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Govt Chooses Cancel Culture Over Freedom Of Expression

Thursday, 19 May 2022, 5:58 am | ACT New Zealand

18 May “The Government has today said yes to cancel culture and no to free speech as it voted down my Member’s Bill that would have required tertiary education institutions to protect freedom of expression,” says ACT MP Dr James McDowall. “Freedom of ... More >>

Government Rejects Legislation To Tackle Gang Problem

Thursday, 19 May 2022, 5:46 am | ACT New Zealand

“The Government had a practical solution handed to it on a plate that would have offered real change to tackle our rising gang problem, but has chosen to reject it,” says ACT's Justice spokesperson Nicole McKee. “This evening my Member’s Bill, ... More >>

Health Minister To Attend World Health Assembly In Geneva

Wednesday, 18 May 2022, 4:21 pm | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Andrew Little will represent New Zealand at the first in-person World Health Assembly since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, to be held in Geneva, Switzerland, from Sunday 22 – Wednesday 25 May (New Zealand time). “COVID-19 ... More >>

New Efforts To Counter Illegal Timber Trade

Wednesday, 18 May 2022, 2:03 pm | New Zealand Government

New Zealand is committing to trade only in legally harvested timber with the Forests (Legal Harvest Assurance) Amendment Bill introduced to Parliament today. Under the Bill, timber harvested in New Zealand and overseas, and used in products made here ... More >>

Deaths In New Zealand Lower Than Expected So Far During The Pandemic

Wednesday, 18 May 2022, 12:34 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government has welcomed the release today of StatsNZ data showing the rate at which New Zealanders died from all causes during the COVID-19 pandemic has been lower than expected. The new StatsNZ figures provide a measure of the overall rate of deaths ... More >>

Pre-departure Testing Needs To Go Now

Wednesday, 18 May 2022, 12:23 pm | ACT New Zealand

“Chris Hipkins has admitted that the pre-departure testing regime is making little difference to case and hospitalisation rates in New Zealand, it’s time for pre-departure testing to go,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “I asked the COVID-19 Response ... More >>

Tolley -Tauranga’s Own Marie Antoinette

Wednesday, 18 May 2022, 11:31 am | ACT New Zealand

“Being appointed a highly paid commissioner by Labour, has gone to former National MP Anne Tolley’s head. “The people of Tauranga are having an election. The right to choose who speaks for us is our democratic birthright, but nobody told Anne Tolley, ... More >>

Budget 2022: Te Pāti Māori Expect The Government To Learn From Māori Success During COVID

Wednesday, 18 May 2022, 9:30 am | Te Pati Maori

Today, Te Pāti Māori has indicated what they will be looking out for in this Budget 2022. “We expect that the Government will learn from Māori success during COVID and replicate that model right across the board” says co-leader and finance spokesperson ... More >>

Same Announcement But No Delivery

Tuesday, 17 May 2022, 6:12 pm | New Zealand National Party

Today’s Mana Ake expansion announcement is nothing but a re-hash of the same press release from over a year ago, National’s Mental Health spokesperson Matt Doocey says. “On 15 April 2021, Health Minister Andrew Little and Associate Education ... More >>

New Law Helps Secure New Zealand’s Maritime Domain

Tuesday, 17 May 2022, 5:29 pm | New Zealand Government

Hon Nanaia Mahuta Minister of Foreign Affairs Minita Take Aorere Legislation that will help prevent serious criminal offending at sea, including trafficking of humans, drugs, wildlife and arms, has passed its third reading in Parliament today Foreign ... More >>

Government Welcomes Historic Pay-equity Deal

Tuesday, 17 May 2022, 3:14 pm | New Zealand Government

Settlement of the first pay-equity agreement in the health sector is hugely significant, delivering pay rises of thousands of dollars for many hospital administration and clerical workers, Health Minister Andrew Little says. “There is no place in 21st ... More >>

ACT Thanks National For Defence Policy Support

Tuesday, 17 May 2022, 12:52 pm | ACT New Zealand

“ACT is pleased to see that National Party members have read ACT’s Real Change Budget and supported a remit to adopt our policy of raising defence spending to 2 per cent of GDP,” says ACT’s Defence spokesperson Dr James McDowall. “Politik ... More >>

Simple And Costless Action To Help The Climate

Tuesday, 17 May 2022, 11:29 am | ACT New Zealand

“Yesterday’s lolly scramble of a climate announcement is full of plans to make plans, but ACT has a simple and practical solution that politicians can implement right now to help the climate,” says ACT’s Climate Change spokesperson Simon ... More >>

Money And Promises Don’t Equal Results With Labour

Tuesday, 17 May 2022, 11:25 am | ACT New Zealand

“With every Budget the Government offers up more money and promises more services for mental health, and with every Budget New Zealanders are let down by a lack of delivery and no visible improvement to the mental health system,” says ACT’s ... More >>

Next Steps For Specialist Mental Health And Addiction Services

Tuesday, 17 May 2022, 9:56 am | New Zealand Government

Budget 2022 will continue to deliver on Labour’s commitment to better services and support for mental wellbeing. The upcoming Budget will include a $100-million investment over four years for a specialist mental health and addiction package, ... More >>

Time For Some Maturity At Parliament

Tuesday, 17 May 2022, 9:50 am | ACT New Zealand

ACT Leader David Seymour is calling on his Parliamentary colleagues to show New Zealanders some respect and stop the petty politics when Parliament resumes today. “Last week was a low point for New Zealand politics, Kiwis are tired of politicians ... More >>

195,000 Children Set To Benefit From More Mental Health Support

Tuesday, 17 May 2022, 7:02 am | New Zealand Government

Budget 2022 will continue to deliver on Labour’s commitment to better mental wellbeing services and support, with 195,000 primary and intermediate aged children set to benefit from the continuation and expansion of Mana Ake services. “In Budget 2022 ... More >>

Swarbrick Should Reject NZ On Air Doco

Monday, 16 May 2022, 7:30 pm | ACT New Zealand

“The ACT Party is calling on Green MP Chloe Swarbrick to reject taking part in a NZ On Air funded documentary,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “NZ On Air has agreed to $220,000 of taxpayers' money being spent on a documentary about the personal ... More >>

Belarusian Leaders And Defence Entities Targeted Under Latest Round Of Sanctions

Monday, 16 May 2022, 6:08 pm | New Zealand Government

Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta has today announced sanctions on Belarusian leaders and defence entities supporting Russia’s actions in Ukraine, as part of the Government’s ongoing response to the war. “The Belarusian government military is enabling the ... More >>

National Supports The Targets, Questions The Plan

Monday, 16 May 2022, 2:48 pm | New Zealand National Party

National supports the Government’s emissions budgets and emissions targets but is concerned that today’s Emissions Reduction Plan is a poor use of taxpayers’ money, says Opposition Leader Christopher Luxon says. “We support the goal of reducing ... More >>

A List Of Irrelevant Measures Announced Under The Guise Of ‘Emissions Reduction’

Monday, 16 May 2022, 2:39 pm | ACT New Zealand

“If the Emissions Reduction Plan is anything to go by this Government has lost all touch with reality and is unable to separate climate change policy from any other part of life,” says ACT Climate Change spokesperson Simon Court. “The plan reads ... More >>

Cash For Clunkers An Expensive Failure

Monday, 16 May 2022, 2:38 pm | ACT New Zealand

“The Government is rolling out failed Obama era policies that are going to cost New Zealanders during a cost of living crisis,” says ACT’s Climate Change spokesperson Simon Court. “Cash for clunkers was trialled in the USA and it was a total disaster. ... More >>

Partnership To Reduce Agricultural Emissions

Monday, 16 May 2022, 12:48 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government has committed $710 million over four years through the Climate Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to accelerate efforts to lower agricultural emissions, expand the contribution of forestry to reduce carbon, and produce alternative ‘green’ ... More >>

More Social Engineering Than Emissions Reduction

Monday, 16 May 2022, 12:01 pm | ACT New Zealand

“Today’s announcement is a bonanza for bureaucrats and travesty for taxpayers,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “All the Government needed to announce today was that emissions under the ETS would be capped at the same level as our trading partners. ... More >>

Landmark Climate Plan Secures Path To Net Zero

Monday, 16 May 2022, 12:01 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government’s Emissions Reduction Plan will prepare New Zealand for the future by putting the country on track to meet its first emissions budget, securing our environment and economy, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Climate Change Minister ... More >>

Supercharging Decarbonisation & Transforming The Energy System

Monday, 16 May 2022, 12:00 pm | New Zealand Government

The drive to decarbonise industry and further accelerate preparations for a sustainable, more resilient future will get a boost from the Climate Emergency Response Fund in Budget 2022 by supercharging efforts to encourage the switch to cleaner energy options ... More >>

Transport To Drive Down Emissions

Monday, 16 May 2022, 11:59 am | New Zealand Government

Kiwi families will be supported to make the transition to low-emission alternatives through the establishment of the Clean Car Upgrade, a scrap-and-replace trial, with funding from the Climate Emergency Response Fund. “The Clean Car Discount Scheme ... More >>

Climate Investments Provide Path To Economic Security

Monday, 16 May 2022, 11:59 am | New Zealand Government

The Government is investing in New Zealand’s economic security by ensuring climate change funding moves away from short-term piecemeal responses and towards smart, long-term investment. “New Zealand trades on its environmental reputation. It is ... More >>

Government Should Scrap Mandatory Union Deals

Monday, 16 May 2022, 9:38 am | New Zealand National Party

News that the Government’s misnamed Fair Pay Agreements have put New Zealand on a Top 40 list for possible prosecution by the International Labour Organisation is beyond embarrassing, National’s Workplace Relations & Safety spokesperson ... More >>

Fraught Hate Speech Laws Should Go

Sunday, 15 May 2022, 1:16 pm | ACT New Zealand

“Justice Minister Kris Faafoi has this morning admitted how naive his Government has been about its proposed hate speech laws,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “In an interview with Q+A Faafoi said the discussion document has shown how “fraught” ... More >>

Faafoi Encourages Mediocrity From INZ

Sunday, 15 May 2022, 1:14 pm | ACT New Zealand

“Kris Faafoi has shown how out of his depth he is as Immigration Minister in an interview on Q+A this morning,” says ACT’s Immigration spokesperson Dr James McDowall. “Faafoi previously insisted 80 per cent of visa applications had to be ... More >>

More Bureaucrats, More Money, Longer Wait Times

Sunday, 15 May 2022, 1:11 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Government has hired over 500 more staff at Immigration New Zealand since 2017 yet visa processing times have exploded, National’s Immigration spokesperson Erica Stanford says. “Labour has been on a bureaucrat hiring spree since they came into ... More >>

Real Change For Outdated Genetic Laws

Sunday, 15 May 2022, 1:09 pm | ACT New Zealand

“New Zealand can’t afford to be left behind as genetic engineering advancements transform the agriculture sector,” says ACT’s Primary Industries spokesperson Mark Cameron. “As part of ACT's Real Change Budget, we would make changes to the ... More >>

Budget 2022 Invests In Tech Sector Growth

Sunday, 15 May 2022, 1:04 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government is investing to support the growth of New Zealand’s digital technologies sector in Budget 2022, guiding the country towards a high-wage, low emissions economy, Minister for the Digital Economy and Communications, David Clark announced today. ... More >>

Chinese Spy Ship Off Australia’s Coast A Sign Of Things To Come

Saturday, 14 May 2022, 1:15 pm | ACT New Zealand

“The presence of a Chinese spy ship off Australia’s coast during their election campaign further demonstrates that security in the Pacific cannot be taken for granted,” says ACT’s Defence spokesperson Dr James McDowall. “Peace, stability and security ... More >>

ACT Party Floats Scrapping Road Taxes On Marine Fuel

Saturday, 14 May 2022, 1:11 pm | ACT New Zealand

“The ACT Party is calling on the Government to scrap road taxes on marine fuel,” says ACT’s Transport spokesperson Simon Court. “Kiwi boaties are currently paying $1.24 cents per litre in taxes, most of that revenue goes into the National Land ... More >>

Prime Minister Tests Positive For COVID-19

Saturday, 14 May 2022, 1:02 pm | New Zealand Government

 Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has tested positive for COVID-19. She has been in isolation since Sunday 8 May when her partner Clarke Gayford tested positive.  The Prime Minister has been symptomatic since Friday evening, returning a weak positive ... More >>

Maōri Party Owes Tauranga An Apology

Friday, 13 May 2022, 12:34 pm | Cameron Luxton

“The Māori Party has been caught in a lie, trying to bad-mouth Tauranga by spreading misinformation and they owe our city and apology,” says ACT’s Tauranga candidate Cameron Luxton. “Te Pāti Māori president Che Wilson has described Tauranga as ... More >>

Another Million Wasted On Spin

Friday, 13 May 2022, 12:32 pm | New Zealand National Party

Health Minister Andrew Little’s list of wasteful spending is growing larger, National’s Health spokesperson Dr Shane Reti says. “The Health Minister seems to have his priorities confused after it was revealed that he spent more than $1 million on PR ... More >>

Key Milestones Reached On Vital Transport Projects

Friday, 13 May 2022, 12:29 pm | New Zealand Government

Minister of Transport Michael Wood has welcomed the opening of the tender processes for Auckland Light Rail and the Additional Waitematā Harbour Connections project, marking an important step forward in developing a future-proofed rapid transit network ... More >>

Aotearoa New Zealand Provides Further Funding For Global COVID-19 Response

Friday, 13 May 2022, 11:51 am | New Zealand Government

Aotearoa New Zealand is providing more funding to the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator for global efforts to respond to the pandemic. “The health, economic and social impacts of COVID continue to be felt around the world,” Nanaia Mahuta ... More >>

Updated My Vaccine Pass For Those Who Want It

Friday, 13 May 2022, 10:23 am | New Zealand Government

New Zealanders who are up-to-date with their COVID-19 vaccinations will be able to download an updated My Vaccine Pass from 24 May, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “Since the introduction of My Vaccine Pass last year, the COVID-19 ... More >>

Spin Doctor Hiring Spree At NZTA Out Of Control

Friday, 13 May 2022, 9:51 am | New Zealand National Party

The Government has been on a spin doctor hiring spree, with the number of communications staff at NZTA more than doubling in four years, National’s Transport spokesperson Simeon Brown says. “Labour is all spin and no delivery. They can’t get things ... More >>

PM Agrees Human Rights Commissioner Adds No Value

Friday, 13 May 2022, 9:43 am | ACT New Zealand

“ACT’s policy to get rid of the Human Rights Commissioner has today been backed up by Jacinda Ardern and her Government,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “The fact that the Human Rights Commissioner hasn’t requested a meeting with the Prime ... More >>

Government’s Support Delivers Path To Recovery For Arts And Culture Sector

Thursday, 12 May 2022, 6:24 pm | New Zealand Government

295 events covering at least 607 performances that have had to cancel or suffered losses due to COVID-19 have had their costs reimbursed, with total support paid out to events now exceeding $20 million 186 future events in 2022 and 2023 have also ... More >>

Govt Bill Ends High Country Farming As We Know It

Thursday, 12 May 2022, 4:35 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Labour Government has concluded its campaign to end generations of thoughtful stewardship of the South Island’s high country, National’s spokesperson for Land Information Nicola Grigg says. “Today’s passing of the Crown Pastoral Land Reform ... More >>

Crown Pastoral Land Reform Bill Passes Third Reading

Thursday, 12 May 2022, 4:29 pm | New Zealand Government

New legislation to modernise the management of 1.2 million hectares of Crown pastoral land primarily in the South Island high country was passed in Parliament today. Land Information Minister Damien O’Connor said the Crown Pastoral Land Reform (CPLR) ... More >>

Tourist Numbers Can’t Be Slashed For No Reason

Thursday, 12 May 2022, 4:24 pm | ACT New Zealand

“Reports that the Government plans to cap daily visitor numbers to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing are a kick in the guts to local tourism operators,” says ACT’s Conservation spokesperson Nicole McKee. “Tourism operators have been doing it tough ... More >>

Govt Thinks Nurses & Midwives Not Critical Enough

Thursday, 12 May 2022, 3:48 pm | New Zealand National Party

A two-year wait for nurses, teachers and midwives is senseless, National’s Immigration spokesperson, Erica Stanford says. “The two-tiered immigration system announced yesterday has missed out on critically needed workers. Nurses, teachers and midwives ... More >>

Rural Health Can’t Keep Being Ignored

Thursday, 12 May 2022, 2:46 pm | ACT New Zealand

“The Government should adopt my amendment to the Pae Ora Bill to ensure the 750,000 New Zealanders who live rurally or remotely don’t continue to be overlooked and forgotten by our health system,” says ACT’s Deputy Leader and Health spokesperson ... More >>

Facebook ‘Listening’ Costs Taxpayer Quarter Of A Million

Thursday, 12 May 2022, 1:33 pm | ACT New Zealand

“The Government spent almost a quarter of a million dollars of taxpayers money monitoring your social media to form its Covid response,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “Last week it was revealed a company commissioned by the Government has ... More >>

ACT Opposes Emissions Budgets

Thursday, 12 May 2022, 1:08 pm | ACT New Zealand

“Just like with the Zero Carbon Bill in 2019, ACT is the only party in Parliament to stand up against flawed climate legislation,” says ACT’s Climate Change spokesperson Simon Court. “The Government’s emissions budgets are nothing more than a fashion ... More >>

ACT The Only Party For Real Change On RMA Reform

Thursday, 12 May 2022, 12:18 pm | ACT New Zealand

“The Natural and Built Environments Bill is just the RMA in drag and ACT is the only party willing to oppose it,” says ACT’s Infrastructure spokesperson Simon Court. “Instead of looking at ways to lower regulatory burdens, the Government ... More >>

Food Inflation Continues To Swamp Wages

Thursday, 12 May 2022, 12:08 pm | New Zealand National Party

Kiwis families continue to go backwards with food prices growing more than twice as fast as wages, National’s Finance spokesperson Nicola Willis says. “With food prices growing 6.4 per cent in the last year and wage growth lagging well behind ... More >>

Cost Of Living Crisis Continues To Bite

Thursday, 12 May 2022, 11:19 am | ACT New Zealand

“The cost of living crisis is continuing to hurt Kiwi families as grocery prices continue to rise,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “Figures released today by Statistic New Zealand show the price of meat is up 8.1 per cent, vegetables are up ... More >>

Kiwis Continue To Fly The Coup

Thursday, 12 May 2022, 11:12 am | ACT New Zealand

“Labour’s lock em down, lock em out, borrow, print and spend approach to COVID-19 has contributed to the lowest net migration level since the tail-end of the GFC,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “For the first time in close to a decade New Zealand ... More >>

Government Bows To Pressure On International Students

Thursday, 12 May 2022, 9:53 am | ACT New Zealand

“ACT is today welcoming the Government’s decision to allow international students from primary and intermediate schools to continue to enrol in New Zealand,” says ACT’s Education spokesperson Chris Baillie. “ACT revealed in February that the ... More >>

Van Velden Hosts Parliamentary Pink Ribbon Breakfast

Thursday, 12 May 2022, 9:36 am | ACT New Zealand

ACT Deputy Leader and Health spokesperson Brooke van Velden has this morning hosted a Pink Ribbon Breakfast in Parliament’s Grand Hall for the Breast Cancer Foundation. “Lockdowns have taken a massive toll on New Zealanders. We have repeatedly heard ... More >>

New Zealand Poised To Welcome International Students Back

Thursday, 12 May 2022, 9:36 am | New Zealand Government

New Zealand is fully reopening to international students and the Government is committed to help reinvigorate and strengthen the sector, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “Our international education sector has done it tough for the last ... More >>

Lower Card Fees On Way For Business, Consumers

Thursday, 12 May 2022, 5:23 am | New Zealand Government

11 May A Bill to help lower the fees charged when credit and debit transactions are made, will save New Zealand businesses around $74 million a year. The Retail Payment System Bill passed its third reading today, regulating merchant service fees, ... More >>




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