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
Read more below...
Te Matatini took over Wellington this week, with people flocking in their thousands to attend the world's largest Kapa Haka festival. While for some it was a great chance to experience Kapa Haka excellence, for many others the festival was also an opportunity to reconnect with friends and whānau. Te Matatini ensures the continued celebration the Kapa Haka tradition, and allows people from all walks of life to enjoy Māori performing arts and expression of Māori cultural identity on the national stage. The cultural festival was attended by many of our MPs, including our Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
The Tax Working Group released their final report this week.
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 reports 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.
Friday was the anniversary of Christchurch's 2011 earthquake. The Prime Minister posted this to mark the importance of the day and remember those still affected.
The second find of an unwanted fruit fly has triggered New Zealand’s most well-oiled biosecurity response.
This is a pest that could significantly harm our $5.5 billion horticulture sector and is why the Government is committed to do what it takes to keep it from establishing here.
There will be cross agency support for Biosecurity NZ to ensure it can call on all the resources it needs given the fruit fly responses alongside Mycoplasma bovis.
Police Minister Stuart Nash celebrated a new milestone this week as the Police workforce reached the highest figure in its history.
The total number of frontline officers, support staff, and others in the organisation who work to keep communities safe has now passed the 13,000 mark.
The organisation is made up of frontline officers, recruits in training, and non-constabulary support staff. While the workforce of uniformed and plain-clothed officers is often the most visible face of Police, it is also important to acknowledge those who work behind the scenes to keep our communities safe.
This number demonstrates how we've been working hard to create strong and secure communities for New Zealanders across the country.