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Twyford gives meth users free rein in HNZ homes

Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 5:02 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Government’s ‘no-eviction’ policy for bad social housing tenants is likely to see Kiwibuild first-home buyers in developments with anti-social neighbours and no course of action to move them on, National’s Housing Spokesperson Judith Collins ... More >>

Fact check: 98% of prisoners are serious criminals

Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 4:27 pm | New Zealand National Party

Just a day after being hung out to dry by his Prime Minister, Justice Minister Andrew Little has returned the favour by failing to back up her false claims that New Zealand’s prisons are filled with low-level offenders, National’s Justice Spokesperson Mark ... More >>

Celebrating exceptional primary industry employers

Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 4:12 pm | New Zealand Government

Celebrating exceptional primary industry employers Associate Agriculture Minister Meka Whaitiri has today launched the new Good Employer Awards in recognition of outstanding primary industry employers and those that provide services to the primary industries. ... More >>

New Waikeria facility a relief valve

Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 4:10 pm | Green Party

The Green Party welcomes the adoption of a human rights based approach to the upkeep of the Waikeria prison facility, focused on rehabilitation instead of the American-style mega-prison planned by the last government. More >>

No mega prison: Government delivers new thinking

Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 4:07 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government will build a world-leading high security replacement prison at Waikeria, setting a new direction for Corrections in New Zealand while ditching the American-style mega prison planned by the previous National Government, Minister of Corrections ... More >>

Primary Industry Science Scholarships winners announced

Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 4:01 pm | New Zealand Government

Primary Industry Science Scholarships winners announced Associate Agriculture Minister Meka Whaitiri has announced the winner of the Postgraduate Science Scholarship at National Fieldays today. The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Postgraduate Science ... More >>

Council’s loose spending costing Aucklanders

Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 3:50 pm | New Zealand National Party

Transport Minister Phil Twyford’s refusal to force Auckland Council to control its loose spending means New Zealanders are having to pay hundreds of dollars more for petrol, National’s Transport spokesperson Jami Lee Ross says. More >>

Strong New Zealand First presence at Fieldays

Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 3:31 pm | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First Deputy Leader Fletcher Tabuteau says New Zealand First’s strong representation at National Fieldays in Mystery Creek expresses the importance the party places on the provinces. Fieldays is the largest agribusiness exhibition in ... More >>

Live-streaming and video-conferencing select committees

Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 1:43 pm | Office of the Clerk

From Stewart Island to Cape Reinga, Parliament is making it easier for people from anywhere in the country to get involved with select committees and have their say. More >>

Live-streaming and video-conferencing for select committees

Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 1:21 pm | Office of the Clerk

From Stewart Island to Cape Reinga, Parliament is making it easier for people from anywhere in the country to get involved with select committees and have their say. More >>

Parliament: Oral Questions - 13 June 2018

Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 1:01 pm | Office of the Clerk

1. CLAYTON MITCHELL to the Minister for Regional Economic Development: What recent announcements has he made regarding regional economies? More >>

Government confirms it doesn’t prioritise safety

Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 12:34 pm | New Zealand National Party

News that the Ardern-Peters Government is adding only half the prison beds needed to keep our most serious offenders locked up confirms it will be softening bail, parole and sentencing laws and putting New Zealanders at risk, Opposition Leader ... More >>

Overwhelming interest from developers in KiwiBuild

Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 12:13 pm | New Zealand Government

Almost 100 proposals have been received from developers in response to the Government’s KiwiBuild Buying off the Plans tender, says Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford. More >>

New addiction treatment facilities for Auckland City Mission

Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 12:11 pm | New Zealand Government

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced Government funding to increase the number of beds available in Auckland for drug and alcohol detoxification by 50 per cent. More >>

Nats flip-flop yet again

Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 11:02 am | ACT New Zealand

After two reversals on tax in the past week, National has done another about-face, this time on deposit insurance. More >>

Tabuteau: Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise delegation

Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 10:11 am | New Zealand Government

I am delighted to welcome you all to New Zealand. It is great to see that the Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise’s latest ACCESS industry tour is to New Zealand. Your visit is an opportunity for companies from both sides of the Tasman to network, share ... More >>

Strengthening our national archives and libraries

Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 10:11 am | New Zealand Government

A new programme of work is underway to strengthen the contribution our national archives and libraries can make to New Zealand’s culture and democracy, Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin and the Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage ... More >>

New forestry scholarship launched

Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 10:09 am | New Zealand Government

A new forestry scholarship has been launched at National Fieldays today by Forestry Ministers Shane Jones and Meka Whaitiri. More >>

Rural communities at heart of all decisions

Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 10:06 am | New Zealand Government

Minister for Rural Communities Damien O’Connor has made it easier for Government rule-makers to ensure rural communities are at the heart of their decisions. More >>

New Zealand welcomes the US-DPRK summit

Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 9:33 am | New Zealand Government

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has welcomed the meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean Chairman Kim Jong Un in Singapore. More >>

Improving biosecurity top priority

Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 8:36 am | New Zealand Government

Government is in line with primary sector industry leaders when it comes to biosecurity, says the Minister for Agriculture and Biosecurity Damien O’Connor. More >>

Govt’s ‘justice reform’ shambles continues

Tuesday, 12 June 2018, 6:37 pm | New Zealand National Party

The extra police promised by the Government will mean an additional 900 prison beds will be needed – yet it will announce tomorrow that it is downsizing the plans for Waikeria Prison, National’s Police Spokesperson Chris Bishop says. More >>

Terms of reference for meth report released

Tuesday, 12 June 2018, 6:10 pm | New Zealand Government

Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford has today released the terms of reference for Housing NZ’s comprehensive report into its meth contamination response. More >>

Forestry failure to launch

Tuesday, 12 June 2018, 5:18 pm | New Zealand National Party

The One Billion Trees Project is woefully behind target even though a quarter of the billion dollar Provincial Growth Fund is being spent on it, National Party Spokesperson for Forestry Alastair Scott says. More >>

Three Strikes repeal back on the table – again

Tuesday, 12 June 2018, 5:17 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Government’s hapless handling of its ‘justice reforms’ has continued, with incoming Prime Minister Winston Peters now saying Three Strikes might still be axed, Opposition Leader Simon Bridges says. More >>

Tabuteau welcomes trans-Tasman regional economic development

Tuesday, 12 June 2018, 5:08 pm | New Zealand Government

Regional Economic Development Under-Secretary Fletcher Tabuteau will welcome the Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise (TSBE) delegation from Australia this evening at a conference gala dinner in Auckland. More >>

Parliament: Questions and Answers - June 12

Tuesday, 12 June 2018, 4:46 pm | Hansard

ORAL QUESTIONS QUESTIONS TO MINISTERS Question No. 1—Prime Minister 1. Hon SIMON BRIDGES (Leader of the Opposition) to the Prime Minister : Does she have confidence in her Minister of Justice and all of her Government's justice policies and decisions? ... More >>

Govt takes economy from ‘rock star’ to ‘support act’

Tuesday, 12 June 2018, 4:30 pm | New Zealand National Party

For years New Zealand’s ‘rock star’ economy has been the envy of the world, but according to Westpac, the Ardern-Peters Government is fast turning it into a ‘support act’ economy, National’s Finance Spokesperson Amy Adams says. More >>

Acting PM can't answer questions

Tuesday, 12 June 2018, 3:49 pm | ACT New Zealand

Parliament is unable to hold soon-to-be Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters on the welfare system given his current legal action, says ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

Strong support for Kermadec ocean sanctuary

Tuesday, 12 June 2018, 3:07 pm | New Zealand National Party

National MP Nick Smith says he is disappointed with the Government again blocking the establishment of the 600,000 km2 Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary, in spite of strong support for the proposal at Parliament today. More >>

Ministers grant overseas investment consent

Tuesday, 12 June 2018, 11:39 am | New Zealand Government

Land Information Minister Eugenie Sage and Associate Finance Minister David Clark have granted an application under the Overseas Investment Act 2005 for Cresswell NZ Ltd to purchase land to expand the existing Otakiri Springs water bottling plant ... More >>

Parliament: Oral Questions - 12 June 2018

Tuesday, 12 June 2018, 11:39 am | Office of the Clerk

1. Hon SIMON BRIDGES to the Prime Minister: Does she have confidence in her Minister of Justice and all of her Government’s justice policies and decisions? More >>

Gisborne storm flooding classified as medium-scale event

Tuesday, 12 June 2018, 11:36 am | New Zealand Government

Flooding damage around the Tolaga Bay area of Gisborne meets the criteria for a medium scale event, Minister for Agriculture and Rural Communities Damien O’Connor and Associate Agriculture Minister Meka Whaitiri announced today. More >>

‘Three Strikes’ Law to Remain

Tuesday, 12 June 2018, 11:34 am | New Zealand First Party

While New Zealand First agrees with the need for legislative changes to prevent the moral failure and fiscal burden of an ever growing prison muster, ‘Three Strikes’ is not the priority in this necessary reform effort. More >>

PM making NZ communities less safe

Tuesday, 12 June 2018, 9:47 am | New Zealand National Party

The Prime Minister is misleading New Zealanders by falsely claiming prisons are full of low level offenders in order to try and justify the mess her Government is making on law and order and its refusal to build a new prison, Opposition Leader Simon Bridges ... More >>

Free Press June 12 2018

Tuesday, 12 June 2018, 8:55 am | ACT New Zealand

Just when we thought the decision to ban offshore oil and gas exploration couldn’t get any worse, it does. More >>

KiwiSaver statements to show retirement incomes

Monday, 11 June 2018, 1:52 pm | New Zealand Government

KiwiSaver annual statements will soon show projected balances at retirement and income figures to help consumers make better decisions about their savings. More >>

Finlayson appalled at Hezbollah protest

Monday, 11 June 2018, 1:43 pm | New Zealand National Party

Shadow Attorney-General Chris Finlayson is appalled at the open support for the terrorist organisation Hezbollah at a protest in Auckland. More >>

‘Three Strikes’ Law to Remain

Monday, 11 June 2018, 1:13 pm | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First Leader, Winston Peters, welcomes the work the Justice Minister is undertaking in the criminal justice sector. More >>

More incompetence from amateur Government

Monday, 11 June 2018, 12:04 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Government’s embarrassing back down on Three Strikes has underlined the cracks in the Coalition and shown just how little thought is going into decisions which directly affect the lives of New Zealanders, Opposition Leader Simon Bridges says. More >>

A Winston wishlist

Monday, 11 June 2018, 11:25 am | ACT New Zealand

While the Deputy Prime Minister’s decision to oppose scrapping the three strikes law is positive news, there is plenty more he could achieve in his time as Acting PM, says ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

PM welcomes visit of Duke and Duchess of Sussex

Monday, 11 June 2018, 11:21 am | New Zealand Government

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has welcomed confirmation that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will make their first official visit together to New Zealand in spring, around the time of the Invictus Games in Sydney. More >>

Three Strikes repeal not going to Cabinet

Monday, 11 June 2018, 10:32 am | New Zealand Government

A proposal to repeal Three Strikes is not going before Cabinet today on the basis that New Zealand First have indicated they would be unlikely to support it, says Justice Minister Andrew Little. More >>

Does Simon Bridges believe in anything?

Monday, 11 June 2018, 9:09 am | ACT New Zealand

Another flip-flop from National on tax shows it can’t be trusted to stick up for Kiwi taxpayers, says ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

Historic Māori magazines get new lease of life online

Sunday, 10 June 2018, 1:07 pm | New Zealand Government

The Minister for Māori Development Nanaia Mahuta says New Zealanders will soon have more access to historic Māori magazines under a new agreement. More >>

M.bovis eradication progressing well

Friday, 8 June 2018, 3:05 pm | New Zealand Government

Hon Damien O’Connor Minister of Agriculture and Biosecurity 8 June 2018 MEDIA STATEMENT M.bovis eradication progressing well Nearly two weeks after the decision to take our one shot to eradicate Mycoplasma bovis, the programme is making good ... More >>

Trade rules, renewable energy and investment focus at forum

Friday, 8 June 2018, 1:59 pm | New Zealand Government

New Zealand will urge regional leaders to defend the open international trading system, based on enforceable rules, at a meeting in Tokyo next week. More >>

Govt sends business confidence into ‘free fall’

Friday, 8 June 2018, 12:32 pm | New Zealand National Party

Plummeting business confidence should be sending shivers down the spines of Government ministers, with Auckland businesses sending a clear signal that Government policies are taking the economy in the wrong direction, Opposition Leader Simon Bridges says. More >>

Minister’s uncaring treatment of charter schools

Friday, 8 June 2018, 12:22 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Minister of Education’s handling of the process around partnership schools has been incompetent, uncaring and reckless, National’s Education Spokesperson Nikki Kaye says. More >>

Foreign Buyer Pressure Highlights Need for Law Change

Friday, 8 June 2018, 11:16 am | New Zealand Government

New figures showing a high level of overseas house buying in New Zealand’s least affordable areas vindicates the Government’s move to ban foreign buyers of existing homes, Associate Finance Minister David Parker says. Stats NZ data for the March ... More >>

Proud of Our Progress, Now Let’s Get Things Done

Friday, 8 June 2018, 11:14 am | New Zealand Labour Party

Northcote Labour candidate Shanan Halbert talked about the progress Jacinda Ardern’s Government has made in improving the lives of the people of Northcote and his plan for getting even more done in the electorate. More >>

Forestry Improvements for the Emissions Trading Scheme

Friday, 8 June 2018, 11:02 am | New Zealand Government

Forestry Minister Shane Jones and Climate Change Minister James Shaw have released a consultation paper proposing 12 improvements to forestry regulations in the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (NZETS). “Expanding the forestry industry’s ... More >>

Twyford’s numbers badly wrong on foreign buyers

Friday, 8 June 2018, 9:42 am | New Zealand National Party

Housing Minister Phil Twyford failed to defend his numbers this morning on foreign home buyers in New Zealand because he got them badly wrong, says National’s Housing spokesperson Judith Collins. More >>

New Housing and Urban Development Ministry

Friday, 8 June 2018, 9:23 am | New Zealand Government

Minister of Housing and Urban Development Phil Twyford today announced a new Ministry will be set up to help the Government deliver on its priorities of making housing more affordable and our cities more liveable. More >>

NZ First Welcomes Phase 2 of Reserve Bank Act Review

Thursday, 7 June 2018, 8:53 pm | New Zealand First Party

Deputy Leader of New Zealand First Fletcher Tabuteau welcomes the Terms of Reference for Phase 2 of the Review of the Reserve Bank Act released today by Finance Minister Grant Robertson. More >>

Weak Davis must be called back to select committee

Thursday, 7 June 2018, 5:25 pm | New Zealand National Party

In a breath-taking display of incompetence, Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis refused to answer questions on his $170 million tourism portfolio during a select committee estimates hearing today, National’s Tourism Spokesperson Todd McClay says. More >>

Jones wrong that oil and gas ban is “irreversible”

Thursday, 7 June 2018, 4:23 pm | New Zealand National Party

The assertion by Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones today that the ban on oil and gas exploration is “irreversible” is incorrect and misleading, National’s Energy and Resources Spokesperson Jonathan Young says. More >>

Transparency needed on Zero Carbon Act costs

Thursday, 7 June 2018, 4:10 pm | ACT New Zealand

"The Government must be open and transparent with New Zealanders about the additional costs they will face under its proposed Zero Carbon Act, says ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

R&D tax credit policy built on Minister’s guesswork

Thursday, 7 June 2018, 4:07 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Research and Development (R&D) tax credits policy introduced by Megan Woods is still short on detail and long on generalities after today’s estimates hearing, National’s Research, Science and Innovation Spokesperson Dr Parmjeet Parmar says. More >>

Government is putting our universities at risk

Thursday, 7 June 2018, 3:49 pm | New Zealand National Party

New Zealand’s universities risk slipping further down the international rankings if the Government doesn’t urgently address its misplaced spending priorities, National’s Tertiary Education Spokesperson Paula Bennett says. More >>

 
 
 
 
 
 

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