Earthquake demands tax law change

New Zealand First says the government must change the Income Tax Act 2007 to help businesses rebuild after the 7.8 earthquake. “A simple change to the Income Tax Act would supercharge the coming rebuild and earthquake strengthening throughout... Read More

Negotiations to upgrade China FTA

Prime Minister John Key today announced the launch of negotiations to upgrade the New Zealand - China Free Trade Agreement (FTA). The announcement followed a meeting this morning with Trade Minister Todd McClay and Chinese Commerce Minister Gao Hucheng... Read More

Greens support Labour’s housing plan

The Green Party's housing package is a welcome complement to Labour's plan to fix the housing crisis, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little. “It's clear that, to get the affordable homes we need and save the Kiwi dream... Read More

Appointments to transport sector roles

Transport Minister Simon Bridges has made a series of appointments and reappointments to transport sector statutory bodies. Chris Moller has been reappointed as Chair of the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) and Nick Rogers as an NZTA Board member. “Reappointing... Read More

OneCheck’s 1 million milestone

  An online tool enabling business owners to quickly and easily search their company name, domain name and trademark has been used more than one million times, Small Business Minister Craig Foss says. “ONECheck,available at,... Read More

Education funding proposals

Education Minister Hekia Parata says proposed changes to the education funding system will centre on the progress and achievement of children and young people. “I've been saying for some time that the current education funding system is... Read More

Businesses spending less time on tax

Revenue Minister Michael Woodhouse and Small Business Minister Craig Foss welcomes a survey showing small businesses are continuing to spend less time on tax compliance. “Inland Revenue's emphasis on providing customer-centric services that... Read More

Paris Agreement to include Tokelau

Climate Change Minister Paula Bennett has announced New Zealand's intention to extend ratification of both the Climate Change Convention and the Paris Agreement to include Tokelau. Minister Bennett was speaking from Marrakech where countries who... Read More

Minister meets Pike families

The families of the Pike River victims and Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith met in Greymouth tonight to discuss work on decommissioning the mine and progressing the memorial track through Paparoa National Park. “This is an emotional time for... Read More

NDF & GCSB/SIS evacuation ‘concerning’

New Zealand First is concerned at New Zealand's national security given the relatively new buildings housing the New Zealand Defence Force and GCSB/SIS have been evacuated. “This is highly serious because it means our national security is... Read More

Opinion Poll

What did you do when quake hit the Kaikoura area early last Monday morning and a tsunami warning was sent out?

Heeded the warning and quickly made our way to higher ground.
Didn't receive a tsunami warning at all.
Received a tsunami warning from Civil Defence but was too late - when we woke that morning.
Ignored the warning.

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