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Protests tomorrow over "anti-worker" legislation

Protests tomorrow over "anti-worker" legislation
Wellington, July 17 NZPA - Workers angered by moves they see as rolling back their rights intend to protest outside the National Party conference in Auckland tomorrow (Sunday).

Work place access restrictions a broken promise - Goff

Work place access restrictions a broken promise - Goff
Wellington, July 16 NZPA - National will break a pre-election promise if it goes ahead with plans to restrict union access to workplaces, Labour leader Phil Goff says.

90-day hiring law tipped for expansion

90-day hiring law tipped for expansion
Wellington, July 16 NZPA - The Labour Party says it will repeal any moves by the Government to widen the 90-day trial scheme under which workers can be fired without comeback and to reduce union access to workplaces.

Key supports looking into police gun policy

Key supports looking into police gun policy
Wellington, July 15 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key says he supports looking into giving police greater access to firearms, but that won't stop officers being shot at.

Legal expert concerned by Waihopai reaction

Legal expert concerned by Waihopai reaction
Wellington, July 15 NZPA - The Waihopai spy base saboteurs' successful use of the "claim of right" defence was an aberration and no basis to change the law, a legal expert says.

Changing `claim of right' law an over-reaction, Greens say

Changing `claim of right' law an over-reaction, Greens say
Wellington, July 15 NZPA - Changing or repealing the "claim of right" defence successfully used by the Waihopai spy base saboteurs is an over-reaction to their acquittal, the Green Party says.

Maori Party wants restrictions on foreign ownership

Maori Party wants restrictions on foreign ownership
Wellington, July 14 NZPA - The Maori Party has added its voice to calls for restrictions on foreign ownership of New Zealand land.

MP bets a night in jail on cost of prison

MP bets a night in jail on cost of prison
Wellington, July 13 NZPA - A Green Party MP says he will spend a night in jail if the Government can build a private prison at Wiri in south Auckland for $300 million.

Alternative welfare group concerned at looming changes

Alternative welfare group concerned at looming changes
By Chris Ormond of NZPA Wellington, July 8 NZPA - Concerns about what might come out of the Government's Welfare Working Group (WWG) have sparked a drive from a group of welfare organisations and academics so that those affected will get to have a say.

Unfortunate start for alternative welfare group

Wellington, July 8 NZPA - A new welfare working group set up to counter the Government's welfare reforms has had a sad start to its launch following the sudden death this morning of the mother of Sue Bradford -- a key member of the group.

Chinese VP thanks New Zealand for hospitality

Chinese VP thanks New Zealand for hospitality
By Kate Chapman of NZPA Beijing, China July 8 NZPA - Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping was quick to thank New Zealand for its hospitality when he visited last month despite a protest by Green Party co-leader Russel Norman.

Don't risk lives over whaling, urges PM

Don't risk lives over whaling, urges PM
Wellington, July 8 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key has called for "cool heads" in the wake of anti-whaling activist Peter Bethune's suspended prison sentence, saying continued southern ocean skirmishes could lead to a fatality.

Key wants to double China trade in five years

Key wants to double China trade in five years
By Kate Chapman of NZPA Beijing, July 7 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key wants to double New Zealand's two-way trade with China over the next five years.

PM steering clear of judging Bethune sentence

PM steering clear of judging Bethune sentence
By Chris Ormond and Kate Chapman of NZPA Wellington, July 7 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key has stopped short of commenting on the sentence handed down to anti-whaling activist Peter Bethune but says it would have come as a huge relief to him and his family.

Greens say Govt failing to act on waste

Greens say Govt failing to act on waste
Wellington, July 7 NZPA - The Government is being accused of failing to force industry to deal with its waste but Environment Minister Nick Smith says it wants to take a carrot rather than stick approach.

Asylum seekers not political pawns, says human rights group

Asylum seekers not political pawns, says human rights group
Wellington, July 7 NZPA - Amnesty International has joined calls for New Zealand to avoid being roped into supporting Australia's off-shore asylum seeker processing centre proposal, and says those at the centre of discussions are not political pawns.

Opposition criticises lab test decision

Opposition criticises lab test decision
Wellington, July 7 NZPA - A government decision to stop hospitals charging for laboratory tests ordered by private specialists will rob the public health service of millions of dollars, opposition parties say.

Ryall puts an end to lab test charging

Ryall puts an end to lab test charging
Wellington, July 7 NZPA - District Health Boards are not going to be allowed to charge patients for laboratory tests ordered by private specialists, Health Minister Tony Ryall says.

Govt should stay away from boat people talks - Goff

Govt should stay away from boat people talks - Goff
Wellington, July 7 NZPA - The Government should steer clear of discussions with Australia about a centre for asylum seekers, Labour leader Phil Goff said today.

Key to express regret to Chinese V-P over protest

Key to express regret to Chinese V-P over protest
By Kate Chapman of NZPA Seoul, July 7 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key said he would not apologise to Chinese Vice-President Xi Jinping when they meet later today, but would express regret over the protest by Green Party co-leader Russel Norman when Mr Xi was in New Zealand.

Greens not keen on boat people proposition

Greens not keen on boat people proposition
Wellington, July 7 NZPA - The risk of asylum seekers heading to New Zealand on boats is low and so are the chances of a refugee "processing centre" providing an acceptable answer to the problem Australia faces in dealing with refugees, says the Green Party.

Boat people a legitimate concern here, says Key

Boat people a legitimate concern here, says Key
Seoul, July 6 NZPA - New Zealand is not prepared to extend the number of refugees it accepts and needs to address the increasing risk of people-smuggling boats hitting our shores, says Prime Minister John Key.

Work to start on eight new cycle trails

Work to start on eight new cycle trails
Wellington, July 6 NZPA - Work will start this summer on eight new cycle trails which will cover 1700km when they are completed, the Ministry of Tourism announced today.

Watchdog needed to oversee supermarket code, Greens say

Watchdog needed to oversee supermarket code, Greens say
Wellington, June 6 NZPA - Support for a supermarket code of conduct is growing and the Green Party says there must be an independent watchdog to oversee it.

Key worried Kiwis will become tenants

Key worried Kiwis will become tenants
Wellington, July 5 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key says he doesn't want New Zealanders to become tenants in their own country as foreign companies seek to buy up farms and the Government may look at law changes.

Key worried Kiwis will become tenants

Key worried Kiwis will become tenants
Wellington, July 5 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key says he doesn't want New Zealanders to become tenants in their own country as foreign companies seek to buy up farms and the Government may look at law changes.

Labour announces electorate candidates

Wellington, July 5 NZPA - The Labour Party has moved early to confirm a list of electorate candidates for next year's election. Labour has confirmed 17 candidates, with others having received a nomination but awaiting rubber stamping in 10 more electorates.

Labour announces electorate candidates

Labour announces electorate candidates
Wellington, July 5 NZPA - The Labour Party has moved early to confirm a list of electorate candidates for next year's election. Labour has confirmed 17 candidates, with others having received a nomination but awaiting rubber stamping in 10 more electorates.

Claims of huge supermarket mark-ups denied

Claims of huge supermarket mark-ups denied
Wellington, June 5 NZPA - Supermarkets don't rip off customers with huge mark-ups on fruit and vegetables, the Food and Grocery Council says.

Supermarket chains accused of holding growers to ransom

Supermarket chains accused of holding growers to ransom
Wellington, July 4 NZPA - A Green Party survey shows fruit and vegetable growers face ruin from New Zealand's two giant supermarket chains using their duopoly position to put the growing industry at risk.

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