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Time for an inquiry as power prices continue to rise - NZ First

Politics Media Statements - 11 April 2017 - 6:08pm

Energy and Resources Minister Judith Collins claims the electricity market is more competitive than ever, but this has not stopped power bills rising around the country making it difficult for many Kiwi families and businesses, says New Zealand First Energy Spokesperson Fletcher Tabuteau.

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Celebrating the success of Central Otago young people

Politics Media Statements - 11 April 2017 - 5:49pm

Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean said she was delighted that two Central Otago young people had been recognised in the 2017 New Zealand Youth Awards.

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Improvements for Napier's Watchman Road intersection confirmed

Politics Media Statements - 11 April 2017 - 5:33pm

Transport Minister Simon Bridges is welcoming the awarding of the contract to improve one of the North Island’s highest-risk intersections.

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New councillor elected to Waikato Regional Council

Politics Media Statements - 11 April 2017 - 5:33pm

Barry Quayle (photo attached) has been elected to Waikato Regional Council according to preliminary results in the Hamilton by-election.

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NZ manuka honey science definition welcomed

Politics Media Statements - 11 April 2017 - 5:25pm

Food Safety Minister David Bennett has welcomed the Ministry for Primary Industries’ release of a proposed scientific definition for mānuka honey produced in New Zealand.

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Telco property access bill passes third reading

Politics Media Statements - 11 April 2017 - 5:25pm

A bill that will streamline the process for installing Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) passed its third and final reading in Parliament today.

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Teachers deserve a democratic Education Council - Labour

Politics Media Statements - 11 April 2017 - 5:23pm

Teachers around New Zealand reeling from the news that their registration fees could more than double will be even angrier that the National Government has removed their ability to have any say about who sits on the Council that sets those fees, Labour's Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says.

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Advisory panels return for new term

Politics Media Statements - 11 April 2017 - 5:07pm

Auckland Council’s demographic advisory panels kicked off a new three year term this week, ensuring the views of Aucklanders spanning generations, cultures, ethnicities and abilities continue to be represented in council decisions.

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New national cyber security unit launched

Politics Media Statements - 11 April 2017 - 4:32pm

Communications Minister Simon Bridges today launched CERT NZ, a new cyber security unit that will help New Zealanders respond to online threats.

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Govt grant to deal with earthquake waste

Politics Media Statements - 11 April 2017 - 4:04pm

A Government grant of $2.6 million is to be provided to the Hurunui and Kaikōura districts to repair waste facilities, recycle earthquake debris and manage hazardous waste, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith said today in Waiau.

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JustSpeak calls on Government to adopt Tribunal recommendations

Politics Media Statements - 11 April 2017 - 4:02pm

JustSpeak supports the Waitangi Tribunal report released today recommending the Government to take steps to address the systemic racism in our justice system.

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400 homeless families get motel stays as Nats fail on housing - Little

Politics Media Statements - 11 April 2017 - 3:09pm

New figures show that 400 Kiwi families a night are being put in motels by the government because there isn’t enough state housing and emergency housing, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little.

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Waitangi Tribunal releases report into disproportionate reoffending rate

Politics Media Statements - 11 April 2017 - 2:50pm

The Waitangi Tribunal has found the Crown in breach of its Treaty obligations by failing to prioritise the reduction of the high rate of Māori reoffending relative to non-Māori.

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2017 New Zealand Youth Awards winners announced

Popular NZ News on Voxy.co.nz - 11 April 2017 - 2:35pm

Youth Minister Nikki Kaye today announced the recipients of the 2017 New Zealand Youth Awards.

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Drug law reform needed to address Māori re-offending rates

Politics Media Statements - 11 April 2017 - 2:33pm

The government must urgently act to end the persistent failure by the criminal justice system to address disproportionate Māori reoffending rates, said the New Zealand Drug Foundation in response to a Waitangi Tribunal report, Tū mai te rangi.

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Tribunal report a wake-up call for National - Greens

Politics Media Statements - 11 April 2017 - 2:29pm

Today’s report from the Waitangi Tribunal is a wake-up call about National’s failure to tackle Māori overrepresentation in the justice system, the Green Party said today.

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Evaluations to inform ‘once in a lifetime’ system transformation

Politics Media Statements - 11 April 2017 - 2:29pm

Evaluations of the Christchurch and Waikato Enabling Good Lives (EGL) demonstrations will help guide the transformation of the disability support system, Disability Issues and Associate Health Minister Nicky Wagner says.

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Another slap in the face for teachers from Parata - NZ First

Politics Media Statements - 11 April 2017 - 2:10pm

Minister of Education Hekia Parata can’t leave fast enough for the teachers of New Zealand, says New Zealand First Education Spokesperson Tracey Martin.

"To say that teachers pass the lowest bar for entry of any profession is degrading to teachers, and she should apologise.

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State house sales coming home to roost - Green Party

Popular NZ News on Voxy.co.nz - 11 April 2017 - 1:30pm

News that social housing providers are having to turn families away to sleep in their cars, as the Government continues to sell-off state houses, shows how disconnected from reality National has become, the Green Party said today.

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Ascot Park Hotel Southern Steel def WBOP Magic

Popular NZ News on Voxy.co.nz - 11 April 2017 - 1:30pm

Ascot Park Hotel Southern Steel firmed their position as title favourites with an eye-catching outing when overpowering WBOP Magic 72-59 in Invercargill on Monday.

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