web analytics

The ides of April

Written By: - Date published: 7:34 am, April 30th, 2019 - 87 comments
Categories: Judith Collins, national, Politics, same old national, Simon Bridges - Tags:

Parliament resumes today and National will hold its first caucus meeting in a while.

And I suspect it will be a humdinger.  Because the undermining of Bridges by leaking is continuing.  From Tova O’Brien at Stuff:

Simon Bridges’ political future seems uncertain, after murmurs from National MPs that his leadership is unfocused and incompetent.

Before the Easter break, an MP told Newshub that “the numbers are firming for Judith [Collins]” to lead the party. On Tuesday, National’s leader will face all his MPs for the first time since those murmurs surfaced.

National MPs told Newshub before Easter they were unimpressed with Bridges behavior, calling it “incompetent”.

MPs are also unhappy with his handling of ‘slushy-gate’; Bridges’ described Corrections spending $1 million on slushy machines for staff as “irresponsible and wasteful”.

But National MPs went on record with Newshub to say they are not pleased with their leader’s handling of the situation, saying it seemed petty and stupid.

“It didn’t feel like a guy being focused on being Prime Minister,” said one MP.

Another said it feels like bullying behavior.

“These people do a job that hardly anyone would. It smacks of bullying of staff that can’t fight back,” they told Newshub.

Although a bloody coup will be unlikely, Bridges’ MPs will be watching him like hawks tomorrow, waiting for any slip or sign of weakness.

The knives are well and truly drawn.

If these MPs went on the record I would love to know who they are.

Of course this could be a vocal minority seeking to undermine Bridges’ leadership by leaking information.  Maybe most of the caucus are still satisfied with or prepared to tolerate his leadership.  And maybe the contenders would never consider a coup because being the leader of the opposition would be such an awful job to have in these times where Jacinda is so dominant.

But politics is full of people who think that their innate ability is such that if they were given a chance they could achieve what most of us would consider a dream.

Step right up …

87 comments on “The ides of April”

  1. Sanctuary 1

    Simon is in the position of being in his job because no one else wants to be around for the post election witch hunt next year.

    • AB 1.1

      If Judith' is brave enough to move now, she has a better chance of winning the leadership because of the high risk involved. Other younger candidates may not want to take that risk and burn their careers with a 2020 loss.

      Collins may believe that a narrow 2020 loss would allow her to keep the job for one more attempt. I think she may go for it, and her approach will be to go full Bolsonaro, because that's her natural ideology and style, and it can be sustained without pretence.

      • Chris 1.1.1

        It will be good if she does because we'll finally get to test whether that approach is sustainable. It's easy to believe that Collins as leader is a guarantee for failure but there's still an unknown aspect to that which is whether hateful attitudes towards others that've emerged since the 1990s are widespread and sufficiently established to really support what Collins stands for.

        • AB 1.1.1.1

          Yes – sometimes I fear that she will be wildly popular, contrary to expectations. Obviously it would be "Bolsonaro with Kiwi characteristics" – so wound back from overt violence and grounded in the ‘commonsense’ of the golf club bar and the Pauanui barbecue.

        • michelle 1.1.1.2

          If blinglish cant get elected and was was very close judeath has no chance

          • Chris 1.1.1.2.1

            I hope that's more than wishful thinking. There's a nasty underbelly in this country we possibly haven't fully experienced and that might just take one leader with a modicum of populist appeal to fully reveal.

    • cleangreen 1.2

      smileysmiley Double smile for you today Sanctuary.

      If Simple Simon Bridges stays; – it is a ticket to next year another Labour victory again with NZFirst and greens hitched train.

  2. Gristle 2

    I'm a little confused. (Not difficult to achieve, nor infrequent in its occurrence.)

    The ides is typically a day in the middle of the month: often the 13th, though the 15th for March. And Julius Caesar's political career/life came to an abrupt end on this latter date.

    We are a couple of weeks past the ides of April so I don't understand if you are referring to something that happened on the 13th of April, or something else.

    [I was taking significant licence with the concept and referring to Caesar’s untimely end – MS]

    • Phil 2.1

      <i>referring to Caesar’s untimely end – MS</i>

      Nothing about Simon makes me think any ending for him would be 'untimely'.

    • millsy 2.2

      Dont confuse yourself too much. You may rupture something.

      As MS says, he was just taking a bit of licence.

  3. Incognito 3

    I wonder whether Simon is actually quite happy being Leader of the Opposition/National and doesn’t care too much whether he’ll become PM in 2020. That would put him into a different perspective, wouldn’t it?

    • roy cartland 3.1

      Good point. He'll stick around forever, and will have advisors and lackeys telling him to 'stick it out' etc. I remember the look of thunder on Mallard's face after his demotion for undermining Cunliffe (was it?) and being mocked mercilessly. Now look at him, lord of the manor and lovin' it.

      There will always be some (highly paid) place to shove Bridges like there is any 'prominent NZer'.

      • woodart 3.1.1

        yes, there will be seats on companies(oil ,etc) being kept warm for him.

        • The Lone Haranguer 3.1.1.1

          I think ex politicians arent nearly as keen on being directors of public companies anymore, as it seems that there are clear and present dangers for those who sign up for the prestige and the glory. John Key is the exception of course.

          Its far better to hope your lot get the treasury benches, and then look for an appointment to an SOE, where the risks of being sued are negligible, or onto a Government funded advisory group where you can play Sir Lunchalot with your old mates for years if you play your cards right.

  4. swordfish 4

    I'll just re-post my comment from a couple of weeks ago.

    Final Preferred PM Poll ratings for Leaders just before being Toppled / Replaced
    (Colmar Brunton since 1997)

    (Main Intra-Party Rival in parentheses)

    Bolger (Oct 1997) … 13%
    (Shipley … 10%)
    Shipley then replaces Bolger
    .

    Shipley (Sep 2001) … 14%
    (English … 5%)
    English then replaces Shipley
    .

    English (Oct 2003) … 7%
    (Brash … 3%)
    Brash then replaces English
    .

    Brash (Oct 2006) … 17%
    (Key … 11%)
    Key then replaces Brash
    .

    Shearer (July 2013) … 13%
    (Cunliffe … 2% / Clark … 2%)
    Cunliffe then replaces Shearer
    .

    Little (July 2017) … 6%
    (Ardern … 6%)
    .Ardern then replaces Little

    .
    Compare with
    .
    Latest Colmar Brunton
    Bridges (April 2019) … 5%
    (Collins … 5%)

  5. KJT 5

    Simon Bridges is still in the job, because he really is, the best that National have!

    • Anne 5.1

      I doubt anyone wants it yet KJT. I mean, can you imagine a Nat sacrificing themselves on the alter of the National Party? Andrew Little did it but he is a rare political commodity.

    • Shadrach 5.2

      So, was Goff the best Labour had? Or David Shearer? Or David Cunliffe? Or David Parker? Or Andrew Little? Come to think of it, changing leaders every 5 minutes just made things worse for Labour…

      • Chris 5.2.1

        But there was nobody else. That's why they changed leaders every 5 minutes.

      • KJT 5.2.2

        Showed at least some depth to the talent pool.

        Unlike National. Collins, Bennett, Mitchell, Ross, Kaye….. FFS.

        • Shadrach 5.2.2.1

          Are you seriously suggesting David Cunliffe, as one example, represented depth? The man who is sorry for being a man? And remember David Shearer and those two dead fish?

          • KJT 5.2.2.1.1

            The "man" comment showed a depth of empathy and intelligent thought, totally foreign to most National MP's, and obviously, their sycophants, such as you.

            • Shadrach 5.2.2.1.1.1

              The 'man' comment showed a weakness and political naivety of staggering proportions. Thankfully most people agreed and Cunliffe was toast – left to contemplate his future at the beach.

              • KJT

                Only amongst right wing shock jocks. The very people we are talking about. "Only the truly ignorant can be so certain". The Hoskings, Richardsons, Trumps and Shadracks……..

        • michelle 5.2.2.2

          well national had some depth but then they started sleeping with one another nek minute all hell broke lose and now we have the national circus i mean caucus

  6. Stuart Munro. 6

    The say the rose blows ne'er so red
    as where some buried Caesar bled.
    In Simon's final fatal spot
    plant pallid blue forget-me-nots.

  7. fustercluck 7

    I am a conservative.

    I believe in universal human rights, national sovereignty, a fairly regulated free market, and a government with checks and balances on power.

    I have no idea what Simon Bridges stands for.

    This is, in my view, National's fundamental problem.

    • vto 7.1

      National's fundamental problem is they don't recognise that human beings are intensely social creatures.

      Their other fundamental problem is they don't recognise that they are conservatives, with associated limitations.

    • cleangreen 7.2

      Clustercluck;
      I grew up in the 1950's and begun work in 1960's when we had "real conservative" National Governments, and they did keep our industries, farmers and our own assets in our hands.

      But this modern ‘National Party are all corporate global agents for the foreign elite & cabals and are ready to sell even our "National pride" after selling our country.

      • woodart 7.2.1

        no longer the party of the farmers and blue haired oldies , party headquarters now in beijing

    • AB 7.3

      I think a couple of caveats are needed to make your stated belief in universal human rights a reality, rather than something purely notional or formal:

      – there should be essential areas of life where markets are not allowed to operate because these things (e.g. healthcare) are human rights and should not be allocated based on the ability to pay

      – there should be checks and balances not only on government power, but also on private (primarily economic) power

    • Shadrach 7.4

      You speak for many of us. Well done.

    • woodart 7.5

      you are a conservative, does this mean you would (a) ban all pokie machines, or (b) turn a blind eye toward gambling as a free market exercise?. stay out of peoples business ? or try to interfere in peoples bedrooms?. maybe nationals fundamental problem is that there are many different groups of conservatives, from right wing white power gun nuts to religeous godbotherers, to free market hustlers, and all the others who indentify as conservatives but hate these other groups. look at conservative parties abroad, they are tearing themselves apart ,as much of the old time conservative ideals have been either proved unworkable for the masses, or just sold off to cashed up lobbyists.

    • The Lone Haranguer 7.6

      Nationals problem is that, for as long as I can remember, they have never had any philosophy on why they want to govern, they just have a hungry desire to govern.

      In the early ACT days (with Prebbles weekly newsletter which was great fun) it seemed that Douglas had a political philosophy which drove ACT, but the Nats political philosophy was to follow thru on their "Born to Rule" belief system

      I cant see that much has changed really.

  8. vto 8

    Can anyone name anything which the National Party has done for NZ which we celebrate today as being an advancement and progress ?

    • OnceWasTim 8.1

      Advancing our linguistuk oidentuty? Ear "segsie" eggsent making us unique?

      If John Koi and Soimon have anything to do with it, we'll soon need trenslators whenever we attend intaneshnool confrinses. It's a win win going forward – think of the ploimint tunities

    • NZJester 8.2

      Yes, putting in Simon Bridges as leader so that the party leaks like a sive and we can now see some of what has been going on behind closed doors that they have not been able to shrug off as easily like they did when Dirty Politics was published. cheeky

    • Shadrach 8.3

      Actually both major parties have achieved considerable advancements of NZ over the years. Our current economic standing being one very good example. As for the National Party specifically, there are many – one example being the progress with Treaty settlements.

      • Stuart Munro. 8.3.1

        They inflated the real estate sector – no other growth over inflation to speak of, except maybe a bit of dirty dairy. Not a good result, and certainly not clever.

      • vto 8.3.2

        Shadrach I think our economic standing rests on the foundations laid by the various Labour governments over the decades, who have implemented changes to the fit the growing world. As opposed to National governments who have retreated at times of difficulty (price and wage freeze) and change – as conservatives always do.

        • Shadrach 8.3.2.1

          You would be historically wrong. Governments of both Labour and National have largely followed the market policies introduced by the Fourth Labour government, which followed disastrous economic management by preceding National and Labour governments. Since that time (the mid 1980's), Labour have been in power for 5 terms (1984-1990, 1999-2008), National for 6 terms (1990-1999, 2008-2017).

          • Stuart Munro. 8.3.2.1.1

            You seem to have made a factual error there Shadrach.

            Governments of both Labour and National have largely followed the disastrous faux market policies introduced by the Fourth Labour government.

            The result has been the decline of the real economy and the prioritizing of non-contributing sectors – Kelsey's FIRE economy.

            The untaxed capital 'contribution' to our GDP is at record levels, and our labour productivity is not keeping pace with countries with whom we were once competitive.

            Burgeoning real estate costs impose a substantial deadweight cost to the economy, as do the rentseeking behaviours of privatized utilities and private landlords.

            Had the governments of the last few decades deliberately set out to cripple the NZ economy they wouldn't have done a thing different.

            • Shadrach 8.3.2.1.1.1

              The NZ economy has been well served by the policies of the past 35 years. If you don't like the way things are, try Venezuela.

              • Stuart Munro.

                Well if you're going to rude as well as stupid, maybe you should toddle off to the US with the rest of the far-right crazies.

                Look at the truth straight on for once in your trivial life – NZ's growth hasn't cracked 3% since we started down the fucking stupid Rogergnomics path. And most of that is real estate inflation.

                'Sound economic management' – not by any stretch of the imagination.

                • Shadrach

                  "maybe you should toddle off to the US with the rest of the far-right crazies."

                  Why? I'm not the one complaining about how NZ is being run.

                  "NZ's growth hasn't cracked 3% since we started down the fucking stupid Rogergnomics path. "

                  "GDP Annual Growth Rate in New Zealand averaged 2.62 percent from 1988 until 2018, reaching an all time high of 7.30 percent in the third quarter of 1993 and a record low of -2.30 percent in the first quarter of 2009. "

                  https://tradingeconomics.com/new-zealand/gdp-growth-annual

                  Meanwhile, what's the current growth rate in Venezuela?

                  • Stuart Munro.

                    Nobody except you is talking about Venezuela, you braindead turd.

                    My people have been here for six generations and you're trying to kick me out in defense of your failed economic policies? How dare you! This is a democracy and by golly I will have my say in it – especially when corruption and incompetence endanger it.

                    Corruption and incompetence that you, to your undying shame, endorse.

                    • Shadrach

                      Oh boo hoo. You're the one whinging about how bad things are. If you don't like it here, bugger off.

                    • Stuart Munro.

                      I'm not about to be forced out of my country by a sleazy corrupt piece of shit like you, and, insofar as we are talkingt about epic governmental nonperformance, you might reflect on the fact that only the very worst of governments rely on pushing the citizens they are paid to represent out.

                      The UN, a body you no doubt abominate, being a sympathiser with oppressions and corruptions of every description, supports the rights of citizens to live in their own countries unmolested, and to participate in the political processes thereof.

                      We have long established that you have no principles whatsoever, and would cheerfully live under the barbaric despotism of the Orange Orangutan – and you're perfectly entitled to do so, and wallow in the slough of corruption he embodies, if, as it seems, that’s what pushes your buttons.

                      But what you're not entitled to do is to try to silence my critique of government incompetence – I have an absolute right to reproach my representatives for failing to protect my interests and those of my colleagues and fellow citizens – and I will continue to do so.

              • vto

                shadrach "The NZ economy has been well served by the policies of the past 35 years. If you don't like the way things are, try Venezuela."

                Forget things like "try venezuela" or zimbabwe or russia or north korea – those are just silly cries that are meaningless in the context of this mini-thread.

                But please do explain how our economy has been well served by the last 35 years, relative to our relative global position in the decades before, and, within NZ, relative to our lives and financial wellbeing in the decades before.

                I only see a deterioration in both those areanas (and there aint no other arenas on this planet). Our workers aren't improved. Our wages and salaries arent improved. Our capital ownership isn't improved. Our home ownership rates aren't improved. Our standard of living isn't improved. Many people put off going to the doctor because of cost, which is a true sign of poverty – didn't exist before.

                • Shadrach

                  Our lives and financial wellbeing are considerably better today than 40 years ago. We have access to a far wider range of goods and services at more reasonable comparative prices. We are part of a global society where we can trade, buy foreign currency and sell our labour virtually without limitation or restriction. We employ more people today than at any time in the country's history, and at higher remuneration levels. We enjoy a health system that is world class, with access to life changing medications and procedures that were unthinkable 40 years ago. I could go on, but it seems tome that people like you who want to wallow in the misery of your own imagination won't ever appreciate how good life in NZ is.

                  • Stuart Munro.

                    Declining real incomes and rising living costs are denying most New Zealanders the elements of a quality of life that was generally available. Simple things – a home, a stable job, a government unriddled by corruption and leaders that are not an international disgrace, honestly creating a future desirable to us rather than looting public properties to enrich themselves. Life in NZ is absolute shit nowadays – and it you and your fellow crooks who have made it so.

                    • Shadrach

                      Most NZ'er have a stable job and a home. Successive governments in NZ have been unriddled by corruption, and I can't remember a NZ PM who was not internationally well regarded.

                      If life here is so bad, find somewhere better.

                    • Stuart Munro.

                      Your perception of low corruption requires a willing suspension of disbelief. Events like the Christchurch rebuild established that corruption is the heart and soul of Gnat policy.

                      "If life here is so bad, find somewhere better."

                      Better to share the pain with the culprits so that they fuck off, and everyone's lives improve.

    • Phil 8.4

      The Fiscal Responsibility Act 1994 is the single most important piece of legislation we have for holding government to account with taxpayer funds.

      • vto 8.4.1

        True, and it surprised me at the time, as that is normally the kind of legislation that Labour would introduce

    • patricia bremner 8.5

      VTO, at 8, Him indoors and I thought long and hard……… rumble strips and barriers ??the cycle way? ?

      A number of white elephants..asbestos trains, the flag issue and a few horrors like live sheep exports and Anedarko. …. you may think of some.

      • vto 8.5.1

        Outside of the Fiscal Responsibility Act that Phil pointed out above I can't recall any others at all.

        Certainly never in any social, cultural, moral, or other areas of life on planet earth have they ever done anything. Nothing.

        They are not the doing types

        • woodart 8.5.1.1

          conservative people are very rarely leaders, they are followers, or reactors.

          • vto 8.5.1.1.1

            Yes, exactly, but it is that very point that the Nats don't understand about themselves.

            Actually, I think most conservatives don't realise they are conservatives. Most New Zealanders like to think of themselves as progressive and movers, but look at Key for example – best example ever of a useless do-nothing conservative. Yet many of his supporters would consider themselves anything but

        • cleangreen 8.5.1.2

          Shadrack is another National gatekeeper

          And he/she has a demented vision of any (false) achievements National have achieved.

          I only remember how National viciously sold off most of the county's publicly owned assets.

  9. Fireblade 9

    Simon has survived Tuesday morning.

    How very disappointing for National Party supporters.

  10. NZJester 10

    Looks like the right are shapning there knives and the news stories are starting to flow.

    He has been given the nickname " Simon Slushy Bridges" in a news article from The Spinoff posted on MSN News that had nothing but positive things to say about other National Party members Todd Muller, Paul Goldsmith, Nikki Kaye, and Judith Collins.

    Worst of all, it’s a quick and simple metaphor for exactly where the National party is going under his leadership. It’s negative and obsessed with trivialities. But like a car caught up in a slushy snowdrift, it’s going nowhere.

    That didn’t seem like the case this time last year. In fact, I used the exact same phrase – going nowhere – to mean the opposite thing, that is, there was no way Simon Bridges was going to lose the leadership. All of that seems a long time ago now for Simon Slushy Bridges.

    https://www.msn.com/en-nz/news/national/simon-bridgess-slushy-tactics-make-it-really-hard-to-take-him-seriously/ar-BBWnTNf?li=BBqdg4K

  11. Puckish Rogue 12

    Well for what it's worth I won't be voting National as long as Simon Bridges is leader

    • Dennis Frank 12.1

      Don't vote – it just encourages them. An oldie but goodie, eh? I expect to be voting Green next year, for the 11th consecutive general election, despite the frequent eye-rolling the Greens keep making me do. Yeah, I know it ain't rational. Faith-healing?

      • Pat 12.1.1

        and will you vote Green if the Zero Carbon Bill is a sell out?

        • Dennis Frank 12.1.1.1

          Good question. I don't expect a sell-out, just a compromise. I'll wait till it emerges before evaluating how well James has managed the outcome. Any evidence of NZF influence will be the focus of judgment (not just by me) – in respect of kow-towing to vested interests.

    • Michael 12.2

      Make sure you tell all your friends not to vote for them either.

    • cleangreen 12.3

      Me neither PR.

  12. Puckish Rogue 13

    "as long as Simon Bridges is leader"

  13. bwaghorn 14

    Ha ha i thought it was the ideas of april . Then i figured that cant be right because simon has no ideas.

  14. Grant 15

    Simon knows of politics what the moon knows of lobsters.

  15. ankerawshark 16

    Surely Simon is gone burger by now??? Pretty soon I would have thought.

    However as always from me #lets keep Simon. I am loyally supporting his place as National Party Leader.

  16. peterlepaysan 17

    I am a natural sceptic. ( I have to declare conflicts of interest.)

    I am sceptical of all polls, equally.

    NZ polls asking the question about "preferred prime minister" need to be viewed with cynicism, rather than scepticism.

    We do not have a presidential system.

    Party leadership may have some effect at voting time. It is the party vote that matters.

    No oppostion leader, or co-party leader is ever going to be a preferred party leader.

    The question matters to the media and pollsters (it is about PR spin advertising etc etc),

    The media (gasp) have to have something, anything to gossip about.

    I do hope Simon keeps his current job forever, if he ever leads a government he will become preferred prime minister. Sigh.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Report into Iain Lees-Galloway’s expenditure
    A report undertaken by Ministerial Services into Iain Lees-Galloway’s ministerial expenditure has found no evidence of any inappropriate transactions or spending. Ministerial Services undertook a line by line review of all his expenditure, including staff and spouse expenses for the period 1 January 2019 to 30 June 2020.  “I commissioned ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • Managed isolation charges to start 11 August
    Managed isolation charges for returnees will come into force from 12.01am Tuesday 11th August, after they passed their last cabinet milestone today, Housing Minister Megan Woods said. “The new charging system balances the rights of New Zealanders to return home and helps reduce pressure on the managed isolation and quarantine ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    14 hours ago
  • Update on New Zealand and the Cook Islands travel bubble
    The Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern and the Prime Minister of the Cook Islands Henry Puna have welcomed the completion of phase one in the establishment of a travel bubble between New Zealand and the Cook Island. Negotiations on the text of an ‘Arrangement to Facilitate Quarantine-Free Travel ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • One-stop ‘jobs and training’ shop goes live
    The Government has launched a new online, phone and onsite service to help New Zealanders connect to a range of employment support and products for workers and businesses affected by COVID-19, announced Minister of Education Chris Hipkins and Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni. Connected.govt.nz is a one-stop-shop for jobseekers, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • MSD security guards to be paid Living Wage
    Security guards contracted to the Ministry of Social Development will be paid at least the Living Wage from next month supporting the Government’s commitment towards fair pay and employment conditions, announced Minister for  Social Development Carmel Sepuloni.   “MSD was  among the first government agencies to pay its employees the living ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours ago
  • New strategy to ensure nature thrives
    The Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage today launched Te Mana o te Taiao, the Aotearoa New Zealand Biodiversity Strategy - a way forward that envisions Aotearoa New Zealand as a place where ecosystems are healthy and resilient, and people embrace the natural world. “Many of New Zealand’s plants and wildlife species ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours ago
  • Provider Languages Fund will support Pacific Wellbeing approach
    “Pacific languages, cultures and identity are essential to the health, wellbeing and lifetime success of our Pacific peoples and their communities in Aotearoa. The strength and resilience of Pacific Aotearoa is not only vital to their own prosperity but integral to the prosperity of all New Zealanders, and is particularly ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours ago
  • COVID-19: More funding for schools and boost to construction sector
    ·       $38 million to help schools cover unexpected costs related to COVID-19 ·       $69 million upgrade for online learning ·       $107 million contingency funding to support school construction suppliers facing additional costs due to the lockdown. The Government is releasing $214 million from the COVID-19 response and recovery fund to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • Stay safe on the tracks – Rail Safety Week
    Despite the Government installing safety upgrades around the country, people should still take care around rail crossings, said Transport Minister Phil Twyford launching Rail Safety Week. Phil Twyford said installing safety infrastructure is crucial, but we are encouraging people to be more careful around trains too. “We’re making good progress ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • Government backs Manawatū social housing project
    The Government is providing a cash injection to help Palmerston North City Council complete a programme to provide 78 social housing units for vulnerable tenants. The $4.7 million to build 28 units in the Papaioea Place redevelopment comes from the $3 billion set aside for infrastructure in the Government’s COVID-19 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Major funding boost for Predator Free Banks Peninsula
    A pest free Banks Peninsula/Te Pātaka o Rākaihautū is one step closer with a $5.11 million boost to accelerate this project and create jobs, announced Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage in Canterbury today. “This is a game changer for this ambitious project to restore the native wildlife and plants on Ōtautahi/Christchurch’s doorstep ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Major investment for indoor sports in Hawke’s Bay
    A Government grant of $6.4 million will expand the Pettigrew Arena in Taradale with new indoor courts of national standard. “The project is likely to take 18 months with approximately 300 people employed through the process,” Grant Robertson said. “The expansion will increase the indoor court space up to 11 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New infrastructure for Far North tourist town
    The Far North tourist destination of Mangonui is to receive Government funding to improve waterfront infrastructure, open up access to the harbour and improve water quality, Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones has announced. A total of $6.5 million from the $3 billion set aside in the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government remains committed to Women’s Cricket World Cup
    The Government has re-affirmed its commitment to supporting the hosting of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup, which the ICC has delayed from 2021 to 2022. “This is obviously a disappointing decision for cricket players and fans around the world and for the White Ferns and their supporters here at ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Green light for Te Awa River Ride in $220m nationwide cycleways investment
    Cyclists and walkers will now have a safer way to get around Taupō, Tūrangi, and between Hamilton and Cambridge, with funding for shared paths and Te Awa River Ride, Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter announced today. “The Te Awa River Ride is the latest part of massive growth ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Six major ‘shovel-ready’ cycleways funded in Christchurch
    Six major cycle routes will be completed in Christchurch thanks to funding from the Government’s investment in shovel-ready infrastructure as part of the COVID-19 recovery Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter announced today. $125 million will be invested to kick-start construction and fund the completion of the following cycleway ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Police facilities for Whanganui
    Plans are underway for a brand new state-of-the-art hub for Whanganui’s justice and social agencies, following confirmation the ageing Whanganui Central Police Station is to be replaced. Police Minister Stuart Nash has announced $25 million in new infrastructure spending to improve facilities for the wider community, and for staff who ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Relativity adjustment for Waikato-Tainui and Ngāi Tahu
    An adjustment payment has been made to Waikato-Tainui and Ngāi Tahu under the relativity mechanisms in their 1995 and 1997 Treaty of Waitangi settlements, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Andrew Little announced today. The latest payments to Waikato-Tainui and Ngāi Tahu are $2,700,000 and $2,600,000 respectively to ensure the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Auckland rail upgrades pick up steam
    Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Transport Minister Phil Twyford today kicked off the start of the Auckland NZ Upgrade Programme rail projects which will support over 400 jobs and help unlock our biggest city. Both ministers marked the start of enabling works on the third main rail line project ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • PGF support for Wairoa creates jobs
    The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) investment of $3.78 million in Wairoa will create much needed economic stimulus and jobs, Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. PGF projects announced today include: $200,000 loan to Nuhaka Kiwifruit Holdings Ltd (operated by Pine Valley Orchard Ltd) to increase the productivity ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Public and Māori housing to trial renewable energy technology
    Tenants in public and Māori housing may be benefiting from their own affordable renewable energy in future – a fund to trial renewable energy technology for public and Māori housing has today been announced by Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods and Associate Minister for Housing (Māori Housing) Nanaia Mahuta. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • $2.7m for Hokianga infrastructure
    Hokianga will receive $2.7 million to redevelop four of its wharves and upgrade its water supply, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. Far North District Council will receive $1.8 million from the Provincial Growth Fund for the work on the wharves. “The work will include the construction of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New fund to support housing and construction sector
    A $350 million Residential Development Response Fund is being established to support the residential construction sector and to minimise the economic impact from COVID-19, the Housing Minister Dr Megan Woods has announced. “The Residential Development Response Fund will help to progress stalled or at-risk developments that support our broader housing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government investment to boost Auckland’s community recycling network
    As part of a broader plan to divert waste from landfill, the Government today announced $10.67 million for new infrastructure as part of the Resource Recovery Network across the Auckland region. “This key investment in Auckland’s community recycling network is part of the Government’s Infrastructure Reference Group ‘shovel ready’ projects ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Te Papa transformation starts at Cameron Road
    The Government is investing $45 million in the first stage of an ambitious urban development project for Tauranga that will employ up to 250 people and help the region grow, Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford announced today. Phil Twyford says the funding has been allocated out of the $3 billion ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Low-emissions options for heavy transport a step closer
    Getting low-emission trucks on the road is a step closer with investment in infrastructure to support hydrogen vehicles, the Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods has announced. The Infrastructure Reference Group has provisionally approved $20 million for New Plymouth company Hiringa Energy to establish a nationwide network of hydrogen-fuelling stations. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New training centre to upskill workers
    A new trades training centre to upskill the local workforce will be built in the South Waikato town of Tokoroa through funding from the Government’s COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund, Education Minister Chris Hipkins and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones have announced. The Government will contribute $10.84 million from ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Subsequent children legislation to change
    The Government has agreed to repeal part of the Oranga Tamariki Act subsequent children provisions, Minister for Children Tracey Martin announced today. “There are times when children need to go into care for their safety – the safety and care of children must always be paramount,” Minister Martin said. “But ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Funding to expand mental health support for Pacific peoples
    A $1.5 million boost to grow primary mental health and addiction services for Pacific peoples in Auckland, Hamilton and Canterbury will lead to better outcomes for Pacific communities, Associate Health Minister Jenny Salesa says.  Pasifika Futures has received funding to expand services through The Fono, Aotearoa New Zealand’s largest by ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Funding boost for sustainable food and fibre production
    Twenty-two projects to boost the sustainability and climate resilience of New Zealand’s food and fibres sector have been announced today by Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. The $18m funding will deliver practical knowledge to help farmers and growers use their land more sustainably, meet environmental targets, remain prosperous, and better understand ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Mature Workers Toolkit launched on business.govt.nz
    Employment Minister Willie Jackson welcomes an initiative that assists employers to get mature workers into New Zealand small businesses. The disadvantages that older people face in the workplace was highlighted in the whole of Government Employment Strategy.  In order to address this, a Mature Workers Toolkit has been developed and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Trans-Tasman cooperation in a COVID-19 world
    New Zealand and Australia reaffirmed today the need for the closest possible collaboration as they tackle a global environment shaped by COVID-19, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters said. “In these challenging times, our close collaboration with Australia is more vital than ever,” said Mr Peters. Mr Peters and his Australian ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Pike recovery efforts now in unexplored territory
    The recovery and forensic examination of the loader driven by survivor Russell Smith means the underground team are now moving into an area of the Pike River Mine that has not been seen since the explosion, Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry Andrew Little said. “The fifth and last robot ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government confirms CovidCard trial to go ahead
    The Government has confirmed a community-wide trial of CovidCard technology as it explores options for COVID-19 contact tracing. “Effective contact tracing is a vital part of the COVID-19 response,” Minister of Health Chris Hipkins said. “While manual processes remain the critical component for contact tracing, we know digital solutions can ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Enhanced process for iwi aquaculture assets
    The government is proposing changes to aquaculture legislation to improve the process for allocating and transferring aquaculture assets to iwi. Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash has introduced the Maori Commercial Aquaculture Claims Settlement Amendment Bill to Parliament. It proposes a limited new discretionary power for Te Ohu Kaimoana Trustee Limited (ToKM). ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Bill introduced to fix National’s Family Court reform failures
    The Minister of Justice has today introduced the Family Court (Supporting Children in Court) Legislation Bill – the next step in the ongoing programme of work to fix the failed 2014 Family Court reforms led by then Justice Minister Judith Collins.  The Bill arises from the report of the Independent ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • DOC takes action to adapt to climate change
    A new Department of Conservation (DOC) action plan tackles the impacts of climate change on New Zealand’s biodiversity and DOC managed infrastructure including tracks, huts and cultural heritage. Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage says extreme weather events around the country have really brought home our vulnerability to changing weather patterns. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Reduced international Antarctic season commences
    A heavily scaled back international Antarctic season will commence this week, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods have confirmed. “Antarctica is the only continent that is COVID-19 free,” Mr Peters said. “Throughout the global pandemic, essential operations and long-term science have continued at ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New high performance sports hub for Upper Hutt
    The Government is providing up to $30 million to help fund the NZ Campus of Innovation and Sport in Upper Hutt - an investment that will create 244 jobs. “The sports hub is designed to be a world-leading shared service for a range of sports, offering the level of facilities ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Govt keeps projects on road to completion
    Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today transport projects currently in construction will continue at pace due to extra Government support for transport projects to mitigate the impact of COVID-19. To keep the $16.9 billion 2018-21 National Land Transport Programme going the Government has allocated funding from the COVID Response and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago