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Interactive media a game changer for digital economy

Monday, 19 August 2019, 8:44 am | New Zealand Government

A new report has found interactive media is a $143 million industry and is one of the fastest growing parts of New Zealand’s digital economy. More >>

Strategy launched to break the cycle of Māori reoffending

Monday, 19 August 2019, 8:06 am | New Zealand Government

Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis launched Hōkai Rangi at an event in Parliament this morning, saying it will underpin major transformational change within Corrections. More >>

Powering up community wellbeing

Sunday, 18 August 2019, 2:11 pm | New Zealand Government

Powering up community wellbeing Minister of Local Government Hon Nanaia Mahuta has announced a far-reaching programme to support New Zealand communities realise their ambitions, goals and potential. More >>

Government's gun 'buy-back' is failing miserably

Sunday, 18 August 2019, 1:05 pm | ACT New Zealand

“The Government needs to come clean about what types of firearms are being handed in as part of its buy-back scheme, because the numbers suggest the taxpayer is buying a large collection of pop guns,” according to ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

Minister announces members of winter grazing taskforce

Sunday, 18 August 2019, 1:03 pm | New Zealand Government

Minister of Agriculture Damien O’Connor today announced the members of the newly established taskforce to respond to the animal welfare issues associated with the practice of winter grazing. More >>

More measures to help those facing homelessness

Sunday, 18 August 2019, 11:02 am | New Zealand Government

The Government has announced additional measures to prevent and reduce homelessness focused on ensuring at-risk individuals and whānau have access to stable housing and continue to stay housed. More >>

Time for leadership on Ihumātao

Sunday, 18 August 2019, 10:22 am | New Zealand National Party

After three weeks of inaction, a hikoi to the Prime Minister’s electorate office this week by the Ihumātao protestors is an opportunity for the Prime Minister to finally show some leadership, Leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges says. More >>

$1 million to 'get nephs off the couch'

Saturday, 17 August 2019, 11:26 am | ACT New Zealand

“Shane Jones is paying almost $1 million to get each ‘neph’ off the couch through his Provincial Growth Fund”, according to ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

Next stage of Network Enabled Army programme to begin

Saturday, 17 August 2019, 10:04 am | New Zealand Government

Next stage of Network Enabled Army programme to begin Defence Minister Ron Mark has today announced Tranche Two of the Network Enabled Army programme has been approved and will commence this year. More >>

Kelvin Davis has lost control of Corrections

Saturday, 17 August 2019, 9:56 am | New Zealand National Party

The early release of double murderer Jason Reihana without telling his victims’ families is an appalling breach of victims’ rights and shows Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis has lost control of his department, Leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges ... More >>

Déjà vu on Rugby World Cup licensing

Saturday, 17 August 2019, 9:55 am | ACT New Zealand

“There's a sense of déjà vu with the Rugby World Cup schedule rubbing up against bar licensing hours, and clubs applying for special licenses being knocked back by prudish licensing committees”, ACT Leader David Seymour says. More >>

Hutt Housing: The Facts

Friday, 16 August 2019, 2:40 pm | Chris Bishop

MP for Hutt South Chris Bishop is today releasing a variety of statistics to show the desperate state of housing in Lower Hutt. More >>

Manufacturing contracts for first time in 7 years

Friday, 16 August 2019, 12:06 pm | New Zealand National Party

For the first time since 2012 New Zealand’s manufacturing sector has contracted, according to the Performance of Manufacturing Index (PMI), National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says. More >>

Game changer for training New Zealanders on benefit

Friday, 16 August 2019, 12:03 pm | New Zealand Government

Construction businesses in partnership with the Ministry of Social Development will start using virtual reality technology to prepare people for jobs in the industry, Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni and Employment Minister Willie Jackson ... More >>

Kaikohe benefits from skills and employment boost

Friday, 16 August 2019, 11:31 am | New Zealand Government

The Kaikohe community is set to benefit from the establishment of a wide-ranging skills and employment programme, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. More >>

Govt ensures a prisoner first Corrections system

Friday, 16 August 2019, 9:56 am | New Zealand National Party

Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis has created a culture of leniency in our prison system which puts prisoners ahead of victims and public safety, National’s Corrections spokesperson David Bennett says. More >>

Kiwi businesses need Govt to get basics right

Friday, 16 August 2019, 9:22 am | New Zealand National Party

Kiwi businesses deserve a government focused on the basics rather than smoke and mirrors to hide the harm the coalition Government’s anti-growth policies are doing to the economy, National’s Economic Development spokesperson Todd McClay says. ... More >>

New Zealand Post Chair appointed

Friday, 16 August 2019, 9:15 am | New Zealand Government

The Associate Minister for State Owned Enterprises Shane Jones and Minister of Finance Grant Robertson have announced the appointment of Mr Rodger Finlay as Chair of NZ Post Limited. Mr Finlay has been appointed from 21 August 2019 to 30 April 2022. ... More >>

New Zealand Post Chair appointed

Friday, 16 August 2019, 9:15 am | New Zealand Government

The Associate Minister for State Owned Enterprises Shane Jones and Minister of Finance Grant Robertson have announced the appointment of Mr Rodger Finlay as Chair of NZ Post Limited. Mr Finlay has been appointed from 21 August 2019 to 30 April 2022. More >>

New AsureQuality Chair appointed

Friday, 16 August 2019, 9:13 am | New Zealand Government

The Associate Minister for State Owned Enterprises Shane Jones and Minister of Finance Grant Robertson have announced the appointment of Dr Alison Watters as Chair of AsureQuality Limited. More >>

New Quotable Value Chair appointed

Friday, 16 August 2019, 9:12 am | New Zealand Government

The Waikato Mayoral Forum has thrown its support behind the region’s councils working together on climate change. The decision was made during the final meeting of the forum for this triennium and followed a report on climate change action in the Waikato ... More >>

We need more roads, not more spin doctors

Friday, 16 August 2019, 9:10 am | New Zealand National Party

Phil Twyford is clearly more concerned about his public image than he is about improving the transport network given the number of NZTA spin doctors has almost doubled since he became its Minister, National’s Transport spokesperson Chris Bishop says. More >>

Public reception for world champion Silver Ferns

Friday, 16 August 2019, 8:24 am | New Zealand Government

A reception will be held at Parliament later this month for the world champion Silver Ferns, and the public are invited to join in the celebrations. The Silver Ferns defeated three-time defending champions Australia 52-51 in the final in July to win their ... More >>

PGF invests in skills programmes for Northland youth

Thursday, 15 August 2019, 3:08 pm | New Zealand Government

The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will invest $3.88 million in a range of digital, work and life skills training for young unemployed people in Northland, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Employment Minister Willie Jackson ... More >>

Resolution for Canterbury owners of on-sold homes

Thursday, 15 August 2019, 3:07 pm | New Zealand Government

People with over-cap on-sold* properties in Canterbury can now apply for a Government payment so they can get on and repair their homes. More >>

First urban growth partnership signed

Thursday, 15 August 2019, 1:09 pm | New Zealand Government

New Zealand’s first urban growth partnership between the Government, local councils and mana whenua was signed at a meeting of mayors, chairs and ministers in Hampton Downs today. More >>

New powerhouse of primary sector vocational education

Thursday, 15 August 2019, 12:08 pm | New Zealand Government

The primary sector has been named the first centre of excellence for vocational education, to drive innovation and strengthen links between education providers and industry, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. More >>

End of Life Choice Bill Amendment to Protect Organisations

Thursday, 15 August 2019, 11:42 am | New Zealand National Party

National MP Michael Woodhouse has today tabled an amendment to the End of Life Choice Bill to provide protection for organisations who have a conscientious objection to assisted dying being practised in their facilities. More >>

Grants for clean green transport options welcome

Thursday, 15 August 2019, 11:07 am | Green Party

The Green Party welcomes grant funding that ensures more low emissions vehicle infrastructure for a clean green New Zealand. “As a Government we’ve set a priority for a clean green future and grants announced today show that being put into action”, said ... More >>

Major boost for low emissions vehicles

Thursday, 15 August 2019, 11:05 am | New Zealand Government

Low emission transport in New Zealand will receive its largest boost so far, Energy and Resources Minister Hon Megan Woods announced today. More >>

What is it with this Government and secret letters?

Thursday, 15 August 2019, 10:30 am | New Zealand National Party

The Government has, yet again, failed the open and transparent test by gaming the Official Information Act to avoid releasing a letter that spells out this country’s infrastructure crisis, National’s Infrastructure spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says. ... More >>

NZ boosts support for climate action across the Pacific

Thursday, 15 August 2019, 10:27 am | New Zealand Government

New Zealand is bolstering its support for the Pacific region’s resilience and collective response to climate change. More >>

Government slow on Digital technologies

Thursday, 15 August 2019, 10:04 am | New Zealand National Party

An Education Review Office report on the Government’s Digital Technologies (DT) curriculum demonstrating over one-third of schools surveyed have no understanding of how to implement it is very concerning, National’s spokesperson for Education ... More >>

New research links poor housing to hospital admissions

Thursday, 15 August 2019, 9:30 am | Green Party

A research paper conducted by the University of Otago that was published today has shown a strong link between damp, mouldy housing and hospital admissions for young children with respiratory infections. More >>

Minister should have ensured procedures were in place

Thursday, 15 August 2019, 8:37 am | New Zealand National Party

Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis should have sought assurances his department was taking every step possible to keep the public safe from the alleged Christchurch gunman, National’s Corrections spokesperson David Bennett says. More >>

Minister must ask serious questions of Corrections

Wednesday, 14 August 2019, 7:13 pm | New Zealand National Party

Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis should be demanding an immediate explanation from his Corrections officials about how the alleged Christchurch gunman was able to send an inflammatory letter from inside maximum security prison, National’s Corrections ... More >>

Sroubek could be back on our streets within weeks

Wednesday, 14 August 2019, 7:12 pm | New Zealand National Party

Convicted drug smuggler and fraudster Karel Sroubek could be released from prison in a matter of weeks and the Government must provide assurances the public’s safety won’t be at risk, National’s Justice spokesperson Mark Mitchell says. More >>

New Zealand First Backs Plans to Protect Productive Land

Wednesday, 14 August 2019, 4:02 pm | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First strongly supports Government proposals released today which will offer new protection for some of our most productive land. More >>

Government moves to protect elite soils

Wednesday, 14 August 2019, 3:02 pm | New Zealand Government

New Zealand’s most fertile and versatile land will be given new protection under proposals released today by Environment Minister David Parker and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. More >>

First IVL projects to support sustainable tourism

Wednesday, 14 August 2019, 2:31 pm | New Zealand Government

A programme to build a skilled tourism workforce and a recovery plan for the critically endangered kākāpō are among the first projects to receive funding through the International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL), Tourism Minister Kelvin ... More >>

New home for New Zealand’s taonga

Wednesday, 14 August 2019, 1:05 pm | New Zealand Government

Plans for a new Archives facility to improve the protection of and access to some of New Zealand’s most significant and valuable documents were announced by Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin today. More >>

A fair go for firearm owners

Wednesday, 14 August 2019, 12:29 pm | ACT New Zealand

ACT has launched a new campaign for sensible, democratic gun laws and a fair go for firearm owners More >>

Another laser strike proves law isn’t strong enough

Wednesday, 14 August 2019, 12:27 pm | New Zealand National Party

Last night’s incident where a laser was pointed at a plane flying into Christchurch shows the current law is not strong enough, Clutha-Southland MP Hamish Walker says. More >>

Historic abuse survivors can speak freely

Wednesday, 14 August 2019, 11:50 am | New Zealand Government

Abuse in state care survivors can take part in the forthcoming Royal Commission proceedings without being bound by any confidentiality obligations to Crown agencies under their historic claim settlements, Minister of State Services Chris Hipkins ... More >>

Growing Waikato with the PGF

Wednesday, 14 August 2019, 10:42 am | New Zealand Government

Waikato has been given a financial boost to help grow its economic performance, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced in Hamilton today. More >>

Tourism boost for town ready to grow

Wednesday, 14 August 2019, 10:38 am | New Zealand Government

The Provincial Growth Fund is boosting tourism in Paeroa by providing over $700,000 for the Historical Maritime Park Marine development project, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. More >>

Enabling futures for Waikato children

Wednesday, 14 August 2019, 10:36 am | New Zealand Government

Making sure school children have futures they can bank on is the motivation behind funding a local Waikato education programme. More >>

Government ignoring advice on methane target

Wednesday, 14 August 2019, 10:08 am | New Zealand National Party

It has been revealed the Government ignored official advice from the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) when setting the methane target for the Climate Change Amendment Act Bill, National’s Climate Change spokesperson Scott Simpson says. More >>

James Shaw coming to Mt Roskill to talk Climate Change

Wednesday, 14 August 2019, 9:31 am | Michael Wood

“I am really excited to announce that Climate Change Minister James Shaw will speak at a major climate change forum in Mt Roskill on 24 August. In addition to James Shaw, the forum will be MC’ed by actor Madeleine Sami and feature climate experts, ... More >>

New air ambulances for the South

Tuesday, 13 August 2019, 3:18 pm | New Zealand Government

Health Minister David Clark says two new air ambulances for the southern region are the latest addition to what is fast becoming a world class aeromedical service for New Zealand. More >>

Crown and Moriori initial a Deed of Settlement

Tuesday, 13 August 2019, 2:37 pm | New Zealand Government

The Crown and Moriori initialled a Deed of Settlement today at Parliament, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Andrew Little has announced. Moriori is an imi (tribe) of Rēkohu (Chatham Island) and Rangihaute (Pitt Island). More >>

Corrections Career Expos to help reduce re-offending

Tuesday, 13 August 2019, 2:06 pm | New Zealand Government

Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis says a series of career expos held in prisons this year will assist prisoners into employment, decrease their likelihood of re-offending and help keep our communities safe More >>

Waikato, Hawke’s Bay to get more than 100 new classrooms

Tuesday, 13 August 2019, 2:03 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government is building new classrooms for around 2,500 students at 42 schools and kura in the Waikato and Hawke’s Bay/Tairāwhiti regions. More >>

10,000 sign petition against Labour’s car tax

Tuesday, 13 August 2019, 1:19 pm | New Zealand National Party

National’s petition to stop Labour’s car tax has reached 10,000 signatures in just over a week, National Party Leader Simon Bridges says. More >>

New Zealand First Celebrates Success of Mana in Mahi

Tuesday, 13 August 2019, 1:14 pm | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First has welcomed today’s announcement, that Mana in Mahi - Strength in Work, will begin its second phase. More >>

Mana in Mahi to help 2000 young New Zealanders into work

Tuesday, 13 August 2019, 1:08 pm | New Zealand Government

Many more young New Zealanders will be helped into work and training with the expansion of the successful Mana in Mahi programme, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Employment Minister Willie Jackson said today. More >>

Shaw couldn’t be counted on during Census fiasco

Tuesday, 13 August 2019, 12:58 pm | New Zealand National Party

Statistics Minister James Shaw needs to take responsibility for his part in the abysmal handling of the Census 2018 debacle, National’s Statistics spokesperson Dr Jian Yang says. More >>

Population data is better in 2018 Census than previously

Tuesday, 13 August 2019, 12:19 pm | New Zealand Government

In accepting the findings of the independent review into last year’s Census, the Minister of Statistics has pointed to the review’s findings that the most important statistical information regarding population coverage is better than previous census ... More >>

Government can’t continue to ignore biotech

Tuesday, 13 August 2019, 9:52 am | New Zealand National Party

The Royal Society’s report has reinforced that the Government can’t continue to ignore biotechnology, National’s spokesperson for Research, Science and Innovation Dr Parmjeet Parmar says. “The report shows that that legislation needs to be updated ... More >>

Government investment to help reopen Rotorua Museum

Tuesday, 13 August 2019, 9:47 am | New Zealand Government

Significant investment from two government funds will help reopen the Rotorua Museum, provide better care for and access to the Museum’s collection of taonga, and create jobs, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. More >>

 
 
 
 
 
 

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