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ACC to review sensitive claims management

ACC to review sensitive claims management
Wellington, April 26 NZPA - The way ACC manages the claims such as those by sexual abuse victims is being reviewed, ACC Minister Nick Smith announced today.

Minister considering ACC 'privatisation' report

Minister considering ACC 'privatisation' report
Wellington, April 23 NZPA - ACC Minister Nick Smith isn't confirming or denying a report that the Government is likely to open up workplace insurance to private competition.

Opponents say ACC amongst best schemes in world

Opponents say ACC amongst best schemes in world
Wellington, April 23 NZPA - New Zealand's ACC model is among the best in the world and privatisation should only be allowed if there is evidence it will improve the system, former ACC chairman Ross Wilson says.

ACC privatisation expected -- Greens

ACC privatisation expected -- Greens
Wellington, April 23 NZPA - It is not a surprise that the Government looks likely to privatise areas of the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC), Green Party MP Kevin Hague says.

ACC may be opened up to competition

ACC may be opened up to competition
Wellington, April 23 NZPA - The Government seems likely to open up Accident Compensation Corporation to competition from private insurers.

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.

Govt welcomes call for environmental report

Wellington, April 22 NZPA - New Zealand needs regular national environmental reporting if it wants to keep selling itself as clean and green, the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment says.

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.

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