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Hide Supports The Treaty, Not Maori Seats

Hide Supports The Treaty, Not Maori Seats
Wellington, Aug 30 NZPA - Local Government Minister Rodney Hide said his opposition to Maori seats on the new Auckland super council does not mean he does not support the Treaty of Waitangi.

Minister To Visit Defence Force Personnel In The Solomons

Minister To Visit Defence Force Personnel In The Solomons
Wellington, Aug 28 NZPA - Associate Defence Minister Heather Roy will next week visit Defence Force personnel on duty in the Solomon Islands. They are deployed with the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands which undertakes security and peacekeeping roles.

Key Unlikely To Meet Smacking Referendum Promoter

Key Unlikely To Meet Smacking Referendum Promoter
Wellington, Aug 27 NZPA - Smacking referendum campaigner Larry Baldock has asked for a meeting with Prime Minister John Key to discuss the Government's reaction to the result, but he isn't likely to get one.

Hide Raw Over Dot Insult

Hide Raw Over Dot Insult
By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, Aug 27 NZPA - ACT leader and Local Government Minister Rodney Hide doesn't mind being called a buffoon, a jerk-off and worse, but being called a "dot dot dot" today proved beyond the pale.

MP Who Wants To Change Smacking Law Faces Heavy Defeat

MP Who Wants To Change Smacking Law Faces Heavy Defeat
NZPA political reporters Wellington, Aug 27 NZPA - An MP who wants to change the law that bans smacking is facing a crushing defeat in Parliament.

National Will Oppose Bid To Change Smacking Ban, Key Says

National Will Oppose Bid To Change Smacking Ban, Key Says
By Peter Wilson and Kate Chapman of NZPA Wellington, Aug 26 NZPA - A bid by an ACT Party MP to change the law that bans smacking is doomed because National will vote against the bill in Parliament.

Govt Won't Support Act Smacking Bill

Govt Won't Support Act Smacking Bill
Wellington, Aug 26 NZPA - The Government will vote against ACT MP John Boscawen's bill defining a legal smack. Prime Minister John Key stood by his previous comments that the current law was working.

Maori Anger Grows Over Auckland Maori Seat Decision

Wellington, Aug 25 NZPA - Maori anger grew today as the Government stood firm on its decision not to allow reserved Maori seats on the Auckland super council.

Key's `Stupid Mistake' Will Cost National, ACT Party Says

Key's `Stupid Mistake' Will Cost National, ACT Party Says
Wellington, Aug 25 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key has made "a huge mistake" by refusing to change the law that bans smacking and National will suffer for it at the next election, the ACT Party says.

Tensions Rise Over Maori Seats Issue

Tensions Rise Over Maori Seats Issue
Wellington, Aug 25 NZPA - Tensions between National and ACT were evident today, with National's Tau Henare resorting to name calling against Local Government Minister Rodney Hide over the ACT leader's threat to quit if Maori seats were included on the Auckland super council.

Hide A "Buffon" And "Jerk-Off' - Henare

Hide A "Buffon" And "Jerk-Off' - Henare
Wellington, Aug 25 NZPA - Tensions between National and ACT were evident today, with National's Tau Henare resorting to name calling against Local Government Minister Rodney Hide over the ACT leader's threat to quit if Maori seats were included on the Auckland super council.

Other Ways To Get Maori Seats - John Key

Other Ways To Get Maori Seats - John Key
Wellington, Aug 25 NZPA - If Aucklanders want Maori seats on the new council there are other ways of getting them, Prime Minister John Key says.

Key Averts Crisis Over Maori Seats On Auckland's New Council

Key Averts Crisis Over Maori Seats On Auckland's New Council
Wellington, Aug 24 NZPA - Cabinet has reaffirmed its decision against having reserved Maori seats on Auckland's new super city council, and a crisis over the divisive issue has been averted.

Calls To End To Compulsory Student Union Membership

Calls To End To Compulsory Student Union Membership
Wellington, Aug 20 NZPA - Proposed legislation scrapping compulsory student unionism is "bizarre" as students are not bothered by the issue, New Zealand Union of Students' Associations co-president Jordon King says.

Govt Playing Down High Stakes Policy Battle Over Maori Seats

Govt Playing Down High Stakes Policy Battle Over Maori Seats
Wellington, Aug 20 NZPA - National is playing down a high-stakes political battle between its support partners over Maori seats on the new Auckland council.

Nick Smith Defends NZ Target After IPCC Criticism

Nick Smith Defends NZ Target After IPCC Criticism
Wellington, Aug 20 NZPA - Climate Change Minister Nick Smith is rejecting criticism by a top United Nations climate scientist that the Government's emissions reduction target is disappointing, inadequate and unambitious.

Hide Will Resign If Maori Seats Make It To New Council Table

Hide Will Resign If Maori Seats Make It To New Council Table
Wellington, Aug 20 NZPA - ACT leader Rodney Hide has vowed to resign as Local Government Minister if Maori seats are allowed on the Auckland super city council.

Govt And ACT Deny Rift Over Maori Seats On Auckland Council

Govt And ACT Deny Rift Over Maori Seats On Auckland Council
Wellington, Aug 20 NZPA - The Government and the ACT Party are denying that a crisis has developed over whether there should be reserved Maori seats on Auckland's new city council.

Hide Denies Holding Govt To Ransom Over Maori Seats

Hide Denies Holding Govt To Ransom Over Maori Seats
Wellington, Aug 19 NZPA - ACT leader Rodney Hide has set himself firmly against having any Maori seats on the new Auckland `super city' council but denies he is holding the Government to ransom over the controversial issue.

ETS Talks Still Ongoing Despite Tensions And Rumours Of Collapse

ETS Talks Still Ongoing Despite Tensions And Rumours Of Collapse
By Ian Llewellyn of NZPA Wellington, Aug 16 NZPA - Both Labour and National say they are continuing talks over an emissions trading scheme despite rumours that they have reached a deadlock over crucial details.

Govt Announces Terms Of Reference For Special Education Review

Govt Announces Terms Of Reference For Special Education Review
Wellington, Aug 19 NZPA - The Government has announced terms of reference for its review of special education and says the goal is that every child and young person reaches their potential. Associate Education Minister Heather Roy said the review would be in two stages.

Government Releases New Regulation To Control Regulation

Wellington, Aug 17 NZPA - As the Government seeks to reduce regulation it has released its first Statement on Regulation -- a set of regulations. Finance Minister Bill English and Regulatory Reform Minister Rodney Hide released the statement today.

Public Support Cellphone Ban, Minister Says

Public Support Cellphone Ban, Minister Says
Wellington, Aug 14 NZPA - Transport Minister Steven Joyce says there is strong support for the ban on using hand-held cellphones in cars and most people realise they shouldn't text and drive at the same time.

Hand-Held Cellphone Ban While Driving On Way

Hand-Held Cellphone Ban While Driving On Way
Wellington, Aug 14 NZPA - Political parties and cellphone companies have welcomed a ban on texting and using hand-held cellphones while driving.

Sir Douglas Defends Former MPs Travel Perks

Sir Douglas Defends Former MPs Travel Perks
Wellington, Aug 13 NZPA - Former Cabinet minister Sir Douglas Graham says he would not give up his MPs' travel allowance, though he would swap it for a pension when he got too old to travel.

Act MP Denies Threatening Labour Member

Act MP Denies Threatening Labour Member
NZPA political reporters Wellington, Aug 7 NZPA - ACT MP David Garrett has denied threatening a Labour MP during a select committee meeting and says the spat started when he was insulted by Clayton Cosgrove.

Act Says Garrett Did Not Make Threat

Act Says Garrett Did Not Make Threat
By Maggie Tait and Kate Chapman of NZPA Wellington, Aug 7 NZPA - ACT leader Rodney Hide says his MP David Garrett did not threaten a Labour MP.

David Garrett In Hot Water Again

Wellington, Aug 7 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key says there is no place for violence in New Zealand's Parliament.

Independent Schools Scholarship Set Up For Low Income Families

Independent Schools Scholarship Set Up For Low Income Families
Wellington, Aug 5 NZPA - A new scholarship initiative announced today will provide opportunities for 250 students from low socioeconomic families to attend independent secondary schools.

Former MPs' Spending Comes Under Spotlight

Former MPs' Spending Comes Under Spotlight
Wellington, July 31 NZPA - Now that MPs have publicly released their expenses attention is being drawn to perks that former MPs get.

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