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Govt fails Southern Cross Forest workers

Thursday, 24 April 2014, 5:26 pm | Green Party

The Government’s failure to deal with problems in the wood processing industry has resulted in more needless job losses, Green Party forestry spokesperson Steffan Browning said today. More >>

Government not introducing minimum pricing on alcohol

Thursday, 24 April 2014, 5:19 pm | New Zealand Government

Justice Minister Judith Collins has received the Ministry of Justice report, The Effectiveness of Alcohol Pricing Policies . The report considers options for a minimum pricing regime and the possible costs and benefits. More >>

Save Our Sawmills And Jobs by Setting Log Price

Thursday, 24 April 2014, 5:00 pm | New Zealand First Party

The blame for the closure of yet another timber mill can be laid squarely at the feet of the National Government and its refusal to intervene in the New Zealand log market, says New Zealand First. More >>

Humiliation for Government in Chinese dictat

Thursday, 24 April 2014, 4:56 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

New Zealand’s food safety systems should be respected by our trading partners, but instead the Government has been humiliated with the Chinese dictating the terms of our infant formula production, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien ... More >>

Update on new Chinese infant formula rules

Thursday, 24 April 2014, 3:03 pm | New Zealand Government

Chinese officials have provided further advice on the introduction of new regulations affecting New Zealand infant formula exports to China, says Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy and Food Safety Minister Nikki Kaye. More >>

Gallipoli ballot special passes allocated

Thursday, 24 April 2014, 3:01 pm | New Zealand Government

One hundred special passes from the Gallipoli ballot will be allocated to children of Gallipoli veterans and youth representatives, Veterans’ Affairs Minister Michael Woodhouse has announced. The special passes, which were held back from the first ... More >>

NZDF provides assistance in Southern Westland

Thursday, 24 April 2014, 1:36 pm | New Zealand Government

Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman says the NZDF is providing assistance to the community of Whataroa in Southern Westland in the wake of the recent significant storm damage. More >>

NZ and EU support renewable energy in Tuvalu

Thursday, 24 April 2014, 12:56 pm | New Zealand Government

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully has announced that New Zealand will continue to support Tuvalu’s conversion to renewable energy alongside the European Union. More >>

Commemorating Anzac Day

Thursday, 24 April 2014, 11:43 am | New Zealand Government

Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman says Anzac Day will be especially poignant this year with the start of WWI centenary commemorations. “Tomorrow marks the 99th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings, and New Zealanders at home and overseas will come together ... More >>

Minister travels to UAE, Kuwait, North Africa and France

Thursday, 24 April 2014, 10:57 am | New Zealand Government

Trade Minister Tim Groser will depart today for the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, North Africa and France to undertake a range of activities and bilateral calls. “The focus of my bilateral meetings in the UAE and Kuwait will be on strengthening Gulf ... More >>

NZCID report a useful guide for recovery work

Thursday, 24 April 2014, 10:18 am | New Zealand Government

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says feedback provided to the New Zealand Council for Infrastructure Development (NZCID) by stakeholders in Christchurch’s rebuild will help inform the government’s ongoing work programme. More >>

New visa to build Turkey-New Zealand ties

Thursday, 24 April 2014, 10:14 am | New Zealand Government

Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse has announced a new three year multiple-entry visa to make it easier for Turkish business people and diplomats to visit New Zealand. Mr Woodhouse made the announcement during a visit to Turkey, where he is meeting ... More >>

Rate rise not needed if Government was doing its job

Thursday, 24 April 2014, 10:06 am | New Zealand Labour Party

Today’s interest rate rise wouldn’t have been necessary if the Government had been doing its job properly and targeting the sources of inflation, Labour says. More >>

Government inaction to blame for latest rate rise

Thursday, 24 April 2014, 9:53 am | Green Party

Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei says today’s interest rate rise, that will hit home owners and businesses, is a consequence of the government’s failure to get a grip on electricity prices and the property market, particularly in Auckland. ... More >>

Real independence needed in food safety

Thursday, 24 April 2014, 9:45 am | Green Party

The Green Party are calling for a truly independent body to regulate our food safety. More >>

Food Safety Assurance Advisory Council established

Wednesday, 23 April 2014, 5:15 pm | New Zealand Government

Food Safety Minister Nikki Kaye said today a Food Safety and Assurance Advisory Council is being set up to provide independent advice to the government on issues relating to food safety. More >>

School pay continues improvement

Wednesday, 23 April 2014, 3:28 pm | New Zealand Government

The latest Novopay complaints reports confirm the system is settling back into a more consistent and steady state after the busy start-of-year period. Minister Responsible for Novopay Steven Joyce today released the reports on complaints and notifications ... More >>

NZ support for largest solar array in the Pacific

Wednesday, 23 April 2014, 3:10 pm | New Zealand Government

Foreign Minister Murray McCully today announced that New Zealand is supporting the construction of the Pacific’s largest solar energy array in Samoa. “New Zealand is working in partnership with the Government of Samoa, the European Union, and the ... More >>

Memorandum to restore Waiapu catchment signed

Wednesday, 23 April 2014, 2:46 pm | New Zealand Government

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy and Associate Minister Jo Goodhew today announced a collaborative partnership to restore the Waiapu catchment in the Gisborne District. “The signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between MPI, Te Runanganui O Ngāti ... More >>

Ngāti Porou Accord strengthens Crown relationship

Wednesday, 23 April 2014, 2:44 pm | New Zealand Government

The Crown has signed an Accord with Ngāti Porou in Gisborne, formalising the government’s ongoing commitment to the iwi, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Christopher Finlayson said today. More >>

New Defence trucks delivered to units

Wednesday, 23 April 2014, 2:00 pm | New Zealand Government

Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman says the first batch of new Medium-Heavy Operational Vehicles have been delivered to NZDF units. More >>

Another interest rate hike will punish mortgage holders

Wednesday, 23 April 2014, 1:25 pm | Green Party

Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei says another interest rate hike on Thursday will cost home owners an extra $25 a month on a $250,000 mortgage, on top of the $25 dollars a month from the previous rates rise, and she urged the Reserve Bank to hold off ... More >>

A Champion for Internet Rights and Freedoms

Wednesday, 23 April 2014, 12:54 pm | Green Party

Championing Internet rights and freedoms, the Green Party has today launched New Zealand's first ever crowdsourced Internet Rights and Freedoms Bill. With her unique background and experience in human rights law and ICT, Green Party Candidate for ... More >>

Changes to alcohol laws have immediate effect

Wednesday, 23 April 2014, 12:48 pm | New Zealand Government

Police Minister Anne Tolley says that Police reported significantly fewer serious assaults and public disorder offences after changes to alcohol laws came into full effect at the end of last year. Maximum trading hours, new infringement offences ... More >>

Green Party launches Internet Rights and Freedoms Bill

Wednesday, 23 April 2014, 12:12 pm | Green Party

The Green Party has today launched the Internet Rights and Freedoms Bill, New Zealand’s first ever Bill crowdsourced by a political party. Members of the public will be invited to shape the proposed law, which will protect ten basic rights and freedoms ... More >>

Sanil Kumar has to leave New Zealand tomorrow

Wednesday, 23 April 2014, 11:24 am | New Zealand Labour Party

The Associate Minister of Immigration Nikki Kaye’s decision not to intervene means kidney transplant patient Sanil Kumar must leave New Zealand by tomorrow, says Labour’s Immigration spokesperson Rajen Prasad. More >>

New Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security appointed

Wednesday, 23 April 2014, 11:23 am | New Zealand Government

Prime Minister John Key today announced the appointment of Cheryl Gwyn as Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security. More >>

Time to do the right thing for our veterans

Wednesday, 23 April 2014, 10:55 am | New Zealand Labour Party

Time to do the right thing for our veterans A Labour government will adopt the Law Commission’s recommendation to ensure all war veterans are eligible for a Veteran’s Pension, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. More >>

New East Coast study lays out economic opportunities

Wednesday, 23 April 2014, 10:50 am | New Zealand Government

Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee and Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce today released a study of the East Coast region’s economic potential over the next 30 years. More >>

Māori Party Celebrates the Courage of the Hīkoi

Tuesday, 22 April 2014, 4:56 pm | The Maori Party

The Māori Party pays tribute to the thousands of New Zealanders, who ten years ago today, began the march to Parliament known as the Hīkoi of 2004. More >>

EU/NZ renewable energy Mission to the Pacific

Tuesday, 22 April 2014, 4:24 pm | New Zealand Government

EU/NZ renewable energy Mission to the Pacific Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully and the European Commissioner for Development Mr Andris Piebalgs depart tomorrow on a renewable energy mission to four Pacific states “New Zealand and the European ... More >>

Laws for enforcing not trading off

Tuesday, 22 April 2014, 11:53 am | New Zealand Labour Party

The idea that a Government department can give a nod and a wink to traders that it won’t enforce shop trading laws and for a Government MP to then claim it as grounds for a review of the law is another act of third world shonkiness from National, Labour’s ... More >>

Public servant is owed an apology

Tuesday, 22 April 2014, 11:29 am | New Zealand Labour Party

Nigel Fyfe is owed an apology from the State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie and Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully, says Labour's State Services spokesperson, Maryan Street. More >>

Performing Arts Precinct designation partially lifted

Tuesday, 22 April 2014, 11:13 am | New Zealand Government

Christchurch City Council’s decision to spend $127.5 million fixing the Town Hall means not all the land currently designated for the city’s Performing Arts Precinct is required, Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says. More >>

Easter road toll a reminder to take care on roads

Tuesday, 22 April 2014, 10:41 am | New Zealand Government

Associate Transport Minister Michael Woodhouse is urging motorists to take care over the rest of the extended break. More >>

Kiwis still paying too much for ACC

Monday, 21 April 2014, 3:50 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Kiwis are still paying too much for ACC so that the National Government can balance its books, Labour’s ACC spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says. More >>

Collins’ memory recovery raises further concern

Monday, 21 April 2014, 3:46 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Judith Collins sudden memory of briefing the New Zealand Ambassador to China about her dinner with a Chinese border official and her husband's fellow Oravida directors raises further concerns about exactly what was discussed, Labour MP Grant Robertson ... More >>

Power prices soar on the eve of winter

Monday, 21 April 2014, 3:12 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

On the eve of winter as New Zealanders are turning on their heaters, power prices have soared sky high, Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer says. More >>

MP to attend progressive politics conference

Sunday, 20 April 2014, 5:04 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Labour MP Grant Robertson will attend the Progressive Governance conference in Amsterdam later this week. More >>

Key Notes - Rebuild gaining momentum

Sunday, 20 April 2014, 11:13 am | New Zealand Government

Every time I visit Canterbury I am struck by the changes I see and inspired by the resolve of the region's people. Today was no different. More >>

Woodhouse to attend Anzac Day in Gallipoli

Saturday, 19 April 2014, 2:36 pm | New Zealand Government

Woodhouse to attend Anzac Day in Gallipoli Veterans’ Affairs Minister Michael Woodhouse will travel to Turkey next week to attend the 99th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings. During his visit, Mr Woodhouse will meet with his Australian and Turkish ... More >>

Storm fans fire service commitment

Saturday, 19 April 2014, 2:18 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Storm fans fire service commitment Further damage from the huge storm that battered the West Coast was prevented by the great work of our volunteer Fire Service and locals will be extremely grateful, Labour’s MP for West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor ... More >>

Ka Mate, Ka Mate

Saturday, 19 April 2014, 2:16 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Ka Mate, Ka Mate Labour is pleased to support action which will give proper recognition to the now famous Haka 'Ka Mate Ka Mate', said Labour’s Maori Development spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta. More >>

Time for Ryall to fix mistakes and help families

Saturday, 19 April 2014, 2:14 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Time for Ryall to fix mistakes and help families Families who won a long and lengthy court battle for financial help to support their disabled daughters and sons are now facing a new battle with health system bureaucracy and need the Health Minister's ... More >>

Workers can kiss goodbye to Easter Sunday off

Saturday, 19 April 2014, 12:29 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

The Government’s decision to “reprioritise” scarce labour inspector resources by abandoning the enforcement of Easter Sunday Shop Trading laws means workers can kiss goodbye to a guaranteed day off, says Labour’s Associate Labour Issues spokesperson ... More >>

Time for greater ministerial accountability

Saturday, 19 April 2014, 12:09 pm | Green Party

Time for greater ministerial accountability The Green Party has today released a proposal to introduce a ministerial disclosure regime in New Zealand to improve the transparency and accountability of government. The proposal, based on the system ... More >>

Concerns About Settlement

Saturday, 19 April 2014, 11:07 am | New Zealand First Party

Concerns About Settlement New Zealand First has serious concerns about the Te Tau Ihu Claims Settlement Bill and as a consequence voted against the passing of the Bill in Parliament today. “This was an unusual but considered move, but the settlement ... More >>

Smith sells state P-houses to first home buyers

Saturday, 19 April 2014, 11:05 am | New Zealand Labour Party

Nick Smith must reassure worried first home buyers that any Housing NZ houses sold under his First Home policy will be tested for P contamination after revelations that three out of seven properties sold in Wanganui tested positive for methamphetamine, ... More >>

Inaugural Game Animal Council appointed

Saturday, 19 April 2014, 11:03 am | New Zealand Government

Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith and Associate Minister Peter Dunne today announced the appointment of 11 members to the inaugural Game Animal Council. “The new Game Animal Council is about giving hunters of deer, tahr, chamois and pigs an active ... More >>

Businesses need to respect workers this Easter

Friday, 18 April 2014, 10:46 am | Green Party

Businesses need to respect workers this Easter Businesses intent on flouting Easter shopping laws should face stiff penalties, Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Denise Roche said today. This Easter, at least one major garden centre chain intends ... More >>

Questions and Answers - April 17

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 6:32 pm | Office of the Clerk

1. DENIS O’ROURKE (NZ First) to the Minister of Transport : Does he agree with all of the Prime Minister’s statements concerning transport? More >>

Select Committees - for 14 April to 17 April 2014

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 5:29 pm | Office of the Clerk

There were 15 committee meetings, all in the parliamentary complex. More >>

Committee response on inquiry into improving child health

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 5:25 pm | Office of the Clerk

Dr Paul Hutchison, Chairperson of the Health Committee, would like to inform you that the Select Committee has taken the unusual step of responding to the Government’s response to the Health Select Committee’s report above because it considers the ... More >>

Inaugural Game Animal Council appointed

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 5:16 pm | New Zealand Government

Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith and Associate Minister Peter Dunne today announced the appointment of 11 members to the inaugural Game Animal Council. More >>

Minister Reverses His Position Over Gisborne Rail Link

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 5:00 pm | New Zealand First Party

Answers given in Parliament today suggest Minister for Transport Gerry Brownlee has reversed his decision on the mothballed Gisborne-Napier railway, says New Zealand First. More >>

New law holds partners complicit in welfare fraud to account

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 4:29 pm | New Zealand Government

Associate Social Development Minister Chester Borrows has welcomed the passage of a Bill to hold partners complicit in welfare fraud to account, 102 votes to 17. More >>

Time to deliver on 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 4:14 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Today marks two years since Labour MP Sue Moroney's Bill extending paid parental leave to 26 weeks was drawn from the members' ballot. More >>

Taxpayers robbed of $130m in Genesis sale

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 4:13 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Kiwi taxpayers have been robbed of $130 million by the Government in its final failed asset sale, says Labour’s SOEs spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove. More >>

Drive safely over Easter

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 3:56 pm | New Zealand Government

Associate Transport Minister Michael Woodhouse is urging road users to slow down and take care this Easter. More >>

Funding for World War One Centenary

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 3:37 pm | New Zealand Government

Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne (Presiding Member of the Lottery Grants Board) has today announced that the Lottery World War One Commemorations, Environment and Heritage Committee has approved funding of over $9.1 million towards 80 projects ... More >>

 

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