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Pavilion will boost tourism to NZ: PM

Pavilion will boost tourism to NZ: PM
By Kate Chapman of NZPA Shanghai, China July 10 NZPA - The number of people going through the New Zealand pavilion may not reach top projections but the benefit to New Zealand will still be huge, Prime Minister John Key says.

PM celebrates New Zealand's day at Expo

PM celebrates New Zealand's day at Expo
By Kate Chapman of NZPA Shanghai, July 9 NZPA - The kapa haka group were singing in Mandarin and the chef was cooking for an Asian palate at New Zealand's national day at the World Expo in Shanghai today.

Haden expected to be sacked tomorrow

Haden expected to be sacked tomorrow
Wellington, July 9 NZPA - Andy Haden is going to lose his job as a Rugby World Cup ambassador and he is likely to be told that tomorrow by the minister in charge of the tournament, Murray McCully.

Nats increase lead over Labour in latest poll

Nats increase lead over Labour in latest poll
Wellington, July 9 NZPA - National has increased its lead over Labour in the latest Roy Morgan Research poll. The survey released tonight shows National on 53 percent support, up 2.5 points, and Labour down four points to 29 percent.

Minister to address geographic information conference

Minister to address geographic information conference
Wellington, July 9 NZPA - Land Information Minister Maurice Williamson leaves for the United States tomorrow to address 400 international senior executives at a geographic information system conference.

Envoy urges crackdown on activists as Bethune returns

Wellington, July 9 NZPA - The outgoing Japanese ambassador in Canberra has urged Australia to take a more "robust" attitude toward the activities of the Sea Shepherd activists -- such as New Zealander Pete Bethune -- in the Southern Ocean.

Haden survives - for now

Haden survives - for now
Wellington, July 9 NZPA - Andy Haden hasn't been sacked from his role as a Rugby World Cup ambassador over his comments about rape, at least not yet. Minister in charge of the tournament Murray McCully says he will talk to the former All Black about his inappropriate comments.

Archaeological consent changes with the times

Archaeological consent changes with the times
Wellington, July 9 NZPA - The Government is changing consents so people who want to do work that affects historic sites can get decisions faster. Archaeological consents are needed for any work that impacts on anything that was made before 1900.

Haden's future as RWC ambassador hanging by a thread

Haden's future as RWC ambassador hanging by a thread
Wellington, July 9 NZPA - Former All Black Andy Haden's future as a Rugby World Cup (RWC) 2011 ambassador is in serious doubt after he made inappropriate comments about rape.

Minister looking at health insurance rebate for over 65s

Minister looking at health insurance rebate for over 65s
Wellington, July 9 NZPA - Revenue Minister Peter Dunne says he is considering a tax rebate on health insurance premiums for people over 65.

Govt puts $1 million into new water research centre

Govt puts $1 million into new water research centre
Wellington, July 9 NZPA - The Government has put $1 million into a new centre for water research and education. Environment Minister Nick Smith opened the Waterways Centre in Christchurch today, a joint initiative between Canterbury and Lincoln universities.

PM still seeking compromise over party central

PM still seeking compromise over party central
Wellington, July 9 NZPA - As Government MPs and Auckland Regional Council butt heads over plans for a Rugby World Cup "party central" on the city's Queens Wharf, Prime Minister John Key says he wants constructive discussions.

New programme for solar heating grants

New programme for solar heating grants
Wellington, July 9 NZPA - The Government has redesigned its solar energy grants scheme to include heat pump water heaters.

Aust PM faces criticism over boatpeople plan

Aust PM faces criticism over boatpeople plan
Wellington, July 9 NZPA - As Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard faces political criticism at home over her handing of a proposal for an offshore asylum seekers processing centre, Prime Minister John Key says it's an idea that needs more work.

New building consents in use

New building consents in use
Wellington, July 9 NZPA - The first of new consents for multiple building has been issued.

Govt and ARC heading for "party central" showdown

Govt and ARC heading for "party central" showdown
NZPA political reporters Wellington, July 9 NZPA - The Government and Auckland Regional Council are heading for a showdown over the unravelled plans for a Rugby World Cup "party central" venue in the city.

New Zealand showcases itself to China

New Zealand showcases itself to China
By Kate Chapman of NZPA Shanghai, July 9 NZPA - New Zealand's national day at World Expo in Shanghai, China today is an opportunity to showcase all that New Zealand has to offer, Prime Minister John Key says.

NZ's day in the Shanghai sun tomorrow

NZ's day in the Shanghai sun tomorrow
By Kate Chapman of NZPA Shanghai, July 8 NZPA - Tomorrow is New Zealand's day to shine in China, Prime Minister John Key says. And to test whether the $30 million worth of taxpayer money spent on New Zealand's pavilion at the World Expo in Shanghai was worth it.

Treasury didn't want `ad hoc' budget paper

Treasury didn't want `ad hoc' budget paper
Wellington, July 8 NZPA - The Treasury told Finance Minister Bill English when the budget was being worked out that a bid for increased education funding should follow the proper process, documents released today show.

Cabinet signed off Peda allocation in April, documents show

Cabinet signed off Peda allocation in April, documents show
Wellington, July 8 NZPA - The Cabinet signed off a controversial budget allocation of $4.8 million for the Pacific Economic Development Agency (Peda) on April 19, Treasury documents released today show.

Auckland's "party central" plans in chaos

Auckland's "party central" plans in chaos
Wellington, July 8 NZPA - Plans for a Rugby World Cup "party central" in Auckland were in chaos tonight as a stoush between the Government and the city's local authorities worsened.

China factbox

China factbox
Shanghai, July 8 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key is visiting China. Some key facts about the country: * Official name: People's Republic of China * Population: 1.331 billion * Capital city: Beijing * Religion: permitted under state-controlled structures

"Party Central" venue war of words goes on and on

"Party Central" venue war of words goes on and on
Wellington, July 8 NZPA - The venue for next year's World Cup "Party Central" is likely to be changed after Auckland Regional Council's about-face on plans for Auckland's Queen's Wharf, Prime Minister John Key says.

Immigration complaints back-up as tribunal sits idle

By Chris Ormond of NZPA Wellington, July 8 NZPA - A list of complaints about the conduct of licensed immigration advisors is building up as the tribunal set up to deal with them sits stagnant in the absence of someone to lead it.

Polytech collaboration plan welcomed

Polytech collaboration plan welcomed
Wellington, July 8 NZPA - Education Minister Steven Joyce says he wants to see more collaboration between polytechs like Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology and Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology plan together in some areas.

IRD proposes changes to tax dispute process

IRD proposes changes to tax dispute process
Wellington, July 8 NZPA - Inland Revenue is proposing changes to its tax disputes process and wants feedback on an issues paper released today. Revenue Minister Peter Dunne says the aim is to make it work more efficiently for both sides.

Police and court staff in joint op

Police and court staff in joint op
Wellington, July 8 NZPA - A joint operation between police and court staff last month saw 38 vehicles seized and netted thousands of dollars in fines and reparation.

Alternative welfare group concerned at looming changes

Alternative welfare group concerned at looming changes
By Chris Ormond of NZPA Wellington, July 8 NZPA - Concerns about what might come out of the Government's Welfare Working Group (WWG) have sparked a drive from a group of welfare organisations and academics so that those affected will get to have a say.

Moving party central venue likely -PM

Moving party central venue likely -PM
Wellington, July 8 NZPA - The venue for next year's World Cup "Party Central" is likely to be changed after Auckland Regional Council's about-face on plans for Auckland's Queen's Wharf, Prime Minister John Key says.

PM unimpressed at 'Party Central' change

PM unimpressed at 'Party Central' change
Wellington, July 8 NZPA - The venue for next year's World Cup "Party Central" may need to be changed after Auckland Regional Council's about-face on plans for Auckland's Queen's Wharf, Prime Minister John Key says.

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