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Low carbon transition must not be rushed

Monday, 18 December 2017, 5:47 pm | New Zealand National Party

Businesses and communities around New Zealand will be welcoming the Government’s announcement that it will take its time introducing new climate change legislation, National Party Climate Change spokesperson Todd Muller says. More >>

Auckland relocation grant to end

Monday, 18 December 2017, 4:33 pm | New Zealand Government

The Auckland relocation grant will be stopped after increasing state house waiting lists in other towns and cities showed it was just moving housing pressure to other parts of New Zealand, Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford announced ... More >>

Digital skills landscape report welcomed

Monday, 18 December 2017, 4:22 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government has welcomed the release of a report on the digital skills landscape in New Zealand and says it’s committed to training and upskilling more New Zealanders with the expertise they need for a 21st century economy. More >>

Zero Carbon Act announcement

Monday, 18 December 2017, 4:01 pm | New Zealand Government

MEDIA STATEMENT The Minister for Climate Change, James Shaw, is pleased to announce today the Government’s first important step towards creating a Zero Carbon Act. More >>

Silence on TPP deafening for exporters

Monday, 18 December 2017, 3:57 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Minister for Trade and Export Growth needs to put New Zealand exporters ahead of coalition politics and get the TPP deal done, National Party Trade Spokesperson Todd McClay says. More >>

29 fiscal time-bombs waiting to blow

Monday, 18 December 2017, 3:56 pm | New Zealand National Party

The coalition Government has 29 new fiscal time-bombs waiting to go off according to the half-yearly economic and fiscal update, National Party Finance Spokesperson Steven Joyce says. More >>

Time running out for Am Cup funding decision

Monday, 18 December 2017, 2:26 pm | New Zealand National Party

Time is running out for the coalition Government to get the America’s Cup bases up and running for the Cup Defence in Auckland, National’s Economic Development Spokesperson Simon Bridges says. More >>

Waka Jumping Bill an affront to democracy

Monday, 18 December 2017, 1:30 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Coalition Government must be deeply worried about maintaining internal discipline within their own Caucuses given they are attempting to ride rough shod over our democratic processes by preventing individual MPs from standing up for the voters that elect ... More >>

New Zealand joins call to stop Japanese whaling

Monday, 18 December 2017, 1:22 pm | New Zealand Government

New Zealand has joined an international call for Japan to end its on-going whaling in the Southern Ocean and to respect the International Whaling Commission’s processes. More >>

Moves to make building rules easier to access and understand

Monday, 18 December 2017, 12:36 pm | New Zealand Government

Moves to make building rules easier to access and understand The Government is making it easier for people to understand and apply best practice when designing and constructing buildings. By launching a new building system search engine and sponsoring five commonly ... More >>

Merry Christmas from Hon Amy Adams

Monday, 18 December 2017, 10:49 am | New Zealand National Party

It is now that hectic part of the year when we struggle to complete everything on our to-do lists before Christmas, juggling work commitments with end of year functions, Christmas shopping and holiday preparations. More >>

WTO Ministerial Conference Concludes

Monday, 18 December 2017, 10:21 am | New Zealand Government

WTO Ministerial Conference Concludes 14 December 2017 - The 11th Ministerial Conference (MC11) of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) concluded today in Buenos Aires, Argentina. “Going into this meeting we were apprehensive about what the membership could deliver. ... More >>

Boost for road safety this summer

Sunday, 17 December 2017, 11:32 am | New Zealand Government

Boost for road safety this summer Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter today announced a short term boost in road safety funding this summer and signalled a renewed focus from the Government on introducing safer speed limits. Over summer ... More >>

New highway, Battle of Rangiriri commemoration site opened

Saturday, 16 December 2017, 7:42 pm | New Zealand Government

Crown/Māori Relations Minister Kelvin Davis joined representatives of Waikato-Tainui today to celebrate the completion of both the Rangiriri Section of the Waikato Expressway and the Battle of Rangiriri commemoration site. More >>

Abel Tasman anniversaries marked

Saturday, 16 December 2017, 4:19 pm | New Zealand Government

Today marks the anniversary of two significant events in New Zealand’s cultural and natural heritage – the visit of Dutch explorer Abel Tasman in 1642, and the creation of the national park which bears his name 300 years later, Conservation ... More >>

Massive Questions Remain over Foreign Home-Buyer Ban

Saturday, 16 December 2017, 11:16 am | ACT New Zealand

"The Government needs to immediately come clean over whether its foreign home-buyer ban breaches basic human rights and contravenes New Zealand’s trade deals with other countries”, says ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

Boost for weed control to protect Abel Tasman

Saturday, 16 December 2017, 11:15 am | New Zealand Government

16 December 2017 MEDIA STATEMENT Boost for weed control to protect Abel Tasman Work to halt the spread of invasive weeds around the Abel Tasman National Park will receive a funding increase, Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage has announced. The Project ... More >>

New Air Force personnel graduate

Friday, 15 December 2017, 5:00 pm | New Zealand Government

Defence Minister Ron Mark welcomed new Royal New Zealand Air Force recruits and officers into the service in a combined Graduation Parade at Base Woodbourne in Blenheim today. More >>

Workplace fatalities highlight need for vigilance

Friday, 15 December 2017, 4:51 pm | New Zealand Government

The tragic spate of four work-related fatalities over the past three days is a timely reminder for all workplaces to remain vigilant for workplace safety as New Zealand approaches the holiday season, says Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety Iain ... More >>

How many children lifted out of poverty?

Friday, 15 December 2017, 3:44 pm | New Zealand National Party

Labour needs to come clean on exactly how many additional children will be lifted out of poverty with their Families Package, National Party Finance Spokesperson Steven Joyce says. More >>

Minister congratulates grant recipients

Friday, 15 December 2017, 2:56 pm | New Zealand Government

Minister for Ethnic Communities, Hon Jenny Salesa congratulates the 71 groups receiving $520,000 from the new Ethnic Communities Development Fund. More >>

Government short on DHB capital

Friday, 15 December 2017, 2:34 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Government’s incomplete ‘mini-Budget’ leaves the health system without a sufficient budget for capital expenditure, National Party Health Spokesperson Jonathan Coleman says. More >>

Tracking bovis cows vital – O’Connor

Friday, 15 December 2017, 2:31 pm | New Zealand Government

Farmers keeping accurate records of stock movements is a vital part of halting the spread of Mycoplasma bovis, says Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. More >>

$14.9 million in tourism funding announced

Friday, 15 December 2017, 2:13 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government is investing $14.9 million in tourism infrastructure and cycle trails around the country, Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. More >>

Support for Cape Foulwind conservation

Friday, 15 December 2017, 2:03 pm | New Zealand Government

A project to protect native species and enhance the landscape of Cape Foulwind in Buller will be boosted by support from the DOC Community Fund, Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage has announced. More >>

New Administrator of Tokelau announced

Friday, 15 December 2017, 1:52 pm | New Zealand Government

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has announced that Mr Ross Ardern will be the next Administrator of Tokelau. More >>

Robertson Continues Nats’ Taxation By Stealth

Friday, 15 December 2017, 1:42 pm | ACT New Zealand

“Grant Robertson will allow new benefits to rise in line with inflation while tax brackets will remain the same, pushing middle income New Zealanders into the highest bracket”, says ACT Leader David Seymour More >>

Bill to enrol newborns passes 1st reading

Friday, 15 December 2017, 1:24 pm | New Zealand National Party

A law requiring newborns to be enrolled in a general practice before they are six weeks old is a step closer, thanks to a private member’s Bill submitted by National MP Dr Parmjeet Parmar. More >>

Baby bonus adds to confused set of entitlements

Friday, 15 December 2017, 12:52 pm | New Zealand National Party

It is clear that Labour’s new baby bonus in its revised Families Package is a rushed addition to a spaghetti of entitlements that will only confuse families, National Party Finance Spokesman Steven Joyce says. More >>

Minister silent while farmers wilt

Friday, 15 December 2017, 12:39 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Minister for Primary Industries needs to officially declare a drought and mobilise the support mechanisms in place for farmers before it’s too late, National’s Primary Industries spokesperson Nathan Guy says. More >>

Digital Advisory Group to Be Established

Friday, 15 December 2017, 11:47 am | New Zealand Government

A new advisory group is to be set up to advise the Government on how it can build the digital economy and reduce digital divides. More >>

Have Your Say on the End of Life Choice Bill

Friday, 15 December 2017, 11:16 am | Clerk of the House

Parliament’s Justice Committee is now seeking public submissions on the End of Life Choice Bill. More >>

Climate Change Risks and Adaptation

Friday, 15 December 2017, 11:09 am | New Zealand Government

New reports released today show a clearer picture of the scale and urgency we face over climate change, along with guidance on managing and adapting to the results of global warming, Climate Change Minister James Shaw says. More >>

Building occupations added to skill shortage list

Friday, 15 December 2017, 9:53 am | New Zealand Government

It will be easier for the building industry to find the workers it needs to help address New Zealand’s housing shortfall, with seven building-related occupations being added to the Immediate Skill Shortage List (ISSL), Immigration Minister Iain ... More >>

Temporary accommodation village for Kaikōura

Friday, 15 December 2017, 9:51 am | New Zealand Government

Kaikōura residents with quake damaged homes have another temporary accommodation option, with Associate Minister of Housing and Urban Development Jenny Salesa announcing a seven unit housing recovery temporary accommodation village for the town. More >>

Government’s foreign buyer ‘ban’ unravelling

Friday, 15 December 2017, 9:35 am | New Zealand National Party

The Government’s foreign home buyer ‘ban’ is fast unravelling, with Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters confirming that Singaporeans may be exempted, along with Australians – begging the question which country is next? More >>

New centre for Police research

Thursday, 14 December 2017, 5:07 pm | New Zealand Government

A new centre designed to encourage collaboration between Police, scientists and crime researchers has been opened in Wellington by Police Minister Stuart Nash. More >>

Have your say on Military Justice Legislation Amendment Bill

Thursday, 14 December 2017, 4:33 pm | Foreign Affairs Defence and Trade Committee

You have until Friday, 2 March 2018 to have your say on the Military Justice Legislation Amendment Bill. The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee is now inviting submissions on this bill. More >>

Parliament: Questions and Answers - Dec 14

Thursday, 14 December 2017, 4:27 pm | Hansard

1. Rt Hon BILL ENGLISH (Leader of the Opposition) to the Prime Minister : Does she stand by all her Government's economic and fiscal policies? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS (Deputy Prime Minister) on behalf of the Prime Minister : Yes, when those policies ... More >>

Govt’s child poverty figures all smoke and mirrors

Thursday, 14 December 2017, 4:22 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Government is hiding behind a smokescreen and is blustering about the number of children it plans to lift out of poverty, National’s spokesperson for Children Paula Bennett says. More >>

Labour and National: Brothers from Different Mothers

Thursday, 14 December 2017, 4:20 pm | ACT New Zealand

“Bill English and Steven Joyce are crying crocodile tears over tax cuts that never existed”, says ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

Government confirms less cash for 1.2m Kiwis

Thursday, 14 December 2017, 3:44 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Coalition Government’s legislation today to remove the tax threshold changes from Budget 2017 will mean less money for 1.2 million working Kiwis, National Party Finance Spokesperson Steven Joyce says. “This bill means hard-working Kiwis on ... More >>

Minister congratulates new Corrections graduates

Thursday, 14 December 2017, 3:09 pm | New Zealand Government

Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis has congratulated 20 new Corrections officers and offender employment instructors who graduated at a ceremony in Upper Hutt today. More >>

New Zealanders to benefit from Green Party HYEFU initiatives

Thursday, 14 December 2017, 2:19 pm | Green Party

Green Party Co-leader James Shaw is welcoming the half-year opening of the Government books today, which presents the most significant government funding for Green Party initiatives ever. More >>

Government debt going up instead of down

Thursday, 14 December 2017, 1:49 pm | New Zealand National Party

Today’s half yearly accounts from Treasury have confirmed that Government debt will be going up instead of dropping over the next five years after just 49 days of the new Coalition Government, National Party Finance Spokesman Steven Joyce says. More >>

Children and families gain under Government’s policies

Thursday, 14 December 2017, 1:20 pm | New Zealand Government

Children and families gain under Government’s policies The Government is delivering on its promise to help low- and middle-income families with children, and to reduce child poverty. “Caring for children is one of the most important things people ... More >>

Pacific people to benefit from Government’s Families Package

Thursday, 14 December 2017, 1:15 pm | New Zealand Government

Pacific families are set to benefit from the Government’s Families Package, says Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio. More >>

Families Package will make a real difference to Māori

Thursday, 14 December 2017, 1:14 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government’s Families Package will make a real difference to Māori families and help give their children a better start in life, Labour Deputy Leader Kelvin Davis says. More >>

Post-secondary package helps Kiwis get ahead

Thursday, 14 December 2017, 1:14 pm | New Zealand Government

Post-secondary package helps Kiwis get ahead “The Government is committed to delivering a modern workforce by removing cost barriers to post-secondary education and training,” Education Minister Chris Hipkins says. Beginning in 2017/18, funding provides for ... More >>

KiwiBuild to lift house construction investment

Thursday, 14 December 2017, 1:13 pm | New Zealand Government

KiwiBuild to lift house construction investment The Government’s KiwiBuild initiative will deliver 100,000 affordable houses over the next 10 years, giving hope to first-home buyers and addressing New Zealand’s housing crisis, Minister of Housing and Urban ... More >>

Winter energy payments to keep a million Kiwis warm

Thursday, 14 December 2017, 1:12 pm | New Zealand Government

As part of the Government’s Families Package, a new Winter Energy Payment (WEP) will help a million people with the costs of heating their homes in winter, Minister for Energy and Resources Megan Woods and Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni ... More >>

Coalition and Confidence and Supply Agreement covered

Thursday, 14 December 2017, 1:11 pm | New Zealand Government

The costs of delivering on commitments made in the Coalition and Confidence and Supply Agreements will be met within the operating and capital allowances set out in the 2018 Budget Policy Statement, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. More >>

Government will deliver for all New Zealanders

Thursday, 14 December 2017, 1:09 pm | New Zealand Government

Government will deliver for all New Zealanders The Government’s policy programme will deliver a stable and growing economy which is fair for all New Zealanders, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. “The Budget Policy Statement (BPS) released today ... More >>

Parliament: Oral Questions - 14 December 2017

Thursday, 14 December 2017, 11:35 am | Office of the Clerk

1. Rt Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all her Government’s economic and fiscal policies? More >>

KiwiFund Bill drawn from ballot

Thursday, 14 December 2017, 11:05 am | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First’s KiwiFund Bill aims to set up a government-owned and operated KiwiSaver fund provider known as KiwiFund. More >>

Chris HipkinsAnnounces NCEA Review Terms of Reference

Thursday, 14 December 2017, 10:43 am | New Zealand Government

Overassessment of students and teacher workload will be addressed as part of the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) review starting early next year, Education Minister Chris Hipkins says. More >>

MPs Vote for Choice and Compassion: ACT

Wednesday, 13 December 2017, 10:40 pm | ACT New Zealand

“Tonight, Parliament has taken a big first step towards providing choice and compassion for those suffering intolerably with a terminal illness”, ACT Leader David Seymour says. More >>

Aussie Voters Seek to Deny Kiwis a Choice

Wednesday, 13 December 2017, 5:50 pm | ACT New Zealand

“Australian opponents of assisted dying are seeking to undermine the democratic process here in New Zealand”, says ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

Bill to support the status of teachers

Wednesday, 13 December 2017, 5:02 pm | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First wants to lift the public status of teachers and protect the title of “teacher” in recognition of its professional status, New Zealand First MP Jenny Marcroft said today. More >>

Parliament: Questions and Answers - Dec 13

Wednesday, 13 December 2017, 4:06 pm | Hansard

Question No. 1—Prime Minister 1. Rt Hon BILL ENGLISH (Leader of the Opposition) to the Prime Minister : Does she stand by the statement in the Speech from the Throne: "Building a truly prosperous country means sharing the wealth generated by our ... More >>

 
 
 
 
 
 

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