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Tide has turned on National after Northland nightmare

Saturday, 28 March 2015, 8:56 pm | Green Party

Tide has turned on National after Northland nightmare The National Party’s loss in the Northland by-election is proof that the tide has turned on an increasingly out of touch Government, says the Green Party. “The tide has turned on National,” ... More >>

Fish, eels, punts return to cleaner Avon River

Saturday, 28 March 2015, 12:41 pm | New Zealand Government

Associate Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Nicky Wagner today welcomed the completion of more than a year’s worth of cleaning and rehabilitation of the Ōtākaro/Avon River. More >>

ACC report confirms volatility in accounts

Friday, 27 March 2015, 3:18 pm | New Zealand Government

ACC’s latest quarterly report highlights the impact of short-term volatilities on the ACC scheme’s financial position, says ACC Minister Nikki Kaye. “The overall financial position of the scheme has improved over the past few years and it is now ... More >>

Increase in business R&D spend welcomed

Friday, 27 March 2015, 3:14 pm | New Zealand Government

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce has welcomed Statistics New Zealand data released today that shows businesses in New Zealand continue to invest more in research and development to fuel their growth. More >>

Labour Leader goes to the big game

Friday, 27 March 2015, 2:56 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Labour Leader goes to the big game Labour Leader Andrew Little will attend the World Cup Cricket final in Melbourne on Sunday. More >>

Tragedy must be impetus for better training

Friday, 27 March 2015, 2:41 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

The Police Minister needs to explain why unsworn and inadequately trained custody officers were put in a situation of caring for a medically unwell prisoner on a busy Saturday night, Labour’s Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. Commenting on an ... More >>

Finlayson delivers Crown apology to Ngāruahine

Friday, 27 March 2015, 1:11 pm | New Zealand Government

Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Christopher Finlayson today delivered the Crown’s formal apology to Ngāruahine for historical breaches of the Treaty of Waitangi. More >>

PM to attend the Cricket World Cup Final

Friday, 27 March 2015, 12:04 pm | New Zealand Government

Prime Minister John Key will attend the final of the Cricket World Cup in Melbourne this weekend. More >>

Neighbours Day spurs community spirit

Friday, 27 March 2015, 11:01 am | New Zealand Government

Community and Voluntary Sector Minister Jo Goodhew is encouraging people living in cities to make a special effort to get to know their neighbours on Neighbours Day this weekend. More >>

eReferral system rolled out across South Island

Friday, 27 March 2015, 10:57 am | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says Southern DHB has now completed the South Island’s rollout of eReferrals, enabling faster more accurate transfer of patient information. More >>

Govt must be more transparent on investor state clauses

Friday, 27 March 2015, 10:24 am | New Zealand Labour Party

The Government must be more transparent around the draft investor state dispute settlements in the TPPA, says David Parker, Labour’s Export Growth and Trade spokesperson. More >>

Minister to attend fifth annual ISTP

Friday, 27 March 2015, 9:59 am | New Zealand Government

Education Minister Hekia Parata will be departing for Canada today to attend the fifth International Summit on the Teaching Profession (ISTP) accompanied by teachers, professionals and union leaders. More >>

Questions and Answers - March 26

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 7:48 pm | Office of the Clerk

Research and Development—Effect on Economy 1. JAMES SHAW (Green) to the Minister of Science and Innovation : Does he stand by his statement that the Government will “build a strong business-led R&D ecosystem to strengthen and diversify New ... More >>

Development of women leaders encouraged

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 7:41 pm | New Zealand Government

Minister for Women Louise Upston has used this week’s 30th anniversary of the Ministry for Women to encourage all New Zealanders to do their part to encourage and develop women leaders. More >>

Ahuwhenua Trophy finalists announced

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 7:15 pm | New Zealand Government

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has congratulated the three finalists in this year’s Ahuwhenua Trophy competition, celebrating excellence in Māori farming. More >>

KiwiSaver HomeStart Bill passes

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 5:08 pm | New Zealand Government

Hon Todd McClay Minister of Revenue 26 March 2015 Media Statement KiwiSaver HomeStart Bill passes More >>

Submissions: FTA between NZ and the Republic of Korea

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 4:59 pm | Office of the Clerk

Public submissions are being invited on this treaty. The closing date for submissions is Friday 24 April 2015 . More >>

New Zealand First Bill is More Important than Ever

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

Our worst fears around the controversial investment chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) have been realised, says Fletcher Tabuteau, New Zealand First Commerce and Trade Spokesperson. More >>

Arohata prisoners give back to the community

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 4:19 pm | New Zealand Government

Prisoners at Tawa’s Arohata Prison are making a positive contribution to the community, Corrections Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga says. Mr Lotu-Iiga visited the prison today to meet Corrections staff and prisoners, to listen to them about life inside and ... More >>

Entries open for PM’s Business Scholarships

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 4:04 pm | New Zealand Government

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce is encouraging senior managers, executives and business owners who want to expand their international expertise to apply for the 2015 Prime Minister’s Business Scholarships. More >>

Green Party welcomes IGIS inquiry into GCSB

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 3:47 pm | Green Party

The Green Party is pleased the Inspector General of the Intelligence and Security (IGIS) has confirmed that she will be undertaking an inquiry following a complaint from the Green Party into the actions of the Government Communication Security Bureau ... More >>

C’mon Nick what’s the truth on the RMA

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 3:19 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

“Nick Smith has got to fess up and tell us what is happening to his much vaunted RMA reform, Labour’s Environment spokesperson Megan Woods says. “With just a day and a half to go before the polls open in Northland, he has been talking about ... More >>

Royal succession laws come into force

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 2:57 pm | New Zealand Government

Legislation modernising rules applying to Royal succession to the throne came into force today in New Zealand and in the 16 Realms that share the Queen as Head of State. More >>

Fraud reforms continue to save taxpayer money

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 2:45 pm | New Zealand Government

Associate Minister for Social Development Jo Goodhew has welcomed news that since benefit fraud reform initiatives began two years ago, up to $60 million of taxpayers’ money has been saved. “Over the past two and a half years around 9,500 benefits ... More >>

$2m for extra safeguards to maternity care

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 2:39 pm | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says cases where a woman becomes seriously unwell during maternity care will now be audited by a panel of experts. “It is important that new mothers and babies receive high quality care across New Zealand,” says ... More >>

SSC salaries sink National’s spending spin

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

Massive pay rises at the State Services Commission prove National’s claims of clamping down on spending in the public sector are simply fantasy, Labour’s State Services spokesman Kris Faafoi says. “Salaries in this one department are almost ... More >>

Govt’s R&D experiment has failed

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 2:20 pm | Green Party

The National Government’s research and development (R&D) strategy has failed, with no growth in the proportion of businesses investing in R&D since its first year in office, the Green Party said today. More >>

Significant rise in renewable electricity

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

Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges says new figures showing renewable energy contributed almost 80 percent of New Zealand’s electricity generation last year are very encouraging. At 79.9 percent, the share of renewable electricity generation ... More >>

MP to host Rules Reduction Taskforce Community Meeting

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 2:03 pm | New Zealand National Party

Local MP Jono Naylor has announced that he will be hosting a community meeting to allow members of the public to come along and share their experiences of property rules and regulations that they consider to be irrelevant or unnecessary. More >>

TPPA leak proves foreign corporations can sue New Zealand

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 1:45 pm | Green Party

National appears to be giving foreign corporations extra rights to sue governments if they legislate to act in the national interest, says the Green Party. More >>

$4m investment in motorcyclists’ safety

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 1:23 pm | New Zealand Government

ACC Minister Nikki Kaye has welcomed the $4 million investment in motorcycle safety initiatives in 2015/16 advised by the Motorcycle Safety Advisory Council. The council represents the motorcycling community, and advises ACC on safety initiatives that ... More >>

Paula Bennett: Address to IPANZ Members

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 1:13 pm | New Zealand Government

Paula Bennett: Address to IPANZ Members Good morning. It’s great to be here to talk to you all. I know your days are busy and it feels like we are all working harder than ever before. So thank you for taking time to come along. We are all in our jobs ... More >>

Questions For Oral Answer March 26

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 11:38 am | Office of the Clerk

1. JAMES SHAW to the Minister of Science and Innovation: Does he stand by his statement that the Government will “build a strong business-led R&D ecosystem to strengthen and diversify New Zealand’s economy”? More >>

Epidemic of serious assaults in our prisons

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 10:50 am | New Zealand Labour Party

Labour wants stab proof vests and pepper spray for all corrections officers to keep them safe from the epidemic of serious prison assaults that are occurring around the country’s jails, says Labour’s Corrections Spokesperson Kelvin Davis. “There ... More >>

Better credit information for borrowers

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 10:03 am | New Zealand Government

Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Paul Goldsmith today announced new consumer credit regulations aimed at giving consumers information they need to make informed credit decisions. “The regulations will mean New Zealand borrowers can access information ... More >>

Govt moves to strengthen employment standards

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 9:53 am | New Zealand Government

Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse today announced a package of measures to strengthen enforcement of minimum employment standards. More >>

High number of teachers apply for $10m fund

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 9:47 am | New Zealand Government

Education Minister Hekia Parata has welcomed the more than 200 applications for the first round of the $10 million Teacher-led Innovation Fund. More >>

Food Safety Law Reform Bill consultation begins

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 9:04 am | New Zealand Government

Food Safety Minister Jo Goodhew has welcomed the consultation process for the Food Safety Law Reform Bill, which will address the recommendations from the Whey Protein Concentrate (WPC) Contamination Inquiry. More >>

Questions and Answers - March 25

Wednesday, 25 March 2015, 10:03 pm | Office of the Clerk

State and Social Housing—Reports 1. PHIL TWYFORD (Labour—Te Atatū) to the Minister for Social Housing : What reports, if any, has she received about the Salvation Army saying it felt pressured into carrying out expensive, time-consuming research on ... More >>

Celebrating Māori Export Excellence

Wednesday, 25 March 2015, 10:00 pm | New Zealand Government

Hon Te Ururoa Flavell presented Miraka with the inaugural Māori Excellence in Export award He kai kei aku ringa tonight at the 2015 New Zealand International Business Awards in Auckland. More >>

Joyce all at sea on SkyCity design collaboration

Wednesday, 25 March 2015, 6:47 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Joyce all at sea on SkyCity design collaboration Steven Joyce is trying to claim he knew nothing about the cost blowout of the SkyCity Convention Centre before the election but is nervously shifting his story, Labour’s Economic Development spokesperson ... More >>

Listen to the locals Hekia!

Wednesday, 25 March 2015, 4:53 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

“The Minister refused to give an assurance today when I questioned her, that she would listen to the submissions and back the call to return the school to Redcliffs. She needs to give that assurance so our community can have faith that her “consultation” ... More >>

Dairy Farmers Let Down by Government in Fontera Result

Wednesday, 25 March 2015, 3:26 pm | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First says Fonterra’s latest downwards revision in the 2014/15 forecast to a total cash payout of $4.90 - $5.00 per kilogram of milksolids (kg/MS) for a fully-shared up farmer, can be blamed on an urban focused government that is not ... More >>

More children receiving two cochlear implants

Wednesday, 25 March 2015, 3:22 pm | New Zealand Government

More children receiving two cochlear implants Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says 29 infants and children with profound hearing loss have received two cochlear implants as a result of additional funding in Budget 2014. “This week New Zealand is marking ... More >>

State House WOF Trial Results Withheld Too Long

Wednesday, 25 March 2015, 1:54 pm | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First says the Government is deliberately hiding results of the national warrant of fitness (WOF) trial for state houses at the expense of vulnerable New Zealanders. More >>

Bringing Political Power Back to Northland

Wednesday, 25 March 2015, 1:52 pm | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First stood in this by-election to end the neglect of Northland brought about by decades of abandonment by the National Party, says Leader and candidate for the Northland by-election Rt Hon Winston Peters. More >>

Scholarships for Pacific health students

Wednesday, 25 March 2015, 1:23 pm | New Zealand Government

Associate Health Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga says $1.19 million in scholarship funding this year will help 118 Pacific tertiary students studying for health-related qualifications. The Aniva Scholarships, previously known as the Pacific Health Workforce ... More >>

Labour looks to put the tea back into entitlements

Wednesday, 25 March 2015, 1:11 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Labour is moving to restore the rights of Kiwis to take tea and rest breaks, Leader Andrew Little says. “Within months of the Government’s Employment Relations Amendment Bill becoming law we are already seeing some of our largest companies, including ... More >>

Public invited to Victoria Square events

Wednesday, 25 March 2015, 1:10 pm | New Zealand Government

Associate Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Nicky Wagner is welcoming the opportunity to speak directly with Christchurch residents about their thoughts on the future of Victoria Square. More >>

Removing Paedophile Name Suppression

Wednesday, 25 March 2015, 11:58 am | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First will introduce a Bill in Parliament to remove name suppression from paedophiles where the victim/victims have not requested it, or are asking for it to be removed, Leader and candidate for the Northland by-election Rt Hon Winston ... More >>

Delegation to strengthen links with Cambodia, Viet Nam, IPU

Wednesday, 25 March 2015, 11:47 am | Office of the Speaker

A New Zealand delegation will join with 600 MPs from 113 countries to discuss global issues and promote democratic ideals and practices, when the 132nd Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly takes place in Hanoi, Viet Nam from 27 March - 1 April 2015. ... More >>

Questions For Oral Answer March 25

Wednesday, 25 March 2015, 11:45 am | Office of the Clerk

1. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister for Social Housing: What reports, if any, has she received about the Salvation Army saying it felt pressured into carrying out expensive, time-consuming research on buying unwanted state houses because the Government repeatedly ... More >>

Substantial drop in age of court cases

Wednesday, 25 March 2015, 10:45 am | New Zealand Government

New Zealanders are seeing huge improvements in the time it takes to access justice services with a big reduction in the average age of District Court criminal cases, Justice and Courts Minister Amy Adams announced. As at the end of December 2014, ... More >>

$500,000 boost for emergency housing providers

Wednesday, 25 March 2015, 10:13 am | New Zealand Government

Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett today announced details of the Government’s funding boost for emergency housing providers, and a comprehensive funding review of the sector. More >>

New Māori Language commissioners appointed

Wednesday, 25 March 2015, 10:10 am | New Zealand Government

Māori Development Minister, Hon Te Ururoa Flavell, has confirmed the appointment of two new board members to Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori, the Māori Language Commission. Hinurewa Poutu (Ngāti Rangi, Te Āti Haunui-a-Pāpārangi, Ngāti Maniapoto) has ... More >>

Dunne speaks - The role of the Race Relations Commissioner

Wednesday, 25 March 2015, 9:27 am | Peter Dunne

25 March 2015 After a slightly shaky start, Dame Susan Devoy is starting to impress in her role as Race Relations Commissioner. Her pronouncements have a strong flavour of common sense and understanding of the real issues and concerns facing New Zealand’s ... More >>

Lining up Language – we are what we speak

Wednesday, 25 March 2015, 9:18 am | New Zealand Government

Expressing ourselves through language will be the focus of a gathering of academics, policymakersand speakers of different languages this week, Ethnic Communities Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga says. More >>

Cyberbullies one step closer to being held to account

Wednesday, 25 March 2015, 9:15 am | New Zealand Government

A Bill to curb the growing incidence of cyberbullying and its devastating effects passed its second reading in Parliament last night. More >>

Judicial review over CTV engineer investigation

Wednesday, 25 March 2015, 8:52 am | New Zealand Government

The Government has lodged an application before the High Court to seek a judicial review of the decision by the Institute of Professional Engineers of New Zealand (IPENZ) to drop its investigation into Dr Alan Reay’s role in the design of the ... More >>

Questions and Answers - March 24

Tuesday, 24 March 2015, 10:06 pm | Office of the Clerk

1. TIM MACINDOE (National—Hamilton West) to the Minister responsible for HNZC : What are the objectives of the Government’s social housing reform programme? More >>

 

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