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New Zealanders still in the dark on the state of the economy - Goldsmith

Far greater transparency is needed from the Government on the economic consequences of the Covid-19 lockdown, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

NZ Initiative criticises Government for rushing new vaping legislation

Rushing to deal with new vaping legislation during an unprecedented economic lockdown is not just folly, it is anti-democratic, according to a public submission by the New Zealand Initiative.

Race-based pandemic funding disgraceful - Taxpayers' Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union is slamming today’s announcement of $25 million - $10 million for local iwi groups and $15 million for Whānau Ora providers - and says that funding based on skin colour at a time when the nation needs to come together is disgraceful.

Work starts on ways to fast-track consents to boost recovery from Covid-19 downturn

Work is underway looking at measures to speed up consents for development and infrastructure projects during the recovery from COVID 19, to provide jobs and stimulate our economy.

Iwi chairs call for greater enforcement

The National Iwi Chairs Forum recently activated a Pandemic Response Group (PRG) which is calling for much stronger enforcement of Alert Level 4 lockdown.

Govt seeks infrastructure projects - Phil Twyford and Shane Jones

The Government has tasked a group of industry leaders to seek out infrastructure projects that are ready to start as soon as the construction industry returns to normal to reduce the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford and Infrastructure Minister S

Advance payments to support contractors - Phil Twyford

Advance payments will be made to transport construction industry contractors to retain the workforce and ensure it is ready to quickly gear up to build projects which will be vital to New Zealand’s COVID-19 economic recovery, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today.

Green Party celebrate end of harmful sanctions to single parents

The Green Party are welcoming the scrapping of Section 70a of the Social Security Act which saw single parents lose income support when the other parent isn’t named.

The repealing of this sanction that comes into effect today was announced in the 2019 Wellbeing Budget.

Health system scaled up to prepare for COVID-19 - David Clark

Work to scale up the health system in preparation for COVID-19 was today outlined by Health Minister David Clark, as he reported back to the new Epidemic Response Committee.

New Zealand Initiative welcomes plans to ramp up testing for Covid-19

The New Zealand Initiative welcomes the Government’s plans to ramp up testing for Covid-19 beyond 3500 per day to get the country closer to reopening its economy.