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Sod turned on Watchman Road Intersection Improvement project

Thursday, 20 April 2017, 2:56 pm | New Zealand Government

Transport Minister Simon Bridges has turned the sod to mark the start of construction on the $13 million Watchman Road Intersection Improvements project in Napier. More >>

Another emergency housing grant blow out

Thursday, 20 April 2017, 2:49 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Emergency housing grants data released today show another blow out in spending on putting homeless people up in motels, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. More >>

Pay Equity Bill released for consultation

Thursday, 20 April 2017, 2:34 pm | New Zealand Government

Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse today released an exposure draft of the Pay Equity Bill for public consultation More >>

Families struggle as hardship grants increase

Thursday, 20 April 2017, 2:16 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

The considerable increase in hardship grants shows that more and more Kiwi families are struggling to put food on the table and pay for basic schooling, says Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni. More >>

Power Prices up 2.2%; Collins in Denial

Thursday, 20 April 2017, 1:50 pm | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First says Energy and Resources Minister Judith Collins’ spin on home power bills has been exposed by an inflation-busting 2.2% spike in electricity bills over the past year. More >>

Rising CPI means we need houses more than ever

Thursday, 20 April 2017, 1:34 pm | ACT New Zealand

Stats NZ’s report today that consumer price index inflation is at 2.2 per cent should worry first home buyers, says ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

Police Secretary Out of Line Over Hunting Rifle Comments

Thursday, 20 April 2017, 12:51 pm | New Zealand First Party

Police Association president Chris Cahill should stick to police union-related matters, and not interfere in the choice of legal firearms law-abiding licence holders use in the safe enjoyment of their sport, says New Zealand First Outdoor Recreation Spokesperson ... More >>

New report shows over $6m a day spent in housing support

Thursday, 20 April 2017, 12:31 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government spent $550 million over the last three months to support New Zealanders with a roof over their heads – the equivalent of $6.2 million every day. Social Housing Minister Amy Adams released the new Social Housing Quarterly Report for the ... More >>

Construction on next stage of Central Plains Water begins

Thursday, 20 April 2017, 12:14 pm | New Zealand Government

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has welcomed the official start of construction on Stage 2 of Central Plains Water, which could have economic benefits of up to $374 million. More >>

Greens launch plan for cheaper and cleaner electricity

Thursday, 20 April 2017, 11:19 am | Green Party

The Green Party has today launched a plan for cheaper power bills, cleaner electricity generation, and a smarter electricity network. More >>

Māori medium Educators and Iwi gather in Wellington

Thursday, 20 April 2017, 10:41 am | New Zealand Government

Māori medium national peak bodies Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust, Te Rūnanganui o Ngā Kura Kaupapa Māori, Ngā Kura ā Iwi, Te Akatea, and iwi representatives have been given a call to action today as Education Minister Hon Hekia Parata launches ... More >>

Benefit numbers continue to fall

Thursday, 20 April 2017, 10:09 am | New Zealand Government

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says the number of people receiving a main benefit has continued to fall, with the proportion of the population on a main benefit (9.6 per cent) the lowest it’s been in a March quarter since 1997. More >>

$1.2m for more classrooms at Omokoroa Point School, Tauranga

Thursday, 20 April 2017, 9:56 am | New Zealand Government

Around $1.2 million will be invested to build three additional classrooms at Omokoroa Point School in Tauranga, Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye announced today. More >>

More Big City Bureaucrats for the Electricity Authority

Thursday, 20 April 2017, 9:15 am | New Zealand First Party

NZ First says the Electricity Authority is stuffed full of big city bureaucrats and it’s no wonder why regional New Zealand isn’t getting a fair-go. More >>

Government in Denial About ‘Zombie’ Drug Spice

Thursday, 20 April 2017, 9:09 am | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First says the government is in denial after images on television news showed what appears to be the zombie-like effects of the synthetic cannabis ‘Spice’ in New Zealand. More >>

National Putting Lives at Risk Axing Insulation Funding

Thursday, 20 April 2017, 9:01 am | New Zealand First Party

The lives of elderly and the health of young children are being put at risk because the National government pulled the plug on funding the home insulation scheme, says New Zealand First Leader and Northland Member of Parliament Rt Hon Winston Peters. More >>

Dunne Speaks: The headlong rush from the centre

Thursday, 20 April 2017, 8:58 am | Peter Dunne

The formerly cherished and hallowed centre ground of politics seems to have lost its sheen. That special space in our political spectrum that every political leader since Holyoake has sought to capture and occupy suddenly seems barren and forlorn. ... More >>

$9.9m Outpatient clinic for Waitemata opens

Wednesday, 19 April 2017, 4:56 pm | New Zealand Government

$9.9m Outpatient clinic for Waitemata opens Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has today opened Waitemata DHB’s new $9.9 million outpatient clinic at North Shore Hospital. “The new fit-for-purpose $9.9 million outpatient facility at North Shore ... More >>

Crown Manager Withdrawn at Kaipara District Council

Wednesday, 19 April 2017, 4:43 pm | New Zealand First Party

With the withdrawal by the government of its Crown Manager at Kaipara District Council over “technical difficulties” New Zealand First can only say: We told you so. More >>

Social housing a focus in build up to busy time in Auckland

Wednesday, 19 April 2017, 3:57 pm | New Zealand Government

Months of hard work has put Government in a good position to house those most in need in Auckland during a busy period says Associate Social Housing Minister Alfred Ngaro. More >>

Report on Mental Health Shows Need for Review

Wednesday, 19 April 2017, 3:20 pm | New Zealand First Party

Mental health services in New Zealand have reached crisis point, says New Zealand First. More >>

Crown Manager to Kaipara District Council withdrawn

Wednesday, 19 April 2017, 3:04 pm | New Zealand Government

Associate Minister of Local Government Jacqui Dean today announced that she is withdrawing Crown Manager, Peter Winder, from the Kaipara District Council because of technical uncertainties about his appointment. More >>

Bring back the Mental Health Commission

Wednesday, 19 April 2017, 3:01 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

The People’s Mental Health Review is a much needed wake up call for the Government on mental health, says the Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little. More >>

Mental health inquiry will help to save lives

Wednesday, 19 April 2017, 2:59 pm | Green Party

The Green Party supports the findings of the People’s Mental Health Review, released today, and is calling on the Government to now do its job and hold an inquiry into our strained mental health system. More >>

Experts Wrong Again on Flood-Led Global Milk Price Spike

Wednesday, 19 April 2017, 2:56 pm | New Zealand First Party

With the NZX Dairy Futures prediction for Whole Milk Powder reportedly out by up to 41%, NZ First questions what the point of GlobalDairyTrade is anymore. More >>

Tax measures in response to flooding

Wednesday, 19 April 2017, 2:01 pm | New Zealand Government

Inland Revenue will waive use of money interest on late tax payments when flooding has prevented people from paying on time, say Lead Minister for Edgecumbe Anne Tolley andRevenue Minister Judith Collins. More >>

More tinkering, no leadership from Nats on immigration

Wednesday, 19 April 2017, 12:41 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

National’s latest tinkering with the immigration system is another attempt to create the appearance of action without actually doing anything meaningful, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little. More >>

Immigration restrictions miss the point, twice

Wednesday, 19 April 2017, 12:18 pm | ACT New Zealand

ACT Leader David Seymour says new immigration restrictions target the wrong people and show the government is getting desperate about housing. More >>

Govt provides $3m for Christchurch home buyers

Wednesday, 19 April 2017, 12:10 pm | New Zealand Government

Government funding that was committed to assist the Christchurch City Council in their housing objectives will be used to establish a shared equity home ownership initiative, says Social Housing Minister Amy Adams. The Government committed funding ... More >>

Immigration Con by National After Years of Denials

Wednesday, 19 April 2017, 11:17 am | New Zealand First Party

National’s tweaking immigration is just a dog whistle to show they’re doing something but in reality it’s a callous attempt to hold onto power, says New Zealand First Leader and Northland Member of Parliament Rt Hon Winston Peters. More >>

Pathway to residence for some temporary migrants

Wednesday, 19 April 2017, 11:11 am | New Zealand Government

Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse today announced a one-off pathway to residence for around 4,000 long-term temporary migrant workers and their families living in the South Island. More >>

Changes to better manage immigration

Wednesday, 19 April 2017, 11:07 am | New Zealand Government

Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse today announced a package of changes designed to better manage immigration and improve the long-term labour market contribution of temporary and permanent migration. More >>

The Government’s plan for Immigration

Wednesday, 19 April 2017, 11:05 am | New Zealand Government

Good Morning. Thank you to the Otago and Queenstown Chambers of Commerce for hosting this event. More >>

ACC Out of Touch with Ordinary Kiwi Workers

Wednesday, 19 April 2017, 10:32 am | New Zealand First Party

ACC staff need to escape their comfortable offices to learn more about what the average worker experiences every day, says New Zealand First Leader and Northland Member of Parliament More >>

Bennett Denied Police Cuts, But the Truth is Out

Wednesday, 19 April 2017, 9:55 am | New Zealand First Party

Minister of Police Paula Bennett just won’t admit the truth – the government has the police in a financial choke-hold, says New Zealand First Leader and Northland MP Rt Hon Winston Peters. More >>

$900k for new classrooms at Waikanae School

Wednesday, 19 April 2017, 9:34 am | New Zealand Government

Around $900,000 will be invested to provide Waikanae School with two new modular classrooms, Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye announced today. More >>

NZ shares financial scrutiny initiatives with Australia

Wednesday, 19 April 2017, 9:08 am | Office of the Clerk

Chairperson of the Finance and Expenditure Committee, Chris Bishop MP and Hon Clayton Cosgrove MP, will represent New Zealand this week at the Australasian Council of Public Accounts Committee Conference (ACPAC) in Brisbane, Australia. The Speaker ... More >>

Dunne Pays Tribute to Aged Care Workers

Wednesday, 19 April 2017, 9:05 am | United Future NZ Party

Ohariu MP Peter Dunne has paid tribute to and congratulated local aged care workers following the announcement of the $2 billion settlement of their pay equity claim. “I have met with local aged care workers on a number of occasions, and have seen ... More >>

Pay Rise But Why Did National Wait So Long

Tuesday, 18 April 2017, 5:22 pm | New Zealand First Party

Rt Hon Winston Peters New Zealand First Leader Member of Parliament for Northland 18 APRIL 2017 Pay Rise But Why Did National Wait So Long The National government claims that the wage rise for aged care workers – mostly women – is wonderful, ... More >>

New appointments to Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu

Tuesday, 18 April 2017, 4:46 pm | New Zealand Government

Minister of Education 18 April 2017 Media Statement New appointments to Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu More >>

Association welcomes pay settlement for caregivers

Tuesday, 18 April 2017, 4:23 pm | Aged Care Association

The New Zealand Aged Care Association (NZACA) is delighted that the Government and unions have reached a settlement in the long-running caregiver equal pay case. This case has cast a dark shadow of uncertainty across the industry for several years ... More >>

Māori Housing Network supports six more papakāinga homes

Tuesday, 18 April 2017, 4:09 pm | New Zealand Government

A new papakāinga development is underway in Wairarapa for the beneficiaries of the Hurunui-o-Rangi Marae, located 10km east of Carterton. The development includes a rebuild of the marae and six new homes that will allow whānau to live on their ancestral ... More >>

$2 billion pay equity settlement for health care workers

Tuesday, 18 April 2017, 4:07 pm | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has today announced that some of the health sector’s lowest paid workers will share in a $2 billion pay equity settlement over five years. More >>

Ministers acknowledge generosity of Sir Peter Snell

Tuesday, 18 April 2017, 4:03 pm | New Zealand Government

Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman and Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry have acknowledged the generosity of sporting legend Sir Peter Snell in gifting medals and memorabilia to the nation. More >>

Extra $700,000 to support Bay of Plenty

Tuesday, 18 April 2017, 3:40 pm | New Zealand Government

An extra $700,000 will be available to further support businesses affected by the flooding in Edgecumbe and the Bay of Plenty, say Minister for Economic Development Simon Bridges and Lead Minister for Edgecumbe Anne Tolley. More >>

Employers urged to give offenders a chance

Tuesday, 18 April 2017, 3:38 pm | New Zealand Government

Corrections Minister Louise Upston is hosting an event in Hamilton tomorrow aimed at getting more employers onboard to give jobs to skilled, motivated and work-ready offenders. More >>

Not up to Chinese to Tell Us What to Do in NZ

Tuesday, 18 April 2017, 3:27 pm | New Zealand First Party

Certain Chinese business people need to understand that business practices and laws in New Zealand is different from China, says New Zealand First Leader and Northland Member of Parliament, Rt Hon Winston Peters. More >>

Ignore the OECD – New Zealanders are overtaxed

Tuesday, 18 April 2017, 2:04 pm | ACT New Zealand

New Zealand needs to do better than compete with OECD countries on tax rates, says ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

Survey a reminder of the role of Charities Services

Tuesday, 18 April 2017, 1:52 pm | New Zealand Government

The 2016 Public Trust and Confidence in Charities survey serves as a reminder of the regulator role of Charity Services and the transparency of the Charities Register says Community and Voluntary Sector Minister Alfred Ngaro. More >>

Suicide figures make for grim reading

Tuesday, 18 April 2017, 11:52 am | New Zealand Labour Party

The 506 suspected suicides of Kiwis who have been in the care of mental health services in the last four years show that these services are under severe stress, says Labour’s Health spokesperson David Clark. More >>

McCully to Honolulu to meet US military leaders

Tuesday, 18 April 2017, 10:46 am | New Zealand Government

Foreign Minister Murray McCully will travel to Hawaii today to meet with senior figures in the United States Pacific Command. Mr McCully will also meet with members of Hawaii’s political leadership, senior academics and opinion makers. More >>

Rugby 2017 Festival programme launched

Tuesday, 18 April 2017, 10:26 am | New Zealand Government

Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman and Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry have today launched the Rugby 2017 Festival. More >>

Caregivers win historic pay battle

Tuesday, 18 April 2017, 10:23 am | Green Party

Payday has been hard fought for by women who work in the aged-care, home support and disability service sector, thanks to Kristine Bartlett, unions and supporters around the country, the Green Party said today. More >>

Appointment for physical activity and nutrition in schools

Tuesday, 18 April 2017, 10:12 am | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and Education Minister Hekia Parata have welcomed the appointment of Professor Grant Schofield, as the Ministry of Education’s first Chief Education Health and Nutrition Advisor. More >>

Green light for State Highway 3 improvements

Tuesday, 18 April 2017, 10:11 am | New Zealand Government

Transport Minister Simon Bridges today announced the route for a bypass of the Awakino Tunnel and the next steps for the Mt Messenger bypass project. More >>

Pay equity deal a victory for determination and unions

Tuesday, 18 April 2017, 9:51 am | New Zealand Labour Party

The pay equity settlement revealed today for around 55,000 low-paid workers was hard-won by a determined Kristine Bartlett backed by her union, up against sheer Government resistance to paying Kiwis their fair share, says Labour Leader Andrew Little. More >>

Minister announces appointments to Electricity Authority

Tuesday, 18 April 2017, 8:56 am | New Zealand Government

Energy and Resources Minister Judith Collins has today announced the appointment of two new members to the Electricity Authority. More >>

Hikoi for Ka’iulani – kia kaha!

Monday, 17 April 2017, 2:11 pm | New Zealand Government

Maori Party MP and Co-Leader Te Ururoa Flavell sends his best wishes to the whanau of Ka’iulani Forbes who begin their 200km hikoi today to raise money for treatment that is urgently needed by the two year old. More >>

Temporary Accommodation Service activated for Edgecumbe

Monday, 17 April 2017, 2:02 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government is activating a Temporary Accommodation Service to assist Edgecumbe residents hit by the recent floods, Lead Minister for Edgecumbe, Anne Tolley and Building and Construction Minister Dr Nick Smith announced today. More >>

McClay in talks to promote trade & investment with Malaysia

Monday, 17 April 2017, 8:16 am | New Zealand Government

Trade Minister Todd McClay travels to Malaysia today for high-level talks with Malaysian Trade Minister Mustapa Mohamed and to mark 60 years of successful bilateral relations between the two countries. More >>

 

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