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Green Party Co-Leader Metiria Turei resigns as Co-leader

Wednesday, 9 August 2017, 5:14 pm | Green Party

Green Party Co-Leader Metiria Turei resigns as Co-leader Metiria Turei has resigned as Co-Leader of the Green Party this evening. Since opening a conversation about the reality of poverty in New Zealand and the solutions to it three weeks ago, Metiria ... More >>

Govt: Q and A - Decisions of freshwater NPS

Wednesday, 9 August 2017, 4:23 pm | New Zealand Government

Q&As 1. What is today’s announcement about? Today we have announced a package of measures to ensure that fresh water quality improves over time so that 90 per cent of our rivers and lakes are swimmable by 2040. Changes to the National Policy ... More >>

Speech: Smith - EDS annual conference

Wednesday, 9 August 2017, 4:22 pm | New Zealand Government

Hon Dr Nick Smith Minister for Building and Construction Minister for the Environment 9 August 2017 Speech More >>

Govt sets out path to better freshwater

Wednesday, 9 August 2017, 4:17 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government’s new National Policy Statement (NPS) on Freshwater Management will deliver cleaner lakes and rivers with ambitious new targets for improving their recreational and ecological health, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith says. More >>

Consultation underway for operation of Veterans’ Support Act

Wednesday, 9 August 2017, 4:09 pm | New Zealand Government

The operation of the Veterans’ Support Act 2014 review has been kick-started with the release of a discussion document, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs David Bennett says. More >>

Latest Property Data Shows Consistent Results

Wednesday, 9 August 2017, 3:58 pm | New Zealand Government

Newly released figures for April to June 2017 show that property transfers involving overseas tax resident buyers and sellers are at the same levels as the previous quarter, says Land Information Minister Mark Mitchell. More >>

Epsom MP congratulates police on recovery of kidnapped baby

Wednesday, 9 August 2017, 3:48 pm | ACT New Zealand

Epsom MP David Seymour is congratulating police on their rapid action to recover 11-day-old baby abducted from Epsom this morning. More >>

New benefits for Electric Vehicle owners

Wednesday, 9 August 2017, 3:43 pm | New Zealand Government

New benefits for Electric Vehicle owners Operators of electric vehicles (EVs) are set to benefit from rule changes which will see heavy electric vehicles exempt from road user charges and potentially allow drivers of electric vehicles to use bus and ... More >>

Health Minister’s ‘Top Priority’ All Talk, No Action

Wednesday, 9 August 2017, 3:28 pm | New Zealand First Party

The Health Minister’s statement that youth suicide is his “top priority” is all talk and no action, says New Zealand First. More >>

Labour’s Rip Off Water Policy Mindless

Wednesday, 9 August 2017, 1:58 pm | New Zealand First Party

Labour’s Rip Off Water Policy Mindless It’s not easy to repeatedly be the subject of the adage ‘imitation is the sincerest form of flattery’, says New Zealand First Leader and Member of Parliament for Northland Rt Hon Winston Peters. “We’ve ... More >>

Service sector regional training plans launched

Wednesday, 9 August 2017, 1:27 pm | New Zealand Government

Hon Louise Upston Associate Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment 9 August 2017 Media Statement Service sector regional training plans launched Associate Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Louise Upston has welcomed the ... More >>

Second extra tax would hit regions hard

Wednesday, 9 August 2017, 1:14 pm | New Zealand National Party

Second extra tax would hit regions hard The Labour Party’s proposed water tax would hit regional economies hard by picking on farmers, horticulturalists and wine growers, National Party Campaign Chair Steven Joyce says. “Regions like Bay of Plenty, Hawke’s ... More >>

Just how far did Metiria go?

Wednesday, 9 August 2017, 12:45 pm | ACT New Zealand

Metiria Turei’s admission that she was maximising her own profits at the expense of taxpayers and her family shows that there is more she’s hiding, says ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

$7 million safety upgrade for Taupo bypass

Wednesday, 9 August 2017, 12:23 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government is investing $7 million in a major safety upgrade project to help reduce serious and fatal crashes on the Taupo Bypass section of State Highway One, Associate Minister of Transport Tim Macindoe says. More >>

Oral Questions - 9 August 2017

Wednesday, 9 August 2017, 11:35 am | Office of the Clerk

1. KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister of Finance: What progress is the Government making on the $32.5 billion infrastructure programme over the next four years identified in Budget 2017? More >>

Clean rivers for future generations

Wednesday, 9 August 2017, 11:13 am | New Zealand Labour Party

Labour will lead a nationwide effort to restore our rivers and lakes to a clean, swimmable state, says Leader of the Opposition Jacinda Ardern. More >>

Options to trim employer PAYE costs proposed

Wednesday, 9 August 2017, 10:45 am | New Zealand Government

Revenue Minister Judith Collins has today welcomed the release of a tax officials’ paper, seeking feedback on options to reduce the cost to employers of administering PAYE information. More >>

Productivity Commission Inquiry into Low Carbon Economy

Wednesday, 9 August 2017, 10:37 am | New Zealand Government

Climate Change Minister Paula Bennett and Finance Minister Steven Joyce have welcomed the release of the Productivity Commission’s issues paper for the inquiry into how New Zealand can maximise the opportunities and minimise the costs and risks of ... More >>

Supporting young people transition out of care

Wednesday, 9 August 2017, 9:59 am | New Zealand Government

Minister for Children Anne Tolley says a new pilot which provides semi-independent accommodation and life skills for young people transitioning out of care will provide young people with more support. More >>

Report Shows Drop in Pregnancy Smoking Rate

Wednesday, 9 August 2017, 9:45 am | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and Associate Minister Nicky Wagner welcome a new report which shows a continued downward trend in the percentage of pregnant women smoking. The latest Report on Maternity shows 14.2 per cent of pregnant women smoked ... More >>

Cases of Foreign Student Fraud Just Tip of Iceberg

Wednesday, 9 August 2017, 9:40 am | New Zealand First Party

More than a third of decisions in May this year concerning Philippines students applying to study in New Zealand were uncovered as fraudulent, says New Zealand First Leader and Northland Member of Parliament, Rt Hon Winston Peters. More >>

Green Party candidate pulls out to take public service role

Tuesday, 8 August 2017, 10:34 pm | Green Party

Green Party candidate withdraws from list to take up role in public service Green Party candidate Susanne Ruthven has withdrawn from the Party's list to take up a role at the Ministry for Pacific Peoples. Because her role is in the public service ... More >>

McClay to register ‘Queensland First’ concerns in Canberra

Tuesday, 8 August 2017, 7:25 pm | New Zealand Government

McClay to register ‘Queensland First’ concerns in Canberra Trade Minister Todd McClay will meet with his Australian counterpart Steven Ciobo tomorrow in Canberra to register New Zealand’s concerns about a state procurement proposal which favours ... More >>

Questions and Answers - August 8

Tuesday, 8 August 2017, 5:23 pm | Hansard

• ORAL QUESTIONS QUESTIONS TO MINISTERS Transport, Auckland—Rail 1. JACINDA ARDERN (Leader of the Opposition) to the Prime Minister : Did the Auckland transport announcement he made on Sunday include any acceleration of his Government's plan to wait 30 years ... More >>

Facts Blow Holes in PM’s ‘I Know Nothing’

Tuesday, 8 August 2017, 4:30 pm | New Zealand First Party

Facts Blow Holes in PM’s ‘I Know Nothing’ Despite trying to claim “I know nothing” about the Todd Barclay debacle, the Prime Minister Bill English is not fooling anyone. More >>

Chance for North Rodney to Leave Hide’s Super City Disaster

Tuesday, 8 August 2017, 4:29 pm | New Zealand First Party

The people of North Rodney should be given the chance to decide whether they want to remain in Auckland’s Super City or not, says New Zealand First Leader and Northland Member of Parliament Rt Hon Winston Peters. More >>

Employment Court Judge appointed

Tuesday, 8 August 2017, 4:26 pm | New Zealand Government

Wellington barrister and solicitor Joanna Holden has been appointed an Employment Court Judge, Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson announced today. Ms Holden is currently team manager of a public law team at the Crown Law Office and works in ... More >>

Flattered by Labour’s Adoption of Water Policy

Tuesday, 8 August 2017, 4:24 pm | New Zealand First Party

Flattered by Labour’s Adoption of Water Policy New Zealand First is bemused that the Labour Party plans to copy our policy on bottled water. “It’s not easy to repeatedly be the subject of the adage ‘imitation is the sincerest form of flattery’,” ... More >>

New Zealand really can do better on health

Tuesday, 8 August 2017, 4:17 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

New Zealand really can do better on health Labour’s commitment to affordable access to high quality healthcare will provide a better service for New Zealanders than the current Health Minister, who will not apologise for statements that he made that ... More >>

UnitedFuture unveils policy in recognition of diversity

Tuesday, 8 August 2017, 3:54 pm | United Future NZ Party

UnitedFuture leader, Hon Peter Dunne alongside Party President and Botany candidate, Damian Light, have today announced the parties policies for New Zealand’s Rainbow Community. More >>

BEPS measure takes another step forward

Tuesday, 8 August 2017, 3:24 pm | New Zealand Government

Revenue Minister Judith Collins welcomed the tabling in Parliament today of the OECD-led multilateral instrument. More >>

Joint Statement David Clendon and Kennedy Graham

Tuesday, 8 August 2017, 3:03 pm | Joint Press Release

The controversy that has arisen as a result of the speech by co-leader Metiria Turei at the AGM during the launch of the Incomes Package, along with subsequent developments, has put each Green Party candidate in a difficult personal situation. More >>

National drags its feet on airport rail

Tuesday, 8 August 2017, 2:42 pm | Green Party

Documents obtained by the Green Party show the National government has quietly delayed work to protect the route for light rail to the airport from development, having previously said it was being urgently progressed, the Green Party said today. More >>

100-plus rivers and lakes to be improved

Tuesday, 8 August 2017, 1:35 pm | New Zealand Government

100-plus rivers and lakes to be improved Freshwater improvement projects covering over 100 rivers and lakes across New Zealand are to receive grants of $44 million from the Government, Environment Minister Nick Smith announced today. “The Government ... More >>

National Building Economy on Fraud And Corruption

Tuesday, 8 August 2017, 1:27 pm | New Zealand First Party

More evidence has come forward exposing Tertiary Education Minister Steven Joyce’s much vaunted international student industry to be rotten but he refuses to clean it up, says New Zealand First Leader and Northland Member of Parliament, Rt Hon Winston ... More >>

New national standard for plantation forestry

Tuesday, 8 August 2017, 1:01 pm | New Zealand Government

A new nationwide set of environmental rules for managing New Zealand’s 1.7 million hectares of plantation forestry will better protect the environment and deliver significant savings in compliance costs, Minister for the Environment Dr Nick Smith and Associate ... More >>

Clendon and Graham withdraw from Green Party caucus

Tuesday, 8 August 2017, 12:53 pm | Green Party

David Clendon and Kennedy Graham have today withdrawn from the Green Party caucus, following on from their decision yesterday to withdraw from the Party’s 2017 election list. More >>

Oral Questions - 8 August 2017

Tuesday, 8 August 2017, 12:19 pm | Office of the Clerk

1. JACINDA ARDERN to the Prime Minister: Did the Auckland transport announcement he made on Sunday include any acceleration of his Government’s plan to wait 30 years to build rail to the airport; if not, why not? More >>

World Masters Games brings in $63 million

Tuesday, 8 August 2017, 11:58 am | New Zealand Government

Economic Development Minister Simon Bridges and Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman welcome new data that shows that the World Masters Games was a major success. More >>

Survey shows Kiwis better prepared for disasters

Tuesday, 8 August 2017, 11:42 am | New Zealand Government

New Zealanders have never been better prepared for disasters according to the latest annual disaster preparedness survey, but it’s important to stay prepared. More >>

Final link welded in Main North Line rebuild

Tuesday, 8 August 2017, 11:06 am | New Zealand Government

KiwiRail has linked up the track between Picton and Christchurch for the first time since November’s Kaikoura earthquake devastated the line, Transport Minister Simon Bridges announced today. More >>

Anniversary marked with ASEAN@50 fellowships

Tuesday, 8 August 2017, 10:47 am | New Zealand Government

Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee has today marked the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) by announcing the ASEAN@50 Fellowship Programme. More >>

NZ to strengthen tax agreements with India, San Marino

Tuesday, 8 August 2017, 10:29 am | New Zealand Government

Two Orders in Council signed this week will help strengthen New Zealand’s tax agreements with India, and with San Marino, to prevent tax evasion, says Revenue Minister Judith Collins. More >>

What else do David Clendon and Kennedy Graham know?

Tuesday, 8 August 2017, 10:18 am | ACT New Zealand

David Clendon and Kennedy Graham's resignations should be welcomed but now they need to tell Green voters everything they know about Metiria Turei and her lies to government and the public, rather than letting details drip-feed out over months as the official ... More >>

Christchurch Schools Rebuild programme continues

Tuesday, 8 August 2017, 9:58 am | New Zealand Government

Associate Minister of Education Tim Macindoe today turned the first sod to mark the beginning of construction projects at both Wigram Primary and Addington Schools, as part of the Christchurch Schools Rebuild programme. More >>

Wharenui School continues to reap benefits of investment

Tuesday, 8 August 2017, 9:09 am | New Zealand Government

Wharenui School continues to reap the benefits of government investment in school property Associate Minister of Education Tim Macindoe today visited Wharenui School to celebrate the completion of their $2 million redevelopment and to announce that ... More >>

Bill to modernise Telco Act to be introduced

Tuesday, 8 August 2017, 8:44 am | New Zealand Government

Communications Minister Simon Bridges will introduce a Bill to Parliament today that brings New Zealand’s telecommunications regulatory framework into the 21st century. More >>

James Shaw signs Greens' death warrant

Monday, 7 August 2017, 10:06 pm | ACT New Zealand

"The weakness and immorality of the Green Party could not have been made clearer today," says ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

Jacinda Ardern out-classed by backbench Green MPs

Monday, 7 August 2017, 7:21 pm | ACT New Zealand

ACT Leader David Seymour reacts to Kennedy Graham and David Clendon’s decision to quit rather than have Metiria Turei as Green co-Leader: More >>

James Shaw on Kennedy Graham and David Clendon

Monday, 7 August 2017, 6:43 pm | Green Party

Statement from James Shaw on Kennedy Graham and David Clendon “Kennedy Graham and David Clendon have this evening decided to withdraw their names from the Green Party’s 2017 party list. “We are disappointed they’ve made this decision, though we respect ... More >>

If Korean Mud Was Bad is Animal Excrement Okay?

Monday, 7 August 2017, 5:33 pm | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First is calling on the Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy to act for this country and stop proposals to import European farm animal manure. More >>

Changes to regulations will improve access to cannabidiol

Monday, 7 August 2017, 4:46 pm | New Zealand Government

Changes to regulations will improve access to cannabidiol (CBD) products Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne has today welcomed the removal of a range of controls on cannabidiol (CBD), calling the changes an important step in New Zealand’s continued ... More >>

Coleman Denies Issue with Surgical Mesh

Monday, 7 August 2017, 2:28 pm | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First is calling for the Minister of Health’s urgent action on the surgical mesh scandal. More >>

More new forests funded through grant scheme

Monday, 7 August 2017, 1:40 pm | New Zealand Government

A total of 5183ha of new forest will be planted by 101 applicants who have received support through the 2017 Afforestation Grant Scheme funding round, Associate Minister for Primary Industries Louise Upston says. More >>

Labour’s plan the answer to motorway chaos

Monday, 7 August 2017, 1:03 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Labour’s plan to build a light rail network and improve heavy rail and bus services across Auckland is the only answer to the kind of motorway congestion Aucklanders endured this morning, says Labour Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. More >>

National Eyes Dollars Only – Too Bad About ‘Mr Big’

Monday, 7 August 2017, 1:01 pm | New Zealand First Party

Revelations that an Indian “Mr Big” and “old boys’ network ” control a big chunk of the corrupt Indian student market is not a surprise, says New Zealand First Leader and Northland Member of Parliament Rt Hon Winston Peters. More >>

Free Press: ACT’s regular bulletin

Monday, 7 August 2017, 12:42 pm | ACT New Zealand

Own Your Future David Seymour’s second book, ‘Own Your Future’ is out. You can order it here . From the back cover: We politicians are the second least trusted profession, just barely ahead of the journalists who report on us. Even the used ... More >>

Applications open for Great Rides funding

Monday, 7 August 2017, 10:44 am | New Zealand Government

Applications are open for round seven of the Maintaining the Quality of Great Rides Fund, Associate Tourism Minister Nicky Wagner announced today. More >>

$6.5m to support Cambodian horticulture

Monday, 7 August 2017, 10:39 am | New Zealand Government

New Zealand is providing $6.5 million over five years to help Cambodia develop a more sustainable horticulture industry, Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee announced today. More >>

ACT slams National on housing consent failure

Monday, 7 August 2017, 10:16 am | ACT New Zealand

National’s failure on housing has been shown up with shock news it is 4,000 houses behind even its own unambitious target for new homes in Auckland. More >>

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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