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Govt gets arrogant over charter schools - NZEI

11 September 2014 - 5:54pm

NZEI Te Riu Roa National President Judith Nowotarski says she’s flabbergasted that the government is throwing more money at its woeful charter school experiment a week before the election and just days after revelations of mismanagement at a charter school in Northland.

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ACT 'thrilled' at announcement of new partnership schools

11 September 2014 - 5:40pm

"The ACT Party is thrilled at the government’s announcement of four new Kura Hourua Partnership schools." said ACT leader Jamie Whyte.

"Kura Hourua Partnership schools are designed to bring committed people into educating our most vulnerable New Zealanders.

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Council to increase social housing under new structure

11 September 2014 - 5:32pm

Christchurch City Council’s decision to lease its social housing to a separate entity will secure the service for tenants and grow it into the future, says Deputy Mayor Vicki Buck.

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New charter schools irresponsible - PPTA

11 September 2014 - 4:51pm

By approving four new charter schools the government is being reckless with public money and careless with our kids.

PPTA president Angela Roberts said the announcement of the new schools was "totally irresponsible" and would come at a huge cost to the existing school network.

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Chch City Council ratification 'marks further progress'

11 September 2014 - 4:48pm

Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith today welcomed Christchurch City Council’s ratification of the Christchurch Housing Accord which will enable further housing initiatives to assist the city’s recovery.

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Authorisation Board welcomes new partnership schools

11 September 2014 - 4:48pm

Partnership Schools/Kura Hourua Authorisation Board Chair Catherine Isaac has welcomed the announcement of a further four new Partnership Schools.

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Law Society surveys election legal and justice policies

11 September 2014 - 4:18pm

The New Zealand Law Society has published responses from 12 parties contesting the General Election to five questions on legal and justice policies.

The responses are summarised in a special feature in the latest issue of the Law Society’s fortnightly LawTalk magazine.

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'Time to acknowledge' the efforts of past Iwi leadership

11 September 2014 - 4:12pm

Ngātiwai Treaty Claims Committee co-chair Kris MacDonald says it is time to acknowledge the efforts of the Iwi leadership in the past after the submissions period for the Deed of Mandate (DoM) closed last Saturday, 6 September.

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ALCP announces proposed regulatory regime for cannabis

11 September 2014 - 4:09pm

The Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party announced its regulatory policy today, calling for a new Ministry of Cannabis.

The new regulatory authority would be established at a cost of $10 million according to ALCP's shadow budget.

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Boost for mineral exploration in MBIE funding round

11 September 2014 - 4:05pm

Mineral exploration received a boost this week with the government investing $4 million in a four-year research project to improve the knowledge and understanding of New Zealand’s gold deposits.

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Council identifies top priorities for Hawke's Bay

11 September 2014 - 3:51pm

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council’s long term planning is well underway and a list of six strategic priorities has been drafted.

Hawke’s Bay people will have the opportunity to consider this list over the next few weeks.

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John Key out of touch on child poverty - Cunliffe

11 September 2014 - 3:30pm

John Key is so out of touch with the working poor in New Zealand he underestimated the number of children in poverty by more than 70,000, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says.

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Feds Manifesto: Business as usual not OK - ACT

11 September 2014 - 3:15pm

"A cursory read of Federated Farmers 2014 election manifesto shows their key policy aspiration was nothing much new, but perhaps that’s to be expected from an apolitical lobby group, not a political party " ACT primary industry spokesman and former Federated Farmers president Don Nicolson says<

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Four new Partnership Schools to open

11 September 2014 - 3:08pm

Education Minister Hekia Parata today announced the Government has signed contracts to open four new Partnership Schools in 2015.

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Auckland Council acts on illegal dumping in cemetery

11 September 2014 - 2:58pm

Rogue gardening contractors dumping vegetation in public parks, including a cemetery, face a $400 instant fine if caught - and Auckland Council is asking the public to help identify the culprits.

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ETS will go this time, says ACT

11 September 2014 - 2:35pm

"The ACT Party will make scrapping the Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) a high priority during negotiations with National post election" said Robin Grieve, Joint Primary Industry Spokesperson.

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ACT 'is the pro-immigration party'

11 September 2014 - 2:05pm

By ACT Leader Dr Jamie Whyte.

ACT is and always has been the pro-immigration party.

ACT continues to be a pro-immigration party honouring our heritage as a nation of immigrants and the contribution that they make to our society.

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Predators on poverty - Mana

11 September 2014 - 2:00pm

"As poverty has ballooned out of control, the Predators on Poverty have emerged to suck the lifeblood from whole families and communities" said MANA Movement leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira.

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National has no new ideas for primary industries - O'Connor

11 September 2014 - 1:44pm

The National Government has shown it is bereft of new ideas for primary industries and is unable to provide the leadership these sectors so desperately need, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says.

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$139m investment in new research programmes

11 September 2014 - 1:32pm

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce today announced that $139 million over six years will be invested in new science research programmes.

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