Phase down plan announced for HFCs

The Government is phasing down the use of the powerful greenhouse gases called hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) used in the air-conditioning and refrigeration industries, to help address climate change, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith announced this morning... Read More

Praise for Wairoa’s bilingual progress

Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell is congratulating Wairoa District Council after it adopted a policy to move it closer to its goal of becoming fully bilingual by 2040. The council voted on Tuesday to support a te reo Māori policy which... Read More

Govt plays catch up on drug funding

The Government's backdown on Pharmac is welcomed because previous rhetoric around the agency being adequately funded was just nonsense, says Labour's Health spokesperson David Clark.  "Labour knows that Pharmac is a world-beating scheme.... Read More

Mitchell to attend counter-Daesh meeting

Defence Minister Mark Mitchell will travel to Copenhagen to attend the Defeat-ISIS Defence Ministerial Meeting. The meeting will be held on May 9 and is Mark's first international engagement as Defence Minister. “The fight against ISIS, also... Read More

Appointment to the Lottery Grants Board

Internal Affairs Minister Hon Peter Dunne today announced the appointment of Maxine Shortland to the New Zealand Lottery Grants Board. “Ms Shortland is the Chief Operating Officer of the Ngāti Hine Health Trust, overseeing its operations and... Read More

PM pays tribute to Duke of Edinburgh

Prime Minister Bill English has paid tribute to His Royal Highness Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh and thanked him for his extraordinary public service. Buckingham Palace has announced that Prince Philip will be stepping down from public duties... Read More

National's housing policy failure

Respected analyst Rodney Dickens has published a devastating critique of National's housing policy, and says Labour's policies give more hope, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.  “Mr Dickens shows since the... Read More

More beneficiaries heading to jail

The latest quarterly benefit figures show a rising number of beneficiaries have left the benefit because they have gone to prison, while fewer are going into study, says Labour's Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni.  “According... Read More

National trying to fix their mistakes

National's revised Better Public Service target in writing and maths for Year 8 students shows National Standards have completely failed, says New Zealand First Spokesperson for Education Tracey Martin.  “New Zealand First has always... Read More

Wages not keeping up with cost of living

Too many Kiwis are being left behind due to stagnant wages in the face of rising inflation, according to the latest employment figures released today, says Labour's Employment spokesperson Grant Robertson. “While it is always good to see... Read More



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