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Back-down on expert teacher plan welcome - Hipkins

10 December 2014 - 3:31pm

News that the Government has backed down and returned to the drawing board on its flagship ‘expert teacher’ policy will come as a welcome Christmas present to schools and teachers, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says.

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NZ finally ratifying maritime labour convention good news - Greens

10 December 2014 - 3:26pm

It is great news that New Zealand has finally ratified the Maritime Labour Convention, the Green Party said today.

Foreign ships transporting New Zealand export goods will now need to meet minimum international standards to ensure the fair treatment of seafarers.

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Govt to consider capping Building Consent Authority liability

10 December 2014 - 2:16pm

The Government is to consider capping Building Consent Authority liability in negligence cases for building failure following the Law Commission’s review into how liability is distributed among multiple defendants who are found to have caused the same damage.

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Core principle of joint and several liability rule to be retained

10 December 2014 - 2:16pm

Justice Minister Amy Adams says the core principle of the joint and several liability rule is sound and will remain in place, but further work will consider the need for any targeted amendments.

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Minister welcomes Waitangi Day events

10 December 2014 - 2:12pm

Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry has today welcomed the confirmation of a series of nationwide events to mark the 175th anniversary of the Treaty of Waitangi in 2015.

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Efforts to protect longfin eels 'must be followed through'

10 December 2014 - 2:05pm

Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Dr Jan Wright, has today released an update report assessing the response to her 2013 report On a pathway to extinction? An investigation into the status and management of the longfin eel.

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PM 'can't duck blame for internet and phone price increases'

10 December 2014 - 2:03pm

Shareholders are winning out over Kiwi households in the latest episode of the long-running fiasco on copper network phone and internet prices, Labour ICT spokesperson Clare Curran said today.

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National's wrecking ball ruining lives and economy - NZ First

10 December 2014 - 1:42pm

National’s narrow thinkers are wedded to failed economic policies that the OECD says are hurting Kiwis and the country as a whole, says New Zealand First.

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Plunging dairy payout will hit regions hard - O'Connor

10 December 2014 - 1:32pm

The plunging dairy payout will hit New Zealand’s provincial towns and farm service industries hard, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says.

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Minister welcomes Ministry-NZEI agreement

10 December 2014 - 1:18pm

Education Minister Hekia Parata has welcomed an agreement between the Ministry of Education and NZEI to jointly work on ways to help raise educational outcomes.

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New agreement to help children's educational success - NZEI

10 December 2014 - 1:06pm

NZEI Te Riu Roa and the Ministry of Education have agreed to work together on a new initiative that will support children’s education at every level of their learning.

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Graduate nurses finding jobs sooner - Coleman

10 December 2014 - 12:31pm

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says more graduate nurses are obtaining jobs sooner as a result of the nationwide recruitment system.

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Govt surplus target turning sour - Robertson

10 December 2014 - 11:38am

The Government’s golden surplus target is under threat with today’s Crown accounts showing the deficit is $260 million worse than expected, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson.

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Brakes needs to be put on China extradition treaty - Greens

10 December 2014 - 11:16am

Today, on International Human Rights Day, the Green Party is calling on the Government to discontinue talks on an extradition treaty with China.

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Fonterra bosses should share pay cut - NZ First

10 December 2014 - 10:59am

Fonterra’s big earning management and directors need to show solidarity with supplier-shareholders by taking a pay cut themselves after today’s announcement by Fonterra that their forecast payout to dairy farmers has practically halved, says New Zealand First.

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Report shows National must change economic plan - Greens

10 December 2014 - 10:48am

An OECD report today shows the fundamental philosophy of New Zealand Governments over the past 30 years has been wrong, and the only hope for New Zealand is if National dramatically changes direction, the Green Party said today.

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Greens call for end to cruelty of factory farming

10 December 2014 - 10:35am

The Government must end the legalised cruelty of factory farming, the Green Party said today.

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NZ First: Purchased an ageing rustbucket - 12 careful owners

10 December 2014 - 10:35am

As already announced by New Zealand First, KiwiRail is replacing the ageing but reliable Arahura with the Stena Alegra.

"This ship has had 12 ‘careful’ owners and has only run aground twice, says New Zealand First Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters.

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NZ to ratify Maritime Labour Convention

10 December 2014 - 10:22am

New Zealand will ratify the Maritime Labour Convention to ensure fair treatment of seafarers and protect the reputation of New Zealand exports, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse and Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss announced today.

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Below forecast revenue highlights challenge - English

10 December 2014 - 10:17am

Government revenue continues to grow more slowly than forecast in the Budget, again highlighting the challenge of returning to surplus this year, Finance Minister Bill English says.

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