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Fees-free sucks up tertiary money for nothing - Bennett

For the first time in two decades universities in New Zealand will receive no real increase in government funding, while $2.8 billion is being spent on the failed policy to lift participation in tertiary education, National’s Tertiary Education Spokesperson Paula Bennett says.

Tabuteau to attend APEC Trade Ministers Meeting

Parliamentary Under-Secretary Fletcher Tabuteau is heading to Papua New Guinea today to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) Trade Ministers Meeting in Port Moresby from 25 to 26 May.

Groups help develop Child Wellbeing Strategy

The Government has today begun discussions with groups who work with, and support, children and their families as the first step in developing a Child Wellbeing Strategy to improve children’s lives.

CCATWG report a step in the right direction

Local Government New Zealand welcomes the release this morning of the Climate Change Adaptation Technical Working Group’s final report on how New Zealand can adapt to the impacts of climate change.

Govt shouldn’t waste taxpayer money on non-binding ‘opinion polls’

Family First NZ says that until referendums are binding on the government, taxpayer funding should not be wasted on glorified opinion polls costing $10 - $15m each.

Ensuring a fit for purpose Charities Act - Henare

Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector, Peeni Henare, has launched a comprehensive review of the Charities Act.

CCATWG calls for urgent action against climate change

Proactively planning how we can adapt to climate change urgently needs to weave into the work of every organisation, at every level, in every sector of New Zealand if we hope to adapt to the effects of climate change, says a group of climate change adaptation experts.

Minister for Civil Defence to meet Ara Tahi leaders

Minister of Civil Defence Kris Faafoi says today’s meeting with Ara Tahi, Greater Wellington’s iwi forum, will allow him to hear how the region deals with the wide range of hazards and emergencies it faces and to seek feedback to improve New Zealand’s Civil Defence system.

'Trump can't block Twitter users that he disagrees with'

President Donald Trump's blocking of people on Twitter because they criticize him violates the First Amendment, a federal judge in New York ruled today in a resounding victory for freedom of speech and the public’s right to communicate opposing political views directly to elected officials and

Govt side-lining select committee process - Upston

Serious concerns about the Government’s attitude towards legislation have prompted the National Party to vote against the Social Security Legislation Rewrite Bill, National’s Social Development spokesperson Louise Upston says.