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Boost for child, maternity and mental health

Wednesday, 29 January 2020, 11:11 am | New Zealand Government

The New Zealand Upgrade Programme to modernise the economy includes new and expanded child health, maternity and mental health facilities as part of a package of priority health investments. More >>

Future proofing New Zealand’s rail

Wednesday, 29 January 2020, 11:08 am | New Zealand Government

Minister for State Owned Enterprises Winston Peters says the funding of four major rail projects under the New Zealand Upgrade Programme is yet another step in the right direction for New Zealand’s long-term rail infrastructure. More >>

Delivering infrastructure for a modern NZ

Wednesday, 29 January 2020, 11:06 am | New Zealand Government

Roads, rail, schools and hospitals will be built and upgraded across the country under the $12 billion New Zealand Upgrade Programme announced today, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says. More >>

Transport infrastructure upgrades to get NZ moving

Wednesday, 29 January 2020, 11:00 am | New Zealand Government

The Government’s programme of new investments in roads and rail will help future proof the economy, get our cities moving, and make our roads safer. More >>

Labour plays politics with infrastructure

Wednesday, 29 January 2020, 10:40 am | ACT New Zealand

“Labour is playing politics with taxpayer money on the serious issue of infrastructure”, says ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

Govt considers retirement policy review recommendations

Wednesday, 29 January 2020, 8:17 am | New Zealand Government

The Government is now considering the recommendations of the Retirement Commissioner’s review into New Zealand’s retirement income policies. More >>

Yet another violent gang incident

Tuesday, 28 January 2020, 5:32 pm | New Zealand National Party

Another gang shooting just days after a child was nearly shot by a gang member shows just how bad New Zealand’s gang problem is, National’s Justice spokesperson Mark Mitchell says. “Today a house in suburban Tauranga recently tenanted by a gang ... More >>

Referendum Date Set for Assisted Dying

Tuesday, 28 January 2020, 5:26 pm | ACT New Zealand

Today Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern set the date for the 2020 General Election and the public referendum on the End of Life Choice Act. More >>

Bridges says bring it on

Tuesday, 28 January 2020, 4:11 pm | New Zealand National Party

National Party Leader Simon Bridges has welcomed the election date of September 19th and is ready to hit the ground running. “A Government I lead will deliver on its promises. New Zealanders know we will get things done, whether it’s more money ... More >>

ACT welcomes 2020 election date

Tuesday, 28 January 2020, 3:35 pm | ACT New Zealand

ACT Leader David Seymour has welcomed the Prime Minister’s announcement of the 2020 general election date. More >>

PM announces election date as September 19

Tuesday, 28 January 2020, 3:09 pm | New Zealand Government

The 2020 General Election will be held on Saturday 19 September, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. “I will be asking New Zealanders to continue to support my leadership and the current direction of the Government, which is grounded ... More >>

2020 election critical for people and planet

Tuesday, 28 January 2020, 3:08 pm | Green Party

The Green Party has welcomed today’s announcement by the Prime Minister that the 2020 election date will be September 19. “Knowing the date of the election gives New Zealanders plenty of time to think about the future they want for their kids ... More >>

Marama Davidson's State of the Planet speech

Tuesday, 28 January 2020, 12:58 pm | Green Party

Mā te oranga o te taiao, ka ora ai te iwi, mō te takitini kāore mō te torutoru anake. More >>

Children deserve a better future, not a life of crime

Tuesday, 28 January 2020, 10:29 am | New Zealand National Party

Heartbreaking tales of kids as young as five wearing gang patches shows the Government’s approach to gangs isn’t working, National’s Justice spokesperson Mark Mitchell says. More >>

PGF supports Waikato youth into construction

Tuesday, 28 January 2020, 9:35 am | New Zealand Government

Two projects focussed on supporting Waikato youth into the construction industry have been given combined funding of just over $1 million from the Te Ara Mahi allocation of the Provincial Growth Fund, Undersecretary for Regional Economic Development, ... More >>

Government needs to brings Kiwis home

Tuesday, 28 January 2020, 9:10 am | New Zealand National Party

The Government needs to stop sitting on its hands and bring home the New Zealanders stranded in Wuhan, Leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges says. More >>

More coal & higher power prices due to Govt policy

Monday, 27 January 2020, 4:23 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Government’s major impact on the energy sector has been higher electricity prices and more coal being burned, contrary to the claims by David Parker in Davos, National’s Energy and Resources spokesperson Jonathan Young says. “Speaking from ... More >>

New Zealand to support Pacific Public Sector Hub

Monday, 27 January 2020, 3:41 pm | New Zealand Government

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today announced New Zealand’s support for a Pacific-led hub that will strengthen public services across the region. More >>

$1.55m support for Hawke’s Bay three waters services review

Monday, 27 January 2020, 2:09 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government is pleased to announce a $1.55 million funding contribution to assist Hawke’s Bay investigate voluntary changes to the region’s three waters service delivery arrangements. More >>

What the Govt should be doing with coronavirus

Monday, 27 January 2020, 12:59 pm | New Zealand National Party

While the Government is failing to address the coronavirus situation effectively, there is a series of practical steps they should be taking, National’s Health spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says. “If the Government wanted to ensure New Zealanders’ safety ... More >>

Minister pays tribute to Gordon McLauchlan

Monday, 27 January 2020, 12:53 pm | New Zealand Government

The Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media, Kris Faafoi, has paid tribute to well-known New Zealand author, journalist and broadcaster, Gordon McLauchlan following Mr McLauchlan’s death today. “Gordon held a statesman-like ... More >>

Clark must explain why flights from China continue to arrive

Monday, 27 January 2020, 9:57 am | ACT New Zealand

“The Government must explain why it hasn’t stopped flights arriving from China until the risk associated with coronavirus is known”, ACT Leader David Seymour says. More >>

Minister wishes best of luck to those heading back to school

Monday, 27 January 2020, 9:51 am | New Zealand Government

As Kiwi kids and teachers return to classrooms over the coming weeks, the families of around 428,000 students will feel a bit less of a financial pinch than in previous years, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “The Government’s decision ... More >>

Health staff to meet China flights as precautionary measure

Sunday, 26 January 2020, 2:18 pm | New Zealand Government

Public health staff will begin meeting flights from China from tomorrow to actively look for signs of the novel coronavirus and provide advice, information and reassurance to passengers. More >>

Government needs to front up on coronavirus

Sunday, 26 January 2020, 12:19 pm | New Zealand National Party

As the risk of coronavirus continues to rise the Government is missing in action, National’s Health spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says. More >>

Labour can’t deliver infrastructure

Sunday, 26 January 2020, 12:18 pm | New Zealand National Party

Labour’s track record on infrastructure is clear, it’s great at announcements but doesn’t believe in it and can’t deliver on its promises, Leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges says. More >>

Small business suffers as consumers think twice

Saturday, 25 January 2020, 1:26 pm | New Zealand National Party

Times are tough for small business retailers as consumer nerves hit them in the back pocket, National’s Small Business spokesperson Jacqui Dean says. More >>

Minister of Defence concludes successful US visit

Saturday, 25 January 2020, 1:14 pm | New Zealand Government

Minister of Defence Ron Mark met with United States Secretary of Defense Mark Esper today. More >>

Log trains to begin on Wairoa-Napier line

Saturday, 25 January 2020, 12:11 pm | New Zealand Government

Log trains are about to start running between Wairoa and Napier following Provincial Growth Fund investment to reopen the rail line, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says. More >>

More crime and more victims under this Government

Saturday, 25 January 2020, 12:09 pm | New Zealand National Party

Under this soft on crime Government the number of victims of crimes has skyrocketed with 278,644 victims recorded last year, National’s Police spokesperson Brett Hudson says. “That is a staggering number. In the 12 months ending 30 November 2019 there ... More >>

More victims of serious assault under Government

Saturday, 25 January 2020, 12:08 pm | New Zealand National Party

With regular reports of gang violence, drug crime and shootings, it’s no surprise the number of victims of serious assaults has increased, but an almost 40 per cent increase in the last year is staggering, National’s Justice spokesperson Mark Mitchell ... More >>

New Zealand acknowledges ICJ decision on Myanmar

Friday, 24 January 2020, 5:46 pm | New Zealand Government

Foreign Minister Winston Peters today acknowledged the ruling of the International Court of Justice in relation to the Rohingya people in Myanmar. The ruling ordered the Government of Myanmar to take all measures within its power to prevent the commission ... More >>

NZ’s trade aims advanced at Davos meetings

Friday, 24 January 2020, 1:46 pm | New Zealand Government

A proposal to cut “trade and production-distorting subsidies” in the agricultural sector by 2030 has set out important measures to ensure a fair agricultural trading system. Speaking after attending meetings of trade ministers in Davos, Switzerland, ... More >>

Great news for New Zealanders with cystic fibrosis

Friday, 24 January 2020, 1:44 pm | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Dr David Clark says he is delighted that PHARMAC has struck a provisional deal to fund Kalydeco – a medicine which is set to improve the quality of life for about 30 New Zealand children and adults with cystic fibrosis. “While rare, ... More >>

Labour’s red tape pushes rents up at fastest rate since 2008

Friday, 24 January 2020, 1:17 pm | ACT New Zealand

“Labour’s new bureaucracy on landlords has caused rents to rise at the fastest rate since the Global Financial Crisis ”, says ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

Rents and fuel driving up cost of living

Friday, 24 January 2020, 12:51 pm | New Zealand National Party

Rents are rising at the fastest pace in more than a decade and Kiwis are struggling with the increasing cost of living, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says. More >>

15,000 more kids in benefit dependent homes

Friday, 24 January 2020, 10:37 am | New Zealand National Party

There are now 15,000 more children growing up in benefit dependent homes since Labour took office, National’s Social Development spokesperson Louise Upston says. “The Prime Minister promised to halve child poverty, but seven out of nine child poverty ... More >>

New Zealand least corrupt country in the world

Thursday, 23 January 2020, 8:03 pm | New Zealand Government

New Zealand has regained its position as the least corrupt country in the world for the second time under this Coalition Government, says Justice Minister Andrew Little. More >>

Rātana Pā goes high-tech with UFB

Thursday, 23 January 2020, 3:44 pm | New Zealand Government

Iwi, hapu and visitors to Rātana Pā near Whanganui now have access to ultra-fast broadband following its connection, completed in time for annual Rātana celebrations, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says. More >>

Govt’s strong financial management acknowledged

Thursday, 23 January 2020, 3:31 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government’s strong financial management and plan to future proof the economy with new infrastructure investment has gained further recognition from an international ratings agency. More >>

Labour commits to Facebook transparency rules

Thursday, 23 January 2020, 2:14 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Labour Party leader Jacinda Ardern announced she is re-committing to a relentlessly positive election campaign in 2020 that will see the Party voluntarily sign up to Facebook’s new advertising transparency rules and have its major election policy ... More >>

Advertising transparency on Facebook

Thursday, 23 January 2020, 2:01 pm | Green Party

“We welcome Labour joining us in voluntarily opting into new transparency rules for advertising on Facebook”, Green Party Co-leader Marama Davidson said today. More >>

Emergency housing spend out of control

Thursday, 23 January 2020, 1:02 pm | New Zealand National Party

The spend on emergency housing has risen 440 per cent since the Government took office, leaving more Kiwis living in motels, National’s Social Housing spokesperson Simon O’Connor says. More >>

7000 more young people on the dole under Labour

Thursday, 23 January 2020, 12:14 pm | New Zealand National Party

More young people are joining the dole queue thanks to the Government’s failure to get youth into work, National’s Social Development spokesperson Louise Upston says. More >>

Nine years of progress undone by Labour

Thursday, 23 January 2020, 11:53 am | New Zealand National Party

After years of improvement under National, benefit numbers are now back to the heights last seen during the Global Financial Crisis, Leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges says. More >>

Boost in Whānau Ora funding to keep changing lives

Thursday, 23 January 2020, 11:15 am | New Zealand Government

Whānau throughout New Zealand are set to benefit from an extra three million dollars that will go directly to Whānau Ora Commissioning Agencies, the Minister for Whānau Ora Peeni Henare announced today. More >>

Labour's soft line on welfare sees 25,000 more on benefit

Thursday, 23 January 2020, 10:33 am | ACT New Zealand

“The number of beneficiaries continues to grow under Labour’s soft on welfare approach”, says ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

More people getting into work

Thursday, 23 January 2020, 10:09 am | New Zealand Government

The December quarter benefit numbers released today show the Government’s plan to get people off the benefit and into work is starting to pay off,” Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni said. More >>

Government failing to get Kiwis back into work

Thursday, 23 January 2020, 9:57 am | New Zealand National Party

Some beneficiaries are going more than three months without having a meeting to discuss their job search, which shows the Government isn’t doing enough to help Kiwis find work, National’s Social Development spokesperson Louise Upston says. More >>

Government slow to take action on new coronavirus

Thursday, 23 January 2020, 9:45 am | New Zealand National Party

The Government must take proactive steps to ensure the coronavirus outbreak does not spread to New Zealand and give Kiwis confidence, National’s Health spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says. “New viruses can rapidly spread across a population and ... More >>

Petition launched to prevent fishing ban

Thursday, 23 January 2020, 9:14 am | New Zealand National Party

Motiti Island’s fisheries are at risk as local councils now have the power to apply fishing bans wherever they see fit, National’s Fisheries spokesperson Ian McKelvie says. More >>

Twyford’s light rail predictions can’t be trusted

Wednesday, 22 January 2020, 3:28 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Transport Minister’s claim that light rail from Auckland’s CBD to the airport will 'absolutely' be finished by 2030 cannot be trusted, National’s Transport spokesperson Chris Bishop says. More >>

NZ concludes digital economy trade talks

Wednesday, 22 January 2020, 12:27 pm | New Zealand Government

A new trade agreement concluded today helps New Zealand exporters and consumers take advantage of opportunities from digital trade. More >>

Wairoa gets up to $6.1m to rebuild heart of CBD

Wednesday, 22 January 2020, 12:22 pm | New Zealand Government

The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing up to $6.1 million to revitalise business and tourism opportunities in Wairoa, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. More >>

Major Events support for creative and cultural events

Wednesday, 22 January 2020, 11:01 am | New Zealand Government

Creative and cultural events that highlight New Zealand’s diverse culture and build national pride are set to get a funding boost through the Major Events Fund, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford said today. More >>

Why isn’t New Zealand represented?

Wednesday, 22 January 2020, 9:49 am | New Zealand National Party

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters needs to explain the disgraceful decision to not send a New Zealand representative to the Fifth World Holocaust Forum, National’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson Gerry Brownlee says. More >>

Giving lines companies priority in an emergency

Wednesday, 22 January 2020, 9:35 am | New Zealand National Party

A Members Bill that will allow lines company vehicles to use flashing lights when responding to electrical emergencies, requiring traffic to give them priority, has been drafted by National’s Pakuranga MP Simeon Brown. More >>

No sign of an enduring deal for Ihumātao

Wednesday, 22 January 2020, 8:26 am | New Zealand National Party

There is no clear indication yet that an enduring deal to settle the land dispute at Ihumātao is on the horizon, Leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges says. More >>

Shane Jones forestry affair gets even murkier

Tuesday, 21 January 2020, 9:55 pm | New Zealand National Party

Revelations that Shane Jones met with representatives from a NZ First-linked forestry company, after point blank denying it the day before, should throw his future as a Minister into question, National’s Regional Development spokesperson Chris Bishop ... More >>

Labour enables radical activists at Ihumātao

Tuesday, 21 January 2020, 3:46 pm | ACT New Zealand

“Labour appears to have given in to a group of radical activists occupying private land at Ihumātao with a deal for a third party to purchase the land to be announced imminently”, says ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>





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