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Businesses need to respect workers this Easter

Friday, 18 April 2014, 10:46 am | Green Party

Businesses need to respect workers this Easter Businesses intent on flouting Easter shopping laws should face stiff penalties, Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Denise Roche said today. This Easter, at least one major garden centre chain intends ... More >>

Questions and Answers - April 17

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 6:32 pm | Office of the Clerk

1. DENIS O’ROURKE (NZ First) to the Minister of Transport : Does he agree with all of the Prime Minister’s statements concerning transport? More >>

Select Committees - for 14 April to 17 April 2014

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 5:29 pm | Office of the Clerk

There were 15 committee meetings, all in the parliamentary complex. More >>

Committee response on inquiry into improving child health

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 5:25 pm | Office of the Clerk

Dr Paul Hutchison, Chairperson of the Health Committee, would like to inform you that the Select Committee has taken the unusual step of responding to the Government’s response to the Health Select Committee’s report above because it considers the ... More >>

Inaugural Game Animal Council appointed

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 5:16 pm | New Zealand Government

Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith and Associate Minister Peter Dunne today announced the appointment of 11 members to the inaugural Game Animal Council. More >>

Minister Reverses His Position Over Gisborne Rail Link

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 5:00 pm | New Zealand First Party

Answers given in Parliament today suggest Minister for Transport Gerry Brownlee has reversed his decision on the mothballed Gisborne-Napier railway, says New Zealand First. More >>

New law holds partners complicit in welfare fraud to account

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 4:29 pm | New Zealand Government

Associate Social Development Minister Chester Borrows has welcomed the passage of a Bill to hold partners complicit in welfare fraud to account, 102 votes to 17. More >>

Time to deliver on 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 4:14 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Today marks two years since Labour MP Sue Moroney's Bill extending paid parental leave to 26 weeks was drawn from the members' ballot. More >>

Taxpayers robbed of $130m in Genesis sale

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 4:13 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Kiwi taxpayers have been robbed of $130 million by the Government in its final failed asset sale, says Labour’s SOEs spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove. More >>

Drive safely over Easter

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 3:56 pm | New Zealand Government

Associate Transport Minister Michael Woodhouse is urging road users to slow down and take care this Easter. More >>

Funding for World War One Centenary

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 3:37 pm | New Zealand Government

Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne (Presiding Member of the Lottery Grants Board) has today announced that the Lottery World War One Commemorations, Environment and Heritage Committee has approved funding of over $9.1 million towards 80 projects ... More >>

Joyce out of touch with his business mates

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 3:33 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Steven Joyce has spent the past five years attacking Labour with his tired old screams of ‘1970s!’ but in the meantime most of his business friends have come around to our way of thinking, says Labour’s Economic Development spokesperson Shane Jones. More >>

National’s position on single nutrient management model

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 3:21 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Clarification is needed regarding the National Government's position on the single nutrient management model for water quality in light of the Board of Inquiry decision on the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme (RWSS) says Labour’s Environment Spokesperson ... More >>

Labour to protect subbies in construction failures

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 3:19 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Labour’s Commerce spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove will introduce a supplementary order paper to the Construction Contracts Amendment Bill to ensure subcontractors are paid for the work they’ve done when construction companies collapse. More >>

Work visa problems need monitoring

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 3:07 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

The Government is handing out temporary work visas to migrants to work in jobs that could easily be filled by unemployed Kiwi workers in the Christchurch rebuild, says Darien Fenton, Labour’s Associate Immigration spokesperson. More >>

Resignation rates among cops soar

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 3:06 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

The number of frontline officers quitting the police force is at a four-year high, with more than 350 walking off the job in the past year, Labour’s Police spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. More >>

Legal high ban worthy of wider pick-up

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 3:05 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Auckland Council’s ban on using legal highs in a public place is an excellent idea that should be replicated around New Zealand, says Labour’s Associate Health Spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. More >>

Coromandel electorate grows in logical changes

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 2:37 pm | New Zealand National Party

Coromandel MP Scott Simpson has welcomed people who will join the electorate from Waikato, as part of changes to electoral boundaries. More >>

National gives away a further $130 million on Genesis sale

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 2:06 pm | Green Party

National have sold New Zealanders short by significantly under-pricing Genesis Energy, Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman said today. Genesis Energy shares immediately went up $0.26 (or 17 percent) on listing today, showing the market valued the company ... More >>

Tax conference to address simplification

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 1:21 pm | New Zealand Government

Revenue Minister Todd McClay has announced that simplification and modernisation will be the focus of the tax conference to be held in conjunction with Victoria University, on 12 and 13 June. More >>

Te Tau Ihu Treaty settlement legislation passed

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 1:18 pm | New Zealand Government

The House sat for extended hours this morning to pass four bills giving effect to the final deeds of settlement for historical Treaty claims in the South Island. More >>

Dunne Secures Win for Recreational Hunters

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 1:10 pm | United Future NZ Party

UnitedFuture Leader and Associate Minister for Conservation Hon. Peter Dunne welcomed the announcement of the inaugural appointments to the Game Animal Council. More >>

The Co-operative Bank joins Government scheme

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 12:47 pm | New Zealand Government

Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith today welcomed The Co-operative Bank into the Government’s Welcome Home Loans scheme, bringing the total number of lenders offering the first home loan product to 11. More >>

Questions For Oral Answer April 17

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 11:51 am | Office of the Clerk

1. DENIS O'ROURKE to the Minister of Transport: Does he agree with all of the Prime Minister’s statements concerning transport? More >>

Same old same old economic policy from Labour

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 11:42 am | New Zealand Government

Labour’s so called ‘Manufacturing Policy’ once again reheats the same old tired economic policies that would take New Zealand back to the dark days of high inflation, sluggish growth and low-job prospects, Economic Development Minister Steven ... More >>

Feedback wanted on full rest home audit reports

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 11:35 am | New Zealand Government

Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew is encouraging the public to share their views on full rest home audit reports being published. More >>

$2 million for new classrooms at Tai Tapu school

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 11:11 am | New Zealand Government

Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye today announced nearly $2 million funding for new classrooms at Tai Tapu School in rural Canterbury. More >>

PM’s China visit assisted Oravida, not Fonterra

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 11:03 am | New Zealand Labour Party

Questions must now be asked whether it was Fonterra or Oravida who really benefited from the Prime Minister’s recent visit to China, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “Before his departure, John Key said he would ... More >>

Defence Force supports Poppy Day

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 10:48 am | New Zealand Government

Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman joined Defence Force personnel including the Vice Chief of Defence Force Air Vice-Marshal Kevin Short, to collect donations for the annual Poppy Day appeal in Wellington today. More >>

New Zealand’s use of ozone depleting gases increases

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 10:46 am | Green Party

A new Government report highlights that the amount of ozone depleting gases New Zealand is using is increasing, the Green Party said today. The report tabled in parliament yesterday shows that total use of ozone depleting gases in New Zealand has increased ... More >>

Roche Allegations Completely Unfounded

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 10:44 am | Peter Dunne

Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne says allegations by Green MP Denise Roche that he has a conflict of interest over his role with the Northern Wellington Festival Committee have been proven to be completely unfounded. Last week, Ms Roche complained ... More >>

Third Reading: Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Ka Mate Haka Bill

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 10:27 am | New Zealand Government

Mr Speaker, today we welcome the sons and daughters of Hoturoa, captain of the great Tainui Canoe. Tēnā koutou, Tēnā koutou, Tēnā koutou katoa. Mr Speaker, nearly two centuries ago the people of Ngāti Toa Rangatira resided at Kāwhia, on Waikato ... More >>

15,000 fewer people dependent on benefits

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 10:17 am | New Zealand Government

15,000 fewer people dependent on benefits Social Development Minister Paula Bennett says the latest benefit figures showing a five year low confirm New Zealand welfare numbers are back to where they were pre-global recession. Benefit numbers have dropped ... More >>

Community to have say on red zone’s future

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 9:19 am | New Zealand Government

Community to have say on red zone’s future Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee has welcomed today’s announcement of a community participation process to gather ideas about future use of the region’s residential red zones. In total ... More >>

Labour’s Economic Upgrade for manufacturing

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 8:54 am | New Zealand Labour Party

Labour Leader David Cunliffe has today announced his Economic Upgrade for the manufacturing sector – a plan that will create better jobs and higher wages. More >>

The Christchurch Rebuild – Gaining Momentum

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 8:52 am | New Zealand Government

Thank you to everybody attending today, and thanks to the Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce for hosting this event. More >>

Collins Dishes Out Favours While Other Kiwi Firms Struggle

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 8:20 am | New Zealand First Party

While many Kiwi firms were left struggling by the Fonterra botulism scare in China, the Government rushed to bail out Oravida in an act of favouritism for Minister of Justice Judith Collins’ husband’s company, says New Zealand First. “Why did ... More >>

Questions and Answers - April 16

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 6:46 pm | Office of the Clerk

1. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE (Leader of the Opposition) to the Prime Minister : Does he have confidence in the Hon Judith Collins and her handling of her relationship with Oravida Ltd? More >>

Collins must admit misleading Parliament

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 4:49 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

ACC Minister Judith Collins must front up and admit she has misled Parliament over ACC’s policy to stop paying compensation to clients who refused to fill in its privacy form, Labour’s ACC spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says. More >>

Asia Region Funds Passport initiative progresses

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 4:47 pm | New Zealand Government

Commerce Minister Craig Foss today released a consultation paper on the Asia Region Funds Passport initiative, which will open up opportunities for cross-border offerings of managed funds. More >>

English confirms he has no plan to raise wages

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 4:45 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Finance Minister Bill English has confirmed he has absolutely no plans to lift wages, Labour’s spokesperson on Labour Issues, Andrew Little says. More >>

Govt careless and callous about threatened birds

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 4:10 pm | Green Party

The National Government is increasing the threat to two of the world’s most threatened and unique birds by opening up Victoria Forest Park to petroleum drilling, the Green Party said today. More >>

Genesis: The biggest fire sale of them all

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 3:32 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Genesis: The biggest fire sale of them all National has finished its asset sales with a massive bonfire of a fire sale, showing once and for all how much of a disaster this programme was, says Labour’s SOEs spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove. “Just 68,000 ... More >>

Ambulance paramedics trialling new technology

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 3:24 pm | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Tony Ryall says new technology being introduced by St John ambulance, and partially funded by the government, will change the way paramedics work in the field. “Paramedics will soon be using a handheld electronic device that gives crews ... More >>

Govt to establish Food Safety Science & Research Centre

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 3:22 pm | New Zealand Government

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce and Food Safety Minister Nikki Kaye today announced that expressions of interest have been released for a Food Safety Science and Research Centre. More >>

Genesis to list with third-largest share register

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 2:50 pm | New Zealand Government

Genesis Energy will have the third-largest New Zealand share register on the NZX when it lists tomorrow, Finance Minister Bill English and State Owned Enterprises Minister Tony Ryall say. More >>

NZ to phase out imports of ozone-depleting substances

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 2:39 pm | New Zealand Government

New Zealand is on track to phase out bulk imports of ozone-depleting hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) by the end of this year, Environment Minister Amy Adams says. More >>

Term One Report Card for Hekia Parata

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 1:33 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Principal’s comment: I am concerned Hekia has been drifting and has shown no improvement this term. I believe she should consider seeking the help of a careers counsellor. More >>

Overseas student loans collection hits $100m

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 1:27 pm | New Zealand Government

Over $100 million of additional taxpayer money has now been collected from overseas-based borrowers in an initiative that will help keep the scheme sustainable for future students and taxpayers, Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven ... More >>

Now David really has some explaining to do

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 1:26 pm | New Zealand Government

Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee says Labour leader David Cunliffe has got himself in the most astonishing predicament on TV3’s Firstline this morning, by claiming the National Land Transport Fund is “going to be in surplus very soon,” so it’s ... More >>

Interest rates rise but only smokes increasing

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 1:24 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Mortgage rate rises are making life harder for homeowners, and many of them will be surprised the latest CPI figures show inflation would be zero were it not for tobacco tax hikes, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. More >>

Government urged to honour the price of citizenship

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 1:06 pm | The Maori Party

Māori Party Co-leaders Tariana Turia and Te Ururoa Flavell say that the proud contribution of veterans who have fought for our country is still some way from being fully honoured. More >>

Accord to address Christchurch housing

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 12:13 pm | New Zealand Government

A Christchurch Housing Accord has been agreed between Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith and Mayor Lianne Dalziel to help address housing issues in the city. “This Accord will improve the supply and affordability of housing in Christchurch. The Government ... More >>

Second reading of the Fisheries Amendment Bill

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 11:48 am | New Zealand Government

Mr Speaker, this Bill is a crucial piece of legislation. As members will remember, this legislation came from the Ministerial Inquiry led by the Hon Paul Swain. That Inquiry was set up following serious allegations of mistreatment of crew on foreign ... More >>

Important Work For New Pacific Advisory Group

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 11:39 am | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First’s Spokesperson for Pacific Island Affairs Le’aufa’amulia Asenati Lole-Taylor has congratulated new members on their election to the Wellington City Council’s Pacific Advisory Group. More >>

Questions For Oral Answer April 16

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 11:35 am | Office of the Clerk

1. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in the Hon Judith Collins and her handling of her relationship with Oravida Ltd? More >>

Thousands of Coromandel homes are warmer and drier

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 11:26 am | New Zealand National Party

Scott Simpson MP is thrilled that thousands of people in the Coromandel are living in warmer, healthier homes now they’ve had insulation installed as part of two Government programmes. More >>

ANZAC Day – an opportunity to pay tribute to Kiwi heroes

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 11:20 am | New Zealand National Party

Coromandel MP Scott Simpson will join Paeroa’s Dawn Service this ANZAC day to honour New Zealand’s servicemen and women. More >>

Dunne: Address to Eastern Hutt Rotary Club

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 10:37 am | United Future NZ Party

First is the Conservative Party of moon-landing sceptic, climate change doubting, chem-trail believing Colin Craig, and the second has been that of extradition avoiding, publicity driven Kim Dotcom’s Internet Party. Leaving to one side the temptation ... More >>

Minister pleased with successful StudyLink peak season

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 10:04 am | New Zealand Government

Minister pleased with successful StudyLink peak season Associate Social Development Minister Chester Borrows has today congratulated StudyLink staff on a highly successful Student Allowance and Loan peak season. “StudyLink faces an incredibly challenging ... More >>

 

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