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Tuhoe, Crown talks to continue

Tuhoe, Crown talks to continue
Wellington, May 14 NZPA - Further talks between Tuhoe and the Crown could be held as early as next week, Tuhoe chief negotiator Tamati Kruger said today.

PM apologises after backlash from Tuhoe remark

PM apologises after backlash from Tuhoe remark
Wellington, May 14 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key apologised yesterday over a flippant remark he made about his strained relationship with Tuhoe, but he appears to have a long way to go before mending ties.

Tuhoe in no mood for jokes from PM

Tuhoe in no mood for jokes from PM
By Chris Ormond of NZPA Wellington, May 13 NZPA - A comment Prime Minister John Key repeated today about Tuhoe having him for dinner may have been a typically flippant one, but it has been labelled insensitive and badly timed.

PM says Tuhoe want him for dinner

PM says Tuhoe want him for dinner
By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, May 12 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key today said he was hopeful of eventually reaching a Treaty of Waitangi deal with Tuhoe -- just minutes after a speech where he joked about the iwi eating him for dinner.

Tuhoi betrayal due to nat party politics - Jones

Tuhoi betrayal due to nat party politics - Jones
Whakatane, May 12 NZPA - The Government's relationship with the Maori Party has taken a severe beating by the prime minister blocking a Treaty deal giving Te Urewera National Park to Tuhoi, Labour MP Shane Jones says.

Popularity fears cost Urewera settlement, says Tuhoe

Popularity fears cost Urewera settlement, says Tuhoe
Whakatane, May 12 NZPA - Tuhoe representatives believe they had the numbers in Cabinet to secure ownership of Te Urewera National Park but say a nervous prime minister acting unilaterally stood in the way.

Tell us why, Maori Party asks

Tell us why, Maori Party asks
Wellington, May 12 NZPA - The Maori Party wants an explanation from the Government for what it believes was a last-minute decision against giving Tuhoe ownership of Urewera National Park.

Government won't back down on Tuhoe decision

Government won't back down on Tuhoe decision
Wellington, May 12 NZPA - The Government won't back down from its decision to refuse handing over Urewera National Park to Tuhoe, Prime Minister John Key said today.

Maori Party furious over Tuhoe decision

Maori Party furious over Tuhoe decision
By Peter Wilson of NZPA Wellington, May 11 NZPA - The Maori Party is furious with the Government for ruling out handing over Urewera National Park to Tuhoe and has accused it of acting dishonourably.

Maori Party furious over Tuhoe decision

Maori Party furious over Tuhoe decision
By Peter Wilson of NZPA Wellington, May 11 NZPA - The Maori Party is furious with the Government for refusing to hand over Urewera National Park to Tuhoe.

Govt won't hand over national park to Tuhoe, Key says

Govt won't hand over national park to Tuhoe, Key says
Wellington, May 10 NZPA - The Government isn't going to hand over the Urewera National Park to Tuhoe, Prime Minister John Key says.

Conference chance to remind supporters of goals - Key

Conference chance to remind supporters of goals - Key
Wellington, May 10 NZPA - A party conference at the weekend was a chance to remind National Party backers concerned about mining or deals for Maoridom about long-term goals, Prime Minister John Key says.

Turia upbeat about Whanau Ora, as funding questioned

Turia upbeat about Whanau Ora, as funding questioned
Wellington, May 7 NZPA - Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia says she isn't disappointed with her downsized Whanau Ora social services delivery programme but opposition MPs say she should be, and former MP John Tamihere doubts enough money has been set aside.

Turia upbeat about Whanau Ora

Turia upbeat about Whanau Ora
Wellington, May 7 NZPA - Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia says she isn't disappointed with her downsized Whanau Ora social services delivery programme but opposition MPs say she should be.

Government releases more Whanau Ora details

Government releases more Whanau Ora details
Wellington, May 6 NZPA - Budget 2010 will invest $134.3 million in the Whanau Ora welfare approach, Prime Minister John Key announced today. Twenty providers would be selected to implement the policy, with expressions of interest being called for next month.

Whanau Ora details to be revealed

Whanau Ora details to be revealed
Wellington, May 5 NZPA - Details of the new Whanau Ora system for welfare and social services delivery will be revealed tomorrow by Prime Minister John Key and the minister in charge of it, Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia.

Green Party has most donations over $10,000 thanks to MPs

Green Party has most donations over $10,000 thanks to MPs
Wellington, May 5 NZPA - The Green Party received more big political donations than any other party last year because their MPs donate a percentage of their income back to the party.

Toi moko return welcomed

Toi moko return welcomed
Wellington, May 5 NZPA - Government ministers have welcomed the French decision to return 15 toi moko -- tattooed and mummified heads of Maori warriors.

Public domain "wishy washy" option for foreshore - Harawira

Public domain "wishy washy" option for foreshore - Harawira
Wellington, May 2 NZPA - Maori Party MP Hone Harawira said placing the foreshore and seabed into public domain was a "wishy washy" solution that will not be readily accepted by Cabinet.

Turia wants cigarettes off the shelves

Turia wants cigarettes off the shelves
Wellington, April 29 NZPA - Having succeeded in raising the price of cigarettes, Associate Health Minister Tariana Turia's next objective is to get them off the shelves.

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.

Crime could be the result of tobacco price hikes - industry

Crime could be the result of tobacco price hikes - industry
Wellington, April 29 NZPA - The overnight increase in the price of cigarettes could prompt a surge in dairy robberies, a tobacco company has warned.

Tobacco price hike wins praise and a huge majority

Tobacco price hike wins praise and a huge majority
By Peter Wilson of NZPA Wellington, April 29 NZPA - A packet of 20 cigarettes is going to cost about $11 after overwhelming support in Parliament for a stiff tobacco tax increase which is being greeted with a chorus of praise from anti-smoking lobby groups.

Anderton accuses Govt of hypocrisy and gamesmanship

Anderton accuses Govt of hypocrisy and gamesmanship
Wellington, April 28 NZPA - The Government was accused of hypocrisy and political gamesmanship tonight during the debate on raising tobacco excise duty.

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.

Whanau Ora providers already training, before policy starts

Whanau Ora providers already training, before policy starts
Wellington, April 27 NZPA - Whanau Ora providers are already training staff to implement the policy, funding the training out of their own budgets, overseeing minister Tariana Turia told Parliament today.

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.

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.

Alcohol tax rise likely is likely recommendation - English

Alcohol tax rise likely is likely recommendation - English
Wellington, April 22 NZPA - An increase in excise tax is likely to be among recommendations of a report into alcohol to be released next week, Finance Minister Bill English says.

Declaration most significant day since Treaty - judge

Declaration most significant day since Treaty - judge
Wellington, April 22 NZPA - High Court judge Sir Edward Taihakurei Durie says the signing of the United Nation Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People was the most significant day for Maori rights since the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi.

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