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Food Research Cluster Calls For More Collaboration

Wellington, July 8 NZPA - A Manawatu-based cluster of food technology companies says there is need for greater collaboration between food researchers.

Speaker Smith To Marry In Parliament On Saturday

Speaker Smith To Marry In Parliament On Saturday
Wellington, July 2 NZPA - Bells are often heard around Parliament to summon MPs to the House but on Saturday they will be ringing to celebrate the marriage of Speaker Lockwood Smith to Alexandra Lang.

Parliament Gives Police Powers To Deal With Drivers On Drugs

Parliament Gives Police Powers To Deal With Drivers On Drugs
Wellington, June 24 NZPA - Police will have new powers to deal with drivers on drugs under legislation passed by Parliament tonight. Transport Minister Steven Joyce said "very disturbing statistics" showed how important it was to bring in the new laws.

Home Affordability Improvement Largest In 10 Years

Home Affordability Improvement Largest In 10 Years
Wellington, June 23 NZPA - The largest improvement in home affordability in a decade is attracting more first home buyers, although the high deposit rates required by banks remains a hurdle, according to a survey today.

New Minister Comes From Class National Party Bloodlines

By Ian Llewellyn of NZPA Wellington, June 15 NZPA - Newly appointed minister Nathan Guy comes from traditional National stock with farming and local politics in his blood.

Maori Taskforce Named

Maori Taskforce Named
Wellington, June 14 NZPA - Members of a taskforce which aims to develop a framework for government interaction with Maori service providers have been named.

Expert Panel To Consider Effects Of Watching Nuclear Tests

Expert Panel To Consider Effects Of Watching Nuclear Tests
Wellington, June 9 NZPA - An expert panel is looking at research into health effects for veterans who were present at nuclear tests and how it may impact on war pension decisions.

Turia Says Support Agreement Wouldn't Affect Entrenchment Vote

Turia Says Support Agreement Wouldn't Affect Entrenchment Vote
Wellington, May 3 NZPA - Maori co-leader Tariana Turia said voting to entrench Maori seats would not breach her party's support arrangement with National.

Plan To Streamline $1b Maori Funding

Plan To Streamline $1b Maori Funding
Wellington, April 13 NZPA - Up to $1 billion of Government funding for Maori could be moved from specific projects to a bulk fund. The fund, proposed by Maori party co-leader Tariana Turia, would be aimed at broad goals such as improving Maori health and education.

Mortgagee Sales Reach New High

Mortgagee Sales Reach New High
Wellington, March 29 NZPA - Mortgagee sale figures have reached a new high, with Auckland hardest hit, latest figures show. There were 150 forced sales around the country in January, a five-fold increase from January 2007's 28 sales.

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