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Minister dithers as health service slips

Wednesday, 15 January 2020, 10:28 am | New Zealand National Party

Health Minister David Clark’s refusal to set health targets is seeing standards slip nationwide and patients are suffering, National’s Health spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says. “The first quarter statistics for the current financial year show ... More >>

Wairarapa gets $7.11m PGF water boost

Wednesday, 15 January 2020, 10:25 am | New Zealand Government

The Provincial Growth Fund is putting $7.11 million into creating a sustainable water supply for Wairarapa, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. The following two projects will receive Provincial ... More >>

New resource for schools on climate change

Tuesday, 14 January 2020, 2:38 pm | New Zealand Government

New resource for schools to increase awareness and understanding of climate change 12 January 2020 More >>

Progress with new Police station in Mahia

Tuesday, 14 January 2020, 1:54 pm | New Zealand Government

Community safety and crime prevention in the East Coast settlement of Mahia has moved forward with the opening of a new Police station to serve the growing coastal settlement. More >>

Business confidence remains in the doldrums

Tuesday, 14 January 2020, 1:47 pm | New Zealand National Party

Slumping business confidence under a Government with no plans for growth has continued into 2020, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says. More >>

Tax collector forcing Kiwis to put their lives on hold

Tuesday, 14 January 2020, 12:14 pm | New Zealand National Party

Punishing call wait times at Inland Revenue are seeing hundreds of thousands of Kiwis either disconnected or hanging up in frustration, National’s Revenue spokesperson Andrew Bayly says. “Inadequate staffing meant almost 700,000 calls to IR call centres ... More >>

Plans to protect the future of whitebaiting announced

Tuesday, 14 January 2020, 12:14 pm | New Zealand Government

With several native whitebait species in decline the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage has today released proposals to standardise and improve management of whitebait across New Zealand. More >>

Violent Assault on Paramedic Highlights Need for Law Change

Monday, 13 January 2020, 8:15 pm | New Zealand First Party

Violent Assault on Paramedic Highlights Need for Law Change Today’s horrific violent assault of an on-duty female paramedic which rendered her unconscious is truly unsettling. “Our thoughts are with the paramedic, her loved ones and the St John’s team at ... More >>

Govt is all excuses and no solutions on housing

Monday, 13 January 2020, 5:28 pm | New Zealand National Party

Labour should be ashamed of the fact its poor housing policies have seen the number of people waiting for state houses explode to almost 14,500 on its watch, National’s Associate Housing spokesperson Simon O’Connor says. “New Zealanders want housing ... More >>

One year on and no progress from Government

Monday, 13 January 2020, 3:02 pm | New Zealand National Party

A year after my Bill to protect victims of legally insane offenders was put into the Ballot and nine months after it was drawn, still there’s been no progress, Taupō MP Louise Upston says. More >>

Where’s the vaping legislation Labour promised?

Monday, 13 January 2020, 1:55 pm | ACT New Zealand

“More than a year after new vaping legislation was promised, and with the school year rapidly approaching, there’s still no sign of Labour’s vaping legislation”, says ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

Police raid on young family raises serious questions

Saturday, 11 January 2020, 7:45 pm | ACT New Zealand

“ A Police raid on the home of a young family represents a dangerous new phase of the Government’s gun law reforms and raises serious questions about how gun owners are being targeted”, according to ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

Government needs to stop being soft on gangs

Saturday, 11 January 2020, 12:18 pm | New Zealand National Party

This Labour-led Government’s soft on crime approach has emboldened gangs and news of the Mongrel Mob intimidating holidaymakers at a popular campground in Kawerau is further proof that something needs to be done, National’s Justice spokesperson ... More >>

Small businesses will feel sting of minimum wage rise

Saturday, 11 January 2020, 10:29 am | New Zealand National Party

Confirmation that the Government’s unbalanced minimum wage rise could cost 17,000 jobs and lump taxpayers with a $125 million bill is an alarm bell for small businesses, National’s Workplace Relations and Safety spokesperson Todd McClay says. More >>

NZDF sends more support to Australia

Friday, 10 January 2020, 4:48 pm | New Zealand Government

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) is sending an Environmental Health Team, a Primary Health Care Team and a Chaplain to Australia, boosting New Zealand support for the Australian Defence Force (ADF) as it battles bush fires in Victoria and New ... More >>

Hawke’s Bay DHB decision heartless

Friday, 10 January 2020, 3:55 pm | New Zealand National Party

The decision by Hawke’s Bay DHB to axe cleaning services for the elderly and disabled is heartless and insensitive, Tukituki MP Lawrence Yule says. “I’ve written to both the DHB and the Minister to ask for the decision to be reviewed. “It’s extremely ... More >>

NZ joins partners in calling for investigation to Iran crash

Friday, 10 January 2020, 3:33 pm | New Zealand Government

(Headline abbreviated, original headline: New Zealand joins partners in calling for full investigation into air crash in Iran) More >>

Asia-Pacific Parliamentarians to meet in Canberra

Thursday, 9 January 2020, 12:09 pm | Office Of Speaker Of Parliament

Parliamentarians from 27 countries will meet in Australia next week to discuss a range of critical global issues. More >>

Members’ Bill giving ‘safe harbour’ option lodged

Thursday, 9 January 2020, 10:11 am | New Zealand National Party

Wairarapa MP Alastair Scott’s Members’ Bill seeks to support businesses by giving companies in difficulty more opportunities to turn their fortunes around. “My Bill would create the option of a ‘safe harbour’, which companies that are or are ... More >>

National: Statement on unfolding events in Iraq

Wednesday, 8 January 2020, 6:35 pm | New Zealand National Party

New Zealand should emulate our friends Britain and Australia by keeping troops on the ground in Iraq but with contingency plans to move them quickly if required, National’s Defence spokesperson Mark Mitchell and Foreign Affairs spokesperson Gerry Brownlee ... More >>

Statement from Acting PM Winston Peters

Wednesday, 8 January 2020, 4:10 pm | New Zealand Government

Acting Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters has expressed New Zealand’s deep concern at the escalation in hostilities following an attack on two Iraqi bases. “Now is the time for restraint and de-escalation, and for diplomacy ... More >>

Call to support petition to reform Unit Titles Act

Wednesday, 8 January 2020, 12:57 pm | New Zealand National Party

Momentum is building to reform the law around Unit Titles with almost 500 people lending their support to a petition calling for change, National’s Auckland Central MP Nikki Kaye and Housing spokesperson Judith Collins say. More >>

'No Body, No Parole' is pointless dog whistling

Tuesday, 7 January 2020, 3:38 pm | New Zealand First Party

National MP Tim Macindoe Member’s Bill, Concealment of Location of Victim Remains Bill does not do what he claims. More >>

Openness and security focus of Commonwealth Speakers

Monday, 6 January 2020, 2:05 pm | Office Of Speaker Of Parliament

The Speaker, Rt Hon Trevor Mallard, and the Clerk of the House of Representatives, David Wilson, will represent the New Zealand Parliament at the 25th Conference of Speakers and Presiding Officers of the Commonwealth (CSPOC) in Ottawa, Canada this ... More >>

New Zealand Defence Force sends support to Australia

Sunday, 5 January 2020, 2:39 pm | New Zealand Government

Minister of Defence Ron Mark today announced New Zealand is sending three Royal New Zealand Air Force NH90 helicopters and crew, and two NZ Army Combat Engineer Sections as well as a command element to support the Australian Defence Force efforts in tackling ... More >>

National proposes ‘no body, no parole’ Members’ Bill

Sunday, 5 January 2020, 12:08 pm | New Zealand National Party

National proposes ‘no body, no parole’ Members’ Bill A Members’ Bill that would see convicted murderers ineligible for parole if they don’t reveal the location of their victim’s body has been lodged in the ballot, Hamilton West MP Tim Macindoe ... More >>

New Year must be time for sunscreen surety

Saturday, 4 January 2020, 11:44 am | New Zealand National Party

A Members’ Bill that would ensure all sunscreens on the shelf meet our standards and actually provide the protection they claim has been lodged in the ballot, Bay of Plenty MP Todd Muller says. “New Zealand has one of the highest rates of skin ... More >>

New Zealand to send further firefighter support to Australia

Friday, 3 January 2020, 1:06 pm | New Zealand Government

The New Zealand Government is sending a further 22 firefighters to help fight the Australian fires. More >>

Therapy dogs needed in Courts

Friday, 3 January 2020, 9:46 am | New Zealand National Party

New Zealand Courts should have therapy dogs available for children and vulnerable people participating in the system, National’s Courts spokesperson Chris Penk says. “It can often be a traumatic experience for victims participating in the courts ... More >>

Bushfires illustrate need to fund fire research

Friday, 3 January 2020, 9:26 am | New Zealand National Party

The bushfires ravaging Australia are a sobering illustration of why New Zealand’s life-saving research into rural fires needs consistent Government funding, National’s Research, Science and Innovation Spokesperson Parmjeet Parmar says. “Crown Research ... More >>

Minister must launch inquiry into PHARMAC decision

Thursday, 2 January 2020, 10:54 am | New Zealand National Party

The Health Minister’s first act of 2020 should be to establish a ministerial inquiry into PHARMAC’s decision to switch to Logem – the generic form of epilepsy drug lamotrigine – given it’s now suspected to have caused five deaths, National’s ... More >>

National looking after rural communities

Thursday, 2 January 2020, 10:54 am | New Zealand National Party

National has put forward a series of proposals to improve the health of rural communities, National’s Rural Communities spokesperson Matt King says. “New Zealanders living in isolated, rural areas deserve access to the support they need. “The practical ... More >>

Road deaths lower in 2019, but still more work to do

Thursday, 2 January 2020, 10:13 am | New Zealand Government

“As we enter the new decade, my thoughts are with the families, friends and communities of the 353 people who lost their lives in road crashes last year. While the number of deaths is lower than in 2018 (377), this is still a staggering loss of life,” ... More >>

Justice Minister congratulates Hon. Joe Williams

Tuesday, 31 December 2019, 10:19 am | New Zealand Government

(Headline abbreviated, original headline: Justice Minister congratulates first Māori Supreme Court judge on New Year’s Honour) More >>

PM congratulates New Year 2020 Honours recipients

Tuesday, 31 December 2019, 10:17 am | New Zealand Government

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has congratulated the diverse group of New Zealanders recognised for their contributions to the country and their communities in the New Year 2020 Honours List. The list of 180 honours recipients includes three Dames and ... More >>

New Year honours for top sportspeople

Tuesday, 31 December 2019, 10:17 am | New Zealand Government

Twenty-one of New Zealand’s top sportspeople, coaches and leaders in the sporting community have been recognised in the New Year 2020 Honours List. More >>

Service to birds and bush recognised in New Year Honours

Tuesday, 31 December 2019, 10:14 am | New Zealand Government

Decades of dedication to Aotearoa’s unique birds, landscapes, and native eels is recognised in the New Year 2020 Honours List said Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage. More >>

Leading architect of Zero Carbon Bill honoured

Tuesday, 31 December 2019, 10:13 am | New Zealand Government

It’s great to see ordinary New Zealanders doing extraordinary things, Minister for Climate Change James Shaw today said in response to the news that Lisa McLaren is included in the New Year 2020 Honours List for her exceptional work leading the ... More >>

Social entrepreneurs & innovation leads Pacific contribution

Tuesday, 31 December 2019, 10:12 am | New Zealand Government

Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio says the New Year 2020 Honours List highlights the valuable contribution Pacific social entrepreneurs and innovators make to New Zealand, the Pacific region and the world. More >>

Another broken promise, Winston Peters has had his day

Tuesday, 31 December 2019, 9:20 am | ACT New Zealand

“Tomorrow’s tobacco tax hike represents yet another betrayal of NZ First supporters by the Party’s leader and shows Winston Peters has had his day”, according to ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

Govt incompetence leaving women waiting for pay equity

Tuesday, 31 December 2019, 9:15 am | New Zealand National Party

Women in New Zealand will have to wait even longer before progress is made on pay equity because this incompetent Government can’t follow due process, MP for Maungakiekie Denise Lee says. “The Government’s Equal Pay Amendment Bill was introduced to ... More >>

Closer Economic Partnership with Singapore coming

Monday, 30 December 2019, 6:58 pm | New Zealand Government

(Headline abbreviated, original headline: Closer Economic Partnership with Singapore comes into force on 1 January) More >>

Tourism levy needs to benefit West Coast region

Monday, 30 December 2019, 9:17 am | New Zealand National Party

The West Coast and Buller regions need more resourcing in another busy tourist season, National’s spokesperson for West Coast Issues Maureen Pugh says. “I have received confirmation from Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis that no specific West Coast region ... More >>

The solution to under-threat BYO at race meetings

Sunday, 29 December 2019, 9:35 am | New Zealand National Party

More than a year after Racing Minister Winston Peters said he’d take action about Police opposing liquor licences for the traditional BYO at the races, he’s done nothing, MP for Hutt South Chris Bishop says. “Winston Peters has talked a big ... More >>

Review of Tuia250 data breach bad end of year for PM

Sunday, 29 December 2019, 9:35 am | New Zealand National Party

The Prime Minister’s year has ended badly with the release of the review of the Tuia250 data breach, National’s Cybersecurity spokesperson Dr Shane Reti says. “This is the Prime Minister’s own Ministry, she knew the report was bad and has ... More >>

Loss of Coromandel rescue helicopter a cruel blow

Saturday, 28 December 2019, 10:30 am | New Zealand National Party

For the first time in many years there will be no emergency rescue helicopter stationed in Whitianga on the Coromandel Peninsula this summer, Coromandel’s MP Scott Simpson says. “This is a huge slap in the face for locals and the hundreds of thousands ... More >>

Labour taking and taking from New Zealanders

Saturday, 28 December 2019, 10:19 am | New Zealand National Party

As New Zealanders finish off the year their wallets and bank accounts are significantly lighter due to Labour cancelling National’s planned tax cuts, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says. “The average New Zealander would have an extra ... More >>

Toilet desperately needed at Ben Lomond Saddle

Saturday, 28 December 2019, 9:50 am | New Zealand National Party

The Department of Conservation needs to act and install a much needed toilet at Ben Lomond Saddle, or the popular tourist destination’s impressive reputation will be flushed away, Clutha-Southland’s MP Hamish Walker says. “Approximately 35,000 ... More >>

Freshwater proposals bring whopping costs for Taranaki

Friday, 27 December 2019, 8:33 am | New Zealand National Party

Taranaki is set to be hammered by the Government’s Freshwater proposals, New Plymouth’s MP Jonathan Young says. “Economic modelling from Dairy NZ has shown an average cost of $38,000 per Kiwi household by 2050, but this is expected to more than triple ... More >>

Kauri dieback plan nowhere to be seen

Thursday, 26 December 2019, 10:41 am | New Zealand National Party

The Government is dragging the chain on implementing a management plan to save our iconic Kauri trees, National’s Conservation spokesperson Sarah Dowie says. “In December 2017 Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor and Conservation Minister Eugenie ... More >>

Kiwis needing half a billion dollars of assistance

Tuesday, 24 December 2019, 11:49 am | New Zealand National Party

Kiwis needing half a billion dollars of assistance Figures released as part of the Ministry of Social Development annual review show almost half a billion dollars was paid out in hardship grants during the last financial year, National’s Social Development ... More >>

Further government support for Whakatāne community

Monday, 23 December 2019, 6:25 pm | New Zealand Government

Minister of Civil Defence Hon Peeni Henare has today confirmed an extra $50,000 to assist the Whakatāne community with immediate needs following the eruption of Whakaari White Island. More >>

Rents in Wellington rising fastest in the country

Monday, 23 December 2019, 10:30 am | New Zealand National Party

Renters in Wellington are being hit in the pocket by an additional $5252 a year as a result of this Government’s poor policy making decisions, National list MP based in Wellington Central Nicola Willis says. “According to MBIE Rental Bond Data, ... More >>

New mums need support at Christmas

Sunday, 22 December 2019, 1:20 pm | New Zealand National Party

The closure of several maternity units over the Christmas-New Year break is concerning and shows just how much support new mums need at this time of year, Taupō MP Louise Upston says. “Becoming a mum is an emotional time and it’s important mums have ... More >>

Benefit numbers rise in Invercargill

Sunday, 22 December 2019, 1:17 pm | New Zealand National Party

More and more Southlanders are struggling to put a roof over their heads and are in need of Government support, MP for Invercargill Sarah Dowie says. “In the two years since this Labour-led Government came to office, the number of Emergency Housing ... More >>

History made as Rua Kēnana vindicated

Sunday, 22 December 2019, 1:03 pm | New Zealand Government

After 103 years Ngā Toenga o Ngā Tamariki a Iharaira me ngā Uri o Maungapōhatu Charitable Trust have cleared the name of their tupuna Rua Kēnana of a criminal conviction in 1916. Rua Kēnana is the sixth recipient to receive a statutory pardon ... More >>

Gun buyback over, next phase underway

Saturday, 21 December 2019, 6:37 pm | New Zealand Government

The Minister of Police has thanked around 33,000 firearms owners for helping make New Zealand a safer place by participating in the gun buyback. “The six-month firearms buyback and amnesty drew to a close last night and Police were processing some latecomers ... More >>

National’s 2019 policy wins

Saturday, 21 December 2019, 9:49 am | New Zealand National Party

The Government’s so-called ‘Year of Delivery’ might not have delivered much, but the policy achievements that have happened have largely been as a result of the largest and most effective Opposition ever, Leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges ... More >>

Ahuriri Hapū Claims Settlement Bill Introduced

Friday, 20 December 2019, 2:18 pm | New Zealand Government

The Waitangi Tribunal has today released a report recommending the introduction of the Ahuriri Hapū Claims Settlement Bill once Mana Ahuriri Trust undertake to hold trustee elections. More >>

Govt must answer questions about Boochani

Friday, 20 December 2019, 1:57 pm | New Zealand National Party

Behrouz Boochani’s continued presence in New Zealand raises a number of questions the Prime Minister and Iain Lees-Galloway need to answer, National’s Immigration spokesperson Stuart Smith says. More >>

 
 
 
 
 
 

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