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New Rules To Help Our Cities Grow Up And Out

Thursday, 23 July 2020, 5:16 pm | New Zealand Government

New rules to help our fastest growing cities make room for their rising populations has today been released by Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford and Environment Minister David Parker. Phil Twyford said poor quality and restrictive planning has ... More >>

Govt’s Border Exceptions Are Costing Kiwis Jobs

Thursday, 23 July 2020, 4:44 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Government’s current border exceptions are failing to respond to the needs of New Zealand businesses and it’s costing Kiwis jobs, National’s Immigration spokesperson Stuart Smith says. “When a business can’t get critical skilled workers ... More >>

Comprehensive Medicinal Cannabis Bill Drawn

Thursday, 23 July 2020, 4:36 pm | New Zealand National Party

My Member’s Bill to implement a comprehensive medicinal cannabis regime that would widen access to medicinal cannabis and license high quality domestic production, has been drawn in Parliament, MP for Whangarei Shane Reti says. “New Zealanders ... More >>

Parliament Passes Bill To Reform Public Service

Thursday, 23 July 2020, 4:13 pm | New Zealand Government

Minister of State Services Chris Hipkins said today’s passing of the Public Service Legislation Bill will deliver the most significant change in the public service in 30 years. The new Public Service Act, which repeals and replaces the State Sector ... More >>

New Bill To Improve Access To Justice

Thursday, 23 July 2020, 3:53 pm | New Zealand National Party

A Member’s Bill to improve access to justice by making it easier for lawyers to do work outside their existing employment has been draw from the ballot, Hutt South MP Chris Bishop says. “My Lawyers and Conveyancers (Employed Lawyers Providing ... More >>

Release The Secret $5 Billion List To Get Kiwis Working

Thursday, 23 July 2020, 2:32 pm | New Zealand National Party

Nearly 135,000 work-ready Kiwis and tens of thousands of construction workers desperately need Labour to release its secret list of $5 billion worth of shovel-ready projects today, Leader of the Opposition Judith Collins has demanded. More than three weeks ... More >>

Member’s Bill To Notify Schools Of Sex Offenders Drawn

Thursday, 23 July 2020, 1:59 pm | New Zealand National Party

Today my Member’s Bill that would require the Department of Corrections to notify schools of sex offenders placed in their local communities was drawn in Parliament, Waimakariri MP Matt Doocey says. “My bill will ensure all schools within five kilometres, ... More >>

Greens Welcome Kiwibank’s Decision To Stop Doing Business With Fossil Fuels

Thursday, 23 July 2020, 12:34 pm | Green Party

Green Party Co-leader and Climate Change Spokesperson James Shaw today welcomed Kiwibank’s decision to rule out doing business with companies involved in climate-polluting fossil fuels. “When people get their fortnightly pay, or put money away to save ... More >>

Parliament: Oral Questions - 23 July 2020

Thursday, 23 July 2020, 12:09 pm | Office of the Clerk

Questions to Ministers Hon GERRY BROWNLEE to the Prime Minister: Does she agree with the comments regarding shovel-ready projects made by the Rt Hon Winston Peters in a speech to the Wellington Chamber of Commerce, “I’ve got the list, the whole ... More >>

Green Party Announce Dr. Chrys Horn As Candidate For Christchurch Central

Thursday, 23 July 2020, 12:06 pm | Green Party

The Green Party are announcing Dr. Chrys Horn as their candidate for Christchurch Central. Chrys is a social scientist and community worker. She is passionate about working with communities to help them look after their local environment and each ... More >>

National Announces Wairarapa Transport Package

Thursday, 23 July 2020, 11:15 am | New Zealand National Party

National will create hundreds of new jobs and boost the Wairarapa economy by delivering a suite of transport projects to get the region moving, National Party Leader Judith Collins says. “High quality, efficient roads are the backbone of commerce in the ... More >>

Labour Pays Reparations To Provincial New Zealand

Thursday, 23 July 2020, 10:39 am | ACT New Zealand

“Labour’s use of taxpayer money to compensate for its own damage to the regions is akin to wartime reparations,” according to ACT Leader David Seymour. “The Government is spending, or is proposing to spend, millions of dollars of taxpayer ... More >>

Crimes Have Victims, Davis

Thursday, 23 July 2020, 10:39 am | New Zealand National Party

Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis is ignorant of the harm caused when people break the law, National’s Corrections spokesperson Simeon Brown says. “Kelvin Davis indicated community sentences were for low level crimes, telling Parliament yesterday ... More >>

125 Community Connectors Across New Zealand To Support Recovery

Thursday, 23 July 2020, 10:10 am | New Zealand Government

125 Community Connector positions are being established within the community and throughout the country to focus on helping people connect with the services they need to support recovery post COVID-19, announced Social Development Minister Carmel ... More >>

Lowest ever Public Service Gender Pay Gap

Thursday, 23 July 2020, 9:57 am | New Zealand Government

Women who work in the Public Service are becoming more fairly paid, thanks to the Gender Pay Gap Action Plan delivering on Government’s commitment to women. The Gender Pay Gap Acton Plan Progress Report was released today by Minister for Women, ... More >>

‘Biggest Education Changes In Decades’ Returns To Parliament

Wednesday, 22 July 2020, 4:43 pm | New Zealand Government

The Education and Training Bill, which modernises and strengthens the education system is expected to pass its third reading this week,” Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. The Bill which brings all key legislation on early learning, ... More >>

No Hope, No Solutions

Wednesday, 22 July 2020, 4:39 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Minister for Small Business cannot offer anything new for small businesses, National’s spokesperson for Small Business and Manufacturing Andrew Bayly says. “The Minister confirmed that he supported the increase in the minimum wage on 1 ... More >>

PM Should Release Antarctica Documents

Wednesday, 22 July 2020, 4:36 pm | ACT New Zealand

“If the real reason Winston Peters’ friends got a taxpayer-funded trip to Antarctica was philanthropy, the Prime Minister should release the paper trail to back it up,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “RNZ this morning reported that the Foreign Minister ... More >>

Release The List, Ms Ardern

Wednesday, 22 July 2020, 4:17 pm | New Zealand National Party

National Leader Judith Collins is demanding Labour Leader Jacinda Ardern release the list of the shovel-ready projects her Government has agreed to fund but is keeping secret for political reasons. Ms Ardern told Parliament today that the list of projects ... More >>

Labour Failure On Shovel-ready Projects Costing Thousands Of Jobs

Wednesday, 22 July 2020, 1:56 pm | New Zealand National Party

“Tens of thousands of jobs are on the line as Labour sits on its hands over the shovel-ready project scheme,” National Party Leader Judith Collins said today. Ms Collins said councils and communities had worked hard through the first two weeks ... More >>

National Will Fix First Responders Bill

Wednesday, 22 July 2020, 12:34 pm | New Zealand National Party

While National supports increased protections for first responders and tougher penalties for offenders but wants a Bill that works, National’s Corrections spokesperson Simeon Brown says. “Getting the detail right for the protection of first responders ... More >>

Bill To Provide Insurance Claimers’ Certainty Passes First Reading

Wednesday, 22 July 2020, 11:57 am | New Zealand National Party

I’m delighted my Members’ Bill to create a legal timeline for insurance companies to assess and present a settlement offer to claimants has passed its first reading in Parliament, MP for Kaikoura Stuart Smith says. The Insurance (Prompt Settlement ... More >>

Law To Crack Down On Gangs One Step Closer

Wednesday, 22 July 2020, 11:49 am | New Zealand National Party

National’s Firearms Prohibition Order’s (FPO) Bill has finally passed its first reading, National’s Police spokesperson Brett Hudson says. FPOs give Police more powers to search and take firearms off gangs members. They apply to the most dangerous ... More >>

Minister steps down

Wednesday, 22 July 2020, 11:17 am | New Zealand Government

“I accept the Prime Minister’s decision and apologise absolutely,” Iain Lees-Galloway says. More >>

PM Statement On Iain Lees-Galloway

Wednesday, 22 July 2020, 11:07 am | New Zealand Government

This morning I am announcing that I have dismissed Minister Iain Lees Galloway as a Minister. Yesterday afternoon the leader of the opposition advised me of an email she had received that related to Iain Lees Galloway. She conveyed to me that she ... More >>

Firearms Prohibition Orders Bill Needs Work

Wednesday, 22 July 2020, 10:59 am | ACT New Zealand

ACT will support the first reading of the Arms (Firearms Prohibition Orders) Amendment Bill (No 2) today, but it requires serious improvements, says Firearms Spokesperson Nicole McKee. “We fully support the intention of going after the gangs and illegal ... More >>

Scrutiny Needed For Medical Examinations In Isolation

Wednesday, 22 July 2020, 8:17 am | New Zealand National Party

This clumsy and incompetent Government needs to make sure that people in coronavirus isolation aren’t being subjected to illegal medical examinations, National’s Health spokesperson Dr Shane Reti says. The legislation only permits four types of ... More >>

Parliament: Questions and Answers July 21 2020

Tuesday, 21 July 2020, 5:40 pm | Hansard

ORAL QUESTIONS QUESTIONS TO MINISTERS Question No. 1—Finance 1. Dr DEBORAH RUSSELL (Labour—New Lynn) to the Minister of Finance : What recent reports has he seen on the New Zealand economy? Hon GRANT ROBERTSON (Minister of Finance) : The latest ... More >>

Economic Crisis Deepens And Business Confidence Drops

Tuesday, 21 July 2020, 4:35 pm | New Zealand National Party

The economic and jobs crisis is looking even worse on the back of news that confidence among small businesses has plunged to an all-time low, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says. ANZ’s latest composite growth measure, which takes into account ... More >>

Early Intervention Times Continue To Blowout

Tuesday, 21 July 2020, 4:05 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Associate Minister of Education has confirmed that this clumsy and incompetent Government has failed to deliver on the Prime Minister’s 2018 promise to reduce early intervention times for young children, National’s Education spokesperson ... More >>

More Work Needed on Sexual Violence Legislation

Tuesday, 21 July 2020, 3:58 pm | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First wants to ensure that victims of sexual violence, who are overwhelmingly women, receive support from the justice system. More >>

What Did NZ First Promise At Reported $1,000-a-head Meeting?

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

“New Zealanders should be very concerned at reports of a $1,000-a-head secret meeting at which Winston Peters is alleged to have offered one-on-one time in a private room,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “They should be further concerned by reports ... More >>

Undemocratic Government Thumbs Its Nose At Hunters Over Tahr Cull

Tuesday, 21 July 2020, 2:22 pm | ACT New Zealand

“As it did with firearms legislation and the ban on offshore oil and gas exploration, the Government is pushing ahead with a massive new tahr cull without consulting New Zealanders,” says ACT’s Outdoors Spokesperson Nicole McKee. The Department of ... More >>

Securing medicine supply and investing in COVID-19 capacity

Tuesday, 21 July 2020, 1:20 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government has moved to ensure New Zealanders continue to get access to the medicines they need, while at the same time investing more in contact tracing and other COVID-19 health responses. More >>

Expanding Transitions Support To Thousands More Tourism SMEs

Tuesday, 21 July 2020, 12:01 pm | New Zealand Government

A $10 million investment through the Tourism Transitions Programme will support up to 3,000 small and medium tourism businesses impacted by COVID-19 to get expert advice, Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. Funding will be provided to ... More >>

Partnering to transform our agritech industry

Tuesday, 21 July 2020, 11:38 am | New Zealand Government

An industry plan to transform and grow New Zealand’s agritech sector was today launched by Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. More >>

Parliament: Oral Questions - 21 July 2020

Tuesday, 21 July 2020, 11:28 am | Office of the Clerk

Questions to Ministers Dr DEBORAH RUSSELL to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he seen on the economy? Hon JUDITH COLLINS to the Prime Minister: Is she satisfied with her Government’s record of delivery for new transport projects ... More >>

54/100 Last Year, Has Our Pandemic Preparedness Improved?

Tuesday, 21 July 2020, 10:12 am | ACT New Zealand

“With just 8 Covid-19 tests performed in the community on Sunday, it’s clear our pandemic preparedness hasn’t improved from a dire report late last year,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “The Government’s public health response to Covid-19 ... More >>

Government Funding For Crucial Health Support Infrastructure

Tuesday, 21 July 2020, 6:04 am | New Zealand Government

Two health providers will receive funding through the Government’s infrastructure programme for building projects in Christchurch that will provide South Island patients and their families improved access to accommodation and support while they receive ... More >>

Fund Helps Kiwi Kids With Disabilities Into Sport

Monday, 20 July 2020, 5:44 pm | New Zealand Government

Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson has awarded grants to 59 individuals and organisations to increase the participation of young people in Para sport. The focus of the Minister’s $44,000 Discretionary Fund is decided by each Minister ... More >>

ACT Statement On Andrew Falloon

Monday, 20 July 2020, 4:03 pm | ACT New Zealand

ACT Leader David Seymour has paid tribute to outgoing National MP Andrew Falloon. “I consider Andrew a close friend. We were early members of ACT on Campus and both stood as ACT candidates at the 2005 election. “We also worked closely together ... More >>

Statement From Rangitata MP Andrew Falloon

Monday, 20 July 2020, 2:18 pm | New Zealand National Party

“Today I spoke to National Party Leader Judith Collins to inform her I will not be contesting the upcoming election. “As I noted in my maiden speech three years ago, when I was younger I lost three close friends to suicide. It was an extremely ... More >>

Statement On Andrew Falloon

Monday, 20 July 2020, 2:14 pm | New Zealand National Party

Hon Judith Collins  Leader of the National Party “Andrew Fallon has advised me that he will not be standing for re-election. “The National Party was advised of an issue relating to Andrew late on Friday afternoon and we have dealt with it ... More >>

Under Kelvin Davis, Criminals Get Off Lightly

Monday, 20 July 2020, 12:46 pm | New Zealand National Party

Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis continues to let down victims of crime, as more than half of those who received Community Work sentences over lockdown have not met the terms of their sentence, National’s Corrections spokesperson Simeon Brown says. ... More >>

EOLC Flyer Counters Referendum Misinformation

Monday, 20 July 2020, 9:30 am | ACT New Zealand

“The Electoral Commission’s purple flyer on the End of Life Choice Act is good, accurate information worth reading,” according to ACT Deputy Leader Brooke van Velden. van Velden was a central figure in passing the law through Parliament last ... More >>

New Campaign Says ‘give No Voice To Racism’

Monday, 20 July 2020, 9:16 am | Human Rights Commission

The Human Rights Commission is urging people in Aotearoa New Zealand to ‘give no voice to racism’ as it launches a new campaign featuring celebrated film maker Taika Waititi. Based on real-life experiences of racism in this country, the campaign ... More >>

Green Party Remembers And Celebrates Jeanette Fitzsimons In Memorial Service

Monday, 20 July 2020, 9:14 am | Green Party

The Green Party is honoured to be remembering former co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons today at a public memorial service in the heart of Wellington at the Cathedral of St. Paul’s. Following her passing in March, this celebration of her life brings ... More >>

Peters Will Soon Need Migrant Workers

Monday, 20 July 2020, 9:13 am | ACT New Zealand

“Winston Peters’ swansong promise to slash immigration would be worrying if it weren’t so tragic,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “Peters himself will soon be retired and will require a care worker to help him get dressed and go for ... More >>

National To Charge For Quarantine

Sunday, 19 July 2020, 4:42 pm | New Zealand National Party

Everyone entering New Zealand from 11.59pm on 3 October 2020 will be charged a fee to partially meet the costs of their quarantine under a National Government, National’s Covid-19 Border Response spokesman Gerry Brownlee says. “Currently taxpayers are ... More >>

Speech: Winston Peters Campaign Launch

Sunday, 19 July 2020, 2:00 pm | New Zealand First Party

Introduction Good afternoon. Welcome to you all here today and party supporters watching from around the country. We appreciate your hard work keeping New Zealand First strong; thank you for keeping the faith. Sixty-three days out from Election ... More >>

National's Transport Plans An Uncosted, Unfunded Shambles

Saturday, 18 July 2020, 4:51 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

Confirmation that National hasn’t even costed the centre-piece of its transport announcement yesterday is a further sign of the shambles in the Opposition, and raises serious questions about National’s competence,” Finance Minister Grant Robertson ... More >>

National Slams Labour For Opposing Upper North Island Expressway

Saturday, 18 July 2020, 4:24 pm | New Zealand National Party

National’s Transport and Infrastructure Spokesman Chris Bishop has slammed the Labour Party for opposing National’s Plan to connect Whangarei, Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga. “National Leader Judith Collins has announced a visionary plan to ... More >>

Another Industrial Giant Goes Into Strategic Review

Saturday, 18 July 2020, 4:22 pm | New Zealand National Party

NZ Steel is now the third large industrial company, with high numbers of employed staff, to go into a strategic review, with one of the significant contributing factors being Government regulation, says Jonathan Young, National Energy & Resources ... More >>

Auckland Transport Infrastructure Revealed

Saturday, 18 July 2020, 4:03 pm | New Zealand Government

Transport Minister Phil Twyford and Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter today announced details of Auckland transport projects to help the region’s economic recovery. Approximately 800 jobs are expected to be created through a $182 million ... More >>

New Mandatory Labelling Rules For Alcohol Protect Kiwi Kids

Saturday, 18 July 2020, 11:54 am | New Zealand Government

New Zealand will be moving to mandatory pregnancy warning labels on alcohol products, Food Safety Minister Damien O’Connor has announced. The move was agreed late yesterday at a meeting of the Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation. ... More >>

Te Whau Pathway Extended As Part Of $220m Nationwide Cycleways Investment

Saturday, 18 July 2020, 8:10 am | New Zealand Government

Hon Julie Anne Genter Associate Minister of Transport PĀNUI PĀPĀHO MEDIA STATEMENT The Government will invest $35 million to significantly extend the Te Whau coastal pathway in Auckland as part of a $220 million cycleway package, Associate Transport ... More >>

Funding For Kaikohe Sports Facilities

Friday, 17 July 2020, 4:22 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government will provide funding for the redevelopment of a sports park in Kaikohe that will provide the Northland town and surrounding region with modern and fit-for-purpose facilities, as well as creating economic stimulus and jobs at a crucial time, Infrastructure ... More >>

Funding extends support for Taupō rangatahi

Friday, 17 July 2020, 3:02 pm | New Zealand Government

A pre-employment training provider in Taupō will receive $722,500 to expand its services to include more young people, Employment Minister Willie Jackson announced today. More >>

NZ increasing Defence diplomatic presence in the Pacific

Friday, 17 July 2020, 2:48 pm | New Zealand Government

New Zealand is deepening its Defence relationships in the Pacific through establishing a resident Defence Adviser in the Kingdom of Tonga, announced Defence Minister Ron Mark. More >>

National Auckland Transport on the Never Never

Friday, 17 July 2020, 2:42 pm | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First Leader Winston Peters says the National Party’s Auckland Transport announcement today is a breath-taking plan on the never never. More >>





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