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Emma Jolliff interviews Agriculture Minister Damien O'Connor

20 October 2018 - 1:19pm

Emma Jolliff: Dozens of infringements and hundreds of warning letters have been sent to farmers who still aren’t complying with rules around cattle movements as MPI works to eradicate Mycoplasma bovis. Under tougher penalties, they could face fines of up to $20,000.

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Simon Shepherd interviews Chris Simpson and David Collings

20 October 2018 - 1:07pm

Simon Shepherd: For more on the extraordinary events of this week, I’m joined now by former National Party general manager Chris Simpson, and David Collings, chair of the Howick Local Board. Thanks for coming in gentlemen.

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Alcohol Restrictions in Public Places Bylaw to be considered - QLDC

19 October 2018 - 5:36pm

Next Thursday, Queenstown Lakes District Councillors will be asked to adopt a new Alcohol Restrictions in Public Places Bylaw.

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Responsible Camping Strategy to be considered - QLDC

19 October 2018 - 5:34pm

On Thursday next week, Councillors will be asked to adopt a Responsible Camping Strategy that will deliver a multi-agency approach to responsible and sustainable camping in the Queenstown Lakes District.

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Climate Change Minister heads to Poland

19 October 2018 - 3:15pm

The Minister for Climate Change is travelling to Poland tomorrow night to take part in preliminary talks around deciding the rules for meeting Paris Agreement obligations to reduce global greenhouse gases.

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Profound loss for DOC and New Zealand conservation - Sage

19 October 2018 - 3:10pm

The deaths of three men in yesterday’s helicopter crash in Wanaka is a huge and deeply felt personal loss for the Department of Conservation (DOC) whanau and New Zealand conservation, Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage said today.

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Govt trashes NZ reputation, creates $104M losses - Young

19 October 2018 - 2:54pm

The Government has hurt New Zealand’s reputation well beyond the oil and gas sector, and must respond to investors facing $104 million of losses if its exploration ban succeeds, National’s Energy and Resources spokesperson Jonathan Young says.

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Labour Day celebrates 8-hour working day

19 October 2018 - 2:50pm

The New Zealand-wide holiday in October each year commemorates efforts by workers to make eight hours the standard working day.

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New High Commissioner to Malaysia announced

19 October 2018 - 12:56pm

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today announced the appointment of diplomat Hunter Nottage as High Commissioner to Malaysia.

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Record numbers needing hardship assistance - AAAP

19 October 2018 - 12:36pm

The latest MSD quarterly report shows that over $100 million was granted for hardship assistance to almost 350,000 people by Work and Income in the September 2018 quarter, an increase of almost $30 million from the same quarter last year.While hardship assistance has been steadily increasing over

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Pacific Aotearoa website launched

19 October 2018 - 11:00am

A Pacific Aotearoa website has been launched ahead of November’s Summit to share what the Pacific community have said in relation to a refreshed Pacific Vision.

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Upgraded facilities for North Shore and Whangarei hospitals

19 October 2018 - 10:03am

More patients will receive the surgery they need following a funding boost to North Shore and Whangarei Hospitals Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today.

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O'Connor welcomes officials to RCEP round of negotiations

19 October 2018 - 9:34am

Minister of State for Trade and Export Growth Damien O’Connor today welcomed officials from 16 countries attending negotiations for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership in Auckland.

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Environment Southland confirms commitment to water quality obligations

19 October 2018 - 8:01am

At Environment Southland’s strategy and policy committee on Wednesday (17 October), councillors endorsed the revised Progressive Implementation Programme (PIP), which outlines the process by which the council will meet its national requirements to improve water quality.

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PGF invests to build economic development capability in the provinces

18 October 2018 - 7:45pm

Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau has announced Economic Development New Zealand (EDNZ) will be given critical support from the Provincial Growth Fund to build the expertise of economic development agencies in New Zealand’s regions.

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PM and Conservation Minister acknowledge tragic helicopter accident

18 October 2018 - 6:01pm

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage have today expressed their deep-felt sympathy for the families, colleagues and friends of those who died in today’s helicopter crash in Wanaka.

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Charity backs call for progressive home ownership option in KiwiBuild

18 October 2018 - 5:41pm

Habitat for Humanity New Zealand agrees with the Salvation Army’s call for expanding access to home ownership through a form of Progressive Home Ownership as part of the government’s KiwiBuild scheme.

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Bill makes for a stronger public education system - Hipkins

18 October 2018 - 5:15pm

The passage of the Education Amendment Bill this afternoon draws a line under some of the most divisive policies of the previous Government and puts the emphasis back on quality education, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said.

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Landlords losing out under current Government - Collins

18 October 2018 - 5:07pm

The Government’s claim it is striking a balance between the interests of landlords and tenants has been further rubbished in Parliament today, National’s Housing spokesperson Judith Collins says.

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Education Bill passed despite urgent treaty claim - Kaye

18 October 2018 - 4:45pm

With the passing of the Education Amendment Bill today the Government has ignored continuous outcry from Māori leaders and scrapped the partnership school model, National’s spokesperson for Education Nikki Kaye says.

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