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Canterbury tax relief, GST loophole closed

Tuesday, 14 August 2018, 4:09 pm | New Zealand Government

Revenue Minister Stuart Nash has confirmed Parliament will extend tax relief for Canterbury businesses affected by issues relating to depreciation following the earthquakes. More >>

New appointments to Waikato and Counties Manukau DHBs

Tuesday, 14 August 2018, 3:18 pm | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Dr David Clark has announced new appointments to the Waikato and Counties Manukau District Health Boards. More >>

Historic pay equity settlement for education support workers

Tuesday, 14 August 2018, 3:00 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government is proud to announce that hundreds of women working in education, who have fought for years to be paid fairly, are to get a pay rise of up to 30 percent in a historic settlement for pay equity. More >>

Parliament: Oral Questions - 14 August 2018

Tuesday, 14 August 2018, 11:57 am | Office of the Clerk

1. Hon SIMON BRIDGES to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all her Government’s statements and actions? More >>

Young political leaders to broaden understanding of NZ

Tuesday, 14 August 2018, 11:05 am | Office of the Speaker

Seven young political and policy leaders from the USA are visiting New Zealand this week. More >>

Tackling barriers to Māori housing

Tuesday, 14 August 2018, 10:40 am | New Zealand Government

Māori Development Hon Minister Mahuta announces today a Māori housing finance wānanga to tackle barriers to accessing finance to build housing on Māori land. More >>

Investigation into Bridges leak needed

Monday, 13 August 2018, 7:42 pm | ACT New Zealand

ACT Leader David Seymour is calling for an investigation into the leak of Simon Bridges’ travel expenses. More >>

Political priorities trump election promises

Monday, 13 August 2018, 5:22 pm | New Zealand National Party

Shane Jones continues to spend hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars with no plan or oversight, while the Government repeatedly breaks promises claiming it doesn’t have enough money, National’s Regional Economic Development spokesperson Paul Goldsmith ... More >>

An Emissions Trading Scheme fit for purpose

Monday, 13 August 2018, 5:20 pm | New Zealand Government

An Emissions Trading Scheme fit for purpose Forestry Minister Shane Jones and Minister for Climate Change James Shaw have today opened consultation on improvements to the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS); New Zealand’s main tool for reducing greenhouse ... More >>

Time for the Greens to stop anti-democratic bill

Monday, 13 August 2018, 4:34 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Government’s decision to defer the consideration of the Electoral (Integrity) Amendment Bill this week gives the Green Party another opportunity to rediscover its principles and reject this draconian Bill, National’s Electoral Law Reform ... More >>

Gold stars for bureaucrats?

Monday, 13 August 2018, 4:18 pm | ACT New Zealand

"At a time of plummeting business confidence and growth expectations, the Prime Minister wants to give medals to New Zealand’s bureaucrats", says ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

Twyford leaving more questions than answers

Monday, 13 August 2018, 4:06 pm | New Zealand National Party

Today’s announcement on the opening of pre-qualification for KiwiBuild houses has left New Zealanders with more questions than answers, National’s Housing spokesperson Judith Collins says. More >>

Another milestone for One Billion Trees

Monday, 13 August 2018, 4:02 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government’s goal of planting more trees to create sustainable jobs and address climate change is receiving a $240 million boost, Forestry Minister Shane Jones has today announced. More >>

New medal for public service

Monday, 13 August 2018, 3:19 pm | New Zealand Government

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has today announced a new medal that recognises meritorious service in the Public Service. More >>

Fight to save services at Lumsden continues

Monday, 13 August 2018, 2:55 pm | New Zealand National Party

Clutha-Southland MP Hamish Walker says after today’s meeting with the Directors of the Lumsden Maternity Centre it’s clear there are a number of issues with the process followed to axe the birthing unit and he and the centre are not giving up ... More >>

Tabuteau steps up Economic Development in Waikato

Monday, 13 August 2018, 2:31 pm | New Zealand Government

Regional Economic Development Under-Secretary Fletcher Tabuteau will speak at a meeting in Hamilton today hosted by the newly formed Waikato Regional Economic Development Agency (WREDA) about the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) and the opportunities it provides ... More >>

Court support pilot to reduce trauma

Monday, 13 August 2018, 2:19 pm | New Zealand Government

A service is being piloted to reduce the trauma experienced by sexual violence survivors going through the criminal justice system, says Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni. More >>

Winston sells out on smaller Parliament, Māori seats

Monday, 13 August 2018, 1:03 pm | ACT New Zealand

"Winston Peters has made an embarrassing backdown on the size of Parliament and the Māori seats”, says ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

Support for organic standard

Monday, 13 August 2018, 12:30 pm | New Zealand Government

Food Safety Minister Damien O’Connor says a majority of public submissions support the Government’s preferred approach of a single set of rules for organic production. More >>

Hong Kong double tax agreement updated

Monday, 13 August 2018, 11:05 am | New Zealand Government

Revenue Minister Stuart Nash says New Zealand’s ability to detect and prevent tax evasion is enhanced by an update to our double tax agreement with Hong Kong which is now in force. More >>

KiwiBuild pre-qualification opens

Monday, 13 August 2018, 10:43 am | New Zealand Government

Minister of Housing and Urban Development Phil Twyford has welcomed the opening of pre-qualification for first homebuyers and second-chancers wanting to buy a KiwiBuild home. More >>

Have your say on the Ngāti Rangi Claims Settlement Bill

Monday, 13 August 2018, 10:07 am | Office of the Clerk

Public submissions are now open on the Ngāti Rangi Claims Settlement Bill, which is being considered by Parliament’s Māori Affairs Committee. More >>

ACT will deliver fewer politicians

Sunday, 12 August 2018, 1:31 pm | ACT New Zealand

EMBARGOED UNTIL 1:30PM, 12 AUGUST 2018 ACT is drawing a line in the sand on the size of government with a new bill aimed at rolling back the the state. Party Leader David Seymour today revealed his Smaller Government Bill which will reduce the size of ... More >>

Extension for exceptional employer awards

Sunday, 12 August 2018, 11:59 am | New Zealand Government

Associate Minister for Agriculture, Meka Whaitiri has extended the nomination period for the Primary Industries Good Employer Awards, in order to recognise more outstanding employers from the sector which employees around one in seven New Zealanders. More >>

New Zealand First Celebrates Plastic Bag Phase-Out

Friday, 10 August 2018, 4:03 pm | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First Spokesperson for the Environment Jenny Marcroft welcomes the Government’s announcement to phase-out single-use plastic bags. More >>

New strategic direction for small business

Friday, 10 August 2018, 1:46 pm | New Zealand Government

The role of small business in the economy is to be enhanced with a new strategy to drive performance and better connect small and medium enterprises with government, large businesses and research institutions. Small Business Minister Stuart Nash today ... More >>

Government cutting Lumsden maternity services

Friday, 10 August 2018, 12:24 pm | New Zealand National Party

Clutha-Southland MP Hamish Walker says the Government’s decision to downgrade the Lumsden Maternity Centre to a non-birthing unit puts mothers and babies at risk. More >>

Government needs to focus on the economy

Friday, 10 August 2018, 11:48 am | New Zealand National Party

The Government’s decision to impose a plastic bag ban while neglecting to address plummeting business confidence and slowing economic growth shows it’s focused on low-hanging fruit that won’t make any real difference, National Leader Simon Bridges ... More >>

First wave of marae get funding boost

Friday, 10 August 2018, 11:46 am | New Zealand Government

Māori Development Minister Hon Nanaia Mahuta has today announced an investment of $725,000 in the late Koro Wētere’s whānau marae near Kawhia. More >>

Kids competition focuses on antibiotics

Friday, 10 August 2018, 11:00 am | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Dr David Clark is encouraging school children in years five to eight to fight germs as part of a nationwide poster competition about antibiotic resistance. More >>

Virtue-signalling Greens punish consumers, hurt environment

Friday, 10 August 2018, 10:49 am | ACT New Zealand

"The Green Party’s ban on plastic bags will punish responsible consumers and may produce worse environmental outcomes", says ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

Single-use plastic bags to be phased out

Friday, 10 August 2018, 10:45 am | New Zealand Government

Single-use plastic shopping bags will be phased out over the next year, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage announced today. More >>

Minister announces new International Education Strategy

Friday, 10 August 2018, 9:40 am | New Zealand Government

High-quality education delivery, student experience and global citizenship are among the pillars of a new government strategy for New Zealand’s international education sector announced today by Education Minister Chris Hipkins. More >>

Ngāti Rangi Settlement Bill passes first reading

Thursday, 9 August 2018, 4:45 pm | New Zealand Government

Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations, Hon Andrew Little, welcomed Ngāti Rangi to Parliament today to witness their Treaty settlement Bill pass its first reading. “Although no settlement could ever compensate Ngāti Rangi for the prejudice ... More >>

Still no real change in mental health

Thursday, 9 August 2018, 4:22 pm | New Zealand National Party

Today’s announcement by the Government of a six unit secure facility rings somewhat hollow given that the Government has callously cancelled 17 mental health initiatives that would have been making a difference right now, National’s Health spokesperson ... More >>

Parliament: Questions and Answers - August 9

Thursday, 9 August 2018, 4:15 pm | Hansard

1. DARROCH BALL (NZ First) to the Minister of Defence : What progress, if any, has been made regarding the procurement of a flight simulator for the NH90 helicopter fleet? Hon RON MARK (Minister of Defence) : Yesterday, I announced the purchase of ... More >>

Further Haumaha revelations raise more questions

Thursday, 9 August 2018, 3:06 pm | New Zealand National Party

Revelations about bullying and intimidation by Wally Haumaha against three female public servants are deeply troubling and raise further questions about Mr Haumaha’s appointment as Deputy Police Commissioner, National’s Police spokesperson Chris ... More >>

Native threatened freshwater fish thrown a lifeline

Thursday, 9 August 2018, 2:18 pm | New Zealand Government

A vital step towards better protecting indigenous freshwater fish was taken with today’s introduction of a new indigenous fish conservation bill in Parliament. More >>

Caring for high needs, vulnerable New Zealanders

Thursday, 9 August 2018, 1:51 pm | New Zealand Government

A new purpose-built mental health facility will mean a better environment, better care and an improved quality of life for a group of extremely vulnerable New Zealanders, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says. More >>

Unattractive Massey faces recruitment crisis

Thursday, 9 August 2018, 12:21 pm | ACT New Zealand

"Massey Vice-Chancellor Jan Thomas has cost the University hundreds of enrolments with her position on free speech, says ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

Parliament: Oral Questions - 9 August 2018

Thursday, 9 August 2018, 12:06 pm | Office of the Clerk

1. DARROCH BALL to the Minister of Defence: What progress, if any, has been made regarding the procurement of a flight simulator for the NH90 helicopter fleet? More >>

Targeted support must come with obligations

Thursday, 9 August 2018, 12:02 pm | New Zealand National Party

National supports efforts to get hard to reach young people into work but believes they must also be held accountable for that extra support and to get their lives on track, National’s Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment spokesperson Paula ... More >>

Helping young New Zealanders into work: Mana in Mahi

Thursday, 9 August 2018, 10:59 am | New Zealand Government

Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern Prime Minister MP for Mt Albert Hon Willie Jackson Minister of Employment 9 August 2018 PĀNUI PĀPĀHO MEDIA STATEMENT More >>

Start of new era in digital government procurement processes

Thursday, 9 August 2018, 10:39 am | New Zealand Government

Government Digital Services Minister Clare Curran has today announced the start a new era in digital government procurement processes. More >>

Govt abusing parliament to rush controversial law

Thursday, 9 August 2018, 10:14 am | New Zealand National Party

The use of extended sitting hours to ram through controversial electoral law is an abuse of parliamentary processes and will continue the downward spiral of free speech in New Zealand National’s electoral law spokesperson Nick Smith says. More >>

Canterbury mudfish slipping towards extinction

Thursday, 9 August 2018, 10:06 am | New Zealand Government

A new report shows serious concerns remain for the continued existence of the native Canterbury mudfish, which is on the brink of extinction. More >>

$13.2 million to create Otago cycle trail network

Thursday, 9 August 2018, 9:11 am | New Zealand Government

A 530-kilometre continuous cycle trail network across the Otago region will spread tourism spending to more local communities and create an estimated 329 full-time jobs, Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. More >>

Govt raising Māori expectations on water

Wednesday, 8 August 2018, 6:14 pm | New Zealand National Party

Environment Minister David Parker’s establishment of Kahui Wai Māori is just another attempt by this Labour-led Government to mislead Māori on freshwater issues, National’s Māori Development spokesperson Nuk Korako says. More >>

Minister of Foreign Affairs to visit Samoa

Wednesday, 8 August 2018, 5:07 pm | New Zealand Government

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters will travel to Samoa tomorrow to attend the Pacific Islands Forum Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, and meet with Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi. More >>

Australian Political Exchange staff visit

Wednesday, 8 August 2018, 5:05 pm | Office Of Speaker Of Parliament

Political staff from Australian Federal and State Parliaments are currently visiting New Zealand as part of the Australian Political Exchange. More >>

Shabby exploration ban will prove costly

Wednesday, 8 August 2018, 4:58 pm | New Zealand National Party

Further evidence shows that the Government’s sudden change in approach to offshore exploration opens it up to the risk of legal challenge, National’s Energy and Resources spokesperson Jonathan Young says. More >>

Parliament: Questions and Answers - August 8

Wednesday, 8 August 2018, 4:56 pm | Hansard

1. Hon SIMON BRIDGES (Leader of the Opposition) to the Prime Minister : Does she stand by all her Government's policies and actions? Rt Hon JACINDA ARDERN (Prime Minister) : Yes, and I also stand by my statements such as "our agenda will ... More >>

NH90 flight training to be based in New Zealand

Wednesday, 8 August 2018, 4:53 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government has approved the purchase of a new simulator for the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) NH90 helicopters. More >>

Major immigration backdown welcome, but too late

Wednesday, 8 August 2018, 4:51 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Government’s major backdown on post-study work rights for international students is welcome, but the damage to New Zealand’s international reputation has already been done, National’s Immigration spokesperson Michael Woodhouse and Associate ... More >>

Australian Senators to legalise Assisted Dying

Wednesday, 8 August 2018, 4:35 pm | ACT New Zealand

“Australia once again shows New Zealand the way on assisted dying legislation,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

No reason for Martin to lead Haumaha inquiry

Wednesday, 8 August 2018, 4:16 pm | New Zealand National Party

Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin’s suggestion that she is automatically responsible for appointing a Chair for the inquiry into the process that led to Wally Haumaha’s appointment as Deputy Police Commissioner is false and she must step ... More >>

New appointments to Walking Access Commission

Wednesday, 8 August 2018, 4:14 pm | New Zealand Government

Associate Agriculture Minister Meka Whaitiri has announced five new members to the Board of the New Zealand Walking Access Commission, tasked with enhancing walking access opportunities across New Zealand. More >>

Post-study work rights emphasise skills NZ needs

Wednesday, 8 August 2018, 4:10 pm | New Zealand Government

Minister of Immigration MEDIA STATEMENT 8 August 2018 EMBARGOED TO 4PM WEDNESDAY 8 AUGUST Post-study work rights emphasise skills NZ needs Changes to post-study work rights will help ensure international students coming to New Zealand gain in-demand ... More >>

EQC Tribunal fails to deliver for Christchurch

Wednesday, 8 August 2018, 4:08 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Canterbury Earthquakes Insurance Tribunal Bill is underwhelming and doesn’t provide any substantive relief for people with outstanding EQC claims, National’s EQC spokesperson Stuart Smith says. More >>

New KiwiRail Chair appointed

Wednesday, 8 August 2018, 4:04 pm | New Zealand Government

Greg Miller has been appointed to chair the KiwiRail board, Minister for State Owned Enterprises Winston Peters and Minister of Finance Grant Robertson announced today. More >>




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