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Waimea Dam Bill widely supported at first reading

Wednesday, 19 September 2018, 6:07 pm | New Zealand National Party

Support has been welcomed from National, Labour, NZ First and Act parties for the introduction of the Tasman District Council (Waimea Water Augmentation Scheme) Bill that saw 112 votes in support to eight opposed and its referral to the Governance ... More >>

Robertson refuses to rule out higher taxes

Wednesday, 19 September 2018, 4:45 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Finance Minister has refused to rule out more taxes as a result of the Tax Working Group’s recommendations, National’s Finance spokeswoman Amy Adams says. More >>

Parliament: Questions and Answers - September 19

Wednesday, 19 September 2018, 4:08 pm | Hansard

Question No. 1—Prime Minister 1. Hon SIMON BRIDGES (Leader—National) to the Prime Minister : Does she stand by all her Government's statements and actions? More >>

Game Animal Council not under review

Wednesday, 19 September 2018, 3:56 pm | New Zealand Government

No review of the Game Animal Council is planned, Conservation Minister, Eugenie Sage said today. More >>

More refugees – but what’s the trade off?

Wednesday, 19 September 2018, 2:41 pm | New Zealand National Party

Labour needs to fess up about what NZ First has gained from agreeing to increase the refugee quota by 500 in two years’ time, National’s Immigration spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says. More >>

New education bill continues Labour’s ideological agenda

Wednesday, 19 September 2018, 1:24 pm | New Zealand National Party

Chris Hipkins’ latest piece of legislation is yet another attempt to dismantle reforms made by the previous National Government, National’s Education Spokesperson Nikki Kaye says. More >>

Cut the cull Minister Sage

Wednesday, 19 September 2018, 1:24 pm | New Zealand National Party

Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage needs to halt her cull of 17,500 Himalayan Tahr due to start on 30 September until proper engagement and consultation has taken place, National’s Conservation spokesperson Sarah Dowie says. More >>

Refugee quota increases to 1500 in 2020

Wednesday, 19 September 2018, 12:58 pm | New Zealand Government

New Zealand will lift the refugee quota from 1000 to 1500 within this political term, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. More >>

Green Party welcome decision to take more refugees

Wednesday, 19 September 2018, 12:56 pm | Green Party

The Green Party have welcomed the Government’s decision to increase the refugee quota to 1500 annually, meaning more families, women and children fleeing war and persecution will have a safe place to call home. Green Co-leader Marama Davidson, ... More >>

No Need for Knee-Jerk Bank Bashing in New Zealand

Wednesday, 19 September 2018, 12:47 pm | ACT New Zealand

Submitters to the Finance and Expenditure Committee showed that New Zealand can afford to spare itself a round of bank bashing. More >>

New catch limits for thirty-two fish stocks

Wednesday, 19 September 2018, 12:33 pm | New Zealand Government

The commercial tarakihi catch in the fisheries areas off the east coast of the North and South Islands is to be reduced by 20 percent in an effort to rebuild the depleted stock. More >>

Banks Slam Govt's Reserve Bank Bill

Wednesday, 19 September 2018, 12:29 pm | ACT New Zealand

“The Banking and Business Communities have turned out to slam the Government’s Reserve Bank Bill at today’s Finance and Expenditure Committee Hearing,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. ASB submitted recommending that price stability be retained ... More >>

Making history for women’s pay in New Zealand

Wednesday, 19 September 2018, 12:02 pm | New Zealand Government

On the 125th anniversary of the day New Zealand made history with women’s suffrage, the Government has introduced legislation that makes history for women’s pay, say the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety Iain Lees-Galloway and Acting Minister ... More >>

Eleven months in and it looks like no-one is happy

Wednesday, 19 September 2018, 11:42 am | New Zealand National Party

The Government has ignored slumping business confidence since it took power but will struggle to explain away signs that ordinary New Zealanders are becoming downhearted after 11 months of this coalition, National’s Finance spokesperson Amy Adams says. ... More >>

Most strikes in 30 years as Govt hypes expectations

Wednesday, 19 September 2018, 11:29 am | New Zealand National Party

More people have gone on strike in 2018 than at any time since 1989 thanks to the Government over-egging expectations for wages and emboldening unions, National’s Workplace Relations and Safety spokesperson Scott Simpson says. More >>

National celebrates 125 years of women’s vote

Wednesday, 19 September 2018, 10:49 am | New Zealand National Party

Today is a day for all New Zealanders to take some time to reflect on women’s rights, National’s Women’s spokesperson Paula Bennett says. More >>

Massey Emails Show Calculated Suppression of Free Speech

Wednesday, 19 September 2018, 10:12 am | ACT New Zealand

“Massey University Vice-Chancellor Jan Thomas must resign after fresh evidence shows the lengths at which she was willing to go to bar free speech and rational inquiry at the University,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “In emails spanning ... More >>

Minister hides midwives’ true value from them

Wednesday, 19 September 2018, 9:10 am | New Zealand National Party

The Government quietly rejected advice which showed the value of community midwives is substantially higher than what they’re earning, National’s Health spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says. More >>

Celebrating NZ as a trailblazer for women

Wednesday, 19 September 2018, 8:11 am | New Zealand Government

“Today marks the 125th anniversary for women winning their right to vote in Aotearoa New Zealand,” Acting Minister for Women Eugenie Sage said. More >>

We will keep working in Parliament for equity for women

Wednesday, 19 September 2018, 8:09 am | Green Party

On the 125 year anniversary since New Zealand women won the right to vote, the Green Party are celebrating wins in Government for women, and commit to keep working in the space to achieve full equity. More >>

Shoebox KiwiBuild studios ultimate fail

Tuesday, 18 September 2018, 6:43 pm | New Zealand National Party

Housing Minister Phil Twyford’s pet KiwiBuild scheme is a broken project with banks not lending to prospective KiwiBuild home buyers due to their shoebox sizes, National’s Housing spokesperson Judith Collins says. More >>

Teachers to be given a stronger voice with passing of Bill

Tuesday, 18 September 2018, 6:41 pm | New Zealand Government

The Education (Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand) Amendment Bill has passed its final reading today, restoring the voice of teachers on their own professional body, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said. More >>

More dates for Justice Committee End of Life Choice hearings

Tuesday, 18 September 2018, 6:38 pm | Office of the Clerk

The Justice Committee is adding further dates for hearings on the End of Life Choice Bill. These additional hearings will continue the process of hearing from every submitter who wanted the opportunity to speak to the committee about the bill. Justice subcommittees ... More >>

Parliament: Questions and Answers - September 18

Tuesday, 18 September 2018, 5:15 pm | Hansard

Question No. 1—Finance 1. KIRITAPU ALLAN (Assistant Whip—Labour) to the Minister of Finance : What recent reports has he seen on the New Zealand economy? More >>

Announcement of NZ’s first resident Ambassador to Ireland

Tuesday, 18 September 2018, 5:05 pm | New Zealand Government

Rt Hon Winston Peters Deputy Prime Minister Minister of Racing 18 September 2018 MEDIA STATEMENT More >>

Social Security legislation now easier to understand

Tuesday, 18 September 2018, 4:52 pm | New Zealand Government

Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni is pleased to announce that the Social Security Legislation Rewrite Bill has had its third reading and will soon become law. More >>

Twyford winds back KiwiBuild policy

Tuesday, 18 September 2018, 4:37 pm | New Zealand National Party

Despite almost a year in Government, and six years since the announcement of KiwiBuild, New Zealanders are increasingly confused with the changing detail around Labour’s flagship housing policy, National’s spokesperson Judith Collins says. More >>

Waiheke Predator Control to Be Achieved without 1080 Drops

Tuesday, 18 September 2018, 3:07 pm | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First is excited to see the planned implementation of natural predator control on Waiheke Island. More >>

Māori Crown agency to be established

Tuesday, 18 September 2018, 3:05 pm | New Zealand Government

Cabinet has approved the final scope of the Māori Crown portfolio and agreed to establish an agency to oversee Government’s work with Māori in a post-settlement era, announced Crown/ Māori Relations Minister Kelvin Davis today. More >>

Proposal to increase Export Education Levy

Tuesday, 18 September 2018, 1:11 pm | New Zealand Government

Proposal to increase Export Education Levy The Ministry of Education is looking at options to make the Export Education Levy (EEL) fund more sustainable to protect New Zealand’s reputation as a study destination, Education Minister Chris Hipkins ... More >>

Bill introduced to freeze MP’s pay

Tuesday, 18 September 2018, 1:00 pm | New Zealand Government

Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern Prime Minister MP for Mt Albert MEDIA STATMENT Hon Iain Lees-Galloway Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety 18 September 2018 Bill introduced to freeze MP’s pay A bill to freeze the pay of MPs for one year will be introduced ... More >>

Parliament: Oral Questions - 18 September 2018

Tuesday, 18 September 2018, 11:42 am | Office of the Clerk

1. KIRITAPU ALLAN to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he seen on the New Zealand economy? More >>

Commissioner to be appointed to two polytechnics

Tuesday, 18 September 2018, 11:38 am | New Zealand Government

Education Minister Chris Hipkins has made a preliminary decision to appoint a Commissioner to Whitireia and WelTec to address the two polytechnics’ financial woes. More >>

Green Party welcomes proactive release of cabinet papers

Tuesday, 18 September 2018, 10:22 am | Green Party

The Green Party tautoko the Government proactively releasing Cabinet papers to ensure and openness and accessibility, but will work to go even further. More >>

Nats' Last Presser is rich

Tuesday, 18 September 2018, 10:13 am | ACT New Zealand

"The National Party’s support for the New Zealand Initiative’s Fit for Purpose report is richer than a millionaire pensioner with a winter heating payment," according to ACT. More >>

Government to proactively release Cabinet papers

Tuesday, 18 September 2018, 10:07 am | New Zealand Government

Cabinet papers will be proactively released, Minister of State Services Chris Hipkins announced today. More >>

Govt should heed report on low-quality spending

Tuesday, 18 September 2018, 8:29 am | New Zealand National Party

A new report that finds much state spending is poor quality is a timely reminder that Governments need to strive to do better and reduce the tax burden on New Zealanders, National’s Finance spokesperson Amy Adams says. More >>

New Consul-General for Southwest China announced

Monday, 17 September 2018, 5:38 pm | New Zealand Government

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has appointed diplomat Stephen Wong as the new Consul-General in Chengdu, Southwest China. More >>

Announcement of new Consul-General in Shanghai

Monday, 17 September 2018, 5:37 pm | New Zealand Government

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today announced the appointment of Andrew Robinson as the new Consul-General in Shanghai. More >>

Minister Woods to attend World Economic Forum in China

Monday, 17 September 2018, 4:52 pm | New Zealand Government

Minister Megan Woods will visit China to attend the 12th Annual Meeting of the New Champions World Economic Forum (WEF) in Tianjin, and meet with her ministerial counterparts in science and energy. More >>

Tuturumuri School to remain open

Monday, 17 September 2018, 4:31 pm | New Zealand Government

A small rural Wairarapa school will remain open in 2019, ending the closure process, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. More >>

Govt Admits Charter School Success

Monday, 17 September 2018, 4:29 pm | ACT New Zealand

The Government today admitted defeat on Charter Schools by giving the stamp of approval to the final two of 12 Charter Schools that applied to become designated character or state integrated schools. More >>

NZ to extend NZDF deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan

Monday, 17 September 2018, 4:27 pm | New Zealand Government

Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern Prime Minister Rt Hon Winston Peters Deputy Prime Minister Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon Ron Mark Minister of Defence 17 September 2018 MEDIA STATEMENT New Zealand to extend NZDF deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan and 3 peacekeeping ... More >>

More evidence that Govt policies are affecting jobs

Monday, 17 September 2018, 3:05 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Government’s anti-growth policies are not only hurting business confidence but are also affecting business decisions such as hiring fewer workers, National’s Finance spokesperson Amy Adams says. More >>

Consumers opt in to high speed Internet

Monday, 17 September 2018, 2:26 pm | New Zealand Government

Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Minister Hon Kris Faafoi has welcomed a new milestone for the Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) programme, which has reached 44 per cent uptake – far above initial expectations. More >>

Information sought - Westport

Monday, 17 September 2018, 1:29 pm | New Zealand Police

Police would like to hear from anyone who may have information about an incident in Victoria Square, Westport, in the early hours of Saturday 15 September. More >>

All charter schools now approved

Monday, 17 September 2018, 12:49 pm | New Zealand Government

Two charter schools’ applications to establish new state integrated schools have both been approved, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. More >>

Business Partnership Agenda gone in 3 weeks?

Monday, 17 September 2018, 9:35 am | New Zealand National Party

The Prime Minister has given her second major speech in three weeks and bizarrely makes no mention of the key announcement of the first – her Business Partnership Agenda, National’s Economic and Regional Development spokesperson Paul Goldsmith ... More >>

Plant variety rights consultation starts

Monday, 17 September 2018, 9:28 am | New Zealand Government

Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi today announced the start of public consultation on New Zealand’s plant variety rights law, which regulates intellectual property protection over new plant varieties. More >>

Peters: Opening remarks, Government Priorities Launch

Monday, 17 September 2018, 9:27 am | New Zealand Government

Eleven months ago we in New Zealand First faced a choice between perpetuating a modified status quo or in joining with other parties to effect positive change. The Labour-New Zealand First Coalition was formed out of that choice, with confidence and supply ... More >>

Ardern: Our Plan for a modern and prosperous New Zealand

Monday, 17 September 2018, 9:25 am | New Zealand Government

Te whare e tu nei Te marae e takoto ana Tena korua E nga mate maha Haere, haere, haere Nga tangata whenua o tenei rohe o Tāmaki Makaurau, tena koutou Tatou nga kanohi ora e hui mai ana Tena koutou, tena koutou, tena tatou katoa More >>

John Key without Dad Jokes

Sunday, 16 September 2018, 3:06 pm | ACT New Zealand

“Today’s underwhelming policy announcement from the Labour-NZFirst Government showed no clear differences to how the previous National Government operated,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

PM’s show of unity has hollow ring, no new ideas

Sunday, 16 September 2018, 3:03 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Prime Minister is desperate to show a united Government after the shambles of the past few weeks but it will take more than a reheated speech to convince Kiwis her dysfunctional coalition is up to the job, National Party leader Simon Bridges ... More >>

New Māori Trustee announced

Sunday, 16 September 2018, 3:01 pm | New Zealand Government

Kua whakatū a Tākuta Charlotte Marewa Severne (Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāi Tūhoe) hei Kaitiaki Māori hōu e Te Minita Whanake Māori a Nanaia Mahuta i tēnei rā. More >>

Priorities for a modern and fairer NZ

Sunday, 16 September 2018, 1:03 pm | New Zealand Government

Priorities for a modern and fairer NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced 12 priorities in a long-term plan that will drive the Government’s ongoing work programme in a major speech delivered in Auckland today. The plan is the first of ... More >>

Predator Free Waiheke ambition

Sunday, 16 September 2018, 12:06 pm | New Zealand Government

Waiheke Island is possum-free and now the community has rats and stoats in its sights as part of a bid to make the whole island predator free by 2025, Conservation Minister, Eugenie Sage says. More >>

Conservation Week call to action for nature

Saturday, 15 September 2018, 10:50 am | New Zealand Government

Te Wiki Tiaki Ao Turoa/Conservation Week call to action for nature Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage is calling on kiwis to get involved in Conservation Week or Te Wiki Tiaki Ao Turoa. Eugenie Sage today joined the Department of Conservation ... More >>

Launch of Tapasā to help teachers

Friday, 14 September 2018, 5:58 pm | New Zealand Government

Launch of Tapasā to help teachers work better with Pacific learners Associate Minister of Education Jenny Salesa has today launched a cultural competency tool for teachers working with Pacific learners at Otahuhu Primary School in South Auckland. “We ... More >>

Health’s 80-year milestone

Friday, 14 September 2018, 1:16 pm | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Dr David Clark says New Zealanders can look back in pride on 80 years of public health services today while acknowledging the need for improvement. More >>

Working together builds the best education system

Friday, 14 September 2018, 12:59 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government has set an ambitious goal of building the best education system in the world, Education Minister Chris Hipkins says. More >>

 
 
 
 
 
 

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