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Carter sticking to his electorate for now

Carter sticking to his electorate for now
Wellington, June 22 NZPA - Demoted Labour MP Chris Carter is spending the week working in his Te Atatu electorate, but his position within the party remains uncertain.

Minister must explain plan to keep doctors in NZ - Labour

Minister must explain plan to keep doctors in NZ - Labour
Wellington, June 21 NZPA - Health Minister Tony Ryall must explain what he is doing to stop doctors moving to Australia after recent figures show half of the senior registrars in the last year of training go overseas, Labour MP Ruth Dyson says.

Norman complains to Speaker over forecourt incident

Norman complains to Speaker over forecourt incident
Wellington, June 21 NZPA - Green Party co-leader Russel Norman wants an assurance from Speaker Lockwood Smith that important visitors to Parliament will be told about New Zealanders' right to peaceful protest.

Labour slump further behind in polls

Labour slump further behind in polls
Wellington, June 20 NZPA - Labour's popularity has slumped following the credit card expenses scandal, a TV3 poll released tonight shows. The poll, of 1000 people, saw National's popularity increase to 55.3 percent while Labour fell to 30.5 percent.

Chris Carter likely to be back at Parliament tomorrow

Chris Carter likely to be back at Parliament tomorrow
Wellington, June 20 NZPA - As disgraced Labour MP Chris Carter prepares to return to Parliament his colleagues think it is time to move on. Mr Carter was put on indefinite stress leave after failing to front-up and apologise over his credit card spending as a minister.

2 MPs told 186 times between them to check spending: report

2 MPs told 186 times between them to check spending: report
Wellington, June 19 NZPA- Former Labour ministers Mita Ririnui and Parekura Horomia were sent 186 reminders between them about their credit card spending, it was reported today.

Clash with Chinese overshadows successful trip

Clash with Chinese overshadows successful trip
By Chris Ormond of NZPA

Greens leader clashes with Chinese delegation

Greens leader clashes with Chinese delegation
By Maggie Tait and Chris Ormond of NZPA Wellington, June 18 NZPA - Green MP co-leader Russel Norman has laid a complaint with police after members of a Chinese delegation were able to push him, hit him with an umbrella and rip a Tibetan flag from his grasp.

Peda proposal "concrete" - English

Peda proposal "concrete" - English
Wellington, June 18 NZPA - Finance Minister Bill English says the The Pacific Island Development Agency (Peda) put forward a "concrete" proposition that led to a $4.8 million budget allocation to the firm.

Four weeks enough consultation over hearing - Smith

Four weeks enough consultation over hearing - Smith
Wellington, June 18 NZPA - ACC Minister Nick Smith says he is "quite satisfied" that four weeks is an adequate consultation period for changes to ACC allowances for people with hearing loss.

Labour pesters Govt over budget allocation

Wellington, June 18 NZPA - The Labour Party is still harassing the Government over a $4.8 million budget allocation which it claims was based on a flimsy business case put up by a little-known agency.

Rodney district bill introduced to Parliament

Rodney district bill introduced to Parliament
Wellington, June 17 NZPA - A bill to keep the Rodney district out of the new Auckland "super city" council's boundary was introduced to Parliament today.

Muffin breaks crumbs for workers

Muffin breaks crumbs for workers
Wellington, June 17 NZPA - Employees forced to work through their break may be compensated with a muffin if new legislation is passed, Labour MP Darien Fenton says. The Employment Relations (Rest and Meal Breaks) Amendment Bill would amend the 2008 Act which was too prescriptive.

Air and water quality questioned

Air and water quality questioned
Wellington, June 17 NZPA - Drinking the water or even breathing the air are risky, according to politicians in Parliament today.

Family Court senior registrars shelved

Family Court senior registrars shelved
by Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, June 17 NZPA - A Labour government proposal for senior registrars to preside over Family Courts to take the pressure off judges has been dumped because it is too expensive, MPs were told today.

Labour wants minister to explain why she ignored warnings

Labour wants minister to explain why she ignored warnings
Wellington, June 17 NZPA - Pacific Island Affairs Minister Georgina te Heuheu must explain why she ignored warnings that a $4.8 million budget allocation was given to a risky company, Labour associate Pacific Islands spokesman Su'a William Sio says.

National standards will recognise excellence, Parliament told

National standards will recognise excellence, Parliament told
Wellington, June 16 NZPA - Parents of children who excel in tests will be told they are "well above average" under the new national standards rating, Parliament was told today.

High retention skewing targeted police numbers

High retention skewing targeted police numbers
Wellington, June 16 NZPA - High retention of police staff through the recession has led to some police districts exceeding targeted staff numbers, but numbers are falling back into line, Police Minister Judith Collins says.

Carter still on leave, no date for return

Carter still on leave, no date for return
Wellington, June 16 NZPA - Labour leader Phil Goff says he is satisfied with Chris Carter's public apology but the shamed MP remains on leave and there is no date set for his return. Mr Goff said he had not spoken to Mr Carter and the situation was the "same as before".

Labour MP told to take time out

Labour MP told to take time out
Wellington, June 16 NZPA - Labour's Chris Carter is at home today, getting his head and his act together after being sent on stress leave by party leader Phil Goff.

Conspiracies within conspiracies in Parliament today

Conspiracies within conspiracies in Parliament today
By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, June 15 NZPA - Labour MP Maryan Street appears to be the key to a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma that confused the hell out of everyone in Parliament today.

Maori Party brushes off criticism of foreshore deal

Maori Party brushes off criticism of foreshore deal
Wellington, June 15 NZPA - The Maori Party today brushed off criticism of the foreshore and seabed agreement by one of its MPs while in Parliament the Government said it had restored to a fundamental human right taken away by the 2004 Act.

List of Labour reshuffle

List of Labour reshuffle
Wellington, June 15 NZPA - Labour reshuffle: The good: Charles Chauvel -- moves to the front bench and picks up environment, drops energy Said he was "very pleased" but declined to comment further.

Carter issues apology, roles safe for now

Carter issues apology, roles safe for now
By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, June 15 NZPA - Labour MP Chris Carter's apology this afternoon -- after a sharp reprimand from leader Phil Goff for how he talked to news media -- has saved him from further demotion within the party.

Maori Party brushes off criticism of foreshore deal

Maori Party brushes off criticism of foreshore deal
Wellington, June 15 NZPA - The Maori Party today brushed off criticism of the foreshore and seabed agreement by one of its MPs while in Parliament the Government said it had restored to a fundamental human right taken away by the 2004 Act.

Carter issues apology

Carter issues apology
By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, June 15 NZPA - Labour MP Chris Carter has issued a public apology after scoring a massive own goal this morning, mishandling his response to demotion over the credit card expenses scandal. Mr Carter said his apology was unreserved.

Carter considering political future

Carter considering political future
Wellington, June 15 NZPA - Labour MP Chris Carter was sent home to consider his political career today following a sullen response to being demoted and losing his foreign affairs portfolio.

Defiant Carter regrets but accepts demotion

(Pics www.nzpaimages.co.nz) By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, June 15 NZPA - A tetchy Chris Carter today refused to answer media questions about his demotion from Labour's front bench over the credit card expenses scandal.

Misspending sparks big changes

By Chris Ormond of NZPA Wellington, June 15 NZPA - Credit card misuse has sparked a significant reshuffle within the Labour Party, including promotion to the front bench of Charles Chauvel and Nanaia Mahuta, while the main offenders are left to work their way back into favour.

A list of Labour's reshuffle

A list of Labour's reshuffle
Wellington, June 15 NZPA - Labour reshuffle: The good: Charles Chauvel -- moves to the front bench and picks up environment, drops energy Said he was "very pleased" but declined to comment further.

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