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Poll on fluoridation hogwash

Saturday, 10 December 2016, 3:08 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Poll on fluoridation hogwash Too many children have lifetime opportunities limited because of poor health and more needs to be done, says Labour’s Whanau Ora spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta “The number of tamariki hospitalised suffering from tooth decay is ... More >>

Bennett: Statement on the National Party deputy leadership

Saturday, 10 December 2016, 3:05 pm | New Zealand National Party

Statement on the National Party deputy leadership Simon is an outstanding politician and he has a great future. He's a good mate and I look forward to working with him next week. More >>

McClay to meet Brunei Foreign & Trade Minister

Friday, 9 December 2016, 3:39 pm | New Zealand Government

Trade Minister Todd McClay will meet Brunei’s Second Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade tomorrow. More >>

NZ to host international digital leaders’ summit in 2018

Friday, 9 December 2016, 3:37 pm | New Zealand Government

Internal Affairs Minister Hon Peter Dunne is delighted to announce that New Zealand is the new chair of the D5 group of nations and will host the next international leaders’ summit in New Zealand in early 2018. Mr Dunne has recently returned from ... More >>

Police Minister attends new Napier Police station opening

Friday, 9 December 2016, 3:03 pm | New Zealand Government

Police Minister Judith Collins has today joined members of Eastern District Police, local leaders and the community to open the newly built $5.5m Napier Police Station. More >>

Justice Precinct construction progressing well

Friday, 9 December 2016, 2:57 pm | New Zealand Government

Justice and Courts Minister Amy Adams says the $300 million Christchurch Justice and Emergency Services Precinct build is well advanced and on track to be fully operational in mid-2017. More >>

Orange roughy fisheries certified as sustainable

Friday, 9 December 2016, 1:42 pm | New Zealand Government

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has welcomed certification of several orange roughy fisheries by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). More >>

National Transition Period for quake recovery

Friday, 9 December 2016, 1:25 pm | New Zealand Government

Acting Civil Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says a National Transition Period issued today will help support recovery efforts following the November 14 earthquake. More >>

Beaches safe from oil spills after Anadarko gives up

Friday, 9 December 2016, 12:37 pm | Green Party

Beaches in Wellington, Wairarapa, and the top of the South Island are at less risk of being decimated by an oil spill after Anadarko surrendered its fossil fuel exploration permits in the Pegasus Basin, the Green Party said today. More >>

New social housing for vulnerable families

Friday, 9 December 2016, 12:36 pm | New Zealand Government

Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett says a new development in Auckland is a fantastic example of community housing providers and agencies working together to house vulnerable families. More >>

Better outcomes for Tāmaki tenants a step closer

Friday, 9 December 2016, 12:02 pm | New Zealand Government

Formal proposals are being requested from three responders to carry out New Zealand’s largest housing redevelopment project, Ministers Bill English and Dr Nick Smith say. More >>

Calls for a sugary drinks tax grow louder

Friday, 9 December 2016, 11:30 am | Green Party

Minister of Health Jonathan Coleman needs to stand up for the health of all Kiwi kids, recognise he got it wrong, and move to implement a sugary drinks tax, the Green Party said today. More >>

Standards Approval Board appointment

Friday, 9 December 2016, 11:20 am | New Zealand Government

Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Paul Goldsmith has announced an appointment to the New Zealand Standards Approval Board, an independent statutory body which approves standards developed by committees of industry experts. More >>

First section of Auckland’s longest cycleway completed

Friday, 9 December 2016, 11:09 am | New Zealand Government

Transport Minister Simon Bridges has officially opened the first section of Auckland’s largest cycling and walking route. More >>

Support package for Kaikoura businesses extended

Friday, 9 December 2016, 11:07 am | New Zealand Government

The wage subsidy package for quake-affected businesses in and aroundKaikoura will be extended for a further eight weeks, Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and Social Development Minister Anne Tolley announced today. More >>

Guidelines for communities affected by adverse events

Friday, 9 December 2016, 10:31 am | New Zealand Government

Guidelines for communities affected by adverse events Health Minister Jonathan Coleman welcomes new guidelines aimed at offering psychosocial support for communities affected by adverse events. More >>

$3.76m health support for Kaikoura & Marlborough

Friday, 9 December 2016, 10:29 am | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has today announced a $3.76 million support package for Kaikoura and Marlborough. More >>

Green Party releases updated drug law reform policy

Friday, 9 December 2016, 10:28 am | Green Party

The Green Party today released its updated drug law reform policy , which would regulate access to cannabis and allow for medicinal cannabis. More >>

Government takes next step in supporting social enterprise

Friday, 9 December 2016, 10:27 am | New Zealand Government

Community and Voluntary Sector Minister Jo Goodhew has today released the Government’s response to the report Social Enterprise and Social Finance: A Path to Growth , which outlines a range of actions designed to support the continued growth of the social ... More >>

Joyce in Dreamland with His Failing Economic Plan

Thursday, 8 December 2016, 5:36 pm | New Zealand First Party

Minister of Economic Development Stephen Joyce has ducked for cover to avoid embarrassment over the dumping of a plan to build a $300 million pulp mill at Ngawha near Kaikohe, says New Zealand First Leader and Northland Member of Parliament Rt Hon Winston Peters. More >>

Questions & Answers - 8 December 2016

Thursday, 8 December 2016, 5:30 pm | Office of the Clerk

1. JAMI-LEE ROSS (National—Botany) to the Minister of Finance : What announcements has he made showing the Government is on track to continue delivering surpluses and supporting a growing economy? More >>

Third earthquake Bill passes in Parliament

Thursday, 8 December 2016, 5:26 pm | New Zealand Government

Acting Civil Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee has welcomed the passing of the Hurunui/Kaikōura Earthquakes Recovery Bill 2016 by Parliament today. More >>

Hit Power Vandals with Hard Labour

Thursday, 8 December 2016, 5:16 pm | New Zealand First Party

If Northland power lines have been damaged intentionally the perpetrators should face a tough penalty, says Northland MP and Leader of New Zealand First Rt Hon Winston Peters. More >>

Excuses to avoid tax cuts don’t stack up

Thursday, 8 December 2016, 5:10 pm | ACT New Zealand

The Government’s excuses for delaying tax cuts don’t stack up, says ACT Leader David Seymour in the wake of Treasury’s Half Year Update. More >>

Corrections Department Needs to Get with the Times

Thursday, 8 December 2016, 4:17 pm | New Zealand First Party

Mahesh Bindra MP Spokesperson for Corrections 8 DECEMBER 2016 Corrections Department Needs to Get with the Times More >>

Nuk Korako on National Party leadership election

Thursday, 8 December 2016, 3:52 pm | New Zealand National Party

Nuk Korako, National List MP based in the Port Hills and Chair of the Māori Affairs Select Committee, is supporting Hon Bill English as Leader of the National Party, and Hon Paula Bennett as Deputy Leader. More >>

Four legged Customs recruits graduate

Thursday, 8 December 2016, 3:48 pm | New Zealand Government

Customs Minister Nicky Wagner has today congratulated Customs’ five new detector dog teams at a graduation ceremony in Trentham. More >>

Feedback sought on modernising the TAA

Thursday, 8 December 2016, 3:44 pm | New Zealand Government

Revenue Minister Michael Woodhouse today released proposals to simplify and modernise the Tax Administration Act (TAA), as part of the Government’s major transformation of the revenue system. More >>

Waiheke Island now fully fibred

Thursday, 8 December 2016, 3:25 pm | New Zealand Government

The Ultra-Fast Broadband build on Auckland’s Waiheke Island is now complete, meaning more than 5600 local homes and businesses can now connect to faster and more reliable internet, says Communications Minister Amy Adams. More >>

Economy must deliver a fair go for New Zealanders

Thursday, 8 December 2016, 3:09 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

The latest Half Yearly Economic and Fiscal Update (HYEFU) provides further evidence that the economy that the National Government and Bill English have is sitting on shifting sands and leaves many people behind, Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant ... More >>

Books give scope to address National’s long-term deficits

Thursday, 8 December 2016, 2:47 pm | Green Party

The Government’s improving books give it scope to address the long-term deficits National has been running in health, housing, and the environment, the Green Party said today. More >>

Second major care reform Bill introduced

Thursday, 8 December 2016, 2:44 pm | New Zealand Government

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says the second stage of major legislative reforms aimed at improving the long-term life outcomes for New Zealand’s most vulnerable children and young people has been introduced into Parliament. More >>

Bill aims to give DHBs the power on water fluoridation

Thursday, 8 December 2016, 1:47 pm | Office of the Clerk

Bill aims to give District Health Boards the power to make decisions about the fluoridation of drinking water More >>

Live Free-to-Air Sports Broadcasts Looking Likely

Thursday, 8 December 2016, 1:36 pm | New Zealand First Party

Kiwis are in with a chance to watch the British and Irish rugby tour next year live on TV without having to subscribe. More >>

Treasury forecasts solid growth, stable finances

Thursday, 8 December 2016, 1:34 pm | New Zealand Government

Treasury’s latest forecasts show the Government’s programme of responsible economic and fiscal management is delivering benefits for New Zealanders, Finance Minister Bill English says. More >>

National in La-La Land Increasing Youth Court Age

Thursday, 8 December 2016, 1:27 pm | New Zealand First Party

National is in la-la land with its decision to increase the age of the Youth Court’s jurisdiction to include 17 year olds, says New Zealand First. More >>

Cycle trails to receive more funding

Thursday, 8 December 2016, 1:25 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government is investing $837,132 in nine new projects for the upkeep of the New Zealand Cycle Trail, Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism John Key announced today. More >>

Greens secure two more important bills from ballot

Thursday, 8 December 2016, 1:23 pm | Green Party

New measures that will sit alongside GDP to chart the nation’s progress, as well as compulsory country-of-origin labelling on food, will be debated in Parliament following today’s Member’s Bill ballot. More >>

2017 Youth Fund recipients announced

Thursday, 8 December 2016, 1:20 pm | New Zealand Government

Acting Youth Minister Anne Tolley today announced the successful applicants for Youth Fund 2017. “I’m pleased to announce that 36 projects will share $150,000 of funding available under Youth Fund 2017,” says Mrs Tolley. More >>

Work on $700m Puhoi road underway

Thursday, 8 December 2016, 12:26 pm | New Zealand Government

Prime Minister John Key and Transport Minister Simon Bridges have turned the sod on the first section of the long awaited Pūhoi to Wellsford Road. More >>

Minister welcomes Detector Dog graduates

Thursday, 8 December 2016, 12:24 pm | New Zealand Government

Corrections Minister Judith Collins has welcomed five new members to Corrections Detector Dog team. Corrections’ newest detector dogs were purchased from the Australian Border Force and graduated today, alongside their canine colleagues from Aviation ... More >>

KiwiSaver recommendations welcomed

Thursday, 8 December 2016, 12:23 pm | New Zealand Government

Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Paul Goldsmith today welcomed the KiwiSaver findings of the Retirement Commissioner’s three-yearly review of retirement income policies. More >>

Govt already in ‘holiday mode’ on $2.3b owed to Kiwi workers

Thursday, 8 December 2016, 12:22 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

The Government is dragging its feet while working New Zealanders are still missing up to $2.3 billion collectively owed to them through underpaid holiday pay entitlements, Labour’s Economic Development spokesperson David Clark says. More >>

Why is NZ still the exception on deposit protection?

Thursday, 8 December 2016, 12:18 pm | Green Party

Yesterday, in front of Parliament’s Finance & Expenditure select committee, Reserve Bank Governor Graeme Wheeler continued to defend New Zealand’s record of exceptionalism on deposit insurance. More >>

National’s Foreign Ownership Cover-Up Continues

Thursday, 8 December 2016, 12:17 pm | New Zealand First Party

Rt Hon Winston Peters New Zealand First Leader Member of Parliament for Northland 8 DECEMBER 2016 National’s Foreign Ownership Cover-Up Continues More >>

Work underway on busy Muriwai intersection

Thursday, 8 December 2016, 12:16 pm | New Zealand Government

Hon Simon Bridges Minister of Transport 8 December 2016 Media Statement Work underway on busy Muriwai intersection More >>

Minister congratulates 40 new police constables

Thursday, 8 December 2016, 12:15 pm | New Zealand Government

Police Minister Judith Collins has congratulated 40 new police constables as they mark the end of their training at the Royal New Police College with an attestation parade today. More >>

Applications open for principal exchange

Thursday, 8 December 2016, 12:14 pm | New Zealand Government

Two New Zealand principals will have the chance to lead schools in South Australia as part of a trans-Tasman exchange programme, says Education Minister Hekia Parata. More >>

Mothballing of Ngawha Plan Alarming

Thursday, 8 December 2016, 12:14 pm | New Zealand First Party

A proposal for a major Northland wood processing plant, potentially employing hundreds at Ngawha, appears to have been killed off by a self-serving, dysfunctional electricity industry, says New Zealand First Leader and Northland MP Rt Hon Winston Peters. More >>

NZ dollar gains ahead of Wheeler speech

Thursday, 8 December 2016, 12:01 pm | BusinessDesk

Dec. 8 (BusinessDesk) - The New Zealand dollar rose ahead of a speech by Reserve Bank Governor Graeme Wheeler and before the government's fiscal and economic update, which may paint a more upbeat picture of the outlook. More >>

$4m boost for colonoscopy services

Thursday, 8 December 2016, 11:57 am | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says DHBs will receive an extra $4 million to deliver more colonoscopy services. More >>

Decisions made on North Canterbury place names

Thursday, 8 December 2016, 11:55 am | New Zealand Government

Three place names in North Canterbury containing the word ‘nigger’ will be changed to reflect the offence caused by that word, Land Information Minister Louise Upston says. More >>

Statement on National Party Leadership

Thursday, 8 December 2016, 11:52 am | Chris Bishop

“Today I'm announcing that I will vote for Bill English to be the new leader of the New Zealand National Party, and our new Prime Minister. More >>

Funding for Bay of Plenty tourism project

Thursday, 8 December 2016, 10:41 am | New Zealand Government

Economic Minister Steven Joyce and Associate Tourism Minister Paula Bennett announced today that $158,000 is being committed to a visitor economy project as part of the Toi Moana Bay of Plenty Action Plan. The Plan has a key action to develop a collaborative ... More >>

Greens block motion on Pearl Harbour attack anniversary

Thursday, 8 December 2016, 8:43 am | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First is shocked that the Green Party has blocked a parliamentary motion to commemorate 75-years today, since Japanese forces attacked Pearl Harbour. More >>

Ministry reveals shocking charter school results

Thursday, 8 December 2016, 8:41 am | New Zealand Labour Party

NCEA results for charter schools have been massively overstated with documents revealing many students leaving school without basic NCEA level two qualifications despite this being a main educational target for the Government, says Labour Education spokesperson ... More >>

Karori Kids and Campbell Kindergarten must be saved

Thursday, 8 December 2016, 8:36 am | New Zealand Labour Party

The Minister of Education needs to show some leadership and secure the future of two not-for-profit early childhood education centres that could be faced with closure as the land they sit on is up for sale, Grant Robertson Labour MP for Wellington ... More >>

Bishop’s bill to banish book bans passes first reading

Thursday, 8 December 2016, 8:05 am | New Zealand National Party

National List MP based in Hutt South Chris Bishop's Films, Videos, and Publications Classification (Interim Restriction Orders Classification) Amendment Bill unanimously passed its first reading in Parliament last night. More >>

Statement on proposed United Nations role

Thursday, 8 December 2016, 8:02 am | New Zealand Labour Party

“There has been a high degree of media interest in New Zealand about a possible post with the United Nations. More >>

David Shearer proposed for UN peacekeeping role

Thursday, 8 December 2016, 7:59 am | New Zealand Labour Party

Mt Albert MP David Shearer is being proposed for a demanding and exciting role heading the United Nations peacekeeping force in South Sudan, says Labour Leader Andrew Little. More >>


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