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New Zealand First is the third largest party in the New Zealand Parliament. The Party was formed in 1993 to represent those New Zealanders concerned about the social and economic direction of our country, and who were seeking pragmatic, common-sense representation in Parliament.

Following the 2017 General Election, the Party retained 9 seats in the House of Representatives and formed a Coalition Government with the New Zealand Labour Party. Party Leader, Rt Hon Winston Peters, became Deputy Prime Minister of New Zealand and the Party secured three other Cabinet positions and an Undersecretary role.

At the core of New Zealand First's policies are our "Fifteen Fundamental Principles", which emphasise accountable and transparent government, common-sense social and economic policy, and the placing of the interests of New Zealand, and New Zealanders, at the forefront of Government decision-making.

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Winston Peters accuses Gerry Brownlee of 'politicising' Holocaust memorial

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters is accusing Gerry Brownlee of "politicising" a Holocaust memorial event after the National MP questioned the lack of Kiwi representation there. The Yad Vashem World Holocaust Remembrance Centre in Jerusalem, Israel, is holding the World Holocaust Forum on January 23 to mark 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz, a Nazi concentration camp where many Jews were imprisoned and murdered. The event, which strives to create awareness about the need to fight anti-Semitism, will be attended by at least 47 world leaders. However, New Zealand has sent no representative to the event, which Brownlee, National's Foreign Affairs spokesperson says is "disgraceful".  Minister Peters, however, says the National Party didn't send a political representative to the past two forums in 2010 and 2015. "Gerry Brownlee's statement is belied by National's past inactions, and it is disappointing to see politicising of such an event," the Foreign Affairs Minister told Newshub. Minister Peters says the organisers of the forum were focused on this occasion "being a Head of State level event". As the Governor-General could not attend, "we asked organisers if the Speaker or New Zealand's Ambassador to Israel could attend in her place, however this was unfortunately not possible". He notes that New Zealand is sending our Polish ambassador, Mary Thurston, to an event at the Auschwitz Memorial on January 27. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will also speak on the United Nations International Holocaust Remembrance Day in Auckland on Monday.     https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2020/01/winston-peters-accuses-gerry-brownlee-of-politicising-holocaust-memorial.html

Provincial Growth Fund to help Waipukurau Pā sites attract thousands of tourists

The Ngā Ara Tipuna - Waipukurau Pā Site Interpretation project is receiving $2.798 million from the Provincial Growth Fund. It is is expected to boost the town's employment and tourism, creating sixteen new jobs once completed and attract up to 15,000 visitors a year. Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau recently made the announcement in the Central Hawke’s Bay town, with the promise of attracting more tourism into the region. The project will inform visitors about the history of six pā sites in Waipukurau with a combination of whare korero (carved gathering spaces), pou whenua (carved posts), along with interpretative signage and digital storytelling. "The Ngā Ara Tipuna - Waipukurau Pā Site Interpretation project aims to create a sense of belonging, connection and understanding within the local community in regard to the pā sites," Tabuteau said. "PGF funding will be used to tell the story of how iwi came to the area and what these pā sites were used for,” he added. "The areas are archaeologically, spiritually and culturally significant, and these pā sites are of particular importance to hāpu and whānau in the area and in the wider regions." The project will begin in March this year, focusing on the development of the largest pā site, Pukekaihau. The remaining five pā sites, Te Waipukurau, Kaimanawa, Kaitoroa, Ruatangaroa, and Moana-i-rokia, will be completed in 2020.     https://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/hawkes-bay/118948722/waipukurau-p-sites-expected-to-attract-thousands-of-tourists

“Common sense will prevail, not extremism” Winston Peters backs Shane Jones’ pro-meat stance

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters is backing his MPs who have spoken out against a new climate change teaching resource that advises students to eat less meat to save the planet. The new teaching resource, announced by Education Minister Chris Hipkins and Climate Change Minister James Shaw, tells students how they can help to reduce emissions, including advice to "eat less meat and dairy". Shane Jones, a NZ First MP and Cabinet minister, lashed out at the resource last week, telling Newshub he doesn't want the "politically correct brigade colonising my dietary habits". The party’s spokesperson for agriculture, Mark Patterson, said last week he's "all for teaching the science of climate change" but described the dietary advice as "out of context". Mr Patterson said there is "danger" in "underplaying the nutritional benefits of dairy and red meat in a balanced diet", telling Newshub it can help with iron deficiency. Speaking to Magic Talk, Mr Peters supported his MPs saying the prospect of eating less meat could damage the country's agriculture industry and lead to job losses. He said the "climate community" in New Zealand is "seriously geared up for a sustainable future and very much aware of where it's got to go as we go towards the next 30 years". "Exports give people jobs in this country and you've got this group of elitists challenging the very existence of these jobs by their extremist, absolutist statements,” the NZ First leader added.     https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2020/01/winston-peters-backs-shane-jones-pro-meat-stance-in-row-over-climate-teaching-resource.html

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