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Stand Down Law & Order Select Commiitee Chair Says Peters

Sunday, 28 December 2014, 5:13 pm | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First believes it is not tenable for Mike Sabin MP to remain chairperson of Parliament's Law and Order Select Committee while Police investigate an assault allegation against him. More >>

Farmer Fined $16,000 for Removing Weeds. What Next? Asks MP

Wednesday, 24 December 2014, 10:51 am | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First Primary Industries spokesperson, Richard Prosser, will seek a ‘please explain’ from Local Government Minister Paula Bennett over the Waikato Regional Council prosecuting an award winning farmer for removing weeds and pest plants. More >>

Supreme Court Delivers Christmas Cheer for Aged Care Workers

Wednesday, 24 December 2014, 8:33 am | New Zealand First Party

Aged care workers who do so much for our elderly will have something extra to smile about over Christmas with the Supreme Court not accepting an appeal by the New Zealand Aged Care Association. While not fully settled it opens the door to pay parity. More >>

Skycity “Go Ahead, Make My Day” And Walk Away

Tuesday, 23 December 2014, 4:35 pm | New Zealand First Party

The Leader of New Zealand First, Rt Hon Winston Peters, is encouraging SkyCity to walk away from the so-called National Convention centre. This comes after SkyCity bosses put out the corporate begging bowl despite that company making a $123 million ... More >>

Customs ruins drug syndicate’s Christmas

Tuesday, 23 December 2014, 1:45 pm | New Zealand Government

The second largest methamphetamine border seizure in New Zealand’s history means a very large quantity of harmful drugs will not make it to New Zealand streets these holidays, says Customs Minister Nicky Wagner. More >>

New appointment to the Māori Land Court

Tuesday, 23 December 2014, 12:42 pm | New Zealand Government

Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell is pleased to announce the permanent appointment of lawyer Michael Doogan to the Māori Land Court. Mr Doogan was temporarily appointed to the court last year to help meet the workload of the Māori Land Court ... More >>

Keep EDs free for emergencies this Christmas

Tuesday, 23 December 2014, 12:24 pm | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman is encouraging people where possible to keep EDs free for emergencies this festive season. “Around 3,000 people were seen in emergency departments across the country on Christmas Day last year,” says Dr Coleman. More >>

Taxpayers not suckers when it comes to casino lemon

Tuesday, 23 December 2014, 11:54 am | New Zealand Labour Party

The Government should not be asking New Zealanders to stump up extra cash to bail out John Key and Steven Joyce’s dodgy SkyCity convention centre deal, Labour Leader Andrew Little says. More >>

Supreme Court decision an early Christmas present

Tuesday, 23 December 2014, 11:18 am | New Zealand Labour Party

Women on low pay in New Zealand have been given an early Christmas present with yesterday’s decision by the Supreme Court not to intervene in a decision of the Court of Appeal, says Labour's Spokesperson for Women's Affairs, Sue Moroney. More >>

Marines & Army Deliver Christmas to Sick Wellington Kids

Tuesday, 23 December 2014, 9:08 am | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First appreciates the goodwill generated at Wellington’s Regional Children’s Hospital by the New Zealand Army last week and the United States Marines today. More >>

Chief Archivist to investigate Prime Minister

Monday, 22 December 2014, 5:36 pm | Green Party

The Green Party welcomes the decision by the Chief Archivist to investigate their complaint into the Prime Minister’s practice of deleting official text messages. On 28 November 2014, the Green Party asked the Chief Archivist to look into John ... More >>

Removing barriers for disabled people in 2014

Monday, 22 December 2014, 4:44 pm | New Zealand Government

The release of the Annual Report on implementation of the New Zealand Disability Strategy highlights several significant achievements and gains for the disability community in 2014, says Minister for Disability Issues Nicky Wagner. More >>

Huge experience on transition advisory board

Monday, 22 December 2014, 4:06 pm | New Zealand Government

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee has today announced an Advisory Board on Transition with a wealth of experience and knowledge about the recovery needs of greater Christchurch. More >>

New Zealand-Korea FTA initialled

Monday, 22 December 2014, 3:55 pm | New Zealand Government

Trade Minister Tim Groser welcomed today’s initialling by Chief Negotiators of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between New Zealand and the Republic of Korea. More >>

Overstayer numbers at record low

Monday, 22 December 2014, 2:28 pm | New Zealand Government

Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse welcomes new figures showing New Zealand overstayer numbers are at the lowest since 2000. More >>

The top five gifts for drivers

Monday, 22 December 2014, 1:36 pm | New Zealand Government

Help your friends and family stay safe on the roads this festive season with the top five gifts for drivers, Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss says. “These ‘gifts’ are simple yet potentially life-saving tips for anyone getting behind ... More >>

Dunedin Hospital needs more than drip feed

Monday, 22 December 2014, 11:48 am | New Zealand Labour Party

An ongoing and embarrassing pattern of major building leaks and equipment failures at Dunedin Public Hospital has been revealed in papers released under the Official Information Act, Dunedin North MP David Clark says. “Documents released under the ... More >>

17 too young for teens to be shown the door

Monday, 22 December 2014, 11:46 am | New Zealand Labour Party

Laws which see young people under the care of CYFS abandoned once they turn 17 will mean at least a dozen young Kiwis will be left to fend for themselves over the December festive season, Labour’s Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. More >>

Common sense prevails with decision on the name Whanganui

Monday, 22 December 2014, 11:26 am | The Maori Party

The Māori Party is pleased that the Wanganui District Council will apply to have the ‘H’ included in the spelling of its name. More >>

It’s not too late – cancel the Pokies deal

Monday, 22 December 2014, 11:01 am | Green Party

John Key should pull the plug on his SkyCity Convention Centre deal as the costs of it blow out and Ministers now suggest Auckland Council could pick up the running tab, the Green Party says. Economic Development Minster Steven Joyce this morning ... More >>

National’s albatross, taxpayers’ curse

Monday, 22 December 2014, 10:52 am | New Zealand Labour Party

National’s albatross, taxpayers’ curse Government consideration of further corporate welfare hand-outs to SkyCity for its convention centre shows just how weak the original contract was, Labour’s Economic Development spokesperson David Clark says. “Taxpayers ... More >>

Better work opportunities for disabled people

Monday, 22 December 2014, 10:49 am | New Zealand Government

Minister for Disability Issues Nicky Wagner welcomed the release of the ‘Disability and the labour market’ report from Statistics New Zealand, which showed that more disabled people are working, but there is room for improvement. More >>

Save Saddle Hill Petition Launched

Monday, 22 December 2014, 10:34 am | New Zealand Labour Party

A petition to save the historic landmark of Saddle Hill from continuous quarrying has been launched by Dunedin South MP Clare Curran today. More >>

Busy year for NZ Defence Force

Sunday, 21 December 2014, 2:32 pm | New Zealand Government

The NZ Defence Force has had a busy year participating in exercises, operations, national and international commemorations, and personnel can be proud of all they’ve achieved, Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says. More >>

Surf the net for new beach water quality data

Sunday, 21 December 2014, 12:59 pm | New Zealand Government

Information on the water quality of 350 beaches around New Zealand is now accessible on-line as part of an initiative between regional councils, Cawthron Institute, Ministry for the Environment and the Tindall Foundation, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith ... More >>

Minister welcomes opening of Heritage Park

Sunday, 21 December 2014, 12:18 pm | New Zealand Government

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry today welcomed the opening of Rangihoua Heritage Park in Northland as a special cultural and historical asset to be enjoyed by all New Zealanders. The 46 hectare park, near Kerikeri, was opened to the public today ... More >>

SkyCity holds all the cards yet again

Saturday, 20 December 2014, 11:50 am | New Zealand Labour Party

SkyCity holds all the cards yet again SkyCity holds all the cards in the latest round of negotiations with the Government over the convention centre and Steven Joyce is left holding a dud hand that he dealt himself as taxpayers are set to pay twice ... More >>

Government must rule out paying more for SkyCity Centre

Friday, 19 December 2014, 4:04 pm | Green Party

The Government must rule out asking the taxpayer to cover any additional costs in the building of the SkyCity Convention Centre, the Green Party said today. SkyCity today applied for resource consent for the International Convention Centre, which ... More >>

Ngapuhi Parties Urged to Get Back to the Table

Friday, 19 December 2014, 3:27 pm | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First backs the call by the Waitangi Tribunal for the dissenting parties within Ngapuhi to sit down and sort their differences out. More >>

Nothing New in Phillip John Smith Report

Friday, 19 December 2014, 3:25 pm | New Zealand First Party

Phillip John Smith exploited a system that should have been fixed two years ago when the loopholes were identified, says New Zealand First. More >>

Convention Centre resource consent application to be lodged

Friday, 19 December 2014, 2:47 pm | New Zealand Government

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce has welcomed SkyCity’s planned submission today of a resource consent application for the construction of the New Zealand International Convention Centre (NZICC). More >>

A summer ‘gift’ for your boatie

Friday, 19 December 2014, 2:14 pm | New Zealand Government

Helping your friends and family stay safe on the water this holiday season is the gift that lasts a lifetime, Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss says. More >>

Five Navy helicopters sold to Peru

Friday, 19 December 2014, 2:08 pm | New Zealand Government

Five Royal New Zealand Navy Seasprite helicopters have been sold to Peru, Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee announced today. “Our recent purchase of eight new, more sophisticated Seasprite helicopters meant the older model Seasprites were available ... More >>

John Key’s Court Costs a Bill for Taxpayers?

Friday, 19 December 2014, 1:19 pm | New Zealand First Party

Taxpayers could be saddled with a huge legal bill as John Key defends himself over his teapot tapes comments, says New Zealand First. More >>

CAA report conflicts with Brownlee’s claims

Friday, 19 December 2014, 1:15 pm | Green Party

New details that have emerged today from the Civil Aviation Authority’s (CAA) report into the Gerry Brownlee security breach indicates the bigger picture is being kept from the public. More >>

New PGP Investment Advisory Panel members

Friday, 19 December 2014, 12:38 pm | New Zealand Government

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has announced three new members of the Primary Growth Partnership’s independent Investment Advisory Panel (IAP). The three new members are primary industry and business specialist Barry Brook, experienced businessman ... More >>

Those the Gods Would Destroy They Make Mad First

Friday, 19 December 2014, 12:37 pm | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First says that the new records being set each month in immigration are utter madness. More >>

New reports show value of growing Māori agribusiness

Friday, 19 December 2014, 12:34 pm | New Zealand Government

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has released two reports today showing good progress in developing the potential of Māori agribusiness. “These reports confirm the importance of partnering with Iwi, Māori asset owners, local communities and ... More >>

Forestry opportunities in Maori Agribusiness

Friday, 19 December 2014, 12:14 pm | New Zealand Government

Associate Primary Industries Minister Jo Goodhew has welcomed the release of a report highlighting the economic opportunities for forestry through more productive use of Māori freehold land. The report ‘Growing the Productive Base of Māori Freehold ... More >>

Consultation starts on ACC rates for free doctors’ visits

Friday, 19 December 2014, 12:12 pm | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and ACC Minister Nikki Kaye say consultation starts today on ACC support towards free kids’ doctors’ visits. More >>

Minister has work to do over Xmas

Friday, 19 December 2014, 10:59 am | New Zealand Labour Party

Red flags raised in a multi-agency review into how Phillip Smith was able to flee the country highlight the inadequacies of those very same agencies not having red flags in place that would have notified them of his plans, says Labour’s Corrections ... More >>

Gerry Brownlee’s revolving airport door story

Friday, 19 December 2014, 10:29 am | New Zealand Labour Party

A new report shows Gerry Brownlee is the latest Cabinet Minister to have contracted the infectious tell-porkies-until-you-are-caught disease, Labour’s Chief Whip Chris Hipkins says. More >>

Harm reduced as tobacco left at the border

Friday, 19 December 2014, 10:28 am | New Zealand Government

The more than 800kg of tobacco and cigarettes left at the border since 1 November is a further step towards reducing the damage caused by smoking, say Customs Minister Nicky Wagner and Associate Health Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga. More >>

Govt spend on transport out of step with reality

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 5:20 pm | Green Party

The National Government is planning to allocate ever increasing amounts of taxpayer funding to build expensive new motorways despite record numbers of New Zealanders flocking to buses and trains, said the Green Party. More >>

Minister thanks all involved in kids’ learning

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 5:11 pm | New Zealand Government

Education Minister Hekia Parata has thanked parents, whānau and staff across the education sector for their passion and commitment to making sure all kids get the best possible education. More >>

Foreign buyers for iconic island must add value

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 4:59 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Labour will look very closely at any Overseas Investment Office application to purchase Pakatoa Island if it is not bought by a Kiwi, says Labour’s Land information Spokesperson Stuart Nash. More >>

10 new communities get ‘youth in emergency services’

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 4:33 pm | New Zealand Government

Youth Minister Nikki Kaye today announced $100,000 in funding to expand the ‘Youth in Emergency Services’ programme to ten new communities around New Zealand. More >>

Appointment of Christchurch Coroner

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 3:54 pm | New Zealand Government

Attorney-General, Christopher Finlayson, today announced the appointment of Christchurch lawyer Anna Tutton as a Coroner. Ms Tutton replaces retiring Christchurch Coroner, Richard McElrea. Ms Tutton has held a practising certificate for over 25 years. She ... More >>

Worksafe’s Excessive Fines for Farmers

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 3:13 pm | New Zealand First Party

WorkSafe NZ is risking a perception of revenue generation following another fine imposed on a farming couple for not wearing helmets and carrying children as passengers on a quad bike, disproportionately higher than fines for other safety breaches, says ... More >>

Affordable housing development agreement signed

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 3:08 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government has signed a development agreement for the construction of 237 homes as part of its affordable housing project on an 11.5-hectare Crown-owned site in Christchurch, Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith announced today. “Today’s ... More >>

New labelling standard for infant formula

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 2:33 pm | New Zealand Government

Food Safety Minister Jo Goodhew has today welcomed a new standard under the Animal Products Act that clarifies the labelling requirements for infant formula exports. More >>

Govt confirms $38.7 billion investment in land transport

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 2:23 pm | New Zealand Government

Transport Minister Simon Bridges today confirmed the Government will invest $38.7 billion in New Zealand’s land transport system over the next ten years, with regional networks, public transport, cycleways and road maintenance to benefit. More >>

NZ welcomes US, Cuba announcement

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 1:37 pm | New Zealand Government

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has welcomed this morning’s announcement that the United States and Cuba intend to re-establish diplomatic relations after 53 years. More >>

Submissions on future of science system

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 1:12 pm | New Zealand Government

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce today released the summary of submissions received in response to the Government's first Draft National Statement of Science Investment (NSSI), which sets out the current settings and proposed future priorities ... More >>

Government Must Bring in the Experts to Sort Strait Ferries

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 1:09 pm | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First is calling on the government to bring in maritime experts to sort out the Cook Strait ferries, including the ships, the management and command structure. More >>

Solar homes stymied by Govt inaction

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 1:02 pm | Green Party

Government inaction is allowing the big power companies to discourage the nascent solar power sector, the Green Party said today. Green Party MP Gareth Hughes launched a petition today calling on the Government to empower the Electricity Authority to ... More >>

A year of inequality debate

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 12:47 pm | ACT New Zealand

Inequality and poverty issues were big news this past year. The English version of Thomas Piketty’s book, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, was published in April. It provided an impressive collection of historical data on trends in wealth distribution. More >>

Is it time to pick a date to switch-off copper network?

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 12:18 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

“In 2015 the broadband community should start the critical discussion on how and when New Zealand can migrate from the copper broadband network to fibre because the current government won’t,” says Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran. More >>

City acknowledges former Councillor, Leonie Gill

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 12:16 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Today’s decision by Wellington City Council to name a local pathway in Kilbirnie after the late Leonie Gill, the long serving Labour Wellington City Councillor for the eastern suburbs, gets the thumbs up from Labour’s Rongotai MP, Annette King, ... More >>

Scheme to fill hard-to-staff health jobs working

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 12:11 pm | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a scheme to fill hard-to-staff health roles is making a real difference to the career choices of graduating health professionals. More >>

 

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