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Judge Casts Doubt On Whether He Asked Smith To Appear

Judge Casts Doubt On Whether He Asked Smith To Appear
By Sharon Lundy of NZPA 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.

PM Leaves Judgements On Raised Interest Rates To Reserve Bank

PM Leaves Judgements On Raised Interest Rates To Reserve Bank
Wellington, April 1 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key stopped short of criticising banks today for hiking long-term market interest rates.

Minister Questioned Over Plastic Bag Backdown

Minister Questioned Over Plastic Bag Backdown
Wellington, April 1 NZPA - Environment Minister Nick Smith faced more questions over his vetoed plastic bag initiative in Parliament today. Dr Smith caused a stir when he said he was investigating the introduction of a charge on all supermarket plastic bags.

Ministerial Review To Shake Up Electricty Sector Named

Ministerial Review To Shake Up Electricty Sector Named
Wellington, April 1 NZPA - A ministerial review of the electricity sector to look at security of supply, affordability and the duplication of sector governance has been formally announced.

New Chairman Offers Support For Predecessor

New Chairman Offers Support For Predecessor
By Sharon Lundy of NZPA Wellington, April 1 NZPA - A District Health Board (DHB) chairman installed to replace the man under whose watch $16.9 million was stolen from the organisation says he would not have done anything differently to his predecessor.

Labour Upset As NZ Stands Aside On Un Human Rights Council

Labour Upset As NZ Stands Aside On Un Human Rights Council
Wellington, April 1 NZPA - Labour has criticised the Government for standing aside from its bid for a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council in favour of the United States.

Ministerial Review To Shake Up Electricty Sector Named

Wellington, April 1 NZPA - A ministerial review of the electricity sector to look at security of supply, electricity affordability and the duplication of sector governance has been formally announced.

NZ Stands Aside For US On UN Human Rights Council

NZ Stands Aside For US On UN Human Rights Council
Wellington, April 1 NZPA - New Zealand has stood aside from its bid for a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council in favour of the United States taking a place.

Groser Says He Didn't Know He Still Held Company Shares

Groser Says He Didn't Know He Still Held Company Shares
Wellington, March 31 NZPA - Trade Minister Tim Groser said tonight he had just discovered he still held shares in a company he resigned from in February to avoid any possibility of conflict of interest.

Winner Of Starter Home Competition Announced

Winner Of Starter Home Competition Announced
Wellington, March 31 NZPA - A nationwide design competition for starter homes has shown that innovative and affordable houses are a realistic option, says Building and Construction Minister Maurice Williamson.

Key Says Tax Ads Were Cheap Compared With Labour's

Key Says Tax Ads Were Cheap Compared With Labour's
Wellington, March 31 NZPA - Labour has attacked the Government for advertising the $10-a-week independent earner tax credit which starts tomorrow but Prime Minister John Key says it was cheap compared with Labour's taxpayer-funded messages while it was in power.

Call For Review Of Bail Law As Davis Case Reaches Parliament

Call For Review Of Bail Law As Davis Case Reaches Parliament
Wellington, March 31 NZPA - The ACT Party is calling for an immediate review of bail laws, although Justice Minister Simon Power says violent offenders like Haiden Davis would have probably been denied it under changes introduced late last year.

Future Of More Tax Cuts Will Be Indicated In May Budget: English

Future Of More Tax Cuts Will Be Indicated In May Budget: English
Wellington, March 31 NZPA - Taxpayers will get an indication in the May 28 budget on whether the scheduled 2010 and 2011 tax cuts will go ahead, Finance Minister Bill English said today.

NZ Looking At Australia Stance On Controversial Declaration

NZ Looking At Australia Stance On Controversial Declaration
Wellington, March 31 NZPA - New Zealand is looking with interest to see if Australia signs up to a controversial United Nation's declaration, and may follow its lead, Prime Minister John Key said today.

Key To Attend Asean Summit And Visit China

Key To Attend Asean Summit And Visit China
Wellington, March 31 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key will attend the East Asia Summit in Thailand on April 11 and 12 and then visit China, it was announced today.

Whenuapai Will Be Kept As An Air Force Base, Minister Says

Whenuapai Will Be Kept As An Air Force Base, Minister Says
Wellington, March 31 NZPA - Whenuapai will be retained as a permanent Royal New Zealand Air Force base, Defence Minister Wayne Mapp told Parliament today.

Business Sector Expected To Match Govt Investment -- Institute

Business Sector Expected To Match Govt Investment -- Institute
By Sharon Lundy of NZPA Wellington, March 31 NZPA - Business think tank the New Zealand Institute believes the private sector will at least match the Government's $1.5 billion investment ultra-fast broadband.

New ACC Board Members Announced

New ACC Board Members Announced
Wellington, March 31 NZPA - Four new members have been appointed to the ACC board, to go with its new chairman, ACC Minister Nick Smith announced today.

National Ministers Warned After Slip-Up

National Ministers Warned After Slip-Up
Wellington, March 31 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key has told his ministers to get advice on any potential conflicts of interest following a slip-up by Internal Affairs Minister Richard Worth.

Bail Laws Would Make It Harder For Repeat Of Borrell Case

Bail Laws Would Make It Harder For Repeat Of Borrell Case
Wellington, March 31 NZPA - Changes to the bail laws late last year would have probably meant a violent offender such as Haiden Mark Davis would have not got bail , Justice Minister Simon Power said today.

PPPs For Broadband Initiative

PPPs For Broadband Initiative
By Sharon Lundy of NZPA Wellington, March 31 NZPA - Public-private partnerships will be established to deliver ultra-fast broadband to 75 percent of New Zealanders within 10 years, Communications and Technology Minister Steven Joyce announced today.

Govt Proposes Crown Owned Investment Company To Drive Broadband

Govt Proposes Crown Owned Investment Company To Drive Broadband
Wellington, March 31 NZPA - The Government says it will set up a Crown-owned company to drive its $1.5 billion investment in ultra fast broadband.

Labour MPs Plan To Give Key A Tough Time In Parliament

Labour MPs Plan To Give Key A Tough Time In Parliament
Wellington, March 31 NZPA - Labour MPs intend giving Prime Minister John Key a torrid time in Parliament today over the conflict of interest controversy.

Labour Has Trade Minister In Its Sights

Labour Has Trade Minister In Its Sights
Wellington, March 30 NZPA - Labour MPs intend raising questions in Parliament tomorrow about ministerial conflict of interest, and not just Richard Worth's trip to India.

Key Says Govt Will Act If Aviation Dispute Isn't Settled

Wellington, March 30 NZPA - The Government will change the law if the dispute that is threatening Air New Zealand's regional services isn't settled in a "commonsense way", Prime Minister John Key said today.

Key Shoots Down Tax On Plastic Bags

Wellington, March 30 NZPA - The Government isn't going to slap a charge on plastic bags that would go into supermarket coffers, Prime Minister John Key said today.

Key Cracks The Whip Over Ministerial Conflict Of Interest

Key Cracks The Whip Over Ministerial Conflict Of Interest
Wellington, March 30 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key has told his ministers to be very careful not to raise any potential or perceived conflict of interest between their public and private responsibilities.

Key 'Bollocks' One Minister, Shoots Down Suggestion From Another

Key 'Bollocks' One Minister, Shoots Down Suggestion From Another
Wellington, May 30 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key has carpeted one minister for getting involved in a potential conflict of interest and shot down another for suggesting a tax on plastic bags after being blindsided twice in 24 hours.

Auckland Super City Decisions Could Be Made In One Week: Key

Auckland Super City Decisions Could Be Made In One Week: Key
Wellington, March 30 NZPA - Decisions about whether a super council should rule over Auckland could be taken as early as next Monday, Prime Minister John Key said today.

St John Reviewing Patient Transfer Services

St John Reviewing Patient Transfer Services
Wellington, March 30 NZPA - St John says it is reviewing patient transfer services to district health boards which came under fire from rural GPs and nurses at the weekend. The review had been underway for several weeks, St John operations director Tony Blaber said today.

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