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Landlords Warned About Getting Caught Up In Drug Dealings

Landlords Warned About Getting Caught Up In Drug Dealings
Wellington, March 30 NZPA - Landlords are increasingly becoming innocent parties in the drug trade with rented homes being used as drop-off and pick-up points, according to Customs.

Key Dismisses Nuclear Poll

Key Dismisses Nuclear Poll
Wellington, March 30 NZPA - The Government has nothing to do with a poll about whether nuclear-powered ships should be allowed back into New Zealand waters, Prime Minister John Key says.

Government Developing Plan To Improve Ambulance Services

Government Developing Plan To Improve Ambulance Services
Wellington, March 30 NZPA - The Government is "busy working on a plan" to improve rural ambulance services, Minister of Health Tony Ryall says.

Plastic Bag Charge A Deterrent, Rather Than Tax, Says PM

Wellington, March 30 NZPA - A government proposal to charge shoppers 5 cents for plastic bags would be a deterrent rather than tax and a decision is a long way off, says Prime Minister John Key.

Car-Crushing Legislation Being Drafted, Collins Says

Car-Crushing Legislation Being Drafted, Collins Says
Wellington, March 29 NZPA - Legislation is being drafted to allow courts to order boy racer cars to be crushed, Police Minister Judith Collins says.

Govt Denies Running Poll On Nuclear-Powered Ships

Govt Denies Running Poll On Nuclear-Powered Ships
Wellington, March 29 NZPA - Voters are being polled on whether nuclear-powered ships should be allowed back into New Zealand waters, it was reported today.

Role And Training Of Enrolled Nurses To Be Expanded - Ryall

Role And Training Of Enrolled Nurses To Be Expanded - Ryall
Wellington, March 29 NZPA - The role and training of enrolled nurses is to be expanded, Health Minister Tony Ryall says. The Nursing Council was working with district health boards to fulfil National's election pledge, he said at the weekend.

Patients Travel Cost Allowance Increased

Patients Travel Cost Allowance Increased
Wellington, March 29 NZPA - The amount patients can claim for frequent or long-distance travel is being increased for the first time in 20 years, Health Minister Tony Ryall said today.

Minister Signals Tight Contracts For Privately-Run Prisons

Minister Signals Tight Contracts For Privately-Run Prisons
Wellington, March 29 NZPA - Privately-run prisons will face big fines for escapes and they will be expected to reduce recidivism rates and drug use, Corrections Minister Judith Collins said today.

Minister Puts In Big Budget Bids For Rehab And Parole Officers

Minister Puts In Big Budget Bids For Rehab And Parole Officers
Wellington, March 29 NZPA - Corrections Minister Judith Collins says she has asked for substantially more money to improve rehabilitation rates and the parole service.

Tax Cuts Will Deliver `Shot In The Arm' For Economy - Ministers

Tax Cuts Will Deliver `Shot In The Arm' For Economy - Ministers
Wellington, March 29 NZPA - Tax cuts that come in on Wednesday will deliver a billion dollar a year boost to the economy while changes to the business tax regime will help companies get through the recession, ministers said today.

Governor-General Has Been Knighted, Key Announces

Governor-General Has Been Knighted, Key Announces
Wellington, March 27 NZPA - Governor-General Anand Satyanand has been knighted, Prime Minister John Key has announced.

Life-Saving Rumble Strips To Be Extended

Life-Saving Rumble Strips To Be Extended
Wellington, March 27 NZPA - Another 750km of state highway will have life saving "rumble strips" installed, Transport Minister Steven Joyce announced today.

PM Delighted At Clark's UN Success

PM Delighted At Clark's UN Success
Wellington, March 27 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key says he's delighted to hear of his predecessor Helen Clark's successful application to head the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

SOE Bonus Payments To Be Scrutinised

SOE Bonus Payments To Be Scrutinised
Wellington, March 27 NZPA - The issue of bonus payments by state-owned enterprises (SOEs) will be scrutinised at a meeting of company chairs next month. Fifteen SOEs paid over $46 million in bonuses last year, with NZ Post being the biggest spender, TV3 reported last night.

Govt Faces Criticism After Putting Cap On Public Service Numbers

Govt Faces Criticism After Putting Cap On Public Service Numbers
Wellington, March 27 NZPA - The Government has put a cap on the number of public service employees and although the number has been taken from last year it is facing criticism from Labour and the Public Service Association.

Labour Organises `Summit' Meeting To Discuss Aid

Labour Organises `Summit' Meeting To Discuss Aid
Wellington, March 26 NZPA - The Labour Party has organised a "summit" in Wellington tomorrow to discuss the future of New Zealand's development aid to other countries. MP Phil Twyford says there is widespread concern about the Government's review of the way aid is handled.

State-Owned Companies Pay Out $46m In Bonuses

State-Owned Companies Pay Out $46m In Bonuses
Wellington, March 26 NZPA - Bonuses paid by 15 state-owned companies totalled more than $46 million last year and the Government could clamp down on them. TV3 News reported tonight its investigation showed NZ Post was the biggest bonus spender.

DPB Rule Changes Put On Hold Because Of Recession

DPB Rule Changes Put On Hold Because Of Recession
Wellington, March 26 NZPA - The Government's plan to tighten the rules around the domestic purposes benefit has been put on hold because of the recession.

Govt Announces Cap On Number Of Public Service Employees

Govt Announces Cap On Number Of Public Service Employees
Wellington, March 26 NZPA - The Government has set the cap on the number of core public service employees at 38,859, the same as it was at the end of December.

Prison Management Bill Passes First Reading

Prison Management Bill Passes First Reading
Wellington, March 26 NZPA - A bill that will allow prisons to be privately managed passed its first reading on a 68-53 vote in Parliament today.

Law Change To Stop Remuneration Authority Giving Unwanted Rises

Law Change To Stop Remuneration Authority Giving Unwanted Rises
Wellington, March 26 NZPA - The Government intends changing the law to stop the Remuneration Authority giving pay rises to people who don't want them.

Singh Case Prompts Govt To Look At Self-Defence Laws

Singh Case Prompts Govt To Look At Self-Defence Laws
Wellington, March 26 NZPA - Justice officials have been asked to look into the laws around self-defence, Justice Minister Simon Power said today. Mr Power asked for the report after police prosecuted liquor store owner Virender Singh for attacking someone trying to rob his store.

Government To Investigate Northland Aquaculture Opportunities

Government To Investigate Northland Aquaculture Opportunities
Wellington, March 26 NZPA - The Government is to look at finfish and oyster farming opportunities in Northland in a bid to grow New Zealand's aquaculture industry.

National MP Named In Beautiful Female Politician Poll

National MP Named In Beautiful Female Politician Poll
Wellington, March 26 NZPA - A National Party MP has been named in an international internet poll to find the world's most beautiful female politician. List MP Melissa Lee was named number 50 in the poll, run by Spain's 20 Minutos newspaper.

New Locomotives For Kiwirail

New Locomotives For Kiwirail
Wellington, March 2 NZPA - The Government is spending $115 million to buy the first new rail locomotives in 20 years and new carriages for tourist trains.

Police To Get Powers To Crush Boy Racing Activities And Cars

Police To Get Powers To Crush Boy Racing Activities And Cars
Wellington, Feb 2 NZPA - Police and the Government are to crack down on boyracers after a violent incident in Christchurch on Friday night.

Key Announces Maori Jobs Forum At Ratana

Key Announces Maori Jobs Forum At Ratana
By Grant Fleming of NZPA Ratana, Jan 23 NZPA - Maori will have their own jobs forum as a forerunner to the Government's February jobs summit, Prime Minister John Key says.

John Key Says Fiji's Future Within Forum On The Table At Talks

John Key Says Fiji's Future Within Forum On The Table At Talks
Wellington, Jan 20 NZPA - Fiji could face suspension from the Pacific Islands Forum over its interim government's decision not to hold elections this year, Prime Minister John Key said today.

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