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Twyford shows debt control pledge is phoney

Monday, 20 August 2018, 4:46 pm | New Zealand National Party

Cabinet minister Phil Twyford’s revelation that the government has no limit on the amount of debt it might run up makes a mockery of Grant Robertson’s fiscal responsibility rules, National’s finance spokesperson Amy Adams says. More >>

Green Party backs pay freeze for MPs

Monday, 20 August 2018, 4:17 pm | Green Party

The Green Party backs the Government’s decision to freeze MPs’ pay for the next year and welcomes a review that will investigate changes down the track to ensure pay increases are in line with increases other working New Zealanders receive. More >>

MP pay frozen and fairer system for increases developed

Monday, 20 August 2018, 3:50 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government is freezing MP salaries and allowances for a year while developing a fairer formula for future pay increases. More >>

Small increase in frontline cops over five years

Monday, 20 August 2018, 3:10 pm | New Zealand National Party

Today’s big announcement by Police Minister Stuart Nash and Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters about 1800 new police officers is another example of spin over substance, National’s Police spokesperson Chris Bishop says. More >>

More diversity for smarter justice reforms

Monday, 20 August 2018, 3:04 pm | New Zealand Government

Justice Minister Andrew Little has announced he’s added more diversity and filled the two remaining places on the expert advisory group focussing on the criminal justice reform programmes. More >>

Government announces improvements to trades training

Monday, 20 August 2018, 2:50 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government is expanding the number of Trades Academy places to help more senior secondary school students into employment, and simplifying the way Māori and Pasifika Trades Training students access the resources they need, Education Minister Chris ... More >>

Free Press: ACT’s regular bulletin

Monday, 20 August 2018, 2:07 pm | ACT New Zealand

ACT Forces Winston’s Hand on Māori seats ACT’s Smaller Government Bill has forced Winston Peters to propose an amendment to a Labour MP's bill that would put the Māori seats to a referendum. Peters has been in Parliament for 40 years and ... More >>

More Police across all regions

Monday, 20 August 2018, 1:31 pm | New Zealand Government

Rt Hon Winston Peters Deputy Prime Minister Hon Stuart Nash Minister of Police 20 August 2018 EMBARGOED 1.30PM MEDIA STATEMENT More Police across all regions Provincial communities across all regions will benefit from the rollout of 1800 extra Police ... More >>

Justice Summit on the side of criminals, not victims

Monday, 20 August 2018, 11:53 am | New Zealand National Party

The National Party will be well represented at this week’s Criminal Justice Summit, but we’re extremely doubtful it will come back with any good reforms National’s Justice spokesperson Mark Mitchell says. More >>

Accessible communications needed to protect communities

Monday, 20 August 2018, 10:59 am | New Zealand Government

Helping communities prepare and respond to emergencies by ensuring they are well-informed and ready has never been more important, Minister of Civil Defence Hon Kris Faafoi says. More >>

Concrete solutions to Auckland’s construction waste

Monday, 20 August 2018, 10:11 am | New Zealand Government

More than $3 million of funding will help divert 40,000 tonnes of commercial and industrial waste from landfills in Auckland every year. More >>

Commemorating Waitangi Day Fund supports nationwide events

Monday, 20 August 2018, 10:07 am | New Zealand Government

The Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Jacinda Ardern is encouraging communities to apply for funding to help with hosting local events commemorating the signing of Te Tiriti. More >>

Fresh focus on Pasifika small business

Monday, 20 August 2018, 9:27 am | New Zealand Government

Pasifika-run small businesses are urged to take the opportunity to learn more about the Government assistance available at the first-ever Pasifika focused Small Business Roadshow. More >>

ACT prompts Peters into action on Māori seats

Sunday, 19 August 2018, 8:07 pm | ACT New Zealand

"ACT’s Smaller Government Bill has prompted Winston Peters into action on the Māori seats”, says Party Leader David Seymour. Winston Peters today told Sky News he would propose an amendment to a Labour MP’s bill that would have the effect ... More >>

Funding for Ngāpuhi hapū hui

Sunday, 19 August 2018, 12:35 pm | New Zealand Government

Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Andrew Little has announced funding support for Ngāpuhi hapū to consider their Treaty settlement progress. More >>

Greens all talk, no action

Sunday, 19 August 2018, 12:33 pm | New Zealand National Party

Green Party supporters will be bitterly disappointed at the announcement today of more reviews and no action National’s Environment spokesperson Scott Simpson says. More >>

Waste work programme to tackle tough problems

Sunday, 19 August 2018, 12:32 pm | New Zealand Government

Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage has announced a programme of work to take action on New Zealand’s long-neglected waste problems. More >>

Green Party ensures water on the agenda

Saturday, 18 August 2018, 2:13 pm | Green Party

The Green Party has ensured that the next set of changes to the Overseas Investment Act will look at water extraction and whether stronger tests should be set for land sales involving water takes, Green Party Co-Leader Marama Davidson announced today. More >>

Lincoln University’s autonomy vital to NZ’s future

Saturday, 18 August 2018, 2:02 pm | New Zealand National Party

Today’s revelations that the Government has been secretly inviting bids for a fire sale of Lincoln University which would see it folded into a larger institution are deeply concerning Selwyn MP Amy Adams says. More >>

Shane Jones’s ideological constraints

Saturday, 18 August 2018, 11:44 am | New Zealand National Party

Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones has proved how conflicted and confused the Coalition Government is with his appearance on Newshub Nation this morning, National Finance spokeswomen Amy Adams says. More >>

Christchurch reinstated as refugee settlement location

Saturday, 18 August 2018, 11:28 am | New Zealand Government

Christchurch reinstated as refugee settlement location The announcement that Christchurch can once again be a settlement location for refugees represents an important step for New Zealand’s ambitions to increase the refugee quota, and is a milestone for ... More >>

Fletcher Tabuteau Withdraws Kiwifund Bill

Friday, 17 August 2018, 6:24 pm | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First Deputy Leader and spokesperson for commerce Fletcher Tabuteau is pleased to announce the Government has taken seriously the issues raised by his KiwiFund Bill meaning the Bill will not be progressed further. “Simply, the issues the Bill ... More >>

What will more bureaucracy achieve?

Friday, 17 August 2018, 5:25 pm | ACT New Zealand

“A new Government agency will just add to an alphabet soup of departments responsible for delivering infrastructure”, says ACT Leader David Seymour. “If a new infrastructure agency is needed then what are the New Zealand Transport Agency, the Ministry of ... More >>

Clarification of Dividend Rules in Companies Bill

Friday, 17 August 2018, 4:46 pm | Office of the Clerk

Have your say on the Companies (Clarification of Dividend Rules in Companies) Amendment Bill The Primary Production Committee is now seeking public submissions on a bill that would make a small technical amendment to the Companies Act 1993. The Companies ... More >>

Green MP Chloe Swarbrick to visit Nelson

Friday, 17 August 2018, 4:28 pm | Green Party

Green MP Chloe Swarbrick to visit Nelson region in wake of youth mental health service decision More >>

Minister wishes Black Ferns luck as pros at internationals

Friday, 17 August 2018, 3:49 pm | New Zealand Government

Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson wishes the Black Ferns luck as they open the first of two doubleheaders tomorrow that will see New Zealand taking on Australia’s national rugby sides. More >>

Family Justice reforms experts announced

Friday, 17 August 2018, 3:11 pm | New Zealand Government

Justice Minister Andrew Little has announced the full line up of the ‘Expert Reference Group’ to support the Independent Panel examining the 2014 family justice reforms. More >>

Tertiary education Annual Maximum Fee Movement for 2019 set

Friday, 17 August 2018, 3:02 pm | New Zealand Government

The Annual Maximum Fee Movement (AMFM) for tertiary education organisations in 2019 has been set to 2%, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. More >>

New infrastructure entity to help drive economic growth

Friday, 17 August 2018, 2:55 pm | New Zealand Government

A new independent entity will be established so New Zealand gets the quality infrastructure investment it needs to improve long-term economic performance and social wellbeing, Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones has announced today. More >>

Companies and workers need certainty to thrive

Friday, 17 August 2018, 2:31 pm | New Zealand National Party

BusinessNZ chief Kirk Hope is exactly right in saying Government policy must maximise economic growth and generate jobs that lead to higher incomes and make Kiwis better off, National’s finance spokesperson Amy Adams says. More >>

Takata airbag recall on track

Friday, 17 August 2018, 2:16 pm | New Zealand Government

New numbers show the Takata airbag compulsory recall in New Zealand has now seen 38,238 Alpha airbags replaced and 208,902 non-Alphas replaced – 45 percent of all Alpha airbags and 42 percent of non-Alphas. More >>

$30 million investment for Kura and Manukura

Friday, 17 August 2018, 2:14 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government is investing $30 million to expand two schools, providing their staff and students with permanent sites to teach and learn from, Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. More >>

Restoring teachers to their own council moves a step closer

Friday, 17 August 2018, 11:14 am | New Zealand Government

The passing of the second reading of the Education (Teaching Council of Aotearoa) Amendment Bill brings us one step closer to restoring the voice of teachers to their own professional body,” Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. More >>

Green Party to oppose Tasman District Council Bill

Friday, 17 August 2018, 11:12 am | Green Party

The Green Party caucus is listening to the concerns of environmentalists and the local community and will not support the upcoming Waimea Dam enabling legislation, Green Party Co-Leader Marama Davidson announced today. More >>

Govt must break deadlock on teacher strikes

Friday, 17 August 2018, 10:09 am | New Zealand National Party

The Government must settle pay negotiations and avoid a two day teacher strike to give teachers what they deserve, ensure learning is uninterrupted and that parents aren’t having to scramble for childcare cover, National’s Education spokesperson ... More >>

Housing New Zealand turns down good houses

Friday, 17 August 2018, 9:37 am | New Zealand National Party

Housing New Zealand’s decision to only lease houses built since 2001 will be a disappointment for many tenants, National’s Housing spokesperson Judith Collins says. More >>

Parliament: Questions and Answers - August 16

Thursday, 16 August 2018, 7:12 pm | Hansard

1 Hon PAULA BENNETT (Deputy Leader—National) to the Prime Minister : Does she stand by all of her Government's statements and actions? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS (Deputy Prime Minister) on behalf of the Prime Minister : On behalf of the Prime Minister, ... More >>

New online tool for health and wellbeing policy

Thursday, 16 August 2018, 6:47 pm | New Zealand Government

Hon Stuart Nash Minister for Small Business 16 August 2018 MEDIA STATEMENT New online tool for health and wellbeing policy More >>

Māori and Pasifika scholarship recipients named

Thursday, 16 August 2018, 6:22 pm | New Zealand Government

30 highly-accomplished Māori and Pasifika student teachers have been awarded prestigious Kupe Scholarships in a presentation ceremony hosted by Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis in Parliament today. More >>

National’s NAIT amendments deserved due process

Thursday, 16 August 2018, 5:29 pm | New Zealand National Party

While some changes to the National Animal Identification and Tracking Act (NAIT) are needed, Parliament has been denied the opportunity to properly scrutinise Government amendments which may not be in the best interests of farmers, National’s Agriculture ... More >>

Infrastructure Commission needed now

Thursday, 16 August 2018, 4:35 pm | New Zealand National Party

National’s plan to establish a National Infrastructure Commission is what’s needed now to help jump start the infrastructure pipeline, National’s spokesperson for Infrastructure Jami-Lee Ross says. More >>

Law changes support M.bovis eradication

Thursday, 16 August 2018, 4:19 pm | New Zealand Government

Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor today announced a package of technical law changes to support the Mycoplasma bovis eradication programme. More >>

Minister risking Southland mothers and babies

Thursday, 16 August 2018, 4:11 pm | New Zealand National Party

The decisions to axe the birthing unit at Lumsden and not provide one in Wanaka are devastating for communities and will lead to worse outcomes for mothers and babies in the lower Southland region, National Party spokesperson for Health Michael Woodhouse ... More >>

Reappointments to Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu

Thursday, 16 August 2018, 4:10 pm | New Zealand Government

Hon Chris Hipkins Minister of Education 16 August 2018 MEDIA STATEMENT Reappointments to Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu More >>

Govt failing New Zealanders on freshwater

Thursday, 16 August 2018, 4:06 pm | New Zealand National Party

Environment Minister David Parker’s bull in a china shop approach to resolving freshwater issues in New Zealand is hindering progress on an issue of real importance to all New Zealanders, National’s Environment spokesperson Scott Simpson says. More >>

Civil Defence Groups recognised at International Awards

Thursday, 16 August 2018, 4:05 pm | New Zealand Parliament

Minister of Civil Defence Kris Faafoi has congratulated Civil Defence groups from Wellington and the Bay of Plenty who received awards at the 2018 International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) Awards. More >>

Appointments to New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO

Thursday, 16 August 2018, 3:51 pm | New Zealand Government

Associate Education Minister Jenny Salesa is pleased to announce appointments to the New Zealand National Commission for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (the National Commission). More >>

State houses on Airbnb inappropriate

Thursday, 16 August 2018, 3:40 pm | New Zealand National Party

Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford needs to swiftly clamp down on state housing tenants that are renting out surplus rooms in their social housing properties, National’s Social Housing spokesperson Simon O’Connor says. More >>

ACC boosts investment in family violence intervention

Thursday, 16 August 2018, 3:05 pm | New Zealand Government

ACC will invest a further $1.7m over the next three years to support the expansion of Gandhi Nivas, an early intervention service that provides emergency accommodation and counselling for perpetrators of family violence, says Minister for ACC Iain Lees-Galloway. More >>

NZ First MPs signed $300k good behaviour bond

Thursday, 16 August 2018, 3:04 pm | New Zealand National Party

Revelations that Government MPs are required to sign a legally enforceable contract meaning they must pay $300,000 if they do not follow their Leader’s instruction is an affront to our parliamentary democracy, National’s Electoral Law spokesperson ... More >>

Important Wellington road at risk

Thursday, 16 August 2018, 2:20 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Government must come clean on what its new transport plan and its focus on building a new tram in Auckland at the expense of regional roads means for the future of the important Petone to Grenada Link Road, National’s Chris Bishop and Brett Hudson ... More >>

NZ First Welcomes First Step in Addressing Foreign Ownership

Thursday, 16 August 2018, 1:56 pm | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First is pleased that legislation banning foreign ownership of homes in this country has passed its third and final reading in Parliament. More >>

Nats' political cycle begins afresh

Thursday, 16 August 2018, 1:48 pm | ACT New Zealand

"The first stage of the National Party’s political cycle is underway as it talks a big game on Resource Management Act reform", says ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

Strikes, strikes, strikes – and more to come

Thursday, 16 August 2018, 12:56 pm | New Zealand National Party

There have now been twice as many people go on strike in the past ten months than in the entire nine years of the previous National-led Government, National’s spokespeople for Workplace Relations and Safety, Scott Simpson and Dan Bidois say. More >>

Parliament: Oral Questions - 16 August 2018

Thursday, 16 August 2018, 12:21 pm | Office of the Clerk

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

Broadcasting Amendment Bill drawn from the ballot

Thursday, 16 August 2018, 9:11 am | New Zealand National Party

A National Party Members’ Bill drawn from the ballot late last week in the name of National list MP Melissa Lee would ensure that broadcasting content funding decisions by the Government are more transparent. More >>

Nutty plastic bag ban killing jobs

Thursday, 16 August 2018, 9:00 am | ACT New Zealand

"The Greens’ nutty ban on single-use plastic bags has claimed its first victim", says ACT Leader David Seymour. Stuff has reported that Porirua-based Kiwi Plastics is set to close its doors at the end of the year, putting its workers out of a job. ... More >>

Foreign buyers ban passes third reading

Wednesday, 15 August 2018, 6:24 pm | New Zealand Government

The Bill to put in place the Government’s policy of banning overseas buyers of existing homes has passed its third and final reading in the House. More >>

Windblown timber bill vital for the West Coast

Wednesday, 15 August 2018, 5:01 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Government needs to support a proposed Local Bill which would enable the harvesting of windblown trees on Conservation Land in the West Coast following adverse events, National’s Maureen Pugh says. More >>

Health Minister dismisses cybersecurity concerns

Wednesday, 15 August 2018, 4:24 pm | New Zealand National Party

In light of recent information that Lakes DHB is subject to 1.7 million cyberattacks per day Health Minister David Clark must ensure the sector and the public that something is being done to keep their data safe, National’s spokesperson for Data and Cybersecurity ... More >>

 
 
 
 
 
 

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