Politics

Brakes applied to executives pay increases

Minister of State Services Chris Hipkins today welcomed the 2018 State Sector Pay Report, which shows pay increases for chief executives are slowing. Pay increases for public service chief executives slowed to 0.9% in 2017/18, down from 2% the previous...... Read More

Addiction services back govt move on synthetic cannabis

Organisations working with people addicted to synthetic cannabis are backing the government's plan to take a less punitive and more health-based approach towards them. Over the past year more than 50 people have died as a result of taking synthetic...... Read More

Safer MSD Service Centre roll out

Minister for Social Development, Carmel Sepuloni, today visited the Otara Work and Income service centre, the first Auckland office with the new and improved security features stemming from the Ashburton tragedy in 2014. “Today is an important...... Read More

Govt action on synthetics drugs crisis applauded

The NZ Drug Foundation has welcomed the Government’s response to synthetic drug deaths. The response strikes a balance between giving law enforcement the tools they need to target criminal networks and changing drug law to make it easier for...... Read More

Progress for women in the public service

The Public Service Workforce Data 2018 report released today shows improvements for women in the public service, says Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter. The annual report by the State Services Commission shows the 2018 public service gender pay...... Read More

Public service bosses get extra week annual leave

State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes has given public service chief executives an extra week's annual leave to make up for the financial hit they have taken as a result of losing their performance pay. In August the Services Minister Chris...... Read More

Letting fees come to an end

Renters throughout the country are rejoicing at the official end of letting fees. From today, the law that bans letting agents and property management companies from charging a fee to tenants for their services comes into effect. Renters United spokesperson...... Read More

New cycleway opens in iconic Oriental Bay

Minister of Transport Phil Twyford and Associate Minister for Transport Julie Anne Genter today opened a new cycleway along Oriental Parade that will improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians. The new cycleway will form part of the Great Harbour...... Read More