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Minister O’Connor to visit fruit fly operation

Minister for Biosecurity Damien O’Connor says the second find of an unwanted fruit fly is disappointing and the Government is committed to ensuring it doesn’t establish here.

Waiting list for housing emboldens work to overhaul social support system

An increase in the public housing waiting list, now more than 10,000 New Zealanders, shows exactly why the Greens are working with Government to put the heart back into the social support system whilst addressing a growing housing crisis, Green Party Co-leader Marama Davidson said today.

Most new public housing places in a decade - Twyford

An extra 1,658 public housing places have been made available in the past year, the biggest increase in state and community provided housing in a decade, Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford announced today.

Champion for seniors petition presented - NZ First

New Zealand First MP, Jenny Marcroft has tabled a petition with over 13,000 signatures to Parliament to establish a Commissioner for the Elderly to ensure our seniors are protected. This petition had been spearheaded and presented by media personality, Mark Sainsbury.

High participation wanted in Oct elections for Ruapehu District Council

Ruapehu Mayor Don Cameron is encouraging people to start thinking about the elections for Ruapehu District Council which is on Saturday 12 October this year and ensure that they are enrolled to vote or if they may want to stand for election.

It’s time for Google and Facebook to pitch in like the rest of us

The Green Party welcome moves to make huge multinational companies like Facebook and Google pay their fair share of tax in New Zealand.

NZ contributes humanitarian funding to the Venezuela crisis - Peters

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters announced today that New Zealand is to provide $500,000 in humanitarian assistance to support Venezuelan citizens fleeing to neighbouring countries.

Major rebuild milestone as planning powers returned to Christchurch

A major milestone has been achieved in the Canterbury recovery, with Christchurch City Council being given back control over their district planning process years ahead of schedule, Minister Megan Woods has announced."I’m a strong believer that the best future for Christchurch is one where we r

Commission seeks assurance on poll questions

State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes today announced details of his examination of the circumstances which led to Inland Revenue commissioning a public poll that included a question about the political leanings of taxpayers.

Royal NZ Artillery personnel awarded Australian Unit Citation for Gallantry - Ron Mark

The Government has agreed that Royal New Zealand Artillery personnel who served in the Vietnam War will be awarded the Australian Unit Citation for Gallantry.