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Time to commit to marine sanctuaries closer to home

Friday, 28 October 2016, 10:44 pm | Green Party

Time to commit to marine sanctuaries closer to home The creation of a marine protected area in Antarctica’s Ross Sea is a fine antidote to the grim report on New Zealand’s oceans that came out yesterday, the Green Party said today. The comments come on ... More >>

Reinvigoration of NZ-Australia SEM agenda

Friday, 28 October 2016, 10:10 pm | New Zealand Government

Hon Todd McClay Minister of Trade 28 October 2016 Media Statement Reinvigoration of NZ-Australia SEM agenda Trade Minister Todd McClay says New Zealand and Australia have outlined a series of initiatives and agreed a process to reinvigorate the New ... More >>

Funding for Great Barrier conservation

Friday, 28 October 2016, 4:11 pm | New Zealand Government

Two community trusts working to protect Great Barrier Island’s nature from predators and weeds have received a $108,000 funding boost, Conservation Minister Maggie Barry has announced. More >>

1350 home project launched in Auckland

Friday, 28 October 2016, 3:27 pm | New Zealand Government

The 85 hectare, 1350 home “Auranga” greenfield development at Drury has been launched today by Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith. More >>

Trade Minister to attend RCEP Ministerial

Friday, 28 October 2016, 12:04 pm | New Zealand Government

Trade Minister Todd McClay will visit China and Hong Kong for a series of trade discussions, and participate in the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Ministerial meeting in Cebu, Philippines. More >>

Agreement to protect Ross Sea reached

Friday, 28 October 2016, 12:02 pm | New Zealand Government

Foreign Minister Murray McCully today hailed a breakthrough agreement that will create the world’s largest Marine Protected Area in the Ross Sea region of the Antarctic. More >>

$350k Local Government Youth Project Fund open

Friday, 28 October 2016, 11:52 am | New Zealand Government

The $350,000 Local Government Youth Project Fund is open for applications, Acting Youth Minister Anne Tolley announced today. More >>

Australia-NZ infrastructure pipeline launched

Friday, 28 October 2016, 11:48 am | New Zealand Government

Finance Minister Bill English has launched an online portal aimed at giving a clearer picture of high-value infrastructure investments opportunities throughout Australasia. More >>

New DOC base opened on Great Barrier

Friday, 28 October 2016, 10:47 am | New Zealand Government

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry has officially opened the new DOC base on Great Barrier Island, rebuilt and redeveloped following damage in the June 2014 cyclone. More >>

Valerie Adams first Pacific Sports Ambassador

Friday, 28 October 2016, 10:02 am | New Zealand Government

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has announced Valerie Adams as New Zealand’s first Pacific Sports Ambassador. More >>

$2.7m for more classrooms in Bay of Plenty and Coromandel

Friday, 28 October 2016, 9:16 am | New Zealand Government

Around $2.7 million dollars will be invested to build a total of eight new classrooms at schools in the Bay of Plenty and Coromandel, Education Minister Hekia Parata announced today. The schools are: · Matua Primary School, Tauranga – three new classrooms ... More >>

Time for Paula Bennett to front up on HNZ P Fiasco

Friday, 28 October 2016, 8:42 am | New Zealand Labour Party

Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett needs to rein in Housing NZ and sort out the mess that’s been created by the organisation’s misuse of methamphetamine testing procedures, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. More >>

Government negligence has let our oceans decline

Thursday, 27 October 2016, 4:03 pm | Green Party

The National Government has had eight years to take action on climate change and marine protection but has let New Zealand’s oceans decline to a sorry state, putting our economy and native species at risk, the Green Party said today. The comments ... More >>

Energy Innovation Bill introduced

Thursday, 27 October 2016, 2:05 pm | New Zealand Government

Energy and Resources and Transport Minister Simon Bridges has introduced the Energy Innovation (Electric Vehicles and Other Matters) Amendment Bill to Parliament today. More >>

2nd tranche of Mobility Action Teams selected

Thursday, 27 October 2016, 1:58 pm | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman today met with providers of the second tranche of Mobility Action Teams at a workshop in Wellington. More >>

Naval Review declared a Major Maritime Event

Thursday, 27 October 2016, 1:55 pm | New Zealand Government

Transport Minister Simon Bridges has declared the International Naval Review a Major Maritime Event. More >>

Govt Brags But Ratepayers Stuck with Tourism Costs

Thursday, 27 October 2016, 12:09 pm | New Zealand First Party

If tourism is producing massive income for New Zealand why are John Key and Bill English putting it in their “back pockets” and distributing just a few “coins” to the real earners? More >>

‘Trains and sports good, computers bad’, says Winston

Thursday, 27 October 2016, 12:04 pm | ACT New Zealand

Winston Peters’ objection to handouts for Wynyard Group is rich coming from the king of corporate welfare himself, says ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

$150k Youth Fund open for applications

Thursday, 27 October 2016, 11:47 am | New Zealand Government

Applications are now open for Youth Fund 2017, which makes $150,000 available for community initiatives led by young people, Acting Youth Minister Anne Tolley announced today. More >>

New report on marine environment welcomed

Thursday, 27 October 2016, 11:35 am | New Zealand Government

Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith has welcomed a report released today on the challenges facing our marine environment, jointly published by the Ministry for the Environment and Statistics New Zealand. More >>

Government Ignored 2010 Advice to Sell Air Force 757's

Thursday, 27 October 2016, 10:38 am | New Zealand First Party

Ron Mark MP Spokesperson for Defence 27 OCTOBER 2016 Government Ignored 2010 Advice to Sell Air Force 757's As questions mount over the Air Force’s Boeing 757’s being used as the Prime Minister’s private jet, New Zealand First can reveal that ... More >>

Takeovers Panel appointment announced

Thursday, 27 October 2016, 10:20 am | New Zealand Government

Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Paul Goldsmith has announced an appointment to the Takeovers Panel, the regulator of the corporate takeovers market. More >>

$1.8m to boost capacity in Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay schools

Thursday, 27 October 2016, 10:12 am | New Zealand Government

Around $1.8 million million will be invested to build a total of five new classrooms at schools in Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay, Education Minister Hekia Parata announced today. More >>

Whakatane Museum receives $1.5m grant

Thursday, 27 October 2016, 10:10 am | New Zealand Government

Whakatane’s Museum and Research Centre has received a $1.5m Government grant for its major redevelopment project, Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry announced today. More >>

Next phase of flagship rural connectivity rollout launched

Thursday, 27 October 2016, 9:33 am | New Zealand Government

Improved broadband and mobile services for rural New Zealand will grow regional economies and boost tourism in key destinations, Communications Minister Amy Adams says. More >>

Consultation opens on new fire levy rate

Thursday, 27 October 2016, 9:22 am | New Zealand Government

Public consultation opens today on a new rate of levy on fire insurance contracts, to help fund the future of New Zealand’s fire services. More >>

Dunne Speaks: Follow the UN, not the Global Coalition

Thursday, 27 October 2016, 9:18 am | Peter Dunne

As the thirteen member (including New Zealand) Global Coalition to Counter the Islamic State meets in Paris to plot the eventual demise of the movement known as Daesh, the campaign to drive Daesh out of Mosul, its northern Iraq stronghold is gathering ... More >>

$2m for Chatham Islands Housing

Thursday, 27 October 2016, 8:41 am | New Zealand Government

A new housing entity on the Chatham Islands received $2 million today to assist whānau in need of housing support. More >>

NZ and India to strengthen relationship

Thursday, 27 October 2016, 8:39 am | New Zealand Government

Prime Minister John Key today announced that New Zealand will strengthen its political, security and economic relationship with India, following a meeting with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi. More >>

New data shows tourism sector is booming

Wednesday, 26 October 2016, 4:22 pm | New Zealand Government

Figures released today show tourism contributed $14.5 billion to the New Zealand economy in the year to March 2016, says Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism John Key. More >>

Who will be held accountable for misuse of checkpoints?

Wednesday, 26 October 2016, 4:08 pm | ACT New Zealand

“People have the right to meet and discuss issues without fear of police harassment,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “ The admission that the police used a drink-driving check point to obtain the identities of people attending a meeting is deeply un-Kiwi. More >>

National’s $1trillion property sandcastle

Wednesday, 26 October 2016, 3:13 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

The National government's failure to fix the housing crisis has seen the ballooning and unsustainable property market touch the $1 trillion mark, Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says. More >>

Greater Christchurch Education Renewal Programme on-track

Wednesday, 26 October 2016, 2:22 pm | New Zealand Government

Education Minister Hekia Parata has welcomed a Treasury report which has highlighted the strong performance of the Greater Christchurch Education Renewal Programme. More >>

Advert Highlights Indian Student Rip Off Commonplace

Wednesday, 26 October 2016, 2:21 pm | New Zealand First Party

An advertisement seeking "Asian student labor", "cash $6.50 behind screen" was boldly placed on a Countdown noticeboard in Auckland despite being a blatant abuse of our laws, says New Zealand First. More >>

Collapsed Software Firm Received National Corporate Welfare

Wednesday, 26 October 2016, 2:04 pm | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First says the collapse of NZX-listed software firm Wynyard Group reveals the National Government’s economic House of Cards. More >>

Minister recognises more service in the Pacific

Wednesday, 26 October 2016, 1:42 pm | New Zealand Government

Corrections Minister Judith Collins today acknowledged seven staff who have helped to assist and develop Corrections services in the Pacific Islands over the last ten years. More >>

NZ training support for White Helmets in Syria

Wednesday, 26 October 2016, 1:39 pm | New Zealand Government

Foreign Minister Murray McCully and Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne have announced that the NZ Fire Service will provide training support to the Syrian White Helmets civil defence organisation. More >>

New Zealand should embrace immigration says Dunne

Wednesday, 26 October 2016, 1:22 pm | United Future NZ Party

“I want to make our position clear, UnitedFuture is a party that embraces diversity, celebrates our multi-cultural heritage and believes that immigration and support for our migrant community will always be an important part of our national fabric. More >>

Technology making life easier for beneficiaries

Wednesday, 26 October 2016, 1:18 pm | New Zealand Government

Associate Social Development Minister Jo Goodhew is welcoming technological advances as part of the Simplification programme at the Ministry of Social Development (MSD), which are making a big difference for beneficiaries. “The Government is committed ... More >>

Remuneration Authority appointment

Wednesday, 26 October 2016, 12:42 pm | New Zealand Government

Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse today announced the appointment of Len Cook as a new member of the Remuneration Authority (the Authority). The Authority is responsible for setting the rates of pay and allowances for Members of Parliament, ... More >>

$41m Youth Service extension takes effect

Wednesday, 26 October 2016, 12:22 pm | New Zealand Government

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says more young people will have access to increased support to become independent following an extension of the Youth Service which comes into effect this week. More >>

Closer relations between New Zealand and the European Union

Wednesday, 26 October 2016, 12:06 pm | Office of the Clerk

New Zealand is pursuing closer dialogue and relations with the European Union through an agreement identifying current and future areas of cooperation. More >>

Minister welcomes Consumer Rights Day

Wednesday, 26 October 2016, 11:51 am | New Zealand Government

Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Paul Goldsmith welcomes Consumer Rights Day, being kicked off today in Wellington with a public event to help consumers learn about their rights. More >>

Ministers attend Australia-NZ Leadership Forum

Wednesday, 26 October 2016, 11:46 am | New Zealand Government

Deputy Prime Minister Bill English will lead New Zealand's Ministerial delegation to the annual Australia New Zealand Leadership Forum (ANZLF) in Sydney tomorrow. More >>

Families depend on Govt supporting the community sector

Wednesday, 26 October 2016, 11:45 am | Green Party

The community sector is stressed out and needs a government that supports them properly, especially in the face of large scale Child Youth and Family (CYF) reform, the Green Party said today. The ComVoices State of the Sector Survey, released yesterday, shows ... More >>

Govt’s housing plans ring hollow

Wednesday, 26 October 2016, 11:25 am | Green Party

The Government’s Auckland housing plans lack substance and are years behind where they should be, the Green Party said today. More >>

First Regional Research Institute announced

Wednesday, 26 October 2016, 11:02 am | New Zealand Government

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce has today announced that the New Zealand Research Institute of Viticulture and Oenology (NZRIVO) has been selected to become the first new Regional Research Institute. More >>

New High Commissioner for South Africa

Wednesday, 26 October 2016, 11:00 am | New Zealand Government

Foreign Minister Murray McCully today announced the appointment of diplomat Michael Burrell as High Commissioner to South Africa. More >>

Earthworks to start at Moire Road housing development

Wednesday, 26 October 2016, 10:58 am | New Zealand Government

Earthworks are set to begin on the 196-home Massey East project as part of the Crown Land Housing Programme, Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith says. More >>

Affordable homes for Mt Albert development

Wednesday, 26 October 2016, 10:55 am | New Zealand Government

The Government has today signed an agreement with Marutūāhu Rōpū and Ockham Residential Limited for a 100-home development in New North Road, Mt Albert, Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith says. More >>

14 new high tech drug analysers for Customs

Wednesday, 26 October 2016, 9:45 am | New Zealand Government

This week Customs is deploying 14 new FirstDefenders, a mobile substance identification device, to enhance its capabilities to protect the border says Customs Minister Nicky Wagner. More >>

10 new classrooms for three Auckland schools

Wednesday, 26 October 2016, 9:40 am | New Zealand Government

Around $5 million is being invested to provide three Auckland schools with a total of 10 new classrooms, Education Minister Hekia Parata announced today. More >>

Throwing and dragging of calves has to end

Wednesday, 26 October 2016, 9:27 am | Green Party

The Government must give the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) more inspectors, resources and independence so it can do its job, the Green Party said today after tonight’s release of new footage of the mistreatment of bobby calves. More >>

100 take up offer of help to move from Auckland

Wednesday, 26 October 2016, 8:50 am | New Zealand Government

A total of 100 families and individuals have taken up an offer of financial help to move out of Auckland, freeing up social housing for others in urgent need. More >>

NZ ranked 1st for ease of doing business

Wednesday, 26 October 2016, 8:47 am | New Zealand Government

New Zealand has been ranked the top country in the world for doing business in the World Bank’s 2017 Doing Business Report - up one place from last year and up from third in 2014. More >>

Māori tech and investment US programme underway

Tuesday, 25 October 2016, 4:41 pm | Minister for Maori Development

Māori technology companies and iwi investors will visit San Francisco, Chicago and New York next week to advance Māori in the technology sector. More >>

Failure on housing crisis drives Reserve Bank to add tools

Tuesday, 25 October 2016, 4:15 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

If the Government was delivering a comprehensive plan to fix the housing crisis, it is unlikely that the Reserve Bank would be continuing to pursue debt to income limits for lending for housing, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. More >>

Missed target for workplace inspections lets workers down

Tuesday, 25 October 2016, 2:58 pm | Green Party

A sudden drop in the number of workplace interventions by the Labour Inspectorate suggests that the Government isn’t doing enough to support the basic rights of people at work, the Green Party said today. Interventions to ensure compliance with ... More >>

Waikato ISR pilot site opens its doors

Tuesday, 25 October 2016, 2:56 pm | New Zealand Government

Ministers today welcomed the start of the second Integrated Safety Response (ISR) pilot site in Waikato and announced another $1.4 million in new funding to support the pilot programme. More >>

National enrolment service roll-out on target

Tuesday, 25 October 2016, 11:04 am | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the roll-out of the new national enrolment service in general practices across the country is on target. More >>


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