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Hamilton to Auckland passenger rail trial gets green light

By   /  December 19, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, KB, New Zealand Executive Government, New Zealand Government, Politics  /  Comments Off on Hamilton to Auckland passenger rail trial gets green light

Source: New Zealand Government Headline: Hamilton to Auckland passenger rail trial gets green lightThe NZ Transport Agency Board has approved a business case for the next steps in a start-up trial Hamilton to Auckland passenger rail service, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. Phil Twyford said approval of the business case is an exciting step […]

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Peters’ still hiding stance on Global Compact

By   /  December 18, 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 Peters’ still hiding stance on Global Compact

Source: National Party Winston Peters’ continued refusal to make a decision and tell the public what New Zealand’s position on the United Nations Global Compact on Migration is shameful, National’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson Todd McClay says. “This morning the Prime Minister confirmed that a final decision is yet to be made on whether New Zealand […]

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Historic day for New Zealand children

By   /  December 18, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, KB, New Zealand Executive Government, New Zealand Government, Politics  /  Comments Off on Historic day for New Zealand children

Source: New Zealand Government Headline: Historic day for New Zealand childrenNew Zealand’s first Bill to reduce child poverty will help transform children’s lives and set a path to New Zealand having one of the lowest rates of child poverty in the world, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says. Today Parliament passed the final stage of the […]

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New prototype service for kids at risk of expulsion

By   /  December 18, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, KB, New Zealand Executive Government, New Zealand Government, Politics  /  Comments Off on New prototype service for kids at risk of expulsion

Source: New Zealand Government Headline: New prototype service for kids at risk of expulsionA new service will be trialled in Napier next year to help younger students at risk of disconnection from school because of suspension, expulsion and non-attendance, Associate Education Minister Tracey Martin announced today. “The prototype, the Napier Student Managed Moved Service, is […]

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Govt stalls digital strategy with failed CTO plan

By   /  December 18, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, KB, MIL NZ OSI, National Party, New Zealand, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Govt stalls digital strategy with failed CTO plan

Source: National Party The Government has wasted a third of its term on the Chief Technology Officer shambles, stalling work on an effective Digital strategy, National’s Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media spokesperson Melissa Lee says. “Once again the Labour Party has broken an election manifesto promise but of greater concern is that a year has […]

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Māori advisory group on family violence and sexual violence starts work

By   /  December 18, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, KB, New Zealand Executive Government, New Zealand Government, Politics  /  Comments Off on Māori advisory group on family violence and sexual violence starts work

Source: New Zealand Government Headline: Māori advisory group on family violence and sexual violence starts workThe Māori advisory group to the Government’s joint venture on family violence and sexual violence began their work today at their first meeting in Wellington. “Te Rōpū marks a significant change to the way Government works with Māori to address […]

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Willis welcomes refusal of Victoria Uni name change

By   /  December 18, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, KB, MIL NZ OSI, National Party, New Zealand, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Willis welcomes refusal of Victoria Uni name change

Source: National Party National list MP based in Wellington Nicola Willis welcomes the decision to decline Victoria University of Wellington’s application for a name change following significant opposition. “This is a fantastic outcome for the thousands of students, alumni and staff who opposed the change. “The success of the campaign against the name change is […]

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Game changer for airport biosecurity

By   /  December 18, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, KB, New Zealand Executive Government, New Zealand Government, Politics  /  Comments Off on Game changer for airport biosecurity

Source: New Zealand Government Headline: Game changer for airport biosecurityThe most sophisticated X-ray technology available to scrutinise the bags of international travellers for any unwanted pests was unveiled today at Auckland Airport by Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor.    “Our dynamic biosecurity environment means we must constantly adjust our scrutiny and strengthen our border security as threats […]

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Victoria University of Wellington name should remain, says Minister

By   /  December 18, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, KB, New Zealand Executive Government, New Zealand Government, Politics  /  Comments Off on Victoria University of Wellington name should remain, says Minister

Source: New Zealand Government Headline: Victoria University of Wellington name should remain, says MinisterEducation Minister Chris Hipkins has declined Victoria University of Wellington Council’s application for a legal name change. The Council formally made an application to change the institution’s name to the University of Wellington on 27 September 2018. “I have considered the University’s […]

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E tū appalled by sudden closure of Masport – E tū

By   /  December 18, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, Business, DJF, Employment Issues, Etu, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, Politics, Unions  /  Comments Off on E tū appalled by sudden closure of Masport – E tū

Source: Etu Union E tū says the union and its members at MFL Precision Foundries in Mt Wellington have been blind-sided by the receivership of the company. A manager yesterday notified the union of the receivership by phone, but so far there is no official confirmation, says Ron Angel, E tū Industry Coordinator. Meanwhile, he […]

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Dr Hinurewa Poutu appointed to Te Mātāwai Board

By   /  December 18, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, KB, New Zealand Executive Government, New Zealand Government, Politics  /  Comments Off on Dr Hinurewa Poutu appointed to Te Mātāwai Board

Source: New Zealand Government Headline: Dr Hinurewa Poutu appointed to Te Mātāwai BoardMāori Development Minister Hon Nanaia Mahuta has appointed Dr Hinurewa Poutu (Ngāti Rangi, Te Āti Haunui a Pāpārangi, Ngāti Maniapoto) to the Board of Te Mātāwai for a three year term. “Dr Poutu brings a rangatahi voice to the Board,” said Hon Nanaia […]

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Green Party welcome binding referendum on cannabis

By   /  December 18, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, Green Party, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Legislature, Opposition Parties, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Green Party welcome binding referendum on cannabis

Source: Green Party The Green Party welcomes the binding referendum on recreational cannabis at the 2020 election as announced by Justice Minister Andrew Little today.  “This is part of our Confidence and Supply Agreement and something the Green Party has worked towards for many years”, Green Party drug law reform spokesperson Chloe Swarbrick said today.  […]

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Response to SSC Inquiry | News items

By   /  December 18, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, Electoral Commission, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, News items, Politics  /  Comments Off on Response to SSC Inquiry | News items

Source: Electoral Commission The Electoral Commission has released its response to the State Services Commission Inquiry into the Use of External Security Consultants. The Electoral Commission has informed the Inquiry that the Commission and its staff have had no interactions with Thompson and Clark Investigations Limited, its associated entities, or any other security providers. The […]

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Evidence of collusion with oil and gas industry a wake-up call

By   /  December 18, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, Green Party, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Legislature, Opposition Parties, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Evidence of collusion with oil and gas industry a wake-up call

Source: Green Party “Today’s report from the State Services Commission shows Government departments colluded with private security firms working for oil and gas companies to spy on New Zealanders,” Green Party Co-leader Marama Davidson said today.  “This must serve as a wake-up call for the Government and public sector about the dangers of contracting services […]

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Regions and industries will benefit from temporary work visa proposals

By   /  December 18, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, KB, New Zealand Executive Government, New Zealand Government, Politics  /  Comments Off on Regions and industries will benefit from temporary work visa proposals

Source: New Zealand Government Headline: Regions and industries will benefit from temporary work visa proposalsMaking it easier for regions and industries to get the workers they need to flourish is at the heart of proposed changes to temporary work visas released for consultation today, says Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway.  “The Coalition Government is determined to […]

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HomeStart changes pave way for more KiwiBuilders

By   /  December 18, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, KB, New Zealand Executive Government, New Zealand Government, Politics  /  Comments Off on HomeStart changes pave way for more KiwiBuilders

Source: New Zealand Government Headline: HomeStart changes pave way for more KiwiBuildersHousing New Zealand’s HomeStart grant and Welcome Home Loan house price caps for new builds in areas outside the main centres are increasing from $450,000 to $500,000 to match the KiwiBuild price cap, Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford announced today. This means […]

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Wetlands urgently need better protection

By   /  December 18, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, KB, New Zealand Executive Government, New Zealand Government, Politics  /  Comments Off on Wetlands urgently need better protection

Source: New Zealand Government Headline: Wetlands urgently need better protectionScientific evidence in a new report on long-term wetland loss in Southland shows our wetlands urgently need better protection, Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage says. Published online in the New Zealand Journal of Ecology, the scientific report details wetland loss in Southland by analysing and comparing satellite […]

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Plastic shopping bag phase out set for 1 July

By   /  December 18, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, KB, New Zealand Executive Government, New Zealand Government, Politics  /  Comments Off on Plastic shopping bag phase out set for 1 July

Source: New Zealand Government Headline: Plastic shopping bag phase out set for 1 JulyRegulations for mandatory phase out of single-use plastic shopping bags to be in force from 1 July 2019. Associate Minister for the Environment, Eugenie Sage has today confirmed retailers will no longer be able to sell or give away single-use plastic shopping […]

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