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Aucklanders could face hefty cost for super city

Aucklanders could face hefty cost for super city
Wellington, July 27 NZPA - Aucklanders could face hefty costs for the formation of the new super city.

Next ambassador named for Saudi Arabia

Next ambassador named for Saudi Arabia
Wellington, July 27 NZPA - Career diplomat Rod Harris will be New Zealand's next ambassador to Saudi Arabia accredited to Bahrain, Kuwait and Oman. Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully said Saudi Arabia had a long-standing and warm relationship with New Zealand.

Labour leader supports lowering limit

Labour leader supports lowering limit
Wellington, July 27 NZPA - Labour leader Phil Goff favours lowering the blood alcohol limit for drivers.

Review of overseas investment will look at land issue

Review of overseas investment will look at land issue
Wellington, July 27 NZPA - A review of the overseas investment regime is likely to look at how to stop the sell-off large tracts of land to foreign buyers, Prime Minister John Key indicated today. The review was started by Finance Minister Bill English in March last year and aimed at:

New high commissioner to India announced

New high commissioner to India announced
Wellington, July 27 NZPA - Career diplomat Jan Henderson has been appointed as the next high commissioner to India.

NZ considers further sanctions on Iran

Wellington, July 27 NZPA - New Zealand is considering imposing further sanctions on Iran as part of an international bid to halt its nuclear programme. The European Union (EU) and Canada announced yesterday they would adopt new sanctions on Iran.

EU signs South Pacific fisheries convention

EU signs South Pacific fisheries convention
Wellington, July 27 NZPA - The European Union has signed a regional fisheries management convention to set rules for fishing on the high seas from western Australia to South America.

Govt balks at lower alcohol limits for all

Govt balks at lower alcohol limits for all
Wellington, July 27 NZPA - Transport Minister Steven Joyce still thinks existing legal alcohol limits for drivers are "ridiculous" but he's not changing them.

NZ mentioned among leaked US documents

Wellington, July 26 NZPA - The New Zealand Defence Force was mentioned among the 90,000 United States military records leaked recently.

Greens draft bill on foreign ownership

Greens draft bill on foreign ownership
Wellington, July 26 NZPA - The Green Party has drafted a bill seeking to stop overseas buyers snapping up large tracts of New Zealand land.

PM says he'd be surprised if Australia reduces Kiwi access

PM says he'd be surprised if Australia reduces Kiwi access
Wellington, July 26 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key says it would be a surprise if Australia's Liberal Party proposal to drop migrant numbers applies to New Zealanders.

PM denies breaking word over unions' access to workplace

PM denies breaking word over unions' access to workplace
Wellington, July 26 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key denies breaking his word with the Council of Trade Unions over labour law changes.

PM presses for more interest in local body elections

PM presses for more interest in local body elections
Wellington, July 26 NZPA - An examination of local government and its role -- including further amalgamations -- was announced by Local Government Minister Rodney Hide this morning.

No name expected from leak investigation

No name expected from leak investigation
Wellington, July 26 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key does not expect to be told who leaked government information despite an extensive inquiry by State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie.

Rugby World Cup not all about drinking - Key

Rugby World Cup not all about drinking - Key
Wellington, July 26 NZPA - People will come to New Zealand primarily to watch the rugby, not get drunk, during the Rugby World Cup next year, Prime Minister John Key says.

Govt hasn't dealt with drink driving issue - Labour

Govt hasn't dealt with drink driving issue - Labour
Wellington, July 26 NZPA - The Government has attempted to kick the issue of drink driving into touch by postponing a decision on whether to lower the blood alcohol, Labour says.

Changes to drink driving laws announced

Changes to drink driving laws announced
By Maggie Tait and Kate Chapman of NZPA Wellington, July 26 NZPA - Young people and recidivist drink drivers won't be allowed any booze before hitting the roads, but the Government is yet to make up its mind over whether other drivers should face lower limits.

Vanuatu forum meeting about development

Vanuatu forum meeting about development
Wellington, July 26 NZPA - This year's Pacific Islands Forum leaders' meeting will be a chance to talk about development, Prime Minister John Key says.

Greens draft bill on foreign ownership

Greens draft bill on foreign ownership
Wellington, July 26 NZPA - The Green Party has drafted a bill seeking to stop overseas buyers snapping up large tracts of New Zealand land.

Unions continue to voice anger over labour law changes

Unions continue to voice anger over labour law changes
Wellington, July 26 NZPA - Unions continue to voice strong opposition to sweeping new labour laws announced by the Government, saying the move is attack on workers' rights.

Maori Party announces Ikaroa-Rawhiti candidate

Maori Party announces Ikaroa-Rawhiti candidate
Wellington, July 26 NZPA - The Maori Party has announced its candidate to contest the Ikaroa-Rawhiti electorate at next year's elections.

Social issues for Maori still a blight on NZ, says UN expert

Social issues for Maori still a blight on NZ, says UN expert
Wellington, July 26 NZPA - Extreme social and economic disadvantage faced by Maori has been highlighted as an ongoing concern by a United Nations indigenous human rights expert during his visit here.

PM presses for more interest in local body elections

PM presses for more interest in local body elections
Wellington, July 26 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key says he will personally advocate for people to get out and vote at the upcoming local government elections.

Govt still agonising over drink-drive limit

Govt still agonising over drink-drive limit
Wellington, July 26 NZPA - Cabinet may need more time to make a decision on whether to cut blood-alcohol limits for drivers, says Prime Minister John Key.

Stance against Fiji expected to continue, says PM

Stance against Fiji expected to continue, says PM
Wellington, July 26 NZPA - The Pacific Islands Forum's stance against Fiji's continued military regime is expected to be reaffirmed when the forum meets in Vanuatu next week, says Prime Minister John Key.

Murdered cop's mother welcomes air rifle licensing

Murdered cop's mother welcomes air rifle licensing
Wellington, July 26 NZPA - The mother of undercover police officer Sergeant Don Wilkson, shot dead with a high-powered air rifle in 2008, has welcomed a new requirement for owners of the guns to be licensed.

Air rifle move long overdue, says Police Association

Air rifle move long overdue, says Police Association
Wellington, July 26 NZPA - A move to require people to be licensed to own high-powered air rifles is long overdue, says the Police Association.

High-powered line-up for local government conference

High-powered line-up for local government conference
Wellington, July 25 NZPA - A high-powered line-up including international speakers will have input at the Local Government New Zealand conference starting in Auckland tomorrow.

Govt's energy strategy too fossil fuel-focused, says Labour

Govt's energy strategy too fossil fuel-focused, says Labour
Wellington, July 25 NZPA - The National Party is still focused on fossil fuels, and its draft energy strategy is light on setting out plans on how to achieve a goal of 90 percent renewable energy by 2025, says Labour.

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