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Farm Debt Mediation Bill a welcome relief - DairyNZ

DairyNZ chief executive Dr Tim Mackle is welcoming yesterday’s announcement of the Farm Debt Mediation Bill as an example of an initiative that will mean a lot to farmers who may be feeling financial pressure.

Source: - Politics | 18 Jun 2019 | 4:26 pm

Minister changes his story on vaccines again - Reti

Health Minister David Clark has once again changed his story about when he knew there were enough Meningococcal W vaccines for all under 20-year-olds in Northland, Whangarei MP Dr Shane Reti says.

Source: - Politics | 18 Jun 2019 | 4:20 pm

NZ expresses deep concern at rising tensions in the Gulf of Oman

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has expressed New Zealand’s on-going and deep concern at the latest incidents in the Gulf of Oman and has condemned the recent provocative attacks on civilian shipping in the region.

Source: - Politics | 18 Jun 2019 | 4:15 pm

Oranga Tamariki review will be done on 'whānau' time - Minister

Minister for Children Tracey Martin says the whānau in the middle of a controversial uplift of a Māori baby in Hawke's Bay will determine the pace of the internal review of Oranga Tamariki.Oranga Tamariki has been under...

Source: - Politics | 18 Jun 2019 | 3:53 pm

Compliance strengthened for property speculation

Inland Revenue is to gain greater oversight of land transfer information to ensure those buying and selling properties are complying with tax rules on property speculation.

Source: - Politics | 18 Jun 2019 | 2:58 pm

Iraq rocket attack near Kiwi soldiers stationed at Camp Taji

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has confirmed reports of rocket attacks in the vicinity of Camp Taji in Iraq.This is the camp where 100 New Zealand troops are stationed."I'm told that none have come over and into the perimeter of...

Source: - Politics | 18 Jun 2019 | 2:00 pm

Treasury's public website given security test just days before it was 'hacked'

The Treasury's website was tested for any security issues five days before the National Party released Budget 2019 information that it had gleaned from the website.The revelation comes from dozens of answers from ministers to written...

Source: - Politics | 18 Jun 2019 | 1:32 pm

Corrupt Auckland cop guilty of illegally accessing police intelligence system

A corrupt Auckland police officer has admitted illegally accessing the police's national intelligence computer system.The 30-year-old man, who has interim name suppression, appeared this morning in the Auckland District Court where...

Source: - Politics | 18 Jun 2019 | 12:45 pm

Better information sharing to keep victims of family violence safer - Logie

From 1 July, family violence agencies and social services practitioners will be able to share information to better respond to family violence.

Source: - Politics | 18 Jun 2019 | 12:25 pm

Finance Minister Grant Robertson slams ANZ chairman John Key for blaming ANZ's censure on a junior staffer

ANZ chairman Sir John Key was wrong to blame a junior staffer for the warning and censure ANZ received from the Reserve Bank, says Finance Minister Grant Robertson. He also said ANZ shareholders would be "very disappointed" in the...

Source: - Politics | 18 Jun 2019 | 11:41 am

Whanau First continues call for Royal Commission into Oranga Tamariki

New parent advocacy group Whanau First is calling for the Government to start looking seriously at the cause of the issues which have led to the crisis over state separation of children from their families.

Source: - Politics | 18 Jun 2019 | 11:30 am

Nominations open for 2019 Biosecurity Awards

Minister for Biosecurity Damien O’Connor says Kiwis can celebrate those helping to keep our flora, fauna and vital primary sectors safe by nominating them for New Zealand Biosecurity Awards.

Source: - Politics | 18 Jun 2019 | 10:43 am

Operation Burnham inquiry: 'Disillusioned, worn down' Afghan villagers pull out

The Afghan villagers affected by Operation Burnham are withdrawing from the inquiry investigating claims that Kiwi soldiers killed innocent civilians in 2010.Lawyer Dr Rodney Harrison QC said the villagers were "completely disillusioned"...

Source: - Politics | 18 Jun 2019 | 10:00 am

No plans for radical speed reductions: Phil Twyford

Transport Minister Phil Twyford has dismissed claims that the government is proposing radical reductions in speed limits across the country. There was no intention to reduce speed limits on the "vast bulk" of roads, although investigating...

Source: - Politics | 18 Jun 2019 | 9:27 am

Barry Soper: Govt steps up to farmers' plate usually served up by National

COMMENT: Talk to old cow cockies and not many of them have much of a good word to say about governments, particularly those led by Labour.The old-timers remember the mid 1980s and Rogernomics and how banks cut off their credit...

Source: - Politics | 18 Jun 2019 | 6:00 am

$4m reward and recognition package for Fire and Emergency volunteers

Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin today announced a $4 million-a-year package to recognise the contribution made by Fire and Emergency volunteers to communities across New Zealand.

Source: - Politics | 17 Jun 2019 | 7:30 pm

Two-month extension for fairer GST regime - Nash

Offshore businesses that supply low-value goods to New Zealand have been granted a two-month extension to get systems in order for a new method to collect GST.

Source: - Politics | 17 Jun 2019 | 5:28 pm

'Oppressive': Judge blocks Colin Craig efforts to question former press secretary Rachel MacGregor

Conservative Party founder Colin Craig will not be given a fourth opportunity to cross-examine his former press secretary over their tempestuous past during yet another defamation trial after a judge ruled it "oppressive".The former...

Source: - Politics | 17 Jun 2019 | 5:15 pm

New Zealand's farm debt is close to $63 billion – a new bill seeks to ease the financial burden

New Zealand's biggest farmer and banking lobby groups are welcoming a new Government bill which aims to ease the burden of farmers in financial distress. Cabinet yesterday approved legislation which would require the creditors of...

Source: - Politics | 17 Jun 2019 | 4:10 pm

New Zealand First applauds commitment to further protect farmers

New Zealand First is delighted that Cabinet has approved a debt mediation scheme that will help farmers in financial distress deal with their lenders.

Source: - Politics | 17 Jun 2019 | 4:09 pm

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