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Govt retreats on labour law, defies union backers - National

The Government appears to have heeded National’s warnings on the likely economic damage from its labour law changes, retreating from the worst elements in defiance of its union backers, National’s Workplace Relations and Safety spokesman Scott Simpson says.

Govt’s fixation on Auckland airport tram bewildering

Transport Minister Phil Twyford’s determination to build a light rail link to Auckland airport from the CBD without a completed business case shows ideology not the needs of commuters is driving transport policy, National’s Transport spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

NZ First accepts Jami-Lee Ross proxy as temporary delegate

New Zealand First received a letter from Jami-Lee Ross on 3 November, asking the party to hold his proxy vote.

Building a strong and healthy Ratana community - Ardern, Mahuta

The Rātana Pā community is one step closer to making its aspirations a reality with an investment of up to $1.9 million towards housing infrastructure, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and the Minister for Māori Development Hon Nanaia Mahuta announced today.

Govt’s tourism strategy - yet another tax - McClay

The Government should be doing all it can to ensure New Zealand reaps the benefits of the boom in tourism but the only firm decision in its draft tourism strategy is to impose another tax, National’s Tourism spokesperson Todd McClay says.

Employment rates at record high - Jackson

Today’s record employment rate of 68.3 percent, matched by the lowest unemployment rate of 3.9 percent in over a decade means better lives for thousands of New Zealanders, Minister of Employment Willie Jackson says.

Lower jobless welcome but pressures building - Adams

The drop in the unemployment rate is welcome news but the latest figures also highlight the growing pressures in an economy where business are struggling to find workers, National’s Finance spokesperson Amy Adams says.

CTU comment on employment statistics

Today’s wage figures show that Governments can and do make a real difference to the wages of working people, and that the effort needs to continue, the CTU said today.

The CTU also welcomed the strong employment figures.

Government commits $45.6m to new Wellington children’s hospital

Health Minister Dr David Clark says the Government has committed $45.6m to Wellington’s new state of the art children’s hospital - a project fast tracked by a $50m donation by businessman Mark Dunajtschik.

Secondary teachers disappointed with half-hearted offer - PPTA

Secondary teachers yesterday received a second offer from the government. It was discussed last evening with the executive of the PPTA, who, after a careful analysis, passed a recommendation that members reject the offer.