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Climate Change Minister heads to Poland

Friday, 19 October 2018, 3:19 pm | New Zealand Government

The Minister for Climate Change is travelling to Poland tomorrow night to take part in preliminary talks around deciding the rules for meeting Paris Agreement obligations to reduce global greenhouse gases. More >>

Profound loss for DoC and New Zealand conservation

Friday, 19 October 2018, 3:18 pm | New Zealand Government

The deaths of three men in yesterday’s helicopter crash in Wanaka is a huge and deeply felt personal loss for the Department of Conservation (DOC) whanau and New Zealand conservation, Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage said today. More >>

Govt trashes NZ reputation, creates $104M losses

Friday, 19 October 2018, 2:58 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Government has hurt New Zealand’s reputation well beyond the oil and gas sector, and must respond to investors facing $104 million of losses if its exploration ban succeeds, National’s Energy and Resources spokesperson Jonathan Young says. More >>

New High Commissioner to Malaysia announced

Friday, 19 October 2018, 12:59 pm | New Zealand Government

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today announced the appointment of diplomat Hunter Nottage as High Commissioner to Malaysia. More >>

Have your say on changes to Dog Control Act 1996

Friday, 19 October 2018, 11:50 am | Primary Production Committee

The Primary Production Committee is now seeking public submissions on the Dog Control (Category 1 Offences) Amendment Bill. The bill aims to reduce the time it takes for charges (excluding specific charges) under the Dog Control Act 1996 to be heard. More >>

Pacific Aotearoa website launched

Friday, 19 October 2018, 10:25 am | New Zealand Government

A Pacific Aotearoa website has been launched ahead of November’s Summit to share what the Pacific community have said in relation to a refreshed Pacific Vision. “When we got into Government, I asked the Ministry for Pacific Peoples to engage with our ... More >>

Upgraded facilities for North Shore and Whangarei hospitals

Friday, 19 October 2018, 10:00 am | New Zealand Government

More patients will receive the surgery they need following a funding boost to North Shore and Whangarei Hospitals Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. More >>

New Zealand hosts RCEP round

Friday, 19 October 2018, 9:45 am | New Zealand Government

Minister of State for Trade and Export Growth Damien O’Connor today welcomed officials from 16 countries attending negotiations for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership in Auckland. More >>

No ceiling on recycling opportunity

Friday, 19 October 2018, 9:38 am | New Zealand Government

Auckland-based business Asona is getting $185,000 from the Waste Minimisation Fund to help develop a recycling system for acoustic ceiling panels, Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage announced today. More >>

PGF invests to build economic development capability

Thursday, 18 October 2018, 7:57 pm | New Zealand Government

Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau has announced Economic Development New Zealand (EDNZ) will be given critical support from the Provincial Growth Fund to build the expertise of economic development agencies ... More >>

PM and Conservation Minister on tragic helicopter accident

Thursday, 18 October 2018, 6:45 pm | New Zealand Government

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage have today expressed their deep-felt sympathy for the families, colleagues and friends of those who died in today’s helicopter crash in Wanaka. More >>

Bill makes for a stronger public education system

Thursday, 18 October 2018, 5:17 pm | New Zealand Government

The passage of the Education Amendment Bill this afternoon draws a line under some of the most divisive policies of the previous Government and puts the emphasis back on quality education, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said. More >>

Landlords losing out under current Government

Thursday, 18 October 2018, 5:10 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Government’s claim it is striking a balance between the interests of landlords and tenants has been further rubbished in Parliament today, National’s Housing spokesperson Judith Collins says. More >>

Education Bill passed despite urgent treaty claim

Thursday, 18 October 2018, 4:50 pm | New Zealand National Party

With the passing of the Education Amendment Bill today the Government has ignored continuous outcry from Māori leaders and scrapped the partnership school model, National’s spokesperson for Education Nikki Kaye says. More >>

Announcement of new High Commissioner to Singapore

Thursday, 18 October 2018, 4:49 pm | New Zealand Government

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today announced the appointment of diplomat Jo Tyndall as High Commissioner in Singapore. More >>

Auditor-General must keep monitoring Police

Thursday, 18 October 2018, 4:39 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Auditor-General must continue to regularly report on Police culture and conduct in light of the troubling events of 2018 – specifically the Wally Haumaha saga, National’s Police spokesperson Chris Bishop says. More >>

Announcement of new Ambassador to Timor Leste

Thursday, 18 October 2018, 4:37 pm | New Zealand Government

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters announced the appointment of diplomat Philip Hewitt as Ambassador to Timor-Leste today. More >>

862 new police officers into the frontline

Thursday, 18 October 2018, 4:27 pm | New Zealand Government

Police Minister Stuart Nash says delivering on the Government’s commitment to provide 1800 more police officers is on track, with another 78 officers graduating from the Royal New Zealand Police College today. More >>

Commerce Commission appointments

Thursday, 18 October 2018, 4:16 pm | New Zealand Government

Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi today announced the reappointments of Sue Begg and Elisabeth Welson as members of the Commerce Commission, and the appointment of a new associate member, John Crawford. More >>

Parliament: Questions and Answers - October 18

Thursday, 18 October 2018, 4:08 pm | Hansard

1. Hon AMY ADAMS (National—Selwyn) to the Minister of Finance : Is it a goal of this Government's economic policy to make it easier for New Zealand families to get ahead? More >>

Small firms say dealing with Govt ‘a nightmare’

Thursday, 18 October 2018, 3:04 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Government needs to stop talking over New Zealand’s small business owners and start listening because they’re hurting, they’re weighed down by red tape and they’re worried about taxes and labour law, National’s Small Business spokesperson ... More >>

Reform of the WTO focus of North American talks

Thursday, 18 October 2018, 2:49 pm | New Zealand Government

Minister for Trade and Export Growth David Parker heads to Washington DC and Ottawa next week to advance New Zealand’s interests in reform of the World Trade Organization and global trade rules. More >>

Government clearly giving up on most vulnerable

Thursday, 18 October 2018, 2:34 pm | New Zealand National Party

A blowout in the number of people on the Jobseekers benefit and a significant reduction in sanctions imposed over the last year shows the Government has given up on getting more people into work, National’s spokesperson for Social Development Louise Upston ... More >>

Tax-hungry Govt would double-dip at drivers’ cost

Thursday, 18 October 2018, 2:29 pm | New Zealand National Party

Drivers are already angry every time they fill up at the pump and they’ll take no comfort from the Government’s willingness to double-dip on tax if petrol prices keep rising, National’s Finance spokesperson Amy Adams says. More >>

PM’s Business Advisory Council membership announced

Thursday, 18 October 2018, 1:57 pm | New Zealand Government

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced a diverse cross section of leaders from the business community will form her Business Advisory Council to advise the Coalition Government as it works on building a productive, sustainable and inclusive economy ... More >>

Clark has cut funding from medicines to pay nurses

Thursday, 18 October 2018, 1:54 pm | New Zealand National Party

Health Minister David Clark has admitted in Parliament yesterday that he used funds that should have been reinvested into medicines for New Zealanders to offset the cost of wage settlements that his Government didn’t fully fund, National’s Health ... More >>

Stop powerful vested interests and preserve democracy

Thursday, 18 October 2018, 1:06 pm | Green Party

The Green Party is calling for a major rethink of how political parties accept donations in New Zealand. More >>

Member’s Bill Proposes Radical Change to Super Entitlement

Thursday, 18 October 2018, 12:53 pm | New Zealand First Party

A New Zealand First Member’s Bill drawn from the ballot today makes a radical change to NZ Superannuation entitlement by raising the minimum residency from 10 to 20 years after age 20. More >>

Parliament: Oral Questions - 18 October 2018

Thursday, 18 October 2018, 12:16 pm | Office of the Clerk

1. Hon AMY ADAMS to the Minister of Finance: Is it a goal of this Government’s economic policy to make it easier for New Zealand families to get ahead? More >>

Minister welcomes major ‘air’ report

Thursday, 18 October 2018, 11:46 am | New Zealand Government

The state of New Zealand’s air is generally good says the Associate Minister for the Environment, Hon Nanaia Mahuta after the release of a new report on our air this morning. More >>

Green Party calls for oil drilling loophole to be closed

Thursday, 18 October 2018, 11:30 am | Green Party

The Green Party will propose an amendment to the Crown Minerals Act Amendment Bill to close a current loophole that allows for oil and gas companies to extend their permits for offshore drilling. More >>

‘Have your Say’ campaign launched for Rural NZ

Thursday, 18 October 2018, 10:52 am | New Zealand National Party

National Leader Simon Bridges has today launched the ‘Have Your Say’ listening campaign for Rural New Zealand as the next step in National’s 2020 election policy development process. More >>

Latest benefit figures released

Thursday, 18 October 2018, 10:50 am | New Zealand Government

Latest benefit figures show the percentage of the working-age population receiving a main benefit remains the same as it was a year ago, Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni said today. More >>

New GST rules to level playing field

Thursday, 18 October 2018, 10:03 am | New Zealand Government

Overseas companies selling goods online into New Zealand will soon be required to collect GST in the same way as domestic retailers. More >>

Pest control system wins spatial excellence award

Thursday, 18 October 2018, 8:58 am | New Zealand Government

Ethos Environmental has taken out the Supreme Award at the New Zealand Spatial Excellence Awards tonight in Wellington for its use of location-based data to help control pest infestations on Great Barrier Island. More >>

Psychoactive Substances Bill passes 2nd reading

Thursday, 18 October 2018, 8:51 am | New Zealand National Party

Synthetic drugs are a blight on our society, and those who deal and profit from them have been put on notice today as the Psychoactive Substances Amendment Bill passed its second reading, MP for Pakuranga Simeon Brown says. More >>

Drug driving Bill rejection dangerous and short sighted

Thursday, 18 October 2018, 8:50 am | New Zealand National Party

The voting down of a Members Bill which would have kept our roads safer and saved lives is incomprehensible, Wairarapa MP Alastair Scott says. More >>

Dame Annette King to attend Asia Europe Meeting Summit

Wednesday, 17 October 2018, 5:19 pm | New Zealand Government

The Honourable Dame Annette King will attend the 12th Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM) Leaders’ Summit as the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy in Brussels this week (18-19 October). More >>

Govt review risks widening FDI gap with Australia

Wednesday, 17 October 2018, 2:57 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Government is creating more uncertainty for foreign investors with another review of the Overseas Investment Act, a move that may see New Zealand fall further behind Australia in attracting capital, National’s Finance spokesperson Amy Adams says. More >>

Mark Mitchell - $20k to set up and dismantle three tables

Wednesday, 17 October 2018, 2:42 pm | New Zealand National Party

The income tax of four minimum wage earners for a full year was spent on setting up three tables at the Government’s $1.6 million Criminal Justice Summit, National’s Justice spokesperson Mark Mitchell says. “The breakdown shows that $20,278 was ... More >>

Announcement of appointment of new Ambassador to Italy

Wednesday, 17 October 2018, 2:19 pm | New Zealand Government

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today announced the appointment of diplomat Anthony Simpson as Ambassador to Italy. “Mr Simpson is currently Unit Manager of the Europe Division at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade. He has previously ... More >>

Announcement of new Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates

Wednesday, 17 October 2018, 2:18 pm | New Zealand Government

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today announced the appointment of diplomat Matthew Hawkins as New Zealand’s next Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates. “Mr Hawkins is well qualified for the role. He is currently Unit Manager of the Middle ... More >>

Labour sends Māori to the back of the charter school bus

Wednesday, 17 October 2018, 12:32 pm | ACT New Zealand

The Labour Party has sent Māori to the back by bus by forcing through legislation that makes charter school contracts illegal while Māori educators seek to have their Waitangi Tribunal claim heard urgently, says ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

Film Industry Working Group report welcomed

Wednesday, 17 October 2018, 12:22 pm | New Zealand Government

The Film Industry Working Group has reported back today, providing recommendations on restoring collective bargaining rights to film production workers, says the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety Iain Lees-Galloway. More >>

e-Invoicing to boost productivity

Wednesday, 17 October 2018, 12:17 pm | New Zealand Government

Small Business Minister Stuart Nash is encouraging the Australian and New Zealand public to provide feedback on a joint electronic invoicing (e-Invoicing) initiative that will save businesses time and money. More >>

Enhanced air ambulance service for the South

Wednesday, 17 October 2018, 11:34 am | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Dr David Clark has announced the third and final agreement in principle has been reached for new air ambulance services that will be safer, better and firmly focused on patients. More >>

DOC closing tracks to protect kauri

Wednesday, 17 October 2018, 10:20 am | New Zealand Government

Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage today announced that the Department of Conservation (DOC) will close 21 tracks across kauri land to help prevent the spread of kauri dieback. More >>

Stardom beckons for young performers as Showquest continues

Wednesday, 17 October 2018, 10:10 am | New Zealand Government

More young stars are set to be discovered as a series of popular performing arts shows for young people is rolled out for another year, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. More >>

Next steps for bloodstock investment

Wednesday, 17 October 2018, 9:34 am | New Zealand Government

Racing Minister Winston Peters has announced the next steps to promote new investment in the horse bloodstock industry. More >>

Govt Abolishing Charters Which Would Solve Teacher Shortage

Tuesday, 16 October 2018, 5:29 pm | ACT New Zealand

“Tonight the Government is eradicating the Charter School model right when Charter Schools would solve their most urgent problem - teacher shortages,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

Prominent museum director remembered

Tuesday, 16 October 2018, 5:17 pm | New Zealand Government

Prime Minister and Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Jacinda Ardern today expressed sorrow at the death of highly-regarded museum director Thérèse Angelo. More >>

Unions prioritised over medicines funding

Tuesday, 16 October 2018, 5:06 pm | New Zealand National Party

Health Minister David Clark must come clean about funding for new medicines being pulled from Pharmac to settle the nurses’ pay dispute, National’s Health spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says. More >>

Government in disagreement over fuel taxes

Tuesday, 16 October 2018, 4:35 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Prime Minister and the Transport Minister can’t agree on the impact their fuel taxes are having on New Zealanders, National’s Transport spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says. More >>

Parliament: Questions and Answers - October 16

Tuesday, 16 October 2018, 4:30 pm | Office of the Clerk

1. Hon SIMON BRIDGES (Leader of the Opposition) to the Prime Minister : Does she stand by all her Government's statements and actions? More >>

National backs Commerce Bill, wants fuel tax axed

Tuesday, 16 October 2018, 4:13 pm | New Zealand National Party

National will support the Commerce Amendment Bill that imposes a market studies regime, but wants the Government to axe fuel taxes hurting Kiwis in the back pocket right now, National’s Commerce and Consumer Affairs spokesperson Brett Hudson says. More >>

Psychoactive Substances Bill returns for Second Reading

Tuesday, 16 October 2018, 3:47 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Government will have the opportunity to take action against the growing damage caused by synthetic drugs when the Psychoactive Substances Amendment Bill returns to Parliament tomorrow for its second reading, Pakuranga MP Simeon Brown says. More >>

National Caucus votes to expel Jami-Lee Ross

Tuesday, 16 October 2018, 1:07 pm | New Zealand National Party

This was the strongest possible action the Caucus can take and reflects the seriousness of the issues and the fact we are united and focused on the interests of New Zealanders. More >>

Seymour Challenges MPs to Put Kids First

Tuesday, 16 October 2018, 12:59 pm | ACT New Zealand

ACT Leader David Seymour has today challenged the Government to put kids and families before the Teachers Union. More >>

Govt's Commerce Amendment Bill an Invitation to Corruption

Tuesday, 16 October 2018, 12:35 pm | ACT New Zealand

The Government’s Introduction of Market Studies via the Commerce Amendment Bill is a sad day for both the Government and the National Party,” according to ACT leader David Seymour. More >>

Green Party welcomes review of Overseas Investment

Tuesday, 16 October 2018, 12:00 pm | Green Party

Green Party welcomes review of Overseas Investment, will push for protection of water and Māori cultural values More >>

 
 
 
 
 
 

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