Thank you for inviting me to the Local Government New Zealand conference. It’s great to be here in Nelson, and it’s great to see all the local mayors, chief executives and elected members.
Ladies and Gentlemen.
The relationship between central government and local government is one of partnership.
We rely on each other to make good choices for our fellow New Zealanders.
Our legislating to ban psychoactive substances earlier this year was in no small part due to your advocacy on this issue. You saw the misery these drugs were causing in your communities. And you made it clear to us that you didn’t want them being sold on your streets.
We listened and we acted.
So it’s important we work together.Read full article
The Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe will make an official visit to New Zealand next week, Prime Minister John Key announced today.
“Prime Minister Abe has been spearheading a revival of Japan’s economy and diplomacy,” Mr Key said.
“His visit is an opportunity to mark New Zealand’s long-standing links with Japan through Government, business and personal ties.”
The two Prime Ministers will hold talks on Monday in Auckland and meet with business representatives from both countries.
Mr Abe will then fly to Christchurch to pay respects to 28 Japanese citizens who lost their lives in the Canterbury earthquake.
“I have met Mr Abe a number of times overseas since he came to office in 2012, and I very much look forward to welcoming him to New Zealand,” said Mr Key.
Mr Abe previously visited New Zealand in 1985 (accompanying his father, Foreign Minister Shintaro Abe and Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone) and in 1997 as a member of the Japanese Diet (Parliament).
Mr Abe’s grandfather, Nobusuke Kishi, was the first Japanese Prime Minister to visit New Zealand in 1957.
The most recent visit of a Japanese Prime Minister was Junichiro Koizumi in 2002.
Mr Abe will be accompanied by his wife Mrs Akie Abe.Tweet
Prime Minister John Key has announced the appointment of Ben Keith as Deputy Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security.
The appointment was made by the Governor General and is for a term of three years. Ben Keith starts in his new role today, 2 July 2014.
“This is the first appointment to this position, which was newly created with amendments to the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Act 1996 in September last year,” says Mr Key.
Mr Keith comes to the position from Crown Law, where he has most recently been Crown Counsel for constitutional, human rights and international law. He had served in other Crown Counsel, Associate Crown Counsel and Assistant Crown Counsel roles in Crown Law since 2000 and before that had been an associate in a private law firm.
The appointment of Mr Keith was made after consultation with Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee, as is required by statute.
“I am confident that Mr Keith will work with recently appointed Inspector-General Cheryl Gwyn to strengthen further this important office, providing independent oversight of New Zealand’s intelligence community at a time when it is subject to significant change and increased public scrutiny,” says Mr Key.Tweet
The Prime Minister has this morning announced a suite of cross-Government initiatives aimed at addressing family violence.
“Quite simply, the rate of family violence in New Zealand is unacceptable,” says Mr Key.
While crime is at a 35-year low, violent crime is decreasing at a much slower rate.
“Almost 50 per cent of all homicides in New Zealand are a result of family violence. That is, on average, 14 women, seven men, and eight children killed by a member of their family every year.”
Mr Key says together with the Government’s focus on vulnerable children, this work will help New Zealand families live without violence and fear.Read full article