web analytics

The new political battleground

Written By: - Date published: 9:12 am, August 30th, 2011 - 23 comments
Categories: blogs, election 2011, interweb - Tags: ,

Sometimes the ever changing nature of the internet can seem overwhelming, sometimes it isn’t even noticed. One thing we can all agree on is the growing influence of the internet on our daily lives. People from all walks of life use the internet to engage with whatever they’re interested in, and usually trends come with the times. The November election will require political parties to adopt social media strategies to entertain the changing attitudes and behaviours of young (and older) voters. It shouldn’t be seen as a frustrating new medium to overcome, but rather an opportunity to engage with voters via a medium that subverts traditional media.

The New Zealand Herald published an article relating to social media use on Monday, setting out that half the adult US population now use social networks. This compares with eight percent in 2005, a dramatic shift in general habits that we often overlook. This study obviously doesn’t focus on New Zealanders’ use, though it seems reasonable to assume the statistics would look somewhat similar.

Of course social networking is not the only new medium gaining in popularity. Political blogs such as The Standard are gaining in readership as people hunger for a broader perspective on what’s going on. Clare Curren created a stir on Red Alert recently with her emotionally charged ‘The Importance of being Labour’ posts. Imperator Fish looks into the issue of whether Red Alert is damaging Labour. A worthy read which I will take a few quotes from,

The challenge with using social media is that it’s dynamic, fluid and collaborative. You can carefully craft a press release on a policy and send it forth into the world to be debated by media commentators, analysts and bloggers alike, but when you stick something up in your site and let people comment you’re allowing the public to give you direct and instant feedback. That should be good in theory, and we should welcome this form of participatory democracy, but the trouble is that if only one of the two main parties does it while the other continues to issue anodyne and polished releases, the impression can be created that a whole pile of people don’t like one particular party’s policies or personnel.”

 The other trouble is that I don’t think Labour has yet worked out how to use social media effectively. People don’t like negativity in their politicians, so overly negative posts just invite counterattack. If you have a crack at someone and then arm their supporters with the means to swipe back (i.e. a loosely moderated comments policy), then of course they will.”

There is some great points in this, and I agree that National not participating in the same way as Labour could be considered a challenge. That is no reason to stop however, if anything, the exercise Labour is taking with Red Alert offers them a chance to dip their toes in the social media waters before being forced to take a dive as no doubt all political parties will this (or next) election.

How the web shaped the Australian election” is a short article on social media during the last Australian Election, here are some relevant highlights,

 “MySpace’s Australian general manager, Rebekah Horne, said that after nearly 12 years of the same political party in charge, more public engagement in the political process was needed. “There was a whole generation of people removed from the political space,” Ms Horne said. She believes the high level of political participation on social networking websites such as MySpace and Facebook has shown that we’ve gone some way towards reaching that goal.”

YouTube has proven to have been very popular for most political parties during the Australian campaign, with several policy announcements first being released online. Ms Horne believes the success of Labor and the Greens has been a result of them embracing and participating with social networks. “Kevin Rudd is as popular as the effort he puts in – that’s the key to social networking. He is engaged on all social networks and he’s reaping the rewards,” Ms Horne said. “I’m quite surprised that the Liberal Party haven’t been as engaged.”

It would be prudent to first note the Liberal Party failed to adopt social media strategies like Labour and the Greens, and an argument has been put forward that they paid a price. Can we draw parallels with National’s lacking strategy toward social media? Are conservatives scared of the community power found in social media? It is an interesting consideration.

What can be discerned from the above quote is that social networking is only going to become more ingrained in political campaigning. An article in the Southland Times, titled ‘Internet action heats up’ focuses on the use of social media for the upcoming campaign (no link available). Clearly there is growing interest in how political parties will choose to interact with social media this November, and with the growing participation of our population in social media it must be an interaction that is nurtured and engaging.

The left has an opportunity at this election to step out ahead of the right via innovative campaigning on social media. The left has the chance to build a platform of engagement with the community, and thankfully the left generally attracts people wanting to be engaged in a community. The right has this opportunity too, will they take it? They probably don’t need to bother, or at least that must be the attitude they have.

How can Labour and the Greens create a campaign to engage New Zealanders over social media? A very pertinent question in the coming weeks, and one that could be crucial to their level of success at this election.

Rijab

23 comments on “The new political battleground”

  1. Raymond A Francis 1

    Well I like and applaude the effort Labour has put into Red Alert
    Trevor Mallard who in his past political statements had came across as a sport bully (remember the thing about beer bottles) turns out to human in his blogging

    The point that Imperator Fish makes about negativity is a good one that all political blogs should learn from. The whole Labour meme that John Key is a light weight fool while possibly true, is saying to the voters (well 60%+) that they are fools for voting or polling him as a good leader
    This is not the way to win votes from the undecided

    • Jim Nald 1.1

      NZ facing up to Nov 2008: the voters’ national mistake

    • lprent 1.2

      I’m afraid that I really don’t blog to win voters. I blog to discuss politics amongst the mainly left. It allows communication between the politically involved rather than being some kind of media/communications exercise. But I’m not a politician…. What I am is someone who has been on the social media for a long time (On Thursday I’m off to a IRL dinner with some of the kcbbs crowd – a social even that started about 1991 as I recall. And I’d been on the BBS’es for quite some time before that).

      Subtle point, but much of the discourse about Red Alert simply doesn’t apply outside of the politicians blogs.

  2. thejackal 2

    I think you’ve been far too kind to the National party Rijab. Clearly they’re a bunch of cowards who fear the public and will avoid engaging because it will show them to be lacking. Even with the MSM’s biased reporting, we still see many instances of National incompetence.

    Instead of a National run blog site, we get the pseudo National site Kiwibog, which just bans any left wing commentators. Whenever the DF’s associations are questioned, he bleats about Kiwibog not being funded by the National party. FFS!

    A lack of engagement by the National party is not limited to social media… they purposefully ignore reputable research and international statistics as well. National is a blind and hollow party that has no substance or plan to make New Zealand a better country.

    That’s because National is all about telling people what to think, instead of listening. They simply don’t care about the people they’re meant to represent, they only care about looking after themselves and their rich mates. A National party blog site doesn’t fit into that philosophy at all.

    • Lanthanide 2.1

      “Whenever the DF’s associations are questioned, he bleats about Kiwibog not being funded by the National party.”

      Kiwiblog isn’t funded by the National Party in the same way that the government isn’t borrowing to pay for tax cuts. That is, David Farrar is paid to conduct polls for the National party, and the government is borrowing to rebuild Christchurch.

      • thejackal 2.1.1

        Exactly Lanthanide. It’s similar rhetoric to beneficiary bashing will help poverty, asset sales aren’t privatization and budget cuts to education and woman’s refuges etc, aren’t really cuts. Apparently the youth unemployment figures and child poverty rate isn’t correct either.

        Just to reiterate the point about National disengaging, here’s an article about them refusing to accept free books written about the Corrections Department’s failure to rehabilitate people. National’s excuse for not accepting the research is that the title of the book is too provocative.

    • kriswgtn 2.2

      yeah they banned me within a hour of joining hhaha
      hell i didnt even get a star

      national’s trademe rightwing community petrocks are easy to torture hahahaha

    • Instead of a National run blog site, we get the pseudo National site Kiwibog, which just bans any left wing commentators.

      That’s nonsense. There’s very few bannings that I’ve seen. I’ve been branded a leftie there and at times I’ve been extensively attacked by commenters but I’ve never been demerited (I think I’ve been prewarned a couple of times) – and I’ve directly criticised DPF at times.

      In my experience KB allows a wider range and type of comment than here, and of course there’s pros and cons with that. There are frequent attacks on National and Key that are not obviously restricted. I’ve criticised National and Key on KB without restirction.

      I do agree that National MPs don’t engage, I’d prefer to see them accessible on the Internet.

      • thejackal 2.3.1

        That’s nice Pete George. I was banned forever by the DF… No demerit, no warning. I guess the same rules don’t apply to right wingers like yourself.

        Not that I mind all that much, I find the comments a bit annoying on the account there’s so much disinformation and bigotry. I bet the DF feels right at home.

        Perhaps the National MP’s do engage under pseudonyms @ Kiwibog. It would otherwise be a bit lonely for them, all alone as the only political party without a blog site.

        • Pete George 2.3.1.1

          I don’t see you listed on the banned list, was it under a different pseudonym? It’s rare to see anyone banned outright – what specifically was the reason given? You weren’t Todd were you?

          Talking of pseudonyms, at least DPF make’s it clear what his identity is and what his affiliations are.

          • thejackal 2.3.1.1.1

            Yes! My old handle was Todd. I changed it because another Todd thought I was stepping on his toes. I’m not sure what makes the DF’s opinion have any added weight because he declares he’s a RWNJ. Funnily enough, it’s his arrogance that started me blogging in the first place :p I’m sure he would ban me from the internet if he could.

            • Pete George 2.3.1.1.1.1

              Maybe threatening to sue DPF didn’t help your case.

              • thejackal

                My case to get up the DF’s nose you mean? It’s strange that Cameron Slater now thinks that I threatened him. I always thought the DF and Slater were different people. Slater hasn’t realized yet that his host has been interfering with his website because of a take down order. He was even jumping up and down a while ago saying Labour was hacking his site. I’ll never understand RWNJ’s.

  3. insider 3

    Social media is a tool they can use to promote and engage at an organisation level but party discipline means that they can never fully make use of its power because every sentence will be parsed by opponents for hidden agendas and policy backtracks, meaning they can never truly discuss and debate beyond the party slogans.

    Obama’s campaign will be held up as a watershed use of social media, but I suspect it could be a one-off, firstly because it was exploiting a still relatively new medium that was gaining critical mass and politically uncrowded, the next time everyone will be doing it; secondly, voters may begin to see through the superficiality of the engagement and so be far less enthusiastic to take action next time.

    That said, in NZ there may still be opportunity but I don’t think we are quite so willing to buy in to the mass participant campaigns like the Obama one, though that may reflect the greater political consensus here.

    • MrSmith 3.1

      “That said, in NZ there may still be opportunity but I don’t think we are quite so willing to buy in to the mass participant campaigns like the Obama one.”
       
      Don’t you believe insider, Kiwis are ripe for the picking, they may not buy into a mass participant campaign but Kiwis like an underdog, you just need to find the soft spot, maybe this is the Labour parties plan, shit even I am starting to feel sorry for Goff.

      • mik e 3.1.1

        Just getting the young ones out to vote would be a good start with the twitter facebook etc would not be threatening want a job vote the jobs party blog away

  4. Tiger Mountain 4

    Righties seem to prefer blogs when they do engage. Social networking sites by their nature deter the anonymity that torys usually crave for their nasty invective and or trolling. It is harder to generate FUD (fear, uncertainty & doubt) if you are known, identifiable and therefore accountable to some degree. Shonkey’s FB presence is one twist to this observation though.

    The fledgling Te Mana has done rather well with its several facebook pages http://www.facebook.com/ManaParty, with some quite sophisticated debate, and some off the wall ideas too, but this coming from many who are engaging in politics for the first time. And that is what Te Mana is all about so it is working.
    They got FB rolling first and the website http://mana.net.nz/ and Hone’s personal website http://hone.co.nz/ are in the background at this point. There was terrible trolling and down right hatred in the first few weeks that has dropped right off currently with better moderation. The Mana community made it clear inciteful speech was not acceptable and then some of the poor righties whinged when they were outed at their places of work etc. Say what you like, but be prepared to own it.

    Election social networking will go down well with people that just want an answer, or to offer their views in a media they are used to and prefer. And good on Labour with Red Alert despite all its difficulties. RA probably keeps a few tory office ‘workers’ in employment too with all their posts.

  5. In Vino Veritas 5

    Given Labours whining regarding the poor, I would have thought that these poor and the poor middle class wouldnt be able to afford a PC\laptop\smartphone\internet connection\telephone connection to be able to use social media. If this is so, since they are struggling so much and they’ll be wanting to pay rent\mortgage\power\shoes and clothes for kids etc, surely using social media will be wasted on left voters?

  6. Tiger Mountain 6

    It is not about what you think Vino, reputable studies such as at AUTs http://www.aut.ac.nz. part of the world internet project show internet users well into the 80s as a percentage of the New Zealand population and heading for 90%.

    “Most New Zealanders, regardless of age, ethnicity, gender or socio-economic status, are increasingly using the Internet for a variety of activities such as social networking, buying and selling goods online, Internet banking, accessing information, learning and entertainment.”–AUT 2010 press release.

    The digital divide is now not about whether you have gadgets and internet access but what you use that access for, often dependent on connection speed and data amounts. Social networking is one of the most frequently used services.

  7. jacqui 7

    Labour seem to rely heavily on spreading their message through the narrow channels of Facebook and Red Alert. They’re preaching to the converted and not going to win any extra votes this way. Also, people tend to ‘hide’ too much activity from groups on facebook, so the channel gets narrower in terms of spreading the message. And how many people are really reading the blogs, other than core voters?
    The wider concern is the average Joe has no idea what Labour are planning as the MSM rarely cover policies, only titbits and trivia. I am constantly getting asked ‘so what are Labour doing about the election?’, the consensus being they appear to be doing nothing, they’re not visible and their messaging is not hitting home.
    I think social media is a fine place to air views and debate issues de jour, but it is limiting in communication terms.

    • Colonial Viper 7.1

      +1

      Got to get out there if you are going to win an election. I will be helping Labour out in my electorate this weekend, looking forwards to it 🙂

  8. chris73 8

    I think the problem with red alert is that the MPs using don’t really understand that its a two-way street or they’re not used to such direct feedback to thier ideas

    In fact it must be quite a shock that when they (on occaision) write something thats blatently wrong/dumb they get people telling them so

    Maybe not used to people telling them exactly how they feel?

    • Colonial Viper 8.1

      National MPs don’t like criticism to the extent that they will set situations up where they cannot receive any. They will walk out of meetings without taking questions, websites and blog sites are heavily controlled or have no space to make public comments, etc.

      Labour has done pretty well with the running of Red Alert, particularly in the face of organised, and oft personal, trolling.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Ultra-fast Broadband programme hits major milestone with more than one million connections
    The Minister for Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media has congratulated the Ultra-fast Broadband (UFB) programme on its major milestone of connecting more than 1 million New Zealand households and businesses to UFB. “This milestone has been 10 years in the making and demonstrates the popularity of the UFB network. “Uptake ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    29 mins ago
  • Vaping legislation passes
    Landmark legislation passed today puts New Zealand on track to saving thousands of lives and having a smokefree generation sooner rather than later, Associate Health Minister, Jenny Salesa says. The Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products (Vaping) Amendment Bill regulates vaping products and heated tobacco devices. “There has long been concern ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • Government repeals discriminatory law
    A discriminatory law that has been a symbol of frustration for many people needing and providing care and support, has been scrapped by the Government. “Part 4A of the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Amendment Bill (No 2) was introduced under urgency in 2013 by a National Government,” Associate ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • More competitive fuel market on the way
    Kiwi motorists are set to reap the benefits of a more competitive fuel market following the passing of the Fuel Industry Bill tonight, Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods says.  “This Act is where the rubber meets the road in terms of our response to the recommendations made in the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    11 hours ago
  • Government delivers on rental reforms promise
    The Government has delivered on its promise to New Zealanders to modernise tenancy laws with the passing of the Residential Tenancies Amendment (RTA) Bill 2020 today, says Associate Minister of Housing (Public Housing), Kris Faafoi. “The Residential Tenancies Act 1986 was out-dated and the reforms in the RTA modernise our ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    12 hours ago
  • New rules in place to restore healthy rivers
    New rules to protect and restore New Zealand’s freshwater passed into law today. Environment Minister David Parker and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor welcomed the gazetting of the new national direction on freshwater management. “These regulations deliver on the Government’s commitment to stop further degradation, show material improvements within five years and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • Foreign Minister announces new Consul-General in Los Angeles
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has announced the appointment of Jeremy Clarke-Watson as New Zealand’s new Consul-General in Los Angeles. “New Zealand and the United States share a close and dynamic partnership, based on a long history of shared values and democratic traditions,” Mr Peters said. “Mr Clarke-Watson is a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • Rental reforms provide greater support for victims of family violence
    Victims of family violence can end a tenancy with two days’ notice Landlords can terminate tenancies with 14 days’ notice if tenants assault them Timeframe brought forward for limiting rent increases to once every 12 months Extension of time Tenancy Tribunal can hear cases via phone/video conference Reform of New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • Apprenticeships support kicks off today
    Two employment schemes – one new and one expanded – going live today will help tens of thousands of people continue training on the job and support thousands more into work, the Government has announced. Apprenticeship Boost, a subsidy of up to $12,000 per annum for first year apprentices and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • Infrastructure to transform Omokoroa
    The Government is funding a significant infrastructure package at Omokoroa which will create 150 new jobs and help transform the Western Bay of Plenty peninsula, Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford announced today. Phil Twyford says the Government is investing $14 million towards the $28 million roading and water package. This ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • Bill passes for managed isolation charges
    The Bill allowing the Government to recover some costs for managed isolation and quarantine passed its third reading today, with charges coming into force as soon as regulations are finalised. Putting regulations into force is the next step. “The COVID-19 Public Health Response Amendment Bill and its supporting regulations will ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • Unemployment drop shows Govt plan to protect jobs and support businesses is working
    Today’s unemployment data shows the Government’s plan to protect jobs and cushion the blow for businesses and households against the economic impact of COVID-19 was the right decision, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. Stats NZ said today that New Zealand’s unemployment rate in the June quarter – which includes the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • New role to champion reading for children
    A new role of New Zealand Reading Ambassador for children and young people is being established, Prime Minister and Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Jacinda Ardern and Minister for Internal Affairs and for Children, Tracey Martin announced today. The Reading Ambassador, announced at a Celebration of Reading event at ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • Funding boost for Community Law Centres
    Community Law Centres will receive a funding boost to meet the increased need for free legal services due to COVID-19, Justice Minister Andrew Little said. The $3.5m funding is for the next three financial years and is additional to the almost $8 million for Community Law Centres announced in Budget ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • New Zealand joins initiative to boost women’s role in global trade
    New Zealand has joined Canada and Chile in a new trade initiative aimed at increasing women’s participation in global trade. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker, together with Canada’s Minister for Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade Mary Ng, Chile’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Andrés Allamand, and Chile’s Vice ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours ago
  • Government provides $2.2m to heritage buildings for quake strengthening
    Building owners around New Zealand have benefited from the latest round of Heritage EQUIP funding with grants totalling $2,230,166. “The Heritage EQUIP grants for seismic strengthening assist private building owners to get the professional advice they need to go ahead with their projects or support them to carry out the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours ago
  • Better hospital care for Northland babies and their whānau
    •    New paediatric facilities, including a Special Baby Care Unit •    Up to 50 extra inpatient beds  •    New lab facilities  Northland babies and their whānau will soon have access to improved hospital care when they need it with Health Minister Chris Hipkins today confirming new paediatric facilities and more ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours ago
  • Green light for Wellington and Wairarapa in $220m nationwide cycleways package
    People walking and cycling between Featherston and Greytown, or along Wellington’s Eastern Bays will soon have a safe shared path, as part of a $220 million shovel-ready cycleways package announced by Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter. “During lockdown we saw many more families and kids out on their bikes, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • New Zealand expresses condolences on passing of Vanuatu High Commissioner
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today extended New Zealand’s condolences following the death of Vanuatu’s High Commissioner to New Zealand, Johnson Naviti, who passed away yesterday afternoon in Wellington. “Our thoughts are with the High Commissioner’s family and colleagues during this difficult time. This is a terrible loss both to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government announces allocation of three waters funds for councils
    The Government has today set out the regional allocations of the $761 million Three Waters stimulus and reform funding for councils announced by Prime Minister Hon Jacinda Ardern this month.  "I want to thank Councils around the country for engaging with the Central Local Government Steering Group who have been ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Funding boost for students with highest learning support needs
    Students with high and complex learning needs, as well as their teachers and parents, will benefit from a substantial increase to Ongoing Resourcing Scheme (ORS) funding, Associate Education Minister Martin announced today. “Nearly $160 million will go towards helping these students by lifting their base support over the next four ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Govt connecting kiwis to affordable, healthy food
    Funding for innovative projects to connect Kiwis with affordable, safe and wholesome food, reduce food waste, and help our food producers recover from COVID-19 has been announced today by Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. “COVID-19 has seen an increasing number of families facing unprecedented financial pressure. Foodbanks and community food service ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Getting infrastructure for housing underway
    Eight shovel-ready projects within Kāinga Ora large-scale developments, and the Unitec residential development in Auckland have been given the go-ahead, Minister for Housing Dr Megan Woods announced today. Megan Woods says these significant infrastructure upgrades will ensure that the provision of homes in Auckland can continue apace. “The funding announced ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Napier walk and cycleway to improve safety
    The Government is funding a new separated walking and cycleway path along Napier’s Chambers and Ellison streets to provide safer access for local students and residents across Marine Parade and State Highway 51, Transport Minister Phil Twyford and Police Minister Stuart Nash announced today. Funding of $2.7 million has been ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • PGF creates more than 10k jobs, success stories across NZ
    More than 13,000 people have been employed so far thanks to the Coalition Government’s Provincial Growth Fund, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has today announced. The number of jobs created by Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) investments has outstripped the 10,000 jobs target that the Government and Provincial Development Unit ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Inaugural seafood awards honour sustainability
    Scientists and innovative fishing operators from Stewart Island and Fiordland to Nelson, Marlborough and Wellington have been honoured in the first ever Seafood Sustainability Awards. Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash has congratulated the winners of the inaugural Seafood Sustainability Awards held at Parliament. “The awards night honours six winners, from a wide ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Climate resilience packages for regions
    The Government is providing an investment totalling more than $100 million for regions to protect against and mitigate the effects of climate change, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones have announced. Six regions will receive funding from the $3 billion allocated to infrastructure projects from the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Southern Waikato shovel ready projects get the green light
    Three major local projects at Te Kuiti and Otorohanga have been given the money to get moving after the impact of Covid 19, says the Minister of Māori Development Hon Nanaia Mahuta.  The projects range from a Sports Centre for Te Kuiti, a redevelopment of the Otorohanga  Kiwi House and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand extends Middle East and Africa peace support deployments
    The Coalition Government has extended three New Zealand Defence Force deployments to the Middle East and Africa by two years, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today.  “These deployments promote peace in the Middle East and Africa by protecting civilians and countering the spread of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Govt progress on climate change essential, risk assessment shows
    The release of the National Climate Change Risk Assessment shows that the progress this Government has made to solve the climate crisis is essential to creating cleaner and safer communities across New Zealand. “Because of this report, we can see clearer than ever that the action our Government is taking ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • $10m sport recovery fund open for applications
    The second round of the Community Resilience Fund is now open for applications for sport and recreation organisations experiencing financial hardship between 1 July and 30 September 2020. “The fund opens today for five weeks – closing on September 6. The amount awarded will be decided on a case-by-case basis ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Rakitū Island declared latest predator free island
    Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage today declared Rakitū Island, off the coast of Aotea/Great Barrier Island, predator free. “I’m delighted to announce that with rats now gone, Rakitū is officially predator free. This is a major milestone because Rakitū is the last DOC administered island in the Hauraki Gulf Marine ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Funding to restore significant Māori sites in the Far North
    The Provincial Growth Fund is investing $8.75 million to restore significant historic sites at Ōhaeawai in the Far North, upgrade marae and fund fencing and riparian planting. Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones made the announcements following a service at the historic St Michael’s Anglican Church at Ōhaeawai today.  Just ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Big boost for Chatham Islands’ economy
    The Chatham Islands will receive close to $40 million for projects that will improve its infrastructure, add to its attraction as a visitor destination, and create jobs through a planned aquaculture venture, Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones has announced. “The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on the islands, first ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • More initiatives to reduce energy hardship
    The Government is delivering more initiatives to reduce energy hardship and to give small electricity consumers a voice, Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods said today. “In addition to the initiatives we have already delivered to support New Zealand families, we are responding to the Electricity Price Review with further ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Turning the tide for hoiho/yellow-eyed penguin
    Government, iwi, NGOs and rehabilitation groups are working together to turn around the fortunes of the nationally endangered hoiho/yellow-eyed penguin following a series of terrible breeding seasons.  The Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage helped launch the Five Year Action Plan at the annual Yellow-Eyed Penguin symposium in Dunedin today. “I ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Taskforce ready to tackle tourism challenges
    The membership of the Tourism Futures Taskforce has now been confirmed, Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis announced at an event at Whakarewarewa in Rotorua today. “The main purpose of the independent Tourism Futures Taskforce is to lead the thinking on the future of tourism in New Zealand,” Kelvin Davis said. Joining ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Investing in the tourism sector’s recovery
    More than $300 million in funding has been approved to protect strategic tourism businesses, drive domestic tourism through regional events and lift digital capability in the tourism industry, Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. A $400 million Tourism Recovery Package was announced at Budget 2020, and with today’s announcements is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Permits to be required for exporting hard-to-recycle plastic waste
    From 2021 permits will be required for New Zealanders wanting to export hard-to-recycle plastic waste. The Associate Minister for the Environment, Eugenie Sage, today announced the requirements as part of New Zealand’s commitments to the Basel Convention, an international agreement of more than 180 countries which was amended in May ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Growth in new building consents shows demand is still high
    The building and construction sector is still showing strong growth, with the number of new dwellings consented up more than 8 per cent compared to last year, reflecting a welcome confidence in the Government’s COVID-19 response package, Minister for Building and Construction Jenny Salesa says. “While it is still too ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago