'I'm deeply supportive of the Maori Party' - 2014 NZer of the Year Dr Lance O'Sullivan again pledges to run in 2020

Dr Lance O'Sullivan still plans to "be a part" of the Maori Party, after previously pledging his support and intention to run for the now out-of-government party in 2020. 

On TVNZ 1's Breakfast this morning the 2014 New Zealander of the Year said his "role in community leadership and medical leadership is a very political activity". 

"I'm deeply supportive of the Maori Party," he said. 

"I believe they had an opportunity and demonstrated an opportunity to have outcomes and have an impact, not just on Maori but the wider New Zealand society."

"I think they have a place and I would be keen to be part of that in the future."

The Maori Party failed to gain a single seat at this year's election.

TVNZ1's Breakfast host Hilary Barry asked him if he was still planning to run for the party, who failed to win a seat at the last election. Source: Breakfast



Video: 'They're definitely feeling the pressure' – Government 'wee bit' unprepared for entering power

As the Briefings for Incoming Minister documents were released yesterday, some of the information took the Government by surprise with the realisation getting policies and promises through the House is actually "a lot harder to do". 

1 NEWS' political reporter Katie Bradford said on TVNZ1's Breakfast this morning the Labour-NZ First-Green side was "a bit under prepared for Government". 

The new information comes in a briefing to the new Housing Minister, Phil Twyford. Source: 1 NEWS

"They had a whole lot of ideas, a whole lot of promises they made, well intended, but it is a lot harder to do it."

"Once you're in Government and you have to act on it and you've got officials telling you actually you can't do that…We've seen some big problems in the House."

"They're definitely feeling the pressure," Ms Bradford said, with the massive amount of promises due by February 3 - 100 says since they took power. 


1 NEWS' political reporter Katie Bradford says it is harder being in government than having to actually act on promises and ideas. Source: Breakfast

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'Empty nesters' driving massive increase in projected New Zealand households

Couples living without children are expected to drive a huge New Zealand household family increase in the next 20 years, according to Stats New Zealand. 

It is forecast NZ will have 2.2 million households by 2038, which is about 500,000 more than the current number. 

Population statistics senior manager Peter Dolan said it "reflects population growth from net migration and natural increase, but also population ageing, which is changing our country’s age composition". 

"Many more people will be in the age where their children have left the family home. These are the so-called 'empty nesters'," Mr Dolan said.

"The projections suggest we’ll need more houses for these households, but different houses from what we’ve typically built, given the likely growth in one or two-person households."

Family households will still be the biggest proportion of households in all New Zealand regions, but the number is likely to decrease with the aging population driving an increase of one-person households. 

Couples living without children are expected to make up over half of the 433,000 extra families expected by 2038. 

Currently they are the most common family type in most areas of New Zealand, and that trend is not expected to change in most places. 

However, Auckland bucks the trend, with two parent families likely to remain the most common family type. 

"We project that 40 per cent of births in New Zealand will be in Auckland up to 2038, and the region will also receive the lion's share of the country's growth from net migration," Mr Dolan said.

"These factors both contribute to growth in the number of families with children."

An elderly couple walks along the beach.


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