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Minister welcomes Queenstown research week

Monday, 31 August 2015, 5:16 pm | New Zealand Government

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce has today welcomed the commencement of the 2015 Queenstown Research Week. More >>

More Land Goes into Foreign Hands for Dairying

Monday, 31 August 2015, 4:30 pm | New Zealand First Party

European interests extending their dairy holdings in New Zealand are among the latest land sale approvals for foreign buyers, says New Zealand First. More >>

Great news for Palmerston North air passengers

Monday, 31 August 2015, 4:12 pm | New Zealand National Party

Jono Naylor has welcomed this morning’s announcement that Jetstar will begin to offer flights to Palmerston North. More >>

PM to attend 46th Pacific Islands Forum

Monday, 31 August 2015, 4:07 pm | New Zealand Government

Prime Minister John Key will lead a delegation to Papua New Guinea to attend the annual Pacific Islands Forum Leaders’ meeting being held in Port Moresby. “The Pacific Islands Forum Leaders’ meeting is an opportunity for the region to come ... More >>

Key’s threat to veto premature

Monday, 31 August 2015, 3:50 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

John Key’s threat that he might use a financial veto against the Bill that will introduce 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave is premature and based on inflated costings, says the bill’s sponsor, Labour ‘s Sue Moroney. More >>

Progress being made in Pacific health

Monday, 31 August 2015, 2:51 pm | New Zealand Government

A new report on the health of Pacific people shows good progress is being made in some areas, Associate Health Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga says. More >>

Residential property withholding tax proposed

Monday, 31 August 2015, 2:19 pm | New Zealand Government

Public consultation begins today on the Government’s proposed residential land withholding tax with the release of a paper seeking public feedback More >>

Louise Nicholas to deliver 4th Dame Dorothy Fraser lecture

Monday, 31 August 2015, 1:18 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

The woman who took on the police force over rape and abuse and won will deliver the fourth annual Dame Dorothy Fraser Lecture on Monday 28 September in Dunedin. We are excited to have confirmed Louise Nicholas ONZM to deliver the first lecture since ... More >>

Auckland housing consents top 1000 in July

Monday, 31 August 2015, 12:54 pm | New Zealand Government

Building consent data released by Statistics New Zealand show 1116 homes were consented in Auckland in July, the first time in a decade that the monthly total has been over 1000, Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith noted today. More >>

Labour celebrates Tongan language and diversity

Monday, 31 August 2015, 12:42 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Tongan Language Week is a timely reminder of the importance and beauty of our Pacific culture, identity and language in New Zealand, says our first Tongan born, Tongan speaking MP Jenny Salesa. More >>

Privatising CYF about ideology not care

Monday, 31 August 2015, 11:25 am | New Zealand Labour Party

John Key’s suggestions today that Child Youth and Family could be privatized will be a terrifying thought for New Zealanders already dealing with the mess created in private prisons and plans to sell our state houses to Australians, Opposition ... More >>

Govt must make most of Jetstar competition

Monday, 31 August 2015, 10:27 am | New Zealand Labour Party

Government agencies should pledge to always buy “the best fare of the day” to maximise competition between Jetstar and Air New Zealand and ensure savings for taxpayers while boosting services to regional New Zealand, Labour’s Transport Spokesperson ... More >>

Regional airline competition welcomed

Monday, 31 August 2015, 9:32 am | New Zealand Government

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and Transport Minister Simon Bridges have this morning welcomed increased competition in the regional aviation market. More >>

Collins Comments - August 31 2015

Monday, 31 August 2015, 8:57 am | Judith Collins

There is plenty of great news for New Zealanders in the progress the Government is making with its policies of promoting education and employment, and its continued the focus on health. More >>

Minister welcomes Money Week 2015

Monday, 31 August 2015, 8:46 am | New Zealand Government

Empowering people to be better with money is the key focus for Money Week, says Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Paul Goldsmith. More >>

Tonga Language Week celebrated

Monday, 31 August 2015, 8:42 am | New Zealand Government

Pacific Peoples Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has welcomed Tonga Language Week 2015 More >>

Peter Dunne: reopening of Wellington Central Fire Station

Sunday, 30 August 2015, 7:27 pm | United Future NZ Party

150th Anniversary and Reopening of Wellington Central Fire Station – 2 Oriental Parade, Te Aro, Wellington More >>

Worldwide reputation at the border recognised

Sunday, 30 August 2015, 11:26 am | New Zealand National Party

Customs Minister Nicky Wagner says positive results from Customs’ passenger and commercial satisfaction surveys confirm New Zealand’s already strong worldwide reputation for efficiency at the border. More >>

Minister opens papakāinga near Tauranga

Saturday, 29 August 2015, 10:52 am | New Zealand Government

Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell will open six new flats at Tahuwhakatiki marae, in Mount Maunganui today. More >>

Nanaia Mahuta Responds to Media Speculation

Saturday, 29 August 2015, 10:13 am | New Zealand Labour Party

Speculation that Nanaia Mahuta has been selected to succeed her cousin Kiingi Tuheitia as head of the Kiingitanga and Waikato-Tainui is unfounded. More >>

Bridges: Road Transport Forum 2015

Friday, 28 August 2015, 5:19 pm | New Zealand Government

Good afternoon and thank you for having me here - it is great to have the opportunity to speak to you today, my first such opportunity as Transport Minister. More >>

Silver Fern Farms Must Not Be Allowed to Go Chinese

Friday, 28 August 2015, 5:12 pm | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First is vowing to fight for the continued New Zealand ownership of New Zealand’s second largest meat cooperative as it faces sale to the Chinese. More >>

Speech to the 2015 Green Cross Health Conference

Friday, 28 August 2015, 4:51 pm | New Zealand Government

Good afternoon, it is a pleasure for me to join you this afternoon for this year’s Green Cross Health 2015 Conference. I would like to thank Green Cross Health for the opportunity to be here today. It is a real pleasure to see so many pharmacists ... More >>

Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi's August Newsletter

Friday, 28 August 2015, 4:49 pm | New Zealand National Party

The month of July ended with two sad events for Indians across the globe. Three militants disguised in Army uniforms opened fire at a moving bus and forcefully entered a local police station in the state of Punjab, India. The attack killed six persons, including ... More >>

Healthy Families NZ launched in Waitakere

Friday, 28 August 2015, 4:07 pm | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has today launched Healthy Families Waitakere in West Auckland. “Healthy Families NZ will improve people's health where they live, learn, work and play, as a way to prevent obesity and chronic illness," says Dr Coleman. ... More >>

Minister opens South Island’s first Urban Cycleways

Friday, 28 August 2015, 3:39 pm | New Zealand Government

Transport Minister Simon Bridges has opened the first South Island cycleways to be funded by the Government’s Urban Cycleways Programme in Christchurch today. Mr Bridges cut the ribbon at the new Matai Street East section of the city’s UniCycle ... More >>

Manukau Court’s $51m court upgrade complete

Friday, 28 August 2015, 3:29 pm | New Zealand Government

Justice Minister Amy Adams today opened the upgraded Manukau District Courthouse after a $51 million makeover that future-proofs one of the country’s busiest courthouses. The Manukau District Court receives about 11 per cent of the country’s criminal ... More >>

Bishop to hold public meeting on family violence

Friday, 28 August 2015, 2:56 pm | New Zealand National Party

Bishop to hold public meeting on family violence Chris Bishop, National List MP based in the Hutt Valley, will soon host a public meeting on the government’s new discussion document on New Zealand’s family violence laws. The meeting will be ... More >>

Auckland Council must stop coveting neighbours’ assets

Friday, 28 August 2015, 2:48 pm | ACT New Zealand

“It is incredibly arrogant, even by their standards, for Auckland Council to include the Auckland Energy Consumer Trust in its asset review as a ‘potential’ asset,” says Epsom MP David Seymour. More >>

Submissions: Financial Assistance for Live Organ Donors Bill

Friday, 28 August 2015, 2:22 pm | Office of the Clerk

Public submissions are being invited on this bill. The closing date for submissions is Wednesday 7 October, 2015 . More >>

Time for inquiry into petrol margins

Friday, 28 August 2015, 11:49 am | New Zealand Labour Party

It’s time for an inquiry into petrol companies as margins are once again at the high levels that prompted concerns late last year, says Labour's Energy Spokesperson Stuart Nash. "Over the December January holiday period, petrol importer margins ... More >>

Cook Islands to benefit from Tropic Twilight

Friday, 28 August 2015, 10:44 am | New Zealand Government

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee and Foreign Minister Murray McCully today announced that this year’s Tropic twilight Exercise will be conducted in the northern Cook Islands atolls of Penrhyn and Manihiki. More >>

We Say It Again - Serco Must Go

Friday, 28 August 2015, 10:22 am | New Zealand First Party

Private prison operator Serco knew about the fight clubs at Mt Eden 18 months ago, but covered it up, says New Zealand First More >>

Minister welcomes Canterbury Economic Development Strategy

Friday, 28 August 2015, 10:21 am | New Zealand Government

Minister for Economic Development Steven Joyce has today welcomed a report which will provide the building blocks for a strong and vital economic future across the Canterbury region. More >>

PM announces further funding for Alps 2 Ocean cycle trail

Friday, 28 August 2015, 10:13 am | New Zealand Government

Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism John Key today announced a further $935,000 will be invested to help complete the Alps 2 Ocean cycle trail. More >>

Huntly section of the Waikato Expressway begins

Friday, 28 August 2015, 9:21 am | New Zealand Government

Construction of the Huntly section of the $2.1 billion Waikato Expressway has begun with Transport Minister, Simon Bridges, turning the first sod today. More >>

Bay of Plenty place names corrected

Friday, 28 August 2015, 8:50 am | New Zealand Government

Land Information Minister Louise Upston has today announced her decision to correct the spelling of 12 place and feature names in the Opotiki District. More >>

Seven Years on And National is in No Rush to Help Children

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 7:53 pm | New Zealand First Party

Seven years under a National government has done nothing to improve the appalling outcomes for New Zealand children in state care, says New Zealand First. More >>

National Dementia Plan Urgently Needed

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 5:22 pm | New Zealand First Party

The Ministry of Health has no plan to care for the 150,000 New Zealanders who are likely to have dementia by 2050, says New Zealand First. “When questioned in Parliament today Health Minister Jonathan Coleman could only point to an outline for dementia ... More >>

Another big win for Co-Ed Coffee Educators

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 5:14 pm | New Zealand National Party

Chris Bishop, National List MP based in the Hutt Valley, has congratulated Co-Ed Coffee Educators on winning the Diversability Award at the 2015 Diversity Awards NZ in Auckland last night. More >>

Release of 2015-2020 National Drug Policy

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 5:13 pm | New Zealand Government

The 2015-2020 National Drug Policy has been launched at Parliament today by Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne. More >>

Good progress continuing under Housing Accord

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 5:08 pm | New Zealand Government

Eleven new Special Housing Areas (SHAs) that will provide up to 1600 new homes across Auckland were announced today by Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith and Mayor Len Brown. More >>

Nats playing politics with social workers

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 5:05 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

National is playing politics by refusing to support a member’s bill requiring registration of social workers despite the Children’s Commissioner saying upskilling is vital, Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni says. More >>

Staff need stronger Māori cultural capability

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 5:01 pm | The Maori Party

Māori Party Co-leader, Marama Fox, has today asked questions of the Social Development Minister in the wake of the Children’s Commissioner’s report, State of Care, 2015. More >>

Influenza vaccine programme further extended

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 4:56 pm | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says it's still not too late to vaccinate against influenza with the free vaccine programme further extended until Friday 11 September. More >>

More talk as Auckland congestion worsens

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 4:54 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

The main impact of the Government’s agreement with Auckland Council today will be simply to delay still further decisions needed to relieve the city’s traffic congestion, says Labour’s Auckland Issues Spokesperson, Phil Goff. More >>

Questions and Answers - August 27

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 4:53 pm | Office of the Clerk

1. DARROCH BALL (NZ First) to the Minister for Social Development : Does she stand by all her statements? More >>

Terms of Reference agreed for Auckland

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 4:12 pm | New Zealand Government

Hon Bill English Minister of Finance Hon Simon Bridges Minister of Transport 27 August 2015 Terms of Reference agreed for Auckland More >>

In Focus: 27 August 2015

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 3:28 pm | New Zealand National Party

Parliament has been sitting over the last three weeks and a number of announcements have been made some of which I have covered in this newsletter. More >>

Minister’s Rheumatic Fever Claims Undermined by Figures

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 3:12 pm | New Zealand First Party

The Minister of Health, Jonathan Coleman, is failing to meet his targets in reducing rheumatic fever hospital admissions and is instead fiddling with the figures, says New Zealand First. More >>

Serco inquiry extended

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 2:24 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

A two month delay to the Government investigation into prison fight clubs shows the extent of problems within the Serco circus, says Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis. “My office received a tsunami of complaints so I’m not surprised ... More >>

Truck Shops ignore consumer laws

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 2:14 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

A damning Commerce Commission report out today highlights the failure of the Government to protect poor and vulnerable families from unscrupulous truck shops, says Labour’s Consumer Affairs Spokesperson David Shearer. “The report found that 31 out of 32 ... More >>

An investigation into ending one’s life in New Zealand

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 1:28 pm | Health Committee

An investigation into ending one’s life in New Zealand – response to petition from Maryan Street More >>

Minister announces investigation

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 1:16 pm | The Maori Party

Māori Development Māori Te Ururoa Flavell announced today that he will direct a ministerial investigation into the affairs of Aupōuri Māori Trust Board, under section 33 of the Māori Trust Boards Act 1955. More >>

Traders benefiting from online registration

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 1:08 pm | New Zealand Government

Customs Minister Nicky Wagner says the rapid uptake of an online service helping customs brokers meet border requirements for imports and exports has far exceeded expectations. More >>

Next Ambassador to Argentina announced

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 12:18 pm | New Zealand Government

27 August 2015 Next Ambassador to Argentina announced Foreign Minister Murray McCully has announced diplomat Raylene Liufalani as New Zealand’s next Ambassador to Argentina. “Argentina is an important partner for New Zealand in Latin America, and the resumption ... More >>

Rheumatic fever rates drop 24 per cent

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 11:39 am | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says national rheumatic fever rates have dropped significantly. More >>

Questions For Oral Answer August 27

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 11:35 am | Office of the Clerk

1. DARROCH BALL to the Minister for Social Development: Does she stand by all her statements? More >>

Original waiata wins Supreme Award

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 11:34 am | New Zealand Government

A Year 8 student who composed and sung his own waiata has won the Supreme Award for a school competition honouring the 28th (Māori) Battalion, Education Minister Hekia Parata announced today. More >>

Māori Technology Scholarship to change lives

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 11:27 am | The Maori Party

Māori Development Minister, Te Ururoa Flavell, welcomes a new initiative to encourage more Māori into the Information Technology sector today. More >>


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