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Grey Power concerned about SuperGold card review

Grey Power concerned about SuperGold card review
Wellington, March 12 NZPA - The success of the SuperGold card scheme's transport discount should not be a reason to downgrade it, says senior citizens lobby group Grey Power.

Supergold Transport Review Just Vehicle For Cuts: Labour

Supergold Transport Review Just Vehicle For Cuts: Labour
Wellington, March 12 NZPA - A review of transport discounts for the elderly using the SuperGold card is shaping up to be an excuse to make cuts, Labour's transport spokesman Darren Hughes said yesterday.

Supergold Card Travel Under Scrutiny

By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, March 11 NZPA - Free off-peak travel for elderly people under the SuperGold card is set to exceed its annual $18 million budget and the Government is looking at ways of reining it in, which may impact on services.

Ex-NZ First MP Says Winston Peters Needs To Become Team Player

Ex-NZ First MP Says Winston Peters Needs To Become Team Player
Wellington, July 16 NZPA - New Zealand First leader Winston Peters needs to start being a team player and stop doing what he wants when he wants, one of the party's former MPs, Peter Brown, says.

Internal Affairs Staffer Accused Of Misleading Media

Internal Affairs Staffer Accused Of Misleading Media
Wellington, March 9 NZPA - A row over whether a Department of Internal Affairs staffer misled the media has reached Prime Minister John Key, who says he expects the department's chief executive to sort it out.

NZ First Comeback Unlikely, Says PM

NZ First Comeback Unlikely, Says PM
Wellington, Feb 16 NZPA - The chances of New Zealand First getting back into Parliament are slim -- with or without Winston Peters, says Prime Minister John Key.

Peters' Future Unclear After NZ First Meeting

Peters' Future Unclear After NZ First Meeting
Wellington, Feb 15 NZPA - New Zealand First doesn't appear to have settled any of the questions about its future during a meeting of about 100 party members in Auckland on Saturday.

NZ First Deputy Leader Resigns

NZ First Deputy Leader Resigns
Wellington, Feb 14 NZPA - New Zealand First deputy leader Peter Brown quit his post at a conference in Auckland today. He resigned at the conference, called to discuss the party's future after its disappointing election campaign last year.

NZ First Conference Tomorrow Will Discuss Future Structure

NZ First Conference Tomorrow Will Discuss Future Structure
Wellington, Feb 13 NZPA - After being bumped out of Parliament in the last election New Zealand First has acknowledged it ran a "awful campaign".

Latest Poll Has Surge In Those Thinking NZ Heading Right Way

Wellington, Dec 7 NZPA - The first poll since the election has seen most parties retaining their support base, but a large increase in the number of people who think New Zealand is heading in the right direction.

Final Election Results Out Tomorrow With Small Changes Possible

Final Election Results Out Tomorrow With Small Changes Possible
By Ian Llewellyn of NZPA Wellington, Nov 21 NZPA - The final results for the 2008 election are to be declared tomorrow afternoon, but there are unlikely to be any major changes in the shape of Parliament.

Velas Give Labour And NZ First Last Minute Donations

Wellington, Nov 11 NZPA - Labour and NZ First have disclosed they received large donations from the wealthy Vela family within 10-days of the election.

Key Says He Would Have Conceded Defeat If NZ First Held Balance

Key Says He Would Have Conceded Defeat If NZ First Held Balance
Wellington, Nov 10 NZPA - National Party leader John Key says he would have conceded defeat on Saturday night if the election results had shown New Zealand First holding the balance of power.

Goff Ready To Take Over Labour Leadership

Goff Ready To Take Over Labour Leadership
Wellington, Nov 10 NZPA - Senior Labour Cabinet Minister Phil Goff is ready to take over the leadership of the party if his colleagues want him to. "He's basically saying he's available for the job," a spokesman for Mr Goff told NZPA today.

Night To Savour For National Supporters

Night To Savour For National Supporters
By Grant Fleming of NZPA Auckland, Nov 9 NZPA - For the 1200 National supporters gathered at the party's election headquarters it was a night to savour. There were villains, a mythical beast, a hero and in the end a fairytale ending.

Some Quotes From The Election And Its Aftermath

Auckland, Nov 9 NZPA - Quotes from the election and its aftermath. * "It's over and out for me," Helen Clark concedes defeat and announces she will be handing over the Labour Party leadership before Christmas.

King Dick Outlasted Winston Peters

King Dick Outlasted Winston Peters
Tauranga, Nov 9 NZPA - The weight of political pedigree behind Winston Peters and New Zealand First failed to save the day.

It's Hard To Believe, But Winston's Gone

By Kevin Norquay of NZPA Wellington, Nov 9 NZPA - Twenty nine years after fighting his way into Parliament on a court-ordered recount, Winston Peters was yesterday voted back into the wilderness.

John Key's Centre-Right Government Will Have Strong Majority

By Peter Wilson of NZPA Wellington, Nov 9 NZPA - National Party leader John Key will start forming a centre-right government this week after winning the general election and ending nine years of Labour reign.

Voters Say `No' To Winston And NZ First

Voters Say `No' To Winston And NZ First
By Rosaleen Macbrayne for NZPA Tauranga, Nov 9 NZPA - New Zealand First is not finished, insists Winston Peters, founder of the 15-year-old political party.

Early Results Favour National

Early Results Favour National
Wellington, Nov 8 NZPA - With 15 percent of the votes counted in the general election, National held a strong lead over Labour with 48 percent against 31 percent of the party vote. The ACT Party, National's partner, had gained 3.5 percent and Labour's ally, the Greens, 6.3 percent.

National And Its Partners Poised For Victory, Latest Polls Show

Wellington, Nov 7 NZPA - National and its partner parties ACT and United Future are poised to win the election, latest opinion polls show.

Nats Lead But Only Just, Election Could Go Down To The Wire

NZPA political reporters Wellington, Nov 6 NZPA - National has just enough support to win the election but it would take only a small swing for Labour to hold on to power, latest polls show.

Super Gold Card Angel Winston Appears To Save Baffled Pensioner

Super Gold Card Angel Winston Appears To Save Baffled Pensioner
Wellington, Nov 6 NZPA - Taita pensioner Helen Scurrah was having a frustrating spot of bother with her Super Gold Card today, when the man who founded it appeared in front of her eyes.

Peters Braves The Pitbulls Of Taita

Peters Braves The Pitbulls Of Taita
Wellington, Nov 6 NZPA - Even as his silver ministerial BMW cruised past gang houses and pitbulls in Taita today, New Zealand First leader Winston Peters was being labelled a quitter.

Peters Leaves Tauranga To Campaign In Rimutaka

Peters Leaves Tauranga To Campaign In Rimutaka
By Ian Llewellyn of NZPA Auckland, Nov 6 NZPA - New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has put on hold his push to win back his old seat of Tauranga in a bid to build support in the Rimutaka seat.

Key Sets Agenda With `First 100 Days' Action Plan

Key Sets Agenda With `First 100 Days' Action Plan
Wellington, Nov 4 NZPA - National's John Key set out what he intends doing in his 100 days if he wins the election, the police cleared New Zealand First and another secret tape surfaced during a frenetic day on the campaign trail.

First It Was National, Now The Greens Shun Peters

First It Was National, Now The Greens Shun Peters
Wellington, Nov 4 NZPA - Winston Peters has been shunned by National, the Greens says they won't work with him as a minister and Labour leader Helen Clark is indicating she's not sure he'll be back anyway.

Key Takes Dunne's Word On `Cash For Policy' Allegations

Key Takes Dunne's Word On `Cash For Policy' Allegations
Wellington, Nov 3 NZPA - National leader John Key says he accepts United Future leader Peter Dunne's assurance he never changed his party's fishing or tax policies for cash.

Greens Rule Out Working In Cabinet With Peters

Greens Rule Out Working In Cabinet With Peters
By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, Nov 3 NZPA - Green Party co-leader Russel Norman today ruled out his party sitting around a Cabinet table with New Zealand First leader Winston Peters.

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