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Less corporate welfare, more money for court workers

Monday, 19 November 2018, 1:04 pm | ACT New Zealand

Continuing industrial action by Ministry of Justice staff means New Zealanders are being held in jail cells because courts are not open long enough to hear their bail applications, says ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

New Zealand to strengthen parliamentary expertise

Monday, 19 November 2018, 12:04 pm | Office of the Speaker

Maureen Pugh MP will represent New Zealand this week at the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Fundamentals Programme on Parliamentary Practice and Procedure in Johannesburg, South Africa. More >>

Questions remain over Government’s ECE plan

Monday, 19 November 2018, 11:52 am | New Zealand National Party

National welcomes the focus on lifting the quality of Early Learning in the Draft Strategic Plan released today, National’s Early Childhood Education Spokesperson Nicola Willis says. More >>

New plan for high quality early learning

Monday, 19 November 2018, 10:29 am | New Zealand Government

A bold ten year plan looks to restore the Government’s commitment to quality in early learning, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. More >>

Government confirms $20m investment in new health centre

Monday, 19 November 2018, 10:14 am | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Dr David Clark today confirmed $20m in Crown funding and the site for the new Buller Health Centre in Westport. More >>

Rents on the rise as Govt hurts low-income families

Monday, 19 November 2018, 8:54 am | New Zealand National Party

Rent increases are accelerating under this Government, making a mockery of its claim to be prioritising New Zealand’s lower-income households, National Party Leader Simon Bridges says. More >>

NZ assists with Papua New Guinea vaccinations programme

Monday, 19 November 2018, 8:46 am | New Zealand Government

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters announced that New Zealand is committing up to NZ$10 million towards improving vaccination outcomes in Papua New Guinea. More >>

NZ Announces Further support to PHAMA Plus Programme

Monday, 19 November 2018, 8:45 am | New Zealand Government

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has announced that New Zealand will contribute $13.5 million over four years to support the Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Market Access (PHAMA) Plus programme, a new joint New Zealand–Australian initiative. More >>

PM pretends climate change isn’t a global issue

Sunday, 18 November 2018, 4:06 pm | ACT New Zealand

In helping to roll electricity out in a country that is overwhelmingly reliant on fossil fuels, the Prime Minister has conveniently ignored her commitment to fighting climate change, according to ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

NZ to help expand access to electricity in PNG

Sunday, 18 November 2018, 3:06 pm | New Zealand Government

New Zealand will contribute towards Papua New Guinea’s ambitious National Electrification Roll-Out Plan to connect 70 percent of households to electricity by 2030, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced at APEC in Papua New Guinea. More >>

Broken promises on vital surgical mesh register

Sunday, 18 November 2018, 12:22 pm | New Zealand National Party

The deafening silence from Labour and the Greens on establishing a surgical mesh register is an appalling indictment of a Government that talks big and does little, National’s Associate Health spokesperson Maggie Barry says. More >>

International Declaration on Biodiversity

Saturday, 17 November 2018, 11:02 am | New Zealand Government

International Declaration on Biodiversity New Zealand is joining its voice and influence with others in the international community to better protect biodiversity by joining the Sharm El-Sheikh Declaration adopted in Egypt on 15 November. Conservation Minister ... More >>

National Science Challenges receive $422.5m

Saturday, 17 November 2018, 10:52 am | New Zealand Government

Minister of Research, Science and Innovation has welcomed the decision to release $422.5 million in research funding for New Zealand’s 11 National Science Challenges, which are working to address some of our biggest challenges like climate change, ... More >>

NZ deepens connections with Peru at APEC Leaders’ Week

Friday, 16 November 2018, 7:43 pm | New Zealand Government

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today signed an air services agreement with his Peruvian counterpart, Néstor Popolizio, at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Leaders’ Week in Port Moresby. More >>

172 young Kiwis head to Asia on PM’s Scholarships

Friday, 16 November 2018, 4:43 pm | New Zealand Government

172 young Kiwis head to Asia on Prime Minister’s Scholarships Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has today congratulated the 172 young New Zealanders who have been awarded prestigious Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Asia (PMSA) as part of the August ... More >>

Criminal Justice Advisory Group to visit Otago, Southland

Friday, 16 November 2018, 4:01 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government’s Safe and Effective Justice Programme Advisory Group ¬– Te Uepū Hāpai i te Ora – will visit Dunedin, Invercargill, and Queenstown next week as part of its nationwide consultation to gather information on the criminal justice ... More >>

Trans-Tasman partnership behind cocaine bust

Friday, 16 November 2018, 2:35 pm | New Zealand Government

Police Minister Stuart Nash says the seizure of 190 kilograms of cocaine in Auckland demonstrates the strength of partnership between Australian and New Zealand law enforcement agencies in preventing the harm drugs cause in our communities. More >>

Inclusive Trade Action Group meets in Port Moresby

Friday, 16 November 2018, 2:14 pm | New Zealand Government

New Zealand, Chile and Canada today reaffirmed a commitment to work together to advance trade that benefits all their citizens. More >>

Summit signals fresh start for Pacific Vision

Friday, 16 November 2018, 1:22 pm | New Zealand Government

“The Pacific Aotearoa Summit signals a fresh start filled with hope and confidence that we can lift the wellbeing of Pacific peoples by working across government agencies and community organisations,” says Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William ... More >>

Australia and NZ announce joint Pacific Cyber cooperation

Friday, 16 November 2018, 1:20 pm | New Zealand Government

New Zealand and Australian Ministers for Foreign Affairs announced today a joint commitment to partner with Pacific Island countries to enhance our collective cyber resilience. More >>

Twyford’s commuter train has $175 ticket price

Friday, 16 November 2018, 12:35 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Transport Minister’s commuter rail plan between Hamilton and Auckland is so expensive that he could pay passengers to use a taxi or Uber instead, National’s Associate Infrastructure spokesperson and Hamilton East MP David Bennett says. More >>

Have your say on the Criminal Cases Review Commission Bill

Friday, 16 November 2018, 11:48 am | Justice Committee

Parliament is considering a bill that would establish an independent body to investigate whether wrongful conviction or sentencing has occurred in our justice system. The proposed Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) would be able to review convictions ... More >>

Farmers improve biosecurity practice

Friday, 16 November 2018, 11:09 am | New Zealand Government

Farmers are upping their on-farm biosecurity by making greater use of the National Animal Identification and Tracing scheme, Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor said. More >>

Viet Nam seventh nation to ratify CPTPP

Thursday, 15 November 2018, 7:09 pm | New Zealand Government

Minister for Trade and Export Growth David Parker has welcomed Viet Nam’s ratification of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for TransPacific Partnership (CPTPP). More >>

Upgraded Singapore agreement brings benefits

Thursday, 15 November 2018, 7:07 pm | New Zealand Government

Upgraded Singapore agreement brings benefits for Kiwi business An upgraded free trade agreement with Singapore will make it easier for New Zealanders to visit and do business in South East Asia, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. Singapore ... More >>

Delayed Sroubek decision shows more Govt incompetence

Thursday, 15 November 2018, 4:45 pm | New Zealand National Party

Confirmation from Immigration New Zealand that its review into Czech drug-smuggler Karel Sroubek’s residency has been delayed is yet another sign of incompetence from the Labour-led Government, National Leader Simon Bridges says. “Embattled ... More >>

PGF to support commercialisation at Taranaki sawmill

Thursday, 15 November 2018, 3:34 pm | New Zealand Government

The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will provide a loan of up to $1.8 million to TaranakiPine to allow the company to diversify and create new jobs, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. More >>

Extra Police constables deployed

Thursday, 15 November 2018, 2:29 pm | New Zealand Government

Seventy-nine new Police constables will be deployed across New Zealand following the graduation today of a new wing of recruits. More >>

PM welcomes state visit by Chilean President

Thursday, 15 November 2018, 1:24 pm | New Zealand Government

The President of the Republic of Chile, His Excellency Sebastián Piñera, will visit New Zealand on 19 November 2018, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. More >>

Urgent answers needed after rescue helicopter unavailable

Thursday, 15 November 2018, 12:43 pm | New Zealand National Party

Just 14 days after the Rotorua Rescue Helicopter service was scrapped lives are already being put at risk, MP for Rotorua Todd McClay says. More >>

Councils to consider case for Hamilton rail

Thursday, 15 November 2018, 11:51 am | New Zealand Government

Waikato councils will consider the business case for a start-up Hamilton to Auckland passenger rail service expected to begin in 2020, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. More >>

Tackling rural health workforce issues

Thursday, 15 November 2018, 11:16 am | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Dr David Clark says the Government will take a series of measures to improve the supply of doctors, nurses and midwives working in rural New Zealand. More >>

PGF investment in Manawatū-Whanganui

Thursday, 15 November 2018, 9:17 am | New Zealand Government

Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has today announced a Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) package for Manawatū-Whanganui of about $48 million. More >>

PGF investment in Advanced Aviation Hub in Whanganui

Thursday, 15 November 2018, 9:09 am | New Zealand Government

A $400,000 investment from the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will be used to fund the first stage of an Advanced Aviation Hub at Whanganui Airport, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. More >>

PGF investing to expand National Driver Training Centre

Thursday, 15 November 2018, 9:06 am | New Zealand Government

A $2.8 million investment from the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will help establish a national commercial driver programme near Palmerston North, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. More >>

PGF investment to fast track regional freight hub

Thursday, 15 November 2018, 9:04 am | New Zealand Government

A $40 million investment from the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will enable KiwiRail to build a new regional freight hub near Palmerston North, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. More >>

PGF to improve regional digital connectivity

Thursday, 15 November 2018, 9:01 am | New Zealand Government

The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will invest $40 million to improve digital connectivity in the regions, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Minister Kris Faafoi has announced today. More >>

Substantial progress made on RCEP

Thursday, 15 November 2018, 8:26 am | New Zealand Government

Minister of State for Trade and Export Growth Damien O’Connor has welcomed a commitment to conclude the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership negotiations next year following substantial progress this year. More >>

Women’s Rugby World Cup hosting rights a win for the game

Thursday, 15 November 2018, 8:23 am | New Zealand Government

New Zealand’s successful bid to host the 2021 Women’s Rugby World Cup will raise the profile of the game locally and provide a valuable economic boost for the game, Minister for Sport and Recreation Grant Robertson says. More >>

Lightning strikes add to business uncertainty

Wednesday, 14 November 2018, 4:29 pm | New Zealand National Party

New Zealand businesses deeply unsettled by labour law reform now have another concern, with lightning strikes deemed an appropriate negotiating tactic, National’s Workplace Relations and Safety spokesman Scott Simpson says. “Business was ignored in the ... More >>

Stalled partnership with Singapore 7 months overdue

Wednesday, 14 November 2018, 3:37 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Prime Minister needs to use her visit to Singapore this week to sign the stalled New Zealand – Singapore Enhanced Partnership negotiations which has now been delayed by seven months, National’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson Todd McClay says. More >>

Western Australia to Introduce Assisted Dying Law

Wednesday, 14 November 2018, 3:01 pm | ACT New Zealand

“Yet again our friends around the world have shown us that it’s possible to design perfectly safe assisted dying laws,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

Peters’ ‘first to enter’ commitment another broken promise

Wednesday, 14 November 2018, 11:44 am | ACT New Zealand

Winston Peters’ commitment to be the first to enter the Pike River mine was nowhere to be seen in the Government’s announcement this morning, says ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

National congratulates Dame Annette King

Wednesday, 14 November 2018, 11:09 am | New Zealand National Party

National congratulates Dame Annette King on her appointment as New Zealand's High Commissioner to Australia, National's Foreign Affairs and Trade Spokesperson, Todd McClay says. More >>

New High Commissioner to Australia announced

Wednesday, 14 November 2018, 10:34 am | New Zealand Government

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has announced the appointment of Dame Annette King as High Commissioner to Australia. More >>

New Minister and Unit for Māori housing

Wednesday, 14 November 2018, 10:30 am | New Zealand Government

To improve housing opportunities for Māori, a dedicated Māori Housing Unit will be established and Minister Nanaia Mahuta will be appointed the Associate Minister of Housing and Urban Development (Māori Housing) to lead it, Housing and Urban Development ... More >>

Little: Pike River drift re-entry to proceed

Wednesday, 14 November 2018, 9:19 am | New Zealand Government

Next Monday is the 8th anniversary of the dreadful tragedy at Pike River Coal Mine. Two men escaped with their lives. 29 others never came home. Today I am announcing my decision on whether - or not - a plan to re-enter the Pike River mine drift will ... More >>

Pike River Mine Drift re-entry plan to proceed

Wednesday, 14 November 2018, 8:32 am | New Zealand Government

The Pike River Mine Drift will be re-entered, Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry Andrew Little announced today. More >>

Have your say on the Health (Drinking Water) Amendment Bill

Tuesday, 13 November 2018, 5:19 pm | Office of the Clerk

Following the Government Inquiry into Havelock North Drinking Water, Cabinet has agreed to a range of measures to address the Inquiry’s recommendations, including some technical amendments to Part 2A of the Health Act. The most significant effect ... More >>

One size fits all won’t fit for water utilities

Tuesday, 13 November 2018, 4:19 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Government is on warning not to dumb down rules for New Zealand’s Three Waters to a one-size-fits-all regime as it won’t be a good fit for every community, National's Local Government spokesperson Jacqui Dean says. More >>

Shane Jones didn’t burn our cash, he mulched it

Tuesday, 13 November 2018, 3:17 pm | New Zealand National Party

Shane Jones has confirmed his flagship forest investment in Northland was bungled after pine seedlings ended up being mulched, National’s Economic and Regional Development spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says. More >>

PGF support for new marine travel lift

Tuesday, 13 November 2018, 3:15 pm | New Zealand Government

Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has today announced Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) support for a new 560-tonne travel lift for Oceania Marine Group. More >>

Major funding boost for Māori community repairs

Tuesday, 13 November 2018, 1:20 pm | New Zealand Government

The Minister of Māori Development, Hon Nanaia Mahuta has just announced 24 community-led housing repair projects will receive funding from the Māori Housing Network, totalling $5.8 million. The announcement was made at the National Māori Housing Conference ... More >>

Housing a springboard to whānau development

Tuesday, 13 November 2018, 12:49 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government is pioneering a new approach to allow whānau and communities to flourish with an investment of $15 million towards whānau-led community housing developments, Minister for Māori Development Hon Nanaia Mahuta announced today. Nanaia Mahuta ... More >>

Ngati Hine flub shows overtly political timetable

Tuesday, 13 November 2018, 11:50 am | New Zealand National Party

Shane Jones has shown it all this week: from a lack of transparency to looseness with spending to rank incompetence, National’s Economic and Regional Development spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says. More >>

EQC inquiry to confirm lessons have been learned

Tuesday, 13 November 2018, 11:32 am | New Zealand National Party

The announcement of a public inquiry into the Earthquake Commission (EQC) headed by Dame Sylvia Cartwright is welcome, but it is unlikely to bring any new information to light, National’s EQC spokesperson Stuart Smith says. More >>

Twyford finally gets it right, makes KiwiBuild redundant

Tuesday, 13 November 2018, 11:30 am | ACT New Zealand

Phil Twyford’s housing and infrastructure announcement this morning is a positive step and shows just how redundant KiwiBuild is, says ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

More transitional housing opens in Point England

Tuesday, 13 November 2018, 10:49 am | New Zealand Government

A new transitional housing development, which opened in Point England today, will provide much needed transitional housing for around 28 families each year, says Associate Minister of Housing and Urban Development Jenny Salesa. More >>

Dame Silvia Cartwright to lead public inquiry into EQC

Tuesday, 13 November 2018, 10:45 am | New Zealand Government

Former Governor-General and High Court Judge Dame Silvia Cartwright will lead the public inquiry into EQC, Minister Megan Woods has announced. More >>

NZ calls on Japan to stop Southern Ocean whaling programme

Tuesday, 13 November 2018, 10:43 am | New Zealand Government

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says Japan’s decision to continue its Southern Ocean whaling programme goes against scientific advice and the growing support for greater protection of the ocean’s ecosystems. Japan’s Fisheries Agency announced ... More >>

 
 
 
 
 
 

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