The first projects of the Government’s much-touted $3 billion regional investment fund have been revealed, focused on trains, trees, and tourists.
In today's email we looked at the detail of the proposed legislation to ban foreign buyers, and detail what Defence Minister Ron Mark claims is "the biggest blowout" yet found by the new Government.
Agriculture, Food Safety and Biosecurity Minister Damien O'Connor has decided to keep the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) intact as one ministry, but it will reorganise it into four branches.
Officials have warned the Government that meeting its greenhouse gas commitments under the Paris Agreement could cost up to $36 billion by 2030 and it should do as much to adapt to climate change as it does on preventing it, Eloise Gibson reports from the Briefing for the Incoming Minister for Climate Change.
Around Parliament, there’s no-one quite like Shane Jones. He explains to Shane Cowlishaw how he will plant a billion trees and spend a billion dollars, likely ruffling feathers along the way.
The US university pension fund, Harvard Management Company, has put its 28.75% stake in New Zealand's largest forestry business, Kaingaroa Timberlands, up for sale.
On its third day in operation WorkSave NZ said it had shut down 15 logging operations as another forestry worker was killed. Steven Joyce announced over NZ$800 million of funding for seven new science challenges, Michael Woodhouse reported over-stayer numbers had dropped by a third and deportation costs had halved since 2005, and MWH was awarded a NZ$100 million contract to repair state houses in Christchurch.
Under growing pressure to take more action on safety in the forestry industry, Labour Minister Simon Bridges has signalled at least one prosecution and possibly more.
Chorus launched a High Court challenge to the Commerce Commission's ruling on copper broadband pricing, John Key took corporate manslaughter off the table in the debate around workplace safety and Key was careful not to offend China in comments about the new air defence zone over the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea.
Nathan Guy announced funding to research 'lifestyle' wines, Hekia Parata and Steven Joyce announced extra funding to improve maths and science teaching, Judith Collins introduced her court system modernisation bill, Nick Smith unveiled another social housing project and Simon Bridges announced after another forestry worker death that MBIE had shut down 14 of the 150 logging operations it had inspected.