Kiwis need answers on typhoid outbreak

The Ministry of Health wasn't told about the typhoid outbreak until 11 days after three people from the same church were admitted to hospital, says Labour's spokesperson for Health David Clark. “It is no longer credible for the... Read More

NZ condemns attack in Syria

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has condemned the bombing in the northwest of Syria where dozens of people have been killed in a chemical weapons attack.  “I was appalled to learn of another attack in an area where chemical weapons have previously... Read More

RMA Bill being debated

Parliament will today debate the committee stage of a Bill that is the second phase of the Government's substantial reforms to the Resource Management Act (RMA),says Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith. “This Resource Legislation Amendment... Read More

Peters slams RMA replacement

New Zealand is headed for separatist parallel government if the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill is passed and if it is, New Zealand First will repeal it after this year's general election, says party leader and Northland Member of Parliament,... Read More

McCully welcomes Singapore Minister

Foreign Minister Murray McCully today welcomes his Singaporean counterpart Dr Vivian Balakrishnan to Wellington on his first visit to New Zealand as Foreign Minister. “New Zealand and Singapore share a warm friendship that includes extensive trade... Read More

ACT laments Ayaan Hirsi Ali cancellation

Ayaan Hirsi Ali should feel welcome in New Zealand ACT Leader David Seymour is deeply saddened that Ayaan Hirsi Ali feels unable to come to New Zealand and Australia due to threats of violence, as reported this afternoon in Australian media. “Nobody... Read More

Little wants Hit and Run inquiry

The need for an independent inquiry to get to the bottom of the Hit  and Run allegations still remains despite the Prime Minister's stubborn refusal to call one, says Labour Leader Andrew Little. “Bill English has again failed to do... Read More

Offender Levy supporting victims

Victims of crime are continuing to benefit from the Government's Offender Levy which has generated more than $25 million since it was introduced, says Justice Minister Amy Adams. The $50 levy, which contributes to support services for victims,... Read More

Flavell opens Waimārama papakāinga

Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell says he is proud to open a new papakāinga that will provide affordable housing options for whānau of Waimārama. A total of five homes have been built at the papakāinga in Waimārama, with three, three-bedroom... Read More

New demerits system for youth crime

New Zealand First is proposing a radical overhaul of the youth justice system in a new member's bill which will introduce a demerit points system for youth offenders. “This type of demerit points system structure will outline stricter enforcement... Read More



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