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Telecom contemplates structural separation, shares fall

Telecom contemplates structural separation, shares fall
Wellington, May 24 NZPA - Telecom shares fell to a new record low today after the company confirmed it is prepared to break up its business to participate in the Government's ultrafast broadband (UFB) initiative.

Vodafone cans Talk

Vodafone cans Talk
Wellington, May 21 NZPA - Mobile phone operator Vodafone has canned its contentious Talk plan in the wake of concerns put to the Commerce Commission.

Re-shuffle in education sector

Re-shuffle in education sector
By Kate Chapman of NZPA Wellington, May 20 NZPA - The education sector has had to come up with more than half of the $1.9 billion to fund new education initiatives over the next four years. Of the $1.9b, $1b has been reprioritised and $900 million is new money.

Minister dismisses poll report

Minister dismisses poll report
Wellington, May 19 NZPA - Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson has dismissed a report that the Tuhoe treaty settlement was aborted after a poll of North Shore voters indicated the Government was conceding too much to Maori.

Labour calls for a balanced freight transport system

Labour calls for a balanced freight transport system
Wellington, May 19 NZPA - The "miserly" $750 million boost for KiwiRail should be seen against the $11 billion the Government is spending on roads, says Labour's transport spokesman Darren Hughes.

$750m kick-start for KiwiRail

$750m kick-start for KiwiRail
Wellington, May 18 NZPA - The Government has committed $250 million in Thursday's budget towards strengthening KiwiRail, with another $500m to be added in the following two years, but improvements to the backbone of the operation are likely to come at the cost of some minor rail routes.

KiwiRail spending commitment brings mixed reaction

KiwiRail spending commitment brings mixed reaction
Wellington, May 18 NZPA - A three-year, $750 million commitment by the Government to strengthen KiwiRail is not enough in comparison to the huge amount already committed to roading, says Labour's transport spokesman Darren Hughes.

KiwiRail announcement tomorrow

KiwiRail announcement tomorrow
Wellington, May 17 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key and Transport Minister Steven Joyce will make a pre-budget announcement about KiwiRail tomorrow morning, two days ahead of the full 2010 budget.

This is a bomb - note on box containing flies

This is a bomb - note on box containing flies
Wellington, May 17 NZPA - A box packed with flies with a note on top saying it contained a bomb led to the Beehive being evacuated this morning.

Pub for Key during bomb scare

Pub for Key during bomb scare
Wellington, May 17 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key bunkered down in a bar this morning after a bomb scare meant he couldn't go to his office.

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