Government to help fund services for Veterans

Minister for Veterans Ron Mark has today welcomed the announcement of $1.1 million in grant payments over the next four years for the Royal New Zealand Returned and Services Association (RSA) and No Duff Charitable Trust. The funding will see $250,000...... Read More

Roading decision ‘cuts lifeline’

The government’s decision to scrap the proposed four-lane highway from Wellsford to Whangarei cuts a vital lifeline and will have a significant negative impact on the regional economy, according to Northland MP Matt King and Kaipara mayor Jason...... Read More

False tip-off led to benefit being cut with no warning

The Ministry of Social Development is insisting it made a one-off mistake in stopping a woman's benefit before they had investigated a tip she was cheating the system. The Auckland solo mother of three was initially wrongly told her benefit had...... Read More

NZers have their say on future of education

More than 5000 New Zealand teachers, young people, parents, school board members and grandparents have already had their say about the future of education, via the ‘Education Conversation’ initiative, says Education Minister Chris Hipkins. “This...... Read More

Trade deal with Russia still future possibility - Peters

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters is sticking to his desire for a free trade deal with Russia at some point in the future, saying even North Korea could be one day be an option. Mr Peters made the comments in London at the end of the Commonwealth...... Read More

Voting on Maori Wards opens

Western Bay electors will have their say on whether or not the District Council should establish Maori wards, when voting opens next week.  Western Bay of Plenty District Council is holding a binding poll to see whether Maori wards should be introduced...... Read More

Red Zone projects get longer lease on life

Temporary projects in Christchurch’s residential red zone will be able to run for longer with the Government extending the timeframe on the ability to lease from 2 years to 5 years, Minister Megan Woods has announced. “Transitional projects...... Read More

New Bill to extend gift card expiry dates

Extending the expiry dates on gift cards to three years is the aim of a new Member’s Bill lodged by Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean. “My Fair Trading (Gift Card Expiry) Amendment Bill would see the minimum expiry date of gifts cards extended to...... Read More