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Minto accuses Dalziel of misleading Chch voters on asset sales

21 September 2016 - 10:08pm

In the Press debate last night incumbent Mayor Lianne Dalziel drew applause from myself and others for a statement we interpreted as a significant change in her attitude to asset sales.

Under fire over her record of supporting asset sales the mayor said -

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Mark Blumsky endorses Nick Leggett

21 September 2016 - 7:16pm

Mark Blumsky, who served as Mayor of Wellington between 1995 and 2001 has offered his endorsement to independent Mayoral candidate, Nick Leggett.

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Focus will remain on care and protection - Minister

21 September 2016 - 7:02pm

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says that the overhaul of care and protection will stay firmly focused on delivering much better long-term outcomes for children and young people in care or at risk of going into care, despite constant attempts by Labour to undermine and misrepresent it.

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Visitor arrivals increase in August

21 September 2016 - 6:26pm

Figures released today by Statistics New Zealand shows tourist numbers are hitting new highs.

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Predator free NZ pledge never accurately costed - NZ First

21 September 2016 - 6:04pm

The National government has no idea how much money will be required to achieve its promise of a predator-free New Zealand by 2050, says New Zealand First Conservation Spokesperson Clayton Mitchell.

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Govt should 'scrap proposed power increases' - NZ First

21 September 2016 - 5:53pm

New Zealand First says the government should call a halt now to power pricing proposals that will mean higher bills for hundreds of thousands of Kiwis, both households and businesses.

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Labour Leader makes senior appointments

21 September 2016 - 5:34pm

Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little has today appointed Neale Jones as Chief of Staff and Mike Jaspers as Chief Press Secretary.

Neale Jones presently works in the Leader’s Office as Political Director.

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Voting numbers after 5 days

21 September 2016 - 5:27pm

The Auckland local body elections race is on. The gates are open in and the first votes are in.

Between now and midday on Saturday 8 October, over one million eligible voters can cast their ballots to determine the leadership of Auckland for the next three years.

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Labour: Minister confirms - new ministry only about abuse

21 September 2016 - 5:23pm

The Minister for Social Development today confirmed that her new Ministry for Vulnerable Children is essentially a rebrand of CYFS making this a squandered opportunity to better the lives of New Zealand children, says Labour’s spokesperson for Children Jacinda Ardern.

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Police and Corrections congratulated on success at patrol dog champs

21 September 2016 - 5:22pm

Minister of Police and Corrections Judith Collins has congratulated Senior Constable Blair Spalding and his dog Rush on winning the National Police Patrol Dog Championship.

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Compensation for live organ donors one step closer

21 September 2016 - 5:00pm

A Member’s Bill designed to improve New Zealand’s organ donation rates has today moved one step closer to becoming law with the Health Committee report on the Financial Assistance for Live Organ Donors Bill being presented to the House.

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Pacific countries gather for Population and Development forum

21 September 2016 - 3:29pm

More than 30 delegates, including key leaders and parliamentarians, from 10 Pacific countries will be at Parliament next week.

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Silver Ferns Farms decision a tragedy - O'Connor

21 September 2016 - 3:02pm

The rubber stamping by the Overseas Investment Office of the Shanghai Maling buyout of Silver Fern Farms is a sorry day for the once proud New Zealand meat sector, says Labour’s spokesperson for Primary Industries, Damien O’Connor.

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Nurses' view on assisted dying being heard at Parliament today

21 September 2016 - 2:57pm

NZ Nurses Organisation is at parliament today contributing to the discussion about assisted dying (AD) because any legislation around medically assisted dying will have serious implications for nurses and their duty of care for patients.

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PM addresses United Nations General Assembly

21 September 2016 - 1:54pm

Prime Minister John Key used his speech to the United Nations General Assembly today to urge the Security Council to meet its responsibilities, address the Syria crisis and commit to a united stand against North Korea.

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Key's cynical immigration rocks on regardless - NZ First

21 September 2016 - 1:36pm

The Key National government have clocked up their 25th month of record immigration as the never-ending tide of mainly low-skilled immigrants continues to swamp the country, says New Zealand First Leader and Northland Member of Parliament Rt Hon Winston Peters.

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Govt can ensure Maori land is protected for future generations - Greens

21 September 2016 - 1:12pm

The Green Party is calling on the Government to support Green MP Catherine Delahunty’s Public Works (Prohibition of Compulsory Acquisition of Māori Land) Amendment Bill, to protect the small amount of land still in Māori ownership for future generations.

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Winston Peters creating chaos - Brownlee

21 September 2016 - 1:07pm

Leader of The House Gerry Brownlee says New Zealand First’s eleventh-hour withdrawal of support for Treaty of Waitangi settlement bills is small-minded and petulant.

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Dairy industry continues to struggle thanks to govt policy - NZ First

21 September 2016 - 12:50pm

While farmers will be relieved to see Fonterra upping its 2016/17 milk price forecast to $5.25 per kilogram of milksolids (kg/MS), New Zealand First is cautioning against the co-op over promising and then being forced to under-deliver.

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Fox, Brownlee, Finlayson - unsightly trio of drama queens - NZ First

21 September 2016 - 12:31pm

What a load of rubbish from Marama Fox, of the Māori Party, and Gerry Brownlee and Chris Finlayson, of National, over the Treaty of Waitangi settlement signings.

Why are the signings not going ahead under urgency in the House on Friday?

The bottom line is this:

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