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Govt quick to shift its mining focus

Govt quick to shift its mining focus
By Chris Ormond of NZPA Wellington, July 21 NZPA - The Government is moving on from its backdown over mineral prospecting on protected conservation land and remains bullish about encouraging mining elsewhere in the face of concern from environmentalists.

Man with possible dementia may get strike

Man with possible dementia may get strike
Wellington, July 21 NZPA - The 69-year-old man with Parkinson's disease and possible dementia who was charged with assault after grabbing the breasts of a woman in his care home would be excused from trial if he was found to have a mental impairment, Police and Corrections Minister Judith Collins

GST removal from healthy food gets a 'no'

GST removal from healthy food gets a 'no'
Wellington, July 21 NZPA - A bid to remove GST on healthy foods to lower costs has been slammed by the Government.

Opposition welcomes Hurunui moratorium but want more

Opposition welcomes Hurunui moratorium but want more
Wellington, July 21 NZPA - Opposition MPs have welcomed the moratorium placed on new major irrigation consents on Canterbury's Hurunui River but want further protection.

Govt quick to shift its mining focus

Govt quick to shift its mining focus
By Chris Ormond of NZPA Wellington, July 21 NZPA - The Government is moving on from its backdown over mineral prospecting on protected conservation land and remains bullish about encouraging mining elsewhere in the face of concern from environmentalists.

State sector contracts pooled to save money

State sector contracts pooled to save money
Wellington, July 21 NZPA - The first state sector-wide contract has been signed -- for stationery.

MPs risk dismissing Bill of Rights over prison vote rights

MPs risk dismissing Bill of Rights over prison vote rights
By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, July 21 NZPA - A bill to strip prisoners on short sentences of their rights to vote should be scrapped unless MPs want to show they have no respect for the Bill of Rights, the Chief Human Rights Commissioner says.

School public-private partnerships a step closer

School public-private partnerships a step closer
By Chris Ormond of NZPA Wellington, July 21 NZPA - The Government has begun identifying new schools which could be built and maintained under proposed public-private partnerships (PPPs).

Brash advocates choice for New Zealand Super eligibility

Brash advocates choice for New Zealand Super eligibility
Wellington, July 21 NZPA - Former National Party leader Don Brash has proposed allowing people to choose to receive a larger pension if they retire later as a way of keeping people in the workforce.

Next stage in PPPs for schools announced

Next stage in PPPs for schools announced
Wellington, July 21 NZPA - Plans for private companies to own new schools are moving along with the Government deciding to getting a business case done. The Government previously said it would look into public-private partnerships (PPPs) for the running of certain aspects of schools.

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