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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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New future for polytechnics and institutes of technology

Education Minister Chris Hipkins today released an number of wide-ranging proposals for strengthening our polytechnics and institutes of technology.

These proposals will ensure school leavers get high quality training opportunities and are better equipped for the changing nature of work. They will also ensure employers get the skills they need from their employees. 


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Prime Minister's Statement

Prime Minister's Statement presented to the House of Representatives on 12 February 2019.


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Week That Was: Commemorating Te Tiriti

Kia ora team and welcome to the first week of February. It's been a busy one - from commemorating Waitangi to responding to a wildfire emergency in the Nelson/Tasman districts.

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Provincial Growth Fund continues major investment in regions

The Coalition Government made a number of significant announcements about new investments through the Provincial Growth Fund this week. These investments join numerous others made through the Fund that will create jobs and boost economic development throughout New Zealand's regions.

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Prime Minister's Waitangi Day Speech

E ngā iwi e pae nei

Ki runga o Waitangi

Karanga mai, mihi mai

Tēnei te whakarongo atu nei ki ngā kupu kōrero

Ngā aituā  o te tau kua hipa

Koutou e Kingi, e Koro

Koutou katoa, haere atu rā

E aku rangatira e hui mai nei ki Waitangi 

Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou katoa

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Week that Was: Protecting New Zealand customers

It's the last week of January and things have been heating up both figuratively and literally - thanks heatwave! We've got another week full of announcements and events to catch you up on, so grab some water and shade and dive on in...

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