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Govt spend on transport out of step with reality

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 5:20 pm | Green Party

The National Government is planning to allocate ever increasing amounts of taxpayer funding to build expensive new motorways despite record numbers of New Zealanders flocking to buses and trains, said the Green Party. More >>

Minister thanks all involved in kids’ learning

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 5:11 pm | New Zealand Government

Education Minister Hekia Parata has thanked parents, whānau and staff across the education sector for their passion and commitment to making sure all kids get the best possible education. More >>

Foreign buyers for iconic island must add value

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 4:59 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Labour will look very closely at any Overseas Investment Office application to purchase Pakatoa Island if it is not bought by a Kiwi, says Labour’s Land information Spokesperson Stuart Nash. More >>

10 new communities get ‘youth in emergency services’

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 4:33 pm | New Zealand Government

Youth Minister Nikki Kaye today announced $100,000 in funding to expand the ‘Youth in Emergency Services’ programme to ten new communities around New Zealand. More >>

Appointment of Christchurch Coroner

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 3:54 pm | New Zealand Government

Attorney-General, Christopher Finlayson, today announced the appointment of Christchurch lawyer Anna Tutton as a Coroner. Ms Tutton replaces retiring Christchurch Coroner, Richard McElrea. Ms Tutton has held a practising certificate for over 25 years. She ... More >>

Worksafe’s Excessive Fines for Farmers

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 3:13 pm | New Zealand First Party

WorkSafe NZ is risking a perception of revenue generation following another fine imposed on a farming couple for not wearing helmets and carrying children as passengers on a quad bike, disproportionately higher than fines for other safety breaches, says ... More >>

Affordable housing development agreement signed

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 3:08 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government has signed a development agreement for the construction of 237 homes as part of its affordable housing project on an 11.5-hectare Crown-owned site in Christchurch, Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith announced today. “Today’s ... More >>

New labelling standard for infant formula

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 2:33 pm | New Zealand Government

Food Safety Minister Jo Goodhew has today welcomed a new standard under the Animal Products Act that clarifies the labelling requirements for infant formula exports. More >>

Govt confirms $38.7 billion investment in land transport

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 2:23 pm | New Zealand Government

Transport Minister Simon Bridges today confirmed the Government will invest $38.7 billion in New Zealand’s land transport system over the next ten years, with regional networks, public transport, cycleways and road maintenance to benefit. More >>

NZ welcomes US, Cuba announcement

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 1:37 pm | New Zealand Government

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has welcomed this morning’s announcement that the United States and Cuba intend to re-establish diplomatic relations after 53 years. More >>

Submissions on future of science system

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 1:12 pm | New Zealand Government

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce today released the summary of submissions received in response to the Government's first Draft National Statement of Science Investment (NSSI), which sets out the current settings and proposed future priorities ... More >>

Government Must Bring in the Experts to Sort Strait Ferries

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 1:09 pm | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First is calling on the government to bring in maritime experts to sort out the Cook Strait ferries, including the ships, the management and command structure. More >>

Solar homes stymied by Govt inaction

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 1:02 pm | Green Party

Government inaction is allowing the big power companies to discourage the nascent solar power sector, the Green Party said today. Green Party MP Gareth Hughes launched a petition today calling on the Government to empower the Electricity Authority to ... More >>

A year of inequality debate

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 12:47 pm | ACT New Zealand

Inequality and poverty issues were big news this past year. The English version of Thomas Piketty’s book, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, was published in April. It provided an impressive collection of historical data on trends in wealth distribution. More >>

Is it time to pick a date to switch-off copper network?

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 12:18 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

“In 2015 the broadband community should start the critical discussion on how and when New Zealand can migrate from the copper broadband network to fibre because the current government won’t,” says Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran. More >>

City acknowledges former Councillor, Leonie Gill

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 12:16 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Today’s decision by Wellington City Council to name a local pathway in Kilbirnie after the late Leonie Gill, the long serving Labour Wellington City Councillor for the eastern suburbs, gets the thumbs up from Labour’s Rongotai MP, Annette King, ... More >>

Scheme to fill hard-to-staff health jobs working

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 12:11 pm | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a scheme to fill hard-to-staff health roles is making a real difference to the career choices of graduating health professionals. More >>

Housing in Auckland report bleak for Pacific communities

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 11:52 am | New Zealand Labour Party

The Housing in Auckland report paints an extremely bleak picture for families in the Pacific community who are being hit hard by the housing crisis, says Su’a William Sio, Labour’s Pacific Island Affairs spokesperson. “The shortage of affordable ... More >>

Economy grows solidly in September year

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 11:46 am | New Zealand Government

New Zealand’s economy remains one of the fastest growing in the developed world, confirming that the Government’s economic programme is taking New Zealand in the right direction, Finance Minister Bill English says. More >>

Tax assistance agreement to begin next year

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 11:44 am | New Zealand Government

From next year a significant new measure for countering tax evasion will become available to Inland Revenue, says Revenue Minister Todd McClay. The Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters, signed in 2012, provides for administrative co-operation ... More >>

Accreditation Rebuilds Confidence in Christchurch

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 11:42 am | New Zealand Government

Christchurch City’s reinstatement by International Accreditation New Zealand (IANZ) as a Building Consent Authority (BCA) is a significant step in rebuilding confidence in the Council and progressing reconstruction of the city, Building and Housing Minister ... More >>

Energy users need answers on Vector share plans

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 9:00 am | New Zealand Labour Party

Energy Minister Simon Bridges needs to stop ducking for cover about whether or not the Government will support plans to nationalise and then privatise $2.1 billion of shares in the Auckland Electricity Consumer Trust, Labour's Energy spokesperson ... More >>

$23.5 million redevelopment of Southern Cross school

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 6:02 pm | New Zealand Government

Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye confirmed today that $23.5 million of funding has been approved towards the second stage of redevelopment of Southern Cross Campus. More >>

Dairy Price Lift, Need for Fonterra to Deliver Value-Add

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 3:08 pm | New Zealand First Party

While the 2.4 percent rise in GlobalDairyTrade, the biggest increase since 3 December 2013, is good news for New Zealand’s embattled dairy farmers at Christmas time, what they really need is for Fonterra to deliver on the value-add promise made at ... More >>

New strategy to tackle kauri dieback

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 2:43 pm | New Zealand Government

A new joint strategy to tackle kauri dieback has been welcomed by Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy and Conservation Minister Maggie Barry. More >>

Public Submissions - Budget Policy Statement 2015

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 2:20 pm | Office of the Clerk

Public submissions have been called on the Budget Policy Statement 2015. The closing date for submissions is Monday, 2 February 2015. The Budget Policy Statement 2015 sets out the overarching policy goals that will guide the Government's Budget decisions ... More >>

Turning up the heat on working conditions

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 1:28 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

A “Jobs That Count” campaign has the full support of Labour, the party’s Labour Relations spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says. More >>

Over $700,000 allocated to racecourse safety

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 12:12 pm | New Zealand Government

Racing Minister Nathan Guy has announced that 25 projects to improve safety at racecourses across New Zealand will be receiving grants worth $703,596. The money is coming from the Racing Safety Development Fund which provides $1 million annually to racecourse ... More >>

New gestational diabetes guidelines published

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 12:11 pm | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says all pregnant women will be routinely screened for diabetes as part of new national guidelines. “Diabetes is one of our biggest health challenges in New Zealand. We need to ensure best practice for screening and ... More >>

Full audits of all rest homes available to public

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 11:38 am | New Zealand Government

Associate Health Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has announced that full audit reports for all rest homes will be published online from today in a more reader-friendly format. More >>

Collaboration key in reducing child off-road vehicle deaths

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 11:30 am | New Zealand Government

Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne has welcomed a cross-sector report aimed at reducing child deaths in motorcycle, quad bike and other off-road vehicle accidents. More >>

New community housing development opened

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 11:23 am | New Zealand Government

Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett today opened Accessible Properties’ new community housing development in Johnsonville, furthering the Government’s commitment to providing better social housing for those in need. More >>

P- Report shows more people getting treatment

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 10:46 am | New Zealand Government

Prime Minister John Key says the latest Indicators and Progress Report for the Government’s Methamphetamine Action Plan shows more prisoners are completing drug treatment programmes. The report released today shows more than 1000 prisoners a year are starting programmes ... More >>

Alcohol forum report released

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 9:51 am | New Zealand Government

The report of the Ministerial Forum on Alcohol Advertising and Sponsorship has been released today, with Ministers noting that further work will be required on the feasibility and impact of the proposals. More >>

Failure to diversify puts prosperity at risk

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 9:26 am | New Zealand Labour Party

Failure to diversify puts prosperity at risk Beyond the news that a long-promised surplus is unlikely, further embarrassment is hidden in the fine print of the half year economic and fiscal update, Labour says. More >>

Social Media Campaign lifts spirits after Sydney Siege

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 9:17 am | The Maori Party

Māori Party Co-leader, Marama Fox, has reached out across the Tasman to commend the initiative of Australian woman, Rachael Jacobs, who inspired the #illridewithyou campaign. More >>

Dunne Speaks - Christmas Edition

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 9:08 am | Peter Dunne

We are in that slide towards the Festive Season where everyone suddenly becomes nice to each other, where the year’s problems no longer seem as grim or pressing, and where we start to think about our plans and hopes for next year. Christmas always ... More >>

English: National is focussed on achieving surplus

Tuesday, 16 December 2014, 5:11 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Treasury’s latest economic forecasts, released today, anticipate a deficit in the current financial year despite sustained economic growth and more jobs being created. More >>

Ombudsman probe targets Ministerial integrity

Tuesday, 16 December 2014, 4:44 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

John Key is on notice that the entrenched cynical and manipulative abuse of official information requests by his Government will no longer be tolerated, Labour’s Open Government spokesperson Clare Curran says. More >>

New Health Minister visits all 20 DHBs

Tuesday, 16 December 2014, 4:38 pm | New Zealand Government

Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman Minister of Health 16 December 2014 Media Statement New Health Minister visits all 20 DHBs More >>

Minister receives Whitehead report

Tuesday, 16 December 2014, 3:25 pm | New Zealand Government

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has now received the report on the Ministerial Inquiry - Events surrounding the request for waiver of the diplomatic immunity of a Malaysian Defence Attaché. More >>

Minister praises Police for drugs operations

Tuesday, 16 December 2014, 3:19 pm | New Zealand Government

Police Minister Michael Woodhouse today congratulated Police for the latest successful drug-related operation targeting gang members in the Upper North Island. More >>

Minister welcomes predator control venture

Tuesday, 16 December 2014, 2:31 pm | New Zealand Government

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry has welcomed an innovative partnership to dramatically transform the way invasive predators are managed on mainland New Zealand. The NEXT Foundation has partnered with philanthropists Gareth Morgan and Sam Morgan, and the ... More >>

Funding finalised for school payroll company

Tuesday, 16 December 2014, 2:12 pm | New Zealand Government

Minister Responsible for Novopay, Steven Joyce, has announced that Cabinet has finalised funding arrangements for Education Payroll Limited for the 2014/15 year. More >>

$500k ‘financial literacy’ recipients announced

Tuesday, 16 December 2014, 1:43 pm | New Zealand Government

Youth Minister Nikki Kaye is pleased to announce that 12 successful applicants will receive a total of $500,000 over three years, to deliver initiatives for youth supported by the Financial Literacy Fund. More >>

Bill English’s face is redder than his books

Tuesday, 16 December 2014, 1:35 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

The Government owes New Zealanders an apology for failing to deliver the surplus it spent four years and two election campaigns promising, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “Bill English’s face is redder than the Crown accounts. ... More >>

Phillip Smith’s Victims Forgotten

Tuesday, 16 December 2014, 1:34 pm | New Zealand First Party

The rights of the victims of murderer Phillip John Smith are being completely overlooked, says New Zealand First. More >>

Dishonesty Only Thing in Surplus in Forecasts

Tuesday, 16 December 2014, 1:29 pm | New Zealand First Party

The National Government has once again played its regular conjuring trick with the fiscal balance, says New Zealand First. More >>

Irresponsible tax cuts lead to seventh successive deficit

Tuesday, 16 December 2014, 1:22 pm | Green Party

National's borrowing to pay for cutting the top tax rate was irresponsible and will likely lead to a seventh successive deficit, the Green Party said today. Treasury have forecast a $572 million deficit this year in its Half Year Economic and Fiscal ... More >>

Government focused on surplus in 2014/15

Tuesday, 16 December 2014, 1:06 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government believes an OBEGAL surplus is achievable this financial year, despite Treasury’s latest forecast today predicting a $572 million deficit (0.2 per cent of GDP) for the year to 30 June 2015, Finance Minister Bill English says. More >>

Canterbury accommodation help extended

Tuesday, 16 December 2014, 12:23 pm | New Zealand Government

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley announced today that the Temporary Accommodation Assistance (TAA) programme for Canterbury quake victims would be extended. More >>

Minister visiting Fiji to renew Defence ties

Tuesday, 16 December 2014, 11:06 am | New Zealand Government

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee will visit Fiji today in an initial move towards rebuilding defence co-operation and engagement between New Zealand and Fiji. More >>

Tribunal report confirms iwi ownership of Lake Waikaremoana

Tuesday, 16 December 2014, 9:37 am | The Maori Party

The Māori Party welcomes the long-awaited Waitangi Tribunal report on Lake Waikaremoana released today. More >>

Represent New Zealand at Commonwealth Day 2015!

Tuesday, 16 December 2014, 9:22 am | Office of the Clerk

The New Zealand Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) is seeking expressions of interest from young New Zealanders who are interested in representing New Zealand at Commonwealth Day in London on Monday 9 March 2015. The theme for 2015 ... More >>

Minister closes down dissent on climate change

Tuesday, 16 December 2014, 8:58 am | New Zealand Labour Party

In a threatening letter to Maori leaders, Minister for Climate Change Tim Groser says he will be requiring future international delegations to toe the party line, Labour’s Climate Change spokesperson Megan Woods says. More >>

Heartfelt sympathy for Sydneysiders

Tuesday, 16 December 2014, 8:54 am | New Zealand Labour Party

The Labour Party has offered its heartfelt sympathy to the people of Sydney after the hostage situation in the city, says Labour’s Acting leader Grant Robertson. “Our thoughts are with all those who went through this horrific and traumatic experience. ... More >>

Minister welcomes new anti-doping rules

Monday, 15 December 2014, 12:32 pm | New Zealand Government

Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman welcomes new sports anti-doping rules designed to be tougher on real cheats which come into effect in the new year. More >>

Oamaru becomes South Island’s first fully-fibred town

Monday, 15 December 2014, 11:27 am | New Zealand Government

More than 6200 households, schools, businesses and health facilities in Oamaru can now connect to Ultra-fast Broadband, Communications Minister Amy Adams has announced. More >>

New Zealand Government part of global climate problem

Monday, 15 December 2014, 10:23 am | Green Party

The New Zealand Government’s position on climate change is part of the global problem that we need to overcome if we are to avoid catastrophic climate change, the Green Party said today. More >>

Keep food poisoning at bay this summer

Monday, 15 December 2014, 9:36 am | New Zealand Government

As summer weather approaches and we look to pull the barbeque out of the shed, Food Safety Minister Jo Goodhew reminds New Zealanders to remember basic food safety rules. “New Zealand produces some of the safest food in the world, but it is still common ... More >>


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