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Government Ministers are asking significant private enterprises to adopt prompt payment practices in line with the state sector, as a way to improve cashflow for small businesses.

“This Budget is about creating jobs. We know how businesses and workers have been impacted by this global pandemic. This Government is backing businesses to regain the confidence to invest as we work together to grow the economy in the face of this global recession,” Finance Minister Grant Robertson said.

Millions of dollars in cash support has begun flowing to businesses through the largest tax refund package in modern New Zealand history.

The Minister of Police says an independent audit of the firearms buyback and amnesty shows it was well run but ongoing vigilance is needed to keep prohibited weapons out of the wrong hands.

The Government will provide interest free loans for a year to small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 economic shock to support their immediate cashflow needs and meet fixed costs.

A significant package of tax reforms will be pushed through all stages in Parliament today to throw a cash flow lifeline to small businesses.

An organised crime group with links to the U.S. and Australia has been added to the list of gangs whose patches are prohibited from government buildings.

The Government has announced a suite of new measures to provide relief for small and medium-sized businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Officers from Police and the Aviation Security Service are teaming up to ensure compliance with the COVID-19 lockdown and provide community reassurance about safety and law enforcement.

Farmers whose herds were culled in response to the outbreak of Mycoplasma bovis will be able to minimise the tax treatment of their income in some circumstances.

Frontline Police numbers have broken through the 10,000 mark for the first time in history as officers step forward to keep the community safe during the COVID19 lockdown.

Urgent legislation has been passed to support the package of economic and social measures needed to recover from the impact of the coronavirus outbreak.

A new trial scheme will see a Police officer, paramedic and mental health professional respond in a special team to mental health emergency calls in Wellington city.

The primary sector’s strength, resilience and ability to respond to the effects of drought and the global impact of COVID-19 is highlighted by a new report out today.

A proposed law change will improve the administration of the child support scheme to ensure greater fairness for children and their families.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today announced the appointment of Andrew Coster as the next Commissioner of Police.

A crime prevention initiative to improve the safety of workers in small businesses like dairies, liquor stores and petrol stations is to be rolled out to hundreds more locations.

The government is to provide further relief to the rock lobster industry due to severe market disruptions caused by the impact of the COVID-19 virus on the Chinese market.

A milestone has been reached with the graduation of more than 2,000 new Police officers since the Coalition Government took office in October 2017.

Government Ministers today celebrated 20 years of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park/ Ko te Pataka kai o Tikapa Moana/ Te Moananui a Toi, and recognise there is much to celebrate and so much more to do to give nature a helping hand.

New legislation is being proposed which aims to reduce the stress and financial hardship caused by late payments to small businesses.

Tougher penalties for gun crime are a step closer with the passage of firearms reform legislation through another stage in Parliament.

Almost 23 years ago, Justice Sir Thomas Thorp told us what was wrong with our firearms legislation.

A trial deployment of the Police Eagle helicopter in Christchurch will test whether the aircraft would make a significant difference to crime prevention and community safety.