And the quick answer is because there's a lot more at stake. 

      Firstly, as noted in the post, co-investing between Auckland and central government happens rarely outside of the RLTP. They are big risks each one.

      Secondly these big, risky co-investments have very high international media scrutiny. You can imagine what would occur in the media if the America's Cup bases weren't ready. Like an Olympics, you can't shift the date of the event. You can't be not-ready.

      Third, things are going wrong, on a scale that's not easy to recover from. 

      I agree that Auckland is not being pressured to sell assets. I think the last time that occurred was when Shipley forced the ARC to do so. But the recent northern ports study is giving a pretty strong signal that Mayor Goff will have to prepare to sell its port operation at some point. Not immediately, but it's on the horizon.

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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  • Media impartiality
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  • Gainful Employment: A Cautionary Tale.
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  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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  • More tyranny in Australia
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Submission for rationality and science against the assaults of pre-modernism and post-modernism
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  • My loyal readership of … Cam girls and Pornbots?
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  • Wage theft – I’m fucking over it.
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  • On The Rebound.
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  • Rabbi urges congregation to vote against Corbyn
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  • My absurdly optimistic prediction
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  • A mountain of a challenge in banning glyphosate
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  • This government has a problem with secrecy
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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  • A small New Zealand songbird that hides food for later use provides insights into cognitive evolutio...
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  • Referenda on Euthanasia – NZ First’s Victory – or a Major Miscalculation?
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  • Corbyn the Mighty vs BoJo the Clown
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  • Public health, externality, and vaccination
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  • Happy Halloween
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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  • Twenty thousand leagues under the sea
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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  • MPI fails again
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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  • Gay Men Address Gender Identity
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  • National’s Going Gangbusters.
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  • “Action for Healthy Waterways”: Some big ticket actions that the Government has neglected
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  • ADHD and fluoride – wishful thinking supported by statistical manipulation?
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    2 weeks ago

  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
    "Today we have made a choice that will leave a legacy... I hope that means that future generations will see that we, in New Zealand, were on the right side of history." - Jacinda Ardern, Third Reading of the Zero Carbon Bill ...
    4 days ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
    Darroch Ball, New Zealand First List MP A Member’s bill has been proposed that would provide income tax exemptions for all New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel while on operational deployment overseas. The Income Tax (Exemption for Salary or Wages of NZDF Members on Active Deployment) Amendment Bill proposed by New Zealand First ...
    4 days ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First is proud to have brought common sense to the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, which passed its final reading in Parliament today. Party Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says months of hard work went into negotiating a balanced ...
    5 days ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
    1 week ago
  • Week That Was: 2,000 teachers in two years
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    2 weeks ago
  • Winning an election one conversation at a time
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    2 weeks ago
  • Closer cooperation with Korean horse racing industry
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Racing Racing Minister Winston Peters met with Korea Racing Authority Chairperson Nak Soon Kim in Seoul today to discuss closer cooperation between the New Zealand and Korean horse racing industries. As part of the visit to the Seoul Racecourse, Mr Peters witnessed ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Otago to lead digital creativity
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10 million to establish Otago as the centre of New Zealand’s creative digital industry over the next ten years, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “The initiative will bring us closer to the vision of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Young Otago students encouraged to take on forestry careers
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF)’s skills and employment programme will help young Otago people into long-term forestry careers, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Te Ara Mahi will invest $63,000 in the 2020 school year to support eight 17 and 18 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF backing Dunedin’s waterfront ambitions
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will support local plans to revitalise and stimulate economic development opportunities in Otago, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The four Regional Economic Development Ministers have approved an in-principle investment of $19.9 million towards the region’s ...
    2 weeks ago
  • M. Bovis eradication progress welcomed
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries New Zealand First is pleased to have received the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) report on the Coalition Government’s Mycoplasma bovis eradication efforts, which shows significant progress in the fight against the disease. New Zealand First Spokesperson for Primary Industries, Mark Patterson, says the report’s findings ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF boosts Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sector
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development Hon David Parker, Minister for Trade and Export Growth The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing to support economic growth opportunities for Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sectors, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones and Trade and Export Minister David Parker announced today. Almost $20 million ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Minister Peters discusses Pacific challenges and denuclearisation in Seoul
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Foreign Minister Winston Peters and his South Korean counterpart, Kang Kyung-wha, discussed in Seoul today opportunities to work more closely in the Pacific and the situation on the Korean Peninsula. Mr Peters and Minister Kang confirmed New Zealand and the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF supports high speed broadband for marae at Parihaka Pa
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development  Hon Nanaia Mahuta, Minister for Māori Development The three marae in the historic Parihaka Pa complex in Taranaki have been upgraded to high speed broadband with the support of the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “Connecting the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 launched
    Hon Ron Mark, Minister of Defence Minister of Defence Ron Mark will today launch the Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 Defence Assessment  during a speech at Te Papa.  The Assessment outlines how Defence will partner with our Pacific Island neighbours and invest in Pacific regional security architecture. The Plan aligns with the Coalition ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF funding could transform Gisborne company into “beacon of employment” in two years
    A new Provincial Growth Fund investment could create about 80 new jobs in Gisborne over the next two years, turning a local small business into a “beacon of employment” in the process. Regional Economic Development Parliamentary Under-Secretary Fletcher Tabuteau said the PGF’s Te Ara Mahi funding stream would provide $1.6m ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Week That Was: Two years of progress
    This week, we’re taking action on climate change, expanding trades education – and celebrating two years of progress! ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs to visit the Republic of Korea and Japan
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters will travel to the Republic of Korea and Japan next week. “The Republic of Korea and Japan are two of New Zealand’s closest partners in the region with whom we share common values and ...
    3 weeks ago
  • New Zealand to lead Bougainville Referendum Regional Police Support Mission
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters has announced today that New Zealand is leading a police support mission in Bougainville as the region prepares to vote in a non-binding referendum on its political future. “New Zealand has accepted an invitation ...
    3 weeks ago
  • We’re taking action on climate change
    “I refuse to accept the challenge of climate change is too hard to solve.” – Jacinda Ardern ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Shane Jones annoyed at “elevated sense of entitlement from a lot of immigrant leaders”
    New Zealand First MP Shane Jones is defending Immigration New Zealand (INZ) after it instructed officials to stop granting visas as an exception to instructions. He has also lashed out at immigrant leaders upset with the tightening of the rules, saying they had an “elevated sense of entitlement”. Members of ...
    3 weeks ago
  • New Zealand public likely to vote on euthanasia bill thanks to NZ First
    A change to the End of Life Choice Bill was passed in Parliament, meaning if politicians decide to vote for the law it must be approved by the public first. A binding referendum was a condition insisted on by New Zealand First, and Jenny Marcroft’s supplementary order paper (SOP) successfully ...
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  • Tairāwhiti Workforce development projects get $1.6m PGF boost
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    3 weeks ago
  • NZ First welcomes primary sector support for climate change plan
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says the Government’s steps to reduce farm livestock emissions are necessary and timely. Today the Government and farming leaders announced a plan to measure and price emissions at the farm level by 2025. “Many farmers ...
    3 weeks ago

  • Racing Industry destined to be on-track
    Racing Minister Winston Peters welcomes the tabling of the Racing Industry Transition Agency (RITA) 2019 Annual Report in Parliament today. He says the 2019 Annual Report marks the point when New Zealand’s racing industry’s decline was arrested and a turnaround started. RITA’s 2019 Annual Report recorded an industry net profit ...
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  • New Zealand firefighter support to Queensland
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    5 hours ago
  • Supporting all schools to succeed
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • Reform to support better outcomes for Māori learners and whānau
    The Government’s reform of the Tomorrow’s Schools system is a watershed moment in education and an opportunity to create meaningful change for ākonga Māori and their whānau, Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis said today. “Last year through Kōrero Mātauranga | Education Conversation, Māori teachers, parents, ākonga, whānau, hapū and iwi ...
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  • Infrastructure pipeline growing
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    8 hours ago
  • Tighter firearms law to further improve safety
    Tougher gun laws designed to improve public safety through firearms prohibition orders are proposed in a new document released for public input. Police Minister Stuart Nash says firearms prohibition orders (FPOs) would give new powers to Police to ensure high-risk individuals come nowhere near firearms. “We have already prohibited the ...
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    1 day ago
  • New TVNZ chair & directors confirmed
    Andy Coupe has been confirmed as TVNZ’s new Board Chair. “Mr Coupe has strong commercial and capital markets experience and TVNZ has benefited from his technical knowledge of business and finance, as well as his extensive governance experience,” the Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Kris Faafoi said.  Andy ...
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  • Hutt Road cycle path officially opened
    Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter today officially opened a separated pathway, following the completion of the Kaiwharawhara Stream bridge, which will improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians along Hutt Road.  The $6.8m Hutt Road project provides a separated path for cycling and pedestrians, the replacement of informal parking ...
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  • Announcement of new Ambassador to Russia
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today announced the appointment of career diplomat Si’alei van Toor as New Zealand’s next Ambassador to Russia. “I’m pleased to appoint Ms van Toor to this position. She brings a wealth of experience to the role having previously served as Senior Trade Adviser to the ...
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  • Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update
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  • Giving a Boost to Kiwi small businesses
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  • Nearly three quarters of Rolleston connected to UFB
    The latest Quarterly Connectivity Report shows that more and more New Zealanders are moving to Ultra-fast Broadband (UFB), with Rolleston having the highest uptake at 74 per cent, as at the end of September. “This means that nearly three quarters of Rolleston’s households and businesses have moved to ultra-fast services. ...
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  • Historic day for landmark climate change legislation in New Zealand
    The passing of the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill will help ensure a safe planet for our kids and grandkids, the Minister for Climate Change James Shaw said today. The landmark legislation which provides a framework to support New Zealanders to prepare for, and adapt to, the effects ...
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    5 days ago
  • Release of Oranga Tamariki Practice Review
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  • Minister wishes students success in exams
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  • New High Commissioner to the United Kingdom announced
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  • New Police recruits making Auckland safer
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  • Over 1.2 million hours of community work helps local communities
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  • Te Huringa o Te Tai – Police Crime Prevention Strategy
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  • Kiwis getting higher pay
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  • More support for schools to reduce energy consumption and environmental impact
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  • New Zealand’s manaakitanga highlighted in China
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  • Climate change research boost
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  • Significant progress on Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)
    Leaders of 16 countries negotiating the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) have announced the completion of negotiation on the text as well as agreement on virtually all market access issues between 15 countries. The leaders said they will work with India to resolve its outstanding concerns in a way that ...
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  • Learn how to stay safe on World Tsunami Awareness Day
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  • Formal recognition at last for paramedics’ frontline medical role
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  • Government improving protections for consumers and workers when businesses fail
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  • Outstanding public service recognised
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  • Global trade, business promotion focus of Shanghai meetings
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  • Drivers to get more time to gain full licence
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  • NZ-China FTA upgrade negotiations conclude
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  • Fletcher Tabuteau congratulates winners of regional economic development awards
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