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Green Party opposes RMA fast-track bill

The Green Party has opposed the COVID-19 Recovery Fast-track Consenting Bill which shortcuts normal consenting processes under the Resource Management Act (RMA), reduces public participation and narrows environmental considerations.

Green Party Co-leader James Shaw said today:

Enrolment update on track to start next week

The Electoral Commission says the enrolment update for the 2020 General Election will start next week as planned.

Mayor Boult responds to government feasibility work

Earlier today, Minister Megan Woods announced early feasibility work was underway to investigate the use of hotels within Dunedin and Queenstown for managed isolation and quarantine facilities.

Please find Queenstown Lakes District Mayor Jim Boult’s response below:

Quick-fire lessons for new Minister - ASMS

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists welcomes Chris Hipkins to the role of Health Minister following the resignation of David Clark.

Davis continues to let criminals off the hook - Simeon Brown

Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis continues to reduce community service sentence hours, showing he clearly doesn’t believe that offenders who do the crime, should do the time, National’s Corrections spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

Referendums brochures undergo reprint

A problem in the production process of the referendums brochures has resulted in the Ministry of Justice re-printing the first phase of voter communications.

Family lawyers critical at early stages of care disputes - NZ Bar Association

The New Zealand Bar Association welcomes the re-establishment of access to lawyers at the start of disputes about the care of children. From 1 July 2020, parties will be able to get legal advice at the beginning of the process.

Repealing waka jumping law on the table - David Carter

The pulling of the Electoral (Integrity Repeal) Amendment Bill from the Members’ Bill ballot today gives Parliament an opportunity to get rid of NZ First’s ‘waka-jumping’ legislation, National List MP David Carter says.

RITANZ supports new Insolvency Practitioners Licensing Regime

The Restructuring Insolvency and Turnaround Association of New Zealand (RITANZ) is pleased to announce a Commencement Order has been made by Parliament today to bring into effect the Insolvency Practitioners Regulation Act 2019 on 1 September 2020, despite an initial delay to the start date due t

Whanganui Port gets PGF boost - Shane Jones

Five port-related projects in Whanganui will receive a $26.75 million Provincial Growth Fund investment to support local economic recovery and create new opportunities for growth, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today.