Some of our best moments from this past week include:
- Addressing ticket scalping
- Cracking down on livestock rustling
- Investing in forestry
- International Women's Day!
At the post-cabinet press conference at the start of the week, the Prime Minister was joined by Minister for Commerce and Consumer Affairs Kris Faafoi to announce the Government's plans to stop ticket scalping. Ticket scalping is the practice of purchasing event tickets for the purposes of reselling them for a profit.
“We all know people who have bought tickets to the big concerts, sporting events and festivals who have not been able to attend because the tickets were fake or were duplicates" said the PM.
“It’s not just big international events that are the issue – these practices also affect our local cultural sector...It’s fundamentally unfair that people are profiting while our arts and culture sector is short-changed and consumers are being scammed,” Jacinda Ardern said.
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Friday was International Women's Day! For us, it was a time to celebrate all we have done for women since our year in Government, while looking to all we have yet to achieve in the future. We spoke to a number of our MP's to see what our Government is doing for women in New Zealand that they're most proud of.
Check out a short list of some of the things we're most proud of here.
The Crimes Amendment Bill passed this week with new rules to crack down on livestock rustling. These rules support our farmers and rural communities by sending a clear message to rustlers who undermine people's livelihoods and their right to be safe in their homes.
Federated Farmers estimates the cost of theft of livestock to the farming community at over $120 million every year, and a survey indicates about a quarter of their members had stock stolen in the last 5 years,” said Minister of Justice Andrew Little.
We will not tolerate this practice - which is why we have finally classified livestock rustling as it should be - as two new offences in our criminal code.
Importantly, this means that Police and the Courts have the tools they need to put an end to the practice.
The PM joined Forestry Minister Shane Jones in Christchurch this Thursday to present eight outstanding students with inaugural forestry scholarships at the University of Canterbury. Developing skills, capability, and leadership in New Zealand's forestry industry is a major priority for our Coalition Government. These scholarships are the first step towards and exciting and rewarding career in the forestry industry for eight exceptional students.
Lastly, to round off the week, our Prime Minister surprised 12-year-old Hawke's Bay resident William Bush with two tickets to see his favourite band - Metallica. Bush launched a petition to bring Metallica to New Zealand on Change.org, receiving close to 7,000 signatures.
In a letter the PM wrote to the young music enthusiast after hearing of his petition, she stated
"It's great to hear about young New Zealanders who are passionate about music... I grew up listening to Metallica and I'm really impressed by all the effort you have put into getting them to play a show in New Zealand."
Ms Ardern presented Bush with two tickets to the show ahead of their sale to the general public on March 18.