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Modern emergency care for Queenstown area

Friday, 15 November 2019, 2:16 pm | New Zealand Government

New, modern emergency department and outpatient facilities at Queenstown’s Lakes District Hospital mean better emergency care for the growing tourist mecca’s visitors and locals, says Health Minister David Clark. More >>

Contraception important for New Zealanders

Friday, 15 November 2019, 11:15 am | New Zealand Government

Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter says today’s release of sexual and reproductive health data reinforces the significance of the Government’s commitment to providing free or very low-cost contraception. More >>

Cronyism the result of bipartisan corporate welfale

Friday, 15 November 2019, 10:53 am | ACT New Zealand

“ A NZ First-linked company applying for taxpayer money from a NZ First-run fund is the perfect example of the cronyism that inevitably accompanies corporate welfare”, says ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

Parliamentary friendship group to South and South East Asia

Friday, 15 November 2019, 9:20 am | Office of the Speaker

Co-Chairs of the South and South East Asia Parliamentary Friendship Group, Greg O’Connor MP (Labour) and Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi MP (National), are leading a delegation to Indonesia and India next week as part of the inaugural Parliamentary Friendship Group ... More >>

Parliamentary women’s group supports men

Friday, 15 November 2019, 8:34 am | Office of the Clerk

A cross-party group of women MPs is encouraging recognition of International Men’s Day, November 19. More >>

NZ medical staff and measles vaccines going to Samoa

Friday, 15 November 2019, 8:25 am | New Zealand Government

Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced that at the request of the Samoan Government, New Zealand will be providing further support to Samoa as it faces a worsening measles outbreak. More >>

Green Party welcome Behrouz Boochani to New Zealand

Friday, 15 November 2019, 8:19 am | Green Party

The Green Party warmly welcome Behrouz Boochani to New Zealand from Manus Island. More >>

Sexual Violence Legislation Bill has its first reading

Thursday, 14 November 2019, 5:47 pm | New Zealand Government

A Bill to improve the court system’s response to sexual violence has passed its first reading in Parliament today. Justice Minister Andrew Little says the Sexual Violence Legislation Bill will reduce the trauma sexual violence complainants experience ... More >>

Streamlined business invoicing a step closer

Thursday, 14 November 2019, 5:13 pm | New Zealand Government

Streamlined payment practices are a step closer for Kiwi businesses with the formal launch of New Zealand’s e-Invoicing framework. Small Business Minister Stuart Nash says the government has now established the structure to enable automated and direct ... More >>

More frontline biosecurity officers protecting NZ

Thursday, 14 November 2019, 4:57 pm | New Zealand Government

Another 51 quarantine officers and four new biosecurity detector dog teams will help protect New Zealand from invasive pests and diseases this summer, says Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor. “The Government is delivering on its commitment to ... More >>

National backs farmers marching against Govt policies

Thursday, 14 November 2019, 4:54 pm | New Zealand National Party

National MPs have joined hundreds of farmers who arrived at Parliament today to express how disillusioned they are with this Government’s anti-farming policies, National’s Agriculture spokesperson Todd Muller says. More >>

NZ space economy worth $1.69 billion

Thursday, 14 November 2019, 4:13 pm | New Zealand Government

A new report has found New Zealand’s space sector contributed $1.69 billion to the economy in the last financial year and employs 12,000 people, Minister for Economic Development Phil Twyford announced today. More >>

Legislation defining Female Genital Mutilation Introduced

Thursday, 14 November 2019, 2:32 pm | Office of the Clerk

A Bill to clarify the law around Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) has been introduced to Parliament by women MPs from Labour, National, the Green Party and New Zealand First, working together as members of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians New ... More >>

New Chair for Royal Commission into Abuse

Thursday, 14 November 2019, 1:11 pm | New Zealand Government

Judge Coral Shaw has been appointed as the new Chair of the Royal Commission into Historical Abuse in State Care and in the Care of Faith-based Institutions, Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin announced today. More >>

Better mental health facilities for Palmerston North

Thursday, 14 November 2019, 1:10 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government has confirmed its third major mental health facility upgrade since the Budget, this time at Palmerston North Hospital. More >>

Parliament: Oral Questions - 14 November 2019

Thursday, 14 November 2019, 11:43 am | Office of the Clerk

1. Hon PAULA BENNETT to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all her Government’s policies and statements? More >>

Bowel Screening hits halfway point

Thursday, 14 November 2019, 9:58 am | New Zealand Government

The roll out of the National Bowel Screening Programme has reached the halfway mark, with 10 out of 20 District Health Boards now part of the programme. MidCentral DHB, which covers Palmerston North, Manawatu and surrounding districts, this week became ... More >>

More vaccines for meningococcal disease

Thursday, 14 November 2019, 9:50 am | New Zealand Government

The Government welcomes PHARMAC’s decision to fund a vaccine to protect young people from meningococcal disease from 1 December this year. More >>

Bill to give co-ops clarity passes unanimously

Thursday, 14 November 2019, 8:13 am | New Zealand National Party

Bay of Plenty MP Todd Muller’s Members’ Bill giving clarity around dividend rules has passed its final reading in Parliament with unanimous support. “My Members’ Bill, the Companies (Clarification of Dividend Rules in Companies) Amendment Bill, ... More >>

Euthanasia vote signals key referendum issues

Wednesday, 13 November 2019, 8:52 pm | Joint Press Release

Many MPs are tonight expressing disappointing at the result of tonight’s vote passing the End of Life Choice Bill but already looking ahead to next year’s referendum. More >>

Kiwis to Have Their Say on End of Life Choice

Wednesday, 13 November 2019, 8:50 pm | New Zealand First Party

Kiwis to Have Their Say on End of Life Choice New Zealand First backs the public to decide on the End of Life Choice Bill via a referendum at the 2020 General Election. The Bill, with New Zealand First’s referendum provision incorporated, passed its ... More >>

Wait for Royal Commission, then make law

Wednesday, 13 November 2019, 4:23 pm | ACT New Zealand

“The Government must delay the progress of the Arms Legislation Bill to account for a four-month extension to the Royal Commission into the Christchurch terror attacks”, says ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

Speaker takes Parliament to New Plymouth

Wednesday, 13 November 2019, 4:00 pm | Office of the Speaker

Speaker of the House Rt Hon Trevor Mallard is leading a delegation on Parliament’s Outreach programme to New Plymouth this Friday 15 November. More >>

Reserve Bank gets it right by keeping OCR steady

Wednesday, 13 November 2019, 3:27 pm | ACT New Zealand

“The Monetary Policy Committee has made a sensible decision to keep the OCR at one per cent”, according to ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

Reserve Bank predicts further economic slowdown

Wednesday, 13 November 2019, 3:15 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Reserve Bank has lowered its growth forecasts again as economic indicators continue to show New Zealand's economy is underperforming, National Party Finance Spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says. More >>

Government a shambles on immigration

Wednesday, 13 November 2019, 2:31 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Government is all over the place on immigration and its policy is incoherent, National’s Immigration spokesperson Stuart Smith says. More >>

Government fixes culturally arranged marriage visa issue

Wednesday, 13 November 2019, 1:53 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government has fixed an issue affecting how Immigration New Zealand has processed visa applications for culturally arranged marriages, which will now see a consistent process applied which ensures people with legitimate arranged marriages can visit ... More >>

Extension for Royal Commission into Mosque attacks

Wednesday, 13 November 2019, 1:30 pm | New Zealand Government

The Royal Commission into the Attacks on Christchurch Mosques will report back on 30 April 2020 to give it more time to hear submissions and consider information, Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin announced today. More >>

Foreign Minister visits the United States

Wednesday, 13 November 2019, 12:31 pm | New Zealand Government

Foreign Minister Winston Peters will travel to Washington DC today to attend a ministerial meeting focused on defeating ISIS, and to continue pursuing New Zealand’s trade opportunities. More >>

Parliament: Oral Questions - 13 November 2019

Wednesday, 13 November 2019, 11:34 am | Office of the Clerk

1. JAN TINETTI to the Minister of Education: What reports has he seen in response to the Government’s reform of Tomorrow’s Schools? More >>

Hoiho get extra support

Wednesday, 13 November 2019, 11:33 am | New Zealand Government

The recently crowned Bird of the Year, the hoiho/yellow eyed penguin, is getting a much needed helping hand alongside more than 168 other community conservation projects announced Minister for Conservation Eugenie Sage today. More >>

Minister of Defence to visit Singapore and Thailand

Wednesday, 13 November 2019, 11:05 am | New Zealand Government

Minister of Defence Ron Mark will travel to Singapore today to conduct a counterpart visit and to co-chair the third annual Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting with his counterpart, Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen. More >>

New safety measures for modified pistols

Wednesday, 13 November 2019, 10:28 am | New Zealand Government

Controls on assault rifles and semi-automatic firearms are to be broadened to include some types of pistols, under changes to a bill currently making its way through Parliament. More >>

Giving parents, students control over funding the right way

Wednesday, 13 November 2019, 9:18 am | ACT New Zealand

“It’s encouraging that National has taken a bold step towards giving parents and students more control over education funding”, says ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

Resource management reform options released

Wednesday, 13 November 2019, 8:39 am | New Zealand Government

The panel undertaking a comprehensive review of the Resource Management Act has identified the main issues to be addressed and options for reform and is calling for feedback to inform its final report. More >>

National to invest in quality education for our kids

Wednesday, 13 November 2019, 8:35 am | New Zealand National Party

National has today released our sixth Discussion Document which will ensure children get a quality education and have the skills to succeed, Leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges says. “National believes all children in New Zealand should have ... More >>

National to lift quality of teaching and learning

Wednesday, 13 November 2019, 8:33 am | New Zealand National Party

A National Government will lift the quality of teaching and learning in New Zealand because we know a good education creates opportunities, National’s Education spokesperson Nikki Kaye says. “National values teachers and the role they play in the development ... More >>

Better support for children with complex needs

Wednesday, 13 November 2019, 8:30 am | New Zealand National Party

National is looking at substantial reform to support children with complex needs so that all children have the opportunity to succeed in life, National’s Education spokesperson Nikki Kaye says. “National’s vision is to see children funded for ... More >>

National to reconsider first year Fees Free

Wednesday, 13 November 2019, 8:28 am | New Zealand National Party

13 November 2019 National is exploring options to replace first year Fees Free, supporting a university into the Top 50 international rankings, and we’re looking to invest in a third medical school in our Education Discussion Document, National’s Tertiary ... More >>

National to focus on quality early childhood education

Wednesday, 13 November 2019, 8:25 am | New Zealand National Party

National is focused on lifting the quality of early childhood education, National’s Early Childhood Education spokesperson Nicola Willis says. “It’s important our children receive quality education in their early years as this sets them up for ... More >>

Addressing Miscarriages of Justice

Wednesday, 13 November 2019, 8:20 am | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First is proud that a key Coalition Agreement commitment which will provide for a more transparent and effective criminal justice system has been realised. More >>

Criminal Cases Review Commission established

Wednesday, 13 November 2019, 8:18 am | New Zealand Government

An important safety valve has been added to New Zealand’s criminal justice system with the third reading of the Criminal Cases Review Commission Bill today. More >>

Speech: Education Discussion Document Launch

Wednesday, 13 November 2019, 8:10 am | New Zealand National Party

I am really excited about today. Education is a top priority for me because I know it can transform lives. For me going to great schools in West Auckland and then Auckland and Oxford University opened doors and provided lifelong opportunities. While there ... More >>

Distracted Govt fails to deliver on China tourism

Tuesday, 12 November 2019, 7:10 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Government has failed the tourism sector by not taking the China-NZ Year of Tourism seriously, National's Tourism spokesperson Todd McClay says. More >>

Racing Industry destined to be on-track

Tuesday, 12 November 2019, 3:47 pm | New Zealand Government

Racing Minister Winston Peters welcomes the tabling of the Racing Industry Transition Agency (RITA) 2019 Annual Report in Parliament today. He says the 2019 Annual Report marks the point when New Zealand’s racing industry’s decline was arrested and ... More >>

NZ firefighter support to Queensland

Tuesday, 12 November 2019, 1:56 pm | New Zealand Government

The New Zealand Government is today sending 21 firefighters to help fight the ongoing catastrophic Australian bushfires. “The fires in Australia are in some of the toughest, most challenging conditions ever,” says Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin. ... More >>

ACT will campaign to restore school autonomy

Tuesday, 12 November 2019, 1:17 pm | ACT New Zealand

“ACT will campaign to reverse Labour’s proposals to undermine school autonomy announced today”, says ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

Tomorrow’s Schools a step too far

Tuesday, 12 November 2019, 12:40 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Government has been forced into an embarrassing back down following the release of Tomorrow’s Schools, National’s Education spokesperson Nikki Kaye says. More >>

Reform to support better outcomes for Māori learners

Tuesday, 12 November 2019, 12:11 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government’s reform of the Tomorrow’s Schools system is a watershed moment in education and an opportunity to create meaningful change for ākonga Māori and their whānau, Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis said today. More >>

Supporting all schools to succeed

Tuesday, 12 November 2019, 12:04 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government’s reform of the Tomorrow’s Schools system will put more frontline support closer to schools to give every child the best chance to succeed, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. More >>

Parliament: Oral Questions - 12 November 2019

Tuesday, 12 November 2019, 11:36 am | Office of the Clerk

1. Hon SIMON BRIDGES to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all her Government’s policies and statements? More >>

Infrastructure pipeline growing

Tuesday, 12 November 2019, 10:12 am | New Zealand Government

Infrastructure Minister is welcoming the first of many updated project pipelines from the newly established New Zealand Infrastructure Commission today. More >>

Massey creates 'safe spaces', protects feelings not speech

Tuesday, 12 November 2019, 9:53 am | ACT New Zealand

“Massey University’s new free speech policy shows it is more concerned with protecting the feelings of a small number of students and creating safe spaces for them than it is with defending a central pillar of Western civilisation”, says ... More >>

Referendum approach inconsistent and undemocratic

Tuesday, 12 November 2019, 8:32 am | New Zealand National Party

The Government’s Referendum Bill which was reported back to Parliament last night from the Justice Select Committee is unfair and undemocratic, National’s Electoral Law Spokesperson Nick Smith says. “The Government is playing fast and loose with ... More >>

Government bows to pressure from National

Monday, 11 November 2019, 4:35 pm | New Zealand National Party

After sitting on its hands for two years, the Government has finally decided to consider one of National’s key election policies, Leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges says. “Firearms Prohibition Orders (FPOs) give Police more powers to search and ... More >>

Tighter firearms law to further improve safety

Monday, 11 November 2019, 3:52 pm | New Zealand Government

Tougher gun laws designed to improve public safety through firearms prohibition orders are proposed in a new document released for public input. More >>

Vaping moral panic is dangerously anti-science

Monday, 11 November 2019, 2:52 pm | ACT New Zealand

“New findings from US government scientists show that the moral panic around vaping is dangerously anti-science”, says ACT’s Deputy Leader Beth Houlbrooke. More >>

New Labour MPs to deliver Dame Dorothy Fraser Lecture

Monday, 11 November 2019, 1:24 pm | New Zealand Labour Party

The eighth annual Dame Dorothy Fraser Lecture will be delivered in Dunedin tonight by up and coming Labour women MPs (from the 2017 intake) Deborah Russell – MP for New Lynn,  Liz Craig, List MP based in Invercargill,  Kiri Allan – List MP ... More >>

New TVNZ chair & directors confirmed

Monday, 11 November 2019, 12:35 pm | New Zealand Government

Andy Coupe has been confirmed as TVNZ’s new Board Chair. More >>

Hutt Road cycle path officially opened

Monday, 11 November 2019, 8:18 am | New Zealand Government

Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter today officially opened a separated pathway, following the completion of the Kaiwharawhara Stream bridge, which will improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians along Hutt Road. More >>




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