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2 March, 2015

MPs’ remuneration to be changed

Prime Minister John Key today announced an overhaul of the Remuneration Authority Act, tying MP salaries to those of the wider public sector, which will be passed under urgency.

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28 February, 2015

PMs Key and Abbott meet in Auckland

Prime Minister John Key met with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott in Auckland today for their annual Leaders’ Talks.

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28 February, 2015

Joint Statement by Prime Ministers Hon Tony Abbott and Rt Hon John Key

Prime Minister the Hon Tony Abbott MP and Prime Minister the Rt Hon John Key met in Auckland on 28 February 2015 for the annual Australia-New Zealand Leaders’ Meeting.

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26 February, 2015

PM’s Beehive Press Conference

Most weeks, following Cabinet, the Prime Minister Rt Hon John Key holds a press conference for members of the Parliamentary Press Gallery. This page contains the transcripts from those press conferences, which are supplied by Hansard to the Office of the Prime Minister. It is important to note that the transcripts have not been edited nor verified for accuracy.

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26 February, 2015

PM disappointed with Remuneration Authority decision

Prime Minister John Key has expressed his disappointment at the Remuneration Authority’s decision to increase MP remuneration.

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25 February, 2015

PM saddened at passing of Dame Thea Muldoon

Prime Minister John Key today expressed his sadness at the passing of Dame Thea Muldoon.

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24 February, 2015

PM announces contribution to coalition against ISIL

Prime Minister John Key today announced a Government decision to deploy a military training mission to Iraq as part of New Zealand’s overall contribution to the international coalition against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

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24 February, 2015

Prime Minister’s Ministerial Statement on ISIL

Mr Speaker, today I am announcing to the House the Government’s decisions about our contribution to the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL.

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23 February, 2015

PM welcomes Australian Prime Minister

Prime Minister John Key welcomes this week’s first official visit to New Zealand by Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

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23 February, 2015

Anzac centenary commemorations planned

Prime Minister John Key has announced a week of Anzac commemoration events in Wellington marking the centenary of the First World War Gallipoli landings.

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10 February, 2015

Prime Minister’s Statement to Parliament

The Government is continuing to implement its plan to build a faster-growing economy with more jobs and rising incomes, and to support New Zealanders and their families.

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6 February, 2015

Waitangi Day Breakfast Speech

Today we commemorate 175 years of the Treaty of Waitangi relationship. It’s a relationship we should all have pride in. And we should all have great confidence that it will continue to strengthen.

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3 February, 2015

Applications open for Great Rides funding

Prime Minister and Tourism Minister John Key has announced that further funding is now available for the improvement of New Zealand’s Great Rides.

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2 February, 2015

Northland by-election date announced

Prime Minister John Key today announced the date for the by-election in Northland will be Saturday the 28th of March.

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30 January, 2015

PM acknowledges Northland MP’s resignation

Prime Minister John Key today acknowledged the resignation of Northland MP Mike Sabin for personal reasons.

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28 January, 2015

Next steps in social housing

New Zealand is in good shape and getting better. We are making great strides towards building a stronger, more prosperous country – a country where we can have a great lifestyle and earn a good income that compares well with the rest of the world.

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28 January, 2015

Social Housing

The National-led Government is committed to providing more social houses to New Zealanders in need.

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23 January, 2015

PM extends condolences following death of Saudi King

Prime Minister John Key has extended his condolences to the people of Saudi Arabia following the passing of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz.


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15 January, 2015

PM to attend World Economic Forum

Prime Minister John Key will travel to the United Kingdom, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Switzerland next week, attending meetings of the World Economic Forum and International Democrat Union.

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8 January, 2015

New Zealand condemns Paris shooting

Prime Minister John Key has strongly condemned the violent attack on the offices of the Charlie Hebdo newspaper in Paris.

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17 December, 2014

P- Report shows more people getting treatment

Prime Minister John Key says the latest Indicators and Progress Report for the Government’s Methamphetamine Action Plan shows more prisoners are completing drug treatment programmes.

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15 December, 2014

Government monitoring Sydney siege

Prime Minister John Key says the New Zealand Government is currently monitoring the situation in Sydney as events continue to unfold.

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12 December, 2014

PM welcomes new Air NZ route to Sth America

Prime Minister and Tourism Minister John Key has welcomed Air New Zealand’s announcement today that they are opening up a new route to South America.

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9 December, 2014

Foreign fighters legislation passes

Prime Minister John Key has welcomed the passing of the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill in Parliament tonight.

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9 December, 2014

NZ named best tourist destination

Prime Minister and Tourism Minister John Key says the Government’s investment in tourism is paying off with New Zealand voted the top country in the 2014 Telegraph Travel Awards, for the third year in a row.

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5 December, 2014

Boost for New Zealand Cycle Trail

Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism John Key today announced the Government is investing nearly $1 million in thirteen projects to help maintain the quality of the New Zealand Cycle Trail.

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2 December, 2014

PM welcomes report back of security Bill

Prime Minister John Key today welcomed the report back of the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill, which has been strengthened by the select committee process.

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25 November, 2014

Government Inquiry report released

Prime Minister John Key has today released the findings of the Government Inquiry into allegations regarding Judith Collins and a former Director of the Serious Fraud Office, Adam Feeley.

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25 November, 2014

PM welcomes Inspector-General’s report

Prime Minister John Key today welcomed the report of Cheryl Gwyn, Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, into issues around the release of information by the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service (NZSIS).

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23 November, 2014

Draft foreign fighters legislation released



Prime Minister John Key today released the final draft of legislation which addresses the rising threat posed by foreign terrorist fighters.



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