Workers’ Rights. Our Rights. And a Government Breaking Bad.

Written By: - Date published: 11:14 am, April 24th, 2018 - 17 comments
Categories: Abuse of power, Politics, public services, Social issues, the praiseworthy and the pitiful, workers' rights - Tags: ,

There’s a good piece over at reimaginingsocialwork.nz dismantling the bullshit that’s oozing from parliament’s select committee process.

I’m not a social worker, and I’ve found myself questioning whether I even support the concept or not. Because if social work is geared towards ‘helping’ people cope in a highly dysfunctional society in such a way as to excuse that society’s dysfunction, then I’d say social work is toxic. If, on the other hand, coping mechanisms are developed while society is simultaneously taken to task, then social work is very much worth while.

That question or tension is addressed in the first two sentences of the linked piece by Emily Keddell.

I wasn’t always pro-registration. Coming from more of an activist background I was suspicious of the role of regulation by a government body when social work is about resisting and ameliorating the harms of the state.

The piece then goes on to address the other big question I’ve had around this Select Committee stuff. See, I’ve found myself asking why it is that certificates and courses are required for jobs as mundane as washing dishes or, if anyone can be employed to do “social work”, then why can’t anyone be employed to be a cop, or a teacher?

Under this stuff that’s coming out of the Select Committee I could be – if the same logic they are applying to social work was applied to those other areas. Emily explains it really well, so I’ll ‘haud ma wheesht’ on what others are explaining better than I could and simply encourage you click on the link that’s been provided.

The last nagging doubt I have (not covered by Emily) is around the motivation behind the Select Committee’s stance. Because if social work is to be politically neutered, then the quickest way to do that is to have things arranged so that any Tom, Dick, Jo or Harry can jump on in there;  that employers can ‘work the system’, not simply with an eye to making money, but on behalf of government in “keeping things safe” – to make sure hard questions are never asked and unsettling propositions never get to gather steam.

Pitting qualified and motivated workers against unqualified or unsuitably qualified workers, who may be more inclined to be motivated by the prospect of unpaid bills than by any political awareness, is toxic on many levels. And when it comes to funding, a ‘free for all’ in terms of the workforce, allows  government to guide funding towards those safer and less confrontational organisations.

The more I think about this malarkey, the angrier I become.  There is nothing progressive in what’s on the table at the moment – neither in terms of worker rights, nor in terms of possible social advancement. As of now, I’ll happily take myself along to “the barricades” if and when they need to be thrown up.

 

 

 

17 comments on “Workers’ Rights. Our Rights. And a Government Breaking Bad. ”

  1. jcuknz 1

    Since I have had a relatively successful life without any qualifications … learning my trade on the job I look sideways at the current preoccupation with certificates to show you can do any job. My experience has been that university graduates are normally inferior simply because they can see so many alternatives whereas one way is the obvious and a good solution.
    On the other hand having all the failures teaching is a way of getting them out of the workforce. Only problem is what they teach has to be unlearned once their victims enter the workforce.
    Plus the sad point that despite getting the certificate these days there is no job waiting for them to do.
    Another point that while I did do a training course it did not help me to get the jobs I did get but rather learning and training myself as an amateur and not in a job which ended up with my employment .. but that was in the easy days some 60 plus years ago when jobs were everywhere.

    • Draco T Bastard 1.1

      My experience has been that university graduates are normally inferior simply because they can see so many alternatives whereas one way is the obvious and a good solution.

      The One True Way is how you get stuck in a rut and don’t improve things.

      On the other hand having all the failures teaching is a way of getting them out of the workforce.

      Teachers aren’t failures no matter how much National and their sycophants want to portray them as so. They’re highly skilled and necessary to the ongoing development of our nation. Without them we’d still be a highly ignorant bunch incapable of even the smallest feats that we achieve.

      Plus the sad point that despite getting the certificate these days there is no job waiting for them to do.

      That’s because we went all neo-liberal and stopped developing our economy. Focussing instead on being cheap primary producers.

      And then, of course, if we made highly skilled jobs all require a degree then National wouldn’t be able to portray them as unskilled.

      …but that was in the easy days some 60 plus years ago when jobs were everywhere.

      Back when the government ran a full employment policy and worked to develop our economy.

      • Andrea 1.1.1

        “Without them we’d still be a highly ignorant bunch incapable”

        A minor edit: ‘we’d continue to be a highly ignorant,’ etc

    • Bill 1.2

      Learning on the job is a bloody good way to go. But there’s a world of difference between learning on the job and picking up the required skill-set and (say) having apprentices legally pass themselves off as builders, or electricians or whatever.

      And yes, the sea of certificates and qualifications that wash around just about every job in NZ is bloody ridiculous.

      But.

      We’re talking about a profession that can have a huge impact on peoples’ lives. We’re talking about a profession where, if things go awry, death can be the consequence.

      And we’re talking about a government that (for the moment at least) appears to be seeing fit to undermine and trash out that profession. The ex-retail worker who has zero social work related qualifications can be dealing with vulnerable children, suicide risks and all that really dark shit that “polite” society tends to minimise and/or ignore – and maybe only because they have a half decent social network that meant they knew someone who could “put in a word” for them.

      How many levels of “wrong” do you reckon go to making up that situation?

  2. Draco T Bastard 2

    Sounds like National wrote it to protect employers from having to pay high wages and to prevent social workers from being recognised as having high skills. Skilless people don’t get paid well after all and it’s all their own fault.

  3. Rosemary McDonald 3

    Looks very good for the government to say “See! We funded 200 extra social workers to address our appalling child abuse statistics.”

    And another few years go by and there are more Mokos who would still be alive had a ‘social worker’ had a basic standard of professionalism that demanded that the child be actually sighted….before or after the ‘cup of tea’ Emily references.

    We fail at this in NZ…there needs to be fundamental change in how we do this work.

    I’ll stand at the barricades.

  4. koreropono 4

    What it takes to be a ‘real’ social worker, four years minimum university study, learning and understanding various methods to support change at systemic and individual levels, understanding how to navigate various systems, in numerous fields, mental health, family violence, elderly services, child welfare, youth suicide, homelessness, family dysfunction, poverty, risk assessment, crisis intervention, long term change strategies, WINZ, the courts etc (this list could go on). Six months unpaid practicum in statutory and non-statutory settings, 2000 hours on the job training and competency assessments required to gain registration, prove competency and adhere to a code of practice. Working within ethical guidelines in all decision making and understanding legal/professional obligations in regard to the VCA. Working in highly managerial, evidence based environments that require extensive report writing and recording etc. And being held accountable for any work we do with clients, that is the level of compliance and responsibility that social workers must meet. Meanwhile unqualified and/or untrained workers are being employed at a much lower cost and they have NONE of these requirements and it is putting vulnerable families at risk.

    If you want to understand what is going on, perhaps start looking at MSD contracts and funding, with increased social problems and dysfunction, driven by massive under funding in all sectors, social service providers are being squeezed, they are hiring unqualified, untrained workers to perform traditional social work roles, these organisations are doing what it takes to survive in a highly contracted environment, whilst manipulating data to prove outcomes to gain more funding. Meanwhile ask those families about those supposed outcomes and they’ll tell you a very different story. This is the new norm, it has been happening for years and this latest legislation, rather than protect vulnerable families and/or improving professional standards it has essentially endorsed what NGOs and non-qualified workers have been doing for years anyway, meanwhile those of us who actually did the work and training to work safely with families are being shafted, our profession is being shafted and our qualifications are being shafted. The one opportunity the select committee had to stop the mass shift toward untrained/unqualified persons working with vulnerable families has also been shafted! If you’re angry Bill, imagine how social workers are feeling about now…perhaps we can all become teachers, there’s a shortage I hear!

    • Rosemary McDonald 4.1

      +1000

    • Venezia 4.2

      Koreropono. 100% support for everything you have written here on this subject. I am not a Social Worker, but have had close friends and family work their way through the social work degree here and up north. Am very familiar with their fieldwork placements, assessments of many skills and professional practice requirements.

  5. Ad 5

    Does govt have a majority on the committee?

  6. Andrea 6

    Does equivalence come into this?

    People who have done similar work overseas. People who have worked in special education.

    People who are willing to gently ripple the PC shroud, too.

    Training on the job, under supervision, is always an option, as well. As is ongoing training, employer funded.

    And the moment someone starts the ‘oh, you don’t have quals so you’re Lesser’ BS is the moment the system starts eating tis urgently needed young.

    • koreropono 6.1

      Hmmm not sure what you’re implying but I kind of get the feeling you think anyone can do social work without a qualification?

      There is a vast difference between having experience in ‘special education’ and understanding the multiple and compounding impacts of poverty, sexual abuse, mental health, child abuse, domestic violence or how to manage client transference, avoidance, projection, knowing what reflexive practice is and its importance, knowing how to work through a hierarchy of ethical dilemmas and making the best decision out of what may be multiple bad choices. There is a vast difference between understanding how to manage a child with autism in the class room and working with children with RAD or identifying a number of subtle clues that may identify child abuse, or even knowing the difference between ADHD and RAD – the differences are huge. Or even knowing when you are required to report under the VCA.

      There is a vast difference between having a willingness to help because you want to fix people and understanding about things like empowerment, anti-oppressive practice, bicultural practice, solution focused therapy, psychotherapy, CBT, using various social work models, understanding the planned change process, knowing how to undertake risk assessments, or assessing for signs of safety. There is a vast difference between being willing to ‘gently ripple the PC shroud’ (WTF does that mean anyway) and knowing the importance of reflexive practise, understanding and knowing how to identify your own privilege and ensure your work is underpinned by theory. Or in fact identifying the conflicts within social work itself and knowing the difference between working from an order or conflict perspective and how that translates into ‘rippling the PC shroud’.

      Those wanting to operate in the social work sphere have ample opportunity to prove their proficiency without having to go through university by applying for section 13 registration, which allows them to prove that they are experienced enough to practice social work and not pose a risk to the unsuspecting clients that they would otherwise foist themselves upon without thought of what they’re doing, why they’re doing it and what impact that doing may have in either supporting or damaging the unsuspecting client and any their willingness to seek help/support in the future especially if they’ve had a bad experience by the so called helping profession before.

      To suggest that anyone can go in and practice social work, without appropriate training and dare I say it actual fucking qualifications, well it is simply stupid. Shit shall we target doctors next, anyone can google which pills will fix which ailment and then all we need is any mindless dumb ass writing prescriptions on minimum wage and we’ve instantly solved the problem of our under-funded health system, never mind if a few die, it is a small price to pay!

  7. Phil 7

    As social workers we are taught to see “in context”…Sepulina, the select commitee and even Tolley’s drafting of the Bill, only begins to make sense in the context of English’s flagship Social Investment Model. C,mon people keep up.

  8. Michelle 8

    I agree with koreropono I have just had recent dealings with an Indian man who was a new social worker for CYFS and apart from not being able to understand his English he was useless he didn’t know the system he was working in and he didn’t know anything about maori who are over represented in the system. Now this organisation has a pommy women why ? is it because this organisation is so toxic thanks to our last government it has become increasingly worse it was also bad under labour beforehand. But when you start importing social workers it has made it even more untenable. We don’t need more foreigners in our public social services who come her with there predominantly western trumped up do goody ideas. Have we not learned from the past. Social worker should have extensive training as they are dealing with vulnerable and often marginalized people. This occupation was dumbed down by the last government and it showed how much they care, they don’t.

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    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
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
  • Gordon Campbell on how moderates empower the political right
    Struth, what a week. Having made sure the rural sector won’t have to pay any time soon for its pollution, PM Christopher Luxon yesterday chose Fieldays 2024 to launch a parliamentary inquiry into rural banking services, to see how the banks have been treating farmers faced with high interest rates. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Thursday, June 13
    In April, 17,656 people left Aotearoa-NZ to live overseas, averaging 588 a day, with just over half of those likely to have gone to Australia. Photo: Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Thursday, June 13 ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 weeks ago
  • Our guide to having your say on the draft RLTP 2024
    Auckland’s draft Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP) 2024 is open for feedback – and you only have until Monday 17 June to submit. Do it! Join the thousands of Aucklanders who are speaking up for wise strategic investment that will dig us out of traffic and give us easy and ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    2 weeks ago
  • The China puzzle
    Chinese Premier Li Qiang arrives in Wellington today for a three-day visit to the country. The visit will take place amid uncertainty about the future of the New Zealand-China relationship. Li hosted a formal welcome and then lunch for then-Prime Minister Chris Hipkins in Beijing a year ago. The pair ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    2 weeks ago
  • Fossil fuels are shredding our democracy
    This is a re-post of an article from the Climate Brink by Andrew Dessler published on June 3, 2024. I have an oped in the New York Times (gift link) about this. For a long time, a common refrain about the energy transition was that renewable energy needed to become ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Life at 20 kilometres an hour
    We are still in France, getting from A to B.Possibly for only another week, though; Switzerland and Germany are looming now. On we pedal, towards Budapest, at about 20 km per hour.What are are mostly doing is inhaling a country, loving its ways and its food. Rolling, talking, quietly thinking. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 weeks 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
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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
    6 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
    6 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. ...
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    6 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
    6 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
    6 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
    6 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
    7 days 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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 ...
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    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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 ...
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    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 ...
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    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 ...
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    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 ...
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    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 ...
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    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 ...
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    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
  • Ministry for Regulation targets red tape to keep farmers and growers competitive
    Regulation Minister David Seymour, Environment Minister Penny Simmonds, and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard have today announced a regulatory sector review on the approval process for new agricultural and horticultural products.    “Red tape stops farmers and growers from getting access to products that have been approved by other OECD countries. ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Government to reverse blanket speed limit reductions
    The Coalition Government will reverse Labour’s blanket speed limit reductions by 1 July 2025 through a new Land Transport Rule released for public consultation today, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  The draft speed limit rule will deliver on the National-ACT coalition commitment to reverse the previous government’s blanket speed limit ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Chair appointments for NZSO, CNZ and NZ On Air
    Minister Paul Goldsmith is making major leadership changes within both his Arts and Media portfolios. “I am delighted to announce Carmel Walsh will be officially stepping into the role of Chair of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, having been acting Chair since April,” Arts Minister Paul Goldsmith says.  “Carmel is ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Government focus on long-term food, fibre growth
    Food and fibre export revenue is tipped to reach $54.6 billion this year and hit a record $66.6b in 2028 as the Government focuses on getting better access to markets and cutting red tape, Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones say. “This achievement is testament ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Govt consulting on cutting red tape for exporters
    A new export exemption proposal for food businesses demonstrates the coalition Government’s commitment to reducing regulatory barriers for industry and increasing the value of New Zealand exports, which gets safe New Zealand food to more markets, says Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard.  “The coalition Government has listened to the concerns ...
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    2 weeks ago

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