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Next phase of support for Fiji's COVID-19 response announced

Further support for Fiji’s COVID-19 response has been announced by Foreign Minister Hon Nanaia Mahuta today. The package builds on previous tranches of assistance Aotearoa New Zealand has provided to Fiji.

This Kiwi won’t be flying to Climate Change Conference - Stuart Smith

Covid-19 has meant that New Zealanders have had to sacrifice a great deal. They have missed funerals, weddings, births, and all manner of other special moments, National’s Climate Change spokesperson Stuart Smith says.

"It’s ok to admit you’re wrong, Prime Minister" - David Seymour

"The Prime Minister’s inability to answer my questions in parliament today proves her inexplicable decision to cease pre-departure testing from Sydney was clearly the wrong one," says ACT Leader David Seymour.

"This is the most likely reason that Delta has spread in the community.

Industry withers in Spring as strict lockdown rules bite - David Bennett

The commercial flower industry is being left out in the cold in this latest lockdown. It’s an industry that can’t close its doors and get a wage subsidy to pay its staff.

Proposed new early learning changes out for consultation - Ministry of Education

"Consultation begins this week on a second round of proposed regulatory reforms to improve the quality of early learning services for tamariki and whānau," according to John Brooker, Group Manager, Education System Policy, at the Ministry of Education.

Additional Pfizer vaccines to arrive tomorrow - PM

More than a quarter of a million additional doses of the Pfizer vaccine are on their way from Spain to New Zealand, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today.

The additional doses will arrive in Auckland on Friday morning to help meet the current surge in demand for vaccination.

More time needed to consider conversion practices bill - Simon Bridges

With more submissions by a massive margin than received for any other piece of law in Parliament’s history, it’s clear more time is needed to consider the Conversion Practices Bill than Labour is currently allowing, National’s Justice spokesperson Simon Bridges says.

Documents show Police supported bail for terrorist - Darroch Ball

"Documents released to Sensible Sentencing Trust show that despite knowing the imminent threat terrorist Ahamed Aathill Mohamed Samsudeen posed to the community, Police still actively supported his application to be released into the community on bail," says Darroch Ball co-leader of Sensible Sen

'James Shaw shows staggering hypocrisy' - David Seymour

"Just last week Greens co-leader James Shaw said Parliament sitting was "putting lives at risk" by sitting in Level 4, and yet this week he’s prepared to fly to the COVID hot spot of Glasgow for climate talks," says ACT Leader David Seymour.

Greater certainty needed for wage subsidy applicants - Upston

The Government should provide greater certainty for those impacted by the early closure of the first wage subsidy round since the recent Delta outbreak, says National’s Social Development and Employment spokesperson Louise Upston.