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$5m to help restore Kaikoura Harbour

15 December 2016 - 9:36am

A grant of up to $5 million to help with the post-earthquake restoration of Kaikoura Harbour was announced today by Acting Civil Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee and Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce.

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NRC offices to close for Xmas-New Year break

15 December 2016 - 9:16am

Northland Regional Council (NRC) offices will be closed from 2pm Friday 23 December until 8am Wednesday 04 January 2017 for the Christmas-New Year holiday break.

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Assaults on ambulance crews have to stop - Dunne

15 December 2016 - 9:09am

Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne is applauding a campaign by St John to reduce assaults on ambulance officers. The campaign has been launched because of the high and increasing number of cases of verbal and physical assaults on staff.

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Action needed as housing costs surge by nearly 50% - Little

15 December 2016 - 8:22am

The average family in Auckland is spending nearly 50% more on housing than they were when National came to power; it’s time for Labour’s housing plan, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little.

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Labour acknowledges industry leadership to protect Maui dolphins

15 December 2016 - 7:16am

Fishing companies such as Sanfords and Moana NZ are stepping up to meet the challenge of protecting Māui dolphins, says Labour’s Conservation Spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta.

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Rally in Auckland for trapped Syrian civilians

15 December 2016 - 1:21am

Syrian Solidarity New Zealand and supporters will be gathering at Aotea Square in Auckland this Saturday, 17th December at 2pm calling for an immediate stop to summary executions of civilians and urgent action to secure safe passage for the 100,000 civilians trapped inside Eastern Aleppo.

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Electricity Authority's reaction 'an insult to Northlanders'

14 December 2016 - 5:25pm

The Electricity Authority’s claim it knew nothing about the decision to scuttle the pulp mill project at Ngawha is an insult to every Northlander who desperately wants the economy to grow.

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A busy and productive year in the House - Brownlee

14 December 2016 - 4:30pm

Leader of the House Gerry Brownlee says this afternoon’s adjournment of Parliament brings to an end an extremely busy legislative year.

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HBRC voted to publically notify future water bottling consents

14 December 2016 - 4:16pm

The Hawke’s Bay Regional Council has today voted to require all future water bottling consent applications be publically notified and heard in an open and public way.

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Shady charter school changes made today - Hipkins

14 December 2016 - 4:04pm

The Government has announced a major move to expand the charter schools’ model that will have huge ramifications for parents with children attending state schools, says Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins.

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Low rates option 'must be included in budget consolation'

14 December 2016 - 4:01pm

A fiscally prudent option for rate raises of 2% or less and must be included in Auckland Council’s consultation documents in the lead up to Phil Goff’s first Auckland Council budget, says the Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance.

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Faster GST refunds from February 2017

14 December 2016 - 3:59pm

A change made to tax rules will provide businesses with faster access to GST refunds from February next year, says Revenue Minister Michael Woodhouse.

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Two Notice of Motions supported by Hawke's Bay Regional Council

14 December 2016 - 3:53pm

The Hawke’s Bay Regional Council has supported two Notice of Motions from Councillors at its monthly meeting today.

Tom Belford Notice of Motion

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Mayor Goff backs down on election promise - Quax

14 December 2016 - 3:44pm

Just one month into the new Phil Goff mayoralty and already he will be disappointing his followers with what appears to be a back down on his strong position on the hustings that he would force the Ports of Auckland to stop using the wharf for motor vehicle importation and relocate that business

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'Missed opportunity for NZ Parliament to be on the right side of history'

14 December 2016 - 3:10pm

Today New Zealand Parliamentarians from the cross-party Human Rights Parliamentary Network introduced a motion during Question Time calling on the Australian Government to support refugees seeking protection.

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Innovation in STEM enabled through Partnership Schools Kura Hourua

14 December 2016 - 3:05pm

STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) focused students and educators will soon have greater access to the options offered by Partnership Schools | Kura Hourua, Under-Secretary to the Minister of Education David Seymour announced today.

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Privacy Commissioner comments on Oranga Tamariki Bill

14 December 2016 - 3:04pm

The Children, Young Persons, and Their Families (Oranga Tamariki) Legislation Bill passed its first reading in Parliament on 13 December, after being introduced to the House five days before. The Bill forms the basis for the new Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki (MVCOT).

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National fails farmers - Labour

14 December 2016 - 2:50pm

Yesterday's launch of MPI’s Situation and Outlook for Primary Industries exposes the failure of the National Government’s export growth strategy, said Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor

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Taranaki councils to consult on Easter trading

14 December 2016 - 2:28pm

Taranaki’s three district councils have all agreed to consult with their communities early in 2017 about whether they want shops open on Easter Sunday.

All three councils made the decision this week at their final meeting for the year.

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Kiwis say Geonet must be staffed around the clock - Curren

14 December 2016 - 2:13pm

The Government must listen to New Zealanders and provide the funding necessary to staff Geonet 24 hours a day, says Labour’s Civil Defence and Emergency Management spokesperson Clare Curren.

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