Buzz from the Beehive
Just two statements had been posted on the Beehive website, when we made our daily check this morning. This suggested the PM and her ministers were easing up on their workloads as Christmas Day nears.
But two more statements have been posted since then, one of them grandly headlined:
New Zealand’s Fourth National Action Plan under the Open Government Partnership was made public today.
This served to remind us of something we had forgotten, if ever we had taken much notice in the first place: there must have been First, Second and Third National Action Plans under the Open Government Partnership.
Whatever happened to them?
We were cheered to learn Chris Hipkins proclaim: Continue reading “Hipkins enthuses about the Fourth National Action Plan – but who remembers the first three?”
Yet again we are being reminded that from the moment she took office in 2017, Jacinda Ardern made a promise she would not keep – she promised her government would be the most open and transparent New Zealand has seen.
In her first formal speech to Parliament she pledged:
“This government will foster a more open and democratic society. It will strengthen transparency around official information.”
A visit to Kiwiblog today draws attention to the latest breach of Ardern’s commitment.
Political parties’ submissions on donation law reform are being kept secret.
The very next Kiwiblog post takes us from bad to worse. It tells of Local Government New Zealand’s annual conference being closed to an organisation which represents taxpayers because LGNZ poobahs disapprove of their opinions.
We imagine no such ban applies to the mainstream media, now that they have become reliant on state subsidies and have committed themselves to promote the Ardern Government’s highly contentious interpretation of the Treaty of Waitangi. Continue reading “Transparency under Ardern – party submissions on donations are kept secret and Taxpayers’ Union is banned from LGNZ conference”
The government is sinking deeper into the hole left behind by Clare Curran over the appointment of a Chief Technology Officer.
Questioned in Parliament, State Services Minister Chris Hipkins sounded far from confident when he stuttered about issues of “natural justice”.
He was floundering not just because of the secret emails Curran had sent Derek Handley, whom she favoured – it seems – as the CTO, but because it turns out Handley is a friend of PM Jacinda Ardern.
Not surprisingly, National thinks the whole process has been “tainted”. Continue reading “How the Govt’s IT girl and her email secrets left Chris Hipkins floundering”
The current Parliamentary session has yielded few events, or speeches, which linger in the memory for more than a few minutes. The Opposition, despite its strength in numbers at least, has landed few hits on the government.
That is until this week when it called for, and was granted, a snap debate on the demotion of Clare Curran from Cabinet and her resignation from two portfolios.
Perhaps surprisingly, one of the most effective speeches from the Opposition benches came from veteran MP Nick Smith. Some of the newcomers within the Opposition could take it as a model of its kind, marshalling the facts before the house and then building to a powerful climax.
Here’s how Smith made his case: Continue reading “Clare’s secret meetings: second blunder leaves Nick Smith “gobsmacked””