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Increased Measures Supported By National

Monday, 23 March 2020, 2:30 pm | New Zealand National Party

National supports the Government’s decision to move the country towards Level 4 of the Covid-19 alert system over the next 48 hours and to extend the economic package for all businesses, Leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges says. “This ... More >>

Prime Minister: COVID-19 Alert Level increased

Monday, 23 March 2020, 2:18 pm | New Zealand Government

The Cabinet met this morning to discuss our next actions in the fight against COVID-19. More >>

National Puts Campaign On Hold

Monday, 23 March 2020, 1:00 pm | New Zealand National Party

National Party Leader Simon Bridges has asked all MPs and candidates to put campaigning on hold. “This morning I have asked all of our MPs to suspend any form of campaigning. “Our MPs and candidates will still be in their communities offering help and advice ... More >>

Free Press, 23 March 2020

Monday, 23 March 2020, 8:21 am | ACT New Zealand

In Last Week’s Free Press We outlined three possible options for COVID-19: (1) Let it burn through the population until we have herd immunity, (2) Lock everything down until there is a vaccine, or (3) Tread the middle path of flattening the curve ... More >>

Govt Backs RBNZ Move To Support Economy With Lower Interest Rates

Monday, 23 March 2020, 8:16 am | New Zealand Government

The Government is backing the Reserve Bank’s latest action to support the economy by reducing longer-term interest rates, meaning lower costs for businesses and mortgage holders, and a lower currency to help our exporters. The Minister of Finance has ... More >>

Government Issues Statement On Commercial Cooperation During COVID-19

Sunday, 22 March 2020, 4:00 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government has asked the Commerce Commission to take account of the exceptional circumstances created by COVID-19 when monitoring business behaviour in coming weeks. “The purpose of my request to the Commerce Commission is to make sure businesses ... More >>

Lift The Cap To Save More Jobs

Sunday, 22 March 2020, 11:49 am | New Zealand National Party

National is calling on the Government to lift the $150,000, 21 full-time employee cap on its wage subsidy scheme to reduce business collapses and job losses, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith said today. “While entirely justifiable on ... More >>

Supporting Māori Communities And Businesses Through COVID-19

Sunday, 22 March 2020, 11:33 am | New Zealand Government

Hon Peeni Henare Associate Minister of Health Minister for Whānau Ora Hon Kelvin Davis Minister of Tourism Minister for Māori Crown Relations: Te Arawhiti Hon Willie Jackson Minister of Employment Hon Nanaia Mahuta Minister for Māori Development ... More >>

New Zealand Temporarily Closes Diplomatic Posts In Barbados And Myanmar Due To COVID-19

Sunday, 22 March 2020, 10:54 am | New Zealand Government

The New Zealand Government has temporarily closed its High Commission in Bridgetown, Barbados and its Embassy in Yangon, Myanmar due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says. “Due to the increasing scarcity of air links in and ... More >>

Guidelines for hospitality establishments released

Saturday, 21 March 2020, 4:04 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government and the hospitality industry have worked together to produce guidelines to assist with managing and reducing transmission of COVID-19, Health Minister David Clark announced today. More >>

NZ And Singapore Commit To Keeping Supply And Trade Links Open

Saturday, 21 March 2020, 12:50 pm | New Zealand Government

NZ and Singapore commit to keeping supply and trade links open, including on essential goods and medical supplies New Zealand and Singapore have jointly committed to keep supply chains open and to remove any existing trade restrictive measures on essential ... More >>

PM Address - Covid-19 Update

Saturday, 21 March 2020, 12:26 pm | New Zealand Government

Kia ora koutou katoa I’m speaking directly to all New Zealanders today to give you as much certainty and clarity as we can as we fight Covid-19. Over the past few weeks, the world has changed. And it has changed very quickly. In February it would ... More >>

Nation Steps Up To COVID-19 Alert Level 2

Saturday, 21 March 2020, 12:22 pm | New Zealand Government

· Four stage Alert System for COVID-19 announced · New Zealand moved up to COVID-19 Alert Level 2 – Reduce Contact · New Zealanders over 70 and those with certain medical conditions told to stay at home as much as they can to reduce risk of contact ... More >>

Transit Between Australia And New Zealand

Friday, 20 March 2020, 7:19 pm | New Zealand Government

Travel restrictions, closing our border to almost all travelers came into force from 23:59 on Thursday 19 March 2020 (NZDT) . All airlines were informed of these restrictions before they came into force. Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway ... More >>

Broad Testing Criteria Vital To Containing The Spread

Friday, 20 March 2020, 2:32 pm | New Zealand National Party

Not enough New Zealanders are being tested for Covid-19 and the Government needs to get on top of it, National’s Health spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says. “With Australia reporting global shortages, the Minister needs to provide assurances to ... More >>

Have Your Say On Changes To Prisoner Voting

Friday, 20 March 2020, 12:07 pm | Justice Committee

The Chairperson of Parliament's Justice Committee is calling for public submissions on the Electoral (registration of Sentenced Prisoners) Amendment Bill. The bill would allow prisoners with sentences shorter than three years to enrol to vote. The bill ... More >>

More Support For Wood Processing

Friday, 20 March 2020, 11:00 am | New Zealand Government

The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is ramping up support for Tairāwhiti’s wood processing sector to bolster the region’s economy at a time of heightened uncertainty, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Following earlier ... More >>

$100 million to redeploy workers

Friday, 20 March 2020, 10:56 am | New Zealand Government

The Government has allocated $100 million to help redeploy workers affected by the economic impact of COVID-19, with the hard-hit region of Gisborne-Tairāwhiti to be the first helped, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford, Forestry and Regional ... More >>

Stronger Border Measures To Protect NZers From COVID-19

Thursday, 19 March 2020, 6:52 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government has taken further measures to protect New Zealanders from the COVID-19 virus, effectively stopping all people from boarding a plane to New Zealand from 11:59pm today, except for returning New Zealanders, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern ... More >>

Govt Rushing Prisoner Voting Law During COVID-19 Crisis

Thursday, 19 March 2020, 4:27 pm | ACT New Zealand

"The Government should pause and ask whether it’s necessary to rush certain laws that have nothing to do with COVID-19 during the current crisis”, says ACT Leader David Seymour. “This afternoon, the Government has given the Justice Committee ... More >>

Government Should Close The Border

Thursday, 19 March 2020, 4:25 pm | New Zealand National Party

Leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges has commended the Government for introducing a ban on indoor events of more than 100 people but says the Government needs to go further and close our borders to non-New Zealand citizens and permanent residents. ... More >>

Action On Indoor Gatherings And Events To Protect Public Health

Thursday, 19 March 2020, 3:35 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government has reinforced its commitment to protecting the health of New Zealanders from COVID-19 through the cancellation of indoor events with more than 100 people. “Protecting the health of New Zealanders is our number one priority, and that means ... More >>

ACT Calls On Government To Cancel 2020 Petrol Tax Increase

Thursday, 19 March 2020, 2:29 pm | ACT New Zealand

ACT Leader David Seymour is calling on the Government to cancel the petrol tax increase due to take effect on 1 July. “It would be irresponsible for the Government to continue with its planned petrol tax increase this year”, says Mr Seymour. “New ... More >>

New Zealanders Advised Not To Travel Overseas

Thursday, 19 March 2020, 1:34 pm | New Zealand Government

The New Zealand Government is advising New Zealanders not to travel overseas due to COVID-19, Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced. “We are raising our travel advice to the highest level: do not travel,” Mr Peters said. “This is ... More >>

Assurances About Education Decisions

Thursday, 19 March 2020, 11:42 am | New Zealand National Party

National is calling on the Government to give parents, students and education providers certainty about what the criteria is for school closures as we continue to deal with the impact of Covid-19, National’s Education spokesperson Nikki Kaye says. “We ... More >>

Govt announces aviation relief package

Thursday, 19 March 2020, 11:06 am | New Zealand Government

Transport Minister Phil Twyford today outlined the first tranche of the $600 million aviation sector relief package announced earlier this week as part of the Government’s $12.1 billion COVID-19 economic response. More >>

PGF supports Rotorua health and wellbeing services

Thursday, 19 March 2020, 9:05 am | New Zealand Government

The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $17 million in Rotorua's tourism, health and wellbeing capabilities, Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. More >>

ACT Applauds Passage Of Abortion Reform Legislation

Thursday, 19 March 2020, 9:02 am | ACT New Zealand

ACT Leader and MP for Epsom David Seymour welcomes the passing of the Abortion Legislation Act tonight in Parliament. “Abortion reform in New Zealand was long overdue and this legislation is a crucial step forward for personal freedom in New Zealand,” ... More >>

ACT Welcomes Abortion Legislation Act

Thursday, 19 March 2020, 8:40 am | ACT New Zealand

ACT Leader and MP for Epsom David Seymour welcomes the passing of the Abortion Legislation Act tonight in Parliament. “Abortion reform in New Zealand was long overdue and this legislation is a crucial step forward for personal freedom in New Zealand,” ... More >>

Record transport investment in Draft GPS 2021

Thursday, 19 March 2020, 8:08 am | New Zealand Government

Transport Minister Phil Twyford released today the Draft Government Policy Statement (GPS) 2021 on land transport which confirms that the Government will invest a record $54 billion in its balanced transport policy over the next decade. More >>

Ground-breaking Abortion Law Passes, Giving NZers Compassionate Healthcare

Wednesday, 18 March 2020, 8:17 pm | Green Party

Ground-breaking law has passed that will decriminalise abortion and ensure women and pregnant people seeking abortions have compassionate healthcare. “At long last, we have brought abortions into the 21st century”, Green MP Jan Logie said today. ... More >>

Parliament Removes Abortion From Crimes Act

Wednesday, 18 March 2020, 8:13 pm | New Zealand Government

Abortion Has Been Removed From The Crimes Act Under A New Law Passed By Parliament Today. “For Over Forty Years Abortion Has Been The Only Medical Procedure Considered A Crime In New Zealand. But From Now Abortions Will Be Rightly Treated As A Health ... More >>

First Governing Council Of The New Zealand Institute Of Skills And Technology (NZIST)

Wednesday, 18 March 2020, 3:22 pm | New Zealand Government

Education Minister Chris Hipkins today announced seven appointments to the first governing council of the NZIST, established from 1 April 2020. The announcement follows the naming yesterday of directors who will serve on the boards of subsidiary Institutes ... More >>

Clarity Needed On Wage Subsidy Scheme

Wednesday, 18 March 2020, 3:15 pm | New Zealand National Party

As National supports the urgent wage subsidy to businesses affected by COVID-19, we request the Minister of Finance to clarify the assumptions underlying the policy, National’s Finance Spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says. “Grant Robertson today was ... More >>

Kiwis Can Handle Truth On COVID-19 Testing Limits

Wednesday, 18 March 2020, 2:28 pm | ACT New Zealand

“The Prime Minister needs to tell the people and trust the people when it comes to restrictions on testing for COVID-19”, says ACT Leader David Seymour. “There are clearly restrictions on testing. This is in no way a criticism of the Government. ... More >>

Lincoln Platt Selected To Contest Christchurch East

Wednesday, 18 March 2020, 1:53 pm | New Zealand National Party

Lincoln Platt has been selected as National’s candidate to contest Christchurch East at the for the 2020 General Election. Lincoln Platt is a licenced architectural designer and has run architectural companies for 20 years. “I am humbled and excited ... More >>

Parliament: Oral Questions - 18 March 2020

Wednesday, 18 March 2020, 11:56 am | Office of the Clerk

Questions to Ministers Hon SIMON BRIDGES to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all her Government’s statements and actions? Hon SIMON BRIDGES to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all her Government’s statements and actions? TAMATI COFFEY to ... More >>

Govt Begins Largest Ever Flu Vaccine Campaign Early

Wednesday, 18 March 2020, 9:57 am | New Zealand Government

This year’s flu vaccine campaign will be the biggest ever with 400,000 more vaccines available in 2020, compared with last year. The announcement was made this morning as Health Ministers David Clark and Julie Anne Genter launched a new COVID-19 public ... More >>

Gallipoli Anzac Day Services Cancelled

Wednesday, 18 March 2020, 9:16 am | New Zealand Government

The New Zealand and Australian Governments have announced this year’s joint Anzac Day services at Gallipoli will be cancelled due to COVID-19, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. The cancellation covers the Anzac Dawn Service, the Australian Lone ... More >>

The Local Government (Rating Of Whenua Māori) Amendment Bill Opens For Submissions

Tuesday, 17 March 2020, 7:03 pm | Office of the Clerk

The Chairperson of the Māori Affairs Committee has opened for submissions on the Local Government (Rating of Whenua Māori) Amendment Bill. The bill seeks to: · support the development of Māori land · support the development of housing on Māori ... More >>

PM Must Be Clear With New Zealanders On COVID-19 Testing

Tuesday, 17 March 2020, 4:14 pm | ACT New Zealand

"The Prime Minister must be clear with New Zealanders on the issue of testing for COVID-19”, says ACT Leader David Seymour. “At the moment, Jacinda Ardern is sending mixed messages. “This afternoon, in her speech on the Government’s ... More >>

Economic Package Should Go Harder And Faster

Tuesday, 17 March 2020, 3:53 pm | New Zealand National Party

The economic package released today by Labour, the Greens and NZ First puts money in the pockets of beneficiaries faster than it does most businesses, Leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges says. “While we support the significant wage subsidy package, ... More >>

PM Should Clarify Comments On COVID-19 Testing

Tuesday, 17 March 2020, 3:03 pm | ACT New Zealand

“The Prime Minister’s comments in Parliament this afternoon on COVID-19 testing appear to depart from previously announced testing criteria”, according to ACT leader David Seymour. “ To qualify for a test , people need to satisfy a number ... More >>

ACT Welcomes Economic Response To COVID-19

Tuesday, 17 March 2020, 2:46 pm | ACT New Zealand

ACT Leader David Seymour has welcomed the Government’s support for businesses, workers and the health system. “Given the Government’s decision to require travellers to self-isolate, and the inevitability of a recession, it was critical that the Government ... More >>

Statement To Parliament On The Economic Response To COVID-19

Tuesday, 17 March 2020, 2:45 pm | New Zealand Government

Mr Speaker, I know that every member of this House, whatever our political differences is here because we believe in this country and our people. Today, we face a challenge that requires us to harness every bit of that spirit and give our total commitment ... More >>

Backing Our Health Services To Combat COVID-19

Tuesday, 17 March 2020, 2:43 pm | New Zealand Government

Dedicated $500 million fund to protect New Zealanders’ health Nearly doubling resources for Public Health Units, specifically to increase capacity for contact tracing $32 million for extra intensive care capacity and equipment at hospitals ... More >>

$12.1 Billion Support For New Zealanders And Business

Tuesday, 17 March 2020, 2:41 pm | New Zealand Government

$500 million boost for health $8.7 billion in support for businesses and jobs $2.8 billion for income support and boosting consumer spending Finance Minister Grant Robertson today outlined a $12.1 billion package to support New Zealanders and their ... More >>

Economic Package To Fight COVID-19

Tuesday, 17 March 2020, 2:24 pm | New Zealand Government

The Coalition Government has launched the most significant peace-time economic plan in modern New Zealand history to cushion the impact of COVID-19 in the fight to support Kiwis’ jobs and the domestic economy from the virus. The $12.1 billion package ... More >>

Package Supports Kiwis To Put Collective Health First

Tuesday, 17 March 2020, 2:02 pm | Green Party

The Green Party says that the measures announced by the Government today will help families and businesses to prioritise our collective health and wellbeing in the response to COVID-19. “Right now we all need to prioritise each other’s health ... More >>

New National Fuel Plan Launched

Tuesday, 17 March 2020, 12:45 pm | New Zealand Government

A new National Fuel Plan formed as part of the Government’s response to the Auckland Fuel Supply Disruption Inquiry, will manage potential fuel supply disruptions say Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods and Civil Defence Minister Peeni Henare. ... More >>

Final Costs For Pike River Recovery Released

Tuesday, 17 March 2020, 12:11 pm | New Zealand Government

Hon Andrew Little Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry   Following the standard process of first communicating to the families, Pike River Recovery Minister Andrew Little has confirmed that Cabinet has approved final funding for ... More >>

Parliament: Oral Questions - 17 March 2020

Tuesday, 17 March 2020, 11:34 am | Office of the Clerk

Questions to Ministers JENNY MARCROFT to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: How is the Government working with other countries in its response to COVID-19? Hon SIMON BRIDGES to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all her Government’s statements ... More >>

COVID-19: Government Must First Do No Harm

Tuesday, 17 March 2020, 10:23 am | ACT New Zealand

Government should reduce anti-growth impacts of regulation and tax. Pause introduction of new regulations, cut taxes and redirect wasteful spending. COVID-19 measures must be time-limited. A crisis should not be used to hide permanent reforms. “The Government’s ... More >>

Free Press, 16 March 2020: COVID-19

Monday, 16 March 2020, 2:02 pm | ACT New Zealand

The Situation Humanity is being ravaged by a virus with (1) high transmissibility and (2) high mortality. Everything is in flux. It is difficult to estimate either (1) or (2) because we don’t know how many people have it. However, some estimates ... More >>

Liam Kernaghan National’s New Candidate In Dunedin South

Monday, 16 March 2020, 9:31 am | New Zealand National Party

Liam Kernaghan has been selected as National’s candidate in Dunedin South to contest the 2020 General Election. Liam is currently the senior political advisor to Simon Bridges and the New Zealand Solo bagpiping champion. “I am incredibly humbled and ... More >>

12 Month Regulations Holiday Needed To Support Business

Monday, 16 March 2020, 9:30 am | ACT New Zealand

“The Government should delay by 12 months the introduction of any non-coronavirus-related regulations to support businesses and keep workers employed”, says ACT Leader David Seymour. “The Reserve Bank’s decision this morning to delay the start date of ... More >>

Govt Welcomes Reserve Bank Moves As Part Of Economic Response To COVID-19

Monday, 16 March 2020, 9:04 am | New Zealand Government

Finance Minister Grant Robertson says the Reserve Bank’s independent decisions announced this morning are a welcome support for the economy, with reports already that banks are looking to pass the OCR cut on to customers. “The Government, through ... More >>

Economic Response Needs To Be Swift And Significant

Sunday, 15 March 2020, 12:02 pm | New Zealand National Party

A bold economic response from the Government is now critical to limit the financial fallout from the coronavirus, Leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges and National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith say. “These restrictions, particularly the ... More >>

Major Steps Taken To Protect New Zealanders From COVID-19

Saturday, 14 March 2020, 5:44 pm | New Zealand Government

· Every person entering New Zealand from anywhere in the world will be required to self-isolate for 14 days, excluding the Pacific [i] . ‘ · These restrictions will all be reviewed in 16 days’ time. · Existing travel ban retained for China ... More >>

Govt Lacks Ambition To Make NZ Predator Free

Saturday, 14 March 2020, 2:06 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Government’s Predator Free 2050 strategy lacks ambition and ignores one of our greatest tools to reduce predators, National’s Conservation spokesperson Jacqui Dean says. “In 2016, the National Government announced a goal for New Zealand to ... More >>

 
 
 
 
 
 

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