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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 >>

Bumper Breeding Season Boosts Kākāpō Population

Tuesday, 9 August 2022, 10:00 am | New Zealand Government

Kākāpō numbers have increased from 197 to 252 in the 2022 breeding season, and there are now more of the endangered parrots than there have been for almost 50 years, Conservation Minister Poto Williams announced today. More >>

Abuse Revelations Leave No Choice But To Overhaul RSE Scheme

Monday, 8 August 2022, 4:04 pm | Green Party

The Green Party is calling on the Government to overhaul the Recognised Seasonal Employers scheme in the wake of revelations of shocking human rights violations. “The Recognised Seasonal Employers scheme needs an urgent overhaul so it can guarantee ... More >>

Labour Must Listen To OAG And Scrap Three Waters

Monday, 8 August 2022, 3:03 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Office of the Auditor-General has delivered a scathing indictment of the Government’s Three Waters reforms and the Government should now abandon them, says National’s Local Government spokesperson Simon Watts. In a submission to a Parliamentary committee ... More >>

Decent Work, Not Sanctions

Monday, 8 August 2022, 2:11 pm | Green Party

The Green Party is calling for a cross-party commitment to guaranteeing at least a living wage and safe working conditions to people seeking employment, instead of continuing benefit sanctions. “We should be aiming to eliminate hardship for people ... More >>

Te Pāti Māori Announces Support For Second Local Council Candidate As Part Of “Growing Movement”

Monday, 8 August 2022, 1:24 pm | Te Pati Maori

Te Pāti Māori has this morning announced that it will back a second candidate in this year’s local elections, further expanding its presence in regional and district politics. Tuteri Rangihaeata (Ngāti Ruanui, Ngā Rauru, Ngāruahine) has ... More >>

Call For New Zealanders To Get On-board With Rail Safety

Monday, 8 August 2022, 10:26 am | New Zealand Government

With additional trains operating across the network, powered by the Government’s investment in rail, there is need for a renewed focus on rail safety, Transport Minister Michael Wood emphasised at the launch of Rail Safety Week 2022. “Over the last ... More >>

Speech To The 2022 National Party Annual Conference

Sunday, 7 August 2022, 7:26 pm | New Zealand National Party

Kia ora! What a brilliant conference! The energy wave from this weekend will carry us right through to election year and I say: bring it on. We’ve had a fantastic weekend. So many great sessions. So many good ideas. So much ambition. I want to ... More >>

ACT Welcomes National Party’s Welfare Move

Sunday, 7 August 2022, 1:27 pm | ACT New Zealand

"ACT welcomes the National Party’s move towards mutual obligation in welfare. Requiring case management for long term and young beneficiaries is good policy,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “ACT has long said welfare should inspire people ... More >>

National To Shift Young People Off Welfare Into Work

Sunday, 7 August 2022, 1:24 pm | New Zealand National Party

A National Government will take a new approach to reducing benefit dependency among young people because they and taxpayers are being failed, National Party Leader Christopher Luxon and Social Development and Employment spokesperson Louise Upston say. “It ... More >>

Australia Beats Us Again, This Time With Medical Professionals

Sunday, 7 August 2022, 1:22 pm | ACT New Zealand

“The ACT Party can reveal that New Zealand has around 420 fewer nurses per 100,000 people than our Aussie cousins and 130 fewer doctors,” says ACT Deputy Leader and Housing spokesperson Brooke van Velden. “New Zealand needs to everything we can ... More >>

ACT's Seventh Member's Bill This Term Shows Depth Of Ideas

Sunday, 7 August 2022, 1:14 pm | ACT New Zealand

“The ACT Party has once again shown we are the leaders of the proposition with our seventh Member’s Bill this term to be read in Parliament,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “ACT is focussed on real change. That’s why this term we’ve ... More >>

Indexation Is Not The Answer

Saturday, 6 August 2022, 6:47 pm | ACT New Zealand

“National and Labour can spend all the time it wants arguing over whether The National Party’s policy of Tax Indexation is in or out – but the argument should be about whether this is good public policy. ACT says it’s not,” says ACT Leader ... More >>

Minister Must Review World’s Most Inflexible Isolation Rules

Saturday, 6 August 2022, 12:25 pm | ACT New Zealand

“New Zealand should dump the world’s strictest COVID-isolation rules, with no other jurisdiction requiring seven days mandatory isolation for cases and household contacts,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “COVID-19 Response Minister Ayesha ... More >>

Speech To The National Party Conference 2022: Getting Our Economy Working For You

Saturday, 6 August 2022, 12:19 pm | New Zealand National Party

6 August 2022 Greetings everybody. It feels so good to be here in Christchurch with you. To each and every one of you, President Peter Goodfellow, Board Members, Regional Chairs, office holders, Parliamentary colleagues, members and volunteers, thank you. ... More >>

Five Years Of Failure For Light Rail

Friday, 5 August 2022, 11:14 am | New Zealand National Party

Construction of light rail in Auckland might not begin until 2025 despite tomorrow marking five years since Jacinda Ardern announced it would be delivered to Mt Roskill by 2021, National’s Transport spokesperson Simeon Brown says. “Not only have ... More >>

Sepuloni Takes ACT’s OT Initiative But Not Far Enough, Ignores Vigil

Thursday, 4 August 2022, 7:33 pm | ACT New Zealand

“Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni has taken inspiration from my proposed amendments on the Oversight of Oranga Tamariki System and Children and Young People’s Commission Bill, but she hasn’t taken it far enough,” says ACT’s Social Development ... More >>

More Women On Public Boards Than Ever Before

Thursday, 4 August 2022, 7:31 pm | New Zealand Government

· 52.5% of people on public boards are women · Greatest ever percentage of women · Improved collection of ethnicity data “Women’s representation on public sector boards and committees is now 52.5 percent, the highest ever level. The facts prove ... More >>

The Beat Goes On As Government Renews Support For Musicians

Thursday, 4 August 2022, 6:52 pm | New Zealand Government

Extension of Aotearoa Touring Programme supporting domestic musicians The Programme has supported more than 1,700 shows and over 250 artists New Zealand Music Commission estimates that around 200,000 Kiwis have been able to attend shows as a result of ... More >>

Have Your Say On The Electoral Amendment Bill

Thursday, 4 August 2022, 5:54 pm | Justice Committee

The bill aims to amend the Electoral Act 1993 to support the delivery of, and participation in, elections. It would make changes to the political donations framework including: lowering the threshold for public disclosure of donations and contributions to political ... More >>

Member’s Bill Adds To Growing Demands On Govt To Stop Deep Sea Mining

Thursday, 4 August 2022, 4:19 pm | Green Party

The Green Party is once again calling on the Government to announce its support for a moratorium on deep sea mining, and to support a member’s bill going to select committee. Te Pāti Māori Co-leader Debbie Ngarewa-Packer’s member’s bill Prohibition ... More >>

Labour's Cash For Dead People

Thursday, 4 August 2022, 3:49 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Government has today confirmed that its cost of living payment was so poorly designed it went to individuals who have died, National’s Finance Spokesperson Nicola Willis says. “The cost of living payment debacle keeps getting worse and ... More >>

Zero KiwiBuild Homes Delivered In June

Thursday, 4 August 2022, 3:00 pm | ACT New Zealand

“Just when you think KiwiBuild can’t get any worse, Housing Minister Megan Woods has confirmed to Parliament that not a single KiwiBuild house was built in June,” says ACT Deputy Leader and Housing spokesperson Brooke van Velden. “When zero houses ... More >>

Debbie Ngarewa-Packer Calls On PM To Support Bill To Ban Seabed Mining

Thursday, 4 August 2022, 1:07 pm | Te Pati Maori

Te Pāti Māori Co-leader, Ngāti Ruanui and Ngā Rauru uri Debbie Ngarewa-Packer is today celebrating that her Prohibition on Seabed Mining Legislation Amendment Bill has been drawn from Parliament’s biscuit tin, while calling on Prime Minister ... More >>

Labour Fires Up The Spin Machine

Thursday, 4 August 2022, 1:05 pm | New Zealand National Party

Labour’s desperate spin to distract attention from its incompetent management of the cost of living crisis should be seen for what it is, says National MP Chris Bishop. “Labour is far more interested in dirty political games than on real solutions ... More >>

Where Are The Fog Cannons, Minister?

Thursday, 4 August 2022, 12:11 pm | New Zealand National Party

It is shocking that while ram raids continue on an almost nightly-basis, some victims are still waiting for support nearly three months after Labour announced its $6 million preventative fund, National’s Police spokesperson Mark Mitchell says. “Only five ... More >>

Member’s Bill To Supercharge Consents Process Drawn

Thursday, 4 August 2022, 12:07 pm | ACT New Zealand

“My Member’s Bill drawn today will address the housing crisis and remove the barrier stopping councils from developing infrastructure,” says ACT’s Deputy Leader and Housing spokesperson Brooke van Velden. “The Bill would create a GST-sharing ... More >>

Govt Investment Into Whakatāne Regeneration Reaches New Milestones

Thursday, 4 August 2022, 11:51 am | New Zealand Government

Today Economic and Regional Development Minister Stuart Nash turned the sod for the new Whakatāne Commercial Boat Harbour, cut the ribbon for the revitalised Whakatāne Wharf, and inspected work underway to develop the old Whakatāne Army Hall into a ... More >>

Tax Cuts Not Only Possible, But Necessary

Thursday, 4 August 2022, 11:43 am | ACT New Zealand

“Tax cuts are not only possible, but necessary for New Zealand’s recovery from COVID funk,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “ACT is the only party that has released a fully costed Alternative Budget. ACT’s Alternative Budget for Real Change shows ... More >>

Building Recommendations Don’t Go Far Enough

Thursday, 4 August 2022, 11:37 am | New Zealand National Party

The Commerce Commission’s draft report on the building supply market defined the problems, but doesn’t go far enough with their recommendations, National’s Building and Construction spokesperson Andrew Bayly says. “We are surprised that the Commerce ... More >>

Let’s Build Better, Warmer, And Climate-friendly

Thursday, 4 August 2022, 11:34 am | Green Party

The Government must take steps to ensure that the way we build our homes is helping to meet New Zealand’s climate change targets, the Green Party said. Responding to the release of the Commerce Commission draft market study into residential building ... More >>

Government Determined To Get A Better Deal For Consumers

Thursday, 4 August 2022, 11:11 am | New Zealand Government

New Zealanders are not getting a fair deal on some key residential building supplies and while the Government has already driven improvements in the sector, a Commerce Commission review finds that changes are needed to make it more competitive. More >>

Mana In Mahi Must Guarantee Liveable Incomes

Thursday, 4 August 2022, 11:08 am | Green Party

The Government’s employment initiatives led by the Ministry of Social Development must guarantee liveable incomes and fair working conditions, the Green Party says. “With schemes like Mana in Mahi continuing to grow in size now it is the perfect ... More >>




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