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Maori Party calls for united action on child poverty

Maori Party calls for united action on child poverty
Wellington, June 4 NZPA - The Maori Party is calling on MPs across the political spectrum to work together on an action plan to tackle child poverty.

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.

Maori Party asks for government rugby apology

Maori Party asks for government rugby apology
Wellington, June 3 NZPA - The Maori Party has asked for a government apology to Maori players excluded from All Blacks tours to South Africa because of apartheid.

MP warns of pokie machine dangers

MP warns of pokie machine dangers
Wellington, June 3 NZPA - Maori Party MP Te Ururoa Flavell has drafted a member's bill that would give communities more control over where pokie machines are installed in their areas.

Schools `side step' Maori topics, MP says

Schools `side step' Maori topics, MP says
Wellington, June 2 NZPA - Secondary schools are "side stepping" Maori topics in history classes, the Maori Party says. The party's education spokesman, Te Ururoa Flavell, said tonight he had been shocked to discover how many schools were "going out of their way" to avoid the issues.

RWC ambassadors chosen for their contacts not colour

RWC ambassadors chosen for their contacts not colour
Wellington, June 1 NZPA - Any future rugby world cup ambassadors will be chosen for their contacts, Prime Minister John Key says. His comments follow expectations new ambassadors would be named after Andy Haden got in trouble for his "darkie" comments.

Peters takes on Maori Party

Peters takes on Maori Party
Wellington, May 31 NZPA - New Zealand First leader Winston Peters is taking on the Maori Party and its firebrand MP Hone Harawira.

Haden can be forgiven, says PM

Haden can be forgiven, says PM
Wellington, May 31 NZPA - Andy Haden can be forgiven for his "darky" comments as long as the apology is genuine, Prime Minister John Key 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.

Poll shows dip in popularity for National

Poll shows dip in popularity for National
Wellington, May 30 NZPA - National's popularity has taken a dip, a new poll shows.

Funding boost for digital literacy project

Funding boost for digital literacy project
Wellington, May 27 NZPA - Community and Voluntary Sector Minister Tariana Turia has announced an additional $8.35 million in government funding to help increase digital literacy and connection.

Eels to be saved

Eels to be saved
Wellington, May 27 NZPA - The Maori Party is pleased to see iwi and fishing authorities are working to save native long-finned eels. Te Runanga o Ngati Awa and Bay of Plenty iwi were leading work to conserve eel fisheries, Maori MP Rahui Katene said.

Penal reform activists attack `three strikes' law

Wellington, May 26 NZPA - Penal reformers say the "three strikes" legislation passed by Parliament is a blot on the judicial landscape and is diverting attention from rehabilitation.

Three strikes law to cut crime 10-20 percent

Three strikes law to cut crime 10-20 percent
Wellington, May 26 NZPA - Crime should drop 10-20 percent under the controversial "three strikes" legislation passed by Parliament yesterday, ACT MP David Garrett says.

Parliament passes 'three strikes' bill

Parliament passes 'three strikes' bill
Wellington, May 25 NZPA - The Government's controversial `three strikes' legislation has been passed by Parliament.

Fisheries Minister not ruling out inquiry

Fisheries Minister not ruling out inquiry
Wellington, May 25 NZPA - Fisheries Minister Phil Heatley today avoided ruling out an inquiry into aspects of the fishing industry.

Labour fights budget bill to the last clause

Labour fights budget bill to the last clause
Wellington, May 21 NZPA - After a final assault by the Labour Party, Parliament has passed legislation giving effect to the budget's tax reforms.

Budget impact on Maori a contentious issue

Budget impact on Maori a contentious issue
Wellington, May 21 NZPA - The impact of the budget on Maori is becoming a contentious issue with Labour saying most will be worse off.

Maori party co-leader defends budget

Maori party co-leader defends budget
By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, May 20 NZPA - No Maori person would be worse off because of today's budget, Maori Party co-leader Pita Sharples defiantly told media today after a budget increasing GST.

Lively debate draws a range of views on 2010 budget

Lively debate draws a range of views on 2010 budget
By Kate Chapman of NZPA Wellington, May 20 NZPA - Labour leader Phil Goff says people on an average income will be $30 a week worse off under the budget's tax changes, a direct contradiction of the Government's figures.

GST rise `attack on the poor' - Harawira

GST rise `attack on the poor' - Harawira
Wellington, May 20 NZPA - Outspoken Maori Party MP Hone Harawira has slammed a rise in GST as an attack on the poor, despite the party being bound by its coalition agreement to support it as part of today's budget.

Claim PM told Tuhoe park deal was possible

Claim PM told Tuhoe park deal was possible
Wellington, May 18 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key says he does not remember telling Tuhoe that a deal giving them ownership of Urewera National Park was a possibility.

Other iwi could use return of Urewera to Tuhoe - Key

Other iwi could use return of Urewera to Tuhoe - Key
Wellington, May 18 NZPA - At least three other iwi could have used the return of Urewera National Park to Tuhoe to further their own claims for similar land, Prime Minister John Key says.

Tuhoe rejected alternatives, Key says

Tuhoe rejected alternatives, Key says
Wellington, May 17 NZPA - Tuhoe rejected numerous alternatives to ownership of the Urewera National Park during settlement negotiations and in the end the Crown was left with no other options on the table, Prime Minister John Key says.

PM says Tuhoe were never promised park

PM says Tuhoe were never promised park
Wellington, May 17 NZPA - Tuhoe were never promised ownership of Te Urewera National Park as part of a Treaty of Waitangi settlement, Prime Minister John Key said this morning.

Sharples says PM cut off Tuhoe deal

Wellington, May 16 NZPA - Maori Party co-leader Pita Sharples says Prime Minister John Key "cut off" the Treaty negotiation process the Crown was holding with Tuhoi.

Sharples floats idea of Maori sport administration

Sharples floats idea of Maori sport administration
Wellington, May 15 NZPA - A reluctance by Maori rugby officials to apologise over past treatment of Maori rugby players has prompted Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples to raise the prospect of setting up a separate sporting administration.

Budding garden scheme gets boost

Budding garden scheme gets boost
Wellington, May 14 NZPA - A budding Maori garden scheme's popularity has grown like weeds and is getting a further $500,000 funding.

Sharples pleased with apology, critical of "toothless" NZRU

Sharples pleased with apology, critical of "toothless" NZRU
Wellington, May 14 NZPA - Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples has welcomed an apology from the New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) over past treatment of Maori rugby players, but has criticised the union's Maori appointees for advising against it.

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