Modernising electoral law

Two Bills that modernise electoral law have passed through Parliament and will be implemented before this year's election, says Associate Justice Minister Mark Mitchell. “The Electoral Amendment Bill and the Broadcasting (Election Programmes... Read More

Medium scale adverse event

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has today officially classified the storm damage around the the Franklin Ward, Hauraki District and Thames-Coromandel District as a medium scale adverse event. “The damage here is significant and the recovery... Read More

Muddled, confusing bill must be fixed

Labour supports the Children's Commissioner's calls for Anne Tolley's reform of the CYFs Bill to be overhauled, says Labour's Deputy Leader Jacinda Ardern. “Andrew Becroft called for priority around kin care to be... Read More

Family violence laws introduced

Legislation that overhauls the family violence system is a core part of reducing New Zealand's horrendous rate of family violence, says Justice Minister Amy Adams. The Family and Whanau Violence Legislation Bill was introduced to Parliament today... Read More

Treaty settlement passes first reading

The House of Representatives sat through extended sitting hours this morning to pass the Iwi and Hapū of Te Rohe o Te Wairoa Claims Settlement Bill through its first reading. The Bill has been referred to the Māori Affairs Committee. “Today's... Read More

Maori Party still GE free

The Maori Party says they are confident of ironing out areas of concerns within the Resource Legislation Amendments Bill (RLAB) before the third and final reading. Maori Party Co-leader Marama Fox says supporting today's second reading of RLAB... Read More

RMA bill second reading passes

Legislation to improve environmental management, help increase housing supply and affordability, and support jobs and growth has passed its second reading in Parliament 61-59, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith says. “The Resource Legislation Amendment... Read More

Emergency levy consultation

Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne has released a discussion document on proposed fire and emergency services levy regulations as part of the reform of the fire services sector. Legislation before the House will establish a new organisation, Fire... Read More

Community midwives to receive raise

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says community-based midwives will receive a $2.8 million pay increase this year, further boosting support for maternity services. “This fee increase for Lead Maternity Care (LMC) midwives acknowledges their... Read More

McCully to visit Samoa

Foreign Minister Murray McCully will travel to Samoa this week to meet with Prime Minister Tuilaepa and members of his Cabinet. “My discussions with Prime Minister Tuilaepa and the Government of Samoa will cover a range of matters including... Read More



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