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Groser's gross diplomacy creates 'Grossing' verb - Parker

20 May 2015 - 4:06pm

New Zealand is a laughing stock on the international stage yet again with revelations Tim Groser’s unbecoming and undiplomatic language has led to a new term, ‘Grossing’ in Washington DC circles, says David Parker, Labour’s Export Growth and Trade spokesperson.

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Rotorua's World Spa to receive government funding

20 May 2015 - 3:19pm

Prime Minister and Tourism Minister John Key announced at TRENZ this morning (20 May) that the government is investing in Rotorua’s World Spa project through its Tourism Growth Partnership fund.

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Education approach to air plan rules this winter

20 May 2015 - 2:27pm

Environment Southland councillors endorsed an educational approach to the proposed air quality plan rules at this morning’s council meeting (20/5/2015).

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Taxpayer funding captioning 'gives broadcasters a free pass'

20 May 2015 - 2:13pm

Increasing taxpayer funding to captioning is letting profitable broadcasters off the hook from their responsibilities, said the Green Party today.

NZ on Air today announced that it will increase funding to Able, which delivers captioning and audio description, by $400,000.

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NZEI supports call to end child poverty

20 May 2015 - 1:55pm

NZEI Te Riu Roa is backing the thousands of New Zealanders calling for tomorrow’s Budget to end child poverty in New Zealand.

"Poverty is by far the biggest indicator and cause of children not succeeding in education", says NZEI National President Louise Green.

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$400k for more TV caption and audio services

20 May 2015 - 1:13pm

The Government is welcoming NZ on Air’s decision to allocate a further $400,000 for increased TV caption and audio services.

NZ On Air will provide the additional funding to Able, a charitable trust which will deliver an increase in captioned and audio described content.

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Increasing the refugee quota 'is humanity in action'

20 May 2015 - 12:50pm

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy says a call by NZ First leader Winston Peters to increase the refugee quota is "timely, sensible and the right thing to do."

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Government must put bees first - Greens

20 May 2015 - 11:48am

The Environmental Protection Agency needs to apply the precautionary principle and stop the use of pesticides containing neonicotinoids due to the detrimental affect they have on New Zealand’s bees, the Green party said today.

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Stop robbing the regions - NZ First

20 May 2015 - 11:10am

Regional New Zealand is being robbed and they know it, says New Zealand First.

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Programme of work 'to deliver improved local govt'

20 May 2015 - 11:02am

Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) and its membership councils are embarking on a significant programme of work to deliver improved performance and heighten the value that is delivered to communities by local governments across New Zealand.

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Global milk prices now lowest in 6 years - Robertson

20 May 2015 - 10:05am

The latest fall in the global dairy price has brought it to the lowest level in six years and shows there must be meaningful action in tomorrow’s Budget to diversify the economy, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson.

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Tax test will only impact 1000 house sales - Little

20 May 2015 - 9:45am

The Government’s proposed test to tax property investors is likely to affect less than 2 per cent of all house sales, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says.

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15k strong petition calls for Budget to end child poverty

20 May 2015 - 7:01am

At 3.30pm today local children will join members of ActionStation and representatives of UNICEF, Child Poverty Action Group, NZ Council of Christian Social Services, the Equality Network and Tick for Kids partners to deliver a 15,000 signature petition calling on the government to take real actio

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Govt 'distracted by sideshows' over housing affordability

19 May 2015 - 10:05pm

"It’s sad that the National Government has taken the bait offered by its opponents and allowed itself to be distracted by sideshows over the issue of housing affordability," says Affordable Auckland Mayoral candidate Stephen Berry.

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State sanctioned bribes 'unacceptable'

19 May 2015 - 8:13pm

Transparency International New Zealand is asking MP's to legislate to make bribes no matter how small - illegal whether paid in NZ or overseas.

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Big risks as CYF checks stopped - Ardern

19 May 2015 - 7:13pm

Revelations that Child, Youth and Family is no longer assisting home-based early childhood educators by vetting potential employees should set alarm bells ringing, Labour Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.

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Maori intelligence and innovation on point - Fox

19 May 2015 - 6:28pm

"Bring on the smart Māori," says Māori Party co-leader Marama Fox in response to Māori throughout New Zealand taking up support secured by the party to advance tāngata whenua innovation.

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Housing crisis about real people not numbers - Sepuloni

19 May 2015 - 6:09pm

The Government’s continued failure to tackle the housing crisis is seeing thousands of vulnerable Kiwis being kept off social housing waiting lists, while others, who are on the list, are being forced to live in cars and garages, says Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni.<

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Science leader to join Ministry

19 May 2015 - 5:38pm

Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith today welcomed the appointment of Dr David Wratt QSO as Departmental Science Advisor to the Ministry for the Environment.

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Minister to represent govt at Nikkei Forum and PALM Summit

19 May 2015 - 5:13pm

Civil Defence, Youth and Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye will travel to Japan tomorrow, to represent the government at the 2015 Nikkei Forum and the seventh Pacific Alliance Leaders Meeting (PALM).

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