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Rankin Not Appearing At 'Vote No' Launch

Rankin Not Appearing At 'Vote No' Launch
Wellington, June 22 NZPA - Controversial Families Commissioner Christine Rankin has assured Social Development Minister Paula Bennett she will not appear at tomorrow's launch of the "vote no" campaign for the smacking referendum.

Peter Wilson: A $9m Referendum - And The Result Won't Make Any Difference

Peter Wilson: A $9m Referendum - And The Result Won't Make Any Difference
Federated Farmers isn't an organisation that usually voices opinions on issues that don't have a direct impact on its members. It did last week, and it hit on something worthy of wide consideration -- the $9 million it is costing to run what has become known as the smacking referendum.

Key Dragged Into Smacking Debate

Key Dragged Into Smacking Debate
NZPA political reporters Wellington, June 18 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key has been dragged into the centre of the resurgent smacking debate.

Rankin Silent On Smacking Issue

Rankin Silent On Smacking Issue
By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, June 15 NZPA - Families Commissioner Christine Rankin is refusing to comment on a referendum on whether parents should be allowed to smack children because the media had "ripped her to shreds".

Pregnant Korean Woman Forced To Leave NZ To Have Baby

Wellington, June 8 NZPA - A Korean woman will be kicked out of New Zealand after being refused a student visa because she is pregnant -- despite being willing to pay for her maternity care. Sung Won Kim, 31, and her partner arrived on visitors' permits in March.

Law Change Required To Stop Fijian Official Getting Into NZ: Key

Law Change Required To Stop Fijian Official Getting Into NZ: Key
Wellington, June 2 NZPA - Preventing a senior member of Fiji's interim regime who already has New Zealand residency coming here would require a law change and is unlikely, Prime Minister John Key says.

Senior Fiji Figure Able To Come And Go

Senior Fiji Figure Able To Come And Go
Wellington, June 2 NZPA - The Government is powerless to stop a senior member of Fiji's interim regime coming and going from New Zealand.

Lobby Group Runs Ads Calling For Section 59 Reinstatement

Lobby Group Runs Ads Calling For Section 59 Reinstatement
Wellington, May 31 NZPA - Lobby group Family First has placed ads in Sunday newspapers calling for the reinstatement of reasonable force as a defence in child abuse cases. The group says the law change isn't working and Prime Minister John Key should change it.

Chris Ford: Gerry Brownlee Should Make Power Companies Cough Up!

This week's Commerce Commission report into power company price fixing arrangements simply verified something that we knew all about as consumers but which the power companies have been denying to us all along - that they have been fleecing us to the tune of $4.3 billion over the last seven years (a

Christine Rankin Wrong Person For Families Commission - Goff

Christine Rankin Wrong Person For Families Commission - Goff
Wellington, May 12 NZPA - Christine Rankin is the wrong person to be appointed to the Families Commission, as she is divisive, has a troubled record and is unrepresentative, Labour leader Phil Goff said today.

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