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Goff Pledges `Constructive Opposition' To Help Recovery

Goff Pledges `Constructive Opposition' To Help Recovery
Wellington, Nov 23 NZPA - Labour leader Phil Goff says his party will present "constructive opposition" as the new government works to strengthen the economy and protect New Zealand from the impact of the international financial crisis.

Greens Get One And Nats Lose One In Final Election Results

By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, Nov 22 NZPA - The Greens have added a ninth MP to their caucus while National lose one on today's final election results announcement.

Helen Clark Briefed New Prime Minister On Apec

Helen Clark Briefed New Prime Minister On Apec
Wellington, Nov 21 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key arrived in Lima today to attend the Apec summit meeting, well briefed on what to expect by Labour's foreign affairs spokeswoman and former prime minister Helen Clark.

Final Election Results Out Tomorrow With Small Changes Possible

Final Election Results Out Tomorrow With Small Changes Possible
By Ian Llewellyn of NZPA Wellington, Nov 21 NZPA - The final results for the 2008 election are to be declared tomorrow afternoon, but there are unlikely to be any major changes in the shape of Parliament.

Special Votes Not Enough For Duynhoven - Report

Special Votes Not Enough For Duynhoven - Report
Wellington, Nov 21 NZPA - National's Jonathan Young has pipped long-serving Labour MP Harry Duynhoven by the slimmest of margins, a newspaper has reported.

Labour Shadow Roles Announced

Labour Shadow Roles Announced
Wellington, Nov 20 NZPA - Labour leader Phil Goff named his shadow Cabinet today promoting some new faces but relying on experience to attack National.

Parliamentary Office Reshuffle Takes Place This Weekend

Wellington, Nov 20 NZPA - The parliamentary office reshuffle is set to take place this weekend with the haggling over space almost complete.

Labour Annoyed Over National Speaker Decisions

Labour Annoyed Over National Speaker Decisions
by Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, Nov 20 NZPA - Labour leader Phil Goff is unimpressed that the new National Government is not going to allow one of his MPs to be deputy Speaker.

List Of Labour Portfolios And Rankings

Wellington, Nov 20 NZPA - Labour portfolio and ranking list. 1. Phil Goff - Leader, SIS 2. Annette King - Deputy Leader, Social Development 3. David Cunliffe - Finance 4. Ruth Dyson - Health 5. Parekura Horomia - Maori Affairs, Fisheries

Five Newcomers In Labour Shadow Lineup

Five Newcomers In Labour Shadow Lineup
Wellington, Nov 20 NZPA - Labour's new shadow Cabinet features five newcomers and pits deputy leader Annette King against National's rookie Social Development Minister Paula Bennett.

Labour Lineup Will Be Mix Of Old And New

Labour Lineup Will Be Mix Of Old And New
Wellington, Nov 20 NZPA - Labour leader Phil Goff says his shadow Cabinet will be a mixture of old and new hands, but first-term MPs are unlikely to get any of the plum roles. Mr Goff will announce his lineup today.

NZ Faces Protectionist Dangers In World Downturn - Goff

NZ Faces Protectionist Dangers In World Downturn - Goff
Wellington, Nov 19 NZPA - In his last speech as trade minister, Labour leader Phil Goff has warned that the current global economic downturn could lead to New Zealand agricultural exporters facing new trade barriers.

Anderton To Stay With Labour, Even In Opposition

Anderton To Stay With Labour, Even In Opposition
Wellington, Nov 19 NZPA - The Progressives' sole MP Jim Anderton says he will remain in coalition with Labour -- even in opposition. The Wigram MP announced his unorthodox position today.

National's Climate Change `Dithering' Will Cost Jobs - Parker

National's Climate Change `Dithering' Will Cost Jobs - Parker
Wellington, Nov 19 NZPA - Labour is accusing National of turning away job-rich investments by dithering over the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS).

New Ministers Will Get A Reality Check

Wellington, Nov 19 NZPA - Late this morning, in Parliament's Grand Hall, John Key's new ministers will be sworn in and a new National-led government will be in place after nine years of Labour rule.

Family Lobby Laments Loss Of Rural Affairs Portfolio In New Govt

Family Lobby Laments Loss Of Rural Affairs Portfolio In New Govt
Wellington, Nov 18 NZPA - A major lobbyist for farming families and other rural residents says she is disappointed there is no Rural Affairs Minister in the new National-led government.

Key Open To Carbon Tax Option

Key Open To Carbon Tax Option
By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, Nov 18 NZPA - Prime Minister-elect John Key today indicated National was willing to consider supporting a carbon tax.

Goff To Announce Shadow Lineup This Week

Goff To Announce Shadow Lineup This Week
Wellington, Nov 18 NZPA - Labour leader Phil Goff says his new line up of shadow ministers will be released this week. Incoming Prime Minister John Key announced his Cabinet yesterday with a mix of new faces and old hands.

Key Announces Cabinet Today

Key Announces Cabinet Today
NZPA political reporters Wellington, Nov 17 NZPA - Prime Minister-elect John Key will announce a 20-strong cabinet today and three other ministerial positions after he cut deals yesterday that secured a strong majority for his National government.

Key Signs Up Support For Broadbased Government

Key Signs Up Support For Broadbased Government
By Grant Fleming and Ian Llewellyn of NZPA Wellington, Nov 16 NZPA - Prime Minister-elect John Key has sealed a historic agreement with the Maori Party on a whirlwind day of deals that will give his incoming government a commanding majority on crucial votes in Parliament.

NZ Needs Stability, Goff Says

NZ Needs Stability, Goff Says
Wellington, Nov 16 NZPA - Labour leader Phil Goff has welcomed National's support agreements with three minor parties. "New Zealand has enjoyed nine years of stability under Labour's management of MMP," he said after incoming prime minister John Key announced the agreements today.

One Dunne Deal, Two To Go

One Dunne Deal, Two To Go
Wellington, Nov 14 NZPA - National has locked in a deal with United Future leader Peter Dunne for support arrangements, with ACT and the Maori Party likely to follow soon. Mr Dunne today said he and National had concluded negotiations and agreed a deal.

English Says National Factored In Worsening Situation

English Says National Factored In Worsening Situation
Wellington, Nov 14 NZPA - Incoming Finance Minister Bill English says that more borrowing in the face of a worsening economic situation is inevitable.

Maori Party Heading For A Deal With National

Maori Party Heading For A Deal With National
Wellington, Nov 14 NZPA - The Maori Party is heading for an agreement with National which Labour is doing its best to upset.

Cullen's Move Upsets National And The Treasury

Cullen's Move Upsets National And The Treasury
Wellington, Nov 14 NZPA - Finance Minister Michael Cullen has upset the National Party, and apparently the Treasury, by releasing sensitive economic predictions. Dr Cullen yesterday gave the media a Treasury update written on November 7 and delivered to him on November 10.

Treasury Paints An Ugly Picture Of The Economy For National

By Ian Llewellyn of NZPA Wellington, Nov 13 NZPA - Treasury has painted a very ugly economic picture for the incoming National government with cash deficits increasing, growth shrinking, tax revenue diminishing and unemployment rising.

Goff Criticises Maori Moves To Support National

Goff Criticises Maori Moves To Support National
by Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, Nov 13 NZPA - Maori Party MPs are getting positive feedback from hui discussing whether the party should support the National government, but Labour leader Phil Goff says they are taking a big risk.

Labour To Keep Raking The Coals Of Election Night Brief

Labour To Keep Raking The Coals Of Election Night Brief
By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, Nov 13 NZPA - Newly anointed Labour leader Phil Goff says any navel gazing period into why the party lost the election would be brief. On Tuesday Mr Goff and his new deputy Annette King were elected unopposed by the party's 43-member caucus.

Goff Criticises Maori Moves To Support National

Goff Criticises Maori Moves To Support National
Wellington, Nov 13 NZPA - Labour leader Phil Goff says the Maori Party is going against what Maori voters wanted by negotiating with the National Party. National is finalising support deals with ACT, United Future and the Maori Party after Saturday's decisive election result.

Goff Admits EFA Mistakes

Goff Admits EFA Mistakes
Wellington, Nov 12 NZPA - New Opposition leader Phil Goff says it was a mistake to ram through the controversial Electoral Finance Act without widespread support and Labour would like to take part in a review.

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