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Dunne Says Diplomat Role Just A Rumour

Wellington, June 29 NZPA - United Future Peter Dunne says a rumour National would offer him a diplomatic post in return for not standing in the Ohariu electorate again in 2011 is untrue. Labour MP Trevor Mallard blogged about the rumour.

Govt Applauds 'Smart' Meters, But Will Wait 6 Months For Report

Govt Applauds 'Smart' Meters, But Will Wait 6 Months For Report
Wellington, June 25 NZPA - Energy Minister Gerry Brownlee says he will wait six months to see whether the Electricity Commission advises regulating for fully-enabled "smart" electricity meters or to just leave the choice up to electricity companies.

Govt Launches `Warm Up New Zealand' Programme

Govt Launches `Warm Up New Zealand' Programme
Wellington, June 18 NZPA - All the major banks have agreed to participate in a home insulation programme which starts next month, Prime Minister John Key said today.

MPs Slam Report On "Foul Mongrel" Loan Sharks

By Chris Ormond of NZPA Wellington, June 3 NZPA - Maori Affairs select committee members have slammed a Consumer Affairs report on loan sharks which they say fails to seriously address the issue.

Parliament Supports Free Speech And Media Protection Changes

Parliament Supports Free Speech And Media Protection Changes
Wellington, June 2 NZPA - Parliament has supported recommendations by its privileges committee to change the rules on free speech and court suppression orders, and to strengthen protection for the media.

Chris Ford: Gerry Brownlee Should Make Power Companies Cough Up!

This week's Commerce Commission report into power company price fixing arrangements simply verified something that we knew all about as consumers but which the power companies have been denying to us all along - that they have been fleecing us to the tune of $4.3 billion over the last seven years (a

Labour Wants Immediate Assurance On Power Prices

Labour Wants Immediate Assurance On Power Prices
Wellington, May 22 NZPA - The Labour Party today demanded an immediate assurance from the Government that electricity prices would not rise further.

Brownlee Rules Out Power Refunds

Brownlee Rules Out Power Refunds
Wellington, May 22 NZPA - Power companies will not be expected to pay back $4.3 billion in overcharging, Energy Minister Gerry Brownlee said this morning.

Power Companies Silent After Overcharging Exposed

Power Companies Silent After Overcharging Exposed
Wellington, May 22 NZPA - Power companies face public outrage after a Commerce Commission report said they had overcharged customers $4.3 billion.

Budget To Include $36 Million For Biodiesel Grants

Budget To Include $36 Million For Biodiesel Grants
Wellington, May 19 NZPA - After dumping a mandatory requirement for biofuel to be added to petrol, the Government has decided to give the local industry a boost with a $36 million subsidy over the next three years.

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