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Butchers now allowed to process pork - NZ Government

2 April 2020 - 5:57pm

Changes have been made to allow butchers to process pork, only for supply to supermarkets or other processors or retailers that are open, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has announced.

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"Virtual" Monitoring Of children detained in secure residences

2 April 2020 - 4:45pm

Children’s Commissioner Andrew Becroft says the safety and conditions of children and young people in the care of Oranga Tamariki continue to be monitored, despite the challenges presented by COVID-19.

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Govt WhatsApp helps share COVID-19 information

2 April 2020 - 3:56pm

A Government WhatsApp channel has been launched to help make information more easily accessible and shareable in the fight against COVID-19.

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Essential workers leave scheme established

2 April 2020 - 3:56pm

Essential workers who take leave from work to comply with public health guidance are being supported with a leave scheme to ensure they will continue to receive income, say the Minister of Workplace Relations and Safety Iain Lees-Galloway and Minister for Social Development, Carmel Sepuloni.

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Chief Ombudsman continues to monitor treatment of detainees

2 April 2020 - 3:41pm

Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier says all New Zealanders have the right to be treated fairly during the COVID-19 emergency including those under lock and key.

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Managed departure plan for stranded foreign nationals enables safe, orderly exit

2 April 2020 - 2:55pm

The Government has announced a plan to enable the safe, orderly exit of tens of thousands of stranded foreign nationals from New Zealand during the current COVID-19 Alert Level 4 restrictions, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Winston Peters has said.

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'Departure plan for stranded foreign nationals enables safe, orderly exit'

2 April 2020 - 2:47pm

The Government has announced a plan to enable the safe, orderly exit of tens of thousands of stranded foreign nationals from New Zealand during the current COVID-19 Alert Level 4 restrictions, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Winston Peters has said.

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Key agencies in Covid-19 response disconnected - Simon Bridges

2 April 2020 - 2:16pm

Today’s meeting of the Epidemic Response Committee has shown how disconnected the three key agencies, Health, Customs and Police, are in enforcing the self-isolation of New Zealanders and shows why a quarantine is needed immediately, Leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges says.

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Catch up with the latest research from the Parliamentary Library

2 April 2020 - 2:00pm

The New Zealand Parliamentary Library publishes research papers on a wide range of topics, and has recently updated two papers to include new developments. Research papers are written for members of Parliament but can be used by anyone.

Read library research papers 2018- present

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Susan Thomas the new Chief High Court Judge - David Parker

2 April 2020 - 11:53am

Justice Susan Thomas has been appointed Chief High Court Judge, Attorney-General David Parker announced today.

She replaces Justice Geoffrey Venning who has resigned from the position.

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Govt called on to pay the country's next rates bill - Social Credit

2 April 2020 - 12:37am

The government needs to step up and pay the next rates instalment to councils on behalf of property owners and businesses as part of its economic support package.

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Business Finance Guarantee applications open

1 April 2020 - 5:35pm

Businesses can start applying to their banks for loans under the Business Finance Guarantee Scheme set up to support the New Zealand economy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Business Finance Guarantee applications open - Grant Robertson

1 April 2020 - 5:05pm

Businesses can start applying to their banks for loans under the Business Finance Guarantee Scheme set up to support the New Zealand economy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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AAAP celebrates end to sanctions on sole parents

1 April 2020 - 3:50pm

Auckland Action Against Poverty (AAAP) welcomes the end to sanctions on sole parents by the Government, one which deducted up to $27 dollars a week per child where the father was not named on the birth certificate.

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New Zealanders still in the dark on the state of the economy - Goldsmith

1 April 2020 - 2:50pm

Far greater transparency is needed from the Government on the economic consequences of the Covid-19 lockdown, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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NZ Initiative criticises Government for rushing new vaping legislation

1 April 2020 - 2:24pm

Rushing to deal with new vaping legislation during an unprecedented economic lockdown is not just folly, it is anti-democratic, according to a public submission by the New Zealand Initiative.

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Race-based pandemic funding disgraceful - Taxpayers' Union

1 April 2020 - 1:53pm

The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union is slamming today’s announcement of $25 million - $10 million for local iwi groups and $15 million for Whānau Ora providers - and says that funding based on skin colour at a time when the nation needs to come together is disgraceful.

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Work starts on ways to fast-track consents to boost recovery from Covid-19 downturn

1 April 2020 - 1:19pm

Work is underway looking at measures to speed up consents for development and infrastructure projects during the recovery from COVID 19, to provide jobs and stimulate our economy.

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Iwi chairs call for greater enforcement

1 April 2020 - 1:04pm

The National Iwi Chairs Forum recently activated a Pandemic Response Group (PRG) which is calling for much stronger enforcement of Alert Level 4 lockdown.

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Govt seeks infrastructure projects - Phil Twyford and Shane Jones

1 April 2020 - 7:00am

The Government has tasked a group of industry leaders to seek out infrastructure projects that are ready to start as soon as the construction industry returns to normal to reduce the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford and Infrastructure Minister S

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