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Hamish Walker - A Personal Statement And An Apology

Tuesday, 7 July 2020, 5:32 pm | New Zealand National Party

I have spoken to National Party Leader Todd Muller and informed him that I passed to members of the media, by email, information containing Covid-19 patient details that was given to me by a source. I did this to expose the Government’s shortcomings ... More >>

Todd Muller - Statement On Hamish Walker

Tuesday, 7 July 2020, 5:29 pm | New Zealand National Party

Hamish Walker has informed me that he received and then disclosed health information regarding active Covid-19 cases to members of the media. I have asked Hamish to acknowledge this to Michael Heron QC and cooperate fully with his inquiry into how the information More >>

New Zealand First Calls For Tahr Cull Halt

Tuesday, 7 July 2020, 4:03 pm | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First is supporting calls by hunters and the New Zealand Tahr Foundation (NZTF) to halt a large scale cull of Himalayan Tahr by the Department of Conservation in National Parks. The calls are supported by a 40,000 strong petition and the NZTF ... More >>

Response to Spin-off allegations

Tuesday, 7 July 2020, 3:20 pm | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters today scoffed at suggestions that a team of six political operatives have been dispatched to New Zealand to assist his campaign. More >>

Relief For Temporary Migrants, Employers And New Zealanders Who Need Work

Tuesday, 7 July 2020, 2:59 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government is making immediate short-term changes to visa settings to support temporary migrants already onshore in New Zealand and their employers, while also ensuring New Zealanders needing work are prioritised, Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway ... More >>

Have Your Say On Rights For Victims Of Insane Offenders

Tuesday, 7 July 2020, 2:48 pm | Justice Committee

This bill would change the process that a court must follow when the sanity of a defendant is in question. The key change would be that the question of whether the defendant committed the act would need to be considered and recorded, even where ... More >>

Govt’s Vision Fails To Address Today’s Issues

Tuesday, 7 July 2020, 1:21 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Government’s ‘Fit For a Better World’ vision for the primary sector fails to address the myriad of issues they’ve created for farmers over the past three years, Leader of the Opposition Todd Muller and National’s Agriculture spokesperson ... More >>

Taxation (Annual Rates For 2020-21, Feasibility Expenditure, And Remedial Matters) Bill

Tuesday, 7 July 2020, 11:35 am | Finance And Expenditure Select Committee

The Finance and Expenditure Committee is calling for submissions on the Taxation (Annual Rates for 2020-21, Feasibility Expenditure, and Remedial Matters) Bill. The closing date for submissions is Wednesday 12 August 2020. More >>

More Than A Third Of Businesses Plan To Lay Off Staff

Tuesday, 7 July 2020, 11:19 am | New Zealand National Party

More than a third of businesses plan to lay off staff over the next three months, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith said today. Mr Goldsmith was commenting on today’s NZIER Quarterly Survey of Business Opinion, which shows a collapse in ... More >>

Border Lockdown Shows Labour Governing For Labour

Tuesday, 7 July 2020, 10:35 am | ACT New Zealand

“The Government’s extraordinary step of restricting New Zealanders from coming home reflects the level of its incompetence at the border and the fact that it has no plan for the future,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “New Zealanders will ... More >>

New Report on Auckland Port Relocation

Tuesday, 7 July 2020, 10:13 am | New Zealand Government

The Government has released a major new report on the options for relocating the Port of Auckland’s freight operations while deferring any decision on the issue. More >>

Wellbeing of whanau at heart of new hub

Tuesday, 7 July 2020, 10:09 am | New Zealand Government

A new approach to prevent family harm that encourages greater collaboration across government and community groups is being celebrated at the opening of a new facility in Auckland. More >>

Boost for Buller landfill and bridge

Tuesday, 7 July 2020, 9:33 am | New Zealand Government

Buller District Council will receive an investment of nearly $3 million, to kick start the post-COVID 19 rebuild, Parliamentary Under-Secretary Fletcher Tabuteau announced at an event today in Westport. More >>

Minister For Children At The Centre Of Another Bungle

Tuesday, 7 July 2020, 8:43 am | New Zealand National Party

The government has proved they’re not fit to protect the needs of at risk youth, National MP Alfred Ngaro says. Ngaro was responding to the escape of Haami Hanara (16) and Sean Ratu (17) from South Auckland youth justice facility, Korowai Manaaki, ... More >>

Government and Air NZ agree to manage incoming bookings

Tuesday, 7 July 2020, 8:31 am | New Zealand Government

Bookings for seats on Air New Zealand flights into New Zealand will be managed in the short term to ensure the Government is able to safely place New Zealanders arriving home into a managed isolation or quarantine facility, says Housing Minister Megan ... More >>

Public Housing Figures Another Failure For Labour

Monday, 6 July 2020, 5:40 pm | New Zealand National Party

The number of families who need homes continue to grow at an alarming rate as public housing figures soar from 5844 in 2017 to 17982 as at May this year, National’s Housing spokesperson Nicola Willis says. “The waiting-list for a state house has ... More >>

Candidate For Taieri Scott Willis Warns That Long-term Threat To South Dunedin Has Not Gone Away

Monday, 6 July 2020, 4:36 pm | Green Party

Green Party candidate for the new Taieri electorate Scott Willis is warning that a new report on surface flooding in South Dunedin should not lull the community and officials into a false sense of security. “The threat hasn’t gone away, but our ... More >>

NZ First Candidate For Tauranga Promises To Put Tauranga First, Starting With The Removal Of Tolls

Monday, 6 July 2020, 4:35 pm | New Zealand First Party

NZ First candidate Erika Harvey says it’s time we put Tauranga residents first, starting with our traffic issues. “As Tauranga continues to grow, traffic congestion is one of the biggest concerns I hear from our residents. Roading and infrastructure ... More >>

Pause On ACC Levies Welcome, But Government Must Go Further

Monday, 6 July 2020, 4:34 pm | ACT New Zealand

“The Government’s move to hold ACC levies at the same rate until 2022 is welcome news but it raises questions about why it hasn’t paused other costs,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “Now is not the time to raise costs on businesses. Many firms ... More >>

Jenny Marcroft MP to Represent New Zealand First in Auckland

Monday, 6 July 2020, 1:15 pm | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First is pleased to announce Jenny Marcroft as the party’s election 2020 candidate for the Auckland Central electorate. Jenny spent years working in Auckland Central, having spent a vast proportion of her broadcasting career there. ... More >>

Commissioner Promotes Misleading Information On EOLC Referendum

Monday, 6 July 2020, 12:30 pm | ACT New Zealand

“It’s disappointing that the Disability Rights Commissioner has continued to politicise her role and is promoting misleading information prior to the End of Life Choice referendum,” says ACT Deputy Leader Brooke van Velden. “This morning, ... More >>

Cook Islands Failure Shows How Much Smarter We Need To Get

Monday, 6 July 2020, 10:47 am | ACT New Zealand

“New Zealand and the Cook Islands are missing out due to having the world’s dumbest borders,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “The next government is going to have to get smart. Living resiliently in a post-COVID world will require a lot ... More >>

Labour Admits It Has No Plan

Monday, 6 July 2020, 10:09 am | New Zealand National Party

National Party Leader Todd Muller says the admission by Labour Party Leader Jacinda Ardern yesterday that her Government has run the country for three years “without a playbook” comes as no surprise. “The Labour Leader told her party rally yesterday ... More >>

New Zealand Needs A Bigger Vision, Labour

Sunday, 5 July 2020, 6:07 pm | ACT New Zealand

"Labour says it will continue loaning money to businesses and pay some more people to clean up rivers, but New Zealand needs a much bigger vision," according to ACT Leader David Seymour "The real questions I hear every day are 'how will ... More >>

Statement From Air Commodore Darryn Webb, Head Of Managed Isolation And Quarantine

Sunday, 5 July 2020, 6:01 pm | New Zealand Government

A 43-year-old woman who absconded from a managed isolation facility in Auckland on Saturday evening is in Police custody. The woman absconded from the Pullman Hotel on foot shortly before 6.20pm and was located soon after a couple of blocks away ... More >>

Labour Promises Are “just More KiwiBuild”

Sunday, 5 July 2020, 2:28 pm | New Zealand National Party

National Leader Todd Muller says Labour Leader Jacinda Ardern’s promises today are “just more KiwiBuild”. “Nothing Labour promises you this election will be delivered – except more tax for you to pay. “Labour promised three years ago ... More >>

Extended Loan Scheme Keeps Business Afloat

Sunday, 5 July 2020, 2:14 pm | New Zealand Government

Small businesses are getting greater certainty about access to finance with an extension to the interest-free cashflow loan scheme to the end of the year. The Small Business Cashflow Loan Scheme has already been extended once, to 24 July. Revenue and Small ... More >>

New Investment Creates Over 2000 Jobs To Clean Up Waterways

Sunday, 5 July 2020, 2:12 pm | New Zealand Government

A package of 23 projects across the country will clean up waterways and deliver over 2000 jobs Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Environment Minister David Parker announced today. The $162 million dollar package will see 22 water clean-up projects ... More >>

Speech: Ardern Labour Party Congress 2020

Sunday, 5 July 2020, 2:11 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Tena koutou katoa Nga tangata whenua o tenei rohe o Pōneke, tena koutou Nau mai, haere mai ki te hui a tau mo te roopu reipa Ko tatou! Ko to tatou mana! Ko to tatou kaupapa kei te kokiri whakamua Tena koutou, tena koutou, tena tatou katoa Welcome. ... More >>

Thousands Of Kiwis Need Help Getting Back To Work

Sunday, 5 July 2020, 10:55 am | New Zealand National Party

Recent Jobseeker figures illustrates the economic and job crisis New Zealand is facing and Labour has no plan on how to lower them, National’s Social Development spokesperson Louise Upston says. “200,000 New Zealanders are now on Jobseeker or ... More >>

This Government Can’t Be Trusted With Anything

Saturday, 4 July 2020, 1:06 pm | New Zealand National Party

Yet another mistake just goes to prove that this Government is not fit to manage the Covid-19 recovery, National’s Health spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says. “Reports coming in this morning of personal details being leaked which reveals the identity ... More >>

Todd Muller - Labour Can’t And Won’t Deliver Anything

Saturday, 4 July 2020, 1:05 pm | New Zealand National Party

Jacinda Ardern’s big talk today is yet more empty promises from a clumsy and incompetent Government, National Leader Todd Muller said today. “You cannot believe anything that this Prime Minister promises will be delivered except more tax,” Mr Muller ... More >>

Quarantine Leak: So Many Basic Questions

Saturday, 4 July 2020, 1:04 pm | ACT New Zealand

"This morning's revelation that a list of those quarantined was leaked raises too many questions for this Government to continue," according to ACT Leader David Seymour "Number one issue: we've had a dead man walking as Minister of ... More >>

New Zealand First Welcomes Third Tranche of Candidates

Friday, 3 July 2020, 2:18 pm | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First is pleased to announce the next tranche of candidates that will fly our flag at this year’s general elections. More >>

Bleak Milestone Confirms Labour Doesn’t Get ECON101

Friday, 3 July 2020, 1:49 pm | ACT New Zealand

“A bleak new milestone is yet another reminder that Labour doesn’t get basic economics,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. The Ministry of Social Development has confirmed that 200,000 New Zealanders are on an unemployment benefit. “New Zealand ... More >>

Labour moves to protect productive farmland

Friday, 3 July 2020, 1:02 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Labour MPs say they will require any conversion of highly productive farmland into forestry to have a resource consent to ensure rural communities are well supported during our economic recovery. More >>

Building A More Sustainable Construction Sector

Friday, 3 July 2020, 12:22 pm | New Zealand Government

A new programme, which sets a firm course for the Building and Construction sector to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, has been announced by the Minister for Building and Construction Jenny Salesa. “A significant amount of New Zealand’s carbon ... More >>

National Commits To Extending Waikato Expressway

Friday, 3 July 2020, 11:34 am | New Zealand National Party

National’s plan to create jobs and boost the economy will include a new four-lane expressway between Cambridge and Piarere, National Party Leader Todd Muller has announced. The new 16-kilometre, four-lane motorway will connect the Cambridge section of the ... More >>

PGF funds tourism boost in Northland

Friday, 3 July 2020, 11:25 am | New Zealand Government

The Provincial Growth Fund is investing more than $7.5 million in Northland ventures to combat the economic impact of the COVID-19 virus, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones have announced. More >>

Four new projects announced as part of the rebuild

Friday, 3 July 2020, 11:15 am | New Zealand Government

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Education Minister Chris Hipkins today announced significant funding for Auckland’s Northcote College as part of the first wave of a new nationwide school redevelopment programme to upgrade schools over the next ... More >>

PGF top-up for QE Health in Rotorua

Friday, 3 July 2020, 10:41 am | New Zealand Government

The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $1.5 million to ensure QE Health in Rotorua can proceed with its world class health service and save 75 existing jobs, Under Secretary for Regional Economic Development, Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. ... More >>

Jobs Crisis Laid Bare

Friday, 3 July 2020, 10:37 am | New Zealand National Party

“The scale of our economic and jobs crisis is starting to become clear,” National Leader Todd Muller said today. "Data released this week by leading employment website, SEEK, shows jobs advertising has collapsed by nearly a half since February ... More >>

Fletcher Tabuteau Celebrates Rotorua Housing And Jobs Enabler

Friday, 3 July 2020, 7:59 am | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First Deputy Leader and List MP based in Rotorua Fletcher Tabuteau said the first round of infrastructure projects announced by Ministers Grant Robertson and Shane Jones on Wednesday will progress state highway upgrades and storm water ... More >>

COVID-19: Support To Improve Student Attendance And Wellbeing

Friday, 3 July 2020, 7:47 am | New Zealand Government

Hon Chris Hipkins Minister of Education Media Statement The Government has opened an urgent response fund to support schools and early learning services to get children and young people back on track after the Covid-19 lockdown. “While we are seeing ... More >>

Fast-track Consenting Law Boosts Jobs And Economic Recovery

Friday, 3 July 2020, 6:53 am | New Zealand Government

Hon David Parker Minister for the Environment PĀNUI PĀPĀHO MEDIA STATEMENT The law to boost the economic recovery from the impact of COVID-19 by speeding up resource consenting on selected projects has passed its second and third readings in the House ... More >>

Greens Oppose RMA Fast-track Bill That Cut Corners On Environmental Safeguards, Public Consultation

Friday, 3 July 2020, 6:51 am | Green Party

The Green Party has opposed the COVID-19 Recovery Fast-track Consenting Bill which shortcuts normal consenting processes under the Resource Management Act (RMA), reduces public participation and narrows environmental considerations. Green Party Co-leader More >>

Davis Continues To Let Criminals Off The Hook

Thursday, 2 July 2020, 4:03 pm | New Zealand National Party

Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis continues to reduce community service sentence hours, showing he clearly doesn’t believe that offenders who do the crime, should do the time, National’s Corrections spokesperson Simeon Brown says. “Since entering ... More >>

Apartment Reform Is Now A Realistic Opportunity

Thursday, 2 July 2020, 3:40 pm | New Zealand National Party

It was great to see the Unit Titles (Strengthening Body Corporate Governance and Other Matters) Amendment Bill pulled from the member’s bill ballot today, National’s MP for Papakura Judith Collins and Auckland Central MP Nikki Kaye both say. “This ... More >>

Repealing Waka Jumping Law On The Table

Thursday, 2 July 2020, 3:34 pm | New Zealand National Party

The pulling of the Electoral (Integrity Repeal) Amendment Bill from the Members’ Bill ballot today gives Parliament an opportunity to get rid of NZ First’s ‘waka-jumping’ legislation, National List MP David Carter says. “I never agreed with the Electoral ... More >>

Whanganui Port gets PGF boost

Thursday, 2 July 2020, 3:01 pm | New Zealand Government

Five port-related projects in Whanganui will receive a $26.75 million Provincial Growth Fund investment to support local economic recovery and create new opportunities for growth, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. More >>

Clark’s Resignation Was Too Little, Too Late

Thursday, 2 July 2020, 2:27 pm | New Zealand National Party

Leader of the Opposition Todd Muller says David Clark’s resignation is welcome but it comes too late. “David Clark has not delivered in his role as Health Minister and there is no question he had to go. “National has been calling for his resignation ... More >>

More support for Sarjeant Gallery

Thursday, 2 July 2020, 2:23 pm | New Zealand Government

Whanganui’s Sarjeant Gallery will receive an investment of up to $12 million administered by the Provincial Growth Fund to support its redevelopment, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. More >>

Have Your Say On The Fuel Industry Bill

Thursday, 2 July 2020, 2:00 pm | NZ House of Representatives

The Finance and Expenditure Committee is calling for submissions on the Fuel Industry Bill. The committee is required to report back to the House by Tuesday, 21 July 2020. The purpose of this bill is to promote greater competition in the fuel market at ... More >>

Site Of New Freight Hub Revealed

Thursday, 2 July 2020, 12:01 pm | New Zealand Government

A regional freight hub for the lower North Island will be built just northeast of Palmerston North, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The Government is investing $40 million through the Provincial Growth Fund to designate and buy ... More >>

Parliament: Oral Questions - 2 July 2020

Thursday, 2 July 2020, 11:44 am | Office of the Clerk

Questions to Ministers Hon NIKKI KAYE to the Prime Minister: Is she confident the Government is delivering on its infrastructure commitments, particularly its commitment to light rail from the city to the airport in Auckland? MARAMA DAVIDSON to the Minister ... More >>

Greens Call For Guaranteed Minimum Income To Alleviate Skyrocketing Debt With MSD

Thursday, 2 July 2020, 11:18 am | Green Party

Green Party Co-leader Marama Davidson is calling for the introduction of a Guaranteed Minimum Income to lift hundreds of thousands of people out of poverty and prevent more families entering into further debt with the Ministry of Social Development. ... More >>

David Clark resigns as Health Minister

Thursday, 2 July 2020, 11:09 am | New Zealand Government

The Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has accepted David Clark’s resignation as Health Minister. More >>

Todd Muller Announces Caucus Reshuffle

Thursday, 2 July 2020, 10:25 am | New Zealand National Party

Today I am confirming a minor shadow cabinet reshuffle due to the retirement of Paula Bennett. Dr Shane Reti will be ranked number 13 and will take on Associate Drug Reform. Shane has demonstrated a huge intellect and capacity for work, supporting ... More >>

Bill Offers Closure For Victims Of Insane Offenders

Thursday, 2 July 2020, 9:51 am | New Zealand National Party

The passing of my Member’s Bill’s first reading last night is a positive first step towards putting victims at the heart of our justice system, Louise Upston MP for Taupo says. “The Rights of Victims of Insane Offenders Bill aims to ensure ... More >>

Minister won’t take guns from gangs

Thursday, 2 July 2020, 9:34 am | New Zealand National Party

Police Minister Stuart Nash has refused to back law changes that would keep guns out of the hands of gangs in New Zealand, National’s Police spokesperson Brett Hudson says. “My Member’s Bill, Arms (Firearms Prohibition Orders) Amendment ... More >>





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