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NZ condemns Japan’s whaling in Southern Ocean

Thursday, 9 November 2017, 4:49 pm | New Zealand Government

Foreign Minister Winston Peters says Japan’s decision to continue whaling in the Southern Ocean is out of step with international opinion and defies scientific advice. More >>

Minister honours “Wahine Toa” Māori broadcasting star

Thursday, 9 November 2017, 4:03 pm | New Zealand Government

Associate Minister for Māori Development, Willie Jackson said it was an honour last night to present the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2017 Ngā Kupu Ora Māori Book and Journalism Awards to one of the Māori World’s wahine toa veteran broadcasting ... More >>

Government affirms commitment to better labour laws in film

Thursday, 9 November 2017, 4:01 pm | New Zealand Government

Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety Iain Lees-Galloway has today announced that the Government will collaborate with representatives of both the film industry and people working in film and television to develop a durable framework for workplace ... More >>

Government must get TPP over the line

Thursday, 9 November 2017, 1:10 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Government must pull out all the stops to complete TPP11 in Vietnam this weekend and it can be assured of National’s support for a high-quality free trade agreement if it does so, National Party Leader Bill English says. More >>

Defence Minister needs to speak up

Thursday, 9 November 2017, 12:22 pm | New Zealand National Party

Defence Minister Ron Mark should stand up for our Defence Force after its integrity was seriously called into question by the Government yesterday, National’s Defence Spokesperson Mark Mitchell says. More >>

Questions of the Day - Nov 9

Thursday, 9 November 2017, 12:08 pm | Office of the Clerk

1. Rt Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Prime Minister: What will the specific measurable targets be, if any, that she will used to hold her Government to account? More >>

Labour-led government committed to increasing public safety

Thursday, 9 November 2017, 12:07 pm | New Zealand Government

Police Minister Stuart Nash has expressed concern that a number of New Zealanders have reported feeling less safe in the latest Citizens Satisfaction Survey, commissioned by New Zealand Police. More >>

Transparency needed on Government spending plans

Thursday, 9 November 2017, 11:57 am | New Zealand National Party

The new Government needs to be much clearer on its spending plans so that public institutions like Treasury and the Reserve Bank have sufficient information to perform their roles effectively, National Party Finance Spokesperson Steven Joyce says. More >>

Ministers welcome Pacific focus at climate meeting

Thursday, 9 November 2017, 8:21 am | New Zealand Government

Minister for Climate Change MEDIA STATEMENT Hon Minister Aupito William Sio Minister for Pacific Peoples 9 November 2017 More >>

New Minister wishes students well for exams

Thursday, 9 November 2017, 8:19 am | New Zealand Government

Education Minister Chris Hipkins has wished students well on the eve of NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship examinations. More >>

Government moves to extend Paid Parental Leave

Wednesday, 8 November 2017, 6:23 pm | New Zealand Government

Government moves to extend Paid Parental Leave to 26 weeks with urgency Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety Iain Lees-Galloway has introduced a Bill extending paid parental leave to 26 weeks by 2020 to Parliament today, saying it is a vitally ... More >>

Speech: Seymour - Address in Reply Debate

Wednesday, 8 November 2017, 5:24 pm | ACT New Zealand

I rise on behalf of the ACT Party in reply to the Governor General’s Speech. More >>

No new mines on conservation land signalled

Wednesday, 8 November 2017, 5:19 pm | New Zealand Government

No new mines on conservation land signalled The Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage has today confirmed that the new Government will strengthen the protection for public conservation land by making it off-limits for new mining. The announcement ... More >>

Partnership schools legislation creates more confusion

Wednesday, 8 November 2017, 3:46 pm | New Zealand National Party

The latest decision by the Government to continue with the Education (Public Good not Profit from Charter Schools) Bill will add to the confusion about the future of these schools for the families and students who care deeply about them, National ... More >>

Government must build on NZ’s success

Wednesday, 8 November 2017, 3:36 pm | New Zealand National Party

National Party Leader Bill English has challenged the new Government to continue to build on New Zealand’s success, making the most of the strong platform laid by the hard work of New Zealanders, backed by the former National Government. “In ... More >>

Governor-General: Speech from the Throne - Nov 8

Wednesday, 8 November 2017, 2:24 pm | Governor General

E nga mema honore o te whare nei, te whare paremata o Aotearoa, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, kā nui te mihi ki a koutou. More >>

New Zealand to resume exports of casings to China

Wednesday, 8 November 2017, 2:01 pm | New Zealand Government

New Zealand’s exports in semi-processed casings are set to resume in the next few weeks following successful talks between New Zealand and China, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor announced today. More >>

Hipkins Causes More Charter School Confusion

Wednesday, 8 November 2017, 1:26 pm | ACT New Zealand

"Education Minister Chris Hipkins has caused more confusion to Partnership Schools and their students by reinstating the Education (Charter Schools for Public Good Not Profit) Bill," says ACT Leader David Seymour." More >>

Teina Pora compensation adjustment

Wednesday, 8 November 2017, 9:30 am | New Zealand Government

Justice Minister Andrew Little has announced the Government will provide Teina Pora with an inflation adjustment to his compensation for wrongful conviction and 20 years of imprisonment. More >>

Labour should be careful with Reserve Bank Review

Tuesday, 7 November 2017, 4:13 pm | New Zealand National Party

Labour should be careful with Reserve Bank Review The Labour Party should be careful with its review of the Reserve Bank so there remains complete clarity over the Bank’s primary role, National Party Finance Spokesperson Steven Joyce says. “The Reserve ... More >>

Labour making a hash of tertiary education

Tuesday, 7 November 2017, 2:40 pm | New Zealand National Party

Labour is leaving students and the tertiary education sector in turmoil because of its inability to outline the true impacts of its “free” tertiary education policy, Tertiary Education Spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says. “The policy is just ... More >>

National backs Mallard to keep his word

Tuesday, 7 November 2017, 12:28 pm | New Zealand National Party

National has supported Trevor Mallard’s appointment as Parliament’s Speaker as a result of his repeated expressions of support for a robust and fair Parliament, committed to holding the Government to account. “The National Party accepted Labour’s ... More >>

Government trying to limit scrutiny

Tuesday, 7 November 2017, 11:29 am | New Zealand National Party

The Government is trying to limit scrutiny of its actions by attempting to cut the number of Opposition MPs on select committees because it is short on numbers itself, Shadow Leader of the House Simon Bridges says. More >>

Government accounts in line with forecast

Tuesday, 7 November 2017, 10:20 am | New Zealand Government

The Government’s accounts for the first three months of the fiscal year tracked largely in line with Treasury’s Budget forecasts, says Finance Minister Grant Robertson. More >>

Grant Robertson Announces Review of Reserve Bank Act

Tuesday, 7 November 2017, 10:13 am | New Zealand Government

Minister of Finance Grant Robertson today released the Terms of Reference for the Government’s review of the Reserve Bank Act 1989, and re-signed the current Policy Targets Agreement with Reserve Bank Acting Governor Grant Spencer. More >>

Financial Statements of the Government

Tuesday, 7 November 2017, 10:06 am | The Treasury

The Financial Statements of the Government of New Zealand for the three months ended 30 September 2017 were released by the Treasury today. The statements are compared against forecasts based on the 2017 Budget Economic and Fiscal Update (BEFU) published ... More >>

PM Ardern to attend APEC and the East Asia Summit

Monday, 6 November 2017, 6:12 pm | New Zealand Government

Prime Minister Ardern to attend APEC and the East Asia Summit Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will travel to Da Nang, Viet Nam to attend the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Meeting 10-11 November. The Prime Minister will then ... More >>

Celebrating 40 years of science cooperation

Monday, 6 November 2017, 4:25 pm | New Zealand Government

Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods has today welcomed German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier at an event in Wellington to celebrate 40 years of thriving science cooperation between New Zealand and Germany. More >>

Paid parental leave to be extended to 26 weeks

Monday, 6 November 2017, 4:07 pm | New Zealand Government

Parents can look forward to 26 weeks paid parental leave by July 2020 as part of the Labour-led government’s promise to better support working families with new-born and young children, says Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. More >>

Don’t start politicising public entities

Monday, 6 November 2017, 3:22 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Coalition Government should haul new Health Minister David Clark into line and stop him demanding resignation letters from all the District Health Board Chairs around the country, National Party Spokesperson for State Services Todd McClay says. ... More >>

Free Press ACT’s regular bulletin

Monday, 6 November 2017, 9:36 am | ACT New Zealand

They're at it Again Remember the Electoral Finance Act? This assault on democracy was the Clark Government's epitaph (ACT's John Boscawen helped it into its grave with enormous Queen St Marches for Democracy). Well, the Labour party are attacking ... More >>

Tell Goff to control spending instead of adding taxes

Sunday, 5 November 2017, 4:39 pm | New Zealand National Party

Tell Goff to control spending instead of adding taxes The Government should tell Phil Goff and his council to control their spending to free up money for public transport rather than letting them raid Aucklanders’ wallets with a regional fuel tax, National ... More >>

Lower prison muster a priority in Corrections

Sunday, 5 November 2017, 1:57 pm | New Zealand Government

Lower prison muster a priority in Corrections Public safety and the needs of victims will be at the heart of the Government’s efforts to reduce the prison muster, says Minister of Corrections Kelvin Davis. “I am tasking my officials with examining ... More >>

Struggling Minister Can't Get Story Straight

Sunday, 5 November 2017, 1:08 pm | ACT New Zealand

"The Education Minister needs to take a deep breath and consult with people affected by his decisions before making conflicting statements that affect children's learning," says ACT leader David Seymour. More >>

Victorian Upper House Shows the Way on Assisted Dying

Sunday, 5 November 2017, 1:03 pm | ACT New Zealand

ACT "The State of Victoria is showing the way on Assisted Dying legislation," says ACT Leader David Seymour. "On Friday the State's Upper House voted 22-18 in favour of the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017, a critical step in legalising ... More >>

Marama Davidson to adopt Te rā o Parihaka Bill

Sunday, 5 November 2017, 12:25 pm | Green Party

Marama Davidson to adopt Te rā o Parihaka Bill Today on the 136th anniversary of the invasion of Parihaka, the Green Party is strengthening its call for a national Parihaka Day, announcing that Marama Davidson will re-enter the Māori Party’s ... More >>

Education Minister in Over His Head

Sunday, 5 November 2017, 12:01 pm | ACT New Zealand

"Education Minister Chris Hipkins is already in over his head," says ACT Leader David Seymour after the Minister sort-of cancelled four Partnership Schools who have been contracted to open in 14 months' time. More >>

Four new partnership schools cancelled without telling them

Saturday, 4 November 2017, 5:18 pm | New Zealand National Party

Reports today that Chris Hipkins has cancelled four new partnership schools with signed contracts with the Crown due to start in 2019 will be hugely disappointing for the promoters of the schools and families planning to send their children there, ... More >>

Christchurch to be more accessible

Saturday, 4 November 2017, 2:09 pm | New Zealand National Party

Christchurch to be more accessible Christchurch organisations have made significant progress in advocating for those with disabilities by establishing the Accessibility Charter, National’s Disability Issues spokesperson Nicky Wagner says. “It is ... More >>

High Court decision on climate change response welcomed

Friday, 3 November 2017, 5:27 pm | New Zealand Government

High Court decision on climate change response welcomed Minister for Climate Change James Shaw today welcomed the High Court decision in Thomson v Attorney General as an important judicial contribution to the critical issue of how Government should ... More >>

Nash buckling under pressure as divisions emerge

Friday, 3 November 2017, 4:24 pm | New Zealand National Party

Nash buckling under pressure as divisions emerge Only one week into the job new Police Minister Stuart Nash is already feeling the heat and walking back his own half-baked ideas, National’s Police Spokesperson Chris Bishop says. “Having just floated ... More >>

Winston Peters responds to Brownlee’s comments

Friday, 3 November 2017, 3:27 pm | New Zealand Government

“On becoming Foreign Minister and upon learning of the Iranian Diplomat’s comments in June of this year, the following press statement was released by my ministry: More >>

Investigation into former Waikato District Health Board CE

Friday, 3 November 2017, 2:59 pm | New Zealand Government

Health Minister David Clark has directed the State Services Commissioner to launch an investigation into the circumstances surrounding allegations of wrongful expenditure by the former Chief Executive of the Waikato District Health Board. More >>

PM: Statement on Manus Island

Friday, 3 November 2017, 2:49 pm | New Zealand Government

Statement on Manus Island Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has reconfirmed New Zealand’s offer to Australia to take 150 refugees who have been subject to the offshore processing legislation. “New Zealand’s offer comes from within our existing refugee quota ... More >>

Thanks Long Service Corrections staff

Friday, 3 November 2017, 2:29 pm | New Zealand Government

Corrections Minister, Hon Kelvin Davis, has attended his first official function today acknowledging the work of thirty Corrections staff at the Tai Tokerau Long Service Awards in Whangarei. More >>

Hateful diplomat should be expelled

Friday, 3 November 2017, 10:04 am | New Zealand National Party

National Party Foreign Affairs spokesperson Gerry Brownlee says reports that an Iranian diplomat delivered what was effectively a hate speech at an Auckland mosque in June raises questions as to why Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters hasn’t ... More >>

Prime Minister welcomes Venice Biennale artist

Thursday, 2 November 2017, 7:22 pm | New Zealand Government

Prime Minister welcomes Venice Biennale artist Prime Minister and Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Jacinda Ardern has today welcomed the announcement that Dane Mitchell is the artist selected for the 58th International Art Exhibition – La ... More >>

Faster action required on pay equality, says Minister

Thursday, 2 November 2017, 3:26 pm | New Zealand Government

A new international report reinforces that faster action is needed to address the gender pay gap and bring benefits to women, both in New Zealand and globally, says Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter. More >>

Dowie named spokesperson for Early Childhood Education

Thursday, 2 November 2017, 2:34 pm | New Zealand National Party

Sarah Dowie, MP for Invercargill, has been appointed spokesperson for Early Childhood Education by National Party Leader Bill English. More >>

National unveils strong Opposition team

Thursday, 2 November 2017, 1:56 pm | New Zealand National Party

National Party Leader Bill English has unveiled a strong Opposition team which will hold the Government to account and ensure it does not squander the opportunities New Zealanders have created for our country in recent years. More >>

Fees-free tertiary study on fast track

Thursday, 2 November 2017, 11:35 am | New Zealand Government

Students are a step closer to a more affordable future as the new government fast-tracks work on its free-fees tertiary education promise. More >>

$84.6m in Marsden funding for NZ researchers

Thursday, 2 November 2017, 11:07 am | New Zealand Government

New Zealand’s top researchers have been awarded $84.6 million in grants through the 2017 Marsden Fund investment round, Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods announced today. More >>

Andrew Little receives Hagaman decision

Thursday, 2 November 2017, 10:41 am | Andrew Little

Labour List MP Andrew Little has just received the decision on the appeal of the late Earl Raymond Hagaman v Andrew James Little. More >>

Unemployment trends down, but still more to do

Wednesday, 1 November 2017, 3:43 pm | New Zealand Government

Minister of Employment Willie Jackson has today welcomed the release of the Household Labour Force Survey, which shows unemployment falling to 4.6 per cent. “It’s good to see the rate of unemployment continue to trend down, but with 126,000 people ... More >>

Cocaine seizure in Tauranga will reduce harm

Wednesday, 1 November 2017, 3:37 pm | New Zealand Government

The seizure of 46 kilograms of cocaine in Tauranga today following a joint operation between New Zealand Police and the New Zealand Customs Service will make a real difference in our communities and prevent further harm. More >>

New government inherits very strong labour market

Wednesday, 1 November 2017, 1:06 pm | New Zealand National Party

New Zealand’s strong employment market and dropping unemployment rate reflects the hard work of all our businesses and the confidence they have had in the country’s economic plan over the last nine years, National Party Leader Bill English says. More >>

Andrew Little Gives 8,759 Strike Offences a Clean Slate

Wednesday, 1 November 2017, 9:31 am | ACT New Zealand

"Andrew Little has just created the evilest clean slate law. He's told the criminals responsible for 8,759 violent and sexual offences scheduled in the Sentencing Act that they can commit more crimes without facing longer sentences," says ACT ... More >>

Statement on Equal Pay legislation

Wednesday, 1 November 2017, 9:25 am | New Zealand Government

The Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety Iain Lees-Galloway and the Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter have today reaffirmed the new Government’s commitment to halting the Employment (Pay Equity and Equal Pay) Bill that was introduced by ... More >>

Labour’s housing “ban” half-cooked

Tuesday, 31 October 2017, 5:26 pm | New Zealand National Party

Labour’s housing “ban” half-cooked The Labour Government’s jury-rigged “ban” on selling houses to foreign buyers in a very strange announcement that raises many more questions than it answers, National Party Finance spokesperson Steven Joyce ... More >>

Foreign speculators house ban

Tuesday, 31 October 2017, 4:13 pm | New Zealand Government

Foreign speculators house ban Foreign speculators will no longer be able to buy houses in New Zealand from early next year, says Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. “We are determined to make it easier for Kiwis to buy their first home so we are stopping ... More >>

 
 
 
 
 
 

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