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Medicinal cannabis bill set to pass; patients react

10 December 2018 - 8:22pm

The Government’s Medicinal Cannabis bill is set to pass its final reading on Tuesday afternoon - a momentous and complicated day for medicinal cannabis patients.

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Breast Cancer Foundation response to Health Select Committee

10 December 2018 - 5:32pm

Last week, the Health Select Committee heard submissions on a letter requesting an inquiry into unfunded cancer medicines and PHARMAC, and on two recent online petitions, signed by nearly 34,000 New Zealanders, pleading for funding of important drugs for advanced breast cancer (ABC).

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Tax change bad news for tenants - NZPIF

10 December 2018 - 5:08pm

The IRD states that in NZ, tax is applied to a person's net income and there are no restrictions on loss making from any source. However the Government is introducing a Bill to just ring-fence rental property tax losses.

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First KiwiBuild homes for central Wellington

10 December 2018 - 5:06pm

The first KiwiBuild homes for central Wellington are on the way following an agreement with The Wellington Company to build a new apartment building in Mount Cook, Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford has announced.

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Primary sector exports set to grow higher - Minister

10 December 2018 - 4:47pm

The value of New Zealand’s primary sector exports is set to grow by $505 million to a new record high over the coming year, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor said.

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ACC levies drop will save kiwi businesses $100 million

10 December 2018 - 4:08pm

The Government’s decision to reduce the ACC Work Levy will save New Zealand businesses $100 million over the next two years, say Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and ACC Minister Iain Lees-Galloway.

The Government has also decided to hold all other ACC levies at their current rate.

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Kind-hearted Kiwis prop up Government under-funding

10 December 2018 - 3:11pm

"Charitable dollars should not be used to subsidise under-funded Government services," says CCS Disability Action Chief Executive David Matthews.

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Govt's latest tax grab will boost living costs again - Adams

10 December 2018 - 2:38pm

Two weeks out from Christmas, the Labour-led Government has unveiled plans to extract more taxes from New Zealanders that will drive up the cost of living for the very families that can least afford it, National’s Finance spokesperson Amy Adams says.

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Seven government agencies sign up for flexible work pilot

10 December 2018 - 12:04pm

The next step of the Gender Pay Action Plan was launched today by Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter, with seven public service agencies committing to flexible work pilots.

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Kids need feeding now, let’s fund more food in schools - Greens

10 December 2018 - 11:40am

A report showing one in five New Zealand children don’t have enough food should prompt urgent action to roll out a national strategy for free food in schools, Green Party Co-leader Marama Davidson said today.

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Govt to act on unfair commercial practices - Faafoi

10 December 2018 - 10:30am

Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi and Minister for Small Business Stuart Nash have today released a discussion paper outlining options to protect consumers and businesses from unfair commercial practices.

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Child poverty report shows need for govt to raise benefit levels - Auckland Action Against Poverty

10 December 2018 - 10:13am

The Child Poverty Monitor 2018 released today shows one in five kids are facing food deprivation. The report also highlights that Māori and Pasifika families are at least twice as likely to have kids facing food deprivation.

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Jones pads carbon benefit from One Billion Trees - Goldsmith

10 December 2018 - 9:41am

Shane Jones claims his ‘One Billion Trees’ will cut almost $3 billion from New Zealand’s carbon liability under the Paris Agreement but papers show he vastly inflated the benefit, National’s Economic and Regional Development spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Child poverty report a call for urgent welfare reform

10 December 2018 - 8:42am

The Child Poverty Monitor 2018 report points out one in five kids are living without access to food. People on the benefit were disproportionately affected, with the report highlighting many were spending more than half of their income on rent, leaving them with little left to feed their kids.

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Government to proactively release Ministerial diaries - Hipkins

10 December 2018 - 8:09am

All Government Ministers will for the first time release details of their internal and external meetings, Minister for State Services (Open Government) Chris Hipkins announced today.

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Green Party welcome proactive release of Ministerial diaries

10 December 2018 - 7:53am

The Green Party warmly welcome Government Ministers proactively releasing their Ministerial diaries from February 2019.

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Child poverty report reminder of need for Bill - Ardern

10 December 2018 - 6:30am

The latest report into the impact of poverty on wellbeing of Kiwi children shows why the Government has put children and families at the centre of its programme and will pass an historic Bill to tackle child poverty by the end of the Parliamentary year.

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KiwiBuild not increasing housing supply - ACT

9 December 2018 - 9:20pm

Comments from a Wellington property developer today reveal that KiwiBuild is a PR stunt that won’t increase the supply of housing and solve the housing crisis, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

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Principals welcome Tomorrow's Schools Report

9 December 2018 - 8:17pm

The New Zealand Principals’ Federation (NZPF) has welcomed the taskforce report on Tomorrow’s Schools, just released.

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Strong public support for a Medical Cannabis Card Scheme

9 December 2018 - 6:59pm

Recently Helius has commissioned a Horizons poll outlining attitudes around Medical Cannabis.

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