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Next stage in PPPs for schools announced

Next stage in PPPs for schools announced
Wellington, July 21 NZPA - Plans for private companies to own new schools are moving along with the Government deciding to getting a business case done. The Government previously said it would look into public-private partnerships (PPPs) for the running of certain aspects of schools.

Results from Whanau Ora likely within a year - minister

Results from Whanau Ora likely within a year - minister
By Kate Chapman of NZPA Wellington, July 21 NZPA - Whanau Ora Minister Tariana Turia expects to see results from the new welfare policy within a year, but says it will take a generation to see changes in some families.

Mining on conservation land could re-open treaty negs

Mining on conservation land could re-open treaty negs
Wellington, July 21 NZPA - Any minerals found in conservation land in Northland could re-open Treaty of Waitangi settlements with iwi who were told the conservation estate was off the table in earlier negotiations, Maori Party MP Hone Harawira says.

Advances expected in public-private school partnerships

Advances expected in public-private school partnerships
Wellington, July 21 NZPA - The Government is set to announce the next step in its plans to enter into public-private partnerships (PPPs) in the running of certain aspects of schools.

Moratorium on Hurunui consents

Moratorium on Hurunui consents
Wellington, July 21 NZPA - A moratorium has been placed on new major irrigation consents on Canterbury's Hurunui River.

McCully says Bamiyan ready for next step

McCully says Bamiyan ready for next step
By Shabnam Dastgheib and Maggie Tait of NZPA

Deaf want to air grievances with MPs

Deaf want to air grievances with MPs
Wellington, July 21 NZPA - Deaf and hearing impaired people will ask MPs to lend them an ear on a day in September they have dubbed "Be Heard Day".

Mining industry praises Govt's decisions

Mining industry praises Govt's decisions
The Labour Party is taunting the Government for what it describes as "a humiliating backdown" over mining conservation land, but the industry doesn't see it that way. 

FACTBOX -- mining plans scrapped

FACTBOX -- mining plans scrapped
Wellington, July 21 NZPA - Energy Minister Gerry Brownlee today confirmed the Government will not remove the protection on conservation land to allow it to be mined. Changes announced included:

Key to kick off All White's parade

Key to kick off All White's parade
Wellington, July 20 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key will kick off the All White's civic parade tomorrow when it leaves from Parliament.

New tenancy laws passed

New tenancy laws passed
Wellington, July 20 NZPA - New tenancy laws passed in Parliament today will clear up confusion around terminating and renewing tenancies and introduce financial penalties for tenants who harass neighbours and landlords providing sub-standard housing, Housing Minister Phil Heatley says.

Schedule four land safe but other areas ripe for mining

Schedule four land safe but other areas ripe for mining
By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, July 20 NZPA - Specially protected areas of conservation land won't be mined but it looks like open season for other parts of the country.

90-day trial extension prompts debate

90-day trial extension prompts debate
By Kate Chapman of NZPA Wellington, July 20 NZPA - The ideological battle over the proposed extension of the 90-day trial period for new employees continued in Parliament today.

Environmental groups celebrate, but concerns remain

Environmental groups celebrate, but concerns remain
By Chris Ormond and Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, July 20 NZPA - Environmental groups are celebrating the Government's decision to abandon plans to open protected conservation land to mineral prospecting, but remain concerned about future mining on Crown land.

Update for Land Transfer Act

Update for Land Transfer Act
Wellington, July 20 NZPA - The Land Transfer Act should be updated with legislation fit for the electronic era, the Law Commission says.

Governor-General changes passes first reading

Wellington, July 20 NZPA - A bill to require future Governors-General to pay tax passed its first reading in Parliament today.

Tau Henare back after heart attack

Tau Henare back after heart attack
Wellington, July 20 NZPA - National MP Tau Henare is back at work and happy to know he has a heart. Mr Henare, 49, was hospitalised after having a heart attack last month. On Facebook Henare described how he had a stent put in to keep blocked arteries open.

Northland will have chance to contribute more -- MP

Northland will have chance to contribute more -- MP
Wellington, July 20 NZPA - The possibility of mining in Northland will give the region a chance to contribute more to New Zealand, local MP John Carter says.

Environmental groups celebrate, but concerns remain

Environmental groups celebrate, but concerns remain
By Chris Ormond of NZPA Wellington, July 20 NZPA - Environmental groups are celebrating the Government's decision to abandon plans to open protected conservation land to mineral prospecting, but remain concerned about future mining on Crown land.

Initial positives seen by UN representative

Initial positives seen by UN representative
Wellington, July 20 NZPA - A United Nations indigenous human rights expert says he's seen some initial positives during an official visit to New Zealand, but will take a few months to comprehensively report on developments since his predecessor visited in 2005.

Call for support of loan shark bill

Call for support of loan shark bill
Wellington, July 20 NZPA - A members bill to stop loan sharks is up for its first reading tomorrow night but the Labour MP behind it is fearful it will be voted down.

Mining protected land not worth the bad PR

Mining protected land not worth the bad PR
By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, July 20 NZPA - Mining on specially protected conservation areas was not worth the negative impact on the industry, the Government said today while backing down from its proposals to do just that.

Mining jobs boost welcomed

Mining jobs boost welcomed
Wellington, July 20 NZPA - More mining in Northland and on the West Coast will boost jobs, local MPs says.

FACTBOX -- mining plans scrapped

FACTBOX -- mining plans scrapped
Wellington, July 20 NZPA - Energy Minister Gerry Brownlee today confirmed the Government will not remove the protection on conservation land to allow it to be mined. Changes announced included: * No areas will be removed from schedule four of the Crown Minerals Act.

Mining U-turn humiliating, says Goff

Mining U-turn humiliating, says Goff
By Chris Ormond of NZPA Wellington, July 20 NZPA - National's U-turn on mining is a forced and humiliating back-down rather than a case of the party listening to the people, Labour leader Phil Goff says.

No mining in schedule four but more around country

Wellington, July 20 NZPA - Mining on special protected areas of conservation are off the table after public opposition, but there will be more mining in other parts of the country -- including other types of conservation land, the Government says.

Mining announcement as expected

Mining announcement as expected
Wellington, July 20 NZPA - The Government has confirmed it will not mine protected conservation land -- its biggest backdown since taking office.

Little to chase New Plymouth seat

Little to chase New Plymouth seat
Wellington, July 20 NZPA - Labour Party president Andrew Little has confirmed he is seeking to contest the New Plymouth seat at next year's elections.

Meat workers union annoyed at "sickie" issue

Meat workers union annoyed at "sickie" issue
Wellington, July 20 NZPA - A union representing meat workers says staff perform under tough and uncertain conditions and is disappointed at suggestions the industry is being negatively affected by deliberate "sickies".

Brownlee to announce mining backdown

Brownlee to announce mining backdown
By Peter Wilson and Kate Chapman of NZPA Wellington, July 20 NZPA - Energy Minister Gerry Brownlee will today announce the Government's biggest backdown since taking office -- plans to mine protected conservation land have been scrapped.

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