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Remembering Niueans in World War I

Saturday, 10 October 2015, 1:13 pm | Alastair Thompson

New Zealand First Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters is attending the Niue WWI Centenary Commemorations at the invitation of the Niue Premier, Toke Tufukia Talagi. “Niue responded within hours of hearing about the war, with the chiefs sending a message ... More >>

Power outage a huge question mark

Saturday, 10 October 2015, 12:00 pm | New Zealand First Party

9 OCTOBER 2015 POWER OUTAGE A HUGE QUESTION MARK OVER INFRASTRUCTURAL INVESTMENT Today’s massive Northland power outage raises serious questions as to whether Northland has had its share of infrastructure investment. “The economic cost of the failure ... More >>

Whanau Ora fails Maori

Friday, 9 October 2015, 4:16 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Whanau Ora isn’t working and nor is it saving lives judging by tragic statistics released today by the Ministry of Health, says Labour’s Maori Development spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta. “Whanau Ora is the Maori Party’s flagship health programme, yet ... More >>

PM welcomes Australian Prime Minister’s visit to NZ

Friday, 9 October 2015, 4:06 pm | New Zealand Government

Prime Minister John Key today announced Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will make an official visit to New Zealand next week. More >>

Northland MP Backs Cruise Ship Growth

Friday, 9 October 2015, 3:52 pm | New Zealand First Party

With an extra 30,000 cruise passengers set to benefit Northland’s economy in the 2015/16 cruise season the Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader and the Member of Parliament for Northland, is backing needed infrastructure to support its ... More >>

Fewer prisoners returning positive drug tests

Friday, 9 October 2015, 3:16 pm | New Zealand Government

Fewer prisoners are testing positive for drugs and more of them are taking part in drug and alcohol treatment programmes, says Corrections Minister Sam Lotu-Iiga. More >>

Tell us how to promote NZ Sign Language

Friday, 9 October 2015, 3:08 pm | New Zealand Government

Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner today welcomed the start of consultation for the New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) Board’s three year action plan. More >>

Children’s Team launched in Tairawhiti

Friday, 9 October 2015, 3:06 pm | New Zealand Government

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has today officially launched the Tairawhiti Children’s team in Gisborne, which will provide support for an estimated 430 at-risk children and their families over the next two years. More >>

Bishop welcomes organ donation review

Friday, 9 October 2015, 2:23 pm | New Zealand National Party

Chris Bishop, National List MP based in the Hutt Valley, has welcomed a government review on how deceased organ donation rates in New Zealand can be increased. More >>

Review aims to lift organ donations rates

Friday, 9 October 2015, 12:25 pm | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has announced the terms of reference for a review looking into how deceased organ donation rates in New Zealand can be increased. More >>

Onion industry joins GIA biosecurity agreement

Friday, 9 October 2015, 12:16 pm | New Zealand Government

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has welcomed a fifth primary industry to the GIA partnership today. More >>

Sign up for ShakeOut

Friday, 9 October 2015, 11:51 am | New Zealand National Party

MP Jono Naylor is encouraging everyone in Palmerston North to sign up for and participate in the upcoming national earthquake drill, ShakeOut, on Thursday 15 October. More >>

Key’s Camp Taji trip whitewashes reality

Friday, 9 October 2015, 11:41 am | Green Party

The Prime Minister’s comments about Camp Taji’s safety are an attempt to whitewash the reality there, particularly in light of the damning US report on the camp’s safety, the Green Party says. More >>

TPP Treaty provision requires scrutiny

Friday, 9 October 2015, 11:40 am | New Zealand Labour Party

"Maori will struggle to have faith in Government undertakings regarding the TPP because the Crown continues to fall short of its obligations when interpreting the Treaty" says Labour’s Maori Development Spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta. More >>

Where Have the Government’s Education Millions Gone?

Friday, 9 October 2015, 11:33 am | New Zealand First Party

The government claims it’s spending more money than ever on education, but New Zealand First’s Education Spokesperson Tracey Martin is questioning where that money has gone as parents struggle to afford schooling. More >>

Rotorua Community Corrections opened

Friday, 9 October 2015, 10:55 am | New Zealand Government

Corrections Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga today officially opened the new Rotorua Community Corrections site. More >>

Independent evaluation of Charter Schools needed

Friday, 9 October 2015, 10:46 am | Green Party

A genuinely independent, expert evaluation of the Government’s charter schools programme is needed in light of revelations that Education Minister Hekia Parata interfered to prevent evaluators comparing the performance of charter school students ... More >>

Hamilton teen wins Passchendaele comp

Friday, 9 October 2015, 10:38 am | New Zealand Government

Veterans’ Affairs Minister Craig Foss today announced Portia Baine, 18, as the overall winner of the 2015 Battle of Passchendaele Multi-Media Competition. More >>

Green Party backs mandatory captioning petition

Friday, 9 October 2015, 9:44 am | Green Party

Green Party MP Mojo Mathers is proud to sponsor a petition launched today by the Captioning Working Group, which calls for mandatory captioning to be put into law. More >>

Alerts Overlooked by Serco Resulting in Attack

Friday, 9 October 2015, 9:40 am | New Zealand First Party

Serco overlooked the “manual of alerts” at Wiri prison which led to an attack on a transgender prisoner, says New Zealand First. More >>

Parents feel the squeeze from school funding shortfall

Friday, 9 October 2015, 9:09 am | New Zealand Labour Party

Parents are being forced to shell out more and more for their kids’ education as government underfunding really starts to bite, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “A survey released today confirmed what we already know, the ... More >>

Wood processing a prime area of future potential

Friday, 9 October 2015, 9:06 am | Rt Hon Winston Peters

Thank you the opportunity to address this regional meeting of the Wood Processors and Manufacturers’ Association. Your Association represents a diverse group of enterprises in the wood sector that play an important role in the Northland economy ... More >>

TPP may affect Maori land interests

Friday, 9 October 2015, 9:06 am | New Zealand Labour Party

The Government has signed a deal that may put Maori land interests second in line to multilateral trade interests says Labour’s Maori Development Spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta. More >>

Stinging Pentagon assesment casts shadow over PM visit

Thursday, 8 October 2015, 5:24 pm | New Zealand First Party

While New Zealand Army personnel are doing their best, the Pentagon has slammed the Iraqi Government and quality of “elite” counterattack brigades now under training, says New Zealand First. More >>

A rose is a rose, is a big bill

Thursday, 8 October 2015, 5:16 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Kris Faafoi State Services Spokesperson 8 October 2015 A rose is a rose, is a big bill More >>

Further TPP information released

Thursday, 8 October 2015, 5:03 pm | New Zealand Government

Further TPP information released Trade Minister Tim Groser welcomes the release of further information on the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. “These fact sheets demonstrate what a comprehensive ... More >>

News From Louise Upston MP: October 2015

Thursday, 8 October 2015, 4:43 pm | Louise Upston

One year on from the general election, activities in both the Taupo electorate and Wellington continue to be a hive of exciting events and new initiatives announcements by our National Government. More >>

New blue cod rules for Marlborough Sounds

Thursday, 8 October 2015, 4:18 pm | New Zealand Government

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has announced changes to blue cod rules for the top of South Island, including scrapping the transit and slot rules and introducing a minimum legal size of 33cm across the region. More >>

Funding for Otago forests, birds and wetlands

Thursday, 8 October 2015, 3:20 pm | New Zealand Government

A range of conservation projects, including coastal forests, wetland restoration and pest control across Otago, will benefit from the latest round of Community Conservation Partnership Fund (CCPF) grants, says Associate Conservation Minister Nicky Wagner. More >>

Ambassador for Counter Terrorism Announced

Thursday, 8 October 2015, 2:54 pm | New Zealand Government

Foreign Minister Murray McCully today announced senior diplomat Carl Worker as New Zealand’s new Ambassador for Counter Terrorism. “The decision to appoint an Ambassador for Counter Terrorism was announced by the Prime Minister late last year, and reflects ... More >>

New road safety billboards for West Coast

Thursday, 8 October 2015, 2:34 pm | New Zealand Government

Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss says the West Coast will soon get 12 new road safety billboards, in time for the influx of tourists expected this summer. More >>

Thoughtless Carriage Giveaway Robs Rail Development

Thursday, 8 October 2015, 2:17 pm | New Zealand First Party

Auckland Transport has sold refurbished passenger train carriages valued at $190 million to Mozambique for a pittance of around $5 million, says New Zealand First. More >>

Paying the Price for Mishandling Solid Energy

Thursday, 8 October 2015, 2:14 pm | New Zealand First Party

Kiwis are paying the price for the government’s appalling mishandling of state-owned Solid Energy, says New Zealand First. More >>

Tolley Talk - October 8 2015

Thursday, 8 October 2015, 1:48 pm | Anne Tolley

Earlier this month I was excited to be at Ohope Beach School with Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye for the announcement of a $13.5 million redevelopment for the school. More >>

Stinging Pentagon Assessment Casts Shadow Over PM Visit

Thursday, 8 October 2015, 1:43 pm | New Zealand First Party

While New Zealand Army personnel are doing their best, the Pentagon has slammed the Iraqi Government and quality of “elite” counterattack brigades now under training, says New Zealand First. More >>

Report shows major potential for Waimea dam

Thursday, 8 October 2015, 1:40 pm | New Zealand Government

A new report released today shows the proposed Waimea Community Dam near Nelson would deliver major economic and environmental benefits, says Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy. More >>

Very Slow Broadband Limits Rural Users

Thursday, 8 October 2015, 1:20 pm | New Zealand First Party

While slow broadband is failing rural New Zealand, the government is side-tracked claiming its being bold with a new connectivity target, says New Zealand First. “The true picture is that rural people and businesses are crying out with frustration, ... More >>

Suicide Action Plan Failing Farmers

Thursday, 8 October 2015, 1:16 pm | New Zealand First Party

The failure of the Government’s Suicide Prevention Action Plan to address the issue of rural suicide is costing farmers their lives and the farming sector economically, says New Zealand First. More >>

Speech: Adult Illiteracy Costs Us

Thursday, 8 October 2015, 11:36 am | New Zealand First Party

It is a genuine pleasure to join the Adult Literacy Practitioners’ Association at your 2015 Forum, here, in the beautiful and sometimes winterless North More >>

Govt needs a plan to support people working in coal industry

Thursday, 8 October 2015, 11:31 am | Green Party

The National Government needs a plan to support people who work for Solid Energy and communities like Huntly as the coal industry winds up, the Green Party said today. More >>

Make a pre-Christmas date with StudyLink

Thursday, 8 October 2015, 11:01 am | New Zealand Government

Associate Social Development Minister Jo Goodhew is urging students to apply for their 2016 student loans and allowances by 16 December. More >>

Mine closure a blow to Huntly

Thursday, 8 October 2015, 10:02 am | New Zealand Labour Party

Today’s announcement that the Huntly East Mine will be closed after the sale of Solid Energy puts the pressure on the Government to help Huntly, says Labour’s Maori Development Spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta. More >>

In Focus: Jo Goodhew MP

Thursday, 8 October 2015, 9:46 am | Jo Goodhew

Over past months there has been a lot of debate about the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). I have repeatedly been asked for detail that I have not only not known, but couldn’t give. More >>

Māori Women’s Welfare League Deserves Government Engagement

Thursday, 8 October 2015, 9:20 am | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First believes the Māori Women’s Welfare League’s (MWWL) deserves the opportunity to take a central role in addressing the needs of Māori children in state care. More >>

40 more youth forensic mental health workers

Thursday, 8 October 2015, 9:18 am | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says an extra 40 youth forensic community mental health workers are now helping to support vulnerable youth across the country over the last four years. More >>

Minister welcomes Health Star Ratings on drinks

Thursday, 8 October 2015, 9:06 am | New Zealand Government

Food Safety Minister Jo Goodhew welcomes the decision by New Zealand Beverage Council (NZBC) to adopt the Health Star Ratings (HSR) on nearly all non-alcoholic beverages. More >>

Dunne Speaks: Trade is part of our economic DNA

Thursday, 8 October 2015, 9:04 am | Peter Dunne

When I left university I went to work for the Department of Trade and Industry, in import licensing. I was then a true believer in protectionism, in regulating the flow and nature of imports and consequently the choices available to and standard ... More >>

Parata puts brakes on charter school appraisal

Thursday, 8 October 2015, 9:01 am | New Zealand Labour Party

A former ACT party president and current chair of the Board overseeing charter schools has slammed the Government’s attempt to whitewash an ‘independent’ evaluation of the schools, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. More >>

Prime Minister visits NZ troops in Camp Taji, Iraq

Wednesday, 7 October 2015, 4:12 pm | New Zealand Government

Prime Minister John Key has visited New Zealand troops at Iraq’s Camp Taji. Mr Key also met with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and President Fuad Masum in Baghdad to discuss the campaign to defeat ISIL, and New Zealand’s contribution ... More >>

Minister to focus on future of non-casino gambling

Wednesday, 7 October 2015, 3:18 pm | New Zealand Government

Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne has announced a number of decisions affecting the gambling sector. More >>

Simon Bridges to attend APEC ministerial meetings

Wednesday, 7 October 2015, 2:36 pm | New Zealand Government

Transport and Energy and Resources Minister, Simon Bridges, will attend APEC meetings in the Philippines this week, promoting economic cooperation and opportunities. More >>

Farmers aren’t stupid

Wednesday, 7 October 2015, 1:59 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

A sales pitch pushing the sale of Silver Fern Farms to Shanghai Maling and included in a mail out of voting papers to shareholders will not fool farmers, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. More >>

New Customs officers on frontline for summer

Wednesday, 7 October 2015, 1:23 pm | New Zealand Government

Customs Minister Nicky Wagner welcomes 21 new Customs recruits who start training this month, ahead of what is expected to be a record summer for passengers crossing New Zealand’s border. More >>

Crown Setting Worrying Trend for Treaty Obligations

Wednesday, 7 October 2015, 12:54 pm | New Zealand First Party

Māori communities and interest groups are repeatedly being ignored by the government in decisions that affect them, says New Zealand First. More >>

KiwiSaver withdrawals highlight growing hardship

Wednesday, 7 October 2015, 12:52 pm | Green Party

Record numbers of people are withdrawing from their KiwiSaver schemes due to significant financial hardship, the Green Party said today. More >>

Charter schools evaluation reveals next to nothing

Wednesday, 7 October 2015, 12:27 pm | Green Party

The only useful conclusion in the Government-sanctioned evaluation of charter schools is the confirmation that smaller classes work better, the Green Party says. The evaluation, carried out by consultancy firm Martin Jenkins and released publicly yesterday, was ... More >>

New Zealand gave away right to protect houses and land

Wednesday, 7 October 2015, 12:08 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

New Zealand has sold itself down the river by failing to even try to protect New Zealand land and homes from offshore interests in the TPP negotiations, Labour Finance Spokesperson Grant Robertson says. More >>

Work starts on new maximum-security facility

Wednesday, 7 October 2015, 11:57 am | New Zealand Government

Corrections Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga today officially launched the construction of a new maximum-security facility at Auckland Prison More >>

Greens support E tū union launch

Wednesday, 7 October 2015, 11:36 am | Green Party

Today’s launch of the new union E tū, formed through the merger of the EPMU and the Service and Food Workers’ Union, has been welcomed by the Green Party. The new union covers over 50,000 members and is New Zealand’s largest private sector ... More >>

Super Fund tilts towards clean energy

Wednesday, 7 October 2015, 11:25 am | Green Party

The New Zealand Superannuation Fund’s commitment to invest NZ$540 million in clean energy is its clearest signal yet that they are taking climate change seriously, the Green Party said today. More >>


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