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Small business suffers as consumers think twice

Saturday, 25 January 2020, 1:26 pm | New Zealand National Party

Times are tough for small business retailers as consumer nerves hit them in the back pocket, National’s Small Business spokesperson Jacqui Dean says. More >>

Minister of Defence concludes successful US visit

Saturday, 25 January 2020, 1:14 pm | New Zealand Government

Minister of Defence Ron Mark met with United States Secretary of Defense Mark Esper today. More >>

Log trains to begin on Wairoa-Napier line

Saturday, 25 January 2020, 12:11 pm | New Zealand Government

Log trains are about to start running between Wairoa and Napier following Provincial Growth Fund investment to reopen the rail line, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says. More >>

More crime and more victims under this Government

Saturday, 25 January 2020, 12:09 pm | New Zealand National Party

Under this soft on crime Government the number of victims of crimes has skyrocketed with 278,644 victims recorded last year, National’s Police spokesperson Brett Hudson says. “That is a staggering number. In the 12 months ending 30 November 2019 there ... More >>

More victims of serious assault under Government

Saturday, 25 January 2020, 12:08 pm | New Zealand National Party

With regular reports of gang violence, drug crime and shootings, it’s no surprise the number of victims of serious assaults has increased, but an almost 40 per cent increase in the last year is staggering, National’s Justice spokesperson Mark Mitchell ... More >>

New Zealand acknowledges ICJ decision on Myanmar

Friday, 24 January 2020, 5:46 pm | New Zealand Government

Foreign Minister Winston Peters today acknowledged the ruling of the International Court of Justice in relation to the Rohingya people in Myanmar. The ruling ordered the Government of Myanmar to take all measures within its power to prevent the commission ... More >>

NZ’s trade aims advanced at Davos meetings

Friday, 24 January 2020, 1:46 pm | New Zealand Government

A proposal to cut “trade and production-distorting subsidies” in the agricultural sector by 2030 has set out important measures to ensure a fair agricultural trading system. Speaking after attending meetings of trade ministers in Davos, Switzerland, ... More >>

Great news for New Zealanders with cystic fibrosis

Friday, 24 January 2020, 1:44 pm | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Dr David Clark says he is delighted that PHARMAC has struck a provisional deal to fund Kalydeco – a medicine which is set to improve the quality of life for about 30 New Zealand children and adults with cystic fibrosis. “While rare, ... More >>

Labour’s red tape pushes rents up at fastest rate since 2008

Friday, 24 January 2020, 1:17 pm | ACT New Zealand

“Labour’s new bureaucracy on landlords has caused rents to rise at the fastest rate since the Global Financial Crisis ”, says ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

Rents and fuel driving up cost of living

Friday, 24 January 2020, 12:51 pm | New Zealand National Party

Rents are rising at the fastest pace in more than a decade and Kiwis are struggling with the increasing cost of living, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says. More >>

15,000 more kids in benefit dependent homes

Friday, 24 January 2020, 10:37 am | New Zealand National Party

There are now 15,000 more children growing up in benefit dependent homes since Labour took office, National’s Social Development spokesperson Louise Upston says. “The Prime Minister promised to halve child poverty, but seven out of nine child poverty ... More >>

New Zealand least corrupt country in the world

Thursday, 23 January 2020, 8:03 pm | New Zealand Government

New Zealand has regained its position as the least corrupt country in the world for the second time under this Coalition Government, says Justice Minister Andrew Little. More >>

Rātana Pā goes high-tech with UFB

Thursday, 23 January 2020, 3:44 pm | New Zealand Government

Iwi, hapu and visitors to Rātana Pā near Whanganui now have access to ultra-fast broadband following its connection, completed in time for annual Rātana celebrations, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says. More >>

Govt’s strong financial management acknowledged

Thursday, 23 January 2020, 3:31 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government’s strong financial management and plan to future proof the economy with new infrastructure investment has gained further recognition from an international ratings agency. More >>

Labour commits to Facebook transparency rules

Thursday, 23 January 2020, 2:14 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Labour Party leader Jacinda Ardern announced she is re-committing to a relentlessly positive election campaign in 2020 that will see the Party voluntarily sign up to Facebook’s new advertising transparency rules and have its major election policy ... More >>

Advertising transparency on Facebook

Thursday, 23 January 2020, 2:01 pm | Green Party

“We welcome Labour joining us in voluntarily opting into new transparency rules for advertising on Facebook”, Green Party Co-leader Marama Davidson said today. More >>

Emergency housing spend out of control

Thursday, 23 January 2020, 1:02 pm | New Zealand National Party

The spend on emergency housing has risen 440 per cent since the Government took office, leaving more Kiwis living in motels, National’s Social Housing spokesperson Simon O’Connor says. More >>

7000 more young people on the dole under Labour

Thursday, 23 January 2020, 12:14 pm | New Zealand National Party

More young people are joining the dole queue thanks to the Government’s failure to get youth into work, National’s Social Development spokesperson Louise Upston says. More >>

Nine years of progress undone by Labour

Thursday, 23 January 2020, 11:53 am | New Zealand National Party

After years of improvement under National, benefit numbers are now back to the heights last seen during the Global Financial Crisis, Leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges says. More >>

Boost in Whānau Ora funding to keep changing lives

Thursday, 23 January 2020, 11:15 am | New Zealand Government

Whānau throughout New Zealand are set to benefit from an extra three million dollars that will go directly to Whānau Ora Commissioning Agencies, the Minister for Whānau Ora Peeni Henare announced today. More >>

Labour's soft line on welfare sees 25,000 more on benefit

Thursday, 23 January 2020, 10:33 am | ACT New Zealand

“The number of beneficiaries continues to grow under Labour’s soft on welfare approach”, says ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

More people getting into work

Thursday, 23 January 2020, 10:09 am | New Zealand Government

The December quarter benefit numbers released today show the Government’s plan to get people off the benefit and into work is starting to pay off,” Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni said. More >>

Government failing to get Kiwis back into work

Thursday, 23 January 2020, 9:57 am | New Zealand National Party

Some beneficiaries are going more than three months without having a meeting to discuss their job search, which shows the Government isn’t doing enough to help Kiwis find work, National’s Social Development spokesperson Louise Upston says. More >>

Government slow to take action on new coronavirus

Thursday, 23 January 2020, 9:45 am | New Zealand National Party

The Government must take proactive steps to ensure the coronavirus outbreak does not spread to New Zealand and give Kiwis confidence, National’s Health spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says. “New viruses can rapidly spread across a population and ... More >>

Petition launched to prevent fishing ban

Thursday, 23 January 2020, 9:14 am | New Zealand National Party

Motiti Island’s fisheries are at risk as local councils now have the power to apply fishing bans wherever they see fit, National’s Fisheries spokesperson Ian McKelvie says. More >>

Twyford’s light rail predictions can’t be trusted

Wednesday, 22 January 2020, 3:28 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Transport Minister’s claim that light rail from Auckland’s CBD to the airport will 'absolutely' be finished by 2030 cannot be trusted, National’s Transport spokesperson Chris Bishop says. More >>

NZ concludes digital economy trade talks

Wednesday, 22 January 2020, 12:27 pm | New Zealand Government

A new trade agreement concluded today helps New Zealand exporters and consumers take advantage of opportunities from digital trade. More >>

Wairoa gets up to $6.1m to rebuild heart of CBD

Wednesday, 22 January 2020, 12:22 pm | New Zealand Government

The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing up to $6.1 million to revitalise business and tourism opportunities in Wairoa, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. More >>

Major Events support for creative and cultural events

Wednesday, 22 January 2020, 11:01 am | New Zealand Government

Creative and cultural events that highlight New Zealand’s diverse culture and build national pride are set to get a funding boost through the Major Events Fund, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford said today. More >>

Why isn’t New Zealand represented?

Wednesday, 22 January 2020, 9:49 am | New Zealand National Party

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters needs to explain the disgraceful decision to not send a New Zealand representative to the Fifth World Holocaust Forum, National’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson Gerry Brownlee says. More >>

Giving lines companies priority in an emergency

Wednesday, 22 January 2020, 9:35 am | New Zealand National Party

A Members Bill that will allow lines company vehicles to use flashing lights when responding to electrical emergencies, requiring traffic to give them priority, has been drafted by National’s Pakuranga MP Simeon Brown. More >>

No sign of an enduring deal for Ihumātao

Wednesday, 22 January 2020, 8:26 am | New Zealand National Party

There is no clear indication yet that an enduring deal to settle the land dispute at Ihumātao is on the horizon, Leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges says. More >>

Shane Jones forestry affair gets even murkier

Tuesday, 21 January 2020, 9:55 pm | New Zealand National Party

Revelations that Shane Jones met with representatives from a NZ First-linked forestry company, after point blank denying it the day before, should throw his future as a Minister into question, National’s Regional Development spokesperson Chris Bishop ... More >>

Labour enables radical activists at Ihumātao

Tuesday, 21 January 2020, 3:46 pm | ACT New Zealand

“Labour appears to have given in to a group of radical activists occupying private land at Ihumātao with a deal for a third party to purchase the land to be announced imminently”, says ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

PGF to fund Waipukurau cultural development and tourism

Tuesday, 21 January 2020, 2:06 pm | New Zealand Government

The Ngā Ara Tipuna - Waipukurau Pā Site Interpretation project will receive $2.798 million from the Provincial Growth Fund to create an authentic cultural tourism experience, Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced today More >>

21 new judges boost diversity, improve access to justice

Tuesday, 21 January 2020, 1:33 pm | New Zealand Government

Twenty-one new District Court judges have been appointed in a move that will improve access to justice and boost diversity on the bench. More >>

Police Minister finally admits to gang problem

Tuesday, 21 January 2020, 1:28 pm | New Zealand National Party

It has taken a mass brawl in his own electorate for Minister Stuart Nash to finally open his eyes and admit what every other New Zealander already knows, New Zealand has a gang problem, National’s Police spokesperson Brett Hudson says. “After ... More >>

Services sector reflects a slowing economy

Tuesday, 21 January 2020, 12:06 pm | New Zealand National Party

The decline in the services sector is another sign of a slowing economy, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says. More >>

Government fails to deliver on Kermadec Sanctuary

Tuesday, 21 January 2020, 10:46 am | New Zealand National Party

No progress has been made on advancing the Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary over the past two years despite specific Government promises in their coalition agreements to do so, Nelson MP Nick Smith says. “Written Parliamentary Question to Ministers reveal ... More >>

Government failing to enhance our marine reserves

Tuesday, 21 January 2020, 10:45 am | New Zealand National Party

The Government’s record on protecting our marine environment is lacklustre and yet another example of them failing to deliver, National’s Conservation spokesperson Sarah Dowie says. “Despite talking a big game in Opposition, the current Government ... More >>

Puhinui to Auckland Airport in 10 minutes

Tuesday, 21 January 2020, 10:12 am | New Zealand Government

Aucklanders are another step closer to getting rapid transit to the airport, with the start of construction to upgrade State Highway 20B to the airport, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. More >>

Minister of Defence to visit counterparts in US and Canada

Monday, 20 January 2020, 4:08 pm | New Zealand Government

The Minister of Defence, Ron Mark, departed today for the United States and Canada where he will meet with his counterparts. More >>

Shane Jones must explain his shady PGF meetings

Monday, 20 January 2020, 10:47 am | New Zealand National Party

Shane Jones has serious questions to answer after newly-released documents suggest he misled Parliament over his knowledge of a suspect Provincial Growth Fund application, National’s Regional Development spokesperson Chris Bishop says. More >>

Advancing New Zealand’s trade agenda focus of Europe meeting

Monday, 20 January 2020, 10:16 am | New Zealand Government

World Trade Organisation reform, agricultural trade and a free trade agreement with the United Kingdom will be the focus of Minister for Trade and Export Growth David Parker’s visit to Europe this week. More >>

Housing crisis spreads to provinces

Monday, 20 January 2020, 10:01 am | ACT New Zealand

“Every housing market in the country now rated ‘severely unaffordable’ meaning that the median house price is at least five times the median household income. More >>

Weekend of gang violence shows need to get tough

Sunday, 19 January 2020, 6:07 pm | New Zealand National Party

Two violent incidents in two days have provided a graphic illustration of why the Government needs to get tougher on gang activity, National’s Police spokesperson Brett Hudson says. More >>

Ko te reo kua mū: Piri Sciascia

Saturday, 18 January 2020, 6:25 pm | New Zealand Government

Minister for Māori Development Hon Nanaia Mahuta joins te ao Māori in their sorrow as they learn of the loss of one of the great orators and spokespersons of a generation – Piri Sciascia. More >>

PM sadden by the passing of Piri Sciascia

Saturday, 18 January 2020, 3:37 pm | New Zealand Government

It is with great sadness that I acknowledge the passing of Piri Sciascia ONZM, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said today. More >>

DOC inaction hurting Hawke’s Bay

Saturday, 18 January 2020, 12:17 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Department of Conservation’s incompetence and bullying tactics over access to popular Hawke’s Bay tourist destination Cape Kidnappers is ruining businesses and lives, MP for Tukituki Lawrence Yule says. More >>

More gang violence under soft on crime Govt

Saturday, 18 January 2020, 12:15 pm | New Zealand National Party

Another report of gang violence this morning is the sad reality of gang numbers increasing by 1400 under this Government, National’s Justice spokesperson Mark Mitchell says. More >>

Simon Bridges to visit Philippines

Saturday, 18 January 2020, 12:14 pm | New Zealand National Party

Leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges, National’s Defence spokesperson Mark Mitchell, Foreign Affairs spokesperson Gerry Brownlee and New Zealand’s first Filipino MP Paulo Garcia will tomorrow travel to the Philippines. More >>

Pacific partners work together to support Australia

Friday, 17 January 2020, 6:34 pm | New Zealand Government

The NZDF continues to support the Australian Defence Force (ADF) as it battles fires in Victoria and New South Wales, including by transporting Republic of Fiji Military engineers from Nadi to Australia, announced Defence Minister Ron Mark. More >>

CRL hardship fund criteria too harsh

Friday, 17 January 2020, 2:52 pm | New Zealand National Party

Significant issues with the City Rail Link (CRL) hardship fund is causing stress and anxiety for local businesses, Auckland Central MP Nikki Kaye says. “While it was promising that after six months of advocacy an announcement was made last year, ... More >>

Government policies put brakes on manufacturing

Friday, 17 January 2020, 2:45 pm | New Zealand National Party

Another contraction in the manufacturing sector shows the need for a government with a real plan for the economy, National’s Economic Development spokesperson Todd McClay says. “The latest Performance of Manufacturing Index survey is reporting ... More >>

Kaikōura $10.88 million boost in tourism & business

Friday, 17 January 2020, 12:16 pm | New Zealand Government

The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10.88 million to boost business and tourism opportunities in Kaikōura, Parliamentary Undersecretary for Regional Economic Development, Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. More >>

Govt needs to be clear on support staff funding

Friday, 17 January 2020, 12:15 pm | New Zealand National Party

It’s the time of year when schools are trying to work through budgets and contracts for some support staff, but they don’t know how much funding will be provided to address the increase to support staff pay as a result of last years’ settlement, ... More >>

Minister driving worsening DHB performance

Friday, 17 January 2020, 12:06 pm | New Zealand National Party

The financial performance of DHBs continues to deteriorate on this Government’s watch and it’s causing real concern for the future of the health system, National’s Health spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says. Recently published DHB Sector Financial ... More >>

Auckland focus for first graduation of 2020

Thursday, 16 January 2020, 4:21 pm | New Zealand Government

The number of Police on the Auckland frontline is increasing with the graduation today of a special locally-trained wing of new constables. Police Minister Stuart Nash says the graduation of eighteen officers from Recruit Wing 333-5 means that ... More >>

New Zealand losing billions to hidden economy

Wednesday, 15 January 2020, 4:47 pm | New Zealand National Party

New Zealand is losing millions of dollars of taxes to the ‘hidden economy’ because Revenue Minister Stuart Nash has taken his eye off the ball, National’s Revenue spokesperson Andrew Bayly says. “In the hidden economy, work, services and business ... More >>

Delivering a stable water supply to Wairarapa

Wednesday, 15 January 2020, 12:09 pm | New Zealand First Party

The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $7.11 million to create a sustainable water supply for the Wairarapa. The PGF will provide a $7 million investment to Wairarapa Water Limited to progress the Wairarapa Water Storage Scheme towards procurement, ... More >>

 
 
 
 
 
 

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