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Chaos created by 90 percent target

Friday, 17 September 2021, 2:11 pm | ACT New Zealand

“New Zealanders deserve to have clarity on what the vaccination target is and when we can get back to living our lives,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

Clean car standard is a 20 percent tax

Friday, 17 September 2021, 1:39 pm | ACT New Zealand

“The proposed Land Transport (Clean Vehicle) Amendment Bill is virtue signalling nonsense that will see the Government once again raiding Kiwis back pockets, says ACT’s Transport spokesperson Simon Court. “The standard is meant to lower New ... More >>

Quarantine-free travel with Australia to remain suspended for a further 8 weeks

Friday, 17 September 2021, 1:09 pm | New Zealand Government

The suspension of quarantine-free travel (QFT) with Australia has been extended, given the current Delta outbreaks, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “When QFT was established with Australia, both our countries had very few ... More >>

Extension of Operation Tauwhiro an admission of growing gang problem

Friday, 17 September 2021, 12:44 pm | New Zealand National Party

The extension of Operation Tauwhiro today is a clear sign that gang violence and the dangers of firearms violence caused by gangs is a far bigger problem than the Government will admit, says National’s spokesperson for Police Simeon Brown. “Operation ... More >>

Minister must ditch Clean Vehicle Bill

Friday, 17 September 2021, 12:34 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Motor Industry Association’s withdrawal of support for Labour’s Clean Vehicle Bill is yet more reason for Transport Minister Michael Wood to ditch his car tax plan, National’s Transport spokesperson David Bennett says. “Today, the Motor ... More >>

Government splashes cash on consultants rather than cancer

Friday, 17 September 2021, 12:00 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Government has no extra funding for cancer treatment but has splashed $4.3 million on consultancy fees for its ill-conceived health system restructuring plan, says National’s Health spokesperson Dr Shane Reti. “Cabinet documents released in ... More >>

Clearer expectations of home learning required

Friday, 17 September 2021, 11:38 am | New Zealand National Party

Confirmation today that Auckland students will spend another two weeks trying to learn from home underscores the need for better guidelines to make sure kids are actually engaged in education, National’s Education spokesperson Paul Goldsmith ... More >>

Govt must extend loss carry-back scheme to save businesses

Friday, 17 September 2021, 11:31 am | New Zealand National Party

National is calling on the Government to extend the Covid-19 temporary loss carry-back scheme to support businesses who are continuing to struggle under lockdown, National’s Shadow Treasurer Andrew Bayly and Associate Revenue spokesperson Simon Watts say. ... More >>

School holidays remain unchanged for Auckland region

Friday, 17 September 2021, 11:15 am | New Zealand Government

School holidays in Auckland will continue to be held at the same time as the rest of the country, starting from Saturday, 2 October, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “I’ve carefully considered advice on the implications of shifting ... More >>

Government continues crackdown on gangs and organised crime

Friday, 17 September 2021, 9:57 am | New Zealand Government

· Operation Tauwhiro extended until March 2022 · Since it was launched in February, Operation Tauwhiro has resulted in: o 987 firearms seized o $4.99 million in cash seized o 865 people charged with a firearms-related offence Gangs and organised crime ... More >>

Power bill changes bring fairness to charges

Friday, 17 September 2021, 9:00 am | New Zealand Government

Hon Dr Megan Woods Minster for Energy and Resources A key recommendation of an independent panel to make electricity charges fairer across all households will be put in place, the Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods has announced. “Phasing out the regulations ... More >>

Open letter calling for ACC to cover all birth injuries and trauma reaches 10,000 signatures

Thursday, 16 September 2021, 6:04 pm | Green Party

In less than 12 hours, more than 10,000 people have signed on the Green Party’s open letter asking for ACC to cover all birth injuries and trauma.   “This is a phenomenal show of support for mothers, parents and babies who are suffering due ... More >>

Robertson tops up Covid slush fund with borrowed money

Thursday, 16 September 2021, 6:03 pm | New Zealand National Party

Grant Robertson’s $7 billion top-up of the misused Covid Response and Recovery Fund gives him carte-blanche to splash more borrowed money between Budgets, says National’s Finance spokesperson Michael Woodhouse.   “The Finance Minister has ... More >>

Inter-agency inquiry a sham

Thursday, 16 September 2021, 4:54 pm | ACT New Zealand

“The inter-agency review announced this evening into the LynnMall Terror attacks is hopelessly prejudiced before it has even started,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “The Government claims it did everything it could. It claims to already knows what ... More >>

Climate Excuses Just More Hot Air

Thursday, 16 September 2021, 4:24 pm | New Zealand National Party

Climate Change Minister James Shaw stating that the Emissions Reduction Plan is to be aligned with Budget 2022 is just more hot air, says National’s Climate Change spokesperson Stuart Smith. “James Shaw is making a habit of missing his own deadlines ... More >>

Aus GPs can vaccinate against Covid-19, but not in NZ

Thursday, 16 September 2021, 4:04 pm | New Zealand National Party

In July Australia was on track to authorise 1300 GPs so they could administer the Pfizer vaccine, yet New Zealand still hasn’t recognised GPs as an important tool in our vaccine rollout, National’s Health spokesperson Dr Shane Reti says.   “That’s ... More >>

How about we spend the COVID Fund on COVID this time?

Thursday, 16 September 2021, 3:12 pm | ACT New Zealand

“The ACT Party is calling on Finance Minister Grant Robertson to spend the $7 billion he’s topped up the COVID Fund with on COVID related issues,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

Rapid testing should be used at Auckland border

Thursday, 16 September 2021, 2:44 pm | New Zealand National Party

News that a truck driver who passed through the Auckland border has tested positive for Covid-19 highlights why rapid antigen testing should be used at the Auckland boundary for essential workers, National Covid-19 spokesperson Chris Bishop says. More >>

Govt must release Māori vaccination data to Whānau Ora

Thursday, 16 September 2021, 1:47 pm | New Zealand National Party

Rather than talk about doing more to increase vaccine uptake, the Government should give Whānau Ora providers access to data that will help get Māori vaccinated against Covid-19, National’s Whānau Ora spokesperson Harete Hipango says. “Yesterday ... More >>

Government’s Covid spend-up comes at a price

Thursday, 16 September 2021, 12:40 pm | New Zealand National Party

Today’s GDP figures to June do not factor in the impact of the current Covid lockdown, National Shadow Treasurer Andrew Bayly says. More >>

Concerning NZ left out of AUKUS discussions

Thursday, 16 September 2021, 12:03 pm | New Zealand National Party

News that the United States, United Kingdom and Australia have formed a partnership without New Zealand is concerning and leaves many questions for the Government to answer, Leader of the Opposition Judith Collins says. More >>

NZ economy’s strong momentum will support rebound from Delta outbreak; COVID fund replenished

Thursday, 16 September 2021, 11:50 am | New Zealand Government

The economy showed strong momentum in the period leading up to the recent Delta COVID-19 outbreak, which bodes well for a solid economic rebound, Grant Robertson said. GDP rose 2.8 percent in the June quarter, following on from a 1.4 percent increase ... More >>

GDP release a wakeup call

Thursday, 16 September 2021, 10:34 am | ACT New Zealand

“Today’s Q2 GDP release will be a helpful reminder that outside the Government’s tunnel vision approach to COVID, the troika of debt, inflation, and uncertainty are killing business,” says ACT Leader and Finance spokesperson David Seymour. More >>

ACT calls for housing tax grab to be scrapped

Thursday, 16 September 2021, 9:26 am | ACT New Zealand

“The Government is rushing through the Housing Tax Changes (Interest Limitation Rules) before 1 October under urgency in order to lay their hands on an extra $800 million,” says ACT Deputy Leader and Housing spokesperson Brooke van Velden. “From ... More >>

Common sense and compassion needed for rental regulations

Thursday, 16 September 2021, 9:25 am | ACT New Zealand

“ACT is calling on the Government to issue exemptions and extensions for any landlord caught out by Alert Level changes when it comes to complying by the new standards,” says ACT Deputy Leader and Housing spokesperson Brooke van Velden. “Alert Level ... More >>

Greens Call For All Birth Injuries To Be Covered By ACC, Launch Open Letter

Thursday, 16 September 2021, 7:06 am | Green Party

The Green Party is launching an open letter to the Minister for ACC asking for all birth injuries and trauma to be covered, and the letter has strong support from the sector. “Most injuries caused during childbirth aren’t covered by ACC, and data ... More >>

Govt Needs To Do More To Vaccinate Disabled Community

Wednesday, 15 September 2021, 4:41 pm | New Zealand National Party

Disability Issues Minister Carmel Sepuloni has completely dropped the ball in getting some of the most vulnerable people in our community vaccinated against Covid-19, National’s Disability spokesperson Penny Simmonds says. “It beggars belief that ... More >>

Hurry up and wait! There’s a "climate emergency"

Wednesday, 15 September 2021, 4:36 pm | ACT New Zealand

“In a world first, the Government has postponed responding to an emergency. The Government declared a ‘Climate Emergency’ last year, now it’s delayed its Emissions Reduction Plan by five months,” says ACT’s Climate Change spokesperson Simon ... More >>

Timeline confirmed for Emissions Reductions Plan

Wednesday, 15 September 2021, 4:02 pm | New Zealand Government

Cabinet has agreed to begin consulting on the Emissions Reduction Plan in early October and require that the final plan be released by the end of May next year in line with the 2022 Budget, the Minister of Climate Change, James Shaw confirmed today. ... More >>

Government must extend wage subsidy deadline

Wednesday, 15 September 2021, 1:43 pm | New Zealand National Party

New revelations that the Work and Income website only published the deadline for the first round of the wage subsidy two and a half days before it closed reinforce the need for that deadline to be extended, National’s Social Development and Employment ... More >>

Over-65s flu vaccination missing targets – especially Maori

Wednesday, 15 September 2021, 12:46 pm | New Zealand National Party

Another year of the Government’s failed influenza vaccination programme will cost lives, says National’s Health spokesperson Dr Shane Reti. “In his answer to my questions about flu vaccination for over-65s this year, the Health Minister says ... More >>

COVID data transparency needed

Wednesday, 15 September 2021, 11:04 am | ACT New Zealand

“The Government needs to seriously upgrade its COVID data transparency, so we can all understand the situation and the response” says Act Leader David Seymour. “Throughout the COVID epidemic, the Government has selectively released data that ... More >>

Joint statement of Mr Bernard Monk; Hon Andrew Little, Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry, and the Attorney General of New Zealand

Wednesday, 15 September 2021, 9:27 am | New Zealand Government

[Note: The Parties have agreed on terms to fully and finally settle the proceeding and will jointly issue the below statement.] At the heart of this litigation are the lives of the 29 men tragically lost at the Pike River mine on 19 November 2010 ... More >>

Community sector neglected by Govt during pandemic

Wednesday, 15 September 2021, 9:00 am | New Zealand National Party

The Government must re-establish the Community Sector Reference Group after neglecting the sector throughout the Covid lockdown, National’s Community and Voluntary Sector spokesperson Maureen Pugh says. It’s been revealed through a written parliamentary ... More >>

Te Pāti Māori Launch Petition To Change Official Name To Aotearoa, Restore All Māori Place Names By 2026

Wednesday, 15 September 2021, 5:37 am | The Maori Party

14/09/21 Marking Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori, Te Pāti Māori Co-leaders Rawiri Waititi and Debbie Ngarewa-Packer have today launched a petition to change the country’s official name to Aotearoa, and officially restore the te reo Māori names for all ... More >>

The Oranga Tamariki report is ready now, so release it

Tuesday, 14 September 2021, 3:34 pm | New Zealand National Party

It’s time for Minister for Children Kelvin Davis to quit stalling and release findings from the latest review into institutional dysfunction at Oranga Tamariki, National’s Children and Oranga Tamariki spokesperson Harete Hipango says. More >>

Government must confirm plan to support Auckland businesses

Tuesday, 14 September 2021, 3:31 pm | New Zealand National Party

As Auckland enters its fifth week under Level 4 lockdown, the Government must present its plan to assist businesses to get through the stringent restrictions, says National’s Shadow Treasurer Andrew Bayly. More >>

Vaccinate, vaccinate, vaccinate to avoid lockdowns

Tuesday, 14 September 2021, 1:04 pm | New Zealand National Party

While National welcomes the Prime Minister’s recognition that lockdowns can be avoided if we get as many people as possible vaccinated, we continue to call on her to be honest with New Zealand and give us the conditions for when this can occur, ... More >>

Why are we still figuring out hospital visitation policy?

Tuesday, 14 September 2021, 12:43 pm | New Zealand National Party

It is hard to believe that, five months after Delta hit New Zealand arrived and after five weeks of lockdown, that the visitor policies of Auckland’s three district health boards are yet to be figured out, says National’s Health spokesperson Dr ... More >>

Fight to protect kauri on track

Tuesday, 14 September 2021, 11:15 am | New Zealand Government

The Government is pitching in to help vital work to protect nationally significant kauri forests in Auckland, Minister of Conservation Kiri Allan says. “Ensuring the survival of these iconic trees for future generations means doing everything ... More >>

Government should adopt the Mr Whippy business model

Tuesday, 14 September 2021, 11:09 am | ACT New Zealand

“If the Government really wants to get on top of the Auckland outbreak it needs to come up with new and innovative ways of testing the affected communities,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “Only around five thousand tests are being done a day. ... More >>

‘Short and sharp’ lockdown will be the longest ever

Monday, 13 September 2021, 4:58 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Government had no choice but to extend the Auckland Level 4 Covid lockdown and ongoing restrictions elsewhere in the country because of its own ongoing failures, says Leader of the Opposition Judith Collins and Covid-19 Response spokesperson Chris ... More >>

More financial support for businesses

Monday, 13 September 2021, 4:54 pm | New Zealand Government

Today’s decision to keep Auckland in a higher COVID Alert Level triggers a third round of the Wage Subsidy Scheme which will open for applications at 9am this Friday. “The revenue test period for this payment will be the 14th to the 27th of September. ... More >>

Lockdown Extension The Final Straw For Many Battling Businesses

Monday, 13 September 2021, 4:27 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Government’s decision to extend the Level 4 lockdown in Auckland and Level 2 restrictions elsewhere in the country without additional urgent support will be the end of many businesses, National’s Economic Development and Small Business ... More >>

Disabled population urgently needs Covid plan

Monday, 13 September 2021, 1:21 pm | New Zealand National Party

The country’s disabled population urgently needs a Covid plan, with barriers to getting tested and vaccinated disadvantaging the community, National’s Disability Issues spokesperson Penny Simmonds says. “Our disabled population cannot continue ... More >>

Aucklanders paying for unprepared Government

Monday, 13 September 2021, 1:11 pm | ACT New Zealand

“Aucklanders are paying for contact tracing that’s too slow and testing that wasn’t up to scratch,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “Whether today’s decision is Level 3 or Level 4, Aucklanders lives will still be on hold and businesses will ... More >>

James Shaw’s secret SNA briefings

Monday, 13 September 2021, 11:52 am | ACT New Zealand

“The ACT Party is today challenging Associate Environment Minister James Shaw to show some transparency around the work he is doing on Significant Natural Areas,” says ACT’s Primary Industries spokesperson Mark Cameron. “ACT asked Shaw through ... More >>

Government rules out vaccinating in MIQ

Monday, 13 September 2021, 11:34 am | New Zealand National Party

It is ridiculous the Government has no plan to stand up vaccination clinics in MIQ facilities, National’s Covid-19 spokesperson Chris Bishop says. Answers to written questions reveal the Government is not even considering opening vaccination clinics ... More >>

Labour should listen to the education experts

Monday, 13 September 2021, 10:13 am | New Zealand National Party

The Government should listen to the strong message from accounting and economics teachers that its proposed curriculum changes are misplaced and go back to the drawing board, National’s Education spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says. More >>

Innovative te reo prediction tool announced in Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori

Monday, 13 September 2021, 9:15 am | New Zealand Government

A new Māori language prediction tool will play a key role in tracking our te reo Māori revitalisation efforts, Minister for Māori Development Willie Jackson announced today. He Ara Poutama mō te reo Māori (He Ara Poutama) can forecast the number ... More >>

Further Government Support For People To Access Food And Essential Items

Monday, 13 September 2021, 6:20 am | New Zealand Government

The Government is responding to need for support in Auckland and has committed a further $10 million to help people access ongoing food and other essential items, Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni announced today. This latest tranche ... More >>

Kiwis Kept Flightless By Vaccine Passport Go Slow

Sunday, 12 September 2021, 4:31 pm | ACT New Zealand

“The Government has issued 4.3 million doses of Pfizer vaccine and, as is this Government’s way, forgot to issue any kind of proof,” says ACT Leader David Seymour “I first asked Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern about the passports allowing New Zealanders ... More >>

Government Flying Blind, New Testing Technology Needed

Sunday, 12 September 2021, 4:20 pm | ACT New Zealand

"The Government is flying blind with so little testing, it doesn’t know if unlinked or ‘mystery’ cases are exceptions, or the tip of a Delta iceberg,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “The Government needs to rapidly roll out saliva ... More >>

Unskilled Pruning Of Labour Force Is A Rotten Policy

Sunday, 12 September 2021, 4:17 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Government’s confirmation of the availability of Recognised Seasonal Employer workers from selected countries is not enough to fix its rotten approach to labour supply, says National’s Horticulture spokesperson David Bennett. “Prior to the ... More >>

Half A Million Pfizer Vaccines From Denmark

Sunday, 12 September 2021, 1:14 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government has secured an extra half a million doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines from Denmark that will start arriving in New Zealand within days, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. “This is the second and larger agreement the Government ... More >>

Minister Shows Staggering Arrogance On Three Waters Policy

Sunday, 12 September 2021, 1:11 pm | ACT New Zealand

“Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta has shown staggering arrogance towards councils on Q+A this morning on the Government’s Three Waters policy,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “Many councils want nothing to do with Three Waters. Whangārei, ... More >>

Government Must Park Three Waters Plans

Sunday, 12 September 2021, 1:07 pm | New Zealand National Party

Labour must listen to the multitude of mayors pleading for the Three Waters plans to be dumped, National’s Local Government spokesperson Christopher Luxon says. “With an overwhelming majority of councils not onboard, the Government’s programme ... More >>

Inland Revenue Providing Essential COVID Support For Businesses

Saturday, 11 September 2021, 1:17 pm | New Zealand Government

Inland Revenue is seeing increased demand for Resurgence Support Payments and other assistance schemes that it administers, but is processing applications quickly, Revenue Minister David Parker said today. David Parker said the Resurgence Support Payment, ... More >>

New Zealand Marks 20th Anniversary Of 9/11 Attacks

Friday, 10 September 2021, 6:56 pm | New Zealand Government

New Zealand is expressing unity with all victims, families and loved ones affected by the September 11 2001 terrorist attacks, and all terrorist attacks around the world since, including in New Zealand. “Saturday marks twenty years since the 9/11 ... More >>

Aotearoa New Zealand Provides Further Humanitarian Support For Afghanistan

Friday, 10 September 2021, 4:25 pm | New Zealand Government

Hon Nanaia Mahuta Minister of Foreign Affairs Minita Take Aorere Aotearoa New Zealand is providing a further $3 million in humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan, Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta announced today. “There is significant humanitarian need ... More >>

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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