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Spin Doctors Spun Out Of Control Under Labour

Wednesday, 1 June 2022, 7:15 pm | New Zealand National Party

There are 46 per cent more spin doctors across the public service since Labour came to office in 2017, National’s Public Service spokesperson Simeon Brown says. “This Labour Government is so lacking in delivery that more communications staff and contractors ... More >>

ACT’s Rural Health Strategy Adopted By Government

Wednesday, 1 June 2022, 3:47 pm | ACT New Zealand

“My amendment to the Pae Ora Bill to create a Rural Health Strategy has been adopted by the Government, signalling a renewed focus on the health needs for Kiwis who live rurally or remotely,” says ACT’s Health spokesperson Brooke van Velden. “There ... More >>

Pharmac Must Front Up And Be Held Accountable

Wednesday, 1 June 2022, 3:32 pm | ACT New Zealand

“ACT is appalled that Pharmac is refusing to front up to media on the day its long-delayed review has finally been revealed,” says ACT’s Health spokesperson Brooke van Velden. “Pharmac have had this review since the Minister gave it to ... More >>

New Zealand Becoming An Economic Backwater Under Labour

Wednesday, 1 June 2022, 2:40 pm | ACT New Zealand

“New Zealand is becoming an economic backwater to Australia under Labour and we need real change to stem the tide of Kiwis fleeing our shores”, says ACT Leader David Seymour. “On just about every economic measure, Australia is winning the ... More >>

Government Gives Penlink The Green Light

Wednesday, 1 June 2022, 2:30 pm | New Zealand Government

Improved travel choices for residents of the Whangaparāoa Peninsula, north of Auckland, are a step closer with the Government giving its approval for construction on the 7km highway to begin Minister of Transport Michael Wood announced today. The Implementation ... More >>

Fact Checking Megan Woods On Fuel Prices

Wednesday, 1 June 2022, 1:51 pm | ACT New Zealand

“Labour’s interventions into the petrol market have failed to ease cost pressures on everyday Kiwis, and its Ministers are spinning like crazy to distract from it,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “Megan Woods claimed on Newstalk ZB this morning ... More >>

Poto: Where Are The Firearm Prohibition Orders?

Wednesday, 1 June 2022, 1:18 pm | New Zealand National Party

Five years after calling for greater powers to seize guns, Police are being hamstrung in their efforts to combat gangs because of Labour’s inaction, National’s Police spokesperson Mark Mitchell says. “Police Minister Poto Williams needs to front ... More >>

Damning Report Reflects Labour’s Mismanagement

Wednesday, 1 June 2022, 12:58 pm | New Zealand National Party

Today’s Pharmac report is a damning reflection of the Labour Government’s mismanagement of health, National’s Health spokesperson Dr Shane Reti says. “The Pharmac report has revealed some significant deficiencies which the Government has failed to address. ... More >>

Government Response To Independent Pharmac Review

Wednesday, 1 June 2022, 12:09 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government has released its response to the recommendations of the final report of the independent Pharmac Review panel, welcoming its insights as well as Pharmac’s commitment to improve in its role for better health equity and outcomes for all New ... More >>

Government’s Response To Overdue PHARMAC Review Misses The Point

Wednesday, 1 June 2022, 11:26 am | ACT New Zealand

“Labour has finally been pressured into revealing the review into PHARMAC, but sadly their response shows they’re still focused on slicing up the health system based on race instead of need,” says ACT’s Health spokesperson Brooke van Velden. ... More >>

Accelerating The Growth And Transformation Of Advanced Manufacturing Sector

Wednesday, 1 June 2022, 10:30 am | New Zealand Government

Economic and Regional Development Minister Stuart Nash launched the draft Advanced Manufacturing Industry Transformation Plan for public consultation at the EMEX Trade Show in Auckland today. Budget 2022 included $30 million to enable the first stages ... More >>

Prime Minister And President Biden Reaffirm Close NZ US Relationship

Wednesday, 1 June 2022, 5:34 am | New Zealand Government

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and US President Joe Biden met today in Washington DC where their discussions ranged from regional and global security, to trade and climate change. “New Zealand’s relationship with the United States is one of ... More >>

Potentially Unlawful Fair Pay Agreements Must Be Scrapped

Tuesday, 31 May 2022, 5:57 pm | ACT New Zealand

“Labour’s compulsory unionism Fair Pay Agreements have drawn the attention of the International Labour Organisation, they surely must go,” says ACT’s Small Business spokesperson Chris Baillie. “New Zealand will be investigated alongside ... More >>

Prime Minister’s Science Prizes Showcase New Zealanders ‘Inspiring Tomorrow’

Tuesday, 31 May 2022, 3:59 pm | New Zealand Government

Research, Science and Innovation Minister, Megan Woods and Associate RSI Minister, Ayesha Verrall have today announced the winners of the Prime Minister’s Science Prizes for 2021 in recognition of the people making a big difference to New Zealand’s ... More >>

Why Is She Here?

Tuesday, 31 May 2022, 3:20 pm | ACT New Zealand

ACT’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson Brooke van Velden has today asked Nanaia Mahuta the question everyone wants answered, why are you here? “China has signed deals with several Pacific countries that cover policing, security and data communications ... More >>

Labour Has Overseen A Gun Crime Explosion

Tuesday, 31 May 2022, 3:11 pm | ACT New Zealand

“Violent gun crime statistics from NZ Police show that Labour’s approach of nurturing gangs and punishing responsible firearms owners has led to a massive increase in firearms-related offenses,” says ACT’s Justice spokesperson Nicole McKee. ... More >>

Government Backs Māori Climate Action

Tuesday, 31 May 2022, 2:14 pm | New Zealand Government

Farmers, growers and whenua Māori owners have been supported by the Government to ramp up their efforts to reduce agricultural emissions and the impacts of climate change on local communities. The investments detailed today during a Māori caucus ... More >>

State Housing Waitlist Hits New Record

Tuesday, 31 May 2022, 12:46 pm | New Zealand National Party

Labour has beaten its own record with 27,234 people now on the state housing waitlist according to the latest monthly data release, National’s Housing spokesperson Chris Bishop says. “Over 20,000 more Kiwis are on the state house waiting list compared ... More >>

Toi Māori Takes Centre Stage In Government Investment In Culture And Heritage

Tuesday, 31 May 2022, 10:55 am | New Zealand Government

Government investment into culture and heritage will ensure the sector continues to flourish with a focus on resilience, sustainability, and mātauranga Māori, Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Kiri Allan says. “A focus of this budget ... More >>

PM Out Of Touch On Crime And Guns

Tuesday, 31 May 2022, 10:05 am | ACT New Zealand

“While the Prime Minister is cosying up to left-wing talk show hosts and delivering speeches at elite universities about gun laws, Aucklanders are living in fear over gang shootings”, says ACT Leader David Seymour. “Jacinda Ardern is trotting the ... More >>

Funding To Continue Transformation Of Oranga Tamariki

Tuesday, 31 May 2022, 10:01 am | New Zealand Government

The Government has signalled its commitment to the future direction of Oranga Tamariki with a funding package that will enable iwi, hapū, and communities to lead and deliver better outcomes for children andwhānau. The will improve iwi and community collaboration ... More >>

Decoupling Work Visas Key To Ending Migrant Exploitation

Tuesday, 31 May 2022, 9:58 am | Green Party

The Greens welcome the Productivity Commission’s report into our immigration settings, reiterating the need to decouple work visas from single employers. “We welcome people into our communities who want to make Aotearoa home, bringing their experiences, ... More >>

Faafoi Needs To Act On Immigration Inquiry

Tuesday, 31 May 2022, 9:55 am | New Zealand National Party

When the Immigration Minister reads the Productivity Commission’s immigration inquiry, he’ll find numerous suggestions that National have long been calling for, National’s Immigration spokesperson Erica Stanford says. “This morning’s report ... More >>

Productivity Commission Shows That Faafoi Is Still Asleep At The Wheel

Tuesday, 31 May 2022, 9:53 am | ACT New Zealand

“The Productivity Commission has released its final report into New Zealand’s immigration settings, and their findings yet again totally undermine Kris Faafoi’s ‘immigration rebalance’ and show that there’s no justification for the Minister’s ... More >>

Mahuta Questions Need Answers

Monday, 30 May 2022, 6:45 pm | ACT New Zealand

“The Government needs to answer questions about Nanaia Mahuta fully and swiftly”, says ACT Leader David Seymour. “Members of Nanaia Mahuta’s family have been appointed to working groups in areas for which the Minister has, or had, ministerial responsibility. ... More >>

Government Passes Buck For Cost Of Living Crisis

Monday, 30 May 2022, 6:43 pm | New Zealand National Party

Moves to improve supermarket competition are welcome, but the changes are window-dressing and will do nothing to solve the cost of living crisis, National’s Commerce and Consumer Affairs spokesperson Andrew Bayly says. “Many of the moves announced by ... More >>

Action On Supermarkets Welcome, Must Ensure Right To Food

Monday, 30 May 2022, 4:24 pm | Green Party

The right to food must be the core driver of Government action to reign in unfair behaviour by supermarkets, the Green Party says. “Food is a basic human right and for too long the supermarket duopoly has made huge profits at people's expense, while ... More >>

Government Leaves Kiwi Exporters Behind Again

Monday, 30 May 2022, 3:55 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Labour Government has left Kiwi exporters further disadvantaged as the United Kingdom and India are set to announce a trade agreement, National’s Trade and Export Growth spokesperson Todd McClay says. “A Free Trade Agreement like this is a slap ... More >>

Less Regulation Is The Answer

Monday, 30 May 2022, 3:53 pm | ACT New Zealand

“Labour seems to think that more regulation will fix our supermarket industry, but that’s exactly what the problem is,” says ACT’s Leader David Seymour. “An industry regulator, more codes of conduct, compulsory pricing, only Labour could ... More >>

Firearms Register Won’t Make Kiwis Safer

Monday, 30 May 2022, 3:25 pm | ACT New Zealand

“The Government’s firearms register won’t prevent gun crime and will cost Kiwis to create it,” says ACT’s Justice spokesperson Nicole McKee. “It was revealed this morning that an Australian software firm being investigated by the ... More >>

Government Acts On Supermarket Duopoly

Monday, 30 May 2022, 3:02 pm | New Zealand Government

· Rejects Commission’s three-year review timeframe · Urgently pursuing options to generate more competition in the supermarket sector · Will introduce o An industry regulator o A mandatory code of conduct o Compulsory unit pricing on groceries o ... More >>

Foreign Minister Missing In Action On The Pacific

Monday, 30 May 2022, 1:15 pm | New Zealand National Party

Minister of Foreign Affairs Nanaia Mahuta needs to front up and explain what she’ll be doing to salvage New Zealand’s relationship with the Pacific, National’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson Gerry Brownlee says. “Last week, we heard that China is seeking ... More >>

Government Putting Criminals Before Victims

Monday, 30 May 2022, 1:11 pm | ACT New Zealand

“The Government has turned its back on victims of serious crime with its attempt to repeal ACT’s Three Strikes Legislation, and the Greens are trying to get them to double down,” says ACT’s Justice spokesperson Nicole McKee. “It’s bad ... More >>

Prime Minister Should Visit Pacific

Monday, 30 May 2022, 1:10 pm | ACT New Zealand

“ACT is calling on the Prime Minister to show some leadership and step in for her MIA Foreign Affairs Minister by stopping in the Pacific on her way home,” says ACT’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson Brooke van Velden. “At the moment New Zealand ... More >>

Government Launches Plan To Support More Pacific People Into Jobs

Monday, 30 May 2022, 9:57 am | New Zealand Government

Diversifying the Pacific workforce, addressing barriers to employment and leveraging Pacific entrepreneurship are the key objectives of the Government’s new Pacific Employment Action Plan. The plan was launched today by Minister for Pacific Peoples ... More >>

Homeowners Paying For Labour’s Mismanagement

Sunday, 29 May 2022, 1:13 pm | New Zealand National Party

Homeowners are set to take a severe hit due to Labour’s economic mismanagement, with borrowers wearing the cost of the fight to control inflation, National’s Housing Spokesperson Chris Bishop says. “The latest analysis from the Reserve Bank will ... More >>

NZ Letting Pacific Allies Down

Sunday, 29 May 2022, 1:09 pm | ACT New Zealand

“Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta needs to stop shirking her duty and go and support our allies in the Pacific,” says ACT’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson Brooke van Velden. “Australia’s new Foreign Affairs Minister was on the plane ... More >>

Landcorp Land Better Off With Kiwi Farmers

Sunday, 29 May 2022, 1:07 pm | ACT New Zealand

“State-owned enterprises shouldn’t be competing with Kiwi businesses, and there’s no greater example of this than Landcorp,” says ACT’s Primary Industries spokesperson Mark Cameron. “The Government has no business being in farming, it’s interfering ... More >>

Where Is The PHARMAC Review?

Saturday, 28 May 2022, 1:24 pm | ACT New Zealand

“It has been three months to the day since the Minister received the PHARMAC review, why is he still hiding it?” Asks ACT’s Health spokesperson Brooke van Velden. “The Minister received the report on 28 February, he has since shared it with the ... More >>

NZ And California Sign International Climate Partnership

Saturday, 28 May 2022, 1:12 pm | New Zealand Government

New Zealand and California have signed a cooperation deal on climate change, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced in San Francisco today. The Memorandum of Cooperation, signed during a meeting with California Governor Gavin Newsom, will facilitate the ... More >>

Michael Wood Wastes $30,000 On Zero Safety Signs

Friday, 27 May 2022, 6:08 pm | New Zealand National Party

Transport Minister Michael Wood needs to stop wasting taxpayers’ money on pet projects and advertising props, says National Party Transport Spokesperson Simeon Brown. “Less than three weeks after the National Party revealed Michael Wood had ... More >>

10,000 More Children Absent From School

Friday, 27 May 2022, 2:21 pm | New Zealand National Party

A staggering 10,000 more children across New Zealand were chronically absent from school in Term Four of 2021, National’s Education spokesperson Erica Stanford says. “According to data from the Ministry of Education , a total of 67,000 students ... More >>

Secret Letter Shows Greens And Labour Both Hate Drivers

Friday, 27 May 2022, 1:48 pm | ACT New Zealand

“The release of the ‘secret letter’ from former Associate Transport Minister Julie-Anne Genter to Labour’s former Minister of Transport shows that Labour and the Greens are united in their viewpoint of making life impossible for drivers,” ... More >>

Boost For Māori Landowners: Te Ringa Hāpai Whenua Fund

Friday, 27 May 2022, 1:46 pm | New Zealand Government

Investing in whenua Māori will help whānau, hapū and iwi create income opportunities and drive economic security in Aotearoa, Minister for Māori Development Willie Jackson said. The Government is investing $10 million to boost Māori landowners to realise ... More >>

Stewardship Land Recommendations Fall Short Of Protecting Nature

Friday, 27 May 2022, 11:52 am | Green Party

The proposed reclassification of stewardship land on the West Coast doesn’t go far enough to protect nature and the area’s spectacular landscapes, plants and wildlife, the Green Party says. “We welcome the proposal to nearly double the size ... More >>

New Funding For Protecting And Enabling Mātauranga Māori

Friday, 27 May 2022, 11:15 am | New Zealand Government

Investing in protecting mātauranga Māori and tāonga will unlock significant economic and cultural benefits for Aotearoa, Associate Minister for Māori Development Nanaia Mahuta announced today. Te Pae Tawhiti programme which supports research and innovation ... More >>

Public Feedback Sought On Proposed Land Classifications For The West Coast

Friday, 27 May 2022, 11:13 am | New Zealand Government

An independent assessment of stewardship land on the West Coast has delivered recommendations for revised land classifications, Minister of Conservation Kiri Allan says. Stewardship land is the term given for land that was allocated to DOC when it was formed in 1987, ... More >>

Second COVID-19 Vaccine Booster For The Most Vulnerable

Friday, 27 May 2022, 10:01 am | New Zealand Government

· Second COVID-19 booster recommended for the most vulnerable 6 months after first booster · Several hundred thousand people will be eligible · Legislative change to enable rollout from mid-June People who are at high-risk of getting very sick ... More >>

Labour Delivering More Congestion For Aucklanders

Friday, 27 May 2022, 9:53 am | New Zealand National Party

Labour’s lack of delivery on transport in Auckland over the past five years means that congestion has significantly worsened for Aucklanders, National’s Transport spokesperson Simeon Brown says. “The Automobile Association’s Congestion Report ... More >>

SPEECH: PM - Harvard University Commencement Speech - Democracy, Disinformation And Kindness

Friday, 27 May 2022, 5:11 am | New Zealand Government

E oku manukura, nga pou haemata o te ngahere. Te Piko o Te Mahuri, tera te tipu o te rakau. E tipu, e rea, ka puta, ka ora. Tena koutou katoa. President Bacow, Provost Garber, Governing Boards and deans, And most importantly, graduates. In Te Reo Māori, ... More >>

Government Investment Delivers A Safer Connection Through South Auckland

Thursday, 26 May 2022, 6:17 pm | New Zealand Government

Hon Michael Wood Minister of Transport The Franklin community have a safer journey to work, school and into Auckland with the construction of Glenbrook Roundabout on State Highway 22. Minister of Transport, Michael Wood, attended an event today that ... More >>

Labour’s Economic Mismanagement Hurting Farmers

Thursday, 26 May 2022, 4:29 pm | New Zealand National Party

Grant Robertson’s refusal to rein in spending and take meaningful action to dampen inflation is piling pressure on primary industries, National’s spokesperson for Rural Communities Nicola Grigg says. “This Labour Government has unleashed unprecedented ... More >>

Proposed China-Pacific Multilateral Agreement Deeply Concerning

Thursday, 26 May 2022, 4:04 pm | New Zealand National Party

The proposed multilateral agreement between China and the ten Pacific Island countries it has diplomatic relations with is deeply concerning, National’s Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Gerry Brownlee says. “It’s been clear for some time that China is ... More >>

Immigration Failures Reduce Productivity, Hike Prices

Thursday, 26 May 2022, 2:29 pm | New Zealand National Party

Yesterday’s Monetary Policy Statement confirms Labour's immigration failures are reducing productivity, driving up prices and contributing to higher mortgage rates, National’s Immigration spokesperson Erica Stanford says. “The Reserve Bank says ... More >>

Strobe Lights And Fog Cannons Won’t Stop Ram-raids

Thursday, 26 May 2022, 12:04 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Government has been asleep at the wheel in the face of an explosion of ram raids and youth crime in New Zealand, and today’s announcement is too little too late, National’s Police Spokesperson Mark Mitchell says. “Retail businesses will be ... More >>

Damning Review Shows Lack Of Leadership At OT

Thursday, 26 May 2022, 11:32 am | ACT New Zealand

“Another damning review of Oranga Tamariki, this time around the mismanagement of a $60m sexual abuse programme, shows that Kelvin Davis is asleep at the wheel and failing our most vulnerable New Zealanders,” says ACT’s Children spokesperson ... More >>

Government Spending Making Inflation Worse

Thursday, 26 May 2022, 11:21 am | New Zealand National Party

The Reserve Bank Governor today confirmed that the “very high” level of Government spending is putting upward pressure on inflation, says National finance spokesperson Nicola Willis. “Budget 2022, which included a record $9.5 billion in new annual ... More >>

Further Support For Eating Disorder Services

Thursday, 26 May 2022, 10:52 am | New Zealand Government

People battling with eating disorders can expect more support being available with additional funding allocated. In addition to the $15.5 million spent each year, $3.9 million in extra funding over four years has been secured as part of Budget 2022. ... More >>

Adrian Drops The R Word

Thursday, 26 May 2022, 10:36 am | ACT New Zealand

“Adrian Orr has today admitted there’s a risk of recession for New Zealand,” says ACT’s Associate Finance spokesperson Damien Smith. “Speaking to the Finance and Expenditure Select Committee, the Reserve Bank Governor wouldn’t explicitly ... More >>

New Matariki Resources Available For Schools And Kura

Thursday, 26 May 2022, 10:30 am | New Zealand Government

Associate Minister of Education (Māori) Kelvin Davis has today announced 51 education resources that will help bring Mātauranga Māori to life. “Matariki is our first uniquely te ao Māori public holiday and is a time for us to remember the past, celebrate ... More >>

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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