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Finlayson wants less emotion to wash over foreshore

Finlayson wants less emotion to wash over foreshore
Wellington, April 1 NZPA - Explosive language around the foreshore and seabed issue should be avoided if there is to be a lasting solution to the problem, Attorney General Chris Finlayson said today.

Maori Party's u-turn on ECan decision frustrates Nick Smith

Maori Party's u-turn on ECan decision frustrates Nick Smith
Wellington, April 1 NZPA - A late change of position by the Maori Party on a bill giving the Government power to replace Environment Canterbury's (ECan) councillors with commissioners was disappointing and unhelpful to the party's relationship with National, says Environment Minister Nick Smith.

Cautious Maori reaction to foreshore and seabed proposals

Cautious Maori reaction to foreshore and seabed proposals
Wellington, April 1 NZPA - The Labour Party is dismissing the Government's foreshore and seabed proposals as "a whole lot of platitudes" while Maori appear to think a lot more work needs to be done before final decisions can be made.

Environment Canterbury bill passed under urgency

Environment Canterbury bill passed under urgency
By Peter Wilson of NZPA

Not repealing foreshore law will mean years of grievance: PM

Not repealing foreshore law will mean years of grievance: PM
Wellington, March 31 NZPA - Failing to repeal the Foreshore and Seabed Act would mean future governments would be left to deal with decades of grievances, Prime Minister John Key said today

Turia explains role in welfare reform process

Turia explains role in welfare reform process
Wellington, March 31 NZPA - Apparent criticism towards the National Party over its supposed lack of communication with the Maori Party on welfare reforms was explained in a different light by co-leader Tariana Turia under questioning in Parliament today.

No one to own the foreshore, Maori to get day in court

No one to own the foreshore, Maori to get day in court
Wellington, March 31 NZPA - The Government wants to end arguments about ownership of the foreshore and seabed by saying no one owns it and restoring the right of Maori to go to court to seek customary title.

Government gets its welfare bill through first reading

Government gets its welfare bill through first reading
By Peter Wilson of NZPA Wellington, March 30 NZPA - The Maori Party turned its back on the Government and voted with Labour in Parliament today when the bill that enacts welfare changes was given its first reading.

Foreshore and Seabed position out this week

Foreshore and Seabed position out this week
Wellington, March 30 NZPA - The Government won't be able to make everyone happy with its foreshore and seabed proposal, to be released tomorrow, but thinks it has reached a fair deal, Prime Minister John Key said this morning.

Welfare reforms a sticking point with Maori Party

Welfare reforms a sticking point with Maori Party
Wellington, March 30 NZPA - The Maori Party appears to be split on giving support to new welfare reforms and there are differences of opinion over the degree of consultation the party got from National over the proposed changes.

Foreshore and Seabed position out this week

Foreshore and Seabed position out this week
Wellington, March 29 NZPA - The Government won't be able to make everyone happy with its foreshore and seabed proposal, to be released tomorrow, but thinks it has reached a fair deal, Prime Minister John Key said this morning.

Foreshore and Seabed position out this week

Foreshore and Seabed position out this week
Wellington, March 29 NZPA - The Government's preferred replacement for the current Foreshore and Seabed Act will be revealed this week, Prime Minister John Key said today.

Sharples explains swipe at national standards

Sharples explains swipe at national standards
Wellington, March 26 NZPA - Associate Education Minister Pita Sharples has concerns about league tables being introduced in kura kaupapa as part of national standards, but has softened his stance on the standards in general since speaking against them in a January email.

Welfare reforms worry opposition parties

Welfare reforms worry opposition parties
Wellington, March 24 NZPA - Opposition parties are urging the Government to make sure children don't suffer because of welfare reforms which put pressure on beneficiaries to return to work.

Welfare reforms to add pressure to unwilling workers

Welfare reforms to add pressure to unwilling workers
Wellington, March 23 NZPA - Welfare reforms announced by the Government today are expected to ramp up the pressure on beneficiaries to return to the workforce.

Key rules out open cast mining

Key rules out open cast mining
Wellington, March 23 NZPA - There will be no open cast mining on Great Barrier Island or in the Coromandel, Prime Minister John Key assured Parliament today when he came under sustained attack over Government proposals to open up some of the conservation estate's protected land.

Key takes issue with Sharples over democracy

Key takes issue with Sharples over democracy
Wellington, March 22 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key doesn't agree with Maori Party co-leader Pita Sharples that democracy doesn't work for Maori.

Quick reinstatement of Maori business project "ambitious"

Wellington, March 22 NZPA - Hopes that the suspension of a taxpayer-funded Maori business development project will be lifted within a week are "ambitious", Te Puni Kokiri (TPK) says, but it is unlikely the project will end up being scuttled,

Labour says Maori Party struggles to get gains

Labour says Maori Party struggles to get gains
Wellington, March 22 NZPA - Labour say the Maori Party is struggling to deliver for Maori as a small party in a support arrangement with the Government.

Sharples talks of tensions with government

Sharples talks of tensions with government
Wellington, March 21 NZPA - Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples says issues affecting his people had put pressure on his party's support arrangement with the Government.

Govt Has Close Call On Mental Health Bill

Govt Has Close Call On Mental Health Bill
Wellington, March 17 NZPA - A Labour MP's member's bill was defeated on the narrow majority of 62-60 in Parliament tonight.

Minister Doesn't Deny Te Puni Kokiri Will Run Whanau Ora

Minister Doesn't Deny Te Puni Kokiri Will Run Whanau Ora
Wellington, March 17 NZPA - The Government is not denying that the Ministry of Maori Affairs, Te Puni Kokiri, will run the new Whanau Ora welfare delivery service, although it says more than one department will be involved.

Concern Grows Over Use Of CCOs Under Super City

Concern Grows Over Use Of CCOs Under Super City
Wellington, March 16 NZPA - Concern is mounting over the intended use of council-controlled organisations (CCOs) to manage the bulk of Auckland's assets under the new super city structure.

Govt appeases pensioners over SuperGold card

Govt appeases pensioners over SuperGold card
Wellington, March 12 NZPA - The Government has moved quickly to appease pensioners concerned their SuperGold card privileges may be eroded because of the scheme's escalating costs.

Harawira again criticised for offensive comments

Harawira again criticised for offensive comments
Wellington, March 12 NZPA - Race Relations Commissioner Joris de Bres has again criticised Hone Harawira for making racially offensive comments, saying in a report released today political parties should have codes of conduct that did not tolerate such behaviour.

Remove Tobacco From Shops, Says Academic

Remove Tobacco From Shops, Says Academic
By Alastair Bull of NZPA Auckland, March 11 NZPA - An Auckland academic says smoking rates in New Zealand would plummet if tobacco products could not be displayed at shops.

Tobacco Company Defends Retail Display Rule

Tobacco Company Defends Retail Display Rule
By Alastair Bull of NZPA Auckland, March 11 NZPA - Amid a barrage of Maori people calling for tough controls and the eventual banning of smoking, a tobacco company today asked for current sale display rules to remain the same.

Poll Says National's Support Remains Strong

Poll Says National's Support Remains Strong
Wellington, March 10 NZPA - The latest poll shows National still retaining very high levels of political support. The latest Roy Morgan NZ poll put National on 53.5 percent, up 1.5 percentage points since the last poll.

Harawira Criticised For Protest Comments

Harawira Criticised For Protest Comments
Wellington, Feb 28 NZPA - Hone Harawira has again been criticised by his party leaders, this time for encouraging people to take "whatever action necessary" to protest against a planned sea turbine project.

MPs Spending Down Ministers International Travel Bill Soars

Wellington, Feb 25 NZPA - MPs trimmed back their taxpayer funded expenses in the last three months of last year due to the start of the long summer break and more discipline.

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