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Labour leader supports lowering limit

Labour leader supports lowering limit
Wellington, July 27 NZPA - Labour leader Phil Goff favours lowering the blood alcohol limit for drivers.

Review of overseas investment will look at land issue

Review of overseas investment will look at land issue
Wellington, July 27 NZPA - A review of the overseas investment regime is likely to look at how to stop the sell-off large tracts of land to foreign buyers, Prime Minister John Key indicated today. The review was started by Finance Minister Bill English in March last year and aimed at:

PM presses for more interest in local body elections

PM presses for more interest in local body elections
Wellington, July 26 NZPA - An examination of local government and its role -- including further amalgamations -- was announced by Local Government Minister Rodney Hide this morning.

Govt hasn't dealt with drink driving issue - Labour

Govt hasn't dealt with drink driving issue - Labour
Wellington, July 26 NZPA - The Government has attempted to kick the issue of drink driving into touch by postponing a decision on whether to lower the blood alcohol, Labour says.

Unions continue to voice anger over labour law changes

Unions continue to voice anger over labour law changes
Wellington, July 26 NZPA - Unions continue to voice strong opposition to sweeping new labour laws announced by the Government, saying the move is attack on workers' rights.

Govt's energy strategy too fossil fuel-focused, says Labour

Govt's energy strategy too fossil fuel-focused, says Labour
Wellington, July 25 NZPA - The National Party is still focused on fossil fuels, and its draft energy strategy is light on setting out plans on how to achieve a goal of 90 percent renewable energy by 2025, says Labour.

More teacher training for dealing with special needs kids likely

More teacher training for dealing with special needs kids likely
By Chris Ormond and Kate Chapman of NZPA Wellington, July 23 NZPA - Money could be put into improving teacher training so they were equipped to deal with special needs students, Associate Education Minister Heather Roy says.

Labour MP launches trucking industry petition

Labour MP launches trucking industry petition
Wellington, July 23 NZPA - A petition launched by Labour MP Darien Fenton calls for an inquiry into whether there is a link between truck driver remuneration and safety in the road transport industry.

Industry to blame for not selling biofuels - minister

Industry to blame for not selling biofuels - minister
Wellington, July 22 NZPA - Energy Minister Gerry Brownlee today blamed the biofuel industry for the low uptake of a scheme to promote it. A scheme was introduced in July last year to kick start biofuel production in New Zealand.

Minister sees economy as rebalancing

Minister sees economy as rebalancing
Wellington, July 22 NZPA - The economy is showing positive signs of rebalancing with reducing household debt and growth in the tradeables sector, Finance Minister Bill English says.

The young and the croaky

The young and the croaky
Wellington, July 22 NZPA - Fresh-faced Labour MP Chris Hipkins' voice broke in Parliament today. The MP, who is aged in his early 30s, had a bad cold and croaked through his questions while getting a ribbing from the National benches.

State sector contracts could hurt the economy, Labour says

Feds pse Q for 0400 Wellington, July 22 NZPA - The Government's plan to award lucrative state sector contracts to "a cosy club of multinational suppliers" will cut competition and lock out local businesses, the Labour Party says.

Australian companies eye up school projects

Australian companies eye up school projects
Wellington, July 22 NZPA - Australian companies are lining up for a piece of the action as the Government moves towards public-private partnerships (PPPs) to build and maintain new schools.

Labour's loan shark bill defeated

Labour's loan shark bill defeated
Wellington, July 21 NZPA - The Government has killed a bill that would have regulated loan sharks and capped the interest rates they charge.

Rodney's last stand

Rodney's last stand
Wellington, July 21 NZPA - Rodney District Council's last ditch bid to avoid being swallowed up by Auckland has failed.

Public-private school building initiative hits opposition

Public-private school building initiative hits opposition
By Chris Ormond of NZPA Wellington, July 21 NZPA - The Government has taken another step towards public-private partnerships (PPPs) in the building and maintenance of schools, but Labour and an education union say the only winners will be the companies involved.

Govt quick to shift its mining focus

Govt quick to shift its mining focus
By Chris Ormond of NZPA Wellington, July 21 NZPA - The Government is moving on from its backdown over mineral prospecting on protected conservation land and remains bullish about encouraging mining elsewhere in the face of concern from environmentalists.

Man with possible dementia may get strike

Man with possible dementia may get strike
Wellington, July 21 NZPA - The 69-year-old man with Parkinson's disease and possible dementia who was charged with assault after grabbing the breasts of a woman in his care home would be excused from trial if he was found to have a mental impairment, Police and Corrections Minister Judith Collins

Former finance minister returns for select committee

Former finance minister returns for select committee
Wellington, July 21 NZPA - If people want to disassociate themselves from students' associations when undertaking tertiary study they should not be able to do so simply for financial advantage, says former finance minister David Caygill.

Opposition welcomes Hurunui moratorium but want more

Opposition welcomes Hurunui moratorium but want more
Wellington, July 21 NZPA - Opposition MPs have welcomed the moratorium placed on new major irrigation consents on Canterbury's Hurunui River but want further protection.

Govt quick to shift its mining focus

Govt quick to shift its mining focus
By Chris Ormond of NZPA Wellington, July 21 NZPA - The Government is moving on from its backdown over mineral prospecting on protected conservation land and remains bullish about encouraging mining elsewhere in the face of concern from environmentalists.

Mining industry praises Govt's decisions

Mining industry praises Govt's decisions
The Labour Party is taunting the Government for what it describes as "a humiliating backdown" over mining conservation land, but the industry doesn't see it that way. 

New tenancy laws passed

New tenancy laws passed
Wellington, July 20 NZPA - New tenancy laws passed in Parliament today will clear up confusion around terminating and renewing tenancies and introduce financial penalties for tenants who harass neighbours and landlords providing sub-standard housing, Housing Minister Phil Heatley says.

Schedule four land safe but other areas ripe for mining

Schedule four land safe but other areas ripe for mining
By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, July 20 NZPA - Specially protected areas of conservation land won't be mined but it looks like open season for other parts of the country.

Call for support of loan shark bill

Call for support of loan shark bill
Wellington, July 20 NZPA - A members bill to stop loan sharks is up for its first reading tomorrow night but the Labour MP behind it is fearful it will be voted down.

Mining protected land not worth the bad PR

Mining protected land not worth the bad PR
By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, July 20 NZPA - Mining on specially protected conservation areas was not worth the negative impact on the industry, the Government said today while backing down from its proposals to do just that.

Mining U-turn humiliating, says Goff

Mining U-turn humiliating, says Goff
By Chris Ormond of NZPA Wellington, July 20 NZPA - National's U-turn on mining is a forced and humiliating back-down rather than a case of the party listening to the people, Labour leader Phil Goff says.

Little to chase New Plymouth seat

Little to chase New Plymouth seat
Wellington, July 20 NZPA - Labour Party president Andrew Little has confirmed he is seeking to contest the New Plymouth seat at next year's elections.

Govt scraps plans to mine conservation land

Govt scraps plans to mine conservation land
By Peter Wilson and Kate Chapman of NZPA Wellington, July 19 NZPA - The Government has scrapped plans to mine conservation land in the face of furious public protest, NZPA has confirmed.

Back down over mining reported

Back down over mining reported
Wellington, July 19 NZPA - The Government is expected to tomorrow announce a back-down on mining in conservation land, in the wake of furious protests.

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