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Key wants to double China trade in five years

Key wants to double China trade in five years
By Kate Chapman of NZPA Beijing, July 7 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key wants to double New Zealand's two-way trade with China over the next five years.

Key becomes the Minister of Pizza

Key becomes the Minister of Pizza
By Kate Chapman of NZPA Beijing, July 7 NZPA - It was all cheese after Prime Minister John Key arrived in China and headed straight to open a pizza shop and launch a documentary.

PM steering clear of judging Bethune sentence

PM steering clear of judging Bethune sentence
By Chris Ormond and Kate Chapman of NZPA Wellington, July 7 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key has stopped short of commenting on the sentence handed down to anti-whaling activist Peter Bethune but says it would have come as a huge relief to him and his family.

Changes to RUC system on way

Changes to RUC system on way
Wellington, July 7 NZPA - The Government is making changes to road user charges (RUC) aimed to make them simpler but also see more people pay.

Asylum seekers not political pawns, says human rights group

Asylum seekers not political pawns, says human rights group
Wellington, July 7 NZPA - Amnesty International has joined calls for New Zealand to avoid being roped into supporting Australia's off-shore asylum seeker processing centre proposal, and says those at the centre of discussions are not political pawns.

Key wants to double NZ trade with China

Key wants to double NZ trade with China
By Kate Chapman of NZPA Beijing, July 7 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key has arrived in Beijing and wants to get an agreement to double New Zealand's trade with China within five years. Two-way trade between the two countries is currently $10 billion annually.

NZ to help fund solar energy in Tonga

NZ to help fund solar energy in Tonga
Wellington, July 7 NZPA - New Zealand is to help fund the construction of a solar power plant in Tonga which will lessen the need for reliance on polluting diesel-generated power.

Opposition criticises lab test decision

Opposition criticises lab test decision
Wellington, July 7 NZPA - A government decision to stop hospitals charging for laboratory tests ordered by private specialists will rob the public health service of millions of dollars, opposition parties say.

Kiwi troops going for Sol Is elections

Kiwi troops going for Sol Is elections
Wellington, July 7 NZPA - New Zealand troops will be sent to the Solomon Islands to provide security during elections.

Ryall confirms shared health services agency will be set up

Ryall confirms shared health services agency will be set up
Wellington, July 7 NZPA - The Government has confirmed that a shared services agency will be established to harness the power of bulk purchasing for the public health service.

Govt should stay away from boat people talks - Goff

Govt should stay away from boat people talks - Goff
Wellington, July 7 NZPA - The Government should steer clear of discussions with Australia about a centre for asylum seekers, Labour leader Phil Goff said today.

Key to express regret to Chinese V-P over protest

Key to express regret to Chinese V-P over protest
By Kate Chapman of NZPA Seoul, July 7 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key said he would not apologise to Chinese Vice-President Xi Jinping when they meet later today, but would express regret over the protest by Green Party co-leader Russel Norman when Mr Xi was in New Zealand.

Boat people a legitimate concern here, says Key

Boat people a legitimate concern here, says Key
Seoul, July 6 NZPA - New Zealand is not prepared to extend the number of refugees it accepts and needs to address the increasing risk of people-smuggling boats hitting our shores, says Prime Minister John Key.

Key hoping to build on South Korea success

Key hoping to build on South Korea success
By Kate Chapman of NZPA Seoul, Korea July 6 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key is hoping to build on the success of his time in South Korea when he travels to China tomorrow.

Police or prison guard attacks set to earn tougher sentences

Police or prison guard attacks set to earn tougher sentences
Wellington, July 6 NZPA - Making attacking police officers and prison guards an aggravating offence is a positive step, says the Police Association, but there needs to be more respect for law enforcers.

Govt approves Auckland's council controlled organisations

Govt approves Auckland's council controlled organisations
Wellington, July 6 NZPA - Cabinet has signed off the final structure of Auckland's council controlled organisations, Local Government Minister Rodney Hide says.

Aussie and NZ discuss asylum seeker initiative

Aussie and NZ discuss asylum seeker initiative
Wellington, July 6 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key has been discussing the prospect of setting up a "regional processing centre" in the Pacific where asylum seekers would be sent for processing.

G20 best way to deal with economic crisis aftermath - PM

G20 best way to deal with economic crisis aftermath - PM
By Kate Chapman of NZPA Seoul, July 6 NZPA - The G20 remains the best way to deal with the aftermath of the global economic crisis, says Prime Minister John Key.

Mining announcement still weeks away - Key

Mining announcement still weeks away - Key
Wellington, July 6 NZPA - An announcement on mining conservation land is still weeks away, Prime Minister John Key says. He told reporters in Seoul, Korea, today that he would take part in cabinet discussions before decisions were made.

Biofuel programme hits a snag

Wellington, June 6 NZPA - The Government's bid to boost production of biofuel has hit a snag with questions raised over whether it could invalidate engine warranties. A grant scheme for biodiesel is being extended to encourage more production of blended fuel.

Key works on FTA with South Korea

Key works on FTA with South Korea
By Kate Chapman of NZPA Seoul, Korea July 6 NZPA - As Prime Minister John Key works to progress a free trade agreement (FTA) with South Korea that will include agriculture, he says multi-lateral are still his preference.

Govt sees problem in productive land sales

Wellington, July 6 NZPA - The Government is worried that large parts of New Zealand's productive lands could end up in foreign ownership. Prime Minister John Key yesterday indicated that it may do something about that.

Knife measures seen as a cut above

Knife measures seen as a cut above
Wellington, June 6 NZPA - Government moves to tighten up on knife crime are positive, clinical psychologist Ian Lambie says, while calling for more research to be done into reasons people carry them as weapons.

Agriculture back on the table for FTA talks

By Kate Chapman of NZPA Seoul, July 5 NZPA - Agriculture is back on the table for free trade negotiations with South Korea, Prime Minister John Key says.

Key worried Kiwis will become tenants

Key worried Kiwis will become tenants
Wellington, July 5 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key says he doesn't want New Zealanders to become tenants in their own country as foreign companies seek to buy up farms and the Government may look at law changes.

Biodiesel grants scheme to be extended

Biodiesel grants scheme to be extended
Wellington, June 5 NZPA - Energy Minister Gerry Brownlee says the Government's biodiesel grants scheme is being extended but the Opposition say the changes are needed because the scheme is a flop.

New qualifications framework will be welcomed, says union

Wellington, July 5 NZPA - The establishment of a unified qualifications framework will be welcomed by current and potential students, says the New Zealand Union of Students Associations (NZUSA).

Principals want to develop alternative standards

Wellington, July 5 NZPA - Principals are writing to the Government offering to work alongside it to create a model that works better than national standards and will improve student achievement. At the same time more and more principals are boycotting training on the standards.

PM to seek help for ill NZer in China jail

PM to seek help for ill NZer in China jail
By Kate Chapman of NZPA Seoul, July 5 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key will raise concerns over the treatment of New Zealand businessman Danny Cancian who suffers from asthma but has to share a Chinese prison cell with over a dozen other men, most of them smokers.

PM vows shock treatment if All Blacks lose World Cup

By Kate Chapman of NZPA Seoul, Korea July 5 NZPA - If the All Blacks fail to win the rugby World Cup next year, captain Richie McCaw could get a big shock from Prime Minister John Key. If the team lost Mr Key would taser McCaw, the PM joked to business leaders in Korea today.

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