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EPA won't get much in the budget, Labour says

EPA won't get much in the budget, Labour says
Wellington, May 19 NZPA - There will be little or no money in tomorrow's budget for the Government's new Environmental Protection Agency, Labour says.

Rape victims waiting weeks to get counselling

Rape victims waiting weeks to get counselling
Wellington, May 18 NZPA - Rape victims should not have to wait weeks to get help and that situation needs to improve, ACC Minister Nick Smith told Parliament today.

Opposition MPs call for transparency on ETS subsidies

Opposition MPs call for transparency on ETS subsidies
Wellington, May 14 NZPA - About 800 greenhouse gas-emitting firms are in line for taxpayer subsidies under the emissions trading scheme (ETS) and those taxpayers have a right to know how much they will be paying in subsidies, Opposition MPs say.

Fresh water management deteriorating, Creech says

Fresh water management deteriorating, Creech says
Wellington, May 9 NZPA - New Zealand's fresh water management is deteriorating and the decentralised system isn't meeting the country's needs, says the lead author of the report that led to the sacking of Environment Canterbury.

Water monitoring to cost about $40 million - minister

Water monitoring to cost about $40 million - minister
Wellington, May 4 NZPA - Metering water use is going to cost big consumers about $40 million, Environment Minister Nick Smith has told Parliament. He announced on Friday that 92 percent of the national water take will be metered by 2012 and 98 percent by 2016.

Ministry officials to help new commissioners in Canterbury

Ministry officials to help new commissioners in Canterbury
Wellington, May 3 NZPA - Government officials will help Environment Canterbury's (ECan) appointed commissioners because of concerns over their workload.

Cabinet members, govt MPs want ETS defered -- ACT MP

Cabinet members, govt MPs want ETS defered -- ACT MP
Wellington, May 2 NZPA - National Party backbenchers and senior government ministers want to defer the emissions trading scheme (ETS) after Australia sidelined its own scheme, ACT MP John Boscawen says. The New Zealand scheme was scheduled to begin on July 1.

Labour MP angry at Government's rape support claims

Labour MP angry at Government's rape support claims
Wellington, April 29 NZPA - Labour Party victims rights spokeswoman Lynne Pillay has taken issue with the Government's claims about efforts it is making to improve assistance to sexual abuse victims.

Government's ETS stance slammed by ACT leader

Government's ETS stance slammed by ACT leader
Wellington, April 29 NZPA - The Government's plan to continue with the emissions trading scheme (ETS), despite Australia having decided to put it on hold, has been labelled "rash and foolish" by ACT Party leader Rodney Hide.

Delaying ETS would cause instability, Smith says

Delaying ETS would cause instability, Smith says
Wellington, April 28 NZPA - New Zealand's emissions trading scheme (ETS) will start on July 1 because delaying it would create instability and uncertainty, Climate Change Minister Nick Smith said today.

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