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Seafood industry welcomes NZ-China FTA upgrade

Trade Minister David Parker’s announcement this evening of a successful upgrade of the NZ-China Free Trade Agreement (FTA) has been welcomed by the seafood industry.

Seafood New Zealand chief executive, Tim Pankhurst, said China was an important market for New Zealand seafood.

NZ-China FTA upgrade negotiations conclude

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Minister for Trade and Export Growth David Parker have announced the conclusion of negotiations to upgrade New Zealand’s existing free trade agreement with China.

Record high building and construction apprenticeships welcomed

Minister for Building and Construction Jenny Salesa has welcomed the record high of 13,000 building and construction apprentices in active training with main provider the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO).

Living Wage Movement calls on Govt to keep commitments

Today marks the start of Living Wage Week 2019 and with 171 accredited Living Wage Employers, the movement for decent wages is growing in strength and influence.

Goff unveils changes to Auckland Council's committee structure

Mayor Phil Goff has unveiled changes to Auckland Council’s committee structure, including establishing a new climate change committee and new subcommittees for CCO oversight and value for money.

Food grants double under Labour - National

The number of food hardship grants paid out since the election has doubled as everyday Kiwis are getting hammered by the rising cost of living, Leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges says.

Overwhelming rejection of Abortion Bill - Family First

More than 90% of the submissions on the Abortion Legislation Bill have rejected the proposed decriminalisation of abortion, with just under 8% supporting the Government bill.

Electricity grants through the roof as cost of living bites - Bridges

Hardships payments for electricity and gas went up 46 per cent this winter as the Kiwis feel the effects of a higher cost of living, Leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges says.

Economy slowing down 'because of visa processing'

Visa processing times are continuing to increase despite millions being pumped into Immigration New Zealand, National’s Immigration spokesperson Stuart Smith says.

Better Later Life launched - Martin

The Government’s plan to help older New Zealanders live well, Better Later Life - He Oranga Kaumātua 2019 to 2034, was launched by Seniors Minister Tracey Martin today.