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Green MP Teanau Tuiono walks out of the House in support of Te Pati Maori

Green Party MP Teanau Tuiono walked out of the House today in support of Te Pāti Māori, who call for debate in the House about kaupapa Māori to include Māori voices.

"We continuously see and hear the National Party deliberately inciting racist debates in the House.

Only one of the 231 shovel-ready projects completed - Andrew Bayly

Of the 231 shovel-ready projects Infrastructure Minister Grant Robertson announced to much fanfare last year, only one project has been completed, National’s Infrastructure spokesperson Andrew Bayly says.

End the race debate, get on with your jobs - Matthew Tukaki

The Chair of the National Maori Authority, Matthew Tukaki, has called on politicians from across the Parliament to pull themselves back from a descent into racial divides that will do nothing but set Maori Crown relations back by many decades.

'Urgent improvements needed' to legislation affecting apartment owners

The New Zealand Law Society | Te Kāhui Ture o Aotearoa has told a parliamentary select committee there is widespread consensus that changes are needed to the Unit Titles legislative regime and that the most urgent changes should progress without delay.

Major step to pay parity for early learning teachers - Hipkins

Certificated teachers on the lowest pay in early education and care services will take another leap towards pay parity with their equivalents in kindergartens, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said in a pre-Budget announcement today.

Apartments give new life to former Trade Training hostel - Willie Jackson

A building that once shaped the Māori trade training industry will now revitalise the local community of Ōtautahi and provide much needed housing for whānau Minister for Māori Development Willie Jackson announced today.

'Finance Minister's restriction of financial institutions in Budget lock-up demonstrates attitude to informed policy debate'

The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union is slamming the decision by the Minister of Finance’s office to restrict fiscally conservative and financial institutions' attendance at this year’s Budget lock up to a single representative each.

NZEI Te Riu Roa welcomes pay parity progress

NZEI Te Riu Roa are welcoming a pre-Budget announcement today that commits a further $170m toward increasing pay in the sector.

Currently, ECE teachers earn as much as $17,000 per year less than their kindergarten peers with the same qualifications and equivalent work.

$35 million for a train that hasn't left the station - Michael Woodhouse

Since 2017 the Government has wasted $35 million of taxpayer money on light rail and has nothing to show for it, National’s Transport spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says.

Labour blocks Covid scrutiny - Chris Bishop

The Government that said it would be the most open and transparent ever has once again done the exact opposite, National’s Covid-19 Response spokesperson Chris Bishop says.