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Len Brown welcomes LGNZ review of rates

9 April 2014 - 4:54pm

Auckland Mayor Len Brown has welcomed Local Government New Zealand’s announcement of a review of local government funding, to find a more sustainable funding model for the future.

Len Brown said:

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Govt workers in Wellington are not 'front line' - Taxpayers' Union

9 April 2014 - 3:43pm

Responding to the Minister for State Services, Dr Jonathan Coleman’s comments regarding public service staff numbers, Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union says:

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Phillipstown decision amounts to community bashing - NZ First

9 April 2014 - 3:39pm

Minister for Education Hekia Parata has yet again displayed the Government’s high-handed arrogance in ignoring the wishes of parents and staff of Phillipstown School in Christchurch, says New Zealand First.

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Mining 'vital to the way we live'

9 April 2014 - 3:03pm

"Mining is vital to the way we live, and we believe it is time New Zealanders had the facts about how mining is integrated into their everyday lives," announced Straterra CEO Chris Baker, at the launch of Straterra’s Minerals Briefing Paper at Parliament last night.

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LGNZ calls for changes in road funding

9 April 2014 - 2:45pm

Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) is calling for central government to review the land transport funding pool to ensure that the funding for local roads is set at the right level, meeting the needs of all New Zealand.

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Wise heads want wise response - Mackey

9 April 2014 - 2:16pm

Labour accepts the challenge laid down by the Wise Response group to protect and future-proof New Zealand’s environment and economy.

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Greens support high profile Kiwis' call for climate action

9 April 2014 - 1:05pm

The Green Party fully supports a group of high profile Kiwi business people, lawyers, academics and commentators delivering a petition to parliament today calling for the Government to take the threat of climate change more seriously.

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National discovers public servants needed after all - Street

9 April 2014 - 12:42pm

New figures released today show National has done an embarrassing U-turn after discovering it actually does need the public service, Labour’s State Services spokesperson Maryan Street says.

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School closures about saving Hekia, not kids - Greens

9 April 2014 - 12:24pm

The National Government’s decision to merge Phillipstown and Woolston schools is another disaster for Christchurch and proves this Government is more interested in saving face than in what is best for children, the Green Party said today.

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Phillipstown will get reprieve under Labour - Woods

9 April 2014 - 12:24pm

A Labour government will allow Phillipstown School to stay open, with a review after two years, Labour’s Associate Education spokesperson Megan Woods says.

"Hekia Parata has failed the Phillipstown community with today’s decision to close the school.

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Govt 'leaving ordinary NZers and environment out in the cold'

9 April 2014 - 12:22pm

The Government is making it harder for ordinary New Zealanders to protect the places they care about, the Green Party said today.

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State Housing waiting lists 'go through the roof'

9 April 2014 - 11:32am

The waiting list for State Houses has risen by over a thousand in the past three months, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.

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Cosgrove writes to invite Countdown to Committee

9 April 2014 - 11:01am

Labour’s Commerce spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove has today written to the Chief Executive of Progressive Enterprises Dave Chambers, asking him if he would accept an invitation to appear before the Commerce Select Committee.

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Time to deliver on paid parental leave - 26 for Babies

9 April 2014 - 10:56am

It’s time to deliver on extend paid parental leave, lobby group 26 for Babies says.

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Politicians urged to 'front up' on cancer

9 April 2014 - 9:03am

CANGO, an alliance of eight major cancer NGOs, is calling for political parties to commit to tackling cancer; New Zealand’s number one killer.

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NZEI members to vote on new education roles

8 April 2014 - 8:34pm

NZEI Te Riu Roa wants the Government to produce the details of its $360-million "executive principal" and "expert teacher" package so it can discuss the proposals with members.

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Politicians agree on ageing with dignity and respect

8 April 2014 - 7:52pm

At Age Concern New Zealand’s national conference, held today in Wellington, Hon Jo Goodhew, Minister for Senior Citizens, announced $170,000 of contestable funding for two new specialist elder abuse and neglect prevention services in the areas of Rotorua and Wairoa.

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Time to do the sums on Cook Strait 'lemon' - NZ First

8 April 2014 - 5:21pm

Should the Aratere set sail again across Cook Strait? That’s the question KiwiRail must now ask itself, says New Zealand First.

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Hekia Parata fails to answer basic questions - Hipkins

8 April 2014 - 4:54pm

Education Minister Hekia Parata’s inability to answer even the most basic questions about her proposed new Executive Principal roles will have alarm bells ringing in school communities all around the country, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says.

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Guy gets it wrong by any measure - O'Connor

8 April 2014 - 3:44pm

The Ministry for Primary Industries being forced to reprint rulers designed to help recreational fishers measure their snapper catch is right up there on the incompetence scale, Labour’s Fisheries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says.

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