Continued Change amongst the Positive News for Science

Press Release – New Zealand Association of Scientists

The New Zealand Association of Scientists (NZAS) says there is good news for science in the 2016, but also lot of uncertainty. Read more »

ETS subsidy removal one small step on long road

Press Release – Caritas Aotearoa

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand welcomes todays Budget announcement of a long-overdue phase out of the two-for-one subsidy in the Emissions Trading Scheme allowing some businesses to pay one emissions unit for every two tonnes of pollution they emit. Read more »

English: Budget Speech

Speech – New Zealand Government

I move that the Appropriation (2016/17 Estimates) Bill be now read a second time. Its a privilege to present the eighth Budget of this National-led Government. I recall our first Budget, delivered in difficult times, with Treasury forecasting … Read more »

NZ dollar falls as Fonterra forecast disappoints market

Article – BusinessDesk

May 26 (BusinessDesk) – The New Zealand dollar fell after Fonterra Cooperative Group gave a lower-than-expected opening forecast for the 2017 milk payout, which it said partly reflected a strong currency, stoking expectations the Reserve Bank will cut … Read more »

Scrapping two-for-one in ETS not enough to save our climate

Press Release – Green Party

National’s Budget has failed for the eighth year in a row to do anything meaningful to protect the climate, with its scrapping of the dodgy two-for-one carbon credit scheme unlikely to significantly reduce our emissions, the Green Party said today. Read more »

Budget ‘16 a tragedy for the environment

Press Release – Forest And Bird

DOCs conservation budget has been slashed by a quarter with a $57.5 million reduction in baseline funding for essential activities protecting native species.* Read more »

University of Auckland welcomes boost in research funding

Press Release – University of Auckland

Vice-Chancellor of the University of Auckland, Professor Stuart McCutcheon applauded the Governments increased support for the Marsden Fund. Read more »

2016 Budget a missed opportunity

Press Release – Tick for Kids

The Tick for Kids* coalition is disappointed that the Budget delivered today will do little to address the crisis of child poverty and hardship. Read more »

Budget Says Auckland Council Needs To Do More

Press Release – Mark Thomas

The just released Government budget makes it clear that Auckland Council needs to do more to help itself says Mayoral candidate Mark Thomas. Read more »

Parents will pay more as school budgets frozen

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

Parents will pay more for their kids education as a result of this years Budget after the Government froze operational funding for schools, Labours Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. Read more »

Barnardos welcomes Budget help for children, more needed

Press Release – Barnardos

Barnardos welcomes the Budgets prioritised social investment and extra funding and support for children and young people. Read more »

Public servants do the hard yards but still miss out

Press Release – Public Service Association

Public servants are the ones who deserve a standing ovation in this years Budget, the PSA says – not finance minister Bill English, whos outlined a lacklustre and unimaginative set of figures today aimed at further reducing the size of government. Read more »

Taxpayers still cleaning up after polluters

Press Release – Fish and Game New Zealand

The governments announcement of a $100 million dollar fund to clean up the countrys increasing number of degraded rivers and lakes shows taxpayers are continuing to pay for polluters, according to the environmental organisation Fish & Game. Read more »

Tobacco Excise Increase To Drive Illegal Market

Press Release – Imperial Tobacco

Imperial Tobacco New Zealand Limited says that the excise increases announced in todays Budget ignore the reality of tobacco consumption in New Zealand. Read more »

Budget an insult to the thousands without homes

Press Release – Auckland Action Against Poverty

Budget an insult to the thousands without homes Media release Thursday 26 May 2016 Todays Budget is pitiful in the face of the biggest housing crisis since the 1930s Depression. With thousands of people homeless in Auckland alone, Bill Englishs … Read more »

Budget message to Auckland Council

Press Release – Auckland Chamber of Commerce

The $100 million boost to develop Auckland housing confirmed in todays Budget was accompanied with a message to Auckland Council to lift its performance and pick up the pace or government will do it for them, says Michael Barnett, Auckland Chamber … Read more »

Vision needed to plan for NZ’s housing needs

Press Release – Harcourts

Instead, Harcourts CEO Chris Kennedy says it is going to take visionary leadership from local government to deal with our chronic housing shortage. Read more »

Budget offers no tax surprises, but are tax cuts on horizon?

Press Release – Deloitte

Budget 2016 continued the theme of not being the vehicle to announce tax policy measures, according to Deloitte. Read more »

Shock school funding freeze means parents pay more

Press Release – Green Party

Parents up and down the country will have to pay more for their childs education, following the National Governments surprise budget move to freeze funding for schools operational grants, the Green Party said today. Read more »

Budget sticks a bigger band aid over NZ’s housing crisis

Press Release – Community Housing Aotearoa

Budget sticks a bigger band aid over New Zealands social and affordable housing crisis Read more »

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