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Second CE to reappear at Select Committee

Tuesday, 3 April 2018, 9:18 am | New Zealand National Party

Not one, but two, chief executives will reappear at a Select Committee this week to correct the record following inconsistencies exposed by National MPs, National’s Environment spokesperson Scott Simpson says. More >>

The Government's Weird War on the Poor

Tuesday, 3 April 2018, 9:04 am | ACT New Zealand

The Media are hysterical over the Government’s various disasters from the Curran-Hirschfeld debacle to the absence of Russian spies in New Zealand, and New Zealand First heavying opposition MPs over Regional Growth Funding in their electorates. The honeymoon is ... More >>

Govt's botched handling of charters continues

Tuesday, 3 April 2018, 8:49 am | ACT New Zealand

“Revelations that the Government's utu against charter schools may cost taxpayers $20 million show how badly Chris Hipkins has handled them," says ACT Leader David Seymour, who was responsible for charter schools as Under-Secretary in the ... More >>

Health project’s ‘independent review’ a clear conflict

Tuesday, 3 April 2018, 8:44 am | New Zealand National Party

National Party Associate Health spokesperson Dr Shane Reti has revealed a supposed ‘independent review’ of the failing $90 million National Oracle Solution programme is, in fact, being carried out by the owner of the company that installed it in the ... More >>

Tomorrow’s the day we all start paying

Saturday, 31 March 2018, 3:07 pm | New Zealand National Party

This weekend marks the point where ordinary hard-working New Zealanders start paying for the misguided policies of the Ardern-Peters Coalition Government, National Party Finance Spokesperson Amy Adams says. More >>

Police shooting north of Auckland

Saturday, 31 March 2018, 1:42 pm | New Zealand Government

Police Minister Stuart Nash has offered his sympathies to the family of the man shot by Police this morning near Puhoi. More >>

Minister needs to release info to industry

Friday, 30 March 2018, 3:30 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Minister for Biosecurity has confirmed he has been sitting on report tracing the outbreak of the cattle disease Mycoplasma Bovis since December last year, National’s Spokesperson for Biosecurity Nathan Guy says. More >>

NZ welcomes talks between North and South Korea

Friday, 30 March 2018, 11:46 am | New Zealand Government

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has welcomed today’s announcement that the leaders of North and South Korea have agreed to hold talks next month. More >>

Corrections Amendment Bill passes first reading

Thursday, 29 March 2018, 6:20 pm | New Zealand Government

A Bill to further ensure prison security and the safe and fair management of prisoners has passed its first reading in Parliament today. More >>

Parliament: Questions and Answers - March 29

Thursday, 29 March 2018, 5:45 pm | Hansard

Question No. 1—Prime Minister 1. Hon JUDITH COLLINS (National—Papakura) to the Prime Minister : Does she stand by all her statements and actions? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS (Deputy Prime Minister) on behalf of the Prime Minister : Yes, in their context. ... More >>

Funding for Christchurch rebuild confirmed

Thursday, 29 March 2018, 5:37 pm | New Zealand National Party

Funding for Christchurch rebuild confirmed There has been widespread concern in the Christchurch community that Labour has rescinded some of the funding appropriated by National to support the rebuild of Christchurch, National Party Spokesperson for ... More >>

NZ imposes travel restrictions on expelled Russians

Thursday, 29 March 2018, 5:18 pm | New Zealand Government

Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern Prime Minister Rt Hon Winston Peters Minister of Foreign Affairs 29 March 2018 PĀNUI PĀPĀHO MEDIA STATEMENT NZ imposes travel restrictions on expelled Russians Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters ... More >>

Peters takes Govt right back again on Russia

Thursday, 29 March 2018, 4:36 pm | New Zealand National Party

There is obviously something both confusing and concerning about Russia and its effect on Winston Peters as evidenced by his performance in Parliament this afternoon, National Foreign Affairs spokesman Todd McClay says. More >>

New regulations toughen up our animal welfare standards

Thursday, 29 March 2018, 2:05 pm | New Zealand Government

Cabinet has approved a raft of new regulations to strengthen our animal welfare system, says Associate Minister of Agriculture responsible for animal welfare Hon Meka Whaitiri. More >>

Further tenancy review exemptions to be considered

Thursday, 29 March 2018, 12:09 pm | New Zealand Government

Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford is pausing periodic tenancy reviews of public housing tenants while he considers whether the groups of tenants exempt from the process should be widened. More >>

Parliament: Oral Questions - 29 March 2018

Thursday, 29 March 2018, 11:53 am | Office of the Clerk

1. Hon JUDITH COLLINS to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all her statements and actions? More >>

Feedback on ring-fencing rental losses

Thursday, 29 March 2018, 11:21 am | New Zealand Government

Feedback on ring-fencing rental losses Revenue Minister Stuart Nash is encouraging feedback on a proposal to change the rules around ring-fencing losses on residential properties. An Issues Paper has been released by the Inland Revenue Department that ... More >>

Bill to improve liquor licence laws for restaurants

Thursday, 29 March 2018, 10:20 am | New Zealand National Party

Hutt South MP Chris Bishop has lodged a Member’s Bill to allow restaurants that hold on-licences to sell alcohol, to also hold off-licences under the same roof. More >>

Prison costs cannot be excuse to go soft on crime

Thursday, 29 March 2018, 9:58 am | New Zealand National Party

The Government needs to stop looking for excuses to go soft on crime and come up with a plan to reduce crime, National’s Justice Spokesperson Mark Mitchell says. More >>

Govt to hold road safety summit

Thursday, 29 March 2018, 9:40 am | New Zealand Government

The Government will hold a Local Government Road Safety Summit in Wellington on 9 April, as it moves to make safety a top priority for transport investment, says Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter. More >>

Justice Minister moves on year and day rule

Wednesday, 28 March 2018, 9:38 pm | New Zealand Government

Justice Minister Hon Andrew Little’s Crimes Amendment Bill passed its first reading in Parliament today. More >>

Pacific excellence recognised at PM's Pacific Youth Awards

Wednesday, 28 March 2018, 7:04 pm | New Zealand Government

Pacific excellence recognised at Prime Minister’s Pacific Youth Awards Excellence and achievement in commerce, the arts, sports, community and leadership among Pacific youth is being celebrated tonight at the prestigious 2018 Prime Minister’s Pacific ... More >>

Government refusing to stand behind Kiwibuild

Wednesday, 28 March 2018, 5:07 pm | New Zealand National Party

If first homebuyers thought a Kiwibuild home was going to give them a Government backed leg-up into the housing market those hopes have been dashed today by Housing Minister Phil Twyford, National’s Housing and Urban Development spokesperson Judith ... More >>

New Zealand to host APAIE 2021 conference

Wednesday, 28 March 2018, 4:35 pm | New Zealand Government

Education Minister Chris Hipkins is pleased to announce that New Zealand has been successful in its bid to host the Asia-Pacific Association of International Education (APAIE) Conference and Exhibition in 2021. More >>

Hipkins’ approach to online learning archaic

Wednesday, 28 March 2018, 4:23 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Government is taking New Zealand’s education system back to the dark ages with the announcement that it is scrapping Communities of Online Learning (COOL) and increasing its control over the Education Council, National’s Education Spokesperson Nikki ... More >>

Parliament: Questions and Answers - March 28

Wednesday, 28 March 2018, 4:16 pm | Hansard

Question No. 1—Housing and Urban Development 1. PAUL EAGLE (Labour—Rongotai) to the Minister of Housing and Urban Development : What steps is the Government taking to make renting more affordable for Kiwi families? Hon PHIL TWYFORD (Minister of ... More >>

Bakshi urges Govt to change kirpan laws

Wednesday, 28 March 2018, 3:42 pm | New Zealand National Party

National MP Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi has today lodged a Supplementary Order Paper (SOP) seeking to change the law around the use of kirpans so that baptized Sikh are able to carry kirpans in public and work places. More >>

Plans to reinstate skills leadership role to ITOs

Wednesday, 28 March 2018, 3:10 pm | New Zealand Government

Education Minister Chris Hipkins is encouraging the public and the sector to have their say on the Government’s intention to restore the skills leadership role of industry training organisations (ITO). More >>

‘COOL’ policy to be scrapped under proposed changes

Wednesday, 28 March 2018, 2:37 pm | New Zealand Government

Consultation has begun on six items to be included in upcoming legislation. More >>

Better deal for consumers a step closer

Wednesday, 28 March 2018, 2:11 pm | New Zealand Government

New legislation introduced to Parliament today will ensure New Zealand consumers get fair and appropriate treatment by encouraging competitive markets and honest business, Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi says. More >>

Govt needs to provide clarity on free to air sport

Wednesday, 28 March 2018, 1:50 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Government must be clear about its policy on free to air sport, given NZ First has promised to implement it while Broadcasting Minister Clare Curran has said it is not a priority, National’s Sport and Recreation Spokesperson Nikki Kaye says. More >>

Repatriation of New Zealand Service personnel to be expanded

Wednesday, 28 March 2018, 12:38 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government has extended an offer of repatriation to the families of all Service personnel, and their dependants, who were buried overseas after 1 January 1955. More >>

Minister needs to be clear on permit process

Wednesday, 28 March 2018, 12:35 pm | New Zealand National Party

Minister for Energy and Resources Megan Woods needs to send a clear signal that those companies who have existing exploration permits, and who meet New Zealand Petroleum and Minerals current criteria, will be able to progress through the permitting regime ... More >>

SH1 Kaikoura to re-open both directions 24/7 next month

Wednesday, 28 March 2018, 12:06 pm | New Zealand Government

State Highway 1 between Picton and Christchurch will re-open for night-time travel from the end of April for the first time since the Kaikoura earthquake in November 2016, Transport Minister Phil Twyford has announced. More >>

PM’s blatant back-track from child poverty targets

Wednesday, 28 March 2018, 12:04 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Prime Minister has announced with much fanfare that she is dialling back on her child poverty targets, National’s spokesperson for Children, Alfred Ngaro says. More >>

Parliament: Oral Questions - 28 March 2018

Wednesday, 28 March 2018, 11:59 am | Office of the Clerk

1. PAUL EAGLE to the Minister of Housing and Urban Development: What steps is the Government taking to make renting more affordable for Kiwi families? More >>

Government begins killing 3000 jobs this weekend

Wednesday, 28 March 2018, 11:03 am | ACT New Zealand

“By increasing the minimum wage to $16.50 an hour, the Government is condemning 3000 young, unskilled workers to the scrapheap”, says ACT Leader David Seymour. Official analysis by the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment shows the ... More >>

Minimum Wage increases this weekend

Wednesday, 28 March 2018, 9:19 am | New Zealand Government

Around 164,000 Kiwi workers and their families will be better off following the increase in the Minimum Wage that takes effect from 1 April, says Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway. More >>

Public housing for Asian seniors opens in Panmure

Wednesday, 28 March 2018, 9:04 am | New Zealand Government

A new development of 36 public housing units specifically designed for Asian seniors will open in Panmure today, says Ethnic Communities and Associate Housing and Urban Development Minister Jenny Salesa. More >>

Regional fuel tax bill has first reading

Tuesday, 27 March 2018, 9:52 pm | New Zealand Government

The first reading of the Land Transport Management (Regional Fuel Tax) Amendment Bill is an important step towards helping Auckland meet its transport challenges, Transport Minister Phil Twyford says. More >>

New Tertiary Education Bill passes final reading

Tuesday, 27 March 2018, 9:51 pm | New Zealand Government

The passing of the third reading of the Education (Tertiary Education and Other Matters) Amendment Bill will see a range of changes to the tertiary education sector, Education Minister Chris Hipkins says. More >>

Capital Gains Tax in all but name

Tuesday, 27 March 2018, 8:24 pm | ACT New Zealand

“Tonight, we have a capital gains tax in all but name, and the National Party is as responsible as the Government,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

Crown-Maori efforts to reduce reoffending

Tuesday, 27 March 2018, 6:33 pm | New Zealand Government

Police Minister Stuart Nash has launched the next step in a restorative justice programme that brings together Police, Justice sector agencies, community workers and Maori leaders to reduce reoffending and address causes of crime. More >>

Parliament: Questions and Answers - March 27

Tuesday, 27 March 2018, 5:33 pm | Hansard

ORAL QUESTIONS QUESTIONS TO MINISTERS Question No. 1—Prime Minister 1. Hon SIMON BRIDGES (Leader of the Opposition) to the Prime Minister : Does she stand by her statement, "We have a high standard of expectation for our ministers"; ... More >>

New targets begin historic path to poverty reduction

Tuesday, 27 March 2018, 5:14 pm | New Zealand Government

New targets begin historic path to poverty reduction New Zealand will take its next steps towards fulfilling new child poverty legislation by setting three year targets to reduce poverty and hardship among children, Prime Minister and Minister for Child ... More >>

More holes in Twyford’s KiwiBuild numbers

Tuesday, 27 March 2018, 5:07 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Government today revealed another gaping hole in its funding for Kiwibuild, with no provision being made for potential issues arising from improper building work in new developments, National Housing and Urban Development Spokesperson Judith Collins ... More >>

Unjust gay convictions one step closer to being wiped

Tuesday, 27 March 2018, 4:49 pm | New Zealand Government

A Bill demonstrating the Government’s ongoing commitment to right the wrongs of the past for those who were convicted of historical homosexual offences has passed its second reading says Justice Minister Andrew Little. More >>

Helping our kids develop the skills to be digital thinkers

Tuesday, 27 March 2018, 4:19 pm | New Zealand Government

A $6 million ‘All Equity Fund’ launched today will give less-advantaged students better access to digital tools, skills and knowledge, Education Minister Chris Hipkins says. More >>

Details of retail power price review released

Tuesday, 27 March 2018, 3:12 pm | New Zealand Government

Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods has today released the terms of reference for review into the price of electricity in New Zealand. More >>

Salisbury attack - NZ to keep next steps under review

Tuesday, 27 March 2018, 12:11 pm | New Zealand Government

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters say the New Zealand Government will keep under review what further actions it can take to support the international community over the Salisbury attack. More >>

Parliament: Oral Questions - 27 March 2018

Tuesday, 27 March 2018, 11:36 am | Office of the Clerk

1. Hon SIMON BRIDGES to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by her statement, “We have a high standard of expectation for our ministers”; and does she believe her Government is adhering to these high standards? More >>

Poor hit from all angles with regional fuel tax

Tuesday, 27 March 2018, 10:59 am | ACT New Zealand

“The poorest Aucklanders will be in hit in at least three different ways with Phil Twyford’s new regional fuel tax”, says ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

America’s Cup: great theatre, poor deal

Tuesday, 27 March 2018, 9:53 am | ACT New Zealand

“The America’s Cup is a fantastic event, but David Parker and Phil Goff have negotiated an incompetent deal on behalf of New Zealanders”, says ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

Hon Megan Woods: Speech to the Petroleum Conference

Tuesday, 27 March 2018, 9:48 am | New Zealand Government

PEPANZ, for organising the annual New Zealand Petroleum Conference; New Zealand Petroleum and Minerals, as the Foundation Partner; GNS Science, as the Technical Partner. Elemental Group and New Zealand Oil & Gas as Premier Partners; and all of the other sponsors ... More >>

Open letter calls for removal of poll provisions for Māori

Tuesday, 27 March 2018, 9:30 am | LGNZ

Local Government New Zealand is calling on the Government to remove poll provisions for Māori wards and constituencies. More >>

Free Press ACT’s regular bulletin

Tuesday, 27 March 2018, 9:14 am | ACT New Zealand

TAX, TAX, TAX The Labour Government's legislation of a fuel tax in Auckland continues its weird habit of punishing the poorest New Zealanders. Just like Tobacco Taxes and Fees Free tertiary education, this policy steals from the poor and gives to the ... More >>

Vanguard applies to become designated character school

Monday, 26 March 2018, 8:15 pm | New Zealand Government

Vanguard is the first of 11 charter schools currently operating to put its application in to establish itself as a school of designated character, Minister of Education Chris Hipkins says. More >>

Agreement reached on America’s Cup venue

Monday, 26 March 2018, 6:27 pm | New Zealand Government

An agreement has been struck on the Auckland waterfront venue for the 36th America’s Cup, including the division of costs and the payment of a hosting fee. More >>

Minister using taxpayer cash for political gain

Monday, 26 March 2018, 6:14 pm | New Zealand National Party

Labour’s coalition partner NZ First has threatened to withhold regional development funding for an important economic development project in Rodney unless local National MP Mark Mitchell ends his advocacy for it and stops criticising NZ First ministers. More >>

Launch of NZ Business Performance Panel

Monday, 26 March 2018, 5:51 pm | New Zealand Government

Launch of NZ Business Performance Panel A new resource for small and medium enterprises is being launched by Small Business Minister Stuart Nash. Mr Nash has announced details of the New Zealand Business Performance Panel, which brings together experts from ... More >>

 
 
 
 
 
 

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