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Cycle track segment opened

Cycle track segment opened
Wellington, July 2 NZPA - Move aside giant carrot. Ohakune is also to be known for its cycle track. Prime Minister John Key today opened the first part of a 200km Ruapehu to Wanganui New Zealand Cycle Trail project at Old Coach Road, in Ohakune.

`It wasn't my fault' says Green's co-leader

`It wasn't my fault' says Green's co-leader
Wellington, July 2 NZPA - Green Party co-leader Russel Norman has been told off by Speaker Lockwood Smith for getting in the way of a Chinese delegation on its way into Parliament, but he says it wasn't his fault.

Courts can use video links under new law

Courts can use video links under new law
Wellington, July 1 NZPA - Courts will be able to use video links to speed up cases under legislation passed by Parliament today.

Govt and Greens at odds over gender pay gap

Govt and Greens at odds over gender pay gap
Wellington, July 1 NZPA - The Government and the Green Party can't both be right -- either the gender pay gap has decreased since National came to power, or it has increased. Women's Affairs Minister Pansy Wong yesterday told Parliament it had decreased from 12 percent to 11 percent.

Women's Affairs Minister disrespectful, Greens say

Women's Affairs Minister disrespectful, Greens say
By Stephanie McKay of NZPA Wellington, June 30 NZPA - Women's Affairs Minister Pansy Wong has done nothing to close the gender pay gap and her comments following a pay disparity protest were flippant and disrespectful, the Green Party says.

Heart in hands of MPs before select committee

Heart in hands of MPs before select committee
by Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, June 30 NZPA - A former smoker bought his diseased heart to Parliament for MPs to look at today, just minutes before tobacco company Philip Morris' representatives fronted to defend their company.

Opposition MPs leave committee in protest at National's chair

Opposition MPs leave committee in protest at National's chair
Wellington, June 30 NZPA - Opposition MPs staged a walkout at a parliamentary committee today in a protest against the conduct of the chairwoman, National MP Sandra Goudie.

Govt `running roughshod' over public opinion, Greens say

Govt `running roughshod' over public opinion, Greens say
Wellington, June 29 NZPA - Ministers are being accused of bad governance and ignoring public opinion, but there is no way an exploration licence granted to oil giant Petrobras is going to be reviewed.

Govt working on strong rules for oil drilling - Key

Govt working on strong rules for oil drilling - Key
Wellington, June 28 NZPA - Strong environmental standards will be in place before any oil drilling takes place in the Raukumara Basin, Prime Minister John Key says.

Green MP pleased at release of spying agreement

Green MP pleased at release of spying agreement
Wellington, June 27 NZPA - Green Party foreign affairs spokesman Keith Locke says he's pleased New Zealand's involvement in a secret post World War 2 spying arrangement has been publicly revealed and will ask the Government to release official documents on it.

Call to boycott standards training in Auckland

Call to boycott standards training in Auckland
Wellington, June 25 NZPA - The Auckland Primary Principals' Association (APPA) is telling members to boycott training to implement national standards and it has union backing.

Uranium ore very low risk, Key says

Uranium ore very low risk, Key says
Wellington, June 25 NZPA - Uranium ore that is being shipped through New Zealand ports is an extremely low-risk material, Prime Minister John Key says.

Uranium ore shipments anti-nuclear breach, say Greens

Uranium ore shipments anti-nuclear breach, say Greens
Wellington, June 24 NZPA - The shipment of uranium ore through New Zealand waters is a serious breach of the anti-nuclear policy, Green Party co-leader Russel Norman says.

Don't put MMP on used car lot - expert

By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, June 24 NZPA - Rather than kicking the tyres of MMP, the Government is putting the whole car up for sale, a political expert says.

Uranium shipment breaches anti-nuc policy - Greens

Wellington, June 24 NZPA - The shipment of uranium ore through New Zealand waters is a serious breach of the anti-nuclear policy, Green Party co-leader Russel Norman says.

Rudd fell because he didn't make deal with Greens - Norman

Wellington, June 24 NZPA - Green Party co-leader Russel Norman said the "unravelling" of former Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd started, in part, because he was not able to make a deal with the Australian Green Party over the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS).

Police get back the right to stand for council

Police get back the right to stand for council
Wellington, June 23 NZPA - The Police Association has welcomed the passage of a bill to restore the right of police officers to stand for election to their local council. The law change was passed by Parliament last night.

Law change means police can be elected to councils

Law change means police can be elected to councils
Wellington, June 23 NZPA - Police officers will be able to serve on local councils under a law change passed by Parliament tonight. Until now they had to take special leave during a campaign and resign if they were elected.

Nearly 50,000 sign anti-mining petition

Wellington, June 23 NZPA - Nearly 50,000 people have signed a Green Party-organised petition opposing opening up protected conservation land for mining.

Green co-leader calls for local powers to have priority

Green co-leader calls for local powers to have priority
Wellington, June 22 NZPA - Local security should be in charge when foreign dignitaries visit New Zealand, Green co-leader Russel Norman says.

Visitor's dignity should be protected - English

Visitor's dignity should be protected - English
By Maggie Tait and Peter Wilson of NZPA Wellington, June 22 NZPA - Visiting leaders should not be put in a position where their dignity was at risk, Acting Prime Minister Bill English says.

Security to be reviewed after scuffle outside Parliament

Security to be reviewed after scuffle outside Parliament
Wellington, June 22 NZPA - Parliament's security is likely to be tightened after the scuffle on Friday when Chinese vice-president Xi Jinping arrived.

Key denies making `degrading' apology

Key denies making `degrading' apology
By Peter Wilson of NZPA Wellington, June 21 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key has rejected accusations he made a "degrading" apology to a Chinese delegation for the scuffle outside Parliament on Friday involving Green Party co-leader Russel Norman.

Norman criticises Key's `degrading' apology

Norman criticises Key's `degrading' apology
Wellington, June 21 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key has been accused of making a "degrading" apology to a visiting Chinese delegation for the incident outside Parliament on Friday when Green Party co-leader Russel Norman was involved in a scuffle while he was holding up a Tibetan flag.

Greens look for way to block uranium ore shipments

Greens look for way to block uranium ore shipments
Wellington, June 21 NZPA - Green Party politicians say they are looking for ways to update anti-nuclear legislation in a bid to block uranium shipments from South Australia through New Zealand ports.

Norman complains to Speaker over forecourt incident

Norman complains to Speaker over forecourt incident
Wellington, June 21 NZPA - Green Party co-leader Russel Norman wants an assurance from Speaker Lockwood Smith that important visitors to Parliament will be told about New Zealanders' right to peaceful protest.

NZ should join Aust in court over whales - Greens

NZ should join Aust in court over whales - Greens
Wellington, June 21 NZPA - The controversial International Whaling Commission (IWC) proposal to allow some commercial whaling is a mistake and New Zealand should join Australia's court action to stop Japanese whaling, Green Party co-leader Russel Norman says.

NZ Food companies not saying if use palm oil

NZ Food companies not saying if use palm oil
Wellington, June 21 NZPA - Some New Zealand food companies are being slippery about whether they use palm oil, according to a Green Party survey.

PM apologises to China over Tibet protest

PM apologises to China over Tibet protest
Wellington, June 21 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key apologised to the visiting Chinese delegation after Green Party co-leader Russel Norman's free Tibet protest at Parliament on Friday, it was reported today.

Labour slump further behind in polls

Labour slump further behind in polls
Wellington, June 20 NZPA - Labour's popularity has slumped following the credit card expenses scandal, a TV3 poll released tonight shows. The poll, of 1000 people, saw National's popularity increase to 55.3 percent while Labour fell to 30.5 percent.

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