John Key’s five-year-late commitment to fund Auckland’s desperately need City Rail Link shows the short-term thinking his Government is known for, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says.
The Green Party is celebrating a major victory today following the Prime Minister’s announcement that the National Government will no longer stand in the way of the City Rail Link (CRL), the Green Party said.
"Most Aucklanders will be pleased the National Government is moving on its commitment to the City Rail Link. However Labour’s mayoral candidate Phil Goff won’t be happy that John Key’s shown the money so soon," says Auckland Councillor for Orakei Cameron Brewer.
Today’s announcement that the Government will contribute funding to a city rail link in Auckland despite Prime Minister John Key’s past resistance to it, shows that public pressure is working, says Greenpeace’s executive director Russel Norman.
The Government has let Auckland Council off the hook, gaining no concessions on land supply or rate rises, according to ACT Leader David Seymour.
While many will welcome the Prime Minister’s announcement of early funding for the City Rail Link, education infrastructure in the area should not be overlooked, says Epsom MP David Seymour.
Figures released today show the Government’s infrastructure programme is a significant contributor to jobs across New Zealand, Finance Minister Bill English and Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce say.
Mayor Len Brown has warmly welcomed the government’s announcement providing support for the City Rail Link (CRL).
The MÄori Party says voters need to wake up to the ever-changing politics of New Zealand First.
The Green Party is today calling for better education and steeper fines for those who allow their stock to pollute waterways, after cattle on a Canterbury farm were deliberately let into a lake to drink last week.
More cracks are appearing in the National Government’s façade of economic management, with the Crown accounts back in deficit and international ratings agency Fitch downgrading its predictions for New Zealand’s economy, the Green Party said.
The Fitch ratings agency’s warnings of the worsening economic outlook is yet another signal that National needs to diversify the economy and take action to prepare New Zealand for a volatile year ahead, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson.
Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce today launched the Our Land and Water National Science Challenge, which aims to enhance primary sector production and productivity while maintaining and improving land and water quality.
The Green Party is disappointed but unsurprised that John Key has refused to support setting up an independent policy costings unit, said the Green Party today.
The Cannabis Party is calling for legislation to create a specialised hemp licencing body.
The Medicines Control agency is unsuitable for regulating and licencing hemp, according to the Cannabis Party.
The release of old and outdated information about the Trans Pacific Partnership will disappoint the many New Zealanders who want transparency around this controversial deal, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says.
"The National Impact Analysis made public today is nothing new.
Auckland’s dire housing crisis is deepening, yet the Government continues to ignore one of the chief causes - open door immigration, says New Zealand First.
The Green Party has announced a policy to bring more clarity into the political system today, in Co-leader Metiria Turei’s State of the Nation Speech.
Trade Minister Todd McClay today announced that New Zealand has released the legally verified TPP text, in its capacity as Depositary of the Agreement.
It’s Our Future will hold a march down Queen St on Thursday 4th February. It will be loud, colourful, family-friendly and inclusive of all those who oppose the signing of the TPPA. It will be a symbol of the massive public opposition to the Key government signing the TPPA.
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