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RSE CAP Announcement: Too Little Too Late

Thursday, 26 September 2019, 11:34 am | ACT New Zealand

The Government’s announcement of the number of new RSE workers allowed today is too little, too late, and the concept of the cap needs to go. More >>

Transport Minister needs to be upfront about Melling

Thursday, 26 September 2019, 11:24 am | New Zealand National Party

Phil Twyford needs to be honest about the fact that the Melling Interchange is still no closer to being built by his Government, Hutt South MP Chris Bishop says. More >>

Ratepayers will feel the sting of freshwater proposals

Thursday, 26 September 2019, 11:01 am | New Zealand National Party

Ratepayers will notice an increase in rates as the Government’s freshwater proposals cause local councils to overhaul their water plans, National’s Local Government spokesperson Jacqui Dean says. More >>

Helping our regions get seasonal support

Thursday, 26 September 2019, 10:30 am | New Zealand Government

This Coalition Government is making good progress in helping our regions to thrive by increasing the numbers of workers who can come to New Zealand to provide seasonal support and providing more certainty to growers for the future, announced Minister ... More >>

Regions to lead skills and jobs planning

Thursday, 26 September 2019, 10:16 am | New Zealand Government

A new regional approach to skills planning will see our workforce, education and immigration systems working together to better meet the differing skills needs across the country, Ministers announced today. More >>

Supporting the tourism sector in preparing for quake

Thursday, 26 September 2019, 9:14 am | New Zealand Government

It’s only a matter of time before a rupture of the Alpine Fault, and the South Island’s tourism sector is teaming up with emergency management partners to be better prepared. More >>

Government continuing to erode farmer’s confidence

Thursday, 26 September 2019, 9:10 am | New Zealand National Party

Rabobank’s latest survey shows farmer’s confidence is continuing to drop and they remain concerned about the future of their industry, National’s Agriculture spokesperson Todd Muller says. More >>

Trade agreement will kick start end to fossil fuel subsidies

Thursday, 26 September 2019, 8:36 am | Green Party

A world first trade agreement between New Zealand, Costa Rica, Iceland, Fij, and Norway will lead the way on international efforts to tackle climate change, says Green Party Co-leader James Shaw. “The Agreement on Climate Change, Trade and Sustainability ... More >>

PM - Remarks at launch of ACCTS Initiative

Thursday, 26 September 2019, 8:32 am | New Zealand Government

Ko Ranginui ki runga, Ranginui is the sky father above ko Papatuanuku ki raro Papatuanuku is the earth mother below Ko nga Atua tamariki katoa kei waenganui Their many god children between Na ratou e tiaki ana te oranga o te whenua Together they ensure ... More >>

NZ leading trade agreement driving action on climate

Thursday, 26 September 2019, 8:31 am | New Zealand Government

New Zealand is leading a first-of-its-kind agreement that will use trade rules to tackle climate change and other environmental issues, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. Norway, Iceland, Costa Rica and Fiji are joining New Zealand in ... More >>

Wellbeing a cure for inequality

Thursday, 26 September 2019, 8:08 am | New Zealand Government

Kia ora koutou katoa I was born in the 1980s, the decade of big hair, big shoulders and big reforms. A decade where New Zealand went through a period of rapid privatisation and economic liberalisation. While many have argued aspects of these reforms were ... More >>

PGF support for dredging Port of Greymouth lagoon

Wednesday, 25 September 2019, 8:56 pm | New Zealand Government

The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will help fund a new dredge for the Port of Greymouth to ensure the regional fishing fleet have a reliable and productive harbour, Parliamentary Undersecretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced today More >>

Parliament: Questions and Answers - Sept 25

Wednesday, 25 September 2019, 7:41 pm | Hansard

1. Hon SIMON BRIDGES (Leader of the Opposition) to the Minister of Internal Affairs : Does she have confidence in the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care? More >>

Govt supports more social workers

Wednesday, 25 September 2019, 4:06 pm | New Zealand Government

A surge in the number of registered social workers will contribute to improving the wellbeing of New Zealanders and their families, Minister of Social Development Carmel Sepuloni said on New Zealand Social Workers’ Day. “New Zealand now has ... More >>

Chief District Court Judge appointed

Wednesday, 25 September 2019, 2:35 pm | New Zealand Government

Judge Heemi Taumaunu of Auckland has been appointed as the Chief District Court Judge, Attorney-General David Parker announced today. More >>

The Rua Kēnana Pardon Bill opens for submissions

Wednesday, 25 September 2019, 2:33 pm | Maori Affairs Committee

The Māori Affairs Committee is calling for public submissions on the Te Pire kia Unuhia te Hara kai Runga i a Rua Kēnana/Rua Kēnana Pardon Bill. The bill is in response to the criminal conviction of Rua Kēnana. It seeks to restore his character, ... More >>

Ardern: NZ National Statement to UN General Assembly 2019

Wednesday, 25 September 2019, 1:22 pm | New Zealand Government

I greet you in te reo Māori, language of the tangata whenua, or first people, of Aotearoa New Zealand. I do so not just because it is the same way I would begin an address if I were at home, but because there are challenges we face as a world that ... More >>

New financial conduct regime for fairness

Wednesday, 25 September 2019, 12:27 pm | New Zealand Government

Customers can expect fairer treatment from banks, insurers and other financial service providers as the Government moves to introduce a new regime to regulate financial conduct, Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi said today. More >>

Toolkit equips school leavers for the world

Wednesday, 25 September 2019, 12:11 pm | New Zealand Government

School Leavers will get the core skills and knowledge they need to help launch their post-school lives, with the School Leavers’ Toolkit, Education Minister Chris Hipkins says. More >>

Have your say on the Arms Legislation Bill

Wednesday, 25 September 2019, 11:46 am | Finance And Expenditure Select Committee

The bill aims to improve public safety by introducing tighter controls on the use and possession of arms and ammunition. It follows on from the Arms (Prohibited Firearms, Magazines, and Parts) Amendment Act, which became law on 11 April 2019. More >>

Parliament: Oral Questions - 25 September 2019

Wednesday, 25 September 2019, 11:42 am | Office of the Clerk

1. Hon SIMON BRIDGES to the Minister of Internal Affairs: Does she have confidence in the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care? More >>

Speech to 150th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi

Wednesday, 25 September 2019, 11:11 am | New Zealand Government

I would like to begin by acknowledging the host of this event; Prime Minister Narendra Modi. More >>

Robertson happy with economic mediocrity

Wednesday, 25 September 2019, 11:03 am | New Zealand National Party

The Finance Minister’s insistence that New Zealanders should be happy with our economic performance, an annual growth rate of just 0.5 per cent per person, shows a lack of ambition for this country, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith ... More >>

Container deposit announcement yet another working group

Wednesday, 25 September 2019, 10:54 am | New Zealand National Party

Today’s announcement that investigative work has begun on developing a container deposit scheme is underwhelming and has taken too long, National’s Environment spokesperson Scott Simpson says. “Rather than implementing a tangible scheme that ... More >>

Economy strong and resilient – international report

Wednesday, 25 September 2019, 9:53 am | New Zealand Government

New Zealand’s strong growth potential and resilience has been backed by another international report on our economy. More >>

Committee to begin hearings on the Abortion Legislation Bill

Wednesday, 25 September 2019, 9:37 am | Abortion Legislation Committee

Public submissions on the Abortion Legislation Bill closed on Thursday 19 September 2019. The Abortion Legislation Committee has received more than 23,000 written submissions, which will now be considered by the committee. More >>

Work underway for beverage container return scheme

Wednesday, 25 September 2019, 9:18 am | New Zealand Government

Work has begun to develop a beverage container return scheme for New Zealand announced Associate Minister for the Environment Eugenie Sage made at the WasteMINZ Conference in Hamilton today. More >>

One Billion Trees Fund branching out nicely

Wednesday, 25 September 2019, 8:25 am | New Zealand Government

The One Billion Trees Fund has just hit two significant milestones that will create more than 7,500 hectares of new forest cover, Forestry Minister Shane Jones says. More >>

Change to property management rules on the agenda

Wednesday, 25 September 2019, 8:13 am | Green Party

25 September 2019 The Green Party is welcoming the Real Estate Institute’s campaign to change property management rules, launched today. “We’ll be looking to meet with industry leaders to discuss how we can make progress together,” said Green ... More >>

Govt denies opportunity to strengthen gun laws

Tuesday, 24 September 2019, 8:04 pm | New Zealand National Party

A once in a generation opportunity to strengthen our firearms law has been denied by the Government, National’s Police spokesperson Brett Hudson says. More >>

KiwiBuild continues to be a giant red flag

Tuesday, 24 September 2019, 5:41 pm | New Zealand National Party

It’s worrying that two years into the Labour Government’s term, there are still a dozen areas where the KiwiBuild programme is considered to be high risk, National’s Housing spokesperson Judith Collins says. KiwiBuild’s latest risk register, released ... More >>

Parliament: Questions and Answers - Sept 24

Tuesday, 24 September 2019, 5:30 pm | Hansard

1. DAVID SEYMOUR (Leader—ACT) to the Prime Minister : Does he stand by the Prime Minister's reported statement in relation to the Arms (Prohibited Firearms, Magazines, and Parts) Amendment Act 2019 that "Initially, we said we were going to deal ... More >>

Minister misses his chance to deliver on transport

Tuesday, 24 September 2019, 4:26 pm | New Zealand National Party

Phil Twyford has squandered a golden opportunity to turn his humiliating Auckland light rail backdown into a positive by redirecting funds towards the roading projects Kiwis are crying out for, National’s transport spokesperson Chris Bishop says. More >>

Terms of Reference for CAA Review released

Tuesday, 24 September 2019, 4:10 pm | New Zealand Government

Transport Minister Phil Twyford today released the terms of reference for the Ministry of Transport’s organisational review of the Civil Aviation Authority. More >>

Peters says he hasn’t betrayed licensed firearm owners

Tuesday, 24 September 2019, 3:27 pm | ACT New Zealand

“Winston Peters has today refused to accept that he betrayed or scapegoated licensed firearm owners by supporting the Government’s gun law changes and ‘buy-back’ scheme”, ACT Leader David Seymour says. More >>

Arms Legislation Bill, first reading

Tuesday, 24 September 2019, 3:15 pm | New Zealand Government

There are tragedies, or crimes, or losses in our communities that have shaped all of us in this Parliament in our own way. More >>

New Zealand already is the most sustainable food producer

Tuesday, 24 September 2019, 3:00 pm | New Zealand National Party

When the Prime Minister told the United Nations (UN) she was determined for New Zealand to be the most sustainable food producer in the world, she should have realised that we already are, National’s Agriculture spokesperson Todd Muller says. More >>

Labour announces National’s decile policy two years late

Tuesday, 24 September 2019, 1:43 pm | New Zealand National Party

Education Minister Chris Hipkins’ decile announcement is little more than political theatre, National’s Education spokesperson Nikki Kaye says. More >>

School deciles gone in two years, says Education Minister

Tuesday, 24 September 2019, 12:25 pm | New Zealand Government

School deciles will be replaced in 2021 or 2022 by an Equity Index that better aligns equity funding to actual levels of socio-economic disadvantage in our schools, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. More >>

Major work begins on Metro Sports Facility

Tuesday, 24 September 2019, 12:03 pm | New Zealand Government

Work on the Metro Sports Facility is ramping up, with the first major concrete pour for the site carried out the early hours of this morning, says Minister Megan Woods. More >>

Parliament: Oral Questions - 24 September 2019

Tuesday, 24 September 2019, 11:52 am | Office of the Clerk

1. DAVID SEYMOUR to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by the Prime Minister’s reported statement in relation to the Arms (Prohibited Firearms, Magazines, and Parts) Amendment Act 2019 that “Initially, we said we were going to deal with the guns that we thought ... More >>

Government to strengthen law against unfair practices

Tuesday, 24 September 2019, 11:02 am | New Zealand Government

Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi and Minister for Small Business Stuart Nash have today announced new measures to better protect businesses and consumers from unfair commercial practices. More >>

Green light for Manawatū Gorge replacement highway

Tuesday, 24 September 2019, 9:13 am | New Zealand Government

The Government has earmarked funding of up to $620 million for construction of the Manawatū Gorge replacement highway, Transport Minister Phil Twyford today announced. More >>

PM’s meeting with Trump a triumph

Tuesday, 24 September 2019, 9:07 am | New Zealand Government

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says the meeting between the Prime Minister and the US President in New York this morning is a diplomatic coup. “Securing a 25-minute long meeting with the US President during the UN Leaders Week is an achievement ... More >>

Remarks to Christchurch Call Leaders’ Dialogue

Tuesday, 24 September 2019, 8:54 am | New Zealand Government

E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā iwi, e ngā rau rangatira ma Tēnā koutou katoa It has been four months since some of us met in Paris to adopt the Christchurch Call to Action to eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content online. Since May, ... More >>

Progress made on eliminating terrorist content online

Tuesday, 24 September 2019, 8:53 am | New Zealand Government

World leaders and tech companies have announced significant progress on the implementation of the Christchurch Call to Action to eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content online at a meeting held at the United Nations in New York today. The Call was launched ... More >>

Minister must explain paedophile on Abuse Royal Commission

Tuesday, 24 September 2019, 8:36 am | New Zealand National Party

Tracey Martin needs to immediately explain how a convicted paedophile has been allowed to be involved in meetings at the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care, Leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges says. “It is impossible to comprehend how ... More >>

PM - Keynote Address to UN CAS Private Sector Forum

Tuesday, 24 September 2019, 8:35 am | New Zealand Government

Mr Secretary-General, leaders, ladies and gentlemen. Recently in New Zealand our journalists, like many around the world, took part in the Covering Climate Now campaign. During this campaign one story detailed a dramatic hypothetical account of our country ... More >>

Speech to United Nations Climate Action Summit

Tuesday, 24 September 2019, 8:29 am | New Zealand Government

Earlier this year I visited the remote atolls of Tokelau in the South Pacific. With a population of 1,500 people that is only accessible by boat, they have a story not often heard but a message that must be shared. It’s a message underscored by their ... More >>

‘Buy-back’ farce continues, just two gunsmiths for Auckland

Tuesday, 24 September 2019, 8:15 am | ACT New Zealand

“Police have named just two gunsmiths able to make firearms modifications before 20 December in a city of 1.6 million, showing what a farce the ‘buy-back’ has become”, according to ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

Plan to protect endangered species from illegal trade

Tuesday, 24 September 2019, 8:06 am | New Zealand Government

The Government is planning to strengthen New Zealand’s measures to prevent international trade in endangered species the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage announced today. More >>

Amateur hour as PM shoots mouth off about Spark coverage

Monday, 23 September 2019, 4:27 pm | ACT New Zealand

“Winston Peters’ performance as Acting Prime Minister shows why we’re lucky it’s only temporary”, according to ACT Leader David Seymour. “Spark is a private company. There is nothing the Government can or should do to make its technology ... More >>

Electorate boundaries late with big data gaps

Monday, 23 September 2019, 3:38 pm | New Zealand National Party

The problems with Census 2018 continue with the population data out today, a year late, and the scramble to complete electorate boundaries for the 2020 election, National’s Electoral Law spokesperson Dr Nick Smith says. More >>

National pushes Labour-lite firearms changes

Monday, 23 September 2019, 3:37 pm | ACT New Zealand

“National’s counterproposals to the Government’s Arms Legislation Bill are Labour-lite at best”, according to ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

Global Settlement Agreement finalised

Monday, 23 September 2019, 3:31 pm | New Zealand Government

The Crown has signed and sealed its global settlement deal with the Christchurch City Council, marking a major milestone in getting the city back to full local leadership. More >>

Team to support emergency responses up and running

Monday, 23 September 2019, 1:03 pm | New Zealand Government

Civil Defence Minister Hon Peeni Henare today announced that the Emergency Management Assistance Team has been established and is ready to be deployed to provide support in an emergency response. More >>

National outlines changes needed to Arms Bill

Monday, 23 September 2019, 12:34 pm | New Zealand National Party

National has today outlined the 13 changes we want to see in the second tranche of gun reforms before considering our support, National’s Police spokesperson Brett Hudson says. “The Government has unduly focused responsibility and regulation on ... More >>

Minister James Shaw welcomes 2018 Census first release

Monday, 23 September 2019, 11:44 am | New Zealand Government

Statistics Minister James Shaw has welcomed the first release of 2018 Census data. More >>

So-called economic ‘plan’ is weak and underdone

Monday, 23 September 2019, 11:41 am | New Zealand National Party

The Government’s economic plan is weak, underdone and will do nothing to restore confidence in the economy, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith and Economic Development spokesperson Todd McClay say. More >>

Business tax changes back Kiwi companies to grow

Monday, 23 September 2019, 9:51 am | New Zealand Government

The Coalition Government is backing Kiwi companies to innovate and grow by making it easier to invest in new assets and business models, and giving start-ups a better shot at success. More >>




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