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Finance minister to travel to Australia

Friday, 29 July 2016, 1:32 pm | New Zealand Government

Finance Minister Bill English has arrived in Australia today to attend a range of speaking engagements and bi-lateral meetings. More >>

Supreme Court upholds Ministry position over leaky buildings

Friday, 29 July 2016, 1:24 pm | New Zealand Government

Education Minister Hekia Parata and Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye have welcomed today’s Supreme Court decision about the Ministry of Education’s case against Carter Holt Harvey over leaky school buildings. More >>

Consent stats confirm ongoing building boom

Friday, 29 July 2016, 12:33 pm | New Zealand Government

Residential and commercial building work has hit an all-time record of $18.3 billion and 29,000 homes, confirming New Zealand is in the midst of the largest building boom ever, Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith says. More >>

Royal New Zealand College of General Practice conference

Friday, 29 July 2016, 12:01 pm | New Zealand Government

Royal New Zealand College of General Practice conference, Auckland Opening Thanks Tim. It’s a pleasure to be here today. I would like to acknowledge Dr Tim Malloy, the College’s President and Andrew Connolly from the Medical Council. Your conference ... More >>

Two years of official crime stats now available

Friday, 29 July 2016, 11:56 am | New Zealand Government

Official statistics for June 2016 have been released by Statistics New Zealand today, completing the first two years’ of comparable data under the new method of reporting crime statistics. More >>

Save time, do it online

Friday, 29 July 2016, 11:55 am | New Zealand Government

Statistics NZ is taking another step toward being ‘digital by default’ by moving three more business surveys online, Statistics Minister Craig Foss says More >>

More last minute policy from Government

Friday, 29 July 2016, 11:54 am | New Zealand Labour Party

Andrew Little Leader of the Opposition MEDIA STATEMENT 29 July 2016 More last minute policy from a Government with no housing plan Paula Bennett’s policy to fund $9 million worth of support services is much-needed help for the homeless but smacks ... More >>

Queenstown UFB rollout now complete

Friday, 29 July 2016, 11:45 am | New Zealand Government

Queenstown’s Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) build is complete, and over 7000 households and businesses are now able to connect to faster and more reliable internet, says Communications Minister Amy Adams. More >>

More specialist support for mental health calls

Friday, 29 July 2016, 11:12 am | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has today announced details of a Budget 2016 initiative for specialist support when mental health calls are made to 111 and the mental health crisis teams. “We know that early intervention can make a huge difference for people ... More >>

Suicide Strategy Evaluation Urgently Needed

Friday, 29 July 2016, 11:04 am | New Zealand First Party

The continuing ‘epidemic’ of suicide in New Zealand demands changes to government’s Suicide Prevention Strategy – yet the strategy has not been reviewed in 18 months, says New Zealand First. More >>

Govt must ensure Unitary Plan produces high-quality homes

Friday, 29 July 2016, 11:02 am | Green Party

The Government must act to ensure that only warm, safe, and dry homes are built under the Auckland Unitary Plan by improving current building standards, the Green Party said today. More >>

Supporting Better Housing Outcomes

Friday, 29 July 2016, 10:53 am | New Zealand Government

The Government is investing $9 million over two years in the next steps of its programme to support the most vulnerable New Zealanders’ housing needs, Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett says. More >>

SFO given more info on ex Ministry staffer

Friday, 29 July 2016, 10:32 am | New Zealand Labour Party

Sue Moroney List MP based in Hamilton Transport Spokesperson 29 July 2016 SFO given more info on ex Ministry staffer More information on the background and past activities of a former senior Ministry of Transport manager, being investigated for alleged ... More >>

Milk Company Deal Simply Surrendering Control to China

Thursday, 28 July 2016, 5:40 pm | New Zealand First Party

“A $200 million dairy plant planned near Gore may appear superficially good news for Southland but having a China state-owned company holding majority ownership is not,” says New Zealand First Leader and Northland Member of Parliament Rt Hon Winston ... More >>

Consulting on retirement savings and bankruptcy

Thursday, 28 July 2016, 3:52 pm | New Zealand Government

Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Paul Goldsmith is encouraging people to have their say on retirement savings and bankruptcy. More >>

Council must build on heritage, not destroy it

Thursday, 28 July 2016, 3:06 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Auckland Council must move to ensure there are heritage protections in place following recommendations that demolition restrictions be tossed out, Labour’s Arts, Culture and Heritage spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. More >>

Bennett’s policy on-the-hoof helps just 12 families

Thursday, 28 July 2016, 3:00 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Leader of the Opposition MEDIA STATEMENT 28 July 2016 Bennett’s policy on-the-hoof helps just 12 families More >>

Auckland Building Boom Has to Benefit Kiwis First

Thursday, 28 July 2016, 2:00 pm | New Zealand First Party

The government has to ensure the Auckland building boom works to the advantage of New Zealanders and not foreign workers and corporations, says New Zealand First. More >>

Early progress for Auckland relocation grants

Thursday, 28 July 2016, 1:41 pm | New Zealand Government

Grants to help people in or waiting for social housing with the costs of moving from Auckland are off to a good start and are already making a difference, Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett says. More >>

Minister Seriously Misleading Public Over 1080

Thursday, 28 July 2016, 1:39 pm | New Zealand First Party

Conservation Minister Maggie Barrie is totally ignoring the serious risks of using 1080 in her plan to make New Zealand predator free by 2050. More >>

Numbers of Māori waiting for homes grows

Thursday, 28 July 2016, 1:37 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

With the number of Māori households waiting for homes increasing by more than 20 per cent in the past year, it’s time the Māori Party admits its support of the Government’s state house sell-off has made life worse for whānau, Labour’s MP ... More >>

Government responds to 2014 election report

Thursday, 28 July 2016, 1:36 pm | New Zealand Government

Justice Minister Amy Adams has today announced the Government’s response to a Parliamentary Select Committee report on the 2014 General Election. More >>

Strong start to winter for tourism sector

Thursday, 28 July 2016, 12:28 pm | New Zealand Government

The latest monthly Regional Tourism Estimates show a strong start to the winter season with every region experiencing increased expenditure compared to last year, Associate Tourism Minister Paula Bennett says. More >>

Farmers cooperating to lift performance

Thursday, 28 July 2016, 12:18 pm | New Zealand Government

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has welcomed an innovative programme lifting the performance of 350 Northland farmers through shared knowledge. “The first year of the Extension 350 programme will see the start of two dairy clusters and one sheep ... More >>

Obesity Target Pointless without Support Services

Thursday, 28 July 2016, 12:08 pm | New Zealand First Party

The government’s health target of 95 per cent of obese children being identified and referred for treatment is failing because support services are virtually non-existent, says New Zealand First. More >>

Coleman welcomes wider access to vaccines

Thursday, 28 July 2016, 11:46 am | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has today welcomed Pharmac’s decision to widen access to the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and varicella (chickenpox) vaccinations. “In Budget 2016 the Government invested an extra $124 million over four years to ... More >>

Questions for (Oral) Answer - Thursday 28th of July

Thursday, 28 July 2016, 11:05 am | New Zealand Labour Party

While Parliament might be in recess, there are still plenty of things that Ministers need to answer for. So the Labour team has put together six of the best questions that the Government should be answering today (plus a special bonus question), Labour’s ... More >>

Pukekohe Soils Must Be Spared From Urban Sprawl

Thursday, 28 July 2016, 10:21 am | New Zealand First Party

Prime agricultural growing land around Pukekohe must be excluded from any plan to extend Auckland’s boundaries, says New Zealand First Primary Industries Spokesperson Richard Prosser commenting on the proposed new Auckland Unitary Plan. More >>

Children’s ministry, but only for some

Thursday, 28 July 2016, 10:18 am | New Zealand Labour Party

The Government is stigmatising a whole cohort of young New Zealanders while leaving others behind with its creation of a Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Labour’s Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. More >>

Call for clinicians’ innovative health IT ideas

Thursday, 28 July 2016, 10:03 am | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman is calling on clinicians to submit innovative ideas on healthcare. More >>

Fee fi fo fum…tax swindle comes undone

Wednesday, 27 July 2016, 11:40 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

At the same time the Government is looking to pump more cash into private schools the IRD is investigating several over a tax swindle which allows parents to falsely claim private school fees as donations and claim a rebate, Labour’s Education spokesperson ... More >>

New direction for transport research

Wednesday, 27 July 2016, 5:09 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government and the transport sector are better placed to understand and meet future challenges with the release of the Transport Domain Plan and Research Strategy, Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss says. More >>

Air services agreement signed with Mauritius

Wednesday, 27 July 2016, 4:29 pm | New Zealand Government

Transport Minister Simon Bridges has welcomed the signing of an air services agreement opening the opportunity for code-sharing between New Zealand and Mauritius airlines. More >>

Auckland must unite behind Unitary Plan

Wednesday, 27 July 2016, 4:05 pm | Green Party

Auckland and Auckland Councillors must unite to support the Unitary Plan, because the alternative is more squabbling while families continue to be locked out of home ownership, the Green Party said today. More >>

Councillors must approve 400,000 homes

Wednesday, 27 July 2016, 4:04 pm | ACT New Zealand

Auckland Councillors must approve the proposed Unitary Plan’s goal of allowing 422,000 dwellings in the next 30 years, says ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

Acting District Court Judges appointed

Wednesday, 27 July 2016, 4:01 pm | New Zealand Government

Two Acting District Court Judges have been appointed, Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson announced today. Both will hold Family Court warrants. Rangiora barrister and solicitor John Brandts-Giesen has been appointed an Acting District Court Judge ... More >>

NZSO Board appointments

Wednesday, 27 July 2016, 3:55 pm | New Zealand Government

Corporate lawyer Daniel Wong has been appointed to the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra Board, Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry has announced. More >>

Independent panel’s report welcomed

Wednesday, 27 July 2016, 3:54 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government has today welcomed the release of the Independent Hearings Panel’s recommendations on the Unitary Plan, saying the new plan is crucial to Auckland’s future, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith says. More >>

Government scuppers affordability requirements

Wednesday, 27 July 2016, 3:29 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

The Government must explain why the panel considering Auckland’s unitary plan removed affordability requirements at the behest of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and Housing NZ, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says. More >>

Govt Killing Off Successful Youth Course

Wednesday, 27 July 2016, 3:07 pm | New Zealand First Party

The government plans to completely shut down the highly successful Limited Service Volunteers (LSV) youth programme in Christchurch and the entire South Island, says New Zealand First. More >>

Halswell Residential College to become fully co-educational

Wednesday, 27 July 2016, 2:40 pm | New Zealand Government

Halswell Residential College to become fully co-educational Education Minister Hekia Parata has announced that Halswell Residential College in Christchurch will become fully co-educational from next year. Since 2014, the boys’ school has been able ... More >>

Applications open for Great Rides funding

Wednesday, 27 July 2016, 1:20 pm | New Zealand Government

Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism John Key today announced applications are open for further funding to maintain and enhance the quality of the New Zealand Cycle Trail. More >>

Questions for (Oral) Answer- Wednesday 27th of July

Wednesday, 27 July 2016, 11:52 am | New Zealand Labour Party

While Parliament might be in recess, there are still plenty of things that Ministers need to answer for. So the Labour team has put together six of the best questions that the Government should be answering today (plus a special bonus question), Labour’s ... More >>

Electrical Authority’s Proposed Pricing Unacceptable

Wednesday, 27 July 2016, 11:43 am | New Zealand First Party

The Electricity Authority’s (EA) proposed pricing regime will have a hugely detrimental effect on businesses and on regional New Zealand, says New Zealand First. “Under the proposed changes, Employers and Manufacturers Association members (EMA) will ... More >>

National pushes on with failed state house sell-off

Wednesday, 27 July 2016, 11:24 am | New Zealand Labour Party

Merchant bankers, overseas companies and property developers will be lining up to buy 364 state houses in Horowhenua during two days of “market sounding” meetings starting tomorrow, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says. More >>

Support of Healthy Families NZ initiative welcomed

Wednesday, 27 July 2016, 11:14 am | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has today welcomed Auckland Council’s commitment to the local Healthy Families NZ initiative by removing sugar sweetened beverages from vending machines at their leisure sites. More >>

PM welcomes Vanuatu Prime Minister to NZ

Wednesday, 27 July 2016, 10:46 am | New Zealand Government

Prime Minister John Key has today announced Vanuatu Prime Minister Charlot Salwai will visit New Zealand in the second week of August. More >>

Responsible house price reduction needed

Wednesday, 27 July 2016, 10:04 am | Green Party

Auckland housing is unaffordable and a responsible Government would have a sensible plan to reduce house prices over time, while protecting families with mortgages, the Green Party said today . More >>

Project 1000 to grow jobs for Hawke’s Bay people

Wednesday, 27 July 2016, 10:01 am | New Zealand Government

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley and Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell today announced Project 1000; a scheme to provide 1000 new jobs for currently unemployed Hawke’s Bay workers over the next three years. More >>

Govt support for National Aquarium proposal

Wednesday, 27 July 2016, 10:00 am | New Zealand Government

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce today announced Government support for a proposal to expand the National Aquarium of New Zealand in Napier to include marine research and create high-skilled, science-based employment. “The Government is ... More >>

Napier port access gets $25m boost

Wednesday, 27 July 2016, 9:54 am | New Zealand Government

A $25 million package of three road access improvements to Napier port has today been announced by the Government as one of the first actions of Matariki – the Hawke’s Bay Economic Development Strategy. More >>

Hawke’s Bay economic action plan launched

Wednesday, 27 July 2016, 9:52 am | New Zealand Government

Hon Steven Joyce Minister for Economic Development Hon Nathan Guy Minister for Primary Industries 27 July 2016 More >>

Inquiry into surgical mesh needed now

Wednesday, 27 July 2016, 9:34 am | New Zealand Labour Party

The Government must urgently launch a Ministerial inquiry into surgical mesh after more than 500 patients have lodged claims of complications with the ACC, say Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King. More >>

NZ Forest Industry Heading for a Crash

Wednesday, 27 July 2016, 9:16 am | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand’s third largest export earner, forestry, is heading for a major crash unless steps are made to restrain the excessive exporting of raw logs, says New Zealand First. More >>

Dunne Speaks: Will Key prove to be a progressive moderate?

Wednesday, 27 July 2016, 9:01 am | Peter Dunne

Within sixteen months New Zealand will have its next General Election. Prime Minister John Key will be seeking to equal Keith Holyoake’s record of four straight election victories. Opposition Leader Andrew Little’s goal will be more modest – he will ... More >>

‘Show some loyalty to New Zealand industry’

Wednesday, 27 July 2016, 8:34 am | New Zealand First Party

When future historians consider what John Key and his neo-liberal government has done for New Zealand; they will be disappointed and dismayed. More >>

Another Kick in Teeth for Kiwi Home Buyers

Wednesday, 27 July 2016, 8:32 am | New Zealand First Party

Real estate company Ray White’s decision to market homes to 260 million Chinese is another kick in the teeth to New Zealanders trying to buy their first homes, says New Zealand First. More >>

Auckland Council must step up or step aside

Tuesday, 26 July 2016, 4:14 pm | ACT New Zealand

All eyes will be on Auckland Council tomorrow as they respond to the Independent Hearings Panel’s proposed Unitary Plan, says ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

Crime on the increase yet again

Tuesday, 26 July 2016, 4:06 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Police Minister Judith Collins’ contention that crime is falling has proven to be wrong yet again, with latest Police statistics showing an increase in most crimes, Labour’s Police spokesperson Stuart Nash says. More >>

Property speculators’ paradise continues under National

Tuesday, 26 July 2016, 3:54 pm | Green Party

Data released today by the Reserve Bank confirms that National continues to let property speculators drive the housing market, hurting first home buyers, the Green Party said. New Reserve Bank mortgage lending data shows that in June, property investors ... More >>

 

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