web analytics

Time for Govt to bring the cops to heel

Written By: - Date published: 10:43 am, June 29th, 2012 - 53 comments
Categories: police - Tags:

Looks like the Police have cost us a fortune in an inevitable lawsuit from Kim Dotcom. Not only were the warrants they used to raid his house illegal, they took things they weren’t entitled to even under those illegal warrants. That’s going to result in everything they seized being inadmissible and the case collapsing.

They aggravated this by playing FBI wannabes, raiding Dotcom’s house with armed 70 armed officers and helicopters, causing distress and public humiliation.

Then they gave their illegally obtained information to the Yanks. Dotcom can and should sue their arses off. It may be the only way they’ll learn.

It’s been a bad run for the cops – the Gwaze prosecution failing; the Urewera raids case falling apart, again due to unlawfully overstepping their warrants; the Bill Liu case ending in not guilty; raiding media offices in the middle of an election campaign at the orders of the Prime Minister and then declaring a person’s actions unlawful, defaming him and violating his right to fair trial; their violent reaction to the Blockade the Budget protests; and now this.

It’s getting to the point where the cops are overstepping the mark so often that you almost fear the consequences of criticising them. Almost.

There’s something wrong within that organisation that is at least as bad as what’s been going on within ACC. The disturbingly ‘activist’, even political, element to some of these actions only makes it worse.

The Government needs to step in and stop the Police overstepping their role.

53 comments on “Time for Govt to bring the cops to heel ”

  1. Draco T Bastard 1

    The Government needs to step in and stop the Police overstepping their role.

    But what this government will actually be doing is cheering them on.

    • Fortran 1.1

      Upon enquiry, did the Police not oppose this warrant as unlawful, but were told by Crown Law Office (plus FBI) that it was, so get on with it.
      Is this the reason that the police went overboard (helicopters etc) to effectively say to CL and the FBI – up yours.

    • MrSmith 1.2

      They may not be cheering when they get the bill for this lot, the bloody incompetent fools, looks like they just pissed away a few more million, (well this could run into millions and millions), all because our police spend to much time watching American TV.
      I can see them now ‘just like our PM’, falling all over themselves for the Yanks,, maybe the Police are hoping Key will just change the law ‘again’ to cover up there stupidity.

  2. Kotahi Tane Huna 2

    Anne Tolley bring the police to heel? I can imagine that: choose any picture of the Urewera action-men and photoshop her into it in “standing on crushed car” pose.

    OK, so now what?

    • mike e 2.1

      I think this is a result of National cutting back room staff.
      People making complaints to police these days are being fobbed off because front-line staff don’t want to get bogged down in paper work!

  3. DH 3

    They’d be in it even deeper if the judge had any IT nous, the FBI are treating our justice system with contempt. The bullshit they’ve been spinning about how long it will take to copy Dotcoms data is eye-opening.

    • deuto 3.1

      They’d be in it even deeper if the judge had any IT nous…

      While Chief Justice Winklemann may not be an IT expert, I understand that Judge David Harvey is the one who will be hearing the extradition hearing in August* as I understand that he is very much an IT and Internet expert.

      *That was in various news reports some time ago, but unfortunately don’t have time right now to find a link.

      • Rich 3.1.1

        The judge needn’t be an expert, any more than the judge hearing a case about construction needs to be a builder, or a judge hearing a maritime case a sailor.

        It’s for each side in the case to provide appropriate evidence on the technicalities in a form that can be understood by a layperson.

        A danger of ‘expert’ judges is that they make decisions based on their own misconceptions.

        • The judge doesn’t need to be an expert, but they do need to inform themselves enough that they can follow the arguments that experts will present. The way many from older generations “understand” the internet and other technology would be an incredibly problematic viewpoint if held by a judge.

          And yes, the flipside of a well-informed judge is that they might have a blindspot that someone hearing arguments for the first time would not have.

      • DH 3.1.2

        Don’t hold yr hopes out, he’s probably just another IT luddite when it comes down to it.

        Article here about copying Doctoms data so it can be returned to him…

        “FBI told to copy seized Dotcom data”


        They state there’s 130 odd computers & hard drives there and if each computer has a 1 terabyte hard disk that’s close to the 150 terabytes they say they need to copy. You can copy all that in a day if you wanted to, it’s not exactly difficult to clone disks. Might take months if they did one disk at a time but the FBI aren’t that stupid.

        • McFlock

          Might take months if they did one disk at a time but the FBI aren’t that stupid.

          They could be if they wanted to be… 

          • DH

            No, they just think that NZ judges are stupid.

            • Colonial Viper

              Or they think judicial independence is stupid. And an unnecessary nuisance.

          • Robert Glennie

            The F.B.I. have been known to bungle before, as have the New Zealand Police (Arthur Allan Thomas for example). The difference is we can – hopefully hold the N.Z. Police to account. Can’t do that with the F.B.I., and even if we could, it would probably need a sea change in that organisation for changes to be effective.

        • deuto

          Don’t hold yr hopes out, he’s probably just another IT luddite when it comes down to it.

          LOL. I suggest you (and Rich) research Judge Harvey’s background and qualifications before making such generalisations. He is NZ’s probably leading member of the judiciary when it comes to IT and Internet matters and the law. As well as being a DC judge, he also lectures at AUT on IT and the law, and presents at conferences etc on matters such as copyright and the Internet. A quick trip to Google will expand your knowledge. By the way, he is also the judge who ruled that Dotcom be released and be able to return to Coatsville etc etc.

        • Rich

          So Dotcom’s lawyers needed (if it came to that, which I don’t think it did) to assert that the files could be copied in a day. If the Crown disputed that, then they get an expert witness to swear an affadavit (it’s all done on paper at this level) to that effect.

          The judge can then make the call – they don’t need to be a bulk storage expert.

          (Also, Judge Harvey is an expert, as I understand it, on how new technology impacts the law. That’s not the same as being an expert on SATA and copy programs).

          • DH

            Dotcom can look out for himself. I read the Herald article & thought the FBI ‘expert’ was insulting the judge and by association insulting our justice system and us. Big cop from the US comes here & treats us like a bunch of country bumpkins. I wished the judge had the nous to ask the right questions & then throw the book at the bastard when it dawned on him the guy was taking him for a ride. Wishful thinking….

  4. Dv 4

    I liked the argument that it was OK to take Dotcoms data out of the country because it was only copies.

    Are they still running that line.

  5. higherstandard 5

    I’ll think when this all comes out in the wash that you’ll find crown law is the party in error rather than the police.

    • Deano 5.1

      the judge found the police overstepped the warrants, even if those warrants had been legal.

      • higherstandard 5.1.1

        A little birdie tells me that the police told crown law that the warrants were cak and were told to action them regardless.

      • Vicky32 5.1.2

        the judge found the police overstepped the warrants, even if those warrants had been legal.

        Sadly I am not surprised…

    • Fortran 5.2

      Yes – I agree – we should enquire further about the role of Crown Law (FBI).

  6. Glg 6

    Interestingly in the judges decision she mentions that police don’t want Mr Dotcoms CCTV footage returned to him, even if they have to give him copies of everything they seized. Why would that be? Don’t they want the public of NZ to see how nicely they can charge out of helicopters, or do they thnk actual images of our boys in black pointing guns at women and children? Urewera raid anyone?

  7. Tom Gould 7

    Too much TV, I reckon. Plenty of macho swagger, just like their idol Crusher, yet not a whimper when a leaked memo says their wages will be cut. Nor when front line resources, like cars, were cut. Imagine if the other lot tried that? Another march on Parliament, I bet. Looks to me like they have become completely politicised. And we all know where that leads.

    • Glg 7.1

      You don’t think when Howard Broad came out and said there would be no problem with Shipley lowering the drinking age, that wasn’t political? I’d say most cock ups from the police of late have been political.

  8. tsmithfield 8

    I also think it is quite disgraceful the way the police have been behaving. I expect Dotcom will be able to sue the government for millions over this.

    Things don’t look to be going too well for the police in the Scott Guy case either. It wouldn’t surprise me at all to see an acquittal in this case. I thought one of the things the police needed was evidence. However, they haven’t actually produced anything that links the accused to the crime scene. Their whole case appears to boil down to linking the fact that the accused didn’t like Guy so therefore he must have killed him.

    Lately the standard of police work I have been seeing has left me entirely unimpressed.

    • Lanthanide 8.1

      Certainly Ewen looks very suspicious, but from the (detailed) reports in the media I agree that I don’t think they’re going to reach the “beyond reasonable doubt” threshold.

      • tsmithfield 8.1.1

        I agree that he has done some very dodgy stuff that requires a lot of hate. However, to go to the level of actually killing someone requires a lot more hate than required for just damaging property.

        The key thing for me is that most of the police evidence relies on lots speculation and adjustment of the facts.

        For instance accepting one of the witnesses was right about his clock being inaccurate when there is no evidence to support the rationale the witness gave for the clock being inaccurate. There are no witnesses to the shooting. There is no evidence tying the alleged murder weapon to the crime, and the evidence of the supposed footprint looks pretty dodgy as well, since even the crown witness agrees that it doesn’t match the sample produced. This point raises issues about how well the police have done their homework. One would assume that the police would at least ensure that the boot sample they produced in evidence matched the sole impressions at the scene.

        • Glg

          Let’s not forget inability to locate car seen, to wonder if perhaps the alibi the P addict gave her burglar partner may not be all that reliable, inability to locate the ‘dead’ puppies, the insistence when MacDonald said one of the puppies was gone earlier, that meant dead, not taking a plaster cast of the car print next to the car, No forensic analysis of the emails Scott Guy checked ! I am however surprised that they don’t try to hang this one on Scott Watson……….oh wait……

    • mike e 8.2

      Yes the silly monetarist totally agree its going to get worse before it gets better under Nationals sinking lid policy

  9. mike e 9

    It was unbelievable that the forensic scientist hadn’t searched divers supply sites on the internet.
    but on the other hand Ewen Mc Donalds Mistake of saying he was shot before anyone else has let him wide open.

    • Kotahi Tane Huna 9.1

      I think the remark about being able to see the lights of the ute through the bars of the gate is pretty damning too – by the time he got there post-shooting he wouldn’t have – it was in the pre-dawn darkness that it made such an impression on him.

      Suspicious as all hell, but proof beyond reasonable doubt?

      • tsmithfield 9.1.1

        I agree that sort of stuff is suspicious. But, as the defence counsel is doing, it is possible to come up with credible explanations or counters to that sort of stuff.

        IMO this sort of stuff isn’t really evidence unless it is supported by some hard facts. That is what is lacking in this case. The defence has also put forward a credible alternative for the murder. IMO if there is a credible counter explanation for the facts, then reasonable doubt has to apply. If I was on that jury I don’t think I could find him guilty.

        I have been a foreman on a jury, and in the case I was involved with, there was a helluva lot more hard evidence that has been put forward here.

    • Treetop 9.2

      I think Scott knew the killer because he would not have got out of the ute, (which was left running) and he would have probably seen the rifle as the headlights were on and he stood infront of the ute in the most exposed position. Scott would have been more cautious than he would have been in the past due to the vandalisation of his home when it was being built, an old house on the farm being burnt down and a second child on the way. For the killer to know that there was a short window period for the crime to occur, the killer was aware of Scott’s usual routine. I think that Ewen owned two pairs of dive boots in size 9 and size 11, thick tramping socks would have been worn with the size 11 when out hunting.

      The question which a juror has to ask is, proof beyond reasonable doubt?

      Knowing Scott was shot is the giveaway and some of Ewen’s comments were carefully orchestrated to see if anyone was onto him. When I first saw Ewen on trial he clamped his teeth down on his lower lip and he did not look comfortable. Not taking the stand in his defence he did not want to contradict himself. Were I innocent I would have taken the stand. When you tell the truth it is more likely to be remembered than when you tell a lie.

      • Richard Christie 9.2.1

        ooh yes, and his eyes are too close together!

      • Murray Olsen 9.2.2

        Ewen’s lawyer would probably have advised him not to take the stand. Without judging this particular case at all, it’s not enough to be innocent. You also have to act in a manner that the jury will interpret as innocent in the face of hostile questioning.

  10. captain hook 10

    they dont call them the Keystone Cops for nuthin dude!
    But my opinion is that as the labourer is worth his hire then even if the profits from cultural artifacts may be enormous the creators are still entitled to reap the rewards of their efforts without parasites and leeches stealing off them with technology.

  11. Leopold 11

    Pity NZ dosen’t have a ‘not proven’ verdict for a jury, as in Scottish law

  12. BLiP 12


    I reckon this situation is a miscarriage of justice from start to now. What pisses me off the most is how the New Zealand Police lubed up and gasped in wonderment as the FBI turned all of them into little bitches. And they want a payrise?

    What. Ever.

  13. I’m looking forward to seeing the raid footage that must have been illegally taken from .com’s security cameras, their must be a few SIS/FBI boffins not wanting to be seen on You Tube, and picture the armed cops standing over a pregnantee.

  14. deemac 14

    I think I’ll save my sympathy for the people who can’t afford to spend squillions on fancy lawyers

  15. I do not think the government wants to step in and stop the police from doing anything.

    I think the police raided Dot Com with knowledge and agreement from the government, with a “don’t tell me when you do it, and then we can say I didn’t know”.
    That sounds more like the way John Key operates his business deals. He also probably thought he was going to get a favourable response from US interests as well.

    What does the government care if Dot Com sues it’s only the tax payer who foots the bill, and Key can retire with his millions, he’s okay, must think of personal responsibility, choices one makes in life – like electing National as our government.

  16. Rusty Shackleford 16

    http://thestandard.org.nz comes down on the side of property rights. About time.

  17. ochocinco 17

    It’s not ALL the Police you numpties.

    There’s a common theme with several mistakes lately… OFCANZ were behind the Dotcom investigations… not NZ Police.

    Also, if you really think Kim Dotcom is innocent despite being (a) a convicted fraudster and (b) having attempted to bribe our politicians, then you’re a fool.

    I could also name the dozens and dozens of successful Police operations, but you probably don’t care about them. Like the one run by a now-defunct department of police that led to the arrest of a Chinese criminal working out of NZ and selling counterfeit drugs (which is about as immoral and hideous as you can imagine) – also done with ICE (involved with Dotcom).

    The fact is that “Crusher” Collins brought in a bad culture into Police. Under Howard Broad there was real hope… the jackboots at the top now are the worst possible throwbacks imaginable.

  18. Richard McGrath 18

    I agree with the general tenor of this thread. The police need to respect the rights of all people, rich or poor. This was an unmitigated cock-up.

  19. infused 19

    This was known right from the start, hence why the CCTV footage was never released.

    This was driven from somewhere else though. I don’t know who… I forgot the name of the bill that failed in USA (Copyright). Right after it fails, dotcom is raided….

    This will cost us a fortune.

  20. ochocinco 20

    Also, why are we on the left supporting a capitalist like Kim Schmidt/Dotcom?

    He is worse than the filthiest, most parasitic Kulak ever… he deserves nothing except 15 years hard labour for crimes against the working class.

    • Richard Christie 20.1


      I could also name the dozens and dozens of successful Police operations, but you probably don’t care about them……He is worse than the filthiest, most parasitic Kulak ever… he deserves nothing except 15 years hard labour for crimes against the working class

      I note you are an apologist for police operations and all too ready to assign guilt before trial.

      The fact is that “Crusher” Collins brought in a bad culture into Police. Under Howard Broad there was real hope… the jackboots at the top now are the worst possible throwbacks imaginable

      Broad proudly announced the arrest of several innocent workers at the Christchurch Creche in 1992, so involving himself in one of NZ worst witch-hunts (literally, a witch-hunt) recently he signed off the Urewea raids, amongst other things.

      NZ is better off without those who blow with the wind.

Links to post

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Upper Hauraki to move to Alert Level 2
    Upper Hauraki will move to Alert Level 2 from 11:59pm tomorrow, 25 September, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins confirmed today. After positive cases were detected in the Upper Hauraki area on Sunday, extra Alert Level restrictions were put in place to immediately prevent any wider transmission of the virus.  “We’ve ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    12 hours ago
  • Report into Aotearoa New Zealand’s export controls system released
    Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta today welcomed the findings of an independent review into Aotearoa New Zealand’s export controls system, which regulates the export of goods to foreign militaries, police forces or paramilitaries. Produced by David Smol, a former Chief Executive of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    14 hours ago
  • New District Court Judge appointed
    Attorney-General David Parker has announced the appointment of Brett Crowley of Wellington as a District Court Judge.  He is currently the Wellington Public Defender and started his career as a staff solicitor working in a range of litigation including criminal defence work. He went to the bar in 1999 specialising ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • Mental health stocktake shows strong progress
    The first report of the Government’s Implementation Unit has found strong progress has been made since the Mental Health and Addictions Package was announced in 2019. “The report notes most initiatives funded in the Budget 2019 package are on track to deliver what is expected by 2023/24,” Grant Robertson said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • Working together to grow the West Coast
    A project that has been crucial in allowing businesses to continue during the tourism downturn is among a number of initiatives to receive a boost from the Government’s Jobs For Nature programme, Conservation Minister Kiri Allan says. Sustaining South Westland is an extension of an initiative set up last year ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • Next steps to improve safety in wake of Whakaari White Island tragedy
    The Government is moving to improve safety in light of the Whakaari White Island tragedy and has released proposals to reinforce safety standards in registered adventure activities. The package of proposals includes: Strengthening requirements for how operators, landowners and the regulator manage natural hazard risks Improving how risks are monitored, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • New Zealand donates more COVID-19 vaccines to COVAX and the Pacific
    Foreign Affairs Minister Hon Nanaia Mahuta and Associate Health Minister Aupito William Sio announced today that New Zealand is donating additional Pfizer vaccines to the Pacific and AstraZeneca vaccines to the COVAX Facility, to support equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines. “New Zealand is donating 708,000 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • Speech to the Property Council of New Zealand
    Kia ora koutou katoa   Is it a pleasure to be able to speak with you today, and to be able to answer some questions you may have. I would like to acknowledge the organisers of this event, the Property Council. The theme of this year’s conference is City Shapers. Together ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Additional MIQ for Christchurch
    An additional hotel will be added to our network of managed isolation and quarantine facilities, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “I have approved and Cabinet is in the final stages of signing off The Quality Hotel Elms in Christchurch as a new managed isolation facility,” Chris Hipkins said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • NZ COVID-19 response earns another major digital investment
    Minister for the Digital Economy and Communications Dr David Clark welcomes Amazon’s Web Services’ (AWS) decision to establish a Cloud Region on New Zealand shores, further boosting New Zealand’s growing digital sector, and providing a vote of confidence in the direction of New Zealand’s economic recovery. “Amazon is the second ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand invests in cutting edge cancer R&D
    Scaling up the manufacture of CAR T-cell cancer therapy for clinical trials Advancing New Zealand’s biomedical manufacturing capability Supporting future international scientific collaborations Transforming cancer care with targeted, affordable solutions Research, Science and Innovation Minister Hon Dr Megan Woods has announced that the fight against COVID-19 will not stop the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Expert group appointed to lead New Zealand’s future health system
    An outstanding group of people with extensive and wide-ranging governance and health experience have been appointed to lead the Māori Health Authority and Health New Zealand, Health Minister Andrew Little says. “This Government is building a truly national health system to provide consistent, high-quality health services right across the country. This ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Funding to help clean up contaminated sites
    The Government is supporting the clean-up of contaminated sites in Northland, Dunedin and Southland to reduce risk to people’s health and protect the environment. Environment Minister David Parker said the funding announced today, through the Contaminated Sites Remediation Fund, will help us turn previously hazardous sites into safe, usable public ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Predator Free apprenticeships open up new job opportunities
    The expansion of a predator free apprenticeship programme is an opportunity for more people to kick-start a conservation career, Conservation Minister Kiri Allan says. “The Predator Free Apprenticeship Programme is focused on increasing the number of skilled predator control operators in New Zealand through a two-year training programme. “The Trust ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Further NCEA support confirmed for Auckland students
    The number of Learning Recognition Credits for senior secondary school students will be increased for Auckland students, Education Minister Chris Hipkins confirmed today. This recognises the extended time these students will spend in Alert Levels 3 and 4. “It means students in Auckland will have a fair opportunity to attain ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Long-term pathway next step to better mental wellbeing for New Zealanders
    The Government is taking a new approach to support people who experience mental distress, Health Minister Andrew Little says. “Kia Manawanui Aotearoa – Long-term pathway to mental wellbeing (Kia Manawanui) is the first 10-year plan of its kind that targets the cause of mental distress and also sets out how ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Keeping our Police safe to keep our communities safe
    The Government is committed to keeping our frontline police officers safe, so they in turn can keep New Zealanders safe – with one of the largest investments in frontline safety announced by Police Minister Poto Williams at the Police College today.   The $45 million investment includes $15.496 million in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Clean Vehicles Bill passes first checkpoint
    The Land Transport (Clean Vehicles) Amendment Bill will help New Zealand drive down transport emissions by cleaning up the light vehicle fleet, Transport Minister Michael Wood says. The Bill passed its first reading today and will establish the legislative framework for key parts of the Government’s Clean Car Package, including ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Funding boost supports ongoing Māori COVID-19 response
    The Government is responding to the need by whānau Māori and Māori Health providers to support their ongoing work responding to COVID-19 and to continue increasing rates of Māori vaccination, Associate Minister for Health (Māori Health), Peeni Henare and Minister for Māori Development Willie Jackson announced today.   This increased ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Significant increase to COVID-19 penalties
    Penalties for breaches of COVID-19 orders are set to significantly increase from early November 2021 to better reflect the seriousness of any behaviour that threatens New Zealand’s response to the virus, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “Throughout this Delta outbreak we’ve seen the overwhelming majority of people doing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Counter-Terrorism Legislation Bill returns to Parliament
    The Counter-Terrorism Legislation Bill has returned to Parliament for its second reading in an important step towards giving enforcement agencies greater power to protect New Zealanders from terrorist activity. “The Bill addresses longstanding gaps in our counter terrorism legislation that seek to protect New Zealanders and make us safer,” Justice ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Joint Statement: New Zealand and Australian Trade Ministers
    Hon Damien O'Connor MP, New Zealand Minister for Trade and Export Growth, and Hon Dan Tehan MP, Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, met virtually on Monday 20 September to advance trans-Tasman cooperation under the Australia-New Zealand Closer Economic Relations Trade Agreement (CER). CER is one of the most ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Prime Minister’s Post Cabinet Press Conference/COVID-19 Update opening statement
    ***Please check against delivery***   E te tī, e te tā, nau mai rā [To all, I bid you welcome]   As you will have seen earlier, today there are 22 new community cases to report; three of which are in Whakatiwai in the Hauraki area, and the remainder in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Major milestones for Māori COVID-19 vaccine rollout as new campaign launches
    Whānau Ora and Associate Health (Māori Health) Minister Peeni Henare acknowledges two major milestones in the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccination programme for Māori. “I am very pleased to announce more than 50 percent of eligible Māori have received their first dose and 25 per cent are now fully vaccinated,” ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government funding to fight infectious diseases
    $36 million for research into Covid-19 and other infectious diseases The investment will improve our readiness for future pandemics Research will focus on prevention, control, and management of infectious diseases The Government’s investing in a new Infectious Diseases Research Platform to boost Aotearoa New Zealand’s Covid-19 response and preparedness for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Quarantine-free travel with Australia to remain suspended for a further 8 weeks
    Suspension to be reviewed again mid to late November Decision brought forward to enable access from Australia to first tranche of around 3000 rooms in MIQ Air New Zealand working at pace to put on more flights from Australia from October    The suspension of quarantine-free travel (QFT) with Australia has ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Extra support for Ethnic Communities to share vaccination information
    Extra support is being made available to Ethnic Communities to help them share COVID-19 vaccination information within their communities, Minister for Diversity, Inclusion and Ethnic Communities Priyanca Radhakrishnan said. “We know we need to get every eligible person in New Zealand vaccinated. A fund being launched today will allow for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • School holidays remain unchanged for Auckland region
    School holidays in Auckland will continue to be held at the same time as the rest of the country, starting from Saturday, 2 October, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “I’ve carefully considered advice on the implications of shifting the dates and concluded that on balance, maintaining the status quo ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government continues crackdown on gangs and organised crime
    Operation Tauwhiro extended until March 2022 Since it was launched in February, Operation Tauwhiro has resulted in:   987 firearms seized $4.99 million in cash seized 865 people charged with a firearms-related offence Gangs and organised crime groups will continue to be relentlessly targeted with the extension of Police’s successful ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Speech to Body Positive 'HIV Treatments Update Seminar 2021'
    E ngā mana E ngā reo E ngā iwi Tēnā koutou katoa Ka huri ki ngā mana whenua o te rohe nei. Tēnā koutou. He mihi hoki ki a tatou kua tau mai nei I raro I te kaupapa o te rā. Nō reira tēnā koutou katoa Acknowledgements It’s a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Power bill changes bring fairness to charges
    A key recommendation of an independent panel to make electricity charges fairer across all households will be put in place, the Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods has announced. “Phasing out the regulations on ‘low-use’ electricity plans will create a fairer playing field for all New Zealanders and encourage a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • NZ economy’s strong momentum will support rebound from Delta outbreak; COVID fund replenished
    The economy showed strong momentum in the period leading up to the recent Delta COVID-19 outbreak, which bodes well for a solid economic rebound, Grant Robertson said. GDP rose 2.8 percent in the June quarter, following on from a 1.4 percent increase in the previous March quarter. This was a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Projects create benefits into the future
    Making a well-known lake swimmable and helping to halt the decline of the endangered hoiho/yellow-eyed penguins are among a suite of new projects being supported by the Government’s Jobs for Nature programme across the southern South Island, Conservation Minister Kiri Allan says. “It’s no secret that many of our most ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Opening statement for Whāriki Indigenous Small Business Roundtable
      Kei ngā tōpito e wha o te āo e rere ana te mihi maioha ki a koutou nō tawhiti, nō tata mai e tāpiri ana ki tēnei taumata kōrero mo te ao hokohoko arā mā ngā pākihi mo ngā iwi taketake Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa – Pai Mārire.  ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New members appointed to Kāpuia
    The Government is adding four additional members to Kāpuia, the Ministerial Advisory Group on the Government’s Response to the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the terrorist attack on Christchurch mosques. “I’m looking forward to having Pamela MacNeill, Huia Bramley, Melani Anae and Katherine Dedo  join Kāpuia and contribute to this group’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Timeline confirmed for Emissions Reductions Plan
    Cabinet has agreed to begin consulting on the Emissions Reduction Plan in early October and require that the final plan be released by the end of May next year in line with the 2022 Budget, the Minister of Climate Change, James Shaw confirmed today. “Cabinet’s decision allows organisations and communities ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Pay parity pathway for early learning teachers confirmed
    Pay parity conditions and higher funding rates for education and care services will come into force on 1 January, 2022, Minister of Education Chris Hipkins confirmed today. The Government signalled this work in Budget 2021. “From 1 January, 2022, centres opting into the scheme will receive government funding and be ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Nurses Organisation Conference 2021
    Kia Ora tatau katoa.   Ka tuku mihi ki nga nēhi, He pou Hauora o Aotearoa, E ora ai tatou.   Whakatau mai  I runga i te kaupapa o te ra Te NZNO conference.   Tena koutou tena koutou Tena tatou katoa   Good morning, and thank you inviting me ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government investment in farmer-led catchment groups sweeps past 150 mark
    171 catchment groups have now been invested in by the Government 31 catchment groups in the Lower North Island are receiving new support More than 5,000 farmers are focussed on restoring freshwater within a generation through involvement in catchment groups  Government investment in on-the-ground efforts by farmers to improve land ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Fight to protect kauri on track
    The Government is pitching in to help vital work to protect nationally significant kauri forests in Auckland, Minister of Conservation Kiri Allan says. “Ensuring the survival of these iconic trees for future generations means doing everything we can to prevent the potential spread of kauri dieback disease,” Kiri Allan said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago