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Parliament: Oral Questions - 12 December 2018

Wednesday, 12 December 2018, 11:59 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 >>

Less open, more spin

Wednesday, 12 December 2018, 10:40 am | New Zealand National Party

A record number of Official Information Act requests have been declined by the State Services Commissions in the past year, despite the agency being responsible for implementing the Government’s pledge to be the most open and transparent ever, National’s ... More >>

Early Christmas present for Kris Faafoi

Wednesday, 12 December 2018, 10:33 am | New Zealand National Party

National agrees changes should be made to the KiwiSaver Act to allow people with life-shortening conditions earlier access to their funds, but instead of another review the Minister should adopt my Member’s Bill which would address this problem ... More >>

National Geohazards Monitoring Centre goes live

Wednesday, 12 December 2018, 10:31 am | New Zealand Government

New Zealand now has around the clock experts on the lookout to help keep the public safe from geological hazards, with today’s opening of a world-first monitoring centre. More >>

Goldsmith confirms Nats will keep Provincial Growth Fund

Wednesday, 12 December 2018, 10:20 am | ACT New Zealand

ACT Leader David Seymour is disappointed but not surprised that the National Party will keep the Government’s wasteful Provincial Growth Fund. More >>

Letting fees shown the door from today

Wednesday, 12 December 2018, 9:48 am | New Zealand Government

Letting fees are prohibited from today after new legislation came into effect, Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford says. “Our Government is making life better for renters. Now tenants won’t have to worry about letting fees during the ... More >>

Brakes needed on blanket plan to slow Auckland down

Wednesday, 12 December 2018, 9:25 am | New Zealand National Party

Auckland Transport’s plan to radically reduce the speed limit in the CBD is an over-reaction that would prove deeply frustrating for Aucklanders, National’s Transport spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says. More >>

Triple-dipping project shows PGF a farce

Tuesday, 11 December 2018, 7:06 pm | ACT New Zealand

The Provincial Growth Fund has descended into a farcical free-for-all with officials slamming a project for ‘triple-dipping’ into various government funds, according to ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

Government decriminalises cannabis by stealth

Tuesday, 11 December 2018, 4:55 pm | New Zealand National Party

Today the Government has decriminalised marijuana by stealth with the passing of its medicinal cannabis scheme despite National having a comprehensive plan to create a sensible regime right now, National’s associate Health spokesperson Shane Reti ... More >>

Less suffering for Kiwis as medicinal cannabis passes

Tuesday, 11 December 2018, 4:53 pm | Green Party

The Green Party welcomes the passage of medicinal cannabis legislation that provides certainty and clarity to patients and their whānau. “This is a huge day for New Zealanders in pain and suffering who’ve been denied the only medicine that works ... More >>

Medicinal cannabis legislation to help ease suffering

Tuesday, 11 December 2018, 4:52 pm | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Dr David Clark says thousands of New Zealanders will potentially benefit from the Government’s medicinal cannabis legislation. The Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis) Amendment Bill passed its third reading in Parliament this afternoon ... More >>

Parliament: Questions and Answers - Dec 11

Tuesday, 11 December 2018, 4:23 pm | Hansard

1. MARAMA DAVIDSON (Co-Leader—Green) to the Minister for Child Poverty Reduction : What is her response to the finding in yesterday's Child Poverty Monitor report that around 100,000 New Zealand children are "doing it really tough"? More >>

Govt confused & misleading on UN Migration Compact

Tuesday, 11 December 2018, 4:03 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Government’s confusion over the United Nations Global Compact on Migration shows an absence of accountability, National’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson Todd McClay says. More >>

What is going on with KiwiBuild?

Tuesday, 11 December 2018, 3:51 pm | New Zealand National Party

Embattled Housing Minister Phil Twyford’s refusal to answer questions about why the Head of KiwiBuild Stephen Barclay is ‘out of the office’ shows that the programme continues to be in a state of disorganisation and chaos, National’s Housing spokesperson ... More >>

Small business the focus of Australian talks

Tuesday, 11 December 2018, 3:10 pm | New Zealand Government

Efforts to progress a seamless trans-Tasman business environment will take another step at a ministerial roundtable meeting in Sydney tomorrow. More >>

Chief Science Advisor sets out actions to prevent violence

Tuesday, 11 December 2018, 1:35 pm | New Zealand Government

Every 4 Minutes: Chief Science Advisor sets out actions to prevent family violence More >>

Foreign Minister to visit United States of America

Tuesday, 11 December 2018, 1:26 pm | New Zealand Government

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters will travel to Washington D.C. tomorrow for talks with US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and other senior members of the US Administration. “The United States is a very close ... More >>

Minister progresses KiwiSaver withdrawals for conditions

Tuesday, 11 December 2018, 1:17 pm | New Zealand Government

Minister progresses KiwiSaver withdrawals for people with life-shortening conditions More >>

Tongan Speaker’s visit

Tuesday, 11 December 2018, 12:52 pm | Office of the Speaker

Lord Fakafanua, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Tonga, along with a delegation of Tongan MPs and officials, are visiting as official guests of the New Zealand Parliament from 10 December to 14 December 2018. More >>

Parliament: Oral Questions - 11 December 2018

Tuesday, 11 December 2018, 12:14 pm | Office of the Clerk

1. MARAMA DAVIDSON to the Minister for Child Poverty Reduction: What is her response to the finding in yesterday’s Child Poverty Monitor report, that around 100,000 New Zealand children are “doing it really tough”? More >>

High demand for international agri-science scholarships

Tuesday, 11 December 2018, 11:35 am | New Zealand Government

The latest winners of a New Zealand and CCAFS-funded international PhD scholarship have been announced following a three-fold increase in applications. More >>

General Manager of Parliamentary Service Appointed

Tuesday, 11 December 2018, 11:08 am | Office of the Speaker

The Speaker of the House, Rt Hon Trevor Mallard, says he is delighted to announce the appointment of Rafael Gonzalez-Montero to the position of General Manager of the Parliamentary Service. More >>

Government allocates $610,649 to racecourse safety

Tuesday, 11 December 2018, 11:07 am | New Zealand Government

Racing Minister Rt Hon. Winston Peters announced today that the Government has invested $610,649 in 25 projects to improve safety at racecourses. The grants are made available from the Racing Safety Development Fund which provides $1 million annually to racecourse ... More >>

Health and safety scholarship recipients congratulated

Tuesday, 11 December 2018, 10:17 am | New Zealand Government

Building a better culture for health and safety in New Zealand workplaces will be greatly assisted by the inaugural recipients of the HASANZ Scholarship Programme, says Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway. More >>

Major addition to conservation park

Tuesday, 11 December 2018, 9:33 am | New Zealand Government

Four parcels of conservation land that are now included in the Korowai/Torlesse Tussocklands Conservation Park make up the biggest addition to the park since it was created 17 years ago, Conservation Minister, Eugenie Sage announced today. More >>

Modernisation of three South Island schools announced

Tuesday, 11 December 2018, 9:17 am | New Zealand Government

Two schools in the Tasman area and a College in Marlborough are in line for major improvements, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said. More >>

Free Press, 10 December 2018

Tuesday, 11 December 2018, 9:09 am | ACT New Zealand

We wish it was government waste We had hoped that the Government’s million-and-one reviews might just be wasting a quarter of a billion dollars for no outcome. The Tomorrow’s Schools review report shows the reviews could be much worse if acted ... More >>

Firework petition at Parliament

Tuesday, 11 December 2018, 8:58 am | Green Party

“Almost 18,000 people have signed a petition to say they would like to see the Government pass legislation which prohibits the dangerous private sale of fireworks and licensing for public fireworks displays. More >>

New cycleway opens in iconic Oriental Bay

Tuesday, 11 December 2018, 8:45 am | New Zealand Government

Minister of Transport Phil Twyford and Associate Minister for Transport Julie Anne Genter today opened a new cycleway along Oriental Parade that will improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians. More >>

Support for second language Bill welcomed

Tuesday, 11 December 2018, 8:43 am | New Zealand National Party

National has gained support from the major political parties for its second language learning Bill which will ensure every child in years 1-8 has the opportunity to learn a second language, National’s spokesperson for Education Nikki Kaye says. More >>

PM’s Business Scholarship recipients to grow skills

Monday, 10 December 2018, 7:55 pm | New Zealand Government

Eight up and coming business leaders will boost their skills and lift New Zealand’s management capability through the 2018 Prime Minister’s Business Scholarships. More >>

Primary sector exports set to grow higher

Monday, 10 December 2018, 4:48 pm | New Zealand Government

The value of New Zealand’s primary sector exports is set to grow by $505 million to a new record high over the coming year, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor said. The Ministry for Primary Industries’ latest Situation and Outlook report ... More >>

ACC levies drop will save kiwi businesses $100 million

Monday, 10 December 2018, 4:08 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government’s decision to reduce the ACC Work Levy will save New Zealand businesses $100 million over the next two years, say Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and ACC Minister Iain Lees-Galloway. More >>

Govt’s latest tax grab will boost living costs again

Monday, 10 December 2018, 2:49 pm | New Zealand National Party

Two weeks out from Christmas, the Labour-led Government has unveiled plans to extract more taxes from New Zealanders that will drive up the cost of living for the very families that can least afford it, National’s Finance spokesperson Amy Adams says. More >>

Monthly Economic Indicators November 2018

Monday, 10 December 2018, 2:14 pm | The Treasury and the Reserve Bank

The Monthly Economic Indicators report for November 2018 is attached. It is also available on the Treasury website. More >>

Flexible work pilots begin in the public service

Monday, 10 December 2018, 12:06 pm | New Zealand Government

The next step of the Gender Pay Action Plan was launched today by Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter, with seven public service agencies committing to flexible work pilots. More >>

Kids need feeding now, let’s fund more food in schools

Monday, 10 December 2018, 11:48 am | Green Party

A report showing one in five New Zealand children don’t have enough food should prompt urgent action to roll out a national strategy for free food in schools, Green Party Co-leader Marama Davidson said today. More >>

Govt to act on unfair commercial practices

Monday, 10 December 2018, 10:29 am | New Zealand Government

Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi and Minister for Small Business Stuart Nash have today released a discussion paper outlining options to protect consumers and businesses from unfair commercial practices. More >>

Jones pads carbon benefit from One Billion Trees

Monday, 10 December 2018, 9:52 am | New Zealand National Party

Shane Jones claims his ‘One Billion Trees’ will cut almost $3 billion from New Zealand’s carbon liability under the Paris Agreement but papers show he vastly inflated the benefit, National’s Economic and Regional Development spokesperson ... More >>

Major revamp for Mana College announced

Monday, 10 December 2018, 9:04 am | New Zealand Government

Over $15 million will be invested to redevelop Mana College in Porirua, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced during a visit to the school this morning. More >>

Government to proactively release Ministerial diaries

Monday, 10 December 2018, 9:01 am | New Zealand Government

All Government Ministers will for the first time release details of their internal and external meetings, Minister for State Services (Open Government) Chris Hipkins announced today. More >>

Green Party welcome proactive release of Ministerial diaries

Monday, 10 December 2018, 8:59 am | Green Party

The Green Party warmly welcome Government Ministers proactively releasing their Ministerial diaries from February 2019. More >>

KiwiBuild not increasing housing supply

Monday, 10 December 2018, 8:39 am | ACT New Zealand

Comments from a Wellington property developer today reveal that KiwiBuild is a PR stunt that won’t increase the supply of housing and solve the housing crisis, says ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

Child poverty report reminder of need for Bill

Monday, 10 December 2018, 8:37 am | New Zealand Government

The latest report into the impact of poverty on wellbeing of Kiwi children shows why the Government has put children and families at the centre of its programme and will pass an historic Bill to tackle child poverty by the end of the Parliamentary ... More >>

Stigma around mental ill health and applying for work

Saturday, 8 December 2018, 12:57 pm | Green Party

Green Party investigation shows wide spread stigma around mental ill health and applying for work More >>

Completed Waimahia housing development celebrated

Saturday, 8 December 2018, 11:59 am | New Zealand National Party

The successful completion of the Waimahia development that now accommodates more than 1000 people and which has delivered a new home every week for over four years is the sort of housing model that the Government should be replicating, National ... More >>

Health Committee considering breast cancer medicines

Friday, 7 December 2018, 8:00 pm | Office of the Clerk

Parliament’s Health Committee is considering a petition asking for funding to be provided for two breast cancer medicines. On Tuesday afternoon, the committee heard submissions on the petition from two stage-four breast cancer sufferers, Terre Nicholson ... More >>

Celebrating gains in health workforce equity

Friday, 7 December 2018, 4:47 pm | New Zealand Government

Health Minister David Clark is pleased to celebrate the Otago Project partnership between the Ministry of Health and the University of Otago which is significantly increasing the number of Māori graduates in the health sciences and workforce. More >>

Decision to hold CTV engineer liable welcomed

Friday, 7 December 2018, 4:45 pm | New Zealand National Party

Today’s announcement that the High Court found Engineering New Zealand made an error of law when it dismissed disciplinary proceedings against Alan Reay, whose firm designed the CTV building in Christchurch, is welcomed, National’s Building ... More >>

Hypocrisy in Dunedin rebuild announcement

Friday, 7 December 2018, 4:20 pm | New Zealand National Party

Health Minister David Clark’s announcement on the Dunedin Hospital outpatient and day patients building will be welcomed by the South but the Minister needs to be reminded of his comments in Opposition, National’s Health spokesperson Michael ... More >>

Living costs to keep rising as power prices climb

Friday, 7 December 2018, 4:19 pm | New Zealand National Party

Kiwis will have even less money left in their wallets in 2019 with confirmation electricity prices are to rise, another example of how living costs are growing under this Government, National’s Energy and Resources spokesperson Jonathan Young says. More >>

Schools’ review must not disempower parents

Friday, 7 December 2018, 2:06 pm | New Zealand National Party

Proposed changes to New Zealand’s education system are concerning, particularly proposals to take power away from parents, and must be carefully considered, National’s Education spokesperson Nikki Kaye says. More >>

Govt-backed unions aim to spoil Christmas

Friday, 7 December 2018, 12:59 pm | New Zealand National Party

Government Ministers should explain why the worst year for strikes in three decades will be rounded out by a stoppage by Air New Zealand engineers on the Friday before Christmas, National’s Workplace Relations and Safety spokesperson Scott Simpson ... More >>

Fast track for new Dunedin Hospital bulding

Friday, 7 December 2018, 12:16 pm | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Dr David Clark has announced a significant change in the approach to constructing the new Dunedin hospital. More >>

Green Party welcome Tomorrow Schools Taskforce report

Friday, 7 December 2018, 12:14 pm | Green Party

The Green Party are welcoming the report by the Tomorrow Schools Independent Taskforce and are excited by the transformative, systemic changes that it recommends. More >>

Education review’s stale solutions for old problems

Friday, 7 December 2018, 11:51 am | ACT New Zealand

The Tomorrow’s Schools Independent Taskforce report has produced a number of stale ideas that will do nothing to transform our education system, says ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

Minister wants wider discussion on proposed changes

Friday, 7 December 2018, 11:41 am | New Zealand Government

The Tomorrow’s Schools Independent Taskforce is proposing significant changes to the way our schools are run, governed, and managed to ensure every student receives the best quality education in future, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. More >>

Downwards trend in crime victim stats

Friday, 7 December 2018, 10:26 am | New Zealand Government

Police Minister Stuart Nash says Police deserve acknowledgement for efforts to prevent crime and improve community safety, as new data shows a significant drop in the number of people who have been victims of crime. More >>

New inter-atoll ferry for Tokelau

Friday, 7 December 2018, 9:43 am | New Zealand Government

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today formally gifted Tokelau with a new vessel to serve as a small passenger ferry between the country’s three atolls. More >>

Communities less safe after 24/7 cancellation

Thursday, 6 December 2018, 7:22 pm | New Zealand National Party

New Zealanders will be less safe because of the Labour-led Government’s decision to scrap plans to upgrade 20 regional police stations to 24/7 coverage, National’s Police spokesperson Chris Bishop says. More >>

 
 
 
 
 
 

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