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The binding referendum to decide whether a separate Maori seat will be created on the Western Bay District Council could be one of the last to be held in New Zealand. Local Government New Zealand, representing the country's 78 councils, has written to the Government seeking to scrap the law that allowed polls ...
As security expert Paul Buchanan has noted in the Guardian, the UK Government directly asked New Zealand to join the action, which is largely symbolic. Some genuine spies will be caught by the expulsions but many will be diplomats who can be reassigned in future. Assessing the pros and ... Government

But Ms Ardern has told a British newspaper ditching the Monarchy is not a priority for the government. Ms Ardern will fly to London next month to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting. She told The Guardian it was likely New Zealand would transition towards republicanism. But she ...
In what is an ongoing media campaign, the New Zealand Labour Party has been embroiled for two weeks in a sexual assault scandal that has served to undermine the position of the recently elected Labour-led coalition government. The claims of sexual assault stem from an alleged incident at a ...
The report blamed a bursting prison population on successive governments for adopting tough-on-crime policies instead of following the evidence. "The New Zealand prison population is increasing and is one of the highest in the OECD at a time when crime rates are actually decreasing," the report said. science prisons
It is not known how or when M bovis entered New Zealand, one of the few countries where it is not found naturally. The government's culling decision was welcomed by the industry. Beef and Lamb New Zealand policy and advocacy general manager, Dave Harrison, said the decision provided clarity ...

There is Russian intelligence activity in New Zealand, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has confirmed. In answer to a question in Parliament today, Peters said: "The NZ SIS advise us it is aware of Russian intelligence activity in New Zealand and where it is seen, appropriate action is taken.
Right now, the New Zealand royal commission will look into youth detention centers, psychiatric hospitals and orphanages, as well as any government care services contracted out to private institutions. Although this will include some Church-run facilities, the commission doesn't include a broad mandate to ...
Source: NZN. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says New Zealand won't follow other countries in expelling Russian diplomats, because "we don't have Russian undeclared intelligence officers here". .... The New Zealand government has condemned the attack in Britain and put its free-trade talks with Russia on ice as a result.
Last night, the government announced an agreement in principle with Auckland Council and Team New Zealand for the city of sails as the venue for the blue riband event. Taxpayers will be footing $114 million of the final bill - with the council forking out almost $100 million - for a new-fangled base layout, ...
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters say the New Zealand Government will keep under review what further actions it can take to support the international community over the Salisbury attack. "We remain steadfast with our international partners in our shared concern ...
Air New Zealand is calling for harsher regulations around drones after one nearly collided with a plane. ... Aviation Authority (CAA) director Graeme Harris said a review of drone rules was near completion, and the Ministry of Transport was leading an all-of-government group to look at future regulations.
New Zealand's prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, and foreign affairs minister, Winston Peters, say they would expel Russian spies from the country, if there were ... The New Zealand government has condemned the attack and supports the international action, but says there are no such “Russian intelligence ...
Based on draft Long Term Plans already out for consultation, big rate increases look to be ahead across New Zealand. The lack of innovation within local government to identify sustainable, affordable funding solutions to its big and growing problems means just one thing, central government must step up ...
In an extraordinary intervention, Britain's High Commissioner to New Zealand, Laura Clarke, fired a public warning shot at the Labour-led government over its plans to seek a free trade deal with Russia. Following the Skripal poisoning in the UK, Clarke successfully pressured NZ to join the sanctions that ...
After two sessions it is New Zealand who has the upper hand on day one of the first day-night Test against England. Kane Williamson is unbeaten on 59. He won the toss and elected to field first. Trent Boult and Tim Southee destroyed England with swing. New Zealand lead by 30 runs with nine wickets remaining in the ...
Did you know, he barks, that billionaires like the film director James Cameron and others are setting up an alternative government in New Zealand? And that "elites" are building long runways all over the world so they can move around after society collapses? And that the US army has been doing training ...

The New Zealand government has appointed Kirk Yates as the new High Commissioner to Niue. Niue and New Zea land flags raised ... He replaces Ross Ardern, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's father, who has served in the role for nearly five years. Mr Yates is an agriculture specialist within ...
I want to know what Air New Zealand's plans are for servicing regional New Zealand." Twyford acknowledged the government couldn't instruct the airline to do anything, but he issued a warning: "They have an obligation to listen to the views of the major shareholder and take those views into account.".
The Antipodes Islands, a World Heritage Site located about 470 miles south of the southern tip of New Zealand's South Island, once had a major infestation – some 200,000 mice "preyed on bird chicks and eggs, invertebrates, and plants," The New Zealand Herald says. The government says the mice are ...
A powhiri has been held at Government house for the former US President, who's also just had a one-on-one with the Prime Minister. ... Former US President Obama tonight wowed a crowd of 1000 of New Zealand's top leaders, discussing leadership, the NZ - US relationship , his family and life since the ...
[WELLINGTON] New Zealand's central bank left the official cash rate at a record low of 1.75 per cent on Thursday, saying modest interest rates would help spur ... "Growth is expected to strengthen, supported by accommodative monetary policy, a high terms of trade, government spending and population growth," he said.
Shane Jones is a New Zealand First MP, under leader and Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters. Mr Peters heartily agreed Air New Zealand needed a good whack, and that as a company with a majority government shareholding, it should have no problem being held to account by government ministers.
... balance for the government as it decides how to handle future mining permits, to accommodate both the Greens and coalition partner New Zealand First. ... Comments Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern made about oil exploration have opened up debate about how and when the government will start the full ...
State-owned enterprises and other organisations with commercial objectives made up 18 percent. Most of the liabilities represented debt used to help fund government operations. "The New Zealand government balance sheet is currently healthy and our public finances are resilient in the face of adverse ...
The potential meeting will be watched very closely throughout the Asia-Pacific region, including by China, Japan and South Korea but also New Zealand, given the NZ government's numerous calls for peaceful negotiations to defuse what was looking like an impossible standoff between Pyongyang and ...
New Zealand and ten other countries signed the revised TPP in Chile this morning. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the government wanted to stop the investor state dispute settlement provisions from applying to New Zealand altogether, but only partly achieved that goal. "We managed in the general ...
The Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) is inviting suppliers of public cloud services to participate in the Beta testing phase of the New Zealand Government's Marketplace for public cloud services. DIA is seeking up to 30 suppliers who provide public cloud services, representing a range of organisational ...
But the president of Local Government New Zealand, Dave Cull, said freedom campers were a problem for a vast number of cities throughout New Zealand. "I think it is clear that the areas like Queenstown Lakes, McKenzie, Rotorua - places where there's obviously a lot of tourists - the sheer volume of ...
"It's funny how now they're in government they've changed their tune." Trade minister David Parker had "bamboozled" voters by failing to honestly discuss what the TPP would mean for New Zealand, Mr Hailes said. "He has made such a big deal about the 22 [items suspended from the original agreement] ...
Every Government needs a trouble-shooter, a senior minister who can be sent into dysfunctional state operations with the authority and organising skills to sort them out. Sir Minister Michael Cullen performed that role in Helen Clark's Government, Sir William Birch in the Bolger Government and Sir Geoffrey ...
Decision-making power over New Zealand's ETS should remain with elected officials, the nation's new Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment said in a report Wednesday, putting him at odds with a government keen to take the scheme out of politicians' hands. A Carbon Pulse subscription is ...
"And for all these reasons we regard it as critical for New Zealand to embark on a new, re-energized Pacific strategy." Mr Peters said the "reset" would have two distinct strands, with the first being back-to-basics diplomacy. The second he said was the government putting its money where its mouth was.
The search for New Zealand's first chief technology officer is to continue, after the government decided not to make an appointment from among the 60 applicants. An appointment for the NZ$500,000 post (US$365,000) was due to be announced at the Digital 5 Ministerial Summit in Wellington last week but ...
The minister responsible – Meka Whaitiri – says while there is public concern, rodeos are also well-attended public events. Source: 1 NEWS. Related. Animals · New Zealand. John Armstrong opinion: 'The inescapable impression in the wake of one of the most pivotal caucus meetings in the recent history ...
Despite running the largest Budget deficit in the country's history in the year of the 2011 Christchurch earthquake, New Zealand's Government debt levels are still low, something the new Labour-led Government has belatedly acknowledged. Opposition leaders in New Zealand used to stand in stadiums to ...
In a speech to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs delivered in Wellington this week, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has given us the clearest sense yet of the direction New Zealand's coalition government will take on foreign policy. Any prime minister's first big foreign policy speech attracts ...
The government yesterday put a regional growth project on ice after realising the chief executive of the company behind it is the subject of enquiries by the Serious Fraud Office. Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones said his officials have apologised for not telling him about the connection ...
NEW Zealand cops will investigate a 1981 assassination attempt on the Queen amid allegations the government tried to cover it up at the time. Christopher John ... The New Zealand Herald reports authorities were worried it might jeopardise future royal visits to the former British colony. "Lewis did indeed ...
The New Zealand Government is to lead a working group on digital rights, set up by D7, the newly expanded D5 group of five nations – New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Korea, Estonia and Israel – considered amongst the most advanced in the provision of online government services. The decision ...
The Human Rights Tribunal in New Zealand has ruled that the Government violated the Privacy Act by withholding information from Kim Dotcom. The Megaupload founder is now calling for the resignation of New Zealand's Privacy Commissioner and claims that the pending extradition case is done.
New Zealand exports in steel and aluminium were small but important to those companies affected and the Government took that very seriously. There was also concern it would escalate to affect more products. Parker said it was worrying but important to show restraint so retaliations did not spiral out of ...
New Zealand has confirmed its commitment to the practice of openness in government with statistics minister James Shaw co-signing a letter with the Government Chief Data Steward, Liz MacPherson, that officially commits New Zealand to adopting the international Open Data Charter. With the move New ...
... programme to improve educational outcomes for Pacific children and youth in New Zealand has been announced by the New Zealand government. ... Associate Minister for Education Jenny Salesa said the move also reflected the government's commitment to ensuring education is more responsive to ...
New Zealand's public sector has been ranked the least corrupt in the world in an annual global index. New Zealand scored 89 out of 100 in non-government organisation Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index, narrowly beating Denmark to top spot. The two nations were tied first last ...
Viaduct Harbour Holdings has tweaked a plan agreed to last week between the Government and Auckland Council by moving the Team New Zealand base from Hobson Wharf to Halsey Wharf. VHH chief executive Angela Bull said its plan is cheaper, requires less encroachment into the harbour and ...
Up to 1,000 tourists were stranded in New Zealand's Golden Bay on Wednesday after the remnants of Cyclone Gita buffeted the South Pacific nation, ... It has since been downgraded but still carried a sting in the tail when it reached New Zealand overnight, bringing 140 kmh winds and around 200 mm of ...
A report just released estimates the new Trans-Pacific Partnership will add between $1.2 billion and $4 billion to New Zealand's economy once it is fully ... The government-commissioned report on the economic impact of the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) estimates the ...
In order to deal with the issue it can't just attack the policies of the previous government, it also has to clean its own house. Significantly, unlike the previous National government, Ardern's government has not endorsed Xi Jinping's flagship policy the Belt Road Initiative, bringing New Zealand back in line with its allies and ...
Mr Hipkins said the government would not dictate change and wanted to work with the education sector. Schools said there was too much "red tape" that had stifled creativity and innovation, he said. "We need to change that. We need a system - from the cradle to the grave - that is inclusive, that can adapt to ...


 

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