Scoop NZ : Politics (117)

Further funding to increase teacher numbers

Education Minister Nikki Kaye today announced a $3 million package to help increase teacher numbers, with a focus on Auckland.

Encouraging new teachers in South Auckland

Auckland University of Technology has been granted exemption from the Initial Teacher Education moratorium that’s currently in place, so it can offer teacher training in South Auckland from the start of 2018, Education Minister Nikki Kaye ...

Roading promises are worthless without ACT

New Zealand needs a strong ACT in Parliament to ensure National keeps its $10.5 billion roading promises, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

Rattled Nats announce slapdash roads policy

Rattled Nats announce slapdash roads policy The Government rattled by the polls, has announced a poorly thought through slapdash policy for new Roads of National Significance, says Labour’s Transport spokesperson Michael Wood. 'There is a ...

Speech: Ardern - Labour’s election campaign launch

Let’s do this – Labour’s election campaign launched The Government I lead will be a government that listens, then acts. A Government that leads, not follows, says Labour Leader Jacinda Ardern at the launch of the Labour Party’s 2017 election ...

Winston Peters on Sir Colin Meads

Sir Colin Meads Colin Meads was, and still is, one of New Zealand’s rugby greats – but so much more. 'He wore his celebrity on a sound and sensible set of shoulders,' says New Zealand First Leader and Northland MP Rt Hon Winston Peters. 'He was a ...

PM saddened at passing of Sir Colin Meads

Prime Minister Bill English has acknowledged the passing of All Black great Sir Colin Meads. 'This is a sad day for New Zealand rugby and for New Zealand,' Mr English says. 'I have had the privilege of getting to know Sir Colin. He was not only a ...

NZ First Deplores Govt’s Manuka Honey Wrecking Ball

NZ First Deplores Govt’s Manuka Honey Wrecking Ball New Zealand First deplores the government’s wrecking ball approach to manuka honey authentication. 'This authentication process began over three years ago and is now being delayed till the ...

TOP: Maori Seats Only Bottom Line

In a speech at Turangawaewae Marae in Ngaruawhahia today, Opportunities Party Leader Dr Gareth Morgan has made the retention of the Maori seats the party’s only bottom line for negotiations after the general election.

Next generation Roads of National Significance

Next generation Roads of National Significance National is committing to the next generation of Roads of National Significance, National Party Transport Spokesperson Simon Bridges says. 'Our country is growing and we are committed to building world-class ...

100 Plus Serious Criminals Walking Free is Not Justice

100 Plus Serious Criminals Walking Free is Not Justice Reports that over 100 serious criminals have escaped justice in South Auckland demands urgent answers from National Cabinet Ministers Paula Bennett, Amy Adams and Chris Finlayson, says New Zealand ...

Partnerships to deliver 620 youth development opportunities

Hon Nikki Kaye Minister for Youth 20 August 2017 Media Statement New partnerships to deliver 620 new youth development opportunities

Applications to open for youth digital scholarships

Hon Nikki Kaye Minister for Youth 20 August 2017 Media Statement Applications to open for youth digital scholarships

Heart of Christchurch humming

Heart of Christchurch humming Christchurch’s Retail Precinct continues to grow and attract more people to the central city, Minister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration Nicky Wagner. The Greater Christchurch Dashboard — Retail Precinct ...

Govt rejects claims Pay Equity Bill will make things harder

Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse has today rejected claims that the Employment Bill currently before Parliament will make it harder to settle pay equity claims.

Housing Crisis: a Farce Of Pot Calling Kettle Black

Housing Crisis: a Farce Of Pot Calling Kettle Black National and Labour’s reaction to the housing crisis is to blame each other. 'Both are the guilty parties,' says New Zealand First Leader and Northland MP Rt Hon Winston Peters. 'The Labour ...

Labour’s tax agenda starting to appear

Labour’s tax agenda starting to appear Labour’s true tax agenda is starting to appear with comments by senior Labour MPs Phil Twyford and David Parker in the last eighteen hours, National Party Campaign Chair Steven Joyce says. 'This morning ...

Adams vs Twyford? Both lose the housing scrap

This morning’s scrappy Nation debate between Labour and National shows what New Zealanders have long known: both parties are out of ideas on housing.

Dunedin - largest new hospital build in NZ history

Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman Minister of Health 19 August 2017 Media Statement Dunedin - largest new hospital build in NZ history Dunedin will get a new $1 billion plus hospital, in what will be the largest build of its type in New Zealand’s history, ...

Kokako birdsong rings out in Kauri Coast forests

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says there’s been a more than thousand percent increase in the number of kokako in Kauri Coast forests since 1990 due to the continued use of 1080 and trapping.

Mangawhai Rates Quashed, But No Order for Refunds

Northland’s Mangawhai ratepayers are to be congratulated for persisting with their court action to seek rates relief, says New Zealand First Leader and Northland MP Rt Hon Winston Peters.

Safety improvements added to Waikato state highway

Safety improvements added to Waikato state highway Work gets underway next month on safety improvements on a stretch of State Highway 1B between Taupiri and Hamilton, Associate Minister of Transport Tim Macindoe has announced. Mr Macindoe visited the ...

Govt freeing up land in Queenstown

The Government is extending the successful Crown Land Programme to Queenstown, Social Housing Minister Amy Adams announced today.

NZ First Commits to Raising Minimum Wage to $20 an Hour

New Zealand First will build our economy from the bottom up, creating opportunities for New Zealanders, boosting our economy and increasing productivity.

Winston’s minimum wage will kill Northland

Winston Peters’ idea of raising the minimum wage to $20 will have a devastating effect on employment, especially in areas like Northland.

Agreements in principle signed

The Crown has signed agreements in principle to settle the historical Treaty grievances of Whakatōhea and Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whātua, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Christopher Finlayson announced today.

Further $6 million investment in Bay of Plenty Schools

Around $6 million will be invested to build more new classrooms in the Tauranga area, say Education Minister Nikki Kaye and Associate Education Minister Tim Macindoe

$35m for advanced genomics research

The Government will invest up to $35 million over seven years in Genomics Aotearoa , a new collaborative science organisation supporting advancedgenomics research, Science and Innovation Minister Paul Goldsmith announced today.

International Visitors Spend $10.3B in Year to June 2017

Spending by international visitors in New Zealand was $10.3 billion for the year to June 2017, according to the latest International Visitor Survey released today by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment .

Kirkbride Trench officially open

A new interchange and trench on State Highway 20A will make journeys between Auckland Airport and the city safer and more reliable, Transport Minister Simon Bridges says.

Plan to raise achievement in maths and writing

Education Minister Nikki Kaye today released a plan to support schools and early learning providers to lift achievement in maths and writing.

New Zealand Customs Proves ‘War Dogs’ Bill Unnecessary

New Zealand First says that with New Zealand Customs charging Pacific Aerospace for UN Sanction violations over North Korea, a new Act to ‘regulate arms brokering’ isn’t necessary.

Twenty new housing areas for Nelson, Tasman

Housing supply in the Nelson-Tasman region has received a major boost with the establishment of 20 new Special Housing Areas with capacity for 1700 homes, Building and Construction Minister Dr Nick Smith announced today.

Government must apologise over rebuild debacle

The Prime Minister owes the public of Otago and Southland an apology and then he must come up with an unredacted copy of the business case for the Dunedin hospital rebuild, says Labour’s Health spokesperson David Clark.

$4.25m for PM’s sport scholarships recipients

Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman has congratulated the recipients of this year’s Prime Minister’s Sport Scholarships.

Speech: Goldsmith - Opening of Miramar Creative Centre

Thank you Grant . This is a wonderful time for young New Zealanders to be preparing themselves for great careers. The economy is producing jobs at a rapid clip, and many industries ...

Deed of Settlement signed with Ngāti Hei

The Crown has signed a deed of settlement with Ngāti Hei settling the iwi’s historical Treaty claims, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Christopher Finlayson announced today.

A busy and productive year in the House

Leader of the House 17 August 2017 Media Statement A busy and productive year in the House

Questions and Answers - August 17

ORAL QUESTIONS QUESTIONS TO MINISTERS Budget 2017—Social Services 1. BRETT HUDSON to the Minister of Finance : How is Budget 2017 helping support social services over the next 4 years? Hon STEVEN JOYCE : Budget 2017 ...

Government caves to multi-national tax avoiders

News that the Government has secretly caved in to the demands of multi-national tax avoiders come as no surprise, but will disappoint Kiwi taxpayers, says Labour’s spokesman for Revenue Michael Wood.

Social Workers Registration Legislation Bill

Social Workers Registration Legislation Bill passes first reading Mandatory registration for social workers is a step closer today with the Bill passing its first reading in Parliament, says Minister for Social Development and Minister for Children Anne ...

Annual review of Regeneration Act tabled

An annual review confirms the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Act 2016 is working appropriately and flexibly, Minister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration Nicky Wagner says.

Motorcycle Safety Advisory Council reappointments

ACC Minister Michael Woodhouse has today announced four reappointments to the Motorcycle Safety Advisory Council. 'The Council represents the motorcycling community and has a vital role to advise ACC on safety initiatives that will make motorcycling ...

New HOM to Ethiopia and the African Union

Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee has today announced Mark Ramsden will be New Zealand’s next Ambassador to Ethiopia and the African Union

StatisticsNZ Confirms Economy Treading Water

Winston Peters New Zealand First Leader Member of Parliament for Northland 17 AUGUST 2017 StatisticsNZ Confirms Economy Treading Water

McClay - Government approves TPP11 mandate

The Government has approved a negotiating mandate for Trans-Pacific Partnership 11 , which will ensure New Zealand businesses remain competitive in overseas markets.

Government must come clean on water

News that the National Government is secretly working behind closed doors on its own water charging schemes shows their utter hypocrisy on this issue, says Labour’s water spokesperson David Parker.

Council WoF exposes National’s lack of leadership

The Green Party is slamming National’s lack of leadership on rental quality in the wake of the Wellington City Council’s launch of a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness.

Oral Questions - 18 August 2017

1. BRETT HUDSON to the Minister of Finance: How is Budget 2017 helping support social services over the next four years?

Microbeads to be banned in New Zealand

The sale and manufacture of wash-off products containing plastic microbeads will be banned in New Zealand earlier than previously expected, Associate Environment Minister Scott Simpson announced today.