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Labour calls for immediate humanitarian aid for Nepal

Sunday, 26 April 2015, 12:41 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

The Government should act immediately to help with earthquake relief efforts in Nepal, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer says. More >>

Speech at Chunuk Bair

Sunday, 26 April 2015, 12:20 pm | New Zealand Government

But it was the closest the Allied forces came to making a breakthrough in the whole Gallipoli campaign. More >>

Key should not trade with nations that behead

Sunday, 26 April 2015, 11:32 am | Green Party

John Key should not be considering a trade deal with a country like Saudi Arabia where women are not allowed out without male supervision, let alone drive cars, said the Green Party. More >>

New holiday reflects significance of Anzac Day

Sunday, 26 April 2015, 11:22 am | New Zealand Labour Party

New holiday reflects significance of Anzac Day Anzac Day now has the full recognition that other public holidays have long enjoyed, reflecting the growing significance it has to our sense of identity and pride as a nation, Labour MP David Clark says. More >>

John Key’s Speech at Dawn Service in ANZAC Cove in Gallipoli

Sunday, 26 April 2015, 11:00 am | John Key

On this beach, on this day, at this hour, exactly 100 years ago, the first Anzac troops came ashore. More >>

John Key Dawn Service Speech

Sunday, 26 April 2015, 10:55 am | John Key

On this beach, on this day, at this hour, exactly 100 years ago, the first Anzac troops came ashore. More >>

NZ ready to assist after Nepal quake

Sunday, 26 April 2015, 10:38 am | New Zealand Government

Foreign Minister Murray McCully says New Zealand stands ready with financial and practical assistance as Nepal responds to the devastating ANZAC Day earthquake. More >>

Anzac Day 2015 – Message from the Governor-General and PM

Saturday, 25 April 2015, 9:27 am | New Zealand Government

On 25 April every year we gather to remember our nation’s fallen, as well as the brave men and women who have served in all conflicts in both combat and peace-keeping roles. More >>

Governor-General's speech for Dawn Service, Anzac Day

Saturday, 25 April 2015, 6:35 am | Government House

Ka mihi anō ahau ki a koutou katoa e huihui nei ki te whakamaumāhara i te rā o ANZAC me te whakamaumāhara ki a rātou mā i mate ki tēnei pakanga - ngā hoia hoa piri me ngā hoia hoa riri. E kore rawa koutou e warewaretia. Kia ora tātou ... More >>

Update on 6.2 St Arnaud earthquake

Friday, 24 April 2015, 5:27 pm | New Zealand Government

GeoNet recorded a 6.2 earthquake located 35km south-east of St Arnaud, at a depth of 52km, just after 3.30pm today. More >>

Green Party to get public involved in question time

Friday, 24 April 2015, 5:26 pm | Green Party

In a first for New Zealand, the Green Party is giving the public a unique chance to be more involved in Parliament’s question time by having their own question on climate change asked of the Government. More >>

Ebola ruled out for healthcare worker

Friday, 24 April 2015, 5:24 pm | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the second healthcare worker who recently returned from Sierra Leone and required testing to rule out Ebola has tested negative for the virus. More >>

Housing Warrant of Fitness Must Be Enforceable

Friday, 24 April 2015, 3:12 pm | New Zealand First Party

It is heartening that Housing Minister Nick Smith has finally accepted that there is a rental housing problem in Christchurch, says New Zealand First Housing Spokesperson Denis O'Rourke. More >>

Housing crisis hurting export growth

Friday, 24 April 2015, 2:49 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

If Steven Joyce wants to revive his failing export growth target he needs to make sure the Government gets to grips with the housing crisis, says David Parker, Labour’s Export Growth and Trade spokesperson. More >>

Bill Targets Registration of Social Workers

Friday, 24 April 2015, 2:41 pm | New Zealand First Party

“We should demand the highest of standards when it comes to the care of our children,” says Spokesperson for Social Development Darroch Ball. More >>

$776,000 for new Marlborough recycling facility

Friday, 24 April 2015, 1:37 pm | New Zealand Government

$776,000 for new Marlborough recycling facility The Government is to provide $776,000 from the Waste Minimisation Fund for a new Marlborough waste sorting facility, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith announced today during a visit to the Marlborough District ... More >>

Gallipoli’s lesson: never forget, never repeat

Friday, 24 April 2015, 1:10 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

A special monument to one of our greatest war heroes should be a priority for the new Pukeahu National War Memorial Park, Labour Leader Andrew Little says. “This will honour the spirit of Lieutenant Colonel William Malone, who led 760 men to take ... More >>

Kaipara District Council Commissioners reappointed

Friday, 24 April 2015, 11:46 am | New Zealand Government

Associate Minister of Local Government Hon Louise Upston has today announced the three Commissioners appointed to the Kaipara District Council in 2012 are to be re-appointed for a further year. “The Commissioners have made significant progress in addressing ... More >>

ACT’s plan to boost wages

Friday, 24 April 2015, 11:25 am | ACT New Zealand

ACT Leader David Seymour is proposing a programme of one per cent per year reductions in the company tax rate. More >>

Enhancing NZ's parliamentary relationship with Germany

Friday, 24 April 2015, 10:54 am | Office of the Speaker

A parliamentary delegation led by the Speaker, Rt Hon David Carter, has been enhancing the bilateral and parliamentary relationship with Germany this past week. More >>

Minister welcomes Air NZ announcement

Friday, 24 April 2015, 10:43 am | New Zealand Government

Transport Minister Simon Bridges is welcoming Air New Zealand’s news that the Christchurch Engine Centre will be one of the first facilities in the world capable of dealing with new generation aircraft engines. The Christchurch Engine Centre, ... More >>

Greens Call For Remembrance of Armenian Genocide

Friday, 24 April 2015, 9:35 am | Green Party

The Green Party is the first New Zealand political party to call for the remembrance of the 100th anniversary of the genocide of the 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman government. More >>

Event recognises International education links

Friday, 24 April 2015, 8:56 am | New Zealand Government

Associate Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Louise Upston has tonight highlighted the importance of Chinese international students in Christchurch. More >>

PM delivers speech at International Peace Summit

Friday, 24 April 2015, 8:54 am | New Zealand Government

PM delivers speech at International Peace Summit Prime Minister John Key addressed the International Peace Summit in Istanbul, where historic bonds and current security challenges were common topics. “It’s important to acknowledge the bonds forged ... More >>

PM speech at Istanbul Peace Summit

Friday, 24 April 2015, 8:51 am | New Zealand Government

One hundred years ago today, thousands of young New Zealand and Australian soldiers waited anxiously for the orders that would send them ashore in an attempt to secure the Gallipoli Peninsula. More >>

Good progress on Christchurch housing welcomed

Thursday, 23 April 2015, 5:27 pm | New Zealand Government

Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith and Christchurch Deputy Mayor Vicki Buck today welcomed the release of the first Christchurch Housing Accord monitoring report, which shows a strong recovery in Christchurch’s residential housing since the earthquakes. More >>

Taxpayer bucks backing US billionaire

Thursday, 23 April 2015, 4:39 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Kiwis will be horrified to know they are backing a Team Oracle subsidiary owned by a US billionaire, Labour’s Sports and Recreation spokesperson Trevor Mallard says. It has been revealed today that a Warkworth boat building company, which is ... More >>

English’s sins of omission

Thursday, 23 April 2015, 4:24 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

When Bill English said ‘there is nothing left to be done’ on the Auckland housing crisis he had overlooked a few things – quite a few things, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. More >>

More House Buying Gloom for Auckland with Record Migration

Thursday, 23 April 2015, 4:24 pm | New Zealand First Party

The latest record migration figures continue to cast a shadow of gloom over Auckland house hunters, says New Zealand First. More >>

Akaroa harbour lands preserved for public

Thursday, 23 April 2015, 4:17 pm | New Zealand Government

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry is pleased to announce two key remnants of the native landscape of the Banks Peninsula will now be open for public access. Two properties on opposite sides of Akaroa harbour have been bought with help from the contestable ... More >>

Transfer to GPS monitoring on track

Thursday, 23 April 2015, 3:37 pm | New Zealand Government

Corrections Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga today visited the centre from which offenders and defendants who are subject to electronic sentences and bail are monitored. Some 1,960 offenders and defendants are now electronically monitored by new provider 3M, ... More >>

Climate change now hurts Kiwis

Thursday, 23 April 2015, 3:21 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Kiwis have twice been given timely and grave warnings on how climate change will hit them in their hip pockets this week, says Climate Change spokesperson Megan Woods. “The first is the closure of the Sanford mussel plant and the second a gloomy study ... More >>

Record migration means we need more houses, now

Thursday, 23 April 2015, 2:16 pm | Green Party

New immigration numbers out today show John Key needs to get his act together and solve the housing crisis in Auckland. “John Key loves crowing that high immigration is great for New Zealand but where is everyone going to live?” said Green Party ... More >>

NZ schools to welcome more Penguins

Thursday, 23 April 2015, 2:13 pm | New Zealand Government

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce today announced New Zealand has been chosen as the preferred destination to host secondary school students from Chile on the Chilean Government’s scholarship scheme ‘Penguins Without Borders’. ... More >>

National admits loan shark law not up to it

Thursday, 23 April 2015, 1:50 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

National has admitted new laws to crack down on loan sharks, truck shops and dodgy credit merchants aren’t up to the task of protecting vulnerable consumers, Labour’s Commerce spokesperson Kris Faafoi says. “Paul Goldsmith has acknowledged the laws ... More >>

Death Sparks Questions Over Vetting of Refugees

Thursday, 23 April 2015, 1:15 pm | New Zealand First Party

While it is sad to hear of the death of refugee Kadhem Chilab Abbas, 42, in Iraq , there are serious questions that should be raised over the vetting of refugees coming to New Zealand, says New Zealand First. More >>

John Key should be judged by his own ‘high’ standards

Thursday, 23 April 2015, 12:40 pm | Green Party

John Key should be judged by the “high” standards that have been the downfall of MPs and state sector bosses, instead he is trivialising his harassment of an Auckland woman, the Green Party says. “Backbench MP Aaron Gilmore lost his job for abusing ... More >>

Returned healthcare worker being tested to rule out Ebola

Thursday, 23 April 2015, 12:34 pm | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a second healthcare worker recently returned from the international response to Ebola in West Africa is to be tested to rule out the virus. “The patient has recently been in Sierra Leone as part of New Zealand’s ... More >>

Government must act on climate change

Thursday, 23 April 2015, 12:31 pm | Green Party

A report released today by WWF about the massive wealth of our oceans and the threat of collapse they now face underlines that the Government is being economically reckless by failing to act on climate change, the Green Party said today. The report, Reviving ... More >>

Patients take more control of their own health

Thursday, 23 April 2015, 11:58 am | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has today launched a campaign to raise awareness of the benefits of patient portals. More >>

TVNZ and RNZ appointments announced

Thursday, 23 April 2015, 11:37 am | New Zealand Government

Broadcasting Minister Amy Adams today announced the appointment of Sussan Turner as a Director of TVNZ and the elevation of Therese Walsh to Deputy Chair. More >>

Report shows support for Government action on plastic bags

Thursday, 23 April 2015, 11:30 am | Green Party

Report shows public support for Government action on plastic bags The Green Party is calling on the Government to develop a plan for reducing plastic bag use following a report out today from the Ministry for the Environment (MfE) that shows public ... More >>

Drive to Enrol More Children Puts Quality at Risk

Thursday, 23 April 2015, 11:27 am | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First Deputy Leader Tracey Martin says the government continues to promote early childhood education for increasing numbers of preschool children to meet National’s artificial Better Public Service Target. More >>

NZ showcased at Chilean Innovation Forum

Thursday, 23 April 2015, 11:15 am | New Zealand Government

New Zealand’s strengths in business, innovation and education were highlighted by Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce yesterday in a speech to Chile’s private and public sector leaders. “New Zealand has a long relationship with Chile. ... More >>

Extra holiday offers time to reflect

Thursday, 23 April 2015, 10:59 am | New Zealand Labour Party

Extra holiday offers time to reflect The Mondayisation of Anzac Day provides New Zealanders with an opportunity to spend more time with their families and their communities, Dunedin North Labour MP David Clark says. “This is the first time legislation I ... More >>

Hutt secondary schools lifting student achievement

Thursday, 23 April 2015, 9:55 am | New Zealand National Party

National List MP based in the Hutt Valley, Chris Bishop, has congratulated Hutt Valley secondary schools for their improvement in student achievement rates since 2008. More >>

Minister vows to hold slumlords to account

Thursday, 23 April 2015, 9:54 am | New Zealand Government

Minister vows to hold slumlords to account Māori Development Minister Hon Te Ururoa Flavell is outraged by the squalid state of some private rental properties in Christchurch. “My first reaction was to name and shame those landlords, particularly those who ... More >>

Minister to visit Hawkes Bay and Tongariro-Rangipo prisons

Wednesday, 22 April 2015, 5:06 pm | New Zealand Government

Corrections Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga will tomorrow visit two regional prisons to see first-hand how initiatives are helping prisoners with rehabilitation as they prepare for life after release. More >>

Dunne Speaks - Thoughts about the ANZAC Connection

Wednesday, 22 April 2015, 3:57 pm | Peter Dunne

22 April 2015 The words “We will remember them. Lest we forget,” will be intoned in ceremonies across New Zealand, Australia, and the Gallipoli peninsula this weekend, as people of many ages and backgrounds commemorate the bravery of those who took ... More >>

More angst and anguish for red zone locals

Wednesday, 22 April 2015, 2:41 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Local residents will be bitterly disappointed by the Government’s cherry picking of the Supreme Court’s decision regarding compensation for red zoned property owners, Labour Canterbury Earthquake Recovery spokesperson and Port Hills MP Ruth Dyson says. More >>

New Zealand First Announces New List Member of Parliament

Wednesday, 22 April 2015, 2:24 pm | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First is pleased to announce that Ms Ria Bond will become a list Member of Parliament for New Zealand First. With the New Zealand First Leader now the Member of Parliament for Northland the next available New Zealand First list nominee becomes ... More >>

Iwi collective to buy Corrections land

Wednesday, 22 April 2015, 2:11 pm | New Zealand Government

The Tūwharetoa Settlement Trust and six other Tūwharetoa entities will buy about 8500ha of land from the Crown in the central North Island, Corrections Minister Peseta Sam-Lotu-Iiga has announced. More >>

NZ an easy mark for overseas property speculators

Wednesday, 22 April 2015, 1:56 pm | Green Party

Revelations that New Zealand is being marketed in Malaysia and other parts of Asia as an easy place to make a quick property buck show why we desperately need restrictions on non-resident foreign buyers in our overheated market, the Green Party said today. More >>

Pure Water- pure rip off

Wednesday, 22 April 2015, 1:31 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

New Zealanders’ rights to fresh water must be protected before commercial allocations are given, but the Government is allowing resources to be taken, says Kelvin Davis MP for Te Tai Tokerau. “The Government needs to resolve the issue of water rights ... More >>

Cabinet paper reveals weak case for Iraq deployment

Wednesday, 22 April 2015, 1:30 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

A heavily redacted copy of a Cabinet paper on New Zealand’s military deployment to Iraq reveals how weak the case is for military involvement in that conflict, says Labour’s Defence spokesperson Phil Goff. The paper warns that given the failure ... More >>

Time for a plastic bag-free NZ

Wednesday, 22 April 2015, 12:41 pm | Green Party

The Green Party has launched a campaign to create a plastic-bag free New Zealand and is calling on the Government to legislate to phase plastic bags out. Green Party waste spokesperson Denise Roche is leading the charge and is canvassing the country ... More >>

Minister visiting Europe, Singapore, PNG

Wednesday, 22 April 2015, 12:08 pm | New Zealand Government

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee leaves today for Belgium, where he will be New Zealand’s official representative at Anzac Day commemorations. More >>

Next wave of Communities of Schools

Wednesday, 22 April 2015, 12:06 pm | New Zealand Government

Education Minister Hekia Parata says 129 schools from across the country have signed up for the second round of Communities of Schools. The schools, which together have more than 45,000 students, will form 18 new Communities of Schools dedicated to systematically ... More >>

New tenancy website launched

Wednesday, 22 April 2015, 11:56 am | New Zealand Government

A new tenancy services website designed to be a one-stop shop for all tenancy-related advice, information and education has been launched today by Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith. More >>

Malaysia’s booty is Kiwis’ lost homeownership dream

Wednesday, 22 April 2015, 11:51 am | New Zealand Labour Party

It’s unsurprising the Auckland property market is so overheated when Malaysians are being told they can live large on Kiwi’s hard-earned rent money, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. More >>


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