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Wanganui Mayor Welcomes Gang Patch Bill Result

Wanganui Mayor Welcomes Gang Patch Bill Result
Wellington, May 7 NZPA - Wanganui Mayor Michael Laws has welcomed the passing of a bill giving his council powers to ban gang patches in some areas. He expects many other councils to seek similar legislation.

Bill To Ban Patches In Parts Of Wanganui Passes Final Reading

Bill To Ban Patches In Parts Of Wanganui Passes Final Reading
By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, May 6 NZPA - A bill banning wearing gang patches in parts of Wanganui passed tonight with the crucial support of three ACT MPs. The bill passed 62 to 59.

Law Society Slams Three Strike Bill

Law Society Slams Three Strike Bill
Wellington, May 6 NZPA - The Law Society has trashed the "three strike" sentencing bill, saying if Parliament wants courts to hand out tougher sentences it should broaden preventive detention laws.

`Farce' As Sitting MPs Contest Byelection

`Farce' As Sitting MPs Contest Byelection
Wellington, May 6 NZPA - It is farcical that three sitting MPs are seeking election to Parliament in the Mt Albert by-election, Progressive MP Jim Anderton says.

Australian Climate Change Implementation Delay May Impact Here

Australian Climate Change Implementation Delay May Impact Here
Wellington, May 5 NZPA - New Zealand Emissions Trade Scheme (ETS) may face further delays as Australia puts off the start date of its related legislation. Prime Minister John Key told reporters it made sense for the New Zealand and Australian schemes to be aligned.

Key Sees No Problem With Using Private Purchase Advisors

Key Sees No Problem With Using Private Purchase Advisors
Wellington, May 4 NZPA - Using private advisors is no different from using Treasury staff to give ministers spending advice, Prime Minister John Key says.

Labour Names David Shearer As Mt Albert Candidate

Labour Names David Shearer As Mt Albert Candidate
Wellington, May 3 NZPA - Labour has named David Shearer as its candidate for the Mt Albert by-election. The by-election to fill the seat left vacant by former Prime Minister Helen Clark, who held it for 27 years, takes place on June 13.

Hide Vows To Weed Out `Noxious' Regulations

Hide Vows To Weed Out `Noxious' Regulations
Wellington, May 1 NZPA - Rodney Hide has defined regulations as "instruments of coercive power" and says the country has far too many of them. The ACT leader, who is Minister for Regulatory Reform under an agreement with the Government, is on a mission to cut red tape.

PSA Says Govt Could Be In Breach Of State Sector Act

PSA Says Govt Could Be In Breach Of State Sector Act
NZPA political reporters Wellington, May 1 NZPA - The Government is being accused of breaching political neutrality, and possibly the State Sector Act, by ordering departments to hire ministerial advisors.

Labour MPs Criticise Government For Using Private Contractors

Labour MPs Criticise Government For Using Private Contractors
By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, April 30 NZPA - Private sector contractors employed by ministers but paid for by departments are being labelled "hired guns" by enraged Labour MPs, who say National is circumventing normal hiring practices.

Finance Minister's Comments `Embarrassing' Says Sir Roger

Finance Minister's Comments `Embarrassing' Says Sir Roger
Wellington, April 23 NZPA - Government ally the ACT Party has accused Finance Minister Bill English of paying lip service to the country's economic problems and says his pre-budget comments are embarrassing.

`Three Strikes' Policy Could Silence Family Violence Victims

`Three Strikes' Policy Could Silence Family Violence Victims
Wellington, April 22 NZPA - The "three-strikes" policy is likely to increase the level of unreported family violence, a survey of ex-offenders and their families has found.

Terms Of Reference Announced For Defence White Paper

Terms Of Reference Announced For Defence White Paper
Wellington, April 21 NZPA - Army, navy and air force bases may be sold to the private sector and leased back -- it will be one of the options considered by several reviews into the New Zealand Defence Force.

Maori Leaders Want To Face John Key Over Auckland Representation

Maori Leaders Want To Face John Key Over Auckland Representation
Wellington, April 16 NZPA - Maori leaders are planning a "showdown" with government ministers over Maori representation on the new Auckland super city.

Greens Deal With National Leaves Labour Key Opposition -- Goff

Greens Deal With National Leaves Labour Key Opposition -- Goff
Wellington, April 12 NZPA - The Greens deal with National means Labour will be seen as the key opposition party, its leader Phil Goff says. However Mr Goff was careful not to overtly criticise the Greens for their decision. Labour and the Greens have worked together in the past.

New Figures Show Three-Strike Law Would Not Have Saved Lives

New Figures Show Three-Strike Law Would Not Have Saved Lives
Wellington, April 7 NZPA - ACT's highly publicised "three-strikes" policy would not have saved the 77 lives they claimed, new figures show.

National Continues To Ride High In Polls

National Continues To Ride High In Polls
Wellington, April 5 NZPA - National is continuing to ride a post-election wave of support, according to the latest poll. The TV One News Colmar Brunton poll tonight put National on 57 percent support (up 1 point) compared to Labour on 31 percent support (up 3 points).

Hide Seeks To Persuade National To Reduce Local Body Expenses

Hide Seeks To Persuade National To Reduce Local Body Expenses
Wellington, April 5 NZPA - Local Government Minister and ACT leader Rodney Hide is hoping he will be able to convince his Cabinet colleagues to look at ways of putting a brake on local government expenditure increases.

ACT MP Refuses To Join Clark Accolades

ACT MP Refuses To Join Clark Accolades
Wellington, April 2 NZPA - Former prime minister Helen Clark's parliamentary colleagues yesterday put aside politics to recognise her achievement in being appointed to the United Nations' third highest post -- bar one.

Call For Review Of Bail Law As Davis Case Reaches Parliament

Call For Review Of Bail Law As Davis Case Reaches Parliament
Wellington, March 31 NZPA - The ACT Party is calling for an immediate review of bail laws, although Justice Minister Simon Power says violent offenders like Haiden Davis would have probably been denied it under changes introduced late last year.

ACT Calls For Immediate Review Of Bail Laws

ACT Calls For Immediate Review Of Bail Laws
Wellington, March 31 NZPA - The Government is being urged by the ACT Party to immediately review bail laws following yesterday's sentencing of Haiden Davis for the murder of Augustine Borrell.

Car-Crushing Legislation Being Drafted, Collins Says

Car-Crushing Legislation Being Drafted, Collins Says
Wellington, March 29 NZPA - Legislation is being drafted to allow courts to order boy racer cars to be crushed, Police Minister Judith Collins says.

Auckland Governance Report To Be Released Tomorrow

Auckland Governance Report To Be Released Tomorrow
Wellington, March 23 NZPA - The Royal Commission on Auckland Governance will be released tomorrow, Local Government Minister Rodney Hide said today.

Labour Laughs At Act's Discomfort

Wellington, March 25 NZPA - The ACT Party found itself in a bind in Parliament tonight because it was supporting a bill which it previously said was useless, stupid, ineffective and unworkable. ACT voted against the first reading of Wanganui District Council's bill to ban gang patches.

Act MP Says Human Rights Criticism Laughable

Wellington, March 20 NZPA - ACT MP David Garrett says criticism his proposed tougher sentencing regime would breach international human rights obligations is laughable because other countries treat their citizens badly.

Foreign Affairs Officails Concerned At Tough Sentencing Plan

Foreign Affairs Officails Concerned At Tough Sentencing Plan
Wellington, March 20 NZPA - Foreign Affairs officials have joined the Attorney-General in warning that a tougher sentencing regime proposed by the Government could go against United Nations human rights obligations.

Greens Question Smacking Survey

Greens Question Smacking Survey
Wellington, March 19 NZPA - The Green Party is questioning the reliability of a poll which showed most people want a change to the law that bans smacking. The survey, released yesterday, was followed today by an ACT Party MP announcing he had drafted a member's bill to amend the law.

Overseas Investment Review Welcomed By NZIBF

Overseas Investment Review Welcomed By NZIBF
Wellington, March 18 NZPA - The Government's review of overseas investment rules has been welcomed by the New Zealand International Business Forum (NZIBF) which says not much has been coming in over recent years.

Greens Concerned About Overseas Investment Rules Changes

Greens Concerned About Overseas Investment Rules Changes
Wellington, March 18 NZPA - The Government says a review of the overseas investment regime is intended to make the process quicker and less complex but the Greens says that translates to easier sales to foreign investors.

Independent Schools Threatened By Tough Economic Times - ACT

Independent Schools Threatened By Tough Economic Times - ACT
Wellington, March 17 NZPA - The recession could put pressure on independent schools who rely on fee-paying students and must compete with "a taxpayer-funded free service", ACT's associate education minister Heather Roy says.

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