web analytics

Tolley Drops

Written By: - Date published: 1:47 pm, December 12th, 2011 - 69 comments
Categories: john key, national - Tags: ,

The new cabinet is out, and the Biggest Loser is Anne Tolley.

Even John Key couldn’t hide from her appalling performance over the last 3 years, and she loses Education and is demoted from the front bench.

That said, he showed certain ostrich-like properties and electorate-seat loser Paula Bennett (fresh from complaining about Labour daring to turn out their vote), is rewarded by moving onto the front bench.

Jonathan Coleman is rewarded for presiding over the death of public-service broadcasting in Aotearoa and given his departed-neighbour’s Defence portfolio.

Joyce and Collins are also rewarded further up the tree, but the big winner is Hekia Parata.  We’ll now get to see if she is as ‘consultative’ as Tolley was in the Education portfolio.  Charter Schools are hardly a good start as first thing on her plate…

Full rankings here.

What do you think?  Who else should have been punished?  Anybody you’d prefer to see in charge of a bit more?  Who’s been snubbed?

Front Bench:
1. John Key (-)
2. Bill English (-)
3. Gerry Brownlee (-)
4. Steven Joyce (+10)
5. Judith Collins (+2)
6. Tony Ryall (-1)
7. Hekia Parata (+13)
8. Chris Finlayson (+1)
9. Paula Bennett (+7)
10. Nick Smith (-4)

Rest of Cabinet:
11. David Carter (-1)
12. Murray McCully (-1)
13. Anne Tolley (-5)
14. Jonathan Coleman (+4)
15. Tim Groser (-3)
16. Phil Heatley (+1)
17. Kate Wilkinson (+2)
18. Nathan Guy (+4)
19. Craig Foss (+4)
20. Amy Adams (New Minister)

Outside Cabinet:
21. Maurice Williamson (-)
22. Chris Tremain (new)
23. Jo Goodhew (new)
24. Chester Burrows (new)

69 comments on “Tolley Drops ”

  1. King Kong 1

    If anyone should of been punished it was Nick Smith for just generally being a twat.

    • pollywog 1.1

      …and Brownlee for being a fat [Deleted… some words still over the limit. RL]

      • pollywog 1.1.1

        PFFFFFTTTT !!!!

        what do you think a twat is ?

        [This blog is read by many, many people, plenty of whom would object specifically to that word. Besides you know where arguing with the mods ends up… don’t go there. RL]

        • insider 1.1.1.1

          Depends on how you pronounce it – twat or twot

          • pollywog 1.1.1.1.1

            [Deleted… take a week off pg. Arguing with moderation is just stupid. Really I thought you knew better. RL]

            • pollywog 1.1.1.1.1.1

              [deleted]

              [lprent: 2 weeks of time for you to play with yourself over xmas. Clearly you can’t play here for a while. ]

            • Bored 1.1.1.1.1.2

              Jeez Polly…. I know Shonkeys crew piss you off…no point taking the red hot salted kumara treatment for their sake. See you in a week.

              [lprent: Two now. I saw his comment ins response to RL. ]

  2. js 2

    With the four other hanger ons there are 28 cabinet ministers which seems a huge cabinet for a small government government. So much for leading by example.

  3. insider 3

    Finlayson might be a bit miffed about Parata going over him.

  4. tc 4

    let’s wade ankle deep across the Nat talent pool….hardly a stellar team.

    Just watch out for the uber bullies as they’ve mostly been elevated where they’ll be itching to flex all that power by punishing those that dare to question, disagree ot heavin forbid undermine them.

    Note the sinister sneaky one drops a place to accomodate the 2 biggest bullies crusher n Joyceee.

    • Bored 4.1

      Ankle deep in their stellar talent pool…..its more like a dried up oasis in the middle of a desert. A decided lack of cerebral matter, collectively it is frighteningly low.

      You are onto it about the bully boy inclusions: that suits the ultimate bully boy: the “Smiling Assassin” himself. Others to do his dark deeds.

      The election was interesting for those who have closely observed psychopathy at work, some of Keys responses under pressure showed him to be very similar to some corporate psychopaths I have worked alongside. There are a surprising number of them out there, functional, power mad and charming in the extreme when in need of something. Whilst they might never kill you should they ever feel the urge, look out.

  5. js – “hangers on”
    Put me in mind of dags.

  6. Tigger 6

    I love this ‘boost for women’ line they’ve got going. Collins still only highest woman at #5…

    And Key keeps Tourism? Who’d he have to sleep with to keep that job, he’s been terrible at it.

  7. fender 7

    All we need now is for one of the disgruntled to get upset and Keys “strong” govt will crumble.

  8. dv 8

    Foss- Commerce belongs Craig Foss, meaning he will have responsibility for the Financial Markets Authority (FMA). Foss, a former currency and bond trader

    Fox in charge of hen house?

  9. Anthony 9

    Oh to have seen the Police Commissioner’s reaction when he heard Tolley was his minister.

    • seeker 9.1

      Oh yes. Probably looked so punch drunk he would have had to be breathalysed.

    • deuto 9.2

      I also have no doubt that the jaws of many Corrections people (on both sides of the wire!) will have dropped in disbelief at her appointment to Minister for Corrections.

      If Tolley was ‘worried’ about one in five children not being able to read, write etc properly, what tack is she going to take with the well over 50% of prisoners who are essentially illiterate. National Standards for prisoners?

      I am also in disbelief that Tolley has also been named as Deputy Leader of the House! Lockwood Smith has been named as Leader again. I pretty sure that the rules of the House require a vote of all MPs on both positions, and it will be interesting to see if there is any opposition to Tolley as Deputy.

      • insider 9.2.1

        Think you are confused. Brownlee was LotH. He runs the govt’s legislative programme and schedules. The opposition has a counter position – Mallard in the last parliament.

        • deuto 9.2.1.1

          Thanks for that – my bad. I was confusing Speaker/Deputy speaker and Leader/Deputy Leader positions and should know better! Reading things too fast in between trying to get the lawns cut. Will need to correct another comment I made on Open Mike also.

          Still in disbelief re Tolley’s Police and Corrections Ministerial positions, though.

          • Ari 9.2.1.1.1

            I’m still in disbelief that Anne Tolley is still a minister. If they want to showcase their female talent, they should drop her entirely and promote a backbencher.

  10. seeker 10

    I hope they fortify the ‘front bench’ now that the huge, dense, mass of brownlee,bennett and joyce will be sitting on it. Dense being the operative word.
    Perhaps the social collective denseness of these intellectual lightweights all sitting at the same time, could portend the collapse of said front bench. Oh please……

    • deuto 10.1

      I just saw that in my imagination – LOL.

      Unfortunately those “benches” are made of very very solid old wood and it would probably take a herd of elephants sitting on them for them to collapse.

    • Ari 10.2

      Calling politicians fat is really lacking in imagination and frankly, offensive to people who’ve gained a bit of weight. There’s enough wrong with Brownlee, Bennett, and Joyce’s performance without ever needing to bring their appearance or build into the equation.

  11. Irascible 11

    Who is this Hekia person??? What profile has she had since arriving in Parliament?? The last time I was in PN there were people sitting begging outside her office door. Does she know anything about education…. with Banks & Joyce aiding her can we be assured that the interests of our children will be served positively?

    • haydenarrrrgh 11.1

      Does she know anything about education….

      I would have thought that it was obvious that knowing anything about education is not a requirement for Minster of Education in this government.

    • joe90 11.2

      Who is this Hekia person???

      Another ‘blue blood’ trougher.

      • Hami Shearlie 11.2.1

        Hekia is John Key’s little Maori(sort of) Handmaiden- Remember in the Mana by-election she was shown on tv walking round malls and shops with John Key and gushed to the people of nz , “John Key’s a Rock Star”- She and Maggie Barry will be a good pair – gushing little cheerleaders for Team John Key!!

        • rosy 11.2.1.1

          Hekia Parata might be a gushing cheerleader but she speaks well in soundbites; and is, I think, a very clever politician (that’s not a compliment, btw) unlike Tolley who was little more than a dogged fool. I’m not underestimating her political ability.

          • Ari 11.2.1.1.1

            Yeah, I wouldn’t underestimate her. She’s certainly fine throwing her lot in with her oppressors, but she’s wicked smart and capable, too, and it was clearly not a matter of being deluded into it, she really does believe in the National Party.

  12. haydenarrrrgh 12

    I’m personally a little concerned that some of Anne Tolley’s recent promises to not cut funding for parent-led ECE services might now be null and void, as she’s no longer Minister.

  13. gingercrush 13

    Excited to see Amy Adams, Nathan Guy and Craig Foss come into cabinet. Also good to see more of the 2005 MPs make it into ministerial roles. Bit disappointed for Simon Bridges, Louise Upston and Sam Paseta Lotu-Inga. I haven’t noted who National will have whips yet (I hear Michael Woodhouse name being bandied around).

    2014 is going to be interesting regardless of whether they’re in government or not. For a lot of the talent as such is dependent on List MPs (Groser, Joyce, Parata, Bennett, Woodhouse) or in electorates that are at risk when the tide turns (Whanganui MP whose name escapes me, Craig Foss, Nathan Guy, Tolley, Upston, Goodhew etc etc.)

    The list next time for National is sure going to be interesting.

  14. gingercrush 14

    I also find it rather condescending that this post came from a guy who did terrible in the 2011 election and was for some reason or another considered of such low quality he was way down the Labour list. Also electorate losers (if they are such a word and incredibly outdated under MMP elections) didn’t fare too badly in Labour in 2005, 2008 and likely not 2011 either.

    • lprent 14.1

      Ummm, even with your rather theoretical approach, you’d have to say that he had rather a hard problem doing well in North Shore this election.

      North Shore is such a hard nut that it is really hard to get much movement even in the best of times for Labour. I’ve helped with trying to get movement there in past elections in (?) 2005. Combined with getting a ‘name’ and a strong party trend away from Labour, I’m surprised that the Labour vote there didn’t collapse.

      It was Ben’s first attempt on the list. I was surprised that he got up as high as he did with no constituency to push for him and little prior preparation like local body or the like. 

      On the other hand Waitakere was Paula’s electorate to keep if she’d wanted to. It is hard to get rid of good electorate MP’s when the tide of voting is favorable to them. It is even harder to get rid of high profile ministers. Looking at those facts appears to have been the only thing that Paula did for this election – and she paid the price of not looking closely enough at the work required to make those advantages work for her.

      Perhaps you should play with some numbers with historical trends in electorate seats compared to party votes and stop being such a condescending idiot.

    • Ben Clark 14.2

      So because I failed to win a seat that has been safe National since 1949 – against the national tide – I can no longer comment on politics?

      On the other hand a high-profile minister losing her seat – with her party’s vote increasing – cannot be criticised?

      C’mon.

      • Hami Shearlie 14.2.1

        You stood for Parliament, so you have a right to comment as much as you like Ben C – I voted for you! Frankly, people who know the Shore well, know that a dead mule could be elected as a National MP here! Some of our MPs’ have been awful, most in fact! This is probably the safest National seat! At least with MMP our party vote counts!

    • Bunji 14.3

      There’s a bit of a difference on how people are perceived to have done depending on national results. If your party’s percentage drops, yours is somewhat expected to as well. If you’re in a marginal and you lose it when there’s a big swing against your party, then there’s not the same loss of face as when your party’s vote increases, and your vote drops enough that you lose your seat.

      Particularly if you’re a high-profile minister.

  15. prism 15

    Hekia Parata is more suited to be Education Minister because she is more ‘ passionate’ about it.

  16. red blooded 16

    Tolley was a terrible Minister of Eduction. Anyone who thought the best way to introduce herself to the PPTA National Executive was to read them a children’s picture book about Riley the Rat (who was happier than all of the other selfish, greedy individuals who surrounded him because he made do with the little that he had and never complained that it wasn’t enough – even to the point of dying early but with a smile on his face) showed extraordinary lack of subtlety and tact. She knew nothing about education and somehow insisted that anyone who did was guilty of ‘provider capture’ and working in their own self interest instead of the interests of the students that they served. having said that, this has been the mantra of successive National governments, regardless of who’s wearing the hat of Minister. And anyone charged with bringing in the awful extremes of charter schools is going to be fronting some dreadful policy.

    • logie97 16.1

      Ah the parallels with Professor Delorus Umbridge in The order of the Phoenix and the former Minister of Education. Neither had a clue, both are bullies and both were removed. Oh joy…

    • Hami Shearlie 16.2

      Which National MP was Riley the Rat based on?

  17. Skeptic to the max 17

     
    “Hekia Parata is more suited to be Education Minister because she is more ‘ passionate’ about it.”

    If ‘passionate’ means wheeler dealer, or making a buck out of State purse then it would seem that was her expertise.
    “Gardiner and Parata Ltd was contracted to recommend the best options for providing “ongoing high quality Maori advice” to then chief executive Christine Rankin and senior managers at Work and Income in 1999, at a cost of $207,500.
    National MP Murray McCully criticised the spending of $240,000 by the Ministry of Economic Development for training courses on the Treaty of Waitangi run by the company (Gardiner and Parata Ltd) in 2003. “ Parata joined the National Party in 2001.Ran in 2002. Doesn’t that sound a little Wong?
    Parata was investigated by the State Services Commissioner  for alleged improper use of public funds in the purchase of two vehicles for Wira Gardiner. Parata’s name was on the purchase orders issued by the Ministry, although it became known later that the cars were paid by and for Mr Gardiner at the time of purchase. The investigation cleared both Gardiner and Parata of any illegal activity, and the cars were returned to the Ministry for re-sale at a Government auction.??? How or why did Parata buy private cars through a Government department as Te Puni Kokiri’s  Chief Executive?
    Jobs for the mates… Whilst hubbie failed in his bid for a seat on the Board of Directors of the National Party he is rewarded under Joyce in 2010 becoming State TEC Board Chair. There’s no 6 degrees of separation here between the Education minister  and TEC is there?
    So making schools into a further ‘market’ place adventure seems to reflect lots of opportunities for Parata’s business experience; backed also by the sale of SOE ($1 billion to fund improved learning) so that private entrepreneurs can get their bite of the pie in charter schools. Not sure if Parata is up to the $1 billion plus of bills for falling apart school buildings though…suppose she could ask Brownlee from his teaching woodwork and crafts days in education…
     
    [lprent: I haven’t checked everything on this comment, but the few facts I was able to check look correct. The implied linkages look like they are within the range of the law for politicians. I’m letting it through with a few qualms. ]

    • Skeptic to the max 17.1

      Education has finally reached a critical point of becoming a ‘for profit’ business as has other so called ‘social care’ sectors like health ?
      I’d probably find the early comments by Fender as defamation “promote a plastic Maori to front bench….; Fake….probably made in an asian sweat shop” . If critical today of John Key’s statement re ‘snap elections’ going uninvestigated then Fender needs a firm wrap on the knuckles. Parata’s whakapapa is distinguished and scholastic achievements notable so not sure where the ‘plastic’ is validated from in Fender’s view.

  18. Richard 18

    I predicted Tolley would get the boot after the election after playing the ogre for National Standards. Key will hope Nat Standards controversy will disappear with her. Just like Bolger when he amputated Ruth Richardson after the nasty work had been done.
    I am disgusted that education was absent form the election campaign. Well tough shit NZ – for our apathy we now have John Banks writing our education policy.

  19. Treetop 19

    I want to know if Tolly is going to introduce the equivalent of National Standards into the Police?

  20. newsense 20

    Wait wait she’s crushed a car! That means 3 years of Crusher nicknames and the bs tough on crime political marketing is all justified by this magnificient success! Well done Judith Collins.

    If you were in charge of fishing for a family- well one catch in 3 years means we’d have starved.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10772824

    “You’re basically wasting your time trying to explain to young hoons that they’re likely to harm themselves or others: the part of the male brain that links cause and effect doesn’t fully develop until the early twenties. That’s why young males often do silly things without thinking of the consequences.

    “If the Government continues to crush a lot of boy racer cars, the boy racers will simply buy a cheap second car, one they can afford to lose when the police seize it.”

    Mr Matthew-Wilson said the legislation was mainly there to make politicians look tough on crime and he doubted it would make the slightest bit of difference to the average boy racer.

    • millsy 20.1

      Can someone please tell me what the difference is between crushing a car and simply confiscating it and on selling it for costs?

      Far better to impose longer disqualification periods.

      • fender 20.1.1

        When you crush it the crusher National spitefull sickos get a major kick like a substance abuser. Bet they pull the wings off flies too.
        Better to sell the car than crush it surely. Another example of idiot minds in the wrong job, let alone the wasteful destruction.

  21. millsy 21

    I feel sorry for the men and women in our forces. What they did to have a smarmy smug git like Coleman as their minister I will never know.

    I would love to see him try and blow cigar smoke in LCpl W. Apiata, VC’s face….

  22. logie97 22

    Further explanation please.

    Tolley/Key – “All children in NZ will be measured against the National Standards. It is the only way of eliminating the 20 pcnt tail”. National policy 2009-2011.

    Banks/Key “We will trial charter schools in some low decile areas. The children at these schools will not be measured against the National Standards and the schools will be free to teach virtually whatever curriculum they desire” Nact policy 2011-2014

    So the National Standards were or were not going to lift the tail?

    Seems the only tail being raised here is the one on the animal that wishes to defecate on the rest of us and we know that Key/Tolley were full of it …

  23. Matt 23

    [deleted] Tsk Tsk Tsk.

    [lprent: I am irritated today. You have never written a comment of any value. They are just troll statements. Attacking a author just put you permanently in my bad books. Go away. Don’t come back. ]

    • seeker 23.1

      +1 lprent and thanks for that decision as I appreciate Ben’s posts and did not appreciate that ignorant attack.

      • lprent 23.1.1

        Looked at his few previous comments and couldn’t see any redeeming features. Tagged him as a idiot troll in the 2008 style arisen from the dead. He attacked an author which is a policy self-martyrdom offense. Filed him in the trash. Pretty normal except I have had to do it a *lot* less over the years because even most trolls are capable of learning.

  24. fender 24

    Think it’s a game of hide the tail, and skew the resulting figures that will show a rise in performance and the public will love us more for our great work/con job.

  25. David H Formally Deadly_NZ 25

    Well would you credit it ??? Anne Tolley was so bad that even John Key noticed. Well he did promote Bennett.

  26. Roy 26

    Is it my imagination or is it a longstanding NZ tradition to give Minister of Police to a blithering idiot? I always assumed it was done to keep the politician out of trouble because the police are more than capable of looking after themselves.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Speech to Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners Conference 2021
    Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners Conference 2021   Mihi Tēnā tātou katoa. Ki te reo pōhiri, kei te mihi. Ki a koutou ngā pou o te whare hauora o Aotearoa, kei te mihi. He taura tangata, he taura kaupapa e hono ana i a tatou katoa i tenei ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 hour ago
  • New regs on stream for whitebait season
    The 2021 whitebaiting season is about to kick off with new regulations in place to help ensure a healthy future for the fishery. “The new regulations herald a more equitable fishery, easing the pressure on whitebait species while providing better alignment and consistency of fishing rules across the country,” Conservation ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 hours ago
  • Health Indicators will track better care for all NZers
    The Government’s reform of the health system took a big step forward today with the unveiling of the system that will be used to hold it accountable and ensure it delivers more equitable healthcare for all New Zealanders. Health Minister Andrew Little has already announced the 20 district health boards ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • Govt congratulates Lisa Carrington on becoming NZ’s most decorated Olympian
    Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson has today congratulated New Zealand Olympic kayaker Lisa Carrington on her exceptional performance at the Tokyo Olympics which has led to her becoming the most decorated New Zealand Olympian. “Lisa is a phenomenal athlete. To win the K1 200m three Olympics in a row, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • Construction sector transformation continues with Network launch
    Housing Minister Hon Dr Megan Woods and Building and Construction Minister Hon Poto Williams today launched the Construction Sector Accord Network. Designed to bring the sector together to lift performance and drive change, the Network is a collective of businesses, government agencies and other organisations committed to a higher performing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • The ‘Tulī Takes Flight’ scholarships announced
    The Associate Minister of Education, Aupito William Sio, has today announced the establishment of the ‘Tulī Takes Flight’ scholarships as part of the goodwill gesture of reconciliation to accompany the Government’s apology to Pacific families and communities impacted by the Dawn Raids. “Education is the key to unlocking success, opportunity, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • 8,000 additional public housing places delivered in major Government milestone 
    New Zealanders now have an extra 8,000 warm, dry public housing places to call home, under a Government public housing programme that is full steam ahead, says Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern. “Of the 74,337 households now being supported in public housing places, more than six thousand (6,503) are living in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    24 hours ago
  • New classrooms and building improvements for central and lower North Island schools
    Six schools across Wellington, Manawatū-Whanganui and Taranaki are getting a funding boost so projects can enter construction and deliver much needed works sooner, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. While visiting Cannons Creek School in Porirua, Chris Hipkins also announced 10 schools in the central and lower North Island that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    24 hours ago
  • Restoring the richness of the Rangitata river
    A major Jobs for Nature project to protect and enhance some of the South Island’s most unique habitats and restore the health of the Rangitata River highlights the important role farmers have in caring for the land, Conservation Minister Kiri Allan says. “Canterbury’s braided rivers are an iconic part of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Foreign Minister to take part in ASEAN-related meetings
    Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta will today begin a suite of meetings with her ASEAN and East Asia Summit counterparts, starting with the 11th East Asia Summit (EAS) Foreign Ministers’ Meeting tonight. That will be followed by the ASEAN-New Zealand Ministerial Meeting on Thursday 5 August and the 28th ASEAN Regional ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Arts and heritage venues get helping hand
    A new round of funding to support capital projects will help keep our arts and heritage sector alive and vibrant, Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Kiri Allan announced today.  “Communities work hard to raise funds for arts, culture and heritage related capital projects as they add significant value ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Foreign Ministers welcome opening of New Zealand High Commission in Colombo
    New Zealand and Sri Lanka’s Foreign Ministers, Nanaia Mahuta and Dinesh Gunawardena, have welcomed the opening of the New Zealand High Commission in Colombo next week. The Foreign Ministers, who met virtually yesterday, spoke about the opening of the High Commission as a major milestone in the bilateral relationship. Both ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand to increase NZDF commitment to the United Nations Command, Republic of Korea
      The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) will deploy three additional personnel to the Republic of Korea, increasing the size of its contribution to the United Nations Command and its Military Armistice Commission from nine to 12 personnel. “Increasing the size of our deployment to the Republic of Korea ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Wages up, unemployment down
    The Government’s efforts to secure the recovery has seen more Kiwis in jobs and higher wages, with unemployment falling to pre-COVID levels and more people in work. Stats NZ figures show unemployment rate fell to 4 percent in the June quarter from 4.6 percent in the March quarter, the lowest ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Poroporoaki: Dr Kihi Ngatai OSM
    Mauao tiketike tūmokemoke mai ana ra koe, papakitia ana e ngā tai kawenga roimata o te motu. E Ngāti Ranginui, mo tō manuhuia kua tīkapea i te rangi. E Ngai Te Rangi, mo tō manutaki kua riro i te hau o Aitū kikini, E Ngāti Pukenga mo tō manutaiko, kua ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government support screen industry with funding for sound stages in West Auckland
    Auckland Film Studios in West Auckland has received funding for a major expansion through the Government’s Infrastructure Reference Group’s (IRG) COVID-19 Response Fund. The Government is investing $30 million of a total $35 million project to construct two 2,000sqm sound stages and development of further workshops and offices, to expand ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Protecting unique land for generation next
    The Government is boosting legal protection for critically important natural habitats on private land, Minister of Conservation Kiri Allan says. “An $8 million investment over four years will see Queen Elizabeth II National Trust Ngā Kairauhī Papa (QEII) work with government agencies, councils and others to provide legal protection of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand’s support for Fiji’s COVID-19 response continues with vaccine delivery, operational ...
    Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta has announced further support for Fiji, including funding support for nursing staff and 100,000 doses of vaccines due to arrive in country today. “Our thoughts remain with Fiji during this incredibly challenging period,” Nanaia Mahuta said. “New Zealand has funded 100,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Poroporoaki: Dr Hōhepa (Joe) Mason
    Ko koe tēnā e te hurumanu e Hōhepa, te tōwenetanga a te iti, te māpihi herenga mahara o te tini, ka tauawhi tonuhia koe e to iwi ki te uma pupuri ai. Me pēhea he kupu kia koutou kua puta i nga ākinga a nga tau kua hori, kua waia ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Finance Minister and RBNZ Governor agree to update MOU on macro-prudential policy
    Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Reserve Bank Governor Adrian Orr have updated the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on macro-prudential policy to further protect the financial system and support the Government’s housing objectives. “This change will ensure that the Reserve Bank has the flexibility to respond to emerging financial stability risks ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government commits further assistance for drought and flood-affected rural communities
    Farmers and growers affected by this year’s drought or floods in Marlborough, Tasman, West Coat, Canterbury, Otago and the Chatham Islands will have access to Rural Assistance Payments (RAPs) from today, Social Development and Employment Minister Carmel Sepuloni has announced. “The Government is committed to easing the financial pressures on ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Cook Islands youth lead Language Week
    The Cook Islands Language Week theme for 2021 highlights the vital role language plays in maintaining young people’s links to their Pacific home, said Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio.  “The Epetoma o te reo Māori Kūki ‘Āirani – Cook Islands Language Week – theme is ‘Ātuitui’ia au ki ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government offers formal apology for Dawn Raids
    A formal and unreserved apology for the Dawn Raids The Government will offer education scholarships as part of the apology Manaaki New Zealand Short Term Scholarship Training courses Support Pacific artists and historians to develop a comprehensive written and oral account of the Dawn Raids Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Speech to Dawn Raids Apology
    Tēnā koutou katoa, Kia orana kotou katoatoa, Fakaalofa lahi atu ki mutolu oti, Tālofa nī, Mālō nī koutou, Ni sa bula vinaka, Fakatalofa atu, Noa'ia 'e mauri, Kam na mauri, Malo e lelei, Sioto'ofa, Mālō lava le lagi e mamā ma le soifua maua, Oue tulou, tulou atu, tulouna lava ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Bridging the gap – last piece of Northcote Safe Cycle Route now complete
    The opening of two bridges over Auckland’s Northern Motorway is the last link of a cycling and walking route which provides a safe, active alternative for students and commuters, Transport Minister Michael Wood said today. Michael Wood cut the ribbon for the completion of the Northcote Safe Cycle Route, at ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Progress in establishment of Aged Care Commissioner
    Recruitment for an Aged Care Commissioner will start next month, to ensure greater oversight of New Zealand’s aged care sector. “This sector is responsible for supporting a large and often vulnerable population. While most people are able to access quality care, there have been cases where that care has fallen ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New record number of homes consented
    In the year ended June 2021, the actual number of new dwellings consented was 44,299, up 18 percent from the June 2020 year. In June 2021, the seasonally adjusted number of new dwellings consented rose 3.8 percent. In June 2021, 4,310 new dwellings were consented, an increase of 3.8 per ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Communities backed to tackle wilding pines
    Twelve community projects across New Zealand will receive a share of $2 million to carry out wilding pine control, Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor announced as part of Biosecurity Week. “Wilding pines are a serious problem that threaten many of the unique landscapes that New Zealanders value. Community groups and trusts ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Health Minister Andrew Little responding to the New Zealand Nurses Organisation's rejection of ...
    I was advised last night that the result of the ballot of Tōpūtanga Tapuhi Kaitiaki o Aotearoa New Zealand Nurses Organisation members have rejected the latest proposal to settle their collective agreement. Let me be clear: the proposal was one they put to the Government. The Nurses Organisation rejected their ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Conversion Practices Prohibition Legislation introduced to Parliament
    Legislation has been introduced to Parliament to protect against practices intended to change or suppress someone’s sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Introducing the Conversion Practices Prohibition Legislation Bill, Minister of Justice, Kris Faafoi, said the measures proposed were aimed at ending conversion practices which don’t work, are widely ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New kaupapa Māori mental health and addiction services to support people in central North Island
    New mental health and addiction services rolling out across the central North Island will improve outcomes and equity for Māori, Associate Minister of Health (Māori Health) Peeni Henare says. Today the Minister met with providers of the new kaupapa Māori primary mental health and addiction service, Poutama Ora, which will ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New kaupapa Māori mental health and addiction services to support people in central North Island
    New mental health and addiction services rolling out across the central North Island will improve outcomes and equity for Māori, Associate Minister of Health (Māori Health) Peeni Henare says. Today the Minister met with providers of the new kaupapa Māori primary mental health and addiction service, Poutama Ora, which will ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New school site for booming West Auckland
    The Government will build on a new school site in West Auckland to cope with rapid population growth in the area, Education Minister Chris Hipkins says. The Ministry is working with existing local schools to determine how the 1.5-hectare site at 279 Hobsonville Point Road will be used to support ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Trans-Tasman travel window to close at midnight tomorrow
    A further 500 MIQ rooms released for managed returnees from NSW Further Government actions announced today are balanced to provide more certainty for Kiwis wanting to return from Australia, while continuing to protect New Zealand from COVID-19, acting Minister for COVID-19 Response Ayesha Verrall says. The actions were foreshadowed last ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Govt investing millions in Hawke's Bay and Tairāwhiti schools
    Napier Boys’ and Girls’ High Schools are among those set to benefit from a $16.5 million investment in the Hawke's Bay and Tairāwhiti region, Economic and Regional Development Minister Stuart Nash announced today. The Government has set aside money in Budget 2021 to accelerate five projects in Napier, Hastings, Havelock North ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Game changing Jobs for Nature investment for Northland
    Conservation Minister Kiri Allan has announced Jobs for Nature funding for a portfolio of projects that will create ‘game changing’ gains for nature and communities across Northland/Te Tai Tokerau as part of the Government’s acceleration of the economic recovery from COVID. “This portfolio of 12 projects will see over $20 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Third COVID-19 vaccine receives provisional approval
    New Zealand’s regulatory authority Medsafe has granted provisional approval of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for individuals 18 years of age and older, Acting Minister for COVID-19 Response Dr Ayesha Verrall announced today. New Zealand secured 7.6 million doses (enough for 3.8 million people) of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine through an ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Bowel-cancer screening programme is saving lives
    More than 1000 New Zealanders have had bowel cancer – New Zealand’s second-most-common cause of death from cancer - detected under the Government’s National Bowel Screening Programme, Health Minister Andrew Little said today. More than 1200 New Zealanders died from bowel cancer in 2017. The screening programme aims to save ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Govt welcomes draft report on the retail grocery sector
    The Commerce Commission’s draft report into the retail grocery sector is being welcomed by Government as a major milestone. “I asked the Commerce Commission to look at whether this sector is as competitive as it could be and today it has released its draft report for consultation,” Commerce and Consumer ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Christchurch’s Youth Hub ‘set to go’ thanks to further Government funding
    Construction of New Zealand’s first, purpose-built centre for youth well-being is ready to get underway thanks to an extra $2.5 million of COVID-19 response funding, Housing Minister and Associate Minister of Finance, Megan Woods announced today.  “The Christchurch Youth Hub is about bringing together all the things young people need ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago