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Report on Parental Engagement helps lift student achievement

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 1:18 pm | New Zealand National Party

National MP and Chair of the Education and Science Select Committee, Dr Cam Calder welcomed the tabling of the report of the Inquiry into Engaging Parents in the Education of their Children. More >>

Government must condemn Israel killing of civilians in Gaza

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 1:16 pm | Green Party

The New Zealand Government must condemn Israel for its indiscriminate bombing of Gaza that continues to inflict massive civilian casualties, the Green Party said today. More >>

Veterans short-changed by new Act

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 12:50 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Veterans short-changed by new Act National Government reasons for rejecting a recommendation by the Law Commission to give veterans a payment to cover funeral expenses don’t stack up, says Labour’s Veterans’ Affairs spokesperson, Phil Goff. More >>

Labour will establish Centres of Vocational Excellence

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 12:47 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

A Labour Government will set up Centres of Vocational Excellence to boost training and innovation in industries that are vital to our economy and our regions, Labour’s Employment, Skills and Training spokesperson Grant Robertson says. More >>

Manuka honey labelling guide a positive step for NZ

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 12:40 pm | New Zealand Government

The Interim Labelling Guide for Manuka Honey released today by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is a positive step for the New Zealand industry, Food Safety Minister Nikki Kaye says. More >>

Questions For Oral Answer July 31

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 12:20 pm | Office of the Clerk

1. JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister of Finance: What has been the Government’s main challenge in implementing its economic programme during this term of Parliament? 2. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? More >>

Match-fixing Bill passes first reading

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 12:20 pm | New Zealand Government

Sport and Recreation Minister Murray McCully today welcomed the first reading of the Crimes (Match-fixing) Amendment Bill. More >>

Minister welcomes parental engagement report

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 11:51 am | New Zealand Government

A report recommending ways to encourage more parents to get involved in their children’s education has been welcomed by Education Minister Hekia Parata. The report of the Inquiry into Engaging Parents in the Education of their Children puts forward a range ... More >>

Changes to East Coast erosion grant scheme

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 11:28 am | New Zealand Government

Associate Primary Industries Minister Jo Goodhew has announced changes to the funding programme supporting East Coast landowners with erosion issues. “The Gisborne region has a severe erosion problem. A quarter of the land is susceptible to severe erosion, ... More >>

More scholarships for nurse graduates

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 11:23 am | New Zealand Government

The government is investing an extra $1.5 million to give 25 graduate nurses scholarships to work in general practices in some of New Zealand’s higher need communities next year. More >>

Supported bail to help change young offenders

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 11:16 am | New Zealand Government

Associate Social Development Minister Chester Borrows has welcomed the expansion of supported bail for young offenders as an important step to reducing reoffending. More >>

Better government digital services on way as plan approved

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 11:11 am | New Zealand Government

All government agencies now have a shared plan to deliver more and better digital public services. Eight agencies have been working together to implement Better Public Services Result 10 - making it easier for people to do business with government in ... More >>

Labour shows true colours on screen industry

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 11:04 am | New Zealand Government

Labour shows true colours on screen industry Labour has shown its true colours by promising to undermine the progress of New Zealand’s screen sector and reintroduce uncertainty into screen contracts for the benefit of Australian-run unions, Minister ... More >>

Dunne Speaks for this week

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 10:52 am | Peter Dunne

31 July 2014 This week’s stoush over the Fish and Game Council points to a deeper challenge confronting the Government as it contemplates a third term in office. There is no doubt of this Government’s commitment to boosting economic development, but ... More >>

New Zealand Herald Claims False

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 10:50 am | New Zealand First Party

Claims by New Zealand Herald journalist Adam Bennett with respect to former MP Ron Mark’s possible nomination for New Zealand First in the seat of Wairarapa are false, says New Zealand First Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters. More >>

UnitedFuture Supports NZUSA First in Family Initiative

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 10:20 am | United Future NZ Party

UnitedFuture Leader Hon Peter Dunne supports a new initiative to assist ‘first in family’ students to attend university. More >>

New Zealand First And NZUSA on Same Page on Scholarships

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 10:14 am | NZUSA

New Zealand First Deputy Leader and Spokesperson for Education, Tracey Martin, congratulates the New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA) on its advocacy for a First in Family Scholarship programme. “We see this as a circuit breaker for some of ... More >>

Put an End to Race-Based Legislation

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 9:59 am | Mana Party

“When they said they would not support race-based laws I’ll bet they didn’t expect my support” said MANA Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau Hone Harawira, following comments by ACT Leader Jamie Whyte, Conservative Leader Colin Craig, and NZ First ... More >>

3K to Christchurch working for Jobseekers

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 9:39 am | New Zealand Government

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett says 157 people across the country have so far taken up the Government’s 3K to Christchurch scheme. More >>

Wage gap with Oz increases under John Key

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 9:21 am | New Zealand Labour Party

John Key’s promise to close the wage gap with Australia has failed utterly with the gap rising by $70 to over $190 a week, Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker says. More >>

Veterans’ Support Bill passes third reading

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 8:47 am | New Zealand Government

A Bill to improve support provided to veterans has unanimously passed its third reading in Parliament, Veterans’ Affairs Minister Michael Woodhouse says. More >>

Bill lowering drink-drive limits passes

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 8:45 am | New Zealand Government

Legislation that will lower the adult drink-driving limits from 1 December 2014 has passed its third and final reading in Parliament says Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee. More >>

Maori Party on Foreign Charter Fishing Vessels Legislation

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 7:55 pm | The Maori Party

The Labour Party's accusation that the Maori Party blocked the Foreign Charter Fishing Vessels Legislation from being debated this week is incorrect. More >>

Questions and Answers - July 30

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 6:17 pm | Office of the Clerk

1. METIRIA TUREI (Co-Leader—Green) to the Minister for Economic Development : Does he agree with the Department of Internal Affairs’ advice to his officials on the proposed international convention centre that “virtually any of these proposed ... More >>

Turia: Signing of Agreement on Disability Issues

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 5:38 pm | New Zealand Government

Signing of Agreement - Disabled People’s Organisations and Chief Executives Group on Disability Issues - Parliament More >>

NZ support for the Pacific’s ‘Blue Economy’

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 5:19 pm | New Zealand Government

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has welcomed the Oceans theme of the 2014 Pacific Islands Forum and announced new support for efforts to monitor illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing. More >>

Māori Party blocks the end of slave fishing vessels

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 5:14 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Labour is appalled the Māori Party has refused to allow a final reading of legislation to abolish slavery conditions on foreign charter fishing vessels in New Zealand waters before the end of the Parliamentary term, Labour’s Fisheries spokesperson Damien ... More >>

Graduate nurses put pressure on Ryall

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 5:12 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Moves by the Government to increase the number of training placements for nursing graduates will be seen for what they are – a cynical election ploy, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. More >>

Minister welcomes new Tūhoronuku trustees

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 4:25 pm | New Zealand Government

Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Christopher Finlayson has welcomed the announcement today of the 22 trustees of the Tūhoronuku Independent Mandated Authority (TIMA), which will negotiate the settlement of Ngapuhi’s historical Treaty claims ... More >>

Govt releases review of waste disposal levy

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 4:16 pm | New Zealand Government

Environment Minister Amy Adams has released a review into the effectiveness of the waste disposal levy, which makes recommendations to improve fairness in the way the levy is applied and to increase the amount of information available about waste and ... More >>

Unconditional Gaza ceasefire needed now

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 3:57 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

The Israeli response in Gaza is disproportionate and with the firing of tanks and mortars into civilian areas, increasingly indiscriminate, says Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer. More >>

Industrial Scale Rip off of Kiwis by Energy Companies

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 3:49 pm | New Zealand First Party

Prime Minister John Key has unashamedly allowed energy companies to rip off Kiwi families through the emissions trading scheme (ETS) to the tune of $1.4 billion, says New Zealand First. More >>

Labour announces unemployment policy

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 2:56 pm | New Zealand Government

Labour’s intention to increase the minimum wage to two-thirds of the average wage would hurt business, cost jobs and reduce growth, Labour Minister Simon Bridges says. More >>

High house build rate welcomed

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 2:55 pm | New Zealand Government

The 23,370 new houses consented in the last year is a further sign the Government's housing reforms are working, Housing Minister Dr Smith said today in welcoming the latest figures from Statistics New Zealand. More >>

200 more training places for graduate nurses

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 2:53 pm | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Tony Ryall has announced the government will fund up to 200 additional training places for nurse graduates next year. Mr Ryall says the $2.8 million investment will bring the total number of places available on the Nurse Entry to Practice programme ... More >>

MOU signed to improve agency cooperation

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 2:24 pm | New Zealand Government

Police Minister Anne Tolley and Commerce Minister Craig Foss today welcomed an updated memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the Financial Markets Authority (FMA) and the Serious Fraud Office (SFO). More >>

100,000 demand political leaders save last 55 Maui’s

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 2:13 pm | WWF

(Wellington, 30 July 2014) Senior politicians were presented with a petition signed by over 100,000 people demanding action to save the last 55 remaining Maui’s dolphins at Parliament today. More >>

Horan: Greens get it wrong on Maui’s dolphin

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 2:01 pm | New Zealand Independent Coalition

NZ Independent Coalition leader Brendan Horan says that the Greens are showing that attempted imitation is the sincerest form of flattery on Maui’s dolphins. But the Greens announcement today shows that they have got it wrong. More >>

NZ welcomes landmark agreement with the EU

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 1:56 pm | New Zealand Government

Foreign Minister Murray McCully today welcomed the conclusion of negotiations on the Partnership Agreement on Relations and Cooperation (PARC) between New Zealand and the European Union. More >>

First chance to help shape red zone’s future

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 1:10 pm | New Zealand Government

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says he expects huge participation in the public engagement process to determine the future use of the Waimakariri District’s residential red zones. More >>

Politics of Assimilation have no place in modern New Zealand

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 1:09 pm | The Maori Party

The Māori Party says politics of assimilation have no place in modern New Zealand and has dismissed the ongoing barrage of race-based rhetoric from Jamie Whyte as belonging to a bygone era. More >>

Greens’ dolphin plan does not make sense

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 1:08 pm | New Zealand Government

The Green Party’s dolphin plan to prohibit any new oil and gas developments off the North Island’s West Coast and to ban fishing in areas where there is no record of the Maui’s dolphin does not make sense, Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith ... More >>

NZ support for upgrade of Pacific navigation charts

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 1:07 pm | New Zealand Government

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has announced that New Zealand will lead a new regional programme to improve Pacific navigation charts. More >>

Road use surge reflects economic recovery

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 1:04 pm | New Zealand Government

Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee says increases in vehicle travel and vehicle registrations reflect New Zealand’s economic recovery and growing population. “Total travel [measured in kilometres travelled] was flat between 2005 and 2012, but growth returned ... More >>

Novopay - Mr Fixit Couldn’t Fix It!

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 12:56 pm | New Zealand First Party

National’s Mr Fixit, Minister Responsible for Novopay Steven Joyce, has admitted defeat in deciding to cut ties with the parent company, says New Zealand First. More >>

Reward Kiwis Who Save, Don’t Hit Them with Taxes

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 12:49 pm | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First welcomes the campaign to cut high taxes on New Zealand’s long-term savings. “New Zealand First has long recognised the excessive taxation facing savers - that is why we have had a longstanding policy commitment to ensure earnings from ... More >>

Novopay’s end must not be bulk funding’s beginning

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 12:43 pm | Green Party

The end of the disastrous Novopay system must not serve as a stalking horse for the next big threat National poses to schools – the bulk funding of teacher salaries, the Green Party said today. More >>

Labour will raise minimum wage, restore work rights

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 12:42 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

A Labour government will raise the minimum wage $2 an hour to $16.25 and restore work rights to ensure the benefits of economic growth are shared fairly by all New Zealanders, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. More >>

Auckland consents down second month in a row

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 12:27 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

National’s housing policy is in disarray with building consents in Auckland falling two months in a row, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Statistics New Zealand’s latest building consent figures show consents in Auckland are down ... More >>

Taxpayer to fork out millions for Novopay rescue

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 12:22 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

It will be cold comfort to teachers and school staff still struggling with Novopay that the National Government has finally stepped in to rescue the failed payroll system two years after it was introduced, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris ... More >>

Government-owned company to take over school payroll

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 12:06 pm | New Zealand Government

New Zealand's school payroll service will come under Government management in October of this year. After lengthy negotiations, the Ministry of Education and the existing school payroll provider, Talent2, have settled both on the amounts payable by Talent2 ... More >>

Green Party launches plan to protect our Maui’s dolphins

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 11:38 am | Green Party

Green Party launches plan to protect our Maui’s dolphins The Green Party today launched its plan to protect the world’s smallest and most endangered dolphin, the Maui’s dolphin. The plan is the third component of the Party’s environmental ... More >>

Questions For Oral Answer July 30

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 11:37 am | Office of the Clerk

1. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Prime Minister: Does he agree with his Minister of Finance that workers have an expectation that they “will be doing better than zero pay increases”? More >>

$9.3 million to improve drinking water in small communities

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 9:36 am | New Zealand Government

Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew has today announced approval of $9.3 million in subsidies to help small communities establish or improve their drinking-water supplies. More >>

Māori Party dismisses Act Party claims of race privilege

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 9:20 am | The Maori Party

Māori Party Co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell says the Act leader’s speech on race-based favouritism is divisive and designed to whip up anti-Māori sentiment. Act Party Leader Jamie Whyte has said that what he calls ‘race-based favouritism’ in education ... More >>

NZ First joins in ‘race-based’ politicking

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 9:09 am | The Maori Party

The Māori Party says that Winston Peters comments about ‘race-based’ parties is laughable considering Winston Peters’ own courtship of the Māori vote, and history in the Māori seats. More >>

Local Government Amendment Bill passes third reading

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 9:01 am | New Zealand Government

The Local Government Act Amendment Bill (No 3) passed its third and final reading in parliament tonight. It paves the way for improved housing affordability and more effective local government says Associate Local Government Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-liga. ... More >>

Rattled rock-star economy turns sour

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 8:58 am | New Zealand Labour Party

National’s “rock-star’’ economy is rapidly turning sour as milk prices take another dive, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “We sympathise with the farmers who will struggle to stay afloat with the announcement of a drop in the price of ... More >>

Vote for the Māori Party on its Merits

Tuesday, 29 July 2014, 5:54 pm | The Maori Party

Co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell wants Māori on the Māori roll to support the Māori Party based on its achievements and its co-operative approach to working with other political parties. More >>

Notice of Motion : World War One : Te Ururoa Flavell

Tuesday, 29 July 2014, 5:46 pm | The Maori Party

If you were to attend any significant Māori hui these days, you are likely to hear waiata, songs, that connect directly to the trenches of Passchendaele and the Somme... More >>


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