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You can’t afford a house because of – plants!

Written By: - Date published: 7:03 am, February 27th, 2017 - 58 comments
Categories: bill english, class war, Conservation, housing, sustainability, useless - Tags: , , , ,

I’m used to hearing some pretty pathetic excuses out of the National government. But this – this will really take some beating:

Prime Minister Bill English blames environment for high cost of housing

The high cost of housing “hanging over” young families is a result of the efforts to protect the environment in Auckland and other big cities, Prime Minister Bill English says.

Regulations dictating how furniture should be laid out in yet-to-be-built buildings and how plants should be positioned on sections needed to be axed, the Prime Minister said today.

Of course! Furniture and plants are to blame for the high cost of housing! Why didn’t we see it before?

“The cost of housing in New Zealand is fundamentally a product of poorly-directed but well intentioned views about the environment, and the urban environment and the fringes of cities.”

Joking aside – what a load of bullshit.

Land supply is not the problem, and whatever the contribution that environmental regulation makes to the cost of housing, it is dwarfed by the consequences of years of neglect of more fundamental issues. The NZ economy lacks diversity and opportunities for productive investment leading people to over-invest in housing. The tax system is set up to favour property speculation. In particular the lack of a capital gains tax makes un-earned gains much more attractive than working for a living. Consequently we have developed a culture of property speculation, fueled by years of low interest rates and supercharged by cashed-up overseas buyers. We have compounded the whole mess with NIMBY opposition to higher density housing and some good old fashioned price gouging in the cost of building supplies. That’s why have pumped up a property price bubble of epic proportions.

Or it could be some regulations somewhere or other that apply in some cases to furniture and plants.

Eight long years.

58 comments on “You can’t afford a house because of – plants! ”

  1. Panic is setting in. Glutching at straws.

  2. You forgot the big one: having the housing market open to foreign investors. But yeah, National can’t afford to admit any of them might be affecting NZ house prices, because then they’d have to do something about it.

    • Sacha 2.1

      And then voters might notice our zero improvement in GDP per capita and start asking awkward questions about Blinglish’s stewardship of the economy.

    • DoublePlusGood 2.2

      And the even bigger one: there is too much population growth stoking demand.

  3. “Wait, the government can tell me where to put my furniture? Z0mg!!!!! Nanny-state!!! quick get rid of all teh regulations now and let me do what I want!!!!!! Obviously it is all Labour and the greens fault, stupid environment, what has it ever done for me??”

    – Average Joe & Joan Smith, 2 Whiteonly lane, St Helliers

  4. Sanctuary 4

    Actually I think we need to see English’s comment as context for his general view of the environment. English (and his close mate Nick Smith) are clearly completely unreconstructed 19th century colonial rapers and exploiters of the land.

    God (remember, Bill Engish is a full-tilt God squadder) gave to man the world to use as he pleases. The environment is useless unless it can pillaged for the profit of men, and a pristine, free running river has no intrinsic value beyond how much of it you can pump out for irrigation, to make men rich from natures bounty as God intended. Saying “the environment” is stopping housing tells us he thinks nothing – not the last Kiwi in the last patch of bush, or the last Tui in the last tree – should be allowed to stand in the way of “progress”. The environment is useless, unless it has a dollar value to be exploited.

  5. Under Privileged 5

    Let’s break down Double Dippers statement. When doing the specifications for a new build most district plans require that the requisite furniture fits in the rooms designed, similar when it comes to a small garden For a architect/ draftsman this is a 30 minute cut and paste to show the furniture/ garden given they have the dimensions right in the first place, which is their job.

    We have a building boom at the moment and a shortage of all trades and professionals. This is a complex issue that is not caused by a 30 minute drafting exercise.

    • lloyd 5.1

      Could you please show me where in the Auckland Unitary Plan there is any requirement to consider the size of furniture or the placement of trees or shrubs?

      • Graeme 5.1.1

        I wonder if he’s conflating planning requirements with developer’s covenants. These can be very extensive and restrictive, all designed to maintain the “exclusivity of the neighbourhood”. But they go well down the value chain too.

  6. Andre 6

    I remember light bulbs and shower heads being a big enough problem to discredit the previous Labour government. But I don’t recall plants and furniture being a problem back then. Looks like the Nats totally own this one.

    • Brutus Iscariot 6.1

      They were just a lightning rod of voter fatigue, rather than a key issue. Same thing could happen to the current government over any minor kerfuffle.

  7. Whispering Kate 7

    Golly me even Martin Snedden said on the AM show today that his kid had applied to rent a room in a house and there were thirty other applicants there to apply as well. He said he thought he would be in the top 5% for living quality and admitted his kids would need help from family to buy into the AK market and quantified this with saying that the housing situation would be an election biggie. Double Dipper the God botherer is in serious trouble because his Government has not had the guts to make the hard decisions and he knows what they are. Folks earning a hundred thousand a year cannot buy in the AK market but we know who can and they are doing it like there’s no tomorrow. I know because I live in an area where I feel I need my fourth generation NZ passport to get down the road to my house.

  8. Siobhan 8

    Yep. National are crap. We can keep pointing that out.
    So you would think Labour could absolutely demolish them in the polls with some good housing policy.

    In 1936 Labour were proposing “to provide modern houses of a decent standard to be let at reasonable rates to people in the lower income groups”.
    You don’t get that sort of talk these days.
    You get ‘homes for the homeless’ and $500,000 affordable houses for everyone else.

    That’s one massive, and growing group in the middle of that who are not being addressed. Atleast nothing more than moves to make sure they don’t end up permanently disabled from being so darned cold..(by the way…an insulated house, just another excuse for the landlord to up the rent)
    And my hunch is that the people who are entitled to State Homes at present, the truly desperate, are not exactly ‘engaged’ voters.

    NZ political parties are seemingly determined to chase a smaller and smaller pool of voters.
    More fool them.

  9. jcuknz 9

    Awhile back wrote how lucky I was to live and work when I did …. when a 5K loan was enough to build the family home out of income [ total about 10K or a bit more] with my wife’s help despite earning about $29 a fortnight. and now in retirement I get $750 two weeks to live on.
    Actually it is the whole country which has gone wrong, led by Polies from all parties.
    You can blame Douglas but really the problem was the timidity of a loud mouth who called for the cuppa-tea and stopped the caring part of the package being implemented once the country could afford it. Pandering to the selfish voter in a three year election cycle.

    • garibaldi 9.1

      Yes jcuknz . Just think how well off we would be if it hadn’t been for Muldoon’s Cossacks dancing across our screens, along with his monumental bribe of super from age 60. Labour’s super scheme was far superior.
      I agree with you about Lange too. Great orator but lightweight politician eg tomorrows schools.

      • jcuknz 9.1.1

        As one who was just in time to benefit from Muldoon’s 60’s pension I will not say much against him but perhaps Douglas whose changes probably caused my redundancy at 89 instead of retirement at 65 with a bigger pension. What with a year on the dole at $7 a week/two weeks and loosing 20% of the pension I contributed to I am ambivalent about the long gone past … water under the bridge and not worth thinking about … pity more do not live in today’s world rather than harking backwards.

    • coffeeconnoiseur 9.2

      Actually once you understand and break down the system of Capitalism everything that is happening now is exactly to be expected….
      increasing indebtedness
      The cost of essential basic needs outstripping wages
      The housing crisis
      Increasing poverty.
      These factors are what system collapse looks like under capitalism (because of Capitalisms need to only have a single willing buyer and a single willing seller to agree on price).
      Unfortunately it will get worse, much worse.

      Our political system is also part of the problem as all parties remain wedded to the debt based monetary system.
      The way to take people out of poverty…
      (The true definition of which is the ability to meet ones essential basic needs)
      is to give them more money…..

      The only ways to do this in the current system are as follows
      Print more.. which reduces value and spending power so isn’t really a good solution.
      Debt (its a debt based monetary system after all this is how it works and is also the real problem)
      Redistribution of wealth (this is always going to get voted against by those it is being taken from).

      There are many solutions but none within the current political frame.

      It really has become a system of slavery. Slavery through debt and the need to work to earn a living in order to buy the things needed to survive.

      With the high levels of automation this isn’t required anymore. We should really be having a transition to an automated society which only requires work for jobs that can’t be automated and where the ablility to live is no longer linked to the need to work to earn money to be able to pay for the ability to live.

      It is truly insane.

      Some solutions:

      a single taxation system worldwide with the objective of ensuring that essential basic needs are met via a universal basic income leaving nowhere for corporations to hide.

      Universal basic income coupled with a debt free monetary system where funds are cancelled once spent.

      Development of On Demand system of product and service hubs designed to let you live the life you actually want to live.

      A system of pay that is coupled with a UBI that pays people for hours worked at the same rate recognising that it is hours taken from ones life by work that is arguably important regardless of the type of job.

      I never voted for this system and neither did you!

      Discuss 🙂

  10. dukeofurl 10

    Auckland Design manual

    The interesting bit is
    Rules of Thumb
    Studio apartments, up to two persons 40sqm
    One bedroom apartments, two persons 50sqm
    Two bedroom apartments, four persons 75sqm
    Three bedroom apartments, six persons 100sqm​

    It seems to be basic architectural considerations, bedrooms can fit beds, living rooms can be lived in and and kitchens can open cupboards.

    • jcuknz 10.1

      Once upon a time we had a building code about building houses, if I bit restrictive on builders who wanted to cut corners and thought they knew everything ….
      I knew nothing and followed the rules otherwise I didn’t know anything about building just a year in prep school carpentry where I ended up first equal with a classmate who did as he was told … carefully ….two dovetail joints out of the twenty or so in class which fitted firmly … it seemed obvious to me to lay the tail on the second piece of wood and scribe around it 🙂

  11. greywarshark 11

    This is not the time for vague promises to come….
    Peter Sellers sallies forth:

  12. greywarshark 12

    After you have suffered the anticlimax of political promises and policy you might need a Drop of the Hard Stuff.

  13. saveNZ 13

    Natz want the housing crisis and have profited from it. However they may finally have bitten off more than they can chew.

    They are using a US based strategy of blaming land scarcity , which is straight from right wing fascist lobby group ‘The Heritage foundation’ which after populating that viewpoint, then leads to blaming the environment and excessive regulation.

    Soon we are told that it’s housing or the environment. Bill English is now on 2.0 of the US based strategy to destroy environmental regulation in this country and social law by now blaming the environment for the housing crisis.

    The Natz and left wingers whether real or just a front, seem to be trying to get everyone frothing at the mouth about forcing through RMA and zoning changes so that only economic factors are considered, deregulating construction, getting rid of environmental controls and getting rid of any oversight on construction.

    The council diligently (or with realising it) helps the Natz dirty work for them, by being incompetent and pushing the same discourses which is dissimulated everywhere.

    I have no doubt the Spinoff, The productivity commission, and other avenues for pushing the US based deregulation strategy will continue on this theme. The point is, when are the left going to do about it?

    Funny enough, more socialist countries like the EU seem to be able to fit everyone in, but have tight regulation and zoning and less of a housing crisis (unless they opened their housing up to foreign investment) like the UK.

    All this deregulation brings back memories of the Shipley government in the 1990’s when they got all those leaky buildings erected that many of us are still paying for – only this time it is the resource consent side National are going for (and pretty much succeeded) not the building side (that will come aka it’s the furniture’s fault).

    Considering we just had Pike River kill so many people and be built in such a shoddy standard well outside of any normal design criteria – you have to wonder why we are not looking to increase resource consent requirements to be safe and sound and actually have someone bear the consequences if it is not.

    National are increasing a rubber stamp check list of incompetence on consenting not actually preventing poor practises let alone trying to make our country better through them.

  14. RedLogix 14

    No rules = Slums.

    Very cheap and affordable, widely implemented solution worldwide. NZ needs to keep up. /sarc

    • saveNZ 14.1

      Or Oligarch mansions or rich housing estate ghettos.

      We are not just getting slums and mansions now with National’s unitary plan, we are getting further social isolation and inequality.

      That is why it has always been important to have state housing in ALL areas across NZ.

      Likewise the old social housing run by councils.

      And zoning rules that restricted social inequality.

      Last year, a mother at my child’s school said they were going to have to move to a different area because they could not afford a 4th bedroom in the area we live in. It is a very family orientated area with many old state type housing or villas, presently constantly being renovated.

      It used to be people would put up a simple renovation with an extra bathroom or bedroom.

      But now it seems much of Auckland is knocking down the old villas and state houses and putting up oversized housing with 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, media room, internally double garaging and pool. Generally these houses exceed zoning rules to be built, shadow neighbours and take years to build.

      They then leave a lasting legacy in the area of being unaffordable for the typical family on local wages who used to live or rent there.

      So someone who just needs an extra bedroom for a child, is not able to live there as the financial leap is not 30m2 but about 180m2 for the garaging, bedrooms, bathrooms, media rooms and pool. This excess practically always exceed zoning rules but are always allowed by council.

      The resulting houses are replacing former affordable houses with unaffordable ones that not even the middle class can afford.

      So even in small way a small change in zoning by allowing bigger housing actually starts denuding the area people on local wages and making it unaffordable.

      National’s unitary plan is a lie, it does not help ‘affordability’ in any way. It is doing the opposite. Just like in the USA.

      Having no rules helps the council in the short term, because a larger house earns them more rates money. But it is harder for the inhabitents to maintain financially due to more rates, more costs to insure, maintain, more power needs.

      It helps power companies, council, government (collects GST), insurers, etc

      Does not help the community, affordability, neighbours or equality.

      The people moving out are generally more likely to care about community and not be National supporters.

      • saveNZ 14.1.1

        Labour/Greens need to include homeowners in, with renters in who they are trying to protect in Auckland from the Natz deregulation plans!

        They need to ditch the NIMBY talk, the simpleton policy talk, and actually use their brains to work out how the Natz are tricking them into supporting inequality and deregulation and removing democracy.

      • jcuknz 14.1.2

        I would have thought a sensible family would avoid that fourth child or is it 7th+8th. People think the state should look after them however silly their actions … whereas insurance is based on risk and if you are risky you pay more or have an up front share of the cost [ the word escapes me at the moment 🙁 ] as I did after wrecking two boats and having a $1000 excess [ word came to me that quick 🙂 ] The sea attracts me but is not for me sadly.

        • garibaldi

          “Water under the bridge” from your reply to me above jcuknz .If you have wrecked 2 boats then wouldn’t “water over the bridge” be more appropriate?

        • rhinocrates

          I would have thought a sensible family would avoid that fourth child or is it 7th+8th. People think the state should look after them however silly their actions

          You mean like the state beneficiary Blinglish who was rorting the system for his housing allowance?

          • saveNZ

            Most of the 4 bedrooms mansions seem inhabited by older people with no kids, funny enough.

            I’m sure the Natz strategy of importing in 2 grandparents per 1 low paid worker will help. sarc.

            • Andrea

              “Most of the 4 bedrooms mansions seem inhabited by older people with no kids, funny enough.”

              Sounds like a furphy masquerading as a humongous non-specific generalisation – funnily enough.

            • Whispering Kate

              I think you will find Savenz that some older people are residing and hanging on to their homes as an investment for their children especially in AK. Once upon a time this was not necessary but the longer older folks can stay in their homes and hopefully be carted out feet first, the better their children can be provided for. Its a disgusting state of affairs when parents have to do this, in our early life we could save hard (as we all should do for a home) but at least the goal was attainable – even with 19% mortgage rates and 23% bridging finance – but it is not possible now for our kids.

              We only have two to consider so I feel really sorry for mums and dads who have more than that to wish to give a hand to. All power to parents who want to help their kids – many children will rent all their days and no parent of this day and age wants that.

              • saveNZ

                My comments were more at jcuknz who thinks people who can’t afford housing is because they have too many children.

                Totally missed my comment that the houses are unaffordable not because they don’t have enough bedrooms (standard old state houses and villas designed for workers had 3 or 4 bedrooms and 1 bathroom) but because the council and zoning and consumer society are pimping oversized housing with too many extras now being considered essential, and a lot of these houses violate regulations but the council just lets them all pass, creating ghetto’s of unaffordable mansions in areas that formally normal families could afford.

                I don’t care if older people live in big homes. Good on them!

                I’m not after a socialist state of throwing the older folk out of their homes to reallocate resources, nor am I after the capitalist state of having no regulation and letting people create new housing that local people on local wages can’t actually afford and creating social inequality.

                Something in between please. We used to have that with state housing.

                But now some economist right wingers seems to think we need 15 million people in NZ and it’s created this boom of speculation while making locals homeless or struggling and housing that does not actually fit most people’s pockets, let alone being carbon neutral or a house of the future!

  15. Spectator 15

    “The NZ economy lacks diversity and opportunities for productive investment leading people to over-invest in housing. ”

    If they are over investing in housing, why is there a housing shortage?

    • saveNZ 15.1

      Because National has ensured that there is plenty of demand! And that demand also helps our low wage economy too, that Bill English has always praised as making NZ ‘competitive’ in the world.

      • Red 15.1.1

        A more logically inconsistent thread from one commenter I have not seen, even when contradiction are highlighted Truely stupendous incoherence deserving of an oscar

        • saveNZ

          Thanks Red. I’m pleased it is so confusing for you!

        • ropata

          You really are titanically thick. You have failed to state what you disagree with, or to make any argument at all, and you have committed 3 grammar/spelling errors as well. Facepalm at your utter incompetence.

  16. Groundhog 16

    You continue to get this so wrong.

    “The NZ economy lacks diversity and opportunities for productive investment leading people to over-invest in housing.”
    Rubbish. The NZ economy is booming across a range of sectors, and investment is flowing into those sectors.

    “In particular the lack of a capital gains tax makes un-earned gains much more attractive than working for a living. ”
    Again, rubbish. Capital Gains taxes do not limit price rises, as evidence in Australia, the UK and elsewhere.

    English is correct to point out some of the crazy rules we have in place. House prices are an Auckland issue, and so that’s where you have to look for answers. The rural-urban limit is one. Auckland council and left wing mayors obsession with public transport (and the association inaction on letting Auckland sprawl) is another. Housing costs went up under Labour more than they have under National, and NZ’ers know that.

    • Sorrwerdna 16.1


    • garibaldi 16.2

      Perhaps you should get the Oscar Groundhog.

    • Whispering Kate 16.3

      “House prices are an Auckland issue” – Rubbish, housing is on the rise all around the upper North Island. Aucklanders moving out and moving to these areas are causing the house price rise. Just look at how housing has risen right the way down to Napier and New Plymouth. It may have started here but we have passed the disease onto these other provinces.

      For what its worth I blame the open gates to immigration on a grand scale to folks who quite frankly have plenty of cash. We know people who live in the Auckland inner city, we regularly see Mustangs, Porsche’s, really expensive motors parked outside their apartment building – hardly anybody who is a local can afford motors like that – incidently this friend of ours feels like they are the only kiwi on the street. It doesn’t matter which way you look at it, we were all once immigrants but enough is enough and we need to put the brakes on but no Government has the balls to do it. By the way we also feel like we need a passport to enter our street – but I have already mentioned that on this site.

      • Groundhog 16.3.1

        You say ‘rubbish’, and then proceed to explain that increasing prices are the result of Aucklanders leaving. Do you not see the fallacy in your comment?

        And your comments about immigration are ill informed and xenophobic. A significant portion of the change in net migration is Kiwi’s coming home or not moving overseas. In any event, migration is a vote of confidence in NZ. If we had had a council in Auckland with any kind of forward thinking, the market would have been able to meet the demand.

        • ropata

          Groundhog churning out the Natcorp™ lines over and over. Yes immigration is a huge factor, liar. Yes Aucklanders are putting pressure on house prices elsewhere, liar. No the council rules are not the primary factor in the broken housing market, liar. The market has been fucked up by too much speculation and ballooning prices, and the Government has sat on their fat arses and done nothing substantial to regulate the madness.

  17. AsleepWhileWalking 17

    When in doubt blame the succulents.

  18. feijoa 18

    Heard a German talking on the radio a while back saying in Germany you can only get kicked out of your flat if you wreck it , or if the owners themselves want to live in it
    No other reasons

    Should try that here and see how many serious landlords there are left

  19. greywarshark 19

    Planning what a lot of fuss, intrusive councils being concerned about light space between houses and not crowding each other out, and whether houses can be serviced with nearby fire hydrants when instant water’s needed, and having access to transport, and a bit of community planning with shops and perhaps a neighbourhood office allowing a library service, and medical care. And stormwater pipes. big ones so when there is a dump of rain everybody on the flat isn’t flooded with dank smelly water up to the armpits, and cycle lanes and places to cross and traffic smoothing that somehow the councils whose business it is, haven’t the right to enforce lawfully, and some trees around parks for shade so people can be outside and not burnt, and so the place isn’t an ashphalt jungle. And some hardy perennials to soften hard kerb lines and hard neighbourhoods.

    Bloody paperwork these councils actually thinking about people and what makes a place pleasant and encourages people to enjoy living near each other in an attractive place, not fancy mind, just okay where people take an interest. More rather than less of that would be good, so that someone up a tree with her foot stuck in the tree fork and too embarrassed to call help but shouting Oi Oi every few minutes, doesn’t get ignored by neighbours until her blood supply got squeezed and she either lost her foot, or her life. I couldn’t bear to read it all it was so sad that could happen and I think in NZ. Planning has an affect on people, it can drive them to isolate themselves, or encourage them to mix and take an interest. Planning and housing are not able to be thrown up any old how and be all things to all people, or just about.

    • Andrea 19.1

      Greywarshark: planners do think about people and what makes a place pleasant. The points you cover are indeed vital. Totally agree.

      And, of course, there is the Dark Side of councils. The mates’ rates and closed shops. The exorbitant costs. The poor quality of inspection and the ‘health and safety run wild’ aspects. Permissions given to build encroaching ego trips and wreck pleasant places in the name of ‘progress’ for a select few.

      I could wish we had more practical and visionary planners – and a few more Ian Athfields, too. The country has an over-supply of little boxes made of ticky-tacky.

      • lloyd 19.1.1

        If you lived in an Athfield house you might want a box, Those Athfield tubes don’t always fit the boxes too well.

  20. lloyd 20

    When it comes down to it Council’s District Plans are the result of democracy.
    If we had a dictator giving out a plan we would have distinct looking cities and towns. Some of them would be unlivable and some would become cities to admire – like Paris.
    If we had Blinguish as our planning dictator we know there would be no room for plants and furniture – I wonder what he would put in our visually impoverished dwellings?

    • saveNZ 20.1

      Nope Lloyd, judging by the amount of barristers on $500 p/h attending the unitary plan zoning changes – I don’t think the process could be considered a democracy.

      A mockery of democracy.

      Memocracy, prehaps?

      Bit like the super city – just wasting money on pretending to consult but the decision was already made.

      • saveNZ 20.1.1

        The councils evidence in the unitary plan was thrown out – it was not even compliant so they chickened out of submitting it but the good folks (sarc) at the commission took it anyway!!

        If the council’s own evidence cost millions to produce but was not compliant by policy experts – how the hell could you expect a normal citizen to consult under that level of bureaucracy and legal overload!

        The unitary plan was never a democratic process! And it was never about a vision of how people should live and the society we want in Auckland.

        It was about $$$$ to change zoning rules so that a few people could make a lot of money and the lefties were all fooled into supporting it, and didn’t even make a fuss when the affordability and other criteria were removed.

  21. NZJester 21

    10 to 1 it will be a Trojan horse bill that will be introduced. It will be touted as a change in law to cut back on the environmental regulations supposedly stagnating new residential housing but you can bet is will have wording in it that does not just apply to residential buildings. They will sneak in stuff that has it apply to industrial land and farming also. While it will not save any money in the building of new residential housing it will probably allow for big business and farming to move into sensitive environmental areas without a lot of the current protections in place.

  22. Takere 22

    This Pt England Development Enabling Bill of Nick Smiths’, allows the Crown to exercise its Executive Power(s) to Confiscate any local park, reserve,DoC managed land as well as National park land and private property too, to then onsell to the highest bidder!
    This is what the Crown is doing with the negotiators from a interim PSGE, the Ngati Paoa iwi Trust Board(which has only 2 members as well as 2 other boards and associated Deeds & Mandates) & its interim negotiators Eugene & Antony as a private commercial deal masquerading as a Treaty Settlement of which it is not!
    It is a precedent setting Bill! No one’s private property is or public property is safe from been confiscated throughout the whole of NZ in the “name” of “Housing!” It’s what you might call a “FireSale!”
    Nick Smith & Chris Finlayson are in cahoots!

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  • Call for expressions of interest in appointment to the High Court Bench
    Attorney-General David Parker today called for nominations and expressions of interest in appointment to the High Court Bench.  This is a process conducted at least every three years and ensures the Attorney-General has up to date information from which to make High Court appointments.  “It is important that when appointments ...
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    3 days ago
  • Depositor compensation scheme protects Kiwis’ money
    New Zealanders will have up to $100,000 of their deposits in any eligible institution guaranteed in the event that institution fails, under legislation introduced in Parliament today. The Deposit Takers Bill is the third piece of legislation in a comprehensive review of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand Act and ...
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    4 days ago
  • New fund to help more Pacific aiga into their own homes
    The Government has launched a new housing fund that will help more Pacific aiga achieve the dream of home ownership. “The Pacific Building Affordable Homes Fund will help organisations, private developers, Māori/iwi, and NGOs build affordable housing for Pacific families and establish better pathways to home ownership within Pacific communities. ...
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    4 days ago
  • More than 100,000 new Kiwis as halfway point reached
    Over 100,000 new Kiwis can now call New Zealand ‘home’ after the 2021 Resident Visa reached the halfway point of approvals, Minister of Immigration Michael Wood announced today. “This is another important milestone, highlighting the positive impact our responsive and streamlined immigration system is having by providing comfort to migrant ...
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  • Maniapoto Claims Settlement Bill passes third reading – He mea pāhi te Maniapoto Claims Settl...
    Nā te Minita mō ngā Take Tiriti o Waitangi, nā Andrew Little,  te iwi o Maniapoto i rāhiri i tēnei rā ki te mātakitaki i te pānuitanga tuatoru o te Maniapoto Claims Settlement Bill - te pikinga whakamutunga o tā rātou whakataunga Tiriti o Waitangi o mua. "Me mihi ka ...
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  • 50,000 more kids to benefit from equity-based programmes next year
    Another 47,000 students will be able to access additional support through the school donations scheme, and a further 3,000 kids will be able to get free and healthy school lunches as a result of the Equity Index.  That’s on top of nearly 90% of schools that will also see a ...
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  • Healthy Active Learning now in 40 percent of schools across New Zealand
    A total of 800 schools and kura nationwide are now benefitting from a physical activity and nutrition initiative aimed at improving the wellbeing of children and young people. Healthy Active Learning was funded for the first time in the inaugural Wellbeing Budget and was launched in 2020. It gets regional ...
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  • Speech at 10th meeting of the Friends of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test Ban Treaty
    Kia Ora. It is a pleasure to join you here today at this 10th meeting of the Friends of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test Ban Treaty. This gathering provides an important opportunity to reiterate our unwavering commitment to achieving a world without nuclear weapons, for which the entry into force of this ...
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  • Speech for Earthshot Prize Innovation Summit 2022
    Kia ora koutou katoa Thank you for the invitation to join you. It’s a real pleasure to be here, and to be in such fine company.  I want to begin today by acknowledging His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales and Sir David Attenborough in creating what is becoming akin ...
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    4 days ago
  • New accreditation builds capacity for Emergency Management Volunteers
    Emergency Management Minister Kieran McAnulty has recognised the first team to complete a newly launched National Accreditation Process for New Zealand Response Team (NZ-RT) volunteers. “NZ-RT volunteers play a crucial role in our emergency response system, supporting response and recovery efforts on the ground. This new accreditation makes sure our ...
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    4 days ago
  • Govt strengthens trans-Tasman emergency management cooperation
    Aotearoa New Zealand continues to strengthen global emergency management capability with a new agreement between New Zealand and Australia, says Minister for Emergency Management Kieran McAnulty. “The Government is committed to improving our global and national emergency management system, and the Memorandum of Cooperation signed is another positive step towards ...
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    4 days ago
  • Christchurch Call Initiative on Algorithmic Outcomes
    Today New Zealand, the USA, Twitter, and Microsoft, announced investment in a technology innovation initiative under the banner of the Christchurch Call.  This initiative will support the creation of new technology to understand the impacts of algorithms on people’s online experiences.  Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithms play a growing role in ...
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  • JOINT PR: Trans-Tasman Cooperation on disaster management
    Hon Kieran McAnulty, New Zealand Minister for Emergency Management Senator The Hon Murray Watt, Federal Minister for Emergency Management Strengthening Trans-Tasman cooperation on disaster management issues was a key area of focus when Australia and New Zealand’s disaster management ministers met this week on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on ...
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    4 days ago
  • More transparency, less red-tape for modernised charities sector
    The Charities Amendment Bill has been introduced today which will modernise the charities sector by increasing transparency, improving access to justice services and reducing the red-tape that smaller charities face, Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector Priyanca Radhakrishnan said. “These changes will make a meaningful difference to over 28,000 ...
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    5 days ago
  • Pacific visas reopened to help boost workforce
    Work continues on delivering on a responsive and streamlined immigration system to help relieve workforce shortages, with the reopening of longstanding visa categories, Immigration Minister Michael Wood has announced.  From 3 October 2022, registrations for the Samoan Quota will reopen, and from 5 October registrations for the Pacific Access Category ...
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    5 days ago
  • Queen Elizabeth II Memorial Day Bill passes into law
    The Bill establishing Queen Elizabeth II Memorial Day has passed its third reading. “As Queen of Aotearoa New Zealand, Her Majesty was loved for her grace, calmness, dedication, and public service. Her affection for New Zealand and its people was clear, and it was a fondness that was shared,” Michael ...
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  • New investor migrant visa opens
    The new Active Investor Plus visa category created to attract high-value investors, has officially opened marking a key milestone in the Government’s Immigration Rebalance strategy, Economic Development Minister Stuart Nash and Immigration Minister Michael Wood have announced. “The new Active Investor Plus visa replaces the previous investor visa categories, which ...
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    5 days ago
  • New wharekura continues commitment to Māori education
    A new Year 1-13 designated character wharekura will be established in Feilding, Associate Minister of Education Kelvin Davis announced today. To be known as Te Kura o Kauwhata, the wharekura will cater for the expected growth in Feilding for years to come. “The Government has a goal of strengthening Māori ...
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    6 days ago
  • National minute of silence for Queen Elizabeth II
    A national minute of silence will be observed at the start of New Zealand’s State Memorial Service for Queen Elizabeth II, at 2pm on Monday 26 September. The one-hour service will be held at the Wellington Cathedral of St Paul, during a one-off public holiday to mark the Queen’s death. ...
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  • Speech to the Climate Change and Business Conference
    Tēnā koutou i tēnei ata. Good morning. Recently I had cause to say to my friends in the media that I consider that my job is only half done. So I’m going to take the opportunity of this year’s Climate and Business Conference to offer you a mid-point review. A ...
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    6 days ago
  • Government enhances protection for our most-productive land  
    Enhanced protection for Aotearoa New Zealand’s most productive land   Councils required to identify, map, and manage highly productive land  Helping ensure Kiwis’ access to leafy greens and other healthy foods Subdivision for housing on highly-productive land could still be possible in limited circumstances  The Government has today released a National ...
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    1 week ago
  • Kieran McAnulty to attend Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction
    Minister for Emergency Management Kieran McAnulty will travel to Brisbane this week to represent Aotearoa New Zealand at the 2022 Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction. “This conference is one of the most important meetings in the Asia-Pacific region to progress disaster risk reduction efforts and increase cooperation between ...
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    1 week ago
  • Trade and Agriculture Minister to travel to India and Indonesia
    Minister of Trade and Export Growth and Minister of Agriculture Damien O’Connor will travel tomorrow to India and Indonesia for trade and agricultural meetings to further accelerate the Government’s growing trade agenda.  “Exploring ways we can connect globally and build on our trading relationships is a priority for the Government, ...
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    1 week ago
  • Poroporoaki: Cletus Maanu Paul (ONZM)
    E te rangatira Maanu, takoto mai ra, i tō marae i Wairaka, te marae o te wahine nāna I inoi kia Whakatānea ia kia tae ae ia ki te hopu i te waka Mātaatua kia kore ai i riro i te moana. Ko koe anō tēnā he pukumahi koe mō ...
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  • Pacific Wellbeing Strategy sets clear path to improve outcomes for Pacific Aotearoa
    Strengthening partnerships with Pacific communities is at the heart of the Government’s new Pacific Wellbeing Strategy, Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio announced today. “Working alongside communities to ensure more of our aiga and families have access to the staples of life like, housing, education, training and job opportunities ...
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  • Jobs on the horizon for more than 1,000 rangatahi
    Following on from last week’s Better Pathways Package announcement and Apprenticeship Boost 50,000th apprentice milestone, the Government is continuing momentum, supporting over 1,000 more rangatahi into employment, through new funding for He Poutama Rangatahi. “Our Government remains laser focused on supporting young people to become work ready and tackle the ...
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  • NZ/AU partnership to bring world-class satellite positioning services
    Land Information Minister Damien O’Connor today announced a joint Trans-Tasman partnership which will provide Australasia with world-leading satellite positioning services that are up to 50 times more accurate, boosting future economic productivity, sustainability and safety.  New Zealand and Australia have partnered to deliver the Southern Positioning Augmentation Network (SouthPAN), with ...
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  • Govt helps small businesses get paid on time
    The Government is adding to the support it has offered New Zealand’s small businesses by introducing new measures to help ensure they get paid on time. A Business Payment Practices disclosure regime is being established to improve information and transparency around business-to-business payment practices across the economy, Small Business Minister ...
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    1 week ago
  • Economy grows as tourism and exports rebound
    The economy has rebounded strongly in the June quarter as the easing of restrictions and reopening of the border boosted economic activity, meaning New Zealand is well placed to meet the next set of challenges confronting the global economy. GDP rose 1.7 percent in the June quarter following a decline ...
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  • New Ambassador to China announced
    Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta today announced the appointment of Grahame Morton as New Zealand’s next Ambassador to China. “Aotearoa New Zealand and China share a long and important relationship,” Nanaia Mahuta said. “As we mark 50 years of diplomatic relations between our nations, we are connected by people-to-people links, ...
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  • 1.4 million hectares of wilding pine control work in two years
    1.4 million hectares of native and productive land have been protected from wilding conifers in the past two years and hundreds of jobs created in the united efforts to stamp out the highly invasive weeds, Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor said. Speaking today at the 2022 Wilding Pine Conference in Blenheim, Damien ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • HomeGround – “a place to come together, a place to come home to”
    After 10 years’ hard mahi, HomeGround - Auckland City Mission's new home – is now officially open. “It’s extremely satisfying to see our commitment to providing a safety net for people who need housing and additional support services come together in a place like HomeGround, to create a better future ...
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    2 weeks ago