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Local government support on waste welcome

Sunday, 15 July 2018, 6:55 pm | New Zealand Government

Local government leadership is crucial to turn around New Zealand’s approach to waste, Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage says. More >>

Productivity Commission to investigate Local Govt funding

Sunday, 15 July 2018, 4:51 pm | New Zealand Government

The Productivity Commission will hold an inquiry into Local Government funding and financing, Finance Minister Grant Robertson announced today. More >>

Supreme Matariki Award goes to outstanding Māori artist

Sunday, 15 July 2018, 1:49 pm | New Zealand Government

Supreme Matariki Award goes to outstanding Māori artist The Hon Nanaia Mahuta Minister of Māori Development says it’s great that artist and academic, Professor Ahorangi Derek Lardelli has been awarded the supreme award at the third Matariki Awards. “It ... More >>

Govt axes highly anticipated mental health pilot

Sunday, 15 July 2018, 1:37 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Government’s decision to axe a universally-supported pilot to improve the response to 111 mental health calls is nothing short of disgraceful, especially after Labour pledged to make mental health a priority, National’s Police spokesperson Chris ... More >>

Where’s Wally Haumaha inquiry?

Saturday, 14 July 2018, 10:34 am | New Zealand National Party

The Government must release the terms of reference of the inquiry into the appointment of Wally Haumaha as Deputy Police Commissioner given it’s now two weeks since the Acting Prime Minister announced the inquiry, National’s Police spokesperson Chris ... More >>

Have your say on the Maritime Powers Extension Bill

Friday, 13 July 2018, 4:21 pm | Office of the Clerk

Media Release From: Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives For release: 13 July 2018 There’s still time to have your say on the Maritime Powers Extension Bill The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee is seeking submissions on the ... More >>

Govt’s reasons for axing school PPPs flimsy

Friday, 13 July 2018, 3:46 pm | New Zealand National Party

A recently released Cabinet Paper shows the Government is going ahead with axing public-private partnerships for building and maintaining schools, but the reasons for doing so simply don’t stack up, National’s Associate Education spokesperson ... More >>

Commissioner proposed for Unitec

Friday, 13 July 2018, 2:57 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government is reaffirming its commitment to Auckland-based institute of technology Unitec, with the proposal to appoint a Commissioner, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said. More >>

Government’s lack of leadership again on show

Friday, 13 July 2018, 2:11 pm | New Zealand National Party

Health Minister David Clark going on holiday while nurses went on well-signalled strikes around New Zealand is the latest example of a Government failing to front up to New Zealanders, Opposition Leader Simon Bridges says. More >>

1080 dumpers must be held to account

Friday, 13 July 2018, 10:21 am | New Zealand National Party

Revelations that 1080 poison has been dumped in a national park on Stewart Island need to be urgently investigated and dealt with, National’s Conservation spokesperson Sarah Dowie says. More >>

Mangere redevelopment means 10,000 new homes

Friday, 13 July 2018, 9:29 am | New Zealand Government

The Government will transform Mangere with an ambitious programme to build 10,000 new homes for families from all walks of life, Minister of Housing and Urban Development Phil Twyford has announced. More >>

Clear information needed on compostable plastics

Friday, 13 July 2018, 9:20 am | New Zealand Government

New information out today confirms work is needed to ensure there are good standards and clear information for consumers about biodegradable and compostable plastics, Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage says. More >>

Integrity of Govt slush fund in serious question

Thursday, 12 July 2018, 6:18 pm | New Zealand National Party

Shane Jones needs to explain what conflicts were declared before the Government gave $6 million to a trust led by a former NZ First MP, and why his slush fund is leading to private gain, National’s Regional Economic Development spokesperson Paul Goldsmith ... More >>

Police initiatives across Auckland

Thursday, 12 July 2018, 4:05 pm | New Zealand Government

Two new policing initiatives are being launched in Auckland with the objective of preventing crime, improving community safety, and reducing reoffending. More >>

Smith welcomes guilty verdict

Thursday, 12 July 2018, 2:13 pm | New Zealand National Party

Nelson MP Nick Smith has welcomed the guilty verdict today in the Nelson District Court over the poison throwing incident at the Nelson Market last year. More >>

Govt’s Criminal Justice Summit simply a PR tool

Thursday, 12 July 2018, 1:40 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Government’s Criminal Justice Summit is nothing more than a public relations exercise to try to justify its plans to go soft on crime, National’s Justice spokesperson Mark Mitchell says. More >>

Funding for Taranaki hydrogen infrastructure

Thursday, 12 July 2018, 1:05 pm | New Zealand Government

Acting Prime Minister, Rt Hon Winston Peters, has announced a Provincial Growth Fund investment to help develop hydrogen fuel infrastructure in Taranaki. More >>

Further PGF funding announced for Venture Taranaki

Thursday, 12 July 2018, 1:01 pm | New Zealand Government

Regional Economic Development Under-Secretary Fletcher Tabuteau is pleased to be in Taranaki today to announce $600,000 from the Provincial Growth Fund to support the Taranaki region to diversify its economy. More >>

Sector forum to progress safe borrowing options

Thursday, 12 July 2018, 12:46 pm | New Zealand Government

Hon Kris Faafoi Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs 12 July 2018 MEDIA STATEMENT Sector forum to progress safe borrowing options for vulnerable consumers An industry forum for business, government and community agencies aims to ensure vulnerable consumers ... More >>

First state house tenant among new HNZ board appointments

Thursday, 12 July 2018, 12:37 pm | New Zealand Government

Minister of Housing and Urban Development Phil Twyford has announced the appointment of three new members of the board of Housing New Zealand (HNZ), including the first state house tenant to be on its board since the corporation was created in 2001. More >>

Minister welcomes big business emissions commitment

Thursday, 12 July 2018, 12:09 pm | New Zealand Government

Hon James Shaw Minister for Climate Change Minister 12 July 2018 MEDIA STATEMENT Minister welcomes big business emissions commitment. The Minister for Climate Change strongly welcomes the commitment by the new Climate Leaders Coalition of 60 businesses ... More >>

Fixing our broken justice system: first steps

Thursday, 12 July 2018, 9:48 am | New Zealand Government

Justice Minister Andrew Little has revealed the first steps in fixing our broken criminal justice system, so we can make communities safer. More >>

Commissioner questions merit of biodegradable plastics

Thursday, 12 July 2018, 9:38 am | Parliamentary Commissioner For The Environment

Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Simon Upton has urged the Government to take a lead in in dealing with the confusion surrounding biodegradable and compostable plastics. More >>

Interim report on origin of food bill

Wednesday, 11 July 2018, 5:08 pm | Primary Production Committee

The Primary Production Committee has today published its interim report on the Consumers’ Right to Know (Country of Origin of Food) Bill. The report was presented to provide an update on the proposed recommendations for amendment to the bill and seek feedback ... More >>

Wool Summit aims for unity and value

Wednesday, 11 July 2018, 4:02 pm | New Zealand Government

Farmers, brokers, scientists, fashion designers and familiar company brands meet in Wellington next week to thread together a stronger future for wool. More >>

Curran’s RNZ+ dream on the scrap heap

Wednesday, 11 July 2018, 2:44 pm | New Zealand National Party

Broadcasting Minister Clare Curran’s announcement on public media funding this afternoon confirms Labours backtrack on RNZ+ and is a drop in the bucket compared to Labour’s original spending promises, National’s Broadcasting, Communications ... More >>

Hipkins to affirm education relationship in China

Wednesday, 11 July 2018, 2:33 pm | New Zealand Government

Minister of Education Chris Hipkins is travelling to China at the weekend for a four-day visit that includes meeting his counterpart Minister Chen Baosheng in Beijing. More >>

Greens delivering warm, dry, healthy homes in government

Wednesday, 11 July 2018, 1:53 pm | Green Party

The Green Party is celebrating the launch of the Warmer Kiwi Homes programme today, which will deliver warm, dry, healthy homes for a huge number of New Zealanders. More >>

New innovation fund part of public media funding allocation

Wednesday, 11 July 2018, 1:38 pm | New Zealand Government

New innovation fund part of public media funding allocation Broadcasting Minister Clare Curran has revealed a new $6 million Innovation Fund to drive more public media content for under-served audiences such as Maori and Pacific Peoples, children and ... More >>

Preliminary report on national ‘Education Conversation’

Wednesday, 11 July 2018, 12:55 pm | New Zealand Government

The national conversation to develop a vision for the future of education, and on making changes to education, is proving ‘hugely popular’ with teachers, principals, parents, young people, and communities, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said. More >>

Serious questions after census shambles

Wednesday, 11 July 2018, 11:35 am | New Zealand National Party

Stats NZ’s admission that over 400,000 New Zealanders were not counted in this year’s census raises serious questions for the Government to answer, National’s spokesperson for State Services Nick Smith says. More >>

Warmer Kiwi Homes Insulation programme launched

Wednesday, 11 July 2018, 10:55 am | New Zealand Government

The country has been hit with a series of cold snaps this winter but low-income homeowners can now warm up with grants covering two thirds of the cost of ceiling and underfloor insulation, Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods says. More >>

Major infrastructure funding for Tauranga City Council

Wednesday, 11 July 2018, 8:40 am | New Zealand Government

Minister of Housing and Urban Development Phil Twyford today announced $158 million of 10-year interest-free loans to Tauranga City Council to support major infrastructure projects. More >>

Biosecurity awareness needs work

Tuesday, 10 July 2018, 4:33 pm | New Zealand Government

More work needs to be done to help New Zealanders understand the true impact of biosecurity threats, says Minister of Agriculture and Biosecurity Damien O’Connor. More >>

Govt’s use of PPP for Waikeria smacks of hypocrisy

Tuesday, 10 July 2018, 3:09 pm | New Zealand National Party

Whether the Government has been deliberately duplicitous or simply chaotic with regards to the public-private partnership for Waikeria Prison, it is yet another example of its shambolic handling of law and order, National’s Corrections spokesperson ... More >>

Peters needs to put Kiwi landlords before diplomats

Tuesday, 10 July 2018, 2:09 pm | New Zealand National Party

Foreign Minister Winston Peters needs to put Kiwi landlords before foreign diplomats and tell representatives of foreign governments to pay their bills in New Zealand. More >>

Nash embarrassed by his own colleague

Tuesday, 10 July 2018, 1:38 pm | New Zealand National Party

Labour continues to make a mess of law and order, with Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis today contradicting Police Minister Stuart Nash’s statement that the extra police won’t result in the need for more prison beds, National’s Police spokesperson ... More >>

Government disappointed nurses reject pay offer

Tuesday, 10 July 2018, 12:34 pm | New Zealand Government

Acting Prime Minister, Rt Hon Winston Peters, says the Government is naturally very disappointed nurses plan to strike on Thursday, having rejected the recommendation of their union to accept the District Health Boards’ latest pay offer. More >>

High expectations result in nurses strike

Tuesday, 10 July 2018, 11:14 am | New Zealand National Party

The Government’s failure to reach an agreement on pay rises for 27,000 nurses means that strike action will commence in less than 48 hours as a result of the Government significantly raising expectations in Opposition, National’s Health spokesperson ... More >>

Supportive housing in central Auckland

Tuesday, 10 July 2018, 8:38 am | New Zealand Government

Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford today announced a major development to help central Auckland’s most vulnerable residents to live more stable and productive lives. More >>

Free Press: Defending free speech

Tuesday, 10 July 2018, 8:30 am | ACT New Zealand

First things first: Stefan Molyneux and Lauren Southern are, as Canadians would say, nuttier than squirrel poo. More >>

Mitchell welcomes procurement of 4 P8 Poseidons

Monday, 9 July 2018, 4:29 pm | New Zealand National Party

National’s Defence Spokesperson Mark Mitchell welcomes the Government’s decision to procure four Boeing P-8 Poseidon aircraft to advance the capabilities of our Defence Force. More >>

Strikes give small businesses a breather

Monday, 9 July 2018, 4:11 pm | ACT New Zealand

Today’s strike action by 4000 bureaucrats from Inland Revenue and the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment will give small businesses a temporary breather from onerous compliance costs, says ACT Leader David Seymour. “I welcome this action ... More >>

NZ to buy four P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft

Monday, 9 July 2018, 3:05 pm | New Zealand Government

The coalition Government has agreed to purchase four Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft from the United States Government. More >>

Minister accepts CAA findings, fine and reiterates apology

Monday, 9 July 2018, 1:26 pm | New Zealand Government

Transport Minister Phil Twyford accepts the findings of a Civil Aviation Authority investigation into his use of a mobile phone on a domestic flight and will pay the infringement fine. More >>

Sustainable farming boost

Monday, 9 July 2018, 8:17 am | New Zealand Government

Productive riparian planting, flies as pollinators, protecting hill country soils – innovative projects sitting on the side-lines will now go ahead thanks to a funding boost to the Sustainable Farming Fund, Minister of Agriculture Damien O’Connor ... More >>

Debt growth equal to cost of Canterbury quakes

Monday, 9 July 2018, 8:11 am | New Zealand National Party

The Government’s borrow, tax and spend attitude means they will be increasing public debt by the equivalent of the cost to the previous Government of the Christchurch earthquakes, Opposition Leader Simon Bridges says. More >>

Minister welcomes climate focus on long-term investment

Saturday, 7 July 2018, 12:22 pm | New Zealand Government

Minister welcomes climate focus on long-term investment The Minister for Climate Change has congratulated the One Planet Sovereign Wealth Fund Group for its new Framework offering guidance on long-term investment and asset ownership in relation to climate ... More >>

NZ delegation to present record on women’s rights to UN

Saturday, 7 July 2018, 12:20 pm | New Zealand Government

7 July 2018 MEDIA STATEMENT New Zealand delegation to present our record on women’s rights to UN More >>

MSD and Nelson company partner to provide unemployed jobs

Saturday, 7 July 2018, 12:17 pm | New Zealand Government

Minister of Social Development Carmel Sepuloni is pleased to announce a partnership between the Ministry of Social Development and Nelson manufacturing and construction company XLam. More >>

Have your say on amendments to radio regulations

Friday, 6 July 2018, 5:19 pm | Economic Development Science and Innovation

The Economic Development, Science and Innovation Committee is seeking submissions on the ratification of the Amendments to the International Radio Regulations (IRR) adopted by the Final Acts of the Radio communication Conference 2015. Submissions ... More >>

Have your say on the Insolvency Practitioners Bill

Friday, 6 July 2018, 5:14 pm | Economic Development Science and Innovation

The Economic Development, Science and Innovation committee is seeking submissions on the Insolvency Practitioners Bill, including Supplementary Order Paper (SOP) 45. Submissions are open until Friday, 24 August 2018. More >>

Japan, world’s third largest economy, ratifies CPTPP

Friday, 6 July 2018, 4:28 pm | New Zealand Government

Minister for Trade and Export Growth David Parker has welcomed Japan’s early ratification of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). More >>

Finlayson and Brown meet with Islamic Foundation

Friday, 6 July 2018, 4:16 pm | New Zealand National Party

Shadow Attorney General Chris Finlayson and MP for Pakuranga Simeon Brown today visited the Islamic Ahlulbayt Foundation of New Zealand at their mosque in Pakuranga to express their concerns about a recent public show of support for the terrorist ... More >>

Minister talks climate action in China and Singapore

Friday, 6 July 2018, 4:09 pm | New Zealand Government

Hon James Shaw Minister for Climate Change 07 July 2018 MEDIA STATEMENT Minister talks climate action in China and Singapore Minister for Climate Change, James Shaw, will travel to Singapore and China this week for climate change discussions with ... More >>

Record number of women on boards under National

Friday, 6 July 2018, 12:37 pm | New Zealand National Party

Newly released figures show that under the previous National Government’s watch, the level of women’s participation on state sector boards and committees reached a record high of 45.7 per cent, National’s spokesperson for Women Paula Bennett ... More >>

Biggest uptake of influenza vaccine ever this season

Friday, 6 July 2018, 11:08 am | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Dr David Clark is pleased that more New Zealanders than ever before have protected themselves from influenza this year. More >>

Review of Defence Procurement Practice Released

Friday, 6 July 2018, 11:05 am | New Zealand Government

Minister of Defence Ron Mark has today announced the release of the Review of Defence Procurement Policies and Practices for Major Capability Projects. More >>

Strategic Defence Policy Statement 2018 launched

Friday, 6 July 2018, 11:02 am | New Zealand Government

Defence Minister Ron Mark has today launched the Government’s Strategic Defence Policy Statement 2018 . More >>

Have your say on mediation for farm debt

Friday, 6 July 2018, 10:41 am | New Zealand Government

Have your say on mediation for farm debt Parliament is now seeking public submissions on a bill that would introduce a mandatory mediation process before receivers are appointed for agricultural debt. The Farm Debt Mediation Bill would amend the Receiverships ... More >>

 
 
 
 
 
 

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