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Labour Well Ahead In Mt Albert, Poll Shows

Labour Well Ahead In Mt Albert, Poll Shows
Wellington, June 7 NZPA - Labour's candidate David Shearer will easily win the Mt Albert by-election, an opinion poll has shown. The TV One survey, released tonight, put Mr Shearer on 59 percent support with National's Melissa Lee far behind on 21 percent.

Worth Case Woman Also Accused Me: Korean Man

Worth Case Woman Also Accused Me: Korean Man
Auckland, June 6 NZPA - The Korean woman who has complained to police about a sexual encounter with National MP Richard Worth previously accused a prominent member of the Korean community of inappropriate behaviour, it was reported today.

Woman Complaintant Accused Of Prior False Allegations

Auckland, June 6 NZPA - The Korean woman who has complained to police about a sexual encounter with National MP Richard Worth previously accused of a prominent member of the Korean community of inappropriate behaviour, it was reported today.

ACT Releases MPs Expenses

ACT Releases MPs Expenses
Wellington, June 5 NZPA - ACT has become the second political party to release its MPs' parliamentary and ministerial expenses. Leader and Local Government Minister Rodney Hide claimed the most -- $48,319.62 -- of the party's five MPs for the six months from December 1.

Mt Albert Byelection Heads Into Last Week

Mt Albert Byelection Heads Into Last Week
Wellington, June 5 NZPA - Voters in the Mt Albert by-election are being warned to enrol before it is too late. The last day to enrol is next Friday, with the by-election being decided the next day.

Hide Confident Support Will Grow For `Super City' Proposals

Hide Confident Support Will Grow For `Super City' Proposals
Wellington, June 5 NZPA - Local Government Minister Rodney Hide says there will be growing support for Auckland's new local government structure as the process for setting it up continues.

Key And English Revealed As The Blue Baron And Snoopy

Key And English Revealed As The Blue Baron And Snoopy
Wellington, June 3 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key may been through one of the toughest days of his short political career, but still managed to see the funny side of life tonight, saying he could have done with a drink to get through the day.

Speaker Could Rule On MPs' Expenses, Hide Says

Speaker Could Rule On MPs' Expenses, Hide Says
Wellington, June 3 NZPA - A simple ruling by Parliament's Speaker could open MPs' expenses to public scrutiny, says ACT leader Rodney Hide.

Committee To Meet To Discuss MPs Expenses

Committee To Meet To Discuss MPs Expenses
Wellington, June 3 NZPA - A special cross-party committee of MPs is expected to meet before the end of the week to discuss the transparency around the reporting of parliamentary expenses.

Speaker To Set Up Committee On MPs' Expenses

Speaker To Set Up Committee On MPs' Expenses
Wellington, June 2 NZPA - Parliament's Speaker, Lockwood Smith, said tonight he was convening a cross-party committee to look into the way MPs report their expenses and it would probably meet later this week.

MPs' Committee On MPs' Expenses A Kick For Touch Says ACT

Wellington, June 2 NZPA - Setting up a committee of MPs to look at how MPs report their expenses is an attempt to kick the issue into touch, leaders from the ACT and the Greens said today.

Key Wants Committee To Look At Opening Up MPs' Expenses

Key Wants Committee To Look At Opening Up MPs' Expenses
Wellington, June 2 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key is calling for a cross-party committee to examine ways of creating greater transparency of MPs expenses. Mr Key said he would write to Speaker Lockwood Smith today suggesting the committee be established.

Greens To Release Expenses Yearly -- Turei

Greens To Release Expenses Yearly -- Turei
Wellington, June 2 NZPA - The Greens will release their MPs' expenses every year, co-leader Metiria Turei said this morning.

Green And Act MPs Give Expenses Information

Green And Act MPs Give Expenses Information
Wellington, May 31 NZPA - Two Mt Albert by-election contenders have made public how they spend their taxpayer funded allowances. Sunday newspapers have been questioning New Zealand MPs about their spending in the wake of a scandal in Britain over expenses.

Ministerial Adviser Defends Role

Wellington, May 28 NZPA - An adviser taken on to report to Finance Minister Bill English over public service spending has defended himself from criticism over his highly-paid role.

Labour Fails To Increase Its Representation On Committee

Labour Fails To Increase Its Representation On Committee
Wellington, May 27 NZPA - Labour today attempted, without success, to increase its representation on the special select committee which will deal with the Auckland local government legislation.

Boy Racer Cars Could Be Crushed Under New Bill

Boy Racer Cars Could Be Crushed Under New Bill
Wellington, May 26 NZPA - Street racing offences will bring boy racers' cars "closer to the crusher" if two new parliamentary bills are passed.

National Proposes John Carter As Chair Of Special Committee

National Proposes John Carter As Chair Of Special Committee
Wellington, May 20 NZPA - National is proposing Northland MP John Carter as chairman of the special select committee that will deal with legislation setting up Auckland's new local government structure.

Loan Sharks Targeted In MP's Bill

Loan Sharks Targeted In MP's Bill
Wellington, May 19 NZPA - Regulation of loan sharks and the interest rates they charge are the focus of a new member's bill about to be put into Parliament's ballot by Labour MP Charles Chauvel.

15 Candidates To Contest Mt Albert By-election

Wellington, May 19 NZPA - The Mt Albert by-election on June 13 will be contested by 15 candidates, the Chief Electoral Office announced today after nominations closed. There will be 12 candidates representing political parties and three independents. The candidates are:

Aucklanders Must Have Say At Select Committees - Group

Wellington, May 19 NZPA - The Government should give all Aucklanders the opportunity to speak at select committee hearings on the region's Super City governance, a community coalition says.

Super City Agency Stacked With 'Pet People' - Mayor

Super City Agency Stacked With 'Pet People' - Mayor
Wellington, May 19 NZPA - Local Government Minister Rodney Hide has put forward his "preferred pet people" for the agency overseeing Auckland's transition to a one-council Super City , North Shore Mayor Andrew Williams says.

Transition Agency Board May Be Announced Today - Hide

Transition Agency Board May Be Announced Today - Hide
Wellington, May 18 NZPA - The transitional agency, set up to oversee Auckland's governance for the next year and a half, may be announced this afternoon, Local Government Minister Rodney Hide says.

Auckland Super Council Bill Passes But Still Copping Flak

Auckland Super Council Bill Passes But Still Copping Flak
Wellington May 17 NZPA - The first stages of setting up a single council in Auckland had a fiery passage into law over the weekend and the criticism is still coming in.

Former One Auckland Trust Chair New Commissioner

Former One Auckland Trust Chair New Commissioner
Wellington, May 15 NZPA - Grant Kirby, former chairman of the One Auckland Trust -- which campaigned to combine Auckland's councils -- has been appointed to the Local Government Commission. Local Government Minister Rodney Hide announced the appointment today.

First Auckland Bill Sparks Lively Debate, Little Agreement

Wellington, May 13 NZPA - The one thing politicians agree on is that Auckland needs a super council, but they don't seem to be able to agree on how to get it. Parliament tonight began debating the first of two Auckland council bills.

Garrett Open To Compromise On Three Strikes Bill

Garrett Open To Compromise On Three Strikes Bill
By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, May 13 NZPA - ACT MP David Garrett has raised the idea of a compromise version of his three strikes for repeat offenders proposal.

Finance Company Misled Bondholders, MP Tells Parliament

Wellington, May 12 NZPA - ACT Party MP John Boscawen told Parliament tonight a finance company presented bondholders with a moratorium plan which its directors knew would not work.

Road Or Tunnel? By-election Question Will Be Answered Today

Wellington, May 12 NZPA - A vital question hanging over the Mt Albert by-election will be answered today when the Government reveals its decision on the Waterview connection -- a road or a tunnel.

Parties Kick Off By-Election Campaign Five Weeks Before The Vote

Wellington, May 10 NZPA - Political parties launched their Mt Albert by-election campaigns at the weekend, although the ballot is still five weeks away.

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