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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 >>

Plan to improve protection of moa bones

Thursday, 2 July 2020, 9:18 am | New Zealand Government

Moa bones and other sub-fossil remains of extinct species are set to have improved protection with proposals to prevent the trade in extinct species announced the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage today. More >>

Free lunches served up to thousands of school children

Thursday, 2 July 2020, 9:09 am | New Zealand Government

The Government’s free and healthy school lunches programme moves south for the first time creating jobs for around 30 people in Otago and Southland. “Eighteen schools with 3000 students are joining the programme – 11 have already begun serving ... More >>

Bill Raising Minimum Residency Requirement For NZ Super Passes First Reading

Thursday, 2 July 2020, 6:52 am | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First’s Fair Residency for Superannuation Bill passed its First Reading in Parliament today. The Bill makes a significant change to NZ Super by raising the minimum residency requirement from 10 to 20 years, after age 20. “Currently, a ... More >>

Second Language In Schools Passes First Reading

Thursday, 2 July 2020, 6:46 am | New Zealand National Party

A Member’s Bill that would give children the opportunity to learn a second language in primary and intermediate schools has passed its first reading in Parliament, Auckland Central MP and National’s Education spokesperson Nikki Kaye says. The Education ... More >>

Harsher Penalties For Assaults On First Responders One Step Closer

Wednesday, 1 July 2020, 6:51 pm | New Zealand First Party

A New Zealand First member’s bill in the name of Darroch Ball introducing a six-month minimum prison sentence for assaults on first responders has passed its second reading in Parliament. The new offence of "injuring a first responder or corrections ... More >>

Screen Sector Recovery Package Protects Jobs, Boosts Investment

Wednesday, 1 July 2020, 5:07 pm | New Zealand Government

Thousands of Kiwi jobs and investment in New Zealand productions will be protected through a screen sector support package announced today by Associate Minister for Arts Culture and Heritage Carmel Sepuloni, Minister for Economic Development Phil ... More >>

New Fund To Help Save Local Events And Jobs

Wednesday, 1 July 2020, 4:54 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government has established a new $10 million fund for the domestic events sector to help save jobs and protect incomes as it recovers from the impacts of COVID-19, Minister of Economic Development Phil Twyford announced today. This funding from ... More >>

Bill To Improve Fuel Market Competition

Wednesday, 1 July 2020, 4:03 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government has taken another step in its commitment to making sure New Zealanders get a fairer deal at the petrol pump with the introduction of legislation to improve competition in the retail fuel market, says Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods. ... More >>

NZ joins global facility for pre-purchase of COVID Vaccine

Wednesday, 1 July 2020, 3:27 pm | New Zealand Government

New Zealand has joined a global initiative that aims to enable all countries to access a safe and effective Covid-19 vaccine, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters announced today. More >>

Right to legal representation in Family Court restored today

Wednesday, 1 July 2020, 3:23 pm | New Zealand Government

From today new legislation takes effect to both restore the right to legal representation at the start of a Care of Children (CoCA) dispute in the Family Court, and allow parties to those proceedings to access legal aid where eligible. More >>

Criminal Cases Review Commission Delivers Coalition Promise

Wednesday, 1 July 2020, 2:56 pm | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First welcomes the launch of the new Criminal Cases Review Commission, gifted with the name from Waikato-Tainui - Te Kāhui Tātari Ture, announced in Hamilton today by Justice Minister Andrew Little. “New Zealand First has long believed in ... More >>

Prime Minister And Finance Minister Slippery On Tax

Wednesday, 1 July 2020, 2:45 pm | New Zealand National Party

While National has committed to no new taxes for Kiwis in our first term, both the Prime Minister and the Finance Minister are being slippery on whether Labour will increase taxes or not, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says. “In ... More >>

ACT Stands With The People Of Hong Kong

Wednesday, 1 July 2020, 1:47 pm | ACT New Zealand

ACT is standing with the people of Hong Kong today in condemning the passage of a new national security law. “The news from Hong Kong is bleak, but sadly not surprising,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “The rights to freedom of speech, expression, and ... More >>

Parliament: Oral Questions - 1 July 2020

Wednesday, 1 July 2020, 11:57 am | Office of the Clerk

Questions to Ministers MARK PATTERSON to the Minister for Infrastructure: What action is the Government taking to support the construction sector and progress shovel-ready infrastructure? TODD MULLER to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by the statement ... More >>

If Govt Can’t Create A Cooks Bubble, What Can It Do?

Wednesday, 1 July 2020, 11:11 am | ACT New Zealand

“Kiwis will be asking serious questions about the Government’s competence if it can’t do something as simple as establishing a travel bubble with a Covid-free part of New Zealand,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “The Cook Islands are Covid-free ... More >>

Labour’s Tax Plan Is To Bully And Steal Your Lunch Money

Wednesday, 1 July 2020, 10:40 am | ACT New Zealand

“Labour’s tax plan is like the schoolyard bully who steals other kids’ lunch money,” according to ACT Leader David Seymour. Grant Robertson yesterday failed to rule out higher taxes on top earners if Labour wins in September. Finance and ... More >>

National To Undo Government’s Tertiary Reforms

Wednesday, 1 July 2020, 9:59 am | New Zealand National Party

National has vigorously opposed the Government’s Reform of Vocational Education (ROVE) and has confirmed at the Southern Institute of Technology today that it would return regional education back to the regions, undoing a significant part of the ... More >>

Infrastructure Investment To Create Jobs, Kick-start COVID Rebuild

Wednesday, 1 July 2020, 9:57 am | New Zealand Government

A new package of infrastructure investments will help kick-start the post-COVID rebuild by creating more than 20,000 jobs and unlocking more than $5 billion of projects up and down New Zealand. Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Infrastructure Minister ... More >>

Greens Welcome Huge New Investment In Sustainable Projects

Wednesday, 1 July 2020, 9:28 am | Green Party

The Green Party is celebrating over $800m in new funding for green projects, which will get people into jobs while solving New Zealand’s long-term challenges. The COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund ‘shovel-ready’ projects announced today include ... More >>

Statement on passage of national security law for Hong Kong

Wednesday, 1 July 2020, 8:34 am | New Zealand Government

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today expressed the New Zealand Government’s deep disappointment at the passage by China’s National People’s Congress Standing Committee of a national security law for Hong Kong. More >>

July 1 Marks Progress For Workers, Families

Wednesday, 1 July 2020, 7:51 am | New Zealand Government

Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern Prime Minister Hon Grant Robertson Minister of Finance MEDIA STATEMENT PĀNUI PĀPĀHO More jobs and more family time with newborns are the centrepiece of a suite of Government initiatives coming into effect today. July 1 is a milestone ... More >>

New Zealand First Demands Answers From Meridian Energy

Tuesday, 30 June 2020, 6:05 pm | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First is appalled that Meridian seems to have been unnecessarily spilling water from its dams to drive up its profits. "While New Zealanders have been coming together in some of our darkest hours, we don’t expect power gentailers ... More >>

Virtual APEC A Lost Economic Opportunity

Tuesday, 30 June 2020, 4:27 pm | New Zealand National Party

APEC moving to a virtual forum will be a significant loss to New Zealand’s economy but it is still an opportunity to focus on strengthening relationships and forging new ones, National’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson Gerry Brownlee says. “As a ... More >>

Government Failing To Fulfil Testing Responsibilities

Tuesday, 30 June 2020, 4:02 pm | New Zealand National Party

It is unacceptable that two weeks after the Government’s bungles at the border were exposed, there are still hundreds of potential cases wandering around untested, National’s Health spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says. Exactly two weeks after ... More >>

Govt’s Tax Grab Another Slap In The Face For Motorists

Tuesday, 30 June 2020, 3:53 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Government will deliver another slap in the face to motorists tomorrow when it adds another 4c per litre to the cost of fuel, National’s Transport spokesperson Chris Bishop says. “Motorists are suffering under this Government. The tax hikes ... More >>

McKee: Tahr Cull Will Undermine Rural Communities And Tourism Businesses

Tuesday, 30 June 2020, 3:21 pm | ACT New Zealand

“The Department of Conservation’s new Tahr cull plan will undermine rural communities and tourism businesses,” says ACT’s Firearms and Outdoors Spokesperson Nicole McKee. “What’s even worse is that the Conservation Minister is undermining the ... More >>

Auckland water consent referred to Board of Inquiry

Tuesday, 30 June 2020, 2:21 pm | New Zealand Government

Environment Minister David Parker has today “called in” Auckland’s application to the Waikato Regional Council to take an extra 200 million litres of water a day from the lower reaches of the Waikato River for Auckland drinking water and other ... More >>

Jacinda Ardern To New Zealanders: “Let’s Tax This”

Tuesday, 30 June 2020, 1:32 pm | ACT New Zealand

“With New Zealanders experiencing serious economic pain from the lockdown and now a recession, Jacinda Ardern’s response is to say: ‘Let’s tax this’”, says ACT Leader David Seymour. From tomorrow, New Zealanders will pay higher rates ... More >>

New Zealand To Host Virtual APEC In 2021

Tuesday, 30 June 2020, 12:03 pm | New Zealand Government

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker announced today that New Zealand’s hosting of APEC in 2021 will go ahead using virtual digital platforms. Mr Peters said the global disruption caused by COVID-19, ... More >>

 
 
 
 
 
 

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