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Foreign Affairs, Defence And Trade Committee Presents Report On Inquiry Into NZ’s Aid To The Pacific

Friday, 7 August 2020, 11:35 am | Foreign Affairs Defence and Trade Committee

The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has presented its report to the House on its inquiry into New Zealand’s aid to the Pacific. It began the inquiry on 27 June 2019. A copy of the report is available on the Parliament website . The ... More >>

New fund to support housing and construction sector

Friday, 7 August 2020, 11:08 am | New Zealand Government

A $350 million Residential Development Response Fund is being established to support the residential construction sector and to minimise the economic impact from COVID-19, the Housing Minister Dr Megan Woods has announced. More >>

Adjournment Debate: NZ First Leader Winston Peters

Friday, 7 August 2020, 11:01 am | Hansard

Thank you very much. That was eyebrow-raising stuff—and I don't use Botox! All that criticism, for almost 10 minutes, and not one new idea. Out there in the provinces, in the hamlets of this country, all those people who were expecting something at ... More >>

Adjournment Debate: National Leader Judith Collins

Friday, 7 August 2020, 10:59 am | Hansard

Thank you, Mr Speaker. Firstly, I'd like to turn to acknowledge those who are here today and I wish to start—not to end—with thanks. Those thanks are to yourself, Mr Speaker, for the job you do, even though sometimes I'm sure it's quite difficult—we ... More >>

Adjournment Debate: PM Jacinda Ardern

Friday, 7 August 2020, 10:57 am | Hansard

I move, That the House do now adjourn until 2 p.m. on Tuesday, 18 August 2020 . Kia orana and kia ora koutou katoa. It is a privilege to be able to speak in this adjournment debate and to mark and acknowledge the fact that we are now two years ... More >>

Adjournment Debate: Speaker Trevor Mallard

Friday, 7 August 2020, 10:56 am | Hansard

Thank you, members. I intend to run through a few statistics to get them on the record and make a few thanks and comments, and I will start off with the sitting days, 245 during this Parliament; 255 calendar days. We have had a total of 1,522 ... More >>

National continuing to fight cancer

Friday, 7 August 2020, 10:19 am | New Zealand National Party

National is pledging $20 million to protect women from gynaecological cancer through greater awareness, improved clinical guidelines, increased testing and greater access to clinical trials, National Party Leader Judith Collins and National’s spokesperson ... More >>

PGF supports Hawke’s Bay community and environment projects

Friday, 7 August 2020, 9:56 am | New Zealand Government

The Government is investing more than $1.6 million from the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) for a wide range of community and environmental projects in Hawke’s Bay, Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. More >>

Economic Alarm Bells Ring

Friday, 7 August 2020, 9:17 am | New Zealand National Party

Recently released unemployment figures show that New Zealand is living on a form of economic morphine, that is insulating us against the full force of the economic crisis that’s hitting the global economy, National Party Leader Judith Collins ... More >>

Stronger Green Voice Needed Next Term To Stop More Mining On Or Under Conservation Land

Friday, 7 August 2020, 9:08 am | Green Party

The Green Party is strongly opposed to MBIE’s decision to grant mining permits under public conservation land in the Coromandel. “The Greens are committed to stopping new mining activities on or under public conservation land,” Green Party ... More >>

Low-emissions Options For Heavy Transport A Step Closer

Thursday, 6 August 2020, 5:45 pm | New Zealand Government

Getting low-emission trucks on the road is a step closer with investment in infrastructure to support hydrogen vehicles, the Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods has announced. The Infrastructure Reference Group has provisionally approved $20 million for New ... More >>

New Training Centre To Upskill Workers

Thursday, 6 August 2020, 5:29 pm | New Zealand Government

A new trades training centre to upskill the local workforce will be built in the South Waikato town of Tokoroa through funding from the Government’s COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund, Education Minister Chris Hipkins and Regional Economic Development ... More >>

New Zealand Must Stand With Free, Democratic Nations

Thursday, 6 August 2020, 5:10 pm | ACT New Zealand

“New Zealand must stand up for freedom and democracy and build stronger relationships with countries and people who share our values,” according to ACT Leader David Seymour. Mr Seymour is taking part in the New Zealand Institute of International ... More >>

James Shaw Adjournment Speech

Thursday, 6 August 2020, 4:41 pm | Green Party

And here we are, Mr Speaker, the final hour of the final day of the 52nd Parliament. Our business, for the moment, complete. I know everyone here is champing at the bit to get out campaigning around the country. Trying out their new election slogans. ... More >>

Funding To Expand Mental Health Support For Pacific Peoples

Thursday, 6 August 2020, 4:03 pm | New Zealand Government

A $1.5 million boost to grow primary mental health and addiction services for Pacific peoples in Auckland, Hamilton and Canterbury will lead to better outcomes for Pacific communities, Associate Health Minister Jenny Salesa says. Pasifika Futures has received ... More >>

The Government Is Failing The Tourism Sector

Thursday, 6 August 2020, 3:35 pm | New Zealand National Party

The tourism sector is one of the most damaged sectors from the impacts of Covid-19 and the Government is failing to support them, National’s Tourism spokesperson Todd McClay says. “Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis has received advice estimating ... More >>

‘Shovel-ready’ Buries Opportunities For Women

Thursday, 6 August 2020, 2:54 pm | New Zealand National Party

Unemployment stats released this week show women are still not being taken seriously within the work environment, National’s spokesperson for Women Barbara Kuriger says. Ten thousand of the 11,000 people who lost their jobs during the Covid-19 pandemic ... More >>

Enhanced process for iwi aquaculture assets

Thursday, 6 August 2020, 1:07 pm | New Zealand Government

The government is proposing changes to aquaculture legislation to improve the process for allocating and transferring aquaculture assets to iwi. More >>

Trans-Tasman cooperation in a COVID-19 world

Thursday, 6 August 2020, 1:04 pm | New Zealand Government

New Zealand and Australia reaffirmed today the need for the closest possible collaboration as they tackle a global environment shaped by COVID-19, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters said. More >>

Government confirms CovidCard trial to go ahead

Thursday, 6 August 2020, 1:00 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government has confirmed a community-wide trial of CovidCard technology as it explores options for COVID-19 contact tracing. More >>

Pike Recovery Efforts Now In Unexplored Territory

Thursday, 6 August 2020, 12:47 pm | New Zealand Government

The recovery and forensic examination of the loader driven by survivor Russell Smith means the underground team are now moving into an area of the Pike River Mine that has not been seen since the explosion, Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry ... More >>

Mature Workers Toolkit Launched On

Thursday, 6 August 2020, 11:46 am | New Zealand Government

    Employment Minister Willie Jackson welcomes an initiative that assists employers to get mature workers into New Zealand small businesses. The disadvantages that older people face in the workplace was highlighted in the whole ... More >>

Parliament: Oral Questions - 6 August 2020

Thursday, 6 August 2020, 11:43 am | Office of the Clerk

Questions to Ministers Hon GERRY BROWNLEE to the Minister of Housing: Is she satisfied with all aspects of quarantine and managed isolation management, and what, if anything, has she learnt from the Australian experience of a second wave of COVID-19 infections? ... More >>

Bill Introduced To Fix National’s Family Court Reform Failures

Thursday, 6 August 2020, 11:38 am | New Zealand Government

The Minister of Justice has today introduced the Family Court (Supporting Children in Court) Legislation Bill – the next step in the ongoing programme of work to fix the failed 2014 Family Court reforms led by then Justice Minister Judith Collins. ... More >>

New high performance sports hub for Upper Hutt

Thursday, 6 August 2020, 11:30 am | New Zealand Government

The Government is providing up to $30 million to help fund the NZ Campus of Innovation and Sport in Upper Hutt - an investment that will create 244 jobs. More >>

Reduced International Antarctic Season Commences

Thursday, 6 August 2020, 11:13 am | New Zealand Government

A heavily scaled back international Antarctic season will commence this week, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods have confirmed. “Antarctica is the only continent that is COVID-19 free,” ... More >>

‘Shovel ready’ project for rural broadband announced

Thursday, 6 August 2020, 9:03 am | New Zealand Government

$50 million for further rural broadband digital connectivity has been allocated from the $3 billion infrastructure fund in the COVID Response and Recovery Fund has been announced by Shane Jones, Minister for Infrastructure and Kris Faafoi, Minister ... More >>

Ultra-Fast Broadband Programme Hits Major Milestone With More Than 1 Million Connections

Thursday, 6 August 2020, 6:00 am | New Zealand Government

The Minister for Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media has congratulated the Ultra-fast Broadband (UFB) programme with its major milestone of connecting more than 1 million New Zealand households and businesses to UFB. “This milestone has ... More >>

Greens Celebrate Rent Reforms

Thursday, 6 August 2020, 5:38 am | Green Party

The Green Party is celebrating the passing of the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill, calling it a win for people who rent. Green Party Co-leader and Housing Spokesperson Marama Davidson said today: “Whether we rent or own, we all have a right to live ... More >>

Vaping Legislation Passes

Thursday, 6 August 2020, 5:26 am | New Zealand Government

Landmark legislation passed today puts New Zealand on track to saving thousands of lives and having a smokefree generation sooner rather than later, Associate Health Minister, Jenny Salesa says. The Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products (Vaping) ... More >>

More Competitive Fuel Market On The Way

Thursday, 6 August 2020, 5:23 am | New Zealand Government

Kiwi motorists are set to reap the benefits of a more competitive fuel market following the passing of the Fuel Industry Bill tonight, Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods says. “This Act is where the rubber meets the road in terms of our response ... More >>

Government Repeals Discriminatory Law

Thursday, 6 August 2020, 5:20 am | New Zealand Government

A discriminatory law that has been a symbol of frustration for many people needing and providing care and support, has been scrapped by the Government. “Part 4A of the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Amendment Bill (No 2) was introduced ... More >>

Government Delivers On Rental Reforms Promise

Thursday, 6 August 2020, 5:17 am | New Zealand Government

The Government has delivered on its promise to New Zealanders to modernise tenancy laws with the passing of the Residential Tenancies Amendment (RTA) Bill 2020 today, says Associate Minister of Housing (Public Housing), Kris Faafoi. “The Residential ... More >>

Brownlee Calls On Government To Come Clean

Wednesday, 5 August 2020, 5:16 pm | New Zealand National Party

“The Government needs to come clean on what they know about the state of Covid-19 in New Zealand,” National’s Covid-19 Border Response Spokesperson, Gerry Brownlee says. “We have had three-months of no community transmission, then inexplicably, ... More >>

Petone-Grenada Highway Will Be A Game-changer

Wednesday, 5 August 2020, 4:26 pm | New Zealand National Party

National’s commitment to building the Petone to Grenada Link Road and second Terrace Tunnel shows it hasn’t forgotten about the transport needs of people in Wellington’s northern and western suburbs like Labour has, National List MP for Ōhariu Brett ... More >>

Kelvin Davis Must Apologise To The Travel Industry

Wednesday, 5 August 2020, 4:22 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Government must step up and provide a clear plan for outbound tourism and travel operators so they can avoid large scale job loss, National’s Tourism spokesperson Todd McClay says. “The Government needs to share its plan for New Zealanders trying ... More >>

New rules in place to restore healthy rivers

Wednesday, 5 August 2020, 3:29 pm | New Zealand Government

Environment Minister David Parker and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor welcomed the gazetting of the new national direction on freshwater management. More >>

Foreign Minister Announces New Consul-General In Los Angeles

Wednesday, 5 August 2020, 3:04 pm | New Zealand Government

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has announced the appointment of Jeremy Clarke-Watson as New Zealand’s new Consul-General in Los Angeles. “New Zealand and the United States share a close and dynamic partnership, based on a long history ... More >>

Rental Reforms Provide Greater Support For Victims Of Family Violence

Wednesday, 5 August 2020, 2:52 pm | New Zealand Government

Reform of New Zealand’s out of date tenancy laws is progressing with further improvements included to protect victims of family violence being added to the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill 2020. “At the Select Committee we heard people are concerned about ... More >>

Apprenticeships support kicks off today

Wednesday, 5 August 2020, 1:35 pm | New Zealand Government

Two employment schemes – one new and one expanded – going live today will help tens of thousands of people continue training on the job and support thousands more into work, the Government has announced. More >>

Bill passes for managed isolation charges

Wednesday, 5 August 2020, 1:14 pm | New Zealand Government

The Bill allowing the Government to recover some costs for managed isolation and quarantine passed its third reading today, with charges coming into force as soon as regulations are finalised. Putting regulations into force is the next step. More >>

Parliament: Oral Questions - 5 August 2020

Wednesday, 5 August 2020, 12:46 pm | Office of the Clerk

Questions to Ministers Dr DUNCAN WEBB to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he seen on the New Zealand economy in the context of the global COVID-19 pandemic? Hon JUDITH COLLINS to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by her statement regarding ... More >>

Guaranteed Minimum Income Needed To Cushion Impact Of Growing Underemployment

Wednesday, 5 August 2020, 12:33 pm | Green Party

With the June 2020 quarter showing underemployment increasing, the Green Party is calling for a Guaranteed Minimum Income and an increase to the abatement threshold to ensure everyone has a dignified income. "COVID-19 has left tens of thousands ... More >>

Unemployment Drop Shows Govt Plan To Protect Jobs And Support Businesses Is Working

Wednesday, 5 August 2020, 12:03 pm | New Zealand Government

Today’s unemployment data shows the Government’s plan to protect jobs and cushion the blow for businesses and households against the economic impact of COVID-19 was the right decision, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. Stats NZ said today that ... More >>

New role to champion reading for children

Wednesday, 5 August 2020, 11:51 am | New Zealand Government

A new role of New Zealand Reading Ambassador for children and young people is being established, Prime Minister and Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Jacinda Ardern and Minister for Internal Affairs and for Children, Tracey Martin announced today. More >>

Unemployment Figures Don’t Tell The Full Story

Wednesday, 5 August 2020, 11:48 am | New Zealand National Party

The unemployment figures released today don’t reflect the sad reality for hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders who have found themselves unemployed in the past months, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says. The number of people receiving ... More >>

Justice Committee To Consider Amendments To Protection For First Responders And Prison Officers Bill

Wednesday, 5 August 2020, 11:27 am | Justice Committee

Justice Committee to consider proposed amendments to the Protection for First Responders and Prison Officers Bill   The House of Representatives has referred the Protection for First Responders and Prison Officers Bill back to the Justice Committee ... More >>

National Leader’s speech on Wellington transport

Wednesday, 5 August 2020, 11:11 am | New Zealand National Party

Thank you to Helen and the Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce for hosting us here this morning, and thank you all for coming along. This is an exciting day for Wellington and the Hutt Valley. Can I acknowledge local MP Chris Bishop who is also National’s ... More >>

Funding boost for Community Law Centres

Wednesday, 5 August 2020, 11:06 am | New Zealand Government

Community Law Centres will receive a funding boost to meet the increased need for free legal services due to COVID-19, Justice Minister Andrew Little said. More >>

NZ joins initiative to boost women’s role in global trade

Wednesday, 5 August 2020, 10:55 am | New Zealand Government

New Zealand has joined Canada and Chile in a new trade initiative aimed at increasing women’s participation in global trade. More >>

National will deliver for the Hutt Valley on transport

Wednesday, 5 August 2020, 10:48 am | New Zealand National Party

National’s Wellington transport package will be transformational for the Hutt Valley, National’s Transport spokesperson and Hutt South MP Chris Bishop says. More >>

National will give Mt Vic Tunnel the green light in 2023

Wednesday, 5 August 2020, 10:42 am | New Zealand National Party

Wellingtonians won’t be made to wait until the 2030s for a second Mt Victoria Tunnel under a National Government, Wellington Central List MP Nicola Willis says. National Party Leader Judith Collins today announced a $4 billion plan to deliver ... More >>

$4 Billion Investment To End Wellington’s Congestion Woes

Wednesday, 5 August 2020, 10:38 am | New Zealand National Party

A National Government will invest another $4 billion in transport infrastructure across Wellington, igniting the economy and delivering the congestion-busting solutions the region has long been crying out for, National Party Leader Judith Collins says. ... More >>

ACT Providing A Clear Alternative To The Red-blue Duopoly

Wednesday, 5 August 2020, 9:38 am | ACT New Zealand

“This morning’s comments from National show that ACT is the only party committed to stopping the out-of-control spending and offering tax relief to hardworking New Zealanders,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “While National has said this morning ... More >>

Ending Climate Hypocrisy By Slashing Taxpayer-funded Flights

Wednesday, 5 August 2020, 8:45 am | ACT New Zealand

“ACT would end the climate hypocrisy in Wellington by slashing taxpayer-funded flights to Parliament by 25 percent,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “Politicians spend a lot of time talking about climate change. MPs can take one simple action ... More >>

Green Light For Wellington And Wairarapa In $220m Nationwide Cycleways Package

Wednesday, 5 August 2020, 8:35 am | New Zealand Government

People walking and cycling between Featherston and Greytown, or along Wellington’s Eastern Bays will soon have a safe shared path, as part of a $220 million shovel-ready cycleways package announced by Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter. “During ... More >>

Economic Plan Will Support Jobs And COVID-19 Recovery

Wednesday, 5 August 2020, 6:15 am | New Zealand Government

The Budget 2020 legislation approved in Parliament last night puts in place the Government’s comprehensive economic rebuild and recovery plan to deal with the impacts of COVID-19, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. “The global COVID-19 ... More >>

Parliament: Oral Questions — Questions To Ministers

Tuesday, 4 August 2020, 9:32 pm | Hansard

  ORAL QUESTIONS QUESTIONS TO MINISTERS Question No. 1—Prime Minister 1. Hon JUDITH COLLINS (Leader of the Opposition) to the Prime Minister : Does she stand by all her Government's policies and commitments? Rt Hon JACINDA ARDERN (Prime ... More >>

New Zealand Expresses Condolences On Passing Of Vanuatu High Commissioner

Tuesday, 4 August 2020, 5:04 pm | New Zealand Government

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today extended New Zealand’s condolences following the death of Vanuatu’s High Commissioner to New Zealand, Johnson Naviti, who passed away yesterday afternoon in Wellington. “Our thoughts are with the High ... More >>

Government Announces Allocation Of Three Waters Funds For Councils

Tuesday, 4 August 2020, 4:08 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government has today set out the regional allocations of the $761 million Three Waters stimulus and reform funding for councils announced by Prime Minister Hon Jacinda Ardern this month. "I want to thank Councils around the country for engaging ... More >>





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