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Racing Safety Fund open for applications

Monday, 26 January 2015, 3:53 pm | New Zealand Government

Racing Minister Nathan Guy has announced that the next round of applications for the Racing Safety Development Fund will open on 2 February 2015. “The fund supports important projects around the country to improve racecourse health and safety standards. More >>

Equine industry joins GIA biosecurity agreement

Monday, 26 January 2015, 1:19 pm | New Zealand Government

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has welcomed a fourth primary industry to the GIA partnership today. The New Zealand Equine Health Association has signed the Deed of the Government Industry Agreement (GIA) for Biosecurity Readiness and Response ... More >>

NZ Condemns latest violence in Ukraine

Monday, 26 January 2015, 9:15 am | New Zealand Government

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has condemned the killing of up to 30 civilians in Eastern Ukraine over the weekend. More >>

NZ Must Prioritise Ukraine/Russia In Security Council

Sunday, 25 January 2015, 4:04 pm | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First wants the government to make resolution of the impasse between Russia and the Ukraine a serious priority for the Security Council. More >>

Minister welcomes beginning of school year

Sunday, 25 January 2015, 3:40 pm | New Zealand Government

Education Minister Hekia Parata has wished Kiwi kids well as they begin heading back to school on Monday. More >>

McCully to AU Summit and Jordan

Sunday, 25 January 2015, 3:38 pm | New Zealand Government

Foreign Minister Murray McCully is travelling to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to attend the 24th African Union Summit which runs from 26 to 27 January. More >>

Governor-General’s condolences following death of Saudi King

Saturday, 24 January 2015, 8:54 am | Governor General

Governor-General’s condolences following death of Saudi King The Governor-General, Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae has extended his condolences to the Royal Family and people of Saudi Arabia, following the death of HM King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz ... More >>

PM extends condolences following death of Saudi King

Saturday, 24 January 2015, 8:35 am | New Zealand Government

Rt Hon John Key Prime Minister 23 January 2015 Media Statement PM extends condolences following death of Saudi King Prime Minister John Key has extended his condolences to the people of Saudi Arabia following the passing of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz. ... More >>

Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei’s Rātana speech

Friday, 23 January 2015, 12:55 pm | Green Party

Tēnēi au e tū whakaiti nei i raro i a Ranginui, i runga i a Papatūānuku, e tītiro kau ana ki ngā maunga whakahi me ngā tini uri o Tane. More >>

Government cuts driving increased education costs

Friday, 23 January 2015, 12:54 pm | Green Party

Government cuts to education are forcing more of the burden on to parents and damaging the education of poorer kids, as the cost of primary and secondary education increases by five times the cost of inflation, the Green Party says. More >>

2015 school infrastructure spend $650 million

Friday, 23 January 2015, 12:11 pm | New Zealand Government

Associate Minister of Education 23 January 2015 Media Statement 2015 school infrastructure spend $650 million More >>

Light rail proposal must be taken seriously

Friday, 23 January 2015, 11:31 am | New Zealand Labour Party

Auckland Issues Spokeserson 23 January 2015 MEDIA STATEMENT Light rail proposal must be taken seriously More >>

Thumbs up for Light Rail So Let’s Get on with It

Friday, 23 January 2015, 11:04 am | New Zealand First Party

Give the light rail proposal for Auckland the big tick off now and get on with sorting the money and construction, says New Zealand First. More >>

Deficit $1.5b in five months to November

Friday, 23 January 2015, 11:01 am | New Zealand Government

Lower than expected operating expenses and higher than forecast customs and excise duties contributed to an operating balance before gains and losses (OBEGAL) deficit $121 million better than forecast for the five months to November, Finance Minister ... More >>

Community brings fairy prions to Mana Island

Thursday, 22 January 2015, 4:54 pm | New Zealand Government

Associate Conservation Minister Nicky Wagner with one of the fairy prion chicks introduced to Mana Island today. More >>

Minister responds to parent engagement report

Thursday, 22 January 2015, 3:07 pm | New Zealand Government

Education Minister Hekia Parata says the Government has accepted the 18 recommendations of the Education and Science Select Committee’s inquiry into engaging parents in their children’s education. More >>

Bain compensation case resumes

Thursday, 22 January 2015, 2:25 pm | New Zealand Government

Justice Minister Amy Adams has today confirmed that judicial review proceedings undertaken by David Bain have been discontinued, following an agreement between the two parties. More >>

New AoG contract for advertising media

Thursday, 22 January 2015, 2:10 pm | New Zealand Government

Government agencies are now able to access further savings when it comes to purchasing advertising media, Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce announced today. More >>

Fisheries Debacle Has Ministers Hiding Behind Sailors

Thursday, 22 January 2015, 1:37 pm | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First believes the government is trying to spin itself out of the embarrassment of being fooled by three rusty trawlers flying false flags. More >>

Child abuse down by 12 percent but still way too high

Thursday, 22 January 2015, 1:10 pm | New Zealand Government

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has welcomed latest child abuse statistics showing that the number of children abused in the year ended June 2014 fell by 2,306 or 12 percent on the previous year. More >>

RMA Changes a Town & Country Planning Act in Drag

Thursday, 22 January 2015, 12:38 pm | New Zealand First Party

Planned changes to the Resource Management Act will not deliver affordable housing because this government is unwilling to attack the real reasons for housing unaffordability. More >>

University students pushed further into debt

Thursday, 22 January 2015, 12:28 pm | Green Party

Students have become significantly poorer since National took office according to recently released data, the Green Party said today. More >>

Foss to visit Turkey, China

Thursday, 22 January 2015, 11:44 am | New Zealand Government

Veterans’ Affairs Minister Craig Foss will visit Turkey this week to meet key officials and review plans for this year’s Anzac Day commemorations. More >>

Minister approves new Takanini school

Thursday, 22 January 2015, 11:18 am | New Zealand Government

Education Minister Hekia Parata today announced that $20 million has been set aside for the establishment of a new primary school in Takanini, Auckland. More >>

Vital RMA changes about time

Thursday, 22 January 2015, 10:56 am | Employers And Manufacturers Association

The changes telegraphed for the Resource Management Act is the most important piece of work the government will undertake during this term of office, the Employers and Manufacturers Association says. More >>

National fails to produce evidence justifying attack on RMA

Thursday, 22 January 2015, 10:55 am | Green Party

The National Government is misusing evidence provided in the Motu report on planning rules to justify gutting the environmental protections secured by the Resource Management Act (RMA), says the Green Party today. More >>

English breaks his $6000 wages promise

Thursday, 22 January 2015, 10:29 am | New Zealand Labour Party

Just one month into the new year Bill English has already rowed back on his election promise of real wage rises for New Zealanders, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. More >>

Kiwis Missing Out on Surgery for Lack of Beds

Thursday, 22 January 2015, 10:22 am | New Zealand First Party

Potentially life-saving surgery is being postponed in New Zealand hospitals due to bed shortages in Intensive Care Units, says New Zealand First. More >>

Dunne Speaks: RMA Changes

Thursday, 22 January 2015, 9:10 am | United Future NZ Party

The first was the befittingly silly comment from Ron Mark about putting shots across the bows of foreign fishing vessels illegally poaching toothfish in the southern ocean. More >>

ACT welcomes commitment to RMA reform

Thursday, 22 January 2015, 9:08 am | ACT New Zealand

ACT welcomes commitment to RMA reform Press release: ACT New Zealand January 22, 2015. 8:20am More >>

RMA changes won’t build more homes

Wednesday, 21 January 2015, 7:19 pm | Green Party

RMA changes won’t build more homes The National Government must stop using the Resource Management Act as the straw man for its own failure to build more homes and put an end to the country’s housing crisis, the Green Party says. Today, Environment ... More >>

RMA changes won’t knock a dollar off the cost of a new home

Wednesday, 21 January 2015, 7:15 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

The Government’s proposed changes to the RMA won’t increase the number of affordable homes or knock a dollar off the cost of building a new house, Labour Leader Andrew Little says. More >>

RMA reform agenda outlined

Wednesday, 21 January 2015, 7:13 pm | New Zealand Government

Overhauling the Resource Management Act (RMA) is critical to addressing housing supply and affordability, and maintaining the momentum of economic and job growth as well as better managing New Zealand’s environment, Dr Nick Smith said today in his 20th ... More >>

An Uber Rip Off for Taxpayers

Wednesday, 21 January 2015, 3:32 pm | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First is concerned the Uber ride service and multinational companies like it are using elaborate tax shelters to rip off hard working Kiwi taxpayers. The Party will be closely following the government’s newly announced review of ... More >>

International education now worth $2.85 billion

Wednesday, 21 January 2015, 1:06 pm | New Zealand Government

International education continues to be a star performer in New Zealand’s export-led growth according to latest data, Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce says. More >>

Low inflation helping households get ahead

Wednesday, 21 January 2015, 12:56 pm | New Zealand Government

Low inflation is helping New Zealand households get ahead, with wages on average continuing to rise faster than the cost of living, Finance Minister Bill English says. More >>

New tranche of Gallipoli passes issued

Wednesday, 21 January 2015, 10:43 am | New Zealand Government

Hon Craig Foss Minister of Veterans’ Affairs 21 January 2015 Media Statement New tranche of Gallipoli passes issued More >>

RMA’s primary purpose must be to protect our environment

Wednesday, 21 January 2015, 9:19 am | The Maori Party

The Māori Party will always prioritise kaitiakitanga/guardianship of this country’s natural resources ahead of commercial development. More >>

ACT welcomes taxi law review

Tuesday, 20 January 2015, 5:14 pm | ACT New Zealand

ACT Leader David Seymour welcomes Craig Foss’ prompt call to review taxi and private car hire regulations, announced today. More >>

IRD collects $4.1 billion of tax debt in 2013/14

Tuesday, 20 January 2015, 4:19 pm | New Zealand Government

Revenue Minister Todd McClay says Inland Revenue’s focus on collecting tax debt has paid big dividends, with $752 million more being collected in 2013/14 than in the previous year. More >>

Small passenger services review underway

Tuesday, 20 January 2015, 4:14 pm | New Zealand Government

Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss says he has asked officials to conduct a review of the regulatory framework for small passenger services, such as taxis and private hire car services. More >>

Key Notes: Busy start to the year

Tuesday, 20 January 2015, 3:29 pm | New Zealand Government

Although Parliament doesn’t officially resume until 10 February, the National-led Government is already hard at work. More >>

Record numbers use Language Line

Tuesday, 20 January 2015, 3:28 pm | New Zealand Government

A record number of calls to essential services have been made by non-English speakers using the government’s interpreting service Language Line, says Ethnic Communities Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga. More >>

Dry conditions a concern in South Island

Tuesday, 20 January 2015, 3:25 pm | New Zealand Government

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has met with local farmers near Ashburton today and says that dry conditions are a concern. More >>

Start-Up payments for kin carers available now

Tuesday, 20 January 2015, 1:34 pm | New Zealand Government

Applications are now open for the 2015 round of School and Year Start-up payments available to kin carers, Social Development Minister Anne Tolley confirmed today. More >>

2015 Occupation Outlook App released

Tuesday, 20 January 2015, 12:19 pm | New Zealand Government

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce today released the 2015 Occupation Outlook report and mobile App, which allows students and their families to easily compare the job prospects and incomes of 50 different careers and help ... More >>

RMA not responsible for housing crisis – Government is

Tuesday, 20 January 2015, 11:17 am | Green Party

A survey showing that only a tiny fraction of resource consent applications are declined makes a nonsense of the Government’s claims that the Resource Management Act is getting in the way of housing development, the Green Party says. More >>

RMA Changes Need Broader Support than Act Party

Tuesday, 20 January 2015, 10:02 am | United Future NZ Party

20 January 2015 RMA Changes Need Broader Support than Act Party UnitedFuture leader Peter Dunne says the Government would be very unwise to progress its proposed changes to the Resource Management Act relying solely on the vote of the ACT Party. National ... More >>

Novopay Continues to Fail

Tuesday, 20 January 2015, 9:21 am | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First Deputy Leader Tracey Martin is astonished the Minister Responsible for Novopay is trumpeting the latest payroll error rate as a step forward. More >>

DOC Fishing Licence Debacle

Monday, 19 January 2015, 6:56 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Hundreds of families and recreational fishers may have had their holidays spoiled by missing out on their fishing licences, with Conservation Minister Maggie Barry preferring instead to focus on more high profile portfolio priorities over the summer ... More >>

Government Lets School Water Safety Sink

Monday, 19 January 2015, 6:54 pm | New Zealand First Party

“New Zealand is the third worst country in the developed world for drownings, the curriculum has an expectation that schools will teach water safety, but the government refuses to pay for school pools,” says New Zealand First Deputy Leader and Spokesperson ... More >>

Now is Not the Time to Bottle the Wine Industry

Monday, 19 January 2015, 4:56 pm | New Zealand First Party

A new $3 million charge winegrowers are likely to face smacks of government greed, says New Zealand First. More >>

Housing affordability crisis gets worse under National

Monday, 19 January 2015, 11:52 am | New Zealand Labour Party

Housing affordability crisis gets worse under National News that Auckland’s housing is now among the 10 most unaffordable in the world confirms the Government’s housing policy has failed, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “After six ... More >>

Food industry called to consult on regulations

Monday, 19 January 2015, 11:49 am | New Zealand Government

Food Safety Minister Jo Goodhew announced today that proposals for regulations under the Food Act 2014 are now open for consultation. The proposed regulations ensure our food is safe and suitable, and will apply to around 85,000 food premises, growers ... More >>

Groser to visit Europe

Monday, 19 January 2015, 11:47 am | New Zealand Government

Groser to visit Europe Trade Minister Tim Groser will today depart for Europe to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, including a meeting of Trade Ministers to discuss the WTO. He will then visit Brussels, Paris and Ankara. “The ... More >>

1080 Suspected in Disappearance of Birds

Sunday, 18 January 2015, 10:07 am | New Zealand First Party

Not one bird of an endangered species has been found since an aerial drop of 1080 in the Kahurangi National Park which began in September, says New Zealand First. More >>

Kiwis the Losers in Competition with Migrants for Jobs

Sunday, 18 January 2015, 9:58 am | New Zealand First Party

The government has confirmed record immigration is taking jobs from Kiwis, says New Zealand First. More >>

Effective action needed against pirate fishing boats

Saturday, 17 January 2015, 10:19 am | Phil Goff

New Zealand’s failure to detain pirate shipping vessels poaching endangered species in our region is simply not good enough, Labour’s Defence spokesperson Phil Goff says. More >>

Minister's condolences at the passing of Sir Ian Athfield

Friday, 16 January 2015, 4:42 pm | New Zealand Government

Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage 16 January 2015 Media Statement Minister expresses condolences at the passing of Sir Ian Athfield More >>

Dysfunctional Government Puts Stress on Family

Friday, 16 January 2015, 2:51 pm | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First is shocked by the treatment of a Blenheim family, who have just won a last minute reprieve and been given a state house. More >>

 

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