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New Army And Navy Chiefs Appointed

New Army And Navy Chiefs Appointed
Wellington, April 6 NZPA - Defence Minister Wayne Mapp announced today Commodore Tony Parr had been appointed Chief of Navy and Major General Rhys Jones Chief of Army. They succeed Rear Admiral David Ledson and Major General Lou Gardiner, who retire on April 30.

Govt Would Consider US Request For More Troops, Key Says

Govt Would Consider US Request For More Troops, Key Says
Wellington, April 6 NZPA - The Government would consider a request to increase New Zealand's military commitment to Afghanistan if it is made when Foreign Minister Murray McCully meets US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday, Prime Minister John Key said today.

Decision Soon On By-Election Date, Key Says

Decision Soon On By-Election Date, Key Says
Wellington, April 6 NZPA - The Mt Albert by-election is likely to be held around the time of the May 28 budget, Prime Minister John Key indicated today. Early June is a popular pick for the by-election and Mr Key said he was working on a date.

Key Disagrees With `Stay Away From Gallipoli' Call

Key Disagrees With `Stay Away From Gallipoli' Call
Wellington, April 6 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key doesn't agree with suggestions that New Zealanders should stay away from Gallipoli on Anzac Day.

No Change In Attitude To Zimbabwe, Key Says

No Change In Attitude To Zimbabwe, Key Says
Wellington, April 6 NZPA - The Government's attitude to Zimbabwe won't change until there is evidence of positive change in that country, Prime Minister John Key said today.

More Knights And Dames On The Way

More Knights And Dames On The Way
Wellington, April 6 NZPA - More than half the New Zealanders who were offered the option of becoming Knights or Dames have so far indicated they want the titles, Prime Minister John Key said today.

Prime Minister Says Banks Already Being Flexible

Prime Minister Says Banks Already Being Flexible
(Adds comment from post-cabinet press conference) Wellington, April 6 NZPA - New Zealand banks are being flexible with home owners and may not need government pressure to offer people a holiday on their mortgage repayments, Prime Minister John Key said today.

Key Stands By Worth, Says He's Dealt With Company Issues

Key Stands By Worth, Says He's Dealt With Company Issues
Wellington, April 6 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key doesn't intend sacking Richard Worth and says the troubled Internal Affairs Minister has dealt with issues involving companies he was connected with.

Car-Crushing Bill Nearly Ready, Key Says

Car-Crushing Bill Nearly Ready, Key Says
Wellington, April 6 NZPA - Car-crushing boy racer legislation could be introduced to Parliament as early as this week, Prime Minister John Key said today.

Govt Decision On Auckland Report To Be Announced Tomorrow

Govt Decision On Auckland Report To Be Announced Tomorrow
Wellington, April 6 NZPA - The Government's response to the Royal Commission's report on Auckland's local government structure will be announced tomorrow, Prime Minister John Key said today.

Consultation To Begin On National School Standards

Consultation To Begin On National School Standards
Wellington, April 6 NZPA - Public consultation on National Standards for primary and intermediate schools is to take place next month.

Prime Minister Says Banks Already Being Flexible

Prime Minister Says Banks Already Being Flexible
Wellington, April 6 NZPA - New Zealand banks are being flexible with home owners and may not need government pressure to offer people a holiday on their mortgage repayments, Prime Minister John Key said.

NZ Govt Comdemns N Korea Missile Launch

NZ Govt Comdemns N Korea Missile Launch
Wellington, April 5 NZPA - The New Zealand government has spoken out in condemnation of North Korea's rocket launch. North Korea today launched a long-range rocket over Japan, drawing swift international condemnation and triggering an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council.

National Continues To Ride High In Polls

National Continues To Ride High In Polls
Wellington, April 5 NZPA - National is continuing to ride a post-election wave of support, according to the latest poll. The TV One News Colmar Brunton poll tonight put National on 57 percent support (up 1 point) compared to Labour on 31 percent support (up 3 points).

Cabinet To Decide Response To Auckland Super City Proposal

Cabinet To Decide Response To Auckland Super City Proposal
Wellington, April 5 NZPA - Proposals to create an Auckland super city will be considered by Cabinet tomorrow. Prime Minister John Key said last week that ministers would this Monday consider a Government response to a Royal Commission's ideas for local government reform in Auckland.

English Gives Strong Hint Super Fund Payments Will Be Postponed

English Gives Strong Hint Super Fund Payments Will Be Postponed
By Ian Llewellyn of NZPA Wellington, April 5 NZPA - Finance Minister Bill English has given his strongest hints yet that he intends suspending or reducing payments into the New Zealand Superannuation Fund until the economy improves.

English Says National Cycleway Will Come Slowly And Cheaply

Wellington, April 5 NZPA - The building of a national cycle network will be done slowly and over time, Finance Minister Bill English said today.

Key Says Banks Taking Advantage Of People With Credit Cards

Key Says Banks Taking Advantage Of People With Credit Cards
Wellington, April 3 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key has joined Finance Minister Bill English in firing a warning shot about banks' business practices -- this time over interest rates on credit cards.

Crime Summit Will Help Bring Crime Rates Down Says Power

Crime Summit Will Help Bring Crime Rates Down Says Power
Wellington, April 3 NZPA - Ideas from a ministerial meeting on tackling the causes of crime will have some short-term gains, but getting violent offending rates down will take five to 10 years, Justice Minister Simon Power says.

Genetic Aspect Of Crime Explored At Conference

Genetic Aspect Of Crime Explored At Conference
Wellington, April 3 NZPA - Genes and environment combine to influence whether someone is likely to exhibit violent or anti-social tendencies, a researcher told a crime conference today.

New Law Cracks Down On Illegal Prison Activity

New Law Cracks Down On Illegal Prison Activity
Wellington, April 3 NZPA - Prisons staff will from today have greater powers to search prisoners and their mail for contraband.

New Geneva-Based UN Repesentative Named

New Geneva-Based UN Repesentative Named
Wellington, April 3 NZPA - Career diplomat Dell Higgie will be New Zealand's next permanent representative to the United Nations in Geneva and ambassador for disarmament, Foreign Minister Murray McCully announced today.

Crown To Host Hui Over Reaching Treaty Settlements Goal

Crown To Host Hui Over Reaching Treaty Settlements Goal
Wellington, April 3 NZPA - A crown-hosted hui will be held this month with iwi leaders to discuss ways to meet the Government's goal of completing Treaty of Waitangi Claims by 2014.

Amendment To Benefit Crime Victims

Amendment To Benefit Crime Victims
Wellington, April 3 NZPA - An amendment to the Legal Services Act will mean all crime victims will get financial support to attend coronial inquests and Parole Board hearings, Justice Minister Simon Power says.

Conference On Causes Of Crime Takes Place In Parliament

Conference On Causes Of Crime Takes Place In Parliament
Wellington, April 3 NZPA - A conference to discuss the underlying causes of crime is being held in Parliament today. Justice Minister Simon Power says that for too long the focus has been on what to do with offenders after the fact.

North Shore Hospital Get $36m From Govt For Emergency Dept

North Shore Hospital Get $36m From Govt For Emergency Dept
Wellington, April 2 NZPA - The Government has approved $36 million to improve North Shore Hospital's emergency department. Health Minister Tony Ryall said the project would increase capacity in the emergency department and provide extra beds.

Smith Says He Never Said He Was Asked To Stand In

Smith Says He Never Said He Was Asked To Stand In
Wellington, April 2 NZPA - ACC chairman John Judge today cast doubt on whether he asked ACC Minister Nick Smith to act on his behalf at a parliamentary committee. Dr Smith told NZPA tonight he had never said Mr Judge asked him to appear at the committee meeting.

Govt Moves Fast To Fix Problem With Child Sex Law

Govt Moves Fast To Fix Problem With Child Sex Law
Wellington, April 2 NZPA - The Government took the unusual step of putting a bill through all its stages in Parliament today as it moved quickly to fix a problem with the law covering the supervision of child sex offenders.

North Shore Hospital Get $36m From Govt For Emergency Dept

North Shore Hospital Get $36m From Govt For Emergency Dept
Wellington, April 2 NZPA - The Government has approved $36 million to improve North Shore Hospital's emergency department. Health Minister Tony Ryall said the project would increase capacity in the emergency department and provide extra beds.

Judge Casts Doubt On Whether He Asked Smith To Act On His Behalf

Judge Casts Doubt On Whether He Asked Smith To Act On His Behalf
Wellington, April 2 NZPA - ACC chairman John Judge today cast doubt on whether he asked ACC Minister Nick Smith to act on his behalf at a parliamentary committee.

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