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Government Reaffirms Urgent Commitment To Ban Harmful Conversion Practices

Monday, 22 February 2021, 10:49 am | New Zealand Government

The Minister of Justice has reaffirmed the Government’s urgent commitment, as stated in its 2020 Election Manifesto, to ban conversion practices in New Zealand by this time next year. “The Government has work underway to develop policy which ... More >>

MIQ Should Be Moved Outside Of Downtown Auckland

Sunday, 21 February 2021, 2:26 pm | New Zealand National Party

National is calling on the Government to investigate construction of a purpose-built Covid-19 quarantine facility on the outskirts of Auckland to help safeguard against future lockdowns in our largest city. “The recent Pullman hotel cases showed just ... More >>

New Creative Service Aims To Benefit 1,000 Peoples’ Careers

Sunday, 21 February 2021, 2:21 pm | New Zealand Government

Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage and Social Development Hon Carmel Sepuloni today launched a new Creative Careers Service, which is expected to support up to 1,000 creatives, across three regions over the next two years. The new service builds ... More >>

Government Delivers More Wellbeing Support For Young People

Friday, 19 February 2021, 5:44 pm | New Zealand Government

Hon Andrew Little Minister for Health Thanks to more than $10-million in new services from the Government, more rangatahi will be able to access mental health and addiction support in their community. Minister of Health Andrew Little made the announcement ... More >>

Honey Exporters Busy Meeting Surging Demand

Friday, 19 February 2021, 2:43 pm | New Zealand Government

Overseas consumers eager for natural products in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic have helped boost honey export revenue by 20 percent to $425 million in the year to June 30, 2020, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor says. More >>

Government Delivers More Wellbeing Support For Young People

Friday, 19 February 2021, 1:18 pm | New Zealand Government

Thanks to more than $10-million in new services from the Government, more rangatahi will be able to access mental health and addiction support in their community. Minister of Health Andrew Little made the announcement today while visiting Odyssey House ... More >>

Government Eases Visa Restrictions For Visitors In New Zealand

Friday, 19 February 2021, 11:30 am | New Zealand Government

Visitor visa holders will be able to stay in New Zealand a little longer as the Government eases restrictions for those still here, the Minister of Immigration has announced. More >>

Tauwhiro Needs More Tools To Be Effective

Friday, 19 February 2021, 10:16 am | New Zealand National Party

Rather than talking about how to tackle the rise of firearm violence in our communities, the Police should just take the guns off the gangs, National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown says. “It’s past time for the Government to implement National’s ... More >>

ACT Policy Would Give Tauwhiro Teeth

Friday, 19 February 2021, 9:42 am | ACT New Zealand

“Police’s announcement that Operation Tauwhiro will target armed gangs is great news,” says ACT Firearms Reform spokesperson Nicole McKee, “but the action would be so much more meaningful if Police had the gang asset seizure powers ACT has been ... More >>

Minister Waffles, Renters In The Cold

Thursday, 18 February 2021, 4:03 pm | ACT New Zealand

“Housing Minister Megan Woods’ vague promises of supply measures to ease housing pressures won’t help a single renter struggling to get a roof over their head,” says ACT Housing spokesperson Brooke van Velden. “TradeMe data out today shows ... More >>

Tourism Needs Urgent Action Before It’s Too Late

Thursday, 18 February 2021, 3:38 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Government needs to stop condemning tourism businesses to the scrap heap and instead urgently redirect support to the ailing sector, National’s Tourism spokesperson Todd McClay says. “Tourism Minister Stuart Nash’s dismissal of the sector is ... More >>

Green Party Welcomes PCE Report That Calls For More Sustainable Tourism

Thursday, 18 February 2021, 3:19 pm | Green Party

The Green Party welcomes the report that calls for more sustainable tourism by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment. “We know that COVID-19 meant many New Zealanders had the opportunity to explore Aotearoa and its natural wonders,” ... More >>

Gangs Recruiting 10 Times Faster Than Police

Thursday, 18 February 2021, 3:14 pm | ACT New Zealand

“Alarming new figures show that the gangs are recruiting 10 times faster than Police,” says ACT Firearms Law Reform spokesperson Nicole McKee. “Since October 2017, the number of gang members on the National Gang List has increased by 2,264 ... More >>

Government Backs Crims With Guns

Thursday, 18 February 2021, 3:12 pm | ACT New Zealand

“How on earth is this Government letting known gang members not only hold firearms licences, but letting the number holding them increase, despite the law they just passed having specific provision to remove them,” asks ACT Firearms Reform spokesperson ... More >>

New Zealand To Join The Council Of Europe Convention On Cybercrime

Thursday, 18 February 2021, 3:05 pm | New Zealand Government

Hon Kris Faafoi Minister of Justice Hon Dr David Clark Minister for the Digital Economy and Communications The Government is joining the Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime (the Budapest Convention), Justice Minister Kris Faafoi and Minister ... More >>

Government Support For Businesses Kicks In

Thursday, 18 February 2021, 2:10 pm | New Zealand Government

The new Resurgence Support Payment passed by Parliament this week will be available to eligible businesses now that Auckland will be in Alert Level 2 until Monday. More >>

SIT Paying The Price For The Govt’s Tertiary Reforms

Thursday, 18 February 2021, 1:40 pm | New Zealand National Party

The SIT subsidiary board’s decision to cancel the Kelvin Street apartments is short-sighted, MP for Invercargill Penny Simmonds says. “The decision is a perfect example of what happens when a board made up of people predominately from outside ... More >>

Final Preparations To Ensure Phase 1 Of The Vaccination Rollout Is Ready To Go

Thursday, 18 February 2021, 1:26 pm | New Zealand Government

A dry run of the end-to-end process shows New Zealand’s COVID-19 vaccination programme is ready to roll from Saturday, when the first border workers will receive the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says. “The trial run took place ... More >>

Free Period Products To Be Available In All Schools And Kura

Thursday, 18 February 2021, 1:23 pm | New Zealand Government

From June this year, all primary, intermediate, secondary school and kura students will have access to free period products, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Associate Education Minister Jan Tinetti announced today. The announcement follows a successful ... More >>

Gangs Involved In Waikeria Riot But Not In Investigation

Thursday, 18 February 2021, 12:48 pm | New Zealand National Party

The terms of reference for the inquiry into the riot at Waikeria Prison won’t get to the bottom of why it burned down, National’s Corrections spokesperson Simeon Brown says. “During Select Committee today Corrections confirmed every single one ... More >>

Auckland Transport Should Make Trains Run On Time, Not Lynch Employees

Thursday, 18 February 2021, 10:00 am | ACT New Zealand

“Auckland Transport must ignore the lynch mob baying for an employee who made an innocuous Facebook comment,” says ACT Leader David Seymour “The employee commented on Facebook ‘there’s some elements of the trans agenda being sneakily promoted ... More >>

Some Good Must Come From Sacrifice

Wednesday, 17 February 2021, 5:32 pm | ACT New Zealand

“Today’s decision will come as a great relief to businesses, workers and families,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “However, it is important that some good comes out of the sacrifices people have made under Alert Level restrictions. The Government ... More >>

Unfair Process On Māori Wards Bill

Wednesday, 17 February 2021, 3:58 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Government’s parliamentary process on its Bill to allow Councils to have separate Māori Wards has been a sham, National’s Local Government spokesperson and Electoral Reform spokesperson Christopher Luxon and Dr Nick Smith say. “Electoral law is ... More >>

Calls For Compulsion Become Compelling

Wednesday, 17 February 2021, 3:47 pm | ACT New Zealand

“It was a huge reveal in Parliament today when the Prime Minister admitted that none of the three community cases that led to the latest Auckland lockdown had been using the official NZ Covid Tracer app at all,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. ... More >>

Prime Minister All At Sea On Saliva

Wednesday, 17 February 2021, 3:12 pm | ACT New Zealand

“Seldom has the Prime Minister shown up to Parliament and given a poorer performance than she did at Question Time today on the issue of PCR testing, which is all the more surprising given what a specialist topic COVID-19 has become for her over the ... More >>

Green Party Echoes Calls For ‘brave’ Action On Rising Inequality

Wednesday, 17 February 2021, 12:28 pm | Green Party

The Green Party is joining the call for ‘brave policy action’ to address rapidly increasing inequality in New Zealand, which is likely to be exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. “All people in New Zealand, especially our tamariki, have the right to ... More >>

Government Failing To Deliver For Vulnerable Kiwis

Wednesday, 17 February 2021, 11:34 am | New Zealand National Party

Life for New Zealanders most in need hasn’t improved under Labour, and progress made under the last National Government has been eroded in many instances, National’s Social Development spokesperson Louise Upston says. “While Covid-19 has had an ... More >>

New Zealand To Conclude Its Deployment To Afghanistan In 2021

Wednesday, 17 February 2021, 10:41 am | New Zealand Government

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta and Defence Minister Peeni Henare have announced that New Zealand will conclude its deployment of the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) to Afghanistan by May 2021. More >>

Government Must Release Pullman Hotel Reports

Wednesday, 17 February 2021, 10:36 am | New Zealand National Party

With the Pullman Hotel receiving MIQ returnees again, it’s important the Government immediately releases the reports into how Covid-19 was caught by three people in the facility, National’s Covid-19 Response spokesperson Chris Bishop says. “The ... More >>

Have Your Say On Changes To The Films, Videos, And Publications Classification System

Tuesday, 16 February 2021, 2:21 pm | Governance and Administration Committee

The Chairperson of the Governance and Administration Committee has called for submissions on the Films, Videos, and Publications Classification (Urgent Interim Classification of Publications and Prevention of Online Harm) Amendment Bill. The bill proposes ... More >>

Te Pāti Māori Call On COVID Minister To Release Māori Vaccination Plan

Tuesday, 16 February 2021, 2:18 pm | The Maori Party

Te Pāti Māori is calling on the Minister for COVID-19 Response, Chris Hipkins, to immediately release his plan for rolling out vaccines in Māori communities and to commit to working directly with Māori organisations to ensure resources get to ... More >>

Prime Minister’s Statement On The Arrest Of Former Dual Citizen In Turkey

Tuesday, 16 February 2021, 2:13 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government is in contact with relevant authorities in Turkey following the arrest of a former Australian and New Zealand dual citizen there, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. More >>

Coal The Latest Consequence Of Bad Policy

Tuesday, 16 February 2021, 1:40 pm | ACT New Zealand

“ACT feels genuinely sorry for the Prime Minister every time the market she’s tampered with proves her nuclear free moment was just a line in a speech, not the harbinger of reductions in New Zealand’s climate change emissions,” says ACT ... More >>

Government Must Open Up About What Next

Tuesday, 16 February 2021, 1:13 pm | ACT New Zealand

“As the World starts to get on top of COVID-19, New Zealand’s focus must turn to how the country will move from the emergency measures of closed borders and rolling lockdowns that come with an elimination strategy to preparing our systems for safely ... More >>

Parliament: Oral Questions - 16 February 2021

Tuesday, 16 February 2021, 11:41 am | Office of the Clerk

Questions to Ministers DEBBIE NGAREWA-PACKER to the Minister for COVID-19 Response: Does he accept that Māori are a population group particularly vulnerable to COVID-19; if so, can he confirm that there is a specific vaccine roll-out plan for Māori? ... More >>

Household Incomes Rise But More Work Needed

Tuesday, 16 February 2021, 11:22 am | New Zealand Government

Figures released today by Stats NZ show there was strong growth in median household incomes in 2020, before surveying was halted due to COVID-19. More >>

Business Support Under COVID Resurgence Confirmed

Tuesday, 16 February 2021, 10:41 am | New Zealand Government

Legislation will be introduced under urgency today to set up a new Resurgence Support Payment for businesses affected by any resurgence of COVID-19. More >>

New Zealand Welcomes Appointment Of New WTO Director General

Tuesday, 16 February 2021, 10:13 am | New Zealand Government

Hon Damien O’Connor Minister for Trade and Export Growth Trade and Export Growth Minister Damien O’Connor congratulated Nigeria’s Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on her ground-breaking selection as the next Director General of the World Trade Organization ... More >>

Government Delivers On Promise To Working Low-Income Families

Tuesday, 16 February 2021, 6:11 am | New Zealand Government

From 1 April 2021, people getting a benefit will be able to earn more through work before their benefit payments are affected, Social Development and Employment Minister Carmel Sepuloni has announced. “Overall, around 82,900 low-income people and families ... More >>

First Batch Of COVID-19 Vaccine Arrives In NZ

Monday, 15 February 2021, 5:51 pm | New Zealand Government

Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern Prime Minister MP for Mt Albert Hon Chris Hipkins Minister for COVID-19 Response The first batch of COVID-19 vaccine arrived in New Zealand this morning, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has confirmed. The shipment of around ... More >>

PM’s Performance Spin Over Substance

Monday, 15 February 2021, 4:57 pm | ACT New Zealand

“The Prime Minister’s post-Cabinet press conference today was a nauseating stream of self-congratulation when what she should have been doing was apologise,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “Make no mistake, our biggest city is in a three day ... More >>

Is Hone Harawira More Competent At Setting Up Checkpoints?

Monday, 15 February 2021, 3:52 pm | ACT New Zealand

“The Government needs to front up and reveal why Police have set up a key checkpoint between Auckland and Northland at Brynderwyn, which is in the Kaipara District, outside of Auckland’s level 3 boundary, and why,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “Schedules ... More >>

Petition Calling For Ban On Conversion Therapy Gains Huge Momentum

Monday, 15 February 2021, 3:00 pm | Green Party

Aotearoa New Zealand is getting on board in record numbers to call for an urgent ban on conversion therapy. Following the launch of the Green Party petition at yesterday’s Big Gay Out in Auckland, more than 20,000 people have signed the petition, with around ... More >>

Epidemic Response Committee Needed Now More Than Ever

Monday, 15 February 2021, 10:26 am | ACT New Zealand

“The Government has shown it is not open to being thoroughly scrutinised on how it is handling the response to COVID-19, despite regular claims to the contrary,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “Yesterday I wrote to the Speaker as chair of the ... More >>

Daily Saliva Tests Should Be Mandatory, Starting Now

Monday, 15 February 2021, 9:45 am | ACT New Zealand

“The Government’s failure to roll out regular saliva testing for border and managed isolation workers highlights the problem with its centralised control-all response to COVID-19,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “Rather than a voluntary ... More >>

Govt Must Learn And Bolster Testing Orders

Monday, 15 February 2021, 9:36 am | ACT New Zealand

“The Government must learn from the latest Covid-19 outbreak and bolster its border testing orders so that further lockdowns don’t damage livelihoods,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “These cases have potentially exposed further holes in our ... More >>

Prime Minister’s Statement On Alert Level Changes

Sunday, 14 February 2021, 8:32 pm | New Zealand Government

Good evening Cabinet has met this evening to make decisions on our response to the three cases reported earlier within a household in Auckland. Shortly I will ask Dr Bloomfield to set out some further information we now have relating to these cases. ... More >>

Judith Collins - Lockdown Another Blow To Kiwis’ Hard Work

Sunday, 14 February 2021, 7:57 pm | New Zealand National Party

The latest lockdown will be a devastating blow to New Zealanders who have sacrificed so much to keep this country Covid-free, Leader of the Opposition Judith Collins says. “I feel for the people who have already sacrificed their livelihoods, their ... More >>

NZ: A Sitting Duck Hoping For Luck

Sunday, 14 February 2021, 4:31 pm | ACT New Zealand

“News of new COVID-19 community cases show New Zealand is a sitting duck, hoping for luck. The Government should have been hardening our defences with better contact tracing, testing, and vaccination over the past year. "It hasn’t and we are ... More >>

Operation NOTUS A Blueprint For New Zealand

Sunday, 14 February 2021, 4:26 pm | ACT New Zealand

“Police operation NOTUS, which brought down a devastating Mongrel Mob meth network in Kawerau, should be a blueprint for tackling gang crime, but these operations can only be seriously effective with law changes like those the ACT Party is advocating ... More >>

Govt Not Resourcing Police To Target Organised Crime

Sunday, 14 February 2021, 2:04 pm | New Zealand National Party

This soft-on-crime Government has only filled one-third of additional police positions focused on organised crime despite gang membership increasing at an alarming rate, National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown says. “Of the 700 promised positions ... More >>

First Ever Nationwide Funding Of Mental Health Services For Rainbow Young

Sunday, 14 February 2021, 2:02 pm | New Zealand Government

For the first time, the Government will provide targeted nationwide funding to services that provide mental health support to Rainbow young people Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced. The announcement fulfils an election commitment to allocate ... More >>

Let’s Get Wellington Moving Stalled At The Station

Friday, 12 February 2021, 3:58 pm | New Zealand National Party

After much excitement that Let’s Get Wellington Moving was finally on the move, Wellingtonians will be rightly disappointed that the Independent Review has recommended the plan go back to the drawing board, National’s Transport spokesperson Michael ... More >>

Journalists Must Be Free To Bite The Hand That Feeds

Friday, 12 February 2021, 2:23 pm | ACT New Zealand

“The Government must ensure that journalists can remain independent of the state despite the $55 million of taxpayer money it’s just given to media companies,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “Journalists must be more than free to bite the ... More >>

Billion Dollar Milestone For Regional Economies

Friday, 12 February 2021, 2:01 pm | New Zealand Government

A significant milestone in support to the regions has been passed with more than one billion dollars pumped into economic development projects to back local jobs and businesses. More >>

Government Backs Sustainable Public Interest Journalism

Friday, 12 February 2021, 1:12 pm | New Zealand Government

The Minister for Broadcasting and Media has launched a fund to support public interest journalism to ensure communities across the country are kept informed on issues that affect them and their communities. More >>

Pfizer Arrival Great News

Friday, 12 February 2021, 11:10 am | ACT New Zealand

“The Government should be congratulated for getting some Pfizer vaccine for Covid-19 confirmed for rollout from next week,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “This has been a triumph of constructive opposition, with ACT putting pressure on since early ... More >>

New Zealand’s First COVID-19 Vaccine To Arrive Earlier Than Expected

Friday, 12 February 2021, 9:15 am | New Zealand Government

New Zealand’s first batch of Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is set to arrive in New Zealand next week subject to transportation plans and quality temperature control, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. “We have been working behind ... More >>

New Bill To Counter Violent Extremism Online Heads To Select Committee

Thursday, 11 February 2021, 3:48 pm | New Zealand Government

“New Zealanders can now have their say on a new Bill to make livestreaming objectionable content a criminal offence and better protect all of us from inadvertently viewing harmful online content,” says Minister for Internal Affairs, Jan Tinetti. More >>

Labour Sending Mixed Messages On Education

Thursday, 11 February 2021, 3:39 pm | New Zealand National Party

Labour’s messaging on New Zealand’s curriculum is confused and misses what is important to improve student achievement, National’s Education spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says. “On the one hand, Associate Education Minister Jan Tinetti says ... More >>




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