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Minister Broke Passport Rules, Labour Says

Minister Broke Passport Rules, Labour Says
Wellington, April 9 NZPA - Labour has again called for Internal Affairs Minister Richard Worth to be sacked after discovering he broke another rule when he visited India.

New Law Makes It Easier To Seize Profits Of Crime

New Law Makes It Easier To Seize Profits Of Crime
Wellington, April 9 NZPA - Parliament has passed legislation that makes it easier to strip organised crime groups of their assets and profits. The Criminal Proceeds (Recovery) Bill was introduced by the previous government and passed its third reading today.

Veterans' Health Panel Announced

Veterans' Health Panel Announced
Wellington, April 9 NZPA - Professor John Campbell will head the new Expert Panel on Veterans' Health, Veterans' Affairs Minister Judith Collins has announced.

Nick Smith Continues To Face Questions Of Committee Appearance

Nick Smith Continues To Face Questions Of Committee Appearance
Wellington, April 8 NZPA - ACC Minister Nick Smith's appearance before a select committee instead of board members continued to haunt him in Parliament today.

McCully And Clinton Agree US-NZ Relationship Is In Good Shape

McCully And Clinton Agree US-NZ Relationship Is In Good Shape
Wellington, April 8 NZPA - Foreign Minister Murray McCully and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met today in Washington and both said the relationship between the two countries was the best it had been in decades.

Maori Party Lobbied Government Over UN Declaration

Maori Party Lobbied Government Over UN Declaration
Wellington, April 8 NZPA - The Maori Party has been lobbying the government to sign up to a United Nations (UN) declaration on indigenous rights and is expecting an answer very soon.

Maori Party-Govt Difference Over Representation Under Fire

Maori Party-Govt Difference Over Representation Under Fire
By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, April 8 NZPA - The difference between the Government and its Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples over Maori representation in Auckland faced intense scrutiny in Parliament today.

Fight Over Maori Seats Makes National/Maori Bonds Closer

Fight Over Maori Seats Makes National/Maori Bonds Closer
Wellington, April 8 NZPA - A disagreement over Maori seats on the new Auckland super city has made the National-Maori Party relationship stronger, both party leaders said today.

Greens And National Sign MoU As Key Embraces MMP Politics

Greens And National Sign MoU As Key Embraces MMP Politics
(Pix available from nzpaimages.co.nz) Wellington, April 8 NZPA - The National Party's policy under John Key to embrace other political parties is continuing with an agreement to work with the Greens on some policy areas.

New Faces, Old Issues At NZ-US Meeting

New Faces, Old Issues At NZ-US Meeting
Wellington, April 8 NZPA - There were new leaders but old topics at the table when a New Zealand delegation travelled to the United States this week. Foreign Minister Murray McCully is in Washington DC to meet new US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Greens And National To Hold Joint Press Conference

Greens And National To Hold Joint Press Conference
Wellington, April 8 NZPA - The Greens and National are to work together on some policy areas. Before the election the Greens ruled out any support arrangement with National, but at a press conference at 12.15pm the two parties are to reveal "shared policy initiatives".

Trademarks Bill Will Allow NZ To Join International Treaties

Trademarks Bill Will Allow NZ To Join International Treaties
Wellington, April 8 NZPA - An anti-counterfeiting bill that was before Parliament last night will enable New Zealand to join three international trade mark treaties, Commerce Minister Simon Power says.

Drs Brash And Cullen Among SOE Appointments Today

Drs Brash And Cullen Among SOE Appointments Today
Wellington, April 7 NZPA - Former National leader Don Brash has been appointed a director of Transpower.

Forest And Bird Decries PCE Call For Middle Way In High Country

Forest And Bird Decries PCE Call For Middle Way In High Country
Wellington, April 7 NZPA - Green campaigners were split today by proposals for a "middle way" on reviewing crown leases in the iconic High Country of the South Island.

Judy Kirk Appointed Chair Of Lotteries Commission

Judy Kirk Appointed Chair Of Lotteries Commission
Wellington, April 7 NZPA - Retiring National Party president Judy Kirk has been appointed to chair the board of the New Zealand Lotteries Commission, Internal Affairs Minister Richard Worth announced today. Ms Kirk will start her three-year term on May 1.

Cullen Draws The Curtain On A 27-Year Long Parliamentary Career

Cullen Draws The Curtain On A 27-Year Long Parliamentary Career
Wellington, April 7 NZPA - The curtain will fall on Michael Cullen's 27-year-long parliamentary career at the end of the month.

Govt To Build More State Houses

Govt To Build More State Houses
Wellington, April 7 NZPA - The Government is to build 17 more State houses than previously stated, Housing Minister Phil Heatley said today.

Labour Fails To Nail Minister

Labour Fails To Nail Minister
Wellington, April 7 NZPA - Labour launched another assault on Internal Affairs Minister Richard Worth in Parliament today but failed to even extract confirmation that he was on his last warning.

Digital Broadcasting Regulatory Review To Be Canned

Digital Broadcasting Regulatory Review To Be Canned
Wellington, April 7 NZPA - A review of broadcasting, internet and telecommunications regulation ordered by the previous government has been canned. The Government said the current market "appears workably competitive" and there was no need for new regulation.

Anybody's Guess How Bad Unemployment Will Get -- English

Anybody's Guess How Bad Unemployment Will Get -- English
By Ian Llewellyn of NZPA Wellington, April 7 NZPA - With some indicators pointing towards unemployment rates pushing 10 percent, Finance Minister Bill English says "it is anyone's guess" how bad it will get.

Anne Tolley's Chopper Flight Faces Flak

Anne Tolley's Chopper Flight Faces Flak
Wellington, April 7 NZPA - The Opposition got into a spin today over Tertiary Education Minister Anne Tolley's helicopter "joy ride" around Auckland.

Misreporting Created Wrong Perception, Worth Says

Misreporting Created Wrong Perception, Worth Says
Wellington, April 7 NZPA - Internal Affairs Minister Richard Worth has blamed news media "misreporting" for him again being ticked off by Prime Minister John Key.

Biodiesel Trial Under Way In Bay Of Plenty

Wellington, April 7 NZPA - Mobil is trialling the sale of biodiesel fuel at the pump. Mobil began the trial in Bay of Plenty last week, using a blend of 5 percent biodiesel and 95 percent ordinary mineral diesel.

Drs Brash And Cullen Among SOE Appointments Today

Drs Brash And Cullen Among SOE Appointments Today
Wellington, April 7 NZPA - Former National leader Don Brash has been appointed a director of Transpower.

No Pay Freeze But Public Service Will Feel The Pinch - English

Wellington, April 7 NZPA - State sector employees who have negotiated pay rises will get them this year but the outlook is bleak for those who haven't, Finance Minister Bill English indicated in Parliament today.

Don Brash Among SOE Appointments Today

Wellington, April 7 NZPA - Former National leader Don Brash has been appointed a director of Transpower.

Richard Worth Seems To Be On Final Warning

Wellington, April 7 NZPA - Internal Affairs Minister Richard Worth has been issued an indirect final warning after a conflict of interests in his trip to India was followed by allegations against a company he held shares in.

Misreporting Created Wrong Perception, Worth Says

Misreporting Created Wrong Perception, Worth Says
Wellington, April 7 NZPA - Internal Affairs Minister Richard Worth has blamed news media "misreporting" for him again being ticked off by Prime Minister John Key.

More Problems For Minister

More Problems For Minister
Rptg on P cat Wellington, April 7 NZPA - Labour Party MPs are expected to again demand Richard Worth's resignation when Parliament sits today.

Govt Decision On Auckland To Be Announced Today

Govt Decision On Auckland To Be Announced Today
Wellington, April 7 NZPA - The Government will reveal Auckland's new local government structure today, with Prime Minister John Key saying it has come up with a good proposal.

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