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Dunne Speaks: Six Steps to Future-Proof the Environment

Thursday, 1 September 2016, 9:14 am | United Future NZ Party

The world’s first big United Nations sponsored conference on the state of the environment took place in Stockholm in July 1972. Its focus was on “the need for a common outlook and for common principles to inspire and guide the peoples of the world in the preservation ... More >>

Last Train on Line Shows National Failing Northland

Thursday, 1 September 2016, 9:12 am | New Zealand First Party

The National government must take the blame for the closing of KiwiRail’s Kauri-Otiria line today, further restricting economic development in Northland, says More >>

EU’S Version of the TPPA Collapses

Thursday, 1 September 2016, 9:11 am | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First is calling for the government to face reality over the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) with the European version, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), collapsing in acrimony. More >>

District Health Boards’ big budget blowout

Thursday, 1 September 2016, 9:10 am | New Zealand Labour Party

District health boards are struggling with a $54 million shortfall in their budgets, increasing the stress on our health system, says Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King. More >>

HOP Strategy submissions close in 7 days

Wednesday, 31 August 2016, 4:31 pm | New Zealand Government

Associate Health Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga says there are just 7 days left to help shape the new Health of Older People (HOP) Strategy. More >>

National’s police cuts to blame for increase in crime

Wednesday, 31 August 2016, 3:12 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

A large increase in crime throughout the country is a direct result of National’s cuts to police which have let down communities by failing to keep them safe, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little. More >>

New High Commissioner for Kiribati

Wednesday, 31 August 2016, 2:44 pm | New Zealand Government

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully has announced Michael Upton as New Zealand’s next High Commissioner to Kiribati. More >>

Key’s Sell-Off of NZ Land Getting Out of Hand

Wednesday, 31 August 2016, 1:38 pm | New Zealand First Party

The Key government’s sale of land to foreigners continues in overdrive as the latest information from the Overseas Investment Office (OIO) reveals, says New Zealand First Leader and Northland Member of Parliament Rt Hon Winston Peters. More >>

Government and Council must walk away from Ruataniwha Dam

Wednesday, 31 August 2016, 1:19 pm | Green Party

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council (HBRC) needs to take the hint that the Ruataniwha Dam is doomed, now that there’s no longer anywhere to store the water, the Green Party said today. More >>

New Data on Surgical Mesh Concerning

Wednesday, 31 August 2016, 1:13 pm | New Zealand First Party

Recent data indicates the true extent of the appalling treatment patients with surgical mesh complications have had to endure and the government must act to prevent further suffering, says New Zealand First. More >>

Garam Masala: August 2016

Wednesday, 31 August 2016, 12:58 pm | New Zealand National Party

I was saddened to hear that Sardar Ganges Singh, a dear friend and mentor passed away earlier this month. More >>

Helping those with health conditions into work

Wednesday, 31 August 2016, 12:42 pm | New Zealand Government

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says a new trial for beneficiaries with mental health conditions will start next month and will work with clients to support them into work. More >>

Our Plan to Future-Proof NZ’s Environment

Wednesday, 31 August 2016, 12:40 pm | United Future NZ Party

United Future is today announcing a new environmental policy package aimed at future-proofing New Zealand's environment for generations to come. More >>

Apple likely owes back taxes here too

Wednesday, 31 August 2016, 12:36 pm | Green Party

The European Commission has ruled that Apple owes €13bn in back taxes there. It’s likely that Apple owes New Zealand our fair share of back taxes too. More >>

Green MPs to attend Havelock North public meeting

Wednesday, 31 August 2016, 12:26 pm | Green Party

Green Party MPs Catherine Delahunty and Kevin Hague will attend tonight’s public meeting on Havelock North’s gastric illness outbreak and contaminated water supply. More >>

Bill will revitalise forestry sector

Wednesday, 31 August 2016, 12:09 pm | New Zealand First Party

Extracts from speech at the NZ Institute of Forestry conference, Dunedin More >>

Procurement changes to drive electric vehicle uptake

Wednesday, 31 August 2016, 12:03 pm | New Zealand Government

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and Transport Minister Simon Bridges today announced the Government will seek to include additional electric vehicle providers in the All-of-Government (AoG) Vehicles contract to help further enhance the availability ... More >>

Charter schools fail to make grade as bonus season nears

Wednesday, 31 August 2016, 12:00 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

As charter schools prepare to receive another round of bonuses and the National-Act Government confirms the opening of two new schools, documents quietly released by the Ministry of Education highlight major issues around their performance, Labour’s ... More >>

MPI Biosecurity Slap in the Face for Southland and Otago

Wednesday, 31 August 2016, 11:58 am | New Zealand First Party

The Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) refusal to hold consultation meetings in Southland or Otago as part of their Biosecurity 2025 consultation project is an insult to the region, says New Zealand First. More >>

Ōhāriu schools receive funding for Asian languages

Wednesday, 31 August 2016, 11:53 am | New Zealand National Party

National List MP based in Ōhāriu, Brett Hudson, says it’s important our next generation is able to communicate and work in different languages as our international and trading links grow – particularly within the Asia-Pacific region. More >>

New Zealand takes gold – for housing unaffordability

Wednesday, 31 August 2016, 11:28 am | New Zealand Labour Party

New Zealand has won the gold medal for unaffordable housing – we now have the most unaffordable housing in the OECD, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. More >>

Official crime stats released today

Wednesday, 31 August 2016, 11:18 am | New Zealand Government

Official crime statistics for July 2016 released today by Statistics New Zealand today, show that Police recorded 11,171 more victimisations than the same period last year, which equates to a 2.3 per cent increase. More than three quarters of ... More >>

Blaming birds for poor water quality is a load of quackery

Wednesday, 31 August 2016, 11:01 am | Green Party

Environment Minister Nick Smith’s excuse that pollution from birds and geothermal activity is the real reason why his Government will not commit to swimmable rivers is completely baseless, the Green Party said today. More >>

National bowel screening roll-out next steps

Wednesday, 31 August 2016, 10:49 am | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the bowel screening national roll-out programme is on track with Cabinet approving the business case. More >>

Funding for Far North dune lakes, wetland

Wednesday, 31 August 2016, 9:44 am | New Zealand Government

Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith and Māori Party Co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell have today announced funding of $320,000 for the restoration of two Far North dune lakes and a wetland. More >>

Improving freshwater management

Wednesday, 31 August 2016, 9:26 am | New Zealand Government

Thank you for the privilege of giving this 2016 Lincoln Environment lecture. I’d like to acknowledge Lincoln University Chancellor Tony Hall distinguished guests, fellow MPs, and the Centre for Nature Conservation staff who are hosting us tonight. More >>

Uncertain Guidance From US Federal Reserve

Wednesday, 31 August 2016, 9:21 am | New Zealand First Party

The message from Jackson Hole at the weekend was far from reassuring, says New Zealand First Leader and Northland MP Rt Hon Winston Peters. More >>

Collins Comments: Alcohol Interlock sentence

Tuesday, 30 August 2016, 5:19 pm | New Zealand National Party

I am pleased to see the introduction of mandatory Alcohol interlock sentences for serious and repeat drink-driving offenders. More >>

MPs and sporting legends to turn out for charities

Tuesday, 30 August 2016, 5:04 pm | New Zealand National Party

This Saturday the New Zealand Parliamentary rugby and netball teams will take on Canterbury sporting legends to raise money for Christchurch charities 0800 Hungry and Hohepa Canterbury. More >>

Building boom falls flat as consents tumble

Tuesday, 30 August 2016, 4:52 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Nick Smith’s much vaunted “building boom” sounds more like a thud as Auckland consent numbers hit the wall, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. More >>

600 more Christchurch homes a step closer

Tuesday, 30 August 2016, 3:37 pm | New Zealand Government

A $300 million, 600-home development on land at Christchurch’s Riccarton Racecourse is a step closer after the signing of a deed today, Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith says. “The deed, between the Crown, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and ... More >>

Two new Partnership Schools to open

Tuesday, 30 August 2016, 3:26 pm | New Zealand Government

Under-Secretary to the Minister of Education David Seymour today announced that two new Partnership Schools | Kura Hourua will open in 2017. More >>

Hundreds more kids to learn Asian languages

Tuesday, 30 August 2016, 3:05 pm | New Zealand Government

Education Minister Hekia Parata visited Carmel College in Auckland today to announce funding for new or expanded Asian language programmes at 63 schools across the country. More >>

Building boom going strong

Tuesday, 30 August 2016, 3:03 pm | New Zealand Government

The nearly 1100 dwelling consents issued in Auckland in July shows New Zealand’s building boom is continuing to gather momentum, Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith says. More >>

Double boost for environmental education

Tuesday, 30 August 2016, 2:52 pm | New Zealand Government

A new contract to support Enviroschools for the next six years and a new Strategy for Environmental Education for Sustainability were announced today by Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith and Associate Minister of Conservation Nicky Wagner. More >>

Minister admits hospital food prices could increase

Tuesday, 30 August 2016, 2:46 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Jonathan Coleman has admitted the country’s District Health Boards will be paying more for food supplied by Compass if they don’t all sign up to the deal with the private contractor, says Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King. More >>

Bennett talks climate change in Canberra

Tuesday, 30 August 2016, 2:23 pm | New Zealand Government

Keeping up progress on global climate action and sharing insights about New Zealand’s efforts to reduce emissions will be the focus of Climate Change Issues Minister Paula Bennett’s visit to Canberra this week. More >>

Over 3000 submissions received on reducing dog attacks

Tuesday, 30 August 2016, 2:00 pm | New Zealand Government

Associate Minister of Local Government Louise Upston today expressed thanks to the more than 3000 people who made submissions on New Zealand’s dog control laws. More >>

EU recognises NZ auditors

Tuesday, 30 August 2016, 1:49 pm | New Zealand Government

Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Paul Goldsmith has welcomed the European Commission’s announcement to recognise and permit New Zealand regulated auditors to practice in the European Union. More >>

Kiwis gaining more higher-level qualifications

Tuesday, 30 August 2016, 1:27 pm | New Zealand Government

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce has today welcomed figures that show 56 per cent of New Zealanders aged 25-34 years old now hold a higher-level tertiary qualification. More >>

Race-Based Politics Only Hinder NZ's Progress

Tuesday, 30 August 2016, 1:17 pm | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand cannot afford to get caught up in race-based politics, says New Zealand First Leader and Northland Member of Parliament Rt Hon Winston Peters commenting on the establishment of an Indian-led party. More >>

Schools Ignored as Minister Goes with COOL

Tuesday, 30 August 2016, 12:29 pm | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First wants to know why schools that have set up online learning networks were not consulted by the Ministry of Education before the Minister, Hekia Parata, announced she is setting up Communities of Online Learning (COOL). More >>

Improved planning framework for mental health services

Tuesday, 30 August 2016, 10:48 am | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a new framework for planning and designing support for people with mental health and addiction issues will help to further improve care. More >>

Work begins on $4.5m Takapuna Primary School redevelopment

Tuesday, 30 August 2016, 10:12 am | New Zealand Government

Construction has started on a $4.5 million redevelopment at Takapuna Primary School on Auckland’s North Shore, Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye announced today. “This investment will see a new, two-storey classroom block built, and adds to ... More >>

Minister Confirms Burglars Given Green Light

Monday, 29 August 2016, 4:57 pm | New Zealand First Party

The New Zealand public will be shocked to learn police have not been required, officially, to attend burglaries, says New Zealand First Leader and Northland Member of Parliament Rt Hon Winston Peters. More >>

Disability sector is in a ‘slow burning crisis’

Monday, 29 August 2016, 4:53 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Disability advocates say the sector is in crisis and broken, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. More >>

Let’s not set back taxpayers’ rights by 327 years

Monday, 29 August 2016, 4:22 pm | ACT New Zealand

Michael Woodhouse’s move to bypass parliamentary approval of tax changes via Orders of Council would take taxpayers’ rights back 327 years, says ACT Leader David Seymour. The move was first noticed by the Taxpayers’ Union last week. More >>

PM to East Asia Summit, Pacific Islands Forum

Monday, 29 August 2016, 4:17 pm | New Zealand Government

Prime Minister John Key will travel to Laos next week for the East Asia Summit, before heading to the Federated States of Micronesia for the Pacific Islands Forum. More >>

Christchurch merger school off to flying start

Monday, 29 August 2016, 3:09 pm | New Zealand Government

Christchurch’s Waitākiri Primary School, one of the first post-earthquake merged school to open, is congratulated by Education Minister Hekia Parata for an exceptional first Education Review Office (ERO) report. More >>

Over 150 pharmacies provide warfarin service

Monday, 29 August 2016, 2:55 pm | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says over 6000 patients are now being supported to manage their blood thinning medication through an increasingly popular pharmacy-led scheme. More >>

National tsunami exercise starts this week

Monday, 29 August 2016, 2:03 pm | New Zealand Government

Over 100 organisations and several hundred staff nationwide are getting ready to take part in Exercise Tangaroa, which will test New Zealand’s arrangements for preparing for, responding to and recovering from a major tsunami, says Civil Defence ... More >>

Police take further steps to counter burglary

Monday, 29 August 2016, 1:04 pm | New Zealand Government

Police Minister Judith Collins welcomes Police’s decision to attend all house break-ins, which comes into effect today. More >>

New appointment to FSANZ Board

Monday, 29 August 2016, 12:58 pm | New Zealand Government

Jane Lancaster has been appointed to the Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) Board, Food Safety Minister Jo Goodhew announced today. Ms Lancaster’s term began on 1 July 2016. More >>

Government squandered chance to stick up for the environment

Monday, 29 August 2016, 12:06 pm | Green Party

Taking action to phase out single-use plastic shopping bags would have been an easy way for the National Government to show it is serious about the environment, but it has chosen to do nothing instead, the Green Party said today. More >>

PM’s Excuse on Bank Closures Not Good Enough

Monday, 29 August 2016, 11:56 am | New Zealand First Party

The Prime Minister is, as usual, skipping responsibility by saying he can do nothing about Westpac closing 19 branches, many in rural towns, says New Zealand First. More >>

Doocey Welcomes Companies Amendment Bill

Monday, 29 August 2016, 11:06 am | New Zealand National Party

Waimakariri MP Matt Doocey has welcomed his Companies (Annual Report Notice Requirements) Amendment Bill being drawn from the ballot today. More >>

Govt caught acting unethically over cluster bomb investments

Monday, 29 August 2016, 10:52 am | Green Party

Information uncovered by the Green Party showing the Government’s $31 billion ACC Investment Fund has been illegally investing New Zealanders’ money into cluster munitions companies is further evidence of National’s disregard for the laws and ... More >>

Govt backing land bankers, not house builders

Monday, 29 August 2016, 10:08 am | Green Party

The National Government is choosing to protect the profits of a few land bankers rather than create real incentives to build houses in Auckland, the Green Party said today. Thousands of listings for land in Auckland are now advertised for their potential ... More >>

New Zealand Intelligence and Security Bill - Submissions

Monday, 29 August 2016, 10:05 am | Office of the Clerk

Public submissions are now being invited on the New Zealand Intelligence and Security Bill. The closing date for submissions is Friday 7 October 2016 . More >>

Record July for visitor expenditure

Monday, 29 August 2016, 10:00 am | New Zealand Government

Winter 2016 continues to break records with visitors spending the most they ever have in every region for the month of July, Associate Tourism Minister Paula Bennett says. More >>

 

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