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Parliament: Oral Questions - 20 June 2018

Wednesday, 20 June 2018, 12:09 pm | Office of the Clerk

1. Hon SIMON BRIDGES to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all her statements and policies? More >>

Seymour challenges members of education committee

Wednesday, 20 June 2018, 11:47 am | ACT New Zealand

ACT Leader David Seymour has today challenged members of the Education and Workforce Committee to visit a charter school in their area before they decide to close them down. More >>

New Zealand cannot tolerate US incarceration of children

Wednesday, 20 June 2018, 10:57 am | Green Party

The treatment of migrant children and families at the United States border is heart-breaking and intolerable. The Green Party calls on the New Zealand Government to condemn this egregious breach of human rights. More >>

Hypocritical Greens fail on water bottling policy

Wednesday, 20 June 2018, 10:16 am | New Zealand National Party

The Green Party’s claim the law prevented them from declining an overseas buyer’s application to expand their water bottling plant is merely an attempt to excuse their hypocrisy, National’s Land Information Spokesperson David Bennett says. More >>

Twyford’s ‘regional’ fuel tax anything but

Wednesday, 20 June 2018, 10:02 am | New Zealand National Party

Phil Twyford has opened the floodgates to councils up and down the country wanting to hike taxes on motorists, proving his claims the regional fuel tax will be confined to Auckland are false, National’s Transport spokesperson Jami-Lee Ross says. More >>

Local Govt to be let down by Tourism Minister’s tax

Wednesday, 20 June 2018, 9:41 am | New Zealand National Party

Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis is proposing a significant new cost on visitors coming to New Zealand to meet Labour’s election year promise to local government, yet he is woefully short on detail and doesn’t think his tax will make any difference, ... More >>

Major reduction in numbers of people diagnosed with HIV

Wednesday, 20 June 2018, 9:16 am | New Zealand Government

Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter is pleased that new results show a significant drop in the number of people diagnosed with HIV after increases for the previous five years. More >>

Councils lining up for regional fuel taxes

Wednesday, 20 June 2018, 8:49 am | ACT New Zealand

Councils are licking their lips at the prospect of being able to implement regional fuel taxes of their own, according to ACT Leader David Seymour. Phil Twyford’s regional fuel tax legislation is still making its way through Parliament, but information ... More >>

Parliament: Questions and Answers - June 19

Tuesday, 19 June 2018, 5:41 pm | Hansard

ORAL QUESTIONS QUESTIONS TO MINISTERS Question No. 1—Finance 1. KIRITAPU ALLAN (Labour) to the Minister of Finance : What feedback has the Government received on the Families Package? Hon GRANT ROBERTSON (Minister of Finance) : The Government ... More >>

Overseas Investment Amendment a dog of a Bill

Tuesday, 19 June 2018, 5:11 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Government’s Bill to ban foreign buyers is a textbook example of bad law-making and the changes made at select committee will do nothing to alter the fact it’s a dog, National’s Finance Spokesperson Amy Adams says. More >>

Interim decision on Hato Petera College

Tuesday, 19 June 2018, 2:43 pm | New Zealand Government

Minister of Education Chris Hipkins has today shared with Hato Petera College’s Commissioner his interim decision to cancel the College’s integration agreement. More >>

Government adding $100 a week to cost of living

Tuesday, 19 June 2018, 2:40 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Government needs to start thinking about the impact of its tax and bad economic policies on Kiwi families and stop loading the costs on to their weekly bills, Opposition Leader Simon Bridges says. More >>

Speaker rules out foreign buyer amendment

Tuesday, 19 June 2018, 2:27 pm | ACT New Zealand

Speaker Trevor Mallard has ruled out a Government amendment that attempted to give special favours to a particular development. More >>

Thousands sign to save regional roads

Tuesday, 19 June 2018, 2:24 pm | New Zealand National Party

National has today lodged petitions in Parliament showing significant public support for key regional roading projects under threat as a result of the Government’s bad transport policies, says National Party Transport spokesperson, Jami-Lee Ross. More >>

Govt to shine a light on misuse of companies

Tuesday, 19 June 2018, 1:21 pm | New Zealand Government

Govt to shine a light on misuse of New Zealand companies and directorships Measures to increase transparency and combat misuse of New Zealand companies have been progressed today with the release of a discussion paper for consultation. Minister of Commerce ... More >>

Parliament: Oral Questions - 19 June 2018

Tuesday, 19 June 2018, 11:50 am | Office of the Clerk

1. KIRITAPU ALLAN to the Minister of Finance: What feedback has the Government received on the Families Package? More >>

Suffrage125 to be celebrated across NZ

Tuesday, 19 June 2018, 10:36 am | New Zealand Government

Hon Julie Anne Genter Minister for Women 19 June 2018 MEDIA STATEMENT Suffrage125 to be celebrated across NZ People across Aotearoa New Zealand will soon be able to apply for funding to celebrate 125 years of voting for women, the Minister for Women ... More >>

High-quality forestry investment welcomed

Tuesday, 19 June 2018, 10:35 am | New Zealand Government

New legislation that brings forestry rights into the overseas investment regime will help promote high-quality foreign investment that puts more emphasis on genuine benefits for New Zealanders, Forestry Minister Shane Jones says. “The Bill recognises the ... More >>

Foreign buyer screening law reported back

Tuesday, 19 June 2018, 10:32 am | New Zealand Government

The Bill putting in place the Government’s policy of banning overseas buyers of existing houses has been reported back to Parliament by the Finance and Expenditure Select Committee. More >>

Yet another tax?

Monday, 18 June 2018, 9:26 pm | ACT New Zealand

The Government is proposing to slap yet another tax on the economy – this time on our biggest export earner. International visitors could be paying $35 more to come here from next year. More >>

Govt has responsibility to avoid nurses strikes

Monday, 18 June 2018, 3:35 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Government must intervene urgently and ensure that mediation with nurses and midwives takes place to prevent industrial action so that patients get the care they need, National Party spokesperson for Health Michael Woodhouse says. More >>

NZ Parliament event celebrates Matariki 2018

Monday, 18 June 2018, 3:06 pm | Parliamentary Services

On Sunday, 24 June NZ Parliament will celebrate Matariki with a day full of fun, engaging activities for the whole whānau. More >>

Nurses deserve to be paid more

Monday, 18 June 2018, 1:52 pm | Green Party

The Green Party said today nurses have historically been underpaid and undervalued and they deserve to be paid more. More >>

Minister disappointed nurses reject $500m offer

Monday, 18 June 2018, 1:26 pm | New Zealand Government

Hon David Clark Minister of Health 18 June 2018 PĀNUI PĀPĀHO MEDIA STATEMENT Minister disappointed nurses reject half-billion dollar offer Health Minister Dr David Clark says he is disappointed that nurses have voted against the District Health ... More >>

Volunteers are the “Hearts of our Communities”

Monday, 18 June 2018, 1:22 pm | New Zealand Government

Hon Peeni Henare Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector 18 June 2018 Volunteers are the “Hearts of our Communities” Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector, Peeni Henare, is calling for Kiwis to be involved in the 2018 Te Wiki Tūao ... More >>

Young New Zealanders head to Asia on PM's Scholarships

Monday, 18 June 2018, 12:12 pm | New Zealand Government

Education Minister Chris Hipkins has congratulated 180 New Zealanders who have been awarded prestigious Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Asia (PMSA) as part of the second 2017/18 round. More >>

Government needs to rethink Landcorp

Monday, 18 June 2018, 10:38 am | New Zealand National Party

The Government needs to shrink their ownership of farms through Landcorp and use them to give young Kiwi farmers the opportunity to lease and ultimately own some of these farms, National Party spokesperson for Agriculture Nathan Guy says. More >>

Law and Order targets sent to waste paper bin

Monday, 18 June 2018, 9:21 am | New Zealand National Party

The Government’s pledge to put fewer people in prison is already starting to bite, as it drops previous targets aimed at solving more crime and keeping New Zealanders safe, National’s Police spokesperson Chris Bishop says. More >>

Natural hazards resilience projects funded

Sunday, 17 June 2018, 4:52 pm | New Zealand Government

Hon Kris Faafoi Minister of Civil Defence 17 June 2018 MEDIA STATEMENT Natural hazards resilience projects funded Minister of Civil Defence Hon Kris Faafoi has announced funding for five additional projects in regional New Zealand to enhance resilience ... More >>

Support Te Kupenga 2018 for our people

Sunday, 17 June 2018, 2:35 pm | New Zealand Government

Te Kupenga 2018 is an absolute priority for our people so that our Coalition Government can be informed of what is happening in the Māori world, says the Minister for Māori Development Nanaia Mahuta. More >>

Green Party mourns passing of Talei Morrison

Sunday, 17 June 2018, 11:08 am | Green Party

He pou whakarae o Te Mātārae i Ōrehu, he kaikōkiri kaupapa hauora, he wāhine toa. More >>

Class A drug dealers to be let off the hook by Little

Saturday, 16 June 2018, 12:52 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Government’s justice reforms continue to become more dangerous, with Justice Minister Andrew Little suggesting non-violent dealers of P and other Class A drugs should not be in prison and left in our communities instead, National’s Justice ... More >>

Government driving land into foreign ownership

Saturday, 16 June 2018, 11:23 am | New Zealand National Party

The Government’s backward and ill-thought through changes to overseas investment regulations are having a perverse affect and driving more land into the hands of overseas investors, National’s Spokesperson for Viticulture Stuart Smith says. More >>

Govt declines application to mine conservation land

Saturday, 16 June 2018, 11:18 am | New Zealand Government

Government declines application to mine conservation land at Te Kuha An application to mine coal on public conservation land near Te Kuha in the Buller District has been declined, Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage and Minister of Energy Resources ... More >>

Minister needs to get Wellington moving

Friday, 15 June 2018, 3:06 pm | New Zealand National Party

Following the release of the preferred Let’s Get Wellington Moving plan, the Government needs to quit stalling and be upfront with Wellingtonians about what funding they will commit to our transport system, Wellington based MPs Brett Hudson, Christopher ... More >>

Govt must take opportunity to fix broken LGOIMA

Friday, 15 June 2018, 2:42 pm | New Zealand National Party

The escalating transparency issues at Auckland Council are a sign that the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act is broken, and central Government must take steps towards reform by supporting National MP Denise Lee’s Member’s ... More >>

Kelson calls for a pedestrian crossing

Friday, 15 June 2018, 2:35 pm | Chris Bishop

This week MP for Hutt South Chris Bishop’s petition for a pedestrian crossing on Major Drive was delivered to Mayor Ray Wallace of Hutt City Council. More >>

Waimakariri regeneration land returns to local control

Friday, 15 June 2018, 1:51 pm | New Zealand Government

The Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration is pleased to announce the transfer of the Waimakariri District Red Zone area to the Waimakariri District Council and Te Kōhaka o Tūhaitara Trust. More >>

Green Party abandoning its ‘principles’

Friday, 15 June 2018, 12:28 pm | New Zealand National Party

Green Party voters are feeling rightfully ripped off after Land Information Minister Eugenie Sage’s extraordinary U-turn to allow an overseas bottling plant to purchase more land to expand their operation, National’s Land Information Spokesperson David ... More >>

Tourists latest target for Labour’s new taxes

Friday, 15 June 2018, 11:39 am | New Zealand National Party

Labour has turned its tax sights on tourists with its proposal to impose new taxes up to $35 each on visitors coming to New Zealand, National’s Tourism Spokesperson Todd McClay says. More >>

Whakatōhea Māori Trust Board to be investigated

Friday, 15 June 2018, 11:16 am | New Zealand Government

Māori Development Minister Mahuta has announced that she has directed an investigation into the affairs of the Whakatōhea Māori Trust Board under section 33 of the Māori Trust Boards Act 1955. More >>

Communities plant first trees for Matariki Tu Rākau

Friday, 15 June 2018, 10:44 am | New Zealand Government

Associate Forestry Minister Meka Whaitiri will be planting trees at Matariki ceremonies in Auckland and Wellington today, launching Matariki Tu Rākau – the government’s community-focused commemorative tree planting initiative under the One Billion Trees ... More >>

Trees for Manawatū-Whanganui

Friday, 15 June 2018, 10:29 am | New Zealand Government

The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will provide almost $1 million to see 1,350,000 trees planted on private land this winter in the Manawatū-Whanganui region, Forestry and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. More >>

Boost for central North Island tourism

Friday, 15 June 2018, 10:29 am | New Zealand Government

The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will provide a $10 million loan to Ruapehu Alpine Lifts Ltd for the construction of a high-speed gondola on the Whakapapa ski field, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. More >>

Tourist tax will cut visitors, revenue, growth

Friday, 15 June 2018, 10:16 am | ACT New Zealand

The Government’s proposed tourist tax of up to $35 will see visitor numbers, revenue and economic growth fall, according to ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

Science investment to support bovis fight

Friday, 15 June 2018, 10:14 am | New Zealand Government

The Coalition Government is investing $30 million over two years in scientific research to support the fight against Mycoplasma bovis, says Agriculture and Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor. More >>

2000 lowest paid public servants get pay boost

Friday, 15 June 2018, 10:02 am | New Zealand Government

All employees in the core public service will receive an hourly rate of at least $20.55, the 2018 Living Wage, Minister of State Services Chris Hipkins announced today. More >>

National calls for common ground on climate policy

Friday, 15 June 2018, 9:36 am | New Zealand National Party

Today in a keynote speech at the 50th Annual Agricultural Fieldays Opposition Leader Simon Bridges has taken a significant step toward a bipartisan approach to climate change policy. “Today I have written to the Prime Minister and Minister for Climate ... More >>

International visitor levy consultation opens

Friday, 15 June 2018, 9:28 am | New Zealand Government

Plans to ease the cost burden on communities and ratepayers for tourism-related infrastructure through a proposed a levy on international visitors have been announced by Minister of Tourism Kelvin Davis today. The levy would be collected through visa ... More >>

Simon Bridges: Speech to Fieldays on climate change

Friday, 15 June 2018, 9:26 am | New Zealand National Party

My time as Economic Development Minister underlined for me the importance of the primary sector and regional New Zealand. More >>

Proposals to strengthen border security

Friday, 15 June 2018, 8:28 am | New Zealand Government

Plans to strengthen border security by requiring most airline and cruise passengers to provide better information before leaving their home country have been released for consultation by Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway. More >>

Govt has no plan for solving emerging energy gap

Friday, 15 June 2018, 8:17 am | New Zealand National Party

The Government has confirmed it has little idea on how to solve the emerging energy challenges, in spite of its plan to phase down non-renewable electricity generation around the country, National’s Energy and Resources spokesperson Jonathan Young ... More >>

Did Minister offer jobs in exchange for silence?

Thursday, 14 June 2018, 8:40 pm | New Zealand National Party

Did Minister offer jobs in exchange for silence? Health Minister David Clark has attempted to gag public servants, appearing to offer them jobs in return for their silence, National’s MP for Botany Jami-Lee Ross says. “In a voicemail obtained ... More >>

Curran avoids select committee questions

Thursday, 14 June 2018, 6:24 pm | New Zealand National Party

Broadcasting Minister Clare Curran refused to answer crucial questions about her portfolio at select committee today leaving the committee at a loss to know what is happening in the area, National’s Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media ... More >>

Seeking public submissions on the Election Access Fund Bill

Thursday, 14 June 2018, 5:29 pm | Office of the Clerk

The Governance and Administration Committee has opened for public submissions on the Election Access Fund Bill. The bill seeks to establish a fund, administered by the Electoral Commission, to cover accessibility-related costs associated with participation ... More >>

Davis’ school conflicts raise serious questions

Thursday, 14 June 2018, 4:55 pm | New Zealand National Party

National’s Education spokesperson Nikki Kaye says the extraordinary admission by Kelvin Davis that he will not answer questions regarding the impact of his Government’s policies on young Māori raises more serious questions about the Government’s handling ... More >>

Indecent assault not violent, according to Little

Thursday, 14 June 2018, 4:44 pm | New Zealand National Party

Indecent assault not violent, according to Little In a remarkable admission today, Justice Minister Andrew Little has dismissed an indecent assault on a Corrections Officer as ‘not violent’, National’s Justice Spokesperson Mark Mitchell says. ... More >>

Parliament: Questions and Answers - June 14

Thursday, 14 June 2018, 4:43 pm | Hansard

1. Hon AMY ADAMS (National—Selwyn) to the Minister of Finance : Does he stand by all his statements and policies? Hon Dr DAVID CLARK (Associate Minister of Finance) on behalf of the Minister of Finance : On behalf of the Minister, yes, in the context ... More >>

Clumsy and chaotic Kelvin clutching at straws

Thursday, 14 June 2018, 4:30 pm | New Zealand National Party

The incompetent and bumbling Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis is being forced to sell a lie that National’s plans for Waikeria Prison were like a ‘US-style mega prison’ but is failing miserably to do it convincingly, National’s Corrections ... More >>

Arrogant Nash doesn’t bother to read official advice

Thursday, 14 June 2018, 4:15 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Ardern-Peters Government is playing Russian Roulette with public safety as it continues to make a mess of law and order, with Police Minister Stuart Nash admitting today that he doesn’t bother to read official advice, National’s Police Spokesperson ... More >>

 
 
 
 
 
 

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