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An Economic Recovery For All New Zealanders

Thursday, 20 May 2021, 1:54 pm | New Zealand Government

· Projected 221,000 more people to be in employment over the forecast period, with unemployment set to decrease to 4.2 percent. · Up to 33,000 children to be lifted out of poverty on the after housing costs measure, benefits boosted by between $32 ... More >>

Have Your Say On A Bill That Would Allow Drug And Substance Checking Services To Operate Legally

Thursday, 20 May 2021, 11:42 am | The Health Committee

The Health Committee is seeking public submissions on the Drug and Substance Checking Legislation Bill (No 2). The bill seeks to minimise drug and substance harm by allowing services that check the composition of drugs and substances to operate legally in ... More >>

Transparency Needed On COVID After Sneaky Prisoner Rule Change

Thursday, 20 May 2021, 8:28 am | ACT New Zealand

“The Government has been quietly moving some prisoners up the list to receive the COVID-19 vaccination without any consultation,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “Prisoners were all part Group 3 along with most of the general population, but ... More >>

Overseas Investment Reform Protects Strategically Important Assets

Thursday, 20 May 2021, 5:08 am | New Zealand Government

19 May 2021 New Zealand’s most strategically important assets will be protected from sales to overseas buyers that would be contrary to our national interests under a law that passed its third reading in Parliament today. Associate Finance Minister ... More >>

More Sick Leave To Support Employees On The Way

Thursday, 20 May 2021, 5:06 am | New Zealand Government

19 May 2021 The Government is delivering on its commitment to increase the minimum sick leave entitlement to 10 days each year by passing the Holidays (Increasing Sick Leave) Amendment Bill, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Wood announced ... More >>

NZ History Curriculum Threatens Left-wing Indoctrination

Wednesday, 19 May 2021, 2:56 pm | ACT New Zealand

“The Government’s New Zealand history curriculum threatens to indoctrinate students in left-wing ideas and requires a radical overhaul,” says ACT Education spokesperson and former teacher Chris Baillie. “The draft New Zealand history curriculum , which ... More >>

Jacinda Ardern Failing By Her Own Measures

Wednesday, 19 May 2021, 2:47 pm | ACT New Zealand

“Jacinda Ardern’s focus on inequality is all talk and she’s failing by the measures she set herself before she became Prime Minister,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “In 2016, a year before she became Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern told ... More >>

Govt’s Water Reforms Raise Concerns In Auckland

Wednesday, 19 May 2021, 2:45 pm | New Zealand National Party

In a letter to the Prime Minister and other Ministers, Mayor of Auckland Phil Goff has expressed serious concerns over the proposed three waters service delivery reforms. “I have made it clear in Parliament that I am very concerned about the Government’s ... More >>

Govt Fails To Deliver On Jobs Again And Again

Wednesday, 19 May 2021, 12:49 pm | New Zealand National Party

In news that should surprise no one, Labour’s $100 million redeployment scheme has failed to deliver the jobs it promised, National’s Social Development and Employment spokesperson Louise Upston says. “The Government claimed the scheme would help ... More >>

Breakthrough On Laura Fergusson Trust

Wednesday, 19 May 2021, 12:30 pm | ACT New Zealand

“The Laura Fergusson Trust which provides critical services to young disabled people has broken its silence and agreed to meet with the Minister of Health,” says ACT Leader and Epsom MP David Seymour. “This is fantastic news which follows ... More >>

Parliament: Oral Questions - 19 May 2021

Wednesday, 19 May 2021, 11:33 am | Office of the Clerk

Questions to Ministers Hon JUDITH COLLINS to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all of her Government’s statements and actions? ARENA WILLIAMS to the Minister of Finance: What are the Government’s priorities for Budget 2021? Dr SHANE RETI ... More >>

Police Can’t Be Trusted With Firearms Register

Wednesday, 19 May 2021, 10:34 am | ACT New Zealand

“A privacy breach of dozens of people applying for firearms licences shows exactly why a firearms register is a terrible idea and why ACT has opposed it from the start,” says ACT’s Fair Firearms Law Reform spokesperson Nicole McKee. “A gun register, ... More >>

National Opposes Green’s Motion On Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Wednesday, 19 May 2021, 8:48 am | New Zealand National Party

The National Party will not support a motion proposed by the Green Party regarding the current violence between Israel and the Palestine Authority (Hamas), National’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson Gerry Brownlee says. The Green Party is proposing a ... More >>

Andrew Little Suggests Cuts To Health Services

Wednesday, 19 May 2021, 5:13 am | New Zealand National Party

Health Minister Andrew Little needs to rule out cutting health services to pay for his radical restructuring plans for the health sector, National’s Health spokesperson Dr Shane Reti says. National has a letter from Andrew Little to Finance Minister ... More >>

Technical Amendment To Medicines Act

Tuesday, 18 May 2021, 4:01 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government is aware of a High Court decision today about processes to grant provisional consent to some approved medicines, and is making a technical amendment to modernise the law. The Court has said that while the Minister of Health can, under ... More >>

Statement From Minister Nanaia Mahuta Regarding Death Of Staff Member In NZHC In India

Tuesday, 18 May 2021, 3:50 pm | New Zealand Government

Rimurimu tere tere, e rere ki te moana, E tere ana ki te ripo i waho e…. E te kākākura pokai kua riro i te tirohanga kanohi, haere, haere, whakangaro atu rā… I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of a long-serving New Zealand High ... More >>

OAG Issues Stark Warning On Vaccine Roll Out

Tuesday, 18 May 2021, 3:49 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Auditor-General’s audit of the government’s vaccine roll-out presents a very worrying picture of a lack of progress and significant concerns about whether it will achieve its goals at all, says National’s Covid-19 Response Spokesperson ... More >>

Time For Answers From Laura Fergusson Trust

Tuesday, 18 May 2021, 3:22 pm | ACT New Zealand

“The Government has made it clear it's willing to get back to the table with the Laura Fergusson Trust, so we need answers about why the Trust is refusing,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “The Laura Fergusson Trust has been a safe haven for ... More >>

More Than 8000 Gang Members In New Zealand

Tuesday, 18 May 2021, 3:18 pm | New Zealand National Party

The latest figures on gangs have been released to National, with the number of gang members in our communities passing 8000 for the first time, National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown says. “Since Labour came into office in 2017 gangs have recruited ... More >>

Prime Minister Won’t Rule Out Co-governance Of South Island Water Infrastructure

Tuesday, 18 May 2021, 2:26 pm | ACT New Zealand

“Jacinda Ardern needs to let New Zealanders know what’s happening with the South Island’s water assets rather than leaving us in limbo,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “I asked the Prime Minister in Parliament today whether she would rule ... More >>

Drawing The Line At Online Services

Tuesday, 18 May 2021, 2:26 pm | New Zealand National Party

RURAL communities are the second largest city in the country (600,000+ people), generating more than $26 billion in earnings, thanks to the dairy and red meat sectors alone. “Yet those numbers don’t seem to rate highly enough with banks or the ... More >>

A Promise Is A Promise

Tuesday, 18 May 2021, 2:25 pm | New Zealand National Party

NATIONAL’S spokesperson for Rural Communities Barbara Kuriger is backing yesterday’s call by Federated Farmers for the Government to deliver on its election promise to protect productive farmland. “The Feds want a full review of government policies ... More >>

2021 Register Of Pecuniary And Other Specified Interests Presented

Tuesday, 18 May 2021, 2:15 pm | Office of the Speaker

The 2021 Register of Pecuniary and Other Specified Interests of Members of Parliament was presented to the House today. It contains a summary of members’ pecuniary and other specified interests as at 31 January 2021. The Speaker of the House, Rt Hon ... More >>

Green Party Tables Motion To Recognise Palestinian Statehood

Tuesday, 18 May 2021, 1:10 pm | Green Party

The Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand has tabled a motion in the house to recognise and support the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination and statehood through a two-state solution. Green Party Foreign Affairs and Human Rights spokesperson ... More >>

Green Party Tables 26,000 Signatures Against Public Sector Wage Squeeze

Tuesday, 18 May 2021, 12:31 pm | Green Party

In Parliament today, the Green Party is tabling a petition of more than 26,000 signatures against the Government’s plans to suppress public sector wages. “Our public sector workers helped keep us safe, taught our kids, and tended to our natural spaces all ... More >>

Parliament: Oral Questions - 18 May 2021

Tuesday, 18 May 2021, 11:52 am | Office of the Clerk

Questions to Ministers Dr DUNCAN WEBB to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he seen on the New Zealand economy? Hon JUDITH COLLINS to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all of her Government’s statements and actions? DEBBIE NGAREWA-PACKER ... More >>

COVID-19 Milestone: 5000th Vaccinator Completes Specialised Training

Tuesday, 18 May 2021, 11:31 am | New Zealand Government

A significant COVID-19 workforce milestone has been reached, with the 5000th vaccinator completing specialised training to administer the Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says. “A huge amount of work has been going on ... More >>

Nash Away With The Fairies On Immigration

Tuesday, 18 May 2021, 8:28 am | ACT New Zealand

“Economic Development Minister Stuart Nash must have been away with the fairies when he insulted employers who take migrant workers, says ACT’s immigration spokesperson James McDowall. “This morning, speaking on Newstalk ZB, Mr Nash said: “We just ... More >>

Immigration System Reset – Setting The Scene

Monday, 17 May 2021, 6:18 pm | New Zealand Government

Speech by Minister Stuart Nash On Behalf of Minister of Immigration Hon Kris Faafoi TIHEI MAURI ORA Tuia te whakapono Tuia te tumanako Tuia te aroha Tuia te hunga ora Ki te hunga ora Tihei Mauri ora Ka nui te mihi ki a koutou Tena koutou, tena koutou, ... More >>

MIQ Shouldn’t Operate Under An Honesty System

Monday, 17 May 2021, 5:29 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Government should be doing more to make sure people who use our MIQ facilities are paying what they owe in a timely manner, National’s Covid-19 spokesperson Chris Bishop says. National has figures which show the Government was owed almost $7 million ... More >>

Australia New Zealand Leaders’ Meeting 2021

Monday, 17 May 2021, 4:01 pm | New Zealand Government

Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern Prime Minister Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced that Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison will visit New Zealand for the annual Australia-New Zealand Leaders’ Meeting on 30 and 31 May. Prime Minister Morrison, ... More >>

Warped Education Priorities Short-changing Kids

Monday, 17 May 2021, 12:46 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Government should be focusing on making sure our kids are at school and learning, rather than have them discuss their white privilege, National’s Education spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says. “Discussions around race and inequality are important and ... More >>

EW Committee Report On Inquiry Into Student Accommodation

Monday, 17 May 2021, 10:10 am | The Education and Workforce Committee

The Education and Workforce committee has completed its work on their Inquiry into student accommodation The Education and Workforce Committee has finished working on the inquiry into student accommodation and has reported back to the House. This ... More >>

Greens Call On Labour To Urgently Support Members Bill To Protect The Human Rights Of Rainbow Communities

Monday, 17 May 2021, 8:25 am | Green Party

The Green Party spokesperson for Rainbow Communities Dr Elizabeth Kerekere is calling for the Labour Party to support her members bill to protect the rights of takatāpui, in particular, trans, intersex, and non-binary people. Their support would strengthen ... More >>

Leader’s Speech To Mainland Regional Conference 2021

Sunday, 16 May 2021, 4:05 pm | New Zealand National Party

CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY Good afternoon, delegates. It’s an absolute privilege to be speaking to you all here today as your leader. I’d like to acknowledge National Party President Peter Goodfellow, my fellow board members, my South Island colleagues, ... More >>

Govt Transferring Water Asset Ownership To Ngāi Tahu

Sunday, 16 May 2021, 1:28 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Government is advancing plans to transfer 50 per cent of publicly-owned water assets in the South Island to Ngāi Tahu ownership, National Leader Judith Collins says. Last Monday, the Department of Internal Affairs presented the Government’s ... More >>

Budget Boosts Carbon Neutral Government Commitment

Sunday, 16 May 2021, 12:57 pm | New Zealand Government

· Budget 2021 delivers $67.4 million to support the transition to a carbon neutral public sector by 2025 · State Sector Decarbonisation Fund receives significant boost to support more schools, hospitals and other government organisations to replace ... More >>

Report Shows Progress On Homelessness Action Plan

Saturday, 15 May 2021, 1:06 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government has welcomed the release of the second progress report on the Homelessness Action Plan, showing that good progress is being made on every one of the immediate actions in the Plan. “Homelessness will not be solved overnight, but I am pleased ... More >>

Government Failing To Deliver On 'Just Transition' Plan

Friday, 14 May 2021, 4:47 pm | New Zealand National Party

Almost three years after announcing its ‘Just Transition’ plan to help those people who were hurt by Labour’s short-sighted decision to ban oil and gas exploration, the Government hasn’t delivered on it, National’s Energy & Resources ... More >>

Labour Is Obsessed With Pushing Kiwis Out Of Cars

Friday, 14 May 2021, 3:52 pm | New Zealand National Party

Labour is far too focused on pushing people out of cars and isn’t taking into account that private vehicles will always be used by Kiwis, National’s Transport spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says. Proposals floated to make the transport sector ... More >>

Green Party Welcomes KiwiSaver Fossil Fuel And Illegal Weapons Exclusion

Friday, 14 May 2021, 3:29 pm | Green Party

The Green Party is welcoming the changes to KiwiSaver implemented today by the Government that require default providers to exclude investments in fossil fuel production and illegal weapons. “New Zealanders can now be sure their savings are being put to ... More >>

Govt To Rev Up Reductions In Transport Emissions

Friday, 14 May 2021, 3:00 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government is calling for feedback on a range of potential policies to eliminate emissions in the transport sector. Transport Minister Michael Wood today released Hīkina te Kohupara – Kia mauri ora ai te iwi - Transport Emissions: Pathways to ... More >>

Government Recognises David McPhail’s Contribution To New Zealand Comedy And Television

Friday, 14 May 2021, 1:31 pm | New Zealand Government

Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Carmel Sepuloni today pays tribute to David Alexander McPhail (11 April 1945 – 14 May 2021) – New Zealand comedian, actor, producer and writer. David McPhail ONZM QSM had a comedy career that spanned four ... More >>

Kiwis Need An Alternative To Online Banking

Friday, 14 May 2021, 12:45 pm | New Zealand National Party

Labour has voted against an inquiry that would look into how banks and government agencies are making sure vulnerable people are still able to manage their financial affairs independently, despite moves to stop accepting cheques, National’s Treasurer ... More >>

Freedom Of Expression On Campus Must Be Protected

Friday, 14 May 2021, 11:25 am | ACT New Zealand

“ A Bill introduced to the UK Parliament this week shares the same goal as my Member’s Bill and should be debated here in New Zealand,” says ACT MP Dr James McDowall. “ Free speech on campus is critical. Fostering the ability of students ... More >>

Community To Rally To Save Laura Fergusson Trust

Friday, 14 May 2021, 10:48 am | ACT New Zealand

ACT Leader and Epsom MP David Seymour will this weekend hold a rally to save the Laura Fergusson Trust. “The Laura Fergusson Trust has been saviour for young disabled people for five decades. It has been somewhere for young people with physical and ... More >>

KiwiSaver Default Provider Scheme Improvements Slash Fees, Boosts Savings

Friday, 14 May 2021, 8:34 am | New Zealand Government

Hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders will be significantly better off in retirement following changes to the default KiwiSaver scheme, Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister David Clark said today. More >>

Support For Drought-stressed Region Fills A Need

Friday, 14 May 2021, 8:30 am | New Zealand Government

An innovative iwi-led plan to help maintain water supply to a far North community battered by drought is set to get underway with support from the Government, Acting Minister for Emergency Management Kris Faafoi says. More >>

Indefinite Level 2.5? Where’s The Plan?

Friday, 14 May 2021, 8:26 am | ACT New Zealand

“Fourteen months since the first COVID restrictions, New Zealanders deserve certainty about the Government’s response, not random remarks suggesting the country might indefinitely live at an undefined Level 2.5. The Director General must reveal the ... More >>

It’s Taken The Govt Too Long To Act On Emergency Housing

Thursday, 13 May 2021, 4:01 pm | New Zealand National Party

After months of reports of substandard emergency accommodation, particularly in Rotorua, the Government has finally made moves to improve the situation, National’s Social Development spokesperson Louise Upston says. “While these are good first ... More >>

Te Pāti Māori: Speaker’s Ruling Misses The Point

Thursday, 13 May 2021, 2:42 pm | Te Pati Maori

Te Pāti Māori Co-Leaders Rawiri Waititi and Debbie Ngarewa-Packer have responded to the Speaker’s ruling on racial debates, stating that it has missed the point altogether. “We are demanding for the racist rhetoric to stop. Yesterday’s ruling ... More >>

Children Still Doing It Tough Under Jacinda Ardern

Thursday, 13 May 2021, 2:40 pm | New Zealand National Party

Reducing child poverty was a flagship promise by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern but the latest report shows that once again her Government has failed to deliver on its promises, National’s spokesperson for Children Dr Shane Reti says. “A government ... More >>

Student Accommodation Inquiry Recommends Proactive Transparency, Independent Dispute Resolution Process

Thursday, 13 May 2021, 2:07 pm | Green Party

Today the student accommodation inquiry initiated by Green Party Tertiary Education spokesperson Chlöe Swarbrick tabled its report in Parliament. Recommendations include establishing an independent dispute resolution process that can provide compensation, ... More >>

Student Accommodation Inquiry Recommends Proactive Transparency, Independent Dispute Resolution Process

Thursday, 13 May 2021, 2:00 pm | Green Party

Today the student accommodation inquiry initiated by Green Party Tertiary Education spokesperson Chlöe Swarbrick tabled its report in Parliament. Recommendations include establishing an independent dispute resolution process that can provide compensation, ... More >>

Statement On The Escalation Of Violence In Israel, The Occupied Palestinian Territories And Gaza

Thursday, 13 May 2021, 1:33 pm | New Zealand Government

Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta today expressed Aotearoa New Zealand’s grave concern at the escalation of violence in Israel, the Occupied Palestinian Territories, and Gaza. “The growing death toll and the large numbers of casualties, including ... More >>

PM Ardern - Pre-Budget Speech To Business New Zealand

Thursday, 13 May 2021, 1:12 pm | New Zealand Government

CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY     Kia ora koutou katoa It’s great to be here today, at our now-regular event in anything-but-regular times. I last spoke to some of you in mid-March. That was an opportunity to reflect on an extraordinary ... More >>

Rotorua Emergency Housing Update

Thursday, 13 May 2021, 12:58 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government has announced a suite of changes to emergency housing provision in Rotorua: · Government to directly contract motels for emergency accommodation · Wrap around social support services for those in emergency accommodation to be provided ... More >>

Māori And Pacific Children Failed By Government

Thursday, 13 May 2021, 12:15 pm | ACT New Zealand

“The Minister for Child Poverty Reduction is letting Māori and Pacific children down according to new school attendance rates,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “A report released today by the Government ‘Child Poverty Related Indicators’ ... More >>

Further COVID-19 Vaccine And Economic Support For The Pacific

Thursday, 13 May 2021, 11:31 am | New Zealand Government

Foreign Affairs Minister Hon Nanaia Mahuta and Associate Health and Foreign Affairs Minister Hon Aupito William Sio announced today that New Zealand will provide COVID-19 vaccines for rollout in the Cook Islands beginning on 19 May, followed by Niue and ... More >>

Have Your Say On The Education And Training Amendment Bill

Thursday, 13 May 2021, 10:11 am | The Education and Workforce Committee

The Education and Workforce Committee is calling for submissions on the Education and Training Amendment Bill. This bill seeks to make amendments to the Education and Training Act 2020 including: · clarifying safety checking processes for children’s ... More >>




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