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Temporary village for quake-hit Waiau

Wednesday, 17 May 2017, 4:15 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government and the Hurunui District Council are establishing a temporary accommodation village in Waiau to help the town’s recovery from the Kaikōura Earthquake, Building and Construction Minister Dr Nick Smith says. More >>

Movement controls critical to stop myrtle rust spreading

Wednesday, 17 May 2017, 3:55 pm | Green Party

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) must take every precaution possible to stop the spread of myrtle rust disease, including stronger movement controls, after news of it being detected in a nursery in Taranaki, the Green Party said today. More >>

Workers pay the price of Silver Fern’s Fairton closure

Wednesday, 17 May 2017, 3:46 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

The threatened closure of Silver Fern Farms’ Fairton Plant in Ashburton raises serious questions about the Government’s support of the sale of half of the company to a foreign company, when it appears this outcome may have been inevitable, says ... More >>

Certainty of funding for Outdoor Recreation Consortium

Wednesday, 17 May 2017, 2:51 pm | New Zealand Government

The Outdoor Recreation Consortium, which has been lovingly restoring and maintaining huts and tracks in the remote backcountry, is being given certainty of funding for the next two years. More >>

Fairton to Close with 377 Job Losses

Wednesday, 17 May 2017, 2:48 pm | New Zealand First Party

Rt Hon Winston Peters New Zealand First Leader Member of Parliament for Northland 17 MAY 2017 FAIRTON TO CLOSE WITH 377 JOB LOSSES After predicting the closure of Silver Fern Farms’ Fairton plant for a year, NZ First is saddened by the loss of ... More >>

Having teachers in classrooms will need a plan

Wednesday, 17 May 2017, 2:16 pm | Green Party

The Government’s small injection of funding into Teach First NZ won’t address the workforce problems that are affecting New Zealand schools and students, the Green Party said today. More >>

Family First shouldn’t get a tax break. Nor should Greenpeace.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017, 1:54 pm | ACT New Zealand

Lobby groups masquerading as charities shouldn’t get tax breaks, says ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

Australasian Casino and Gambling Regulators’ Conference

Wednesday, 17 May 2017, 1:49 pm | New Zealand Government

The regulation of gambling has received a lot of attention over many years, and there have been concerted efforts to devise effective legislation and regulations, which are the tools of your trade. More >>

Scrap Natural Health Products Bill

Wednesday, 17 May 2017, 1:15 pm | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First says the Natural Health Products and Supplementary Products Bill is such an embarrassment to Parliament that the government should do the decent thing and scrap it. More >>

Long-term welfare dependence reducing

Wednesday, 17 May 2017, 1:05 pm | New Zealand Government

Benefit valuation confirms long-term welfare dependence reducing Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has welcomed the latest benefit valuation, which confirms long-term welfare dependence is reducing, particularly among sole parents. “Welfare reform ... More >>

Nat’s answer: 1 new affordable house per 100 new Aucklanders

Wednesday, 17 May 2017, 1:03 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

National’s fudge of a housing plan will make Auckland even more of a speculators’ paradise, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little. More >>

Government can’t be trusted with private data

Wednesday, 17 May 2017, 12:50 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

The independent review of the Ministry of Social Development’s data breach in April has shown, once again, that the Ministry cannot be trusted with private client information, says Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni. More >>

Key transport project for Taranaki launched

Wednesday, 17 May 2017, 12:39 pm | New Zealand Government

Transport Minister Simon Bridges today officially launched the Awakino Gorge to Mount Messenger Programme in Mokau. More >>

Another crisis, another half-baked National plan

Wednesday, 17 May 2017, 12:28 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

The National Party may have finally woken up to the teacher supply crisis facing our schools but their latest half-baked, rushed announcement falls well short of the mark in terms of what’s required, says Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris ... More >>

Speech: Improving the number and quality of our teachers

Wednesday, 17 May 2017, 12:25 pm | New Zealand Government

Delivered to executive members of the Auckland Secondary Principals Association and Auckland Primary Principals Association - not delivered word for word More >>

Only ACT confronts the massive scale of our housing shortage

Wednesday, 17 May 2017, 12:07 pm | ACT New Zealand

“Both National and Labour are distracted with plans to make the government build houses, but government projects can only address a tiny portion of New Zealand’s housing shortage,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

Future in focus for learners and employers

Wednesday, 17 May 2017, 11:48 am | New Zealand Government

Learners and employers are demanding more flexible learning and a combination of technical and life skills knowledge, according to feedback to the Tertiary Education Commission. More >>

Gov't responds to Productivity Commission on social services

Wednesday, 17 May 2017, 11:38 am | New Zealand Government

Finance Minister Steven Joyce has today released the full Government response to the Productivity Commission’s report on More Effective Social Services . “The Government is well-aligned with the Productivity Commission’s recommended direction,” ... More >>

Re-opening of Fonterra’s Susumas Plant in Malaysia

Wednesday, 17 May 2017, 11:37 am | New Zealand Government

Māori Development Minister and Associate Minister for Economic Development Te Ururoa Flavell attended the re-opening of Fonterra’s Susumas plant in Malaysia yesterday. More >>

Kaiapoi Domain returned to the community

Wednesday, 17 May 2017, 11:12 am | New Zealand Government

The return of Kaiapoi Domain to the Waimakariri District Council marks the start of a new chapter for the area, Building and Construction Minister Dr Nick Smith says. More >>

Several new measures to support teacher supply and quality

Wednesday, 17 May 2017, 10:43 am | New Zealand Government

The Minister of Education Nikki Kaye has today announced new measures to enhance teacher quality and supply. More >>

$5.2m to fund more teachers in priority subjects

Wednesday, 17 May 2017, 10:41 am | New Zealand Government

Education Minister Nikki Kaye has announced that Budget 2017 will commit $5.2 million of operating funding over the next four years to expand the innovative teacher training programme, Teach First NZ, to provide places for a further 90 participants. More >>

Speech: Props, Promises, Propaganda And Phoney Politics

Wednesday, 17 May 2017, 10:02 am | New Zealand First Party

Your national president Tom O’Connor has said all 65,000 Grey Power members across New Zealand are preparing for political war over NZ Super. You are concerned, and rightly so, by National’s intention to raise the age of entitlement to 67. More >>

DOC funded to protect and enhance conservation estate

Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 9:33 pm | New Zealand Government

DOC funded to protect and enhance conservation estate Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says DOC is fully able to do its job of protecting precious native species while also managing the increasing number of tourists coming to New Zealand. In the ... More >>

National need to think bigger than Labour-lite

Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 4:19 pm | ACT New Zealand

National needs to do more than just adopt tunnel-vision Labour policies, says ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

Sister School fund recipients announced

Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 3:39 pm | New Zealand Government

Ten schools across New Zealand will receive assistance to deepen their China sister school relationships, Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Paul Goldsmith announced in Beijing today. More >>

Minister welcomes MSD’s client level data system review

Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 3:21 pm | New Zealand Government

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has welcomed today’s release of the independent review into MSD’s individual client level data IT system. More >>

New North Road construction underway

Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 3:19 pm | New Zealand Government

The construction of 100 new homes on land formerly set aside by NZTA for roading can now begin, Social Housing Minister Amy Adams announced today at the sod-turning in New North Road Mt Albert. More >>

Coleman to attend WHO and WADA meetings

Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 3:02 pm | New Zealand Government

Health Minister and Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman is to attend the World Health Assembly (WHA) and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) meeting. More >>

National on Housing, Who Can’t See through This?

Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 2:38 pm | New Zealand First Party

National is at last planning to build some houses in Auckland – over 10 years – whoopee, says New Zealand First. More >>

Nats: Don’t bite the hand that feeds you

Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 2:34 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Alfred Ngaro’s recent comments have exposed the Government’s ‘don’t bite the hand that feeds you’ approach, says Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni. More >>

National’s housing policy too little, too late

Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 2:10 pm | Green Party

After years of denying there is a housing crisis and refusing to see government building as a solution, National’s U-turn today is too little too late, the Green Party said today. “Auckland is already 40,000 homes short and needs 15,000 more ... More >>

Silver Fern Farms’ Share Price Tanks

Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 2:10 pm | New Zealand First Party

With the axe hanging over Silver Fern Farms’ Fairton plant and a tanking share price, NZ First is asking if the half-Chinese owned co-operative is being setup for a full takeover. More >>

Queenstown on track for Housing Accord target

Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 2:02 pm | New Zealand Government

Queenstown is well on its way to hitting the target laid out in the Queenstown-Lakes Housing Accord, with six months of the original accord still to run, Building and Construction Minister Dr Nick Smith and Queenstown-Lakes Mayor Jim Boult announced ... More >>

Breaking news: National admits there’s a housing crisis

Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 1:55 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

National finally admits there’s a housing crisis, but today’s belated announcement is simply not a credible response to the problem it’s been in denial about for so long, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little. More >>

Govt to build 34,000 new houses for Auckland

Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 12:51 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government today has announced a Crown land and building programme that will see tens of thousands of new houses built in Auckland over the next decade. More >>

Speech: Launch of Crown Building Project

Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 12:48 pm | New Zealand Government

I would like to thank you all for being here today and for your on-going interest in the important subject of housing in Auckland. More >>

Water bottling hits new low on West Coast

Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 12:18 pm | Green Party

New Zealand's water bottling saga has reached a new low with the West Coast Regional Council shutting the public out of its decision to grant consents allowing a bottling operation near Mount Aspiring National Park, the Green Party said today. More >>

Nats lay the ground for housing bust

Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 12:16 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Goldman Sachs’ warning that New Zealand has the developed world’s most over-priced housing market, with a 40 per cent chance of a bust within two years, shows the consequences of National’s nine years of housing neglect, says Labour Housing spokesperson Phil ... More >>

Final stage of key Tauranga project now underway

Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 12:11 pm | New Zealand Government

Transport Minister Simon Bridges today marked the commencement of the final stage of the Baypark to Bayfair project to build two flyovers. More >>

DOC Community Fund Round 4 opens

Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 11:56 am | New Zealand Government

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says the fourth round of a multi-million-dollar fund to support community conservation projects opens for applications today. More >>

Easier process for clients with cancer diagnosis

Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 11:27 am | New Zealand Government

Easier process for clients with cancer diagnosis Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says Jobseeker Support clients with a cancer diagnosis no longer need to provide multiple medical certificates. “I asked MSD to work with the Cancer Society to ... More >>

National still failing to fund DOC for the long term battle

Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 10:45 am | Green Party

National’s plans to boost DOC’s budget with a one-off Budget 2017 lolly of $21.3 million falls well short of the long-term funding commitment needed to protect our birds, the Green Party said today. More >>

Green light for Riccarton Racecourse homes

Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 10:13 am | New Zealand Government

Building can start on a $300 million, 600-home development at Riccarton Racecourse after the Government approved the final step for the Christchurch Racecourse Reserve Trustees and Ngāi Tahu Property initiative, Building and Construction Minister Dr ... More >>

Resurrecting TPPA means all the costs and few benefits

Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 10:11 am | Green Party

Signing up to the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) with Japan but without the United States (US) will incur large costs but without many of the supposed benefits, the Green Party said today. More >>

Budget 2017: $21m to Battle for our Birds

Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 9:47 am | New Zealand Government

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says DOC will fight this year’s beech forest mast year increase in rat and stoat numbers with a $21.3 million war chest from Budget 2017 for the Battle for our Birds control campaign. More >>

Miraka agreement in Malaysia a milestone

Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 9:12 am | New Zealand Government

Māori Development Minister and Associate Minister for Economic Development Te Ururoa Flavell witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Miraka Ltd and its Malaysian distribution partner, Storiiu, in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. More >>

Bill English must reassure community organisations

Monday, 15 May 2017, 9:11 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Bill English must reassure community organisations The Prime Minister must do more to reassure community organisations after Cabinet Minister Alfred Ngaro's apparent threats to their funding if they criticise government policy which has left a born-to-rule ... More >>

Consultation sought on fire safety proposals

Monday, 15 May 2017, 5:08 pm | New Zealand Government

Proposed improvements to simplify building fire safety regulations and support their implementation are open for consultation, Building and Construction Minister Dr Nick Smith says. More >>

Malaysian businesses urged to work with Māori business

Monday, 15 May 2017, 4:42 pm | New Zealand Government

Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell has told Malaysian businesses they can rely on high quality, fresh and safe food and beverage products from Aotearoa New Zealand. More >>

There’s more to be done to clean up our lakes and rivers

Monday, 15 May 2017, 3:20 pm | Green Party

15 May 2017 There’s more to be done to clean up our lakes and rivers The Green Party welcomes news from Dairy NZ that dairy farmers have made good progress in improving farm management to exclude dairy cattle from waterways. The comments come on the ... More >>

Good environmental progress by farmers

Monday, 15 May 2017, 3:17 pm | New Zealand Government

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has welcomed the latest progress report of the Sustainable Dairying: Water Accord project, showing dairy farmers have now fenced off over 97 per cent of waterways. More >>

Government’s suicide approach disappoints

Monday, 15 May 2017, 2:33 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Mike King’s sudden departure from the Government’s suicide prevention panel, amid claims the Government’s approach is ‘deeply flawed’, is further evidence National is failing on mental health, says Labour’s Deputy Leader Jacinda Ardern. More >>

Support for vulnerable children into adulthood needed

Monday, 15 May 2017, 1:47 pm | New Zealand Government

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says new research confirms the need for wrap around support for at-risk children and young people to help them lead successful lives as adults. More >>

ACT does more to address housing than Labour and National

Monday, 15 May 2017, 12:52 pm | ACT New Zealand

ACT and Habitat for Humanity did more over the weekend to address the housing shortage than Labour and National combined, says ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

National backs speculators, fails first home buyers

Monday, 15 May 2017, 12:36 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

National is showing its true colours and backing speculators who are driving first home buyers out of the market, says Labour Leader Andrew Little. More >>

NZ First Casts Doubt on Myrtle Rust Incursion Theory

Monday, 15 May 2017, 12:28 pm | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First says the Government was far too quick to determine that a mortal threat to New Zealand native trees, manuka honey and parts of our horticultural industry from myrtle rust was airborne from Australia. More >>

Funding boost for New Zealand’s heritage

Monday, 15 May 2017, 12:14 pm | New Zealand Government

Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne today announced funding of $8 million of operating funding over the next two years and $2.1 million of capital funding in the next year in Budget 2017 to safeguard New Zealand’s heritage collections and record of Government. More >>

Consultation begins on corporate insolvency law

Monday, 15 May 2017, 12:07 pm | New Zealand Government

Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Jacqui Dean today released the second and final part of the insolvency law review by the Insolvency Working Group. More >>

Children in care need to be kept safe

Monday, 15 May 2017, 11:53 am | Green Party

The Children’s Commissioner’s third State of Care report paints a damning picture of the treatment of children placed in state care, the Green Party said today. More >>

 
 
 
 
 

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