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Productivity Commission inquiry into immigration settings

The Productivity Commission will hold an inquiry into immigration settings to ensure New Zealand’s long term prosperity and wellbeing, Grant Robertson and Kris Faafoi say. This inquiry, the first under the new Productivity Commission chair, Dr Ganesh Nana, will focus on immigration policy as a means of improving productivity in a way that is directed […]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

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

Pōwhiri marks the start of a critical year for APEC

New Zealand kicked off its APEC host year today, with a pōwhiri taking place on Wellington’s waterfront with local iwi Te Atiawa, and a number of Government ministers welcoming representatives from the other 20 APEC economies. “APEC is a hugely important international event, and New Zealand is hosting amidst the challenge of global disruption and […]readmore

New fund launched to reduce carbon emissions from coal and

The Labour Government is quickly delivering a key election policy that will help business to switch from fossil fuels like coal and gas to clean energy for process heat while accelerating the economic recovery from Covid. The $70 million fund will allow business and industries to access financial support to switch away from boilers run […]readmore

Border exceptions for a small number of international students with

The Government has established a new category that will allow 250 international PhD and postgraduate students to enter New Zealand and continue their studies, in the latest set of border exceptions. “The health, safety and wellbeing of people in New Zealand remains the Government’s top priority. Tight border restrictions remain critical to protecting New Zealanders […]readmore

Ministry of Defence Biodefence Assessment released

The Ministry of Defence has today released a Defence Assessment examining Defence’s role across the spectrum of biological hazards and threats facing New Zealand. Biodefence: Preparing for a New Era of Biological Hazards and Threats looks at how the NZDF supports other agencies’ biodefence activities, and considers the context of the wider impacts of biological […]readmore

Labour will boost rural connectivity

New $60 million infrastructure fund for capacity and backhaul upgrades to boost connectivity $10 million for radio spectrum for rural connectivity Digital connectivity is more important than ever as New Zealand makes a successful economic recovery from the impacts of COVID-19, and the Labour Party is committed to investing in world class digital infrastructure to […]readmore

New Zealand and Uruguay unite on reducing livestock production emissions

Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor and Uruguayan Minister of Livestock, Agriculture and Fisheries Carlos María Uriarte have welcomed the launch of a three-year project that will underpin sustainable livestock production in Uruguay, Argentina, and Costa Rica.  The project called ‘Innovation for pasture management’ is led by Uruguay’s National Institute of Agricultural Research (INIA).  It aims to […]readmore

Law and order reform focused on wellbeing

Roll out meth treatment programme to 4,000 more people  Establish an Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Court in Hawke’s Bay Expand Māori Pathways prison rehabilitation programme to wāhine Māori Strengthen the Māori, Pacific and Ethnic Services Group within Police The long-term project to reduce offending and improve rehabilitation will continue under Labour with a commitment […]readmore