Month: May 2016

Gordon Campbell on tobacco politics, and the TPP death watch

Column – Gordon Campbell Has Act leader David Seymour got the easiest job in the world, or what? Roll out of bed, turn on the radio and hmmthere do seem to be a lot of problems out there in the world. Must think of something. And so it came to pass that this morning , … Gordon Campbell on tobacco politicking, and the TPP death watch Has Act leader David Seymour got the easiest job in the world, or what? Roll out of bed, turn on the radio and hmm…there do seem to be a lot of problems out there in the world. Must think of something. And so it came to pass that this morning, David Seymour took up his sword and shield to fight for a world that’s about to be denied the rich and vibrant beauty of tobacco advertising. Avast ye hordes of faceless bureaucrats aiming to put tobacco products in plain packets! David Seymour is in the House! Plain packaging may save lives, but does it have to be such a dull way of saving lives? Is there no other hero prepared to fight for Philip Morris, and for the God-given right of Benson and Hedges to peddle their deadly wares in luscious golden packaging? Do we want to live in a world without Marlboro Man billboards? There is a principle at stake here. And...

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Nikkei Conference: NZ’s Response to the Trade Challenge

Speech – New Zealand Government Nikkei Conference: New Zealands Response to the Trade Challenge Mr Chairman, thank you for your introduction and for the opportunity to be here today as the Government representative for New Zealand. Like everyone in this room, New Zealand has a stake …Hon Paul Goldsmith Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs 30 May 2016 Speech Nikkei Conference: New Zealand’s Response to the Trade Challenge Mr Chairman, thank you for your introduction and for the opportunity to be here today as the Government representative for New Zealand. Like everyone in this room, New Zealand has a stake in the future of Asia. In the past half-century, we have transitioned successfully from being an exporter of farm products dependent on European markets, to being a more diverse economy increasingly integrated into the dynamic Asia-Pacific region. This transition would not have been possible without the growth and development of Asia over that period – in other words without the Asian miracle. Today, seven of our top ten markets are in Asia; we host over three-quarters of a million Asian visitors every year; and almost one in eight New Zealanders can claim Asia as a place of birth or ancestry. So the future of Asia is our future too. Japan was our first major economic partner in Asia and that relationship remains strong and important to this day. Today’s...

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Free Press

Press Release – ACT New Zealand Does Government Waste Taxpayers Money? In the lead-up to the Budget, David Seymour asked Bill English why his government gives taxpayer money to fund Jane Kelseys research, programs such as X-Factor season two, and the Ultimate Waterman Stand Up …Free Press ACT’s regular bulletin Does Government Waste Taxpayers’ Money? In the lead-up to the Budget, David Seymour asked Bill English why his government gives taxpayer money to fund Jane Kelsey’s research, programs such as X-Factor season two, and the Ultimate Waterman Stand Up Paddle Boarding contest. David’s Sunday Star Times column lists more government waste. It is easy to find once you start looking. Jacinda Jumps the Shark The normally sanguine Jacinda Ardern has gone off the reservation in her reply to David this week (printed in the paper but not online). Among other things she says she doesn’t care if she’s misrepresented ACT. Most politicians at least keep up the pretence of being honest. What’s up Jacinda? Partnership Schools are Go The Budget contained an announcement that seven more Partnership Schools will be funded, with at least seven to open in 2018 and 2019, in addition to those set to open in 2017. The policy has serious positive momentum. Partnership Schools are changing kids’ lives for the better. E Tipu E Rea Sir Apirana Ngata understood the value of education and his...

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Peters: Farmers Must Reject Being National’s Doormat

Speech – New Zealand First Party Twenty-eight years ago, the late David Lange said: “Farming is a sunset industry and manufacturing and tourism will take its place.”Rt Hon Winston Peters New Zealand First Leader Member of Parliament for Northland 27 MAY 2016 Waikato Federated Farmers, Airport Conference Centre Tamahere, Hamilton 5pm, 27th May, 2016 “Farmers Must Reject Being National’s Doormat” Twenty-eight years ago, the late David Lange said: “Farming is a sunset industry and manufacturing and tourism will take its place.” Yesterday’s Budget resembled nothing so much as a Hollywood film set. Some had star roles and the rest were supporting actors, bit players or crowd scene fill-ins. The budget was totally Auckland-centric with the regions virtually forgotten despite being the economic powerhouses of this country. The Cabinet rank of the Minister for Primary Industries tells you a lot about the modern National Party. The Minister responsible for over 70% of our physical exports is one of Cabinet’s tail-end Charlies. Out of 20 Cabinet Ministers he is ranked 15th. That again came through in the Budget? If Mr Guy did plead for extra dollars for biosecurity, or for agricultural research, he got exactly what his cabinet rank suggests. That’s because whether you believe it or not farmers are looking like an endangered species within National’s urban dominated Cabinet. Nine of Mr Key’s Cabinet come from Auckland with a further...

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Goldsmith to Japan for Nikkei Conference

Press Release – New Zealand Government Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Paul Goldsmith will travel to Japan this weekend to represent the Government at the 2016 Nikkei International Future of Asia Conference. Hon Paul Goldsmith Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs 27 May 2016 Media Statement Goldsmith to Japan for Nikkei Conference Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Paul Goldsmith will travel to Japan this weekend to represent the Government at the 2016 Nikkei International ‘Future of Asia’ Conference. “The theme of this year’s forum is ‘Rising to Global Challenges and Realising Asia’s Potential’,” says Mr Goldsmith. “I will address the conference on how we are working together to create greater economic integration through trade and business. I’ll touch on the regional significance of the signing of the TPP, as well as the Asia Region Funds Passport which opens up channels for international investment flows. “The conference brings together regional leaders in the public and private sector to discuss issues relevant to Asia-Pacific regional integration and the economy. The conference was established in 1995, and New Zealand has taken up an invitation to attend every year since 2011. While in Japan Mr Goldsmith will also meet with range of Japanese government representatives, including his Commerce and Consumer Affairs counterparts and other key financial sector stakeholders. “I am also looking forward to meeting with the Japanese Parliamentary Rugby Association. With the...

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