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PM Statement on Christchurch

Mr Speaker,

Al salam Alaikum 

Peace be upon you. And peace be upon all of us.  

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Live chat on climate

On Wednesday 14 March, the Prime Minister joined Minister for Climate Change James Shaw and a number of representatives for the School Strike 4 Climate group, to talk about what we're doing as a Government, and as a country, to help tackle climate change. This chat was held during lunchtime hours at Wellington College, and livestreamed to an audience of thousands across the country.

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Week That Was: Cracking down on scalpers and rustlers

Some of our best moments from this past week include:

  • Addressing ticket scalping
  • Cracking down on livestock rustling
  • Investing in forestry
  • International Women's Day!
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Celebrating women on International Women's Day

Happy International Women's Day! Check out a few things our Government has done to improve the lives of women in New Zealand. There's still more to do - but today we recognise just how far we've come.

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Week That Was: Investing in education and mental health

Some of the things we got up to this week:

  • Botany Secondary College rebuild announcement
  • Wellington Girls' College rebuild announcement
  • Mental health facilities funding in Christchurch
  • and more!...
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Putting tamariki first

This Sunday is Children’s Day – a time to celebrate our tamariki and reflect on how we can make sure every child gets a great start in life.

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Week That Was: Te Matatini

Some of the highlights from this week include:

  • Te Matatini Kapa Haka festival brings thousands to the capital
  • Tax Working Group final report released
  • Anniversary of 2011 Christchurch earthquake
  • Biosecurity NZ swings into action following news of Queensland fruitfly
  • Largest police workforce in NZ history

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FAQ: Government response to Tax Working Group report

This week, the Tax Working Group (TWG) released their final report. The TWG is an independent entity from the Government. Their report provides a number of recommendations on how to make our tax system fairer. 

Our Coalition Government will take a measured response to this report. We will work together to take into consideration the report's findings, and to find consensus on the best overall package for New Zealanders. We are not bound to accept the recommendations it put forward. It is highly unlikely all recommendations will need to be implemented.

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Week That Was: Rethinking our polytechnics

This week included the first meeting of Parliament for the year, beginning with the Prime Minister's statement in the House. We also saw a major shake-up of the future of the vocational education sector, celebrated Chinese New Year, and launched a free counselling for 18 to 25 year olds pilot programme. 

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