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Guy: Speech to GIA signing with NZ Pork

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 6:21 pm | New Zealand Government

It’s great to be here today to witness the signing of the Government Industry Agreement Deed by the New Zealand Pork Industry. This is a historic day. It’s the result of the hard work over several years of both industry and government to realise the ... More >>

Flavell: Māori must make decisions about Māori representation

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 6:00 pm | The Maori Party

Speaking of individuals, not that I do want to, I note that Colin Craig wants to be an MP, and Colin Craig introduced his latest attempt at a headline by calling it a wild and crazy idea. He is not wrong there. More >>

Questions and Answers - July 23

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 5:54 pm | Office of the Clerk

Prime Minister—Statements on Regional Development 1. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE (Leader of the Opposition) to the Prime Minister : Does he stand by all his statements on regional development; if so, is the real median weekly income for all people in the ... More >>

National refuses meeting with Maui’s advocates

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 5:41 pm | Green Party

National has refused a briefing from a group of Maui’s dolphins experts, whose research shows 80 per cent of New Zealanders want greater protection for the critically endangered dolphin, the Green Party said today. More >>

Foolish Rejection of Commuter Rail Carries National’s Hallma

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 5:32 pm | New Zealand First Party

Total madness – that’s how future generations will label the rejection of the Christchurch to North Canterbury commuter rail service, says New Zealand First. More >>

PQ12. Conservation—Aotea Conservation Park

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 5:23 pm | Hansard

12. SIMON O’CONNOR (National—Tāmaki) to the Minister of Conservation : When will the new Aotea Conservation Park in Auckland announced on Sunday be formally gazetted and opened? More >>

PQ 11. Freshwater Management

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 5:14 pm | Hansard

11. Freshwater Management, National Policy Statement—Water Quality of Rivers [Sitting date: 23 July 2014. Volume:700;Page:15. Text is subject to correction.] 11. EUGENIE SAGE (Green) to the Minister for the Environment : Does the Government’s National ... More >>

PQ9. Fisheries—Policy

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 5:12 pm | Hansard

9. Fisheries—Policy [Sitting date: 23 July 2014. Volume:700;Page:11. Text is subject to correction.] 9. RICHARD PROSSER (NZ First) to the Minister for Primary Industries : Is he satisfied with all aspects of fisheries policy, including progress relating ... More >>

10. Better Public Services Targets—Reduction in Crime

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 4:54 pm | Hansard

10. ANDREW LITTLE (Labour) to the Minister of Justice : Is she confident in the progress of the Better Public Services target for the justice sector to reduce overall crime by 15 percent by June 2017? More >>

PQ8. Education, National Standards—Student Achievement Data

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 4:53 pm | Hansard

[Sitting date: 23 July 2014. Volume:700;Page:10. Text is subject to correction.] 8. CHRIS HIPKINS (Labour—Rimutaka) to the Minister of Education : Is she satisfied that national standards data provides an accurate reflection of real student achievement; ... More >>

PQ 7. Canterbury, Recovery—Lincoln University Rebuild

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 4:52 pm | Hansard

7. Hon KATE WILKINSON (National—Waimakariri) to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment : What investment is the Government making in the recovery of Lincoln University? More >>

PQ 6 6. Housing, Minister—Statements on Homeownership

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 4:51 pm | Hansard

[Sitting date: 23 July 2014. Volume:700;Page:7. Text is subject to correction.] 6. PHIL TWYFORD (Labour—Te Atatū) to the Minister of Housing : Does he stand by his statement “My ambition in housing is to make the dream of home ownership a ... More >>

PQ 5. Local Government Regulations—Rules Reduction Taskforce

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 4:50 pm | Hansard

5. MAGGIE BARRY (National—North Shore) to the Minister of Local Government : What recent announcements has she made about reducing red tape for property owners? More >>

PQ 4. Regional Economies—Economic and Social Inequality

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 4:49 pm | Hansard

[Sitting date: 23 July 2014. Volume:700;Page:5. Text is subject to correction.] 4. Hon DAVID PARKER (Deputy Leader—Labour) to the Minister of Finance : Does he agree that there are growing gaps among the regions of New Zealand, making the economy ... More >>

PQ3. Economic Programme—Reports

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 4:46 pm | Hansard

[Sitting date: 23 July 2014. Volume:700;Page:4. Text is subject to correction.] 3. JOHN HAYES (National—Wairarapa) to the Minister of Finance : What recent reports has he received supporting the Government’s economic programme? Hon BILL ENGLISH ... More >>

PQ 2. Prime Minister—Government Policy

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 4:45 pm | Hansard

[Sitting date: 23 July 2014. Volume:700;Page:2. Text is subject to correction.] 2. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN (Co-Leader—Green) to the Prime Minister : Does he stand by all his Government’s policies? Rt Hon JOHN KEY (Prime Minister): Yes. Dr Russel ... More >>

PQ 1. Prime Minister—Statements on Regional Development

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 4:42 pm | Hansard

PQ 1. Prime Minister—Statements on Regional Development [Sitting date: 23 July 2014. Volume:700;Page:1. Text is subject to correction.] 1. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE (Leader of the Opposition) to the Prime Minister : Does he stand by all his statements on ... More >>

NZ congratulates Indonesian President elect

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 4:23 pm | New Zealand Government

NZ congratulates Indonesian President elect Foreign Minister Murray McCully today congratulated Joko Widido on winning the Indonesian Presidential election. The Indonesian Electoral Commission announced overnight that former Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo ... More >>

Manufacturing Job Losses a Disaster for Waikato Families

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 4:18 pm | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First is calling for the Government to address high unemployment in the regions. “The Government is not addressing the lack of jobs, particularly in the regions. In fact, the regions have been neglected in every way by National,” ... More >>

Elderly Deserve More Protection From Criminal Offending

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 4:15 pm | New Zealand First Party

Criminals are targeting seniors in South Auckland but the Minister of Police is doing nothing about it, says New Zealand First Associate Spokesperson for Law and Order Asenati Lole-Taylor. More >>

School told to manipulate national standards data

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 3:24 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Parents can have little confidence in the Government’s National Standards after an Auckland school was told to manipulate its data so it added up, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins. “Valley School in Pukekohe was advised in an email ... More >>

We must act to save our dolphins

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 3:21 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

A new report makes it clear for the urgent need to protect Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins while arguing it is clear that there is no need for further research, says Labour’s Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson. “Labour backs the public call ... More >>

Opportunity Knocks for Wellington with Light Rail Link

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 2:31 pm | New Zealand First Party

A light rail link between Wellington city and the airport is a common sense, smart move, says New Zealand First. More >>

Conservatives Need a Lesson in Cultural Competency

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 1:49 pm | The Maori Party

Māori Party Co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell says the Conservative Party’s policies to get rid of the Māori seats, shut down the Waitangi Tribunal and implement ‘one law for all’ are ignorant, dangerous, and are not welcome in our political system ... More >>

Auditor General slams Shared Services project

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 1:06 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

The Auditor-General’s Office could not have been more damning about the 18 months spent on the Central Agency Shared Services (CASS) project at the Finance and Expenditure Committee this morning, says Maryan Street, Labour’s State Services spokesperson. ... More >>

Discipline and Transparency Lacking in MP’s Departure

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 1:01 pm | New Zealand First Party

Prime Minister John Key must come clean on MPs standing down, says New Zealand First Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters. “The Prime Minister must come clean about the reason Claudette Hauiti, MP, is not being the subject of party discipline or being held ... More >>

Fonterra job losses a massive blow to Waikato

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 12:05 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

The potential loss of up to 114 jobs from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton is a massive blow to the Waikato region which has already lost hundreds of jobs, Labour says. More >>

Public Meeting on Internet Connectivity in Outram

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 11:57 am | New Zealand Labour Party

“A public meeting to discuss community-based solutions to improving internet speeds and reliability in Outram follows community agitation on poor connectivity,” Labour’s ICT Spokesperson Clare Curran said. More >>

Questions For Oral Answer July 23

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 11:51 am | Office of the Clerk

1. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements on regional development; if so, is the real median weekly income for all people in the Gisborne/Hawke’s Bay region, according to the New Zealand Income Survey, higher ... More >>

Prime Minister’s Business Scholarships awarded

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 11:26 am | New Zealand Government

Thirteen senior executives and business owners have been given the opportunity to attend the world’s most prestigious business schools after receiving Prime Minister’s Business Scholarships. More >>

Appointments to Public Trust Board

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 10:41 am | New Zealand Government

Justice Minister Judith Collins today announced the appointment of two new members to the Board of Public Trust. Lyn Lim will replace retiring Board member Rodger Finlay and Michelle van Gaalen will join the Board to fill a current vacancy. “I congratulate ... More >>

Foss announces commerce reappointments

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 10:06 am | New Zealand Government

Foss announces commerce reappointments Commerce Minister Craig Foss today announced four reappointments to various independent Crown entities and statutory bodies. “I am pleased to announce the Governor-General has reappointed Pat Duignan as a member ... More >>

Trainee teachers to benefit from education portal

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 9:45 am | New Zealand Government

Teacher-training institutions can now access a digital resource that enables schools to share learning resources and best practices, Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye says. More >>

Basin flyover decision an opportunity for capital

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 9:40 am | New Zealand Labour Party

The decision to reject the proposed flyover at the Basin Reserve must be taken as an opportunity to properly fund Wellington’s transport future and must not be used as an excuse to take resources away from the capital, Wellington Labour MPs Grant ... More >>

New drug analyser to save time and money

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 9:38 am | New Zealand Government

Customs Minister Nicky Wagner says the introduction of a new state of the art drug analyser will free up hundreds of hours a year for more enforcement work at the border. The handheld device, a Thermo Scientific FirstDefender RM, shoots a laser beam into ... More >>

Maori Party Negotiating Right to the Wire for Veterans

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 9:12 am | The Maori Party

Maori Party Negotiating Right to the Wire for Veterans’ Support The Maori Party is pleased that its negotiations with National have enabled some immediate and increased support available for veterans. “First off, we welcomed the decision to enable ... More >>

NZ Pacific encouraged for new Seasonal Worker Scheme

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 9:09 am | New Zealand Government

Domestic Pacific workers can be as successful as overseas Pacific workers in the horticulture and viticulture industries says Pacific Island Affairs Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga. Mr Lotu-Iiga is encouraging employers to take up the New Zealand Seasonal ... More >>

Pork industry joins GIA biosecurity agreement

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 9:07 am | New Zealand Government

The Government and the commercial pork industry have committed to a partnership to strengthen biosecurity, Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has announced today. The Deed of the Government Industry Agreement (GIA) on Biosecurity Readiness and ... More >>

Questions and Answers - July 22

Tuesday, 22 July 2014, 6:35 pm | Office of the Clerk

Prime Minister—Statements 1. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS (Leader—NZ First) to the Prime Minister : Does he stand by his statement: “We have a plan, and that plan is working for New Zealand.”? More >>

Oral Questions July 22 - PQ3 Transcript

Tuesday, 22 July 2014, 6:01 pm | Hansard

3. Families—Government Support [Sitting date: 22 July 2014. Volume:700;Page:2. Text is subject to correction.] 3. JAMI-LEE ROSS (National - Botany) to the Minister of Finance : What measures has the Government taken to support New Zealand families ... More >>

Oral Questions July 22 - PQ 11 Transcript

Tuesday, 22 July 2014, 5:11 pm | Hansard

11. PAUL FOSTER-BELL (National) to the Minister of Conservation : What new initiatives has the Government taken in the Rimutakas and other areas to help the recovery of endangered native bird populations? More >>

Oral Questions July 22 - PQ 5 Transcript

Tuesday, 22 July 2014, 4:49 pm | Hansard

5. Welfare Reforms—Reports 5. ALFRED NGARO (National) to the Minister for Social Development : What reports has she received about the progress of the Government’s welfare reforms? Hon PAULA BENNETT (Minister for Social Development): I have seen ... More >>

Oral Questions July 22 - PQ 4 Transcript

Tuesday, 22 July 2014, 4:48 pm | Hansard

4. Prime Minister—Government Policies 4. METIRIA TUREI (Co-Leader - Green) to the Prime Minister : Does he stand by all his Government’s policies? Rt Hon JOHN KEY (Prime Minister): Yes. Metiria Turei : Does the Prime Minister accept that his policies ... More >>

Oral Questions July 22 - 1 Transcript

Tuesday, 22 July 2014, 4:32 pm | Hansard

1. Prime Minister—Statements 1. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS (Leader—NZ First) to the Prime Minister : Does he stand by his statement: “We have a plan, and that plan is working for New Zealand.”? Rt Hon JOHN KEY (Prime Minister): Absolutely ! Hon ... More >>

National out of touch with the regions

Tuesday, 22 July 2014, 3:32 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

National out of touch with the regions John Key is out of touch with regional New Zealand if he believes tinkering with council regulations will restore opportunities to small towns, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “While the regions are crying ... More >>

Flyover rejection a victory for sustainable transport

Tuesday, 22 July 2014, 3:30 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Flyover rejection a victory for sustainable transport The rejection of the proposed Basin Reserve flyover by a Board of Inquiry is a victory for sustainable transport in Wellington and paves the way for other alternatives to be given a fair hearing, ... More >>

Meeting between Jonathan Coleman and General Fan Changlong

Tuesday, 22 July 2014, 3:13 pm | New Zealand Government

Joint statement on the meeting between Minister of Defence, Jonathan Coleman and Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission of the People’s Republic of China, General Fan Changlong At the invitation of the New Zealand Minister of Defence, the ... More >>

Standards and Accreditation Bill introduced

Tuesday, 22 July 2014, 2:58 pm | New Zealand Government

Commerce Minister Craig Foss today welcomed the introduction of a Bill to strengthen the development and delivery of New Zealand Standards. More >>

Basin Flyover decision victory for common sense

Tuesday, 22 July 2014, 2:38 pm | Green Party

The Green Party welcomed the Environmental Protection Authority's draft decision announced today not to allow the $90 million Basin Reserve flyover in Wellington to proceed. More >>

Loss Leading could destroy Kiwi lamb’s reputation

Tuesday, 22 July 2014, 1:47 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Meat companies that supply supermarkets and sell New Zealand lamb as a loss leader in the United Kingdom should lose their access to this valuable quota market, said Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor. More >>

Campaign to boost engineering study at polytechs

Tuesday, 22 July 2014, 12:34 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government is sponsoring a big push for more enrolments in Level 6 and 7 engineering courses in the country’s institutes of technology and polytechnics (ITPs), Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Steven Joyce says. More >>

Boost for horticulture and viticulture industry

Tuesday, 22 July 2014, 12:21 pm | New Zealand Government

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett and Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse have announced plans for a new programme aimed at getting more Kiwis into seasonal work, alongside an increase to the annual RSE cap. Mr Woodhouse says the need to ... More >>

Labour makes desperate sop to the regions

Tuesday, 22 July 2014, 11:58 am | New Zealand Government

The Labour Party's regional announcement today is a desperate bid to distract people from Labour’s own internal problems, including how their regionally based candidates and MPs are deserting them, Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce says. More >>

Questions For Oral Answer July 22

Tuesday, 22 July 2014, 11:39 am | Office of the Clerk

1. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement: “We have a plan, and that plan is working for New Zealand.”? More >>

John Key should apologise over his Government’s failures

Tuesday, 22 July 2014, 11:13 am | Green Party

John Key should apologise to Tania Billingsley for the failures of his Government in relation to her case, said the Green Party today. In his post Cabinet media conference yesterday, the Prime Minister stated that he does not ‘make apologies unless there ... More >>

Peters: Policies to support NZ Manufacturers and Exporters

Tuesday, 22 July 2014, 10:35 am | New Zealand First Party

As we all know, a successful economy is the essential precondition for a prosperous society that will enable all New Zealanders to lead a full and satisfying life. And the plain fact is that unless we begin to dramatically improve New Zealand’s economic ... More >>

Coromandel Businesses Encouraged to Aim for a ‘Flying Start’

Tuesday, 22 July 2014, 10:09 am | New Zealand National Party

Coromandel MP Scott Simpson is encouraging small businesses around the region to have a crack at winning $65,000 worth of prizes. More >>

Labour will revive the regions with new fund

Tuesday, 22 July 2014, 9:48 am | New Zealand Labour Party

Labour will revive the regions with new fund The next Labour Government will co-develop Regional Growth Plans for every region of New Zealand and will invest at least $200 million in a fund to create breakthrough opportunities for jobs and sustainable growth, ... More >>

Taskforce to tackle loopy rules and regulations

Tuesday, 22 July 2014, 9:45 am | New Zealand Government

Local Government Minister Paula Bennett today announced the establishment of a new Taskforce to rid New Zealand of loopy rules and regulations. More >>

John Key: Speech to Local Government New Zealand

Tuesday, 22 July 2014, 9:26 am | New Zealand Government

Thank you for inviting me to the Local Government New Zealand conference. It’s great to be here in Nelson, and it’s great to see all the local mayors, chief executives and elected members. More >>

 

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