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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 >>

Monkeypox Elimination Plan Is Essential

Thursday, 11 August 2022, 1:31 pm | Green Party

The Green Party is calling on the Government to listen to public health experts and commit to an elimination strategy for monkeypox. “The Green Party backs the recommendations of a recent open letter to the Prime Minister and calls on the Government ... More >>

International Visitors Boosting Economic Recovery

Thursday, 11 August 2022, 1:19 pm | New Zealand Government

International visitors are returning to New Zealand at higher numbers than previously expected, are staying longer and spending more, Tourism Minister Stuart Nash says. New data from Statistics New Zealand and MBIE show a strong uptick in international ... More >>

Officials Tried To Stop Labour Spending Spree

Thursday, 11 August 2022, 1:16 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Government needs to explain to New Zealanders struggling with the cost of living crisis why they ignored Treasury’s advice to rein in its spending, National’s Finance Spokesperson Nicola Willis says. “Newly-released Budget documents reveal ... More >>

Ministry’s Inaugural Strategy Paves Way For Ethnic Communities

Thursday, 11 August 2022, 1:15 pm | New Zealand Government

The Ministry for Ethnic Communities has released its first strategy, setting out the actions it will take over the next few years to achieve better wellbeing outcomes for ethnic communities Minister for Diversity, Inclusion and Ethnic Communities Priyanca ... More >>

NZ Migrant Arrivals Hit Lowest Mark Since 1990s

Thursday, 11 August 2022, 12:49 pm | New Zealand National Party

Today’s net migration figures show that Labour has failed to deliver the desperately needed skilled migrants they promised, meaning labour shortages will persist into the future, National’s Immigration spokesperson Erica Stanford says. “In the ... More >>

Bill To Ban Mining On Conservation Land Pulled From Biscuit Tin

Thursday, 11 August 2022, 12:46 pm | Green Party

Following months of work by the Green Party and community and environmental organisations, Parliament will have the opportunity to pass legislation to protect public conservation land and waters from mining. Green Party conservation spokesperson, Eugenie Sage’s ... More >>

Grassroots Sports No Longer Excuse For Alcohol Harm Inaction

Thursday, 11 August 2022, 11:16 am | Green Party

New evidence released today by Alcohol Healthwatch shows there’s never been a better time for Parliament to pass Green Party MP Chlöe Swarbrick’s Alcohol Harm Minimisation Bill. “Alcohol sponsorship is not the lifeline for our grassroots ... More >>

Govt Supports Free Period Products In Over 2000 Schools Within One Year

Thursday, 11 August 2022, 9:16 am | New Zealand Government

Associate Minister of Education Jan Tinetti today hailed the free period products in schools, Ikura | Manaakitia te whare tangata, a huge success, acknowledging the vital role of schools, students and whānau in growing the free period products initiative ... More >>

ACT Attempts To Fix Broken Oranga Tamariki Bill

Wednesday, 10 August 2022, 5:41 pm | ACT New Zealand

“ACT has proposed a series of common-sense amendments to Labour’s derided Oranga Tamariki Oversight Bill, aiming to improve the legislation so that it works for the vulnerable kids who should be at the centre of this law-making process,” says ACT’s ... More >>

Lowering The NCEA Bar Is Not The Answer

Wednesday, 10 August 2022, 2:46 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Government’s decision to issue blanket credits to all NCEA students sets a dangerous precedent and shows that Labour has no plan to turn around plummeting achievement levels, National’s Education spokesperson Erica Stanford says. “Today’s announcement ... More >>

Govt Boosts Tourism Transformation To Strengthen Workforce And Improve Outcomes

Wednesday, 10 August 2022, 2:09 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government’s work to transform the tourism sector, strengthen its workforce and ensure a regenerative tourism future for New Zealand will be boosted by the outcomes of the Tourism Industry Transformation Plan, launched today by Tourism Minister Stuart ... More >>

Bottom Trawling On All Seamounts Must Stop

Wednesday, 10 August 2022, 12:37 pm | Green Party

The Green Party once again calls on the Government to ban bottom trawling on all seamounts following the release of an industry white paper on so-called ‘sustainable’ trawling. “The Government needs to show much greater ambition for marine protection ... More >>

NZ Earns Another Major Digital Investment

Wednesday, 10 August 2022, 10:58 am | New Zealand Government

Minister for the Digital Economy and Communications Dr David Clark welcomes Google Cloud’s decision to make New Zealand a cloud region. “This is another major vote of confidence for New Zealand’s growing digital sector, and our economic recovery ... More >>

Changes To NCEA & University Entrance In Response To COVID-19 Disruptions

Wednesday, 10 August 2022, 10:01 am | New Zealand Government

A package of changes to NCEA and University Entrance announced today recognise the impact COVID-19 has had on senior secondary students’ assessment towards NCEA in 2022, says Associate Minister of Education Jan Tinetti. More >>

$638,000 Spent Promoting Labour Policy

Wednesday, 10 August 2022, 9:42 am | ACT New Zealand

“Labour wasted $638,000 promoting its public transport policy to people who already used public transport,” says ACT’s Transport spokesperson Simon Court. “Written parliamentary questions answered by the Minister of Transport reveal that the advertising ... More >>

Time To Transform Care And Support For Disabled People

Wednesday, 10 August 2022, 9:29 am | Green Party

Urgent reform is essential to ensure disabled people have equal access to the care and support they need, the Green Party says in response to a new report that challenges politicians to fix the current system. “Aotearoa New Zealand should be a place ... More >>

Statement From Sylvia Wood, National Party President

Wednesday, 10 August 2022, 6:26 am | New Zealand National Party

09 August This evening I was advised by National Party Leader Christopher Luxon that Sam Uffindell MP would be stood down from Caucus pending an investigation into further allegations about his past behaviour raised in the media. The investigation ... More >>

Sam Uffindell Stood Down Pending Investigation

Wednesday, 10 August 2022, 6:19 am | New Zealand National Party

09 August Tauranga MP Sam Uffindell has been stood down from the National Party caucus pending an investigation into further allegations about his past behaviour, says National Party Leader Christopher Luxon. “This evening my office became aware ... More >>

New Law Passed To Reduce Gun Harm

Tuesday, 9 August 2022, 7:45 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government’s commitment to combatting firearms violence has reached another significant milestone today with the passage of the Firearms Prohibition Order Legislation Bill, Police Minister Chris Hipkins says. The new law helps to reduce firearm-related ... More >>

Labour Is Coming After Your Car And Street

Tuesday, 9 August 2022, 6:22 pm | New Zealand National Party

Kiwis should reject the outrageous Government proposals revealed today which will allow councils to more easily and quickly change street layouts, restrict cars and replace carparking with bus lanes, National’s Transport spokesperson Simeon Brown ... More >>

More Ram Raids Than Businesses Accessing Fund

Tuesday, 9 August 2022, 6:20 pm | ACT New Zealand

“More businesses are being hit by ram raids nightly than benefitting from the Government’s $6 million fund for vulnerable small retailers,” says ACT’s Police spokesperson Chris Baillie. “When questioned in Parliament the Minister of Police ... More >>

Labour Turns Its Back On Victims Of Serious Crime

Tuesday, 9 August 2022, 5:39 pm | ACT New Zealand

“Today’s repeal of ACT’s Three Strikes legislation shows that Labour values ideology over safe communities,” says ACT’s Justice spokesperson Nicole McKee. “With record ram raids terrorising people up and down the country, Labour’s big ... More >>

In Response To Willie Jackson’s Desperate Co-governance Diatribe

Tuesday, 9 August 2022, 5:32 pm | New Zealand First Party

The recent diatribe by Minister of Māori Development Willie Jackson which slams the ‘one person, one vote’ outrage is alarming not only for its content but its ignorance of history, facts, and the essence of democracy. He claims that the recently ... More >>

Mana In Mahi Doing Little For Long-term Jobseekers

Tuesday, 9 August 2022, 4:43 pm | New Zealand National Party

New figures reveal that Mana in Mahi is doing little to reduce long-term benefit dependency among young people, National’s Social Development and Employment spokesperson Louise Upston says. “The number of 18 to 24-year-olds on the Jobseeker benefit ... More >>

Three Strikes Legislation Repeal Bill Passes Third Reading

Tuesday, 9 August 2022, 4:36 pm | New Zealand Government

Legislation to repeal the ‘Three Strikes’ law has passed its third reading in Parliament today. “The Three Strikes Legislation Repeal Bill ends an anomaly in New Zealand’s justice system that dictates what sentence judges must hand down ... More >>

Three Strikes Law Gone But Not Forgotten For Many

Tuesday, 9 August 2022, 4:28 pm | Green Party

The repeal of the archaic three strikes law is welcome but it doesn’t go far enough, the Green Party says. People who have been subject to a third strike should have their sentence reconsidered in full by a judge. “The Greens have been pushing for ... More >>

Labour Can’t Give Money Away

Tuesday, 9 August 2022, 4:08 pm | ACT New Zealand

“The Prime Minister has today admitted to Parliament that 134,000 people who are eligible for the cost of living payment still haven’t received it because the Government does not have their bank accounts,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “This is the ... More >>

Ignorance Of Ram Raid Details Shows Out Of Touch PM

Tuesday, 9 August 2022, 4:05 pm | ACT New Zealand

"The Prime Minister has made no efforts to find out how many people have been arrested or what’s happened to them, showing she is out of touch with real life in New Zealand communities,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.  “As Epsom ... More >>

Three Strikes Repeal Makes New Zealand Less Safe

Tuesday, 9 August 2022, 3:48 pm | New Zealand National Party

Labour’s decision to reduce prison sentences for our worst repeat offenders shows the Government is out of touch on justice, National’s Justice spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says. “By repealing the Three Strikes legislation, the Government has ... More >>

Better Long-term Planning Needed For COVID

Tuesday, 9 August 2022, 3:32 pm | Green Party

COVID-19 is here to stay and so the Government needs to put in place long-term protection measures, including mandatory ventilation standards, the Green Party says. “The Government has made the right decision today to remain at Orange. But COVID-19 isn’t ... More >>

Govt Strengthens Emergency Management Cooperation Between NZ And The US

Tuesday, 9 August 2022, 1:19 pm | New Zealand Government

An agreement signed today between New Zealand’s National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the United States’ Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will strengthen global emergency management capability, says Minister for Emergency ... More >>

Govt Signs NZ–USA Agreement Launching New Opportunities For Space Sector

Tuesday, 9 August 2022, 1:18 pm | New Zealand Government

An agreement signed today between the New Zealand and United  States governments will provide new opportunities for our space sector and closer collaboration with NASA, Economic and Regional Development Minsiter Stuart Nash said. Stuart Nash signed ... More >>

Path Paved For Communities To Reshape Streets

Tuesday, 9 August 2022, 1:17 pm | New Zealand Government

Streets will soon be able to be transformed from unsafe and inaccessible corridors to vibrant places for all transport modes thanks to new legislation proposed today, announced Transport Minister Michael Wood. “We need to make it safe, quicker and ... More >>

Science The Key To Our Decisions

Tuesday, 9 August 2022, 1:17 pm | Barbara Kuriger

“A set of principles shapes National’s primary sector decision-making,” says agriculture spokesperson Barbara Kuriger. Fresh from last weekend’s annual conference, she says: “The sector is currently worth $52 billion to New Zealand and growing. ... More >>

New Zealand To Stay At Orange As Winter Continues

Tuesday, 9 August 2022, 12:58 pm | New Zealand Government

New Zealand will remain at the Orange traffic light setting, while hospitalisations remain elevated and pressure on the health system continues through winter. “There’s still significant pressure on hospitals from winter illnesses, so our current measures ... More >>

Committee Delegation To Strengthen Ties With Fiji

Tuesday, 9 August 2022, 11:14 am | Office of the Speaker

Strengthening ties in the Pacific is at the forefront of the first select committee delegation of the 53rd Parliament. The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee travels to Fiji this week to meet with members of the Parliament of the Republic ... More >>




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