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Speaker open to discussing MPs' legal fee issue

Speaker open to discussing MPs' legal fee issue
Wellington, April 7 NZPA - The Parliamentary Services Commission will consider whether use of taxpayer money for MPs' legal expenses should be open for public scrutiny, Speaker Lockwood Smith says.

Demand for insulation subsidy continues through summer

Demand for insulation subsidy continues through summer
Wellington, April 7 NZPA - The warmer days of summer have not dried up demand for the Government subsidised insulation and heating scheme.

MP would back transparency over legal bill funding

MP would back transparency over legal bill funding
By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, April 7 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key says the use of taxpayer funds to pay National MP Nick Smith's legal bills is fine, but he would be open to such information being made public.

Call for taxpayer funded MP legal fees be public

Call for taxpayer funded MP legal fees be public
Wellington, April 7 NZPA - Tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars are funding legal defences for MPs, it was reported today.

Consent for dam wrong - Greens

Consent for dam wrong - Greens
Wellington, April 6 NZPA - Allowing a 80-metre high hydro dam to be built on the Mokihinui River north of Westport is wrong, the Green Party says. Meridian Energy today received resource consent for the dam.

Group to look at making New Zealand a financial hub

Group to look at making New Zealand a financial hub
Wellington, April 6 NZPA - A private sector group has been established to look at how an international fund services industry could be created in New Zealand.

Agreement to work closer with Mexico on renewable energy

Agreement to work closer with Mexico on renewable energy
Wellington, March 31 NZPA - New Zealand and Mexico have signed an agreement to work closer together on renewable energy which could open doors for New Zealand clean energy companies expanding their sales.

Survey says National mining proposal hurting support

Survey says National mining proposal hurting support
Wellington, March 28 NZPA - There are some indications that National might be losing some political support after it raised the prospect of opening previously protected areas up to mining.

Brownlee backtracks on mining permits

Brownlee backtracks on mining permits
Wellington, March 26 NZPA - Energy Minister Gerry Brownlee told Parliament yesterday the previous Labour government issued 218 permits for mining on conservation land, and accused it of hypocrisy for attacking the Government's proposals.

Govt helps Auckland host yacht race stopover

Govt helps Auckland host yacht race stopover
Wellington, March 26 NZPA - The Government will work with Auckland City Council to help the city host a stopover for the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race, Economic Development Minister Gerry Brownlee says.

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