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PM does u-turn on admission - Peters

22 October 2014 - 4:23pm

Prime Minister John Key is now denying he admitted to playing politics and delaying the release of official information.

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Agencies well prepared in case of Ebola - Coleman

22 October 2014 - 4:19pm

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says government agencies remain prepared to deal with any potential Ebola cases in New Zealand.

"While the risk to New Zealand remains low, we are taking every precaution to deal with the threat of Ebola," says Dr Coleman.

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Peace Foundation concerned over NZ's association with RIMPAC

22 October 2014 - 3:22pm

The New Zealand Peace Foundation last week wrote to Minister for Foreign Affairs, Murray McCully, expressing concern at New Zealand’s involvement in the Rim of the Pacific Exercise (RIMPAC), the world’s largest marine warfare exercise held biennially in Hawai’i.

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Students' call on Minister 'to be truthful in his calculations'

22 October 2014 - 1:08pm

Students are calling on the Minister of Tertiary Education, Steven Joyce, to go back to class and check his maths after he suggested that the government subsidises 80% of tuition costs.

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Aucklanders' train use 'shows they need City Rail Link now'

22 October 2014 - 12:29pm

News that Aucklanders overtook Wellingtonians as the biggest train users is further evidence the Government needs to start work on the Auckland City Rail Link now, the Green Party said today.

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Submissions on Chch district plan now available

22 October 2014 - 12:22pm

Submissions received on stage one of the Proposed Christchurch Replacement District Plan are now available for viewing - either online ( or at any Council service centre or library.

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Tea breaks gone by lunch time - Little

22 October 2014 - 12:17pm

Labour is calling for an eleventh hour reprieve to employment law changes which could see thousands of Kiwi workers not covered by collective agreements lose their smoko breaks, its spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.

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First NZ job fairs in November

22 October 2014 - 11:33am

The Government has announced that a series of job fairs will be held in capital cities across Australia to encourage more Kiwis to return home and Australians to settle here to help fill emerging skills gaps and support thriving New Zealand-based businesses.

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Key 'either incompetent or misleading' over war coalition meeting

22 October 2014 - 11:25am

Analysis released by the Green Party shows multiple international news organisations were reporting on United States President Barack Obama’s attendance at an ISIS war coalition meeting at Andrews Air Force Base up to twelve hours before the meeting started.

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Metiria Turei 'to lead fight on feeding hungry children'

22 October 2014 - 11:04am

Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei is urging all political parties to support the Feed the Kids Bill which she inherited today from Mana leader Hone Harawira.

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Call for release of French journalists on trial in West Papua

22 October 2014 - 10:31am

West Papua Action Auckland, the EPMU Print and Media Council and the NZ Media Freedom Network call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs to speak out in support of the two French TV journalists whose trial has just begun in Jayapura West Papua.

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Dunedin a great place to live for most residents - survey

22 October 2014 - 10:18am

Dunedin residents overwhelmingly consider their city to be a great place to live, according to the latest Quality of Life Survey.

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Annual Report shows ACC on right track - Kaye

22 October 2014 - 10:16am

Minister for ACC Nikki Kaye today welcomed the release of the Accident Compensation Corporation’s Annual Report, which shows its financial performance is improving.

ACC has achieved a surplus of $2.1billion - $300 million ahead of budget.

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Vale: Gough Whitlam 1916-2014: A great Australian progressive

21 October 2014 - 9:06pm

Former Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam, who passed away at age 98 today, was and is one of the greatest, if not the greatest, progressive leader of all time in Australia.

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The passing of Gough Whitlam - Te Ururoa Flavell

21 October 2014 - 8:55pm

Hon TE URUROA FLAVELL, Leader-Māori Party:

Tuesday 21 October 2014; 2.30pm

The Māori Party stands, along with our colleagues in the House, to acknowledge the passing of Gough Whitlam.

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Creative thinking around housing affordability welcomed

21 October 2014 - 5:29pm

Competition in consenting activities should be considered, along with other options, in the coming review of the Resource Management Act, says BusinessNZ.

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Shane Jones lands High Commissioner role

21 October 2014 - 5:28pm

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has announced that Shane Jones will serve as New Zealand’s High Commissioner to Nauru, Mauritius and the Seychelles in addition to his role as Pacific Economic Development Ambassador.

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National must deliver on child poverty - King

21 October 2014 - 4:21pm

John Key and his Government will be held to its promise to make child poverty a priority, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says.

"In its priority-setting speech today the Government stated child poverty would be a major focus for it this term.

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Speech from Throne brings welcome focus on children - UNICEF

21 October 2014 - 4:19pm

Today’s speech from the Throne confirms the Government’s focus on children, youth and their families in the areas of health, education, youth employment, poverty alleviation and Whānau Ora; now the challenge is to ensure every child in New Zealand does well in all these areas says UNICEF N

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NZ Labour Party expresses sadness at death of former AU PM

21 October 2014 - 4:09pm

The New Zealand Labour Party expresses deep sadness at the death of former Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam, aged 98.

"Today a great totara has fallen across the Tasman," Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says.

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