More asset sale slush fund spending revealed

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

Rather than paying down Nationals record $60 billion debt as promised, Budget documents reveal the asset sale money is still being used as a Government slush fund, Labours State-Owned Enterprises spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove says. Read more »

Foreign Ownership Neglect at Heart of Trolley Bus Axing

Press Release – New Zealand First Party

Wellington ratepayers are paying the price for neglectful foreign ownership of the electricity company that powers the citys trolley buses, says New Zealand First. Read more »

Government backs out of social housing

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

The Government continues to move away from the states obligation to provide social housing for those most in need, says Labours Maori Affairs spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta. Read more »

Support to double for ACC hearing loss clients

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Hearing aid clients can look forward to more choice from today as improvements to hearing loss regulations come into effect, ACC Minister Judith Collins says. Read more »

Govt signs $65 million contract on new international cable

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Government-owned company Research and Educational Advanced Network New Zealand Ltd (REANNZ) has entered into a $65 million anchor tenancy contract with Hawaiki Cable Ltd for its proposed new international telecommunications cable, Science and Innovation … Read more »

Landcorp considers business case for milking sheep

Article – BusinessDesk

July 1 (BusinessDesk) – Landcorp, New Zealands largest corporate farmer, is having a serious look at milking sheep and will decide in a few months whether there is a business case for it. Read more »

Watercare’s latest 23.5% fee hike set to scare the horses

Press Release – Cameron Brewer

From tomorrow Watercares connection fee for new Auckland urban dwellings will rise by 23.5% from $9,775 to $12,075, which has already spooked the Minister for Housing, Property Council, and development sector. Read more »

CRV Ambreed, AgResearch develop eczema tolerant dairy cattle

Press Release – CRV Ambreed

Collaboration between artificial breeding company CRV Ambreed and Crown Research Institute AgResearch under the auspices of the Primary Growth Partnership (PGP) is helping to reduce the impact of facial eczema (FE) in dairy cattle by developing … Read more »

Track Record Puts Doubts Over Aratere

Press Release – New Zealand First Party

The Aratere may well be back on the Cook Strait run soon but is it fixed, asks New Zealand First. Given its past problems and the fact that KiwiRail went ahead with extending it against sound maritime advice, who says the troubles are over, says … Read more »

Final job loss numbers confirmed at Stockton mine

Press Release – Engineering Printing and Manufacturing Union

Miners on the West Coast have been told today that 135 jobs will definitely be lost at Solid Energys Stockton coal mine. Read more »

Solid Energy confirms changes at Stockton Mine in Buller

Press Release – Solid Energy NZ

Solid Energy has today confirmed to its Stockton Mine staff that it will reduce the mines output and make changes to the way work is organised. The change, outlined as a proposal to staff on 6 June, is in response to continuing low international … Read more »

Te Papa reinforces its commitment to science

Press Release – Te Papa

The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa is delighted by the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritages appointment of Professor Sir Peter Gluckman, Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister, to its Board. Read more »

Professor Sir Peter Gluckman appointed to Te Papa board

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Professor Sir Peter Gluckman has been appointed to the board of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Christopher Finlayson announced today. Read more »

Regional Council approves proposal to combine water services

Press Release – Greater Wellington Regional Council

Greater Wellington Regional Council has today formally approved the proposal for integrated delivery of water services across Wellington, Porirua and the Hutt Valley. Read more »

Happy berth-day, Arahura

Press Release – KiwiRail

The mighty quiet achiever Interisland ferry Arahura will make her 50,000th crossing of Cook Strait tomorrowmorning. Read more »

New director appointed to Hawke’s Bay Airport Board

Press Release – Joint Media Statement

Hastings District and Napier City Councils have announced the appointment of Sarah Park to the Board of Hawkes Bay Airport. A vacancy on the board arose due to the retirement of long serving board member and current Chairman John Palairet Read more »

KiwiRail Subsidies Not ‘Sustainable’

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

Responding to media reports that the Labour Party will prop up the unprofitable Capital Connection railway, Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers Union says: Labour wants to spend the equivalent of paying $3,040 per year to each commuter … Read more »

Govt secret plan to keep ACC judges out of access to justice

Press Release – Acclaim Otago

Cabinet has signed off on a paper to remove access to the Courts for injured New Zealanders. The plan, which has not had any consultation, proposes ousting judges from deciding the facts of ACC cases. Read more »

Govt tricky on real cost of asset sales

Press Release – Green Party

The true costs of the Governments asset sales are over $640 million, more than five times the $120.6 million National is claiming today, Green Party Co-leader Russel Norman said. Read more »

Treasury comes in below budget for asset sale costs

Article – BusinessDesk

June 20 (BusinessDesk) – The Treasury came in below budget for its costs in running the government’s asset sales programme. Read more »

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