All aboard Hamilton to Auckland commuter train

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Transport Minister Michael Wood today joined the official launch of the Te Huia commuter rail service, which connects Waikato and Auckland. The Government has invested $85.8 million in the service through Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency. Local authorities have provided $12.2 million. “Te Huia has the potential to replace up […]readmore

COVID-19 vaccine for urgent overseas travel

The Government has confirmed strict criteria for early vaccinations for people who need to travel outside of New Zealand on compassionate grounds or for reasons of national significance, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. Two weeks ago the Government set out the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out plan – beginning with those most at risk of getting […]readmore

Budget 2021 date announced

Budget 2021 will be delivered on Thursday 20 May, Finance Minister Grant Robertson announced today. “My focus continues to be on making sure spending is targeted at the areas and people that need it the most. “We will manage the books carefully including ensuring we are getting value for money in all areas of Government […]readmore

New way of working designed to foster better mental wellbeing

Associate Health Minister Peeni Henare, says creating new ways of procuring services for Māori mental wellbeing will make a significant difference to Māori over time. “Māori have poorer mental health and addiction outcomes and we need to develop services that are designed by Māori, for Māori,” Peeni Henare said. The Ministry of Health has brought […]readmore

Govt keeps international flights flying and airfreight flowing

The Government has extended support to the aviation sector through to the end of October 2021 to help keep New Zealand connected with trade partners and maintain international passenger services, Transport Minister Michael Wood announced today. Michael Wood said the Government moved swiftly to keep freight flowing at the beginning of the pandemic to help […]readmore

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei tell their history on the anniversary of

A new online resource launched today sharing the history of North Island iwi Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei – including their long association with Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland), their Te Tiriti o Waitangi settlement and their aspirations for the future. A collaboration between Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei and Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage, this resource is the […]readmore

Support for PNG following surge in COVID cases

New Zealand is providing support to Papua New Guinea following a surge in COVID-19 cases and deaths, Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta has announced. “New Zealand is very concerned by the worsening COVID-19 situation in Papua New Guinea, and have agreed to assist where we can,” said Nanaia Mahuta. “New Zealand is committed to supporting our Pacific neighbours […]readmore

Backing the trades to support the rebuild

The Government is extending the Apprenticeship Boost initiative by four months to further support trades and trades training, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. The announcement was made during a visit to Fair and Square Building Services Ltd in Lower Hutt, Wellington and forms part of a suite of measures to be announced next week to help […]readmore

Law simplifies and encourages child support

 Fairer and more effective penalty rules ·       Compulsory deductions of financial support from source deduction payments made by an employer for newly liable parents ·       A fairer definition of “income” used for child support purposes, and ·       A four-year time bar on the reassessment of child support The Child Support Act has been amended to reduce the scheme’s […]readmore

Strengthening water fluoridation decisions

Proposed changes to Fluoridation Bill further ensures we are taking a safe, effective and affordable approach to improving children’s oral heath, Associate Health Minister Dr Ayesha Verrall announced today. “Tooth decay is one of the leading causes of preventable hospitalisations for children,” Dr Ayesha Verrall said. “In its current form, the Health (Fluoridation of Drinking […]readmore