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Children, not ideology, at the heart of policy - CPAG

Politics Media Statements - 18 August 2014 - 5:14pm

Child Poverty Action Group has welcomed the Green's policy on Working for Families announced yesterday and says it puts children's needs at the heart of policy.

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Generation Zero welcomes 'overdue' boost to cycleway funding

Politics Media Statements - 18 August 2014 - 4:55pm

Nationwide youth organisation Generation Zero has welcomed Minister of Transport Gerry Brownlee’s announcement of an additional $100 million over four years for urban cycleways, and says local councils should "get building" now that it appears any future government will boost cycleway funding.<

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Cycling boost welcomed by Wellington Mayor

Politics Media Statements - 18 August 2014 - 4:50pm

Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown has welcomed today’s announcement by the Government that it will provide new funding for urban cycleways.

Today the Prime Minister announced $100 million will be made available over the next four years to accelerate cycleways in urban centres.

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Next Hamilton City Council meeting held at The Link

Politics Media Statements - 18 August 2014 - 4:40pm

Taking democracy to the community is what’s behind holding the next Hamilton City Council meeting at The Link in Hamilton East, says Mayor Julie Hardaker.

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PREFU likely to confirm dropping exports - Parker

Politics Media Statements - 18 August 2014 - 4:21pm

National’s economic management will be put under the spotlight in tomorrow’s PREFU given clear signs the so-called rock star economy has fallen off the stage, with plummeting prices for raw commodity exports, Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker says.

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Uptake of Health Star Rating welcomed

Politics Media Statements - 18 August 2014 - 4:15pm

Food Safety Minister Nikki Kaye today welcomed the announcement by Foodstuffs that it will adopt the Health Star Ratings on its Pams and Budget product packaging.

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AA welcomes additional investment in safe urban cycleways

Politics Media Statements - 18 August 2014 - 4:03pm

The AA welcomes announcements today of an extra investment of $100 million to accelerate safe cycleways in urban centres.

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Influence of NZ First 'felt even before the election'

Politics Media Statements - 18 August 2014 - 3:42pm

The government’s decision to pick up the Tauranga City Council debt on Route K after almost six years of doing nothing indicates the strong influence of New Zealand First coming into this election.

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Focus on poverty 'must be sustained to deliver for children'

Politics Media Statements - 18 August 2014 - 3:32pm

In at least the last four election campaigns, advocates for children and families have been working to ensure a strong focus on children in the hope that all parties will develop comprehensive policies to improve the health, education, safety and participation of children.

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Opinion: Time to focus on CRL funding, not fast-tracking

Politics Media Statements - 18 August 2014 - 3:32pm

By Cameron Brewer - Auckland Councillor

When it comes to the City Rail Link every post has been promoted as a winning post. Auckland Mayor Len Brown is now celebrating a saving of $484m with the latest decision to scrap plans for a Newton station and reduce the number of trains.

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Palmerston North City Council achieves debt reduction

Politics Media Statements - 18 August 2014 - 3:23pm

Palmerston North City Council has maintained an operating budget surplus for the 2013/14 financial year ended 30 June and paid down more debt than planned.

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UnitedFuture launches manifesto

Politics Media Statements - 18 August 2014 - 3:11pm

UnitedFuture Leader Hon Peter Dunne released today UnitedFuture’s detailed policy programme for the 2014 Election.

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Record profits while kiwis face a cold winter - Shearer

Politics Media Statements - 18 August 2014 - 2:45pm

The record profits by two of New Zealand’s largest electricity companies will be a bitter pill for New Zealand households who are paying record amounts for their power, says Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer.

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NZ universities welcome Labour's commitment to lift funding

Politics Media Statements - 18 August 2014 - 2:41pm

Universities New Zealand welcomes the Labour Party’s commitment to increase funding for health, education and other public services by $1 billion a year, says acting Universities New Zealand chair and University of Otago Vice-Chancellor, Professor Harlene Hayne.

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Time for John Key to answer questions - Robertson

Politics Media Statements - 18 August 2014 - 2:33pm

John Key’s train-wreck interview on Morning Report shows he is no longer capable of a simple yes or no answer and has lost touch with what’s right and wrong, Labour MP Grant Robertson says.

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Celebrating the draft national curriculum for kura kaupapa Maori

Politics Media Statements - 18 August 2014 - 2:23pm

The Minister of Māori Affairs and Associate Minister of Education, Dr Pita Sharples congratulates the kura kaupapa Māori movement for developing their own national curriculum.

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Opinion: A review of Dirty Politics

Politics Media Statements - 18 August 2014 - 1:46pm

By Associate Professor Grant Duncan

Nicky Hager's new book sets up Prime Minister John Key as the main target. It suggests that there is a dark side to his political management that New Zealanders ought to be aware of. But does Hager hit the target?

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Innovative digital platform to celebrate 10th birthday

Popular NZ News on - 18 August 2014 - 1:40pm

On 9 January 2004, the first version of UpStage was formally launched and released into the world as a platform for cyberformance (live online performance). A decade later, we invite you to join us in celebrating this auspicious milestone and imagine what might come next ...

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NZEI welcomes Green Party's tax policy

Politics Media Statements - 18 August 2014 - 1:29pm

The Green Party’s plans to invest in children and reduce the harm done by child poverty will have a big impact on educational success, says NZEI Te Riu Roa National President Judith Nowotarski.

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'Folly of asset sales exposed' by Meridian windfall dividend

Politics Media Statements - 18 August 2014 - 1:25pm

The folly of the National Government's asset sales was exposed today when Meridian Energy announced a windfall dividend which the Government will now only get half of, the Green Party said.

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