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PM’s ties to Karel Sroubek decision deepen

By   /  January 18, 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 PM’s ties to Karel Sroubek decision deepen

Source: National Party The Prime Minister must explain her ties to convicted criminal Karel Sroubek and her role in allowing him to stay, as newly released text messages suggest a closer role than she’s let on, National’s Immigration spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says. “The Government has started the year as it finished – cynically dumping information […]

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Twyford must explain resignation of KiwiBuild Head

By   /  January 18, 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 Twyford must explain resignation of KiwiBuild Head

Source: National Party The announcement that Stephen Barclay has officially resigned from his position in the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development does not bode well for Housing Minister Phil Twyford’s KiwiBuild policy, National’s Housing spokesperson Judith Collins says.  “Stephen Barclay was appointed the head of KiwiBuild by Mr Twyford in May last year with […]

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Health Minister hiding state of DHB finances

By   /  January 18, 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 Health Minister hiding state of DHB finances

Source: National Party The refusal of the Minister of Health, David Clark, to publish the financial performance of DHBs is a cynical attempt at masking their precarious financial situation, National’s Health spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says. “Reports on the financial performance of DHBs are usually published regularly on the Ministry of Health website, however, in the […]

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First NZ Study on effects of screen-time on pre-school children

By   /  January 18, 2019  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, KB, New Zealand Executive Government, New Zealand Government, Politics  /  Comments Off on First NZ Study on effects of screen-time on pre-school children

Source: New Zealand Government Headline: First NZ Study on effects of screen-time on pre-school childrenObesity, poorer motor skills, hyperactivity problems and poor sleep are just some of the effects that may be experienced by pre-school children who exceed New Zealand’s screen-time guidelines, according to a study funded by the Ministry of Social Development’s Children and […]

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Growth in Police deployments

By   /  January 17, 2019  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, KB, New Zealand Executive Government, New Zealand Government, Politics  /  Comments Off on Growth in Police deployments

Source: New Zealand Government Headline: Growth in Police deploymentsThe first Police graduation for 2019 creates a new total of 1,101 frontline officers deployed around the country since the Coalition Government took office. Police Minister Stuart Nash today presented awards to the top recruits of Wing 322, whose Patron is the former Police Minister and current […]

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Hardship grant increase shows baseline benefit must increase

By   /  January 17, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, Green Party, KB, KB, New Zealand, New Zealand Government, New Zealand Legislature, New Zealand Political Party, Opposition Parties, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Hardship grant increase shows baseline benefit must increase

Source: Green Party Hardship grants rising demonstrates why the baseline benefit needs to increase, Green Co-leader Marama Davidson said today. “We need to put the heart back into our social support system. This means providing support for New Zealanders so they can live with dignity. “New Zealanders understand that the cost of housing and rent […]

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Parker to attend first CPTPP Commission meeting in Tokyo

By   /  January 17, 2019  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, KB, New Zealand Executive Government, New Zealand Government, Politics  /  Comments Off on Parker to attend first CPTPP Commission meeting in Tokyo

Source: New Zealand Government Headline: Parker to attend first CPTPP Commission meeting in TokyoMinister for Trade and Export Growth David Parker heads to Tokyo later this week for the first Commission meeting of the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) trade agreement, which came into force on 30 December 2018.  “This is a significant milestone.  […]

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Benefits up as Govt makes it easier to do nothing

By   /  January 17, 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 Benefits up as Govt makes it easier to do nothing

Source: National Party The number of people claiming the job seeker benefit has increased by 11,000 because the Government is going soft on benefit sanctions and those who don’t want to work, National’s Social Development spokesperson Louise Upston says. “Over the past year there has been a 42 per cent decline in the number of […]

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Andrew Little to lead delegation to UN Human Rights Review

By   /  January 17, 2019  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, KB, New Zealand Executive Government, New Zealand Government, Politics  /  Comments Off on Andrew Little to lead delegation to UN Human Rights Review

Source: New Zealand Government Headline: Andrew Little to lead delegation to UN Human Rights ReviewJustice Minister, Andrew Little, lead a delegation to New Zealand’s third Universal Periodic Review at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on 21 January. The Universal Periodic Review considers of New Zealand’s human rights records over the last five […]

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Benefit rates remain low

By   /  January 17, 2019  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, KB, New Zealand Executive Government, New Zealand Government, Politics  /  Comments Off on Benefit rates remain low

Source: New Zealand Government Headline: Benefit rates remain lowLatest benefit figures show the proportion of the working-age population receiving a main benefit remains similar to this time last year, with the rate of people on youth and parent benefits continuing to decline, Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni said today. The total proportion of working age […]

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PM to promote trade and wellbeing at World Economic Forum

By   /  January 17, 2019  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, KB, New Zealand Executive Government, New Zealand Government, Politics  /  Comments Off on PM to promote trade and wellbeing at World Economic Forum

Source: New Zealand Government Headline: PM to promote trade and wellbeing at World Economic ForumPrime 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. The primary […]

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Finance Minister travels to Davos World Economic Forum, Brussels and London

By   /  January 17, 2019  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, KB, New Zealand Executive Government, New Zealand Government, Politics  /  Comments Off on Finance Minister travels to Davos World Economic Forum, Brussels and London

Source: New Zealand Government Headline: Finance Minister travels to Davos World Economic Forum, Brussels and LondonFinance 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. “This is a very timely trip given […]

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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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Win as Sistema members secure agreement – E tū

By   /  January 16, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, Business, DJF, Employment Issues, Etu, FifthEstate1, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, Politics, Unions  /  Comments Off on Win as Sistema members secure agreement – E tū

Source: Etu Union E tū Sistema members who have been in dispute with their employer over wages and conditions have agreed to accept the company’s latest offer for a new collective agreement. The deal will lift wages by about 16 percent for all members, by April 2020. Also included are provisions so workers are always […]

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Government accounts show books in good order

By   /  January 16, 2019  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, FifthEstate1, KB, New Zealand Executive Government, New Zealand Government, Politics  /  Comments Off on Government accounts show books in good order

Source: New Zealand Government Headline: Government accounts show books in good orderThe latest Crown financial statements released today show the Government’s books are in good order, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Treasury today published the Crown accounts for the five months ended 30 November 2018, showing a surplus of $261 million over the five […]

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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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