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Irrigation NZ welcomes Hurunui moratorium

Irrigation NZ welcomes Hurunui moratorium
Wellington, July 22 NZPA - Irrigation NZ (INZ) has welcomed the moratorium placed on new major irrigation consents on Canterbury's Hurunui River yesterday, saying it was commonsense where no proper water plan exists.

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.

Opposition welcomes Hurunui moratorium but want more

Opposition welcomes Hurunui moratorium but want more
Wellington, July 21 NZPA - Opposition MPs have welcomed the moratorium placed on new major irrigation consents on Canterbury's Hurunui River but want further protection.

Minister says sick leave change not major

Minister says sick leave change not major
By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, July 19 NZPA - Employees should not be worried about getting a medical certificate if they are genuinely unwell, Labour Minister Kate Wilkinson says. "It shouldn't worry any employee who is not trying to pull a sickie," she told NZPA.

Minister looking at health insurance rebate for over 65s

Minister looking at health insurance rebate for over 65s
Wellington, July 9 NZPA - Revenue Minister Peter Dunne says he is considering a tax rebate on health insurance premiums for people over 65.

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.

Dunne criticises conscience vote system

Dunne criticises conscience vote system
Wellington, June 25 NZPA - Conscience votes in Parliament on liquor legislation often produce "perverse and unworkable" results and should only be used for important matters of principle like the minimum purchase age, says Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne.

Hunters want deer seen as game animals, not pests

Hunters want deer seen as game animals, not pests
Wellington, June 23 NZPA - Hunting lobbyists have hailed a new report advising the Government on how to set up a Game Animal Council which they hope will change perceptions of feral deer from noxious pests to potentially valuable prey.

Dunne wants tax concession for private health insurance

Dunne wants tax concession for private health insurance
Wellington, June 21 NZPA - United Future leader Peter Dunne has called for a "fresh look" at making health insurance premiums tax deductible after a leading health insurer said private sector costs were driving premiums up.

Labour slump further behind in polls

Labour slump further behind in polls
Wellington, June 20 NZPA - Labour's popularity has slumped following the credit card expenses scandal, a TV3 poll released tonight shows. The poll, of 1000 people, saw National's popularity increase to 55.3 percent while Labour fell to 30.5 percent.

Men's health week begins

Men's health week begins
Wellington, June 14 NZPA - Men's Health Week was officially launched today by Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne. There were "simple and tangible" men could do to manage stress and maintain their well-being, Mr Dunne said in his opening address at Parliament this morning.

Govt may abolish gift duty

Govt may abolish gift duty
Wellington, June 11 NZPA - The Government would get rid of gift duty if certain concerns can be smoothed out, Revenue Minister Peter Dunne says.

Govt wants to move taxpayers into the electronic age

Govt wants to move taxpayers into the electronic age
Wellington, June 9 NZPA - The Government wants to shift taxpayers into the electronic age, saving time, trouble and masses of paperwork.

National gains support in latest poll

National gains support in latest poll
Wellington, June 4 NZPA - National is back to its 50 percent-plus rating in an opinion poll taken after last month's budget and released tonight. The New Zealand Roy Morgan poll put National on 52.5 percent, up four points, while Labour lost 3.5 points and went down to 30 percent.

Dunne warns the Government over asset sales

Dunne warns the Government over asset sales
Wellington, June 4 NZPA - United Future leader Peter Dunne is warning the Government to be careful about selling state-owned assets.

Minister slams council for ending fluoridation

Minister slams council for ending fluoridation
Wellington, June 2 NZPA - Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne has severely criticised the Far North District Council for deciding to end water fluoridation.

GST advisory panel announced

GST advisory panel announced
Wellington, May 21 NZPA - An advisory panel will be set up to assist with the increase in goods and services tax (GST), Revenue Minister Peter Dunne says.

Dunne opposes sentencing and parole bill

Dunne opposes sentencing and parole bill
Wellington, May 4 NZPA - UnitedFuture leader Peter Dunne opposed the Sentencing and Parole Reform Bill when it passed its second reading in Parliament today.

Peter Dunne awarded prize from Fundraising Institute

Peter Dunne awarded prize from Fundraising Institute
Wellington, May 4 NZPA - Revenue Minister Peter Dunne was awarded the Henry A Rosso Award for his support of philanthropy. The United Future MP was presented with the award last night at the Fundraising Institute of New Zealand (FINZ) annual conference in Nelson.

Gap closing, but National still ahead

Gap closing, but National still ahead
Wellington, April 25 NZPA The gap is closing between the two main political parties, but National still has a commanding lead over Labour. According to a 3 News TNS poll issued tonight National is down 4.2 percent to 52.1 percent, while Labour is up 4.2 percent to 33.8 percent.

Feedback wanted on tax change proposal

Feedback wanted on tax change proposal
Wellington, April 14 NZPA - The Government wants feedback on a proposed change to stop foreign investors being over-taxed when they invest in New Zealand.

National records drop in poll, Labour does not benefit

National records drop in poll, Labour does not benefit
Wellington, April 9 NZPA - Support for National has dropped to its lowest level in a year, but Labour has not benefited from the move according to the latest Roy Morgan NZ poll.

Medicine strategy updated

Medicine strategy updated
Wellington, April 9 NZPA - Working to make the best use of pharmacists and greater access to new medicines are the next steps for New Zealand's medicine strategy, Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne says.

Dunne hits out at other support partners

Dunne hits out at other support partners
By Kate Chapman of NZPA Wellington, April 7 NZPA - United Future leader Peter Dunne hit out at his peers in a speech today, saying the ACT party was too right wing for most New Zealanders.

Mixed reaction to Mokihinui dam decision

Mixed reaction to Mokihinui dam decision
Wellington, April 7 NZPA - Conservation groups are condemning a decision to allow a 80-metre high hydro dam to be built on the Mokihinui River north of Westport but many locals are welcoming the project.

Consent for dam wrong - Greens

Consent for dam wrong - Greens
Wellington, April 6 NZPA - Allowing a 80-metre high hydro dam to be built on the Mokihinui River north of Westport is wrong, the Green Party says. Meridian Energy today received resource consent for the dam.

Not repealing foreshore law will mean years of grievance: PM

Not repealing foreshore law will mean years of grievance: PM
Wellington, March 31 NZPA - Failing to repeal the Foreshore and Seabed Act would mean future governments would be left to deal with decades of grievances, Prime Minister John Key said today

No one to own the foreshore, Maori to get day in court

No one to own the foreshore, Maori to get day in court
Wellington, March 31 NZPA - The Government wants to end arguments about ownership of the foreshore and seabed by saying no one owns it and restoring the right of Maori to go to court to seek customary title.

Dunne says he will bring in income splitting bill

Dunne says he will bring in income splitting bill
Wellington, March 26 NZPA - Legislation allowing income splitting for tax purposes will be introduced to Parliament later this year, Revenue Minister Peter Dunne says.

Backing For Call To Lift Duck Hunters Ban

Backing For Call To Lift Duck Hunters Ban
Wellington, March 19 NZPA - Fish and Game wants an iwi's duck shooting ban on Wellington's Pencarrow lakes lifted while an environmental impact study is done.

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