web analytics

The lucky country

Written By: - Date published: 8:10 pm, February 21st, 2008 - 35 comments
Categories: workers' rights - Tags:

I see the wage-gap is getting another airing on Stuff today, here’s the first few pars:

While the gulf between New Zealand and Australian pay packets is narrowing slightly, it’s still a no-contest.

Australian full-time workers earned an average of $A1162 ($NZ1350) per week in the year to November, according to Australian Bureau of Statistics figures released today.

That compares with the New Zealand average weekly income of $667 from the last Statistics New Zealand survey, released in October.

Comparatively, New Zealand’s earnings increased by 9.4 per cent while Australians enjoyed a five per cent increase.

Now this shows two things:

Firstly, the only way we can catch up is through higher wages. Remember the total tax take on an average wage is around 26% so even an absurdly destructive 0% tax rate would leave us well behind the Aussie average.

And secondly, the wage gap is closing, but slowly. In fact the wage gap began in the dying days of the fourth Labour government (pretty much ACT) and then accelerated under National with the outrageous attack on working New Zealanders that was the Employment Contracts Act.

And thirdly (before I forget), No John, the answer is not to have our wages “drop“.

Update: the original story has been corrected to a more methodologically comparable survey that puts NZ average weekly income at $957. This is still places NZ income approximately 30% behind Australian incomes and that is still a higher figure than the total tax-take on an average NZ income.

35 comments on “The lucky country ”

  1. Dan 1

    Let us watch English change his tune. He has for too long played the Australian card. It is going to boomerang this election campaign.

  2. IrishBill 2

    I agree with that. I’ve never understood why Labour never did so. I suspect they didn’t want to offend the business community by talking about wages. Funnily enough, now they’ve given them a massive tax cut and we’re the second best country for ease of doing business many in the business community are rabidly turning on them like spoiled brats. I guess it’s like the childbeaters say: “spare the rod, etc”

  3. burt 3

    Hey what percentage has the PM’s salary risen since 1999 ? What percentage have the average earners risen since 1999 ?

    About 80% for the PM and about 25% for the average worker. It’s a disgrace! The self serving Labour party need to go before they sell us to the highest foreign bidder, that is if they haven’t done so already.

  4. IrishBill 4

    Burt, I think you’ll find that parliamentary pay rises are across the board and are voted on by the house. One might equally says the leader of the opposition has seen his pay rise out of step with the rest of the country and is even more disgraceful as he has claimed the rest of us should have our wages drop!

    I await your letter to the editor on that disgrace.

  5. Dean 5

    “Firstly, the only way we can catch up is through higher wages.”

    Is that actually the limit of your understanding or imagination, or is it just another catch phrase you’d like to cry out?

    I mean, there absolutely COULDN’T be other answers, could there?

  6. IrishBill 6

    Let’s see Dean. Our wages are lower than theirs. We want to close the wage gap. Well, I guess their wages could come down but outside of that I can’t see how else you propose to close a wage-gap. Am I missing something?

    By the way, your comments are getting caught in the dad-trap. I’ll try to get this sorted out.

  7. Santi 7

    Labour had eight a half years to close the gap and has not done it. Why?

    Until when will you continue blaming every malaise on previous administrations when it’s blatanly clear Labour has failed. Economically we should be much closer to Australia not trailing from an ever-growing distance.

    Blame Clark, Cullen and the gang of academics, teachers and unionists that make up this socialist government. Fess up!

  8. IrishBill 8

    Santi, did you read my post? Or the linked article? The wage gap is closing but slowly, it pretty much opened up to a wage-gulf under National. I think Labour could be doing a lot more to fix this problem faster but I know that National will make it worse. How? Because John Key says he would “love to see wages drop”. Yep, that’ll fix the wage gap. Probably by reverse-psychology or something just as clever.

  9. Dean 9

    “Let’s see Dean. Our wages are lower than theirs. We want to close the wage gap. Well, I guess their wages could come down but outside of that I can’t see how else you propose to close a wage-gap. Am I missing something?”

    Quite possibly. Do you think the only reason their wages are higher than ours is because employers here are simply paying less? Because this is the way you are representing the situation at the moment. Or do you agree that there might there be other factors?

    “By the way, your comments are getting caught in the dad-trap. I’ll try to get this sorted out.”

    It’s cool. I’ve emailed with Lynn about it and he’s explained the situation. I have no problem with this as long as the likes of D4J don’t get to post again.

  10. IrishBill 10

    Or do you agree that there might there be other factors?

    Dean, look I might be a bit slow here but what other factors could there be that make up a wage gap other than that one set of wages that is lower than a second set of wages, thus there is a “gap” between the wage rates and therefore a “wage-gap”? Honestly, I just don’t understand. Can you please elucidate?

  11. Dan 11

    Santi, which side are you on? Do you want higher wages like Australia? Then why blame the government who does not pay the wages? You should blame your business friends who cannot see the merits of a higher wage economy like Australia’s. You support Key who wants lower wages but slam the government because our wages are not high enough.

    If Key is confused, I guess it is understandable his supporters cannot see past the conundrum they have created for themselves.

  12. burt 12

    Santi

    Labour had eight a half years to close the gap and has not done it. Why?

    I bet they have done it for themselves, I wonder if the NZ PM has pay parity with the Aussie PM.

    I guess large pay rises (and as IrishBill notes: This includes all MP’s, not just Labour MP so it’s OK) for MP’s is OK, it stops them taking off to Aussie and we would be oh so miserable without them.

  13. IrishBill 13

    Burt, I’d very much like you to point me to where I said it was ok. Or are you telling more lies about a moderator (because you know how that will finish don’t you)?

  14. burt 14

    IrishBill

    You said:

    Burt, I think you’ll find that parliamentary pay rises are across the board and are voted on by the house. One might equally say…

    I agree one might equally say that it’s a disgrace that the opposition has had such stellar pay rises while plotting to eat peoples babies or whatever it today they are going to do.

    However I inferred from the first bit “I think you’ll find that parliamentary pay rises are across the board and are voted on by the house.” that it’s not just Labour that have had pay rises and it’s not the Labour party who ordered them. All have had them so it’s OK they got them.

    Perhaps to prevent me from offending a moderator you could explain why you eluded to the opposition. I was pointing out the failure of Labour in the last 8 years to address wages in general when they have had their salaries adjusted quite nicely over the same period.

    I have commented before that I would be interested to see a comparison of the PM’s salary in 1999 & 2007 compared to the average house price in Wellington for the same years. Then it would be great to compare that to the median wage. You already have median wage data, what do you reckon, the time is right while pay rises or falls are the hot issue of the day.

  15. outofbed 15

    It it Me or is Burt being more obtuse then normal?

    The post is about the wage gap between the Average Aussie weekly income and the NZ equiv and ways to address that.

    Burt if you want to see comparisons of PM salary , house prices in Wellington and the average wage, feel free to do the research and post it on your blog.
    But would it be nice to stick to the topic in hand

  16. r0b 16

    Burt: I agree one might equally say that it’s a disgrace that the opposition has had such stellar pay rises

    So Burt, I never picked you as the politics of envy type. Perhaps next time you’re “drooling” over your rental and capital gains…

    Key hopping on Hobsonville

    … you can do the math comparing them to the average wage.

  17. Matthew Pilott 17

    Hey all, I was looking at the link, and it seems stuff has got a new figure for NZ (despile using the average, and not the median, but anyway) and:

    That compares with the New Zealand average weekly income of $957 from the last Statistics New Zealand survey, released in October.

    IB – did the original article say $667? A commentor on KBB mentioned this so I had a look. I wonder when it changed, and where the retraction/correction notice is?

    Burt – who cares about politicians’ wages. Worldwide, they always seem to get pay rises. That’s not a constructive contribution to this thread.

  18. IrishBill 18

    MP, the original figure was $667 and is based on the NZ Income survey, I suspect they are using the LCI for the correction which includes associated costs but I haven’t checked. The question is what was the methodology used for the Aussie stats and which of the three main sources here (the LCI, NZIS or QES) are the methodologically closest. It’s nice to be able compare apples with apples.

  19. Matthew Pilott 19

    Helluva gap between the two figures quoet thus far though!

  20. ghostwhowalks 20

    When I got back from Australia in 1988 I got a 20% pay rise for a similar job in Auckland.
    So we were ahead up to the 90s.

  21. Santi 21

    “So we were ahead up to the 90s.”

    Are you implying we lost it all in the terrible, disgraceful days of the National government until 1999, and have been unable to get parity since (under the aegis of socialist Labour)?

    Are you a cretin, ghostwhowalks? Your impersonation is good, though.

  22. Tane 22

    Na, the gap was around 20% up to the 90s, then blew out to 30% under National. Since then it’s stabilised.

  23. Steve Pierson 23

    Don’t knwo if anyone noticed but it compares average fulltime wages in Aussie to average income in NZ. Tha’ts obviosuly going to make the gap apepar bigger than it is. Is this the quality of journalism we have to expect from the NZPA these days?

  24. Santi 24

    Steve Pierson, Professor of English: did that article from Steyn hurt?

    It appears so, because I can almost hear you breathing through the wound.

    IrishBill says: you are trolling santi and it is dull. Keep this up and I’ll ban you.

  25. dave 25

    could it have been “” stabilised” ( in other weords the gap is getting bigger but not as big as before – which is bad enough) because Aussies are not getting as high pay rises compared with NZ.

    Could someone put the tax equation in this to see how better off we are in Aussie. Yep, you`re better off in Aussie, way better.

  26. outofbed 26

    Santi Does being a Troll hurt you ?
    It appears so because as I can see you talking through your arse

  27. Tane 27

    No Dave, the gap has stopped getting bigger.

  28. dave 28

    so how come aussies on average get increasingly higher pay rises than kiwis if trhe gap is getting smaller?

  29. Dave – read the bloody article and the post. You can read can’t you? It clearly says NZ wage growth has been higher than Australia’s but not high enough to close the gap. Clearly Australia doesn’t get increasingly higher pay rises than Kiwis but did so during the 90’s. FFS this place seems to be attracting more and more illiterate righties…

  30. Steve Pierson 30

    the Dompost article today compares full time wages in both countries, http://stuff.co.nz/4409967a11.html the gap is smaller and NZ’s wages are growing but more can be done, like supporting the Bunnings workers

  31. Horisthebear 31

    Robinsod – et al.

    Wage growth has to come from either reduced costs, reduced profits, or increased productivity, (ie out of a share of increased profits). Non Wage Costs in NZ are rapidly increasing (eg energy) profit levels in NZ are relatively lower than Australia so increased wages have to come from increased productivity. In NZ productivity growth is very low. We have to work smarter not harder. I would for one be happy to pay all my staff $500 per week more if I could afford it. I can’t. I could pay some this if I replaced some with capital, but I can’t. National will increase productivity, ergo wage increases Labour in the last 8 years has not. Also the real after tax position is critical there has been plenty of debate on this on many blogs. Bottom line if you are truck driver and want to make $150k per annum it ain’t going to happen anytime soon in NZ, but there are a load of vacancies in Aust.

    If you also get behind the wage growth figures and actually look at the non Government comparison it is quite stark. Government wage levels in NZ have been increasing at an above average rate. Non Government wage have not and has been well below the Australians.

    Yuors an Illitirite Righty.

  32. Oh Dear, Horis – currently we are exporting about $12bn in profits to overseas countries. We are not recouping anything like that from our investment overseas. There’s plenty of money mate – we’re just not getting to see it.

  33. dave 33

    Tane and Porter,
    I was responding to Tanes statement that ” the gap has stopped getting bigger”

    And POrter, I m taking about the dollar gap, not the percentage gap.

    That means the gap must be getting smaller or staying the same. Sure aussies enjoyed a 5 percent increase and Kiwis a 8.9 percent increase, but when, in dollar terms, their 5 percent increase is larger than our 8.9 percent increase.. gee, thats a bigger gap than before the increase…meaning the gap is bigger. Larger. Wider. More.Increased.

    You`re better off in Aussie, way better.

  34. Leftie 34

    Horisthebear said: “National will increase productivity”

    How will they increase productivity?

    If these words somehow become action under National, there is no guarantee that productivity gains will be passed on to workers.

Links to post

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • World’s first algae-based local anaesthetic another step closer to reality
    A partnership between the Government and the Cawthron Institute has delivered a breakthrough in the production of a potent microalgal ingredient for the world’s first algae-based pain medication, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor announced.  “Scientists at Cawthron Institute in Nelson have developed a reliable and commercially scalable method for producing neosaxitoxin, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Ngāti Mutunga o Wharekauri and the Crown sign Agreement in Principle| Ka waitohu a Ngāti Mutunga o...
    Ngāti Mutunga o Wharekauri and the Crown have signed an Agreement in Principle marking a significant milestone towards the settlement of their historical Treaty of Waitangi claims. Ngāti Mutunga are based on Wharekauri/Chatham Islands and are the second of two iwi/imi to reach agreement with the Crown. “Today’s signing follows ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Further ACC reforms introduced to Parliament
    New reporting requirements on access to ACC Earlier access to minimum rate of compensation Refinement to ACC purpose to focus on supporting all eligible injured people to access ACC The Accident Compensation (Access Reporting and Other Matters) Amendment Bill which aims to improve access to ACC for all injured people, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government supports Chatham Islands' resilience
    The Government is supporting the Chatham Islands’ resilience to extreme weather events and natural hazards through a grant to secure safe drinking water, Minister for Emergency Management Kieran McAnulty said. “Many households in the Chatham Islands lack easy access to drinking water and have been forced to get water to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New Chief Coroner appointed
    Coroner Anna Tutton has been appointed as the new Chief Coroner, Attorney-General David Parker announced today. Anna Tutton was appointed as a Coroner in January 2015, based in Christchurch, and as Deputy Chief Coroner in 2020.  After the previous Chief Coroner, Judge Deborah Marshall, retired Ms Tutton took on the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • DIRA Amendment Bill passes third reading
    The Government has passed an Amendment Bill today to support Fonterra’s move to a new capital structure and the continued success of New Zealand’s dairy industry. The Dairy Industry Restructuring (Fonterra Capital Restructuring) Amendment Bill will allow the Fonterra co-operative to make changes to its capital structure, as well as ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Minister Whaitiri to attend Food Ministers’ Meeting with Australian counterparts
    Minister for Food Safety Meka Whaitiri will attend the Fourth Australia and New Zealand Food Ministers’ Meeting in Melbourne on Friday. It will be the first time the meeting has been held in person since the Covid-19 pandemic disrupted international travel. “The Food Ministers’ Meeting sets the policy direction for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Kiwibank parent appoints directors
    David McLean and Sir Brian Roche have been appointed as the first two directors of the newly incorporated Kiwi Group Capital Limited (KCG), the parent company of Kiwibank. In August, the Government acquired 100 percent of Kiwi Group Holdings, which also operates New Zealand Home Loans, from NZ Post, ACC ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Defence Ministers meet in Cambodia
    Minister of Defence Peeni Henare attended the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Defence Ministers’ Meeting-Plus (ADMM-Plus) in Siem Reap, Cambodia. “The first face to face meeting of the ADMM-Plus members is an opportunity for me to highlight New Zealand’s position on key regional security matters,” Peeni Henare said.  “In ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Pay equity extended to thousands more social workers
    The Government will extend pay equity to all community and iwi organisations who employ social workers and receive funding from the Crown, Minister for Women Jan Tinetti announced today. We expect this will improve the lives of approximately 4,600 social workers. “This extension means thousands more social workers will be ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Taskforce set up to protect construction industry from product shortages & delays
    New ‘Critical Materials Taskforce’ will trouble shoot building materials shortages Focus on maximising productivity & cushioning businesses from supply chain risks Successful ‘Plasterboard Taskforce’ reshaped to include broader sector knowledge and expertise Will provide guidance, data and information to support builders, designers and business owners A new Critical Materials Taskforce ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Bigger ED, more theatres and more beds in new Whangārei Hospital
    A new emergency department with three times more space will be part of the first stage of a two-stage project to build a new hospital for Whangārei and Northland. The Government has today confirmed funding for stage one of the new hospital – an acute services building and a child-health ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Finnish PM to visit New Zealand
    Finland’s Prime Minister Sanna Marin, accompanied by Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade Ville Skinnari and a business delegation will visit New Zealand next week, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. The two leaders will meet in Auckland. “New Zealand and Finland are natural partners. We share similar approaches ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New recreational rules to support hāpuku and bass fisheries
    The daily limits on recreationally caught hāpuku (also known as groper) and bass will be lowered to a total of two per person in some areas, with a new accumulation limit of three per person on multi-day trips. Oceans and Fisheries Minister, David Parker said the rule changes would take ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Jobs for Nature enabling Mātāuranga Māori
    Mātāuranga Māori is at the heart of the latest tranche of Jobs for Nature projects set to promote biodiversity and reduce impacts of climate change on Māori land, Minister of Conservation Poto Williams says. Project work will include the creation of an ecological corridor in Tairāwhiti, protecting 60 hectares of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Supporting resilient shipping infrastructure in Vanuatu
    The Government has announced further support to Vanuatu to assist in constructing climate-resilient wharves as part of the Vanuatu Inter-Island Shipping Support Project (VISSP). “Aotearoa New Zealand is committed to supporting the economic recovery of our Pacific region in a way that continues to provide growth and supports climate resilience,” ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government welcomes High Court ruling on climate case
    The High Court has today confirmed the legality of the advice provided by the Climate Change Commission (the Commision) to inform New Zealand’s nationally determined contribution (NDC) and the first three emissions budgets.  Minister of Climate Change James Shaw says New Zealanders can have confidence in the Commission and of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government introduces changes to mining Act with stronger environmental focus
    ·         Crown Minerals Act will no longer actively “promote” prospecting, exploration, and mining of Crown-owned minerals ·         Will create more certainty around engagement between industry, iwi and hapū. The Government is proposing changes to modernise the Crown Minerals Act 1991 (CMA) to support more environmentally conscious management of resources, says ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Speech to Building Nations 2050 conference
    Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa. Good morning and thank you, Jack, for the introduction. I’d like to take a moment to acknowledge Infrastructure New Zealand Chair, Margaret Devlin and all the sponsors and organisers of this event for bringing us together in ‘Building Nations 2050’. I would also like to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Better natural hazard information for home buyers
    Associate Minister of Local Government Kieran McAnulty has today introduced legislation to empower councils to share better information about natural hazards with the public. The Local Government Official Information Amendment (LGOIMA) Bill will make it easier for Councils to share clear and concise information in Land Information Memorandum (LIM) reports. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New Zealand welcomes visiting WTO Director General
    The World Trade Organization (WTO) Director General Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala visits New Zealand this week. Minister for Trade and Export Growth Damien O’Connor said the WTO was essential to New Zealand as a small export-dependent trading nation.  “New Zealand’s economic security depends on our ability to trade. Our goods exports ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Faster, cheaper, better resource management law given first reading
    New laws that will deliver a faster, cheaper, and better resource management system had their first reading in the House today. The Spatial Planning (SP) and the Natural and Built Environment (NBE) Bills, which were introduced last week, will replace the 30-year-old Resource Management Act (RMA). Environment Minister David Parker ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Minister Sio to meet new Vanuatu PM
    Associate Foreign Affairs Minister Aupito William Sio travels to Vanuatu today, to meet with the new Government led by Prime Minister Alatoi Ishmael Kalsakau and to represent Aotearoa New Zealand at the Pacific Community (SPC) Ministerial Conference being hosted in Port Vila. Minister Sio will have a number of bilateral meetings with ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Driving ahead with the Clean Car Standard
    Following discussions with vehicle importers, the Government has confirmed the Clean Car Standard will be phased in from 1 December 2022, significantly reducing the CO2 emissions of light vehicles in New Zealand, announced Transport Minister Michael Wood. “Emissions from our light vehicle fleet are the single largest source of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Speech to Constitutional Kōrero conference
    Our Evolving Sense of Nationhood – Me Anga Whakamua Indigenous Futures and New Zealand’s Constitution Tuia ki runga, Tuia ki raro, Tuia te here tangata, Mai i te wheiao ki te ao mārama Ka rongo te pō ka rongo te āo! Tīhei Mauri Ora! Kei ngā miro o te ao ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Rental sector changes to regulate residential property managers, clear up meth confusion and ease pr...
    A suite of measures to improve the lives of renters and landlords has been announced by Housing Minister Dr Megan Woods as the Government makes more progress on reform of the rental sector. “Nearly 600,000 households rent in New Zealand and these measures will result in regulated oversight of residential ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Further sanctions on the political and economic elites of Russia and Belarus
    Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta today announced further sanctions on members of the inner circles of governments in Russia and Belarus, as part of the ongoing response to the war in Ukraine. “Aotearoa New Zealand first moved against the powerful and wealthy in Russia with sanctions on political and economic ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Another step towards improved supermarket competition
    The Bill to trigger an unprecedented shake-up of the grocery sector and deliver New Zealanders a fairer deal at the checkout and help tackle cost of living pressures is ready for its first reading at Parliament. “The duopoly has now been given plenty of warning. If they fail to adequately ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Black Ferns to be celebrated at Parliament
    A public event and celebration will be held on Parliament’s lawn on December 13 to celebrate our Rugby World Cup winning Black Ferns. “The Black Ferns’ triumph at Eden Park is one of New Zealand’s greatest sporting moments,” Grant Robertson said. “They are extraordinary athletes, exceptional people and proud New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Autism Guideline released by Ministry
    The release of the latest edition of the Aotearoa New Zealand Autism Guideline – He Waka Huia Takiwātanga Rau has been welcomed by Minister for Disability Issues Poto Williams today. The Guideline provides an opportunity to better understand and communicate best practices for supporting autistic people and their families and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Speech to Aotearoa Refugee Hui
    Nga mihi nui ki a koutou, Welcome to the Parliament, your Parliament. It is great to see the community here in such numbers, and I am happy to be here with my parliamentary colleagues to listen and take part in the discussions today. I particularly want to acknowledge Ibrahim Omer ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Global climate talks underline need for domestic action
    Minister of Climate Change James Shaw marked the end of COP27 negotiations in Egypt by saying it was now crunch time for counties to step up and take urgent action at home. “Even though we have these international negotiations every year, our focus must always be on what we do ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Defence Minister visits Ukraine and Poland
    Defence Minister Peeni Henare has visited Ukraine and Poland, holding talks with his Ministerial counterparts. During the talks Minister Henare reaffirmed New Zealand’s unwavering support for the Ukrainian defence against Russia’s illegal and unprovoked invasion.   The visit  was a further demonstration of New Zealand’s ongoing support to the people ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Stuart Nash to attend OECD meetings
    Small Business Minister Stuart Nash will travel to Paris today to attend small business meetings with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Stuart Nash will chair the OECD’s Digital for SMEs (D4SME) Steering Group meeting and the 4th Roundtable of the OECD D4SME Global Initiative. “The OECD’s Digital ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Human Rights Act enhanced to protect religious communities
    The Government will amend the law to make sure religious communities feel safe and welcome in New Zealand. After extensive consultation, with more than 19,000 submissions on six proposals, the Government will make one change to address incitement towards religious communities while asking for further work to be done alongside ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Defence Minister meets with UK counterpart and visits NZDF personnel
    Minister of Defence Peeni Henare held talks in the UK today with his counterpart, Secretary of State for Defence Ben Wallace.   The Ministers reiterated the importance of our defence relationship, and reflected on the strong historical and cultural ties between the United Kingdom and New Zealand.   Together, they ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government takes action to reduce gambling harm from pokies
    The Government is announcing today changes to strengthen the requirements in venues which have pokie (gambling) machines to reduce the harm they cause people. “The changes focus on reducing harm caused by pokies, which can affect both those people gambling and their whānau. In short, they would make the ‘host ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • The Pacific business village comes to Auckland
    The Pacific Business Village (the Village) is now going to set up in the Auckland region, said Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio. The Ministry secured $15.5 million in Budget 2022 to meet community demand volumes for services to support Pacific businesses and Pacific social enterprises across Aotearoa. “The ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government’s health investments making a difference for New Zealanders
    Fewer New Zealanders say cost is a barrier to visiting a GP or getting a prescription. The number of children going hungry has halved over the past decade. Statistics show why the Government has made major investment in mental health. Official statistics released today show the Government’s targeted health investments ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Speech to the Asia New Zealand Foundation
    Kia koutou, warm pacific greetings.I am delighted we have the opportunity to meet kanohi ki te kanohi and talanoa in-person, I would like to extend my thanks to Adele and her team for organising this event, for us, today; fa’afetai tele lava.  I am also delighted to see some rangatahi ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago