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MPs vote for choice and compassion - ACT

14 December 2017 - 4:25pm

"Tonight, Parliament has taken a big first step towards providing choice and compassion for those suffering intolerably with a terminal illness", ACT Leader David Seymour says.

"I welcome my parliamentary colleagues voting for my End of Life Choice Bill by 76 to 44.

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Labour and National: Brothers from different mothers - ACT

14 December 2017 - 4:25pm

"Bill English and Steven Joyce are crying crocodile tears over tax cuts that never existed", says ACT Leader David Seymour.

"If National wanted to complain about the new Government raising taxes, it should have cut them instead of just talking a big game when it was in power.

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NZ Privacy Commissioner files submission in the US Supreme Court

14 December 2017 - 4:11pm

The New Zealand Privacy Commissioner has filed a submission in the United States Supreme Court in a case concerning the execution of a US search warrant to access information held in servers outside the United States.

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Govt's child poverty figures all smoke and mirrors - Bennett

14 December 2017 - 4:03pm

The Government is hiding behind a smokescreen and is blustering about the number of children it plans to lift out of poverty, National’s spokesperson for Children Paula Bennett says.

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Barnardos welcomes Government's strong focus on children

14 December 2017 - 4:01pm

Barnardos welcomes the Government’s strong focus on children in the Government’s Families Package and Budget Policy Statement 2018 announced today. 

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Government confirms less cash for 1.2m Kiwis - Joyce

14 December 2017 - 3:41pm

The Coalition Government’s legislation today to remove the tax threshold changes from Budget 2017 will mean less money for 1.2 million working Kiwis, National Party Finance Spokesperson Steven Joyce says.

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Kelvin Davis congratulates new Corrections graduates

14 December 2017 - 2:52pm

Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis has congratulated 20 new Corrections officers and offender employment instructors who graduated at a ceremony in Upper Hutt today.

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Electricity retailers welcome Winter Energy Payment

14 December 2017 - 2:09pm

The Electricity Retailers’ Association of New Zealand (ERANZ) welcomes the additional Winter Energy Payment for beneficiaries and superannuitants that was announced by the coalition Government today.

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Government debt going up instead of down - Joyce

14 December 2017 - 1:46pm

Today’s half yearly accounts from Treasury have confirmed that Government debt will be going up instead of dropping over the next five years after just 49 days of the new Coalition Government, National Party Finance Spokesman Steven Joyce says.

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Seales family celebrates End Of Life Choice vote

14 December 2017 - 1:40pm

Last night, the New Zealand parliament voted in support of David Seymour’s End of Life Choice Bill at first reading, with 76 votes for, and 44 against.

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Children and families gain under Govt's policies - Sepuloni

14 December 2017 - 1:19pm

The Government is delivering on its promise to help low- and middle-income families with children, and to reduce child poverty.

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Govt makes steps towards repaying long-term debts to society - CTU

14 December 2017 - 1:17pm

CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg welcomed the Government’s Half Year Fiscal Update as a positive sign that the Government was willing to repay the social and environmental deficits run up over the last 9 years.

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Pacific people to benefit from Government’s Families Package - Sio

14 December 2017 - 1:10pm

Pacific families are set to benefit from the Government’s Families Package, says Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio.

The key elements of the Families Package include:

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Families Package will make a real difference to Māori - Davis

14 December 2017 - 1:06pm

The Government’s Families Package will make a real difference to Māori families and help give their children a better start in life, Labour Deputy Leader Kelvin Davis says.

The key elements of the Families Package include:

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Tax working group should be tasked with fiscal neutrality - Taxpayers' Union

14 December 2017 - 1:06pm

With the Budget Policy Statement indicating fiscal restraint, and the Government not signalling increases in revenue over and above nominal growth and fiscal drag, the Tax Working Group should be tasked to offer fiscally neutral solutions says the Taxpayers’ Union.

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Winter energy payments to keep a million Kiwis warm and healthy

14 December 2017 - 1:04pm

As part of the Government’s Families Package, a new Winter Energy Payment (WEP) will help a million people with the costs of heating their homes in winter, Minister for Energy and Resources Megan Woods and Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni say.

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Winter energy payment is universalism at its worst - Taxpayers' Union

14 December 2017 - 1:03pm

Responding to the Government’s plan to give everyone over the age of 65 hundreds of dollars to pay for heating over Winter is an expensive mistake, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union.

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Coalition and Confidence and Supply Agreement commitments covered - Robertson

14 December 2017 - 1:02pm

The costs of delivering on commitments made in the Coalition and Confidence and Supply Agreements will be met within the operating and capital allowances set out in the 2018 Budget Policy Statement, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says.

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KiwiBuild to lift house construction investment - Twyford

14 December 2017 - 1:02pm

The Government’s KiwiBuild initiative will deliver 100,000 affordable houses over the next 10 years, giving hope to first-home buyers and addressing New Zealand’s housing crisis, Minister of Housing and Urban Development Phil Twyford says.

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Govt urged to increase aid funding in today's mini-budget

14 December 2017 - 1:02pm

The international charity sector is calling on the new government to back New Zealand’s humanitarian and development work in the Pacific and across the world, and urgently increase funding for aid and development in today’s mini-budget.

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