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Bill to improve financial security for foster children

Thursday, 1 February 2018, 11:19 am | New Zealand National Party

A Members’ Bill to help improve the financial security of children in foster care has been lodged by Clutha-Southland MP Hamish Walker. More >>

Member’s Bill to protect victims of crime

Thursday, 1 February 2018, 10:38 am | New Zealand National Party

A Bill to protect victims of crime from being contacted by their perpetrators has been submitted to the Member’s Ballot by National MP Louise Upston today. More >>

Government to help Kaiaua community

Thursday, 1 February 2018, 9:22 am | New Zealand Government

Civil Defence Minister Kris Faafoi announced today that the Government will contribute $15,000 to the Hauraki District Council Kaiaua Coast Disaster Relief Fund. More >>

MP lodges Bill to limit concurrent sentencing

Thursday, 1 February 2018, 8:37 am | New Zealand National Party

A Members’ Bill to would limit the availability of concurrent sentencing has been lodged by Rangitata MP Andrew Falloon. More >>

Speech: Ardern - The 100 day plan and beyond

Wednesday, 31 January 2018, 6:57 pm | New Zealand Government

The 100 day plan and beyond: setting the direction of the Government Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern Prime Minister More >>

Historic commitment to reduce child poverty

Wednesday, 31 January 2018, 6:19 pm | New Zealand Government

Historic commitment to reduce child poverty The Government has set ten year targets for reducing child poverty and hardship that will transform children’s lives and establish New Zealand as having one of the lowest rates of child poverty in the world. ... More >>

Parliament: Questions and Answers - Jan 31

Wednesday, 31 January 2018, 4:44 pm | Hansard

Question No. 1—Prime Minister 1. Rt Hon BILL ENGLISH (Leader of the Opposition) to the Prime Minister : Does she stand by all her Government's policies? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS (Deputy Prime Minister) on behalf of the Prime Minister : Yes. Mr SPEAKER ... More >>

New Callaghan Board Chair appointed

Wednesday, 31 January 2018, 4:21 pm | New Zealand Government

Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods today has announced that Pete Hodgson has been appointed as the new Chair of the Callaghan Innovation Board. More >>

Freedom camping solutions sought

Wednesday, 31 January 2018, 3:36 pm | New Zealand Government

Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis has called a meeting with mayors from districts across the North and South Islands to discuss solutions to issues around freedom camping. More >>

Cross-party group progresses response to natural disasters

Wednesday, 31 January 2018, 3:18 pm | New Zealand Government

Civil Defence Minister Kris Faafoi today met with representatives from across Parliament to discuss the Government response to the report into how New Zealand responds to natural disasters and emergencies. More >>

Greater penalties for stock thieves

Wednesday, 31 January 2018, 3:00 pm | New Zealand National Party

A Bill designed to deter livestock theft will be introduced to Parliament today under the name of National MP Ian McKelvie. More >>

Speech: Nash - SME LEAP Summit, Auckland

Wednesday, 31 January 2018, 1:25 pm | New Zealand Government

Hon Stuart Nash Minister of Revenue Minister for Small Business 31 January 2018 SPEECH NOTES SME LEAP Summit, Auckland More >>

Finance Minister announces Budget 2018 date

Wednesday, 31 January 2018, 12:58 pm | New Zealand Government

Budget 2018 will be delivered on 17 May, Finance Minister Grant Robertson announced today. The Budget will build on the priorities outlined in the December 2017 Budget Policy Statement (BPS), which set out the Government’s economic strategy. More >>

Red letter day for health practitioners

Wednesday, 31 January 2018, 12:54 pm | New Zealand Government

Hon Dr David Clark Minister of Health 31 January 2018 Red letter day for health practitioners More >>

Labour market reforms will hurt New Zealanders

Wednesday, 31 January 2018, 12:31 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Labour-led Government’s planned labour market reforms would mean fewer jobs for Kiwi workers, increases in the cost of living and make our businesses less competitive, National Party Workplace Relations Spokesperson Amy Adams says. More >>

Rt Hon Bill English – State of the Nation 2018

Wednesday, 31 January 2018, 12:29 pm | New Zealand National Party

We have all experienced extraordinary events over the last few months - a Wellington summer with no wind and Invercargill’s hottest day in 100 years. More >>

Pike River Recovery Agency launched

Wednesday, 31 January 2018, 12:17 pm | New Zealand Government

Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry Andrew Little has welcomed the launch of Te Kāhui Whakamana Rua Tekau mā Iwa—Pike River Recovery Agency in Greymouth today. More >>

Parliament: Oral Questions - 31 January 2018

Wednesday, 31 January 2018, 11:36 am | Office of the Clerk

1. Rt Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all her Government’s policies? More >>

Second Cannabis Bill Faces Uncertain Future

Wednesday, 31 January 2018, 11:33 am | The Scoop Team

Parliament will debate its second cannabis law reform bill in a week tonight with the Greens proposing a more permissive regime. More >>

Minister putting Mānuka honey industry at risk

Wednesday, 31 January 2018, 9:32 am | New Zealand National Party

The Government’s last minute announcement of a change in the Mānuka honey definition puts one of New Zealand’s iconic export industries at risk, National’s Food Safety spokesperson David Bennett says. More >>

National to support rates rebates for retirement villages

Wednesday, 31 January 2018, 9:17 am | New Zealand National Party

The National Party will be supporting changes to allow retirement village residents to claim a rates rebate, Local Government spokesperson Jami-Lee Ross says. More >>

S&P affirms Government credit ratings, stable outlook

Tuesday, 30 January 2018, 7:41 pm | New Zealand Government

Finance Minister Grant Robertson welcomes news that Standard & Poor’s has affirmed its AA/A-1+' foreign currency and 'AA+/A-1+' local currency sovereign credit ratings on New Zealand. The rating outlook also remains stable. More >>

Parliament: Questions and Answers - Jan 30

Tuesday, 30 January 2018, 7:39 pm | Hansard

Question No. 1—Climate Change 1. MARAMA DAVIDSON (Green) to the Minister for Climate Change : What is he doing to help New Zealand adapt to the effects of climate change? Hon JAMES SHAW (Minister for Climate Change) : I thank the member for her question. ... More >>

Greens supports Electoral Integrity Bill to select committee

Tuesday, 30 January 2018, 6:36 pm | Green Party

The Green Party has supported the Electoral Integrity Amendment Bill to the Justice Select Committee. More >>

Ill-prepared Government still short of work

Tuesday, 30 January 2018, 6:19 pm | New Zealand National Party

On the first day back in Parliament it’s clear the Government – which was late delivering new bills to the House before Christmas – is still woefully short of legislation, Shadow Leader of the House Simon Bridges says. More >>

Electoral (Integrity) Amendment Bill receives first reading

Tuesday, 30 January 2018, 5:57 pm | New Zealand Government

Electoral (Integrity) Amendment Bill receives first reading The Electoral (Integrity) Amendment Bill received its first reading in Parliament today. Justice Minister Andrew Little says the Bill will help uphold the public’s confidence in the integrity ... More >>

Child poverty legislation all intention and no substance

Tuesday, 30 January 2018, 4:45 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Government’s proposed child poverty legislation is predictably full of positive intentions but contains no substance to address the drivers of deprivation, National Party leader Bill English says. More >>

Taking action to reduce child poverty

Tuesday, 30 January 2018, 4:39 pm | New Zealand Government

Taking action to reduce child poverty Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today released her Child Poverty Reduction Bill to drive a significant and sustained reduction in child poverty that lasts beyond successive governments. “For a country with relative ... More >>

Waka Jumping Bill bad for Māori

Tuesday, 30 January 2018, 4:26 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Coalition Government’s Waka Jumping Bill is bad for Māori representation and is an affront to democracy, National’s Māori Development spokesperson Nuk Korako says. More >>

$100 million that should be improving lives

Tuesday, 30 January 2018, 4:25 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Government has parked $100 million committed to 17 well-thought through initiatives that should be improving lives, while it kicks the can down the road by refusing to act alongside its mental health inquiry, National’s spokesperson for Mental ... More >>

Drought classification extends to Southland and Otago

Tuesday, 30 January 2018, 3:35 pm | New Zealand Government

Minister for Agriculture and Rural Communities Damien O’Connor today announced that the medium-scale adverse event classification for the drought in parts of the country would be extended to the whole of Southland plus Otago’s Queenstown Lakes, ... More >>

Govt needs to get on side with Kiwi businesses

Tuesday, 30 January 2018, 2:59 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Coalition Government needs to convince New Zealand businesses of all sizes that they understand them and will work with them rather than against them, National Party Finance Spokesperson Steven Joyce says. More >>

Appointment of Associate Judge of the High Court

Tuesday, 30 January 2018, 2:33 pm | New Zealand Government

Wellington Queen’s Counsel Kenneth Johnston has been appointed an Associate Judge of the High Court, AttorneyGeneral David Parker announced today. More >>

New Zealand marks 50th anniversary of Nauru’s independence

Tuesday, 30 January 2018, 12:34 pm | New Zealand Government

Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced that New Zealand will make a $2 million contribution to the Nauru Intergenerational Trust Fund to mark the 50th anniversary of Nauru’s independence. More >>

Ministry of Health to plan for hotter summers

Tuesday, 30 January 2018, 12:01 pm | New Zealand Government

As temperatures hit record highs across New Zealand the Ministry of Health is starting to plan for hotter summers bought on by global warming, Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter said today. More >>

Parliament: Oral Questions - Jan 30, 2018

Tuesday, 30 January 2018, 11:39 am | Office of the Clerk

1. MARAMA DAVIDSON to the Minister for Climate Change: What is he doing to help New Zealand adapt to the effects of climate change? More >>

Waka jumping and cannabis reform head Parliament's agenda

Tuesday, 30 January 2018, 11:00 am | The Scoop Team

Cannabis law reform and MP “waka jumping” will dominate the first sitting week of Parliament in 2018. More >>

Questions remain around foreign student policy

Tuesday, 30 January 2018, 10:07 am | New Zealand National Party

The Government’s U-turn on their international students policy has given the international education industry a last minute reprieve, but questions remain about why Labour cynically stoked anti-immigrant sentiment during the campaign with promises it never ... More >>

Giving teachers a stronger voice

Tuesday, 30 January 2018, 9:43 am | New Zealand Government

The new Government’s programme to raise the status of the teaching profession and restore trust and confidence will take another step forward today when Parliament votes to give teachers back the right to elect representatives to their own professional ... More >>

Free Press ACT’s regular bulletin

Tuesday, 30 January 2018, 8:21 am | ACT New Zealand

Januarty 30, 2018 We’re Back Free Press would like to welcome all our readers for another year. 2018 will bring a major private members bill, a surprise or two, and a rebuilt and retooled party to launch. Strap yourself in and hold on for the ride. ... More >>

O’Connor’s December surprise causes legal mess

Monday, 29 January 2018, 5:34 pm | New Zealand National Party

Food Safety Minister Damien O’Connor must explain why he has exposed the Government to legal action by ramming through new Mānuka honey standards without appropriate consultation, National’s Food Safety spokesperson David Bennett says. More >>

Fourteen Rings to Make One Rule. Like, Really?

Monday, 29 January 2018, 4:51 pm | ACT New Zealand

“After opposing the ‘Hobbit Law’ for eight years, Labour needs a fourteen-person working group to tell it what its policy should be,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “A usually-reliable source informs ACT that, after accounting for fees, flights, ... More >>

Public services targets to continue, without Govt

Monday, 29 January 2018, 1:17 pm | New Zealand National Party

National has today pledged to ensure the Government is held accountable for the spending of billions of dollars of tax-payer money by the public service - and the impact that has on vulnerable New Zealanders, Party leader Bill English says. More >>

Film Industry Working Group announced

Monday, 29 January 2018, 12:42 pm | New Zealand Government

The Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety Iain Lees-Galloway today announced the establishment of a Film Industry Working Group, facilitated by Linda Clark, to find a fit-for purpose way to restore workers’ rights in the screen industry. More >>

Call to celebrate suffrage anniversary events

Monday, 29 January 2018, 8:21 am | New Zealand Government

Minister for Women Hon Julie Anne Genter is encouraging organisations to celebrate the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage with events and activities. More >>

Tax Relief Risks Perception of Corruption

Sunday, 28 January 2018, 8:57 pm | ACT New Zealand

“Winston Peters’ promise of tax relief for the racing industry risks creating the perception of US-style corruption”, says ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

Almost 775,000 Kiwi kids heading to school this week

Sunday, 28 January 2018, 12:07 pm | New Zealand Government

Almost 775,000 Kiwi kids heading to school this week Education Minister Chris Hipkins sends his best wishes to the many thousands of Kiwi kids who are off to school this week. “Almost 775,000 students are heading to school and I hope they are all looking ... More >>

Education innovators to challenge thinking in NCEA Review

Saturday, 27 January 2018, 4:30 pm | New Zealand Government

Education innovators to challenge thinking in NCEA Review Members of a group of innovative thinkers to advise the Education Minister and Ministry on the review of the NCEA to take place this year were announced today by Education Minister Chris ... More >>

‘Well done’ to NZDF personnel

Friday, 26 January 2018, 8:13 pm | New Zealand Government

Defence Minister Ron Mark has congratulated the NZDF on the involvement of a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 Orion aircraft and Kiwi personnel in seizing about NZ$300 million worth of heroin in the Western Indian Ocean earlier this week. More >>

Labour, Bureaucrats Put Your Money At Risk

Friday, 26 January 2018, 3:04 pm | ACT New Zealand

"It should come as no surprise that the Government is being warned its flagship fees-free policy will be open to abuse,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “Chris Hipkins has entrusted billions of taxpayer dollars to bureaucrats who hold no records ... More >>

Govt simply picking up where National left off

Friday, 26 January 2018, 2:37 pm | New Zealand National Party

The new Government has taken a good first step in helping support our vulnerable kids by picking up where National left off, the Party’s spokesperson for Children Paula Bennett says. More >>

Fees-free honesty box system ripe for abuse

Friday, 26 January 2018, 1:26 pm | New Zealand National Party

Millions of taxpayers’ dollars are at stake with tertiary providers having to rely on an honesty box system when accepting enrolments from people wanting to take up the Government’s fees-free policy, National’s Tertiary Education Spokesperson ... More >>

PM's Youth Programme acknowledges inspirational young people

Friday, 26 January 2018, 1:14 pm | New Zealand Government

Prime Minister’s Youth Programme acknowledges inspirational young people Around 100 young people are participating in the Prime Minister’s Youth Programme (PMYP), gaining confidence to make key life changes. The programme, now into its ninth year, ... More >>

Congratulations to staff and prisoners at Northland prison

Friday, 26 January 2018, 1:00 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis today presented Long Service Awards to staff and congratulated prisoners who have completed trades training at Northland Region Corrections Facility. More >>

Flowery rhetoric won’t deliver jobs Mr Jackson

Friday, 26 January 2018, 11:52 am | New Zealand National Party

The Employment Minister’s lofty ambition to build ‘a kete of tightly woven pastoral care around individuals’ in a bid to stem youth unemployment just goes to show that Labour doesn’t understand where jobs actually come from, National’s employment ... More >>

Community organisations chosen to sponsor refugees in NZ

Friday, 26 January 2018, 11:17 am | New Zealand Government

Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway has today announced the four community-based organisations who will be the first in New Zealand to sponsor refugees planned to arrive here by June 2018 under a ground-breaking new approach. More >>

Rangatahi unemployment – a key focus for the Government

Friday, 26 January 2018, 10:13 am | New Zealand Government

Minister of Employment Hon Willie Jackson announced the first steps to tackle youth unemployment in the regions, as part of a broader Employment Strategy. More >>

Customs new patrol vessel to start duty

Friday, 26 January 2018, 10:10 am | New Zealand Government

Customs Minister Meka Whaitiri is delighted to announce that the new state- of-the-art patrol vessel, Hawk V, officially started work today following a commissioning ceremony at the Port of Auckland. More >>

Parker must show bipartisanship on TPP

Friday, 26 January 2018, 9:17 am | New Zealand National Party

National’s Trade spokesperson Todd McClay has today written to Trade Minister David Parker requesting a full briefing on changes to the TPP agreement and an assurance that the full text and National Interest Analysis will be released in sufficient ... More >>

Employment changes will reduce job opportunities

Thursday, 25 January 2018, 2:25 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Labour-led Government’s employment law changes announced today can only slow down New Zealand’s high-performing job market, National Party Workplace Relations Spokesperson Amy Adams says. More >>

 
 
 
 
 
 

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