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Tomorrow’s Schools Review process needs improvement

Saturday, 20 April 2019, 12:10 pm | New Zealand National Party

News last week that the Tomorrow’s Schools Taskforce received over 5000 submissions and pieces of feedback shows the public and educators are very invested in the potential reforms, National’s Education spokesperson Nikki Kaye says. More >>

Welfare numbers up as anti-growth policies bite

Thursday, 18 April 2019, 7:31 pm | ACT New Zealand

Welfare numbers up as anti-growth policies bite “Thousands more New Zealanders are now dependent on handouts as Labour’s anti-growth policies start to bite, according ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

Supporting our regions with $2.3 million investment

Thursday, 18 April 2019, 4:01 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government is investing a further $2.3 million in the Great Rides, which draw visitors to our regions, boosting local economies and the tourism sector, Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. Government funding of $1.3 million will create ... More >>

Police training goes family friendly

Thursday, 18 April 2019, 3:14 pm | New Zealand Government

Police numbers have been boosted with the graduation of 21 new constables from an innovative training scheme that allows them to stay close to their families. More >>

Proposed ETC improvements attract support

Thursday, 18 April 2019, 2:06 pm | New Zealand Government

Submissions on improvements to the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) show that there is broad support to make improvements to the scheme, says the Minister for Climate Change. More >>

Appointment of Judge of the High Court

Thursday, 18 April 2019, 1:55 pm | New Zealand Government

Auckland Barrister Tracey Walker has been appointed a Judge of the High Court, Attorney General David Parker announced today. More >>

Foreign Minister to visit Nordic countries

Thursday, 18 April 2019, 1:14 pm | New Zealand Government

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters is travelling to Norway, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland over the next week. More >>

Minister Parker leads trade delegation to China

Thursday, 18 April 2019, 12:44 pm | New Zealand Government

Minister for Trade and Export Growth David Parker will lead a delegation of business representatives to China next week to advance the economic relationship between China and New Zealand. More >>

Emergency housing & hardship grants higher than ever

Thursday, 18 April 2019, 11:18 am | New Zealand National Party

The number of New Zealanders needing assistance to eat and live is at record highs under the Labour-led Government, National’s Social Development spokesperson Louise Upston says. More >>

Environment report reinforces need for Government’s plan

Thursday, 18 April 2019, 11:11 am | New Zealand Government

The Environment Aotearoa 2019 report released today shows why the Government’s plan to clean up our waterways and make New Zealand carbon-neutral is so crucial, Environment Minister David Parker said. More >>

PGF backing growth in Gore

Thursday, 18 April 2019, 11:09 am | New Zealand Government

The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is helping young people into jobs and supporting economic growth in Southland, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. More >>

Minister goes to the UN to plead indigenous rights

Thursday, 18 April 2019, 11:06 am | New Zealand Government

The Minister for Māori Development, Hon Nanaia Mahuta will go to the United Nations this Easter to argue the case for Indigenous Peoples’ rights around the world. More >>

Government gives thumbs up to South Wairarapa water move

Thursday, 18 April 2019, 9:17 am | New Zealand Government

Minister of Local Government Hon Nanaia Mahuta has welcomed the decision by South Wairarapa District Council to have Wellington Water provide its water management services. More >>

Details of The Duke of Cambridge’s visit announced

Thursday, 18 April 2019, 8:37 am | New Zealand Government

Details of His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge’s itinerary for his upcoming visit to New Zealand on 25th and 26th April have been released today by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. More >>

Old man holds country hostage for 17 months, expects thanks

Wednesday, 17 April 2019, 6:42 pm | ACT New Zealand

Old man holds country hostage for 17 months, expects thanks “The idea that New Zealanders should thank Winston Peters for saving them from a capital gains tax would be laughable if it weren’t so serious”, says ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

City Rail Link is running off the rails

Wednesday, 17 April 2019, 6:06 pm | New Zealand National Party

Today’s announcement that the cost of the country’s biggest transport project, Auckland’s City Rail Link, has ballooned out by $1 billion is extremely concerning and raises serious questions about the Government’s ability to manage major infrastructure ... More >>

PGF invests in Top of the South ocean economy

Wednesday, 17 April 2019, 5:28 pm | New Zealand Government

The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will invest almost $7 million in the Top of the South’s ocean economy and also support the first economic growth strategy for all communities in the wider region, the Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development ... More >>

Melling delay disastrous for the Hutt

Wednesday, 17 April 2019, 4:54 pm | New Zealand National Party

Today’s long awaited news about the future of the new Melling Interchange is disastrous for the Hutt, MP for Hutt South Chris Bishop says. “After eighteen months of needless delay caused by the new Government, the news is almost all bad. The project has been ... More >>

Victory for common sense as Shchetkovas allowed to remain

Wednesday, 17 April 2019, 4:52 pm | ACT New Zealand

The Associate Minister of Immigration’s decision to allow the Shchetkova family to remain in New Zealand is a victory for common sense, says ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

483 days of uncertainty for nothing

Wednesday, 17 April 2019, 3:17 pm | ACT New Zealand

“Taxpayers will be relieved at the news the Government has backed down on a comprehensive capital gains tax”, says ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

Capital Gains Tax back down a win for Kiwis

Wednesday, 17 April 2019, 2:57 pm | New Zealand National Party

After 18 months of waiting and a $2 million tax working group, National’s relentless opposition to a Capital Gains Tax has forced the Government to back down, Leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges says. More >>

Tax Working Group Report

Wednesday, 17 April 2019, 2:36 pm | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First Leader Winston Peters has welcomed Cabinet’s decision not to implement an extension of capital gains taxation, following the Prime Minister’s statement in response to the Tax Working Group Report. More >>

New Zealand needs a Fairer Tax System

Wednesday, 17 April 2019, 2:24 pm | Green Party

“We’ll continue to work with Labour to make our tax system fairer,” Green Party Co-leader James Shaw said today following the Government response to the Tax Working Group release. More >>

Govt responds to Tax Working Group report

Wednesday, 17 April 2019, 2:05 pm | New Zealand Government

The Coalition Government today released its response to the recommendations of the independent Tax Working Group report. More >>

Govt will not implement a Capital Gains Tax

Wednesday, 17 April 2019, 2:03 pm | New Zealand Government

The Coalition Government will not proceed with the Tax Working Group’s recommendation for a capital gains tax, Jacinda Ardern announced today. More >>

Wrongfully evicted families to have their related debt wiped

Wednesday, 17 April 2019, 1:13 pm | Green Party

The Green Party is welcoming moves to wipe the debts related to wrongful eviction due to meth contamination for families from their HousingNZ home. More >>

Government wipes debt for HNZ meth testing tenants

Wednesday, 17 April 2019, 1:11 pm | New Zealand Government

People living in Housing New Zealand (HNZ) properties who were wrongly evicted because of flawed methamphetamine contamination policies will have their related debts with the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) written off. More >>

Just Belt Up This Easter

Wednesday, 17 April 2019, 12:09 pm | New Zealand Government

“The number of deaths on our roads is heart breaking. Last year, nearly a quarter (23% / 63 people) of all passenger vehicle fatalities involved people not wearing a seat belt - and I’m really disturbed our Police still encounter drivers who are ... More >>

National terrorism threat level moves to medium

Wednesday, 17 April 2019, 11:45 am | New Zealand Government

New Zealand’s National Terrorism Threat Level has moved from high to medium following review by the Combined Threat Assessment Group (CTAG) Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. More >>

Next steps for racing industry reform

Wednesday, 17 April 2019, 11:14 am | New Zealand Government

Racing Minister Winston Peters says the Government will introduce two new pieces of legislation this year to revitalise the domestic racing industry. More >>

Minister launches employment scheme for urban rangatahi

Wednesday, 17 April 2019, 11:06 am | New Zealand Government

Pae Aronui, a skills and employment initiative for urban rangatahi was launched in Hamilton today by Employment and Associate Māori Development Minister Willie Jackson. More >>

After 483 days of uncertainty, Govt should drop CGT

Wednesday, 17 April 2019, 10:44 am | ACT New Zealand

The Government has created massive uncertainty over a capital gains tax, and it should drop its plan entirely, according to ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

PM breaks commitment on Early Intervention

Wednesday, 17 April 2019, 9:21 am | New Zealand National Party

The Government has failed to deliver on the Prime Minister’s commitment to reduce children’s waiting times for early intervention services, with wait times significantly increasing instead, National’s spokesperson for Early Childhood Education Nicola ... More >>

National offer conditional support for DHB appointment

Tuesday, 16 April 2019, 5:22 pm | New Zealand National Party

National is offering cautious support for the Government’s intention to replace the Waikato District Health Board (DHB) with a commissioner, but on the condition David Clark commits to returning the board to the normal democratic process as soon ... More >>

Health Minister considers Commissioner for Waikato DHB

Tuesday, 16 April 2019, 3:34 pm | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Dr David Clark has informed Waikato DHB Board that he is seriously dissatisfied with their performance and is considering the appointment of a Commissioner to replace Board members. More >>

Further improvements to NAIT scheme

Tuesday, 16 April 2019, 3:11 pm | New Zealand Government

Proposed law changes to further improve the National Animal Identification and Tracing (NAIT) scheme were unveiled today by Minister for Biosecurity Damien O’Connor The NAIT Review, released in 2018, and the Mycoplasma bovis Eradication Programme highlighted ... More >>

Greens’ 100 per cent renewables target fails economics 101

Tuesday, 16 April 2019, 2:27 pm | ACT New Zealand

The Government’s 100 per cent renewable electricity target puts Green Party ideology ahead of basic economics and will hurt New Zealanders, says ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

Government must commit to Melling

Tuesday, 16 April 2019, 2:10 pm | New Zealand National Party

MP for Hutt South Chris Bishop is calling on the New Zealand Transport Authority (NZTA) and the Government to provide at least some good transport news for the Hutt and commit to a new interchange at Melling. More >>

Major changes to building laws proposed

Tuesday, 16 April 2019, 2:04 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government’s proposals on the biggest changes to New Zealand’s building laws since the Building Act was introduced in 2004, which aim to address long-standing challenges in the building sector, have been released for public consultation today ... More >>

Counting the social cost of crashes

Tuesday, 16 April 2019, 12:22 pm | New Zealand Government

· Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter says a report outlining the social cost of road crashes highlights the enormous impact death and serious injury have on New Zealand and New Zealanders. More >>

Economy slowing while Government in denial

Tuesday, 16 April 2019, 11:05 am | New Zealand National Party

The newly released Performance of Services Index (PSI) shows that the services sector just had its weakest month in six years, National’s Finance spokesperson Amy Adams says. More >>

Minister announces $3.7m for Ōtautahi Community projects

Tuesday, 16 April 2019, 11:03 am | New Zealand Government

Minister for Māori Development and Associate Minister of Housing, Hon Nanaia Mahuta announced a $3.7m investment for community development in the Ōtautahi (Christchurch) region today. More >>

Water important for New Zealanders

Tuesday, 16 April 2019, 10:23 am | Green Party

Water extraction should be considered a sensitive asset under new consultation launched today on the Overseas Investment Act review, Green Party Coleader Marama Davidson said today. More >>

Consultation on overseas investment rules

Tuesday, 16 April 2019, 10:03 am | New Zealand Government

To grow our economy and lift productivity we need investment, both by New Zealanders and overseas investors. Overseas investment is welcomed where it supports New Zealanders’ wellbeing. More >>

Free Press, 15 April 2019 – Speaking up for freedom

Monday, 15 April 2019, 12:25 pm | ACT New Zealand

Last month, former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper visited Auckland and painted a picture of a world on fire. Across Europe ethno-nationalist parties are winning 10 to 20 per cent of the vote. Even in Germany, the black-garbed Alternative for ... More >>

Thousands contact sexual harm helpline in first year

Monday, 15 April 2019, 12:03 pm | New Zealand Government

More than four and a half thousand people from around the country have contacted the national sexual harm helpline: Safe to talk Kōrero mai ka ora, by phone, webchat, text, or email, since the service became available a year ago. “The Coalition Government ... More >>

Delivering on plan to integrate te reo Māori into education

Monday, 15 April 2019, 10:03 am | New Zealand Government

The Government has begun delivering on its plan to integrate te reo Māori across the education system with the launch of Te Ahu o te Reo Māori, which will support the workforce to use te reo Māori correctly, Associate Education Minister Kelvin ... More >>

Bridges thanks Korako for services to Parliament

Monday, 15 April 2019, 9:42 am | New Zealand National Party

National Party Leader Simon Bridges has thanked retiring MP Nuk Korako for his hard work and dedication to the National Party after he announced his retirement today. More >>

Nuk Korako to retire from Parliament

Monday, 15 April 2019, 9:37 am | New Zealand National Party

National List MP based in Port Hills, Nuk Korako, today announced he will retire from Parliament. More >>

NZ aid worker remains missing

Monday, 15 April 2019, 9:35 am | New Zealand Government

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has confirmed a New Zealand aid worker remains missing more than five years after she was taken hostage in Syria. More >>

Midwifery Workforce Accord Welcomed

Sunday, 14 April 2019, 5:23 pm | New Zealand Government

Health Minister David Clark has congratulated the midwives’ unions, DHBs, and the Ministry of Health for agreeing a joint accord to help ensure safe and sustainable staffing levels in our public hospitals. More >>

Capital Gains Tax response will still bring pain to many

Sunday, 14 April 2019, 5:16 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Government will this week report back on what it will do with a Capital Gain Tax, Leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges understands. More >>

Seymour Calls on NZ MPs to Look to New Jersey Governor

Sunday, 14 April 2019, 5:15 pm | ACT New Zealand

ACT Leader David Seymour is calling on Members of Parliament in New Zealand to show the same sense of public service as New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy when considering their vote on the End of Life Choice Bill. More >>

Free speech includes stupid speech

Sunday, 14 April 2019, 5:14 pm | ACT New Zealand

“If people weren’t allowed to make stupid and historically inaccurate statements, we’d have to close down Parliament,” says ACT Leader David Seymour, “but that is what Justice Minister Andrew Little seems to be suggesting in his response to ... More >>

Government and industry sign Construction Sector Accord

Sunday, 14 April 2019, 11:36 am | New Zealand Government

Government and industry sign Construction Sector Accord Government commitments • Better procurement practices and improved pipeline management • Improved building regulatory systems and consenting processes Industry commitments • Enhanced industry ... More >>

Health Minister needs to sort his mess out before strike

Saturday, 13 April 2019, 11:38 am | New Zealand National Party

The decision made by junior doctors to walk off the job for five days will cause enormous disruption and needs to be addressed by Health Minister David Clark, National Spokesperson for Health Michael Woodhouse says. More >>

Responding to the needs of ethnic communities

Saturday, 13 April 2019, 10:37 am | New Zealand Government

Responding to the needs of ethnic communities after terror attacks The Government has announced a range of urgent measures to support ethnic communities affected by the 15 March terror attacks, says Minister for Ethnic Communities Jenny Salesa. “The ... More >>

Last fruit fly controls lifted as no further flies detected

Friday, 12 April 2019, 3:46 pm | New Zealand Government

Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor has today expressed his thanks to Biosecurity New Zealand, the horticulture industry and everyone working on the fruit fly response in Auckland, as well as residents in the affected suburbs. Biosecurity New Zealand ... More >>

Restrictions on firearms will extend to exports

Friday, 12 April 2019, 2:11 pm | New Zealand Government

Disarmament and Arms Control Minister Winston Peters has welcomed law changes prohibiting certain semi-automatic weapons, magazines and parts in New Zealand, and announced that the new restrictions on these items will also extend to most exports. More >>

SeaPath walking and cycling path prepares for construction

Friday, 12 April 2019, 11:18 am | New Zealand Government

Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter says the SeaPath walking and cycling project on Auckland’s North Shore has reached a significant milestone towards construction. More >>




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