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Councillors bow out as commissioners take over

Councillors bow out as commissioners take over
Wellington, April 23 NZPA - While the dismissal of elected members of Canterbury Regional Council, Ecan, ended in emotion and tears yesterday, the Government's choice of replacement commissioners was applauded by Irrigation NZ.

Seats still warm as commissioners introduced

Seats still warm as commissioners introduced
Christchurch, April 22 NZPA - With the seats of the sacked Ecan councillors still warm after their final meeting in Christchurch today, cabinet ministers Rodney Hide and Nick Smith were introducing the newly appointed "repair" commissioners to take their place.

Environment Canterbury Commissioners appointed

Environment Canterbury Commissioners appointed
Wellington, April 22 NZPA - Government fix-it specialist Dame Margaret Bazley is to take over as chair of commissioners overseeing Environment Canterbury, and fixing Canterbury's water issues.

Coffin rolled out at last ECAN meeting

Coffin rolled out at last ECAN meeting
Christchurch, April 22 NZPA - A coffin bearing the words, "RIP Regional Democracy" brought a sombre note to the final and sometimes emotional meeting of the supposedly dysfunctional Canterbury Regional Council today, which has been dismissed by central Government.

Labour welcomes legal aid changes

Labour welcomes legal aid changes
Wellington, April 8 NZPA - Proposed changes to the legal aid system have been welcomed by the Opposition.

Competency tests for legal aid funding

Competency tests for legal aid funding
Wellington, April 8 NZPA - It could be a year before legal aid lawyers face competency testing under reforms of legal aid services outlined by Justice Minister Simon Power yesterday.

Legal aid lawyers face competency testing

Legal aid lawyers face competency testing
Wellington, April 7 NZPA - Competency testing for legal aid lawyers is one of the latest steps in the reform of legal aid services, Justice Minister Simon Power said today.

Maori Party's u-turn on ECan decision frustrates Nick Smith

Maori Party's u-turn on ECan decision frustrates Nick Smith
Wellington, April 1 NZPA - A late change of position by the Maori Party on a bill giving the Government power to replace Environment Canterbury's (ECan) councillors with commissioners was disappointing and unhelpful to the party's relationship with National, says Environment Minister Nick Smith.

Environment Canterbury bill passed under urgency

Environment Canterbury bill passed under urgency
By Peter Wilson of NZPA

Parliament set to pass Environment Canterbury bill

Parliament set to pass Environment Canterbury bill
Wellington, March 31 NZPA - Legislation giving the Government the power to replace Environment Canterbury's councillors with commissioners is due to be passed by Parliament later today.

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