By Chris Ormond and Kate Chapman of NZPA
Wellington, July 23 NZPA - Money could be put into improving teacher training so they were equipped to deal with special needs students, Associate Education Minister Heather Roy says.
Wellington, July 21 NZPA - The 69-year-old man with Parkinson's disease and possible dementia who was charged with assault after grabbing the breasts of a woman in his care home would be excused from trial if he was found to have a mental impairment, Police and Corrections Minister Judith Collins
By Peter Wilson of NZPA
Auckland, July 18 NZPA - Around 500 trade unionists banged drums and bellowed protests outside the National Party's annual conference today while inside it delegates cheered Prime Minister John Key as he announced sweeping changes to employment law.
Wellington, June 30 NZPA - On the eve of the emissions trading scheme (ETS) coming largely into effect Climate Change Minister Nick Smith was still squaring up to opposition and facing calls for the scheme to be reviewed or delayed.
The Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) is complex, confusing and difficult to get agreement on, but as New Zealand prepares for its impact from July 1 Climate Change Minister Nick Smith is confident the right balance has been struck. CHRIS ORMOND of NZPA reports.
Wellington, June 17 NZPA - Three member's bills were drawn from the ballot today, and none of them looks likely to get across-the-board support.
ACT's Sir Roger Douglas said he was pleased his Education (Board of Trustee Freedom) Amendment Bill was drawn.
Wellington, June 4 NZPA - National is back to its 50 percent-plus rating in an opinion poll taken after last month's budget and released tonight.
The New Zealand Roy Morgan poll put National on 52.5 percent, up four points, while Labour lost 3.5 points and went down to 30 percent.
Wellington, June 3 NZPA - Discussion about the cost of looming redundancies resulting from the merging of councils in Auckland is premature and unfair to staff who are affected by the changes, says Local Government Minister Rodney Hide.
Wellington, May 16 NZPA - The ACT Party's claims about rising costs in the agriculture sector from 2013 under the emissions trading scheme (ETS) are misleading, Climate Change Minister Nick Smith said today.
Wellington, May 26 NZPA - The Government is concerned about the campaign the ACT Party is running against the emissions trading scheme and says figures it is spreading around about the cost are misleading.
By Maggie Tait of NZPA
Wellington, May 25 NZPA - The Government is keeping an open mind about future inclusion of agriculture in its emissions trading scheme (ETS), Agriculture Minister David Carter says.
Wellington, May 19 NZPA - The ACT Party has put up an alternative budget which would use $3.1 billion of "government waste" to help fund income tax cuts much more generous than the Government is planning.
By Kent Atkinson of NZPA
Wellington, May 6 NZPA - Niwa denies ACT Party leader Rodney Hide's claim that it has misled cabinet ministers over temperature measurements showing global warming in New Zealand.
Wellington, May 5 NZPA - ACT MP Sir Roger Douglas put up a bill in Parliament tonight that would have abolished all tariffs on imported goods, and saw it go down to a 116-5 defeat.
Sir Roger said tariffs made goods dearer and people poorer.