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Infrastructure investments to be brought forward

Saturday, 30 November 2019, 2:35 pm | New Zealand Government

Infrastructure investments to be brought forward The Government has decided to bring forward major investments in New Zealand’s infrastructure to future proof the economy. “Cabinet has agreed to a significant boost to infrastructure investment. I have ... More >>

PM’s confusion over hate speech law deeply worrying

Saturday, 30 November 2019, 12:35 pm | ACT New Zealand

“Jacinda Ardern’s confusion over hate speech law should be deeply worrying to anyone concerned with protecting freedom of expression”, says ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

PM's belief that gun laws unified the country a fantasy

Saturday, 30 November 2019, 12:34 pm | ACT New Zealand

“The Prime Minister’s belief that she unified the country over gun law changes is a complete fantasy”, according to ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

MPs welcome West Coast’s new Great Walk

Saturday, 30 November 2019, 12:06 pm | New Zealand National Party

Former Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith and National’s West Coast spokesperson Maureen Pugh welcome the official opening of the Paparoa Track on the West Coast. More >>

Newest Great Walk, the Paparoa track opened

Saturday, 30 November 2019, 12:05 pm | Department of Conservation

New Zealand’s newest Great Walk, the Paparoa track opened – an asset for the West Coast PĀNUI PĀPĀHO More >>

The ‘Year of Delivery’ has delivered nothing

Saturday, 30 November 2019, 11:05 am | New Zealand National Party

The annual Labour Party conference will be a sombre affair this year as they reflect on how little has been delivered for New Zealanders in the so-called ‘Year of Delivery’, Leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges says. More >>

NZ First right to pull support for poor public policy

Friday, 29 November 2019, 5:08 pm | ACT New Zealand

“NZ First has made the right call in pulling its support for next year’s tobacco tax hike and it should consider opposing a range of other Labour policies”, says ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

P-8A Poseidon base works commence

Friday, 29 November 2019, 3:06 pm | New Zealand Government

Minister of Defence Ron Mark turned the first sod of earth on the infrastructure works for the new P-8A Poseidon fleet at RNZAF Base Ohakea today. More >>

NZ First ‘Agrees to Disagree’ Over Tobacco Excise Increase

Friday, 29 November 2019, 2:40 pm | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First has invoked the ‘Agree to Disagree’ provisions of the Coalition Agreement because it cannot support the announced 11.46 percent increase in the tobacco excise from 1 January 2020. More >>

Govt changes rules with 22 days left on ‘buy-back’

Friday, 29 November 2019, 11:45 am | ACT New Zealand

“The Government has once again shifted the goalposts on licenced firearms owners with just 22 days remaining in the failing gun ‘buy-back’”, according to ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

Launch of the National Emergency Management Agency

Friday, 29 November 2019, 10:07 am | New Zealand Government

Civil Defence Minister Hon Peeni Henare today announced the establishment of the new National Emergency Management Agency from 1 December 2019. Civil Defence Minister Hon Peeni Henare today announced the establishment of the new National Emergency ... More >>

Govt accounts show strong debt position

Friday, 29 November 2019, 10:02 am | New Zealand Government

The Government’s books are in good shape, with low debt and expenses close to forecast, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. More >>

NASA 2020 Internship applications open

Friday, 29 November 2019, 9:46 am | New Zealand Government

New Zealand tertiary students with top grades and a passion for space will once again be offered the opportunity to work with the world’s best and brightest at NASA, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford announced today. More >>

More medical staff and essential supplies to Samoa

Friday, 29 November 2019, 9:32 am | New Zealand Government

Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced further support to Samoa in the wake of an ongoing measles outbreak in the country. More >>

Cost less of a factor for Kiwis seeking GP care

Friday, 29 November 2019, 8:06 am | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Dr David Clark says new data showing a sharp drop in the number of people who can’t afford to visit their GP is a sign of real progress. More >>

Trade for All board releases recommendations

Thursday, 28 November 2019, 3:06 pm | New Zealand Government

The Trade for All Advisory Board has released its recommendations for making New Zealand’s trade policy deliver for all New Zealanders. More >>

Seymour commends PM on Erebus apology

Thursday, 28 November 2019, 3:03 pm | ACT New Zealand

“The Prime Minister has done the right thing by apologising to Erebus families”, according to MP for Epsom, David Seymour. More >>

Prime Minister Delivers Erebus Apology

Thursday, 28 November 2019, 2:36 pm | New Zealand Government

Greetings distinguished guests In remembrance of the tragic events of Erebus On a high mountain, those who were loved, were lost We continue to grieve for them. They are etched forever in our hearts. The place of the departed is for them; for us, ... More >>

Universities must protect free speech

Thursday, 28 November 2019, 11:23 am | ACT New Zealand

Universities and other tertiary education institutions will be required to protect free speech and academic freedom or otherwise lose funding under a new member’s bill launched today by ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

PGF backing Southland skills

Thursday, 28 November 2019, 11:17 am | New Zealand Government

The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is supporting an initiative that will help Southlanders into local jobs, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced in Invercargill today. More >>

Supporting Youth Futures and Southland’s Manufacturing Base

Thursday, 28 November 2019, 11:13 am | New Zealand Labour Party

“As an Invercargill based List MP, I’m delighted with today’s announcements” said Dr Liz Craig, “not only because the Provincial Growth Fund will be investing a further $4 million into the Southland economy, but also because of the synergies ... More >>

Porirua housing partnership to improve housing in the city

Thursday, 28 November 2019, 11:06 am | New Zealand Government

A partnership signed today between the Crown and local iwi, Te Rūnanga o Toa Rangātira (Ngāti Toa), will improve the quality of state housing in western Porirua, says the Associate Minister of Housing, Kris Faafoi. More >>

Ten Southland engineering firms get PGF funding

Thursday, 28 November 2019, 10:58 am | New Zealand Government

Ten engineering firms in Southland are receiving Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) investment to lift productivity and create new jobs, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones said today in Invercargill. More >>

Public service gender pay gap continues to close

Thursday, 28 November 2019, 10:41 am | New Zealand Government

The Government has made good progress towards eliminating the gender pay gap in the Public Service, Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter announced today. The latest data from the annual Public Service Workforce Data Report, shows that the 2019 Public ... More >>

Change to VIP transport rate ensures consistency for all

Thursday, 28 November 2019, 10:00 am | Office of the Speaker

The Speaker of the House Rt Hon Trevor Mallard has announced that the amount charged for Parliamentary usage of VIP transport has been rationalised. More >>

Safer speed limits for schools

Thursday, 28 November 2019, 8:42 am | New Zealand Government

The Government is delivering on its commitment to make streets safer for kids to walk and cycle to school, by reducing speed limits to a maximum of 40 km/h around urban schools and 60 km/h around rural schools. “Our kids should have the freedom ... More >>

Scott Simpson - Six-fold increase in rubbish tipping tax

Wednesday, 27 November 2019, 12:32 pm | New Zealand National Party

Eugenie Sage’s proposed six-fold increase in the levy rate for landfills will not only cost households more but lead to more illegal dumping, National’s Environment spokesperson Scott Simpson says. More >>

Transitional housing for Chatham Islands whānau

Wednesday, 27 November 2019, 12:16 pm | New Zealand Government

A new transitional whare will go a long way in helping to ease the serious housing shortage on the Chatham Islands (Rēkohu/Wharekauri), says Minister for Māori Development Hon Nanaia Mahuta and Minister for Whānau Ora Hon Peeni Henare. More >>

Higher landfill levy another broken promise

Wednesday, 27 November 2019, 11:57 am | ACT New Zealand

“A plan to increase the landfill levy six-fold is the eighth time the Government has broken Jacinda Ardern’s promise to introduce no new taxes”, according to ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

NZ joins global child support initiative

Wednesday, 27 November 2019, 11:39 am | New Zealand Government

Foreign-based parents who avoid their child support obligations in New Zealand are being targeted in a change that will make it easier for Inland Revenue to collect money owed. More >>

Suicide Prevention Office gets down to work

Wednesday, 27 November 2019, 10:05 am | New Zealand Government

New Zealand's first ever Suicide Prevention Office has officially opened today and is already working to tackle our persistently high rate of suicide. More >>

Green Party welcome Suicide Prevention Office

Wednesday, 27 November 2019, 10:05 am | Green Party

The Green Party welcome the opening of a Suicide Prevention Office that specifically focuses on driving down suicide rates in New Zealand. “Aotearoa New Zealand should be a country where no matter your postcode or background, there’s access to support ... More >>

Slow-growth policies undermining financial stability

Wednesday, 27 November 2019, 9:59 am | New Zealand National Party

The Government’s slow-growth policies are undermining New Zealand’s financial stability, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says. “Slower growth is contributing to the need for lower interest rates, and as the Reserve Bank makes ... More >>

Government steps up work on tackling waste

Wednesday, 27 November 2019, 8:28 am | New Zealand Government

The Government today released the next phase of its plan to tackle New Zealand’s mounting waste challenges. Associate Minister for the Environment Eugenie Sage released proposals to increase funding support for councils, community organisations and businesses ... More >>

Better protections for vulnerable contractors

Tuesday, 26 November 2019, 6:48 pm | New Zealand Government

Better protections for vulnerable contractors The government is taking another step to ensure our economy is inclusive, and works for all New Zealanders. We are seeking feedback on options to better protect workers in vulnerable contracting situations, ... More >>

PGF supports more manufacturing in Manawatū

Tuesday, 26 November 2019, 4:02 pm | New Zealand Government

A $261,000 loan from the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) has helped a family-run business in Manawatū to scale up manufacturing capacity, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced at its opening today. Ashhurst-based skin-care business The ... More >>

Another step towards better freight outcomes in Manawatū

Tuesday, 26 November 2019, 4:01 pm | New Zealand Government

The Regional Freight Hub near Palmerston North has taken a step forward with the completion of the master plan, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones said. More >>

More people to get mental health training than ever before

Tuesday, 26 November 2019, 3:34 pm | New Zealand Government

As many as 12,000 people will get training over the next four years in a major boost for those seeking help for mental health and addiction issues. More >>

45 years of civil defence emergency management service

Tuesday, 26 November 2019, 3:02 pm | New Zealand Government

Civil Defence Minister Hon Peeni Henare has recognised the long service of Chatham Islands Council Chief Executive Owen Pickles during a visit to the Chatham Islands today. More >>

National to put victims at the centre of Justice

Tuesday, 26 November 2019, 12:56 pm | New Zealand National Party

26 November 2019 National is reviewing whether you should do additional time if you carry out multiple crimes, National’s Justice spokesperson Mark Mitchell says. “National believes victims should be at the heart of the justice system. Victims ... More >>

Parole is a privilege, not a right

Tuesday, 26 November 2019, 12:54 pm | New Zealand National Party

The National Party is today proposing tougher measures for prisoners to get parole so that the privilege is not abused, National’s Corrections spokesperson David Bennett says. “Parole is not a right. If you have committed a crime and you are ... More >>

Strike Force Raptor Unit proposed to tackle gangs

Tuesday, 26 November 2019, 12:52 pm | New Zealand National Party

National is proposing a new unit within the Police that would crack down on gangs and allow us to take back control, National’s Police spokesperson Brett Hudson says. “The unit would be modelled on Strike Force Raptor, based in New South Wales, ... More >>

National to speed up the court process

Tuesday, 26 November 2019, 12:50 pm | New Zealand National Party

26 November 2019 National is today proposing performance measures for District and High Courts to ensure justice is served faster, National’s Courts spokesperson Chris Penk says. “The overwhelming complaint we hear about the justice system is ... More >>

National proposes banning gang patches in public

Tuesday, 26 November 2019, 12:49 pm | New Zealand National Party

National is proposing banning gang patches and insignia in public so we can take back control from the gangs, National’s Justice spokesperson Mark Mitchell says. “Gangs are growing at the fastest rate since the 1970s. There have been 1400 new ... More >>

Speech: Law and Order Discussion Document Launch

Tuesday, 26 November 2019, 12:45 pm | New Zealand National Party

Good morning, I’d like to welcome you all here today for the launch of this document. As someone who, as a Crown Prosecutor, has worked closely with the victims of serious violence, rape and murder, this discussion document is close to my heart. As the ... More >>

National is the Party of law and order

Tuesday, 26 November 2019, 12:42 pm | New Zealand National Party

National has today released the seventh in our series of discussion documents. The law and order document has a range of proposals to put victims at the heart of the justice system, Leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges says. “National believes ... More >>

Winners of Defence Industry and Employer Support Awards

Tuesday, 26 November 2019, 12:22 pm | New Zealand Government

The Minister of Defence Awards of Excellence for Industry and Employer Support for 2019 were presented at Parliament last night. More >>

Westland District Council making progress

Tuesday, 26 November 2019, 12:02 pm | New Zealand Government

The Minister of Local Government, Hon Nanaia Mahuta, has cautiously acknowledged the steps the Westland District Council is taking in response to her signalling her intention to install a Crown Observer. More >>

Languages inspires Pacific innovations

Tuesday, 26 November 2019, 11:53 am | New Zealand Government

The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio, says the new Languages Innovation Fund is designed to support Pacific grassroots initiatives that will increase awareness, celebrate, grow and inspire the daily use of Pacific languages in Aotearoa. More >>

Takata recall ending with new enforcement approach

Tuesday, 26 November 2019, 11:40 am | New Zealand Government

96 per cent of New Zealand-new vehicles with Takata Alpha airbags have been replaced, moving the compulsory recall into the final stage to capture the remaining airbags, says Commerce and Consumer Minister Kris Faafoi. More >>

PGF boost to future-proof Manawatū-Whanganui economy

Tuesday, 26 November 2019, 10:57 am | New Zealand Government

The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $772,000 in opportunities for growth in Manawatū-Whanganui, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. More >>

Working together to protect our indigenous biodiversity

Tuesday, 26 November 2019, 8:09 am | New Zealand Government

Associate Minister for the Environment, Nanaia Mahuta and Minister of Conservation, Eugenie Sage today announced a new toolkit to support councils to give nature a helping hand to restore indigenous biodiversity and halt further decline. “In the 750 years ... More >>

Greenpeace protest unproductive and ill-informed

Monday, 25 November 2019, 4:16 pm | New Zealand National Party

Greenpeace’s unlawful protest on the Skandi Atlantic in Timaru is misguided and misleading, National’s Energy and Resources spokesperson Jonathan Young says. More >>

Changes recommended for winter grazing practices

Monday, 25 November 2019, 3:47 pm | New Zealand Government

A Taskforce has made 11 recommendations to improve animal welfare in intensive winter grazing farm systems, the Minister of Agriculture Damien O’Connor confirmed today. More >>

Announcement of new High Commissioner in South Africa

Monday, 25 November 2019, 3:23 pm | New Zealand Government

Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today the appointment of diplomat Sarah Lee as New Zealand’s High Commissioner to South Africa. She will be the first female Head of Mission to represent New Zealand in Africa. More >>

Plan to get disabled people into employment

Monday, 25 November 2019, 2:46 pm | New Zealand Government

The government wants to break down the barriers to employment for disabled New Zealanders and better support them into work, says Minister for Disability Issues Carmel Sepuloni. More >>

NZ First Welcomes Commitment to Improving Animal Welfare

Monday, 25 November 2019, 12:19 pm | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First supports the changes recommended by the Winter Grazing Taskforce to improve animal welfare outcomes through the winter months, and the establishment of a pan-sector action group to implement them. More >>

Petition to build four-lane Horowhenua expressway

Monday, 25 November 2019, 12:04 pm | New Zealand National Party

The National Party is today launching a petition calling on the Government to reverse its decision to cancel the four-lane expressway between Ōtaki and Levin, National’s Transport spokesperson Chris Bishop says. More >>

Mental health and wellbeing commission bill

Monday, 25 November 2019, 10:15 am | Health Committee

The Health Committee is calling for submissions on the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill. More >>

Government failing to deliver on the economy

Monday, 25 November 2019, 9:11 am | New Zealand National Party

The economy looks set to continue to slow with yet another downgrade to New Zealand’s growth projections, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says. More >>

 
 
 
 
 
 

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