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Minister to attend INTERPOL meeting

Friday, 31 October 2014, 5:09 pm | New Zealand Government

Police Minister Michael Woodhouse will travel to Monaco tomorrow to represent the New Zealand Government at the INTERPOL Ministerial Meeting on 3 – 4 November. More >>

Labour leadership candidates in Napier

Friday, 31 October 2014, 5:05 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

The four candidates for Labour Leader – Andrew Little, Nanaia Mahuta, David Parker and Grant Robertson - will be in Napier on Monday evening for a Husting meeting with members; one of fourteen ‘Meet the Candidates’ Meetings being held nationwide ... More >>

Minister welcomes new Rehabilitation Fellowship

Friday, 31 October 2014, 4:03 pm | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman welcomes the establishment of a new research health fellowship at Waikato DHB which will look at rehabilitation. More >>

National’s “Auckland housing boom” a fizzer

Friday, 31 October 2014, 2:33 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Falling Auckland consent numbers show the Government’s housing policy is going backwards contrary to wild claims by Building and Housing Minister Nick Smith that we are on the cusp of a massive construction boom, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson ... More >>

Is Ferry ‘Captain’ Getting Golden Handshake?

Friday, 31 October 2014, 2:22 pm | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters wants to know if the departing general manager of KiwiRail's Cook Strait ferries, Tom Davis, is receiving a golden handshake or being deservedly sacked for the way the ferry system has been derailed. More >>

Dunne: Speech to the United Fire Brigades’ Association

Friday, 31 October 2014, 2:04 pm | New Zealand Government

I am genuinely delighted to be here and to see a range of fire services working together to successfully organise an event of this size. I understand that firefighters both urban and rural, career and volunteer, all worked together on the host committee, ... More >>

Speech to NZ Emergency Departments Conference, Taupo

Friday, 31 October 2014, 1:11 pm | New Zealand Government

Thank you for inviting me to speak with you at this conference. I am really looking forward to the challenges of the health portfolio. Prior to politics I worked in general practice and spent a bit of time in EDs earlier in my career. More >>

Earthquake repair programme well on track

Friday, 31 October 2014, 12:53 pm | New Zealand Government

A significant milestone in the Government’s commitment to the Christchurch rebuild has been achieved, says Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett. Today marks the half-way point in a comprehensive repair of earthquake-damaged Housing New Zealand (HNZ) properties, ... More >>

Building consents top 24,000 per year

Friday, 31 October 2014, 12:51 pm | New Zealand Government

Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith today welcomed the latest figures from Statistics New Zealand that show strong annual growth in the number of building consents. "There were 24,046 building consents issued across the country in the year to ... More >>

Minister welcomes Forestry Safety Review recommendations

Friday, 31 October 2014, 11:46 am | New Zealand Government

Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse welcomed the recommendations of the Independent Forestry Safety Review and outlined the Government’s initial response. More >>

ANZ needs to look after workers after another super profit

Friday, 31 October 2014, 11:37 am | Green Party

The ANZ bank needs to acknowledge the super profits it makes are coming at the expense of its workers, the Green Party said today. Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ) 2014 full year results show a lift in performance for ANZ New Zealand, ... More >>

Zero tolerance for forestry accidents a must

Friday, 31 October 2014, 11:31 am | New Zealand Labour Party

The Government must adopt a zero tolerance approach to workplace accidents in the forestry sector to stop people being killed, Labour’s Forestry spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. More >>

Return to less holidays on the cards?

Friday, 31 October 2014, 11:01 am | New Zealand Labour Party

John Key needs to lay his cards on the table regarding the Government’s intentions around holiday pay and annual leave entitlements, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. More >>

New Zealand reaffirms commitment to open government

Friday, 31 October 2014, 10:41 am | New Zealand Government

State Services Minister Paula Bennett is pleased to announce that today New Zealand formally became a member of the Open Government Partnership, with the publication of New Zealand’s Open Government Partnership (OGP) Action Plan. More >>

Inquiry into the 2014 general election

Friday, 31 October 2014, 10:03 am | Justice and Electoral Committee

The Justice and Electoral Committee has initiated an inquiry into the 2014 general election. More >>

McClay: Chartered Accountants Australia & NZ tax conference

Friday, 31 October 2014, 9:25 am | New Zealand Government

I’m pleased to be here today as this is my first speech since the election and I have, to my great satisfaction, retained the Revenue portfolio and therefore the privilege as the Minister of Revenue of opening this conference. More >>

Dunne: Opening Address to NZ Medicines Strategy

Friday, 31 October 2014, 9:10 am | New Zealand Government

Good morning and welcome to the New Zealand Medicines Strategy workshop. I am very pleased to open today’s workshop and to see so many familiar faces in the room. More >>

Accounting and audit industries bill passes third reading

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 9:08 pm | Ministry Of Consumer Affairs

The Accounting Infrastructure Reform Bill, which passed its third reading in Parliament today, will improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the accounting and audit industries, Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Paul Goldsmith says. More >>

Worker’s rights dealt severe blow with Bill’s passing

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 8:58 pm | Green Party

The passing of the Employment Relations Amendment Bill is another blow to workers' rights in New Zealand, the Green Party said today. More >>

Employment Relations Amendment Bill passes third reading

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 8:57 pm | New Zealand Government

Employment Relations Amendment Bill passes third reading Minister of Workplace Relations and Safety Michael Woodhouse has welcomed the passage of the Employment Relations Amendment Bill through Parliament. “The Government campaigned on our commitment ... More >>

Barriers to reporting sex crimes must go

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 8:53 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Both the Government and police need to take action to ensure that, in future, sexual abuse victims know they will be taken seriously, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. More >>

Questions and Answers - October 30

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 5:09 pm | Office of the Clerk

Economy—Interest Rates and Inflation 1. ALASTAIR SCOTT (National—Wairarapa) to the Minister of Finance : What reports has he received on the economy, particularly on the direction of interest rates and inflation? More >>

Minister Still Not Familiar with Her Job

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 4:31 pm | New Zealand First Party

Minister for Women Louise Upston hid behind her recent appointment, claiming she was too green in the job to know any details when questioned in Parliament today, says New Zealand First. More >>

Flying Start Business Plan winners announced

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 4:07 pm | New Zealand Government

Small Business Minister Craig Foss today announced STQRY is the supreme winner of the 2014 Business.govt.nz ANZ Flying Start Business Plan Competition. STQRY uses location-aware technology that automatically delivers contextually-relevant information ... More >>

Bennett parks numbers on social housing

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 3:27 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett admitted today that well over 1000 families have been subsidised through the accommodation supplement to stay in the Ranui campground, somewhere she has previously described as not the right place for children to be ... More >>

Minister welcomes Law Commission report

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 3:20 pm | New Zealand Government

Justice Minister Amy Adams has welcomed the Law Commission’s latest report Pecuniary Penalties – Guidance for Legislative Design tabled in Parliament today. More >>

Parliamentary Private Secretaries reappointed

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 2:17 pm | New Zealand Government

Parliamentary Private Secretaries reappointed Prime Minister John Key today announced that Jacqui Dean and Melissa Lee will be continuing in their roles as Parliamentary Private Secretaries. More >>

Game Animal Council Takes Lead to Ensure Hunter Access

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 2:02 pm | New Zealand Government

Associate Conservation Minister Peter Dunne welcomes today’s joint announcement by the Game animal Council and the Te Urewera Trust Board regarding access to the land previously known as Te Urewera National Park. Last year’s Deed of Settlement ... More >>

Major redevelopment welcome for The Gardens School

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 2:00 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Gardens School in the Papakura electorate will undergo one of the largest redevelopments of a school in New Zealand, with up to $22 million set to be spent addressing weather tightness and structural issues, Papakura MP Judith Collins says. More >>

Dunne Speaks on Changing the NZ Flag

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 1:51 pm | Peter Dunne

My Irish forbears were staunchly republican. I have inherited that trait. So, you would think I would welcome the Prime Minister’s plan for a couple of referenda on changing the New Zealand flag to something more distinctive. More >>

50,000 sign petition against anti-worker law

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 1:47 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

More than 50,000 Kiwis have signed Labour’s petition against the Government’s scrapping of tea break entitlements, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. More >>

Multi-million dollar upgrade for The Gardens School

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 11:47 am | New Zealand Government

A multi-million dollar upgrade has been confirmed for The Gardens School in Manurewa by Education Minister Hekia Parata and Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye. More >>

Questions For Oral Answer October 30

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 11:44 am | Office of the Clerk

1. ALASTAIR SCOTT to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the economy, particularly on the direction of interest rates and inflation? More >>

Foss to attend Albany WWI commemorations

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 11:21 am | New Zealand Government

Veterans’ Affairs Minister Craig Foss will travel to Western Australia today to attend the Albany Convoy Commemorative Event (ACCE), marking 100 years since the first wave of Anzac troops set sail for the battlefields of World War One. More >>

Defence Minister heading to Australia

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 11:20 am | New Zealand Government

The Minister of Defence Gerry Brownlee leaves for Australia today for the annual Australia-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting, and to participate in the Albany Convoy Commemorative Event. More >>

PM to attend WW1 commemorations in Australia

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 11:19 am | New Zealand Government

Prime Minister John Key will join Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott in Albany, Western Australia this weekend to mark the 100th anniversary of ANZAC troops departing for World War One. More >>

RBNZ U-turn shows monetary settings were wrong

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 11:03 am | Green Party

The Reserve Bank’s U-turn on interest rates today shows monetary policy settings were wrong and New Zealanders have suffered unnecessarily through the loss of jobs and having to pay higher interest rates, the Green Party said today. More >>

Ports must take responsibility for shameful death toll

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 11:00 am | New Zealand Labour Party

Port companies must step up and take responsibility for a shameful toll of seven deaths and 133 serious accidents in the past three years, Labour MP Iain Lees-Galloway says. “The frightening figures – released by the Rail, Maritime and Transport ... More >>

National youth mental health unit underway

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 10:58 am | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman today turned the first sod at the site of the new $15.3 million national youth forensic mental health unit in Wellington. More >>

New Consul-General to Hong Kong

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 10:47 am | New Zealand Government

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has announced diplomat Gabrielle Rush as New Zealand’s new Consul-General in Hong Kong. “Hong Kong is a dynamic city and is an important commercial and investment market for New Zealand companies,” Mr McCully says. “With ... More >>

Peter Dunne Speech to NZ Self Medication Industry Conference

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 10:46 am | New Zealand Government

It is a pleasure for me to be here this morning to open and welcome you to this year’s New Zealand Self Medication Industry Conference. This year’s conference will continue to promote self-care as a solution to some of challenges facing the health care system ... More >>

Dr Shane Reti – maiden speech

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 10:02 am | New Zealand National Party

Ka tangi te titi, ka tangi te kaka, ka tangi hoki ahau, tihei mauriora More >>

Launch of renewable energy initiative in Southland

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 9:32 am | New Zealand Government

Launch of renewable energy initiative in Southland Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges has today welcomed the launch of New Zealand’s first region-wide wood energy heat hub that will help fuel the Southland economy. More >>

Appointment of High Court Judge

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 9:30 am | New Zealand Government

Auckland Queen’s Counsel Matthew Muir has been appointed a Judge of the High Court, Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson announced today. More >>

Report forecasts $100 billion construction boom

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 9:25 am | New Zealand Government

Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith today welcomed the findings of the second National Construction Pipeline report, which confirms building and construction activity in New Zealand is expected to reach unprecedented levels by 2017. “The report released ... More >>

Green light for New Zealand to join WTO GPA

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 9:19 am | New Zealand Government

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and Trade Minister Tim Groser today welcomed the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) decision on the terms for New Zealand’s accession to the WTO Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) in Geneva. “A positive ... More >>

Speech to Crown Irrigation Investment Ltd & Stakeholders

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 9:13 am | New Zealand Government

It was a great honour to be re-elected for a third term in Government, and to be reappointed as Primary Industries Minister. More >>

Roast Busters Report Raises Questions

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 9:11 am | New Zealand First Party

The Operation Clover - Investigation Overview released by police on the Roast Busters sex investigation case raises more questions than it answers, says New Zealand First. More >>

Questions and Answers - October 29

Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 5:44 pm | Office of the Clerk

Prime Minister—Statements 1. Hon ANNETTE KING (Acting Deputy Leader - Labour) to the Prime Minister : Does he stand by all his statements? More >>

Labour doing its best to confuse the public

Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 4:48 pm | The Maori Party

New Labour MP Peeni Henare has claimed that the Māori Party’s stand against the Employment Relations Amendment Bill is a sham and has asked the Party to “fess up over its voting record”. More >>

Kiwi Savings at Risk as National Fiddles

Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 4:22 pm | New Zealand First Party

Kiwi savers are being let down by the National government which is shirking its responsibility to protect their bank deposits, says New Zealand First. More >>

Optimising the role of pharmacists

Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 4:20 pm | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has announced the formation of a new steering group to explore optimising the role pharmacists play in community health care. More >>

ACC’s reputation needs fix, not glitz

Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 4:18 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Restoring public trust and confidence in ACC will take a lot more than a new communications strategy or social media blitz, says Labour’s ACC spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. More >>

Labour urges iwi leaders to meet with National

Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 4:08 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Labour’s Māori Caucus has called on iwi leaders and national Māori organisations to seek urgent meetings with the National Government to directly express their concerns about employment law changes which will harm Māori workers. More >>

Roast Busters case highlights systemic failure

Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 4:00 pm | Green Party

The decision by the Police not to prosecute in the ‘Roast Busters’ case shows the need for a judicial overhaul of sexual violence cases, said the Green Party today. More >>

Lessons to be learned from police investigation

Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 3:52 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

The outcome of the so-called Roast Busters case should not put victims off reporting sexual crimes, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. More >>

Questions and Answers - October 28

Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 3:26 pm | Office of the Clerk

1. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN (Co-Leader - Green) to the Prime Minister : Did he tell Cameron Slater that he recognised the mother of a car crash victim—a young man described by Mr Slater as “a feral”—from his Pike River meetings? More >>

New Minister’s focus on confidence and quality regulation

Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 2:34 pm | New Zealand Government

Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Paul Goldsmith today outlined his commitment to completing and bedding in a suite of legislative and regulatory reforms to make it easier for consumers, investors and businesses to transact with confidence. More >>

Anti-worker legislation is anti-Pacifica

Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 2:09 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, will go down in history as being part of a Government that harmed his own people through anti-worker legislation, says Labour’s Pacific Island Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio. More >>

Start-up hub adds to Chch Innovation Precinct

Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 1:54 pm | New Zealand Government

An Innovation Hub to support new and emerging businesses is the latest addition to the Christchurch Innovation Precinct, Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce says. More >>

 

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