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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.

Bill to stop prisoners voting passes first reading

Bill to stop prisoners voting passes first reading
Wellington, April 21 NZPA - A bill to ban anyone in prison from voting in a general election passed its first reading in Parliament today.

Bill to stop prisoners voting passes first reading

Wellington, April 21 NZPA - A bill to ban anyone in prison from voting in a general election passed its first reading in Parliament today.

Lawyer warns declaration may have impact

Lawyer warns declaration may have impact
Wellington, April 21 NZPA - United Nations declarations are often a first step towards binding conventions public law specialist Mai Chen said today, a day after the Government's affirmation of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People.

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.

UN declaration divides Government support parties

Wellington, April 20 NZPA - ACT leader Rodney Hide has lashed out at National for giving New Zealand's support of the United Nations declaration on the rights of indigenous people, calling it an appalling act that would divide the country and saying it breached the agreement between the two parti

PM says UN declaration will have no practical effect

PM says UN declaration will have no practical effect
Wellington, April 20 NZPA - A United Nations declaration on the rights of indigenous people that New Zealand signed up to overnight will have no practical effect, Prime Minister John Key said this morning.

Govt decides to support UN declaration but with caveats

Govt decides to support UN declaration but with caveats
Wellington, April 20 NZPA - New Zealand's support of United Nations declaration on the rights of indigenous people comes with caveats.

Govt decides to support UN declaration but with caveats

Govt decides to support UN declaration but with caveats
Wellington, April 20 NZPA - New Zealand's support of United Nations declaration on the rights of indigenous people comes with caveats, and the Government would today outline areas where it would not be adhered to.

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.

Community organisation funding code drafted

Community organisation funding code drafted
Wellington, April 16 NZPA - The Government wants public feedback on a draft Code of Funding Practice for community organisations.

Appointments to Maori TV, Waitangi Tribunal and Maori Language Commission

Appointments to Maori TV, Waitangi Tribunal and Maori Language Commission
Wellington, April 16 NZPA - Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples today announced appointments to the Maori TV board, Waitangi Tribunal and Maori Language Commission.

Tau Henare has diabetes

Tau Henare has diabetes
Wellington, April 16 NZPA - National Party list MP Tau Henare has discovered he has diabetes and is urging other middle-aged Maori to get themselves tested for the disease. Mr Henare, who turns 50 this year, told the New Zealand Herald he had tested positive for diabetes.

Dunne bewildered over Govt slowness on driving age

Dunne bewildered over Govt slowness on driving age
(0400 please) Wellington, April 16 NZPA - United Future leader Peter Dunne is at a loss to explain why the Government has been so slow to implement a lift in the driving age from 15 to 16.

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.

Driving age to raise to 16-years

Driving age to raise to 16-years
By Kate Chapman of NZPA Wellington, April 15 NZPA - The driving age looks certain to be raised to 16 years-old following Cabinet approval of the move.

Call for tidal energy delay until foreshore issue sorted out

Call for tidal energy delay until foreshore issue sorted out
Wellington, April 14 NZPA - Maori Party MP Hone Harawira is backing calls for a tidal energy project to be put on hold until ownership of the foreshore and seabed is sorted out

Public servants donate direct from pay to charities

Public servants donate direct from pay to charities
Wellington, April 14 NZPA - Ministry of Social Development and Department of Internal Affairs employees are leading the way in donations straight out of their pay packet, Community and Voluntary Sector Minister Tariana Turia says.

Minister appalled by rugby allegations

Minister appalled by rugby allegations
Wellington, April 14 NZPA - Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples says he is shocked and appalled at allegations that then Maori affairs minister Ernest Corbett told the 1956 Maori All Blacks they must not beat the Springboks.

Peters targets elderly voters - again

Peters targets elderly voters - again
Wellington, April 13 NZPA - Winston Peters is making another pitch for the Grey Power vote.

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.

Govt takes cautious approach to Whanau Ora

Govt takes cautious approach to Whanau Ora
Wellington, April 8 NZPA -The Government is taking a cautious approach implementing a Maori Party flagship policy designed to give a major shake-up to the welfare system.

Long awaited advice on welfare shake up to be released

Wellington, April 7 NZPA - A long-awaited report advising a major shake up of the way social services are delivered to Maori is to be released tomorrow, though Prime Minister John Key has already said not all of its recommendations would be accepted.

Dunne hits out at other support partners

Dunne hits out at other support partners
By Kate Chapman of NZPA Wellington, April 7 NZPA - United Future leader Peter Dunne hit out at his peers in a speech today, saying the ACT party was too right wing for most New Zealanders.

"Reasonably small" amount under customary title - PM

"Reasonably small" amount under customary title - PM
Wellington, April 6 NZPA - The amount of foreshore and seabed Maori will be able to secure customary title for would be "reasonably small", Prime Minister John Key said this morning.

Maori Party mourns death of historian

Maori Party mourns death of historian
Wellington, April 6 NZPA - The Maori Party has acknowledged the death of a Pakeha historian and say Te Arawa history will "never fade" because of his work. Rotorua's official historian Don Stafford died after a brief illness. He was 82.

Winston Peters says public domain idea won't work

Winston Peters says public domain idea won't work
Wellington, April 4 NZPA - Putting the foreshore and seabed into public domain will cause conflict, New Zealand First leader Winston Peters says.

Winston Peters says Whanau Ora 'separatist'

Winston Peters says Whanau Ora 'separatist'
Wellington, April 4 NZPA - The Whanau Ora policy is an example of separatism and won't work, New Zealand First leader Winston Peters says.

NZRU labelled arrogant by Maori Affairs Minister

NZRU labelled arrogant by Maori Affairs Minister
Wellington, April 4 NZPA - Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples says the New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) is arrogant for refusing to apologise to former Maori players for excluding them from past tours to South Africa on racial grounds.

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