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90-day trial extension prompts debate

90-day trial extension prompts debate
By Kate Chapman of NZPA Wellington, July 20 NZPA - The ideological battle over the proposed extension of the 90-day trial period for new employees continued in Parliament today.

Initial positives seen by UN representative

Initial positives seen by UN representative
Wellington, July 20 NZPA - A United Nations indigenous human rights expert says he's seen some initial positives during an official visit to New Zealand, but will take a few months to comprehensively report on developments since his predecessor visited in 2005.

Broad denies he was pushed

Broad denies he was pushed
By Kate Chapman of NZPA Wellington, July 1 NZPA - "I was not pushed," Police Commissioner Howard Broad says. He announced last night he would not be seeking a second term. Today he shot down media reports that he was forced out.

Sharples sets up Maori Youth Council

Sharples sets up Maori Youth Council
Wellington, July 1 NZPA - Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples is setting up a youth council to advise him on issues affecting young Maori.

Te Puni Kokiri vital for Whanau Ora, says Sharples

Te Puni Kokiri vital for Whanau Ora, says Sharples
Wellington, June 16 NZPA - Maori Development Ministry Te Puni Kokiri (TPK) is well capable of administering Whanau Ora without affecting its core duties and will mainly play a hands-off support role, Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples has told a select committee.

Maori Party brushes off criticism of foreshore deal

Maori Party brushes off criticism of foreshore deal
Wellington, June 15 NZPA - The Maori Party today brushed off criticism of the foreshore and seabed agreement by one of its MPs while in Parliament the Government said it had restored to a fundamental human right taken away by the 2004 Act.

Carter issues apology, roles safe for now

Carter issues apology, roles safe for now
By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, June 15 NZPA - Labour MP Chris Carter's apology this afternoon -- after a sharp reprimand from leader Phil Goff for how he talked to news media -- has saved him from further demotion within the party.

Maori Party brushes off criticism of foreshore deal

Maori Party brushes off criticism of foreshore deal
Wellington, June 15 NZPA - The Maori Party today brushed off criticism of the foreshore and seabed agreement by one of its MPs while in Parliament the Government said it had restored to a fundamental human right taken away by the 2004 Act.

Carter issues apology

Carter issues apology
By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, June 15 NZPA - Labour MP Chris Carter has issued a public apology after scoring a massive own goal this morning, mishandling his response to demotion over the credit card expenses scandal. Mr Carter said his apology was unreserved.

Key not worried about Harawira's comments over foreshore and seabed

Key not worried about Harawira's comments over foreshore and seabed
Wellington, June 15 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key is not worried that Maori Party MP Hone Harawira thinks he is "pandering to the rednecks" over a proposed replacement for the Foreshore and Seabed Act.

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