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Auckland champion announced

26 June 2015 - 4:54pm

Sir Bob Harvey has been named as Champion for Auckland - Overseas Investment.

The former Waitakere Mayor and Waterfront Auckland Chair will work closely with the Auckland Investment Office and council agencies.

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Upper Waitaki Zone Committee appoints community members

26 June 2015 - 4:46pm

Four community members have been appointed to the Upper Waitaki Zone Committee as part of a process to ensure a wide range of views are reflected.

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Exports 'continue to fall as Govt fails to diversify'

26 June 2015 - 3:24pm

The Government quickly needs a plan to diversify our economy after new figures show that exports are continuing to fall due to the collapse in dairy exports, Labour's Finance Spokesperson Grant Robertson says.

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Chch Council adopts Long Term Plan

26 June 2015 - 2:06pm

Christchurch City Council today adopted a Long Term Plan that will set the city up for the future by spending $9.9 billion over the next 10 years.

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Diplomat 'unfairly targeted' over $11m New York apartment

26 June 2015 - 1:20pm

A New Zealand diplomat is unfairly in the spotlight for the government’s extravagant purchase of an $11 million apartment in New York, says New Zealand First Leader and Member of Parliament for Northland Rt Hon Winston Peters.

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Auckland residential rates 2015-16 - impact on households

26 June 2015 - 12:18pm

The following outlines the estimated impact of rates changes for 2015-16 on residential ratepayers. The final numbers, including for individual ratepayers, will be available from 15 July. These figures are an estimate only.

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Ruataniwha dam 'has already cost ratepayers too much'

26 June 2015 - 11:59am

The Ruataniwha dam project should not proceed, as it has already sucked up $12million of Hawke’s Bay ratepayers’ money and $6m from the taxpayer, and questions still remain about the dam’s viability in the wake of yesterday’s Board of Inquiry decision, the Green Party said today.

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Govt inaction leads to blurring of roles - Robertson

26 June 2015 - 11:36am

The Treasury wouldn’t have had to warn the Reserve Bank to stick to its core functions if the Government had taken prompt and substantial measures to rein in skyrocketing Auckland house prices, Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says.

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High level visitors for World Humanitarian Summit

26 June 2015 - 11:27am

Foreign Minister Murray McCully today welcomed the leaders and dignitaries who will visit Auckland next week for the World Humanitarian Summit Pacific.

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Courthouse closures hitting regions - Ardern

26 June 2015 - 10:06am

The Government’s decision to shut down up to eight regional courthouses, some supposedly only temporarily for seismic reasons, looks unlikely to be reversed, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.

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Seasonal workers visa 'becomes an immigration backdoor'

26 June 2015 - 10:03am

The Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader and the Member of Parliament for Northland is calling for a review of the Registered Seasonal Workers (RSE) working visa, with a growing number of visa holders obtaining residency on the basis of partnership.

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Cantabrians need quality public health, not threats - PSA

26 June 2015 - 3:04am

The Public Service Association (PSA) says Canterbury DHB (CDHB) needs to be given all necessary assistance to meet the needs of local residents still feeling the impact of a post-quake environment, not implied threats from the ministers of health and finance.

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Job losses predicted at Auckland Council

25 June 2015 - 7:05pm

Affordable Auckland Mayoral candidate Stephen Berry predicts several job losses to occur at Auckland Council. "That’s eleven jobs to be precise, right about October 2016," following the narrow passing of the Auckland Long Term Plan.

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Greens 'thrilled' with cycling investment

25 June 2015 - 7:00pm

The Green Party today welcomed the adoption of its cycling policy by the National Government.

"We campaigned hard on a sensible approach to safe cycling investment last year," said transport spokesperson Julie Anne Genter.

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Tough bar set for Ruataniwha dam - Whaitiri

25 June 2015 - 6:57pm

Today’s final decision by the Tukituki Catchment Board of Inquiry is good news for the river and the environment, says Labour’s Water spokesperson Meka Whaitiri.

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MFAT spend on apartment unwise - Greens

25 June 2015 - 6:50pm

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) has once again misjudged what is an appropriate use of taxpayers money by spending $11.4 million dollars on an apartment, said the Green Party today.

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Call to scrap second flag referendum

25 June 2015 - 6:38pm

The Royal New Zealand RSA is calling on the government’s Justice and Electoral Select Committee to only approve the second referendum if there’s clear majority support for an alternative to the existing New Zealand flag.

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Hastings Council backs renaming airport

25 June 2015 - 6:01pm

Renaming the region’s airport Hawke’s Bay Airport Ahuriri is the preferred option of the Hastings District Council.

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Bill to strengthen property tax rules passes first reading

25 June 2015 - 6:01pm

A bill which will help Inland Revenue enforce the tax rules around property has passed its first reading in Parliament today.

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Lavish penthouse spend 'confirms culture of extravagance'

25 June 2015 - 5:48pm

At the same time thousands of New Zealanders are being locked out of the property market, the Government is spending up on a lavish New York penthouse for its diplomats, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer says.

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