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New Trade Certification System To Be Established

Tuesday, 24 May 2022, 4:36 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government is investing $20.3 million to modernise New Zealand’s trade certification system which will help build on our global reputation for producing trusted food for export. “This investment from Budget 2022 helps facilitate New Zealand’s ... More >>

Government Investment Boosts Coastal Shipping In Aotearoa

Tuesday, 24 May 2022, 4:04 pm | New Zealand Government

New Zealand is a step closer to a more resilient, competitive, and sustainable coastal shipping sector following the selection of preferred suppliers for new and enhanced coastal shipping services, Transport Minister Michael Wood has announced today. “Coastal ... More >>

Labour’s Budget Blowout Means Risk Of More Debt

Tuesday, 24 May 2022, 2:38 pm | New Zealand National Party

This year’s Budget blowout means not enough money in the kitty for next year, making it almost certain that debt will rise and send the government books backwards even further, National’s Finance Spokesperson Nicola Willis says. “Grant Robertson ... More >>

Whānau Resilience Focuses On Wāhine And Rangatahi

Tuesday, 24 May 2022, 12:17 pm | New Zealand Government

The best way to have economic security in New Zealand is by investing in wāhine and our rangatahi says Minister for Māori Development. Budget 2022, is allocating $28.5 million over the next two years to strengthen whānau resilience through developing ... More >>

Green Party Urges Labour To Support Electoral Reform Member’s Bill Despite Review

Tuesday, 24 May 2022, 12:05 pm | Green Party

The Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand is welcoming the Government’s latest step toward electoral reform, which begins to fulfil an important part of the Co-operation Agreement between the two parties. “It is important that the latest review should ... More >>

Give Us The Green Light

Tuesday, 24 May 2022, 11:28 am | ACT New Zealand

“The Government should just show us the green light and let us get on with our lives,” ACT’s Leader David Seymour says. “The Traffic Light system that currently exists by virtue of the COVID Response Act is totally redundant. The Government dismantled ... More >>

New Zealand To Stay At Orange For Now

Tuesday, 24 May 2022, 10:59 am | New Zealand Government

  With New Zealand expecting to see Omicron cases rise during the winter, the Orange setting remains appropriate for managing this stage of the outbreak, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “While daily cases numbers have flattened ... More >>

Independent Panel Appointed To Review Electoral Law

Tuesday, 24 May 2022, 10:40 am | New Zealand Government

Justice Minister Kris Faafoi today announced appointments to the independent panel that will lead a review of New Zealand’s electoral law. “This panel, appointed by an independent panel of experts, aim to make election rules clearer and fairer, ... More >>

Board Appointed For Auckland’s Most Transformational Project

Tuesday, 24 May 2022, 10:35 am | New Zealand Government

Honourable Dame Fran Wilde will lead the board overseeing the design and construction of Auckland’s largest, most transformational project of a generation – Auckland Light Rail, which will connect hundreds of thousands of people across the city, Minister ... More >>

Government Continues Record Māori Education Investment

Tuesday, 24 May 2022, 10:29 am | New Zealand Government

The Government’s commitment to the growth and development of te reo Māori has continued in Budget 2022, including the largest ever investment in kura property. “We know that there are pressures where schools delivering at higher levels of ... More >>

Schools Need COVID-19 Plan For Winter

Tuesday, 24 May 2022, 10:18 am | Green Party

The Green Party is calling for a Government COVID-19 Action Plan for schools, following expert advice about a possible winter COVID-19 peak. “Where’s the plan? The Government needs to support schools and families so no one is left to muddle through winter ... More >>

Debbie Ngarewa-Packer: Budget 2022 Fails To Fix Cancer Funding Shortfall

Tuesday, 24 May 2022, 10:13 am | Te Pati Maori

Te Pāti Māori Co-leader and Health spokesperson Debbie Ngarewa-Packer is supporting the calls of patients and advocates who have been left stunned by the Government’s lack of action on breast cancer screening and Pharmac funding in Budget 2022. “Government ... More >>

PM Attends Indo-Pacific Economic Framework Talks Ahead Of US Travel

Tuesday, 24 May 2022, 5:29 am | New Zealand Government

23 May On the eve of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s trade mission to the United States, New Zealand has joined with partner governments from across the Indo-Pacific region to begin the next phase of discussions towards an Indo-Pacific Economic Framework ... More >>

National Supports Contribution To Ukraine

Monday, 23 May 2022, 6:45 pm | New Zealand National Party

National welcomes the additional contribution that New Zealand is making to the war in Ukraine, Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Gerry Brownlee and Defence Spokesperson Tim van de Molen say. “Cabinet’s decision to send troops to the United Kingdom ... More >>

Poroporoaki: Joseph (Joe) Parata Hohepa Hawke

Monday, 23 May 2022, 6:43 pm | New Zealand Government

Whakatopa ra e te kārearea hoka i ngā rangi Tāmaki Makaurau Titiro iho ki ngā tai piataata o Te Waitematā, i hanga ai ōna kōrero; Tāmaki pou herenga waka, Tāmaki tātai herenga tangata, Tāmaki whakapau manawa. Ko koe ra tenei e kara kua ... More >>

Stubbing Out Tobacco Smuggling

Monday, 23 May 2022, 4:32 pm | New Zealand Government

Budget 2022 is providing investment to crackdown on tobacco smuggling into New Zealand. “Customs has seen a significant increase in the smuggling of tobacco products into New Zealand over recent years,” Minister of Customs Meka Whaitiri says. This trend ... More >>

NZ To Provide Additional Deployment To Support Ukraine

Monday, 23 May 2022, 2:06 pm | New Zealand Government

As part of New Zealand’s ongoing response to the war in Ukraine, New Zealand is providing further support and personnel to assist Ukraine to defend itself against Russia’s unprovoked and illegal invasion, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced ... More >>

Closed Border Heaps Pressure On Kiwi Households

Monday, 23 May 2022, 11:11 am | ACT New Zealand

“With interest rates set to undergo another hike this week, the pressure being heaped on Kiwi households is close to breaking point,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “The Government’s mismanagement of the border and unworkable isolation periods ... More >>

Prime Minister To Visit United States

Monday, 23 May 2022, 6:46 am | New Zealand Government

Prime Minister to lead trade mission to the United States this week to support export growth and the return of tourists post COVID-19. Business delegation to promote trade and tourism opportunities in New Zealand’s third largest export and visitor market ... More >>

Prime Minister To Visit United States

Monday, 23 May 2022, 6:45 am | New Zealand Government

Prime Minister to lead trade mission to the United States this week to support export growth and the return of tourists post COVID-19. Business delegation to promote trade and tourism opportunities in New Zealand’s third largest export and visitor market ... More >>

New Australian Govt A Chance For ANZAC Reset

Sunday, 22 May 2022, 1:43 pm | ACT New Zealand

“The ACT Party sends its congratulation to new Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and hopes Jacinda Ardern and Nanaia Mahuta will use this opportunity to reset New Zealand’s ANZAC relationship,” says ACT’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson ... More >>

National Congratulates Anthony Albanese

Sunday, 22 May 2022, 1:07 pm | New Zealand National Party

On behalf of the National Party, I would like to congratulate incoming Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese on his election victory overnight, Leader of the Opposition Christopher Luxon says. “Australia is New Zealand’s closest friend. ... More >>

Prime Minister Congratulates Anthony Albanese

Sunday, 22 May 2022, 1:03 pm | New Zealand Government

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has congratulated Anthony Albanese and the Australian Labor Party on winning the Australian Federal election, and has acknowledged outgoing Prime Minister Scott Morrison. "I spoke to Anthony Albanese early this morning ... More >>

More Than Two Coroners Needed To Address Backlog

Friday, 20 May 2022, 6:24 pm | ACT New Zealand

Parliament passed a Bill under urgency to increase the cap on the number of coroners in New Zealand from 20 to 22 full time equivalents (FTEs) but ACT’s Justice Spokesperson Nicole McKee says that won’t address the rising backlog of coroner cases needing ... More >>

More Than Two Coroners Needed To Address Backlog

Friday, 20 May 2022, 6:23 pm | ACT New Zealand

Parliament passed a Bill under urgency to increase the cap on the number of coroners in New Zealand from 20 to 22 full time equivalents (FTEs) but ACT’s Justice Spokesperson Nicole McKee says that won’t address the rising backlog of coroner cases needing ... More >>

Law Changes Passed Stopping Tax Evasion On Water-pipe Tobacco

Friday, 20 May 2022, 4:32 pm | New Zealand Government

The Minister of Customs has welcomed legislation being passed which will prevent millions of dollars in potential tax evasion on water-pipe tobacco products. The Customs and Excise (Tobacco Products) Amendment Act 2022 changes the way excise and ... More >>

Budget 2022: Crumbs For Te Matatini Again

Friday, 20 May 2022, 4:25 pm | Te Pati Maori

Te Pāti Māori are fed up with the second class treatment of Māori arts, after Te Matatini was yet again underfunded in this year’s Budget. “The Government is trying to bamboozle you by telling you they have invested the biggest boost ever ... More >>

Government Support For Levin Community Hit By Tornado

Friday, 20 May 2022, 4:08 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government is contributing $100,000 to a Mayoral Relief Fund to help the Levin community following this morning’s tornado, Minister for Emergency Management Kiri Allan says. “My thoughts are with everyone who has been impacted by severe weather ... More >>

Green Party Urges Labour To Provide Support To Those Who Need It Most

Friday, 20 May 2022, 1:30 pm | Green Party

The Green Party is calling on Labour to expand the temporary cost of living payment to those most in need. “The $350 Cost of Living Payment should be available to those who need it the most. Labour can do that today by including people on the benefit ... More >>

Labour Creating An Unfair Playing Field For Hard Working Kiwis

Friday, 20 May 2022, 11:41 am | ACT New Zealand

“Labour is continuing to incentivise welfare and punish hard work, with advice provided to the Government on their income insurance scheme warning of increased unemployment and disincentives to work,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “Advice ... More >>

Corporates Creaming It In Brain Drain Budget

Friday, 20 May 2022, 10:58 am | ACT New Zealand

“Labour’s Brain Drain Budget is more focused on improving the wellbeing of corporate fat cats than helping everyday New Zealanders,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “Film subsidies were allocated almost half a billion dollars in contingencies, ... More >>

New Jobs Tax Could Not Be More Poorly Timed

Friday, 20 May 2022, 10:51 am | New Zealand National Party

Labour’s Income Insurance Bill is a slap in the face to the squeezed middle who are getting smashed by the cost of living crisis, National’s Workplace Relations and Safety Spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says. “The day after Labour announces the ... More >>

Average Worker $2185 Better Off Under ACT, Nothing Under Labour

Friday, 20 May 2022, 9:58 am | ACT New Zealand

“Middle income New Zealanders are waking today to the realisation they were an afterthought in yesterday’s Brain Drain Budget and they’ve been shafted by Labour,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “ACT has prioritised middle income workers, those ... More >>

Treasury Slams Labour’s Band-aid Economics

Friday, 20 May 2022, 9:55 am | New Zealand National Party

Labour’s Backwards Budget does little to support struggling Kiwi households, with Treasury advising that the one-off cost of living payment is a poor mechanism for addressing a long-term problem, National’s Finance Spokesperson Nicola Willis says. ... More >>

Jacqui Dean To Retire From Parliament In 2023

Friday, 20 May 2022, 9:28 am | New Zealand National Party

Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean has announced that she will not be seeking re-election at the 2023 election. “I have advised the President and Leader of the National Party that I have decided not to put my name forward at the 2023 election, giving the party ... More >>

Chris Luxon Thanks Jacqui Dean For Her Contribution

Friday, 20 May 2022, 9:27 am | New Zealand National Party

National Party Leader Christopher Luxon has paid tribute to Jacqui Dean for her long contribution to the National Party and her stellar service to New Zealand as a Member of Parliament and Minister. “Jacqui has served Waitaki, New Zealanders ... More >>

Govt Helps Supermarket Shoppers Get A Fair Deal

Thursday, 19 May 2022, 7:24 pm | New Zealand Government

Hon Dr David Clark Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Urgent Budget night legislation to stop major supermarkets blocking competitors from accessing land for new stores has been introduced today, Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Dr ... More >>

First Home Grants An Admission Of Failure

Thursday, 19 May 2022, 7:12 pm | ACT New Zealand

“The Budget increase to the First Home Grants and First Home Loans is an admission that this Government has pushed up house prices and they’re now pouring more fuel on the fire,” says ACT Deputy Leader and Housing spokesperson Brooke van Velden. ... More >>

Brain Drain Budget Fails Breast Test

Thursday, 19 May 2022, 7:03 pm | ACT New Zealand

“Labour has once again failed to help those affected by breast cancer, with the Brain Drain Budget offering nothing to address the huge backlog of women awaiting breast screening,” says ACT’s Health spokesperson Brooke van Velden. “Breast ... More >>

Budget 2022 Includes Funding For New Parliament Buildings

Thursday, 19 May 2022, 3:59 pm | Office of the Speaker

Funding toward new parliamentary buildings has been announced as part of Budget 2022. This funding is earmarked to develop a new building for MPs and staff on the carpark behind Parliament House, and a new secure deliveries building. The annexe ... More >>

Labour’s Spending Is Out Of Control

Thursday, 19 May 2022, 3:38 pm | New Zealand National Party

Budget 2022 confirms Finance Minister Grant Robertson’s spending is out of control, National’s Finance Spokesperson Nicola Willis says. “Not content with a record $6 billion per year spending spree that he planned, Labour has raided future budgets ... More >>

Budget 2022 | Government Budget Worse Than Expected, Te Pāti Māori

Thursday, 19 May 2022, 3:14 pm | Te Pati Maori

Co-leaders of Te Pāti Māori, Debbie Ngarewa-Packer and Rawiri Waititi are today calling out Labour’s budget announcement as another bunch of crumbs for Māori. “Today’s announcement is significantly below what was expected for Māori,” ... More >>

New Zealand Remains The Weak Link In The Pacific

Thursday, 19 May 2022, 3:10 pm | ACT New Zealand

“Labour has cemented New Zealand’s position as the weak link of the Pacific with today’s underwhelming Defence announcement,” says ACT’s Defence spokesperson Dr James McDowall. “This Budget was Labour’s opportunity to put our Defence spending ... More >>

The Brain Drain Budget

Thursday, 19 May 2022, 2:24 pm | ACT New Zealand

“Jacinda Ardern and the Labour Government have today presented New Zealand with the Brain Drain Budget. Ambitious New Zealanders, tired of being milked, will weigh up leaving for greener pastures,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “Last December ... More >>

Budget Highlights Underlying Strength Of Economy In Face Of Global Headwinds

Thursday, 19 May 2022, 2:23 pm | New Zealand Government

· A return to surplus in 2024/2025 · Unemployment rate projected to remain at record lows · Net debt forecast to peak at 19.9 percent of GDP in 2024, lower than Australia, US, UK and Canada · Economic growth to hit 4.2 percent in 2023 and average ... More >>

Government Delivers Timely Support For Whānau

Thursday, 19 May 2022, 2:22 pm | New Zealand Government

· Boost for Māori economic and employment initiatives. · More funding for Māori health and wellbeing initiatives · Further support towards growing language, culture and identity initiatives to deliver on our commitment to Te Reo Māori in Education ... More >>

Government Delivers Critical Infrastructure

Thursday, 19 May 2022, 2:22 pm | New Zealand Government

· New hospital funding for Whangārei, Nelson and Hillmorton · 280 more classrooms over 40 schools, and money for new kura · $349 million for more rolling stock and rail network investment · The completion of feasibility studies for a Northland ... More >>

PHARMAC Funding Review Needed

Thursday, 19 May 2022, 2:19 pm | ACT New Zealand

“The ACT Party today welcomes a $191 million boost to funding for PHARMAC - now we need a proper funding review,” says ACT Deputy Leader and Health spokesperson Brooke van Velden. “This budget increase will bring hope to people who literally ... More >>

Inequality Not Solved By Separate Māori Spend

Thursday, 19 May 2022, 2:17 pm | ACT New Zealand

“The Government’s decision to slice up over $1 billion based on race will not solve inequality,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “The $1 billion is not even close to full spending on Māori Health. Māori are 14 per cent of the population, ... More >>

Brain Drain Budget Taxes Kiwis Hardest, ACT Gives Relief

Thursday, 19 May 2022, 2:15 pm | ACT New Zealand

“Labour must have missed the story of the golden goose, or maybe they just think it doesn’t apply to Kiwis. A key part of the Brain Drain Budget is too much tax on productive people,” says ACT’s Associate Finance spokesperson Damien Smith. ... More >>

Future Resource Management System Implementation Funding

Thursday, 19 May 2022, 2:13 pm | New Zealand Government

Budget 2022 provides funding to implement the new resource management system, building on progress made since the reform was announced just over a year ago. The inadequate funding for the implementation of the Resource Management Act in 1992 almost guaranteed ... More >>

More Support For First Home Buyers And Renters

Thursday, 19 May 2022, 2:13 pm | New Zealand Government

· House price caps for First Home Grants increased in many parts of the country · House price caps for First Home Loans removed entirely · Kāinga Whenua Loan cap will also be increased from $200,000 to $500,000 · The Affordable Housing Fund ... More >>

Funding Certainty For Quality Public Media

Thursday, 19 May 2022, 2:12 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government is substantially increasing the amount of funding for public media to ensure New Zealanders can continue to access quality local content and trusted news. “Our decision to create a new independent and future-focused public media ... More >>

Funding Boost Secures Defence Capabilities

Thursday, 19 May 2022, 2:12 pm | New Zealand Government

· $662.5 million to maintain existing defence capabilities · NZDF lower-paid staff will receive a salary increase to help meet cost-of living pressures. Budget 2022 sees significant resources made available for the Defence Force to maintain existing ... More >>

Budget 2022 Supports Resilient And Sustainable Cultural Sector

Thursday, 19 May 2022, 2:11 pm | New Zealand Government

· More than $185 million to help build a resilient cultural sector as it continues to adapt to the challenges coming out of COVID-19. · Support cultural sector agencies to continue to offer their important services to New Zealanders. · Strengthen support ... More >>

Coronial Delays Addressed By Budget 2022

Thursday, 19 May 2022, 2:10 pm | New Zealand Government

· Four new permanent Coroners to be appointed · Seven Coronial Registrar roles and four Clinical Advisor roles are planned to ease workload pressures Budget 2022 delivers a package of investment to improve the coronial system and reduce delays ... More >>

Paving The Way For Better Outcomes For Disabled People

Thursday, 19 May 2022, 2:10 pm | New Zealand Government

Establishment of Ministry for Disabled People Progressing the rollout of the Enabling Good Lives approach to Disability Support Services to provide self-determination for disabled people Extra funding for disability support services “Budget 2022 ... More >>

Investing In Education So All Kiwis Can Succeed

Thursday, 19 May 2022, 2:09 pm | New Zealand Government

Fairer Equity Funding system to replace school deciles The largest step yet towards Pay Parity in early learning Local support for schools to improve teaching and learning A unified funding system to underpin the Reform of Vocational Education Boost for ... More >>

Budget Lifts Up To 14,000 Children Out Of Poverty

Thursday, 19 May 2022, 2:08 pm | New Zealand Government

· Child Support rules to be reformed lifting an estimated 6,000 to 14,000 children out of poverty · Support for immediate and essential dental care lifted from $300 to $1,000 per year · Increased income levels for hardship assistance to extend eligibility ... More >>

Primary Sector Backed To Grow And Innovate

Thursday, 19 May 2022, 2:08 pm | New Zealand Government

· $118.4 million for advisory services to support farmers, foresters, growers and whenua Māori owners to accelerate sustainable land use changes and lift productivity · $40 million to help transformation in the forestry, wood processing, food and ... More >>

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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