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New ambassador for Egypt named

New ambassador for Egypt named
Wellington, July 5 NZPA - Career diplomat David Strachan is New Zealand's next Ambassador to Egypt. Foreign Minister Murray McCully said Mr Strachan would also be cross-accredited to Libya, the League of Arab States, and the African Union.

Knives out for youths

Knives out for youths
Wellington, June 5 NZPA - The Government is moving to increase maximum sentences for knife-related offences while beefing up education and placing restrictions on the sale of knives, Justice Minister Simon Power announced today.

NZ played role in UN gender agency, says minister

NZ played role in UN gender agency, says minister
Wellington, July 5 NZPA - Strong advocacy from New Zealand over the years played a part in a decision by the United Nations General Assembly to establish a single entity for gender equality and the empowerment of women, says Women's Affairs Minister Pansy Wong.

New qualifications framework in place

New qualifications framework in place
Wellington, June 5 NZPA - A new unified qualifications framework will make life easier for employers and people who want to study, Tertiary Education Minister Steven Joyce says.

Biodiesel grants scheme to be extended - Brownlee

Biodiesel grants scheme to be extended - Brownlee
Wellington, June 5 NZPA - The Government's biodiesel grants scheme is being extended, Energy Minister Gerry Brownlee said today. It was introduced in July last year to kick start biodiesel production in New Zealand.

Not enough planes for air force exercises

Not enough planes for air force exercises
Wellington, June 5 NZPA - The air force could not take part in two overseas exercises this year because it didn't have enough planes, Defence Minister Wayne Mapp has confirmed.

Licensing hours targeted in liquor law reform

Licensing hours targeted in liquor law reform
Wellington, June 5 NZPA - Licensing hours will be a cornerstone of the Government's liquor law reform, Justice Minister Simon Power says.

Key talks trade with South Korea

Key talks trade with South Korea
By Kate Chapman of NZPA Seoul, Korea July 5 NZPA - Trade will be top of the agenda when Prime Minister John Key meets with President Lee Myung-bak and Prime Minister Chung Un-chan in Korea later today.

Key under NKorean scrutiny during DMZ visit

By Kate Chapman of NZPA Seoul, July 4 NZPA - North Korean soldiers spied on Prime Minister John Key's every move as he toured the area between North and South Korea today.

Key visits DMZ before trade talks

By Kate Chapman of NZPA

Liquor law changes will focus on harm to the young - Power

Liquor law changes will focus on harm to the young - Power
Wellington, June 4 NZPA - The Government's approach to liquor law reform will zero in on the harm caused to young people, Justice Minister Simon Power says.

Key keen to reignite stalled trade talks in Korea

Key keen to reignite stalled trade talks in Korea
By Kate Chapman of NZPA Seoul, Korea July 4 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key arrived in South Korea this morning determined to reignite stalled free trade negotiations with the East Asian nation.

Court of Appeal judges appointed

Court of Appeal judges appointed
Wellington, July 2 NZPA - Two new Court of Appeal Judges have been appointed. They are Justice Lynton Laurence Stevens and Justice Rhys Harrison. The appointments were announced by Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson today.

Labour views left out of reports

Labour views left out of reports
Wellington, July 2 NZPA - Labour is angry the law and order select committee chaired by National MP Sandra Goudie has not included its dissenting view in two reports, following a protest walkout of the committee by Opposition MPs this week.

Changes to Aussie tax good for NZ - English

Changes to Aussie tax good for NZ - English
Wellington, July 2 NZPA - New Zealand's company tax rate will be two cents lower than Australia's next year, after new Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard today said the rate would be cut to 29 percent by 2013-14 but would not be further reduced.

$100k for taekwon-do comp

$100k for taekwon-do comp
Wellington, July 2 NZPA - The Government is kicking $100,000 towards New Zealand's hosting of taekwon-do world championships in March 2011.

PM to discuss expenses report with caucus

PM to discuss expenses report with caucus
Wellington, July 2 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key won't say if he agrees with changes recommended in a review of MPs' allowances but has said there's a need for belt-tightening in tough financial times.

War continues over national standards

War continues over national standards
By Kate Chapman of NZPA Wellington, July 2 NZPA - Teachers have to do what the Government tells them to, Education Minister Anne Tolley says. The 550 principals at the Principals Federation Conference in Queenstown yesterday voted to oppose national standards.

Brownlee welcomes increase in renewable energy

Brownlee welcomes increase in renewable energy
Wellington, July 2 NZPA - Renewable electricity generation is on the rise -- up 8 percentage points last year, Energy Minister Gerry Brownlee says.

Cycle track segment opened

Cycle track segment opened
Wellington, July 2 NZPA - Move aside giant carrot. Ohakune is also to be known for its cycle track. Prime Minister John Key today opened the first part of a 200km Ruapehu to Wanganui New Zealand Cycle Trail project at Old Coach Road, in Ohakune.

Hawke's Bay history gets richer

Hawke's Bay history gets richer
Wellington, July 2 NZPA - The Hawke's Bay Museum and Art Gallery is getting $6 million funding for its redevelopment project, Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Christopher Finlayson says.

ACC report recommends overhaul - report

ACC report recommends overhaul - report
Wellington, July 2 NZPA - Entitlements offered under the ACC scheme will have to be cut and levies raised, even if part of the scheme is opened up to competition, a report by the Stocktake Steering Group is believed to recommend.

Tolley to face opposition from principals over standards

Tolley to face opposition from principals over standards
Wellington, July 2 NZPA - Principals with concerns over the national standards should contact the Education Ministry or the minister herself, not issue media statements, Education Minister Anne Tolley says.

Corrections Department to be biggest

Corrections Department to be biggest
Wellington, July 2 NZPA - The Corrections Department will be the largest government department within a few years, Finance Minister Bill English said.

Key off to Asia

Key off to Asia
By Kate Chapman of NZPA Wellington July 1 NZPA - Cuddly pandas, deadly torpedoes and Chinese food safety will be among the talking points when Prime Minister John Key travels to Asia next week.

Changes to ultra-fast broadband initiative welcomed

Changes to ultra-fast broadband initiative welcomed
Wellington, July 1 NZPA - The Telecommunications Users Association (Tuanz) is commending the Government for revising the tender process for its ultra-fast broadband (UFB) network, even though it is time consuming.

Courts can use video links under new law

Courts can use video links under new law
Wellington, July 1 NZPA - Courts will be able to use video links to speed up cases under legislation passed by Parliament today.

Unanimous support for animal cruelty bill

Unanimous support for animal cruelty bill
Wellington, July 1 NZPA - Penalties for cruelty to animals have been significantly increased under a bill enacted by unanimous vote in Parlianment today. The Animal Welfare Amendment Act started off as a member's bill drafted by Tauranga MP Simon Bridges.

Courts can use video links under new law

Courts can use video links under new law
Wellington, July 1 NZPA - Courts will be able to use video links to speed up cases under legislation passed by Parliament today.

Tourism forecasts positive, says minister

Tourism forecasts positive, says minister
Wellington, July 1 NZPA - Tourism figures for international visitors will hit 3 million in the next seven years, the Tourism Ministry forecasts.

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