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"Nazi" comment from MP unfortunate, says police minister

"Nazi" comment from MP unfortunate, says police minister
Wellington, June 22 NZPA - Police Minister Judith Collins says young people should comply with the law around supplying DNA samples and that it is unfortunate an MP has accused police of using "Nazi-style" tactics when collecting samples.

MP urges young Maori to refuse to give DNA samples

MP urges young Maori to refuse to give DNA samples
Wellington, June 21 NZPA - Maori Party MP Hone Harawira is urging young Maori to "just say no" when police ask them for a voluntary DNA sample.

Turia tries to explain elusive whanau ora

Turia tries to explain elusive whanau ora
Wellington, June 21 NZPA - Whanau Ora Minister Tariana Turia says the welfare policy is about transformation.

Labour slump further behind in polls

Labour slump further behind in polls
Wellington, June 20 NZPA - Labour's popularity has slumped following the credit card expenses scandal, a TV3 poll released tonight shows. The poll, of 1000 people, saw National's popularity increase to 55.3 percent while Labour fell to 30.5 percent.

Maori seats on councils bill defeated in Parliament

Maori seats on councils bill defeated in Parliament
Wellington, June 16 NZPA - A bill that would have forced local and regional councils to have Maori seats was defeated in Parliament tonight.

MP wants all-party oil crisis talks

MP wants all-party oil crisis talks
Wellington, June 16 NZPA - The Maori Party, inspired by US President Barack Obama, is trying to convene urgent all-party talks on ways to reduce New Zealand's reliance on oil and protect the country from "multi-national moguls".

Maori MP to draft bill banning 1080

Maori MP to draft bill banning 1080
Wellington, June 16 NZPA - Maori Party MP Rahui Katene intends to draft a member's bill to ban the use of 1080 poison. Mrs Katene said the Department of Conservation (DOC) should transfer guardianship back to tangata whenua who could invest in large scale possum trapping projects.

Not much of foreshore will come under Maori title - Finlayson

Not much of foreshore will come under Maori title - Finlayson
Wellington, June 16 NZPA - The Government expects very little of the foreshore and seabed will end up under Maori customary title through the claims process in the legislation that will replace the Foreshore and Seabed Act.

Te Puni Kokiri vital for Whanau Ora, says Sharples

Te Puni Kokiri vital for Whanau Ora, says Sharples
Wellington, June 16 NZPA - Maori Development Ministry Te Puni Kokiri (TPK) is well capable of administering Whanau Ora without affecting its core duties and will mainly play a hands-off support role, Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples has told a select committee.

Maori Party brushes off criticism of foreshore deal

Maori Party brushes off criticism of foreshore deal
Wellington, June 15 NZPA - The Maori Party today brushed off criticism of the foreshore and seabed agreement by one of its MPs while in Parliament the Government said it had restored to a fundamental human right taken away by the 2004 Act.

Maori Party brushes off criticism of foreshore deal

Maori Party brushes off criticism of foreshore deal
Wellington, June 15 NZPA - The Maori Party today brushed off criticism of the foreshore and seabed agreement by one of its MPs while in Parliament the Government said it had restored to a fundamental human right taken away by the 2004 Act.

New data on Maori health released

New data on Maori health released
Wellington, June 15 NZPA - New data on Maori health released today will help funders and providers improve Maori health outcomes, Associate Minister of Health Tariana Turia says. Tatau Kahukura: Maori Health Chart Book 2nd edition was a "comprehensive review" of Maori health data.

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.

Harawira reflecting a constituency, says Turia

Harawira reflecting a constituency, says Turia
Wellington, June 15 NZPA - Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia says fellow MP Hone Harawira is representing the view of a certain constituency when expressing disappointment over the foreshore and seabed agreement, but in reality it is a big step forward.

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".

Govt reaches agreement on foreshore and seabed

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

Govt reaches agreement on foreshore and seabed

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

Stakeholders unite on foreshore and seabed

Stakeholders unite on foreshore and seabed
Wellington, June 14 NZPA - National and the Maori Party have reached a historic foreshore and seabed agreement.

Foreshore and seabed meeting underway

Foreshore and seabed meeting underway
By Kate Chapman of NZPA Wellington, June 14 NZPA - The Maori Party and iwi leaders have begun their meeting with Prime Minister John Key over replacement legislation for the Foreshore and Seabed Act.

Key to meet with Maori Party today over foreshore

Key to meet with Maori Party today over foreshore
Wellington, June 14 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key will meet shortly with the Maori Party to discuss the future of foreshore and seabed legislation. The Government's preferred option was to put the foreshore and seabed into the public domain so no one can own it.

Crunch time in foreshore and seabed talks

Crunch time in foreshore and seabed talks
Wellington, June 13 NZPA - Tomorrow could be make or break time in the bid to find legislation to replace the Foreshore and Seabed Act.

Foreshore negotiations down to the wire

Foreshore negotiations down to the wire
By Chris Ormond of NZPA Wellington, June 11 NZPA - The Maori Party hopes an urgent meeting with Prime Minister John Key on Monday morning will bridge the gap between the Government's foreshore and seabed stance and concessions wanted by iwi leaders.

Maori Party breaks silence over foreshore and seabed

Maori Party breaks silence over foreshore and seabed
Wellington, June 11 NZPA - More flexibility is needed from the Crown before the Maori Party will consider supporting a replacement for the current foreshore and seabed legislation, co-leader Tariana Turia says.

Key says 50-50 chance of new foreshore-seabed law

Key says 50-50 chance of new foreshore-seabed law
By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, June 9 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key thinks his Government has a better than 50-50 chance of getting agreement on a replacement for the foreshore and seabed legislation.

12,499 private parcels of foreshore and seabed not in Act

(Rewrites first para to avoid confusion) By Kate Chapman of NZPA Wellington, June 9 NZPA - In 2003 there were 12,499 private titles that included some part of the foreshore -- titles excluded from the Foreshore and Seabed Act and ring-fenced from any replacement legislation.

12,499 private parcels of foreshore and seabed not in Act

12,499 private parcels of foreshore and seabed not in Act
By Kate Chapman of NZPA Wellington, June 9 NZPA - About 30 percent of New Zealand's coastline is owned in private title, is excluded from the Foreshore and Seabed Act and has been ring-fenced from any replacement legislation.

Foreshore negotiations reach stalemate

Foreshore negotiations reach stalemate
Wellington, June 9 NZPA - Negotiations on a replacement for the foreshore and seabed legislation may have already reached a stalemate.

Maori Party has final say on F & S replacement, Key says

Maori Party has final say on F & S replacement, Key says
Wellington, June 8 NZPA - The Foreshore and Seabed Act won't be repealed if the Maori Party doesn't accept replacement legislation, Prime Minister John Key says.

Maori Party wants action on child poverty

Maori Party wants action on child poverty
Wellington, June 5 NZPA - The Maori Party is promoting its policy of an official poverty line in New Zealand and an increase in the minimum wage after a shock report on child health.

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.

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