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Hon Amy Adams: Dawn Service, Gallipoli

Tuesday, 25 April 2017, 5:00 pm | New Zealand Government

It is my honour to join with you all on this ANZAC morning. May I begin by thanking the people of Turkey for their gracious welcome to those of us who come from the other side of the world to remember some of the most defining times in our nation’s ... More >>

ANZAC Day Protests

Tuesday, 25 April 2017, 1:32 pm | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First says ANZAC Day is not a day for protest. “ANZAC Day is a sacred day for commemoration and reflection and using it for protest is inappropriate,” says Ron Mark, New Zealand First Defence Spokesperson and a returned serviceman himself. ... More >>

World Expo Participation Fine – $53m Cost Questioned

Tuesday, 25 April 2017, 11:29 am | New Zealand First Party

World Expo Participation Fine – $53m Cost Questioned New Zealand First says the government should explain to Kiwis what the return on investment will be from the $53.3m cost of exhibiting at the 2020 World Expo in Dubai. “Yet again it’s another ... More >>

ANZAC Day a day for tolerance and understanding

Tuesday, 25 April 2017, 11:27 am | United Future NZ Party

UnitedFuture leader Hon Peter Dunne says ANZAC Day stands out as a special day to promote tolerance and understanding in today’s diverse and unsettled world. Speaking at an ANZAC Day service this morning Mr Dunne, the Ohariu MP, said ANZAC Day properly ... More >>

Speech: Bennett - Address to Porirua City Anzac Day Service

Tuesday, 25 April 2017, 11:26 am | New Zealand Government

E ngā mana, e ngā waka e ngā reo o te motu Tihei mauri ora! No reira tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā no tātou katoa. Today we come together as one, to remember. To remember the brave men and woman who stood for our country. To remember our shared ... More >>

Woodhouse Buying Time in Akbari Case Not Good Enough

Monday, 24 April 2017, 8:49 pm | ACT New Zealand

David Seymour welcomes Michael Woodhouse’s suspending Immigration New Zealand’s discretion to protect those with residence visas who commit criminal offences from deportation. More >>

Suspension of decision making authority: Immigration

Monday, 24 April 2017, 8:43 pm | New Zealand Government

Suspension of decision making authority Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse is taking steps to improve Immigration New Zealand’s decision making authority for cases involving residence class visa holders convicted of a criminal offence. “Currently, ... More >>

Kiwis encouraged to recognise service with service

Monday, 24 April 2017, 8:40 pm | New Zealand Government

Kiwis encouraged to recognise service with service Volunteering is one of the best ways we can honour the ANZAC spirt, says Community and Voluntary Sector Minister Alfred Ngaro. ‘Serve for New Zealand’, an initiative run by Christchurch’s ... More >>

New Zealand supports Viet Nam dam safety

Monday, 24 April 2017, 8:38 pm | New Zealand Government

New Zealand supports Viet Nam dam safety New Zealand and Viet Nam have launched a $5.4 million initiative to reduce dam related flooding in Viet Nam. Foreign Minister Murray McCully joined Mr Ha Cong Tuan, Viet Nam’s Vice Minister of Agriculture ... More >>

Public meeting for Dunedin families affected by IDEA cuts

Monday, 24 April 2017, 4:35 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

A group of Dunedin families affected by cuts to IDEA Services will hold a public meeting on Wednesday to discuss their concerns, Dunedin South MP Clare Curran said today. More >>

And the band played on…

Monday, 24 April 2017, 2:38 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Making Amy Adams the Housing Minister five months out from the election is just the orchestra playing on as National’s Titanic housing crisis slips below the waves – along with the hopes and dreams of countless Kiwi families, says Labour’s Housing ... More >>

Taxpayers Need Sunlight on Fujixerox Contracts

Monday, 24 April 2017, 2:12 pm | New Zealand First Party

NZ First wants to know if taxpayers have been ripped off by FujiXerox with Japan’s FujiFilm sending in investigators after the NZ Serious Fraud Office found nothing to see. More >>

NZ to advance the prevention of violent extremism

Monday, 24 April 2017, 2:00 pm | Office of the Speaker

Darroch Ball MP will represent New Zealand this week at the Regional Meeting of Young Parliamentarians of the Asia-Pacific in, Colombo, Sri Lanka. The meeting is jointly hosted by the Inter-Parliamentary Union, the Parliament of Sri Lanka, and the United ... More >>

Office of the Speaker of the House of Representatives

Monday, 24 April 2017, 1:30 pm | Office of the Clerk

Kelvin Davis MP and Joanne Hayes MP will represent New Zealand this week at the Asia-Pacific Regional Workshop on Modern Slavery in London, United Kingdom. More >>

PM announces changes to ministerial portfolios

Monday, 24 April 2017, 1:16 pm | New Zealand Government

Prime Minister Bill English today announced the appointment of Gerry Brownlee as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nathan Guy as Minister of Civil Defence, Nikki Kaye as Minister of Education and Mark Mitchell as Minister of Defence. More >>

Poor forestry regulations will not protect soils or rivers

Monday, 24 April 2017, 12:14 pm | Green Party

Weak forestry regulations proposed by the National Government will do little to prevent forests being planted on steep, erosion-prone country, or avoid forestry debris harming streams, the Green Party said today. More >>

Break the impasse on Auckland Infrastructure

Monday, 24 April 2017, 11:21 am | ACT New Zealand

“Aucklanders cannot afford to keep losing years of infrastructure development to fights between Steven Joyce and Phil Goff,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “The Government and the Council need to do a funding for focus deal where the Council ... More >>

Public interest outweighs privacy in Ali Akbari case

Monday, 24 April 2017, 10:23 am | ACT New Zealand

“The non deportation of twice-convicted sex offender Sultan Ali Abdul Ali Akbari must be explained to maintain public confidence in our immigration system,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

Surplus-drunk National are spending like sailors

Sunday, 23 April 2017, 6:33 pm | ACT New Zealand

A centre-right Government shouldn't boast about throwing $53 million at a Spanish business expo, says ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

New Zealand to participate in Expo 2020 in Dubai

Sunday, 23 April 2017, 6:24 pm | New Zealand Government

Hon Simon Bridges Minister for Economic Development Hon Todd McClay Minister of Trade 23 April 2017 Media Statement New Zealand to participate in Expo 2020 in Dubai More >>

McCully to Viet Nam to further Vietnamese partnership

Sunday, 23 April 2017, 1:01 pm | New Zealand Government

McCully to Viet Nam to further Vietnamese partnership Foreign Minister Murray McCully will travel to Ha Noi today to meet Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and President Tran Dai Quang. “New Zealand’s relationship ... More >>

Civil Defence improvements to be highlighted

Sunday, 23 April 2017, 1:00 pm | New Zealand Government

Civil Defence improvements to be highlighted Civil Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee has established a Technical Advisory Group to identify where improvements in New Zealand’s Civil Defence structure could be made. In March, Mr Brownlee convened ... More >>

Historic move of New Zealand’s iconic documents

Saturday, 22 April 2017, 2:36 pm | New Zealand Government

Three of New Zealand’s most precious constitutional documents were moved to a new location in a unique ceremonial procession in Wellington overnight. More >>

He Tohu taonga move event

Saturday, 22 April 2017, 2:33 pm | New Zealand Government

He Tohu taonga move event National Library of New Zealand, Wellington Tēnā koutou katoa More >>

Seymour responds to aided suicide case

Friday, 21 April 2017, 4:48 pm | ACT New Zealand

End of Life Choice Bill sponsor David Seymour has responded to reports of a woman charged with aiding a suicide . More >>

Bridges to travel to the United Arab Emirates

Friday, 21 April 2017, 3:32 pm | New Zealand Government

Economic Development Minister Simon Bridges will travel to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) tomorrow for meetings with Ministerial counterparts in Dubai. More >>

Time for a calming cup of tea, Mr Little - Dunne

Friday, 21 April 2017, 3:00 pm | United Future NZ Party

UnitedFuture leader, Hon Peter Dunne, says the Leader of the Opposition’s pledge tens of thousands of migrants coming to New Zealand is xenophobic and divisive . More >>

Minister welcomes aged care research

Friday, 21 April 2017, 2:07 pm | New Zealand Government

Associate Health Minister Nicky Wagner is welcoming new research about the care and support needs of older Maori. More >>

Further support for North Canterbury & Marlborough

Friday, 21 April 2017, 1:13 pm | New Zealand Government

Further support for North Canterbury & Marlborough Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has announced an additional $500,000 investment to boost the post-earthquake support package for North Canterbury and Marlborough families. “The Government ... More >>

Better regulation through better impact analysis

Friday, 21 April 2017, 1:11 pm | New Zealand Government

Regulatory Reform Minister, Paul Goldsmith, and Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Regulatory Reform, David Seymour, say changes to Regulatory Impact Analysis (RIA) requirements will lead to better informed decision making by Parliament and the Government. More >>

eGate expansion project nears completion

Friday, 21 April 2017, 1:08 pm | New Zealand Government

Customs Minister Nicky Wagner today announced 15 new eGates are now fully operational at Auckland Airport arrivals, meaning Customs’ nationwide upgrade and expansion of eGates is almost complete. “The Government has invested $6.6 million in this ... More >>

Kaikōura Harbour to be enhanced post-quake

Friday, 21 April 2017, 12:47 pm | New Zealand Government

Civil Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee has announced additional funding of $700,000 for the restoration of Kaikōura Harbour, bringing the government’s total contribution to $5.7 million. More >>

Anti-immigration arguments keep getting more farcical

Friday, 21 April 2017, 12:24 pm | ACT New Zealand

“By attempting to get tough on immigration, National has sparked a populist bidding war in which facts are completely ignored,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

Hotel no place for children in care

Friday, 21 April 2017, 12:18 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Revelations today that a young person under the care of the Ministry For Vulnerable Children was placed in a hotel is just plain wrong – and it isn’t a one-off, says Labour’s spokesperson for Children, Jacinda Ardern. More >>

Insurance advisory service for North Canterbury

Friday, 21 April 2017, 12:13 pm | New Zealand Police

Insurance advisory service for North Canterbury The government will fund a free and independent advisory service to assist North Canterbury residents with insurance claims, Civil Defence Minister and Minister Responsible for the Earthquake Commission ... More >>

Adams to commemorate Anzac Day in Gallipoli

Friday, 21 April 2017, 11:57 am | New Zealand Government

Justice Minister Amy Adams leaves for Turkey today as New Zealand’s official representative at the 102nd ANZAC Day commemorations at Gallipoli. More >>

RNZAF’S NH90s Unreliable Money Guzzlers

Friday, 21 April 2017, 11:14 am | New Zealand First Party

NZ First says the Air Force’s eight NH90 helicopters, which cost $86m each, are flying a lot less, if at all, and costing a lot more than the Iroquois they replaced. More >>

Outer Space and High-Altitude Activities Bill progresses

Friday, 21 April 2017, 11:05 am | New Zealand Government

The Outer Space and High-Altitude Activities Bill has been reported back to Parliament today following consideration by the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee. More >>

Pacific STEM students awarded scholarships

Friday, 21 April 2017, 10:50 am | New Zealand Government

Nine of New Zealand’s brightest and most inspiring young Pacific students have just received Government scholarships to pursue their dreams says Pacific Peoples Minister Alfred Ngaro. More >>

PACER Plus Pacific trade deal has fishhooks

Friday, 21 April 2017, 10:47 am | Green Party

New Zealand appears to have pushed for a trade deal that could undermine Pacific Island countries’ ability to support their local economies and restrict their right to regulate in their own interests, the Green Party said today. More >>

Bolger should apologise for RMA, not neo-liberalism

Friday, 21 April 2017, 10:35 am | ACT New Zealand

“It is with great sorrow that we hear former Prime Minister Jim Bolger is now parroting online social justice warriors, complaining about ‘neo-liberalism’,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

Changing lives through social investment

Friday, 21 April 2017, 10:31 am | New Zealand Government

A new Social Investment Agency is to be created which will help social sector agencies better understand and meet the needs of our most at-risk New Zealanders and communities, Minister Responsible for Social Investment Amy Adams has announced. “The Social ... More >>

Maybe not, Minister? Nick Smith’s housing measure suppressed

Friday, 21 April 2017, 9:45 am | New Zealand Labour Party

Sir Humphrey: Minister, remember the Housing Affordability Measure work you asked us to prepare back in 2012? Well, it’s ready now. More >>

National shutting down access to equal pay

Friday, 21 April 2017, 9:30 am | Green Party

A draft National Party Bill will put more barriers in the way of women seeking to be paid fairly, the Green Party said today. More >>

$500k for new classrooms at Witherlea School, Blenheim

Friday, 21 April 2017, 9:11 am | New Zealand Government

Around $500,000 will be invested to build two new teaching spaces at Witherlea School in Blenheim, Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye announced today. More >>

Govt welcomes World Masters Games

Friday, 21 April 2017, 9:08 am | New Zealand Government

Economic Development Minister Simon Bridges and Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman have today welcomed the World Masters Games 2017 to New Zealand. More >>

Historic PACER Plus agreement finally concluded

Thursday, 20 April 2017, 4:12 pm | New Zealand Government

20 April 2017 Media Statement Historic PACER Plus agreement finally concluded Trade Minister Todd McClay says the successful conclusion of PACER Plus negotiations is a landmark day for trade and the sustainable economic development of the Pacific. More >>

Many New Zealanders are worse off under National

Thursday, 20 April 2017, 3:34 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

The latest inflation data from Statistics New Zealand shows that too many New Zealanders are now worse off under the National Government, said Labour’s Finance Spokesperson Grant Robertson More >>

Sod turned on Watchman Road Intersection Improvement project

Thursday, 20 April 2017, 2:56 pm | New Zealand Government

Transport Minister Simon Bridges has turned the sod to mark the start of construction on the $13 million Watchman Road Intersection Improvements project in Napier. More >>

Another emergency housing grant blow out

Thursday, 20 April 2017, 2:49 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Emergency housing grants data released today show another blow out in spending on putting homeless people up in motels, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. More >>

Pay Equity Bill released for consultation

Thursday, 20 April 2017, 2:34 pm | New Zealand Government

Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse today released an exposure draft of the Pay Equity Bill for public consultation More >>

Families struggle as hardship grants increase

Thursday, 20 April 2017, 2:16 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

The considerable increase in hardship grants shows that more and more Kiwi families are struggling to put food on the table and pay for basic schooling, says Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni. More >>

Power Prices up 2.2%; Collins in Denial

Thursday, 20 April 2017, 1:50 pm | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First says Energy and Resources Minister Judith Collins’ spin on home power bills has been exposed by an inflation-busting 2.2% spike in electricity bills over the past year. More >>

Rising CPI means we need houses more than ever

Thursday, 20 April 2017, 1:34 pm | ACT New Zealand

Stats NZ’s report today that consumer price index inflation is at 2.2 per cent should worry first home buyers, says ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

Police Secretary Out of Line Over Hunting Rifle Comments

Thursday, 20 April 2017, 12:51 pm | New Zealand First Party

Police Association president Chris Cahill should stick to police union-related matters, and not interfere in the choice of legal firearms law-abiding licence holders use in the safe enjoyment of their sport, says New Zealand First Outdoor Recreation Spokesperson ... More >>

New report shows over $6m a day spent in housing support

Thursday, 20 April 2017, 12:31 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government spent $550 million over the last three months to support New Zealanders with a roof over their heads – the equivalent of $6.2 million every day. Social Housing Minister Amy Adams released the new Social Housing Quarterly Report for the ... More >>

Construction on next stage of Central Plains Water begins

Thursday, 20 April 2017, 12:14 pm | New Zealand Government

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has welcomed the official start of construction on Stage 2 of Central Plains Water, which could have economic benefits of up to $374 million. More >>

Greens launch plan for cheaper and cleaner electricity

Thursday, 20 April 2017, 11:19 am | Green Party

The Green Party has today launched a plan for cheaper power bills, cleaner electricity generation, and a smarter electricity network. More >>

Māori medium Educators and Iwi gather in Wellington

Thursday, 20 April 2017, 10:41 am | New Zealand Government

Māori medium national peak bodies Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust, Te Rūnanganui o Ngā Kura Kaupapa Māori, Ngā Kura ā Iwi, Te Akatea, and iwi representatives have been given a call to action today as Education Minister Hon Hekia Parata launches ... More >>

Benefit numbers continue to fall

Thursday, 20 April 2017, 10:09 am | New Zealand Government

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says the number of people receiving a main benefit has continued to fall, with the proportion of the population on a main benefit (9.6 per cent) the lowest it’s been in a March quarter since 1997. More >>


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