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Move To Allow Butchers To Process Pork Illogical

Thursday, 2 April 2020, 8:15 pm | ACT New Zealand

“The Government’s latest move to allow butchers to process pork for supermarkets, but not sell it themselves, is illogical,” according to ACT Leader David Seymour. “It appears that animal welfare concerns have pushed the Government to move on ... More >>

Butchers Now Allowed To Process Pork

Thursday, 2 April 2020, 5:34 pm | New Zealand Government

Changes have been made to allow butchers to process pork, only for supply to supermarkets or other processors or retailers that are open, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has announced. “We carefully weighed the risk of allowing butchers to open their ... More >>

Essential workers leave scheme established

Thursday, 2 April 2020, 3:23 pm | New Zealand Government

Essential workers who take leave from work to comply with public health guidance are being supported with a leave scheme to ensure they will continue to receive income, say the Minister of Workplace Relations and Safety Iain Lees-Galloway and Minister ... More >>

Govt app helps share COVID-19 information

Thursday, 2 April 2020, 3:12 pm | New Zealand Government

A Government WhatsApp channel has been launched to help make information more easily accessible and shareable in the fight against COVID-19. More >>

Managed departure plan for stranded foreign nationals

Thursday, 2 April 2020, 2:59 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government has announced a plan to enable the safe, orderly exit of tens of thousands of stranded foreign nationals from New Zealand during the current COVID-19 Alert Level 4 restrictions, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Winston Peters ... More >>

Government delivers COVID-19 support to GPs and Pharmacies

Thursday, 2 April 2020, 2:51 pm | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Dr David Clark says the Government is delivering on its commitment to support general practice doctors and nurses, and pharmacies on the front-line of our fight against COVID-19. More >>

Key Agencies In Covid-19 Response Disconnected

Thursday, 2 April 2020, 2:15 pm | New Zealand National Party

<strong>Hon Simon Bridges </strong> Leader of the Opposition Today’s meeting of the Epidemic Response Committee has shown how disconnected the three key agencies, Health, Customs and Police, are in enforcing the self-isolation ... More >>

Police Should Release Legal Advice On How It Will Use Powers

Thursday, 2 April 2020, 1:09 pm | ACT New Zealand

“Police have an opportunity to encourage respect for the law by being open and transparent about how its officers will use their new powers”, says ACT Leader David Seymour. “Police Commissioner Mike Bush told the Epidemic Response Committee ... More >>

PM Must Find Secure Platform For Cabinet Discussions

Thursday, 2 April 2020, 8:43 am | New Zealand National Party

Jacinda Ardern has serious questions to answer about why she is using the video conferencing system Zoom for Cabinet meetings, National’s GCSB & NZSIS spokesperson Gerry Brownlee says. “Cabinet needs to be able to have robust discussions ... More >>

Business Finance Guarantee – Applications Open

Wednesday, 1 April 2020, 5:03 pm | New Zealand Government

Businesses can start applying to their banks for loans under the Business Finance Guarantee Scheme set up to support the New Zealand economy during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re moving quickly to protect New Zealand businesses, jobs and the economy ... More >>

New Zealanders Still In The Dark On The State Of The Economy

Wednesday, 1 April 2020, 2:58 pm | New Zealand National Party

Far greater transparency is needed from the Government on the economic consequences of the Covid-19 lockdown, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says. “It was clear from today’s Epidemic Response Committee that Ministers have had ... More >>

Work Starts On Ways To Fast-track Consents To Boost Recovery From Covid-19 Downturn

Wednesday, 1 April 2020, 1:16 pm | New Zealand Government

Work is underway looking at measures to speed up consents for development and infrastructure projects during the recovery from COVID 19, to provide jobs and stimulate our economy. Environment Minister David Parker said the COVID-19 pandemic is a serious global ... More >>

Economic Recovery Must Not Be Ideological

Wednesday, 1 April 2020, 1:03 pm | ACT New Zealand

“The Finance Minister must commit, as far as is possible, to returning New Zealand to pre-COVID-19 economic settings, rather than using the current crisis to make permanent ideological changes”, says ACT Leader David Seymour. “Grant Robertson told the ... More >>

Does Finance Minister Have Enough Information To Lift Lockdown?

Wednesday, 1 April 2020, 11:42 am | ACT New Zealand

ACT Leader David Seymour is questioning whether the Finance Minister has enough information about COVID-19 to know when New Zealand should come out of lockdown. “Every day of this lockdown is costing a fortune. Livelihoods are being lost as ... More >>

Greens Celebrate End Of Harmful Sanctions To Single Parents

Wednesday, 1 April 2020, 8:27 am | Green Party

The Green Party are welcoming the scrapping of Section 70a of the Social Security Act which saw single parents lose income support when the other parent isn’t named. The repealing of this sanction that comes into effect today was announced in the ... More >>

Government seeks infrastructure projects

Wednesday, 1 April 2020, 8:14 am | New Zealand Government

The Government has tasked a group of industry leaders to seek out infrastructure projects that are ready to start as soon as the construction industry returns to normal to reduce the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Economic Development ... More >>

Advance payments to support contractors

Wednesday, 1 April 2020, 8:11 am | New Zealand Government

Advance payments will be made to transport construction industry contractors to retain the workforce and ensure it is ready to quickly gear up to build projects which will be vital to New Zealand’s COVID-19 economic recovery, Transport Minister Phil Twyford ... More >>

Health System Scaled Up To Prepare For COVID-19

Tuesday, 31 March 2020, 6:48 pm | New Zealand Government

Work to scale up the health system in preparation for COVID-19 was today outlined by Health Minister David Clark, as he reported back to the new Epidemic Response Committee. “We are well placed to contain the spread of COVID-19. We have taken ... More >>

Gap Between Testing And Capacity A Major Concern

Tuesday, 31 March 2020, 4:12 pm | ACT New Zealand

“The gap between the number of COVID-19 tests being performed and our capacity to test is a major concern”, says ACT Leader David Seymour. “The Director-General of Health yesterday said that over the past week an average of 1,728 tests had been ... More >>

Clear Purpose Needed In Response To Covid-19

Tuesday, 31 March 2020, 4:08 pm | New Zealand National Party

The first meeting of the Epidemic Response Committee has raised some important concerns with New Zealand’s health response to Covid-19, Leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges says. “We need clarity of purpose in our response and should have the clear ... More >>

Essential media COVID-19 guidelines refined

Tuesday, 31 March 2020, 3:34 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government is refining its COVID-19 essential business guidance to include the distribution of news publications for communities which are hard to reach. More >>

Supermarkets Able To Open On Easter Sunday

Tuesday, 31 March 2020, 3:27 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government is ensuring supermarkets can open on Easter Sunday so we can buy groceries, but stay closed on Good Friday allowing workers to take a break. This provides a balanced approach and ensures we avoid large queues that two days closure ... More >>

COVID-19 Committee Produces New Information On Govt Response

Tuesday, 31 March 2020, 3:09 pm | ACT New Zealand

“The first sitting of the Epidemic Response Committee, held today, produced a number pieces of new information”, according to ACT Leader David Seymour. “The Director-General of Health and the Minister of Health, under questioning, made a ... More >>

State of National Emergency extended

Tuesday, 31 March 2020, 12:33 pm | New Zealand Government

The State of National Emergency to help stop the spread of COVID-19 has been extended for a further seven days, Minister of Civil Defence Peeni Henare said More >>

Strong Govt books support ‘go hard, go early’ response

Tuesday, 31 March 2020, 10:11 am | New Zealand Government

New Zealand’s ability to go hard and go early in the fight against COVID-19 has been underpinned by strong Government finances and the growing economy heading into this global pandemic, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. More >>

Minimum Wage Increase Must Be Deferred

Tuesday, 31 March 2020, 8:51 am | New Zealand National Party

Hon Simon Bridges Leader of the Opposition The Government must defer the minimum wage increase set to come in to force tomorrow, Opposition Leader Simon Bridges says. “With the entire country under lockdown, businesses up and down the country are ... More >>

Christchurch Hospital Hagley ICU To Open To Support COVID-19 Response

Monday, 30 March 2020, 8:04 pm | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Dr David Clark says 36 new intensive care beds at Christchurch Hospital’s new Hagley building are being fast tracked so they are available for treatment of COVID-19 patients. The Ministry of Health is working with contractor CPB and Canterbury ... More >>

New Zealand Defence Personnel Conclude Mission At Taji

Monday, 30 March 2020, 5:01 pm | New Zealand Government

Following the successful conclusion of the Building Partner Capacity (BPC) mission at Taji, New Zealand defence personnel are returning to New Zealand from Iraq, in accordance with the Cabinet decision made in June 2019, Foreign Affairs Minister ... More >>

Fairness And Common Sense Needed Around Safe Essential Services

Monday, 30 March 2020, 3:43 pm | New Zealand National Party

There needs to be more fairness and common sense applied to determining what essential services can safely open, National’s Economic Development and Small Business spokesperson Todd McClay says. “Nearly a week into the lockdown there continues to be uncertainty ... More >>

National Taking Constructive Approach To Select Committee

Monday, 30 March 2020, 1:00 pm | New Zealand National Party

National will be taking a constructive and principled approach to scrutinising the Government’s response to Covid-19 through the Epidemic Response Committee, Leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges says. “It’s important there is strong scrutiny ... More >>

Government Supports Air NZ Freight Flights

Monday, 30 March 2020, 9:55 am | New Zealand Government

The Government has fast-tracked up to $1 million to help Air New Zealand move urgent freight to and from New Zealand, with the first flight to Shanghai leaving tonight, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. Phil Twyford says it’s crucial ... More >>

To Restrain Supermarket Prices, Let Butchers, Bakers And Fruit And Vege Stores Open

Monday, 30 March 2020, 9:46 am | ACT New Zealand

“As the COVID-19 lockdown evolves, the Government must walk back its restriction on bakeries, butchers and fruit and vegetable stores”, says ACT Leader David Seymour. “The Government has effectively given supermarkets a monopoly on food, but it seems ... More >>

Truck Drivers Need Support From Govt

Sunday, 29 March 2020, 5:06 pm | New Zealand National Party

New Zealand’s truck drivers are working round the clock to keep our shelves stocked with essential goods and they deserve support, National’s Transport spokesperson Chris Bishop says. “Truck drivers are working long hours to ensure essential items ... More >>

ACT Crowdsources COVID-19 Committee Questions

Sunday, 29 March 2020, 4:09 pm | ACT New Zealand

ACT Leader David Seymour is asking the public to submit and vote on the questions it would like answered by the Government on its response to COVID-19. “Keeping our democracy strong through the COVID-19 crisis will be vital”, says Mr Seymour. ... More >>

Government Needs To Reverse Community Newspaper Ban Quickly

Sunday, 29 March 2020, 11:57 am | New Zealand National Party

The Government’s decision to close down all community and weekly papers must be reversed, National’s Economic Development and Small Business spokesperson Todd McClay says. “The decision that only paid daily newspapers can continue to publish ... More >>

Tariff Concessions On COVID-19 Related Products

Saturday, 28 March 2020, 2:18 pm | New Zealand Government

New Zealand will temporarily remove tariffs on all medical and hygiene imports needed for the COVID-19 response. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker and Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi said today that the New Zealand Customs ... More >>

Clarification Of Modification To Wage Subsidy Scheme

Saturday, 28 March 2020, 12:41 pm | New Zealand Government

Minister of Finance Grant Robertson has clarified that the changes to the wage subsidy scheme announced yesterday mean that employers should be passing on the full subsidy to workers, except in the case where the person’s normal income is less than the ... More >>

Wage Subsidy Changes Deeply Unfair

Saturday, 28 March 2020, 11:48 am | New Zealand National Party

Last night’s changes to the wage subsidy scheme appear to give large windfalls to part-time workers, which is an odd priority in a time of crisis, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says. “The new rules say that employers must ... More >>

Face Masks Flowing To DHBs

Friday, 27 March 2020, 4:30 pm | New Zealand Government

Medical face masks from the national reserve supply are now being distributed to District Health Boards, while at the same time local production is being ramped up. Yesterday more than 640,000 masks were sent to DHBS – that is an immediate two ... More >>

Fair Access And Affordability Of Food A Priority

Friday, 27 March 2020, 4:07 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Government needs to ensure there is continued fair access to food and that it remains affordable, National’s Economic Development and Small Business spokesperson Todd McClay says. “Given only a select group of retail operators have been granted ... More >>

COVID-19: Further steps to protect New Zealanders’ jobs

Friday, 27 March 2020, 3:17 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government has made modifications to the wage subsidy scheme to ensure people don’t lose their jobs during the national lockdown. More >>

$27 Million For NGOs And Community Groups To Continue Providing Essential Services

Thursday, 26 March 2020, 3:00 pm | New Zealand Government

A $27 million dollar package, effective immediately, is being provided to social sector services and community groups to ensure they can continue to provide essential support to communities as we stay at home as a nation to stop the spread of COVID-19, ... More >>

Statement On Guilty Plea Of March 15 Terrorist

Thursday, 26 March 2020, 1:10 pm | New Zealand Government

“The guilty plea today will provide some relief to the many people whose lives were shattered by what happened on March 15,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. “These guilty pleas and conviction bring accountability for what happened and also ... More >>

Government Should Rethink Rules For Butchers And Greengrocers

Thursday, 26 March 2020, 12:01 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Government should review the framework that determines which grocery services can open during lockdown so our communities don’t struggle with access to vital food supplies, National’s Economic Development and Small Business spokesperson ... More >>

Police Numbers Break Through 10,000 Mark

Thursday, 26 March 2020, 9:42 am | New Zealand Government

Hon Stuart Nash Minister of Police   Frontline Police numbers have broken through the 10,000 mark for the first time in history as officers step forward to keep the community safe during the COVID19 lockdown. “Two Police graduations in ... More >>

Leader Of The Opposition’s Statement On State Of National Emergency And Move To Alert Level 4

Wednesday, 25 March 2020, 5:19 pm | New Zealand National Party

We are in tough times as coronavirus sweeps our globe, taking people's lives and closing economies as it goes. The response around the world has varied. Some nations have been more effective than others. Our country, Aotearoa New Zealand, has not ... More >>

Canada, Australia, Chile, Brunei And Myanmar Join NZ And Singapore In Committing To Keep Links Open

Wednesday, 25 March 2020, 5:11 pm | New Zealand Government

(Headline abbreviated, original headline: Canada, Australia, Chile, Brunei and Myanmar join NZ and Singapore in committing to keeping supply and trade links open) Canada, Australia, Chile, Brunei and Myanmar have joined forces with New Zealand and Singapore ... More >>

COVID-19: Rent Increase Freeze And More Protection For Tenants

Wednesday, 25 March 2020, 3:56 pm | New Zealand Government

· Immediate freeze on rent increases · Tenancies will not be terminated during the lock-down period, unless the parties agree, or in limited circumstances · Tenants who had previously given notice can stay in their if they need to stay in the tenancy ... More >>

James Shaw – Ministerial Statement On State Of National Emergency And Epidemic Notice

Wednesday, 25 March 2020, 2:49 pm | Green Party

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. The scale of what we face right now is unlike anything we have ever seen before. Overcoming it is our common purpose. Which is why, on behalf of the Marama Davidson and the Green Party, I would like to start by associating ... More >>

Prime Minister’s Statement On State Of National Emergency And Epidemic Notice

Wednesday, 25 March 2020, 2:14 pm | New Zealand Government

Mr Speaker I wish to make a Ministerial Statement under Standing Order 347 in relation to the recent declaration of a State of National Emergency. Having considered the advice of the Director Civil Defence Emergency Management, the Minister of Civil ... More >>

State Of National Emergency Declared To Fight COVID-19

Wednesday, 25 March 2020, 2:12 pm | New Zealand Government

A State of National Emergency has been declared across the country as the Government pulls out all the stops to curtail the spread of COVID-19. “Today we put in place our country’s second ever State of National Emergency as we fight a global pandemic, ... More >>

Further Guidance On Essential Services Provided

Wednesday, 25 March 2020, 9:13 am | New Zealand Government

24 March Government Ministers met tonight and have provided further guidance on essential services that can continue to operate after midnight tomorrow. MBIE Deputy Chief Executive Paul Stocks said the purpose of escalating New Zealand’s COVID-19 ... More >>

Deadline For Domestic Travel Extended

Tuesday, 24 March 2020, 5:13 pm | New Zealand Government

People needing to travel on domestic flights, trains and Cook Strait ferries to get home before the country moves into level 4 lock-down tomorrow night will be able to continue using the passenger services until midnight on Friday, Transport Minister ... More >>

National Welcomes Bank Lending Guarantees

Tuesday, 24 March 2020, 4:55 pm | New Zealand National Party

National supports the Business Finance Guarantee Scheme announced today as a mechanism to keep businesses in business and New Zealanders in jobs, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says. “During this period of massive disruption it is critical that ... More >>

Mortgage Holiday And Business Finance Support Schemes To Cushion COVID Impacts

Tuesday, 24 March 2020, 3:26 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government, retail banks and the Reserve Bank are today announcing a major financial support package for home owners and businesses affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19. The package will include a six month principal and interest payment holiday ... More >>

COVID-19: Suspending Parliament Misguided

Tuesday, 24 March 2020, 3:26 pm | ACT New Zealand

“The Government’s move to adjourn Parliament while assuming extraordinary new powers is misguided”, according to ACT Leader David Seymour. “Although the Business Committee today came to a compromise that will allow the Opposition to continue to ... More >>

New Zealanders Overseas Encouraged To Shelter In Place

Tuesday, 24 March 2020, 2:29 pm | New Zealand Government

Foreign Minister Winston Peters is encouraging the tens of thousands of New Zealanders travelling overseas to consider sheltering in place, in light of COVID-19. “Since 18 March, we have been warning New Zealanders offshore that the window for flying ... More >>

Government working to keep air freight moving

Tuesday, 24 March 2020, 12:04 pm | New Zealand Government

Minister of Transport Phil Twyford has today announced details of the Government’s support package to keep key air freight moving and ensure New Zealanders retain access to essential goods during the four-week level 4 lockdown. More >>

ACT Welcomes Government's Measures To Fight COVID-19

Monday, 23 March 2020, 2:55 pm | ACT New Zealand

“The Government has made the right call by moving New Zealand to Alert Level 3 immediately and to Alert Level 4 in 48 hours”, says ACT Leader David Seymour. “Now is the time for all New Zealanders to support the measures announced by the Prime ... More >>

Govt Takes Significant Economic Decisions As NZ Readies For Alert Level 4 In COVID-19 Fight

Monday, 23 March 2020, 2:51 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government is announcing significant further support for the economy, workers and businesses as the country unites to prepare for Alert Level 4 in the fight against COVID-19. Cabinet today agreed to remove the cap on the Government’s wage subsidy ... More >>





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