Nats’ budget a double-crewed ambulance at bottom of cliff

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

Nationals election year Budget shows that theres no coincidence Finance Minister Steven Joyce doubles as Nationals campaign manager, says Labours Finance Spokesperson Grant Robertson. Read more »

Budget Speech 2017

Speech – New Zealand Government

I move that the Appropriation (2017/18 Estimates) Bill be now read a second time. Read more »

‘Kiwifail’ black hole continues to grow

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

Budget 2017 continues with the tradition of hundreds of millions diverted to Kiwirail but an apparent abandonment of the Governments Turn Around Plan to get Kiwirail on a fiscally sustainable path. Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers … Read more »

Government beefs up funding for R&D growth grants by $74.6M

Article – BusinessDesk

May 10 (BusinessDesk) – Science and Innovation Minister Paul Goldsmith announced the government is beefing up its support for Callaghan Innovations research and development growth grants to meet growing demand. Read more »

Gov’t of NZ Financial Statements: 9 months ended 31 March

Press Release – New Zealand Treasury

The Financial Statements of the Government of New Zealand for the nine months ended 31 March 2017 were released by the Treasury today. The statements are compared against forecasts based on the 2016 Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update (HYEFU) published … Read more »

Promised spending on mental health fails to address neglect

Press Release – People’s Mental Health Review

ActionStation/People’s Mental Health Review: Promised spending on mental health fails to address years of neglect Read more »

BUDGET: English flags $321M social investment package

Article – BusinessDesk

May 3 (BusinessDesk) – Prime Minister Bill English earmarked $321 million from this month’s budget to go into a social investment programme targeting the most vulnerable sectors of society where he says an early and bigger intervention can save taxpayers … Read more »

Michael Cullen and Mike O’Brien: Menace of social investment

Press Release – New Zealand Fabian Society

Sir Michael Cullen and Mike OBrien – The menace of the social investment approach! – Thurs May 4th – Auckland Read more »

Gov’t of NZ Financial Statements: 8 months ended 28 February

Press Release – The Treasury

The Financial Statements of the Government of New Zealand for the eight months ended 28 February 2017 were released by the Treasury today. The statements are compared against forecasts based on the 2016 Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update (HYEFU) … Read more »

Government Would Be ‘Short Sighted” To Rule Out Visitor Levy

Press Release – United Future NZ Party

United Future leader Hon Peter Dunne says that a failure to introduce an overseas visitor levy to help fund conservation infrastructure would be short-sighted and disappointing. Read more »

McClay put the kaibosh on Landcorp name change plan

Article – BusinessDesk

March 31 (BusinessDesk) – Government-owned farmer Landcorp was rebuffed by State-Owned Enterprises Minister Todd McClay from changing its name to align its business with its new ‘Pamu’ brand, amid claims it was “a waste of time and money”, according to … Read more »

Fiscal responsibility requires more focus on children

Press Release – Child Poverty Action Group

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) says that to be fiscally responsible, an incoming Government needs to stop looking at ways to reduce debt and think about ways to reduce spending on the ambulance at the bottom of the hill, specifically by committing to … Read more »

Local govt pushes billion dollar bog fund for tourism

Article – BusinessDesk

March 14 (BusinessDesk) – Local Government New Zealand estimates the country needs to plan for $1.38 billion of new public toilets, carparks, freedom camping facilities, footpaths and other basic infrastructure if the tourism industry is to keep up with … Read more »

NZ Gov’t Financial Statements for 7 months ended 31 Jan 2017

Press Release – The Treasury

The Financial Statements of the Government of New Zealand for the seven months ended 31 January 2017 were released by the Treasury today. The statements are compared against forecasts based on the 2016 Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update (HYEFU) … Read more »

National moves to secure NZ’s future

Press Release – New Zealand National Party

The National-led government has got NZ back on its feet, people into jobs, the economy into surplus, and tackled natural disasters. Read more »

English’s “Assurances” Against Record of Attacks on NZ Super

Press Release – New Zealand First Party

Rt Hon Winston Peters New Zealand First Leader Member of Parliament for Northland 6 MARCH 2017 Englishs Statements of Assurances Against His Record of Attacks on NZ Super Read more »

Monthly Economic Indicators for February 2017

Press Release – New Zealand Treasury

The Monthly Economic Indicators for February 2017 have now been published on the Treasury website: http://www.treasury.govt.nz/economy/mei/feb17 Read more »

Tax reforms a powerful, may make business in NZ tougher

Article – BusinessDesk

Tax reforms a powerful package but may make it tougher to do business in NZ Read more »

Suppressed housing report shows ideological policy failure

Press Release – Public Service Association

A Treasury report into Nationals social housing policy details how fundamentally flawed its ideology-driven approach is, the PSA says. Read more »

Next steps for WCC following today’s URM update from Govt

Press Release – Wellington City Council

From here Wellington City Council will work through these streets and apply MBIEs criteria to identify buildings with street facing parapets and facades on busy, high traffic areas (pedestrian or vehicles) which are already considered to be vulnerable … Read more »

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