Putting New Zealanders First

New Zealand First is the third largest party in the New Zealand Parliament. The Party was formed in 1993 to represent those New Zealanders concerned about the social and economic direction of our country, and who were seeking pragmatic, common-sense representation in Parliament.

Following the 2017 General Election, the Party retained 9 seats in the House of Representatives and formed a Coalition Government with the New Zealand Labour Party. Party Leader, Rt Hon Winston Peters, became Deputy Prime Minister of New Zealand and the Party secured three other Cabinet positions and an Undersecretary role.

At the core of New Zealand First's policies are our "Fifteen Fundamental Principles", which emphasise accountable and transparent government, common-sense social and economic policy, and the placing of the interests of New Zealand, and New Zealanders, at the forefront of Government decision-making.

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The Government in Action – September 20th

NZ Super Fund thriving   The Coalition Government’s decision to re-start contributions to the New Zealand Super Fund has been further supported. This week, an independent report has shown that the New Zealand Super Fund is operating at global best practice. The Super Fund has grown by $3.7 billion over the past year to $43 billion – a pre-tax return of seven percent. “The result beat the Fund’s reference benchmark. It was a solid performance given the current global economic volatility, and shows the Super Fund is well-run. “The Government is proud to have restarted contributions to the Super Fund, with more than $9 billion to be invested over five years,” said Minister of Finance Grant Robertson.     New Zealand renews support for maritime security in the Middle East   This week, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Defence Minister Ron Mark have announced New Zealand will contribute five Defence Force personnel to a multinational taskforce based in Bahrain from December 2019. They will be focused on countering terrorist activity, narcotics, smuggling and piracy. New Zealand has made various contributions to Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150), a 16-nation naval counterterrorism partnership which operates across the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Gulf of Oman and Indian Ocean, since 2010. “Maritime security and deescalating regional tensions continue to be key areas of importance for New Zealand,” said Mr Peters. “New Zealand supports maritime security in the Middle East, that’s why we will again be deploying NZDF staff officers to CTF 150. “New Zealand has contributed personnel, ships and planes to CTF 150 since 2010. These contributions have led to a number of successful outcomes including several high-profile interdictions of vessels carrying out illegal acts including drug smuggling,” said Mr Mark.       Production of new Lord of the Rings series confirmed for New Zealand   New Zealand will be the production location for Amazon Studios new series based on the Lord of the Rings. New Zealand’s selection as the production base ahead of other countries demonstrates the how far the country has come as a player in the highly competitive global screen industry. “The new Lord of the Rings series, along with other significant screen projects underway or in development, provides New Zealand with a global stage to demonstrate our skills, innovation and outstanding natural beauty.  “We welcome Amazon’s interest in New Zealand and hope to build from this to develop a fruitful partnership as this new journey begins,” Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford said.     Government delivers aquaculture industry plan   This week, Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash released the Governments strategy for the aquaculture industry. The strategy will build on that foundation, setting out a plan for Government to support the industry over the next seven years, built around objectives and actions needed to realise a productive, sustainable, resilient, and inclusive aquaculture industry. This is a major step towards the Coalition Agreement commitment to recognise the potential for aquaculture in promoting regional economic growth. The plan includes a goal to deliver economic growth and jobs for the regions for it to become a $3 billion industry by 2035. “Aquaculture contributes significantly to regional development. It generated over $600 million in revenue in 2018, and employed 3,000 people, especially in the regions. There is real potential for aquaculture to enrich our economy and our global reputation with Government, Iwi and Industry coming together,” said Mr Nash.     Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities Bill passes   A new Crown agency to transform housing and urban development throughout New Zealand has been established after the Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities Bill. Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities Bill passed its third and final reading in Parliament this week. Public housing tenants can expect world-class public housing services through the new government provider that’s focus will be on will be on building up New Zealand’s stock of public housing, and maintaining and improving the quality of existing properties, with a strong focus on promoting the wellbeing of current and future generations. The passing of the legislation brings together the KiwiBuild unit, Housing New Zealand and its development subsidiary, HLC, plus their people, resources and assets to tackle the national housing crisis. The legislation also removes the ability of future Governments to sell-off state homes and removes the requirement for state housing to return a dividend to the Crown. “This is the time to make this important change. Critical functions and expertise are split up across multiple agencies, and with the passing of this legislation, we’ll have one unified agency that can deliver the Government’s Build Programme,” said Housing Minister Megan Woods.  

Shane Jones disappointed richest tribe in the country, Tainui, did not purchase Ihumātao land themselves

On an interview with TVNZ1's Breakfast, NZ First MP Shane Jones said he was disappointed that Tainui, “the richest tribe in the country”, did not make an attempt to purchase the land at Ihumātao themselves. His comments come after the Kīngitanga movement yesterday, led by King Tuuheitia and backed by the powerful Tainui iwi, said resolution of the long running Ihumātao occupation lies with the Coalition Government. The occupation of the land earmarked for housing development by Fletcher Building began months ago, and Mr Jones agrees that it should be used to build houses in Auckland. "I actually happen to think it should be housing. I think that there is a genuine need amongst South Auckland Māori Families, in particular Tainui.” "I'm disappointed Tainui never purchased the land themselves - they are the richest tribe in the country. For every settlement the Crown enters into, 17 cents out of every dollar goes for free to Tainui.” he added. Mr Jones said that the Tainui iwi decided that although they wanted the Government to intervene, they themselves were incapable of buying the land. The NZ First MP also downplayed suggestions that taxpayers would have to fork out the money for the land: “We have zero appetitite for spending any money on Ihumātao until there is a case that passes a high threshold, and I’ve seen zero evidence that has happened.”     https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/shane-jones-disappointed-richest-tribe-in-country-tainui-didnt-buy-ihum-tao-land-itself

Mana whenua's 'collective decision' on Ihumātao questioned by Winston Peters

After weeks of stand-off at the Ihumātao site in Auckland brought on by a planned development by Fletcher Construction on land held sacred by Māori, mana whenua have reached a decision that they want the Government to negotiate with Fletcher Building to return the land. However, this conclusion has been questioned by Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters who told Morning Report all political parties in Parliament and iwi had accepted the Treaty of Waitangi settlements. "That has consequences," he said. Mr Peters, who is a lawyer and practiced Māori land law in the '70s, said it was fundamental to listen to those who had "kept the land warm down through the centuries and even today". "Who has been keeping the land warm? Those are the people that we're going to listen to." Mr Peters said he read the Kiingitanga announcement very carefully. "If it means they have come to a collective decision when the responsibility lies with someone else, then have you collectively come to a decision?,” he asked. Mr Peters said before the government made a move, it would have to look at whether it was setting a precedent for all Treaty settlements. "We've got to go into these things eyes wide open in the national interest of all New Zealanders." Mr Peters said the land at Ihumātao was the result of the Treaty of Waitangi settlement process and said mana whenua had come under enormous pressure from people claiming to speak for them. "What's in the best interests of the people there be it their social needs which include housing, Papakāinga housing or Fletcher housing was always going to be critical unless you don't think housing is a critical area of need of Māoridom today,” the Acting PM said.     https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/te-manu-korihi/399098/winston-peters-questions-mana-whenua-s-collective-decision-on-ihumatao

Coverage on Ihumātao “appalling”, says Winston Peters

Acting Prime Minister and New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has said he's appalled at how things have played out at Ihumātao. Recently, mana whenua had decided that they want the Government to negotiate with Fletcher Construction to return the land to Māori. Mr Peters told Mike Hosking on NewstalkZB that a group without any credibility has had a lot of coverage. The Acting PM says any semblance of proper cultural authority went flying out the window with a whole lot of protesters with various grievances. "I have watched months and months of speculation and I have seen all sorts of comments and people making statements, and I am appalled over it all." “For a start, any semblance of having regard to the proper cultural authority in this matter went flying out with a whole lot of protests, with a pocket full of grievances,” Mr Peters said. “And then the media obsession happened, ignorant as they are to the real facts, as though they can stomp all over Māori cultural traditions and history as though those don’t matter a bit”. “The Treaty of Waitangi process will be interfered with, and every other settlement carefully rationing into a change as well,” he added. When asked by Mr Hoskings if the Coalition Government should have stepped in on the issue to begin with, the Acting PM defended that sometimes “an government agency may help” before a problem becomes out of hand and potential violence happens. “But the problem always [with Ihumātao] was, who is speaking here and with what authority? What we had was a group without any authority, even though they were being challenged on television by the kaumatua, getting all this coverage as though they were the mouthpiece and the proper voice for the future of Māoridom,” Mr Peters said.   https://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/on-air/mike-hosking-breakfast/audio/winston-peters-appalled-over-ihumatao-coverage

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