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Govt concentrates science spend in three areas

Govt concentrates science spend in three areas
Wellington, July 12 NZPA - The Government says the bulk of its this year's main science funding round -- about $48 million a year -- is going into high-tech manufacturing, freshwater research, and boosting export earnings from primary production.

Meetings to explain ETS

Meetings to explain ETS
Wellington, June 18 NZPA - The Environment Ministry is holding meetings to explain the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). A meeting will be held next Tuesday night in Auckland, on Wednesday in Christchurch and Wellington on June 30.

E-day 2010 will go ahead - Smith

E-day 2010 will go ahead - Smith
By Paloma Migone of NZPA Wellington, June 17 NZPA - Environment Minister Nick Smith says the national electronic waste collection event eDay will go ahead this year despite his ministry turning down its bid for funding.

Government has high hopes for protection zone

Government has high hopes for protection zone
Wellington, June 3 NZPA - The Government has announced a new Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) and hopes it will strengthen protection the exclusive economic zone (EEZ), Environment Minister Nick Smith says.

Ministry officials to help new commissioners in Canterbury

Ministry officials to help new commissioners in Canterbury
Wellington, May 3 NZPA - Government officials will help Environment Canterbury's (ECan) appointed commissioners because of concerns over their workload.

Discounts for people waiting for resource consent processing

Discounts for people waiting for resource consent processing
Wellington, April 21 NZPA - Those caught waiting for councils to process their resource management claims may be eligible for a discount of up to 50 percent following regulation changes announced today by Environment Minister Nick Smith.

Govt eyes Auckland, Tauranga, Hamilton nexus

Govt eyes  Auckland, Tauranga, Hamilton nexus
Wellington, April 20 NZPA - The Government says it is willing to spend over $100,000 to probe how linkages with Hamilton and Tauranga could boost the economic performance of Auckland.

Ministry Glossing Over Mapua Health Risks, Greens Say

Ministry Glossing Over Mapua Health Risks, Greens Say
Wellington, March 16 NZPA - The Ministry of Health is glossing over the risks presented by a site near Nelson historically polluted through exposure to toxic chemicals and later cleaned up, the Green Party says.

Carbon Emissions Still Going Up, Just Not As Fast Under The ETS

Carbon Emissions Still Going Up, Just Not As Fast Under The ETS
Wellington, Nov 26 NZPA - Ministry for the Environment officials say greenhouse gas emissions under the Government's new emissions trading scheme (ETS) will continue rising -- though a little slower than if there were no ETS in place.

Court Action Costs Mounting For Parliamentary Whitleblower

Auckland, Oct 16 NZPA - Parliamentary whistleblower Erin Leigh is facing possible court costs of $4132 following a pre-trial hearing into her defamation case against the Attorney-General over comments by former Labour cabinet minister Trevor Mallard in the House.

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