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Challenge to PM – Prove Your Fishing Story Or Pay Up

Wednesday, 10 February 2016, 5:29 pm | New Zealand First Party

Rt Hon Winston Peters New Zealand First Leader Member of Parliament for Northland 10 FEBRUARY 2016 Challenge to PM – Prove Your Fishing Story Or Pay up More >>

International crime cooperation laws report welcomed

Wednesday, 10 February 2016, 4:59 pm | New Zealand Government

Justice Minister Amy Adams has today tabled the Law Commission’s report on modernising New Zealand’s Extradition and Mutual Assistance laws. More >>

Immigration Helps Fuel Aucklnd Housing Bubble

Wednesday, 10 February 2016, 4:39 pm | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First is sick and tired of being labelled racist and xenophobic over the Auckland housing crisis, says New Zealand First. More >>

Te Puni Kokiri contractors cost $7.8 million

Wednesday, 10 February 2016, 4:29 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Change has not delivered the gains as the Ministry of Maori Development’s contracting and consultancy costs bulge to $7.8 million says Labour’s Whanau Ora Spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta. “Te Puni Kokiri’s Chief Executive Officer Michelle Hippolite was ... More >>

Police Commissioner doesn’t get force needs

Wednesday, 10 February 2016, 3:11 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Stuart Nash Police Spokesperson 10 February 2016 Police Commissioner doesn’t get force needs The Police Commissioner has let down the public and his own force by insisting the police have what they need despite it taking a year to solve a burglary ... More >>

Ministers with free degrees hypocritical

Wednesday, 10 February 2016, 2:42 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Senior National Party ministers who mock the idea of free post-school education for New Zealanders are hypocrites, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says. More >>

ECan are failing the farmers who have done the right thing

Wednesday, 10 February 2016, 1:20 pm | Green Party

ECan has failed farmers who have securely fenced their waterways and provided water for stock on their farms by letting Lakes Station off with no fine, the Green Party said today. Lakes Station cows were photographed wading in Lake Taylor last month, ... More >>

Māori Party farewells a respected Māori advocate

Wednesday, 10 February 2016, 12:34 pm | The Maori Party

“Whaea Mere was passionate about her heritage and culture and cherished the knowledge she learnt from her elders,” says Māori Party Co-leader, Marama Fox. More >>

Government turns Housing NZ into disarray

Wednesday, 10 February 2016, 12:32 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

The Government has run Housing NZ down and left the organisation in disarray, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The Auditor General has found ‘significant deficiencies’ in Housing NZ’s management of the $220 million a year it spends ... More >>

Digital medical certificates make system simpler

Wednesday, 10 February 2016, 12:12 pm | New Zealand Government

Digital medical certificates make system simpler Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and Social Development Minister Anne Tolley say 72 per cent of all medical certificates for Work and Income clients are now being lodged electronically. “There’s been ... More >>

Government must reinforce fishery officers

Wednesday, 10 February 2016, 12:11 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

The Government must reinforce front line fisheries officers to manage New Zealand’s fishing stocks more closely following a controversial new report which claims the country’s catch has been underestimated for years, says Labour's Fisheries spokesperson ... More >>

Questions For Oral Answer 10/2/16

Wednesday, 10 February 2016, 12:11 pm | Office of the Clerk

1. JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he received on employment in New Zealand? More >>

Aviation and maritime safety strengthened

Wednesday, 10 February 2016, 12:06 pm | New Zealand Government

Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss today announced the introduction of random testing in the commercial aviation and maritime sectors to help tackle drug and alcohol impairment. More >>

Māori Party mourns Linda Grennell

Wednesday, 10 February 2016, 11:34 am | The Maori Party

The Māori Party mourns the passing of Linda Grennell, former National President of the Māori Women’s Welfare League, who lost her brave fight for life in Christchurch on Tuesday night. More >>

New PGP programme to boost wool industry

Wednesday, 10 February 2016, 11:20 am | New Zealand Government

Hon Nathan Guy Minister for Primary Industries 10 February 2016 Media Statement New PGP programme to boost wool industry Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has welcomed a new Primary Growth Partnership programme aimed at lifting the profitability ... More >>

Big bill for CERA spin doctors

Wednesday, 10 February 2016, 11:13 am | New Zealand Labour Party

The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority has had a major blowout in its public relations budget, despite the fact the organisation is meant to be winding down, says Labour’s Canterbury Spokesperson Megan Woods. “CERA is meant to be closing ... More >>

Chinese New Year celebration at Parliament

Wednesday, 10 February 2016, 10:22 am | New Zealand Government

Ethnic Communities Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga will this evening host an event at Parliament to celebrate the 2016 Chinese New Year. More >>

Govt needs to restore confidence in fisheries management

Wednesday, 10 February 2016, 10:19 am | Green Party

New Zealand needs to halt the substantial under-reporting of commercial fish catches and dumping that a new report suggests is widespread in the fishing industry, the Green Party said today. More >>

Action Needed Over Woeful Tourist Driving

Wednesday, 10 February 2016, 9:57 am | New Zealand First Party

Alarming reports of tourists driving on the wrong side of the road and overtaking on the yellow lines over the summer show the urgent need for New Zealand First’s bill targeting tourist drivers, says the party. More >>

Govt’s urban cycleways providing more choice

Wednesday, 10 February 2016, 9:23 am | New Zealand Government

Govt’s urban cycleways providing more choice Transport Minister Simon Bridges says the thousands of Kiwis taking part in Go by Bike Day across the country today demonstrates the importance of the Government’s Urban Cycleways Programme. Speaking ... More >>

Patents Bill passes first reading

Wednesday, 10 February 2016, 8:46 am | New Zealand Government

Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Paul Goldsmith today welcomed the next step in establishing a single trans-Tasman patent attorney regime following the first reading of the Patents (Trans-Tasman Patent Attorneys and Other Matters) Amendment ... More >>

Concierge and plaza for ministry staff

Wednesday, 10 February 2016, 8:46 am | New Zealand Labour Party

Chris Hipkins Education Spokesperson 9 February 2016 Concierge and plaza for ministry staff – leaky, mouldy classrooms for kids Parents will be horrified Hekia Parata is overseeing a $19.5 million refit for Education Ministry staff which includes a ... More >>

Prime Minister’s Statement to Parliament

Tuesday, 9 February 2016, 5:12 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government is continuing to implement its plan to build a faster-growing economy with more jobs and rising incomes, and to support New Zealanders and their families. More >>

Minister marks Safer Internet Day

Tuesday, 9 February 2016, 5:10 pm | New Zealand Government

The start of the school year is a good opportunity for parents to remind their children of the harmful effects of cyberbullying and staying safe online, says Communications Minister Amy Adams. More >>

Acting District Court Judge Appointed

Tuesday, 9 February 2016, 4:46 pm | New Zealand Government

Auckland barrister Andrea Manuel has been appointed an Acting District Court Judge with a Family Court warrant to be based in Auckland, Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson QC announced today. Ms Manuel’s core area of practice has covered complex ... More >>

Encouraging Immunisation for Older Children

Tuesday, 9 February 2016, 3:44 pm | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a new awareness campaign starts today to remind parents and caregivers of older children about the school based immunisation programme. “While infant immunisation rates have dramatically improved since 2008, immunisation ... More >>

James Shaw's Commencement Debate Speech

Tuesday, 9 February 2016, 3:02 pm | Green Party

Ki a koutou ōku hoa Pāremata, huri noa i te Whare, ngā mihi o te tau hou ki a koutou katoa. More >>

TPP Presented for Treaty Examination

Tuesday, 9 February 2016, 2:46 pm | New Zealand Government

Trade Minister Todd McClay today announced the commencement of Parliamentary treaty examination of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP), following signature of the Agreement on 4 February 2016. “The Government has presented the final text ... More >>

Talley’s first to attempt to flout Mondayisation

Tuesday, 9 February 2016, 12:55 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Iain Lees-Galloway Workplace Relations Spokesperson 9 February 2016 Talley’s first to attempt to flout Mondayisation More >>

Brownlee attending Counter-Daesh meeting

Tuesday, 9 February 2016, 11:31 am | New Zealand Government

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee leaves today to attend the first Counter-Daesh Defence Ministerial meeting, involving all countries contributing to the Counter-Daesh Coalition. More >>

The Government is ripping off children with special needs

Tuesday, 9 February 2016, 10:47 am | Green Party

New research shows the Government is ripping off children with special needs, who are being denied access to the education they need because specialist teachers are not being adequately funded, the Green Party said. More >>

National off-side with business over agriculture

Tuesday, 9 February 2016, 10:44 am | Green Party

The self-proclaimed ‘business friendly’ National Government is out-of-step with its own bank and the wider business community who want stronger action to reign-in climate damaging pollution, the Green Party said today. More >>

Free Press

Tuesday, 9 February 2016, 9:55 am | ACT New Zealand

After giving the country a two month break, parliament will resume tomorrow. Your property is no longer safe. The parliamentary year begins with debate on the Prime Minister’s Statement, set down for 13 hours. ACT’s Agenda David Seymour is scheduled ... More >>

Collins Comments

Tuesday, 9 February 2016, 9:32 am | Judith Collins

Happy new year everybody. The school holidays over and most of us back at work and planning the year ahead. More >>

2016 job prospects strong for those into making things

Tuesday, 9 February 2016, 9:20 am | New Zealand Government

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce today released the 2016 Occupation Outlook report and mobile app which shows job prospects continue to be very good in highly skilled, fast growing industries such as high-tech manufacturing ... More >>

Super Bowl Screens Live on Free-to-Air TV But Not Kiwi Sport

Tuesday, 9 February 2016, 9:11 am | New Zealand First Party

While the American Super Bowl screens live on TVNZ it’s disappointing there are no signs the state broadcaster will be showing our national sports live anytime soon, says New Zealand First. More >>

Government disregard for Waitangi Tribunal

Tuesday, 9 February 2016, 9:02 am | New Zealand Labour Party

The disregard shown to the Waitangi Tribunal by the National-led Government and their support party the Maori Party is unacceptable and a warning sign of their desire to push through unpopular changes to laws governing Māori land, says Ikaroa-Rawhiti ... More >>

Government should give more than a little

Tuesday, 9 February 2016, 9:00 am | New Zealand Labour Party

The Government should make this a Waitangi weekend to remember by agreeing to meet the remaining cost of buying Awaroa beach so this beautiful piece of New Zealand will be available to future generations, says Opposition Leader Andrew Little. More >>

NZ Condemns North Korea rocket launch

Tuesday, 9 February 2016, 8:58 am | New Zealand Government

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has condemned today’s long-range rocket launch by North Korea. More >>

McClay Visits Europe to Progress EU-NZ FTA

Sunday, 7 February 2016, 2:40 pm | New Zealand Government

Trade Minister Todd McClay leaves for Europe this weekend for introductory meetings with counterparts in the EU and certain Member States, with a focus on progressing a European Union-New Zealand free trade agreement (EU-NZ FTA). More >>

Minister welcomes interim Tribunal report

Saturday, 6 February 2016, 4:13 pm | New Zealand Government

Māori Development Minister, Te Ururoa Flavell, welcomes the interim Waitangi Tribunal report on Te Ture Whenua Māori. The Tribunal released part of its report last night in response to an urgent hearing held last year. Mr Flavell says he agrees with the ... More >>

PM And Minister Allowed to Duck for Cover

Saturday, 6 February 2016, 2:31 pm | New Zealand First Party

The public can rightly label the Whitehead report a cover-up given it ignored the involvement of the Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Malaysian diplomat case, says New Zealand First Leader and Member of Parliament for Northland ... More >>

West Coast Hospital Not a Government Priority

Friday, 5 February 2016, 5:24 pm | New Zealand First Party

West Coasters’ lives are at risk in Grey Base Hospital, which is unsafe, yet the government continues to drag the chain on its redevelopment, says New Zealand First. More >>

Minister shows contempt for Waitangi Tribunal

Friday, 5 February 2016, 5:23 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

The Māori Development Minister’s decision to release a new version of Te Ture Whenua Māori Bill before the Waitangi Tribunal has prepared its report on whether the previous draft is in line with treaty principles shows a continuing disregard ... More >>

Government still won’t come clean on TPPA and Pharmac

Friday, 5 February 2016, 4:03 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

That the Government has blacked out entire pages of briefings on how the TPPA might impact on Pharmac is hardly transparent, says Labour’s spokesperson on Health Annette King. More >>

Interlock devices stopping offenders drink driving

Friday, 5 February 2016, 3:06 pm | New Zealand Government

A growing number of offenders are taking part in a programme which aims to curb their repeat drink driving behaviour, says Corrections Minister Judith Collins. Corrections is running a pilot programme to fund alcohol interlock devices for eligible offenders ... More >>

Appointment of GCSB Acting Director

Friday, 5 February 2016, 1:04 pm | New Zealand Government

GCSB Chief Legal Advisor Lisa Fong will become the Acting Director of the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) from 15 February 2016, Minister Responsible for the GCSB Christopher Finlayson announced today. More >>

McCully not off hook despite report

Friday, 5 February 2016, 1:04 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

The Whitehead report into the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade's handling of the Rizalman case confirms Murray McCully and his office knew officials were planning to let the diplomat leave but didn’t intervene, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson ... More >>

Sadness over death of Māori leader

Friday, 5 February 2016, 11:52 am | New Zealand Labour Party

The death of Linda Grennell, a former President of the Māori Women’s Welfare League, marks the end of a lifetime of leadership and service to New Zealand, and Labour sends sympathy to her family at this very sad time, Labour Women’s Issues ... More >>

ETS Review modelling documents released

Friday, 5 February 2016, 11:31 am | New Zealand Government

Three technical documents are being released to help New Zealanders engage with the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) review, Climate Change Minister Paula Bennett says. More >>

Waterview Shared Path construction underway

Friday, 5 February 2016, 11:28 am | New Zealand Government

Waterview Shared Path construction underway Construction on Auckland’s $25 million Waterview Shared Path is now underway, Transport Minister Simon Bridges says. The first sod was turned today on the 2.4km shared path which will connect the Waterview ... More >>

Disability Strategy reference group gets to work

Friday, 5 February 2016, 11:06 am | New Zealand Government

Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner today announced appointments to the New Zealand Disability Strategy revision reference group, who will begin work on revising this important national vision next week. More >>

Southern’s Appalling Meals a Warning for All DHBS

Friday, 5 February 2016, 10:35 am | New Zealand First Party

Southern District Health Board’s failed outsourcing of kitchen services should be a warning for other DHBs around the country not to follow suit, says New Zealand First. More >>

Whitehead report released

Friday, 5 February 2016, 9:48 am | New Zealand Government

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has released the Whitehead Report, into diplomatic immunity issues surrounding Malaysian Defence attache Mohammad Rizalman. More >>

Top Up White Ribbon Funding Now

Friday, 5 February 2016, 8:43 am | New Zealand First Party

The government should never have allowed the White Ribbon campaign to end up cash-strapped – it needs to front up with money immediately, says New Zealand First. More >>

Cruise ship tourism in a league of its own

Thursday, 4 February 2016, 3:06 pm | New Zealand Government

The decision by P&O Cruises to base a ship out of New Zealand is an endorsement of our growing cruise industry, Associate Tourism Minister Paula Bennett says. More >>

Travel Responsibly This Waitangi Weekend

Thursday, 4 February 2016, 2:51 pm | New Zealand Government

Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss is urging all motorists to consider the road toll and its impact before getting behind the wheel this long weekend. “The road toll is so much more than a number, it represents the lives of parents, wives, ... More >>

Exciting Mānuka honey scheme launched

Thursday, 4 February 2016, 2:11 pm | New Zealand Government

A new initiative to boost the mānuka honey industry in Northland and provide educational and employment opportunities has been launched today at Northland College by Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell, Education Minister Hekia Parata and Primary ... More >>

Lyttelton Port development connecting NZ traders to the world

Thursday, 4 February 2016, 2:01 pm | New Zealand Government

The redevelopment of the Lyttelton Port in Canterbury will play a significant role in the future economic growth and prosperity of the South Island by boosting jobs and trade, Deputy Prime Minister Bill English and Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry ... More >>

West Coast Towns Paying Price for Police Underfunding

Thursday, 4 February 2016, 12:50 pm | New Zealand First Party

Pulling police from West Coast towns is a direct result of the government’s frozen police budget, says New Zealand First Police Spokesperson Ron Mark. “Sole-charge police are being lost from Ross and Karamea in a move the police are selling as centralisation ... More >>

 

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