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Rod Drury on political party policies: All too small

27 July 2014 - 1:50pm

Xero boss Rod Drury told TVNZ’s Q+A programme what the political parties are offering at this election is ‘all too small.’

"There's no policy, all it is a bunch of incremental stuff.

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Brownlee rules out fast-tracking Auckland's city rail loop

27 July 2014 - 12:37pm

Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee told TV1’s Q+A programme this morning that he won’t be bringing forward an Auckland City Rail loop based on new figures showing increased rail patronage.

Auckland Transport figures show rail patronage for 12 months to June was up 13.9 percent.

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Team Key: A 1st XV of Shame - Robertson

27 July 2014 - 12:25pm

Today's news of another National MP in trouble for the use of expenses adds another depressing name to Team Key's roll call of shame, Labour MP Grant Robertson said.

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National announces party list

27 July 2014 - 11:07am

The National Party list for the 2014 election brings together a strong mix of both experienced political leaders and fresh new talent, says National Party President Peter Goodfellow.

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Maritime Union backs Green Party call for shipping lanes

27 July 2014 - 11:03am

The Maritime Union is backing the Green Party’s policy to implement compulsory shipping lanes for coastal shipping, announced today.

Compulsory shipping lanes are designated channels in the ocean in which ships are allowed to sail.

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Green Party launches plan to protect our beaches from oil spills

27 July 2014 - 11:01am

The Green Party today launched its plan to protect New Zealand beaches from oil spills.

The plan is the second component of the Party’s environmental priority this election: Rivers clean enough to swim in again, and beaches safe from oil spills.

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McCully to attend Pacific Islands Forum

27 July 2014 - 10:56am

Foreign Minister Murray McCully will lead the New Zealand delegation to the 45rd Pacific Islands Forum in Palau on behalf of Prime Minister John Key this week.

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Mayoral Office 'wrong to make costly move'

27 July 2014 - 9:01am

After spending nearly $100,000 on refurbishing his Town Hall office, Auckland Mayor Len Brown and his 20 staff are now set to shift out - in a move set to cost ratepayers hundreds of thousands of dollars, says Auckland Councillor Cameron Brewer.

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'We can move on some' changes to welfare for NZers in Aust

26 July 2014 - 2:43pm

Lisa Owen interviews Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey


Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey suggests "we can move on some" changes to welfare for New Zealanders in Australia

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Mana and Maori Party predict election results

26 July 2014 - 2:04pm

Lisa Owen interviews Maori Party leader Te Ururoa Flavell and Mana leader Hone Harawira


Hone Harawira says realistically his Mana Party can take three Maori seats, Te Ururoa Flavell sticks to prediction that Maori Party will win all seven.

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Soaring rail use in Auckland 'shows need for rail link now'

25 July 2014 - 5:33pm

The Green Party today welcomes Auckland Transport figures showing rail patronage has soared by 23 percent in June from June 2013, demonstrating both the value of electrification and the need to immediately get cracking building the Auckland City Rail link.

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This weekend on The Nation

25 July 2014 - 5:21pm

On The Nation this weekend…. With the Maori seats primed to play a pivotal role this election, Torben Akel reports from the key battlegrounds and meets the top contenders.

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Auckland Council accommodation moves to save $100m

25 July 2014 - 4:55pm

Auckland Council is in the process of reducing the number of its council buildings in the central city from seven to three to save money and create more efficient and productive work spaces.

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Gold start status for Palmerston North City Council vehicles

25 July 2014 - 4:39pm

Monday is a gold star day for the city’s fleet of vehicles when the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) welcomes the council into its Fleet Saver membership.

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Auckland's LTP workshops underway

25 July 2014 - 4:30pm

Auckland councillors today met for the fourth in a series of workshops to consider council priorities for the next 10 years. The workshops are part of the 18 month process of developing Auckland’s Long-term Plan (LTP).

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Key must stand Brownlee down - Cunliffe

25 July 2014 - 4:20pm

The wise thing for the Prime Minister to do is ask Gerry Brownlee to hand in his transport warrant and to stand him down for the duration of the CAA investigation, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says.

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Puhoi-Warkworth decision doesn’t stack up - Twyford

25 July 2014 - 4:13pm

The Board of Inquiry decision on the Puhoi-Warkworth motorway gives the green light to a project that doesn’t stack up, says Labour’s Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford.

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Applications for Waitangi Day Fund opened

25 July 2014 - 4:02pm

Applications for the 2015 Commemorating Waitangi Day Fund are now open, Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Christopher Finlayson announced today.

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Puhoi highway won't help Northland roads - Greens

25 July 2014 - 2:57pm

The draft decision by the Environmental Protection Agency to grant resource consent to the proposed $1.65 billion Puhoi motorway doesn’t stop it being a waste of money, the Green Party said today.

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Coleman 'must come clean about FBI briefing'

25 July 2014 - 2:04pm

Former Immigration Minister Jonathan Coleman must come clean about when he was told the FBI was investigating Kim Dotcom, Labour’s Associate Security and Intelligence spokesperson Grant Robertson says.

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