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Greens call for extension to gun licensing plans

Greens call for extension to gun licensing plans
Wellington, July 25 NZPA - A move to require people to be licensed to own high-powered air rifles has been welcomed by the Green Party, but it also says owners should have to register all their firearms.

High-powered airguns to require licence

High-powered airguns to require licence
Wellington, July 25 NZPA - Owners of high-powered airguns will require a firearms licence within a matter of months, the Government announced today.

Govt draft energy strategy too focused on fossil fuels

Govt draft energy strategy too focused on fossil fuels
Wellington, July 23 NZPA - The Government's draft energy strategy prioritises unsustainable fossil fuels over renewable energy sources, a climate change campaigner says.

Ministry looking into drink driving loophole

Ministry looking into drink driving loophole
Wellington, July 23 NZPA - The Transport Ministry is looking into loopholes that allow some drink driving offenders to return to driving without treatment for alcohol addiction and could report back as early as next week.

PM to hold summit with Asean leaders

PM to hold summit with Asean leaders
Wellington, July 23 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key will hold a summit with Association of Southeast Asian (Asean) leaders when he is in Vietnam in October.

More could be known about drink driving licence suspension soon

More could be known about drink driving licence suspension soon
Wellington, July 23 NZPA - The Transport Ministry is looking into loopholes that allow some drink driving offenders to return to driving without treatment for alcohol addiction and could report back as early as next week.

Russian adoptions a step closer

Russian adoptions a step closer
Wellington, July 23 NZPA - New Zealand families are closer to being once again able to adopt Russian orphans.

New youth justice residence to be officially opened

New youth justice residence to be officially opened
Wellington, July 23 NZPA - A new youth justice residence in Rotorua will be officially opened by Social Development Minister Paula Bennett tomorrow. The residence will help provide places needed in response to the Fresh Start reforms which come into place in October.

More teacher training for dealing with special needs kids likely

More teacher training for dealing with special needs kids likely
By Chris Ormond and Kate Chapman of NZPA Wellington, July 23 NZPA - Money could be put into improving teacher training so they were equipped to deal with special needs students, Associate Education Minister Heather Roy says.

Green MP wants warmer rental homes

Green MP wants warmer rental homes
Wellington, July 23 NZPA - Too many New Zealanders live in cold, damp rental homes, Green MP Gareth Hughes says. He has a member's bill to legislate against such homes and is touring the country to promote it.

Maori, Pacific and ethnic representation needed in DHBs

Maori, Pacific and ethnic representation needed in DHBs
Wellington, July 23 NZPA - Maori, Pacific Islanders and other ethnic community members are being urged to stand in this year's district health board (DHB) elections. Nominations open today and run until August 20.

Labour MP launches trucking industry petition

Labour MP launches trucking industry petition
Wellington, July 23 NZPA - A petition launched by Labour MP Darien Fenton calls for an inquiry into whether there is a link between truck driver remuneration and safety in the road transport industry.

Schools lacking in special needs education, report says

Schools lacking in special needs education, report says
Wellington, July 23 NZPA - The Education Review Office (ERO) has recommended boosting the ability of schools to have more inclusive programmes for special needs pupils after finding many schools are lacking in them.

Starting date for water moratorium delayed

Starting date for water moratorium delayed
Wellington, July 23 NZPA - The starting date for a moratorium on water use from Canterbury's Hurunui River has been extended to August 2 so the public can be properly notified.

Unions rallying against new employment laws

Unions rallying against new employment laws
By Chris Ormond of NZPA Wellington, July 23 NZPA - Unions have launched a "fairness at work" campaign targeting the Government's employment law plans and warn there are likely to be some heated collective contract negotiations on the horizon, along with spikes in industrial action.

Leak needs to be kept in proportion, says former diplomat

Leak needs to be kept in proportion, says former diplomat
Wellington, July 23 NZPA - Relations between Australia and New Zealand are not likely to be damaged following the leak of a diplomatic cable between the New Zealand High Commission and Canberra and the New Zealand Government, says a former diplomat.

Starting date for water moratorium delayed

Starting date for water moratorium delayed
Wellington, July 23 NZPA - The starting date for a moratorium on water use from Canterbury's Hurunui River has been extended to August 2 so the public can be properly notified.

Greens cite potential for seabed mineral claims

Greens cite potential for seabed mineral claims
Wellington, July 22 NZPA - The Green Party warned today the ownership of New Zealand's oil outside the 12 nautical mile limit may turn out to be the "biggest Maori land grab in New Zealand history".

Govt releases draft energy strategy

Govt releases draft energy strategy
Wellington, July 22 NZPA - The Government has released a draft New Zealand Energy Strategy (NZES) and a draft New Zealand Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy (NZEECS).

Mfat looking into leaked cable

Mfat looking into leaked cable
Wellington, July 22 NZPA - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is probing the leaking of a confidential diplomatic cable to an Australian newspaper. The cable, from the New Zealand High Commission in Canberra to the Government in Wellington, was obtained by The Australian newspaper.

NZ works on Asean ties

NZ works on Asean ties
Wellington, July 22 NZPA - New Zealand's relationship with Vietnam and other members of the Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean) has been promoted during a visit by Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully.

NZ, Aust 'hits' could stifle election plan - coup leader

NZ, Aust 'hits' could stifle election plan - coup leader
Wellington, July 22 NZPA - Preparations for the 2014 election to return democracy to Fiji could be compromised if the republic keeps "getting hit in the side by Australia and New Zealand," says Fiji coup leader Commodore Frank Bainimarama.

Pharmac procurement approach to be used in hospitals

Pharmac procurement approach to be used in hospitals
Wellington, July 22 NZPA - Government drug funding agency Pharmac is to take charge of hospital medicines. Health Minister Tony Ryall said Pharmac, which buys and manages community pharmaceuticals, would also look after hospitals -- something District Health Boards did until now.

Majority of submitters want cap on referendum spending

Majority of submitters want cap on referendum spending
By Kate Chapman of NZPA Wellington, July 22 NZPA - The public information campaign about the referendum on MMP should be started early next year before people get too distracted by the rugby World Cup, politicians were told today.

Food bill passes first reading

Food bill passes first reading
Wellington, July 22 NZPA - A bill that will replace the 30-year-old Food Act was given its first reading in Parliament today. The 342-page Food Bill has taken three years to draft and Food Safety Minister Kate Wilkinson says it is a big improvement on existing law.

Industry to blame for not selling biofuels - minister

Industry to blame for not selling biofuels - minister
Wellington, July 22 NZPA - Energy Minister Gerry Brownlee today blamed the biofuel industry for the low uptake of a scheme to promote it. A scheme was introduced in July last year to kick start biofuel production in New Zealand.

Minister sees economy as rebalancing

Minister sees economy as rebalancing
Wellington, July 22 NZPA - The economy is showing positive signs of rebalancing with reducing household debt and growth in the tradeables sector, Finance Minister Bill English says.

The young and the croaky

The young and the croaky
Wellington, July 22 NZPA - Fresh-faced Labour MP Chris Hipkins' voice broke in Parliament today. The MP, who is aged in his early 30s, had a bad cold and croaked through his questions while getting a ribbing from the National benches.

No impact from mining decision on GDP - English

No impact from mining decision on GDP - English
Wellington, July 22 NZPA - A Government U-turn on mining will not have an impact on economic growth, Finance Minister Bill English told Parliament today.

Mfat looking into leaked cable

Mfat looking into leaked cable
Wellington, July 22 NZPA - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is looking into reports that a confidential diplomatic cable was leaked to an Australian newspaper. The cable, from the New Zealand High Commission in Canberra to the Government, was obtained by The Australian newspaper.

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