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Parliament: Questions and Answers - July 31

Tuesday, 31 July 2018, 4:27 pm | Hansard

1. Hon SIMON BRIDGES (Leader of the Opposition) to the Prime Minister : Does he stand by all his Government's policies and actions? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS (Acting Prime Minister) : The answer to that question is "Most definitely". Hon ... More >>

Govt blocks report on Electoral Integrity Bill

Tuesday, 31 July 2018, 4:19 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Government’s actions today, blocking the public release of the Justice Select Committee draft report on the Electoral (Integrity) Amendment Bill, show the extent it will go to hide critical advice on the Bill, National’s Electoral Law spokesperson ... More >>

A Greener way to measure success

Tuesday, 31 July 2018, 2:26 pm | Green Party

Green Party Co-Leaders Marama Davidson and James Shaw have welcomed today’s announcement by Statistics New Zealand that a broad set of indicators will be developed to measure the nation’s success. More >>

Business confidence plummets to GFC levels

Tuesday, 31 July 2018, 1:47 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Government’s reckless and low-growth approach to running the economy is yet again on display with business confidence dropping to levels not seen since the global financial crisis, says Leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges. More >>

Kingi must be stood down from inquiry

Tuesday, 31 July 2018, 1:35 pm | New Zealand National Party

Dr Pauline Kingi must be immediately stood down as Chair of the inquiry into the appointment of Wally Haumaha as Deputy Police Commissioner following revelations she has endorsed him on LinkedIn 23 times, National’s Police spokesperson Chris ... More >>

Health Minister congratulates NZ Blood Service

Tuesday, 31 July 2018, 12:03 pm | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Dr David Clark has congratulated the New Zealand Blood Service and its thousands of donors for helping to save or improve the lives of more than half a million people in the past two decades. More >>

Parliament: Oral Questions - 31 July 2018

Tuesday, 31 July 2018, 11:41 am | Office of the Clerk

1. Hon SIMON BRIDGES to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his Government’s policies and actions? More >>

Work gets underway to develop better measures of success

Tuesday, 31 July 2018, 10:29 am | New Zealand Government

Work gets underway to develop better measures of New Zealand’s success The Minister of Statistics today launched the development of a new comprehensive set of environmental, social and economic indicators to better measure New Zealand’s overall wellbeing ... More >>

First foundations laid for China-NZ Year of Tourism

Tuesday, 31 July 2018, 10:26 am | New Zealand Government

The first foundations have been laid for the 2019 China-New Zealand Year of Tourism, with a new website launched and funding for a major exhibition at Te Papa, Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. More >>

Immigration Minister asleep at the wheel

Tuesday, 31 July 2018, 9:59 am | New Zealand National Party

Immigration Minister Iain-Lees Galloway’s refusal to investigate how widespread visa fraud is among Sri Lankan students is another example of Labour going soft on things Kiwis care about, National’s Immigration spokesperson Michael Woodhouse ... More >>

Select committee process on Electoral Bill a farce

Tuesday, 31 July 2018, 9:07 am | New Zealand National Party

The Justice Select Committee’s failure to make changes or report on the Electoral (Integrity) Amendment Bill is an indictment on the Government’s respect for good parliamentary process, National’s Electoral Law spokesperson Dr Nick Smith says. More >>

Govt must support synthetic cannabis Bill

Monday, 30 July 2018, 6:22 pm | New Zealand National Party

If Winston Peters is serious about cracking down on synthetic cannabis with the ‘greatest urgency’, he must support National MP Simeon Brown’s Psychoactive Substances (Increasing Penalty for Supply and Distribution) Amendment Bill currently before ... More >>

Community Internship Programme now open for applications

Monday, 30 July 2018, 4:35 pm | New Zealand Government

Hon Peeni Henare Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector 30 July 2018 Community Internship Programme now open for applications More >>

$1 million for Victoria vanity project

Monday, 30 July 2018, 2:28 pm | ACT New Zealand

"Victoria University has confirmed that it will waste almost $1 million on a vanity project to rename the university”, says ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

Shaw: New Zealand’s journey to net zero

Monday, 30 July 2018, 2:08 pm | New Zealand Government

He waka eke noa. We're all in this together: New Zealand's journey to net zero Hon James Shaw Climate Change More >>

Peters: Exercising Government through Parliament

Monday, 30 July 2018, 2:06 pm | New Zealand Government

The role of the Prime Minister has evolved along with our constitution. Core functions of the role remain the same–such as chairing Cabinet and key cabinet committees, appointing and dismissing ministers, and advising the Governor-General to call a ... More >>

Funding round open for international student wellbeing

Monday, 30 July 2018, 1:42 pm | New Zealand Government

Funding of $750,000 will be targeted at projects aimed at supporting the wellbeing of international students, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. More >>

More certainty in construction sector smooths boom and bust

Monday, 30 July 2018, 11:08 am | New Zealand Government

The 2018 National Construction Pipeline Report released today shows signs of sustained growth for the next six years, Minister for Building and Construction Jenny Salesa says. More >>

Immigration tinkering putting tertiary sector at risk

Monday, 30 July 2018, 9:21 am | New Zealand National Party

The international education sector risks losing up to $40 million a year if the Government implements changes to make it harder for international students studying graduate diplomas to get post-study work visas, National MPs Michael Woodhouse and Simeon ... More >>

NZ Biosecurity Awards open for business

Monday, 30 July 2018, 9:08 am | New Zealand Government

Minister for Biosecurity Damien O’Connor says Kiwis can celebrate those helping to keep our flora, fauna and vital primary sectors safe by nominating them for New Zealand Biosecurity Awards. More >>

Education Minister’s comment on National’s class size u-turn

Sunday, 29 July 2018, 4:23 pm | New Zealand Government

“After nine years refusing to fund education properly, the National opposition’s u-turn on class sizes and early childhood quality is just not believable,” Education Minister Chris Hipkins said. More >>

SPEECH: Simon Bridges - National Party Annual Conference

Sunday, 29 July 2018, 3:59 pm | New Zealand National Party

It is such a pleasure to be addressing you as leader of this amazing party, which I’m proud to have been a member of for 25 years. More >>

National commits to more primary teachers

Sunday, 29 July 2018, 3:57 pm | New Zealand National Party

National Party Leader Simon Bridges has announced National’s commitment to increasing the number of primary teachers to reduce class sizes and give kids more teacher time. More >>

NZ plummets down business confidence ranks

Saturday, 28 July 2018, 5:50 pm | New Zealand National Party

NZ plummets down business confidence ranks New Zealand has tumbled from top to bottom of the OECD business confidence rankings with the most recent data revealing New Zealand has the second lowest level of business confidence in the developed world, ... More >>

Be proud of your language and protect its future

Saturday, 28 July 2018, 11:42 am | New Zealand Government

Be proud of your language and protect its future “Be proud of your language and protect its future” is the theme of this year’s Cook Islands Language Week. “This is a very pertinent theme for Cook Islanders because use of the language is declining ... More >>

More ideas where Partnership Schools came from

Saturday, 28 July 2018, 11:20 am | ACT New Zealand

"The ACT Party congratulates Simon Bridges on coming around to Partnership Schools and promising to reinstate them when next in Government”, says Party Leader David Seymour. More >>

National to reinstate & expand partnership schools

Saturday, 28 July 2018, 11:19 am | New Zealand National Party

The National Party has today announced its commitment to reinstating partnership schools and enhancing the model to allow for specialist partnership schools that focus on certain areas like science and technology, National’s Education spokesperson ... More >>

Inquiry into the 2017 General Election

Friday, 27 July 2018, 4:28 pm | Office of the Clerk

The Justice Committee has initiated an inquiry into national and local elections in New Zealand. It is an established convention that the committee undertakes a cross-party inquiry every three years to review our electoral law and make recommendations to ... More >>

Govt must act now to reduce synthetic drug harm

Friday, 27 July 2018, 3:49 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Coroner’s report released this morning showing there had been between 40-45 deaths in the last 12 months as a result of synthetic drug use is cause for great concern, and action needs to be taken now, Simeon Brown, MP for Pakuranga says. More >>

Kiki Kiwi teaches kids about impact of littering

Friday, 27 July 2018, 3:25 pm | New Zealand Government

A new school litter reduction resource for 5-11 year olds will help children understand the impact of dumping litter in the environment, Education Minister Chris Hipkins and Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage said today. More >>

Government invests in Tuia - Encounters 250 commemoration

Friday, 27 July 2018, 3:23 pm | New Zealand Government

Tuia – Encounters 250, the national commemoration which will mark 250 years since the first onshore meetings between Māori and Europeans has been given a $3.5 million funding boost, Acting Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Carmel Sepuloni announced ... More >>

Minister brokers Accord on safe nurse staffing

Friday, 27 July 2018, 1:54 pm | New Zealand Government

Hon David Clark Minister of Health 27 July 2018 PĀNUI PĀPĀHO MEDIA STATEMENT Minister brokers Accord on safe nurse staffing Health Minister Dr David Clark has announced a joint accord between District Health Boards, the Nurses Organisation ... More >>

Greens descend into tragic comedy

Friday, 27 July 2018, 12:54 pm | New Zealand National Party

Today’s statement by Green Co-Leader Marama Davidson that the Electoral (Integrity) Amendment Bill is a ‘threat to democracy’ and ‘anti-democratic’ but they will be voting for it takes New Zealand politics to a new low, National’s Electoral ... More >>

End the failed war on drugs and save lives

Friday, 27 July 2018, 12:01 pm | Green Party

Figures released today showing 40 to 45 people have died due to synthetic cannabis since last June show the need for urgent cross-party work on sensible drug law reform, says the Green Party. More >>

New appointment to the Charities Registration Board

Friday, 27 July 2018, 11:01 am | New Zealand Government

Dr Beverly Gatenby will join the independent Charities Registration Board to replace Ms Caren Rangi who has stepped down after six years on the Board. More >>

Major infrastructure funding for Queenstown Lakes District

Friday, 27 July 2018, 9:54 am | New Zealand Government

Minister of Housing and Urban Development Phil Twyford today confirmed $52 million of 10 year interest-free loans to Queenstown Lakes District Council to support major infrastructure projects around Kingston and Frankton Flats. More >>

Game helps business connect with MSD clients

Thursday, 26 July 2018, 6:48 pm | New Zealand Government

Game helps business connect with MSD clients A new online interactive game allowing small and medium business owners to learn about the services offered by the Ministry of Social Development, BNZ and Xero, has been launched today by Social Development ... More >>

Greens sell their soul for power

Thursday, 26 July 2018, 6:17 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Green Party’s decision to vote for electoral law changes against their core values of democracy and human rights is a tragic day for the Party, MMP and Parliament, National’s Electoral Law spokesperson Dr Nick Smith says. More >>

Full steam ahead on CRL expansion

Thursday, 26 July 2018, 5:31 pm | Joint Media Statement

Auckland Council and Government today agreed to future proof the City Rail Link and expand station sizes to cater for rocketing growth in rail patronage across Auckland. More >>

Printing money doesn't create jobs

Thursday, 26 July 2018, 5:06 pm | ACT New Zealand

“The Government's new legislation directing the Reserve Bank to focus on employment in monetary policy decision making ignores the very simple fact that printing money doesn’t create jobs", says ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

Davis’ public statements don’t stack up

Thursday, 26 July 2018, 4:41 pm | New Zealand National Party

Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis continues to show what little control he has left of his portfolio, failing to reconcile his public statements with the recommendations he made to Cabinet about Waikeria Prison, National’s Corrections spokesperson David ... More >>

Parliament: Questions and Answers - July 26

Thursday, 26 July 2018, 4:39 pm | Hansard

Question No. 1—Finance 1. Dr DEBORAH RUSSELL (Labour—New Lynn) to the Minister of Finance : What recent reports has he seen on the cost of living? Hon GRANT ROBERTSON (Minister of Finance) : This morning, Statistics New Zealand released its household ... More >>

Extra police resources following graduation

Thursday, 26 July 2018, 4:37 pm | New Zealand Government

Extra resources for crime prevention and community safety are being deployed around the country with the graduation today of 79 new Police officers at the Royal New Zealand Police College at Porirua. More >>

More Māori leaders fight for partnership schools

Thursday, 26 July 2018, 4:07 pm | New Zealand National Party

National’s spokesperson for Māori Education Jo Hayes stands in support of Dame Tariana Turia who has joined the fight for partnership schools, their students and their families. More >>

MMP law change would breach German constitution

Thursday, 26 July 2018, 3:50 pm | New Zealand National Party

Government changes to New Zealand MMP electoral law enabling a party leader to dismiss an MP would break the constitutional law Allied Powers put in place following the end of the Second World War, National’s Electoral Law spokesperson Dr Nick Smith ... More >>

Greens support Electoral (Integrity) Amendment Bill

Thursday, 26 July 2018, 3:28 pm | Green Party

Electoral (Integrity) Amendment Bill The Green Party will vote for Electoral (Integrity) Amendment Bill to become law, Green Party Co-Leader Marama Davidson announced today. The amended bill, which has been reported back to Parliament by the Justice Select ... More >>

Natural gas shortage forecast for 2020 and beyond

Thursday, 26 July 2018, 2:54 pm | New Zealand National Party

New Zealanders who rely on gas for power and heating are in trouble, with shortages forecast in every year of the 2020s, in part as a result of the Government’s ban on future offshore oil and gas exploration National’s spokesperson for Energy and ... More >>

Climate action could cost you $10,000 a year

Thursday, 26 July 2018, 2:32 pm | ACT New Zealand

Climate Change Minister James Shaw today confirmed that the average household could be $10,000 a year poorer as a result of his Zero Carbon Bill. More >>

Combustible cladding ban better late than never

Thursday, 26 July 2018, 12:36 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Government’s decision to suspend certificates for combustible cladding similar to that found in horrific Grenfell Tower fire is welcomed by National Party Building and Construction spokesperson Andrew Bayly. More >>

Progress with Marutūāhu and Pare Hauraki iwi

Thursday, 26 July 2018, 12:34 pm | New Zealand Government

Significant progress has been made with the collective redress deeds for the Marutūāhu and Pare Hauraki iwi, the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations, Andrew Little, has announced today. More >>

Parliament: Oral Questions - 26 July 2018

Thursday, 26 July 2018, 11:44 am | Office of the Clerk

1. Dr DEBORAH RUSSELL to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he seen on the cost of living? More >>

Land transferred to protect native grasshopper

Thursday, 26 July 2018, 11:03 am | New Zealand Government

The home of a giant native grasshopper is now safer after Crown land in the Mackenzie Basin was protected as conservation land, Land Information and Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage announced today. More >>

Government plan to fix women’s pay

Thursday, 26 July 2018, 10:59 am | New Zealand Government

At least half of the senior leaders in the public sector will be women by the end of 2019, and workplaces will be flexible “by default” are among goals in an Action Plan to eliminate the public service gender pay gap, launched today. More >>

Govt working in shadows to hike fuel taxes

Thursday, 26 July 2018, 10:24 am | New Zealand National Party

Reports that the Transport Minister is coaching councils behind the scenes on how to best impose new fuel taxes around New Zealand shows a woeful disregard for the expenses he is imposing on New Zealanders, National’s transport spokesperson Jami-Lee ... More >>

Pugh takes O’Connor to task in Parliament

Thursday, 26 July 2018, 9:14 am | New Zealand National Party

National’s List MP Maureen Pugh, has slammed incumbent West Coast-Tasman MP Damien O’Connor for what she describes as twenty five years of absence and continued failure to stick up for the interests of his constituents at the most critical times for ... More >>

Govt won’t support better health for newborns

Thursday, 26 July 2018, 8:42 am | New Zealand National Party

Last night the Government voted down my Members Bill that would improve health outcomes for mothers and their babies by ensuring that newborns are enrolled with a GP before they are six weeks old, National MP Parmjeet Parmar says. More >>

Supporting victims of domestic violence and their families

Wednesday, 25 July 2018, 6:47 pm | Green Party

From April next year, all victims of domestic violence will be able to get support from their employers to stop the violence and get help without worrying about losing their jobs. More >>

Renewed partnership with Red Cross for humanitarian response

Wednesday, 25 July 2018, 5:03 pm | New Zealand Government

Foreign Affairs Minister, Winston Peters, has announced a renewed government funding agreement with New Zealand Red Cross to assist with disaster preparedness and response in the Pacific and across the world. More >>

Conflicting priorities leave regions hanging

Wednesday, 25 July 2018, 4:54 pm | New Zealand National Party

Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage is increasingly showing how hamstrung she is as the Government’s competing coalition priorities continue to go against her, National’s Conservation spokesperson Sarah Dowie says. More >>

Renewed DHB offer to nurses ‘encouraging’

Wednesday, 25 July 2018, 4:28 pm | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Dr David Clark says it is encouraging that the Nurses Organisation is recommending the latest District Health Boards’ offer to its members. More >>

 
 
 
 
 
 

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