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National Welcomes Lifting Of Auckland Lockdown

Friday, 5 March 2021, 5:56 pm | New Zealand National Party

Lifting the Auckland lockdown will be welcome news to all those people who have slogged their way through Level 3 multiple times now, Leader of the Opposition Judith Collins says. But given the Government’s confidence that this outbreak is under ... More >>

No Rhyme Nor Reason For Level 3 Saturday

Friday, 5 March 2021, 5:04 pm | ACT New Zealand

"There is no rhyme nor reason for spending an additional day at Alert Level 3 in Auckland, but the cost is estimated at $45 million," according to ACT Leader David Seymour "Normally a $45 million dollar decision to keep Auckland closed ... More >>

New Health Order Issue Admits Earlier Failure

Friday, 5 March 2021, 4:45 pm | ACT New Zealand

“The making of a new Health Act order shows that the Government didn’t have the rules straight before,” says ACT Leader David Seymour “The Prime Minister spent most of the week attacking citizens for breaking rules that didn’t exist, ... More >>

Cabinet’s Simplest Ever Decision – But Prepare To Be Spun

Friday, 5 March 2021, 2:35 pm | ACT New Zealand

“It is inevitable the Government will announce Auckland is coming out of lockdown this afternoon – it has to – and they will portray the lockdown as having saved Aucklanders, when it hasn’t, it’s cost them dearly,” says ACT Leader David ... More >>

Contact Tracing Review Must Be Thorough And Published

Friday, 5 March 2021, 10:27 am | ACT New Zealand

“Is the latest example of dissonance in the COVID-19 response the disconnect between how Director General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield describes his team of contact tracers and their actual performance,” asks ACT Leader David Seymour. “Regardless, ... More >>

Initial Mental Health And Wellbeing Commission Report Shows Progress

Friday, 5 March 2021, 10:01 am | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Andrew Little welcomes the Initial Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission’s assessment that transformation of New Zealand’s approach to mental health and addiction is underway. More >>

Gas Barbecued Chickens Coming Home To Roost

Thursday, 4 March 2021, 12:45 pm | ACT New Zealand

“The Government was warned its hasty virtue signalling policy of banning new oil and gas exploration would have the opposite of its intended impact on the domestic economy and the global environment, and so it looks set to play out with New Zealand’s ... More >>

Hundreds More Schools Join Free Lunches Programme

Thursday, 4 March 2021, 11:44 am | New Zealand Government

An additional 88,000 students in 322 schools and kura across the country have started the school year with a regular lunch on the menu, thanks to the Government’s Ka Ora, Ka Ako Healthy School Lunches programme. They join 42,000 students already receiving ... More >>

Where Is New Zealand’s Vaccine Rollout Plan?

Thursday, 4 March 2021, 11:13 am | New Zealand National Party

National is calling on the Government to provide more detail on the schedule for vaccinating the entire population so that New Zealanders – particularly businesses – have the clarity they need to plan for the post-Covid future, Leader of the Opposition ... More >>

Govt’s Balanced Economic Approach Reflected In Crown Accounts

Thursday, 4 March 2021, 10:58 am | New Zealand Government

New Zealand’s economic recovery has again been reflected in the Government’s books, which are in better shape than expected. The Crown accounts for the seven months to the end of January 2021 were better than forecast in the Half Year Economic ... More >>

Other Prime Ministers Have Apologised

Thursday, 4 March 2021, 10:27 am | ACT New Zealand

“New Zealand Prime Ministers have on a number of occasions realised their comments or behaviour were ill-judged, gotten over their own egos and apologised to people for doing them wrong,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “Prime Minister Jacinda ... More >>

Over $300m Returned To COVID-hit Travellers

Thursday, 4 March 2021, 10:10 am | New Zealand Government

The Government’s Consumer Travel Reimbursement Scheme has helped return over $352 million of refunds and credits to New Zealanders who had overseas travel cancelled due to COVID-19, Consumer Affairs Minister David Clark says. “Working with the ... More >>

Vaccination Rollout An Insulting Lottery

Wednesday, 3 March 2021, 2:14 pm | ACT New Zealand

“Chris Hipkins is performing an absurd dance of the seven veils, announcing today the Government intends to reveal group by group to an expectant public who will get access to COVID-19 vaccine next,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “On Monday the ... More >>

Over Half Of Border Workforce Receive First Vaccinations

Wednesday, 3 March 2021, 1:10 pm | New Zealand Government

More than half of New Zealand’s estimated 12,000 border workforce have now received their first vaccinations, as a third batch of vaccines arrive in the country, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says. As of midnight Tuesday, a total of 9,431 people ... More >>

Lockdown’s Impact On Student Learning Dire

Wednesday, 3 March 2021, 11:03 am | New Zealand National Party

NZQA’s assessment that the University Entrance pass rates for 2020 would have ‘fallen off a cliff’ without free credits shows the huge impact lockdown disruption is having on learning, National’s Education spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says. “Every ... More >>

Someone Owes Someone An Apology

Wednesday, 3 March 2021, 10:16 am | New Zealand National Party

The KFC worker who was vilified by the Government for not self-isolating deserves an apology from the Prime Minister if the Covid-19 Facebook post contradicting Jacinda Ardern’s claims is accurate, Leader of the Opposition Judith Collins says. “The ... More >>

Next Stage Of COVID-19 Support For Business And Workers

Wednesday, 3 March 2021, 10:03 am | New Zealand Government

The Government has confirmed details of COVID-19 support for business and workers following the increased alert levels due to a resurgence of the virus over the weekend More >>

What Today’s Vaccine Announcement Must Include

Wednesday, 3 March 2021, 8:45 am | ACT New Zealand

“The Government outlining further plans for the country’s COVID-19 vaccination programme today – 16 days after the vaccine arrived in New Zealand – is far from ideal but it must be meaningful for all New Zealanders,” says ACT Leader David ... More >>

Now We’re Getting Somewhere

Wednesday, 3 March 2021, 8:42 am | ACT New Zealand

“In the words of Neil Finn, ‘now we’re getting somewhere,’” says ACT Leader David Seymour, after the Government considered using Datamine’s ëlarm technology in Managed Isolation and Quarantine . “ACT first advocated that the Government ... More >>

Govt Committed To Hosting Rugby World Cup

Wednesday, 3 March 2021, 7:50 am | New Zealand Government

The Government remains committed to hosting the Women’s Rugby World Cup in New Zealand in 2022 should a decision be made by World Rugby this weekend to postpone this year’s tournament. World Rugby is recommending the event be postponed until ... More >>

National Calls For New Self-Isolation Payment

Wednesday, 3 March 2021, 7:11 am | New Zealand National Party

The National Party is proposing a new payment scheme to make it easier for employees to stay home while they are self-isolating. National’s proposed scheme involves: The Government paying 100 per cent of a person’s wages and salary for two weeks ... More >>

Contact Tracing Failing New Zealanders

Tuesday, 2 March 2021, 6:35 pm | New Zealand National Party

After more than a year of dealing with Covid-19 the Government is still failing its own contact tracing performance measures and is failing to be open and transparent about locations of interest, National’s Health spokesperson Dr Shane Reti says. ... More >>

Director General Say What?

Tuesday, 2 March 2021, 4:28 pm | ACT New Zealand

“Director General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield gave a simply astonishing explanation this afternoon of why community contact tracing performance might be so far below the at least 80 percent of contacts within four days of exposure to a source case, ... More >>

A Push To Remove The Pasifika Poverty Status Quo

Tuesday, 2 March 2021, 2:47 pm | Green Party

The Green Party will push for better wages and fair pay agreements to help tackle poverty within our Pasifika Communities. “I want to thank Auckland Action Against Poverty spokesperson Agnes Magele for calling on the government and our Pasifika ... More >>

Government Must Keep Improving COVID-19 Support Scheme So New Zealanders Can Self-isolate: Greens

Tuesday, 2 March 2021, 2:18 pm | Green Party

The Green Party are calling on the Government to assess how the COVID-19 leave support scheme can be better improved, distributed and enforced so that workers can properly take leave when self-isolating. “There is anecdotal evidence that people are not ... More >>

PHARMAC Inquiry Light And Late

Tuesday, 2 March 2021, 2:00 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Government’s long overdue inquiry into PHARMAC is light on detail and several years late, National’s Health spokesperson Dr Shane Reti says. “National would have liked to have seen a much more comprehensive inquiry. “A key concern from ... More >>

There Is No Long Term COVID-19 Strategy

Tuesday, 2 March 2021, 12:02 pm | ACT New Zealand

“ACT applauds and endorses the business people who have written to the Government today asking what its longer term COVID-19 strategy is,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “We’d all like to know, but at the moment we have the blind leading ... More >>

PHARMAC Review A Victory For ACT

Tuesday, 2 March 2021, 11:07 am | ACT New Zealand

“ACT was the first to call for a review into PHARMAC, it then became Government policy during the election campaign and today we welcome the scale and scope of the review,” says ACT Health spokesperson Brooke van Velden. “ACT began calling for ... More >>

Contact Tracing Data Missing; Past Performance Terrible

Tuesday, 2 March 2021, 10:18 am | ACT New Zealand

“Where is the Ministry of Health’s contact tracing performance results for February, and did they achieve the ‘gold standard’ of 80 per cent of community contacts isolated or in quarantine within four days from exposure, based on Dr Ayesha Verrall’s ... More >>

Govt Announces Review Into PHARMAC

Tuesday, 2 March 2021, 10:13 am | New Zealand Government

The Government is following through on an election promise to conduct an independent review into PHARMAC, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Health Minister Andrew Little announced today. The Review will focus on two areas: · How well PHARMAC performs ... More >>

Govt Must Release Contact Tracing Evidence

Tuesday, 2 March 2021, 10:10 am | ACT New Zealand

“The Government needs to release full details of the contacts made with the family of cases L, M, N and O at the centre of the South Auckland cluster,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “The Prime Minister is fighting an asymmetrical information war, ... More >>

There’s Got To Be A Better Way

Tuesday, 2 March 2021, 9:11 am | ACT Free Press

The Prime Minister is subtly and but unmistakably shifting the blame for the latest lockdown to Case M, a 21 year old man from South Auckland. Yes, Case M went to the gym after being tested, that is wrong, and there should be penalties for breaking ... More >>

Vaccine Roll Out Looking Messy

Monday, 1 March 2021, 11:40 am | New Zealand National Party

The roll out of the Covid-19 vaccines is looking messy with high priority workers like South Auckland GPs being turned away, while DHB workers are vaccinated on a reportedly random ‘first-in first-served’ basis, National’s Covid-19 Response ... More >>

Main Benefits To Increase In Line With Wages

Sunday, 28 February 2021, 5:13 pm | New Zealand Government

Hon Carmel Sepuloni Minister for Social Development Social Development and Employment Minister Carmel Sepuloni announced today that main benefits will increase by 3.1 percent on 1 April, in line with the rise in the average wage. The Government announced More >>

Ardern Finds Missing Link, And Contact Tracing Failure

Sunday, 28 February 2021, 4:55 pm | ACT New Zealand

“Suggestion by the Prime Minister that Cases M and N transmitted to one another by being in the same place shows there was a chain of transmission to be traced all along, but the Government did not find it,” says ACT Leader David Seymour "The ... More >>

Five-point Plan To Get New Zealand Out Of Lockdown

Sunday, 28 February 2021, 12:08 pm | New Zealand National Party

National is urging the Government to get on top of the latest Covid-19 outbreak in Auckland by adopting a five-point plan for managing community cases, National’s Covid-19 Response spokesperson Chris Bishop and Health spokesperson Dr Shane Reti ... More >>

April Minimum Wage Increase Must Be Delayed

Sunday, 28 February 2021, 10:51 am | ACT New Zealand

“Having previously ignored advice and failed to take account of economic conditions, this year the Government must delay the 1 April increase to the minimum wage,” says ACT Small Business and Workplace Relations spokesperson Chris Baillie. “Last ... More >>

IRD Must Reopen Over Weekend

Sunday, 28 February 2021, 10:49 am | New Zealand National Party

The IRD must reopen over this weekend to help those business owners affected by the latest Auckland lockdown, National’s Shadow Treasurer Andrew Bayly says. “At the moment there is a message on the IRD website that there is a systems upgrade ... More >>

Yo-yo Lockdown Disappointing

Sunday, 28 February 2021, 6:44 am | New Zealand National Party

The new lockdown in Auckland and Level 2 for the rest of the country will be disappointing for all, Leader of the Opposition Judith Collins says. “No one wants to be yo-yoing in and out lockdown. “National said the decision to go out of Level 3 on February ... More >>

Be Kind, Don’t Invest In Houses

Saturday, 27 February 2021, 4:22 pm | ACT New Zealand

“After the median house price rose $200,000 and with no reason to believe the rise will stop, the Government has resorted to asking people not to invest in housing,” says ACT Housing Spokesperson Brooke van Velden. “This morning, the Prime Minister ... More >>

Support In Place For People Connected To Auckland COVID-19 Cases

Saturday, 27 February 2021, 1:56 pm | New Zealand Government

With a suite of Government income support packages available, Minister for Social Development and Employment Carmel Sepuloni is encouraging people, and businesses, connected to the recent Auckland COVID-19 cases to check the Work and Income website ... More >>

Case L Concerning And Raises Many Questions

Friday, 26 February 2021, 4:28 pm | ACT New Zealand

“Today’s KFC COVID case in the community is incredibly concerning and begs the question whether the Ministry of Health really has the South Auckland cluster under control,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “We are seeing a rolling maul of cases ... More >>

Statement On Passing Of Former PNG PM Sir Michael Somare

Friday, 26 February 2021, 4:21 pm | New Zealand Government

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has expressed her condolences at the passing of long-serving former Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare. “Our thoughts are with Lady Veronica Somare and family, Prime Minister James Marape and ... More >>

A Win For Pasifika Communities To Have A Stable Home

Friday, 26 February 2021, 1:50 pm | Green Party

The Green Party welcome the Government announcement to support Pasifika peoples to become Community Housing Providers. “The Green Party believe everyone should have a warm, dry, stable home, including Pasifika peoples who call Aotearoa home”, ... More >>

Drone Project To Aid Protection Of Māui Dolphin

Friday, 26 February 2021, 1:33 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government is backing a new project to use drone technology to transform our understanding and protection of the Māui dolphin, Aotearoa’s most endangered dolphin. “The project is just one part of the Government’s plan to save the Māui dolphin. ... More >>

Housing Wait List At Record Highs Under Labour

Friday, 26 February 2021, 1:05 pm | New Zealand National Party

Our public housing system is bursting at the seams with record high numbers of New Zealanders waiting for a state house, National’s Housing spokesperson Nicola Willis says. Figures released today show there are now 22,521 people waiting for public ... More >>

BlackBenchers To Play Ex-BlackCaps In Hamilton

Friday, 26 February 2021, 1:04 pm | Joint Press Release

The New Zealand Parliamentary Cricket Team (aka The BlackBenchers) have a busy few days ahead as they take on ex-BlackCaps, local media, and Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield in a series of matches around New Zealand. On Sunday March 28 ... More >>

“Woke-gate” Misses The Point On Gangs

Friday, 26 February 2021, 10:47 am | ACT New Zealand

“The debate over whether a senior civil servant is ‘woke’ or if gang numbers are statistically reliable completely misses the point – we know more and more New Zealanders are being victimised by violent thugs, and it stands to reason that ... More >>

Roadside Drug Testing Delayed Again

Friday, 26 February 2021, 10:13 am | New Zealand National Party

More New Zealand lives will be lost due to drug impaired drivers as a result of the Government’s decision to further delay the introduction of roadside drug testing, National MP Dr Nick Smith says. The Land Transport (Drug Driving) Amendment Bill ... More >>

Critical Step To New Housing Deal For Pacific Communities

Friday, 26 February 2021, 7:22 am | New Zealand Government

Today the Government has taken a key step to support Pacific people to becoming Community Housing providers, says the Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio. “This will be great news for Pacific communities with the decision to provide ... More >>

Have Your Say On The International Treaty Examination Of The Protocol To Upgrade New Zealand-China Free Trade Agreement

Thursday, 25 February 2021, 5:24 pm | Foreign Affairs Defence and Trade Committee

The Chairperson of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee is now seeking public submissions about the protocol to upgrade the Free Trade Agreement between New Zealand and the People’s Republic of China. Over the past 10 years China has ... More >>

Minister Fudging More Public Housing Numbers

Thursday, 25 February 2021, 3:52 pm | New Zealand National Party

Housing Minister Megan Woods should stop fudging the numbers around New Zealand’s public housing stock and just get on with building more houses, National’s Housing spokesperson Nicola Willis says. “This week it was revealed that only half of the ... More >>

Government Hiding Mental Health Progress

Thursday, 25 February 2021, 3:44 pm | New Zealand National Party

Mental health professionals across New Zealand are concerned progress on the Government’s promise to transform the mental health system has stalled, National’s Mental Health spokesperson Matt Doocey says. “The Government has stopped annual reporting on ... More >>

Nash Should Front Up To Desperate Tourism Businesses

Thursday, 25 February 2021, 3:32 pm | New Zealand National Party

Tourism destinations dependent on international visitors need urgent government action if they are to survive the Government’s closed border, National’s Tourism spokesperson Todd McClay says. “It is appalling the Tourism Minister hasn’t visited ... More >>

Apartheid Bill Deeply Divisive

Thursday, 25 February 2021, 12:55 pm | ACT New Zealand

“The Government’s Apartheid Bill will not begin to solve the fundamental economic and social issues our nation faces,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “Labour’s Māori wards legislation is better described as the Apartheid Bill. The basic assumption ... More >>

Labour Goes From ‘Let’s Do This’ To ‘Let’s Start Again’

Thursday, 25 February 2021, 12:16 pm | New Zealand National Party

The future of Auckland’s light rail looks bleak after the new Transport Minister confirmed the Government has basically gone back to the drawing board on a project that was supposed to be delivered this year, National’s Transport Spokesperson ... More >>

Government Action To Cool House Prices Still Needed Despite Reserve Bank Change

Thursday, 25 February 2021, 11:25 am | Green Party

The Green Party welcomes the change in the Reserve Bank’s remit to consider the impacts on housing when making financial decisions, but housing affordability shouldn’t be left to the Reserve Bank, Green Party Co-leader and Housing spokesperson Marama ... More >>

Tax Data Exposes Gross Inequity Between The Wealthiest And Poorest New Zealanders

Thursday, 25 February 2021, 11:23 am | Green Party

Government data today shows that the wealthiest New Zealanders aren’t paying their fair share of tax, whilst everyone else chips in, Green Party spokesperson on Finance Julie Anne Genter said today. “More than 40 percent of the wealthiest New Zealanders ... More >>

Practical Tools To Get Tamariki Talking

Thursday, 25 February 2021, 11:06 am | New Zealand Government

A new early learning resource launched today will provide kaiako, parents and whānau with practical tools and advice to better meet the needs of their tamariki in their oral language development. “A strong base of oral language is vitally important ... More >>

Govt Shoots Self In Buttock Over Gun Laws

Thursday, 25 February 2021, 10:39 am | ACT New Zealand

“The Police Minister and the Police Commissioner are at odds over whether the Government’s new gun legislation allows Police to strip firearms licences from gang members,” says ACT Firearms Law Reform spokesperson Nicole McKee. “Last ... More >>




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