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S & P affirms careful economic management

Friday, 20 January 2017, 4:08 pm | New Zealand Government

Standard and Poor’s decision to affirm the AA foreign currency and AA+ local currency sovereign credit ratings with a stable outlook for New Zealand reflects international confidence in New Zealand’s economic and fiscal performance, Finance Minister Steven ... More >>

ACT challenges Judith to drain the green-washing trough

Friday, 20 January 2017, 2:58 pm | ACT New Zealand

The $3.5 million handed out via the Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund is simply corporate welfare, says ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

Social housing crisis at record levels

Friday, 20 January 2017, 2:39 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

National’s failure to provide sufficient social housing for vulnerable families has been underscored by latest figures showing a record number of families on the waiting list, says Labour Housing Spokesperson Phil Twyford. More >>

Housing register underscores importance of reform

Friday, 20 January 2017, 12:26 pm | New Zealand Government

An increase in the housing register underscores the importance of the Government’s social housing reform programme and its $344 million commitment to additional emergency housing places, Social Housing Minister Amy Adams says. More >>

Future trade progressing with the UK

Friday, 20 January 2017, 12:02 pm | New Zealand Government

Trade Minister Todd McClay has said that New Zealand’s ongoing and future trade relationship with the United Kingdom is in good shape following agreement on the next steps for the newly established NZ-UK Trade Policy Dialogue. More >>

Seymour Challenged to “Walk the Talk” on Tobacco Taxes

Friday, 20 January 2017, 11:39 am | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First is calling on the MP, David Seymour, to ‘walk the talk’ when it comes to tobacco excise taxes given he voted with the government to increase them. More >>

National puts fishing interests ahead of the environment

Friday, 20 January 2017, 11:03 am | Green Party

The National Government has once again shown it’s more interested in plundering the environment than protecting it, the Green Party said today. More >>

National denies kids their free school education

Friday, 20 January 2017, 10:09 am | New Zealand Labour Party

The National Government’s ongoing underfunding and recent funding freeze is denying Kiwi kids their right to a free schooling, says Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins. More >>

NZ and Sri Lanka discuss trade opportunities

Friday, 20 January 2017, 8:32 am | New Zealand Government

Trade Minister Todd McClay has confirmed New Zealand and Sri Lanka will progress discussions on new trade and investment opportunities, which could include a Free Trade Agreement between the two countries. More >>

Taxpayers deserve better oversight on big money projects

Thursday, 19 January 2017, 4:34 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

The latest scorecard on National’s management of major infrastructure projects shows that the Government is letting New Zealanders down when it comes to managing significant investments, says Labour’s Finance Spokesperson Grant Robertson. More >>

Emergency food grants rocketing under National

Thursday, 19 January 2017, 3:07 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

More and more Kiwis are going hungry under National with hardship grants for food jumping 14 per cent in the last year alone, says Labour Leader Andrew Little. More >>

Auckland building consents at 12-year high

Thursday, 19 January 2017, 2:07 pm | New Zealand Government

The number of new homes consented in Auckland for the year to November has topped 10,000 for the first time in 12 years, Building and Construction Minister Dr Nick Smith says. More >>

Major projects update released

Thursday, 19 January 2017, 1:26 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government has released the interim Major Projects Performance Report for the period to November last year, covering 53 complex major projects across government with a whole of life cost of $37 billion. More >>

New Zealand First Wants Assurances Over New Speed Cameras

Thursday, 19 January 2017, 1:22 pm | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First says the government must release details of 35 new fixed speed cameras given a recent Police OIA response, showed that fixed and mobile cameras generated just under $30m worth of tickets in a little over ten months. More >>

Projects will stimulate electric vehicle uptake

Thursday, 19 January 2017, 12:47 pm | New Zealand Government

A total of 15 projects have been conditionally approved to receive around $3.5 million from the Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund, says Energy and Resources Minister Judith Collins. More >>

Emergency Housing initiative supporting struggling Kiwis

Thursday, 19 January 2017, 12:42 pm | New Zealand Government

Social Housing Minister Amy Adams has today welcomed data showing new help introduced by the Government is creating tangible support for struggling New Zealanders More >>

Extreme weather sign of things to come

Thursday, 19 January 2017, 11:50 am | Green Party

The extreme weather around New Zealand is a sign of things to come if action isn't taken by governments to halt the climate crisis, the Green Party said today. More >>

High priority coastal forest protected

Thursday, 19 January 2017, 11:16 am | New Zealand Government

Associate Conservation Minister Nicky Wagner says a recent acquisition by the Nature Heritage Fund (NHF) will protect 14 ha of rare coastal forest in South Westland. More >>

More sole parents independent of benefits

Thursday, 19 January 2017, 10:20 am | New Zealand Government

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says the number of people receiving a benefit is continuing to decline year on year, with sole parents driving the biggest reduction in numbers. More >>

EV charging infrastructure guidance released

Thursday, 19 January 2017, 10:18 am | New Zealand Government

Transport Minister Simon Bridges says the publication of guidance on public charging infrastructure for electric vehicles (EVs) is timely as New Zealand’s fleet reaches more than 2500, exceeding all targets. More >>

Little pledge on Pike Mine dangerous and contradictory

Thursday, 19 January 2017, 9:36 am | New Zealand Government

Labour Leader Andrew Little's idea for a law change to give Solid Energy a legal exemption to any liabilities that might arise out of a re-entry to the mine is hypocritical and unsafe, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith said today. More >>

Labour Position On Pike Goes From ‘Sometime Never’ To ‘Yes’

Thursday, 19 January 2017, 9:35 am | New Zealand First Party

18 JANUARY 2017     Labour’s Position On Pike River Goes From ‘Sometime Never’ To ‘Yes’   New Zealand First Leader and Member of Parliament for Northland, the Rt Hon Winston Peters, has welcomed the change of heart shown by Labour Leader ... More >>

Ending homelessness (again)

Wednesday, 18 January 2017, 5:22 pm | Green Party

“Arriving in London for the first time on my OE, I saw vagrants and beggars everywhere, sleeping rough under bridges, in parks, in any nook that offered a little shelter from the wind and rain. I loved that I came from a country that was better than this ... More >>

Bill English needs to back Pike River Bill

Wednesday, 18 January 2017, 4:21 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Labour is challenging the Government to support a Bill to remove any legal barrier to the recovery of the 29 Pike River miners, says Labour Leader Andrew Little. More >>

Earthquake hit farmers to be offered movable homes

Wednesday, 18 January 2017, 9:40 am | New Zealand Government

Twenty temporary housing units at the Rawhiti Domain used to support families through the Christchurch earthquakes are to be offered to farmers with significantly damaged homes from the Kaikōura earthquake, Building and Construction Minister Dr Nick Smith ... More >>

Northland Drought-like Conditions Concerns Peters

Tuesday, 17 January 2017, 4:12 pm | New Zealand First Party

Northland MP, the Rt Hon Winston Peters, has invited the Minister for Primary Industries, Hon Nathan Guy, to see how dry Northland has turned. More >>

Green MP Denise Roche at Pike River mine

Tuesday, 17 January 2017, 2:32 pm | Green Party

Green Party workplace relations and safety spokesperson Denise Roche and Green Party supporters will show solidarity and support for the Pike River families tomorrow. “The Green Party will stand with the Pike River families and their communities ... More >>

Fresh start needed for EU trade agreement

Tuesday, 17 January 2017, 10:28 am | Green Party

Bill English could use the opportunity of trade negotiations with the European Union (EU) to push for a new type of trade agreement that promotes sustainable economic development and helps create an economy that works for all New Zealanders, the Green ... More >>

Singapore-NZ Defence relationship celebrated

Monday, 16 January 2017, 5:34 pm | New Zealand Government

New Zealand and Singapore’s Defence Ministers Gerry Brownlee and Dr Ng Eng Hen today observed Exercise Thunder Warrior, an artillery live-firing exercise at the Waiouru Training Area. More >>

Ban on plastic microbeads proposed

Monday, 16 January 2017, 3:16 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government is proposing to ban personal care products containing plastic microbeads, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith announced today. More >>

Organised crime getting easy ride under National

Monday, 16 January 2017, 1:47 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Under-resourcing from the National-led Government is seriously undermining the Police’s ability to combat organised crime, says Labour’s Police spokesperson Stuart Nash. More >>

New year, new chance to turn the inequality tide

Monday, 16 January 2017, 1:33 pm | Green Party

This year is our chance to turn the tide on growing inequality in New Zealand with a change of government, the Green Party said today. More >>

Rt Hon Winston Peters speech: Pike River

Monday, 16 January 2017, 12:48 pm | New Zealand First Party

Pike River - A measure not of politics but of decency in a democracy With my parliamentary colleague from Palmerston North, it’s a pleasure to be with you here today. And thank you to Bernie and all his family for making this wonderful venue available ... More >>

More burning ethical questions for Steven Joyce

Monday, 16 January 2017, 11:08 am | Green Party

Finance Minister Steven Joyce is failing to show any moral or political leadership by continuing to allow Government-owned funds to invest New Zealanders’ money in some of the world’s most polluting companies, the Green Party said today. More >>

Wages and housing keys to fixing inequality

Monday, 16 January 2017, 10:38 am | New Zealand Labour Party

Better wages and restoring the Kiwi dream of homeownership are fundamental to reducing inequality, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little. More >>

Attitude Cops Target Alcohol Advertising And Sponsorship

Sunday, 15 January 2017, 1:14 pm | New Zealand First Party

Attitude Cops Target Alcohol Advertising And Sponsorship New Zealand First says the government must make it crystal clear that there will be no ban on alcohol advertising or sponsorship. “The attitude cops are back and they’re pushing a neo-puritanical ... More >>

Speech: Peters - Pike River

Sunday, 15 January 2017, 1:11 pm | New Zealand First Party

Rt Hon Winston Peters speech: Pike River - A measure not of politics but of decency in a democracy More >>

Data sharing boosts NZ-China trade advantage

Sunday, 15 January 2017, 12:46 pm | New Zealand Government

A newly launched joint data sharing system between New Zealand and Chinese Customs will give kiwi exporters a competitive advantage, says Customs Minister Nicky Wagner. More >>

Time for a New Year’s good turn – drop gift card expiry date

Saturday, 14 January 2017, 3:12 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

14 January 2017 Time for a New Year’s good turn – drop gift card expiry dates More >>

Trade Minister to visit Middle East and Switzerland

Friday, 13 January 2017, 3:37 pm | New Zealand Government

Trade Minister Todd McClay will visit the State of Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to press for a conclusion to the free trade negotiations between New Zealand and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). More >>

Mangere welcomes home Joseph Parker

Friday, 13 January 2017, 1:41 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

The people of Māngere are holding a "Welcome Home Champ" event for newly crowned WBO Heavyweight Boxing Champ Lupesoliai Laauli Joseph Parker this Saturday 14 January 10am at the Māngere Town Centre. More >>

MPs work to ensure a peaceful and secure Asia-Pacific region

Friday, 13 January 2017, 11:41 am | Office of the Speaker

Carmel Sepuloni MP is leading the New Zealand delegation, comprising Dr Parmjeet Parmar MP and Marama Fox MP, to the 25th Asia Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF) in Fiji this week. More >>

Desperate euthanasia opponents are dishonest or innumerate

Friday, 13 January 2017, 11:22 am | ACT New Zealand

“It’s now impossible to deny public support for assisted dying,” says ACT Leader and End of Life Choice Bill sponsor David Seymour, “but that won’t stop the lowest opponents from stooping a little further. More >>

Resolution 2334 - Preserving the two state solution

Friday, 13 January 2017, 10:01 am | New Zealand Government

The spirit of unanimity in which the United Nations Security Council passed resolution 2334 on December 23 stands in sharp contrast to the condemnation and accusations that have dominated subsequent commentary from Israel and that country's supporters. More >>

Tourism spending strong ahead of summer season

Friday, 13 January 2017, 10:00 am | New Zealand Government

Tourism spending continued to grow throughout most regions in the year to November 2016, providing a solid base ahead of the high summer season, Tourism Minister Paula Bennett says. More >>

Julie Anne Genter selected for Mount Albert by-election

Friday, 13 January 2017, 8:41 am | Green Party

Green Party MP Julie Anne Genter will be standing in the Mount Albert by-election to be held on 25 February, said the Green Party today. More >>

Miserable Government Putting Tourism Industry At Risk

Thursday, 12 January 2017, 1:41 pm | New Zealand First Party

By not adequately funding tourism and infrastructure to deal with it, the government is putting the industry at risk, says New Zealand First Tourism Spokesperson Fletcher Tabuteau. More >>

Billion Dollar Sport Spend Deserves Payback to Kiwis

Wednesday, 11 January 2017, 9:03 am | New Zealand First Party

Kiwis are forking out nearly a billion dollars annually to fund sport and recreation but can’t get any payback with free on-screen broadcasts of sport, says New Zealand First Sport and Recreation Spokesman Clayton Mitchell. More >>

‘King-Hitters’ Found Guilty Should Be Locked up

Tuesday, 10 January 2017, 4:01 pm | New Zealand First Party

The attacker of George Siaosi who tragically died last week should be doing serious jail time, says New Zealand First and Northland Member of Parliament, Rt Hon Winston Peters. More >>

Government’s Inaction Over Dusty Roads Shameful

Tuesday, 10 January 2017, 3:48 pm | New Zealand First Party

The government’s lack of concern for Northland has turned rural roads into unhealthy dustbowls that can no longer be ignored, says New Zealand First Leader and Northland Member of Parliament, Rt Hon Winston Peters. More >>

Green Party mourns passing of Archbishop Brown Turei

Tuesday, 10 January 2017, 2:31 pm | Green Party

The Green Party is deeply saddened by the passing of Archbishop William Brown Turei ONZM (Ngāti Porou), who served as the Bishop of Aotearoa – the Tikanga Māori Archbishop and Primate of the Anglican Church in New Zealand, Aotearoa and Polynesia. More >>

Māori Party pays tribute to Bishop William Brown Tūrei

Tuesday, 10 January 2017, 1:44 pm | The Maori Party

Auē! Kua tau te hau rāwhiti, arā te hau mahana o te ringa kaha o Aituā. Kei te rangatira, kei te Pīhopa Mātāmua, haere atu rā ki ō tāua mātua tūpuna. He whāriki mō mātou ngā mōrehu o ngā waka. Haere e te rangatira, haere. More >>

Green Party mourns passing of SWAP leader Joe Harawira

Tuesday, 10 January 2017, 12:54 pm | Green Party

The Green Party is deeply saddened by the passing of Ngāti Awa rangatira Joseph Harawira QSM, who led the Sawmill Workers Against Poisons (SWAP) organisation. More >>

Motorcyclists deserve safety they’ve paid for

Tuesday, 10 January 2017, 12:31 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Motorcyclists deserve an explanation from the Government about why just one fifth of the money they have been charged has been spent on safety while the carnage continues on the roads, says Labour’s ACC and Transport Spokesperson Sue Moroney. More >>

Cross-party approach needed as homeownership hits new low

Tuesday, 10 January 2017, 11:40 am | New Zealand Labour Party

New data showing homeownership has hit a record low shows the need for political parties to come together to enact Labour’s KiwiBuild and Healthy Home Bills, which are currently before Parliament, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little. More >>

National letting wealthy tax avoiders off the hook again

Tuesday, 10 January 2017, 10:14 am | Green Party

The National Government has failed to stop high income earners from avoiding paying their fair share of tax, the Green Party said today. More >>

Māori Party pays tribute to Joseph Harawira

Tuesday, 10 January 2017, 10:04 am | The Maori Party

The Māori Party pays tribute to a remarkable New Zealander, a son of Ngāti Awa and Ngāi Te Rangi, Hohepa Joseph Harawira, QSM. More >>

Lowering the Road Toll Starts with Better Rural Roads

Tuesday, 10 January 2017, 8:25 am | New Zealand First Party

After a horrific number of road deaths over Christmas, New Zealand First says provincial New Zealand is sick and tired of being the Cinderella when it comes to safer roads. More >>

Minister Thanks Fire Service Chief Executive For Service

Monday, 9 January 2017, 11:26 am | New Zealand Government

Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne today thanked Chief Executive & National Commander of the New Zealand Fire Service (NZFS) Paul Baxter for his 35 years work with New Zealand’s fire services. More >>

NZ-EU Trade Deal in Deep Trouble

Monday, 9 January 2017, 11:12 am | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First questions the priorities and sensibilities of the new Prime Minister about the proposed NZ-European ‘free trade’ deal after a stunning opinion from the European Court of Justice. More >>

 

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