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The young and the croaky

The young and the croaky
Wellington, July 22 NZPA - Fresh-faced Labour MP Chris Hipkins' voice broke in Parliament today. The MP, who is aged in his early 30s, had a bad cold and croaked through his questions while getting a ribbing from the National benches.

No impact from mining decision on GDP - English

No impact from mining decision on GDP - English
Wellington, July 22 NZPA - A Government U-turn on mining will not have an impact on economic growth, Finance Minister Bill English told Parliament today.

Ministers told cabinet to scrap mining plans, papers show

Ministers told cabinet to scrap mining plans, papers show
Wellington, July 22 NZPA - Energy Minister Gerry Brownlee and Conservation Minister Kate Wilkinson were in no doubt about the public's opposition to mining protected land, documents released today show.

Aquaculture changes in the pipeline, Heatley says

Aquaculture changes in the pipeline, Heatley says
Wellington, July 22 NZPA - The Government is on track to set new regulations for the aquaculture industry that will allow the backlog of applications to be dealt with, Fisheries Minister Phil Heatley says.

TV and Radio information online

TV and Radio information online
Wellington, July 22 NZPA - Information about how popular publicly funded shows on television and radio is now on the Culture and Heritage Ministry's website.

Aquaculture changes in the pipeline, Heatley says

Aquaculture changes in the pipeline, Heatley says
Wellington, July 22 NZPA - The Government is on track to set new regulations for the aquaculture industry that will allow the backlog of applications to be dealt with, Fisheries Minister Phil Heatley says.

Govt close to deal on air force Hercules upgrades

Govt close to deal on air force Hercules upgrades
Wellington, July 22 NZPA - The Government is close to finalising a deal which would put the delayed upgrade of air force C130 Hercules aircraft back on track and in its own hands.

Australian companies eye up school projects

Australian companies eye up school projects
Wellington, July 22 NZPA - Australian companies are lining up for a piece of the action as the Government moves towards public-private partnerships (PPPs) to build and maintain new schools.

Irrigation NZ welcomes Hurunui moratorium

Irrigation NZ welcomes Hurunui moratorium
Wellington, July 22 NZPA - Irrigation NZ (INZ) has welcomed the moratorium placed on new major irrigation consents on Canterbury's Hurunui River yesterday, saying it was commonsense where no proper water plan exists.

Extended warranties bill passes first reading

Extended warranties bill passes first reading
Wellington, July 21 NZPA - A bill that would require shops to give buyers more information about extended warranties passed its first reading in Parliament tonight.

Public-private school building initiative hits opposition

Public-private school building initiative hits opposition
By Chris Ormond of NZPA Wellington, July 21 NZPA - The Government has taken another step towards public-private partnerships (PPPs) in the building and maintenance of schools, but Labour and an education union say the only winners will be the companies involved.

Govt quick to shift its mining focus

Govt quick to shift its mining focus
By Chris Ormond of NZPA Wellington, July 21 NZPA - The Government is moving on from its backdown over mineral prospecting on protected conservation land and remains bullish about encouraging mining elsewhere in the face of concern from environmentalists.

Man with possible dementia may get strike

Man with possible dementia may get strike
Wellington, July 21 NZPA - The 69-year-old man with Parkinson's disease and possible dementia who was charged with assault after grabbing the breasts of a woman in his care home would be excused from trial if he was found to have a mental impairment, Police and Corrections Minister Judith Collins

Opposition welcomes Hurunui moratorium but want more

Opposition welcomes Hurunui moratorium but want more
Wellington, July 21 NZPA - Opposition MPs have welcomed the moratorium placed on new major irrigation consents on Canterbury's Hurunui River but want further protection.

Govt quick to shift its mining focus

Govt quick to shift its mining focus
By Chris Ormond of NZPA Wellington, July 21 NZPA - The Government is moving on from its backdown over mineral prospecting on protected conservation land and remains bullish about encouraging mining elsewhere in the face of concern from environmentalists.

State sector contracts pooled to save money

State sector contracts pooled to save money
Wellington, July 21 NZPA - The first state sector-wide contract has been signed -- for stationery.

MPs risk dismissing Bill of Rights over prison vote rights

MPs risk dismissing Bill of Rights over prison vote rights
By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, July 21 NZPA - A bill to strip prisoners on short sentences of their rights to vote should be scrapped unless MPs want to show they have no respect for the Bill of Rights, the Chief Human Rights Commissioner says.

School public-private partnerships a step closer

School public-private partnerships a step closer
By Chris Ormond of NZPA Wellington, July 21 NZPA - The Government has begun identifying new schools which could be built and maintained under proposed public-private partnerships (PPPs).

Next stage in PPPs for schools announced

Next stage in PPPs for schools announced
Wellington, July 21 NZPA - Plans for private companies to own new schools are moving along with the Government deciding to getting a business case done. The Government previously said it would look into public-private partnerships (PPPs) for the running of certain aspects of schools.

Results from Whanau Ora likely within a year - minister

Results from Whanau Ora likely within a year - minister
By Kate Chapman of NZPA Wellington, July 21 NZPA - Whanau Ora Minister Tariana Turia expects to see results from the new welfare policy within a year, but says it will take a generation to see changes in some families.

Advances expected in public-private school partnerships

Advances expected in public-private school partnerships
Wellington, July 21 NZPA - The Government is set to announce the next step in its plans to enter into public-private partnerships (PPPs) in the running of certain aspects of schools.

McCully says Bamiyan ready for next step

McCully says Bamiyan ready for next step
By Shabnam Dastgheib and Maggie Tait of NZPA

Mining industry praises Govt's decisions

Mining industry praises Govt's decisions
The Labour Party is taunting the Government for what it describes as "a humiliating backdown" over mining conservation land, but the industry doesn't see it that way. 

FACTBOX -- mining plans scrapped

FACTBOX -- mining plans scrapped
Wellington, July 21 NZPA - Energy Minister Gerry Brownlee today confirmed the Government will not remove the protection on conservation land to allow it to be mined. Changes announced included:

Key to kick off All White's parade

Key to kick off All White's parade
Wellington, July 20 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key will kick off the All White's civic parade tomorrow when it leaves from Parliament.

New tenancy laws passed

New tenancy laws passed
Wellington, July 20 NZPA - New tenancy laws passed in Parliament today will clear up confusion around terminating and renewing tenancies and introduce financial penalties for tenants who harass neighbours and landlords providing sub-standard housing, Housing Minister Phil Heatley says.

Schedule four land safe but other areas ripe for mining

Schedule four land safe but other areas ripe for mining
By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, July 20 NZPA - Specially protected areas of conservation land won't be mined but it looks like open season for other parts of the country.

90-day trial extension prompts debate

90-day trial extension prompts debate
By Kate Chapman of NZPA Wellington, July 20 NZPA - The ideological battle over the proposed extension of the 90-day trial period for new employees continued in Parliament today.

Environmental groups celebrate, but concerns remain

Environmental groups celebrate, but concerns remain
By Chris Ormond and Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, July 20 NZPA - Environmental groups are celebrating the Government's decision to abandon plans to open protected conservation land to mineral prospecting, but remain concerned about future mining on Crown land.

Update for Land Transfer Act

Update for Land Transfer Act
Wellington, July 20 NZPA - The Land Transfer Act should be updated with legislation fit for the electronic era, the Law Commission says.

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