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National’s desperation in ‘new but old’ Crown company

Sunday, 23 July 2017, 6:52 pm | New Zealand First Party

National’s desperation in ‘new but old’ Crown building company New Zealand First says the government is so desperate to look as if it is doing something, anything, it has rebranded Crown Fibre Holdings as Crown Infrastructure Partners. “National ... More >>

Local ratepayers need central government action on climate

Sunday, 23 July 2017, 5:25 pm | Green Party

The Local Government Leaders’ Climate Change Declaration is welcome and lays down a challenge for the National Government, the Green Party said today. More >>

Focus moves to recovery as clean-up from floods begins

Sunday, 23 July 2017, 5:18 pm | New Zealand Government

Focus moves to recovery as clean-up from floods begins As water recedes throughout flood-impacted areas of the South Island, Minister of Civil Defence Nathan Guy has praised the efforts of those who were involved in the response to the flooding. “Civil ... More >>

Please don't make us suffer another Crown entity

Sunday, 23 July 2017, 4:35 pm | ACT New Zealand

National's plan to create a new crown infrastructure entity is a weak response to New Zealand's infrastructure and housing shortfall, says ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

All Kiwis to have same standard of cancer care

Sunday, 23 July 2017, 3:34 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

All Kiwis to have same standard of cancer care National Cancer Agency to drive fresh approach Embargoed to 12 noon Sunday July 23 Labour is promising that all New Zealanders will have access to the same level of cancer care no matter where they live in the ... More >>

Infrastructure announcement too long coming

Sunday, 23 July 2017, 3:26 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Infrastructure announcement too long coming “What took you so long?” is Labour’s response to the Government’s announcement of a new infrastructure investment vehicle. More >>

Crown company to invest $600m in housing infrastructure

Sunday, 23 July 2017, 2:45 pm | New Zealand Government

on Steven Joyce Minister of Finance Hon Anne Tolley Minister of Local Government 23 July 2017 Media Statement Crown company to invest $600m in housing infrastructure The Government will co-invest up to $600 million alongside local councils and private ... More >>

First Transport Project in Tairāwhiti Economic Action Plan

Sunday, 23 July 2017, 12:08 pm | New Zealand Government

23 July 2017 Media Statement First Transport Project in Tairāwhiti Economic Action Plan Nears Completion Transport Minister Simon Bridges says the first of three tourism-related transport projects in the Gisborne-Tairāwhiti region is nearing completion. “The ... More >>

Women embracing rebuild opportunities

Sunday, 23 July 2017, 12:07 pm | New Zealand Government

Women embracing rebuild opportunities The number of women working in construction in Canterbury has more than doubled since the quakes, Minister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration Nicky Wagner says. This week’s Greater Christchurch Dashboard ... More >>

McClay to Thailand for high-level trade talks

Sunday, 23 July 2017, 12:05 pm | New Zealand Government

McClay to Thailand for high-level trade talks Trade Minister Todd McClay will make the first official visit to Thailand by a New Zealand Minister since 2013 to engage with key ministers and business leaders on trade. “Thailand is now our eighth largest ... More >>

Volunteers out in force as election signs go up

Saturday, 22 July 2017, 12:54 pm | New Zealand National Party

Volunteers out in force as election signs go up Today marks another milestone in the 2017 general election as the first election signs go up across the country, Campaign Chairman Steven Joyce says. More >>

Japanese State Minister of Defence visits NZ

Friday, 21 July 2017, 7:06 pm | New Zealand Government

Hon Mark Mitchell Minister of Defence Government of New Zealand 21 July 2017 Media Statement Japanese State Minister of Defence visits NZ Defence Minister Mark Mitchell has held talks today with Japanese State Minister of Defence Kenji Wakamiya, who ... More >>

Australian MPs visit to discuss biosecurity and water use

Friday, 21 July 2017, 5:43 pm | Office Of Speaker Of Parliament

A delegation from the Australian House of Representatives Standing Committee on Agriculture and Water Resources is visiting New Zealand 23-27 July 2017. The visit is part of an annual exchange of select committees between New Zealand and Australian Parliaments. More >>

Time for a breather on immigration

Friday, 21 July 2017, 4:36 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Time for a breather on immigration National has no idea how to house the record number of people entering New Zealand, let alone cope with the pressure on health, education, and transport from this record population growth, says Labour’s Immigration spokesperson ... More >>

Manawatu Gorge, SH3 Are Real Roads of National Significane

Friday, 21 July 2017, 3:06 pm | New Zealand First Party

Manawatu Gorge And SH3 Are Real Roads of National Significance NZ First says the government must get real about plans for the severed SH3 while supporting businesses and workers affected by the Manawatu Gorge’s closure. “If any road in New Zealand ... More >>

National Can’t Hide Impact of Mass Immigration

Friday, 21 July 2017, 3:00 pm | New Zealand First Party

National has been saying for years that New Zealanders returning from overseas are responsible for the surge in immigration – that is hogwash, says New Zealand First Leader and Member of Parliament for Northland Rt Hon Winston Peters. More >>

Labour to invest $4 billion in education

Friday, 21 July 2017, 2:30 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Labour’s Education Manifesto will bring positive change across the education sector and is backed by a massive investment, says Labour’s Education Spokesperson Chris Hipkins. More >>

National’s housing crisis worsens

Friday, 21 July 2017, 2:01 pm | Green Party

Paula Bennett's frank admission this morning that the Government should have “in hindsight” taken action on the housing crisis sooner will be of little comfort to the growing number of people who are waiting to get into a state house, the Green ... More >>

Speech: Peters - Opponents in Panic

Friday, 21 July 2017, 1:30 pm | New Zealand First Party

EMBARGOED UNTIL DELIVERY Speech to Kaipara Grey Power Meeting, Methodist Church Dargaville, Friday, July 21, 2017 1pm. Opponents in Panic – Equals Scaremongering And Spin We are just on 8 weeks out from Election Day – a day of reckoning. For ... More >>

New appointments for Nature Heritage Fund Committee

Friday, 21 July 2017, 1:10 pm | New Zealand Government

New appointments for Nature Heritage Fund Committee Associate Conservation Minister Nicky Wagner today announced three appointments and two reappointments to the Nature Heritage Fund Committee. Jan Riddell (Winton) and Dr Gerry McSweeney (South Westland) ... More >>

Labour taking action on school donations

Friday, 21 July 2017, 1:08 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

EMBARGOED UNTIL 5am Friday 21 July 2017 21 July 2017 Labour taking action on school donations Labour will end so-called voluntary school donations for the majority of parents across the country under its $4 billion plan to revitalise the education ... More >>

Emergency housing bill blamed on red tape

Friday, 21 July 2017, 12:57 pm | ACT New Zealand

The reason for spiking emergency housing costs can be found in a report released just yesterday, says ACT Deputy Leader Beth Houlbrooke. More >>

National’s shame: worst homelessness in the OECD

Friday, 21 July 2017, 11:51 am | New Zealand Labour Party

National’s legacy is a housing crisis that has given New Zealand the worst homeless rate in the developed world, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. More >>

DOC plans for Auckland Islands predator eradication

Friday, 21 July 2017, 11:27 am | New Zealand Government

The Department of Conservation is progressing plans to eradicate introduced predators on the Auckland Islands in the Subantarctic, Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says. More >>

More social housing available as register numbers increase

Friday, 21 July 2017, 11:14 am | New Zealand Government

The Government is ramping up its social housing support in response to a rise in people needing help, Social Housing Minister Amy Adams says. More >>

Cycle safety improvements coming for Dunedin

Friday, 21 July 2017, 11:12 am | New Zealand Government

Work is set to start next month on a cycleway through central Dunedin that will improve safety for cyclists, pedestrians and all road users, Transport Minister Simon Bridges says. More >>

Over a million contacts made to Telehealth

Friday, 21 July 2017, 11:08 am | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says over a million contacts have now been made to the country's telehealth provider for advice on health issues as well as mental health and addiction support. More >>

Temporary accommodation opens in Waiau

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

Building and Construction Minister Dr Nick Smith and Hurunui District Mayor Winton Dalley have officially opened the Waiau temporary accommodation village for Hurunui residents whose homes were damaged in the Kaikōura Earthquake. More >>

Funding for Stewart Island heritage centre

Friday, 21 July 2017, 10:14 am | New Zealand Government

A new purpose-built heritage centre on Stewart Island will receive more than $1 million in Government funding, Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry has announced in Oban today. More >>

Lease paves way for major regeneration projects

Friday, 21 July 2017, 10:12 am | New Zealand Government

Minister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration Nicky Wagner is welcoming a lease agreement that will open up almost 70 hectares of land for key regeneration projects in Waimakariri. More >>

New Information on the Joanne Harrison Affair

Friday, 21 July 2017, 9:40 am | New Zealand First Party

New Official Information Act answers raise fresh questions about Joanne Harrison affair, says New Zealand First. More >>

Whistleblowers Deserve Compensation

Thursday, 20 July 2017, 5:20 pm | New Zealand First Party

Public servants who blew the whistle on fraud in the Ministry of Transport should never have lost their jobs – they deserve compensation as the State Services Commission has found, says New Zealand First. More >>

Gordon Campbell on the ch-ch-changes at IRD

Thursday, 20 July 2017, 4:45 pm | Gordon Campbell

N ew Zealand may pride itself on being relatively free of political corruption, but the corruption of our political language has built up a fine head of steam. On any number of issues we’re now supposedly engaged in a ‘conversation’ about ... More >>

Wairarapa Councils Amalgamation Undemocratic

Thursday, 20 July 2017, 4:12 pm | New Zealand First Party

Law Change Makes Wairarapa Councils Amalgamation Undemocratic The Local Government Commission’s proposal to amalgamate all three Wairarapa councils is now on their website , says New Zealand First Deputy Leader and List MP based in Wairarapa Ron ... More >>

NZ deployment to Korean Peninsula extended

Thursday, 20 July 2017, 4:05 pm | New Zealand Government

New Zealand’s commitment to the United Nations Command Military Armistice Commission (UNCMAC) in South Korea will be extended for a further two years to 31 August 2019, Defence Minister Mark Mitchell announced today. More >>

Government funding wetland enhancement project

Thursday, 20 July 2017, 3:55 pm | New Zealand Government

Hohepa Hawke’s Bay has been awarded nearly $175,000 from the Government’s Community Environment Fund to restore and increase a wetland adjacent to the Taipo Stream in Napier, Associate Minister Scott Simpson announced today. More >>

Nats blow the Budget on motels after bowling state houses

Thursday, 20 July 2017, 3:37 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Nats blow the Budget on motels after bowling state houses National is spending $140,000 a day putting homeless families in motels, the legacy of nine years of selling off and knocking down state houses, says Labour Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “There ... More >>

New revelations in Joanne Harrison report

Thursday, 20 July 2017, 3:13 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

The State Services Commission’s report into the treatment of whistle-blowers by Joanne Harrison has revealed new accusations against the convicted fraudster, says Labour MP Sue Moroney. More >>

Labour to work with Queenstown to build more houses

Thursday, 20 July 2017, 2:34 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Labour will work with Queenstown-Lakes District Council, iwi, and the Community Housing Trust to build the modern, affordable housing Queenstown desperately needs, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little. “Housing in Queenstown is at crisis ... More >>

Ngauranga Gorge Requires a Bold Alternative - Dunne

Thursday, 20 July 2017, 2:11 pm | United Future NZ Party

A new road tunnel from Ngauranga to Glenside to link up with Transmission Gully is being proposed by Ohariu MP, Hon Peter Dunne. More >>

National slammed by its own report on housing red tape

Thursday, 20 July 2017, 1:53 pm | ACT New Zealand

National has just been slammed by the report it commissioned on land use regulations, says ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

Concerns at Japan’s commercial whaling signal

Thursday, 20 July 2017, 1:47 pm | New Zealand Government

Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee says he’s concerned that Japan is driving towards overturning the long-standing global moratorium on commercial whaling. “New Zealand is extremely disappointed that Japan has passed new legislation that commits to subsidising ... More >>

Benefit sanctions on the rise under National

Thursday, 20 July 2017, 1:18 pm | Green Party

Benefit sanctions on the rise under National The National Government continues to punish beneficiaries and their children by enforcing benefit sanctions, the Green Party said today. The Government’s latest figures show an 8.2 percent increase ... More >>

Land regulation drives Auckland house prices

Thursday, 20 July 2017, 12:13 pm | New Zealand Government

Land use regulation is responsible for up to 56 per cent of the cost of an average house in Auckland according to a new research report quantifying the impact of land use regulations, Finance Minister Steven Joyce says. More >>

$280k Local Government Youth Partnership Fund Open

Thursday, 20 July 2017, 11:43 am | New Zealand Government

The $280,000 Local Government Youth Partnership Fund is open for applications, Youth Minister Nikki Kaye announced today. “This fund is about encouraging and supporting city, district and regional councils to partner with the Government, businesses and ... More >>

Funding for Blenheim’s ASB Theatre

Thursday, 20 July 2017, 11:05 am | New Zealand Government

The ASB Theatre Complex in Blenheim will receive additional Government funding of $900,000, Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry has announced. More >>

Officers from all walks of life welcomed to Corrections

Thursday, 20 July 2017, 10:49 am | New Zealand Government

Corrections Minister Louise Upston has welcomed more than 45 new frontline corrections officers to the team. More >>

Private sector commits to closing the pay gap

Thursday, 20 July 2017, 10:25 am | New Zealand Government

Women’s Minister Paula Bennett has today released guidance for private sector companies about actions they can take to close their gender pay gap. More >>

Children sick because of state of NZ’s housing

Thursday, 20 July 2017, 10:14 am | Green Party

Our kids are being repeatedly hospitalised because the Government refuses to take action to ensure our housing stock is up to scratch, the Green Party said today. More >>

More sole parents and young jobseekers moving off benefits

Thursday, 20 July 2017, 10:12 am | New Zealand Government

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says the number of people dependent on welfare continues to drop, with sole parents and young jobseekers leading the way in moving off benefits. More >>

New disability system a step closer

Thursday, 20 July 2017, 10:05 am | New Zealand Government

Disability Issues and Associate Health Minister Nicky Wagner says a hard-working and talented group has produced a high-level design for the transformed disability support system. More >>

Snafu at Princess Margaret

Thursday, 20 July 2017, 9:33 am | New Zealand Labour Party

Jonathan Coleman has to stop the stalling over a new building for mental health services in Christchurch to replace the quake damaged Princess Margaret Hospital, says Labour’s Health spokesperson David Clark. More >>

Dunne Speaks: The Mad Hatter's Tea Party Comes to Town

Thursday, 20 July 2017, 9:29 am | Peter Dunne

Watching contemporary political developments over recent days gave me an irresistible urge to read once more Lewis Carroll’s whimsical description of the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. The account is as delightful as ever – anarchic craziness at its most ... More >>

Homelessness National’s disgraceful legacy

Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 4:57 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

National is failing in the most basic duty of a government – ensuring all our people have a place to live, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. More >>

Outstanding Māori and Pasifika trainee teachers honoured

Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 4:15 pm | New Zealand Government

Education Minister Nikki Kaye has congratulated 30 highly-accomplished Māori and Pasifika student teachers who have been awarded Kupe Scholarships. More >>

Rotorua cultural group on stage in Korea

Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 4:04 pm | New Zealand Government

Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry say two cultural exchanges between New Zealand and Korea this year will have cultural and economic benefits for both countries. More >>

Nats show they’re the tax dodgers’ best friends

Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 3:46 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

“The government is taking the knife to IRD at a time when we need a highly skilled department to ensure that multinationals and speculators don’t get away with dodging tax, says Labour’s Revenue spokesperson Michael Wood. More >>

100 days to Rugby League World Cup 2017

Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 3:05 pm | New Zealand Government

Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman says the next major event on New Zealand’s sporting calendar is the Rugby League World Cup 2017. More >>

More court appearances via audio-visual links

Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 2:37 pm | New Zealand Government

Over 16,500 remand court appearances were held via audio visual links (AVL) connecting courts and prisons in the year to May 2017, says Justice and Courts Minister Amy Adams. This is up from around 13,000 remand court appearances held via AVL the year ... More >>

Labour would borrow $7b more and achieve little

Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 2:34 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Labour Party's fiscal policy reveals they want to borrow $7.2 billion more than the Government over the next four years while still cancelling tax threshold changes for low and middle income earners, National Party Campaign Chair Steven Joyce says. More >>

 
 
 
 
 
 

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