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Where Are The Bridges Mr Bridges?

Friday, 6 May 2016, 1:48 pm | New Zealand First Party

By-election promises are still sitting on National’s desk as accidents continue to occur at Northland’s one-way bridges, says New Zealand First Leader and MP for Northland Rt Hon Winston Peters. More >>

Nominations open for school boards

Friday, 6 May 2016, 1:10 pm | New Zealand Government

Education Minister Hekia Parata is encouraging parents and others in the community to put themselves forward for School Board of Trustee elections now that nominations have opened. More >>

Radio NZ Starvation Leading to State Asset Sales

Friday, 6 May 2016, 12:51 pm | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First is appalled that “starvation” funding by the National Government has forced Radio NZ to consider selling public assets. More >>

Junior High school opened in Hamilton

Friday, 6 May 2016, 12:38 pm | New Zealand Government

Education Minister Hekia Parata today welcomed the official opening of Rototuna Junior High School in Hamilton. The school, which caters for Year 7 to 10 students, opened its doors at the beginning of the year with the largest-ever first day intake of ... More >>

New Palmerston North cycleway will enhance city connections

Friday, 6 May 2016, 11:33 am | New Zealand Government

A new shared cycle pathway in Palmerston North will enhance connections between the city’s residential, employment and educational areas, Transport Minister Simon Bridges says. More >>

More books for visually impaired a step closer

Friday, 6 May 2016, 11:13 am | New Zealand Government

Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Paul Goldsmith says submissions are overwhelmingly supportive of New Zealand joining an international treaty that will make more published works available to people with a print disability. More >>

Corrections to acknowledge Mother’s Day on Sunday

Friday, 6 May 2016, 10:43 am | New Zealand Government

Children visiting their mothers in prison on Mother’s Day this Sunday can look forward to a special day, Corrections Minister Judith Collins says. More >>

Compass Group Hospital Food to Be Served at Taranaki DHB?

Friday, 6 May 2016, 10:33 am | New Zealand First Party

The Ministry of Health appears to be allowing the same company that is providing the ‘horrific’ food at Southern DHB hospitals to now take up a contract in Taranaki, says New Zealand First. More >>

In Focus: 6 May 2016

Friday, 6 May 2016, 9:00 am | Jo Goodhew

Busy recess fortnight It has been a busy fortnight or so in the Rangitata Electorate. With Parliament in recess it was a great opportunity to be out and about. A little over two weeks ago I was delighted to have the opportunity to open the new Community ... More >>

ECan to transition to fully elected council

Friday, 6 May 2016, 8:31 am | New Zealand Government

Legislation paving the way for a two-stage transition of Environment Canterbury back to an elected council passed its third reading in Parliament today. More >>

Low-alcohol sales Bill passes first reading

Friday, 6 May 2016, 8:28 am | New Zealand Government

A Bill to make minor technical changes to New Zealand’s alcohol legislation has passed its first reading in Parliament with unanimous support. “Since the passing of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act in 2012, we’re already seeing fewer alcohol ... More >>

Trade Minister welcomes Tribunal TPP report

Friday, 6 May 2016, 8:24 am | New Zealand Government

Trade Minister Todd McClay has welcomed the Waitangi Tribunal’s Report on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement which found no breach of the Treaty of Waitangi. More >>

Warning to Foreign Buyers – Lie And You Lose

Thursday, 5 May 2016, 5:11 pm | New Zealand First Party

Foreigners who have bought land or businesses and are found to have lied on their application should forfeit the asset, says New Zealand First. More >>

Improved court facilities for Waitakere

Thursday, 5 May 2016, 5:10 pm | New Zealand Government

Courts Minister Amy Adams says recent refurbishments and upgrades to the Waitakere District Court will improve court facilities and services for the people of Waitakere. More >>

New Zealand’s top student named

Thursday, 5 May 2016, 5:08 pm | New Zealand Government

Education Minister Hekia Parata has congratulated former Rutherford College student Oxana Repina on being awarded the Prime Minister’s Award for Academic Excellence at the NZQA Top Scholar Awards at Parliament today. More >>

Govt’s Inaction Continues to Oblige Foreign Corporates

Thursday, 5 May 2016, 4:48 pm | New Zealand First Party

The government is dragging its feet over tackling the issue of multinationals ripping off New Zealand with their avoidance of tax, says New Zealand First. More >>

ACC Confidence No Cause for Celebration

Thursday, 5 May 2016, 4:16 pm | New Zealand First Party

A 5 per cent increase in public confidence in ACC is no cause for government celebration, says New Zealand First. More >>

Govt keeps handbrake on electric vehicles

Thursday, 5 May 2016, 4:11 pm | Green Party

Simon Bridges’ lacklustre electric vehicle announcement today will do little to increase the number of electric vehicles on New Zealand roads, the Green Party said today. More >>

Plumber shortfall highlights gaps in trades training

Thursday, 5 May 2016, 4:03 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

A shortage of skilled plumbers highlights major gaps in the Government’s trades training which is having serious implications for our construction industry, Labour’s Skills and Training spokesperson Jenny Salesa says. More >>

National confirm bias for foreign trust industry

Thursday, 5 May 2016, 3:44 pm | Green Party

Former Revenue Minister Todd McClay met twice with foreign trust lobbyists but met with no other stakeholder groups before deciding to stop a review into foreign trusts, the Green Party said today. More >>

Picking electric winners too simple, Simon

Thursday, 5 May 2016, 3:33 pm | ACT New Zealand

“It’s disappointing to see National picking winners for political benefits rather than environmental ones,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “They’ve distorted practically every government department’s treatment of vehicles to favour one type ... More >>

Govt driving the switch to electric vehicles

Thursday, 5 May 2016, 2:51 pm | New Zealand Government

Transport Minister Simon Bridges today announced an ambitious and wide ranging package of measures to increase the uptake of electric vehicles in New Zealand. More >>

Regional Culture and Heritage Fund launched

Thursday, 5 May 2016, 2:32 pm | New Zealand Government

A multi-million dollar fund to support regional cultural centres has been launched and opened for applications today by Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry. More >>

Improving cancer support services for patients

Thursday, 5 May 2016, 2:11 pm | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says good progress is being made around the country to further improve cancer care and support services. More >>

HomeStart grants delivering for Hutt first-home buyers

Thursday, 5 May 2016, 1:50 pm | New Zealand National Party

Almost 700 first home buyers in the Hutt Valley have been helped in the first year of the Government’s HomeStart scheme. More >>

Social Sector Trials move to local-led models

Thursday, 5 May 2016, 1:41 pm | New Zealand Government

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says the Social Sector Trials which have been taking place around the country have provided good information to help design community-led models for better social service results. More >>

Minister congratulates new graduates

Thursday, 5 May 2016, 12:50 pm | New Zealand Government

Corrections Minister Judith Collins has congratulated the 37 graduates who today started their new roles as Corrections Officers and Offender Employment Instructors across the country. More >>

Rates rebate on the cards for retirement village residents

Thursday, 5 May 2016, 12:48 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

People living in retirement villages could be entitled to a rates rebate after a Labour Member’s Bill was today pulled from the ballot, Labour’s Senior Citizens spokesperson Ruth Dyson says. More >>

Nominations open for new CERT Advisory Board

Thursday, 5 May 2016, 12:41 pm | New Zealand Government

Communications Minister Amy Adams has announced the creation of an Advisory Board to advise her on setting up the new national CERT More >>

Ministerial Address to 2016 Cyber Security Summit

Thursday, 5 May 2016, 12:38 pm | New Zealand Government

Good morning and thank you for being here at New Zealand’s first Cyber Security Summit. More >>

Seven million KickStart breakfasts served

Thursday, 5 May 2016, 12:35 pm | New Zealand Government

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says that more than seven million breakfasts have been served in schools around the country since the Government expanded the KickStart Breakfast programme in 2013. More >>

Dunne Speaks

Thursday, 5 May 2016, 11:44 am | United Future NZ Party

The debate about the melanoma drug Keytruda is an important one, with some very familiar elements to it. More >>

Changes coming to overseas investment regime

Thursday, 5 May 2016, 11:38 am | New Zealand Government

Changes to the overseas investment regime mean the Overseas Investment Office (OIO) will be able to assess applications faster and shore up investor certainty, Ministers Bill English and Louise Upston say. More >>

Building Better Homes Science Challenge launched

Thursday, 5 May 2016, 10:44 am | New Zealand Government

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce today launched the Better Homes, Towns and Cities National Science Challenge, which is tasked with conducting research to develop better housing and urban environments for New Zealanders in the 21st century. More >>

Open Data Showcase demonstrates innovation

Thursday, 5 May 2016, 10:13 am | New Zealand Government

An Open Data Showcase, hosted at Parliament by Land Information Minister Louise Upston last night, provided great examples of how innovative New Zealand businesses are coming up with entirely new business activities and finding ways to improve social ... More >>

Trust and confidence in ACC hits new high

Thursday, 5 May 2016, 10:10 am | New Zealand Government

ACC Minister Nikki Kaye has welcomed the results of a Research New Zealand survey which shows that public trust and confidence in ACC has reached a new high. More >>

Hon. Deborah Morris-Travers new Greens Chief of Staff

Thursday, 5 May 2016, 10:00 am | Green Party

The Green Party has announced today that former Cabinet Minister and child advocate the Hon Deborah Morris-Travers will be its new Chief of Staff and that communications specialist Joss Debreceny will take on the senior role of Political Director. More >>

Budget 2016: $22.2m to boost cyber security

Thursday, 5 May 2016, 9:54 am | New Zealand Government

An investment of $22.2 million from Budget 2016 will enable a significant advancement in the country’s cyber security infrastructure, Communications Minister Amy Adams announced today. More >>

John Key: Speech to Cyber Security Summit

Thursday, 5 May 2016, 9:48 am | New Zealand Government

Good morning and welcome to New Zealand’s first ever Cyber Security Summit. More >>

Simon Bridges: Speech to CANSO Asia Pacific Conference

Thursday, 5 May 2016, 9:45 am | New Zealand Government

Good morning ladies & gentlemen. I’m delighted that Queenstown was chosen as the venue for this year’s Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation Asia Pacific Conference. More >>

UnitedFuture calls for a rethink of rental minimum standards

Thursday, 5 May 2016, 9:30 am | United Future NZ Party

Although UnitedFuture today voted in favour of the Healthy Homes Guarantee Bill, allowing it to be sent to Select Committee. UnitedFuture leader, Peter Dunne, says a rethink is needed when it comes to the issue of ensuring healthy homes and healthy ... More >>

NZ’s Reputation in Education at Risk

Thursday, 5 May 2016, 9:27 am | New Zealand First Party

Fraud and corruption in New Zealand’s international education industry is damaging the country’s reputation, says New Zealand First. More >>

Truck Driver Training Urgently Needed

Thursday, 5 May 2016, 9:26 am | New Zealand First Party

When will the government accept that specialist log truck driver training is urgently needed, says New Zealand First. More >>

Future of Milk And Meat is a Real Futures Market

Thursday, 5 May 2016, 9:23 am | New Zealand First Party

The latest fall in GlobalDairyTrade reveals the NZX Futures market to be a glorified TAB with New Zealand First backing instead a physical commodities exchange. More >>

Staff Cuts Likely From Parliament – Questions Asked

Thursday, 5 May 2016, 9:20 am | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First is questioning why parliamentarians are sitting by as the jobs of 17 chamber staff in Parliament are under threat. More >>

Youth Missing Out on Jobs under National

Thursday, 5 May 2016, 9:17 am | New Zealand First Party

The rate of young people not in work, education or training is now at its highest since 2013, says New Zealand First. More >>

New lights, more flights for Queenstown Airport

Thursday, 5 May 2016, 9:02 am | New Zealand Government

Queenstown Airport will offer long-awaited night flights during winter for the first time with the unveiling of new runway lights by Transport Minister Simon Bridges this evening. More >>

$500,000 for Youth Sailing World Championship

Thursday, 5 May 2016, 9:00 am | New Zealand Government

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman say the Government is investing up to $500,000 from the Major Events Development Fund into the 2016 Youth Sailing World Championship. More >>

26 weeks paid parental leave the best Mother’s Day present

Thursday, 5 May 2016, 8:58 am | New Zealand Labour Party

If National truly values motherhood, they would drop their threat to scupper 26 weeks paid parental leave, says Labour MP Sue Moroney. More >>

Wellington Town Belt Bill becomes law

Thursday, 5 May 2016, 8:51 am | New Zealand Labour Party

The Wellington Town Belt will grow by 120 hectares after the passing today of the Wellington Town Belt Bill, Labour MP for Wellington Central Grant Robertson says. More >>

Healthy Homes Bill passes first reading

Thursday, 5 May 2016, 8:45 am | New Zealand Labour Party

Some of New Zealand’s most vulnerable children and families are on their way towards safer living conditions with the passing of the first reading of the Healthy Homes Guarantee Bill in Parliament last night, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says. More >>

MPs dodge assisted dying debate

Wednesday, 4 May 2016, 5:34 pm | ACT New Zealand

ACT Leader David Seymour is deeply disappointed at certain National MPs’ choice to veto debate on the End of Life Choice Bill. More >>

Online history tells story of government at war

Wednesday, 4 May 2016, 3:26 pm | New Zealand Government

A new online history launched today illuminates an often overlooked part of New Zealand’s First World War story, Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry says. More >>

McClay to advance development component of PACER Plus

Wednesday, 4 May 2016, 3:05 pm | New Zealand Government

Trade Minister Todd McClay travels to Fiji tomorrow to continue discussions with Fijian counterparts on PACER Plus - a regional trade and economic integration agreement involving all members of the Pacific Islands Forum - and deepen links with the Fijian ... More >>

Pharmac funding still short

Wednesday, 4 May 2016, 1:36 pm | Green Party

The Green Party welcomes the announcement that Pharmac will get an extra $39 million in funding, but is calling for the Government to immediately release Pharmac’s advice on how much money it actually needs. More >>

More unemployed people is a Government failure

Wednesday, 4 May 2016, 12:42 pm | Green Party

Rising unemployment shows how National’s economic mismanagement has failed to deliver enough jobs for New Zealanders, the Green Party says. “Ten thousand more unemployed people is ten thousand real life tragedies for people hunting for work, ... More >>

Irrigation funding must go in order to protect water quality

Wednesday, 4 May 2016, 12:41 pm | Green Party

The Green Party is calling on the Government to rule out any funding or investment in the controversial Ruataniwha Dam. More >>

Strong job growth in March quarter

Wednesday, 4 May 2016, 12:35 pm | New Zealand Government

The quarterly Household Labour Force Survey has shown strong employment growth in the March quarter, with 28,000 more jobs added to the New Zealand economy. More >>

2016 Budget must close multinational tax loopholes

Wednesday, 4 May 2016, 12:13 pm | Green Party

The Government can follow Australia’s lead and close the loopholes multinational companies are using to avoid paying their fair share of tax, the Green Party said today. More >>

National playing politics with children’s lives

Wednesday, 4 May 2016, 11:43 am | New Zealand Labour Party

John Key’s Government is playing political games with the lives of children by refusing to support a bill which will ensure every home in the country is warm and dry, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says. More >>

 

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