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Results from Whanau Ora likely within a year - minister

Results from Whanau Ora likely within a year - minister
By Kate Chapman of NZPA Wellington, July 21 NZPA - Whanau Ora Minister Tariana Turia expects to see results from the new welfare policy within a year, but says it will take a generation to see changes in some families.

Advances expected in public-private school partnerships

Advances expected in public-private school partnerships
Wellington, July 21 NZPA - The Government is set to announce the next step in its plans to enter into public-private partnerships (PPPs) in the running of certain aspects of schools.

McCully says Bamiyan ready for next step

McCully says Bamiyan ready for next step
By Shabnam Dastgheib and Maggie Tait of NZPA

FACTBOX -- mining plans scrapped

FACTBOX -- mining plans scrapped
Wellington, July 21 NZPA - Energy Minister Gerry Brownlee today confirmed the Government will not remove the protection on conservation land to allow it to be mined. Changes announced included:

Mining industry praises Govt's decisions

Mining industry praises Govt's decisions
The Labour Party is taunting the Government for what it describes as "a humiliating backdown" over mining conservation land, but the industry doesn't see it that way. 

Key to kick off All White's parade

Key to kick off All White's parade
Wellington, July 20 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key will kick off the All White's civic parade tomorrow when it leaves from Parliament.

New tenancy laws passed

New tenancy laws passed
Wellington, July 20 NZPA - New tenancy laws passed in Parliament today will clear up confusion around terminating and renewing tenancies and introduce financial penalties for tenants who harass neighbours and landlords providing sub-standard housing, Housing Minister Phil Heatley says.

Schedule four land safe but other areas ripe for mining

Schedule four land safe but other areas ripe for mining
By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, July 20 NZPA - Specially protected areas of conservation land won't be mined but it looks like open season for other parts of the country.

90-day trial extension prompts debate

90-day trial extension prompts debate
By Kate Chapman of NZPA Wellington, July 20 NZPA - The ideological battle over the proposed extension of the 90-day trial period for new employees continued in Parliament today.

Environmental groups celebrate, but concerns remain

Environmental groups celebrate, but concerns remain
By Chris Ormond and Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, July 20 NZPA - Environmental groups are celebrating the Government's decision to abandon plans to open protected conservation land to mineral prospecting, but remain concerned about future mining on Crown land.

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