Trust me, I’m the Prime Minister

Written By: - Date published: 12:30 pm, June 17th, 2009 - 30 comments
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Some thoughts on Key’s continuing refusal to tell us why he fired Worth.

First, it’s tautological to say that a Prime Minister fired a minister because he lost confidence in him. The statement provides no new information.

Second, it is completely irrelevant that Worth is no longer an MP. The questions are about Key’s decisions while in the office of PM and Worth’s actions while in office.

Third, the test isn’t ‘why should he tell us?’, it’s ‘why shouldn’t he?’. The era when the default position of government was secrecy is long gone. Now he has contradicted his earlier statement about not wanting to contaminate a police inquiry, Key has no excuse not to make the reason public.

Fourth, even those who say ‘we don’t need to know why Key fired Worth’ are guessing the reason. Paul Henry for example said  ‘we don’t need to know, it was obviously something to do with his conduct’ [yes, but what to do with his conduct, Paul]. The fact that everyone’s guessing shows the public interest.

Fifth, we have a right to know. We have a right to know why ministers of the Crown are fired. We have a right to assess the quality of the Prime Minister’s decision-making in firing the minister and how that reflects on Key’s decision to appoint him in the first place. No, there is no legal need to disclose but there is a political imperative. No other Prime Minister has ever kept the reasons for firing a minister secret. In fact, they’re usually more than happy to tell us to show that they are firm leaders who set high standards.

Sixth, isn’t it telling that National’s attack dogs are still trying to distract everyone with more mauling of the women at centre of the Worth complaints? If even Farrar can’t come up with some positive spin of his actions (and suddenly becomes fascinated with Iran instead), you know Key’s behaviour is indefensible.

Seventh, Key’s already told the National caucus and his senior advisers the basics. By now they’ve told their staffers and families. It’s like swine flu. Now it’s out there’s no containing it.

30 comments on “Trust me, I’m the Prime Minister ”

  1. So Bored 1

    A comprehensive NO (regardless of the issue).

  2. Zaphod Beeblebrox 2

    No mystery to me- he thinks Worth’s an idiot. Bigger question should be why did he make him a minister in the first place.

  3. Pat 3

    “Trust me, I’m the Prime Minister’

    Has Helen Clark’s election campaign restarted?

    • Merlin 3.1

      That’s all you’ve got Pat? Even you can’t defend your hero, just run distraction instead.. must be desperate times.

  4. Pat 4

    “The era when the default position of government was secrecy is long gone”

    November 2008 was not that long ago.

    • ghostwhowalks 4.1

      Yes its terrible not knowing the reasons for any of the ministers that were sacked or stood down for the 9 years of the Labour government.

      • Pat 4.1.1

        We don’t know all the nitty gritty of Helen’s conversations when she sacked said Ministers, though, do we? Nor should we, but it seems that this is what many are now seeking from Key.

        It does seem bleeding obvious. Worth embarrasses Key several times, is probably on last warning, and then (another) ex-marital sexual exploit/allegation emerges. Don’t come Monday, Mr Worth.

        • Merlin 4.1.1.1

          “We don’t know all the nitty gritty of Helen’s conversations when she sacked said Ministers, though, do we? Nor should we, but it seems that this is what many are now seeking from Key.”

          No it’s not. We just want to know the reason. Like we know the reasons why Clark sacked mnisters.

          I note that you’re also providing a guess yourself as to the reason, so you do feel that we should know.

        • Maynard J 4.1.1.2

          “We don’t know all the nitty gritty of Helen’s conversations when she sacked said Ministers, though, do we? Nor should we, but it seems that this is what many are now seeking from Key.”

          Straw man. I do not want to know the conversation. I want to know why Key lost confidence. We do not know how Clark’s chat with Dyson went, but we know the reason. Same goes for all the other ministers. We know the reason.

  5. Craig Glen Eden 5

    The Journos are not going to buy this. The likes of Mr Key and Paul Henry might want to move on but the political journos will be sick of talking about Keys kids dog , and what a nice chap he is by now.
    They know the smell of some thing that is not quite right about all of this

    • Daveski 5.1

      Perhaps but a quick scan of the papers show that the journos are starting to run out of steam.

      More importantly, the one article I saw on the NZH included the following:

      “I have no intention of going into the specifics, but I can say that Dr Worth did not meet the standards I set for my ministers, and therefore when I lost confidence in him I sought his resignation,” Mr Key said.

      And finally:

      Under parliamentary rules, Mr Key does not have to give any reason for dismissing a minister other than loss of confidence.

  6. I certainly see double standards with the level of transparency expected of Key and that demanded of Clark’s government.

    Personally, I think Key erred in not sacking Worth over the Indian trip and that would have saved a lot of the resulting issues.

    Having said that, once the new allegations surfaced, then I Key acted reasonably quickly and the solution was better all round, especially if you compare to the TFF circus.

    Frankly, the only issue that matters is the first point. If the PM loses confidence in a minister that is it. We may be interested but we have no rights. Confidence is a subjective matter in any case.

    As has been said before, I think the worst of this has hit the Nats already. Goff is the one who is most exposed at this stage if the evidence fails to live up to the damnation, a point you miss.

    • Maynard J 6.1

      Yes, confidence is a subjective matter. It tells us nothing. Perhaps Key walked into Worth’s office and saw him covered in peanut butter, wearing a wedding dress and talking to his teddy bear while splashing about in a paddling pool and thought “better not have this guy running Internal Affairs”. I doubt it but who is to know.

      What happens if Key does the same to an Electorate MP – will they get to know why their MP has been forced out? Key is damn lucky Worth was a list MP and not so directly beholden to voters, and that anyone who actively supports National was happy to wholeheartedly sledge Worth from the get go. Some people might have voted for National party because they supported him – their vote has been devalued, and they are not being told why.

      • Sparo 6.1.1

        And mebbe as the Minister of Internal Affairs he did like they do in Iran—tell Mousavi he had won!

  7. Zaphod Beeblebrox 7

    Daveski,
    You were doing well until you tried to link Goff to Worth. Do you know something everyone else doesn’t? If you have a reputable source lets hear it.
    If Phil did have a plan to embarrass Key, he must have a Maciavellian mind of huge proportions.

    Having said that- you are correct. The public does not have any inherent RIGHT to know. If this term is enshrined anywhere I would like to know.

    • Daveski 7.1

      ZB I should qualify what I wrote – I did not mean it to Goff set this up but I think he overplayed it. In other words, his intentions were IMO pure at the start (off the record conversations etc) but he seemed to lose his way later on.

      I also accept that our respective views are flavoured by our perspective – I have ever suspicion that had the roles been reversed, I would have been demanding greater transparency while fundamentally acknowledging nothing illegal is being done. The true nature of politics eh!

  8. Hon PETE HODGSON to the Prime Minister: Why did he lose confidence in Dr Richard Worth as a Minister?

    Hopefully Labour leave a few more supplementary questions up their sleeve this time….

    • gingercrush 8.1

      Why is Pete Hodgson tackling this now and not Phil Goff? And I presume Key isn’t going to be in the house today since Goff isn’t even asking the PM a question.

      • gobsmacked 8.1.1

        Goff asked the PM a question. Key didn’t want to face it, so passed it on to English.

        Not fond of fronting up, is he?

  9. Scribe 9

    The fact that everyone’s guessing shows the public interest.

    Who is everyone?

    Worth has gone from a major topic of discussion at my Tuesday poker night to not registering last night.

    Worth’s resignation has taken the steam out of this story from the mainstream media’s perspective. I can’t imagine it’ll last much past this week (other than the police investigation).

  10. I imagine that public interest in Worth will die down. The absence of new, particularly titillating material will mean that popular media will move on to other things.

    However, the Worth case exists at two quite distinct levels – the popular and the parliamentary/political. Popular discourse operates at one level, that of Parliament at another. The more thoughtful journalists in the Lobby and the Opposition in Parliament will not forget the manner in which the Worth case was managed, just as they will bring to bear on it a different, more technical, wonkish, ‘political’ perspective . The Worth case, along with the cases of Ms Rankin and Lee, and the no-show at the Mt Albert concession, and the interesting contrast being drawn ever more frequently between the performances of Messrs Key and English, and the failure to control Mr Hide’s local government agenda, and the sense that a number of ministers are not performing too well in their portfolios (some almost missing in action), and more, will now be part of the ‘story’ that is recounted in Wellington around the current government. As that story develops and takes firmer shape, so will Worth etc become important factors in whether the story is positive or negative about Mr Key and his government.

    Mr Key still has time to influence significantly the substance of that story, but two things are important in this. First, he has no previous successful political track record against which he can contrast any current adversity. Second, there is a snowball effect – once a government is sufficiently mauled, it rarely recoups its reputation (as Mr Brown is realising in the UK). It may be that Mr Key needs to draw on all the experience of his caucus now if he wants to avoid a mauling medium-term.

  11. gobsmacked 11

    Being off the front pages doesn’t mean the story is dead. Nixon had time to win an election in the months that Watergate was just a “beltway issue”. It didn’t save him in the end. Sleeping and dead are not synonyms. (Although admittedly Washington had real journalists, which we’re a bit short of).

    But there is a police investigation. Eventually it will end. Then the last fig leaf falls.

    • Phil (not Goff) 11.1

      That comparison is so very ripe for a ‘deep throat’ innuendo gag…

  12. Mach2 12

    Make what you will of the notion but a poster over at Farrars tried to connect some dots, buggered if I can find the post, along the lines of a Korean business woman, Worths behavior and a by-election.
    Curious?.
    .
    capcha; lite bouffant

  13. Jasper 13

    Mach,

    Might it have been this comment ?

    • Mach2 13.1

      Bingo!

      • Jasper 13.1.1

        Mmm, that comment came out due to the fact that the Indian Woman hasn’t been formally identified, nor has the Korean Businesswoman from Auckland.

        Two comments saying “strikingly beautiful” (Goff) and “labour activist” (Rudman) seems to be all that it is for the media to pick up and run with Neelam, thanks to Whale.

        So lets right some muck and do the same objective analysis on a korean businesswoman from auckland in a wellington hotel.

        It’s deeply curious and the whole Mt Albert affair is odd.

  14. gobsmacked 14

    Key gets another grilling in the House. Better questions from Hodgson this time, extracting the truth bit by bit. Brownlee and Lockwood form a human shield for Key to hide behind.

    He’s not doing himself any favours on this.

    • Ianmac 14.1

      Yes good questions but evasive answers. Funny that a Leader needs protecting?????
      Is it possible that there is stuff known by people like Hodgson, which may be very embarrassing for the PM when/if it is released? eg: PM was panicked into making the wrong decision and was stuck with it.

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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • What China wants from NZ business
    One simple statistic said it all: China Premier Li Qiang asked Fonterra CEO Miles Hurrell what percentage of the company’s overall sales were made in China. “Thirty per cent,” said Hurrell. In other words, New Zealand’s largest company is more or less dependent on the Chinese market. But Hurrell is ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • Review: The Worm Ouroboros, by E.R. Eddison (1922)
    One occasionally runs into the question of what J.R.R. Tolkien would have thought of George R.R. Martin. For years, I had a go-to online answer: we could use a stand-in. Tolkien’s thoughts on E.R. Eddison – that he appreciated the invented world, but thought the invented names were silly, and ...
    1 week ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #24
    A listing of 35 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, June 9, 2024 thru Sat, June 15, 2024. Story of the week A glance at this week's inventory of what experts tell us is extreme weather mayhem juiced by ...
    1 week ago
  • Sunday Morning Chat
    After a busy week it’s a good day to relax. Clear blues skies here in Tamaki Makaurau, very peaceful but for my dogs sleeping heavily. In the absence of a full newsletter I thought I’d send out a brief update and share a couple of posts that popped up in ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • The Book of Henry
    Now in the land of Angus beef and the mighty ABsWhere the steaks were juicy and the rivers did run foulIt would often be said,This meal is terrible,andNo, for real this is legit the worst thing I've ever eatenBut this was an thing said only to others at the table,not ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Fact Brief – Is ocean acidification from human activities enough to impact marine ecosystems?
    Skeptical Science is partnering with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. This fact brief was written by Sue Bin Park in collaboration with members from the Skeptical Science team. You can submit claims you think need checking via the tipline. Is ocean acidification from human ...
    1 week ago
  • Happiness is a Warm Gun
    She's not a girl who misses muchDo do do do do do, oh yeahShe's well-acquainted with the touch of the velvet handLike a lizard on a window paneI wouldn’t associate ACT with warmth, other than a certain fabled, notoriously hot, destination where surely they’re heading and many would like them ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Still doing a good 20
    Hello! Here comes the Saturday edition of More Than A Feilding, catching you up on the past somewhat interrupted week. Still on the move!Share Read more ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Coalition of the Unwilling?
    What does Budget 2024 tell us about the current government? Muddle on?Coalition governments are not new. About 50 percent of the time since the first MMP election, there has been a minority government, usually with allied parties holding ministerial portfolios outside cabinets. For 10 percent of the time there was ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    2 weeks ago
  • Of red flags and warning signs in comments on social media
    Somewhat surprisingly for what is regarded as a network of professionals, climate science misinformation is getting shared on LinkedIn, joining other channels where this is happening. Several of our recent posts published on LinkedIn have attracted the ire of various commenters who apparently are in denial about human-caused climate change. Based ...
    2 weeks ago
  • All good, still
    1. On what subject is Paul Henry even remotely worth giving the time of day?a. The state of our nationb. The state of the ACT partyc. How to freak out potential buyers of your gin palace by baking the remains of your deceased parent into its fittings2. Now that New ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 weeks ago
  • The looting is the point
    Last time National was in power, they looted the state, privatising public assets and signing hugely wasteful public-private partnership (PPP) contracts which saw foreign consortiums provide substandard infrastructure while gouging us for profits. You only have to look at the ongoing fiasco of Transmission Gully to see how it was ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The Illusion of Power: How Local Government Bureaucrats Overawe Democratically-Elected Councillors..
    The Democratic Façade Of Local Government: Our district and city councillors are democratically elected to govern their communities on one very strict condition – that they never, ever, under any circumstances, attempt to do so.A DISINTEGRATION OF LOYALTIES on the Wellington City Council has left Mayor Tory Whanau without a ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Lowlights & Bright Spots
    I can feel the lowlights coming over meI can feel the lowlights, from the state I’m inI can see the light now even thought it’s dimA little glow on the horizonAnother week of lowlights from our government, with the odd bright spot and a glow on the horizon. The light ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 weeks ago
  • Weekly Roundup 14-June-2024
    Another week, another roundup of things that caught our eye on our favourite topics of transport, housing and how to make cities a little bit greater. This Week in Greater Auckland On Monday, Connor wrote about Kāinga Ora’s role as an urban development agency Tuesday’s guest post by ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    2 weeks ago
  • The Hoon around the week to June 14
    Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers features co-hosts and talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent about the National-ACT-NZ First Government’s moves this week to take farming out of the ETS and encourage more mining and oil and ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate policy axed in broad daylight, while taxpayer liabilities grow in the dark
    In 2019, Shane Jones addressed the “50 Shades of Green” protest at Parliament: Now he is part of a government giving those farmers a pass on becoming part of the ETS, as well as threatening to lock in offshore oil exploration and mining for decades. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: Here’s the ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 weeks ago
  • Rage Bait!
    Hi,Today’s newsletter is all about how easy it is to get sucked into “rage bait” online, and how easy it is to get played.But first I wanted to share something that elicited the exact opposite of rage in me — something that made me feel incredibly proud, whilst also making ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    2 weeks ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Friday, June 14
    Seymour said lower speed limits “drained the joy from life as people were forced to follow rules they knew made no sense.” File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Friday, June 14 were:The National/ACT/NZ First ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 weeks ago
  • Friendly but frank talks with China Premier
    It sounded like the best word to describe yesterday’s talks between Chinese Premier Li Qiang and his heavyweight delegation of Ministers and officials and Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and New Zealand Ministers and officials was “frank.” But it was the kind of frankness that friends can indulge in. It ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    2 weeks ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #24 2024
    Open access notables Wildfire smoke impacts lake ecosystems, Farruggia et al., Global Change Biology: We introduce the concept of the lake smoke-day, or the number of days any given lake is exposed to smoke in any given fire season, and quantify the total lake smoke-day exposure in North America from 2019 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Join us for the weekly Hoon on YouTube Live
    Photo by Mathias Elle on UnsplashIt’s that new day of the week (Thursday rather than Friday) when we have our ‘hoon’ webinar with paying subscribers to The Kākā for an hour at 5 pm.Jump on this link on YouTube Livestream for our chat about the week’s news with special guests:5.00 ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 weeks ago
  • Geoffrey Miller: China’s message to New Zealand – don’t put it all at risk
    Don’t put it all at risk. That’s likely to be the take-home message for New Zealand Prime Minister Christopher Luxon in his meetings with Li Qiang, the Chinese Premier. Li’s visit to Wellington this week is the highest-ranking visit by a Chinese official since 2017. The trip down under – ...
    Democracy ProjectBy Geoffrey Miller
    2 weeks ago
  • The Real Thing
    I know the feelingIt is the real thingThe essence of the soulThe perfect momentThat golden momentI know you feel it tooI know the feelingIt is the real thingYou can't refuse the embraceNo?Sometimes we face the things we most dislike. A phobia or fear that must be confronted so it doesn’t ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 weeks ago

  • Transformative investment in cancer treatments and more new medicines
    The coalition Government is delivering up to 26 cancer treatments as part of an overall package of up to 54 more new medicines, Health Minister Dr Shane Reti and Associate Health Minister David Seymour announced today. “Pharmac estimates that around 175,000 people will benefit from the additional treatments in just ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • More support for drought-affected communities
    The coalition Government is providing more financial support to drought-stricken farmers and growers in many parts of the country to help with essential living costs. “Rural Assistance Payments have been made available in 38 districts affected by dry conditions to help eligible farmers and growers whose income has taken a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • Job seekers to report on progress after six months from today
    A new requirement for people on Jobseeker Support benefits to meet with MSD after six months to assess how their job search is going gets underway today. About 20,000 Jobseeker beneficiaries with full-time work obligations are expected to attend MSD’s new ‘Work check-in’ seminars over the next 12 months, Social ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours ago
  • New cops means more Police on the beat
    The decision to deploy more Police on the beat in Auckland CBD has been welcomed by Police Minister Mark Mitchell and Associate Police Minister Casey Costello. Starting from 1 July, an additional 21 police officers will be redeployed in Auckland City, bringing the total number of beat police in the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government takes action to address youth crime
    The Government is introducing a new declaration for young offenders to ensure they face tougher consequences and are better supported to turn their lives around, Children’s Minister Karen Chhour announced today. The establishment of a Young Serious Offender declaration delivers on a coalition Government commitment and supports the Government’s target ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Reserve Bank chair reappointed
    Professor Neil Quigley has been reappointed as Chair of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand Board for a further term of two years, until 30 June 2026.  “Professor Quigley has played a key role in establishing the new Board after the commencement of the new RBNZ Act on 1 July ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • School attendance increases
    School attendance data released today shows an increase in the number of students regularly attending school to 61.7 per cent in term one. This compares to 59.5 per cent in term one last year and 53.6 per cent in term four. “It is encouraging to see more children getting to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Record investment in public transport services
    The Government has announced a record 41 per cent increase in indicative funding for public transport services and operations, and confirmed the rollout of the National Ticketing Solution (NTS) that will enable contactless debit and credit card payments starting this year in Auckland, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.“This Government is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • GDP data shows need to strengthen and grow the economy
    GDP figures for the March quarter reinforce the importance of restoring fiscal discipline to public spending and driving more economic growth, Finance Minister Nicola Willis says.  Data released today by Stats NZ shows GDP has risen 0.2 per cent for the quarter to March.   “While today’s data is technically in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Women continue to make up over 50 per cent on public sector boards
    Women’s representation on public sector boards and committees has reached 50 per cent or above for the fourth consecutive year, with women holding 53.9 per cent of public sector board roles, Acting Minister for Women Louise Upston says. “This is a fantastic achievement, but the work is not done. To ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government supporting Māori business success
    The Coalition Government is supporting Māori to boost development and the Māori economy through investment in projects that benefit the regions, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones and Māori Development Minister Tama Potaka say. “As the Regional Development Minister, I am focused on supporting Māori to succeed. The Provincial Growth Fund ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Better solutions for earthquake-prone buildings
    Building and Construction Minister Chris Penk has announced that the review into better managing the risks of earthquake-prone buildings has commenced. “The terms of reference published today demonstrate the Government’s commitment to ensuring we get the balance right between public safety and costs to building owners,” Mr Penk says.  “The Government ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Prime Minister wraps up visit to Japan
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has just finished a successful three-day visit to Japan, where he strengthened political relationships and boosted business links. Mr Luxon’s visit culminated in a bilateral meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio followed by a state dinner. “It was important for me to meet Prime Minister Kishida in person ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Major business deals signed on PM’s Japan trip
    Significant business deals have been closed during the visit of Prime Minister Christopher Luxon to Japan this week, including in the areas of space, renewable energy and investment.  “Commercial deals like this demonstrate that we don’t just export high-quality agricultural products to Japan, but also our world-class technology, expertise, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Strategic Security speech, Tokyo
    Minasan, konnichiwa, kia ora and good afternoon everyone. Thank you for the invitation to speak to you today and thank you to our friends at the Institute for International Socio-Economic Studies and NEC for making this event possible today.  It gives me great pleasure to be here today, speaking with ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • National Infrastructure Pipeline worth over $120 billion
    The National Infrastructure Pipeline, which provides a national view of current or planned infrastructure projects, from roads, to water infrastructure, to schools, and more, has climbed above $120 billion, Infrastructure Minister Chris Bishop says. “Our Government is investing a record amount in modern infrastructure that Kiwis can rely on as ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Making it easier to build infrastructure
    The Government is modernising the Public Works Act to make it easier to build infrastructure, Minister for Land Information Chris Penk announced today. An independent panel will undertake an eight-week review of the Act and advise on common sense changes to enable large scale public works to be built faster and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • NZ enhances North Korea sanctions monitoring
    New Zealand will enhance its defence contributions to monitoring violations of sanctions against North Korea, Prime Minister Christopher Luxon announced today.  The enhancement will see the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) increase its contributions to North Korea sanctions monitoring, operating out of Japan. “This increase reflects the importance New Zealand ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Speech to Safeguard National Health and Safety Conference
    Good afternoon everyone. It’s great to be with you all today before we wrap up Day One of the annual Safeguard National Health and Safety Conference. Thank you to the organisers and sponsors of this conference, for the chance to talk to you about the upcoming health and safety consultation. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Ōtaki to north of Levin alliance agreements signed
    Transport Minister Simeon Brown has welcomed an important milestone for the Ōtaki to north of Levin Road of National Significance (RoNS), following the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) signing interim alliance agreements with two design and construction teams who will develop and ultimately build the new expressway.“The Government’s priority for transport ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Improvements to stopping Digital Child Exploitation
    The Department of Internal Affairs [Department] is making a significant upgrade to their Digital Child Exploitation Filtering System, which blocks access to websites known to host child sexual abuse material, says Minister of Internal Affairs Brooke van Velden.  “The Department will incorporate the up-to-date lists of websites hosting child sexual ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • New vaccine research aims to combat prevalent bovine disease
    A vaccine to prevent an infectious disease that costs New Zealand cattle farmers more than $190 million each year could radically improve the health of our cows and boost on-farm productivity, Associate Agriculture Minister Andrew Hoggard says. The Ministry for Primary Industries is backing a project that aims to develop ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Making it easier to build granny flats
    The Government has today announced that it is making it easier for people to build granny flats, Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters and RMA Reform Minister Chris Bishop say. “Making it easier to build granny flats will make it more affordable for families to live the way that suits them ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • High Court Judge appointed
    Attorney-General Judith Collins today announced the appointment of Auckland King’s Counsel Gregory Peter Blanchard as a High Court Judge. Justice Blanchard attended the University of Auckland from 1991 to 1995, graduating with an LLB (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts (English). He was a solicitor with the firm that is now Dentons ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Health workforce numbers rise
    Health Minister Dr Shane Reti says new data released today shows encouraging growth in the health workforce, with a continued increase in the numbers of doctors, nurses and midwives joining Health New Zealand. “Frontline healthcare workers are the beating heart of the healthcare system. Increasing and retaining our health workforce ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Government to overhaul firearms laws
    Associate Justice Minister Nicole McKee has today announced a comprehensive programme to reform New Zealand's outdated and complicated firearms laws. “The Arms Act has been in place for over 40 years. It has been amended several times – in a piecemeal, and sometimes rushed way. This has resulted in outdated ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Government delivers landmark specialist schools investment
    The coalition Government is delivering record levels of targeted investment in specialist schools so children with additional needs can thrive. As part of Budget 24, $89 million has been ringfenced to redevelop specialist facilities and increase satellite classrooms for students with high needs. This includes: $63 million in depreciation funding ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Major health and safety consultation begins
    A substantial consultation on work health and safety will begin today with a roadshow across the regions over the coming months, says Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Brooke van Velden.  This the first step to deliver on the commitment to reforming health and safety law and regulations, set out in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Growing the potential of New Zealand’s forestry sector in partnership
    Forestry Minister Todd McClay, today announced the start of the Government’s plan to restore certainty and confidence in the forestry and wood processing sector. “This government will drive investment to unlock the industry’s economic potential for growth,” Mr McClay says. “Forestry’s success is critical to rebuilding New Zealand’s economy, boosting ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Government cancels forestry ETS annual service charges for 2023-24
    Annual service charges in the forestry Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) will be cancelled for 2023/24, Forestry Minister Todd McClay says. “The sector has told me the costs imposed on forestry owners by the previous government were excessive and unreasonable and I agree,” Mr McClay says. “They have said that there ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Speech to the LGNZ Infrastructure Symposium
    Introduction Thank you for having me here today and welcome to Wellington, the home of the Hurricanes, the next Super Rugby champions. Infrastructure – the challenge This government has inherited a series of big challenges in infrastructure. I don’t need to tell an audience as smart as this one that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Government boosts Agriculture and food trade with China
    Trade and Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard welcomed outcomes to boost agricultural and food trade between New Zealand and China. A number of documents were signed today at Government House that will improve the business environment between New Zealand and China, and help reduce barriers, including on infant formula ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • NZ and China launch Services Trade Negotiations
    Trade Minister Todd McClay, and China’s Commerce Minister Wang Wentao, today announced the official launch of Negotiations on Services Trade between the two countries.  “The Government is focused on opening doors for services exporters to grow the New Zealand’s economy,” Mr McClay says.  As part of the 2022 New Zealand-China Free Trade Agreement Upgrade ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Prime Minister Luxon meets with Premier Li
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon met with Chinese Premier Li Qiang at Government House in Wellington today.  “I was pleased to welcome Premier Li to Wellington for his first official visit, which marks 10 years since New Zealand and China established a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership,” Mr Luxon says. “The Premier and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Government and business tackling gender pay gap
    The coalition Government is taking action to reduce the gender pay gap in New Zealand through the development of a voluntary calculation tool. “Gender pay gaps have impacted women for decades, which is why we need to continue to drive change in New Zealand,” Acting Minister for Women Louise Upston ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Funding Boost for Rural Support Trusts
    The coalition Government is boosting funding for Rural Support Trusts to provide more help to farmers and growers under pressure, Rural Communities Minister Mark Patterson announced today. “A strong and thriving agricultural sector is crucial to the New Zealand economy and one of the ways to support it is to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Latest data shows size of public service decreasing
    Spending on contractors and consultants continues to fall and the size of the Public Service workforce has started to decrease after years of growth, according to the latest data released today by the Public Service Commission. Workforce data for the quarter from 31 December 23 to 31 March 24 shows ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Speech to the Law Association
    Thank you to the Law Association for inviting me to speak this morning. As a former president under its previous name — the Auckland District Law Society — I take particular satisfaction in seeing this organisation, and its members, in such good heart. As Attorney-General, I am grateful for these ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • 25 years on, NZ reaffirms enduring friendship with Timor Leste
    New Zealand is committed to working closely with Timor-Leste to support its prosperity and resilience, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “This year is the 25th anniversary of New Zealand sending peacekeepers to Timor-Leste, who contributed to the country’s stabilisation and ultimately its independence,” Mr Peters says.    “A quarter ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Inquiry requested into rural banking
    Promoting robust competition in the banking sector is vital to rebuilding the economy, Finance Minister Nicola Willis says.  “New Zealanders deserve a banking sector that is as competitive as possible. Banking services play an important role in our communities and in the economy. Kiwis rely on access to lending when ...
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    2 weeks ago

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