What on earth is State Services minister Chris Hipkins up to? First he wants a unified public service; now he is putting a stop to the wholesale deployment of consultants across departments, a cunning but expensive trick to circumvent staff shortages created by the sinking-lid policy of the previous government.
He says this won’t result in wholesale increases in the state sector since the government ultimately controls its budget.
“This will be a government of aspiration. It aspires to make this a nation where all cultures and human rights are valued, where everyone can have decent housing and meaningful work, where education is free and good ideas flourish, where children live surrounded by creativity and love, and are encouraged to reach their full potential, and where we become world leaders on environmental issues and climate change.”
The press statement we have referenced raises the prospect of our driving towards this better tomorrow in electric vehicles.
It’s not quite as simple as that, we concede. Feathers, hooves, saddles and taxes come into considerations, too.
But since becoming Deputy Prime Minister and picking up the Racing portfolio, Winston Peters has been generous to the horse racing industry while remaining hostile towards Tegel Foods, a company which raises chickens on an industrial scale.
Tegel wants to set up a broiler chicken farm at Arapohue, just outside Dargaville, with a capacity to stock up to 1.3 million chickens and employ 28 people.
The Ardern-Peters Government continued to arrogantly show it didn’t want its ideas challenged and that it is willing to insult those who disagree with its ministers, National’s Deputy Leader Paula Bennett says in the statement
The global impact of the birth of the Prime Minister’s baby at Auckland Hospital cannot be over-estimated. It has won headlines around he world, all for the right reasons, for NZ. Congratulations poured in from many world leaders.
There was great rejoicing at Point of Order, too. We extend our heartiest congratulations.
The symbolism was what counted for many of those reporting the event. For example, a report from Lucy Hawkins, the BBC correspondent in Moscow who is moderating reports of the World Cup, was headlined “the baby a nation was waiting for.”
She saw it as a message for girls around the world:
“You can aspire to be a leader of the country and at the same time have a family”
When Labour went into coalition with NZ First, it seemed astute on the part of the Greens to back it on confidence and supply in exchange for ministerial positions. The Greens believed they would be able to achieve several of their major policy goals, without suffering the fate of other small parties suffocated in the embrace of a major party in the process of governing the country.
So how is it looking less than nine months into the term? The assessment is far from favourable: the Greens have scored enough own-goals to dismay even onetime champions like Sue Bradford.
The bill stopping foreigners from buying houses in NZ has emerged from select committee study with significant amendments. Associate Finance Minister David Parker says the new law will ensure the market for homes is a “NZ market not an international one”. He contends Kiwis should not be outbid by “wealthier foreign buyers”.
But the same bill now includes a move to encourage “foreign direct investment” in forestry. Forestry Minister Shane Jones says the legislation – by bringing forestry rights into the overseas investment regime – will help promote high-quality foreign investment which puts more emphasis on genuine benefits for New Zealanders.
The teaching of public service ethics is admirable. Accordingly we approve the expansion and changes to the Australia and New Zealand School of Government which include a newly created chair in public service ethics and integrity at Victoria University of Wellington.