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Govt rejects claims Pay Equity Bill will make things harder

Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse has today rejected claims that the Employment (Pay Equity and Equal Pay) Bill currently before Parliament will make it harder to settle...


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...


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, Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says. Dr...


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...


Crown Land Programme extended, potential acquisition of Wakatipu High School site being explored

Clutha-Southland MP Todd Barclay has welcomed today’s announcement that the Government’s Crown Land Programme will be extended to Queenstown. “Housing supply in the Queenstown district is a major issue and...


Govt freeing up land in Queenstown

The Government is extending the successful Crown Land Programme to Queenstown, Social Housing Minister Amy Adams announced today. “As it grows, Queenstown is facing challenges with housing supply. The...


Agreements in principle signed with Whakatōhea and Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whātua

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...


Speech to the Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce – Global Connections Export Summit

When I met with UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson a few weeks ago, one of the things he wanted to talk about was how New Zealand had managed to...


Budget 2017: 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.Mr Macindoe visited Tauranga Boys’...


$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 advanced genomics research, Science and Innovation Minister Paul Goldsmith...