NZ economy remains resilient in face of COVID impacts

Today’s GDP figures show the economy remains resilient and among the best in the world despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and reinforces the steps the government has taken to support the economy and secure the recovery, Grant Robertson said. GDP declined 1 percent in the last three months of 2020, following a 13.9 […]readmore

$20.5m investment to reduce waste going to landfill in Bay

Thousands of households in the Tauranga City will get waste collection bins for recycling, garden waste, food scraps and rubbish following a $20.5 million Government investment in reducing waste in the region. Environment Minister said the $20.5m provided to the Tauranga City Council from the Government’s Covid-19 Response and Recovery Fund (CRRF) will support essential […]readmore

Learning Support Coordinators a success

“Up to 300,000 children with diverse learning needs are getting better support to learn, with the first tranche of Learning Support Coordinators (LSCs) off to a strong start”, says Associate Minister of Education, Jan Tinetti. “It’s now been just over a year since the first LSCs started work in 1,052 individual schools and kura around the […]readmore

Backing the team for the next America’s Cup

Government congratulates Team New Zealand on America’s Cup victory·         Government commits funding to support team to stay together to build for next defence “Team New Zealand has once again made us all so proud by retaining the America’s Cup as New Zealand’s cup,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. “On behalf of all of Aotearoa I congratulate Grant Dalton, […]readmore

Government takes action to restore protections for children against child

Amendments to the retrospective provisions in the Child Protection (Child Sex Offender Government Agency Registration) Act 2016 will be introduced today. The provisions clarify the intent of Parliament when it passed the Act in 2016 for the Register to apply to all individuals who have committed a qualifying child sex offence, irrespective of when that […]readmore

Emissions pricing reaches significant milestone

A significant milestone in New Zealand’s transition to a low carbon future was reached today with the first auction of emissions allowances, said the Minister for Climate Change, James Shaw.  “One of the most significant steps our Government has taken to address the climate emergency was to reform New Zealand’s Emissions Trading Scheme. Having inherited […]readmore

Applications open again for low emission transport projects

The Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods has opened the latest round of funding to get low-emission transport ideas, off the ground. The Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund encourages innovation and investment to accelerate the uptake of low emission vehicles, through 50 per cent funding for projects. Minister Woods said the Fund has so far […]readmore

Action plan to tackle modern forms of slavery released

Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Wood today released New Zealand’s Plan of Action against Forced Labour, People Trafficking and Slavery, which sets out the all-of-government approach to combatting these crimes.                              Michael Wood said the scourge of modern slavery, including forced labour and people trafficking, is a serious problem both internationally and in New Zealand. “These […]readmore

New Zealand reaches 10,000 registered social workers milestone

“There are now more than 10,000 registered social workers in New Zealand, an increase of over 3,600 social workers over the last four years, Minister for Social Development and Employment Carmel Sepuloni announced today. “This is a significant milestone worth celebrating today on World Social Work Day,” Carmel Sepuloni said. “In 2017, there were 6,631 social workers […]readmore