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Hipkins needs to do his homework - Goldsmith

Education Minister Chris Hipkins revealed that he doesn’t even know some basic facts about his Government’s flagship tertiary policy, after being embarrassingly corrected by his officials in Select Committee today, National Party Tertiary Education Spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

Pike families welcome agency chief executive appointment

Pike River families are welcoming the appointment of Major General Dave Gawn to the role of Chief Executive to e Kāhui Whakamana Rua Tekau mā Iwa - the Pike River Recovery Agency.

New health minister putting Pharmac at risk - Reti

Labour’s policy to ring-fence pharmaceutical funding is widely considered to be bad news for Pharmac’s funding model, National Party Associate Health Spokesperson Dr Shane Reti says.

Report on greyhounds makes sobering reading - Whaitiri

The Associate Minister of Agriculture responsible for Animal Welfare, Hon Meka Whaitiri says the greyhound racing industry has a lot of work to do before it meets the standards for proper animal welfare.

Racing industry needs to stop Greyhounds dying - Green Party

The Green Party is calling on the racing industry to immediately address animal welfare issues, including the high rates of death, in the greyhound racing industry or risk losing its social licence to operate, following the release of a scathing report by Hon. Rodney Hansen QC today.

Current account deficit narrows to $1.3 billion - Stats NZ

New Zealand's seasonally adjusted current account deficit for the September 2017 quarter narrowed to $1.3 billion, Stats NZ said today. This is $183 million smaller than the June quarter's deficit and was driven by a fall in imported goods.

Winston Peters says Hansen report findings are disturbing

In November 2016 the NZ Racing Board commissioned an independent review into greyhound racing. The review, conducted by former High Court Judge Rodney Hansen QC, was released today. It makes numerous recommendations to improve greyhound racing welfare.

Stronger action to protect iconic kauri

The Government will move immediately to strengthen efforts to protect kauri trees from dieback disease, Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor and Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage have announced.

United Nations announces International Day for Sign Languages

Minister for Disability Issues, Carmel Sepuloni, welcomes the UN announcement that there will be a new International Day for Sign Languages. This day will be celebrated each year on 23 September to promote sign languages as being equal to spoken languages.

Shane Jones welcomes green light given to Crown Forestry

Forestry Minister Shane Jones has today welcomed a renewed mandate for Crown Forestry to enable it to kick-start the Government’s tree planting programme.