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Petition launched to stop Labour’s car tax

Sunday, 4 August 2019, 11:59 am | New Zealand National Party

Petition launched to stop Labour’s car tax The National Party is today launching a petition to stop the Government’s car tax, which will penalise many hard-working Kiwis for buying the vehicles they want to drive, National Party Leader Simon Bridges ... More >>

Sir Brian Lochore – one of the All Black greats

Sunday, 4 August 2019, 11:44 am | New Zealand Government

Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson today acknowledged the passing of New Zealand rugby legend Sir Brian Lochore at the age of 78 following a battle with cancer. More >>

Speech: James Shaw - Green Party AGM 2019

Saturday, 3 August 2019, 3:01 pm | Green Party

SPEECH: James Shaw Green Party AGM 2019 3 August 2019 CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY Toitū te whenua The land remains Toitū te taiao The natural environment remains. Tīhei mauri ora! Behold, the essence of life! He mihi nui ki te mana whenua o te rohe nei. ... More >>

Government announces climate action plan

Saturday, 3 August 2019, 2:58 pm | New Zealand Government

Government announces climate action plan Climate Change Minister James Shaw has today released the Government’s Climate Action Plan in response to the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into the low emissions economy. “Our Government is committed ... More >>

Cook Islands Language Week

Saturday, 3 August 2019, 11:28 am | New Zealand Government

Cook Islands Language Week is an opportunity to celebrate the important role Pacific languages play in the daily lives of thousands of our Pacific friends, neighbours, colleagues and loved ones. More >>

Plan to reverse precarious position of yellow-eyed penguin

Saturday, 3 August 2019, 11:02 am | New Zealand Government

Government, Iwi and a community organisation have banded together to turn around the fortunes of the nationally endangered hoiho/yellow-eyed penguin, which recently suffered a series of poor breeding seasons. At the annual hoiho/yellow-eyed penguin ... More >>

Government admits DHB budget blowout

Friday, 2 August 2019, 5:10 pm | New Zealand National Party

It’s easy to see why Health Minister David Clark was reluctant to release data on DHBs’ financial performance because they’ve shown a budget blowout, National’s Health spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says. “I’ve been predicting for months ... More >>

Targeted social support funding for 450 whānau

Friday, 2 August 2019, 5:02 pm | New Zealand Government

The expansion of an iwi, community and government initiative will improve the wellbeing of 450 of our most vulnerable Manawatū-Whanganui families Minister of Social Development Carmel Sepuloni and Minister for Whānau Ora Peeni Henare announced today. The Kāinga ... More >>

Supporting our volunteers

Friday, 2 August 2019, 3:21 pm | New Zealand Government

Community and Voluntary Sector Minister Poto Williams has today announced this year’s grant recipients for the Support for Volunteering Fund. “The Government is committed to ensuring that everyone who is able to, is earning, learning, caring or volunteering,” ... More >>

Appointment of District Court Judge

Friday, 2 August 2019, 2:58 pm | New Zealand Government

Palmerston North barrister and solicitor Russell Walker has been appointed as a District Court Judge with both jury and Family Court jurisdiction to be based in Invercargill, Attorney-General David Parker announced today. More >>

Maintaining momentum for small business innovation

Friday, 2 August 2019, 2:38 pm | New Zealand Government

Small Business Minister Stuart Nash says the report of the Small Business Council will help maintain the momentum for innovation and improvements in the sector. More >>

Report signals warning over success of buyback

Friday, 2 August 2019, 2:29 pm | New Zealand National Party

Documents released today show the Government is compromising public safety in failing to make its gun buyback scheme fair and reasonable, National’s Police spokesperson Brett Hudson says. More >>

Government not delivering on social housing

Friday, 2 August 2019, 12:33 pm | New Zealand National Party

For all its big promises about putting roofs over people’s heads, the only thing this Government has delivered is a sky-rocking list of people in need, National’s Social Housing spokesperson Simon O’Connor says. More >>

Bowel screening saving lives

Friday, 2 August 2019, 12:11 pm | New Zealand Government

Hon Dr David Clark Minister of Health 2 August 2019 PĀNUI PĀPĀHO MEDIA STATEMENT More >>

New Learning Support Coordinators to help in schools

Friday, 2 August 2019, 11:58 am | New Zealand Government

The first tranche of the new education professionals who will help provide learning support to children in more than 1,000 schools and kura has now been allocated, Associate Education Minister Tracey Martin announced today. “This Government is rebuilding ... More >>

Consumers also feeling grim about the economy

Friday, 2 August 2019, 11:01 am | New Zealand National Party

Today’s ANZ Consumer Confidence survey shows Kiwi consumers are feeling more pessimistic as the economy continues to slow, job creation stalls and the cost of living continues to rise, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says. More >>

Biggest increase to public housing in nearly 20 years

Friday, 2 August 2019, 9:31 am | New Zealand Government

More than 2000 families have a place to call home thanks to the extra 2178 public houses delivered by the Government this year – the biggest increase in the number of public houses in approximately 20 years. “By exceeding our target of 1600 additional ... More >>

Proactive release, firearms papers

Friday, 2 August 2019, 9:27 am | New Zealand Government

A number of papers related to Cabinet decisions for the firearms buyback and amnesty have been proactively released. They can be found on the Police website, here: Community collection events began on 13 July. As at Thursday 1 August, 6831 firearms ... More >>

US Secretary of Defense to Visit New Zealand

Friday, 2 August 2019, 9:18 am | New Zealand Government

Minister of Defence Ron Mark will welcome US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper to Auckland on 5-6 August. More >>

NATO Secretary-General to visit New Zealand

Friday, 2 August 2019, 9:07 am | New Zealand Government

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg will visit New Zealand from August 5-6. More >>

Ministers welcome horticulture into Ahuwhenua Trophy

Friday, 2 August 2019, 8:49 am | New Zealand Government

The Minister for Māori Development, Hon Nanaia Mahuta and the Minister of Agriculture, Damien O’Connor, say bringing horticulture into the prestigious Ahuwhenua Trophy competition is a major milestone for Māori. More >>

Expert group to steer formation of new Institute

Friday, 2 August 2019, 8:27 am | New Zealand Government

Education Minister Chris Hipkins today announced the members of the Establishment Board of a new kind of organisation that will provide both work-based and off-the-job vocational learning and training right across the country. More >>

Let’s Get More Transparency from this Government

Thursday, 1 August 2019, 5:09 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Government needs to stop hiding behind spurious arguments for not releasing the secret letter between Ministers that dramatically altered Wellington’s transport future, National’s Transport spokesperson Chris Bishop says. “Transport Minister ... More >>

Stats NZ misses another Census deadline

Thursday, 1 August 2019, 4:55 pm | New Zealand National Party

Stats NZ has missed another deadline as Census 2018’s Independent Review report, due out in July, has been delayed, National’s Statistics spokesperson Jian Yang says. “Stats NZ has stated repeatedly that the report would be released in July ... More >>

NZ First congratulates Minister on listening to the regions

Thursday, 1 August 2019, 4:25 pm | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First welcomes the announcement today of the reforms to vocational education. “All submitters to Minister Hipkins’ discussion document recognised that our current vocational education sector has failings” says New Zealand First Education ... More >>

Government reduces barriers to changing birth registration

Thursday, 1 August 2019, 3:35 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government has moved to ease the financial burden on those who want to change their sex on birth certificates. More >>

Government extends support for veterans

Thursday, 1 August 2019, 3:11 pm | New Zealand Government

Minister for Veterans Ron Mark, has today announced that all veterans who served in the Former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Timor-Leste and the Solomon Islands are now eligible for support and services from Veterans’ Affairs. “Veterans’ ... More >>

New Chair appointed to the Pacific Business Trust

Thursday, 1 August 2019, 3:10 pm | New Zealand Government

Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio today announced the appointment of Tevita Funaki as the new Chair for the Pacific Business Trust (PBT). More >>

Minister seeks lessons from Australian industry leaders

Thursday, 1 August 2019, 2:38 pm | New Zealand Government

Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones will today travel to Melbourne with a group of New Zealand construction industry leaders, to learn about major project delivery and how the Australian industry and Victorian state government undertake workforce ... More >>

Seventy-eight new Police constables

Thursday, 1 August 2019, 2:36 pm | New Zealand Government

Extra Police officers are being deployed from Northland to Southland with the graduation of a new wing of recruits from the Royal New Zealand Police College. More >>

Indo-Pacific connections on display during Thailand visit

Thursday, 1 August 2019, 1:38 pm | New Zealand Government

Foreign Minister Winston Peters has welcomed New Zealand’s Indo-Pacific engagement during his current visit to Thailand. More >>

Minister tricky on DHB finances

Thursday, 1 August 2019, 1:37 pm | New Zealand National Party

David Clark has claimed he cannot provide information on the financial performance of DHBs despite having the data since June, National’s Health spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says. More >>

Government’s reforms devastating for SIT

Thursday, 1 August 2019, 1:30 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Government’s decision to strip the Southern Institute of Technology of assets and send all power to a centralised polytechnic in Wellington is devastating for our community, MP for Invercargill Sarah Dowie says. More >>

Jobs and polytechs gone in Government’s reforms

Thursday, 1 August 2019, 1:13 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Government’s polytechnic and industry announcement today will cost thousands of jobs and may be the death knell for some polytechnics, National’s spokesperson for Tertiary Education Dr Shane Reti says. More >>

Having our say in Southland’s Vocational Education

Thursday, 1 August 2019, 12:28 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

“SIT is incredibly important to us here in Southland” said Invercargill based Labour MP Liz Craig “as is having our say in what happens with vocational education and training locally. That’s why, in coming days, I’ll be continuing to talk ... More >>

A new dawn for work skills and training

Thursday, 1 August 2019, 11:57 am | New Zealand Government

The Government is tackling the long-term challenges of skills shortages and the mismatch between training provided and the needs of employers, by comprehensively reforming vocational education, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. More >>

Questions still hang over water quality review

Thursday, 1 August 2019, 11:22 am | New Zealand National Party

An independent water quality regulator is a positive move, but questions still remain over the extra regulation and costs that will be lumped on councils following the Government’s Three Waters Review, National’s Local Government spokesperson Jacqui ... More >>

School camps and outdoor education at risk

Thursday, 1 August 2019, 9:09 am | New Zealand National Party

Questions around the Government’s vague donations policy and whether schools will still be able to ask for payments towards camps or other outdoor education programmes needs to be resolved quickly, National’s Education spokesperson Nikki Kaye says. More >>

Police union magazine inflammatory and divisive

Thursday, 1 August 2019, 9:01 am | ACT New Zealand

“The Police Association has continued the bullying and scapegoating of law-abiding gun owners started by the Prime Minister and Parliament”, ACT Leader David Seymour says. More >>

MPs told Meningitis vaccines were always available

Thursday, 1 August 2019, 8:57 am | New Zealand National Party

Pfizer officials appearing before the Health Select Committee yesterday revealed that 30,000 Meningitis vaccines were available to PHARMAC during the recent outbreak in Northland, National MP for Whangarei and Associate Health spokesperson Dr Shane ... More >>

Wagner launches Arts, Culture & Heritage survey

Wednesday, 31 July 2019, 6:46 pm | New Zealand National Party

This evening I’ve launched a survey to engage the Arts, Culture and Heritage sector and develop new and innovative policies, National’s Arts, Culture and Heritage spokesperson Nicky Wagner says. More >>

Dedicated watchdog for water quality

Wednesday, 31 July 2019, 6:30 pm | New Zealand Government

Dedicated watchdog for water quality All New Zealanders expect their drinking water to be safe and now the Government has approved a dedicated watchdog and new water regulations to ensure this happens. The new regulations will also help clean up New ... More >>

KiwiSaver Bill one step closer to law

Wednesday, 31 July 2019, 5:42 pm | New Zealand National Party

Clutha-Southland MP Hamish Walker’s Member’s Bill that will make it possible for any foster parent to open a KiwiSaver account for a child in their care is one step closer to becoming law after passing the Committee of the Whole House stage ... More >>

New ERA Chief appointed

Wednesday, 31 July 2019, 5:32 pm | New Zealand Government

A new Chief of the Employment Relations Authority, a new member and the re-appointment of two members are announced by Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway today. More >>

ETS fixes drive climate action

Wednesday, 31 July 2019, 5:15 pm | New Zealand Government

A third set of fixes to the ETS has been made as the Government continues its work with industry to reach our climate change goals, Climate Change Minister James Shaw and Forestry Minister Shane Jones said. The latest changes to the New Zealand Emissions ... More >>

Minister’s secret letter stopped Wellington moving

Wednesday, 31 July 2019, 4:17 pm | New Zealand National Party

Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter must release the letter she sent to Transport Minister Phil Twyford before he pushed construction of Wellington’s second Mt Victoria Tunnel back a decade, National’s Transport spokesperson Chris Bishop ... More >>

NZ First expresses concern with misrepresentation on Bill

Wednesday, 31 July 2019, 4:15 pm | New Zealand First Party

Reports are circulating that New Zealand First will support a supplementary order paper submitted to the KiwiSaver (Oranga Tamariki Guardians) Amendment Bill. More >>

Parliament: Questions and Answers - July 31

Wednesday, 31 July 2019, 4:09 pm | Hansard

1. Hon SIMON BRIDGES (Leader of the Opposition) to the Prime Minister : Does he stand by all his Government's statements, policies, and actions? More >>

New building consents reach record high showing growth

Wednesday, 31 July 2019, 3:32 pm | New Zealand Government

The latest building consents issued show strong and sustained growth in the building sector, with the number of building consents in Auckland reaching a record high of more than 14,000, says Minister for Building and Construction Jenny Salesa. “Initiatives ... More >>

Innovation in health and safety projects

Wednesday, 31 July 2019, 2:42 pm | New Zealand Government

Five organisations are being awarded grants for innovative projects that help reduce injuries in the workplace, and help us to make progress in protecting the wellbeing of working New Zealanders says ACC Minister Iain Lees-Galloway. The grants are part ... More >>

Appointment round set for Queen’s Counsel

Wednesday, 31 July 2019, 2:22 pm | New Zealand Government

There will be an appointment round for Queen’s Counsel in 2019 but it is expected to see fewer successful applicants than in recent years, Attorney-General David Parker announced today. More >>

Central Otago rural midwife crisis worsens

Wednesday, 31 July 2019, 1:55 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Government must step up and help the Southern District Health Board as Central Otago's chronic midwife shortage worsens, Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean says. More >>

End of Life Choices amendment in line with Greens policy

Wednesday, 31 July 2019, 1:31 pm | Green Party

Proposed amendment to End of Life Choices bill brings legislation into line with Green Party policy More >>

The elephant in the room keeps getting bigger

Wednesday, 31 July 2019, 1:12 pm | New Zealand National Party

Today’s ANZ Business Confidence survey shows optimism continues to tumble at a time when New Zealand should be doing well, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says. More >>

Check on Online Gambling regime

Wednesday, 31 July 2019, 1:11 pm | New Zealand Government

Ensuring that overseas gambling sites don’t undermine New Zealand’s rules is behind a public discussion document on online gambling launched today by Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin. More >>

Sustainable midwifery services in Northern Southland

Wednesday, 31 July 2019, 1:08 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

“It’s absolutely essential that Northern Southland women have access to high quality maternity services” said Invercargill based Labour MP Liz Craig “and I share the local community’s concerns that Lumsden’s primary birthing unit was ... More >>

Protecting against wrongful death is the goal

Wednesday, 31 July 2019, 12:55 pm | Maggie Barry and Chris Penk

Protecting vulnerable people from being coerced to end their lives is the aim of a group of MPs who are opposed to the End of Life Choice Bill, which enters its committee stages in Parliament today, MP for North Shore Hon Maggie Barry and MP for Helensville ... More >>

Parliament: Oral Questions - 31 July 2019

Wednesday, 31 July 2019, 11:33 am | Office of the Clerk

1. Hon SIMON BRIDGES to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his Government’s statements, policies, and actions? More >>

Focus remains on finding solutions to Maternity care woes

Wednesday, 31 July 2019, 11:12 am | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First remains focussed on supporting the women of Southland to ensure they have access to high-quality maternity care and holding the Southland DHB to account for the shambles which has resulted from the downgrading of the Lumsden Maternity ... More >>

Trade Minister holds talks with UK counterpart

Wednesday, 31 July 2019, 10:01 am | New Zealand Government

Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker has held talks with UK International Trade Secretary Liz Truss in London to discuss a future trade deal between the UK and New Zealand. He met Secretary Truss less than a week after her appointment to ... More >>




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