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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.

Supergold Transport Review Just Vehicle For Cuts: Labour

Supergold Transport Review Just Vehicle For Cuts: Labour
Wellington, March 12 NZPA - A review of transport discounts for the elderly using the SuperGold card is shaping up to be an excuse to make cuts, Labour's transport spokesman Darren Hughes said yesterday.

Government Rolls $21m Into Food Laboratories

Government Rolls $21m Into Food Laboratories
Wellington, March 11 NZPA - The Government says it will re-hash existing budgets to provide up to $21 million over five years to set up four centres for food and beverage development at Manukau, Hamilton, Palmerston North, and Lincoln.

Investors Say Rents Will Go Up If Tax Rules Changed

Investors Say Rents Will Go Up If Tax Rules Changed
Wellington, March 11 NZPA - Property investors have warned that rents could go up by $34 a week if the Government scraps landlords' depreciation claims on housing, but the Government says they are wrong.

Supergold Card Travel Under Scrutiny

By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, March 11 NZPA - Free off-peak travel for elderly people under the SuperGold card is set to exceed its annual $18 million budget and the Government is looking at ways of reining it in, which may impact on services.

Concerns Voiced Over New Rich Retirement Visas

Concerns Voiced Over New Rich Retirement Visas
Wellington, March 11 NZPA - Allowing rich people to retire to New Zealand will create costs on the health system, Labour's immigration spokesman Pete Hodgson said today. The Government has announced two new retirement visas -- temporary retirement and parent retirement.

Labour Calls For Regulation Of Mobile Phone Costs

Labour Calls For Regulation Of Mobile Phone Costs
Wellington, March 10 NZPA - Labour has called on the Government to regulate mobile termination rates to keep call costs down. The rates are charged by one mobile operator to connect with another network.

Cost Cuts Raise Education Quality Concerns

Cost Cuts Raise Education Quality Concerns
By Chris Ormond of NZPA Wellington, March 10 NZPA - Funding cuts within the Education Ministry will negatively impact on education quality as a result of less research and less teacher and curriculum development, says Labour's education spokesman Trevor Mallard.

Petition Against Restart Of Commercial Whaling

Petition Against Restart Of Commercial Whaling
Wellington, March 10 NZPA - The Labour Party has launched a petition against allowing commercial whaling to restart.

Housing NZ Rolls Out New Assistance Scheme

Housing NZ Rolls Out New Assistance Scheme
Wellington, March 10 NZPA - A scheme aiming to improve Housing New Zealand's role in assisting the public into housing is being implemented in parts of the country today following a trial.

Political Parties Woo Anton Oliver

Political Parties Woo Anton Oliver
Wellington, March 10 NZPA - Political parties scrummaged to sign Anton Oliver up to their ranks but the former All Black prefers to remain on the sidelines for now.

Labour Accuses The Government Of Letting Australia Down

Labour Accuses The Government Of Letting Australia Down
Wellington, March 9 NZPA - The Labour Party is accusing the Government of letting Australia down over whaling but Prime Minister John Key says New Zealand could still back a challenge to Japan at the International Court of Justice.

Key Plays Down Trans-Tasman Differences Over Whaling

Key Plays Down Trans-Tasman Differences Over Whaling
Wellington, March 8 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key is holding open the option of joining Australia in a legal challenge to Japan if diplomatic attempts to reduce the number of whales that are being killed end in failure.

NZ Has Too Many Govt Agencies: PM

NZ Has Too Many Govt Agencies: PM
Wellington, March 8 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key says New Zealand has more government agencies than a country its size needs and has signalled there could be several mergers to reduce their number.

State Services Shake-Up Broken Pre-Election Promise: Labour

State Services Shake-Up Broken Pre-Election Promise: Labour
Wellington, March 8 NZPA - Some public service mergers were likely to go ahead with resulting job losses, Prime Minister John Key said today.

$30k 'Cheap' For Bus Axe The Tax Attack - Goff

$30k 'Cheap' For Bus Axe The Tax Attack - Goff
Wellington, March 5 NZPA - Labour has defended the $30,000 cost to the taxpayer of its "Axe the Tax" bus trip around the country -- protesting GST increases.

Report Calls For CRIs Shake-Up

Report Calls For CRIs Shake-Up
By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, March 4 NZPA - Crown Research Institutes (CRIs) are pleased with a report calling for them to get more direct funding and work under clearer accountability.

SAS Should Come Home, Says Goff

SAS Should Come Home, Says Goff
Wellington, March 2 NZPA - Labour leader Phil Goff has again called for the Government to recall the Special Air Service (SAS) from Afghanistan, a day after Government revealed details about what is believed to be the soldiers' first gun battle in Kabul.

Personal Grievance Revamp Considered

Personal Grievance Revamp Considered
By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, March 2 NZPA - Legislation bringing in changes to personal grievance cases could be before Parliament by the middle of the year, Labour Minister Kate Wilkinson says.

MPs Backs Protest Against Select Committee

MPs Backs Protest Against Select Committee
Wellington, March 1 NZPA - A Labour MP is taking the unusual step of asking people to join a protest against a select committee he sits on.

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.

Expenses Rules `Treacherously Complicated' Says Hide

Expenses Rules `Treacherously Complicated' Says Hide
Wellington, Feb 28 NZPA - The rules around MPs' expenses are "treacherously complicated" says ACT leader Rodney Hide.

National Is Following Labour Policies, Hide Says

By Peter Wilson of NZPA Wellington, Feb 28 NZPA - National is following the policies of the previous Labour government and won't be able to lift New Zealand's economic performance until it changes them, ACT leader Rodney Hide says.

Ministerial Services Did Warn Heatley About Spending

By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, Feb 26 NZPA - Ministerial Services warned former minister Phil Heatley about his work credit card use.

MPs Are Being More Careful With Their Expenses

MPs Are Being More Careful With Their Expenses
Feds pse q for 0400 Wellington, Feb 26 NZPA - Parliament's decision to publish details of MPs' travel expenses has made them more careful about the way they spend taxpayer money.

MPs Spending Down Ministers International Travel Bill Soars

Wellington, Feb 25 NZPA - MPs trimmed back their taxpayer funded expenses in the last three months of last year due to the start of the long summer break and more discipline.

Goff To Start GST Campaign Tonight In Wairarapa

Goff To Start GST Campaign Tonight In Wairarapa
Wellington, Feb 25 NZPA - A Labour Party campaign against a Government proposal to raise GST starts in Wairarapa tonight with a speech by leader Phil Goff, who is vowing to readjust planned tax changes if his party returns to power.

Labour Warns Of Consequences For Accident Victims

Labour Warns Of Consequences For Accident Victims
Wellington, Feb 25 NZPA - The Labour Party is warning of serious consequences for accident victims now that Parliament has passed a bill that reduces some ACC entitlements, changes work assessment rules and raises levies.

McCully And Bainimarama Set To Meet Next Month

McCully And Bainimarama Set To Meet Next Month
Wellington, Feb 23 NZPA - Foreign Minister Murray McCully looks set to meet Fiji's self-appointed prime minister and military leader Voreqe (Frank) Bainimarama in Hong Kong next month.

Discussion Paper On Conservation Land Changes Next Month

Discussion Paper On Conservation Land Changes Next Month
Wellington, Feb 23 NZPA - Energy Minister Gerry Brownlee today did not rule out changes to Kahurangi National Park to allow mining.

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