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Grey Power concerned about SuperGold card review

Grey Power concerned about SuperGold card review
Wellington, March 12 NZPA - The success of the SuperGold card scheme's transport discount should not be a reason to downgrade it, says senior citizens lobby group Grey Power.

Auckland Ward Decisions Unfair Say Greens

Auckland Ward Decisions Unfair Say Greens
Wellington, March 12 NZPA - The design of the ward system in the new Auckland super council means many areas will not be fairly represented, Green MP David Clendon says.

Remove Tobacco From Shops, Says Academic

Remove Tobacco From Shops, Says Academic
By Alastair Bull of NZPA Auckland, March 11 NZPA - An Auckland academic says smoking rates in New Zealand would plummet if tobacco products could not be displayed at shops.

Tobacco Company Defends Retail Display Rule

Tobacco Company Defends Retail Display Rule
By Alastair Bull of NZPA Auckland, March 11 NZPA - Amid a barrage of Maori people calling for tough controls and the eventual banning of smoking, a tobacco company today asked for current sale display rules to remain the same.

Greens Wary Of Fuel Price Spikes

Greens Wary Of Fuel Price Spikes
Wellington, March 10 NZPA - The days of affordable fuel are coming to an end and the Government needs to rein in its spending on roading infrastructure and target alternative transport, the Green Party says.

Food Labelling Review Looks Harder At NZ Exports

Food Labelling Review Looks Harder At NZ Exports
By Kent Atkinson of NZPA Wellington, March 6 NZPA - A trans-Tasman review of food labelling looks set to also canvass whether risky foods from overseas are being sent to Australia from New Zealand.

Measures Miss Drink Driving Problem - Groups

Measures Miss Drink Driving Problem - Groups
Wellington, March 3 NZPA - The Government has lost the bottle to take on the problem of drink driving and is making young people the scapegoat in its latest measures to tackle the country's road toll, say political and road safety groups.

Alert System For Abusive Mothers Recommended

Alert System For Abusive Mothers Recommended
Wellington, March 3 NZPA - The Government is to consider tracking abusive mothers throughout their lives -- one of several recommendations in a new report out today.

Concerns Raised Over Personal Grievance Changes

Wellington, March 3 NZPA - Concerns have been raised over the possibility of workers being stripped of rights under changes to personal grievance rules.

SAS Gun Battle Witnessed By French Media

Wellington, March 2 NZPA - Special Air Services (SAS) troops first confirmed battle action in Afghanistan was observed by a French photographer who described them as operating quietly.

Discussion Paper Conservation Land This Month

Wellington, March 1 NZPA - The public will get a chance to express their view on changes to the conservation estate to allow mining later this month.

Locke Confident Bill Will Go To Committee

Locke Confident Bill Will Go To Committee
Wellington, March 1 NZPA - Green MP Keith Locke remains confident his bill to initiate debate about having an elected head of state will pass its first reading, despite Prime Minister John Key saying his party is opposed.

Govt Will Oppose Republican Bill, Key Says

Govt Will Oppose Republican Bill, Key Says
Wellington, March 1 NZPA - A Green Party attempt to initiate a debate about having an elected head of state in New Zealand isn't going to get very far. MP Keith Locke drafted the member's bill, which is on Parliament's agenda for a first reading.

Cabinet To Discuss Mining In Conservation Land

Cabinet To Discuss Mining In Conservation Land
Wellington, March 1 NZPA - Cabinet will today start discussing mining on conservation land but decisions might not be taken right away, Prime Minister John Key says.

Unanimous Backing For Animal Cruelty Bill

Unanimous Backing For Animal Cruelty Bill
Wellington, Feb 25 NZPA - Parliament has unanimously supported a bill that significantly increases penalties for cruelty to animals. The Government's Animal Welfare Amendment Bill passed its first reading today, with MPs praising its provisions and saying they were necessary.

RNZ Supporters Protest At Parliament

RNZ Supporters Protest At Parliament
Wellington, Feb 25 NZPA - More than 100 people, some carrying transistors tuned in to Radio New Zealand, turned up outside Parliament today to protest a funding freeze.

New Green MP Puts His Cards On The Table

New Green MP Puts His Cards On The Table
Wellington, Feb 24 NZPA - New Green MP Gareth Hughes used his maiden speech in Parliament today to talk about his environmental passions and take a swipe at the major parties for what he considers environmentally destructive and unsustainable policies.

Greens Attack Water Review As Acting In Farmers' Interests

Greens Attack Water Review As Acting In Farmers' Interests
Wellington, Feb 22 NZPA - Green Party co-leader Russel Norman has attacked the review of water management in Canterbury, saying it is pandering to the self-interest of dairy farmers

MPs Getting Wary Of Ministerial Credit Cards

MPs Getting Wary Of Ministerial Credit Cards
Wellington, Feb 23 NZPA - MPs appear to be taking steps to ensure they don't get caught up in credit card spending controversies by reverting from taking them out of their wallets altogether.

People More Realistic About The Economy - Key

People More Realistic About The Economy - Key
Wellington, Feb 22 NZPA - People were being more realistic about the economy, Prime Minister John Key said this morning following a poll last night showing reduced confidence.

Confidence In Economy Down Despite End Of Recession

Confidence In Economy Down Despite End Of Recession
Wellington, Feb 21 NZPA - New Zealand has come out of recession but confidence that the economy will get better over the next 12 months is slightly down compared to November, a new poll out tonight shows.

New Cow Code Out

(Adds comment) Wellington, Feb 18 NZPA - A new code covering the welfare of dairy cattle was released today, but it does not take into account factory farming.

Green's Advertising Complaint Upheld

Green's Advertising Complaint Upheld
Wellington, Feb 18 NZPA - The Advertising Standards Authority has upheld a Green Party complaint about the way Demon Energy Drink's website used images and language to market drinks to children, MP Sue Kedgley said today.

Unions And MPs Hit Out At Govt Directive To RNZ

Unions And MPs Hit Out At Govt Directive To RNZ
Wellington, Feb 18 NZPA - A cost-cutting directive from the Government to Radio New Zealand (RNZ) has been taken by unions and opposition MPs as political interference and a blow to the public broadcaster's ability to maintain standards and independence.

Labour Questions Minister's Commitment To Bill

Labour Questions Minister's Commitment To Bill
Wellington, Feb 17 NZPA - The Labour Party is questioning Justice Minister Simon Power's commitment to the controversial three strikes sentencing policy, after finding out the legislation has been handed over to Police Minister Judith Collins.

Opposition MPs Bemoan Three Strikes Bill Process

Wellington, Feb 17 NZPA - The Green and Labour Parties are angry over how changes to add the Government-ACT Party three strikes policy to a bill are being done.

Lobby Group Election Limits Set To Be Battleground

Lobby Group Election Limits Set To Be Battleground
Wellington, Feb 17 NZPA - Changes could be made to the Government's proposed election finance rules if political parties could agree on the them, Justice Minister Simon Power said today.

Labour Warns Of Campaign Free-for-all

Labour Warns Of Campaign Free-for-all
Wellington, Feb 17 NZPA - Labour and the Greens aren't happy with proposed legislation to replace the repealed Electoral Finance Act.

A Short History Of MMP

A Short History Of MMP
Wellington, Feb 16 NZPA - During the 1984 election Labour promised to set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry into the electoral system.

Lobby Group Election Limits Set To Be Battleground

Lobby Group Election Limits Set To Be Battleground
Wellington, Feb 16 NZPA - Removing limits on how much lobby groups can spend supporting their political allies during election campaigns is set to be a political battleground again.

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