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Govt committed to hosting Rugby World Cup - Robertson

The Government remains committed to hosting the Women’s Rugby World Cup in New Zealand in 2022 should a decision be made by World Rugby this weekend to postpone this year’s tournament.

National calls for new self-isolation payment - Collins and Bishop

The National Party is proposing a new payment scheme to make it easier for employees to stay home while they are self-isolating.

National’s proposed scheme involves:

Government's planned Pharmac review a sideshow - New Zealand Initiative

The Government’s announcement of a review into Pharmac declares that its budget, and the total amount allocated to pharmaceuticals, will be out of scope.

A push to remove the Pasifika poverty status quo - Green Party

The Green Party will push for better wages and fair pay agreements to help tackle poverty within our Pasifika Communities.

Govt must keep improving Covid-19 support scheme so NZers can self-isolate - Greens

The Green Party are calling on the Government to assess how the COVID-19 leave support scheme can be better improved, distributed and enforced so that workers can properly take leave when self-isolating.

PHARMAC inquiry light and late - Shane Reti

The Government’s long overdue inquiry into PHARMAC is light on detail and several years late, National’s Health spokesperson Dr Shane Reti says.

"National would have liked to have seen a much more comprehensive inquiry.

NZ Initiative 'supports' the call for greater clarity at the border

Wellington (Tuesday, 2 March 2021) - The New Zealand Initiative welcomes today’s call from business leaders for greater clarity about the border. The Initiative also urges the government to further strengthen the testing regime at the border.

Petitioner calls on two Govt doctors to review vape flavour ban

The Ministry of Health has submitted a written submission to the Health Select Committee, dismissing a Parliamentary petition signed by 17,357 Kiwis supporting ongoing access to vape flavours.

Support Available for Communities affected by COVID-19 - Sepuloni and Henare

Community and social service support providers have again swung into action to help people and families affected by the current COVID-19 alert levels.

Impressive response to DOC scholarship programme - Allan

Some of the country’s most forward-thinking early-career conservationists are among recipients of a new scholarship aimed at supporting a new generation of biodiversity champions, Conservation Minister Kiri Allan says.