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Peter Wilson: Catching Up With Australia - Or Not

When Jenny Shipley was appointed health minister in the previous National government, she confidently told Parliament she would be judged on hospital waiting lists.

This was unwise, because the waiting lists didn't improve and she was indeed judged, loudly and often, by the Labour Party.

Alert System For Abusive Mothers Recommended

Alert System For Abusive Mothers Recommended
Wellington, March 3 NZPA - The Government is to consider tracking abusive mothers throughout their lives -- one of several recommendations in a new report out today.

Labour Digs For Whanau Ora Details But Doesn't Get Any

Wellington, Feb 17 NZPA - The Labour Party tried to find out in Parliament today how much money was going to be allocated for the new Whanau Ora social services scheme but it was told to wait for the May 20 budget.

Whanau Ora A Shambles, Says Labour

Whanau Ora A Shambles, Says Labour
Wellington, Feb 16 NZPA - Development of the Government's Whanau Ora policy has been a shambles, Labour leader Phil Goff says. However Social Development and Employment Minister Paula Bennett is blaming the media for confusion around the policy.

New Social Services System Will Be A Maori Model - Key

Wellington, Feb 15 NZPA - Families using the new Whanua Ora social services system will have to accept it is based on the Maori way of doing things, Prime Minister John Key says.

Tougher Stance On Welfare To Reduce Taxpayer Cost: Key

Tougher Stance On Welfare To Reduce Taxpayer Cost: Key
Wellington, Feb 9 NZPA - The Government is signalling a tougher stance on benefits as it attempts to bring what it says is the increasing cost of welfare under control.

PM Warmly Received At Ratana

PM Warmly Received At Ratana
By Paloma Migone of NZPA Wellington, Jan 22 NZPA - The three-day Ratana celebrations began today with a warm reception for Prime Minister John Key and National MPs.

Labour Scorns Govt's Bid To Catch Up With Australia

Labour Scorns Govt's Bid To Catch Up With Australia
Wellington, Jan 15 NZPA - The economic performance gap between New Zealand and Australia is widening, Labour said today as it scorned the Government's efforts to catch up.

New Maori Welfare System Close To Reality - Report

New Maori Welfare System Close To Reality - Report
Correcting story network about 8.20pm yesterday and spelling of Whanau in 2nd par Wellington, Dec 17 NZPA - A new welfare system for Maori families could be given the green light as early as February, it was reported tonight.

Children's Commissioner Rejects Child Abuse Campaign

By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, Dec 16 NZPA - A campaign focused on preventing child abuse is not the way to go, Children's Commissioner John Angus said today, in sharp contrast to his predecessor's position.

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