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Ministry squandered money during recession, Labour says

Ministry squandered money during recession, Labour says
Wellington, June 9 NZPA - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade is being accused of squandering money on refurbishments during the recession when the Government was crying poor and urging people to tighten their belts.

Former minister upfront about credit card spending

Former minister upfront about credit card spending
Wellington, June 9 NZPA - Although details of ministerial credit card spending won't be handed to the media until tomorrow, one Labour Party MP has already confirmed he had to pay back about $5000.

Labour says foreshore deal could hurt Maori Party

Labour says foreshore deal could hurt Maori Party
Wellington, June 9 NZPA - The Maori Party will be "finished" if it agrees to the Government's preferred option to replace the Foreshore and Seabed Act, says Labour MP Shane Jones.

Goff says strong Green result would be good for Labour

Goff says strong Green result would be good for Labour
Wellington, June 8 NZPA - The Labour Party would welcome a strong Green vote, leader Phil Goff says. During their weekend conference Greens co-leader Russel Norman said the party would be aiming for more than 10 percent of the vote.

New Zealand pavilion popular in China

New Zealand pavilion popular in China
Wellington, June 8 NZPA - New Zealand's pavilion at the World Expo in China is proving very popular, says Labour leader Phil Goff who is in Shanghai.

Goff says international inquiry for flotilla must happen

Goff says international inquiry for flotilla must happen
By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, June 8 NZPA - Labour leader Phil Goff says it would be unacceptable for Israel to reject an international inquiry into the raid of the Gaza-bound aid flotilla last week which left nine dead.

Hodgson to quit at next election

Hodgson to quit at next election
Wellington, June 5 NZPA - Former Labour cabinet minister and current MP for Dunedin North, Pete Hodgson, is to retire from politics at the next election. The announcement opens the way for a spirited contest for one of New Zealand's safest Labour-held seats.

National gains support in latest poll

National gains support in latest poll
Wellington, June 4 NZPA - National is back to its 50 percent-plus rating in an opinion poll taken after last month's budget and released tonight. The New Zealand Roy Morgan poll put National on 52.5 percent, up four points, while Labour lost 3.5 points and went down to 30 percent.

Key says Kiwibank won't be sold while he is prime minister

Key says Kiwibank won't be sold while he is prime minister
Wellington, June 4 NZPA - John Key has ended speculation about the future of Kiwibank by saying today it will not be sold while he is prime minister.

Labour leader to make official visit to China

Labour leader to make official visit to China
Wellington, June 4 NZPA - Labour Party leader Phil Goff leaves tomorrow for an official visit to China. He will visit Shanghai, Wuxi, Beijing and Chongqing during his week-long trip.

Auckland super city bill goes through against stiff opposition

Auckland super city bill goes through against stiff opposition
Wellington, June 4 NZPA - The Government has got its legislation through Parliament to set up Auckland's new super city council but it was a far from unanimous vote and most parties opposed the bill.

Parliament passes Auckland super city bill

Parliament passes Auckland super city bill
By Peter Wilson of NZPA Wellington, June 3 NZPA - Parliament has passed the legislation that sets up Auckland's new super city council.

Key promised nine times to never sell Kiwibank - King

Key promised nine times to never sell Kiwibank - King
By Peter Wilson of NZPA

Immigration computer system to be patched up...again

Immigration computer system to be patched up...again
By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, June 3 NZPA - A new computer system for the Immigration Service still hasn't been purchased even after politicians were warned years ago that it was in danger of falling over.

$2m allocated for audio visual court rollout

$2m allocated for audio visual court rollout
Wellington, June 3 NZPA - The Government has allocated $2 million for the rollout of audio visual links for court proceedings, Justice Minister Simon Power said today.

Super city merger and redundancy costs questioned

Super city merger and redundancy costs questioned
Wellington, June 3 NZPA - Discussion about the cost of looming redundancies resulting from the merging of councils in Auckland is premature and unfair to staff who are affected by the changes, says Local Government Minister Rodney Hide.

Power outlines criminal justice reform programme

Power outlines criminal justice reform programme
By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, June 3 NZPA - Over the next year Justice Minister Simon Power intends to make major changes to the criminal justice system. He appeared before Parliament's justice and electoral select committee today.

Single economic market work slowly continues

Single economic market work slowly continues
Wellington, June 3 NZPA - The Australian and New Zealand Governments are slowly making progress on a trans-Tasman single economic market, Commerce Minister Simon Power says.

Labour warns of big ECE cost increases

Labour warns of big ECE cost increases
Wellington, June 3 NZPA - Parents using an early childhood education centre opened by Prime Minister John Key last year are facing cost increases of up to $100 a week, the Labour Party says.

Govt accepts Labour amendment to bill

Govt accepts Labour amendment to bill
Wellington, June 2 NZPA - The Government has accepted a Labour Party amendment to the bill that sets up Auckland's new super city council. It will force Council Controlled Organisations (CCOs) to hold at least two public meetings a year.

MPs head to Samoa for Commonwealth workshop

MPs head to Samoa for Commonwealth workshop
Wellington, June 2 NZPA - National MP Shane Ardern and Labour's Winnie Laban will attend a four-day Commonwealth Parliamentary Association workshop in Samoa.

Tolley accused of using "hit-squad" in schools

Tolley accused of using "hit-squad" in schools
By Chris Ormond of NZPA Wellington, June 2 NZPA - Education Minister Anne Tolley has been accused by her Labour opposite of dispatching a "hit-squad" to sort out schools not falling into line with the implementation of national standards.

SOE minister says no advice sought on Kiwibank sale

SOE minister says no advice sought on Kiwibank sale
By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, June 2 NZPA - State Owned Enterprises Minister Simon Power says he has not requested or received any advice about selling off Kiwibank.

Labour opposed to increased audio video use in courts

Labour opposed to increased audio video use in courts
Wellington, June 2 NZPA - Labour will oppose a bill allowing for the greater use of audio video links in courts, saying it denies defendants their fundamental civil liberties.

Independence of Archives and Library will be protected

Independence of Archives and Library will be protected
Wellington, June 1 NZPA - The independence of the Chief Archivist and the National Librarian will be protected under a bill due in Parliament soon, the minister responsible for those positions says.

Inflation not included in budget calculator

Inflation not included in budget calculator
By Kate Chapman of NZPA Wellington, June 1 NZPA - The forecast inflation rate is not included in the online tax calculator which helps people figure out the impact of the budget on their taxes, Finance Minister Bill English confirmed today.

Use of force by Israel unacceptable, says Goff

Use of force by Israel unacceptable, says Goff
By Chris Ormond of NZPA Wellington, June 1 NZPA - The use of deadly force by Israeli troops on passengers of a Turkish aid flotilla heading to Gaza was disproportionate and likely to have been a "bungled" operation, says Labour leader Phil Goff.

Poll results show voters are wary, says Goff

Poll results show voters are wary, says Goff
Wellington, June 1 NZPA - A weekend poll showing a sharp dip in support for the National Party is the result of a realisation from many New Zealanders that tax cuts will be more than eaten up by other looming price increases, says Labour leader Phil Goff.

Survey indicates water isn't up to standard - Labour

Survey indicates water isn't up to standard - Labour
Wellington, May 31 NZPA - An Audit Office survey suggests people living in small centres may be drinking water that is either ungraded or doesn't meet standards, the Labour Party says.

Contentious issues reflect poll results, says PM

Contentious issues reflect poll results, says PM
Wellington, May 31 NZPA - Contentious issues being tackled by the Government at the moment are probably contributing to poll results showing a dip in support for the National Party, Prime Minister John Key says.

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