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The slow decline of the Maori Party

Written By: - Date published: 1:25 pm, October 28th, 2012 - 22 comments
Categories: mana-party, Maori Issues, maori party, Maori seats - Tags: , ,

The Maori Party conference finished yesterday. There were several articles (mostly from Audrey Young) reporting different stories arising from the conference. It’s not good news for the Maori Party.

Party seeks help from ‘Maori Dotcom’

Maori party members are crying out for a “Maori Dotcom” to bankroll them into the next election. The party is on a fundraising and membership drive to save itself from extinction. Party membership has slumped to about 600 financial members from its peak of about 23,000 in 2005.

At its annual conference yesterday, keynote speaker and communications consultant Matthew Jansen warned the party would be wiped out in 2014 – or at the 2017 election if it was lucky.

From 23,000 to 600 in 7 years – that is an astonishing decline. It would suggest that the current leadership and strategy is not working. But…

Turia, Sharples to stay with Maori Party

Maori Party co-leaders Tariana Turia and Pita Sharples may stay on to fight the next election. … Mr Sharples says his party convinced him to stay on. He has led the party with Ms Turia for eight years. Both may now perform at the 2014 election.

…no change in leadership and…

Maori Party conference: ‘Now let’s get moving’

Mr Bird said that being at the table of Government was a ”no -brainer.” … “What is clear is that we have always acted honourable in our dealings with the Government. We are proving stable Government without cost to our mana.

“Whether the voter agrees with this is a moot point…”

… no change in strategy. The Maori Party is (unfortunately) not necessary to “stable government” for the Nats, and their support for a government which is so damaging to so many of their constituents clearly is damaging to their mana – Bird’s denials notwithstanding the facts speak for themselves.

Maori Party looks to include more Pakeha

Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia says she would like the Maori Party to return to its broader support base, including Pakeha.

… when the party faced its first national election in 2005, about a quarter of its members were Pakeha, and it stood 55 candidates in general seats as well as the seven Maori seats.

Worth a try I guess, but I don’t see any reason for Pakeha to be any more impressed with the Maori Party’s performance than Maori are themselves.

In my opinion the MP signed their own death warrant when they allowed the split with Mana to happen. The coverage above paints a picture of a party in terminal decline.

22 comments on “The slow decline of the Maori Party”

  1. Tim 1

    The raison d’etre for Turia’s motivation is once being scorned by a Helen Kluk. The raison d’etre for Pita’s is a blind faith loyalty in daer dear Turia. Both are blinded.
    Let them both continue their current direction – it makes way for others to actually get on with it all.
    The best that can be said about the both of them is that they’re now contemplating their legacy, and NO DOUBT that whatever they do will now be driven by that. Fortunately, most Maori are unimpressed

  2. fustercluck 2

    I was inspired to cast my party vote for the Maori Party when it was first formed; the notion of an indigenous party was quite exciting to me. I was sufficiently disillusioned by the next election to avoid tossing these sycophants to power the same favor.

    Go Mana!

  3. fatty 3

    The problem with the Maori Party is that they ideologically compromised. Ironically, political commentators have said this about Mana, when its actually the Maori Party that are caught at the cross-road. Its also the same reason why our form of biculturalism has failed Maori, and benefited Pakeha.
    The Maori Party’s promotion of Maori Culture, while also supporting neoliberalism, is like pissing into a hurricane. They are getting nowhere. They need to resist neoliberalism, otherwise they will continue to perpetuate the mono-culture that they are trying to break down.
    But the Maori Party continue to pat themselves on the back…only a lapdog would be content with crumbs off the dinner table

    • North 3.1

      Yeah…….Trickle Down…….the notion that the poor subsist on the crumbs from the tables of the rich…….classic justification to up-size the meals of the rich.

      Someone said it, US historian William Blum maybe, can’t remember now. Obesity brought on by all those extra crumbs has buggered my memory.

      Pita’s a firm believer. Toryana Torya doesn’t believe in anything but a consuming hatred of one Helen Elizabeth Clark. The sad comedy of it…….there she is cruising around in one of Dunnokeyo’s heated leather seated BMWs, Che Guevara beret on the head…….trying to find a back door through which to sneak into the hui. Disgraceful ! Meanwhile Pita just smiles, and smiles, and smiles.

      Dead loss both of them. No wonder Maori Party membership’s declined by roughly 97%.

  4. Blue 4

    The Maori Party was never going to last. For a political party to survive it needs to carve out a sustainable niche for itself, and the Maori Party was never going to do that.

    It was formed on the back of a single issue, got carried away on a tide of Maori enthusiasm, and then the enthusiasm rapidly ebbed when it became clear that the presumptuously-named Maori Party did not and could not represent all Maori, that they were basically useless, and that worse than that, their only real function was propping up a National government, which is not what a large section of Maori voters intended to do with their vote.

    Once Turia and Sharples retire, I can’t see anyone hanging out to support Rahui Katene and Te Ururoa Flavell.

    • Anne 4.1

      It was formed on the back of a single issue.

      It was formed on the back of the revenge of one woman against another woman.

    • gobsmacked 4.2

      Rahui Katene 2012 (of the Maori Council) doesn’t even support Rahui Katene 2011 (of the Maori Party) any more.

  5. millsy 5

    I dont think the National Party is all really that racist any more, apart from the Ansellist fringe here and there, but I do think that Maori have been adversley affected by National Party policies (ie benefits/welfare, health, education, labour law, ACC and state housing), and I think that is is shameful that the Maori Party should stand in government with them while all this happens.)

    J’Accuse, Matua Toms.

  6. karol 6

    The Maori Party started out with strong convictions and worthy goals.  It’s sad to see what they have become.  It looks like, in order to survive, they are trying to copy the Mana Party in opening up the party to non-Maori, but without the principled philosophy of Mana.

      • Jim Nald 6.1.1

        +1

        “Maori party members are crying out for a “Maori Dotcom” to bankroll them into the next election” –

        Even worse, Tariana, Pita and Ururoa are now for sale for a good price by someone who can pay.

        • North 6.1.1.1

          At least the loathsome wahanui Tau Henare, previously known as “Ray Henry of the union”, is unabashed and sort of honest about it.

          He never possessed a principle to sell anyway, which he acknowledges by failing to conceal his dispositional larrikinism.

          On the other hand PS and TT still lay claim to principle but boy are they ready to be knocked down to the highest bidder. Damn…….we used to think that Winnie defined sophristic charlatanism ?

    • David H 6.2

      They are on the long, slow, slide, into oblivion. What a pity, but it’s their own fault.

      • Draco T Bastard 6.2.1

        That is, I believe, the inevitable fate of a race based party especially when that race based party shows itself to be more supportive of the colonisers than the race it purportedly represents.

    • Mary 6.3

      Yes, precisely. Only trouble is that despite the party having, surprisingly comfortably, assumed the role of National’s Maori wing, going out into the general electorates will still have the effect of taking votes from the Left. If the Maori Party really want to improve things for Maori they’d disband.

  7. This has taken awhile, probably they will lose their votes to the Mana party as at least it has been working hard to support Maori interests and the interest of struggling New Zealanders. The Maori party is just a vote for the government, and their membership realised that; thus left in droves.

  8. AmaKiwi 8

    Maori go to jail for stealing cars. Key’s mates get knighthoods for stealing state owned enterprises.

    Maori Party leaders were fools to think they could sleep with the enemy and not get f*cked.

  9. xtasy 9

    Maori were partly disowned and cheated by a colonial fraudsters regime, still daring to claim they did it all in sincerity to enter into Te Tiriti, whilst there was NO true good faith!

    But also many Maori were conned into this due to ignorance and false sense of opportunity (quick short time gain for no value, giving in to division and opportunism, not realising the consequences).

    Conseqently wrongdoings happened, but as we know the strong arm tactics were always favouring the stronger economic and higher numbered force of the colonial power.

    The Maori Party is failing to address issues sufficiently, by siding with the worst party that one could choose to get fair and reasonable redress. Also they are up against a public sentiment, much against them, as the majority Pakeha want NO more resolutions and want to keep dominance, but they are ignorant also, by allowing their divide and rule immigration approach to undermine their own strength.

    NZ is on a crossroads, maybe about to become a largely Asian dominated country and society, so that is a true challenge, is it not, for Maori and Pakeha, and some migrants.

  10. I turned my back on the Maroi Party the day Pita said on TV “What has Labour ever done for Maroi”.

    Nearly voted for “Mana” in the last election, maybe next time I will.

  11. Tim 11

    The desire for the MP to “re-image” I believe is solely down to the fact that Pita and Turia have woken up to the fact that they chose to lay down with dogs, and are now itching to the point where raw flesh is visible. It’s a concept that many seem to have forgotten. The MP and NActional were NEVER natural partners (or netshrill as Jonky would state)

    All the “good” reasons in the world were offered at the time by Pita and Co about how they could become more relevant and gain some sort of representation by having a degree of power (by propping up a NActional regime).
    Unfortunately they’d forgotten principle and the fact that most Maori are just that – (principled).

    These days, the only thing I can admire about Pita is his loyalty (to Turie). Unfortunately he failed to realise a few very BASIC concepts which I won’t go into here for fear of being criticised as – well – WOTeva -.
    I can even remember a time when Turia was “comfortable” with draconian measures to teach lessons to those silly little ferral bitches that get themsleves preggers en gowon the doipoiboi- I mean all that crap that tow a Bennet line – what’s worse its it’s dressed up in leopardskin and ugboots in a way that Pita AND Turie (darling) are comfortalbe with..

    BOTH (Pita and Turia) seem to have forgotten – probably due to their attaining baubles – that Murries aren’t ekshly thet stupud..

    Dear Pita; Dear (dear, dear, dea,r DEAR,) Turie –
    biggest mistake EVER! = Lying down with dogs, you get up with fleas – and – as you know, they pesky little critters.

    I’m left wondering whether Pita is wondering whether it was all worth it. If he isn’t, it’ll be a testament as to his Uncle Tomhood and stupidity. Still. treats and trinkets and cargo cultism have caught out many a predecessor – so Pita – don’t feel too bad!
    Easier living from here on in being able to convince people you “troid” and didcha best then not heving troid et awl.
    I’m also left wondering though, whether Dear dear dear dear dear dear Turie (before you react – consider the idea of cynicism, devll’s advocates, the NZ supposed MSM media, ET AL), is – or should be on HRT!. She’s SO fucking bitter, one really should consider ab hormonal imbalance, and failing that – SHEER FUCKING STUPIDITY!
    Clearly – whatever though, a “re-imaged” MP is going to have a shitload of baggage. – VOTERS though are utterly entitled to take account of said baggage – as are all those impeded by Nactional Party polsies to date. It’s really only since the proposed proivtisatshun of water and Al Trissty genrayshun that the MP (unda Dear, Dear, Dear Dear Turie and Pita pita Pita {Pittered) Pita have begun to show realistic concern.
    I’d b trying to “re-image” too if that was my record!
    I bet Pita never intended he’d go down in history in the manner he will. Still………..cudda shudda wudda aye!.
    Shit happens. We’ll see in the next erection whether Murries want to sign up to the unsustainable, or whether they begin t appreciate the troils in tribya layshuns of their ensusters, or whether they want to get with those that are more honest (such as a Mana Party), or even a Green Party, or EVEN the idea that a least worst option would have been to go with a slightly less roit-wing party than NActional (such as the pathetic – in its current form – Labour)

  12. deemac 12

    interesting that the MSM gave the MP such a soft ride in reporting their “conference” – actually just a couple of dozen mainly elderly folk, nice people I’m sure, but a serious party – forget it!
    No-one was rude enough to point out the fact that they failed to fill even the tiny Greytown marae.

  13. Well this pakeha wouldn’t join the Uncle Toms. They sit at the table of the devil Key; and hopefully their spoon should have a long handle.

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • A new Ministry of Works
    While the economy is on pause under lockdown, the government is beginning to plan how to cope with the post-lockdown, post-tourism, post-export education world we will eventually find ourselves in. They're planning a lot of infrastructure spending as economic stimulus, and have asked for proposals which can start the moment ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Capture: Well spaced out
    It's my distraction,  setting up tiny scenes to photograph.  I've got stuck on the Babushka dolls for now.  Something about their bubble shape.  Something about their never changing, smiling features, suggesting persistent equanimity.  Can we get through everything that is being thrown at us and keep at least a tiny ...
    7 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 6
    . . March 31: Day six of living in lock-down… This time I managed to sleep a little longer and the alarm woke me at the pre-set time: 6.55am. Then remembered I was working a later shift and could’ve slept in. Oh well, there are things to do at home. ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    7 days ago
  • March ’20 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image credit: Diamond Harbour School Blogs I notice a few regulars no longer allow public access to the site counters. This may happen accidentally when the blog format is altered. If your blog is unexpectedly missing or ...
    7 days ago
  • Hard News: Poll Pot and the partisans
    Yesterday's Horizon poll showing support for a "Yes" vote in this year's cannabis referendum sliding into the majority for the first time in a year looked like good news for reformers – and it probably is. But the result warrants some scrutiny.The poll is the fifth in a series commissioned ...
    7 days ago
  • Why those bubbles are so important
    For almost a week now, every one of us who isn’t an essential worker has been confined to their bubble. We are allowed to go shopping for groceries, to visit the doctor, and to get a bit of exercise if we stay local. The reason we are doing this is ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    7 days ago
  • A Government System That Works
    The Covid-19 saga will no doubt produce many twists and turns for us before it is finally brought to an end. But one thing it has shown us – and what comfort it should bring us – is that our country’s government is in good hands. I am not thinking ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • Smashing down the barriers: Where are we at with COVID vaccines?
    In the absence of a vaccine or a cure for a deadly disease, staying home in your bubble is what you do, the concept is not new.  To the best of my knowledge last time we did this in NZ was for polio, in the years before a vaccine came ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    1 week ago
  • National Network on Cuba (USA): “Cuban medical solidarity is a pillar of its society and is founde...
    The following statement was released on March 28 by the National Network on Cuba, a coalition of 40 groups, based in the United States. In recent weeks, Cuba has deployed hundreds of medical providers to over a dozen countries in Europe, Asia, as well as to their neighbors in Latin ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Alarming decrease in calves increases fears for endangered Hector’s dolphin
    This has been a terrible summer for Hector’s dolphins. The first indication was very low numbers of dolphin sightings during late spring and early summer. The Otago University Marine Mammal Research Team has carried out routine dolphin surveys at Banks Peninsula for more than 30 years. In all that time, ...
    SciBlogsBy Otago Marine Science
    1 week ago
  • Time for Grant Robertson to reveal package #2?
    On March 17, Finance Minister Grant Robertson was quick out of the blocks with an economic rescue package to help businesses through the inevitable recession resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. Robertson had pulled together a scheme in short order that so far seems to have saved many jobs. In his ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    1 week ago
  • Saving lives
    The purpose of the lockdown is to save lives, by reducing the spread of covid-19. We won't know if its really working for another week, but given the devastation that will result if it doesn't - 14,000 dead is the optimistic scenario - its definitely worth trying. But pausing the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 5
    . . March 30: Day five of living in lock-down… Woke up still in darkness. Alarm hadn’t gone off. Turn to radio clock; it’s a few minutes after 6am… I lie there in the dark, waiting to drift off to sleep… but it ain’t happening. Clock ticks over to 6.55 ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Les Gray: the man who told the truth
    The story of Les Gray, the public sector psychologist who told the truth about his use of cannabis and set off a storm, has a special place in the lore of cannabis reform in New Zealand.When Paul Shannon interviewed Gray for the 'Dope and Hope' issue of Planet magazine in ...
    1 week ago
  • Why now? Historical specificity and the perfect storm that has created trans identity politics
    by Phil Duncan For Marxists, a key concern about social trends is their context – not just their causes, but why they happen when they do.  Events and phenomena have causes, but they also are time or period-specific. While much of the left have capitulated recently to postmodernism, most notably ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Time for a living wage for supermarket workers
    Since the lockdown began, we've all suddenly been reminded who the actually essential workers in our society are: not the people at the top who pay themselves the big bucks and rort the perks, but the people at the bottom they screw over and squeeze: cleaners, warehouse staff, truck drivers ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Hard News: MUSIC: Lockdown Grooves
    Kia ora! As I've watched nearly all my remaining work vanish over the past couple of days, it has occured to me that one good way to keep me away from arguing with fools on Twitter all the time (in the knowledge that all we're really doing is processing our ...
    1 week ago
  • A place of greater safety?
    Aotearoa New Zealand has committed to trying to extirpate the virus that causes COVID-19 from its shores. To do that, as a society we’ve moved to “Level 4”. That means adapting to unprecedented restrictions on our personal freedoms, particularly to our rights to move freely and associate with friends and ...
    PunditBy Andrew Geddis
    1 week ago
  • The police and public trust
    When the Prime Minister declared a state of emergency last week, she handed the police powers to enforce it. And almost immediately, we started hearing about heavy-handed, arbitrary "enforcement" by police who (at best) cared more about order than law, or (more likely) had no idea what the rules were ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 4
    . . Lock Down: Day 4 – A photo essay with observations . March 29: Usual wake up routine as RNZ snaps on my radio-clock. Jim Mora’s voice slowly enters my conciousness; there’s talk of a second wave of covid19 taking hold in South Korea; the week in Parliament – ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • COVID-19 vs New Zealand
    Yesterday, New Zealand recorded its first Covid-19 related death on the West Coast. Unfortunately this is unlikely to be the only fatality, with the virus now being found in every region of the country.However despite the significant danger, people are still unfortunately breaching lockdown rules.There’s really only one main very ...
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #13
    Story of the Week... Toon of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Review... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week... Story of the Week... ‘Misinformation kills’: The link between coronavirus conspiracies and climate denial   Grist / Rob Kim / Stringer / CSA Images  Scientific ...
    1 week ago
  • Rāhui day 4
    The kids did surprisingly well today – meltdown count was about 3, and mostly fairly short ones. (And a fourth while I was writing.) Game-wise I had a go at Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark. It’s a fairly standard RPG with turn-based combat and what they call a “mature storyline” (it ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    1 week ago
  • Letter to a friend
    by Don Franks Hi David, Nice hearing from you, I’m glad to hear you’re getting by okay in these grim times. You asked how’s it going for us back here in New Zealand. You would have heard that the whole country is locked down and with breaks for exercise and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 3
    . . Lock Down: Day 3 – A photo essay with observations . March 28: First day of the first weekend in Lock Down. It feels like it’s been weeks since only Level 3 was declared last Tuesday, only four days ago. Woke up this morning to RNZ; coffee; toast, ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago

  • NZ horticulture sector feeding Kiwis and the world during COVID-19
    More New Zealanders are taking up the chance to work in horticulture as the sector keeps New Zealanders fed and in jobs during the COVID-19 Alert Level 4 lockdown. “Our horticulture sector has long been one of New Zealand’s export star performers, contributing around $6 billion a year to our ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • Work to repurpose PGF funds begins
    The Provincial Development Unit is working through applications and projects to see where Provincial Growth Fund money can be repurposed for initiatives deemed more critical to fighting the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says. “We need to be throwing everything we have at ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • A million workers supported by Govt wage subsidy
    The Government’s wage subsidy to protect jobs and keep workers and businesses connected during the lockdown has now supported over a million New Zealanders, with $6.6 billion already paid out. “We’re supporting businesses to pay wages, and stay connected with their workers so that we are all in a better ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • Government helps Pacific communities fight COVID
    The Government is stepping up efforts to help protect New Zealand’s Pacific communities in the fight against COVID-19. Cabinet has agreed that $17 million will be allocated to support a COVID-19 Pacific Response Package, which will: Support Pacific health and disability services facing increased demand; Ramp up public health messaging ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • Statement from the Prime Minister on Dr David Clark
    “Yesterday evening the Health Minister advised me of his trip to a beach during the lockdown and offered his resignation,” Jacinda Ardern said.  “Under normal conditions I would sack the Minister of Health. What he did was wrong, and there are no excuses.  “But right now, my priority is our ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Statement from David Clark
    Last night as part of my preparation for the Epidemic Response Committee, I provided the Prime Minister with a complete picture of my activity outside my home during Alert Level 4.  That included the fact that on the first weekend of the Alert Level 4 lockdown I drove my family ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • COVID-19 mental health support begins
    A range of support is being rolled out across New Zealand to help people look after their mental health during COVID-19 Health Minister David Clark said this morning. “COVID-19 has brought a lot of uncertainty into our lives and many of us will be feeling some level of distress or ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • New Zealanders in Peru to be assisted by Government charter flight
    The New Zealand Government has made arrangements to charter a flight for New Zealanders stranded in Peru to depart the country, following agreement with the Chilean government to allow the necessary transit through Chile, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters announced today. “Like many travellers around the world at the moment, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • COVID-19 Hospital Preparation Well Advanced
    Hospital preparations for COVID-19 are well advanced says Health Minister David Clark. “Hospitals across New Zealand are repurposing buildings and training staff to get ready for COVID-19 patients. This gives me confidence that we are well prepared for any potential increase in COVID-19 patients needing hospital level care,” said David ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Further measures to support businesses
    The Government will be introducing legislation to make changes to the Companies Act to help companies facing insolvency due to COVID-19 to remain viable and keep New Zealanders in jobs. The temporary changes include: Giving directors of companies facing significant liquidity problems because of COVID-19 a ‘safe harbour’ from insolvency ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Govt’s COVID plan, economic strength recognised
    The Government’s plan to cushion the blow of COVID-19 by supporting incomes, jobs and businesses, and position the economy to recover has been backed by another international report. International credit rating agency Moody’s today reaffirmed its highest Aaa credit rating on New Zealand, saying the economy is expected to remain ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Funding certainty for sports through COVID-19
    National sports organisations have been given certainty of funding to ensure they can remain viable through the COVID-19 pandemic, Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson announced today. “The global spread of COVID-19 has had a significant impact on sport and recreation in New Zealand, including the cancellation or postponement of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Butchers now allowed to process pork
    Changes have been made to allow butchers to process pork, only for supply to supermarkets or other processors or retailers that are open, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has announced. “We carefully weighed the risk of allowing butchers to open their shops for retail customers, but the risk of spreading COVID-19 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Essential workers leave scheme established
    Essential workers who take leave from work to comply with public health guidance are being supported with a leave scheme to ensure they will continue to receive income, say the Minister of Workplace Relations and Safety Iain Lees-Galloway and Minister for Social Development, Carmel Sepuloni. A number of essential businesses ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Govt WhatsApp helps share COVID-19 information
    A Government WhatsApp channel has been launched to help make information more easily accessible and shareable in the fight against COVID-19. Govt.NZ, which is free to use on any mobile device, will carry information and news for the public, businesses, healthcare providers, not for profits and local government. It can ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Managed departure plan for stranded foreign nationals enables safe, orderly exit
    The Government has announced a plan to enable the safe, orderly exit of tens of thousands of stranded foreign nationals from New Zealand during the current COVID-19 Alert Level 4 restrictions, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Winston Peters has said. “When we moved into lockdown a week ago, the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government delivers COVID-19 support to GPs and Pharmacies
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says the Government is delivering on its commitment to support general practice doctors and nurses, and pharmacies on the front-line of our fight against COVID-19. "For us to overcome COVID-19, we need community health services such as general practice and community pharmacy to step up ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Susan Thomas the new Chief High Court Judge
    Justice Susan Thomas has been appointed Chief High Court Judge, Attorney-General David Parker announced today.  She replaces Justice Geoffrey Venning who has resigned from the position.   David Parker paid tribute to Justice Venning, who he said had stewarded the High Court very capably over the last five years.   “On behalf ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Business Finance Guarantee – applications open
    Businesses can start applying to their banks for loans under the Business Finance Guarantee Scheme set up to support the New Zealand economy during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re moving quickly to protect New Zealand businesses, jobs and the economy during this unprecedented global economic shock,” Finance Minister Grant Robertson said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Work starts on ways to fast-track consents to boost recovery from Covid-19 downturn
    Work is underway looking at measures to speed up consents for development and infrastructure projects during the recovery from COVID 19, to provide jobs and stimulate our economy.  Environment Minister David Parker said the COVID-19 pandemic is a serious global crisis that will have a wide ranging and lasting impact ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Advance payments to support contractors
    Advance payments will be made to transport construction industry contractors to retain the workforce and ensure it is ready to quickly gear up to build projects which will be vital to New Zealand’s COVID-19 economic recovery, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. He said keeping the workforce required to build ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government seeks infrastructure projects
    The Government has tasked a group of industry leaders to seek out infrastructure projects that are ready to start as soon as the construction industry returns to normal to reduce the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford and Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones say. The Infrastructure ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Health system scaled up to prepare for COVID-19
    Work to scale up the health system in preparation for COVID-19 was today outlined by Health Minister David Clark, as he reported back to the new Epidemic Response Committee. “We are well placed to contain the spread of COVID-19. We have taken early and decisive action at our borders, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Essential media COVID-19 guidelines refined
    The Government is refining its COVID-19 essential business guidance to include the distribution of news publications for communities which are hard to reach. The Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media, Kris Faafoi, said the move was in recognition of the importance for New Zealanders who might be harder to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Supermarkets able to open on Easter Sunday
    The Government is ensuring supermarkets can open on Easter Sunday so we can buy groceries, but stay closed on Good Friday allowing workers to take a break. This provides a balanced approach and ensures we avoid large queues that two days closure may cause. “Supermarkets will be able to open ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand defence personnel conclude mission at Taji
    Following the successful conclusion of the Building Partner Capacity (BPC) mission at Taji, New Zealand defence personnel are returning to New Zealand from Iraq, in accordance with the Cabinet decision made in June 2019, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today. “New Zealand is very ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • State of National Emergency extended
    The State of National Emergency to help stop the spread of COVID-19 has been extended for a further seven days, Minister of Civil Defence Peeni Henare said. The initial declaration on March 25 lasted seven days and can be extended as many times as necessary. “Since we went into isolation ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Strong Govt books support ‘go hard, go early’ response
    New Zealand’s ability to go hard and go early in the fight against COVID-19 has been underpinned by strong Government finances and the growing economy heading into this global pandemic, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Treasury today released the Crown financial statements for the eight months to the end ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Christchurch Hospital Hagley ICU to open to support COVID-19 response
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says 36 new intensive care beds at Christchurch Hospital’s new Hagley building are being fast tracked so they are available for treatment of COVID-19 patients.   The Ministry of Health is working with contractor CPB and Canterbury DHB to enable access to the hospital’s ICU, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government supports Air NZ freight flights
    The Government has fast-tracked up to $1 million to help Air New Zealand move urgent freight to and from New Zealand, with the first flight to Shanghai leaving tonight, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. Phil Twyford says it’s crucial that trade in vital goods such as medical supplies and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Tariff concessions on COVID-19 related products
    New Zealand will temporarily remove tariffs on all medical and hygiene imports needed for the COVID-19 response. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker and Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi said today that the New Zealand Customs Service will apply tariff concessions to all diagnostic reagents and testing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Clarification of modification to wage subsidy scheme
    Minister of Finance Grant Robertson has clarified that the changes to the wage subsidy scheme announced yesterday mean that employers should be passing on the full subsidy to workers, except in the case where the person’s normal income is less than the level of the subsidy. “We still want employers ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Face masks flowing to DHBs
    Medical face masks from the national reserve supply are now being distributed to District Health Boards, while at the same time local production is being ramped up. Yesterday more than 640,000 masks were sent to DHBS – that is an immediate two week supply, with more to follow in coming ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • COVID-19: Further steps to protect New Zealanders’ jobs
    The Government has made modifications to the wage subsidy scheme to ensure people don’t lose their jobs during the national lockdown. These changes will soften the impact of COVID-19 on workers, families and businesses, and position them to exit the lockdown and look to recovery, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Tax relief for Mycoplasma Bovis farmers
    Farmers whose herds were culled in response to the outbreak of Mycoplasma bovis will be able to minimise the tax treatment of their income in some circumstances. Revenue Minister Stuart Nash says Cabinet has agreed to change the law. It means farmers may be eligible to spread their income over ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • $27 million for NGOs and community groups to continue providing essential services
    A $27 million dollar package, effective immediately, is being provided to social sector services and community groups to ensure they can continue to provide essential support to communities as we stay at home as a nation to stop the spread of COVID-19, Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni announced. “At ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Statement on guilty plea of March 15 terrorist
    “The guilty plea today will provide some relief to the many people whose lives were shattered by what happened on March 15,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. “These guilty pleas and conviction bring accountability for what happened and also save the families who lost loved ones, those who were injured, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • COVID-19 updates
    The Prime Minister is holding daily press conferences to update New Zealanders on the Government's response to COVID-19. Links to videos and transcripts of these updates below. These transcripts also include All of Government press conferences led by Director Ministry of Health's Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield. 25 March: Live update from the Prime ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Police numbers break through 10,000 mark
    Frontline Police numbers have broken through the 10,000 mark for the first time in history as officers step forward to keep the community safe during the COVID19 lockdown. “Two Police graduations in Auckland and Wellington in the past week have been conducted in unprecedented circumstances,” Police Minister Stuart Nash said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Urgent tax measures for economic recovery
    Urgent legislation has been passed to support the package of economic and social measures needed to recover from the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. “The COVID-19 Response (Taxation and Social Assistance Urgent Measures) Bill will cushion New Zealanders from the worst economic impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak,” said Revenue Minister ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago