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Labour's loan shark bill defeated

Labour's loan shark bill defeated
Wellington, July 21 NZPA - The Government has killed a bill that would have regulated loan sharks and capped the interest rates they charge.

Rodney's last stand

Rodney's last stand
Wellington, July 21 NZPA - Rodney District Council's last ditch bid to avoid being swallowed up by Auckland has failed.

O'Connor takes over agriculture role

O'Connor takes over agriculture role
Wellington, July 21 NZPA - Labour MP Damien O'Connor is taking over the agriculture portfolio in the shadow cabinet, party leader Phil Goff said today.

Progressives re-register

Progressives re-register
Wellington, June 27 NZPA - The Progressive Party has re-registered as a political party but its members will continue working closely with Labour as leader Jim Anderton's tenure starts winding down.

Govt questioned over claims to Northland coast

Wellington, June 24 NZPA - Opposition MP Jim Anderton was told in Parliament today he was jumping the gun by asking how much of Northland's coastline would come under Maori customary title when the Foreshore and Seabed Act is repealed and replaced by new legislation.

2 MPs told 186 times between them to check spending: report

2 MPs told 186 times between them to check spending: report
Wellington, June 19 NZPA- Former Labour ministers Mita Ririnui and Parekura Horomia were sent 186 reminders between them about their credit card spending, it was reported today.

Auckland super city bill goes through against stiff opposition

Auckland super city bill goes through against stiff opposition
Wellington, June 4 NZPA - The Government has got its legislation through Parliament to set up Auckland's new super city council but it was a far from unanimous vote and most parties opposed the bill.

Parliament passes Auckland super city bill

Parliament passes Auckland super city bill
By Peter Wilson of NZPA Wellington, June 3 NZPA - Parliament has passed the legislation that sets up Auckland's new super city council.

Key promised nine times to never sell Kiwibank - King

Key promised nine times to never sell Kiwibank - King
By Peter Wilson of NZPA

Key accused of breaking Kiwibank election promise

Key accused of breaking Kiwibank election promise
Wellington, June 3 NZPA - Opposition MPs are accusing Prime Minister John Key of breaking an election promise because he won't rule out selling Kiwibank after the next election.

Minister's Kiwibank comment raises protest

Minister's Kiwibank comment raises protest
Wellington, May 21 NZPA - Finance Minister Bill English is being accused of "economic vandalism" after saying today the Government was conducting a stock-take of its assets.

Jim Anderton -- the People's Mayor

Jim Anderton -- the People's Mayor
Wellington, May 9 NZPA - Progressive Party leader Jim Anderton has confirmed he will stand for election as mayor of Christchurch in October, and says if he wins he won't retire from Parliament until next year's general election.

Anderton wants to lead Christchurch

Anderton wants to lead Christchurch
Wellington, May 6 NZPA - Wigram MP Jim Anderton has confirmed suspicions he will run for the Christchurch mayoralty this year.

Green Party has most donations over $10,000 thanks to MPs

Green Party has most donations over $10,000 thanks to MPs
Wellington, May 5 NZPA - The Green Party received more big political donations than any other party last year because their MPs donate a percentage of their income back to the party.

Crime could be the result of tobacco price hikes - industry

Crime could be the result of tobacco price hikes - industry
Wellington, April 29 NZPA - The overnight increase in the price of cigarettes could prompt a surge in dairy robberies, a tobacco company has warned.

Tobacco price hike wins praise and a huge majority

Tobacco price hike wins praise and a huge majority
By Peter Wilson of NZPA Wellington, April 29 NZPA - A packet of 20 cigarettes is going to cost about $11 after overwhelming support in Parliament for a stiff tobacco tax increase which is being greeted with a chorus of praise from anti-smoking lobby groups.

Anderton accuses Govt of hypocrisy and gamesmanship

Anderton accuses Govt of hypocrisy and gamesmanship
Wellington, April 28 NZPA - The Government was accused of hypocrisy and political gamesmanship tonight during the debate on raising tobacco excise duty.

Head of state bill defeated in Parliament

Head of state bill defeated in Parliament
Wellington, April 22 NZPA - Green Party MP Keith Locke has failed in his bid to let New Zealanders decide whether they want to keep a British monarch as head of state or elect their own non-executive president.

Jim Anderton hasn't decided about Christchurch mayoralty

Jim Anderton hasn't decided about Christchurch mayoralty
By Kate Chapman of NZPA Wellington, April 19 NZPA - Wigram MP Jim Anderton is not ruling out running for the Christchurch mayoralty but is undecided. Media reports that he has agreed, or disagreed, to run for the 2021 party were wrong, Mr Anderton said.

Environment Canterbury bill passed under urgency

Environment Canterbury bill passed under urgency
By Peter Wilson of NZPA

Government gets its welfare bill through first reading

Government gets its welfare bill through first reading
By Peter Wilson of NZPA Wellington, March 30 NZPA - The Maori Party turned its back on the Government and voted with Labour in Parliament today when the bill that enacts welfare changes was given its first reading.

Govt Has Close Call On Mental Health Bill

Govt Has Close Call On Mental Health Bill
Wellington, March 17 NZPA - A Labour MP's member's bill was defeated on the narrow majority of 62-60 in Parliament tonight.

ACC Bill Passes After Fierce Debate

ACC Bill Passes After Fierce Debate
By Peter Wilson of NZPA Wellington, Feb 24 NZPA - Controversial changes to ACC were passed into law in Parliament tonight after nearly two days of fierce debate.

ACC Wrongly Rejecting Claims, MPs Say

ACC Wrongly Rejecting Claims, MPs Say
Wellington, Feb 18 NZPA - Accident victims who applied to ACC for surgery have been turned down on the grounds that their injuries were the result of "prior conditions" or "a gradual process", Opposition MPs said in Parliament today.

Emissions Trading Scheme Passed Into Law On 63-58 Vote

Emissions Trading Scheme Passed Into Law On 63-58 Vote
By Peter Wilson of NZPA Wellington, Nov 25 NZPA - The Government's emissions trading scheme was passed into law today after months of controversy and two days of debate under urgency in Parliament.

Parliament Passes ETS Bill

Parliament Passes ETS Bill
Wellington, Nov 25 NZPA - The bill that sets up the Government's new emissions trading scheme was passed into law today on a 63-58 vote in Parliament.

Other Ministers Travel Perks' Use

Other Ministers Travel Perks' Use
Wellington, Nov 10 NZPA - ACT leader Rodney Hide has paid back taxpayer money he used to take his partner on overseas trips but other Ministers who did the same thing are resisting following his lead.

Public Will Have A Say On ACC Changes

Public Will Have A Say On ACC Changes
By Peter Wilson of NZPA Wellington, Oct 28 NZPA - The public will get a chance to have a say on the Government's changes to ACC when a parliamentary committee calls for submissions on the bill.

ACC Bill Passes First Reading

ACC  Bill Passes First Reading
By Peter Wilson of NZPA Wellington, Oct 27 NZPA - The Government's ACC bill passed its first reading in Parliament today after a tense debate and opposition claims that the scheme would eventually be replaced by private accident insurance.

ACC Minister Apologises For Comments On Suicide

ACC Minister Apologises For Comments On Suicide
By Kate Chapman of NZPA Wellington, Oct 15 NZPA - ACC Minister Nick Smith has apologised for saying he would throw himself under a train because his family would benefit under ACC's current policy.

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