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Public consultation on our climate target needed

Sunday, 1 March 2015, 12:45 pm | Green Party

The Green Party is today calling on the Government to commit to meaningful public consultation around its emissions reduction target it will take to the United Nations (UN) climate talks in Paris later this year. More >>

Minister of Health Volunteer Awards open

Sunday, 1 March 2015, 12:09 pm | New Zealand Government

Nominations open today for the 2015 Minister of Health Volunteer Awards – recognising the thousands of unsung heroes who support New Zealand’s health and disability services. More >>

More choice for hearing impaired welcomed

Sunday, 1 March 2015, 10:39 am | New Zealand Government

Minister for Disability Issues Nicky Wagner says the extension of the CapTel relay service increases choice for hearing impaired or deaf people to make phone calls and live an ordinary life. More >>

More hours for hearing impaired telephone service

Sunday, 1 March 2015, 10:38 am | New Zealand Government

Hearing impaired people can now access captioned telephone services for an additional two hours a day, Communications Minister Amy Adams announced today. More >>

Five schools get special recruitment allowance

Sunday, 1 March 2015, 10:35 am | New Zealand Government

Education Minister Hekia Parata says schools in Northland, Waikato, Hawkes Bay and Canterbury are the first to gain approval to use a new allowance to recruit principals who can help them tackle significant challenges. More >>

Australia and NZ sign MoU for criminal history checks

Saturday, 28 February 2015, 2:57 pm | New Zealand Government

Communities on both sides of the Tasman will benefit following the expansion of a criminal history checking service to vet individuals for employment, training and registration purposes. More >>

Ireland shows the way with plain packaging tobacco law

Saturday, 28 February 2015, 2:54 pm | The Maori Party

The Māori Party congratulates the Irish Government for passing plain packaging tobacco legislation this week. More >>

Information-sharing on student loans welcomed

Saturday, 28 February 2015, 12:56 pm | New Zealand Government

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce and Revenue Minister Todd McClay have welcomed the announcement of an arrangement that will see Australia and New Zealand share data to assist New Zealand to recoup unpaid student loans of ... More >>

Trade Minister in China for FTA discussion

Saturday, 28 February 2015, 12:55 pm | New Zealand Government

Trade Minister Tim Groser departs for China tonight to undertake a range of Free Trade Agreement (FTA) related meetings including discussions with his trade counterpart, Minister Gao Hucheng. More >>

PMs Key and Abbott meet in Auckland

Saturday, 28 February 2015, 11:49 am | New Zealand Government

Prime Minister John Key met with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott in Auckland today for their annual Leaders’ Talks. More >>

Home For Life review called for

Saturday, 28 February 2015, 10:27 am | New Zealand Labour Party

As Foster care awareness week kicks off, Labour is calling for a review of Home for Life – National’s policy for the permanent care of foster children More >>

Coleman meets Australian counterpart

Saturday, 28 February 2015, 10:12 am | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman today met with his Australian counterpart Sussan Ley, Minister of Health and Minister for Sport. More >>

Select committees for the week 23 to 27 February

Friday, 27 February 2015, 5:14 pm | Office of the Clerk

• 2013/14 Annual review of Careers New Zealand, the Institute of Environmental Science and Research Limited, Landcare Research, the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Limited, Network for Learning, the New Zealand Forest Research ... More >>

Gisborne Court gets connected to AVL network

Friday, 27 February 2015, 2:32 pm | New Zealand Government

Justice and Courts Minister Amy Adams has welcomed the addition of the Gisborne courthouse to the audio visual link (AVL) network that connects courts and prisons. The new link is the latest in a $27.8 million upgrade and expansion of AVL links to a total ... More >>

Encouraging start to the year for building consents

Friday, 27 February 2015, 2:28 pm | New Zealand Government

Encouraging start to the year for building consents Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith has welcomed today’s release of building consent figures for January 2015 from Statistics New Zealand, which show the number of consents issued for the ... More >>

Seymour Speech [21/2/15]: Our classical liberal tribe

Friday, 27 February 2015, 1:48 pm | ACT New Zealand

It’s a pleasure and honour to speak with you as Act Leader in our Party’s 20th year of parliamentary representation. More >>

Appointments to Lottery Distribution Committees

Friday, 27 February 2015, 1:31 pm | New Zealand Government

Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne today announced 13 new members to ten Lottery distribution committees with terms commencing on 2 March 2015. More >>

Auckland building consents: Tragic

Friday, 27 February 2015, 12:58 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Auckland building consents: Tragic The only word to describe the latest building consent figures for Auckland is ‘tragic’, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “Whatever the Government is doing to address the Auckland housing ... More >>

NZ First Launches Northland Campaign

Friday, 27 February 2015, 12:42 pm | New Zealand First Party

Many months ago, we learned of alarming circumstances in the Northland electorate which would inevitably lead to a by-election. More >>

Northland water storage study shows potential

Friday, 27 February 2015, 11:36 am | New Zealand Government

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has welcomed the commissioning of a new report to examine the potential of water storage and infrastructure in Northland. “This study will identify areas where improved water supply and potential water infrastructure ... More >>

Govt backs data forum’s recommendations

Friday, 27 February 2015, 11:28 am | New Zealand Government

The Government is backing the recommendations of the NZ Data Futures Forum to make better use of public data and uphold privacy standards, Finance Minister Bill English and Statistics Minister Craig Foss say. More >>

New toolkit to help DHBs in suicide prevention

Friday, 27 February 2015, 11:25 am | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a new resource released today is designed to help DHBs, in partnership with their communities, prevent and respond to suicide. More >>

Voluntary compliance a win-win at the border

Friday, 27 February 2015, 11:14 am | New Zealand Government

Customs Minister Nicky Wagner says promoting voluntary compliance at the border is helping Customs track ahead of Treasury’s forecast revenue and saving traders money. “Helping importers and excise payers improve data integrity and avoid administrative ... More >>

Celebrating children and foster carers

Friday, 27 February 2015, 10:37 am | New Zealand Government

Celebrating children and foster carers Sunday 1 March 2015 marks both Children’s Day and the beginning of Fostercare Awareness Week 2015. Social Development Minister Anne Tolley encourages parents of all kinds to spend time with their kids this Sunday. ... More >>

More medicines for rare disorders to be funded

Friday, 27 February 2015, 9:24 am | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says people with rare disorders will benefit from Pharmac’s new funding approach for rare disorders medicines. Pharmac has announced that 28 proposals from eight suppliers emerged from its request for proposals for ... More >>

A whiff of a new biosecurity scandal?

Friday, 27 February 2015, 9:08 am | New Zealand Labour Party

A pest which could create havoc for New Zealand’s horticulture and agriculture sector must be as much a focus for the Government as hunting out fruit flies, Labour’s Biosecurity spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “While the Ministry for Primary ... More >>

Questions and Answers - February 26

Thursday, 26 February 2015, 5:36 pm | Office of the Clerk

Economy—Progress 1. IAN McKELVIE (National—Rangitīkei) to the Minister of Finance : What progress is the Government making in building a more competitive and productive economy as one of its priorities for this term of Parliament? More >>

Minister Has Bigger Fish to Fry than Preschool Food

Thursday, 26 February 2015, 5:29 pm | New Zealand First Party

The cost of new food safety regulations have the potential to be the last straw for small, rural and isolated community-based early childhood centres, says New Zealand First Deputy Leader and Spokesperson for Education Tracey Martin. More >>

English: Auckland Chamber of Commerce and Massey University

Thursday, 26 February 2015, 5:09 pm | New Zealand Government

Thank you Michael and the Auckland Chamber of Commerce, and Steve and Massey University, for inviting me back to this annual event. More >>

MPs’ pay rises should be indexed to median income

Thursday, 26 February 2015, 4:56 pm | Green Party

The Green Party is calling for cross-party support to agree on a system of indexing MPs’ salary movements to median income, following the announcement of a significant pay rise for MPs, the Green Party said today. More >>

PM disappointed with MPs' pay rise decision

Thursday, 26 February 2015, 4:27 pm | New Zealand Government

Prime Minister John Key has expressed his disappointment at the Remuneration Authority’s decision to increase MP remuneration. More >>

Air New Zealand Failing Provinces

Thursday, 26 February 2015, 4:08 pm | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First is asking why Air New Zealand will buy new aeroplanes, then discount fares to fill the seats, rather than fly to provincial centres. More >>

National Marketing Machine Busy While Our Kids Wait

Thursday, 26 February 2015, 4:05 pm | New Zealand First Party

The National Government is wasting taxpayer money on marketing itself instead of investing in important work, like evaluating important initiatives for youth, says New Zealand First. More >>

Government shrugs off health sector crisis

Thursday, 26 February 2015, 3:43 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Despite new evidence showing that cuts to health spending are costing lives the Government continues to deny the sector is struggling, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. More >>

Report shows importance of whanau and community

Thursday, 26 February 2015, 3:18 pm | New Zealand Government

A research report released today has highlighted the importance of whanau and the community in preventing violence against Maori women and children. More >>

Bishop welcomes improved Hutt Valley health results

Thursday, 26 February 2015, 2:56 pm | New Zealand National Party

National List MP based in the Hutt Valley Chris Bishop says the latest National Health results show the Hutt Valley’s frontline health services continue to improve. More >>

Parata lowered the bar for failing charter school

Thursday, 26 February 2015, 2:40 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Parata lowered the bar for failing charter school When Hekia Parata became aware that the Whangaruru charter school was experiencing major problems her first action was to drop standards by reducing the number of qualified teachers they had to employ, ... More >>

Pragmatic answer to GST for bodies corporate

Thursday, 26 February 2015, 2:13 pm | New Zealand Government

Bodies corporate will no longer be required to register for GST following the introduction today of the Taxation (Annual Rates for 2015–16, Research and Development, and Remedial Matters) Bill, Revenue Minister Todd McClay says. Included in the omnibus ... More >>

Reforms helping our most vulnerable succeed

Thursday, 26 February 2015, 2:04 pm | New Zealand Government

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has welcomed the latest valuation of the benefit system showing welfare reforms are having a tangible effect on the future costs of benefits. “The June 2014 valuation shows the current lifetime liability ... More >>

Appointments to the Archives Council

Thursday, 26 February 2015, 1:10 pm | New Zealand Government

Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne today announced three appointments to the Archives Council Te Rua Wānanga. The Council has a statutory role to provide the Minister with independent advice on archives and recordkeeping issues. The new members ... More >>

Thousands of new houses for Auckland’s Tāmaki

Thursday, 26 February 2015, 12:53 pm | New Zealand Government

Around 7,500 new houses are expected to be built in the Auckland suburb of Tāmaki over the next decade as part of the Government’s programme of increasing and speeding up new housing developments, Finance Minister Bill English says. That will represent ... More >>

New collaborative initiative to restore Waikato River

Thursday, 26 February 2015, 12:51 pm | New Zealand Government

Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith today welcomed the launch of the Waikato River Restoration Strategy, saying the new collaborative initiative will have an important role to play in ensuring the long-term health of the country’s longest river. “The ... More >>

Support Needed for Maori Education Relationships

Thursday, 26 February 2015, 12:38 pm | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First is demanding more than talk from the Ministry of Education on building relationships between schools and whānau. “The Auditor-General’s report on Māori education released yesterday confirms that Boards of Trustees need more ... More >>

Make kids’ needs a priority, Green Party urges Government

Thursday, 26 February 2015, 12:36 pm | Green Party

The Green Party said today that it is challenging the Government to follow Wellington City Council’s lead and make children’s needs a priority in decision-making. Today (26 February) attendees at the Child Friendly Cities Forum co-hosted by UNICEF ... More >>

National not being straight about the economy

Thursday, 26 February 2015, 12:17 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

John Key and Bill English need to be straight with New Zealanders about the damage their failure to diversify the economy is doing, after new figures show export growth plunged due to a collapse in dairy exports, says Grant Robertson. More >>

Questions For Oral Answer February 26

Thursday, 26 February 2015, 11:42 am | Office of the Clerk

1. IAN McKELVIE to the Minister of Finance: What progress is the Government making in building a more competitive and productive economy as one of its priorities for this term of Parliament? More >>

Nominations open for new education profession body

Thursday, 26 February 2015, 11:06 am | New Zealand Government

Education Minister Hekia Parata today announced that nominations are now open for the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand (EDUCANZ). EDUCANZ is the new independent professional body that will replace the New Zealand Teachers Council later this year. ... More >>

Comment from Carmel Sepuloni

Thursday, 26 February 2015, 10:54 am | New Zealand Labour Party

The first I knew of my mother’s charges was when I was called by a reporter yesterday. I spoke to Andrew and we agreed there is a conflict of interest at the present time which means I will temporarily stand aside from the Social Development portfolio. ... More >>

A step into the future for prices

Thursday, 26 February 2015, 10:44 am | New Zealand Government

Statistics Minister Craig Foss says the use of tablet computers is making data collection faster and more efficient. This month, Statistics NZ began using iPad Minis to collect fruit and vegetable prices from shops in 12 regions around New Zealand. The data ... More >>

Flag Consideration Panel members announced

Thursday, 26 February 2015, 10:36 am | New Zealand Government

The Government has appointed 12 New Zealanders as members of the Flag Consideration Panel which will engage with the public about a possible new New Zealand flag, Deputy Prime Minister Bill English says. More >>

Kickstart Breakfast’s Unsung Hero

Thursday, 26 February 2015, 9:41 am | New Zealand Government

Kickstart Breakfast’s Unsung Hero Social Development Minister Anne Tolley today congratulated the winners of the Kickstart Breakfast Awards. “In November last year I visited Holy Family School to celebrate 3 million KickStart breakfasts being ... More >>

Dunne Speaks on Being Mortal

Thursday, 26 February 2015, 8:54 am | Peter Dunne

26 February 2015 American surgeon and health researcher Atul Gawande’s new book “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” is an extremely readable, radical and powerful critique of contemporary society’s approach to the inevitable ... More >>

Labour will hold National to parental leave promise

Wednesday, 25 February 2015, 9:34 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Labour will hold National to its promise to increase the support given to new parents of premature, multiple birth and babies born with disabilities, Labour’s paid parental leave campaigner Sue Moroney says. “I am naturally disappointed that after battling ... More >>

Questions and Answers - February 25

Wednesday, 25 February 2015, 5:54 pm | Office of the Clerk

Prime Minister—Statement on Deployment of Defence Force to Iraq 1. METIRIA TUREI (Co-Leader—Green) to the Prime Minister : Does he stand by his statement “Get some guts and join the right side”? More >>

On petrol pricing and calls for enquiries

Wednesday, 25 February 2015, 5:18 pm | ACT New Zealand

Labour MP Stuart Nash recently called for a parliamentary inquiry into petrol prices. National MPs in the finance and expenditure select committee voted against such an enquiry. They were right to do so. More >>

It was all just pillar talk

Wednesday, 25 February 2015, 4:43 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Steven Joyce’s confession that he can no longer guarantee a pillar-free design for the New Zealand International Convention Centre shows the Government has abandoned its dream of creating an ‘iconic’ ‘world-class’ structure, says Labour Economic ... More >>

Was Our Knowledge of Iraq Deployment Too Much for Gerry?

Wednesday, 25 February 2015, 4:41 pm | New Zealand First Party

After New Zealand First revealed the true facts about New Zealand’s deployment to Iraq months ago, it seems the Defence Minister’s office may have taken exception. More >>

Old Reefton mines to be cleaned up

Wednesday, 25 February 2015, 4:36 pm | New Zealand Government

New Zealand’s most toxic contaminated site located near Reefton in two old mines are to be cleaned up in a joint funding agreement between the Ministry for the Environment and the Department of Conservation totalling $3 million, Environment Minister Dr ... More >>

Australians move on offshore speculators

Wednesday, 25 February 2015, 3:43 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Australians move on offshore speculators John Key might want to have a quiet word with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott about Canberra's just-announced crack down on offshore speculators when he visits New Zealand this week, Labour's Housing ... More >>

Government at odds on overseas driver crashes

Wednesday, 25 February 2015, 3:04 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

National backbencher Jacqui Dean has spoken out about overseas driver crashes, putting herself at odds with Prime Minister John Key who is on record as saying it’s not a big issue, Labour’s Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford says. More >>

 

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