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New Zealand broadband speeds continue to surge

Thursday, 16 March 2017, 10:10 am | New Zealand Government

Communications Minister Simon Bridges has welcomed Akamai’s latest State of the Internet Report which shows that average connection speeds in New Zealand have increased by 38 per cent since 2015. More >>

4G coverage available to 90 per cent of Kiwis

Thursday, 16 March 2017, 10:08 am | New Zealand Government

Ninety per cent of New Zealanders now have access to 4G cellular mobile services – two years earlier than anticipated, Communications Minister Simon Bridges announced today. More >>

Enduring Power of Attorney forms made easier

Thursday, 16 March 2017, 8:37 am | New Zealand Government

The Minister for Seniors Maggie Barry says changes to Enduring Powers of Attorney (EPA) forms will make them easier to understand and use. More >>

Prospects for NZ/Pacific Alliance gather pace

Thursday, 16 March 2017, 8:26 am | New Zealand Government

Trade Minister Todd McClay has welcomed the announcement by Pacific Alliance Ministers that they will look to progressively advance their trade agenda and says this is likely to provide significant opportunity for New Zealand exporters. More >>

Whanganui River becomes legal identity

Thursday, 16 March 2017, 8:24 am | The Maori Party

The Māori Party says history was made with the passing of the Te Awa Tupua (Whanganui River Claims Settlement) Bill through its third reading in the House today. More >>

Bills to simplify election rules pass third reading

Wednesday, 15 March 2017, 5:18 pm | New Zealand Government

Two Bills that modernise electoral law have passed through Parliament and will be implemented before this year’s election, Associate Justice Minister Mark Mitchell says. More >>

Backdown on whānau-first placements a victory for Māori

Wednesday, 15 March 2017, 5:09 pm | Green Party

The Green Party is congratulating Māori organisations on their victory after Anne Tolley today indicated that the Government is going back to the drawing board on reforms to Child, Youth and Family (CYFs) that would have removed the prioritisation ... More >>

Government prepared to fund priority tourism infrastructure

Wednesday, 15 March 2017, 4:58 pm | New Zealand Government

Tourism Minister Paula Bennett has thanked Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) for its tourism wish list worth $1.4 billion but rejects that most of these should be funded by Government. More >>

New Zealand First Confirms Opposition to 1080

Wednesday, 15 March 2017, 4:19 pm | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First has reconfirmed its commitment to ending the use of 1080 poison in New Zealand. New Zealand First Leader and MP for Northland, Rt Hon Winston Peters, says New Zealand First is the only credible Party committed to ending 1080 use, and ... More >>

Government invests in women in primary sector

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

15 March 2017 Media Statement Government invests in women in primary sector A project aimed at growing the capability of women in the primary sector has been granted close to $300,000 in the latest Sustainable Farming Fund round, Associate Primary Industries ... More >>

Storm damage classified as medium scale adverse event

Wednesday, 15 March 2017, 4:00 pm | New Zealand Government

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has today officially classified the storm damage around the the Franklin Ward, Hauraki District and Thames-Coromandel District as a medium scale adverse event. More >>

Gridlock proof Nats have failed Auckland

Wednesday, 15 March 2017, 3:34 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

News that Aucklanders are spending the equivalent of four weeks a year – the annual leave entitlement for most working people – stuck in traffic is proof the Government has failed Auckland, says Labour’s Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford. More >>

ACT calls time on the National-Maori Party fling

Wednesday, 15 March 2017, 3:32 pm | ACT New Zealand

ACT will seek to remove onerous iwi consultation requirements from proposed RMA reforms. ACT Leader David Seymour has drafted a Supplementary Order Paper [attached] to make these changes. More >>

Predator Free 2050 holiday parks partnership

Wednesday, 15 March 2017, 3:02 pm | New Zealand Government

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry has welcomed a new predator-free initiative signed today which includes trapping in and around hundreds of holiday parks. More >>

Agreement in Principle signed with Ngāti Rangi

Wednesday, 15 March 2017, 2:47 pm | New Zealand Government

The Crown has signed an agreement in principle with Ngāti Rangi to settle its historical Treaty of Waitangi claims, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Christopher Finlayson announced today. More >>

New Zealand to benefit from stronger air links

Wednesday, 15 March 2017, 2:13 pm | New Zealand Government

New Zealand will benefit from a number of new air services agreements that will allow greater connectivity between New Zealand and the rest of the world, Transport Minister Simon Bridges says. More >>

New Zealand Builds Air Links With Colombia

Wednesday, 15 March 2017, 2:05 pm | New Zealand Government

New Zealand has signed an air services agreement with Colombia, Transport Minister Simon Bridges announced today. More >>

Labour Cannot Be Trusted on Defence

Wednesday, 15 March 2017, 1:42 pm | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First is dumbfounded by Labour expecting that 50-year old air force planes will be able to fly on indefinitely in order to pay for its policies. More >>

“Muddled” and “confusing” Bill must be fixed

Wednesday, 15 March 2017, 1:33 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Labour supports the Children’s Commissioner’s calls for Anne Tolley’s reform of the CYFs Bill to be overhauled, says Labour’s Deputy Leader Jacinda Ardern. More >>

Cakes and Sewage Just Don't Mix

Wednesday, 15 March 2017, 1:24 pm | New Zealand First Party

Rt Hon Winston Peters New Zealand First Leader Member of Parliament for Northland 15 MARCH 2017 CAKES AND SEWAGE JUST DON’T MIX More >>

Family violence overhaul desperately needed

Wednesday, 15 March 2017, 1:15 pm | Green Party

The Government’s small steps on family violence announced today are a move in the right direction, but more needs to be done, the Green Party said today. More >>

Questions & Answers - 14 March 2017

Wednesday, 15 March 2017, 1:08 pm | Office of the Clerk

1. ANDREW LITTLE (Leader of the Opposition) to the Prime Minister : Does he stand by his statement that "Nick Smith has dealt with some of the most complex problems of resource law and housing more successfully than any other politician here could ... More >>

Oral Questions - 15 March 2017

Wednesday, 15 March 2017, 1:05 pm | Office of the Clerk

1. ALASTAIR SCOTT to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on New Zealand’s external financial position? More >>

BNZ’s Downsizing a Blow for Northland

Wednesday, 15 March 2017, 12:53 pm | New Zealand First Party

The planned closure of the BNZ branch in Paihia and reduction in hours at Dargaville and Kaikohe branches is another example of a foreign corporate’s indifference to small town New Zealand, says New Zealand First Leader and Northland Member of Parliament ... More >>

National’s Tourism ‘Peanuts’ Way Short of $1.4B Needed

Wednesday, 15 March 2017, 12:50 pm | New Zealand First Party

Yet again National is throwing only peanuts to councils trying to pay for urgently needed infrastructure to cope with huge numbers of tourists, says New Zealand First Leader and Northland Member of Parliament, Rt Hon Winston Peters. More >>

Whanganui River settlement passes third reading

Wednesday, 15 March 2017, 12:48 pm | New Zealand Government

The House of Representatives has passed Te Awa Tupua (Whanganui River Claims Settlement) Bill through its third reading today. More >>

Rail to the Shore can’t wait another three decades

Wednesday, 15 March 2017, 11:53 am | Green Party

The announcement that Auckland’s Northern Busway will be upgraded to rail is a huge win for the Greens’ campaign to get rail to the Shore, but Aucklanders shouldn’t have to wait 30 years for it to happen, the Green Party said today. More >>

$5.5m available for new tourism infrastructure

Wednesday, 15 March 2017, 11:37 am | New Zealand Government

Applications are open for up to $5.5 million in extra funding to help regional communities respond to visitor growth through new tourism infrastructure, Tourism Minister Paula Bennett announced today . More >>

Family violence laws introduced to Parliament

Wednesday, 15 March 2017, 11:22 am | New Zealand Government

Legislation that overhauls the family violence system is a core part of reducing New Zealand’s horrendous rate of family violence, says Justice Minister Amy Adams. More >>

ACT will end traffic congestion

Wednesday, 15 March 2017, 11:04 am | ACT New Zealand

ACT is the only party with a plan to end traffic congestion, says ACT Leader David Seymour. The TomTom Traffic Index 2017 has revealed the country's traffic is now worse than Hong Kong. More >>

Government policies forcing disabled people into damp houses

Wednesday, 15 March 2017, 10:47 am | Green Party

Information released yesterday showing that disabled people who rent are much more likely to live in cold, damp homes is clear evidence that National’s housing policies are failing, the Green Party said today. More >>

Tertiary institute council reappointments announced

Wednesday, 15 March 2017, 10:45 am | New Zealand Government

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Hon Paul Goldsmith has today announced seven reappointments to the governing councils of six institutes of technology and polytechnics (ITPs). More >>

Treaty settlement bill passes first reading

Wednesday, 15 March 2017, 10:43 am | New Zealand Government

The House of Representatives sat through extended sitting hours this morning to pass the Iwi and Hapū of Te Rohe o Te Wairoa Claims Settlement Bill through its first reading. The Bill has been referred to the Māori Affairs Committee. More >>

Commerce Commission should look into egg labelling

Wednesday, 15 March 2017, 10:14 am | Green Party

Green Party MP Mojo Mathers has written to the Commerce Commission asking it to inquire into the alleged mislabelling of eggs laid in cages as “free-range”, the Green Party said today. More >>

Hon David Cunliffe to leave Parliament

Wednesday, 15 March 2017, 9:39 am | New Zealand Labour Party

Hon David Cunliffe will give his valedictory speech on 11 April, with his resignation effective from 23 April 2017. More >>

EV contestable fund opens today

Wednesday, 15 March 2017, 9:37 am | New Zealand Government

Businesses, local councils and organisations with projects to spark interest in electric vehicles can apply for the second round of the Government’s Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund, opened today by Energy and Resources Minister Judith Collins. More >>

Bottled Water Debate Misses Mark

Wednesday, 15 March 2017, 9:17 am | New Zealand Government

The amount of water exported in bottles is so small that it is irrelevant to the important discussion on better managing New Zealand’s freshwater resources, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith says. More >>

RMA reform Bill passes second reading

Wednesday, 15 March 2017, 9:15 am | New Zealand Government

Legislation to improve environmental management, help increase housing supply and affordability, and support jobs and growth has passed its second reading in Parliament 61-59, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith says. More >>

Rt Hon John Key to leave Parliament

Wednesday, 15 March 2017, 9:09 am | New Zealand National Party

Rt Hon John Key will give his valedictory speech on 22 March, 2017 and his resignation from Parliament will take effect from 14 April. More >>

Māori Party continue to support GE Free stance

Tuesday, 14 March 2017, 4:49 pm | The Maori Party

The Māori Party says they are confident of ironing out areas of concerns within the Resource Legislation Amendments Bill (RLAB) before the third and final reading. More >>

Consultation on Fire and Emergency levy regulations

Tuesday, 14 March 2017, 4:19 pm | New Zealand Government

Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne has released a discussion document on proposed fire and emergency services levy regulations as part of the reform of the fire services sector. More >>

Community midwives get 2.5 per cent increase

Tuesday, 14 March 2017, 4:13 pm | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says community-based midwives will receive a $2.8 million pay increase this year, further boosting support for maternity services. More >>

Minister Telling Fibs Over Water Policy

Tuesday, 14 March 2017, 3:51 pm | New Zealand First Party

Environment Minister Nick Smith told fibs about New Zealand First’s policy on water exports in Parliament today. More >>

And you thought RMA reform couldn’t get any worse

Tuesday, 14 March 2017, 3:38 pm | ACT New Zealand

The latest Resource Management Act reform won’t be any more effective than the previous 18 reforms to the Act, says ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

International education contributing to regional growth

Tuesday, 14 March 2017, 3:11 pm | New Zealand Government

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Paul Goldsmith has welcomed today’s publication of new research on the economic benefits of international education for regions across New Zealand. More >>

Minister proposes name change for legislation

Tuesday, 14 March 2017, 2:26 pm | New Zealand Government

Minister for Children Anne Tolley says she intends to write to Parliament’s Social Services Committee to propose changing the name of the Children, Young Persons, and Their Families Act 1989 (the CYPF Act) to the Oranga Tamariki Act, to reflect the ... More >>

Bridges welcomes Katikati bypass decision

Tuesday, 14 March 2017, 2:19 pm | New Zealand Government

Transport Minister Simon Bridges has welcomed today’s announcement by the NZ Transport Agency to include a bypass of the Katikati town centre in the State Highway 2 Waihi to Tauranga programme. More >>

Questions & Answers - 9 March 2017

Tuesday, 14 March 2017, 2:01 pm | Office of the Clerk

1. TODD MULLER (National—Bay of Plenty) to the Minister of Finance : How is the New Zealand economy expected to perform over the medium-term? More >>

Oral Questions - 14 March 2017

Tuesday, 14 March 2017, 1:58 pm | Office of the Clerk

1. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that “Nick Smith has dealt with some of the most complex problems of resource law and housing more successfully than any other politician here could have”; if so, in what ways, ... More >>

Government Stalls Mānuka Standard (Again)

Tuesday, 14 March 2017, 11:56 am | New Zealand First Party

National’s complete mishandling of the permanent mānuka honey standard could end up costing people their jobs, says New Zealand First Leader and Northland Member of Parliament Rt Hon Winston Peters. More >>

Hunter’s Tale Report Good News For Recreational Hunters

Tuesday, 14 March 2017, 11:22 am | New Zealand Government

Associate Minister of Conservation, Hon Peter Dunne, has welcomed a new report into Hunter-Safety by the Mountain Safety Council called A Hunter’s Tale. More >>

Seymour challenges Parliament on abortion law reform

Tuesday, 14 March 2017, 11:20 am | ACT New Zealand

“I have always believed in personal choice, and that extends to the issue of abortion,” says Seymour. “Morally, abortion is about a woman’s body and her choice. Practically, prohibitions on this choice have had horrible consequences such as child neglect ... More >>

Getting councils to focus on their core business

Tuesday, 14 March 2017, 11:16 am | ACT New Zealand

Auckland Council must focus on its core business after the water crisis highlighted Auckland’s failing water infrastructure, says ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

Record high number of Police applications

Tuesday, 14 March 2017, 11:07 am | New Zealand Government

The number of people applying to join Police has hit a new high in 2017 following a successful summer recruitment campaign. More >>

Applications for Prime Minister’s Business Scholarships open

Tuesday, 14 March 2017, 10:38 am | New Zealand Government

Entries open today for the 2017 Prime Minister’s Business Scholarships, which offer New Zealand’s managers and executives the opportunity to improve their skills at the world’s best business schools. More >>

National Sell Off to Foreigners Hits a High

Tuesday, 14 March 2017, 10:36 am | New Zealand First Party

Sales of land to foreign owners went through the roof last year under a National government that doesn’t give a hoot about our future, says New Zealand First. More >>

Pressure building for inquiry into state abuse

Tuesday, 14 March 2017, 10:05 am | Green Party

A Waitangi Tribunal claim filed today calling for an inquiry into the treatment of Māori children in state care is a further sign that pressure is building on the Government to reconsider its stance on the issue, the Green Party said today. “It ... More >>

McCully to visit Samoa

Tuesday, 14 March 2017, 9:47 am | New Zealand Government

Foreign Minister Murray McCully will travel to Samoa this week to meet with Prime Minister Tuilaepa and members of his Cabinet. More >>

Dunne: Address to the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs

Tuesday, 14 March 2017, 9:30 am | New Zealand Government

Thank you for the opportunity to deliver a statement at this sixtieth meeting of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs More >>

Media remain committed when disaster strikes

Tuesday, 14 March 2017, 9:16 am | New Zealand Government

A longstanding agreement between Civil Defence Emergency Management authorities and national broadcasters has been renewed and strengthened today, Civil Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says. More >>

 

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