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Pacific trade and development talks near completion

Saturday, 27 August 2016, 5:26 pm | New Zealand Government

Trade Minister Todd McClay has welcomed the progress made towards finalising a landmark trade and development agreement for the Pacific region. Senior representatives from 16 countries met today in Christchurch to negotiate the final terms of the ‘Pacific ... More >>

Minister can’t wash hands of illegal KiwiSaver investments

Saturday, 27 August 2016, 5:21 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

The Minister responsible for appointing default KiwiSaver providers should take responsibility for ensuring they act legally, Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says. More >>

Wairarapa Biosecurity Incursion Staggering Incompetence

Saturday, 27 August 2016, 5:18 pm | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First says the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) handling of the pea weevil incursion in Wairarapa shows yet again National’s staggering incompetence on biosecurity. More >>

Councils shouldn’t rush into Easter Trading

Saturday, 27 August 2016, 5:14 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

City and district councils must ensure they don’t rush into trading on Easter Sunday ahead of local body elections next month, Labour’s Pacific Islands Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio says. More >>

Super City Candidates Challenged on Supergold Card Transport

Friday, 26 August 2016, 3:43 pm | New Zealand First Party

Super City election candidates should explain what they are going to do about the rip-off of SuperGold Cardholders on Auckland transport, says New Zealand First Leader and Northland MP Rt Hon Winston Peters. More >>

Minister thanks community for disability strategy feedback

Friday, 26 August 2016, 3:37 pm | New Zealand Government

Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner has thanked everyone who joined the conversation to create a better future for the one in four New Zealanders who have a physical, sensory, learning, mental health or other impairment. More >>

Regulatory changes proposed to support space rocket launches

Friday, 26 August 2016, 3:24 pm | New Zealand Government

New regulations are being proposed to better enable space rocket launches from New Zealand by simplifying the process for dealing with jettisoned material deposited on the seabed in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), Environment Minister Dr Nick ... More >>

Peter Dunne Speech: Responsible Care New Zealand AGM

Friday, 26 August 2016, 3:19 pm | New Zealand Government

Kia ora Tatou and a very good afternoon to you all. Thank you for the invitation to speak at your AGM this afternoon and for the kind introduction. More >>

Taranaki angiography suite officially opened

Friday, 26 August 2016, 3:03 pm | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has today opened a new $3.6 million angiography suite at Taranaki Base Hospital in New Plymouth. More >>

Report highlights benefits of rest home audits

Friday, 26 August 2016, 2:48 pm | New Zealand Government

Report highlights benefits of rest home audits Associate Health Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has welcomed the ‘Improving Outcomes in Aged Care’ report which was released today. The report finds changes to audit processes for rest homes have contributed ... More >>

Havelock North investigation must be truly independent

Friday, 26 August 2016, 1:28 pm | Green Party

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council must stand aside and let the Attorney-General lead an independent investigation into the gastric illness outbreak at Havelock North to be independent to avoid conflicts of interest, the Green Party said today. Hawke’s ... More >>

Future of Work: Building Wealth from the Ground Up

Friday, 26 August 2016, 12:51 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Good morning, and thank you for attending today’s Future of Work Seminar here in Wellington. I want to particularly acknowledge Beth Houston who has spent many hours pulling together the programme for today’s event, and to Olivier and the staff ... More >>

Minimum wage loophole hasn’t gone away

Friday, 26 August 2016, 12:44 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

David Parker Labour List MP MEDIA STATEMENT 26 August 2016 It’s OK to have a few slaves, just not too many? Minimum wage loophole hasn’t gone away New Zealand still needs legislation to ensure adult New Zealanders are not exploited by being taken ... More >>

POROPOROAKI: Honouring Monty Daniels (1929-2016)

Friday, 26 August 2016, 12:43 pm | The Maori Party

Māori Party Co-leaders Te Ururoa Flavell and Marama Fox lament the passing of respected leader Montero James Daniels, known to his friends and family by the nicknames Monty and Hako. More >>

$5.82m Hamilton cycleway underway

Friday, 26 August 2016, 12:43 pm | New Zealand Government

Hon Simon Bridges Minister of Transport 26 August 2016 Media Statement $5.82m Hamilton cycleway underway More >>

NZ Welcomes Colombia Peace Agreement

Friday, 26 August 2016, 12:35 pm | New Zealand Government

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has welcomed the announcement by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos of the conclusion of a peace agreement between the Colombia Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC) guerrilla movement. More >>

$100k to boost Havelock North’s economic recovery

Friday, 26 August 2016, 12:22 pm | New Zealand Government

The government is committing $100,000 to help Havelock North Village get back on its feet following the gastroenteritis outbreak, Small Business Minister Craig Foss says. More >>

Coleman: New Zealand College of Midwives conference

Friday, 26 August 2016, 12:21 pm | New Zealand Government

It’s great to be here today to open the New Zealand College of Midwives 14th biennial national conference. More >>

Dunne: Closing of Mental Health Services Conference

Friday, 26 August 2016, 12:17 pm | New Zealand Government

Good morning everyone and welcome to the final day of The Mental Health Services Conference 2016, or perhaps better known by many, as the Themes (ThMHS) conference. More >>

Bad Decision Economically for Northland

Friday, 26 August 2016, 11:34 am | New Zealand First Party

The Northland economy will suffer if the decision goes through to stop the use of powerboats on Lake Waikere, one of the Kai Iwi lakes, says Northland MP Rt Hon Winston Peters. More >>

First Safer Roads project complete

Friday, 26 August 2016, 11:08 am | New Zealand Government

The first of a series of nationwide safety projects that make up a $600 million plan to reduce New Zealand’s road toll is complete, Transport Minister Simon Bridges says. More >>

150 Years of the Cook Strait Cable

Friday, 26 August 2016, 11:06 am | New Zealand Government

On 26 August 1866, New Zealand’s telecommunications took a leap into the future with the successful connection of the Cook Strait Telegraph Cable, says Communications Minister Amy Adams. More >>

Government turns a blind eye to struggling sole parents

Friday, 26 August 2016, 10:44 am | New Zealand Labour Party

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley’s claims that her Government’s work with sole parents is her biggest success are in tatters after a major increase in homelessness amongst that group, says Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni. More >>

Govt Dumps Easter Sunday Trading Laws on Councils

Friday, 26 August 2016, 10:32 am | New Zealand First Party

Local people should have been given the chance to decide at the forthcoming local body elections whether they wanted shops open on Easter Sunday, says New Zealand First. More >>

Minister of Health Dismisses Catheter Shortage

Friday, 26 August 2016, 10:30 am | New Zealand First Party

Patients around New Zealand are being forced to wash and reuse catheters because they are being supplied with only half the number they need, says New Zealand First. More >>

Corrections to better support women prisoners

Friday, 26 August 2016, 10:30 am | New Zealand Government

Corrections has introduced changes to better support women prisoners at risk of family violence when they leave prison, says Corrections Minister Judith Collins. More >>

Lessons From US Civil Rights Movement for Maori

Friday, 26 August 2016, 10:00 am | New Zealand First Party

“Maori should do as the American civil rights movement did,” says New Zealand First Leader and Northland MP Rt Hon Winston Peters, commenting on Labour’s Electoral (Entrenchment of Māori Seats) Amendment Bill. More >>

Rural mental health scheme shares top award

Friday, 26 August 2016, 9:16 am | New Zealand Government

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has congratulated the GoodYarn rural mental health initiative for winning an international award today. More >>

Canterbury property boundaries legislation provides clarity

Friday, 26 August 2016, 9:11 am | New Zealand Government

Legislation just passed will give surveyors and property owners certainty in the location of boundaries for earthquake-affected properties in Canterbury, says Land Information Minister Louise Upston. More >>

Questions & Answers - 25 August 2016

Thursday, 25 August 2016, 5:33 pm | Office of the Clerk

1. BRETT HUDSON (National) to the Minister of Finance : What reports has he received on the New Zealand economy and how does this compare to the international economy? More >>

Auckland Council complaints report welcomed

Thursday, 25 August 2016, 5:25 pm | New Zealand Government

Local Government Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga today welcomed the Auditor General’s report on how Auckland Council responds to complaints. More >>

Shop Trading Hours Bill passes third reading

Thursday, 25 August 2016, 4:45 pm | New Zealand Government

A Bill that enables territorial authorities to decide whether shops in their district can trade on Easter Sunday has passed its third reading in Parliament this afternoon. “The Shop Trading Hours Amendment Bill is a pragmatic and well-balanced Bill which ... More >>

Amnesty for Foreign Students Covers up Failing Inspectorate

Thursday, 25 August 2016, 4:30 pm | New Zealand First Party

The so-called amnesty for foreign students who dob in exploitative employers is a cover-up for a Labour Inspectorate that is failing to do its job, says New Zealand First Leader and Northland Member of Parliament Rt Hon Winston Peters. More >>

National’s housing boom claim laid bare

Thursday, 25 August 2016, 4:28 pm | Green Party

National’s claim that record numbers of houses are being built is nonsense, the Green Party said today. More >>

Rule change keeps seafarers working

Thursday, 25 August 2016, 4:23 pm | New Zealand Government

Hon Craig Foss Associate Minister of Transport 25 August 2016 Media Statement Rule change keeps seafarers working Seafarers with most older domestic certificates will be able to continue using them without the cost of moving to a new modern ticket, ... More >>

Petition for Foreign Driver Safety

Thursday, 25 August 2016, 3:43 pm | New Zealand First Party

A new petition will put the spotlight on the government’s need to address the distressing issue of road deaths and injuries caused by foreign drivers, says Clayton Mitchell, New Zealand First List MP based in Tauranga. More >>

Cancer Treatment a Failure under National

Thursday, 25 August 2016, 3:35 pm | New Zealand First Party

The government should be ashamed that the latest health targets reveal not a single District Health Board (DHB) in New Zealand has met the target to provide faster cancer treatment, New Zealand First says. More >>

More Kiwis getting First Specialist Assessments

Thursday, 25 August 2016, 3:12 pm | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says around one in ten New Zealanders received a First Specialist Assessment (FSA) in 2015/16. “Increasing access to specialist care remains a priority for this Government. The answer to increased demand is to ... More >>

Time has come for state apology on abuse

Thursday, 25 August 2016, 1:51 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Labour is today calling on the Government to issue an apology for historic abuse in state institutions. More >>

Backbencher Matt’s Bill is a Doocey

Thursday, 25 August 2016, 1:44 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

The latest National Member’s Bill pulled from the ballot is yet another waste of Parliament’s time and shows the Government’s contempt for the House and the public with much more important issues needing debate, says Labour’s Shadow Leader of ... More >>

Gun laws creaking under the strain

Thursday, 25 August 2016, 1:33 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Questions have to be asked after surprising revelations at the Law and Order Select Committee about the police and their ability to manage the gun problem in New Zealand, says Labour’s Police spokesperson Stuart Nash. More >>

Māori Party push for a smoke-free Parliament gains traction

Thursday, 25 August 2016, 1:21 pm | The Maori Party

Māori Party Co-leaders Marama Fox and Te Ururoa Flavell welcome Parliament’s announcement this morning that the Parliamentary Precinct’s smoke-free boundary is being extended. More >>

Consultation on insolvency practitioner standards

Thursday, 25 August 2016, 1:08 pm | New Zealand Government

Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Paul Goldsmith has today released part one of the review into insolvency law, which discusses and sets out recommendations on the regulation of insolvency practitioners and measures to address the harms of voluntary ... More >>

Royal NZ Foundation of the Blind Act Repeal Bill passed

Thursday, 25 August 2016, 1:07 pm | New Zealand Government

Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner welcomes the passing of the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind Act Repeal Bill. More >>

Clean drinking water must come before irrigation schemes

Thursday, 25 August 2016, 1:06 pm | Green Party

Resolving the issues affecting Hawkes Bay’s drinking water must come before pushing ahead with irrigation schemes that will do more harm to the environment, the Green Party said today. More >>

Fonterra Payout Boost Welcome But Banks Warned Off

Thursday, 25 August 2016, 12:54 pm | New Zealand First Party

Rt Hon Winston Peters New Zealand First Leader Member of Parliament for Northland 25 AUGUST 2016 Fonterra Payout Boost Welcome But Banks Warned Off New Zealand First welcomes Fonterra Cooperative Group lifting its 2016/2017 forecast Farmgate Milk ... More >>

Minister welcomes new sheep milk PGP programme

Thursday, 25 August 2016, 12:46 pm | New Zealand Government

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has welcomed a new Primary Growth Partnership (PGP) programme announced today aimed at boosting New Zealand’s sheep milk industry. More >>

Bill could influence decisions on destructive seabed mining

Thursday, 25 August 2016, 12:36 pm | Green Party

The National Government's proposed changes to the law governing seabed mining could make it easier for Trans-Tasman Resources to carry out destructive seabed mining off the South Taranaki coast, the Green Party said today. More >>

Most patients are in & out of ED within 6 hours

Thursday, 25 August 2016, 12:33 pm | New Zealand Government

Most patients are in & out of ED within 6 hours Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a new report confirms the vast majority of patients seen at an Emergency Department are in and out within six hours. “A high functioning ED is a sign of a healthy ... More >>

World-first UAV pizza delivery trial for New Zealand

Thursday, 25 August 2016, 12:31 pm | New Zealand Government

Transport Minister Simon Bridges has welcomed the announcement that New Zealand will host a world-first trial of pizza delivery using an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV, commonly known as ‘drones’). More >>

Newer, faster and simpler eGates for Wellington

Thursday, 25 August 2016, 12:17 pm | New Zealand Government

Customs Minister Nicky Wagner today announced eight new generation eGates have been installed at Wellington International Airport and are fully operational for arriving and departing passengers. More >>

Minister congratulates Police on Supreme Award for diversity

Thursday, 25 August 2016, 12:00 pm | New Zealand Government

Police Minister Judith Collins has today congratulated New Zealand Police for their success in winning the Diversity Works New Zealand 2016 Empowerment Award, and the overall Supreme Award last night. More >>

Request for Proposal process for mental health services

Thursday, 25 August 2016, 11:51 am | New Zealand Government

The Request for Proposals process is now underway for the provision of improved mental health services to offenders, says Corrections Minister Judith Collins. More >>

Māori seats entrenched by Tirikatene Bill

Thursday, 25 August 2016, 11:49 am | New Zealand Labour Party

National and the Māori Party need to support my member’s Bill which is designed to entrench the Māori electorate seats in Parliament, Labour’s Te Tai Tonga MP Rino Tirikatene says. More >>

Opening of Aeromedical Society Australasia Conference

Thursday, 25 August 2016, 11:41 am | New Zealand Government

I was honoured to receive the invitation from the Aeromedical Society of Australasia (ASA) and the College of Air & Surface Transport Nurses (COASTN) to open this year’s annual conference. More >>

Minister welcomes Baghdad appointment

Thursday, 25 August 2016, 11:38 am | New Zealand Government

Hon Gerry Brownlee Minister of Defence 25 August 2016 Media Statement Minister welcomes Baghdad appointment Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee has welcomed the appointment of a New Zealand Army Brigadier to a senior role in the counter-Daesh Coalition. ... More >>

Address to NZ Institute of International Affairs, Wellington

Thursday, 25 August 2016, 11:19 am | New Zealand Government

Hon Gerry Brownlee Minister of Defence 25 August 2016 Speech Address to NZ Institute of International Affairs, Wellington Thank you for the opportunity to speak today. The last 15 years has seen the international strategic environment become increasingly ... More >>

Questions & Answers - 24 August 2016

Wednesday, 24 August 2016, 5:30 pm | Office of the Clerk

1. ANDREW LITTLE (Leader of the Opposition) to the Prime Minister : Does he have confidence in the Minister for Building and Housing given the falling rate of homeownership, especially among young people? More >>

UnitedFuture Secures Clarity For Contractors

Wednesday, 24 August 2016, 5:19 pm | United Future NZ Party

UnitedFuture leader, Peter Dunne, said today he could no longer support The Minimum Wage (Contractor Remuneration) Amendment Bill because of ongoing concerns with the Bill as drafted as well as receiving undertakings from the Minister of Workplace ... More >>

Maori Miss Out on Jobs with ‘Brown Table’ Iwi-Owned Company

Wednesday, 24 August 2016, 5:15 pm | New Zealand First Party

Rt Hon Winston Peters New Zealand First Leader Member of Parliament for Northland 24 AUGUST 2016 Maori Miss Out on Jobs with ‘Brown Table’ Iwi-Owned Company Ngāi Tahu and Tainui-owned company Go Bus is recruiting driver and trainee drivers from ... More >>

 

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