web analytics

Todd’s going … who is next?

Written By: - Date published: 7:31 am, June 24th, 2021 - 67 comments
Categories: Judith Collins, leadership, national, same old national, todd muller - Tags:

Yesterday I put up a short post about a National MP who apparently had spent Parliamentary Services money on a Television that may have been placed in his or her home and there was some weird comment about how he or she had done something with a sofa.

It was clearly an inside job.  The only questions were who was it and who leaked it and what did this say about National’s internal civil war?

The day got worse for National.  In the afternoon there was the announcement that the MP involved was Harete Hipango, she who had recently replaced Nick Smith after he jumped after being told by Crusher Collins that there was a Parliamentary Service inquiry into his behaviour (hint alert the irony is extraordinary).

The story about Nick has never appeared.  Questions have been raised, was this a sabotage job by Judith?

Then Hipango readied herself to take over.  But it transpires that she had a few Parliamentary Services issues of her own that she had to deal with.  Because it was confirmed that the MP who allegedly misused Parliamentary Services resources was none other than Harete herself.

A week ago there was this hit job of a Newsroom piece on the prospect of her return.

From Jo Moir at Newsroom:

A liability and not a team player.

That’s how some in the National Party caucus have described returning MP Harete Hipango, who is next in line after the resignation of Nick Smith.

Known for her strong opposition to abortion law reform and euthanasia legislation, Hipango was only in Parliament for three years, but in that time raised the eyebrows of her colleagues with some of her more controversial takes.

One National MP told Newsroom she “sailed her own waka’’ and seemed to think the party should be honoured she had agreed to join, rather than being grateful for the opportunity to be in Parliament.

Several National MPs said she wasn’t particularly well-liked in the caucus and didn’t have a lot of friends.

Hipango alluded to this in a recent interview for RNZ’s Matangireia, saying it was very lonely during her time as an MP and Māori woman in the National Party caucus.

She went on to say, “the Māori voice in the National Party is still yet to be truly valued’’ and there was a serious diversity problem.

After the astounding announcement that National’s newest MP had Parliamentary Services spending issues Todd Muller announced that he will stand down as an MP at the end of this term nominally so that he can eventually spend more time with his family.

But then the real reason leaked out, he had been told that he had to go.  He was not allowed the dignity of drifting out of the public consciousness but was further collateral damage from National’s civil war.

From Claire Trevett at the Herald:

National MP Todd Muller’s resignation announcement followed a late-night caucus meeting in which Muller admitted he was one of several unnamed MPs criticising returning MP Harete Hipango in a media article.

Muller has confirmed to the Herald that he admitted at that caucus meeting to making a comment that was quoted in the media.

“I did not leak. I made a comment to a journalist that was subsequently quoted. Yesterday I admitted to that and apologised for this.”

He would not comment further on whether that was a factor in his resignation, or whether National leader Judith Collins had demanded he resign.

Collins is understood to be furious about Muller’s admission.

One source said Muller was threatened with a move to suspend him from caucus if he did not announce his resignation.

The next morning Muller announced he would resign at the next election, saying it was a “difficult decision” but he had “decided that I need to prioritise my health and family and move on to the next chapter of my life.”

The tit for tat feeling of what was happening is extraordinary.  Every action is met by a crudely balanced nuclear option of a response.  Talk about giving back double.  Maybe Muller was the one who said that Hipango “sailed her own waka” but this appears to be accurate rather than disloyal.

It seems that the most vulnerable in each faction are going to be picked off as all eyes are on the leadership spill numbers.  And the moves do not bode well for National’s climate change response as Muller was the sane one who brought National behind the Zero Carbon legislation.

From a left perspective this is great fun.

I really hope Judith succeeds and hangs on.  The liberal wing of the National Party, the most important wing, is clearly being decimated because of Judith’s leadership goals.  National is becoming more conservative and more irrelevant.

The question has to be asked.

Which MP is next?

67 comments on “Todd’s going … who is next? ”

  1. Jimmy 1

    Yes I thought (and it is only my opinion) that Judith basically told Muller to go. To be honest, he should have left when Nicki Kaye left. Only thing I'm surprised about is that he will stay until the next election.

  2. Gosman 2

    This allows more space for ACT to soak up liberal right wing voters.

    • Robert Guyton 2.1

      Like a dry bread-crust dropped into a bowl of sour milk? 🙂

    • Incognito 2.2

      Yeah, nah, you’re dreaming, mate. You’ll have to watch out for the old horse coming through the middle.

      • Forget now 2.2.1

        We did hear that old horse whinny just the other week. I reckon he will be timing his run for the 2024 finish line. rather than breaking cover too much right now. Though he is pretty long in the tooth, and rumours about health may affect that nag's stamina.

        National biting the bullet and readmitting Peters to the party as leader outside of parliament would be an interesting scenario. Might even win them election if Labour's gambles don't pay off. Not going to happen though.

        I am more worried that the Christian Right may instead fill the vacuum; it'll be nearly two decades since Capill was convicted of raping children next election, so that stigma won't be as burdensome. However, the CR's inability to work together may remain the best defense against that.

      • Gosman 2.2.2

        Winnie does not appeal to liberal voters. He's strictly old school conservative.

    • Sanctuary 2.3

      ACTs collection of gun nuts and lobbyists are not attractive to "liberals" unless your definition of a liberal is an aging boomer in Remmers who thinks that being liberal is having the rules apply to everyone else.

      • Ad 2.3.1

        Utes mate, follow the utes.

        At the big Auckland Contractors ball last weekend, Seymour and Collins were on hand to work the room. In a business sector employing over 10% of the working population and spending billions a year, not a single Labour or Green MP bothered to show up.

        • woodart 2.3.1.1

          "in a business sector running flat out due to gov action, orders for new utes are well up." there fixed it for you.

          • Ad 2.3.1.1.1

            Ardern un-fixed it by telling those ute-users to go electric.

            • Patricia Bremner 2.3.1.1.1.1

              Ministers having to stay in Wellington?
              Seymour and Collins don't hold the levers., and they are not in the driver's seat.

            • Graeme 2.3.1.1.1.2

              Must be an insular mob of knuckle draggers in the contracting world up there, around here they're talking Cybertruck and hybrid LandRovers to replace the Ram or F150.

              Although the EV uptake here is pretty high, a lot of Teslas driving around know a V8 boy who went Tesla quite early and is on his third now, keeps trading up to the quickest. There's also a Ram in his fleet for work, I'm pretty sure that'll be gone once his Cybertruck arrives.

              I'm a bit more hopeful of change, and probably quite quickly.

              • Ad

                We're all talking about it. No fleet replacement is free.

                And the way those DueenstownLakes tradies charge, it's a wonder they don't specify their Ford E150s in solid gold.

                • woodart

                  you are full of it ad. full of what is another question. double cab utes didnt exist 30 yrs ago. it was all holden and falcon utes. contractors and farmers might make loud whingeing noises about their vehicles, but as was shown in the seventies with l.p.g. and c.n.g. powered vehicles, they are very quick to change technology when pushed. electric vehicles will be no different.

        • Anne 2.3.1.2

          Maybe they weren't invited.

          Ardern might have been but too late… her diary was fully booked.

          • Ad 2.3.1.2.1

            OMG. Like there wasn't an MP in the entire caucus available as a client rep for multiple billions of expenditure. Yeah right.

      • Gosman 2.3.2

        ACT appeals to liberals in multiple areas. Free speech, less restrictive social rules, more choice around health and education, less economic regulation and central control. All bread and butter liberal ideas.

        • lprent 2.3.2.1

          Auckland super-shitty, 90 day rule, three strikes that just expensively raise prison numbers with not significiant changes in convictions once you take demographics into account, and some really awful 'dancing'.

          Plus of course the the support for idiots who love selling weapons to terrorists.

          Whats not appealing.

          Coded dog whistles trying to say that it doesn’t matter in the face of evidence that it does (like prison populations) tend to go down badly outside of rtacist bigots. Plus we have only have examples of ACT fucking things up stupidly.

          It is hard to see anything useful that they have proposed over decades. That includes their almost continuous calls over the last year and a bit to open borders widely in a world wide pandemic that has years to go yet, punctuated by calls to close them for a couple of weeks.

          ACT – the home for incompetent thinkers with signs of early onset chicken little syndrome.

          • gsays 2.3.2.1.1

            There is also the euthanasia enthusiasts.

            That wide net scoops a few votes.

      • Maurice 2.3.3

        Think of these in the Rural sector who are so seriously pissed off that they urinate in the Soy Beans before shipping them off to make Soy Milk and Toffu for the city slickers they now dislike intensely …

        Enjoy that Soy Latte'

  3. WC1 3

    The cynical might say that Todd is hanging around until he gets 9 years in Parliament and the benefits that come with that. I imagine that will never have to front up to a WINZ questioning about entitlement!

    • alwyn 3.1

      When will you ever learn?

      The "perks" you are alluding to were abolished in 1992. The last MP to qualify for them was Nick Smith who did 31 years in Parliament. In return I gather he gets a pension of about $86,000/year and some relatively minor travel concessions. They probably come to about as much as an average MP runs up in about 3 months.

      There are no current MPs who are eligible for the old scheme and there never will be another one. Let it go.

      • In Vino 3.1.1

        Fair comment. It is a pity that alwyn has to keep on repeating this.

        • alwyn 3.1.1.1

          Do you think I should give up and just leave this sort of rubbish to just go on being repeated forever?

          I find the canard that banks can just seize depositors funds to make up for their losses and then go on with business as usual equally as frustrating. Luckily it doesn't seem to be brought up nearly as often in recent times.

  4. tc 4

    Long may the cult of personality continue up top….you reap what you sow.

  5. peter 5

    Hipango finds it very lonely sitting in the National caucus.

    Is she putting that down to being a Maori woman?

    It seems there are other reasons for her feeling as she does.

    One remarkable thing is that given what is known about her and her past performance, she was the next cab off the rank. They have so few MPs yet she is ranked that highly?

  6. Ad 6

    No need to worry about the collapse of the National Party from within, because according to Chris Trotter the massive majority of Labour is but mere puffery that will soon melt away:

    http://bowalleyroad.blogspot.com/2021/06/skating-on-thin-ice-labours-support-is.html

    "Not that you can tell Labour’s apparatchiks any of this. Their ears are blocked to any suggestion that the Government has advanced dangerously far ahead of public opinion. Nor can they be convinced that they have made themselves vulnerable to the sort of brutal, right-wing political attacks that Labour’s and the Greens’ radical policies on race, gender, culture and climate change are bound to attract."

    Covid19 hasn't just been a gift to Labour: it's been a gift to politics itself to revive the necessity of government in all its forms. That Labour and the Greens are making use of this rolling crisis as cover for all sorts of other massive interventions is simply smart politics. National would certainly done the same.

    It's great to see the right fracturing. We're well overdue for renewal.

    • mickysavage 6.1

      Trotter has this strange view of politics where everyone occupies a certain segment and winning only involves putting enough segments together. He never allows for the possibility that groups of people change and evolve their thinking. My personal view is that Covid has made many of us realise the importance of community and there has been a fundamental change in the way many people think.

      • Ad 6.1.1

        Well exactly. Covid is the perfect admixture of community response and state response. But only if it's done well, and the alternatives to that are all around us and getting closer.

      • Gosman 6.1.2

        Me thinks you might be guilty of wishful thinking…

      • Chris 6.1.3

        "My personal view is that Covid has made many of us realise the importance of community and there has been a fundamental change in the way many people think."

        I hope you’re right, but I think it’s way too early to know how widespread the impact of this might be. We've had one election only, and the highly divisive Collins as nats leader. Hateful attitudes are still extremely prominent amongst the general population. Willy Jackson acknowledged this when he said releasing the He Pua Pua report to NZ First before the election could have been disastrous for the government. He's right because whipping up racial hatred – all sorts of hatred – amongst the general population is still an easy thing to do. Just look at the opposition to Covid restrictions the nats are hell-bent on generating (while at the same time castigating government for every minor Covid security slip up, of course).

        All it could take is a change of leader and the nats are back in the saddle. Sure, general attitudes have changed since Covid. But whether this is meaningful and widespread cultural change, only time will tell. Any perceived demise in the National Party could easily be due to its current leader. Let's hope it isn't, but it's certainly too early to know.

        • In Vino 6.1.3.1

          Fully agree. Hard to tell which was more influential in that last election: a new communal sense, or an off-putting performance by the Nats.

          • KJT 6.1.3.1.1

            The sense I get from the Chamber of Commerce types I associate with, is they are conservatives. And conservatives like to feel safe.

            National's flip flopping about borders made them feel anything but safe.

            Also for most of them business is booming. People are doing up their boats and houses, buying new kitchens, spending in local shops, etc. Instead of the overseas trips. Farm contractors are doing very well as the imported labour force dries up.

            Tourist industries and tourism shops are feeling the pinch, but the local cafes are full. Some tourist only shops have closed but a lot of the tourist attractions have done a lot better than they expected, with New Zealanders seeing the country.

      • Patricia Bremner 6.1.4

        We realised we need each other in ways not anticipated. We grew impatient with those who did not think of the collective. We appreciated feeling we were "in this together". so many middle Nats moved their thinking. Self preservation really.

        Those who push against this new solidarity find they are frowned on. That may change as we feel less threatened by the virus and get high vaccination numbers.

        The number of threats grow as climate change rolls on, and off shoots such as fungal infections disease and disruption increase. Community has replaced individual, as that "individual" stance is now a luxury and most realise BAU is unlikely to fully return.

        Trotter sees the world through a right left lens and finds tribal alteration strange.
        Just a thought Toddy leaked, how often? who were the journalists?

      • Cricklewood 6.1.5

        I suspect a big chunk of support is actually a very content home owning middle class after all many have gained on paper 100-200k in the last year…

        Trotter is right in that the current situation could very quickly change ie a wobble in house prices…

        That and issues around delivery are starting to stack up… housing, housing affordability, mental health, light rail and I'll bet the harbour crossing joins that list.

      • Sanctuary 6.1.6

        Trotter's problem is old age.

      • Sanctuary 6.1.7

        There is a quote from Apsley Cherry-Garrard in his book “The Worst Journey in the World: Antarctica, 1910-1913”

        "…The mind of a horse is a very limited concern, relying almost entirely upon memory. He rivals our politicians in that he has little real intellect. Consequently, when the pony was faced with conditions different from those to which he was accustomed, he showed little adaptability…"

        Whenever I read a Chris Trotter column these days, I am reminded of Cherry-Gerrards pony.

    • "Not that you can tell Labour’s apparatchiks any of this. Their ears are blocked to any suggestion that the Government has advanced dangerously far ahead of public opinion. Nor can they be convinced that they have made themselves vulnerable to the sort of brutal, right-wing political attacks that Labour’s and the Greens’ radical policies on race, gender, culture and climate change are bound to attract."

      I tend to agree. Two points as examples

      Cycle Bridge vs paying nurses

      Unhealthy obsession with EV vs the unaffordability of that technology for the poor people of South Auckland (of which I am one). You want me to have a hybrid – give me one

      • Incognito 6.2.1

        You want me to have a hybrid – give me one

        This is a profound misunderstanding of the policy.

    • McFlock 6.3

      One can lead, follow, or get out of the way. Trotter seems to be sad that Labour are leading.

      Thing is, no matter what Labour do they're not going to maintain this lead in parliament. All glory is fleeting. And if you can't move boldy when you have one of the most populat governments in decades, a House majority, and an opposition in chaos, when can you move boldly?

      At least when Labour's electoral twilight approaches, they'll have accomplished something more significant than lab5 managed. They haven't changed the game yet, but at least they're looking at the rulebook with an eraser and a pencil.

      • Anne 6.3.1

        And what's more, Helen Clark and Michael Cullen are right behind them every step of the way. They were able to set the scene under difficult circumstances. The 6th Labour Govt. is slowly able to bring it to fruition.

        Sad that Michael Cullen is most probably not going to see the results.

  7. Which MP is next?

    I'll go out on a limb here and suggest that Brownlee will be the next to jump ship.

    Losing Ilam was a blow below the belt for him and he won't be able to conjure up the enthusiasm to fight for the seat in '23.

    • woodart 7.1

      the brilliant unforgetable M.P. for rangitikei (whatis his name?) must have qualified for his pension . after brownlee ,he will probably jump. he is not important enough to be pushed.

      • solkta 7.1.1

        That MP has only been an MP since 2011, not long enough to qualify for the old super scheme.

        edit: the scheme changed in 2003 so wasn’t there early enough rather than long enough.

        • alwyn 7.1.1.1

          He wasn't there in 1992 you mean. That was when it was scrubbed for all new MPs.

        • Rapunzel 7.1.1.2

          Muller has only been in Parliament since 2014 – Ryall was still there in 2011 – Muller was at Fonterra & made no more impact in that role that he did in Parliament other than shredding the leadership

          • solkta 7.1.1.2.1

            Woodart was referring to the MP for Rangitikei, Ian McKelvie.

            • woodart 7.1.1.2.1.1

              thanks for the name solkta. he is such a dynamic performer I should remember(yeah right!). as for super schemes, he was a mayor before being parachuted into a safe nat seat, so can assume he managed to slide his council super into parliamentary scheme. not that he would need it after inheriting large parts of manawatu-rangatikei .

            • Rapunzel 7.1.1.2.1.2

              Oh my mistake – because I'm local to BOP I probably think locally

    • ianmac 7.2

      No. Brownlee will not jump now! This is his big chance to move into the spaces opening up. With so few viable National MPs left, this is his big chance.

      Big Jerry for National Leadership!

      • woodart 7.2.1

        and maureen pugh as his deputy! the south will rise again! an over the hill teacher and someone phucking useless(s.bridges).

    • Robert Guyton 7.3

      I'd hate to see Gerry going out on a limb…

  8. Jenny How to get there 8

    Love the photo.

    Looks like they are falling off the world.

  9. gsays 9

    Muller seemed too decent a person to be involved with that back-stabbing, fornicating, self serving, unfit to rule rabble.

  10. mary_a 10

    A queue seems to be forming for retiring/resigning Natty MPS, for love or health reasons. They must be so seriously smitten it's affected their health!

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • The Ahuriri Hapū Claims Settlement Bill passes Third Reading – Pānuitanga Tuatoru o te Pire ...
    Kua pahure te Pire Whakataunga Kerēme a ngā Hapū o Ahuriri i tōna pānuitanga tuatoru i te pāremata - he pae nunui i te hātepe whakataunga Tiriti o Waitangi hītori mō ngā Hapū o Ahuriri. “Ko te pae whakahirahira nei te tohu o te tīmatanga hou mō te whakahoanga i ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • Launch of Te Aorerekura – the national strategy for the elimination of family violence and sex...
    Tēnā tātou katoa Kei a koutou e Te Ātiawa, koutou e kaha tiaki nei, koutou e mau tonu nei ki te mana o tēnei o ngā whenua taurikura, tēnā koutou e te manawhenua, e Te Ātiawa. Kaha tautoko ana ahau i ngā kōrero kua kōrerotia, e ngā mihi kua mihia, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 hours ago
  • A guiding star sets a new path for the elimination of family violence and sexual violence
    Today the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence Marama Davidson joined tangata whenua and sector representatives to launch Te Aorerekura, the country’s first National Strategy to Eliminate Family Violence and Sexual Violence. “Te Aorerekura sets a collective ambition to create peaceful homes where children, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • NZ secures new Pfizer COVID-19 medicine
    New Zealand has secured supplies of another medicine to treat COVID-19, Health Minister Andrew Little announced today. “In October, New Zealand was one of the first countries in the world to make an advance purchase of a promising new antiviral drug, molnupiravir,” Andrew Little said. “Today I am pleased to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Strong Pipeline for Construction Sector
    Strong pipeline ahead for the construction sector Infrastructure activity forecast to reach $11.2 billion in 2026 Construction sector now the fourth biggest employer with more than 280 000 people working in the industry Residential construction the largest contributor to national construction activity. Minister for Building and Construction Poto Williams says ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Regenerative agriculture research receives Government boost
    The Government continues to invest in farm sustainability, this time backing two new research projects to investigate the impacts of regenerative farming practices, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor announced today. Soil health and regenerative agriculture “We’re contributing $2.8 million to a $3.85 million five-year project with co-investment by Synlait Milk and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • David McLean appointed as KiwiRail chair
    David McLean has been appointed as Chair of KiwiRail Holdings Ltd, the Minister for State Owned Enterprises Dr David Clark and Minister of Finance Grant Robertson announced today. “Minister Clark and I are confident that David’s extensive business knowledge and leadership experience, including his time as former Chief Executive and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New Ambassador to Turkey announced
    Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta today announced the appointment of Zoe Coulson-Sinclair as New Zealand’s next Ambassador to Turkey. “Aotearoa New Zealand and Turkey’s relationship is one of mutual respect and underpinned by our shared Gallipoli experience,” Nanaia Mahuta said. “Turkey is also a generous ANZAC Day host and has ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Announcement of new Consul-General in Guangzhou
    Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta today announced the appointment of Rachel Crump as New Zealand’s next Consul-General in Guangzhou, China. “China is one of Aotearoa New Zealand’s most significant relationships – it is our largest trading partner, and an influential regional and global actor,” Nanaia Mahuta said. “As the capital of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government marks International Day of Persons with Disabilities
    The Government joins the disabled community of Aotearoa New Zealand in marking and celebrating the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Minister for Disabilty Issues Carmel Sepuloni said. The theme for this year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities is “Leadership and participation of persons with disabilities toward an inclusive, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Deputy Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, and Advisory panel member appointed
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced the appointments of Graeme Speden as the Deputy Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, and Ben Bateman as a member of the Inspector-General’s Advisory Panel.  “These are significant roles that assist the Inspector-General with independent oversight of New Zealand’s intelligence agencies,” Jacinda Ardern said. “While ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Five million COVID-19 tests processed
    Associate Minister of Health, Dr Ayesha Verrall has congratulated testing teams right around New Zealand for reaching the five million tests milestone. Today, an additional 31,780 tests were processed, taking the total since the beginning of the pandemic in 2020 to 5,005,959. “This really is an incredible and sustained team ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Funding for extra ICU capacity
    Care for the sickest New Zealanders is getting a major boost from the Government, with plans to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on expanding intensive care-type services, Health Minister Andrew Little announced today. “Through good planning, we have avoided what the COVID-19 pandemic has done in some countries, where ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • “THE LEGAL AND CONSTITUTIONAL IMPLICATIONS OF NEW ZEALAND’S FIGHT AGAINST COVID.”
    Speech to the New Zealand Centre for Public Law Tēnā koutou katoa Thank you for providing this opportunity to speak with you today as Attorney General. I’m here to talk about the constitutional consequences of Covid -19. I love the law. The way it exists with the consent of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • The legal and constitutional implications of New Zealand’s fight against COVID
    Speech to the New Zealand Centre for Public Law Tēnā koutou katoa Thank you for providing this opportunity to speak with you today as Attorney General. I’m here to talk about the constitutional consequences of Covid -19. I love the law. The way it exists with the consent of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Pharmac Review interim report released
    Health Minister Andrew Little has released an interim report by an independent panel reviewing the national pharmaceuticals-buying agency Pharmac. Pharmac was established in 1993 and is responsible for purchasing publicly funded medicines for New Zealanders, including those prescribed by GPs or administered in hospitals. The review, chaired by former Consumer ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Appointment to Network for Learning board
    Former MP Clare Curran has been appointed to the board of Crown company Network for Learning (N4L), Education Minister Chris Hipkins says. Hon Clare Curran served as a Member of Parliament for Dunedin South from 2008-2010. During this time, she held a number of ministerial portfolios including Broadcasting, Communications and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Putting home ownership within reach of Pacific Aotearoa
    Pacific community groups and organisations will get tools to help them achieve home ownership with the implementation of the Ministry for Pacific Peoples (MPP) Pacific Housing Initiative, said Pacific Peoples Minister Aupito William Sio. In July 2021, MPP launched the Pacific Community Housing Provider Registration Support programme and the Pacific ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Coastal shipping will help keep New Zealand’s supply chain buoyant
    Transport Minister Michael Wood today welcomed the release of the Coastal Shipping Investment Approach State-of-Play report as an important step towards a more sustainable coastal shipping sector, which will further diversify New Zealand’s supply chain. “This Government is committed to strengthening our domestic supply chain by making coastal shipping a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Response to Human Rights Commission's reports into violence towards disable people
    Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou katoa.   Thank you for that introduction Hemi and thank you for inviting me to respond on behalf of Government to the release of these two important reports (Whakamanahia Te Tiriti, Whakahaumarutia te Tangata -Honour the Treaty, Protect the Person and Whakamahia te Tūkino kore ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Law change strengthens petroleum decommissioning regulation
    Petroleum permit and licence holders operating in New Zealand will now have an explicit statutory requirement to carry out and fund the decommissioning of oil and gas fields after a new law was given Royal assent today, says Energy and Resources Minister Dr Megan Woods. Once in effect The Crown ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New Zealand Response to assist peace and stability in Solomon Islands
    The New Zealand government has announced that it will deploy Defence Force and Police personnel to Honiara to help restore peace and stability. “New Zealand is committed to its responsibilities and playing its part in upholding regional security,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said.  “We are deeply concerned by the recent ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Continued growth in volume of new home consents
    In the year ended October 2021, 47,715 new homes were consented, up 26 per cent from the October 2020 year. In October 2021, 4,043 new dwellings were consented Canterbury’s new homes consented numbers rose 31% to higher than post-earthquake peak. New home consents continue to reach remarkable levels of growth, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Saddle up for summer with cycle trail funding
    New investment will keep the best of New Zealand’s cycle trails in top condition as regions prepare to welcome back Kiwi visitors over summer and international tourists from next year. “Cycle tourism is one of the most popular ways to see the country ‘off the beaten track’ but the trails ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New Zealand provides additional funding to COVAX for vaccine delivery
    Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta today announced additional funding will be provided to COVAX to support vaccine delivery in developing countries. “New Zealand remains cognisant of the dangers of COVID-19, especially as new variants continue to emerge. No one is safe from this virus until we all are and this ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • COVID-19 Community fund providing support for 160 organisations focused on women and girls
    Minister for Women Jan Tinetti today announced financial support will be allocated to the 160 successful applicants for the COVID-19 Community Fund, to support organisations helping women/wāhine and girls/kōtiro in Aotearoa New Zealand affected by the pandemic. “COVID-19 has had a disproportionate effect on women around the world including in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government delivers reactivation package as Aucklanders reconnect for summer
    A new support package will help revive economic, social and cultural activities in our largest city over summer, and ensure those in hardship also get relief. The Social Development and Employment Minister Carmel Sepuloni and the Economic and Regional Development Minister Stuart Nash have announced a Reactivating Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Mobile services and broadband come to Chatham Islands for first time
    World class mobile and broadband services have been switched on for the 663 residents of the Chatham Islands, Minister for the Digital Economy and Communications, David Clark and Minister for Economic and Regional Development, Stuart Nash announced today. “This eagerly awaited network will provide fast broadband and mobile services to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Crown accounts reflect strong economy amid pandemic
    The Government’s financial accounts continue to reflect an economy that has performed better than expected, despite the latest Delta COVID-19 outbreak. The Crown accounts for the four months to the end of October factors in the improved starting position for the new financial year. Core Crown tax revenue was $2.5 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Applications open for new 2021 Resident Visa
    The first round of applications for New Zealand’s new 2021 Resident visa open today (6am). “This one-off pathway provides certainty for a great many migrant families who have faced disruption because of COVID-19 and it will help retain the skills New Zealand businesses need to support the economic recovery,” Minister ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • More Vietnam Veterans to receive compensation for Agent Orange Exposure
    Minister for Veterans, the Hon Meka Whaitiri announced today that two new conditions associated with Agent Orange exposure have been added to the Prescribed Conditions List. Under the 2006 Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Crown and representatives of Vietnam veterans and the Royal New Zealand RSA. Vietnam veterans in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government commits to international effort to ban and regulate killer robots
    Minister of Disarmament and Arms Control Phil Twyford announced today that New Zealand will push for new international law to ban and regulate autonomous weapons systems (AWS), which once activated can select and engage targets without further human intervention. “While the evidence suggests fully autonomous weapons systems are not yet ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New freedom camping rules – right vehicle, right place
    Tougher freedom camping laws will be introduced to prevent abuse which has placed an unfair burden on small communities and damaged our reputation as a high quality visitor destination. Tourism Minister Stuart Nash has confirmed that new legislation will be introduced to Parliament following an extensive round of public consultation ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government invests to support a classic Kiwi summer
    Vaccinated New Zealanders can look forward to Kiwi summer events with confidence, while artists and crew will have more certainty, following the launch of details of the Arts and Culture Event Support Scheme, Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Carmel Sepuloni announced today. “The Government recognises that the arts and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Grace period for expired driver licences cruises into 2022
    Due to the ongoing Delta outbreak and extended lockdowns, all New Zealand driver licences and licence endorsements that expired on or after 21 July 2021 will now be valid until 31 May 2022, Transport Minister Michael Wood announced today. “This further extension to the validity of driver licenses recognises that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Delivered: 1,000 extra transitional homes
    A further 1,000 transitional homes delivered  New housing development starts in Flaxmere, Hastings  The Government has delivered the next 1,000 transitional housing places it promised, as part of its work to reduce homelessness. Housing Minister Dr Megan Woods is marking the milestone in Hastings at a new development that includes ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Traffic light levels announced
    The levels at which different parts of New Zealand will move forward into the COVID-19 Protection Framework this Friday have been announced. Northland, Auckland, Taupō and Rotorua Lakes Districts, Kawerau, Whakatane, Ōpōtiki Districts, Gisborne District, Wairoa District, Rangitikei, Whanganui and Ruapehu Districts will move in at Red The rest of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Financial support to move to traffic light system
    A new transition payment will be made available particularly for affected businesses in Auckland, Waikato and Northland to acknowledge the restrictions they have faced under the higher Alert Levels. Transition payment of up to $24,000 as businesses move into traffic light system Leave Support Scheme and Short Term Absence Payment ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Ambassador to Russia announced
    Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta today announced the appointment of Sarah Walsh as New Zealand’s next Ambassador to Russia. “Aotearoa New Zealand and Russia have a long-standing relationship, engaging on a range of regional and global interests including disarmament and Antarctica issues. We also work together as members of the East ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Permanent Representative to the UN announced
    Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta today announced the appointment of Carolyn Schwalger as Permanent Representative to the New Zealand Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York. “Aotearoa New Zealand is a founding member of the UN and we have worked hard to ensure our stance on human rights, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago