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Appointment of Auckland Coroner

Thursday, 30 July 2015, 4:02 pm | New Zealand Government

Auckland barrister Debra Bell has been appointed a coroner, Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson QC announced today. Ms Bell fills the vacancy created when Judge Deborah Marshall was appointed Chief Coroner earlier this year. She joins four other coroners ... More >>

$846,000 for more nurse practitioner trainee

Thursday, 30 July 2015, 3:17 pm | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the Government is committing $846,000 to support an additional 20 nurse practitioner trainees in 2016. More >>

Troubled school wanted $25,000 dollars to fence farm

Thursday, 30 July 2015, 3:06 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

The troubled Whangaruru charter school asked Hekia Parata for $25,000 to fence the school farm at the expense of spending on teaching, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “This unbelievable revelation comes hard on the heels of Hekia ... More >>

No Excuses, Bring Unsigned TPPA Home for Scrutiny

Thursday, 30 July 2015, 2:07 pm | New Zealand First Party

No Excuses, Bring Unsigned TPPA Home for Scrutiny as Malaysia Will Malaysia will not finalise and sign the TPPA without thorough scrutiny by its Parliament – but the National Government is denying New Zealanders this opportunity, says New Zealand ... More >>

Road to bring Bay of Plenty closer together

Thursday, 30 July 2015, 12:59 pm | New Zealand Government

The Bay of Plenty’s biggest roading project ever, the $455 million Tauranga Eastern Link (TEL), has been officially opened by Prime Minister John Key and Transport Minister Simon Bridges today. The 21 kilometre, four-lane TEL is one of seven Roads of National ... More >>

Over 500,000 Kiwis ready to ShakeOut

Thursday, 30 July 2015, 12:57 pm | New Zealand Government

More than 500,000 New Zealanders have signed up to take part in New Zealand ShakeOut, our national earthquake drill at 9.15am on 15 October, says Civil Defence Minister Nikki Kaye More >>

No Call to Change the Anthem

Thursday, 30 July 2015, 12:41 pm | New Zealand First Party

Prime Minister John Key is wrong to suggest New Zealand First made a call to change the New Zealand anthem – we did no such thing. More >>

Building activity moving from Christchurch to Auckland

Thursday, 30 July 2015, 12:24 pm | New Zealand Government

The latest building consent data from Statistics New Zealand for the month of June and the latest quarter shows ongoing growth in residential building and a shift in new activity from Canterbury to Auckland, Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith ... More >>

Questions For Oral Answer July 30

Thursday, 30 July 2015, 11:37 am | Office of the Clerk

1. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: In light of his admission yesterday that health funding has not kept up with all inflationary pressures under this Government, how will the health budget absorb the increased cost of purchasing medicines that ... More >>

New catchphrase won’t soothe rate pain

Thursday, 30 July 2015, 11:36 am | ACT New Zealand

ACT Leader and Epsom MP David Seymour does not share Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development’s enthusiasm for a revamp of Auckland’s “global brand”. More >>

NZ at Risk of Losing 30 Per Cent of Meat Sector Ownership

Thursday, 30 July 2015, 11:19 am | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand at Risk of Losing 30 Per Cent of Red Meat Sector to Foreign Ownership More >>

The Māori Party stands firmly opposed to the TPPA

Thursday, 30 July 2015, 11:08 am | The Maori Party

The Māori Party stands firmly opposed to the TPPA Mounting concerns about the impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement on tangata whenua are shared by the Māori Party Co-leaders Marama Fox and Te Ururoa Flavell, as final negotiations continue ... More >>

Time to listen to workplace victims’ families

Thursday, 30 July 2015, 11:01 am | New Zealand Labour Party

Labour has listened to the families of whose loved ones have been killed at work and calls on other political parties to back its proposals to make workplaces safer and prevent unnecessary deaths on the job. “John Key promised the families of the ... More >>

Mobile surgical services contract extended

Thursday, 30 July 2015, 10:51 am | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the renewal of the mobile surgical services contract will help ensure rural patients continue to receive the care they need. More >>

NZVIF board appointment announced

Thursday, 30 July 2015, 10:38 am | New Zealand Government

NZVIF board appointment announced Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce today announced the appointment of David Flacks to the board of the New Zealand Venture Investment Fund Ltd (NZVIF). “NZVIF plays an important role in developing the start-up ... More >>

Technology critical to the Future of Work

Thursday, 30 July 2015, 10:28 am | Grant Robertson - Labour MP

Is it time for coding to be taught in all our schools to prepare Kiwi kids for the Future of Work? Do we need to create digital apprenticeships? Would digital hubs help lure employers to our regions? More >>

Applications open for Great Rides funding

Thursday, 30 July 2015, 10:23 am | New Zealand Government

Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism 30 July 2015 Applications open for Great Rides funding More >>

Customs changes bringing yachts to our shores

Thursday, 30 July 2015, 10:22 am | New Zealand Government

Customs Minister Nicky Wagner says mid-winter marks the end of another successful yacht season, with many of the remaining international yachts departing at the end of last month. “Customs has cleared 620 arriving yachts since last Spring, with ... More >>

$200 million repaid through overseas student loan borrowers

Thursday, 30 July 2015, 10:04 am | New Zealand Government

Overseas-based Kiwis with student loans have collectively repaid more than $200 million in additional repayments towards their outstanding balances through the overseas-based borrowers initiative, Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce ... More >>

More than Ministry Encouragement Needed for Te Reo

Thursday, 30 July 2015, 9:52 am | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First says Education Minister Hekia Parata needs to do more to ensure te reo Māori is supported throughout Secondary education so the language is not lost to all New Zealanders. More >>

Dunne Speaks - this week on prison violence

Thursday, 30 July 2015, 9:12 am | Peter Dunne

30 July 2015 Much of the debate around the events at Auckland Remand Prison have centred on the fact it is run by the international giant, Serco. There has been the attendant implication that had the prison being state-run none of this would have ... More >>

Mainfreight 'appalled' by Government’s rail madness

Thursday, 30 July 2015, 9:10 am | New Zealand Labour Party

The Government has been given a serve by New Zealand-based international trucking and logistics firm Mainfreight which says it lacks a national transport strategy, and has treated rail badly, Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford says. The ... More >>

Urgent action needed on family and sexual violence

Thursday, 30 July 2015, 9:08 am | Green Party

The Government’s stocktake of family and sexual violence spending must now be followed up by a commitment to spending the money needed to prevent the violence in the first place the Green Party said. “I’m relieved that the Government are ... More >>

NZ welcomes progress towards peace in Cyprus

Thursday, 30 July 2015, 9:06 am | New Zealand Government

Foreign Minister Murray McCully says the Security Council’s renewal today of the UN peacekeeping mission in Cyprus comes at an important time for the island. “There are strong signs of progress in Cyprus towards resolution of this 50-year-old dispute ... More >>

Deep disappointment at veto of resolution on MH17

Thursday, 30 July 2015, 9:01 am | New Zealand Government

Foreign Minister Murray McCully says the failure of the Security Council to adopt a resolution seeking to establish an international tribunal to provide accountability for the downing of flight MH17 is deeply disappointing. More >>

Questions and Answers - July 29

Wednesday, 29 July 2015, 6:50 pm | Office of the Clerk

1. JAMI-LEE ROSS (National—Botany) to the Minister of Finance : How has the New Zealand economy been affected by recent international economic developments? More >>

Report forecasts ‘unprecedented’ construction activity

Wednesday, 29 July 2015, 5:12 pm | New Zealand Government

The total value of building and construction activity in New Zealand is forecast to top $200 billion over the next six years and peak at an all-time high of approximately $37 billion in 2016 according to the latest National Construction Pipeline Report ... More >>

Increase in Double Bunking Pure Folly

Wednesday, 29 July 2015, 4:04 pm | New Zealand First Party

Disaster looms over Mt Eden prison unless double bunking is stopped, with its population exceeding its maximum today, says New Zealand First. More >>

Focus on individual housing need drives results

Wednesday, 29 July 2015, 3:56 pm | New Zealand Government

Improving the focus on supporting vulnerable New Zealanders’ individual needs has led to more people getting access to social housing, Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett says. More >>

Serco knew names of attackers for months

Wednesday, 29 July 2015, 3:19 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

The victim of a dropping attack gave Serco the names of his alleged attackers months ago and nothing was done, says Labour’s Corrections Spokesperson Kelvin Davis. “Alex Littleton had both of his legs broken in February after an assault which ... More >>

Blessie’s killer shows more changes needed

Wednesday, 29 July 2015, 3:12 pm | ACT New Zealand

The tragic case of Blessie Gotingco’s murder shows that further changes to the use of Preventive Detention are needed to keep our communities safe, says ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

All options need to be put on meat sector table

Wednesday, 29 July 2015, 2:26 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Farmers must be given every assurance that all potential risks have been considered before Silver Fern Farms opens its door to foreign equity, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. More >>

Real cost of Pharmac betrayal revealed

Wednesday, 29 July 2015, 2:25 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Hundreds of millions of dollars will be added to the taxpayer tab with John Key’s sell out of New Zealand’s drug buying agency, as indicated by the savings of just one drug purchased by Pharmac, Opposition leader Andrew Little says. “John Key ... More >>

Launch of new family violence work programme

Wednesday, 29 July 2015, 1:54 pm | New Zealand Government

Justice Minister Amy Adams and Social Development Minister Anne Tolley have today launched a new work programme to ensure government agencies respond better to family and sexual violence. More >>

Flag the referendum if 50% or more don’t vote

Wednesday, 29 July 2015, 1:25 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Labour has moved to have the second flag referendum canned if the first attracts fewer than half the eligible number of voters, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says. More >>

Little Public Pressure for Flag Change

Wednesday, 29 July 2015, 1:08 pm | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First is calling on the government to withdraw from changing the New Zealand flag immediately. More >>

Even the lawyers say stock numbers should come down

Wednesday, 29 July 2015, 12:55 pm | Green Party

Legal advice that says Hawke’s Bay farmers might have to reduce stock numbers in order to mitigate pollution to waterways, will have implications for water allocation all over New Zealand, the Green Party said today. Earlier this year, a Board of Inquiry ... More >>

Clinicians asked to showcase IT ideas

Wednesday, 29 July 2015, 12:15 pm | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman is encouraging clinicians to submit their innovative ideas to improve health services. “Each year the Clinicians’ Challenge generates a whole raft of innovative ideas that have exciting potential to improve patient ... More >>

Government delay in Māori Language week an embarrassment

Wednesday, 29 July 2015, 12:11 pm | Green Party

Government MPs inability to make a decision today about an inquiry into Te Reo in schools is an embarrassment in Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week) the Green Party said today. The Green Party and New Zealand First are jointly calling ... More >>

Parliamentarians in Wellington for Human Rights conference

Wednesday, 29 July 2015, 11:49 am | Office of the Speaker

The New Zealand Parliament is hosting a regional seminar for Australian and Pacific Members of Parliament focused on strengthening the role of parliamentarians in the promotion and protection of human rights. The regional seminar is being hosted in ... More >>

Questions For Oral Answer July 29

Wednesday, 29 July 2015, 11:45 am | Office of the Clerk

1. JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister of Finance: How has the New Zealand economy been affected by recent international economic developments? More >>

Independent Review of Tony Robinson Case

Wednesday, 29 July 2015, 11:45 am | New Zealand Government

Corrections Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has announced that an independent review will be carried out of Corrections’ monitoring of Tony Robertson following his release from prison in 2013. “I have decided the family of Blessie Gotingco and ... More >>

Cost increase, under TPPA, must come from new funding

Wednesday, 29 July 2015, 10:58 am | Green Party

The Green Party is calling on the Government to guarantee not one cent of the health budget will be funnelled into additional subsidies for Pharmac when it’s forced to pay more for medicines under the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). “John ... More >>

Multi-million dollar classrooms opened at Ngaio School

Wednesday, 29 July 2015, 10:46 am | New Zealand Government

Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye visited Ngaio School in Wellington this morning to formally open a block of eight new teaching spaces. More >>

New Zealand First Shut Out of Debate on TPPA

Wednesday, 29 July 2015, 10:33 am | New Zealand First Party

National finally admitted medicines will cost more once the TPPA deal is signed, yet denied New Zealand First time in Parliament to debate the issues around this so-called trade agreement. “The TPPA is in its final days of negotiation in Hawaii ... More >>

90,000 cars reclassified in botched ACC ratings

Wednesday, 29 July 2015, 10:02 am | New Zealand Labour Party

New figures obtained by Labour show the ACC Minister’s botched motor vehicle levy system has resulted in 90,000 vehicles having to be reclassified so far – at a cost of $6 million, Labour’s ACC spokesperson Sue Moroney says. More >>

Poroporoaki for Anzac Pikia

Wednesday, 29 July 2015, 9:53 am | The Maori Party

The Māori Party is deeply saddened at the loss of Anzac Pikia, a beautiful young man who strengthened the voice of Māori broadcasting through two decades as a reporter, producer, journalist and presenter on Te Karere and Te Kāea. “The Anzac legacy ... More >>

Reserve Bank’s failings hurting businesses and households

Wednesday, 29 July 2015, 9:52 am | Green Party

New information released by the Green Party today shows that the Reserve Bank has failed to forecast inflation accurately over the last four years meaning interest rates have been kept higher than necessary, hurting businesses and households. More >>

Travel Tax Harmful for Tourism Industry

Wednesday, 29 July 2015, 9:19 am | New Zealand First Party

The travel tax the National Government announced in the May Budget will discourage tourism and adversely impact on one of this country’s largest revenue streams, says New Zealand First. “New Zealand First agrees with the Tourism Industry Association ... More >>

Brutal health cuts confirmed, crucial services suffer

Wednesday, 29 July 2015, 7:58 am | New Zealand Labour Party

Chronic underfunding by National has seen the health budget slashed by $1.7 billion since 2010, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. More >>

New Deputy Chief Censor appointed

Wednesday, 29 July 2015, 7:57 am | New Zealand Government

Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne today announced the appointment of Jared Mullen as the Deputy Chief Censor of Film and Literature for a three-year term. More >>

Questions and Answers - July 28

Tuesday, 28 July 2015, 6:22 pm | Office of the Clerk

1. ANDREW LITTLE (Leader of the Opposition) to the Prime Minister : Does he stand by his statement that “I don’t want to ban foreigners from buying residential property”? More >>

New initiative to improve overseas driver safety

Tuesday, 28 July 2015, 4:05 pm | New Zealand Government

A new online training module will help ensure visiting drivers stay safe on New Zealand roads, Ministers Paula Bennett and Craig Foss say. More >>

Parliamentary Walk Out

Tuesday, 28 July 2015, 3:34 pm | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First walked out of Parliament before Question Time today after the Speaker ruled out New Zealand First Leader and Member of Parliament for Northland Rt Hon Winston Peters from being there. More >>

Good politics, poor policy

Tuesday, 28 July 2015, 2:57 pm | ACT New Zealand

“Funnelling immigrants into the regions through adjustments of our points system may be good politics, but it’s poor policy,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

National colonises Labour’s policy manifesto

Tuesday, 28 July 2015, 2:39 pm | ACT New Zealand

“National is colonising the Labour manifesto with its signalled interest in a land tax on foreign house buyers,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

Fears of Massive Foreign Farm Buy-up

Tuesday, 28 July 2015, 1:51 pm | New Zealand First Party

Foreigners will be lining up to snap up New Zealand farms as highly indebted dairy farmers are forced off the land, says New Zealand First. “It’s already happening in Australia and, as we saw on TVNZ’s Sunday , farmers are going broke while foreigners ... More >>

Dismantling Pharmac’s power a betrayal of NZ

Tuesday, 28 July 2015, 1:46 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

John Key’s National Government is betraying New Zealanders by trading away Pharmac’s long-term buying power, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says. “Today John Key finally admitted that medicines will cost more under the TPP his Government is negotiating, ... More >>

Party Leaders Should Just Give up And Join New Zealand First

Tuesday, 28 July 2015, 1:11 pm | New Zealand First Party

The leaders of both Labour and National will receive membership forms from New Zealand First, along with a message of encouragement to join the party. More >>

Sick New Zealanders will pay under John Key’s TPPA

Tuesday, 28 July 2015, 12:41 pm | Green Party

The Prime Minister’s admission today that the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) will hike the cost of medicine in New Zealand is yet another reason why we need to immediately withdraw from the dead-end deal, the Green Party said today. ... More >>


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