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Parliament: Oral Questions - 29 November 2018

Thursday, 29 November 2018, 11:34 am | Office of the Clerk

Oral Questions - 29 November 2018 1. Hon PAULA BENNETT to the Prime Minister: Does she have confidence in all of her Ministers? More >>

America’s Cup Community Fund created

Thursday, 29 November 2018, 9:36 am | New Zealand Government

A stand-alone Lottery Fund has been created to help communities throughout New Zealand benefit from the 2021 America’s Cup. More >>

Kiwis connecting to ultra-fast broadband

Thursday, 29 November 2018, 9:12 am | New Zealand Government

Nearly 1.4 million New Zealand households and businesses can now connect to some of the best broadband technology available, with more than 60,000 new connections in the last quarter, says Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Minister ... More >>

PGF invests in final push to complete Mountain Bike Park

Thursday, 29 November 2018, 9:07 am | New Zealand Government

The Government is backing a high-adrenaline tourism project in Northland by investing $490,000 from the Provincial Growth Fund towards the final stage of the Waitangi Mountain Bike Park, Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. More >>

Bill on Country of Origin Food Labelling passes into law

Thursday, 29 November 2018, 8:42 am | Green Party

A Green Party member’s bill that allows New Zealanders to know where their food comes was passed almost unanimously by Parliament today, Green Party MP Gareth Hughes has announced. More >>

Consumers to know country of origin for food

Thursday, 29 November 2018, 8:35 am | New Zealand Government

A Bill that allows consumers to know where food products come from passed in Parliament last night, Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi says. More >>

Government continues to stall on mental health

Wednesday, 28 November 2018, 7:22 pm | New Zealand National Party

The fact that the Government is delaying any formal response to the Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry until March next year is appalling, National’s Mental Health Spokesperson Matt Doocey says. More >>

More questions than answers in $140m spend-up

Wednesday, 28 November 2018, 7:20 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Government’s travelling caravan of grants and soft loans is continuing to the West Coast tomorrow with the bequeathing of $140 million of taxpayer funds that raises more questions than answers, Economic and Regional Development spokesperson Paul ... More >>

Bridges thanks Finlayson for service to NZ

Wednesday, 28 November 2018, 5:22 pm | New Zealand National Party

National Party Leader Simon Bridges has thanked retiring MP Chris Finlayson for his immense contribution to New Zealand and the National Party, following his announcement today he will leave Parliament in January. More >>

Green Party calls to allow people in prison to vote

Wednesday, 28 November 2018, 5:13 pm | Green Party

The Green Party is calling on the Justice Minister to ensure improved prisoner rehabilitation and integration by allowing people in prison to cast their vote during elections. More >>

Chris Finlayson to leave Parliament

Wednesday, 28 November 2018, 5:01 pm | New Zealand National Party

National MP Chris Finlayson has confirmed he will leave Parliament in the New Year. “It’s been a real privilege to serve as a Member of Parliament since 2005, nine of them as a Cabinet Minister. I have greatly enjoyed my time here, and I am very ... More >>

Parliament: Questions and Answers - Nov 28

Wednesday, 28 November 2018, 4:48 pm | Hansard

QUESTIONS TO MINISTERS Question No. 1—Prime Minister 1. Hon SIMON BRIDGES (Leader of the Opposition) to the Prime Minister : Does she stand by all her Government's statements and actions, including her statement yesterday when asked about geometric ... More >>

Minister misses red flags for meningococcal outbreak

Wednesday, 28 November 2018, 4:20 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Health Minister David Clark must come clean on the timeline of events that led to his Governments’ inadequate and extremely delayed response to the fatal meningococcal outbreak, National’s associate Health spokesperson Shane Reti says. “After the ... More >>

Courts strikes could cause a miscarriage of justice

Wednesday, 28 November 2018, 4:03 pm | New Zealand National Party

Ongoing lightning strikes in our court system are having serious repercussions, National’s Courts spokesperson Chris Penk says. “Chief Judge for the District Court, Jan-Marie Doogue has said that as a result of lightning strikes ‘there may very well be a ... More >>

Minister’s leadership of Census 2018 abysmal

Wednesday, 28 November 2018, 3:59 pm | New Zealand National Party

Statistics Minister James Shaw’s failure to show leadership and be out of the country when Census 2018 was falling to bits has meant that next year’s Budget will be developed on 2013 population statistics, National’s Statistics spokesperson Dr ... More >>

Low to middle income earners side-lined by Minister

Wednesday, 28 November 2018, 3:55 pm | New Zealand National Party

Housing Minister Phil Twyford is cancelling plans to build affordable houses just so he can label them KiwiBuild, National’s Housing spokesperson Judith Collins says. More >>

Another chance to stop SNA debacle

Wednesday, 28 November 2018, 3:48 pm | New Zealand National Party

MP for Hutt South Chris Bishop is calling on Hutt City Councillors to fundamentally re-think the “Significant Natural Area” (SNA) process at their District Plan meeting tomorrow night. More >>

Comment on Premier House cost story + release of documents

Wednesday, 28 November 2018, 3:12 pm | New Zealand Government

The previous National Government allocated the $3 million budget associated with a security upgrade at Premier House. This followed an audit of the security arrangements at Premier House. More >>

Jones’ forestry jobs cost at least $485k apiece

Wednesday, 28 November 2018, 3:02 pm | New Zealand National Party

Shane Jones could hire the Prime Minister to work on his tree-planting schemes – and she’d get a pay rise – based on the fuzzy economics of the Provincial Growth Fund, National’s Economic and Regional Development spokesperson Paul Goldsmith ... More >>

Jones’ ports meddling smacks of nationalisation

Wednesday, 28 November 2018, 3:01 pm | New Zealand National Party

Labour has endowed its junior partner with wads of cash and latitude to meddle but its grandiose plans to reshape North Island port and transport infrastructure smacks of nationalisation, National’s Judith Collins and Paul Goldsmith say. More >>

Virtual Learning Network & online learning in limbo

Wednesday, 28 November 2018, 2:37 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Government has failed to give certainty of funding for the Virtual Learning Network (VLN) Primary which supports more than 1000 students with their contract expiring in a few weeks, National’s Education Spokesperson Nikki Kaye says. More >>

Cullen confirms tax group will deliver CGT

Wednesday, 28 November 2018, 2:22 pm | New Zealand National Party

Sir Michael Cullen has let Kiwis know what the Government has been too shy to reveal – the Tax Working Group was set up to design a capital gains tax which is only going to impose more costs on hard working New Zealanders and drive up rents, National’s ... More >>

Government confirms it got Sroubek decision badly wrong

Wednesday, 28 November 2018, 1:51 pm | New Zealand National Party

Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway has confirmed he is unfit for office by finally coming to the same conclusion on convicted drug smuggler Karel Sroubek that every other New Zealander reached weeks ago, National Leader Simon Bridges says. “After ... More >>

Government receives Mental Health and Addiction report

Wednesday, 28 November 2018, 12:04 pm | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Dr David Clark has today formally received the report of the Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction, saying it will help shape New Zealand’s response to mental health for years to come. More >>

New Board appointment to Council for Educational Research

Wednesday, 28 November 2018, 12:03 pm | New Zealand Government

Dr Jodie Hunter has been appointed to the Board of the New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER), Associate Minister of Education Jenny Salesa announced today. More >>

Parliament: Oral Questions - 28 November 2018

Wednesday, 28 November 2018, 11:41 am | Office of the Clerk

1. Hon SIMON BRIDGES to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all her Government’s statements and actions, including her statement yesterday where she described geometric mean growth as “when taking into account spreading over that period of time, spreading ... More >>

Queen’s Counsel appointments

Wednesday, 28 November 2018, 11:05 am | New Zealand Government

Attorney-General David Parker has announced the appointments of 10 Queen’s Counsel. More >>

125 years since women first voted

Wednesday, 28 November 2018, 10:55 am | New Zealand Government

Today marks 125 anniversary of women in Aotearoa/New Zealand voting for the first time and celebrates the progress made for women, Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter says More >>

Awards for best primary sector employers

Wednesday, 28 November 2018, 8:28 am | New Zealand Government

Minister of Agriculture Damien O’Connor has congratulated the best primary sector employers at an awards evening at Parliament. More >>

Offsite manufacturers keen to partner with KiwiBuild

Wednesday, 28 November 2018, 8:09 am | New Zealand Government

The KiwiBuild Unit has received 102 responses for its Invitation to Pitch for offsite manufacturers, Minister of Housing and Urban Development Phil Twyford announced today. More >>

New comms centre improves public services

Tuesday, 27 November 2018, 7:11 pm | New Zealand Government

A new digital services and communications centre opened on the Kapiti Coast will help transform the way Police connect with the public and work to make communities safe. More >>

Will another Sroubek be granted Ministerial favour?

Tuesday, 27 November 2018, 7:10 pm | New Zealand National Party

Suggestions drug smuggler Karel Sroubek’s mother is seeking permanent residency raise more questions about what Special Directions might be granted by the Minister, National’s Immigration spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says. More >>

Parliament: Questions and Answers - Nov 27

Tuesday, 27 November 2018, 5:40 pm | Hansard

1. Dr DUNCAN WEBB (Labour—Christchurch Central) to the Minister of Finance : What recent reports has he seen on the New Zealand economy? More >>

Emerging tech makes mockery of Woods’ gas ban

Tuesday, 27 November 2018, 5:28 pm | New Zealand National Party

Megan Woods has added to the confusion on the Government’s oil and gas exploration ban, by praising hydrogen technology but not a gas-fed hydrogen plant with no emissions, National’s Energy and Resources spokesperson Jonathan Young says. More >>

KiwiBuild underwrites could cost $1.8 billion

Tuesday, 27 November 2018, 3:49 pm | New Zealand National Party

The KiwiBuild programme could end up costing the taxpayer $1.8 billion after only seven houses in the Wanaka Northlake development have been sold, National’s Housing spokesperson Judith Collins says. More >>

Prime Minister’s Oranga Tamariki Awards

Tuesday, 27 November 2018, 3:28 pm | New Zealand Government

The first Prime Minister’s Oranga Tamariki Awards for exceptional young people in state care will be presented at a ceremony in Parliament next week, Children’s Minister Tracey Martin announced today. More >>

Damaging labour law changes will hurt NZ

Tuesday, 27 November 2018, 3:06 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Labour-led Government has persisted with employment law changes that will hurt the New Zealand economy, our businesses and workers, National’s Workplace Relations and Safety spokesperson Scott Simpson says. More >>

Government reaches consensus on employment law changes

Tuesday, 27 November 2018, 1:03 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government has announced its new enduring Employment Relations Bill is expected to pass its second reading in Parliament today. More >>

Green Party welcome review of bullying and harassment

Tuesday, 27 November 2018, 12:44 pm | Green Party

The Green Party welcome an external review into bullying and harassment of staff and contractors at Parliament. More >>

Review to examine bullying and harassment at Parliament

Tuesday, 27 November 2018, 11:43 am | Office of the Speaker

The Speaker of the House Rt Hon Trevor Mallard has today announced that an independent external review into bullying and harassment of staff at Parliament will take place over the coming months. More >>

Parliament: Oral Questions - 27 November 2018

Tuesday, 27 November 2018, 11:35 am | Office of the Clerk

1. Dr DUNCAN WEBB to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he seen on the New Zealand economy? More >>

A blend of the new and experienced for Waitangi Tribunal

Tuesday, 27 November 2018, 10:39 am | New Zealand Government

Māori Development Minister Hon Nanaia Mahuta has announced the appointment of eight men and women to the Waitangi Tribunal, three members who are new and five who have been re-appointed. More >>

Free Press, 26 November 2018 – Unintended Consequences

Tuesday, 27 November 2018, 9:20 am | ACT New Zealand

It’s a truism to say that government action often produces perverse side-effects. But why does this occur? One source of unintended consequences, according to economist Robert K. Merton, is the “imperious immediacy of interest”. That is, politicians ... More >>

Targeted meningococcal vaccination programme for Northland

Monday, 26 November 2018, 7:00 pm | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Dr David Clark has announced the launch of a targeted vaccination programme in Northland to control an outbreak of meningococcal disease. More >>

Minister must assure public safety during outbreak

Monday, 26 November 2018, 5:03 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Government’s belated response to Northland’s meningococcal outbreak is needed but does not alter the fact the handling so far has been abysmal, National’s Health spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says. More >>

Minister disregarding apartment owners

Monday, 26 November 2018, 2:25 pm | New Zealand National Party

After several years of work the Unit Titles (Strengthening Body Corporate Governance and Other Matters) Amendment Bill has huge support from the public, property and legal industry, but Housing Minister Phil Twyford has refused to progress the legislation, ... More >>

ACT will hold Nats to ‘no new taxes’

Monday, 26 November 2018, 1:15 pm | ACT New Zealand

ACT Leader David Seymour has welcomed Simon Bridges’ commitment to introducing no new taxes in the first term of a National-led government and to repealing any capital gains tax. More >>

$23 million to get more kids on bikes

Monday, 26 November 2018, 12:57 pm | New Zealand Government

Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter today announced that the NZ Transport Agency will provide $23 million over the next three years to expand the Bikes in Schools and cycle skills education to get more Kiwi kids on their bikes. More >>

National would repeal Capital Gains Tax

Monday, 26 November 2018, 12:23 pm | New Zealand National Party

National Leader Simon Bridges says there will be no Capital Gains Tax under a National Government, it would repeal a CGT if put in place by the Labour-led Government and there wouldn’t be any new taxes in its first term. More >>

SPEECH: Simon Bridges - Our priorities for NZ families

Monday, 26 November 2018, 12:22 pm | New Zealand National Party

Thanks for having me here today to talk about National’s plan for helping you and your families. We have a lot of ideas already and we’re excited about them - but we also want to hear from you. We’re a year into Opposition and we’re taking ... More >>

Shooting in Canterbury

Monday, 26 November 2018, 11:35 am | New Zealand Police

The Minister of Police has offered his sympathies to the family of the man shot during an Armed Offenders Squad callout in Darfield. He is also extending his best wishes and hopes for a speedy recovery to the Police officer who sustained serious ... More >>

Working with local government to improve tourism

Monday, 26 November 2018, 10:47 am | New Zealand Government

Improvements to the criteria for the Tourism Infrastructure Fund will allow more communities to share the benefits of tourism, Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. More >>

Nominations open for Teaching Council elections

Monday, 26 November 2018, 10:45 am | New Zealand Government

Candidate nominations for seven members of the new Teaching Council Board are now open, with elections being held in March next year. More >>

Working with local govt to improve tourism infrastructure

Monday, 26 November 2018, 10:11 am | New Zealand Government

Improvements to the criteria for the Tourism Infrastructure Fund will allow more communities to share the benefits of tourism, Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. More >>

Easier access to health assistance for MSD clients

Sunday, 25 November 2018, 12:22 pm | New Zealand Government

Minister for Social Development, Carmel Sepuloni, is pleased to announce that from tomorrow, people on the Disability Allowance, Child Disability Allowance or the Supported Living Payment are able to have assessments completed by nurse practitioners. More >>

Synthetic drug hospitalisation statistics concerning

Sunday, 25 November 2018, 11:11 am | New Zealand National Party

Statistics from the Ministry of Health show the number of hospitalisations resulting from synthetic drug use is rising, yet the Government continues to sit on its hands, MP for Pakuranga Simeon Brown says. More >>

New urban development agency unveiled to build more homes

Saturday, 24 November 2018, 11:37 am | New Zealand Government

The Housing and Urban Development Authority will have cut-through powers to build quality state and affordable homes and create thriving master-planned communities, announced Minister for Housing and Urban Development Phil Twyford. More >>

Mandatory phase out of single-use plastic bags confirmed

Saturday, 24 November 2018, 10:38 am | New Zealand Government

• Six month phase-out period • • Applies to all plastic shopping bags under 70 microns • • All retailers to comply More >>

More teachers’ strikes planned

Friday, 23 November 2018, 6:40 pm | New Zealand National Party

News that the secondary teachers have overwhelmingly rejected the Government’s pay offer means strikes are likely in term one of next year unless the Government can reach settlement, National’s Education spokesperson Nikki Kaye says. More >>

Response from Minister Hipkins to PPTA ballot results

Friday, 23 November 2018, 5:18 pm | New Zealand Government

“Bargaining with the secondary teachers union is not as advanced as the primary teacher union. We welcome PPTA back to the negotiating table, which is scheduled to happen next week.” More >>

 
 
 
 
 
 

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