Major projects update released

The Government has released the interim Major Projects Performance Report for the period to November last year, covering 53 complex major projects across government with a whole of life cost of $37 billion. “The Government is in the middle of... Read More

Electric vehicle funding

A total of 15 projects have been conditionally approved to receive around $3.5 million from the Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund, says Energy and Resources Minister Judith Collins. The Fund was established as part of a package of initiatives to... Read More

EV charging guidance released

Transport Minister Simon Bridges says the publication of guidance on public charging infrastructure for electric vehicles (EVs) is timely as New Zealand's fleet reaches more than 2500, exceeding all targets. The guidance will support public charging... Read More

PM challenged over Pike River Bill

Labour is challenging the Government to support a Bill to remove any legal barrier to the recovery of the 29 Pike River miners, says Labour Leader Andrew Little. “Bill English has been hiding behind the legal excuse that any attempt to re-enter... Read More

Movable homes for earthquake-hit farmers

Twenty temporary housing units at the Rawhiti Domain used to support families through the Christchurch earthquakes are to be offered to farmers with significantly damaged homes from the Kaikōura earthquake, Building and Construction Minister Dr Nick... Read More

Celebratory live firing at Waiouru

  New Zealand and Singapore's Defence Ministers Gerry Brownlee and Dr Ng Eng Hen today observed Exercise Thunder Warrior, an artillery live-firing exercise at the Waiouru Training Area. This year marked the 20th anniversary of the Singapore... Read More

Organised crime getting easy ride

Under-resourcing from the National-led Government is seriously undermining the Police's ability to combat organised crime, says Labour's Police spokesperson Stuart Nash. “In answers to my questions, the Minister of Police has confirmed... Read More

Trade Minister heading overseas

Trade Minister Todd McClay will visit the State of Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to press for a conclusion to the free trade negotiations between New Zealand and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). During his visit to the Middle East, which... Read More

Sport spend should benefit Kiwis

Kiwis are forking out nearly a billion dollars annually to fund sport and recreation but can't get any payback with free on-screen broadcasts of sport, says New Zealand First Sport and Recreation Spokesman Clayton Mitchell. “Without taxpayer... Read More

Fire service chief thanked for service

Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne today thanked Chief Executive & National Commander of the New Zealand Fire Service (NZFS) Paul Baxter for his 35 years work with New Zealand's fire services. Mr Baxter has been appointed Commissioner of Fire... Read More



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