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Collins welcomes Government Inquiry report

Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 1:15 pm | New Zealand National Party

Papakura MP Judith Collins today welcomes the Government Inquiry report into allegations regarding herself and former Director of the Serious Fraud Office, Adam Feeley. More >>

Key’s vile smear machine questions left unanswered

Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 1:04 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

The report into Judith Collins’ involvement in undermining the former Serious Fraud Office boss leaves major questions unanswered about the smear machine run out of John Key’s office, Labour MP Megan Woods says. More >>

Govt must make up lost time on sexual violence law reform

Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 12:24 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

The Government must prioritise any recommendations from the Law Commission to improve criminal process for sexual violence cases after it stalled reform work for two years, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. More >>

White Ribbon day should last all year

Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 12:22 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

White Ribbon Day is an opportunity for all men to stand up and affirm to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence towards women, says Labour’s Associate Justice Spokesperson Kelvin Davis. “Violence towards women is rampant across all ... More >>

Minister outlines ‘export double’ vision for primary sector

Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 12:17 pm | New Zealand Government

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has outlined his goal for the primary sector to double the value of exports by 2025 today in a speech to industry leaders in Wellington today. “The export double goal is an ambitious but achievable target, which will ... More >>

Talks with US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel

Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 12:09 pm | New Zealand Government

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee and US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel held bilateral talks in Washington today. More >>

Government Inquiry report released

Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 11:50 am | New Zealand Government

Prime Minister John Key has today released the findings of the Government Inquiry into allegations regarding Judith Collins and a former Director of the Serious Fraud Office, Adam Feeley. “I would like to thank former High Court Judge, Hon Lester ... More >>

Questions For Oral Answer November 25

Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 11:35 am | Office of the Clerk

1. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? More >>

Report confirms John Key abused power of PM’s Office

Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 11:11 am | Green Party

Today’s Inspector General of Intelligence and Security’s (IGIS) report confirms that the Prime Minister’s office engaged in a serious abuse of power, says the Green Party. The IGIS report looked at the release of an Official Information Act ... More >>

IGIS report a damning indictment on former spy boss

Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 10:54 am | New Zealand Labour Party

The report by Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security into the release of classified documents is a sad and damning indictment on former spy boss Warren Tucker, Labour’s MP for Mount Roskill and former leader Phil Goff says. “This report ... More >>

Trains Not Cyclists Vital for Gisborne And Hawke’s Bay

Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 10:41 am | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First is challenging the government to show it is serious about regional economic development by backing the Shortline Establishment Group’s advanced plans to re-establish the Gisborne to Napier rail link. More >>

PM welcomes Inspector-General’s report

Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 10:19 am | New Zealand Government

Prime Minister John Key today welcomed the report of Cheryl Gwyn, Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, into issues around the release of information by the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service (NZSIS). More >>

Failings within Corrections acknowledged

Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 10:01 am | New Zealand Government

Corrections Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga today acknowledged the release of the Department of Corrections’ Chief Custodial Officer’s Review of the Failure to Return from Temporary Release of Phillip John Smith. “This review shows there were ... More >>

ED wait times – best winter result to date

Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 9:21 am | New Zealand Government

ED wait times – best winter result to date Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the latest National Health Target results show that over the busy winter months people were treated more quickly in emergency departments across the country than in previous ... More >>

Govt resumes sexual violence Trial Proceedings work

Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 9:00 am | New Zealand Government

Govt resumes sexual violence Trial Proceedings work Justice Minister Amy Adams has asked the Law Commission to resume work on proposals for better supporting victims of sexual violence through the criminal process. The Law Commission will revisit ... More >>

Royal Commission needed - PM’s office in Dirty Politics

Monday, 24 November 2014, 5:33 pm | Green Party

Reports that the Prime Minister’s senior advisor gave secret SIS information to blogger Cameron Slater in order to embarrass the Labour Party proves John Key office was involved in Dirty Politics and abused their power to manipulate at least one ... More >>

Guy: Speech to the New Zealand Racing Board AGM

Monday, 24 November 2014, 5:14 pm | New Zealand Government

I was very pleased to be allocated the racing portfolio again by the Prime Minister. I see it as an opportunity to build on the conversations I’ve had with many of you over the past few years. More >>

Government Inquiry into Smith / Traynor escape established

Monday, 24 November 2014, 3:58 pm | New Zealand Government

State Services Minister Paula Bennett has today released the draft Terms of Reference for the Government Inquiry into matters concerning the escape of Phillip John Smith / Traynor. The draft Terms of Reference focus on: · Mr Smith / Traynor’s temporary ... More >>

South Auckland disadvantaged by new decile rankings

Monday, 24 November 2014, 3:38 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

South Auckland disadvantaged by new decile rankings New decile rankings have South Auckland schools at scores that show they are much more disadvantaged than the national average, says Labour’s Associate Auckland Issues spokesperson Louisa Wall. “As ... More >>

Shady Past? Platinum Credit Card Level for Immigration

Monday, 24 November 2014, 2:55 pm | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First is questioning why arrangements between Immigration New Zealand and China UnionPay will see streamlined visa processing for holders of Platinum and Diamond UnionPay credit cards. More >>

DHBs roll out new national maternity IT system

Monday, 24 November 2014, 12:26 pm | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has welcomed the rollout of a new national IT system aimed at improving the quality of maternity care for women and their babies. “The new Maternity Clinical Information System (MCIS) is a secure online system which ... More >>

Time for an economy that works for all New Zealanders

Monday, 24 November 2014, 12:05 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

New Labour Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says the challenge for the National Government is to support an economy that delivers good, sustainable jobs paying decent wages. “It’s time the economy delivered for all New Zealanders, not just the ... More >>

John Key yet to produce case for rushed terror law changes

Monday, 24 November 2014, 11:08 am | Green Party

John Key has not made a case for rushing through counter-terrorism laws that infringe significantly on the rights of New Zealanders, the Green Party said today. More >>

New faces, wise heads in bold Labour line up

Monday, 24 November 2014, 11:05 am | New Zealand Labour Party

Labour Leader Andrew Little today announced a bold new caucus line up which brings forward new talent and draws on the party’s depth of experience. “Labour has many new and highly capable MPs who will have the opportunity to prove their ability. ... More >>

Inquiry needed into handling of harassment complaints

Monday, 24 November 2014, 10:40 am | Green Party

The Green Party says an inquiry is needed to investigate whether the State Services Commission followed due process in handling a complaint against CERA boss Roger Sutton, in a bid to restore confidence in the State Sector’s handling of sexual harassment ... More >>

Funding system pushing tertiary institutions towards fraud

Monday, 24 November 2014, 10:11 am | Tertiary Education Union

Pressure for funding is driving institutions to take illegal shortcuts says TEU national president Lesley Francey. More >>

Draft foreign fighters legislation released

Sunday, 23 November 2014, 2:54 pm | New Zealand Government

Prime Minister John Key today released the final draft of legislation which addresses the rising threat posed by foreign terrorist fighters. More >>

Health professionals keen to join Ebola fight

Sunday, 23 November 2014, 2:07 pm | New Zealand Government

Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman Minister of Health 23 November 2014 Media Statement Health professionals keen to join Ebola fight Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says there has been a high level of interest from New Zealand health professionals wanting to ... More >>

Government should put the brakes on new surveillance laws

Sunday, 23 November 2014, 2:04 pm | Green Party

The Green Party is calling on the Government to put the brakes on changes to surveillance and passport laws in the wake of a leaked copy of the Government’s foreign fighter legislation revealing serious flaws in the drafting, and sections that potentially ... More >>

Schools need backing to support children

Saturday, 22 November 2014, 3:00 pm | Green Party

Schools need resources and support to get the best out of children with learning differences and disabilities rather than be told not to bother, the Green Party says. More >>

Minister to undertake Perth engagements

Saturday, 22 November 2014, 2:58 pm | New Zealand Government

Minister to undertake Perth engagements Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce travels to Perth today for a short series of engagements. This weekend sees Perth hosting the first of four New Zealand job fairs in Australia targeting some emerging ... More >>

Goodhew: DairyNZ Board Dinner

Friday, 21 November 2014, 5:18 pm | New Zealand Government

There are also a large number of CE’s and leaders from business, government and local government here, including Kingi Smiler, Chairman of Miraka and Laurie Margrain, Chairman for Open Country Dairy, and Martyn Dunne, Director General of the Ministry ... More >>

Establishment of NZ-China Strategic Partnership

Friday, 21 November 2014, 5:13 pm | New Zealand Government

At the invitation of Governor-General Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae and Prime Minister The Rt Hon John Key of New Zealand, President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China made a state visit to New Zealand from 19 to 21 November 2014. More >>

Orion to remain in Gulf to support ongoing operations

Friday, 21 November 2014, 4:08 pm | New Zealand Government

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says a Royal New Zealand Air Force P3 Orion aircraft will remain in the Gulf region for another 12 months to provide ongoing support to regional maritime operations. “New Zealand has had a P3 Orion supporting international ... More >>

Key to chair International Democratic Union

Friday, 21 November 2014, 4:01 pm | New Zealand National Party

Prime Minister and National Party Leader John Key was today elected Chairman of the International Democratic Union (IDU) at its latest meeting in Seoul, Korea. Mr Key was represented at the meeting by Hon Hekia Parata who was able to accept the role ... More >>

NZ and China confirm research agreements

Friday, 21 November 2014, 3:09 pm | New Zealand Government

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce today welcomed the confirmation of three research collaborations with China. “China is an important and growing science and innovation partner for New Zealand, and President Xi Jinping’s visit this week ... More >>

Border wait reducing from 24-hours to minutes

Friday, 21 November 2014, 3:08 pm | New Zealand Government

Customs Minister Nicky Wagner says from early next year traders will be able to register directly with the Joint Border Management System (JBMS) to manage their own information online in real time. “The Trade Single Window component of JBMS allows traders ... More >>

Public outcry urged against destruction of Saddle Hill

Friday, 21 November 2014, 1:39 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

It appears that only a public outcry against the inevitable destruction of Jaffray’s Hill, the lower hump of Saddle Hill, will save our iconic landscape, Dunedin South MP Clare Curran said today. More >>

New Zealand far exceeding our fair share of emissions

Friday, 21 November 2014, 1:27 pm | Green Party

If every nation was polluting the climate as much as New Zealand, we would push the world into dangerous climate change in just 10 years a new report from the United Nations Environment Programme shows, the Green Party said today. More >>

PM’s Keenness on Foreign Ownership Shocks Winston Peters

Friday, 21 November 2014, 1:18 pm | New Zealand First Party

Prime Minister John Key’s enthusiasm for the foreign ownership of farmland and now hotels, shows how naïve the Government is. “What does one make of Mr Key telling Federated Farmers, if the only buyers were domestic buyers and he was a credit officer, ... More >>

Aus/NZ Govt Procurement Agreement reaffirmed

Friday, 21 November 2014, 1:02 pm | New Zealand Government

The New Zealand and Australian governments have today re-confirmed their commitment to a single competitive procurement market with the signing of the Australia and New Zealand Government Procurement Agreement (ANZGPA), Economic Development Minister ... More >>

$550,000 for international Golden Oldies event

Friday, 21 November 2014, 11:45 am | New Zealand Government

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce today announced a Major Events Development Fund (MEDF) investment of $550,000 for an international Golden Oldies event to be held in Christchurch in 2018. More >>

National opens door further to Chinese property speculators

Friday, 21 November 2014, 11:10 am | Green Party

National has further opened the door to Chinese property speculators with the registration of a third Chinese bank here that will make it easier for Chinese investors to invest in New Zealand properties, the Green Party said today. More >>

Lab plan the beginning of slippery slope?

Friday, 21 November 2014, 10:51 am | New Zealand Labour Party

It’s time for new Health Minister Jonathan Coleman to show his hand on plans to privatise lab services which doctors are warning could put patients’ lives at risk, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. More >>

Minister welcomes vote for new teaching roles

Friday, 21 November 2014, 10:02 am | New Zealand Government

Education Minister Hekia Parata has welcomed the vote of secondary teachers in favour of new roles being added to their collective agreement. Ms Parata says the support for the new roles of Community of School Teachers is another significant step forward ... More >>

Minister congratulates sports media winners

Friday, 21 November 2014, 9:34 am | New Zealand Government

Minister congratulates sports media winners Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman paid tribute last night to the country’s top sports journalists, broadcasters and photographers at the annual Sir Terry McLean National Sports Journalism Awards. ... More >>

Progressive Enquiry Smoke Shows Plenty of Signals

Friday, 21 November 2014, 9:04 am | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First is keen to talk to the Hon Clayton Cosgrove about a mandatory code of conduct for supermarkets to protect suppliers from anti-competitive behaviour. More >>

Investment help for mid-range companies

Friday, 21 November 2014, 9:02 am | New Zealand Government

Investment help for mid-range companies A Government service to help businesses raise capital and accelerate their international growth is turning its focus to the investment needs and opportunities of highly innovative firms and mid-range companies valued ... More >>

A-G called on to look into flagship ‘cost-saving’ programme

Friday, 21 November 2014, 9:00 am | New Zealand Labour Party

New health Minister Jonathan Coleman has some serious questions to answer following a decision to wind up the Government’s flagship health savings provider HBL just a fortnight after giving it the green light to implement its plans, Labour’s Health ... More >>

Two education initiatives with China

Thursday, 20 November 2014, 4:49 pm | New Zealand Government

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce today announced the signing with China of two initiatives that will further enhance educational initiatives between China and New Zealand. More >>

New Zealand China television co-production agreement signed

Thursday, 20 November 2014, 4:47 pm | New Zealand Government

New Zealand has achieved an important milestone with the first ever television co-production agreement being signed by any country with China, say Trade Minister Tim Groser and Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry. More >>

PM meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping

Thursday, 20 November 2014, 4:46 pm | New Zealand Government

Prime Minister John Key held successful talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Wellington today. “This is President Xi’s third official visit to New Zealand, but his first as President, so it’s a very significant occasion. I’m delighted ... More >>

Women in trades: it’s a good fit

Thursday, 20 November 2014, 4:10 pm | New Zealand Government

Minister for Women Louise Upston is encouraging employers to attract more women to trades work to assist with the Canterbury rebuild. More >>

Time To Speak Up Minister

Thursday, 20 November 2014, 3:53 pm | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First is backing a call by the Equal Employment Commissioner Dr. Jackie Blue for a full explanation from State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie over the handling of the Roger Sutton case. More >>

National gags community sector

Thursday, 20 November 2014, 3:49 pm | Green Party

More than a quarter of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are being silenced with gag clauses under the National government, said the Green Party. More >>

Joint statement regarding ANZTPA

Thursday, 20 November 2014, 3:27 pm | Joint Media Statement

Joint statement by Hon Peter Dutton MP, Minister for Health for Australia, and Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman, Minister of Health for New Zealand, regarding ANZTPA More >>

Medicine regulation upgrade planned

Thursday, 20 November 2014, 3:07 pm | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the Government will upgrade New Zealand’s therapeutic products regulation following the decision not to proceed with a joint regulator with Australia. “Both Governments have agreed that a joint regulator ... More >>

Climate of fear needs addressing

Thursday, 20 November 2014, 2:07 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

It is hugely concerning that community and volunteer groups feel they are being gagged from speaking out against the Government, Labour’sCommunity and Voluntary Sector Spokesperson Louisa Wall says. More >>

He Aituā: Te Orohi Paul

Thursday, 20 November 2014, 1:23 pm | The Maori Party

"We are devastated by the loss of Te Orohi Paul. She has been a stalwart supporter of the Māori Party since its inception and one of my guiding lights," says Māori Party Co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell. More >>

Mandatory code of conduct needed for supermarkets

Thursday, 20 November 2014, 12:19 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Labour has drafted legislation to establish a mandatory code of conduct for supermarkets to ensure New Zealand suppliers are not affected by anti-competitive behaviour. More >>

 

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