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Regulatory Amendment Bills pass into law

Thursday, 23 March 2017, 5:16 pm | New Zealand Government

Parliament has today passed three Regulatory Amendment Bills into law, bringing up to date 20 pieces of legislation, Minister for Economic Development Simon Bridges says. More >>

Bill to improve and strengthen tax rules passes

Thursday, 23 March 2017, 5:09 pm | New Zealand Government

A Bill to improve and strengthen the tax rules passed its third reading today, Revenue Minister Judith Collins says. “Building a more competitive and productive economy for New Zealanders is a priority for this Government. More >>

Every child deserves quality early childhood education

Thursday, 23 March 2017, 4:52 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

The Labour Party today reaffirmed its commitments to properly fund quality early childhood education and ensure that all teachers working in early childhood centres are appropriately qualified and registered, says Labour’s Education spokesperson ... More >>

MANA-Māori deal falling to pieces

Thursday, 23 March 2017, 4:13 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Splits and divisions over crucial policy matters like RMA reform and Te Ture Whenua Māori Bill reveal an already unstable MANA-Māori alliance which is obviously falling to pieces, says Ikaroa-Rāwhiti MP Meka Whaitiri. More >>

Police Youth Aid Numbers Must Be Guaranteed

Thursday, 23 March 2017, 3:58 pm | New Zealand First Party

The Police Association’s demand for increased number of Youth Aid Officers must be guaranteed by National if they are to cope with an increase in the Youth Court age, says New Zealand First. More >>

Record travel and trade volumes for summer

Thursday, 23 March 2017, 3:32 pm | New Zealand Government

Customs has done an outstanding job clearing a record number of passengers this summer season while continuing to protect the border with numerous seizures and arrests, Customs Minister Nicky Wagner says. More >>

Jones Bill back before Jones

Thursday, 23 March 2017, 3:30 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

The Bill originally drafted by Shane Jones and designed to help media access government information is back in Parliament before the man, says Labour’s Shadow Attorney General David Parker. More >>

Adjustments to commercial fishing limits

Thursday, 23 March 2017, 3:23 pm | New Zealand Government

Hon Nathan Guy Minister for Primary Industries 23 March 2017 Media Statement Adjustments to commercial fishing limits Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has announced changes to commercial fishing limits for rock lobster (crayfish) and southern blue ... More >>

National says ‘NO’ to effective RMA reform

Thursday, 23 March 2017, 3:19 pm | ACT New Zealand

Just hours after ACT and UnitedFuture offered the government a way out of the Māori Party’s chokehold, National has rushed into ill-advised and unpopular changes to the RMA. More >>

Green MP supporting NZ’s youngest citizens

Thursday, 23 March 2017, 2:32 pm | Green Party

“Early childhood education (ECE) is relied upon by many families, and those families should be able to trust that their kids are being properly educated and looked after,” Green Party education spokesperson Catherine Delahunty said today. More >>

Thorndon School benefits from National’s investment

Thursday, 23 March 2017, 2:31 pm | New Zealand National Party

Thorndon School’s $9 million redevelopment is a good example of National’s ongoing commitment to improving local schools, National’s Wellington Central candidate Nicola Willis says. More >>

Māori Party reach agreement on RLAB

Thursday, 23 March 2017, 2:29 pm | The Maori Party

The Māori Party has reached agreement with the Government to support the remaining stages of the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill (RLAB). More >>

Government squabbling a bad sign

Thursday, 23 March 2017, 2:16 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

The squabbling between National and its support parties over RMA reform is a worrying sign of instability in government, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little. More >>

RBNZ Governor’s warning shows need for KiwiBuild

Thursday, 23 March 2017, 2:16 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

National needs to listen to the Reserve Bank Governor’s warning that too few houses are being built and adopt Labour’s KiwiBuild plan, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson . More >>

Result of Members' Bill Ballot 23.3.17

Thursday, 23 March 2017, 2:05 pm | NZ Parliament

Published date: 23 Mar 2017 [ Members’ bills ballot for Thursday, 23 March 2017 - New Zealand Parliament ] More >>

Women’s pay in Parliament’s hands

Thursday, 23 March 2017, 1:53 pm | Green Party

The Green Party is thrilled to have had a Member’s Bill drawn from the ballot today that offers a concrete solution to fix the gender pay imbalance in New Zealand. More >>

Government to amend Racing Act 2003

Thursday, 23 March 2017, 1:45 pm | New Zealand Government

Racing Minister Nathan Guy has today announced plans to amend the Racing Act 2003 and enable the introduction of charges for offshore betting operators. More >>

No Place for Complacency

Thursday, 23 March 2017, 12:52 pm | New Zealand First Party

It is a truth universally acknowledged that the Reserve Bank’s OCR releases are masterpieces of misinformation, says New Zealand First Leader and MP For Northland, Rt Hon Winston Peters. More >>

Call for clinicians to share ‘disruptive’ ideas

Thursday, 23 March 2017, 12:44 pm | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman is calling on clinicians to share their ideas on how technology can transform patient care. More >>

NZ cyber security strategy tracking well

Thursday, 23 March 2017, 12:40 pm | New Zealand Government

The government released its first report on the implementation of New Zealand’s Cyber Security Strategy and Action Plan today. More >>

ACT & UnitedFuture offer National a way out of RMA quagmire

Thursday, 23 March 2017, 12:40 pm | Joint Press Release

ACT Leader David Seymour and UnitedFuture Leader Hon Peter Dunne have today written to the Prime Minister with a proposal to finally get Resource Management Act reforms passed. This reiterates a similar offer made a year ago. More >>

Renewables continue upwards, greenhouse gases fall 35%

Thursday, 23 March 2017, 12:38 pm | New Zealand Government

The amount of electricity generated from renewables in New Zealand grew to 88 per cent in the three months to December 2016, building on increases seen in previous quarters, Energy and Resources Minister Judith Collins says. More >>

New funding for biosecurity and pest management

Thursday, 23 March 2017, 12:36 pm | New Zealand Government

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has welcomed six new biosecurity and pest management projects that have received funding in the latest Ministry for Primary Industries’ Sustainable Farming Fund round. More >>

Oral Questions - 23 March 2017

Thursday, 23 March 2017, 12:28 pm | Office of the Clerk

1. GARETH HUGHES to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Does she agree with former Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges that “while the world must progressively transition towards a low carbon future it can’t and won’t happen overnight”; ... More >>

Housing First launches to help Auckland’s homeless

Thursday, 23 March 2017, 12:15 pm | New Zealand Government

A new initiative aimed at ending chronic homelessness in Auckland has officially kicked off. More >>

PM condemns London attack

Thursday, 23 March 2017, 11:09 am | New Zealand Government

Prime Minister Bill English has condemned the terror attack in London today and expressed New Zealand’s condolences to the people of the UK. More >>

John Key - Valedictory Speech

Thursday, 23 March 2017, 10:55 am | New Zealand National Party

From Hansard on the New Zealand Parliament website . This is a draft text that may be subject to correction, Check the Hansard for latest version. More >>

Questions & Answers - 22 March 2017

Thursday, 23 March 2017, 10:42 am | Office of the Clerk

1. CHRIS BISHOP (National) to the Minister of Finance : What impact is trade diversification having on the resilience of the economy? More >>

Getting patients with major trauma to right hospital quicker

Thursday, 23 March 2017, 10:29 am | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and ACC Minister Michael Woodhouse say hundreds will benefit from a new major trauma policy which will see patients taken to the most appropriate hospital more quickly. More >>

Foreign Minister to Counter-ISIL Foreign Ministers’ meeting

Thursday, 23 March 2017, 10:09 am | New Zealand Government

Foreign Minister Murray McCully leaves tomorrow to attend the Counter-ISIL Foreign Ministers’ Meeting being hosted by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Washington DC on 22 March. More >>

Deadline for divestment needed on illegal weapons

Thursday, 23 March 2017, 10:09 am | Green Party

The Government needs to set a clear deadline for when all KiwiSaver providers should have divested from companies involved in the manufacture of cluster bombs, landmines, and nuclear weapons, the Green Party said today. More >>

Minister Must Front up Over Police Staff Cuts

Thursday, 23 March 2017, 9:40 am | New Zealand First Party

Minister of Police Paula Bennett must come clean and clarify how many police are losing their jobs in the coming weeks, says New Zealand First Police Spokesperson and Deputy Leader Rob Mark. More >>

Ceremony to mark $9m Thorndon School redevelopment

Thursday, 23 March 2017, 9:28 am | New Zealand Government

A ceremony at lunchtime today will usher in the construction phase of the $9 million redevelopment of Thorndon School in Wellington, says Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye. More >>

Neighbours Day strengthens communities

Thursday, 23 March 2017, 9:19 am | New Zealand Government

This weekend is an opportunity for us to check in on our neighbours and build our communities says Community and Voluntary Sector Minister Alfred Ngaro. More >>

Dunne Speaks: National's real resource management agenda

Thursday, 23 March 2017, 8:46 am | Peter Dunne

A constant in politics over the last couple of decades has been the National Party’s dislike and distrust of local communities making their own decisions about their own futures. National really does believe the Beehive knows best, despite a lot of ... More >>

Green Party practical joke on millennials voted down

Wednesday, 22 March 2017, 5:34 pm | ACT New Zealand

“ACT is glad to see a stunt bill by the Green Party rejected by parliament,” says ACT Leader David Seymour, “Perhaps now we can focus on the real issues that have put housing out of reach for young New Zealanders.” More >>

New Zealand First Tables Water Royalty Bill

Wednesday, 22 March 2017, 5:32 pm | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First today tabled an amendment to the Crown Minerals Act that would collect royalties on drinking water exports. More >>

Hughes Bill Reckless For Students - Dunne

Wednesday, 22 March 2017, 5:13 pm | United Future NZ Party

Hughes Bill Reckless For Students - Dunne   UnitedFuture leader, Hon Peter Dunne, has voted against the Student Loan Scheme (First Home Repayment Diversion) Amendment Bill this afternoon.   "This is a reckless Bill from the same party that has ... More >>

Faulty Overseas Studies Used to Raise Youth Court Age

Wednesday, 22 March 2017, 4:36 pm | New Zealand First Party

The government is relying heavily on old studies from the United States, which do not have direct relevance to New Zealand, to raise the youth court age, says New Zealand First Social Development Spokesperson Darroch Ball. More >>

Hunter-Safety Report Good News For Hunting Sector

Wednesday, 22 March 2017, 3:52 pm | New Zealand Government

Associate Minister of Conservation, Hon Peter Dunne, welcomed the launch of the Mountain Safety Council's report into Hunter-Safety called A Hunter’s Tale yesterday. More >>

ACT pays tribute to John Key

Wednesday, 22 March 2017, 3:48 pm | ACT New Zealand

ACT Leader David Seymour has paid tribute to former Prime Minister John Key on the day he is set to deliver his valedictory speech. More >>

Play.Sport having an impact one year on

Wednesday, 22 March 2017, 3:26 pm | New Zealand Government

Play.Sport having an impact one year on   Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman says up to 20,000 children are benefiting from a pilot programme which seeks to transform the way physical education (PE) is taught in schools.   “We’re ... More >>

Dog neutering campaigns rolling out nationwide

Wednesday, 22 March 2017, 3:21 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government has approved grants to 32 territorial authorities to subsidiseneutering for menacing dogs, Associate Minister for Local Government Jacqui Dean has announced today. More >>

National, NZ First crush FinTech innovation

Wednesday, 22 March 2017, 2:46 pm | ACT New Zealand

National is suffocating the emergence of a peer-to-peer (P2P) lending industry in New Zealand, says ACT Leader David Seymour. National  last night  voted to continue treating P2P lending platforms as though they are traditional lenders. More >>

Ahuwhenua Trophy finalists – models of Māori innovation

Wednesday, 22 March 2017, 2:13 pm | New Zealand Government

Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell and Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy have congratulated this year’s Ahuwhenua Trophy competition sheep and beef farming finalists, celebrating excellence in Māori farming. More >>

35.5% of Maui’s dolphin sanctuary opened up for oil drilling

Wednesday, 22 March 2017, 1:53 pm | Green Party

22 March 2017   35.5% of Maui’s dolphin sanctuary opened up for oil drilling   The Government’s decision to allow oil drilling in 35.5 percent of the North Island Maui’s dolphin sanctuary, as well as along the shores of picturesque Lake Te Anau ... More >>

Govt failing business on R&D

Wednesday, 22 March 2017, 1:28 pm | Green Party

22 March 2017   Govt failing business on R&D   The National Government’s research and development (R&D) strategy has failed, with a lower proportion of businesses nowengaging in R&D than when they took office, the Green Party ... More >>

NZ research is improving stroke patients rehabilitation

Wednesday, 22 March 2017, 1:21 pm | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and Science and Innovation Minister Paul Goldsmith says new internationally-recognised research that aims to improve rehabilitation of people after they have a stroke is an important step forward. More >>

More investment in training needed to fix housing shortage

Wednesday, 22 March 2017, 1:05 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Construction firms are reporting it is harder to find skilled workers, showing the Government’s failure to invest in training is contributing to the housing crisis, says Labour’s Skills and Training spokesperson Jenny Salesa. More >>

SAS Claims: Inquiry Needed

Wednesday, 22 March 2017, 12:24 pm | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First Leader and Northland MP Rt Hon Winston Peters says an inquiry must be ordered into allegations made about an SAS raid in Afghanistan in which six civilians were killed. More >>

New Zealand’s productivity keeps slip-sliding away

Wednesday, 22 March 2017, 12:17 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

The latest productivity figures from Statistics New Zealand, revealing Labour productivity fell 0.7 percent in the year ended March 2016, show Kiwis are working harder than ever before and getting less and less for their hard work, says Labour’s Finance ... More >>

Minister returns to Baghdad and Camp Taji

Wednesday, 22 March 2017, 12:12 pm | New Zealand Government

Minister returns to Baghdad and Camp Taji   Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee has paid his third visit to NZ Defence Force troops training members of the Iraqi Security Forces at Camp Taji, near Baghdad.   Mr Brownlee arrived back in Dubai this morning, ... More >>

Time to turn off the tap on the water give-away

Wednesday, 22 March 2017, 12:03 pm | Green Party

The Green Party has today launched a petition calling on the Government to put a fair price on the commercial use of water, including for bottling water and irrigation. On Monday, Prime Minister Bill English chose to defer a decision on whether to price ... More >>

Questions & Answers - 21 March 2017

Wednesday, 22 March 2017, 12:02 pm | Office of the Clerk

1. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS (Leader—NZ First) to the Prime Minister : Has he required all his Ministers to be properly briefed on issues within their portfolios; if not, why not? More >>

Oral Questions - 22 March 2017

Wednesday, 22 March 2017, 11:56 am | Office of the Clerk

1. CHRIS BISHOP to the Minister of Finance: What impact is trade diversification having on the resilience of the economy? More >>

Restorative justice benefitting victims

Wednesday, 22 March 2017, 11:50 am | New Zealand Government

The vast majority of victims who participated in restorative justice benefitted from the process, according to a survey released today by Justice Minister Amy Adams. More >>

National must investigate NZDF allegations

Wednesday, 22 March 2017, 11:37 am | Green Party

National must put politics aside and open an independent investigation into allegations around the conduct of the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) in Afghanistan, the Green Party said today. More >>

Launch of Block Offer 2017

Wednesday, 22 March 2017, 10:59 am | New Zealand Government

It’s a pleasure to welcome you all to New Plymouth in the Taranaki province, the heart of oil and gas production in New Zealand. More >>

Support for Volunteering Fund now open

Wednesday, 22 March 2017, 9:11 am | New Zealand Government

With the ‘Support for Volunteering’ fund opening today volunteering groups should look at what projects they need help with and apply for funding says Community and Voluntary Sector Minister Alfred Ngaro. More >>

$400m Huawei investment will create opportunities

Wednesday, 22 March 2017, 8:45 am | New Zealand Government

A major investment announced by Huawei today will support our efforts to build an innovative, world leading economy, Economic Development Minister Simon Bridges and Science and Innovation Minister Paul Goldsmith say. More >>


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