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Q+A: Grant Robertson interviewed by Corin Dann

Sunday, 29 May 2016, 3:34 pm | TVNZ

Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson told TV One’s Q+A programme that his party wants to see the whole tax system shift from a focus on incentivising speculation to incentivising investment in the productive economy More >>

Q+A: Finance Minister Bill English interviewed by Corin Dann

Sunday, 29 May 2016, 3:31 pm | TVNZ

CORIN So you’ve had a couple of years now to get on top of this supply issue, but you still can’t. The market has failed, hasn’t it? You need to intervene. More >>

On The Nation: Lisa Owen interviews Bill English

Saturday, 28 May 2016, 9:40 pm | The Nation

Headlines: Finance Minister blames Auckland Council for housing shortage, saying it is responsible for land, housing and infrastructure supply in the city, while government provides rental subsidies. More >>

On The Nation: Lisa Owen interviews Grant Robertson

Saturday, 28 May 2016, 9:37 pm | The Nation

Headlines: Robertson commits Labour to helping Auckland Council fund infrastructure for more housing and says it’s willing to borrow to do so (NB Bill English’s interview on The Nation, saying it’s Auckland Council’s job) More >>

Government Choosing Tax Revenue Over Lives

Friday, 27 May 2016, 4:41 pm | Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union says that the only justification for failure to legalise the sale of nicotine e-cigarettes is to protect tax revenue from the sale of traditional fags. In response to the Government’s passing of the Customs and Excise (Tobacco ... More >>

GWRC welcomes new funding to improve water quality

Friday, 27 May 2016, 4:35 pm | Greater Wellington Regional Council

Chris Laidlaw, Chair of Greater Wellington Regional Council says a new $100 million contestable fund announced in yesterday’s Budget to help clean up water ways is extremely welcome. More >>

Correction: Conservation funding to be clarified

Friday, 27 May 2016, 4:19 pm | Forest And Bird

Earlier today Forest & Bird released an analysis of Vote Conservation that showed what appeared to be a significant decrease in Department of Conservation funding in this year's budget. More >>

Government Support for Landcare

Friday, 27 May 2016, 3:17 pm | NZ Landcare Trust

Yesterday's Budget marks a return to stable base-line funding for the work of NZ Landcare Trust. More >>

Minister of Finance misinformed or mistaken on Three Kings

Friday, 27 May 2016, 2:18 pm | Three Kings Community Action

“A community group there who wants the quarry filled in and become a park instead of housing” More >>

Funding for Community Law offers certainty

Friday, 27 May 2016, 2:12 pm | Community Law Centres

The most vulnerable New Zealanders will continue to have access to free legal services thanks to the Government’s ongoing commitment to top up Community Law’s funding. More >>

E tū says Budget will entrench inequality

Friday, 27 May 2016, 1:14 pm | E Tu

E tū says the government has promised higher pay for workers, but instead the Budget will entrench inequality. More >>

PSA welcomes 27-year non-parole sentence for W&I Murderer

Friday, 27 May 2016, 1:08 pm | Public Service Association

The Public Service Association welcomes the news that Russell John Tully has been jailed for at least 27 years for murdering two Work and Income staff in September 2014. More >>

Palm Oil Should Be Labelled

Friday, 27 May 2016, 1:03 pm | Unmask Palm Oil

Friday, 27 May 2016 from Unmask Palm Oil and Zoos Victoria The majority of New Zealand and Australians agree that palm oil should be labelled on food products and expect their Governments to mandate it according to recent polling. More >>

Budget's "meaningful recognition” of Whānau Ora and whānau

Friday, 27 May 2016, 12:44 pm | Te Pou Matakana

Te Pou Matakana Chairperson Merepeka Raukawa-Tait has applauded yesterday’s Budget Day announcement of increased support for Whānau Ora as a “meaningful recognition of the sectors role in improving Whānau wellbeing”, and the urgent demand in our ... More >>

Positives for housing in 2016 Budget do not go far enough

Friday, 27 May 2016, 12:29 pm | NZ Property Investors Federation

“It's great that the 2016 Budget has extended the Healthy Homes Initiative with an extra $18m,” says Andrew King, Executive Officer of the NZ Property Investors’ Federation (NZPIF). “The initiative has performed well in Auckland with a focus ... More >>

TIA dismayed at DOC funding cuts

Friday, 27 May 2016, 12:00 pm | Tourism Industry Aotearoa

Tourism Industry Aotearoa is dismayed by a significant cut in Department of Conservation funding in yesterday’s Budget. More >>

Maori Party President Hails Benefits of Being “at the Table”

Friday, 27 May 2016, 11:22 am | The Maori Party

Benefits for te iwi Maori from having its own political party “at the table” of New Zealand’s governing coalition have been hailed by the president of the Maori Party, Rangimarie Naida Glavish. More >>

Slow phaseout of ETS pollution subsidy a let down

Friday, 27 May 2016, 11:14 am | Generation Zero

Youth climate change organisation Generation Zero is pleased the Government is at last removing the two-for-one pollution subsidy in the Emissions Trading Scheme, but says the slow phase-out and the indefinite extension of the $25 per tonne price ... More >>

NZ Defence Force Troops Return From Iraq

Friday, 27 May 2016, 11:08 am | New Zealand Defence Force

NZ Defence Force Troops Return From Iraq About 70 New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) soldiers deployed to help train Iraqi Security Forces returned home this evening. The returning personnel were welcomed home at RNZAF Base Ohakea by the Chief of Air ... More >>

NZSO receives $1.2 million funding increase in Budget 2016

Friday, 27 May 2016, 11:07 am | NZSO

NZSO receives $1.2 million funding increase in Budget 2016 The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra has received $1.2 million of additional annual baseline funding, announced yesterday in the 2016 Budget. More >>

Grey Power Greets Budget with Cautious Optimism

Friday, 27 May 2016, 11:05 am | Grey Power New Zealand

National president of the Grey Power Federation, Tom O’Connor has greeted the Government’s budget, announced today, with cautious optimism for some aspects and disappointment for others. More >>

Budget 2016 boost for regional economies

Friday, 27 May 2016, 10:46 am | LGNZ

LGNZ President, Lawrence Yule, acknowledged a much needed boost for communities in four key areas LGNZ has been advocating for: stronger regional economies, infrastructure, community and social housing, and biodiversity. More >>

No bricks and mortar in Budget’s new housing spend

Friday, 27 May 2016, 10:43 am | Caritas

Despite Budget 2016 taking small steps to invest in the wellbeing of families and individuals, Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand says there is a noticeable lack of investment in building new homes – an important requirement to ensure all families can flourish More >>

Continued Change amongst the Positive News for Science

Friday, 27 May 2016, 10:37 am | New Zealand Association of Scientists

The New Zealand Association of Scientists (NZAS) says there is good news for science in the 2016, but also lot of uncertainty. More >>

Trickledown benefits for rural health in Budget 2016

Friday, 27 May 2016, 10:28 am | Rural General Practice Network

There might be no silver funding bullets for rural health in the Government’s latest Budget but there should be trickledown benefits across a range of health initiatives nationally, says New Zealand Rural General Practice Network chief executive Dalton ... More >>

ETS subsidy removal one small step on long road

Friday, 27 May 2016, 10:00 am | Caritas Aotearoa

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand welcomes today’s Budget announcement of a long-overdue phase out of the two-for-one subsidy in the Emissions Trading Scheme allowing some businesses to pay one emissions unit for every two tonnes of pollution they emit. More >>

Funding boost for electives is a good start but more needed

Friday, 27 May 2016, 9:22 am | Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) welcomes the announcement of an additional $2.2 billion for Health over the next four years, but believes that an even greater investment is required to meet the needs of New Zealand’s growing ... More >>

Not the New Zealand we want

Friday, 27 May 2016, 9:13 am | Child Poverty Action Group

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG ) endorses the Government’s stated commitment to improve the lives of all vulnerable children. It has failed dismally with the 2016 Budget announcement. More >>

Budget: A rain shower on drought-stricken land

Friday, 27 May 2016, 9:11 am | UNICEF NZ

Initial analysis of Budget 2016 indicates a failure to deliver adequately for children in the critical areas of housing and income, says UNICEF NZ. More >>

Budget 2016 not the game changer needed

Friday, 27 May 2016, 9:10 am | Every Child Counts

Every Child Counts welcomes initiatives in the budget aimed at improving child wellbeing, but is disappointed that it doesn't address one of the most critical issues facing the country - child poverty. More >>

Deloitte Budget commentary — 26 May 2016

Friday, 27 May 2016, 9:06 am | Deloitte

Finance Minister Bill English has delivered Budget 2016 to the nation. His eighth Budget confirms the government’s books are in relatively good shape – at least for now. But a combination of factors, including our ageing population, will impose ... More >>

Trampers disappointed with DOC cuts

Friday, 27 May 2016, 9:03 am | Federated Mountain Clubs

The Federated Mountain Clubs of New Zealand is disappointed with the funding cuts to the Department of Conservation that were announced yesterday. FMC President Peter Wilson stated that DOC is set to receive about $2 million dollars less than the previous ... More >>

Budget 2016: Improving water quality - Expert reaction

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 5:54 pm | Science Media Centre

The national budget announced today introduces a new Freshwater Improvement Fund valued at $100 million. More >>

Universities welcome Budget funding

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 5:51 pm | Universities New Zealand - Te Pokai Tara

Universities New Zealand has welcomed the Government’s Budget announcement that it is investing $761m in areas including science, skills and tertiary education. More >>

ECE spending increase won’t fix problems

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 5:46 pm | ChildForum

While the 2016 Budget announced that the early childhood education (ECE) sector will receive $397million over the next four years and $39million this year, the money is earmarked to cover the costs of larger numbers of children attending ECE and does ... More >>

Budget overlooks the “forgotten” health sector

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 5:40 pm | HHL Group

The country’s biggest provider of home and community care says the budget has little or no provision for this forgotten arm of the health sector. More >>

Budget investment in vulnerable children welcome

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 5:35 pm | Save The Children

Budget 2016 aligns well with Save the Children’s ambition around three areas: to reduce the number of children who die from preventable causes; get more children into school; and help children achieve their rights. More >>

The RACP welcomes additional funding for health

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 5:30 pm | Royal Australasian College of Physicians

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) has welcomed the New Zealand Government’s additional $2.2 billion in health funding, announced as part of this afternoon’s Budget. More >>

Budget 2016: No real change to the lives of students

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 5:28 pm | VUWSA

The Victoria University of Wellington Students’ Association (VUWSA) welcomes moves by the Government to reduce the level of fee increases institutions can charge students; but believe no real, strategic progress has been made to resolving issues around ... More >>

Budget 2016 - Disappointed as No Measures to Address Poverty

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 5:25 pm | NZCCSS

“After the promising start in last year’s Budget of a $25 per week lift in benefit levels for families with children this 2016 Budget disappoints in not building this further”, says Trevor McGlinchey, Executive Officer, NZCCSS. “We were hoping ... More >>

Budget revealed strong growth projections for New Zealand

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 5:22 pm | Property Council Of New Zealand

Property Council believes the Government’s Budget announcement revealed many beneficial initiatives, however more must be done to address Auckland’s housing crisis. More >>

Scrapping two-for-one in ETS not enough to save our climate

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 5:11 pm | Green Party

National's Budget has failed for the eighth year in a row to do anything meaningful to protect the climate, with its scrapping of the dodgy two-for-one carbon credit scheme unlikely to significantly reduce our emissions, the Green Party said today. More >>

Budget ‘16 a tragedy for the environment

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 5:07 pm | Forest And Bird

DOC’s conservation budget has been slashed by a quarter with a $57.5 million reduction in baseline funding for essential activities protecting native species.* More >>

2016 Budget a missed opportunity

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 5:05 pm | Tick for Kids

The Tick for Kids* coalition is disappointed that the Budget delivered today will do little to address the crisis of child poverty and hardship. More >>

Budget’s focus on disease doesn’t go far enough

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 5:04 pm | New Zealand Medical Students' Assn

Budget 2016’s focus on preventative measures is to be applauded but does not go far enough says the New Zealand Medical Students’ Association (NZMSA). More >>

Government can do it when they want to

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 5:02 pm | NZNO

Nurses around the country have realised that when the Government wants to prioritise health, it can. It was announced that 72 million over four years will be spent to meet the higher than expected need for free GP visits for under 13 year olds. More >>

Barnardos welcomes Budget help for children, more needed

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 4:58 pm | Barnardos

Barnardos welcomes the Budget’s prioritised social investment and extra funding and support for children and young people. More >>

Women’s Refuge on Budget 2016

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 4:58 pm | Womens Refuge

“While I am disappointed there is no additional funding for the family violence sector in the budget today, I eagerly await the outcome of the review of family violence being carried out by the Ministerial Group on Family Violence and Sexual Violence,” ... More >>

Public servants do the hard yards but still miss out

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 4:57 pm | Public Service Association

Public servants are the ones who deserve a standing ovation in this year’s Budget, the PSA says - not finance minister Bill English, who’s outlined a lacklustre and unimaginative set of figures today aimed at further reducing the size of government. More >>

Right To Life Call For Parliament to Act

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 4:53 pm | Right To Life

It is a great tragedy that another young Christchurch woman Renee Duckmanton, should be murdered, probably as a result of street prostitution. The Prostitution Reform Act decriminalising prostitution was passed by Parliament in 2003. Renee is the fourth ... More >>

Barnardos welcomes Budget help for children

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 4:51 pm | Barnardos

Barnardos welcomes the Budget’s prioritised social investment and extra funding and support for children and young people. More >>

NZRA concerned about lack of recreation investment

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 4:50 pm | New Zealand Recreation Association

The New Zealand Recreation Association expressed concern about today’s budget announcement, saying the decision to spend less on recreation opportunities in the great outdoors would impact negatively on individuals and communities around the country. More >>

IrrigationNZ applauds Freshwater Improvement Fund

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 4:48 pm | Irrigation NZ

IrrigationNZ has applauded today’s announcement of a new $100million Freshwater Improvement Fund to help improve water quality in New Zealand’s rivers, lakes and groundwater supplies. More >>

Taxpayers still cleaning up after polluters

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 4:46 pm | Fish and Game New Zealand

The government’s announcement of a $100 million dollar fund to clean up the country’s increasing number of degraded rivers and lakes shows taxpayers are continuing to pay for polluters, according to the environmental organisation Fish & Game. More >>

Tobacco Excise Increase To Drive Illegal Market

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 4:42 pm | Imperial Tobacco

Imperial Tobacco New Zealand Limited says that the excise increases announced in today’s Budget ignore the reality of tobacco consumption in New Zealand. More >>

Budget an insult to the thousands without homes

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 4:42 pm | Auckland Action Against Poverty

Budget an insult to the thousands without homes Media release Thursday 26 May 2016 “Today’s Budget is pitiful in the face of the biggest housing crisis since the 1930s Depression. “With thousands of people homeless in Auckland alone, Bill English’s ... More >>

ETS change expected – now the real work begins

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 4:41 pm | Business NZ

Now that the long telegraphed change to the emissions trading scheme has been made – to progressively remove the part-obligation on emitters to surrender units – the real work begins towards a greener economy, according to BusinessNZ and the Sustainable ... More >>

Increased Tobacco Tax Continues to 2020

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 4:37 pm | ASH NZ

ASH New Zealand congratulates Associate Health Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga and Māori Party co-leader Marama Fox in their further commitment to 10% tobacco tax increases until 2020. More >>

More students but less money

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 4:28 pm | Tertiary Education Union

The overall cut to tertiary education in this year’s budget will cause real harm to students, their families, and communities. More >>

Vision needed to plan for NZ’s housing needs

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 4:26 pm | Harcourts

Instead, Harcourts CEO Chris Kennedy says it is going to take visionary leadership from local government to deal with our chronic housing shortage. More >>


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