Celebrating Maori achievement

Māori medium national peak bodies Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust, Te Rūnanganui o Ngā Kura Kaupapa Māori, Ngā Kura ā Iwi, Te Akatea, and iwi representatives have been given a call to action today as Education Minister Hon Hekia Parata launches... Read More

Benefit numbers continue to fall

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says the number of people receiving a main benefit has continued to fall, with the proportion of the population on a main benefit (9.6 per cent) the lowest it's been in a March quarter since 1997. “At... Read More

McClay travelling to Malaysia

Trade Minister Todd McClay travels to Malaysia today for high-level talks with Malaysian Trade Minister Mustapa Mohamed and to mark 60 years of successful bilateral relations between the two countries. Mr McClay will also speak about trade and investment... Read More

Support for family violence bill

A Bill that overhauls New Zealand's family violence laws has passed its first reading in Parliament today with unanimous support, says Justice Minister Amy Adams.  “For too long, New Zealand has been ranked as having some of the worst... Read More

Time for power price inquiry

Energy and Resources Minister Judith Collins claims the electricity market is more competitive than ever, but this has not stopped power bills rising around the country making it difficult for many Kiwi families and businesses, says New Zealand First... Read More

Telco bill passes third reading

A bill that will streamline the process for installing Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) passed its third and final reading in Parliament today.  Communications Minister Simon Bridges says the Telecommunications (Property Access and Other Matters) Amendment... Read More

Democratic Education Council needed

Teachers around New Zealand reeling from the news that their registration fees could more than double will be even angrier that the National Government has removed their ability to have any say about who sits on the Council that sets those fees, Labour's... Read More

EOI released for Christchurch transfer

Today the Government issued an Expression of Interest to Community Housing Providers interested in taking over ownership of up to 2500 social houses in Christchurch. As part of this deal, the new provider will be required to provide at least 150 additional... Read More

System for streamlined trade completed

Customs Minister Nicky Wagner today welcomed the completion of a key trade system. Trade Single Window, which is a major component of the Joint Border Management System programme by Customs and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), is an e-commerce... Read More

Second phase RMA Bill passed

The successful passage today of the 250 page Resource Legislation Amendment Bill through its third reading is a major milestone for the Government's reform programme, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith says. “The reforms in this Bill will... Read More



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