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NZ First say 'good on ya' to Virgin Australia

We at NZ First applaud our Trans-Tasman neighbours for getting in behind our premium New Zealand red meat with Virgin Australia launching their "Got beef" advertising campaign.

NZ Outdoors Party concerned over Green Party's environmental stance

The Green Party, as part of the coalition Government, has flipped from environmental hope and flopped into something more reminiscent of the blue-green cabal of the National government, says Alan Simmons, co-leader of the NZ Outdoors Party.

Simon Bridges’ rhetoric on welfare is irresponsible - AAAP

National Party leader Simon Bridges, during an interview with The AM Show, recently vowed to reinstate any sanctions the Labour-led Government removes if they were to get back into power. Auckland Action Against Poverty condemns Simon Bridges’ rhetoric, labeling it cruel and out of touch.

Tourism industry calls for improvements in immigration performance

Major improvements are needed in Immigration New Zealand’s fiscal and operational management to avoid future cost blow-outs, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says.

INZ is proposing to increase immigration fees and levies by as much as 54%, as it seeks to recover a deficit of $50 million.

Free counselling pilot for 18-25 year olds a step closer

Health Minister Dr David Clark and Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter are encouraging mental health providers to put forward innovative bids to run a pilot programme to provide free counselling for 18 to 25 year olds.

Maori experts to help develop education initiatives

Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis is hosting an impressive group of 12 Māori experts in Wellington today to help realise the potential for two education initiatives flagged in this year’s Budget.

Consultation on whether manuka honey should meet export standard

The Government wants to hear from mānuka honey producers and consumers on whether the honey produced and sold in New Zealand should meet similar requirements to exported mānuka honey.

More benefits but fewer responsibilities - Bridges

More people are moving onto a benefit but fewer sanctions are being imposed on those who fail to hold up their end of the bargain as the Government reduces the responsibilities placed on beneficiaries to help themselves, Opposition Leader Simon Bridges says.

Free Speech Coalition cals on Auckland Mayor to clarify his position

The Free Speech Coalition is calling on Auckland Mayor Phil Goff to clarify his position on the fact that the Free Speech Coalition-led legal challenge to his and the Council’s decision to deplatform Stefan Molyneux and Lauren Southern is being funded by mum and dad New Zealanders, after lawyer

Easy fix for avalanche of wage claims - Social Credit

By Chris Leitch

The government could head off the avalanche of wage claims that is coming at them like a runaway freight train by scrapping GST and replacing it with a transactions tax.