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Secret deals in Auckland? - NZ First

Popular NZ News on - 5 May 2014 - 5:05pm

New Zealand First Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters is calling on the National Party to come clean about secret deals being done with the ACT Party in Auckland electorate seats.

"The deal has been done to stitch up Epsom, but what else is being done behind closed doors?

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Under 40s 'need ACT for long term thinking'

Popular NZ News on - 5 May 2014 - 5:05pm

Bill English’s comments this morning that National Super can be afforded "for the time being" show why centre right voters under 40 must vote ACT, says the party’s leader Jamie Whyte.

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Flooding feedback 'encouraging'

Popular NZ News on - 5 May 2014 - 5:05pm

Around 120 people rolled up at the Edgeware Bowling Club yesterday as the Shirley / Papanui Community Board began the first of city wide information sessions and focus groups on flooding.

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Unemployment 'never to return to pre-Key levels'

Popular NZ News on - 5 May 2014 - 5:05pm

Treasury projections that show under the current Government’s policies, unemployment will never return to pre-Key levels are a scandal, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe.

"Mr Key is failing on jobs. His policies are not creating jobs for New Zealanders.

Categories: New Zealand News

Petition nearly cracks 40,000 names

Popular NZ News on - 5 May 2014 - 5:05pm

A petition aimed at stopping the testing of legal highs on animals has nearly reached 40,000 signatures, says Labour’s Animal Welfare spokesperson Trevor Mallard.

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Rigid approach to saving money in public hospitals 'poses risks'

Popular NZ News on - 5 May 2014 - 5:05pm

"Concerns about the one-size-fits-all approach being taken to national procurement for public hospitals should be a wake-up call for the Government," said Mr Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists, today.

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Last cab in the rank no more - Maori Party

Politics Media Statements - 5 May 2014 - 4:40pm

"Ten years ago, on the eve of the First Reading of the Foreshore and Seabed Bill, over 40,000 New Zealanders rose up and marched in protest, in one of the most profound acts of resistance Aotearoa has ever witnessed," said Te Ururoa Flavell, Co-leader of the Māori Party.

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Flavell proud of MasterChef winners

Politics Media Statements - 5 May 2014 - 4:36pm

Te Ururoa Flavell, Co-leader of the Māori Party and Waiariki MP has expressed his delight at the success of the Maketu sisters, Kasey and Karena Bird, who were last night crowned the grand winners of MasterChef New Zealand 2014.

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UnitedFuture to unveil new recreational fishing policy

Politics Media Statements - 5 May 2014 - 4:23pm

UnitedFuture Leader Hon Peter Dunne will unveil the party’s new "Recreational Only Species" fishing policy in Auckland at the Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show next Friday 16 May at noon.

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Govt 'ignores' sexual violence until election year

Politics Media Statements - 5 May 2014 - 3:56pm

New Zealand First says the Government’s $10.4 million cash injection over two years for sexual violence services is only electioneering and not a long-term solution.

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Budget 2014: $22m boost for budgeting services

Politics Media Statements - 5 May 2014 - 3:47pm

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett today announced new operating funding of $22 million over four years for non-government organisations delivering community budgeting services to families.

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Minister to address major international cardiology conference

Politics Media Statements - 5 May 2014 - 3:28pm

Associate Health Minister Tariana Turia is this week joining a group of leading international experts to talk about rheumatic fever, rheumatic heart disease and tobacco reform at a major international cardiology conference in Melbourne.

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ORC extends survey completion deadline

Politics Media Statements - 5 May 2014 - 3:15pm

The Otago Regional Council has extended the completion date for an online survey of residents in Otago. The survey is aimed at gauging people’s awareness of the council and its activities, and how satisfied they are with the services it provides.

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McGregor solos to victory in club road cycling champs

Popular NZ News on - 5 May 2014 - 3:00pm

Twenty-three year old cyclist Alex McGregor from Dunedin soloed to victory in the elite men’s race at the Grassroots Trust New Zealand club road championships in Cambridge today.

Categories: New Zealand News

TRC sets 1.4% rates rise

Politics Media Statements - 5 May 2014 - 2:19pm

The Taranaki Regional Council today set a 1.4% increase in its general rates take for the financial year starting 1 July.

The decision came as the Council formally adopted its Annual Plan for 2014/2015, after considering written and verbal submissions and tweaking the draft document.

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Horizons receives 'exceptional' rating

Politics Media Statements - 5 May 2014 - 1:52pm

Minister for the Environment, Hon Amy Adams, has praised Horizons Regional Council for exceptional processing of all consents on time.

In the 2012-13 period Horizons received 374 consent applications and processed them all within the Resource Management Act statutory timeframe.

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PM announces new portfolio allocations

Politics Media Statements - 5 May 2014 - 1:32pm

Prime Minister John Key has today reallocated the portfolios made vacant by the resignation of Maurice Williamson as a Minister.

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Oravida visit purpose to 'increase profile' - Robertson

Politics Media Statements - 5 May 2014 - 1:23pm

Official documents show the purpose of Judith Collins’ visit to her husband’s company in China was to "increase the profile" of Oravida, Labour MP Grant Robertson says.

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Hamilton Lake Domain path upgrage continues

Politics Media Statements - 5 May 2014 - 1:10pm

Work to renew a 450-metre section of the path around Hamilton’s Lake Domain begins this week.

The path, which circles Hamilton’s Lake Rotoroa, is gradually being renewed as part of a renewal programme overseen by Hamilton City Council’s Parks and Open Spaces Unit.

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Entries open for $1 million in science prizes

Politics Media Statements - 5 May 2014 - 12:35pm

Entries open today for the 2014 Prime Minister’s Science Prizes, which will award a total of $1 million in prize money to some of New Zealand’s top scientists and researchers.

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