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Timely judgement on freedom camping bylaw.

26 August 2014 - 3:35pm

A judicial review of our freedom camping bylaw has come out in perfect time as planned hearings for our new freedom camping bylaw gets underway.

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Financial literacy website launches

26 August 2014 - 3:32pm

Commerce Minister Craig Foss today welcomed the launch of The Exchange website - a platform to support and deliver financial literacy programmes.

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Cunliffe's fiscal backdown nothing like enough - English

26 August 2014 - 3:14pm

David Cunliffe and Labour are still committed to irresponsibly spending all of the next four Budgets before the election, despite yesterday attempting - and failing - to recast their ropey fiscal forecasts, National Party Finance Spokesman Bill English says.

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New committee to steer Porirua Harbour strategy

26 August 2014 - 3:07pm

A new ‘hands on’ governance group that will provide tighter oversight of the implementation of the Porirua Harbour and Catchment Strategy and Action Plan had their first meeting today in Porirua.

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Leave Levin-Airport corridor alone, says Chamber

26 August 2014 - 3:04pm

The Labour Party's plans to mess with major parts of the Levin to Airport transport corridor if elected would be a setback for a vital link in the regions infrastructure, says Wellington Employers Chamber of Commerce President John Milford.

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Risk assessment proposed by some political parties applauded

26 August 2014 - 3:04pm

The Wise Response Society is heartened to see that Labour' just released Climate Change policy includes formal support for the Society's call for a New Zealand-wide Risk Assessment.

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Labour will drop power prices for Kiwi families - Cunliffe

26 August 2014 - 3:03pm

New Zealanders will get cheaper power prices under NZ Power, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe.

"The electricity market is clearly broken. With falling demand for electricity, prices should be going down. Instead prices are going up and companies are extracting excess profit.

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$150m boost for Rural Broadband Initiative - Adams

26 August 2014 - 2:42pm

National’s Communications and Information Technology spokeswoman, Amy Adams, today announced a re-elected National-led Government will establish a new $150 million fund to extend the Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI).

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New Zealand First announces party list

26 August 2014 - 2:40pm

New Zealand First is pleased to release the Party list for the 2014 election. We believe the list is a balance of experience, youth, skill and ability.

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Auckland Unitary Plan hearings begin

26 August 2014 - 2:08pm

The next milestone in developing Auckland’s first Unitary Plan is the start of the hearings process on 2 September.

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Iwi leaders welcome Labour's climate change policy

26 August 2014 - 2:08pm

Labour’s policy to stamp out price - gouging by big polluters that has cost New Zealand tax-payers $1.4 billion over the last 3 years and especially impacted low - income Maori households has been welcomed by Dr. Apirana Mahuika, Chairman of the Iwi Leaders Group on Climate change.

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Labour: Promoting sustainable tourism

26 August 2014 - 1:51pm

Ensuring New Zealand’s clean, green status continues to be an international tourism benchmark and reviewing MBIE’s oversight of the tourism sector will be on the radar under a Labour Government.

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Skills shortage 'a result of National's complacency'

26 August 2014 - 1:26pm

The fact that there is still a severe shortage of skilled tradespeople, despite a growth in the number of apprentices, is a result of National’s failure to plan and develop the workforce, Grant Robertson, Labour Employment, Skills and Training Spokesperson says.

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Economists' warnings 'show need for economic upgrade'

26 August 2014 - 1:13pm

Warnings from senior economists back up Labour’s concerns our economy is too reliant on the Canterbury rebuild and Auckland’s housing market, which is a combination that could see the economy end up ‘on the rocks’, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says.

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Mana calls for 'radical overhaul' of tax system

26 August 2014 - 12:39pm

MANA Movement Economic Justice spokesperson John Minto is calling for a radical overhaul of New Zealand’s taxation system with calculations showing that a minimum wage worker pays a ten times higher tax rate than the Prime Minister.

o Minimum wage worker 28% tax

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$208,000 for conservation of wetlands

26 August 2014 - 11:36am

The Government is to provide a $208,000 Community Conservation Partnership Fund grant over three years to Project Tongariro to advance the restoration and preservation of the largest wetland in the Taupō basin, Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith announced today at a community event in Turangi.<

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UnitedFuture stands behind fishers and hunters

26 August 2014 - 11:16am

UnitedFuture’s Outdoors Spokesperson Alan Simmons says New Zealanders’ birth right to fish and hunt will be safeguarded by UnitedFuture’s return to Parliament this election.

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Invercargill Youth Council on the lookout for young people

26 August 2014 - 10:49am

The Invercargill Youth Council is on the lookout for young people to join the Invercargill Youth Council in 2015.

Community Development Manager Mary Napper said the Youth Council had existed since 1998 and acted as an advocate for young people aged between 12 and 14.

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NZers right to be afraid of burglars - Whyte

26 August 2014 - 10:20am

"A poll in a major morning newspaper shows New Zealanders are afraid they will be burgled. They are definitely right about that," said Dr. Jamie Whyte ACT Leader.

"Official Police statistics report less than half of the burglaries that actually take place."

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Further steps forward for $359m education initiative

26 August 2014 - 10:04am

Education Minister Hekia Parata says good progress continues to be made on the Government’s $359 million initiative to lift student achievement.

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