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Government Statement on Financial Capability announced

Friday, 3 July 2015, 5:27 pm | New Zealand Government

Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Paul Goldsmith today announced a Government Statement on Building Financial Capability in New Zealand, which supports New Zealanders getting ahead financially. More >>

Broadband failure sucks up more cash

Friday, 3 July 2015, 5:15 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

The Commerce Committee has blocked an inquiry into the $300 million rural broadband initiative (RBI) despite mounting evidence it’s a massive policy failure and waste of money, says Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran. More >>

More ‘greenfields’ SHAs a bad deal for Aucklanders

Friday, 3 July 2015, 4:24 pm | Green Party

The Government’s newly announced Special Housing Areas in Drury and Glenbrook will condemn thousands of Aucklanders to a life of “transport poverty”, the Green Party said today. More >>

Minister encourages submissions on Māori land reform

Friday, 3 July 2015, 3:20 pm | New Zealand Government

While the consultation hui on the exposure draft of the Ture Whenua Māori Bill have now been completed, there is still a month to go before submissions close on 7 August. More >>

New Auckland SHAs to deliver 1800 new homes

Friday, 3 July 2015, 2:41 pm | New Zealand Government

Two new greenfield Special Housing Areas (SHAs) that will provide up to 1800 new homes in Auckland have been announced today by Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith and Mayor Len Brown. “These two latest Special Housing Areas at Glenbrook ... More >>

Network for Learning board reappointments

Friday, 3 July 2015, 1:55 pm | New Zealand Government

Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye today announced the reappointment of all the directors of crown company Network for Learning (N4L) whose terms expire in 2015. “Having completed their first term, the inaugural board members have all been reappointed, ... More >>

Evidence Amendment Bill – call for submissions

Friday, 3 July 2015, 1:04 pm | Select Committee Office

The committee chairperson is calling for public submissions on the Evidence Amendment Bill. The bill, currently before the Justice and Electoral Committee, proposes to make a number of minor and technical amendments recommended by the Law Commission, ... More >>

Local Government Amendment Bill – call for submissions

Friday, 3 July 2015, 12:55 pm | New Zealand Government

Amendment Bill (No 3). The bill, currently before the Local Government and Environment Committee, would remedy a loophole in current legislation that permits candidates to serve as members on 2 or more Auckland local boards at the same time. More >>

Traders go online to manage information

Friday, 3 July 2015, 12:08 pm | New Zealand Government

Customs Minister Nicky Wagner announced today that from 6 July traders can go online to register and manage their own information and client and supplier code applications through the Trade Single Window. More >>

Nikki's News: July 2015

Friday, 3 July 2015, 11:32 am | Nikki Kaye

In this issue: Whanganui Floods - SuperGold Card - Cycleways package - School Developments in Auckland Central - Visits in the Electorate More >>

Government must plan for rising sea levels

Friday, 3 July 2015, 11:10 am | Green Party

The rebuild of Christchurch offers a unique opportunity to plan for more extreme weather events, and for rising sea levels caused by climate change,” Green Party Christchurch spokesperson Eugenie Sage said today. Nearly 6000 properties in Christchurch ... More >>

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall to visit

Friday, 3 July 2015, 11:08 am | New Zealand Government

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall to visit New Zealand in November Prime Minister John Key welcomes today’s announcement that the Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will visit New Zealand in November. This will be the second joint ... More >>

NZ educators among the world’s best

Friday, 3 July 2015, 11:06 am | New Zealand Government

New Zealand’s teaching profession is amongst the most highly trained, best qualified, and most experienced in the world, Education Minister Hekia Parata says. More >>

Guy: Speech to Federated Farmers 2015 Annual Conference

Friday, 3 July 2015, 10:49 am | New Zealand Government

Good morning and thank you all for the opportunity to speak to your annual conference here this morning. More >>

Further boost for New Zealand Cycle Trail

Friday, 3 July 2015, 10:40 am | New Zealand Government

The Government is investing nearly $400,000 in six new projects to enhance and maintain the quality of the New Zealand Cycle Trail, Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism John Key announced today. More >>

Minister to attend Tongan coronation

Friday, 3 July 2015, 10:16 am | New Zealand Government

Pacific Peoples Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga will travel to Tonga today to attend the coronation of King Tupou VI. Mr Lotu-Iiga will attend the coronation in Nuku’alofa tomorrow as part of a New Zealand delegation that includes Governor-General Sir Jerry ... More >>

Tracey Martin Congratulates New Deputy Leader

Friday, 3 July 2015, 10:09 am | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First MP Tracey Martin congratulates Ron Mark as he takes up his new role as New Zealand First’s Deputy Leader. More >>

Report From New Zealand First Caucus

Friday, 3 July 2015, 10:04 am | New Zealand First Party

As is the practice of New Zealand First following a General Election a vote is taken at an appropriate time for Caucus positions. The vote is always taken after MPs have had some time to familiarise themselves with both their roles and their colleagues More >>

Dunne Speaks on Social Housing

Friday, 3 July 2015, 8:31 am | Peter Dunne

The debate about social housing and the possible interest of a Queensland social service provider in purchasing around 400 Housing New Zealand properties is one such example. All sorts of outlandish claims are being made, most with little relation ... More >>

Bill to better support sexual violence victims underway

Thursday, 2 July 2015, 5:28 pm | New Zealand Government

The first stage of the Government’s sexual violence reforms are underway with the passing of the first reading of the Evidence Amendment Act today, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More >>

New Chair and Commissioners for Māori Language Commission

Thursday, 2 July 2015, 5:22 pm | New Zealand Government

The Māori Development Minister is pleased to announce that Dr Wayne Ngata has been appointed as the new Toihau of the Māori Language Commission. More >>

FairWay Resolution Ltd board reappointments

Thursday, 2 July 2015, 5:16 pm | New Zealand Government

ACC Minister Nikki Kaye today announced the reappointment of three directors to the board of crown company FairWay Resolution Limited. More >>

New leaks show Pharmac loser in TPPA negotiation

Thursday, 2 July 2015, 5:13 pm | Green Party

New leaked documents from the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) show that New Zealanders could lose access to affordable medication, said the Green Party today. More >>

Questions and Answers - July 2

Thursday, 2 July 2015, 5:10 pm | Office of the Clerk

1. Dr SHANE RETI (National—Whangarei) to the Minister of Finance : What reports has he received on the international economy and its effect on New Zealand’s economy? More >>

New EPA board appointments

Thursday, 2 July 2015, 4:51 pm | New Zealand Government

Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith today announced the reappointment of Dr Kevin Thompson as deputy chair of the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) board and the appointment two new members, Dayle Hunia and Geoffrey Thompson, to the board. More >>

Rise Above: South Dunedin Benefit Concert

Thursday, 2 July 2015, 4:48 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Dunedin South MP Clare Curran is proud to support the South Dunedin Benefit Concert, to be held this Friday. Entry is by donation, with all proceeds going to the Dunedin Flood Appeal. More >>

Students staying engaged at Hutt Valley schools

Thursday, 2 July 2015, 4:25 pm | New Zealand National Party

National List MP based in the Hutt Valley Chris Bishop says there has been a significant drop in the number of school students being suspended, stood-down, excluded, and expelled from schools in the Hutt Valley. “Under the National-led government, Hutt ... More >>

Park the Cycleways, Fix the Gorge First

Thursday, 2 July 2015, 4:11 pm | New Zealand First Party

Cycleways are great to have, but first the Gorge road must be fixed, says Palmerston North based New Zealand First MP Darroch Ball. More >>

Arts Access Awards winners an inspiration

Thursday, 2 July 2015, 3:57 pm | New Zealand Government

Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry and Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner congratulate the winners of the eighth annual Arts Access Awards for their work in providing access to the arts. More >>

Health chickens coming home to roost

Thursday, 2 July 2015, 3:00 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

News today that Dunedin Hospital has lost orthopaedic training accreditation is a major blow and proves the Government’s prevarication is having devastating consequences, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. More >>

Move back to democracy for Christchurch too slow

Thursday, 2 July 2015, 2:19 pm | Green Party

The Government is still intent on trying to control Christchurch’s future from the Beehive, Green Party Christchurch spokesperson Eugenie Sage said today. More >>

Democracy for Nauru now

Thursday, 2 July 2015, 1:57 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Democracy for Nauru now Murray McCully must send the strongest possible message to the Nauruan Government that New Zealand does not condone its actions given the disturbing developments there, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer ... More >>

Jono Naylor to host HomeStart public meeting

Thursday, 2 July 2015, 1:42 pm | New Zealand National Party

On Thursday 16 July, Jono Naylor will host the Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith and officials from Housing New Zealand for a public meeting on the new HomeStart scheme. “HomeStart is the most generous Government support for first ... More >>

Recovery needs more than a rebrand

Thursday, 2 July 2015, 1:39 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Today’s announcement of new governance arrangements for Canterbury seems to be nothing more than a fresh coat of paint on the same old approach, says Labour’s Canterbury Earthquake Recovery spokesperson Ruth Dyson. “The Canterbury Recovery ... More >>

$74,000 quarterly rise shows crisis out of control

Thursday, 2 July 2015, 1:09 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

New figures out today showing Auckland house prices have spiked by a massive $74,000 in the past quarter is further evidence the city’s housing crisis has spiralled out of control, Labour’s “In spite of constant announcements and photo opportunities ... More >>

Copper decision a victory for status quo, not Kiwi household

Thursday, 2 July 2015, 1:00 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

New Zealanders hoping for cheaper copper broadband will be disappointed by the Commerce Commission’s latest decision in the long running saga to determine the price of copper, Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran says. “In an apparent attempt ... More >>

Developer chosen for inner city neighbourhoods

Thursday, 2 July 2015, 12:59 pm | New Zealand Government

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee has welcomed the appointment of a preferred development partner for an exciting new era of inner city living in Christchurch. More >>

Regeneration the focus of Chch governance

Thursday, 2 July 2015, 12:58 pm | New Zealand Government

The regeneration of Christchurch will be the city’s focus for the next five years as local leadership progressively takes control of the rebuild, Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says. More >>

Key: Plans for earthquake recovery laws

Thursday, 2 July 2015, 12:55 pm | New Zealand Government

Prime Minister 2 July 2015 Speech Notes Speech to Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce function More >>

Crown land sold at bargain basement prices

Thursday, 2 July 2015, 12:40 pm | Green Party

Unless the Government reviews its processes for valuing high country pastoral lease land, it will continue to give away millions of dollars to private interests that should be going to the New Zealand public, the Green Party said today. More >>

Bleak Times for NZ as Dairy Prices Continue to Slide

Thursday, 2 July 2015, 11:39 am | New Zealand First Party

Bleak Times for NZ as Dairy Prices Continue to Slide The outlook for the New Zealand economy, as dairy prices took another huge tumble overnight, is bleak as New Zealand First has consistently warned. “On one hand we have an economy at a standstill ... More >>

NZ needs to stop funding Nauru’s broken justice system

Thursday, 2 July 2015, 11:39 am | Green Party

The Green Party is joining calls from top legal academics in New Zealand for the Government to stop funding the justice sector in Nauru while their democracy and rule of law is failing. More >>

Low dairy prices highlight the failure of National

Thursday, 2 July 2015, 11:38 am | Green Party

Further falls overnight in dairy auction prices have highlighted the failure of National’s economic strategy, the Green Party said today. More >>

Questions For Oral Answer July 2

Thursday, 2 July 2015, 11:38 am | Office of the Clerk

1. Dr SHANE RETI to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the international economy and its effect on New Zealand’s economy? More >>

Government Welcomes Successful WTO Trade Policy Review

Thursday, 2 July 2015, 11:28 am | New Zealand Government

Trade Minister Tim Groser today welcomed the conclusions of the 5th World Trade Organisation Trade Policy Review of New Zealand. “Once again NZ has been highly commended by the WTO for maintaining an open and transparent trade policy regime”, says Mr Groser. More >>

Minister marks end of successful development

Thursday, 2 July 2015, 11:26 am | New Zealand Government

Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges today congratulates OMV on their successful completion of the Maari Growth campaign in offshore Taranaki. “OMV have announced that their drilling campaign is now completed, with the capacity of the Maari field ... More >>

Extra support for social service providers

Thursday, 2 July 2015, 11:22 am | New Zealand Government

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has announced that a further $4.3 million in funding for capability development support has been provided to a range of social service providers. More >>

Newborn hearing screening strengthened

Thursday, 2 July 2015, 11:20 am | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says newborn babies across New Zealand are now benefitting from an improved hearing screening programme as a result of the implementation of the 2013 review. More >>

Greens call for Select Committee inquiry

Thursday, 2 July 2015, 11:19 am | Green Party

Greens call for Select Committee inquiry into equality of access to justice The Green Party is asking Parliament’s Justice and Electoral Select Committee to initiate an inquiry into equality of access to justice. “Justice Minister Amy Adams has ... More >>

It’s time for hard decisions in the Bay

Thursday, 2 July 2015, 11:09 am | New Zealand Labour Party

The Ruataniwha dam project is turning into a huge white elephant as the economics fail to stack up, says Labour’s Water spokesperson Meka Whaitiri. “Ruataniwha simply doesn’t make economic sense when you look at other major irrigation schemes ... More >>

Minister opens first Urban Cycleways-funded project

Thursday, 2 July 2015, 10:33 am | New Zealand Government

The first cycleway to be funded by the Government’s Urban Cycleways Programme has been opened by Transport Minister Simon Bridges today. More >>

More testing won’t lift student achievement

Thursday, 2 July 2015, 10:11 am | New Zealand Labour Party

More testing won’t lift student achievement Hekia Parata’s latest plan to subject school students to even more testing and assessment won’t do anything to lift the educational achievement of the kids who are struggling, Labour’s Education spokesperson ... More >>

NZ-Canada double tax agreement now in force

Thursday, 2 July 2015, 10:08 am | New Zealand Government

Revenue Minister Todd McClay has welcomed a new double tax agreement between New Zealand and Canada, which is now in force. Mr McClay says the new agreement, which lowers withholding taxes on dividends, interest and royalties between the two countries ... More >>

Speaker to attend regional Presiding Officers Conference

Thursday, 2 July 2015, 10:01 am | Office of the Speaker

The Speaker, Rt Hon David Carter, will represent the New Zealand Parliament at the 46th Conference of Presiding Officers and Clerks being held in Hobart, Tasmania from 5 - 9 July. More >>

NZ begins Presidency of UN Security Council

Thursday, 2 July 2015, 8:18 am | New Zealand Government

Prime Minister John Key has welcomed the start of New Zealand’s month-long Presidency of the United Nations Security Council in New York. More >>

Bad week for NZ economy gets worse

Thursday, 2 July 2015, 7:58 am | New Zealand Labour Party

The bad news for the New Zealand economy got worse this morning with the 8th successive drop in dairy prices at this morning’s global dairy auction, again exposing the absence of any Plan B from the National Government, Labour’s Finance spokesperson ... More >>

Livestock Threatened, Farmers Face Unfair Competition

Wednesday, 1 July 2015, 7:27 pm | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand farm livestock could be under threat from contaminated grain, but the government refuses to act. More >>

Minister Refuses to Guarantee Social Bonds

Wednesday, 1 July 2015, 7:26 pm | New Zealand First Party

Fears that the social bonds experiment on the mentally ill will turn into a simple drive to make money were reinforced in Parliament today, says New Zealand First. More >>

Questions and Answers - July 1

Wednesday, 1 July 2015, 6:08 pm | Office of the Clerk

Hon ANNETTE KING (Deputy Leader—Labour): My question is to the Minister of Health. How much has been spent by the Government on the Social Bonds Pilot to date? More >>

Backers banking on social bonds cash?

Wednesday, 1 July 2015, 4:23 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

The Government is refusing to say what the $29 million it has set aside for its controversial social bonds programme is for, raising suspicions it is an upfront payment to the project backers, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. More >>

 

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