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More oversight by Children’s Commissioner needed

Monday, 15 May 2017, 11:41 am | New Zealand Labour Party

More funding and more independence is required for the Children’s Commissioner to function more effectively in the best interests of Kiwi kids in State care, says Labour’s spokesperson for children Jacinda Ardern. More >>

Bridges should come clean on dirty diesel deal

Monday, 15 May 2017, 11:08 am | Green Party

Transport Minister Simon Bridges needs to clarify his position and order an independent review into KiwRail’s decision to replace electric freight trains with unreliable diesel trains, the Green Party said today More >>

Poroporoaki: Trevor Howse

Monday, 15 May 2017, 10:20 am | The Maori Party

The Māori Party acknowledge with great sadness the passing of a key leader in the history and progress of the Ngāi Tahu journey, Trevor Howse, QSM. More >>

NZ provides further $5m in humanitarian aid

Monday, 15 May 2017, 10:15 am | New Zealand Government

New Zealand will provide a further $5 million in relief assistance to pressing humanitarian crises across Africa and the Middle East, Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee has announced. More >>

Canterbury bosses urged to give offenders jobs

Monday, 15 May 2017, 9:55 am | New Zealand Government

Corrections Minister Louise Upston will tomorrow host the second in a series of employer breakfasts in Canterbury to outline how they can help change the lives of offenders, their families and their communities. More >>

Appointments to the Chinese Poll Tax Heritage Trust

Monday, 15 May 2017, 9:37 am | New Zealand Government

Ethnic Communities Minister Judith Collins has today announced the appointment of eight Trustees to the Chinese Poll Tax Heritage Trust. More >>

All of Government Transformation Conference

Monday, 15 May 2017, 9:30 am | New Zealand Government

Thank you for the opportunity to open this conference, and to share some thoughts about building a 21st century digital government. More >>

Labour puts Envy Politics over Economics

Sunday, 14 May 2017, 9:04 pm | ACT New Zealand

“The Labour Party’s policy of ring fencing and negative gearing will only pass costs onto renters in a tight market,” says ACT leader David Seymour. More >>

Dashboard shows housing picture in greater Christchurch

Sunday, 14 May 2017, 8:58 pm | New Zealand Government

Dashboard shows housing picture in greater Christchurch Minister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration Nicky Wagner today released the first data snapshot in a series designed to more accurately and transparently track the regeneration process. ... More >>

Pat on Back for Ngaro for Exposing National’s Nasty Tactics

Sunday, 14 May 2017, 1:55 pm | New Zealand First Party

We can thank National MP Alfred Ngaro for exposing the true nature of the National Party in 2017, says New Zealand First Leader and Northland MP Rt Hon Winston Peters. More >>

National’s Ambulance Response Limp After Years of Neglect

Sunday, 14 May 2017, 1:53 pm | New Zealand First Party

National has come out with a blister patch approach to New Zealand ambulance services, after years of letting them bleed, says New Zealand First Leader and Northland MP Rt Hon Winston Peters. More >>

Speech: Little - Labour Party Congress

Sunday, 14 May 2017, 1:52 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Delegates, we have four and a half months ahead of us, and a great opportunity to give this country a fresh approach: • to make sure everyone has a decent place to live; • for hospitals that can treat everyone who turns up for care; • to ... More >>

Labour to end tax breaks for speculators

Sunday, 14 May 2017, 1:49 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Labour to end tax breaks for speculators; invest in warm, healthy homes Labour will shut down tax breaks for speculators and use the savings to help make 600,000 homes warmer and healthier over the next ten years, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew ... More >>

Budget 2017: Double crewing for road ambulance

Sunday, 14 May 2017, 12:14 pm | New Zealand Government

Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman Minister of Health Hon Peter Dunne Associate Minister of Health Hon Michael Woodhouse Minister for ACC More >>

Recycling stations funded for alpine villages

Sunday, 14 May 2017, 12:13 pm | New Zealand Government

Hon Scott Simpson Associate Minister for the Environment 14 May 2017 Media Statement Recycling stations funded for alpine villages More >>

Grants to boost use of NZ Sign Language

Sunday, 14 May 2017, 12:12 pm | New Zealand Government

Hon Nicky Wagner Minister for Disability Issues 14 May 2017 Media Statement Grants to boost use of NZ Sign Language More >>

Speech: Peters - Parliamentary Delegation dinner

Saturday, 13 May 2017, 8:16 pm | New Zealand First Party

Speech at dinner in honour of Parliamentary Delegation of Maharashtra Legislature Langham Hotel, Auckland 7pm, Saturday, May 13, 2017 Exciting possibilities for both countries Welcome to the delegates of Maharashtra Legislature. Thank you for the ... More >>

Speech: Peters - Pt England Protest

Saturday, 13 May 2017, 4:40 pm | New Zealand First Party

Speech at Pt England Protest Pt England Reserve, Auckland 4pm, Saturday 13th May, 2017 STEALING A CITY RESERVE A CHEAT’S SOLUTION FOR HOUSING New Zealand First is very concerned about the loss of one third of the total of the Pt England reserve. ... More >>

Speech: Robertson - Labour Party Congress

Saturday, 13 May 2017, 3:03 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

It is an honour and a privilege to stand before you at this critical point, not just in our electoral cycle, but for New Zealand. More >>

Jacinda Ardern’s speech to Congress 2017

Saturday, 13 May 2017, 3:00 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Nigel, Andrew, all of the Labour Family. It is my privilege to speak to you today. First and foremost as a fellow activist. And humbly, as your Deputy Leader. More >>

Goldsmith to represent New Zealand at Belt and Road Forum

Saturday, 13 May 2017, 2:46 pm | New Zealand Government

Science, Innovation and Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Paul Goldsmith will travel to China tonight to represent New Zealand at the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing. “Attending the first Belt and Road Forum ... More >>

Prosecution of Susan Austen shows need for reform

Saturday, 13 May 2017, 2:08 pm | ACT New Zealand

he police investigation and prosecution of Hutt Valley woman Susan Austen shows the need for Parliament to pass a law allowing medically assisted dying, David Seymour says. More >>

Health of young people a priority for Labour

Saturday, 13 May 2017, 1:59 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Health of young people a priority for Labour Labour will ensure all young people have access to a range of health care services on-site at their local secondary school, says Labour’s deputy leader Jacinda Ardern. “Our policy will see School Based ... More >>

Big Change Starts Small – tackling obesity

Saturday, 13 May 2017, 1:57 pm | New Zealand Government

Health Minister and Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman welcomes the return of an awareness campaign which encourages families to make small changes to help tackle childhood obesity. “Obesity is particularly concerning in children as it ... More >>

Metro schools another option to address inner city growth

Saturday, 13 May 2017, 1:55 pm | New Zealand Government

Metro schools will be considered as another option to meet future education needs in high-growth urban centres such as Auckland, Education Minister Nikki Kaye announced today. “A metro school is an innovative model that responds to the need to provide ... More >>

First Iran meat shipment welcomed

Saturday, 13 May 2017, 1:53 pm | New Zealand Government

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has welcomed the first export shipment of meat to Iran, scheduled for processing and export later this month by Wellington company Taylor Preston. “This is great news for Taylor Preston and the wider meat ... More >>

Phase down plan announced for HFCs

Saturday, 13 May 2017, 1:47 pm | New Zealand Government

Hon Dr Nick Smith Minister for the Environment 13 May 2017 Phase down plan announced for HFCs More >>

Government must halt scrapping of electric trains

Friday, 12 May 2017, 6:34 pm | Green Party

Government must halt scrapping of electric trains Simon Bridges needs to immediately halt plans to scrap New Zealand's electric freight trains following the release of KiwiRail reports raising major concerns about the diesel trains the State Owned Enterprise ... More >>

ACT Leader takes a hammer to the housing crisis

Friday, 12 May 2017, 5:30 pm | ACT New Zealand

In light of Auckland’s continued housing shortage, ACT Leader and MP for Epsom David Seymour has decided it is time for the Government to start building houses. More >>

Efforts to further improve cancer services

Friday, 12 May 2017, 4:45 pm | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has today released a new plan which will help further improve radiation oncology services around the country. “While cancer is New Zealand’s leading cause of death, outcomes for people with cancer continue to improve. In 2011, ... More >>

Improving outcomes for youth affected by cancer

Friday, 12 May 2017, 4:35 pm | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has today launched the Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Cancer Network Standards of Care. “The AYA Cancer Standards of Care are designed to improve outcomes and services for youth with cancer in New Zealand,” says Dr ... More >>

Business and cultural links between Māori and Malaysia

Friday, 12 May 2017, 3:34 pm | New Zealand Government

Māori Development Minister and Associate Minister for Economic Development Te Ururoa Flavell will leave tomorrow for a business and cultural mission to Malaysia with a focus on the food and beverage sector. More >>

Minister Tells Dairy Owners to Sort Robberies

Friday, 12 May 2017, 3:27 pm | New Zealand First Party

Dairies should stop selling cigarettes if they feel threatened by robbers, says Associate Health Minister Nicky Wagner – this is an appalling, irresponsible view from a government that is totally out of touch. More >>

First stage of East West Connections providing benefits

Friday, 12 May 2017, 2:11 pm | New Zealand Government

Transport Minister Simon Bridges says the first stage of the East West Connections project is already improving travel times and providing early benefits for motorists around the Onehunga area. More >>

$9.8m expansion for Waitakere Hospital

Friday, 12 May 2017, 1:39 pm | New Zealand Government

$9.8m expansion for Waitakere Hospital Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has today marked the completion of Waitemata DHB’s $9.8 million expansion at Waitakere Hospital. “This ambitious $9.8 million development has transformed Waitakere Hospital into ... More >>

Simon Bridges wins Oscar for Best Corporate Welfarist

Friday, 12 May 2017, 1:13 pm | ACT New Zealand

$304 million in grants for the film industry is corporate welfare that should have been used on tax cuts, says ACT David Seymour. More >>

Is Silver Fern Farms to Close Fairton?

Friday, 12 May 2017, 12:53 pm | New Zealand First Party

Following accusations of closure and just eight months after Rob Hewett, the chairman of Chinese-controlled Silver Fern Farms said there was no plan for close of any of its plants , Ashburton’s Fairton plant looks likely to be the first to be axed ... More >>

Shades of North Korea Spying on Quake Repair Work

Friday, 12 May 2017, 12:42 pm | New Zealand First Party

NZTA is up to dirty tricks. Why did they make a sneaky phone call to a Christchurch aviation company to ask who hired the helicopter that flew New Zealand First from Kaikoura? More >>

Maori Wards for Councils Backed

Friday, 12 May 2017, 12:40 pm | New Zealand First Party

Rt Hon Winston Peters New Zealand First Leader Member of Parliament for Northland 12 MAY 2017 MAORI WARDS FOR COUNCILS BACKED The Green Party says Labour will support its member’s bill to create Maori wards in local government, says New Zealand First ... More >>

Role of Corrections nurses recognised

Friday, 12 May 2017, 12:22 pm | New Zealand Government

Corrections Minister Louise Upston today acknowledged the nearly 250 nurses, team leaders and health centre managers who deliver primary health services to prisoners behind the wire every day. More >>

Kids in rental homes need stability

Friday, 12 May 2017, 11:54 am | Green Party

Tenancy rules need updating to give families more stability to put down roots in their communities, the Green Party said today. More >>

Proposed changes to our tertiary education system

Friday, 12 May 2017, 11:19 am | Office of the Clerk

This bill seeks to affect the day to day running of tertiary education organisations (TEOs) by increasing the flexibility of funding for TEOs through changes to the Education Act 1989. It is proposed that TEOs accountability also be increased under this bill. ... More >>

Will tourism money really go to wildlife protection?

Friday, 12 May 2017, 11:11 am | Green Party

Maggie Barry needs to front with evidence to back up her claim that profits gained from Government investment in DOC’s tourism will be reinvested in biodiversity protection, the Green Party said today. More >>

Budget 2017: $303.9m for New Zealand Screen grants

Friday, 12 May 2017, 10:49 am | New Zealand Government

Budget 2017 will see $303.9 million allocated to support the continuation of the New Zealand screen industry production grants, both globally and domestically, say Economic Development Minister Simon Bridges and Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister ... More >>

Government Bullying Residents Over 1080

Friday, 12 May 2017, 10:35 am | New Zealand First Party

The National government has once again shown its disrespect for New Zealanders who don’t want 1080 near their property and animals, says New Zealand First. More >>

Young Offenders Responsible for Violent Crimes

Friday, 12 May 2017, 10:26 am | New Zealand First Party

Young offenders are committing 42 per cent of all violent robberies in New Zealand, says New Zealand First. More >>

NZ Foolish to Sign up to Dead TPPA with Japan

Friday, 12 May 2017, 10:22 am | New Zealand First Party

The government is back at it again - they were told in February 2016 by New Zealand First that the TPPA was a dead duck, but they went to SkyCity with much fanfare and signed up regardless. More >>

National sexual violence helpline tender process underway

Friday, 12 May 2017, 10:05 am | New Zealand Government

The Government will be undertaking a competitive tender process for a national helpline for New Zealanders affected by sexual violence, say Justice Minister Amy Adams and Social Development Minister Anne Tolley. More >>

Declaration on independence for West Papua

Friday, 12 May 2017, 9:51 am | Green Party

The Green Party is celebrating the signing of a historic declaration in support of independence for West Papua. More >>

International visitors projected to spend $15 billion

Friday, 12 May 2017, 9:42 am | New Zealand Government

New Zealand’s tourism sector is forecast to grow significantly over the next seven years, with international visitors projected to spend $15.3 billion a year by 2023, Tourism Minister Paula Bennett says. More >>

Extra capacity for Auckland’s Southern Motorway

Friday, 12 May 2017, 9:04 am | New Zealand Government

Transport Minister Simon Bridges says a new lane along a section of Auckland’s Southern Motorway will help ease bottlenecks and improve journeys for thousands of motorists. More >>

NIWA report proves National’s trickery re swimmable rivers

Thursday, 11 May 2017, 9:55 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

NIWA report proves National’s trickery re swimmable rivers National have a slacker standard for swimmable rivers than was the case prior to their recent so-called Clean Water amendment to the National Policy Statement (NPS), says Labour’s Water spokesperson ... More >>

Bill paves the way for better careers service

Thursday, 11 May 2017, 9:53 pm | New Zealand Government

Associate Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Louise Upston has welcomed the passing of the Education (Update) Amendment Bill today. The Education Act has been updated to streamline the way government careers services and information ... More >>

Tertiary education Bill passes first reading

Thursday, 11 May 2017, 9:52 pm | New Zealand Government

The Education (Tertiary Education and Other Matters) Amendment Bill has today passed its first reading in Parliament, says Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Paul Goldsmith. “This Bill will help the tertiary education system run more efficiently, ... More >>

Questions and Answers - May 11

Thursday, 11 May 2017, 6:24 pm | Hansard

1. JACINDA ARDERN (Deputy Leader—Labour) to the Minister of Finance : Has total spending on Working for Families decreased while his Government has been in office; if so, by how much? More >>

Statutes Repeal Bill passes Second Reading

Thursday, 11 May 2017, 5:22 pm | New Zealand Government

Regulatory Reform Minister Paul Goldsmith has welcomed the Statutes Repeal Bill passing its Second Reading in Parliament today. More >>

Apologies Needed Following Havelock North Water Report

Thursday, 11 May 2017, 5:22 pm | New Zealand First Party

Rt Hon Winston Peters New Zealand First Leader Member of Parliament for Northland 11 MAY 2016 Apologies Needed And Heads Need to Roll Following Havelock North Report More >>

Biggest education reform in decades passes final reading

Thursday, 11 May 2017, 4:59 pm | New Zealand Government

Biggest education reform in decades passes final reading Education Minister Nikki Kaye has welcomed the passing of a Bill that puts the achievement of children and young people at the heart of the education system, and provides the flexibility to ... More >>

National on a Roll - This Time It’s Recycling Tourism Funds

Thursday, 11 May 2017, 4:43 pm | New Zealand First Party

National’s $178 million package for tourism infrastructure is just a case of “recycle, upcycle, repurpose, retrofit,” to quote columnist Jane Clifton in The Listener . More >>

NZ Lions Series – rugby fever hits classrooms

Thursday, 11 May 2017, 4:06 pm | New Zealand Government

Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman welcomes the launch of the NZ Lions Series 2017 education programme for schools. More >>

 
 
 
 
 

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