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Dunne Speaks: The Mad Hatter's Tea Party Comes to Town

Thursday, 20 July 2017, 9:29 am | Peter Dunne

Watching contemporary political developments over recent days gave me an irresistible urge to read once more Lewis Carroll’s whimsical description of the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. The account is as delightful as ever – anarchic craziness at its most ... More >>

Homelessness National’s disgraceful legacy

Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 4:57 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

National is failing in the most basic duty of a government – ensuring all our people have a place to live, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. More >>

Outstanding Māori and Pasifika trainee teachers honoured

Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 4:15 pm | New Zealand Government

Education Minister Nikki Kaye has congratulated 30 highly-accomplished Māori and Pasifika student teachers who have been awarded Kupe Scholarships. More >>

Rotorua cultural group on stage in Korea

Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 4:04 pm | New Zealand Government

Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry say two cultural exchanges between New Zealand and Korea this year will have cultural and economic benefits for both countries. More >>

Nats show they’re the tax dodgers’ best friends

Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 3:46 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

“The government is taking the knife to IRD at a time when we need a highly skilled department to ensure that multinationals and speculators don’t get away with dodging tax, says Labour’s Revenue spokesperson Michael Wood. More >>

100 days to Rugby League World Cup 2017

Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 3:05 pm | New Zealand Government

Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman says the next major event on New Zealand’s sporting calendar is the Rugby League World Cup 2017. More >>

More court appearances via audio-visual links

Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 2:37 pm | New Zealand Government

Over 16,500 remand court appearances were held via audio visual links (AVL) connecting courts and prisons in the year to May 2017, says Justice and Courts Minister Amy Adams. This is up from around 13,000 remand court appearances held via AVL the year ... More >>

Labour would borrow $7b more and achieve little

Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 2:34 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Labour Party's fiscal policy reveals they want to borrow $7.2 billion more than the Government over the next four years while still cancelling tax threshold changes for low and middle income earners, National Party Campaign Chair Steven Joyce says. More >>

Labour’s fiscal plan opens door for lolly scramble

Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 1:36 pm | ACT New Zealand

“Labour’s fiscal plan has no credibility,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “They’ve left themselves $10 billion for an election year lolly-scramble, but if they enter Government they’ll be squabbling with the Greens and New Zealand First over whose ... More >>

Referendum on Maori Seats

Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 1:34 pm | New Zealand First Party

Referendum on Maori Seats “At last Sunday’s New Zealand First convention, I set out the double referendum that New Zealand First wanted in mid-term 2017 – 2020. “They are: 1. Retain or abolish the Maori seats 2. Maintain or reduce the ... More >>

Air Force careers for women taking flight

Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 1:09 pm | New Zealand Government

Air Force careers for women taking flight Women’s Minister Paula Bennett and Defence Minister Mark Mitchell are congratulating the Royal New Zealand Air Force for an initiative aimed at attracting more young women into the Air Force. The School to ... More >>

New animal welfare regulations progressed

Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 12:58 pm | New Zealand Government

New animal welfare regulations progressed Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy has confirmed 46 new animal welfare regulations will be developed this year. “Changes we made to the Animal Welfare Act in 2015 have allowed us to create directly-enforceable ... More >>

Contaminated West Coast mines remediated

Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 12:30 pm | New Zealand Government

The top two most contaminated sites in New Zealand have been successfully remediated, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith and Conservation Minister Maggie Barry said today. More >>

Labour lies to young Kiwis about Super

Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 12:15 pm | ACT New Zealand

Labour has doubled down on their dishonest position on superannuation, pretending they can keep the age at 65 and ignore ballooning costs caused by an aging population, says ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

New Corrections mental health initiatives begin

Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 11:40 am | New Zealand Government

As part of a $14 million initiative to help offenders and their families cope with mental health challenges, four new services are now being piloted by Corrections, says Corrections Minister Louise Upston. More >>

Funding for Award-Winning Whangawehi Stream Project

Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 11:28 am | Ministry for the Environment

The final phase of a collaborative project protecting and enhancing fresh water and coastal ecosystems along the Whangawehi Stream on the Mahia Peninsula is being supported by $145,000 from the Community Environment Fund, Associate Environment Minister Scott ... More >>

Labour’s fiscal plan to build a fairer New Zealand

Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 11:06 am | New Zealand Labour Party

Labour will re-build our housing, health and education while responsibly managing New Zealand’s finances, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little. More >>

Edgecumbe recovery progressing well

Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 10:46 am | New Zealand Government

Edgecumbe recovery progressing well Social Development Minister Anne Tolley and Civil Defence Minister Nathan Guy today visited Edgecumbe to see how the recovery is progressing. “The Government is committed to ensuring the Edgecumbe community ... More >>

Ministry of Health Transforming Disability Respite Care

Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 10:26 am | Ministry of Health

Transforming respite care Associate Health Minister Nicky Wagner is today releasing a strategy to transform the way people who care for a disabled family member are supported. More >>

Paparoa Great Walk Construction Set to Start

Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 9:22 am | Ministry for the Environment

Construction is set to start by the end of this month on the new Great Walk in Paparoa National Park in memory of the 29 men who died in the 2010 Pike River Mine disaster, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith announced today. More >>

Only One Party Can Be Trusted on NZ Super

Tuesday, 18 July 2017, 6:19 pm | New Zealand First Party

Only One Party Can Be Trusted on NZ Super Labour’s promise of restoring contributions to the New Zealand Superannuation Fund should be taken with a grain of salt. More >>

Labour secures the future for NZ Super

Tuesday, 18 July 2017, 6:14 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little. “One of the first things a Labour-led Government will do is resume payments to the NZ Superannuation Fund, so we can secure its future. National’s failure to invest in the Fund puts the retirement plans ... More >>

Poroporoaki: Dr Clifford Hamilton Whiting

Tuesday, 18 July 2017, 4:53 pm | The Maori Party

Poroporoaki: Dr Clifford Hamilton Whiting (ONZ) Auē taukuri e! Kei te ringa rehe o te ao toi, haere atu rā koe. Nāhau rā ngā mahi a ngā mātua tīpuna i whakairo. Ki te rino, ki te rākau, ā, ki te whatumanawa hoki o te tangata. Ko koe tēnei ... More >>

Kaikoura’s Coastguard ramp re-opens

Tuesday, 18 July 2017, 3:44 pm | New Zealand Government

Kaikoura’s Coastguard ramp re-opens Civil Defence Minister Nathan Guy has officially re-opened the Coastguard ramp at Kaikoura harbour today, eight months after it was badly damaged in the November 2016 earthquake. “It’s great for the local community ... More >>

New quake support for Kaikoura paua fishers

Tuesday, 18 July 2017, 3:36 pm | New Zealand Government

New quake support for Kaikoura paua fishers Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy has announced a new $520,000 fund to help the Kaikoura paua fishing community as the latest primary sector support following November’s earthquakes. This new ... More >>

Let’s not whack businesses (not even the big ones)

Tuesday, 18 July 2017, 2:43 pm | ACT New Zealand

While every other party tries to score political points by lashing out at big business, ACT will make it more attractive to do business and pay tax in New Zealand. More >>

Wilding conifer work plan announced

Tuesday, 18 July 2017, 1:53 pm | New Zealand Government

Hon Nathan Guy Minister for Primary Industries Hon Maggie Barry Minister of Conservation 18 July 2017 Media Statement Wilding conifer work plan announced Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy and Conservation Minister Maggie Barry have announced the Government ... More >>

New Christchurch primary school to open in 2019

Tuesday, 18 July 2017, 1:28 pm | New Zealand Government

New Christchurch primary school to open in 2019 Education Minister Nikki Kaye today announced the formal establishment of the new $11 million primary school for Halswell in Christchurch, which will now open in 2019. “The Halswell area is experiencing ... More >>

New app to measure success of wildings control

Tuesday, 18 July 2017, 1:09 pm | New Zealand Government

Hon Mark Mitchell Minister for Land Information 18 July 2017 Media Statement New app to measure success of wildings control For the first time, authorities fighting the spread of wilding conifers will have a complete picture of infestations throughout ... More >>

Government Loves Kaipara waste minimisation

Tuesday, 18 July 2017, 11:52 am | New Zealand Government

Love Kaipara has been awarded nearly $135,000 from the Waste Minimisation Fund to support moving Kaipara communities towards zero waste, Associate Environment Minister Scott Simpson announced. More >>

Free Press: ACT’s regular bulletin

Tuesday, 18 July 2017, 11:49 am | ACT New Zealand

Last week David Seymour announced two new Partnership Schools to open in 2018. Both will be in the central North Island, one in Tauranga and the other in Rotorua. These two new Partnership Schools will join 10 now operating in Whangarei (2), the North ... More >>

Corrections and Horticulture NZ to build on relationship

Tuesday, 18 July 2017, 11:15 am | New Zealand Government

Corrections Minister Louise Upston says an initiative between Corrections and Horticulture New Zealand is proving beneficial to the department’s goal of turning offenders’ lives around. More >>

Jonathan Schwass Appointed New High Commissioner to Vanuatu

Tuesday, 18 July 2017, 9:57 am | Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Deve

“In the last year, more than 4,000 Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) workers from Vanuatu were in New Zealand – representing about 40 per cent of the total workers in the scheme. More >>

Applications open for Māori Innovation Fund scheme

Tuesday, 18 July 2017, 9:55 am | New Zealand Government

Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell has today announced the opening of applications for the third round of the Commercial Advisors Scheme under the Te Pūnaha Hiringa: Māori Innovation Fund. More >>

Labour playing catch-up on multi-national tax

Tuesday, 18 July 2017, 8:43 am | New Zealand National Party

The Labour Party is trying to play catch-up on multi-national tax, National Party Campaign Chair Steven Joyce says. More >>

Multinationals must pay fair share of tax

Tuesday, 18 July 2017, 8:32 am | New Zealand Labour Party

A Labour Government will crack down on multinational companies that are dodging paying their fair share of tax, says Labour Leader Andrew Little More >>

Quad Bikes Become the Latest Academic Bogeyman

Monday, 17 July 2017, 5:39 pm | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First says that while there’s no doubt full-sized quad bikes are dangerous in the wrong hands, or if used by the wrong age group, the latest academic call is dull-headed. More >>

Govt Putting Politics Ahead of Suicide Crisis

Monday, 17 July 2017, 4:32 pm | New Zealand First Party

Govt Putting Politics Ahead of Suicide Crisis Health Minister Jonathan Coleman’s decision to remove the target of reducing New Zealand's suicide rate by 20 percent over 10 years is a disgrace, says New Zealand First. “The Minister rejected the ... More >>

Change to Labour spokesperson roles

Monday, 17 July 2017, 4:26 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Change to Labour spokesperson roles Labour Leader Andrew Little has announced a small adjustment to spokesperson roles following Sue Moroney’s decision to retire at the end of this Parliamentary term. Mt Roskill MP Michael Wood takes over her transport ... More >>

Māori seats must remain for the good of Māori

Monday, 17 July 2017, 4:00 pm | The Maori Party

Māori seats must remain for the good of Māori Māori Party co-leaders Te Ururoa Flavell and Marama Fox say the latest anti-Māori rhetoric from New Zealand First is nothing short of a cheap political stunt. “You can tell there’s an election ... More >>

$300,000 to help preserve native bush and fauna

Monday, 17 July 2017, 1:19 pm | New Zealand Government

17 July 2017 Media Statement $300,000 to help preserve native bush and fauna The Forest Bridge Trust has been awarded $300,000 from the Community Environment Fund, Associate Environment Minister Scott Simpson announced today. “The vision of The ... More >>

Labour launches first election advert

Monday, 17 July 2017, 12:56 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Labour today launches its first election campaign video, focusing on Andrew Little and why he is so committed to making New Zealand a better place. More >>

Major overhaul for IRD social policy payments

Monday, 17 July 2017, 12:29 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government is planning major changes to how IRD pays social support so that people can know better what their entitlements are and be sure of receiving the right amount, Finance Minister Steven Joyce and Revenue Minister Judith Collins say. More >>

MSD & The Warehouse expand youth initiative

Monday, 17 July 2017, 10:19 am | New Zealand Government

MSD & The Warehouse expand youth initiative Social Development Minister Anne Tolley welcomes today’s expansion of the Red Shirts in Community programme where around 1,000 young jobseekers will gain work experience and earn NCEA credits. “It’s ... More >>

Roll-out of national bowel screening begins

Monday, 17 July 2017, 9:38 am | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the start of the bowel screening programme is a major milestone for the New Zealand health system, and will ultimately save lives. More >>

Marae housing helps Edgecumbe whānau affected by floods

Monday, 17 July 2017, 8:31 am | New Zealand Government

A new papakāinga housing development will be used to help house whānau who lost their homes in the Edgecumbe floods in April, says Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell and Building and Construction Minister Nick Smith. More >>

Greens’ benefit ideas a backwards step

Sunday, 16 July 2017, 5:25 pm | New Zealand National Party

Greens’ benefit ideas a backwards step Removing requirements for people on benefits to meet reasonable obligations to other taxpayers would be a very big backward step and unfair to working New Zealanders, National Party Campaign Chair Steven Joyce ... More >>

Speech: Peters - The Battle for New Zealand

Sunday, 16 July 2017, 3:09 pm | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First Convention Vodafone Events Centre Auckland 2pm, 16th July, 2017 THE BATTLE FOR NEW ZEALAND Embargoed till delivery New Zealanders are asking themselves the obvious question - will we have a stable government. Political stability will ... More >>

National must rule out working with socialist Greens

Sunday, 16 July 2017, 2:41 pm | ACT New Zealand

ACT Leader David Seymour is calling on National to rule out working with the Greens after the election, on the day that the Greens embrace envy politics and endorse dependency. More >>

Speech: Turei - Mending the Safety Net

Sunday, 16 July 2017, 2:05 pm | Green Party

Mending the Safety Net – Metiria Turei’s speech to the Green Party 2017 AGM Taku kuru pounamu e! Tīhei mauriora! I te tuatahi ka mihi au ki te mana whenua o te rohe nei; Ngāti Whātua ki Ōrakei, tēnā koutou. Kei aku nui, kei aku rahi, ... More >>

Green Party will lift families out of poverty

Sunday, 16 July 2017, 1:51 pm | Green Party

Green Party will lift families out of poverty The Green Party has released a plan today to ensure no New Zealander will live in poverty, whether they are working or on a benefit. The families package , announced today at the Party’s AGM, will increase ... More >>

New Pacific rugby partnership kicks off

Sunday, 16 July 2017, 1:39 pm | New Zealand Government

New Pacific rugby partnership kicks off A new sporting partnership will promote healthy lifestyles and encourage teenagers in the Pacific to take part in sport, Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee says. The Pacific Sporting Partnership – Sports for Health ... More >>

Praise for SCIRT but city work goes on

Sunday, 16 July 2017, 1:38 pm | New Zealand Government

The work of the Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team (SCIRT) to repair Christchurch’s earthquake-damaged infrastructure is the focus of the latest dashboard released by Minister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration Nicky Wagner. The ... More >>

Speech: Dunne - NZ Licensing Trust

Saturday, 15 July 2017, 8:21 pm | New Zealand Government

Keynote Address: NZ Licensing Trust Association Conference Copthorne Hotel, Masterton Good evening. I am delighted to have this opportunity to catch up with you and what is happening in the world of licensing trusts. I am also looking forward to sharing ... More >>

“Know your business”, Dunne tells deerstalkers

Saturday, 15 July 2017, 2:30 pm | New Zealand Government

“Know your business”, Dunne tells deerstalkers Associate Conservation Minister Hon Peter Dunne has opened the 2017 New Zealand Deerstalkers Association Conference in Christchurch. This year’s Conference theme is “Growing the Business”, with ... More >>

Speech: Shaw - Party AGM: Green Infrastructure Fund

Saturday, 15 July 2017, 2:16 pm | Green Party

James Shaw speech to the Green Party AGM: Green Infrastructure Fund He koutu whenua, he take whenua, e kore e taea te riri. Tīhei mauriora! (‘A point of land, a base of a hill, cannot be conquered. I breathe the essence of life!) He mihi nui ki ngā ... More >>

Green Infrastructure Fund to help NZ become carbon neutral

Saturday, 15 July 2017, 2:13 pm | Green Party

Green Infrastructure Fund to help NZ become carbon neutral by 2050 The Green Party today announced a plan to kick-start the green economy, create jobs in the clean technology and infrastructure sectors, and achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. The ... More >>

Taranaki hapū & marae sustainable stewardship supported

Saturday, 15 July 2017, 1:33 pm | New Zealand Government

Taranaki-based Te Whenua Tōmuri Trust Board has been granted over $130,000 from the Community Environment Fund towards its ‘Maru Wai Matara – Kaitiaki Taiao’ project, Associate Environment Minister Scott Simpson announced today. “The Trust ... More >>

Food waste minimisation programme supported in Waikato

Friday, 14 July 2017, 4:04 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government’s Waste Minimisation Fund has awarded $150,000 to the Waikato Environment Centre to help expand its Kaivolution programme, Associate Environment Minister Scott Simpson announced today. More >>

High Court Judge appointed

Friday, 14 July 2017, 3:45 pm | New Zealand Government

Wellington public servant and barrister and solicitor Gerardus van Bohemen has been appointed a Judge of the High Court, AttorneyGeneral Christopher Finlayson announced today. More >>

 
 
 
 
 
 

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