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Auckland Transport needs to get back in its box

Friday, 29 April 2016, 4:02 pm | ACT New Zealand

ACT Leader David Seymour is encouraging mayoral candidate Vic Crone’s stand on political billboards. Crone has been forbidden by Auckland Transport to use billboard sites for her campaign by Auckland Transport, even though the sites have already ... More >>

Govt Happy to Watch Exodus From Provincial NZ

Friday, 29 April 2016, 3:33 pm | New Zealand First Party

A rise in unemployment numbers in Greymouth typifies what is happening in the regions under this government, says New Zealand First today. More >>

Fire Service Needs Far More Govt Support

Friday, 29 April 2016, 3:31 pm | New Zealand First Party

The Fire Service will remain underfunded regardless of announcements made by the government today, says New Zealand First. More >>

Minister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration

Friday, 29 April 2016, 3:22 pm | New Zealand Government

Associate Minister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration Nicky Wagner says it is pleasing to see that a recent CERA survey of former red zone owners shows the Crown’s recovery objectives have largely been met. More >>

NZ to host RCEP negotiating round in Auckland

Friday, 29 April 2016, 2:10 pm | New Zealand Government

Trade Minister Todd McClay confirmed today New Zealand will host the 13th round of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade negotiation in Auckland from 12-18 June 2016. More >>

Building investment hits record high

Friday, 29 April 2016, 1:12 pm | New Zealand Government

Building is at a record high, with consents of $13.6 billion of residential and commercial work across New Zealand for the year to 31 March 2016, the largest investment ever in both nominal and real terms, new building consent data out today shows. More >>

Key’s Hands All Over Murky Foreign Trusts

Friday, 29 April 2016, 12:56 pm | New Zealand First Party

New Zealanders will be bitterly disappointed that their Prime Minister has been condoning foreigners’ use of NZ as a place to hide away their wealth, says New Zealand First. More >>

Aussie banks in NZ should ban lending to offshore buyers

Friday, 29 April 2016, 12:52 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Phil Twyford MP for Te Atatū Housing Spokesperson MEDIA STATEMENT 29 April 2016 Aussie banks in NZ should ban lending to offshore buyers ASB, Westpac and ANZ must confirm whether or not they will continue to fund the over-heated property market ... More >>

Brownlee must step in as EQC spin exposed

Friday, 29 April 2016, 12:43 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Gerry Brownlee needs to step in after EQC’s desperate spin in the wake of yesterday’s landmark settlement has been exposed by its own documents, says Labour’s Canterbury spokesperson Megan Woods. More >>

Delegation from the National Assembly of France to visit NZ

Friday, 29 April 2016, 12:23 pm | Office of the Speaker

Delegation of Parliamentarians from the National Assembly of France to visit the New Zealand Parliament More >>

Appointments to TVNZ and NZ On Air

Friday, 29 April 2016, 12:18 pm | New Zealand Government

Broadcasting Minister Amy Adams today announced appointments to the boards of two of New Zealand’s iconic media organisations, Television New Zealand (TVNZ) and NZ On Air. “These appointments will ensure there is a good balance of new expertise ... More >>

OIO must explain Argentine pollution prosecutions

Friday, 29 April 2016, 12:03 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

David Cunliffe MP for New Lynn Land Information Spokesperson MEDIA STATEMENT 29 April 2016 OIO must explain Argentine pollution prosecutions The Overseas Investment Office (OIO) has questions to answer about how it safeguarded our sensitive land by allowing ... More >>

New visa to attract entrepreneurs to NZ

Friday, 29 April 2016, 12:01 pm | New Zealand Government

New visa to attract entrepreneurs to NZ Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse welcomes a new Global Impact Visa (GIVs) designed to bring innovative, global entrepreneurs to New Zealand. “Last year the Government committed to considering a new Global ... More >>

OIO must explain Argentine pollution prosecutions

Friday, 29 April 2016, 11:57 am | New Zealand Labour Party

The Overseas Investment Office (OIO) has questions to answer about how it safeguarded our sensitive land by allowing foreign investors with criminal prosecutions to purchase Onetai Station in Taranaki, says Labour’s Land Information spokesperson David Cunliffe. More >>

Road toll and overseas driver reports released

Friday, 29 April 2016, 11:46 am | New Zealand Government

Hon Craig Foss Associate Minister of Transport 29 April 2016 Road toll and overseas driver reports released Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss today released the final road toll for 2015 and the Overseas Drivers in Crashes report for 2000-2015. ... More >>

$303m to merge and modernise New Zealand’s fire services

Friday, 29 April 2016, 11:02 am | New Zealand Government

Hon Peter Dunne Minister of Internal Affairs 29 April 2016 Media Statement Budget 2016: $303m to merge and modernise New Zealand’s fire services Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne today announced funding of $303 million over five years to combine ... More >>

Dunne Speaks - The Panama Papers Fall-out

Friday, 29 April 2016, 10:39 am | United Future NZ Party

DUNNE SPEAKS Friday 29 April New Zealand’s tax system is generally well-regarded. In part that is because of our focus on a broad base, low rate approach to personal and corporate taxation, and in part it is because our system is relatively easy to ... More >>

$8.5m boost for school wireless connections

Friday, 29 April 2016, 10:27 am | New Zealand Government

Another 350 schools will be able to access wireless technology, thanks to a funding increase for the Ministry of Education’s Wireless School Network Upgrade Project (WSNUP), Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye announced today. More >>

Tertiary Institution Council Appointments

Friday, 29 April 2016, 10:26 am | New Zealand Government

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce today announced three new appointments and five re-appointments to five tertiary education institution councils. More >>

McCully needs to come clean over Tokelau ferry debacle

Friday, 29 April 2016, 10:13 am | New Zealand Labour Party

Foreign Minister Murray McCully needs to come clean on why a New Zealand aid-funded vessel intended to service the Tokelau Islands is delayed, over budget and failed its sea trials, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer says. More >>

Full independent inquiry needed to save NZ's reputation

Friday, 29 April 2016, 9:51 am | New Zealand Labour Party

Revelations that John Key's personal lawyer and trust advisor led a lobbying campaign to shut down a review of New Zealand's foreign trust regime makes the case for a full scale independent inquiry a matter of urgency, Labour's Finance spokesperson ... More >>

What did the PM tell his lawyer about foreign trusts?

Friday, 29 April 2016, 9:31 am | Green Party

The Government stopped the IRD from reviewing New Zealand foreign trusts shortly after the Prime Minister’s lawyer wrote to the Revenue Minister claiming John Key had promised him the regime would not be changed. More >>

Minister welcomes ban on offensive slogans

Thursday, 28 April 2016, 5:13 pm | New Zealand Government

Associate Minister of Tourism Paula Bennett today welcomed a decision by the Office of the Chief Censor to ban three slogans on Wicked Campers’ vans. More >>

Minister pays return visit to Camp Taji

Thursday, 28 April 2016, 4:55 pm | New Zealand Government

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee has today arrived in Dubai following his second visit to NZ Defence Force (NZDF) troops training members of the Iraqi Security Forces at Camp Taji, near Baghdad. More >>

Little visits NZ troops in Iraq and refugees in Jordan

Thursday, 28 April 2016, 4:19 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Mr Little also met with Iraqi Defence Minister Khaled Al-Obedih and senior military officials from the Coalition forces in Iraq. He now heads to Jordan to see the unfolding refugee crisis first hand. More >>

KiwiSaver home buyer support tweaked

Thursday, 28 April 2016, 4:03 pm | New Zealand Government

Changes to KiwiSaver withdrawal rules for buying a home will make it easier for second-chance homeowners, Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith says. More >>

Climate change a threat to prosperity

Thursday, 28 April 2016, 3:41 pm | Green Party

The Green Party is calling on the Government to require all public fund managers to disclose their exposure to climate risks following a report by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment (PCE) highlighting the financial risks of climate ... More >>

Business leaders join international cyber security line-up

Thursday, 28 April 2016, 3:19 pm | New Zealand Government

More than 200 top business people will join Communications Minister Amy Adams for New Zealand’s first Cyber Security Summit in Auckland next Thursday (May 5). More >>

English to Germany, London this week

Thursday, 28 April 2016, 12:39 pm | New Zealand Government

Finance Minister Bill English departs for Germany today to attend the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) annual meeting, as well as a number of other opportunities to promote New Zealand’s profile with key European trade partners More >>

Workplace death toll still too high

Thursday, 28 April 2016, 12:28 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

It’s a damning indictment on the Government that as workers gather to remember their lost workmates on Worker’s Memorial Day, New Zealand’s workplace death toll is still far too high, Labour’s Workplace Relations and Safety spokesperson ... More >>

Private Insurance Needed to Ease Public Health Burden

Thursday, 28 April 2016, 11:35 am | New Zealand First Party

New Zealanders need a fairer go to get private health treatment, says New Zealand First. More >>

Time for Straight Talk

Thursday, 28 April 2016, 11:32 am | New Zealand First Party

In its typical bland and hedged way today’s Reserve Bank announcement points to the proliferating risks facing the New Zealand economy from both international and domestic conditions, says New Zealand First Leader and MP for Northland Rt Hon Winston ... More >>

Mossack Fonseca links to OIO approvals must be investigated

Thursday, 28 April 2016, 10:52 am | New Zealand Labour Party

The Minister for Land Information must investigate and disclose how many applications to the Overseas Investment Office (OIO) have links to Mossack Fonseca, says Labour’s Land Information spokesperson David Cunliffe. More >>

Minister must come clean on implications of settlement

Thursday, 28 April 2016, 10:46 am | New Zealand Labour Party

Gerry Brownlee has urgent and serious questions to answer in the wake of today’s landmark EQC settlement, which has major implications for thousands of Cantabrians, says Labour’s Canterbury spokesperson Megan Woods. More >>

Paula Bennett notches up second climate failure

Thursday, 28 April 2016, 10:32 am | Green Party

New Climate Minister Paula Bennett has notched up her second major fail for the climate in a week, overseeing a decision to keep burning coal at the Huntly power station until 2022, the Green Party said today. More >>

Government to Reserve Bank - Rock or Hard Place?

Thursday, 28 April 2016, 10:30 am | New Zealand Labour Party

Grant Robertson MP for Wellington Central Finance Spokesperson MEDIA STATEMENT 27 April 2016 Government to Reserve Bank - Rock or Hard Place? The Government’s complacency on the housing crisis and the economy has put the Reserve Bank Governor in a no-win ... More >>

Govt complacency leaves RB no room to cut

Thursday, 28 April 2016, 9:57 am | New Zealand Labour Party

The Government has put the economy in a holding pattern, leaving the Reserve Bank Governor with little room to manoeuvre as he tries to balance a rampant housing market with non-existent inflation, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. More >>

Govt’s housing failure hurting the rest of economy

Thursday, 28 April 2016, 9:47 am | Green Party

The Government’s failure to fix Auckland’s broken housing market has forced the Reserve Bank to keep the Official Cash Rate (OCR) higher than normal hurting exporters and jobs, the Green Party said today. More >>

Todd McClay: Address to Auckland Chamber of Commerce

Thursday, 28 April 2016, 9:39 am | New Zealand Government

It’s a pleasure to be here today to talk to you about trade. I do so at an interesting time, for the prevailing consensus in New Zealand on trade is subject to more debate than it has been for many years. More >>

Govt acknowledges Genesis commitment to removing coal units

Thursday, 28 April 2016, 9:23 am | New Zealand Government

Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges has acknowledged Genesis Energy’s continuing commitment to phasing out its two remaining coal units by 2022. More >>

Dam not out of doldrums yet

Thursday, 28 April 2016, 9:02 am | New Zealand Labour Party

Ruataniwha Dam promoters Hawke’s Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) still has hurdles to clear and a lot of work to do before ratepayers and taxpayers will have confidence in the scheme, says Labour’s MP for Ikaroa-Rāwhiti Meka Whaitiri. More >>

New study shows Smith’s insulation fails Kiwi kids

Thursday, 28 April 2016, 9:00 am | New Zealand Labour Party

A new Otago University study shows Nick Smith’s inadequate insulation standards will see hundreds of children unnecessarily hospitalised for housing-related illnesses every year, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. More >>

Government out of touch on foreign trusts

Wednesday, 27 April 2016, 5:08 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

John Key’s poor handling of the foreign trusts issue is starkly revealed in a poll today which shows the majority of Kiwis are worried about the country being a tax haven and almost half think the issue has been badly managed, Labour’s Finance ... More >>

New stats show a property speculators’ paradise

Wednesday, 27 April 2016, 4:36 pm | Green Party

Mortgage-lending stats released today by the Reserve Bank show that the Government’s unwillingness to put rules in place for property speculation means investors are snapping up houses at the expense of first-time buyers, the Green Party said today. More >>

Ruataniwha Dam should be dumped

Wednesday, 27 April 2016, 3:55 pm | Green Party

Hawke’s Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) should dump the Ruataniwha Dam proposal, as it has barely scraped together enough interested farmers to use the scheme, the Green Party said today. More >>

Community Organisation Grants Scheme opens

Wednesday, 27 April 2016, 3:49 pm | New Zealand Government

Local community groups can now apply for grants under the Community Organisation Grants Scheme (COGS), which is open for applications from today. More >>

Call for Taskforce Green Workers to Continue Search for Pest

Wednesday, 27 April 2016, 2:27 pm | New Zealand First Party

In light of reports that the Ministry for Primary Industries has pulled support for the search for velvet leaf, New Zealand First is calling on Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy to use Enhanced Taskforce Green (ETFG) workers to continue ... More >>

Biggest trade deficit for 7 years a warning for Govt

Wednesday, 27 April 2016, 2:04 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Grant Robertson MP for Wellington Central Finance Spokesperson MEDIA STATEMENT 27 April 2016 Biggest trade deficit for 7 years a warning for Govt The biggest trade deficit for seven years shows the Government can’t be so complacent about the economy ... More >>

Three Regional Research Institutes shortlisted

Wednesday, 27 April 2016, 1:13 pm | New Zealand Government

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce today announced that three proposals to establish new Regional Research Institutes (RRIs) have been shortlisted and that applicants will now enter the business case development stage of the selection process. More >>

Shareholder Revolt Over Silver Fern Farms China Sale

Wednesday, 27 April 2016, 12:51 pm | New Zealand First Party

Silver Fern Farms Board has been caught misleading the media by claiming that shareholders had no concerns while it was being petitioned for a Special Annual General Meeting regarding its proposed sale to Shanghai Maling. More >>

Minister hosts ethnic communities forum

Wednesday, 27 April 2016, 12:45 pm | New Zealand Government

Ethnic Communities Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga is meeting with the Filipino community in Winton today (27 April). More >>

2016 Afforestation Grant Scheme now open

Wednesday, 27 April 2016, 12:37 pm | New Zealand Government

The second funding round for the Afforestation Growth Scheme (AGS) opens today and comes at an important time for forestry, Associate Primary Industries Minister Jo Goodhew announced today. More >>

Government’s record on climate change under fire

Wednesday, 27 April 2016, 11:42 am | New Zealand Labour Party

The Royal Society’s latest report on climate change has made it clear that it believes the Government’s current approach to climate change is inadequate, says Labour’s spokesperson on Climate Change Megan Woods. More >>

Let KiwiRail compete for road dollars

Wednesday, 27 April 2016, 11:11 am | Green Party

National should let KiwiRail compete for funding from the enormous roading budget and scrap the two-tiered funding system which grossly favour costly highway projects, the Green Party said today. More >>

New PGP Investment Advisory Panel Chair announced

Wednesday, 27 April 2016, 11:08 am | New Zealand Government

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has welcomed John Parker as the new Chair of the Primary Growth Partnership’s independent Investment Advisory Panel (IAP). More >>

Common Tourist Visas with Australia Unlikely

Wednesday, 27 April 2016, 10:34 am | New Zealand First Party

Rt Hon Winston Peters New Zealand First Leader Member of Parliament for Northland 27 APRIL 2016 Common Tourist Visas with Australia Unlikely A common tourist visa with Australia is almost as likely as Australia ignoring our weak record on migration ... More >>

No ‘silver bullet’ for climate change

Wednesday, 27 April 2016, 10:31 am | Green Party

The National Government must change its economic strategy if it is to have any hope of stopping climate change, the Green Party said today. More >>

Mainfreight director agrees with Labour on rail funding

Wednesday, 27 April 2016, 10:17 am | New Zealand Labour Party

David Parker Labour List MP SOEs Spokesperson MEDIA STATEMENT 27 April 2016 Mainfreight director agrees with Labour on rail funding Richard Prebble – in the past accused of ruining rail and now a director of Mainfreight – agrees with Labour that secure ... More >>

Network for Learning board reappointment

Wednesday, 27 April 2016, 10:13 am | New Zealand Government

Jack Matthews has been reappointed as a director of Network for Learning Ltd (N4L) for a full three-year term, Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye announced today. Ms Kaye also announced the retirement of Martin Wylie, who has served on the board ... More >>

Permanent name suppression figures halved

Wednesday, 27 April 2016, 10:06 am | New Zealand Government

The number of defendants gaining permanent name suppression has dropped significantly since the Government tightened the rules, says Justice Minister Amy Adams. More >>

 

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