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Majority of schools will get funding increase

Friday, 27 May 2016, 5:28 pm | New Zealand Government

Most schools will receive funding increases as a result of the Budget 2016 decision to target discretionary funding to schools teaching students most at risk of under-achievement, Education Minister Hekia Parata says. More >>

Peters: Farmers Must Reject Being National’s Doormat

Friday, 27 May 2016, 5:26 pm | New Zealand First Party

Twenty-eight years ago, the late David Lange said: "Farming is a sunset industry and manufacturing and tourism will take its place." More >>

Ethnic business community gathers in Auckland

Friday, 27 May 2016, 4:28 pm | New Zealand Government

More than 400 delegates from around New Zealand and overseas have gathered in Auckland for the 5th EPIC conference today. More >>

Minister congratulates winner of Crafoord Prize in Astronomy

Friday, 27 May 2016, 4:02 pm | New Zealand Government

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce has congratulated Emeritus Professor Roy Kerr of the University of Canterbury on receiving the Crafoord Prize in Astronomy, awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. More >>

$761.4m for an Innovative New Zealand

Friday, 27 May 2016, 3:42 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government is making a major investment in growing innovation in Budget 2016, through the Innovative New Zealand package to encourage entrepreneurship, skills and economic growth. More >>

$111.5m to support NZers into employment

Friday, 27 May 2016, 3:39 pm | New Zealand Government

Budget 2016 invests $111.5 million of operating funding over four years to support more New Zealanders, especially young people, to get off benefits and gain sustainable employment, Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says. More >>

Budget 2016: Overview

Friday, 27 May 2016, 3:37 pm | New Zealand Government

Budget 2016: Overview Budget 2016 is a forward-looking Budget that invests in a growing economy (All figures for four years to 2019/2020 unless otherwise stated) Looking ahead to the results of responsible economic management • Economic growth ... More >>

Tobacco Excise Bill passes all stages

Friday, 27 May 2016, 3:34 pm | New Zealand Government

The Associate Health Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga says the passing of a Bill to increase the tobacco excise will save lives and prevent young people taking up a deadly smoking habit. More >>

State House Sell-Off A Failure

Friday, 27 May 2016, 3:25 pm | New Zealand First Party

The only landlord for a state house should be the government, says New Zealand First. More >>

Govt Outed Allowing Kiwirail to Die a Lingering Death

Friday, 27 May 2016, 2:55 pm | New Zealand First Party

The government’s real intentions for KiwiRail can be seen in the Budget 2016 which dooms much of the national rail network to closure, says New Zealand First Leader and Northland MP Rt Hon Winston Peters. More >>

Parekura would be proud – MTS gets boost

Friday, 27 May 2016, 2:23 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

The Labour Party is ecstatic that the Māori Party have shown support for one of Labour’s proudest policies, says Labour’s Māori Broadcasting Spokesperson Peeni Henare. More >>

Budget: Cynically Playing Smoke And Mirrors With Education

Friday, 27 May 2016, 1:56 pm | New Zealand First Party

The government is cynically attempting to bamboozle New Zealand educators and parents by moving figures around like a school gala game in its 2016 “Get-Stuffed Budget”, but it won’t work,” says New Zealand First. More >>

Government continues to invest in schools in Wellington

Friday, 27 May 2016, 1:55 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government will invest around $4 million from Budget 2016 to provide new classrooms in the greater Wellington region, including Wairarapa, Education Minister Hekia Parata and Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye announced today at Mt Cook School, Wellington. More >>

Te Pūnaha Hiringa: Māori Innovation Fund boost welcomed

Friday, 27 May 2016, 1:48 pm | New Zealand Government

Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell has welcomed the additional funding allocated to Te Pūnaha Hiringa: Māori Innovation Fund announced in yesterday’s Budget. More >>

Budget 2016: Conservation Not a Priority

Friday, 27 May 2016, 1:43 pm | New Zealand First Party

Staff cuts, shut tracks and derelict DOC huts are the face of our conservation estate under the National government,” says Clayton Mitchell Conservation Spokesperson. More >>

New three-year strategy to address gambling harm

Friday, 27 May 2016, 1:27 pm | New Zealand Government

Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne has released an updated three-year strategy to prevent and minimise the harm that can result from gambling. More >>

Budget 2016: Only Delivers a Couple of Pills for Health

Friday, 27 May 2016, 1:07 pm | New Zealand First Party

The National government’s ‘Get-Stuffed” Budget has only dished out a couple of pills to New Zealand’s stressed out health system and falls far short of what is urgently needed, New Zealand First says. More >>

Budget 2016: Virtually Another Frozen Police Budget

Friday, 27 May 2016, 1:03 pm | New Zealand First Party

The government has told the police to “Get Stuffed” by freezing the money going into frontline work for the sixth year in a row, says New Zealand First. More >>

Budget 2016: Does Nothing For Housing

Friday, 27 May 2016, 1:02 pm | New Zealand First Party

The housing crisis is our most serious problem, but the government still says there isn’t one, says New Zealand First Housing Spokesperson Denis O’Rourke. More >>

Nothing in Budget to help police to solve crime

Friday, 27 May 2016, 12:21 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

The Police Minister has failed to make communities safer with virtually no new money in yesterday’s Budget for police to address the appalling burglary resolution rates, says Labour’s Police spokesperson Stuart Nash. More >>

Extra $9.7m for West Coast redevelopment

Friday, 27 May 2016, 12:16 pm | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the Government has approved an extra $9.7 million in funding to ensure the new Grey Base Hospital is a high quality facility with construction starting next week. More >>

Strengthening democracy in Ottawa seminar

Friday, 27 May 2016, 12:10 pm | Jacqui Dean

New Zealand MP Jacqui Dean will be in Ottawa, Canada next week at a Parliamentary Seminar hosted by the Canadian Parliament and the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA). More >>

Goldsmith to Japan for Nikkei Conference

Friday, 27 May 2016, 12:07 pm | New Zealand Government

Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Paul Goldsmith will travel to Japan this weekend to represent the Government at the 2016 Nikkei International ‘Future of Asia’ Conference. More >>

State house sell off in disarray after provider pulls out

Friday, 27 May 2016, 12:04 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

The Government should cancel its planned sell-off of state houses after the second big community housing provider pulled out leaving the process in disarray, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. More >>

Budget 2016 opts for future tax cuts over real investment

Friday, 27 May 2016, 12:01 pm | Green Party

The Government has clearly signalled that tax cuts next year are more important than trying to fix the big issues we’re facing today, like the housing crisis, the Green Party said today. More >>

Freshwater Improvement Fund can also be used to pollute

Friday, 27 May 2016, 11:54 am | Green Party

The Government’s Freshwater Improvement Fund, announced in the Budget, will do little to make New Zealand’s rivers safe to swim in because the money can be used to fund irrigation schemes that will ultimately harm the environment, the Green Party ... More >>

Budget investment will save Hutt Valley lives

Friday, 27 May 2016, 11:53 am | New Zealand National Party

Chris Bishop, National List MP based in the Hutt Valley, is applauding the choice of the Hutt Valley as one of the first regions rolling out the national bowel screening programme. More >>

Real wages go backwards for next two years

Friday, 27 May 2016, 11:42 am | New Zealand Labour Party

New Zealanders’ real wages will fall for the next two years as the cost of living outpaces forecast pay rises, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little More >>

State-house shambles in Invercargill

Friday, 27 May 2016, 11:39 am | Green Party

News that the only potential buyer for 348 state houses in Invercargill has pulled out of the deal is another blow to the Government’s flawed plan to rid itself of responsibility of state homes and their tenants, the Green Party said today. More >>

Emitters to pay full price of greenhouse gases

Friday, 27 May 2016, 11:23 am | New Zealand Government

Big emitters will have to pay the full cost of their greenhouse gas emissions under a bill passed into law with unanimous support today. More >>

Appointments to the Archives Council

Friday, 27 May 2016, 11:17 am | New Zealand Government

Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne today announced a new appointment and three reappointments to the Archives Council. More >>

Health Map shows Government cuts

Friday, 27 May 2016, 11:02 am | New Zealand Labour Party

Labour has launched an interactive Health Map allowing Kiwis to see how the Budget and National’s $1.7 billion of health cuts have hurt services in their area, says Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King. More >>

Government open to social housing options

Friday, 27 May 2016, 10:44 am | New Zealand Government

The Government has a wide range of work underway to progress social housing reforms that will help the community housing sector grow and innovate, Ministers Bill English and Paula Bennett say. More >>

Eric Mcisaac is Another Law & Order Black Mark

Friday, 27 May 2016, 10:24 am | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First is repeating its view that law and order is now dominated by political do-gooders who see that crime is a disease. More >>

Budget 2016: $40 Million for Unproven Whānau Ora

Friday, 27 May 2016, 10:17 am | New Zealand First Party

The Māori Party is once again throwing good taxpayers’ money after bad at the still unproven Whānau Ora programme, says New Zealand First. More >>

Dunne Speaks: Meanwhile, after the Budget ...

Friday, 27 May 2016, 10:06 am | Peter Dunne

Most of the reaction to the 2016 Budget has been predictable. Government supporters laud it as one of the greatest things since sliced bread, while the Opposition bemoans it as do-nothing, and as always the interest groups lament that there is not enough ... More >>

The give with one hand – take with the other Budget

Friday, 27 May 2016, 9:58 am | New Zealand Labour Party

The Minister of Health has pumped out media releases to 20 District Health Boards heralding increases in funding for their regions, says Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King. More >>

Budget 2016: $13m extra for Hawke’s Bay DHB

Friday, 27 May 2016, 9:54 am | New Zealand Government

New funding for Hawke’s Bay DHB in Budget 2016 increases the DHB’s total allocation to a record level, says Health Minister Jonathan Coleman. More >>

Supergold Travel Funding Inadequate, a Smokescreen

Friday, 27 May 2016, 9:00 am | New Zealand First Party

The $40 million in Budget 2016 for the SuperGold Card amounts to only $10 million a year for off-peak travel. More >>

Budget offers no hope of fixing housing crisis

Friday, 27 May 2016, 8:43 am | New Zealand Labour Party

The Budget’s underwhelming housing measures will give New Zealanders no hope that National is capable of fixing the housing crisis, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. More >>

English: Budget Speech

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 5:30 pm | New Zealand Government

I move that the Appropriation (2016/17 Estimates) Bill be now read a second time. It’s a privilege to present the eighth Budget of this National-led Government. I recall our first Budget, delivered in difficult times, with Treasury forecasting ... More >>

Parents will pay more as school budgets frozen

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 5:03 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Parents will pay more for their kids’ education as a result of this year’s Budget after the Government froze operational funding for schools, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. More >>

Government cuts Warm-Up programme that saves lives

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 4:40 pm | Green Party

National has cut home insulation funding to its lowest ever level in Budget 2016, which will leave thousands of people shivering in their houses again this winter, the Green Party said today More >>

Shifting the Levers of Education

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 4:22 pm | New Zealand Government

Speech to National Cross Sector Forum –Shifting the Levers of Education Tēnā koutou katoa. Welcome. It’s a pleasure to be here in the company of so many people who are working to give our kids the best possible start. I’d also like to acknowledge ... More >>

Shock school funding freeze means parents pay more

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 4:18 pm | Green Party

Parents up and down the country will have to pay more for their child’s education, following the National Government’s surprise budget move to freeze funding for schools’ operational grants, the Green Party said today. More >>

Budget catches National not caring

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 4:12 pm | Green Party

The Government’s visionless budget has failed to deliver the big solutions to the housing crisis and climate change New Zealanders want and instead is plastering over the cracks, says the Green Party. More >>

Budget cuts continue National’s miserly underfunding of DOC

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 4:10 pm | Green Party

The 2016 Budget continues the National Government’s disgraceful underfunding of the Department of Conservation (DOC) and puts our precious flora and fauna at risk, the Green Party said today. More >>

Bowel Screening Programme Far Too Little, Far Too Late

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 4:07 pm | New Zealand First Party

The Health Minister, Jonathan Coleman, has not even taken his national bowel screening programme proposal to cabinet and yet has already underfunded it, leaving the health of New Zealanders still at risk, says New Zealand First. More >>

Sticking Plaster Budget fails the test

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 4:00 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Bill English’s penultimate Budget fails to tackle the structural challenges facing the economy – a housing crisis, rising unemployment, underfunded health and creaking infrastructure, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. More >>

Budget 2016 a big boost for Technology Valley

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 3:59 pm | New Zealand National Party

Chris Bishop, National List MP based in the Hutt Valley, has welcomed the package of increased funding for innovation in Budget 2016, saying it will boost the drive for the Hutt Valley to become “Technology Valley”. More >>

National Tells Many Kiwis To ‘Get Stuffed’

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 3:57 pm | New Zealand First Party

The National government has told a majority of New Zealanders to “Get Stuffed” in their eighth year in office, New Zealand First leader and MP for Northland Rt Hon Winston Peters said today. More >>

Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Amendment Bill

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 3:55 pm | Office of the Clerk

Public submissions are now being invited on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Amendment Bill. The closing date for submissions is Friday 22 July 2016 . More >>

Address in Reply, Budget 2016

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 3:49 pm | New Zealand First Party

• To those wanting law and order in this country and burglars apprehended with the police numbers to catch them More >>

John Key fails New Zealand with no fix for housing crisis

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 3:37 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

John Key fails middle New Zealand with no fix for housing crisis, more underfunding of health More >>

Green Party Co-leader James Shaw's 2016 Budget Speech

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 3:28 pm | Green Party

Mr Speaker, when New Zealanders needed homes, the Government has given us toilets. More >>

More funding for intelligence services must come at a price

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 2:55 pm | United Future NZ Party

United Future leader Peter Dunne says the increased funding for intelligence services announced in Budget 2016 must come with a price. More >>

A boring budget that identifies the right targets

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 2:52 pm | United Future NZ Party

He says that despite the lack of excitement, the Budget deserves credit for its focus on health, vulnerable families, and more effective social investment, issues United Future has long been interested in. More >>

Budget increases taxes on those in need

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 2:48 pm | ACT New Zealand

ACT regrets an enormous lost opportunity to cut tax for some of those most in need. Instead, the government has delivered those households a $1200 a year tax increase. More >>

Budget 2016: $3m extra for West Coast DHB

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 2:47 pm | New Zealand Government

New funding for West Coast DHB in Budget 2016 increases the DHB’s total allocation to a record level, says Health Minister Jonathan Coleman. More >>

$69.8m towards eliminating bovine TB

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 2:45 pm | New Zealand Government

Budget 2016 confirms $69.8 million of new operating funding over the next four years to help eradicate bovine tuberculosis, Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy says. More >>


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