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English admits new taxes on the cards

Tuesday, 26 May 2015, 3:41 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Eight months after pledging “no new taxes” at the election Bill English today admitted he would bring in more sneaky taxes along the lines of the border tax, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “Not only did National bring in ... More >>

Timor-Leste Foreign Minister in NZ

Tuesday, 26 May 2015, 3:19 pm | New Zealand Government

Foreign Minister McCully has welcomed tomorrow’s visit to New Zealand by Timor-Leste’s Foreign Minister, Hernani Coelho. “New Zealand and Timor-Leste share a strong relationship based our on-going support for peace and security in Timor-Leste following their ... More >>

Teachers turn backs on new professional body

Tuesday, 26 May 2015, 3:05 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

The fact that just 56 per cent of nominations for the Education Council came from registered teachers shows the profession has turned its back on Hekia Parata’s new professional body, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. More >>

No spade work done on big building plan

Tuesday, 26 May 2015, 2:58 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Only a quarter of the 500 hectares of Crown land the Government wants to use for new homes is understood to be suitable for building on, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. More >>

National: Seven KiwiSaver cuts in seven years

Tuesday, 26 May 2015, 2:39 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

National: Seven KiwiSaver cuts in seven years National’s campaign of KiwiSaver cuts has reached seven in seven years as it dismantles KiwiSaver block by block, Labour Leader Andrew Little says. “KiwiSaver is critical to establishing a savings ... More >>

Minister welcomes new venison PGP programme

Tuesday, 26 May 2015, 2:25 pm | New Zealand Government

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has welcomed the formal start of a new Primary Growth Partnership (PGP) programme involving the deer industry. More >>

Rotorua District Council leads on Māori representation

Tuesday, 26 May 2015, 1:54 pm | The Maori Party

Rotorua District Council leads the way on Māori representation “Racism has been defeated by fairness, justice and reason today,” said Māori Party co-leader and Waiariki MP Te Ururoa Flavell in response to Te Arawa winning their battle for better ... More >>

Maui’s dolphin numbers fall

Tuesday, 26 May 2015, 1:48 pm | Green Party

Maui’s dolphin numbers fall It’s time for the Government to pull out all the stops to protect Maui’s dolphin in the wake of news that estimated numbers have fallen to between 43 and 47 individuals, said the Green Party today. Research from ... More >>

Budget 2015: Funding boost for Irrigation Acceleration Fund

Tuesday, 26 May 2015, 1:23 pm | New Zealand Government

Budget 2015: Funding boost for Irrigation Acceleration Fund Irrigation projects will receive a kick-start of $25 million in operating funding for five years from 2016/17 through the Irrigation Acceleration Fund (IAF), Primary Industries Minister ... More >>

NZ forces should not be risked training Iraqi army

Tuesday, 26 May 2015, 12:19 pm | Green Party

The Green Party is calling on the Government to withdraw New Zealand troops from Iraq given the Iraqi army seems unwilling to fight the Islamic State, Green Party defence spokesperson Dr Kennedy Graham said today. More >>

Echoes of GFC with huge trade deficit

Tuesday, 26 May 2015, 12:04 pm | Green Party

26 May 2015 Echoes of GFC with huge trade deficit New Zealand is now experiencing the worst annual trade deficit since the height of the global financial crisis because the National Government has failed to diversify the economy away from dairy and oil, ... More >>

Tolley’s actions contradict reassurances

Tuesday, 26 May 2015, 12:00 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has serious questions to answer following the forced closure of Relationships Aotearoa just days after her reassurances she was looking at ways to keep the service operating, Labour’s Acting Social Development ... More >>

Questions For Oral Answer May 26

Tuesday, 26 May 2015, 11:33 am | Office of the Clerk

2. TIM MACINDOE to the Minister of Finance: How does Budget 2015 continue the Government’s plan to manage the public finances while supporting the most vulnerable? More >>

SkyCity downsize another broken promise

Tuesday, 26 May 2015, 11:10 am | New Zealand Labour Party

SkyCity downsize another broken promise The downsized SkyCity Convention Centre does not deliver on the promised iconic world-class centre and shows the true extent of Steven Joyce’s incompetence, Labour Leader Andrew Little said today. “New ... More >>

Te Arawa partnership model a step closer

Tuesday, 26 May 2015, 11:06 am | New Zealand Labour Party

Councils around New Zealand have an opportunity to improve their consultation with Iwi Māori by following Rotorua District Council’s Te Arawa Partnership Model, Labour’s Māori Development spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta says. More >>

2015 Youth Awards winners announced

Tuesday, 26 May 2015, 10:54 am | New Zealand Government

Youth Minister Nikki Kaye today announced the recipients of the 2015 Youth Awards. Winners will be presented with awards at a ceremony being held at parliament tonight. “These awards recognise young people who’ve made outstanding contributions to ... More >>

$367 m Contact pay-out shows cash comes before customers

Tuesday, 26 May 2015, 10:31 am | Green Party

Contact Energy’s decision to pay nearly 100% of its profit to its shareholders rather than drop retail electricity prices, invest in clean energy technology exports, or pay down debt, shows that it doesn’t put its customers first, the Green Party ... More >>

Minister Thanked for Correcting Overseer Oversight

Tuesday, 26 May 2015, 10:18 am | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First is offering the Minister for Primary Industries a bouquet for finding money to improve the calibration of the Overseer nutrient management tool, albeit, several days after Budget 2015 and following New Zealand First pointing this out. More >>

New indicators for educational success

Tuesday, 26 May 2015, 10:13 am | New Zealand Government

Education Minister Hekia Parata has welcomed the development of new measures of educational success to be used for both internal and external evaluation of schools. More >>

Feedback sought on financial advice laws

Tuesday, 26 May 2015, 10:08 am | New Zealand Government

Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Paul Goldsmith released an Issues Paper for public consultation today, as part of a review aimed at improving financial advice legislation. More >>

National Out of Touch on Medical Student Loans

Tuesday, 26 May 2015, 9:41 am | New Zealand First Party

26 MAY 2015 National Out of Touch on Medical Student Loans The government’s continued refusal to give loans to students studying longer than seven years shows just how out of touch they are, says New Zealand First. “It takes a third of all medical ... More >>

Health target results – ED wait times achieved

Tuesday, 26 May 2015, 9:38 am | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the latest quarterly health target results show the shorter stays in emergency departments target has been met for the first time. More >>

Revised NZICC design gets green light

Tuesday, 26 May 2015, 8:49 am | New Zealand Government

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce today announced that the Government and SkyCity have agreed a revised preliminary design for the New Zealand International Convention Centre (NZICC). More >>

Labour mourns Dame Dorothy Fraser

Monday, 25 May 2015, 4:03 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Labour Leader Andrew Little said the party is today mourning the loss of the youngest person to join the Labour Party, Dame Dorothy Fraser, who went on to be a stalwart of the Dunedin community and tireless worker for others. “It is with much sadness ... More >>

10-year passports enable reduction in annual cost

Monday, 25 May 2015, 3:03 pm | New Zealand Government

Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne says the Government has listened to New Zealanders and adult passports will again be valid for 10 years, once required law changes are made. “The 10-year validity period gives greater convenience to most adult passport ... More >>

The ultimate scapegoat: PM blames fruit fly for new tax

Monday, 25 May 2015, 1:49 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

The ultimate scapegoat: PM blames fruit fly for new tax The Prime Minister has found the ultimate scapegoat for breaking his promise not to introduce a new tax – the Queensland fruit fly, Labour’s Biosecurity spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. More >>

NZ Still on Course for Aged-Care Crisis

Monday, 25 May 2015, 1:30 pm | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand Still on Course for Aged-Care Crisis New Zealand remains on course for an aged-care funding crisis with the government avoiding the issue in Budget 2015, says New Zealand First. More >>

Govt must listen to public on climate change action

Monday, 25 May 2015, 1:14 pm | Green Party

Government must listen to public on climate change action The Green Party is today calling for the Government to listen to the hundreds of people who called for real climate action at the Government’s own climate change consultation meetings so ... More >>

ACT’s new regular bulletin

Monday, 25 May 2015, 1:12 pm | ACT New Zealand

We Rate the Budget Speeches Free Press observed the Budget Speeches live. The media underreported the Government’s momentum and the opposition’s flat-footedness. It was one-way traffic as the opposition sat dumbfounded at National stealing their ... More >>

Return of ancestral remains welcomed

Monday, 25 May 2015, 12:29 pm | New Zealand Government

Māori Development Minister, Hon Te Ururoa Flavell, today attended a pōwhiri at Te Papa to receive ancestral remains returned from an Austrian museum including the remains of a high ranking child taken from its burial cave more than 100 years ago. More >>

A Fee Rise by Any Other Name is Still a Fee Rise Minister

Monday, 25 May 2015, 12:14 pm | New Zealand First Party

Student fees are going up despite the Tertiary Education Minister’s claims he’s doing students a favour in Budget 2015, says New Zealand First Deputy Leader and Education Spokesperson Tracey Martin. More >>

Better online support for youth mental health

Monday, 25 May 2015, 11:40 am | New Zealand Government

The revamped Lowdown website launched today will provide young people with more accessible and responsive online mental health support, says Health Minister Jonathan Coleman. More >>

Which New Zealanders, Bill?

Monday, 25 May 2015, 10:46 am | ACT New Zealand

Bill English can't claim to speak for all New Zealanders on the future of NZ Super, says ACT Leader David Seymour. "Bill English has accepted that Superannuation costs will balloon by a billion dollars extra each year but says New Zealanders are ... More >>

NZ welcomes Singaporean Foreign Minister

Monday, 25 May 2015, 10:24 am | New Zealand Government

Foreign Minister Murray McCully today welcomes Singaporean Foreign Minister Mr K Shanmugam to New Zealand. “This year we mark 50 years of diplomatic relations between New Zealand and Singapore, and the 50th anniversary of Singapore as a state,” Mr ... More >>

Bus Interchange opening signals new era

Monday, 25 May 2015, 8:49 am | New Zealand Government

Today’s opening of the first Government-led anchor project building ushers in a new era for Christchurch and how people move around the city, Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says. More >>

Budget 2015: Driving primary sector export growth

Sunday, 24 May 2015, 5:02 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government will invest $7.5 million over two years in developing key skills and systems to help boost exports across the primary sector, Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy says. This investment focuses on key initiatives that will help deliver ... More >>

Why are we paying climate polluters $31m to pollute?

Sunday, 24 May 2015, 1:28 pm | Green Party

Why are we paying climate polluters $31m to pollute? Figures in National’s 2015 Budget revealing that nearly $31 million is being spent on increasing greenhouse emissions show just how much the emissions trading scheme (ETS) is unfair to New ... More >>

How many victims missing out on protection?

Sunday, 24 May 2015, 12:05 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

23 May 2015 MEDIA STATEMENT How many victims missing out on protection? Hundreds of domestic abuse victims could be missing out on getting protection orders because they are unable to get legal aid, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern ... More >>

Government kicks hardworking whanau

Sunday, 24 May 2015, 12:03 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Government kicks hardworking whanau A major incentive to help young Kiwis and people on low incomes to start saving has been kicked out from under them with the National-led Government ramming through short-sighted legislation under Urgency today, Labour’s ... More >>

Samoan Language Week vital to preserve culture

Sunday, 24 May 2015, 12:00 pm | New Zealand Government

Samoan Language Week vital to preserve culture New Zealanders will celebrate the Samoan language this week with cultural performances, speeches and debates all over the country. Samoan Language Week begins today. It is the first of seven Pacific ... More >>

Summit strengthens transport, trade and tourism links

Sunday, 24 May 2015, 11:59 am | New Zealand Government

New Zealand’s global connections will be strengthened by its Presidency of the International Transport Forum (ITF) in Germany this week Transport Minister Simon Bridges says. More >>

Border Processing Bill passes third reading

Sunday, 24 May 2015, 11:57 am | New Zealand Government

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy and Customs Minister Nicky Wagner today welcomed law changes to help protect New Zealand at the border. The Border Processing (Arrivals and Departures) Levy Bill, which creates a new border clearance levy to protect New ... More >>

Minister welcomes Senate approval of important trade bill

Sunday, 24 May 2015, 11:55 am | New Zealand Government

Trade Minister welcomes Senate approval of important trade legislation Trade Minister Tim Groser welcomes the approval of legislation by the United States Senate that would grant Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). More >>

No Place in NZ for Anyone Supporting Forced Marriages

Sunday, 24 May 2015, 11:53 am | New Zealand First Party

Forced marriages have no place in New Zealand, nor do any of the people who adhere to such traditions, says New Zealand First Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters. More >>

Speculator tax political stunt gone wrong

Sunday, 24 May 2015, 11:51 am | New Zealand Labour Party

Phil TWYFORD Housing Spokesperson 23 May 2015 MEDIA STATEMENT Speculator tax political stunt gone wrong Bill English’s admission he doesn’t know whether National’s new speculator tax will have any effect shows last weekend’s announcement by the ... More >>

Rural Broadband extension secured

Saturday, 23 May 2015, 11:49 am | New Zealand Government

The passing of the Telecommunications (Development Levy) Amendment Levy Bill underscores the Government’s commitment to extending enhanced connectivity to regional New Zealand, says Communications Minister Amy Adams More >>

NZ welcomes interception of IUU fishing vessels

Saturday, 23 May 2015, 10:25 am | New Zealand Government

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has welcomed the news that two well-known illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing vessels, Songhua and Yongding, have been found and boarded by local authorities in Cabo Verde. More >>

ACT responds to Key’s RMA backdown

Friday, 22 May 2015, 8:51 pm | ACT New Zealand

The Prime Minister’s backdown on the RMA is disappointing but not surprising, says ACT leader David Seymour. More >>

Robbing Research Cuts New Zealand’s Future Wealth

Friday, 22 May 2015, 7:51 pm | New Zealand First Party

Cutting research money is robbing New Zealand of its future wealth, says New Zealand First. More >>

Social Housing Reform Bill passed into law

Friday, 22 May 2015, 4:50 pm | New Zealand Government

Law changes to help grow an innovative social housing sector and house more vulnerable New Zealanders passed into law today. More >>

Environmental protection the winner on the day

Friday, 22 May 2015, 4:47 pm | Green Party

The Green Party is celebrating a victory for the environment, as John Key admits lack of support from other political parties has halted plans to gut the principles of the Resource Management Act. More >>

Another new tax, another broken promise

Friday, 22 May 2015, 4:32 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

National has unveiled yet another new tax in this Budget – a rural broadband levy that will almost certainly result in an immediate price hike for internet and telephone connections across New Zealand, Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran said More >>

Labour MPs join youth to take part in 40 hour famine

Friday, 22 May 2015, 3:53 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

A team of Labour MPs took part in the 2015 World Vision 40 hour famine and we were told by World Vision and the young people, that it was the first time MPs had joined them and how appreciative they were of our support for something they are so passionate ... More >>

NZ designates another group as a terrorist entity

Friday, 22 May 2015, 3:44 pm | New Zealand Government

New Zealand has designated another terrorist group, Egypt-based Ansar Bayt al Maqdis, under the Terrorism Suppression Act 2002, Prime Minister John Key announced today. “These designations help implement our international obligations under United Nations ... More >>

Terms of Negotiation signed with Ngāpuhi

Friday, 22 May 2015, 3:41 pm | New Zealand Government

The Crown and the Tūhoronuku Independent Mandated Authority (Tūhoronuku IMA) have signed Terms of Negotiation and are ready to begin negotiating a Treaty settlement for the benefit of all Ngāpuhi, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Christopher ... More >>

Ice-Cream Top up for Corrections Unlikely to Turn Prisoners

Friday, 22 May 2015, 3:38 pm | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First is puzzled how an ice-cream top-up in Budget 2015 will do anything to stop re-offending, says New Zealand First. More >>

In Focus: 22 May 2015 – Budget specia

Friday, 22 May 2015, 3:28 pm | Jo Goodhew

Yesterday the Minister of Finance, Hon Bill English, delivered his 7th Budget to the Parliament. More >>

Budget puts the squeeze on police

Friday, 22 May 2015, 3:26 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

The Government has cut funding to the New Zealand police force in the latest Budget, says Labour’s Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis More >>

Crucial social services take another hit

Friday, 22 May 2015, 3:08 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

The Government looks set to slash half a million dollars of funding for critical social services, including Women’s Refuge and Barnados, says Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni “Taking $500,000 from organisations aimed ... More >>

Too Much Pressure on Parents of Disabled Children

Friday, 22 May 2015, 3:00 pm | New Zealand First Party

Parents caring for disabled children are getting no empathy from National as it puts pressure on them to find jobs, says New Zealand First. “These parents already have the full-time job of raising children with disabilities, but because they receive ... More >>

 

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