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New National Biodiversity Strategy needed

Tuesday, 9 October 2018, 12:35 pm | New Zealand Government

A new national strategy will be developed to address the critical state of our indigenous biodiversity, Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage announced today at Napier’s Ahuriri Estuary. More >>

PM fudges fuel tax to shift blame for pump pain

Tuesday, 9 October 2018, 12:10 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Prime Minister yesterday used numbers that ignore the Government’s fuel tax hikes in an attempt to underplay its role in the pain inflicted on Kiwis at the pump, National’s Finance spokesperson Amy Adams says. More >>

Mental Health and Addictions Inquiry Report

Tuesday, 9 October 2018, 11:53 am | Green Party

“Like many New Zealanders, I am incredibly keen to see the results of the Mental Health and Addictions Inquiry Report. More >>

New insurance settlement service welcomed

Tuesday, 9 October 2018, 11:02 am | New Zealand National Party

The Government’s latest announcement of a new earthquake insurance settlement service will be welcomed by homeowners as it expands on the Residential Advisory Service set up by the previous National Government, National’s Greater Christchurch Regeneration ... More >>

Short extension for delivery of Addictions Inquiry Report

Tuesday, 9 October 2018, 10:32 am | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Dr David Clark says Cabinet has agreed to grant a short extension of time for the independent Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction to report back to Government. More >>

Recovery package for farmers after Mycoplasma bovis

Tuesday, 9 October 2018, 10:30 am | New Zealand Government

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor today set out a recovery package to help farmers get back to business more quickly after being cleared of Mycoplasma bovis. More >>

Criminal justice conversation continues

Tuesday, 9 October 2018, 9:16 am | New Zealand Government

Justice Minister Andrew Little continues the conversation about how to fix the broken criminal justice system by announcing the advisory group visits to the regions. More >>

Rail upgrades a big win for the Wairarapa

Tuesday, 9 October 2018, 8:42 am | New Zealand Government

The Wairarapa rail line will undergo a significant upgrade after the New Zealand Transport Agency Board approved a $96 million investment which will help grow the region’s economy and boost tourism, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. More >>

One stop shop for earthquake claimants launched

Tuesday, 9 October 2018, 8:38 am | New Zealand Government

A new one stop shop service has been set up to fast track outstanding residential insurance claims, Minister Megan Woods announced today. More >>

Statement on Chorus subcontractors investigation

Monday, 8 October 2018, 5:14 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government’s priorities to strengthen employment law, to better protect New Zealand workers and stamp out migrant exploitation, are justified by the findings revealed today by the Labour Inspectorate’s investigations into Chorus subcontractors, ... More >>

Govt should drop taxes to provide immediate relief

Monday, 8 October 2018, 4:18 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Government should axe its fuel tax increases to provide immediate relief to motorists, Opposition Leader Simon Bridges says. More >>

Awards recognise literary legends

Monday, 8 October 2018, 4:11 pm | New Zealand Government

Trailblazing Māori dramatist and fiction writer Renée, revered critic, curator and poet Wystan Curnow and admired poet, publisher and librettist Michael Harlow are the winners of the 2018 Prime Minister’s Awards for Literary achievement, Jacinda ... More >>

International global warming report lays out the challenge

Monday, 8 October 2018, 3:39 pm | New Zealand Government

A special report on global warming, released today, has laid out a strong case for countries to make every effort to limit temperature rise to 1.5o Celsius above pre-industrial levels, says the Minister for Climate Change James Shaw. More >>

National encourages action in mental health week

Monday, 8 October 2018, 3:03 pm | New Zealand National Party

National’s Health spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says this Mental Health Awareness Week National is encouraging the Government to take action to help improve the mental health of New Zealanders. More >>

More than 1500 housed this winter

Monday, 8 October 2018, 2:27 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government has exceeded its target to have 1,500 additional places for the homeless this winter, Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford announced today. More >>

Nauru Government shows continued callousness

Monday, 8 October 2018, 12:26 pm | Green Party

The Nauruan Government’s decision to ask Doctors Without Borders to immediately leave shows continued callousness towards asylum seekers desperately seeking a safe place to call home, Green MP Golriz Ghahraman said today. More >>

Kiwis urged to protect themselves online

Monday, 8 October 2018, 11:30 am | New Zealand Government

Minister for Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Hon Kris Faafoi is encouraging everyone to take a few easy steps to protect themselves online this Cyber Smart Week. More >>

Water issues delayed by another working group

Monday, 8 October 2018, 11:04 am | New Zealand National Party

The Government’s plan to tackle the complex issue of protecting and restoring New Zealand’s freshwater quality is an underwhelming work programme. It’s about setting up more working groups rather than action, National’s Environment spokesperson ... More >>

Freshwater plan to explore Māori and Crown shared interests

Monday, 8 October 2018, 11:00 am | New Zealand Government

The Government plan announced today to improve freshwater quality acknowledges that water quality cannot be addressed without a concurrent and substantive discussion with Māori, Māori Crown Relations: Te Arawhiti Minister Kelvin Davis said. More >>

Taking action to improve water quality

Monday, 8 October 2018, 9:30 am | New Zealand Government

The Government today is announcing its next steps to improve the state of our waterways, promising a noticeable improvement in water quality within five years. More >>

Government pricing Kiwis out of their cars

Monday, 8 October 2018, 8:52 am | New Zealand National Party

The average New Zealand household is now paying $200 a year more in petrol taxes than this time last year, with Auckland families paying $324 extra as a result of higher petrol prices and this Government’s decision to hike fuel taxes, National ... More >>

Te Patukirikiri sign Deed of Settlement

Monday, 8 October 2018, 8:51 am | New Zealand Government

Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Andrew Little has announced Te Patukirikiri signed a Deed of Settlement with the Crown in Thames. More >>

Mental Health Awareness Week - a time to connect and reflect

Sunday, 7 October 2018, 12:40 pm | New Zealand Government

Health Minister David Clark says we must recognise the importance of New Zealanders connecting and reflecting with whānau, family and friends, ahead of Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW). More >>

Tackling the mental health crisis in Aotearoa

Sunday, 7 October 2018, 10:37 am | Green Party

As part of Mental Health Awareness week, Green Party mental health spokesperson Chlöe Swarbrick says we have an opportunity to help normalise conversations about mental ill health and well-being. More >>

Living the language is the focus of Fijian Language Week

Friday, 5 October 2018, 3:23 pm | New Zealand Government

Living the language is the theme of this year’s Fijian Language Week, which runs from 7-13 October. More >>

Weather station to help protect atoll nation

Friday, 5 October 2018, 2:01 pm | New Zealand Government

Work on a weather station is underway to help Tokelau build its knowledge of and resilience to climate change, Civil Defence Minister Kris Faafoi announced today. More >>

Statement from Meka Whaitiri

Friday, 5 October 2018, 1:13 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

“I welcome the public release of the official investigation report and the associated information,” Meka Whaitiri said. More >>

Closure of Rotorua chopper base puts lives at risk

Friday, 5 October 2018, 12:17 pm | New Zealand National Party

Confirmation today from the Labour-led Government that the Rotorua rescue helicopter base will be closed is a massive blow to the people of Rotorua, MP for Rotorua Todd McClay says. More >>

Applications for 2019 Toloa Tertiary Scholarships now open

Friday, 5 October 2018, 12:03 pm | New Zealand Government

Applications for the Toloa Tertiary Scholarships aimed at Pacific students pursuing STEM-related studies in 2019, are now open. More >>

Air ambulance changes will strengthen service

Friday, 5 October 2018, 11:05 am | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Dr David Clark says a second agreement in principle for air ambulance services covering the North Island south of Auckland is a key part of an improved national service. More >>

Air New Zealand – Singapore Airlines Alliance reauthorised

Friday, 5 October 2018, 10:34 am | New Zealand Government

The Government has signed off Air New Zealand and Singapore Airlines’ strategic alliance for the next five years, Transport Minister Phil Twyford has announced. More >>

Great news with whānau houses for Hamilton East

Friday, 5 October 2018, 10:32 am | New Zealand Government

The Minister for Māori Development , Hon Nanaia Mahuta says it’s great news that a joint Tainui – Housing New Zealand development, Te Kaarearea on the old Jebson place site in Hamilton is now underway. More >>

NZ not yet reaping the gains of electric vehicles

Friday, 5 October 2018, 9:39 am | New Zealand Government

Data released by the Ministry of Transport today shows that growth in the number of larger, emission-intensive vehicles is undermining the gains from zero-emission electric vehicles (EVs). More >>

Details of Royal visit announced

Friday, 5 October 2018, 8:55 am | New Zealand Government

Details of Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Sussex itinerary for their upcoming visit to New Zealand have been released today by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. More >>

Nats Sell Out Substance for a Little Stardust

Thursday, 4 October 2018, 7:49 pm | ACT New Zealand

"ACT will continue to oppose the Child Poverty Reduction Bill despite National's change of heart becuase it is still the same bill," says ACT leader David Seymour More >>

Royal Commission update

Thursday, 4 October 2018, 7:48 pm | New Zealand Government

Nearly 500 people have now registered to engage with the Royal Commission of Inquiry into State Care, says Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin. More >>

Minister’s cross-party rejection disappointing

Thursday, 4 October 2018, 7:32 pm | New Zealand National Party

It is disappointing that the Health Minister has rejected calls for a cross-party working group to depoliticise mental health, and is continuing to do nothing while he waits for his working group to report back, National’s spokesperson for Mental ... More >>

Planning for 21st century construction skills

Thursday, 4 October 2018, 12:32 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government has today showcased its plan to improve the construction industry’s ability to deliver skilled jobs, careers, and build more houses, says Minister for Building and Construction Jenny Salesa. More >>

There’s no time for another war on drugs, Green Party says

Thursday, 4 October 2018, 12:00 pm | Green Party

The Green Party is warning the Government not to pursue a costly war on synthetic drugs that is destined to fail, and to look instead at broad-scale drug law reforms and common sense resourcing to address addiction and mental health rather than criminalising ... More >>

Investing to unlock new opportunities in the Waikato

Thursday, 4 October 2018, 11:59 am | New Zealand Government

The Government will support the Matamata-Piako District on work to unlock new opportunities in tourism and infrastructure with an up to $1.7 million initial investment from the Provincial Growth Fund, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. More >>

New chair appointed to the New Zealand Story Advisory Board

Thursday, 4 October 2018, 11:53 am | New Zealand Government

Minister for Economic Development Minister for Trade and Export Growth PĀNUI PĀPĀHO MEDIA STATEMENT 4 October 2018 More >>

Child Poverty Reduction Bill wins National’s backing

Thursday, 4 October 2018, 11:37 am | New Zealand Government

The Government’s Child Poverty Reduction Bill has been reported back to the House with unanimous support from the Social Service and Community Select Committee, and will now be supported by the National Party, Prime Minister and Child Poverty Reduction ... More >>

National supports bipartisan child poverty approach

Thursday, 4 October 2018, 11:35 am | New Zealand National Party

National will support the Child Poverty Reduction Bill after securing important changes which will see progress on reducing child poverty properly measured and National’s social investment approach applied, Opposition Leader Simon Bridges says. More >>

15,000 submissions on Zero Carbon Bill consultation released

Thursday, 4 October 2018, 11:17 am | Ministry for the Environment

More than 15,000 New Zealanders and organisations have had their say on the Government’s proposed Zero Carbon Bill, and today the Ministry for the Environment publicly released the submissions and a summary of the themes. More >>

Strong support for climate action

Thursday, 4 October 2018, 11:12 am | New Zealand Government

Analysis of the more than 15,000 submissions made about the Zero Carbon Bill provide a critical insight into New Zealanders’ thinking on our country’s path to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, says the Minister for Climate Change. More >>

Why Free Speech Matters

Thursday, 4 October 2018, 11:10 am | ACT New Zealand

Thank you to the Massey Politics Society for inviting me here today. You folks have weathered a storm for a very important cause, the right to be a thinking and valuing individual who can express their thoughts without intimidation by thugs and bullies. More >>

Emergency supports boost Tokelauan disaster preparedness

Thursday, 4 October 2018, 11:08 am | New Zealand Government

Civil Defence Minister Kris Faafoi helped deliver emergency supplies from New Zealand to Tokelau today. More >>

New Chair for WorkSafe New Zealand Board

Thursday, 4 October 2018, 10:41 am | New Zealand Government

Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway today announced the appointment of Mr Ross Wilson as the new Chair of the WorkSafe New Zealand Board. More >>

Further NZ help for Sulawesi

Thursday, 4 October 2018, 9:10 am | New Zealand Government

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says New Zealand is providing further help for the emergency response efforts in the Sulawesi region, Indonesia. More >>

Synthetic drugs rethink welcomed

Wednesday, 3 October 2018, 7:45 pm | New Zealand National Party

An indication from the Government that it will reclassify some synthetic drugs as Class A is being welcomed by National but it doesn’t go far enough, National’s MP for Pakuranga Simeon Brown says. More >>

ACT Would Abolish Role of Human Rights Commissioner

Wednesday, 3 October 2018, 4:12 pm | ACT New Zealand

“The announcement of Paul Hunt as Chief Human Rights Commissioner is the latest appointment to an unnecessary, overpaid, taxpayer-funded job,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

Research And Development Tax Incentive a Win

Wednesday, 3 October 2018, 11:44 am | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First Deputy Leader and Revenue Spokesperson Fletcher Tabuteau strongly supports the research and development tax incentive for businesses released today by Research, Science and Innovation Minister Hon Megan Woods and Revenue Minister ... More >>

R&D plan leaves too many questions unanswered

Wednesday, 3 October 2018, 11:20 am | New Zealand National Party

The Government’s R&D Tax Incentive policy shows it has taken on board some of the concerns raised by submitters but today’s release leaves too many unanswered questions, National’s Research, Science and Innovation spokesperson Dr Parmjeet ... More >>

Scrap First Year Fees-Free To Pay Teachers More

Wednesday, 3 October 2018, 10:50 am | ACT New Zealand

“The Government could provide a decent pay rise for teachers by cutting the first year fees-free tertiary education policy and using it to pay teachers more,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

Apartment reform legislation launched

Wednesday, 3 October 2018, 9:35 am | New Zealand National Party

After several years of work the Unit Titles (Strengthening Body Corporate Governance and Other Matters) Amendment Bill to strengthen the management of apartments and townhouses has today been released by National’s Housing spokesperson Judith Collins ... More >>

Government ramps up R&D tax incentive

Wednesday, 3 October 2018, 8:50 am | New Zealand Government

The Coalition Government is backing businesses to succeed with a new tax incentive that aims to unlock further spending on research and development. More >>

Upgrading Auckland’s rail crossings to save lives

Wednesday, 3 October 2018, 8:43 am | New Zealand Government

Today Transport Minister Phil Twyford confirmed $7.6 million for automatic pedestrian crossing gates for 11 more Auckland rail crossings to keep people safe. Over the next five years, Auckland Transport (AT) is planning safety improvements at all 51 ... More >>

New appointments to the Human Rights Commission

Tuesday, 2 October 2018, 4:59 pm | New Zealand Government

Distinguished human rights advocate and lawyer Professor Paul Hunt has been appointed as Chief Human Rights Commissioner, Justice Minister Andrew Little announced today. Mr Little also announced the appointment of Dr Saunoamaali’i Karanina Sumeo as ... More >>

Hon Chris Hipkins Speech to the PPTA Conference

Tuesday, 2 October 2018, 12:18 pm | New Zealand Government

Thank you for the invitation to address your conference. It’s great to be here. More >>

Simon Bridges - Statement on Jami-Lee Ross

Tuesday, 2 October 2018, 12:13 pm | New Zealand National Party

He has asked for some time away from Parliament to deal with some personal health issues and I have granted him that. More >>




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