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WEEKLY ROUNDUP: February 18th - February 26th


What we're talking about this week: 

The Child Poverty Reduction Bill

This new bill will hold the Government more accountable for child poverty in New Zealand. It will require them to set 10-year long term targets, as well as 3-year intermediate targets to reduce child poverty. These will be measured against yearly child poverty reports from Government statisticians. In addition, the Government will also have to develop and report on a strategy to promote the overall health and wellbeing of our tamariki. Click the link to read more.


Dairy Industry Restructuring Amendment Bill

This bill proposes that the DIRA provisions, which are due to expire in the South Island this year, are renewed. The DIRA provisions regulate Fonterra's activities and monitor their farm gate milk prices, in order to promote competition within New Zealand's dairy industry. Without it, the South Island's dairy market would be unregulated - oh dairy me! Follow the link above to read more.


Conservation (Infringement System) Bill

The ideas in this bill seem quite natural. It aims to introduce infringement notices as way of dealing with lesser conservation offences, such as littering in conservation areas. These notices may come with a fine, or forfeiture of items. If you want to know more about this bill, send a pigeon to parliament (or maybe just follow the link).


Get in quick if you want to have a say on...

Submissions for these bills close this week! 
Thames-Coromandel District Council and Hauraki District Council Mangrove Management Bill
Statutes Amendment Bill (No 2)
Legislation Bill
Financial Services Legislation Amendment Bill