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Personal tax information could go to credit rating agency

By Kate Chapman of NZPA Wellington, July 28 NZPA - Personal information held by the Inland Revenue Department (IRD) could be given to credit rating agencies if proposed changes to privacy of tax information go ahead.

Corrections Department to be biggest

Corrections Department to be biggest
Wellington, July 2 NZPA - The Corrections Department will be the largest government department within a few years, Finance Minister Bill English said.

'It's not ok' campaign wins award

Wellington, June 21 NZPA - The It's Not Ok family violence campaign won the top award at the Institute of Public Administration New Zealand (IPANZ) Public Sector Excellence Awards.

Te Puni Kokiri vital for Whanau Ora, says Sharples

Te Puni Kokiri vital for Whanau Ora, says Sharples
Wellington, June 16 NZPA - Maori Development Ministry Te Puni Kokiri (TPK) is well capable of administering Whanau Ora without affecting its core duties and will mainly play a hands-off support role, Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples has told a select committee.

Key opens new Limited Service Volunteer course

Key opens new Limited Service Volunteer course
Wellington, June 4 NZPA - Unemployed young people looking for direction and discipline will get the opportunity to challenge themselves on a new Limited Service Volunteer (LSV) course at Hobsonville, Prime Minister John Key says.

2000km of cycleway in place for Rugby World Cup

2000km of cycleway in place for Rugby World Cup
Wellington, June 1 NZPA - More than 2000km of the national cycleway should be completed in time for the Rugby World Cup next year. The $50 million cycleway project, which came out of the Job Summit held last year, is to be a series of cycle tracks linked throughout the country.

Key stands by cycleway jobs target

Key stands by cycleway jobs target
By Kate Chapman of NZPA Wellington, May 31 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key still believes the national cycleway will create 4000 jobs -- despite only 70 jobs created during construction of the first 107km of track.

MP backs smacking review following criticism

MP backs smacking review following criticism
Wellington, May 24 NZPA - The Prime Minister says he has confidence in the findings of a three-person review of smacking legislation presented to him last year, following criticism by a group at the centre of the review.

Whanau Ora providers already training, before policy starts

Whanau Ora providers already training, before policy starts
Wellington, April 27 NZPA - Whanau Ora providers are already training staff to implement the policy, funding the training out of their own budgets, overseeing minister Tariana Turia told Parliament today.

MPs told police wait for child offenders to turn 14

By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, April 21 NZPA - Police wait to deal with child offenders until they turn 14 because they prefer Youth Court processes to those in the Family Court, MPs were told today.

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