web analytics

The plot thickens?

Written By: - Date published: 11:28 am, June 9th, 2009 - 35 comments
Categories: richard worth - Tags: ,

At his post-cabinet press conference, John Key continued to determinedly fly in a death spiral over the Worth affair. The journalists asked some probing questions on the sexual offending allegations and while Key still refuses to give us the full story, more details are emerging:

  • Key has now confirmed that he did fire Worth, it wasn’t a resignation. They were lying on Wednesday.
  • He also confirms that it wasn’t the alleged criminality in and of itself that got Worth fired.
  • Key says if Worth is cleared of any criminality he still won’t have him back.
  • He denied that it was because Worth didn’t tell him of the Police investigation that Key fired him.
  • It wasn’t Worth’s behaviour when he was confronted on the issue that got him fired.
  • It wasn’t abuse of drugs or alcohol.

According to Key, he recieved the information on the Police investigation on the Tuesday. His Chief of Staff went to him and ‘came back with some information but there were a lot of questions’. They went back to Worth to get answers to these questions ‘and they came back, some on the Wednesday, some on the Thursday, right through to the Sunday’. Looks like there was something about these answers that led Key to sack Worth but he won’t say what it was.

During the press conference, Key had a few little tizzies about having to answer all these questions as the journalists gradually tease out more of the story. Sorry but he’s the PM. New Zealanders expect answers from him about the conduct of his government. He should get used to it or go back to banking.

If he refuses to be open and honest, the journalists will keeping digging and asking questions to narrow down the range of possibilities until he is forced to admit the truth.

35 comments on “The plot thickens? ”

  1. dave 1

    Of those five bullet points, nearly all that was in the public domain already. It’s not new. New to you, perhaps. What is new is that Goff didn’t have the texts. He didnt ask for them, Now he it trying to get them. But the woman doesn’t have them all. Perhaps Goff was blinded by the woman’s “striking attractiveness” to remember relevant details. Perhaps if she was a little uglier he`d have the texts.

    • gobsmacked 1.1

      Eh? What are you on about, Dave?

      Worth’s resignation (sacking) was entirely unrelated to the other (Goff) issue.

      When did the PM answer yesterday’s questions previously? When did he, in fact, give the reason for Worth’s departure?

      Why did Worth go?

      • Mr Magoo 1.1.1

        gobby please keep up.

        The fact that it was a sacking at all was a revelation. In fact Key stated explicitly that “if he hadn’t resigned I would have sacked him”.

        It was pretty clear that he was supposedly not sacked until now.

        But I am sure helen would have been given the same sort of leeway in the taito and winston incidents…

        oh wait…

        • Pascal's bookie 1.1.1.1

          How does this new line work?

          “if he hadn’t resigned I would have sacked him’.

          means it was a resignation. Oh I get it, that was the old story. Now he’s changed his tune and said he sacked him. That’s not a revelation, it’s a contradiction. A lie.

          • Zaphod Beeblebrox 1.1.1.1.1

            Its like “Men in Black” when Will Smith waves the wand and we all forget about the first press conference.
            Dick Cheney thinks he has one of those as well
            Melissa Lee needs to have one whilst campaigning.

          • Mr Magoo 1.1.1.1.2

            I have said gobby when I meant davy. Posts were too short. 🙂

            I am basically saying what you are saying…

            bah..that will teach me to post while eating lunch..

  2. tsmithfield 2

    Here is a quote from DPF which sums up my key arguments except better:

    You have to say that as a sexual harrassment advocate or advisor, Goff is not going to be your first choice in future. Look at the record:

    You approach him days after the alleged harrasment starts. He doesn’t even advise you to keep the messages, or make notes at the time of the phone calls.

    1. He doesn’t give you any advice on how to get the harassment to stop,

    2. Amazingly he lets you endure 100 unwelcome phone calls and text messages over three months, without telling you how to get them to stop.

    3. He waits three months until after the last message to then raise the issue.

    4. In raising the issue, he doesn’t ask for copies of any of the messages, does nothing to compile a bullet proof case. He just makes a phone call.

    5. When the other party”s boss comes back in a week saying no action can be taken as it is denied, you accept this and do nothing.

    6. When it then goes public, he mixes up key details.

    7. He then labels the complainant as “strikingly attractive’

    8. He advises the complainant that she should bring him along as a support person to a meeting – so it is all about him, not her.

    9.He advises the complainant not to hand over the text messages, despite having complained previously they were not asked for

    Whatever job Goff will be doing after politics, it won’t be as a sexual harrassment counsellor or advisor!

    This is starting to just look very sad on Goffs part.

    • gobsmacked 2.1

      Another Goff diversion. You’re really showing how weak Key’s performance has been.

      Anyone want to defend the Prime Minister? Anyone want to comment on topic?

    • merlin 2.2

      Weren’t you lot saying the other day that it was dodgt that Goff had advised the woman to keep records of the phone calls and texts? Now it’s his bad for not advising her to do that?

      Anyway, so what if Goff’s not an expert on dealing with sexual harrassment? He shouldn’t have to be, he’s the leader of the Opposition. It’s National Ministers who are doing the harrassing that’s the problem.

      I note that this DPF person’s points are all premised on the sexual harassment claims being true.

    • Kevin Welsh 2.3

      ts, that resistance you are feeling…

      … it’s called the bottom of the barrel.

  3. tsmithfield 3

    gobsmacked: “Anyone want to defend the Prime Minister? Anyone want to comment on topic?”

    Yeah. Hard to do this without pointing at Goffs miserable failures though.

    1. Key did effectively fire Worth. He told him resign or be sacked. In an employment court this would be a very clear example of a “constructive dismissal”.

    2. I am trying to understand the rest of the points made in the article above. It sounds like the writer wants Worth back if he is found not guilty of a criminal offence??? Obviously, there is behaviour unbecoming a minister that is not necessarilly criminal. Key obviously has evidence of this, hence the dismissal regardless of whether criminallity is involved or not.

    3. So far as conflicting information from Goff based on Goffs notes is concerned, Goff got the time of the conversation wrong on those notes. Goff had the timing of the call placed at when Key was in a plane so couldn’t have physically taken the call. It seems clear that Goff has made up these notes after the event otherwise he would have got the time right. Therefore, I much prefer Keys version of the events.

  4. tsmithfield 4

    This proves exactly what I was saying. If Goff had taken his notes at the time of the call, he would have had the time range precisely right rather than being four minutes out.

    He has actually proved that his record of the conversation was constructed after the event rather than at the time due to his own admitted inaccuracy.

    • gobsmacked 4.1

      Oh, I had my money on “Phone records rigged by Labour hack in Parliamentary Services”. You’ve done even better, smithy.

      If Key is smart, he won’t bullshit like you. A quick apology, and the story dies.

      He used to be smart. Not so sure now.

    • merlin 4.2

      yeah, the file note was constructed after the phone call, a few minutes after. Goff said after the phone call he noted the details, then a few minutes later wrote them into his file. And he rounded the time! Call the cops!

  5. tsmithfield 5

    Didn’t say anything about them being rigged.

    The call ends outside the range stated by Goff meaning he estimated. If he checked the times he actually started and finished the conversation he would have got them right instead of estimating. This is more consistent with him basing his record on his memory of the call instead of taking the record at the time of the call.

    Do you disagree with this analysis? If so, why?

    • Kaplan 5.1

      I disagree with it. In fact I would suggest that if someone where to go back and recreate events afterwards they’d check the records they know exist and make the entry exact.

      Converse to your assumption I argue the slight variance in fact proves the authenticity of the diary note.

      As an example. I am looking back in my own diary right now. I have recorded a meeting that took place at 10:00am yesterday. Now I happen to KNOW that it actually started about 5 mins late but does that mean my notes for the meeting are factually incorrect?

  6. felix 6

    If you accept the phone records as genuine (which you do, above) you must also accept that Key was not on a plane until 10 as he claimed.

    Key has been caught in a lie. Again.

    Just about time to hang up the old “tsmithfield” joke and try on another sockpuppet I think. I wonder if you have any idea how much damage you’ve done to Key over the past week.

  7. Kaplan 7

    And yeah… what felix says.
    Honestly TS… you are taking self delusion to new levels here.

  8. tsmithfield 8

    Kaplan: I disagree with it. In fact I would suggest that if someone where to go back and recreate events afterwards they’d check the records they know exist and make the entry exact.

    Converse to your assumption I argue the slight variance in fact proves the authenticity of the diary note.

    As an example. I am looking back in my own diary right now. I have recorded a meeting that took place at 10:00am yesterday. Now I happen to KNOW that it actually started about 5 mins late but does that mean my notes for the meeting are factually incorrect?

    This is the most intelligent attempt at a refutation rather than just personal abuse, so I will deal with this one.

    Firstly, the point being discussed is whether the notes were recorded some time after the call. I am not discussing the accuracy or otherwise of the notes referred to at this stage.

    Secondly, this does not seem to the same as a scheduled appointment or the like. It seems like a call that Goff made that he recorded the start and finish time for, so it should be accurate.

    Thirdly, if I was making record of a call, I would firstly check the time before starting the call, record that detail. Then I would make the call. Then I would record the finish time. So then the actual call itself would have fallen within the recorded boundaries rather than being outside them. In this case the call ended outside the recorded boundary, which seems to suggest the timing of the call was noted sometime after, rather than at the time.

    • felix 8.2

      Oh sowwy wittle smitty, didn’t know you were such a delicate wittle fwower.

      Either you accept that the phone records are accurate or you don’t.

      If you do, then Key is lying.

      If you don’t, then your whole bit about Goff’s records being a couple of minutes off falls down.

      You choose.

  9. Hard 9

    Eddie
    Fetish with dirty old men?

  10. tsmithfield 10

    felix: “Oh sowwy wittle smitty, didn’t know you were such a delicate wittle fwower.”

    LOL. Not at all. Just like to engage in objective debate thats all.

    felix: Either you accept that the phone records are accurate or you don’t.

    If you do, then Key is lying.

    If you don’t, then your whole bit about Goff’s records being a couple of minutes off falls down.

    Not quite. I will reserve my position in case Key produces flight records that prove his point that he was on the plane at 10.00. Then there is a conflict of evidence, isn’t there?

    • Maynard J 10.1

      “I will reserve my position in case Key produces flight records that prove his point that he was on the plane at 10.00. Then there is a conflict of evidence, isn’t there?”

      Can we then throw him in jail for answering his cellphone on a plane, since Goff’s phone records show that Key answered his bloody phone at eleven to ten?

      I have to say of all your “spirited” defences this one is the funniest, most truly pathetic and just plain sad.

      Goff says when phone call was.

      Key says phone call could not have been then because he was on a plane.

      Goff shows evidence to prove he is right.

      Tsmithfield makes up some story that does not fit with anything anyone else has read to pretend Goff is wrong. Did you read this bit:

      “The file note was headed 9.45 – 9.55 pm. Key dismissed that at his post cabinet press conference yesterday saying “that can’t be right because I got off the plane at 10 pm.” Phil Goff has just retrieved his own phone records of the call made from his desk at Parliament to Key’s cellphone. The call started at 21.49 (11 minutes to 10 pm) and lasted 8 minutes and 30s. That means that Goff is substantially correct.

      Another story in the Herald says that “Goff says he called at 9.45pm.” So he was out by 4 minutes – that is an acceptable variance – what was all your rubbish about writing down when you started the call, then writing when you finished, so the call was in the middle? Christ – some people write things after the call. That does not make them liars. Saying you were on a plane so you couldn’t have answered your phone, that is lying. As Goff has proven, to everyone else apart from you.

      So, what is your next flawed defence to be?

      Guys, want me to take the next shift?

  11. felix 11

    Sure. It’s your imaginary situation, you can have conflict of evidence in it if you like. Back in reality-land however there is no such conflict.

    The conflict that we do know of is the conflict between Key’s lie and the telephone record.

    You’re slipping btw. Last week you were making things up and pretending they were true. Now you’re making things up and pretending they might come true later. It’s one step closer to reality I suppose.

    • Maynard J 11.1

      Next he will say that Goff’s record does not prove he spoke to Key, that it was possibly an answerphone. This is becoming a joke.

      • Go Hard 11.1.1

        I am glad you got the punch line.
        Its all hearsay.
        Even poor old Bain was convicted on less.

  12. tsmithfield 12

    My point is that there has been no comment at all from Key on this. What if his phone shows the call came at the time he said? Then someone has the time on their phone set incorrectly, haven’t they?

    Anyway, even if Key does turn out to be incorrect on this it makes him just as much a liar as Goff when he claimed there were e-mail records when in fact there were texts when in fact they have been deleted.

  13. grannyh 13

    This entire he said she said story line along with the hint of scandal sexual overtones is the kind of cak that would make a good article in the womens weekly but you sad tosspots (posters and commenters) can’t seem to get enough of it.

    The best commentary I’ve seen was from Irish ………..

    First moves on Holidays Act reform

Links to post

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Keynote address to Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand conference
    Speech to the CAANZ conference - November 19, 2020 Thank you, Greg, (Greg Haddon, MC) for the welcome. I’d like to acknowledge John Cuthbertson from CAANZ, the Commissioner of Inland Revenue Naomi Ferguson, former fellow MP and former Minister of Revenue, Peter Dunne, other guest speakers and CAANZ members. I ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    14 hours ago
  • Expert independent advisory group appointed to strengthen the future of Māori broadcasting
    A panel of seven experts are adding their support to help shape the future of Māori broadcasting, Minister for Māori Development Willie Jackson has announced today. “Today I will meet with some of the most experienced Māori broadcasters, commentators and practitioners in the field. They have practical insights on the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • Government to review housing settings
    New Zealand’s stronger-than-expected economic performance has flowed through to housing demand, so the Government will review housing settings to improve access to the market, the Finance Minister Grant Robertson announced today. “Our focus is on improving access to the housing market for first home buyers and ensuring house price growth ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Crown accounts reflect Govt’s careful economic management
    The better-than-expected Crown accounts released today show the Government’s careful management of the COVID-19 health crisis was the right approach to support the economy. As expected, the Crown accounts for the year to June 2020 show the operating balance before gains and losses, or OBEGAL, was in deficit. However that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Community launch marks next step in addressing racism in education
    The launch of Te Hurihanganui in Porirua today is another important milestone in the work needed to address racism in the education system and improve outcomes for Māori learners and their whānau, Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis says. Budget 2019 included $42 million over three years to put Te Hurihanganui ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government to consider recommendations on DNA use in criminal investigations
    The Minister of Justice has received the Law Commission’s recommending changes to the law governing the way DNA is used in criminal investigations. The report, called The Use of DNA in Criminal Investigations – Te Whahamahi I te Ira Tangata I ngā Mātai Taihara, recommends new legislation to address how ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Speech to Wakatū Nelson regional hui on trade
    First, I want to express my thanks to Te Taumata for this hui and for all the fantastic work you are doing for Māori in the trade space. In the short time that you’ve been operating you’ve already contributed an enormous amount to the conversation, and developed impressive networks.  I ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Speech to Primary Industries Summit
    Thank you for the opportunity to speak to you today about the significant contribution the food and fibres sector makes to New Zealand and how this Government is supporting that effort. I’d like to start by acknowledging our co-Chairs, Terry Copeland and Mavis Mullins, my colleague, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Fast track referrals will speed up recovery and boost jobs and home building
    The Government is taking action to increase jobs, speed up the economic recovery and build houses by putting three more projects through its fast track approval process. “It’s great to see that the fast-track consenting process is working. Today we have referred a mix of potential projects that, if approved, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Papakāinga provides critically needed homes in Hastings
    A papakāinga opened today by the Minister for Māori Development the Hon Willie Jackson will provide whānau with much needed affordable rental homes in Hastings. The four home papakāinga in Waiōhiki is the first project to be completed under the ‘Hastings Place Based’ initiative. This initiative is a Government, Hastings ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New Zealand ready to host APEC virtually
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern took over the leadership of APEC earlier today, when she joined leaders from the 21 APEC economies virtually for the forum’s final 2020 meeting. “We look forward to hosting a fully virtual APEC 2021 next year. While this isn’t an in-person meeting, it will be one ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Revival of Māori Horticulturists
    The rapid revival of Māori horticulture was unmistakeable at this year’s Ahuwhenua Trophy Awards, with 2020 marking the first time this iconic Māori farming event was dedicated to horticulture enterprises. Congratulating finalists at the Awards, Māori Development Minister Willie Jackson said growing large-scale māra kai is part of Māori DNA. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Emergency benefit to help temporary visa holders
    From 1 December, people on temporary work, student or visitor visas who can’t return home and or support themselves may get an Emergency Benefit from the Ministry of Social Development, Social Development and Employment Minister Carmel Sepuloni announced today. Previously, temporary visa holders in hardship because of COVID-19 have had ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • School sustainability projects to help boost regional economies
    Forty one schools from the Far North to Southland will receive funding for projects that will reduce schools’ emissions and save them money, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. This is the second round of the Sustainability Contestable Fund, and work will begin immediately. The first round announced in April ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Farmer-led projects to improve water health in Canterbury and Otago
    More than $6 million will be spent on helping farmers improve the health of rivers, wetlands, and habitat biodiversity in Canterbury and Otago, as well as improving long-term land management practices, says Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. Four farmer-led catchment group Jobs for Nature projects have between allocated between $176,000 and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Tupu Aotearoa continues expansion to Pacific communities in Nelson, Marlborough, Tasman & Northl...
    Pacific communities in Nelson, Marlborough, Tasman and Northland will benefit from the expansion of the Tupu Aotearoa programme announced today by the Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio. The programme provides sustainable employment and education pathways and will be delivered in partnership with three providers in Northland and two ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New primary school and classrooms for 1,200 students in South Island
    Education Minister Chris Hipkins unveiled major school building projects across the South Island during a visit to Waimea College in Nelson today. It’s part of the Government’s latest investment of $164 million to build new classrooms and upgrade schools around the country. “Investments like this gives the construction industry certainty ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Minister of Māori Development pays tribute to Rudy Taylor
      Today the Minister of Māori Development, alongside other Government Ministers and MP’s said their final farewells to Nga Puhi Leader Rudy Taylor.  “Rudy dedicated his life to the betterment of Māori, and his strong approach was always from the ground up, grassroots, sincere and unfaltering”  “Over the past few ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Prime Minister to attend APEC Leaders’ Summit
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will attend the annual APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting and associated events virtually today and tomorrow. “In a world where we cannot travel due to COVID-19, continuing close collaboration with our regional partners is key to accelerating New Zealand’s economic recovery,” Jacinda Ardern said. “There is wide ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Speech to Infrastructure NZ Symposium
    Tena Koutou, Tena Koutou and thank you for inviting me to speak to you today. This is a critical time for New Zealand as we respond to the damage wreaked by the global COVID-19 pandemic. It is vital that investment in our economic recovery is well thought through, and makes ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Pike River 10 Year Anniversary Commemorative Service
    Tēnei te mihi ki a tātau katoa e huihui nei i tēnei rā Ki a koutou ngā whānau o te hunga kua riro i kōnei – he mihi aroha ki a koutou Ki te hapori whānui – tēnā koutou Ki ngā tāngata whenua – tēnā koutou Ki ngā mate, e ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Huge investment in new and upgraded classrooms to boost construction jobs
    Around 7,500 students are set to benefit from the Government’s latest investment of $164 million to build new classrooms and upgrade schools around the country. “The election delivered a clear mandate to accelerate our economic recovery and build back better. That’s why we are prioritising construction projects in schools so more ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Keeping Pike River Mine promises 10 years on
    Ten years after the Pike River Mine tragedy in which 29 men lost their lives while at work, a commemorative service at Parliament has honoured them and their legacy of ensuring all New Zealand workplaces are safe. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern attended the event, along with representatives of the Pike ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Additional testing to strengthen border and increase safety of workers
    New testing measures are being put in place to increase the safety of border workers and further strengthen New Zealand’s barriers against COVID-19, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “These strengthened rules – to apply to all international airports and ports – build on the mandatory testing orders we’ve ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • More public housing delivered in Auckland
    The Government’s investment in public housing is delivering more warm, dry homes with today’s official opening of 82 new apartments in New Lynn by the Housing Minister Megan Woods. The Thom Street development replaces 16 houses built in the 1940s, with brand new fit-for-purpose public housing that is in high ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Agreement advanced to purchase up to 5 million COVID-19 vaccines
    The Government has confirmed an in-principle agreement to purchase up to 5 million COVID-19 vaccines – enough for 5 million people – from Janssen Pharmaceutica, subject to the vaccine successfully completing clinical trials and passing regulatory approvals in New Zealand, says Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods. “This agreement ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Jobs for Nature funding will leave a conservation legacy for Waikanae awa
    Ninety-two jobs will be created to help environmental restoration in the Waikanae River catchment through $8.5 million of Jobs for Nature funding, Conservation Minister Kiritapu Allan announced today. “The new funding will give a four-year boost to the restoration of the Waikanae awa, and is specifically focussed on restoration through ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • New Dunedin Hospital project progresses to next stage
    As the new Dunedin Hospital project progresses, the Government is changing the oversight group to provide more technical input, ensure continued local representation, and to make sure lessons learnt from Dunedin benefit other health infrastructure projects around the country. Concept design approval and the release of a tender for early ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Jump in apprentice and trainee numbers
    The number of New Zealanders taking up apprenticeships has increased nearly 50 percent, and the number of female apprentices has more than doubled. This comes as a Government campaign to raise the profile of vocational education and training (VET) begins. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • ReBuilding Nations Symposium 2020 (Infrastructure NZ Conference opening session)
    Tena koutou katoa and thank you for the opportunity to be with you today. Can I acknowledge Ngarimu Blair, Ngati Whatua, and Mayor Phil Goff for the welcome. Before I start with my substantive comments, I do want to acknowledge the hard work it has taken by everyone to ensure ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand's biosecurity champions honoured
    Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor has paid tribute to the winners of the 2020 New Zealand Biosecurity Awards. “These are the people and organisations who go above and beyond to protect Aotearoa from pests and disease to ensure our unique way of life is sustained for future generations,” Damien O’Connor says. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Tourism Industry Aotearoa Conference
    speech to Tourism Industry Aotearoa annual summit Te Papa,  Wellington Introduction Nau mai, haere mai Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, Ka nui te mihi, ki a koutou. Thank you Tourism Industry Aotearoa for hosting today’s Summit. In particular, my acknowledgements to TIA Chair Gráinne Troute and Chief Executive Chris Roberts. You ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Supermarkets announced as Government’s second market study
    The Government has today launched a market study to ensure New Zealanders are paying a fair price for groceries.   “Supermarkets are an integral part of our communities and economy, so it’s important to ensure that Kiwis are getting a fair deal at the checkout,” Minister of Commerce and Consumer ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Masks to be worn on Auckland public transport and all domestic flights
    Masks will need to be worn on all public transport in Auckland and in and out of Auckland and on domestic flights throughout the country from this Thursday, Minister for COVID-19 Response Chris Hipkins said today. “I will be issuing an Order under the COVID-19 Response Act requiring the wearing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand signs Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership
    Increase to New Zealand’s GDP by around $2 billion each year Increase opportunities for NZ exporters to access regional markets Cuts red tape and offers one set of trade rules across the Asia Pacific region New government procurement, competition policy and electronic commerce offers NZ exporters increased business opportunities Prime ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Minister acknowledges students as exams begin
    Education Minister Chris Hipkins has recognised the extraordinary challenges students have faced this year, ahead of NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship exams which begin on Monday. “I want to congratulate students for their hard work during a year of unprecedented disruption, and I wish students all the best as ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Prime Minister meets with key ASEAN and East Asia Summit partners
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today attended the ASEAN-New Zealand Commemorative Summit and discussed with Leaders a range of shared challenges facing the Indo-Pacific region, including: The ongoing management of the COVID-19 pandemic; The importance of working collectively to accelerate economic recovery; and Exploring further opportunities for partners to work more ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Veterans Affairs Summit held in Korea
    A Ministerial Summit on Veterans’ Affairs was held in the Republic of Korea this week. Ministers with veteran responsibilities were invited from all 22 countries that had been part of the United Nations Forces during the Korean War (1950 – 1953). The Summit marked the 70th anniversary of the outbreak ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Clear direction set for the education system, skills prioritised
    The Government has released a set of priorities for early learning through to tertiary education and lifelong learning to build a stronger, fairer education system that delivers for all New Zealanders. “The election delivered a clear mandate from New Zealanders to accelerate our plan to reduce inequalities and make more ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • A Progressive Agenda
    Speech to the Climate Change + Business Conference, November 12, 2020 Tena koutou katoa Thank you for inviting me to speak here today. It is great to see us all come together for a common cause: to redefine our future in the face of unprecedented times.  Covid-19 and climate change are ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago