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National calls for inquiry into prison letters

Wednesday, 21 August 2019, 6:54 pm | New Zealand National Party

National has called for an inquiry into the failure of the Corrections Department to stop inciting letters written by the alleged Christchurch Mosque killer from being sent, National’s Justice spokesperson Mark Mitchell says. More >>

Foster children’s chance to save for their future

Wednesday, 21 August 2019, 5:13 pm | New Zealand National Party

My Members Bill that will allow caregivers to open KiwiSaver accounts for foster children has passed its third reading in Parliament, meaning it will become law in New Zealand, MP for Clutha-Southland Hamish Walker says. “The KiwiSaver (Oranga ... More >>

NZ must join Gulf shipping effort

Wednesday, 21 August 2019, 4:46 pm | New Zealand National Party

New Zealand must not sit on the sidelines while Australia and other countries move to protect vital shipping lanes in the Middle East, National’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson Gerry Brownlee says. “Australia has today done the right thing by ... More >>

Why the Govt secretly wants fuel to go up 50c a litre

Wednesday, 21 August 2019, 3:56 pm | New Zealand National Party

Julie Anne Genter will have her fingers crossed that fuel prices keep ballooning, otherwise her car tax won’t provide all the economic benefits she claims it will, National’s Associate Transport spokesperson Brett Hudson says. “The Associate ... More >>

Details matter for RWC licensing

Wednesday, 21 August 2019, 3:27 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Government’s Bill to amend the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act to allow licensed premises to remain open for Rugby World Cup (RWC) matches is a step in the right direction, but the lack of detail is a concern, National’s Sports and Recreation ... More >>

Have your say on early Kiwisaver withdrawals

Wednesday, 21 August 2019, 3:03 pm | Finance And Expenditure Select Committee

The Finance and Expenditure Committee is seeking submissions on Supplementary Order Paper (SOP) 293 to the Taxation (Kiwisaver, Student Loans and Remedial Matters) Bill. More >>

Genter delaying pay equity for publicity stunt

Wednesday, 21 August 2019, 2:58 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Government is playing politics when it comes to pay equity and it’s time to take action, National’s Women’s spokesperson Paula Bennett says. More >>

Government taking action to close gender pay gap

Wednesday, 21 August 2019, 1:22 pm | New Zealand Government

Passing equal pay legislation, delivering record pay settlements for female dominated workforces and requiring public sector agencies to develop plans to close the gender pay gap are just some of the steps the Government is taking to ensure women are paid ... More >>

Government adopts ACT's Rugby World Cup legislation

Wednesday, 21 August 2019, 12:53 pm | ACT New Zealand

Justice Minister Andrew Little has confirmed that the Government will adopt ACT Leader David Seymour’s legislation allowing bars and clubs to open outside normal licencing hours to show Rugby World Cup games live. More >>

Bill to allow licensed premises to stay open for RWC matches

Wednesday, 21 August 2019, 12:50 pm | New Zealand Government

The Minister of Justice will introduce a bill to amend the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act to allow licensed premises to remain open for Rugby World Cup matches. More >>

Resignation another black eye for KiwiBuild

Wednesday, 21 August 2019, 11:46 am | New Zealand National Party

The signs aren’t looking good for KiwiBuild’s reboot on the back of news it has lost another member of its leadership team inside 12 months, National’s Housing spokesperson Judith Collins says. More >>

Parliament: Oral Questions - 21 August 2019

Wednesday, 21 August 2019, 11:36 am | Office of the Clerk

1. Hon PAULA BENNETT to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all her Government’s statements, policies, and actions? More >>

Government can give Kiwis a fair go on Rugby World Cup

Wednesday, 21 August 2019, 10:02 am | ACT New Zealand

“The Government has a chance to do the right thing this afternoon by adopting my legislation allowing bars and clubs to open outside normal licencing hours to show the Rugby World Cup”, ACT Leader David Seymour says. More >>

Helping our cities grow up and out

Wednesday, 21 August 2019, 9:33 am | New Zealand Government

A new approach to urban planning designed to allow our cities to make room for growth has today been released by Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford and Environment Minister David Parker. More >>

Strong leadership for new Infrastructure Commission

Wednesday, 21 August 2019, 8:59 am | New Zealand Government

Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones has today announced the inaugural board for the New Zealand Infrastructure Commission, Te Waihanga. More >>

Contempt of Court Bill passes third reading

Wednesday, 21 August 2019, 8:08 am | New Zealand Government

A Bill that consolidates and modernises the rules relating to contempt of court has passed its third reading, Minister of Justice, Andrew Little says. More >>

Parliament: Questions and Answers - August 20

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 4:58 pm | Hansard

1. Hon SIMON BRIDGES (Leader of the Opposition) to the Prime Minister : Does she stand by all her Government's statements, policies, and actions? More >>

Tell them to get to work, Minister

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 4:12 pm | New Zealand National Party

Grant Robertson’s comments have confirmed the Labour-led Government’s true approach to social welfare, National’s Social Development spokesperson Louise Upston says. “Mr Robertson yesterday said that ‘people who want to work should be able to’. ... More >>

More Kiwi students take leap to NASA

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 3:58 pm | New Zealand Government

A second cohort of high-performing New Zealand tertiary students and recent graduates are set to wing their way to California to participate in the NASA International Internship Programme. More >>

Independent election policy costing unit a step closer

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 3:10 pm | New Zealand Government

The creation of an entity to provide political parties with independent and non-partisan policy costings is a step closer today, according to Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Associate Finance Minister James Shaw. More >>

Vulnerable people must be protected from euthanasia coercion

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 12:23 pm | Chris Penk

New amendments must be inserted into the End of Life Choice Bill to better protect vulnerable people from being coerced to end their lives, says the sponsor of those amendments, Chris Penk MP. More >>

NZ Parliament welcomes delegation from French Polynesia

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 12:07 pm | Office of the Speaker

The New Zealand Parliament welcomes a delegation from French Polynesia led by Gaston Tong Sang, President of French Polynesia’s National Assembly, this week. More >>

Parliament: Oral Questions - 20 August 2019

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 11:32 am | Office of the Clerk

1. Hon SIMON BRIDGES to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all her Government’s statements, policies, and actions? More >>

Hager case highlights threats to media independence

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 10:18 am | Green Party

Today’s Independent Policy Conduct Authority (IPCA) report into the 2014 raid on Nicky Hager’s home confirms that Police conduct was wrong and overstepped the clear legal protections that journalists have to defend their sources and provide independent ... More >>

CommComm report will lead to more regulation, but same price

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 10:02 am | ACT New Zealand

“The Commerce Commission’s preliminary finding that there is a lack of competition in the fuel market will be used as an excuse for the Government to unleash new regulation on yet another industry”, ACT Leader David Seymour says. More >>

NZ MP heads to Asia-Pacific forum on climate change

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 9:36 am | Office of the Speaker

This week, Health Committee member Hon Michael Woodhouse will represent the New Zealand Parliament at the 5th Asia-Pacific Parliamentarian Forum on Global Health (APPFGH). This is a platform for parliamentarians in the Asia-Pacific to exchange ideas and ... More >>

New Zealanders deserve access to RWC games

Monday, 19 August 2019, 8:02 pm | New Zealand National Party

National is pushing for extended opening hours so that more New Zealanders can watch Rugby World Cup (RWC) games, National’s Sports and Recreation spokesperson Nikki Kaye says More >>

NZ provides further $3m humanitarian support for Syria

Monday, 19 August 2019, 5:13 pm | New Zealand Government

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has announced a further $3 million in humanitarian assistance to help people affected by the ongoing conflict in Syria. “The Government has contributed this additional funding to the International Committee of the Red ... More >>

Building on excellence in construction

Monday, 19 August 2019, 2:50 pm | New Zealand Government

A new centre of excellence for vocational education is to be established for the construction sector to drive innovation and strengthen links between education providers and industry, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. More >>

More certainty for Canterbury homebuyers

Monday, 19 August 2019, 11:24 am | New Zealand Government

Earthquake Commission claim numbers are now available on Environment Canterbury’s website to give people greater certainty when buying a home. More >>

No law change needed – just do your job, Minister

Monday, 19 August 2019, 9:03 am | New Zealand National Party

The laws around prisoners with extremist views sending letters from jail are fit for purpose as long as Corrections managers and Minister Kelvin Davis are doing their jobs properly, Leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges says. More >>

Interactive media a game changer for digital economy

Monday, 19 August 2019, 8:44 am | New Zealand Government

A new report has found interactive media is a $143 million industry and is one of the fastest growing parts of New Zealand’s digital economy. More >>

Strategy launched to break the cycle of Māori reoffending

Monday, 19 August 2019, 8:06 am | New Zealand Government

Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis launched Hōkai Rangi at an event in Parliament this morning, saying it will underpin major transformational change within Corrections. More >>

Powering up community wellbeing

Sunday, 18 August 2019, 2:11 pm | New Zealand Government

Powering up community wellbeing Minister of Local Government Hon Nanaia Mahuta has announced a far-reaching programme to support New Zealand communities realise their ambitions, goals and potential. More >>

Government's gun 'buy-back' is failing miserably

Sunday, 18 August 2019, 1:05 pm | ACT New Zealand

“The Government needs to come clean about what types of firearms are being handed in as part of its buy-back scheme, because the numbers suggest the taxpayer is buying a large collection of pop guns,” according to ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

Minister announces members of winter grazing taskforce

Sunday, 18 August 2019, 1:03 pm | New Zealand Government

Minister of Agriculture Damien O’Connor today announced the members of the newly established taskforce to respond to the animal welfare issues associated with the practice of winter grazing. More >>

More measures to help those facing homelessness

Sunday, 18 August 2019, 11:02 am | New Zealand Government

The Government has announced additional measures to prevent and reduce homelessness focused on ensuring at-risk individuals and whānau have access to stable housing and continue to stay housed. More >>

Time for leadership on Ihumātao

Sunday, 18 August 2019, 10:22 am | New Zealand National Party

After three weeks of inaction, a hikoi to the Prime Minister’s electorate office this week by the Ihumātao protestors is an opportunity for the Prime Minister to finally show some leadership, Leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges says. More >>

$1 million to 'get nephs off the couch'

Saturday, 17 August 2019, 11:26 am | ACT New Zealand

“Shane Jones is paying almost $1 million to get each ‘neph’ off the couch through his Provincial Growth Fund”, according to ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

Next stage of Network Enabled Army programme to begin

Saturday, 17 August 2019, 10:04 am | New Zealand Government

Next stage of Network Enabled Army programme to begin Defence Minister Ron Mark has today announced Tranche Two of the Network Enabled Army programme has been approved and will commence this year. More >>

Kelvin Davis has lost control of Corrections

Saturday, 17 August 2019, 9:56 am | New Zealand National Party

The early release of double murderer Jason Reihana without telling his victims’ families is an appalling breach of victims’ rights and shows Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis has lost control of his department, Leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges ... More >>

Déjà vu on Rugby World Cup licensing

Saturday, 17 August 2019, 9:55 am | ACT New Zealand

“There's a sense of déjà vu with the Rugby World Cup schedule rubbing up against bar licensing hours, and clubs applying for special licenses being knocked back by prudish licensing committees”, ACT Leader David Seymour says. More >>

Hutt Housing: The Facts

Friday, 16 August 2019, 2:40 pm | Chris Bishop

MP for Hutt South Chris Bishop is today releasing a variety of statistics to show the desperate state of housing in Lower Hutt. More >>

Manufacturing contracts for first time in 7 years

Friday, 16 August 2019, 12:06 pm | New Zealand National Party

For the first time since 2012 New Zealand’s manufacturing sector has contracted, according to the Performance of Manufacturing Index (PMI), National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says. More >>

Game changer for training New Zealanders on benefit

Friday, 16 August 2019, 12:03 pm | New Zealand Government

Construction businesses in partnership with the Ministry of Social Development will start using virtual reality technology to prepare people for jobs in the industry, Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni and Employment Minister Willie Jackson ... More >>

Kaikohe benefits from skills and employment boost

Friday, 16 August 2019, 11:31 am | New Zealand Government

The Kaikohe community is set to benefit from the establishment of a wide-ranging skills and employment programme, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. More >>

Govt ensures a prisoner first Corrections system

Friday, 16 August 2019, 9:56 am | New Zealand National Party

Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis has created a culture of leniency in our prison system which puts prisoners ahead of victims and public safety, National’s Corrections spokesperson David Bennett says. More >>

Kiwi businesses need Govt to get basics right

Friday, 16 August 2019, 9:22 am | New Zealand National Party

Kiwi businesses deserve a government focused on the basics rather than smoke and mirrors to hide the harm the coalition Government’s anti-growth policies are doing to the economy, National’s Economic Development spokesperson Todd McClay says. ... More >>

New Zealand Post Chair appointed

Friday, 16 August 2019, 9:15 am | New Zealand Government

The Associate Minister for State Owned Enterprises Shane Jones and Minister of Finance Grant Robertson have announced the appointment of Mr Rodger Finlay as Chair of NZ Post Limited. Mr Finlay has been appointed from 21 August 2019 to 30 April 2022. ... More >>

New Zealand Post Chair appointed

Friday, 16 August 2019, 9:15 am | New Zealand Government

The Associate Minister for State Owned Enterprises Shane Jones and Minister of Finance Grant Robertson have announced the appointment of Mr Rodger Finlay as Chair of NZ Post Limited. Mr Finlay has been appointed from 21 August 2019 to 30 April 2022. More >>

New AsureQuality Chair appointed

Friday, 16 August 2019, 9:13 am | New Zealand Government

The Associate Minister for State Owned Enterprises Shane Jones and Minister of Finance Grant Robertson have announced the appointment of Dr Alison Watters as Chair of AsureQuality Limited. More >>

New Quotable Value Chair appointed

Friday, 16 August 2019, 9:12 am | New Zealand Government

The Waikato Mayoral Forum has thrown its support behind the region’s councils working together on climate change. The decision was made during the final meeting of the forum for this triennium and followed a report on climate change action in the Waikato ... More >>

We need more roads, not more spin doctors

Friday, 16 August 2019, 9:10 am | New Zealand National Party

Phil Twyford is clearly more concerned about his public image than he is about improving the transport network given the number of NZTA spin doctors has almost doubled since he became its Minister, National’s Transport spokesperson Chris Bishop says. More >>

Public reception for world champion Silver Ferns

Friday, 16 August 2019, 8:24 am | New Zealand Government

A reception will be held at Parliament later this month for the world champion Silver Ferns, and the public are invited to join in the celebrations. The Silver Ferns defeated three-time defending champions Australia 52-51 in the final in July to win their ... More >>

PGF invests in skills programmes for Northland youth

Thursday, 15 August 2019, 3:08 pm | New Zealand Government

The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will invest $3.88 million in a range of digital, work and life skills training for young unemployed people in Northland, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Employment Minister Willie Jackson ... More >>

Resolution for Canterbury owners of on-sold homes

Thursday, 15 August 2019, 3:07 pm | New Zealand Government

People with over-cap on-sold* properties in Canterbury can now apply for a Government payment so they can get on and repair their homes. More >>

First urban growth partnership signed

Thursday, 15 August 2019, 1:09 pm | New Zealand Government

New Zealand’s first urban growth partnership between the Government, local councils and mana whenua was signed at a meeting of mayors, chairs and ministers in Hampton Downs today. More >>

New powerhouse of primary sector vocational education

Thursday, 15 August 2019, 12:08 pm | New Zealand Government

The primary sector has been named the first centre of excellence for vocational education, to drive innovation and strengthen links between education providers and industry, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. More >>

End of Life Choice Bill Amendment to Protect Organisations

Thursday, 15 August 2019, 11:42 am | New Zealand National Party

National MP Michael Woodhouse has today tabled an amendment to the End of Life Choice Bill to provide protection for organisations who have a conscientious objection to assisted dying being practised in their facilities. More >>

Grants for clean green transport options welcome

Thursday, 15 August 2019, 11:07 am | Green Party

The Green Party welcomes grant funding that ensures more low emissions vehicle infrastructure for a clean green New Zealand. “As a Government we’ve set a priority for a clean green future and grants announced today show that being put into action”, said ... More >>

 
 
 
 
 
 

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