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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.

Average tax burden low for NZ - OECD

Average tax burden low for NZ - OECD
Wellington, May 12 NZPA - The average tax burden for New Zealanders is among the lowest for OECD countries, a new report reveals.

Chorus of praise for R&D announcement

Chorus of praise for R&D announcement
Wellington, May 12 NZPA - The Labour Party and the Manufacturers and Exporters Association are lonely discordant voices in a chorus of approval for the Government's decision to put $321 million into science, research and development.

$321m for research, science and technology

$321m for research, science and technology
By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, May 11 NZPA - Science and business are getting a big boost this budget to focus on work to make New Zealand richer -- and they are also getting a lot of freedom on how they spend the money.

Don't mine Great Barrier Island, most voters say

Don't mine Great Barrier Island, most voters say
Wellington, April 26 NZPA - A strong majority of voters don't want the Government to open up Great Barrier Island in the Hauraki Gulf for mining, a poll released tonight shows.

NZ urged to follow Aust lead on housing

NZ urged to follow Aust lead on housing
Wellington, April 26 NZPA - New Zealand should follow Australia's lead and tighten foreign investment rules around housing to make it more affordable for New Zealanders, the Green Party says.

ETS to go ahead - Key

ETS to go ahead - Key
By Kate Chapman of NZPA Wellington, April 7 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key today ruled out delaying the introduction of the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). Despite concerns from businesses the introduction was likely to go ahead in July, Mr Key told reporters.

Carter dismisses conflict of interest claims

Carter dismisses conflict of interest claims
Wellington, April 1 NZPA - Agriculture Minister David Carter has dismissed conflict of interest claims aimed at him in Parliament yesterday over a water consent on his Canterbury farm as "scurrilous".

Environment Canterbury bill passed under urgency

Environment Canterbury bill passed under urgency
By Peter Wilson of NZPA

Greens want conflict of interest inquiry

Greens want conflict of interest inquiry
Wellington, March 31 NZPA - Green Party co-leader Russel Norman has asked Auditor-General Lyn Provost to investigate what he says is a potential conflict of interest involving Agriculture Minister David Carter and a proposal to dam the Hurunui River.

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