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IWC proposal unacceptable, McCully says

IWC proposal unacceptable, McCully says
Wellington, April 23 NZPA - The Government will continue to seek a diplomatic solution to whaling although the latest proposal to resolve the problem is unacceptable, Foreign Minister Murray McCully says.

Whale of a problem for anti-whaling campaigners

Whale of a problem for anti-whaling campaigners
By Kate Chapman of NZPA

Opponents say ACC amongst best schemes in world

Opponents say ACC amongst best schemes in world
Wellington, April 23 NZPA - New Zealand's ACC model is among the best in the world and privatisation should only be allowed if there is evidence it will improve the system, former ACC chairman Ross Wilson says.

ACC privatisation expected -- Greens

ACC privatisation expected -- Greens
Wellington, April 23 NZPA - It is not a surprise that the Government looks likely to privatise areas of the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC), Green Party MP Kevin Hague says.

Referendum bill passes first reading

Referendum bill passes first reading
Wellington, April 22 NZPA - The bill that sets up a referendum on the MMP electoral system passed its first reading in Parliament today on a unanimous vote. The referendum will be held at the same time as the 2011 general election.

Earth Day present as Green leader's bill drawn

Earth Day present as Green leader's bill drawn
Wellington, April 22 NZPA - Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei's Member's Bill to protect New Zealand's wild places has been drawn out of the ballot -- in time to celebrate Earth Day.

Greens concerned by Joyce rail remarks

Greens concerned by Joyce rail remarks
Wellington, April 22 NZPA - The Green Party says it is concerned the Government will reduce its contribution to Kiwirail after Transport Minister Steven Joyce said customers and councils needed to pay their share.

Head of state bill defeated in Parliament

Head of state bill defeated in Parliament
Wellington, April 22 NZPA - Green Party MP Keith Locke has failed in his bid to let New Zealanders decide whether they want to keep a British monarch as head of state or elect their own non-executive president.

Aid organisations fear projects could be axed

Aid organisations fear projects could be axed
Wellington, April 21 NZPA - Opposition MPs and aid organisations hope they can persuade the Government not to axe funding for programmes they say are helping people in poor countries.

Planned changes to $26m aid funding creates concern

Planned changes to $26m aid funding creates concern
Wellington, April 20 NZPA - Aid programmes may miss out on funding because they do not meet Foreign Minister Murray McCully's agenda, Labour MP Phil Twyford says. The Green Party has also condemned what it sees as political interference in aid work.

Privately run school could follow prison

Privately run school could follow prison
Wellington, April 15 NZPA - A primary school could be the next public institution built under a public private partnership (PPP), Infrastructure Minister Bill English says.

Labour opposes business running prisons

Labour opposes business running prisons
Wellington, April 15 NZPA - Locking people up in jails was a job for the state, not for private businesses whose prime motivation would be to make money, Labour's Clayton Cosgrove says.

Justice Minister orders review of defence used by Waihopai 3

Justice Minister orders review of defence used by Waihopai 3
Wellington, April 12 NZPA - Officials have begun a review of the "claim of right" defence used by the three men accused in the Waihopai spybase sabotage case, Justice Minister Simon Power says.

Greens want more info on spybase

Greens want more info on spybase
Wellington, April 9 NZPA - The Green Party wants more information about the Waihopai spybase to be made public.

NZ still in dark over Whanau Ora: Labour

NZ still in dark over Whanau Ora: Labour
Wellington, April 9 NZPA - New Zealanders are still in the dark about how the Whanau Ora policy will be implemented or funded, Labour acting social development spokeswoman Ruth Dyson said today.

Waihopai court action waste of time, Locke says

Waihopai court action waste of time, Locke says
Wellington, April 8 NZPA - Taking a civil case against the acquitted Waihopai spybase saboteurs would be a "huge waste of taxpayers' money", Green Party MP Keith Locke says.

West Coast MP keen on local dam project

West Coast MP keen on local dam project
Wellington, April 7 NZPA - West Coast-Tasman MP Chris Auchinvole has joined at least one local mayor in welcoming a decision granting resource consent for a hydro project on the Mokihinui River.

Investigation into aged care sector welcomed

Investigation into aged care sector welcomed
Wellington, April 7 NZPA - An investigation by opposition parties and Grey Power into the state of aged care has been welcomed by the New Zealand Aged Care Association (NZACA), which is keen to make its own point.

ETS to go ahead - Key

ETS to go ahead - Key
By Kate Chapman of NZPA Wellington, April 7 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key today ruled out delaying the introduction of the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). Despite concerns from businesses the introduction was likely to go ahead in July, Mr Key told reporters.

Greens and Labour join for aged care investigation

Greens and Labour join for aged care investigation
Wellington, April 7 NZPA - Labour and the Greens are to assist Grey Power in running a nation-wide investigation to "shine the spotlight" on the state of aged care in New Zealand.

Mixed reaction to Mokihinui dam decision

Mixed reaction to Mokihinui dam decision
Wellington, April 7 NZPA - Conservation groups are condemning a decision to allow a 80-metre high hydro dam to be built on the Mokihinui River north of Westport but many locals are welcoming the project.

Consent for dam wrong - Greens

Consent for dam wrong - Greens
Wellington, April 6 NZPA - Allowing a 80-metre high hydro dam to be built on the Mokihinui River north of Westport is wrong, the Green Party says. Meridian Energy today received resource consent for the dam.

Green MP wants public support for tainted milk victim

Green MP wants public support for tainted milk victim
Wellington, April 6 NZPA - Green Party MP Keith Locke has leapt to the defence of a Chinese man arrested and charged in his country for publicly protesting in support of tainted milk powder victims, and says the Government should do the same.

Carter dismisses conflict of interest claims

Carter dismisses conflict of interest claims
Wellington, April 1 NZPA - Agriculture Minister David Carter has dismissed conflict of interest claims aimed at him in Parliament yesterday over a water consent on his Canterbury farm as "scurrilous".

Heavier trucks move attacked

Heavier trucks move attacked
Wellington, April 1 NZPA - A move to extend the weight carrying capacity of heavy trucks is "dangerous and wasteful", says motor industry commentator Clive Matthew-Wilson.

Bill fixes error in Immigration Act

Bill fixes error in Immigration Act
Wellington, March 31 NZPA - Parliament passed a bill through all its stages under urgency tonight to fix a mistake in the Immigration Act.

Environment Canterbury bill passed under urgency

Environment Canterbury bill passed under urgency
By Peter Wilson of NZPA

Greens want conflict of interest inquiry

Greens want conflict of interest inquiry
Wellington, March 31 NZPA - Green Party co-leader Russel Norman has asked Auditor-General Lyn Provost to investigate what he says is a potential conflict of interest involving Agriculture Minister David Carter and a proposal to dam the Hurunui River.

Heavier trucks will cause more carnage, Greens say

Heavier trucks will cause more carnage, Greens say
Wellington, March 31 NZPA - A move to extend the weight carrying capacity of heavy trucks won't lower the road toll but will compromise the viability of rail and shipping, the Green Party says.

Not repealing foreshore law will mean years of grievance: PM

Not repealing foreshore law will mean years of grievance: PM
Wellington, March 31 NZPA - Failing to repeal the Foreshore and Seabed Act would mean future governments would be left to deal with decades of grievances, Prime Minister John Key said today

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