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PM must reinforce NZ’s commitment to EU and UK FTAs

Sunday, 15 April 2018, 2:48 pm | New Zealand National Party

National Party Trade Spokesperson Todd McClay welcomes news that the Prime Minister will prioritise discussions about a free trade deal with the European Union and Post Brexit Trade talks with the UK as part of her visit to Europe and London this week. More >>

Ministers welcome another climate change breakthrough

Sunday, 15 April 2018, 12:50 pm | New Zealand Government

Climate Change Minister James Shaw and Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter today welcomed the successful adoption of a maritime greenhouse gas emissions reduction strategy at the United Nations International Maritime Organisation (IMO). More >>

Ardern: Statement on Syria

Saturday, 14 April 2018, 4:07 pm | New Zealand Government

This morning the Government was advised that targeted military action would be taken in response to the latest chemical weapons attack in Syria, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says. More >>

Mill Road project latest funding contradiction

Saturday, 14 April 2018, 3:53 pm | New Zealand National Party

Phil Twyford has taken his contradictory statements on major roading projects to another level with his comments on South Auckland’s crucial Mill Road second corridor project, National Party Transport Spokesperson Jami-Lee Ross says. More >>

Widening of loan scheme offers alternative to loan sharks

Friday, 13 April 2018, 4:21 pm | New Zealand Government

Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni has today announced the widening of a low-interest loan scheme for people who might otherwise fall victim to loan sharks. More >>

Kaye to support NZ Commonwealth Games Athletes

Friday, 13 April 2018, 3:51 pm | New Zealand National Party

National Party spokesperson for Sport and Recreation Nikki Kaye is heading to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games tomorrow to show her support for our Kiwi athletes. More >>

Opposition to teacher title bill growing

Friday, 13 April 2018, 3:32 pm | New Zealand National Party

National’s Education Spokesperson Nikki Kaye says a bill supported by the Labour Government will undermine educators throughout the country by restricting the use of the term ‘teacher’. More >>

Minister to open emergency management office

Friday, 13 April 2018, 12:21 pm | New Zealand Government

Minister of Civil Defence Hon Kris Faafoi will be in Hamilton on Monday 16 April to open the Waikato Group Emergency Management Office. Mr Faafoi says the new facility will improve the ability of the Waikato Civil Defence Emergency Management Group ... More >>

Have your say on the Social Assistance Bill

Friday, 13 April 2018, 12:02 pm | Social Services and Community Committee

The Social Services and Community Committee is seeking submissions on the Social Assistance (Residency Qualification) Legislation Bill. The bill would change the residential qualifications for New Zealand superannuation and the veterans’ pension ... More >>

Land Transport Management (Regional Fuel Tax) Amendment Bill

Friday, 13 April 2018, 11:18 am | Office of the Clerk

There’s just over a week remaining to tell the Finance and Expenditure Committee what you think about the Land Transport Management (Regional Fuel Tax) Amendment Bill, with submissions closing at midnight on Friday 20 April 2018. More >>

Financing climate action

Friday, 13 April 2018, 11:11 am | New Zealand Government

Key leaders from the finance, business, environment, church, government and academic communities met today to discuss economic opportunities arising from taking action on climate change. More >>

Progressive and inclusive Trade for All Agenda launched

Friday, 13 April 2018, 11:07 am | New Zealand Government

The Government will ask New Zealanders what is essential to them in future trade talks. More >>

Market studies Bill first reading signals powers

Friday, 13 April 2018, 11:00 am | New Zealand Government

Market studies Bill first reading signals powers to be in effect by end of 2018 More >>

$3.4m to extend Hauraki Rail Trail

Friday, 13 April 2018, 10:55 am | New Zealand Government

Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis today announced up to $3.4 million in funding to help improve and extend Waikato’s Hauraki Rail Trail. This is the second major investment to be made through the Ngā Haerenga, the New Zealand Cycle Trail Enhancement and ... More >>

Government slowing New Zealand down

Friday, 13 April 2018, 10:33 am | New Zealand National Party

The latest Infometrics economic forecasts show that after just six months the Ardern-Peters Government is steadily dismantling New Zealand’s strong economy with poor policies, Leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges says. More >>

PM to meet Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles

Friday, 13 April 2018, 10:22 am | New Zealand Government

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today confirmed she will meet Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth in a private audience at Buckingham Palace while visiting London for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting next week. More >>

Have your say on whether tenants should pay letting fees

Friday, 13 April 2018, 10:03 am | Social Services and Community Committee

The Social Services and Community Committee is seeking submissions on the Residential Tenancies (Prohibiting Letting Fees) Amendment Bill. The bill aims to ensure that costs associated with letting a rental property are met by the landlord, who benefits ... More >>

Speech to the FAO Regional Conference in Nadi

Friday, 13 April 2018, 9:41 am | New Zealand Government

Director General, Ministerial colleagues, Distinguished Delegates, ladies and gentlemen – warm Pacific greetings More >>

First meeting for airbag recall group

Friday, 13 April 2018, 9:15 am | New Zealand Government

Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi met with the Takata airbag oversight group at its first meeting in Wellington last night. More >>

Continuation of Airport Flyer and commuter buses great news

Friday, 13 April 2018, 8:41 am | Chris Bishop

“The announcement tonight that NZ Bus has decided to continue operating the Airport Flyer to and from Lower Hutt, as well as the direct commuter buses to Wellington, is outstanding news for Hutt residents” says MP for Hutt South Chris Bishop More >>

Consultation opens on Block Offer 2018

Thursday, 12 April 2018, 6:48 pm | New Zealand Government

Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods has today announced the start of consultation with iwi and hapū on the proposed Block Offer 2018 release area for petroleum exploration permits. More >>

An historic day for action on climate change

Thursday, 12 April 2018, 6:17 pm | New Zealand Government

Today ends all new oil and gas exploration in the waters around Aotearoa New Zealand. More >>

Australian racing expert to review NZ racing industry

Thursday, 12 April 2018, 6:14 pm | New Zealand Government

Racing Minister Winston Peters has announced the government has appointed senior Australian racing expert John Messara to review the New Zealand racing industry’s governance structures, and provide recommendations on future directions for the industry. More >>

Speech: Ardern - Planning for the future with climate change

Thursday, 12 April 2018, 6:10 pm | New Zealand Government

Planning for the future with climate change – we owe this to you Tena koutou katoa More >>

Community Organisation Grants Scheme funding is now open

Thursday, 12 April 2018, 5:54 pm | New Zealand Government

Applications for the 2018/2019 Community Organisation Grants Scheme are now open, Community and Voluntary Sector Minister Peeni Henare announced today. The Community Organisation Grants Scheme is a government-funded kaupapa with the aim of building ... More >>

Speech: Refresh puts spotlight on cyber security

Thursday, 12 April 2018, 5:25 pm | New Zealand Government

It is my pleasure to be here at the Wellington launch of Auckland University’s Cyber Security Foundry, following the establishment of the Foundry in Auckland last November. More >>

Have your say on the Privacy Bill

Thursday, 12 April 2018, 4:55 pm | Office of the Clerk

Have your say on the Privacy Bill You have until 24 May 2018 to have your say on the Privacy Bill. The Justice Committee is now inviting submissions on the Bill. More >>

Parliament: Questions and Answers - April 12

Thursday, 12 April 2018, 4:17 pm | Hansard

ORAL QUESTIONS QUESTIONS TO MINISTERS Question No. 1—Finance 1. Dr DEBORAH RUSSELL (Labour—New Lynn) to the Minister of Finance : What are the proposed capital and operating allowances in the 2017 Budget Policy Statement, and how do these compare ... More >>

The Coroners (Access to Body of Dead Person) Amendment Bill

Thursday, 12 April 2018, 4:00 pm | Office of the Clerk

Have your say on the Coroners (Access to Body of Dead Person) Amendment Bill Public submissions are now open on the Coroners (Access to Body of Dead Person) Amendment Bill, which is being considered by Parliament’s Māori Affairs Committee. More >>

Davis confirms more serious offenders to be let off

Thursday, 12 April 2018, 3:56 pm | New Zealand National Party

Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis has today confirmed that the Government is looking at relaxing bail and sentencing laws for serious and violent criminals, and interfering with police prosecutions to reduce the prison population, National’s Corrections ... More >>

Australian racing expert to review NZ racing industry

Thursday, 12 April 2018, 3:34 pm | New Zealand Government

Racing Minister Winston Peters has announced the government has appointed senior Australian racing expert John Messara to review the New Zealand racing industry’s governance structures, and provide recommendations on future directions for the industry. More >>

Refresh puts spotlight on cyber security

Thursday, 12 April 2018, 3:20 pm | New Zealand Government

Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Minister Clare Curran today announced a comprehensive refresh of New Zealand’s approach to cyber security. More >>

Vaccination our best shot to avoid the flu

Thursday, 12 April 2018, 2:52 pm | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Dr David Clark has rolled up his sleeve today for his influenza vaccination as part of the annual campaign that kicked off last week. More >>

Labour’s ideology threatens Pasifika potential

Thursday, 12 April 2018, 12:59 pm | New Zealand National Party

National’s spokesperson for Pacific Peoples, Alfred Ngaro, says the very real progress being made by Pacific students is being put at risk by the Government backing away from using a targeted approach to their education. More >>

Parliament: Oral Questions - 12 April 2018

Thursday, 12 April 2018, 11:47 am | Office of the Clerk

1. Dr DEBORAH RUSSELL to the Minister of Finance: What are the proposed capital and operating allowances in the 2017 Budget Policy Statement, and how do these compare to previous periods? More >>

Hipkins: Ensuring a strong polytechnic sector

Thursday, 12 April 2018, 11:35 am | New Zealand Government

12 April 2018 MEDIA STATEMENT Ensuring a strong polytechnic sector for New Zealand’s regions Education Minister Chris Hipkins has outlined a programme of work to reform the polytechnic sector to make sure these institutions are sustainable and effective ... More >>

Simon Bridges: Speech to Rutherford College

Thursday, 12 April 2018, 11:34 am | New Zealand National Party

Good morning. It’s great to be back here at Rutherford College. More >>

National to fight for public safety

Thursday, 12 April 2018, 11:26 am | New Zealand National Party

National Party Leader Simon Bridges says law and order, and the safety and security of New Zealanders, will be one of his core priorities as Leader of the Opposition. More >>

Latest greenhouse gas figures show a rise in emissions

Thursday, 12 April 2018, 10:58 am | New Zealand Government

The latest inventory of New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions shows that, as at 2016, there had been a 19.6 percent increase in emissions on 1990 levels, Climate Change Minister James Shaw has announced. More >>

Existing Oil And Gas Permit Holders Will Be Protected

Thursday, 12 April 2018, 10:55 am | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First Deputy Leader and energy spokesperson Fletcher Tabuteau says New Zealand First is proud to have negotiated an outcome that will protect the rights of existing permit holders in the oil and gas industry. More >>

Gas and petroleum decision is economic vandalism

Thursday, 12 April 2018, 10:53 am | New Zealand National Party

The Government’s decision to ban gas and petroleum exploration is economic vandalism that makes no environmental sense, National MPs Jonathan Young and Todd Muller says. More >>

Oil and gas decision historic day for New Zealand

Thursday, 12 April 2018, 10:51 am | Green Party

The Green Party is heralding today’s announcement ending new fossil fuel exploration in New Zealand’s oceans as a massive step towards a stable climate and to protecting our marine life and beaches. More >>

Ending offshore exploration is lose-lose

Thursday, 12 April 2018, 10:47 am | ACT New Zealand

“The Government’s decision to end offshore oil and gas exploration will put 11,000 jobs at risk and could harm the environment”, says ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

Oil and gas changes show Govt's brazen arrogance

Thursday, 12 April 2018, 10:46 am | ACT New Zealand

“The Government has shown breathtaking arrogance by keeping the oil and gas industry in the dark over changes to the sector”, says ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

Clean energy a regional development opportunity

Thursday, 12 April 2018, 10:41 am | New Zealand Government

Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones welcomes the opportunity to work with New Zealand’s energy sector as the country begins a just transition to a low carbon economy. More >>

No new permits for offshore exploration

Thursday, 12 April 2018, 10:37 am | New Zealand Government

The Coalition Government is taking an important step to address climate change and create a clean, green and sustainable future for New Zealand, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. More >>

Four well-beings core to local government’s role

Wednesday, 11 April 2018, 11:28 pm | New Zealand Government

The Local Government (Community Well-being) Amendment Bill seeks to restate the promotion of social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being of communities to the statutory purpose of local government. More >>

Government Passes Puppy Dogs and Ice-cream Bill

Wednesday, 11 April 2018, 11:25 pm | ACT New Zealand

The Local Government (Community Well-Being) Ammendment Bill should be renamed the Puppy Dogs and Icecream Bill, according to ACT Leader David Seymour More >>

Privacy Bill to protect and promote privacy risks

Wednesday, 11 April 2018, 8:30 pm | New Zealand Government

A Bill introduced by Justice Minister Hon Andrew Little to replace New Zealand’s Privacy Act has had its first reading. More >>

Inquiry into Hit and Run allegations unnecessary

Wednesday, 11 April 2018, 5:02 pm | New Zealand National Party

An inquiry into the allegations raised in the book Hit and Run undermines our Defence Force, risks New Zealand’s relationship with its defence allies and is ultimately an expensive waste of tax-payer money, National’s Defence spokesperson Mark Mitchell ... More >>

Parliament: Questions and Answers - April 11

Wednesday, 11 April 2018, 4:56 pm | Hansard

1. Hon SIMON BRIDGES (Leader of the Opposition) to the Prime Minister : Does she stand by all of her Government's policies and actions? Rt Hon JACINDA ARDERN (Prime Minister) : Yes. Hon Simon Bridges : On what date did she conclude that things were ... More >>

Approval for Inquiry into Operation Burnham

Wednesday, 11 April 2018, 4:24 pm | New Zealand Government

11 April 2018 MEDIA STATEMENT Approval for Inquiry into Operation Burnham Attorney-General David Parker has today announced a Government Inquiry will be held into Operation Burnham and related events. The operation undertaken in Tirgiran Valley, Afghanistan, ... More >>

Government back-flipping worthy of Gold

Wednesday, 11 April 2018, 4:05 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Prime Minister and her Housing Minister have been left red-faced and scrambling to explain critical statements Ms Ardern made when in Opposition about plans to build thousands of houses on the Unitec Site in Auckland. More >>

Govt heeding call for unrelenting focus on child wellbeing

Wednesday, 11 April 2018, 4:03 pm | New Zealand Government

A UN report into child wellbeing reinforces the government’s sense of urgency in putting children at the heart of everything we do, Prime Minister and Minister for Child Poverty Reduction Jacinda Ardern says. More >>

New Zealand Transport Agency Chair appointed

Wednesday, 11 April 2018, 4:01 pm | New Zealand Government

Transport Minister Phil Twyford today announced the appointment of Michael Stiassny as Chair of the New Zealand Transport Agency Board. More >>

Australia's NZ Steel continues campaign against imports

Wednesday, 11 April 2018, 3:45 pm | BusinessDesk

April 11 (BusinessDesk) - Australian-owned New Zealand Steel is persisting with its campaign to secure greater protection from Chinese imports, lodging its third complaint that dumped foreign-produced goods are undercutting local manufacturers. More >>

Minister cancels irrigation projects without meeting CIIL

Wednesday, 11 April 2018, 3:38 pm | New Zealand National Party

Communities relying on regional irrigation schemes to grow their economies will be outraged to hear that some have been cancelled without the Minister for Agriculture ever meeting with Crown Irrigation Investments Limited (CIIL), National’s Agricultural ... More >>

Government should commit to rural communities

Wednesday, 11 April 2018, 1:09 pm | New Zealand National Party

National is urging the Government to support the Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand (RHAANZ) with ongoing funding, National Party associate spokesperson for Health Dr Shane Reti and National Party spokesperson for Rural Communities Matt King ... More >>

Govt in spin mode on education funding

Wednesday, 11 April 2018, 11:58 am | New Zealand National Party

The Government needs to stop complaining and start getting on with its job, National’s Education Spokesperson Nikki Kaye says. More >>

Big start to the year for the Defence Force

Wednesday, 11 April 2018, 11:52 am | New Zealand Government

Cyclones, earthquakes, search and rescue, fisheries and environmental protection have all featured heavily in the New Zealand Defence Force’s workload for the first quarter of 2018. More >>

 
 
 
 
 
 

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