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Opposition MPs leave committee in protest at National's chair

Opposition MPs leave committee in protest at National's chair
Wellington, June 30 NZPA - Opposition MPs staged a walkout at a parliamentary committee today in a protest against the conduct of the chairwoman, National MP Sandra Goudie.

Maori seats on councils bill defeated in Parliament

Maori seats on councils bill defeated in Parliament
Wellington, June 16 NZPA - A bill that would have forced local and regional councils to have Maori seats was defeated in Parliament tonight.

Search and Surveillance bill getting rewrite

Search and Surveillance bill getting rewrite
By Maggie Tait Wellington, May 24 NZPA - The controversial Search and Surveillance Bill is being redrafted after it raised concerns, including that freedom of speech would be stifled.

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.

Bank Raises Search And Surveillance Concerns

Wellington, Feb 25 NZPA - ANZ National Bank has joined the list of those concerned about aspects of a government bill giving police and other law enforcement agencies greater search and surveillance powers.

John Hayes Has Stomach Stapling Op

John Hayes Has Stomach Stapling Op
Wellington, Feb 3 NZPA - National MP John Hayes has joined a list of colleagues going under the knife to lose weight.

Chief Families Commissioner Struggles With Whanau Ora

By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, Dec 9 NZPA - Labour and National MPs were gobsmacked today when the head of the Families Commission said she could not define a policy with a Maori name because she was a middle class white woman.

Law Society Wants Provocation To Stay

Wellington, Oct 20 NZPA - Despite a parliamentary committee recommending the partial defence of provocation should be abolished the Law Society wants it to stay.

Labour's Budget Road Trip

By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wanganui, Aug 10 NZPA - Labour's caucus hit the road today, on a budget tour of regional centres Levin and Wanganui.

New Minister Comes From Class National Party Bloodlines

By Ian Llewellyn of NZPA Wellington, June 15 NZPA - Newly appointed minister Nathan Guy comes from traditional National stock with farming and local politics in his blood.

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