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Rural mental health and addiction services matter

Wednesday, 29 March 2017, 4:23 pm | New Zealand First Party

Mental health and addiction services in rural New Zealand matter because the people there are not numbers, says New Zealand First. More >>

Levy rates for fire and emergency services announced

Wednesday, 29 March 2017, 4:01 pm | New Zealand Government

Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne has announced the new levy rates which will fund the unified national fire and emergency service – Fire and Emergency New Zealand. More >>

Tertiary staff suffering under National

Wednesday, 29 March 2017, 3:00 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

New survey results from the Tertiary Education Union of more than a thousand sector staff members show wellbeing is in decline and stress levels are up under National which ultimately leads to students suffering, says Labour’s Education spokesperson ... More >>

English shows how out of touch he is on housing

Wednesday, 29 March 2017, 2:19 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Bill English has shown how out of touch he is by claiming the Auckland housing crisis is ‘in the process of being solved’ and all that is needed is ‘a few more’ houses to be built, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. More >>

Ministers welcome $2m in health study grants

Wednesday, 29 March 2017, 2:17 pm | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and Science and Innovation Minister Paul Goldsmith have welcomed $2 million in feasibility study grants announced today by the Health Research Council (HRC). More >>

Minister welcomes 29 per cent lift in business R&D

Wednesday, 29 March 2017, 2:08 pm | New Zealand Government

The release of new data showing a significant jump in the amount spent by Kiwi companies on research and development (R&D) is a sign of the confidence businesses have in themselves and the New Zealand economy, says Science and Innovation Minister Paul ... More >>

Government adopts ACT vape policy

Wednesday, 29 March 2017, 1:45 pm | ACT New Zealand

ACT Leader David Seymour has welcomed the Government’s decision to legalise nicotine e-liquid without excise tax. More >>

National failing to deliver on R&D goals for New Zealand

Wednesday, 29 March 2017, 1:35 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Today’s release of the 2016 Research and Development Survey figures shows that the Government is falling further behind its goal to be ‘better than comparable countries’, says Labour’s Research and Innovation Spokesperson Megan Woods. More >>

Productivity Commission report welcome, but Nats lack will

Wednesday, 29 March 2017, 1:31 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Labour is welcoming the Productivity Commission’s new report on urban planning, saying many of the recommendations reflect Labour policy. More >>

PM Irresponsible Encouraging Tourists Off Tour Buses

Wednesday, 29 March 2017, 12:56 pm | New Zealand First Party

Prime Minister Bill English is displaying the height of irresponsibility in encouraging Chinese tourists to get off tour buses and travel independently, says New Zealand First Leader and Northland Member of Parliament Hon Winston Peters. More >>

Productivity Commission endorses ACT’s plan to build houses

Wednesday, 29 March 2017, 12:35 pm | ACT New Zealand

The Productivity Commission has endorsed housing affordability policies ACT outlined in January , says ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

NZ provides $3 million in famine relief

Wednesday, 29 March 2017, 11:42 am | New Zealand Government

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has announced that New Zealand will provide $3 million to support emergency famine relief and prevention efforts in Africa and Yemen. More >>

Whenua Māori Fund success continues

Wednesday, 29 March 2017, 11:40 am | New Zealand Government

Māori land owners’ aspirations for their whenua are being realised with support from the Whenua Māori Fund says Minister for Māori Development Te Ururoa Flavell. More >>

Productivity Commission endorses ACT’s plan for housing

Wednesday, 29 March 2017, 11:12 am | ACT New Zealand

The Productivity Commission has endorsed housing affordability policies ACT outlined in January , says ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

New Tekapo toilets open for business

Wednesday, 29 March 2017, 10:58 am | New Zealand Government

Associate Tourism Minister Nicky Wagner today opened new toilet facilities in Tekapo, co-funded through the Government’s Regional Mid-sized Tourism Facilities Grant Fund. More >>

Government Moves to Allow the Importation of Manure

Wednesday, 29 March 2017, 10:36 am | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First says the Prime Minister must rein-in Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy, who has his officials developing an Import Health Standard for animal manure. More >>

New foreign trust webpage

Wednesday, 29 March 2017, 9:42 am | New Zealand Government

Revenue Minister Judith Collins today welcomed Inland Revenue’s new webpage to help trustees of foreign trusts comply with the new disclosure rules. More >>

Conservation’s Low Spend on Weed And Pest Control Revealed

Wednesday, 29 March 2017, 9:24 am | New Zealand First Party

Kiwis will be stunned by how little the Minister of Conservation and National are putting into pest and weed control on the Conservation Estate, says New Zealand First. More >>

Productivity Commission report on urban planning welcomed

Wednesday, 29 March 2017, 8:49 am | New Zealand Government

Finance Minister Steven Joyce has welcomed the release of the Productivity Commission’s report Better Urban Planning . More >>

Oped on Unmet Care - By Andrew Little

Tuesday, 28 March 2017, 4:38 pm | Andrew Little

A young Palmerston North man died of melanoma this month because he couldn’t afford to go to his GP. Worried about a mole that changed colour, Kurt Seddon instead belatedly went to his Hospital’s Emergency Department where the cancer was not diagnosed. More >>

Synchrotron a trans-Tasman success story

Tuesday, 28 March 2017, 4:34 pm | New Zealand Government

Science researchers on both sides of the Tasman are benefitting from the Australian Synchrotron facility, visited today by Science and Innovation Minister Paul Goldsmith. “As foundation investors in the Australian Synchrotron, we have given New Zealand ... More >>

National’s Underfunding of St John Woeful

Tuesday, 28 March 2017, 4:05 pm | New Zealand First Party

The National government’s lack of support for St John is putting lives at risk, says New Zealand First Health Spokesperson Barbara Stewart. More >>

National Continuing to Look After Its Own

Tuesday, 28 March 2017, 3:16 pm | New Zealand First Party

The National Party looks after its own – long after they have left Parliament as has been seen again with the appointment of Simon Upton as the new Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, says New Zealand First Leader and Northland Member ... More >>

Who’s Telling Porkies?

Tuesday, 28 March 2017, 2:12 pm | New Zealand First Party

Minister of Police Paula Bennett is either telling porkies or she can’t handle her portfolio, says New Zealand First Police Spokesperson Ron Mark. More >>

Family violence pilot helps over 24,000 people

Tuesday, 28 March 2017, 11:35 am | New Zealand Government

The Integrated Safety Response (ISR) pilot has helped over 24,000 people through the development of more than 8,000 family safety plans, say Justice Minister Amy Adams and Social Development Minister Anne Tolley. More >>

Green’s rivers tour goes to Manawatū

Tuesday, 28 March 2017, 11:26 am | Green Party

When: Wednesday, 29 March 2017. Water testing will take place from 2 p.m – 3 p.m. The public meeting begins at 7 p.m. More >>

Hercules deployment to Middle East confirmed

Tuesday, 28 March 2017, 11:13 am | New Zealand Government

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says Cabinet has approved a short-term deployment of a C-130 Hercules to the Middle East. More >>

Extension of report-back date for Havelock North Inquiry

Tuesday, 28 March 2017, 10:53 am | New Zealand Government

Extension of report-back date for Havelock North Drinking-Water Inquiry Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson announced today that the report-back date for the independent Inquiry into Havelock North Drinking-Water has been extended at the request of the ... More >>

Case remains for inquiry into NZDF allegations

Tuesday, 28 March 2017, 10:29 am | Green Party

A strong case remains for holding an independent inquiry into the allegations contained in the book Hit and Run, following yesterday’s press conference held by the NZ Defence Force (NZDF), the Green Party said today. “Without an inquiry there will ... More >>

Free Press:ACT’s regular bulletin

Tuesday, 28 March 2017, 10:23 am | ACT New Zealand

David Seymour spoke at ACT’s Lower North Island conference in Palmerston North this weekend. His message? Intergenerational politics is not about proving one generation is more thrifty/hard done by/has a better work ethic than the other, but a question ... More >>

New graduate nurses finding jobs sooner

Tuesday, 28 March 2017, 10:21 am | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says data from the system which matches graduates with employers shows hundreds more nurses are now in mental health services, surgical, and medical areas. More >>

Thoughts invited on extending anti-money laundering regime

Tuesday, 28 March 2017, 10:09 am | Office of the Clerk

You have until 20 April 2017 to have your say on extending New Zealand’s anti-money laundering regime. The Law and Order Committee is inviting submissions on the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Amendment Bill. More >>

Quarter of a million hectares sold into overseas ownership

Tuesday, 28 March 2017, 10:03 am | New Zealand Labour Party

Over 250,000 hectares of land have been bought by foreigners without required approval from the Overseas Investment Office since 2011, and the response was a slap with a wet bus ticket by National, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little. More >>

Goldsmith to visit Australia for science collaboration

Tuesday, 28 March 2017, 9:15 am | New Zealand Government

Goldsmith to visit Australia for science collaboration More >>

John Key knew NZ ‘jihadi brides’ claim to be false

Monday, 27 March 2017, 5:47 pm | Green Party

The Prime Minister deliberately misled the New Zealand public into believing women had left New Zealand to join terrorist groups and become what he described as “jihadi Brides”, the Green Party says. More >>

New Zealand commits to Fiji border security

Monday, 27 March 2017, 5:46 pm | New Zealand Government

Customs Minister Nicky Wagner is welcoming a commitment to help strengthen Fiji’s border security. More >>

Where’s the Funding for Tourism Infrastructure?

Monday, 27 March 2017, 4:49 pm | New Zealand First Party

The government’s plan to pump up tourism from China must include more money being made available to councils to provide much-needed infrastructure, says New Zealand First Leader and Northland Member of Parliament Rt Hon Winston Peters. More >>

China-NZ to collaborate on biomedical research

Monday, 27 March 2017, 2:06 pm | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and Science and Innovation Minister Paul Goldsmith have welcomed the signing of a bilateral cooperation arrangement in biomedical research between New Zealand and China. More >>

NZ’s Economic Kowtow to China Begins

Monday, 27 March 2017, 2:03 pm | New Zealand First Party

With Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Wellington today, New Zealand First is demanding transparency over the secret deals being done behind closed doors. More >>

Government continues to fail migrant workers

Monday, 27 March 2017, 12:58 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Recent reports that wages and working conditions are plummeting for seasonal migrant workers in New Zealand reveal the Government’s failure to adequately protect migrant workers from exploitation, says Labour’s Immigration and Workplace Relations spokesperson ... More >>

Justice high on the agenda for Trans-Tasman Committee Exchange

Monday, 27 March 2017, 12:55 pm | New Zealand Government

The Speaker announced today that New Zealand’s Justice and Electoral Committee will be visiting their Australian counterparts in Canberra and Sydney this week. The committee’s visit is part of the regular exchange between our two countries, ... More >>

2019 to be China-New Zealand Year of Tourism

Monday, 27 March 2017, 12:53 pm | New Zealand Government

A new international agreement will focus on attracting high-value Chinese visitors who stay longer, spend more and travel independently says Tourism Minister Paula Bennett. More >>

First World War video series launched

Monday, 27 March 2017, 12:51 pm | New Zealand Government

Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage 27 March 2017 Media Statement First World War video series launched More >>

Arrangement to boost China – NZ trade

Monday, 27 March 2017, 12:45 pm | New Zealand Government

An agreement to boost New Zealand-China trade was today signed by Customs Minister Nicky Wagner and China’s Ambassador, His Excellency Mr Wang Lutong. More >>

Strengthened links with Chinese schools to be formed

Monday, 27 March 2017, 12:44 pm | New Zealand Government

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Hon Paul Goldsmith has today announced the opening of the New Zealand China Sister Schools Fund for 2017. More >>

E-commerce arrangement to benefit digital sector

Monday, 27 March 2017, 12:38 pm | New Zealand Government

Trade Minister Todd McClay says the electronic-commerce arrangement signed with China today will help New Zealand’s digital exports rise up the value chain and has the potential to be a big win for the wider digital economy. More >>

McCully welcomes cooperation with China

Monday, 27 March 2017, 12:35 pm | New Zealand Government

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has today signed two arrangements with China aimed at strengthening cooperation in the areas of fisheries and international development, particularly in the Pacific region. More >>

Valuable chilled meat agreement with China

Monday, 27 March 2017, 12:32 pm | New Zealand Government

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy and Trade Minister Todd McClay have welcomed a Memorandum of Cooperation that allows for the export of chilled meat into China, calling it a big win for exporters. More >>

New measures to facilitate Chinese travel

Monday, 27 March 2017, 12:30 pm | New Zealand Government

Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse and Customs Minister Nicky Wagner have today announced three new initiatives to make it easier for Chinese visitors to come to New Zealand. More >>

Enhanced Air Services with China

Monday, 27 March 2017, 12:27 pm | New Zealand Government

New Zealand has enhanced its air service agreement with China by 20 per cent Transport Minister Simon Bridges announced today. More >>

Climate action plan with China

Monday, 27 March 2017, 12:25 pm | New Zealand Government

Minister for Climate Change Issues Paula Bennett has announced details of a climate change action plan to be put in place with China. More >>

China FTA upgrade talks to begin next month

Monday, 27 March 2017, 12:22 pm | New Zealand Government

New Zealand and China will begin talks on an upgrade of the Free Trade Agreement between the two countries on April 25, Prime Minister Bill English announced today. More >>

Why is National increasing taxes?

Monday, 27 March 2017, 11:55 am | ACT New Zealand

Forget Bill English’s tax cut tease: National continues to raise tax by stealth using bracket creep, says ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

Congrats to Special Olympics team

Monday, 27 March 2017, 11:45 am | New Zealand Government

Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman and Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner say the New Zealand Special Olympics team should be extremely proud of its outstanding results at the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games held in Graz, ... More >>

Minister Blows Millions on Race-Based Conservation

Monday, 27 March 2017, 10:31 am | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First wants to know why the $7.9m Ngā Whenua Rahui scheme for Māori Land has only protected 87 hectares in the year to 20 March More >>

Record level of investors as first homebuyers squeezed out

Sunday, 26 March 2017, 3:17 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Record level of investors as first homebuyers squeezed out of Auckland Latest CoreLogic data shows investors accounted for a record 44% of Auckland house sales in the first quarter of 2017 while first homebuyers’ market share fell to just 19%, says Labour’s ... More >>

National and Maori Party to carve up playgrounds

Sunday, 26 March 2017, 3:15 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

26 March 2017 National and Maori Party to carve up playgrounds The Labour Party remains resolute that Auckland’s parks and playgrounds are not to be carved up for housing development and that Auckland’s public reserves remain public reserves, says Labour's ... More >>

Europe visit to boost relationships

Saturday, 25 March 2017, 8:52 pm | New Zealand Government

Primary Industries Minister departs for Europe tonight for a series of meetings with his European and United Kingdom counterparts and to address the Forum for the Future of Agriculture in Brussels, Belgium. “New Zealand has close ties with Europe and ... More >>

Showcasing Communities of Learning on an international stage

Saturday, 25 March 2017, 8:51 pm | New Zealand Government

Showcasing Communities of Learning on an international stage Education Minister Hekia Parata is travelling to the United Kingdom, to talk with international experts about the biggest change to New Zealand’s education system in 30 years. Ms Parata will ... More >>

Labour abandons Māori again

Saturday, 25 March 2017, 12:30 pm | The Maori Party

Labour abandons Māori again The Māori Party says Labour has abandoned Māori again with their announcement today that the Labour Party will oppose the Point England Enabling Bill, which would allow Ngāti Paoa to regain ownership and control of significant ... More >>

 

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