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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.

Govt's Canterbury water move will 'pave the way for dams'

Govt's Canterbury water move will 'pave the way for dams'
Wellington, March 30 NZPA - Environmental lobbyists tonight raised concerns that the axing of Canterbury's regional council may be an effort by the Government to weaken existing water conservation orders on the region's rivers and smooth the path to dam-building.

'Compelling case' for Govt intervention, Parliament told

'Compelling case' for Govt intervention, Parliament told
By Peter Wilson of NZPA Wellington, March 30 NZPA - Environment Canterbury's water management was so bad that immediate government intervention was necessary, Parliament was told tonight.

ECan decision outrages opposition MPs

ECan decision outrages opposition MPs
By Chris Ormond of NZPA

Dame Margaret to head Ecan

Dame Margaret to head Ecan
Wellington, March 30 NZPA - Canterbury's regional council is to be replaced by commissioners with highly respected senior civil servant Dame Margaret Bazley taking the helm.

Aquaculture settlement passed by Parliament

Aquaculture settlement passed by Parliament
Wellington, March 24 NZPA - South Island and Coromandel iwi will receive a $97 million aquaculture settlement under legislation passed by Parliament today.

Nick Smith Said No Decision On Ecan Comm Yet

Nick Smith Said No Decision On Ecan Comm Yet
Wellington, March 19 NZPA - A Labour MP says former National prime minister Jenny Shipley is to be put in charge of Canterbury's regional council but Environment Minister Nick Smith says such decisions haven't been made yet.

Large Drop In ACC Counselling Approvals

Large Drop In ACC Counselling Approvals
Wellington, March 9 NZPA - Administrative changes to the processing of sexual abuse claims have led to a dramatic drop in the number approved for counselling, Labour MP Lynne Pillay said today.

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