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Govt acknowledges ‘herculean’ task

Friday, 22 July 2016, 4:22 pm | New Zealand Government

The work of the Judge David Kirkpatrick-led Independent Hearings Panel in successfully reporting the proposed Auckland Unitary Plan back to the council is a herculean task which has to be acknowledged, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith says. More >>

Forests and coast of Kahurangi protected

Friday, 22 July 2016, 2:54 pm | New Zealand Government

A major new addition to the Kahurangi National Park in Nelson has been announced today by Conservation Minister Maggie Barry. More >>

McCully to Laos for Asia-Pacific meetings

Friday, 22 July 2016, 2:35 pm | New Zealand Government

Foreign Minister Murray McCully travels to Laos next week to attend the ASEAN-NZ Ministerial Meeting, the East Asia Summit Foreign Ministers’ Meeting and the 23rd ASEAN Regional Forum. More >>

Green MP to join Women’s Peace Flotilla

Friday, 22 July 2016, 1:43 pm | Green Party

Green Party MP Marama Davidson will be joining a women’s peace boat in late September which will highlight the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, the Green Party said today. More >>

Beware Heavy Hand of Govt, Councils Told

Friday, 22 July 2016, 1:02 pm | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First is warning councils that the heavy hand of the government is threatening their existence. More >>

Kermadec/Rangitāhua Ocean Sanctuary closer

Friday, 22 July 2016, 12:34 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government is welcoming a parliamentary committee recommendation that the Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary Bill be passed with amendments, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith says. More >>

Pilot to support patients with diabetes and mental illness

Friday, 22 July 2016, 11:51 am | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman welcomes two new innovative pilot programmes which aim to help patients with both diabetes and mental health issues. More >>

Get Over Your Spat in the Interests of New Zealanders

Friday, 22 July 2016, 11:46 am | New Zealand First Party

Whatever the source of the Olympic media coverage spat is it is not in the interests of New Zealand, says New Zealand First. More >>

Housing map a hit as crisis spreads across NZ

Friday, 22 July 2016, 11:20 am | New Zealand Labour Party

More than 55,000 New Zealanders have used Labour’s interactive housing map in its first week to see how the housing crisis is affecting their local community, Labour Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. More >>

June social housing register released

Friday, 22 July 2016, 10:48 am | New Zealand Government

The latest social housing register shows that the Government is working with vulnerable people to support their housing needs, Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett says. More >>

Battle for our Birds 2016 operations begin

Friday, 22 July 2016, 9:36 am | New Zealand Government

The largest pest control operation in New Zealand’s history has been launched today by Conservation Minister Maggie Barry. More >>

Labour supports Spencer victory

Thursday, 21 July 2016, 6:48 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Labour congratulates Margaret Spencer for her tireless efforts in challenging the Government over family carer rights, says Labour’s Deputy Leader Annette King. More >>

Bridges must come clean about fraud within transport

Thursday, 21 July 2016, 6:46 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Hundreds of thousands of dollars of public money have gone missing and the Minister of Transport, Simon Bridges must come clean after the Labour party revealed that a senior manager is being investigated for serious fraud, says Labour’s Transport ... More >>

US Warship visit welcomed by Labour

Thursday, 21 July 2016, 4:33 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Labour sees the United States warship visit as a red letter day for New Zealand’s non-nuclear status, which is core to our identity and has defined us a nation for 30 years, says Labour’s Deputy Leader Annette King. More >>

Tupuna images on beer bottles leaves bad taste

Thursday, 21 July 2016, 3:53 pm | The Maori Party

Māori Party Co-Leaders Te Ururoa Flavell and Marama Fox are disappointed the branding of alcoholic beverages feature two prominent Te Arawa tupuna. More >>

Time for honest dairy sector conversation

Thursday, 21 July 2016, 3:50 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Land values, the level of debt, and the ever increasing costs of production pose serious risks to the viability of New Zealand’s dairy industry, says Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor. More >>

Korean school students to experience life in NZ

Thursday, 21 July 2016, 3:40 pm | New Zealand Government

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce has today welcomed 150 students from rural Korea who will study in New Zealand for the next eight weeks. More >>

Say No to ‘Tick Box’ Education for Our Kids

Thursday, 21 July 2016, 2:54 pm | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First reiterates its concerns that the National Government is going to use the Progress and Consistency Tool (PaCT) to "standardise" the professional judgement of teachers in light of a recently released Ministry of Education report. More >>

PM Further Confuses on Ship Visits

Thursday, 21 July 2016, 1:56 pm | New Zealand First Party

The PM is again showing that on international relations he is extraordinarily confused, says New Zealand First Leader and Northland MP Rt Hon Winston Peters. More >>

Record Immigration Adds Fuel to Fire

Thursday, 21 July 2016, 1:32 pm | New Zealand First Party

Immigration continues to break records, adding more fuel to the fire as the government fails to deal with the housing crisis, says New Zealand First. More >>

Banks bust a move, Government possum in the headlights

Thursday, 21 July 2016, 1:10 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Three of the big four banks have acted responsibly by bringing the shutters down on property speculators earlier than required by the Reserve Bank, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. More >>

Blundering On

Thursday, 21 July 2016, 1:06 pm | New Zealand First Party

Anyone who has not been in outer space over recent months has seen momentous and unpredictable events unfolding. Brexit and multiple uncertainties and risks in the global economy have created a sombre outlook. Globally, economic growth is faltering. More >>

Prime Minister welcomes US Navy decision

Thursday, 21 July 2016, 12:57 pm | New Zealand Government

Prime Minister John Key says the United States has accepted an invitation to send a ship to attend the Royal New Zealand Navy’s 75th anniversary later this year. “Vice-President Joe Biden confirmed in our discussions today that the US has accepted ... More >>

National’s out of touch approach to economy exposed

Thursday, 21 July 2016, 11:22 am | New Zealand Labour Party

Today’s economic assessment from the Reserve Bank highlights the danger to the New Zealand economy from a National government that is recklessly complacent in the face of a housing crisis and a struggling export sector, Labour’s Finance spokesperson ... More >>

What next? Dog kennels?

Thursday, 21 July 2016, 11:02 am | New Zealand Labour Party

Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett needs to explain why the Government thinks it is acceptable for it to refer families to live in garages and sheds, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. More >>

Greens will establish a Minister for Manufacturing

Thursday, 21 July 2016, 10:34 am | Green Party

21 July 2016 Greens will establish a Minister for Manufacturing in Government The Green Party announced today that it will establish a Minister for Manufacturing in Cabinet, to better represent the interests of manufacturers and ensure they thrive. ... More >>

5,000 more people independent of benefits

Thursday, 21 July 2016, 10:19 am | New Zealand Government

Acting Social Development Minister Jo Goodhew says the number of people receiving a main benefit has continued to fall year on year, with the latest figures the lowest for any June quarter since 2008. More >>

Dunne Speaks: New Zealand's Weak and Cowardly Foreign Policy

Thursday, 21 July 2016, 9:15 am | Peter Dunne

New Zealand is generally well regarded in the international community. That is probably one of the biggest things going for former Prime Minister Helen Clark (aside for the moment from her considerable and formidable personal skills and talents) in her ... More >>

Latest OECD dairy forecast raises serious questions

Thursday, 21 July 2016, 9:11 am | New Zealand Labour Party

The latest global dairy price forecast shows that New Zealand dairy farmers will not reach a break-even payout before 2019 at the earliest, and will not reach the dairy price factored into this year’s Budget until after 2025, Labour’s Finance ... More >>

Forestry planting scheme now underway

Wednesday, 20 July 2016, 4:52 pm | New Zealand Government

Associate Minister for Primary Industries Jo Goodhew has this afternoon marked the success of the first round of the Afforestation Grant Scheme (AGS), by planting a Eucalyptus Globoidea seedling at Ataahua on the Banks Peninsula. More >>

Māori meets Mana

Wednesday, 20 July 2016, 3:32 pm | The Maori Party

Māori Party Co-leaders Te Ururoa Flavell and Marama Fox reiterate that there is currently no appetite for a formal alliance between the Māori and Mana parties but there is an openness to a more cohesive relationship. Mr Flavell says the Māori ... More >>

National's Tourism Fund Proving a Fizzer

Wednesday, 20 July 2016, 3:24 pm | New Zealand First Party

The government has dropped the ball over funding to local councils struggling to cope with huge tourism numbers and cannot even give an assurance urgent projects will get money, says New Zealand First. More >>

$35 million for Entrepreneurial Universities

Wednesday, 20 July 2016, 2:20 pm | New Zealand Government

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce has today announced a $35 million investment over four years for ‘Entrepreneurial Universities’, a new initiative to attract world-leading entrepreneurial researchers to New Zealand ... More >>

Value for Money in Lincoln Uni Consultancy Questionable

Wednesday, 20 July 2016, 2:05 pm | New Zealand First Party

Lincoln University has finally made the right move in revealing the amount it paid a consultant to look at “new revenue streams”, says New Zealand First Education Spokesperson Tracey Martin. More >>

Updates to Building Code proposed

Wednesday, 20 July 2016, 1:42 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government is proposing changes to 32 Building Code compliance documents to ensure standards keep pace with industry developments, best practice and new research, Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith says. More >>

Latest Move by the Reserve Bank of Little Effect

Wednesday, 20 July 2016, 1:04 pm | New Zealand First Party

The latest moves by the Reserve Bank requiring property investors to stump up with at least a 40 per cent deposit will have little effect in reining in the rampant house property market, says New Zealand First Leader and Northland MP Rt Hon Winston ... More >>

Guidelines unlock govt software for innovation

Wednesday, 20 July 2016, 12:15 pm | New Zealand Government

New guidelines will let kiwi techies use government software to help build other innovative software, says Land Information Minister Louise Upston. More >>

New hospital portal for the Central Region

Wednesday, 20 July 2016, 10:54 am | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman welcomes a new Central Region hospital portal which enables secure and faster sharing of patient information. More >>

Cannabis debate must consider social impacts

Wednesday, 20 July 2016, 10:47 am | ACT New Zealand

Research on cannabis law reform must measure social impacts, says ACT Leader David Seymour in response to a Treasury note estimating cannabis law enforcement plus lost tax revenue costs $550 million. More >>

Calling all Community Interns

Wednesday, 20 July 2016, 10:35 am | New Zealand Government

Community and Voluntary Sector Minister, Jo Goodhew, has today announced the opening of the latest funding round for the Community Internship Programme. More >>

Smith’s next step must be housing action

Wednesday, 20 July 2016, 10:18 am | Green Party

Nick Smith’s next step must be action to fix the housing crisis, now he’s finally accepted that Auckland is unaffordable for first home buyers, the Green Party said. More >>

Over 750 victims already benefiting from safer homes

Wednesday, 20 July 2016, 9:22 am | New Zealand Government

Tougher locks and new alarms are just some of the practical measures helping 754 family violence victims stay safe in their homes in the first year of a new programme, Justice Minister Amy Adams has announced. More >>

Deals worth $60m signed on Indonesia trade visit

Wednesday, 20 July 2016, 8:57 am | New Zealand Government

Trade Minister Todd McClay says the Prime Minister’s high-level New Zealand business delegation to Indonesia have signed deals worth more than NZ$60 million on the official two-day visit. More >>

Recognition for Iraq and Middle East service

Wednesday, 20 July 2016, 8:55 am | New Zealand Government

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says two New Zealand General Service Medals have been instituted to recognise service in Iraq and the greater Middle East since 2014. More >>

Teacher salaries no match for rampant house prices

Tuesday, 19 July 2016, 4:25 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

With house prices rising more than 100 times faster than teachers’ salaries in Auckland, it’s hardly surprising there’s a severe shortage of teachers in our biggest city, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. More >>

GP’s visits get more expensive

Tuesday, 19 July 2016, 4:07 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Visiting the GP is set to become more expensive after the Government ignored warnings that people were not receiving access to affordable healthcare, says Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King. More >>

Reserve Bank action an indictment of Govt

Tuesday, 19 July 2016, 3:41 pm | ACT New Zealand

New restrictions on lending announced by the Reserve Bank show how dysfunctional housing supply has become, says ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

Farm prices bear brunt of dairy downturn

Tuesday, 19 July 2016, 3:02 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

The slump in dairy prices that has seen farm prices drop to their lowest level since 2012 and down a third from their peak in 2014 will be of concern to farmers, banks and our overall financial stability, Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson ... More >>

Key And Ministers Again Last to Know

Tuesday, 19 July 2016, 2:58 pm | New Zealand First Party

As on so many prior occasions the Prime Minister and Ministers are the last to know what is going on down at the farm, orchard or factory, says New Zealand First Leader and Northland MP Rt Hon Winston Peters. More >>

Your community needs you!

Tuesday, 19 July 2016, 2:42 pm | New Zealand Government

Associate Local Government Minister and Minister for Women Louise Upston is calling for women to put their names forward for this year’s local authority elections. More >>

Teachers Latest Victims of National’s Housing Mess

Tuesday, 19 July 2016, 2:38 pm | New Zealand First Party

Tracey Martin MP Spokesperson for Education 19 JULY 2016 Teachers Latest Victims of National’s Housing Mess More >>

Major Events Fund invests in Rugby League World Cup 2017

Tuesday, 19 July 2016, 2:13 pm | New Zealand Government

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman today announced up to $1.35 million will be invested, through the Major Events Development Fund (MEDF), to help New Zealand co-host the Rugby League World Cup 2017 ... More >>

PM’s Scholarships extended to Latin America

Tuesday, 19 July 2016, 1:31 pm | New Zealand Government

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce has today announced the Prime Minister’s Scholarship programme for international study with be extended to Latin America, as well as Asia. More >>

Patients benefit from ambulance officer electronic reporting

Tuesday, 19 July 2016, 1:30 pm | New Zealand Government

A new electronic Patient Report Form (ePRF) used by ambulance officers has been successfully rolled out around most of the country. The new technology, which is part of a joint initiative between St John, the Ministry of Health and ACC, gives ambulance officers ... More >>

NZ Must Remain Tough on Drug Cheats in Sport

Tuesday, 19 July 2016, 11:34 am | New Zealand First Party

There will never be a reason for New Zealand to let up on tough anti-doping measures in sport, says New Zealand First. More >>

Reserve Bank “gets on with it”, National continues denial

Tuesday, 19 July 2016, 11:23 am | New Zealand Labour Party

The proposal by the Reserve Bank to tighten loan to value ratios for investors shows they are prepared to do their bit to crack down on speculators, while National is still stuck in denial mode, Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says. More >>

Housing crisis hitting essential services

Tuesday, 19 July 2016, 10:58 am | Green Party

Auckland could face a shortage of teachers, nurses, and police officers if house prices continue rising out of their reach, the Green Party said today. More >>

Reserve Bank acting while Govt dithers

Tuesday, 19 July 2016, 10:43 am | Green Party

Lack of Government action to curb housing speculation has forced the Reserve Bank to announce new nationwide investor loan-to-value restrictions (LVRs) restrictions, the Green Party said. More >>

Youth Parliament 2016 kicks off today

Tuesday, 19 July 2016, 9:21 am | New Zealand Government

Youth MPs and Youth Press Gallery members from around New Zealand have gathered in Wellington for the two-day Youth Parliament 2016, which gets under way today, says Youth Minister Nikki Kaye. More >>

PM meets with Indonesian President Joko Widodo

Monday, 18 July 2016, 11:23 pm | New Zealand Government

Prime Minister John Key had a positive meeting with Indonesian President Joko Widodo in Jakarta today. “New Zealand and Indonesia have a strong and growing relationship,” says Mr Key. “Indonesia is our 13th largest trading partner. It has a population ... More >>

 

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