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Collins' Comments: 26 September 2016

Wednesday, 28 September 2016, 5:31 pm | New Zealand National Party

I encourage you to take part and vote in the Local Body elections. Every household in Auckland pays rates, and our local councillors and local board representatives take on the responsibility of allocating this money to benefit everyone in the community. More >>

English: Social Investment Analytics Layer launch

Wednesday, 28 September 2016, 5:14 pm | New Zealand Government

I’m pleased to see such a good turnout for what is, I believe, a significant step towards better services for people, and better government for the country. More >>

Environmental law eroded by National

Wednesday, 28 September 2016, 4:06 pm | Green Party

Environment Minister Nick Smith's sweeping and controversial changes to the Resource Management Act (RMA) will worsen the outlook for water quality, indigenous biodiversity, outstanding landscapes and the state of our environment, the Green Party said today. More >>

Homeownership out of reach for middle income Aucklanders

Wednesday, 28 September 2016, 3:01 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

New figures show that even middle income Aucklanders are finding themselves unable to afford to buy a first home as National’s housing crisis rolls on, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. More >>

Impact of NZ’s academic research rising

Wednesday, 28 September 2016, 2:14 pm | New Zealand Government

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce has today welcomed figures that show the impact of New Zealand’s academic research has been rising when compared with the rest of the world. More >>

More toilet cleaners or more tradespeople?

Wednesday, 28 September 2016, 2:12 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

The Government is not doing enough to help the construction and trades sector meet its workforce demand, instead steering students towards cleaning toilets, says Labour’s Skills and Training spokesperson Jenny Salesa. More >>

Govt gives cut-price rate to climate polluters

Wednesday, 28 September 2016, 11:37 am | Green Party

The National Government is choosing to disregard the welfare of future generations by allowing polluters to pay less than half the true cost of their climate emissions, the Green Party said today. More >>

Minister grateful for Ian Simpson’s service

Wednesday, 28 September 2016, 11:35 am | New Zealand Government

The Minister Responsible for the Earthquake Commission Gerry Brownlee says outgoing chief executive Ian Simpson should be commended for his leadership during unprecedented times in the nation’s history. More >>

Hillary Fellowship to help deliver new Global Impact Visa

Wednesday, 28 September 2016, 10:47 am | New Zealand Government

Immigration New Zealand (INZ) will partner with the Edmund Hillary Fellowship to bring innovation-based ventures to New Zealand, announced Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse. More >>

Minister thanks social workers on National Day

Wednesday, 28 September 2016, 10:04 am | New Zealand Government

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says National Social Workers’ Day is an opportunity to acknowledge the important work social workers do and thank them for the difference they make for families. More >>

Dunne Speaks: Jeremy Little, Andrew Corbyn or Shane Jones?

Wednesday, 28 September 2016, 9:27 am | Peter Dunne

So, the Leader of the Opposition thinks elections should not be about who wins the centre ground. He is right, up to a point, especially about bringing together “coalitions of interests” in his bid to win office. Where he is wrong, however, is that no ... More >>

NZ to host Social Enterprise World Forum

Wednesday, 28 September 2016, 9:23 am | New Zealand Government

Community and Voluntary Sector Minister Jo Goodhew has participated in the New Zealand delegation to the 2016 Social Enterprise World Forum in Hong Kong, and is welcoming the opportunity for New Zealand to play host to next year’s Forum. More >>

More cracks appear in health funding

Wednesday, 28 September 2016, 9:14 am | New Zealand Labour Party

News that the Waikato District Health Board could lose $2.7 million from its budget because it failed to make an elective target is downright disturbing, says Labour’s Acting Health spokesperson Dr David Clark. More >>

Clear Case of Privileged Treatment

Wednesday, 28 September 2016, 9:08 am | New Zealand First Party

The decision to discharge young rugby player Losi Filipo without conviction is too light and it’s right that the Solicitor-General should be investigating this, says New Zealand First. More >>

Mt Roskill arrangement shows opposition’s hypocrisy

Tuesday, 27 September 2016, 4:17 pm | ACT New Zealand

The Opposition’s hypocrisy over ‘dirty deals’ is brazen, says ACT Leader David Seymour as the Green Party confirms that they won’t stand a candidate in Mt Roskill as part of an arrangement with Labour. More >>

Online retail continues to attract consumers

Tuesday, 27 September 2016, 3:32 pm | New Zealand Government

The 2016 Commerce Commission Consumer Issues Report released today shows the impact of continued growth in online retail says Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Paul Goldsmith. More >>

Green Party will not stand in probable by-election

Tuesday, 27 September 2016, 1:36 pm | Green Party

The Green Party has decided to not stand a candidate in a Mt Roskill by-election, should Phil Goff win the Auckland mayoralty and vacate the seat. More >>

Dunne Welcomes Johnsonville Shopping Centre Plans

Tuesday, 27 September 2016, 1:34 pm | United Future NZ Party

Ohariu MP Peter Dunne has welcomed news that the Stride Property Group has lodged resource consent applications with the Wellington City Council for resource consents to upgrade the Johnsonville Shopping Centre. More >>

Speech to the Global Education Industry Summit – Jerusalem

Tuesday, 27 September 2016, 12:28 pm | New Zealand Government

Shalom. Tēnā koutou katoa and warm greetings from across the Pacific. More >>

Housing failures hurting businesses and workers

Tuesday, 27 September 2016, 12:28 pm | Green Party

Widespread unease about the Government’s handling of the housing crisis is a key theme of this year’s Mood of the Boardroom survey, the Green Party said today. More >>

Electric highway to encourage EV uptake

Tuesday, 27 September 2016, 11:53 am | New Zealand Government

Transport Minister Simon Bridges says a nationwide network of fast-charging stations will help address one of the main barriers to electric vehicle (EV) uptake in New Zealand. More >>

First stage of Auckland’s East-West Link underway

Tuesday, 27 September 2016, 10:42 am | New Zealand Government

Prime Minister John Key and Transport Minister Simon Bridges today marked the start of work on the East-West Link roading project, one of the Government’s top priorities in Auckland. More >>

New connections with Dubai Chamber welcomed

Tuesday, 27 September 2016, 10:10 am | New Zealand Government

Minister of Trade Todd McClay today welcomed the rapidly widening commercial engagement between New Zealand and the United Arab Emirates and said the two governments were committed to growing the trade relationship further. More >>

Mahia Rocket Lab launch site officially opened

Tuesday, 27 September 2016, 10:07 am | New Zealand Government

Economic Development Minster Steven Joyce today opened New Zealand’s first orbital launch site, Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1, on the Mahia Peninsula on the North Island’s east coast. More >>

New Reserve Bank chair congratulated

Tuesday, 27 September 2016, 9:49 am | New Zealand Government

Finance Minister Bill English has congratulated the new chair of the Reserve Bank’s board of directors Professor Neil Quigley. More >>

Student debt cracks the billion mark

Tuesday, 27 September 2016, 9:46 am | New Zealand Labour Party

New figures showing that student loan defaulters have now clocked over $1 billion in debt highlights National's failure to combat spiralling student loan debt, Labour's Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. More >>

National Stubbornly Opposed to Only Housing Solution

Tuesday, 27 September 2016, 9:10 am | New Zealand First Party

To prevent hundreds of thousands of Kiwis becoming renters for life in Auckland, the government must start acquiring more land and building affordable houses, says New Zealand First Leader and Northland Member of Parliament Rt Hon Winston Peters. More >>

Supermarkets & Government to Blame for Milk Prices

Tuesday, 27 September 2016, 9:08 am | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First says it is wrong for people to blame dairy farmers for the price of milk in supermarkets when it is the supermarket chains and the government who are milking the profits. More >>

Free Press. Tete-a-tete

Tuesday, 27 September 2016, 9:02 am | ACT New Zealand

Tete-a-tete This weekend Jacinda Ardern argued for the government, or an agency of Government, to set wages for whole industries. This is the proposal associated with the Kristine Bartlett vs. TerraNova case, where the Employment Court found that ... More >>

Working Holiday Scheme with Luxembourg signed

Tuesday, 27 September 2016, 9:00 am | New Zealand Government

Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse today signed a Working Holiday Scheme with Luxembourg during a meeting with the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Luxembourg Jean Asselborn in Wellington. More >>

Foreign Students just a commodity to National

Monday, 26 September 2016, 5:37 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Iain Lees-Galloway MP for Palmerston North Immigration Spokesperson MEDIA STATEMENT 26 September 2016 Foreign Students just a commodity to National More >>

Wellington’s commitment to Predator Free welcomed

Monday, 26 September 2016, 3:42 pm | New Zealand Government

Wellington’s ambitious plan to become the first predator-free city in the country has been welcomed by Conservation Minister Maggie Barry. More >>

Swearing-in ceremony for new Governor-General

Monday, 26 September 2016, 3:01 pm | New Zealand Government

Prime Minister John Key today announced that Dame Patsy Reddy will be sworn in as Governor-General on Parliament's forecourt at 11.45am on Wednesday 28 September. More >>

“Let’s kick butt together” during Stoptober

Monday, 26 September 2016, 2:56 pm | New Zealand Government

Associate Health Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga is encouraging young people who smoke to ‘kick butt together’ next month during Stoptober. More >>

Tolley’s spin on Education spend doesn’t add up

Monday, 26 September 2016, 2:53 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

National’s spin about school funding won’t wash with parents who are paying more and more of the cost of their kids’ education every year, says Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins. More >>

National not facing up to export challenge

Monday, 26 September 2016, 1:54 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

“The latest export data from Statistics New Zealand paints a picture of an economy which is not paying its way in the world, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. More >>

Clarifying 'supplier' in the Consumer Guarantees Act

Monday, 26 September 2016, 12:29 pm | Commerce Committee

The Consumer Guarantees (Removal of Unrelated Party Lender Responsibility) Amendment Bill seeks to amend the definition of 'supplier' in the current Consumer Guarantees Act 1993. More >>

Public to have their say on Waitara Lands Bill

Monday, 26 September 2016, 12:19 pm | Maori Affairs Committee

Public submissions are now open on the Waitara Lands Bill, which is being considered by Parliament’s Māori Affairs Committee. More >>

Claims Settlement Bill is now open for submissions

Monday, 26 September 2016, 12:16 pm | Maori Affairs Committee

Whakaputaina mai ō whakaaro, mō te Pire Whakataunga Kerēme a Rangitāne Tū Mai Rā (Wairarapa Tamaki nui-ā-Rua). More >>

Frosty reception should await Smith at OECD meeting

Monday, 26 September 2016, 11:13 am | Green Party

Environment Minister Nick Smith deserves a frosty reception when he chairs a major environment meeting of OECD countries, just days after the Government opened up half-a-million square kilometres of ocean to oil and gas exploration, the Green Party said today. More >>

Pencils, Spreadsheet Calculations Create Remand Dates Mess

Monday, 26 September 2016, 11:11 am | New Zealand First Party

Relying on pencils, calculators and spreadsheets to work out prisoner release dates is the direct cause of massive blundering over prisoner release that could end up costing taxpayers millions, says New Zealand First. More >>

National’s education targets leaving young Kiwis behind

Monday, 26 September 2016, 9:04 am | New Zealand Labour Party

New data shows that Maori and Pasifika students are being encouraged to do less academic subjects to fulfil government targets rather than engage in meaningful learning that will equip them for success later in life, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris ... More >>

Speech to Global Leaders Forum on Agriculture and Trade

Monday, 26 September 2016, 8:59 am | New Zealand Government

Thank you for the invitation to be here today in the great state of Nebraska and to say a few words. More >>

Minister meets with education experts in US

Sunday, 25 September 2016, 9:46 pm | New Zealand Government

Education Minister Hekia Parata says her meetings with education experts and leaders in the United States confirmed that New Zealand’s education system is a world-leader in preparing young people for the 21st century. More >>

Minister Tolley fails Kiwi kids twice in a week

Sunday, 25 September 2016, 9:33 pm | Green Party

The Minister for Social Development has missed two crucial opportunities in the same period to put the rights of New Zealand’s children first, the Green Party said today. More >>

World Rivers Day: Time to commit to swimmable rivers

Sunday, 25 September 2016, 3:10 pm | Green Party

World Rivers Day: Time to commit to swimmable rivers World Rivers Day , which is today, is the perfect time for Environment Minister Nick Smith to commit to making New Zealand’s rivers safe for swimming, not just wading, the Green Party said. ... More >>

Tuvalu language week launched

Sunday, 25 September 2016, 2:49 pm | New Zealand Government

Hon Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga Minister for Pacific Peoples 25 September 2016 Media Statement Tuvalu language week launched More >>

High priority West Coast forest protected

Sunday, 25 September 2016, 2:48 pm | New Zealand Government

High priority West Coast forest protected Associate Conservation Minister Nicky Wagner has welcomed the acquisition of a significant area of forest on the West Coast. “The Nature Heritage Fund has acquired the 152 ha of lowland podocarp/beech forest in ... More >>

Environment Minister to chair OECD meeting

Sunday, 25 September 2016, 2:46 pm | New Zealand Government

Environment Minister to chair OECD meeting Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith leaves today for Paris, where he will this week be chairing the fourth yearly OECD meeting of Environment Ministers. “Environmental issues transcend national borders and ... More >>

Minister Goodhew to attend Social Enterprise World Forum

Friday, 23 September 2016, 9:52 pm | New Zealand Government

Community and Voluntary Sector Minister Jo Goodhew will travel to Hong Kong tonight to attend the Social Enterprise World Forum 2016 and meet with thought leaders in the growing social enterprise sector. More >>

Correction over Talley’s statement

Friday, 23 September 2016, 5:11 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Labour’s Workplace Relations spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway has been advised by AFFCO Ltd that AFFCO is not advertising for staff in the Manawatu through MSD as stated in a press statement released earlier today. More >>

Minister, cut your losses - withdraw this doomed Bill

Friday, 23 September 2016, 3:29 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Local Government Minister Sam Lotu-Iiga’s request for a five month extension on the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2) is an admission that the Bill is fundamentally flawed, says Labour’s Local Government ... More >>

Coleman’s cuts create crisis

Friday, 23 September 2016, 1:57 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Mental health services in New Zealand are in a state of crisis with Youthline saying that calls for extreme depression doubled last year, says Labour’s Associate Health spokesperson Dr David Clark. More >>

Seniors Pushed Aside for Hip And Knee Surgery

Friday, 23 September 2016, 1:45 pm | New Zealand First Party

Kiwis waiting for hip and knee joint replacements have been left suffering in pain under National, which has frozen funding despite creating a record population boom. More >>

Christchurch continuing to bounce back

Friday, 23 September 2016, 1:25 pm | New Zealand Government

The Minister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration Gerry Brownlee says the latest spending figures from Statistics New Zealand are further proof of the city’s ongoing recovery success. More >>

Minister welcomes new media sector fund

Friday, 23 September 2016, 1:16 pm | New Zealand Government

Broadcasting Minister Amy Adams has welcomed NZ On Air’s response to the changing needs of the sector with the NZ Media Fund. More >>

Government helping Talley’s to break workers

Friday, 23 September 2016, 12:29 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

The Ministry for Social Development appears to be assisting Talley’s-Affco replace experienced workers effectively locked out by the company, say Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni and Workplace Relations spokesperson Iain ... More >>

Threats to International Peace and Security - Aviation

Friday, 23 September 2016, 11:51 am | New Zealand United Nations Security Council

New Zealand welcomes today’s opportunity to discuss the serious threat to international peace and security posed by terrorist targeting of civil aviation. More >>

Minister more focused on static electricity than changes

Friday, 23 September 2016, 11:09 am | Green Party

New Zealand’s smaller hydro and wind electricity generators are being put at risk from changes proposed by the Electricity Authority (EA), while Energy Minister Simon Bridges seems more focused on the static electricity in his office, the Green Party ... More >>

Disastrous Corrections Department needs an overhaul

Friday, 23 September 2016, 10:48 am | Green Party

The Government’s Department of Corrections is performing abysmally and needs to be overhauled so that it stops costing tax-payers, prisoners and the wider community, the Green Party said today. More >>

 

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