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Green Party welcome win by Sistema workers

By   /  January 16, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, FifthEstate1, Green Party, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Legislature, Opposition Parties, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Green Party welcome win by Sistema workers

Source: Green Party 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. “This is collective action at its best and shows how sticking together and standing up for your rights can mean a […]

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Govt must act to support smoking cessation

By   /  January 16, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, FifthEstate1, KB, KB, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Govt must act to support smoking cessation

Source: National Party 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. “Excise taxes have gone up by 10 per cent plus the CPI […]

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Prisoner rehabilitation put above safety of guards

By   /  January 15, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, KB, KB, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Prisoner rehabilitation put above safety of guards

Source: National Party 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. “Five prison guards have been attacked since the wing opened in October in two separate attacks. That includes a guard being punched […]

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500% increase in organ donors being compensated

By   /  January 15, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, KB, KB, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on 500% increase in organ donors being compensated

Source: National Party National MP Chris Bishop is welcoming the news that 92 people obtained full compensation for donating live organs last year, under the first full year of the Compensation for Live Organ Donors Act being in force. “It is fantastic that the implementation of my Member’s Bill, the Compensation for Live Organ Donors […]

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Stricter penalties proposed for contaminated food

By   /  January 14, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, KB, KB, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Stricter penalties proposed for contaminated food

Source: National Party National’s Food Safety spokesperson Nathan Guy is backing calls from the food and grocery sector for tougher penalties for those who intentionally contaminate our food or threaten to do so. “My Member’s Bill seeks to achieve what Damien O’Connor appears unwilling to do – protect New Zealanders from those that would threaten […]

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New Bill to protect victims of insane offenders

By   /  January 14, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, KB, KB, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on New Bill to protect victims of insane offenders

Source: National Party A new Bill from the National Party would ensure that the victims of legally insane offenders are treated the same as other victims of crime, Taupō MP Louise Upston says. “My Bill, which will be put into the Ballot this month, will rename the verdict of ‘not guilty on account of insanity.’ […]

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National calls on Govt to support tourism sector

By   /  January 14, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, KB, MIL NZ OSI, National Party, New Zealand, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on National calls on Govt to support tourism sector

Source: National Party The Prime Minister needs to listen to the tourism industry and appoint an Associate Minister for Tourism to ensure the Government is doing all it can to support New Zealand’s biggest export earner, National’s Tourism spokesperson Todd McClay says. “It is obvious that the sector doesn’t have confidence in the current minister […]

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Seasonal fruit won’t wait for working group

By   /  January 9, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, KB, MIL NZ OSI, National Party, New Zealand, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Seasonal fruit won’t wait for working group

Source: National Party Growers in New Zealand’s fruit-bowl regions are expecting bumper harvests this season but are struggling to find workers, a problem the Government should have the tools to address, National’s Horticulture spokesperson Lawrence Yule says. “Fruit and grape growers were grateful that the Government lifted the Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme cap last […]

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Higher fines for litterbugs coming

By   /  January 8, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, KB, KB, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Higher fines for litterbugs coming

Source: National Party As local councils grapple with the litter left behind by holidaymakers, a Member’s Bill from National could soon introduce stiffer penalties for people caught illegally dumping rubbish, National’s Environment spokesperson Scott Simpson says. “It really annoys me seeing our beautiful natural environment ruined by the careless and thoughtless actions of lazy litterbugs. […]

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New Bill to grant police name suppression in fatal shootings

By   /  January 8, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, KB, KB, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on New Bill to grant police name suppression in fatal shootings

Source: National Party National’s Police spokesperson Chris Bishop has drafted a Member’s Bill to give automatic name suppression to police officers involved in fatal shootings. “By convention, the media choose not to report the names of police officers involved in shootings that lead to the death of a member of the public. However, it is […]

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Kiwis to feel impact of higher living costs in 2019

By   /  January 8, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, KB, KB, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Kiwis to feel impact of higher living costs in 2019

Source: National Party New Zealanders face another year of higher living costs in 2019 as the impact of bad Government decisions ranging from increased taxes, wasteful spending and poorly thought through regulation start to bite, National’s Finance spokesperson Amy Adams says. “In its first year, the Labour-led Coalition made decisions that drove up living costs […]

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Northland children missing out on meningitis vaccines

By   /  January 8, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, KB, MIL NZ OSI, National Party, New Zealand, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Northland children missing out on meningitis vaccines

Source: National Party National’s MP for Whangarei, Shane Reti says that despite the Ministry of Health claiming vaccine supply as the reason for targeting specific age groups, thousands have been available through an Auckland supplier while ineligible children in Northland miss out. “As tens of thousands of holidaymakers continue to flood into Northland’s Meningitis outbreak […]

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We’re still waiting for your answer, Minister

By   /  January 5, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, KB, MIL NZ OSI, National Party, New Zealand, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on We’re still waiting for your answer, Minister

Source: National Party At a time when there are growing calls for measures to encourage New Zealanders to drive safer cars, including within the Labour-led Government, ACC Minister Iain Lees-Galloway has still not explained why he’s moving in the opposite direction, National’s ACC spokesperson Tim Macindoe says.   “Several years ago the previous National Government […]

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NZTA’s lost USB drive massive security

By   /  January 4, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, KB, MIL NZ OSI, National Party, New Zealand, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on NZTA’s lost USB drive massive security

Source: National Party A lost computer drive by the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) between Wellington and Auckland earlier this month was potentially far more damaging than the ‘little risk of personal identity theft’ described by NZTA at the time, National’s Data and Cybersecurity spokesperson Dr Shane Reti says. “National has received documents which show […]

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National Bill to keep races like Tauherenikau alive

By   /  January 2, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, KB, MIL NZ OSI, National Party, New Zealand, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on National Bill to keep races like Tauherenikau alive

Source: National Party National MP Chris Bishop’s Member’s Bill to clarify the law around BYO alcohol areas at race meetings will allow families and communities to carry on the tradition of a chilli bin and a picnic at race meets like the Tauherenikau races, local MP Alastair Scott says. “Race meetings like those at Tauherenikau […]

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Road-side drug testing petition launched

By   /  December 31, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, KB, KB, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Road-side drug testing petition launched

Source: National Party A nationwide petition calling for the urgent introduction of roadside drug testing has been launched in Nelson today by Matthew Dow’s family on the first anniversary of him being killed by driver high on meth, Nelson MP Nick Smith says. “New Year’s Eve should be a time of celebration and hope, but […]

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Greens lobby for criminals to manufacture medicinal cannabis

By   /  December 30, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, KB, MIL NZ OSI, National Party, New Zealand, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Greens lobby for criminals to manufacture medicinal cannabis

Source: National Party The end of year information dump by the Labour-led Government includes Ministry of Health officials discussing a Green Party SOP allowing individuals with previous drug convictions to manufacture cannabis, National’s Associate Health spokesperson Dr Shane Reti says. “The intentions of the Greens to liberalise cannabis under the cover of medical need is […]

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Nats welcome TPP tariff cuts – focus must move to US

By   /  December 29, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, KB, MIL NZ OSI, National Party, New Zealand, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Nats welcome TPP tariff cuts – focus must move to US

Source: National Party National is welcoming tariff reductions that will begin tomorrow as a result of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement. The Government must now do everything possible to bring the US back into the TPP, National’s Foreign Affairs and Trade spokesperson Todd McClay says. “The CPTPP tariff reductions were negotiated under the previous National […]

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National to hold Education meetings across NZ

By   /  December 29, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, KB, MIL NZ OSI, National Party, New Zealand, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on National to hold Education meetings across NZ

Source: National Party National’s Education spokesperson Nikki Kaye will hold public meetings throughout New Zealand to listen to parents and teachers concerns and views on education issues. The meetings will have a particular focus on the Tomorrow’s Schools Review. “The review has the potential to impact every part of our education system. That’s why it’s […]

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New Bill to allow BYO alcohol at race meetings

By   /  December 27, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, KB, MIL NZ OSI, National Party, New Zealand, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on New Bill to allow BYO alcohol at race meetings

Source: National Party A new Member’s Bill will clarify the law around BYO alcohol areas at race meetings and allow families and communities to carry on the tradition of chilly bin and a hamper at the races, MP for Hutt South Chris Bishop says.  “Race meetings are important community events around New Zealand. They’re usually […]

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