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Schools need backing to support children

Saturday, 22 November 2014, 3:00 pm | Green Party

Schools need resources and support to get the best out of children with learning differences and disabilities rather than be told not to bother, the Green Party says. More >>

Minister to undertake Perth engagements

Saturday, 22 November 2014, 2:58 pm | New Zealand Government

Minister to undertake Perth engagements Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce travels to Perth today for a short series of engagements. This weekend sees Perth hosting the first of four New Zealand job fairs in Australia targeting some emerging ... More >>

Goodhew: DairyNZ Board Dinner

Friday, 21 November 2014, 5:18 pm | New Zealand Government

There are also a large number of CE’s and leaders from business, government and local government here, including Kingi Smiler, Chairman of Miraka and Laurie Margrain, Chairman for Open Country Dairy, and Martyn Dunne, Director General of the Ministry ... More >>

Establishment of NZ-China Strategic Partnership

Friday, 21 November 2014, 5:13 pm | New Zealand Government

At the invitation of Governor-General Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae and Prime Minister The Rt Hon John Key of New Zealand, President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China made a state visit to New Zealand from 19 to 21 November 2014. More >>

Orion to remain in Gulf to support ongoing operations

Friday, 21 November 2014, 4:08 pm | New Zealand Government

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says a Royal New Zealand Air Force P3 Orion aircraft will remain in the Gulf region for another 12 months to provide ongoing support to regional maritime operations. “New Zealand has had a P3 Orion supporting international ... More >>

Key to chair International Democratic Union

Friday, 21 November 2014, 4:01 pm | New Zealand National Party

Prime Minister and National Party Leader John Key was today elected Chairman of the International Democratic Union (IDU) at its latest meeting in Seoul, Korea. Mr Key was represented at the meeting by Hon Hekia Parata who was able to accept the role ... More >>

NZ and China confirm research agreements

Friday, 21 November 2014, 3:09 pm | New Zealand Government

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce today welcomed the confirmation of three research collaborations with China. “China is an important and growing science and innovation partner for New Zealand, and President Xi Jinping’s visit this week ... More >>

Border wait reducing from 24-hours to minutes

Friday, 21 November 2014, 3:08 pm | New Zealand Government

Customs Minister Nicky Wagner says from early next year traders will be able to register directly with the Joint Border Management System (JBMS) to manage their own information online in real time. “The Trade Single Window component of JBMS allows traders ... More >>

Public outcry urged against destruction of Saddle Hill

Friday, 21 November 2014, 1:39 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

It appears that only a public outcry against the inevitable destruction of Jaffray’s Hill, the lower hump of Saddle Hill, will save our iconic landscape, Dunedin South MP Clare Curran said today. More >>

New Zealand far exceeding our fair share of emissions

Friday, 21 November 2014, 1:27 pm | Green Party

If every nation was polluting the climate as much as New Zealand, we would push the world into dangerous climate change in just 10 years a new report from the United Nations Environment Programme shows, the Green Party said today. More >>

PM’s Keenness on Foreign Ownership Shocks Winston Peters

Friday, 21 November 2014, 1:18 pm | New Zealand First Party

Prime Minister John Key’s enthusiasm for the foreign ownership of farmland and now hotels, shows how naïve the Government is. “What does one make of Mr Key telling Federated Farmers, if the only buyers were domestic buyers and he was a credit officer, ... More >>

Aus/NZ Govt Procurement Agreement reaffirmed

Friday, 21 November 2014, 1:02 pm | New Zealand Government

The New Zealand and Australian governments have today re-confirmed their commitment to a single competitive procurement market with the signing of the Australia and New Zealand Government Procurement Agreement (ANZGPA), Economic Development Minister ... More >>

$550,000 for international Golden Oldies event

Friday, 21 November 2014, 11:45 am | New Zealand Government

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce today announced a Major Events Development Fund (MEDF) investment of $550,000 for an international Golden Oldies event to be held in Christchurch in 2018. More >>

National opens door further to Chinese property speculators

Friday, 21 November 2014, 11:10 am | Green Party

National has further opened the door to Chinese property speculators with the registration of a third Chinese bank here that will make it easier for Chinese investors to invest in New Zealand properties, the Green Party said today. More >>

Lab plan the beginning of slippery slope?

Friday, 21 November 2014, 10:51 am | New Zealand Labour Party

It’s time for new Health Minister Jonathan Coleman to show his hand on plans to privatise lab services which doctors are warning could put patients’ lives at risk, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. More >>

Minister welcomes vote for new teaching roles

Friday, 21 November 2014, 10:02 am | New Zealand Government

Education Minister Hekia Parata has welcomed the vote of secondary teachers in favour of new roles being added to their collective agreement. Ms Parata says the support for the new roles of Community of School Teachers is another significant step forward ... More >>

Minister congratulates sports media winners

Friday, 21 November 2014, 9:34 am | New Zealand Government

Minister congratulates sports media winners Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman paid tribute last night to the country’s top sports journalists, broadcasters and photographers at the annual Sir Terry McLean National Sports Journalism Awards. ... More >>

Progressive Enquiry Smoke Shows Plenty of Signals

Friday, 21 November 2014, 9:04 am | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First is keen to talk to the Hon Clayton Cosgrove about a mandatory code of conduct for supermarkets to protect suppliers from anti-competitive behaviour. More >>

Investment help for mid-range companies

Friday, 21 November 2014, 9:02 am | New Zealand Government

Investment help for mid-range companies A Government service to help businesses raise capital and accelerate their international growth is turning its focus to the investment needs and opportunities of highly innovative firms and mid-range companies valued ... More >>

A-G called on to look into flagship ‘cost-saving’ programme

Friday, 21 November 2014, 9:00 am | New Zealand Labour Party

New health Minister Jonathan Coleman has some serious questions to answer following a decision to wind up the Government’s flagship health savings provider HBL just a fortnight after giving it the green light to implement its plans, Labour’s Health ... More >>

Two education initiatives with China

Thursday, 20 November 2014, 4:49 pm | New Zealand Government

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce today announced the signing with China of two initiatives that will further enhance educational initiatives between China and New Zealand. More >>

New Zealand China television co-production agreement signed

Thursday, 20 November 2014, 4:47 pm | New Zealand Government

New Zealand has achieved an important milestone with the first ever television co-production agreement being signed by any country with China, say Trade Minister Tim Groser and Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry. More >>

PM meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping

Thursday, 20 November 2014, 4:46 pm | New Zealand Government

Prime Minister John Key held successful talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Wellington today. “This is President Xi’s third official visit to New Zealand, but his first as President, so it’s a very significant occasion. I’m delighted ... More >>

Women in trades: it’s a good fit

Thursday, 20 November 2014, 4:10 pm | New Zealand Government

Minister for Women Louise Upston is encouraging employers to attract more women to trades work to assist with the Canterbury rebuild. More >>

Time To Speak Up Minister

Thursday, 20 November 2014, 3:53 pm | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First is backing a call by the Equal Employment Commissioner Dr. Jackie Blue for a full explanation from State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie over the handling of the Roger Sutton case. More >>

National gags community sector

Thursday, 20 November 2014, 3:49 pm | Green Party

More than a quarter of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are being silenced with gag clauses under the National government, said the Green Party. More >>

Joint statement regarding ANZTPA

Thursday, 20 November 2014, 3:27 pm | Joint Media Statement

Joint statement by Hon Peter Dutton MP, Minister for Health for Australia, and Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman, Minister of Health for New Zealand, regarding ANZTPA More >>

Medicine regulation upgrade planned

Thursday, 20 November 2014, 3:07 pm | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the Government will upgrade New Zealand’s therapeutic products regulation following the decision not to proceed with a joint regulator with Australia. “Both Governments have agreed that a joint regulator ... More >>

Climate of fear needs addressing

Thursday, 20 November 2014, 2:07 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

It is hugely concerning that community and volunteer groups feel they are being gagged from speaking out against the Government, Labour’sCommunity and Voluntary Sector Spokesperson Louisa Wall says. More >>

He Aituā: Te Orohi Paul

Thursday, 20 November 2014, 1:23 pm | The Maori Party

"We are devastated by the loss of Te Orohi Paul. She has been a stalwart supporter of the Māori Party since its inception and one of my guiding lights," says Māori Party Co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell. More >>

Mandatory code of conduct needed for supermarkets

Thursday, 20 November 2014, 12:19 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Labour has drafted legislation to establish a mandatory code of conduct for supermarkets to ensure New Zealand suppliers are not affected by anti-competitive behaviour. More >>

National softening public up for 7th successive deficit

Thursday, 20 November 2014, 11:22 am | Green Party

Finance Minister Bill English is softening the public up for an announcement that National is going to fail in even its very limited goal of achieving a budget surplus, the Green Party said today. More >>

Next steps in implementing DHB shared services programme

Thursday, 20 November 2014, 9:18 am | New Zealand Government

Next steps in implementing DHB shared services programme Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the Government has agreed to explore a proposal put forward by DHBs to move implementation of the shared services programme to a DHB-owned vehicle. “While ... More >>

NZ performing well, return to surplus a challenge

Thursday, 20 November 2014, 8:39 am | New Zealand Government

New Zealand remains on track for solid economic growth, more jobs and rising incomes over the next few years, but falling dairy prices and low inflation will make returning to surplus this year challenging, Finance Minister Bill English says. More >>

Path to Nationhood history app launched

Wednesday, 19 November 2014, 5:10 pm | New Zealand Government

Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry has today launched a free app to help people explore New Zealand’s early history. More >>

GST Off Food And Rates Better for Families than Tax Credits

Wednesday, 19 November 2014, 4:42 pm | New Zealand First Party

GST Off Food And Rates Better for Families than Tax Credit Rise New Zealand First’s policy of removing GST from food and rates would do more for struggling families than a slight rise to the family tax credit, says New Zealand First. “Minor increases ... More >>

Minister welcomes appointment of John Ombler

Wednesday, 19 November 2014, 4:39 pm | New Zealand Government

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee has welcomed the appointment of John Ombler as Acting Chief Executive of CERA. “Mr Ombler was instrumental in CERA’s establishment phases and did an outstanding job as interim Chief Executive, ... More >>

Minister visiting the United States and Canada

Wednesday, 19 November 2014, 3:42 pm | New Zealand Government

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee travels today to the United States and Canada for calls at the United Nations in New York, attendance at the Halifax International Security Forum, and a bilateral visit to Washington, including a meeting with US ... More >>

Maori Party urges careful consideration of report

Wednesday, 19 November 2014, 2:53 pm | The Maori Party

The Māori Party is encouraging New Zealanders to make a commitment towards reading stage one of the Paparahi o te Raki (Northland District) inquiry. “The report comes at a time when there is fresh energy for looking at the importance of Māori history ... More >>

Nurse's IT innovation improves arthritis care

Wednesday, 19 November 2014, 2:35 pm | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says an innovative IT programme is enabling arthritis patients at the Hutt Valley DHB to self-monitor in the community, freeing up hospital resources for the sickest patients. “Unlike some rheumatic conditions, inflammatory ... More >>

PM’s Scholarships for Asia announced

Wednesday, 19 November 2014, 1:45 pm | New Zealand Government

Scholarships have been awarded to 160 top students from around the country to study at Asian institutions next year under the Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia programme. More >>

National caught out on state house porkies

Wednesday, 19 November 2014, 12:52 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Housing NZ’s annual report out today directly contradicts the Government’s claim that one-third of its houses are in the wrong place and are the wrong size, said Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. More >>

Damning report on Department of Conservation restructure

Wednesday, 19 November 2014, 10:50 am | Green Party

The restructuring of the Department of Conservation (DOC) following National’s severe funding cuts has been revealed as failure, the Green Party said today. The Taribon report has reviewed the new structure of DOC after 12 months. The restructuring, ... More >>

Greens welcome Xi, but human rights need to be on agenda

Wednesday, 19 November 2014, 10:11 am | Green Party

The Green Party welcomes the visit to New Zealand of Chinese President Xi Jinping and wishes to congratulate him on his recent announcement regarding China capping emissions for the first time. More >>

New Ambassador to Indonesia announced

Tuesday, 18 November 2014, 5:10 pm | New Zealand Government

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has today named career diplomat Trevor Matheson as New Zealand’s new Ambassador to Indonesia. More >>

New High Commissioner to Malaysia

Tuesday, 18 November 2014, 5:09 pm | New Zealand Government

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has today named diplomat John Subritzky as New Zealand’s new High Commissioner to Malaysia, to be based in Kuala Lumpur. More >>

New Ambassador to the Philippines announced

Tuesday, 18 November 2014, 5:08 pm | New Zealand Government

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has announced diplomat David Strachan as New Zealand’s new Ambassador to the Philippines. More >>

NZ Tourism Stunted by Foreign Ownership

Tuesday, 18 November 2014, 3:22 pm | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand’s tourism industry is being stunted by rising levels of foreign ownership, says New Zealand First. More >>

More homes coming on board for Christchurch tenants

Tuesday, 18 November 2014, 3:19 pm | New Zealand Government

Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett is impressed with Housing New Zealand’s progress in building, redeveloping and repairing properties in Christchurch following a visit to the city today. More >>

Robertson Congratulates Andrew Little

Tuesday, 18 November 2014, 2:18 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Labour MP Grant Robertson has congratulated Andrew Little on his election as Leader of the Labour Party. More >>

Green Party welcomes new Labour leader

Tuesday, 18 November 2014, 2:12 pm | Green Party

Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman congratulated Andrew Little on his election as Labour Party leader this afternoon. More >>

Backing New Zealanders to get ahead

Tuesday, 18 November 2014, 2:11 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

New Labour Leader Andrew Little says it is an immense privilege to have been chosen to lead the party and to be given the task of ensuring it once again becomes a powerful force that backs New Zealanders in getting ahead as a nation. More >>

Report into Brownlee security breach should be released

Tuesday, 18 November 2014, 12:03 pm | Green Party

The Government and Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) should release the report into former Minister of Transport Gerry Brownlee’s airport security breach, the Green Party said today. More >>

Dunne to attend high needs health care symposium in US

Tuesday, 18 November 2014, 10:58 am | New Zealand Government

Dunne to attend high needs health care symposium in Washington DC Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne heads for Washington DC today to attend the Commonwealth Fund’s 17th International Symposium on Health Care Policy. “A major theme of the 2014 ... More >>

Brownlee must ask CAA to release the report

Tuesday, 18 November 2014, 10:53 am | New Zealand Labour Party

Brownlee must ask CAA to release the report Gerry Brownlee must ask the Civil Aviation Authority to release the report that finds he broke the law in breaching airport security, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “It is inexcusable ... More >>

National’s cuts to R&D will hurt economy

Tuesday, 18 November 2014, 10:27 am | Green Party

National’s planned cuts to research and development (R&D) funding will further undermine New Zealand’s future economic performance, the Green Party said today. More >>

Ambassador and High Commissioner appointments

Tuesday, 18 November 2014, 10:09 am | New Zealand Government

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has announced diplomat David Strachan as New Zealand’s new Ambassador to the Philippines. “The Philippines market is important for New Zealand. Last year New Zealand exported over $750 million of goods to the Philippines, ... More >>

Gerry Brownlee: Statement on CAA findings

Tuesday, 18 November 2014, 10:06 am | New Zealand Government

“I remain disappointed with myself for the events which occurred at Christchurch Airport on July 24. More >>

Action Not Distraction Needed on Auckland’s Rail Link

Tuesday, 18 November 2014, 10:02 am | New Zealand First Party

Action Not Distraction Needed on Auckland’s Rail Link Extending the existing rail network to Auckland Airport is a “no brainer”, says Denis O’Rourke MP New Zealand First Transport Spokesperson. “Suggesting that the Auckland Airport link should ... More >>

Broadband uptake exceeds ten per cent

Tuesday, 18 November 2014, 9:46 am | New Zealand Government

Connections to broadband have accelerated by nearly forty per cent over the past quarter as more households, businesses and schools are able to join the fibre network. The latest quarterly figures on the Government’s Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) and ... More >>

 

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