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ACT Believes Polluters Should Pay

Monday, 25 January 2021, 4:41 pm | ACT New Zealand

“Big companies should no longer be able to get away dumping contaminants into New Zealand’s drains and getting away with it,” ACT Environment and Local Government spokesperson Simon Court says. “It’s really not good enough that a loophole in ... More >>

Why Aren't We On Australia's Vaccine Timeline?

Monday, 25 January 2021, 4:22 pm | ACT New Zealand

“News this morning that Australia’s medical regulator has approved Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine for use in Australia, clearing the way for Australians to be vaccinated from next month, begs the question why New Zealand is on such a different timetable,” ... More >>

Government Needs To Urgently Tighten Up MIQ

Monday, 25 January 2021, 2:55 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Government should launch an urgent review of its MIQ facilities, with a focus on mingling between cohorts, National’s Covid-19 Response spokesperson Chris Bishop says. “News that the South African variant of Covid-19 has made it into the community ... More >>

Delay On Sharing Locations Reckless

Sunday, 24 January 2021, 4:44 pm | ACT New Zealand

“The Government’s delay on revealing the locations the Northland woman who has tested positive for Covid 19 has travelled is reckless and risks making a dangerous situation much worse,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “How can people self-isolate ... More >>

Ditch DHB Merger, Spend Funding On Medicines Instead

Sunday, 24 January 2021, 12:56 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Government should stop spending millions of dollars on its health sector experiment and focus the funding on areas that will actually make a difference to the lives of New Zealanders, National’s Health spokesperson Dr Shane Reti says. “So far ... More >>

Almost One Firearm Incident Per Day In January

Saturday, 23 January 2021, 12:49 pm | New Zealand National Party

There has been close to one firearm incident reported per day in January, yet the Government is silent on this growing issue, National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown says. “Gun violence is rapidly spreading throughout the country. Most mornings, ... More >>

7AA Of OT Act Should Be Scrapped

Friday, 22 January 2021, 1:14 pm | ACT New Zealand

“Oranga Tamariki (OT) will remain ungovernable and continue to fail children unless it’s allowed to focus on the one thing it was established to do, ensure the wellbeing of children,” says ACT’s Social Development and Children spokesperson Karen Chhour. ... More >>

Oil And Gas Ban Clearly Short-sighted

Friday, 22 January 2021, 1:02 pm | New Zealand National Party

Beach Energy’s decision to abandon existing exploration permits off the South Island as a result of the Government’s oil and gas ban comes as no surprise, National’s Energy and Resources spokesperson Barbara Kuriger says. “What the Government called ... More >>

What’s The Plan For Crims With Guns?

Friday, 22 January 2021, 12:33 pm | ACT New Zealand

“A capped six-month amnesty on now prohibited firearms and parts held by licensed firearms owners won’t work, just as its predecessor failed to make New Zealand any safer,” says ACT Firearms Reform spokesperson Nicole McKee. “Meanwhile, gangs ... More >>

Finance Minister Fiddles While Housing Market Burns

Friday, 22 January 2021, 11:45 am | New Zealand National Party

The Minister of Finance is taking far too long to put a lid on rising house prices, National’s Shadow Treasurer Andrew Bayly says. “Grant Robertson’s announcement that he will respond later this year to the Reserve Bank’s suggestions for more ... More >>

Grainne Moss’ Resignation Welcome, It Must Pave Way For Māori Leadership At OT

Friday, 22 January 2021, 11:21 am | Green Party

The Green Party welcomes the resignation of Grainne Moss as Chief Executive of Oranga Tamariki. Green Party spokesperson for Children Jan Logie said today: “I welcome Grainne Moss’ decision to leave the role. “There is no denying that it is incredibly ... More >>

Gun Buyback 2.0 Another Marketing Exercise

Friday, 22 January 2021, 11:03 am | New Zealand National Party

The increased number of firearms incidents we’ve seen across the country recently shows why the Government’s focus needs to be on gangs and criminals, not another gun buyback, National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown says. “The first gun ... More >>

Voluntary Saliva Testing Offered To Quarantine Workers From Monday

Friday, 22 January 2021, 11:03 am | New Zealand Government

Border workers in quarantine facilities will be offered voluntary daily COVID-19 saliva tests in addition to their regular weekly testing, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. This additional option will be rolled out at the Jet Park ... More >>

Next Steps In Firearms Buy-back

Friday, 22 January 2021, 10:03 am | New Zealand Government

The next steps in the Government’s ambitious firearms reform programme to include a three-month buy-back have been announced by Police Minister Poto Williams today. More >>

Booking MIQ Shouldn’t Be Like Trying To Get Elton John Tickets

Friday, 22 January 2021, 9:36 am | ACT New Zealand

“The Government must reduce the anxiety being caused to New Zealanders offshore and wanting to return home by expanding its arbitrary three month window for booking managed isolation facilities,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “It’s insane ... More >>

Government Bereft Of Ideas On Housing

Thursday, 21 January 2021, 2:36 pm | ACT New Zealand

“It is shameful that the Government is so bereft of ideas on delivering more housing that it couldn’t answer any questions today beyond a plan to build fewer public houses by 2024 than there are families on the waiting list for public houses today,” ... More >>

ECE Food Rules Should Be Scrapped

Thursday, 21 January 2021, 11:57 am | ACT New Zealand

“Officials responsible for dreaming up superfluous food rules for Early Childhood Centres (ECEs) should be fired and their salaries used to fund education,” says ACT Education spokesperson Chris Baillie. “This is an absurd overreach and the ... More >>

Time For The Government To Adopt JobStart

Thursday, 21 January 2021, 11:26 am | New Zealand National Party

With 212,468 people on a jobseeker benefit, it’s time for the Government to take urgent action and adopt National’s JobStart policy, National’s Social Development spokesperson Louise Upston says. The latest figures released by the Ministry of Social ... More >>

Bolder Action Required To Fix Housing Emergency

Thursday, 21 January 2021, 11:22 am | New Zealand National Party

The Government’s public housing plan will fall well short of fixing New Zealand’s housing emergency, National’s Housing spokesperson Nicola Willis says. “The social housing waiting list is growing at an alarming rate. In the past 12 months alone ... More >>

New Public Housing Plan Announced

Thursday, 21 January 2021, 10:55 am | New Zealand Government

RT HON JACINDA ARDERN HON DR MEGAN WOODS The Government has released its Public Housing Plan 2021-2024 which outlines the intention of where 8,000 additional public and transitional housing places announced in Budget 2020, will go. “The Government ... More >>

From Year Of Delivery To Year Of Reannouncements

Thursday, 21 January 2021, 10:51 am | ACT New Zealand

“The Prime Minister cannot be telling us the big response of a transformational Labour Government to the shortage of houses being built in New Zealand is which regions will get the new state houses announced in last year’s Budget,” says ACT Housing ... More >>

ACT Welcomes Biden Presidency

Thursday, 21 January 2021, 9:45 am | ACT New Zealand

“The ACT Party congratulates President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on their inauguration today,” says ACT Foreign Affairs spokesperson Brooke van Velden “We hoped for a smooth, peaceful transition of power and we’re relieved ... More >>

Prime Minister Congratulates President Joe Biden On His Inauguration

Thursday, 21 January 2021, 6:34 am | New Zealand Government

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has congratulated President Joe Biden on his inauguration as the 46th President of the United States of America. “I look forward to building a close relationship with President Biden and working with him on issues that matter ... More >>

Worsening Housing Crisis Must Prompt Action

Wednesday, 20 January 2021, 1:17 pm | Green Party

A growing public housing waiting list and continued increase of house prices must be urgently addressed by Government, Green Party Co-leader Marama Davidson said today. Houses across the country are ballooning in value, meaning many homeowners are earning ... More >>

Labour Lets Housing Waitlist Surge Out Of Control

Wednesday, 20 January 2021, 11:04 am | New Zealand National Party

Despite promises to fix our housing shortage housing has become more unaffordable than ever under Labour, with the public housing wait list quadrupling over the last three years, National’s Housing spokesperson Nicola Willis says. “Recently released ... More >>

National Concerned By Police Backdown On Cannabis

Wednesday, 20 January 2021, 9:57 am | New Zealand National Party

Police need explain why they’ve quietly decided to ditch the annual cannabis eradication operation and how they will continue crack down on the supply of cannabis, National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown says. “To make a major decision such as this and ... More >>

Public Deserves Clarity And Consistency On Vaccine Timing

Wednesday, 20 January 2021, 9:13 am | ACT New Zealand

“ACT’s January 6 call for a vaccine timetable review, and January 11 charge that the Government’s response to Covid 19 had become complacent, are being sadly vindicated with each day’s developments,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “The ... More >>

Govt Negligence Sees Border Workers Waiting For Vaccine

Tuesday, 19 January 2021, 2:42 pm | New Zealand National Party

It’s disappointing the Government is only now trying to get a batch of vaccines for our frontline workers when this should have been a priority in the first place, National’s Covid-19 Response spokesperson Chris Bishop says. “Three months ago ... More >>

Gun Crime Out Of Control – Only ACT Making Sense

Tuesday, 19 January 2021, 2:38 pm | ACT New Zealand

“Another week and New Zealand’s months-long spate of gun crime continues,” says ACT Firearms Reform spokesperson Nicole McKee. “Much of this violent activity is gang-related, using illegal firearms. “The Government simply doesn’t have ... More >>

Government Shamed Into Action

Tuesday, 19 January 2021, 2:33 pm | ACT New Zealand

“Opposition pressure to improve the timeliness of Covid 19 vaccine deliveries is working,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “Today’s revelation from Covid 19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins that the Government is desperately trying to get ... More >>

Pre-departure Testing Extended To All Passengers To New Zealand

Tuesday, 19 January 2021, 11:09 am | New Zealand Government

To further protect New Zealand from COVID-19, the Government is extending pre-departure testing to all passengers to New Zealand except from Australia, Antarctica and most Pacific Islands, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. More >>

Big Questions About Vaccine Contracts

Monday, 18 January 2021, 1:30 pm | ACT New Zealand

“The Government needs to explain whether the New Zealand’s timeline for delivery of Covid 19 vaccines is based on supply constraints or because we’ve signed contracts that give the drug companies discretion to decide which countries need vaccines most,” ... More >>

NZ Should Go Hard And Early With Vaccinations Too

Monday, 18 January 2021, 12:00 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Government has claimed New Zealand’s successful response to Covid-19 thus far has been because we went hard and early, so why has the message changed for vaccinations, Leader of the Opposition Judith Collins says. “The Government has said manufacturers ... More >>

Will NZ Be In The Second 50 Or The Third?

Friday, 15 January 2021, 2:35 pm | ACT New Zealand

“ News compiled by Bloomberg that there are now 49 countries with Covid-19 vaccination campaigns underway piles more pressure on the Government to tell us when our vaccines will arrive and when jabs can begin,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “I know ... More >>

Cook Islanders To Resume Travel To New Zealand

Friday, 15 January 2021, 1:06 pm | New Zealand Government

The Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern and the Prime Minister of the Cook Islands Mark Brown have announced passengers from the Cook Islands can resume quarantine-free travel into New Zealand from 21 January, enabling access to essential services such ... More >>

ACT’s Gang Gun Solution Deserves Govt Support

Friday, 15 January 2021, 11:42 am | ACT New Zealand

“News today that Canterbury Police have been ordered to carry firearms for the second time in a fortnight amid fears of armed gang retaliation is further evidence of why ACT’s approach to tackling gangs and their firearms deserves greater attention,” ... More >>

Supporting Communities And Landowners To Grow Employment Opportunities

Thursday, 14 January 2021, 2:55 pm | New Zealand Government

Jobs for Nature funding is being made available to conservation groups and landowners to employ staff and contractors in a move aimed at boosting local biodiversity-focused projects, Conservation Minister Kiritapu Allan has announced. More >>

Border Exception For Some Returning International Tertiary Students

Thursday, 14 January 2021, 12:32 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government has approved an exception class for 1000 international tertiary students, degree level and above, who began their study in New Zealand but were caught offshore when border restrictions began. The exception will allow students to return to New ... More >>

Tiwai Point Deal Great News For Southland

Thursday, 14 January 2021, 10:31 am | New Zealand National Party

The deal between Tiwai Point and Meridian Energy to keep the smelter open until the end of 2024 is good news for the staff, contractors and wider Southland community, MP for Invercargill Penny Simmonds says. “Tiwai Point is an important part of Southland’s ... More >>

Tiwai Deal Gives Time For Managed Transition

Thursday, 14 January 2021, 8:54 am | New Zealand Government

Today’s deal between Meridian and Rio Tinto for the Tiwai smelter to remain open another four years provides time for a managed transition for Southland. More >>

Lack Of Clarity On Vaccine Delivery Astonishing

Wednesday, 13 January 2021, 5:28 pm | ACT New Zealand

“The Government’s inability to provide clarity on when the Covid-19 vaccines it has purchased will arrive is alarming and deserves a much better explanation,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “Grant Robertson told NewstalkZB today ‘I can ... More >>

Govt’s Careful Economic Management Recognised

Wednesday, 13 January 2021, 3:51 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government’s prudent fiscal management and strong policy programme in the face of the COVID-19 global pandemic have been acknowledged by the credit rating agency Fitch. More >>

Security At NZ Parliament

Wednesday, 13 January 2021, 1:04 pm | Parliamentary Services

Media Statement – Parliamentary Service Chief Executive, Rafael Gonzalez-Montero 13 January 2021 Recent events around the world and this morning’s incident at our own Parliament buildings have resulted in increased interest in the security measures ... More >>

Criticism Unfounded – We Must Get Tracing Numbers Up

Wednesday, 13 January 2021, 11:19 am | ACT New Zealand

“Criticism of ACT’s proposal to make scanning into any premises with an official Ministry of Health Covid-19 tracing QR code compulsory for those people who haven’t switched on the official NZ Covid Tracer app’s Bluetooth capability is misplaced,” ... More >>

Stricter Rules Needed For High Risk Arrivals

Wednesday, 13 January 2021, 10:00 am | New Zealand National Party

The Government needs to change the way arrivals from the United Kingdom and other high risk destinations are being treated and adopt stricter rules in MIQ for high risk arrivals, National’s Covid-19 Response spokesperson Chris Bishop says. “The ... More >>

Hipkins Contradicts Aussie PM – Who’s Right?

Wednesday, 13 January 2021, 8:54 am | ACT New Zealand

“Health Minister Chris Hipkins has this morning defended the Government’s tardy vaccination plans by saying Australia hasn’t received its stocks of vaccine yet, and he believes both countries will receive them sometime in March,” says ACT Leader ... More >>

As Covid Risk Grows, Scanning In Should Be Compulsory

Tuesday, 12 January 2021, 3:24 pm | ACT New Zealand

“The Government should make scanning into any premises with an official Ministry of Health Covid-19 tracing QR code compulsory for those people who haven’t switched on the official NZ Covid Tracer app’s Bluetooth capability,” says ACT Leader ... More >>

Additional Actions To Keep COVID-19 Out Of NZ

Tuesday, 12 January 2021, 2:03 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government is putting in place a suite of additional actions to protect New Zealand from COVID-19, including new emerging variants, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “Given the high rates of infection in many countries ... More >>

Pre-departure Covid-19 Tests Should Be Extended

Tuesday, 12 January 2021, 9:20 am | New Zealand National Party

The Government should urgently extend its Covid-19 pre-departure test requirement to all international travellers, not just those from the United Kingdom or United States, Leader of the Opposition Judith Collins says. “The threat to New Zealand ... More >>

Government Must Act To Avoid Another Lockdown

Monday, 11 January 2021, 1:36 pm | ACT New Zealand

“There is an unnerving sense of complacency about the Government’s Covid-19 response at the very time a heightened sense of vigilance and adaptability to changing circumstances is required,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “We are now dealing ... More >>

National Calls For Vaccine Rollout To Be Fast-tracked

Monday, 11 January 2021, 10:14 am | New Zealand National Party

National is calling on the Government to accelerate the rollout of Covid-19 vaccines in New Zealand, in light of the new highly-infectious UK and South African variants that are threatening our borders, Leader of the Opposition Judith Collins says. “It ... More >>

Finally Pre-departure Testing, But Needs To Go Further

Monday, 11 January 2021, 8:52 am | New Zealand National Party

The announcement today that from early next year all returnees from the UK and US will require pre-departure testing is a sound decision and one that the National Party has been calling for since August when we proposed a Border Protection Agency, ... More >>

Govt’s Police Recruitment Promise On The Scrap Heap

Sunday, 10 January 2021, 8:59 am | New Zealand National Party

The Government has lived up to its soft-on-crime reputation by pushing pause on its plans to increase police numbers by 1800, National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown says. In 2017, Labour promised to grow the Police’s ranks by 1800 over three ... More >>

19 Projects Will Clean Up And Protect Waterways

Saturday, 9 January 2021, 6:38 am | New Zealand Government

$36 million of Government funding alongside councils and others for 19 projects Investment will clean up and protect waterways and create local jobs Boots on the ground expected in Q2 of 2021 Funding part of the Jobs for Nature policy package ... More >>

New Zealand Government Acknowledges 175th Anniversary Of Battle Of Ruapekapeka

Friday, 8 January 2021, 8:40 am | New Zealand Government

The commemoration of the 175th anniversary of the Battle of Ruapekapeka represents an opportunity for all New Zealanders to reflect on the role these conflicts have had in creating our modern nation, says Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and ... More >>

Statement From The Prime Minister On US Protests

Thursday, 7 January 2021, 2:51 pm | New Zealand Government

“ Like so many others, I’ve been watching what’s happening in the United States. I share the sentiment of friends in the US - what is happening is wrong. Democracy - the right of people to exercise a vote, have their voice heard and then have that ... More >>

Employers Are Not The Enemy

Thursday, 7 January 2021, 12:52 pm | ACT New Zealand

“Labour must stop seeing employers as the enemy and avoid doing further harm to the productive sector,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “The Government was told its latest minimum wage hike will have a ‘disproportionately large’ negative ... More >>

COVID Variant Requires Vaccine Timetable Review

Tuesday, 5 January 2021, 4:34 pm | ACT New Zealand

“The Government must reconsider waiting for Medsafe approval before making COVID vaccines available, in light of the new more contagious COVID strain sweeping the world,” says ACT Leader David Seymour "We've got used to feeling a bit invincible ... More >>

Govt Must Strip Gangs Of Gun Licences

Tuesday, 5 January 2021, 3:49 pm | ACT New Zealand

“The Government must take the recent surge in gang violence seriously and should start by stripping gang members of firearms licences,” says ACT’s Firearms Law Reform spokesperson Nicole McKee. “Over the past few years, the number of gang ... More >>

Police Need New Powers To Combat Gang Violence

Tuesday, 5 January 2021, 12:40 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Government should move quickly to introduce Firearm Prohibition Orders to help Police quell incidents of gang warfare like the one unfolding in Christchurch, National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown says. The law change would allow Police to issue ... More >>




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