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NZEI Shows Courage in Fighting ‘Winners And Losers’ Policy

Thursday, 21 August 2014, 5:12 pm | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First congratulates the membership of the New Zealand Educational Institute for their courage in standing up against the Government’s “winners and losers” education changes. More >>

David Cunliffe admits Otago would do worse under Labour

Thursday, 21 August 2014, 4:47 pm | New Zealand Government

David Cunliffe has committed to short-changing Otago on the job front with his pledge today to create 3000 more jobs in the region if elected, National’s Economic Development spokesman Steven Joyce says. More >>

Latest F for Hekia Parata

Thursday, 21 August 2014, 4:15 pm | Green Party

The Green Party agrees with the need for more collaboration and non-contact time for teachers, but disagrees that the Government’s hierarchical approach is the way to achieve that, said the Green Party today. More >>

Kathmandu to join Chch Innovation Precinct

Thursday, 21 August 2014, 3:53 pm | New Zealand Government

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce has welcomed the announcement that Kathmandu will become the second large private sector company to headquarter itself in Christchurch's new innovation precinct. More >>

National’s flagship education policy dead in the water

Thursday, 21 August 2014, 3:09 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

National’s plan to create executive principals and expert teachers is effectively dead in the water with news that 93 percent of primary teachers have no confidence in the scheme, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. More >>

Coromandel MP Welcomes Grants to Protect Kiwi & Kauri

Thursday, 21 August 2014, 2:51 pm | New Zealand National Party

MP Scott Simpson is welcoming two new grants to help protect Coromandel’s kiwi and Kauri. More >>

$359m education initiative moves forward

Thursday, 21 August 2014, 2:12 pm | New Zealand Government

Education Minister Hekia Parata says important progress has been made on the $359 million initiative to improve student achievement with several secondary schooling sector groups reaching agreements with the Ministry of Education. More >>

Dunedin will be knowledge and innovation centre under Labour

Thursday, 21 August 2014, 1:16 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

21 August 2014 MEDIA STATEMENT Dunedin will be a knowledge and innovation centre under Labour More >>

Another kick in the guts to Canterbury

Thursday, 21 August 2014, 12:44 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

John Key is failing to stand up for Cantabrians as another high-profile National associate kicks Cantabrians in the guts, Labour’s EQC spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove says. “John Ansell, the advertising man behind National’s controversial 2005 ... More >>

Huge Number of Immigrants Puts Pressure on

Thursday, 21 August 2014, 12:19 pm | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand cannot deal with almost 800 people settling here every week - it is just not common sense, says New Zealand First. More >>

R&D Student Grants for our future innovators

Thursday, 21 August 2014, 11:39 am | New Zealand Government

Around 330 future Kiwi innovators will be able to benefit from R&D Student Grants announced today by Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce. More >>

National’s poverty denial hurting Maori and Pasifika people

Thursday, 21 August 2014, 11:35 am | Green Party

John Key's poverty denial is damaging the wellbeing of Maori and Pasifika people as new research shows they are getting poorer, sicker and less likely to be employed under National, the Green Party said today. More >>

NZ welcomes UN SIDS visitors

Thursday, 21 August 2014, 11:28 am | New Zealand Government

Foreign Minister Murray McCully today welcomed the dignitaries and leaders that will visit New Zealand on-route to the Small Island Developing States Conference in Samoa from 1-4 September. “The United Nations Small Island Developing States ... More >>

Dunne Speaks - Manifesto Reactions

Thursday, 21 August 2014, 11:06 am | Peter Dunne

21 August 2014 I have been amazed by the reaction to UnitedFuture’s release of an on-line election Manifesto, and our ongoing Policy of the Day announcements. Reactions have ranged from the abysmally ignorant (“I didn’t realise UnitedFuture stood ... More >>

New Better Public Services targets aim higher

Thursday, 21 August 2014, 10:42 am | New Zealand National Party

Better-than-expected progress in reducing crime and having more young people attain higher qualifications means these two Better Public Service targets will be made more challenging if National is returned to government after the election. More >>

McCully to Fiji for talks with Foreign Minister

Thursday, 21 August 2014, 10:33 am | New Zealand Government

McCully to Fiji for talks with Foreign Minister Foreign Minister Murray McCully travels to Nadi tomorrow to meet with Fiji’s Foreign Minister Ratu Inoke Kabuabola. “My meeting with Minister Kabuabola will focus on foreign policy discussions, regional ... More >>

Extra funding for budgeting services available

Thursday, 21 August 2014, 10:12 am | New Zealand Government

Budgeting services now have the opportunity to apply for extra funding to support their work with low income New Zealanders, with a $2 million funding round open for applications. “Budgeting services work alongside some of the most vulnerable people ... More >>

Criminals pay for new drug screening lab

Thursday, 21 August 2014, 9:36 am | New Zealand Government

Customs Minister Nicky Wagner says the opening of the first drug screening laboratory at the border will dramatically speed up analysis of unknown substances, saving time and money for Customs. The $250,000 lab was officially opened by Prime Minister John ... More >>

Director’s letter contradicts Key’s claims

Thursday, 21 August 2014, 9:26 am | New Zealand Labour Party

Contrary to his claims yesterday, the Prime Minister did know about the disclosure of SIS documents, says MP for Mt Roskill and former Labour Leader Phil Goff. More >>

ACC funding boost for ambulance services

Wednesday, 20 August 2014, 4:55 pm | New Zealand Government

Hon Craig Foss Associate Minister for ACC 20 August 2014 Media Statement ACC funding boost for ambulance services More >>

Kiwi care project receives funding boost

Wednesday, 20 August 2014, 3:39 pm | New Zealand Government

Kiwi care project receives funding boost A trust dedicated to protecting kiwi in eastern Coromandel has been awarded $25,000 for predator control, Associate Conservation Minister Nicky Wagner has announced. The grant from the Community Conservation Partnership ... More >>

See our first TV Commercial here

Wednesday, 20 August 2014, 3:37 pm | New Zealand National Party

Today there is just one month to go until Election Day. National’s plan to keep working for New Zealand’s future is on track to deliver stronger economic growth, more jobs, more support to families, and safer, stronger communities. Meanwhile the ... More >>

Inquiry into SIS disclosures the right decision

Wednesday, 20 August 2014, 3:20 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Labour MP Phil Goff says the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has done the right thing by launching an inquiry into the disclosure of SIS documents about a meeting between himself and the agency’s former director-general. More >>

Green Party welcomes watchdog inquiry into dirty politics

Wednesday, 20 August 2014, 3:05 pm | Green Party

Green Party welcomes spy watchdog inquiry into dirty politics Spy watchdog, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security (IGIS), has confirmed it will investigate Green Party concerns that Security Intelligence Service (NZSIS) documents were declassified for ... More >>

Labour and Greens confused on finance plans

Wednesday, 20 August 2014, 3:03 pm | New Zealand Government

Four and a half weeks out from Election Day it is clear that Labour and the Greens are talking past each other on their fiscal plans, and New Zealand taxpayers would be worse off for it. More >>

Youth ambassador selection process announced

Wednesday, 20 August 2014, 3:02 pm | New Zealand Government

Veterans’ Affairs Minister Michael Woodhouse has announced plans to select 25 Youth Ambassadors to attend 2015 Anzac Day commemorations at Gallipoli. More >>

$4m technology block for Northcross Intermediate

Wednesday, 20 August 2014, 2:16 pm | New Zealand Government

Work to address weathertightness issues is now complete with today’s opening of a $4 million technology block at Northcross Intermediate School in Auckland, Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye says. More >>

More funding to prevent Kauri dieback disease

Wednesday, 20 August 2014, 1:57 pm | New Zealand Government

Associate Conservation Minister Nicky Wagner today announced the Kauri 2000 Trust has received $57,000 to help prevent the spread of Kauri Dieback disease on the Coromandel Peninsula. More >>

Peters: Christchurch Grey Power Political Panel

Wednesday, 20 August 2014, 1:39 pm | New Zealand First Party

Rt Hon Winston Peters New Zealand First Leader 20 August 2014 Christchurch Grey Power Political Panel Wednesday 20 August, 1.30pm Cashmere Club, Colombo Street, Christchurch More >>

Labour – supporting and valuing carers and the cared for

Wednesday, 20 August 2014, 1:38 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Placing real value on our elderly and the people who care for them will be a priority for a Labour Government, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. More >>

Zero fees across NZ for tertiary education

Wednesday, 20 August 2014, 12:32 pm | New Zealand Independent Coalition

“In the next three year term, the NZ Independent Coalition plans to implement the successful zero-fees model at Bay of Plenty Polytechnic and Waiariki Institute of Technology. “The successful Southland zero-fees model can be replicated in our ... More >>

Glimmers of light amidst the darkness of suicide in NZ

Wednesday, 20 August 2014, 12:14 pm | New Zealand Government

Latest provisional figures from the Chief Coroner for the year ending 30 June 2014, show an encouraging decline in the number of deaths by suicide among young people aged between 15 and 24 years with 110 suicides compared with 144 last year. The figures ... More >>

By Hoki! It’s Labour’s fisheries policy

Wednesday, 20 August 2014, 11:58 am | New Zealand Labour Party

A Labour Government will protect the iconic Kiwi tradition of fishing by improving access to the coast, protecting the rights of recreational fishers and reviewing snapper restrictions, Labour’s Fisheries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. More >>

Shark finning to be banned from 1 October

Wednesday, 20 August 2014, 11:10 am | New Zealand Government

A ban on the finning of all shark species within New Zealand waters will take effect from 1 October this year, Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith and Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy announced today. “Implementing this ban has happened much faster ... More >>

Increases for fish stocks show success of QMS

Wednesday, 20 August 2014, 10:52 am | New Zealand Government

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has announced increases to catch limits for a range of New Zealand fisheries today, thanks to healthy stock levels. “This shows the success of our world-leading Quota Management System (QMS). It is flexible and ... More >>

Mighty River – Mighty Profits – Mighty hard to swallow

Wednesday, 20 August 2014, 10:48 am | New Zealand Labour Party

Mighty River Power’s profit increase of 84 per cent is simply outrageous, says Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer. More >>

Greens to produce bigger surpluses and repay debt sooner

Wednesday, 20 August 2014, 10:03 am | Green Party

The Green Party has released its full fiscal costings for their 2014 election priorities which show they will deliver larger surpluses and pay down debt sooner than National. More >>

Collins’ actions were wrong, not unwise

Wednesday, 20 August 2014, 9:39 am | New Zealand Labour Party

John Key’s moral compass remains off-kilter as he cannot bring himself to declare Judith Collins’ actions outright wrong, not simply ‘unwise’, said Labour MP Grant Robertson. “Under pressure John Key is finally shifting his stance but his ... More >>

State servants behave with more integrity than their masters

Wednesday, 20 August 2014, 8:46 am | New Zealand Labour Party

State servants behaving with more integrity than their masters The State Services Commission's new report on the integrity of our state services reflects the yawning gap between the behaviour of public servants and that of their political masters, ... More >>

Greens plainly wrong again on Budget claims

Tuesday, 19 August 2014, 5:04 pm | New Zealand Government

Russel Norman and the Greens have again confirmed they cannot read Budgets, repeating incorrect claims that the National-led Government is planning multi-billion dollar cuts to health and education spending over the next three years. More >>

Labour commits to independent Foreign Affairs and Trade

Tuesday, 19 August 2014, 5:01 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

“Labour is committed to New Zealand’s Foreign Affairs and Trade policy being independent and proactive, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer says. More >>

Appointments to Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board

Tuesday, 19 August 2014, 3:39 pm | New Zealand Government

Building and Construction Minister Dr Nick Smith today announced two new appointments and five reappointments to the Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board. “The Board has an important role in protecting the health and safety of New Zealanders ... More >>

PM must take action over Collins’ Whale Oil leak

Tuesday, 19 August 2014, 3:23 pm | Green Party

The Prime Minister John Key must properly investigate Minister of Justice Judith Collins, leaking a public servants’ name and contact details to the Whale Oil blogsite, the Green Party said today. More >>

Nothing to Smile About in Economic And Fiscal Update

Tuesday, 19 August 2014, 3:08 pm | New Zealand First Party

There is no good news in the pre-election economic and fiscal update released today, says New Zealand First. More >>

Turia: Midlands Region Pacific Provider Network

Tuesday, 19 August 2014, 2:45 pm | New Zealand Government

Tēnā koutou e te mana whenua o tēnei rohe, Tainui waka, Waikato iwi, e Te Whare o Te Kāhui Ariki, ka nui temihi ki a koutou katoa. More >>

Key must sack Collins over abhorrent actions

Tuesday, 19 August 2014, 2:12 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

The latest revelations that Judith Collins sent the contact details of a public servant to WhaleOil in a desperate attempt to divert media attention from a bad story is abhorrent, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. More >>

Soaring debt shows National poor economic managers

Tuesday, 19 August 2014, 1:31 pm | Green Party

Treasury’s pre-election update today shows net government debt will be substantially higher than forecast just three months ago, the Green Party said today. More >>

Māori Party Defends the Integrity of the Māori seats

Tuesday, 19 August 2014, 1:05 pm | The Maori Party

Māori Party Co-leaders, Tariana Turia and Te Ururoa Flavell have spoken out today about the importance of saving the Māori seats. “We have had enough of the attacks being launched on the Māori seats and we are asking New Zealanders to think hard ... More >>

It’s downhill from here under National

Tuesday, 19 August 2014, 12:32 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

The forecast drop in exports and predicted halving of growth shows that it’s downhill from here with National, Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker says. More >>

Ensuring New Zealand is prepared for Ebola

Tuesday, 19 August 2014, 12:18 pm | New Zealand Government

Public health officers are being given additional powers to hold aeroplanes and ships at the border if there is a sufficient concern that a person on board is infected with the Ebola virus, says Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew. More >>

On track to surplus, more jobs, higher incomes

Tuesday, 19 August 2014, 12:16 pm | New Zealand Government

New Zealand is on track to Budget surplus this year, backed by good growth, more jobs and higher incomes under the Government’s economic programme, according to Treasury’s Pre-election Economic and Fiscal Update issued today. More >>

UnitedFuture's Policy of the Day - Recreational Fishers

Tuesday, 19 August 2014, 12:07 pm | United Future NZ Party

UnitedFuture's Policy of the Day #fairnessandchoice More >>

National to cut $3.8bn from health, education, environment

Tuesday, 19 August 2014, 11:38 am | Green Party

Findings in an independent analysis of the Government’s books, commissioned by the Green Party, reveal National is planning multi-billion dollar cuts to health, education, and environment spending over the next three years. More >>

Detailed picture of ethnicities in NZ welcomed

Tuesday, 19 August 2014, 11:33 am | New Zealand Government

Statistics Minister Nicky Wagner is encouraging community groups to make use of information released today on 143 ethnic groups. Statistics New Zealand today released detailed statistics on 143 of the 300 ethnic groups recorded in the 2013 Census. More >>

Napier project to turn waste into compost

Tuesday, 19 August 2014, 10:53 am | New Zealand Government

Environment Minister Amy Adams today announced funding of $468,000 for a facility in Napier which turns construction, demolition and industrial waste into compost. More >>

John Key loses moral compass over Collins

Tuesday, 19 August 2014, 10:09 am | New Zealand Labour Party

John Key has lost his moral compass over Judith Collins’ involvement with Cameron Slater and lost touch with New Zealanders’ sense of right and wrong, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. More >>

Forest & Bird claims on Denniston Plateau smoke incorrect

Tuesday, 19 August 2014, 9:02 am | New Zealand Government

Calls by Forest & Bird for the Department of Conservation to stop Bathurst Resources' preparatory mining work on the Denniston Plateau because of smoke coming from an old mine shaft are ill-informed, Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith said today. ... More >>

Timing of Route K news ‘cynical election bribe’

Monday, 18 August 2014, 5:27 pm | New Zealand Independent Coalition

NZ Independent Coalition candidate for Tauranga, Michael O’Neill slammed the timing of today’s announcement on Route K as a cynical election bribe. He asked how high the tolls are going to rise. More >>

Minister approves Marlborough coastal plan changes

Monday, 18 August 2014, 5:18 pm | New Zealand Government

Plan changes to enable three new salmon farms in the Marlborough Sounds were signed off today by Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith at a function at the Marlborough District Council with Mayor Alistair Sowman and representatives from NZ King Salmon. More >>

PREFU likely to confirm dropping exports

Monday, 18 August 2014, 3:29 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

National’s economic management will be put under the spotlight in tomorrow’s PREFU given clear signs the so-called rock star economy has fallen off the stage, with plummeting prices for raw commodity exports, Labour’s Finance spokesperson ... More >>


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