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RMA Reforms To Be Released Tomorrow

Wellington, Feb 1 NZPA - Details of the Government's rewrite of the Resource Management Act (RMA) will be released tomorrow, Prime Minister John Key said today. The changes would be "broadly in line" with policy announced during the election campaign.

Greens/Labour Say Obama Has Green Message National Should Hear

Greens/Labour Say Obama Has Green Message National Should Hear
Wellington, Jan 21 NZPA - Political parties welcomed Barack Obama's inauguration today but Labour and the Greens also used his speech to criticise the new National Government over climate policy. Obama was sworn in as the 44th US president about 6am (NZT) in Washington.

Wind Farm Proposal Will Be Decided By Independent Board

Wind Farm Proposal Will Be Decided By Independent Board
Wellington, Dec 19 NZPA - Environment Minister Nick Smith has referred Mighty River Power's proposal for a 131-turbine wind farm at Turitea, near Palmerston North, to an independent board of inquiry.

Govt Welcomes Aquaculture Decision, But Promises Changes

Govt Welcomes Aquaculture Decision, But Promises Changes
Wellington, Dec 18 NZPA - The Government has welcomed a decision to allocate more aquaculture space in the Nelson area, but says law changes are needed to speed up the decision-making process.

Labour Says Government Does Not Have To Hike Fees

Labour Says Government Does Not Have To Hike Fees
Wellington, Dec 17 NZPA - Labour says there are options other than hiking ACC levies to meet a $4 billion hole and has accused the Government of trying to make the system look bad so it can privatise it.

Hide Wants To Get Rid Of `Burdening' RMA Compliance

Hide Wants To Get Rid Of `Burdening' RMA Compliance
Wellington, Dec 16 NZPA - Rodney Hide, the new minister responsible for cutting red tape, says he's ready to start dealing with the "burdening regulatory compliance" imposed by the Resource Management Act (RMA).

Workers To Pay Large Increase In ACC Levies From Next Year

Workers To Pay Large Increase In ACC Levies From Next Year
Wellington, Dec 16 NZPA - The average worker will have to pay a 21 percent increase in their ACC bill next year, rising from $658 a year to $799, ACC Minister Nick Smith said today.

RMA Reform Group Appointed Including Former Act And National MPs

RMA Reform Group Appointed Including Former Act And National MPs
Wellington, Dec 16 NZPA - A Resource Management Act reform advisory group, including former ACT and National MPs, has been appointed to help get amending legislation into Parliament by the end of February.

ACC Levy Rises Will Be Minimum Possible - Key

ACC Levy Rises Will Be Minimum Possible - Key
Wellington, Dec 15 NZPA - ACC levies will be raised by the minimum amount possible under the law, Prime Minister John Key says. Mr Key said National had inherited a $2.3 billion hole across ACC's six accounts and had to take action.

ACC Levy Rises To Be Revealed Tomorrow

ACC Levy Rises To Be Revealed Tomorrow
Wellington, Dec 15 NZPA - Higher ACC levies are to be revealed tomorrow, Prime Minister John Key said today.

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