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Voodoo economics

Written By: - Date published: 8:28 am, March 29th, 2010 - 42 comments
Categories: Economy, Environment - Tags: , ,

Leaky homes are a slowly unfolding disaster for the country. Someone is going to have to come up with $11bn (at least) in costs for repairs, and the government hasn’t a clue as to how to handle it. Still, every cloud has a silver lining they say:

Leaky homes a disaster and a $2b tax windfall

The leaky-building crisis is New Zealand’s most expensive catastrophe, but it will enrich the Government by at least $2 billion, says a study commissioned by the North Shore City Council. The study puts the cost of rotting homes as three times that of the annual road toll and more than any natural event. But it also claims that the Government reaps at least 25c for every $1 paid on leaky-house repairs.

The Government has previously rejected council claims that it would gain financially from GST on leaky-home work. North Shore Mayor Andrew Williams said he would present the findings of the study, by consultants Covec, to today’s Auckland Mayoral Forum meeting. … GST and company tax paid on spending for materials and experts’ fees generated the $2 billion. …

Mr Williams backed Justice Terence Arnold’s Court of Appeal decision identifying government deregulation of the building industry in the 1990s as the root cause of the leaky-homes disaster.

Yes, a National government stuffed up totally in the 1990s, creating the leaky homes crisis, and 20 years later another National government stands to profit $2bn from the mess. No doubt they will cite the extra income as proof of their “excellent” management of the economy. Voodoo economics indeed.

But there’s another point to make here. We’ve made it before, but leaky homes provides a compelling example. Because the extra economic activity caused by the leaky homes fiasco will also show up as an increase in GDP. It will (by the usual measure) count as a Good Thing for the Economy. Gosh – think how great the economy would look if we knocked over all the houses and started again! As Marty summed it up:

All GDP does is measure economic activity. It doesn’t count anything that isn’t bought and sold – volunteers, clean air, cost of crime, etc etc. It doesn’t measure how much of the wealth produced is retained and continues to increase our welfare into the future. It doesn’t measure how much wealth is destroyed in making new stuff. It doesn’t measure whether the economic activity is for good stuff spending on military equipment or building a new coal power plant counts as well as spending on teaching a child.

There are alternatives, such as the Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI) described in Marty’s post. We need to pick a better measure and adopt it. Because until we get beyond GDP as our measure of success we are going to continue to get a uselessly narrow view of our economy. And until we get beyond growth as our only goal we are going to remain on a collision course with the inescapable limits of our finite, fragile planet.

[Update: Brian Rudman makes many of the same points today]

42 comments on “Voodoo economics”

  1. Peter Johns 1

    Why an I to pay for this? You buy a leaker you should carry the can. It is bad luck but we cannot keep paying people out when they have a poblem.
    Also, Labour did nothing as well so it is dis engenous to blame National.
    Where will the money come from ROB? More borrowing, higher taxes, astronomical rates. People are under financial pressure as it is. I think we should also slash benefits to pay for this as a start.
    The GST may be a bonus but this is not productivity that will benefit the overall economy, fixing up old problems. This is dumb arse Greens logic.

    • Clarke 1.1

      Where will the money come from ROB? More borrowing, higher taxes, astronomical rates.

      I see you’re still mistaking fiscal policy for monetary policy and wallowing in the idea that all government spending results in debt. It does nothing of the kind, of course. The government’s finances bear absolutely no similarity to your domestic finances, and – as I keep pointing out – there are no useful parallels to be drawn between the two.

      The government could decide to fund the total cost of the leaky homes debacle from deficit spending tomorrow, and it wouldn’t make a blind bit of difference to either tax rates or interest rates. It would, however, have a positive effect on GDP, the construction industry and the lives of the people who have been blighted by these shoddy buildings. In short, deficit spending of this kind would have plenty of upsides and absolutely no downsides for the country.

      I think we should also slash benefits to pay for this as a start.

      I see that hard-Right money-before-people viciousness is alive and well.

    • prism 1.2

      How gross PeeJ. Carry your own can and pee into it as well instead of over everybody who upsets your pocket.

  2. tc 2

    Intruiging issue this……the nat’s weakening the code in the 90’s so all those grubby developers could cut corners and make greater returns (can anyone else think of a reason why you’d dumb down contsruction compliance in such an increasingly wet/windy climate as ours…..climate deniers aside) and now it’s back at their doorstep…..time for some front foot proactive leadership from the PM and team to rectify the last nat gov’ts oversight…….not holding my breath on this.

    • vto 2.1

      tc “can anyone else think of a reason why you’d dumb down contsruction compliance in such an increasingly wet/windy climate as ours”

      Try.. people wanting to pay as little as possible (the kiwi way).. try… builders making a pittance at the time thanks to a slower economy than now and hence saving and shaving … try … architectural fashion at the time being all mediterranean … try… every part of the buidling process tc.

      It is disappointing that generally people still have little understanding of how this issue arose.

      • TightyRighty 2.1.1

        disappointing too how architects persist with fashion over function. even after all the lessons to be learned from how a home is shaped by it’s environment, we get persistent drawings of dwellings with ceiling to floor windows. so great for all the furnishings inside, and marvellous on the heating bills.

        • felix 2.1.1.1

          Poppycock. Ceiling to floor windows are extremely heat-efficient if they face the right way and have plenty of thermal mass behind them. The idea is to let in as much solar energy as you can during the day and retain it within the thermal mass to be released slowly through the night.

          • TightyRighty 2.1.1.1.1

            o rly? and i suppose by thermal mass, you mean curtains, properly thermal lined and bumpfed?

            • felix 2.1.1.1.1.1

              No I mean large amounts of dense materials – like concrete, stone, or you.

              • TightyRighty

                so you don’t know what you are talking about then?

              • felix

                Your density is hardly a controversial topic, TR.
                Here’s some basics.

              • TightyRighty

                funny how you start something and then can’t finish it except to attack the character of someone. if it wasn’t for the fact i realise you only participate positively when you spot a circle-jerk with an open space, i might actually care.

                edit – after reading your link, i see you think that we should place walls behind windows, not a revolutionary theory. however, does concrete not have an exponential cooling function? would it not be better to have curtains over said windows to trap the heat in? the problem with ceiling to floor windows, is that there is rarely any hanging space. though if you knew what you were talking about, you would know that.

              • felix

                There’s really nothing for me to finish. You’ve simply waded out of your depth into very well charted waters.

                Loser.

                No surprise that you read the link after replying btw. And no, it’s not a revolutionary theory. Which makes it all the more hilarious that you think I don’t know what I’m talking about.

                I’m done with you. The last word shall be yours and I’m sure it will be as awesome as usual.

              • lprent

                TR: I’m afraid that the felix density quip was actually very funny (although probably not for the recipient).

                BTW: If you really want to get into thermal mass, one of the more extreme routes is to feed heat via a dark sunlit surface into salts with a low melting point. For instance epsom salts and the like. The transition between liquid and solid is usually pretty useful.

              • TightyRighty

                funny again, you call something poppycock, then proceed to display why you are a cock. thermal mass only works to warm large spaces if it can retain the heat within the space it is trying to heat. large windows, even double glazed ones, don’t retain heat that well. i read the link out of charity, it still isn’t that relevant to what you are talking about. but now that lprent has joined your circle jerk, there is nothing left but to leave you two wankers to your intellectual superiority complexes.

            • SHG 2.1.1.1.1.2

              Good for your power bill, bad for the planet. The creation of concrete is one of the biggest carbon-producing activities in the world.

              • Luxated

                True enough SHG, although fly ash concrete is significantly better (75-80% reduction in carbon emissions during manufacture OTOH) than ordinary concrete so regulations permitting you could use that instead. Of course fly ash comes from coal fired power plants so it isn’t exactly perfect, but provided people keep on burning coal we might as well use it for something good.

              • felix

                Rammed earth, mud bricks, and other clay-based systems work well in this regard. Stone is good too.

      • prism 2.1.2

        Yeah vto It was a multi-fuckional tragedy of errors.

  3. I always thought the Crown should front up with the money. It is directly related to the change in standards put in place in the 1990s. The nats always said that the work was started in the 1980s and therefore Labour is to blame but there is a world of difference between kicking off a review and deciding on the details.

    It would be a good one to turn into an apolitical issue and to deal with in a Kensyan manner beneficial for the economy. The issue causes far too much stress and ill health to be allowed to continue.

    The central/local bickering about who pays for some of it is frustrating. Whether as a tax payer or a ratepayer I and others will be paying for it.

    I also wish that the MSM would analyse the cause of the crisis in more detail.

    EDIT: Bet me to it TC

  4. Clarke 4

    Given that the responsible Minister is that lazy non-achiever Maurice Williamson, the chances that the Nats are going to do anything that assists the homeowners is exactly zero.

  5. tc 5

    That’d be the same bloke who oversaw Telecom privatisation and akl not getting it’s fair share of road funding through the 90’s (many stat’s produced on this in the lead up to election 08)……that should go well then…..after he’s sorted out who get’s an ‘H’ is in his other busy ministerial duties.

  6. rainman 6

    Reporting reform is one of the most important things that needs to be done to fix capitalism. Won’t happen, though, because it requires global co-operation (and is a nice-to-have), and also, as Marty pointed out, GPI tells a more negative (more accurate?) story than GDP.

  7. Lanthanide 7

    The government’s, quite correct I believe, argument that they don’t gain additional benefits from GST, is that if the money wasn’t spent on building repairs, but instead on any other product that accrued GST, they would still be receiving GST, just from a different source. So instead of paying GST on A, it gets paid on B, either way the government is not getting more money than it otherwise would have.

    You can arguably say that GST expense is being brought forward, as people who would otherwise have saved money and deferred GST expense till later are now spending that same money now, earlier, than they otherwise would have. This is ignoring the imminent rise in GST to 15%, so actually the government can argue that they’re losing money, because people will be spending 12.5% on GST now, vs 15% later…

    However I don’t believe that the GST argument is accounting for the full 25c mentioned in the report, but it is obviously a large proportion of it.

  8. Jum 8

    So that’s why JKeyll and Hide are after Andrew Williams

    “The Government has previously rejected council claims that it would gain financially from GST on leaky-home work. North Shore Mayor Andrew Williams said he would present the findings of the study, by consultants Covec, to today’s Auckland Mayoral Forum meeting. GST and company tax paid on spending for materials and experts’ fees generated the $2 billion.

    Mr Williams backed Justice Terence Arnold’s Court of Appeal decision identifying government deregulation of the building industry in the 1990s as the root cause of the leaky-homes disaster.”

  9. Jum 9

    if we ignore history we are doomed to repeat it. Oh NAct did.

    “there is a world of difference between kicking off a review and deciding on the details.” Micky Savage once said.

    Only diff is the leaky buildings took away our right to safe harbour
    The other one took away the rest of our rights.

  10. grumpy 10

    All those reasons listed by VTO earlier are valid but the killer was the stupid decision to allow untreated Pinus Radiata as a building timer. For that, only the Government can take responsibility.

    • prism 10.1

      Don’t understand grumpy. Untreated pinus r was used as interior framing wasn’t it. Interior framing has never needed to have ground-treated rating against water and soil rot has it? The treatment of framing has been against borer hasn’t it.
      Then that wouldn’t be a major feature of leaky buildings, it’s the type of construction built on the premise of eternal sunshine (unsuitable), allowed to be used despite failures in other countries with similar climate. Also the buildings had no allowance for air circulation and ‘rogue’ water channelling which could only be expected in rainy NZ.

      • Armchair Critic 10.1.1

        I understood that the process used previously for treating P.Radiata against borer attack also worked to severely inhibit the growth of mould and rot. And this was the class of timber used for internal framing before National deregulated. Could be wrong, though.

  11. Kent Duston 11

    The whole leaky building problem is only going to get solved when we start seeing it as a societal issue rather than a private one.

    Let’s assume that 33,000 homes need complete rebuilding and/or demolition if the circumstances were different and those same 33,000 homes were damaged due to war or other natural (or even man-made) disaster, we would rally around as a society and simply stump up the cost of doing the work. We would recognise in short order that having people effectively dispossessed and with nowhere to live is going to cause social disruption on a huge scale, and it will cause completely unnecessary suffering across the country.

    If 33,000 homes were destroyed in a foreign invasion, we would have every architect and every tradesperson in the country working day and night to repair the damage in order to mitigate the effects on our fellow New Zealanders. And this heroic effort to make things right would be front page news for however many months and years it would take to complete the work.

    Faced with the same disaster on the same scale due to poor design, we seem incapable of doing anything yet the impact on the people who own these homes is the same as if they had been damaged by an act of war. So it seems to me that the problem has much to do with the ideological biases of government (both the previous one and the current lot) than any rational assessment of what is the best thing to do for New Zealand. And the fact that the current Minister (Maurice Williamson) has a long-standing reputation for hands-off laziness merely aggravates the problem.

    We need to spend a whole bunch less time trying to apportion blame, and a whole lot more time mitigating the damage on our society. And the best way to do that is to adopt a no-fault approach and fund the replacement work through the taxation system. After all, if government won’t get involved when people have lost their homes, what’s the point of having a government at all?

    • Bored 11.1

      Kent, you hit the nail on the head…”We need to spend a whole bunch less time trying to apportion blame”……it a systemic failure, and all parties are running for cover on this.

      From a blame viewpoint given the nature of NZ i.e everything shakes, cracks, gets heavily rained on and blown around….you need an eave on a building. For the sake of a few less square metres of roof and thus less cost, the water is able to run down the walls, get blown under the roof etc. I have not seen many villas or state houses with leaky home syndrome. And I resent paying the bill for cost cutting and bad practice.

  12. Armchair Critic 12

    Oh look, Johnny has the answer.
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10635109
    No details, but it is a fairly simple problem so of course it will be easy to fix. Just like his brilliant solution to stop the japanese whaling.

    • Clarke 12.1

      John Key is starting to look like one of those bimbos on America’s Next Top Model: “And pose …. and pose …. and pose ….” Unless there’s a camera pointed in his direction, he’s nowhere to be seen.

  13. It is unfortunate that the leaky building scandal has been allowed to drag on as long as it has. In this instance, I tend to have a problem with the socialisation (i.e. the government just picking up the tab), of what effectively is a private problem. A problem created by building companies/tradespeople, council/regulation staff, and central government deregulation.

    There needs to be a good or pressing reason for the socialisation of private problems, e.g. minimum standards of health, education, general wellbeing. While I do not believe that homeowners (especially those innocent of the design and construction) should be liable for damages they have suffered as a result, there should be an understanding that those individuals/firms responsible for leaky home construction should be held to account in someway. In some instances, insurance companies should also be obliged to pay.

    Excessive socialisation of problems, does not deter bad behaviour, fosters moral dilemma where decisions are devoid of their natural consequences.

    • prism 13.1

      Good one parrot. You’re quoting high theory about low grassroots problems.
      Nothing like a little sermon about how things should be done in an ideal and rational world etc. etc. when you are suffering with intransigent problems.

      “There needs to be a good or pressing reason for the socialisation of private problems eg minimum standards of health…general wellbeing…”
      Well people have got sick from resultant fungi in their walls – health. General well being – this problem will remain in some form and affect all others who buy or just live in the property, pretty general I would say. Also spores are likely to increase in numbers in the neighbourhood. General health. Also trust and belief in the government’s abilities, value and fairness by the general public will be mightily damaged. There are numbers of scandals from the past, adding to them in the present, can only damage the standing of the political process in people’s eyes and therefore our democracy. That’s a wide, general outcome.

  14. Bored 14

    Come on Clarke, the Top Models may have beauty when they pose, Johns beauty is only skin deep…..

    capcha: please

  15. Draco T Bastard 15

    The government should just identify and pay for the repairs or rebuilding of the affected houses. They then need to do an investigation to discover exactly what happened, culpability and the people who did it and those who profited sent to jail.

  16. DavidW 16

    but guys, I believed her when she told me that it wasn’t a problem, “It is just the Herald banging on” I seem to recall.

    Don’t tell me I was misled

    captcha “disaster” HEH

  17. tc 17

    mmm “people wanting to pay as little as possible (the kiwi way).. try builders making a pittance at the time thanks to a slower economy than now and hence saving and shaving try architectural fashion at the time being all mediterranean try every part of the buidling process tc..”

    Still not seeing why this is a reason to allow untreated timber, no cavities, inadequate waterproofing/flashing which together with poor approval/consent/inspection has given us what we have to deal with today……do surgeons offer a discount for less theatre staff/ no anisthetic/blunter instruments so you save on not having them sharpened……….gov’t are there to make good laws not weaken them for a few short term thrills but long term pain.

  18. Ianmac 18

    I do believe that you have missed a primary reason for the Nats in the 90’s to have relaxed the rules of building. “Market Forces will cure all. Those who build poor houses will fall by the wayside. The good ones will flourish. Lets have fewer interventions from the State.”
    The result?
    And the theme of the Act Party is to get rid of Nanny State Intervention in our lives. What does Act have to say re Leaky homes?

  19. JD 19

    “The government should just identify and pay for the repairs or rebuilding of the affected houses. They then need to do an investigation to discover exactly what happened, culpability and the people who did it and those who profited sent to jail.”

    No they won’t because they would be embarassing for Labour, National and almost every council in NZ.

    You can’t send a company to jail and most of those involved have been liquidated.

    Your statement reveals a certain ignorance regarding the application of the criminal law. To prove someone is culpable for the (imaginary) offence of constructing a leaky building you would have to prove that they had the intention or mens rea to so. Given they most developers were following council building guidelines (or else they wouldn’t get consent in the first place) then you cannot actually attribute the necessary intention to them to hold them culpable.

    The most you would get them on is negligence but if they were following council guidelines then another deadend.

    • prism 19.1

      “You can’t send a company to jail and most of those involved have been liquidated.”

      Maybe we’re too nice and well-bred and principled in nz. In other countries they would have been liquidated all right.

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    11 hours ago
  • More support rolls out for SMEs
    More support is rolling out for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) from the COVID Response and Recovery Fund, to help them adapt and innovate to deal with the impact of the virus. The Ministers for Economic Development and Small Business have announced a further $40 million for the Regional Business ...
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    12 hours ago
  • District Court Judge appointed
    Stephen Clark, Māori Land Court Judge of Hamilton has been appointed as a District Court Judge with jury jurisdiction to be based in Hamilton, Attorney-General David Parker announced today. Judge Clark graduated with an LLB from Auckland University in 1988 and was admitted to the Bar in the same year. ...
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    1 day ago
  • Hawke’s Bay Airport agreement protects jobs, safeguards terminal development
    The Crown will provide a loan to Hawke’s Bay Airport to ensure it can trade through COVID-19 economic impacts, support the region’s recovery and protect up to 200 jobs. The Crown has a 50 percent shareholding in Hawke’s Bay Airport Limited (HBAL), with Napier City Council holding 26 percent and ...
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    1 day ago
  • Funding boost for four cultural events
    Four celebrated Māori and Pasifika events will receive up to $100,000 each in funding from the new Creative and Cultural Events Incubator fund, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford announced today. The four events that were successful in the inaugural funding round are: Kia Mau Festival, Wellington Māoriland Film Festival, Otaki ...
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    2 days ago
  • Inaugural launch of Kiribati Language Week
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio is pleased to announce the inaugural launch of Kiribati Language Week as part of the 2020 Pacific language Weeks programme. “I am so pleased that this year we are able to provide resourcing support to the Kiribati community in Aotearoa which will ...
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    3 days ago
  • New support package for wildlife institutions
    Wildlife institutions affected by a loss of visitor revenue during the COVID-19 lockdown are set to receive government support with nearly $15 million of funding available announced Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage.  “Eco-sanctuaries, zoos, aquariums, wildlife parks, and wildlife rescue, hospital and rehabilitation facilities provide crucial support for the recovery ...
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    3 days ago
  • 300,000 students to benefit from free mental health services
    The Government is expanding and accelerating frontline mental health and wellbeing services at tertiary education institutes (TEI) to help students manage ongoing stresses related to COVID-19. “The lockdown has been hugely disruptive for students. Many of them have had to relocate and move to online learning, isolating them from their ...
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    4 days ago
  • Gang crime, meth harm targeted in Waikato
    The Minister of Police says a major operation against the Mongrel Mob in Waikato will make a big dent in drug harm and violent offending linked to organised crime networks. “Senior leadership of the Waikato Mongrel Mob has been taken out as a result of Operation Kingsville, which resulted in ...
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    4 days ago
  • Supporting victims and families to attend mosque attack sentencing
    The Government is extending the border exception criteria to enable some offshore victims and support people of the Christchurch mosque attacks to attend the sentencing of the accused beginning on 24 August2020, says Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway. “We want to support our valued Muslim brothers and sisters who were directly ...
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    4 days ago
  • Boost for community freshwater restoration projects
    A project to support volunteer efforts to look after streams and rivers is getting a boost thanks to support from DOC’s Community Conservation Fund announced Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage today.  “The government is backing efforts to look after waterways with $199,400 for the Mountains to Sea Conservation Trust from ...
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    4 days ago
  • More support for women and girls
    Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter today announced that funding for the COVID-19 Community Fund for women and girls will be doubled, as the first successful funding applications for the initial $1million were revealed. “Women and girls across the country have suffered because of the effects of COVID-19, and I ...
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    4 days ago
  • Crown accounts stronger than forecast with higher consumer spending
    The Government’s books were better than forecast with a higher GST take as the economy got moving again after lockdown, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Crown Accounts for the 11 months to the end of May indicate the year end results for tax revenue will be stronger than forecast. ...
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    4 days ago
  • Govt releases plan to revitalise wool sector
    A plan to revitalise New Zealand’s strong wool sector and set it on a new, more sustainable and profitable path was unveiled today by Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. The newly-released report - Vision and Action for New Zealand’s Wool Sector - was developed by the Wool Industry Project Action Group ...
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    4 days ago
  • Funding for Predator Free Whangārei
    Community efforts to create a Predator Free Whangārei will receive a $6 million boost, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage announced today. The new funding, through Government company Predator Free 2050 Ltd, will create around 12 jobs while enabling the complete removal of possums over ...
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    5 days ago
  • New Zealand to review relationship settings with Hong Kong
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has announced that the New Zealand Government is reviewing the settings of its relationship with Hong Kong. “China’s decision to pass a new national security law for Hong Kong has fundamentally changed the environment for international engagement there,” Mr Peters said. “New Zealand remains deeply ...
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    5 days ago
  • Funding for Whangārei’s infrastructure projects revealed
    Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced details of a multimillion-dollar investment in Whangārei for infrastructure projects that will help it recover from the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 200 jobs are expected to be created through the $26 million investment from the Government’s rejuvenation package ...
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    5 days ago
  • Managed isolation and quarantine update
    Following a second incident in which a person escaped from a managed isolation facility, security is being enhanced, including more police presence onsite, Minister Megan Woods said. “The actions of some individuals who choose to break the very clear rules to stay within the facilities means that more resourcing is ...
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    5 days ago
  • Funding for Kaipara district community waste programmes
    Waste reduction and recycling programmes in Kaipara are set to get a boost with Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage today announcing a $361,447 grant from the Ministry for the Environment’s Waste Minimisation Fund (WMF) Sustainable Kaipara. “The new funding will allow Sustainable Kaipara to partner with local schools, kura, community ...
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    5 days ago
  • Government will support the people and economy of Southland
    The Government will support the Southland economy in the wake of multinational mining company Rio Tinto’s decision to follow through with its long signalled closure of the Tiwai Point aluminium smelter. “This day has unfortunately been on the cards for some time now, but nevertheless the final decision is a ...
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    5 days ago
  • New transformational tools for the Predator Free 2050 effort
    New tools being developed to help boost Aotearoa’s Predator Free 2050 effort were unveiled today by Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage and Under Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau. A new rat poison, a camera with predator recognition software to detect and report predators, a new predator lure and a ...
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    6 days ago
  • New Armoured vehicles for New Zealand Army
    The Coalition Government has approved the purchase of a fleet of Bushmaster vehicles to replace the New Zealand Army’s armoured Pinzgauers, Defence Minister Ron Mark has announced today. The new fleet of 43 Australian-designed and built Bushmaster NZ5.5 will provide better protection for personnel and improved carrying capacity. “The age ...
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    6 days ago
  • Community-led solutions to prevent family violence
    The Government’s three prevention frameworks to reduce family violence in Aotearoa were launched this week by Associate Minister for Social Development Poto Williams.   The frameworks were developed in partnership with communities around New Zealand, and build on the work the Government has already begun with its new family violence prevention ...
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    6 days ago
  • Govt confirms investment in better radiology and surgical services for Hawke’s Bay
    The Government is pleased to confirm funding for improvements to radiology and surgical services at Hawke's Bay DHB, Health Minister Chris Hipkins says.     "The Minister of Finance the Hon Grant Robertson and former Health Minister Dr David Clark approved funding for Hawke's Bay DHB’s redevelopment of their radiology facilities ...
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    6 days ago
  • Specialist alcohol and drug addiction services strengthened across New Zealand
    •    New funding for four beds at Napier’s Springhill Residential Addiction Centre •    A new managed withdrawal home and community service, and peer support before and after residential care at Tairāwhiti DHB  •    A co-ordinated network of withdrawal management services throughout the South Island •    Peer support in Rotorua and ...
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    6 days ago
  • Coastal Shipping Webinar
    Introduction, seafarers and POAL Good morning everyone, I am delighted to be online with you all today. Before I begin, I have to acknowledge that COVID-19 has disrupted the maritime sector on an unprecedented scale. The work of seafarers and the maritime industry is keeping many economies around the world ...
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    6 days ago
  • Support for resilient rail connection to the West Coast
    A $13 million investment from Government will create jobs and improve the resilience of the rail connection between Christchurch and the West Coast, Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones and Regional Economic Development Under-Secretary Fletcher Tabuteau say. The funding comes from the tagged contingency set aside in Budget 2020 for infrastructure projects ...
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    6 days ago
  • Major investment in safe drinking water
    The Government is investing $761 million to assist local government upgrade under-pressure water services across the country, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta announced today.  The announcement was made at the site of the water bore that was found to be the source of the fatal ...
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    6 days ago
  • Supporting stranded seasonal workers to keep working with more flexible options
    Recognised Seasonal Employers and migrant seasonal workers stranded in New Zealand will be able to continue working and supporting themselves with more flexible hours and roles, says Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway. The time-limited visa changes are: Stranded RSE workers will be able to work part-time (a minimum of 15 hours ...
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    6 days ago
  • Relief for temporary migrants, employers and New Zealanders who need work
    The Government is making immediate short-term changes to visa settings to support temporary migrants already onshore in New Zealand and their employers, while also ensuring New Zealanders needing work are prioritised, Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. We are: Extending temporary work visas due to expire by the end of 2020 ...
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    1 week ago
  • Freshwater commissioners and fast-track consenting convenor appointed
    Professor Peter Skelton CNZM has been appointed as Chief Freshwater Commissioner and Alternate Environment Court Judge Craig James Thompson as Deputy Chief Freshwater Commissioner for the newly established Freshwater Planning Process (FPP). Environment Minister David Parker today also announced the appointment of Chief Environment Court Judge Laurie Newhook as the ...
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    1 week ago
  • Appointment of Judge of the High Court
    Auckland Queen’s Counsel Neil Campbell has been appointed a Judge of the High Court, Attorney‑General David Parker announced today. Justice Campbell graduated with a BCom and LLB (Hons) from the University of Auckland in 1992. He spent two years with Bell Gully Buddle Weir in Auckland before travelling to the United ...
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    1 week ago
  • Feedback sought – Commercial Film and Video Production Facilities
    The Associate Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration, Poto Williams, is seeking feedback on a proposal to better enable the development and operation of commercial film and video facilities in Christchurch. The Proposal, developed by Regenerate Christchurch in response to a request from Christchurch City Council, asks that powers under section ...
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    1 week ago
  • Govt launches bold primary sector plan to boost economic recovery
    The Government has launched a bold plan to boost primary sector export earnings by $44 billion over the next decade, while protecting the environment and growing jobs. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today released Fit for a Better World – Accelerating our Economic Potential, a 10-year roadmap to unlock greater value ...
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    1 week ago
  • Wellbeing of whanau at heart of new hub
    A new approach to prevent family harm that encourages greater collaboration across government and community groups is being celebrated at the opening of a new facility in Auckland. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today opened the Multi-Disciplinary Family Harm Prevention Hub Te Taanga Manawa in Lambie Road in Manukau. The facility ...
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    1 week ago
  • New Report on Auckland Port Relocation
    The Government has released a major new report on the options for relocating the Port of Auckland’s freight operations while deferring any decision on the issue. “That decision needs to be informed by policy analysis that is still to be completed. As a result it will be up to a ...
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    1 week ago
  • Dual place names for Te Pātaka-o-Rākaihautū / Banks Peninsula features
    The history of Rāpaki is being restored through the inclusion of te reo in thirteen official place names on Te Pātaka-o-Rākaihautū / Banks Peninsula and around Lyttelton Harbour/Whakaraupō, the Minister for Land Information, Eugenie Sage, announced today.   “I am pleased to approve the proposals from Te Hapū o Ngāti ...
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    1 week ago
  • Government and Air New Zealand agree to manage incoming bookings
    Bookings for seats on Air New Zealand flights into New Zealand will be managed in the short term to ensure the Government is able to safely place New Zealanders arriving home into a managed isolation or quarantine facility, says Housing Minister Megan Woods.  “Last week Air Commodore Darryn Webb and I ...
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    1 week ago
  • $80 million for sport recovery at all levels
    Grant Robertson has today announced the first major release of funding from the $265 million Sport Recovery Package announced at Budget 2020.  “Today we’re setting out how $80 million will be invested, with $54 million of that over the 2020/2021 financial year for organisations from community level through to elite ...
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    1 week ago
  • Keeping ACC levies steady until 2022
    The Government is maintaining current levy rates for the next 2 years, as part of a set of changes to help ease the financial pressures of COVID-19 providing certainty for businesses and New Zealanders, ACC Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. “New Zealanders and businesses are facing unprecedented financial pressures as a ...
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    1 week ago