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Funding announced for community projects

30 September 2015 - 1:09pm

Community and Voluntary Sector Minister Jo Goodhew is pleased to announce the outcome of the Community Development Scheme funding round for 2015/16.

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Council applies to strike out Penny Bright defamation proceedings

30 September 2015 - 12:52pm

Auckland Council has applied to have Penny Bright’s defamation proceedings struck out, with the matter to be heard by the High Court at a hearing on 5 November.

The council is seeking to recover unpaid rates of $38,372.22 from Ms Bright which date back eight years.

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Widespread caution on tertiary league tables 'justified'

30 September 2015 - 12:47pm

Steven Joyce's proposal to implement league tables for tertiary institutions takes a backward looking, short term view that could do more harm than good, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson David Cunliffe says.

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Minister of Defence 'prioritises pandas over patriotism'

30 September 2015 - 12:46pm

The government should focus on repatriation of remains of Kiwi soldiers buried overseas instead of bringing pandas to New Zealand, says New Zealand First.

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Auckland home build rate hits another high

30 September 2015 - 12:36pm

The latest data from Statistics New Zealand showing the annual number of building consents in Auckland at an eight-year high have been welcomed today by Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith.

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Wasted opportunity to change lanes to electric cars - Greens

30 September 2015 - 12:33pm

The Government should be showing leadership and replacing the Crown cars with high-end electric cars instead of buying 34 more diesel BMW limousines, the Green Party said.

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New chair and directors appointed to ACIL

30 September 2015 - 12:21pm

Auckland Council has approved the appointment of three new directors to the board of Auckland Council Investments Limited (ACIL).

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NZDF 'job cuts' claim incorrect - Minister

30 September 2015 - 12:20pm

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee has reacted to stories claiming numbers were to be slashed by releasing its people projections for the next four years, which show civilian numbers unaffected and hundreds more uniformed roles added.

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Power balance 'poised to tip further in favour of drug companies'

30 September 2015 - 12:14pm

International reports suggest that the latest proposal under the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) would effectively mean an extra three years of monopolies for biologic medicines, says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS).

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Defence Minister, not panda pimp - Little

30 September 2015 - 11:34am

While Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee is in China pushing a taxpayer funded deal to bring two pandas to New Zealand, the country’s military look set to be hit with a pay freeze, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says.

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Five year test a better bright line test - Greens

30 September 2015 - 11:13am

The National Government still has time to extend the bright line test to five years to better curb rampant housing speculation, the Green Party said today.

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Refugee crisis 'must be a core part' of John Key's UN address

30 September 2015 - 10:53am

As Prime Minister John Key stands in front of world leaders for the 70th session of the UN General Assembly in New York this week, Amnesty International is calling on him to use the historic opportunity to address the most pressing human rights crises currently facing the world, and urge swift ac

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International Day of Older Persons 'a chance to celebrate'

30 September 2015 - 10:36am

The 25th International Day of Older Persons on October 1 is an opportunity to celebrate the significant contribution seniors make to New Zealand society, Senior Citizens Minister Maggie Barry says.

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Climate change ambassador's criticism 'has to be taken seriously'

30 September 2015 - 10:06am

Tim Groser will have to listen to Dr Adrian Macey’s criticism of how the Government calculated its climate change targets if he wants to be taken seriously at the climate change talks in Paris, says Labour’s Climate Change spokesperson Megan Woods.

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KiwiRail's last reliable rail ferry off to India - NZ First

30 September 2015 - 10:04am

The recently retired Cook Strait ferry Arahura is scheduled to leave for India this week, leaving KiwiRail with only the unreliable Aratere capable of carrying rail freight between the North and South Islands, says New Zealand First.

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More evidence of lowest crime levels in decades - Adams

30 September 2015 - 9:30am

The Government’s relentless focus on reducing crime is delivering outstanding results, with the number of people appearing in court continuing to fall.

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Defence Force numbers slashed - Goff

29 September 2015 - 6:03pm

A previously secret report reveals plans to slash hundreds more positions in the New Zealand Defence Force, says Labour’s Defence spokesperson Phil Goff.

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Commonwealth Walkway route suggestions sought

29 September 2015 - 3:47pm

Community suggestions for New Zealand’s first Commonwealth Walkway are being sought by the Wellington City Council.

Wellington’s Mayor Celia Wade-Brown says the walkway will encourage people young and old to get out and explore the city.

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Silver Fern Farms must consider all options - O'Connor

29 September 2015 - 3:32pm

Silver Fern Farms should seriously consider local bids to ensure its vital meat industry cooperative remains in New Zealand hands, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says.

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AU and NZ Green parties call on deportation halt

29 September 2015 - 3:20pm

The Green parties of New Zealand and Australia are jointly calling on the Australian Government to halt the indiscriminate deportation of New Zealanders, and people from other countries, and are raising concerns about their continued detention in off-shore detention centres.

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