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Government takes bite out of loan sharks - Faafoi

The days of vulnerable consumers falling victim to loan sharks, truck shops and other predatory lenders are numbered, following the Credit Contracts Legislation Amendment Bill passing its third reading tonight.

Arms Bill changes admission of deep flaws - COLFO

Council of Licenced Firearms Owners (COLFO) says the announcement today of three changes to the Arms Bill should be the start of a large-scale rewrite, or even eventual abandonment.

New Zealand safer as Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders Bill) becomes law

A Bill that prevents terrorism and supports the de-radicalisation of New Zealanders returning from overseas has passed its third reading, Justice Minister Andrew Little says.

Beef + Lamb New Zealand pleased with NAIT changes

Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) is pleased the Government has dropped several proposals to amend the National Animal Identification and Tracing Act.

Evidence of poverty relief lacking in 2020 Budget Policy Statement - CPAG

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) says that while the Budget Policy Statement 2020 promises to extend Budget 2019’s 'Wellbeing' framework and states "reducing child poverty and improving child wellbeing" as a priority, spending plans don’t reflect the urgent welfare reforms needed.

Government’s infrastructure investment welcomed - Connexis

The Government’s announcement to future-proof New Zealand with a $12billion investment in infrastructure is a positive sign for the country’s future.

Foreign Minister and Pacific Peoples Minister to visit Samoa

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio will travel to Samoa on Friday, where New Zealand medical teams are helping Samoa respond to an outbreak of measles.

New Pastoral Care Code will support tertiary students - Hipkins

The Government has changed the law to improve student safety and welfare in university halls of residence and other student accommodation.

New infrastructure tools for a decade of delivery - Infrastructure NZ

"Important policy and legislative developments have landed today which could enable a bolder, more streamlined way of delivering new infrastructure for the benefit all New Zealanders," says Infrastructure New Zealand CEO Paul Blair.

Report highlights water challenges faced by local authorities - Water NZ

The Productivity Commission’s report into local government funding and financing highlights some of the key challenges faced by local authorities around adapting to climate change and funding for improved drinking, storm and wastewater quality.