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Collins must release new report on pipeline vulnerability

Judith Collins should release a new report, that had been due to come out this week, showing what the Government knew about the vulnerability of the fuel pipeline into Auckland, the Green Party said today.

Update on Marsden Point pipeline disruption

Progress on the pipeline repair, and alternative jet fuel supply options mean that pipeline related disruptions will continue to ease from tonight, Minister for Energy and Resources Judith Collins says. ˇ Airline fuel allocations will move from 30 ...

Labour pledges full rebuild for Wainuiomata High

Labour pledges full rebuild for Wainuiomata High Labour will deliver a better future for education in Hutt South with the allocation of up to $20 million for a full rebuild of Wainuiomata High School, says Leader of the Opposition Leader Jacinda Ardern. ...

Greens welcome cage-free commitment from Foodstuffs

The Green Party welcomes today’s announcement from Foodstuffs that they will switch to completely cage-free eggs by 2027 in their supermarkets nationwide, and is calling on all supermarkets, to follow suit.

Housing report earns Nats the red card

National’s failure to acknowledge and fix the housing crisis will be their legacy. Labour will tackle the housing crisis head-on, says Labour Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.

Migrant Flood Continues Even Though Country Can’t Cope

Housing, health services, and infrastructure will continue at bursting point with annual net migration in the August 2017 year reaching 73,500, says New Zealand First Leader and Northland Member of Parliament, Rt Hon Winston Peters.

ACT will declare Housing State of Emergency

ACT will insist the next government declare a Housing State of Emergency in Auckland to allow the building of new homes within the first 100 days, leader David Seymour said today.

Sluggish growth reflects nine years of drift from National

Today’s GDP figures reflect an economy that the National Government has allowed to drift along on the basis of growing population rather than improving productivity and adding value, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson.

Auckland – a waterfront fit for the 21st century

Major cities around the world have been redeveloping their waterfronts for decades – they have long since realised that what originally served as their port is no longer able to continue when modern maritime assets and technologies are introduced.

Update on Marsden Point pipeline disruption

The government and industry continue to work to maintain the fuel supply into Auckland, with offers of support from New Zealand Defence Force having been accepted by industry, says Energy and Resources Minister Judith Collins.

Exports Underpin Strong Economic Growth

The New Zealand economy continued to grow solidly in the June quarter, posting a 0.8 per cent increase in GDP, taking New Zealand's growth rate for the year to 2.7 per cent, Finance Minister Steven Joyce says.

Auckland café to pay over $30,000 for employment breaches

The Page Corner Café that operated in Kingsland, Auckland must pay $30,405 after a Labour Inspectorate investigation uncovered a series of breaches of two migrant workers’ basic employment rights.

Entrepreneurial Universities funding awarded

Victoria University of Wellington and the University of Auckland will be the first to take advantage of the Government’s $35 million investment in ‘Entrepreneurial Universities’, part of the Innovative New Zealand initiative in Budget 2016, Minister ...

FAST campaign increases stroke awareness

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a nationwide stroke awareness campaign has seen more New Zealanders reporting suspected strokes.

Māori Party supports LGBQTI community

Māori Party supports LGBQTI community Māori Party co-leaders Marama Fox and Te Ururoa Flavell say they are fully supportive of the LGBQTI community after the party was accused of being anti-takatāpui. 'We are a party based on a belief in whakapapa, ...

National’s campaign of deception an affront to democracy

Voters this week have a clear choice between Labour’s optimism and honesty, or rewarding National’s campaign of relentless lies, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson.

June BOP underscores strong economy

Better than expected balance of payments figures out this morning underscore the strength of both the services and goods sectors of the New Zealand economy, Finance Minister Steven Joyce says.

NZ expresses condolences to Mexico

Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee has today expressed condolences to the families of those who have lost lives in the devastating earthquake in Mexico, or are still waiting for news about their loved ones.

Water Charges: Labour And National

Rt Hon Winston Peters New Zealand First Leader Member of Parliament for Northland 20 SEPTEMBER 2017

Another day – another health crisis

News today that the emergency department at Waikato has turned 180 patients away is another crisis for the Government and its besieged health system, says Labour’s Health spokesperson David Clark.

Update on Marsden Point pipeline disruption

A joint industry-government group has been convened to oversee the full re-instalment of jet fuel supplies into Auckland airport, says Energy and Resources Minister Judith Collins.

National’s economy scorecard: D for drift

New Zealand’s economy is failing the very people it is supposed to uplift, characterised by stalled productivity, exports going backwards and a Government content to let it drift, says Leader of the Opposition Jacinda Ardern.

Call for Northland Highway Rethink

A major rethink is needed to the proposed route of the Whangarei to Te Hana highway, according to Democrats for Social Credit Party Deputy Leader Chris Leitch.

Labour will get tough on loan sharks

Labour will take a tough stance on loan sharks and make sure that the Commerce Commission is properly resourced to protect Kiwi consumers, says Labour’s Consumer Affairs spokesperson Michael Wood.

Fuel shortage highlights need for better public transport

Decades of underinvestment in Auckland’s public transport and minimal uptake of electric vehicles under National are being highlighted by the looming petrol shortage, the Green Party said today. 'If more Aucklanders had access to reliable trains, ...

3.6 million Kiwis benefit from Pharmac's model

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says new data shows that Pharmac is delivering more subsidised medicines, benefiting around 3.6 million Kiwis.

GP letter more evidence of failure in mental health

GP letter more evidence of failure in mental health A letter of complaint by medical practitioners to the Ministry of Health and Capital and Coast District Health Board underlines how badly patients are being let down by mental health services in Wellington, ...

China’s Growing Control in NZ Must Be Investigated

Rt Hon Winston Peters New Zealand First Leader Member of Parliament for Northland 19 SEPTEMBER 2017

Paua operation valued at approx $30,000

19 September 2017 - A Canterbury diesel mechanic and well-known local fisherman is to undergo electronic monitoring for four months after pleading guilty to running a lengthy black-market paua and rock lobster operation.

Jacinda’s Loss

New Zealand First extends our sympathy to Labour Leader Jacinda Adern on the death of her grandmother.

Update on Marsden Point pipeline disruption

The Government is actively supporting industry efforts to address the disruption arising from the Marsden Point fuel pipeline outage, Energy and Resources Minister Judith Collins says. 'The Government is continuing to identify and implement a ...

Tax cuts when kids go hungry

Tax cuts when kids go hungry shows National’s lack of moral compass National’s campaign of tax cuts that give $400 million to the top 10 per cent of earners, at a time when 120 Kiwi kids every year are being hospitalised for malnutrition, shows ...

Apologise now Jonathan

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman must apologise for his part in a $2.3 billion shortfall that has contributed to delays in cancer diagnosis and treatment, says Labour’s Health spokesperson David Clark.

Stadiums full of taxpayers enslaved to pay election bribes

Today, at North Harbour Stadium, ACT Leader David Seymour underscored the massive cost of election bribes in this election.

Freight being shifted off planes as fuel crisis worsens

Freight being shifted off planes as fuel crisis worsens Export freight is being shifted off flights because of the Government’s failure to manage the risk of disruption to jet fuel supplies, says Labour’s Economic Development spokesperson Stuart Nash. ...

National committed to growth for New Zealanders

New Zealanders have a clear choice this election between two very different economic directions for New Zealand – National’s plan to grow jobs and incomes and ensure families continue to get ahead, and Labour’s agenda that would take us backwards, ...

Taxpayers enslaved to pay off election bribes

Today, at North Harbour Stadium, ACT Leader David Seymour underscored the massive cost of election bribes in this election.

National’s health report card shows need for new plan

From increased GP fees, to kids getting sick from cold homes, to denial of important surgeries, National’s underfunding of health has hurt Kiwi families, says Leader of the Opposition Jacinda Ardern.

More surveillance for oyster parasite

Further surveillance of the wild flat oyster fishery in Foveaux Strait for Bonamia ostreae will begin later this month.

Reminder: Daylight Saving Starts this Election Weekend

New Zealand daylight saving begins this Sunday, 24 September 2017, when clocks go forward an hour at 2.00 am to become 3.00 am. The extra hour of daylight in the evenings will run till Sunday 1 April 2018, when clocks go back an hour at 3.00 am to 2.00 ...

Eye clinic wait downright dangerous

The fact that 9,500 Kiwis are waiting one and a half times longer than they should to get follow-up eye appointments is unacceptable and dangerous, says Labour’s Health Spokesperson .

New tourism fund receives 43 applications

The first round of the new $100 million Tourism Infrastructure Fund has attracted 43 eligible applications, says Tourism Minister Paula Bennett.

Pharmacy warfarin service benefits thousands

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a growing number of Kiwis are being supported to manage their blood thinning medication through a pharmacist-led scheme.

Greens launch independently costed policy manifesto

Greens launch independently costed policy manifesto The Green Party today published its fully costed policy manifesto along with an independent analysis of its fiscal implications. The independent fiscal analysis, by economics consultancy Infometrics ...

Outrageous daylight attack shows Nats, Labour failure

'The outrageous daylight attack on a train and its passengers in Mt Albert is the final end point of the out of control youth crime problem gifted to New Zealand by National and Labour governments, ACT leader David Seymour says.

RMA prevented Marsden pipe upgrade

The RMA is the real culprit of the current fuel crisis, says ACT deputy leader Beth Houlbrooke, who worked as PA to the project director during the pipeline’s installation in 1982.

124 years since NZ women got the vote

Women's Minister Paula Bennett is encouraging all New Zealanders to take some time tomorrow, on Suffrage Day, to reflect on women's rights in New Zealand. "I'm so proud to live in a country that was the first in the world to give women the vote. ...

Update on Marsden Point pipeline disruption

Energy and Resources Minister Judith Collins says the Defence Force and government agencies are stepping up to help minimise disruption resulting from the Marsden Point pipeline being out of action.

Dodgy poll reflects poorly on Greens

Claims by the Green Party that its polls show it is going to win the Nelson seat this Saturday shows just how desperate they have become since their slump in the polls says Nelson MP Nick Smith.

Greens back Nelson’s Rocks Road cycleway

Greens back Nelson’s Rocks Road cycleway Green Party co-leader James Shaw announced today his party’s commitment to funding the Rocks Road Cycleway in Nelson. The Green Party has committed $23 million to fund the project, which involves creating ...