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Ministers to host Family Violence Summit

Tuesday, 21 March 2017, 9:48 am | New Zealand Government

A national summit on family violence will be hosted by Justice Minister Amy Adams and Social Development Minister Anne Tolley in Wellington on June 7 More >>

New Zealand MPs engage in European talks

Tuesday, 21 March 2017, 9:37 am | Office Of Speaker Of Parliament

A cross-party delegation is heading to Europe this week for the 20th Inter-parliamentary Meeting with the European Parliament and talks with Belgian parliamentarians. The delegation will then travel to the United Kingdom, for meetings with parliamentarians. More >>

OECD environment report welcomed

Tuesday, 21 March 2017, 9:17 am | New Zealand Government

The Government has welcomed today’s release of the OECD 2017 Environment Performance Review, saying it highlights New Zealand’s green credentials and the strong progress we have made over the past decade, as well as the challenges we need to address, ... More >>

Government welcomes report on tertiary education

Tuesday, 21 March 2017, 9:12 am | New Zealand Government

Finance Minister Steven Joyce, and Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Paul Goldsmith have welcomed the release of the Productivity Commission’s report New models of tertiary education . More >>

Unveiling strengthens NZ-Turkish ties

Tuesday, 21 March 2017, 8:46 am | New Zealand Government

Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry says the ties between New Zealand and Turkey were strengthened further today with the unveiling of the Turkish Memorial at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park. More >>

National Causing Slow Death of Radio New Zealand

Monday, 20 March 2017, 5:30 pm | New Zealand First Party

The National government is allowing Radio New Zealand (RNZ) to go through an agonising death through lack of funding, says New Zealand First Broadcasting Spokesperson Tracey Martin. More >>

Message to Apple: Stop This Tax Dodging Corporate Rort

Monday, 20 March 2017, 3:13 pm | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First is calling for better rules for government purchases given Apple, which fails to pay any tax here, has been the dominant supplier of mobile phones. More >>

Time for an economy that works for New Zealanders

Monday, 20 March 2017, 12:50 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Nine years of inaction and complacency by National have left major holes in the economy that are being exploited at a cost to New Zealanders, says Labour Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. More >>

Government Action Needed Over Surgical Mesh Injuries

Monday, 20 March 2017, 12:46 pm | New Zealand First Party

The growing number of surgical mesh related injury claims received by ACC is appalling says New Zealand First. More >>

More emergency housing opens in Naenae

Monday, 20 March 2017, 12:11 pm | New Zealand Government

Vulnerable families will now have other housing options in Lower Hutt thanks to Government funding says Associate Social Housing Minister Alfred Ngaro. More >>

Bishop backs fairer fares for tertiary students

Monday, 20 March 2017, 10:43 am | New Zealand National Party

National List MP based in Hutt South Chris Bishop has launched a petition calling on Greater Wellington Regional Council to support fairer fares for tertiary students. More >>

First Step to Stopping Youth Crime in Northland

Monday, 20 March 2017, 10:21 am | New Zealand First Party

The first step to cutting crime in Kaikohe, where youth have been on yet another rampage, is to boost the police strength, says New Zealand First Leader Northland MP and Rt Hon Winston Peters. More >>

$3.6m New Plymouth school property projects underway

Monday, 20 March 2017, 10:19 am | New Zealand Government

Soil turning ceremonies today will mark the start of two education construction projects in New Plymouth, at Spotswood College and the wharekura Te Pi’ipi’inga Kakano Mai Rangiatea, says Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye. More >>

Electric Vehicle Registrations Hit 3,000

Monday, 20 March 2017, 10:01 am | New Zealand Government

More than 3,000 electric vehicles (EVs) are now registered in New Zealand, Transport Minister Simon Bridges says. More >>

Minister congratulates Polyfest students

Sunday, 19 March 2017, 5:04 pm | New Zealand Government

Minister congratulates Polyfest students Pacific Peoples Minister Alfred Ngaro has today congratulated the winners of the 2017 ASB Polyfest. “It was another fantastic event this year and I know that the judges would have had an extremely hard time ... More >>

Chinese Premier to visit

Sunday, 19 March 2017, 5:04 pm | New Zealand Government

Chinese Premier to visit Chinese Premier Li Keqiang will visit New Zealand next week. Prime Minister Bill English announced today that he and Premier Li will hold official talks in Wellington, and that he and the Premier will also meet business leaders ... More >>

Minister for OIO Misled on Foreign Land Ownership

Sunday, 19 March 2017, 12:14 pm | New Zealand First Party

Minister for OIO Misled on Foreign Land Ownership Minister of Land Information Mark Mitchell has been seriously misled when he confirmed today that the Overseas Investment Office was aware of the level of foreign ownership in New Zealand. “The OIO has ... More >>

Apple’s tax bill leaves sour taste for Kiwis

Saturday, 18 March 2017, 2:44 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Apple’s tax bill leaves sour taste for Kiwis Hard working Kiwi taxpayers have every reason to feel outraged by revelations that a massive company like Apple, with billions of dollars of New Zealand revenue, has paid no New Zealand tax over ten ... More >>

Public shut out on bulk water exports not good enough

Saturday, 18 March 2017, 2:43 pm | Green Party

Public shut out on bulk water exports not good enough A proposal to take West Coast water and export it in bulk tankers with no public notification shows our environmental laws aren’t strong enough and proposed Government changes will only make that worse, ... More >>

Law Loophole Made It Easy for Internet Pirate

Friday, 17 March 2017, 5:20 pm | New Zealand First Party

The deceit of a Filipino internet pirate who failed to own up to his illegal activities reveals more stringent vetting of immigrants is necessary, says New Zealand First Leader and Northland Member of Parliament Rt Hon Winston Peters. More >>

Charities Services wins technology award

Friday, 17 March 2017, 4:41 pm | New Zealand Government

Community and Voluntary Sector Minister Alfred Ngaro has congratulated Charities Services on its win at last night’s inaugural New Zealand Charities Technology Awards dinner. More >>

Charities Services wins technology award

Friday, 17 March 2017, 4:35 pm | New Zealand Government

Community and Voluntary Sector Minister Alfred Ngaro has congratulated Charities Services on its win at last night’s inaugural New Zealand Charities Technology Awards dinner. More >>

McCully to attend Counter-ISIL meeting

Friday, 17 March 2017, 3:41 pm | New Zealand Government

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has announced he will attend the Counter-ISIL Foreign Ministers’ meeting being hosted by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Washington DC on 22 March. More >>

Work begins on massive slip at Ohau Point

Friday, 17 March 2017, 3:31 pm | New Zealand Government

Transport Minister Simon Bridges says a significant milestone has been reached in the effort to restore the coastal road and rail corridor north of Kaikoura. Work commenced this week at Ohau Point, the site of one of the largest of slips which ... More >>

Corrections officers graduate from training

Friday, 17 March 2017, 3:20 pm | New Zealand Government

Corrections Minister Louise Upston has congratulated 53 new Corrections officers and offender employment instructors on their graduation from training. More >>

Delivering better wine and underwater robots

Friday, 17 March 2017, 2:42 pm | New Zealand Government

An underwater robot and a portable winemaking system are just some of the innovations being advanced at the New Zealand Product Accelerator programme, visited today by Science and Innovation Minister Paul Goldsmith. More >>

Work begins on massive slip at Ohau Point

Friday, 17 March 2017, 2:40 pm | New Zealand Government

Transport Minister Simon Bridges says a significant milestone has been reached in the effort to restore the coastal road and rail corridor north of Kaikoura. Work commenced this week at Ohau Point, the site of one of the largest of slips which ... More >>

Water charges needed to protect environment

Friday, 17 March 2017, 1:48 pm | Green Party

17 March 2017 Water charges needed to protect environment Protecting our finite and precious water resources should be the motivation for putting a charge on water, to ensure it is prudently and sustainably used, the Green Party said today. “The ... More >>

Minister welcomes first landlord conviction under new law

Friday, 17 March 2017, 1:23 pm | New Zealand Government

Building and Construction Minister Dr Nick Smith has welcomed the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment’s (MBIE) Tenancy Compliance and Investigations Team’s first successful prosecution of a landlord for renting a substandard property, under ... More >>

$12m Lemonwood Grove School officially opened

Friday, 17 March 2017, 12:33 pm | New Zealand Government

Education Minister Hekia Parata and Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye have welcomed the official opening of Lemonwood Grove School in Christchurch by the Prime Minister. More >>

Gordon Campbell on Dutch lessons for Labour

Friday, 17 March 2017, 12:24 pm | Gordon Campbell

D o yesterday’s election results in the Netherlands have any lessons for our own election campaign this year ? So far, the headline stories have been about (a) the failure of the populist ultra-right to make significant gains, partly because the ... More >>

IPONZ world number one for online capabilities

Friday, 17 March 2017, 11:25 am | New Zealand Government

The Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ) has been ranked number one in the world for its online capabilities by the World Trademark Review says Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Jacqui Dean. More >>

Questions & Answers - 16 March 2017

Friday, 17 March 2017, 10:54 am | Office of the Clerk

1. JACINDA ARDERN (Deputy Leader—Labour) to the Minister for Social Development : Does she have confidence in the current drafting of the Children, Young Persons, and Their Families (Oranga Tamariki) Legislation Bill? More >>

Fix the RMA, fix the housing crisis

Friday, 17 March 2017, 9:49 am | ACT New Zealand

ACT Leader David Seymour has today revealed amendments [attached] that will vastly improve the latest round of Resource Management Act reforms. More >>

Speech to LGNZ Rural & Provincial Sector Meeting

Friday, 17 March 2017, 8:50 am | Anne Tolley

Thank you Lawrence for the invitation to speak today and to you all for the very warm welcome. Can I also acknowledge Brian Hanna, Chair of the Rural Sector, Jan Barnes, Chair of the Provincial Sector, and the many Mayors, Councillors and Chief ... More >>

More road safety improvements underway

Thursday, 16 March 2017, 5:24 pm | New Zealand Government

Road works are underway right now to make the main trunk line to Tauranga from Auckland safer for motorists, Associate Transport Minister David Bennett says. More >>

Dairy Industry Restructuring Amendment Bill introduced

Thursday, 16 March 2017, 4:48 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government has today introduced the Dairy Industry Restructuring Amendment Bill. The Bill makes changes to the Dairy Industry Restructuring Act 2001 (DIRA), which supports the efficiency and contestability of New Zealand’s dairy industry. More >>

PM announces appointments to APEC council

Thursday, 16 March 2017, 4:25 pm | New Zealand Government

PM announces appointments to APEC council Prime Minister Bill English today announced the appointments of Phil O’Reilly and Tenby Powell to the APEC Business Advisory Council, through to December 2019. The Prime Minister also confirmed the extension ... More >>

Personal Details Must Remain Private

Thursday, 16 March 2017, 4:10 pm | New Zealand First Party

An exemption today to protect the personal information of sexual violence victims is not enough, says New Zealand First. More >>

$200k for more youth leadership

Thursday, 16 March 2017, 3:46 pm | New Zealand Government

Around 2,000 young people nationwide will benefit from new youth development partnerships with Recreate New Zealand, who provide life-changing experiences for young people with disabilities, and UNICEF New Zealand, Youth Minister Nikki Kaye announced today. More >>

Justice booklet highlights fresh thinking

Thursday, 16 March 2017, 3:40 pm | New Zealand Government

A new Ministry of Justice publication launched today by Justice Minister Amy Adams showcases how fresh thinking by talented people is helping to address complex issues in the justice sector. More >>

$1.5 Million Family Violence Contracts 'Mismanaged'

Thursday, 16 March 2017, 3:06 pm | New Zealand First Party

Doubts have been raised about $1.5 million of contracts let to inform Pacific people about family violence, says New Zealand First. More >>

Increasing the penalty for supplying explosives

Thursday, 16 March 2017, 3:03 pm | Office of the Clerk

You have until 7 April 2017 to have your say on increasing the penalty for supplying explosives for criminal activity. It is proposed that the penalty increase from the current maximum of 2 years to a maximum of 5 years’ imprisonment. More >>

Oral Questions - 16 March 2017

Thursday, 16 March 2017, 1:34 pm | Office of the Clerk

1. JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Social Development: Does she have confidence in the current drafting of the Children, Young Persons, and Their Families (Oranga Tamariki) Legislation Bill? More >>

New Zealand-Argentina agricultural agreement signed

Thursday, 16 March 2017, 1:27 pm | New Zealand Government

Hon Nathan Guy Minister for Primary Industries 16 March 2017 Media Statement New Zealand-Argentina agricultural agreement signed Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has signed an Agricultural Cooperation Arrangement with Argentina today, aimed ... More >>

Collaborative research barking up the right tree

Thursday, 16 March 2017, 1:12 pm | New Zealand Government

Science and Innovation Minister Paul Goldsmith is welcoming the release of new research on canine nutrition which is set to boost New Zealand’s premium petfood exporters. More >>

NZer makes history on UN committee

Thursday, 16 March 2017, 12:47 pm | New Zealand Government

Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner today congratulates Robert Martin on becoming the first person with a learning disability to sit on the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. More >>

Tax relief for flood damaged farms

Thursday, 16 March 2017, 12:42 pm | New Zealand Government

Revenue Minister Judith Collins today welcomed Inland Revenue’s decision to exercise discretions on income equalisation for farmers who are significantly affected by the recent flooding around the Franklin Ward, Hauraki District and Thames- Coromandel ... More >>

Construction and services drive growth

Thursday, 16 March 2017, 12:16 pm | New Zealand Government

The construction and services industries drove New Zealand’s economic growth in the December quarter as some other sectors eased back, Finance Minister Steven Joyce says. More >>

$590,000 for new smart irrigation projects

Thursday, 16 March 2017, 12:14 pm | New Zealand Government

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has welcomed two new investments in smart irrigation projects in the latest Sustainable Farming Fund round. More >>

Appointment of Judge of the Court of Appeal

Thursday, 16 March 2017, 12:12 pm | New Zealand Government

The Honourable Justice Denis Clifford has been appointed a Judge of the Court of Appeal, Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson announced today. More >>

Time to change GDP as a measure of progress

Thursday, 16 March 2017, 12:08 pm | Green Party

Today’s disappointing GDP numbers fail to capture what’s really going on in the New Zealand economy and with our day-to-day lives, the Green Party said today. Gross domestic product (GDP) statistics released today by Statistics New Zealand show that ... More >>

Predator Free Dunedin MOU signed

Thursday, 16 March 2017, 11:55 am | New Zealand Government

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says Dunedin has accelerated its commitment to the Government’s Predator Free 2050 vision with 19 organisations signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today. More >>

Halving of economic growth a worry

Thursday, 16 March 2017, 11:47 am | New Zealand Labour Party

National’s failure to manage the economy for the long run has been exposed by the latest GDP figures which show the rate of growth halving in one quarter, says Labour’s Finance Spokesperson Grant Robertson More >>

Deaf New Zealanders at risk in medical emergencies

Thursday, 16 March 2017, 11:22 am | Green Party

A majority of district health boards (DHBs) around the country don’t provide 24/7 access to sign language interpreters, which puts deaf people at significant risk in medical emergencies, the Green Party said today. A report released yesterday by ... More >>

Support for Christchurch marae-led social housing initiative

Thursday, 16 March 2017, 10:48 am | New Zealand Government

Minister for Māori Development and Minister for Whānau Ora, Te Ururoa Flavell says a $1.5 million marae-led social housing development in Christchurch will provide warm, healthy and affordable homes for whānau. More >>

TPPA resuscitation a backwards step for NZ

Thursday, 16 March 2017, 10:46 am | Green Party

New Zealand should be working on positive new ways of creating international trade agreements, instead of participating in talks to try to resuscitate the dead-and-buried Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), the Green Party said today. More >>

Questions & Answers - 15 March 2017

Thursday, 16 March 2017, 10:34 am | Office of the Clerk

1. ALASTAIR SCOTT (National—Wairarapa) to the Minister of Finance : What reports has he received on New Zealand's external financial position? More >>

Kiingitanga and Corrections join forces

Thursday, 16 March 2017, 10:25 am | New Zealand Government

Corrections and the Kiingitanga have signed an accord aimed at working together to improve outcomes for Māori offenders, Corrections Minister Louise Upston has announced. More >>

$1.2m to combat agricultural and horticultural diseases

Thursday, 16 March 2017, 10:15 am | New Zealand Government

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has welcomed $1.2 million of funding for three projects to combat animal and horticultural disease from the Ministry for Primary Industries’ Sustainable Farming Fund. More >>

 

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