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Cannabis referendum 'shows government disdain and distraction'

No New Zealand government has ever honoured a Citizens' Initiated Referenda, and yet today it was announced that yet another Government Referendum will be binding on us, the citizens.

Minister accepts resignation of Southern Response Chair

Greater Christchurch Regeneration Minister Megan Woods has tonight accepted the resignation of Southern Response chair Ross Butler, following the release of the State Services Commissioner’s report on the agency’s use of external security consultants.

PM’s child poverty bill will fail - ACT

The Prime Minister’s well-intentioned Child Poverty Reduction Bill will do nothing to solve child neglect, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

Peters’ still hiding stance on Global Compact - McClay

Winston Peters’ continued refusal to make a decision and tell the public what New Zealand’s position on the United Nations Global Compact on Migration is shameful, National’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson Todd McClay says.

More loose figures from slippery Shane Jones - Goldsmith

Shane Jones has admitted he has no idea how many jobs have actually been filled to date as a result of the hundreds of millions spent so far on the Provincial Growth Fund, National’s Economic and Regional Development spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

Govt stalls digital strategy with failed CTO plan - Lee

The Government has wasted a third of its term on the Chief Technology Officer shambles, stalling work on an effective Digital strategy, National’s Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media spokesperson Melissa Lee says.

Nicola Willis welcomes refusal of Victoria Uni name change

National list MP based in Wellington Nicola Willis welcomes the decision to decline Victoria University of Wellington’s application for a name change following significant opposition.

"This is a fantastic outcome for the thousands of students, alumni and staff who opposed the change.

Open letter to government on climate change from dairy farmers

As dairy farmers, we believe the actions we take and the work we do is crucial for the future of our communities, our families, our mokopuna and all of Aotearoa. We are committed to playing our part to help New Zealand achieve its goals to limit global warming.

Democracy threatened by Govt Stasi-like surveillance - Greenpeace

On the back of a report released today revealing seven government departments have engaged with a spy agency that acted unlawfully, Greenpeace has accused the state of assisting in systematic and oppressive Stasi-like surveillance.

Work visa proposals could help reduce exploitation of workers - union

Temporary work visa proposals could go a long way to reducing the exploitation of migrant workers and to protecting the working rights of everyday working people