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Goodfellow re-elected to National's board

Goodfellow re-elected to National's board
Auckland, July 17 NZPA - Peter Goodfellow was re-elected to National's board today, which means he will almost certainly be confirmed as president for another year tomorrow.

Economy dominates party conference

Economy dominates party conference
By Peter Wilson of NZPA Auckland, July 17 NZPA - Finance Minister Bill English set out the stark facts of New Zealand's economic situation at the National Party's annual conference today.

Unions question survey basis for 90-day changes

Unions question survey basis for 90-day changes
Wellington, July 17 NZPA - Unions upset at moves they see as rolling back workers' rights say research by the Labour Department could have been designed to support Government plans to extend the 90 day employment trial period to all businesses.

Protests tomorrow over "anti-worker" legislation

Protests tomorrow over "anti-worker" legislation
Wellington, July 17 NZPA - Workers angered by moves they see as rolling back their rights intend to protest outside the National Party conference in Auckland tomorrow (Sunday).

$5m worth of meth seized in Auckland

$5m worth of meth seized in Auckland
Wellington, July 16 NZPA - Police have seized $5 million worth of methamphetamine during a bust targeting Asian organised crime in Auckland this morning.

Work place access restrictions a broken promise - Goff

Work place access restrictions a broken promise - Goff
Wellington, July 16 NZPA - National will break a pre-election promise if it goes ahead with plans to restrict union access to workplaces, Labour leader Phil Goff says.

Police arrest Eftpos thieves

Police arrest Eftpos thieves
Wellington, July 16 NZPA - Three Canadian citizens face charges following the theft of Eftpos pin-pads in Auckland.

NZ attending international climate meeting

NZ attending international climate meeting
Wellington, July 16 NZPA - New Zealand would look for pragmatic solutions to climate change at an international meeting in the Maldives. International Climate Change Negotiations Minister Tim Groser is attending the meeting this weekend.

Prison health care should be moved from Corrections - report

Wellington, July 16 NZPA - A report saying the Corrections Department should no longer be responsible for prison healthcare has been hailed by an inmates' rights lobbyist as an important and significant contribution to health policy.

International businessman to head trade body

International businessman to head trade body
Wellington, July 16 NZPA - An international businessman is to head New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE). The Government has appointed Peter Chrisp to the chief executive role.

Queens Wharf plans back on

Queens Wharf plans back on
Wellington, July 16 NZPA - Plans for party central for the Rugby World Cup in 2011 at Queens Wharf in Auckland are back on. The Government and Auckland Regional Council (ARC) reached an agreement on Queen's Wharf, Rugby World Cup Minister Murray McCully said today.

Spending cut advocate blows three-year budget in one year

Spending cut advocate blows three-year budget in one year
Wellington, July 16 NZPA - A task force calling for extreme cuts to government spending has spent its whole three-year budget to pay its chairman, former National leader Don Brash, in one year.

Prison health care should be moved from Corrections - report

Prison health care should be moved from Corrections - report
Wellington, July 16 NZPA - The Government should consider transferring prison health care out of the Corrections Department and into the health sector, a National Health Committee report into improving the health of prisoners says.

Ministry of Tourism to be part of MED

Ministry of Tourism to be part of MED
Wellington, July 16 NZPA - Making the Tourism Ministry part of the Ministry of Economic Development shows the importance of the industry, Prime Minister John Key says.

90-day hiring law tipped for expansion

90-day hiring law tipped for expansion
Wellington, July 16 NZPA - The Labour Party says it will repeal any moves by the Government to widen the 90-day trial scheme under which workers can be fired without comeback and to reduce union access to workplaces.

12 new group homes to help troubled youth announced

12 new group homes to help troubled youth announced
Wellington, July 16 NZPA - Twelve group homes around the country will be set up to help troubled young people, Social Development Minister Paula Bennett announced today when opening such a home in Mangere, South Auckland.

Govt removing workplace safety measures - Labour

Govt removing workplace safety measures  - Labour
Wellington, July 16 NZPA - The Government yesterday launched a forum made up of business leaders and the heads of the Department of Labour and ACC aimed at making work places safer but Labour says the Government is responsible for measures that will do just the opposite.

McCully to attend Afghan conference

McCully to attend Afghan conference
Wellington, July 16 NZPA - Foreign Minister Murray McCully is attending a conference in Afghanistan next week as New Zealand's Government weighs up future commitments to stability in the troubled country. The International Conference on Afghanistan will be held in Kabul on Tuesday.

Dead jurors let off court

Dead jurors let off court
By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, July 16 NZPA - Over 200 people asked to do jury duty last year had a good excuse for not attending court -- they were dead.

Spending cut advocate blows three year budget in one year

Spending cut advocate blows three year budget in one year
Wellington, July 16 NZPA - A task force calling for extreme cuts to government spending has spent its whole three-year budget to pay its chairman, former National leader Don Brash, in one year.

Government to extend 90-day dismissal law

Government to extend 90-day dismissal law
Wellington, July 15 NZPA - The Government is looking to extend the 90-day trial period scheme to all employers regardless of size, Prime Minister John Key says.

Six boatloads of refugees headed for NZ in past year - Key

Six boatloads of refugees headed for NZ in past year - Key
Wellington, July 15 NZPA - At least six boatloads of asylum seekers have considered heading for New Zealand in the past year, and those who don't believe a ship could one day reach these shores are "deluding themselves", Prime Minister John Key says.

Key supports looking into police gun policy

Key supports looking into police gun policy
Wellington, July 15 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key says he supports looking into giving police greater access to firearms, but that won't stop officers being shot at.

National marks mid-point of first term

National marks mid-point of first term
Wellington, July 15 NZPA - The National Party celebrates the mid-point of its first term in office at its annual conference this weekend, riding high in the polls and leading Labour by more than 20 points.

Newmarket viaduct six months ahead of schedule

Newmarket viaduct six months ahead of schedule
Wellington, July 15 NZPA - The first stage of the Newmarket viaduct replacement on Auckland's busiest motorway will be completed six months ahead of schedule, the NZ Transport Agency says.

61 mistrials last year

61 mistrials last year
Wellington, July 15 NZPA - There were 61 mistrials last year, but no records are kept of how many of those went to a new hearing.

Universities committee concerned by jobs link

Universities committee concerned by jobs link
By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, July 15 NZPA - New Zealand universities should not be downgraded to the status of employment agencies, the head of a group representing them says.

Software patent guidelines rather than law

Software patent guidelines rather than law
Wellington, July 15 NZPA - Guidelines rather than a law change will be used to allow inventions that contain embedded software to be patented, Commerce Minister Simon Power says.

Tax consultation closes next Friday

Tax consultation closes next Friday
Wellington, July 15 NZPA - A web page about simplifying the tax system got 40,000 hits in its first month. Revenue Minister Peter Dunne said the online consultation page on the Inland Revenue site had proved popular and 176 people had left comments.

Legal expert concerned by Waihopai reaction

Legal expert concerned by Waihopai reaction
Wellington, July 15 NZPA - The Waihopai spy base saboteurs' successful use of the "claim of right" defence was an aberration and no basis to change the law, a legal expert says.

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