Scoop NZ : Politics (36)

Local MP Receives Residents’ State Highway Safety Submission

A group of Gordonton Residents are determined to make their village safer for residents and visitors alike.

Labour's $4m Hollow Elephant

'The Government's announced $4m Tax Working Group has already ruled out so many options it should be pronounced Dead on Arrival and stopped" says ACT Leader David Seymour.

Tax Working Group underwhelming

The Government’s Tax Working Group announcement looks like an eighteen month long rubber stamp for a Capital Gains Tax, National Party Finance Spokesperson Steven Joyce says.

NZ concerned by dissolution of Cambodian opposition party

The New Zealand government is dismayed by the recent decision of Cambodian authorities to dissolve the country’s main opposition party, the Cambodian National Rescue Party, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says. 'New Zealand is a long-standing ...

Tax Working Group Terms of Reference announced

Towards a fairer tax system - Tax Working Group Terms of Reference announced Hon Grant Robertson Hon Stuart Nash

National welcomes Government’s latest backslide

National Party Immigration Spokesperson Simon Bridges has welcomed the new Government’s major climb-down on its immigration policy as announced by Immigration Minister Ian Lees Galloway. 'This is a very significant u-turn. Prior to the election Labour ...

Labour Māori Caucus looking forward to the challenges

Labour Māori Caucus co-Chair Willie Jackson says 'the Māori Caucus is very much looking forward to being challenged by some of the biggest advocates of kaupapa Māori tomorrow.'

Victorian Politicians Show Real Courage

"Victoria's Upper House has shown real courage by legalising Assted Dying for the State," says ACT Leader David Seymour

Deputy Speakers from Pacific Region gather

Deputy Speaker Hon Anne Tolley MP is in Canberra this week participating in the Inter-Parliamentary Study Programme for Deputy Speakers of Pacific Parliaments. The programme is hosted by the Parliament of Australia, and brings together twelve deputy speakers and equivalents ...

Minister opens new Medical Centre

Health Minister Hon Dr David Clark says today’s official opening of a new medical centre in Auckland emphasises the vital role of Primary Care in the New Zealand health system.

Education Minister picks nanny state over parental choice

Education Minister Chris Hipkins’ decision to take away parents’ ability to have their children start school in the weeks before their fifth birthday is nanny-state and ideologically driven, National Education Spokesperson Nikki Kaye says. 'National ...

NZ Welcomes Mugabe’s Resignation

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister the Rt Hon Winston Peters has welcomed the resignation of Zimbabwe’s President, Robert Mugabe, who voluntarily stepped down today after 37 years. 'This moment will be seen as a critical point ...

NZ Students Excelling Internationally

Education Minister Chris Hipkins has welcomed the results of an international study showing New Zealand students are among the best in the world at collaborative problem solving.

So, half as many trees then?

Regional Development Minister Shane Jones is already backtracking from his promise to plant a billion trees in 10 years, National Party Economic Development Spokesperson Simon Bridges says.

Minister misrepresenting official information

The new Minister responsible for Christchurch’s anchor projects is cynically misrepresenting official information, National’s Spokesperson for Greater Christchurch Regeneration Matt Doocey says. 'Megan Woods’ announcement today proclaiming she is getting ...

Robertson must front up on costings

Finance Minister Grant Robertson needs to front up on the costings for his Government’s expensive policy pledges, National Party Finance Spokesperson Steven Joyce says. 'Yesterday we learnt that Mr Robertson did have coalition costings prepared by ...

Minister announces new plan for Metro Sports Facility

The Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration, Megan Woods has today announced a new plan for the Metro Sports Facility anchor project, after it was revealed the long-delayed project was expected to exceed its budget by $75 million under the current ...

Free Press, ACT’s regular bulletin

The Road to Serfdom Mugabe’s demise reminds us of F.A. Hayek’s classic work The Road to Serfdom. Hayek maps out how government ownership of private property begets government control of all ...

Pike River Recovery Agency established

Pike River Recovery Agency established Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry Andrew Little today announced the establishment of a new stand-alone government department, the Pike River Recovery Agency, Te Kahui Whakamana Rua Tekau ma Iwa. The Agency will ...

High number of road deaths unacceptable

The news that the road toll for 2017 has now surpassed the total for 2016 is tragic news, says Associate Minister for Transport Julie Anne Genter.

Govt U-turn coming on international students

Govt U-turn coming on international students National Party Tertiary Education Spokesperson Paul Goldsmith is welcoming the Government’s apparent U-turn on their policy to gut the international education industry by massively reducing the number of foreign ...

International visitors spend $10.4bn in year to September

International visitor spending has reached a record high of $10.4 billion in the year to September 2017, Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis says.

Twelve young people selected for Youth Advisory Group

Twelve young New Zealanders, aged 14-18 years, have been selected to take part in the Ministerial Youth Advisory Group, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today.

NZ to become a leader in the fight against climate change

New Zealand intends to become a leader in the global fight against climate change, Climate Change Minister James Shaw has told a major United Nations climate change conference.

Foreign Affairs Under-Secretary to go to Asia-Europe Meeting

Foreign Affairs Under-Secretary to attend Asia-Europe Meeting Foreign Affairs Under-Secretary Fletcher Tabuteau will travel to Myanmar this weekend to attend the 13th Asia-Europe Meeting Foreign Ministers meeting being chaired by Myanmar State Counsellor ...

Further NZ assistance for Myanmar humanitarian crisis

New Zealand will contribute a further $2.5 million for humanitarian assistance in response to the crisis in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced.

Labour confused about the cost of extra police

In what is becoming a concerning pattern of the new Government, Labour has created fresh confusion about the cost of their promised 1800 additional police, National Party Police Spokesperson Chris Bishop says.

Govt will put public at risk if it axes new prison

The Government’s thoroughly contradictory approach to law and order will put the public at greater risk and ensure more criminals go unpunished, National Party Corrections spokesperson Simon O’Connor says.

Questions and Answers - Nov 16

Prime Minister—Policies 1. Hon PAULA BENNETT to the Prime Minister : Does she stand by all her Government's policies? Rt Hon JACINDA ARDERN : Yes. Hon Paula Bennett : Why is the Government opposed ...

Previous Government told house building would fall

The previous Government was told by officials that the number of houses built would peak and start to fall well short of the number needed to meet demand. Official advice shows KiwiBuild will prevent this decline in house building and drive further increases, ...

Cathedral Fundraising Trust Chair named

16 November 2017 Cathedral Fundraising Trust Chair named Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration Dr Megan Woods has appointed Peter Guthrey as Chair of the fundraising trust for the reinstatement of ChristChurch Cathedral. The ChristChurch Cathedral ...

Cathedral Fundraising Trust Chair named

Cathedral Fundraising Trust Chair named Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration Dr Megan Woods has appointed Peter Guthrey as Chair of the fundraising trust for the reinstatement of ChristChurch Cathedral. The ChristChurch Cathedral Restoration ...

Questions of the Day - Nov 16

1. Hon PAULA BENNETT to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all her Government’s policies?

Greens support Wellington rail network workers

16 November 2017 Greens support Wellington rail network workers The Green Party supports Wellington members of the Rail and Maritime Transport Union who are today striking to maintain hard-fought-for pay and conditions. 'The Green Party ...

Greens Fail Dolphins

The Green Party’s complicity on the Government’s decision to defer electronic monitoring on commercial fishing vessels is a failure and an example of very weak advocacy for our critically threatened marine species, National Conservation Spokesperson ...

$7.4M Funding for Erosion Control

Forestry Minister Shane Jones has today welcomed $7.4 million in erosion control funding for Gisborne district landowners.