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Kind Words Won’t Get Kids Out Of Living In Cars

Thursday, 18 August 2022, 6:43 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Government needs to take responsibility for the fourfold increase in the number of kids registered as living in cars under their watch and get these kids into housing, National’s Housing Spokesperson Chris Bishop says. “Labour made a lot of noise ... More >>

Coal Powered Government Sets A New Record

Thursday, 18 August 2022, 6:39 pm | ACT New Zealand

“Jacinda Ardern’s “nuclear free moment” has become even more of a joke today as New Zealand has become a net importer of coal for the first time ever,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “Labour has made it too hard to mine under the RMA, but ... More >>

Government Provides Support To Flooded Nelson Tasman Communities

Thursday, 18 August 2022, 3:02 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government is making an initial contribution of $200,000 to the Mayoral Relief Fund to help communities in Nelson/Tasman and Marlborough following prolonged heavy rain, flooding and high winds this week, Minister for Emergency Management Kieran ... More >>

National Launches Petition To Protect School Drop-off

Thursday, 18 August 2022, 2:39 pm | New Zealand National Party

National has launched a petition to stop Labour from banning school drop-offs and pick-ups without consultation in its Reshaping Streets proposal, National’s Transport spokesperson Simeon Brown says. “Our streets should not be reshaped without community ... More >>

Government Ensures Artists Get Resale Royalties

Thursday, 18 August 2022, 1:42 pm | New Zealand Government

In line with Aotearoa New Zealand’s Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the UK and the EU, the Government is establishing an Artist Resale Royalty Scheme to ensure the creators of visual arts are recognised and rewarded when their work is resold ... More >>

$6 Million On Reserve Bank Website

Thursday, 18 August 2022, 1:39 pm | ACT New Zealand

“The Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) has strayed so far from its purpose that it’s now spending millions of taxpayers’ dollars on a new website amidst a cost of living crisis,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “Written Parliamentary Questions ... More >>

Green Party Welcomes Complaints Service For Survivors Of Conversion Practices

Thursday, 18 August 2022, 12:23 pm | Green Party

The Green Party is celebrating a new complaints service for survivors of conversion practices launched today by the Human Rights Commission, and repeats the call for a Ministry for Rainbow Communities . “We are thrilled help is now available for ... More >>

More Spin Doctors, Fewer Economics Staff At RBNZ

Thursday, 18 August 2022, 11:37 am | New Zealand National Party

Despite a huge increase in the Reserve Bank budget and runaway inflation, the Bank has massively increased its central office communications functions while failing to bolster its core economics function, says National’s Finance Spokesperson Nicola ... More >>

Government Responds To PM’s Chief Science Advisor’s Report On Commercial Fishing

Thursday, 18 August 2022, 11:01 am | New Zealand Government

Oceans and Fisheries Minister David Parker today released the Government’s response to the Future of Commercial Fishing in Aotearoa New Zealand report . “The report has already been influential in shaping this Government’s approach to oceans and ... More >>

RBNZ Doth Protest Too Much In 13 Page Mea Culpa

Thursday, 18 August 2022, 10:47 am | ACT New Zealand

“Less than an hour before Reserve Bank Governor Adrian Orr was due to be questioned at Select Committee he issued a 13 page mea culpa,” says ACT Leader and Finance spokesperson David Seymour. “In the report, RBNZ says that it had to do Large Scale ... More >>

Kiwi Technology Safeguarding Fish Stocks Offers Global Opportunity

Thursday, 18 August 2022, 10:47 am | New Zealand Government

A Kiwi trawling innovation that enables most undersized fish to escape unharmed is going global with the help of government funding. “We’re supporting the further improvement of a fishing system that enables fish to swim freely and thereby allowing ... More >>

One Year On From Delta: Citizens Voting With Their Feet

Thursday, 18 August 2022, 10:12 am | ACT New Zealand

“One year from the Delta outbreak, New Zealand is ‘leading’ the Anglosphere for COVID cases and death rates, and Jacinda Ardern’s abundance of caution has been replaced by an abundance of social and economic costs - but she’s nowhere ... More >>

Surgical Wait List Hits New Record

Thursday, 18 August 2022, 9:43 am | New Zealand National Party

A new record has been set for New Zealanders waiting more than four months for surgery, National’s Health spokesperson Dr Shane Reti says. “Health Minister Andrew Little has set a new record in the health sector – this time for the worst surgical wait ... More >>

Investing In Māori Success In The Research, Science And Innovation System

Thursday, 18 August 2022, 9:38 am | New Zealand Government

The Government is providing $6.5 million to a programme that will grow and retain the numbers of Māori in the research, science and innovation workforce. More >>

Govt’s Mental Health Roll-out Gains Momentum – More Funds And Internships For Clinical Psychology

Thursday, 18 August 2022, 9:23 am | New Zealand Government

The Government is increasing the number of funded clinical psychology internships and the payment interns receive on placement to support more students to choose clinical psychology as a career and address mental health workforce demand. More >>

Greens Welcome Review Of RSE, But Urge Govt To Start Right Now

Thursday, 18 August 2022, 9:03 am | Green Party

The Green Party says the Government is right to carry out a full review of the Recognised Seasonal Employers (RSE) scheme - but says the review should start right now. “An overhaul of the RSE scheme is something the Greens called for in the wake of recent ... More >>

Tinetti In Hiding As Strike Action Looms

Wednesday, 17 August 2022, 4:30 pm | New Zealand National Party

Internal Affairs Minister Jan Tinetti needs to quit hiding and urgently get around a table to resolve issues at Fire and Emergency NZ before firefighters walk off the job on Friday, National’s Fire and Emergency spokesperson Todd Muller says. “Just ... More >>

National Pays Tribute To Sir Toby Curtis

Wednesday, 17 August 2022, 3:46 pm | New Zealand National Party

National Party Leader Christopher Luxon has extended his condolences to the whānau of Sir Toby Curtis following his passing. "Sir Toby was a highly respected kaumātua and dedicated his life to improving the lives of Māori and all people in New Zealand. ... More >>

OCR Hike Means More Pain For Homeowners

Wednesday, 17 August 2022, 3:09 pm | New Zealand National Party

In a massive blow to homeowners, out-of-control inflation has pushed the Reserve Bank into once again hiking the Official Cash Rate by a dramatic 50 basis points, National’s Finance Spokesperson Nicola Willis says. “Today’s statement is yet ... More >>

Wage Growth Best On Record

Wednesday, 17 August 2022, 2:53 pm | New Zealand Government

Workers’ have experienced their biggest pay hike on record, outstripping inflation. Stats NZ figures show median weekly earnings from wages and salaries jumped by 8.8 percent in the June year, the largest annual increase since records began in 1998 ... More >>

Govt Splurge Brings More Mortgage Pain

Wednesday, 17 August 2022, 2:05 pm | ACT New Zealand

“Today more pain has been heaped on Kiwis already struggling with a cost of living crisis, it could have been avoided if the Government had disciplined its spending,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “Adrian Orr told the Government he needed ‘ more ... More >>

Poll Shows Kiwis Want ACT’s Tax Policies

Wednesday, 17 August 2022, 1:23 pm | ACT New Zealand

“Today’s Taxpayers’ Union Curia Poll shows that Kiwis are overtaxed and want real change in our tax system, they will be pleased to know that ACT is the party proposing exactly that,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “The poll shows that ... More >>

At-risk Afghans Evacuated To Aotearoa Must Be Reunited With Family

Wednesday, 17 August 2022, 12:00 pm | Green Party

One year on from the fall of Kabul to the Taliban, the Green Party is calling on the Government to do more to support our most at-risk evacuees. “New Zealand’s response to the Afghan atrocity should address the deepening crisis facing millions ... More >>

Seaweed Innovator Wins Government Support

Wednesday, 17 August 2022, 11:10 am | New Zealand Government

The Government is continuing to make regional economies stronger and more resilient with investment in a project that will likely create the world’s first commercial seaweed-based nanocellulose manufacturing plant. More >>

Te Pūkenga’s Leadership Plan Misses The Mark

Tuesday, 16 August 2022, 6:44 pm | New Zealand National Party

Te Pūkenga’s leadership consultation plan is big on spin but short on specifics, National’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Penny Simmonds says. “Yesterday’s long-awaited document was a complete let-down. Te Pūkenga’s management had an ... More >>

Government Partners With Germany To Invest In Green Hydrogen Research

Tuesday, 16 August 2022, 3:36 pm | New Zealand Government

A green hydrogen research programme has been established with Germany will support Aotearoa New Zealand’s move towards a more sustainable, low-emissions economy, Research, Science and Innovation Minister Dr Ayesha Verrall says. The New Zealand-Germany ... More >>

Pay Parity For Early Childhood Teachers, Now

Tuesday, 16 August 2022, 12:46 pm | Green Party

A recent decision by the Minister of Education to hold back pay parity for ECE teachers needs changing urgently, the Green Party says. Documents released by the Treasury show that it warned the government not to fully fund parity in the Budget in May ... More >>

Greens Back HRC Call For Immediate Rent Freeze

Tuesday, 16 August 2022, 11:29 am | Green Party

The Green Party backs the Human Rights Commission’s call for an immediate rent freeze followed by reform of the rental system to guarantee that everyone has a warm, dry, affordable place to live. “The Human Rights Commission is absolutely right. ... More >>

ACT Calls For Review Of Electronic Monitoring

Tuesday, 16 August 2022, 11:28 am | ACT New Zealand

“The numbers of violent and sexual offenders being released on electronic bail has increased dramatically under Labour and it’s time we reviewed who is eligible,” says ACT’s Corrections spokesperson Toni Severin. “There are some instances where ... More >>

Three Strikes For Burglars

Tuesday, 16 August 2022, 11:27 am | ACT New Zealand

“The ACT Party in Government would not only reinstate Three Strikes, but we would also introduce a new Three Strikes law for burglary offences,” says ACT Justice spokesperson Nicole McKee. “If anyone ever doubted that this Government cares more ... More >>

Defending The Dignity Of Victims

Tuesday, 16 August 2022, 11:24 am | ACT New Zealand

“It’s time we started putting victims of crime at the centre of the justice system and fix our broken reparation structure,” says ACT’s Justice spokesperson Nicole McKee. “Each year thousands of offenders fail to make any payment towards ... More >>

Green Party Legislation To Protect Migrant Victims Of Family Violence

Tuesday, 16 August 2022, 11:24 am | Green Party

A Green Party member’s bill would provide stronger protections for people in migrant communities who experience family violence. “My new bill will make potentially life saving changes to the law that will support migrant victims of family violence ... More >>

Real Change In Law And Order

Tuesday, 16 August 2022, 10:23 am | ACT New Zealand

“The ACT Party is once again leading with policies to solve the issues facing New Zealand. Our latest policy document tackles law and order, an area where the Government’s beltway ideology has failed and people on main street are feeling ... More >>

Getting The Balance Right With Youth Crime

Tuesday, 16 August 2022, 10:11 am | ACT New Zealand

“ACT would introduce instant, practical penalties for young people caught shoplifting, stopping rookie offenders before they escalate to more serious offending,” says former Youth Aid Police officer and ACT’s Police spokesperson Chris Baillie. “I ... More >>

85,000 New Kiwis Provide Certainty For New Zealand Businesses

Tuesday, 16 August 2022, 10:08 am | New Zealand Government

More than a third of eligible migrants are now New Zealand residents thanks to the Government’s one-off, simplified path to residence, providing a way forward for migrant families and certainty for New Zealand businesses, Minister of Immigration ... More >>

Labour’s Transport Decision Will Take NZ Backwards

Monday, 15 August 2022, 1:10 pm | New Zealand National Party

Labour’s decision to scrap the Public Transport Operating Model will take our public transport system backwards by removing a competitive market based approach to service delivery, National’s Transport spokesperson Simeon Brown says. “Allowing ... More >>

Increased Centralisation Would Lead To Fewer Buses

Monday, 15 August 2022, 11:41 am | ACT New Zealand

“Minister of Transport Michael Wood’s policy of trying to take public transport accountability away from private companies is a sop to union bosses that could lead to fewer buses on the road,” says ACT’s Transport spokesperson Simon Court. “If ... More >>

Creating Sustainable Public Transport For All

Monday, 15 August 2022, 10:25 am | New Zealand Government

Our new approach to public transport will: · Support ‘on-demand’ public transport services · Allow councils to own and operate services in house · Improve pay and working conditions · Deliver routes and services that reflect community needs · ... More >>

New Public Transport Model Must Be Backed With Investment

Monday, 15 August 2022, 10:23 am | Green Party

The Green Party has once again shown that bringing people together to demand change works, with the announcement today that the Government will give communities a greater say over how their local transport services are run. “The Green Party has long ... More >>

ACT Requests An Extension For Licensing Renewals

Sunday, 14 August 2022, 1:12 pm | ACT New Zealand

“I have sent Minister of Police Chris Hipkins a letter calling on him to issue an extension for firearm licensing renewals in light of massive backlogs,” says ACT’s Firearms Law Reform spokesperson Nicole McKee. “There are thousands of ... More >>

Millions Spent And Only 7 Per Cent Of Target Reached

Saturday, 13 August 2022, 6:08 pm | New Zealand National Party

The measles catch-up campaign is just the latest expensive botched health programme under Labour, National’s Health spokesperson Dr Shane Reti says. “The $20 million two year measles catch-up programme was completed last month and the results are ... More >>

Scrap The Traveller Declaration Form

Saturday, 13 August 2022, 12:44 pm | ACT New Zealand

“ACT is calling on the Government to use common sense and scrap the burdensome Traveller Declaration form,” says ACT’s Immigration spokesperson Dr James McDowall. “This form is another example of COVID regulations that have passed their use-by ... More >>

Why Stop There With Interest Deductibility?

Friday, 12 August 2022, 4:45 pm | ACT New Zealand

“The Government has seen sense and axed their unfair interest deductibility policy for larger developers, it should keep going and axe it for all renters,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “ACT has been vocally opposed to the Government’s plans ... More >>

Further Steps Needed To Unlock Build-to-Rent

Friday, 12 August 2022, 4:08 pm | New Zealand National Party

Labour has finally heeded the calls of many in the housing sector to make it easier for Build-to-Rent houses to be developed in New Zealand, but more needs to be done to unlock its true potential, National’s Housing spokesperson Chris Bishop says. ... More >>

Tourism Minister Says Backpackers Not Welcome

Friday, 12 August 2022, 3:09 pm | New Zealand National Party

After two years of pain for the tourism sector, Stuart Nash needs to explain why he doesn’t want a return of backpackers when tourism operators say they’ll take any overseas visitors, National’s Tourism spokesperson Todd McClay says. “The ... More >>

Tax Break To Boost Long-term Rental Supply

Friday, 12 August 2022, 2:14 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government is encouraging more long-term rental options by giving developers tax relief for as long as the homes are held as long-term rentals, the Housing Minister Megan Woods has announced. More >>

Food Prices Demand Urgent Action

Friday, 12 August 2022, 12:14 pm | Green Party

The Green Party is calling on the Government to ensure that as a nation which produces enough food to feed 40 million people, everyone in New Zealand can put an abundance of nourishing, nutritious kai on the table. ““People need liveable incomes and ... More >>

Homegrown Inflation Not Going Anywhere

Friday, 12 August 2022, 11:51 am | ACT New Zealand

“Inflation is not going anywhere because it’s homegrown, literally in the case of the latest food price increases,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “The Food Price Index is showing the second highest monthly food price inflation in over 10 ... More >>

Food Prices Climb Taking Kiwis Backwards

Friday, 12 August 2022, 11:43 am | New Zealand National Party

Kiwi families continue to battle runaway food prices, National’s Finance spokesperson Nicola Willis says. Data released by Stats NZ today show that food prices have increased by an average of 7.4 per cent in the last 12 months, which included a 10 per cent ... More >>

Remote Monitoring Could Give Patients Better Care At Home

Friday, 12 August 2022, 11:24 am | New Zealand Government

People could spend less time in hospital, thanks to a smart new remote device that lets patients be monitored at home, Health Minister Andrew Little says. “Technology has the potential to really change the way we do things – to do things that are ... More >>

National Waking Up To Housing Deal Failure

Friday, 12 August 2022, 11:04 am | ACT New Zealand

“The ACT Party is heartened to see National’s Leader recognise the mistake it made in supporting Labour with new intensification rules. ACT is ready with solutions to improve the law, solutions we put forward when the law was being debated,” says ... More >>

Govt Must Rule Out Banning School Drop-off

Friday, 12 August 2022, 11:01 am | New Zealand National Party

Michael Wood needs to make it clear that the Government will not be dictating how parents can and can’t drop their kids off at school, National’s Transport spokesperson Simeon Brown says. “When asked on Newshub’s AM if Labour’s radical transport ... More >>

Jobseeker Benefit Numbers Remain Sky High

Friday, 12 August 2022, 10:41 am | New Zealand National Party

Today’s figures show Jobseeker numbers are still incredibly high despite labour shortages in almost every sector, National's Social Development and Employment spokesperson Louise Upston says. “Weekly benefit statistics from the Ministry of Social Development ... More >>

Government Supporting Kids’ Learning Success

Friday, 12 August 2022, 9:18 am | New Zealand Government

Improved student achievement is a step closer with today’s launch of Hei Raukura mō te Mokopuna (Te Reo Matatini me te Pāngarau) and The Literacy, Communication and Maths Strategy action plans. More >>

Te Pāti Māori Endorse Candidate For Manawatū District Council

Thursday, 11 August 2022, 5:12 pm | The Maori Party

Bridget Bell Te Pāti Māori are pleased to announce Bridget Bell’s candidacy for the Manawatū District Council. A descendant of Ngāti Kauwhata, Ngāti Haua, Ngāti Unu, Ngāti Matakore ki te Reureu, and Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga, Bridget ... More >>

Kāinga Ora In Deep Trouble

Thursday, 11 August 2022, 4:17 pm | New Zealand National Party

Kāinga Ora’s financial viability and sustainability is in serious doubt and Labour has no idea what to do about it, National’s Housing spokesperson Chris Bishop says. Leaked briefings have revealed that Housing officials advised Housing Minister Megan ... More >>

Overseas Investors Converting Farms To Forests Must Show Benefit To New Zealand

Thursday, 11 August 2022, 4:06 pm | New Zealand Government

  A law change to ensure that forestry conversions by overseas investors benefit New Zealand has passed its final reading in Parliament. Previously, overseas investors wishing to convert land, such as farm land, into forestry only needed to ... More >>

4,700 Nurses Needed In New Zealand

Thursday, 11 August 2022, 3:23 pm | ACT New Zealand

“Minister of Health Andrew Little is spinning on the head of a pin so he doesn’t have to answer how many nurses New Zealand actually needs,” says ACT’s Deputy Leader and Health spokesperson Brooke van Velden. “The Minister revealed through ... More >>

Have Your Say On The Future Of Inter-regional Passenger Rail In New Zealand

Thursday, 11 August 2022, 2:51 pm | Transport and Infrastructure Committee

The Transport and Infrastructure Committee has opened an inquiry into the future of inter-regional passenger rail in New Zealand. The aim of the inquiry is to find out what the future could hold for inter-regional passenger rail in New Zealand. ... More >>

Immigration NZ Needs A Revamp As The Floodgates Open

Thursday, 11 August 2022, 2:03 pm | ACT New Zealand

“Today’s net migration figures from Stats NZ show that the floodgates have opened and New Zealand needs real change to turn things around,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “Figures show that 11,500 more people are choosing to leave and build ... More >>




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