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Greens slam farebox recovery policy

Greens slam farebox recovery policy
Wellington, May 30 NZPA - A "farebox recovery" policy devised by the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) aiming to make public transport more self-sustainable and efficient will hit commuters in the pocket, the Green Party says.

PM says Haden's comments offensive and wrong

PM says Haden's comments offensive and wrong
Wellington, May 28 NZPA - Andy Haden's "darky" remarks about the Crusaders team are offensive and wrong, Prime Minister John Key says. Haden's role as ambassador for the 2011 World Cup is now in doubt after comments he made on television.

Drop Haden as ambassador, says Green MP

Drop Haden as ambassador, says Green MP
Wellington, May 28 NZPA - The Green Party's sport spokesman Kevin Hague says Andy Haden has been dismissive of non-white players in the past and has called for Rugby World Cup Minister Murray McCully to sack him from his role as an ambassador for the 2011 World Cup.

Activists call on Trade Me to stop sale of kwila

By Paloma Migone of NZPA Wellington, May 27 NZPA - With the message 'Trade Me, not trade trees,' 15 activists today challenged auction website Trade Me to stop the sale of illegally-logged kwila on its site.

English pressed by Aussie on Kiwi asset

English pressed by Aussie on Kiwi asset
Wellington, May 27 NZPA - Finance Minister Bill English defended Australian-owned banks today as he continued to field questions in Parliament about the Government's stance on the future ownership of Kiwibank.

ACT's emissions figures misleading, says Smith

ACT's emissions figures misleading, says Smith
Wellington, May 16 NZPA - The ACT Party's claims about rising costs in the agriculture sector from 2013 under the emissions trading scheme (ETS) are misleading, Climate Change Minister Nick Smith said today.

Strong resistance to proposed social welfare changes

Wellington, May 26 NZPA - For sole parent Kerry Tankard balancing part-time work, child-care, and her own education was so stressful, it made her sick.

Mining company submission raised in Parliament

Mining company submission raised in Parliament
By Chris Ormond of NZPA Wellington, May 26 NZPA - A mining company has given more ammunition to those opposing mineral prospecting on protected land by signalling its own reservations about digging up pristine areas.

Key not surprised by Knowles' resignation

Key not surprised by Knowles' resignation
Wellington, May 26 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key says he wasn't surprised to learn Kiwibank chief executive Sam Knowles had announced his resignation. "He told me some time ago he was thinking of standing down," Mr Key told reporters.

Debate over state housing funding

Debate over state housing funding
Wellington, May 25 NZPA - The Government has defended its spending on state housing, saying last year's budget contained a one-off capital injection and there was no cut this year.

Spike in adverse effects from flu vaccine

Spike in adverse effects from flu vaccine
By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, May 26 NZPA - The number of people suffering ill effects from the flu vaccine has spiked to over 300 but that is because more people are getting it, MPs were told today.

Strong resistance to proposed social welfare changes

Strong resistance to proposed social welfare changes
By Kate Chapman of NZPA Wellington, May 26 NZPA - It would be cheaper to leave someone on the benefit if they've already been on it for 10 years than to push them into work, politicians were told today.

Debate over state housing funding

Debate over state housing funding
Wellington, May 25 NZPA - The Government has defended its spending on state housing, saying last year's budget contained a one-off capital injection and there was no cut this year.

Key continues firefighting Kiwibank sale comments

Key continues firefighting Kiwibank sale comments
Wellington, May 23 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key was today still dampening down concerns that his Government would sell off Kiwibank.

NZ, Australia can win whaling case against Japan

Wellington, May 24 NZPA - New Zealand and Australia can win an International Court of Justice (IJC) case against Japan over its whaling practices, a legal specialist says.

Final flood of mining submissions

Wellington, May 25 NZPA - Thousands of submissions on the Government's mining proposals were fed into a makeshift letterbox outside the Ministry of Economic Development in Wellington today in a public show of opposition before submissions close tomorrow.

Mining opposers to make a point on steps of ministry

Mining opposers to make a point on steps of ministry
Wellington, May 25 NZPA - The Green Party and non-government organisations will today make a point of personally delivering thousands of submissions against the Government's proposal to allow for mining on schedule four conservation land.

A third of the army's LAVs could be sold - report

A third of the army's LAVs could be sold - report
Wellington, May 24 NZPA - The Ministry of Defence wants to sell up to 35 of the army's 105 light armoured vehicles, it was reported tonight.

Mixed reaction to reform of Auckland's governance

Mixed reaction to reform of Auckland's governance
Auckland, May 24 NZPA - The final legislation covering the reform of Auckland's local governance has received a mixed reaction from the city's mayors and business organisations.

Public don't trust miners to clean up after themselves - poll

Public don't trust miners to clean up after themselves - poll
Wellington, May 23 NZPA - The majority of New Zealanders do not trust mining companies to restore conservation land after mining is complete and do not believe royalties paid to the Government are adequate, a new poll shows.

Budget will open new tax loopholes, Greens say

Budget will open new tax loopholes, Greens say
Wellington, May 21 NZPA - New loopholes will be exposed in the Government's plan to generate more tax income by clamping down on people's ability to arrange their affairs to avoid paying tax, the Green Party says.

Lively debate draws a range of views on 2010 budget

Lively debate draws a range of views on 2010 budget
By Kate Chapman of NZPA Wellington, May 20 NZPA - Labour leader Phil Goff says people on an average income will be $30 a week worse off under the budget's tax changes, a direct contradiction of the Government's figures.

Driver licence suspension bill passes first reading

Driver licence suspension bill passes first reading
Wellington, May 19 NZPA - Legislation which will allow driver licences to be suspended when people haven't made arrangements to pay overdue traffic fines passed its first reading in Parliament today.

Budget will target tax avoidance - Key

Budget will target tax avoidance - Key
Wellington, May 18 NZPA - Tax avoidance will be targeted in Thursday's budget, Prime Minister John Key says.

KiwiRail spending commitment brings mixed reaction

KiwiRail spending commitment brings mixed reaction
Wellington, May 18 NZPA - A three-year, $750 million commitment by the Government to strengthen KiwiRail is not enough in comparison to the huge amount already committed to roading, says Labour's transport spokesman Darren Hughes.

Greens offer budget package

Greens offer budget package
Wellington, May 17 NZPA - A progressive power pricing system whereby a portion of all households' power bills has a set low price is among measures laid out in the Green Party's $4.46 billion a year alternative budget.

Sharples floats idea of Maori sport administration

Sharples floats idea of Maori sport administration
Wellington, May 15 NZPA - A reluctance by Maori rugby officials to apologise over past treatment of Maori rugby players has prompted Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples to raise the prospect of setting up a separate sporting administration.

Opposition MPs call for transparency on ETS subsidies

Opposition MPs call for transparency on ETS subsidies
Wellington, May 14 NZPA - About 800 greenhouse gas-emitting firms are in line for taxpayer subsidies under the emissions trading scheme (ETS) and those taxpayers have a right to know how much they will be paying in subsidies, Opposition MPs say.

Sharples pleased with apology, critical of "toothless" NZRU

Sharples pleased with apology, critical of "toothless" NZRU
Wellington, May 14 NZPA - Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples has welcomed an apology from the New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) over past treatment of Maori rugby players, but has criticised the union's Maori appointees for advising against it.

Joyce defends claims of short-sightedness

Joyce defends claims of short-sightedness
Corrects when Otago decided to cap enrolments in second para Wellington, May 13 NZPA - Tertiary Education Minister Steven Joyce has defended suggestions that government short-sightedness is to blame for moves by two universities to restrict or stop further enrolments this year.

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