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Pacific partners work together to provide additional support to Australia - NZ Government

The NZDF continues to support the Australian Defence Force (ADF) as it battles fires in Victoria and New South Wales, including by transporting Republic of Fiji Military engineers from Nadi to Australia, announced Defence Minister Ron Mark.

Source: - Politics | 17 Jan 2020 | 6:43 pm

Film-maker's legal 'funds running low' ahead of defamation trial with Sir Bob Jones over 'hate speech'

More money is being raised for a Kiwi film-maker's legal fund as she prepares for a courtroom showdown with Sir Bob Jones after calling for his knighthood to be revoked for "hate speech".The well-known businessman filed defamation...

Source: - Politics | 17 Jan 2020 | 5:14 pm

'Sheer incompetence': District Health Boards continue financial nosedive into deficit

The financial situation for New Zealand's District Health Boards is continuing to deteriorate, with newly released data showing all but one are in the red. And the overall position is expected to get worst too, with the Ministry...

Source: - Politics | 17 Jan 2020 | 2:50 pm

CRL hardship fund criteria too harsh - Nikki Kaye

Significant issues with the City Rail Link (CRL) hardship fund is causing stress and anxiety for local businesses, Auckland Central MP Nikki Kaye says.

Source: - Politics | 17 Jan 2020 | 2:36 pm

Government polices put brakes on manufacturing - Todd McClay

Another contraction in the manufacturing sector shows the need for a government with a real plan for the economy, National’s Economic Development spokesperson Todd McClay says.

Source: - Politics | 17 Jan 2020 | 2:34 pm

'You're making a mockery of us': Small business' shock at latest CRL hardship fund meeting

Business owners affected by the ongoing delays to Auckland's City Rail Link (CRL) say they were shocked at what they heard in Thursday's meeting.Details of a hardship fund were announced just before Christmas , after months of...

Source: - Politics | 17 Jan 2020 | 2:19 pm

Kaikōura to get $11m injection for tourism and business opportunities

Kaikōura is set to get a multi-million dollar tourism boost from the Provincial Growth Fund.The government announced a nearly $11 million investment in the Kaikōura Marina Development Programme this morning.It includes...

Source: - Politics | 17 Jan 2020 | 1:19 pm

Minister driving worsening DHB performance - Woodhouse

The financial performance of DHBs continues to deteriorate on this Government’s watch and it’s causing real concern for the future of the health system, National’s Health spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says.

Source: - Politics | 17 Jan 2020 | 12:03 pm

Kaikoura $10.88 million boost in tourism and business - Tabuteau

The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10.88 million to boost business and tourism opportunities in Kaikōura, Parliamentary Undersecretary for Regional Economic Development, Fletcher Tabuteau announced today.

Source: - Politics | 17 Jan 2020 | 12:00 pm

Govt accounts in surplus, debt remains low - Grant Robertson

The Government’s books are in good shape with the accounts in surplus and expenses close to forecast, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says.

The Treasury today released the Crown accounts for the five months to November.

Source: - Politics | 17 Jan 2020 | 11:38 am

All take and no give in the state mismanagement of care - Che Wilson

Māori Party President Che Wilson is angry that yet another report has detailed "persistent and intergenerational" inequities in the treatment of Māori babies by the state.

Source: - Politics | 17 Jan 2020 | 9:16 am

Former Kiwis students living overseas dodging IRD as total amount of loan debt spikes

More than half of all Kiwis living overseas with a student loan are dragging their feet on paying their debts.And the amount of money the taxman considers overdue by those living overseas has jumped by almost $150 million in the...

Source: - Politics | 17 Jan 2020 | 6:00 am

Green MP Chloe Swarbrick engaged

First-term Green MP Chloe Swarbrick is engaged to her girlfriend, Australian Nadine Walker.Swarbrick confirmed the engagement, but would not comment further.Walker is the Green Party's chief press secretary at Parliament and the...

Source: - Politics | 16 Jan 2020 | 8:04 pm

Auckland focus for first Police graduation of 2020 - NZ Government

The number of Police on the Auckland frontline is increasing with the graduation today of a special locally-trained wing of new constables.

Source: - Politics | 16 Jan 2020 | 5:13 pm

Wairarapa dam a broken Government promise: Greenpeace

The Government is denying a promise to wind down irrigation schemes has been broken with the funding of a new dam project in the Wairarapa.But the Green Party says it's still undecided about whether to back the plan.Regional Economic...

Source: - Politics | 16 Jan 2020 | 4:36 pm

Jacinda Ardern and Boris Johnson discuss Middle East, trade deals and climate change

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has praised New Zealand's long-held position of advocating for avoiding any escalation in tensions in the Middle East.Johnson and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern spoke on Tuesday night (UK time) and...

Source: - Politics | 16 Jan 2020 | 2:35 pm

Student loan exile: 'Mum is going to die soon and I'm not going to be there'

A Kiwi in the United Kingdom says she's a student loan exile - unable to come home to take care of her mother because she fears being arrested at the border.The woman estimates her student loan is now more than $100,000. She blocked...

Source: - Politics | 16 Jan 2020 | 1:59 pm

Andrew Dickens: Plenty of reasons to criticise Jacinda Ardern, just not for her holiday

COMMENT: By Andrew Dickens So I see Steve Price, the Australian broadcaster and commentator, turned up again on last night's The Project in Australia and told the nation he was dumb.Of course the night before he got stuck into...

Source: - Politics | 16 Jan 2020 | 12:48 pm

New Zealand losing billions to hidden economy - Bayly

New Zealand is losing millions of dollars of taxes to the ‘hidden economy’ because Revenue Minister Stuart Nash has taken his eye off the ball, National’s Revenue spokesperson Andrew Bayly says.

Source: - Politics | 15 Jan 2020 | 4:07 pm

Delivering a stable water supply to Wairarapa - Ron Mark

The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $7.11 million to create a sustainable water supply for the Wairarapa.

Source: - Politics | 15 Jan 2020 | 12:10 pm

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