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Council 'haphazardly releasing land for urban sprawl'

13 August 2014 - 9:15pm

In the interest of transparency around Council decision making, Generation Zero has released documents showing that Auckland Council haphazardly released land for greenfield development against official advice as part of the Special Housing Areas.

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Dark day in NZ politics - NZ First

13 August 2014 - 7:33pm

Author Nicky Hager’s book is a most disappointing expose that reveals a Nixonian element arising in New Zealand politics, says New Zealand First.

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Minister 'restarted native logging against advice'

13 August 2014 - 7:16pm

Conservation Minister Nick Smith ignored scientific and technical advice when he pushed through law changes to allow logging on West Coast conservation land, the Green Party said today.

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Evidence 'damns Len Brown's arguments in favour of trains'

13 August 2014 - 7:01pm

Auckland travel patterns challenge the need to fund Mayor Len Brown’s election promises, according to an Auckland councillor.

Dick Quax said research commissioned by the Ministry of Transport demonstrated what Aucklanders have known all along.

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Grey Hospital re-build funding explained - DSC

13 August 2014 - 6:41pm

Recent discussion about the funding of the Grey Hospital re-build may be confusing for some people but the position is actually very simple, according to David Tranter, Democrats for Social Credit Party’s Health Spokesman.

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ACT to press for more partnership schools in Auckland

13 August 2014 - 6:00pm

ACT will press National to make the $350 million nine new schools in Auckland Partnership Schools" confirmed Dr. Jamie Whyte ACT's Leader.

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Minister congratulates Palmerston Nth on Inland Port

13 August 2014 - 5:29pm

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce has congratulated Palmerston North City Council and Spearhead Manawatu on successfully securing investment from the Ports of Auckland, the Port of Napier, and IcePak, for a new Inland Port and intermodal freight hub for the city and the region.

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Council pleased with funding for Kopeopeo Canal remediation

13 August 2014 - 4:56pm

Bay of Plenty Regional Council is pleased with the announcement from the Minister for the Environment today that additional funding would be available to progress the remediation of the Kopeopeo Canal near Whakatāne.

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NZ must help in the growing Iraq crisis - Shearer

13 August 2014 - 3:35pm

The humanitarian crisis in Iraq looks certain to get worse before it gets better," said David Shearer Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson.

"New Zealand should urgently pledge increased humanitarian assistance to United Nations agencies and NGOs present on the ground.

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Flooding Taskforce to deliver progress report

13 August 2014 - 2:56pm

The Mayoral Flood Taskforce will deliver its final progress report to the Council this Thursday 14 August, outlining short-term flood defence measures that will protect houses in the hardest-hit areas of Christchurch.

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$20m boost for hospices

13 August 2014 - 2:32pm

National’s Health spokesman Tony Ryall today announced the National-led Government will invest an extra $20 million a year to provide more hospice palliative care services for New Zealanders.

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John Key's SkyCity empire will suck Auckland dry - Greens

13 August 2014 - 2:30pm

John Key has gifted SkyCity the opportunity to create a gated empire in Auckland city where the casino can siphon off all the spending associated with a convention centre, while Auckland pays in increased gambling harm, the Green Party said today.

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Medical and dentistry students 'get reprieve under Labour'

13 August 2014 - 1:48pm

A Labour Government will restore the right of medical and dentistry students to get student loans after seven years of study because it is the right thing to do, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Maryan Street says.

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Markets slow but first home buyers still hurting - Twyford

13 August 2014 - 1:15pm

First home buyers are hurting more than ever as the supply of affordable houses in the market dries up, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says.

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National 'must stop meddling with ACC before the election'

13 August 2014 - 1:09pm

The redesign currently occurring at the Accident Claims Corporation (ACC) for sensitive claims needs to be put on hold immediately, said the Green Party today.

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Green Party celebrates MOU win on contaminated sites

13 August 2014 - 1:00pm

The Green Party is celebrating the announcement of a national register of contaminated sites today, and $2.5 million to start cleaning two sites up.

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Conservation grants for two West Coast groups

13 August 2014 - 12:35pm

Associate Conservation Minister Nicky Wagner today announced Conservation Volunteers New Zealand and West Coast branch of Forest and Bird have been awarded Community Conservation Partnership Fund grants.

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Affordable loans for low income families - Bennett

13 August 2014 - 12:30pm

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett today officially launched a Community Finance pilot scheme that will see StepUP low-interest loans available in Manukau and Waitakere.

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Canterbury to provide Chatham health services

13 August 2014 - 12:26pm

Health Minister Tony Ryall has today announced the responsibility for Chatham Islands health services will transfer to Canterbury District Health Board (DHB) from Hawkes Bay DHB next year.

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ASB Great Debate scheduled for Queenstown on Aug 26

13 August 2014 - 12:05pm

The ASB Great Debate scheduled for Queenstown on August 26 2014 is a major debate on the pre-election calendar featuring senior finance spokesmen from the major parties and prominent political journalist Duncan Garner.

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