web analytics

The guy’s tired already

Written By: - Date published: 1:55 pm, March 13th, 2009 - 65 comments
Categories: john key, national - Tags: ,

key-9-march-2009-press-conference-4

If there’s one thing that strikes you about John Key’s post-cabinet press conference this week, it isn’t the scintillating prose or erudite diction. It isn’t even the brilliant plans brimming with enthusiasm, intelligence and vision. What’s remarkable is that the guy looks exhausted.

key-9-march-2009-press-conference-2

He’s been in the job all of 3 months, extended holidays in Hawaii not withstanding, and already he looks completely buggered. What ever you think of Clark, after 9 energetic years in the job she was still up for another term, even if some of her ministers weren’t. Key on the other hand looks as if he won’t even last the full term, let alone 3 terms.

key-9-march-2009-press-conference-3

Where’s the dynamic powerhouse leadership? A few weeks as PM and Key’s already worn down to looking and sounding like a wrung-out hack. Where’s the stamina? 

I’d be a bit worried if that was my pony.

(It really is worth looking at the performance in the link if you can – at times Key seems barely able to keep awake. Funnily, because it’s so telling, Key perks up noticeably when demonstrating his remarkably detailed knowledge of the British honours system, then deflates once again when he reveals his comprehensive ignorance of any details about The Great National Cycleway for which he’s taken personal responsibility.)

65 comments on “The guy’s tired already ”

  1. gingercrush 1

    At least one doesn’t have to suffer the hair and the brown wonky teeth of our former Prime Minister. Regardless, Key looks healthy to me.

    • Tigger 1.1

      Look GC, if you want to roll in that gutter then lets be honest, Key’s hair ain’t his strong point. It’s receding faster than New Zealand’s employment rate.

      And anyway, I’ll take wonky teeth over unintelligible speech any day. The accent is so impenetrable that I have NO idea what Key is saying when he speaks. Is it even English?

      • gingercrush 1.1.1

        You call it unintelligible speech. I call it New Zealand speak. And it beats listening to Helen Clark whose voice I couldn’t stand.

        Really this comes down to partisan politics as always. The left don’t like John Key. The right does like John Key. The left liked Helen Clark. On the whole the right didn’t like Helen Clark.

        • The Sprout 1.1.1.1

          yet both the left and right agree that for 9 years Clark was tireless while Key is worn out 3 months into the job

        • Felix 1.1.1.2

          I call it New Zealand speak.

          Nonsense. I live in NZ so you’re going to have a hard time convincing me that our local dialect consists of using words in the wrong order, the wrong context and the wrong tense which is what Key does every time he opens his mouth.

          Either you’re too thick to notice or you just have very low standards.

    • Quoth the Raven 1.2

      Ginger – I have to agree that this a pretty poor post. There are many reasons why someone may look tired. But you Ginger are doing yourself no favours sewer trawling talking about Helen’s god given appearance. I don’t care what the fuck someone looks like it’s what they’re doing that counts. And Key is up to fuck all as are you with your perverse little comments.

  2. Snail 2

    The common human thread: in the most part two ears, two eyes, one mouth..

    and what does ‘gingercrush’ make of it.. one wonky toof an’ bad hair, according to this commenter. FFS if tired-looking is “healthy” what are ya! Don’t answer that.. mindless seems to say it all..

  3. giggles 3

    Quick, someone get the airbrush out…..

    Honestly, each appearance looks more desperate than the last.

    • giggles 3.1

      Why did you amend what I said?
      I said “each post looks more desperate than the last”
      You changed it.
      I rest my case. You are desperate.

  4. Draco T Bastard 4

    He looks damn tired there – I almost feel sorry for him.

  5. higherstandard 5

    Ye Gods the world must be coming to an end …….. Key looks a bit tired ………quick lets call a snap election.

  6. DeeDub 6

    He looks like a late Picasso in the last pic….. those eyes are almost going in opposite directions!

    Perhaps he’s trying to keep one on Wodney and one an Sharples & Turia?? Don’t forget to keep an eye out behind you for that English chappie, eh John?! 😉

    • gingercrush 6.1

      Eh its Goff who should be looking out. Look even most people here think Keys popularity will last for another year or two. That will undoubtedly put huge pressure on Goff.

      Mind you I think Key’s popularity will remain the same as now and will easily get a second term. Labour meanwhile will self-destruct till the old guard are gone and replaced by their talented backbenchers (most of whom are far more talented than anyone on the front bench).

      What will undoubtedly be evident is that those stimulus packages so heralded in some parts here that the US, England, Japan, China and Australia are doing will be shown to be largely ineffective. And for the US at least will sometime in the future put them back in recession. Because the debt their government is carrying is far too large for their economy to absorb and will bring pain to them. In fact its so funny how much those countries are putting into their stimulus packages. Yet all those countries still expect unemployment to rise and for some of them rather dramatically.

      The idea that you can have these huge stimulus packages and that somehow they will save jobs is at best optimistic and at worse pathetic.

      • DeeDub 6.1.1

        GC, you are such a humourless little gimp sometimes?

        Was that SERIOUSLY a reply to MY post???

        If so get a life, buddy.

        • gingercrush 6.1.1.1

          That post was suppose to be humourous? Really? Well fail. Next time try harder or wait don’t try at all. There are some very clever people that commentate here. You are not one of them.

          • DeeDub 6.1.1.1.1

            Jeez, lighten UP GC?!!

            You might lose your ‘nice guy’ status ’round here.

          • Felix 6.1.1.1.2

            gc you patronising little fuck, you’re not smart enough to throw that sort of shit around. Even an undernourished moron like yourself should understand the sense in which the word “humour” was used (zOMG I thought humour meanz funneeez like bugz bunnneez!!).

            Your predictable cheerleading bullshit is getting a bit tired anyway gc, but the very least you could do would be to learn some basic English and fuck off while you’re doing it.

          • BLiP 6.1.1.1.3

            Twat!

            [lprent: was there a point attached to that? Accidental humour I know.. However dropping into toilet humour is a bit pointless unless you associate it with some actual discussion]

  7. Tanya 7

    This is absolutely splitting hairs, anyone can look tired in a photo, it’s just scraping the barrel for something to say. Is this is the best you have? Come on, picky, picky.

  8. gobsmacked 8

    “Yeah, look, coupla things, quite frankly, I’m of the view that, if you take a step back, there’s a coupla issues here, and frankly, I mean, look, if you look at the bigger picture, the reality is, there’s no silver bullet in a rolling maul, but going forward, there are some issues around that, frankly.”

    He’s tired? What about the rest of us, having to listen to him?

  9. Reg 9

    No surprise really- he has never known hard work before. What a loser. He has just had an extended holiday in Hawaii too. Wonder how many people are starting to regret voting for National .What with him and mad dog Nick Smith- what a pathetic excuse for a government.

  10. gomango 10

    Of course he’s tired. Up all night plotting how to introduce slavery. Carving up the worlds resources with his illuminati mates. And if you want to eat a baby for breakfast you need to turn on the oven no later than 3AM, so of course he is tired. Duh.

    • higherstandard 10.1

      I think you’ve cracked it.

    • Snail 10.2

      hi gomango,

      the use you make of baby’ in this comment lacks some contextual understanding. Originally it was used satirically by an anglican priest to ‘attack’ both poor governing attitude and poor law/s.

      As I recall you have used it quite inappropriately several times.. and now risk insulting informed anglicans. not least.

      this advice in your interest since I know you capable of good grace in such matters.

  11. Rachael Le Mer 11

    What a silly thread. Yawn.

  12. sweeetdisorder 12

    Gotta love the political analysis at the standard. What do you call this , poli-photo analysis?

    • lprent 12.1

      Ummm wasn’t this a staple at most of the wingnut sites for the last 3 years or so?
      We have no brains therefore we must attack people because they were female? Or the fact that they had high voices. Or that they were gay? Or almost anything that meant they were not a cretin who comments in a sewer.

      From memory you were one of the offenders. Now you want to stifle the same kind of debate. Don’t be such a dipshit. At least here the dog whistling will remain on topic.

      Looking at the PM being tired has some relevance to the political system. Certainly a lot more then the misogynist jerks at the sewer ever bothered to find.

  13. Pascal's bookie 13

    “What do you call this…”

    I call it 3 pictures of a guy looking pretty rinsed.

  14. sweeetdisorder 14

    What debate Lynn, its a photo. Thats all it is. But please, make up you own story to go along with it. Using that logic, we might as well turn he sound off question time and just make up stories to go along with that as well.

    • Pascal's bookie 14.1

      So you’re not one of the chaps that kept bleating about perception being reality in politics?

    • lprent 14.2

      It is a video. Those are just three shots off it. The video is about 30-45 minutes. He looks like a zombie except for a couple of places where he raises a smile. Those almost creak into position and then his face drops again.

      He does handle the questions ok most of the time, but sometimes he seems to want to answer, but doesn’t understand the questions. When he gets the right questions (ie one that he has been briefed on), he then trots out the answer.

      It is either fatigue or he is sick. I suspect it is fatigue in that he is having to cram a lot of stuff in his head. He has to be one of the most monumentally unprepared PM’s that I know of, and coming in the start of a deep world recession. I think he’ll burn out.

  15. Rachael Le Mer 15

    Who is the king hitter for National? Trevor Mallard was a good puncher for Labour.

  16. sweeetdisorder 16

    Pascal, yes, perception is reality is very true in politics. Thats different from some ‘debate’ about a photo. There is no debate, its just attach your own story. If you had 6 months worth of ‘tired’ photos then you might be having a debate (and constructing a new reality), however, to adjust the metaphor, one picture doesn’t make an photo album.

    • Pascal's bookie 16.1

      It makes a start though sweeet, and whatever you want to say about those photo’s, he does look tired. Sprout noticed and did a post about it. Now you’re crying about it. Point to sprout.

    • Draco T Bastard 16.2

      perception is reality is very true in politics.

      And people wonder why the world is going hell in a hand-basket…

    • the sprout 16.3

      Look at the link to the press conference, as I’ve recommended.
      Don’t just rely on 3 screen grabs from the feed – see it with your own eyes. In the conference it’s very obvious Key’s completely exhausted.

      That doesn’t mean that much in itself, but it is surprising to see such signs of fatigue so early on in Key’s tenure. Clark set a far more edifying example of someone that can go the distance in that respect.

  17. Snail 17

    there’s no silver bullet in a rolling maul

    mebbe there’s a tight scrum.. nick et al sounding like skin on an ACC board drum..

    hey gc this is funnee.. okay.. about funny business

  18. gingercrush 18


    gc you patronising little fuck, you’re not smart enough to throw that sort of shit around. Even an undernourished moron like yourself should understand the sense in which the word “humour’ was used (zOMG I thought humour meanz funneeez like bugz bunnneez!!).

    Your predictable cheerleading bullshit is getting a bit tired anyway gc, but the very least you could do would be to learn some basic English and fuck off while you’re doing it.

    Real mature Felix. How clever that you are able to use the word fuck I wouldn’t expect anything less from you here. Because if you actually said any substantive anywhere on this blog, it is most certainly news to me. Now I’m sorry if you find that crap humourous but quite frankly I find it pathetic. Its as pathetic as the same crap the right spout off with their ridiculous spelling of Liarbore.

    And last I looked you were in no position to tell anyone to “fuck off”.

    • DeeDub 18.1

      Ginger,

      Firstly, are you bipolar perchance? I only ask because you do exibit a few of the classic symptoms ie. you are very easily annoyed and angered (what my Grandmother would call a ‘Hapuka Head’), and you also seem to think you are somehow superior to others in intelligence – indeed to the point of obsession at times – shall we go back and count how many posts there are at the Standard where you call others’ intelligence into question? Your reaction to my post was arrogant and petty. If you can’t see that I suggest you get help.

      Secondly, Felix is quite right. Your posts are generally not much more than predictible ‘cheerleading’ for the right, and yet you seem somehow so swept up in your own ‘genius’ that it has escaped your attention that I’m sure most people here find your tired, angry rhetoric excruciating.

      Thirdly, go look at the video. Key looks SICK. It’s not just the photos.

      • gingercrush 18.1.1

        Um I really do not think I am superior to others in terms of intelligence. I have faith in my opinions as I would hope other people have in theirs. But that doesn’t mean I think my intelligence is somehow above others. Such thinking would be at best absurd. As Felix rightly points out my english isn’t the greatest. So no I do not think I am somehow more intelligent than others here. And it was you who actually started that crap. With statements such as “GC, you are such a humourless little gimp sometimes?” Yet you call me arrogant and petty?

        If my postings are somehow predictable cheerleading for the right. Then surely that same response can be given to many of the left here who merely cheerlead for the left.And if people find my postings excruciating. Then I would recommend they don’t read my posts. As I’m sure some do already.

        • Felix 18.1.1.1

          gc you boring troll.

          You can’t construct sentences. Because you’re not very smart. And your mock civility. Is a transparent and obvious facade. Which slips fairly regularly. So shut the fuck up. About others not being smart and/or polite.

    • Felix 18.2

      gc,

      Thanks for the excellent example of the “patronising little fuck” iness I spoke of earlier.

      Now be a good little fuck and go learn some manners.

      [lprent: Please don’t drink and write – it is pointless]

  19. Snail 19

    just make up stories to go along with that as well.

    Since when didn’t they..? Front bench and all that.. testimony to responsibility..wot!

  20. gomango 20

    snail. You’re so clever you make points I don’t understand. Well done. I must say I do enjoying hobnobbing with the intellectual elite from time to time. Maybe. It’s the stunted and. Grammar lack. Of. Mixed vocabulary and grammar. Insulted Anglicans. Care I not.

  21. Kevin Welsh 21

    Maybe the poor sap is finally realising the potential damage Crusher and Mad Dog could have on his Government?

  22. Janet 22

    He’s obviously got something on his mind, and being Prime Minister is not fun any more. Perhaps he is being black mailed?

  23. infused 23

    Slow news day eh?

    Seems the standard is getting rather tired with the same old shit.

  24. ak 24

    Good spotting sprout. Yes, the sheen is noticeably crumbling in this clip, and in view of the facts that he had just emerged from a cabinet meeting and that his keyfellating media lapdogs are minutely relaxing their lip pressure of late, one is reminded again of this pearler from last year’s Herald hagiography:

    One of Key’s own MPs thinks there is another, perhaps less ingratiating, element also propelling him toward the 9th floor of the Beehive. Speaking on condition of anonymity the MP says Key seems to harbour a deep instinct to be the most important guy in the room. Generally now that he is leader, he is exactly that. But if an outsider comes in who might challenge that status, Key is said to almost physically transform to take up the challenge.

    Perhaps that “deep instinct to be the most important guy in the room” (read: fundamental insecurity) also explains the early drive for personal wealth; the absolute lack of any evidence of selfless public service; the late decision to enter politics; the bizarre, puerile glee of election night; the obsessive “me too”, poll-driven, policy mix; the personal motto “whatever it takes”; the petty, “please everyone” PR desperation of late; and the palpable increase in animation and detailed knowledge when the subject moved to honours, knighthoods etc. (any bets on how many times the words “Sir John” have ricocheted around the trembling neurons behind those opaque, tranzrail eyes?)

    All of which, of course, is relatively harmless in the face of the ogre just round the corner. It matters not a titular that our most important guy downloads poll-porn in his underwear as the Black Death knocks at our door: Nice ol’ goober ain’t about to risk a telling-off from anyone just now, and as an intimate participant and beneficiary at the incubation of cyanocapitalism, he knows better than most the futility of resistance.

    What is a worry, is the standard reaction when our slippery narcissist is challenged. Looking tired is one thing: the likely full-blown tantrum when wee Johnny receives the inevitable trillionth of the heat that Helen endured, could kill us. He’d have taken us into Iraq, remember.

    And deprivation is just behind smoking as a cause of preventable death.

    Douglas, Thatcher and Reagan have the blood of millions on their hands: and their local ilk have just coldly engineered unbridled power for a like-minded individual with the emotional maturity of a 13-year-old.

    On the eve of a cataclysm.

    Gospel this sunday: Jesus forms a whip and casts the money lenders from the temple.

    How about this time round we reject the opium Jesus and embrace the real deal.

    Start plaiting. And be prepared to use it.

  25. RedLogix 25

    Ditto ak. Show stopper. Love it.

    What is a worry, is the standard reaction when our slippery narcissist is challenged.

    An old piece of wisdom tells us that anyone can look good when things are going well; it is only when events turn adversely that a man’s true character is revealed.

    So far JK has not been challenged in any major way, although his reactions to several minor incidents have been telling.

    And deprivation is just behind smoking as a cause of preventable death.

    Agreed, although I suggest that the while deprivation is the obvious driver, it is gross social inequality that is the more powerful force that erodes a man’s self-worth, his belief in a purpose in life.

    How about this time round we reject the opium Jesus and embrace the real deal.

    Oh yes. Only a lot of folk are not looking anymore; their collective arse stands sorely in need of one mighty kicking.

    (PS. It’s quite likely Key is sick. Lots of people, myself included, are under the weather with a bug right now.)

  26. Shona 26

    ak superb! set me up for the day many thanks.

  27. Ianmac 27

    I have the real reason that John Key is shattered! Due to a world wide economic downturn, John Key’s huge personal wealth has slipped down to almost nothing. He is said to be reconsidering his instruction to hold the MP Salary Review, and word has it that he would like a 15% increase- soon. Its true I tell you!

  28. Andrew W 28

    Initially I thought this post was just intended as a wind-up to Nats, it was only later that I realised that it was genuine, and that sprout really doesn’t understand that those of us with real jobs (and I included HC when she was PM) do from time to time get tired.

  29. Snail 29

    gomango,
    hobnobbing with the intellectual elite from time to time

    Yet if the satirist were also a famous author your misuse of the ‘baby’ content might leave you somewhat ruefully exposed..

    hence my interest in your interest.. and not so much my “clever” ness

    regards

  30. Snail 30

    ak,
    as an intimate participant and beneficiary at the incubation of cyanocapitalism

    firm phraseology.. vg. Tell me though, the ‘cyano’ pre was that intended relate color and its imagery or prussic acid (toxicity).. or both..?

  31. mike 31

    Gee – the lickspittles are getting desperate now. Attack the apperance when all else fails. Grow up FFS

  32. Excellent, three months and you have descended to this.. it is nice to see the left has developed a wing nut end to rival the one at the other end.

  33. xy 34

    Stealing political techniques from Dr Who again?

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Speech to the Property Council of New Zealand
    Kia ora koutou katoa   Is it a pleasure to be able to speak with you today, and to be able to answer some questions you may have. I would like to acknowledge the organisers of this event, the Property Council. The theme of this year’s conference is City Shapers. Together ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 hour ago
  • Additional MIQ for Christchurch
    An additional hotel will be added to our network of managed isolation and quarantine facilities, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “I have approved and Cabinet is in the final stages of signing off The Quality Hotel Elms in Christchurch as a new managed isolation facility,” Chris Hipkins said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • NZ COVID-19 response earns another major digital investment
    Minister for the Digital Economy and Communications Dr David Clark welcomes Amazon’s Web Services’ (AWS) decision to establish a Cloud Region on New Zealand shores, further boosting New Zealand’s growing digital sector, and providing a vote of confidence in the direction of New Zealand’s economic recovery. “Amazon is the second ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • New Zealand invests in cutting edge cancer R&D
    Scaling up the manufacture of CAR T-cell cancer therapy for clinical trials Advancing New Zealand’s biomedical manufacturing capability Supporting future international scientific collaborations Transforming cancer care with targeted, affordable solutions Research, Science and Innovation Minister Hon Dr Megan Woods has announced that the fight against COVID-19 will not stop the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • Expert group appointed to lead New Zealand’s future health system
    An outstanding group of people with extensive and wide-ranging governance and health experience have been appointed to lead the Māori Health Authority and Health New Zealand, Health Minister Andrew Little says. “This Government is building a truly national health system to provide consistent, high-quality health services right across the country. This ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • Funding to help clean up contaminated sites
    The Government is supporting the clean-up of contaminated sites in Northland, Dunedin and Southland to reduce risk to people’s health and protect the environment. Environment Minister David Parker said the funding announced today, through the Contaminated Sites Remediation Fund, will help us turn previously hazardous sites into safe, usable public ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    12 hours ago
  • Predator Free apprenticeships open up new job opportunities
    The expansion of a predator free apprenticeship programme is an opportunity for more people to kick-start a conservation career, Conservation Minister Kiri Allan says. “The Predator Free Apprenticeship Programme is focused on increasing the number of skilled predator control operators in New Zealand through a two-year training programme. “The Trust ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Further NCEA support confirmed for Auckland students
    The number of Learning Recognition Credits for senior secondary school students will be increased for Auckland students, Education Minister Chris Hipkins confirmed today. This recognises the extended time these students will spend in Alert Levels 3 and 4. “It means students in Auckland will have a fair opportunity to attain ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Long-term pathway next step to better mental wellbeing for New Zealanders
    The Government is taking a new approach to support people who experience mental distress, Health Minister Andrew Little says. “Kia Manawanui Aotearoa – Long-term pathway to mental wellbeing (Kia Manawanui) is the first 10-year plan of its kind that targets the cause of mental distress and also sets out how ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Keeping our Police safe to keep our communities safe
    The Government is committed to keeping our frontline police officers safe, so they in turn can keep New Zealanders safe – with one of the largest investments in frontline safety announced by Police Minister Poto Williams at the Police College today.   The $45 million investment includes $15.496 million in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Clean Vehicles Bill passes first checkpoint
    The Land Transport (Clean Vehicles) Amendment Bill will help New Zealand drive down transport emissions by cleaning up the light vehicle fleet, Transport Minister Michael Wood says. The Bill passed its first reading today and will establish the legislative framework for key parts of the Government’s Clean Car Package, including ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Funding boost supports ongoing Māori COVID-19 response
    The Government is responding to the need by whānau Māori and Māori Health providers to support their ongoing work responding to COVID-19 and to continue increasing rates of Māori vaccination, Associate Minister for Health (Māori Health), Peeni Henare and Minister for Māori Development Willie Jackson announced today.   This increased ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Significant increase to COVID-19 penalties
    Penalties for breaches of COVID-19 orders are set to significantly increase from early November 2021 to better reflect the seriousness of any behaviour that threatens New Zealand’s response to the virus, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “Throughout this Delta outbreak we’ve seen the overwhelming majority of people doing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Counter-Terrorism Legislation Bill returns to Parliament
    The Counter-Terrorism Legislation Bill has returned to Parliament for its second reading in an important step towards giving enforcement agencies greater power to protect New Zealanders from terrorist activity. “The Bill addresses longstanding gaps in our counter terrorism legislation that seek to protect New Zealanders and make us safer,” Justice ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Joint Statement: New Zealand and Australian Trade Ministers
    Hon Damien O'Connor MP, New Zealand Minister for Trade and Export Growth, and Hon Dan Tehan MP, Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, met virtually on Monday 20 September to advance trans-Tasman cooperation under the Australia-New Zealand Closer Economic Relations Trade Agreement (CER). CER is one of the most ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Prime Minister’s Post Cabinet Press Conference/COVID-19 Update opening statement
    ***Please check against delivery***   E te tī, e te tā, nau mai rā [To all, I bid you welcome]   As you will have seen earlier, today there are 22 new community cases to report; three of which are in Whakatiwai in the Hauraki area, and the remainder in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Major milestones for Māori COVID-19 vaccine rollout as new campaign launches
    Whānau Ora and Associate Health (Māori Health) Minister Peeni Henare acknowledges two major milestones in the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccination programme for Māori. “I am very pleased to announce more than 50 percent of eligible Māori have received their first dose and 25 per cent are now fully vaccinated,” ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government funding to fight infectious diseases
    $36 million for research into Covid-19 and other infectious diseases The investment will improve our readiness for future pandemics Research will focus on prevention, control, and management of infectious diseases The Government’s investing in a new Infectious Diseases Research Platform to boost Aotearoa New Zealand’s Covid-19 response and preparedness for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Quarantine-free travel with Australia to remain suspended for a further 8 weeks
    Suspension to be reviewed again mid to late November Decision brought forward to enable access from Australia to first tranche of around 3000 rooms in MIQ Air New Zealand working at pace to put on more flights from Australia from October    The suspension of quarantine-free travel (QFT) with Australia has ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Extra support for Ethnic Communities to share vaccination information
    Extra support is being made available to Ethnic Communities to help them share COVID-19 vaccination information within their communities, Minister for Diversity, Inclusion and Ethnic Communities Priyanca Radhakrishnan said. “We know we need to get every eligible person in New Zealand vaccinated. A fund being launched today will allow for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • School holidays remain unchanged for Auckland region
    School holidays in Auckland will continue to be held at the same time as the rest of the country, starting from Saturday, 2 October, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “I’ve carefully considered advice on the implications of shifting the dates and concluded that on balance, maintaining the status quo ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government continues crackdown on gangs and organised crime
    Operation Tauwhiro extended until March 2022 Since it was launched in February, Operation Tauwhiro has resulted in:   987 firearms seized $4.99 million in cash seized 865 people charged with a firearms-related offence Gangs and organised crime groups will continue to be relentlessly targeted with the extension of Police’s successful ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Speech to Body Positive 'HIV Treatments Update Seminar 2021'
    E ngā mana E ngā reo E ngā iwi Tēnā koutou katoa Ka huri ki ngā mana whenua o te rohe nei. Tēnā koutou. He mihi hoki ki a tatou kua tau mai nei I raro I te kaupapa o te rā. Nō reira tēnā koutou katoa Acknowledgements It’s a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Power bill changes bring fairness to charges
    A key recommendation of an independent panel to make electricity charges fairer across all households will be put in place, the Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods has announced. “Phasing out the regulations on ‘low-use’ electricity plans will create a fairer playing field for all New Zealanders and encourage a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • NZ economy’s strong momentum will support rebound from Delta outbreak; COVID fund replenished
    The economy showed strong momentum in the period leading up to the recent Delta COVID-19 outbreak, which bodes well for a solid economic rebound, Grant Robertson said. GDP rose 2.8 percent in the June quarter, following on from a 1.4 percent increase in the previous March quarter. This was a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Projects create benefits into the future
    Making a well-known lake swimmable and helping to halt the decline of the endangered hoiho/yellow-eyed penguins are among a suite of new projects being supported by the Government’s Jobs for Nature programme across the southern South Island, Conservation Minister Kiri Allan says. “It’s no secret that many of our most ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Opening statement for Whāriki Indigenous Small Business Roundtable
      Kei ngā tōpito e wha o te āo e rere ana te mihi maioha ki a koutou nō tawhiti, nō tata mai e tāpiri ana ki tēnei taumata kōrero mo te ao hokohoko arā mā ngā pākihi mo ngā iwi taketake Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa – Pai Mārire.  ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New members appointed to Kāpuia
    The Government is adding four additional members to Kāpuia, the Ministerial Advisory Group on the Government’s Response to the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the terrorist attack on Christchurch mosques. “I’m looking forward to having Pamela MacNeill, Huia Bramley, Melani Anae and Katherine Dedo  join Kāpuia and contribute to this group’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Timeline confirmed for Emissions Reductions Plan
    Cabinet has agreed to begin consulting on the Emissions Reduction Plan in early October and require that the final plan be released by the end of May next year in line with the 2022 Budget, the Minister of Climate Change, James Shaw confirmed today. “Cabinet’s decision allows organisations and communities ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Pay parity pathway for early learning teachers confirmed
    Pay parity conditions and higher funding rates for education and care services will come into force on 1 January, 2022, Minister of Education Chris Hipkins confirmed today. The Government signalled this work in Budget 2021. “From 1 January, 2022, centres opting into the scheme will receive government funding and be ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Nurses Organisation Conference 2021
    Kia Ora tatau katoa.   Ka tuku mihi ki nga nēhi, He pou Hauora o Aotearoa, E ora ai tatou.   Whakatau mai  I runga i te kaupapa o te ra Te NZNO conference.   Tena koutou tena koutou Tena tatou katoa   Good morning, and thank you inviting me ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government investment in farmer-led catchment groups sweeps past 150 mark
    171 catchment groups have now been invested in by the Government 31 catchment groups in the Lower North Island are receiving new support More than 5,000 farmers are focussed on restoring freshwater within a generation through involvement in catchment groups  Government investment in on-the-ground efforts by farmers to improve land ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Fight to protect kauri on track
    The Government is pitching in to help vital work to protect nationally significant kauri forests in Auckland, Minister of Conservation Kiri Allan says. “Ensuring the survival of these iconic trees for future generations means doing everything we can to prevent the potential spread of kauri dieback disease,” Kiri Allan said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Joint statement of Mr Bernard Monk; Hon Andrew Little, Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry,...
    [Note: The Parties have agreed on terms to fully and finally settle the proceeding and will jointly issue the below statement.] At the heart of this litigation are the lives of the 29 men tragically lost at the Pike River mine on 19 November 2010 and to whom we pay ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • More financial support for businesses
    Today’s decision to keep Auckland in a higher COVID Alert Level triggers a third round of the Wage Subsidy Scheme which will open for applications at 9am this Friday. “The revenue test period for this payment will be the 14th to the 27th of September. A reminder that this is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Aotearoa New Zealand provides further humanitarian support for Afghanistan
    Aotearoa New Zealand is providing a further $3 million in humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan, Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta announced today.  “There is significant humanitarian need in Afghanistan, with the crisis disproportionately affecting women and girls,” said Nanaia Mahuta. The UN has estimated that 80% of the quarter of a million ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Innovative te reo prediction tool announced in Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori
    A new Māori language prediction tool will play a key role in tracking our te reo Māori revitalisation efforts, Minister for Māori Development Willie Jackson announced today. He Ara Poutama mō te reo Māori (He Ara Poutama) can forecast the number of conversational and fluent speakers of te reo Māori ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Further Government support for people to access food and essential items
    The Government is responding to need for support in Auckland and has committed a further $10 million to help people access ongoing food and other essential items, Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni announced today. This latest tranche is targeted at the Auckland region, helping providers and organisations to distribute ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Half a million Pfizer vaccines from Denmark
    The Government has secured an extra half a million doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines from Denmark that will start arriving in New Zealand within days, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. “This is the second and larger agreement the Government has entered into to purchase additional vaccines to meet the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Inland Revenue providing essential COVID support for businesses
    Inland Revenue is seeing increased demand for Resurgence Support Payments and other assistance schemes that it administers, but is processing applications quickly, Revenue Minister David Parker said today. David Parker said the Resurgence Support Payment, the Small Business Cashflow (loan) Scheme and the Wage Subsidy are available at the same ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago