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Govt 'must lift social housing supply'

7 October 2014 - 11:18am

National’s decision to shift the state provision of housing to third parties is a smokescreen for the Government decreasing the provision of affordable housing, the Green Party said today.

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National's new whips announced

7 October 2014 - 11:11am

Prime Minister John Key has announced the election of National’s new whips following the National Party Caucus this morning.

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CBB 'cautiously welcomes' new Minister of Broadcasting

7 October 2014 - 10:46am

The Coalition for Better Broadcasting cautiously welcomes the appointment of Amy Adams as the new Minister of Broadcasting.

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English attends IMF, World Bank meetings in US

7 October 2014 - 9:31am

Finance Minister Bill English leaves tomorrow for the United States, where he will attend the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank governors in Washington DC.

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Justice Sector Ministers 'a formidable combination'

7 October 2014 - 9:25am

‘The three core Justice Sector Ministers have the potential to take the Justice Sector into a whole new era of change, "says Kim Workman, spokesperson for Rethinking Crime and Punishment. It’s the sort of front row that Graeme Henry dreams about."

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Social services inquiry 'should be a genuine evaluation'

7 October 2014 - 8:00am

The Public Service Association says that the Productivity Commission’s inquiry on more effective social services is a chance to genuinely evaluate what currently works and what doesn’t.

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Patient residents seek reassurance over Auckland outage

6 October 2014 - 6:00pm

"Epsom electorate residents have responded patiently to being without power, but want to see how future outages will be avoided," said MP for Epsom David Seymour.

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NZMA welcomes new Minister of Health

6 October 2014 - 5:03pm

The New Zealand Medical Association is pleased that, with the appointment of Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman, a medical practitioner is now Minister of Health.

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NZ Law Society congratulates new Justice Minister

6 October 2014 - 4:29pm

The New Zealand Law Society has congratulated Amy Adams on her appointment as Minister of Justice.

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Mayor congratulates Minister Brownlee on his reappointment

6 October 2014 - 4:11pm

Mayor Lianne Dalziel welcomes the reappointment of Minister Brownlee as the Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery.

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'Abandoning' of national security issues 'must be questioned'

6 October 2014 - 3:51pm

The Prime Minister’s handing over of serious Prime Ministerial responsibilities to the Attorney-General is a serious break with the Prime Minister’s role and traditional oversight of critical intelligence and security issues, says New Zealand First Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters.

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Southland regional policy statement hearings begin

6 October 2014 - 3:13pm

A hearing panel today began to hear from submitters to the Southland Regional Policy Statement (RPS).

The hearings are scheduled between October 2014 and February 2015, broken up by the chapters of the document, with each hearing group containing multiple chapters.

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Age Concern welcomes new Minister for Senior Citizens

6 October 2014 - 2:44pm

Age Concern New Zealand is pleased to welcome Maggie Barry as the new Minister for Senior Citizens and is pleased that this role is now inside cabinet.

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Minister welcomes Fijian Language Week

6 October 2014 - 2:22pm

Pacific Island Affairs Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga is encouraging New Zealanders to celebrate and participate in this week’s Fijian Language Week.

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Ministerial announcements welcome news - Property Council

6 October 2014 - 1:51pm

Property Council welcomes the appointment of new Environment, Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith.

Property Council applauds the Government’s decision to consolidate the portfolios within Cabinet as it will produce a single and stronger voice for the respective sectors.

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Auckland Chamber welcomes 'new thinking' in Cabinet line up

6 October 2014 - 1:41pm

The appointment of a powerful team of three senior Ministers with primary responsibility for housing shows that the Government understands that Auckland’s housing issues are deep-seated and in need of focused attention and action.

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Maori Party welcomes oral health community collaboration

6 October 2014 - 1:35pm

The Māori Party welcomes the announcement of an oral health project in the North which is a result of a joint exercise between the Northland District Health Board (DHB) and the New Zealand Defence Force.

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Smith returns to environment portfolio

6 October 2014 - 12:49pm

Prime Minister John Key today announced his reshuffled cabinet, suggesting changes are about rejuvenating and promoting new talent. A number of significant changes were confirmed including to Ministers responsible for both the Environment and Conservation.

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Funding available for Hamilton waste initiatives

6 October 2014 - 12:44pm

If you reduce, reuse or recycle you could be eligible for a financial boost from Hamilton City Council.

The Contestable Waste Minimisation Fund has $50,000 a year from the Government’s national waste levy to fund projects promoting or achieving waste minimisation in the city.

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Nathan Guy welcomed back by seafood industry

6 October 2014 - 12:42pm

Seafood New Zealand welcomes the return of Hon Nathan Guy as Minister for Primary Industries.

Seafood chief executive, Tim Pankhurst, congratulated Minister Guy on his appointment which was announced by the Prime Minister this morning.

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