Archive for the 'Politics' Category

Questions and Answers – October 30

Press Release – Office of the Clerk

QUESTIONS TO MINISTERS

Mr Speaker took the Chair at 2 p.m.

Prayers. Read more »

2014 Transpower Neighbourhood Engineers Awards

Press Release – Transpower

29 October 2014

2014 Transpower Neighbourhood Engineers Awards

An “enviro-outdoor” classroom and a device to detect children walking behind a vehicle are the big winners in the 2014 Transpower Neighbourhood Engineers Awards. Read more »

Traffic changes in Panmure

Press Release – Auckland Transport

30 October 2014

Traffic changes in Panmure

Drivers are being asked to be patient as people get used to new road layouts following the opening of Te Horeta Rd in Panmure on Sunday. Read more »

Big bang ban in public places this Guy Fawkes

Press Release – Auckland Council

Big bang ban in public places this Guy Fawkes
Aucklanders wanting to celebrate Guy Fawkes are urged to find a public display or keep to their backyards – and not let off fireworks in public places, where the activity is banned. Read more »

Bennett parks numbers on social housing

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

Bennett parks numbers on social housing
Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett admitted today that well over 1000 families have been subsidised through the accommodation supplement to stay in the Ranui campground, somewhere she has previously described as not the right place for children to be growing up in. Read more »

IPCA report riddle with inaccuracies, say students

Press Release – Blockade The budget

IPCA report riddle with inaccuracies, say students

A report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is riddled with inaccuracies, say students who laid the original complaint with the IPCA. Read more »

Auckland Council Out of Control

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

Council Out of Control

Responding to the NZ Herald article that some Auckland households will face a rates rise of up to 9.6 per cent next year, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: Read more »

New Plan to Tackle Dangerous Fanworm Pest

Press Release – Waikato Regional Council

New Plan to Tackle Dangerous Fanworm Pest

A new plan to tackle the spread of the dangerous marine pest Mediterranean fanworm into Coromandel harbours and the Firth of Thames has today been endorsed by Waikato regional councillors at their meeting in Hamilton. Read more »

Congratulations to NZ Bus on its cycle friendly win

Press Release – Greater Wellington Regional Council

30 October 2014

Congratulations to NZ Bus on its cycle friendly win

A bus company winning a national cycle friendly award is an extremely positive sign for road safety and deserves celebrating, says Fran Wilde, Chair of Greater Wellington Regional Council and the Regional Transport Committee. Read more »

Kiwis Want to Know Neighbours but Rarely See Them

Press Release – Neighbourly.co.nz

Kiwis Want to Know Neighbours but Rarely See Them

2014 Good Neighbour Survey results revealed

Most Kiwis want to know their neighbours better but there are hurdles preventing them from doing so, according to a recent survey by neighbourhood website, Neighbourly.co.nz. Read more »

Aucklanders asked to help shape downtown public spaces

Press Release – Auckland Council

Aucklanders asked to help shape downtown public spaces
Aucklanders are being asked to help plan a network of high-quality public spaces set for Downtown Auckland. Read more »

Stats NZ staff escalate action with ‘no more meetings’ rule

Press Release – Public Service Association

Stats NZ staff escalate industrial action with ‘no more meetings’ rule

Statistics NZ staff have voted to escalate their ongoing industrial action in an effort to get Stats NZ back to the bargaining table with a reasonable offer. The staff, who are members of the Public Service Association (PSA), have been taking industrial action since September 8. Read more »

Mayor proposes balanced rates policy

Press Release – Auckland Council

Mayor proposes balanced rates policy
Mayor Len Brown has today proposed a change to Auckland Council’s rating policy for its upcoming Long-term Plan 2015-2025, in light of recent changes in property values across Auckland. Read more »

Police action justified in Blockade the Budget demonstration

Press Release – Independent Police Conduct Authority

30 October 2014

Police actions justified and appropriate during Blockade the Budget demonstration

Police actions in dealing with a demonstration in Central Auckland known as Blockade the Budget on 1 June 2012 were justified and appropriate, an Independent Police Conduct Authority report released today found. Read more »

What John Key thought about ‘dirty politics’

Press Release – Thornton Communications

Revised biography reveals what John Key thought about ‘dirty politics’


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New Consul-General to Hong Kong

Press Release – New Zealand Government

New Consul-General to Hong Kong
Foreign Minister Murray McCully has announced diplomat Gabrielle Rush as New Zealand’s new Consul-General in Hong Kong. Read more »

Gisborne: New rates revaluations released

Press Release – Gisborne District Council

New rates revaluations released

New rating valuations for all properties across Gisborne district have been completed and will start arriving in the letter boxes of property owners next week. Read more »

TPPA causing concern

Press Release – Joint Press Release

TPPA causing concern

Concern over the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations is being expressed in two public meetings over the next week; one at a presentation on 5th November by former councillor Robin Gwynn to the Napier City Council, Read more »

Young author honoured for generous attitude

Press Release – Attitude Trust

Young author honoured for generous attitude
When Muskan Devta was born prematurely, in her home country of India, doctors said she would not survive. But Muskan, which means ‘smile’, proved the doctors wrong and is now a happy 15-year-old with a passion for writing and fundraising for worthy causes. Read more »

Appointment of High Court Judge

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Appointment of High Court Judge
Auckland Queen’s Counsel Matthew Muir has been appointed a Judge of the High Court, Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson announced today. Read more »

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