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A Political Party That's on Northland's Side

Monday, 1 September 2014, 8:55 pm | New Zealand First Party

In relation to regional policy and regional development we know that for the past six years regional development has not been a priority. Simply put, there has been no vision, no strategy and no plans for regional development. The blunt fact is that ... More >>

Minister launches Tongan Language Week

Monday, 1 September 2014, 5:09 pm | New Zealand Government

Pacific Island Affairs Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga today launched Tongan Language Week at the Tongan Methodist Church in Otahuhu, Auckland. More >>

$34,000 for restored wetland and new track of Paekakariki

Monday, 1 September 2014, 4:40 pm | New Zealand Government

1 September 2014 Media Statement $34,000 for restored wetland and new track of Paekakariki More >>

New rules for limited partnerships begin

Monday, 1 September 2014, 4:23 pm | New Zealand Government

Commerce Minister Craig Foss says new rules coming into force today will protect New Zealand’s international reputation as a trusted place to do business. The Limited Partnerships Amendment Act takes effect today requiring all limited partnerships ... More >>

John Key Press Conference: Ashburton, Judith Collins

Monday, 1 September 2014, 3:29 pm | Jeremy Wilkinson

Prime Minister John Key has delayed the release of Nationals’ fiscal policy in light of this morning’s shooting at a Work and Income office in Ashburton. The policy will be released later in the week. More >>

NZ First Re: Mr John Tully

Monday, 1 September 2014, 3:13 pm | New Zealand First Party

We were also contacted by an Ashburton reporter who was in contact with Mr Tully. We informed the reporter that our responses were bouncing back. More >>

Rebuilding the New Zealand Defence Force

Monday, 1 September 2014, 2:20 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

A Labour Government will make it a priority to rebuild the capacity of the Defence Force to carry out the tasks expected of it, says Labour’s Defence Spokesperson Phil Goff. More >>

Largest solar array in the Pacific completed

Monday, 1 September 2014, 1:43 pm | New Zealand Government

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has welcomed the completion of the Apia racecourse solar array in Samoa today. More >>

New motorway not fair to Mangere

Monday, 1 September 2014, 1:19 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

The Government is forcing through a multi-million dollar tunnel and a new motorway which will disrupt our local schools, disrupt people’s movements, disrupt people’s ability to cast their vote during an election period without consulting the Mangere ... More >>

David Cunliffe's speech to Canterbury Chamber of Commerce

Monday, 1 September 2014, 12:57 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Today I'm going to talk about our policy package to upgrade and grow our economy and how we turn that growth into a foundation for a decent and fair society. More >>

Candidates Should Stand Together on Gamble-free Day

Monday, 1 September 2014, 11:08 am | The Maori Party

Māori Party Co-leader and Waiariki MP Te Ururoa Flavell is calling on all candidates in the 2014 General Election to stand together on Gamble-free Day, 1 September, to campaign against the profound harm problem gambling causes to the health and wellbeing ... More >>

Independent Royal commission of inquiry only option for Key

Monday, 1 September 2014, 11:06 am | Green Party

Prime Minister John Key needs to respect the constitutional status of his Government this close to an election and proceed with an independent Royal commission of inquiry, the Green Party said today. John Key will this week announce the type and terms of ... More >>

Last poppies placed in newly named Arras Tunnel

Monday, 1 September 2014, 10:53 am | New Zealand Government

Prime Minister John Key, Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee and Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Christopher Finlayson today laid the last of 273 symbolic decorative poppies on the wall of the newly named Arras Tunnel, which runs underneath the National ... More >>

Rapid Transit to unclog Christchurch

Monday, 1 September 2014, 10:49 am | New Zealand Labour Party

Labour will build a 21st century Rapid Transit system for Christchurch, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. More >>

Commission of Inquiry must have bipartisan support

Monday, 1 September 2014, 10:16 am | New Zealand Labour Party

The Labour Party is drafting terms of reference for a Commission of Inquiry, Labour’s Shadow Attorney-General David Parker says. More >>

Labour's commitment to public broadcasting

Monday, 1 September 2014, 9:03 am | New Zealand Labour Party

A Labour Government will set up a working group to re-establish a public service television station as part of our commitment to ensuring New Zealand has high quality free-to-air local content. More >>

A new deal for the conservation estate

Sunday, 31 August 2014, 2:03 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

The health of our economy depends on New Zealand preserving and restoring our land, air, water and indigenous wildlife, says Labour’s Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson. More >>

Vera Auriga must be banned from NZ waters

Sunday, 31 August 2014, 1:48 pm | New Zealand Independent Coalition

“The Vega Auriga is a ticking timebomb that must be banned from New Zealand - it poses as great a risk as the Rena did when it sailed from Napier to the Astrolabe Reef,” said Brendan Horan. More >>

$200,000 to support popular Polyfest

Sunday, 31 August 2014, 1:37 pm | New Zealand National Party

National’s Pacific Affairs Spokesman Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has today announced that if re-elected National will provide financial backing for the most popular Pacific youth event in New Zealand, the ASB Polyfest. Polyfest is an annual Auckland Secondary ... More >>

$22.5 million to support new forest planting

Sunday, 31 August 2014, 12:38 pm | New Zealand National Party

National’s Forestry Spokesperson, Jo Goodhew, has today announced a re-elected National-led Government will invest $22.5 million over five years to further encourage and support the planting of new forests. Mrs Goodhew made the announcement at Knapdale ... More >>

Labour Recreation Policy is Utter Hypocrisy Says Dunne

Sunday, 31 August 2014, 11:52 am | United Future NZ Party

UnitedFuture Leader Hon Peter Dunne and Outdoors spokesperson Alan Simmons thoroughly reject the Labour Party’s assertion they will promote outdoor recreation. More >>

NZ disturbed by reports of Russian Troop Movements

Sunday, 31 August 2014, 11:46 am | New Zealand Government

NZ disturbed by reports of Russian Troop Movements Foreign Minister Murray McCully says New Zealand is deeply disturbed at reports indicating the involvement of Russian troops in the conflict in eastern Ukraine. “If these reports are confirmed, such ... More >>

Call For Immediate Moratorium On 1080

Sunday, 31 August 2014, 11:41 am | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First is calling for an immediate moratorium on the use of aerial 1080, and alternative strategies to be put in place, ahead of a total ban on the use of the controversial poison. Spokesperson for Primary Industries Richard Prosser said ... More >>

Labour’s plan to end homelessness

Sunday, 31 August 2014, 11:35 am | New Zealand Labour Party

Labour has a comprehensive approach to end homelessness starting with the provision of emergency housing for 1000 people each year and putting an end to slum conditions in boarding houses, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Labour believes that homelessness ... More >>

Evidence against Judith Collins must be protected

Sunday, 31 August 2014, 11:18 am | New Zealand Labour Party

Evidence against Judith Collins must be protected Evidence crucial to any inquiry into actions by Judith Collins and other National ministers and staff must be protected from being destroyed, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “The State Services Commission ... More >>

National's dirty politics hurts everyday New Zealanders

Sunday, 31 August 2014, 11:17 am | Green Party

National's alleged involvement in dirty politics makes it appear that the Government is looking out for its mates instead of everyday New Zealanders, the Green Party believes, after new allegations that one of John Key's senior Ministers may have ... More >>

National Party campaign thrown into chaos

Saturday, 30 August 2014, 1:28 pm | Green Party

National Party campaign thrown into chaos The National Party’s election campaign has been thrown into chaos with the sacking of John Key’s minister Judith Collins over dirty politics allegations, Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei said today. ... More >>

Judith Collins resigns as a Minister

Saturday, 30 August 2014, 12:34 pm | New Zealand Government

Judith Collins resigns as a Minister Prime Minister John Key today announced that Hon Judith Collins has resigned from Cabinet. More >>

Statement from Honourable Judith Collins MP

Saturday, 30 August 2014, 12:30 pm | Judith Collins

Statement from Honourable Judith Collins MP This morning I informed the Prime Minister that I am resigning as a Minister from Cabinet. A new allegation has come to light from an email conversation from 2011 between Cameron Slater and others suggesting ... More >>

Minister announces draft white space licencing rules

Friday, 29 August 2014, 5:11 pm | New Zealand Government

Communications and Information Technology Minister Amy Adams has today announced draft licencing rules for the use of television white space devices in New Zealand. More >>

Claims of an Inquiry at Rehabilitation Centre

Friday, 29 August 2014, 4:46 pm | New Zealand First Party

Allegations have surfaced that Whare Oranga Ake Prison rehabilitation centre in Hawkes Bay is under investigation, says New Zealand First. More >>

Labour to foster Kiwi love of sport and the great outdoors

Friday, 29 August 2014, 4:07 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

A Labour Government will promote physical activity, back our top athletes and help foster Kiwis’ love of the great outdoors by upgrading tramping and camping facilities. Trevor Mallard today released Labour’s sports and recreation policy which will ... More >>

Williams to Seek Judicial Review of Candidacy Decisions

Friday, 29 August 2014, 3:13 pm | Andrew Williams

New Zealand First Member of Parliament Andrew Williams has instructed his lawyers to file papers today in the Auckland High Court seeking declarations that the New Zealand First Party breached its Constitution when it determined its party list and ... More >>

Pacific languages recognised under Labour

Friday, 29 August 2014, 2:14 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Labour will act to recognise the five main Pacific languages in New Zealand including through the education system, said Pacific Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio. More >>

UnitedFuture releases Campaign Song

Friday, 29 August 2014, 2:04 pm | United Future NZ Party

The United Future Election Song. featuring stunning photography of Tony Fluerty "boney whitefoot" and the brilliant music of Damon Ward, sung by Celia MacAlpine at aged 14 More >>

Cash injection for Waikato conservation groups

Friday, 29 August 2014, 1:23 pm | New Zealand Government

Associate Conservation Minister Nicky Wagner today announced more than $500,000 in funding for Waikato area conservation groups. Tui 2000, QEII National Trust, Pirongia Te Aroaro o Kahu Restoration Society, Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust and the ... More >>

Record consents show Government housing reforms working

Friday, 29 August 2014, 1:08 pm | New Zealand Government

Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith today welcomed the July building consent figures from Statistics New Zealand that show the number of new dwelling consents is growing at record rates. “These building consent figures show the Housing Accord in Auckland ... More >>

Supporting New Zealand Savings a No Brainer

Friday, 29 August 2014, 12:39 pm | New Zealand First Party

Rt Hon Winston Peters New Zealand First Leader New Zealand Association of Credit Unions Political Panel Thursday 28 August, 5.30pm Waitemata Ballroom, Langham Hotel, 83 Symonds St More >>

Challenge boosts protection of biological heritage

Friday, 29 August 2014, 11:56 am | New Zealand Government

The National Science Challenge – New Zealand’s Biological Heritage Ngā Koiora Tuku Iho – is to receive funding of $25.8 million over five years for research to protect and manage the country’s biodiversity, improve our biosecurity, and ... More >>

Coromandel MP: Good News For The Region’s Rest Homes

Friday, 29 August 2014, 11:11 am | New Zealand National Party

Coromandel MP Scott Simpson says there’s good news for the region’s rest homes as the Government announces a $10 million annual boost for aged residential care and dementia services. More >>

Cervical Screening Awareness Campaign begins

Friday, 29 August 2014, 10:03 am | New Zealand Government

Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew welcomes Cervical Screening Awareness Month this September encouraging women to get up to date with their cervical smears. More >>

Ethnic communities thriving under National

Friday, 29 August 2014, 9:49 am | New Zealand National Party

Ethnic communities are thriving under National’s leadership and Ethnic Affairs Spokeswoman, Judith Collins, says the Party’s election policy will build on National’s fantastic track-record. More >>

Dunne Calls on Doc to Consult over Deer Repellent

Friday, 29 August 2014, 9:48 am | United Future NZ Party

UnitedFuture Leader Hon Peter Dunne is supporting the Game Animal Council’s call that deer repellent is used with the latest 1080 drop in Fiordland. More >>

New patient IT system for South Island hospitals

Friday, 29 August 2014, 9:46 am | New Zealand National Party

Health Minister Tony Ryall has given the go-ahead for the introduction of a single patient information system to all hospitals in the South Island. More >>

Warning Signs in Fonterra Deal

Friday, 29 August 2014, 9:43 am | New Zealand First Party

Fonterra’s new deal with a Chinese infant food maker signals New Zealand may be losing control of its dairying future, says New Zealand First Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters. “Fonterra’s announcement of a joint venture with Beingmate two days ago ... More >>

Foolish Policies Hobbling New Zealand's Future

Friday, 29 August 2014, 9:38 am | New Zealand First Party

North Harbour Rotary Breakfast Friday 29 August, 7.30am North Shore Squash Club, Shea Terrace, Takapuna, Auckland More >>

Pacific health partnership celebrated

Friday, 29 August 2014, 9:31 am | New Zealand National Party

Minister of Pacific Island Affairs Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga hosted a function this evening in Parliament’s Grand Hall to celebrate the partnership between the Pasifika Medical Association (PMA) and Pasifika Futures. More >>

New poll puts more pressure on John Key

Friday, 29 August 2014, 9:25 am | New Zealand Labour Party

New poll puts more pressure on John Key John Key is under even more pressure to get rid of Judith Collins as a Minister after a new poll reveals more than 60 per cent of New Zealanders want her gone, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. More >>

Report shows education system failing queer students

Thursday, 28 August 2014, 4:38 pm | Green Party

A new report, commissioned by and released today by the Green Party, shows the Education Review Office (ERO) and the Ministry of Education are seriously failing queer students in secondary schools. More >>

NZ provides further aid to Iraq

Thursday, 28 August 2014, 4:15 pm | New Zealand Government

Foreign Minister Murray McCully today announced that New Zealand will provide $500,000 to support humanitarian efforts by the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in Iraq. More >>

No Healthy Economy without a Healthy Environment

Thursday, 28 August 2014, 3:35 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Labour recognises that we cannot have a healthy economy without a healthy environment, says Environment spokesperson Moana Mackey announcing Labour’s environment policy. More >>

Better protection, fairer deal for Kiwi consumers

Thursday, 28 August 2014, 2:59 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Tackling excessive prices, ensuring consumers have enough information to make ethical choices and giving the Commerce Commission more teeth are highlights of Labour’s Consumer Rights policy. More >>

Reducing pain, increasing prevention

Thursday, 28 August 2014, 12:56 pm | New Zealand National Party

A re-elected National government will invest $50 million extra of new money over the next three years in a plan to help New Zealanders live free from bone, muscle and joint pain and provide thousands more people with elective surgery. More >>

Cancer treatment to be sped up even further

Thursday, 28 August 2014, 12:53 pm | New Zealand Government

If your doctor suspects you have cancer, the Government will ensure you see a cancer specialist and receive treatment faster than ever before. More >>

More evidence GCSB sharing New Zealanders’ data

Thursday, 28 August 2014, 12:45 pm | Green Party

New evidence shows that the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) is almost certainly sharing metadata with the US spy agency NSA, the Green Party said today. More >>

Minister congratulates Diversity Award winners

Thursday, 28 August 2014, 12:03 pm | New Zealand Government

Women’s Affairs Minister Jo Goodhew has congratulated the winners of this year’s Diversity Awards. More >>

Free influenza vaccine programme ends soon

Thursday, 28 August 2014, 10:32 am | New Zealand Government

Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew is encouraging those eligible for a free flu vaccine to get in quick, with the programme due to wrap-up on 31 August. More >>

Dunne Speaks on parenting and child poverty

Thursday, 28 August 2014, 9:39 am | Peter Dunne

28 August 2014 Amidst the sideshows in danger of enveloping the election campaign, the issue of child poverty stands out as one of the most important matters facing the country and which deserves strong attention. Most political parties seem to recognise ... More >>

Labour’s housing policy a shambles

Wednesday, 27 August 2014, 5:33 pm | New Zealand National Party

New Zealanders can have no confidence in Labour’s housing policy when they can’t explain how it would work, when its housing spokespeople say different things and the announcement is a shambles, National’s Housing Spokesman Dr Nick Smith says. More >>

NZ urges all parties to make Gaza ceasefire work

Wednesday, 27 August 2014, 5:08 pm | New Zealand Government

Foreign Minister Murray McCully says New Zealand welcomes news that an indefinite ceasefire has been agreed by Israel and the Palestinians. More >>


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