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Further work before online voting proceeds

19 April 2016 - 11:31am

Associate Local Government Minister Louise Upston has announced that the online voting trial proposed for this year’s local body elections will not proceed as more work is required to ensure a trial meets public and government expectations.

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Housing NZ breaches tenancy and health laws - NZ First

19 April 2016 - 11:23am

Housing New Zealand is acting unlawfully by putting tenants into state houses without testing the houses for "P" contamination, says New Zealand First.

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Labour Farewells a business warrior

19 April 2016 - 11:13am

Au e, ua maliliu toa! Ua maimau ai aupega o le taua!

Labour’s Pacific MPs are shocked and saddened by the sudden death of Robert Neru, says Labour’s Pacific spokesperson Su’a William Sio.

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'Govt seeking to stymie' Waitangi Tribunal report on TPPA

19 April 2016 - 10:57am

"Why the government suddenly announced it is fast-tracking the report date for the select committee considering the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) from the end of May to 4 May is now clear.

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Kris Faafoi promoted to Shadow Cabinet

19 April 2016 - 10:16am

Kris Faafoi has been promoted to Labour’s Shadow Cabinet and receives the Tourism portfolio while Clayton Cosgrove takes on a business outreach role - a move prompted by Mr Cosgrove’s decision to not stand at the next election, says Opposition Leader Andrew Little.

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$4m upgrade for Bayswater School, Auckland

19 April 2016 - 10:00am

Bayswater School on Auckland’s North Shore will get six new learning spaces as part of a $4 million upgrade, Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye announced today.

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PM meets China Premier Li Keqiang

18 April 2016 - 11:35pm

Prime Minister John Key today met with China Premier Li Keqiang at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing for wide-ranging talks, which included the upgrade of the NZ-China Free Trade Agreement (FTA).

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NZ's film reputation at risk after visa decision - Ardern

18 April 2016 - 6:41pm

The Government should reconsider reputational risk after denying a visa to internationally acclaimed film-maker Rokhasareh Ghaemmaghami, says Labour’s Arts Culture and Heritage Spokesperson Jacinda Ardern.

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Bennett travels to United States

18 April 2016 - 6:27pm

Climate Change Minister Paula Bennett travels to the United States today to represent New Zealand at several major international events.

Mrs Bennett will sign the Paris Climate Change Agreement on behalf of New Zealand at the United Nations in New York on Saturday 23 April.

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Inquiry needed as mental health left out of National's future focus - PSA

18 April 2016 - 5:55pm

New Zealand’s mental health system could be on the verge of collapse, the Public Service Association says - and yet the government’s new health strategy all but ignores it.

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99.85% of overseas buyers slip through OIO screen - Labour

18 April 2016 - 5:10pm

Almost all foreign buyers applying through the Overseas Investment Office (OIO) have slipped through its screen, Labour’s Land Information Spokesperson, David Cunliffe says.

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Joyce leads GPA Mission to the US

18 April 2016 - 4:41pm

Economic Development and Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce leaves for the United States tonight to promote US-New Zealand business links, and leverage New Zealand’s accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) Government Procurement Agreement (GPA).

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Hutt City Council extends one hour free CBD parking

18 April 2016 - 4:32pm

In an extraordinary Council meeting held this morning, Hutt City Council declared an extension of the first hour free parking in time restricted P120 car parks in the CBD. This will now run until June 30, 2016. This was initially scheduled to conclude on April 30, 2016.

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National should back local councils with e-vote - Whaitiri

18 April 2016 - 4:00pm

If the National Government decides to axe the local elections online voting trial this year, they will have let down the councils involved and must take responsibility for dropping the ball by failing to support the trial, says Labour’s Local Government spokesperson Meka Whaitiri.

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Foss to honour veterans in South Korea

18 April 2016 - 1:30pm

Veterans’ Affairs Minister Craig Foss will travel to South Korea tomorrow to mark the 65th anniversary of the Battle of Gapyeong.

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Low inflation hides cost of housing crisis - Greens

18 April 2016 - 1:06pm

Low inflation in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) hides the way the housing crisis is hitting peoples’ pockets and distorting our economy, the Green Party said today.

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Auditor-General must investigate Niue deal for donor - Little

18 April 2016 - 12:54pm

John Key must come clean on how a donor who gave more than $100,000 to his party during a tender process, won a hotel management contract which led to a Government-funded, $7.5million upgrade to the resort, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says.

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Low inflation helping households get ahead - English

18 April 2016 - 12:39pm

Low inflation is helping New Zealand households get ahead, with wages on average continuing to rise faster than the cost of living, Finance Minister Bill English says.

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Drug Harm Index 2016 lacks credibility - Cannabis Party

18 April 2016 - 12:29pm

The Government is grossly manipulating statistics to try and justify their failed National Drug Policy.

The Drug Harm Index 2016 is full of estimates and made up figures about drugs.

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Govt to "force addiction treatment" on cannabis users

18 April 2016 - 12:27pm

Compulsory addiction treatment for cannabis users is just as authoritarian and unjustified as the failed War on Drugs.

There is no scientific basis for the government's decision to force up to 26,000 cannabis users into addiction treatment.

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