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Aged care investigation public meetings start

Aged care investigation public meetings start
Wellington, May 12 NZPA - The country would be outraged if children were treated as poorly as the elderly were, Green MP Sue Kedgley said today after the first meeting in a Grey Power-Labour-Greens inquiry into aged care.

Average tax burden low for NZ - OECD

Average tax burden low for NZ - OECD
Wellington, May 12 NZPA - The average tax burden for New Zealanders is among the lowest for OECD countries, a new report reveals.

Aged care investigation public meetings start

Aged care investigation public meetings start
Wellington, May 12 NZPA - An aged care investigation being undertaken by Grey Power, along with Green and Labour MPs, starts with a public meeting on the Kapiti Coast today, with a string of nationwide meetings to follow.

Chorus of praise for R&D announcement

Chorus of praise for R&D announcement
Wellington, May 12 NZPA - The Labour Party and the Manufacturers and Exporters Association are lonely discordant voices in a chorus of approval for the Government's decision to put $321 million into science, research and development.

$321m for research, science and technology

$321m for research, science and technology
By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, May 11 NZPA - Science and business are getting a big boost this budget to focus on work to make New Zealand richer -- and they are also getting a lot of freedom on how they spend the money.

Bethune needs report for his defence, Greens say

Bethune needs report for his defence, Greens say
Wellington, May 11 NZPA - New Zealander Peter Bethune needs Maritime NZ's report on the collision between his anti-whaling vessel and a Japanese security ship to defend himself in the trial he is facing, the Green Party says.

Turia upbeat about Whanau Ora, as funding questioned

Turia upbeat about Whanau Ora, as funding questioned
Wellington, May 7 NZPA - Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia says she isn't disappointed with her downsized Whanau Ora social services delivery programme but opposition MPs say she should be, and former MP John Tamihere doubts enough money has been set aside.

Parliament debates nuclear non-proliferation

Parliament debates nuclear non-proliferation
Wellington, May 5 NZPA - The Government was tonight called on to take the lead in nuclear non-proliferation negotiations when Parliament held a debate that coincided with the review conference on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) that is taking place in New York.

Greens smart meter bill defeated

Greens smart meter bill defeated
Wellington, May 5 NZPA - A Green Party attempt to make smart electricity meters even smarter failed in Parliament tonight.

MP calls for register of judges' financial interests

MP calls for register of judges' financial interests
Wellington, May 5 NZPA - A Green Party MP says New Zealand needs a register of judges' financial interests to help avoid potential conflicts of interest.

Paula confused over Peter, says Green MP

Paula confused over Peter, says Green MP
Wellington, May 5 NZPA - Social Development Minister Paula Bennett has been forced to explain a confusing situation involving two men with the same name and similar academic backgrounds -- but only one of whom is a Welfare Working Group appointee.

Govt defends new charge on students

Govt defends new charge on students
Wellington, May 5 NZPA - Revenue gained by extending the administration charge for student loans will be used to create more tertiary education places, Tertiary Education Minister Steven Joyce says.

Judges register of pecuniary interests needed - Greens

Judges register of pecuniary interests needed - Greens
Wellington, May 5 NZPA - The Green Party is calling for a pecuniary interest register for judges following the announcement that the Judicial Conduct Commission was assessing complaints of judicial misconduct against Supreme Court judge Justice Bill Wilson.

Meetings for aged care review start next week

Meetings for aged care review start next week
Wellington, May 5 NZPA - A review into the state of aged care in New Zealand being undertaken by Grey Power and opposition parties gets under way with a series of 19 nation-wide meetings starting next week.

Green Party has most donations over $10,000 thanks to MPs

Green Party has most donations over $10,000 thanks to MPs
Wellington, May 5 NZPA - The Green Party received more big political donations than any other party last year because their MPs donate a percentage of their income back to the party.

Labour and the Greens hammer Govt over mining

Labour and the Greens hammer Govt over mining
Wellington, May 5 NZPA - Encouraged by 40,000 people turning out in Auckland to protest against mining conservation land, Labour and the Greens are firing questions at ministers in Parliament.

Afghan diplomatic appointments to help with transition

Afghan diplomatic appointments to help with transition
Wellington, May 4 NZPA - Neville Reilly is be New Zealand's first resident ambassador in Afghanistan and Dick Newlands civilian director of the Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT), Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully announced today.

Politics the main barrier to Coromandel mining - expert

Politics the main barrier to Coromandel mining - expert
Wellington, May 3 NZPA - Politics will determine whether there is gold mining on the Coromandel Peninsula or around Reefton on the West Coast, as both areas are technically capable of being mined, senior research geologist Professor Dave Craw says.

Labour, Greens and CTU says build railcars in NZ

Labour, Greens and CTU says build railcars in NZ
Wellington, May 3 NZPA - Labour and the Greens are throwing their weight behind a union campaign for KiwiRail to build Auckland's new electric locomotives and railcars.

Bill will hold councils to account, Hide says

Bill will hold councils to account, Hide says
Wellington, April 29 NZPA - Local Government Minister Rodney Hide has introduced legislation to Parliament which he says will make councils more accountable to ratepayers.

Govt brings in election law change bill

Govt brings in election law change bill
Wellington, April 29 NZPA - The Government has introduced a bill to Parliament which will enact changes to the way elections are run, putting in place the reforms it announced in February.

Political parties largely supportive of liquor report

Political parties largely supportive of liquor report
Wellington, April 28 NZPA - Political parties have largely shown support for a report on liquor laws which recommends tax increases and a wide-reaching tightening of rules around the sale of alcohol.

Liquor report polarises industry stakeholders

Liquor report polarises industry stakeholders
By Chris Ormond of NZPA Wellington, April 28 NZPA - A government-commissioned report recommending sweeping changes to liquor laws has polarised the many stakeholders involved and left Justice Minister Simon Power with some difficult decisions.

Australia emissions back-track prompts calls for NZ to follow

Australia emissions back-track prompts calls for NZ to follow
By Kevin Norquay of NZPA Wellington, April 27 NZPA - Australia's rumoured postponement of its emissions trading scheme (ETS) led to calls today for New Zealand to do the same, but the Government gave no assurances either way.

Environment Commissioner not happy with mining info

Environment Commissioner not happy with mining info
Wellington, April 27 NZPA - There is not enough information available to decide on whether mining should be allowed in some currently protected areas, the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Jan Wright says.

Don't mine Great Barrier Island, most voters say

Don't mine Great Barrier Island, most voters say
Wellington, April 26 NZPA - A strong majority of voters don't want the Government to open up Great Barrier Island in the Hauraki Gulf for mining, a poll released tonight shows.

NZ urged to follow Aust lead on housing

NZ urged to follow Aust lead on housing
Wellington, April 26 NZPA - New Zealand should follow Australia's lead and tighten foreign investment rules around housing to make it more affordable for New Zealanders, the Green Party says.

Gas protest

Gas protest
Wellington, April 26 NZPA - The Greens will today hold join a protest against the use of toxic gas methyl bromide near a residential area of Wellington.

Gap closing, but National still ahead

Gap closing, but National still ahead
Wellington, April 25 NZPA The gap is closing between the two main political parties, but National still has a commanding lead over Labour. According to a 3 News TNS poll issued tonight National is down 4.2 percent to 52.1 percent, while Labour is up 4.2 percent to 33.8 percent.

Minister considering ACC 'privatisation' report

Minister considering ACC 'privatisation' report
Wellington, April 23 NZPA - ACC Minister Nick Smith isn't confirming or denying a report that the Government is likely to open up workplace insurance to private competition.

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