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Minister to open tsunami evacuation area

Friday, 6 April 2018, 12:39 pm | New Zealand Government

Minister of Civil Defence Hon Kris Faafoi will tomorrow open a new purpose-built tsunami high ground evacuation area in Papamoa, and observe the community’s evacuation “rehearsal”. The artificial high ground in Gordon Spratt Reserve is accessed ... More >>

Govt deals body-blow to farmers and growers

Friday, 6 April 2018, 12:38 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Ardern-Peters Government has dealt a body-blow to farmers and growers in pandering to its mates in the Green Party and axing funding to irrigation projects, National Party spokesperson for Agriculture Nathan Guy says. More >>

Have your say on changes to the Corrections Act

Friday, 6 April 2018, 12:08 pm | Office of the Clerk

The main aims of this bill are to: • improve the ability of the Department of Corrections (the department) to safely and humanely manage prisoners: • improve prisoner discipline and safety: • ensure the fair treatment of prisoners. Overall, the Act and the ... More >>

Bill to introduce second-tier patent system drawn

Friday, 6 April 2018, 10:23 am | New Zealand National Party

New Zealand innovators could get a smoother path to success, as a Member’s Bill is drawn for debate in Parliament to provide intellectual property rights to advancements that may not qualify for a standard patent. More >>

Improving pension portability

Thursday, 5 April 2018, 6:30 pm | New Zealand Government

Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni says the Government’s intent to improve access to New Zealand Superannuation or Veteran’s Pension for those looking to retire to the Cook Islands, Niue and Tokelau moved one step closer today. More >>

Contradictions over EPA scientist continue

Thursday, 5 April 2018, 5:30 pm | New Zealand National Party

Today’s Environment Select Committee confirmed political interference by the new Government in the managed exit of the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) Chief Scientist and the attempted subsequent cover-up, National’s Environment spokesperson ... More >>

Bill for botched EQC repairs hits $270 million

Thursday, 5 April 2018, 5:19 pm | New Zealand Government

Minister responsible for the Earthquake Commission MEDIA STATEMENT 5 April 2018 Bill for botched EQC repairs hits $270 million Urgent advice requested by Minister Megan Woods has revealed the bill for EQC re-repairs has hit $270 million, over $200 ... More >>

Health Minister must release conflict statement

Thursday, 5 April 2018, 5:14 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Minister for Health David Clark has acknowledged that there is a conflict of interest with the independent reviewer of the $90 million National Oracle Solution IT programme, but is yet to release the details, National Party associate spokesperson ... More >>

Helping hand for hospital redevelopment

Thursday, 5 April 2018, 4:46 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government has today given a small community-run hospital a boost to help with a long-awaited rebuild. More >>

Government continues raid on regions

Thursday, 5 April 2018, 4:40 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Government’s confirmation it will axe major irrigation projects is the second major blow it’s dealt to regional New Zealand in a week, National’s Paul Goldsmith and Nathan Guy say. More >>

End of irrigation subsidies a win for taxpayers

Thursday, 5 April 2018, 4:04 pm | Green Party

The Green Party is today marking a significant step toward cleaner rivers and less climate pollution, with the wind down of taxpayer subsidies for industrial irrigation schemes, as outlined in the Confidence and Supply Agreement between the Green and ... More >>

Parliament: Questions and Answers - April 5

Thursday, 5 April 2018, 3:56 pm | Hansard

ORAL QUESTIONS QUESTIONS TO MINISTERS Question No. 1—Prime Minister 1. Hon PAULA BENNETT (Deputy Leader—National) to the Prime Minister : Does she stand by all her statements and actions? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS (Deputy Prime Minister) on behalf ... More >>

MPs elected to leading Inter-Parliamentary Union roles

Thursday, 5 April 2018, 3:35 pm | Office of the Speaker

New Zealand MPs have been elected to two significant roles at the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), the global body that brings together over 170 national parliaments. More >>

Tax Working Group to write Labour election policy

Thursday, 5 April 2018, 3:05 pm | ACT New Zealand

“It's now clear that the real task of the taxpayer-funded Tax Working Group is to write the Labour Party’s 2020 election tax policy”, says ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

Government to wind down irrigation funding

Thursday, 5 April 2018, 3:04 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government has begun winding down public funding for large-scale irrigation through Crown Irrigation Investments Limited (CIIL), in line with the Coalition Agreement and the Confidence & Supply Agreement. More >>

Bill to improve financial security for foster children drawn

Thursday, 5 April 2018, 1:46 pm | New Zealand National Party

Clutha-Southland MP Hamish Walker’s Members’ Bill to help improve the future financial security of foster children by providing access to KiwiSaver for children in foster care has been drawn from the ballot this afternoon and will be debated ... More >>

Rollout of Kauri cleaning stations welcomed

Thursday, 5 April 2018, 1:15 pm | New Zealand National Party

National Party Conservation spokesperson Sarah Dowie has welcomed the Department of Conservation’s rollout of cleaning stations in response to the spread of kauri dieback. More >>

Early Learning Strategic Plan terms of reference announced

Thursday, 5 April 2018, 1:12 pm | New Zealand Government

Early Learning Strategic Plan terms of reference announced Education Minister Chris Hipkins today released the terms of reference for the Early Learning Strategic Plan, which aims to give all children genuine opportunities for high quality early learning. ... More >>

Prime Minister to attend CHOGM

Thursday, 5 April 2018, 12:36 pm | New Zealand Government

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will travel to Europe next week for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London and meetings with counterparts in Paris and Berlin. More >>

Parliament: Oral Questions - 5 April 2018

Thursday, 5 April 2018, 11:49 am | Office of the Clerk

1. Hon PAULA BENNETT to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all her statements and actions? More >>

Greens condemn Immigration NZ data use

Thursday, 5 April 2018, 10:50 am | Green Party

Green Party Immigration spokesperson Golriz Ghahraman has this morning written to the Minister for Immigration, expressing concern about the Ministry’s discriminatory use of immigrants’ personal data. More >>

Progress for pay equity blocked by Government

Thursday, 5 April 2018, 10:45 am | New Zealand National Party

Progress towards closing the gender pay gap has once again been delayed after the Government refused to support Denise Lee’s private Members’ Bill on pay equity during its first reading debate in Parliament last night. More >>

Rollout of innovative Kauri dieback cleaning stations

Thursday, 5 April 2018, 9:48 am | New Zealand Government

The roll-out of 20 innovative cleaning stations has started as part of the Department of Conservation’s efforts to reduce the spread of kauri dieback, Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage announced today. More >>

Subcommittee established for consideration of Trusts Bill

Wednesday, 4 April 2018, 5:13 pm | Office of the Clerk

The Justice Committee has set up a subcommittee to hear from submitters and consider the detailed provisions of the Trusts Bill. The Trusts Bill will be the first significant change to New Zealand’s trusts legislation since the current legislation was passed ... More >>

Parliament: Questions and Answers - April 4

Wednesday, 4 April 2018, 4:46 pm | Hansard

Question No. 1—Finance 1. Dr DEBORAH RUSSELL (Labour—New Lynn) to the Minister of Finance : What recent reports has he received on the Government's financial statements? Hon Dr DAVID CLARK (Associate Minister of Finance) on behalf of the Minister of Finance ... More >>

Councils are in the dark over roading projects

Wednesday, 4 April 2018, 4:22 pm | New Zealand National Party

Councils around the country have been left on a road to nowhere while the Government delays providing important details on national land transport funding for the next three years, National’s Local Government spokesperson Jacqui Dean says. More >>

PM sends best wishes of the nation to Kiwi athletes

Wednesday, 4 April 2018, 4:04 pm | New Zealand Government

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has sent her warm wishes to the New Zealand athletes preparing for the opening of the Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold Coast tonight. More >>

Electoral Bill conflicts with Parliamentary Privilege Act

Wednesday, 4 April 2018, 4:02 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Government’s Electoral Integrity Bill which would enable party leaders to dismiss an MP if the leader believes the MP distorts the proportionality of Parliament has hit further problems by clashing with the Parliamentary Privilege Act 2014, National ... More >>

Shane Jones rolled on regional roads

Wednesday, 4 April 2018, 2:58 pm | New Zealand National Party

Shane Jones has been rolled by Labour and the Greens on transport policy and as a result regional New Zealand will miss out on much needed roading developments, National Party Regional Development Spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says. More >>

Govt urged to support Windblown Timber Recovery Bill

Wednesday, 4 April 2018, 2:47 pm | New Zealand National Party

National Party List MP Maureen Pugh, has today urged the Government to support her Private Members’ Bill which would enable the harvesting of windblown trees on conservation land following adverse weather events. More >>

Tabuteau supports wood processing potential in Tairāwhiti

Wednesday, 4 April 2018, 2:43 pm | New Zealand Government

Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau spoke at a Wood Processors and Manufacturers Association (WPMA) public meeting in Gisborne today to discuss the benefits of growing the wood processing sector in the region. More >>

Minister studies major sports event broadcast

Wednesday, 4 April 2018, 2:13 pm | New Zealand Government

Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Minister Clare Curran will travel to the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast tomorrow for a first-hand look at what it takes to broadcast a multi-media mega sports event. More >>

Taskforce to review ‘Tomorrow’s Schools’ appointed

Wednesday, 4 April 2018, 1:44 pm | New Zealand Government

Taskforce to review ‘Tomorrow’s Schools’ appointed The experts charged with undertaking the biggest review of the way our schools are governed, managed and administered in 30 years have been appointed. Education Minister Chris Hipkins says our schooling ... More >>

Public urged to have say on transport priorities

Wednesday, 4 April 2018, 1:28 pm | New Zealand Government

Transport Minister Phil Twyford is encouraging the public to have their say on the Government’s proposal to increase fuel excise duty by between 9 and 12 cents a litre over three years. More >>

Waikato misses out as Govt pours more money into Auckland

Wednesday, 4 April 2018, 1:09 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Ardern-Peters Government has confirmed it plans to gut regional road funding, putting the future of the Waikato Expressway expansion to Piarere and the Kaimai Range at risk so it can pay for trams in Auckland, and it intends to charge regional ... More >>

Government acts to recall vehicles with airbag safety issues

Wednesday, 4 April 2018, 1:08 pm | New Zealand Government

Government acts to recall vehicles with airbag safety issues 50,000 vehicles with Alpha-type Takata airbags are subject to a compulsory recall after Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Kris Faafoi today acted to protect New Zealand drivers and passengers ... More >>

Govt gives with one hand, takes away by the tank

Wednesday, 4 April 2018, 1:04 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Ardern-Peters Government has played a cruel joke on low income New Zealanders, trumpeting a 75 cent an hour increase in the minimum wage only to propose a hike of up to 25 cents a litre on fuel just days later, Opposition Leader Simon Bridges ... More >>

Parliament: Oral Questions - 4 April 2018

Wednesday, 4 April 2018, 11:49 am | Office of the Clerk

1. Dr DEBORAH RUSSELL to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he received on the Government’s financial statements? More >>

NZ athletes wished all the best for the Commonwealth Games

Wednesday, 4 April 2018, 11:02 am | New Zealand Government

Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson today wished the New Zealand team the best of luck as the Commonwealth Games opens on the Gold Coast in Australia. More >>

Have your say on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill

Wednesday, 4 April 2018, 10:52 am | The Education and Workforce Committee

You have until 11 May 2018 to have your say on the Employment Relations (Triangular Employment) Amendment Bill. The Education and Workforce Committee is now inviting submissions on this bill. More >>

Govt accounts show surplus above forecast

Wednesday, 4 April 2018, 10:45 am | New Zealand Government

The Government’s accounts continued to track slightly better than expected in the eight months to the end of February, with the Government surplus nearly $500 million higher than the Treasury forecast in December, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. More >>

Floundering PM repeatedly misleads over fuel taxes

Wednesday, 4 April 2018, 9:54 am | New Zealand National Party

The Prime Minister has repeatedly misled New Zealanders by claiming the previous Government was planning a 20 cent per litre fuel tax hike, as she has tried and failed to sell her Government’s transport plans, National’s Transport spokesperson Jami-Lee ... More >>

Rollout of fishing cameras important practical step

Wednesday, 4 April 2018, 9:16 am | New Zealand National Party

The Government’s explanation for its reluctance to install monitoring cameras on commercial fishing vessels to better protect our marine life falls short of being credible, National’s Conservation Spokesperson Sarah Dowie says. More >>

Adams slams former Transport Minister Bridges

Wednesday, 4 April 2018, 9:10 am | ACT New Zealand

“National Finance Spokesperson Amy Adams has slammed the policies of former Transport Minister Simon Bridges", says ACT Leader David Seymour. “Yesterday, the Government revealed it was proposing a fuel tax increase of between 9 and 12 cents a litre. ... More >>

Bill wipes historic homosexual convictions

Tuesday, 3 April 2018, 9:38 pm | New Zealand Government

The third reading of a Bill to wipe historic homosexual offences from criminal records marks the end of an historic struggle for New Zealand’s gay community says Justice Minister Andrew Little. More >>

Farmers urged to read NAIT report

Tuesday, 3 April 2018, 6:34 pm | New Zealand Government

Farmers urged to read NAIT report Agriculture and Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor is calling on farmers and industry to read a report reviewing the performance of the animal tracing system NAIT. A review of NAIT started in 2016, under the previous ... More >>

Minister fumbles over KiwiBuild details

Tuesday, 3 April 2018, 6:30 pm | New Zealand National Party

Housing Minister Phil Twyford is struggling today to provide any detail on his KiwiBuild policy using the well-worn excuse that it is still ‘early days’, National’s Housing spokesperson Judith Collins says. More >>

Fund gives millions to Shane Jones-connected project

Tuesday, 3 April 2018, 5:17 pm | ACT New Zealand

“Shane Jones has big questions to answer after his Provincial Growth Fund gave millions to a project he once chaired”, says ACT Leader David Seymour. On 23 February, $4.6 million of funding was announced for the Manea Footprints of Kupe Cultural Heritage ... More >>

Regional NZ to lose billions in roading investment

Tuesday, 3 April 2018, 5:06 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Government has today confirmed that it plans to gut regional roading projects to pay for trams in Auckland, and to charge regional motorists more to do so, National’s Transport spokesperson Jami-Lee Ross says. More >>

Parliament: Questions and Answers - April 3

Tuesday, 3 April 2018, 4:28 pm | Hansard

1. Hon SIMON BRIDGES (Leader of the Opposition) to the Prime Minister : Does she have confidence in all her Ministers? Rt Hon JACINDA ARDERN (Prime Minister) : Yes. Hon Simon Bridges : Has Ms Curran advised her—that is, the Prime Minister—whether ... More >>

Government seeks feedback on Draft GPS 2018

Tuesday, 3 April 2018, 3:59 pm | Office of the Prime Minister

The Draft Government Policy Statement (GPS) 2018 on land transport released today is an important step towards making our roads safer so we can reduce New Zealand’s appalling number of road deaths, Transport Minister Phil Twyford says. More >>

Hawaii shows New Zealand the way on Assisted Dying

Tuesday, 3 April 2018, 2:25 pm | ACT New Zealand

“Hawaiian Senators have shown true compassion to people suffering from terminal illnesses,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “Last week the “Our Care, Our Choice Act” passed the Senate with near unanimous support, 23-2, in favour of assisted ... More >>

Members’ Bill to provide help for smokers to quit

Tuesday, 3 April 2018, 1:57 pm | New Zealand National Party

National MP Nicky Wagner is looking to improve laws around the accessibility of e-cigarettes to provide less harmful alternatives for long-term smokers that will help them kick the habit. More >>

Parliament: Oral Questions - 3 April 2018

Tuesday, 3 April 2018, 11:48 am | Office of the Clerk

1. Hon SIMON BRIDGES to the Prime Minister: Does she have confidence in all her Ministers? More >>

Air New Zealand waves goodbye to Kapiti Coast Airport

Tuesday, 3 April 2018, 11:22 am | New Zealand National Party

The last Air New Zealand flight from the Kapiti Coast to Auckland today will be met with much disappointment MP for Otaki Nathan Guy says. More >>

Government not transparent on partnership schools

Tuesday, 3 April 2018, 10:25 am | New Zealand National Party

The Government needs to put ideology aside and be open about its intentions for the future of children and young people attending partnership schools who just want to know that the schools they love can stay open, National’s Education Spokesperson ... More >>

Second CE to reappear at Select Committee

Tuesday, 3 April 2018, 9:18 am | New Zealand National Party

Not one, but two, chief executives will reappear at a Select Committee this week to correct the record following inconsistencies exposed by National MPs, National’s Environment spokesperson Scott Simpson says. More >>

The Government's Weird War on the Poor

Tuesday, 3 April 2018, 9:04 am | ACT New Zealand

The Media are hysterical over the Government’s various disasters from the Curran-Hirschfeld debacle to the absence of Russian spies in New Zealand, and New Zealand First heavying opposition MPs over Regional Growth Funding in their electorates. The honeymoon is ... More >>

Govt's botched handling of charters continues

Tuesday, 3 April 2018, 8:49 am | ACT New Zealand

“Revelations that the Government's utu against charter schools may cost taxpayers $20 million show how badly Chris Hipkins has handled them," says ACT Leader David Seymour, who was responsible for charter schools as Under-Secretary in the ... More >>

Health project’s ‘independent review’ a clear conflict

Tuesday, 3 April 2018, 8:44 am | New Zealand National Party

National Party Associate Health spokesperson Dr Shane Reti has revealed a supposed ‘independent review’ of the failing $90 million National Oracle Solution programme is, in fact, being carried out by the owner of the company that installed it in the ... More >>

 
 
 
 
 
 

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