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Why are we paying climate polluters $31m to pollute?

Sunday, 24 May 2015, 1:28 pm | Green Party

Why are we paying climate polluters $31m to pollute? Figures in National’s 2015 Budget revealing that nearly $31 million is being spent on increasing greenhouse emissions show just how much the emissions trading scheme (ETS) is unfair to New ... More >>

How many victims missing out on protection?

Sunday, 24 May 2015, 12:05 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

23 May 2015 MEDIA STATEMENT How many victims missing out on protection? Hundreds of domestic abuse victims could be missing out on getting protection orders because they are unable to get legal aid, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern ... More >>

Government kicks hardworking whanau

Sunday, 24 May 2015, 12:03 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Government kicks hardworking whanau A major incentive to help young Kiwis and people on low incomes to start saving has been kicked out from under them with the National-led Government ramming through short-sighted legislation under Urgency today, Labour’s ... More >>

Samoan Language Week vital to preserve culture

Sunday, 24 May 2015, 12:00 pm | New Zealand Government

Samoan Language Week vital to preserve culture New Zealanders will celebrate the Samoan language this week with cultural performances, speeches and debates all over the country. Samoan Language Week begins today. It is the first of seven Pacific ... More >>

Summit strengthens transport, trade and tourism links

Sunday, 24 May 2015, 11:59 am | New Zealand Government

New Zealand’s global connections will be strengthened by its Presidency of the International Transport Forum (ITF) in Germany this week Transport Minister Simon Bridges says. More >>

Border Processing Bill passes third reading

Sunday, 24 May 2015, 11:57 am | New Zealand Government

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy and Customs Minister Nicky Wagner today welcomed law changes to help protect New Zealand at the border. The Border Processing (Arrivals and Departures) Levy Bill, which creates a new border clearance levy to protect New ... More >>

Minister welcomes Senate approval of important trade bill

Sunday, 24 May 2015, 11:55 am | New Zealand Government

Trade Minister welcomes Senate approval of important trade legislation Trade Minister Tim Groser welcomes the approval of legislation by the United States Senate that would grant Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). More >>

No Place in NZ for Anyone Supporting Forced Marriages

Sunday, 24 May 2015, 11:53 am | New Zealand First Party

Forced marriages have no place in New Zealand, nor do any of the people who adhere to such traditions, says New Zealand First Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters. More >>

Speculator tax political stunt gone wrong

Sunday, 24 May 2015, 11:51 am | New Zealand Labour Party

Phil TWYFORD Housing Spokesperson 23 May 2015 MEDIA STATEMENT Speculator tax political stunt gone wrong Bill English’s admission he doesn’t know whether National’s new speculator tax will have any effect shows last weekend’s announcement by the ... More >>

Rural Broadband extension secured

Saturday, 23 May 2015, 11:49 am | New Zealand Government

The passing of the Telecommunications (Development Levy) Amendment Levy Bill underscores the Government’s commitment to extending enhanced connectivity to regional New Zealand, says Communications Minister Amy Adams More >>

NZ welcomes interception of IUU fishing vessels

Saturday, 23 May 2015, 10:25 am | New Zealand Government

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has welcomed the news that two well-known illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing vessels, Songhua and Yongding, have been found and boarded by local authorities in Cabo Verde. More >>

ACT responds to Key’s RMA backdown

Friday, 22 May 2015, 8:51 pm | ACT New Zealand

The Prime Minister’s backdown on the RMA is disappointing but not surprising, says ACT leader David Seymour. More >>

Robbing Research Cuts New Zealand’s Future Wealth

Friday, 22 May 2015, 7:51 pm | New Zealand First Party

Cutting research money is robbing New Zealand of its future wealth, says New Zealand First. More >>

Social Housing Reform Bill passed into law

Friday, 22 May 2015, 4:50 pm | New Zealand Government

Law changes to help grow an innovative social housing sector and house more vulnerable New Zealanders passed into law today. More >>

Environmental protection the winner on the day

Friday, 22 May 2015, 4:47 pm | Green Party

The Green Party is celebrating a victory for the environment, as John Key admits lack of support from other political parties has halted plans to gut the principles of the Resource Management Act. More >>

Another new tax, another broken promise

Friday, 22 May 2015, 4:32 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

National has unveiled yet another new tax in this Budget – a rural broadband levy that will almost certainly result in an immediate price hike for internet and telephone connections across New Zealand, Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran said More >>

Labour MPs join youth to take part in 40 hour famine

Friday, 22 May 2015, 3:53 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

A team of Labour MPs took part in the 2015 World Vision 40 hour famine and we were told by World Vision and the young people, that it was the first time MPs had joined them and how appreciative they were of our support for something they are so passionate ... More >>

NZ designates another group as a terrorist entity

Friday, 22 May 2015, 3:44 pm | New Zealand Government

New Zealand has designated another terrorist group, Egypt-based Ansar Bayt al Maqdis, under the Terrorism Suppression Act 2002, Prime Minister John Key announced today. “These designations help implement our international obligations under United Nations ... More >>

Terms of Negotiation signed with Ngāpuhi

Friday, 22 May 2015, 3:41 pm | New Zealand Government

The Crown and the Tūhoronuku Independent Mandated Authority (Tūhoronuku IMA) have signed Terms of Negotiation and are ready to begin negotiating a Treaty settlement for the benefit of all Ngāpuhi, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Christopher ... More >>

Ice-Cream Top up for Corrections Unlikely to Turn Prisoners

Friday, 22 May 2015, 3:38 pm | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First is puzzled how an ice-cream top-up in Budget 2015 will do anything to stop re-offending, says New Zealand First. More >>

In Focus: 22 May 2015 – Budget specia

Friday, 22 May 2015, 3:28 pm | Jo Goodhew

Yesterday the Minister of Finance, Hon Bill English, delivered his 7th Budget to the Parliament. More >>

Budget puts the squeeze on police

Friday, 22 May 2015, 3:26 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

The Government has cut funding to the New Zealand police force in the latest Budget, says Labour’s Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis More >>

Crucial social services take another hit

Friday, 22 May 2015, 3:08 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

The Government looks set to slash half a million dollars of funding for critical social services, including Women’s Refuge and Barnados, says Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni “Taking $500,000 from organisations aimed ... More >>

Too Much Pressure on Parents of Disabled Children

Friday, 22 May 2015, 3:00 pm | New Zealand First Party

Parents caring for disabled children are getting no empathy from National as it puts pressure on them to find jobs, says New Zealand First. “These parents already have the full-time job of raising children with disabilities, but because they receive ... More >>

Social Housing Not Our Problem Says National

Friday, 22 May 2015, 2:59 pm | New Zealand First Party

The future of social housing will be a disaster with National’s social housing reforms of Budget 2015, says New Zealand First. More >>

Supported Poverty Does Nothing for Kiwi Kids

Friday, 22 May 2015, 2:39 pm | New Zealand First Party

Budget 2015 is creating ‘supported poverty’ that will not improve the life of one single child, says New Zealand First. More >>

New guidance on home construction

Friday, 22 May 2015, 2:13 pm | New Zealand Government

Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith today released at the Certified Builders’ Association conference in Christchurch new guidance on the standards of work expected for key aspects of new home construction. “These quality measures are needed alongside ... More >>

ACT offers Labour a way out of NZ Super gaffe

Friday, 22 May 2015, 2:11 pm | ACT New Zealand

ACT leader David Seymour today welcomed Labour engaging the debate over NZ Super’s future, but says they need to change tactics. More >>

Less than healthy outlook for health sector

Friday, 22 May 2015, 1:31 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Funding for the health sector in Budget 2015 falls well short of expectations and will do little more than meet current demand, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. More >>

Speech: Dunne - ‘Ethics in Practice’ Conference

Friday, 22 May 2015, 1:15 pm | New Zealand Government

Tena koutou katoa, good morning, and thank you for the invitation to speak today at the opening of the Research Ethics conference in New Zealand, Ethics in Practice, held here at Otago University. More >>

MPs announce cross-party working group on LGBTI rights

Friday, 22 May 2015, 12:52 pm | Green Party

Pink Shirt Day is the perfect time for politicians of all stripes to launch a cross-party LGBTI working group. MPs put aside their differences today and donned pink shirts to take a stand against the bullying of LGBTI people in New Zealand. The group has ... More >>

Conservation funding cuts a sad way to mark biodiversity day

Friday, 22 May 2015, 12:39 pm | Green Party

The Green Party is disappointed that Budget 2015 continues Government cuts to conservation spending, increasing the risks to our native species. The Department of Conservation’s operational funding has been cut by $8.7million down from a budgeted $352million ... More >>

Virtual House: Release of the NZ Parliament App

Friday, 22 May 2015, 12:39 pm | Office of the Speaker

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt Hon David Carter welcomes the release of an app that gives people easier access to MPs contact information and insights into Parliament. More >>

Thank you John, it’s been bloody marvellous

Friday, 22 May 2015, 12:36 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

The departure of John Campbell is a blow to current affairs investigative journalism, Labour’s Broadcasting Spokesperson Clare Curran says. More >>

Updated Bullying Prevention Guide welcomed

Friday, 22 May 2015, 12:27 pm | New Zealand Government

Education Minister Hekia Parata has welcomed the update of a successful anti-bullying guide, which incorporates suggestions from schools and boards of trustees. “The 2015 edition of Bullying prevention and response: A guide for schools will help schools ... More >>

Attorney-General saddened by death of Sir Thomas Gault

Friday, 22 May 2015, 12:09 pm | New Zealand Government

Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson today paid tribute to the life and career of former Supreme Court Judge, the Rt Hon Sir Thomas Munro Gault, KNZM, QC, who died in Auckland earlier this week. “Sir Thomas was one of the great leaders of the ... More >>

Budget Fails to Deliver for Regional North

Friday, 22 May 2015, 11:44 am | New Zealand First Party

The government has failed to deliver a much needed boost for New Zealand’s struggling regions like Whangarei and Northland which remain crippled by unemployment. “Whangarei and the Northland region have 9.9 per cent of the population unemployed. Nationally, ... More >>

Pacific peoples benefit from Budget 2015

Friday, 22 May 2015, 11:33 am | New Zealand Government

Pacific peoples will benefit from Budget 2015 through our government’s focus on supporting families and reducing hardship, Pacific Peoples Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga says. At the heart of Budget 2015 is a $790 million package to help children in our ... More >>

Count Me In Programme Masks Neglect of Māori Youth

Friday, 22 May 2015, 11:31 am | New Zealand First Party

The funding of the Count Me In programme announced yesterday masks the government’s continued failure to act to curb Māori youth unemployment. “Māori youth unemployment has risen 40 per cent under this government. Forty-six per cent of Māori leaving ... More >>

Nothing to Celebrate for Education in Government’s Budget

Friday, 22 May 2015, 11:29 am | New Zealand First Party

The government should be ashamed of the way it's treated education in Budget 2015, says New Zealand First Deputy Leader and Spokesperson for Education Tracey Martin. “It’s making out it’s being big hearted with a $62.9 million cash injection ... More >>

Kiwis Desperate for Bowel Cancer Screening Roll-Out

Friday, 22 May 2015, 11:21 am | New Zealand First Party

Bowel cancer screening does not need more trial funding – it needs a national roll-out, says New Zealand First. “The government’s decision to fund only an extension to the bowel cancer screening trial is weak and irresponsible,” says Spokesperson ... More >>

Archives New Zealand to rebuild Christchurch facility

Friday, 22 May 2015, 11:06 am | New Zealand Government

The Budget confirms $6.1 million in operating funding over the next four years and $13 million of capital funding from the Future Investment Fund to rebuild Archives New Zealand’s Christchurch facility in Wigram, Internal Affairs Minister Peter ... More >>

Greens support Budget moves to protect biodiversity

Friday, 22 May 2015, 11:03 am | Green Party

The Green Party will support the new levies on international passengers to protect New Zealand’s biosecurity, announced in Budget 2015. “New Zealand’s biosecurity is vital to our agricultural and tourism sectors, not to mention our natural environment, ... More >>

Farmers Get Crumbs From Budget 2015

Friday, 22 May 2015, 10:55 am | New Zealand First Party

Budget 2015 offers crumbs for farmers, despite this being hard times for the people who are the lifeblood of our country, says New Zealand First. More >>

Minister welcomes $74 million for tax compliance

Friday, 22 May 2015, 10:46 am | New Zealand Government

Budget 2015 continues the Government’s investment in ensuring fairness in the tax system by pursuing those attempting to avoid paying tax, Revenue Minister Todd McClay says. Budget details announced yesterday include a further Budget allocation ... More >>

Police Budget 2015 – ‘King of Pain’ for Regional Policing

Friday, 22 May 2015, 10:26 am | New Zealand First Party

Is the government trying to put a mask over yet another frozen police budget, asks New Zealand First Police Spokesperson Ron Mark. More >>

KiwiSaver cut shows no long-term plan

Friday, 22 May 2015, 10:22 am | New Zealand Labour Party

National’s cutting of the KiwiSaver kickstart is incredibly short-term thinking, typical of a Budget that is woefully short on ideas to generate wealth and opportunity, Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “New Zealand’s savings ... More >>

Nothing for Northland And Regions in ‘I See Red’ Budget

Friday, 22 May 2015, 9:57 am | New Zealand First Party

The regions are off National’s radar in Budget 2015, and promises made to Northlanders by the Prime Minister have been broken, says the New Zealand First Leader and Member of Parliament for Northland Rt Hon Winston Peters. “If regional New Zealand wanted ... More >>

Building better connections between Asia and the Pacific

Friday, 22 May 2015, 9:38 am | New Zealand Government

I am delighted to have the opportunity to speak at this International Conference on the Future of Asia. More >>

Defence Budget - under Staffed, Undervalued But Over There

Friday, 22 May 2015, 9:07 am | New Zealand First Party

The Defence Budget does nothing to return capabilities lost under Labour and National, says New Zealand First. “We question if $264 million of new operating funding, over four years, may in fact be sucked up by the Iraq mission,” says, New Zealand ... More >>

Budget silent on small business

Friday, 22 May 2015, 9:04 am | New Zealand Labour Party

The Government has completely ignored one of the most important sectors of the economy – small and medium-sized enterprises – in Budget 2015, Labour’s Small Business spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. A stunning 41 per cent of jobs were created by ... More >>

Children in Hardship Bill passes first reading

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 6:29 pm | New Zealand Government

A Bill that supports the government’s $790 million Budget 2015 package to assist children in beneficiary and lower-income working households has passed its first reading in Parliament, says Social Development Minister Anne Tolley. The Support ... More >>

Reduced spend on refugees undermines resettlement

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 6:12 pm | Green Party

Government is cutting $1.5million from essential refugee services, potentially stranding vulnerable refugees overseas, the Green Party said today. More >>

National’s police cuts risk community safety

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 6:10 pm | Green Party

National’s police cuts risk community safety Real cuts to Police funding will leave our communities more vulnerable to crime, the Green Party said today. Budget 2015 sees further long-term cuts to police spending. Police spending peaked in 2010 and ... More >>

Dunne Speaks on the 2015 Budget

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 6:07 pm | United Future NZ Party

The 2015 Budget has been presented, and while Parliament settles down for the next day or so to debate some of the consequential legislation, the public will begin to pick over the entrails to determine their assessment of it. Essentially, it will ... More >>

Message From Bill English

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 5:58 pm | Hon Bill English

It’s the type of Budget a responsible Government can deliver when it’s following a plan that’s working. More >>

Nasty cuts to Kiwisaver show young NZers are fair game

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 5:56 pm | Green Party

Government moves to axe the $1000 Kiwisaver kick-start show that the Government has abandoned young New Zealanders, the Green Party says. More >>

Split Enz ‘I See Red, I See Red, I See Red’

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 4:41 pm | New Zealand First Party

The National Government 2015 Budget is deficit everywhere, as Split Enz sang, “I see red, I see red, I see red”. More >>

$12.8m for new Te Ture Whenua Māori Network

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 4:40 pm | New Zealand Government

The new Te Ture Whenua Māori Network, which will help Māori land owners improve the productivity of their land, will be supported by $12.8 million in the Budget, Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell says. More >>

$2.1m for rangatahi Māori suicide prevention

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 4:38 pm | New Zealand Government

The Budget provides $2.1 million of new operating funding for rangatahi Māori suicide prevention, Māori Development Minister Hon Te Ururoa Flavell says. More >>

 

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