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Asylum seekers fingerprints to be matched with Aust

Asylum seekers fingerprints to be matched with Aust
Wellington, July 1 NZPA - Asylum seekers who fail to be accepted by Australia will find it difficult to have another go in New Zealand after the countries signed an agreement to share fingerprints.

Struggling DHBs get cash hand up

Struggling DHBs get cash hand up
Wellington, July 1 NZPA - Struggling district health boards (DHBs) are getting $25.5 million in extra cash to help pay bills while they try to get out of deficit. The breakdown is: * $8.687m for Hutt Valley DHB

Broad denies he was pushed

Broad denies he was pushed
By Kate Chapman of NZPA Wellington, July 1 NZPA - "I was not pushed," Police Commissioner Howard Broad says. He announced last night he would not be seeking a second term. Today he shot down media reports that he was forced out.

$15m defrosted for Antarctic research

$15m defrosted for Antarctic research
Wellington, July 1 NZPA - Government scientists are being awarded a cool $15 million for research in Antarctica.

Money for affordable housing from fund

Money for affordable housing from fund
Wellington, July 1 NZPA - Four new homes for people who don't earn much money will be built by Habitat for Humanity, with the Government chipping in $440,000. The money, Housing Minister Phil Heatley said, is from the Housing Innovation Fund.

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.

Broad denies he was pushed

Broad denies he was pushed
By Kate Chapman of NZPA Wellington, July 1 NZPA - "I was not pushed," Police Commissioner Howard Broad says. He announced last night he would not be seeking a second term. Today he shot down media reports that he was forced out.

McDonald's backs revised work conditions bill

McDonald's backs revised work conditions bill
Wellington, July 1 NZPA - Representatives from McDonald's have thrown their weight behind a bill which aims to remove some of the rules around rest and meal breaks in workplaces.

View sought on Telecom proposal to amend undertakings

View sought on Telecom proposal to amend undertakings
Wellington, July 1 NZPA - Opinions will be sought on Telecom's proposal to be let off some of its requirements to invest in broadband because it thinks they will be redundant when the Government's ultra-fast broadband initiative is rolled out.

Police Minister thanks Broad for his work

Police Minister thanks Broad for his work
Wellington, July 1 NZPA - Police Minister Judith Collins thanked outgoing Police Commissioner Howard Broad for his "considerable contribution" in the position. Mr Broad announced last night that he would not seek a second term of office when his term ends next April.

Changes to ultra-fast broadband initiative

Changes to ultra-fast broadband initiative
Wellington, July 1 NZPA - Access to ultra-fast broadband will be more open for service providers and new businesses will not be burdened with inappropriate regulation following changes to the Government's ultra-fast broadband (UFB) initiative, Communications and Information Technology Minister St

Power/petrol to rise with ETS out today

Power/petrol to rise with ETS out today
Wellington, July 1 NZPA - As the emissions trading scheme (ETS) kicks in today the price of power and petrol will start to rise.

Govt and Greens at odds over gender pay gap

Govt and Greens at odds over gender pay gap
Wellington, July 1 NZPA - The Government and the Green Party can't both be right -- either the gender pay gap has decreased since National came to power, or it has increased. Women's Affairs Minister Pansy Wong yesterday told Parliament it had decreased from 12 percent to 11 percent.

ETS arguments continue to the bitter end

ETS arguments continue to the bitter end
Wellington, June 30 NZPA - On the eve of the emissions trading scheme (ETS) coming largely into effect Climate Change Minister Nick Smith was still squaring up to opposition and facing calls for the scheme to be reviewed or delayed.

Women's Affairs Minister disrespectful, Greens say

Women's Affairs Minister disrespectful, Greens say
By Stephanie McKay of NZPA Wellington, June 30 NZPA - Women's Affairs Minister Pansy Wong has done nothing to close the gender pay gap and her comments following a pay disparity protest were flippant and disrespectful, the Green Party says.

Tomorrow's price rises, and others still to come

Wellington, June 30 NZPA - The price of power, petrol and car licences start going up from tomorrow as the emissions trading (ETS) scheme cuts in and ACC levies increase.

Health Minister welcomes new cancer charity

Health Minister welcomes new cancer charity
Wellington, June 30 NZPA - New charity Beat Bowel Cancer will raise the profile of the disease and help those who have it, Health Minister Tony Ryall says. Bowel cancer was the most frequently diagnosed cancer in New Zealand, Mr Ryall said.

Enrolled nurses given boost

Enrolled nurses given boost
Wellington, June 30 NZPA - A new qualification for enrolled nurses will help re-establish their role, Health Minister Tony Ryall announced today. In March last year Mr Ryall said he was working to expand the role of enrolled nurses, which was a National Party pre-election commitment.

More upgrade for school broadband

More upgrade for school broadband
Wellington, June 30 NZPA - Another 239 schools will get government-subsidised network upgrades to prepare them for ultra-fast broadband, Education Minister Anne Tolley and Communications and Information Technology Minister Steven Joyce announced today.

Protestors push for equal pay

Protestors push for equal pay
Wellington, June 30 NZPA - About 40 people gathered outside Parliament today to protest about the gender pay gap.

Afghan training too risky for more NZ troops - Key

Afghan training too risky for more NZ troops - Key
Wellington, June 30 NZPA - The Government rejected an Australian request for a joint Anzac force in Afghanistan because it would put more New Zealand soldiers at risk, Prime Minister John Key said today.

Opposition MPs leave committee in protest at National's chair

Opposition MPs leave committee in protest at National's chair
Wellington, June 30 NZPA - Opposition MPs staged a walkout at a parliamentary committee today in a protest against the conduct of the chairwoman, National MP Sandra Goudie.

$5.7m more for Community Response Fund

$5.7m more for Community Response Fund
Wellington, June 30 NZPA - The Government will put an additional $5.738 million into the Community Response Fund, Social Development Minister Paula Bennett says. A further 131 community organisations would be able to get help providing social services to communities.

Highly qualified Asian workforce growing fast

Highly qualified Asian workforce growing fast
Wellington, June 30 NZPA - The Asian workforce in New Zealand is growing at a rate where it will make up 15 percent of the country's total workforce by 2026, new research shows.

Govt turns down idea of Afghan Anzac force

Govt turns down idea of Afghan Anzac force
Wellington, June 30 NZPA - The Government rejected an Australian request for a joint Anzac force in Afghanistan, it was reported today. New Zealand and Australian forces are in Afghanistan as part of a Nato-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).

Mallard asks further questions over Finlayson

Mallard asks further questions over Finlayson
Wellington, June 29 NZPA - Labour MP Trevor Mallard has accused Attorney-General Chris Finlayson of yet again not declaring a pecuniary interest.

Medical bonding scheme proving popular

Medical bonding scheme proving popular
Wellington, June 29 NZPA - A significant intake into the Government's voluntary bonding scheme for medical graduates will help address a problem of New Zealand-trained doctors heading to Australia, says Health Minister Tony Ryall.

Visiting expert doubtful of TPP success

Visiting expert doubtful of TPP success
By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, June 29 NZPA - United States President Barack Obama faces an uphill battle if he wants to progress a free trade deal including New Zealand, a visiting expert said today.

Groser to attend Australian trade council meeting

Groser to attend Australian trade council meeting
Wellington, June 29 NZPA - Trade Minister Tim Groser will be the first New Zealand minister to attend an Australian Ministerial Council of International Trade meeting in Sydney this week.

Offender levy kicks in Thursday

Offender levy kicks in Thursday
By Kate Chapman of NZPA Wellington, June 29 NZPA - Victims of domestic abuse will be given a five day reprieve from their alleged abusers when new police safety orders become available from Thursday.

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