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Peters: Political Side Show Sidelining Economic Debate

Tuesday, 2 September 2014, 5:23 pm | New Zealand First Party

Rt Hon Winston Peters New Zealand First Leader 2 September 2014 Blenheim Public Meeting Tuesday 2 September, 7.30pm Clubs of Marlborough, 42 Alfred St, Blenheim More >>

Govt supports Gisborne study of fish spawning sites

Tuesday, 2 September 2014, 5:21 pm | New Zealand Government

Environment Minister Amy Adams today announced government funding of $65,000 towards a Gisborne District Council project to identify spawning sites for native fish species in the region. More >>

Govt boost for Otago freshwater project

Tuesday, 2 September 2014, 5:20 pm | New Zealand Government

Environment Minister Amy Adams has announced funding of $125,000 to support an Otago Regional Council study to measure nitrogen leaching in the iconic Lakes catchments of Hawea, Wanaka and Wakatipu. More >>

Govt backing for Waikato freshwater project

Tuesday, 2 September 2014, 5:20 pm | New Zealand Government

Environment Minister Amy Adams today announced funding of $135,000 towards a project run by Waikato Regional Council to better understand and overcome the barriers farmers face in reducing contaminants running off their land into water ways. More >>

$150,000 for Marlborough freshwater project

Tuesday, 2 September 2014, 5:19 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government will provide $150,000 to support the set-up of an e-planning system to enable efficient water allocation in Marlborough, Environment Minister Amy Adams announced today. More >>

Govt funding for West Coast freshwater project

Tuesday, 2 September 2014, 5:18 pm | New Zealand Government

Environment Minister Amy Adams today announced government funding of $190,000 for the West Coast Regional Council to trial two computer software tools which support good decision-making on water use. More >>

Funding for Northland, Auckland, Waikato freshwater project

Tuesday, 2 September 2014, 5:17 pm | New Zealand Government

Environment Minister Amy Adams today announced Government funding of $115,000 towards a project to improve regional council understanding of soil loss into water ways. More >>

Māori Battalion’s legacy to be preserved

Tuesday, 2 September 2014, 5:16 pm | New Zealand Government

The history of the legendary 28th Māori Battalion will be further preserved as part of a project to record the histories of the Battalion’s A, B and D companies, says Education Minister Hekia Parata. More >>

Labour once again late on passport issue

Tuesday, 2 September 2014, 5:10 pm | New Zealand Government

Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne said the ‘announcement’ by Labour ’s Trevor Mallard that if elected, a Labour-led government would restore passports to 10 year validity clearly shows how inattentive Mr Mallard is on this issue. More >>

McCully welcomes Chinese counterpart

Tuesday, 2 September 2014, 4:11 pm | New Zealand Government

Foreign Minister Murray McCully will host his Chinese counterpart, Foreign Minister Wang Yi, for a working visit to New Zealand from 4-5 September. More >>

Greens' working policy just won’t work

Tuesday, 2 September 2014, 3:50 pm | New Zealand Government

Greens' working policy just won’t work The Greens' so-called working policy announcement today shows exactly how little they know about how the real world works, National's Economic Development spokesman Steven Joyce says. "Their new policy doesn't ... More >>

David Parker Stand Up: Judith Collins inquiry, John Key

Tuesday, 2 September 2014, 3:22 pm | Elizabeth Beattie

Today Labour’s Deputy Leader David Parker met with the Press in Parliament House. Parker discussed a number of issues including Judith Collin’s resignation and the impending inquiry into her actions as Former Justice Minister. Parker also discussed: More >>

Local communities critical to Civil Defence

Tuesday, 2 September 2014, 2:47 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Labour will focus on empowering New Zealand communities to be resilient in Civil Defence disasters, says Labour’s Civil Defence spokesperson Clare Curran. More >>

Turia: Pasifika Trades Training Awards Presentation

Tuesday, 2 September 2014, 2:30 pm | New Zealand Government

Hon Tariana Turia Associate Minister for Tertiary Education Skills & Employment 2 September 2014 SPEECH Pasifika Trades Training Awards Presentation Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology - Te Puna Wānaka More >>

Cunliffe: Letter to John Key and Commission of Inquiry TOR

Tuesday, 2 September 2014, 1:39 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

[ The following is based on character recognition and may contain errors. Original document, with proposed terms of reference: Letter_to_John_Key_and_Commisison_of_Inquiry_TOR.pdf ] More >>

John Key attempts to whitewash Collins inquiry

Tuesday, 2 September 2014, 1:13 pm | Green Party

John Key is trying to whitewash the investigation into the serious allegations against Judith Collins and her conduct as a Minister, said the Green Party today. More >>

Labour looks to long-life passports, gambling harm review

Tuesday, 2 September 2014, 1:11 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

A return to 10 year passports and a review of gambling laws are highlights of Labour’s Internal Affairs policy released today. “More than 15,000 New Zealanders signed a petition calling on the Government to revert to the 10 year system for passports,” ... More >>

National changes CERA’s name plate

Tuesday, 2 September 2014, 1:06 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

National is admitting defeat with its Canterbury rebuild plans - now accepting Labour’s plan to wind back the role of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (Cera) but announcing nothing else to help Cantabrians, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. ... More >>

Better primary care services for New Zealanders

Tuesday, 2 September 2014, 12:53 pm | New Zealand Government

New Zealanders are getting more immunisations, checks for diabetes and heart diseases and more help to quit smoking says Health Minister Tony Ryall. More >>

Greens announce unemployment policy

Tuesday, 2 September 2014, 12:27 pm | New Zealand National Party

A Labour/Greens coalition would mean less flexibility, fewer jobs, and more roadblocks for businesses wanting to invest and grow, National Party Labour Spokesman Simon Bridges said today. “Labour and the Greens plans to increase the minimum wage to ... More >>

Working hard to rebuild Canterbury

Tuesday, 2 September 2014, 12:24 pm | New Zealand National Party

A re-elected National government would continue the pace and high standard of the Canterbury rebuild, National’s Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Spokesman, Gerry Brownlee, says. “The rebuild of Christchurch is going ahead full steam as we’ve ... More >>

Government focuses on long term quake recovery

Tuesday, 2 September 2014, 12:22 pm | New Zealand Government

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee has today announced a programme of change to how the government delivers its support for recovery in Christchurch and the surrounding area. “Greater Christchurch’s recovery from the earthquakes ... More >>

Speech to the Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce

Tuesday, 2 September 2014, 12:18 pm | New Zealand National Party

Thank you to everybody for coming to this event today. More >>

PM announces further details of inquiry

Tuesday, 2 September 2014, 12:13 pm | New Zealand Government

Prime Minister John Key today announced further details on the inquiry into matters concerning former Minister Judith Collins. “As I indicated yesterday, I intend to appoint a Government Inquiry under the Inquiries Act 2013 to investigate allegations ... More >>

Campaign ad highlights stark choice for NZ voters

Tuesday, 2 September 2014, 11:32 am | New Zealand National Party

Campaign ad highlights stark choice for NZ voters The National Party has launched a new phase in its election campaign with new television commercials and election billboards highlighting the clear choice facing New Zealand voters. “On air now ... More >>

NZ deeply concerned at West Bank land appropriation

Tuesday, 2 September 2014, 11:11 am | New Zealand Government

Foreign Minister Murray McCully says New Zealand is deeply concerned at the announcement by Israel’s Civil Administration Authority that they will appropriate 400 hectares of privately owned Palestinian land near Bethlehem for Israeli settlements. More >>

Govt funding for Wellington freshwater project

Tuesday, 2 September 2014, 10:53 am | New Zealand Government

Environment Minister Amy Adams has announced funding of $100,000 for a collaborative approach to fresh water modelling in the Wellington region. More >>

Workers to get a better, fairer deal under Green Party

Tuesday, 2 September 2014, 10:41 am | Green Party

The Green Party today announced a workers’ package that is part of its plan to build a fairer society where all workers have enough to live on. The key policy points in the Green Party's plan to make life better for all New Zealand workers are: More >>

Commission Needs to Look at Regional Airfare Pricing

Tuesday, 2 September 2014, 9:35 am | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First is calling on the Commerce Commission to investigate the obvious price gouging by Air New Zealand on regional routes. More >>

NZ to ratify global arms trade treaty

Tuesday, 2 September 2014, 9:17 am | New Zealand Government

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has welcomed news that New Zealand will ratify the Arms Trade Treaty - a world-first agreement aimed at regulating and controlling the trade in conventional arms. More >>

A Political Party That's on Northland's Side

Monday, 1 September 2014, 8:55 pm | New Zealand First Party

In relation to regional policy and regional development we know that for the past six years regional development has not been a priority. Simply put, there has been no vision, no strategy and no plans for regional development. The blunt fact is that ... More >>

Minister launches Tongan Language Week

Monday, 1 September 2014, 5:09 pm | New Zealand Government

Pacific Island Affairs Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga today launched Tongan Language Week at the Tongan Methodist Church in Otahuhu, Auckland. More >>

$34,000 for restored wetland and new track of Paekakariki

Monday, 1 September 2014, 4:40 pm | New Zealand Government

1 September 2014 Media Statement $34,000 for restored wetland and new track of Paekakariki More >>

New rules for limited partnerships begin

Monday, 1 September 2014, 4:23 pm | New Zealand Government

Commerce Minister Craig Foss says new rules coming into force today will protect New Zealand’s international reputation as a trusted place to do business. The Limited Partnerships Amendment Act takes effect today requiring all limited partnerships ... More >>

John Key Press Conference: Ashburton, Judith Collins

Monday, 1 September 2014, 3:29 pm | Jeremy Wilkinson

Prime Minister John Key has delayed the release of Nationals’ fiscal policy in light of this morning’s shooting at a Work and Income office in Ashburton. The policy will be released later in the week. More >>

NZ First Re: Mr John Tully

Monday, 1 September 2014, 3:13 pm | New Zealand First Party

We were also contacted by an Ashburton reporter who was in contact with Mr Tully. We informed the reporter that our responses were bouncing back. More >>

Rebuilding the New Zealand Defence Force

Monday, 1 September 2014, 2:20 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

A Labour Government will make it a priority to rebuild the capacity of the Defence Force to carry out the tasks expected of it, says Labour’s Defence Spokesperson Phil Goff. More >>

Largest solar array in the Pacific completed

Monday, 1 September 2014, 1:43 pm | New Zealand Government

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has welcomed the completion of the Apia racecourse solar array in Samoa today. More >>

New motorway not fair to Mangere

Monday, 1 September 2014, 1:19 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

The Government is forcing through a multi-million dollar tunnel and a new motorway which will disrupt our local schools, disrupt people’s movements, disrupt people’s ability to cast their vote during an election period without consulting the Mangere ... More >>

David Cunliffe's speech to Canterbury Chamber of Commerce

Monday, 1 September 2014, 12:57 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Today I'm going to talk about our policy package to upgrade and grow our economy and how we turn that growth into a foundation for a decent and fair society. More >>

Candidates Should Stand Together on Gamble-free Day

Monday, 1 September 2014, 11:08 am | The Maori Party

Māori Party Co-leader and Waiariki MP Te Ururoa Flavell is calling on all candidates in the 2014 General Election to stand together on Gamble-free Day, 1 September, to campaign against the profound harm problem gambling causes to the health and wellbeing ... More >>

Independent Royal commission of inquiry only option for Key

Monday, 1 September 2014, 11:06 am | Green Party

Prime Minister John Key needs to respect the constitutional status of his Government this close to an election and proceed with an independent Royal commission of inquiry, the Green Party said today. John Key will this week announce the type and terms of ... More >>

Last poppies placed in newly named Arras Tunnel

Monday, 1 September 2014, 10:53 am | New Zealand Government

Prime Minister John Key, Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee and Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Christopher Finlayson today laid the last of 273 symbolic decorative poppies on the wall of the newly named Arras Tunnel, which runs underneath the National ... More >>

Rapid Transit to unclog Christchurch

Monday, 1 September 2014, 10:49 am | New Zealand Labour Party

Labour will build a 21st century Rapid Transit system for Christchurch, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. More >>

Commission of Inquiry must have bipartisan support

Monday, 1 September 2014, 10:16 am | New Zealand Labour Party

The Labour Party is drafting terms of reference for a Commission of Inquiry, Labour’s Shadow Attorney-General David Parker says. More >>

Labour's commitment to public broadcasting

Monday, 1 September 2014, 9:03 am | New Zealand Labour Party

A Labour Government will set up a working group to re-establish a public service television station as part of our commitment to ensuring New Zealand has high quality free-to-air local content. More >>

A new deal for the conservation estate

Sunday, 31 August 2014, 2:03 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

The health of our economy depends on New Zealand preserving and restoring our land, air, water and indigenous wildlife, says Labour’s Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson. More >>

Vera Auriga must be banned from NZ waters

Sunday, 31 August 2014, 1:48 pm | New Zealand Independent Coalition

“The Vega Auriga is a ticking timebomb that must be banned from New Zealand - it poses as great a risk as the Rena did when it sailed from Napier to the Astrolabe Reef,” said Brendan Horan. More >>

$200,000 to support popular Polyfest

Sunday, 31 August 2014, 1:37 pm | New Zealand National Party

National’s Pacific Affairs Spokesman Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has today announced that if re-elected National will provide financial backing for the most popular Pacific youth event in New Zealand, the ASB Polyfest. Polyfest is an annual Auckland Secondary ... More >>

$22.5 million to support new forest planting

Sunday, 31 August 2014, 12:38 pm | New Zealand National Party

National’s Forestry Spokesperson, Jo Goodhew, has today announced a re-elected National-led Government will invest $22.5 million over five years to further encourage and support the planting of new forests. Mrs Goodhew made the announcement at Knapdale ... More >>

Labour Recreation Policy is Utter Hypocrisy Says Dunne

Sunday, 31 August 2014, 11:52 am | United Future NZ Party

UnitedFuture Leader Hon Peter Dunne and Outdoors spokesperson Alan Simmons thoroughly reject the Labour Party’s assertion they will promote outdoor recreation. More >>

NZ disturbed by reports of Russian Troop Movements

Sunday, 31 August 2014, 11:46 am | New Zealand Government

NZ disturbed by reports of Russian Troop Movements Foreign Minister Murray McCully says New Zealand is deeply disturbed at reports indicating the involvement of Russian troops in the conflict in eastern Ukraine. “If these reports are confirmed, such ... More >>

Call For Immediate Moratorium On 1080

Sunday, 31 August 2014, 11:41 am | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First is calling for an immediate moratorium on the use of aerial 1080, and alternative strategies to be put in place, ahead of a total ban on the use of the controversial poison. Spokesperson for Primary Industries Richard Prosser said ... More >>

Labour’s plan to end homelessness

Sunday, 31 August 2014, 11:35 am | New Zealand Labour Party

Labour has a comprehensive approach to end homelessness starting with the provision of emergency housing for 1000 people each year and putting an end to slum conditions in boarding houses, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Labour believes that homelessness ... More >>

Evidence against Judith Collins must be protected

Sunday, 31 August 2014, 11:18 am | New Zealand Labour Party

Evidence against Judith Collins must be protected Evidence crucial to any inquiry into actions by Judith Collins and other National ministers and staff must be protected from being destroyed, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “The State Services Commission ... More >>

National's dirty politics hurts everyday New Zealanders

Sunday, 31 August 2014, 11:17 am | Green Party

National's alleged involvement in dirty politics makes it appear that the Government is looking out for its mates instead of everyday New Zealanders, the Green Party believes, after new allegations that one of John Key's senior Ministers may have ... More >>

National Party campaign thrown into chaos

Saturday, 30 August 2014, 1:28 pm | Green Party

National Party campaign thrown into chaos The National Party’s election campaign has been thrown into chaos with the sacking of John Key’s minister Judith Collins over dirty politics allegations, Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei said today. ... More >>

Judith Collins resigns as a Minister

Saturday, 30 August 2014, 12:34 pm | New Zealand Government

Judith Collins resigns as a Minister Prime Minister John Key today announced that Hon Judith Collins has resigned from Cabinet. More >>

Statement from Honourable Judith Collins MP

Saturday, 30 August 2014, 12:30 pm | Judith Collins

Statement from Honourable Judith Collins MP This morning I informed the Prime Minister that I am resigning as a Minister from Cabinet. A new allegation has come to light from an email conversation from 2011 between Cameron Slater and others suggesting ... More >>

Minister announces draft white space licencing rules

Friday, 29 August 2014, 5:11 pm | New Zealand Government

Communications and Information Technology Minister Amy Adams has today announced draft licencing rules for the use of television white space devices in New Zealand. More >>

 

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