Record $31 billion investment to help Auckland build back better

New Community Connect initiative to give half-price fares for 200,000 Community Services Card holders to roll out next year $1.5 billion for local boards and walking and cycling initiatives to see cycleways completed through the isthmus – $600 million more than previous package $1.3 billion for buses and ferries to help boost public transport trips […]readmore

Climate reporting for Crown financial institutions

Crown financial institutions will be expected to report on their exposure to climate risk, the Minister for Climate Change, James Shaw confirmed today.  “The Government’s expectation is that the risks posed by the climate emergency – and the action this Government is taking to address them – become a routine consideration in the investment decisions […]readmore

Next steps in Government’s ongoing work with March 15 survivors

The shuhada (martyrs), families, survivors and all those affected by the terrorist attack on two Christchurch Mosques are being acknowledged as the second anniversary approaches. An official remembrance service will take place this Saturday March 13 in Christchurch. “Our thoughts continue to be with the victims, survivors, families and all those affected by the horrific […]readmore

Transitional medicinal cannabis regulations extended

Transitional medicinal cannabis regulations will be extended by six months to 30 September 2021 as a result of COVID-19 to ensure certainty of supply, Health Minister Andrew Little says. “The Government is committed to making the system work and continuing access to prescribed medicinal cannabis products for patients who need them,” Andrew Little said. “Two […]readmore

More schools and kura delivering creative experiences

More schools and kura are helping inspire students to get creative and be involved in the arts through the second round of Creatives in Schools, Education Minister Chris Hipkins says.  Another 143 schools and kura are set to begin creative projects this year. Of these, 10 are from kura and one is from a New […]readmore

Significant support goes to Maori and whānau most at risk

Associate Minister for Health (Māori) Hon Peeni Henare is pleased to confirm that the timing and sequencing of the COVID-19 Vaccine Programme has a strong focus on protecting Māori whānau. “The COVID-19 vaccination programme is the largest and most intensive vaccination programme the health sector has ever embarked on and we are ensuring that whānau […]readmore

COVID-19 vaccine roll-out plan

Targeted roll-out over next 3-4 months will start to reach 2 million Kiwis in most at risk groups·         Plan prioritises people most at risk of harm if they get the virus and those who live and work in places where they are most likely to pick up COVID-19·         Those in South Auckland who’re over 65 or who […]readmore

Government invests to support more rangatahi into employment

Social Development and Employment Minister Carmel Sepuloni has today underlined the Government’s commitment to preparing rangatahi for employment through further investment into He Poutama Rangatahi. “Rural communities, local employers and at-risk rangatahi are all set to benefit from a$2.96m investment into five employment and skills programmes working with 193 at-risk rangatahi and their whanau,” Carmel Sepuloni […]readmore

Independent group to oversee continual improvement in COVID-19 response

A newly established advisory group will ensure New Zealand’s COVID-19 response continues to learn and adapt with a focus on continual improvement, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says. “Throughout our response to the unprecedented challenges posed by COVID-19 we have been committed to continual improvement, and independent advice has been a really important part of that process,” Chris […]readmore