Coward’s punch petition accepted at Parliament

Northland MP Matt King has accepted a petition calling for tougher sentences for those who throw a cowardly punch at an unsuspecting victim and cause death. “The petition, which has more than 11,500 signatures, was presented to me by members...... Read More

Southland infrastructure, businesses to gain from new funding

Southland is in line for almost $2 million from the government's provincial growth fund. The government this morning announced the funding for three feasibility projects in the region - the redevelopment of Invercargill's central city, an aquaculture...... Read More

Minimum wage to increase next year

New Zealand workers on the minimum wage are set for a significant pay rise, as the Coalition Government signals how it will move toward its goal of a $20 p/h minimum wage by 2021. Minimum wage will increase to $17.70 an hour on 1 April 2019 –...... Read More

Hamilton to Auckland passenger rail trial is a go

The 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 says approval of the business case is an exciting step towards the planned...... Read More

Immigration proposals welcomed by farmers

DairyNZ has welcomed the government’s consultation on temporary work visas and the proposed introduction of Regional Skills Shortage Lists, saying labour shortages are a very real and serious problem for the dairy sector. “Dairy farmers,...... Read More

HomeStart changes pave way for more KiwiBuilders

Housing 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...... Read More

Child poverty bill passes third reading in Parliament

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's bill seeking a reduction in child poverty has been passed by Parliament. The legislation requires the current and future governments to measure and report on child poverty and sets out plans to reduce it. The recent...... Read More

Plastic shopping bag phase out set for 1 July

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 bags from 1 July 2019, after Cabinet agreed to the proposed regulations for a mandatory nationwide...... Read More