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Govt Putting Up Proposals To Speed Treaty Settlement Process

Govt Putting Up Proposals To Speed Treaty Settlement Process
Wellington, April 20 NZPA - A major hui on Wednesday will consider seven government proposals to speed up the Treaty of Waitangi settlement process.

More Jobs Summit Initiatives In The Pipeline, Key Says

More Jobs Summit Initiatives In The Pipeline, Key Says
Wellington, April 20 NZPA - The Government is prepared to put money into more recession-fighting schemes which emerged from February's jobs summit, Prime Minister John Key indicated today.

Labour And Greens Criticise Govt For Pulling Out Of Conference

Labour And Greens Criticise Govt For Pulling Out Of Conference
Wellington, April 20 NZPA - Labour and the Greens are at odds with the Government over its decision to boycott this week's United Nations conference on racism.

Key Says Sending Troops To Fiji Unlikely

Key Says Sending Troops To Fiji Unlikely
Wellington, April 20 NZPA - New Zealand is unlikely to be asked to send troops to Fiji, Prime Minister John Key said today.

Nine-Day Fortnight Scheme To Be Expanded, Key Says

Nine-Day Fortnight Scheme To Be Expanded, Key Says
Wellington, April 20 NZPA - The nine-day fortnight job-saving scheme is about to be expanded so smaller companies can take part in it, Prime Minister John Key said today.

Possible Troop Increase Contingent On Quicker Withdrawal

Possible Troop Increase Contingent On Quicker Withdrawal
Wellington, April 20 NZPA - New Zealand defence personnel in Afghanistan are facing increasing risks, Prime Minister John Key says.

New Award To Commemorate Anzac Day

New Award To Commemorate Anzac Day
Wellington, April 20 NZPA - A new award to recognise courage, comradeship, commitment and compassion will honour the Anzac spirit, Veterans' Affairs Minister Judith Collins announced today.

Gisborne And Wairoa Farmers To Get Drought Help

Gisborne And Wairoa Farmers To Get Drought Help
Wellington, April 20 NZPA - As rain finally falls in the Gisborne/Wairoa area, the Government has promised help for drought stricken farmers. Agriculture Minister David Carter said farmers in parts of the Gisborne and Wairoa districts were suffering their third autumn drought.

Labour And Greens Criticise Govt For Pulling Out Of Conference

Labour And Greens Criticise Govt For Pulling Out Of Conference
Wellington, April 20 NZPA - Labour and the Greens are at odds with the Government over its decision to boycott this week's United Nations conference on racism.

MPs Tour State Houses In Porirua

MPs Tour State Houses In Porirua
Wellington, April 20 NZPA - Over 930 people had jobs in the last month thanks to the Government's Housing New Zealand stimulus funding, Housing Minister Phil Heatley says.

NZ Would Consider Sending Troops Into Fiji If Needed - PM

NZ Would Consider Sending Troops Into Fiji If Needed - PM
Wellington, April 20 NZPA - New Zealand would consider sending armed forces troops into Fiji if they were needed to stabilise peace as part of a multi-lateral action, Prime Minister John Key said.

NZ Could Send More Troops To Afghanistan - Key

Wellington, April 20 NZPA - New Zealand could send more troops to Afghanistan but would only do so as part of an overall exit strategy, Prime Minister John Key said this morning.

Kiwis Don't Realise How Serious The Economic Problem Is - Brash

Wellington, April 19 NZPA - Former Reserve Bank governor and National Party leader Don Brash says New Zealanders haven't realised the seriousness of the economic situation.

US Has Asked For SAS To Be Sent To Afghanistan, McCully Confirms

US Has Asked For SAS To Be Sent To Afghanistan, McCully Confirms
Wellington, April 19 NZPA - The United States has asked for New Zealand's Special Air Service combat soldiers to be sent to Afghanistan, Foreign Minister Murray McCully confirmed today.

PM Pragmatic About China-Fiji Relationship

PM Pragmatic About China-Fiji Relationship
Wellington, April 17 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key is continuing to tread carefully over China's relationship with Fiji, saying a collaborative approach to Pacific Island issues will get the best results.

NZ To Spend $30m On Expo Pavilion - Key

NZ To Spend $30m On Expo Pavilion - Key
By Ian Llewellyn of NZPA Shanghai, April 17 NZPA - New Zealand will spend $30 million constructing and promoting its pavilion for the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, Prime Minister John Key said today.

Ryall Rules Out Major Structural Changes To Health Sector

Ryall Rules Out Major Structural Changes To Health Sector
Wellington, April 17 NZPA - The government is focusing on increasing productivity in the health sector rather than major structural changes, Health Minister Tony Ryall says.

OECD Report Highlights Pressure On National, Says Goff

OECD Report Highlights Pressure On National, Says Goff
Wellington, April 17 NZPA - A "bleak" OECD report on New Zealand's economy has highlighted the pressure on National's leaders to come together and deliver a sound budget, Opposition leader Phil Goff says.

Energy Minister Signs Up To Australian Institute

Energy Minister Signs Up To Australian Institute
Wellington, April 16 NZPA - New Zealand has joined an Australian initiative to improve take-up of technology aimed at tackling climate change.

Three Nats Put Hand Up To Stand In Mt Albert

Three Nats Put Hand Up To Stand In Mt Albert
Wellington, April 16 NZPA - Three National Party members, including list MP Melissa Lee, have put their hand up to stand in the Mt Albert by-election.

Minister's Judgement Questioned After Visiting Taxi Driver

Minister's Judgement Questioned After Visiting Taxi Driver
Wellington, April 16 NZPA - The judgement of Internal Affairs Minister Richard Worth has been questioned again after it was revealed he visited a taxi driver who was allegedly attacked by passengers at the weekend.

Maori Leaders Want To Face John Key Over Auckland Representation

Maori Leaders Want To Face John Key Over Auckland Representation
Wellington, April 16 NZPA - Maori leaders are planning a "showdown" with government ministers over Maori representation on the new Auckland super city.

Key Rejects Treasury Recommendation For State House Time Limit

Key Rejects Treasury Recommendation For State House Time Limit
Wellington, April 16 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key says while Treasury has some concerns about how Housing New Zealand spends its money the Government does not intend to follow its more hard-line recommendations.

Discussion Document On Securities Regs Changes Out Today

Discussion Document On Securities Regs Changes Out Today
Wellington, April 16 NZPA - Changes to securities regulations aimed at greater transparency and flexibility are in a discussion document released today.

Fiji Faces Expulsion From Forum, Key Backs Immediate Action

Fiji Faces Expulsion From Forum, Key Backs Immediate Action
Wellington, April 16 NZPA - The Pacific Island Forum is poised to suspend Fiji, with New Zealand Prime Minister John Key saying he would back immediate action. Commodore Voreqe (Frank) Bainimarama was already facing a May 1 deadline for progress towards elections.

Treasury Expressed Concern About HNZ's Capital Spending - Report

Treasury Expressed Concern About HNZ's Capital Spending - Report
Wellington, April 16 NZPA - The Government is monitoring the way Housing New Zealand spends money after Treasury expressed concerns about transparency, it was reported today.

Key Optimistic For China

Key Optimistic For China
By Ian Llewellyn of NZPA Beijing, April 16 NZPA - The latest data on the Chinese economy is set to be good news for the wider world, Prime Minister John Key predicted today.

China Asks For NZ Help To Sort Out Food Safety Crisis

China Asks For NZ Help To Sort Out Food Safety Crisis
Beijing, April 16 NZPA - China has asked New Zealand to assist in sorting out China's confidence crisis over food safety. Prime Minister John Key met Premier Wen Jiabao overnight (NZ time) with all pomp and ceremony a welcome in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing can muster.

China Says Relations With New Zealand At All Time High

Beijing, April 15 NZPA - The Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao says relations with New Zealand are at an all time high, Prime Minister John Key said today.

Maori Plan Hikoi Over Super City Representation

Wellington, April 15 NZPA - Auckland Maori are planning a march in the city to protest the Government's plans to not set aside seats for Maori on the proposed Auckland super council.

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