Tag: Mark P. Williams

PM on DoC Job Losses | Open Bank Resolution | TPPA

Article – Mark P. Williams The main questions which were put to the Prime Minister concerned job cuts at the Department of Conservation (DoC), unemployment figures, the Open Bank Review, recently released documents concerning Operation Debut, and his position on the TPPA. PM on DoC Job Losses | Open Bank Resolution | TPPA PM Post-Cabinet Press Conference – 25 March 2013 Scoop Audio+Video+Photos By Mark P. Williams Today the Prime Minister announced that he would be leading a delegation to China visiting Guangzhou, Beijing and Shanghai. He will be accompanied by several Ministers: Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully, Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce, Trade Minister Tim Grosser and Maori Affairs Minister Dr Pita Sharples. Mr Key will be meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping be officially welcomed in Beijing by China’s new Premier Li Keqiang. The main questions which were put to the Prime Minister concerned job cuts at the Department of Conservation (DoC), unemployment figures, the Open Bank Review, recently released documents concerning Operation Debut, and his position on the TPPA. ******* [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MX3n01Zx_ZA?rel=0&w=420&h=315] Questions to the Prime Minister The PM was asked if he was confident that the economy was creating more jobs than it was losing. He responded that New Zealand was seeing “plenty of jobs being advertised online” and “benefit numbers falling”. The PM was asked whether the country was creating more full-time jobs than...

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PM Press Conference Dominated by Solid Energy Debacle

Article – Mark P. Williams PM Press Conference Dominated by Solid Energy Debacle PM Post-Cabinet Press Conference – 25 Feb 2013 PM Press Conference Dominated by Solid Energy Debacle PM Post-Cabinet Press Conference – 25 Feb 2013 Scoop Audio+Video+Photos By Mark P. Williams Today the Prime Minister began his regular post-cabinet press conference in ebullient spirits, speaking confidently about his forthcoming trip to Latin America to meet leaders from Mexico, Colombia, Chile and Brazil to discuss shared trade interests and economic opportunities, including those arising from Mexico’s inclusion in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. He spoke of New Zealand’s shared interests in ‘agribusiness’, such as dairy and beef production, and referred to the long standing relationship between Chile and New Zealand. However, the press conference concluded in a distinctly changed mood as the questions were increasingly dominated by the interrogation of his government’s response to the Solid Energy debacle dating back to 2009 and 2011. ******* [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aX60xdrRuqk?rel=0&w=420&h=315] Questions to the Prime Minister The PM was asked what he made of today’s Labour reshuffle. He described it as a sign of a divided caucus that did not have faith in David Shearer’s leadership. Asked if he was concerned about the performance of his own MPs now that Annette King was back on Labour front benches he responded that he was confident in their abilities. The PM was asked if he...

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Say No To Asset Sales – National Rally – 13 Feb 213

Article – Mark P. Williams Yesterday evening saw a gathering in Frank Kitts Park for the Say No To Asset Sales national rally. Speakers included Mayor Celia Wade-Brown, Maanu Paul from the Maori Council, Professor Jane Kelsey from the University of Auckland, Dr Geoff Bertram … Say No To Asset Sales – National Rally Frank Kitts Park, Wellington – 13 Feb 2013 Scoop Audio+Photos By Mark P. Williams WELLINGTON: Yesterday evening saw a gathering in Frank Kitts Park for the Say No To Asset Sales national rally. Speakers included Mayor Celia Wade-Brown, Maanu Paul from the Maori Council, Professor Jane Kelsey from the University of Auckland, Dr Geoff Bertram from Victoria University of Wellington, BERL Chief Economist Ganesh Nana, Justin Duckworth the Bishop of Wellington, Peter Love from Te Atiawa, and his granddaughter Kaia Love, and representatives from Greenpeace and Grey Power NZ. Musical interludes were provided by Tribal Rizing, Lucky Ngauere and guests. A wide variety of arguments against the government’s proposed assets sales were put forward by the speakers, addressing the issue in ethical, political, economic, ecological and social terms. Across the range of speeches, clear lines were drawn between partial privatisation and the economic problems facing ordinary New Zealanders; the range of knowledge and variety of approaches was a powerful counter to the government position. The diverse speakers were unified in their calls for empowering New...

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PM Presser: TPP | David Bain | US Intelligence in NZ

Article – Mark P. Williams At his regular post-cabinet press conference the PM began by speaking about the importance for New Zealand of the 15th round of TPP negotiations which have begun in Auckland. PM Press Conference: TPP | David Bain | US Intelligence in Wellington Scoop Video<!–+Audio+Photos–> By Mark P. Williams At his regular post-cabinet press conference the PM began by speaking about the importance for New Zealand of the 15th round of TPP negotiations which have begun in Auckland. The Prime Minister said that the value of the TPP to the New Zealand economy could be as high as US$2.9. He said that New Zealand wanted to eliminate all tariffs including those on sensitive products. He described it as essential to building a more productive and competitive economy. He said that nearly 50% of New Zealand exports are covered by FTAs and emphasised his position that the country needs to continue its trade involvement in the Asia-Pacific region. The Prime Minister then spoke about the timetable for the public release of the Canterbury Earthquakes Royal Commission report. He said that the government had now received the final parts of the seven volume report and explained how these volumes would be released to the press. He said that the full report was more than 1100 pages long and contains 189 recommendations in total. He said that the government...

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Business As Usual: Asset Sales | TPP | Afghanistan Airstrike

Article – Mark P. Williams In today’s post-cabinet press conference, the Prime Minister began by speaking about the beginning of the hearing in the High Court of the Maori Council’s challenge to Mighty River Power. He said that he welcomed the beginning of the hearing but stressed … Business As Usual: Asset Sales | TPP | Afghanistan Airstrike Scoop Video+Audio+Photos By Mark P. Williams In today’s post-cabinet press conference, the Prime Minister began by speaking about the beginning of the hearing in the High Court of the Maori Council’s challenge to Mighty River Power. He said that he welcomed the beginning of the hearing but stressed that he could not talk further about it because it was before the courts. He then moved on to describe his recent trip to Cambodia attending a meeting of TPP Leaders chaired by Barack Obama. He spoke about the significance of New Zealand’s trade relationships with Asia, in particular with Australia and China which would, he stated, ensure the continued development of the country’s economy through the tough economic times ahead. He said that the growth outlook for Europe’s economies was “anaemic” and the US would be grappling with the so-called “fiscal cliff” at least for the immediate future and so New Zealand should look to its own opportunities in the Asian region. He said last week’s meeting with TPP Leaders would add...

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