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Labour looking to finalise new policy

Labour looking to finalise new policy
Wellington, May 6 NZPA - The Labour Party is considering new policy around pressing issues including GST, overseas ownership of land and superannuation.

Parliament debates nuclear non-proliferation

Parliament debates nuclear non-proliferation
Wellington, May 5 NZPA - The Government was tonight called on to take the lead in nuclear non-proliferation negotiations when Parliament held a debate that coincided with the review conference on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) that is taking place in New York.

Meetings for aged care review start next week

Meetings for aged care review start next week
Wellington, May 5 NZPA - A review into the state of aged care in New Zealand being undertaken by Grey Power and opposition parties gets under way with a series of 19 nation-wide meetings starting next week.

Labour and the Greens hammer Govt over mining

Labour and the Greens hammer Govt over mining
Wellington, May 5 NZPA - Encouraged by 40,000 people turning out in Auckland to protest against mining conservation land, Labour and the Greens are firing questions at ministers in Parliament.

World Cup security could affect commitment - Key

World Cup security could affect commitment - Key
Wellington, May 4 NZPA - Security around next year's Rugby World Cup could limit the Government's ability to keep elite troops in Afghanistan, Prime Minister John Key has said.

Brownlee faces more questioning over mining proposals

Brownlee faces more questioning over mining proposals
Wellington, May 4 NZPA - Energy and Resources Minister Gerry Brownlee faced more questioning in Parliament today over mining proposals and Cabinet papers suggesting his initial recommendations for potential mining areas spread well beyond what was eventually presented to the public.

Walk-out at UN weapons conference no surprise to MPs here

Walk-out at UN weapons conference no surprise to MPs here
Wellington, May 4 NZPA - A walk-out by representatives from New Zealand and other western countries over a speech by Iran's leader at the United Nations Non-Proliferation Treaty conference in New York has come as no surprise to MPs here.

Labour, Greens and CTU says build railcars in NZ

Labour, Greens and CTU says build railcars in NZ
Wellington, May 3 NZPA - Labour and the Greens are throwing their weight behind a union campaign for KiwiRail to build Auckland's new electric locomotives and railcars.

$57 million cut to childcare subsidies

$57 million cut to childcare subsidies
Wellington, May 2 NZPA - The Government will cut more than $57 million in childcare subsidies from September, it has been reported. More than 11,000 families will no longer receive childcare subsidies or will get a reduced subsidy under the changes, the Sunday Star Times reported.

Beneficiary admits she made up story about Bennett

Beneficiary admits she made up story about Bennett
Wellington, April 30 NZPA - A beneficiary who laid a privacy complaint against Social Development Minister Paula Bennett has admitted she made up a story about being offered money to end the inquiry.

Govt expects 470 public service jobs will go

Govt expects 470 public service jobs will go
Wellington, April 30 NZPA - The Government expects 470 public service positions will go by the end of next year, State Services Minister Tony Ryall's office has confirmed.

Bennett questioned over WINZ's treatment of retiree

Bennett questioned over WINZ's treatment of retiree
Wellington, April 29 NZPA - Social Development and Employment Minister Paula Bennett had to field questions in Parliament today over suggestions her department was getting over-zealous in spying on beneficiaries and trying to bully a 78-year-old into work.

Labour MP angry at Government's rape support claims

Labour MP angry at Government's rape support claims
Wellington, April 29 NZPA - Labour Party victims rights spokeswoman Lynne Pillay has taken issue with the Government's claims about efforts it is making to improve assistance to sexual abuse victims.

MPs restrained on expenses

MPs restrained on expenses
Wellington, April 29 NZPA - Public scrutiny over the expenses of MPs and ministers seems to have reined in excessive spending. The expenses for the three months to March 31 were released today. It was the fourth time since January last year that the expenses have been released.

Private Members Bill to protect Schedule 4 land

Private Members Bill to protect Schedule 4 land
Wellington, April 28 NZPA - Labour MP Jacinda Ardern has drafted a private member's bill to protect conservation land from mining.

Key defends mining exploration plans

Key defends mining exploration plans
Wellington, April 28 NZPA - The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment makes a "circular argument" about mining and the previous government was led by a "bunch of muppets", Prime Minister John Key said today.

Delaying ETS would cause instability, Smith says

Delaying ETS would cause instability, Smith says
Wellington, April 28 NZPA - New Zealand's emissions trading scheme (ETS) will start on July 1 because delaying it would create instability and uncertainty, Climate Change Minister Nick Smith said today.

Quick decisions urged on mobile termination rates

Quick decisions urged on mobile termination rates
Wellington, April 28 NZPA - The Commerce Commission and Communications Minister Steven Joyce are being urged to move swiftly on making decisions about regulating mobile termination access services.

Political parties largely supportive of liquor report

Political parties largely supportive of liquor report
Wellington, April 28 NZPA - Political parties have largely shown support for a report on liquor laws which recommends tax increases and a wide-reaching tightening of rules around the sale of alcohol.

Labour will rescind ECan Act

Labour will rescind ECan Act
Wellington, April 27 NZPA - The Labour Party is pledging to rescind the legislation it says "foisted" commissioners on Environment Canterbury. The Government sacked the council and appointed a panel of commissioners, saying water management in the region was a shambles.

Environment Commissioner not happy with mining info

Environment Commissioner not happy with mining info
Wellington, April 27 NZPA - There is not enough information available to decide on whether mining should be allowed in some currently protected areas, the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Jan Wright says.

National and Labour battle it out over tax

National and Labour battle it out over tax
Wellington, April 27 NZPA - Over a year out from the next general election and a month before this year's budget is revealed National and Labour are butting heads about the best way to tax New Zealanders.

Alcohol law changes won't be in place by Rugby World Cup

Alcohol law changes won't be in place by Rugby World Cup
By Kate Chapman of NZPA Wellington, April 27 NZPA - Those looking for a drink and a good time at the Rugby World Cup should still be able to do so with changes to alcohol laws likely to be implemented slowly. A Law Commission review on alcohol is to be released today.

Plans for ECan started before election - papers

Plans for ECan started before election - papers
Wellington, April 27 NZPA - Planning for an inquiry into Canterbury's water problems began before the last election and officials told the previous government the problems could be more important for the economy than Auckland's governance issues, Cabinet papers show.

ACC to review sensitive claims management

ACC to review sensitive claims management
Wellington, April 26 NZPA - The way ACC manages the claims such as those by sexual abuse victims is being reviewed, ACC Minister Nick Smith announced today.

Calls to reinstate tax incentives

Calls to reinstate tax incentives
Wellington, April 26 NZPA - Reinstating tax incentives for research and development should be considered to help innovation, a Ministry of Economic Development report on intellectual property says.

EU supports NZ affirmation of indigenous rights declaration

EU supports NZ affirmation of indigenous rights declaration
Wellington, April 26 NZPA - The European Union Delegation to New Zealand has welcomed the Governments' affirmation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People.

Auckland mayor should sit on cabinet -- Goff

Auckland mayor should sit on cabinet -- Goff
Wellington, April 26 NZPA - Auckland's supercity mayor will sit in on cabinet meetings affecting the city under a Labour government, Labour leader Phil Goff said today. From November 1 eight Auckland councils will combine to become a supercity, governed by one mayor.

Gap closing, but National still ahead

Gap closing, but National still ahead
Wellington, April 25 NZPA The gap is closing between the two main political parties, but National still has a commanding lead over Labour. According to a 3 News TNS poll issued tonight National is down 4.2 percent to 52.1 percent, while Labour is up 4.2 percent to 33.8 percent.

Politicians express saddened at Anzac Day deaths

Politicians express saddened at Anzac Day deaths
Wellington, April 25 NZPA - The deaths of three Air Force crew in an Anzac Day helicopter crash is shocking and saddening, Prime Minister John Key says.

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