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Ministers told cabinet to scrap mining plans, papers show

Ministers told cabinet to scrap mining plans, papers show
Wellington, July 22 NZPA - Energy Minister Gerry Brownlee and Conservation Minister Kate Wilkinson were in no doubt about the public's opposition to mining protected land, documents released today show.

Aquaculture changes in the pipeline, Heatley says

Aquaculture changes in the pipeline, Heatley says
Wellington, July 22 NZPA - The Government is on track to set new regulations for the aquaculture industry that will allow the backlog of applications to be dealt with, Fisheries Minister Phil Heatley says.

Technocrat counters illegal download arguments

Technocrat counters illegal download arguments
Wellington, July 22 NZPA - A lack of timely and legal access to global recording industry products, such as movies and music, is encouraging New Zealanders to illegally download them, says a New Zealand entrepreneur and technocrat.

TV and Radio information online

TV and Radio information online
Wellington, July 22 NZPA - Information about how popular publicly funded shows on television and radio is now on the Culture and Heritage Ministry's website.

Concerns over price of water and quality at committee

Concerns over price of water and quality at committee
By Maggie Tait for NZPA Wellington, July 22 NZPA - Allowing more private control of water will end up costing ratepayers more, a select committee considering a bill aimed at keeping rates down was told today.

Plunket to face The Nation

Plunket to face The Nation
Wellington, July 22 NZPA - Departing Radio New Zealand journalist Sean Plunket is to front The Nation, a political show on TV3. Plunket recently resigned his co-host role on Radio New Zealand's Morning Report. He will start with The Nation on August 7.

NZ diplomatic cable alleged to have been leaked

NZ diplomatic cable alleged to have been leaked
Wellington, July 22 NZPA - The Government is refusing to comment on 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.

Aquaculture changes in the pipeline, Heatley says

Aquaculture changes in the pipeline, Heatley says
Wellington, July 22 NZPA - The Government is on track to set new regulations for the aquaculture industry that will allow the backlog of applications to be dealt with, Fisheries Minister Phil Heatley says.

New website for volunteers

New website for volunteers
Wellington, July 22 NZPA - A new website will help event organisers, including those for the Rugby World Cup 2011, find volunteers. The website, VolunteerNet, was launched today. It is a free online volunteer recruitment management tool.

Govt close to deal on air force Hercules upgrades

Govt close to deal on air force Hercules upgrades
Wellington, July 22 NZPA - The Government is close to finalising a deal which would put the delayed upgrade of air force C130 Hercules aircraft back on track and in its own hands.

State sector contracts could hurt the economy, Labour says

Feds pse Q for 0400 Wellington, July 22 NZPA - The Government's plan to award lucrative state sector contracts to "a cosy club of multinational suppliers" will cut competition and lock out local businesses, the Labour Party says.

Australian companies eye up school projects

Australian companies eye up school projects
Wellington, July 22 NZPA - Australian companies are lining up for a piece of the action as the Government moves towards public-private partnerships (PPPs) to build and maintain new schools.

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.

Govt still being accused of ignoring public opinion on mining

Wellington, July 22 NZPA - Despite scrapping plans to mine protected conservation land, the Government is still being accused of ignoring public opinion.

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.

Extended warranties bill passes first reading

Extended warranties bill passes first reading
Wellington, July 21 NZPA - A bill that would require shops to give buyers more information about extended warranties passed its first reading in Parliament tonight.

Only half of prisoners with serious mental health treated

By Paloma Migone of NZPA Wellington, July 21 NZPA - Only half of New Zealand prisoners suffering from serious mental health illness are being treated, despite there being room to accommodate them.

Ganellen, others expected to be interested in building schools

By Pam Graham of NZPA Wellington, July 21 NZPA - Australian company Ganellen is among a number of offshore companies expected to stick their hands up to build schools in New Zealand.

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.

Public-private school building initiative hits opposition

Public-private school building initiative hits opposition
By Chris Ormond of NZPA Wellington, July 21 NZPA - The Government has taken another step towards public-private partnerships (PPPs) in the building and maintenance of schools, but Labour and an education union say the only winners will be the companies involved.

Govt quick to shift its mining focus

Govt quick to shift its mining focus
By Chris Ormond of NZPA Wellington, July 21 NZPA - The Government is moving on from its backdown over mineral prospecting on protected conservation land and remains bullish about encouraging mining elsewhere in the face of concern from environmentalists.

Man with possible dementia may get strike

Man with possible dementia may get strike
Wellington, July 21 NZPA - The 69-year-old man with Parkinson's disease and possible dementia who was charged with assault after grabbing the breasts of a woman in his care home would be excused from trial if he was found to have a mental impairment, Police and Corrections Minister Judith Collins

Former finance minister returns for select committee

Former finance minister returns for select committee
Wellington, July 21 NZPA - If people want to disassociate themselves from students' associations when undertaking tertiary study they should not be able to do so simply for financial advantage, says former finance minister David Caygill.

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.

Govt quick to shift its mining focus

Govt quick to shift its mining focus
By Chris Ormond of NZPA Wellington, July 21 NZPA - The Government is moving on from its backdown over mineral prospecting on protected conservation land and remains bullish about encouraging mining elsewhere in the face of concern from environmentalists.

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.

Auditor-General questions Defence Force values

Auditor-General questions Defence Force values
Wellington, July 21 NZPA - The Defence Force (NZDF) has been severely criticised by Auditor-General Lyn Provost for the way it handled a case of wrongly claimed allowances by officers seconded to the United Nations.

State sector contracts pooled to save money

State sector contracts pooled to save money
Wellington, July 21 NZPA - The first state sector-wide contract has been signed -- for stationery.

MPs risk dismissing Bill of Rights over prison vote rights

MPs risk dismissing Bill of Rights over prison vote rights
By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, July 21 NZPA - A bill to strip prisoners on short sentences of their rights to vote should be scrapped unless MPs want to show they have no respect for the Bill of Rights, the Chief Human Rights Commissioner says.

School public-private partnerships a step closer

School public-private partnerships a step closer
By Chris Ormond of NZPA Wellington, July 21 NZPA - The Government has begun identifying new schools which could be built and maintained under proposed public-private partnerships (PPPs).

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