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Minister welcomes Africa’s first Commonwealth Games

Wednesday, 2 September 2015, 5:23 pm | New Zealand Government

Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman has congratulated Durban, South Africa on being named host of the 2022 Commonwealth Games. More >>

Govt must not backpedal on cycle safety

Wednesday, 2 September 2015, 4:41 pm | Green Party

The Green Party is calling on the Government to follow through with a recommendation from the Cycling Safety Panel to protect people who cycle with mandatory safe passing distances. More >>

Report highlights National’s poor funding decisions

Wednesday, 2 September 2015, 3:37 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

The Government’s poor coordination between its transport strategy and the needs of the regions has been highlighted in a new report by Local Government New Zealand, Labour’s Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford says. More >>

New rules bring double-deckers to our cities

Wednesday, 2 September 2015, 3:23 pm | New Zealand Government

New rules that allow buses, including double-deckers, to carry more people will ramp up the public transport offering in our cities, Transport Minister Simon Bridges and Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss say. Changes to the Vehicle Dimensions ... More >>

Parapets and facades prioritised in revised law

Wednesday, 2 September 2015, 2:36 pm | New Zealand Government

A new category of priority buildings, covering parts of unreinforced masonry like parapets and facades, is to be included in the Building Act requirements for upgrading earthquake-prone buildings following strong submissions to select committee including ... More >>

Why Māori need an independent political voice in Parliament

Wednesday, 2 September 2015, 1:54 pm | The Maori Party

The Māori Party says the Labour Leader’s response to two of its Māori MPs attending a charter school fundraiser is one of the many reasons why it’s so important for Māori to have an independent political voice. More >>

New Hospice Waikato extension opened

Wednesday, 2 September 2015, 1:18 pm | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has today opened the new Hospice Waikato extension in Hamilton. More >>

Government wakes up to Opotiki Harbour

Wednesday, 2 September 2015, 12:57 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

John Key is expected to finally announce Government support next week for the Opotiki Harbour development, says Labour Economic Development spokesperson David Clark. More >>

Tolley Talk: August 2015

Wednesday, 2 September 2015, 12:38 pm | New Zealand National Party

We’re already gearing up for next year’s Youth Parliament, with the selection process kicking off this month. Youth Parliament will take place on19 and 20 July 2016 and Youth MPs will hold office from 25 January to 25 July 2016 More >>

Government committed to cycle safety

Wednesday, 2 September 2015, 12:25 pm | New Zealand Government

Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss says the Government is delivering many of the Cycling Safety Panel’s recommendations as part of its commitment to making cycling a safer, more attractive choice for personal travel. “The Government’s ... More >>

Whanganui Community Corrections opened

Wednesday, 2 September 2015, 11:35 am | New Zealand Government

Corrections Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga today officially opened the refurbished Whanganui Community Corrections site. The $2.7 million refurbishment is part of a five-year nationwide renewal programme to make Community Corrections sites more secure ... More >>

Peter Dunne: Launch of 2015 Children’s Health Stamp

Wednesday, 2 September 2015, 11:33 am | New Zealand Government

It is a pleasure to be part of the launch of the 2015 Children’s Health Stamp. More >>

Dumping of Cheap Imports Will Hit Jobs And Business

Wednesday, 2 September 2015, 9:55 am | New Zealand First Party

Swamping New Zealand with cheap goods will hit manufacturing and business hard, says New Zealand First. More >>

PM must ensure NZ takes in full 825 refugee allocation

Wednesday, 2 September 2015, 9:51 am | Green Party

The Green Party is calling on the Prime Minister to guarantee that the refugee quota will be filled to the maximum this year in light of the growing crisis around the world. More >>

Fraud initiatives keep people out of debt traps

Wednesday, 2 September 2015, 9:33 am | New Zealand Government

A continued focus by staff to identify overpayments to beneficiaries is reducing the number of people ending up with large debts, says Associate Social Development Minister Jo Goodhew. More >>

Dairy Price Spring Reflects Lower Volumes And El Nino Fears

Wednesday, 2 September 2015, 9:20 am | New Zealand First Party

The first GlobalDairyTrade auction for September will put a spring into the step of farmers but reflects Fonterra reducing volume, the product mix sold, a much lower New Zealand dollar and growing fears of a serious El Nino drought. More >>

Coromandel says No Way to TPPA

Wednesday, 2 September 2015, 8:53 am | Green Party

John Key must listen to the people of Coromandel and walk away from the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations because of the power the TPPA could give overseas corporations like Oceana Gold over the New Zealand Government, the Green ... More >>

Lady Emily Latimer

Wednesday, 2 September 2015, 8:23 am | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First extends our sympathies to the family of Lady Emily Latimer after her sudden death. More >>

Dunne: Opening of Turkish Embassy Photo Exhibit on Canakkle

Tuesday, 1 September 2015, 5:47 pm | New Zealand Government

I am delighted to have been asked to speak at the launch of this exhibition, “Çannakale: Road to Peace out of War”. More >>

Air New Zealand – Air China alliance authorised

Tuesday, 1 September 2015, 3:13 pm | New Zealand Government

A new strategic alliance between Air New Zealand and Air China will make New Zealand a more attractive destination for Chinese travellers, Transport Minister Simon Bridges says. More >>

Court rules changed to support information sharing

Tuesday, 1 September 2015, 2:51 pm | New Zealand Government

Justice Minister Amy Adams has announced new information sharing rules between family and criminal courts as a part of the Government’s work to help reduce the harm caused by family violence. More >>

New figures show speculators rampant

Tuesday, 1 September 2015, 2:46 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

New figures released by the Reserve Bank show there’s been an explosion in mortgage lending with most of the growth going to property investors, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. More >>

Barriers to Salisbury School enrolment must come down

Tuesday, 1 September 2015, 2:35 pm | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First is calling on the government to allow parents to enrol their children directly at Salisbury School for high needs girls in Richmond, Nelson. “The government removed the school’s ability to take applications and dramatically reduced the ... More >>

Red tape reduced for veterans

Tuesday, 1 September 2015, 2:19 pm | New Zealand Government

Veterans will soon find it easier to claim their recreational travel concession, Veterans’ Affairs Minister Craig Foss says. More >>

Key to unlocking Tauranga congestion underway

Tuesday, 1 September 2015, 1:59 pm | New Zealand Government

Transport Minister Simon Bridges has turned the first sod on the $45 million Maungatapu underpass project in Tauranga today, bringing the $100 million Hairini Link one step closer to completion. More >>

Apology Accepted

Tuesday, 1 September 2015, 1:26 pm | New Zealand First Party

Rt Hon Winston Peters New Zealand First Leader Member of Parliament for Northland 1 SEPTEMBER 2015 Apology Accepted More >>

Appointment of Judge of the Court of Appeal

Tuesday, 1 September 2015, 1:24 pm | New Zealand Government

The Honourable Justice Stephen Kós has been appointed a Judge of the Court of Appeal, Attorney General Christopher Finlayson announced today. Justice Kós graduated LLB (Hons) from Victoria University in 1981 and LLM from Cambridge University in 1985. ... More >>

Government grant for East Coast stream restoration

Tuesday, 1 September 2015, 12:51 pm | New Zealand Government

An $89,700 grant from the Community Environment Fund for the restoration of the Whangawehi stream on the Mahia Peninsula was announced today by Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith during a visit to the catchment. More >>

Fifth Children’s Team goes live in Hamilton

Tuesday, 1 September 2015, 12:48 pm | New Zealand Government

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has officially launched the Hamilton Children’s Team, the fifth of ten approved Teams to be rolled out across the country. More >>

Protect bees from pesticides this spring

Tuesday, 1 September 2015, 12:44 pm | Green Party

The Green Party is encouraging gardeners to use untreated seed for their spring planting to protect bees from pesticides this September, which is Bee Aware Month. More >>

John Key once again wrong on refugee numbers

Tuesday, 1 September 2015, 12:41 pm | Green Party

John Key has once again been caught overstating how many refugees New Zealand has accepted under his Government. More >>

National’s empty economic complacency fails today and future

Tuesday, 1 September 2015, 12:37 pm | Green Party

New data that shows slowing economic activity and record low business confidence confirms that National’s brand of complacent economic management and protecting the status quo isn’t working, the Green Party said. More >>

Govt needs to rule out Serco buying our state houses

Tuesday, 1 September 2015, 12:36 pm | Green Party

Thousands of state houses being placed on the asset sales block tomorrow for overseas buyers is a move that is deeply unpopular with New Zealanders, the Green Party said today. More >>

Government must do more to help global refugee crisis

Tuesday, 1 September 2015, 11:28 am | New Zealand Labour Party

John Key must urgently increase our refugee quota and let New Zealand play its part in helping address the tragic humanitarian crisis unfolding around the world, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says. More >>

Goodbye Publicly Funded R&D as Chinese Eye Silver Fern Farms

Tuesday, 1 September 2015, 11:14 am | New Zealand First Party

With the Chinese set to make a substantial investment in Silver Fern Farms, New Zealand First is warning that taxpayer funded research and development worth over $200 million could easily head overseas. More >>

New chiefs of Army and Navy announced

Tuesday, 1 September 2015, 10:35 am | New Zealand Government

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee today announced the appointment of new Chiefs of the New Zealand Army and the Royal New Zealand Navy. More >>

Dunne: Government Has Got Refugee Stance Wrong

Tuesday, 1 September 2015, 9:25 am | United Future NZ Party

UnitedFuture leader Peter Dunne says the Government has ”got it wrong” on the refugee issue. More >>

Extra $2.6m support for storm-affected regions

Tuesday, 1 September 2015, 9:23 am | New Zealand Government

Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy and Civil Defence Minister Nikki Kaye have announced an extra $2.6 million of Government support for communities worst affected by the severe storm in June. More >>

Update on recovery in storm-affected regions

Tuesday, 1 September 2015, 9:17 am | New Zealand Government

Civil Defence Minister Nikki Kaye says recovery from the severe storm in June is going well, but latest estimates show its economic impact could be around $270 million. More >>

Bids open for Ultra-Fast Broadband expansion

Tuesday, 1 September 2015, 9:12 am | New Zealand Government

Communications Minister Amy Adams will today release a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the next stage of rolling out fast, reliable broadband to New Zealanders. More >>

Minister welcomes Queenstown research week

Monday, 31 August 2015, 5:16 pm | New Zealand Government

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce has today welcomed the commencement of the 2015 Queenstown Research Week. More >>

More Land Goes into Foreign Hands for Dairying

Monday, 31 August 2015, 4:30 pm | New Zealand First Party

European interests extending their dairy holdings in New Zealand are among the latest land sale approvals for foreign buyers, says New Zealand First. More >>

Great news for Palmerston North air passengers

Monday, 31 August 2015, 4:12 pm | New Zealand National Party

Jono Naylor has welcomed this morning’s announcement that Jetstar will begin to offer flights to Palmerston North. More >>

PM to attend 46th Pacific Islands Forum

Monday, 31 August 2015, 4:07 pm | New Zealand Government

Prime Minister John Key will lead a delegation to Papua New Guinea to attend the annual Pacific Islands Forum Leaders’ meeting being held in Port Moresby. “The Pacific Islands Forum Leaders’ meeting is an opportunity for the region to come ... More >>

Key’s threat to veto premature

Monday, 31 August 2015, 3:50 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

John Key’s threat that he might use a financial veto against the Bill that will introduce 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave is premature and based on inflated costings, says the bill’s sponsor, Labour ‘s Sue Moroney. More >>

Progress being made in Pacific health

Monday, 31 August 2015, 2:51 pm | New Zealand Government

A new report on the health of Pacific people shows good progress is being made in some areas, Associate Health Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga says. More >>

Residential property withholding tax proposed

Monday, 31 August 2015, 2:19 pm | New Zealand Government

Public consultation begins today on the Government’s proposed residential land withholding tax with the release of a paper seeking public feedback More >>

Louise Nicholas to deliver 4th Dame Dorothy Fraser lecture

Monday, 31 August 2015, 1:18 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

The woman who took on the police force over rape and abuse and won will deliver the fourth annual Dame Dorothy Fraser Lecture on Monday 28 September in Dunedin. We are excited to have confirmed Louise Nicholas ONZM to deliver the first lecture since ... More >>

Auckland housing consents top 1000 in July

Monday, 31 August 2015, 12:54 pm | New Zealand Government

Building consent data released by Statistics New Zealand show 1116 homes were consented in Auckland in July, the first time in a decade that the monthly total has been over 1000, Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith noted today. More >>

Labour celebrates Tongan language and diversity

Monday, 31 August 2015, 12:42 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Tongan Language Week is a timely reminder of the importance and beauty of our Pacific culture, identity and language in New Zealand, says our first Tongan born, Tongan speaking MP Jenny Salesa. More >>

Privatising CYF about ideology not care

Monday, 31 August 2015, 11:25 am | New Zealand Labour Party

John Key’s suggestions today that Child Youth and Family could be privatized will be a terrifying thought for New Zealanders already dealing with the mess created in private prisons and plans to sell our state houses to Australians, Opposition ... More >>

Govt must make most of Jetstar competition

Monday, 31 August 2015, 10:27 am | New Zealand Labour Party

Government agencies should pledge to always buy “the best fare of the day” to maximise competition between Jetstar and Air New Zealand and ensure savings for taxpayers while boosting services to regional New Zealand, Labour’s Transport Spokesperson ... More >>

Regional airline competition welcomed

Monday, 31 August 2015, 9:32 am | New Zealand Government

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and Transport Minister Simon Bridges have this morning welcomed increased competition in the regional aviation market. More >>

Collins Comments - August 31 2015

Monday, 31 August 2015, 8:57 am | Judith Collins

There is plenty of great news for New Zealanders in the progress the Government is making with its policies of promoting education and employment, and its continued the focus on health. More >>

Minister welcomes Money Week 2015

Monday, 31 August 2015, 8:46 am | New Zealand Government

Empowering people to be better with money is the key focus for Money Week, says Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Paul Goldsmith. More >>

Tonga Language Week celebrated

Monday, 31 August 2015, 8:42 am | New Zealand Government

Pacific Peoples Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has welcomed Tonga Language Week 2015 More >>

Peter Dunne: reopening of Wellington Central Fire Station

Sunday, 30 August 2015, 7:27 pm | United Future NZ Party

150th Anniversary and Reopening of Wellington Central Fire Station – 2 Oriental Parade, Te Aro, Wellington More >>

Worldwide reputation at the border recognised

Sunday, 30 August 2015, 11:26 am | New Zealand National Party

Customs Minister Nicky Wagner says positive results from Customs’ passenger and commercial satisfaction surveys confirm New Zealand’s already strong worldwide reputation for efficiency at the border. More >>

Minister opens papakāinga near Tauranga

Saturday, 29 August 2015, 10:52 am | New Zealand Government

Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell will open six new flats at Tahuwhakatiki marae, in Mount Maunganui today. More >>

Nanaia Mahuta Responds to Media Speculation

Saturday, 29 August 2015, 10:13 am | New Zealand Labour Party

Speculation that Nanaia Mahuta has been selected to succeed her cousin Kiingi Tuheitia as head of the Kiingitanga and Waikato-Tainui is unfounded. More >>

 

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