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Govt supports King Country farmers to lift water quality

Friday, 29 May 2020, 2:17 pm | New Zealand Government

Healthier waterways are front and centre in a new project involving more than 300 King Country sheep, beef and dairy farmers. More >>

Support For Arts And Music Sector Recovery

Friday, 29 May 2020, 12:08 pm | New Zealand Government

A jobseekers programme for the creative sector and four new funds have been set up by the Government to help our arts and music industry recover from the blow of COVID-19. Thousands of jobs will be supported through today’s $175 million package ... More >>

New Zealanders’ Human Rights Better Protected In New Bill

Friday, 29 May 2020, 8:09 am | New Zealand Government

Hon Andrew Little Minister of Justice The law setting out New Zealanders’ basic civil and human rights is today one step towards being strengthened following the first reading of a Bill that requires Parliament to take action if a court says a ... More >>

Legislative Changes To Support The Wellbeing Of Veterans And Their Families

Friday, 29 May 2020, 7:58 am | New Zealand Government

Hon Ron Mark Minister for Veterans Minister for Veterans Ron Mark has welcomed the First Reading of a Bill that will make legislative changes to further improve the veterans’ support system. The Veterans’ Support Amendment Bill No 2, which will ... More >>

Deep Concern At Hong Kong National Security Legislation

Thursday, 28 May 2020, 9:38 pm | New Zealand Government

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today reiterated the deep concern of the New Zealand Government following confirmation by China’s National People’s Congress of national security legislation relating to Hong Kong. “New Zealand shares the ... More >>

Better Protection For New Zealand Assets During COVID-19 Crisis

Thursday, 28 May 2020, 4:59 pm | New Zealand Government

Key New Zealand assets will be better protected from being sold to overseas owners in a way contrary to the national interest, with the passage of the Overseas Investment (Urgent Measures) Bill. The Bill, which passed its third reading in Parliament today, ... More >>

Freshwater package backed by comprehensive economic analysis

Thursday, 28 May 2020, 11:27 am | New Zealand Government

Decisions on the Action for Healthy Waterways package are supported by comprehensive environmental and economic impact analysis by leading New Zealand research institutes, universities, and private sector firms. More >>

Record Year For Diversity On Govt Boards

Thursday, 28 May 2020, 9:57 am | New Zealand Government

The Government is on the verge of reaching its target of state sector boards and committees made up of at least 50 percent women, says Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter and Minister for Ethnic Communities Jenny Salesa. For the first time, the ... More >>

Historic Pay Equity Settlement Imminent For Teacher Aides

Thursday, 28 May 2020, 7:16 am | New Zealand Government

Hon Chris Hipkins Minister of Education PĀNUI PĀPĀHO MEDIA STATEMENT The Ministry of Education and NZEI Te Riu Roa have agreed to settle the pay equity claim for teacher aides, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. This will see more than ... More >>

Govt Delivers Security For Construction Subcontractors

Wednesday, 27 May 2020, 6:12 pm | New Zealand Government

Subcontractors will have greater certainty, more cashflow support and job security with new changes to retention payments under the Construction Contracts Act says Minister for Building and Construction, Jenny Salesa. A recent review of the retentions ... More >>

New Zealand And Singapore Reaffirm Ties

Wednesday, 27 May 2020, 5:24 pm | New Zealand Government

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong have marked the first anniversary of the New Zealand-Singapore Enhanced Partnership with a virtual Leaders’ Meeting today. The Enhanced Partnership, signed on 17 May 2019, ... More >>

Government Investment Supports The Acquisition Of New Interislander Ferries

Wednesday, 27 May 2020, 3:24 pm | New Zealand Government

State-Owned Enterprises Minister Winston Peters has welcomed KiwiRail’s announcement that it is seeking a preferred shipyard to build two new rail-enabled ferries for the Cook Strait crossing. “This Government is committed to restoring rail to its ... More >>

Better Protection For Seabirds

Wednesday, 27 May 2020, 12:02 pm | New Zealand Government

Better protection for seabirds is being put in place with a new National Plan of Action to reduce fishing-related captures, Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash and Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage announced today. The National Plan of Action for Seabirds 2020 ... More >>

Government Protects Kids As Smoking In Cars Ban Becomes Law

Wednesday, 27 May 2020, 7:29 am | New Zealand Government

Hon Jenny Salesa Associate Minister of Health Minita Tuarua mō te Hauora PĀNUI PĀPĀHO MEDIA STATEMENT Thousands of children will have healthier lungs after the Government’s ban on smoking in cars with kids becomes law, says Associate Minister ... More >>

Milestone In Cash Flow Support To SMEs

Wednesday, 27 May 2020, 6:49 am | New Zealand Government

Hon Stuart Nash Minister of Revenue Minister for Small Business MEDIA STATEMENT Almost $1 billion in interest-free loans for small businesses More than 55,000 businesses have applied; 95% approved Average loan approx. $17,300 90% of applications from ... More >>

New Zealand Joins Global Search For COVID-19 Vaccine

Tuesday, 26 May 2020, 3:11 pm | New Zealand Government

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters, Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods, and Health Minister David Clark today announced a COVID-19 vaccine strategy, which will enable New Zealand scientists to contribute to global research efforts ... More >>

Foreign Minister Makes Four Diplomatic Appointments

Tuesday, 26 May 2020, 3:10 pm | New Zealand Government

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today announced four diplomatic appointments: New Zealand’s Ambassador to Belgium, High Commissioners to Nauru and Niue, and Ambassador for Counter-Terrorism. “As the world seeks to manage and then recover ... More >>

Mycoplasma boviseradication reaches two year milestone

Tuesday, 26 May 2020, 11:13 am | New Zealand Government

New Zealand’s world-first plan to eradicate the cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis is on track the latest technical data shows, says Agriculture and Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor. More >>

New payment to support Kiwis through COVID

Monday, 25 May 2020, 10:25 am | New Zealand Government

The Government today announced a new temporary payment to support New Zealanders who lose their jobs due to the global COVID-19 pandemic to adjust and find new employment or retrain. More >>

Government Exempts Some Home Improvements From Costly Consents

Sunday, 24 May 2020, 11:06 am | New Zealand Government

Homeowners, builders and DIYers will soon have an easier time making basic home improvements as the Government scraps the need for consents for low-risk building work such as sleep-outs, sheds and carports – allowing the construction sector ... More >>