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Another Harawira Outburst Revealed

Another Harawira Outburst Revealed
Wellington, Dec 23 NZPA - Another offensive email from Hone Harawira has been revealed and this one, littered with expletives, caused a commotion in Te Puni Kokiri.

National And John Key Popular Throughout Year - UMR

National And John Key Popular Throughout Year - UMR
Wellington, Dec 22 NZPA - Support for the National Party averaged 52 percent during 2009 and peaked at 54 percent, the highest rating since tracking began in 1991, UMR Research said today in its annual Mood of the Nation report.

Harawira Not Sore Over So-Called Bad Year

Harawira Not Sore Over So-Called Bad Year
Wellington, Dec 22 NZPA - Maverick Maori MP Hone Harawira says while some may think he has had a bad year he's happy with what his party achieved.

ACT Plays Down Attempt On Leadership

ACT Plays Down Attempt On Leadership
Wellington, Dec 20 NZPA - The ACT Party is playing down a report that two of its MPs tried to roll leader Rodney Hide.

New Welfare System Not Just For Maori, Govt Says

New Welfare System Not Just For Maori, Govt Says
Wellington, Dec 18 NZPA - A new way of delivering welfare to dysfunctional families won't just be targeted at Maori, the Government says. Reports have said the programme that is being developed, called Whanau Ora or Well Family, would be delivered by Maori agencies to Maori families.

Minister Turia Says Advocate Money Not Paying For Ads

Minister Turia Says Advocate Money Not Paying For Ads
Wellington, Dec 18 NZPA - Claims that money to support victims in court is being diverted to an advertising campaign against Maori family violence are wrong, Associate Social Development and Employment Minister Tariana Turia says.

Compromise An Option In Wanganui/Whanganui Spelling

Compromise An Option In Wanganui/Whanganui Spelling
Wellington, Dec 18 NZPA - If Wanganui adopts two acceptable spellings, people will drift towards Whanganui, says Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia. Land Information Minister Maurice Williamson will announce his decision on the controversial "H-bomb" issue in Wanganui at 11.30am.

New Maori Welfare System Close To Reality - Report

New Maori Welfare System Close To Reality - Report
Correcting story network about 8.20pm yesterday and spelling of Whanau in 2nd par Wellington, Dec 17 NZPA - A new welfare system for Maori families could be given the green light as early as February, it was reported tonight.

No Place For "Mean-Spirited" Opposition To Flag; Harawira

No Place For "Mean-Spirited" Opposition To Flag; Harawira
Wellington, Dec 17 NZPA - Maori Party MP Hone Harawira says there is no place for "mean-spririted opposition" to the Maori flag being prominently displayed on Waitangi Day.

Bill Changes Polytech Governance

Wellington, Dec 16 NZPA - Councils that run polytechnics will be cut to eight, with four appointed by the minister of education and four by the councils themselves, under a bill passed by Parliament today.

Harawira Complaints Dropped By Police

Harawira Complaints Dropped By Police
Wellington, Dec 16 NZPA - Police are not taking any action against Maori Party MP Hone Harawira for not wearing a helmet while riding a motorcycle on Parliament's forecourt.

Maori Party Withdraws Support For Government Bill

Maori Party Withdraws Support For Government Bill
Wellington, Dec 15 NZPA - The Maori Party has withdrawn its support for a government bill after its bid to have Maori members on polytechnic councils failed.

Campaign Against Family Violence Will Continue -- Minister

Campaign Against Family Violence Will Continue -- Minister
Wellington, Dec 15 NZPA - The Government confirmed today it was continuing to fund the `it's not ok' campaign against family violence and said there would be added emphasis over Christmas when financial stress increased tensions in families.

Jones, Goff Appear At Odds Over Flag

Wellington, Dec 15 NZPA -Labour MP Shane Jones and his leader, Phil Goff, appear to be at odds over the Government's choice of a Maori flag to be flown over the Auckland Harbour Bridge, Parliament and Premier House on Waitangi Day.

Maori Flag A Protest Symbol Say Opponents

Maori Flag A Protest Symbol Say Opponents
Wellington, Dec 15 NZPA - A Maori flag chosen to fly over the Auckland Harbour Bridge, Parliament and Premier House is a symbol of protest and an ad for the Maori Party, opponents say.

Maori Flag A Protest Symbol -- Shane Jones

Maori Flag A Protest Symbol -- Shane Jones
Wellington, Dec 15 NZPA - A Maori flag chosen to fly over the Auckland Harbour Bridge, Parliament and Premier House is a symbol of protest and an ad for the Maori Party, opponents say.

Maori Flag Will Build Harmony, Says Key

Maori Flag Will Build Harmony, Says Key
Wellington, Dec 15 NZPA - Flying the Maori sovereignty flag alongside the New Zealand flag on Waitangi Day is a step towards better race relations, Prime Minister John Key says.

Maori Sovereignty Flag To Fly On Waitangi Day

Maori Sovereignty Flag To Fly On Waitangi Day
Wellington, Dec 14 NZPA - Cabinet has approved flying the "tino rangatiratanga" flag as the preferred Maori flag on Waitangi Day.

Poll Boosts Labour But Gap Remains Large

Poll Boosts Labour But Gap Remains Large
Wellington, Dec 13 NZPA - Labour leader Phil Goff has finally managed to take a small chunk out of National's sky high political popularity, but there is still a large chasm between the two major parties.

Goff Says He'll Continue To Speak Out

Goff Says He'll Continue To Speak Out
Wellington, Dec 9 NZPA - Labour leader Phil Goff says he will continue to criticise the Government over the Foreshore and Seabed Act and isn't worried about the controversy raised by his "nationhood" speech.

Labour Accuses Govt Minister Of Breaking Law

Wellington, Dec 8 NZPA - Finance Minister Bill English broke the law, Labour alleged in Parliament today. Prime Minister John Key confirmed this morning that rules requiring ministers to keep their self-drive cars in their electorates were changed in May this year.

Joyce Backs PM Saying Harawira Incident Minor

Joyce Backs PM Saying Harawira Incident Minor
By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, Dec 8 NZPA - In an unusual move Prime Minister John Key today suggested police should not charge Maori MP Hone Harawira for driving without a helmet and Transport Minister Steven Joyce is backing him.

Labour Closes Ranks, Backs Goff On Speech

Labour Closes Ranks, Backs Goff On Speech
Wellington, Dec 8 NZPA - Labour MPs have closed ranks around their leader Phil Goff, fully supporting the controversial "nationhood" speech he gave two weeks ago.

PM Thinks Harawira Helmet Situation Not Worth Prosecution

PM Thinks Harawira Helmet Situation Not Worth Prosecution
Wellington, Dec 8 NZPA - In an unusual move Prime Minister John Key today suggested police should not charge Maori MP Hone Harawira for driving without a helmet. Generally politicians avoid commenting on police investigations and do not suggest what they should do.

Little Backs Goff As Labour Leader Faces Caucus

Little Backs Goff As Labour Leader Faces Caucus
Wellington, Dec 8 NZPA - Labour leader Phil Goff has the backing of party president Andrew Little as he goes into a caucus meeting this morning to face questions about his controversial "nationhood" speech.

Ministerial Cars Now Under Question

Ministerial Cars Now Under Question
Wellington, Dec 8 NZPA - Rules requiring ministers to keep their self-drive cars in their electorates were changed this year because they were "impractical and silly", not to benefit Finance Minister Bill English, Prime Minister John Key said today.

PM Thinks Harawira Helmet Situation Not Worth Prosecution

PM Thinks Harawira Helmet Situation Not Worth Prosecution
Wellington, Dec 8 NZPA - In an unusual move Prime Minister John Key today suggested police should not charge Maori MP Hone Harawira for driving without a helmet. Generally politicians avoid commenting on police investigations and do not suggest what they should do.

Little Backs Goff As Labour Leader Faces Caucus

Wellington, Dec 8 NZPA - Labour leader Phil Goff has the backing of party president Andrew Little as he goes into a caucus meeting this morning to face questions about his controversial "nationhood" speech.

Sharples Talks Up Maori Party's Achievements

Wellington, Dec 7 NZPA - The Maori Party's relationship with the Government is alive and well, says co-leader Pita Sharples. "Maori should not be worried," he said tonight. "Maori put me there and said go into coalition, and we're in it.

Labour's President Says He Supports Goff's Views

Labour's President Says He Supports Goff's Views
Wellington, Dec 7 NZPA - Labour's president Andrew Little says he doesn't have a problem with party leader Phil Goff's controversial "nationhood" speech.

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