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National ignoring tax advantages of property speculation

Monday, 22 May 2017, 10:58 am | Green Party

The Government was told in 2011 by its own Savings Working Group that property investment enjoyed unfair tax advantages over savings, but National has consistently ignored the advice and the housing crisis it has fuelled, the Green Party said today. More >>

NZ world leader in disabled people-led monitoring of rights

Monday, 22 May 2017, 10:36 am | New Zealand Government

Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner is welcoming a review of the disabled people-led monitoring initiative. More >>

New Zealanders continue to switch electricity retailers

Monday, 22 May 2017, 9:56 am | New Zealand Government

The fact that 138,000 people have switched electricity retailers already this year shows competition is strong and consumers continue to shop around for a good deal on their power bill, says Energy and Resources Minister Judith Collins. “The What’s ... More >>

NZ condemns North Korea’s missile test

Monday, 22 May 2017, 9:54 am | New Zealand Government

Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee has condemned yesterday’s test launch of a ballistic missile by North Korea. More >>

TPP11 demonstrate unity in Vietnam

Sunday, 21 May 2017, 8:17 pm | New Zealand Government

Trade Minister Todd McClay has welcomed a joint statement from the TPP 11 countries saying it shows unity between the 11 and important next steps for the agreement. “This outcome was better than we might have hoped for. It demonstrates a commitment ... More >>

Trans-Pacific Partnership joint ministerial statement

Sunday, 21 May 2017, 2:05 pm | New Zealand Government

Ha Noi, Viet Nam – Ministers and Vice Ministers from Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Malaysia, Peru, Singapore and Viet Nam met today to discuss the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in the margins of the Asia-Pacific ... More >>

Budget day/deception day

Sunday, 21 May 2017, 2:03 pm | New Zealand First Party

Budget day/deception day Next Thursday is Budget Day when Steven Joyce will seek to Trump Bill English in smoke and mirrors. A credible Budget will have three features. First, it will provide an honest accounting of how the New Zealand economy and government ... More >>

ACT Says the Government Should Rebate Tobacco Sellers

Sunday, 21 May 2017, 2:01 pm | ACT New Zealand

*Embargoed for 1:15pm today (time of delivery, media welcome)* Speech to ACT members and supporters Spencer on Byron, 9-17 Byron Ave, Takapuna TL;DR: ACT SAYS THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD REBATE TOBACCO SELLERS WITH A PORTION OF TOBACCO TAX REVENUE TO COVER SECURITY ... More >>

Canterbury unemployment remains low

Sunday, 21 May 2017, 12:13 pm | New Zealand Government

Canterbury unemployment remains low The latest Greater Christchurch Dashboard shows unemployment in Canterbury is increasing but remains well below national levels, Minister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration Nicky Wagner says. Greater ... More >>

Green Party’s new plan puts Kiwi families first

Sunday, 21 May 2017, 12:11 pm | Green Party

The Green Party has a plan to help all Kiwi kids have a great start to life, by giving parents more financial support and more flexibility at work. More >>

New Zealand First must put up or shut up on TPP II

Saturday, 20 May 2017, 1:01 pm | ACT New Zealand

New Zealand First's opposition to TPP II shows why we cannot risk giving Winston Peters the balance of power, says ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

Books ‘Cooked’ on Electric Trains Despite Denial

Saturday, 20 May 2017, 12:21 pm | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First believes KiwiRail “cooked the books” to get rid of electric trains on part of the North Island main trunk line. “They manipulated information for presentation to Ministers to favour Chinese diesel trains, but claim they did ... More >>

Minister supports stronger anti-doping regulation

Saturday, 20 May 2017, 12:12 pm | New Zealand Government

Minister supports stronger anti-doping regulation at world forum Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman supports moves to strengthen the global body responsible for anti-doping regulation. “The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has an important ... More >>

McClay attends regional trade meetings in Hanoi

Friday, 19 May 2017, 9:14 pm | New Zealand Government

Trade Minister Todd McClay has arrived in Vietnam for the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting of Trade Ministers, where he will also co-chair a meeting on the next steps for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The meeting follows a ... More >>

Police Short on Money So Court Case Dropped

Friday, 19 May 2017, 4:02 pm | New Zealand First Party

The victim of a life-threatening hunting injury in Masterton believes charges have been withdrawn because there’s no money for expert evidence, says New Zealand First. More >>

Myrtle Rust Spread Means Minister Should Resign

Friday, 19 May 2017, 3:43 pm | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First says further discoveries of Myrtle Rust at a second Waitara nursery and a garden centre in New Plymouth, along with the original Kerikeri nursery, are failures in biosecurity that the Minister must now take responsibility for. More >>

National Hopeless on Immigration, Time for Change

Friday, 19 May 2017, 3:41 pm | New Zealand First Party

Rt Hon Winston Peters New Zealand First Leader Member of Parliament for Northland 19 MAY 2017 NATIONAL HOPELESS ON IMMIGRATION, TIME FOR CHANGE National has been utterly hapless and hopeless on immigration – it is past time for a reset, says New Zealand ... More >>

New Housing Accord to boost homes in Tasman

Friday, 19 May 2017, 3:18 pm | New Zealand Government

A new Tasman Housing Accord aimed at boosting the district’s housing supply has been signed today by Building and Construction Minister Dr Nick Smith and Mayor Richard Kempthorne. More >>

More progress for Rotorua’s cycleway network

Friday, 19 May 2017, 2:48 pm | New Zealand Government

Transport Minister Simon Bridges has today marked the completion and start of two important cycleway links for Rotorua’s growing urban walking and cycling network. More >>

Invercargill air travel is not servicing local demand

Friday, 19 May 2017, 2:19 pm | New Zealand National Party

Invercargill MP Sarah Dowie and Venture Southland General Manager Stephen Canny welcome today’s results of their preliminary air travel survey and hope it will drive improvements in local air travel services. More >>

NZ to provide $1.3m for Fiji climate conference

Friday, 19 May 2017, 2:14 pm | New Zealand Government

Climate Change Minister Paula Bennett and Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee have today announced that New Zealand will provide $1.3 million to support Fiji’s presidency of the United Nations Climate Change Conference later this year. More >>

Let’s embrace free trade and a renewed TPP

Friday, 19 May 2017, 1:37 pm | ACT New Zealand

“ACT stands behind the Government’s pursuit of a renewed Trans Pacific Partnership,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “This action continues New Zealand’s modern tradition as a flagbearer of free trade and openness to the world. More >>

He Tohu official opening, National Library of New Zealand

Friday, 19 May 2017, 1:06 pm | New Zealand Government

At the centre of He Tohu are three taonga which have played a significant role in shaping our nation: More >>

‘Wild Creations’ - artists with a conservation connection

Friday, 19 May 2017, 12:38 pm | New Zealand Government

Our unique natural heritage is set to inspire New Zealand artists through an initiative announced today by the Minister of Conservation and the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, Maggie Barry. More >>

Nats unprepared for record immigration

Friday, 19 May 2017, 12:08 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

National’s under-investment in housing, public services, and infrastructure means New Zealand is literally running out of beds for the record number of new migrants, says Labour’s Immigration spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. More >>

Seminal national exhibition, He Tohu, opened today

Friday, 19 May 2017, 11:49 am | New Zealand Government

He Tohu, a new permanent exhibition of three nation-building constitutional documents that shape Aotearoa New Zealand, was officially opened by Her Excellency, the Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy, GNZM QSO, Governor-General of New Zealand, today at the National ... More >>

Pioneering woman scholar honoured

Friday, 19 May 2017, 11:24 am | New Zealand Government

Education Minister Nikki Kaye unveiled a commemorative photograph at Auckland Grammar School this morning, dedicated to New Zealand’s first ever female university graduate, Kate Edger. More >>

New Zealand – Japan Summit Meeting Joint Press Release

Friday, 19 May 2017, 11:14 am | New Zealand Government

1. Prime Minister of New Zealand the Right Honourable Bill English and Prime Minister of Japan His Excellency Shinzo Abe held a productive meeting in Tokyo on 17th May 2017. The two leaders reiterated the Strategic Cooperative Partnership between New ... More >>

PM meets with Japanese PM Shinzo Abe

Friday, 19 May 2017, 11:13 am | New Zealand Government

Prime Minister Bill English and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reiterated their commitment to the Trans-Pacific-Partnership (TPP) in a meeting in Tokyo today. More >>

Step closer for new school for Syrian children

Friday, 19 May 2017, 10:38 am | New Zealand Government

Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee has welcomed the signing of a letter of commitment between New Zealand and Turkey which will see $1.3 million provided for a new school for Syrian refugee children. More >>

$359,000 to help recycle waste wood

Friday, 19 May 2017, 10:07 am | New Zealand Government

The Government is supporting the collection and recycling of Tauranga’s untreated wood waste with a grant of $359,000, Associate Environment Minister Scott Simpson announced today. More >>

First innovation institute opened in China

Thursday, 18 May 2017, 5:44 pm | New Zealand Government

Science and Innovation Minister Paul Goldsmith today opened New Zealand’s first innovation institute in Hangzhou, China, a key step towards developing stronger research links with Chinese researchers. More >>

Pressure injury prevention & management guide

Thursday, 18 May 2017, 5:33 pm | New Zealand Government

The launch of national guiding principles for preventing and managing pressure injuries is being welcomed by Health Minister Jonathan Coleman, Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne and ACC Minister Michael Woodhouse. “It’s estimated that every year ... More >>

Winston Peters declares war on mathematics and common sense

Thursday, 18 May 2017, 4:37 pm | ACT New Zealand

Winston Peters’ declaration of “political war” on superannuation is a declaration of war against mathematics and common sense, says ACT Leader David Seymour, who is challenging Mr Peters to a debate on the subject. More >>

Mitchell to attend Trans-Tasman Justice meeting

Thursday, 18 May 2017, 4:20 pm | New Zealand Police

Associate Minister of Justice Mark Mitchell travels to Melbourne today to attend the Law, Crime and Community Safety Council (LCCSC). More >>

Multi-million dollar safety upgrade for Lyttelton Tunnel

Thursday, 18 May 2017, 3:41 pm | New Zealand Government

Transport Minister Simon Bridges today announced work is set to begin on a multi-million dollar fire deluge system that will improve safety and reduce the risk of lengthy closures at Lyttelton Tunnel. “In addition to improving safety, the project will ... More >>

Temporary accommodation for Edgecumbe

Thursday, 18 May 2017, 3:39 pm | New Zealand Government

Temporary homes will be moved on to the Whakatāne Holiday Park and next to flood-damaged homes while properties in the Edgecumbe area are repaired, Lead Minister for Edgecumbe Anne Tolley and Building and Construction Minister Dr Nick Smith said today. More >>

Malaysian audience gains Māori insights

Thursday, 18 May 2017, 3:25 pm | New Zealand Government

Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell has wrapped up his business and cultural mission to Malaysia with a public lecture on the Māori experience at the Universiti Teknologi (UiTM) MARA in Sabah, Malaysia. More >>

Minister announces NZSO appointments

Thursday, 18 May 2017, 3:04 pm | New Zealand Government

Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry announced today the appointment of two new members to the board of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (NZSO), as well as the reappointment of the chair and two members. More >>

Primary industry workforce growing - report

Thursday, 18 May 2017, 2:25 pm | New Zealand Government

Support service roles are helping to increase employment opportunities in primary sector industries, a new report shows. More >>

Dubai Expo 2020 to bring major benefits to NZ

Thursday, 18 May 2017, 2:05 pm | New Zealand Government

Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee says attending Dubai 2020 will provide significant economic and entrepreneurial benefits that Kiwi businesses should take advantage of. More >>

English Hoodwinked into Early TPPA

Thursday, 18 May 2017, 1:11 pm | New Zealand First Party

Rt Hon Winston Peters New Zealand First Leader Member of Parliament for Northland 18 MAY 2017 English Hoodwinked into Early TPPA More >>

Greens attack Trump, end up sounding just like him

Thursday, 18 May 2017, 1:03 pm | ACT New Zealand

James Shaw’s comment that Donald Trump is “the most dangerous person since Adolf Hitler” begs the question of just what planet the Greens are living on, says ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

Taranaki walk to support economic development

Thursday, 18 May 2017, 12:24 pm | New Zealand Government

A $3.4 million investment into the Taranaki Crossing is part of the Government’s plan to boost growth in Taranaki, Economic Development Minister Simon Bridges and Conservation Minister Maggie Barry say. More >>

Primary sector should stay in NZ hands

Thursday, 18 May 2017, 12:14 pm | Green Party

Laws allowing overseas ownership of key New Zealand companies such as Silver Fern Farms need to be tightened to protect our economy and all New Zealanders, the Green Party said today. More >>

Litter study to clean up Marlborough

Thursday, 18 May 2017, 11:55 am | New Zealand Government

Marlborough District Council, with support from the Government’s Waste Minimisation Fund, will undertake an investigative study into litter and its effect across Marlborough, Associate Environment Minister Scott Simpson announced today. More >>

Heritage NZ and Māori Heritage Council changes

Thursday, 18 May 2017, 11:48 am | New Zealand Government

Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry has announced the appointment of four new members to the Heritage New Zealand Board and to the Māori Heritage Council. More >>

Dunne Speaks: Where to now for drug policy?

Thursday, 18 May 2017, 11:29 am | Peter Dunne

DUNNE SPEAKS Recently, the Police, with significant sponsorship from the Ministry of Health, hosted a major Australasian conference on alcohol and drug policy. It attracted an impressive collection of international speakers, including Michael Botticelli ... More >>

Solving child poverty critical for mental health

Thursday, 18 May 2017, 10:18 am | Green Party

A report released today shows that tackling child poverty is critical to improving the mental health outcomes of our young people, the Green Party said today. More >>

Cycle share schemes for Auckland & Chch being considered

Thursday, 18 May 2017, 10:17 am | New Zealand Government

Transport Minister Simon Bridges says current investigations into cycle share schemes in both Auckland and Christchurch shows the increasingly significant contribution cycling is now making to our transport system. More >>

Govt $333m Urban Cycleways Programme achieves halfway point

Thursday, 18 May 2017, 10:03 am | New Zealand Government

Transport Minister Simon Bridges today marked the halfway point for the Government’s $333 million Urban Cycleways Programme (UCP) with the completion of a section on the Little River Link cycleway. More >>

Speech to NZ Federation of Disability Information Centres

Thursday, 18 May 2017, 9:57 am | New Zealand First Party

The Federation of Disability Information Centres play a critical role in ensuring the disabled throughout New Zealand can lead full and active lives in their communities and assisting with the formulation of policy for the disabled. More >>

Andrew Little Pre-Budget Breakfast Speech

Thursday, 18 May 2017, 9:52 am | New Zealand Labour Party

It’s great to be with you all this morning to present Labour’s vision for our economy; our commitment to shared prosperity; our determination to creating opportunities for all New Zealanders. More >>

Irrigation investment to better manage fresh water

Thursday, 18 May 2017, 9:42 am | New Zealand Government

Additional grant funding of $26.7 million over the next three years plus a capital boost of $63 million towards irrigation investments in Budget 2017 will deliver economic and environmental benefits through better use of water, says Primary Industries Minister ... More >>

Labour opposes any Ports of Auckland sale

Wednesday, 17 May 2017, 9:39 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Labour opposes any Ports of Auckland sale Labour would strongly oppose the sell-off of the Ports of Auckland to fix a short term cash crisis caused by the Government blocking the city’s requests for new ways to fund infrastructure, says Labour’s ... More >>

He Tohu Commemorative Stamp Launch Grand Hall, Parliament

Wednesday, 17 May 2017, 5:03 pm | New Zealand Government

I would like to welcome you all here to celebrate the launch of three New Zealand Post stamps commemorating the He Tohu exhibition. More >>

New Zealand Post issue commemorative He Tohu stamps

Wednesday, 17 May 2017, 5:02 pm | New Zealand Government

New Zealand Post today issued a set of three stamps to commemorate the opening of He Tohu , a new permanent exhibition of New Zealand’s iconic constitutional documents at the National Library of New Zealand in Wellington. More >>

Myrtle Rust in Taranaki … in a Nursery … What Are the Odds?

Wednesday, 17 May 2017, 4:58 pm | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First says the discovery of myrtle rust in a Taranaki nursery, after being first confirmed in a Kerikeri nursery, is now a case of once bitten, twice shy. More >>

More Students to Be Taught by Well-Meaning Apprentices

Wednesday, 17 May 2017, 4:30 pm | New Zealand First Party

Minister of Education Nikki Kaye’s announcement of $5 million over four years to fund more teachers in priority subjects through Teach First NZ highlights the lack of workforce planning from National over nine years. More >>

Whistle-Blowers the Victims – And Pressure on Them Again

Wednesday, 17 May 2017, 4:23 pm | New Zealand First Party

Whistle-blowers are once again paying the price for speaking out – this time in the Ministry of Transport fraud case, says New Zealand First. More >>


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