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Diplomatic Row Escalates As NZ Journalist Sent Home

Wellington, Dec 16 NZPA - A TVNZ journalist has been sent home after being detained in Fiji as a diplomatic row that could lead to New Zealand's top diplomat in the country being expelled escalates.

NZ Reporter Detained As Row With Fiji Escalates

Wellington, Dec 16 NZPA - A TVNZ journalist has been detained in Fiji as a diplomatic row that could lead to New Zealand's top diplomat in the country being expelled escalates.

NZ Diplomat Faces Expulsion As Row With Fiji Boils Over

By Peter Wilson of NZPA Wellington, Dec 16 NZPA - New Zealand's top diplomat in Fiji could be expelled today as the Government refuses to back down in the face of an ultimatum from self-appointed prime minister Voreqe (Frank) Bainimarama.

Academics Seek Code Of Conduct For `Political' Ministerial Staff

Academics Seek Code Of Conduct For `Political' Ministerial Staff
Wellington, Nov 18 NZPA - Academics at two universities are calling for the new National-led government to set a code of conduct for ministerial staff appointed outside the public service.

First-Term MP Bolts Into Key's Cabinet

First-Term MP Bolts Into Key's Cabinet
By Grant Fleming of NZPA Wellington, Nov 17 NZPA - A self-described "mechanic of organisations", Steven Joyce's appointment to Cabinet will allow him to get intimate with the nuts and bolts of government.

Lockwood Smith To Be Made Speaker

Lockwood Smith To Be Made Speaker
By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, Nov 17 NZPA - National's longest-serving MP Lockwood Smith is set to become Parliament's next Speaker. Incoming Prime Minister John Key today announced that Dr Smith would be the party's nomination for the role.

Veterinarians Welcome National's Plan For Bonds

Veterinarians have welcomed the National Party's plan to combat rural veterinary shortages with a voluntary scheme of bonds for rural veterinarians.

Labour MP Calls For Broad To Apologise Over Terror Raids

Labour's Mahara Okeroa today called for Police Commissioner Howard Broad to apologise over the "anti-terror raids". There was a public outcry in October last year following the raids at Ruatoki in the Eastern Bay of Plenty, centre of the Ureweras-based Tuhoe tribe.

Trans-Tasman Talks Needed Before NZ Deposit Insurance Scheme

by Kate Chapman of NZPA Wellington, Oct 6 NZPA - Serious trans-Tasman talks are needed about insuring bank deposits here to ensure New Zealand taxpayers do not end up subsidising Australian-owned banks, a banking academic said today.

Banks Not Likely To Ask For Money Back

Wellington, Oct 1 NZPA - Banks are highly unlikely to ask for their money back from homeowners who are meeting their mortgage payments, according to analysts.

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