Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Beehive Bulletin - Fri, 11 Feb

Beehive Bulletin - Fri, 11 Feb

Working for Families ad campaign launched

An advertising campaign has been launched this week, urging New Zealand families to find out what they can gain from the Working for Families package. Social Development and Employment Minister Steve Maharey says it is important that all New Zealand families have the chance to benefit from the additional support. From 1 April this year, 260,000 families - about 55% of all families - will be entitled to more money from Working for Families.

Key changes from 1 April are: Family support will increase by $25 a week for the first child and $15 a week for each additional child; maximum rates for the Accommodation Supplement will increase in a number of areas to reflect the growing cost of housing. Freephone for Family Assistance information is 0800 227 773 and for Accommodation and Childcare 0800 774 004

Goff makes further change to child porn penalties

A further increase to the jail penalty for possessing objectionable material such as child pornography is being proposed by Justice Minister Phil Goff. He intends to make the changes in a supplementary order paper (SOP) to the Films, Videos and Publication Classification Amendment Bill, during its committee stage, expected next week. Penalties for producing and trading in child pornography are already being increased 10 fold to a maximum of 10 years' imprisonment by the Bill.

It also, as introduced, created a new offence of knowingly possessing objectionable material, such as child pornography, that was to carry a maximum penalty of two years' imprisonment. The existing provision for possession carries no prison sentence, only a fine up to $2000. Phil Goff says the harsher penalties in the Bill reflects the abhorrence of the government and society for the trade in child pornography and other objectionable material.


Poll finds foreshore and seabed policy fair

Polling data shows clear majority of all New Zealanders and many Maori believe the Foreshore and Seabed Act is fair. The Act removes the possibility of gaining customary title but provides that any group which would have been able to demonstrate such a claim is entitled to redress. Deputy Prime Minister Michael Cullen says a UMR Research result, based on a sample of 750 people, shows 56 per cent consider the legislation strikes a balance between the rights of Maori and those of the general population.

Among Maori this was also the most commonly held view with 45 percent support, although the Maori sub-sample was comprised only 65 people. Dr Cullen quoted the poll in a Waitangi Day speech, saying the grievance settlement process would take some years yet as settlements were complex and to rush them was to risk getting them wrong. It was, however, reasonable to put a time limit on the lodging of claims so people can see there is an end point.


Police handling of Hamilton incident not acceptable says Minister

Information received about allegations made in Parliament disclose a police response to a 111 call which is completely unacceptable, says Police Minister George Hawkins. He says there is no excuse for a Police staff member to suggest to a victim of an alleged sexual assault that they should make their own way to a police station. George Hawkins says he has conveyed this view to the Commissioner of Police and expects that he will take the appropriate action and report back to him.


Minister introduces new distinction awards

Associate Education Minister David Benson-Pope has acted to ensure lower than expected pass rates in some scholarship subjects will not disadvantage students.

A Ministry of Education and NZQA report has identified subjects where the number of scholarship passes is less than what the government or the general public would consider acceptable. David Benson-Pope in those subjects under-represented at scholarship where students have done exceptionally well at NCEA level 3, a 'distinction certificate' will recognise their achievement.

A new 'distinction award', means students who have a combination of scholarship passes and distinction certificates in any three scholarship subjects, will be eligible for an award of $1500 per year for three years. Around 215 more students will be eligible for financial honours, largely mitigating the financial impact of the variance in the 2004 results. Scholarship students who feel they've been marked or graded incorrectly can resubmit exam papers for reconsideration in the norma

Bay of Plenty flood assistance package extended

Cabinet has approved the extension of assistance to farmers hit by floods in the Bay of Plenty in July last year. Agriculture Minister Jim Sutton says the Bay of Plenty had further flooding in December, and the government has agreed to enable farms affected by both July and December floods to claim assistance under the Agricultural Recovery Package for the extra damage caused in the December floods as well.

This means the deadlines for submissions is extended to 1 August this year. Farms can receive a grant of 75 per cent to restore uninsurable damaged property above a threshold of $5,000 or 10 per cent of restoration costs (which ever is greater). Enhanced Taskforce Green assistance will be available till the end of March, extended from the end of December last year.


Alternative to pseudoephedrine approved for sale

The Medicines Classification Committee has recommended that tablet forms of the decongestant phenylephrine should be available for sale over-the-counter. Phenylephrine has similar decongestant properties to pseudoephedrine, but it cannot be converted into the illegal and dangerous drug, methamphetamine or P. Associate Health Minister Jim Anderton says this is good news for people who have a legitimate use for these sorts of decongestants and good news for pharmacists who will be able to stock products that don't have any value to the illicit drug fraternity.


ENDS



© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>

ALSO:

Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news