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Govt And Labour Cautious About Latest Kyoto Liability Estimates

Govt And Labour Cautious About Latest Kyoto Liability Estimates
Wellington, April 15 NZPA - The Government and the Labour Party say New Zealand still faces big climate change challenges despite latest figures showing liabilities under the Kyoto Protocol have swung from deficit to surplus.

Kyoto Liability Swings Into Surplus But Minister Is Cautious

Wellington, April 15 NZPA - New Zealand's estimated liabilities under the Kyoto Protocol are looking a lot better than they were last year but the Government expects the figures to continue bouncing around until the day of reckoning arrives in 2015.

Govt Faces Criticism After Putting Cap On Public Service Numbers

Govt Faces Criticism After Putting Cap On Public Service Numbers
Wellington, March 27 NZPA - The Government has put a cap on the number of public service employees and although the number has been taken from last year it is facing criticism from Labour and the Public Service Association.

Govt Announces Cap On Number Of Public Service Employees

Govt Announces Cap On Number Of Public Service Employees
Wellington, March 26 NZPA - The Government has set the cap on the number of core public service employees at 38,859, the same as it was at the end of December.

Greens Call For Enforceable Regulations On Farm Effluent

Greens Call For Enforceable Regulations On Farm Effluent
Wellington, March 13 NZPA - Release of a progress report yesterday on the voluntary "clean streams accord" showed it had failed and enforceable water quality standards were needed, Green Party co-leader Russel Norman said.

Labour Left A Hole In My Budget - Nick Smith

Labour Left A Hole In My Budget - Nick Smith
Wellington, March 12 NZPA - Environment Minister Nick Smith says the previous government left a $26 million hole in his ministry's budget and he had to consider priorities when he scrapped or cut back five of its programmes.

Govt Under Fire After Environment Ministry Cuts Jobs

Govt Under Fire After Environment Ministry Cuts Jobs
Wellington, March 11 NZPA - The Government is facing criticism from Labour and the Greens because the Environment Ministry is cutting jobs. More than 80 positions are being disestablished in response to a funding cut and the scrapping of some of its programmes.

New Minister Says Lessons Have Been Learned From Mapua Clean-Up

New Minister Says Lessons Have Been Learned From Mapua Clean-Up
Wellington, Dec 10 NZPA - New Environment Minister Nick Smith says his ministry officials made mistakes in the big clean-up of toxic chemicals at Mapua, but an independent report shows how future soil remediation projects can be done better.

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