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One voice to make Wellington thrive - Property Council

18 February 2015 - 2:46pm

Property Council strongly supports the reorganisation of local government in the Wellington region to decrease inefficiencies, improve governance and get the region moving forward.

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Auckland Mayor welcomes ports agreement

18 February 2015 - 2:36pm

Mayor Len Brown is delighted that long-running negotiations to reach a collective agreement between the Ports of Auckland and the NZ Maritime Union have concluded.

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'Pink sticker' sign campaign generates debate

18 February 2015 - 2:04pm

Ruapehu District Council’s (RDC) ‘pink sticker’ campaign has been successful in generating discussion and awareness around the issues concerning illegal commercial signage.

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New volunteer role at Emergency Management Southland

18 February 2015 - 1:53pm

Emergency Management Southland has taken a fresh approach with its volunteers, appointing local woman Delia Riley as volunteer co-ordinator.

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Court ruling a big win for the little guys - NZ First

18 February 2015 - 1:43pm

New Zealand First welcomes the Supreme Court ruling out this morning that reverses a previous decision allowing receivers to claw back payments from subcontractors and tradesmen, says New Zealand First Spokesperson for Commerce Fletcher Tabuteau.

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Students benefit from StudyLink improvements - Goodhew

18 February 2015 - 12:24pm

Almost 131,000 students applying for student loans and allowances have benefitted already this year from improvements to StudyLink, Associate Social Development Minister Jo Goodhew says.

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Advisory Group appointed to progress Maori land bill

18 February 2015 - 9:39am

Māori Development Minister, Hon Te Ururoa Flavell is pleased to announce the appointment of a Ministerial Advisory Group to progress the introduction of new Māori land legislation this year.

The Bill will replace Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993.

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Defence Minister to meet Australian counterpart

18 February 2015 - 9:30am

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee will meet today with his recently appointed Australian counterpart the Hon Kevin Andrews, in Melbourne.

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Council approves fourth option in sub-regional water study

18 February 2015 - 8:32am

Waikato District Council will include consolidation with Watercare as a fourth option to be analysed in the

sub-regional joint water study which is currently underway.

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Reports highlight important new data for Waikato rivers

18 February 2015 - 8:05am

Two new reports on nutrients that can support algal growth in the Waikato and Waipa rivers indicate some potentially positive developments for protecting and restoring water quality in the region.

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Bill to safeguard oil supply passed

18 February 2015 - 7:53am

Energy Minister Simon Bridges says a new Bill passed last night will help safeguard the security of New Zealand’s oil supplies.

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Gambling law changes damaging to small guys - NZ First

18 February 2015 - 7:51am

Small clubs and businesses are being strangled under new gambling laws, says New Zealand First.

"Additional costs and requirements are going to hit smaller businesses, local RSAs and sports clubs hardest," says New Zealand First Internal Affairs Spokesperson Clayton Mitchell.

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Investigation into pesticide 'a positive move for bee health'

17 February 2015 - 5:23pm

The Green Party welcomes a report by the Local Government and Environment Select Committee calling for the Government to review a pesticide that has been partially banned overseas and may be responsible for bee deaths.

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EEZ Bill 'needed to give certainty to gas supply'

17 February 2015 - 5:21pm

A Bill to amend the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) Act 2012 will be introduced tomorrow to address transitional issues over the timing of existing consents, such as for the Maui platform.

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Peters to ask FMA to look into SkyCity share trading

17 February 2015 - 5:20pm

Fallout from the abortive attempt to get taxpayers to underwrite the SkyCity Convention Centre will see New Zealand First Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters ask the Financial Markets Authority to examine the trading of SkyCity shares.

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Acting Director of GCSB appointed

17 February 2015 - 4:59pm

Deputy Solicitor-General Una Jagose has been appointed Acting Director of the Government Communications Security Bureau from 28 February, Minister Responsible for the GCSB, Christopher Finlayson, announced today.

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EEZ Act 'must not weaken environmental protections'

17 February 2015 - 4:45pm

The Government must ensure the public that changes to the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) Act 2012 will not weaken environmental protections and make it easier for mining applications to be approved, the Green Party said today.

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More success for Primary Growth Partnership

17 February 2015 - 4:19pm

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy is welcoming more success stories from the Primary Growth Partnership (PGP), with several programmes making big steps forward.

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Ebel Kremer new Mararoa-Waimea Ward Councillor

17 February 2015 - 3:59pm

Ebel (Abel) Kremer has been elected new Mararoa-Waimea Ward Councillor.

Preliminary by-election results released today show Mr Kremer (814 votes) beat Jan Ludemann (626) by 188 votes. Shirley Mouat was third with 406 votes and John Hardcastle fourth with 122 votes.

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Tobacco tax hike should go up in smoke - Taxpayers' Union

17 February 2015 - 3:34pm

Responding to answers in Parliament by Associate Minister of Health, Hon Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, that the Government is seeking advice on raising tobacco taxes further, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:

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