The Child Poverty Reduction Bill requires the creation of New Zealand's first Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy.
The Strategy will commit Government to set and report on its actions to improve the wellbeing of all children and young people.
The Strategy will set out how Government will deliver on its vision: New Zealand is the best place in the world for children and young people.
This bill implements the decisions announced by the Government in September 2016 aimed at breaking the pattern of family violence and reducing the harm and cost inflicted on those who suffer violence and wider New Zealand society, including increasing access to risk and needs assessments and services, more accurately recording family violence offending in the criminal justice system, enabling the introduction of codes of practice, and new information sharing provisions.
To deliver more dynamic and successful cities that better meet the needs for housing, employment and amenity, the Government is proposing that major urban development projects are able to be built more quickly.
Public consultation on the budget this year contains a range of topics, including proposed new targeted rates, as well as a range of options for rates rises.
The Government is seeking views on its proposed ban on the sale and manufacture of plastic microbeads in personal care products in New Zealand.
This omnibus bill covers a wide range of legislative reforms to support the new operating model for the Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki, and will establish the statutory framework required to create a more child-centred operating model to meet the needs of vulnerable children and young persons.
This bill amends Part 2A of the Health Act 1956 by inserting a power for DHBs to make decisions and give directions about the fluoridation of local government drinking water supplies in their areas.
Public submissions are now being invited on the Inquiry, which will examine the law and administrative procedures for the conduct of Local Authority elections in light of the 2016 local elections.