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Productivity Commission recommends milking ratepayers more - Social Credit

8 hours 26 min ago

If the Productivity Commission's report on local government funding, released yesterday, had been relied on by NASA as the basis for getting astronauts to the moon, its greatest achievement by now would have been launching a $2 skyrocket 40 feet into the air on Guy Fawkes night.

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Catherine Chu National's candidate in Port Hills - National

12 December 2019 - 10:26pm

Local party members have selected Catherine Chu as National’s candidate in Port Hills for the 2020 General Election.

Catherine Chu is 23 years old and is currently a Private Banking Manager and Authorised Financial Advisor at the Bank of New Zealand.

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Government takes bite out of loan sharks - Government

12 December 2019 - 5:45pm

Commerce and Consumer Affairs

The days of vulnerable consumers falling victim to loan sharks, truck shops and other predatory lenders are numbered, following the Credit Contracts Legislation Amendment Bill passing its third reading tonight.

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Government takes bite out of loan sharks - Faafoi

12 December 2019 - 5:38pm

The days of vulnerable consumers falling victim to loan sharks, truck shops and other predatory lenders are numbered, following the Credit Contracts Legislation Amendment Bill passing its third reading tonight.

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Arms Bill changes admission of deep flaws - COLFO

12 December 2019 - 5:12pm

Council of Licenced Firearms Owners (COLFO) says the announcement today of three changes to the Arms Bill should be the start of a large-scale rewrite, or even eventual abandonment.

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New Zealand safer as Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders Bill) becomes law

12 December 2019 - 4:53pm

A Bill that prevents terrorism and supports the de-radicalisation of New Zealanders returning from overseas has passed its third reading, Justice Minister Andrew Little says.

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Beef + Lamb New Zealand pleased with NAIT changes

12 December 2019 - 4:33pm

Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) is pleased the Government has dropped several proposals to amend the National Animal Identification and Tracing Act.

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Evidence of poverty relief lacking in 2020 Budget Policy Statement - CPAG

12 December 2019 - 4:14pm

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) says that while the Budget Policy Statement 2020 promises to extend Budget 2019’s 'Wellbeing' framework and states "reducing child poverty and improving child wellbeing" as a priority, spending plans don’t reflect the urgent welfare reforms needed.

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Government’s infrastructure investment welcomed - Connexis

12 December 2019 - 4:10pm

The Government’s announcement to future-proof New Zealand with a $12billion investment in infrastructure is a positive sign for the country’s future.

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Foreign Minister and Pacific Peoples Minister to visit Samoa

12 December 2019 - 4:06pm

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio will travel to Samoa on Friday, where New Zealand medical teams are helping Samoa respond to an outbreak of measles.

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New Pastoral Care Code will support tertiary students - Hipkins

12 December 2019 - 3:55pm

The Government has changed the law to improve student safety and welfare in university halls of residence and other student accommodation.

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New infrastructure tools for a decade of delivery - Infrastructure NZ

12 December 2019 - 3:05pm

"Important policy and legislative developments have landed today which could enable a bolder, more streamlined way of delivering new infrastructure for the benefit all New Zealanders," says Infrastructure New Zealand CEO Paul Blair.

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Report highlights water challenges faced by local authorities - Water NZ

12 December 2019 - 3:00pm

The Productivity Commission’s report into local government funding and financing highlights some of the key challenges faced by local authorities around adapting to climate change and funding for improved drinking, storm and wastewater quality.

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Bill pulled to provide insurance claimants more certainty - Smith

12 December 2019 - 2:06pm

A new Members’ Bill pulled from the ballot today would introduce a legal timeline for insurance companies to assess and present a settlement offer to claimants, MP for Kaikoura Stuart Smith says.

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Targeted solutions can relieve council funding pressures - Productivity Commission

12 December 2019 - 2:00pm

The New Zealand Productivity Commission today released its final report on local government funding and financing. Following an in-depth inquiry, the Commission recommends changes to support councils in dealing with some large and growing pressures.

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Tailored housing package for Hastings - Woods and Mahuta

12 December 2019 - 1:52pm

More housing and housing support services are coming to Hastings, with Housing Minister Megan Woods and Maori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta announcing a package today.

The Hastings housing package includes:

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Financial advisers welcome bill to improve financial services - Financial Advice NZ

12 December 2019 - 1:30pm

Financial Advice NZ welcomes the introduction of the Financial Markets (Conduct of Institutions) Amendment Bill into Parliament.

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Reduced hydro generation impacts on renewable share - MBIE

12 December 2019 - 1:02pm

Reduced inflows into North Island hydro schemes contributed to a decline in the share of electricity generated from renewable sources in the third quarter of 2019, according to the New Zealand Energy Quarterly released today by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

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Primary Sector Council announces vision for NZ

12 December 2019 - 12:56pm

The Primary Sector Council has today released Fit for a Better World, its bold new vision for New Zealand’s agriculture, food and fibres sector.

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Vision to unite the primary sector launched today - O'Connor

12 December 2019 - 12:31pm

Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has welcomed the release of a bold new vision for the country’s vital food and fibre sector.

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