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Supporting Communities And Landowners To Grow Employment Opportunities

Published: Thu 14 Jan 2021 02:55 PM
Jobs for Nature funding is being made available to conservation groups and landowners to employ staff and contractors in a move aimed at boosting local biodiversity-focused projects, Conservation Minister Kiritapu Allan has announced. Read more...

Border Exception For Some Returning International Tertiary Students

Published: Thu 14 Jan 2021 12:32 PM
The Government has approved an exception class for 1000 international tertiary students, degree level and above, who began their study in New Zealand but were caught offshore when border restrictions began. The exception will allow students to return to New ... Read more...

Tiwai Point Deal Great News For Southland

Published: Thu 14 Jan 2021 10:31 AM
The deal between Tiwai Point and Meridian Energy to keep the smelter open until the end of 2024 is good news for the staff, contractors and wider Southland community, MP for Invercargill Penny Simmonds says. “Tiwai Point is an important part of Southland’s ... Read more...

Tiwai Deal Gives Time For Managed Transition

Published: Thu 14 Jan 2021 08:54 AM
Today’s deal between Meridian and Rio Tinto for the Tiwai smelter to remain open another four years provides time for a managed transition for Southland. Read more...

Lack Of Clarity On Vaccine Delivery Astonishing

Published: Wed 13 Jan 2021 05:28 PM
“The Government’s inability to provide clarity on when the Covid-19 vaccines it has purchased will arrive is alarming and deserves a much better explanation,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “Grant Robertson told NewstalkZB today ‘I can ... Read more...

Govt’s Careful Economic Management Recognised

Published: Wed 13 Jan 2021 03:51 PM
The Government’s prudent fiscal management and strong policy programme in the face of the COVID-19 global pandemic have been acknowledged by the credit rating agency Fitch. Read more...

Security At NZ Parliament

Published: Wed 13 Jan 2021 01:04 PM
Media Statement – Parliamentary Service Chief Executive, Rafael Gonzalez-Montero 13 January 2021 Recent events around the world and this morning’s incident at our own Parliament buildings have resulted in increased interest in the security measures ... Read more...

Criticism Unfounded – We Must Get Tracing Numbers Up

Published: Wed 13 Jan 2021 11:19 AM
“Criticism of ACT’s proposal to make scanning into any premises with an official Ministry of Health Covid-19 tracing QR code compulsory for those people who haven’t switched on the official NZ Covid Tracer app’s Bluetooth capability is misplaced,” ... Read more...

Stricter Rules Needed For High Risk Arrivals

Published: Wed 13 Jan 2021 10:00 AM
The Government needs to change the way arrivals from the United Kingdom and other high risk destinations are being treated and adopt stricter rules in MIQ for high risk arrivals, National’s Covid-19 Response spokesperson Chris Bishop says. “The ... Read more...

Hipkins Contradicts Aussie PM – Who’s Right?

Published: Wed 13 Jan 2021 08:54 AM
“Health Minister Chris Hipkins has this morning defended the Government’s tardy vaccination plans by saying Australia hasn’t received its stocks of vaccine yet, and he believes both countries will receive them sometime in March,” says ACT Leader ... Read more...
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