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Changes to the critical workers border exception category

The Minister of Immigration has announced adjustments to immigration instructions to provide more clarity to the assessment criteria for employers wanting to request a border exception for their workers under the ‘other critical worker’ category. “As New Zealand continues on the path to recovery from COVID-19, it is important that we strike the right balance […]readmore

A modern approach to night classes

New funding to boost Government-funded Adult and Community Education (ACE) will give more than 11,000 New Zealanders more opportunities to learn, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said. “This includes a modern approach to rebuilding night classes, which were slashed in the middle of our last economic crisis in 2010,” Chris Hipkins said. “Budget 2020 included a $16 million boost to […]readmore

Disability support gets biggest-ever funding boost

·       $833 million to take pressure off disability support services and ensure access ·       $12 million to assess innovations that empower people with disabilities ·       $4.4 million to pay for in-between travel costs for disability carers The Coalition Government is lifting the support available to New Zealanders with disabilities says Associate Minister of Health Jenny Salesa. “As New […]readmore

Emergency support for Racing’s recovery

Minister for Racing Winston Peters has announced a $72.5 million dollar COVID-19 emergency support package for the racing industry. “We can’t guild the lily. The racing industry has been hit by the perfect storm of COVID-19 while in a weak financial state and in the midst of a reform programme,” Mr Peters said. “As a […]readmore

Record investment in hospitals and health services

·        Record investment in DHBs of an extra $3.92 billion ($980 million per year) ·        One-off boost of $282.5 million (operating and capital) over three years for a planned care (including elective surgery) catch-up campaign following COVID-19 disruption ·        Ongoing funding of $31.350 million per annum ($125.4 million over four years) to manage planned care in line with […]readmore

New Zealand and Australia Enhance Defence Cooperation in the fight

Australia and New Zealand have agreed to further strengthen defence cooperation in the fight against COVID-19 on both sides of the Tasman and in our Pacific neighbourhood. On 7 May 2020, Minister of Defence Ron Mark, held a joint teleconference with Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds, Australian Minister for Defence, and the Hon Melissa Price, […]readmore

Public housing build back in action

Building activity on public housing sites is back on track with nearly all 300 work sites across New Zealand expected to be up and running again this week, Housing Minister Dr Megan Woods said. Under last week’s move to Level 3, 240 Kāinga Ora public housing work sites had builders back at work. Nearly 60 […]readmore

Coronavirus: Wellington expected to come out of Covid-19 better than

Tough times loom ahead but Wellington’s high number of Government workers means it is likely to weather the coronavirus storm better than most. That is the assessment of WellingtonNZ’s boss and a new report from Greater Wellington Regional Council. While report comes with optimistic predictions for the capital city, they are only in comparison to […]readmore