Wellington, July 27 NZPA - Career diplomat Rod Harris will be New Zealand's next ambassador to Saudi Arabia accredited to Bahrain, Kuwait and Oman.
Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully said Saudi Arabia had a long-standing and warm relationship with New Zealand.
Wellington, July 27 NZPA - A review of the overseas investment regime is likely to look at how to stop the sell-off large tracts of land to foreign buyers, Prime Minister John Key indicated today.
The review was started by Finance Minister Bill English in March last year and aimed at:
By Maggie Tait and Kate Chapman of NZPA
Wellington, July 26 NZPA - Young people and recidivist drink drivers won't be allowed any booze before hitting the roads, but the Government is yet to make up its mind over whether other drivers should face lower limits.
Wellington, July 26 NZPA - The Pacific Islands Forum's stance against Fiji's continued military regime is expected to be reaffirmed when the forum meets in Vanuatu next week, says Prime Minister John Key.
Wellington, July 25 NZPA - The National Party is still focused on fossil fuels, and its draft energy strategy is light on setting out plans on how to achieve a goal of 90 percent renewable energy by 2025, says Labour.
Wellington, July 23 NZPA - A new youth justice residence in Rotorua will be officially opened by Social Development Minister Paula Bennett tomorrow.
The residence will help provide places needed in response to the Fresh Start reforms which come into place in October.
Wellington, July 22 NZPA - New Zealand's relationship with Vietnam and other members of the Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean) has been promoted during a visit by Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully.
Wellington, July 22 NZPA - A bill that will replace the 30-year-old Food Act was given its first reading in Parliament today.
The 342-page Food Bill has taken three years to draft and Food Safety Minister Kate Wilkinson says it is a big improvement on existing law.
Wellington, July 22 NZPA - Energy Minister Gerry Brownlee today blamed the biofuel industry for the low uptake of a scheme to promote it.
A scheme was introduced in July last year to kick start biofuel production in New Zealand.