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Positive report on special education schooling

Thursday, 5 March 2015, 5:14 pm | New Zealand Government

Education Minister Hekia Parata has welcomed a new ERO report showing schools have become significantly more inclusive towards children with special educational needs. More >>

Reserve Bank again has to clean up National’s housing mess

Thursday, 5 March 2015, 5:06 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

5 March 2015 MEDIA STATEMENT Reserve Bank again has to clean up National’s housing mess More >>

$3.6 million to extend Home Safety Service nationwide

Thursday, 5 March 2015, 3:07 pm | New Zealand Government

Justice Minister Amy Adams has today launched the expansion of the National Home Safety Service to better protect up to 1000 victims of family violence each year. More >>

Help for Medical Students to Prevent Doctor Shortages

Thursday, 5 March 2015, 2:15 pm | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First supports the New Zealand Medical Students’ Association’s call for targeted exemptions for full time medical students from the seven year limit on access to student loans. More >>

Major Events Fund supports ‘The Pioneer’

Thursday, 5 March 2015, 2:03 pm | New Zealand Government

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce today announced that the Major Events Development Fund (MEDF) will invest up to $1.2 million over three years in a new South Island-based mountain bike stage race called The Pioneer. More >>

Clearer picture needed on air quality to safeguard health

Thursday, 5 March 2015, 1:48 pm | Green Party

The Government needs to beef up the monitoring of a harmful airborne particle in order to protect New Zealanders’ health, the Green Party said today. More >>

New Zealand should purchase Munro medals

Thursday, 5 March 2015, 12:45 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Les Munro is one of New Zealand’s greatest living war veterans and his medals should be purchased and kept in New Zealand, Labour’s Defence spokesperson Phil Goff says. “Labour is calling on the Government to purchase these medals which ... More >>

Nominations for 2015 Youth Awards open today

Thursday, 5 March 2015, 12:43 pm | New Zealand Government

Nominations are now open for the 2015 Youth Awards, which celebrate young people who’ve achieved outstanding results, or people who’ve made a significant contribution to support and champion young people, says Youth Minister Nikki Kaye. “The 2015 ... More >>

Forestry leases returned to Māori owners

Thursday, 5 March 2015, 12:41 pm | New Zealand Government

Associate Primary Industries Minister Jo Goodhew joined Māori owners and the community in Northland today to celebrate the surrender of a 740 hectare forestry lease. The ceremony included the felling of the final trees to mark the end of what was originally ... More >>

NZ First Pulls Reins on Tppa ‘Trojan Horse’ Nightmare

Thursday, 5 March 2015, 12:21 pm | New Zealand First Party

NZ First Pulls Reins on Tppa ‘Trojan Horse’ Nightmare New Zealand First is taking emergency measures to axe the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement’s (TPPA) ‘Trojan Horse’ provisions, which will allow foreign corporations to sue the New Zealand ... More >>

South Island road safety work fast-tracked

Thursday, 5 March 2015, 12:05 pm | New Zealand Government

Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss today announced the Visiting Drivers Signature Project (VDSP) will be extended and planned safety improvements fast-tracked following recent crashes involving overseas visitors. “The Government recognises that many ... More >>

Deadly Taranaki bridge to be rebuilt

Thursday, 5 March 2015, 11:30 am | New Zealand Government

Transport Minister Simon Bridges has turned the first sod at the official launch of the Normanby Overbridge realignment on State Highway 3 today. Mr Bridges says the government has sped up the realignment by fully funding the construction, as ... More >>

Time for PM to come clean on Pacific spying

Thursday, 5 March 2015, 11:17 am | Green Party

John Key must come clean and tell New Zealanders whether the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) has illegally spied on them during mass information gathering on behalf of the United States of America, said the Green Party today. More >>

Customs seeks big brother powers

Thursday, 5 March 2015, 11:09 am | New Zealand Labour Party

A proposal giving New Zealand Customs powers to compel anyone to provide passwords and encryption keys to their electronic devices is another step towards a surveillance society and should be strongly resisted, Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran ... More >>

Demanding passwords at the border is unacceptable

Thursday, 5 March 2015, 10:45 am | Green Party

Insisting people give up their laptop and smartphone passwords at the border, without a search warrant or due process, is completely unacceptable and goes against common perceptions of privacy, the Green Party said today in response to a discussion document ... More >>

Nominations open for 25th annual Green Ribbon awards

Thursday, 5 March 2015, 9:34 am | New Zealand Government

Nominations open for 25th annual Green Ribbon awards The Green Ribbon Awards, which honour New Zealand's environmental leaders, are to be a joint endeavour for the first time between the Ministry for the Environment and the Department of Conservation, ... More >>

Lessons from the Thomas, Bain and Pora cases

Thursday, 5 March 2015, 9:20 am | Peter Dunne

5 March 2015 Arthur Alan Thomas, David Bain and now Teina Pora are all high-profile New Zealand cases where murder convictions have been quashed after external review, after each had served long years in prison. (An overwhelming argument against the ... More >>

Insurance dispute resolution schemes under scrutiny

Thursday, 5 March 2015, 9:17 am | New Zealand Government

Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Paul Goldsmith today announced the start of public consultation for a proposal to make dispute resolution schemes more accessible for homeowners in dispute over insurance claims. More >>

Life to get harder for zero hour workers

Wednesday, 4 March 2015, 9:17 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Employment law changes that take effect tomorrow will make life even harder for workers battling zero hour contracts, Labour‘s spokesperson on Labour Relations Iain Lees-Galloway says. “From tomorrow, it will be harder for working people to ... More >>

Discussion paper released on Customs’ Act

Wednesday, 4 March 2015, 5:33 pm | New Zealand Government

Customs Minister Nicky Wagner today released a discussion paper proposing changes to the Customs and Excise Act. More >>

New Zealand First Gets Fruit Fly Pest Hotline Staffed 24/7

Wednesday, 4 March 2015, 5:30 pm | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First thanks the Ministry for Primary Industries on behalf of our primary producers for now seemingly staffing the Pest and Disease Hotline 24/7. More >>

Housing Accord not working – prices continue skyward

Wednesday, 4 March 2015, 3:41 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Housing Accord not working – prices continue skyward The Government's Auckland Housing Accord isn't working as house prices continue to go through the roof, Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “The average Auckland house has gone up ... More >>

Bishop encourages Hutt teachers to apply for awards

Wednesday, 4 March 2015, 3:26 pm | New Zealand National Party

National List MP based in the Hutt Valley Chris Bishop is encouraging teachers in the Hutt to apply for a Prime Minister’s Education Excellence award. More >>

Second year of Accord off to encouraging start

Wednesday, 4 March 2015, 2:49 pm | New Zealand Government

Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith and Mayor Len Brown have today welcomed the release of the latest Auckland Housing Accord monitoring report, saying it shows an encouraging start to the second year of the agreement between the Government and ... More >>

Inland Revenue Faces “Novapay on Steroids”

Wednesday, 4 March 2015, 2:06 pm | New Zealand First Party

Inland Revenue’s runaway information technology transformation projects are being likened to Novapay with another Australian contractor right at its centre, says New Zealand First. More >>

Minister tells workers to join dole queue

Wednesday, 4 March 2015, 11:48 am | New Zealand Labour Party

Comments by the Workplace Relations and Safety Minister show the Government would rather subsidise bad employers than ban unfair zero hour contracts, Labour’s spokesperson for Labour Issues Iain Lees-Galloway says. More >>

‘Ageing Well’ Science Challenge launched

Wednesday, 4 March 2015, 11:06 am | New Zealand Government

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce today launched the Ageing Well National Science Challenge, confirming initial funding of $14.6 million. The Ageing Well Kia eke kairangi ki te taikaumātuatanga Challenge is the fifth National Science Challenge ... More >>

Project supports Pacific safety improvements

Wednesday, 4 March 2015, 10:32 am | New Zealand Government

The presentation of vital data on shipping hazards to Vanuatu, Tonga and the Cook Islands is an important first step toward significantly improving maritime safety in the South West Pacific, Land Information Minister Louise Upston said today. “The ... More >>

Consultation on proposed gambling fee changes

Wednesday, 4 March 2015, 10:17 am | New Zealand Government

The gambling sector and the public are being consulted on proposed changes to gambling fees, Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne said today. The changes are necessary because it is costing more to regulate gambling than the revenue from current fees ... More >>

Minister applauds national kapa haka festival

Wednesday, 4 March 2015, 10:05 am | New Zealand Government

Education Minister Hekia Parata wishes the best of luck to everyone involved in this week’s national kapa haka festival, Te Matatini, in Christchurch. “Te Matatini showcases the very best of Māori performing arts talent. It’s a celebration of ... More >>

NICE 2015 Symposium on Health and Social Care

Wednesday, 4 March 2015, 9:53 am | New Zealand Government

Greetings, greetings, greetings to all and every one of you. Thank you for inviting me to open this joint NICE-bpacnz symposium on guidelines and pathways and the roles that they have in the United Kingdom and New Zealand. More >>

Speech to Downstream Conference 2015

Wednesday, 4 March 2015, 9:37 am | New Zealand Government

It’s great to be back at this conference and to be New Zealand’s Energy Minister for a third year. Time flies when you’re having fun – and it’s been a real privilege working in such an exciting sector that is always changing and is enhancing ... More >>

Justice at last for Teina Pora and his whānau

Wednesday, 4 March 2015, 9:04 am | The Maori Party

The Māori Party says today is a great day for Teina Pora and those of his family who stood by him. More >>

Justice for Teina Pora long overdue

Tuesday, 3 March 2015, 11:14 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

The Privy Council’s decision to quash Teina Pora’s convictions for the rape and murder of Susan Burdett could be the final chapter in a case that should have been closed years ago, Labour’s Justice Spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. More >>

GP practice staff get healthy alongside patients

Tuesday, 3 March 2015, 4:30 pm | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says general practice staff are getting behind a programme which has them joining their patients to live healthily. “The Energized Practice initiative sees medical staff and patients take part in activities designed ... More >>

Pay transparency is vital to reduce inequality

Tuesday, 3 March 2015, 2:19 pm | Green Party

The Green Party today welcomed calls for a conversation about public sector pay caps, but stressed that the conversation must also include pay transparency and the ratios between the highest and lowest incomes, as part of a larger plan to address inequality ... More >>

Think twice before buying wildlife products

Tuesday, 3 March 2015, 2:04 pm | New Zealand Government

Associate Minister of Conservation Nicky Wagner is reminding all travellers that wildlife crime is serious and they should think twice before purchasing any wildlife products or souvenirs overseas. March 3 is United Nations World Wildlife Day, a day ... More >>

$905k to grow tomorrow’s business leaders

Tuesday, 3 March 2015, 1:49 pm | New Zealand Government

Young people across New Zealand will receive a boost to develop their entrepreneurial skills and knowledge, after Youth Minister Nikki Kaye today announced $905,000 funding under the Youth Enterprise Fund. More >>

Changes proposed to telecommunications facilities standards

Tuesday, 3 March 2015, 1:12 pm | New Zealand Government

P ublic feedback is being sought on proposed changes to the National Environmental Standard (NES) for telecommunications facilities to help speed up improvements and reduce costs. More >>

Bumper tuatara season on Little Barrier Island

Tuesday, 3 March 2015, 1:05 pm | New Zealand Government

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry is pleased to announce a bumper crop of tuatara eggs on Te Hauturu-o-Toi/Little Barrier Island this breeding season. “It’s an outstanding example of what can be achieved when we ensure that New Zealand’s ecosystems ... More >>

Approving GE trees in Brazil will have dire implications

Tuesday, 3 March 2015, 12:25 pm | Green Party

The approval of GE trees by a Brazilian regulatory body will have implications for New Zealand’s clean, green image and potentially the pockets of taxpayers, the Green Party said today. More >>

Ministers must answer questions on IRD blowout

Tuesday, 3 March 2015, 12:15 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

The current and previous Revenue Ministers must front up and explain how the child support system had a budget blowout from $30 million to $210 million in just four years, says Labour’s Revenue spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove. “Peter Dunne was ... More >>

Curb stratospheric public CEO salaries

Tuesday, 3 March 2015, 10:57 am | New Zealand Labour Party

Curb stratospheric public CEO salaries A review of the way MPs’ pay is set should also look at ways to curb excessive rises in the salaries of public service chief executives, Labour Leader Andrew Little says. More >>

Review of financial advice laws to commence

Tuesday, 3 March 2015, 10:56 am | New Zealand Government

Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Paul Goldsmith today released the terms of reference for a review of the legislation governing how financial advice is provided. More >>

McCully must be proactive on human rights

Tuesday, 3 March 2015, 10:47 am | Green Party

Murray McCully must take a proactive stance on human rights abuses in West Papua during his meeting with the Indonesian Foreign Minister. More >>

Education Excellence Awards judges named

Tuesday, 3 March 2015, 10:06 am | New Zealand Government

Education Minister Hekia Parata today announced the names of the judges and education experts who will decide the winners of the 2015 Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards. “The Awards, presented for the first time last year, celebrate outstanding ... More >>

Productivity Commission should investigate carbon intensity

Tuesday, 3 March 2015, 9:47 am | Green Party

The Green Party has suggested a Productivity Commission inquiry into how New Zealand can best raise living standards while simultaneously reducing net greenhouse gas emissions. “Measuring carbon intensity and agreeing on ways to reduce it can help ... More >>

Improvements to food traceability on agenda

Tuesday, 3 March 2015, 9:44 am | New Zealand Government

Food Safety Minister Jo Goodhew has welcomed the release of the Dairy Traceability Working Group’s reports, which make recommendations on food supply chain traceability. “The group was formed following a recommendation from the Government Inquiry into ... More >>

A year of milestones for disability groups

Monday, 2 March 2015, 5:41 pm | New Zealand Government

Minister for Disability Issues 2 March 2015 Media Statement A year of milestones for disability groups More >>

Green Party welcomes changes to MPs’ salary setting rules

Monday, 2 March 2015, 5:30 pm | Green Party

It’s good that the Government has listened to New Zealanders and announced a fairer way to set MPs’ salaries, the Green Party said today. More >>

MPs’ remuneration to be changed

Monday, 2 March 2015, 4:12 pm | New Zealand Government

Prime Minister John Key today announced an overhaul of the Remuneration Authority Act, tying MP salaries to those of the wider public sector, which will be passed under urgency. Mr Key says the decision was made after the Remuneration Authority’s ... More >>

More ACC support to help address sexual violence

Monday, 2 March 2015, 2:25 pm | New Zealand Government

ACC Minister Nikki Kaye welcomes ACC’s new support package for people who’ve experienced sexual abuse or assault. “It’s clear to me ACC has listened to feedback from clients, families, counsellors and others, and their input is reflected in the ... More >>

Pacific Education Needs More Support

Monday, 2 March 2015, 1:55 pm | New Zealand First Party

Pacific Education Needs More Support New Zealand First supports the call from the New Zealand Principals’ Federation for greater resourcing to meet the needs of Pacific learners in the classroom. “The Principals’ Federation says it is not ... More >>

Name change for Ethnic Affairs

Monday, 2 March 2015, 10:56 am | New Zealand Government

Greater alignment with New Zealand’s ethnic communities is the focus of a change in the government agency that works to promote the benefit of ethnic diversity. From today, the Office of Ethnic Affairs will be known as the Office of Ethnic Communities, ... More >>

Kōrero mai, kōrero atu ki Te Matatini

Monday, 2 March 2015, 8:58 am | New Zealand Government

Kōrero mai, kōrero atu ki Te Matatini The Māori Development Minister encourages whānau heading to Te Matatini in Christchurch next week to use as much Māori language as they can. The Māori Language Commission has just launched a “kōrero mai” ... More >>

Public consultation on our climate target needed

Sunday, 1 March 2015, 12:45 pm | Green Party

The Green Party is today calling on the Government to commit to meaningful public consultation around its emissions reduction target it will take to the United Nations (UN) climate talks in Paris later this year. More >>

Minister of Health Volunteer Awards open

Sunday, 1 March 2015, 12:09 pm | New Zealand Government

Nominations open today for the 2015 Minister of Health Volunteer Awards – recognising the thousands of unsung heroes who support New Zealand’s health and disability services. More >>

More choice for hearing impaired welcomed

Sunday, 1 March 2015, 10:39 am | New Zealand Government

Minister for Disability Issues Nicky Wagner says the extension of the CapTel relay service increases choice for hearing impaired or deaf people to make phone calls and live an ordinary life. More >>

More hours for hearing impaired telephone service

Sunday, 1 March 2015, 10:38 am | New Zealand Government

Hearing impaired people can now access captioned telephone services for an additional two hours a day, Communications Minister Amy Adams announced today. More >>

Five schools get special recruitment allowance

Sunday, 1 March 2015, 10:35 am | New Zealand Government

Education Minister Hekia Parata says schools in Northland, Waikato, Hawkes Bay and Canterbury are the first to gain approval to use a new allowance to recruit principals who can help them tackle significant challenges. More >>


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