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Waitangi Tribunal: Asset sales should stop

Written By: - Date published: 3:58 pm, July 30th, 2012 - 70 comments
Categories: Maori Issues, Privatisation - Tags: , ,

Well now the cat is among the government’s pigeons.

Breaking news, on NZ Herald: “Tribunal: Asset sales should halt”, and Stuff: “Tribunal says halt sale”:

In a report, out today, the Tribunal sums up both sides of the argument following an urgent hearing in Lower Hutt earlier this month.

“We therefore conclude that the Crown ought not to commence the sale of shares in any of the Mixed Ownership Model companies until we have had the opportunity to complete our report on stage one of this inquiry and the Crown has had the opportunity to give this report, and any recommendations it contains, in-depth and considered examination,” it said.

Will update as reaction emerges.

Update: The Herald piece linked above now includes:

State Owned Enterprises Minister Tony Ryall said the Government was considering the tribunal’s direction and would seek advice from officials and the Maori Party before making any decisions.

Mana Party leader Hone Harawira said the direction was the first step in shutting down the Government’s plan to sell power companies. “Along with most Kiwis, I couldn’t be happier,” he said.

70 comments on “Waitangi Tribunal: Asset sales should stop”

  1. yeshe 1

    The phone lines to Crosby Textor must be running red-lava hot ! Dyspepsia, Mr Key ?

  2. Whoda thunk it; the Treaty of Waitangi rescuing Pakeha from their own stupidity and folly…

    • weka 2.1

      😀  
       
      It does present Pakeha NZ with an interesting dilemma.

    • mike e 2.2

      Frank the racist bigots over on KB must be foaming at the mouth

    • Murray Olsen 2.3

      Today I’m proud to be Pakeha, because it’s the Treaty that makes it possible to be one. The irony is that those who say nobody owns the water are quite happy for Key to sell the hydro water to his mates. This is an important first step in becoming one nation, but the rednecks won’t see it as anything but further divisiveness. I see it as Maori saving all of us from a sick predatory government sent from Washington.

      • fustercluck 2.3.1

        While I am sure that many things odious have and will continue to emanate from the District of Columbia, I think the present PM was gifted to us by the evil elves within the bowels of the City of London.

      • mike e 2.3.2

        +6 billion to NZ
        -6billion to Goldman Sachs Secret Agent Shonkey
        Priceless

      • Sunny 2.3.3

        Agree. Proud to be Pakeha. We are fortunate indeed to have the Treaty and the Tribunal.

  3. r0b 3

    Key is between a rock and a hard place. He can ignore the Tribunal, or he can see his centerpiece political (and financial) policy delayed. My bet is he goes with the former, and the ball is in the Maori Party’s court.

    • chris73 3.1

      Hopefully he will ignore them

    • bad12 3.2

      Aha, that’s a bet you wouldn’t lose, Slippery will of course ignore the Waitangi Tribunal citing mandates and other such bullshit,

      The Maori Council tho will see Slippery’s bet and raise Him a trip to the High Court for an injunction to halt the sale of Mighty River Power until ‘ownership’ issues are settled by negotiation,

      Should the high Court grant the Maori Council such an injunction,and i have no belief that they won’t, then the options for Slippery’s National Government get a little thinner,

      * Stop the sale of Mighty River Power and negotiate,(while maybe pushing the sale of Solid Energy forward)

      * Legislate over the top of the High Court’s injunction,

      *Call an early election…

      • Clashman 3.2.1

        Or buy them off with a nice big parcel of shares. Then he can put the boot in to Maori when the revenue from the sales falls below expectations. Win-Win for Key and his cronies

        • bad12 3.2.1.1

          Not so sure about a win-win for National anywhere in asset sales, considering that even half the people who will buy the shares don’t really think the Government should be selling them in the first place,

          Should Slippery do a deal with the Maori Council National can expect to lose a slight % of it’s vote probably to NZFirst who are the more vocal opponents of such deals,

          The time taken to ‘do a deal’ with Maori for Slippery simply means that the referendum on asset sales draws ever closer,

          While time ticks in National having to either ‘ do deals’ or Legislate away Court orders that stand in it’s way 2014 draws ever closer,

          Should a referendum be realized befor the 2014 election which is overwhelmingly against asset sales and National continue with the asset sales program,(which it can’t help but do), on the asset sales issue alone they are likely to be given a thumping by the electorate…

      • Kotahi Tāne Huna 3.2.2

        Calling an early election would simply postpone the other issues you identify.

        What will their anonymous donors say? Six years, all that policy bought and paid for…ah well, the value of your investment can go up or down.

        • Colonial Viper 3.2.2.1

          …ah well, the value of your investment can go up or down.

          And that’s about the time a tax payer funded bailout for the private sector kicks in…

      • Fortran 3.2.3

        bad12

        Key could call a General Election on this one issue – who owns the water, and after yesterday’s rain I wonder too.
        I believe that only 3 weeks is required to call an Election.

  4. Carol 4

    As I’ve just posted on Open Mike:

    Open mike 30/07/2012

    And, of course, it’s not surprising that the Herald immediately highlights the IWG position, and ignores the views of other Maori groups.

    The Herald says:

    The hapu and iwi argue they should receive shares in the Mighty River or other state owned power companies slated for partial privatisation under the Government’s “mixed ownership model”.

    And, as it says on Stuff, selling the assets could diminish the rights of Maori to claim water rights in the future, so this needs to be decided before the sales go ahead:

    The question of Maori ownership was “not an implausible one” and if the Crown altered its ownership of freshwater resources it may limit their ability for redress.

    “Putting it another way, they are serious issues to be inquired into.”

    The Crown had said it could buy back shares in the mixed ownership model, but that was only a partial factor, the report said.

    “As the shares, once sold, can only be repurchased from a willing seller and may require a prohibitively expensive outlay.”

    Or the Government would have to pass legislation compulsorily returning the shares to Crown ownership.

    “The sale of shares in Mixed Ownership Model companies could therefore cause a significant disadvantage to the claimants, were their claims to be determined to be well founded by the Tribunal.”

  5. Anne 5

    Wait for every political distraction in the rule book to rear its ugly head. Wait for every accusation ever made against Labour and/or the Greens – every supposed misdemeanour since God made little apples…

    Nothing to do with Asset Sales of course.

    • Carol 5.1

      Hmmmm… and which issue will get the top billing and most attention on TV One & TV3’s news tonight?

      a) The Christchurch Rebuild Announcement – timed to coincide with the 6pm news
      b) The Waitangi Tribunal’s announcement on halting asset sales

      • yeshe 5.1.1

        Carol .. didn’t even make the TV1 news promo at 5.23 … ChCh rebuild first, then Mark Todd meeting people in London, then probs with Kiwirail’s trains. UNBELIEVABLE. rolling eyes.

        • yeshe 5.1.1.1

          and the 5.44 promo … Chch first, then Key changing his mind to support gay marriage, then the possible dangers of smartphones .. ain’t it grand to have an Australian in charge of news at TVNZ ?

          • Akldnut 5.1.1.1.1

            Just watched TV3 news highlights, hell the main issues were ChCh rebuild first, then Mark Todd doing well. Bloody disgraceful and pathetic to miss the tribunals recommendation when it is a lot more important than 1 guy riding a fucking horse.

    • toad 5.2

      What’s the bet Paula Bennett says something outrageous about beneficiaries again within the next few days to get the Tribunal recommendation out of the headlines.

      • mike e 5.2.1

        We should start a sweepstake!
        Crusless
        Tolluene
        Gerryhatrik brown nose lee
        Nick smith has had another affair

        • Anne 5.2.1.1

          Maggie Barry questions whether Jacinda Ardern is really a woman or a man dressed as a woman and that’s why she’s got no kids?

          Melissa Lee spots another hoard of gangsters from Sth. Auckland on their way to West Auckland via Mt Albert? Planning to stop off in Remuera for a spot of burglaring?

        • mike e 5.2.1.2

          Bugger I got it wrong it was Shonkey supporting Gay marriage .
          Bloody smart people those crosby textors maybe Labour should look at Alistair Campbell.

      • Tigger 5.2.2

        I’m thinking Key’s ‘gay marriage won’t make my wife a lesbian’ comment today was designed as one possible source of distraction today…

      • No bet. It’s practically a dunne deal. Ooops, I meant done deal…

        Actually, I was right first time.

      • tracey 5.2.4

        you dont think brownlees outrage at insurance company was the pre empttive for this decision

  6. BernyD 6

    We’ll be contributing to the Global Financial Crises soon …… waaaaah |-)

    • mike e 6.1

      BD we have already put $180 million into the IMF no doubt by the time Europe comes out of its Austerity drive we will have subsidized the delinquent and fraudulent banks many hundreds more

      • BernyD 6.1.1

        What , waaaaaaaaaa , [Need Dummy Spitting Emoticon].
        We’re going broke and need a bailout, aint that what insurance is about.

      • BernyD 6.1.2

        Shinkey should be all over this, He’s the creative accountant from Hell
        About time he used his skills for New Zealanders !

        • bad12 6.1.2.1

          I dunno bout that, Slippery is ‘the man’ when he is playing money trader with the Head gangster of the Banking Corp ringing down from on high to tell the little shyster which little country to shaft this week,

          But,

          Having ‘lost’ a cool 5 million outta His personal fortune in a year, (gee a mill for every % of the vote the Party’s lost), the Slippery one has lost the gloss and as any gambler will tell you once your on a losing streak the only thing you can do is swallow the anti-depressants with your whisky and wait till it bottoms out…

      • Colonial Viper 6.1.3

        mike e

        NZ commits another $1.36B to IMF

        Because Bankster PMs around the world work hard to bail out other Banksters.

        http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10814024

        • BernyD 6.1.3.1

          Can we ask for it back?, we need to build a new school mun

          • Fortran 6.1.3.1.1

            BernyD

            The financial committment to the IMF is an interest bearing loan.

            • Colonial Viper 6.1.3.1.1.1

              The financial committment to the IMF is an interest bearing loan.

              So NZ is borrowing money from overseas at interest, and then lending it back overseas to the IMF at interest, who then uses it to lend at interest, to bad credit risk countries at risk of defaulting on their debts.

              I’m happy because I can’t see anywhere where this Bankster game could possibly go wrong for us.

            • BernyD 6.1.3.1.1.2

              What , waaaaaaaaaa , [Need Dummy Spitting Emoticon].
              We’re giving loans to bankrupt countries,
              And we need to build a School mun

        • mike e 6.1.3.2

          Thanks CV
          $4.1 billion committed $320 million paid out to bailing out banksters.

    • BernyD 6.2

      But on a serious note …

      It’s good to see the Judicial system actually works and repects the Individual and It’s representatives

  7. The language the Waitangi Tribunal have used is pretty pointed

    in the conclusion they state in point 59 that

    In the interests of the Maori-Crown relationship, and all New Zealanders, the issues raised in this stage of the inquiry are serious ones that warrant measured consideration.

    And in point 61

    We therefore conclude that the Crown ought not to commence the sale of shares in any of the Mixed Ownership Model companies until we have had the opportunity to complete our report on stage one of this inquiry and the Crown has had the opportunity to give this report, and any recommendations it contains, in-depth and considered examination. (my emphasis)

    http://img.scoop.co.nz/media/pdfs/1207/Wai_2358_2.7.2.pdf

    http://mars2earth.blogspot.co.nz/2012/07/slipping-on-water.html

    The truth about what was really said and agreed to between the Maori Party and Key will be tested now.

  8. Cnut 8

    So it will come down to what it takes to buy Maori objections out.

    Of course every share from the 49% allocated to Maori “as compensation” means the Crown will raise less unless the price for the remaining shares is lifted – so the most likely result is that Maori are fobbed off with shares producing income for the Iwi elite as negotiated by Turiana while KiwiSaver and other funds plus Key’s friends who buy the shares get less for their money and the Crown and tax-payers raise less to spend.

    So apart from Maori bag-holders no-one benefits and the National Party will be rightly hammered by most Maori, and most everyone else. You lot should be delighted.

    • Pascal's bookie 8.1

      If it doesn’t make economic sense to sell them, then they just shouldn’t, silly cnut.

    • Or, Cnut, they could just flag the whole deal and be done with it. After all, aside from the top 1% and National’s sycophantic fellow-travellers, no one else really wants asset sales.

      There. Problem resolved.

      Sorted.

    • tracey 8.3

      cnut, are you saying you think the courts will uphold the tribunals decision.?

    • Colonial Viper 8.4

      So it will come down to what it takes to buy Maori objections out.

      Yes, you’d sell your grandma if the price was right. Classic neoliberal view of the world.

  9. gobsmacked 9

    So there’s Rahui Katene of the Maori Council on One News, saying what the Crown should do.

    If only people like her were in Parliament, standing up to this government … oh, right.

  10. bad12 10

    And so, full circle we go and we are all now back to here,

    Public Finance (Mixed Ownership Model) Amendment Act 2012,

    Section 45Q,

    (1), NOTHING in this part shall permit the Crown to act in a manner that is inconsistant with the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi,

    My view would be that in light of the Waitangi Tribunals interim findings and considering Section 45Q of its own MOM Legislation the Government is basically legally bound to halt the sale of (at least), Mighty River Power,

    My view is also that it would seem prudent to do so other than have the High Court order them to do so as if they were mere miscreants needing a Judges wise words to show them the right path…

  11. tracey 11

    Does the pm deliberately mispronounce Waitangi? I saw hekia parata on te karere saying the pm makes an effort with mihi etc…but really can he genuinely believe how he pronounces part of a founding document is correct?

    • Carol 11.1

      He mispronounces a lot of English words, so I don’t expect anything different from him when speaking Maori words, Tracey?

  12. tracey 12

    So…. Nzers property trights are paramount, except for maori nzers. The right place to determine this is the courts if the govt wants to ignore the sensible suggestion, or urgent legislation. The later might require more balls than Key has.

  13. Paul 13

    Have a look at the DimPost blog this morning. Danyl has got it spot on. I think the Herald must be getting worried about the loss of advertising revenue from the brokers to create such an outrageous headline. Shame on them.

  14. tracey 14

    Its ok. The pm says the respectful thing to do is consider the decision and recommendation which will take time and then everything will be ok. Phew, crisis over mr flip flop is on the job. Remember the mr men series.

  15. Carol 15

    Oh dear. Peter Sharples dancing on a pin and trying NOT to answer Nania Mahuta’s questions, re getting assurance given that the asset sales policy doesn’t contravene the Treaty. Sharples is fobbing it off, saying the assurances were given to Iwi leaders in a meeting Sharples arranged but didn’t attend.

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    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    5 days ago
  • National Network on Cuba (USA): “Cuban medical solidarity is a pillar of its society and is founde...
    The following statement was released on March 28 by the National Network on Cuba, a coalition of 40 groups, based in the United States. In recent weeks, Cuba has deployed hundreds of medical providers to over a dozen countries in Europe, Asia, as well as to their neighbors in Latin ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    5 days ago
  • Alarming decrease in calves increases fears for endangered Hector’s dolphin
    This has been a terrible summer for Hector’s dolphins. The first indication was very low numbers of dolphin sightings during late spring and early summer. The Otago University Marine Mammal Research Team has carried out routine dolphin surveys at Banks Peninsula for more than 30 years. In all that time, ...
    SciBlogsBy Otago Marine Science
    6 days ago
  • Time for Grant Robertson to reveal package #2?
    On March 17, Finance Minister Grant Robertson was quick out of the blocks with an economic rescue package to help businesses through the inevitable recession resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. Robertson had pulled together a scheme in short order that so far seems to have saved many jobs. In his ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    6 days ago
  • Saving lives
    The purpose of the lockdown is to save lives, by reducing the spread of covid-19. We won't know if its really working for another week, but given the devastation that will result if it doesn't - 14,000 dead is the optimistic scenario - its definitely worth trying. But pausing the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 5
    . . March 30: Day five of living in lock-down… Woke up still in darkness. Alarm hadn’t gone off. Turn to radio clock; it’s a few minutes after 6am… I lie there in the dark, waiting to drift off to sleep… but it ain’t happening. Clock ticks over to 6.55 ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    6 days ago
  • Speaker: Les Gray: the man who told the truth
    The story of Les Gray, the public sector psychologist who told the truth about his use of cannabis and set off a storm, has a special place in the lore of cannabis reform in New Zealand.When Paul Shannon interviewed Gray for the 'Dope and Hope' issue of Planet magazine in ...
    6 days ago
  • Why now? Historical specificity and the perfect storm that has created trans identity politics
    by Phil Duncan For Marxists, a key concern about social trends is their context – not just their causes, but why they happen when they do.  Events and phenomena have causes, but they also are time or period-specific. While much of the left have capitulated recently to postmodernism, most notably ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    7 days ago
  • Time for a living wage for supermarket workers
    Since the lockdown began, we've all suddenly been reminded who the actually essential workers in our society are: not the people at the top who pay themselves the big bucks and rort the perks, but the people at the bottom they screw over and squeeze: cleaners, warehouse staff, truck drivers ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Hard News: MUSIC: Lockdown Grooves
    Kia ora! As I've watched nearly all my remaining work vanish over the past couple of days, it has occured to me that one good way to keep me away from arguing with fools on Twitter all the time (in the knowledge that all we're really doing is processing our ...
    7 days ago
  • A place of greater safety?
    Aotearoa New Zealand has committed to trying to extirpate the virus that causes COVID-19 from its shores. To do that, as a society we’ve moved to “Level 4”. That means adapting to unprecedented restrictions on our personal freedoms, particularly to our rights to move freely and associate with friends and ...
    PunditBy Andrew Geddis
    7 days ago
  • The police and public trust
    When the Prime Minister declared a state of emergency last week, she handed the police powers to enforce it. And almost immediately, we started hearing about heavy-handed, arbitrary "enforcement" by police who (at best) cared more about order than law, or (more likely) had no idea what the rules were ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 4
    . . Lock Down: Day 4 – A photo essay with observations . March 29: Usual wake up routine as RNZ snaps on my radio-clock. Jim Mora’s voice slowly enters my conciousness; there’s talk of a second wave of covid19 taking hold in South Korea; the week in Parliament – ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    7 days ago
  • COVID-19 vs New Zealand
    Yesterday, New Zealand recorded its first Covid-19 related death on the West Coast. Unfortunately this is unlikely to be the only fatality, with the virus now being found in every region of the country.However despite the significant danger, people are still unfortunately breaching lockdown rules.There’s really only one main very ...
    7 days ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #13
    Story of the Week... Toon of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Review... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week... Story of the Week... ‘Misinformation kills’: The link between coronavirus conspiracies and climate denial   Grist / Rob Kim / Stringer / CSA Images  Scientific ...
    1 week ago
  • Rāhui day 4
    The kids did surprisingly well today – meltdown count was about 3, and mostly fairly short ones. (And a fourth while I was writing.) Game-wise I had a go at Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark. It’s a fairly standard RPG with turn-based combat and what they call a “mature storyline” (it ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    1 week ago
  • Letter to a friend
    by Don Franks Hi David, Nice hearing from you, I’m glad to hear you’re getting by okay in these grim times. You asked how’s it going for us back here in New Zealand. You would have heard that the whole country is locked down and with breaks for exercise and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 3
    . . Lock Down: Day 3 – A photo essay with observations . March 28: First day of the first weekend in Lock Down. It feels like it’s been weeks since only Level 3 was declared last Tuesday, only four days ago. Woke up this morning to RNZ; coffee; toast, ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #13
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Mar 22, 2020 through Sat, Mar 28, 2020 Articles Linked to on Facebook Sun, Mar 22, 2020 In Just 10 Years, Warming Has Increased the Odds of Disasters by Chelsea Harvey, ...
    1 week ago
  • Rāhui day 3
    I’m here in lockdown with my flatmate and her two girls (6 and 2) and it. is. a time. They’re usually really active so to start with the only boardgame in the house is the copy of Guess Who that the 6 year old got for her birthday. Flatmate commented ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    1 week ago
  • A test of civil society.
    The CV-19 (COVID) pandemic has seen the imposition of a government ordered national quarantine and the promulgation of a series of measures designed to spread the burden of pain and soften the economic blow on the most strategically important and most vulnerable sectors of society. The national narrative is framed ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 2
    . . Lock Down: Day 2 – A photo essay with observations . March 27 – Day 2 of our Strange New World. The Park and Ride near my suburb, usually filled with hundreds of vehicles, had just… four; . . Another drive into Wellington City on a highway nearly ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • How Do You Feel? What Do You Think?
    Fortune's Children: Under extraordinary pressure, the leader of the Government and the leader of the Opposition will each show us what they are made of. Have they been blessed with intelligence, grace, wit, poise, toughness, empathy and humour – and in what measure? More importantly, to what extent have they ...
    1 week ago
  • Landlords are NOT an essential service
    If you’ve ever had the misfortune of having to rent a property on the open market in New Zealand, which is one of the most expensive in the entire world, you’ll likely be keenly aware of just how arrogant and entitled landlords and their real estate agents can be.Unfortunately for ...
    1 week ago
  • A “new Society” post-COVID19 will definitely emerge. The question is: on what path?
    Society-wise, aside from the specific morbidity shall we say of the medically-oriented aspects of this COVID-19 crisis, what is unfolding before the world is in more than one way an instructive study of humanity and reactions to a high intensity, high stress environment in real time. Friends, we are at ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • Raise the Bar: Everything you need to know about the wage subsidy
    Right now low waged and insecure workers are feeling the economic brunt of the looming #Covid19 Recession. In response legal advocate Toby Cooper* and hospitality and worker’s rights advocate Chloe Ann-King, are putting together a series of legal blogs about your employment rights: In this legal blog we outline some ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    1 week ago
  • The massacre of prisoners in Modelo jail, Bogota, March 21
    by Equipo Jurídico Pueblos and Gearóid Ó Loingsigh (25/03/2020) An escape plan in question On the night of March 21st and the early morning of the 22nd, the forces of the Colombian state stormed into the Modelo prison in Bogotá, murdering 23 prisoners and injuring 83, in response to the ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • We are not America
    When the government banned semi-automatic weapons in response to a terrorist atrocity, gun-nuts were outraged. Mired in toxic American gun culture, they thought owning weapons whose sole purpose was killing people was some sort of "constitutional right", a necessity for "defending themselves" against the government. Now, the Court of Appeal ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • When will we know the lockdown is working?
    Just before midnight on Wednesday March 25, Aotearoa New Zealand entered a countrywide alert level four lockdown. For at least the next four weeks, everyone who isn’t an essential worker is confined to their bubble. We are doing this to stop the explosive growth in people contracting and dying from ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    1 week ago
  • Lock Down: Day 1
    . . Lock Down: Day 1 – A photo essay with observations . Day one of the Level 4 nationwide lock-down (or, DefCon 4 as I sometimes cheekily call it) started at 11.59PM on 25 March. For a moment, most of the nation held it’s collective breath. In that brief ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • A Compelling Recollection.
    Broad, Sunlit Uplands: How those words fired my young imagination! Or, perhaps, it is more accurate to say: how those words fused, in my young mind, with the image printed on every packet of Fielder’s Cornflour. Always fascinated by history, especially modern history, I cannot hear Churchill’s wonderfully evocative words, even ...
    1 week ago
  • The Warehouse – where everyone gets a virus
    . . 24 March 2020 9.46AM Number of covid19 cases in Aotearoa New Zealand: 102 . As of 11.59 on Thursday, most of New Zealand will go into “lock down”. People will be expected not to travel to work; not to socialise; and to stay home. I will not be ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • Aggressive action to address climate change could save the world $145 trillion
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections A respected research group, Project Drawdown, finds that deploying solutions consistent with meeting the Paris climate targets would cost tens of trillions of dollars globally. But crucially, those outlays would also yield long-term savings many times larger than the up-front costs. The new 2020 Drawdown ...
    1 week ago
  • After the Pandemic
    It will pass. What happens next? Not immediately, but longer term. There are many opinions, fewer certainties. Will it “change everything!” as many confidently, and contradictorily predict? In this post I look at how foresight can help bound some of the uncertainties so you can more objectively consider the future. ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    2 weeks ago

  • Further measures to support businesses
    The Government will be introducing legislation to make changes to the Companies Act to help companies facing insolvency due to COVID-19 to remain viable and keep New Zealanders in jobs. The temporary changes include: Giving directors of companies facing significant liquidity problems because of COVID-19 a ‘safe harbour’ from insolvency ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Govt’s COVID plan, economic strength recognised
    The Government’s plan to cushion the blow of COVID-19 by supporting incomes, jobs and businesses, and position the economy to recover has been backed by another international report. International credit rating agency Moody’s today reaffirmed its highest Aaa credit rating on New Zealand, saying the economy is expected to remain ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Funding certainty for sports through COVID-19
    National sports organisations have been given certainty of funding to ensure they can remain viable through the COVID-19 pandemic, Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson announced today. “The global spread of COVID-19 has had a significant impact on sport and recreation in New Zealand, including the cancellation or postponement of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Butchers now allowed to process pork
    Changes have been made to allow butchers to process pork, only for supply to supermarkets or other processors or retailers that are open, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has announced. “We carefully weighed the risk of allowing butchers to open their shops for retail customers, but the risk of spreading COVID-19 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Essential workers leave scheme established
    Essential workers who take leave from work to comply with public health guidance are being supported with a leave scheme to ensure they will continue to receive income, say the Minister of Workplace Relations and Safety Iain Lees-Galloway and Minister for Social Development, Carmel Sepuloni. A number of essential businesses ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Govt WhatsApp helps share COVID-19 information
    A Government WhatsApp channel has been launched to help make information more easily accessible and shareable in the fight against COVID-19. Govt.NZ, which is free to use on any mobile device, will carry information and news for the public, businesses, healthcare providers, not for profits and local government. It can ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Managed departure plan for stranded foreign nationals enables safe, orderly exit
    The Government has announced a plan to enable the safe, orderly exit of tens of thousands of stranded foreign nationals from New Zealand during the current COVID-19 Alert Level 4 restrictions, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Winston Peters has said. “When we moved into lockdown a week ago, the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government delivers COVID-19 support to GPs and Pharmacies
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says the Government is delivering on its commitment to support general practice doctors and nurses, and pharmacies on the front-line of our fight against COVID-19. "For us to overcome COVID-19, we need community health services such as general practice and community pharmacy to step up ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Susan Thomas the new Chief High Court Judge
    Justice Susan Thomas has been appointed Chief High Court Judge, Attorney-General David Parker announced today.  She replaces Justice Geoffrey Venning who has resigned from the position.   David Parker paid tribute to Justice Venning, who he said had stewarded the High Court very capably over the last five years.   “On behalf ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Business Finance Guarantee – applications open
    Businesses can start applying to their banks for loans under the Business Finance Guarantee Scheme set up to support the New Zealand economy during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re moving quickly to protect New Zealand businesses, jobs and the economy during this unprecedented global economic shock,” Finance Minister Grant Robertson said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Work starts on ways to fast-track consents to boost recovery from Covid-19 downturn
    Work is underway looking at measures to speed up consents for development and infrastructure projects during the recovery from COVID 19, to provide jobs and stimulate our economy.  Environment Minister David Parker said the COVID-19 pandemic is a serious global crisis that will have a wide ranging and lasting impact ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Advance payments to support contractors
    Advance payments will be made to transport construction industry contractors to retain the workforce and ensure it is ready to quickly gear up to build projects which will be vital to New Zealand’s COVID-19 economic recovery, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. He said keeping the workforce required to build ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government seeks infrastructure projects
    The Government has tasked a group of industry leaders to seek out infrastructure projects that are ready to start as soon as the construction industry returns to normal to reduce the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford and Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones say. The Infrastructure ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Health system scaled up to prepare for COVID-19
    Work to scale up the health system in preparation for COVID-19 was today outlined by Health Minister David Clark, as he reported back to the new Epidemic Response Committee. “We are well placed to contain the spread of COVID-19. We have taken early and decisive action at our borders, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Essential media COVID-19 guidelines refined
    The Government is refining its COVID-19 essential business guidance to include the distribution of news publications for communities which are hard to reach. The Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media, Kris Faafoi, said the move was in recognition of the importance for New Zealanders who might be harder to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Supermarkets able to open on Easter Sunday
    The Government is ensuring supermarkets can open on Easter Sunday so we can buy groceries, but stay closed on Good Friday allowing workers to take a break. This provides a balanced approach and ensures we avoid large queues that two days closure may cause. “Supermarkets will be able to open ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New Zealand defence personnel conclude mission at Taji
    Following the successful conclusion of the Building Partner Capacity (BPC) mission at Taji, New Zealand defence personnel are returning to New Zealand from Iraq, in accordance with the Cabinet decision made in June 2019, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today. “New Zealand is very ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • State of National Emergency extended
    The State of National Emergency to help stop the spread of COVID-19 has been extended for a further seven days, Minister of Civil Defence Peeni Henare said. The initial declaration on March 25 lasted seven days and can be extended as many times as necessary. “Since we went into isolation ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Strong Govt books support ‘go hard, go early’ response
    New Zealand’s ability to go hard and go early in the fight against COVID-19 has been underpinned by strong Government finances and the growing economy heading into this global pandemic, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Treasury today released the Crown financial statements for the eight months to the end ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Christchurch Hospital Hagley ICU to open to support COVID-19 response
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says 36 new intensive care beds at Christchurch Hospital’s new Hagley building are being fast tracked so they are available for treatment of COVID-19 patients.   The Ministry of Health is working with contractor CPB and Canterbury DHB to enable access to the hospital’s ICU, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Government supports Air NZ freight flights
    The Government has fast-tracked up to $1 million to help Air New Zealand move urgent freight to and from New Zealand, with the first flight to Shanghai leaving tonight, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. Phil Twyford says it’s crucial that trade in vital goods such as medical supplies and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Tariff concessions on COVID-19 related products
    New Zealand will temporarily remove tariffs on all medical and hygiene imports needed for the COVID-19 response. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker and Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi said today that the New Zealand Customs Service will apply tariff concessions to all diagnostic reagents and testing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Clarification of modification to wage subsidy scheme
    Minister of Finance Grant Robertson has clarified that the changes to the wage subsidy scheme announced yesterday mean that employers should be passing on the full subsidy to workers, except in the case where the person’s normal income is less than the level of the subsidy. “We still want employers ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Face masks flowing to DHBs
    Medical face masks from the national reserve supply are now being distributed to District Health Boards, while at the same time local production is being ramped up. Yesterday more than 640,000 masks were sent to DHBS – that is an immediate two week supply, with more to follow in coming ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • COVID-19: Further steps to protect New Zealanders’ jobs
    The Government has made modifications to the wage subsidy scheme to ensure people don’t lose their jobs during the national lockdown. These changes will soften the impact of COVID-19 on workers, families and businesses, and position them to exit the lockdown and look to recovery, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Tax relief for Mycoplasma Bovis farmers
    Farmers whose herds were culled in response to the outbreak of Mycoplasma bovis will be able to minimise the tax treatment of their income in some circumstances. Revenue Minister Stuart Nash says Cabinet has agreed to change the law. It means farmers may be eligible to spread their income over ...
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    1 week ago
  • $27 million for NGOs and community groups to continue providing essential services
    A $27 million dollar package, effective immediately, is being provided to social sector services and community groups to ensure they can continue to provide essential support to communities as we stay at home as a nation to stop the spread of COVID-19, Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni announced. “At ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Statement on guilty plea of March 15 terrorist
    “The guilty plea today will provide some relief to the many people whose lives were shattered by what happened on March 15,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. “These guilty pleas and conviction bring accountability for what happened and also save the families who lost loved ones, those who were injured, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • COVID-19 updates
    The Prime Minister is holding daily press conferences to update New Zealanders on the Government's response to COVID-19. Links to videos and transcripts of these updates below. These transcripts also include All of Government press conferences led by Director Ministry of Health's Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield. 25 March: Live update from the Prime ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Police numbers break through 10,000 mark
    Frontline Police numbers have broken through the 10,000 mark for the first time in history as officers step forward to keep the community safe during the COVID19 lockdown. “Two Police graduations in Auckland and Wellington in the past week have been conducted in unprecedented circumstances,” Police Minister Stuart Nash said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Urgent tax measures for economic recovery
    Urgent legislation has been passed to support the package of economic and social measures needed to recover from the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. “The COVID-19 Response (Taxation and Social Assistance Urgent Measures) Bill will cushion New Zealanders from the worst economic impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak,” said Revenue Minister ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Further support for farmers and growers as drought persists
    From tomorrow, Government support for farmers and growers affected by drought will be expanded and extended across the country, with access to Rural Assistance Payments (RAPS) available throughout the North Island, parts of the South Island and the Chatham Islands, Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni announced. “These challenging conditions have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • COVID-19: Temporary changes to Education Act
    Parliament has passed amendments to legislation that give the Secretary of Education stronger powers to act in the fight to limit the spread of COVID-19, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “They are part of a suite of changes passed under the COVID-19 Response (Urgent Management Measures) Legislation Bill,” Chris ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Canada, Australia, Chile, Brunei and Myanmar join NZ and Singapore in committing to keeping supply a...
    Canada, Australia, Chile, Brunei and Myanmar have joined forces with New Zealand and Singapore by committing to keep supply chains open and remove any existing trade restrictive measures on essential goods, especially medical supplies, in the face of the Covid-19 crisis.  Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker today welcomed ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • COVID-19: Rent increase freeze and more protection for tenants
    Immediate freeze on rent increases Tenancies will not be terminated during the lock-down period, unless the parties agree, or in limited circumstances Tenants who had previously given notice can stay in their if they need to stay in the tenancy during the lock-down period Tenants will still be able to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Working together to protect businesses and workers
    As New Zealand unites to lock-down in the fight against COVID-19, the Finance Minister is urging all businesses and workers to stay connected over the next four weeks. “We understand the extreme pressure many businesses are under right now. I know most business owners think of their workers as family ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • State of National Emergency declared to fight COVID-19
    A State of National Emergency has been declared across the country as the Government pulls out all the stops to curtail the spread of COVID-19. “Today we put in place our country’s second ever State of National Emergency as we fight a global pandemic, save New Zealanders’ lives and prevent ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Prime Minister’s statement on State of National Emergency and Epidemic Notice
    Mr Speaker I wish to make a Ministerial Statement under Standing Order 347 in relation to the recent declaration of a State of National Emergency. Having considered the advice of the Director Civil Defence Emergency Management, the Minister of Civil Defence declared a State of National Emergency for the whole of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Deadline for domestic travel extended
    People needing to travel on domestic flights, trains and Cook Strait ferries to get home before the country moves into level 4 lock-down tomorrow night will be able to continue using the passenger services until midnight on Friday, Transport Minister Phil Twyford said today. Domestic passenger services, particularly ferries, have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Mortgage holiday and business finance support schemes to cushion COVID impacts
    The Government, retail banks and the Reserve Bank are today announcing a major financial support package for home owners and businesses affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19. The package will include a six month principal and interest payment holiday for mortgage holders and SME customers whose incomes have been ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago