Government takes step forward on counter terrorism laws

The Government has introduced the Counter-Terrorism Legislation Bill, designed to boost our ability to respond to a wider range of terrorist activities. The Bill strengthens New Zealand’s counter-terrorism legislation and ensures that the right legislative tools are available to intervene early and prevent harm. “This is the Government’s first step to implementing recommendation 18 of […]readmore

Carbon neutral government a step closer

Coal boiler replacements at a further ten schools, saving an estimated 7,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide over the next 10 years ·        Fossil fuel boiler replacements at Southern Institute of Technology and Taranaki DHB, saving nearly 14,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide over the next 10 years ·        Projects to achieve a total savings of around 26,000 tonnes […]readmore

Emissions report shows urgent action needed

Every part of Government will need to take urgent action to bring down emissions, the Minister for Climate Change, James Shaw said today in response to the recent rise in New Zealand’s greenhouse emissions. The latest annual inventory of New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions shows that both gross and net emissions increased by 2 percent […]readmore

Inspiring creativity through cultural installations and events

Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Carmel Sepuloni has today announced the opening of the first round of Ngā Puninga Toi ā-Ahurea me ngā Kaupapa Cultural Installations and Events. “Creating jobs and helping the arts sector rebuild and recover continues to be a key part of the Government’s COVID-19 response,” Carmel Sepuloni says. “Today’s announcement is focused on […]readmore

Staff deserve our thanks after a year of managed isolation

Staff at managed isolation and quarantine facilities have successfully managed the return home of 130,000 New Zealanders and kept five million Kiwis safe, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says. Today marks one year since the managed isolation and quarantine system was put in place. “A little over a year ago, no-one could have envisaged what […]readmore

Drug-testing law to be made permanent

Interim legislation that is already proving to keep people safer from drugs will be made permanent, Health Minister Andrew Little says. Research by Victoria University, on behalf of the Ministry of Health, shows that the Government’s decision in December to make it legal for drug-checking services to operate at festivals over the summer is changing […]readmore

Government backs Air New Zealand as Trans-Tasman bubble opens

The Government is continuing to support Air New Zealand while aviation markets stabilise and the world moves towards more normal border operations. The Crown loan facility made available to Air New Zealand in March 2020 has been extended to a debt facility of up to $1.5 billion (an additional $600 million) available to 27 August […]readmore

Strengthening Māori knowledge in science and innovation

16 projects to get $3.9 million through the Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods has today announced the 16 projects that will together get $3.9 million through the 2021 round of Te Pūnaha Hihiko: Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund, further strengthening the Government’s commitment to Māori knowledge in science and innovation. […]readmore

Government delivers next phase of climate action

Ban on new coal-fired boilers ·         Funding for businesses to move away from fossil fuels – Round one will achieve up to 10 percent of gross long-lived emissions savings required by Climate Commission in first draft budget period(1); equal to taking 49,000 cars off the road.   The Government is delivering on a key election commitment to […]readmore

Independent experts to advise Government on post-vaccination future

The Government is acting to ensure decisions on responding to the next phase of the COVID-19 pandemic are informed by the best available scientific evidence and strategic public health advice. “New Zealand has worked towards an elimination strategy which has been successful in keeping our people safe and our economy in good shape,” Minister for […]readmore