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Industry to blame for not selling biofuels - minister

Industry to blame for not selling biofuels - minister
Wellington, July 22 NZPA - Energy Minister Gerry Brownlee today blamed the biofuel industry for the low uptake of a scheme to promote it. A scheme was introduced in July last year to kick start biofuel production in New Zealand.

The young and the croaky

The young and the croaky
Wellington, July 22 NZPA - Fresh-faced Labour MP Chris Hipkins' voice broke in Parliament today. The MP, who is aged in his early 30s, had a bad cold and croaked through his questions while getting a ribbing from the National benches.

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.

Biodiesel grants scheme to be extended

Biodiesel grants scheme to be extended
Wellington, June 5 NZPA - Energy Minister Gerry Brownlee says the Government's biodiesel grants scheme is being extended but the Opposition say the changes are needed because the scheme is a flop.

Labour announces electorate candidates

Wellington, July 5 NZPA - The Labour Party has moved early to confirm a list of electorate candidates for next year's election. Labour has confirmed 17 candidates, with others having received a nomination but awaiting rubber stamping in 10 more electorates.

Labour announces electorate candidates

Labour announces electorate candidates
Wellington, July 5 NZPA - The Labour Party has moved early to confirm a list of electorate candidates for next year's election. Labour has confirmed 17 candidates, with others having received a nomination but awaiting rubber stamping in 10 more electorates.

Commercial practices of power companies queried

Commercial practices of power companies queried
Wellington, June 17 NZPA - The commercial practices of energy generators were put under the microscope at a commerce select committee meeting in Parliament today.

Private purchase advisers no longer in use

By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, June 16 NZPA - Work on a code of conduct to cover private purchase advisers has not advanced because no one is using them any more, MPs were told today.

Winners And Losers One Year On From Election

Winners And Losers One Year On From Election
Some MPs could try harder, some get a gold star and one or two have not achieved on NZPA's report card one year on from National's election victory. MAGGIE TAIT rates the performances.

More Than 5800 Homes Insulated Under Scheme

More Than 5800 Homes Insulated Under Scheme
Wellington, Oct 15 NZPA - More than 5800 houses have been retrofitted under the Government's subsidy scheme, Energy and Resources Minister Gerry Brownlee says.

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