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China Not Immune To Global Economic Flu Says Key

China Not Immune To Global Economic Flu Says Key
Beijing, April 15 NZPA - Chinese leaders say their economy has been hit by global downturn but there are signs of improvement, Prime Minister John Key said today.

Justice Minister Attending Canberra Attorneys-General Meeting

Justice Minister Attending Canberra Attorneys-General Meeting
Wellington, April 15 NZPA - Justice Minister Simon Power will attend a trans-Tasman meeting of attorneys-general in Canberra tomorrow.

Govt And Labour Cautious About Latest Kyoto Liability Estimates

Govt And Labour Cautious About Latest Kyoto Liability Estimates
Wellington, April 15 NZPA - The Government and the Labour Party say New Zealand still faces big climate change challenges despite latest figures showing liabilities under the Kyoto Protocol have swung from deficit to surplus.

Government Not Boosting Beneficiaries Allowable Income This Year

Wellington, April 15 NZPA - The Government says it never promised to raise the allowable income for beneficiaries this year.

Maori Meet To Discuss Super Council

Maori Meet To Discuss Super Council
Wellington, April 15 NZPA - Maori leaders packed out a meeting house in Auckland today to discuss government plans not to include Maori representation on the proposed Auckland super council.

NZ Politicians Criticise UN For Using Fiji Troops

NZ Politicians Criticise UN For Using Fiji Troops
Wellington, April 15 NZPA - New Zealand politicians are accusing the United Nations of propping up Fiji's military regime by using the troubled Pacific nations troops for peacekeeping.

Kyoto Liability Swings Into Surplus But Minister Is Cautious

Wellington, April 15 NZPA - New Zealand's estimated liabilities under the Kyoto Protocol are looking a lot better than they were last year but the Government expects the figures to continue bouncing around until the day of reckoning arrives in 2015.

Kyoto Projections Move Into Surplus But Minister Is Cautious

Kyoto Projections Move Into Surplus But Minister Is Cautious
Wellington, April 15 NZPA - New Zealand's liability under the Kyoto Protocol has swung from a deficit last year to a surplus this year, and Environment Minister Nick Smith says the figures could continue to bounce around.

Fiji Warned Of Dire Economic Consequences Of Recent Events

Fiji Warned Of Dire Economic Consequences Of Recent Events
By Ian Llewellyn of NZPA Beijing, April 15 NZPA - If Fiji's military regime does not do a "miraculous turnaround" and commit to elections soon then the economic consequences will be dire, Prime Minister John Key said today.

Despite Recession China Committed To Trade Deal With NZ

Despite Recession China Committed To Trade Deal With NZ
By Ian Llewellyn of NZPA Beijing, April 15 NZPA - Despite the global recession hurting China the Asian economic giant remains committed to its trade deal with New Zealand and wants to take the relationship between the two countries to a new level, Prime Minister John Key said today.

UN Playing Into Fiji Military's Hands -- McCully

UN Playing Into Fiji Military's Hands -- McCully
Wellington, April 15 NZPA - The United Nations is playing into the Fiji military's hands by continuing to use peacekeepers from the island nation, Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully says.

China Still Interested In NZ Farming Despite Poison Milk

China Still Interested In NZ Farming Despite Poison Milk
By Ian Llewellyn of NZPA Beijing, April 15 NZPA - China still wants to work with New Zealand on building agricultural trade despite New Zealand's part in the contaminated milk scandal, Prime Minister John Key said today.

Fiji Given A "Passport To Poverty" - John Key

Fiji Given A "Passport To Poverty" - John Key
Beijing, April 14 NZPA - Recent events in Fiji mean the country is being given a "passport to poverty" by its military ruler Commodore Frank Bainimarama, Prime Minister John Key said today.

China Says It Is Committed To Trade Deal And Expanding Links

China Says It Is Committed To Trade Deal And Expanding Links
By Ian Llewellyn of NZPA Beijing, April 14 NZPA - China remains committed to its trade deal with New Zealand and wants to expand and build on links between the two countries, Prime Minister John Key said today.

NZ Rules Out Travel Ban

NZ Rules Out Travel Ban
Wellington, April 14 NZPA - The Government has ruled out banning New Zealanders from visiting Fiji, saying to do so would make it no better than the island nation's military administration.

Minister Warns Against Travel To Fiji

Minister Warns Against Travel To Fiji
Wellington, April 14 NZPA - New Zealanders should think twice about visiting Fiji, Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully says. He has also raised the possibility of travel and trade bans to the troubled Pacific nation but said they were not preferred options.

Key Begins First Visit To China As PM

Key Begins First Visit To China As PM
Beijing, April 13 NZPA - After leaving the political chaos of Thailand behind Prime Minister John Key begins his official visit to China on Tuesday evening (NZ Time).

Key Leaves Troubled Thailand For Order Of China

Key Leaves Troubled Thailand For Order Of China
Pattaya, Thailand April 13 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key may have landed safely in China, but the troubled nation of Thailand he and other regional leaders fled from over the weekend is threatening to descend into chaos.

Phil Goff Denies U-Turn On Smacking Bill

Phil Goff Denies U-Turn On Smacking Bill
By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, April 12 NZPA - Labour leader Phil Goff says the anti-smacking law does not need to be amended or revoked.

Greens Deal With National Leaves Labour Key Opposition -- Goff

Greens Deal With National Leaves Labour Key Opposition -- Goff
Wellington, April 12 NZPA - The Greens deal with National means Labour will be seen as the key opposition party, its leader Phil Goff says. However Mr Goff was careful not to overtly criticise the Greens for their decision. Labour and the Greens have worked together in the past.

Cullen Says He Did Not Mean Rich Prick Remark To Be Audible

Cullen Says He Did Not Mean Rich Prick Remark To Be Audible
Wellington, April 12 NZPA - Former Deputy Prime Minister Michael Cullen says he never meant anyone to hear him call John Key a "rich prick".

Key Discusses Fiji With Head Of UN

Key Discusses Fiji With Head Of UN
By Ian Llewellyn of NZPA Pattaya, Thailand, April 12 NZPA - Events in Fiji were on top of the agenda when Prime Minister John Key and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon met on Saturday night.

Key Sceptical Thailand Can Hold East Asian Summit

By Ian Llewellyn of NZPA Pattaya, Thailand, April 12 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key is sceptical about Thailand's belief that it can reconvene the East Asian Summit within two months.

Key Leaves Thailand After Protests Cancel Summit

Key Leaves Thailand After Protests Cancel Summit
Pattaya, Thailand, April 11 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key is leaving Thailand after protesters cancelled the East Asia Summit by storming the conference venue.

Fiji PM Appointment A "Sham" - McCully

Fiji PM Appointment A "Sham" - McCully
Wellington, April 11 NZPA - The re-appointment of Commodore Frank Bainimarama as Fiji's interim Prime Minister is a sham and the events that surround his appointment take his country down an even darker path, Foreign Minister Murray McCully said today.

Protesters Throw East Asian Summit Into Doubt

Protesters Throw East Asian Summit Into Doubt
Pattaya, Thailand, April 11 NZPA - The future of the East Asian Summit in Thailand this weekend has been thrown into doubt after protesters managed to postpone a meeting between Asean nations and China.

Key Still Planning To Attend Chaotic Summit

Key Still Planning To Attend Chaotic Summit
Pattaya, Thailand, April 11 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key is still planning to attend the East Asian Summit in Thailand this weekend as thousands of protesters threaten to engulf the gathering of regional leaders.

John Key Flies Into The Chaos Of Thai Politics

John Key Flies Into The Chaos Of Thai Politics
By Ian Llewellyn of NZPA Pattaya, Thailand, April 10 NZPA - Waves of protest against the Thai government are engulfing Thailand as Prime Minister John Key prepares to arrive for the East Asian Summit over the weekend.

Minister Attending Meeting On People Smuggling

Minister Attending Meeting On People Smuggling
Wellington, April 10 NZPA - Immigration Minister Jonathan Coleman is attending a meeting in Indonesia next week aimed at tackling people smuggling.

State-Owned Enterprises Told They Must Do Better

State-Owned Enterprises Told They Must Do Better
Wellington, April 9 NZPA - Ministers have put the hard word on state-owned enterprises, telling them today they must improve profits and productivity.

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