The Telecommunications Forum (TCF) is concerned about the process the Government has followed to extend a tax on the telecommunications industry to pay for the extension to rural broadband. Following the Budget announcements, the Government tabled a Bill in the House under urgency, to extend the Telecommunications Development Levy in order to tax the industry to pay for the next round of the rural broadband initiative.May 22, 2015, 5:58 pm
Police are disappointed with the behaviour of protesters outside Auckland's SkyCity before Prime Minister John Key's post-budget speech.May 22, 2015, 5:38 pm
The Government's backing down from its plans to totally revamp the cumbersome Resource Management Act, saying Sections 6 and 7 of the Act dealing with the environment and eco systems, will remain as they are.May 22, 2015, 5:05 pm
The Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand (the Guild) is disappointed but not surprised by the lack of funding allocated to pharmacy in yesterday’s Budget.May 22, 2015, 4:51 pm
Law changes to help grow an innovative social housing sector and house more vulnerable New Zealanders passed into law today.May 22, 2015, 4:38 pm
The Green Party is celebrating a victory for the environment, as John Key admits lack of support from other political parties has halted plans to gut the principles of the Resource Management Act.May 22, 2015, 4:33 pm
National isn't worried about the availability of part-time work for sole parents.May 22, 2015, 4:08 pm
The Prime Minister says indications from Labour today that it's looking at cutting the pension for those who continue to work after 65 are unfortunate.May 22, 2015, 4:03 pm
A team of Labour MPs took part in the 2015 World Vision 40 hour famine and we were told by World Vision and the young people, that it was the first time MPs had joined them and how appreciative they were of our support for something they are so passionate about, says Labour’s Youth Affairs spokesperson Louisa Wall.May 22, 2015, 3:49 pm
New Zealand has designated another terrorist group, Egypt-based Ansar Bayt al Maqdis, under the Terrorism Suppression Act 2002, Prime Minister John Key announced today.May 22, 2015, 3:34 pm
Palmerston North City Council is now providing a source of fluoride-free water for those residents who want it.May 22, 2015, 3:32 pm
New Zealand First is puzzled how an ice-cream top-up in Budget 2015 will do anything to stop re-offending, says New Zealand First.May 22, 2015, 3:30 pm
The Crown and the Tūhoronuku Independent Mandated Authority (Tūhoronuku IMA) have signed Terms of Negotiation and are ready to begin negotiating a Treaty settlement for the benefit of all Ngāpuhi, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Christopher Finlayson announced today.May 22, 2015, 3:29 pm
The Government has cut funding to the New Zealand police force in the latest Budget, says Labour’s Police spokesperson Kelvin DavisMay 22, 2015, 3:21 pm
The Government looks set to slash half a million dollars of funding for critical social services, including Women’s Refuge and Barnados, says Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni.May 22, 2015, 3:03 pm
The future of social housing will be a disaster with National’s social housing reforms of Budget 2015, says New Zealand First.May 22, 2015, 2:55 pm
Parents caring for disabled children are getting no empathy from National as it puts pressure on them to find jobs, says New Zealand First.May 22, 2015, 2:54 pm
Labour leader Andrew Little doesn't think it's fair for people to receive the pension when they're still working - it "has to be looked at".May 22, 2015, 2:44 pm
ASG is pleased with the New Zealand government’s commitment to education spending in the 2015 budget.May 22, 2015, 2:38 pm
Budget 2015 is creating ‘supported poverty’ that will not improve the life of one single child, says New Zealand First.May 22, 2015, 2:33 pm
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