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Maori Ban Duck Shooters Saying They Cause Damage

Maori Ban Duck Shooters Saying They Cause Damage
Wellington, March 18 NZPA - An iwi has told the Government it wants to block duck shooters from Wellington's Pencarrow Lakes because some have been acting irresponsibly and they fear the spread of a noxious weed to the area.

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.

RNZ Supporters Protest At Parliament

RNZ Supporters Protest At Parliament
Wellington, Feb 25 NZPA - More than 100 people, some carrying transistors tuned in to Radio New Zealand, turned up outside Parliament today to protest a funding freeze.

People More Realistic About The Economy - Key

People More Realistic About The Economy - Key
Wellington, Feb 22 NZPA - People were being more realistic about the economy, Prime Minister John Key said this morning following a poll last night showing reduced confidence.

Confidence In Economy Down Despite End Of Recession

Confidence In Economy Down Despite End Of Recession
Wellington, Feb 21 NZPA - New Zealand has come out of recession but confidence that the economy will get better over the next 12 months is slightly down compared to November, a new poll out tonight shows.

Unions And MPs Hit Out At Govt Directive To RNZ

Unions And MPs Hit Out At Govt Directive To RNZ
Wellington, Feb 18 NZPA - A cost-cutting directive from the Government to Radio New Zealand (RNZ) has been taken by unions and opposition MPs as political interference and a blow to the public broadcaster's ability to maintain standards and independence.

Labour Names Four Candidates For 2011 Election

Labour Names Four Candidates For 2011 Election
Wellington, Jan 31 NZPA - Labour has already chosen its 2011 election candidates for Auckland Central, West Coast-Tasman, Ohariu and Maungakiekie.

Fitzsimons Ends Love-Hate Relationship With Parliament

Fitzsimons Ends Love-Hate Relationship With Parliament
By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, Jan 28 NZPA - After 13 love-hate years in Parliament, Green Party founding member and former co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons leaves next month.

Good Start To Payroll Giving Scheme, Minister Says

Good Start To Payroll Giving Scheme, Minister Says
Wellington, Jan 13 NZPA - Revenue Minister Peter Dunne says the new payroll giving scheme is off to a good start and has the potential to make a big difference to donations to charities. The scheme, promoted by Mr Dunne's United Future Party, came into effect on January 7.

Dunne Gives Mallard `Lifetime Award' For Bad Behaviour

Dunne Gives Mallard `Lifetime Award' For Bad Behaviour
Wellington, Dec 22 NZPA - United Future leader Peter Dunne isn't producing his annual list of Parliament's most badly behaved MPs this year, but says there's one exception he couldn't ignore -- Labour's Trevor Mallard.

Community Agencies Better At Welfare Delivery - Dunne

Community Agencies Better At Welfare Delivery - Dunne
Wellington, Dec 21 NZPA - The Government is working on new ways to deliver welfare and United Future leader Peter Dunne says community agencies should return as primary providers. "We need to return to the old notion of supporting communities caring for themselves," he said today.

Student Loan Threshold Maintained

Student Loan Threshold Maintained
Wellington, Dec 16 NZPA - The income threshold at which New Zealand-based borrowers must start paying back their student loans will remain at $19,084 for the 2010-2011 tax year, Revenue Minister Peter Dunne announced today.

Predictable Reaction To Predictable Productivity Report

Wellington, Nov 30 NZPA - Reaction to the 2025 Taskforce has predictably fallen along where people stand on the political spectrum. Following are some quotes that summarise the reaction:

Government Needs To Be Tough On Polluters, Dunne

Wellington, Nov 26 NZPA - Government and local authorities need to crack down on polluters, United Future leader Peter Dunne said today.

Already A Bill To Lift Driving Age - Dunne

Already A Bill To Lift Driving Age - Dunne
Wellington, Nov 15 NZPA - United Future leader Peter Dunne said his bill to raise the driving age was already before a select committee and the Government should use it.

Harawira Given Two Weeks To Ponder His Future With Maori Party

Harawira Given Two Weeks To Ponder His Future With Maori Party
By Tony Gee for NZPA Kaitaia, Nov 12 NZPA - Firebrand MP Hone Harawira has been given two weeks to decide if he wants to remain a Maori Party MP, in the wake of his racially abusive comments about white people.

Harawira Faces Hui Over Abusive Comments

Harawira Faces Hui Over Abusive Comments
Wellington, Nov 12 NZPA - Hone Harawira fronts up to a hui in Kaitaia today over his racially abusive comments about white people but Maori Party leaders are staying away.

Maori Party Leaders Not Going To Hone Hui

Maori Party Leaders Not Going To Hone Hui
Wellington, Nov 11 NZPA - The Maori Party co-leaders Tariana Turia and Pita Sharples will not be attending the Northland hui that will decide what action, if any is taken against their MP Hone Harawira over his use of taxpayers' money and abusive defence of his actions.

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.

National Still Riding High

National Still Riding High
Wellington, Nov 6 NZPA - The latest political poll shows National still holding high levels of support. The New Zealand Roy Morgan poll found 55 percent of all voters backed National, up 2.5 percentage points from the last poll by the company.

Parties Support Referendum On MMP

Parties Support Referendum On MMP
Wellington, Oct 20 NZPA - The Government's announcement that there will be a referendum on MMP has been supported by other parties in Parliament. * Labour leader Phil Goff said it was appropriate after having MMP in place for nearly 15 years.

Poll Shows National Support Bouncing Back To Record Highs

Poll Shows National Support Bouncing Back To Record Highs
Wellington, Oct 13 NZPA - The latest opinion poll has shown National bouncing back to record its highest levels of support in years. The NZ Morgan poll showed support for National running at 57.5 percent.

Big Game Hunting Council To Be Discussed

Big Game Hunting Council To Be Discussed
Wellington, Sept 27 NZPA - The public can now have their say on the establishment of a Big Game Hunting Council. Associate Conservation Minister Kate Wilkinson said the discussion paper on the council was released this week and was open for submissions until November 23.

Dunne Sets Out His Republic Plan In A Book

Dunne Sets Out His Republic Plan In A Book
Wellington, Sept 23 NZPA - MP Peter Dunne's proposed timetable for New Zealand to become a republic is set out in a book he launched tonight. The United Future leader has previously explained it could take only five years and the New Zealand Republican Handbook explains how.

National Sees Fall In Polls

National Sees Fall In Polls
Wellington, Sept 21 NZPA - National has seen its biggest drop in popularity since the election, but is still polling over 50 percent. The latest New Zealand Morgan poll showed National fell five points to 51.5 percent, the New Zealand Herald reported.

Labour, National Should Put Aside Egos Restart ETS Talks: Dunne

Labour, National Should Put Aside Egos Restart ETS Talks: Dunne
By Ian Llewellyn of NZPA Wellington, Sept 17 NZPA - Labour and National should put aside their egos and restart talks on an emissions trading scheme, United Future leader Peter Dunne said today.

Silence On ETS Talks Between National And Labour

Silence On ETS Talks Between National And Labour
Wellington, Sept 9 NZPA - Those taking part in attempts to gain agreement between National and Labour on an emissions trading scheme (ETS) are refusing to comment on progress.

Talks Held Between Labour And National On ETS

Talks Held Between Labour And National On ETS
Wellington, Sept 8 NZPA - Talks to build a grand coalition on an emissions trading scheme (ETS) have been held tonight, but those taking part are refusing to comment on them.

ETS Talks On Cards For Next Week

ETS Talks On Cards For Next Week
Wellington, Sept 4 NZPA - Talks between National and Labour over an emissions trading scheme (ETS) could happen as early as next week. The previous Labour government put an ETS into law, but when National won the election it put it on hold, saying the economic costs were too high.

Report On Emmissions Trading Scheme Review Released

Report On Emmissions Trading Scheme Review Released
Wellington, Aug 31 NZPA - The Government has released a report reviewing the emissions trading scheme set up by the Labour government last year. The scheme was put on hold by National when it came to power and an emissions trading scheme (ETS) select committee was set up to review it.

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