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What I would like from the Labour Party Conference

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, July 8th, 2016 - 120 comments
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Regrettably I won’t be there, so the first thing I’d want is to hear that it was a party. A century is a good stretch for any movement. Its’ history is astonishing and its achievements in government both people-building and nation-building.

You can buy the book. I’m not going to defend its entire history – I’m Catholic after all. But I hope there was space given to hear stories of the struggle to get there, from oldies who committed their lives to the cause. Karaoke’d to “Regrets, I’ve had a few …But I did it Myyyyyyy Wayyyyyyy”.  So I hope they celebrated hard.

I’m not going to bore you with some Unicorn-Shits-Rainbows policy list. But don’t let me stop you.

I want to hear that people under 30 were keen to represent; to stand in front of crowds and state why we should vote for them and support them as Labour. Standing for politics just looks bonkers to most humans. It takes guts, and we need the renewal.

It would be great to hear of speeches that are funny, sharp, and memorable. A few lines that resonated around the discourse for more than a moment. A personal plea to include the Austin Powers’ video clip for ‘One Hundred Billion Dollars!’ to underline the incoherence of Key’s proposal last weekend.

I’d like to hear that it was both unified, and rambunctious. Because it’s New Zealand on show, Labour is an amalgam of centrist, activist, ethnic, Maori, feminist, business, and elsewhere. It would be great to hear that ours is a working engine of democracy. Ideas are contested because that is the life of politics. So it can stand in contrast to National’s sterile, mechanized piece of fluff.

I’d like to see the Green party represented. New Zealand still needs to get used to this relationship, as does Labour more fully.

I’d like to see Andrew Little repeat the promise to build thousands upon thousands of homes. And double down on it. With a slow news week, housing remains the one political story that continues to resonate, all the way from the bottom of our society to the top.

Most of all, I want to hear that they had fun, came away proud and inspired, respectful of their hard-earned century, challenged, and ready to govern in partnership for a very different direction for my country.

120 comments on “What I would like from the Labour Party Conference”

  1. Tautoko Mangō Mata 1

    I want what Jane Kelsey wants: A commitment to revoke the ratification of TPP.

    http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2016/07/07/exclusive-the-nz-labour-party-can-no-longer-avoid-the-elephant-in-the-room/

    • Bill 1.1

      I’ll second that.

      But given that Andrew Little has claimed Labour has “always” supported free trade, I can’t see any such commitment being made.

      Would like to see The Greens given the same prominence as Andrew Little was given at their conference. Again. I’m not expecting it.

      Definitely not expecting anything worth while on global warming and don’t even expect any announcements in other areas (eg housing) to take it into account.

      Like the aging relative hitting the ton , I expect there will be cake, reminiscence and far too much forced gaiety.

      • Anne 1.1.1

        Would like to see The Greens given the same prominence as Andrew Little was given at their conference. Again. I’m not expecting it.

        I could be mistaken but I understood this is a one day conference to mark the 100th year of NZ Labour’s existence. The Annual Conference (later this year in Auckland I think) is when I imagine Labour will formally welcome the Greens leadership and I am sure it will be greeted as enthusiastically as the Greens greeted Andrew Little. Don’t take notice of the small fringe group who still think we’re back in the 70s and 80s. The vast majority of Labour Party members have been wanting this to happen for a long time.

        • Colonial Viper 1.1.1.1

          Picking and choosing when to recognise your friends or not isn’t very good politics.

          The vast majority of Labour Party members have been wanting this to happen for a long time.

          Perhaps the organisers of this event should give the membership a taste of what it wants. Giving the Green co-leaders 20 minutes out of a day shouldn’t be pulling teeth.

        • Craig H 1.1.1.2

          Correct – the main conference is in November in Auckland.

        • Jenny Kirk 1.1.1.3

          Yes – its a one-day conference – not specifically about any policies as far as I know, but about some internal processes – along with celebrating Labour’s 100 years -warts and all. But mostly the “all” – because it has been under Labour that most of NZ’s progressive policies in social areas – health, housing, working conditions, education – and in the international area – have been achieved.

          All of which, of course, are now under threat from this current National government.

          Labour’s main conference will be held in Auckland early November – that will be the conference to highlight the start of the election campaign (not this mid-year celebration).

          • Colonial Viper 1.1.1.3.1

            It’s normal to invite people you consider your “friends” to your birthday party, is it not.

            Don’t know what all this bloody political pussyfooting is about.

            If you want to show off your new friendship to the electorate, theres an easy way this weekend.

            • leftie 1.1.1.3.1.1

              Who is doing ‘the all this bloody political pussyfooting”?

              People are just responding to what Bill posted.

            • Anne 1.1.1.3.1.2

              It’s normal to invite people you consider your “friends” to your birthday party, is it not.

              It’s quite possible they have…

              • Colonial Viper

                Well, it would be positive to have the Green co-leaders play some sort of role. It doesn’t have to be big. But it would send the right message to the electorate, post MOU.

                • I agree, CV, that it would send an appropriate message to voters. Solidarity. How novel if Labour actually validated this historical mantra of theirs. People could start to feel that Helen Clark’s deceit strategy was being abandoned in favour of authenticity.

                  There’s plenty of voters who get the relation of trust to authenticity and honesty: surely leftists ought to be able to understand that the only way to convince centrists that they are credible is on the basis of shared values and aspirations. And everyone knows you have to win the center to change the government.

                  • One Anonymous Bloke

                    you have to win the center to change the government.

                    Is this true?

                    Are there any counter examples? Much?

                    Please don’t assume I think any of the counter-examples are a good idea.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      you have to win the center to change the government.

                      This is a basic Labour Party election campaign premise.

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      Labour Party election campaign premise

                      Says who? Your opinion is worthless, being utterly compromised by your massive conflict of interest and shoulder-mounted chip.

                    • I was just recycling conventional political wisdom, OAB, that any political scientist will confirm. But your question is valid: counter-examples to this norm are very rare, perhaps none in our life-time, and you have to go back to the early-mid 20th century to see good examples of massive transforms of political culture.

                      The way political scientists frame the political center is usually to describe them as swing-voters, with the comment that they usually only change the government when sufficient disillusionment with the status quo kicks in. Latest Roy Morgan poll gave us a 2% shift away from the Nats, sufficient to lose them a couple of seats. Key is therefore already hanging on by his fingernails, and the housing crisis will see his grip on the edge crumble, I expect…

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Says who? Your opinion is worthless, being utterly compromised by your massive conflict of interest and shoulder-mounted chip.

                      It’s obvious. Labour views elections as being won and lost on the middle NZ swing vote.

                      Ignore the obviousness of it if you like, it makes no difference to me.

          • KJT 1.1.1.3.2

            It was also under Labour that most of them were reversed.

        • leftie 1.1.1.4

          Spot on Anne, well said!!!

      • Save NZ 1.1.2

        I’ll third it.

      • leftie 1.1.3

        But Bill, Labour’s announcements in the weekend are all about housing.

        • Colonial Viper 1.1.3.1

          Let’s wait and see what they are. Let’s see what they offer to the average wage earner on $55K pa.

    • Enough is Enough 1.2

      I think with the British people setting the precedent of rejecting anti-democratic elitists institutions like the EU, the time is now right to reject our own anti democratic agreements and institutions like the TPP.

      Brexit has given me so much hope.

      Lets hope Labour are inspired as well and make that commitment to revoke the ratification of TPP

    • Brigid 1.3

      We have to make them take notice by signing their own petition.
      http://www.labour.org.nz/tppa_petition

  2. ianmac 2

    A set of definite defensible policies over the coming year would be great. At the moment it is hard to sound bite what Labour intends to do. To non voters we have to be able to tell just what will make our lives better.

  3. Anne 3

    I understand there is a series of statements re- Labour’s housing policy this week culminating in a major announcement by Andrew Little this coming Sunday in Auckland. I don’t think anyone will be left in any doubt what Labour’s housing policy will be by the start of next week.

    • Save NZ 3.1

      I just hope it does not cost them the election and be more taxes….

      There is not going to be any shining knight for housing, National has completely F&^ked it up in everyway. Any intervention now is going to be done with delicate and nuanced precision… and with some sort of common sense…. No one is going to be happy in my view…

      The other thing Labour could do with the Greens is surely with NZ is some way to help climate change with real credits for forestry etc, instead of buying the fake Ukraine ones….

      How about some positive thing in there for people… not austerity…

      Ive mentioned this before, but this is something the UK to help people save (away from property) was called ISA – you could save x amount each year tax free, either in cash or shares. Now that is something that citizens and business would like…

      Unlike Kiwisaver, you could withdraw the ISA at any time and manage it yourself, (oh they trusted the people with their own money), so you could save for a trip, a house, a baby, retirement, whatever, and helps young and old…. In short good practise for Kiwi saving, something there is zero incentive to do in this country.

      • Ad 3.1.1

        SaveNZ, Kiwisaver is the best and only thing that has encouraged New Zealanders to save in many, many decades. It has survived three terms of National government because people love it.

        As the idea of saving through home ownership rapidly recedes, Kiwis will also be weaned off being owned by banks.

        As for tax-tree saving, well, tax is the thing you “donate” to get a generally functioning country.

        • Colonial Viper 3.1.1.1

          Giving workers wages to feed Wall St, just brilliant.

          • Ad 3.1.1.1.1

            2.6 million New Zealanders saving hard, subsidised by bosses.

            http://www.kiwisaver.govt.nz/statistics/annual/joining/

            You can read the statistical breakdown by gender, by age, by income bracket, by region, and form your own judgement about whether it’s been an effective policy.

            • Colonial Viper 3.1.1.1.1.1

              So, it’s been really effective at funneling NZ wages to feed Wall St. Gotta be proud of that.

              • Ad

                You can check the fees yourself, compare, and do your own judgement. I’m content with the fees reported.

                Only one way to be sovereign over your own life in this economy: save like a bastard. Works as a country as well.

                Kiwisaver is the most effective savings policy NZ has ever had.

                • Colonial Viper

                  Good gawd, I am not talking about their BS ticket clipping fees, I am talking about the entirety of the financial capital that this country has gifted over to Wall St to play their shitty casino games with.

                  Well good luck for those in their 20s and 30s with Kiwi Saver, those funds will all be worthless by the time your retirement comes around.

        • save nz 3.1.1.2

          @ Ad – I’m not knocking Kiwisaver, I am just suggesting popular and beneficial policy as per the post title.

          Kiwisaver only kicks in after retirement. So effectively Kiwis are not incentivised to save for everyday events and emergencies as they have to pay tax on it before retirement.

          Just a suggestion!

          • save nz 3.1.1.2.1

            Labour could be a lot more successful if they put in more positive policy instead of always wanting to tax more, make people work longer…. last election this was a joke, when migration was celebrated and locals were told to work harder and longer to pay for more roads, more superannuation, more hospitals and so forth to cover the increased artificial population growth, so we can have more farm workers and restaurant managers on minimum wages to compete with. It makes zero sense.

            At least when I was a student (although left with a massive loan and expected to pay compounding interest on it from Day 1) I was not competing with 60,000 foreign students able to work 20 hours a week and needing accommodation.

            BTW I do not blame the foreign students at all and welcome diversity, but Nationals policy to ‘free market’ education so that some crony can make some short term profit is clearly detrimental for our local students who can’t make ends meet.

    • Korero pono 3.2

      And how about that TPPA issue mentioned earlier but some how over looked or ignored?

  4. s y d 4

    Great post, forward looking and positive……I often struggle with some of yours, but i really like the sentiments in this.

  5. Rosemary McDonald 5

    “So I hope they celebrated hard.”

    Yeah, nah.

    I hope they look back with some shame at what current Labourites have done to undermine the staunch social policies that exemplified the ‘movement’ in the past.

    I’d like to hear that Labour has finally twigged that being National Light just won’t cut it with those of us somewhat desperate for change.

    A big “NO” to the TPPA would be a start….

    (Labour hasn’t captured my vote yet.)

  6. Stuart Munro 6

    I hope they find their teeth. The forces of villainy and oppression were not persuaded to abandon their sociopathy to create the welfare state that should have led to an enlightened society – they were compelled. They will have to be compelled again.

  7. Michael 7

    It will be an orgy of smug, stage-managed, self-satisfaction. There will be no exercise in honestly coming to terms with Labour’s record since 1916 (many stunning achievements but a massive failure to come to terms with the challenges of globalised capital). I still count as a party member, although I haven’t paid my latest subscription (IIUC, that makes me a “member” for reporting purposes to the Electoral Commission) and I’ll probably still give Labour my Party Vote again next year but my heart isn’t in it anymore.

  8. fisiani 8

    Labour was a useful party in the 20th century when social and industrial change was needed. Back then I automatically voted Labour. But then I grew up and was trained to question and not simply accept. How can Labour be relevant in the 21st century whilst still rooted in the same arguments they lost in the 1970’s. Voting Labour now is unthinkable and every year more and more people are questioning why should they waste their vote.

    • Tiger Mountain 8.1

      is there in the depths of the internet a more obsequious and condescending apologist for the tories than fizzyanus right here on The Standard?

      • fisiani 8.1.1

        What a clever scatological response. Did that make you feel good?
        Seriously why vote Labour. We have the 40 hour week, The welfare state. Free health care for children, pensions and welfare at record highs. Labour’s job is done.

        • Rosemary McDonald 8.1.1.1

          “We have the 40 hour week,…”

          We do?

          http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/money/7841749/No-rest-for-the-wicked

        • Jenny Kirk 8.1.1.2

          Not much in the way of housing tho, fisiani.
          Labour’s job is not done – its job is now to undo all the damage caused by 8-9 years of a mean-minded National govt which is stealthily taking away the 40 hour week, the welfare state, etc etc.

          • fisiani 8.1.1.2.1

            Can you give me an example from the last 8 great years of any change in the 40 hr week, or a reduction in welfare provisions which are at an all time high. Housing is going up as fast as the builders can do. More houses being built than any time this century and more builders employed than ever. Take off your cloth cap. It’s obscuring your vision.

            • Ad 8.1.1.2.1.1

              I just count myself lucky Helen Clark was so good as locking in her legacy that she has turned this National government more and more left with every term.

              Key is just her ideological pet lamb.

              • Colonial Viper

                That’s just fantasy. Clark never understood that she could have taken the electorate far further left, economically, if she had led the way. Instead, by the third term her entire Cabinet was focussed on trying to appease the MSM instead of re-connecting with Labour’s core support.

                • Ad

                  Key is a fat socialist redistributing debt-drunk nation-building business-subsidizing commie. He’s further left as a statist than any National PM since Muldoon.

                  Which he learnt at the hem of Auntie.

                  • Colonial Viper

                    If Aunty Helen had been what you say, how come the shitty caucus she left behind and her shitty MP and staffing hires, all seem so determined to swerve right.

                    So while National and Key are very willing to head left in order to have power, Labour is terrified to.

                    • BM

                      Key is center.
                      Which is why National is always around 50% of the vote.

                      That left right shit is so last century

                    • McFlock

                      well, having the support of only 30% or so of registered voters fucks your idea of “center”.

                    • BM

                      A non vote is a tick for the status quo.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Sure let’s play that game McFlock. Who are Labour to speak when they can barely secure a pathetic 20% of the registered vote?

                    • McFlock

                      A non vote is a tick for the status quo.

                      That was Wellington’s opinion, too
                      edit: hang on, would that logic have changed the result of the 2008 election? lol

                      Sure let’s play that game McFlock. Who are Labour to speak when they can barely secure a pathetic 20% of the registered vote?

                      They’re the people with 20%.

                      But it has no bearing on whether they’re centre, left, right, or whatever. BM’s claim was that Key was “center” and that’s why National’s vote is around 50%. Well, the concluding assertion is false, even if it were relevant to the opening premise.

                    • BM

                      if Key isn’t center then what’s Ad on about?

                      Key plays it down the center, Labour got nine years in power because people liked some of the stuff they did, only a complete dumbarse would do a 180 u turn.

                    • McFlock

                      more left as a statist than any nat since muldoon doesn’t mean “center”, dipshit. It means more left relative to bolger or shipley when it comes to being “statist”, which in the tory sense means government interference and surveillance in our lives with no benefit to society.

                    • Yeah, Key has been copying the Clark strategy (or, to be more precise, its mirror-image). I see it same as McFlock: Key has been carefully centrist through-out.

                      The clincher was in Hager’s book Hollow Men, in his account of the ascension of Key via mastermind McCully. As someone who saw McCully as a wimp & nonevent from way back, I was obliged to revise my view of the guy: the leaked email from an extreme rightist Nat describing McCully as “the dark side” was classic!

                      The fact that those two have marginalised the right within the National Party testifies to widespread support from the caucus. Pragmatists seem to have dominated the ideologues ever since. The dream poll support for Key & the Nats continually verifies centrist liking for this pragmatism. Media identification of Key’s teflon factor misses this point totally.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      which in the tory sense means government interference and surveillance in our lives with no benefit to society.

                      Labour won’t roll back the FVEY surveillance state we live in. Labour happily votes for National’s spying and anti-terrorism legislation.

                    • McFlock

                      yes dear.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Foreign fighters bill passes 94 – 27

                      Parliament has just passed legislation, 94 – 27, aimed at stopping would-be foreign fighters from leaving New Zealand to join Islamic State (ISIS) in Iraq or from carrying out terrorist acts in New Zealand.

                      Labour supported it but leader Andrew Little condemned National for rushing it through the House, saying it was an “appalling” process that denied New Zealanders a say on the bill.

                      Greens MP Kennedy Graham said passing a bill the way it had was a “procedural abomination.”

                      The legislation was passed, 94 to 27, under urgency with the Government insisting it needed to be passed before the House rises tomorrow.

                      The Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill amends three existing laws to give the SIS greater powers of surveillance and to give the Minister of Internal Affairs greater powers to suspend and cancel passports.

                      Big thanks to the Greens, NZ First and Maori Party for sticking with their principles and voting against National’s shite legislation and shite legislative process. As for Labour, no surprise there, they complain but vote for it anyway.

                      http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11371580

                    • McFlock

                      I was thinking more about dictating exactly how and when beneficiaries spend their own money, but just as you say, dear.

                • Anne

                  Clark never understood that she could have taken the electorate far further left, economically, if she had led the way.

                  Oh yes she did. I know where she stood on the spectrum and she would have gone further left if she thought she could get away with it. But she knew she couldn’t because the populace and their establishment boys and girls were still too enamoured of market forces and neo liberal outcomes. Any move too far to the left would have seen her manipulated voted out of office. She could only move as fast as the voters allowed and that wasn’t very fast at that time.

                  As for the MSM. When they turned on her she chose to ignore them. The fourth estate doesn’t like being ignored.

                  • Yes, Anne, I agree with your perspective on HC’s reading of her political situation. She’s a natural pragmatist. Her deceit in pretending to represent leftists whilst operating from the right would probably be excused by her responding `depends how you define the left’ and I would agree that such sophistry is valid. Pushed, she’d be likely to define the left in terms that observers with acuity would identify as center-left. She does have a rudimentary form of intelligence (whilst lacking anything higher than that).

                    • Anne

                      @ Dennis Frank
                      You assessment of Helen Clark is ludicrous in the extreme. Did you personally know her? The answer can only be NO. To suggest she only has a rudimentary form of intelligence? If you believe that then I suggest the boot fits your foot.

                  • She & I were studying at the University of Auckland concurrently, though she’s a couple of years younger than me, back when all the smart people were realising the political left was just as much a part of the problem as the political right. The poor woman didn’t get it, so she joined the university branch of the Labour Party.

                    She proved the dire inadequacy of her cerebral process via her track record on the green issue. Our campus student mag was featuring in-depth reports on the various harms being done to nature by the capitalists in the late ’60s so many of us saw the threat. Not poor dimwitted Helen. Greenpeace & Friends of the Earth were launched, various other environmental groups formed in Aotearoa.

                    The penny finally dropped for Helen almost half a century later when she saw An Inconvenient Truth. She said so publicly at the time. A front-runner for the Slowest Learner of the Century Award…

            • Stuart Munro 8.1.1.2.1.2

              Zero hour contracts you plonker.

              • leftie

                Yeah, that’s the most obvious one. Fisiani can’t deny that. Good on Labour/Greens et al to get rid of that whilst in opposition. No mean feat.

                • One Anonymous Bloke

                  That’s not fair! Just because they managed to cobble together more votes than the most popular government in the history of the universe 🙄

                • fisiani

                  National got rid of zero hour contracts. Stop trying to rewrite history.

                  • National put up legislation that would have enshrined zero hour contracts in law. The opposition convinced some of the Government’s support parties to support amendments that actually did away with that form of exploitation. The passing of the final version was a defeat for National and a win for workers.

                    • fisiani

                      National voted for the legislation. National ended zero hours.

                    • Sorry, mate. You can’t change history. National’s proposal was to make zero hours contracts part of NZ employment law. They lost that argument and eventually voted for the law as amended by the opposition and by their own partners. They were thoroughly embarrassed by their failure to get the original proposal up. Workers 1, National zero.

                  • reason

                    Lets look at the history of the company where key ‘ earned ‘millions playing with tax havens and derivatives

                    “The Final Days of Merrill Lynch

                    as Wall Street turned to rubble and panic threatened to come unleashed, Ken Lewis, the CEO of Bank of America, agreed to swallow one of the country’s most toxic investment houses…..

                    Merrill’s losses were now $12 billion. (By the end of December, they reached $15.3 billion.) Lewis later said that what he mainly remembered from the conversation with Price was just the “staggering amount of deterioration” in Merrill’s financial performance.

                    “provide protection against further losses” on $118 billion in toxic assets, primarily taken from the Merrill Lynch balance sheet.”

                    We have a sub-prime minister hurting the poor to make the rich richer.

                    He’ll fuck us like Ireland.

                    • reason

                      Ireland ?

                      “The government had a report thrown together by Merrill Lynch, which declared that “all of the Irish banks are profitable and well capitalised.”banking system is an act of faith: it survives only for as long as people believe it will. Two weeks earlier the collapse of Lehman Brothers had cast doubt on banks everywhere. Ireland’s banks had not been managed to withstand doubt; they had been managed to exploit blind faith”
                      _________________________________________

                      ““All of the Irish banks are profitable and well capitalised,” wrote the Merrill Lynch advisers, who then went on to suggest that the banks’ problem wasn’t at all the bad loans they had made but the panic in the market.

                      all of Ireland had become subprime. Otherwise sound Irish borrowers had been rendered unsound by the size of the loans they had taken out to buy inflated Irish property. That had been the strangest consequence of the Irish bubble: to throw a nation which had finally clawed its way out of centuries of indentured servitude back into it.”

                      _______________________________________________________

                      Perhaps the only detailed academic examination of Ireland’s regulatory laxity comes from Professor Jim Stewart of Trinity College, Dublin. The IFSC, he reveals, formed a core element in the toxic global “shadow banking” system that led to the global financial crisis. For example, hedge funds would typically be listed in Dublin, managed in London and domiciled in a classic tax haven like the Cayman Islands.

                      ****************************************************

                      Simply put, the Irish miracle was a mirage driven by clever use of tax-haven rules and a huge credit boom that permitted real estate prices and construction to grow quickly before declining ever more rapidly.

                      __________________________________________________________

                      Lastly is the area of offshore trusts, a means of avoiding tax so common that even the dogs on the street could tell you what they’re used for. The users of trusts enjoy relative anonymity which makes it difficult to ascertain who owns them, what assets they control and thus how to tax them.

                      ************************************************

                      “James Shaw: If New Zealand is not a tax haven, why would Mossack Fonseca—a company which, by its own admission, has 95 percent of its business in avoiding tax—urge its clients to use New Zealand’s foreign trust and company structures as a way of avoiding tax?

                      Rt Hon JOHN KEY: Two things. Firstly, there can be quite legitimate reasons why people have a foreign trust, and I suggest the member leave the House and ring Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and Red Cross because they are implicated in the papers. But, more importantly, the member should just turn around and ask his colleague—Mojo Mathers has a foreign trust. [Interruption]

                      Metiria Turei: Sir, it will take just a moment. The inaccuracy of the Prime Minister’s statement was dealt with in a personal explanation yesterday by Mojo Mathers. As a result of her personal explanation, the Prime Minister is not entitled to restate that false accusation in this House.”

                  • Stuart Munro

                    National conspired to fuck over the workers with zero hour contracts and were humiliated and crushed. Shape of things to come.

            • Brendon Harre 8.1.1.2.1.3

              Helen Clarks government built more houses in Auckland in the 2000s (and that was not enough to stop the pre GFC housing bubble). National has failed Auckland and NZ on housing.

        • McFlock 8.1.1.3

          free healthcare from underfunded DHBs and hospitals. pfft.

          • Colonial Viper 8.1.1.3.1

            ODHB continued to be significantly underfunded even though this is where the Labour Minister of Health was based.

            • McFlock 8.1.1.3.1.1

              yes dear,
              although labour didn’t bully the board into taking shit frozen food trucked the length of the country, and then make ODHB /SouthernDHB the only DHB with meeting its budget as a main target, and then bring in the commissioners when the board continued to screw the budget to pay for fripparies like neurological healthcare for the community.

              But that’s just the worst one – CapCoast has issues with its hospital upgrade, and pretty much every other DHB is under a severe financial crunch.

              So yes, it was always nagging there under Labour. But it’s fucking abysmal, much much worse, under National.

              • Colonial Viper

                Sure, it was merely bad under Labour, while it’s dismal and terrible under National.

                • McFlock

                  still better under Labour than anything you’ve fucking managed to produce, cassandra

                  • Colonial Viper

                    I’m sure the electorate will view Labour in that same glowing light next year

                    • McFlock

                      Really? Because those of us without a direct line to the “intrinsic intelligence of the universe” aren’t making election2017 predictions yet, if at all.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Labour 25% +/-3%; <5% chance of being over 30%.

                    • McFlock

                      lol that’s what the universe is telling you, is it? You should take that to the casino

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Humans are fundamentally, materially, energetically and spiritually connected with the wider fabric of the universe. It’s pretty obvious. Even ancient western civilisations understood this, before you rooted it out of your knowledge base.

                    • McFlock

                      maybe, maybe not – but not everyone claimed to be passing on messages from it. Those that did were usually on seriously interesting drugs.

                      You jumped the blowhard pretension shark there. I mean, I was used to you spouting pseudo-profundities and pretending competence in everything from engineering to microbiology and geopolitics, but channeling the inherent intelligence of the universe? That’s a huge call, even for you.

                      I see you’ve learnt the trump tactic of never backing down from absurd statements made off the cuff, but doubling-down on ’em.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      “maybe, maybe not”

                      Geeezus.

                    • McFlock

                      now look, if you’re going to go off on some religious rant about the midichlorians the ancients could control, you might do us all the favour of not taking another religion’s saviour’s name in vain…

                  • One Anonymous Bloke

                    I won’t have that! Cassandra had teeth.

                  • One Anonymous Bloke

                    fundamentally, materially, energetically and spiritually

                    Four ways then.

                    No, wait, material and energy are the same thing.

                    That’s three ways.

                    “Fundamentally” is a natural consequence of material and/or energy, leaving us with two ways, or not, who cares, it’s Gummy’s drivel.

                    It’s a bit like the Spanish Inquisition sketch only backwards.

        • KJT 8.1.1.4

          40 hour week only exists for a few paper pushing parasites.
          The rest of us haven’t had as few as 40 hours for decades.

          “The welfare state. Free health care for children, pensions and welfare at record highs”.

          National is fixing that as fast as possible.

          $60 last time I went to the Doctor.
          Welfare below subsistence level since Richardson.
          Pensions. Even those who should know better are now trying to get rid of the last vestige of universal provision. To feed the private finance industry.

        • Jenny 8.1.1.5

          Scatological? there was nothing scatological about TM’s comment. fisiani as well as being Right Wing you’re an idiot.

          http://www.thefreedictionary.com/scatological

  9. Peter Swift 9

    16 comments from CV and I still don’t know what he would like to see from the labour conference.

    Ditching the negativity, CV, list 16 policies you want from labour.
    Do you have anything worthwhile other than daily beat downs?

    • Brendon Harre 9.1

      You are wasting you time expecting anything new from CV. He is a bitter and twisted fuckwit who has an over rated sense of his own importance. Being constructive is not something he can do.

      • Peter Swift 9.1.1

        It does seem that way, but my question is still live and he still has a chance to put his beat ups to one side and engage positively for a change.

        Though it has to be said, I’m as hopeful about that as much as I am impressed by his unswerving t-rolling.

        • Colonial Viper 9.1.1.1

          oh fuck off Peter Swift.

          Engaging with you positively would be like trying to engage with a black hole positively. A waste of energy and a guaranteed end in oblivion after a very very very long waste of time.

          If you’re at all interested in my policy suggestions, go talk to the Region 6 rep and get Dunedin South’s Andersons Bay Peninsula branch’s policy remits for the 2015 region 6 conference.

          Bet you can’t be arsed, though, because like most of Thorndon Bubble Labour, you’re full of lip service and not much else.

          • Peter Swift 9.1.1.1.1

            All I can take from that bizarre rantoid is that you don’t like your doctrine being challenged and you have nothing positive to contribute, preferring to stay a negative Nancy/Norbert for effect. Some would say that’s not surprising.
            Me, I just laughed a little on the inside. lol

            • Colonial Viper 9.1.1.1.1.1

              I knew you couldn’t be fucked actually looking at policy.

              As I already concluded above, a waste of both time and energy.

              • Peter Swift

                Judging by your posting history in this thread and your general disposition elsewhere, I think it’s clear to all but those who +100 your every fart or protect you from being challenged, the only conclusion is you’re negative for the sake of it to serve you own jilted agenda.

                In this thread, being deliberately angular, you were given the option of engaging on a level playing field. You chose to duck it. That’s more telling info about your motive here.

                Being pigeon holed by you, or attempted to at the least, is quite okay for me.
                What’s clear is many here apparently think as little of you and your playing politikz as I do. That’s a plus for the standard.

                • Colonial Viper

                  Engaging with you positively was never a genuine offer on your part. Anybody could tell that from the outset. And so it has proven to be.

  10. Well, getting back to the way Advantage framed the conference, I think the best thing to come out of it would be evidence that it isn’t merely an exercise in nostalgia. I mean, a significant indication of Labour’s potential to yet make a substantial contribution to the development of Aotearoa.

    Helen Clark’s failure to do so, the flawed Lange/Palmer era, the aborted Kirk/Rowling effort, combine to suggest Labour is spent (conceptually).

    Where’s the positive alternative to capitalism the left always tried to make voters believe they were able to provide? Where’s the intellectual learning from the failure of socialism? I see no reason to accept that traditional business has some kind of divine right to produce our economy, but since the ’80s Labour has worked hard to get us to believe that’s how they see it (while carefully not admitting doing so).

    • Stuart Munro 10.1

      No great vision is required.

      We have a government abounding in corruption and incapable of addressing even the most basic problems. Jobs, houses, an economy built on more than trade deficits and borrowing, an education system that keeps pace with the world.

      If Labour and Greens had no idea at all, were basically honest with a 50% strike rate they’d be infinitely better than the Gnats. Infinitely better than zero isn’t hard to do.

      The only thing the Gnats have succeeded at is supplanting kiwi workers with foreign slaves and destroying social safety nets.

      The next government needs to remember that when they take power: take the battle to the enemy and take no prisoners.

  11. rhinocrates 11

    Hold it in a brewery to see if they really can organise a piss-up.

    OK, a shopping list:

    Coherent policy clearly presented.

    Commitment to that policy – NOT a repeat of the TPPA and 90-day fiascos.

    Coherent team and competent spokespeople committed to their portfolios and on top of them, able to speak confidently about them, NOT treating them like decorations and sinecures. Let me think that if So-and-So is Minister of Whatever and a crisis comes up in their area of responsibility, they’ll be informed and able to deal with it.

    The caterers supplying only plastic sporks, Shitkins not announcing to the world that they’re all busy fighting each other. Generally maturity and restraint and at least the impression that grown-ups are in charge. Also, someone should stand by Mumblefuck with a taser at all times in case he feels the urge to say something. Maybe a sedative in his Milo.

    Relevance. It’s not 1916, so no self-congratulation and resting on laurels as a substitute for ideas for the future. Engagement with young people, addressing their concerns.

    Green issues – if they intend to go into coalition with the Greens, then they’d better show their willingness to work with them instead of taking them for granted. So what’s their policy on warming?

    The dead wood announcing their resignations to spend more time with their egos (OK, that’s pretty unlikely). Seriously though, shine some light on talented younger back benchers who’ll be future front benchers.

    “Just the same but even more incompetent” was never a good look, so I’m hoping to see a competent alternative government in waiting, not exiled Bourbons.

  12. Corey 12

    Labour isn’t 100 its 32, to say kirk and savage have anything to do with the bourgeois wastes of space that have led that party in the last 32 years is to piss on their legacy.

    • Colonial Viper 12.1

      Good way of looking at it. Kirk and Savage wouldn’t recognise Labour of the last 30 years.

      • Ad 12.1.1

        Nor should they.

        • Colonial Viper 12.1.1.1

          Have the principles of applied Christianity changed so much as to be unrecognisable in the modern day?

          • Ad 12.1.1.1.1

            Not to me, but then I’m Christian. And Labour.

            Plenty of other substantial things have changed.

  13. Ad 13

    Good solid announcement there, covered by Mickey.

    Let’s see more.

  14. Jenny 14

    My hope is that Andrew Little, at the Labour Party Conference, will repeat the promise he made in his speech at the Green Party AGM

    “The government I lead will make our country a leader in the fight against climate change”
    Andrew Little

  15. Jenny 15

    Commensurate with making our country a leader in the fight against climate change would mean removing the ban on raising climate change as an objection in planning hearings for new fossil fuel projects.

    If climate change was allowed to be raised as evidence against new fossil fuel projects, no new coal or oil mining or drilling would ever be consented to again.

    The evidence is that compelling and irrefutable.

    Which is why planning tribunals have been ordered by law to disregard it.

    Open mike 08/07/2016

  16. Ad 16

    This weekend’s celebrations have fully lived up to my expectations.

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  • Abortion law reform a win for women
    by Daphna Whitmore Abortion is no longer in the Crimes Act in New Zealand. The law reform passed yesterday and now abortion is a medical matter between a woman and her doctor. Many women’s groups and progressive people have campaigned for reform for decades. The women’s liberation movement and some ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • How to spot bogus science stories and read the news like a scientist
    Doug Specht, University of Westminster and Julio Gimenez, University of Westminster When fake news, misreporting and alternative facts are everywhere, reading the news can be a challenge. Not only is there plenty of misinformation about the coronavirus pandemic, climate change and other scientific topics floating around social media, you also ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Why New Zealand needs to continue decisive action to contain coronavirus
    Michael Baker, University of Otago and Nick Wilson, University of Otago With some of the toughest border restrictions and a newly-announced NZ$500 million boost to health services, New Zealand is among a small number of countries with a strategy to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. New Zealand is also fortunate in ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Parliament and the pandemic II
    As expected, the government has introduced a sessional order to allow Parliament to operate during the pandemic. You can read it on the Order Paper here, but the short version is that questions and motions can be filed electronicly, select committees can work remotely, and the the Business Committee can ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • When a virus goes viral: pros and cons to the coronavirus spread on social media
    Axel Bruns, Queensland University of Technology; Daniel Angus, Queensland University of Technology; Timothy Graham, Queensland University of Technology, and Tobias R. Keller, Queensland University of Technology News and views about coronavirus has spread via social media in a way that no health emergency has done before. Platforms like Twitter, Facebook, ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • How to survive 14 days of self-isolation
    So you’ve recently returned from overseas, come into contact with someone who tested positive, got a bit of a dry cough yourself or perhaps just want to self isolate for 14 days to avoid other people who might have COVID-19. Here are a few tips and tricks to help get ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Abortion Legislation Bill passes third reading
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    2 weeks ago
  • Why Leadership Matters – More Than Anything.
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    2 weeks ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #11, 2020
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  • 68-51
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The ‘herd immunity’ route to fighting coronavirus is unethical and potentially dangerous
    As most of the world tries to suppress the coronavirus spread, some countries are going it alone – trying to manage the pandemic through so-called “herd immunity”. Herd immunity means letting a large number of people catch a disease, and hence develop immunity to it, to stop the virus spreading. ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Eight new COVID-19 cases today. It’s no surprise when you look at some numbers
    So, as I sit at home with a very, very slight headache (i.e. not at work when I would otherwise be so), the now familiar figure of Ashley Bloomfield reports eight new confirmed cases of COVID-19  including two in Waikato. A surprise, given that we had just twelve yesterday? No. ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    2 weeks ago
  • The WINZ Paradox versus the new COVID-19 Reality: Get real people, seriously…
    Many who advocated for, and voted for, the current Coalition – particularly those who voted Labour and the Green Party – expected to see a sea change in the reality of social services. A real, deep change of attitude, approach of process through which the system negotiates the difficult and ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks 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
    9 hours 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
    2 days 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
    2 days 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
    3 days 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
    3 days 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 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days 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
    4 days 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
    4 days 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
    4 days 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
    4 days 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
    5 days 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
    5 days 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
    5 days 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
    5 days 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
    5 days 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
    5 days 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
    5 days 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
    5 days 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
    6 days 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
    6 days ago
  • Government working to keep air freight moving
    Minister of Transport Phil Twyford has today announced details of the Government’s support package to keep key air freight moving and ensure New Zealanders retain access to essential goods during the four-week level 4 lockdown. “The Government is working with airlines and air freight operators to ensure New Zealand’s key ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New Zealand moves to COVID-19 Alert Level 3, then Level 4 in 48 hours
    New Zealand moved up to COVID-19 Alert Level 3 – Restrict New Zealand to move up to COVID-19 Alert Level 4 – Eliminate, in 48 hours Two-staged approach to give people and businesses time to prepare  Level 3, from tomorrow Non-essential businesses must close All events and gatherings must be ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Prime Minister: COVID-19 Alert Level increased
    Good afternoon  The Cabinet met this morning to discuss our next actions in the fight against COVID-19.  Like the rest of the world, we are facing the potential for devastating impacts from this virus. But, through decisive action, and through working together, do we have a small window to get ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Govt takes significant economic decisions as NZ readies for Alert Level 4 in COVID-19 fight
    The Government is announcing significant further support for the economy, workers and businesses as the country unites to prepare for Alert Level 4 in the fight against COVID-19. Cabinet today agreed to remove the cap on the Government’s wage subsidy scheme, which will inject a further $4 billion into the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Govt backs RBNZ move to support economy with lower interest rates
    The Government is backing the Reserve Bank’s latest action to support the economy by reducing longer-term interest rates, meaning lower costs for businesses and mortgage holders, and a lower currency to help our exporters. The Minister of Finance has signed a memorandum of understanding and a letter of indemnity with ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government statement on commercial cooperation during COVID-19
    The Government has asked the Commerce Commission to take account of the exceptional circumstances created by COVID-19 when monitoring business behaviour in coming weeks.   “The purpose of my request to the Commerce Commission is to make sure businesses can work together in ways that will allow them to provide ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand temporarily closes diplomatic posts in Barbados and Myanmar due to COVID-19
    The New Zealand Government has temporarily closed its High Commission in Bridgetown, Barbados and its Embassy in Yangon, Myanmar due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “Due to the increasing scarcity of air links in and out of Bridgetown and Yangon, and the pressure COVID-19 is placing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Supporting Māori communities and businesses through
    Associate Health and Whānau Ora Minister Peeni Henare has today announced the Government’s plan to support Māori communities and businesses in the face of COVID-19. “Our Government’s $12.1 billion economic package will help many Māori whānau, workers and businesses, whether it’s through wage subsidies, income support and worker redeployment, or ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Guidelines for hospitality establishments released
    The Government and the hospitality industry have worked together to produce guidelines to assist with managing and reducing transmission of COVID-19, Health Minister David Clark announced today.  The guidelines developed between the Government, Hospitality New Zealand and SkyCity Entertainment Group, set out how the new restrictions on physical distancing and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Nation steps up to COVID-19 Alert Level 2
    Four stage Alert System for COVID-19 announced New Zealand moved up to COVID-19 Alert Level 2 – Reduce Contact New Zealanders over 70 and those with certain medical conditions told to stay at home as much as they can to reduce risk of contact with the virus Workplaces to implement ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • PM Address – Covid-19 Update
    Kia ora koutou katoa I’m speaking directly to all New Zealanders today to give you as much certainty and clarity as we can as we fight Covid-19. Over the past few weeks, the world has changed. And it has changed very quickly. In February it would have seemed unimaginable to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • NZ and Singapore commit to keeping supply and trade links open, including on essential goods and med...
    New Zealand and Singapore have jointly committed to keep supply chains open and to 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 welcomed the commitment. “This is an important collective response, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Joint Ministerial Statement by Singapore and New Zealand -Covid-19 situation
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Transit between Australia and New Zealand
    Travel restrictions, closing our border to almost all travelers came into force from 23:59 on Thursday 19 March 2020 (NZDT).  All airlines were informed of these restrictions before they came into force. Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says “The transit of passengers between Australia and New Zealand has been agreed upon and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • $100 million to redeploy workers
    The Government has allocated $100 million to help redeploy workers affected by the economic impact of COVID-19, with the hard-hit region of Gisborne-Tairāwhiti to be the first helped, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford, Forestry and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Employment Minister Willie Jackson announced today. Phil Twyford ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • More support for wood processing
    The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is ramping up support for Tairāwhiti’s wood processing sector to bolster the region’s economy at a time of heightened uncertainty, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Following earlier announcements today of a regional support package for Tairāwhiti, Minister Jones has also announced a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Govt steps in to protect Air New Zealand
    The Coalition Government has stepped in to protect Air New Zealand with a significant financial deal that protects essential routes and allows the company to keep operating. The Government and Air New Zealand have agreed a debt funding agreement through commercial 24-month loan facilities of up to $900 million*. The ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Stronger border measures to protect NZers from COVID-19
    The Government has taken further measures to protect New Zealanders from the COVID-19 virus, effectively stopping all people from boarding a plane to New Zealand from 11:59pm today, except for returning New Zealanders, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today.  New Zealanders’ partners, legal guardians or any dependent children travelling with ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Action on indoor gatherings and events to protect public health
    The Government has reinforced its commitment to protecting the health of New Zealanders from COVID-19 through the cancellation of indoor events with more than 100 people.  “Protecting the health of New Zealanders is our number one priority, and that means we need to reduce the risks associated with large gatherings,” ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealanders advised not to travel overseas
    The New Zealand Government is advising New Zealanders not to travel overseas due to COVID-19, Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced. “We are raising our travel advice to the highest level: do not travel,” Mr Peters said. “This is the first time the New Zealand Government has advised New Zealanders ...
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    2 weeks ago