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Govt must be cautious of smokescreen around medicinal marijuana - Family First

8 February 2017 - 8:38am

Family First NZ says that the government must take a cautious approach based on extensive research and appropriate safeguards around medicinal marijuana, but also should be very concerned about the real agenda behind liberalising drug laws and the potential abuse of medicinal marijuana.

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National can't deny immigration fuelling housing crisis - NZ First

8 February 2017 - 8:25am

National’s disastrous handling of the housing crisis has been confirmed by the Salvation Army in its State of the Nation report which states the crisis has continued to worsen on the back of immigration, says New Zealand First Leader and Northland Member of Parliament Rt Hon Winston Peters.

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PM's 'fresh ideas' on poverty did nothing for kiwi kids - NZ First

8 February 2017 - 7:42am

John Key’s big announcement that he would get "fresh ideas to tackle child poverty" has come to nothing, says New Zealand First Social Services Spokesperson Darroch Ball.

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Change of Govt key to ending child poverty - Green Party

8 February 2017 - 5:00am

The latest Salvation Army report reinforces the need for a new Government committed to action on the biggest issues facing New Zealand, the Green Party said today.

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Legislation builds stronger charities - Ngaro

7 February 2017 - 9:05pm

Legislation passed today will give New Zealanders more confidence and trust in our charities, Community and Voluntary Sector Minister Alfred Ngaro says.

The Charities Amendment Bill passed its Third Reading unanimously this evening and will soon be signed into law.

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RSE employers hiring more Kiwis - Woodhouse

7 February 2017 - 4:10pm

Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse welcomes a report showing the vast majority of employers who take on seasonal workers under the Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme are also employing more New Zealanders.

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Offenders learn valuable life and work skills

7 February 2017 - 4:08pm

Offenders spent more than 90,000 hours last year learning work and living skills aimed at positive change in their lives and reducing the likelihood they will reoffend, Corrections Minister Louise Upston says.

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McCully headed to Australia this week

7 February 2017 - 3:08pm

Foreign Minister Murray McCully will travel to Australia this week to meet his Australian counterpart Julie Bishop for formal six monthly foreign policy consultations. He will also meet a range of other senior ministers and the opposition Foreign Affairs spokesperson.

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Government 'rejects justice' for Pike River dead

7 February 2017 - 2:39pm

The Government’s rejection of Andrew Little’s bill to help gain safe re-entry to the Pike River drift is disappointing, say Pike River families.

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ACT congratulates Graeme Wheeler on his tenure

7 February 2017 - 1:45pm

ACT has congratulated Graeme Wheeler on his tenure as Reserve Bank Governor.

"During his tenure Mr Wheeler has dealt with unprecedented challenges," says ACT Leader Seymour.

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Spencer to be acting governor of Reserve Bank

7 February 2017 - 1:36pm

Finance Minister Steven Joyce will appoint current Deputy Reserve Bank Governor Grant Spencer as the Acting Governor of the Bank for six months, following the expiry of current Governor Graeme Wheeler’s term on September 26 this year.

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Mackays to Peka Peka to open this month

7 February 2017 - 1:31pm

The Mackays to Peka Peka Expressway is scheduled to open this month, four months ahead of the original scheduled completion date of June 2017, Transport Minister Simon Bridges has announced.

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Callaghan Innovation Stakeholder Advisory Group reappointments

7 February 2017 - 1:09pm

Science and Innovation Minister Paul Goldsmith has today announced the reappointment of Claire Robinson, Brett Hewlett, and Suse Reynolds to the Callaghan Innovation Stakeholder Advisory Group.

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Surgical bus a great win for community, says Waimak MP

7 February 2017 - 12:16pm

Waimakariri MP Matt Doocey says it is a great win for the community that residents will be able to access a wide range of low-risk surgery right on their doorstep.

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Govt's youth service gets a fail mark from Treasury - NZ First

7 February 2017 - 11:01am

The government’s answer to reduce numbers of unemployed youth has been found to be an embarrassing failure, says New Zealand First.

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Safer Internet Day reminder to be cautious online

7 February 2017 - 9:25am

International Safer Internet Day is a reminder for all New Zealanders to focus on staying safe online," Communications Minister Simon Bridges says.

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Protests grow as national rushes to chop up parkland - NZ First

6 February 2017 - 5:31pm

Nearby residents of Point England Reserve, and other Aucklanders, are furious a large section of land is being chopped off for a few hundred houses.

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Government 'must pull finger' on manuka honey standard

6 February 2017 - 3:00pm

Having announced plans for a Mānuka Honey Standard in 2014, New Zealand First is not accepting any excuse for its lack of delivery as jobs are put at risk.

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Beef becomes another diplomatic ball dropped by National - NZ First

6 February 2017 - 2:55pm

Within one week, the government has been caught short by Russia moving to ban our beef and a slow response to some Kiwi dual-citizens entering the United States.

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Trade Minister to visit Japan and Singapore

6 February 2017 - 1:19pm

Trade Minister Todd McClay will visit Japan and Singapore this week to discuss regional trade issues with his ministerial counterparts.

During his visit to Japan, which is the first stop, Mr McClay will meet with the Minister in charge of Economic Revitalization Nobuteru Ishihara.

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