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The Pacific loses a great friend with Lomu's death - Labour

18 November 2015 - 2:18pm

The Labour Party says the Pacific has lost a friend and a hero with today’s death of rugby legend Jonah Lomu, says Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio.

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Peters pays tribute to Jonah Lomu

18 November 2015 - 1:29pm

As Muhammad Ali was to boxing, Jonah was to rugby, says New Zealand First Leader and Member of Parliament for Northland Rt Hon Winston Peters.

"When he was well and fit he was simply the greatest rugby player we have ever seen.

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Parole-like supervision regime now in place

18 November 2015 - 12:30pm

New powers to monitor and supervise returning offenders have received wide-spread support in Parliament following the passing of a new Bill, says Justice Minister Amy Adams.

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Using Paris tragedy as 'political shield, reprehensible'

18 November 2015 - 11:48am

"Len Brown’s use of the tragic events in Paris to help justify his controversial attendance to a completely unrelated climate change junket with ratepayer-funded Auckland Council representatives is completely reprehensible.

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NZ must not extradite people to be tortured - Greens

18 November 2015 - 11:46am

The Green Party wants to know how the Government can be completely sure a New Zealander being extradited to China will not be tortured or face the death penalty when the New Zealander faces murder charges.

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Another case of pay hypocrisy from the Govt - Greens

18 November 2015 - 10:58am

The Green Party is accusing the Government of hypocrisy following revelations that it is paying Paula Rebstock $2000 a day to chair the Child Youth and Family review panel at the same time as it refuses to pay Parliamentary cleaners a living wage so they have to work two jobs just to get by.

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Refugee crisis 'must be tackled at ASEAN Summit'

18 November 2015 - 10:54am

Southeast Asian leaders, including New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, meeting this week in Malaysia must urgently prioritise a coordinated plan to help the thousands of asylum seekers and migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh who are forced to risk abuse and death at sea, said Amnesty Internatio

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Maori Party celebrates correction of Whanganui District name

18 November 2015 - 10:36am

The Māori Party is commending the decision to correct the spelling of Whanganui.

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Another 54 Communities of Learning formed

18 November 2015 - 10:00am

Another 444 schools have formed themselves into Communities of Learning, taking to 793 the number that have agreed to work systematically together to raise student achievement, Education Minister Hekia Parata announced today.

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'Scrap flag vote and stop state house sell-off' to end homelessness

18 November 2015 - 9:55am

If the Government scrapped the flag referendum and stopped selling-off state houses it could completely eliminate homelessness, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says.

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Join us to show solidarity with Paris

18 November 2015 - 8:53am

Auckland Mayor Len Brown and other world mayors invited to attend next month’s climate change conference Paris have been urged to stand firm and commit to attending the summit.

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NZ and Viet Nam universities celebrate partnerships

17 November 2015 - 9:30pm

Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment, Steven Joyce has today joined representatives from the University of Waikato, Victoria University of Wellington and Auckland University of Technology (AUT) to witness the signings of their new strategic partnerships with selected Viet Nam in

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Awards celebrate seabird protection

17 November 2015 - 6:17pm

Outstanding advocacy for protection of New Zealand’s seabirds by the fishing industry has been recognised tonight at the Seabird Smart Awards, Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy and Conservation Minister Maggie Barry say.

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Pay equity meeting an important milestone

17 November 2015 - 5:29pm

The first meeting of the Pay Equity Working Group is an important milestone in the work to deal with equal pay claims, Ministers Paula Bennett and Michael Woodhouse say.

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Big gaps in rushed returning offenders law - Ardern

17 November 2015 - 4:38pm

Legislation passed under urgency to have New Zealanders with criminal records monitored when they're sent back from Australia contains some glaring holes, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.

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English 'persists with dodgy youth unemployment stats'

17 November 2015 - 4:25pm

Finance Minister Bill English should stop misleading the public with bogus youth unemployment numbers, says New Zealand First.

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Change the Govt if you want action on climate - Greens

17 November 2015 - 3:53pm

The National Government’s unwillingness to work cross-party to address climate change is putting businesses and the economy at greater risk, the Green Party said today.

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New sculpture proposed for Memorial Park

17 November 2015 - 3:43pm

Hamilton City Council’s Public Art Sub-Committee has granted approval to the Waikato Combined Equestrian Group to progress a proposed sculpture in the city.

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Returning offenders Bill introduced 'to protect Kiwis'

17 November 2015 - 3:38pm

A new Bill to pass under urgency will give authorities the power to assess and supervise offenders returning to our shores, Justice Minister Amy Adams has announced.

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Amendment Bill clarifies policy - Minister

17 November 2015 - 3:28pm

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says that an amendment Bill introduced into Parliament under urgency clarifies Work and Income’s benefit stand down periods in line with how the policy was intended to work.

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