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School-entry for over fives – feedback sought

Thursday, 8 February 2018, 3:05 pm | New Zealand Government

Hon Chris Hipkins Minister of Education 8 February 2017 MEDIA STATEMENT School-entry for over fives – feedback sought More >>

Bill clears the way for education changes

Thursday, 8 February 2018, 2:10 pm | New Zealand Government

The new Government has taken further steps to restore democracy in and strengthen our public education system with the introduction of legislation changes today, Education Minister Chris Hipkins says. More >>

PM, don’t rob the regions to fund a trolley service

Thursday, 8 February 2018, 2:05 pm | New Zealand National Party

A booming freight industry and increasingly heavy road use in the Bay of Plenty further prove the need for the Government to commit to building a safe and reliable roading network in the region, National’s Transport spokesperson Judith Collins says. More >>

Julie Anne Genter announces candidacy for Greens co-leader

Thursday, 8 February 2018, 1:12 pm | Julie Anne Genter

Green MP Julie Anne Genter announced today that she will put her name forward to be the next female co-leader of the Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand. More >>

Govt has no real plan to reduce prison population

Thursday, 8 February 2018, 12:08 pm | New Zealand National Party

Once more we are seeing big talk from the Government translating into no ideas, no plan and no money – this time it’s the Government promise to reduce the prison population by 30 per cent, National’s Justice spokesperson Amy Adams says. More >>

Kiwibuild a building bust

Thursday, 8 February 2018, 11:27 am | New Zealand National Party

Official advice shows that in spite of claiming a ‘housing crisis’ the Government’s proposed solution will take years to ramp up, and even then around half its contribution will be instead of private sector builds, National’s Housing spokesperson Michael ... More >>

Parker’s defence of Waka Jumping Bill shameless

Thursday, 8 February 2018, 9:56 am | New Zealand National Party

David Parker’s attempt to ignore the real and significant encroachment on the rights of elected Members of Parliament is another indictment on this Coalition Government’s track record of a lack of openness and transparency, Shadow Attorney General Chris ... More >>

Have your say: Bill aims to deter livestock theft

Wednesday, 7 February 2018, 4:45 pm | Primary Production Committee

Parliament is now seeking public submissions on a bill aimed at deterring livestock rustling (the theft of livestock from farms or property). More >>

Fresh funding round for Ka Hao Māori Digital Fund

Wednesday, 7 February 2018, 4:19 pm | New Zealand Government

A fresh round of funding aimed at building Māori capacity in the digital technology space is about to get underway. More >>

Have a say on the Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis) Bill

Wednesday, 7 February 2018, 3:37 pm | Office of the Clerk

Have your say on the Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis) Amendment Bill Parliament’s Health Committee is seeking public submissions on the Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis) Amendment Bill. The bill would amend the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975 to: • ... More >>

Eugenie Sage has questions to answer on cancelled land sale

Wednesday, 7 February 2018, 2:35 pm | New Zealand National Party

Eugenie Sage has questions to answer on her reasons for turning down the sale of the Sullivan Mine on the West Coast to Bathurst Coal Limited against the advice of overseas investment officials, National Party Energy and Resources Spokesperson Jonathan ... More >>

New Regenerate Christchurch Chair announced

Wednesday, 7 February 2018, 2:07 pm | New Zealand Government

Experienced director and governor Sue Sheldon has been appointed the new chair of Regenerate Christchurch, Greater Christchurch Regeneration Minister Megan Woods has announced. More >>

Unemployment down, but New Zealanders want more work

Wednesday, 7 February 2018, 1:20 pm | New Zealand Government

Unemployment down, but New Zealanders want more work Minister of Employment Willie Jackson has today welcomed the release of the Household Labour Force Survey, which shows unemployment falling to 4.5 per cent. “This is the lowest unemployment rate ... More >>

National to focus on how to take NZ forward

Wednesday, 7 February 2018, 12:52 pm | New Zealand National Party

The National Party will meet for its annual two day caucus in Tauranga tomorrow, with a focus on developing plans and policies to help New Zealand continue to get ahead, National Party Leader Bill English says. More >>

Strong employment shows no need for law changes

Wednesday, 7 February 2018, 12:20 pm | New Zealand National Party

With unemployment at its lowest in nine years, the job for the new Government must be to ensure that it doesn’t take this progress for granted, National’s Employment spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says. More >>

Kaikōura reservoirs to be replaced

Wednesday, 7 February 2018, 10:45 am | New Zealand Government

The government is providing $676,000 to replace water reservoirs and incoming pipes in Kaikōura district damaged in the 14 November 2016 earthquake, Minister of Civil Defence Hon Kris Faafoi says. More >>

Community organisations awarded $2 million

Wednesday, 7 February 2018, 10:04 am | New Zealand Government

Education Minister Chris Hipkins has awarded 26 organisations across New Zealand with $2 million in education contracts to provide schools with learning experiences outside the classroom. More >>

Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage visiting Antarctica

Tuesday, 6 February 2018, 9:20 am | New Zealand Government

Conservation and Land Information Minister Eugenie Sage is travelling to Antarctica today to see first-hand the research being done on climate change and conservation. More >>

Government steps in to save school arts events

Monday, 5 February 2018, 7:16 pm | New Zealand Government

Education Minister Chris Hipkins today pledged to provide new opportunities for children and young people to engage in events that promote music, drama and dance. More >>

Prime Minister's Waitangi powhiri speech

Monday, 5 February 2018, 4:00 pm | New Zealand Government

I want to begin by acknowledging mana whenua. Ngāti Kawa, Ngāti Rahiri, and, of course, Ngāpuhi. More >>

Australian Foreign Minister to visit New Zealand

Monday, 5 February 2018, 2:32 pm | New Zealand Government

Foreign Affairs Minister, Rt Hon Winston Peters, has announced the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hon Julie Bishop, is visiting New Zealand this week. More >>

English to attend Waitangi celebrations in Bluff

Monday, 5 February 2018, 1:39 pm | New Zealand National Party

National Party Leader Bill English will celebrate Waitangi Day this year by attending the Ngai Tahu Treaty Festival at Te Rau Aroha Marae in Bluff. More >>

Transparency needed on partnership schools

Monday, 5 February 2018, 10:14 am | New Zealand National Party

It has become clear that the Government’s policy against partnership schools has put some of the schools that were due to open in a position where they have had to choose not to proceed, National’s Education spokesperson Nikki Kaye says. More >>

Government must deliver for Westport

Sunday, 4 February 2018, 3:08 pm | New Zealand National Party

National Party Energy and Resources Spokesperson Jonathan Young is calling on the Government to make a positive decision on access for the Te Kuha Mine after visiting the site recently. More >>

Speech: Davidson - Co-leadership Candidacy Announcement

Sunday, 4 February 2018, 12:45 pm | Marama Davidson

Ehara i te mea ko te hāngūtanga o te wāhine he taonga tuku iho nō tāukiuki, nō ō tātou kuia. E kāo. Māku e kī atu. Ehara tēnei kauhau mō te wāhine e whai mana ana - engari kē ia, ko te mana o te wahine. He mana wāhine! He mana tūturu! ... More >>

Marama Davidson announces candidacy for Greens Co-leader

Sunday, 4 February 2018, 12:38 pm | Marama Davidson

Green MP Marama Davidson has today announced her candidacy to be the next female Co-leader of the Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand. More >>

Government must act on mental health

Sunday, 4 February 2018, 12:05 pm | New Zealand National Party

With the Health Minister admitting in Parliament this week that there is $100 million set aside by the previous government for mental health he needs to confirm whether he will take action on the 17 mental health initiatives identified by the previous ... More >>

Review of Coastal Policy Statement released

Sunday, 4 February 2018, 10:49 am | New Zealand Government

Minister publishes review of how the NZ Coastal Policy Statement affects decision making New Zealand’s major surf breaks and the impacts of vehicles on beaches are receiving more attention from local authorities because of the New Zealand Coastal ... More >>

Govt won’t support irrigation while farms dry

Sunday, 4 February 2018, 10:25 am | New Zealand National Party

Govt won’t support irrigation while farms dry The Government is holding back regional New Zealand through its opposition to water storage projects which help grow jobs in the regions, boost exports and provide environmental sustainability National’s ... More >>

Shane Jones all talk, no action for Northland

Saturday, 3 February 2018, 6:22 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Government needs to turn its five days of korero with the Northland people into action, and commit to continuing the concrete steps National were taking to grow jobs and wages in the region, National Party Economic Development Spokesperson Simon ... More >>

Oceans plastic problem needs solving

Saturday, 3 February 2018, 5:14 pm | New Zealand National Party

The National Party will request Parliament’s Environment Select Committee formally examines the issue of plastic pollution in our oceans, reflecting increasing international scientific and public concern, National’s Environment spokesperson Scott Simpson ... More >>

Muddled Government shoots itself in foot

Saturday, 3 February 2018, 11:12 am | New Zealand National Party

The Government’s policy of a billion more trees is being directly contradicted by its decision to scrap years of work on Māori land reform, National’s Forestry and Māori Development spokespersons Dr Nick Smith and Nuk Korako say. More >>

Government must build Northland’s road

Saturday, 3 February 2018, 11:11 am | New Zealand National Party

Government must build Northland’s road With the Government at Waitangi and Northern Mayors calling for answers, the Transport Minister needs to confirm whether or not this Government is committed to four-lanes from Auckland to Whangarei, National’s ... More >>

Minister praises response to Fehi, fires

Friday, 2 February 2018, 4:56 pm | New Zealand Government

Minister of Civil Defence Hon Kris Faafoi has acknowledged the efforts of authorities and the communities responding to the storm and fire events that swept many parts of the country this week. More >>

First Round in Legal Proceedings to Enforce Peters’ Privacy

Friday, 2 February 2018, 4:14 pm | New Zealand First Party

In a free society there are no more fundamental elements than an individual’s freedom of speech, their right to privacy, and for the Fourth Estate to operate freely. However, those freedoms are not unfettered. They come with responsibilities. One cannot needlessly ... More >>

Fight against homelessness expands

Friday, 2 February 2018, 2:37 pm | New Zealand Government

Fight against homelessness expands into Christchurch and Tauranga Providers have been selected for the expansion of the successful Housing First programme in Christchurch and Tauranga, Associate Housing and Urban Development Minister Jenny Salesa announced ... More >>

Govt needs to heed warning of slower growth

Friday, 2 February 2018, 1:53 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Government needs to heed the warning of one of New Zealand’s leading economic forecasters that its policy settings are set to slow down New Zealand’s growth, National Party Finance Spokesperson Steven Joyce says. More >>

A stronger voice for teachers one step closer

Friday, 2 February 2018, 12:48 pm | New Zealand Government

The new Government’s Bill to raise the status of the teaching profession and restore teachers’ trust and confidence in it, passed its first reading in Parliament last night, Education Minister Chris Hipkins says. The Education (Teaching Council of ... More >>

Drought support widened to new areas

Friday, 2 February 2018, 12:45 pm | New Zealand Government

Access to Rural Assistance Payments (RAPs) for drought stricken farmers is being extended to the Southland Region (districts of Southland, Invercargill City and Gore) and parts of Otago (districts of Clutha, Central Otago and Queenstown Lakes). More >>

Minister acts to improve button battery safety for Kiwis

Friday, 2 February 2018, 12:28 pm | New Zealand Government

Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Hon Kris Faafoi is taking an unprecedented step to get button battery manufacturers and retailers to make their products safer for New Zealand consumers. More >>

100 days of backdowns and working groups

Friday, 2 February 2018, 10:09 am | New Zealand National Party

The Coalition Government’s first 100 days have been marked by 17 policy backflips and the creation of 10 inquiries and working groups that are the hallmark of a weak and confused Government, Opposition Leader Bill English says. More >>

New Zealand’s wetlands at risk

Friday, 2 February 2018, 10:07 am | New Zealand Government

A new report shows New Zealand is continuing to lose its precious wetlands and Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage says it will take years to turn the trend around. More >>

Nash must urgently fund Meth Action Plan

Friday, 2 February 2018, 8:35 am | New Zealand National Party

A game-changing pilot to tackle meth use in Northland is at risk of shutting down as Police Minister Stuart Nash remains silent on whether it will receive funding committed by the previous Government to continue, National’s Police spokesperson ... More >>

Parliament: Questions and Answers - Feb 1

Thursday, 1 February 2018, 7:53 pm | Hansard

1. Dr DEBORAH RUSSELL (Labour—New Lynn) to the Minister of Finance : What role will the Living Standards Framework play in the Government's economic strategy? Hon GRANT ROBERTSON (Minister of Finance) : This Government is committed to pursuing ... More >>

Have your say on the Electoral (Integrity) Amendment Bill

Thursday, 1 February 2018, 7:01 pm | Office of the Clerk

The purpose of the bill is to amend the Electoral Act 1993 so that it upholds the proportionality of political party representation in Parliament as chosen by electors in the most recent general election. More >>

Government’s lack of ambition on poverty

Thursday, 1 February 2018, 5:25 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Prime Minister’s ‘good intentions’ have once again fallen short, with the Government’s child poverty targets aiming to lift fewer children out of poverty than National actually lifted out in the last five years, National’s Children spokesperson ... More >>

What’s going on with Nanaia?

Thursday, 1 February 2018, 4:42 pm | New Zealand National Party

For the second day in a row the Local Government Minister has been unable to explain why her answers to questions don’t match reality, National’s Local Government spokesperson Jami-Lee Ross says. More >>

NZ to host international conference on wellbeing

Thursday, 1 February 2018, 4:21 pm | New Zealand Government

New Zealand to host international conference on wellbeing A conference bringing international experts on wellbeing to New Zealand will provide valuable insights for policies to raise living standards of all Kiwis, and help promote New Zealand ... More >>

$334,000 for Remutaka Cycle Trail

Thursday, 1 February 2018, 4:01 pm | Chris Bishop

MP for Hutt South Chris Bishop has welcomed the announcement today of $334,125 of government funding for the Remutaka Cycle Trail. More >>

Bill to support kiwis who need ACC cover drawn

Thursday, 1 February 2018, 3:53 pm | New Zealand National Party

National MP Melissa Lee’s Member’s Bill, the Accident Compensation (Recent Migrants and Returning New Zealanders) Amendment Bill will ensure financial support for migrants and returning New Zealanders who have suffered an accident and are unable to work. More >>

Bill to crack down on synthetic cannabis drawn

Thursday, 1 February 2018, 3:23 pm | New Zealand National Party

A Private Members Bill by Simeon Brown, National MP for Pakuranga, has been drawn this afternoon which would crack down on the supply of synthetic cannabis. More >>

Waitangi Day marked across the country

Thursday, 1 February 2018, 3:00 pm | New Zealand Government

Waitangi Day will see people throughout Aotearoa joining together to mark the signing of our country’s foundation document Te Tiriti o Waitangi and commemorating it in a variety of ways, Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Jacinda Ardern says. More >>

We did this! 100 day plan complete

Thursday, 1 February 2018, 2:19 pm | New Zealand Government

The completion of the Government’s 100 Day Plan today demonstrates its commitment to setting the direction for a stronger and fairer future for New Zealand, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. More >>

Govt Fails to Protect Tobacco Retailers, Punishes Poor

Thursday, 1 February 2018, 2:11 pm | ACT New Zealand

"The Government has continued the Nats’ weak approach to protecting tobacco retailers,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

Growing waiting list shows need for more public housing

Thursday, 1 February 2018, 1:04 pm | New Zealand Government

Further increases in the numbers of people waiting for public housing shows the urgent need to increase Housing NZ’s stock, Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford says. More >>

Greater support for crime prevention

Thursday, 1 February 2018, 12:13 pm | New Zealand Government

Greater financial support for crime prevention measures in high-risk retail businesses is being made available after a review by Police Minister Stuart Nash. More >>

Record of debate and vote on Greens' medicinal cannabis Bill

Thursday, 1 February 2018, 11:54 am | Hansard

Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis and Other Matters) Amendment Bill — First Reading A personal vote was called for on the question, That the Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis and Other Matters) Amendment Bill be now read a first time. More >>

Parliament: Oral Questions - Feb 1 2018

Thursday, 1 February 2018, 11:42 am | Office of the Clerk

1. Dr DEBORAH RUSSELL to the Minister of Finance: What role will the Living Standards Framework play in the Government’s economic strategy? More >>

Inquiry into abuse in state care

Thursday, 1 February 2018, 11:36 am | New Zealand Government

A Royal Commission of Inquiry into historical abuse in state care has been announced by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Minister of Internal Affairs Tracey Martin today. More >>

New transitional housing development opens in Napier

Thursday, 1 February 2018, 11:21 am | New Zealand Government

Hawke’s Bay people in urgent need of a place to live are benefiting from Napier’s newest transitional housing complex, says Associate Housing and Urban Development Minister Jenny Salesa. More >>

 
 
 
 
 
 

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