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Key not worried about Harawira's comments over foreshore and seabed

Key not worried about Harawira's comments over foreshore and seabed
Wellington, June 15 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key is not worried that Maori Party MP Hone Harawira thinks he is "pandering to the rednecks" over a proposed replacement for the Foreshore and Seabed Act.

Labour announces reshuffle

Labour announces reshuffle
Wellington, June 15 NZPA - Nanaia Mahuta and Charles Chauvel are among the biggest winners out of a Labour Party reshuffle following the demotion of Shane Jones, Chris Carter and Mita Ririnui over misuse of ministerial credit cards.

Iwi leaders underwhelmed by foreshore deal

Iwi leaders underwhelmed by foreshore deal
Wellington, June 15 NZPA - The Maori Party is hailing the decision to repeal the Foreshore and Seabed Act as a victory but some iwi leaders aren't happy with the replacement legislation and one MP is accusing Prime Minister John Key of "pandering to rednecks".

Punished MPs due to front up at caucus meeting

Punished MPs due to front up at caucus meeting
Wellington, June 15 NZPA - Labour's three errant MPs are due to front up at a caucus meeting this morning where they will face their colleagues for the first time since their credit card spending became a humiliating public ordeal.

Govt reaches agreement on foreshore and seabed

Govt reaches agreement on foreshore and seabed
By Peter Wilson and Chris Ormond of NZPA

Minister's credit card details to continue to be public

Minister's credit card details to continue to be public
By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, June 14 NZPA - Ministers and their staff's credit card records will continue to be released for public scrutiny, Prime Minister John Key said today.

Carter says he accepts demotion

Carter says he accepts demotion
Wellington, June 14 NZPA - Labour's foreign affairs spokesman MP Chris Carter says he accepts leader Phil Goff's decision to demote him, but has not fronted media as he happily did on Thursday when credit card records for his time as a minister were released.

Jones staying on... for now

Jones staying on... for now
by Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, June 14 NZPA - Ashamed former Labour Government minister Shane Jones is staying on as an MP following his leader Phil Goff's decision to demote and strip him of portfolios after misusing taxpayer-funded credit cards while a minister.

Jones staying on as MP

Jones staying on as MP
Wellington, June 14 NZPA - Labour Party MPs Shane Jones is staying on as an MP following his leader Phil Goff's decision to demote him and strip him of portfolios after misusing taxpayer-funded credit cards while a minister.

MPs sanctioned over credit card spending

MPs sanctioned over credit card spending
By Chris Ormond of NZPA Wellington, June 14 NZPA - Labour Party MPs Shane Jones and Chris Carter have been bumped from the front bench and stripped of important portfolios after misusing taxpayer-funded credit cards when they were ministers.

Goff gets tough on spending MPs

Goff gets tough on spending MPs
Wellington, June 14 NZPA - Leader Phil Goff has demoted Shane Jones and Chris Carter from the Labour Party front bench for their unacceptable credit card spending when they were ministers.

Goff will sack Jones and Carter - John Key

Goff will sack Jones and Carter - John Key
Wellington, June 14 NZPA - Labour leader Phil Goff will sack Shane Jones and Chris Carter over the credit card spending saga, Prime Minister John Key predicted today.

Goff to announce decisions today

Goff to announce decisions today
By Peter Wilson of NZPA Wellington, June 14 NZPA - Labour leader Phil Goff is expected to announce today a caucus reshuffle that will see the demotion of at least two of his MPs.

Goff moves quickly to deal with spending scandal

Goff moves quickly to deal with spending scandal
By Peter Wilson of NZPA Wellington, June 13 NZPA - Labour leader Phil Goff is moving quickly to deal with the fallout over the spending of some of the party's former ministers.

Jones unlikely to be only one who watched porn - Boag

Jones unlikely to be only one who watched porn - Boag
Wellington, June 13 NZPA - A former president of the National Party says Labour's Shane Jones isn't likely to have been the only MP or minister who has watched porn movies.

Regular release of ministers' accounts likely - Key

Regular release of ministers' accounts likely - Key
By Kate Chapman of NZPA Wellington, June 11 NZPA - Credit card statements for ministers and their staff are likely to be released regularly due to greater public scrutiny, Prime Minister John Key says.

Foreign affairs and trade ministers will always spend more - Key

Foreign affairs and trade ministers will always spend more - Key
By Kate Chapman of NZPA Wellington, June 11 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key was keen today to point out that trade and foreign affairs ministers, from both sides of the political spectrum, were likely to spend more because of their roles.

Debate over proposed changes to air quality standards

Debate over proposed changes to air quality standards
Wellington, June 11 NZPA - Environment Minister Nick Smith says changes to air quality requirements will save thousands of jobs, but Greens MP David Clendon says it will put lives at risk. Dr Smith yesterday released proposed amendments to the National Air Quality Standard.

Parliament's gallery of shame

Parliament's gallery of shame
By Peter Wilson of NZPA Wellington, June 11 NZPA - Labour MP Shane Jones is licking his potentially lethal wounds today while many of his colleagues bear the blushes of their own misuse of ministerial credit cards.

Red faces, but no resignations over spending

Red faces, but no resignations over spending
By Chris Ormond of NZPA Wellington, June 10 NZPA - The release of years of ministerial credit card records has exposed some indulgent, inappropriate and unsavoury spending practices, but the damage so far appears to be limited to red faces.

Goff staff member a movie watcher

Goff staff member a movie watcher
Wellington, June 10 NZPA - A member of Labour leader Phil Goff's staff hired and watched a movie at a hotel, rather than Mr Goff who was foreign minister in the previous government at the time.

Barker misuses ministerial credit card

Barker misuses ministerial credit card
By Paloma Migone of NZPA Wellington, June 10 NZPA - Former Labour Minister Rick Barker charged 16 Corona beers during a two-person meal on his ministerial credit card, and later reimbursed it for 'some' of the cost.

Former junior minister a frequent credit card misuser

Former junior minister a frequent credit card misuser
Wellington, June 10 NZPA - Labour's former junior minister Mita Ririnui was a serial misuser of his credit card. Mr Ririnui's statements are littered with reimbursements, the most impressive being $682 for golf clubs he bought while he was in Australia.

X-rated credit card use lands Shane Jones in the dog house

X-rated credit card use lands Shane Jones in the dog house
By Kate Chapman of NZPA Wellington, June 10 NZPA - Watching porn movies in hotels and paying for them with taxpayers money was foolish and unwise but he is no sex addict, Labour list MP Shane Jones says.

Carter and office were warned about credit card rules

Carter and office were warned about credit card rules
By Maggie Tait of NZPA

Ministers lax about fronting with receipts

Ministers lax about fronting with receipts
By Chris Ormond of NZPA

Jones admits watching porn on taxpayer

Jones admits watching porn on taxpayer
Wellington, June 10 NZPA - Former Labour MP Shane Jones had admitted he watched porn movies in hotels, which were paid for on his taxpayer-funded credit card.

Prime ministers were careful with their credit cards

Prime ministers were careful with their credit cards
Wellington, June 10 NZPA - Prime ministers, past and present, come through their credit card checks unscathed. Nearly all of former prime minister Helen Clark's accounts from 2003 to 2008 involved overseas trips and she didn't spend anything on herself.

Ministerial credit card documents released

Ministerial credit card documents released
Wellington, June 10 NZPA - Ministers and former ministers credit card records were delivered to journalists this morning.

Jones fronts over credit card spending

Jones fronts over credit card spending
Wellington, June 10 NZPA - Former Labour Minister Shane Jones does not recall if he used his ministerial credit card to pay for porn movies. Far North list MP Mr Jones revealed he had paid back about $5000 that he wrongly spent on his credit card.

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