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PM and other leaders express saddened at Anzac Day deaths

PM and other leaders 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.

Labour leader indicates tax hike for top end

Labour leader indicates tax hike for top end
Wellington, April 25 NZPA - Labour was likely to put the top tax rate back up in future if it gets reduced in next month's budget, Leader Phil Goff indicated yesterday.

PM and other leaders express saddened at Anzac Day deaths

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

Labour backs Govt's stance on IWC proposals

Labour backs Govt's stance on IWC proposals
Wellington, April 24 NZPA - Labour is backing the Government's rejection of the latest proposals to curtail whaling but wants to know more about what it intends doing to end it in the Southern Ocean.

English ridicules Cunliffe comment

English ridicules Cunliffe comment
Wellington, April 23 NZPA - The Government has grabbed a comment by Labour's finance spokesman, David Cunliffe, and used it to question whether he should keep his job.

Minister considering ACC 'privatisation' report

Minister considering ACC 'privatisation' report
Wellington, April 23 NZPA - ACC Minister Nick Smith isn't confirming or denying a report that the Government is likely to open up workplace insurance to private competition.

DHBs getting record funding, Ryall says

DHBs getting record funding, Ryall says
Wellington, April 23 NZPA - District health boards have received record levels of funding this year and will get even more next year, Health Minister Tony Ryall said today after Labour accused him of misleading the public over cuts to patient services.

Health Minister accused of misleading public on health cuts

Health Minister accused of misleading public on health cuts
Wellington, April 23 NZPA - Health Minister Tony Ryall has mislead the public and cut a number of frontline health services, Labour MP Ruth Dyson says.

Labour warns of savage cuts to services

Labour warns of savage cuts to services
Wellington, April 23 NZPA - The Labour Party is warning of savage cuts to social services as the Government prepares to shift $1.8 billion of "lower quality" spending to high priority areas.

Nats blocked truck inquiry, MP says

Nats blocked truck inquiry, MP says
Wellington, April 22 NZPA - National MPs on Parliament's transport select committee have blocked an inquiry into the link between truck safety and low rates of pay, Labour's Darien Fenton said tonight.

Claims using declaration time wasting - English

Claims using declaration time wasting - English
Wellington, April 22 NZPA - It is a "total waste of time" for Maori to try make claims under a United Nations declaration on indigenous rights that New Zealand has just endorsed, Acting Prime Minister Bill English says.

Head of state bill defeated in Parliament

Head of state bill defeated in Parliament
Wellington, April 22 NZPA - Green Party MP Keith Locke has failed in his bid to let New Zealanders decide whether they want to keep a British monarch as head of state or elect their own non-executive president.

Youth wage rate bill defeated in Parliament

Youth wage rate bill defeated in Parliament
Wellington, April 21 NZPA - An ACT Party attempt to reintroduce the youth minimum wage rate was heavily defeated in Parliament tonight. MP Sir Roger Douglas drafted the bill but neither the Government nor the Labour Party would support it and it was voted down 117-5.

Labour looks for a new image

Wellington, April 21 NZPA - National MPs jeered at Labour in Parliament today when Gerry Brownlee revealed the party was surveying its supporters to find out what sort of image it should present.

Labour backs Nat MP's strike bill

Labour backs Nat MP's strike bill
Wellington, April 21 NZPA - The Labour Party is backing a National MP's bill to force unions to hold secret ballots on strike action. The member's bill was drafted by Tau Henare and came up for its first reading in Parliament today.

Maori Party was duped, Goff says

Maori Party was duped, Goff says
Wellington, April 21 NZPA - Labour is accusing the Government of making a secret deal with the Maori Party which it says is severely stressing National's relationship with its partners.

Goff damns Key with faint praise

Goff damns Key with faint praise
Wellington, April 18 NZPA - Labour leader Phil Goff says Prime Minister John Key is a good politician, but he believes the public will tire of him. Journalists quizzed Mr Goff today over the latest polls that showed National retaining high levels of support.

Poll shows divided opinion on mining conservation land

Poll shows divided opinion on mining conservation land
Wellington, April 19 NZPA - As the Government gets closer to making decisions on mining conservation land, a poll has shown public opinion is nearly evenly divided on the controversial issue.

PM says unis will not be able to increase fees excessively

PM says unis will not be able to increase fees excessively
Wellington, April 19 NZPA - Prime Minister John Keys say universities will not be given carte blanche to raise fees even if the Government changes a policy capping what they can charge.

Jim Anderton hasn't decided about Christchurch mayoralty

Jim Anderton hasn't decided about Christchurch mayoralty
By Kate Chapman of NZPA Wellington, April 19 NZPA - Wigram MP Jim Anderton is not ruling out running for the Christchurch mayoralty but is undecided. Media reports that he has agreed, or disagreed, to run for the 2021 party were wrong, Mr Anderton said.

National retains strong support

National retains strong support
Wellington, April 18 NZPA - The latest political poll has recorded National retaining high levels of support. The TVNZ/Colmar Brunton poll put National support on 54 percent and Labour on 33 percent.

Public's views on internet agreement will be sought - Govt

Public's views on internet agreement will be sought - Govt
By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, April 16 NZPA - Trade Minister Tim Groser says New Zealanders' views will be taken into account when the Government makes any decision about whether to join an Anti Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (Acta).

NIWA defends decision to use Singapore company

NIWA defends decision to use Singapore company
By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, April 15 NZPA - The decision to send research vessel RV Tangaroa to Singapore for a multi-million dollar upgrade was not just about the money, the head of the National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research (Niwa) says.

Labour to back Govt's lift in driving age to 16

Labour to back Govt's lift in driving age to 16
Wellington, April 15 NZPA - The driving age is certain to be raised to 16 after Labour confirmed today it would back the Government's decision to approve the move.

Grey Power not convinced GST increase won't hurt them

Grey Power not convinced GST increase won't hurt them
Wellington, April 15 NZPA - Finance Minister Bill English says superannuitants will not be worse off if Goods and Services Tax (GST) increases because their payments will be adjusted for price increases, but Grey Power does not believe him.

Goff warns Grey Power over GST rise

Goff warns Grey Power over GST rise
Wellington - April 14 NZPA - Labour leader Phil Goff has made a pitch for the senior citizens vote, warning that higher prices from a lift in GST would outlast any compensatory increase in superannuation.

NZers sign condolence book for Poland

Wellington, April 12 NZPA - A condolence book is available for people in New Zealand who want to send a message of support following the death of Polish President Lech Kaczynski and other Polish leaders.

Put victims first in line for reparation, MP says

Put victims first in line for reparation, MP says
Wellington, April 11 NZPA - Labour MP Rick Barker has drafted a bill to put the interests of victims first by placing the onus on offenders to pay reparation "in full and up front". Mr Barker, Labour's courts spokesman, said today his member's bill would reverse the current situation.

National records drop in poll, Labour does not benefit

National records drop in poll, Labour does not benefit
Wellington, April 9 NZPA - Support for National has dropped to its lowest level in a year, but Labour has not benefited from the move according to the latest Roy Morgan NZ poll.

NZ still in dark over Whanau Ora: Labour

NZ still in dark over Whanau Ora: Labour
Wellington, April 9 NZPA - New Zealanders are still in the dark about how the Whanau Ora policy will be implemented or funded, Labour acting social development spokeswoman Ruth Dyson said today.

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