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Department of Internal Affairs releases 2018 citizenship stats

A total of 49,428 New Zealand citizenships, by grant or descent, were registered in 2018.

Department of Internal Affairs records show that there were:

- 35,737 new citizens, by grant, to those who have migrated to New Zealand, and

New Zealand to acknowledge National Corrections Officer Day

Last year every State and Territory in Australia celebrated the 3rd Friday in January as "National Corrections Officer Day".

Finance Minister travels to Davos World Economic Forum

Finance Minister Grant Robertson will accompany the Prime Minister to Davos, Switzerland, to attend the World Economic Forum (WEF).

He will also visit Belgium and the United Kingdom for economic and business engagements.

PM to promote trade and wellbeing at World Economic Forum

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will be promoting free trade agreements with the UK and EU and the Government’s wellbeing agenda to global leaders when she heads to London, the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and Brussels next week.

English group should be shipped out in 24 hours - Social Credit

The Minister of Immigration should find a way to deport, within 24 hrs, the English group wrecking a trail of havoc across the country.

Green Party welcomes win by Sistema workers

The Green Party congratulate E tū Sistema members who have secured a collective agreement that will ensure a 16% pay increase and a commitment to always pay workers above minimum wage.

Government accounts show books in good order - Robertson

The latest Crown financial statements released today show the Government’s books are in good order, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says.

Tax relief would end never-ending strikes - Taxpayers' Union

Implementing tax relief would relieve the pressure of low take-home pay and resolve much of the current industrial action, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union.

Govt must act to support smoking cessation - Nicky Wagner

The recent increase to cigarettes provides another incentive for smokers to quit but the Government must now ensure that smoking cessation tools are appropriately regulated and able to be used to encourage smokers to quit, National MP Nicky Wagner says.

Prisoner rehabilitation put above safety of guards - Bennett

The Corrections Minister needs to explain why prisoners are being prioritised over guards after five serious assaults at Auckland’s brand new maximum security prison, National’s Corrections spokesperson David Bennett says.