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NZ in good position to get progress against nukes - Goff

NZ in good position to get progress against nukes - Goff
Wellington, April 8 NZPA - New Zealand can show leadership in promoting nuclear disarmament, Labour leader Phil Goff says as Prime Minister John Key prepares to attend a high-powered nuclear security summit in Washington next week.

Labour welcomes legal aid changes

Labour welcomes legal aid changes
Wellington, April 8 NZPA - Proposed changes to the legal aid system have been welcomed by the Opposition.

Dunne hits out at other support partners

Dunne hits out at other support partners
By Kate Chapman of NZPA Wellington, April 7 NZPA - United Future leader Peter Dunne hit out at his peers in a speech today, saying the ACT party was too right wing for most New Zealanders.

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.

MP would back transparency over legal bill funding

MP would back transparency over legal bill funding
By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, April 7 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key says the use of taxpayer funds to pay National MP Nick Smith's legal bills is fine, but he would be open to such information being made public.

Call for taxpayer funded MP legal fees be public

Call for taxpayer funded MP legal fees be public
Wellington, April 7 NZPA - Tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars are funding legal defences for MPs, it was reported today.

Whaling compromise only realistic chance of success: Govt

Whaling compromise only realistic chance of success: Govt
Wellington, April 1 NZPA - Negotiations over the future of international whaling are delicately poised and a compromise between pro- and anti-whaling nations is the only realistic goal to push for, the Government says.

Cautious Maori reaction to foreshore and seabed proposals

Cautious Maori reaction to foreshore and seabed proposals
Wellington, April 1 NZPA - The Labour Party is dismissing the Government's foreshore and seabed proposals as "a whole lot of platitudes" while Maori appear to think a lot more work needs to be done before final decisions can be made.

Whaling blog derails Govt briefing

Whaling blog derails Govt briefing
Wellington, March 31 NZPA - A blog by Labour's foreign affairs spokesman Chris Carter has been blamed for the cancellation of a government briefing to opposition parties on international whaling negotiations.

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

Papers can already publish league tables - minister

Papers can already publish league tables - minister
Wellington, March 31 NZPA - Newspapers can already publish league tables comparing the academic performance of schools, Parliament was told today. League tables have been one of the most contentious points around national standards, which schools began implementing this year.

No one to own the foreshore, Maori to get day in court

No one to own the foreshore, Maori to get day in court
Wellington, March 31 NZPA - The Government wants to end arguments about ownership of the foreshore and seabed by saying no one owns it and restoring the right of Maori to go to court to seek customary title.

Parliament set to pass Environment Canterbury bill

Parliament set to pass Environment Canterbury bill
Wellington, March 31 NZPA - Legislation giving the Government the power to replace Environment Canterbury's councillors with commissioners is due to be passed by Parliament later today.

'Compelling case' for Govt intervention, Parliament told

'Compelling case' for Govt intervention, Parliament told
By Peter Wilson of NZPA Wellington, March 30 NZPA - Environment Canterbury's water management was so bad that immediate government intervention was necessary, Parliament was told tonight.

Mining protest digs in at Parliament

Mining protest digs in at Parliament
Wellington, March 30 NZPA - "You say mine, we say ours" protesters chanted today as they urged the Government to drop proposals to open protected land up for mining.

Heatley back in Cabinet

Heatley back in Cabinet
Wellington, March 30 NZPA - Phil Heatley will be reinstated to Cabinet after the Auditor-General's inquiry found that while he spent $1402 of taxpayers' money wrongly he did not intentionally break the rules. Prime Minister John Key made the announcement in Auckland this afternoon.

Government gets its welfare bill through first reading

Government gets its welfare bill through first reading
By Peter Wilson of NZPA Wellington, March 30 NZPA - The Maori Party turned its back on the Government and voted with Labour in Parliament today when the bill that enacts welfare changes was given its first reading.

Heatley back in Cabinet

Heatley back in Cabinet
Wellington, March 30 NZPA - Phil Heatley will be reinstated to Cabinet after an inquiry found that while he spent $1402 of taxpayers' money wrongly he did not intentionally break the rules. Prime Minister John Key made the announcement in Auckland this afternoon.

ECan decision outrages opposition MPs

ECan decision outrages opposition MPs
By Chris Ormond of NZPA

Report finds Heatley misspent but didn't understand rules

Report finds Heatley misspent but didn't understand rules
Wellington, March 30 NZPA - An inquiry has found former government minister Phil Heatley spent taxpayers' money wrongly but did not intentionally break the rules.

Dame Margaret to head Ecan

Dame Margaret to head Ecan
Wellington, March 30 NZPA - Canterbury's regional council is to be replaced by commissioners with highly respected senior civil servant Dame Margaret Bazley taking the helm.

Foreshore and Seabed position out this week

Foreshore and Seabed position out this week
Wellington, March 30 NZPA - The Government won't be able to make everyone happy with its foreshore and seabed proposal, to be released tomorrow, but thinks it has reached a fair deal, Prime Minister John Key said this morning.

Foreshore and Seabed position out this week

Foreshore and Seabed position out this week
Wellington, March 29 NZPA - The Government won't be able to make everyone happy with its foreshore and seabed proposal, to be released tomorrow, but thinks it has reached a fair deal, Prime Minister John Key said this morning.

PM rejects IMF call for further spending cuts

PM rejects IMF call for further spending cuts
Wellington, March 30 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key has rejected suggestions by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that the Government needs to go further in cutting spending, saying plenty of progress is already being made in that area.

Foreshore and Seabed position out this week

Foreshore and Seabed position out this week
Wellington, March 29 NZPA - The Government's preferred replacement for the current Foreshore and Seabed Act will be revealed this week, Prime Minister John Key said today.

Hamilton-Auckland rail link campaign gets 11,500 signatures

Hamilton-Auckland rail link campaign gets 11,500 signatures
Wellington, March 29 NZPA - A campaign to get a dedicated passenger rail service running between Hamilton and Auckland has had a shot in the arm with an 11,500 signature petition presented to local MPs in Hamilton today.

SFO top jobs to go under review - report

SFO top jobs to go under review - report
Wellington, March 29 NZPA - The Serious Fraud Office is the next state agency in for a shake-up.

Survey says National mining proposal hurting support

Survey says National mining proposal hurting support
Wellington, March 28 NZPA - There are some indications that National might be losing some political support after it raised the prospect of opening previously protected areas up to mining.

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