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Some party central events may move - report

Some party central events may move - report
Wellington, July 13 NZPA - Senior ministers are threatening to move some festival events around Rugby World Cup 2011 to other centres after problems with the Auckland "party central" site, it was reported today.

Bethune upsets the Government

Bethune upsets the Government
Wellington, July 13 NZPA - The Government isn't taking kindly to anti-whaling protester Pete Bethune after his caustic claims that New Zealand "rolled over" to the Japanese.

Govt concentrates science spend in three areas

Govt concentrates science spend in three areas
Wellington, July 12 NZPA - The Government says the bulk of its this year's main science funding round -- about $48 million a year -- is going into high-tech manufacturing, freshwater research, and boosting export earnings from primary production.

Student loan changes mean no funding for some - report

Student loan changes mean no funding for some - report
Wellington, July 12 NZPA - Some students won't get student loans for their final years under the changed student loan scheme.

Increasing trade and aid to Vietnam PM's aim

Increasing trade and aid to Vietnam PM's aim
By Kate Chapman of NZPA Hanoi, July 12 NZPA - Increasing New Zealand's trade with communist Vietnam and maximising the value of aid to the southeast Asian nation were the priorities of Prime Minister John Key's just-completed trip here.

Customs minister to meet US border protection officials

Customs minister to meet US border protection officials
Wellington, July 12 NZPA - Customs Minister Maurice Williamson will hold meetings with officials from United States Customs and Border Protection over the next two days, which he says will provide opportunities to continue to improve New Zealand's trade and travel security.

Goodhew off to whips meeting

Wellington, July 12 NZPA - National whip Jo Goodhew will represent Parliament at the first Commonwealth Parliamentary Whips Workshop, which starts in Sydney tomorrow. Ms Goodhew will also be representing the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Pacific Region.

Election date should be fixed, committee told

Election date should be fixed, committee told
Wellington, July 12 NZPA - Electoral law experts have told a parliamentary committee there should be a set date for elections, rather than the government in power deciding when they are held.

Bethune 'downright ungrateful', PM says

Bethune 'downright ungrateful', PM says
Wellington, July 12 NZPA - Anti-whaling protester Pete Bethune is "downright ungrateful" for the support he received from New Zealand officials while incarcerated in Japan, Prime Minister John Key says.

Buck would be popular ambassador, Key says

Buck would be popular ambassador, Key says
Wellington, July 12 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key has acknowledged that former All Black captain Buck Shelford would be a popular replacement for Andy Haden as a Rugby World Cup ambassador.

Wiri prison to have $1.2b spinoff

Wiri prison to have $1.2b spinoff
Wellington, July 12 NZPA - A proposed $298 million public-private partnership prison in South Auckland will have a $1.2 billion economic spinoff, Corrections Minister Judith Collins says.

Spending caps needed to ensure faith in referendum

Spending caps needed to ensure faith in referendum
By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, July 12 NZPA - Limits on how much money people spend arguing their view on MMP are needed or people might not trust the outcome and another referendum might be needed, an electoral expert says.

Shelford would be popular ambassador, Key says

Shelford would be popular ambassador, Key says
Wellington, July 12 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key has acknowledged that former All Black captain Buck Shelford would be a popular replacement for Andy Haden as a Rugby World Cup ambassador.

PM's pick pipped

PM's pick pipped
By Kate Chapman of NZPA Hanoi, July 12 NZPA - You win some, you lose some as Prime Minister John Key has found out during a reasonably sporty day in Vietnam.

Key aims to cement relationship with Vietnam

Key aims to cement relationship with Vietnam
By Kate Chapman of NZPA Hanoi, July 12 NZPA - Cementing New Zealand's relationship with Vietnam through trade, aid and our bid for a spot on the United Nations' Security Council has been the aim of Prime Minister John Key's trip to the southeast Asian nation.

Obesity comments show lack of understanding -- Dyson

Wellington, July 12 NZPA - Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne's argument that the Government is focussed on activity rather than nutrition when it comes to fighting obesity shows a lack of understanding of the issue, Labour says.

Budget health funding a 'farce'

Budget health funding a 'farce'
Wellington, July 12 NZPA - The Government's Budget day announcement of $50 million extra for elective surgery was a farce as much of the money was needed for patients previously treated by ACC, Labour claims.

Student loan changes mean no funding for some - report

Student loan changes mean no funding for some - report
Wellington, July 12 NZPA - Some students won't get student loans for their final years under the changed student loan scheme.

Key outlines party central options

Key outlines party central options
Wellington, July 11 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key says Victoria Park and the Viaduct are both options for the Rugby World Cup's "party central" after plans for a Queen's Wharf venue unravelled last week.

Haden's resignation the right decision -- Key

Haden's resignation the right decision -- Key
Wellington, July 11 NZPA - Former All Black Andy Haden's resignation from his Rugby World Cup (RWC) ambassador role was the right outcome, Prime Minister John Key says.

Key seeks dialogue on Vietnam human rights issues

Key seeks dialogue on Vietnam human rights issues
By Kate Chapman of NZPA Hanoi, Vietnam July 11 NZPA - Human rights issues are a serious concern in Vietnam but Prime Minister John Key says improving New Zealand's relationship with the southeast Asian nation can help.

School funding change criticised

School funding change criticised
Wellington, July 11 NZPA - Labour says changes to education funding will punish schools with high drop out rates, especially those in poorer areas.

Factbox on Vietnam

Hanoi, Vietnam July 11 NZPA - Factbox on Vietnam: * Official name: Socialist Republic of Viet Nam * Population: 86.1 million * Capital city: Hanoi * Politics: One party state. The Communist Party appoints the national government

PM in Vietnam

PM in Vietnam
By Kate Chapman of NZPA Hanoi, Vietnam July 11 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key arrived in Vietnam yesterday with two priorities -- diplomatic relations and getting to his hotel without anyone telling him the All Blacks v South Africa rugby result before he watched a recording.

Officials helping jailed Kiwi in China jail

By Kate Chapman of NZPA Hanoi, Vietnam July 11 NZPA - New Zealand consular staff in China will meet New Zealand businessman Danny Cancian tomorrow to discuss the concerns over his treatment in a Chinese prison but no immediate relief is on the horizon.

Expo offers New Zealand a chance to show off and win

Expo offers New Zealand a chance to show off and win
More than 70 million people are expected to visit the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, many lining up for hours in searing heat. KATE CHAPMAN of NZPA looks at the expo, and what it could mean for New Zealand.

Haden resigns following rape comments

Haden resigns following rape comments
Wellington, July 10 NZPA - Former All Black Andy Haden has resigned as Rugby World Cup ambassador following inappropriate comments about rape, after Sports Minister Murray McCully said it was impossible to be both event figure-head and television shock-jock.

Haden faces sack for rape comments

Haden faces sack for rape comments
Wellington, July 10 NZPA - Sports Minister Murray McCully is this weekend expected to tell former All Black Andy Haden he is no longer a Rugby World Cup ambassador following inappropriate comments about rape.

Controversial North Shore mayor to contest super city vote

Controversial North Shore mayor to contest super city vote
Auckland, July 10 NZPA - Controversial North Shore mayor Andrew Williams will contest the mayoralty for the new Auckland super city later this year. Mr Williams, 51, opened his campaign with criticisms of the two main contenders, Auckland mayor John Banks and Manukau mayor Len Brown.

Papers show Govt knew impact of ECE cuts, Labour says

Papers show Govt knew impact of ECE cuts, Labour says
Wellington, July 10 NZPA - Treasury papers prove the Government knew before the budget that cuts to early childhood education funding would mean increased charges for parents, the Labour Party says.

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